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Screenshots, a new app from Landscape Mobile, uses smart technology to help you organize and share a particular kind of image — screenshots — on your iPhone. Screen captures are often meant as documentation, to save, store or extract information for personal use and sharing. The idea behind the app is to view screens as images containing rich data, so the app employs automatic recognition, categorization and noise reduction to aid in discovering and preserving information within the image. As mobile devices move toward ubiquity, users are increasingly relying on screenshots to record information and communicate across apps, but screenshots are easily disorganized and… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a Financial Times report today, Hutchison Whampoa is set to purchase UK mobile carrier O2 as part of a £10 billion cash deal. Hutchison Whampoa owns the UK’s Three mobile network. We reported late last year that BT was in talks with O2 to purchase the company, but those talks ended in December according to the report. The Financial Times article says that O2 is expected to announce the news this Friday. ➤ Telefónica set to agree to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10bn [FT]

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You’ve always wished your tweets were a little more poetic, right? Well, now there’s the perfect app for you: Poetweet. This simple website, which doesn’t even require sign in, will turn your tweets from banalities into sweet poetry. The below poem is what Poetweet came up with for our main account.   Poetweet mashes up your account’s recent tweets, letting you choose from sonnet, rondel or indriso forms. Since it doesn’t require you to sign in, you can try it out with other people’s accounts too. For example, here’s a poem about Taco Bell. Poetweet takes a little while to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe has announced that the upcoming Lightroom 6, its Creative Cloud photo manager, will support only 64-bit operating systems. The new version of the software, which last saw a major upgrade in April of 2013, will no longer support 32-bit operating systems. Lightroom 6 will thus require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. “Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance,” Sharad Mangalick, Adobe’s photo product manager, stated on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re going to go through the trouble of stealing an iPad, you should at least wipe the device before taking a selfie. Texas Police today arrested the two miscreants, Dorian Walker-Gaines and Dillian Thompson, after their celebratory selfie was automatically uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account. Walker-Gaines also confessed to stealing $5,000, a laptop and other items from the victim’s unlocked vehicle. Once the photos started circulating online, a Reddit user was able to contact one of Schaefer’s friends and provide the thieves’ names and birth dates. They didn’t leave it at a selfie though; the vertical video may be… This story continues at The Next Web

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While the pleas to free Barrett Brown filled Twitter and other social media over the past two years, the courts had other ideas. Today Brown was sentenced to five years, three months in prison for obstruction of justice, aiding-and-abetting and threats made against an FBI agent. The charges stem from the 2011 Stratfor hack. Brown did not partake in the hack, instead he copy and pasted a link to the pilfered data from one chatroom to another. The data included email addresses and credit card numbers. ➤ Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack [Wired] Image credit: Shutterstock… This story continues at The Next Web

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“There are no recording devices allowed during the demo.” While Microsoft was happy to show off what the finished HoloLens would look like during its Windows 10 event keynote, it was less inclined to let journalists take photos, shoot video or even record audio of the demos it was doling out in its headquarters. But, if you wanted to see Microsoft’s take on the potential future of computing, and didn’t mind cramming all your gear into a gym locker, you complied. You could take notes on paper, but all your electronics had to be left behind. To be completely honest, I’m happy I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter today announced that it’s resuming its team-up with Bing to let you read tweets in multiple languages. Translation functionality has waned on and off on Twitter, most recently re-appearing in Tweetdeck a couple of weeks ago. To activate the functionality, simply go to your account settings and select ‘Show Tweet translations.’ When looking at a tweet in a language you don’t understand, look for the globe icon located in the tweet. Simply click on the globe to expand the tweet, and a translation will appear below the original text. Alternatively, point your mouse to the “click to translate” prompt below an expanded tweet. Twitter says… This story continues at The Next Web

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After rolling out across Australia and a few Asian countries, Opera Max is now available in more nations across the Middle East and Asia. The Android app allows users to save on data when browsing the Web by compressing pages and video before they are transmitted to mobile devices. Opera Max launched last February in the US, and has just become available in these countries: Algeria Bahrain Egypt Fiji Iran Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Morocco Nepal Oman Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Sri Lanka Thailand Tunisia United Arab Emirates Vietnam Yemen The app is available for free from Google Play now. ➤ Opera… This story continues at The Next Web

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They say that the best remote control is the one that’s closest at hand… or something like that. Blumoo lets you use your smartphone to control your TV and home theater equipment, with powerful features to customize your entertainment experience like never before. It’s now available at TNW Deals for 34 percent off. Despite the dramatic advances in mobile technology we’ve seen over the past several years, most TV remotes still look like they did in the early 2000’s. Blumoo changes that, bringing your remote into the modern age, utilizing wireless smartphone technology to maximize the capabilities of the remote. This… This story continues at The Next Web

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In Microsoft’s eternal quest to make you more productive, the company played up its new suite of universal Office for Windows 10 apps during the event for its new operating system yesterday. But in a blog post detailing new features today, the company snuck in an announcement: Office 2016 is being released the second half of 2015. Wait what? Yes, you read that right: there are two separate Office suites incoming. The touch-optimized Office for Windows 10 is slated to be the future of the company as it seeks to create universal apps that can work on anything from 84-inch displays to phones. Office… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tumblr is one of the most prolific social media platforms for artists looking to showcase their work. The company now wants to take advantage of this to help artists make some extra cash. The company is today announcing the launch of Creatrs, a program which will allow its community of artists to connect with advertising campaigns and foster partnerships with brands and companies. The most important part of the program is the Creatrs Network, which features a team of curators that will help brands connect with the artists that best suit their advertising needs. There are currently 300 artists that have signed up… This story continues at The Next Web

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On December 31, Facebook rolled out a little banner prompting people to send a selfie to friends via Messenger to ring in the new year. However, to show gratitude at provision of the service – and the introduction of selfie-oriented features like this – users started using the bug reporting tool to send thanks to the dev team, rather than just to say Happy New Year to their friends, according to Facebook Messenger Vice President David Marcus. “Lots of people did that… It’s actually kind of tricky, [so] it’s funny. You have to go into the options to send feedback,” Marcus… This story continues at The Next Web

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Social analytics company SocialRank has been on a roll recently, revealing a Global Brands Index, Tech Media Index and Tech Companies Index tracking data from those groups on Twitter. Today it’s announced the Tech Startups Index. The latest index tracks 86 companies. It’s based on a list of the world’s most valuable startups published by Fred Wilson, Willaim Mougayar and the Wall Street Journal. SocialRank filtered the index based on three criteria to include privately-owned companies founded after 2006 in the US. That means it includes big hitters like Uber, Snapchat, Airbnb, GitHub, Dropbox and Slack.   As you might expect, followers for companies in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Amazon announced it’s releasing a new initiative that will make it easier for teachers and educators to get their materials onto Kindle products and apps. Called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) EDU, it’s designed to help publish, prepare and promote educational content for students across Amazon’s own reading products, as well as apps for mobile devices and desktop. Educators can easily turn PDFs of textbooks and course materials into ebooks, for instance. Books made using the Kindle Textbook Creator include nifty features such as multi-color highlighting, a notebook to keep track of passages and images and flashcards to keep track… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you’re working, shopping or socializing online, your Web activity should always be private, secure and safe from hackers and identity thieves. With VPN Unlimited, you can count on total security online, across your devices, and with no compromise on speed or bandwidth. VPN Unlimited lets you browse, shop and transact online securely from any location, while also granting access to location-restricted sites and servers. Your web traffic is encrypted right from your device for total personal protection from spying and hacking, and you can enjoy much more stable and secure connections than with proxies — all without the need… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, Rdio launched its music streaming service in India. Now, it’s kicking its global expansion up a gear, debuting in 24 new countries, reports VentureBeat. Through a deal with mobile carrier Digicel, Rdio will reach 14 million subscribers in countries across Central America, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. The move brings Rdio to 85 markets in total. ➤ Rdio [via VentureBeat]

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Apple files a lot of patents, many of which come to nothing, but one of the latest, uncovered by PatentYogi is intriguing. It details a method of automatically adding effects to photos based on audio cues, motion or your location. Apple was granted United States Patent – 8,933,960 Image alteration techniques on January 13, 2015. It’s credited to two employees, Aram Lindahl, Senior Manager, Audio Design and Engineering, and Kelvin Chiu, Engineering Manger for iOS GPU Software. The document explains that with this method, unlike Instagram, users wouldn’t need to select an effect each time they wanted to apply one. Examples in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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David Cameron proudly declared earlier this month that Barack Obama calls him ‘bro’, but it seems the President’s not as close to him as he thinks. With the help of Social Rank, we discovered that Obama does follow a David Cameron, it’s just not the right one. A quick double-check using the DoesFollow tool confirms that Obama isn’t among Cameron’s followers, despite the Prime Minister following him. An entirely different David Cameron gets that honor. So much is at stake in this election. Help secure a better future – pledge to vote: https://t.co/IEY51GMB8O pic.twitter.com/WNRiyxktCZ — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 20, 2015… This story continues at The Next Web

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Finnish game studio Rovio, known for its hit mobile game franchise Angry Birds, now has its sights set on young readers. The company is publishing author Mintie Das’ novel The Sinking World late this year. Part of a series called Storm Sisters, The Sinking World features five young girls aged 11 to 17, who delve into action-filled adventures on the high seas disguised as ‘girl pirates’ in the late 18th century. A second novel titled The Frozen Seas is set to follow.   Das says she drew inspiration from her travels around the world with her family, as her father, an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Music streaming platform Spotify has today introduced a new feature that it says allows iOS users to listen to song previews and build playlists in a far more convenient way. Fittingly dubbed Touch Preview, the feature lets you simply hold your finger down on any track to get a short snippet – dragging your finger onto another song starts a new track. Tapping any track plays the full version, as you’d expect. If you’re in the middle of listening to one song and decide to listen to a preview of another, once the preview ends, your original track will carry on… This story continues at The Next Web

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A drone carrying more than six pounds of methamphetamine crashed on Tuesday in a supermarket parking lot in Tijuana, Mexico, reports the AP. Local authorities, who announced their finding yesterday, said that the drone had fallen near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California. Police are still trying to find the origin of the drone and its operator. Tijuana police said that it wasn’t the first time they had encountered drones being used to smuggle drugs between the US and Mexico. The DEA reported about 150 drug-laden drone flights across the border in 2012. ➤ Drug-laden drone crashes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar revealed his new project, a video subscription service called Vessel, back in December. Now, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial of the service before deciding whether you want to take the plunge and pay $2.99 a month for early access to new releases. Vessel is hoping that viewers who are hooked on videos from YouTube stars and other internet personalities will pay to get an early look at their favourites latest videos. It’s a risky bet as new content will only be exclusive to the site for three days before creators can post it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is now fighting to regain its lost search share from Yahoo by encouraging Firefox users to switch their default search engine and home page to its own offerings, reports Search Engine Land. The search-focused publication noticed messages urging it to switch to Google search at the top of the page when visiting Google’s homepage using Firefox. Google also tweeted instructions on how to make the switch, linking to a page that explained the process. This one's for all the Google Search-loving Firefox fans out there → http://t.co/c3C0D9SC8v pic.twitter.com/ocZAOWTrvf — Google (@google) January 21, 2015 Google was recently replaced by… This story continues at The Next Web

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Kim Dotcom is making good on his promise to take on Skype with MegaChat, a new browser-based end-to-end encrypted audio and video chat service that has just launched today. The service is still in beta but open to all registered users to try for free on the company’s new Mega.nz domain. Dotcom said on Twitter that MegaChat users made over half a million encrypted video calls in the first hour since its launch. While audio and video calling are already up and running, Dotcom said that text chat and video conferencing are coming soon. To try MegaChat, head to Mega, register… This story continues at The Next Web

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