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If you’ve noticed a battery problem with your iPhone 5, Apple might have a fix for you. 9to5Mac reports that the company has just initiated a battery replacement program for a limited group of devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013. You can check eligibility on Apple’s website by entering your serial number. The program is available now in the US and will launch in other countries on August 29. Symptoms include “shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently,” but that applies to just about every iPhone owner I know. Even if your serial number is eligible,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is offering battery replacements for a limited number of defective iPhone 5 units appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Admit it. Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker. How do you bring organization to your Twitter life? How do you rise above the confusion, cut through the complexity, and become a superstar on Twitter? You learn these 15 Twitter hacks. Once you pick up on these power user features, you’ll become a Twitter ninja in no time. 1. Create a follow list Want to turn your Twitter feed into a streamlined and swift way of... This story continues at The Next Web The post 15 Twitter hacks that will turn you into a tweeting ninja appeared first on The Next Web.

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The allure of panoramas continues unabated. But if you’re an Instagram habitué, no doubt you’ve been frustrated by its lackluster treatment of the gorgeous panoramas shot with your iPhone. Instapan for iPhone not only lets you post your full panoramas via Instagram, it converts them into short videos that viewers can see in all their scenic splendor. It took about five minutes to get into the swing of Instapan. Delve into your photo library and load one of your panos into the app. You can then crop the pano to get rid of unwanted elements, set the motion speed at one of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands on with Instapan: Transform panos into Instagram video appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter has already dropped hints that payments will be available via tweets. According to Recode, the backbone of those payments will be handled by Stripe. According to Recode’s sources, the two companies have finally come to an agreement after speculation emerged back in January concerning the two companies working together. Stripe has been making waves in the commerce space and it looks like it’s Twitter’s only commerce partner so far. ➤ Twitter Is Working With Payments Startup Stripe on Its Commerce Initiative [Recode] The post Twitter and Stripe reportedly team up for in-tweet purchases appeared first on The Next Web.

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When you’re trying to change the world, it’s important that the products you create actually look nice. To that end, Google has acquired hardware design firm, Gecko Design for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was confirmed on Gecko Design’s site with the company’s President, Jacques L. Gagne, stating, “This is an incredible opportunity for everyone at Gecko. We are very excited and honored to join Google(x) and work on a variety of cutting edge projects.” Google X is responsible for Google’s moon shot products including Glass, the upcoming driverless car and Internet-by-balloon Project Loon. It is run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. ➤ Gecko Design... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google acquires Gecko Design for its Google X labs appeared first on The Next Web.

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Mikita Mikado is the co-­founder and CEO of designing software PandaDoc. This article was co-written by Christy Delehanty, the Content Manager at PandaDoc. “There isn’t enough time.” It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it swells to a more-or-less deafening roar in Silicon Valley. It’s “go, go, go” in startup land. And whether you’re just beginning to bootstrap or hustling to get funded, your time is your most valuable asset. Still, the thrifty culture and informal atmosphere keeps many founders and CEOs locked in DIY day in and day out. But if you’re wasting... This story continues at The Next Web The post Here are the tasks startup CEOs should always outsource appeared first on The Next Web.

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Eric Nakassa was lying in bed when the notification came through. Ahead of everyone else, the team at Vine had chosen his six-second clip as an Editor’s Pick. The decision meant his loop was suddenly visible to almost every user of the app, triggering an explosion in views. “I couldn’t believe it,” he says wistfully. “I looked at it gaining thousands of likes every ten seconds and I was just speechless.” Eric is one of many talented musicians to have embraced Vine, the bite-sized video-sharing app owned by Twitter. The platform is still in its infancy, with no native advertising... This story continues at The Next Web The post An incredible music scene is growing inside Vine appeared first on The Next Web.

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While other companies are looking at NFC (Near Field Communication) and QR codes (Quick Response Code) to replace all the cards in your wallet, the user-backed Coin aims to replace all your swipeable cards with a single smart card. The company is announcing, CoinBeta and expanding is its beta testing pool to 10,000 users. Currently, 1,000 users in San Francisco are testing the card. The new users will help Coin test the product against more POS systems to better understand how users will interact with the card in the wild. According to Coin, the card works in 85 percent of locations in San Francisco. So... This story continues at The Next Web The post Coin is recruiting 10,000 more testers for its much-hyped smart payment card appeared first on The Next Web.

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Anonymous sharing app Secret is getting a raft of updates designed to make sharing secrets on the platform easier as well as more private following the news that it had 42 security holes that could potentially have disclosed user’s real identities. Announced today, the incoming update (due today for Android users and next week for iOS devices) outright blocks “posts containing names of private individuals whenever possible”. The company says that the best Secrets shared on the network rarely have names in them, so it makes sense to block them in order to encourage more interesting posts. What isn’t clear is whether it... This story continues at The Next Web The post Secret to block posts naming ‘private individuals’ after closing 42 privacy holes this year appeared first on The Next Web.

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George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.  As I have been doing startup consulting at Red Rocket, I have also had many executive conversations with several big companies. These companies were anywhere from $150MM to $25BN in revenues in size, so definitely well-established businesses in their respective industries. But, one thing had become perfectly clear in all cases: once a company gets to a certain size, it starts to lose its appetite for risk, across many facets of its business. And, the bigger the company gets,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Why big companies struggle with innovation appeared first on The Next Web.

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Ashley Hefnewy is an associate editor for Shutterstock’s blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. No matter how hard we try, we can never seem to scour every corner of the internet for inspiration and innovation. Thankfully, the social media game is one that everybody learns more and more from every day, and when used appropriately, it can be an excellent resource for creativity. We weren’t at all surprised when we stumbled across an impressively curated tumblr for the Parsons admissions page, but it inspired us to delve further into the world of art-school tumblrs... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 inspiring art school Tumblrs to spur your creativity appeared first on The Next Web.

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We’ve featured some amazing offers from TNW Deals lately that we’re sure you don’t want to miss. Here are the deals for the week: VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 years of secure browsing wherever you go Surf the web worry-free with VPN Unlimited — unblock restricted web content, protect your WiFi connection on public networks from hackers, secure your online activity, and bypass some ISP restrictions, possibly even increasing your regular Internet speed. VPN Unlimited works on your desktop and iOS/Android mobile devices. Keep your online activity private and secure for just $19 for a 3-year plan. TuneUp: Clean &... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 money-saving TNW Deals you shouldn’t miss appeared first on The Next Web.

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Why anyone would want to watch a movie that’s been recorded by a man with a camcorder from the back of a cinema is beyond me, but the fact remains people do it, people upload it, people download it and, well, people watch it. One man, 25-year-old Philip Danks from Walsall, England, has just been given a stonking 33 months in jail for doing just that, after he filmed Fast & Furious 6 and put it on KickassTorrents. It was subsequently downloaded more than 700,000 times, which the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) claimed resulted in ‘millions of pounds’ in... This story continues at The Next Web The post A man gets 33 months in jail for filming Fast & Furious movie in a cinema and uploading it appeared first on The Next Web.

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WeCycle may sound an awful lot like ‘recycle’, but this iPhone app is more about recording cyclists’ every movement than converting waste into reusable material. TravelAI, the developers behind the app, won a contract from the UK Government to work closely with local authorities with a view towards optimizing travel experiences across each city. And it seems there was a “gaping hole” in the understanding of cycling behaviour. “How can they cater for cyclists, when they don’t even know where and when people cycle?,” the company ponders. This is where WeCycle wants to help. Similar to how you may have... This story continues at The Next Web The post WeCycle wants to crowdsource cyclists’ every movement to help make roads safer appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook history is being made today as it hosts the first ever live Q&A from space, beginning at around 1:55pm BST/8.55am EDT, 5.55am PDT/2.55pm CEST. At that time (or thereabouts – Facebook warned there could be a slight delay depending on the satellite connection), Alexander Gerst will spend 20 minutes responding to questions on camera live from the International Space Station. After this, he’ll spend another 30 minutes answering more questions in text form on his Facebook page. So, if you’ve always had a burning question you wanted to ask an astronaut in space, today is your chance, if you’re... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook’s first ever live video Q&A in space: Watch it here appeared first on The Next Web.

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ESPN has lanuched an app for Pebble smartwatches that allows ardent sports fans to keep up-to-date on results and game schedules without having to reach for their phone. Announced today, the app lets Pebble owners get NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA scores and fixtures directly on their wrists, which should help people to keep in touch with their team when life’s other priorities get in the way. It’ll also allow users to track multiple games at once and vibrate when the score changes in a tracked game. The post announcing the app was actually pulled shortly after first being published, but... This story continues at The Next Web The post ESPN now delivers sports updates to your Pebble watch appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you own a Pebble smartwatch and have been syncing it with your Android smartphone, you may have become a little frustrated with the WhatsApp integration. Why? Well, because it would tell you that you have a new WhatsApp message, but not tell you what it says. While there have been some workarounds in the past via third-party apps, Pebble’s own native app now enables full messages, including, importantly, the content of the message. It seems this tighter integration was quitely rolled out with a software update in the past week. Certainly, it’s been a long time coming, and means... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pebble for Android now lets you read your WhatsApp messages on your wrist appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’ve been vacillating about whether or not to pick up a Google Chromecast streaming dongle, some of the UK’s largest retailers just made that decision a little bit easier (or harder, if you were trying to resist the temptation) by significantly cutting the price. Although it’s been available in the US for more than a year already, the Chromecast only graced the UK’s shores in March this year and has since been priced solidly at £30. Now, however, retailers have slashed prices by 40 percent; Currys is currently offering it for £20 in-store, while Tesco, Amazon and Currys have it for sale priced... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Chromecast now costs just £18 in the UK following 40% price cut by retailers appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re a fan of the NBC-owned Breaking News app for Android, you might like the latest update to hit Google Play. As with the iPhone incarnation that arrived back in June, Breaking News for Android now serves up proximity alerts, which are basically push notifications for big stories wherever you happen to be at a specific moment. These move with you, rather than remaining static to a pre-set ‘home’ location. You’ll be asked to enable it when you launch the latest version of the app, but it can be disabled again within the Push Notifications menu (‘Big Stories Near... This story continues at The Next Web The post Breaking News for Android now delivers alerts based on your proximity to the breaking news appeared first on The Next Web.

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Feedly was one of the big beneficiaries from the demise of Google Reader last year, with RSS certainly showing no signs of dying any time soon. Indeed, Feedly is continuing to evolve into more than a simple RSS reader – it wants to be a destination for consuming content, with beautifully designed mobile apps to boot. And today, Feedly is introducing “a new way to read articles” on the Web too. The new ‘slider’ feature can be enabled (and disabled) through your Feedly Preferences settings. With it enabled, when you click to read an article, you can read the content... This story continues at The Next Web The post Feedly’s new ‘slider’ view makes it easier to read your RSS feed appeared first on The Next Web.

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Michael de Waal-Montgomery is a Hong Kong-based reporter and consumer tech enthusiast. You can find him on Twitter at @michaeldwm. With China’s state-run news agency Xinhua announcing at the end of July that Alibaba’s IPO will be put back to after the US Labor Day on September 1, discussion on e-commerce in Asia continues to be a hot topic. Aliaba’s IPO is expected to be one of the largest in US history, while it is also likely to strengthen Chinese e-commerce stocks in general — this after Chinese stocks trading in New York moved to a three-year high earlier this month. Commentators are... This story continues at The Next Web The post Alibaba is breaking out of China while the rest of the world tries to break in appeared first on The Next Web.

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Xiaomi may be China’s top smartphone vendor based on the last quarter, but it also offers smart TVs and set-top boxes. Those latter products have caught the interest of US games company Ouya, which is planning to bring its games platform to them, Reuters reports. Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told Reuters that gaming could give Xiaomi an edge over other smart TV rivals. The alliance would also give Ouya an entry into the lucrative Chinese market, though smart TV gaming is still a nascent segment there. Xiaomi’s MiTV Xiaomi revealed its second-generation MiTV in May — it costs $640 but is limited to China.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Ouya is reportedly bringing its games platform to Xiaomi’s smart TVs and set-top boxes appeared first on The Next Web.

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There’s been plenty of speculation about the future of Singapore-based Bubbly, the Seqouia-backed startup and its ‘Twitter for voice’ app. But the company is not liquidating, as reports had suggested – instead, today it announced that it has been acquired by Altruist Technologies, an India-based mobile company that specializes in voice services. Altruist intends to use Bubbly, the company’s smartphone app for iOS and Android that has over 40 million registered users, and its SMS-based BubbleTalk (which claims 140 million registered users) services alongside its own one-to-one voice messaging platforms. Altruist claims 80 million active voice messaging users across Africa and Europe, which it... This story continues at The Next Web The post Bubbly, Asia’s ‘Twitter for Voice,’ is not closing; instead sold to Indian mobile services firm appeared first on The Next Web.

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A localized version of Candy Crush has finally landed in China today, paving the way for millions of Chinese users to get addicted to the immensely popular game. Mobile game-maker King partnered with Chinese internet giant Tencent earlier this year to bring its flagship title to the world’s largest smartphone market. Users on iOS and Android devices can now visit Tencent’s Mobile QQ instant messaging platform or the Game Center within messaging app WeChat (known as Weixin in China) to get hold of it. The partnership comes as Tencent is increasingly seeking popular Western game content to bring to its users.... This story continues at The Next Web The post A localized Candy Crush lands in China, available via Tencent’s mobile QQ and WeChat services appeared first on The Next Web.

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There was a lot of buzz when Google revealed prototypes of its self-driving cars in May, which come without a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals. Now, however, new rules in California concerning the testing of autonomous vehicles state that the driver must be “capable of taking over active physical control of the vehicle at any time,” which means manual controls have to be in place. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google plans to adhere to the new rules by constructing a temporary steering wheel and pedal system for the test cars. Google is building about a hundred prototypes of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google’s self-driving cars will get a steering wheel and pedals for testing in California appeared first on The Next Web.

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