February in Latin America: Tech News Roundup

There’s a saying that new year in Brazil starts after Carnival, but this doesn’t hold true in the startup world. As we noted in January , activity in Latin America’s tech scene barely slowed down during the Southern hemisphere’s summer holidays.

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530102.600-google-wants-to-rank-websites-based-on-facts-not-links.html#.VPQ66bOsX1g

Google's search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.

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Ikea Releases Furniture That Wirelessly Charges Your Phone

One of my biggest gripes with Qi charging on my Galaxy S4 is that when it reaches full charge, the screen comes on and the phone makes a noise, letting me know charging is complete. At that point, it shuts off the charging. When it does that, the phone starts discharging, and when it gets to 99% about 45 seconds later, it turns on the screen, makes a noise, letting me know that it's charging wirelessly. Good info, except that it seems nobody at Samsung thought that their phone users would want to charge their phones overnight, and didn't provide an option to TURN OFF CHARGING NOTIFICATIONS. When the charged/charging notification cycle fires off every 45 seconds at 4 in the morning, the phone runs a substantial risk of being destroyed when it gets thrown against the wall opposite the bed because it won't STFU already about charging.

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Once Upon a Time: "Darkness on the Edge of Town" Review - IGN

Once Upon a Time hasn't lost a beat since its midseason finale. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" reset the board with new players and secrets but also made sure to show us the quest to find the author of the storybook is still on. And before the excitement started, we got some lovely scenes of people in Storybrooke enjoying normal life. It's been six weeks since Anna and Elsa left and since Belle expelled Rumplestiltskin. Belle and Hook exchanged a fantastic scene talking about being fooled by Rumple and that moment is just one example of the spot-on dialogue and character interactions throughout the episode.

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Sony Does A Tablet With An Add On Bluetooth Keyboard

Sony isn’t done with mobile hardware yet, despite its recent talk of an exit strategy from smartphones . Here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona it’s showing off a new 10.1 inch Android tablet, the Xperia Z4, coming this June, along with a new mid-tier 4G/LTE smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua  — its first octa-core 64-bit smartphone.

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Marissa Mayer Has Completed Step One

March 2 is the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of Yahoo, which began as a handmade directory cataloguing the cacophony of sites appearing on the nascent World Wide Web. When I first visited the company in 1995, I described “a handful of windowless offices, some of them populated by exhausted programmers in sleeping bags.” You had to step over a stack of mountain bikes to see the servers, which then shuffled bits every day to what seemed then like an astounding million users. Even though I was a huge Internet optimist, I would never have imagined that that number would grow to its current billion. But then neither did Jerry Yang, who co-founded the company with his Stanford classmate David Filo. “We were in that startup mode where we were lucky to make it to the next day or next month,” says Yang, who is now a private investor. “We all had dreams and ambitions. But it wasn’t obvious to anyone, even ourselves, how big the Internet would be.” Filo was even more skeptical: “When we left Stanford, we thought the chance of this working out is probably pretty low and we’ll be back there 12 months later, grappling with our advisers to let us back in the program.

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Shuttle Drivers at Five Tech Firms Vote For Teamsters Representation

The Teamsters union extended its influence in Silicon Valley’s service sector Friday evening, as drivers for shuttle buses to five tech companies voted to support representation by the union. The tally was 104-38 in favor of the union, the Teamsters said.

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What Traffic Signs Get Wrong (And How To Fix Them)

One way to improve how drivers react to street signs? Make them look more dynamic. A group of researchers from the University of Michigan and Brigham Young University used eye-tracking technology to examine how moving or static figures featured in the various designs of road signs affected drivers' reaction times. In their paper, published in the Journal of Consumer Research , they found that people paid better attention to signs with more implied movement, like when a pedestrian looks like she's running instead of walking, or a rock looks like it's in the process of falling off a cliff instead of sitting on the road.

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PCMag on Twitter

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Sundar Pichai: Google Will Give Details Of Its U.S. Mobile Network ‘In The Coming Months’

While Google continues to build out “cell towers in the sky” in the form of balloons and solar-powered airplanes, it’s also gearing up to launch an experimental mobile network in the U.S. Today, Google’s SVP of products, Sundar Pichai, said that we should start to see the results of the company’s MVNO mobile network effort in the “coming months” in the U.S., merging cell and WiFi networks in a “seamless” way.

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A first look at the Windows 10 universal app platform

As we built the universal app platform, we set out to ensure that all Windows developers would equally benefit from this one core. The platform enables a new class of Windows universal apps – apps that are truly written once, with one set of business logic and one UI. Apps that are delivered to one Store within one package. Apps that are able to reach every Windows 10 device the developer wants to reach. Apps that feel consistent and familiar to the customer on all devices, while also contextually appropriate to each device’s input model and screen size. The new universal app platform completes our developer platform convergence by providing you with the ability to finally create one app that can run on mobile, desktop, console, holographic, and even IoT devices.

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Samsung Pay Takes On Apple Pay This Summer With LoopPay’s MST Tech

In practice, it’ll work by being integrated into Samsung devices at the system level, letting users add their own existing cards, and then working via a swipe up from the bezel, which launches the Samsung Pay app and lets them choose their payment card option. Then they use the new finger print sensor to authenticate the transaction (which, thanks to the new touch-based fingerprint reader on the GS6, seems clearly borrowed from Apple Pay) and then tap the merchant terminal to complete. It requires a few more steps than Apple Pay, which automatically launches payment and chooses your default card when you’re in proximity of an active terminal, meaning the fingerprint authentication is the only step required by a user.

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BlackBerry to broaden its cross-platform strategy

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company said it plans to take this cross-platform strategy a step further and bring the entire BlackBerry experience, including features like the much admired BlackBerry Hub and its virtual keyboard across to devices powered by rivals.

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8 Award-Winning Mac Apps ft. ScreenFlow, Things, and DataRescue for 90% Off

Embark on the newest adventure from the award-winning science-fiction-themed Civilization series. In this futuristic world, modern society has been decimated by global events, and space travel is the only hope for the future of mankind.

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You Guys Realize The Apple Watch Is Going To Flop, Right?

So why does this article get written this way? I really enjoy your pieces. None has hit me quite so wrong. Just what then is the driving purpose behind this angle? Innovation is messy and unpredictable—whether it's Apple or Pebble or Seiko. There are plenty of stories to be told that provide insights into new products without ravaging them before they're even out in the world. Before their worth has been considered by people actually living with them. A product will fail all by itself if no one finds the value — no real need to help it. On the other hand, illuminating the potential can keep the field green for whatever might take hold. Of course, a lot of other articles have done just that with the Apple Watch with an "imagine what might be" approach. So maybe there's a fourth answer, "I don't want to write the same old future-is-bright article—and I've got a deadline."

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Bargain Hunt For Tech Amid The Wreck Of Russia’s Economy

China is a big brother to Russia not because of the Communist unity of the past, but simply because it’s close enough and Russia’s geography is immense. Even in Russia, half of the country doesn’t really know that if you go to its Eastern provinces you can barely see any Russian products — everything is imported from China and these territories are in fact more Chinese than Russian as the Slavic population thins out. This, and the similar mentality of both nations, have resulted in Chinese apps and handsets flooding the market across Russia.

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Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal

– A + Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal By AppleInsider Staff Monday, March 02, 2015, 03:58 am PT (06:58 am ET) Dutch chipmaker NXP — which provides near-field communications and motion processing hardware for Apple — announced on Monday that it would spend $11.8 billion to acquire rival firm Freescale Semiconductor, a seminal semiconductor manufacturer and itself a longtime Apple supplier. NXP will pay $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 shares of NXP stock for each share of Freescale stock, valuing Freescale at $11.8 billion. Following the move — which will be funded with $1 billion in cash and a $1 billion debt offering, in addition to NXP shares — the combined enterprise will be worth more than $40 billion, the companies said in a release. "Today's announcement is a transformative step in our objective to become the industry leader in high performance mixed signal solutions. The combination of NXP and Freescale creates an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World," NXP CEO Richard Clemmer said.

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Apple constructing a building next to Yerba Buena for its 'Spring Forward' March 9 event

Apple is building a temporary white building behind the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, where it will be unveiling the Apple Watch at its ‘Spring Forward’ event on March 9th.

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We're live at HTC's big One M9 launch in Barcelona

16.36 We're now hearing about the future of HTC - there are loads of the guys on stage showing off the new products. Vive looks BIG. But the phone seems pretty sweet. Can't really see Grip, but that's probably because there's no pro athletics going on up there.

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Unreal Engine is Now Free!

The state of Unreal is strong, and we’ve realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That’s why we’re taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.

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Gigaom Roadmap 2014

At the fourth annual Roadmap 2014, we'll use the theme of Invisible Design to look at the future of user interfaces, wearable and contextual computing, and apps and products that create an emotional experience. We'll also examine how data informs these products.

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HP Pro Slate 8 Preview - CNET

Now the specs may sound pretty mundane, but it's an enterprise tablet after all, so HP has added a docking port that lets you use the tablet with a keyboard and mouse. It will also be able to super-charge the tablet quickly -- HP says it takes about one and a half hours to get to a full charge.

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Mobile World Congress 2015: What to Expect

PCMag.com's lead mobile analyst, Sascha Segan, has reviewed hundreds of smartphones, tablets and other gadgets in more than 9 years with PCMag. He's the head of our Fastest Mobile Networks project, one of the hosts of the daily PCMag Live Web show and speaks frequently in mass media on cell-phone-related issues. His commentary has appeared on ABC, the BBC, the CBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and in newspapers from San Antonio, Texas to Edmonton, Alberta. Segan is also a multiple award-winning travel writer, having contributed... More »

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Android News, Help, Apps, Tips & Reviews | Android Beat

Take a look at the best Android coverage: All phone, tablets & wearables models news, reviews, specs & apps with Android Beat articles, photos & videos.

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HTC Partners with Valve for Vive VR Headset for Gaming

Over 70 sensors will provide 360 degree room tracking which means when you move around, you won’t feel sick. It offers a 90Hz refresh rate and high quality audio. HTC also touts the Vive as lightweight, and will come with two controllers to let you move around and interact fully with your VR surroundings.

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AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services

The wireless company's home security and automation service "Digital Life" and connected car service "Drive" will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last week ahead of the company's announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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PayPal to Pay $280 Million for Paydiant to Help Retailers Compete With Apple Pay

But the acquisition of Paydiant, which is expected to close this month or next, positions PayPal as a retailer’s ally while Apple, Google and Samsung all vie to own the in-store shopping experience with their own mobile payment systems. Many retailers don’t want to be beholden to a dominant payments service, whether it’s from Apple or Google. Ultimately, some may decide it benefits them to have other players such as PayPal offering alternatives.

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Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta with new Photos app

Apple today released the first Public Beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. The new release includes the iCloud-based Photos application for the Mac, new Emojis across the system, and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled. This beta is labeled as build 14D87, which is the same as the second 10.10.3 beta for developers , which was released a week ago. The Public Beta is available in the Mac App Store Software Update tab for registered beta users. Apple plans to release the first Public Beta of iOS 8.3 in mid-March , according to sources. Thanks, DJ!

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This Week's Best TV: Conan O'Brien Goes Boyfriend Hunting | WIRED

It’s finally happened! After months of campaigning and outrage and think pieces, awards season for Hollywood has finally come to an end, and that means the glut of what Variety affectionately calls “kudocasts” has drawn to a close. But as the red carpets get rolled up and put back in moth balls, we’ve got some post mortem to do. Lady Gaga reinvented herself on Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast. Jimmy Kimmel had fun with the help/at the expense of many rich and beautiful people. And then in the wake of it all, Parks and Recreation quietly took its final bow, and our Saturday Night Live conduit, Seth Meyers, treated us to an hour-long special with the whole cast. Our hearts are aflutter! It’s never easy to say goodbye. And we will love again. But until then, enjoy your final moments with the gang from Pawnee, and distract yourself with laughs a-plenty from other corners of the late night circuit. Here’s our favorite TV of the week.

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offer metal and glass frames

The new flagships bear plenty of similarities between previous Samsung-branded smartphones, which may work to Samsung’s strengths in many potential buyer’s eyes. However, the key difference between these new devices and the past models is that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are constructed of metal and glass. A stark departure from previous Galaxy S flagship devices.

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Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock is my IT hero. How about you? | ZDNet

"I identified with him a lot. He was a character that was outside the mainstream, the alien, and I grew up feeling that way. I'd felt that I was one of the minority. And Spock was not at home on Vulcan because he was half-human, he was not at home on Earth because he was half-Vulcan, the kids on Vulcan teased him because he was a half-breed, and that's why he went into the space work. I was struck by what the character had in the way of intelligence, and usefulness and professionalism and dignity. Above all, dignity. It meant a lot to me."

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80 best free iPad games 2015

Fairway Solitaire HD is a perfect example of what happens when you marry simple gameplay with a bit of character. On its own, the basic card system would be fine: unlock face-down cards by selecting those one higher or lower than the current one in the draw pile. But the addition of golf scoring and a crazed gopher out for blood turns this into a surprisingly enjoyable and original title. You get nine courses for free.

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Hands-on with the Huawei Watch at MWC 2015

Huawei announced its first smartwatch at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, and it's the most watch-like Android Wear device yet. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com

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TNW // MWC 2015

A collection of all the latest news and reviews from The Next Web at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March 2015). Full #MWC2015 coverage from TNW: http://tnw.to/mwc2015

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​Lenovo hopes you'll go for its Pocket Projector | ZDNet

Here's the catch: In theory, having a mini projector is a cool idea. Any road warrior could use a device to get his or her presentation across. These toys would work in boardrooms and sales pitches. In practice, the pricing has been too high for these presentation beamers. Most of these devices run more than $200.

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How Samsung won and then lost the smartphone war

By about 2009, Samsung decided it needed to come up with a new brand for its upcoming line of flagship phones designed to run Android, according to sources familiar with Samsung’s plans at the time. Samsung had a revolutionary new screen technology called Super AMOLED that it at first wanted to put in someone else’s device, perhaps a phone built by a major wireless carrier like Verizon. Samsung has always provided chips and displays for other manufacturers, and it wanted to license its Super AMOLED tech the same way.

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Transactional Flexibility Is The Future Of Payments

When Apple Pay went live following the release of the iPhone 6, it was quickly and unceremoniously hailed as a “credit card killer.” That makes sense to an extent: As a payment method, the credit card has lost whatever futuristic luster it may have once had. But here’s the problem: If you’ve ever actually used Apple Pay, you may have noticed that it isn’t actually all that convenient, even in comparison to a credit card.

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Engadget on Twitter

Miss anything from our #MWC15 coverage so far? Catch up right here: http://engt.co/mwc15hub  pic.twitter.com/x6NH5GA97F

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 Live Stream (Official)

Join us live in Barcelona from wherever you are as we bring you The Next Galaxy at Unpacked. Date: March 1 Time: 6:30pm CET

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TNW Index on Product Hunt

@anderson760 @rohinivaze10 We're working on the onboarding process. We see people tracking big companies that they actually might not want to track after all, but feels like the right thing to do when you start. On the one hand this is not a bad thing, you'll learn fast what Index is about and learn how to set up your account in the way you like it. If you want to follow a particular industry, just start typing the name of the industry in the search bar, when it autocompletes, click on it and follow the industry. To be honest we are not at a level yet where we have the tags all in a accurate manner, this is something we'll work on. Also, we'll be coming up with a different solution to follow the right companies, but that is to come over the next 2 months or so.

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Why I Hope to Die at 75

This means colonoscopies and other cancer-screening tests are out—and before 75. If I were diagnosed with cancer now, at 57, I would probably be treated, unless the prognosis was very poor. But 65 will be my last colonoscopy. No screening for prostate cancer at any age. (When a urologist gave me a PSA test even after I said I wasn’t interested and called me with the results, I hung up before he could tell me. He ordered the test for himself, I told him, not for me.) After 75, if I develop cancer, I will refuse treatment. Similarly, no cardiac stress test. No pacemaker and certainly no implantable defibrillator. No heart-valve replacement or bypass surgery. If I develop emphysema or some similar disease that involves frequent exacerbations that would, normally, land me in the hospital, I will accept treatment to ameliorate the discomfort caused by the feeling of suffocation, but will refuse to be hauled off.

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Future-proof your IT career: 8 tech areas that will still be hot in 2020

It’s prudent for IT pros to cultivate skills that are in high demand. Even better are skills that will stay in demand. Here are eight key technology areas that show no signs of falling out of favor.

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Jailbreakers: iOS 8.2 beta 2 and iOS 8.2 beta 1 are no longer being signed

We’ve some bad news for users who are looking to jailbreak their device. Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2 firmware files.

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Apple Watch gets multi-page spread in Style UK magazine

Now, as revealed by 9to5Mac , the marketing push continues with a three-page spread in the latest edition of Style UK. This advertisement is a bit different, though, as the Watch actually gets editorial coverage this time around, with the author pointing out Jony Ive in particular for bringing out an amazing design for the Watch:

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Get Bolt, the All In One Battery Charger and more in the Best Deals of the Week [Deals Hub]

There are so many great offers in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub that it’s easy to miss one. We try to alert you to all of the best deals around, and this is your chance to catch those savings that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the best deals of the week from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. You’ll be glad you did, and your wallet will thank you, too.

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Google unveils 'Android Pay' mobile payments API to rival Apple Pay

Here we go Google is going to create fragmentation in payment systems, this only good for Apple. We know apple worked on Apple pay for years they were in conversation with the CC company since touchID first came out, thus the solution we have today. Everyone else is rushing a solution to market which is be completely screwed up. But most people are sheeps an will follow. However, I suspect that Apple attract a large majority of users who are willing to do thing differently. Google/Android will be left with those who are less willing to do things differently and will carry their CC around especially when they go to use their solution and find it does not work all that well.

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Google Confirms Plans for Wireless Service

Don't expect Google to go head to head with the likes of Verizon and AT&T; this will be a "small scale" concept, and the company will be working with current partners, Pichai said. But more details will emerge in the next few months.

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QindredCam Preview - CNET

Where these cameras often fall down is the quality of the image, because it's hard to fit in a decent lens and still keep the device small enough to wear unobtrusively. Inside the QindredCam is an 8-megapixel Sony sensor with a 140-degree wide angle lens, and it shoots up to 1080p high definition video. I tried it out in a relatively dark room and the quality seemed passable, but with the image noise you'd expect in low light. I'd expect it to struggle in darker situations such as parties or night-time adventures.

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Mashable on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Good UX – Design Primer for Marketers and Content Developers

In digital marketing, one of the most important topics that comes up is user experience. We use the term to define the validity of various solutions to problems, everything from the color of buttons on the front end to the speed at which calls to the API return. However, we can never forget that user experience, in general, is nothing without context. Context is what gives meaning to the ‘good’ in good user experience.

51 iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to get Force Touch; but unlikely to come with dual-lens camera
52 Huawei MediaPad X2 Preview - CNET
53 ZTE Grand S3 Preview - CNET
54 ​Samsung's Galaxy S6: How it was designed | ZDNet
55 Google Confirms Plan to Offer Wireless Service
56 HTC officially announces the One M9 with a 5-inch display, 20.7MP camera and more
57 We're live in Barcelona for Samsung's big Galaxy S6 launch
58 Withings' Activite and Activite Pop watches are now Android-friendly - CNET
59 Apple Adds Vehicles To Its List Of Activities In Switzerland, Tim Cook Demurs On Car Rumors
60 Student signs contract for part-time job, owns it like a football superstar
61 Google+ is about to be broken up
62 One Huge Reason For Netflix's Success
63 Google confirms plans to become a mobile (virtual) network
64 Watch Citizenfour For Free Right Now
65 Piece by piece: A look at Yezz's take on Google's Project Ara (pictures) - CNET
66 Big Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain News Is Coming - IGN
67 Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday
68 The Eiffel Tower now generates its own power with new wind turbines - CNET
69 Apple Watch will feature 'Power Reserve' mode to show only the time and conserve battery
70 Cyanogen Goes Fancy
71 Samsung and HTC have much to prove with Sunday smartphone launches
72 Meet Pebble Time, The All-New Smartwatch From Pebble
73 Samsung bundles Microsoft apps on its new Galaxy S6
74 Google Confirms It will Trial its Own Mobile Operator Services
75 The Walking Dead: "Remember" Review - IGN
76 ZTE's Grand S3 smartphone scans eyes for authentication
77 Bjork's next music video will be available for Oculus Rift
78 Samsung Galaxy S6 cases and accessories (pictures) - CNET
79 HTC One M9 with 20MP Camera and Sense 7 Unveiled at MWC
80 The Verge on Twitter
81 Inside Google's wildly ambitious internet balloon project
82 A young Marilyn Monroe with her mother at the beach
83 Twitter Is Blocking Meerkat's Auto-Tweet Feature
84 Live long and eat Spock pancakes
85 It's Official: There Are Too Many Virtual Reality Headsets
86 Samsung mass produces 128GB smartphone memory with 2X-plus performance
87 7 Warning Signs an Employee Has Gone Rogue
88 WebOS Shambles Back From The Grave In LG’s Latest Smartwatch
89 CNET News on Twitter
90 Engadget on Twitter
91 Samsung's new virtual reality headset works with the Galaxy S6
92 Samsung swings big with overhauled Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge - CNET
93 Samsung responds to iPhone 6 with premium metal & glass Galaxy S6, counters Apple Pay with Samsung Pay
94 The Verge on Twitter
95 ZTE Grand S3 wants you to look at it for unlocking (pictures) - CNET
96 IBM rolls out 3 new iOS apps for enterprises
97 Sol Republic Shadow Wireless Preview - CNET
98 Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan gives 1.5 billion reasons why Windows 10 will change everything
99 T-Mobile wants to crash the Wi-Fi party to solve coverage problems
100 Tinder launches premium service that costs twice as much for people over 30