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This kitchen compost bin ferments your kitchen waste

The Taihi bin essentially pickles food scraps<p>After growing up in Ethiopia—where very little waste was thrown in landfills—now U.K.-based designer Ben Cullis Watson saw an opportunity to address the country’s trash problem, attempting to “change people's perceptions of waste and make it as 'sexy' as …

Gardening

Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking fines now helping refugees claim asylum

‘Robot lawyer’ DoNotPay is giving free legal aid to refugees seeking asylum in US and Canada, and asylum support in UK<p>The creator of a chatbot which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing is now turning the bot to helping refugees claim …

Chatbots

New retro-style keyboard clacks like a real typewriter

<i>Want</i><p>Vintage typewriters have a way of making it onto desks and credenzas as hip decor, but what good is it really if you can’t easily type away at the keys, relishing in the oh-so-satisfying clacks with every touch? Well, enter the Lofree Keyboard, a new quasi-typewriter that adds functionality to …

This Hotel Asked Some Of The World’s Top Architects To Design Rooms

You can sleep in rooms designed by Pritzker Prize winners like Peter Zumthor, Thom Mayne, and Tadao Ando.<p>As archaeological fragments have shown, hot springs around the alpine town of Vals, Switzerland, have lured visitors since the Bronze Age. Fast forward a few thousand years, and today’s tourists …

Tea House

Oppo PM-3 Magnetic Planar Headphones Reproduce Music Just As The Recording Engineer Heard It

Would you spend the price of a decent smartphone on a pair of headphones that aren’t even noise cancelling and that offer no Bluetooth function? Well, most people wouldn’t but if you’re serious about your music and you want a pair of headphones that offer recording-studio quality but which are …

Audiophile

What is Theresa May’s Endgame?

There may be reason to believe the U.K.’s new P.M. has a long game plan.<p>Figure this out, if you can: after the months-long Brexit campaign, perhaps the most bitter chapter of British politics in living memory, the country voted to leave the European Union in order restore the democratic control of …

United Kingdom

Nura Headphones Adapt To You To Make Music Perfect

In 2006 Steve Jobs said, “<i>Music is so deep within all of us, but it’s easy to go for a day or a week or a month or a year without really listening to music.”</i> I find that to be true. It just feels weird to not listen to music to keep you company and affect your mood.<p>Audiophiles don’t just listen to …

Consumer Tech

An AI-powered chatbot has overturned 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Have you recently got a parking ticket? This chatbot might be able to help overturn it.<p>The free service, called DoNotPay, has successfully challenged 160,000 parking tickets—around $4 million worth—in London and New York. It was launched just 21 months ago by London-born Stanford University student …

Chatbots

Christine Lagarde refuses to comment on Brexit ‘out of respect' for Jo Cox as she calls for 'reflection' on EU debate

Christine Lagarde refused to discuss the EU referendum last night out of respect for the death of the Labour MP Jo Cox.<p>The head of the International Monetary Fund also said the tragic events marked a time for “reflection” about the nature of Britain’s referendum debate.<p>A number of European leaders …

Christine Lagarde

Nemo reissues cement lamp designed by Le Corbusier

<b>Milan 2016:</b> Italian lighting design firm Nemo has reissued Le Corbusier's Borne Béton lamp, originally designed by the architect in 1952.<p>The cement …

Netflix Party syncs up streaming for long distance movie dates

Remember when Xbox Live used to have the Netflix Party feature? Everybody in a party could watch their favorite tv shows and movies in gorgeously synchronized streaming no matter how geographically separated they were. Then, for basically no reason beyond spitefulness (that we know of), Xbox …

Apps

The Mass Fidelity Core Offers Booming Stereo Sound From One Tiny Wireless Speaker

Home audio is rarely just plug-and-play. Systems I’ve dealt with installing over the years have come with dozens of feet of wiring and multiple units that require an afternoon or more to get all set up. Now, most audiophiles certainly don’t mind this step of the process and really enjoy the ability …

Audiophile

A story of a building in Paris that's stood since the Crusades

See more photos at Wink Fun.<p><i>750 Years in Paris</i> is a historical graphic novel sans words as well as a stunning coffee table art book. Paris-based …

France

Inside the Bank of England

Since the crash, it has become more powerful than ever, but has the Bank got any better at spotting trouble? Larry Elliott and Jill Treanor are granted extraordinary access to this secretive institution<p>Up the stone steps. Through the heavy doors. Into an ornate lobby to be greeted by a security man …

Bank of England

Circle with Disney gives parents full reign over their kids' devices

When Kickstarter campaigns are unsuccessful, we assume those products never get to see the light of day. In 2013, Circle, a device that lets parents …

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

As debate rages about whether to introduce a sugar tax, this is the story of how Mexico defied its own powerful fizzy drinks industry to impose a tax on soda<p>Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. …

Diabetes

Innovative Skylight Window Easily Transforms into Rooftop Balcony

It's now possible to transform a skylight into a small balcony by simply opening its frame. Danish window company Velux has designed <i>Cabrio</i>, a dormer that's made up of two sections, each with a different purpose. The top opens for ventilation while the bottom features an integrated banister that …

Architecture

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Waze cofounder sold his startup to Google for over $1 billion, but he still doesn't own a house

Most of the money went to the investors, he told Business Insider.<p>The gossip in Israel is that Levine didn't walk with that much cash given the total amount involved. One Israeli news site estimated his take was about $38 million, or about 3%.<p>Even so, that's still a lot of money. Enough to …

Startups

The vanished streets of Old Paris

Lost streets of Old Paris<p>Eugène Atget's record of a city about to be swept away<p>1902<p>1902<p>Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt …

12 Favorites from the French Scullery

Every time we look behind the scenes in French kitchens, we discover an arsenal of new (and not-so-new) must-haves. Here are a few of the things …

Tag: Offices

Exotica at Work: 13 Ideas to Steal from a Historic Office in Charleston<p>by Annie Quigley<p>10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems<p>by Sarah …

Devialet's Hi-Fi Phantom Hits the US

Since it was founded in 2007, Paris-based Devialet has become known for their unusually sleek and compact hi-fi amplifiers. They've carved out a special place in the high-end audio marketplace by developing technology rather than repackaging the outdated. A brand first, Devialet has now designed an …

Audiophile

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

European Travel

Google’s new tool helps you pick an Android phone

Google has quietly launched a new suggestion tool on the Android website at android.com/phones/whichphone. Which Phone, first spotted by XDA, asks you a few simple questions about your smartphone usage and then offers a few Android suggestions that might work for you.<p>You’re first asked to pick what …

‘Netflix for Pirates’ just got a lot better: Stream movies in your web browser

“Netflix for Pirates,” aka Popcorn Time, is a very popular movie streaming app that’s available on a bunch of platforms, including iPhone, Android, …

Televisions

You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.<p>You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more …

Information Systems

Netflix movies: the 100 best films on Netflix UK

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10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

European Travel

Articles about 8-modern-mirrors-redefine-your-interiors on Dwell.com - Dwell

If you're looking for some fresh "floral" ideas, turn to Instagram.<p>Light is the essence and reason for life. The beauty of light is inherent in its colors and a light artist brings it to life.<p>Working from home is a no-brainer.<p>Reflections have captivated us (literally!) for as long as we've had …

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