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We knew it was coming because it was proposed back in March, but yesterday France adopted controversial new legislation that allows for sweeping surveillance of citizens. A constitutional court approved the proposed ‘Lois Renseignement’ (‘Surveillance Act’) yesterday, according to EUObserver and France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted: #LoiRenseignement: la France a désormais un cadre sécurisé contre le terrorisme et respectueux des libertés. C’est un progrès décisif! MV — Manuel Valls (@manuelvalls) July 23, 2015 This translates as: “France now has a secure framework against terrorism and respect of freedoms. This is a breakthrough,” which is a sentiment and statement a lot… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the ideal world, Snapchat would be the app equivalent of ‘Logan’s Run’, with people over 30 evaporated by lasers if they attempted to use it. But we’re not in the ideal world, so I – an internet geriatric of 31 – am allowed to use it. What I like and dislike about it will probably enrage the ‘real’ millennials who are snapping their lives incessantly. Most of UX/UI decisions Snapchat makes are baffling to me. The app design seems like the product of a crazy cult that believes making the user journey easy-to-understand insults their ancient gods. Vice on shark… This story continues at The Next Web

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Often in tech, things happen because they’re possible, not because they’re particularly useful or good. Dave Bennet’s efforts to get Half-Life running on an Android Wear smartwatch definitely fall into this category – it’s to be applauded (somewhat), but the end-result probably isn’t worth replicating, unless you like playing the game using teeny-weeny touch controls, rather than a keyboard and mouse on your PC, or controller on a console. If you do want to have a crack at getting it running on your own Wear smartwatch, you’ll need an original copy of the game, as well as a couple of… This story continues at The Next Web

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IFTTT, a service that triggers actions between your favorite apps, launched its own suite of productivity tools this year. It’s now open sourced five frameworks for mobile developers, which were used to build the company’s Do range of apps. There are a couple of keyframe-based animation frameworks for UIKit written in Objective-C and Swift, as well as a DSL in Ruby for easy caching and serialization. If you’re building an app with photo features, you might find FastttCamera useful. This Objective-C framework makes it easy to allow users to snap pictures and apply filters. And if you need to enable drawing and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference last week in Aspen, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman was slow to agree with the notion that his site’s design was ‘unresponsive and confusing’ — but eventually conceded that it indeed needed work. Hoffman responded to a question from Jourdan Urbach — CTO of social video platform Ocho — about LinkedIn’s design. Urbach asked whether there was a tactical decision to make LinkedIn’s interface difficult to use. Hoffman disagreed with Urbach’s idea at the start, but rallied round and said: Look, we work on it, we may work on it slower than we should. I think… This story continues at The Next Web

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Show of hands: who here likes their mobile browsing interrupted by an interstitial ad asking you to download the company’s app for a better experience? *see zero hands raised at my home office* That’s what I thought. Everyone understands the purpose of interstitial ads on mobile, but people rarely appreciate them because they disrupt the flow of activity they’re engaged in. It’s unnatural. Imagine that you’re at a restaurant, and your order arrives. Just as you’re about to dig in, the waiter stops you mid-chew to ask if you’d rather have a better plate to eat off of. Yeah, no,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has announced several changes to its YouTube mobile interface for both Android and iOS. The update, which debuts three new tabs: Home, Subscriptions and Account, is available for Android now and will be rolling out for iOS soon. Home lets you explore and discover videos with recommendations based on your viewing history, and playlists that are customized for you. A new Subscriptions tab helps you find the latest videos from your favorite channels and creators. You can even tap the Bell icon on a channel to be notified when new videos are posted. The Account tab lets you check your playlists, watch history and the videos you’ve uploaded in… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems like only yesterday — well it was, in fact, yesterday — that an update for the Android version of YouTube offered new support for full-screen playback of vertical videos. Today, a new update to the iOS version also supports that feature. Yay. YouTube version 10.28, posted on the App Store today, informed users of the eagerly awaited feature. In launching the app however, the improvement may not be immediately obvious. A vertical video will still play in its narrow box at the top of the screen until you use a gesture to expand it — and presto, the videos now look really… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dassault Systèmes, specialists in 3D CAD software, has launched the Solidworks for Entrepreneurs Program, giving early-stage businesses low-cost licenses for 3D design apps to aid in industrial design from prototyping through 3D printing. Solidworks apps are used for product design, simulation, publishing, data management and environmental impact assessment. The program is designed to ease the way for cash-strapped hardware startups and incubators worldwide to more quickly complete their designs and bring their products to market. Dassault Systèmes already provides Solidworks apps to a variety of startups and incubators in North America, such as MassChallenge, Diagnostics for All, Super Pedestrian — makers of the Copenhagen wheel — and Design that Matters. It has also recently provided… This story continues at The Next Web

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Gamescom is arguably the biggest and most important gaming trade show in Europe. A mix between E3 and San Diego Comic Con, Gamescom is open to the public and features booths from top names in gaming — Activision, Ubisoft, and Microsoft will debut their upcoming games this year, among others. It’s apparently also home to a culturally insensitive, fratty cruise that promises you can mingle with “40 concubines.” San Francisco e-commerce payment company Paymentwall is promising a night of debauchery on a boat sailing upon the Rhine in their fourth annual cruise, themed “Arabian Nights.” My editor Martin Bryant was asked to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Business trips are stressful enough without having to keep tabs on all your travel-related expenses. To make that part of your journey a bit easier, Expensify has announced new integrations with a number of popular travel partners. Today, the company launched what it calls a new integration and travel platform with NuTravel, Egencia, Locomote, NexTravel, Uber, Priceline, Hipmunk and Rocket Trip. Upcoming integrations include GetThere, Amadeus, AtlasTravel and Airbnb. Expensify’s “preferred partnership” with NexTravel is designed to specifically extend the benefits of corporate travel to small businesses, the company said. The new platform streamlines business travel by automating expense reporting after customers book their travel with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Frontback, the mobile app that first takes a photo with your rear camera and then with your front camera to ostensibly catch your reaction, is shutting down. The app will cease to exist in its current form on August 15. Frontback CEO Frédéric della Faille wrote about closing up shop in a blog post on the site: While we’ve seen exciting results with some communities, for most of the new members it takes too much time and effort to understand why Frontback is different, resulting in an infrequent use of our product. After discussions with our team and investors, we realized that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Forms and surveys are complicated. Sure, they look simple—how hard could it really be to arrange questions and bullet points on a page? Try to choose from the dozens of field options and settings in your form app, though, and your simple contact form just got a lot more complicated. At Zapier, some of our most popular integrations are with form apps—and we’ve spent the past few months researching the best tools to build forms and surveys, and the tips you need to get the most out of them. Here are a few pointers to help your next form be… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re prone to butt-dialing your friends, you might want to start locking your phone. A federal court in Cincinnati yesterday ruled that if you accidentally call someone – with your gluteal region or otherwise –  you’re not protected by a right to privacy if someone overhears sensitive information. It all started when Carol Spaw, assistant to the CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Interntional Airport, was butt-dialed by James Huff, chairman of the airport’s board. Spaw overheard Huff talking to his wife about firing the CEO (listening for 91 minutes), so she took notes and reported it to other members… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber has run into legal troubles yet again — this time in Toronto. Ontario taxi company owner Dominik Konjevic has filed a $400 million class-action lawsuit ($307.27 million USD) against Uber Canada. In a report by Reuters, Ontario law firm Sutts, Strosberg LLP, who is representing the taxis, said “Uber X and Uber XL have created an enormous marketplace for illegal transportation in Toronto.” The suit is also asking for an injunction to shut down Uber’s operations and expansion in the Ontario area. This isn’t the first battle Uber has seen in the province. The City of Toronto attempted to shut down… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s a mystery: the Google Photos Twitter account sent out a tweet and video today suggesting you’ll soon be able to “pay with a photo” in NYC… and something to do with waffles. We've got something very special cooking next week in NYC. Want a hint? Wafels not waffles. #paywithaphoto https://t.co/xJxBFySDGS — Google Photos (@googlephotos) July 23, 2015 Is Google about to unveil a new transactioin system for Android Pay or Wallet, allowing you to buy with a simple photo of your food or merchandise? Or perhaps it will be like the rumored Mastercard pay-with-a-selfie technology. What do waffles wafels… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is one of the biggest global leagues in the world of eSports. Known primarily for its competitions for “Counter Strike: Global Offensive,’ ‘Battlefield 4′ and ‘DOTA 2,’ ESL’s pro championship series are watched by millions online on Twitch and the league’s own online network. And, in the wake of a doping scandal, the company announced that it has instituted a drug-testing policy. The policy comes after Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen,  a competitive eSports player who specializes in ‘Counter Strike: GO,’ admitted in a Youtube video earlier this month that his former team, well-known eSports organization Cloud9, were all on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Flickr is finally bringing back its paid Pro tier after two-year hiatus, and this time it’s enticing users with improved analytics, discounts on Adobe products and a few other perks for serious photographers. Back in May of 2013, Flickr went through a complete overhaul. In addition to aesthetic changes, it upgraded storage on free accounts to 1 terabyte, essentially negating the previous need for a paid tier. It did offer an ad-free option for $49.99 a year or $5.99 a month, which only removed ads. Flickr Pro keeps the service ad-free, but adds a few new features as well. Probably… This story continues at The Next Web

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I hate to spoil the fun… No, wait, who am I kidding? I love to spoil the fun. I’m the Grinch with a better complexion and a more rigorous grooming routine. So here goes: There isn’t a ‘secret’ middle finger emoji in WhatsApp. Just call @brokenbottleboy ‘The Grinch’, you know you want to… I mean, it’s true that buried in the code there’s a folder with emoji that you can’t actually use yet but that doesn’t mean they’re a secret. The ‘middle finger’ emoji was approved in Unicode 7. It’s available in Windows 10. The likelihood is that it and others (like Spock’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Spotlight Stories, a hub for playing 360-degree movies on your phone, has finally made its way to iOS. The app uses your phone’s motion sensors to allow you to explore different parts of the movies by looking around anywhere in a 360-degree sphere. To be clear, these movies aren’y exactly virtual reality – you move your phone around to look at different parts of the films, but you don’t need a Google Cardboard headset or other VR system to view them. Spotlight Stories first appeared as ‘Spotlight Player’ on Motorola’s Android phones back in 2013. and made its way… This story continues at The Next Web

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Clear Sky Apps has undergone a makeover recently and rebranded itself to Fitness22. The developer is best know for its lifestyle and fitness apps like Couch to 5K Runner and Sleep Pillow Sounds, and now it’s releasing them on Android as well. Android users can download Couch to 5K Runner and Push Ups 0 to 100 now and the company says that soon its entire suite of apps will be there. Fitness22 has also released four new apps with tailored exercises for women – Great Abs, Great Butt, Great Legs and 7-Minute workout. Promising quick results, all of the apps requires 10… This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you mean when you favorite something on Twitter? That you like it? Simply that you saw it? That you want to save the link for later? Right now, that little star has a plethora of meanings. But I think I know how to fix that: Slack’s emoji favoriting feature, which lets you respond to a message with whatever emoji you fancy selecting, is the perfect solution to this particular Twitter intention gap. Emoji of @boris responding to picture of @boris. Yep. The great advantage of bringing emoji favoriting to the social network would be freeing up the ‘star’… This story continues at The Next Web

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The next time someone hijacks your Meerkat stream, they may be in high definition. At VidCon, a conference for online video creators, Meerkat announced it would soon allow GoPro streaming. According to CNBC, Meerkat will allow streaming directly from a GoPro so long as it’s linked to an iPhone with the Meerkat app. Currently, only the GoPro3 and GoPro4 will be supported. No word on Android support yet, but if history tells us anything, we’ll see the feature land there in a few months. For Meerkat, high definition may be the first true killer feature that separates it from rival Periscope.… This story continues at The Next Web

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This might be Slack’s most useful integration yet: Google Calendar is available from today. The integration can remind on both a group and personal level. For example, as a team you can add a shared Google Calendar to a channel so meeting reminders are dropped there for everyone to see. If you’d prefer reminders just for yourself, you can add your personal calendar and Slackbot will happily directly message you reminders instead. The integration can also post calendar summaries so you (or the entire channel) can get a daily list of what’s on the agenda. To set up Google Calendar, just head over… This story continues at The Next Web

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There was once a time when ‘Star Wars’ was just another odd science fiction caper from a weird director with an ill-advised beard. This week’s arrival of 500,000 archive clips on YouTube from British Movietone and the Associated Press has revealed a lot of things – including a weird dog training regime and a demo of the first modern synth – but for geeks, this clip about how ‘Star Wars’ was received in Britain, when it was released in 1977, is the best so far. Drink in the plummy announcer declaring: “The attendance at ‘Star Wars’ has been astronomic. In… This story continues at The Next Web

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