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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Dropbox’s Carousel app was testing a feature to manage space on your device by automatically deleting content it had backed up to its cloud. At the time, Dropbox told us it was just a test and may not reach a full roll out. Today, that functionality becomes official. As we noted in our previous article, Carousel will push a notification when your storage is getting full and will offer to free up some space on your device by deleting images that have already been copied onto Dropbox. In order to activate it,… This story continues at The Next Web

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You might have noticed that The Pirate Bay is offline today; the site has disappeared after Swedish Police reportedly raided premises in Stockholm containing the service’s servers. According to Torrentfreak, Swedish authorities confirmed that local police completed a raid in Stockholm this morning. Paul Inter, police national coordinator for IP enforcement said “There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law.” Fredrik Ingblad, an expert file-sharing case prosecutor said that “There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this year, OpenTable found a new competitor in Reserve, a concierge-like app for booking tables at your city’s finest restaurants. Today, the company announced that the app has officially arrived in San Francisco. Partner restaurants at launch include Foreign Cinema, Outerlands and Spruce. San Francisco is the fourth city to be added to Reserve‘s scope (New York, Los Angeles and Boston were the first three cities during its beta launch). Reserve allows diners to book a table from a list of curated restaurants and charge the meal directly to their saved credit card on the app. Similar to Uber, tip is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fans of Twitch that also rock an Xbox One will be happy to find out that the game-streaming video service was just updated on their console of choice in a big way. The update adds a customizable homepage giving gamers the option to follow the games they enjoy viewing. This new feature is in addition to the current ability to follow broadcasters. This also leads to the next new feature, a directory of games on the service with expanded filtering and sorting. now you can find the best player of a game by using the drop-down filtering options. The update also brings… This story continues at The Next Web

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After an announcement that it would begin tracking users’ app installs last week, Twitter has begun to use that functionality to allow advertisers to target users more directly and reach the most valuable audiences. The functionality is a little more in depth than originally anticipated, however. For example, in addition to app installs, marketers can look at which apps a user has registered or made purchases within. This could allow them to continually remind forgetful users to sign up, or persuade them into buying into a special promotion. Twitter says it has already begun testing this functionality with some brands… This story continues at The Next Web

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I never thought I’d describe a chart as ‘cute,’ but Google just added some neat new functionality to its spreadsheet software – you can now add miniature charts, called sparklines, into individual cells within Sheets. It’s small (literally) addition, but nifty functionality for quickly visualizing data without the need for an overbearingly large chart taking up valuable spreadsheet space. Developing…

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Let’s take a break from all the bad Uber news recently to look at something positive, for a change. The company today announced a partnership with the No Kid Hungry charity, allowing riders  in the US to donate to the cause through Uber’s platform this week. As of today, riders can tap a “Donate” option at the bottom of their screen when ordering a cab, after which they will be charged an additional $5 as a donation. The option is currently available in 100 cities today and tomorrow. Additionally, the company is hosting an UberLUNCH event across the country on Thursday and an UberCHEF program… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sometimes you don’t want to make music that will take you to the top of the charts, you just want to relax and have fun working on something that sounds pleasing to your ears – even if no-one else will ever hear it. For these occasions, Auxy for the iPad is ideal, and it’s just received a significant update. The new version of Auxy boasts a new look, new drum and synth sounds and the ability to save and open multiple projects. The great thing about Auxy is that as long as you’re happy staying within the confines of electronic music,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Techstars has today announced Techstars++, its new program to give support to its graduating startups after they have graduated from the accelerator. Announced today in a blog post, Techstars is initially partnering with the Mayo Clinic but said it would be announcing new partners in the future. Techstars++ offers businesses that have been through its accelerator on-site time with partner companies. For this first partnership, for example, any healthcare startups may wish to spend two weeks at the Mayo Clinic exploring potential business and development opportunities. The organization said that a full-time Techstars mentor will always be on-site to help… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex. It’s a well-reported figure at this point, but it’s still immensely troubling: 70 percent of American workers are checked out on the job. A Gallup poll found only about 30 percent of workers were engaged in their current position, and this overall lack of employee morale is leading to between $450 and $550 billion per year in lost productivity. According to a 2012 Bersin & Associates report, employers spend somewhere… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s the time of the year when Facebook stops to reflect on its most popular topics and trends for users around the world. And with 1.3 billion people using the platform, that’s quite some insight into the world’s most popular topics for 2014. Topping the global chart is the World Cup, which generated more than 3 billion comments, likes and posts from over 350 million people. In second spot is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, while the presidential elections in Brazil was in third spot with 48 million people having 674 million interactions about the topic. In the UK, the top three were the Scottish… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the move towards all things 4K, it had to happen eventually: Amazon will now begin streaming some of its video content in the new high resolution UltraHD format. For reference, that’s four times the resolution of standard 1080p full HD – 3840 x 2160 instead of 1920 x 1080 – or the equivalent of an 8.3 megapixel photo per frame. The new resolution is available at no extra cost for Amazon Prime members, and there is already a good amount of content offered at the improved resolution – shows like Alpha House, Transparent and Orphan Black, as well as movies including… This story continues at The Next Web

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This article is brought to you by Preso.tv: a hassle-free way to broadcast, view, and share retina-quality presentations in real-time, anywhere in the world.Presentations are as popular as ever, but the way we consume them is changing. Once the preserve of lecture halls and boardrooms, they’re now increasingly viewed in multiple locations at once online. How do you make sure everyone is on the same page? Preso.tv. Preso.tv lets you broadcast, view, and share Retina-quality presentations on smartphones, tablets, and computers in real-time, anywhere in the world via a Web browser or dedicated iOS app. If you’re the one sharing a presentation you simply upload it in PowerPoint, Word or PDF format. You can do this from the website or by sharing from… This story continues at The Next Web

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The expression ‘when it rains, it pours’ fits Uber’s taxi service at the moment. Its latest problem is that elements of its business in Thailand have been ruled illegal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Following concerns raised last week, the director-general of the Land Transport department Teerapong Rodprasert told the WSJ that some of Uber’s operations are illegal in the country because the company uses private hire cars to carry out its business, rather than licensed taxis. Rodprasert clarified that the service hasn’t actually been banned from operating though. In Bangkok, it offers its UberX and UberBlack services, whereas in Phuket (where it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bop.fm, the music streaming app that pulls from multiple streaming services so you can listen to any track has today unveiled its new iOS app so you can listen on the go. The big selling point of Bop.fm is that it makes music “shareable again” by letting users share music on its service no matter where they are in the globe. When you share a Bop.fm track, it uses whatever service is available to get it playing for the end user. Bop’s new iPhone app brings that experience to mobile and sources tracks from services like Spotify, SoundCloud and YouTube so users… This story continues at The Next Web

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Privacy and security-focused device maker Blackphone has today detailed a number of updates due to land for its PrivatOS early next year. Central to the changes is the concept of ‘Spaces’ – secure, self-contained areas of the device for apps, data and accounts. This allows each user to create whichever Spaces they need, such as split ‘work’ and ‘personal’ spaces, or a kid-friendly area for when the little one wants to play with your phone. A ‘Silent Space’ is included by default and and includes the company’s ‘Silent Suite’ of encrypted communications apps. Alongside the introduction of ‘Spaces’, Blackphone also announced… This story continues at The Next Web

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Password manager Dashlane has acquired New York-based startup PassOmatic, turning its automatic password change technology into a new feature. Password Changer allows users to select the logins they want to update and Dashlane generates a new strong password that’s synced across all their devices. Password Changer is available today in beta and is compatible with over 50 top US sites including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo. It’s initially available on PC and Mac but the company promises it will launch mobile versions soon. Dashlane says it will introduce a recurring password change feature in the near future. The option,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Getting fiber broadband can be an expensive ongoing monthly commitment in the UK, which is why Sky has introduced a new ‘Sky Fibre‘ package for customers that starts from just £10 per month. While that’s undoubtedly one of the cheaper standard prices for fiber broadband, it’s not going to be as fast as something like Virgin Media or BT’s Infinity packages (or even Sky’s more expensive options) and comes with a lower usage allowance. Users should get up to 38Mbps download speeds and the deal comes with a 25GB per month usage cap, the company said. Naturally, the unlimited Sky… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has just launched a new feature to allow shoppers to haggle with sellers on its site, reports Reuters. Customers can now use Amazon’s Make an Offer feature on select items from third-party sellers in the site’s Fine Art, Sport and Entertainment Collectibles and Coin markets. Autographed movie props and posters, artists’ own musical instruments, LPs, magazines, letters and and more support this feature, but only items over $100 are eligible. While these items have a list price, users can indicate how much they’re willing to pay, and receive a response via email within 72 hours. Sellers can choose to match… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smart address book startup Humin has a big day today. It’s overhauled its iOS app, launched in open beta for Android and expanded availability from just the US to serve Canada and nine European countries. To recap, Humin aims to be a more ‘human’ way of managing your contacts. Rather than relying on you remembering everyone’s names, it allows you to look people up by their employer, their home (or current) city, where you met them and other connections that your brain may naturally make. Now the iOS app has a sharper look; a full history of recent calls, texts, emails,… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC has today announced that the successor to its value-oriented HTC  Desire 610 smartphone, the cunningly named HTC Desire 620, will go on sale in the UK early next year. Key specs include a 5-inch 720p display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Total internal storage is capped at 8GB, but the device will support microSD cards up to 128GB in size. Software-wise, it’s packing Android 4.4 and Sense 6. While the company information talks about ‘affordability’ in regard to the device, it didn’t say exactly what the price would be when it arrives, which would… This story continues at The Next Web

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VLC, the beloved video player for desktop and mobile, has finally exited beta with a stable version 1.0 release on Android, reports Android Police. After being in beta for two years, the stable release brings bug fixes for Android 5.0 and ARMv8 processors, but no notable new features. In fact, it’s still missing Chromecast support which was promised back in June. Still, it’s a step forward that fans of the play-anything video and audio app will be happy to hear about. ➤ VLC for Android on Google Play [via Android Police]

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After local authorities in New Delhi, India, began looking into the case of an alleged rape of a passenger by an Uber driver, the government has banned Uber and similar Web-based taxi services that aren’t recognized by the country’s transport department in the city, reports Reuters. The Delhi state government currently only has provisions for radio taxi services and not Web- and mobile-based cab services. Radio taxi companies need to register and secure a permit from the transport department to operate in the city of New Delhi; Uber, being a cab aggregator that connects a network of licensed drivers who… This story continues at The Next Web

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Flir Systems, makers of the recently released Flir One thermal camera accessory for the iPhone 5 and 5s, has launched the Flir Thermal Imaging Developer Program to assist programmers in creating apps for the product. Flir One is an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone 5 or 5S. When you use it with its companion app, it translates thermal energy into real time color images that will let you identify obstacles and danger spots in the dark. The program supports programmers who want to design apps for both “practical and innovative uses” for the Flir One. It includes access… This story continues at The Next Web

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If we’re to believe the Portlandia TV show, the city of Portland is pretty chill. In reality, not so much, and Uber is currently in its crosshairs. Today the city of Portland, Oregon filed suit against Uber for operating a “private-for hire transportation service.” In other words, Uber is being sued for being Uber. The city contends that the company is in violation of the city’s regulations concerning transportation services. The city’s transportation director Leah Treat issued the company a cease and desist order that included the following: I am hereby directing that Uber Technologies Inc…. or any other Uber… This story continues at The Next Web

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