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How the World’s Oldest Company Reinvented Itself

The decline in demand for paper hit Stora Enso hard. By 2011 the pulp and paper giant — the world’s oldest corporation, dating back to 1288 — had laid off over one-third of its 30,000 employees. Though profitable again, the company needed to transform itself into a global renewable materials …

Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.<p>As the latest such announcement on Monday by China added momentum to …

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Sony shows off its first set of weird and wild Future Labs prototypes

Last week, Sony took the wraps off its Future Lab initiative -- an R&D arm of the company showing off early prototypes of products and gathering feedback to help shape their development process. Today at SXSW, Sony showed off some of those prototypes to the press. As expected, the company had a new …

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PayPal makes money every time you use Uber, Airbnb

PayPal has been going through some big changes since separating from eBay last year. The company recently introduced a redesigned app and is now monetizing its popular peer-to-peer payments app, Venmo. Already with 18 million users, PayPal is expanding its One Touch checkout to 120 new …

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Quantum computer revolves around just 5 atoms

It could lead to quantum systems on a grand scale.<p>It's no mean feat to find the factors of a very large number -- even a supercomputer can take years to find all the multipliers. However, MIT researchers have found a way to clear this massive hurdle. They've built a quantum computer that discovers …

NASA challenged designers to make a Martian home — one company created something incredible

Banks to allow account access using fingerprint tech

<b>Two banks are allowing their customers to access accounts on their smartphones using fingerprint recognition technology, in a UK industry first.</b><p>RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple's Touch ID thereafter.<p>The banks said …

The T-1000 Of 3-D Printers Is Here

Carbon3D shoots oxygen and beams of light through a pool of resin to 3-D print up to 100x faster than a Makerbot.<p>Like a T-1000 Terminator rising out of a pool of blood-red liquid metal, Carbon3D is a radical new printing technology that can actually <i>pull</i> a model out of a bed of resin, up to 100 …

Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.<p>As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's …

eBay's new "smart stores" feature dressing rooms that know what you're wearing and what you need next

Magic mirrors, massive touchscreens, and dressing rooms that know what you need next<p>Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out PayPal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay …

Sony's e-paper watch is a thing of minimalist beauty

Two days ago, we heard of Sony's plans to build a watch made entirely of e-paper — one where the band and the watch face would both change in response to the user's wrist gestures. It sounded wild and provocatively different, but what we really wanted to know was what it looked like. As it turns …

To Be a Brilliant Leader, Mindset Is Everything (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to brilliant leadership, there's no cookie-cutter mold for success. Vastly divergent styles can work equally well, which explains why many of our most respected leaders in business and tech often fall on opposite sides of a …

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

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You Can Always Find The End Of This Ingeniously Designed Tape Roll

We’ve all been there, clawing frantically and futilely: We can’t find the end of the stupid tape–that elusive chameleon that blends so seamlessly into the rest of the roll.<p>But we have excellent news. It’s a new day with The End Is In Sight electrical tape, which solves the age-old “where’s the end …

The secret lives of action figures: toys come to life in surreal photos

What would your toys do if they came to life? Many of us have imagined this very idea at some point during our childhoods. But Canadian photographer Daniel Picard has taken it a step further than most, putting action figures in front of realistic backgrounds and photographing them to make them …

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

Leonardo DiCaprio: Green Tech Can Soon Meet 100% Of Global Energy Needs

<i>By Leila Conners -- Tree Media</i><p><b>The short film above, "Green World Rising," is the third episode in the Green World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media. A U.N. draft to guide upcoming climate summits is due to be published on Nov. 2. The leaked U.N. report says</b> …

No Need To Bring Water On Your Bike Ride, This Bike Sucks It Up From The Air

Attached to the frame of the bike and powered by a small solar panel, the device cools down hot, humid air, and as the water condenses, droplets roll …

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Ten cool facts about Pope Francis

Pope Francis has led an interesting life before and after he was elected to the papacy in March 2013. Here are 10 cool facts about Pope Francis: …

Smart basketballs and other gadgets from the wise man of tech (interview)

I’ve been meeting with Jim Barry for many years, and he doesn’t want me to call him the old man of tech. So I’ll refer to him as the wise man of tech. Every year, he tours the country with his gadgets and encourages people to come to the sprawling tech trade show, International CES, commonly known …

Smart Suitcase Communicates Weight, Location, and Can Lock Through App

Travelling on an airplane with your luggage can sometimes feel like a gamble. If you're checking the bag, how much will it weigh, and will you have to pay extra for it? And, once it leaves your sight, where exactly are your belongings? Bluesmart Technologies helps take the worry out of travel with …

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How Twitter will power the Internet of Things

Twitter is no longer just about connecting people to one another but about connecting machines to machines<p>If you want to announce something publicly to the world, Twitter is usually the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to do it. Whether you're an individual or a company, posting a Twitter update …

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Some merchants hope to launch their own mobile payments system next year<p>There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, …

This Japanese Latte Art Will Leave You Speechless [PICTURES]

The barista began working in a Tokyo café when he was 20, and initially experimented with making leaves out of steamed milk, he told Business Insider in an email.<p>One day, a friend challenged him to try drawing an anime character in the foam. After his initial success, Yamamoto realized his talent …

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