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Three websites to watch YouTube together when you are apart

There are many websites that let you sync and share YouTube videos to watch with faraway friends, but these three are our favorites.<p>Why watch YouTube all by your lonesome when you can create a virtual watch party and watch with far-flung friends? I found a number of sites that let you sync YouTube …

Apps

Accomplish More by Committing to Less

Believing that more is always more is a dangerous assumption.<p>There’s a cost to complexity. Every time you commit to something new, you not only commit to doing the work itself, but also remembering to do the work, dealing with the administrative overhead, and to getting it all done in the time …

Management

Man spends two years building amazing megacity in Minecraft

This is madness. What you are looking at is <i>not</i> a screenshot of Simcity. It is a megalopolis made entirely in Minecraft using <i>4.5 million</i> blocks over …

This treadmill lets you walk in any direction

No, that's not a detached tank tread you're looking at, it's a treadmill -- and it doesn't care which direction you're walking. It's called the Infinadeck, and we found it hiding in a dark corner of the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo. Each of its tank-like treads is covered in a moving belt …

Andreessen-Incubated Teleport Aims To Make Location Irrelevant For Mobile Workers

Is finding housing getting you — and apparently, the rest of San Francisco — down?<p>Then leave. Go somewhere else! Stop coming here!<p>(Just kidding.)<p>But not really.<p>Because that’s kind of the idea behind Teleport, a new Andreessen Horowitz-incubated startup from early Skype executive Sten Tamkivi and …

Startups

You’d Be Surprised By What Really Motivates Users

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This article is adapted from Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products, a new book by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover.</i><p>Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his mysterious startup Jelly. The question-and-answer app was met with a mix of criticism and head …

Build anything you want with Legos, in Chrome

Let's be honest: You're never too old to play with Legos. Thanks to the latest Chrome experiment (and a little help from WebGL) you can build whatever your heart desires directly from your browser. Using Maps, you're able to choose a location-specific plot before starting to build, brick by brick. …

Dell's new Android HDMI dongle turns screens into virtualized desktop computers for $130

Dell's betting that a bunch of businesspeople want to be able to carry their work computer around in their pocket. Not <i>literally</i>, of course, but with the release of the company's $130 dollar Wyse Cloud Connect dongle (formerly known as Project Ophelia), you can do just that. It connects to any TV or …

LoveList For iPhone Is A Simple Product Scanner For Pinterest

Why bother with a gift registry or wish list, when you can just pin favorite products to a Pinterest board? With newly launched iPhone app LoveList, you can do just that, even when you’re out shopping in the real world. The app lets you quickly expand your Pinterest collections with products you …

The Top 13 Education Stories Of 2013

What’s the best way to teach our kids (or, for that matter, our adults)? Read about the year in MOOCs, coding for kids, and the college dorm of the future.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The …

5 Fascinating Books You Should Add to Your Personal Library | Inc.com

noticed a few things in my reading this year:<p>1. For the second year running, there was no outstanding, 'must-have' business book. I might be getting harder to please as I get older, but there was nothing I felt I should tell everyone about once I put it down.<p>2. For the first time this year, I …

5 Lessons From Obama’s Debate Trainers To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

If you want to improve your presentation skills, honest feedback is your new best friend. Here are five crucial lessons Obama learned after botching a 2012 debate.<p>Remember Barack Obama’s dismal showing in the first debate of last year’s presidential campaign? He seemed weary and detached, and his …

Public Speaking

TouchCast Brings Its Interactive Video Tools To PCs

TouchCast, a startup with a more interactive approach to online video, is launching a beta version of its Windows PC app today.<p>The company was co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld and it launched its first product, an iPad app, back in June. The app combines easy-to-use video …

Citelighter: Research, Write Cite

Many teachers are ending their semesters with large scale assignments that require digital research. According to the Common Core Standards, students …

Amazon Snaps Up Online Math Instruction Company TenMarks To Help It Make Education Apps

Amazon has announced plans to snap up online education company TenMarks. The company offers an online math curriculum currently, and Amazon VP of Kindle Dave Limp says that together, “Amazon and TenMarks intend to develop rich educational content and applications, across multiple platforms, that we …

Your Guide to Running at Any Level

Running just might be the most convenient workout going. You don't need to be a skilled athlete, and there's no fancy equipment involved; just lace …

Weight Loss

10 Facts About Bananas and Your Health

<b>10 Facts about Bananas and Your Health</b><p>Bananas are one of America’s favorite fruits. In fact, on average, we eat more than 20 pounds of bananas per …

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Webflow Lets You Design Responsive Websites Visually, Publish Instantly When You’re Done

Webflow, a Y Combinator-backed startup offering creative professionals an easier, more visual way to design and host responsive websites, is launching out of its closed beta, with already some 10,000 users signed up. It’s an idea whose time has come, as more of the world now interacts with the web …

Organization Apps for the Visual Thinker

To many people, a messy desk represents complete chaos. But another school of thought believes that a messy desk is a sign of genius: Every piece of …

Handheld 3D scanner passes Kickstarter goal in a day

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Fuel3D<p>You have a part that is broken and you want to 3D print a working replica. How do you create it? Traditionally, …

This Agricultural Breakthrough Makes Every Crop Self-Fertilizing

We've been using nitrogen fertilizers to bolster crop growth since the neolithic era. But producing enough food for nearly seven billion mouths …

Foods that Prevent Colon Cancer

Nutrition

LiveMinutes Raises $1.4M Seed Round For Its Real-Time Collaboration Service, Announces Partnership With Evernote

Real-time team collaboration service LiveMinutes<br>today announced that it has closed a $1.4 million seed round. The<br>round was led by Great Oaks Venture<br>Capital — a VC firm that previously backed the<br>likes of Trulia and OkCupid — with participation from New World<br>Ventures, former Facebook business …

Meet Helpouts, Google’s Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform

While its roots lie in search, today, Google wears many hats. From self-driving cars and wearable technology to social networking and mobile operating systems, there are few industries where the search and advertising giant has yet to make its presence felt. Lately, however, Google’s expansion has …

11 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Want to get more productive? Fast Company asked amazing female entrepreneurs–like Rachel Sklar, Whitney Johnson, Cindy Gallop, Leandra Medine, and Stacy London–to share their favorite apps.<p>When I saw this piece on apps entrepreneurs can’t live without, I was delighted.<p><b>Our Previous Story</b>: <i><br>10</i> …

Entrepreneurship

KQED

graphite.org<p>To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization …