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How Steve Jobs Got the Absolute Best Out of His Teams

Love him or hate him, there's one thing Steve Jobs did extremely well.<p>Steven Paul Jobs was impassioned, a captivating speaker, and had an uncanny ability to see the future. But many who knew Apple's co-founder also described him as impatient, petulant, and difficult.<p>If I described your boss as …

Kokoon EEG Sleep Headphones

Normally, falling asleep with headphones on isn't a good thing — unless you enjoy cauliflower ear. But Kokoon EEG Sleep Headphones aren't your normal …

Lytro Illum Camera

The first Lytro Camera was an interesting piece of kit, using light field technology to take photos that could be refocused after the fact. But with …

Gerber Blade Money Clip

Some days call for a slimmer carry than your everyday load out — forcing you to leave behind the junk that typically bulks up your pockets — but that …

Gerber

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed

For the most part, we haven't seen much change in the basic idea of what a sleeping bag should be — an insulated tube with a side zipper — but the …

Sigma DP2 Quattro Camera

If you think the Sigma DP2 Quattro Camera looks unconventional from the outside, wait until you hear what's underneath. The DP2's new Quattro sensor …

Survival Slingshot

Whether you're prepping for the eventual downfall of humanity, you're a serious survivalist looking for an addition to your bug-out bag, or you're …

Pininfarina Cambiano Inkless Pen

Already known for their design contribution to the likes of Ferrari, Pininfarina is synonymous with beautiful, luxurious aesthetics. But now they'll …

Safeplug

Privacy may not be your chief concern when you're browsing the web — but it probably should be. Each time you venture out onto the web, you're …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Gear & Gadgets

How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector

In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.<p>Members of Public Lab, an online civic science community, wanted to build an inexpensive tool to measure plant health. Their solution: convert an obsolete …

How It Works: The Fastest DNA Sequencer

DNA sequencing has revolutionized medicine and biomedical research. For example, DNA analysis can tell doctors which drug might work best against a particular cancer. But current technology usually sequences only short stretches of DNA and can take hours or days.<p>To sequence anything longer than a …

How to Stabilize a Washing Machine

Get those bad vibrations under control<p>Clean the floor under the pads. Then stick the adhesive discs to the floor. Apply the primer to the pads and …

Hot Wheels Car Maker

At the intersection of do-it-yourself and playful childhood nostalgia, you'll find the Hot Wheels Car Maker ($40). Just turn on the press, melt down …

Ziphius Aquatic Drone

Just because your name isn't James Cameron (explorer of the sea), doesn't mean you don't deserve to discover the ocean. And if you can't afford your …

Chicken Leg Grill Rack

There is no better time of year to fire up the grill than Summer — but sometimes grilling standards (burgers, dogs, brats, metts) get a little tired. …

New Hope For Regrowing Severed Limbs, Just Like Lizards' Tails

Pretty good superpower to have, if you ask me.<p>Some lizards and amphibians have the ability to regrow severed tails or limbs--in fact, the blue-tailed skink abandons its tail intentionally to distract predators. But humans, despite our amazing advancements in the field of spying on each other, are …

Q&A: Former FBI Counterterrorism Agent David Gomez On PRISM, Intelligence, And Data Mining

Does PRISM solve the wrong problem?<p>The National Security Agency spying program known as PRISM is a huge deal. Accessing private information from nine major internet companies, PRISM gives intelligence agencies a veritable sea of information to sort through in their attempts to discover the next …

Electronic Updatable License Plates Could Flash "STOLEN" Or "TEEN DRIVER"

In South Carolina, a program to institute electronic license plates, which the DMV insists will not track your every move.<p>A small company in South Carolina is attempting to introduce electronic license plate's for the state's cars and trucks. The plates are fairly simple: an electrophoretic display …

Google Launches Balloon-Based Internet In New Zealand

The project aims to spread affordable Internet access to even the most remote regions.<p>Last July, the United Nations' Human Rights Council declared that Internet access was a basic human right. Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has previously stated that everyone in the world deserves …

Magnetic Graphene Clouds Can Be Made To Appear And Disappear

Toggling graphene's magnetic field on and off could lead to faster, smaller electronics.<p>Add another point to the list of reasons why graphene, the darling child of material physics, is a wunderkind. A team led by researchers at the University of Manchester has succeeded in turning magnetism on and …

Strong Like Bull Magnets

Stop worrying about your papers getting knocked off your fridge, file cabinet, or whiteboard and start hanging them up with Strong Like Bull Magnets …

Yahoo sale makes UK schoolboy millionaire

A British schoolboy's hobby has turned him into one of the youngest self-made multi-millionaires in the world.<p>Yahoo! announced on Monday that Nick D'Aloisio, 17, had sold his news-condensing mobile app Summly to the US tech giant for an undisclosed sum, reported to be £20m ($30m).<p><b>"It was</b> …