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YouTube is opening a production ‘Space’ for video creators in New York next month

YouTube is opening another of its studio “Spaces” in New York to help its community of video makers learn, collaborate and create new content. The facility follows similar setups in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo, which give aspiring filmers and internet personalities, which are attributable to much of YouTube’s success, access to equipment and industry experts. The treasure trove of video-making kit will include cameras, lights and boom microphones – some of which will be available to loan – as well as permanent and rotating sets, sound stages and post-production facilities. The fourth YouTube Space will open next month at…

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September in Africa – All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month

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September in Africa was all about startups, with a host of top events and the launch of new accelerators as well as the usual funding rounds, acquisitions and new product offerings. Startup central Startup pitching event DEMO Africa took place outside of Kenya for the first time, with 40 startups pitching to entrepreneurs, investors and international media in Lagos, Nigeria. Speakers at the event included communication technology minister Omobola Johnson, Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, and Jason Njoku, founder of iROKO. French operator Orange launched its startup accelerator – Orange Fab – in the Ivory Coast, which the company…

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The HTC Butterfly 2 is a 5-inch, mid-range phone that goes on sale in Asia next month

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HTC has announced the Butterfly 2, a new 5-inch smartphone in its Butterfly range that will go on sale across Asia from next month. Powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the device sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. There’s also a five-megapixel front-facing camera which HTC says will let users take “beautiful selfies with ease.” There’s plenty of focus on audio, as we’ve come to expect from HTC. The Butterfly 2 comes with the company’s BoomSound technology — in fact, HTC says the phone’s sound system is 25 percent louder than the HTC One thanks to a revamped speaker layout….

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Less than a month left to enroll for Obamacare

Less than a month left to enroll for Obamacare

People have less than a month to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2014 ends on March 31 and an Austin non-profit is tr…
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YAF’s conclusive poll findings results are dismal for Obamacare’s prospects and big government programs. Just 18 percent of young adults answered that they a…

NPD: Sony’s PS4 beats Microsoft’s Xbox One as top US console for the fourth month in a row

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Sony widened its lead over Microsoft in April as its PlayStation 4 console outsold the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row, according to new data from market research firm The NPD Group. “Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said. NPD only tracks retail hardware and software sales, but it estimates that total consumer spending on gaming topped $ 1.14 billion in April when digital sales, subscriptions and mobile apps are taken…

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The Old Reader launches Premium version for users with more than 100 feeds: $3 per month or $30 per year

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The Old Reader, a popular RSS service and alternative to Google Reader, today announced a Premium version, which is required for users with more than 100 feeds. The Old Reader Premium will cost $ 3 per month or $ 30 per year, although there is a two-week promotional price (up to 5,000 accounts) of $ 2 per month or $ 20 per year for a minimum of the next two years.

The company says 90 percent of its users can continue using the free service, but the remaining 10 percent will be asked to subsidize them. All functionality will remain available to free accounts, but if you have more than 100 feeds, you’ll be forced to upgrade (there’s a two-week trial period you might want to check out if you’re in this group).

If you do end up upgrading, here are the features you can expect:

  • Full-text search.
  • Faster feed refresh times.
  • Up to 500 Subscriptions.
  • 6 months of post storage.
  • Instapaper and Readability integration.
  • Early access to new features.

The goal is naturally to build a business model for the RSS reader. A service at such scale can’t be maintained for free forever:

Our next goal is to ensure the long term financial viability of The Old Reader. Hosting, development, and support are not inexpensive and while it’s never been our goal to get rich off of this application, long term sustainability and growth will require revenue. So we explored several models for generating revenues including a premium offering and advertising. In the end, we’d like to avoid advertising as we feel it’s too invasive and runs counter to our strong belief in the open web.

If you want to subscribe to more than 100 feeds without paying for premium version, we recommend InoReader and Feedly.

See also – The Old Reader team pulls a 180, announces the RSS reader may remain open to the public and The Old Reader lives: Site will stay open to the public thanks to an unnamed ‘corporate entity’ in the US

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LG’s curved G Flex smartphone is landing in Europe next month

LG G Flex 21 730x434 LGs curved G Flex smartphone is landing in Europe next monthLG will launch its curved G Flex Android smartphone in Europe next month, the Korean company announced today.

This means consumers in major European markets including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, will be able to get their hands on the smartphone, which comes with a vertical curve and a “self-healing” cover capable of covering over minor scratches, as well as a rear-mounted set of power and volume buttons.

It was already revealed in December that mobile operator EE will be carrying the G Flex in the UK next February, but we will have to wait and see on other carrier options, as well as the specifics of price and availability.

So far, LG has already released the G Flex in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore – where it retails for S$ 1,088 ($ 870). It’ll be hitting India “soon” and will be launched in the US on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile some time this quarter.

Read: G Flex review: LG’s giant smartphone with a natural grip is proof curved could be mainstream

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