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How TNW creates a smart office experience with Raspberry Pi

At The Next Web (TNW), we’re excited about technology finding a way into every aspect of our lives. Today, we’d like to share how we’ve integrated gadgets, apps and custom code into our office(s) to help improve productivity and make work easier.<p>Using the low cost, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi, …

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff built a $50 billion empire by following 7 lessons from his mentor turned nemesis Larry Ellison

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is now one of the most powerful leaders in Silicon Valley, but 30 years ago, he was a young, aspiring entrepreneur just starting off his career.<p>It was Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, now the world's fifth-richest man, who took Benioff under his wing and turned him into a star …

Six Tactics to Increase Productivity by Organizing Your Workspace

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Whether you work in an office or from home, it’s easy to lose focus and feel out of sorts. Your space does affect your mental well-being …

Productivity

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 …

UI Design

Google Open-sources its Santa Tracker Project

Although it’s four months after Christmas, Google is still in the holiday spirit. Today, it’s open-sourced its Santa Tracker project, which includes apps for the Web, Android and Android Wear.<p>The source code is available on GitHub, and should help developers get a better idea of how to build sites …

Social Media Strategy: How Much Time Should Planning Take?

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>I have a blog post to write. This blog post, to be exact.<p>And in the course of researching, outlining, writing, editing, and writing some more, I also have other hats to wear. Email marketing. Social media strategy. Blog promotion, blog design, and …

How to Use Google+ Communities for Business

Each of these communities are directly related to the interests of each company’s customer bases, which is why they are successful at engaging their users on Google+ within these communities.<p>Once you’ve chosen a topic, decide on a headline that will accurately express what your community is about …

Embarcadero Launches AppMethod, A New Multi-Device Development Platform For Native Apps

Embarcadero Technologies is announcing Appmethod, a new multi-device development platform for PC, Mac, iOS, Android and — in the long run — wearables. The platform brings together an IDE with design tools, UI elements, connectors to cloud and on-premise databases and built-in support for popular …

Want to Work at a Startup? Nail These 9 Interview Questions

<i>Ryan Matzner is the Director of Strategy at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design, based in New York and London. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>As Fueled has grown from its infancy to more than 100 employees, I regularly interview many …

29 Free Internet Tools To Improve Your Marketing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Aren’t shortcuts just the best?<p>While everyone else takes the long way, you and your shortcut get to breeze right through, skipping a few steps and feeling pretty smart doing it.<p>Finding a good marketing shortcut feels especially great, considering all …

Responsive Website v. Native Mobile App

Depending on your designer and the size of your website, a responsive Web design often takes far less time to create then does a mobile app since there’s no app store approval or extensive guidelines to follow as compared to what Google Play, the Apple app store and the Windows Phone app store …

Working Remotely Does Not Mean You Should Work From Home

<i>Len Kendall is the founder of</i> <i>CentUp</i><i>. Prior to starting a company he worked in PR where he helped put out fires and manage digital communications.</i><p>You’re a permanent freelancer or an early stage entrepreneur and you don’t have an office to go to. Your options are usually one of these three</b> …

Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today. The app, which is now available for download in Japan’s Google Play store, is a sign that the service is doubling down on its efforts to increase engagement among users as it competes with WeChat, …

How Not To Go Broke Building Your Startup

<i>Pablo Ruiz is the co-Founder of InfinixSoft, a Miami-based company that develops apps across iOS, Android and the Web.</i><p>Building a startup takes a lot of time and money, that’s no big news. Once you get started, it’s like getting on a non-stop train (or even a rollercoaster) where you have to keep …

The Future of API Design: The Orchestration Layer

<i>Daniel Jacobson (Twitter | LinkedIn), is currently director of engineering for the Netflix API. Prior to Netflix, Daniel ran application development for NPR where, among other things, he created the NPR API. He is also the co-author of APIs: A Strategy Guide.</i><p>The digital world is expanding at an …

Saving Space with a Suspended Bedroom

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The first thing you notice in this combination living area is of course the bed suspended from the ceiling. Accessible by narrow staircase …

Amazon Reportedly Buys Mobile Payments Startup Gopago, Working On An ‘Ambitious’ New Project

Looks like Amazon may have quietly made another acquisition, and another move to expand its role in the world of mobile: Italian newspapers are reporting that the e-commerce giant has acquired Gopago, a startup that offers consumers an iOS or Android mobile app to pre-pay for goods before picking …

How to Launch a Startup Without Writing A Line of Code

<i>Tal Raviv is the co-founder of Ecquire. This post was originally published on OnStartups.</i><p>There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to do that you need someone that can write code.<p>Whether that means chasing down a technical co-founder, learning to code, or even …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Hiring a Developer from Elance to Build my First iPhone App

<i>This is a guest post by Mike Lemovitz which originally appeared on his blog. He lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. He works in marketing for a large healthcare organization, and moonlights as a photographer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Learn more at</i> …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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How to Give Your Web Apps a Real Speed Boost

If your apps take any more than a few seconds to load, you better be ready to kiss your users goodbye. When it comes to page abandonment, there’s no quicker way to lose loyalty than slow load time.<p>An infographic from KISSmetrics shows that 12 percent of respondents say they expect load times on …

SAP Cutting Back on Development of Business ByDesign

German software giant SAP appears close to ending active development of its Business ByDesign suite of applications.<p>The company said Saturday that it …

Nifti Brings Its Smart Shopping Wishlist And Price Tracker To iPhone

Nifti, a Google Ventures-backed shopping startup which first debuted its price tracking and alerts service this summer, is today making the move to mobile. The company is launching its iOS application by the same name, while also offering a slightly different take from what Nifti does online. On …

Uniiverse: The eBay for Activities Goes Mobile

Uniiverse is fundamentally a different service to when we first covered the Toronto-based startup way back in February 2012. But the basic premise remains the same – get yourself away from your computer and out into the local community. It’s about meeting people and doing things.<p>Uniiverse sells …

10 ways a government shutdown will affect your daily life

Democrats and Republicans were unable to resolve their differences over Obamacare and now the government is shut down.<p>And at a time when the economy's finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling.<p>Shutdowns don't come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to …

Republic Wireless Finally Gets a Modern Smartphone With Addition of Moto X

Republic Wireless, the MVNO carrier that offers unlimited smartphone plans for just $19 a month, announced today that it is adding the Motorola X to …

Can't code but want an app? DIY.

Developers are highly-sought after in today’s app-centric world, but increasingly there are other options for businesses or individuals who want to design an app themselves. One service catering to that desire, Singapore-headquartered Infinite Monkeys, just became a very significant force today …