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Pioneering 3D touch screens unveiled by Lancaster University

Scientists from Lancaster University are working on a project designed to create responsive 3D computer screens.<p>They have devised a way of making data "come out" of the screen.<p>The technology is being displayed at a major conference in South Korea this week.

Motion-powered 'smart' fabric could charge your electronics

Options for a wearable, portable charging solution include a jacket with solar panels stuck on the back and shoes that collect kinetic energy -- but a new type of fabric taps into something we usually find undesirable -- static electricity.<p>Created by a team led by materials scientist Sang-Woo Kim …

PureLiFi Raises £1.5M For Tech That Uses Pulsating LED Light To Create WiFI Alternative

PureLiFi, a spin out of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, is developing what it calls ‘LiFi’ technology, an alternative to wireless networking, such as WiFi or 5G, based on visible light communication (VLC). Specifically, the tech uses pulsating LED light, imperceptible to the human eye, as …

WonderCube: syncing, charging, storing in just one cube

There are some things in this world where the adage “size matters” can be considered literally. But then again, there are also those where “big …

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.<p>While he was a university student in the Netherlands in 2009, Pieter Levels started an electronic music channel on YouTube that he says became popular enough to pay the …

Costa Rica has only used renewable energy this year

Central American nation, once described as the greenest on the planet, thrives on rain and volcanoes<p>Costa Rica has reached an environmental milestone by using only renewable energy to generate power for at least the first 75 days of the year, a record for any country.<p>The Central American country, …

Post Modern Skateboard has no board, just two wheels

When a product shows up on the pages of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, you know it's bound to be entertaining. The Post Modern Skateboard certainly fits that description. You might notice the almost complete lack of resemblance to a skateboard as we know it. This product consists of two 10-inch …

13 Steps To Perfecting Your App Store Optimization

<i>Shlomo Garbi is the North America GM/VP Business Development at Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>When it comes to ASO, there are two types of people: one will admit to not having a clue what that is, and the other will tell …

App Store

Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and water

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity <i>and</i> potable water, all while generating zero emissions. It's all thanks to an innovative green energy …

InsideSales raises $60M in round led by Salesforce Ventures

Today’s new vocabulary word: “Neuralytics.”<p>That’s the term that InsideSales uses to describe its technology that helps companies use big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to identify sales patterns so their sales staff can make better predictions about customers’ wants and …

How Grindr Built a Niche Hit App on its Own Terms

While Tinder is often celebrated as the big hit dating app, Grindr has been serving its own niche audience of gay men for six years now and made a cultural impact along the way.<p>Bootstrapped with no VC funding and fuelled by word-of-mouth growth, Grindr is a great example of an company that has made …

50 Best Android Apps for 2014

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Checklist: How Smart CIOs Use Cloud To Meet Business Needs

Let me be clear from the start: Cloud computing is no longer an IT priority—it’s a <i>business</i> priority.<p>Here’s a 10-step checklist to ensure that cloud plays a strategic role in your success.<p>The potential of cloud computing extends far beyond simple financial savings or ease of provisioning. Instead, …

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This Serial Entrepreneur Keeps On Innovating

He has eliminated nearly every obstacle between dreaming up his ideas and making them happen. But how long can his magic last?<p>The United Nations delegation filed into Edo Segal's office, took their seats on the black leather couches, and got down to the business of the day: They needed …

Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.<p>It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. …

Now anybody can use Robinhood, the no-fee trading app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen

And after months of waiting, it's now open to anyone who wants to join.<p>Robinhood, a zero-commission brokerage app for iPhone that launched in December to a 700,000-person waitlist, is now available to the general public.<p>Here's why Robinhood is unlike any existing stock market app.<p>For starters, it's …

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Audvisor Raises $1.4M To Deliver Expert Advice In Three-Minute Audio Clips

If you’re the kind of person who’s got a pile of business books on your desk, books that make you think, “God, when am I going to have the time to read these?” — well, you might want to check a new smartphone app called Audvisor.<p>The startup offers advice in the form of three-minute audio clip from …

iOS Apps

5 ways to make money with your phone

You don't like to think about it, but between the up-front cost and the monthly contract payments, your phone costs you a fair bit of money. What you might not realize is that it can make you money, too.<p>You won’t get rich, but you can pay for a few trips to Starbucks. Here’s how to get started.<p><b>1.</b> …

To Reuse This Notebook, Just Pop It In The Microwave

The microwaveable analog Rocketbook saves paper, discourages snoops, and backs up your handwritten documents to the Cloud.<p>Whether you’re concerned about your paper waste, you don’t want coworkers snooping through your brilliant, top-secret sketches, or you simply don’t have room at home to store …

Meet Instant AppMachine, a Speedy Mobile App Builder

Running a small business is challenging, not only when it comes to designing and managing the best product or service, but also when it comes to presenting your creation to the public. When compared to large companies, there’s certainly less help available for critical processes like establishing a …

IFTTT rebrands with 3 new apps that make your life easier with one touch

IFTTT is taking its automating superpowers to a whole new level.<p>The company expanded its automation platform in a big way on Thursday with three new …

Samsung Acquires Apple Pay Rival LoopPay

Samsung today announced plans to purchase LoopPay, in an effort to compete with Apple's Apple Pay payments service. The two companies were in previously talks over a potential partnership in December for a payment system that would rival Apple Pay.<p>LoopPay's technology stores payment information …

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Kill The Hamburger Button

That little three-lined button is the devil. Whether you call it a side menu, navigation drawer, or a hamburger, hiding your features off-screen behind a nondescript icon in the corner is usually a poor mobile design choice. Interaction theory, A/B tests, and the evolution of some of the top apps …

Selling Through Customer Service: Turn Customers into Evangelists

<i>John-Paul Narowski is the founder of</i> <i>karmaCRM</i><i>, a simple Web-based CRM software focused on small businesses.</i><p>The days of high-pressured sales pitches by suave looking salespeople are over. You can thank the Internet for that. Nowadays, sales competition is fierce across industries, and a popular way …

Now 100 Cities Strong, Startup Grind Aims To Spread The Entrepreneurial Bug Worldwide

One thing I often hear when talking to entrepreneurs who live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area is that it’s hard for them to connect with other entrepreneurs nearby. It’s not that there are no startup-minded folks in Boise, Idaho or Guatemala City, Guatemala. There are just fewer events to …

7 Things You Should Do Before Launching a Beacon Program

<i>Sam Gaddis is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mutual Mobile.</i><p>The buzz around beacons is substantial. Up to now it has been predominantly contained to retail, with brands salivating over the prospect of being able to reach their customers long before they make their way to the sales counter, but a …

Beyond the Grocery Smart Cart, the iBeacon Beckons

Despite e-commerce’s surge, some 90 percent of what people buy still comes out of brick-and-mortar stores. And when it comes to consumer-packaged …