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Platformer Fans Should Pay Attention To The Mutant Mudds

The game has 60 levels total, which are split up into various areas, which have four different stages each. To clear a level, you must reach the end, …

Facebook M’s bet and the future of Web interfaces

Recently Facebook announced its take on the Virtual Assistant, M, which is to be supported by a human workforce, to help you get things done. It’s been billed as an improved version of Google Now or Apple’s Siri; a virtual assistant with – crucially – real life operators to go beyond its …

11 important metrics for app monetization

Does it seem to you like the number of acronyms populating app development discussions keeps on relentlessly increasing? We at AdtoApp feel your pain. As new technologies are tested, integrated, and adopted, there are more and more dimensions to study.<p>The good news is that app developers have more …

Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption as it continues shift into messaging

Pushbullet, once a simple tool for sending files between your various devices, has announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for additional user privacy, as it continues its march towards becoming a fully-fledged messenger.<p>Announced in a blog post, the new encryption is applied across …

Expensify partners with travel vendors Uber, Hipmunk and others to simplify business expense reporting

Business trips are stressful enough without having to keep tabs on all your travel-related expenses. To make that part of your journey a bit easier, Expensify has announced new integrations with a number of popular travel partners.<p>Today, the company launched what it calls a new integration and …

This startup has made over 1 million email receipts truly useful

Practically every time you buy something online, you get an email receipt. That’s handy for keeping track of your spending or quickly sorting our work expenses, but the actual text is rarely useful in itself.<p>Receiptful is a startup that’s been quietly working away to change that. It began in …

Startups

JotForm adds encryption option to online drag-and-drop form creation platform

JotForm, the drag-and-drop online form creation tool, now lets users create encrypted questionnaires.<p>The information is encrypted using the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) public key-private key method, which asks for an authentication key before any info is decrypted. When a form is filled out, users …

Interactive Coding Bootcamp: Get ready for a new career as a developer

The ability to code is one of the most valuable and sought-after skills around, with professionals earning salaries upwards of $75,000. If it appeals to you as a vocation, then you should check out the Interactive Coding Bootcamp, which readies you for the world of development work, and it’s …

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Hipmunk's new 'Trip Planning' feature lets you obsess over your upcoming vacation

Hipmunk wants you planning entire trips on its platform. To accomplish that, the travel booking service is adding a “Trip Planning” feature, which saves your searches across the Web and mobile apps under headers for faster reference later on.<p>The scope of Hipmunk’s Trip Planning is simple; when you …

PushBullet overhauled on mobile and desktop with new messaging-focused features

PushBullet, an app that lets you move files easily between different devices or send them to friends, has rolled out a full overhaul of its mobile, desktop and browser-based apps.<p>First off, the company says it’s made the app easier to use by re-organizing the way in which it displays received …

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

<i>Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup.</i><p>Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe …

Data Visualization

Designing Collaboration Inside A New Business

As we described in The Guide to Usability Testing, we always recommend collaborating with users for research. For starters, user interviews can produce more honest and unguarded feedback since there can be too many social-psychological factors at play in focus groups that add bias and skew the …

The Secrets To A Successful Kickoff Meeting

According to Lindstrom, the greatest threat to many kickoff meeting discussion is confirmation bias. Because solutions are not easy to come by, group mentality makes people latch on the first reasonable solution they develop. In discussing this singular solution more and more, their attachment to …

Dropbox’s Most-requested Feature: the Ability to Sync Folders Outside of Dropbox

It’s always tempting when you meet up with company execs to ceaselessly bug them for information about the newest, biggest, fastest whatever on the horizon. It’s a pretty big part of being a journalist, after all.<p>Sometimes though, it’s more interesting to hear which features are most often …

Carrot's New App Wants To Insult You Into Losing Weight

You might have heard of Carrot before; the company’s known for its app that tries to insult you into going for a run.<p>Today the company has released its newest app, Carrot Hunger, which is a fun spin on the ever-troublesome task of getting you to count your calories.<p>As you set up Carrot Hunger, …

Self-improvement startup Lift.do is now Coach.me, reflecting renewed focus on personal coaching

Sometimes startups have to go through name changes before they truly hit their stride. For Lift.do, the self-improvement and motivation app, that change comes today: it’s now known as Coach.me.<p>The new name reflects an updated focus and business model. While the ability to set personal goals and …

3 Ways to Improve Your Marketing Campaigns in 2015

<i>Ashley Kemper is a marketing strategist who spends her free time traveling and pursuing hobbies in photography, Web design and blogging. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>If you’re like most marketers, the past 12 months were filled …

Lifecycle Emails: Magic Pixie Dust for User Onboarding

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Unless your product is eyebrow-raisingly basic, there’s a very, very good chance that a new user won’t get to experience all the value you have to offer in their …

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2015

Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014.<p>While many of those ideas and trends will still be around in 2015 (and probably 2016), it’s time to see what …

100 games to look forward to in 2015

Which games will you be playing in 2015?<p>As the year begins, Polygon has picked out a selection of games coming in the next 12 months. We've tried to choose games that are either due this year, or seem likely to arrive. We've focused on a selection of noteworthy console and Windows PC games, though …

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 …

Twitter is making it easier to report, block harassers

Twitter is working to make it easier to report people harassing others on Twitter, Shreyas Doshi, the services director of product management and user safety wrote today on the site's official blog.<p>"Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter — to the tune of more than 500 million …

Scopely nabs $35M to build its mobile gaming ‘touchscreen entertainment network’

Scopely, the Los Angeles mobile-game publisher, has raised $35 million in a new round of funding. The company will use the money to build out its vision for a mobile-first, “touch-screen entertainment network.”<p>The funding shows that investors are still bullish about mobile games. Market researcher …

GetSocial launches social platform for games and raises $1M

GetSocial is announcing today it is launching its social networking platform to help market and monetize mobile games. It has also raised $1 million in a seed round.<p>The company said it has built a revolutionary backend platform that amplifies engagement of mobile gamers. Mag Interactive, the …

doxIQ and Leanplum win our GrowthBeat Innovation Showdown

SAN FRANCISCO — They battled hard with their polished pitches, informative videos, and demos, and now our Innovation Showdown judges have selected the winners: doxIQ wins the early-stage category, and Leanplum is the late-stage winner.<p>DoxIQ lets marketers check out statistics on the documents they …

This marketing platform helped Samsung beat Apple … and predicts the future with 78% accuracy

Facebook wants to be the social layer for the web. Google wants to be the discovery layer, and PayPal wants to be the financial layer.<p>Networked Insights, however, wants to be the consumer intent layer.<p>In other words, a crystal ball — that works — for marketers.<p>Google knows a lot about the world, …

Groupon Introduces Gnome, an iPad-Powered Point-of-Sale System

Groupon today announced Gnome, a new point-of-sale system that integrates with the company's network of daily local deals. The iPad-based system provides a payment processing system as well as customer management tools for merchants that offer Groupon deals.<p>In addition to serving as an all-in-one …