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Rdio intros new social features and redesigned player

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Social media streamer Rdio rolled out a major redesign a little over a year ago and has done a bit of tweaking since then. Now, following a recent update to its mobile apps, the service is making even more changes. At the top of the list are methods for...
Rdio intros new social features and redesigned player

Leonar3Do launches HelloVR, Vimensio platforms to bring 3D computing into the mainstream

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Leonar3Do is releasing HelloVR, a free app from Google Play that turns users desktops into a 3D environment that can be navigated with their smartphone. It'll be available for free on Google Play in March and promises to let users sculpt and create models from within the digital environment....
Leonar3Do launches HelloVR, Vimensio platforms to bring 3D computing into the mainstream

Magisto adds still photos to its AI video editing witchery (video)

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Short of serving the popcorn, Magisto's editing app can take care of the video production needs for the busy (or artistically challenged), including helping with music choices, chopping it all together and even distributing it across video albums. However, one sorely lacking feature was the ability to include photos,...
Magisto adds still photos to its AI video editing witchery (video)

SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

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To put it mildly, the EA Maxis team has learned a few hard lessons about launching only when ready. The company is putting that theory into practice: it's delaying the launch of SimCity for Mac from June 11th to August. The OS X version just isn't "ready for primetime,"...
SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

Steam Early Access makes public game tests a near-automatic affair

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Many gotta-have-it-first gamers are very familiar with public betas and other chances to try titles before they officially reach the servers -- but not on Steam, where the closed system has usually left people waiting for final builds. Valve doesn't want to leave customers on the sidelines, though, and...
Steam Early Access makes public game tests a near-automatic affair

Facebook launching 'Graph Search,' a personalized social search engine, beta starts today

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Facebook this morning announced "Graph Search," a way to search all of Facebook's content for queries tailored to your profile. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the search by saying, "Graph Search is meant to answer very specific questions like 'Who are my friends in San Francisco?" But worry not, privacy...
Facebook launching 'Graph Search,' a personalized social search engine, beta starts today

Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

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This news is likely to be a bit disappointing to some Oculus Rift backers. Project supporters were set to be rewarded with a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition, which was to arrive bundled with each development kit. Unfortunately, it turns out that the device won't support the game...
Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

LibreOffice kicks it up to version 4.0, promises leaner performance and greater interoperability

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It's been a little over a week since Microsoft unveiled its big Office 2013 suite (along with that Office 365 subscription option) to the world, and right on cue the Document Foundation has released version 4.0 of open source alternative LibreOffice. The latest update promises to be cleaner and...
LibreOffice kicks it up to version 4.0, promises leaner performance and greater interoperability

EA addresses LGBT issues in gaming in first ever 'Full Spectrum' event

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At the Ford Foundation in upper Manhattan this morning, representatives from inside and outside the game industry spoke to the issues that LGBT gamers face and how best to fix them in the first ever "Full Spectrum" event. From online interactions filled with offensive language to games that don't...
EA addresses LGBT issues in gaming in first ever 'Full Spectrum' event

Ford opens AppLink developer program, wants more apps with in-car voice control

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Ford's SYNC AppLink technology for smartphone voice control while behind the wheel is currently only a feature of a handful of big-name apps. That may soon change, however, as here at CES, the motor company has announced a developer program to promote integration of its AppLink APIs into third-party...
Ford opens AppLink developer program, wants more apps with in-car voice control

Java, Silverlight left in cold as Firefox disables all plugins by default -- except Flash

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In an effort to prevent "drive-by exploitations," upcoming versions of Firefox will have Java, Adobe Reader and Silverlight disabled by default, according to a recent Mozilla Security blog. All other third-party plugins except Flash will also be disabled, requiring users to enable them using the so-called click to play...
Java, Silverlight left in cold as Firefox disables all plugins by default -- except Flash

Audi hits up Inrix to add parking spot finder to Audi Connect dash systems

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While there are smartphones apps that take some of the hassle out of finding parking, Audi's bringing similar time- and frustration-saving features to a different screen in your ride, through its Audi Connect infotainment systems. Announced at the Telematics Detroit conference, Audi is tapping Inrix's parking spot data so...
Audi hits up Inrix to add parking spot finder to Audi Connect dash systems

Box buys Crocodoc, gains HTML5 document converter and viewer

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It's time to re-imagine your documents, apparently. Cloud storage service Box just acquired document embedding startup Crocodoc, which specializes in taking Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents and rendering them as HTML5 content inside web browsers and mobile apps. Crocodoc's technology will allow Box to seamlessly integrate document conversion and...
Box buys Crocodoc, gains HTML5 document converter and viewer

Enyo arrives to Windows 8, WP8 and Blackberry 10 with version 2.2

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Enyo originally came along from HP to help developers create resolution-independent webOS apps, but since version 2.0, it's become platform agnostic. While support for Windows 8 and WP8 through IE10 has been around for awhile, version 2.2 now brings packaged app creation for those OSes along with Blackberry 10...
Enyo arrives to Windows 8, WP8 and Blackberry 10 with version 2.2

Flickr get major redesign with grid UI, users get 1TB of free storage

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A formal celebration of Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr wasn't what the internet outfit had up its sleeve for this evening's festivities. An update to Flickr has been unveiled at the NYC event with a host of new features that includes a retooled grid UI built out of images and...
Flickr get major redesign with grid UI, users get 1TB of free storage

TuneIn launches TuneIn Live, hopes to encourage radio station discovery through custom UI

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With around 70,000 stations from around the world in its database, TuneIn is rightly one of the more popular radio apps out there. Unfortunately, it also means customers don't always have the easiest time finding what they want, something the Palo Alto firm plans to fix with a new...
TuneIn launches TuneIn Live, hopes to encourage radio station discovery through custom UI

Tweetbot 1.3 for Mac adds media timeline, support for cover images

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Tapbots' Tweetbot for Mac already has a reputation as the desktop Twitter client for media hounds, but a just-posted 1.3 update should make that especially clear. Like its iOS counterpart, the Mac app gains a dedicated media timeline: start a search and you can spotlight only photos and videos....
Tweetbot 1.3 for Mac adds media timeline, support for cover images

BitTorrent Live now in open beta, brings live webcasting to the masses

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Last November, BitTorrent put out a call to all "qualified broadcasters," seeking to build out a solid based for Live, its new P2P streaming protocol. Now, just four months later, the company's opening the beta service up to all users, giving a real-time platform to anyone with a webcam,...
BitTorrent Live now in open beta, brings live webcasting to the masses

Showyou video discovery app announces new channel platform for creators

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More and more video discovery apps are starting to pop up, with even big-name brands such as Samsung joining the race to have the best offering out there. But while this particular field is still relatively young, startups like Showyou are already thinking ahead by launching creator-focused programs of...
Showyou video discovery app announces new channel platform for creators

Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects

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This trip around the sun has been a monumental one for crowdfunding, marked by big projects and astronomical numbers. Take Kickstarter wunderkind OUYA, for example, which raised more than $8.5 million in funding from 63,416 backers. Kickstarter itself has even grown and matured, expanding to the UK and putting...
Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects

TI-Nspire rethinks the graphing calculator for the iPad (video)

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With tablets slowly working their way into the classroom, it wasn't a huge stretch to realize that Texas Instruments would bring a graphing calculator app to the table, but would you believe its solution is just hours away? The company has revealed TI-Nspire for the iPad, which is currently...
TI-Nspire rethinks the graphing calculator for the iPad (video)

Paytouch lets your fingerprints make purchases, hopes to expand into Europe and America next year

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The business of commerce is alive and well, and while there's far too much noise for anyone to stand on the mobile side, Paytouch is hoping to add a new wrinkle on the conventional end. The Barcelona-based outfit was on hand here at The Next Web Conference, showcasing its...
Paytouch lets your fingerprints make purchases, hopes to expand into Europe and America next year

Pandora cranked out over 13 billion hours of music in 2012

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Springing into the new year, internet radio heavyweight Pandora has released some of its major statistics from 2012. The company states that 1.6 billion personalized radio stations were created and that it played over 13 billion hours of music. These hefty stats translate to the service's users listening to...
Pandora cranked out over 13 billion hours of music in 2012

Canonical posting daily builds for plenty more Ubuntu Touch devices

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After letting us lay our hands on Ubuntu Touch for the Nexus 10, Canonical is now providing daily builds for its mobile OS on a variety of flagship devices. At this point in its gestation, the software is strictly developer-only, but people are beavering away on getting it running...
Canonical posting daily builds for plenty more Ubuntu Touch devices

Nuance's Project Wintermute targets Siri and Google Now with cross-platform virtual assistant

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Nuance is working, not so quietly it turns out, on a challenger to Siri and Google Now. Codenamed Project Wintermute, the voice recognition pioneer's latest effort focuses on building a cross-platform, cloud-based virtual assistant. Nuance VP Matt Revis told The Next Web, that the company "want[s] to be completely...
Nuance's Project Wintermute targets Siri and Google Now with cross-platform virtual assistant

Telly video discovery app now optimized for Android tablets

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Social discovery applications are becoming more and more popular amongst mobile users, and Telly's certainly one that's leading the way in this category. Today, in an effort to get on as many devices as possible, the video-focused service has released a new version of its app which is vastly...
Telly video discovery app now optimized for Android tablets

Tumblr updates iOS app to match redesigned Android interface

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Today's definitely a big day for Tumblr: there's a refreshed iOS app in the iTunes Store! And, well, a bit of other news, too. But you'll hear plenty more about that later -- for now, it's all about mobile. The blogging platform just updated its application for iPad and...
Tumblr updates iOS app to match redesigned Android interface

Linux Mint 15 hits the web, begs for 'Olivia' Munn endorsement

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As with previous releases, the newest Mint iteration, "Olivia," comes in two distinct flavors: Cinnamon and MATE. While both have received a bit of polish, it's the fresher Cinnamon that has gotten the most attention. Version 1.8 of the desktop environment has received plenty of bug fixes, along with...
Linux Mint 15 hits the web, begs for 'Olivia' Munn endorsement

Feedly promises 'seamless' transition after Google Reader to its own backend

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If you (like many of us at Engadget) are in a state of shock facing the end of Google Reader this summer, there may be an easy replacement. RSS app/service Feedly posts on its blog that it has been anticipating the shutdown of Google's service for some time, and...
Feedly promises 'seamless' transition after Google Reader to its own backend

Twitter granted patent on itself

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What do Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have in common with Thomas Edison? That's easy, they're all patent holders. Issued today, the USPTO's database details a messaging system where users can follow each other and display messages without a unique recipient. Last time we checked, this...
Twitter granted patent on itself
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