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This is going to sound crazy, but I actually managed to increase my productivity significantly by changing a single obscure setting on my Mac. There’s a setting buried inside System Preferences under Date & Time on OS X that makes your computer audibly read out the time every hour (or more frequently). Turn this on and you’ll start getting an almost-human voice barking the time at you from your computer on a regular basis (you can do this on Windows too, but it’s a little more complicated to get set up). Even though that sounds stupid and like something you might not… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, in an email to Outlook.com customers, Microsoft announced that it will be discontinuing support for Facebook Chat and Google Chat on the service. The company blames the Google Chat removal on Google changing its chat protocol but doesn’t mention why it’s removing Facebook support. Going forward, the only chat service available in Outlook.com will now be Skype. One of Outlook’s big drawcards was integrating all these separate chat services into one stream, so it’s disappointing Microsoft wasn’t able to keep it going.  

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It looks like Twitter is rolling out a new analytics tool on the desktop; some users can now check to see statistics for individual tweets on their timeline. To access it, simply click on the little bar graph button under an individual tweet. You’ll then be presented with information such as views, favorites and clicks. Twitter first experimented with the functionality on mobile back in November. We’ve contacted Twitter for more information and will update if we hear back.

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Password leaks are horrible for users. For companies, they’re an embarrassment and sometimes they lead to legal action. LinkedIn was part of such a lawsuit and today Ars Technica reports that it settled that suit and the affected users will each get about $1. That’s right. For a company allowing hashed user passwords (the passwords were not salted, making it easier for hackers to decrypt the leaked login info) to be stolen by hackers, its users won’t get enough money to pay for a 16-ounce soda. LinkedIn agreed to pay $1.25 million into a fund and lawyers being lawyers will get… This story continues at The Next Web

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Medium, the minimalist blogging platform, is implementing significant changes to its model in a bid to both appeal to widen its pool of authors and readers and make its content more discoverable. First up, there’s a new inline editor that takes a page from Twitter; it lives at the top of your homepage and is meant to help you get started writing as soon as an idea pops into your head. You don’t have think up a title and formatting options have been simplified; you can just write a sentence or two and publish. If you want more time, or need more… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year Facebook released Origami for OS X for designing interactive user interfaces. But, for some reason you couldn’t actually prototype those interfaces on iOS. Today, the company fixed that. Origami Live for iOS lets you run those prototypes on the device you’re probably building those interfaces for in the first place. Just plug your iOS device into your Mac to check your design. The suite also supports live editing so you can see changes on-the-fly. Facebook also updated Origami for OS X. Version 2.0 supports code exporting, gesture support, Sketch integration and presentation mode. You can download both tools… This story continues at The Next Web

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In what amounts to a monumental announcement, Reddit changed its privacy policy today to explicitly ban pornography that’s posted without the consent of those depicted. Late last year, Reddit came under fire for being one of the hotspots for sharing leaked celebrity nude photos. The site reacted by banning them and taking down posted links, but that didn’t cover those affected by revenge pornography. Fast-forward to today and the site has made a change to its privacy policy which will come into effect on March 10. It’s now pretty black and white: reddit is committed to your privacy. If you believe that someone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Internet.org is Facebook’s push to offer internet access globally especially to developing nations. Today, it released its 2014 State of Connectivity. The report shows that only 37.9 percent of the global population use the internet at least once a year. The largest percentage of those without internet access (78 percent) are located in developing nations. The report also shows that the adoption rate of internet access has slowed to 6.6 percent in 2014 which is down from 14.7 percent in 2010 — something the organization is hoping to reverse. To get those number back up again, Internet.org names three items that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chrome Experiments, the nifty site that showed off the power of the browser, has today reached a big milestone: 1,000 experiments. To celebrate in the most fitting way, Google has released a new experiment that provides an interesting way to browse the available experiences. You can filter by tag and see what different technologies are able to do and how they impacted the experiments. In an announcement of the milestone today, Google said that the site started out with just 19 experiments in 2009 and grew to what it is today. The Chrome Experiments site also got an update to use… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ready to begin working on your great idea for the Web? Our latest offer will help you learn how to build and ship your project from scratch — no experience necessary. The Full Stack Hacker Bundle is an essential collection of courses that will teach you how to build beautiful sites and apps, run them on a cloud platform and manage your code base like a pro. This bundle contains eight key tutorials spanning over 70 hours of training that you can follow at your own pace. Start with fundamental Web programming languages and technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite recent partnerships with Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage solutions, Microsoft isn’t giving up on OneDrive: the company is today launching a new API for the platform. The new tool lets developers integrate OneDrive right into their apps; the API supports Windows, iOS, Android and the Web.  It also brings some new features, such as: Allow apps to retrieve new changes to files and folders with minimal sync calls Resume uploads of files up to 10GB Customizable file thumbnail images for better design integration Previously, developers had to use the Live SDK in order to integrate OneDrive into their apps; though that will still… This story continues at The Next Web

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Machinima, the gaming and fandom focused video network, rebranded late last year and introduced new tools for makers. Now it’s signed a deal to give that 30,000 strong army of creators access to Vimeo On Demand. The agreement will see select original programming from Machinima being offered dedicated funding from Vimeo in exchange for exclusive distribution through its On Demand service. Vimeo is also going to be integrated into Machinima’s ‘Console’ Talent Management system, which gives video makers access to in-depth analytics, social tools, support and earnings reports.  They’ll also be eligible for discounted Vimeo PRO accounts. Last month, Vimeo announced a similar… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember the good old days of QWERTY keyboards and trackpads? Well, it seems like they are making a comeback – Verizon Wireless has confirmed that the BlackBerry Classic will be going on sale from Thursday, February 26. The phone will be priced at $99.99 with a new two-year contract. Sales will start online and the phone will be available in retail stores from March 5. The BlackBerry Classic and Passport are already available from Verizon’s US rival, AT&T. It certainly will be interesting to see how many people are willing to trade their touchscreen phones and fingerprint recognition to push physical buttons again.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla has released version 36 of open-source desktop browser Firefox. The update’s biggest change is support for the newly-released HTTP/2 standard. Other new features include syncing for pinned tiles on new tab pages and the addition of localization for the Uzbek language. The new version of the browser will no longer accept certificates signed with 1024-bit RSA keys. For developers, additions include Eval sources now appearing in Firefox’s Debugger and more paste options in Inspector’s markup view. There are also fixes for a range of security issues and a particular bug that saw unexpected logouts from Google and Facebook. The previous release, Firefox 35,… This story continues at The Next Web

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CamFind, the company behind an image recognition and visual search app of the same name, today launched CloudSight, a public API that uses the CamFind technology. CloudSight analyzes images — as opposed to text — to return relevant Web-based information to users. The API is designed to be accessible and easy for developers and companies to integrate into their own devices and platforms. Both app and API employ deep learning, a popular technology that “learns” over time and from its mistakes by simulating certain brain functions. “Using deep learning, we set up an advanced image recognition technology to give results from our server,” Dominik Mazur, CEO and co-founder of CamFind told TNW.… This story continues at The Next Web

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While it may not count as a full-blown trend, it’s worth noting that some high-profile tech companies are now expanding beyond their traditional sphere. For example, last year Adobe launched its first-ever hardware product — Ink & Slide, a pen and ruler set for the iPad. Today, Adobe’s collaborator Adonit — whose technology powers the Ink pen — is expanding from its hardware base into the software realm with Forge, a prototyping tool for the iPad. At first glance, Forge appears similar in concept to apps like Adobe’s Sketch and FiftyThree’s Paper. But in fact, it differs significantly from those tools. Instead of creating yet another sketch… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Plex for Roku app today received a visual overhaul with a new flat design and carousel layout that sees more content fit on the user’s home screen, adding faster access to their library. In our preview of the Plex Pass app for Roku, the first noticeable difference is how everything is aligned in crisp, borderless squares instead of outlined boxes. In the old Plex UX, you also had to scroll up and down to browse content currently being watched, on deck or newly updated. The new Plex update sees these content aligned horizontally, and replaces the left-side navigation with content categories: Movies,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Our early stage startup program Boost, which we first launched in 2014, is all about connecting startups to the three most important resources needed to grow: new customers, media coverage and external capital. Providing stage time for startups, sharing their pitch decks with investors and facilitating valuable meetings are just a few of the ways in which we ensure maximum exposure for participating companies. But today we’re announcing something even bigger – Dutch venture capital firm henQ has committed to investing €100k on the spot at TNW Europe 2015, in one startup from the Boost program. According to henQ Co-Founder & Executive Partner, Coen… This story continues at The Next Web

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The countdown timer on Pebble’s homepage has finally run out, and so the mystery has been unveiled: the company has announced a new smartwatch, and this one has a color display (plus a bunch of other features too). https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1657474/video-502556-h264_high.mp4 The display uses e-paper technology – like a Kindle, but in color – which should mitigate the usual battery woes of color screens – Pebble is claiming a 7 day battery life as with the monochrome model. Still no touchscreen, however. There’s also a microphone on board, which could help the smartwatch be more useful for looking up information or replying to messages,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Advertising on Facebook is about to get a little more convenient. The company today announced it has created a mobile Ads Manager app to help marketers create and edit ads on the go. Facebook says users can take advantage of the app to track ad performance, edit pre-existing ads, edit budgets and schedules, review push notifications or create entirely new advertisements. The new app arrives right after the company announced it has crossed over 2 million advertisers. It’s only available for iOS at the moment, but the company says it’s working on an Android version that will launch later this year.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ginger Software, makers of Ginger Keyboard for Android, has today released an update that makes it easy to quickly switch between different apps on your device, directly from your keyboard. Dubbed the Smart Bar, the feature allows you to add commonly used apps (like messaging, calendars, Evernote, Todoist, Keep, Slack, WhatsApp and more) to the bar at the top of your keyboard, thereby allowing you to quickly carry out certain functions. If you frequently find yourself having to make a to-do list from a text message, or wanting to add a calendar entry, you can now create a shortcut and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s an unusual partnership – the Waffle House restaurant chain has hooked up with delivery startup Roadie. The deal will give drivers who drop packages at the chain, which has 1,750 locations open 24 hours a day, free food and drinks. Roadie’s app hooks people with parcels up with travelers who are headed in the right direction. The partnership with Waffle House means they can now designate one of the restaurant’s locations as a neutral meeting place. Drivers who make their deliveries there will get a free waffle and drink. It’s early days for Roadie but adding free waffles to… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a long time coming but presentation platform Prezi has finally launched Prezi for Android. The free app joins the company’s existing mobile options on iPhone and iPad. Prezi for Android includes cloud synching to give you access to the latest version of your presentation regardless of what device you last edited it on, the ability to save prezis for offline access, and the option to invite up to 30 people to watch you present remotely. Readers in Australia might have come across Prezi for Android before as it launched there in beta a few months back but for everyone else, it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Popular two-factor authentication service Authy, which had over 1 million active users as of November 2014, has today been acquired by Twilio. Twilio provides APIs for developers to integrate SMS and voice calls into their apps and says that the Authy acquisition will mean that it can provide a cloud-based API for developers to embed two-factor verification into any application. The company touts 6,000 websites using Authy’s two-factor API, like Coinbase and CloudFlare. It also touted that 500,000 developers registered on Twilio, making the acquisition a great match. Authy will continue to provide services at its current website after the acquisition, along… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK TV network Channel 4 has updated its on-demand service 4oD on iOS. The refresh gives the app a new polished grid layout and brings sections dedicated to online boxsets and short shows to the fore. It’s also notable that when you fire up the app after updating, you’ll see a message trailing the channel’s upcoming All 4 service. All 4 will replace 4oD, adding live streaming for Channel 4, Channel 4+1, E4 and More 4 as well as premiering new shows. The network announced All 4 in September 2014 and promised it would roll out this year, coming to PC and iOS first, before heading to Android,… This story continues at The Next Web

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