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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition launched back in 2012 with a view towards creating a consumer-centric mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Today, things are progressing to the next stage as the ten final competing teams are announced. The 3.5 year international competition has used the fictional Star Trek ‘tricorder‘ to help bring the vision to the masses, with 34 teams from around the world registering their interest by the end of 2013. From that initial batch, 21 submitted entries, and today this has been whittled down to... This story continues at The Next Web The post A Star Trek-style medical ‘tricorder’ just moved a step closer as the 10 XPRIZE finalists are unveiled appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook has introduced a new feature for advertisers that allows them to target ads to users on a specific type of mobile network (2G/3G/4G), thereby ensuring that creative campaigns are delivered in an appropriate way for different users around the world. It already allowed targeting by device type, model and operating system of a mobile device, and it now allows targeting by the type of mobile network being used – it wouldn’t be much use trying to serve high-quality video ads to 2G users in a developing market. The company said today that the new feature is accessible via its... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook introduces bandwidth targeting to help advertisers reach mobile users around the world appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dropbox just announced that Dropbox Pro will be consolidated from three pricing structures to a single price point of $9.99 a month with 1TB of storage. Plus, it’s introducing features that’ll make sharing files and links more powerful. The new Dropbox Pro features the ability to add view-only permissions to shared folders, passwords for shared links, and expiration dates for shared links. On top of that, users will be able to remotely wipe a device with a Dropbox account and all the files associated with that account. The view only permissions feature should solve the problem of sharing a folder with... This story continues at The Next Web The post Dropbox Pro goes big with 1TB of storage, password protected shared files and remote wipe of devices appeared first on The Next Web.

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Environmentally-conscious online fashion retailer Zady is taking its business model a step further with the launch of its first own-label garment. Now one year old, New York-based Zady preaches the mantra of sustainable, ‘slow fashion’. Its first item of clothing, a sweater, will be made of American wool and manufactured in Southern California using environmentally-friendly practices. The sweater, the first in what will be a series of own-label garments, will be on sale in time for the 2014 holiday season. ➤ Zady The post Ethical clothing retailer Zady is launching its own label to promote the ‘slow fashion’ mantra appeared first on The Next Web.

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Broadcom chips have already infiltrated Internet of Things devices from companies like Quirky and Electric Imp. Now it’s looking to the next generation of developers hoping to cash in on the connected home with it’s new Wiced device. The Wiced Sense development kit (pronounces “wicked”) is an open source hardware and software solution meant to help developers reduce quick prototyping of an an idea from two months to a few days. The Wiced Sense hardware uses Bluetooth to connect to the Wiced Sense companion app for iOS and users five low-power MEMS sensors to measure direction, speed, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure. The devices even... This story continues at The Next Web The post Broadcom uses its new Wiced Sense Internet of Things quick prototyping device to woo new customers appeared first on The Next Web.

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TPVision, a subsidiary of Philips, has announced that it will be the first television manufacturer to support streaming music via Spotify Connect to a Philips TV. Announced today ahead of the start of the IFA trade show in Berlin next week, the integration will allow users to ‘cast’ music from the smartphone or tablet apps – and even continue doing other things on the device while the music plays on – to Android-based Philips Smart TVs. We’re not sure exactly how many people sit down and listen to music via their TVs – a stereo is certainly a more traditional... This story continues at The Next Web The post Philips is the first TV manufacturer to support Spotify Connect music streaming appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in December last year, we brought you news on fashion startup Mallzee, a recommendation app for iPhone that learns a user’s style and suggests clothes they might like to buy from the likes of Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Topman and French Connection. It adopts a familiar (to some) Tinder-esque swiping system too. Like something? Swipe to the right. Hate it? Swipe to the left. Since we last caught up with Mallzee, the Edinburgh-based company has launched a version for iPad users too, but today sees the lid lifted on version 2.0, which heralds a handful of fresh features and general... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mallzee makes moves to become the go-to mobile shopping destination for clothes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook dominates India’s mobile app space. More than 100 million people in the country use its service month, while WhatsApp — the messaging app it bought for $19 billion — has 60 million active users there, and it’s adding 3 million more in India alone per month. Yet, still there are worthy competitors. Global chat apps Line and WeChat have made some progress since localizing their services in India last year — but it is Hike, an India-made app, that is catching the eye after raising a $65 million round of funding. Hike has raised a total of $21 million from parent company Bharti... This story continues at The Next Web The post Chat app Hike wants to be the gateway to the internet for India’s mobile-first generation appeared first on The Next Web.

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Payments is a natural extension of e-commerce, and now Alibaba is pushing mobile shopping to users of its payments service Alipay by letting retailers create online storefronts within Alipay Wallet, the e-payment app relaunched last year to handle online-to-offline payments. Alipay has been recruiting merchants for its wallet app since June and now over 1,000 are on the platform. But now it is opening up access to its programming tools for merchants and software developers, including vendors on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace and Tmall store. This is aimed at making it “easier and faster for independent merchants to develop Alipay Wallet virtual storefronts, thus opening... This story continues at The Next Web The post Alibaba’s payments app will soon look a lot more like an e-commerce store appeared first on The Next Web.

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Some sporting activities lend themselves rather well to solitary pursuits – running, cycling and swimming, to name but a few. But others require your fellow man and woman to enjoy in full. Yes, one of the most frustrating things in the world can be when you get a hankering to partake in a game of football, tennis or basketball, only to discover nobody you know is available when you need them. This is where Sporty for iPhone wants to help. Courtesy of Mathias Mikkelsen, the same developer behind Timely, Sporty wants to make it easy as pie to create and join... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sporty for iPhone launches to help you find people nearby to play sports with appeared first on The Next Web.

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Opera has added a useful feature to its Opera Mini browser for Android — now you can set your large downloads to start only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. Opera Mini now detects if you are downloading a file larger than 15MB and will ask if you want to download it immediately or wait until you’re on Wi-Fi. If you choose to wait, the download will automatically resume when you connect to Wi-Fi and Opera Mini will notify you when it’s completed. Another useful update to Opera Mini for Android is the introduction of support for HTML5 video, which lets you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Opera Mini for Android now lets you start large downloads only on Wi-Fi appeared first on The Next Web.

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HTC has announced the Desire 510 today, a mid-range device that boasts 4G support, as the company boosts its array of affordable handsets to appeal to a wider audience. The Desire 510 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone running Qualcomm’s quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor. It comes with 8GB of on-board memory and an expandable microSD card slot, and is powered by 1GB of RAM and a 2,100 mAh battery. Given its affordable positioning, the Desire 510 only has a five-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera. Similar to its other flagship phones though, the Desire 510 comes equipped with HTC... This story continues at The Next Web The post HTC unveils the Desire 510, its “most affordable” 4G Android smartphone appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google is launching its first Campus in Asia, after the search giant announced plans to bring the entrepreneur and startup-focused initiative to Seoul, South Korea. “Korean innovators and entrepreneurs are some of the best in Asia and Korean startups are making headlines around the world, especially in the mobile space,” said Google exec Bridgette Beam in a post on the company’s Asia Pacific blog. So what can those in Seoul expect from the Campus? The program — which has bases in London, Tel Aviv, and beyond — is designed to let the local startup ecosystem tap into the experience, resources and support... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google is opening a Campus in South Korea to ‘supercharge’ the startup scene in Seoul appeared first on The Next Web.

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Former Apple employee Andreas Kleinke wanted to announce the birth of his baby boy Jonathan Henry, and the way he did it is an amazing replication of Apple’s iPad Mini product announcement page. As reported by Yahoo Tech, Kleinke said his idea got “a bit out of hand” — but it’s truly genius. It’s not only the design of the page — the descriptions Kleinke came up with are also styled after an Apple product, and the result is hilarious. Baby Jonathan’s operating system is listed as “Non-Android (thank God)” and carriers are Mom and Dad. The baby is also described as... This story continues at The Next Web The post Here’s how true Apple fanboys should introduce a newborn baby to the world appeared first on The Next Web.

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Not enough technology is waterproof. Gadgets enhance your  life until you drop them in some water and then it’s all over. Kobo’s new ereader doesn’t let a little liquid stop you from enjoying literary delights. The new Kobo Aura H20 is a waterproof ereader ready for reading in the bath, at the beach or floating on an inflatable in a pool. It continues Kobo’s annual premium ereader launch. Last year the company introduced the Aura HD with its best-in-class display. This year’s premium ereader has the same resolution found in last year’s model (265 ppi), but it has an updated 6.8-inch Carta E Ink display. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Kobo unveils $179 Aura H20 waterproof ereader coming October 1 appeared first on The Next Web.

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eBay-owned mobile and Web payments provider Braintree has announced that its v.zero software development kit (SDK) is now available to devs and businesses in the UK and other markets following its launch in the US last month. The company said the v.zero SDK allows developers to integrate mobile payments into their apps in mere minutes and start accepting payments via PayPal, which opens their businesses up to a significant pool (152 million) of customers. While it launched in the US last month, it’s now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. However, with a huge part of its business overseas, the company added... This story continues at The Next Web The post Braintree brings its PayPal-enabled SDK to merchants in the UK and 5 more markets appeared first on The Next Web.

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