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5 Flat-Pack Furniture Companies That Are Cooler Than IKEA

Sick of disposable furniture but can’t afford high-end stuff? A new genre of companies fit somewhere in between–and they ship to your door.<p>While companies like ABC Home and Design Within Reach tout the idea of bringing high design to the masses, their items are still out of reach for most of us. …

Google makes its most powerful language parser open source

The days of us communicating with our computers by using our fingers are nearing an end. Google announced on Thursday that it is releasing its language parsing neural network framework, SyntaxNet, as an open source system. The released code includes everything you need to train it using your own …

Tagging may be the best way to make IoT contextually relevant and usable

Before the iPhone, we lived in caves.<p>And it was easy to organize things in our cave. Rocks went in the rock pile. Clubs went in the club pile. Bones went in the bone pile. We sorted, organized, and classified to manage our things.<p>As more people came to live in our cave, managing things got a little …

Google launches new machine learning platform

Google today announced a new machine learning platform for developers at its NEXT Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. As Google chairman Eric Schmidt stressed during today’s keynote, Google believes machine learning is “what’s next.” With this new platform, Google will make it …

Life, by subscription

The American dream is no longer for sale — but it is for rent. We are slowly going through a subtle shift in how the economy is owned and operated, with massive implications. On an average day, you may wake up, shower, dress, drive to work and return home. But the way you do it is changing: Where …

Adidas’s $600-a-year subscription for workout clothes is testing the limits of a big shopping trend

Whatever your shopping preferences, it seems these days that there’s a subscription box to cater to them. Birchbox, which peddles a monthly box of curated beauty samples, was an early player in a trendy format that has grown to include everything from healthy snacks to pet treats to proudly nerdy …

IfOnly Lands $10.25 Million Series B For Its Growing “Experiences” Marketplace

It used to be hard to take IfOnly very seriously. The 3.5-year-old, San Francisco-based company service has always serviced customers looking for unusual experiences, but they seemed out of reach for most, like the (expensive) chance to cook with famed chef Thomas Keller. That the company was …

Startups

The internet bundle is already here

...and it's a bot<p>For the past six years or so, this image that (as best I can tell) was created by Reddit user quink has been making the rounds as the "nightmare scenario" if net neutrality dies. It's the bundle: your favorite websites tiered up into different packages, forcing you to pay different …

How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel

Amar Kumar Contributor<p>Amar Kumar is the SVP of Efficacy & Research at Pearson.<p>Impatience characterizes the technology sector’s approach to education. Disruption is taking place in all other sectors of society — so, why not education? I know too well, whether at Pearson or in the classroom, the …

Education Technology

HSBC says the blockchain could be used for 'helicopter money'

The blockchain a sort of ledger that tracks transactions without an intermediary like a bank, and it's the something that the financial industry is excited about.<p>But according to HSBC, interest may spread beyond investment banks and towards central banks, the state monetary authorities responsible …

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice.<p>In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done through the network. Hence, it allows validating both the …

Blockchain

The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come.<p>When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already …

Super-Smart Apps Are Invading Our Keyboards

The origin story of the QWERTY keyboard layout is a very particular, very nerdy sort of mythology. There was a guy with a typewriter patent in the …

Estimote

These events can be captured and easily turned into relevant actions. Using data and software automation, a new frontier of real-world apps is …

The Smart UI Design Behind Apple's Frictionless 3D Touch

Midway through Apple’s demonstration of the new iPhone 6S, Craig Federighi took an emergency selfie. A what now? How can a selfie be an "emergency," …

Legendary Productivity And The Fear Of Modern Programming

Ritika Trikha Contributor<p>Ritika Trikha is a tech writer at HackerRank.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley<p>JavaScript master Douglas Crockford once said that software is the most complex thing that humans have ever created. It’s made up of intricate bits …

Branch’s Deep Links Let You Preview Apps In Your Browser

Branch, a startup focused on deep-linking technology, today released a new tool for developers called Deepviews that will help them deliver previews of their applications before they’re installed.<p>If someone doesn’t have a specific app installed, they’ll be sent to a landing page the developer makes …

Square Capital is advancing $1 million per day to small businesses

Last year, HubBub Coffee owner Drew Crockett tried several times to get a small loan to buy 10,000 branded coffee cups for his Philadelphia chain of …

Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This is a</i> <i>Q&A between attorneys Beth Ferrill and Lauren Dreyer of Finnegan, and UX/UI designers Erik Dreyer of GoodShuffle and John Sanchez of Academy.</i><p>User experience and user-interface design is an emerging field in the technology industry, even more so in the legal world of patents. …

Your Banking Future And The Big Brother Fed

Manhattan, 2040: Alice wants to open an antiques store. Chelsea seems like a good location. She has to find 150 square meters to move the items that she has collected over the years, and to go on a tour of flea markets in Eastern Europe, her area of expertise. She needs to finance the imports. The …

Central Banks

Data Privacy Just Makes Good Business Sense

Data, data everywhere and companies sucking it up at breakneck speed, sometimes without rhyme or reason, just feeding the big data collection machine.<p>A few years ago in an interview with Forbes, Tim O’Reilly famously said, “The Guy With The Most Data Wins.” It seems his statement was prescient, or …

Online Privacy

Self Lender Raises $1.5M To Help Americans Establish Credit

Former Disrupt Battlefield participant Self Lender has raised a $1.5 million round of seed capital from Silverton Partners, who wrote the full check. The new cash comes after the firm raised a prior total of $535,000 from TechStars, Kickstart Seed Fund, and Galvanize Ventures.<p>To date, Self Lender …

SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website

Most programmers like two things: pizza and things that make their work easier. That’s why I was especially interested in SlashDB, a product that purports to turn any data source into accessible XML, JSON, or HTML. Created by programmer Victor Olex, the system allows you to connect almost any data …

The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization

Personalization algorithms influence what you’ve chosen yesterday, what you choose today and what you’ll be choosing tomorrow.<p>Simultaneously, there seems to be something wrong with personalization. We are continuously bumping into obtrusive, uninteresting ads. Our digital personal assistant isn’t …

Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery

Routific is the latest startup hoping to take advantage of growing interest in on-demand services. It’s not trying to build the next Uber or Instacart, but instead giving small businesses the technology to run a delivery business of their own.<p>After all, managing a fleet of multiple drivers who need …

Customers

Gracious Eloise Opens Up API To Digitize Anyone’s Handwriting

Our handwriting, though slowly disappearing from existence, is one of the more unique things about us. But anyone who has ever sat down to write more than a dozen “thank you” notes knows how time-consuming it can be to hand-write everything.<p>That’s where Gracious Eloise comes in.<p>The company has …

YC-Backed Rickshaw Provides An API For Local Deliveries

Ever since Uber launched to enable users to hail a ride with a mobile app, any number of on-demand and same-day delivery services have emerged. In most cases, those companies end up building out their own logistics infrastructure and hiring their own delivery drivers.<p>But why keep reinventing the …

Startups

How a restaurant with no cash registers and no prices makes money

A Panera Cares Café looks just like any one of the other 1,600 Panera locations around the United States: the same striped awnings, the same comfortable booths, the same ridiculously tasty Cobblestone Rolls that will add 10 pounds if you so much as look at them.<p>But look closer and you’ll notice …

Customers

Estimize now crowdsourcing earnings estimates for private companies like Twitter, Hulu and Pinterest

New York startup Estimize set out to disrupt the business of sell-side analysis with the power of the crowd. After discovering that his site's …