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Business cards grow a brain with SwivelCard

Most business cards end up in the recycle bin or tucked away in a drawer, discarded and forgotten. That's why there have been some creative attempts at making business cards more interesting, like the playable Tetris business card. The latest shot at a smart business card has appeared on …

World's 2nd-richest man suggests 3-day work week

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is suggesting that workers shift to a three-day work week. The catch: He would require 11-hour work days and workers to stay on the job until age 70 or 75.<p>The <i>Financial Times</i> reported that in a speech at a conference in Paraguay, Slim advocated a radical change in the …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

A Guy Raised More Than $3 Million On Kickstarter By Reinventing The Cooler

Launched just four days ago, Ryan Grepper's "Coolest Cooler" has raised $3.2 million of his $50,000 goal, and he still has 48 days left.<p>Besides the aesthetically pleasing design and it being able to keep drinks and food cool, it includes just about every possible feature you might want to have for …

Crowd Funding

Six of the best product placements in video games

<b>1</b> <b>Pepsi Invaders</b> <b>–</b><p><b>The Coca-Cola game</b><p>Originally it was only the attendees of a 1983 sales convention that would find themselves in possession of this particular piece of video games history. They were given a copy for the Atari 2600 as a promotional item. The game – reportedly commissioned by …

Tablets Are Making Waiters Obsolete — And Chili's Is Leading The Way

The casual dining spot has recently introduced tablets in dining rooms nationwide that customers can use to place orders, browse the menu, and entertain otherwise noisy children.<p>These tablets, as The Verge notes, aren't the high-end Apple and Samsung devices we've become accustomed to seeing, but …

Applebee'S

New nano-dots could mean cheap, paint-on solar cells

Colloidal quantum dots sound like something that young Jedi might use for training in a starfighter flight simulator, but they're actually a new form of solid nanoparticles that could lead to the creation of cheaper, lighter, and more flexible solar cells.<p>The new material could also be used to make …

Here’s the entire Internet live, in one real-time infographic

The Internet is a big, big, <i>big</i> place.<p>In the 200 seconds I watched the “Internet in real-time” infographic, Google ran almost a million searches and sucked up over $300,000 in revenue. Facebook users uploaded over a terabyte of data, liked something over 10.5 million times, and posted 11 million …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Mobile Devices

3 Brands That Are Driving The Future of Social-Mobile Shopping

<i>Franklin Morris is a Senior Writer for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>Think about the last time you made a purchase—whether a new pair of shoes or a flat screen TV. Did you buy from your smartphone or your laptop? Did you engage in social-mobile shopping by …

3 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding

<i>Thijs Suijten and Menno Luiten are the co-founder and developer for Famatic.</i><p>Every startup needs money. How to get that initial investment is where there is a choice: find a suitable investor, bootstrap, or use the power of the crowd to get that ball rolling.<p>We loved the idea of the latter; not only …

Digital Sandbox Helped KC Tech Startups Raise Over $7 Million

Last summer, KCSourceLink, which serves to connect small companies with resources to build their businesses, received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. A portion of that grant, which is paid out over the course of five years, helped spawn Digital Sandbox.<p>In the words of its …

Army of robots to invade Amazon warehouses

Amazon will be using 10,000 robots in its warehouses by the end of the year.<p>CEO Jeff Bezos told investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he expects to significantly increase the number of robots used to fulfill customer orders.<p>There are currently about 1,000 robot workers on Amazon floors. …