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Huawei today introduced two new additions — the 5.2-inch P8 and 6.8-inch P8max — to its flagship range smartphones. While you might argue that a 6.8-inch screen puts the P8max into tablet territory, Huawei is pitching it as a straight-up, everyday smartphone. Just a bit of a huge one. TNW was at the launch and went hands-on with the two devices for a quick test to see if they really exude the ‘premium’ feeling extolled during the public unveiling. Full metal jacket A couple of years back, Huawei made the decision to switch its P-series from plastic to mettalic chassis; that was a smart… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is today the company is launching Google Handwriting Input on Android. You can probably guess what it’s for. The app supports both print and cursive writing in 82 languages. It even includes hand-drawn emoji support, although I’m not sure if that counts as one of the languages. Although the app uses Google’s light teal color scheme by default, you can also set a more AMOLED-friendly dark theme if you’d prefer. The app is already available to download so you can go ahead and start scribbling to your friends now. ➤ Google Handwriting Input via Android Police

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Skype for Mac is today receiving a small but nifty upgrade to its chat interface. With version 7.7 of the software, shared links will now show a visual summary of the content. Web Page links now display a preview of the site, with embedded images and animated GIFs in the chat window. Video links show as thumbnails. Currently, the previews only show up if you send a link without any text, but Skype says further improvements are coming. Mac is the first platform to support the new embeds; other platforms are due for the update in the coming months. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox has announced a new partnership with HackerOne to help the company reign in security breaches and protect user information, according to a Dropbox blog entry posted today. The new bug bounty program augments Dropbox’s existing in-house operation. The scrutiny centers on Dropbox, Carousel and Mailbox for iOS and Android apps. It also covers the Dropbox and Carousel Web apps; the Dropbox desktop app and the Dropbox Core SDK. The company says it is also open to rewards for “novel or particularly interesting bugs” in other Dropbox applications. The minimum bounty for qualifying bugs is $216 and the maximum bounty already… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rumors of a redesigned Twitter.com interface have been floating around for a while, but the company has finally given us a glimpse at the new user experience. The company today unveiled a new home page that feeds content to users who either aren’t signed in or don’t have a Twitter account. From the start, you’ll see a list of topics such as ‘Pop Artists,’ ‘Tech Blogs & Reporters,’ ‘TV Shows & Stars,’ among others. The page will only be available in the US for now, but Twitter expects a broader rollout soon as it continues to test various designs. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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Music video platform Vevo is getting its own apps on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The company says the apps have been built from the ground up to fit the interface experience on the Sony devices, and provide access to dedicated artists pages as well as Vevo’s original programming. When you play a video, you’ll see recommendations tailored to what you’re currently watching. All videos are played in HD. The apps also let you create and edit playlists as well as sync them with Vevo’s apps for other platforms. Vevo for PS4 and PS3 launches today in the UK, Australia,… This story continues at The Next Web

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The official Wikipedia app for iOS has received an update today. This brings it up to par with the Android version, which got its own refresh back in January. Pages now sport full-bleed header images, a short topic summary, a ‘read more’ section and an improved image viewer. Elsewhere, your recent search history is saved, and there’s a neat function that lets you share a picture with text summary overlay about any topic via the iOS Share Sheet. This makes more sense in some cases than others (the text doesn’t always neatly fit, although you can customize it by highlighting the words… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Before you hit the Publish button or send an update to the queue, what do you do? Quite often, I find myself publishing instinctively and sometimes failing to consider all the necessary questions and guidelines for what makes a wildly successful, viral—and valuable!—social media update. To do right by your audience, to deliver the utmost value and receive the maximum engagement, there are a handful of qualifications that every social media post should meet. From our experience and our research, 12 items stand out, making for a super slick checklist. We’d love to share… This story continues at The Next Web

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The BBC reports: Games of Thrones broadcaster HBO has sent “take down” notices to Periscope, the live-streaming video app owned by Twitter, after users of the app broadcast episodes of the hit show on Sunday night. HBO is wasting its time sending takedown notices to Twitter over users live streaming episodes of the show. Videos on the service only stay up for 24 hours after they’ve been recorded and the quality is so bad that it’s still torrent sites that are company’s biggest problem. The ones who really need to be worried are broadcasters clutching the rights to sports matches and… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you live in a major metropolitan area, the idea of using an app to get stuff delivered is nothing new. TaskRabbit and Postmates combined can conjure up just about any physical product you desire, meaning you’ll never have the leave the house if you don’t want to. For those who want to make money doing the delivery, PeerShip can offer just that. Rather than requiring you to apply to become a messenger, it allows anyone to make deliveries based on your commute route, helping you potentially earn a little cash wherever you’re headed. To start, Peership requires you to login via Facebook and verify your… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by Monitis, the quickest way to onitor and manage your websites, servers, networks, cloud systems & applications for performance and reliability.For most of us, when we think about website monitoring we think about the basics: how many people are visiting our site, social network activity, how many customers are buying our products and so on. While this basic information is important, it is just the tip of the iceberg if you want to get the most out of your website, have satisfied customers and truly optimize your business’ financial performance. Research shows that consumers expect a website to load in three seconds or less. Even one second slower and you will see a loss of seven percent of conversions and revenues. Below we… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve featured a lot of nifty power banks on TNW Deals, but this one’s truly special. The ZeroLemon SolarJuice packs a powerful 10,000 mAh battery for all your mobile charging needs, and can recharge itself with the power of the sun! The SolarJuice includes a 2A USB port for charging tablets and a 1A port for your phone, as well as a powerful 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel to replenish its large battery. It’s also built to survive the elements: The SolarJuice is rain-resistant, anti-explosion and shockproof — and it’s small enough to easily carry with you in your pocket, purse… This story continues at The Next Web

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The last time we wrote about The New York Times’ NYT Now iOS app, which curates ‘must-read’ content from the newspaper and beyond, it was to note that the news organization was disappointed with how it was performing. It comes as no surprise then that the NYT has decided to can the current monthly subscription of $7.99 and relaunch the app as a free product. A rash of recent one-star reviews on iTunes suggests it’s a good move. The switch will take place on May 11 and current NYT Now subscribers will be get access to all the of the NYT’s digital… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei has announced the newest flagship to join its smartphone range today in the form of the Ascend P8, a successor to 2014’s P7 device. The handset keeps the same solid metal chassis as previous models. The company said it has a “completely flat” design to make it sleeker, stronger and more comfortable to hold. The camera sensor also has no protrusion from the rear whatsoever. For comparison, the iPhone 6’s sticks out by 0.67mm. Overall, it measures 144.9mm x 72.1mm x 6.4mm and weighs just 144 grams. Hardware wise, it offers up a 5.2-inch full HD display and a 4-color (RGBW) 13-megapixel camera with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Swipe-heavy hook-up app Tinder is rolling out a new update that integrates Instagram, so you can be judgemental with more than a few Facebook pictures and likes to go on. Hooking Tinder up with Instagram will display your most recent 34 pictures. Viewers can click through and see your whole profile. If that’s private, the app gives you the option to grant access to Tinder alone, though that slightly defeats the point of having a locked account in the first place. There is also a new ‘common connections’ feature which shows how connected you are on Facebook – whether you share a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Taking on-demand services and laziness to a whole new level, a London based robotics company has created a robot for your kitchen that will cook you dinner from scratch. The robotic chef is the brainchild of Moley Robotics and will be ready for market in 2017 after it finishes training under MasterChef champion Tim Anderson. The robotic sous-chef will have 2,000 recipes programmed by then and you will be able to select what you’d like through an accompanying app. You can select and tailor your recipes to suit your needs by adjusting the time you have, listing your allergens, how many calories… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Apple Watch is almost here! Beautifully designed, perfectly crafted out of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. and armed with a gorgeous interface that’s powerful yet easy to use, this is the smartwatch other wearables will emulate. Track your workouts, monitor your heart rate, check the weather, navigate your way to your next destination, read your email, make calls, send texts, share scribbles, and stay up-to-date with all your phone’s notifications — all on a sleek timepiece that enhances your style every second of the day. Here at TNW Deals, we’re not just giving one away for free – if you win… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your choice of places to download movies in the UK and Ireland isn’t exactly limited. There’s loads including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon to name three. That’s why Sky’s offering has an extra weapon – it’ll send you a DVD too. Buy & Keep has been around since March 2014, but it was previously limited to Sky subscribers. Now anyone can use it through Sky Store (which opened up to non-Sky subscribers back in 2013) or the company’s apps. Movies are viewable on mobile devices, Roku, YouView, NowTV or a Sky+ HD box, and you can register up to four devices to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Romy Misra is currently the Sr. Director of Product at Visually. In the past she was responsible for building and scaling the operations and analytics teams. There are a lot of non-traditional structures coming up in management in Silicon Valley as well as an entire notion of removing bosses. Management makes a lot of people cringe. It is associated with bureaucracy, people watching and inefficiency, and more and more companies are trying to find newer ways to work with people better. Medium has adopted the principle of ‘Holocracy‘ successfully with its 90 employees. Holocracy is a self organizing form of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s wearable Band device that plugs into the Microsoft Health service to allow users to keep track of things like activity, heart rate, sun exposure, stress levels, calories burned and quality of sleep is now available to buy in the UK for the first time. In addition to the activity tracking side of things, the device – via its companion apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices – offers tailored workouts depending on your own specific goals and will do things like map your training routes via GPS, or allow you to set commands using Cortana. The band is available to buy for around… This story continues at The Next Web

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That’s right, Tumblr’s latest iOS update is here bringing even more blogging goodness to your iPhone or iPad. Tumblr 4.0 brings a shiny new app icon, along with a widget for quick access to what’s trending on Tumblr. Once you’ve added the widget to your notification center (requires iOS 8), you can swipe down from anywhere to see what’s new. The update also brings a bunch of other interesting new features: you can submit to submission-only blogs on the go, create secondary blogs, filter searches by post type and also create a video post from a URL. The company says there are a… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’d heard it was coming and now it’s official – the European Commission (EC) has officially accused Google of abusing its dominant position for search services in Europe, by favouring its own comparison shopping product on search pages. The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining its view that the company’s conduct has infringed EU antitrust laws by stifling competition and harming consumers. Sending the statement does not mean the outcome of the investigation has been determined. The body has also opened a separate antitrust investigation into Google’s Android OS. That will focus on whether the company has… This story continues at The Next Web

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The BlackBerry Leap, the company’s latest 4G LTE touchscreen device, was announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Now, it’s beginning to hit the stores. From today, BlackBerry fans in the UK can buy the Leap online from ShopBlackBerry and from carriers. The phone will start to become available in countries including Germany, France, the US, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India over the next few weeks. BlackBerry is pitching the Leap, with its 720p screen, a 1.5Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, at “young power professionals.” I’m not entirely sure there’s anyone outside of the 1980s… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re like me and have way too many pictures and screenshots saved on your Android device, you’ll want to check out this free app that makes it a snap to clean out your gallery. If you’ve ever used Tinder to find a date, the interface should seem familiar. SlidePick lets you pick a folder or a bunch of them, and simply swipe left on image previews to delete ones you don’t want or right to retain them. I prefer this method over apps that automatically clean out images. You can’t be sure what they’ll delete until you review their selections.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Congratulations to Freespee – which turns consumer voice interactions into data – on being named Sweden’s fastest-growing startup. Speaking about the company’s win, Freespee’s founder and CEO Carl Holmquist said: It’s a real honour to share the stage with TNW at the conference later this month. To win Sweden Tech 5 is a great energy boost. It takes guts to think differently. Our customers, who demonstrated the courage to think differently, means everything to us. We intend to do much more in the future to ensure that they have nothing but the best from Freespee! Adyen and TNW hosted the Swedish awards event last week at the… This story continues at The Next Web

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