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Scientists suggest a way to lower your stroke risk: Shorten your workweek

Do you worry that your workaholic ways are killing you? A new study says you may be right.<p>In an analysis of more than half a million men and women from around the world, those who put in long hours at the office were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clocked out earlier. …

Android M Initial Thoughts and iOS 9 Predictions

Michael Fertik: online reputation is becoming more valuable than money or power

The author of The Reputation Economy believes online reputation is now so important that we risk becoming persona non grata if we ignore it. Here he explains how to transform yourself into search-engine gold<p>My Google search for “Michael Fertik” returns a page of uncommon order and serenity, like …

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Prezi Now Lets Users Deliver Live Presentations from Anywhere

Web- and mobile-based presentation platform Prezi has just launched a new feature that allows users to deliver presentations remotely to audiences anywhere, in real-time.<p>To present to a widespread audience, users can select collaborators who already use Prezi, or share a special link with anyone …

Google may use quantum computing to improve its advertising and web search capabilities

While Google regularly gives futurists talking points by pursuing experimental projects like driverless cars and smart contact lenses, the company’s investment last year in a “quantum” computer from startup D-Wave Systems could well help the tech giant with a few of its core processes.<p>D-Wave’s …

Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event

Consumer Preview is on the way<p>Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January. While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that Microsoft will hold a separate …

Apple Watch Distinguishes Between Short and Long Looks

It's fun to see so many more details of the Apple Watch emerging as a result of Apple's releasing their WatchKit to developers who are creating apps. I summarized many of these details in a previous post, including the pixel dimensions of both sizes of the Apple Watch. An interesting article on <i>The</i> …

Plex is making media streaming among multiple users a lot easier

Living alone is pretty great: everything stays put when you leave and (perhaps, best of all) no one has to know about the guiltiest pleasures hiding in your Plex-bound digital media collection. Except, not everyone has that luxury and has to share their MKV library in addition to their living …

Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC).<p>Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without …

Lumoid Wants To Rent You A Camera Now, And Everything Later

Aarthi Ramamurthy is standing outside of her building talking to her first paying customer, and she’s about to make a product decision.<p>She’s shipped him a camera across country overnight on a rental program, and he’s so in love with it that he wants to buy one from her. He’s wondering if he can …

Apple met with FDA, reportedly working on 'Healthbook' for iOS 8

Some of Apple's top executives met with officials from the US Food and Drug Administration last month, something that — together with new software rumors — could signal a new direction for the company's upcoming products. Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams, as well as the …

iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

Last summer we covered Petzila’s answer to keeping a pet pooch happy when you’re not at home: a remote treat dispenser called PetziConnect which also let absent dog owners view and talk to their pooch while delivering treats from afar. Fast forward a few months and prepare to greet iCPooch: another …

Pixeom Is An Anti-Corporate Cloud Device That Wants To Give You Back Your Data Privacy

Meet Pixeom, a prototype device being Kickstarted by brother and sister duo Karishma and Sam Nagar, with the aim of offering alternative cloud services that don’t require you to hand over the keys to your private data in exchange for a convenient digital service.<p>Prior to Edward Snowden’s …

Taboola leads market for paid content discovery and will make $100M this year

Taboola is raking in the moola. (Aren’t bad rhymes the best?)<p>The startup, which powers a content recommendation platform, revealed that it crossed $100 million in annual run rate, which means that if it keeps making money at its current rate, it will rake in $100 million in a year. It is now …

Goodbye Post-Meal Awkwardness: New App Lets You Settle Check Before Sitting Down

If you’ve ever had a great dinner ruined by the awkwardness of splitting (or not splitting) a check, you might want to check out Cover, a new app launching today in New York City.<p>Here’s how Cover works: you enter your credit card information into the app, walk into a participating restaurant, check …

The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

This week Facebook’s ban-bot went berserk; Github went down; and all Google services collapsed for a few minutes, taking 40% of the Internet with them. Just another week on the Internet, then. We love our centralized services, until they let us down.<p>Bruce Sterling calls them “the Stacks”: Amazon, …

OpenDesk.cc Is Like Ikea For Open Source Zealots

Furniture is probably the last thing on the mind of most open source proponents but now it doesn’t have to be. OpenDesk is a free, open source line of furniture that you can make yourself or order unassembled from a maker with a CNC machine. Not only is the furniture cheap – free if you have the …

Google Search Gets More Personal, Now Lets You Find Your Flight Info, Reservations, Photos And More

Google today announced a number of search features that make it easier for you to find your own personal information through Google Search. The search engine can now find information about your upcoming flights (“Is my flight on time?”), hotel or OpenTable reservations, package delivery information …

Doctor ordered to demolish 'mountain' built atop penthouse apartment in Beijing

BEIJING – A doctor who spent six years and $130,000 transforming his penthouse apartment into a mountain retreat has been told to tear it down by officials who said the work was done without permission.<p>Zhang Biqing, who founded a chain of Chinese medicine clinics, bought the 26th-floor dwelling and …

Logo Design Guidelines

Design a logo and a visual identity goes way beyond the free form and artistic side of what most people think. There is all the rational part …

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.<p>The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles …

Harbinger Capital Sues Deere, Garmin, GPS Industry Over Spectrum Conflicts

Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital Partners LLC has filed suit against makers of GPS devices and industry groups, claiming they negotiated in bad faith …

Hedge Funds

Bitcoin Businesses Welcome Judge's Ruling On Their Currency, But Others See Doom

The ruling allows the SEC to go forward with its prosecution.<p>Bitcoin firms are welcoming the ruling. Alan Silbert, the CEO of luxury goods site BitPremier, told us by email that the opinion signaled nothing more than growing pains.<p>"It's just part of the process of the Fed and State governments …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Ticker Available On Bloomberg Terminal For Employees

Bitcoin is now officially mainstream. According to BTC Geek, Bloomberg terminal users can now look up Bitcoin’s pricing history. Data comes from ubiquitous Bitcoin exchange service Mt. Gox as well as Tradehill.<p>For now, only Bloomberg employees can access the ticker. But the feature should make its …

Experience design is now as important as the underlying tech itself

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Smart Destinations, Creative Commons<p>The startups and tech companies that are carefully crafting emotional and …

Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress.<p>All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs …

5 web-design trends tech companies should watch

Advertisement<p>29 Comments<p>Credit: Getty Images<p>Design can make or break web and mobile startups these days. But the problem is: It’s not always clear …

Google will sell and rent digital textbooks starting in August

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>In time for the back-to-school season, Google (s GOOG) will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Play store …

Perk’s Reward-Centric Mobile Browser Now Blocks Unwanted Ads

Austin-based incubator Jutera Labs is putting even more of its weight behind Perk, a rewards-centric mobile web browser that blocks out ads when used on tablets.<p>Perk, which originally started out as a way to give consumers coupons, discounts or airline miles while browsing the web, is now blocking …