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The Saudi Princess and the Multi-Million Dollar Shopping Spree

Saudi princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al-Sudairi reportedly tried to stiff some of Paris’s most exclusive boutiques for $20 million and skip out on a $7 million dollar hotel bill. James Reginato follows her trail.<p>It’s an old gambit—slipping out of a hotel in the dead of night to dodge the …

Saudi Arabia

The SIM card is turning 25—and it’s time for it to go

The small microchips known as “subscriber identity modules” or SIM cards that are required for mobile phones to log on to a phone network will soon be 25 years old. While mobile phones and network technology have progressed in leaps and bounds, SIM cards are still lodged in handsets.<p>And they’re …

Customers

The Best Recipe Videos on YouTube for People With “No Time to Cook”

<i>House of Cards</i> is great and all, but in truth our favorite thing to binge watch is cooking videos. There’s something addictive, even therapeutic, …

Healthy Eating

Articles about who knew relaxed tropical retreat could be made shipping containers on Dwell.com - Dwell

This modern residence and gallery near San Jose, Costa Rica uses metal boxes like puzzle pieces to create a photographer's dream...<p>I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first...<p>These shipping containers have left …

Costa Rica

Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen

Instructables contributor goldlego, also known as Calvin Nutter, produced a clever greeting card that mimics the aesthetics of an old computer loading screen. Better yet, it's animated, and as you pull the card from the envelope, the bars appear to “load.” Nutter created a detailed, step-by-step …

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25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

Daily Inspiration #1934

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Gardener 'died after brushing past poisonous plant' in millionaire's garden

Nathan Greenaway, 33, died of multiple organ failure after touching the deadly purple flowering plant, known as Devil's Helmet and Monkshood on £4m estate<p>A gardener collapsed and died after apparently handling a highly-poisonous plant on the £4 million estate of a wealthy businessman, a coroner has …

Environmental Health

How to take your startup global on a shoestring budget

<i>Alec Lynch is the founder and CEO of global crowdsourcing startup DesignCrowd.</i><p>If you run a startup or online business (or have an idea for one), there’s a good chance the opportunity for your venture is a global one.<p>However, conventional startup wisdom seems to be: start local, then go global. …

Voice dictation is now done in real time on iOS 8

Previously, you had to tap a button before iOS would transcribe your voice to text.<p>With the changes to voice dictation in iOS 8, the biggest pain point of using the feature has been eliminated -- that being the Done button.<p>That is to say, once you're running iOS 8, you can start voice dictation as …

iOS

The Helmet That Could Change Football

It's flexible, but it can really take a beating.<p>For decades, football players have worn rigid, unyielding helmets that protected the skull but did little to prevent concussions. To address this shortcoming, Riddell built a smarter helmet. Available to NFL and college teams, and soon youth and high …

Gear & Gadgets

3-D printed organs: one step closer

Scientists could be one step closer to creating organs for transplant using 3D printing technology.<p>A group of researchers from South Carolina in the USA, together with their Chinese colleagues from Zhejiang University, have made headway in understanding how so-called biological “inks” behave as …

Square Is Raising $200 Million At A $6 Billion Valuation

Mobile payments app Square is reported to be raising new investment at a valuation of $6 billion.<p>CNBC reports that the Jack Dorsey-led company is …

Venture Capital

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

There are technologists who specialize in “scanning the Internet.” They are like a search team making its way through a neighborhood, but instead of checking the knob of every door, they check Internet entrances to online devices to see which ones are open. These people have been screaming for some …

This App Teaches You How To Play Almost Any Song You Can Find Online And It's Awesome

I tried teaching myself some chords on the guitar, but it turns out that you need big, strong hands to press down on the strings hard enough to make music.<p>My hands are neither big, nor are they strong.<p>So instead I picked up the ukulele, and, using YouTube, taught myself how to play.<p>The problem is, …

DICOM Grid raises $6M for digital medical imaging platform

X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans often are at the center of medical diagnoses, but in digital form, they’re usually very large and hard to transmit.<p>An Phoenix, Arizona company called DICOM Grid has developed a cloud-based service that eases that pain, providing a way to share images among clinicians and …

21 of the Best B2B Growth Hacks

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to …

Scientists At Yale May Have Discovered The Cure For Alopecia Universalis

Someone tell George Costanza to quit using Jerry Seinfeld’s phone to call China, because some scientists at Yale may be putting hair restoration scam artists out of business. According to Yale News, a 25-year old man with alopecia universalis had been the subject of an 8-month trial to test …

'Shoebox IVF' hope for infertile couples

<b>Could an IVF kit that fits in a shoebox and some kitchen cupboard essentials provide hope for people who long for children?</b><p>Infertility is a source of distress the world over, but in many places the terrible stigma attached to childlessness makes it even harder to bear.<p>The answer could be a …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

5 Reasons To Move Your Startup to Southeast Asia

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>Most entrepreneurs get caught up in Silicon Valley envy and decide to place their startup headquarters there without a second thought. But for most startups, this won’t necessarily lead …

How Your E-Commerce Store Can Outpace Amazon

Since Amazon is such a large organization with an extensive website, it’s limited in how quickly and extensively it can update its site to be both user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.<p>An organization smaller than Amazon, which many are, has the opportunity to outperform the company when it …

Generating Off-Grid Power: The Four Best Ways

So, you've thought about whether or not living off the grid is right for you; you know that it means no more utility bills and generating all of your …

Jewelry Store Branding by Anagrama

Maria Salinas – Jewelry Store Brand Identity.<p>The design experts of Anagrama have completed this branding project for María Salinas, a Mexican jewelry …

How to wipe and restore memories in rats

Neuroscientists have effectively wiped a memory from rat brains, only to revive it again by manipulating synapses. The work could contribute to our …

Watch It Here: Dior Returns to Versailles for Latest "Secret Garden" Film

For the third installment of its "Secret Garden" campaign, the House of Dior has yet again invited us on a dreamy promenade through the Château de …

Tech millionnaire gathers 'geek squad' coders to develop humanitarian apps

If the geeks are to inherit the Earth, it's positive that many are turning their coding skills to humanitarian ends - from voter e-registration to disaster management apps<p>By any standards, nine-years-old is pretty young to be writing computer code. Let alone doing it for 24-hours straight. And …

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Rock Health adds seven new digital health startups to its portfolio

Digital healthcare incubator Rock Health today announced its sixth class of digital health startups, which includes app makers, analytics companies, and even an insurance plan suggestion site.<p>“What we are looking for is really talented entrepreneurs who are working on real problems in healthcare — …

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