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Google may deactivate Glass Explorer Edition if you try to sell it

Google has laid out some pretty specific guidelines on what developers working on "Glassware" apps will be able to do, but it turns out owners of the Google Glass Explorer Edition will be facing some limitations as well. As spotted by <i>Wired</i>, the Terms of Sale for the device specifically state that …

How an iPhone Helped This Man Regain Hand Function

The promise of modern medical technology is everyday miracles; bringing innovations to the average person that might greatly improve their lives is the goal. And happily that promise is being met by products heading to the market right now.<p>CNN released an amazing clip recently that shows off a man …

Twitter study: Happiness rises the further you travel

People’s tweets get significantly more positive in mood the greater the distance they are from home.<p>Feeling low? Over-worked, anxious, bored with life? A holiday will do your mood the world of good. Really it will: there’s now scientific proof. A team of researchers at the University of Vermont in …

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Flipboard Attracts 500,000 Magazines, 3 Million New Users in 2 Weeks

Two weeks after launching Flipboard 2.0 with a user-generated magazine feature, the company has announced that readers have created over 500,000 curated publications.<p>Flipboard magazines are curated collections of content that users can share. Though creators don’t have much control over the …

CrowdGrant is a brand-new partnership with RocketHub—a premiere crowdfunding platform—that's now accepting the best and brightest project proposals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other future-shaping fields. Whether you're a bathtub geneticist or an amateur hydroelectric engineer, a weekend chemist or a microelectronics master, we want to see your big idea in our queue for review.

Submit your project before June 30 for a shot at crowdfunding with the help of Popular Science and RocketHub.<p><i>Update 1: Read our latest #CrowdGrant post to learn three simple yet effective tips for creating a successful crowdfunding project.</i><p><i>Update 2: We have extended the deadline to Sunday, June 30,</i> …

Why Rio’s ‘Favelas’ Disappeared On Google Maps

The crime-riddled favelas that have often defined Rio de Janeiro in film and television have suddenly disappeared -- at least, on Google Maps.<p>In the …

Where Great Start-ups Go Wrong

The reason most new companies fail isn't what you'd think. Take a universal lesson (from a surprising source) to keep yours afloat.<p>Think of the most influential band of the last 50 years. U2? Nirvana? Led Zeppelin?<p>The consensus in our office is, to no one's surprise, The Beatles.<p>The Beatles' …

Why Messaging Could Be Mobile’s Killer App

Could the next big platform fit inside a messaging app? Here’s why it might.<p>Facebook’s new Android integration, Home, groups Instagram, maps, email, and other apps in one drawer. Its main screen has just three navigation options: “Apps,” “Last App,” and–the exceptional stand-alone app in the …

Google Searches Reveal Seasonal Trends in Mental Illnesses

It’s easy to appreciate the seasonality of winter blues, but web searches show that other disorders may ebb and flow with the weather as well.<p>Google …

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Tech fix for Africa’s big farming challenge

Africa could help feed the world if its farmland was properly utilised. Things are starting to change, however, thanks to ideas transforming farmers’ lives.<p>Before last year, George Wainaina’s tiny shop selling agricultural goods and veterinarian supplies in Karura, a lush farming area of central …

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WhatsApp said to have rebuffed $1bn bid from Google for messaging app

Google has reportedly had a $1bn bid to buy the smartphone messaging system WhatsApp rebuffed as it tries to expand its grasp of the chat market.<p>The …

How Maps Can Change The World

World Vision works in 100 countries around the world providing health care, teaching families to improve nutrition, offering disaster …

Why The Facebook Phone Will Fail and Why It Really Doesn't Matter

For months, the rumor mill has buzzing with reports of a new “Facebook phone” and so last Thursday, when Facebook held an event to announce their new product, the stage was set for the technology world to be completely transformed.<p>Alas, no. What Mark Zuckerberg unveiled was not a Facebook phone, …

Tribute to Amateur Boxing Club, The Fitzroy Lodge, Packs an Emotional Punch

The club may have an unofficial slogan that echoes <i>West Side Story</i>, but you probably wouldn’t want to tell that to one of its members. “Once you’re a Lodge fighter, you’re always a Lodge fighter” has been the refrain of many a pugilist who cut his teeth in South London’s legendary amateur boxing …

Software Changing The Future Of Retail: Trends To Watch

But what does the retail giant want with a calendar app? One possibility is tracking birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions to suggest gifts — …

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10 Startups That Turn Complexity Into Simplicity

Here’s the thing about simplicity. It’s all relative. A developer’s idea of simplicity is different from a finance chief or a customer service agent.<p>I run across a variety of startups in my daily work at TechCrunch. But few have that innate sense of elegance or the capability to abstract complexity …

Small businesses should innovate the way they use social media

Social media platforms have huge potential to foster innovation in businesses of any size. They offer a space in which companies and individuals can …

How Samsung Changed the Game on Apple

The iPad is now 3 years old. Hard to believe we’ve only had tablets such a short time, given how common they have become. It’s easy to forget that when launched almost all analysts thought the iPad was a toy that would be lucky to sell a few million units.<p>Apple blew away that prediction in just a …

Will we ever... detect gravitational waves directly?

According to Einstein, we should expect to find this radiation everywhere in space. So, why is it still one of astronomy’s most elusive targets?<p>Gravity affects the shape of space and time. Paths of light and massive bodies curve under its influence. When something churns space-time with enough …

Will we ever… communicate telepathically?

There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go?<p>In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat’s tail<b>.</b> To send his command, he merely glances at a strobe light …

Tumblr Is Raising Another Big Round Of Funding, Say Sources

We have a pretty good idea why the New Yorker is spending time out west.<p>Tumblr is talking to investors about raising another round of investment, two sources involved these conversations tell us.<p>Tumblr last raised money in 2011, at an $800 million valuation. It's raised $125 million total.<p>Tumblr, …

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