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Line, the mobile messaging app from Japan with 500 million registered users, is putting its public listing on hold after revealing that it won’t seek an IPO this year as previously planned. The decision was confirmed in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. It emerged in August that Line had filed paperwork in both the US and Japan, hinting that it could pursue a dual listing that analysts speculate would value it at around $10 billion. Line’s business model sees it offer its chat app for free, but monetize around games, virtual items like stickers and as a marketing platform... This story continues at The Next Web The post Messaging app company Line says it won’t hold an IPO this year after all appeared first on The Next Web.

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Evernote updated the Mac version of its note-syncing application today. The update brings a plethora of new features to the application that you’ve been adding your grocery list to. In addition to improved syncing and larger checkboxes, the update brings the ability to dynamically resize images inline. Just grab the bottom right corner and drag to resize. It also now ships with an improved tables tool. Mac users will also notice that in-app search results are now ordered based on relevancy. Plus, you can now search within notes via OS X’s Spotlight feature. Helpful when you’re not quite sure where you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Evernote updates Mac app with inline image resizing, improved tables and Spotlight search for notes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Lyft is getting more aggressive with its multiple passenger ride-sharing service Lyft Line. Today the company announced it has acquired ride-sharing platform Hitch. Hitch is a San Francisco-based car service similar to Lyft and Uber that boasted it was half the price of both of those more established services. Lyft announced that the Hitch platform will close tomorrow and that current Hitch drivers are invited to join Lyft. Hitch customers will have to create a Lyft account if they don’t already have one. No user information will be transferred over in the acquisition. Lyft said that the acquisition would help with... This story continues at The Next Web The post Lyft acquires ride-sharing platform Hitch to bolster Lyft Line appeared first on The Next Web.

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Adobe has announced plans to acquire Aviary, the maker of a photo editing SDK used by a number of third-party apps. Aviary has achieved over 100 million downloads during its history. Aviary will continue to support its SDK as part of Adobe’s Creative SDK. The company noted: While ensuring no interruption to Aviary’s developer community, or their apps’ users, we plan to add additional components and services for developers to incorporate – such as the ability to save creations to Creative Cloud in Adobe file formats, access Photoshop technology, and connect creativity across devices using the Creative SDK. ➤ Aviary,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Adobe acquires photo editing platform Aviary appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today updated its Chrome Apps for Mobile project with new Chrome APIs for identity, Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) support, and rich notifications. At the same time, the company has improved the developer workflow and added modern WebView capabilities for older versions of Android. Chromium WebView, which was introduced as part of Android 4.4 KitKat, is now available on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. This can be done by bundling your Chrome App with an embeddable Chromium WebView, thanks to the Crosswalk open source project. To show off this new functionality, Google ported the Topeka... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google updates Chrome Apps for Mobile with Cloud Messaging, rich notifications, modern WebView and live deploy appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today revealed a new search feature called Structured Snippets that displays information pulled from data tables on webpages. The search engine has been progressively adding new information through its Knowledge Graph database. This latest feature adds more data below the snippets of text in a search query. For instance, searching for a Nikon camera model shows tech specs like sensor resolution and weight: Google is using machine learning to separate tables with useful information from those used for formatting. The system then ranks facts based on relevance and quality to decide which ones to display. ➤ Introducing Structured Snippets, now a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google search now shows you facts mined from data tables appeared first on The Next Web.

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All the companies are slowly rolling out updates to their iOS apps, and today it’s Google’s turn with Chrome for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In addition to the usual bug fixes, Chrome has now been optimized for iOS 8 and has introduced support for additional services via app extensions. This means that you’ll now be able to share content directly from the browser into more third-party apps you have installed.     The refreshed Chrome app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available to download from the App Store now. ➤ Chrome [iOS] The post Google Chrome gets iOS 8 support for third-party app extensions appeared first on The Next Web.

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Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, today announced it had completed its purchase of a majority stake in the popular YouTube network, Fullscreeen. The network involves over 50,000 creators with 450 million subscribers, making it one of the largest collections of YouTube channels around. Together they generate around 4 billion monthly views. Founder and CEO George Strompolos remains at the helm of the company, and the deal is expected to complete next month. The move follows Disney’s purchase of Maker Studios earlier this year, which kicked off current investor interest in acquiring YouTube networks. As the video giant continues to... This story continues at The Next Web The post AT&T and Chernin’s Otter Media buys YouTube network Fullscreen appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is available first in the US and will roll out globally later this year. The new program builds on the Student Advantage initiative that launched last year. Previously, schools had to go through several steps in order to approve free Office subscriptions, but now students can sign up online using their school email address. In order to qualify, students need to be attending campuses that have purchased an organization-wide Volume Licensing... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft now lets eligible students sign up for free Office 365 subscriptions appeared first on The Next Web.

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Your next Web project deserves a beautiful design, and we’ve got just the thing; a great deal on lifetime access to all current and future WordPress themes from TeslaThemes. With gorgeous responsive layouts suitable for many different kinds of sites, the all-powerful Tesla Framework for easy customization, extensive documentation and access to all theme PSD files, this is one offer you don’t want to miss. TeslaThemes offers a wide ranges of themes that you can use on just about any project, including online magazines, business sites, creative portfolios, ecommerce stores and more. Plus, the Tesla Framework (included with every theme)... This story continues at The Next Web The post Get 80% off the WordPress Theme Lifetime Plan from TeslaThemes appeared first on The Next Web.

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In the wake of the iOS 8 launch last week, countless tech brands rolled out updates to their iPhone and iPad apps. Today it’s Skype’s turn, as the Microsoft-owned VoIP giant received a chunky upgrade in the iPhone realm, though the iPad incarnation hasn’t been given the refresh as of yet. As you’d perhaps expect, Skype’s optimization for iOS 8 brings interactive notifications into the mix, in the form of calls and messages on the lock-screen and banner notifications. You have to switch on notifications for Skype within Settings. If you miss a call now, you will see the name... This story continues at The Next Web The post Skype gets the iOS 8 treatment, meaning you can now manage calls and messages from your lock screen appeared first on The Next Web.

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XPRIZE has announced its latest initiative to fix our planet’s biggest problems – a $15 million private-sector led challenge to revolutionize global education through technology. To recap, XPRIZE launched back in 1995 with a view towards “solving the world’s Grand Challenges” through establishing high-profile incentive-based prizes. This covers Learning, Exploration, Energy & Environment, Global Development, and Life Sciences. Announced today by XPRIZE Chairman and CEO, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, at the Social Good Summit, the latest competition aims to bring literacy and arithmetic to 250 million kids around the world. The five-year competition challenges teams to develop “open source and... This story continues at The Next Web The post XPRIZE launches $15m contest to bring literacy and numeracy to 250m kids in the developing world appeared first on The Next Web.

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The iOS 8 launch came and went, and the iPhone 6 models hit the market too. And today Apple says that sales of its new devices topped the 10 million mark in the first week, in what it calls a new record for the iPhone. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched on Friday in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Germnay, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore, with round-the-block queues a familiar sight outside Apple Stores globally. The device will be hitting 20 more countries on September 26, including Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,  Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple says first weekend iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales topped 10 million appeared first on The Next Web.

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In what has now been five years writing about apps for a living, I’ve been pitched variations on the ‘see where your friends are on a map and get together with them’ idea countless times. What makes new iOS release HopOver notable isn’t so much the concept, then, it’s the fact that it comes from navigation giant Telenav. Aimed at teens and young adults, the app allows you to share your current location by posting a ‘hop’. Friends can then message you and arrange to meet you, and there are stickers and a tagging feature. It’s all very familiar to be honest, but... This story continues at The Next Web The post Telenav wants to get young people checking in (again) with HopOver, another social location app appeared first on The Next Web.

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Following a recent rebrand from Handybook to Handy, the US-based platform for getting help with your household chores has announced that it has acquired UK-based Mopp. The “multi-million pound deal” will see Mopp’s platform rebranded as ‘powered by Handy’ in the UK and will further Handy’s ambitions to control more of the home services market internationally. Right now, it’s a hotly contested space for the company, both at home and abroad, with the likes of Helpling, Homejoy, Hassle and more all operating in a similar space. Mopp founders Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks will stay with the company to help run... This story continues at The Next Web The post Handy expands its domestic services platform with acquisition of UK-based Mopp appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sitting on the edge of the pool sipping your drink, blanking out with a box set of your favorite TV show or keenly avoiding all the chores you’d been saving up all week – there are lots of ways you can spend your weekend. Of course, if you were doing any of those things, chances are you weren’t paying much attention to the best news and features from the world of tech, but don’t worry, that’s why we’re here. So make yourself a coffee, silence your phone and spend 10 minutes or so catching up on everything you missed. We won’t... This story continues at The Next Web The post Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here appeared first on The Next Web.

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India looks like it has netted its third notable startup exit this year, after Yahoo swooped to purchase Bookpad, a one-year-old company that hosts cloud-based documents, according to local media. Economic Times reports that the deal is worth $8.3 million, while Times of India speculates a much higher price of $15 million. The acquisition — which is still to be confirmed by the US internet giant — would represent Yahoo’s first in India. It comes some nine months after Facebook bought its first startup from India — Little Eye Labs — in a deal worth $10 million-$15 million; Google was also active in January, buying... This story continues at The Next Web The post Yahoo has reportedly bought its first startup from India, cloud docs specialist Bookpad appeared first on The Next Web.

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Svbtle, the stylish blogging platform that opened up to all users at the beginning of the year, has pivoted into a paid-for service, which costs $6 per month. Created by prominent designer Dustin Curtis, Svbtle was initially an invite-only platform for selected users when in launched in 2011. That changed in January of this year, when it opened to all who could sign up for free — Curtis says that the new membership fee will allow the service “live forever.” Svbtle is actually free to use for an initial 30-day period, after which payment kicks it. It now allows new users to register... This story continues at The Next Web The post Blogging platform Svbtle moves to paid membership, costs $6 per month for new users appeared first on The Next Web.

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DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine that lives in Google’s enormous shadow, has joined its big rival and plenty of other western tech firms in being blocked in China. DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed the blockage to Tech In Asia this weekend, adding that he believes it started a few weeks ago. Weinberg says that he is unsure as to why the company got trapped in China’s internet censorship net. A search for duckduckgo.com on the Great Fire censorship monitoring site suggests that the plucky young search engine was indeed first blocked around September 4. Subsequent tests from Great... This story continues at The Next Web The post DuckDuckNo: The privacy-focused search engine is blocked in China appeared first on The Next Web.

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You have perfected your pitch and are feeling confident. But before you step into that big meeting, there are a few common stumbling blocks you should be aware of. We asked eight YEC what you should never, ever include on those slides (no matter how tempting). Their best answers are below: 1. Bells and Whistles Including too much information in your pitch deck is counterproductive. Hit the major points in a clear way. Keep your deck clean and simple: no more than 10-20 slides. Too many bells, whistles, graphics and diagrams will look like overcompensation to the investor. – Jason Grill, JGrill Media | Sock... This story continues at The Next Web The post 8 things you should never, ever include in a pitch deck appeared first on The Next Web.

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What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn’t seem to be very fond of him — at first, at least. Filmed in one take, the video doesn’t feature any real actors (except those moving the gadgets). Check it out: The post 14 Apple devices, one clever music video appeared first on The Next Web.

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Paul Jarvis experiments with words and design. His latest book is called The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better art.  The advice you see on blogs telling you how to get people to buy your book is all pretty much awful. Guaranteed in five easy steps! This isn’t because of bad intentions or even some sort of trickery, it’s just that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to generating sales for your book. You can achieve success—however you define success—by doing practically anything that goes with or even against current advice online for self-published book marketing. The “self” in self-publishing means you’ve... This story continues at The Next Web The post The marketing tools you need for any self-published book appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on Geektime. With a total population of around 1.7 million in Gaza, the startup scene is relatively small, but you would never know it from the frenzy surrounding mentorship and tech education events over there. Thanks to programs like Mercy Corps accelerator Gaza Sky Geeks, Google Developers Group in Gaza, and others, buzz is building around entrepreneurship. Gaza is a special case with many demographic, socioeconomic and geopolitical challenges. The economy is dependent on regional influences and connected to a limited and small market with many restrictions on borders, which impede free movement of people and free... This story continues at The Next Web The post Against all odds: Gaza is now home to a promising startup scene appeared first on The Next Web.

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Samsung has been working on its virtual reality platform for some time, with the device finally unveiled at its Unpacked event this September. Today, Oculus has announced that it’s been collaborating with Samsung on a prototype version of the device for developers called the Gear VR Innovator Edition. Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, said today that the project began as an experiment to see if it was possible to bring VR to next-generation mobile hardware and that the team ‘blew everyone away’ in a short amount of time. The Gear VR Innovator Edition was the result; an early access... This story continues at The Next Web The post Oculus announces Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition and mobile SDK for developers appeared first on The Next Web.

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At the first ever Oculus conference, the company has unveiled a new prototype headset that features integrated audio, a new display technology, improved positional audio tracking and is much lighter than ever before. Oculus has dubbed the new prototype ‘Crescent Bay’ and says that the device is as “big of a step up from the DK2 as the DK2 was from the DK1.” A new camera on the back of the device allows gamers to spin around 360 degrees, giving much more freedom. The new prototype also has built in headphones and improved audio positioning to help make the audio... This story continues at The Next Web The post Oculus unveils Crescent Bay prototype virtual reality headset appeared first on The Next Web.

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