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Google today announced the launch of Google My Maps, the company’s new tool for creating custom Google Maps from directly within Google Drive. Announced today, the tool makes it easy to create new maps in just a few clicks. All you need to do is select ‘new,’ then ‘more,’ then ‘Google My Maps.’ As well as adding the option to access Maps directly in Drive, you can also now add more layers and points of interest. There’s also support for importing bigger spreadsheets and more info. Google added that all previously created maps will be accessible via Drive over the next… This story continues at The Next Web

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Android Wear watch faces range from great to terrible, but users generally have to rely on the limited options provided by manufacturers. Google is now unveiling the Watch Face API, along with a new design guide, to allow developers to easily create their own. There had been a few options on the Play Store before, but those were created by resourceful developers through unofficial means – Google says it will start removing these from the play store after January if they don’t upgrade to the new official API. Developers can now also submit their apps to be designated as Android Wear apps to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slacker Radio today announced the beginning of a raft of updates for its website and mobile apps that are designed to make the service more personalizable and easier to use. Announced today, the updated iPhone app and website are available to start using right away, but if you’re an Android user you’ll need to wait a little longer before the update arrives. The company didn’t say exactly when that would be though. As with many rival services, the new apps put more emphasis on helping people find and create stations that are relevant to their tastes. For example, each station… This story continues at The Next Web

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Roku, makers of streaming TV boxes and sticks, has today announced that it is expanding its partnership with streaming music and radio service Rdio to more deeply integrate it into Roku’s core platform. While Rdio has been available on the Roku platform for a while now, the update brings new features like a channel shortcut button on Roku remotes (for models that will ship next year) that directly launches the service and a new interface that puts album artwork front and center. New Roku customers will also see the Rdio channel suggested as a default on first use. All Roku… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram today announced that its popular social photography tool has reached 300 million users – Twitter has about 284 million, for comparison. According to the company, more than 70 million photos and videos are shared each day. The company notes that users have long asked asking m how they can know whether the accounts they follow are authentic, so today it is introducing verified badges for celebrities, athletes and brands with tons of followers. The badges will roll out in the coming days. On a support page, Instagram specifies that these badges are only available for accounts with a high likelihood of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Paul Jarvis is a best-selling author and designer. He writes weekly for his popular newsletter and runs an online course on becoming a better freelancer. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. I know you have something to say. You’ve been saving it up for a while now, being patient, listening, taking notes, and researching. You want your voice to be heard, but you’re scared to open your mouth. Reading about self-promotion and marketing is interesting, but it totally doesn’t jive with what you think will work for you or how you think you should share your work. Sharing, talking, and putting yourself… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has expanded its new Trending feature, introduced in January, to cover mobile devices. It rolls out today and is available to US Facebook members for the Web and Android. An iOS version and support in other countries is coming soon, according to a company blog post. Trending was launched to help people discover hot topics under public online discussion, and it seems only logical for this functionality to be available on-the-go. Facebook says that the new feature lets you explore material from disparate sources and different perspectives. When you tap on a Trending topic, there is an organized list of discussions from five different angles. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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HERE, the free Android app for voice-guided navigation, is now available worldwide on the Google Play Store. The app, still in beta on Google Play, helps you find shops, restaurants and other interesting local places and share your location privately with friends. The app lets you search, navigate or get directions — whether or not you have an Internet connection. Just save the interactive maps to your phone or tablet and they will work offline, regardless of your location. The app currently covers 118 countries, including voice navigation for 18 new countries and territories in whole or part including Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has today announced that developers can now start publishing HTML5 apps to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks via the company’s existing HTML5 developer tools. As well as adding support for publishing Web apps to more devices (developers could already publish to Amazon’s Fire tablets and Fire Phone), the company has extended the reach of some of the options. For example, apps can now support analog input from the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and fully support the remotes for the Fire TV and Stick. More crucially, developers can now access Amazon’s In-App Purchase API, opening the door to micro-payments.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Creating and editing PDFs on an iPad isn’t as tricky as it once was thanks to apps like PDF Pen, but productivity app maker Readdle reckons it’s made it even easier. Its latest app, PDF Office for iPad, lets you scan an image of a document and turn it into an editable form with text boxes. Readdle’s previous app, PDF Expert, already let you read, view and edit PDFs to a limited extent. It hit the iPhone this summer. PDF Office goes further with full editing and creation features. It will convert other files to PDF and edit existing PDFs… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today’s the day that The Next Web hits Wall Street, New York City for a day of discussion about everything from global e-commerce to building new products with emerging data technologies. If you can’t be with us in person, you can watch it all on our livestream via the link below. Enjoy – we wish you were here! ➤ TNW USA Livestream

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Apple and IBM today announced the launch of the first round of IBM MobileFirst apps for enterprise iOS users. The apps are available exclusively for iPhone and iPad and offer the sorts of key features businesses demand, like additional layers of security, embedded analytics and other core enterprise processes. The apps can also be managed and deployed via IBM’s cloud services. The first round of apps cover a range of sectors, including travel and transportation, banking and financial markets, insurance, retail, telecom and government. Apple added that new apps are continuously in development, too. Clearly, by working with an established enterprise… This story continues at The Next Web

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Up your Photoshop game with this must-have bundle of assets to use in your next project. Whether you want to perk up your photos, add effects to your artwork, try a range of novel brushes, and save time with high-quality styles, you’ll find it all here. This bundle includes four packs of assets that includes several actions for photo touch-ups and vintage and HDR effects, hundreds of brushes to experiment with, a useful collection of hand-drawn arrows, 30 retro effects and light leaks for your pictures, loads of text effects for eye-catching typography and more – adding up to over… This story continues at The Next Web

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Shazam has today updated its mobile apps and desktop platform that bring a number of new features for users, such as more personalized music news for registered users and a quick access ‘Hall of Fame’ for the platform’s most Shazamed users. Other notable updates include deeper spotify integration that allows users to listen back to full tracks on Spotify from within Shazam, and its own new in-app Music Player that lets users quickly listen to the Shazam charts. The Spotify integration also allows you to automatically add Shazamed tracks to a specific playlist. Rounding off the list of changes is… This story continues at The Next Web

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DeviantArt, the online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, today released its first mobile app, expanding the experience of its Website to hand-held devices. Users of DeviantArt for iOS and Android can both access the same artistic content and have a platform to communicate and submit art works on-the-go. DeviantArt has admittedly taken some time to develop its mobile app, though it already optimized the site for smaller screens years ago. “We didn’t jump into mobile apps right away because we wanted to take ample time to understand and design the mobile experience for visual art in order to genuinely… This story continues at The Next Web

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eBay has today announced that its iPad app has been revamped to make it easier for people to browse and discover items for sale with minimal effort. Among the changes are simplified navigation and checkout, a more refined photo gallery with larger images, improved seller profile pages and new item view details. The company also said it had made the ‘My eBay’ section easier to use. eBay said the changes would eventually roll out to all devices (and the desktop), and that other new features for buyers and sellers are on the way. This new iPad app is available in eight languages… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has today announced a new version of Hangouts for Android that brings 16 new sticker packs, new video calling filters and smart suggestions. This latter feature will recognize key words or phrases in your chat and make contextually relevant suggestions, like if you type “where are you?” when trying to meet up with someone, it will present a one-tap option to share your location on a map. Alongside new penguins, pirates, koala and cat stickers (among others), the company also introduced a range of new filters that can be applied to video conversations, including sepia, vignette, black and white, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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We know, we know, you’ve long been hankering for the time when you could arrange a phone call with a perfect stranger to wake you up in the morning. If you’re an Android or Windows Phone user, of course, you’ve had this option since September, but poor old iPhone owners have been left out of the action until today. Now, however, Wakie is available to download for iOS devices, meaning that the sound of a stranger’s voice first thing in the morning doesn’t have to be the forerunner to a pang of regret. While the whole reason behind it is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Social media campaign management platform SocialBro has just launched a monitoring tool that harnesses the power of the Twitter Firehose, enabling deep data mining across the length and breadth of Twitter content in real-time. With this addition to its arsenal, SocialBro is able to provide its users with full real-time and historical Twitter data monitoring, and allows them to gather insights and run marketing campaigns using its existing tools. The company says that its new monitoring functionality supports complex search queries with combinations of hashtags, mentions, locations, keywords and sentiment. This lets users cross-filter and slice the data by multiple factors and… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s certainly been an eventful year, and social media users took full advantage of platforms to chronicle every happening in 2014. On its #YearInReview microsite, Twitter highlights the most memorable moments of the year gone by, in tweets. There’s a lot to explore in 140 characters through the past 11 months: from celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. and Garth Brooks making their Twitter debuts, to the gorgeous celebratory proceedings at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in February, to Bradley Cooper’s infamous star-studded selfie at the Oscars in March. You’ll also spot the action from the soccer World Cup… This story continues at The Next Web

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Of the 11 Indian cities it operates in, Uber has struck out in two of them already. Following its ban in New Delhi after a passenger was allegedly raped by an Uber driver, the online cab service has now been deemed illegal in the city of Hyderabad in India, reports Tech In Asia. Speaking to The Times of India, Joint transport commissioner of Hyderabad T Raghunath said, “Uber has not obtained permission from the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) to operate or facilitate taxi or cab service in the city. So, if such transport services are being provided or facilitated by… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber just can’t seem to get a break in any corner of the globe these days. The cab service has just been slammed with lawsuits in the Californian cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco for unlawful business practices, reports GigaOm. District attorneys in both cities have filed civil consumer protection action lawsuits against Uber “for making false or misleading statements to consumers and for engaging in a variety of business practices which violate California law.” Both DAs have listed changes that they want Uber to make in its product and marketing, with regard to how the company describes the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday we wrote of the perils of losing your Apple ID recovery key when two-factor is enabled and many of you wrote to us as you’d lost yours and didn’t know what to do. The good news is as long as you’re not locked out of your Apple ID, it’s easy to generate a new key for safe keeping. Here’s the steps: Head over to appleid.apple.com and click “manage my Apple ID” Log in with your normal Apple ID username and password Verify your identity using a trusted device or phone number Choose “security” on the left Choose “replace recovery key” Step… This story continues at The Next Web

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After Sony’s passwords and security certificates leaked in plain-text, we’ve now reportedly seen the first piece of malware in the wild sporting Sony’s stolen security certificate. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new piece of malware called ‘Destover’ was compiled on December 5th uses the company’s security certificate to attack some Windows machines. Sony’s security certificates are trusted by some security solutions by default, meaning that computers are more likely to be infected without detection. Virustotal’s detection page notes that the malware is picked up by antivirus software around 65% of the time. It’s not entirely clear what the ‘Destover’ malware does, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just when you start to think North Korea might have actually been involved in the devastating Sony hacks the past couple of weeks, the FBI’s first public statement on the matter suggests otherwise. At a cybersecurity panel earlier today, Joe Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, told attendees, “There is no attribution to North Korea at this point” according to Reuters. An FBI spokesman said the agency is still searching for the hackers, but wouldn’t provide additional information. Several researchers have suggested that North Korea – or at least North Korean sympathizers – were behind the attack as retaliation… This story continues at The Next Web

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