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5 Brilliant Non-Business Books That Will Make You Better at Thinking Outside the Box

Sometimes the best way to learn innovative approaches to innovation is to read something completely different.<p>If you want to be a better innovator, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of great books on the topic.<p>But as I mentioned in an earlier article, expertise can be the enemy of innovation. …

Books

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

How many have you read?<p>Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their …

Books

Amazon's Echo for Kids Is a Dot With a Case, Cuter Responses, and Parental Controls

The age of digital assistants is already here, and with them, we have easy-to-use disembodied voices that attempt to answer our every beck and call. …

Kids

The Simplest Skincare Routine for Men to Hold Onto Youth As Long As Possible

Three simple steps for saving your face.<p>We need less shit to worry about in our lives, not more. That's why a simple skincare routine for men is essential. If you’re a minimalist with your grooming products, or if you’re wondering which products are mandatory for a blemish-free face, then take …

Skin Care

New uses for your old phone, tablet, or laptop

How to breathe new life into an outdated device<p>In your excitement over the latest smartphone model, spare a thought for your old device. Tossing it into the trash is not only a waste of money, it's also bad for the environment. Instead, give a fresh lease on life to your now-outdated hardware.<p>Most …

Google Docs

Google's DIY kits for building your own AI gadgets just got a big upgrade

Google just released a new and revamped selection of build-it-yourself AI hardware kits and a new app to help configure them, while also promising to continue to help bring programming and computer science skills to the classroom.<p>"We're taking the first of many steps to help educators integrate AIY …

A Guide to Smart Windows and Shades

The appeal of intelligent windows and shades is transparent<p>Why add wisdom to your windows? Automated shades and instantly tinting glass are not only …

16 Attic Design Ideas to Take Your Space Way Beyond Storage

Is your attic currently only being used for storage? If so, you’re not alone. Too many of us are guilty of taking older or rarely used items and …

Interior Design

Here are 8 Raspberry Pi projects you can learn today

At least once in our lives, we've all considered what it would be like to build our own robot, a smart and handy automaton that could make our …

Barbecuing with Good Industrial Design: Robert Brunner's Fuego Grills

It's so nice to meat all of you<p>It's almost the season to start roasting meat outdoors, which reminds me that barbecue grills are a product category …

Moment lenses — the DSLR killer?

I travel with a Canon DSLR and two primes, a 35mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.2 (endearingly nicknamed, “the fat kid”). Switching lenses is cumbersome and not ideal in certain environments, like a Saigon street market, densely crowded with vendors, tourists and thieves.<p>After lugging this camera kit through …

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Toy Toothbrushes for Tots

You’re never too young to start forming good habits and that’s especially true when it comes to dental health and hygiene. This clever collection of …

Casa Abierta: An Open Courtyard House by KUBE architecture

A family from Costa Rica looking to transform their house in Chevy Chase, Maryland, hired KUBE architecture to design a home that fit their …

The Azores Aren’t the ‘Next Iceland’ — and That’s Exactly Why You Should Go

“Everyone says the Azores are the new Iceland,” says Catarina Maia, emphatic despite the patchy connection on our transatlantic call between New York …

European Travel

2018 Brand Rankings

We recently polled our readers, as we do annually, inquiring, “Which companies would you purchase products from?” Thousands of avid skiers turned …

Skiing

This beautifully designed 'dumb phone' can only make calls and send texts — and it might be the key to curing our addiction to apps

The Brooklyn-based startup Light has set an impossible goal of getting people to put down their smartphones.<p>Light launched in 2014 and a year later debuted its first product, the Light Phone. It could only make calls and tell the time, and the company described it as a "quite a smart 'dumb' …

Apps

The Air Opus pop-up camper inflates in 90 seconds flat

The Air Opus Camper makes on-the-road living easy with an amazing self-inflating system that pops up in 90 seconds flat. Simply flick a switch and …

Camping

If You Could Use Some New Tires, Now's the Time to Buy Them

If your tires are about due for a replacement, Discount Tire Direct is offering up to $100 in Visa gift card rebates (in addition to any manufacturer …

The Facilitator’s Handbook: 24 Design Sprint Tips

Here are some things I think about when I facilitate a design sprint. Lots of what goes into facilitation I can’t explain—like anything, you just do …

How Leaders Can Keep Their Cool in a Crisis

The word crisis suggests something that happens infrequently. But these days, crises have become a regular state of affairs. Brands that you’d think would be fairly immune to scandal have found themselves embroiled in controversy. And those that deal with public relations challenges regularly have …

Wells Fargo

This $40 Box is The Best Way to Get Back at Your Cable Company For Overcharging You

<i>Boy Genius Report</i> has found a device to help you get back at the cable companies for overcharging you with mysterious fees for years with one …

Genius

The 10 Hottest Coursera Courses of 2017 | Inc.com

There are more than 8,000 online courses available, in every subject from artificial intelligence to visual arts. More than 50 million students signed up for one this year.<p>This bounty is a gift for anyone who wants to learn a new skill -- you can learn basically anything from anywhere these days …

Learning

How to get your hands on a historic M1911 pistol from the US Army stockpile

Americans will soon have the rare opportunity to get their hands on a historic military gun.<p>Only American citizens can purchase one of these World War II combat pistols, the M1911, from the U.S. Army stockpile. And only one can be purchased a year by a qualified buyer.<p>The 1911 is one of the most …

Military

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Cuban Consume 50 Books a Year (More or Less). Here Are 8 You Need to Read in 2018 | Inc.com

The world's most successful business leaders--Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Cuban among them--are prolific readers. According to some studies, CEOs consume as many as 50 to 60 books a year. If you're seeing this article on the first week back at the office after New Year's and aren't already …

Bill Gates

Do You Really Know What Bitcoin Is?

<i>What to know about the crypto-craze before it implodes.</i><p>Maybe it was those stories you heard — Lamborghinis and second mortgages, fortunes made and …

Bitcoin

Want To Know What Your Coworkers Really Think About You? Ask These 2 Questions | Inc.com

As a leader, it can be hard to get an honest pulse on what your team thinks about you.<p>On the one hand, employees (often rightfully) believe that telling you about your negative traits will impact their career. While on the other side, it's incredibly difficult for us to see ourselves through …

Leadership

Which is the best language to learn?

Once a mark of the cultured, language-learning is in retreat among English speakers. It’s never too late, but where to start?<p><b>An introduction by</b> …

Language

The 8 Most Underrated TED Talks That Defined 2017 | Inc.com

Every day, somewhere in the world, it is likely there is a TED or TEDx event going on. This speaks to the power of a brand that has flourished for more than 30 years, providing thought-provoking talks on the simple premise of "ideas worth spreading."<p>This can be a double-edged sword -- there are so …

Digestion

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

(Photo: Dustin Diaz)<p>How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time?<p>Increasing reading speed is …