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No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.<p>If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in …

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Articles about denvers energy efficient home on Dwell.com - Dwell

John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers.<p>Are you looking for some efficient ways to save energy at home? First and foremost, check your energy bill.<p>A family's dream of living in a converted warehouse becomes a reality when Zen Architects successfully transforms a leaky...<p>How an unfussy, nearly …

Clean Energy

Articles about bright efficient upgrade transforms victorian toronto on Dwell.com - Dwell

Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.<p>Toronto, Ontario, is one metropolis that never ceases to amaze me with its never-ceasing construction.<p>There seems to be no end to the superlatives being used to describe …

Architecture

Methods for Maneuvering Through Spring Mud, Vol. 1

Changing Planet<p>There is more to walking through mud than just moving each leg in turn.<p>During my time working with Adventures and Scientists for Conservation’s Landmark project to survey wildlife on the American Prairie Reserve, I’ve learned that proper technique can be the difference between …

The making of Surface 3: Microsoft's little tablet grows up

Microsoft knows there's a lot riding on the Surface 3. And it looks like the company's finally listened to feedback from people who have asked for a little more oomph from these devices. Nearly three years after Surface with Windows RT was born, Microsoft is introducing its third-generation …

Gear & Gadgets

Tesla's next charger will automatically connect to your car

One of the constant (if minor) hassles of electric car ownership is having to plug in whenever you get home. Wouldn't it be nice if the charger could do that for you? That may just happen. Tesla's Elon Musk has revealed that his company is working on a charger that automatically extends from the …

MIT’s CityHome Is A House In A Box You Control By Waving Your Hand

Think 200 square feet is too small to live in? MIT Media Lab might persuade you otherwise.<p>Two hundred square feet. It’s horrifyingly small, even by New York standards. But a new project called CityHome, by MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group, can make it feel like you’re living in an apartment …

Dining Rooms

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now available through Expansys USA

If you live in the United States and have been having a hard time getting your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy A3 or A5, that wait may be over. Expansys USA has both devices in stock right now.<p>Expansys USA is offering up both LTE devices unlocked with dual SIM in the color white. The A3 comes with …

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10 of the Best Android Apps from November 2014

November sure was a busy month for new apps and notable updates; from photo recognition, to launchers, to Biz Stone’s new app for sharing random thoughts.<p>Here are 10 of the essential new apps and updates that you should know about from November.<p>Yummly<p>If you’re an Android owning foodie, there’s a …

10 of the Best iPhone and iPad Apps from November 2014

With November now firmly behind us and December rapidly passing by, it’s time to take a look at the best new and updated apps for iPhone and iPad from last month.<p>From emoji-fying keyboards, to new ways to record a podcast, to ‘Tinder for new music’; we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.<p>Rinbw<p>Rinbw is …

How Technology Is Transforming Microfinance

<i>Vikas Lalwani is a member of the marketing team at FusionCharts, a startup providing JavaScript charts to 23,000+ customers. He also volunteers as community manager at Zidisha,</i><p>Microfinance, in simplest words, can be defined as providing small loans to people in need. It is already a $70 billion …

Smartphones Are the Hotel Room Keys of the Future

You can already use your phone to pay for your groceries and start your car – and soon, you’ll be able to use it to enter your hotel room too.<p>US-headquartered hotel chain Starwood just launched its new program, dubbed SPG Keyless, to allow guests across 10 Aloft, Element and W brand hotels in its …

Thank you, Tim Cook

Why we're not "moving on" from the Apple CEO's big statement today<p>In a way, what Tim Cook said today felt inevitable. At least since 2008, when Owen Thomas asked the question in Gawker, a steady accretion of reporting has suggested Apple’s chief executive is gay. By 2011, Cook’s sexual orientation …

Articles about planning historic home renovation on Dwell.com - Dwell

The stately Tudor Revival-style manor in Pacific Heights was the home of the British consul general and site of a formal...<p>After suffering a devastating fire, the chic chateau—now home to a family of three—undergoes a transformational restoration.<p>When you are involved in building renovations, …

Architecture

Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

Jet Lag

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

European Travel

Best hangover foods from around the world

It’s 10am and you vaguely recall last night involved small glasses of something resembling vodka standing to attention on the bar as you slid off your stool and into a roller coaster dressed up as a taxi and the coffee you just ordered tastes like brown water and you can’t find your sunglasses and …

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Samsung hedges Android bet with first Tizen phone

The Samsung Z will hit Russia this year<p>After making its way into Samsung cameras and smartwatches, the Tizen operating system is finally on a phone. The Samsung Z is the first Tizen smartphone, representing a third pillar alongside Samsung's efforts with Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows …

The Future of Office Design - Dwell

Back in the day, a model employee was an "organization man," loyal to a company. And the workplace was a model of organization, too: a rigid grid of cubicles, centered by conference rooms, squared by corner suites.<p>Today, that landscape has evolved—or more precisely, dissolved. The concepts that …

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Articles about new-york-shop-austrian-design-sensibility on Dwell.com - Dwell

Two Viennese expats open a New York City shop stocked with furniture, lighting, and accessories from their home country and...<p>The Dwell team explored a week of design events in New York, snapping informal shots along the way.<p>The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography is an appointment …

New York City

Articles about design icon c howard crane on Dwell.com - Dwell

A skilled and spiritual craftsman, George Nakashima crafted wood furniture that elevated and showcased natural forms.<p>Greta Grossman, for a while relegated to the footnotes of design history, is finally getting the deserved recognition as one of...<p>Alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, …

Architecture

What It Really Feels Like to Ride in a Self-Driving Car

Google’s project to change transportation by designing cars which can drive themselves is getting less secretive. On Tuesday, the company pulled back …

Driverless Cars

Hudway AR HUD with new voice assist is 'a professional co-driver on your phone'

Hudway, the augmented-reality app that creates a head-up display for driving by reflecting off your windshield, will be updating with voice assist.<p>Hudway is one of the cleverest driving apps we've seen. You place your Android or iOS phone on your dashboard, and it reflects a head-up display on to …

Augmented Reality

This Is What A Holographic iPhone Might Look Like

Lasers. Infrared sensors. Parabolic mirror assemblies. These are the technologies that could allow iPhones of the future to project holograms from 3-D screens, according to a new Apple patent application.<p>Now, whether or not Apple will actually make such a device, no one knows. It’s perfectly common …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Incremental Is The New Cool

Apple is under siege. Samsung is moving from strength to strength with every new version of its flagship Galaxy phones and this year is likely to be no exception, with the S5 on the horizon.<p>What started out as a poor alternative to the iPhone is quickly becoming a powerful adversary; Samsung is …