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The Best Business Dashboard Apps For Small Businesses

The modern business is bursting at the seams with data, but making sense of it all can feel like the job of a master mathematician. Because there’s …

Small Business

Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time

The movie knows little—and cares less—about how people fall in love.<p>I confess that it wasn’t until recently that I understood the degree to which <i>Love Actually</i>, the 2003 romantic comedy by writer/director Richard Curtis, had been gradually reevaluated and granted the status of a “classic” holiday …

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not …

The Best User Interfaces Of 2014

In terms of smartphones and tablet interfaces, Google may have stolen 2014 with their landmark Material Design philosophy. But outside of that space, things are about to get weird. Really weird.<p>We sit on the precipice of a war for your face, in which companies like Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are …

Virtual Reality

On Muppets & Merchandise: How Jim Henson Turned His Art into a Business

<i>Elizabeth Hyde Stevens | Make Art Make Money | September 2013 | 17 minutes (4,102 words)</i><p><i>In 2011, Longreads highlighted an essay called “Weekend at</i> …

The ERP monolith begins to unravel, sort of

Will all-encompassing enterprise application suites survive what the cloud has in store?<p>Call it the great enterprise unraveling. The days may be …

ERP

Pharrell made less than $3,000 in songwriter royalties from 43 million Pandora streams of "Happy"

<i>Update: The original headline of this story has been revised to reflect that the $3,000 amount only refers to Pandora's songwriter royalty payments,</i> …

5 things apps taught the enterprise in 2014

Although the adoption of mobile apps in enterprise has been much slower than the consumer market, 2014 was a very pivotal year for their …

Why Apple-IBM mobile apps could be really good for IBM

If the terms “deep analytics” and “workflow design” make your eyes glaze over in boredom, you’re not alone. But IBM—with the help of its now-partner …

3D Printing: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?

Disruption displaces old business models but creates opportunities, if one has the vision. For example, it is no secret that the music industry has …

Instagram Is Getting So Good at News, It Should Scare Twitter

It's raining in San Francisco. Hard. Trees have already fallen, and the skeletons of cast-off umbrellas are tumbling down the street. This is the …

HP Stream 11 review: meet the next generation of cheap laptops

Netbooks were actually a great idea.<p>When you boil it all the way down, it's simple: build a computer that does all the things an average user needs and doesn’t try to do anything else, and sell it as cheap as possible. The problem was in the execution: netbooks were poorly made, slow, ugly, thick, …

Why Live Jazz Is So Important To New Orleans

Punk rock was getting boisterous, trying to make his point by being louder than anyone else. Pop was pretending not to care, but was dancing …

Apple and IBM launch first wave of enterprise apps

After unveiling a partnership with IBM back in July this year — designed to combine IBM’s enterprise data specialties with Apple’s iOS hardware and software — Apple today announced the first 10 of its iOS apps released as part of the agreement.<p>In a press release, Apple’s Phil Schiller describes it …

Apple and IBM launch their business invasion with new iOS apps

Apple and IBM are starting to deliver on their "landmark partnership" to transform business use of iPads and iPhones today. After a deal earlier this year, the first apps designed by the two companies will start being used by Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte this week. The first round of 10 …

5 Ways to Have Your Customers Fund Your Business | Inc.com

A long-held notion in entrepreneurial circles is that the way to start and grow a thriving business is to come up with a great "idea", write a great business plan, raise capital from angels or VCs, flawlessly execute the plan, and (Voila!) get rich!<p>But it hardly ever happens that way, as the vast …

Business Strategy

OrderWithMe Raises Another $28M To Help Small Businesses Procure Like Big Ones

OrderWithMe, a startup based out of Las Vegas that has built a platform for small businesses to come together to effectively act like big ones to source, order and pay for supplies and components — has raised another $28 million in funding.<p>The company says the money will be used to build out its …

5 Tech Tools that Help Businesses Compete With the Big Guys

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the past few decades, the Internet has been touted as "the great equalizer," and small businesses have found some great successes in virtual spaces. However, the realities of online business haven't consistently allowed independent …

Small Business

The Google-backed password-killer just crossed a major milestone

In October, Google unveiled a surprising new way to log into Chrome and Gmail: a USB key. It only worked as part of a two-factor setup, standing in for an authentication code, but it served as a wakeup call to anyone tired of the standard username-and-password login. Smart people are thinking of …

The Trailer for <em>The Last Days of wd~50</em> Has Landed

The attention given to Wylie Dufresne’s restaurant wd~50, which closed last month after 11 trailblazing years, has been totally warranted — just take …

The 100 Best Albums of 2014

<b>The 100 Best Albums of 2014</b><p>I am counting down the 100 best albums of the year—all styles,<br>all genres.<p><b>HONORABLE MENTION</b><p><b>Here is my honorable mention</b> …

Oxford University Press

Monday's Musings: Why The Third Generation Of Enterprise Mobile Is Designed For Digital Transformation

Mobile Is The Main Entry Point For Digital Transformation<p>Mobile initiatives provide an entry point into digital. Mobile first is more than a mantra. …

Miles Davis Did More for Modern Music Than You Probably Ever Thought

At a White House dinner party in 1987, a politician's wife made the mistake of asking Miles Davis why jazz was essentially dead in America.<p>"Jazz is …

Middle Age

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There will be a Season Two of Serial! Thanks to everyone who donated.

Last week, we asked people who’ve been listening to <i>Serial</i> to chip in if they wanted a second season. <i>This American Life</i> funded the bulk of Season One, …

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 …

Encouraging People to Wear Wearable Technology

<i>Howard Simms is the co-founder and director of Apadmi.</i><p>Wearable technology is seen by many developers as an opportunity to bring smart functionality closer to the consumer than ever before.<p>Arguably, the event that has focused minds more than any other is Apple’s long-awaited unveiling of its new …