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How to Do Market Research--The Basics

Is your business a product in search of a customer? Use these tips to create a product or service customers will clamor for.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Related articles</b><p>Researching Your Market<br>• Primary Market Research<br>• Market Surveys<br>• Conducting Surveys and Focus …

Small Business

What's the Payback on Your Social Media? 3 Useful Measures | Inc.com

Why Bitcoin Needs More Women

There's really no such thing as an average Bitcoin user.<p>That's according to Lui Smyth, a London-based Bitcoin researcher who surveyed more than 1,000 Bitcoin users last year to get a demographic picture of the community. (He’s doing another survey this year.)<p>Smyth found Bitcoin users are atheists …

No one wants your PowerPoint: How to make board meetings better

In my new book, Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors, in addition to decomposing and explaining a lot about the functioning of board meetings, I also describe my ideal board meeting.<p>I had four of them this week. That’s a lot of board meetings in a week, but my weeks tend …

oDesk and Elance merge, forming one giant freelancer company (updated)

<b>Updated at 1:45 PM PT with additional comments and details from the CEOs of oDesk and Elance</b><p>Two crowdsourcing Goliaths are joining forces to fight off those pesky Davids.<p>Elance and oDesk, two of the largest online marketplaces for freelancers, today announced their intention to merge. The deal is …

AIRTAME Makes Wireless HDMI Easy (video)

AIRTAME takes the hassle out of Wireless HDMI by removing all cables and converters, leaving users with one sleek and simple HDMI dongle for …

Drivable 500,000 piece Lego car runs on compressed air, insanity (video)

If you're still stuck on that Lego Mindstorm EV3 project, then you might have a tiny inkling of how the folks from the Super Awesome Micro Project feel. They've just pieced together a car with 500,000 of the plastic blocks that can actually hit the road, thanks to four radial engines with 256 …

Seven Social Media Mistakes For Older Job Hunters

A great online presence, or let’s call it a persona, gives you an edge on a job hunt. Landing a job is hard enough these days, why leave a stone unturned? Let me count the ways a smart social media strategy is in your best interest:<p>Using social media-Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter- properly …

9 Reasons Why You Must Update Your LinkedIn Profile Today

Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become an essential personal branding tool. It has never been more important to build and maintain a stellar LinkedIn profile. The virtual professional network has morphed from an online resume and networking site to a comprehensive personal branding resource. …

Punch Through's new Arduino board can stay wireless forever (video)

You'll have to plug in a typical Arduino-compatible board at some point in its life, whether it's to add code or just to supply power. Not Punch Through Design's upcoming Cortado, however. The tiny device centers on a custom Bluetooth 4.0 LE module that both enables wireless programming (including …

Nissan Leaf prototype becomes first autonomous car to hit Japanese highways (video)

Autonomous autos are somewhat old hat for commuters in California and Nevada, but Japan's only just seen one hit its public roads. After earning a license plate in September, Nissan's driverless (and electric) Leaf hit the pavement of the country's Sagami Expressway, becoming the very first …

4oD catch-up streaming comes to Sky Now TV and Roku boxes

A smart TV box for a tenner is a nice thing, but one that streams <i>Homeland</i> on demand is arguably even nicer. As of today, owners of a Sky Now TV media player should see 4oD among their list of free channels, alongside the existing options like BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. Meanwhile, Channel Four's …

GadgetellSolutions Media

18Apr/18<p>As the owner of a retail business, you’ve probably dreamed about getting some extra help. Advertising a retail job for your store(s) can …

Ride:HUD brings head-up display tech to existing motorcycle helmets

Head-up displays, or HUDs, are claimed to make driving much safer and easier – instead of looking away from the road and shifting their focus to the …

PowerUp 3.0 Turns Paper Airplane into Smartphone Controlled Flying Machine

No doubt it’s a great idea to turn a paper airplane into a smartphone controlled flying machine. How to achieve it? The <b>PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module</b> will …

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by …

A Roomba For Solar Panels That Keeps the Sun Shining Through

It's easy to live with a few smudges on your smartphone's display, but for devices like solar panels that are completely dependent on every last drop …

thingCHARGER lets users charge devices without blocking outlets or running wire

The core design of thingCHARGER is very simple. It plugs in over an existing outlet, leaving the plugs usable, and features top-mounted charging tips …

Batthead batteries could allow any device to be wirelessly controlled

There are already a wide variety of devices that can be turned on and off by your smartphone, although they typically need to be Wi-Fi- or …

Tethercell Makes Any Battery-Operated Device Smartphone Controllable

There are a lot of battery operated devices in our lives, and most of them die at the worst possible moment. But now, if there’s something you own …

10 Cool Campers For Every Budget

Here's a look at some of the coolest RVs on the market in every price class—from most to least expensive.<p>It's vacation season. The nights are long, the kids are out of school, and there's no better time to unplug from daily life and take the family on a camping adventure. According to the …

[Opinion] What the Moto X promised to be, what it will be, what it won’t be and why

The Moto X was unveiled this Thursday to what can only be described as a mediocre response. The Moto X was the most hyped, and most leaked smartphone of the year so far, and no matter how good the smartphone turned out to be, it couldn’t live up to the hype.<p>So why has the Moto X failed to inspire …

Mobile Technology

NetZero strikes deals to use Sprint LTE and Verizon 3G

We like the idea of NetZero's budget-friendly mobile broadband -- just not its use of Clearwire's small, aging WiMAX network. The provider should soon take care of that problem through new MVNO agreements with Sprint and Verizon. The five-year Sprint pact gives NetZero both LTE and EV-DO; the …

Giant Mirrors to Light Up One Dark Norwegian Town

Typically bathed in shadows for five months every year, the town of Rjukan in Norway is getting a bright spot.<p><b>In the midst of five months of darkness</b> this coming winter, the Norwegian town of Rjukan will have one bright spot: a town square illuminated by sunlight bounced off giant mirrors placed …

Discover New Paint Colors on Your Smartphone

PPG's new app, the Voice of Color, will let you pick your next paint color from your mobile device.<p>Paint maker PPG has jumped into the smartphone application game with a nifty app called The Voice of Color. Available for both Android and iPhone, the free app will help users select paint colors on …

Are Robot Warriors Finally Coming to the Battlefield?

The Pentagon has spent decades trying to get armed robots into service but has been thwarted by escalating costs and worries about arming a semiautonomous system.<p><b>Despite the success of armed flying drones</b>, their counterparts on the ground have never made it over the starting line. The Pentagon's …

Military

Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle: The Foldable, Freezable Water Carrier

The Anti-Bottle won't take up precious space in your backpack when empty—it can roll up or fold flat.<p><b>Price: $12</b><p>Less wasteful than plastic and infinitely more convenient than hard-bodied reusable bottles, the Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle's simple but undeniable genius is that it can be rolled, …

8 Keys to the Keyless Future

Getting into your house, protecting your data, and finding your stuff gets help with sophisticated devices new to the market. Here are eight security products that will help get you indoors, safeguard your valuables, and help you find things.<p>Getting into your house, protecting your data, and …

Home Automation