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Writer and reporter @TheNextWeb. A misfit among misfits. Email me: Paul(at) Launches 'Intro' App to 'Reinvent the Business Card' — Personal identity platform has unveiled a new standalone app as it sets out to "reinvent the business card." Adding to its existing iPhone app, Intro lets you create... Keep reading →

Instagram Video Ads are Rolling Out Today — Instagram has been serving up ads for a while already in some markets, but now it's officially rolling out video ads too as expected. As AdWeek reports, the Facebook-owned platform has inked deals to display 15-second skits from a number of big brands, including Disney and Banana Republic. Goes Freemium With Slew of New Features — We've covered Israel-based startup for a number of years, and today the popular productivity-focused task-management app has received a huge cross-platform update. With 11 million users in the bag, has done a good job of building a solid user base in what is a competitive space.

Spotify Brings its New Dark Look to iPad — Spotify unveiled a new darker look earlier this year, alongside a handful of refreshes, such as a revamped 'Your Music' feature which gives you a "frictionless way" to save, organize and browse music. Today, this update has arrived for iPad users too.

Netflix is Coming to BT in the UK — In a move partly designed to cure subscription fatigue, UK telecoms giant BT has revealed it will offer Netflix bundled in alongside its other products. This move was rumored already, but the official reveal was quietly slipped in alongside its Q2 results earlier today. The company says: "We added 38,000 TV customers in the quarter.

Google Maps Lets You Sign In on Third-Party Embeds — While Google Maps is a massively useful service in its own right, the fact that Google makes the platform available for third-party developers to integrate in their own applications is what gives it true scale. However, thus far, developers haven't been able to connect their users into the broader Maps ecosystem via their Google account - something that's about to change.

Yummly Serves Up Recipes Based on Time, Location, Weather — Recipe search platform Yummly has introduced interesting new personalization features to its iPhone and iPad app. Launched back in 2010, Yummly has been serving foodies with recipes based on their precise preferences for a while already. Don't like beetroot? Yummly lets you exclude beetroot from your searches.

Skype's Windows Desktop App Refresh Officially Launches — Skype has been steadily iterating its Mac and Windows desktop apps of late, with the refreshed Skype 7 for OS X landing earlier this month alongside a preview version for Windows.... Keep reading →

YouTube WatchMe Takes Live-Broadcasting to Any Android App — With the YouTube WatchMe for Android project, Google is looking to help third-party developers integrate live streaming directly into their apps. It's an open source project available on GitHub, harnessing the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services and Plus API.

Algoriddim finally brings its popular Djay app to Android, create mixes from Spotify or your own music — Algoriddim has catered for the iOS and Mac fraternity for years, serving up slick DJ-ing apps that not only let you mix your own digital arsenal of tunes but, as of a recent update, lets you access your Spotify library too. It even has an app to mix and mashup music videos.
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Oct 31, 2014

@thatdanwilliams @aulia Oh it's the software alright, didn't mean to imply it was the hardware. But s/ware has to play well with h/ware

Oct 31, 2014

@beijingdou Worked great for first 3 months, but looks like I'll need to get a new phone - don't think returning this is really practical.

Oct 31, 2014

@beijingdou take your pick. Just shuts itself down randomly, there's a 'flicker' on the screen that often stays for hours, & screen freezes

Oct 31, 2014

So the OnePlus One really is a heap of junk. Buggy as hell.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jamesrbuk: Only 24 hours until the unbearable series of unfunny name-changes and puns is over. Halloween is fucking awful.

Oct 31, 2014

This is nuts >> Indonesian teams disqualified after scoring five own goals

Oct 31, 2014

"Is there a tumour in your humour" >> worst lyric of all time?

Oct 30, 2014

The great bundling >> Netflix is Coming to BT in the UK

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