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'In my heart, I am a gamer…" RIP Satoru Iwata

It is a rare kind of CEO whose death shakes not only their own company and the markets, but an entire culture. A single obituary or even a forest of them, could not encompass the influence of and affection for Satoru Iwata.<p>This was a man whose infectious laughter became a meme, a leader whose …

Retrogaming

Visa's Token Service generates fake CC numbers to keep your real ones safe

If you haven't heard yet, Cupertino just launched a digital wallet called Apple Pay that randomizes your credit cards' numbers. The one responsible for generating those fake numbers for Visa cards in particular, is Visa itself, through its new Token service, which the world's largest credit and …

T-Mobile's next UnCarrier move: WiFi calling and texting for everyone

It seems as though T-Mobile is speeding up on this whole UnCarrier thing. Speaking in San Francisco -- not in Vegas, where the other carriers are hanging out at CTIA -- CEO John Legere and Friends announced its latest move: Free WiFi calling and texting to all customers and corporate accounts. From …

Apple Pay could make everyone's mobile wallet purchases cheaper

Have you stopped to consider what impact Apple Pay will have on the credit card industry? Don't worry, we hadn't either, but <i>Bank Innovation</i> believe that the service might just send mobile payments mainstream. Currently, tapping your phone on a reader incurs a transaction fee of 2.75 percent, far …

In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane

Some places have lanes for bicycles, others for motorcycles, but there's a place in mainland China that boasts a different type of lane altogether: one for phone addicts glued to their screens. According to a Chinese publication, the cellphone lane above was spotted along a place called Foreigner …

8 Tips for Measuring E-Commerce Ad Campaigns

<i>Jake Peterson is the head of customer success at</i> <i>Segment</i><i>, a customer data hub that lets you integrate analytics, advertising and marketing tools with the flip of a switch.</i><p>The e-commerce industry will reach $294 billion in 2014 alone, and accounts for nearly 10 percent of all retail sales according …

The 10 Highest Rated Tech Companies for Internships

If you're looking for an internship, head over to Facebook.<p>The social media company has the highest rated internships, according to Glassdoor. The …

Microsoft Replaces Office Web Apps With Office Online

Microsoft has rebranded its Office Web Apps, basically an online version of its Office suite, as Office Online.<p>The new, less confusing name …

The $6.8 Billion Man: WhatsApp CEO's Path from Poverty to Riches

Tech luminaries are often drawn from the ranks of the already affluent. Mark Zuckerberg was the son of an upper-middle-class dentist. Bill Gates was …

'AirPlay Recorder' App Lets Mac Users Save Songs From iTunes Radio

doubleTwist, the company behind the popular multi-platform iTunes-compatible doubleTwist Media Player, today brought its new <i>AirPlay Recorder</i> app to the Mac, allowing iTunes users to capture and save streaming audio for offline use.<p>First introduced for Android in January, <i>AirPlay Recorder</i> is designed …

The Open Office: Friend or Foe To Startup Success?

<i>Ilya Pozin is the founder of Open Me and Ciplex, and is a columnist for Inc, Forbes, and LinkedIn.</i><p>Is your open office floorplan killing your employees? A recent article in The New Yorker took a hard-hitting look at the open office trend to take stock if the concept was a good or bad idea.<p>The …

Long vs. Short Landing Pages

Longer landing pages are better for generating more trust and credibility to motivate a Web visitor to convert since they have more room for information about your company and more opportunity to convince a visitor to perform an action.<p>The bigger the ask, the longer the page should be says …

How Much Does it Cost to Build the World's Hottest Startups?

Could $100,000 and the right developer skills make you an overnight billionaire? How much does it really take to build a product like Twitter or Instagram? With mobile development agencies and product incubators on the rise and more corporate “labs” spinning out each day, there’s no shortage of …

Korean Accelerator SparkLabs Selects 9 Startups For Third Class

SparkLabs, an accelerator program in South Korea that is bringing a Silicon Valley-like approach to the Asian country’s startup ecosystem, has taken the wraps off its third class with nine startups from Seoul, Tokyo, San Francisco and Chicago.<p>The startups span a wide range — from wearable and …

Choosing An Agency To Build Your App? Read This First

<i>Nick Kishfy is the CEO of MojoTech, a design and development agency with offices in Providence, RI and New York, NY.</i><p>If you’ve ever looked for a design and development agency to build your product, you know that lack of options is not a problem in this industry.<p>In fact, it’s quite the opposite: …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

PayPal waives $50,000 of payment fees for startups

PayPal’s startup Blueprint program drops fees covering $1.65m in payments for 18 months to help budding new startups<p>Global online payments provider PayPal is hoping to give digital startups a boost by waiving up to $50,000 in payment processing fees for 18 months.<p>PayPal’s Startup Blueprint Program …

Get Online Without Wifi, 4G LTE or Even 3G with Be-Bound's Android App

Be-Bound has launched an app for Android devices that promises to keep your connection to the Internet flowing, even when you have no data connection or WiFi available to you.<p>While it might sound like magic, it is in fact a bit more simple than that. The app uses text messages as the ‘transport …

Yelp Reviewers Sue The Company Because They Think They're Employees

Yelp believes the suit is frivolous.<p>The suit argues that since Yelp's business model and success is dependent on its over 42 million user-submitted reviews, the company technically <i>employs</i> those users and should fork over some cash (wages, reimbursement of expenditures, and damages). The plaintiffs …

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Mixpanel Launches SurveyMonkey Rival But Inserts Them Into Native Apps

Big data and real-time analytics service Mixpanel is unveiling a new tool that will help app developers solicit feedback from their users in a qualitative manner. Aptly called Mixpanel Surveys, it’s almost akin to what one would find within SurveyMonkey except that it’s a native mobile experience …

Why is mobile gaming so popular in South Korea?

Mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion in South Korea this year, and mobile games like Anipang have become a cultural phenomenon within the country. It’s as common to see older women in their sixties playing games in the subway as it is to see younger children playing games at the bus …

3 Ways Your Comfort Zone Is Restricting Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Expanding your comfort zone is great because of this…because of that…<p>Personally, I’m more of a consequence thinker. So when people explain a bunch of …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

How To Create Your Own Custom URL Shortener

<b>Updated with new information in August 2014</b><p>If you follow TNW on social media sites like Twitter, Google+ or Facebook, you’ll have noticed that rather than use the full, ugly ol’ URL found in the address bar, we use a nice friendly shortened one like tnw.to/c0buZ. If you don’t follow us in these …

Loop turns almost any point-of-sale system into a mobile payment machine (hands-on)

In a small shop on University Avenue in Palo Alto, mobile payments vet Will Graylin proudly points out the point-of-sale (POS) system sitting next to the register. "This is a 13-year-old Hypercom," Will explains, emphasizing its age and the lack of modern mobile payment options. Then, he does …

What really happens after a crowdfunding campaign

According to Kickstarter, more than 48,000 companies have been launched through its platform, raising over $775 million. Impressive.<p>But what <i>really</i> happens to these companies? Are they one-hit wonders that happen to be good at crowdfunding, or are they viable businesses that can succeed after the …

The world’s craziest toothbrush cleans your teeth in six seconds and is 3D printed

One of the most promising applications of 3D printing is the customization of everyday objects to the most personal and variable thing we possess—our bodies. A new example of this is the Blizzident toothbrush, which is made possible by two intersecting technologies—3D scanning and 3D printing.<p>The …

3D Printing

The Hardest “No” in Angel Investing

<b>Investors say “no” a lot.</b><p>Actually…a lot of investors provide confusing euphemisms for “no”, giving the impression that there may someday still be a …