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How to Build Your First Amplifier

In this tutorial we are going to build an amplifier circuit. We are going to accomplish this via the venerable LM386 integrated circuit (IC) …

These $70 DIY synthesizers are a hobbyist's dream

For me, one of the most interesting parts of Moogfest is the Circuit Bending Challenge. Sure, the performances and tech demos are great, but it's always a treat to see what a community of tinkerers can come up with on a tight budget of $70. I've seen everything from a wearable helmet instrument to …

Satan’s Credit Card: What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money

Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future — but as I learned living in it for a month, we're not quite there yet.<p><b>It’s the dead</b> of winter in Stockholm and I’m sitting in a very small room inside the very inaptly named Calm Body Modification …

I've eaten on $2 a day and tried living on an $8.15-an-hour salary in New York City — here are my 10 best tips to save money

In January, I completed the Elon Musk Challenge, spending just $60 on food for the month.<p>More recently, I simulated the lives of millions of Americans who earn minimum or nearly minimum wage and lived on an $8.15-an-hour salary for 30 days.<p>After completing these challenges in one of the most …

Personal Finance

The Hatch Notebook is an Ingenious New Brainstorming Tool for Design Entrepreneurs

When it comes to starting a side project (or a “project” project), ironing out early ideas and evaluating them ahead of time – rather than just …

Entrepreneurship

Review: Paint Stick

After four years in development, Paint & Stick has arrived, and mighty impressive it is too. Effectively two plug-ins in one, it enables the creation …

It's never okay to be 'just okay' at your job

If you are one of those people who gets out of bed every morning to make a difference, your commitment to entrepreneurship is alive and well. And if your energy is rooted in audacity, you're ahead of the game. Some may consider audacity to be a negative concept associated with attitude or edge, but …

Leadership

10 Parenting Habits to Develop Before Your Child Becomes a Teen

I started parenting habits prior to the "dreaded teen years" that I hope will carry my influence further and create a positive relationship with my …

How Chobani CEO ensures that employees will share in the company's success

Greek yogurt is known for being rich in flavor and protein. Now some employees at Chobani could become rich themselves.<p>Founder and Chief Executive Hamdi Ulukaya announced that he would be giving all of his 2,000 full-time workers awards that could be worth up to 10% of the privately held company's …

Companies are so bad at helping workers develop their careers, most are training themselves

No employee wants to stay in the same position forever. That’s why people go back to school, attend conferences, schmooze, network, work overtime, take on new projects: to push their careers forward.<p>But the training or education programs of most companies tend to fall far behind employees’ needs, …

Career Development

Google Employee Explains How To ‘Design’ Your Time, Not Just Manage It

<b>For many</b> of us, there always seems to be far more to do every day than there is time to do it. Work can seem like a never-ending cycle of long …

A Harvard psychologist says your success in any situation hinges on 3 things

As she described in her 2012 TED Talk, power-posing is about taking advantage of the body-mind connection: You adopt the body language of powerful people so that you feel and act more confident.<p>But power posing is just one path to a state of calm self-confidence that will help you succeed in …

Self-improvement

Why the iPad Is Going Extinct

What happened to the tablet? When the iPad arrived in 2010, it was hailed as the herald of a new tech category; it was to occupy every kitchen table, …

IPad Pro

SOLIDWORKS Will Launch a New CAD Program This Year

DS SOLIDWORKS introduced a brand new product for mechanical design at its recently held annual user meeting. SOLIDWORKS Xdesign, which is not yet …

iPad

HBO is coming after Netflix using its own battle plan

Netflix's content chief Ted Sarandos has even said Neflix's "goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us."<p>Now we're starting to see that HBO wants to become more like Netflix — particularly with regards to international expansion and supersizing production.<p>During Time Warner's Q4 earnings …

Televisions

These Are the Brands Americans Trust the Most

A recently released survey showed which brand name products reign supreme among American shoppers.<p>BrandSpark International determined the most …

eCommerce

If Patents Are So Valuable Why Does IBM's Intellectual Property Revenue Continue To Decline

IBM was awarded 7,355 patents in 2015 which was the 23rd year in a row it has received the most patents. Over 2,000 of last year’s patents were related to cognitive computing and the company’s cloud platform. Over the 23 years IBM has received over 88,000 patents and I would estimate they have …

Intellectual Property

What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule for a year

Amidst the growing numbers of tasks, relationships, and operations to manage, ecommerce leaders still only have the same number of hours in a given day.<p>Through my work at Exact Media, I've worked with some of the brightest leaders in the ecommerce space.<p>To better understand them, their needs, and …

Team Building

The Designer’s iPad Pro App Buyer’s Guide

It’s likely some of you out there are planning to gift someone special…someone <i>very</i> special…with an Apple iPad Pro this holiday season. Designers and …

IPad Pro

Articles about editors-picks-10-cheap-cool-finds-under-50 on Dwell.com - Dwell

Highlights from the products, furniture, and lighting at Dwell on Design 2013, handpicked by Dwell editors.<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron explains the thinking behind our annual issue dedicated to interior design.<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's December/January …

Office Furniture

3 tips from the expert who teaches mindfulness at Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Nike

Reflexively, I pick it up and check my personal email. I see this month's electric bill and my latest credit card bill. <i>Didn't I just pay those?</i> I wonder.<p>Against my better judgment, I open both emails, and the prospect of more money going out as opposed to in causes a good deal of anxiety to rise …

Mindfulness

This May Be The Best Carry-On Suitcase Idea We've EVER Seen

When it comes to carry-on bags, expert travelers know the average duffel simply will not do. With airlines periodically cracking down on carry-on requirements and passengers shaming others for exceeding the bag size limit, it's crucial to maximize every inch of suitcase space (because c'mon, we</i> …

Coffee Shops

Apple CarPlay could completely disrupt the auto industry in one important way — and we tried it

General Motors, for one, will be making Apple CarPlay available on nearly its entire 2016 model lineup, according to Consumer Reports. Android Auto will come later.<p>We recently spent a few days with CarPlay in a 2016 GM vehicle, and the experience was a mixed bag. But that might have had more to do …

Star Trek

The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?<p><i>The air shrieks, and life stops. First, from far away, comes a high whine like angry insects swarming, and then a trampling, like a herd moving through. The kids on their bikes who pass by the Caltrain crossing are eager to</i> …

High School

How Long to Keep Tax Records

Unless you’re living in the 123-room Spelling Manor, you probably don’t have space to store massive amounts of tax and insurance paperwork, …

Personal Finance

The video that might rip Chicago apart — and why you need to see it

There is a video that could tear Chicago apart.<p>It will go viral if released, and the world will see something ugly and frightening on the Southwest Side.<p>It comes from a police dashboard camera. City Hall worries that political hell may be on the way. Activists are primed. The politics of race and …

Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic cancer-causing chemicals, say experts

Scientists warn against the dangers of frying food in sunflower oil and corn oil over claims they release toxic chemicals linked to cancer<p>Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried …