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When faced with a new technology need, should you build your own software – or stitch together solutions already available on the market? It’s easier (and cheaper) than ever to do the latter. But before calling up your CTO or signing up for the SaaS product you read about this morning, figure out which is really the better option for your business. I asked 7 entrepreneurs from YEC what they thought were the most important factors to consider when making this choice. When considering building new technology to serve his or her business vs. using an existing SaaS product, what is the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Looking for font/color theme ideas? Palettab, a Chrome browser extension whose mission in life is to generate ideas for your creative projects, is conveniently located in the next tab. Run by COLOURlovers, an international online community of over 4 million, each palette of five colors has its own identity, as members continually add and experiment with new color combinations. Once you install the extension, just click on a new tab in the Chrome browser and a five-part color combo — each with a unique name and author — appears. Nested inside of each color swatch is a different font sample. To select the color... This story continues at The Next Web

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A couple of months ago, Google released the Android L Developer Preview to give devs a first look at what was coming in the next version of its operating system. As of today, the full release of the Android 5.0 SDK has now gone live. In the blog post, the company also mentioned that the newest version of Android would be available to the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 and 2013) and 10 in early November – around the release for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. As Google notes, if you’re a dev, this gives you just two weeks to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Popular password manager 1Password has just hit version 5 on OS X today, the company announced on its blog. The update includes a host of upgrades that should make your experience a bit smoother. The interface has been redesigned to match Yosemite’s new look, including its stealthy new Dark Mode. In fact, you need Yosemite to even install version 5, so don’t bother downloading if you haven’t upgraded yet. Additionally, the upgrade allows you to use iCloud to sync with the iOS version of the app, although it will also require that you run iOS 8 on your mobile device. Wi-Fi... This story continues at The Next Web

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In celebration of Apple’s release of OS X Yosemite yesterday, Tumblr has today released a desktop version of its software which allows you to share content directly from your desktop to your Tumblr page. The company says that any window that has a share button will allow you to send content directly to your page. On top of this, it functions as a dedicated Tumblr-only browser. ➤ Tumblr [Mac App Store via Venture Beat]

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. You’ve been sharing to social media for some time now, and you’re synthesizing all the great advice out there about what to post, when to post, and how to measure. Awesome work. You’ve got the content part down pat. Now here’s the next layer: The emotion behind the social media update. What feeling does your update impart? How does someone feel when they read your update? These are big, ethereal questions, and significantly different than discovering great content and finding the best literary device to share with. The tone of your tweet,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Will.i.am is at Wired’s annual conference in London today, where he was on hand to talk about all-things tech and, in particular, his newly launched ‘smart cuffs’ (or smartwatch to you and me). However, a surprise guest made an appearance on stage with the American musician and entrepreneur – award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Why? Well, it seems that Will.i.am has brought Hadid on board to design some of the new Puls cuffs, and she revealed some of the designs on stage, which you can see in the gallery here. Will.i.am first revealed his smartwatch plans back in April, plans that finally came... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s freshly launched iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 from yesterday’s event are now available to order for customers based in the US. The ultra-slim 10-inch iPad Air 2 is priced from $499 for a 16GB model, up to $699 for a 128GB version. Meanwhile, the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3 is priced from $399 for the 16GB version and goes up to $599 for the 128GB option. Alongside the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple also revealed a Retina-equipped iMac, iOS 8.1 and released OS X Yosemite. ➤ iPad Air 2 | iPad mini 3 [Apple] Thumbnail image credit: Lester Balajadia... This story continues at The Next Web

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The BBC said today that it will soon begin publishing a public log of articles whose links have been removed from Google and other search engine results under the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The move is designed to counter what the Beeb’s Director of Editorial Policy and Standards David Jordan described as articles effectively being hidden, following removal from search results. Each time Google removes a link, it notifies the publisher that it has been removed. It’s this list of notifications that the BBC will use to build a list of removed search URLs in the “next few weeks”. Jordan added that... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you don’t own a Nexus phone or tablet, it can be a little disconcerting hearing about the newest upgrades to Android. Sure, new software is great, but it’s of little use when you’re not sure your manufacturer is going to support the upgrade any time soon, if at all. Luckily for Sony users, the company announced it would be bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to all of its Xperia Z phones and tablets, going as far back as the original Xperia Z phone. The first ones to get the upgrade will be the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, with more details coming “soon”.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Mitchell is an interactive designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the editor of Type Release. Time to count down another month of beautiful typefaces. What do you think of our picks from September? Lián Types: Selfie Selfie is a connected sans based on vintage signage scripts. Angie Makes: Hollyhock Hollyhock is a modern and messy calligraphy font with wild, tall letterforms that refuse to be tamed. Brittney Murphy: Jasmine Jasmine a flowing script font that works well for text, headlines or quotes. Stone Type Foundry: Magma Magma is a rare sans serif typeface family designed explicitly for use in both text... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Next Web has its reasons for not generally giving away free tickets. Eight reasons, to be precise. Amongst this list – carefully drawn up by our CEO & co-Founder Boris – at number 2, is that a ticket should earn itself back, tenfold. As Boris puts it, “our events are inspiring, offer amazing networking opportunities and should help you get ahead with your career or your startup.” His article may have been written almost two years ago, but this statement has only grown more accurate. For #TNWUSA this year, the whole TNW Events team have been working hard to curate a conference... This story continues at The Next Web

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After a slightly underwhelming Apple event yesterday, many people concluded that the most exciting thing to come out of it was an unannounced special SIM with support for multiple carriers on one card. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to burst that bubble of excitement too – this concept isn’t close to being new. In fact, it’s been around for years – particularly in growing markets like Pakistan and India. See, you can buy a “2008 Edition 6-Number-in-1 Multi-Operator Magic-SIM with Card Cloning Software and USB Reader” for just $11.50. All you do is load the data/numbers from your existing normal SIM cards... This story continues at The Next Web

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“My name is Simon Wheatcroft, I’m an ultramarathon runner, father, and Glass Explorer,” explained the 30-something man on stage at Wired’s annual London conference. Anyone who’s ever taken on the momentous challenge of running a marathon will know that the 26.2 miles of exertion on race-day is only a small part of the achievement. The months of (blood), sweat and tears that go into training for the occasion is where the real hard work lies. Now, imagine the final distance you’re training for isn’t 26.2 miles. Imagine it’s 100 miles or more. And imagine having to pound the pavements on your own,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly is a well known and broadly loved podcast app for iOS and Android, and now it’s available to everyone via the Web too, following a closed beta period. Huzzah! With its arrival on the desktop via the Web app, we decided a closer look at the service was long overdue. It’s worth pointing out that right now, Pocket Casts on the Web is still a very new product – so you’d be right to expect new features in the future, and might still stumble across the occasional bug. Simplicity You’ll need to visit  http://play.pocketcasts.com to log in (if you’re an existing... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pocket Casts opens up its Web-based podcast player to all – here’s what you need to know appeared first on The Next Web.

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Fueled by the launch of the new Bungie game, Destiny — and the bundling of consoles and games — Microsoft and Sony’s console sales did pretty well in September. According to NDP Group, industry analysts, console sales were up 200 percent for September 2014 versus the same time last year. Overall hardware sales were up 136 percent. Of course, a lot of the year-over-year growth has to do with the fact that neither the PlayStation 4 nor Xbox One were available in September 2013. Both consoles launched in November of that year. But both devices accounted for 85 percent of hardware sales... This story continues at The Next Web The post September game console sales up 200% over 2013 with PlayStation 4 still beating the Xbox One appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter loves experimenting with its service. One of those experiments involves dropping tweets in your timeline from accounts you don’t follow. That one is actually here to stay. Today Twitter posted that in recent tests, people enjoyed seeing tweets from accounts they don’t follow in their timeline. Trevor O’Brien of the Product Team posted: For example, we recently ran experiments that showed different types of content in your timeline: recommended Tweets, accounts and topics. Testing indicated that most people enjoy seeing Tweets from accounts they may not follow, based on signals such as activity from accounts you do follow, the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tweets from accounts you don’t follow will soon appear in your timeline appeared first on The Next Web.

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With the eventual demise of Apple’s Aperture photo management software on the horizon, Adobe is wasting no time offering up Lightroom as an alternative. Although users still have plenty of time to make a decision, Adobe has released its Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom 5, designed to make it easy for Aperture users to move their photo library into Lightroom from either Aperture or iPhoto. The plug-in requires Lightroom 5.6 or later on the Mac and can be downloaded from Adobe’s website. A couple of months ago, Adobe put out a fact sheet detailing migration techniques in advance of the new tool. The following data... This story continues at The Next Web The post Adobe releases plug-in to ease Aperture-to-Lightroom photo library transition appeared first on The Next Web.

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Now that Apple has moved to an annual OS X release, Mac users can expect regular iterative improvements to their desktop operating system instead of occasional ground-breaking shifts. OS X 10.10 – named for California landmark Yosemite National Park – includes several sorely needed advances that help your Mac play nicely with your iOS devices, but it’s still basically the same OS you already know, just with a nicer coat of paint. First revealed back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, OS X Yosemite moves slightly toward Apple’s flat new design style, which first showed up in iOS 7. However, Yosemite doesn’t take... This story continues at The Next Web The post OS X Yosemite review: Macs finally play nice with iPhones appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google just announced it is bringing a new domain name to the Web: .SOY. Not to be confused with the popular vegetarian alternative to meat, the new domain means “I am” in Spanish, and is intended to be used for Latino “identity and expression”. The company has also set up a sort of central hub for the domain, iam.soy, where you can find out more about the new sites with the domain, check domain availability and then purchase from name registrar partners it if you want. This follows other recent news of custom top-level domains, such as the new .NYC domains. If... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google introduces .SOY Web domain for Latino audiences appeared first on The Next Web.

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Today Facebook updated its Messenger app for iOS with a feature that’s sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Now you can draw and type directly on photos from your camera roll before you whisk them off to your friends. The paint brush feature offers varying stroke sizes and colors while the text field centers whatever you write in the middle of the photo. The text can be moved up or down. The drawing controls are pretty rudimentary and have no eraser, but there is an undo button. You slide your finger up and down the screen to select a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook Messenger update for iOS lets you draw on photos before sending appeared first on The Next Web.

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Today, Twitter announced that it would be introducing a new type of card onto your timeline, the Audio Card. As could be expected from the name, the new tool lets you listen to music directly from your timeline from both Android and iOS devices. You can even dock the card to continue listening to music as you browse Twitter, similar to what SoundCloud does. In fact, SoundCloud is Twitter’s first streaming partner (and they have a blog post of their own as well). ➤ Introducing a new audio experience on Twitter The post Twitter introduces Audio Cards so you can listen to music directly from your timeline appeared first on The Next Web.

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UK startup ShareMyPlaylists, which runs Spotify playlists sharing platform Playlists.net, has been acquired by WEA, the artist and services arm of American recording giant Warner Music Group (WMG), for an undisclosed sum. Playlists.net has carved a niche for itself in the online music space, becoming known as the preeminent go-to for those wishing to share and explore Spotify playlists. The user-generated themed-playlists cover anything from year- or decade-specific compendiums, to niche genres and cover versions. Anything goes at Playlists.net, and it’s a useful tool for those seeking inspiration ahead of big events, such as weddings, Christmas parties and so on.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Warner Music acquires ShareMyPlaylists, the UK-based Spotify playlists specialist appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sandi MacPherson is the Editor-in-Chief at Quibb. This post originally appeared on the Quibb blog. When you welcome a new user to your product, don’t put a robot in control. The welcome email is your best opportunity to develop a relationship with someone who’s already interested in your product. It’s extremely valuable and you only get one shot, so it needs to be fully controlled by an actual person (preferably the founder). At the beginning, when you’re trying to learn what’s working in your product and what’s not, a founder can welcome every new user and develop that relationship. Eventually, this... This story continues at The Next Web The post Humans send the best welcome emails, not robots appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple didn’t announce this during its event today, but it has created a SIM that make switching carriers as easy as a few taps without having to visit a physical carrier store. The Apple SIM that ships in the new iPad Air 2 just made switching carriers and traveling abroad about a hundred times easier. Instead of having to replace a SIM every time you want to connect to a new carrier, the Apple SIM lets you choose carriers in both the US and UK from the Cellular Data setting in the iPad. This is what Apple says on it’s iPad... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple just introduced a SIM that you don’t have to replace when you switch carriers appeared first on The Next Web.

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