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Music discovery is a problem, especially for independent artists that don’t have a massive marketing machine backing them. In many ways, finding an artist that you connect with is a lot like starting a relationship, so it’s only natural that two Tinder veterans would take the same discovery dynamic that has worked for dating and hookups and apply it to musicians and their fans. The resulting iPhone app, which is created by Tinder co-founder Christopher Gulczynski and former VP of design Sarah Mick, is called Next. Musicians use Next to record short videos of their music – anywhere from 10... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype today confirmed it’s working on a new app for Amazon’s soon to be released Fire Phone. The move isn’t surprising, given cross-platform support is a requirement for all messaging apps, but it’s a notable addition for the smartphone nonetheless. To be clear, this isn’t the Skype for Android app, or the app already available for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets. The new Fire Phone app will take advantage of the handset’s unique home screen, with a drop-down widget that shows recent conversations, contacts and notifications. Just swipe horizontally until you see the Skype app in the Carousel,... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog. You’re stuck in the trough of sorrow. No matter what you do, nothing in your company is improving. You look around you, and everyone you know is crushing it. Their companies are getting acquired, they’re raising huge funding rounds, and they’re announcing new product features that people love. But not you. You’re stuck in the trough of sorrow, and it feels like you’ll never get out. It’s emotionally trying and tough to handle psychologically, and you’ll want to quit. That’s whyfamed startup investor Paul Graham has said that the number one underlying cause of startup... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is giving advertisers and developers the ability to target ads at specific smartphones and tablets. The new parameters will allow them to specify not only a specific mobile OS, such as Android or iOS, but also individual devices and the firmware version being used. As an example, an advertiser or developer would be able to deliver ads only to people who are using an iPad mini with Retina Display – and target devices that are running at least iOS 7 or higher. In addition, Facebook will also allow developers to target devices with specific connectivity, such as Wi-Fi-only. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on Owen’s personal blog. I had an interesting experience this week when I tried to cancel my Spotify account. When you visit the cancellation page, you’re asked to give a reason about why you’re canceling. Fair enough, but what caught me off guard is Spotify trying to trick you into staying subscribed. Spotify uses a tactic where it makes the link for “stay premium” a big obvious button and the “cancel my account” button a small link to the right. Since you’re unlikely to read the button and just click on it (because a good interface would make... This story continues at The Next Web

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IFTTT today announced its new Nike+ Channel, which lets fitness fanatics automate tasks tied to their Nike+ Running or Nike+ FuelBand apps. These apps already boast some sharing options, but with IFTTT’s recipes you can automatically log NikeFuel activity in a Google Drive spreadsheet, or have your Philips Hue lights turn green when you’ve reached your daily target. It’s a small step, but an important one as the walled-garden of every fitness tracker and fitness app slowly comes down. Apple’s Healthkit and Google Fit will hopefully make your personal health data more useful, but in the meantime – services such as... This story continues at The Next Web

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GoPro is known for its range of durable and high-resolution cameras that help action sports athletes to document their latest death-defying stunts from a point-of-view perspective. GoPro also wants to be a video platform owner like YouTube, however. To that end it’s launched a new GoPro Channel for the Xbox One, which allows you to watch on-demand videos, share favorite clips and purchase new cameras. It follows the GoPro Channel that launched on Xbox 360 back in April, and has four “exclusive” videos for you to check out on your TV. Read Next: This surfing video shot with a drone... This story continues at The Next Web

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It probably comes as little surprise that Facebook is the biggest driver of traffic compared to any other social network, but which social network comes out on top for social logins on third-party websites? Yup, you probably guessed right. Following on from its previous quarterly report, social login aggregator and provider Gigya has revealed some key insights in latest report, showing that Facebook is making global gains. Its report is based on tens of millions of logins between April and June 2014, and records the most commonly used social APIs used by internet users to log-in to websites. Facebook up,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla shipped a new version of its Firefox browser today, giving desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) and mobile (Android) users alike a small selection of new consumer-facing features to explore. On desktop, the most notable change is a search field on the new tab page. It’s fairly explanatory, giving you the ability to start a new query without mousing over to the search bar at the top of the screen. Furthermore, Firefox for Windows will now handle .ogg and .pdf files in the browser, if you haven’t already set a specific application to open them by default. The Android update,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has quietly released Amazon Wallet, a new Android and Fire Phone app that lets you store and organize your gift, reward and loyalty cards. The app is in beta at the moment, but you can still use it to scan cards, check balances and redeem offers in-store. As TechCrunch stresses though, the app doesn’t support mobile payments or credit and debit cards. In this regard Google Wallet is still the better service, although it probably won’t be long before Amazon adds similar functionality. Endorsing purchases and offers from physical store might seem an odd move by Amazon, given its empire... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is looking to reward engineers and budding innovators for coming up with a more compact solution for transforming energy garnered from renewable sources into something usable in your home. The internet giant first announced the initiative back in May, but now it’s full steam ahead as Google has finally opened it for submissions. As things stand, the typical power inverter for solar or wind power is roughly the size of a picnic cooler, as Google notes, but it’s looking for clever people to shrink this down to the size of a tablet, roughly a tenth of its current size.... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a mobile developer you’ve probably, at one point, had to work with databases to store your app data on a device. Surprisingly, your choice in databases is limited, with SQLite being the most commonly used. It’s surprising because despite the many new databases that have been created over the past decade, none have been focussed on mobile. Bring on Realm: “a mobile database that runs directly inside phones, tablets or wearables.” Realm is an open-source library that mobile developers can integrate into their app to store and query data. Data is queried from Realm’s internal storage engine (not... This story continues at The Next Web

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NVIDIA’s portable Shield gaming console was a niche device that failed to resonate with players. Undeterred, the company is back with a successor called the Shield tablet, which swaps the quirky controller and display hybrid for a more familiar slate and separate gamepad setup. Running on a Tegra K1 chipset, the Shield tablet boasts an 8-inch, full HD display and a stylus. It runs on Android and comes with 16GB or 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 128 GB with a microSD card. Similar to the original Shield, the new Shield tablet supports NVIDIA’s GameStream technology... This story continues at The Next Web

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An Apple patent filed in January 2011 for a “wrist-worn electronic device” has been published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Referred to as iTime, the patent’s accompanying diagrams reveal a smartwatch with a square face and wide straps that could be fitted with components such as GPS modules, accelerometers, antennas, GPS receivers and haptic enablers. Similar to Android Wear, the main unit would connect to a secondary “mobile electronic device,” which almost certainly means your smartphone, and would also be operational without the electronic wristband. If you’ve ever fitted a conventional watchstrap to a square iPod... This story continues at The Next Web

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Let’s imagine that there’s a large wall in your living room — right above the couch, say — that’s been showcasing a tired, old museum poster for the longest time. And let’s say you’re sick of looking at it. Perhaps an original framed print or even a painting would be nice, but where do you start? Pixels.com’s new iPad app can assist not only in choosing your new work of art — something its related website FineArtAmerica has been doing since 2006 — but letting you visualize exactly how that new piece will look when it’s hanging on your wall. Each... 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 TypeRelease. As another month comes to an end, here’s a look back at all the beautiful typefaces released during the month of June. Check them out below! Rene Bieder: Choplin Choplin is a modern and clear geometric slab serif with a sturdy heart. TipoType: Libertad Libertad is a sans serif that mixes humanist and grotesk models. Webalys: Streamline Icons Streamline Icons have been designed on a precise grid, to guarantee consistency and crisp display. Mika Melvas: Sanelma Sanelma is a brush script inspired by hot rod lettering and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Xiaomi jumped into the wearables fray today after it took the wraps off the Mi Band, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). At first glance, the price is obviously the clincher — the Fitbit, for example, costs US$99.95. The Mi Band, however, is much more than a “cheap device” — it does an array of useful things that are really impressive. Other than tracking various fitness metrics, including the number of steps you take and your sleep cycle, it also acts as an alarm clock and best of all — can even unlock your Xiaomi smartphone. Design First impressions: the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Storing your personal documents, photos and anything else in the cloud is a notion that has made its way into mainstream awareness and can no longer be considered the preserve of ‘techies’. And if there’s one thing that everyone knows about the cloud, it’s that it provides anywhere, anytime access to all your stuff at the click of a button. Well, normally it does. Deepfreeze.io, on the other hand, has been designed to fill a slightly different need to the services offered by companies like Dropbox or Google Drive. Rather than short-term storage it focuses on providing an archive space for all the... This story continues at The Next Web

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As part of its ongoing experiments with new and interesting add-on services, Uber is trialing a Wi-Fi service in its cars, kicking off initially in Philadelphia. The aptly-titled uberWiFi service does exactly what it says on the box, giving the good folks from the City of Brotherly Love access to the Web on the go directly from their automobile. The service comes courtesy of a tie-up with Google Apps for Business, and is available (free) from today through Labor Day (September 1). To see the uberWiFi option, you’ll need to slide the button to ‘Wi-Fi’ at the bottom of the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Following its launch for iPad back in October, Cannonball garnered quite a bit of fanfare for its slick email client that sifts out the important messages you don’t want to miss from all those coupons, subscriptions and newsletters. And today, it’s available for iPhone users too. To recap, Canonball’s subscription management system groups messages together automatically and marks them as read, meaning you can easily delete them in bulk enjoy simultaneously in a magazine-style format.      The general principle behind Cannonball is similar to that of Gmail’s very own auto-filter feature which separates your inbound mail into four categories, each... This story continues at The Next Web

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Launched by Jimmy Wales way back in 2006, Wikia may not be as well-known as its not-for-profit big brother Wikipedia. But it still attracts north of 110 million unique visitors per month around the world, meaning it’s very much a colossal digital beast in its own right. Wikipedia is a donation-reliant, crowdsourced encyclopedia founded by Wales more than a decade ago, but Wikia is his money-making, Web-hosting service for crowdsourced wikis – free for fans, readers and editors, and funded by advertising. Wikia packs an enormous content punch, and it’s social to boot with users collaborating, discussing and consuming information... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Views gives anyone the chance to share their own panoramic, 360-degree Photo Spheres with the world. The platform has now been updated with comments and +1s, the latter of which is a ‘like’ equivalent for Google+, so people can easily show their appreciation. Some of the Photo Spheres uploaded by the community are breathtaking and as Evan Rapoport, Google product manager for Photo Spheres explains, many photographers have already amassed millions of views for their images. If you just want to say “wow” or maybe ask the photographer how they captured their latest Photo Sphere, now there’s an easy way to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi released its fourth-generation smartphone today and the Mi 4 is impressive — largely because the company has finally used metal for the frame of its phone, getting rid of the plasticky feel that was a letdown in its predecessors. The Mi 4 is also once again packed with high-end specs that have led to CEO Lei Jun touting it as the fastest-ever smartphone globally, replacing the Mi 3. First impressions: the Mi 4 actually looks like a bigger version of the iPhone 4. Despite being bigger than the iPhone 4 though, it is extremely light, weighing only 149g. When... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Maps on Android and the Web is now available in Hindi, allowing even more people around the world to use the renowned mapping and navigation service in their preferred language. To enable Hindi, you need to dive into your Google account settings and change the default language option. Alternatively, you can browse to the Google India home page and select Hindi from the language shortcuts listed at the bottom of the page. On Android (version 4.3 and higher), it’s just a matter of switching to Hindi in the ‘Language and Input’ section of your device’s settings. Hindi is one... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tech startups can be among the most innovative places to work, but ironically startup recruitment itself is often free of any notable innovation. Job hunters often end up on basic jobs boards that don’t tell them much about the companies behind the vacancies. Tyba is setting out to change that, in Europe at least. Aiming at twenty-somethings looking to get their foot in the door of the startup world, Tyba is a directory of European startup workplaces. More ‘brochure’ than ‘job site’, it’s got photos of the offices and key staff at each company, interviews with people who work there and detailed outlines of the vacancies... This story continues at The Next Web

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