posted about 2 hours ago on the next web
Samsung took the wraps off the Gear S today, its next-generation smartwatch that comes with 3G connectivity, touted to bring “the smartphone experience to the wrist.” The introduction of 3G connection on top of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support means that you don’t have to bring your smartphone around with you in order to get notifications on your wearable device. Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear S lets you receive notifications from social networks, calendars and apps even when away from your phone. It also lets you reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard, or S Voice functionality to complete your tasks. You... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung’s new smartwatch, the Gear S, can make calls and go online without a smartphone appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 3 hours ago on the next web
After numerous media leaks and reports, LG has finally released official details of its new G Watch R which will be unveiled at the IFA electronics show in Berlin next week. The watch is based on Android Wear and it features a 1.3-inch plastic OLED circular display, giving it a similar design to the Motorola 360. Under the hood, the G Watch R is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm and comes with 512 MB RAM. The device features 4GB of storage, which you’d suspect will be ample for a watch, and is water proof — LG claims it will operate... This story continues at The Next Web The post LG’s new G Watch R is a stylish-looking smartwatch with a 1.3-inch circular screen appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 3 hours ago on the next web
There’s much work to be done to improve the Windows app ecosystem, and not only in terms of adding more apps. Microsoft said today that it is stepping up efforts to make sure apps are named and described in a way that doesn’t mislead users, as people have been trying to “game the system with misleading titles or descriptions.” The Windows Store app certification requirements have therefore been updated to include policies that state an app should be named to “clearly and accurately reflect the functionality,” apps should be categorized according to their function and purpose, and icons must be... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft purges over 1,500 ‘misleading’ apps from the Windows Store appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 6 hours ago on the next web
GPS fitness app maker Endomondo today released Endomondo Life, a new iPhone 5s app that taps the phone’s M7 motion processor to provide stats on your daily activity. Similar to Runkeeper’s Breeze, Endomondo Life serves up attractive visuals that sum up your step count for the day. The app also estimates how many calories you’ve burned, based on what it knows about your body type.            The app gives you immediate access to data from the past seven days, which the M7 processor stores and makes available to new apps. You can run the app with an... This story continues at The Next Web The post Endomondo releases an iPhone 5s app for tracking your daily activity appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 6 hours ago on the next web
Corel has launched  PaintShop Pro X7 and PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate, new versions of the company’s imaging and design apps for Windows. Among the featured updates are new editing tools, accelerated brush performance and an updated interface. Why use PaintShop Pro when you can use Corel’s flagship Painter 2015 app, which was also recently updated? PaintShop Pro is an image editing application with some painting capabilities – similar to Photoshop, while Painter is a dedicated natural media paint app. PaintShop Pro markets itself as somewhat, though not wholly comparable to Photoshop, but with a significantly lower price and no subscription. Artists tend to use Painter in conjunction with an... This story continues at The Next Web The post Corel overhauls PaintShop Pro, unveiling new tools and a revamped interface appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on the next web
As previously announced, Microsoft today started offering the Core i3, i5, and i7 versions of its Surface Pro 3 in 25 more countries via its partner retailers and resellers. If you remember that the official date of availability is August 28 and you’re scratching your head, remember that it’s already Thursday in some parts of the world, and stores are about to open in New Zealand. The expansion brings the total number of markets for the Surface Pro 3 to 28 (the original three are the US, the UK, and Japan). Microsoft also announced today that the Docking Station is... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 lands in 25 more countries; Docking Station pre-orders open, ships on September 12 appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on the next web
Ever since the dawn of photo filters, there’s been a roll-your-own contingent of artists that mix and match settings and effects for unique looks to reuse, and even share with others. Camera 360 goes a step further to formalize that arrangement with Mix, a new mobile app for Android that concentrates on giving photography enthusiasts the tools to whip up their own flavors of special effects, both for Instagram and other social media venues. Mix fits right in with other Android photo apps and its programmed progression and familiar controls make it seamless to learn and use. Performance was flawless on my older... This story continues at The Next Web The post Roll your own photo presets with Mix for Android appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on the next web
The original version of this article was published in Lantern, a publication that examines the business of living. As workers in fast-paced, high-pressure, scenarios (entrepreneurs, aspiring business leaders, many folks in technology or a competitive corporate field), a lot of us have to deal with fear. Pitching rich people on ideas that we’re not certain will work out. Attempting to get more clients. Doing battle with external and internal competitors. It can be terrifying. Fear can paralyze us Because of its unpredictability, the mere thought of doing something we fear can induce anxiety in many of us. Yet it’s also... This story continues at The Next Web The post Dealing with fear in the business world: Lessons from fighters appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on the next web
Twitter has begun opening up its new Tweet Activity dashboard to all users. An update to a support article shows that the dashboard is currently available to English, French, Japanese and Spanish users who have had an account for at least 14 days, and it will roll out to everyone soon. Previously, the tool was only available to advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users. The Tweet Activity stats show you an abundance of information about impressions, engagement and clicks that your tweets are getting. ➤ Twitter Analytics The post Twitter is rolling out its Tweet Activity dashboard to all users appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
The rumored Apple smartwatch, one of the most-anticipated products of the year, might be just around the corner. According to Recode, the company is planning to unveil a wrist-worn device at next month’s iPhone launch event, which is expected to take place on September 9. Recode’s John Paczkowski reports the device will tap into Apple’s new fitness and connected home platforms. The HealthKit and HomeKit SDKs were announced at WWDC in June, but the company has yet to show off its master plan behind the two frameworks. ➤ Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September [Re/code] Image credit: Josh Edelson /... This story continues at The Next Web The post Recode: Apple to announce a wearable device at September iPhone event appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
Marc Barach is the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Jumio. Anyone who has gone through the process of building a mobile app knows it’s no small feat in spend, time and resources. It’s estimated that companies invest anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 in app development. In today’s mobile centric world, where having a mobile optimized site alone isn’t enough, it’s more important than ever to protect this asset. With the number of smartphone users expected to rise to 1.75 billion this year, consumers are more app-savvy than ever. Translation: They are not afraid to delete your app if it doesn’t work flawlessly. One in five apps is only opened once. For mobile app providers,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Eliminating pain points: How to design an app that won’t get abandoned appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
When Facebook decided to remove messaging from its main iOS and Android apps, forcing users to download Messenger, it caused quite a stir. Not least because an article from a radio station, coupled with an older Huffington Post piece, flagged the app’s required permissions as a reason to reject the app entirely. Today, I spotted an alert inside Facebook’s mobile apps with the headline “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts” and follow-up message “see how the app really works.” It was positioned at the top of my News Feed and the green button, coupled with a jovial Bigfoot character, meant I couldn’t miss it.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook responds to Messenger backlash with ‘Get the Facts’ explainer in its mobile app appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
Conferize, a platform for event organizers and attendees, has today emerged from beta, more than two years after its alpha software first surfaced on our radar. In that time, there have clearly been a lot of changes, but the most recent and notable additions include a full redesign and rebuild of every page to make it easier for users to discover events, people, attending media and more. While this helps people looking for events to attend, it should also help organizers attract a better attendance at their own. As well as gearing the platform more around discovery, the site is also now fully... This story continues at The Next Web The post Conferize exits beta, brings new tools and a new look for event attendees and organizers appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on the next web
A day after launching Hyperlapse, a nifty app for creating moving timelapse videos, Instagram has published an explanation of the image stabilization technology behind it. Previously, making compelling hyperlapse videos was a time-consuming, and often expensive, process. Microsoft recently outlined its own research on stabilizing timelapse videos. The image stabilization feature in Hyperlapse is called Cinema. Facebook first introduced it last year in the main Instagram app. Cinema tracks the gyroscope readings from your phone in order to cancel out the shakiness of your hands. Once Hyperlapse has processed the amount of motion in the recording, it crops the video to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Instagram explains the technology behind its new Hyperlapse app appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on the next web
Flowdock, a tool that helps teams communicate and keep track of conversations about different projects, has announced that it has fully overhauled key elements of the UI and added new features in a bid to make the platform easier to use. Among the changes is a revamped sidebar that shows your conversations and ‘flows’, along with activity indicators. Previously, individual flows and conversations were each shown in their own tab, which had potential to get confusing. Alternatively, if you don’t want to see this sidebar, you can just collapse it. Flowdock said the chat and team inbox features have switched... This story continues at The Next Web The post Flowdock team communication platform overhauled with new UI, notifications list and more appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Pandora today released its official app for Google Glass, letting owners access their personalized radio stations on the go. The service supports listening in three ways: built-in speaker and bone conduction (no headphones required), single earbud included in the Explorer kit, and the Double earbud accessory (micro-USB). You can control the app with the touchpad (thumb-up and thumb-down tracks, and standard controls like pause, skip, stop) or via voice commands (just two: select an existing station and create a new one). If you own the Glass headset, you can install Pandora by following these steps: Go to google.com/myglass on your... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pandora launches Google Glass app for streaming internet radio appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on Crowdfund Insider. If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past eight months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about crowdfunding, to running a successful Indiegogo campaign at a previous startup that raised $106,830. Allow me to share with you our story. When we launched Duet on April 5, we had no idea what to expect. Could we even cross $5,000? Would backers like our product? All these fears lurked in my mind as I clicked... This story continues at The Next Web The post How our traffic generation strategy made more than $100,000 in crowdfunding appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Business messaging service Cotap has gone beyond its mobile-first approach with the release of desktop and Web versions. The OS X version is available today on the Mac App Store, and the Web app is available on the Cotap website. Cotap, which was started by two of Yammer’s earliest executives, still plans to remain focused on mobile, but the addition of desktop options provides continuity for workers across their different machines. Notifications are synced so that messages read on one device will be marked as read on others. So far, Cotap has appealed to companies that have a mix of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Cotap brings its enterprise messaging service to the desktop appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
If you own a copy of Minecraft for the Xbox 360, you’re in for a real treat next month. BBC Worldwide has teamed up with Microsoft Studios to develop a series of Doctor Who-themed packs that include character skins and other assets inspired by the famous sci-fi show. Not surprisingly, the first instalment will be centered around the twelth doctor, currently played by Peter Capaldi. The Scottish actor, known for his work in the British comedy series The Thick of It, properly took up the role in the first episode of the new season last weekend. This first piece of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Geronimo! Doctor Who is coming to Minecraft on Xbox 360 appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Samsung today announced that registrations for its annual developer conference in the US are now open. The event will take place from November 11 – 13 at Moscone West in San Francisco and the theme this year is ‘Connected Living, Connected Developers’, so we’d expect to see a focus on content and services designed for things like smart homes, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a range of other device types in addition to the usual smartphones, smartwatches and tablets. “Samsung sees developers’ role as more critical than ever as connecting multiple personal devices becomes a key for creating differentiated... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung teases new APIs and tools as it opens sales of tickets to its 2014 US Developer Conference appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Microsoft today announced plans to sell the Xbox One Kinect sensor separately. The standalone option comes with Dance Central Spotlight (available as a digital download with 10 tracks) and is set to go on sale on October 7 for $149.99. The standalone Kinect sensor is going on sale some four months after the company began offering the the Xbox One without Kinect for $399.99. Given that the Xbox One was originally offered for $499, some may be disappointed that the sensor isn’t available for $100. Nevertheless, the price tag is still lower than Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, which goes... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft announces standalone Xbox One Kinect sensor coming October 7 for $149.99 appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on the next web
Say “easy website building tool,” and most tech bloggers’ eyes will glaze over – we get loads pitched to us and there’s often not a lot to choose between them. However, if you’re in the market for a WYSIWYG approach to creating your next website, Jimdo is definitely worth a look. The Germany-based company has launched a new interface and set of templates this week, and they bring its offering bang up to date with some very modern designs. Each template comes with a number of variations, and the new editor makes tweaking those to your heart’s content a simple process.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Easy website builder Jimdo has some stylish new looks for your next homepage appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on the next web
Here at The Next Web, we publish 200 posts or more every week. TNW Weekly is a new way to keep track of the pick of the crop. We’ve offered daily and weekly automated emails with links to our most-shared stories for some time. Last month we decided to try something different with the weekly email – a newsletter curated by me, your humble Editor-in-Chief. It features original content and hand-picked stories – the articles from the past seven days that I think you need to see. Aside from a few tweets, we haven’t really promoted it at all, but the reaction has been... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to get the best of TNW in your inbox every Friday appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on the next web
Pebble’s spot at the top of the Kickstarter leaderboard for collecting the most campaign contributions has come to an end, and it was ousted by a humble cooler. Well, it’s not just any cooler as it happens, it’s the Coolest Cooler, which promises not only to keep your food and drinks cool, but also integates a clip-on blender/ice crusher for creating cocktails in the park, an app-controlled integrated Bluetooth speaker for listening to music and a USB port for charging your soon to be depleted electronic devices. There’s also a bunch of other features too, such as a bottle opener, split lid... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sorry Pebble, this crazy cooler is now the most-funded Kickstarter project appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on the next web
Ashley Hefnawy is an associate editor for Shutterstock’s blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. We recently re-discovered the work of Olga Angelloz, which features some of the most adorable and enchanting of faces. We caught up with Angelloz to ask a few questions about her artistry and her fascination with “humanimals” in particular. French Bulldog in pink bowtie Shutterstock: What inspires you in life and in art? Olga Angelloz: I am inspired by traveling, movies, people that dress stylish and, of course, animals. What’s your preferred medium as an artist? I prefer to use... This story continues at The Next Web The post Illustrator Olga Angelloz expands the animal kingdom with ‘Humanimals’ appeared first on The Next Web.

Read More...