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Modern Luxury Estate With Views Of The San Francisco Bay Area | iDesignArch | Interior Design, Architecture & Interior Decorating eMagazine

This contemporary masterpiece on an 11 acre estate in Los Altos Hills, California enjoys 270 degree views from San Francisco and across the bay to …

These guys created an app that stops college students from using their phones — and it's so successful they dropped out of college

Richardson, a computer science major, noticed something that was bugging him.<p>While in class, everyone was looking at their phones, texting, and doing whatever, with "no one paying attention to the teachers" as Gardner recalls.<p>The more they talked about it, the more annoyed they were. If technology …

Amazon reveals how to build an Echo speaker with the Raspberry Pi

The power of Alexa for a fraction of the price<p>Amazon wants to push its Alexa voice assistant as far and wide as possible, so much so that one of the company's employees has released a step-by-step guide to building an Alexa-powered speaker yourself with a Raspberry Pi. The do-it-yourself Echo can …

Articles about kitchen cozy your favorite coffee shop and thats exactly idea on Dwell.com - Dwell

When their house was in need of a pick-me-up, a London couple turned to the designer of their favorite coffee shop for an...<p>An interesting backsplash can take your kitchen from average to extraordinary.<p>The facts surrounding the psychological effects of color on mood and productivity are fairly well …

GoTenna, the startup that lets you text without cell signal, raises $7.5M and launches with REI

GoTenna, the device for people who want to stay connected when they don’t have cell signal, has found a natural launch partner — outdoor equipment retailer REI.<p>Daniela Perdomo, goTenna’s CEO and co-founder, told me that REI has signed on to be the startup’s exclusive retail launch partner. For the …

Startups

Acre Designs Wants To Change The Way We Buy And Build Houses

Most new homes that are being built in the U.S. today really aren’t all that different from those that were built 30 years ago. Some materials may be different, but most builders haven’t really kept up with the times. Y Combinator-backed Acre Designs wants to change this by building zero-energy …

Housing

Miles of Thread and a Giant Needle Weave Indoor Rainbows

Gabriel Dawe gives you the rainbow without the rain.<p>Imagine a rainbow that’s divorced from rain, water, or any kind of natural and uncontrollable events, a rainbow that will linger, flawless and unchanging, for however long you care to watch it. Gabriel Dawe makes these perfect rainbows reality.<p>The …

Gene Editing Is Huge Leap Forward in Fight Against Cancer

Emily Whitehead is a medical pioneer — and she's only in the fifth grade.<p>The 10-year-old was the first child to test a revolutionary technique that edits a person’s DNA to battle cancer. That technique, developed at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is the …

Cancer

Artist Removes Smartphones from Photos to Reveal our Obsession with Technology

The question of whether we are too obsessed with our technology is a topic that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Photographer Eric Pickersgill chimes in on the debate with <i>Removed</i>, a collection of photographs depicting how bizarre life would look if one simply removed all electronic devices …

25+ Mind-Blowing Hyperrealistic Paintings

Inspired by photorealism, <i>hyperrealism</i> is a contemporary school of painting that evokes the illusion of photography. With advancements in cameras, lenses, and digital equipment, artists have been able to be far more precision-oriented in their practice, culminating in an entirely new genre of …

Art

How To Future-Proof A Train System

There is still a lot of small-scale thinking in the train world. Andreas Vogler wants to change that.<p>It’s well-documented that the United Kingdom’s trains are overcrowded. Some regional lines are as much as 86% over capacity. Congestion plagues train systems all over the world from San Francisco to …

Trains

Architizer

Artist Adds Pop Culture Characters to Breathe New Life into Old Thrift Store Paintings

While many of us would pass by the average thrift store painting, artist Dave Pollot sees their untapped potential. For years, we've admired his humorous repurposing of the discarded art that he finds while browsing these shops. He's continued this endeavor and has produced new custom works that …

Art

Special Education Teacher Compliments Every Single Student to Give Them Daily Confidence Boosts

Special education teacher Chris Ulmer starts off each school day by giving his students a confidence boost. For 10 minutes, the educator individually compliments each of his pupils and then gives them an enthusiastic high five. "Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts [the students'] …

Barber Gives Homeless People Free Haircuts on City Streets to Raise Awareness

Barber Joshua Coombes spends his days in the Jeff Goodwin salon and his nights cutting hair on the streets. After observing a similar idea in New York, Coombes was inspired to cut hair for the homeless—free of charge. After work, the barber and his photographer friend Matt Spracklen take to city …

Hair

This Story About Marshmallows Explains How Mark Zuckerberg Gets Stuff Done

Between building drones that can beam Internet signals from the sky and investing in the future of virtual reality, it’s fair to say that Facebook …

Silicon Valley

Experts say phones need a 'bedtime mode' to fix our sleep

We've all done it: you've gone to bed early in order to catch up on some much needed sleep, only to lay there for hours staring at your phone until you're no longer tired. Some reports believe handsets shouldn't get all the blame for our poor sleep schedules, but we've known for some time that …

The Groveland House in Vancouver, Canada by Mcleod Bovell

Groveland, a contemporary single family home located in Vancouver, Canada.<p>In the summer of 2013, the team of Mcleod Bovell has completed this modern …

Architecture

This new Chrome extension replaces ‘terrorist’ with ‘coward’ on the Web

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris yesterday, a new Chrome browser extension has emerged that automatically converts the word “terrorist” on the Web to “coward.”<p>The extension appeared yesterday in the Chrome Web Store. Now it’s on GitHub, and people want help making the tool work in languages …

5 Ways Remarkably Successful People Spend the Weekend

Weekends are a great time to recharge your batteries and have some fun. Follow in the footsteps of these business greats.<p>Weekends have always been our time to relax, wind down, and be with loved ones. Yet many never even consider that these precious days of respite could be spent productively--even …

Self-improvement

Articles about 6 reading nooks we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Rugs don't just belong in cozy mountain lodges—as proven by a new summer collection from Brooklyn dealer Aelfie.<p>If your manuscript is far from being illuminated, it’s time to drop the task at hand and find a new lamp to read by.<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and …

San Francisco

Photographer’s Business Booms After Her Viral Act of Kindness

Selfless acts of kindness are sometimes rewarded in a big way, and that’s what photographer Dana Gruszynski has been learning lately.<p>Last month, we …

Photography

The Artist Behind the Eiffel Tower Peace Sign

Meet the creator of the image that has gone viral since the Paris attacks.<p>As people all over the world take to social media to voice their support for Paris following yesterday's devastating terrorist attacks, one symbol has become the dominant image associated with the tragedy and the grief in its …

A five-story vending machine for cars just opened in Nashville

It's coin-operated, of course<p>"We knew that if [customers] chose to pick up the car we would save some money, and so we could invest that money in giving them a really, really great experience," Garcia says. The result? A five-story, fully-automatic vending machine building for cars just outside of …

Flying

This smartwatch keyboard could be a QWERTY killer

As the smartwatch market grows, so will the range of apps for them. Keyboards, for instance, are still developing – smartwatches’ small screens make …

You may already know if you’ll catch a cold

New research finds that a simple self-rating of health accurately predicts susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults ages 18-55.<p>Published …

Medicine