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Where has the creativity gone in web (and UX) design?

Take a moment to think about the sites you’ve visited today. Have any of them stood out to you as being <i>unique</i> in their design? If I had to put money …

UX Design

Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble and turning down acquisition offer

Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of “challenger” bank Monzo.<p>The startup is building a digital-only bank, or “smart bank,” as Blomfield calls it, and last August was granted a U.K. banking licence “with restrictions” by the U.K. regulators FCA and PRA, as it prepares to …

Current Account

Time to shake up golf, head of European Tour says

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Professional golf has long consisted of 72-hole tournaments played over four days - something that will have to change if the game wants to reach a new generation of fans, the head of the European Tour said.<p>Britain Golf - BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, …

Golf

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Statsbot helps businesses pull their data into Slack

Statsbot is giving companies a new way to look at their data — in their chatrooms on Slack.<p>Co-founder and CEO Artyom Keydunov said that the product was inspired by his previous work leading a remote engineering team, when he realized that it would be “a good idea to bring data from Google Analytics …

Startups

Google blurs the line between websites and Android apps

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen," where it'll appear like any other app on your …

The great British bucket list: 10 amazing UK experiences for 2017

It is that time of the year when we all gaze out of the window, take note of the gloomy grey skies, and start pondering our next escape to sunnier places and brighter horizons.<p>But what of a sojourn on domestic shores? Britain will be a bubble of major celebrations, big anniversaries and intriguing …

25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction

Advances in science, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals "back" from extinction, and there are a few already on the list.<p>Generally, it helps if there is a species still alive today that is genetically similar to the extinct animal, like elephants for …

Letgo raises $175 million for its used goods marketplace

With a pitch for its users to just let go of the things they no longer need, the online used goods marketplace letgo has managed to grab on to $175 million in new financing.<p>Since its launch in 2015, the would-be Craigslist killer has raised at least $325 million to tackle the U.S. market.<p>It’s been …

letgo

London Hit Its 2017 Pollution Limit In Just Five Days

As more people move into cities, the air quality is worsening. Now, more drastic measures are needed. Do cities have the political will to do what it takes?<p>We knew that London’s air was dirty, but not this dirty. England’s capital belches so much filth into its air that it managed to breach its …

Brussels and London form 'fintech bridge'

LONDON (Reuters) - A delegation from Belgium’s financial technology sector came to London with its finance minister this week to set up a “fintech bridge” with the British capital that will enable cooperation on the burgeoning sector.<p>“B-Hive”, the part-government-owned platform set up to facilitate …

European Union

A Moody, Masculine Small-Space Apartment in San Francisco Photos

When designer Jay Jeffers set out to create his second home, he knew exactly what he wanted. He and his husband, Michael Purdy—the director of Jeffers's eponymous design company—own an airy weekend home in California's St. Helena wine region, and they wanted their city abode, in San Francisco's …

The Biggest UX Challenges Of 2017

UX is no longer just about user experience. It’s about social justice.<p>2016 raised the stakes, didn’t it? Just a year ago, it seemed like a big deal that iOS is always bugging us about our iCloud storage. Now, designers are asking themselves questions like, “wait, did my UI just give rise to a …

Social Media

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility<p>The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other …

Artificial Intelligence

India's Demonetization Is Causing Bitcoin To Surge Inside The Country

A bitcoin is essentially a digital token or code mimicking a virtual currency. With India’s recent demonetization, the volume of bitcoins being traded there has substantially increased to nearly two times its prior levels, pushing its value to new highs.<p>Since the early days of demonetization, …

Cryptocurrency

The next multibillion-dollar tech market was quietly born this year, says A-list VC Peter Levine

Even as late as 2010, two years after Netflix decided to go all in on AWS and not build its own data centers, the enterprise world was debating if cloud computing would ever be safe and reliable enough to use.<p>Today, AWS is on its way to being a $13 billion business. Oracle looked across the bow, …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

Elon Musk Thinks Automation Will Lead to a Universal Basic Income

In addition to addressing issues at SpaceX, Elon Musk spent some time during a Friday CNBC interview addressing how automation will impact the job …

Tesla is in the money: Elon Musk's firm announces its first quarterly profit since 2013

After 13 consecutive quarters, Tesla is making money.<p>Financial documents for the three months to September show Elon Musk's company made $22 million …

Tesla

10 top UI trends for 2017

<i>At</i> <i>Generate San Francisco</i> <i>on 9 June, Aaron Gustafson will demonstrate how interfaces can smartly morph to meet their users’ needs — slow connections,</i> …

Time Out has bought London events startup YPlan for £1.6 million

The startup, founded in 2012, was backed by a host of big name investors including movie star Ashton Kutcher to the tune of $37.7 million (£31 million). It was sold for £1.6 million in stock.<p>The event ticketing company has been struggling recently, letting go of a third of its workforce and scaling …

How a Saudi prince and a Japanese tech mogul created a $100 billion tech fund

Masayoshi Son, the billionaire Japanese technology investor, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, also known by his initials MBS, are the powerful duo behind the SoftBank fund.<p>Getting to know how these kinds of mega deals come about can be almost impossible, but an enlightening report published …

Why an ex-Apple design chief got Square to abandon the audio jack

Think of the Square Reader as an argument for ruthless simplicity.<p>"It's iconic, it's simple, it does exactly what it's supposed to do and nothing …

Credit Cards

20 great UK walks with pubs, chosen by nature writers

Pull on your boots and enjoy the countryside in all its autumn glory. Ten of Britain’s best nature writers reveal their favourite routes – and where they like to refuel on the way<p><b>20 more UK walks with pub pit stops</b><p><b>Length: 11miles<br>Time: 5</b>½ <b>hours<br>Start/finish: Grassington National Park Centre</b> …

National Parks

Spotify UK revenues surge to almost £190m as mobile subscriptions take off

World’s biggest music streaming service saw total UK revenues rise by 18% from £159m to £187.2m last year<p>Revenues at Spotify’s UK business grew to almost £190m last year as subscription income soared by over 40% thanks to music fans flocking to the company’s mobile service.<p>Spotify, the world’s …

State of the Digital Nation 2016

In 2013, we explored the state and future of the digital consultancy industry, posing the question “How, When and Where Will The First Truly Great …

Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking: What Works?

How to create a customer-centric venture.<p><i>By Marina Krakovsky | Stanford Business contributor</i><p>In the world of entrepreneurial incubation, design thinking, a user-centered way to conceive and create a successful product, is often compared and contrasted with the lean startup approach, which is more …

Lean Startups

Disrupting Energy

Peter Diamandis

The biotech empires of Silicon Valley and Europe

Bérénice Magistretti Contributor<p>Bérénice Magistretti is a Swiss freelance writer based in San Francisco. She focuses on startups in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and emerging markets.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Swiss data analytics company Sophia Genetics could be Switzerland’s next …

The real reason this elephant chart is terrifying

<b>This is the second in a series to show why it’s so essential for all of us to understand the implications of exponential technologies, and why we’re</b> …

Income Inequality