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As the launch date for Apple’s new streaming music service draws nearer, senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeted that it will allow users to upload 25,000 of their own songs to the company’s cloud storage service on June 30, and expand that to 100,000 songs by the time iOS 9 ships. That’s similar to Apple’s iTunes Match service, which lets you upload 25,000 tracks — including songs you purchased outside of iTunes — to iCloud for streaming at any time. @karlfranks @robmsimoes 25k for launch and working to get to 100k for iOS 9 — Eddy Cue… This story continues at The Next Web

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The worlds of sales and marketing are undergoing a significant paradigm shift. The days of ‘pitching, closing, and presenting have come to an end.’ As buyers become more empowered—and knowledge oriented—in their decision-making processes, businesses are taking on new roles as educators. From sales to engineering, marketing, product development—and every function in between—the most successful organizations are invested in helping their customer bases learn. Success boils down to the field of psychology. Here are 5 principles that illuminate how human beings learn: 1 – When it comes to the ability to learn, process is everything For years, human intelligence was… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you want to get the jump on Apple Music as soon as it launches on June 30, we now know when exactly when it’ll be available: 8 AM PST/11 AM EST. Apple Music’s senior director (and former Beats CEO) Ian Rogers revealed the timing on his blog. Apple Music arrives with iOS 8.4, so you’ll have to upgrade your device to access the new service. He even created a Facebook event to help you remember. Rogers also provided some information on the launch of Apple Music’s 24/7 global radio station, Beats 1, which will launch an hour later to… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s always inspiring to talk to people who work outside of your industry or field, especially as a freelancer. We had the pleasure of attending Freelancer Union’s June Freelancer Spark event in Brooklyn with attendees from all different industries, from writing to photography, from film production to education, and beyond. One of the most interesting take-aways was that no matter what industry you work in or years of experience you have, the problem of “what do I charge and how do I communicate my value?” is a universal one that all freelancers struggle with. Here are the lessons and solutions we defined as a group together… This story continues at The Next Web

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Space X just had another unfortunate failure; its Falcon 9 rocket headed towards the International Space Station (ISS) appears to have disintegrated approximately 2 minutes into its launch at 10:21 AM ET. Thankfully, nobody was on board, so there are no reported injuries. Although Space X has had other launch failures before, this one is notable for a couple of reasons: it’s the first time a Falcon 9 model has failed, and this time the rocket was carrying important supplies for the ISS. It was also carrying some units of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset for ISS astronauts, where the augment reality… This story continues at The Next Web

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A version of this article originally appeared as part of our weekly newsletter – sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out next Friday.  There’s a word that has become ubiquitous in recent years. A word that describes the product I make at The Next Web and almost everything you consume on the internet. It’s a vile word that often devalues the very thing it describes. I’m talking about the word ‘content.’ ‘Content’ describes blog posts, TV shows, podcasts, movies, books; everything from The Complete Works of Shakespeare to a trashy Daily Mail article about a minor celebrity almost standing in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter chats are all the rage among online community builders today, and rightfully so. If you’re not already familiar, a Twitter chat is a recurring online discussion on Twitter around a particular topic, usually held weekly. Some chats are branded around a specific company or organization, such as #bufferchat. Others are named after the topic they cover — i.e. #contentchat or #CMGRHangout. If you have the time and resources, hosting your own chat is an effective way to increase brand awareness and grow and engage your community. Just ensure you’re prepared for what goes into execution: planning out topics, recruiting guests, promoting them… This story continues at The Next Web

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Master Linux quickly and efficiently with the next great courseware offer from TWC Deals! The Linux Learner Bundle puts you in command of the basics with 5 elite courses and 40+ hours of interactive learning content. Included in the bundle: Learn Linux in Five Days: Linux crash course for beginners Learning Ubuntu Linux Server: get your first Linux Ubuntu server running Learn to Run Linux Servers from Scratch Pt. 1: become a certified pro Linux admin Learn to Run Linux Servers Pt. 2: advanced linux concepts & certification training Pentester Certification Course: learn Pentesting with Linux and get certified by… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’ve probably heard this line: “If you can’t raise money from angels you can raise from your friends or family.” In fact most young entrepreneurs raise money from friends and family, here is a quick breakdown of funding sources for startups from AngelBlog. I am writing this article to tell you from personal experience: raising money from friends and family is a VERY BAD IDEA. It may kill your startup and your relationships with friends and family. Think back to the time when you pitched your startup to family and friends. Did you sound a little like this guy in… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve been writing about Ubuntu smartphones and tablets on and off for the last few years. I’ve had the opportunity to pick Canonical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth’s brain on a few occasions too. One thing that’s always struck me is how long it’s taken to get Ubuntu mobile hardware onto retailer’s shelves. Canonical was talking about ‘Ubuntu for Android’ in 2012, and it’s only really just now that a device with hardware worth having has gone on sale running the Ubuntu OS. Even then, it’s not big name manufacturers making and selling the devices – BQ and Meizu; neither of which I’d heard… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post appeared in a slightly different, shorter form as part of our weekly newsletter – sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out!  This week, Amazon announced that its Echo smart assistant is now available to buy without an invite in the US. But just as the Echo is hitting Amazon’s shelves, and Cortana, Siri and Google Now are becoming truly useful, I’ve lost interest in voice control. The Echo costs $179.99 and promises to allow users to do handy ‘around the home’ things like pulling up recipes while cooking, checking the weather or get word definitions while you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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New technology makes it increasingly easy to produce and promote music, film and other creative works. The downside is that artists now face a vastly expanded field of competition so it’s no easier (and maybe even harder) to get noticed by key influencers with their overflowing inboxes. Fluence is a product that may have cracked that problem. A two-sided marketplace, Fluence gives artists an easy path to journalists, DJs, producers and other experts, while serving as a filter for the number of pitches those experts have to deal with. The magic ingredient? Money. While ‘pay for access’ models tend to leave a bad smell when applied to the world of emerging artists, it… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the number of messaging alternatives available nowadays, the lure of BlackBerry’s ultra-secure BBM platform isn’t what it once was. Nonetheless, there’s a loyal stable of users who stand by the Canadian company’s messenger, and for these people, there’s an update available that brings with it private messaging and the ability to hide identity in chats, for a small cost. Once enabled, the private mode strips identifying information, like the sender’s name and profile picture. BlackBerry says the chats also close automatically after “a short period of time.” Where BlackBerry used to offer a ‘Timed and Retracted Control’ subscription, there’s now… This story continues at The Next Web

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Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. If they hit us unprepared (which we are now), they will wash away the medical system we know, leaving a purely technology–based service without personal interaction. By preparing and planning, we have the opportunity to consciously and purposefully redesign the healthcare sector piece-by-piece. That’s the belief of medical futurist Dr. Bertalan Meskó, author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch. Part 1 of this column summarized the first set of tech trends that Meskó described as being already underway or those that will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Activity trackers are now well and truly a part of every day life. A year or two ago, when I’d test a wearable device, people would invariably ask what it was and what it did. Now, not so much; they’re a dime-a-dozen. The UP3 from Jawbone is the company’s all-singing and dancing model, which promises to make you healthier by giving you data about your every waking (and sleeping) moment. As a previous UP24 user, I had some idea of what to expect: tracking of steps, the ability to add specific exercises and workouts, sleep tracking, a section to monitor food intake… This story continues at The Next Web

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The best managers create productive and engaging work environments for team members. That’s why, according to Gallup’s recent State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders report, managers account for 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement. In other words, good managers increase employee engagement, and that makes teams more productive. So, how do they do it? What do they know about their team members that other managers don’t? Personality is the key The more managers understand about personality, and the different personality types on their teams, the easier it becomes to engage and inspire team members.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Some of the biggest tech news of last year was Apple’s new Swift programming language. If you’d like to get to grips with iOS 8 development and this new way of creating apps, we’ve got just the course for you. The course is suitable for beginners and includes 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content to help you understand iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift. As a bonus, you’ll also get access to the previous iOS 7 course. Through the course, you’ll build 14 iOS 8 apps. You’ll learn everything from app design to API integrations (to connect with third… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook admins already know that video is a big traffic booster. But it’s hard to quantify. Now, Facebook has announced a new videos tab in its Page Insights that will give video publishers a better sense of how well videos are actually resonating with viewers at any given time. A blog post by Facebook product manager Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza, details how it works. The tab lets page admins see insights like Views and 30-second Views at the page level; top videos within a specified time frame and numbers associated with videos shared from other pages. Previously, page owners have only been able to see metrics on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has commenced production of a new generation of iPhones featuring Force Touch, Bloomberg is reporting. While it is rumored that the next iPhone version will be similar to the iPhone 6 models, a major update would be the incorporation of a Force Touch feature. Currently integrated into the Apple Watch and the new 12-inch MacBook, Force Touch lets users apply different levels of pressure when pressing on a screen or trackpad to surface additional functions. Sources told the news agency that manufacturing volume is scheduled to accelerate next month. While final assembly is generally expected to be smooth because of the similarity of the new… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you were one of the people to sign up early for Google’s upcoming cellular service – Project Fi – you can now keep track of your invite’s status more easily. Google rolled out an online tool to its Project Fi sign-up page showing people when they should expect to hear back about access to the service. According to TechCrunch, several users are seeing 3-4 or 4-8 week time frames, but others only see a message indicating Google is still determining their status, with no precise time frame to be found. TechCrunch also notes the invites don’t seem to be… This story continues at The Next Web

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LGBT Pride Month may be about to end, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for Google to add some new Easter eggs to Hangouts – especially given today’s momentous Supreme Court Ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the US. Typing “happy pride” into Hangouts will show a randomly selected animation. There appear to be three animations: a parade of emoji waving a Pride flag, an animated rainbow, and one of two emoji kissing. A week ago, Google introduced a set of Pride-themed Androidify characters, which you could dress up to participate in a virtual Pride parade this weekend. ➤ Google… This story continues at The Next Web

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For Photoshop users with Save for Web muscle memory, a recent update to Photoshop CC will be jarring. So if you just got around to updating your apps, you won’t find the command at the File menu any longer. That’s because Adobe has relocated the Save for Web command under the Export menu. No big whoop, right? Wrong. Now, it’s not like Adobe removed Save for Web command altogether, but the team sure made it less convenient and more time-consuming to use. The Export menu is located under the File menu, and now Save for Web is a sub-command which requires some sleight of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has made a slight change to its AppleCare+ insurance plan that may have a big impact. Now, any mobile device with a battery at less than 80 percent capacity is eligible for service. The change affects all iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple Watch devices with an AppleCare+ plan. Previous language of the agreement stated that only devices with batteries below 50 percent capacity could receive a repair or replacement. If during the Plan Term, you submit a valid claim by notifying Apple that (i) a defect in materials and workmanship has arisen in the Covered Equipment, or (ii) the… This story continues at The Next Web

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WantList is a new fashion discovery app on iOS from London-based shopping site Styloko. The app provides a Tinder-like approach to shopping. You swipe right if you like what you see, and left if you don’t. You add things that you like to your WantList and sort into Collections. Then, you can price compare different versions of the same product, which WantList calls “Luxe” and “Less.” I’m not a fan of Tinder, so my swiping experience is limited, but the gesture certainly lends itself well to the shopping experience. First impressions The sign-up process is straightforward. You only need to give… This story continues at The Next Web

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To streamline Android development efforts, Google will focus on building tools for Android Studio. The company will also stop supporting other Integrated Development Environments (IDE) at the end of this year, like Eclipse. Noting that Google would like to focus exclusively on Android Studio moving forward, Android Product Manager Jamal Eason writes, “to focus all of our efforts on making Android Studio better and faster, we are ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of the year. This specifically includes the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system.” Android Studio is… This story continues at The Next Web

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