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Here's What We Can Learn From the Strange Revival of Google Glass

The key is to find a visionary customer<p>When Google first announced its Glass prototype, complete with a snazzy video, it generated a lot of excitement. Through augmented reality projected onto the lenses, users could seamlessly navigate an urban landscape, send and receive messages and take photos …

Google Glass

The 10 most boring companies in the UK - with the best returns

Meadow is the Amazon of weed

Marijuana legalization is sweeping the nation, and The Green Rush is upon us. As pot sellers scramble to comply with complex regulations, one startup has built the full-stack of specialized commerce software they need. Meadow offers everything from an eye-catching digital storefront for teasing …

Public Speaking

Hollywood's favorite video-editing tools arrive in a free app

If you're serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood's go-to editing company, just played a wild card by releasing Media Composer First, a limited version of its pro …

The 15 best language apps

Language Learning

Revolut launches personal Euro accounts with your own IBAN

Fintech startup Revolut just raised $66 million and is already launching new features. Starting today, you can generate your own IBAN for Euro transactions. This way, you can receive your salary directly on your Revolut account for instance.<p>While you could already top up your Revolut account with a …

Undandy Makes Custom Handcrafted Men's Shoes For Under $250

Custom men’s shoes are a luxury that’s far out of reach for most consumers. But an e-commerce upstart called Undandy figured out a way to keep bespoke prices low — really low — without skimping on quality. The footwear is handcrafted-on-demand in Portugal by third-generation shoemakers, and ships …

Shoes

Ethereum price news: What is ether and is it a good idea to invest in the cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency traders breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning as prices for ethereum tokens — the second largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin in …

How Exactly Do You Get Rich Off the Hot New Cryptocurrency?

With the meteoric rise in popularity of Ethereum, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are back in the news again. Graphics card prices have soared with …

Secret Ibiza: an insider guide to the best hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and clubs

I was lucky enough to grow up in Ibiza, where I enjoyed an idyllic and hippy-tinged outdoor childhood. After school every day and all weekend, we would spend our time by the sea; I barely remember wearing shoes at all.<p>When I was nine, after we moved to an inland farmhouse, I would go off on my bike …

Barcelona
Genghis Khan

Forest is the administration interface to rule them all

If you work for a startup, chances are that you use four different software-as-a-service platforms to manage your orders, clients and products. French startup Forest started as part of eFounders’ startup studio and wants to unify all these administration interfaces into a single platform so that …

Introducing Lottie

<b>Our new open-source tool makes adding animation to native apps a snap.</b><p>By Brandon Withrow, Gabriel Peal, Leland Richardson and Salih Abdul-Karim<p>In the …

A startup selling 'bloody' plant-based burgers has a new factory that can make 4 million burgers a month

Based in Oakland, California, the factory will produce at least one million pounds of meatless meat per month — or four million burgers — once the site is up and running later in 2017.<p>At an event to unveil the factory, CEO and founder Pat Brown called it "the birthplace of a whole new …

Agriculture

Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it

It’s World Water Day. Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems. According to End Water Poverty, some 663 million people around the world have <i>absolutely no</i> reliable access to clean, safe …

Beekeeper, the mobile-first communications platform for non-desk workers, raises $8M Series A

Beekeeper, the Switzerland and U.S.-based startup that provides a mobile-first communications platform for employers that need a better way to communicate with blue-collar and service-oriented workers, has raised a further $8 million in new funding.<p>The Series A round was led by Keen Venture …

5 Books That Recruiters Say You Must Read — Even if You Don't Need a Job

Headhunters say books by Malcolm Gladwell, Phil Knight, Martin Ford, and ex-Navy Seals will help you find a job and navigate any career field.<p>Whether …

Using Animation to Improve Mobile App User Experience

Our experience and impression of a product are shaped by a combination of factors, with interaction playing a key role. In fact, the details of …

UI Design

3 habits of successful language learners

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide are currently learning a foreign language. If you are one of them, this article is for you.<p>Whether you are learning to improve your job prospects, do better in school, get ready for a trip abroad or even just for fun, there are three common habits that all …

An MIT professor explains why we are still a long ways off from solving one of the biggest problems with self-driving cars

The Trolley problem goes like this: a runaway trolley is barreling toward five people on a track who cannot move. But you have the option to pull a lever and send it to a side track where you see one person standing. What would you do?<p>But as Rahwan puts it, the Trolley problem gets thornier when …

Autonomous Vehicle

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcements today: It’s raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it’s acquiring another startup, Cola.<p>Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, Android …

Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

Hiatus, a New York-based startup that helps you identify (and potentially cancel) your monthly reoccurring subscriptions, has raised $1.2M in seed funding.<p>Founded in 2015, Hiatus first connects to your bank account and identifies your paid reoccurring subscriptions, some of which you may have …

'Digital Sense' Is Marketing 101 For Digital Marketers Who Don't Know It All

It’s hard to be a digital marketer.<p>Using Snapchat doesn’t make you a digital marketer. Tweeting about bots and messaging doesn’t make you an expert on conversational commerce. And while sharing Alexa stories to your Facebook friends might make you look hip and smart, it’s not a sign that you know …

Marketing

The Tinder-inspired Wallet!

I never thought I’d live to see the day where a wallet design would take direct inspiration from smartphones. The Vessel wallet literally allows you …

Google removes restrictions from free version of Data Studio, its tool for creating customized reports

Google is making its data analytics and visualization tool Data Studio infinitely more appealing this week with the news that it’s removing the five-report limit from the free version of the software.<p>First unveiled as part its Google Analytics Suite 360 announcement in March 2016, Google Data …

Analytics

Cardlife is yet another SaaSsy management tool

Now that we’ve collectively signed up for billions of dollars of unused SaaS subscriptions it’s time to subscribed to a tool that helps us manage those subscriptions. Enter Cardlife, another player in the exciting world of SaaS management.<p>“SaaS management,” you say. “Isn’t that just for the rich …

Here's How The New Wave Of Messaging Has Transformed Customer Service

If your customers won’t even call <i>Mom</i> on the phone anymore (they’re texting her instead), why are you forcing them to call your business on the phone any time they need customer service or support?<p>In their personal lives, your customers spend five times longer messaging (texting) every day than they …

Customer Experience

Eye-Catching App Icon Design: How To

Welcome to the second part of this tutorial, in which we will finish designing the music player that we started in part one. This includes creating …