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Will new app Rook be a useful pawn in the publishing game?

Launching later this spring, Rook provides location-based free access to ebooks with an option to buy. But some publishers might fear a great ebook giveaway<p>Part of the inspiration behind Rook – an app offering free access to ebooks, which is being shortlisted for awards even before it launches – …

This Pasta Limiter is to Spaghetti What a Camera Lens Aperture is to Light

This is quite a bit out in left field, but check out this pasta limiter that’s currently one of the hot new releases over on Amazon. It’s essentially …

Disney, Apple Arguing Over Channels to Be Included in New Streaming Television Service

Disney is one of the partners Apple is working with on its upcoming streaming television service, and according to a new report from <i>The Street</i>, Disney and Apple are disagreeing over how many Disney-owned channels will be available in Apple's television content bundle.<p>Disney is pushing Apple to …

Smart TV

Comment on Metta – Branding by Maria Grønlund by Rodrigo

“we will not put metta. let’s leave the open metta but, when we reach the metta, we will double.”

Adobe Wants To Kill Your Desktop

This year, Adobe will launch multitasking tools on mobile that might enable you to work faster than you would on a desktop.<p>If you use Photoshop or Illustrator for a living, you probably live at your desk, tethered to your standard-issue computer. But Scott Belsky, known best for founding the …

Captivating Cutlery

Every once in a while you stumble across an idea for a product that changes the very notion of it. A tiny alteration here or there and you have …

Withings Activité activity trackers are beautiful, but limited

Forget notifications, forget apps, forget all of the noisy little distractions masquerading as help -- sometimes a wearable is at its best when it stays out of your way. As it turns out, that's just what French hardware house Withings had in mind when it built the Activité ($450) and Activité Pop …

Objets Mécaniques – Brand identity by Nouvelle Administration

The brand identity of Objets Mécaniques, a slow design “laboratory” focusing on handmade everyday objects.<p>Nouvelle Administration is a Montreal, …

A British company has invented a boiler that generates electricity as well as heat

The Flow boiler provides both hot water and heat for the flats and apartments it is installed in but, on top of that, it also produces electric energy that can power household appliances.<p>It aims at covering several energy needs with one single energy source, potentially allowing customers to …

Electrical Grid

App of the Week: Acorns invests the spare change from your everyday purchases

Investing in the stock market can be a daunting proposition: everyone knows you need a diversified portfolio, but how do you get one without turning …

The Untold Story Of Shake Shack’s $1.6 Billion Branding

For the first time, Pentagram tells the story of building Shake Shack’s branding from the ground up.<p>Last week, Shake Shack went public in an IPO that ballooned to $1.6 billion–cementing the brand’s journey from a one-off boutique stand in New York’s Madison Square Park to a multinational burger …

Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $52.5M For Its Online Education Business

NetDragon, one of China’s leading mobile and games development companies, has raised $52.5 million in Series A funding for its online education business from investors including IDG Capital, Vertex Venture, and Alpha Animation, an animation studio based in Shenzhen. The round values NetDragon’s …

Reproducing Scholten & Baijings Book

In 2000, Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings set out to design functional products, exclusively collaborate with the world's best brands and professionals and to find a balance between industrially produced series and experimental projects. Looking back on what the two have …

Design

Insteon unveils its HomeKit-enabled Hub and automation app

HomeKit, Apple’s framework for connecting automation accessories and Siri together, is already proving to be a big hit at CES 2015. Today home automation company Insteon unveiled its own HomeKit plans as part of the Consumer Electronics Show. Specifically, Insteon announced its new app that will …

First Impressions: Leica M-A

When Leica announced the M-A camera at Photokina 2014, a spark was lit. We don’t believe it’s possible for a camera to be a soul mate, but if it was …

Canopy Brings Curated Shopping to iPhone

I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping in an actual brick and mortar store. Because of that, I try to purchase most of my items online and most of that via the gigantic and sometimes overwhelming Amazon.com.<p>The paralysis of of “too much stuff” is where the Canopy service and its new iOS app …

Post Rakuten Acquisition, Slice Buys Unroll․Me To Add Email List Control To Its Shopping App

Slice, the shopping and package tracking app acquired by Rakuten earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Unroll.Me, an app that lets users roll up and manage mass-email subscriptions and unsubscribe to those that have tipped into the point of being useless …

Scan business cards into Evernote for Android without upgrading

Evernote for Android has been trailing the iOS version when it comes to new features, like the ability to scan business cards. Being able to scan a card is useful because it syncs to your account, you won't have to keep track of a paper card, and it saves you time by doing the typing for …

Wunderlist Gives Its Windows and Windows Phone Apps a Refresh, with Better Performance and Viewing Options

Wunderlist has updated its cross-platform to-do app clients for Windows 7, 8 and Windows Phone 8, boasting better performance, new view options, live tile support and more.<p>While a Windows desktop client for Wunderlist has existed and received updates for a long while, the new app for Windows 7 is …

Amazon, Facebook creep up video ranks, but miles behind Netflix

Watch your back, Netflix.<p>The streaming-video service remains, by far, the biggest source of downstream Internet traffic during peak evening viewing hours in North America. But jostling in the lower ranks are Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and even Facebook, suggesting changes in where we watch online …

With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

Scheduling a meeting usually takes a few emails. Add a third person, and you are now stuck in an email nightmare. French startup Vyte.in knows this too well, and will let you schedule meetings in a few clicks right in your browser.<p>“I’ve worked for 4 years in big companies and small startups — from …

Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Raises Further $60M

Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service, has closed a further $60 million in funding, giving the company a post-money valuation of $660 million. Investment comes from India’s Vy Capital, and existing backers Info Edge, and Sequoia Capital. It takes total funding to over $113 million.<p>“We …

Bold Tattoo Doubles as a Mind-Bending Optical Illusion

Separately, we enjoy looking at tattoos and optical illusions, so this union is the best of both worlds. Paul O'Rourke of Allstar Ink in Limerick, Ireland created this clever tattoo that will definitely make you do a double take. The swirling column that's inked on his client's arm appears to dip …

Inked

Nashville-Designed Peter Nappi Footwear and Accessories

In 2011, designer Philip Nappi and co-founder Dana Nappi sought to restore a century-old tradition of shoemaking that grandfather Peter Nappi brought to the US from Italy over 100 years before. With that, the brand Peter Nappi was born and the dedicated grandson—designing from Nashville, …

Luxury Lifestyle

Personalized Custom Family Portrait of 4 // Mothers Day Gift Ideas // Hand-Painted Wooden Peg Dolls - Heirloom Wooden Toy Family portrait

Netflix's public API is dead, but InstantWatcher is not

It's amazing how quickly five months fly by. Netflix announced in June that its public API would shut off and now we've reached the appointed day. As we mentioned then, several of the popular third-party tools built with access to Netflix's services have been chosen to continue on: InstantWatcher, …

Prynt turns your phone into a picture-printing Polaroid camera

As smartphones continue to up the ante when it comes to how well they take pictures and the technology used in doing so, more and more people turn to their phone as the main photo shooting apparatus of the house. Companies like Prynt realize that, and have developed a smartphone case that …

Mobile Photography

Charlie's Gonna Be a Kitchen Star: Support the Charlie Cart on Kickstarter!

Home-cooked food, hands-on learning, healthy living and modular design are all potent buzzwords. Through the Charlie Cart Project, they can be put to …