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Editor-in-Chief — The Next Web
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Editor-in-Chief at The Next Web, member of Manchester Digital council. I say 'Yes' a lot.

Why is Meerkat Suddenly Popular, and Can it Last? — Meerkat, the mobile live video-streaming service that we first wrote about three days ago, had something of a viral growth bump yesterday. Seriously, my iPhone lock screen was busy with notifications all day as new people signed up to the service and tried it for the first time.

Let’s go to Bed | — Today I visited 80 Hertz in Manchester to get four new songs mastered. Yes, I've finished a The Star Fighter Pilot new EP as the fruit of my month off. The full EP will be out in early March.

Homerun Has Taken the Pain Out of Hiring New Staff at TNW — Hiring new members of staff here at TNW used to be a painfully slow process. It involved setting up online forms, pulling together spreadsheets and generally being inefficient. We recently started testing a new service called Homerun, and I can safely say that I now actually enjoy the process of choosing new staff.'s Latest Move — Back when I first wrote about back at the end of 2010, I described it as " Tumblr without the blogging." Since then the company has moved towards helping businesses curate online content for their staff and customers. Its latest move is into the increasingly busy area of content marketing.

One month off | — From today, I'm starting a month-long experiment: can I 'switch off' from work entirely? The Next Web recently introduced a 'one month off after three years with the company' policy. As I've been with the company more than three years, I'm going to take them up on it for the duration of February.

The Genius of MailChimp's Sweaty Monkey Finger — If there's one bit of creative user interface design that I love, it's the animation that appears when you're about to send an email in MailChimp. The chimp's finger hovers over the button, dripping with a tasteful amount of stress-sweat.

FullContact for iOS Cleans Up Your Contacts — FullContact has today released an iOS app designed to keep Gmail users' iPhone's contacts in sync and up-to-date. In fact, it's not quite a new app - it's a rework of the old Cobook app that the company acquired a year ago.

You Can Buy Art Made by Legend of Zelda Enemies — Can digital 'lifeforms' be recognized as artists? That's the question raised by, a project set up to recognize enemies from Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda as a creative force.

DigitalBridge Visualizes your Home After a Makeover — There's no shortage of tech on hand to help you plan a home makeover, but UK startup Shortbite has come up with one of the best solutions that we've seen - DigitalBridge. The technology allows you to take a photo of a room and then work with that photo to change the wallpaper and flooring, hang pictures and even add new furniture.

Super-Simple Podcasting App Opinion Comes to the iPad — We were impressed when the oddly-named Opinion landed on the iPhone, with a simple approach to recording and editing podcasts on the go. Now, it's gained iPad support. As with the iPhone version, Opinion for iPad lets you record snippets of audio and easily edit and rearrange them.
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Mar 05, 2015

@SophieWarnes No, because I heard about it on Radio 4 :) No kids here.

Mar 05, 2015

I only found out today that children dressing up for World Book Day is a thing, and a stressful time for parents.

Mar 05, 2015

@rubencodes @brokenbottleboy a few people are, but I'm not sure Apple is necessarily happy about it :)

Mar 05, 2015

@lukaswhite This is their first gig in 6 years. And I think the first time I saw them was in '96 too.

Mar 05, 2015

TMRW is shaping up to be an interesting conference in Manchester this May. Brian Cox, Samy Kamkar and more:

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