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The LG G4 was announced last month at simultaneous events around the world to much fanfare. Touting higher spec hardware and a slightly redesigned chassis, the phone goes up against Samsung’s S6 and S6 Edge, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Motorola’s lightly tweaked Moto X, as well as a range of others like the HTC One M9. But with small changes – at least on the surface of things – does LG’s newest range-topper have enough to draw the limelight away from more popular devices? Design and hardware The LG G4 really hasn’t strayed very far from the… This story continues at The Next Web

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He who controls the software controls the marketing. Scott Brinker, blogger and CTO of ION Interactive,  thinks that the split between IT and marketing is completely gone, the two have become inseparable. Marketing has more software available to it today than any other business function in the history of computing, he says. Brinker, interested in this change, spent past few years mapping the landscape of marketing software companies and he tried to categorize them into 43 different groups. We’ve just added Scott Brinker’s talk from the TNW Europe Conference 2014 to our TNW Video site and you can watch it… This story continues at The Next Web

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After six years in office, President Obama has got his own personal Twitter account: Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015 Previously, the President had sporadically contributed tweets to the Whitehouse and Barack Obama accounts, signing tweets with his initials. From now on, all tweets directly from the President will come from the new account. Both @Whitehouse and Twitter’s Government account confirmed the verified account is real. Welcome to Twitter @POTUS, the official @WhiteHouse account for Tweets from the President of the United States. https://t.co/eIWcwljSZY… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an excellent commencement speech to the 2015 graduating class at George Washington University this weekend. While it includes some powerful points – meeting segregationist governor George Wallace, Cook’s youthful admiration for Martin Luther King Jr. and RFK, the importance of accessibility and positive action – there’s also a cheeky plug for the iPhone: They asked me to make a standard announcement – you’ve heard this before – about silencing your phones. Those of you with an iPhone, just place it in Silent Mode. If you don’t have an iPhone, please pass it to the center aisle,… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new month, a whole new bunch of typefaces to drool over. Scroll down to see which typefaces stood out the most in April. Keep going and you’ll find our March issue. Linotype: Neue Haas Unica Neue Haas Unica is an extended, reimagined version of the Haas Unica design, a Helvetica alternative that achieved near mythical status in the type community before it virtually disappeared. YouWorkForThem: Cinderblock Cinderblock was designed to achieve maximum vertical coverage of any given surface. Lián Types: Indie Indie is a smooth brush script containing five styles. Mostardesign: Chronica Pro Chronica Pro is a contemporary font… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a big update to Unicode on the horizon and that means not only new emoji — hello, taco — but a number of changes for those that already exist and are under hot debate. The contents of a ‘public review issue‘ (PRI) request from the Unicode Consortium – the group that defines the standard – clarifies the meaning of a number of controversial symbols. For example, the document details 🙏, which is often used to indicate high-five. The group says that it is not a high-five and indicates “praying, bowing or thanking.” The document discusses a number of other emoji such as 💁, (“information desk person”)… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by CM Telecom, a leading global mobile service company for messaging and payments.While many of us consider WhatsApp a handy way for staying in touch with friends and family, the messaging service with 800 million users is also an incredibly powerful tool for businesses. According to Breda Today, a Dutch local newspaper, when they started experimenting with the platform they had click-through-rates (CTR) of 114 percent for their content. When compared to Facebook’s CTRs of 63 percent, the messaging service suddenly looks like an untapped resource by marketers everywhere. In this post we’ll explore examples of how others have used WhatsApp in their business, and ways it can help your own company… This story continues at The Next Web

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Groupon acquired Breadcrumb back in 2012 and it’s been chugging along ever since, even as rivals like Square have been nipping at its heels. Now the point of sale service is launching Breadcrumb Live, an iPhone app for restaurants. The aim of the app is to give owners real-time access to data including sales figures, guest and check counts, and performance trends right on their iPhones. Breadcrumb Live shows real-time sales data (including total net sales and average check size), time and trend analysis (to spot patterns in week-over-week revenue, traffic, and sales) and allows users to delve even deeper into… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not the first dog photography harness – check out GoPro’s Fetch mount – but Nikon’s experimental Heartography set up is a little different. As the name suggests, it measures the pooch’s heart rate to grab snaps when they’re most excited. That could mean you get lots of lovely pictures of steak, other cute dogs and cool toys or just a cavalcade of buttholes. The rig is made up of two parts – a heart monitoring band and case for the camera – with the ability to tweak the heart rate level that triggers the shutter. While it’s unlikely to… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the biggest pieces of tech news of last year was Apple’s new Swift programming language. If you’d like to get to grips with iOS 8 development and this new way of creating apps, we’ve got just the course for you. The course is suitable for beginners and includes 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content to help you understand iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift. As a bonus, you’ll also get access to the previous iOS 7 course. Through the course, you’ll build 14 iOS 8 apps. You’ll learn everything from app design to API integrations (to connect with… This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to fashion and shopping, technology has made things a lot more accessible. Instead of spending all weekend trawling through the shops, gratification is at your fingertips. Launching today on iOS, Stylio is an app that aims to bring the accessibility and affordability of personal shopping to everyone. Selling itself as the “Uber for Personal Shoppers”, it was recently selected to be part of the UCL Business Labs program for 2015. Fashion bloggers and YouTubers have done a good job at democratizing the industry in recent years, yet personal shopping is something that still has an elitist air… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by GetApp, your number one cloud business apps marketplace.Choosing a business app is not the same as choosing a consumer app. You can’t just download and delete it when it doesn’t do what you intended it to. In fact, it’s more like starting a relationship: once you’re in, you’ve committed yourself to making it work. And this is a relationship you’ll want to blossom – a good business app can help streamline processes, manage customers, and engage employees. But as hard as it is to simply right-swipe your way to find the right match, it’s also unlikely that you’ll find the perfect app for your business on first… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 10 is slated to launch this summer, and I can’t help but think how big a chance this is for Microsoft to draw in new followers. If it plays its cards right, the company can also win over pirates and attract more gamers into the fold. Here are three mistakes Microsoft should avoid when announcing Windows 10: Releasing multiple editions There are seven editions of Windows 10 for folks to choose from, and they only serve to confuse users. If Microsoft really wants to offer packages with different features at various price points, why not make those available as paid… This story continues at The Next Web

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The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse. You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more “trackers” to follow your browsing habits around the Web and learn more about you — usually as a means to show you advertising or learn about your lifestyle. Some of those trackers seem far more innocent on the surface than they really are. For example, Facebook and Twitter’s social sharing icons are great… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Financial Times has introduced a new way of measuring the effectiveness of ads on its website and mobile apps. The ‘cost per hour’ (CPH) metric, developed with analytics firm Chartbeat, measures how long an ad is viewed, rather than simply whether it is seen. The media organization began piloting CPH last year. It claims the new measurement offers greater brand impact than impressions alone. The FT now reports to clients on how long each impression has been viewed, and the total duration of exposure across a campaign. It says it’s now working with other publishers in the hope that… This story continues at The Next Web

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How big is your marketing budget? I’ve heard of companies that spend millions on marketing. I’ve heard of others who spend zero (we skew toward the zero side at Buffer). Regardless of how much you spend, you aim to spend it well. That’s why a hypothetical situation like the one here—what would you do with $100 to spend on social media marketing?—can be an extremely valuable exercise. I have some ideas on what I’d do with the $100, ways to wring the most value out of every penny. I’d love to hear any thoughts you have also (speaking from personal experience even!).… This story continues at The Next Web

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A team of researchers from Google and The University of Washington have developed a new way of creating time-lapse video – collating millions of photographs published online. They explain: We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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After Xiaomi and OnePlus, Meizu is the next major smartphone manufacturer from China to enter the Indian market. It’s kicking off operations in the country with its M1 Note Android phone, that goes on sale on Amazon India this Wednesday. Oddly, Meizu hasn’t revealed the M1 Note’s price yet. The 5.5-inch Android KitKat 4G dual-SIM device launched last December generally sells for about $220, which means it’ll likely see competition from the similarly-sized $170 Honor 4X and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4G. The M1 Note will be available on May 20 at 2PM IST, no invite necessary. ➤ Meizu  

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If you spent the weekend offline, hanging out with friends, eating pizza and otherwise enjoying yourself, Monday morning is probably a bit of an unwelcome shock. Luckily for you, we’ve put together all the best tech news and features from across the weekend in one handy list, just in case you missed anything. Thoughtful, aren’t we? All you need to do is clear 15 minutes in your schedule and make yourself a coffee. News from The Next Web Google reportedly to add ‘buy’ buttons to mobile search results Taylor Swift nabs Twitter’s first celebrity custom emoji #BadBloodMusicVideo Apple has acquired high-precision GPS firm… This story continues at The Next Web

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Job search portal Monster announced today that its 2014 acquisition TalentBin — a tool that looks at blogs, social posts and more to help recruiters fill vacancies with specialized tech talent — now includes candidates from across Asia. Monster says TalentBin’s engine scours the Web for content related to various fields in technology, and builds creator profiles that recruiters can then access. The tool launches today across India, Hong Kong, the Gulf and Southeast Asia. he approach is interesting, because it eschews traditional resumes – Monster’s usual way of displaying candidate information – and taps directly into the content they create. TalentBin… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not every day you hear of a major company getting excited about QR codes. Alibaba has announced that it’s working with Israeli startup Visualead to add dotless QR codes to products sold on its site under a new “blue stars” program, in an attempt to help prove their authenticity. The company will work with major brands like L’Oréal to add the QR codes directly to their products, which can be scanned with Alibaba’s Taobao app to verify if they’re real or not. Brands will be able to heavily customize the codes with imagery and colors without breaking the functionality. Alibaba is often… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, my colleague Owen wrote a compelling piece on why he’s breaking up with Chrome, but while I understood his reasons, I wasn’t quite ready to split. That’s why I was delighted to discover The Great Suspender. The Chrome extension solves one of the biggest complaints about the browser – that it gobbles up memory, forcing your machine to slow to a crawl and sending the fans into overdrive. It does that in a really simple way: Suspending tabs that you’re not using until you return to them and reactivate the process. You can whitelist commonly used sites to… This story continues at The Next Web

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LG confirmed today that it will begin selling its new flagship G4 Android phone across the globe this week. The device will first become available in Hong Kong, followed by Turkey, Russia and Singapore. The leather-backed G4 will also arrive in major markets in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa and South/Central America over the next month. LG hasn’t yet announced pricing, but has said that it will vary by carrier and market. In a hands-on test, our own Ben Woods found the G4 offering a refined experience — particularly in terms of camera capabilities and usability —… This story continues at The Next Web

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Universal Studios has released the first trailer for Steve Jobs, the biopic produced by Aaron Sorkin starring Michael Fassbender in the lead — and it looks like it’s going to be intense. Directed by Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame and based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, the film also stars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as Apple CEO John Sculley and Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman. The too-short trailer gives a sense of how tense things might get, but you’ll have to wait until October 9 to see what Sorkin and Co.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether she’s trademarking her lyrics or inspiring a custom iOS keyboard, Taylor Swift has a knack for being on the cusp of tech trends. Her latest coup is becoming the first celebrity to get a custom Twitter hashflag, introduced in advance of her heavily-trailed Bad Blood music video. Add #BadBloodMusicVideo to a tweet and you’ll automatically get a custom emoji of a Bandaid with a bullet hole through it. TONIGHT. #BadBloodMusicVideo World Premiere OPENING the @OfficialBBMAs at 8/7ct on the on @ABCNetwork! — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 17, 2015 Sadly, the little graphic only appears to show up in the official… This story continues at The Next Web

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