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iPhone users smartest, Test of Wits says. BlackBerry? Sorry

You are your smartphone, and your smartphone is you.<p>It is, by now, an accepted wisdom that your choice of pocket computer says more about you than perhaps even you might articulate.<p>These pages are evidence that such a choice elicits a competitive element. So might I present a supposedly objective …

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This 28-Year-Old Built A $3 Million Business In 10 Months Thanks To Instagram, He Says

"I tried it and I lost 8 pounds in two weeks. I asked him is this legal? If so let's mass produce it," Lal told Business Insider.<p>Lal had a credit card with a $5,000 limit, and Dimarco had a credit card, too, and off they went to bottle the supplement now named Shredz.<p>By the start of 2013, he was …

10 Common Startup Ideas That Haven't Broken Through... Yet

Just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean your startup will succeed, and there’s a simple reason for this: concepts don’t make companies.<p>Startups depend on everything from the capabilities of their founders to the depth of their pockets. But, just because an idea hasn’t taken off doesn’t mean …

Google adds touch-friendly Chrome features in latest test version

Google appears to be readying a number of touch-friendly features for its Chrome browser. In the latest nightly Canary build, a new slide-to-navigate feature has been added that lets you swipe left or right to go backwards and forwards on web pages. It's almost identical to the same feature found …

Samsung Invite Promises Next Galaxy Will Show Its Giant Face On September 4

What is usually a dreaded Monday morning inbox was today brightened by an invitation (below) from Samsung to see “the next Galaxy” unveiled in Berlin on September 4. Though the invitation doesn’t specify which flavor of Galaxy we’ll see, we’re all expecting to get our hands on the Galaxy Note III …

Microsoft cuts price of Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is available at a 10 per cent discount in the US for most of August<p>Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface Pro tablet in the United States by $100 (about £60), following heavy reductions to its lower-spec Surface RT tablet last month.<p>According to the company’s …

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Private Equity Firm Is Taking A Chance On Startup Billed As 'Yelp Of Weed'

When Web users search that term, high on the list is a link to reviews of the pot strain "blue cheese" on Leafly.com, the medical cannabis website Privateer bought a year and a half ago and which it calls the Yelp of weed.<p>"We've got Wikipedia blue cheese and pictures of blue cheese, and the third …

The Trickiest Questions Apple Will Ask In A Job Interview

While every tech company asks programmers technical questions to see if they're fit for a job, Apple makes a point to follow up each response with "but how would you optimize that/make it better?"<p>And then there are the questions that really throw you off.<p>Via Glassdoor's Interview Questions and …

Surgeons implant lab-grown vein

Caption<i><br>(Credit: Duke Medicine)</i><p><b>In an operation that's the first of its kind for the US, surgeons have implanted a bioengineered blood vessel into a</b> …

Apple’s streaming radio service won’t win without on-demand play

Apple announced a new streaming radio service today, but that doesn’t mean it’s about to drive its competitors out of the the digital music business. It’s trying to adopt a business model it already helped kill.<p>Apple’s new product promises to use its existing Genius music-recommendation software to …

Homekeeping Hints: How To Clean, Fix & Maintain Tile Floors

• This may be common sense, but dirt can easily scratch tile surfaces so it's important to keep your floor clean by regularly sweeping or vacuuming it. …

The Essence of Home: Building on Location in North Carolina

What’s more fulfilling than owning your own house? Perhaps helping someone else attain that goal.<p>Across the globe, Habitat for Humanity offers people …

Young, black and buried in debt: How for-profit colleges prey on African-American ambition

Useless degrees are now too-good-to-be-true tickets to the American Dream — targeted at those who can’t afford it<p>There are a few dictums that have enjoyed pride of place in black American families alongside “Honor your parents” and “Do unto others” since at least Emancipation. One of them is this: …

Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its …

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This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

Amputee in rural China builds bionic arms from steel and pulleys

When a devastating accident with a homemade fishing bomb destroyed both of Sun Jifa’s hands, the farmer from Jilin province in Northern China couldn’t afford the expensive prosthetics provided by the hospital. Faced with a family to take care of and rudimentary prostheses that made it impossible to …

Supercomputer Creates Atom-By-Atom Model Of HIV Virus Shell

The envelope in which HIV keeps its genetic material gets an unprecedentedly detailed look.<p>The human immunodeficiency virus' capsid is both a shield and an open backdoor. Located in the center of every HIV particle, the capsid protects the virus' load of genetic material. Once the virus has entered …

Go-ahead to develop synthetic human blood in Scotland

<b>Scottish scientists developing synthetic human blood have moved a step closer to conducting clinical trials.</b><p>Researchers have been given a licence to use stem cells to manufacture blood that could eventually be tested on people.<p>Synthetic blood would help end supply shortages and prevent infections …

'Bioprosthetic' artificial heart combines synthetic materials and cow tissue

A French company will be moving forward with implanting a new artificial heart that incorporates biological tissue from a cow. Earlier this month Carmat won approval from four different cardiac centers in Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Poland, and Belgium. While synthetic hearts aren't new, what sets the …

DARPA's new mind-controlled prosthetics let patients feel again

Over the past decade, DARPA’s work on brain-controlled prosthetic limbs has led to some impressive breakthroughs, but with the development of novel neuromuscular interfaces, it’s making real headway toward mainstream bionic limbs in the near term. Today, the agency released some new information …

Andorra to introduce income tax for first time

<b>Andorra is to introduce a tax on personal income for the first time as it faces pressure from the its European neighbours to tackle tax evasion.</b><p>Antoni Marti, the head of the Andorran government, told French President Francois Hollande that he will introduce a bill before 30 June.<p>The principality …

Top 5 investigative videos of the week: “Poverty is what makes the rich rich”

From New York’s crack epidemic to Stockton’s Great Depression, a look at the finest docs YouTube has to offer<p>Some questions prompted by this week’s videos:<p>• Are your personal finances in better shape than your city’s?<br>• Why does the media always freak out over the word “crack?”<br>• Did Karl Marx make …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

How Google beat Apple to a streaming music service

Sources say iRadio is still mired in licensing talks and may not be ready for WWDC<p>Google's long-rumored Play Music All Access service is already out the door, while Apple's iRadio is still bogged down in licensing talks. According to music industry sources, all the haggling could prevent Apple from …

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Google and Apple are both highly esteemed brands. Both companies share many common traits which have contributed to their success, but there is one very big difference between the two – Google plays offense while Apple has recently settled for playing defense. Apple is struggling to maintain its …