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If you’ve sided with any music streaming service that isn’t Rdio, you might want to reconsider. The company announced today that its entire catalog has now been converted to the AAC format. In short, that means tracks should sound better across all platforms, including iOS, Android and the Web. Regular Rdio users will be able to stream between 64 kbps and 192 kbps, depending on their connection, while Rdio Unlimited subscribers can access an even higher 320 kbps bitrate. Rdio recently redesigned its already gorgeous music streaming service. This software experience, combined with today’s higher quality file format, should give... This story continues at The Next Web The post Rdio’s entire music library is now available in AAC, with 320 kbps for Unlimited subscribers appeared first on The Next Web.

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In what seems like the final blow after a roller coaster ride for its users, Twitpic has announced that it will be shutting down on October 25th. It’s with a heavy heart that we re-announce that Twitpic will be shutting down again. More details on our blog http://t.co/LCH7ZTQJHe — TwitPic (@TwitPic) October 16, 2014 The news comes after the company’s original announcement early last month that it would be shutting down, followed by hopes the service would remain active thanks to an apparent acquisition. In its blog post today, founder Noah Everett apologized for getting everyone’s hopes up. Twitpic says it was pressured to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitpic is shutting down after all, on October 25 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Didn’t catch the entire keynote Apple just gave at its October 2014 event? Not to worry: here’s a quick recap of everything you may have missed. As always, click on the article links below for full details of each news item. An update on the September 2014 keynote Tim Cook announced that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the company’s largest ever. He also noted that Apple Pay will launch on Monday October 20th, and the WatchKit SDK will launch in November. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple, said 48 percent of users... This story continues at The Next Web The post Everything Apple announced at its iPad and Mac event appeared first on The Next Web.

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At today’s Apple event in Cupertino, the tech giant unveiled an upgraded Mac mini. The new and improved tiny computer sports 4th-gen intel core processors and Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 graphics for pushing all those pixels. It touts PCIe-based flash storage available in 500GB, 1TB and 1TB Fusion configurations. It also has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which features dual 20-Gbps channels data transfers and connects to your Wi-Fi via 802.11ac. The processors in the computer feature Turbo Boost 2.0 that increases the clock speed of the processor up to 2.7 GHz on the entry level 1.4 GHz model. It also has four... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple updates the Mac mini with 4th-gen Intel processors appeared first on The Next Web.

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Pixelmator, the app long touted as at least a partial replacement for Adobe Photoshop on the desktop, has now gone mobile. At Apple’s Town Hall meeting this morning, The Pixelmator team demoed its upcoming app for the iPad, which will be available in the App Store later this month. That’s great news for photo editors, and especially those who will be shooting with the new iPad Air 2’s new 8MP iSight camera, which features 1.12 micron pixels, an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p HD video capture. ➤ Pixelmator   The post Much-loved image editing app Pixelmator is coming to the iPad this month appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its October media event today, Apple announced the next generation of the iPad mini, adding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that first arrived with the iPhone 5s last year. Pre-orders for the device will begin on October 17, with shipping set to start by the end of next week. The iPad mini 3 will start at $399 for WiFi models and $529 for cellular versions. The tablet now comes in silver, space grey and gold. Details about the iPad mini 3 accidentally leaked yesterday when Apple published the iOS 8.1 user guide early. Apple also announced the iPad Air... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID fingerprint sensor appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple is giving its all-in-one iMac an upgrade in the pixel density department. The company today announced a Retina Display model, which should offer a sharper viewing experience. The 27-inch screen boasts a 5120 x 2880 resolution, totalling 14.7 million pixels. Apple says it’s the world’s highest resolution screen. The company calls it a ‘Retina 5K Display’ and if you do the math, it’s pushing 7 times more pixels than a HDTV (1080p) and 67 percent more than a 4K set. The iMac with Retina Display is 5mm thin at the edge, ensuring it can still fit snugly on smaller... This story continues at The Next Web The post Show me the pixels: Apple is launching an iMac with Retina Display, starting from $2,499 appeared first on The Next Web.

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While Apple CEO, Tim Cook didn’t share any updated sales numbers for the latest iPhone launch, he did share some iPad numbers. Over the life of the tablet, Apple has sold 225 million iPads. Cook also shared that there are over 675,000 iPad apps. Cook also stated that Apple shipped more iPads than PC units shipped by companies like Lenovo, HP and Dell in the third quarter of 2014. Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad event here See also: Apple has sold 225 million iPads worldwide, Apple to release OS X Yosemite on the Mac App Store... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple has sold 225 million iPads worldwide appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, a successor to its incredibly thin 10-inch tablet from last year. The overall design is largely the same, with slim bezels on the size and slightly larger ones at the top and bottom. The original iPad Air was heralded for being as thin as a pencil; the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner, coming in at a ridiculously skinny 6.1mm. To achieve this feat, Apple swapped out the display for a laminated version, leaving no air gap. It also includes an anti-reflective coating, which Apple says has never been included in a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple unveils the iPad Air 2, an even thinner 10-inch tablet with Touch ID appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its October media event, Apple announced the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite later today. The world first got a glimpse of Yosemite at WWDC in June. The annual desktop OS update includes a more modern look, new cross-functionality with iOS devices and expanded search capabilities. Apple is also touting new iCloud Drive cloud storage features and a major update to its iWork productivity suite. Apple ran a public beta for OS X 10.10 this summer, granting more than 1 million users early access to the update. ➤ OS X Yosemite Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple to release OS X Yosemite on the Mac App Store later today appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And apparently, Apple also giveth back. At Apple’s Town Hall event today, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering said the company will restore the Camera Roll to its Photos app as part of the updates to iOS 8.1. “We are bring back the beloved camera roll,” Federighi told the audience. iOS 8.1 updates will also support Apple Pay and there is a public beta for iCloud Photo Library. But of course there’s more. Federighi also announced a public beta for iCloud Photo Library and support Apple Pay as well. Apple Pay will launch on Monday.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is bringing back the beloved Camera Roll with iOS 8.1, out next week appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple just announced that the Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit, will be available to developers starting next month. Developers will be able to create apps for the Apple Watch that will launch in early 2015. Apple introduced the Apple Watch at its September event. Today’s announcement isn’t surprising. Apple makes new OS SDKs available at its yearly WWDC event months ahead of the release of new hardware. Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad event here. The post The Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit, will be available next month appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its iPad conference today, Apple announced that its new NFC-based mobile payment service, Apple Pay, would roll out on Monday, October 20, concurrent with the iOS 8.1 update. Apple says over 500 banks will support the service, and showed off dozens of retailers who’ve signed up as well, with more coming by the end of the year. Apple first introduced Apple Pay during its iPhone and Apple Watch event a little over a month ago. Supporting Mastercard, Visa, and American Express cards, the company hopes to make in-store cashless transactions easier and more secure. The process generates a one-time payment number,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple Pay set to launch on Monday October 20 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Mozilla has added a new feature to the most recent beta build of its Firefox browser that allows users to make video calls across the web without the need for any sort of additional software or plugin. Released today, the Hello Firefox feature has been built in partnership with operator Telefonica (a strong supporter of Firefox OS’s mobile aspirations so far) and uses the WebRTC expertise acquired with Telefonica’s purchase of TokBox in late 2012. “Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mozilla’s Firefox Hello feature lets you make video calls from the browser without plugins appeared first on The Next Web.

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Umbrella’s disappear. So you buy a cheap umbrella, but as soon as the wind picks up it’s inside-out and now you’re drenched. Blunt and Tile have teamed up for a quality umbrella that you can find when left behind or accidentally taken by a co-worker or stranger. Starting today you can pre-order the Blunt + Tile umbrellas with the same abilities as the stand-alone Tile to help you track the umbrella when it’s misplaced. The Blunt umbrellas are able to handle wind gust up to 70MPH. There are two umbrellas available: the portable Blunt Metro X_S + Tile that folds up and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Stuff-tracking Tiles will keep you from losing your fancy Blunt Umbrella appeared first on The Next Web.

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Compass, the company that crowdsources data on startups’ growth, has today launched a new product aimed at helping investors, accelerators, incubators and consultants better track the health of companies they work with. Compass Monitor‘s launch coincides with the announcement of a new $2 million round of funding from ex-Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, NEA, Profounders and Crosslink. The new product allows users to track data about an entire portfolio of startups in real-time. Data from portfolio companies’ accounts on platforms like PayPal, Stripe, Xero, Google Analytics and Mailchimp can be fed in and compared against benchmarks set by Compass’ database... This story continues at The Next Web The post Compass Monitor helps investors track the health of their portfolio startups appeared first on The Next Web.

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IFTTT, a platform that can automate a wide range of actions across a huge number of services and devices, announced some new ‘recipes’ for Twitter today, thereby allowing you to keep track of content and users across the social network with even less effort. Among the new recipes is an option to search for new tweets containing a specific hashtag and return all the results to a spreadsheet or Slack, and you can also now do things like get a notification whenever a specific user tweets, or when a specific person mentions you. Also new here are the options to blink your Philips... This story continues at The Next Web The post IFTTT adds new Twitter recipes to help you further automate your social life appeared first on The Next Web.

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and a freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the Digital Current blog. Search engine optimization is one of the most essential marketing functions to help drive qualified visitors to your website on a regular basis, but unfortunately many marketers and business owners make the mistake of thinking of SEO within a silo. SEO is not a channel that should be thought about independently but instead incorporated extensively across your other marketing efforts to help better achieve long-lasting, quality results. There are many marketing channels that offer benefits SEO cannot, which is why it’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post 7 ways to better integrate SEO across your marketing channels appeared first on The Next Web.

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Representatives from the BBC and the Guardian today argued that Google should consult publishers before removing search links to stories requested under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten.’ In a meeting with Google’s advisory council in London, which includes company chairman Eric Schmidt, both organisations suggested that the context a publisher could provide around removal requests would be beneficial. David Jordan, director for editorial policy and standards at the BBC, said the company had its own process for dealing with such complaints and this would help to frame the requests submitted to Google under the ECJ’s ruling . “It would be... This story continues at The Next Web The post BBC and Guardian: Google should consult us before removing story links under ‘right to be forgotten’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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CBS just announced it’s bringing more of its programming online with a new service called CBS All Acesss, which will net you full current seasons of 15 primetime shows. These episodes will be available the day after they air, in addition to past seasons of eight of the shows. You’ll also be getting thousands of episodes of old shows the company dubs ‘CBS Classics’, such as Star Trek and CSI: Miami. The app includes livestreaming of local CBS TV in 14 major US markets at launch. CBS is available for free with an antenna, but this could come in handy if you like watching news... This story continues at The Next Web The post CBS cuts the cord with CBS All Access, a $5.99 per month streaming subscription appeared first on The Next Web.

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In this day and age, visual branding is crucial if you want to get noticed in our Web-based world. But for those who aren’t exactly design-centered, just figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, internet friends. We’ve teamed with our friends at Squarespace, an intuitive website publishing platform, to give you the opportunity to win awesome tools to personalize your brand. The prizes are below: Grand prize: the Sony Alpha a5100 + 1 year of Squarespace Second prize: $300 Moo supplies + 1 year of Squarespace Third prize: fifty three pencil + 1 year of Squarespace For... This story continues at The Next Web The post Designers’ dream giveaway: Win a Sony Alpha a5100, $300 in Moo supplies or a FiftyThree smart pencil, plus a year of Squarespace appeared first on The Next Web.

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Swedish startup Truecaller has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will see its Live Caller ID feature arrive for Windows Phone users. Founded in 2009, Truecaller is a cross-platform call and contact management service, claiming more than 85 million users globally. It’s like an international crowdsourced telephone directory – everyone who registers with Truecaller can optionally open their contacts, including telephone number and name, to the community. These numbers are then made available to subsequent registrants, who can see the name of the caller regardless of whether they’re already saved to their own address book or not. The community also flag miscreants, including spammers and sales people, so you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft opens up to Truecaller to help Windows Phone users pick out spam callers appeared first on The Next Web.

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The BBC is creating a complete archive of the scheduling for its radio and TV output. The Genome project covers the listings from every issue of the Radio Times, a weekly magazine in the UK which covers TV and radio scheduling, between 1923 and 2009. The BBC wants to include regional and national programming variations next, as well as the times it deviated from planned scheduling. (It happens an awful lot while Wimbledon is on.) The database is available to the public and includes the programme name, cast details, transmission dates and times covering 4,469 copies of the Radio Times. The BBC... This story continues at The Next Web The post The BBC debuts Genome, a database covering all Radio Times listings from 1923 to 2009 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook is adding a feature called ‘Safety Check‘ to help its users broadcast their health and whereabouts during natural disasters. The tool will be available on the Web, iOS, Android and feature phones. When the user is deemed inside an affected area, Facebook will send an alert or push notification asking whether they’re okay. From the Safety Check dashboard, users can then see which of their friends are in the same area and the number that have already marked themselves as safe on Facebook. Once the user has confirmed they’re out of harm’s way, a Safety Check notification will appear... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook ‘Safety Check’ helps you tell friends and family you’re safe during natural disasters appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s been a good few years since we last caught up with Digitally Imported, a platform for electronic music fans that we called a sleeping giant of online radio. Available on the Web and through mobile apps, Digitally Imported streams north of 80 channels dedicated entirely to thumping beats, with the company tapping the collective wisdom of electronic music aficionados to curate its content. Today, the Denver, Colorado-based company has announced plans for what it’s calling the “first electronic music platform to fully integrate radio, on-demand and e-commerce.” Here’s the lowdown. Pandora + Spotify + iTunes + electronic beats In... This story continues at The Next Web The post The ultimate electronic music emporium: Digitally Imported to offer radio, on-demand and downloads appeared first on The Next Web.

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