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Five trends driving the hardware boom

<i>Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Boris Wertz's bio below.</i><p>Hardware startups have long taken a backseat to the glitz and fast track of software, which has been the path to success in Silicon Valley and tech circles elsewhere.<p>Yet today, it seems that everybody is talking about the so-called …

Peter Thiel leads $20M round in big-data-meets-lending startup ZestFinance

ZestFinance, the Los Angeles-based startup using machine learning to assess credit risk for personal loans, has raised a $20 million series round of …

41 Places to Volunteer Travel in India

A comprehensive list of volunteering and volunteer travel opportunities across India, compiled by India Untravelled (indiauntravelled.com) and The Alternative (thealternative.in).

Company that wants to be an “online Harvard” finds path to accreditation

Minerva Project, a startup aspiring to build an online Ivy League-caliber university from scratch, just checked a major item off its to-do list. On …

Thanks to smartphones, Amazon is softly killing retail shopping and is better at it than Google

The smartphone revolution has proved to be quite a disruptor. While it has opened new opportuities for many new startups, it has brought whole new …

Made in America 2.0: behind Google and Apple's sudden patriotism

Tech giants are making innovative electronics in the US again, but why?<p>The Moto X is on its way. The long-anticipated Android phone — expected to be the first truly Google-influenced product from Motorola since Google acquired the company back in 2012 — is due to be unveiled in New York City on …

10 Rules About Professionalism You Need To Know

After all, professionalism is rarely taught; you're supposed to pick it up on your own through a combination of observation and osmosis, but that's not always easy to do. And learning on the job can be fraught with land mines, since you might not even see your mistakes coming.<p>So without further …

Career Development

Plenty of Room Left Yet for Smartphone Growth

According to UBS analyst John Hodulik most every American has a smartphone, and that, along with slowing smartphone upgrades, doesn’t bode well for …

Mobile

The Internet Is Making Writing Worse

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Bad news for teens and tweens! A new Pew Research survey of teachers around the country found that …

Google Glass Banking and Social Shopping

Vision on using Google Glass for Banking and Shopping. How UX can look like for wearable apps. After first generation of portable mobile apps on smart phones, Google opens a new era of hardware. Apple to be expected soon with iWatch.<p>We have presented our Vision on invitation by Emerce Mobile …

Kpmg Evolution of IT Poll - What is holding it back?

These are the results of a KPMG poll of more than 600 IT executives on trends and issues they are seeing related to IT innovation and disruptive technologies. The poll was taken in March 2013 as part of the “Evolution of IT: Creativity, Flexibility and Operational Discipline” KPMG Webcast series at …

KPMG

The Science of Growth

What do you do once you have product market fit? There is an entire science to generating growth once they've achieved the first milestone of p/m fit and it's not as simple as "hire a growth hacker."

oDesk vs Elance vs Freelancer and 99designs – Infographic

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AND NOW: Robots Are About To Take All The Farm Jobs

The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.<p>The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined for …

Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch

Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it. The latest is Dell, whose global VP of personal computing just …

Mobile

Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does

<i>Michael Mace is co-founder of Zekira, and author of Map The Future, a book on how to create better business strategies. He was previously chief</i> …

The Guy Who Designed Twitter's Logo Only Made About $3

He designed it for iStockPhoto, a subscription-based site that offers thousands of pictures for customers to use in designs and other projects.<p>When the Twitter founders were browsing the site in search of a company logo, their decision to use Oxley's bird earned him three or four dollars, but it …

Graphic Design

YC-Backed Standard Treasury Aims To Make Software That Eats Commercial Banking

Standard Treasury, a YC-backed company, is hoping to make it easier for businesses to deal with their banks through standard APIs that ease transfers and other transactions.<p>The company says that integrating banking services for small businesses and startups is overly complicated. They can end up …

Google to profit from self-driving cars by decade's end -- analyst

Google stands to rev up substantial revenue from self-driving cars.<p>The search giant is likely to gain whether it creates the hardware for self-driving cars or simply license the necessary software to automakers, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster said in an investors note released Tuesday. Either way, …

In New Challenge to Dropbox and Box, YouSendIt Morphs Into Hightail

It may have been awhile since you’ve thought about YouSendIt, the cloud-based file-sharing service that has been around since the middle of the last …

Apps

Coursera nabs $43M to bring online education to emerging markets

Coursera today raised $43 million in funding to market online education to millions of students globally.<p>In the new wave of education technology, online education providers like Coursera are generating a great deal of hype. It’s not all that surprising, given that the Massive Open Online Courses …

With Apple's iWatch on the horizon, do Pebble and MetaWatch still matter?

Smartwatches from big companies are on the way, but these Kickstarter projects are already on users' wrists<p>We’re on the cusp of an explosion of wearables, and the smartwatch will be one of the first styles to go big. By all appearances, the iWatch is happening. And even if it doesn’t happen, the …

Mobile payments ‘tsunami’ is coming to wash away our wallets

SAN FRANCISCO — Someday in the not-so-distant future, you won’t need to carry a wallet.<p>Smartphones are transforming the way we pay for things online and offline, but mobile payments still have a long way to go before they’re ubiquitous.<p>People are shopping on their phones more so than ever before, …

Google just put the market research biz on notice

It’s not so much the statistics from its various mobile industry surveys that make Google’s new Databoard so cool, but the fact that they’re free, …

How technology will transform your visit to the supermarket

Jessica Winch looks at the technology set to speed up your shopping trips.<p>When I go into a supermarket, particularly on a Sunday afternoon when it is packed with small children, my main goal is to grab the items I need and check out as quickly as possible.<p>To that end, I usually head straight for …

Google Drive makes it easy to email spreadsheets, copy/paste your heart away

Google Drive updates might be few and far in between, but they usually add welcome changes to the service -- take for example its recently improved copy/paste function. You can now paste tables from spreadsheets into Gmail with their formatting intact, and it doesn't even matter what browser you …

Mobile payments in U.S. to top $1B this year, report says

The much-touted mobile wallet has yet to catch on with a majority of consumers. But dollars generated by mobile payments continue to rise.<p>Payments made via a mobile phone will surpass $1 billion in the U.S. this year, research firm eMarketer said Thursday. That's more than double last year's figure …

Provender wants to disrupt an antique $200B industry — and change the way you eat

MONTREAL — Imagine there’s a $200 billion industry in North America that hasn’t really changed in 50 years. And a complex multi-level supply chain that degrades quality, increases prices, and benefits neither producers nor consumers.<p>Stop imagining.<p>You’ve just seen the way almost all U.S. …