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Warning over electrical brain stimulation

<b>Given the option, would you want to think faster and have sharper attention? Research suggests that electrical brain stimulation kits could have just those effects. But now some companies are selling such devices online, leading to calls to regulate the technology.</b><p>It may sound too good to be true …

The Brain

Why 'iPhone slow' shows up in search trends every September

The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets …

Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

The English workshop Auto Fabrica is fast developing a distinctive style. It’s the reduction of the motorcycle to its simplest form, finished to the highest standard with low-key paintwork. And it’s incredibly easy on the eye.<p>If there’s a four-wheeled parallel, it’s those super-sanitary hot …

Weight Loss

Why Europe should invest in imitation, not innovation

In economic debates, it is about as close to a mantra as you can get: Innovation is good, and faster innovation is even better. You can never have too much of it.<p>The World Bank, in a recent report, bemoaned what it called Europe’s “innovation deficit” and questioned whether Europe had “fundamental …

Innovation

Amazon Prime members get a $1 video credit for choosing slower shipping

One of the most attractive benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime is the free two-day shipping or an overnight option available for a small fee, depending on the item and destination. But in many cases, you might not need your stuff until the following week, making the e-tailer's new "no-rush …

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more human-like, we relate to them better—but only to a point. The ”uncanny valley” is this point.<p>The issue is that, as robots start to approach true human …

Why I Want You to Steal My Startup Idea

I've been developing a social innovation platform that can potentially enable us to self-organize and replicate the most effective ideas for social change that are already working in different regions around the world, without (unreasonably) waiting around for a few dozen politicians to fix all of …

Stone Age

McKinsey vets launch PolicyGenius to make insurance shopping less terrible

Shopping for insurance is often boring and unpleasant, much like eating brussels sprouts, said one PolicyGenius cofounder.<p>That’s why the cofounders of PolicyGenius have set out to make the tastiest brussels sprouts.<p>Both former McKinsey & Co. consultants, Jennifer Fitzgerald, and Francois de Lame …

China, Russia leaders seek South American inroads

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It's enough to make an aging U.S. Cold Warrior shudder.<p>During overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia have been welcomed with open arms by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. …

Revenue from the Google Play store will overtake Apple’s app store in 2018

The Google Play Store mobile app revenue will catch up to Apple’s App Store in 2018, according to Radio Free Mobile analyst Richard Windsor. The sheer magnitude of Android’s 80% market share is driving app revenue growth despite lower per capita spending by Android users.<p>If Clay Christensen is …

Apps