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Here’s an unusual way of recommending books to visitors – British chain Waterstones has just overhauled its website and it’s hidden a reading list for developers in the source code. The recommended books include titles on using a Raspberry Pi to teach yourself Python and primers on HTML and CSS. Visit the site and hit CTRL+U on a PC or CMD+Alt+U on a Mac to check it out yourself. ➤ Waterstones [h/t to @Sparkes on Twitter] Read next: Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux Handheld

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Gemalto, the world’s largest supplier of SIM cards, says it’s investigating claims that US and British spies hacked into its systems to steal encryption keys, reports Reuters. The Franco-Dutch company, which calls itself a “world’s leader in digital security”, also makes smart chips for bank cards and biometric passports. It’s responding to claims by NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden, published by The Intercept, that the NSA and GCHQ gained access to the keys and were able to decrypt voice and data communications without alerting users, networks or governments. In a statement, the company says: “We take this publication very seriously and will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced today that it’s updated Bing to let users order in from restaurants and check out hotel info and reviews right from search results pages. The update brings a new ‘order online’ button to restaurant listings, which takes users through to services like eat24 so they can place orders from their browser. As for hotel searches, Bing now displays a carousel of photos when you enter queries like ‘hotels in Aspen’. Clicking on a hotel brings up more details including a map, review snippets, average room rates and links to book your stay. The new features are now live in… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an obvious attempt to lure users to switch to its OneDrive cloud storage service, Microsoft is giving Dropbox customers 100GB of space for free for a year. To avail of the offer, visit this page to sign in to OneDrive and then verify your Dropbox account. It appears to work for users across the globe. Drop the box – move your photos, music, and docs to #OneDrive and get 100 GB for one year free http://t.co/cF6QmPg5LV pic.twitter.com/60drMjuF0S — OneDrive (@onedrive) February 19, 2015 If you’re invested in Microsoft’s suite of apps and services, this is certainly worth grabbing. OneDrive already… This story continues at The Next Web

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Digital payment service Stripe has officially announced support for Bitcoin, allowing all merchants using its service to accept payments in the cryptocurrency. The company began testing Bitcoin integration last March with a private beta spanning 60 countries, and completed its trial in December. Stripe will charge 0.5 percent per transaction made with Bitcoin. Stripe Checkout users can add Bitcoin as a payment option with just a single new line of code. You can find instructions on enabling it on the company’s site. ➤ Stripe: Bitcoin

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USA Today says that YouTube plans to launch a new app called YouTube kids on February 23. It was reported as early as March last year, but Google confirmed it was working on such an app in December. The app, which will be free, will run on Android devices only at launch. According to USA Today, the app will be separate to the main YouTube service and features a homescreen with eight options made up of choices from kids TV shows and other popular recommendations. Kids can search for videos by typing a normal search or using their voice, which the company… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in 2013, the FDA asked 23andMe to stop selling DNA-testing kits as it was offering services that could cause customers to undergo inappropriate treatments due to results shown by the service. Today, 23andMe has cleared a big hurdle in getting its service back in the US; the FDA approved the company’s Bloom syndrome carrier status report. The approval means that 23andMe is allowed to market the genetic test directly to consumers and helps pave the way for other reports to be performed in the future. While the FDA approval only applies to this single report, it means that 23andMe could be… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Buzzfeed does more than just GIFs (really, they do some great national coverage), you’d be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t fallen into a Buzzfeed hole of awesome cat and corgi GIFs. So it’s not that big of a surprise that visual communications app maker, GoPop, announced today that it was being acquired by the publication and that the team would be working on experimental Buzzfeed apps. That’s bad news if you’re a fan of the app. GoPop has announced that support for the app will shut down in two weeks. Also, the app has been pulled from the… This story continues at The Next Web

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After reporting Lenovo was installing adware on user’s computers that contained a worrying security hole yesterday, the company has today posted detailed information on how to remove the software. The company has provided a PDF that walks users through uninstalling the Superfish software itself, as well as how to remove the security certificate. The instructions are fairly straightforward and should take users only a few minutes. There are a number of affected machines that were produced between September and December 2014: G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45 U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Quasi-anonymous posting service Yik Yak is trying to make it easier to report abusive posts and let users change their minds while voting. Today’s update adds options when flagging a post. The four choices are now: “Offensive content,” “This post targets someone,” “Spam” and “Other.” Previously, reporting a post just asked if the post was breaking one of Yik Yak’s rules. By adding context, it could help the company make a quicker decision if a post should be pulled from the system. Yik Yak quickly became home to online bullying thanks to its localized posts and anonymous nature. The company has been… This story continues at The Next Web

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Great interface design is quickly becoming a priority as companies everywhere start realizing that it’s paramount to their succeeding in the crowded online space. Then why, despite its importance, has there been such a gap in the UX design tools space? Atomic, a startup team of ten based in Wellington, New Zealand, thinks it has the tool that finally fills the gap that will allow product designers to create great experiences for the Web and mobile devices. It’s in private beta right now, but the team has given us a first look at what it’s building. Remember all the way back in 2013… This story continues at The Next Web

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Edward Snowden is back at it with more claims about government security operations. According to documents he provided to The Intercept, American and British spies hacked into Gemalto, the largest SIM card manufacturer in the world, to steal encryption keys. The hack was performed by a team from the NSA and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Information about the breach was detailed in a 2010 GCHQ document. Gemalto creates SIM cards for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and other for around a total of 450 wireless network providers throughout the world. According to the report, the stolen encryption keys allow… This story continues at The Next Web

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At its first mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Yahoo introduced its own mobile developer suite that ties together Flurry and Yahoo features. The new mobile suite contains five products in a single suite: Flurry Analytics and Explorer with a new interface and the capability quickly parse that data via the dashboard. Explorer is an ad-hoc search query tool to see event data. Flurry Pulse lets developers use the Flurry SDK to share app data with partners without requiring additional code. According to Yahoo all you need to do is push a button. A developer preview is available now. Yahoo App… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imgur is one of the most prominent hosts on the Web for funny images and GIFs, yet it has so far thrived largely as a place for Reddit users to share their images. The site now wants to make its content easier to browse through directly. Starting today, you can sort images through a variety of ‘Topics,’ including Funny, Awesome, Aww, The More You Know, Storytime, Current Events and Design & Art. Imgur says it will update the list of topics as it analyzes more user data. Although Imgur previously featured tags to help users sort through the plethora of images, broader… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop, says the current Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which bundles the app, Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile into a $9.99 per month subscription, is now priced fairly for photographers. Photoshop is celebrating its 25th birthday today. In answering my query during a virtual press conference this morning, Knoll also stated that he had been unhappy with the original $49.99 a month across-the-board Creative Cloud pricing structure because photographers who used Photoshop did not actually work in the way the plan envisioned. Thomas Knoll, Adobe fellow and co-creator of Photoshop Thus, a little over a year after Adobe Creative Suite… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagist Labs announced today the launch of Pop – a lo-fi video messaging app for iOS. Pop is offering users the opportunity to have expressive conversations through video with the ease of text messaging. Messages on the app can last up to five seconds and can be replayed indefinitely, allowing users to see and hear old messages with a simple swipe. The interface of the app resembles pop art with bright filters which can be toggled or changed to suit the users’ preference. This was an intentional move by the founder of Pop who wanted to take the vanity out of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in May, Microsoft acquired mobile analytics startup Capptain. The fruits of that purchase are now showing up: Microsoft has revealed a preview for Azure Mobile Engagement, a real-time analytics tool using Capptain’ s technology. Like its predecessor, the new tool provides targeted marketing based on user behavior and demographics. The platform works with push notification services such as Google’s GCM, Apple’s APNS or Microsoft’s own MPNS, but also features in-app messaging abilities. It also features open API’s to allow for easy integration with other platforms, such as importing data from content management systems. You can sign up for the preview now. ➤ Azure… This story continues at The Next Web

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WordPress is one of the most powerful, versatile and flexible content management systems around, making it a great choice for every kind of Web project, from blogs to creative portfolios to corporate sites to online communities to boutique stores. And with this collection of premium themes, your site will perfectly showcase your brand and draw your visitors in. Each one of these meticulously detailed themes are fully responsive so they’ll look great on desktops and mobile devices. They’re also optimized for maximum visibility on search engines, and include video instructions for setting up and customizing your theme to suit your needs.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today released a tool to make scanning for vulnerabilities on its cloud platform more effective, an aptly named Google Cloud Security Scanner. Although several security scanners already exist for Web applications, Google says these are typically not very well suited to those that run on the Google App Engine – there’s a tendency to report false positives and setup can be more complicated than necessary. Google’s solution should be easier for developers to use. In particular, it can easily scan for two common vulnerabilities: cross-site scripting (XSS) and mixed content. The app is currently in beta form, but if you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pebble, maker of what was arguably the first popular smartwatch, appears to have something new up their sleeve. A mysterious countdown timer has shown up on its homepage. If our calculations are correct, the timer suggests the reveal will happen at 10:00 AM EST next Tuesday. At this point, we have no idea what it could be. It could be an entirely new watch. On the other hand, it could simply be a discount. Maybe it’s just new colors? It’s unlikely to be a software upgrade, however, as he platform just rolled out Android Wear support earlier this week. In any case, we’ll find… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following seven months of testing Visa Checkout in the US, Canada and Australia, Visa will roll out its digital payments service in 13 additional countries this year, starting with 10 markets today. Visa did not specify which 10 countries Checkout will be launching in today, but by the end of 2015, it will be available in the following markets: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. There are some restrictions in place at the moment, which means any new users of the payment system will only be able to buy from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many of us in the tech community love IFTTT (If This, Then That), an automation algorithm that connects two or more internet-connected tools like a falling domino chain. Since its launch in 2011, IFTTT has expanded widely in the consumer market, with integrations on many popular gadgets from Fitbit, HP printers to Hue lightbulbs and Smappee home energy monitor. Despite the myriad of IFTTT-integrated devices, however, barrier to entry is often limited to the amateur techie who doesn’t mind sifting through IFTTT channels to set up recipes for their Web tools. To give users more creative control and ease of use, the company today launched Do, a new suite of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Looking for the ultimate portable computing experience? You can’t do better than Apple’s MacBook Pro. It’s packed to the gills with powerful components and precisely engineered for top performance, making for a must-have laptop for gadget aficionados. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a high-resolution Retina display, a 2.6GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128 gigs of fast flash storage — and it’s ready to rock OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s beautiful, functional OS. We’re giving away this bad boy for free at TNW Deals! To enter our sweepstakes, just visit the offer page, submit your… This story continues at The Next Web

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We don’t cover many games at TNW but occasionally one will pop up that’s worthy of the attention. Alto’s Adventure, the latest game from Snowman – which also makes productivity tools like location-aware reminders app Checkmark – is one of those. The snowboarding-themed endless runner exhibits an attention to detail that really sucks you into its 2D world of ice, rain and escaping llamas. You start playing as Alto – Spanish for ‘high’ – a mountain shepherd who hops on his snowboard to catch his escaping livestock, but you will unlock other characters as you go along. There’s the usual mix of coins and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat has finally solved the issue of integrating music with video posts. Thanks to the newest update, you can now record a video while playing music on your phone and this will then play back in the video as well. If you went to record a video before the update, any music you were playing would automatically pause. This is an issue that still looms over Vine, Instagram and the iPhone’s default camera, so Snapchat has certainly got an advantage. Snapchat’s new feature works with iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud. Controversially, the update came after Snapchat blocked Mindie, an app that… This story continues at The Next Web

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