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Sharing your personal contact information can open the floodgates to spam messages, unwanted solicitations and cold calls – not to mention potential identity theft. With KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, you can safeguard your information while skipping the headaches of phone contracts and roaming charges. We’ve knocked 75 percent off the asking price for a lifetime subscription, because we love you that much. With your lifetime subscription, you’ll receive up to three completely private US or Canadian phone numbers with unlimited SMS, and unlimited calls (US lines only). Your calls and texts are fully encrypted with the VolP-based app for iPhone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Glu Mobile, the mobile game developer behind ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ is out to do it again with a new game, this time following the chronicles of pop princess Britney Spears. Titled ‘Britney Spears: American Dream,’ the game has a similar format to Kim K’s version, but this time you have *~musical aspirations~* to climb the pop charts ladder instead. The game lets you design outfits, play live shows, record singles, build a band, generate album art, and enjoy “master versions” of all the classic Britney singles. While it’s not surprising that Glu Mobile has decided to spin off a game… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’re founder, and have spent a ton of your time building your operations, it can be tempting to try to be the hero who does it all. But to keep your company growing, and keep your company’s culture and your own life healthy, you’ve got to be able to face your own limitations and recognize that you can’t do it all. I’ve learned all these things myself as I’ve grown my leadership and my companies over the past several years, so I’m not telling you anything I haven’t learned myself. If you’re still trying to be the hero of your… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve spent any time at all on social networks, you’ll most likely have come across a Dubsmash clip featuring front-cam video of someone lip-syncing over music or a popular movie dialogue. The Berlin-based firm now wants to get its users to spend more time with its service instead of heading off to Facebook and Twitter. Version 2 of Dubsmash for iOS and Android lets people message each other with lip-sync videos, called ‘dubs’, right within the app, in private one-on-one chats as well as group conversations. You can also add a dub to your profile and discover new sounds… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s no surprise to anyone that emails and social media accounts are hacked every single day. And if you cast your mind back to 2012, you might remember how millions of LinkedIn users were left vulnerable after it emerged that a Russian hacker was offloading over 6 million of their login details online. Well, he/she is back and this time there are 117 million email and passwords belonging to LinkedIn users up for grabs on an illegal Dark Web marketplace called The Real Deal for 5 bitcoin ($2,200 approximately). Under the nickname Peace, the hacker has spoken to Motherboard and confirmed these… This story continues at The Next Web

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The money’s starting to flow into Instagram. Thanks to the visual social network’s growing active user base, major ROI on direct response advertising, an average annual follower growth rate among brands of 100 percent and new advertising formats and capabilities being rolled out regularly, companies are investing heavily in Instagram-based promotion. For influential Instagram users seeking to cash in on the size and engagement levels of their followings, the outlook couldn’t be brighter. Let’s not forget – it took several solid years for the YouTube economy to gain enough momentum and maturity to get where it is today, with creators… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has announced that it’s selling its feature phone business for $350 million in a group deal to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Chinese hardware manufacturer Foxconn, which manufactures iPhones for Apple, and a newly formed company called HMD Global. The deal includes Microsoft’s entry-level mobile device assets and the Nokia brand name, as well as its manufacturing facility in Hanoi, Vietnam. The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second half of this year. When it is complete, HMD will be able to sell Nokia-branded feature phones as well as Android-based smartphones and tablets. The new firm plans to invest more than… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been looking for a way to make your favorite IDE or text editor easier to work with, you might want to start with the font you use for coding. Mononoki is a beautiful new monospace font by designer Matthias Tellen. It’s available for free in four weights (regular, italic, bold and bold italic) and was created with a view make it easier to review code. To that end, it’s highly legible thanks to its easily distinguishable characters. It also works well on both high- and low-resolution displays in just about any (sensible) color scheme. It’s also a hell… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to improve passenger safety, Uber has updated its Family Profiles feature with the ability to track riders in your closed group from the time they hop in a cab to the moment they reach their destination. The Trip Tracker feature will let you know when one of your loved ones are taking a cab and show you the route they’re taking in real-time on a map. It’ll also notify you when they’ve arrived at their destination. That should bring some peace of mind to people who are worried about their spouses, children or parents traveling through the… This story continues at The Next Web

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We reported yesterday that Tim Cook was scheduled to visit India this week. The Apple CEO has now touched down in the financial capital of Mumbai today amidst big news for the company. Apple has announced that it will open what it’s calling a Design and Development Accelerator, to assist developers working on its various platforms (Mac OS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS) in Bangalore, the country’s IT hub, by early 2017. The company described its forthcoming initiative in a press release: Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you weren’t certain about Google’s plans to introduce an Amazon Echo competitor, a new report may help you feel a bit more sure about what’ll happen at Google I/O tomorrow. According to The NewYork Times, Google will introduce it’s standalone connected home device at I/O, and will name it ‘Home.’ A previous report noted it was going by the codename of ‘Chirp.’ The latest report pegs Google Home as a device that “answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks.” We’re hearing again that it will debut this Fall. Outside of the new name and pseudo-confirmation it will be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Between controlling Echo speaker, Fire TV and ordering your laundry detergent, chances are you’ve come to rely on Amazon to get things done around the house. Today, the list of things Amazon and Alexa can control just grew again, this time to include more requests for streaming video from add-on subscriptions like HBO Go, Showtime, and of course, Amazon’s own Prime video. The update will arrive on the Amazon Fire TV and you’ll be able to control 59 content partners via Alexa – no need for additional peripherals. You’ll also be able to open these third-party content providers with commands like “Open HBO Now” or… This story continues at The Next Web

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For all the things tech improves in our lives, there are other aspects that no amount of innovation will help you with. Common sense is one of them. A company called My.Flow today unveiled a $49 smart tampon monitor that helps you see via an app when it’s time to change it. The device works by attaching the string end of a tampon to a clip, which sits on your pant waistband or underwear, and keeping you informed on how full the tampon is throughout the day. The device is likely to be most useful during your first and last days of… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a long time coming, but Android Pay is finally rolling out to the UK. Download #AndroidPay today from @GooglePlay. Now available in the UK. https://t.co/FZ3YlsaQ9T — Android (@Android) May 17, 2016 Android Pay first launched in September in the US. Back in March, Google said the UK version of the app would support several banks, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society, and that more would be added over time. The feature also supports payments on the Tube, buses and trains, and is supported anywhere contactless payments work. That said, Barclays… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve got a Nest Cam and an August Doorbell Cam, you’ll now be able to view a stream of the inside and outside of your home in one app. Both can be set to start recording when motion is detected, so you can get a birds-eye view of who’s at your door and when they may or may not go inside. Instead of swapping between the Nest and August apps, you’ll now be able to see both streams in your August app. “Video is a powerful aspect of smart security in the connected home. The integration with Nest lets… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new patent filed by Facebook earlier this month reveals that the company may be trying to make your face the new emoji. Using facial recognition technology, it appears Facebook wants to sort through your tagged photos to find faces that best match the emoji you meant to use. For example, if typing :) leads to the 😀 emoji, it may instead replace that with a photo of you smiling. If implemented, it will likely limit the compatible emoji to a select set of emotions easily detectable by the software (standard crying or angry emoji come to mind.) It would also encourage… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook unveiled its $30,000 360-degree camera – the Surround 360 – last month and now it’s showing off just how useful it can be in a new specially-produced short film called ‘Here and Now.’ Using three 90-minute sessions in New York’s famous Grand Central Station, Facebook’s creative team (AKA The Factory) has managed to create an intimate 3D 360-degree look at the various situations – sad and happy – that are celebrated in the hectic transit station on a daily basis and you can get up close and personal with each and every one of them. Some of the interactions include parents… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost, our early-stage growth program at TNW Conference. The applications for Boost are now closed, and we’re proud to have 200 of the world’s hottest starts startups ready to show 9,400 tech influencers, investors and journalists the next game-changers. Missed your chance to apply? Startups can still attend TNW Conference by buying tickets here. This week, we’ve selected 14 promising enterprise startups, keen to help you take your business to the next level. So whether you’re looking for… This story continues at The Next Web

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A small but worthy update for GIF users on Tumblr (aka everyone on the platform) – you’ll now be able to overlay text on its GIF Maker tool. You’ll have a selection of just three font choices, but they can be resized however you like and you can pick the color from the gradient on the right side. Just like most other social media photo editing tools, you can also add some emoji to the image. Unicode characters like ☃ and ⍾ are supported as well, if you’re fancy. The update will arrive first to iOS, with Android support to follow “in the next few… This story continues at The Next Web

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BitTorrent’s peer to peer data protocols are most known for file sharing through torrents and Sync, but now the company believes it can tackle a completely different platform: live television. To be clear, the company isn’t taking on livestreaming platforms like Periscope or Twitch; it’s setting it’s sights on broadcast television. Called BitTorrent Live, the platform will focus on the areas Web streaming hasn’t quite cracked yet, including sports, news and events – all which BitTorrent says hold the majority of television viewership. Part of the reason large scale streaming video has been problematic is simply an issue of scale:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is rolling out a beta program that will allow developers to add advertisements to tweets. By integrating Twitter Kit with MoPub publishing platform, ads can be piggybacked onto the content you’d normally find in a tweet. It’s the first time Twitter is letting developers advertise directly within Twitter, which will also relate to off-platform content as well. For the beta period, Twitter is only allowing tweets with ads to be seen in Android and iOS apps that utilize Twitter Kit for embedded timelines. That means third-party apps using Twitter as their social feed (the official NBA app is a… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest evolution of the iconic microcomputer kit that’s taught countless curious minds the fundamentals of electronics and robotics. Over the past four years, the Raspberry Pi has sold eight million units – three million in the last year alone, opening new doors of computing and opportunity for students and professionals around the world. This year, on its fourth birthday, a brand new upgraded model was released – and with The Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit you can get started on this next-gen device with a 7-course bundle to develop quick mastery, for 55%… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ahead of Google I/O, the company has unveiled a new high-res camera capable of taking “gigapixel” images. But don’t get too excited – it’s not exactly made for the masses. Called the Art Camera, the device was created for the Google Cultural Institute to photograph artworks from museums around to world to archive and preserve them. Google says the camera is so powerful, you can zoom in to see all the brush strokes and dabs of oil paint in a Van Gogh piece, for example. It works by photographing an art piece inch by inch to capture ultra high resolutions of each… This story continues at The Next Web

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Designers are extremely busy people. Fact. Not only do they have to make time to find inspiration for their next project, manage feedback, attend meetings, and communicate with their clients, they also have to find the time to actually sit down and do the work. Let’s not forget the time and effort they have to put into mocking up an idea, creating a visual for sharing, or keeping abreast of modern design trends. The role of a designer is so much more than just ‘coloring in’. To ease the workload of time-poor designers, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah, welcome welcome. I see you enjoyed last week’s edition and are back for more. Well we won’t disappoint. For the uninitiated (go back and start at post one, please) the team at TNW has made a New Year’s Resolution to read a bit more. So every week, a select number of our team will share with you what’s currently living on their nightstand, or saved in Pocket, or is sitting in that browser tab begging to be read. This week we have topics as diverse as food deserts in New York, how VR is helping kids work out what careers… This story continues at The Next Web

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