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Property Porn: Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour Edition

Calling all design lovers and real estate junkies: The Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour returns on Saturday, May 14th, with five cool houses and the …

Architecture

German Carpenter/Interaction Designer's Hi-Tech Ping Pong Table

Thomas Mayer's Interactive Table Tennis Trainer<p>German designer Thomas Mayer underwent the carpenter's apprenticeship we discussed here, but …

Furniture

The 200 billion dollar chatbot disruption

In 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. That astronomical number set off waves of speculation as to what value Facebook could possibly see in a company with just 55 employees and roughly $20 million in revenue, although it had 500 million users. At last week’s F8 conference, that …

This photographer shoots sharks in an underwater studio

<i>This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Photography

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture: JPDA - Project - NYC Shoebox Apartment (East Village Studio)

Recession Special: Home & Workplace in Ten Feet by Forty<br>Storage, restraint, and efficiency were key in carving this bachelor’s studio in the East …

A man just smashed a world record with a jet-powered hoverboard

Flyboard Air inventor Franky Zapata sets Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight<p>Franky Zapata, the French jet ski champion who invented the Flyboard Air, has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Zapata achieved the feat Saturday morning off the coast of …

Hoverboards

Chris Sacca Thinks Twitter is Way Too White, and It's Costing Him Money

Twitter’s best frenemy is at it again. Thursday at the Collision Conference, Chris Sacca, one of the social media platform’s largest early investors, …

Social Media

Google's vision of the future is a smart assistant that follows you everywhere

The company is working towards creating a smart assistant that can follow you anywhere, according to this year's "Founders' Letter" where CEO Sundar Pichai laid out the company's biggest focus points.<p>"Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the 'device' to fade …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch a Daring Hoverboard Ride on a Skyscraper's Edge

Russia’s urban climber “Oleg Cricket” takes a hoverboard where no hoverboard has been before.<p>What’s stupider than riding a hoverboard? How about doing it on the edge of a skyscraper so tall that one slip and you’d be smashed into a cloud of red mist?<p>Russia’s Oleg Sherstyachenko seemingly performed …

Giroptic’s unique take on the 360-degree camera is now shipping

Up close with the crowdfunded 360cam<p>Two years ago, a company called Giroptic held a pretty successful Kickstarter campaign for the 360cam, ostensibly the first consumer-ready camera that could shoot 360-degree photos and videos. In the time that it took the company to turn that cash into a real …

Mobile Photography

The tallest skyscraper in Stockholm will be made entirely out of wood

1/<p>The new building, "Trätoppen," or "tree top," will sit inside in the middle of an existing car park.<p>Anders Berensson Architects<p>"If we want to …

Green fuzz on buildings is an admission of defeat, says Edwin Heathcote

Hurrah for Edwin Heathcote, the architectural critic for the Financial Times, for writing about The curse of green fuzz on buildings that you see …

The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good

This morning, just like every Monday morning, 75 million Spotify users received a great new mixtape: 30 songs that feel like a gift from a music-loving friend, who might once have made a cassette tape with your name scrawled across the front.<p>But these playlists, from Spotify’s Discover Weekly …

Culinary Arts

This Adult Coloring Book App Will Help You Stay Relaxed And Focused

All the de-stressing benefits of coloring, on-the-go. Your choice whether you want to stay in the lines.<p>“Coloring in” as an activity <i>may</i> be as therapeutic as knitting, or hooking a rug, or even something as mundane as polishing all of your shoes while you binge-watch an entire series of <i>Better Call</i> …

Self-Help: There’s An App For That

Andrew Shatté Contributor<p>Andrew Shatté is the chief science officer of meQuilibrium.<p>Digital therapy is the new frontier of health innovation — and the tech world has taken notice. Myriad apps promise to make you happier, more mindful, less anxious — you name it.<p>But, do they work?<p>Recently, …

Innovation

Blind photographer's concert pictures are an Instagram hit

Blind photographer Ahmad Zaghal talks to the BBC about his work taking pictures at music concerts, which has gained him a following on photo-sharing service Instagram.<p>Together with Sean Gray, who was born with cerebral palsy and is the lead singer in the band Birth (Defects), Ahmad also hosts a …

Photography

T-Mobile Stops Counting Netflix, HBO, Hulu, And Other Video Streams Against Your Data Usage

Watching Netflix on your phone is a great way to blast through some spare time — but it’s also a great way to blast through your monthly allotment of data in no time flat.<p>T-Mobile is using this as a competitive advantage. From this Sunday on, T-Mobile will no longer count Netflix (and a few other …

T-Mobile

Full Moon Lamp Provides Mystical Glow to Set Tranquil Mood

Illuminate your space and mind by incorporating the beauty of the natural world into your home. Acorn Studio, a Taiwan-based company, is helping to do just that with <i>Luna</i>, their Indiegogo-funded series of full moon lamps that bring an element of magic to interior design. This serene decor casts away …

Interior Design

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

You're never going to look at your favorite toy the same way again.<p>Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you …

Lego

After building a $14 million company in 13 months, college party app Wigo is dead

The app became a sensation earlier this year by making college kids wait to use it and deploying several other smart tactics to make the app go viral, such as signing on user "ambassadors" at each school.<p>When it was 13 months old, Wigo raised $1.4 million at a valuation of $14 million from tech …

Startups

Sony's ​Project Morpheus is now PlayStation VR

The virtual reality headset for gaming has been renamed as it prepares for launch with games such as Final Fantasy XIV.<p>Project Morpheus is now PlayStation VR. Sony's virtual reality headset has been renamed as it gets closer to going on sale.<p>Virtual reality could be the next big thing in …

Virtual Reality

Articles about these incredibly tiny cabins tree houses and mobile dwellings are all less on Dwell.com - Dwell

The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods...<p>It doesn't get much more idyllic than this: An illustrator of children's books who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British...<p>At 204 square feet, this DIY tiny home on …

New York State

Mom wins huge fair use ruling in Prince "dancing baby" case

Score one for dancing toddlers. On Monday, an influential appeals court sided with mother Stephanie Lenz in a long-running case over a 29-second …

Fair Use

A former Apple executive is selling his incredible $35 million California smart home

He started designing the contemporary home with a bevy of automated features in 2005, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>But by the time it was completed — just a few weeks ago — he no longer needed the 10,000-square-foot mansion, as his kids are all grown up.<p>Located in Santa Barbara, California, …

Dining Rooms

Beyonce could be wearing "Intel-ligent" fashion on her next tour

Beyoncé, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj are just a few of entertainment's power players that have been rocking the edgy, architectural clothing line, …