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Innovative Kids Room Features Hammock Seating and Modular Furniture

When the studio Ruetemple created a room in a Russian home meant for a young brother and sister, they didn't take a conventional approach to the design. The two-storey space, called <i>Interior for Students</i>, needed to be a place for the kids to study, sleep, and hang out with their friends. So, …

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Programming Startup Famo.us Gets $25 Million to Make JavaScript More Famous

Can the platform make the programming language cool and app development accessible?<p>Famo.us, an unusual programming startup that allows users to make nifty mobile apps using JavaScript, has raised $25 million in additional funding and added high-profile investor Jerry Murdock to its board.<p>The new …

5 Reasons Why The EcoReco Scooter Is The Best Mode of Personal Transportation

Anyone who lives in the city knows how what a pain it is to get around. Cars make for congested streets and lots of pollution, while walking won’t …

6 Ways Cylo Changes The Modern Bike (List)

Urban biking is becoming more and more commonplace as cars become more expensive and gas even more so. But the modern bicycle needs an overhaul to be …

Spinpod Makes Taking Panoramic and Motion Time-Lapse Photos Easy

My iPhone panoramic pictures of my trip to Europe sucked, coming out shaky and with lots of uneven footage of some of history’s greatest monuments …

5 Reasons Why The Logitech iPhone Case [+] Is The Only One You'll Ever Need

If you’re anything like me, you probably change out your iPhone case quite a lot. Nowadays, accessorizing your gadgets is like accessorizing an …

How to turn your iPad into a desktop with these remote access apps

Sometimes you just need to get to a file, access a program or just check up on something that you otherwise cannot do from your iPad. For most, …

This woman is writing a VC-backed novel — & looking for new revenue for book publishers

What comes to your mind when you put Charles Dickens and soap operas together?<p>For Michelle Miller, a banker-turned-writer, it’s a venture-capital backed serial novel that’s trying to create a new revenue model in the much-squeezed book industry.<p>With its own music, audio, and photography, <i>The</i> …

Meeting Assistant Lands on Android

Way back in February last year, we brought you news on Meeting Assistant for iPad, which we said was setting out to change the game for managing business meetings. And one year on, Meeting Assistant is now available for Android too – though it’s restricted to tablets for now.<p>To recap, Meeting …

Slidermetrix Lets You Rate Videos as You Watch

Forget five-star ratings: Dialsmith is introducing a rating system called Slidermetrix that allows viewers to judge online video in real time.<p>“If …

Coca-Cola Serves World Cup Trivia on QuizUp

Coca-Cola is now sponsoring World Cup trivia on QuizUp, the fast-growing mobile app out of Iceland. The app from Plain Vanilla Games has been testing …

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Review: Supercharge Your Laptop Workspace

As laptops become increasingly powerful, more people are incorporating them into their home or office workspace. With an external monitor, anyone can create a pseudo-desktop environment and enjoy the benefits associated with a larger display.<p>If you’ve built a setup like this before, you’ll no doubt …

Social TV app Zeebox relaunches as Beamly to lose 'male geeky' image

UK-based social TV app Zeebox is rebranding itself as Beamly, as part of its efforts to show it's a mainstream product rather than just a Twitter-savvy TV guide for geeks.<p>The company – which launched in 2011 and now has 2m monthly active users – is relaunching its website and iOS and Android apps …

Amid social TV consolidation, Zeebox rebrands as Beamly

Social TV startup Zeebox is rebranding as Beamly, and focusing more on interactions that happen when a show isn’t airing — a departure from the focus …

Will the new MetaWear board make wearables the next big thing?

People have been predicting wearables would be the next big thing for about as long as I’ve been involved in technology. But lately the predictions have become louder and more frequent, and there are a growing number of micro-controller platforms aimed at the wearables market.<p>My belief is that the …

App.io Turns iOS Apps Into Playable Mobile Ads

App.io, a startup offering tools that allow iOS applications to run in the browser for testing or demo purposes, has now taken the next logical step: it’s bringing its technology the world of mobile advertising. With the company’s newly launched mobile ad product, developers can create ad units …

Bitcoin mining leaves some speculators in a hole

Small-time speculators lose money as larger operators join crypto-currency action<p>The bitcoin mining rush is sputtering.<p>Speculators, known as miners, use powerful computers to solve complex software problems and verify transactions to unlock new bitcoins. They're finding that the enterprise isn't as …

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Ludei aims to lure HTML5 developers away from Adobe's Phonegap

Ludei takes a swing at Adobe today, announcing that HTML5 games and apps built with its CocoonJS tools can run 10 times faster than similar apps made with the older company’s traditional Phonegap development tools.<p>Normally, most HTML5 developers use Adobe’s Phonegap tool to develop their games and …

Appiterate Raises Seed Funding From SAIF Partners, Joins Growing List Of A/B Testing Startups

Testing design and content features on-the-go to identify what users want is nothing new — it’s over a decade old process used by Google (and now Facebook among several others) to tell which products are likely to succeed.<p>While both Google and Facebook are known for running dozens of A/B testing at …

This Asian crowdfunding site could beat Kickstarter with direct OEM relationships

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Kickstarter platform that came with built-in relationships with all the big Asian OEMs? Turns out, there is.<p>Platforms like Kickstarter have become the first option for would-be hardware makers to find crowdfunding and early adopters.<p>But in the past year or so, …

BirdFlight: a Free Beta Testing Platform for iOS and Android Apps

Mobile app and testing company TestBirds is launching a new free platform today called BirdFlight which allows users to upload and distribute iOS and Android apps to their own testers.<p>The new service adds a free tier to the company’s existing business model of paid-for managed services and testing …

Appmethod: a New Platform for Creating “Truly Native” Apps

Embarcadero, the database and dev tools maker, has launched Appmethod today, a new single code base platform for creating native apps for different operating systems with minimal effort.<p>The company says that its platform provides a complete set of tools to help developers create apps “from tooling …

Study Shows Why It’s Worth Your Employer’s Money To Buy Everyone Walking Desks

Desk jobs are slowly killing us. Perhaps even worse than dying early, our office-potato lives are making us more susceptible to joint pain, fatigue, and illness. To fight off these modern diseases, I use a treadmill desk, which keeps me in motion all day long. Unfortunately, treadmill desks are …

The Best Entrepreneurs Don't Start Companies, They Invent Categories

<i>Jordy Leiser is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>StellaService</i><i>, a company that independently monitors and rates the customer service performance of online retailers.</i><p>Starting a new company is difficult. The numbers say that 75 percent of startups fail, but that doesn’t change the fact that lots of people do it …

How to Write a Professional Bio For Your Social Media Profiles

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Talking about yourself is hard. Doing it in 160 characters or less is even harder.<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p>That’s probably why so many of us end …

29 Free Internet Tools To Improve Your Marketing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Aren’t shortcuts just the best?<p>While everyone else takes the long way, you and your shortcut get to breeze right through, skipping a few steps and feeling pretty smart doing it.<p>Finding a good marketing shortcut feels especially great, considering all …

14 Tools To Help You Add Images For Your Social Media Posts

You really have no excuse to post a big block of text–and face it no one is going to click on it. Here’s how to make your social media posts more interesting with image and infographics.<p>It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.<p>Now, …

Hoist handles the mundane tasks so developers can concentrate on building great Web apps

Hoist, a New Zealand based startup that offers a set of tools to empower developers to build great apps, launched to all today following the end of a three-month closed-beta period.<p>The company aims to take the hassle out of the many mundane tasks that developers have to perform everyday, such as …

Orchestrate Replaces Multiple NoSQL Databases With A Single API

The days when developers built their applications on a single database are long over. Many services today use a variety of databases – and especially NoSQL databases – to power the different aspects of their applications. That adds a lot of complexity, points of failure and cost. At the same time, …

Somewhere Is a New Visual Platform for Showing off Your Work

With LinkedIn now a staple of the recruitment world, having a profile is pretty much essential for job-hunters and people wanting to showcase their skills.<p>However, Berlin-based startup Somewhere thinks that the new world of work deserves a new way of showcasing your talents. As such, it has just …