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The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

Of all the things in this great green world which we desire, the most important is connection. That’s why the R.Pi IoT family is pretty cool. Built by the team that brought us TinyLab, these clever GPRS, GPS, XBee and LTE shields allow tinkerers to add wireless connectivity to their projects.<p>The …

Raspberry Pi

Indiegogo lets you invest in potential startups

When a kid with a good idea asks you for $20 to fund their new startup, you give that money in the hope they'll do some good. That can sting, however, when they become a multi-billionaire and you don't even get a note of thanks with $20 stapled to it. Indiegogo is working to remedy the issue by …

Facebook brings Instagram and Messenger together to make social for business easier

If you manage the social accounts for your business, Facebook's new integration aims to save you time.<p>Facebook, Instagram and Messenger will all be under the umbrella of a single app soon, Facebook has announced. With businesses in mind, Facebook is integrating all three services into its Pages …

Apps

Microsoft Flow and PowerApps get a public launch November 1st

Flow, Microsoft's in-house version of IFTTT, has been in preview mode since April, but the folks at Redmond are finally ready to open the service up to the general public. Starting November 1, Flow will be available in 42 languages worldwide, alongside PowerApps -- Microsoft's code-free …

Survival of the fittest

One of the most misunderstood quotes has to be ‘survival of the fittest’.<p>Biologically speaking, people assume it means that only the strongest survive. But for us humans, ‘strong’ and ‘survival’ cover a plethora of aspects. From healthy and fit, to powerful and rich. What it should mean is ‘those …

Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here's How

Here’s how to sideload iOS apps to iPhone or iPad on Windows or Mac using the Cydia Impactor tool. No jailbreak is required for this to work!<p>We’ve …

Flying cars on demand? Yeah, Uber's working on that

The massive ride-sharing startup envisions a world of flying commuter vehicles not that far down the road. Or is that flight path?<p>Flying cars have been a trope of every science fiction vision of the future from "The Jetsons" to "Blade Runner" and "Back to the Future," yet we've made little real …

Blade Runner

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

Apps

How a leather bag startup hit $1 million in sales in 14 months

Jennifer Chong's boyfriend Roman Khan needed a stylish, functional leather briefcase for work.<p>His requirements were simple but hard to find: well-made, affordable and no visible logo.<p>When Khan couldn't find one that met his needs, 28-year-old Chong stepped in to design one instead.<p>"He and I are …

Startups

For Tesla, Electric Car Sales Explode In All The Wrong Places

More than 2 million electric vehicles may be on the world’s roads by the end of 2016, writes the Guardian, citing data from the electric vehicle world database EV Volumes. That should be good news for electric carmaker Tesla. It is not. A closer look at the data shows that most of the growth comes …

Electric Vehicles

Mattress Startup Casper Now Accepts Apple Pay on the Web

Casper has announced it now accepts Apple Pay on the web through Safari on both its desktop website on Mac and mobile website on iPhone and iPad.<p>Casper is a New York-based startup that sells an award-winning foam mattress exclusively through its website. The online retailer's product lineup also …

Blinded by the Dark (Energy)

It outweighs everything else in existence, it governs the fate of the Universe and it cannot be explained by known physics.<p>Dark energy is the name …

Physics

You can use encrypted chat app Signal on desktop now

Signal, the encrypted chat app powered by Open Whisper Systems, is finally available as a desktop app.<p>The free app, which has earned praise from Edward Snowden and security experts like Matt Green and Bruce Schneier for its tough encryption, has long been available for iPhone and Android users. …

Apps

Conversational chatbots are yielding superior user interfaces

It may be hard to believe all the hype out there about chatbots – if only because there’s just so darn much of it out there right now to believe. But I’m here to attest that bots are not just a fad. Based on the early returns we’ve witnessed since developing one to use with our community of sports …

Snapchat is bringing its real-time sports filters to high schools

High school football is about to get a lot more Snapchat-friendly.<p>The photo app will soon debut a new type of geofilter that shows sports scores for …

What Airbnb And The Uber-Didi Deal Tell Us About Marketplaces And Monopolies

One of the most attractive facets of any marketplace business is its defensibility. The logic proceeds as follows: sellers will always flock to the platform that contains the most buyers and vice versa. These marketplace network effects, in turn, create a virtuous circle. This leads to the creation …

Startups

You’re a travel agent! You’re a travel agent! Everyone’s a travel agent!

Amsterdam-based TRVL is aiming to shake up the travel industry by turning you (and that guy, and the lady over there and that chap over there, too) into a travel agent. The platform is a sharing-economy approach to booking travel for your friends and complete and utter strangers.<p>The pain point TRVL …

Travel Industry

Skype rolls out its suite of third-party app chatbots

Skype is the latest service to be joining in on the bot craze. After deploying a preview of Skype Bots back in April, the company is pushing a new series of chatbots out into the Skype Bot directory across Windows, Android, iOS, Mac and Web apps.<p>The goal is to offer services to users in a more …

I've been building award-winning iOS apps for years — here's my best advice for designing a successful one

I've spent the better part of a decade building award-winning mobile apps for the App Store.<p>Yet I wanted to back up my own observations with advice directly from Apple (which has documents outlining the process of creating successful apps here, here, and here).<p>If you haven't read the App Store …

Apps

The Double-Slit Experiment That Blew Open Quantum Mechanics

Is light a wave or a particle? Yes.<p>The physics equations you learned in school don't work on the atomic scale. We have Newtonian physics to explain the world we can see and feel, and we have Einsteinian physics to explain the behavior of matter and light in the universe, but we observe a bunch of …

Microsoft Pix is a camera app for your iPhone that improves your photos

AI automatically enhances your photos<p>Microsoft is launching yet another iPhone app today: Microsoft Pix. While the default camera app on the iPhone takes great automatic photos, Microsoft thinks it can do better. Described as a "smarter camera app," Microsoft Pix uses artificial intelligence to …

Mobile Photography

Facebook's site should follow Messenger's design language

Changes in Facebook’s site design tend to upset and infuriate users who are used to the way it looks. So it’s understandable that the company treads lightly when it updates its layout.<p>It seems like Facebook is now taking cues from Messenger; the chat windows in the site now look a lot more like the …

Automate Google Sheets: An Introduction to Google Apps Script

Google has built some of the most effective productivity tools on the planet. With Gmail, Hangouts, Chrome, Docs, Sheets, and more, odds are you use …

Most Mobile Apps Fail: How to Make Sure Yours Doesn't | Inc.com

If you're planning to launch a mobile app to generate revenue, you won't like the look of these figures. Research from Gartner estimates that fewer than 0.01% of apps will be considered a financial success through to 2018.<p>With an average investment of $270,000 to design, build and launch an app, …

Apps

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All

“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.<p>Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up …

Avis’ New App Is a Giant Leap Forward for the Rental Industry

Avis Now, the re-launched app for the world’s second largest car rental brand, is a big step forward for the industry, which has been notoriously …

Apps

Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around …

Infographics

Twitter's verification is open to all. Here's how to get a blue tick

For years, some Twitter users have complained, whinged and even begged for the social network to verify their accounts.<p>Until now, verified accounts, …

Social Media

Gaming the system: Players selling Pokemon Go accounts online

Our unscientific survey shows many more sellers than buyers, and both parties could have their accounts disabled.<p>Too lazy to put in the time practicing your Pokeball throws, hunting down rare Pokemons, or evolving your captured collection? Hey there, Richie Rich, money solves everything!<p>Experienced …

Pokémon

Amazon eyeing up London restaurant delivery launch

With Deliveroo and Uber currently battling it out on London’s streets to deliver food from local restaurants, a third player with deep pockets may be about to enter the fight. According to multiple sources within the tech and food industry, Amazon is eyeing up a launch for its Amazon Restaurants …

Hospitality