Don DeRespinis

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The Sexist, Tone-Deaf Mess of Bravo’s ‘Relationshep’

In ‘Relationshep,’ Shep Rose of ‘Southern Charm’ oversees a harem of women competing for his love. He is helped by other women, but apparently has …

101 of the Most Fantastic Interactive Infographics You’ll Love

If you have a ton of data and you want to tell a good story, interactive infographics are a fantastic tool. They entice your audience to explore the …

The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Echo

Imagine Steve Jobs walking out onto the stage in January of 2007, holding up the never-before-seen iPhone, and saying, “It’s a phone!” Of course, he …

Smart Homes

Amazon launches free triple-A game engine

But if you want web services, you can only buy them from Amazon<p>Amazon has launched a new game engine named Lumberyard — and it's giving it away for free. The company says the software is capable of building triple-A games for PCs, consoles, mobile devices, and even VR platforms. And while it costs …

As The Media Industry Evolves, The Business Model Becomes The Message

The media business used to be fairly simple. It operated on linear model, consisting of content, distribution and audience, with a small priesthood of publishers, producers and programing executives making editorial decisions for the rest of us. Stars were created by the choices they made.<p>The …

At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office, But There Is A Nice One If You Do

If you want to work for GitHub, the software development collaboration hub built on the open source Git project, you have to be independent and able to work outside the confines of what most organizations would consider normal operational guidelines.<p>You don’t have to come to the office. In fact, …

chatbots

Wearables wrecked Fossil’s earnings, so it bought a wearables company

While retailers everywhere, including Macy’s and Nordstrom, reported suffering a rubbish third quarter, Fossil was experiencing the same.<p>The watch company’s third quarter (PDF) profits beat expectations, but revenue didn’t and—you guessed it— the company cut its 2015 year-end forecast. Its stock …

GIFs just got a whole lot smarter

GIFs.com is reinventing the way we share short animations and video snippets with a new player that attributes credit, links to the source and supports embedding just about anywhere.<p>Just visit the site, paste a YouTube URL or upload your own existing GIF, trim it to the desired length (up to 15 …

You’re booking your flights all wrong

Evolving technology and heated competition among the airlines have changed the game when it comes to how you should book your flights — that is if …

Flying

Scanner Pro 6 adds ability to scan documents in your photo library, 50% off for “limited period”

Readdle has just updated Scanner Pro to version 6, making it even easier to use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents. Improved edge-detection means that it continues to automatically align documents within the camera frame, and a Scan Radar feature intelligently analyzes your photo library to find …

All the Fall 2015 TV Shows You Need to Know

Here are the new and returning series you might or might not want to watch in the months ahead.<p><b>Drunk History, Season One, Comedy Central (September 1)</b><p>Based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, <i>Drunk History</i> takes a "narrator" in every episode, gets him or her …

Opinion: 12 things no one tells you about working for yourself

I spent a couple of years as a self-employed freelance writer. So when a friend recently became self-employed he asked for some advice.<p>It got me …

Retirement

The Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Computer The Best Way

There’s a reason people don’t bother backing up their computer: thinking about the task of doing it properly becomes too <i></i>difficult. The thing about backups is that it’s not a question of if data loss will strike you, but when and how severely.<p>Backups have long been considered to be incredibly …

Mobile Devices

The Future of Interaction Design

Even though the site is certainly influenced by the mobile-first philosophy, you find that it’s still quite a pleasant experience even on desktop.<p>When it comes to scrolling as an interaction, we’ve found that long scrolls aren’t really a usability issue provided that each content section (and …

How To Design Websites That Mirror How Our Eyes Work

Site layout affects conversions, so it’s important to know the value of your on-screen real estate. Take <b>Freespee</b> as an example. After redesigning their site into the above version, subsequent A/B testing revealed that they could increase their phone conversation rate by 30 percent for the same ad …

Create A Free Project Management System From Scratch

<i>Nicholas is a marketer & web designer based in Boston, MA with a specialty in high growth B2B startups. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Jebbit.</i><p>For marketers who wear multiple hats, keeping project information streamlined can become an overwhelming task. Managing content, sales …

Project Management

PandaDoc makes it easier for developers to integrate its PDF alternative into web apps

PandaDoc, the company that makes it easy to sign and annotate documents online, has today released a new API and a Javascript SDK to make it easier to deal with PDF documents on the Web.<p>Building custom PDF handling code is expensive and complicated, so PandaDoc is trying to make it straightforward …

Your Fitness App Is Making You Fat

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author of</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products</i> <i>and blogs about the psychology of products at</i> <i>NirAndFar.com</i><i>.</i><p>Fitness apps are all the rage. A raft of new companies and products want to track your steps and count your calories with the aim of melting that excess …

Fitness

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to know

Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it WON'T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.<p>While there's still some doubt about how private your information …

10 Microsoft mobile apps that don’t yet exist on Windows Phone

Apple’s iOS is claiming an increasing chunk of the enterprise market, while it also nabs most of the overall smartphone profits. Coupled with the fact that it “only” made $4 billion from its App Store business last year from a mammoth $180 billion-plus in revenue, then it’s perhaps not too …

What a $1 million home looks like in different markets — updated with February data

Slide 1 of 13<p>This story has been updated to reflect February’s data.<p>The $750,000–to–$1 million price range is a hot part of the housing market. But …

Real Estate

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

21 tools that will help your remote team work better together

Working as a remote team can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be. Here at The Next Web, much of our team is remote.<p>We have staff in the UK, India, The Netherlands, USA and New Zealand all working together across time zones successfully, even though the time differences can be confusing …

The science of Interstellar: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film

Thanks to physicist Kip Thorne’s influence, the latest space-travel film <i>Interstellar</i> features some remarkably scientifically accurate depictions of …

Smart startups pick their (AWS) services carefully

The sheer number of Amazon Web Services is a blessing but can also be an embarrassment of riches. Savvy startups know that choosing the right option …

How To Market A Product No-One Understands

<i>Sharon Greenberg is the CEO of CryptoNext plc.</i><p>The hi-tech world is all about innovation, but selling a spanking new product or service can be a daunting prospect when your target audience has little or no understanding of what it is you do. If you don’t know where to start with marketing your …

13 Ways To Know If Your LinkedIn Summary Is A Winner Or A Snoozer

First impressions have gone digital. People are learning about you online before they ever shake your hand. The second they know they are going to meet you or have a call with you, they’re going to type your name into Google. This makes your virtual brand more important than ever. And it means you …

A 3D Printed, Wifi Enabled Medical Marijuana Inhaler

The world of 3D printing shows no signs of stopping. From 3D printed guns and medical implants to food and shoes, it seems that just about anything can be 3D printed.<p>An Israeli company, Syqe Medical, thinks it has a way to make medical marijuana more accepted with the help of 3D printing. The …

When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

There are certain ways of doing things in hardware engineering, and engineers simply follow these rules because there’s no use fighting them even if they wanted to. Frankly, most don’t even think about it because it’s just a given, but during a recent tour of Facebook’s hardware lab, director of …