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Eric Greenberg's Wrap Raises $12.7 Million for New Type of Mobile Storytelling

The company hopes to settle the long-running apps-versus-mobile-Web debate by creating something that is the best of both worlds.<p>The debate of apps versus the mobile Web is a long and frankly tired affair that has raged for years.<p>Apps are potentially more powerful and sticky, but also costly to …

Dot-com

Social Networks Aren't Drawing U.S. Adults Like They Used To

There's a reason these social companies are looking overseas.<p>There’s a good reason America’s most popular social networks are looking for new users overseas.<p>A new study from Pew Research Center found that social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are all slowing down considerably when it …

Social Media

Amsterdam becomes a 'smart city' with The Things Network

Amsterdam is set to become a ‘connected city,’ with the launch of a new Internet-of-Things wireless network that will allow objects to transmit data between each other – and The Next Web is helping to bring it to life.<p>The Things Network is a first-of-its-kind system that uses low-power, …

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

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 …

'Solar powered' nanofibre factory pulls CO2 out of the air

A new technique for pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and turning it into valuable nanofibres is being mooted as a potential 'cure' for CO2 …

George Washington

Chrome for Mac is about to get a lot faster

If you’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser on Mac, you’ve been missing out on some serious performance gains made by Apple with its Safari browser: Not only is Cupertino’s favorite browser faster than Chrome, it also saves battery power.<p>But Chrome is looking to catch up with a coming update that …

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

UX Design

You Can Buy Glasses Inspired By Famous Typefaces

Any competent print designer can name a typeface at a glance. But can they name a typeface hidden in a pair of eyewear? That’s the question.<p>Because a new collection of glasses by ad agency Wieden+Kennedy’s Tokyo arm and retailer Oh My Glasses turns Eurostile, Optima, Friz Quadrata and Serif Gothic …

Typography

The Burgeoning Invisible App Market

Omar Bohsali Contributor<p>Omar Bohsali an engineer/designer building Sudo and who is very curious about the invisible app market.<p>Today’s “invisible app” market could be classified as a passing trend, but it might also be the beginning of a significant multi-year shift in how we transact when we’re …

Artificial Intelligence

Huge virtual reality entertainment center debuts in Australia

A new “free-roam” gaming center in Melbourne, Australia called Zero Latency has opened to the public, designed to offer a genuinely immersive virtual reality experience in a large space. Its players testify that it’s “like literally being in a video game.”<p>The center — tested in advance of its …

You can finally restore your lost files, contacts and calendars from iCloud

One big feature iCloud has always been lacking is the ability to restore files, contacts or calendars in iCloud if they were lost.<p>A small feature quietly added to the service overnight, spotted by 9to5Mac, now allows you to easily restore items that were deleted or lost.<p>The option is hidden under …