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Top Swedish DJ/producer Alesso will be breaking new ground on Snapchat, when he debuts the video for his last single, ‘Tear the Roof up’, through the platform later this week. Alesso’s reputation has been burgeoning in recent times, having previously opened for Madonna on her MDMA tour, and has remixed David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’, Keane’s ‘Silenced By The Night’, and OneRepublic’s ‘If I Lose Myself’. You may remember Afrojack premiered his new album through 10 second Snapchat Stories back in March, so the hitherto ephemeral social network has clearly been making moves in this direction for a while already. But by... This story continues at The Next Web The post Top DJ and producer Alesso turns to Snapchat to premiere his new music video appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today announced the release of Office Delve, an intelligent search feature, for its Office 365 business customers. Previously codenamed Oslo, Delve taps Microsoft’s “Office Graph” machine learning database to show your most relevant documents. The service employs a card interface reminiscent of Google Now and Flipboard. Delve currently pulls in content from email, OneDrive, SharePoint and Yammer. Microsoft plans to add support for email attachments, OneNote and Lync “over the coming months.” Microsoft first unveiled Office Graph back in March. The company says Delve is the “first of many experiences” it plans to release that hooks into the social graph. ➤ A milestone... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft releases Office Delve, a personalized search interface for Office 365 appeared first on The Next Web.

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With the recent furore around iCloud, stirred by the substantial leak of nude celebrity photos online, it should come as no surprise that Apple wants its services to appear a little more secure. While the company has denied any breach of iCloud in relation to the leaked images, it’s still felt it necessary to send out email alerts whenever an account is accessed using a web browser. Spotted by Letem světem Applem and MacRumors, the notification is sent out automatically and reads: “Dear (xxx) Your Apple ID (xxx) was used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser. Date and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is sending iCloud users email alerts when their account is accessed via iCloud.com appeared first on The Next Web.

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Yahoo today launched Yahoo Recommends, a publishing tool that offers personalized content recommendations and native advertising. The company believes it can help visitors discover more of a publisher’s content while helping them monetize it as well. Yahoo’s argument for the product is simple: it has been developing its own media solutions for years and so it already has the technology, since it lets digital publishers share content on its own network. The next logical step is to give publishers across the Web the same offering, adding a new revenue stream. Yahoo Recommends adjusts to site layouts across PCs as well... This story continues at The Next Web The post Yahoo launches publishing tool Yahoo Recommends with personalized content and native advertising appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon today announced it is cutting the Fire phone’s price in the US to $0.99 with a two-year contract. That’s significant given that one year of Amazon Prime is still included in the package and the $199 launch price just two months ago. At the same time, following the Fire TV last week, Amazon today revealed the Fire phone is also coming to Germany and the UK. The device is available for pre-order now and will start shipping on September 30. The Fire phone is subsidized by carriers in both European countries. In Germany it’s available for €1 at Telefonica... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon cuts Fire phone price to $0.99 in the US, opens Germany and UK pre-orders; will ship September 30 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Gregory Ciotti is Help Scout‘s resident content marketer. He also gets nerdy about behavioral psychology at Sparring Mind. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog. How rare it is to find ubiquitous agreement in the world of management on how an organization should be run. But if there’s one truism that has been repeated since time immemorial, it is that great work is contingent on a willingness to be judged. Candor among talented teams is no small feat, but executives across industries will tell you that it is the universal gold standard. Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, called... This story continues at The Next Web The post Critique vs. criticize: The lost art of candor in the workplace appeared first on The Next Web.

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The folks from behind the World Startup Wiki have released a neat new project that shines a light on startup events and networking opportunities worldwide. World Startup Events is a map that features three notable events for a range of cities worldwide —  favorite event of the local community; its unique event; and the recommended event for networking. The data has pulled together using information from Startup Digest and Startup Genome. Visitors to World Startups Event are given links to both services within each country’s entry should they wish to learn more. The map is simple to use. You simply click on a pin to see... This story continues at The Next Web The post World Startup Events is a guide to key networking and tech events across the globe appeared first on The Next Web.

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Flipboard has acquired the team behind Ultravisual, an iPhone app that gives creative types fresh inspiration in a beautiful visual feed. Flipboard didn’t say what Ultravisual’s employees would be working on, but credited their approach to “information design, pixel-perfect engineering and visually stunning interfaces.” The Ultravisual app will be offered for another six months, but under the stewardship of the company’s backer Technicolor. The original team will be around to support its users during the “transition,” but then they’ll be free to work on new or existing projects at Flipboard. “By joining Flipboard we’ll be working to foster new ways... This story continues at The Next Web The post Flipboard recruits the team behind Ultravisual, an iPhone app for creative inspiration appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sumry, a service that provides you with an interactive résumé displayed as a timeline, has added new features to its platform to give applicants a better idea of how well their CV performs with recruiters. The new feature allows users to send out a one-page summary Sumry of their key skills and – unlike firing Microsoft Word documents off into the ether – see exactly when it was downloaded, viewed, or even when certain links were opened from within it. These stats are then shown in your Sumry dashboard and you can begin to get a feel for which parts of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sumry’s new one-page PDFs let you see when your résumé was opened by a recruiter appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple keynote events are known as the best shows in the industry. They are well rehearsed, perfectly presented and highly anticipated events. Too bad we only have a few of them a year. For those of you who want to get in the mood for the next one here is our selection of the 5 most exiting Apple keynotes we’ve seen. Enjoy, and post your own favorites in the comments! Revealing the iPhone (2007) The original iPhone introduction in 2007 was one of the most important moments in Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s history. It was later described as a ‘bet-the-company’... This story continues at The Next Web The post 8 Apple keynotes that shook the tech industry appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter is introducing a seamless commerce experience to its users on mobile. While browsing through your timeline, there’s a chance you’ll now stumble across tweets that feature a large “buy” button. As you might expect, tapping this option will give you further product details and the option to enter your shipping/payment information, before receiving an order confirmation. It’s a huge move for Twitter and one that emphasises its drive to effectively monetize its service. To launch the new commerce system, the company has partnered with industry stalwarts Fancy, Stripe, Gumroad and Musictoday. For now it’s just a test; Twitter says only a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter is testing a ‘buy’ button for tweets on mobile appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook just keeps on growing. The number of people accessing its social network each month has reached 100 million in Africa, further highlighting the opportunity for expansion through emerging markets. According to Facebook, more than 80 percent of its monthly active users in Africa are now accessing the platform from a mobile device. That’s a high attachment rate for feature phones, smartphones and tablets, suggesting usage on laptops and desktop PCs is slowly being left in the dust. Facebook’s success is hardly surprising, however. In June, the company explained how it had retooled the Facebook for Android app to maximise... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook hits 100 million monthly active users in Africa, with over 80% on mobile appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you find that YouTube serves as a useful tool for entertaining your kids while you try and FINALLY get that lawn mowed or those dishes washed, you might like HomeTube, a new Android app from Australia-based developer Chris Lacy, who you may know from a number of other popular Android apps in the past. The last time we caught up with Lacy he’d just launched Link Bubble to reimagine how you browse the Web on your phone. But with HomeTube, he’s taking a slightly different direction, with an app that promises to let your kids watch YouTube content that... This story continues at The Next Web The post HomeTube brings child-friendly YouTube content to your Android device appeared first on The Next Web.

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Tesla Motors is making inroads in Japan after handing over its first electric-powered Model S cars to customers in the region. Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and the spaceflight company SpaceX, did the honors of handing over the first set of keys earlier today: Handing over the first Tesla Model S cars in Japan pic.twitter.com/58fzUJBjVs — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 8, 2014 Tesla has been present in Japan before now, however. The company operates a store in the Aoyama district of Tokyo, as well as two service centers: one in Naka Ikegami, Tokyo and another in Yokohama. The latter... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tesla delivers its first Model S electric cars to customers in Japan appeared first on The Next Web.

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Weekends are a time for relaxing and unwinding; you can forget about your working week, switch off the alarm clock and laze around to your heart’s content. However, I hate to break it to you, but it’s Monday now though and if you spent your weekend enjoying that kind of relaxing time away from your phone or computer, then there’s a whole bunch of news and features that you missed out on. Fear not though, we have you covered. So, pop on the coffee pot, switch your phone to silent and put a do not disturb sign on your office door while... 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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Spotify has been pushing hard to tempt paying subscribers over from the gratis realm, the result of which has led to a quarter of its 40 million user base becoming fully signed-up paying members. But that still leaves 30 million people listening for free, who support the music-streaming service in their own way, by lending their ears to audio ads and eyes to banners. Now, however, they’ll be asked to lend their eyes and ears to moving images too. Yes, Spotify is introducing its first video ad products today, for both its mobile and desktop apps, following a limited trial of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Spotify will now serve free users with video ads on desktop and mobile appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook is increasing its focus on video content after it announced that it will introduce play counts which show how many times a specific video has been watched on the service. The feature is due to come to users this week, and is coupled with news that more auto-playing videos will appear in your News Feed. The social network says that video views on its site grew by more than 50 percent between May and July this year, with more than 65 percent of content consumed from mobile devices. With that in mind, Facebook is testing a new feature on mobile... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook adds more auto-playing videos to the News Feed, starts showing view counts appeared first on The Next Web.

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With Adobe’s subscription-based Creative Cloud, upgrades to the company’s pro-level video editing and collaboration tools is a continual process rather than a yearly splash. So it’s no surprise that Adobe employs major broadcast industry events like IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) to showcase the most recent updates to the 2014 versions of Premiere Pro and its associated video editing, motion graphics and collaboration software. This year’s IBC will see a host of new features and performance upgrades to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, SpeedGrade, Media Encoder and Audition as well as to the Adobe Story and Adobe Anywhere online services. Taken together, they feature enhanced media and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Adobe freshens its Creative Cloud video suite interface and expands the focus on streamlined workflows appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft has fully overhauled its MSN portal to make it more deeply integrated with its other services. Alongside this, it will also be introducing a rebrand of its Bing mobile apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Announced today, the beta portal brings a much cleaner design with the aim of making it more useful for users; it also brings with it deeper integration of Microsoft services, touch optimization and a responsive design that resizes according to screen/device size. News (and other content – videos, how-tos, features etc.) won’t be produced in-house anymore, instead, Microsoft has more than 1,000 partners on board to deliver content on a range... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft fully revamps its MSN portal, Bing mobile apps to be rebranded MSN too appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Here’s a riddle: When is a tweet more than a tweet? We’re all pretty familiar with Twitter’s 140 characters—and of course, a photo is always an eye-catching addition. But what if your Twitter audience could sign up for your email list without ever leaving Twitter, or directly download your new app straight from a tweet? What if a photo and article summary could travel alongside every post of your content? And what if you could do all of this for free, right now? Twitter cards offer all this potential and more. In this post, we’ll... This story continues at The Next Web The post The complete guide to Twitter cards: How to choose, set up, measure them and more appeared first on The Next Web.

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Taking risk is an important part of being an entrepreneur. We all know and respect that. But there’s a difference between acceptable and calculated risk and just blindly putting everything on red. What works in one situation, for a particular team, in a particular industry, might not work for you. This seems to be lost on a lot of people, who take successful entrepreneurs and try to emulate them. I heard Daniel Ropers, the CEO of Bol.com explain this very well. He told an audience that it’s like sending 100 entrepreneurs into a pitch black forest with the objective of... This story continues at The Next Web The post 100 entrepreneurs walk into a dark forest… appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on Code-love. In an online chat session between Yukihiro Matsumoto and Keiju Ishitsuka in early 1993, a discussion ensued about the name of a programming language that Matsumoto was going to write. He wanted to satisfy his desire to have an object-oriented scripting language, something that would craft virtual objects composed of data, and help them interact with one another. The alternatives at the time, Python and Perl, didn’t appeal to him; Python was too object-oriented and Perl having “the smell of a toy language.” Between “Coral” and “Ruby”, Matsumoto decided to go with the latter because it... This story continues at The Next Web The post Resources to help you get started on learning Ruby appeared first on The Next Web.

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Shannon is Mention’s Content & PR Manager, where she crafts words, creates strategies, and recruits loyal advocates. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog. Knowing what your customers think about you and your brand is clearly invaluable information, but you’d be surprised by how many companies build for themselves rather than for their customers’ needs. Yes, we all like to work on projects we’re passionate about, but a business needs to be profitable (eventually), or at least break even for now. Here’s how listening to what current and potential customers are saying will help you build and grow revenue for your... This story continues at The Next Web The post 4 ways and 14 tactics to drive more revenue with the power of community appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s been almost two years since Microsoft made Windows 8 available for the world, but now, two major updates on and we’ve still not seen any hint of the company bringing its Office suite into the future. Younger generations are growing up in a world where they don’t need to use Office products; can Microsoft win them back? Microsoft’s foray into touch screen computing hasn’t been smooth sailing; slow adoption, poor app store quality and lack of ‘killer’ apps has stymied adoption, despite claims to the contrary. The poor state of the app store can be evidenced by the fact that... This story continues at The Next Web The post Windows 9 is nearly here, but Microsoft needs a touch-first version of Office much more urgently appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dries Buytaert created Drupal, an open source content management platform, in his dorm room. He is also the co-founder and CTO at Acquia, a company providing enterprise software for websites and commerce. Society is undergoing tremendous change right now — those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand. The sharing and collaboration practices of the internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, LendingClub), music services (Spotify) and even software development (Linux, Drupal). While the consumer “sharing economy” gives us a taste of what it’s like to live in a world where we... This story continues at The Next Web The post The end of ownership: The zero-marginal-cost economy appeared first on The Next Web.

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