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When to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle | Inc.com

Can you live the life that you want, and not be tied to a traditional job?<p>The answer is <i>yes.</i> You've probably seen those people at Starbucks doing who-knows-what on their laptops, and somehow making money. They might spend the summer backpacking through Europe, or live in Costa Rica for a few months. …

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Small Lego case hides a grown-up computer inside

Let's imagine you've always found Lego computers cool and woke up today wanting to make one of your own. In that case, congratulations: Mike Schropp from <i>Total Geekdom</i> just published a design for a small (but powerful) PC that's perfect for you. Schropp went for the smallest design that could still …

Should You Break Into the Wearables Market?

This story appears in the April 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Consumers have gotten attached to wearable accessories that monitor everything from steps taken to hours of sleep logged. Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield Partners invests in recognizable consumer technology and …

Google puts Chrome OS on your TV with its own HDMI stick

Google has unveiled a whole new type of Chrome device, and it's one that can fit in your pocket. It's called the Chromebit, and it's essentially a Chromebook crammed in a dongle. This tiny little package contains a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11 ac …

DARPA wants an army of drones to overwhelm the enemy

US air warfare superiority has always been a constant, but the nation's pricey, complex new fighter jets can't dominate the air if they can't get there. Even the military's science arm, DARPA, said that "US military systems today are often too expensive... (and) are obsolete by the time they become …

Google Granted Patent for Smart Contact Lens

Google has been granted a patent for a contact lens with an embedded chip,<p>The patent, which was discovered by WebProNews, features a sensor in the …

Fujitsu develops thin, solar-powered IoT beacon

In a move that could help spread IoT (Internet of Things) devices, Fujitsu has developed a thin, flexible IoT beacon that can send out location and …

You don’t have to know how to code to make it big in tech

<b>I’m in my 60s.</b> I don’t code. In college exams, I was one of those high-verbal, low-math scorers. So I might not seem like an obvious person to be giving advice on getting into tech. Yet in the last year alone I’ve had more than 50 meetings with people who want my guidance on how to do it.<p>Many of …

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3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

The ex-Googler and current Yahoo CEO spells out three rules anyone can use to make an app better.<p>A new book about embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reveals her three rules of great app design. Written by Nicholas Carlson, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> details everything from Mayer’s …

Advanced optical fibers could give rise to human-like AI brains

We haven't built a truly sentient artificial ntelligence system yet, like the Terminator or C-3PO -- you know, the kind of AI that scares Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. But a team of researchers believe they've at least found the secret to creating human-like artificial brains. More specifically, …

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

Folding electric bike talks to all your other smart devices

While there's no shortage of smart bikes, they still have limits: many rely chiefly on pedal power, and their tech-savviness is often limited to talking to a special smartphone app. The JIVR Bike might just solve several of those problems at once, though. The two-wheeler not only uses a chainless …

Rotate This Travelers’ Clock To Switch Time Zones Effortlessly

If you’re a frequent traveler who has an analog time piece fetish, this clock by Korean design studio Elevenplus will be your new best friend. The cylindrical World Clock can ingeniously show what time it is in all 24 different time zones by simply rotating its cylindrical frame, and keeps ticking …

Qualcomm's next chips will help smartphones think for themselves

Qualcomm teased the prospect of smartphones that learn a couple of years ago, and it's now much closer to making them a practical reality. The chip designer has revealed its next big mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820, will be one of the first that can handle its Zeroth cognitive computing …

Would you put a gas-powered iPhone charger in your pocket?

Batteries are expensive, so it makes sense that device makers are in no hurry to cram in more capacity than is actually necessary. The downside of this, of course, is that if you're out and about, the responsibility of keeping your hardware fully charged is yours alone. Most people overcome this, …

Swyp is yet another one-card wallet vying for your attention

High-tech cards that store all your credit, gift and loyalty card info haven't exactly made it big yet, but the competition's already heating up. The newest entry in the race is called Swyp: a metallic device with a screen that transforms into the card you want to use when you need it, so long as …

Smart, touch-free thermometer gets temperatures for almost anything

There's no shortage of smart thermometers out there, but they tend to have one or more catches: many only work in certain conditions, aren't very pocketable or require some kind of contact. JoyWing's upcoming Wishbone may just tackle all of those problems in one fell swoop. The tiny, Y-shaped …

This Futuristic Desert City Is Designed For Self-Sufficient, Communal Living

If you lived here, you’d never have to leave. Given that you’d be in the middle of a desert, that’s probably a good thing.<p>Masdar City—Abu Dhabi’s $18 billion experiment in planning a city from the ground up—was designed to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development. It’s results …

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Mini House : Modular Structured House with Modern Scandinavian Design

<b>Mini House</b> is a simple building that takes only 15 square meters to provide you with all your basic living needs. It functions as a weekend resort or …

Windows Holographic is Microsoft's take on augmented reality

Microsoft's "dreaming beyond virtual worlds." Meaning, it's looking into holograms for, well, Windows Holographic. It looks an awful lot like an extension of the RoomAlive tech we've seen previously, but it isn't limited to gaming. According to Redmond's Alex Kipman, Holographic applications are …

Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

Inmarsat, the UK-based satellite company that provides voice and broadband services to users in the air and on land and sea, is today announcing that it will open its platform for all developers to access. The move is calculated to help the company expand its services beyond its traditional …

CES 2015: The home of the future, available today

We've been hearing about the promise of the connected home, or the "Internet of Things," for years. At this CES, one thing became clear: The connected home of the future is achievable today. Qualcomm's smart home, for example, was a mock-up showing how tech could change the way we live. Unlike past …

Marvin Reber's Inclusion Couch dismantles to create an indoor playground

This sofa by New Zealand design graduate Marvin Reber can be taken apart and reassembled to form play apparatus for children (+ slideshow).<p>The five …

Flexible spinal cord implants will let paralyzed people walk

Doctors dream of helping the paralzyed walk through implants that stimulate their spinal cords, but current technology makes that impossible; these stiff, unnatural gadgets usually end up damaging or inflaming nervous tissue over time. Swiss researchers may have just solved this problem once and …

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Damn the torpedoes (and Teslas)! Two of Japan's biggest automakers are about to make sizable wagers on a different kind of clean fuel tech: hydrogen power. Toyota will launch the $57,500 Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV, above) next year, while hydrogen veteran Honda will out a model in 2016. But wait, …

Volvo's bike helmet concept alerts riders and drivers to each other

You know what will go perfectly with those futuristic rocket-powered, heartrate-monitoring bikes? This smart helmet that Volvo wants to create. It's a two-way system that works by uploading both cyclists' and drivers' locations to Volvo's cloud. While a connected car's in-dash system makes that …