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Napster co-founder to lead startup

Big tech-industry players want to help get out the vote and are pouring millions into a new startup to boost American civic engagement.<p>The company, called Brigade, is designed to combat a lack of political engagement and interest in all levels of government across America — although the firm’s road …

A Wearables Startup Playbook

Few sectors have received as much buzz as the wearables market. From fitness bands and anklet baby monitors, to smartwatches and Google Glass, wearables are fun, cool, and cutting-edge.<p>The rise of mobile broadband, commodity sensors, smartphone-based companion apps, virtualized manufacturing and …

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.</i><p>I used to think corporate …

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TESLA CRUSHES ITS CRITICS: Three Cheers For The Only Successful New American Car Company In 50+ Years

The only successful new American car company in more than half a century, Tesla, reported its first quarterly profit yesterday.<p>It wasn't a big profit.<p>But the fact that it was any sort of profit blew away investors, who instantly bid the company's stock up 25%, to a new high near $70.<p>Helping fuel …

The Hero Eco A2B Metro Electric Bike Is A City Commuter’s Dreamcycle

As a man who spends most of his time in his attic, it’s nice to hit the open roads, feel a little wind in your hair, and run over crack vials as you motor through downtown Manhattan. That’s exactly what I did yesterday as when I tried to ride a Hero Eco A2B Metro electric bike from Bay Ridge to our …

Crowdtilt Raises $12 Million From Andreessen Horowitz And Sean Parker (For Real This Time)

Crowdtilt, a San Francisco-based crowdfunding company, raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and joined by Sean Parker and SV Angel. Since launching last February, the Y Combinator company founded by James Beshara, 27, and Khaled Hussein, 28, has found quick traction in …

Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Lieb is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Bump</i><i>, creators of the popular app that lets people share contact information, photos, and other content by bumping their phones together.</i> <i>Bump has been downloaded more than 130 million times.</i><p>It’s been hard to ignore the massive shift in the last …

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

<i>By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger</i><p>Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.<p>Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company …

Electric Rotorcraft Maker Unveils Two Seat Model with 18 Motors

A German company has unveiled the latest version of its electrically-powered rotorcraft designed to carry two people.<p>Like its predecessor, the …

Autoblog Green

Consumer group lobbies Tesla to fix fatal flaws in Autopilot.<p>WLTP rules replace NEDC in September.<p>It means "lively young horse."<p>The PHEV Panamera is an expert at pretty much everything.<p>Honda and GM are joining forces to co-develop next-generation batteries for electric vehicles.<p>Improved in every …

Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

It might not boast a camera or any on-board weaponry, but if you've been itching to hack around on your very own drone, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter …

Drones

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera<p>Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K<p>Introducing the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera!<p>Blackmagic Pocket …

Cinematography

'World's Smallest Cellphone Charger' Provides Emergency Backup

A cellphone charger claiming to be the "world's smallest" aims to save users in a pinch when their battery is dying.<p>Comparable to a quarter in size, …

Drink Tanks Growler

Let's see... how do we like our beer? Cold? Fresh? Carbonated? The Drink Tanks Growler ($65 and up) is designed to ensure all three. Crafted from …

Stainless Steel

WineHive

The trouble with most designer wine racks is their finite size — if your collection gets too big, your primary option is to replace your current …

Wine

The Vamp

Have an unused speaker laying around? Put it back to good use with The Vamp (£35; roughly $55). This diminutive cube-shaped box gives your aging gear …

Rechargeable Batteries

Netatmo Weather Station

Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). Designed exclusively for use with smartphones and …

Weather

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

Print your own Google Glass and look the part

Han Solo, Honest Abe, and even Aristotle are just a few of the people who look absolutely fantastic wearing their Google Glass computers. But unless you're a deep-pocketed developer from the US, chances are nil of getting anywhere near the audacious $1,500 spectacles. So why not do the next best …

Your robot army, controlled by Arduino and Bluetooth

Open-source hardware project shrinks Arduino, adds wireless, creates awesome.<p>Soon, you could make everything in your life …

These Six Regular People Just Got Invited To Use Google Glass

It will be sending out thousands of invites telling these lucky people that they can buy the Google Glass device for $1,500.<p>Google just sent us a list of some of the winners along with the things they will do with Glass once they own a pair. Here's the full email.<p>In February we asked people across …

Digitimes says Apple is working on a 4K TV for either later this year or early next year

According to <i>Digitimes</i>, Apple is planning on launching a TV set either later this year or in early 2014. The site, which has a mixed track record, says that the display is of 4K resolution. Specifically, the report calls for a 3840 x 2160 panel in the TV. While the site says Apple could be working …