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The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today's visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

Economy

Pot blocks: obstacles keep small business owners from a multibillion-dollar market

Marijuana retail sales could reach $4.3bn this year and create new jobs, but some aspiring entrepreneurs warn that weed is not an easy business<p>This year’s election may have been dominated by Donald Trump, but it was also about marijuana. California, Massachusetts and Nevada made recreational use …

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

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Adeo Ressi Says The Dutch Are Kooky, France Is A Nightmare, And A Startup Wave Is Coming To The U.S.

Adeo Ressi is trying to create mini-Silicon Valleys in more than 100 cities around the world. The founder of Founder Institute, a business incubator that claims to have launched more than 1,400 companies with an 87% success rate – meaning they’re still in business – by selecting people it believes …

BlackBerry is working on Boeing's long-awaited self-destructing phone

Boeing's mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company is collaborating with the defense contractor to bake its end-to-end BES 12 platform …

Tesla tentatively tests battery swap plan

Last year, Tesla showed it could swap the big battery pack in its Model S sedans faster than you can fill the tank in an Audi A6. Today, the electric car manufacturer posted a blog entry noting it would launch a pilot program for the battery-swap scheme.<p>Tesla will conduct the battery-swap program …

Google+ can automatically 'enhance' your mobile video recordings

Google's no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it's extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to …

'The Interview' Torrent Might Be Available If The Pirate Bay Website Still Existed

What a strange world we live in.<p>Hackers responsible for stealing massive amounts of data from Sony Pictures have leaked everything from films to personal information of Sony employees all over the web. They claim to have done this in protest to the Sony Pictures film <i>The Interview</i>, starring Seth …

Apple releases new public OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta (build 14C81h)

Readers report Apple has started rolling out a new public beta release of its 10.10.2 OS X Yosemite beta (build 14C81h). Developers received the third build of 10.10.2 earlier this month (build 14C81f).<p>Today’s beta release follows beta 3, which was released earlier this month. Not much seems to …

Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Top 5 laptops of 2014

Laptops are facing a lot of competition from tablets and even large smartphones, but they’re still the mainstay device for getting work done. Here are the best of 2014.<p><b>13-inch MacBook Air</b><p>The MacBook Air hasn’t changed much over the past few years, but that’s a testament to its design, which was …

Undercover Video Reveals Harsh Conditions Inside Apple Supplier Factory

An Apple supplier is violating the company's standards for worker treatment in its Chinese factories, according to a new video report from the BBC.<p>The video, captured by an undercover reporter who got a job at a factory run by Pegatron, a Chinese manufacturer making Apple products, renews some …

Death to QR codes! Quikkly raises $1M

Marketing startup Quikkly has raised $1m from Initial Capital and a group of angel investors.<p>The London-based startup hopes to “make the real world clickable” through what it calls an action tag, a spin on traditional QR codes.<p>The action tags, surprisingly enough, are all actionable and instead of …

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Live Map Shows Thousands Of Cyber Attacks As They Happen

Sony got nuked, said one security expert. But it’s hardly the only attack aimed at a major corporation. Tens of thousands of cyber attacks are launched every second – a majority of which are directed at the United States – but few have the impact that can force a Hollywood studio to cancel a …

Facebook Messenger gets the slickest read receipts in town

Read receipts. They’re the first thing I turn off when I get a new messaging app or iOS device. But Facebook is doubling down on read receipts in the new Facebook Messenger, which has new, blisteringly fast notifications showing you exactly what’s going on with your message after you send …

Bitcoin exec to spend two years behind bars for Silk Road transactions

Charlie Shrem, former Bitcoin Foundation board member and CEO of the now-defunct exchange BitInstant, has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping Silk Road users anonymously swap cash for digital currency. Silk Road, as you know, was the online marketplace infamous for hosting anonymous …

Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on …

Uber compromises with Portland and stops service for three months

The unthinkable has occurred: Uber has compromised with a local government, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber has agreed to …

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to <i>Reuters</i>, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of …

The Hottest Startups Of 2014

Despite worries that the tech bubble may be about to pop, Silicon Valley’s top startups had yet another blockbuster year.<p>Forbes took an end-of-year look at companies leading the way as valuations get extra frothy, ranking the Hottest Startups of 2014 by fastest growing valuation over time between …

7 Social Media Psychology Studies That Will Make Your Marketing Smarter

One of my favorite things about social media is that it's still such a young and new form of communication. It feels too early to take anything as a given, so we're all experimenting, testing and learning together.<p>Every day seems to bring exciting new studies as research shows us more about how …

Social Media

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

Hour of Code, a five-day-old initiative to get kids to take programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, will soon reach 15 million …