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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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Earlier this week, Brazil issued a court order to have anonymous sharing app Secret delisted from the App Store and Google Play store in the country. Apple has followed the instructions after it made the app unavailable in Brazil, 9to5mac reports. Brazilian national law forbids anonymous speech, which means Secret — and, we presume, rivals like Whisper and Yik Yak — are illegal in the country. Section 22.1 of Apple’s App Store guide states that apps “must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users,” as 9to5mac points out. The ruling this week gave Google and Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple removes Secret from the App Store in Brazil because it breaches local free speech law appeared first on The Next Web.

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Social networking video apps really need to be unique to gain traction in today’s crowded mobile market. Camu, released today by Sumoing, the makers of Repix, puts a fresh spin on the iPhone photo/video scene. With Camu, you can shoot either stills or video, and if you’re going to do video, shoot short because to film, you have to press and hold the video button for up to 15 seconds. For most video, short is better anyway. There are a small number of smart-looking filters available via swipe that you can set either before or after you shoot, such as Sunny, Roasted, Nostalgia, and more, including a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Camu for iPhone puts an elegant spin on social photography appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were rife with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them, I was sabotaging myself and my writing. Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime and when they do, they destroy the power of our work. I’ve rounded up five weak words to avoid and some helpful tips for what you can use instead. 1. Really Example:  “The swimmer really performed admirably.” Why it’s a problem: The word ‘really’ is a crutch. It is used to... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 weak words copywriters and bloggers should avoid (and what to use instead) appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today updated its Google Search app for Android with support for handling multiple languages at once in voice search. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. You could use voice search in multiple languages (more than 50 in total) before, but you had to change your settings if you wanted to switch languages. Now you can tweak your settings once, and then switch back and forth between languages as you see fit. The app lets you select up to five languages in total (Search => Settings => Voice => Languages), and Google will automatically detect... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Voice Search for Android now lets you speak up to five languages, limit of one language per sentence appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sometimes the sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. But for Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas — who specializes in creating “audio life forms” — such dulcet tones inspired something more: curiosity about what they might look like as sound-driven 3D animations. The result: Nightingale & Canary, a bird sound animation video that you need know nothing whatsoever about to enjoy. Just ask my cats. This crazy gorgeous piece, commissioned by Europeana Creative and funded by the EU, uses recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound... This story continues at The Next Web The post 3D bird sound visualization is electrifying appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s a good time to be on the market for a new carrier. Sprint just announced a $60 a month unlimited plan, while T-Mobile is offering free LTE incentives to its customers to invite their friends to the network. Ready, fight! The new Sprint plan offers unlimited voice, text and data for $60 a month. That’s $20 cheaper than T-Mobile’s unlimited plan. The caveat is that you have to either bring your own device, pay full retail or use Sprint Easy Pay to get a device. The plan goes into effect on August 22. Not to be outdone by Sprint’s new... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sprint and T-Mobile go toe-to-toe with price drops and switching incentives appeared first on The Next Web.

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Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on his blog. I commonly get asked what is the best crowdfunding website for your startup. In order to answer this question, we’ll have to first answer another question: Which crowdfunding model suits your project best? When I first started out, the only thing I knew about crowdfunding was that you have to put down a cash pledge in exchange for a nice reward. But one day as I journeyed on with my own crowdfunding campaign, Andrew Yanai, a nice business development guy from Fundable.com got in touch with me. Being in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Which crowdfunding platform is right for your startup? appeared first on The Next Web.

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At F8, Facebook introduced App Links, a cross platform app deep linking system. Today, the company introduced analytics for events via the Bolt SDK to help developers track how users are interacting with those links. In its ongoing desire to offer open-source tools, Facebook not only offers App Links analytics via Facebook and Parse, but also via a third party analytics tool, Mixpanel. Plus, anyone could build their own analytics solution. App Links Product Manager Vijay Shankar also announced Windows universal support so the app links can work on the entire Windows ecosystem. App Links is an open source solution for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook adds analytics support to App Links and Windows universal support appeared first on The Next Web.

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Instagram today announced three new business tools to help brands build their following on the social network: Account insights, Ad insights, and Ad staging. The Facebook-owned company says the new suite will be rolled out “over the coming weeks and months,” but wouldn’t provide details regarding timing or markets. Instagram says the dashboards are a response to brands asking for more insight into how users engage with and respond to their photos and videos. The tools will thus let brands monitor the reaction to posts and campaigns, as well as give them suggestions for the best time of day to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Instagram announces three new business tools for brands: Account insights, Ad insights, and Ad staging appeared first on The Next Web.

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Forget wearables. Estimote, an early pioneer of Apple’s location-aware iBeacon technology, is back with a new product coined “nearables.” These slim, flexible “Stickers” are smaller than Estimote’s wireless Beacons and, as the name suggests, can be stuck to almost any physical object. They’re colorful and shaped like pieces of a stained glass window; even if your friend spots one, the thoughtful design means it won’t stand out like a sore thumb. Estimote Stickers aren’t limited to iBeacon though; co-founder Steve Cheney says that any packet format can be sent to “nearables” and they’re backwards compatible with its SDK (iOS/Android), as well... This story continues at The Next Web The post Estimote’s beacon Stickers track movement, temperature and react when your smartphone is nearby appeared first on The Next Web.

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Software developer Vito Technology already has a roaring success on its hands with Star Walk, the uber-popular stargazing app that launched back in 2008 and won an Apple Design Award two years later. 10 million downloads on (iOS and Android), Vito has lifted the lid on a brand new standalone app called – wait for it – Star Walk 2. The basic principle remains the same for the sequel: you can find and identify stars, satellites, and comets in real time, simply by holding your device up to the sky. However, the revamped incarnation has had a big makeover with... This story continues at The Next Web The post If you like stargazing, you’ll love Star Walk’s new universal app for iOS appeared first on The Next Web.

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The much-maligned Android fragmentation problem has blighted the mobile operating system for years, though Google has been steadily taking corrective measures in recent times. The issue? So many different devices and form-factors, running a multitude of Android versions which purportedly cause developers no-end of pain when striving to cater for the increasingly-dominant mobile platform. But how serious is the problem? OpenSignal sheds some light on this today, with its 2014 Android fragmentation report. OpenSignal on Android To recap, OpenSignal is the company behind the eponymous app that creates maps of mobile phone network coverage based on information crowdsourced from smartphone... This story continues at The Next Web The post There are 18,796 distinct Android devices, according to OpenSignal’s latest fragmentation report appeared first on The Next Web.

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The digital world allows us to take as many pictures as we want and post those to all the social networks. But when it comes to aggregating the events surrounding those memories, it’s like trying to find a remote control in the house of a hoarder. The Vemory (like memory but with a V, get it?) app creates photo albums from all your photos, either stored on your iOS device or on your various social network accounts. The aggregated photo albums are presented as movies with music and peppered with the comments left by your friends on the photos pulled... This story continues at The Next Web The post Vemory grabs all the photos from your social networks and creates a video photo album appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today updated its Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 2.0 public preview with more than 200 improvements. The new version is available from the same place: as a direct download on Microsoft.com. The release includes the Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance, as well as “substantial” improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio. Microsoft is also offering 10 new samples and promising an overall “more stable, more feature-rich” release. This is the first update to the public preview since its release just last month along with... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft updates Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 preview with over 200 improvements, Kinect Fusion tool kit appeared first on The Next Web.

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Andrew Fullerton is the VP of Sales at Emarsys. Digital marketers face a big question in today’s world – is it more important to acquire new customers, or retain and nurture their current customer base? It’s a conundrum companies have faced for years. Should marketers go out looking for new leads and improve sales prospects or develop a loyal and valuable customer? Industry leaders are constantly asking themselves where to allocate money, time and resources to attain the best results in today’s dog eat dog environment. According to a recent survey by Econsultancy, 34 percent of marketers indicated that they... This story continues at The Next Web The post Don’t get screwed: Focus on customer retention over acquisition appeared first on The Next Web.

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Yahoo today updated its Android app with integration of its digital magazines: Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo Beauty and Yahoo Health. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. The only limitation is that the digital magazines are only available to US users. The company didn’t say when it expects that limitation to be lifted. Lately, Yahoo has been pushing very hard to get its mobile apps up to snuff. The company has even expanded its Yahoo Mail offerings (both Android and iOS) with unrelated features like news, search, weather, sports scores, and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Yahoo for Android updated with digital magazines Yahoo Food, Tech, Travel, Movies, Beauty, and Health appeared first on The Next Web.

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Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and customers, your great idea will never be flying. We felt we had to help find a solution. So at this year’s TNW Europe Conference, The Next Web partnered with WeTransfer to launch Boost – a program dedicated to accelerating the growth of early-stage startups from all around the... This story continues at The Next Web The post 3 ways to Boost your startup appeared first on The Next Web.

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Product Hunt, the hot startup that helps you find the best new products and companies, has today launched an iOS app as it announces a $1 million seed round. If you’re somehow still not familiar with Product Hunt, it’s a mashup of Reddit and Hacker News with the sole purpose of surfacing cool new products from around the world on a daily basis. The startup has gone from strength to strength, with founder Ryan Hoover recently announcing the team had joined YCombinator. Now, just a few weeks later, Hoover says that the company has gathered 51,000 active users on its email... This story continues at The Next Web The post Product Hunt, the ‘Reddit for apps,’ launches on iOS appeared first on The Next Web.

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US payments platform Square has introduced s new analytics tool designed to give sellers “actioanable data” to increase sales. The aptly-titled Square Analytics is designed to “level the playing field” for small companies, it says, and delivers easy access to stats and analysis that were hitherto reserved for big companies with big budgets. Square Analytics pulls together the various facets of its point-of-sale (POS) tool Square Register, covering inventory, invoices and appointments. Square Analytics is mobile-optimized too, delivering easy access anywhere. ➤ Square Analytics The post Square launches new analytics tool to help ‘level the playing field’ for smaller merchants appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s little surprise that living in the UK’s capital can be rewarding, exciting and fun in equal measure, if you ignore the weather and occasional brusqueness of disgruntled occupants. However, when it comes to the actual living part things can be incredibly tricky – it’s one of the most expensive and competitive cities in the world when it comes to securing a home. That process is made even harder if you don’t really have a specific area in mind, if you’re new to town or are only staying for a short time. Generally, property apps and websites tend to show listings of... This story continues at The Next Web The post This visualization tool makes it easy to find the perfect location for your next London home appeared first on The Next Web.

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Take to the skies for your next video project with the DJI Phantom CF40 Drone. This compact, easy to fly quadrotor packs its own 720p camera to shoot beautiful HD quality video, while remaining airborne for up to 15 minutes over a distance of 100 meters, and it’s perfect for those getting started with aerial cinemtaography. You can control the Phantom with your iOS or Android smartphone via Wi-Fi and get a live video feed while recording — or with the included 5.8GHz remote control. Use it to shoot sporting events, adventure experiences, or just capture moments with a new... This story continues at The Next Web The post Get 23% off the DJI Phantom FC40 Drone appeared first on The Next Web.

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Spotify has introduced a neat little Web app today called Serendipity, which visualises simultaneous listening around the world. Interactive artist Kyle McDonald has been serving as Spotify’s Media Artist in Residence for the past couple of months, and the result is this animated map that jumps to life whenever two people (strangers) listen to the same song at the same time. It’s actually pretty sweet, and isn’t confined to people who live in close proximity either. It often zooms out and reveals that someone in Asia is listening to a song at exactly the same time as someone in South... This story continues at The Next Web The post With Serendipity, Spotify reveals when two people around the world listen to the same song simultaneously appeared first on The Next Web.

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The Star Wars franchise is just too lucrative to stay dormant for very long. Today, Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm are returning to the iconic sci-fi universe with a new strategy video game called Star Wars: Commander for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you’ve ever played Clash of Clans or other strategy games that incorporate a base-building component, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here. Star Wars: Commander drops you off in the famous Tatooine with partner-in-crime Saponza; after a couple of tutorial missions you’re asked to choose between the evil Galactic Empire and heroic Rebel Alliance... This story continues at The Next Web The post Star Wars: Commander for iOS lets you build a base and fight for the Empire or Rebel Alliance appeared first on The Next Web.

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