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This cell phone assembles itself

Cell phones can do a lot of amazing things. Connect people across the world, provide instant information on any topic, text tiny cartoons. But they still rely on people and machinery to put them together and bring them to life.<p>Researchers at MIT are trying to fix that by designing a phone that …

Apparently you can find nearby businesses by searching ‘**’ on Google

Google is seemingly testing a new feature in search: the ability to quickly find locations nearby with a search query. It doesn’t appear to be working for everyone, but apparently when some search for “**” (don’t forget to drop the quotation marks), users get a list business that are physically …

Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device.<p>Proxy’s cofounders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner said they were inspired to create their …

Logikcull raises $10M to let lawyers analyze documents at the speed of a thousand interns

As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.<p>Before any big trial a lawyer (and their associates and interns) has to find, …

Opera brings its free and easy-to-use VPN service to Android

Browser developer Opera has launched a free VPN app for Android, allowing you to run apps and visit sites anonymously on your mobile device with ease.<p>As with its iOS counterpart that was released earlier this year, Opera VPN doesn’t require you to create an account and doesn’t set limits on how …

How the Founder of Savannah College of Art and Design Built a University from Scratch

Paula Wallace started with a Volkswagen Beetle and a dream<p>Though her career was in education, Wallace grew up loving the arts and felt there was a need for a more rigorous type of education in the field. In her elementary school setting, she'd become known as something of a rogue teacher —€” taking …

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The best time to buy airline tickets and more 2016 travel predictions

With 2015 coming to a close, travelers are looking ahead and making vacation plans for the coming year. Travel companies are wondering: Where are people headed, and how much do they plan to spend? And consumers are trying to find the best bargains.<p>TripAdvisor, Travelex and Expedia surveyed and …

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments | Colossal

<p>These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are …