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What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

There’s A Looming Threat To The Way Uber And Other Rich New Startups Do Business

New York Magazine's Kevin Roose just wrote a story exposing a big threat to a whole host of successful startups.<p>Lately, there's been a rise in a new type of startup: "on demand" startups.<p>Basically they are like Uber, but instead of summoning taxi drivers, they summon other service providers — food …

Startups

Messaging apps: 20 tricks to raise your chat game

Facebook Messenger<p><b>1) Avoid using Messenger</b><p>Facebook has drawn the ire of its users by making it nigh-on impossible to not move over to the new Messenger app, which replaces the message functionality on the Facebook app itself. Now, when you click on messages, you are obliged to install Messenger, …

58% off TOCCs Feather Buds Bluetooth Headphones

Going for a run? Commuting to work? Don’t let troublesome headphone cables slow you down. The TOCCs Feather Buds headphones let you enjoy your favorite tunes as you go about your day with total flexibility. Pair them with any Bluetooth device and enjoy your music wirelessly up to 30ft away.<p>With …

Consumer Tech

5 startups that could radically transform the world around us

Some startups are useful, some are beautiful, and some are pointless – I’m looking at you, Yo!<p>Then, there are some design ideas that have the potential to radically change our futures. These are creations that 15 years ago you wouldn’t have dreamed possible.<p>At the Victoria & Albert Museum this week …

What Apple has in common with Britain's top spy agency

Apple’s new futuristic $5 billion headquarters, now under construction in Cupertino, California, bears a serious resemblance to the headquarters of Britain’s top spy agency, GCHQ.<p>Both headquarters look like doughnuts — or, if you’re being generous, giant flying saucers.<p>The GCHQ is Britain’s …

Friends, relatives grieve for Malaysia Airlines victims - CNN.com

<i>Remembering those on Flight MH17: Share your photos and tributes with CNN iReport.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- A nun, a leading AIDS researcher, an international athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation.<p>The victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from around the world and held a wide range of hopes …

'We Have Just Shot Down a Plane': Haunting Audio From the Crash Scene

"They shouldn't be [expletive] flying. There's a war going on."<p>"It's smoking."<p>The voice reportedly belongs to Igor Bezler, a commander of the separatist rebels in Ukraine, speaking to Russian officers. It is the first of three chilling phone calls intercepted by Ukraine, which purportedly shows …

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Ongoing research suggests at least two 2,000-year-old corpses had traveled before their deaths.<p>Cast into northern European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But new clues are coming in the centuries-old mystery of their origins.<p>Over …

Take a look inside GCHQ's manipulation toolkit

If you were rather irked by the news that Facebook conducted a mass experiment on users by modifying news feeds to manipulate emotions, look away now.<p>…

New drug called Snapchat hospitalising users

Australian police have issued a warning about a new drug called Snapchat, branded with the Snapchat logo and based on bath salts.<p>Four men were sent to hospital in Darwin over the weekend after taking a new drug called Snapchat, showing symptoms of wild aggression and hysteria, prompting Northern …

Northern Territory

iFind is the world's first battery-free location tag

iFind is a battery-free item location tag. It helps you ease the pain by saving you the time and frustration of trying to locate your misplaced item. Plus, your brain is also liberated from intense thoughts of “where did I last put it?”<p>Item-locating hardware devices like iFind aim to aid you in the …

Lie Like A Lady: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots Of The Turing Test

By now, you may have heard that the Turing Test, that hallowed old test of machine intelligence proposed by pioneering mathematician Alan Turing in 1950, has been passed. In a contest held this past weekend, a chatbot posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy fooled a third of its human judges into …

Alan Turing

How Dame Shirley Jumped Over Tech's Gender Gap In The 1960s

Amid the calls to "lean in" and endless head-scratching over how technology companies can recruit and retain women, the statistics — and their refusal to budge — are sober reminders that tech still has a gender problem. Women head only 3 percent of startups and represent only 20 percent of software …

How Well Do Tech Companies Protect Your Data From Snooping?

What happens to your information online? Is it safe? Is it private?<p>The answers depend in part on what services you use. So we set out to help you figure out the answers for yourself.<p>But you may have noticed there is a lot of stuff on the Internet, and I am sorry to say we didn't test it …

Pingboard wants to bring order to office operations

Office managers have to keep up with all the activity in an office, the employees, and pretty much everything else about the company — which is not an easy task.<p>Enter Pingboard, a service that seeks to become the most important resource for busy companies. The service, which launches to the public …

Tile, The Lost-Item Tracker With Millions In Crowdfunding, Was Worth The Wait

The first thing you’ll notice about Tile, the crowdfunded lost-item finder that attaches to bags, keys, bikes and more, is that it’s big. I mean, I know the company provided the device’s specs beforehand, but it’s still a surprise to see this large white square — bigger than a Wheat Thin and …

Vanishing spray makes World Cup debut

Now you see it, now you don't. That's the logic behind the vanishing spray being used at this year's World Cup in Brazil.<p>If you watched Thursday's opening Brazil-Croatia match, you may have seen it: Before a free kick in the first half, a referee pulled a spray can out of a holster and squirted a …

How to Opt Out of Facebook's Interest-Based Ads

Earlier today, Facebook revealed that ads served on mobile devices will include links to a Facebook Page, social context and sharing options from August 6. This move essentially brings its mobile apps in line with those on the desktop version of Facebook.<p>Now, however, Facebook has revealed another …

The Technology Behind The 2014 World Cup [Infographic]

Plus some cool numbers, like the amount of data traffic organizers expect attendees to generate<p>This infographic comes courtesy of the folks at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, whom we imagine know what they're talking about. Still curious about some of the things you see in …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S accessories: cases, keyboards and headphones!

Today’s Samsung announcement probably have tablet enthusiasts running all around. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 look, feel and work great. You can learn all about them in our hands-on posts of both the 8.4 and 10.5 versions.<p>Pre-ordering them will be a simple task as soon as tomorrow, and …

Electronics Industry

A Conversation With Linus Torvalds, Who Built The World's Most Robust Operating System And Gave It Away For Free

<i>Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones... I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)</i><p>In 1991, …

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond.<p>The company has …

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

What Are the Best Phone Apps for My Summer Camping Trip?

<i>A:</i><p>Before you go off the grid camping and hiking, tap the latest apps that will help you plan your trip, your trails, and where to pitch your tent. Even if you don’t have service, many of these apps will remain handy.<p>AllTrails<p>(AllTrails, Inc.)<p>A catalog of hiking routes in the U.S. and Canada, …

National Parks

I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

What Penguins Can Teach Us About Flu Pandemics

Despite our numerous differences, humans worldwide seem to have a common and interminable curiosity and affection towards penguins. These cute creatures have been a staple in any nature program, have been the focus of award-winning documentaries, and even been the stars of many a commercial from …

For Aspiring Female Engineers, A Square Meal Of Code

Last year, high school student Michelle Nguyen had all but given up her hope of becoming an engineer. A Senior at Mission High School in San Francisco (which did not offer a computer science class), she thought she had to be smarter, more privileged, and be a male to be successful in computer …

Cue Is A Connected Lab-In-A-Box For On-Demand Health Testing At Home

The quantified self and quantified health trends frequently overlap — but few startups are quite as tightly screwed into that sticking place as Cue. Not yet anyway.<p>This San Diego-based startup, which was founded back in 2009 in the midst of the swine flu peak and has attracted more than $1 million …

Doctors' Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled

Something curious was happening in the emergency room. Eight patients had come in within minutes of each other. Almost instantly, the junior resident, two interns and a medical student signed up for all of the them – except for one.<p>Half an hour passed, then an hour. As the senior resident doctor at …