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25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and Startups

Managing Director at X1 Sports Nutrition<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Billing your customers is very important. Even more critical is getting paid for those bills. Thanks to the ongoing evolution in the payments industry, there are more payment tools and platforms to …

FinTech

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

9 Tricks That Will Change How You Use Your iPhone

Forget hammers and screwdrivers — iPhones are the most important tool of our times. But do you wield yours like a pro, or do your thumbs fumble its …

iOS Apps

Samsung's new dongle gives your car an LTE connection

Samsung is getting into the connected car business, but instead of building connectivity into new cars, it's providing a way for owners of older cars to add LTE connectivity to their vehicles. The Samsung Connect Auto dongle plugs into a car's OBD II diagnostic port (most cars built in the last two …

Mobile

Samsung Pay racks up 5 million users in half a year

Samsung Pay is off to a promising start... if you ask Samsung, at least. The company reports that Samsung Pay picked up 5 million users in its first six months, handling over $500 million in purchases over that time frame. There's a "strong adoption rate" in both South Korea and the US, Samsung …

Grateful Dead End 50-Year Career With Moving, Magnificent Final Show

For the last Fare Thee Well show, the band hits its stride at the presumable end<p>"I have spent my life/Seeking all that's still unsung/Bent my ear to …

Sprint will cover all costs to switch carriers

A limited-time deal sees Sprint offering to pay for your early termination fees and handset costs.<p>Sprint today announced a limited-time promotion where it dangles an even bigger carrot in front of anyone willing to switch carriers.<p>Starting immediately, the carrier will pay not only your early …

Mobile

Lost keys? KeyMe has the app for that

A self-printing service for house and car keys could be the solution to an age-old problem.<p>I'll never forget the moment I swore I'd never lose my keys again: Heavy snowfall and a freezing cold night in upstate New York, and I'm locked out of my Ford Escort with its the engine running and my house …

Apple Pay

Project Phire could make Gorilla Glass as unscratchable as sapphire

What me, worry? Not Corning. The Gorilla Glass maker has just unveiled a new type of glass which they say is just as hard (and therefore unscratchable) as sapphire. They’re calling it Project Phire. Go figure.<p>Even though it’s only used in Apple’s Touch ID buttons and to cover the lens of the rear …

These 11 apps and websites will make you miss your childhood

Product Hunt, a discovery website that shows you the newest startups and products, has collected a bunch of websites and apps that will make you want to relive the past. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover even wrote a blog post about how he thinks the emotional power of nostalgia makes it a perfect …

Retrogaming

Hotels Can Track Those Towels That You Steal

There's something utterly delicious about hotel beds... and towels... and robes. They're so decadently fluffy and epically cozy, we'd totally steal them if we could.<p>And much of the time, we do. Towels are among the most-stolen items in hotels, The Telegraph reports. We could've guessed that.<p>But we</i> …

Hospitality

Control Your Smartphone With The Wave Of A Hand

Gesture control technology is going mobile<p>In 2010, Microsoft popularized gesture controls with the release of the Kinect. In its first 60 days on sale, the device sold 133,000 units per day, a Guinness World Record. Three years later, Leap Motion brought the same capabilities to personal computers. …

How To Boost Your Wi-Fi With a Range Extender

I love the Wi-Fi service available in my home. I have my laptop, my smartphone and my tablet hooked up to it so I can surf the web from anywhere in …

Wi-Fi

Look! A PC On A Stick!

You can get pretty much anything on a stick. You can actually, and I kid you not, get fried butter on a stick. And soon, thanks to Intel, you can even get a full, Windows 8.1 PC on a stick.<p>The Windows 8.1-based Compute Stick contains a quad-core Atom processor, 32 gigabytes of storage, 2 gigabytes …

Wearable Tech

You can play 2,400 classic DOS games in your web browser

If you're a PC gamer of a certain age (cough), you've probably lamented that many of the titles you played as a kid are hard to use on modern systems without downloading emulators or waiting for special re-releases. Well, it just got a lot easier to relive your gaming glory days. The Internet …

Verizon said to be kicking the tires on AOL acquisition

Merger could boost the wireless operator's video offerings, according to Bloomberg.<p>Verizon's new slogan could become "We've got AOL."<p>Verizon Communications is exploring the possibility of a tie-up with AOL, Bloomberg News reported Monday. The move would strengthen Verizon's video offerings and give …

AOL

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

Gear & Gadgets

When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?

When I leave my home, I check that I have three things: keys, wallet, phone. How long will it be until the first two are obsolete? My wallet has only three things I actually need: credit cards, cash, ID. Any American with an iPhone 6 has already obsoleted credit cards, courtesy of Apple Pay. Any …

Stonehenge discovery could rewrite British pre-history

The most important discovery at Stonehenge for a generation could be destroyed by David Cameron's plan to build a tunnel at the World Heritage Site<p>Archaeologists have discovered the earliest settlement at Stonehenge - but the Mesolithic camp could be destroyed if government plans for a new tunnel …

5 digital tricks you'll use almost every day

Did you know that the quickest way to open a link on a Web page in a new window or tab is to click the link with the middle button on your mouse? If you're a keyboard person, in Windows, press the Control button and click the link. On a Mac, use the Command button and click the link.<p>There are …

Billy Crystal imagines Robin Williams in heaven: Read the script here

When the world suddenly lost Robin Williams in August at the age of 63, friends and fans of the comedian were heartbroken. So was Billy Crystal, his …

The mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mystery of where Earth's water came from got murkier Wednesday when some astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief suspects: comets.<p>Over the past few months, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe closely examined the type of comet that some scientists …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Samsung's Virtual Reality Headset Just Went On Sale

Samsung’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, popped up on the company’s online store Monday for $199.99.<p>The Gear VR is a mobile …

Virtual Reality

The Best Apps For People Who Don't Like Spending Money

Whatever you use — debit card, ApplePay, Bitcoin — one way or another, you’re really just giving up cold, hard cash. And with an average personal …

Personal Finance

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 …

Google Unseats Apple In U.S. Classrooms As Chromebooks Beat iPads

As of the third quarter of 2014, Chromebooks have displaced iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to U.S. schools. This is a huge win for Google in a market historically dominated by Apple and Microsoft. According to the <i>Financial Times</i> and IDC, “Google shipped 715,500 of the low-cost …