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What it's like to use CouchBed, a $500 sofa that transforms into a queen-sized bed in seconds

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The CouchBed as a bed. Facebook / Couchbed<p>If you've spend the night at a friend or relative's house, chances are you've watched them open …

Furniture

Soulver: A Notepad Calculator for Doing Calculations and Figuring Stuff Out [Sponsor]

If you’ve ever sat down with a pen and piece of paper to work out calculations, you’ll understand the power of Soulver immediately. The Mac and the iOS apps are part text editor, part calculator and work the way you think by letting you combine text and numbers on the same page.<p>For anyone who …

Apps

Brick-breaking arcade game Holedown will be your new subway obsession

How low can you go?<p>Martin Jonasson is the developer behind some of the most acclaimed mobile games around: <i>twofold, inc. and rymdkapsel.</i> But his latest project, <i>Holedown</i> (available on the App Store and Google Play for $3.99), ditches the complicated puzzle and strategy aspects for a more approachable …

Mobile Gaming

Here's Exactly What You Need to Do to Launch a Mobile App

The future is mobile; isn't it time for your business to be part of it?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Recently, in <i>Entrepreneur,</i> I examined eight different ways your business could benefit from offering a mobile app. These included keeping up with your competitors, …

Apps

See Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen Perform "Born to Run" in New York

Just hours after the governor of New York declared July 18 Billy Joel Day in the state, <b>Billy Joel</b> called upon one of New Jersey's greatest musical …

New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen Released An Official Version Of One Of The Most Legendary Shows Of His Career

Bruce Springsteen is one of the most electrifying live entertainers in music history. Full stop. Backed by his fabled E Street Band, “The Boss” is known to stage two-and-a-half, three and sometimes nearly four hour long marathons of sheer, unbridled rock and roll excellence. But while almost all …

LightSKIN offers a clean and useful solution to the hassle of choosing a nice-looking lighting system for a bike with a minimalistic design like ours. We have been recommending the LightSKIN LED seatpost with an integrated rear light for years - and this August we will release a fully road legal version for the German market, developed by our engineers together with the Korean LightSKIN manufacturer. It has a battery pack included and is chargeable via micro-USB with a runtime of 15hrs. The international version runs on AA batteries and is available via our website for buyers outside Germany. Visit us & LightSKIN at EUROBIKE Friedrichshafen Hall A2, Booth 305 📍

Motion-sensing Gameball adds physical interaction to iPhone, iPad Apple TV gaming

A Seattle firm, Play Impossible, has signed an exclusivity deal putting its iOS- and tvOS-connected Gameball only in North American Apple stores as …

12 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and other larger-than-life tech companies, somehow also seems to find time to read.<p>Musk has said that reading a variety of books — from epic works of fantasy like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to complex how-to books on building rockets — is crucial to his …

Elon Musk

Centrifugal Force Never Looked So Good

The top toy has remained largely unchanged since antiquity because… why change a good thing?! The Bubble top by Maki is just a little different, …

Dire Straits Fans, You’ve Never Heard ‘Sultans Of Swing’ Like This

We’re indebted to the <b>Open Culture</b> website for bringing to our attention the work of the Korean musician Luna Lee. She performs Western music on the …

Guitar

Tesla's Model 3 videos have everything you could want to know

If you're looking into the Tesla Model 3, but you're still a bit confused as to how its systems differ from more traditional vehicles, there's a solution -- Tesla's own walkthroughs.<p>Tesla has released nine new videos walking through various features of the Model 3. Covering simple functions like …

Boosted's $750 Mini is the electric skateboard that won't kill your wallet

Christmas is coming early this year.<p>Boosted, makers of the immensely popular Boosted Board electric skateboards, is back with not one, not two, not …

Skateboarding

This Silicon Valley sleeper hit app just got $52 million to do for spreadsheets what Microsoft did for computers

Airtable, a spreadsheet app that has become one of Silicon Valley's sleeper hits, has raised $52 million in new funding in a round led by Caffeinated Capital and CRV to bring its total to $62.6 million.<p>When it was founded in 2012, Airtable was a small, business-focused spreadsheet program. It has …

Startups

The Tesla of Skateboards

Skateboards are cool. Electric cars are cool. Smash them together and you have the Mellow Drive! This electric kit can literally be screwed onto your …

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in February, and is running a pre-order campaign for barebones (just the propeller module and two …

Gliders

The Indoor Eco-Lantern

The “Loight” is a modern twist on the lantern designed for the great indoors! A power-saving system that’s as green as it is cute, its modular …

How To Set Up Your Tesla Model 3 Personal Charging Infrastructure

<i>Tesla Model 3 charging at a Supercharger (Image: Teslarati via Redditor WattLOL)</i><p>TESLA TIPS: SET UP YOUR TESLA MODEL 3 PERSONAL CHARGING …

The 'father of the iPod' has designed a new kind of mechanical watch

Ressence's new watch has combined the latest tech with a mechanical watch movement to enable the user to set it by simply tapping the glass, according to wristwatch website Hodinkee.<p>Its latest concept watch, the Type 2 e-Crown, was in part designed by ex-Apply designer Tony Fadell and connects …

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Matias' wired, backlit Mac keyboard serves as replacement for discontinued Apple version

CES<p>Third-party accessory maker Matias debuted a new version of its wired Mac keyboard at CES on Tuesday, adding a few creature comforts like …

An All New Nixie

Even if you get your hands on one of those prized vintage Nixie clocks from the 1950s, its vintage appeal might not suit your modern style. A better …

A new website lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — and the results are undeniably cool

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Grafomap<p>I've lived in my current apartment for six months, and I still have yet to find wall art my partner and I both like enough to hang …

Twitter Is Freaking Out Over This Egg Yolk Cappuccino

As Instagram continues to drive chefs and baristas to create madcap menu items, we've seen our fair share of creative coffee concoctions — ranging …

Plugged In

Can Elon Musk lead the way to an electric-car future?<p>In a dressing room above the “Late Show with David Letterman” stage, the electric-car magnate Elon Musk sat on a sofa, eating cookies. Three of his employees hovered around him anxiously. Musk, thirty-eight, is the chairman, C.E.O., and product …

IBM Just Unveiled Its Own Bespoke Typeface

Back in 1961, technology giant IBM launched an innovative electric typewriter called the Selectric, which was incredibly cool for its time, and not …

An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers Are Always a Bad idea

Elon Musk says putting managers in the middle of communications is "incredibly dumb." He's not alone.<p>Survey.com's annual "Wasting Time at Work" report revealed that if you eliminate managers completely, you remove 75 percent of the reasons someone will leave your company. There is a simple reason …

SpaceX has published Elon Musk's presentation about colonizing Mars — here's the full transcript and slides

In late September, billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk debuted a fresh plan for colonizing Mars with 1 million people.<p>The focus of Musk's new presentation, which updates a 2016 talk he gave at the International Astronautical Congress, was the "Big F---ing Rocket," or BFR.<p>Musk told a crowd at …

Elon Musk

Platonics Ark is “the first 3D printer made specifically for architects”

A technology company based in Finland has been working the past 2 years at perfecting a new 3D printer made especially for architects. Currently, the company is seeking crowdfunding from Indiegogo and has 24 days left to get the backing necessary to produce this printer. They call it the Platonics …

3D Printing

With the Sphero Mini, you get a robotic ball for just $49.99

It’s been a busy year for Sphero, with the release of products like R2-D2, Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen. But the robotic toy startup is still making non-licensed, non-tie in products too — including the Sphero Mini, its most affordable toy yet.<p>“We wanted to make Sphero products accessible to …