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RelativeWave, the company behind Form which helps you build native prototypes of your app directly on mobile devices, has been acquired by Google. In a note on the RelativeWave site today, the team announced they are joining Google to continue their work on Form, saying that “want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is our first step in accomplishing that goal.” Form allows designers and developers to create rich interactive app prototypes for iOS that run on device and have full access to the camera and other sensors. Form was only announced to the public in... This story continues at The Next Web

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In a post on Google for Work’s Google+ page, the company announced a new feature for Hangouts video calls – you can now share Drive files without having to leave your conversation window. All you need to do is simply press the Drive icon on the bottom right corner of the conversation and select the file you want to share. You’ll also get a preview of the file contents in the chat window. It’s a small touch that should make things a little easier for people collaborating on a project through video. Google says the update will be rolling out to everyone... This story continues at The Next Web

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Michael Tunney is a writer, editor and media strategist based in Chicago. This post originally appeared on Lantern. It goes without saying that you should do favors for other people you care about (and even- gasp! – perfect strangers) without expecting anything in return. It’s all part of what goes into being a good person. “Do for others with no desire of returned favors. We all should plant some trees we’ll never sit under.” − Unknown But there’s a deeper, more strategic reason why you should do favors for other people. Most people don’t like to admit it or talk... This story continues at The Next Web

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After Apple’s purchase of Beats earlier this year, it was only a matter of time until the company started pushing customers to use its music streaming service. A report today by Financial Times says that Beats Music will be rolled into a future iOS update, maybe even as soon as March 2015. Apple bundles a number of its apps into iOS, like Podcasts, but this would be the first time it has included a new paid service in an iOS update. This would mark Apple’s first push into full music streaming. iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, only allows users to select a genre or... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sometimes viewing a historical scene of utter devastation can serve to steer the creative process in a new direction. And while there’s nothing good about how this collection of nine photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (estimated 7.8 magnitude) came about, these images are remarkable not only for their stark and soulful beauty — but also for their storytelling power. Flash forward to the present day and things have changed a lot, but then again, maybe not so much. One thing remains: The citizens of San Francisco live perpetually under the threat of  another devastating “big one” — which we imagine will be... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today marks exactly three weeks until The Next Web USA Conference. We’re extremely excited to be bringing together so many inspirational speakers, influential attendees, and on-point investors – not to mention awesome early-stage startups who can’t wait to share their innovations with our audience. 300+ applications later and the window for our startup growth program Boost is now closed, leaving us with 50 of the best handpicked companies ready to exhibit in New York on December 10. We’ve already announced the first 20 participants (here and here) and there’s another 20 sterling startups detailed below for your reading pleasure. The final... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is rolling out a new beta version of Chrome today, one that sports a new Bookmark Manager that lets you append an image and note to help you hunt down a bookmark more quickly. So now when you access your bookmarks, you’ll be able to ‘see’ the content of the bookmarks via a grid-like display, with your own notes and snippets on what the bookmark is all about. Google says that your existing bookmarks will automatically be updated with pictures and descriptions, where it can. If this sounds familiar, well, that’s because you may be thinking about Google’s standalone... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today BitTorrent is announcing a big upgrade for its P2P Dropbox competitor, BitTorrent Sync. As the app hits version 2.0 and shed’s the ‘beta’ tag, the company is introducing a number of new features catered to power users and IT departments. The main difference in 2.0 is that the app now offers a premium subscription for users that need to share a lot of data or collaborate in professional works Among the features available for Pro users are: The ability to share folders and files in the terabyte range Folder permissions and ownership controls Automated syncing across devices Priority for technical support Sync Pro... This story continues at The Next Web

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2015 is just around the corner — isn’t it about time you went paperless? Printed douments, receipts, photos, and notes end up cluttering your home and office, and are hard to retrieve when you need them most. That’s where the Doxie Go comes in. The compact Doxie Go can scan and save your precious documents, letters, bills and pictures without the need for cables or even a computer! Scan up to 600 pages into the built-in memory, or pair with a PC to organize your scanned images and documents so they’re searchable and accessible across your favorite cloud storage services,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a former Google and Twitter manager. He is currently the CEO of Céntrico Digital, a digital marketing agency, and CMO of Grupo Céntrico, an Ecuadorian conglomerate with internet-based assets in real estate, cars, insurance and human resource tools. While there is no doubt that Latin America is experiencing its own wave of new tech. startups and entrepreneurial ventures, the challenges inherent in doing business here contrast starkly with the rolling hills of Silicon Valley. For example, if the movie “The Social Network” was based on a Latin American Startup, at least a third of the film would have to document... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google News is rolling out a new feature that will offer up news stories that match your interests. Google News founder, Krishna Bharat, revealed the ‘Suggested for you’ option in a Google+ post. Bharat says the ‘Suggested for you’ section will change with the news “to keep things fresh and serendipitous”. We’ve not seen the option pop up on our accounts yet but you’ll need to be logged in to take advantage of it. You’ll also be able to tweak the selection by tapping the ‘Not interested’ button on stories that don’t appeal to you. ➤ Krishna Bharat on Google+... This story continues at The Next Web

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One month after sending out an SOS for volunteers from every US state and a handful of international cities, Reddit has announced a real-world scavenger hunt that involves you seeking out hidden boxes. Redditors have hidden a gift box in 52 locations around the US, as well as Sydney (Australia), London (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Singapore. Reddit is adding clues to each location-specific subreddit, giving at least some hint as to where the box could be hidden. For example, for Austin, Texas the first clue states: “It’s to damn cold to be outside.” Typo aside, clearly you’re not going to... This story continues at The Next Web

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard about UberGate (if not, make sure you read Paul Sawers’ recap). Here’s the crux of the matter, in Paul’s words: The latest debacle from the Uber circus emanates from Emil Michael, a senior executive Uber brought on board from Klout last year. During a dinner last week that included a journalist guest from BuzzFeed, Michael made some startling comments. The general gist of the chat was that he wanted to hire “opposition researchers” to help fight negative media. Essentially, they’d look at critical journalists’ personal lives and families, and “give the media a taste of its own medicine,” according... This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting today,  Windows Phone users can finally download Foursquare’s revamped app. Although Foursquare had been available on Windows Phone before, this marks the first time the redesigned version of the app has hit the platform. Foursquare now does away with the check-ins feature it became famous for and relegates that functionality to the company’s Swarm app. The current app instead focuses on helping you discover new places to go to, making use of reviews and tags called ‘tastes’ to help cater results to your preferences. The new Foursquare app is available on the Windows Phone app store now. ➤ Foursquare [Windows Phone]

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Duolingo today released a Windows Phone app for its crowdsourced language learning service, joining its existing iOS and Android offerings. The company said it received thousands of requests via email and Facebook for a Windows Phone release. Windows Phone has strong market share in a number of international and developing markets, which should overlap well with Duolingo’s naturally global student base.                        The free app currently supports learning Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English. ➤ Duolingo [Windows Phone]

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To help differentiate itself from other Android handset makers, Samsung introduced its Milk music streaming service back in March. Now the electronics giant is expanding its Milk brand with a foray into curated video. The new Milk Video app presents a stream of curated videos from big names like Vice, Venmo, Vevo, Funny or Die and Red Bull. Users can follow their friends and brands. Videos are sorted into categories that include Comedy, Entertainment, Gaming, How-To, Music, News, Random, Sports and Tech. The main UI is simple enough: scroll down a list of video screens and tap the video you want to see,... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon’s Chromecast rival, is now shipping for $39. The company made the device available to Amazon Prime subscribers for a knock down price $19 and opened pre-orders for everyone else at the end of last month . New orders for the device are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazon claims the Fire Stick is its most successful device launch ever but as usual hasn’t revealed how many units its shifted. The Fire Stick features a dual-core processor, twice as much memory as the Chromecast, MIMO Wi-Fi and a remote control. It can also be... This story continues at The Next Web

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Barnes & Noble has launched a new Nook Audiobooks app for Android, serving up more than 50,000 titles for phones and tablets. The app accompanies the existing e-reading app, however Nook Audiobooks appears to only be available in the US for now. For launch, those who download the app for the first time will be able to get two audiobooks for free, so it’s probably worth downloading it for that if nothing else.     Many of the audiobooks also offer a free sample clip before you commit to buying, while there’s a mini player too, which means you can continue... This story continues at The Next Web

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A limited time offer called the Good Web Bundle is offering 50% off five services if you purchase them as part of a pack. The Good Web Bundle is similar to the Humble Indie Bundle, but not associated with the service other than sharing a similar name. For just $96 US, you get a year’s subscription to Metafilter, MLKSHK, Newsblur, The Toast and ThinkUp. In case you don’t want subscriptions to some of the services, you’re given single-use codes that you can give away to a friend and still save money by redeeming the others. Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO of... This story continues at The Next Web

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Kiip, a mobile advertising service built around rewarding users for achieving “moments” within apps,  has announced Kiip Platform, a spin-off of its technology that focuses on loyalty programs for brands. Basically, Kiip Platform is separate from the company’s advertising business because it uses a Subscription-as-a-Service model and is designed for clients that want to reward moments within their own apps and sites. Brands interested in also placing rewards in third-party apps can easily push campaigns from Kiip Platform to the ad side. Over the years, Kiip has built up a user base of 35 million different devices that have all... This story continues at The Next Web

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IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.                          Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually... This story continues at The Next Web

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Searching for a tow truck isn’t a problem most of us experience often, but when we do, it’s usually a huge pain. Honk is trying to modernize roadside assistance with an on-demand model and iPhone and Android apps that can summon a faster and cheaper tow truck than existing options. Previously known as RoadsTruck, the newly rebranded Honk is launching with nationwide (US) 24/7 operations and over 20,000 trucks signed up. The startup claims 50 percent faster truck arrival times over its competitors, with times as low as 15-30 minutes in urban areas.              ... This story continues at The Next Web

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Two years after Google launched its Merchant Promotions product to US retailers, the internet giant has announced it’s rolling the program out internationally this week, kicking off with the UK, Germany, France, Australia and India. With Merchant Promotions, online advertisers can basically offer special promotions alongside their Product Listing Ads in Google Search and through Google Shopping. So, if you search for a photo-printing service or perfume, you could now see a ‘Special Offer’ link underneath Sponsored listings. Click, and you’ll see a message such as: “Save £5 when you spend £50 or more on selected fragrance Expires in 42... This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news if you carry multiple devices or want to share a data plan with your family: O2 UK has launched two new data sharing plans. The Sharer and Family Sharer contracts give you one data bundle of up to 8GB to share across multiple devices. The O2 Sharer Plan is for users with tablets and other data-connected devices as well as their phone. If you’re on the O2 Refresh tariff – minimum 1GB data allowance – you can pay from £6 extra per month to share the data across your kit. The O2 Family Sharer Plan is designed to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Until someone develops an inexpensive smartphone battery that can last a week, portable batteries will be a popular accessory. The trouble is, they’re bulky and easy to lose. Enter Nifty‘s new XOO Belt, which has just launched as a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. After all, you can’t lose a battery if you’re wearing it, right? Nifty made its name with the Minidrive, a tiny storage expander that fits into the SD Card slot on Apple laptops. On a recent trip to China, co-founders Piers Ridyard and Steve Levy discovered a new type of flat, flexible battery that hadn’t been built into a... This story continues at The Next Web

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