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Apple's New Family Plan Makes It Easy To Solve The iTunes Identity Crisis

“I want to talk to my lawyer!” yelled a room full of Apple developers last week at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at the behest of Apple VP of Internet Software and Services (and employee #8), Chris Espinosa . Why the visions of billable hours dancing in their heads? The …

Ludei aims to lure HTML5 developers away from Adobe's Phonegap

Ludei takes a swing at Adobe today, announcing that HTML5 games and apps built with its CocoonJS tools can run 10 times faster than similar apps made with the older company’s traditional Phonegap development tools.<p>Normally, most HTML5 developers use Adobe’s Phonegap tool to develop their games and …

A Smart Watch For Kids, Designed For Worried Parents

Helicopter parents, rejoice: FiLIP’s technology lets you keep track of your kids.<p>An estimated 60% of parents in the United States get their pre-teens cell phones, for reasons like peace of mind and safety. The catch, however, is that those smartphones come loaded with tools that kids can abuse. …

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48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

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7 Startups to Watch from Seedcamp London February 2014

Update 11/02/2014:<p>Seedcamp has now announced the eight teams that will make it into the program for the next three months: Elliptic, Formisimo, GoWorkaBit, Interactio, Lodgify<p>The last time we caught up with Seedcamp, the organization made a record investment in 11 of the 18 teams presenting, the …

Distractify

Respecting the unique practices of individual cultures is important if you don't want to come off looking like a boorish, insensitive fool.<p>But some …

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Why Tesla Is Beating GM, Nissan and Ford

The last 12 months Tesla Motors stock has been on a tear. From $25 it has more than quadrupled to over $100. And most analysts still recommend owning the stock, even though the company has never made a net profit.<p><b>Tesla is #1 in electric automobiles</b><p>There is no doubt that each of the major car …

High-altitude traffic jams are depriving Mount Everest of its sense of adventure

Climbing Mount Everest is no longer the challenge it used to be, climbing experts are protesting. Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain in 1953, the number of people attempting to scale it has exploded, at times bringing its slopes to a virtual …

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From The Garage To 200 Employees In 3 Years: How Nest Thermostats Were Born

<b>Editor’s note:</b> Derek Andersen <i>is the founder of</i> Startup Grind<i>, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs</i><i>.</i><p>I remember when the press first hit about Nest Labs. The guys behind the iPod/iPhone were taking on thermostats …

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (i.e., Sint Maarten) is the famous Maho Beach. While it has the characteristic …

Packing Up Your Family And Moving To Panama Is Easier Than You Think

When we arrived we found out we were not the only ones. In fact, in the last five years our small expat community in Panama has transformed from a rural beach community to a populous expat haven with three new and thriving elementary schools teaming with expat children.<p>I've lived in boomtowns …

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Los Alamos Scientists Build A Prototype Quantum Network

In an era where every other day seems to bring to light a new cyber-attack, secure communications are a premium. And one key ingredient to the future of cybersecurity is quantum cryptography.<p>The way quantum cryptography works is not at all simple, but here’s the basic idea: in quantum mechanics, …

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

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AOL Is Still the Weirdest Successful Tech Company in America

... and a perfect lesson in why we shouldn't confuse great stocks for great companies<p>If you equate great stocks with great companies, then you probably consider AOL one of the great tech companies of the last two years. Named the hottest tech stock of 2012, AOL has in the last year outperformed …

10 milestones Tesla hopes will make it a $43 billion company

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The stock of electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) hit an all time high of over $60 per share this week. Partly that’s …

Say goodbye to the pin: voice recognition takes over at Barclays Wealth

Barclays Wealth customers will no longer need to answer security questions and remember pin codes to use telephone banking.<p>Advanced voice recognition will detect whether a customer is who they say they are after just 30 seconds of normal conversation, the bank claims.<p>The system, which is powered by …

Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

Admiral Geary's First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of …

The Surest Way To Build A Billion-Dollar Internet Company

<i>Written by James Slavet, a partner at venture capital firm</i> <i>Greylock</i><i>. His current investments include Coupons.com, One Kings Lane and Redfin. You can follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@jslavet</i><i>.</i><p>As a venture capital investor, I’m focused on identifying and backing high potential consumer technology startups. It’s …

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.<p>The idea arises from experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain …

How to Dual Boot and Virtualize the Same Partition on Your Computer

Can't decide whether you want to dual boot that second OS or virtualize it? Debate no more: you can have both. Here's how to dual boot and virtualize …

Why I'm a Singularity Skeptic

The singularity is a concept that was first coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge that says that eventually we will reach a point where we …

26 Home Theaters You Wish You Owned

Suddenly your couch seems really inadequate.

Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space

Auroras, glaciers, and gullies feature among the most stunning pictures of Earth from space, chosen by National Geographic photo editors for Earth Day 2011.

Bioengineers 3D print tiny functioning human liver

A US biotechnology company has 3D printed a tiny functioning liver in the lab that survived just over five days -- more than twice the life …

The Seven Most Incredible Telescopes In Existence

The biggest, smallest, and most robotic stargazing tools.<p>When China completes its newest telescope project in 2016, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), it will have a dish nearly half the size of a country (OK, only the world's smallest country, Vatican City, but …

Apply Now For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One has begun accepting video applications for a mission to colonize the red planet in 2023.<p>Want to live and die on Mars? Mars One has officially begun its worldwide search for astronauts who will fly to Mars in 2023—and never come back.<p>The first humans on Mars may be reality TV stars.<p>The …

The Painted Landscapes of China Danxia

China Danxia is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds …