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Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016

Within a couple years, most people will never need to visit the front desk at a Hilton hotel ever again. The company plans to let customers use their smartphones to unlock room doors at most Hilton-owned hotels by the end of 2016. That's over 4,100 properties in all, so it's not entirely surprising …

‘The iPhone 6 Effect’ helping boost Asian economies by as much as 8.6 percent, say analysts

Component orders by Apple for the iPhone 6 are a significant factor in the current thriving state of a number of Asian economies, say analysts and government officials cited by the <i>WSJ</i>.<p>Analysts expect companies from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea that supplied earlier versions of the iPhone to …

Get Off the Internet! 15 Camping Photos to Inspire You to Get Into the Wild

Everyone’s on vacation and my co-working space is deserted. As I’m typing this, my eyes are burning from looking at the computer too long and …

How to Text Your Friends When You Have No Service

We’ve all been there. You’re in a situation where you don’t have service and you really need to send a text: on a trip in the middle of nowhere, stuck in your apartment during a serious blackout or at a concert where the signal is spotty. GoTenna is a lifesaver/game changer of a new gadget that …

Tiny device aims to tell you if your drink has been spiked

The creators of a device designed to identify if your drink has been spiked have launched on Indiegogo with the aim of raising $100,000. Similar in size to a pack of gum, the pd.id can be dunked into a drink, blinking red after a few seconds if a contaminant is found. According to founder J. David …

Augmented reality hits the road

Jaguar is developing a ‘virtual windscreen concept'. In short, it is an excellent thing that allows you to pretend you are actually in Gran Turismo.<p>Sure, Jaguar highlights the practical, road-going aspects of this ‘virtual windscreen': high quality virtual imagery displaying hazard, speed and …

Mercedes-Benz builds a glamper van

If Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was reimagined for road trips, the elegant new Marco Polo – Mercedes-Benz’s latest take on the luxury camper van – just might sit atop the psychologists’ famous pyramid.<p>Designed by Westfalia-Werke, renowned for its classic “pop-top” Volkswagen van-conversion …

Dubai to Create the World's First Climate-Controlled City

While some of the planet's richest nations are focused on the issue of climate change and how to lessen humanity's impact on the environment, …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

For $10,000, your car can drive itself

Cruise's new kit wants to help your car find its own way on freeways<p>I've seen the abandoned airport runway in front of me a dozen times, but this is my first time actually being here. I'm in Alameda, a city right across the bay from San Francisco, at the same disused Navy runway where the popular …

Beach Chic: Stars in Swim's Best Trends

From sexy prints to basic black bikinis, see whats in style for the season.<p>From sexy prints to basic black bikinis, see what's in style for the season. Plus, check out the latest fashion trends of the summer.

Lamborghini Huracán hits the bull’s eye

Aficionados of Italian supercars know that Lamborghini’s rip-snorting machines are named after famed fighting bulls.<p>From Miura to Countach to Diablo, these glistening beasts are known for flamboyant style and power. But like steely matadors, drivers also have had to contend with their notoriously …

Mini builds a Paceman pickup

One-off Paceman “Adventure” concept lands, suddenly becomes the Paceman you need.<p>Though we never quite understood the standard Mini Paceman, we can certainly understand this: it's the one-off Mini Paceman “Adventure”, and it's a pickup.<p>Why has this Thing occurred? BMW apprentices at Munich and …

Beautiful NES Redesign Promises 'Videophile Retro Gaming' For A Modern Price

A multitude of companies have attempted to cash in on the retro gaming craze, but Analogue Interactive is setting a new precedent for one of the most iconic video game consoles ever created, the Nintendo Entertainment System.<p>The company famous for handcrafting $649 wooden Neo Geo consoles is back …

Why I Eat A Plant-Based Diet

The on-trend diet isn't a fad and it's way more sustainable than it sounds. Here's how I started eating more veggies and grains and loved every healthy second of it.<p>I started eating a whole foods plant-based diet nine months ago. I had gained 20-something pounds from a hormone-related health issue …

Daily Inspiration #1751

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

50 Websites to Waste Your Time On

Bored with your usual digital stomping grounds?<p>Don't fret! There are plenty of sites other than Facebook or Tumblr for you to waste countless hours. …

DIY security offers smarter peace of mind

Installing a home security system used to mean spending hundreds of dollars to have professionals come and hardwire your house, signing a long-term contract, then paying huge fees month after month in order to keep the thing running. Systems weren't flexible, false alarms were frequent, and if you …

A picturesque scene in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park makes for a stellar submission to the Traveler Photo Contest. http://tinyurl.com/lpqf9ek #TPC2014 Photograph by Matthew Potter/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Pentax 645Z Announced - It's a Beast!

Pentax is one of the only few camera companies out there that still produces and manufactures medium-format cameras.<br>Today they they’re announcing …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

A Printer That Develops Your iPhone Pics Into Lasting Polaroids

Previously on Kickstarter and finally available for order, the Impossible Lab is an analog gadget that lets you print Polaroids from your iPhone. It’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>There are plenty of ways to turn an iPhone picture into a Polaroid-like print, from online services like Moo to portable Wi-Fi …

Online Life

Modern Architecture: The JKC2 House by ONG&ONG

Modern Architecture Design.<p>The beautiful JKC2 House in Bukit Timah, Singapore was designed by ONG&ONG. This luxurious residence consists of three …

Architecture

Megaphone iPhone Amplifier Coppr

Isn’t it a pity that the popularity of those nice big horns dwindled just because of a few bad Vikings? Not to worry, though—Italian design company <b>en&is</b> has given them a 21st century makeover. Enrico Bosa and Isabella Lovero, the brains behind the brand, are on a mission to create smile-inducing …

Around Clock White

What is time? A system of order in which all of civilization relies on to avoid falling into chaos? A societal construct devised to drive you mad? Get existential as you watch the hours tick past on the <b>Around</b> <b>Clock.</b> As the name suggests, the <b>time is measured by the rotation</b> of its cylindrical body. …

Jewelry

iHorn - iPhone - Custom Built Acoustic Speaker Horn - Vintage Radio look - Old Time Speaker System for your iDevice

This Old Time iVictrola combines a vintage 1920's radio horn and solid hand carved base works with all iPhones even With or Without your case installed, To harness the acoustics of the proto-speaker system and repurpose it for the modern era, to create Amazing sound thru a giant megaphone filling …

South Korea’s Award-Winning Endangered Species Research Center

Seoul, Korea-based Samoo Architects & Engineers (SAMOO) recently proposed a design for the National Research Center for Endangered Species that will be constructed in Yeongyang-gun, one of the cleanest environmental areas in Korea. In the winning design, the firm proposed a three-part structure …

South Korea