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The adventure playground of the Azores

The remote Portuguese archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves – with jewel-coloured lakes to kayak, misty laurel forests to hike and sparkling lava tubes to explore.<p>Asking someone to find the Azores on a map would probably have drawn a blank look a decade ago when the remote …

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Beautiful Houses: Bird House

This week we will show you the breathtaking Bird House in Mallorca, Spain, a project by Alberto Rubio. I couldn't find details about the project at …

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Rising Datsun: The American history of a Japanese brand

Datsun: not just the 510 and Z.<p>When rumors of a resurrected Datsun badge first oozed out onto the Internet, enthusiasts were thrilled. Would parent-company Nissan bring back performance icons like the 510 and the 250Z? They would not.<p>Instead, the world—and not the U.S.—would see the introduction of …

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Why Adding 21,000 Border Patrol Is A Dysfunctional Plan That Will Waste Billions

Today’s second segment in our three part series will focus on law enforcement on our border. Since our experts are from Texas, that will be our main geographic area of focus. Some background is in order. It should be clear that today all of our border law enforcement agencies come under the purview …

“Grand Theft Auto” maker: Video games hate liberals

<b>(Rockstar Games)</b><p>Two popular Rockstar titles — “Red Dead Redemption” and “L.A. Noir” — are critical of the left<p>Jon Hochschartner<p>July 20, 2013 7:30pm (UTC)<p>On Sept. 17, "Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in the wildly popular video game franchise, will be released for the Playstation 3 and …

After Mobile: Smarter TVs

This week, Microsoft took a $900 million charge against its Surface effort, showing that the idea of merging PCs and tablets has not resonated with consumers. At the same time, growth in mobile phones and tablets is still increasing while PC sales are dwindling. The PC has now moved to a work tool; …

MBank And The Future Of Responsive Banking

I’m not a huge fan of banks, but when senior director Michal Panowicz approached me about mBank, my interest was piqued. How could a banking spin-off of BRE Bank and founded in 2000 create one of the coolest, most high-tech banking experiences I’ve seen? The more important question, however, was …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …

Google Surveys Can Make Anyone A Professional Pollster

Nate Silver and I are big fans of Google’s Consumer Surveys tool. “Perhaps it won’t be long before Google, not Gallup, is the most trusted name in polling,” wrote Silver, on how Google conducted one of the most accurate polls of the 2012 election cycle.<p>But I didn’t know how useful they’d be for …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Nokia Cinemagraph update brings 720p, improved desktop quality and color pop feature

Lumia users have no need for low-quality-GIF makers, thank you very much. Why? Because they can now use the new version of Cinemagraph to create animated images in full 1,080 x 720 glory. What's more, HD cat mems made with the updated app -- not to be confused with the similar Cinemagram -- can be …

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Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>Project Connections give your design work the spotlight it deserves.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>Low-rise, high-density housing attempts to combine the best elements of both urban and …

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MINI's camping + expedition getaway car concepts MINI unveils rooftop tents, caravan kitchens, and microliving spaces perfect for the summer weekend warrior. but why does one of them look so familiar...? http://www.designboom.com/technology/minis-camping-expedition-getaway-car-concepts/

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Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. 15 years of Gonz and Adidas<p>It may come as a surprise that the most celebrated character in skateboarding has spent the last 15 years skating for Adidas. To celebrate the mutual commitment between Mark Gonzales and Adidas Skateboarding, the sportswear giant compiled a short film full of archival …

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Greek architecture studio 314 have recently completed a stunning private house in Athens, Greece. The house was designed in order to give the sense of hovering over the water and sailing, inspired by the owners love for yachts. The bioclimatic design of the residence, the cooling feeling of the house through the contact of water and the use of sun and the geothermic energy are consistent in developing a highly dynamic and modern but also eco friendly design. (o

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25 Stylish and Fun Hammocks for Lazy Summer Days

The dog days of summer have arrived. A scorching heat wave melted the faces off Northeasterners this week, and record temperatures are being set …

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Articles about super sydney 5 modern houses down under on Dwell.com - Dwell

It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of Light, so here’s a jaunt to five modern abodes we adore.<p>Upside-down houses have been on my mind lately.<p>For many this holiday season will be more about spending quality time with loved ones than about spending loads of money.<p>Refresh your home for …

Easy Summer Hairstyles for Hot Days

It was only a matter of time before heat and humidity became the new normal. Here, 18 summer-ready hairstyles that will make the transition a little chicer.<p>Think outside the top knot. These ten easy hairstyles will carry you through every possible outdoor barbecue, beach jaunt, and humid wedding …

Why Hackers and Makers Latest Toy is Puerto Rican

As we noted in a previous post on Puerto Rico’s nascent tech ecosystem, launching startups after or before graduating is still new on the island, where computer science graduates often take job offers from large corporations in the continental U.S.<p>However, Kytelabs’ story shows that things have …