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While Tesla is busy announcing self-driving features, Google has gone and finally released an Android Auto app. Android Auto was first unveiled in June last year, and essentially brings Google Now and Google Maps to your car’s dashboard with enhanced voice control. Users can set reminders, control music or look up business hours with with voice, for instance. Google also released an API in November to let developers create custom experiences for the car. Currently, the app only works with Pioneer dashboard hardware that was released a few days ago. When the hardware was announced it was a bit puzzling as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emojis just got even more diverse. Memoji Keyboard is an app that lets you create emojis and gifs of yourself to send to your friends and family. The iOS app is available now and is a fun way to add a bit more character to your messages. When you download it, you can create five emojis of yourself for free, but after that you will have to pay €1.99 ($2.11) to unlock the full selection of templates. That being said, you could easily stick with the free version because it lets you change the images for the five you selected as… This story continues at The Next Web

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A few days ago Elon Musk tweeted a mysterious message suggesting Tesla was going to end range anxiety – fear that your electric car’s battery would run out of juice on a long trip – through a software update. Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety … via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2015 People speculated about what it could be – perhaps an efficiency upgrade, some secret code, black magic – but we now know for sure: trip planning features, according to Engadget. At a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Kunal Sarda is a Techstars and Wharton alum, and co-founder of VerbalizeIt, a translation services platform for business. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp has been a topic of many envious conversations. Less discussed is how a company founded in the US became the go-to messaging app in virtually every country besides the US. The global dominance of WhatsApp was far from accidental. Founder Jan Koum says he built the product with a “global first” approach, and internationalized the app from its very early days to boost global discoverability and usability. Are you ready to be the next global sensation, but don’t know… This story continues at The Next Web

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While you can drop out of a Twitter group DM,  you’re still stuck in any public Twitter conversation that include your user name. This phenom is also referred to as a canoe (because they’re long boats filled with people?). Sometimes these conversations go for hours – even days – filling your notifications with inane comments about nothing. If you’re trapped in one of those god-awful public conversations, you can drop out without the rest of the members knowing by muting one of the members. Before you fire up the Twitter site and start muting people, stop. That’s just going to mute tweets from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember the job search app LinkedIn introduced for iOS last year? Well, now Android has a counterpart. The company says the app brings all the same features seen on iOS, but was built from scratch for Android. The interface is similar to the iOS edition, with some Android-esque touches like side tabs. Like the iOS app, it’s intended to help you search for a jobs in your free time on the go. You can weed through jobs with title, location, company, industry and seniority level filters. You’ll also get recommendations based on your search history, and it’ll notify you when… This story continues at The Next Web

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Losing your phone is really annoying if you’re late for something and need to rush out. Fret no more, Android Wear users – Google now lets you find your phone with your smartwatch thanks to an update adding Wear support to Android Device Manager. On your watch, simply say “Ok Google. Start. Find my phone” or select the ‘Find my phone’ option from the start menu to reconnect with your beloved device. Your phone will ring at full volume so long as it’s within range of your smartwatch. Granted, that’s only Bluetooth’s short range, but I’ve wanted this for a… This story continues at The Next Web

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One thing that struck me early on about TNW Conference was how different the talks are to those at many competing events. Our talks tend to be stories, not sales pitches – and the speakers are some of the best storytellers in the world. From big data, to social media and entrepreneurship, we’re sitting on an archive of brilliant talks that we should be sharing with the world. TNW Video is our new platform designed to bring the experience of attending our conferences to a wider audience. Already there are some great talks ready for you to watch, including  ‘How to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Flipboard’s news aggregator app is getting some useful updates today on Android as it hits version 3.2. The most useful of these is probably the new collaborative magazine feature that allows you to create news streams you can share with just your family and friends. The update also integrates Twitter log-ins to quickly create a Flipboard account. And in a Twitter-esque move, you can now tag your friends in captions and comments with the ‘@’ sign. The update is available on the Play Store now. No word on an equivalent iOS update yet, but we imagine it’s coming soon –… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you want to get up to speed with basic web development languages like HTML, CSS and PHP, learn to work with and build projects on WordPress, Drupal and Joomla CMSes or improve search rankings with SEO, there’s never been a better opportunity to learn. TNW Deals has an incredible offer on lifetime membership and access to over 1,800 in-depth web development course videos & monthly 400 page web design ebooks (each worth $40), and a new class releasing each week from the experts at OSTraining. With tutorials for beginners, experienced coders and everyone in between, OSTraining’s courses are perfect… This story continues at The Next Web

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To celebrate its birthday, the Amazon App Store is offering $105 (£80) worth of paid Android apps for free. The selection includes popular games like ‘Cut the Rope‘, ‘Ruzzle‘, ‘World of Goo‘ and the indie hit, ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 2‘, as well as 29 other paid apps like ‘Easy Tether‘ and ‘Folder Sync‘. The selection of apps on offer range in price from $1 up to $9 so if there was something you had your eye on, it’s definitely worth checking out the deal. Amazon will be running this offer until March 21. ➤ Amazon App Store Read next: 60 of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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PandaDoc, the company that makes it easy to sign and annotate documents online, has today released a new API and a Javascript SDK to make it easier to deal with PDF documents on the Web. Building custom PDF handling code is expensive and complicated, so PandaDoc tries to make it straightforward to embed deep PDF functionality in any web application. The new API makes it easy to integrate PandaDoc’s tools right into existing applications. Developers can create an overlay that allows users to upload a PDF, then annotate it directly adding text or a signature with little hassle thanks to PandaDoc’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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CircleBack brings accuracy to your contact data by blending artificial intelligence and collective intelligence. Keep your contacts clean and up to date.Let us paint a picture. You’ve just had a business brainwave. You reach for your rolodesk – or the smartphone equivalent – to send a note to a business associate who said the last time you met him, “I can make things happen, fast” over and over. Yet, when you send the email, it bounces back with, “this email address is no longer in service.” Dream. Over. But, before you set fire to your ideas of grandeur, there is another way. CircleBack is the world’s first artificially intelligent contact manager. Tucked behind the simple interface is an AI engine that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Kim is the creator of The Growth List, helping you create a business around your lifestyle. This post originally appeared on his blog.  There is a misconception that is spread around the media that in order to win big, we need to risk big. That the most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders of the world risked everything to get to where they are, is simply not true. Sure, there are individuals who takes uncalculated risks and end up failing. But these aren’t the individuals we want to model. The smartest entrepreneurs minimize the downsides in case they fail, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The biggest criticism against most smartwatches is that they don’t really solve a problem beyond not having to take your phone out of your pocket and that they’re ugly. Today, TAG Heuer, Intel and Google hope to fix at least one of those problems. The partnership was announced at the Baselworld watch fair. The Swiss watchmaker will produce an Android Wear-powered smartwatch running Intel hardware that it says will launch at the end of 2015. While features were not announced, the watchmaker is known for its sports-based devices so expect a very fancy, very sporty smartwatch with the usual Android Wear attributes. The partnership gives… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of the 'Market Intelligence' series, brought to you by SimilarWeb: get insights for any website or app.In the relatively recent invention of app advertising, the default for most in the industry is to rely on Facebook and the good ol’ fashioned mobile banner. While this has become an accepted part of hunting for new users, the return on these investments has become increasingly low. In some circles, spending money on Facebook user acquisition is akin to spending cash on click farms. With news that Facebook is progressively driving up the cost of advertising on the platform – 700 per cent year-on-year, according to The Drum – there has been a quiet, but seismic shift in how… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cross-platform browser maker Opera just bought SurfEasy, a Canadian virtual private network (VPN) service that lets users browse the Web privately and anonymously. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition will allow Opera to integrate SurfEasy’s secure browsing services into “joint products” for desktops and mobile devices. The most logical step for Opera would be to add SurfEasy’s VPN tools into its browser, but it’s possible that the company might choose to launch an entirely new product altogether. SurfEasy will continue to provide customers with its existing services, which include VPN apps for desktops and mobile devices,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember 2009? A time when all anyone could play or talk about seemed to be Angry Birds? Well, it’s not 2009 any more and the company’s financial position isn’t faring quite as healthily as it was back then, which is why it’s hoping its upcoming Angry Birds movie will help put it back on track to mega-profits. However, given the huge amount of time in bringing the movie to market – it was first announced back in 2012 and won’t arrive until summer next year – I’m not convinced it’ll be the mega-hit that Rovio and Sony Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures hope. Add waning… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tamar Weinberg is the VP of Customer Success at influencer marketing platform, The Shelf, which lets you find the most targeted and relevant influencers for any outreach campaigns through its proprietary patent-pending brand and ecommerce indicators.  Working with bloggers can be a somewhat daunting task if you’ve never done it before. There are a ton of articles out there about WHY you should work with bloggers, but there isn’t a lot of info about HOW to set up your first campaign from start to finish. I know this, because 75 percent of the brands that use our platform fall into… This story continues at The Next Web

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Deezer’s ‘Elite’ high-quality music streaming service is now available to users around the world following a brief US-only stint at the end of 2014. First launched in September, the 35 million FLAC track library is now open to users in Latin America, Europe and anywhere else that you can normally access Deezer – it’s still a Sonos hardware-only affair though. The company says the resulting music is five-times the quality of a standard MP3. In the UK, the service will cost £14.99 per month for 12 months, or £120 per year if you choose to pay up-front. There’s also a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person at The Next Web Conference Europe on April 23 & 24. Can you remember a time before Google Maps and knowing how to go virtually anywhere with the device in your hand? Me neither. Still, location apps aren’t a fully seamless experience. Sure, various mapping services will tell you where businesses are located and some basic details, but if you want to find out more niche information – perhaps where street art is located, or finding bars… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has extended its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami following limited trials elsewhere in the US. The one-hour delivery service was initially only available to Prime members in Manhattan, but it’s going live for selected zip codes in the two new cities from today. You can check if it is available in your area using the zip code checker on the Prime Now page. The service will operate between 8am and 10pm daily with two-hour delivery being free and one-hour delivery costing $7.99. Hopefully this limited expansion within the US will one day be extended to other countries. ➤ Amazon… This story continues at The Next Web

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Japanese internet services giant Rakuten announced that it has acquired US-based OverDrive, an ebook and audiobook marketplace, for $410 million in cash. OverDrive’s digital distribution platform lets users borrow more than 2.5 million ebooks and audiobooks from over 30,000 local libraries. The move will likely help Rakuten’s ebook business expand; it acquired Kobo, an ebook reader manufacturer, back in 2011. Rakuten appears to be on a warpath in the digital content industry. It added Wuaki.tv, a video streaming service, and Viki, a global TV and video site, to its portfolio in 2012 and 2013 respectively. With its latest acquisition, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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With more natural habitats being exploited for their resources on our planet, many species are in danger of extinction. To draw attention to this issue, designer Bryan James crafted a gorgeous interactive exhibition of 30 fascinating animals facing extinction, using morphing polygons. In Pieces beautifully depicts rare creatures like the pygmy three-toed sloth, the Somali ostrich, the Brazilian armadillo and Kemp’s Ridley turtle with subtle animations as well as information on the threat to each species, visualized stats and links to preservation efforts to protect them. James designed the entire project using CSS, so it works on Webkit-powered browsers on… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you deal with paperwork often, you’ll love this: SignEasy just launched an extension for iOS that lets you sign documents and send them out without having to switch between apps. The app lets you draw and add a signature, as well as text, images, dates and checkbox symbols to documents in a range of file formats, including PDFs, Word files and JPGs. When you receive a document in your inbox, collaboration app (such as Slack) or cloud storage space, just tap the Share icon and find the SignEasy button in the menu. You can add elements and edit or… This story continues at The Next Web

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