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Facebook today announced further plans to clean up the News Feed by reducing stories with click-bait headlines as well as stories that have links shared in the captions of photos or within status updates. The move comes just four months after the social network reduced Like-baiting posts, repeated content, and spammy links. First up, “click-baiting” refers to posting links with a headline that piques your curiosity without actually telling you much information. In other words, you click to see more, and you aren’t told enough about what to expect. Facebook explains why it’s finally cracking down on posts like the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook cleans up News Feed by reducing click-bait headlines, links shared in captions and status updates appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you have a penchant for handing your phone to others to show them photographs you’ve snapped, you might like Bound It for Android. One of the issues of handing your device over, with your main gallery app active, is that anyone can swipe far beyond those cute photos you took of your kid, and onto those not-so-cute ones of your stag party. Bound It lets you select which specific images you wish to show by creating an impromptu slideshow consisting only of the images you wish them to see. You can also save a ‘Bound It’ list of photos... This story continues at The Next Web The post This Android app lets you control which photos your friends see when you hand your phone over 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 Jumplead blog. You’ve planned out the perfect strategy to attract subscribers, leads and eventually customers for your business, but now it’s time to build trust with these individuals and establish a strong relationship from the start. According to Webbed Feet, 92 percent of consumers say they trust earned media, such as social media, word of mouth and recommendation from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising. The question then is how to emulate the trust a person feels from earned media with your... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 tips to build trust with first-time subscribers, leads and customers appeared first on The Next Web.

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It was only a matter of time. GoPro cameras can be fitted to helmets, cars, surfboards and more, but now there’s a new way to film with these durable cameras: From the perspective of man’s best friend. GoPro today announced Fetch, a harness that lets you mount two Hero cameras to your dog. The first is attached on the back for a view just behind the head, while the second is fitted on the chest for an angle closer to ground-level. The mount is adjustable and GoPro says it should fit a range of dog breeds ranging from 15 to 120 pounds. It’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post GoPro’s Fetch harness lets you capture the world from a dog’s point of view appeared first on The Next Web.

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Spotify updated its iOS app today with a few useful tweaks regarding the way it displays albums. A new, prominent ‘Save’ button has been added in the header, just below the artwork and album name. Whereas before you needed to dive into the menu (located in the top right-hand corner) this shortcut will instantly add the album to the ‘Your Music’ section of the app. Swiping horizontally on the album header will now reveal a second section that includes some basic information: the release year and total play time. The latter is particularly handy if you want to listen to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Spotify makes it easier to save albums to ‘Your Music’ inside the iOS app appeared first on The Next Web.

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A magnitude six earthquake shook the Napa Valley and Northern California on Sunday, damaging buildings and disrupting power. Jawbone, creator of the Up fitness tracker, today released data revealing the number of users who were woken up in the middle of the night. The graph (below) visualizes the percentage of Up wearers who were awake between 9pm and 9am. Areas that were distanced further from the quake, such as Modesto and Santa Cruz, were barely affected, while closer regions, including Napa, Sonoma and Vallejo, rocketed skyward after 3:20am PT. “Once [awake], it took the residents a long time to go... This story continues at The Next Web The post Jawbone reveals how many Up users were woken up by the Napa earthquake appeared first on The Next Web.

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On August 25 1835, the now defunct New York Sun published an article that would later become known as ‘the great moon hoax‘ – in which the author said he had proof that the moon was a hotbed of active life; beaches, trees, oceans, tail-less beavers, unicorns, goats and a trove of other highly unlikely creatures. In hindsight, it’s obvious to see exactly how ridiculous these lies seem (and why they were told – circulation of the paper increased following them) but can you imagine how uninformed you’d have seemed back then if you’d missed the news that there are unicorns on the moon? We wouldn’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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Gyms can be great, but you need to be sure you have the time to regularly visit, otherwise you could be squandering anything up to £60 a month for a membership that does nothing but gather dust. Plus, gyms typically only offer a set type of class at set times, which can get a little tedious. This is where Viva la Vita for iPhone wants to help, offering a curated list of quirky fitness classes available at short notice. The self-proclaimed ‘YPlan for fitness’ is available in London only for now, given that launching market-by-market (as YPlan did) makes it... This story continues at The Next Web The post Bored of the gym? This iPhone app gives Londoners a curated choice of quirky fitness classes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Slowly but surely, Mozilla is pushing its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets. Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week. The Cloud FX, developed by Intex Technologies, sports a 3.5-inch display, a 1GHz processor and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera. The memory is expandable up to 4GB and it supports a dual-SIM setup, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Mozilla has packed in various data monitoring features and several languages are supported out of the box, including Hindi and Tamil. It will be sold... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this week appeared first on The Next Web.

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Uber has until the end of October to change its payment process in India or risk being banned from operating there. That’s because the country’s reserve bank (the RBI) has issued new guidelines that require two-step verification system for certain card payments. A directive relating to Card Not Present (CNP) transactions issued on Friday requires companies which automatically charge customers for goods — such as Uber and other taxi-booking services — to introduce a second, verification step that authenticates a payment before it is made. Uber currently requires all users to provide a credit card to use its service, which it uses... This story continues at The Next Web The post Uber has until the end of October to introduce two-step payments in India, or face a ban appeared first on The Next Web.

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WhatsApp leads the rest of the mobile messaging field when it comes to popularity, and now the Facebook-owned service has passed 600 million monthly active users, according to CEO and founder Jan Koum. Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers… — jan koum (@jankoum) August 25, 2014 The app crossed the significant half a billion user milestone in April this year. Tencent’s WeChat app is closest behind with 438 million active users, most of whom are likely in China, while Tango (70 million active users) and Viber (100 million active users) are among... This story continues at The Next Web The post WhatsApp reaches 600 million active users appeared first on The Next Web.

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If Capsule.fm has its way, Siri and Samantha will be replaced by Miranda. The first two AI assistants are ubiquitous to Apple users and audiences of the film “Her.” But Capsule.fm co-founder Danielle Reid hopes that Miranda and her co-star, Carl, will pivot the streaming music space. Earlier this year, the German startup launched its new iOS app, The Early Edition (an Android app is in the works). The Early Edition offers more than music suggestions: it creates unique audio narratives from users’ online content. These users listen to headlines from their favorite news sources, their latest email messages, trending... This story continues at The Next Web The post Music in the midnight sun: Behind Norway’s edge in online music appeared first on The Next Web.

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Nihar Sawant is a co-founder at Expojure. This post originally appeared on his Medium blog. Recently, I was in the Himalayas for two weeks. During those two weeks, I had zero communication with the outside world. Climbing 14,000ft in the dreadful nature left my mind in a complete desolation. By the time I reached home, my mind was a blank slate like I was reborn. This gave me an opportunity to look back at my life in a new perspective. In past five years, I introspected a lot and also observed people around me. I realized that most do things... This story continues at The Next Web The post How visiting the Himalayas changed my perception of entrepreneurship appeared first on The Next Web.

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Stéphane Le Viet is the CEO and Founder of Work4. To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. Entrepreneurs from around the globe are drawn in as they look to follow in the footsteps of others who have successfully launched companies in the US – Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Mikkel Svane – to name a few. While it’s not a requirement, relocating a startup to Silicon Valley makes sense in many ways as access to venture capital, mentors, talent and business infrastructure can help a company grow. While international entrepreneurs see the opportunity, many underestimate... This story continues at The Next Web The post An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley appeared first on The Next Web.

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The Colors of Motion is a beautiful, interactive experiment that looks at the use of colors in movies, showing them off in a way that you’d usually never see. The Matrix in color Built by interaction designer Charlie Clark, the site uses a bash script to analyse movies frame by frame in order to get an average of their color, then presents them on the website sorted by time. You can to explore how color changes during the course of a film by scrolling down and can click on each color to get a frame where the analysis was performed as well as... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Colors of Motion is an interactive visualization of movie color appeared first on The Next Web.

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PlayStation Home, Sony’s Second Life-style virtual world, will close down in Asia in March 2015. The company doesn’t state why it’s closing the service, but it’s likely due to slow adoption. In 2013, Sony said it had 31 million players worldwide but didn’t break it down the numbers any further. Sony’s foray into the virtual world began in 2008 and the company provided the experience to anyone with a PlayStation for free, with in-game purchases available for costumes and other items. Good news for fans in America and Europe, however; Sony says that PlayStation Home will continue on there. Those in Japan and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sony is closing its PlayStation Home virtual world in Asia appeared first on The Next Web.

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The original, concise, version of this article was published in Lantern, a publication that examines the business of living. Collectively, human beings spend billions of hours playing games every week. It may sound like an epidemic, but gaming has its own benefits. Companies are starting to consider gaming in potential recruits. Gaming helps people make faster decisions (with equal accuracy as slower decisions). And now, people can make a full-time career of playing video games (one guy makes millions). Moreover, each individual can learn lessons from games that they couldn’t, or didn’t, pick up from school. For example, author Malcolm... This story continues at The Next Web The post The real-world benefits of playing a lot of games appeared first on The Next Web.

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Jake Athey is the Marketing Manager for Widen Enterprises. The internet is ballooning with fluff, and bad content marketing is to blame. In our obsession with “engaging” our “audience” in “real-time” with “targeted content” that goes “viral,” we are driving people insane. The deep feeling of disappointment and nausea that comes when you fall for click-bait and regret your decision? Let’s call it “click-flu.” Marketers create content because they want people to care about their brand, but giving people click-flu does the opposite. Failing to meet someone’s expectation is a terrible first impression. The Web is being diluted by crappy content... This story continues at The Next Web The post Stop giving people the ‘click-flu’: When to start giving a damn about your content appeared first on The Next Web.

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One of the pieces of advice I hear regularly for startup founders looking for a business idea is to find a problem they’re experiencing and set out to solve it. It’s excellent advice – some of the best companies have been built on that premise – but it also has an enormous blindspot. If tech entrepreneurs come from similar economic backgrounds and demographics, then the solutions they come up with will cater primarily to the needs of their peers. Take an app like Uber. When it first launched, it made on-demand car service more affordable. Its pricing, however, still meant... This story continues at The Next Web The post Bridging the gap: The rise of tech designed for low-income Americans appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dropifi is looking to streamline customer feedback. The Ghanian startup built a widget to replace contact forms and provide businesses with the kind of customer insights most consumers fail to fill out on websites. The company was founded in 2011. Less than two years later, it became the first startup from Africa to receive funding from 500 Startups. As of 2013, Dropifi had over 6,000 paying customers in 30 countries worldwide. The service solves a universal problem for companies but it happens that it was built in Ghana, where the internet penetration rate is just 40 percent. The Dropifi story got me thinking about... This story continues at The Next Web The post Startup founders in Southeast Asia, it’s time to step up appeared first on The Next Web.

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Pinterest today revealed that some of its iOS app users will start seeing a “News” section in their notifications tab. The new feature resembles the Following tab in Instagram, offering updates on new likes, pins and follows from the people you follow. Of course, pins that are made to secret boards will not be listed in the section. Pinterest says it will experiment with the News section over “the next few weeks,” so you can keep an eye out for it on your iPhone or iPad. ➤ Get a little news with your notifications [Pinterest] The post Pinterest is testing a News section on iOS to show you what other pinners are up to appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s safe to say that most people have favorite YouTube audio or video content that they’d like to save for viewing offline — over and over again — and there’s a host of apps and even browser extensions that will help you do that. Peggo is an easy-to-use digital video recorder (DVR) that records MP3 audio from YouTube videos, and it caught my eye for a number of reasons. As an online app, there’s no software download or registration — just paste the URL into the window, and the app brings up the interface for the selection you chose. It has cool features such... This story continues at The Next Web The post Peggo online DVR puts YouTube and SoundCloud on your desktop appeared first on The Next Web.

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As part of an investigation by the New York Attorney General, Airbnb is turning over personal information for 124 hosts on its home rental platform, as noted by The Wall Street Journal. A state subpoena from last year requested records for thousands of Airbnb’s hosts. The startup fought the request, calling it a “government-sponsored fishing expedition,” but eventually agreed in May to provide a set of anonymized data. After reviewing that data, the Attorney General has now requested full information for a small group of alleged “bad actors.” Airbnb contends that the “vast majority” of the affected hosts are no... This story continues at The Next Web The post Airbnb to turn over data for 124 New York hosts in Attorney General investigation appeared first on The Next Web.

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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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