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Billboards Recognize Minis, Target Drivers With Special Messages

BMW-owned Mini is celebrating its customers with an outdoor campaign that aims to bring the Mini-owning community together with a campaign by Iris.<p>As …

What they're saying about Samsung's Galaxy Gear

In rolling out its Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, Samsung effectively launched the smartwatch wars, becoming the biggest player in an emerging gadget market that could soon see Apple, Google and others join the fray.<p>"Today, Samsung reinvents a centuries-old product," Samsung research director Pranav …

Apple Hires Nike FuelBand Guru Jay Blahnik

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off his Nike FuelBand at D11<p>Fitness industry consultant Jay Blahnik, who played a key role in the development of Nike’s …

Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early

If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>I am not a successful entrepreneur. I do not know the secret to life. I know that I love what I do …

Time I

How Zara Ballooned Into a Multi-Billion Dollar Brand Without Advertising

Over the weekend came the news that Rosalia Mera -- who made the remarkable transition from a young seamstress to head of an international business …

Advertising

Startups Apparently Do Not Care That Android Is Better

In a must-read post for the tech industry, Twitter experience designer and serial startup founder Paul Stamatiou writes: “Android is Better.” His op-ed serves as something of a wake-up call for the industry, where developers building the next generation of mobile applications still heavily prefer …

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.<p>What happened to the company’s most …

Google

6 Signs Your Company’s Culture Stinks

Are your manager’s hands too clean?<p>Work-health index and industry surveys (like this and this) that put ‘culture’ at the core of why talent is attracted to or repelled from organizations abound. But you can’t miss what you don’t have–and for most startups, the beliefs and behaviors that create …

Employee Engagement

The “Whos” And “Wheres” Of iOS Device Usage Explained

In a new report released this morning, mobile analytics firm Flurry took a deep dive into the different types of people, or demographic segments, which skew more heavily toward iPhone or iPad. Some of the findings were somewhat obvious – that shoppers and business travelers skew toward iPhone, for …

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ‘launching next month’

Samsung will unveil its ‘Galaxy Gear’ smartwatch in Berlin on September 4, reports claim.<p>The South Korean giant hopes its new device, which it has already confirmed is in development, will give it a headstart against Apple. The iPhone-maker is claimed has 100 engineers working on their own …

Will Google Use Glass to Gauge Consumer Reaction to Ads in the Wild?

Google raised ad industry eyebrows on Friday after reports that it had patented the ability to use its mobile computing device Google Glass to track …

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects

Six cutting-edge design firms have teamed up with the world’s most popular brick-maker to impart the core principles of modern architecture.<p>The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white …

Lego

3-D printing booms, triggers rush for patents

It printed a gun that shot six times before falling apart. It crafted jewelry, custom prosthetics and spare machine parts. And, perhaps unbelievably, it spit out living embryonic cells.<p>3-D printing, limited only by our imagination, is undergoing a patent boom. Goldman Sachs recently cited 3-D …

3D Printing

With Deals Done, Fox Sports 1 and Advertisers to Hit 90 Million Homes Saturday

If Fox Sports 1 wants to compete with ESPN, then job one is to convince Madison Avenue it can grab enough eyeballs to justify their advertising …

Here's Why You'll Be Hooked On Wearables By This Time Next Year

I bought a Fitbit Flex about a week ago.<p>In case you haven’t heard of it, Fitbit is one of these “wearable computing” companies. It’s a small little device that sits in a rubber wrist band which you wear all day and night.<p>There are other wearable computing devices for your wrist including the …

Right brain: a bright future for data visualization

Google is preparing for screenless computers

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or lapel, that if you …

Google Glass

Robert Downey Jr. stars in quite possibly the year's most surreal ad

In this ad for Android company HTC, Robert Downey Jr. comes up with some bizarre suggestions for what HTC could stand for — and they become real. …

Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Prototype technology that turns any surface -- a wall, table, or floor -- into an interactive touch screen has been years in the making. Now, anyone can get their hands on the software.<p>Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by …

Touchscreens

Walnut Studiolo's Geoffrey Franklin Doesn't Want to Be a Widget Factory

Speaking of Walnut, filmmaker Tristan Stoch of Cineastas recently sent us a quick note, correctly conjecturing that we "might be interested in this …

Commuting

Ball Robot Gets Upgrade for Kids

Robots are, for the most part, the prevue of adults. We design them, we build them and we get to play with them, but a growing number of companies …

The World’s Most Useful Bazaar

Five years ago, as Facebook was establishing global dominance and Twitter was showing promise as The Next Big Thing, there was little doubt that both would become hugely profitable. Today, after years of awkwardly placed ads, Promoted Tweets, privacy concerns, and struggling stock values, the …

How Google Ventures does rapid prototyping ‘design sprints’ with its 170 startups

How do you avoid the Duke Nukem Forever nightmare scenario of never shipping? Or how do you avoid shipping crap?<p>Those are two of the problems that Google Ventures companies face every day. So the $1.2 billion investment fund hired two designers to work with its 170 portfolio companies. And today …

People Really Love The Canary Smart Home Security Device

Imagine you’re out with friends and you get a text: “Looks like there’s movement in your home. Are you expecting anyone?” That’s the goal of Canary, a smart home security device that communicates with your smartphone. Canary will learn the rhythms and patterns of your home and alert your smartphone …

Smart Homes

Device Nags You to Sit Up Straight

“Sit up straight. Put your shoulders back. Don’t slouch.” Chances are good that you’ve heard nags like these from your mother more than a few times …

Time I

Absolut Launches Artistic Redesign of Flavored Vodka Range

Absolut and The Brand Union come together to redesign the vodka brand's entire range of flavored drinks. The redesigns, which can all be seen below, …

Why You Need A Diverse Network

Having a big network isn’t enough–to be effective, it has to be diverse as well.<p>The most successful people are often the most connected. Why? Network science shows that the quantity and quality of your relationships predict how innovative you’ll be–has something to do with that way your ideas will …

Success

Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

Remember “light bulb” jokes? My favorite was, “How many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb must <i>want</i> to change.” It’s true: Unless or until a person decides to commit to change wholeheartedly, no coach can help move him or her one-millimeter off the dime.<p>Worse yet …