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Rumors about when Apple will be updating the Apple TV – which was last refreshed in early 2012 – have been flying around forever, but it seems we finally have some concrete information. According to BuzzFeed, a new iteration may arrive at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The report suggests that the hardware will be refreshed with a new design, Apple’s A8 chipset, increased on-board storage, as well as Siri and Homekit integration. None of that is terribly surprising, but will still power up the platform for more content and make it more convenient to use. Siri in particular… This story continues at The Next Web

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The last time we heard from Kwikdesk CEO Kevin Abosch, we were talking to him about his other job as an internationally-renowned artist and the fact that ISIS stole one of his photos. This time, his startup, which focuses on secure data products, is launching a new service for developers building apps that handle sensitive data. CryptoShift is a RESTful API that allows devs to add end-to-end encryption to their push notifications to ensure only the intended recipients can read them. The product is particularly focused on developers creating apps that need to comply with the US’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations… This story continues at The Next Web

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SpaceX has released its official photos on a new Flickr account under a Creative Commons license. This means that anyone can download the photos and reproduce them if they like with very few restrictions – they cannot be used for commercial purposes and they must be cited properly. SpaceX also states on its Flickr page that media are free to publish the photos. Some of the impressive images included are a long-exposure shot of a rocket launching from Cape Canaveral, a satellite falling into orbit that was taken by a robot and a splashdown landing off the coast of southern… This story continues at The Next Web

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Moju, the motion-based photo app launched last year that bills itself as an Instagram on steroids, lets you take a series of shots that automatically fuse for animated viewing with a twist of the wrist. The app lets you shoot up to 24 frames that combine to form a shareable “moment” viewable from any angle based on how you twist your phone. Pivoting or twisting your device animates the static images. You can shoot on the fly or import images from your Camera Roll. Today, Moju Labs has released version 2 of the app, which offers significant technical and communication enhancements accompanied by an interface overhaul.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is finally delivering a few perks that didn’t make the cut when it rolled out Android Lollipop. Android 5.1 is here (at this time only for Nexus devices), and it tidies up Google’s operating system with some extra niceties that help you zip through various tasks. Here are the details as to what’s new and how it spruces up the overall utility and performance of Android. Quick toggle settings for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth You you can now change which Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth device you’re connected to without the need to maneuver through the settings menu. When you swipe… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you are constantly scouring the Web for interesting articles to read, this one’s for you. Random for iOS aims to change the way we discover content by injecting an element of surprise. It works by giving you the option to explore topics that you wouldn’t usually read about. When you first launch the app, you’re presented with a broad choice of topics to explore. For example, I selected ‘products’ and it sent me to an opinion piece on iPads. Random learned from my selection and its next set of suggested articles on innovation, privacy and tech were better suited to my interests. I… This story continues at The Next Web

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So you’ve got a great idea for an app — but do you know what it will look like, or how it feel to use? A solid foundation in user interface and user experience design will help you give shape to your idea, so that users enjoy your product, find it easy to use and keep coming back for more. And that’s exactly what our latest deal offers, at an incredible low price. The UI/UX Designer Bundle from Udemy includes six great courses for you to learn everything you need to know to build beautiful, usable interfaces for web and… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you thought you’d heard Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song for the last time, you were wrong. Today is the International Day of Happiness, so there’s a pretty good chance you’d have heard it anyway, even if the singer hadn’t teamed up with Google and the United Nations Foundation to create a ‘global happy party.’ There you can upload a short video of yourself bopping about to the tune to join in and check out everyone else’s submissions. There’s also a world map, so you can check out submissions from specific countries. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, maybe the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you need a daily design inspiration fix, you can’t do much better than Dribbble, the community for pixel pushers across the globe. Design Shots for iPhone lets you browse Dribbble submissions without distractions — and its latest version adds a bunch of useful features. The app displays popular and new designs, as well as rebounds (graphic responses to submissions) and playoffs (group rebounds) in an almost invisible interface. With its recent update, Design Shots now offers search, 1Password integration for easier logins, a zoom view for shots and attachments, and the ability to share comments with a long press.… This story continues at The Next Web

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David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.  How do you get users to fall in love with your product on their first visit? How do you avoid losing visitors on their first visit? Short answer… you get them to the AHA moment.. There’s a lot of talk and literature about finding the AHA moment. James Currier from Ooga Labs (10 years, 10 companies with at least 10 million users each) and a personal… This story continues at The Next Web

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Indian cab company Ola is launching a food delivery service that promises to drop off hot meals to your doorstep in 20 minutes or less. Ola Cafe is rolling out today in select neighborhoods in Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai. To order, tap the Cafe button below the map, choose your dish from customized menus for lunch, snacks and dinner, and opt to pay by cash or Ola Money, the company’s wallet service. You can then track your order on the map as it arrives. The new service is similar to UberFRESH, which Uber launched in the US last August and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reuters reports that its English and Chinese news sites have become inaccessible in China today. It’s not the first time: its Chinese-language site was blocked temporarily in 2013, too. The news agency is unclear as to why its site have been blocked. Other major media outlets like Bloomberg, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have also been unavailable in the country for quite some time now. A Reuters spokeswoman said, “Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has launched its Places API for Android and opened a beta program for it on iOS today. It will allow developers to add better location pickers to their apps, so users can specify where they are with real place names instead of latitudes and longitudes. The new API brings a range of features including a place picker in the form of a drop-in UI widget, autocomplete support for searches, the ability to determine the place where a user is currently located, and detailed information about each spot. In addition, it also allows users to add new places to Google’s database… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft made waves over the past few days when it said that it will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 from older versions, included pirated copies. However, there’s no such thing as free Windows: the company says it will not support non-genuine systems after they’re updated to Windows 10. A Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica, “With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license… “If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are a bunch of Carrot apps available, like an insulting alarm clock or a fitness app that insults you until you lose weight, but Carrot has released a new app: Carrot Weather. The new app taps into Dark Sky’s powerful rain predictions to provide accurate and detailed forecasts. Unlike the plethora of other weather apps, Carrot has a number of themes that you wouldn’t expect to indicate weather. Flying sharks indicate a tornado, evil penguins appear for snow and dancing nuclear smokestacks for clouds. It’s a fun take on weather that you won’t see elsewhere. There are also hidden scenes for some cities, like… This story continues at The Next Web

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Photographers who are into collages should already know that Fuzel Collage is one of the finest collage makers out there. Today, Not a Basement Studio Software, the Vietnamese outfit behind Fuzel, has launched another photo app for iOS called Woodpost. As its name implies, Woodpost, a universal app for iPhone and iPad, will print your photos on wood, something you don’t come across everyday and a sweet idea for a special photo that gives it a bit more … heft. High quality printing on wood is not easy, as each piece of wood is imperfect. Not a Basement Studio says the company tested… This story continues at The Next Web

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At the end of the massive SXSW interactive conference in Austin, we caught up with Dave Lippman, eBay’s vice president of design and executive creative director to chat about how he is working to transform eBay into a universal and personalized e-commerce platform. “We have the world’s stuff, but it’s not like the yard sale or auction everyone has in their mind,” Lippman told TNW. The new eBay strives for personalization and seeks to establish an emotional connection with users. And, of course, there’s a primary concentration on mobile platforms now, with the e-commerce site’s new iPad app. Regardless of where, how and for what… This story continues at The Next Web

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Somehow, over the last 24 hours, I have become the world’s leading expert on toilet paper orientation. Allow me to explain. The beginning It all started when I found this patent on Google Patents and made a tweet about it: The patent for toilet paper should settle the over vs under debate pic.twitter.com/arZl6l6ALn — Owen Williams (@ow) March 17, 2015 A bunch of us argued about which way was the true way for a while — some people seem to think it should face the wall to stop your cat from pulling it all down — but I quickly discovered people are quite… This story continues at The Next Web

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Medium for iOS today gets a much-needed update to allow users to write and publish drafts on the go. The app even allows you to write a post using voice dictation if you’re feeling too poetic to type. All the basic features of a typical Medium post are there: title, subtitle, quote formatting, photo uploads. The only caveat is that you can only write one draft on the mobile app at a time, with the post saved locally. Only after you publish or delete the draft, you can start anew. At this time the update does not allow draft sharing, syncing or editing,… This story continues at The Next Web

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A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones. The company is allowed to use the drones during daylight, below 400 feets in “visual meteorological conditions” which boils down to a clear day. It also requires Amazon to have pilots with visual line-of-sight with the drones. Under the experimental certificate, Amazon is required to provide monthly flight data to the FAA such as number of flights, pilot duty time, hardware/software malfunctions, deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions and any… This story continues at The Next Web

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Magic Leap, the mysterious virtual reality company funded by Google, has today released a first look at its AR games experience with its headset.  The video, which was created in collaboration with Weta workshop (the studio behind movies like Lord of The Rings) supposedly shows a game where the user can interact with real-world and virtual objects and impressive graphics. Considering the collaboration is with Weta, it’s likely the video is mostly just a simulation, but it’s still a cool look at what could be our augmented reality future, where you run around your office like an insane person. ➤ Just another day in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Although Pebble’s new Time and Time Steel watches made headlines for their color e-ink displays, arguably their coolest feature is support for interchangeable ‘smartstraps’ that interface with the watch for extra functionality. Still, so far we know next to nothing about what they can actually do. Pebble is today releasing some concrete details, starting with a $1 million pledge towards the development and support of smartstrap projects. While that may sound a little strange, keep in mind Pebble isn’t actually developing the straps themselves – that’s completely up to third parties. In the process, it’s also detailed two of its… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is not having a good week – with the raid on their office in France and attacks on drivers in Amsterdam - the car service has had its official account blocked on the popular Chinese social network WeChat as well. Some regional Uber accounts in China also appear to have been blocked. Accessing Uber’s account within the app will give you this error message, as shown on Sina Tech: WeChat has alleged that Uber violated the terms of the service by incentivizing shares by offering deals, much like the popular ‘like and share’ competition format used widely on Facebook. Looking at WeChat’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Tesla is busy announcing self-driving features, Google has gone and finally released an Android Auto app. Android Auto was first unveiled in June last year, and essentially brings Google Now and Google Maps to your car’s dashboard with enhanced voice control. Users can set reminders, control music or look up business hours with with voice, for instance. Google also released an API in November to let developers create custom experiences for the car. Currently, the app only works with Pioneer dashboard hardware that was released a few days ago. When the hardware was announced it was a bit puzzling as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emojis just got even more diverse. Memoji Keyboard is an app that lets you create emojis and gifs of yourself to send to your friends and family. The iOS app is available now and is a fun way to add a bit more character to your messages. When you download it, you can create five emojis of yourself for free, but after that you will have to pay €1.99 ($2.11) to unlock the full selection of templates. That being said, you could easily stick with the free version because it lets you change the images for the five you selected as… This story continues at The Next Web

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