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How Nigeria is wasting its rich water resources

Nigeria is so rich in water resources that many of its 36 states are named after rivers. In addition to surface water found in nearly every part of …

Yes, You Do Have Time to Read 200 Books This Year | Inc.com

There's no secret to how to get smarter. You read. A lot.<p>Really, that's it.<p>And if you don't believe me, there's a whole host of luminaries, from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing.<p>But if building your brainpower is that …

Social Media

Transforming pond retreat fits everything you need into one box

The stunningly simple dwelling conceals fold-out components that can turn it into a yoga studio, office, and more<p>What do you design for a client who wants a space for everything? That was the question Aussie firm Branch Studio Architects faced confronted for one of their latest commissions, a …

Architecture

Gravit Is a Free Browser-Based Alternative to Adobe Illustrator or Fireworks

Need to create a logo, website mockup, or any kind of digital illustration? You don’t need to buy or download software to do so. Gravit is a robust …

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

A Map in Your iPhone Is Tracking You. Here’s How to Zap It

Author: Molly McHugh. Molly McHugh Gear<p>Date of Publication: 11.13.15.<p>Time of Publication: 4:30 pm. 4:30 pm<p>Buried in your iOS location settings is a …

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

#ProfilesWeLove: How to Present Yourself on Flipboard

You’ve got the basics down. An awesome profile avatar, concise description and magazines with stunning covers. What could you possibly improve? There are more ways you can take your profile a step further.<p>Branding isn’t just for companies, but it can be a great way to market yourself. You don’t …

Selling

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: Ashlee Vance: 9780062301239: Amazon.com: Books

<i>The New York Times</i><p><i>Forbes</i><p>When I walked into Barnes & Noble two weeks ago, I wasn't actually looking to purchase a book. Usually, I go in, browse for 30 minutes, and get out. But when I walked around to the Physics and Science section, the first thing I saw was Elon Musk's face.<p>Inevitably, I picked …

Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

23 Times Phil Dunphy Was the Best Part of 'Modern Family'

Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is a well-meaning father, loyal husband, nearly-perfect son, amateur inventor, and all-around amazing guy. His "Phil's-osophies" are almost as legendary as his spectacular puns. When he's not doling out fatherly advice, he's making pop-culture references that send Tumblr …

TV shows

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

Microsoft rebrands Acompli as Outlook for iOS and Android

Microsoft

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app now lets you access a home PC from your iPhone

There are plenty of remote desktop apps that let you log into and control a home computer from your iPhone or iPad. But some of the better options cost money and probably aren't as simple as logging into your Google account. Today, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app, already on Android …

Seagate and LaCie debut fashionable/wireless hard drives for iOS and Mac ahead of 2015 CES

Seagate and its LaCie subsidiary have announced five new hard drives just ahead of this week’s 2015 CES, including two new iOS-compatible wireless models and three new Mac-only disks. All except one will be available in January from the company’s web sites.<p>For iOS, the 500GB <b>Seagate Wireless</b> ($130) …

Gear & Gadgets

Projector Brought Into the Forest Turns Nature Into a Glowing Wonderland

3D projections are often used nowadays to create eye-popping visuals on flat surfaces such as the sides of buildings or on basketball courts, but …

The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape

Many have come to associate drones with the looming unmanned aircraft deployed in the defense industry, but as technology continues to improve drones …

Smart Cities

10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

In the world of marketing, image is everything. If you're James Franco or Roger Federer or Taylor Swift, your name and face can be used to sell anything from phones to watches to perfume -- even if you're not necessarily famous for the your tech-savvy, your promptness, or the way you smell.<p>In the …

Ten Strange Things Eaten in China

10 Reasons Why the Internet is Not the Answer

<i>This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming TNW USA Conference on December 10 in New York. It is adapted from Andrew’s new book, The Internet is Not the Answer, which will be published in the US on January 6th 2015.</i><p>With the Internet about to celebrate its fiftieth …

NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with …

Bill to have all Russians fingerprinted and DNA profiled submitted to parliament

The main sponsor of the bill is Roman Khudyakov, known for previously wanting the urban population of the country, including visitors and foreigners, …

Orbital Call It Quits; Paul Hartnoll Announces New Project 8:58, Shares "8:58" Video, Touring

Eight Fifty Eight: "8:58" (via SoundCloud)<p>After 25 years, British electronic duo Orbital are calling it quits. Brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announced their retirement today on their website, but their spirit lives on: Paul will continue to make for a new project called 8:58. His new self-titled …

A Handy Guide to Deleting Digital Accounts

If you’ve ever tried deleting a bunch of your Web accounts, I probably don’t have to tell you that it’s a huge pain.<p>Some attempts require searching …

More merchants using Bitcoin: Payment processor Bitpay says it now has 10,000 clients

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Guardian/Guy Grandjean, James Ball<p>A payment service provider that helps businesses accept Bitcoin in online shopping …

Soil IQ looks to design, data and connectivity to make gardening & farming more sustainable

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Startup Re:char has spun out a new venture called Soil IQ, which will launch the entrepreneurs’ connected soil sensor gadget, …

Band to Watch: Team Spirit

Team Spirit frontman Ayad Al Adhamy used to lay down lush synths for Passion Pit, but now he's burning up frets with this new garage-pop band. Here, …

Music

Teach Yourself: Start A Project

I wrote this for High School Students, but it’s applicable to anyone. It’s an address to education and self-fulfillment.<p>More high school and college students should start projects. Projects are a means to bite-size, practical, and self-driven education. They help you navigate interests and learn …

Siri's Going Through Puberty, but Not Fast Enough

Apple's Siri is coming of age. No, there are no signs of pop music addiction, menstruation or mood swings, but this week we saw some other strong …