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Jack Dorsey Goes After Max Levchin’s Consumer Lending Business

Square’s Affirm-like installment loans are designed to help its merchants get paid—fast.<p>Shoppers love to browse online, but somewhere between filling up their cart and checkout, they change their minds. In 2016 alone, consumers left $4.6 trillion of merchandise abandoned in their carts, according …

Felix Wants To Help Frustrated Freelancers Get Paid

New app Felix auto pays freelancers based on time, date, hourly rate, and expenses—and takes nearly 4% of your paycheck.<p>What’s the one problem freelancers complain more about than anything else? It’s getting stiffed—or getting paid long after the job is done.<p>With the number of freelancers growing, …

How Intel Is Using VR To Try To Change Sports Viewing Now And Into The Future

The tech giant has grand ambitions, and thinks that fully immersive live sports is the key to giving fans what they want–someday.<p>There are hundreds of millions, if not billions, of passionate sports fans around the world. And yet, according to Intel, no more than 1% of those people will ever get to …

3 ways retailers are using AI to reinvent shopping

In this new age of ecommerce, marketing means providing a seamless experience across channels, delighting customers with same-day deliveries, providing excellent customer service and recommendations, and sending real-time personalized messages your customers will thank you for.<p>But personalized …

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This Beer Is Made With Leftover Bread Because Drinking Is Way Better Than Wasting Food

Toast Ale saves one slice of leftover bread per bottle. And it’s delicious.<p>At the end of a typical day, bakeries have so much extra bread that even food banks can’t use all of it. Here’s another way to keep it out of landfills: make it into beer.<p>Toast Ale–a pale ale made with roughly one slice of …

What Does It Take To Remake The UX Of A $90 Billion Industry?

Hippo wants to turn home insurance from a service you grudgingly sign up for when you buy a house to something you love. The keys? Big data and great design.<p>Blink and you’ll miss one of the most telling details behind Hippo, a homeowner’s insurance startup launched last week. Enter your address, …

Why the Auto Industry May Need a Different Kind of Venture Capital

The automotive industry is in the midst of transforming itself into the “mobility” industry, a phenomenon I wrote about in a recent <i>Fortune</i> cover …

The Maker of Titleist Golf Balls Failed to Impress Wall Street

In 1932, Phil “Skipper” Young, a Massachusetts-based rubber entrepreneur—his company made bathing caps and gas masks—was out playing golf. He missed …

Acushnet, Owner of Titleist and FootJoy, Debuts in Modest IPO

Golf play may be down in the U.S., but that didn’t stop Titleist’s parent company from teeing up an initial public offering this year.<p>The result? …

Tesla and SolarCity Finally Unveil Their Solar Roofs and Upgraded Batteries

Tesla and the solar company it’s in the process of acquiring, SolarCity, unveiled roofs integrated with solar panels, along with new versions of its …

A startup cofounded by Michael Dell's brother Adam and backed by George Soros is promising to save you money

That's what personal finance app Clarity Money, launching on Tuesday, promises.<p>Clarity Money is cofounded by Adam Dell, Michael Dell's brother, and backed by some heavy hitters including the Soros Fund, Maveron Partners and Bessemer Venture Capital.<p>Once you download the app and link your bank …

A robot is taking $250 million from people's bank accounts for their own good

It's the mantra of many a financial advisor: "It's not what you spend that matters. It's what you save." But the mantra of many respondents is "easier said than done."<p>In hopes of making saving easier, San Francisco-based start-up Digit created a chatbot that helps you put money aside by analyzing …

Big Data Could Lower Insurance Rates for Optimistic Tweeters

When people take to Twitter to comment on the great evening they enjoyed with good food and wonderful friends, reducing their monthly insurance bill …

In Haiti, A Startup Is Building 100% Renewable Grids For Towns With No Power

By Adele Peters2 minute Read<p>A year ago, no one living in Môle-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti, had electricity. By the spring of 2016, the town had a brand new …

New Tech Would Let You Change Outfits Without Changing Your Clothes

Projection mapping is a magic-feeling technology that gives creators the ability to paint with light on any surface. It allows for some pretty amazing and transformative effects, but it only works well on solid shapes. Fluttering is the enemy of projection mapping: try to do it on a sheet, a …

Dexcom’s Blood Sugar Monitor Has Been A Life-Changer For This Diabetic

The device includes a small sensor, placed just beneath the skin of my belly, and displays my blood glucose levels right on my Apple Watch.<p>We all know about the market for wearable health trackers, but in my case the Apple Watch has become an indispensable health <i>monitor</i>. I’ve been a type 2 diabetic …

How Meal Kit Maker Chef’d Plans To Get Inside Your Kitchen (And Maybe Already Has)

Dozens of brands rely on Chef’d to run their meal kit businesses. Next, it wants to turn grocery shopping into something more like Netflix.<p>Meal kits are the Ikea furniture of cooking. They arrive in boxes as disassembled meals, with pre-portioned ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and some …

Watching A News Feed Of Every Single Gadget In Your Home Is Surprisingly Entertaining

By Adele Peters2 minute Read<p>From work, Mike Phillips can see when his son makes a piece of toast or leaves for school in the morning. Every …

Blue Bottle Is Finally Coming Out With an Easy Way to Make Its Coffee at Home

You’ll find few people as meticulous about their coffee as Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman. Time, temperature, weight, grind—Freeman has …

A High-Tech Engagement Ring Grown In A Lab (For A Bioengineer, Of Course)

The lab-grown diamond sits on a 3D-printed band, based on the fibers of the human heart.<p>How do you find the perfect engagement ring for your partner? Many of us have pondered this question, but the choices typically revolve around diamond cuts and sizes and bands of gold or platinum. But what if …

With Litterless Lunches, Canadian Schools Try To Get Parents To Pack Zero-Waste Meals

“The goal of the litterless lunch is to help reduce greenhouse gases that are produced during the manufacturing and transport of all that food …

With Hololens, Microsoft Is Learning From Google Glass’s Failure

Where Google Glass failed, Hololens seems poised to succeed as a tool for the working man rather than a consumer headset for gamers.<p>“The space in our cities is limited,” says Andreas Shierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a company that builds and maintains elevators worldwide. He’s speaking to …

Automated furniture app transforms tiny apartments into mini mansions

Most people don't live in tiny <i>Fifth Element</i> style apartments. But since some of the most popular cities are beginning to feel the squeeze, an idea …

This Tron-Inspired Wheel Makes Your Bike Electric In 60 Seconds

The hubless, spoke-less wheel–inspired by the light cycles in Tron–is filled with a motor, a battery pack, and electronics. Instead of spinning like …

These Super-Efficient Solar Panels Are Light Enough To Install Almost Anywhere

Unlike heavier panels, which require proper construction techniques to hang, Sunflare’s panels are so light that the company claims they can be hung …

These top twelve inventions could one day change the world

The European Patent Office (EPO) today announced its annual shortlist for its European Inventor Awards, which honors a range of scientists across industries. Much like last year, it’s packed with some inventions that could be truly groundbreaking.<p>The twelve finalists are grouped into four …

These NASA inventions are saving thousands of lives on Earth

When most people think of NASA, they think of astronauts, space shuttles and men on the moon. What’s less well known is that in making space travel possible, the US space agency has created new technology that’s saving lives all over the planet.<p>NASA’s Technology Transfer Program makes the …

This Gorgeous, Sustainable “Leather” Is Made From Pineapple Waste

Your future handbag will be made from fruit–not cow or petroleum.<p>When leather expert Carmen Hijosa visited the Philippines to consult with the leather industry there, she discovered two big problems: The leather was poor quality, and producing it was bad both for the local environment and the …

Cheap Technology—And a Bit of Good Will—Are Bringing Hearing Aids To The World’s Poor

World Wide Hearing is using cheap tech, market incentives, and crash-course training to help restore hearing in impoverished communities.<p>“It’s amazing what you can find in a kid’s ear…think bugs and cockroaches and little tiny kids with a tremendous amount of mold coming out of their ears.”<p>That’s …

This Cute Robot Teaches Pre-Schoolers To Code

Antbo hopes to inspire a new generation of engineers with a pet-like toy.<p>Learning to code may be almost as important now as learning to read. But most five-year-olds aren’t interested in staring at lines of code. A new robot makes things more interesting: AntBo, which looks like an ant, is simple …