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SQFT is a Real Estate App to Help Homeowners Slash Broker Commissions

If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know how expensive a six percent real estate commission can be. SQFT is an app that helps reduce these fees by allowing you to buy and sell a home without the need of a real estate agent.<p>After downloading the app and deciding you want to list your home, …

People are more fascinated with virtual reality than new cell phones

A lot of tech companies, including Facebook, Sony, and HTC, are building virtual reality devices, but does anybody care?<p>Here's one positive sign for the market. According to research by PiperJaffray, people are sharing YouTube videos of virtual reality experiences an average 11 times for every …

Virtual Reality

Gibbon Launches iPhone App to Help You Learn on the Go

Gibbon, a startup based in the Netherlands that wants to help you master any skill, has today launched an iPhone app to help you learn skills on the go.<p>The company’s tagline is “playlists for learning” and it aims to help you collect tutorials and lessons from across the internet and put them in …

Learning

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Delaware Filing Confirms Lyft Is Raising $150 Million In Series D Financing

On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft has raised, or at least is in the process of raising, a new round of funding, according to a filing from the Delaware Division of Corporations. The new financing comes on top of about $83 million that the company has raised since being founded as Zimride back in …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Companies Won’t Take The Lead In Space Exploration

Famed scientist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about the importance of space exploration today during his keynote at South by Southwest Interactive. Despite advances by private companies, particularly SpaceX, he said they won’t be the ones making the biggest breakthroughs.<p>Tyson …

Robots becoming omnipresent, Google's Schmidt says

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company is experimenting with automation in ways that will "replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives."<p>"We're experimenting with what automation will lead to," Schmidt said recently at a conference in Santa Monica. "Robots will become omnipresent in …

Artificial Intelligence

By 2020, there will be 10 web-connected devices per human

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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey On Why Now Is The Time For VR, And The Biggest Hurdles Ahead

Today at SXSW, two of the cofounders of Oculus and one of its lead hardware engineers took the stage for a quick on-the-fly Q&A session about the future of their burgeoning virtual reality headset.<p>If you (like, presumably, most people watching) were hoping for an update on when they might ship the …

5 iPad Apps for the Productive 21st Century Student

When I was at school, I struggled badly with random, un-filed bits of paper, leaky ink cartridges in my Parker Pen and terrible hand writing (as well as chronic laziness and an addiction to Cricket). I’m sure this approach to my organisation affected my school work. If I would have grown up in the …

Gojimo: How a 17 Year Old Turned His Revision into a $1m Opportunity

Getting students to revise for tests and exams can be a challenge at the best of times, but when George Burgess, founder of London-based Gojimo wanted to revise for his geography GCSE using his phone, he found the options a bit lacking.<p>Being a resourceful and driven student he decided he could …

Scribd Brings Its Unlimited Reading App to the Kindle Fire

Scribd has thrown down a gauntlet against the reigning ebook champion Amazon with the release of an app for enjoying its subscription ebook service on Amazon’s own Kindle Fire tablet.<p>While Scribd already has Android and iOS apps for its $8.99-per-month service, which launched last October, the …