posted about 12 hours ago on the next web
Evernote has begun rolling out updates to its note-taking app to enable a conversation tool: Work Chat. The feature was first introduced at a conference in October, and basically does what you’d guess – it lets you chat about the documents you’re working on. It also lets you share notes to any partners, including anyone you’re connected to on LinkedIn.  You can share notes through the app itself, or send one via email and it will be marked as shared in your conversation for record-keeping. The feature should help make working on documents with a partner more seamless, particularly on mobile devices where switching... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Continuing a recent trend among major tech companies, Amazon has released a diversity report for its workforce. Globally, 63 percent of its employees are male, and 60 percent of its US-based workforce is white. As for other ethnicities, 15 percent of employees identify as Black, 13 percent as Asian, and nine percent as Hispanic. However, those numbers change substantially when you consider management. 75 percent of people in leadership positions are male, and 71 percent is white. Asians comprise 18 percent of leadership, with only four percent Hispanics and four  percent Black. Unfortunately, it’s clear there’s a lot of work still left to be... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on the next web
Honda is promoting its new Civic Type R Concept Car with a nifty interactive video campaign that lets you switch between two complementary videos with a press of the R button. In one storyline of the “double-sided film,” a father picks his kids up from school and takes them to a costume party, while in the other version a getaway driver makes away with a precious artifact from a museum. We can’t embed the full movie(s), but here’s the trailer: I enjoyed switching between the two in real-time, but if you want to lock the player on the night story, you... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on the next web
Spaceflight company Virgin Galactic has lost its Spaceship Two in a crash during a test flight. Here’s the statement from the company: Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so. Photo of #SpaceShipTwo debris from @ABC23News’... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on the next web
From maps to micro-investments, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in October. Here we present you with our selection of some of the best newcomers from the past month. HERE Maps Nokia’s HERE maps is one of the four major global online mapping services, alongside Google, TomTom and OpenStreetMap. And it finally launched for Android this month, having previously only been available on Windows Phone (though it was on iPhone for a while too). It’s a really great app, and genuine contender for Google Maps’ crown. Especially given that it sports full offline access for entire... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on the next web
Good news for Roku users – the Google Play Movies & TV app has landed on its streaming devices and dongles in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada. Google Play Movies & TV is Google’s on-demand streaming service, delivering the latest movies and TV shows, as well as older titles, on a pay-per-title basis. It’s basically Blockbuster in the cloud. The new app can be found in the Roku Channel Store on the latest generation Roku players, with Roku TV support coming “soon.”

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on the next web
A few months ago we added Safari push notifications for OS X to our site. Since then about 500 new people activate the feature, per day! More than 35,000 people receive notifications every day now. That’s amazing but also easy to understand, as the notifications are subtle but engaging. Unfortunately the upgrade to Mac OS X Yosemite has disabled notifications for some of our users. There’s a simply trick to get them working again though. Open Safari, go to settings and select the Notifications tab. Navigate to the ‘The Next Web’ entry and remove it: Then visit http://thenextweb.com/notifications and you’ll be... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on the next web
Denise Chan is the US Inbound Marketing Associate for Mailjet, an email service provider with more than four years of experience and 25,000 clients across 158 countries. Navigating your email campaigns into your customer’s inbox can be a scary process. Broken links, wrong subject lines, using spam words – these spooky mistakes that can haunt an email marketer for weeks. Let’s identify these common errors, how to avoid them and maybe, just maybe you’ll come out of the process in one piece. 1. Broken links It’s always helpful to have a second or third pair eyes help screen over your work before... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on the next web
Microsoft has announced an all-new Outlook for Mac, available for Office 365 users. The launch brings the product into line with its versions on other platforms, including mobile and PC. Alongside its refreshed interface, Microsoft says the new Outlook for Mac app brings better performance and reliability, as well as a handful of other new features. Microsoft also revealed it’s introducing a new beta version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015, with the final version due to hit later in the year. ➤ New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on the next web
Few pieces of corporate-oriented software have managed to build a following the way Slack has. It seems others agree too, given that the company just secured $120 million in funding through Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. The funding round also comes with a $1.12 billion valuation. For some perspective, Slack just officially launched this past February (a beta began August of last year). Perhaps even more notable, Slack has done very little advertising – its growth has been almost entirely through word-of-mouth. This too in a field that is often known to move slow with new software. Prominent investor Marc Andreessen perhaps sums... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on the next web
Jami Miles is a University of Cincinnati student studying graphic design. She is passionate about music, fashion, photography and especially matcha. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Next month, eclectic hip-hop and soul artist Theophilus London releases his new album, Vibes!, and in addition to getting excited about the new music, we were impressed by the retro-inspired artwork unveiled for the release. The fashion-forward musician teamed with fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld for the visual design, and what resulted is an album cover with a very distinctly ’80s look. Inspired by this contemporary... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 19 hours ago on the next web
Firas Kittaneh is the CEO of One Mall Group. Businesses make a killing selling products that rarely cost more than a hundred dollars. Take Warby Parker and H&M, for instance. It’s hard not to smile at the prices; it’s easy to swipe your credit card too. For companies that offer single items worth hundreds of dollars or goods that cost an alarming four-figures, there are a number of obstacles to overcome before you can convince shoppers to spend even a dime.  Brands consistently face three major challenges when marketing a high-priced product. Below are some solutions which make selling a thousand dollars’... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 20 hours ago on the next web
The Spanish parliament passed a ruling yesterday to allow news publishers to charge aggregators and search engines like Google each time they display news content in search results. The law, lobbied for by Spain’s AEDE group of news outlets, goes into effect on January 1, 2015, but it doesn’t yet specify how much aggregators and search engines could be charged. Google’s Spanish division responded saying it was disappointed with the decision, and will work to help news publishers in the country increase income. This is similar to a row in Germany earlier this October, between Google and a group of... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 20 hours ago on the next web
After enabling secure HTTPS browsing by default for all users in August last year, Facebook has taken another step to allow for secure browsing, and has made their social network available via the Tor network for users who want to maintain their anonymity when logging on to the Web. The Facebook onion address (accessible only in Tor-enabled browsers) connects users to Facebook’s Core WWW Infrastructure, so as to provide end-to-end communication, directly from the browser into a Facebook datacentre, allowing for private and secure browsing sessions. An SSL certificate issued by Facebook to visitors confirms to them that they’re indeed accessing... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 21 hours ago on the next web
October saw serious developments in the e-commerce, digital music and video on demand (VoD) sectors in Africa, as well as the usual startup activity and new product offerings. Consolidation and funding in the e-commerce world Two of South Africa’s largest e-commerce sites, Naspers-owned Kalahari.com and Takealot.com, have agreed a merger, with the two companies to have an equal shareholding in the new united entity. The Competition Commission is still to approve the deal, which the companies said was driven by the fact the two businesses remained loss-making and needed to scale more greatly to compete against brick-and-mortar retailers. Meanwhile, in... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 22 hours ago on the next web
Another month has passed and brought scores of news and feature stories that are worth to be read by everyone who cares about what’s going on on the tech scene in Eastern Europe. Check out all the most important headlines about funding, startups, VC funds and investors, governments interaction with the tech industry, and so on. If you think that something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping me on Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at shlema@gmail.com. Startups, VCs and accelerators Russian VC Life.SREDA has doubled down on fintech startups with new $100... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 22 hours ago on the next web
Samsung has today announced two new mid-range smartphones that will go on sale in China and other markets from next month. The devices both offer a full metal chassis design and a middling spec list aimed at the ‘youth’ end of the market. Both also have 5-megapixel forward-facing cameras too for the obligatory selfies. The smaller of the two, the 4.5-inch display-equipped A3, is just 6.9mm thick, while the A5 packs a 5-inch display and is thinner again by 0.2mm. As Samsung has managed to keep the depth down, they’re both reasonably light too, at around 110 grams and 120 grams respectively.... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 22 hours ago on the next web
The Hungarian government is shelving its plan to tax internet data transfer by the gigabyte, following protest rallies attended by thousands of concerned citizens in Budapest since last week, reports Reuters. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose ruling Fidesz party proposed the tax be levied to shore up Hungary’s budget in 2015, issued a statement on public radio saying, “This tax in its current form cannot be introduced because the government wanted to extend a telecommunications tax, but the people see an internet tax. If the people not only dislike something but also consider it unreasonable then it should not be... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Professor Photoheim has been murdered at his own annual Halloween Party, and it’s up to you to find out who’s responsible. Are your detective skills sharp enough to solve the crime? To celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, Adobe is hosting a little murder mystery challenge for Photoshop users on its Photoshop Facebook page, where the investigation is already under way. Private eyes in the making can join in the action by downloading the multi-layer PSD file that contains critical clues, and follow the killer’s bloody trail on Facebook to solve the puzzle. ➤ Adobe Photoshop [Facebook]

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Google just announced a new feature called Highlights in its email management app Inbox, to allow companies to make actionable items and important info in their email messages more noticeable to recipients. With a few lines of prescribed code, developers can mark up parts of their emails that they want users to be able to spot quickly, and these details appear as easy-to-view ‘chips’ right in the inbox. This works great for departure and arrival times in flight confirmation emails, location info in restaurant and hotel bookings, and any other message types that contain concise pertinent details that users need... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Lenka, the dedicated monochrome camera app for iPhone was updated today for iOS 8 and now includes additional shooting and editing controls. Developed by photographer Kevin Abosch, Lenka is designed for shooters of all levels, while delivering a singular aesthetic to its exclusively black and white output. The new 1.1 version is optimized for iOS 8.1 and designed to be used with the new, larger iPhones as well as the smaller iPhone 5 series. An Android version is due out in two weeks. Launching the updated Lenka reveals a number of new features that give the app greater flexibility. There’s now a choice of... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Today, Google executive Andy Rubin told his team that he was leaving the company as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Rubin joined Google when the company bought Android in 2005. In 2013, he left the Android division and went on to head the company’s robotic division. According to the WSJ, Rubin is starting a hardware incubator for startups. In a statement to TNW, Google CEO Larry Page said, “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable—with a billion plus happy users. Thank you.” Image credit: Google

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Madefire has added a new and heavily requested feature to its Motion Book Tool for creating interactive digital comics: animated sequences. An update to the tool now lets artists insert short animations (sprites) into their Motion Books. Playback and visibility of those sequences are controlled via the tool’s standard effects. Madfire also revealed today that it will soon launch video export functionality in the Motion Book Tool, which will allow users to publish a book not only as an interactive story but as a “playthrough” video. The launch date of that feature has yet to be determined. Currently, Motion Books are interactive reading experiences in which... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
If you need a stark reminder of your mortality as Day of the Dead approaches, the new Deadline app for iOS will do the trick. The $0.99 app combines the new HealthKit SDK from iOS 8 with a bit of personal information in order to estimate how much time you have left in life. This is basically the quantified self version of The Death Clock. Of course, Deadline can’t promise accuracy, but developer Alaric Cole, who also created the Fitly app for tracking your steps, told me he used algorithms similar to the ones insurance companies use to generate the estimate.... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Have you ever wanted to ask Mark Zuckerberg something? Maybe you want to know when the long-fabled dislike button will be added, or perhaps you just want to know his favorite color. Well, you could get the chance next Thursday. As TechCrunch notes, the Facebook CEO will be hosting a his first-ever public Q&A session on November 6. It will last one hour, and will be streamed so you can see Zuckerberg’s responses live. You can submit your questions on this Facebook post, or you can like the questions you most want to see answered to gain them some extra visibility.... This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...