Schwing! ‘SNL’ app adds AirPlay and Android support

Since it launched in February I’ve been a pretty big fan of the Saturday Night Live app, and the latest update should make it quite a bit better. Now there’s native iPad support (hooray!) in addition to it being available on Android devices. NBC’s also gone back and remastered some of the old sketches, added […]

Lenovo’s super-light LaVie Z laptop is now available

If you’ve been jonesing for a featherweight laptop but feel that Apple’s MacBook rubs you the wrong way, you’re in luck: as promised, Lenovo is now selling the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 in the US. Both 13-inch systems largely resemble what you saw in January, and strike a careful balance between brisk performance […]

Unmanned cargo chopper shows off its search-and-rescue talents

For three years between 2011 and 2014, the unmanned Kamen K-Max 1200 helicopter delivered more than 4.5 million tons of supplies to the most dangerous and far-flung US Forward Operating Bases throughout Afghanistan. It followed that feat up in 2014 by demonstrating its ability to coordinate with other UAVs in forest fire suppression operations. And […]

Scientists look at flower cells in 3D without wrecking them

Plants are delicate things, which makes them a pain to study under an electron microscope — you’ll probably damage the very cells you’re trying to look at. You’ll get a much better look if the University of Florida’s new imaging technique catches on, though. Their approach leans on both a compound fluorescence light microscope and […]

Inside TNW’s new design: A look at our new ‘cover’

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that we have a new design for The Next Web currently in beta testing. It’s more than just a reskin though, this is a radical rethink of how TNW operates and how we present our stories to you. In a series of articles, we’ll be going into detail […]

Circa has some great ideas but its news lacks soul

Lots of people suddenly love you when you’re dying. It’s guilt. After Circa announced that it was searching for a buyer to keep the life support machine switched on, sections of Twitter lit up to say how much they hoped the good folk there would find a safe harbour. I’ve met Circa co-founder and CEO […]

17 life lessons from professional freelancers

Shannon is the Chief Content Officer for CloudPeeps, where she crafts words, creates strategies, and recruits loyal brand advocates. She’s also the founder of asongaday.co, hand-curated songs delivered to your inbox, and an enthusiast of live music, sunshine, craft beer, and quality content. This post originally appeared on the Cloudpeeps blog. Freelancing full-time can be a scary concept […]

Meerkat for iOS gets address book integration, Facebook stream promotion and ‘Mobbing’

Former flavor of the week, live-streaming app Meerkat, continues to push for growth with some new iOS features that have just gone live. The most interesting new addition is ‘mobbing,’ which sees users with a popular live stream automatically pushed onto the app’s main activity feed. Users will apparently be notified that their feed has been ‘mobbed’ by […]

Death To C

Ladies and gentlemen, the C programming language. It’s a classic. It is sleek, and spartan, and elegant. (Especially compared to its sequel, that bloated mess C++, which shares all the faults I’m about to describe.) It is blindingly, quicksilver fast, because it’s about as close to the bone of the machine as you can get. […]

Rise Of The Quants — Again

Editor’s note: Robin Vasan is a managing director of Mayfield, a global early-stage venture capital firm. He previously founded or worked in key positions at several software startups. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and economics from Stanford University. I graduated from Stanford in the late […]

Gillmor Gang: Watch Not Watch

The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 1, 2015. @Scobleizer gets his Watch, @borthwick on TwitterGate, and why negative filtering is the New Deal. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @borthwick, […]

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