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If you’re like me and have way too many pictures and screenshots saved on your Android device, you’ll want to check out this free app that makes it a snap to clean out your gallery. If you’ve ever used Tinder to find a date, the interface should seem familiar. SlidePick lets you pick a folder or a bunch of them, and simply swipe left on image previews to delete ones you don’t want or right to retain them. I prefer this method over apps that automatically clean out images. You can’t be sure what they’ll delete until you review their selections.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Congratulations to Freespee – which turns consumer voice interactions into data – on being named Sweden’s fastest-growing startup. Speaking about the company’s win, Freespee’s founder and CEO Carl Holmquist said: It’s a real honour to share the stage with TNW at the conference later this month. To win Sweden Tech 5 is a great energy boost. It takes guts to think differently. Our customers, who demonstrated the courage to think differently, means everything to us. We intend to do much more in the future to ensure that they have nothing but the best from Freespee! Adyen and TNW hosted the Swedish awards event last week at the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, available in the US since the end of last year, is now available to buy in the UK and Germany for the first time. It went up for pre-order last month priced at £35, or £19 if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, although that deal has now ended. People who pre-ordered should get their devices today. As well as allowing you to watch Amazon Prime content included with your subscription, or buy titles to keep, there’s also provision for playing back your own content stored on other devices, either by using Amazon’s cloud locker storage services, or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about content-first design, download the free e-book Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Content Patterns & Typography. When users encounter text-heavy pages, their eyes can follow the F-Pattern, a subject we covered in-depth last week. But what about pages that are more visual? This week, in the second part of our design series on creating websites that mimic how our eyes work, we focus on the Z-Pattern. Source: Trend Web Solutions Think of the Z-pattern as the sister to the F-pattern. Both are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nokia has confirmed it will buy French rival network hardware and software maker Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion in stock. The terms of the deal have been approved by both companies’ boards, but is yet to be cleared by regulatory bodies. Nokia expects to close the deal in the first half of 2016. For every Alcatel-Lucent share they own, shareholders will get 0.55 Nokia shares. Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will own 33.5 percent of Nokia, while Nokia shareholders would own 66.5 percent of the former. With their powers combined, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will be able to further their research and development into 5G technologies… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dell has been running its Dell Center for Entrepreneurs since 2011 with success stories in the US (e.g. Dropbox). Dell for Entrepreneurs has expanded into the UK, Canada, France and Israel and kicks off its Dutch presence today. Dell for Entrepreneurs is searching for two hot Dutch startups to help them grow over the course of a year. The startups get access to Dell’s sales and marketing channels (50,000 clients in almost all sectors out there) and a bunch of other perks. Watch out, our very own Patrick de Laive is part of the jury. Our own TNW Index (still in… This story continues at The Next Web

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RoundMe, the iOS app for sharing 360-degree panoramic photos, has got an interesting update. The latest version lets you view spaces in virtual reality mode for a more immersive experience, using just your iPhone and Google Cardboard. To use it, just open up any space on the free app — choosing from locations shot by professional and amateur enthusiasts around the world — tap the VR button, place your iPhone in a Google Cardboard headset and BAM! Instant Oculus Rift-like virtual reality experience. Unlike traditional panoramas that have you panning through images with your fingers to get a better look, RoundMe… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is giving people the chance to take a virtual tour of the Abbey Road music studios in London, where artists such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jay Z and a number of others have recorded hit tracks and albums, but then you knew that already. Indeed, Abbey Road Studios has to be one of the most famous recording studios in the world, helped no doubt by The Beatles’ album of the same name. Not too many people can actually boast a guided tour of the building though, but now you can. Via the site, you can explore the whole of… This story continues at The Next Web

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This morning’s SpaceX Dragon mission to ISS was a resounding success, delivering an espresso machine to the International Space Station for the first time. The first stage landing of its recoverable rocket on the company’s autonomous barge was so close to being a success too, if it hadn’t toppled just over after landing. A Vine released by the company shows just how close it came to successfully pulling it off this time around. It lands almost perfectly, then tips right toward the end of the video. That’s a notable improvement over last time, when the rocket came down sideways and exploded on impact. One more attempt… This story continues at The Next Web

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OnOne, makers of advanced photo editing software and plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, has released an upgrade to its seven-app Perfect Photo Suite with a focus on turbocharging performance and usability. The app features improvements in browsing photos, portrait retouching, processing speed and more. The new version lets photographers use Perfect Browse as a front end to their Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop photo libraries to boost the speed of their workflow. Version 9.5 promises a 50 percent improvement in the speed of viewing large Raw files in detail for quicker sorting, rating and disposing of images. When you’re done, you can… This story continues at The Next Web

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London has a pretty crowded taxi-booking space, so with each new entrant comes a slightly different twist on how it promises to get you from A to B. Maaxi is the latest to launch (following a trial period at the end of 2014) and pledges to be the only one to allow you to book individual seats in one of London’s black cabs, and thereby cut down on your costs. Think of it more like reserving a seat on a train or plane than hailing a car. The company says it aims to bring the cost of door-to-door transportation within the realms of… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlaBlaCar has acquired German startup Carpooling.com and Hungary-based Autohop for an undisclosed sum. The move creates one of Europe’s largest car sharing networks. The company says it will “integrate the businesses into its existing service to create a unified ridesharing experience…from Amsterdam to Zagreb. It will now have more than 20 million members in 18 markets, of which, four – Hungrary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia – are new to it. “In the short term, Carpooling will continue to operate under its current brand, but the longer term vision is to bring the company’s offerings together under the BlaBlaCar brand. A spokesperson told TNW:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us. What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts itself as the “best improvement to email since spellcheck” and it might not be entirely wrong. Crystal scrapes publicly available information about you and others to create a profile on how to best communicate with you, complete with details about whether or not you like emoji or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has reportedly plunked down a cool $20 million for LinX Imaging, an Israeli company that specializes in developing tiny tablet and smartphone cameras, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. It’s no secret that Apple has focused heavily on the iPhone camera, encouraging customers to use it to become better photographers and showcasing such work in retail Apple Stores. This acquisition signals even more improvements on the horizon. “LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets,” said a statement on the LinX Website. According to LynX, it’s multi-lens technology offers… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to the Wall Street Journal today, Europe’s antitrust regulator is planning to file formal charges against Google for breaking antitrust laws. The charges are expected to be announced tomorrow and would be the first significant charges since Microsoft was fined by the group over a decade ago. Recode also reports today that Margrethe Vestager, who took over as EU competition commissioner in November, is flying into the United States on Wednesday and may make a statement after a meeting of the European Union commissioners. The case against Microsoft took over sixteen years from initial complaint in 1993 to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chrome 42 has now arrived on the scene. The trans-platform update applies to Mac, Windows and Linux browsers and can be accessed via Chrome’s download page. The Chrome Blog announcing the update cites major improvements for the new version including new apps, extension, and Web Platform APIs, including the Push API. As reported by VentureBeat, these let sites push notifications to users even after they close the page — but only with specific permission. With such permission, developers can use Google Cloud Messaging to contact a service worker (a script run by the browser in the background, separate from a Web page) to implement the notifications. In this release, notifications must be visible… This story continues at The Next Web

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Foursquare is today introducing a new advertising tool called Pinpoint, which takes advantage of the platform’s location expertise to target users based on where they go in the real world. Foursquare says Pinpoint leverages Foursquare’s 7 billion check-ins and 55 million users to pull together its data. That includes information such as how recently  consumers visited a location, their affinity to particular chains, and aspects about their lifestyle. Foursquare says it’s already partnered with numerous brands, including Samsung, AT&T and FedEx, to provide some insights on consumers. It’s even prepared a nifty little video visualizing some of its data. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Netflix is about to become a little more convenient for the visually impaired. The streaming platform is today incorporating audio description tracks into select titles. These are essentially optional narrations that describe certain aspects of what’s happening on screen, such as movements, facial expressions, costumes and scene changes. To listen to the descriptions, you just choose the soundtrack as you would select a different language. It’s a neat way to help the visually impaired get a better sense of what’s happening on screen. Netflix is starting the roll-out with its new Daredevil series – likely a nod to that series’… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat has stopped selling Brand Stories in a bid to shake-up its young ad business, according to Marketing Week. The feature wasn’t axed due to lack of interest; instead a spokesperson for the company confirmed that the service has been pulled and put into re-development so it can be improved to give users the best experience. It is unclear if this will be a cosmetic makeover or a more in-depth transformation. Brand Stories were debuted last October and allowed companies to publish stories and content to users who weren’t following them. Since the launch, Snapchat has unveiled additional ad platforms… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this year, Reddit launched its first official podcast, Upvoted, and after 600,000 downloads, is announcing its first weekly newsletter. Upvoted Weekly is a new opt-in newsletter which will feature the best content from Reddit each week, curated by people, and delivered on Sundays. The company says that signing up for the newsletter won’t affect your privacy in any way and the company will not be connecting your email address to any Reddit usernames you might have. Reddit says that it plans to use both Upvoted Weekly and its Upvoted podcast to broadcast stories from the site to a wider audience “while… This story continues at The Next Web

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There was more than a new MacBook and smartwatch at Apple’s Spring Forward event last month. The company’s open-source ResearchKit software – a set of developer tools to allow medical researchers to turn Apple devices into research and diagnostics tools – was one of the most interesting announcements to come out of the conference. Today it’s become available to medical professionals and developers everywhere. Apple had previously trialed the software with select partners, but this is the first time any developer can take advantage of the technology. Some of the initial modules available include elements for participant consent, surveys and ‘Active Tasks’… This story continues at The Next Web

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There was a time when parents would be wary of letting their kids use electronics, but today pre-loading your tablet or phone with some games and apps and handing it to your kid your seems like a general way to keep them distracted. Of course, not all the apps available on App Stores are exactly family-friendly, so Google is today announcing a new Designed for Families program to let developers label their app as appropriate for all ages. The program is opt-in, so not every app-maker has to go through the additional review, but the “family-friendly” designations will eventually make their… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dainius Runkevičius is Marketer at TrackDuck, a visual feedback tool for developers and designers that simplifies remote collaboration on web projects. People who doubted that remote, geographically dispersed teams would ever substitute co-located ones, can finally be proven wrong. With a rapidly increasing number of tech companies employing remote employees from around the world (as you’ll see below), this shift in work practices could change how companies function in the 21st century. Many of us, including myself, have been quite sceptic about remote teams for a long time. We have never thought that online communication can ever replace the traditional… This story continues at The Next Web

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Room-booking platform HotelTonight has today announced it has added rate tracking and tabs to its iOS app. Rate tracking means that you can track the changing prices of hotels in cities that you’re interested in by tapping the new ‘Track It’ button to receive daily notifications. When you choose this option, you will also get notified about other hotels in your chosen city that have added rooms. According to HotelTonight, the rates often go down as the check-in day gets closer, but there’s always a risk that if you don’t take the deal when you see it, someone else might… This story continues at The Next Web

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Love them or hate them, selfies are embedded into our camera-loving culture. Now social network Path is releasing an app called Kong to help you make and share looping selfie GIFs. When you first log in to the app, you’ll be presented with a grid of selfies shared by the people you follow and a shutter button at the bottom of the screen that allows you to create your own. Kong also adapts some Snapchat-like functionality: once recorded, you can add text, emojis and filters to your images. You can then share the images with other members on Kong, but you can also save the moment… This story continues at The Next Web

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