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Where to Eat in Honolulu Now

Ten years ago Honolulu had two kinds of restaurants: high-end fine dining aimed at tourists and a select few residents, and affordable mom-and-pop …

Today’s Most Innovative Company: NatureBox Leverages Big Data to Build A Snack-Recommendation Engine

The company closed an $8.5 million Series A round led by General Catalyst and SoftBank Capital to accelerate growth.<p>Fresh off closing a $8.5 million Series A round Tuesday, NatureBox is poised to expand its engineering team, tap into big data to build a snack-recommendation engine, and expand its …

Nutrition

Why Productive People Take Better Notes

If you can’t recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you’ll remember what your mentor just said?<p>In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-author Ben Casnocha relayed this reality check: that as Mark Zuckerberg was sharing lessons from Facebook’s rise to a room full of hard-hustling Silicon Valley …

Productivity

iZettle, A European Square Rival, Gets $6.6M From Banco Santander As It Gears Up For A Global Push

With Square, PayPal and other U.S. players slowly rolling out their first international services, local mobile payments startups want to make sure they will keep up, too, and so today, iZettle — sometimes called the “Square of Europe” — is announcing a strategic investment of “more than €5 million” …

How Apple’s iOS Fragmentation Problems Distort Design Thinking

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Kevin Marks is VP of Open Cloud Standards at Salesforce.com, and a host and co-founder of TummelVision.tv. Over the last 20 years he’s moved between giant companies and founding startups – BBC, The UK MultiMedia Corporation, Apple QuickTime, Technorati, Google, BT. He is one of the</i> …

EFF’s Peter Eckersley On ‘Clever’ PRISM Denials, Fighting FISA, And Why Privacy Matters [TCTV]

It’s had to have been an interesting week for the people at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The non-profit has been beating the drum about the importance of digital rights, privacy, and metadata for decades now. And in recent years, one of the EFF’s causes has been to shed more light on …

NYT Claims Tech Giants Gave NSA Access To Private Data, Just Not “Direct Access”

The fog of confusion is slowly lifting and the facts surrounding the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program are becoming a little bit clearer. According to a new report by the New York Time’s Claire Cain Miller, the tech companies that allegedly helped the government to spy on their people did indeed not …

Tech Giants Built Segregated Systems For NSA Instead Of Firehoses To Protect Innocent Users From PRISM

The NSA may have wanted full firehoses of data from Google, Facebook and other tech giants, but the companies attempted to protect innocent users from monitoring via compliance systems that created segregated data before securely handing it over as required by law, according to individuals familiar …

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …

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 …

Insert Coin: Sonte smartphone-controlled window film turns opaque in a split second

<i>In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line.</i><p>Smartphone control of your home is nothing new thanks to the likes of Nest and many, many others …

Travel Lists Archives – Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

By Nellie Huang| 2018-05-22T13:56:00+00:00 May 18th, 2018|<p>The best travel jobs are those that let you live a life of travel and get paid at the same …

LightUp Helps Kids Learn Electronics With Augmented Reality

Understanding electronics is tricky. Electricity is invisible, the components are cryptic, and the concepts are hard to grasp. That’s where LightUp comes in. This is an AR-based system for teaching electronics by allowing kids to build little projects and “see” what the components are doing using …

21 Quotes From Henry Ford On Business, Leadership And Life

I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of Ford MotorCompany, seminal proponent of mass production in the form of the assembly line, creator of the Model T and author of the tart line, “you can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.” …

John Doerr: "Venture capital has changed and I need to adapt"

Regular readers know I am a total geek when it comes to the ins and outs of the venture capital business. So while we spent the bulk of our time with …

Android’s Leaky Bucket: Loyalty Gives Apple the Edge Over Time

So, Android’s seemingly inexorable ascension over the iPhone? Not quite so inexorable anymore. Apple’s smartphone continues to gain share over …

3 Things All Great Leaders Know About Themselves

Driven by a desire to improve what they do, truly committed leaders know more about themselves today than they did a year ago.<p>All good leaders possess a heightened sense of awareness--an ability to read situations in which they find themselves and act accordingly.<p>Great leaders take this one step …

Leadership

Does The Crash In Precious Metals Signal The Beginning of Another Financial Crisis?

For precious metals investors, the last five days have been like 2008-9 all over again, as the end to the sell-off doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the offing.<p>Is the precious metal crash the beginning of another financial crisis that will touch equities?<p>Judging from the performance of major equity …

United Flight Diverted Over In-Flight Movie Complaint

A United Airlines flight was diverted and a family with small children met by the FBI and removed from the plane, all because the parents asked that …

Your Brain on an Orgasm

How your body reacts to the Big O<p>Women who masturbated in an MRI machine helped scientists show that, from buildup to peak, an orgasm lights up your brain like the night sky on the Fourth of July. Here's what's going on in your mind while you're getting it on.<p><b>At First Touch</b>The brain's genital …

Ultra-Hot Secret Sharing App Whisper Raises $3 Million From Lightspeed, Trinity, And Others

If you haven’t heard of Whisper yet, get ready to. It’s the latest social app to capture the attention of a huge — and growing — audience of users, as well as the attention of a group of investors. So far, the startup has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and …

The Breathometer Will Ensure You Don’t Drive (Or Do Video Interviews) While Drunk

There’s a new handy little device for people who like to drink but want to be safe about it. The Breathometer, which is currently for sale through a campaign on Indiegogo, was built to use the processing power of your mobile phone to provide an affordable way to allow users to check their blood …

Virality Is The X-Factor Of Mobile-First Business Apps

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Joe Floyd is a VC investor at Emergence Capital Partners.</i> <i>Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@thejoefloyd.</i><p>Away from the fickle eyes of consumers, deep in the basement of app stores, enterprise mobile apps are fighting each other for the attention of business users.<p>Given the restrictions of their …

Passport 101: How to apply, renew or replace

The process of obtaining, renewing, or updating a passport is exactly what one would expect when working with a government agency: tedious, mind-numbing, and overly complex. While you'll find everything you need to know about the often befuddling process on the U.S. State Department website, we've …

Ten Minutes With Adam Mosseri, the Guy in Charge of Facebook Home

Facebook on Thursday pulled back the curtain on Home, the company’s major push into creating an entirely new Facebook-ized mobile environment for …

The App that Will Revolutionize Your Wine Tasting

As many of you know, I've long struggled with the idea of an aroma wheel. I've never understood why it needed to be round, nor believed there was …

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

Are you truly an amazing boss or just a good one? See how many of these 10 traits are natural for you.<p>Recently, I had overwhelming response to my column on <i>10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do.</i> In it, I also gave tips for being a better boss. Better is great, but amazing bosses didn't need the tips …

Employment

4 Surprising App-Design Principles, From The Instagram Of Quick Quizzes

Designer Luke Wroblewski describes the sometimes counterintuitive tactics he used to make Polar stand out from the crowd.<p>When we first wrote about Polar, an addictive app that invites you to make and take “this or that”-style quizzes, we called it “an object lesson in mobile design done very, very …

UX Design

LinkMe Is An LED Smart Bracelet That Displays Scrolling Lines Of Text

LinkMe is an LED smart bracelet that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and displays SMS and social media updates in text that scrolls across your wrist.<p>Smartwatches and smart bracelets promise convenience – it’s easier to glance at a device on your wrist than it is to dig out your buzzing …