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How to Make a Rock Bowl Flame

The flaming rock bowls pictured above are actually a product that Restoration Hardware used to sell. Although they're no longer available, knowing …

21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Improve Your Marketing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Whenever I dream up a home improvement project for my place, I end up working smartest and fastest when I have the right tools at my disposal. It’s amazing the difference a good tool can make – and the extra time it takes to get work done without a …

The Everything Guide to Twitter Cards

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Here’s a riddle: When is a tweet more than a tweet?<p>We’re all pretty familiar with Twitter’s 140 characters—and of course, a photo is always an eye-catching addition. But what if your Twitter audience could sign up for your email list without ever …

iOS8 Day-by-Day :: Day 24 :: Presentation Controllers

<b>Updated 9 Apr 2015:</b> This post has been updated to Swift 1.2<p>This post is part of a daily series of posts introducing the most exciting new parts of …

The Best iPhone & iPad Apps From August 2014

From time-lapse videos to 360º photo spheres, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in August.<p>Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best App Store newcomers from the past month.<p>Photo Sphere Camera (Google)<p>Google introduced a dedicated Photo Sphere Camera …

Reimagining Finder’s ‘Get Info’ dialog for OS X Yosemite

With Yosemite, OS X is getting its biggest visual overhaul yet, courtesy of Apple design head Jony Ive. But not everything is changing. Case in point: OS X’s File Inspector function.<p>Shown when you right click on a file in Finder and click ‘Get Info,’ Inspector shows you the nitty-gritty details of …

Estimote, Knoll Partner To Bring iBeacons Into Office Space Planning

Betaworks-backed Estimote has today announced a partnership with Knoll to bring its iBeacon platform to the office space planning company.<p>Estimote, a Disrupt and YC alum, offers a platform for developers to easily integrate iBeacon tech into existing apps and services, and at NeoCon 2014 (a trade …

7 Things You Should Do Before Launching a Beacon Program

<i>Sam Gaddis is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mutual Mobile.</i><p>The buzz around beacons is substantial. Up to now it has been predominantly contained to retail, with brands salivating over the prospect of being able to reach their customers long before they make their way to the sales counter, but a …

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, …

Automating iOS: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide to Launch Center Pro – MacStories

<b>Note: The following is a complete update of our original Launch Center Pro guide published in April 2014. It has been rewritten and updated for the latest 2.3 and 2.3.1 versions of Launch Center Pro with new sections, actions, videos, and more.</b><p>Released in December of 2011, Launch Center (the …

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Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up with inMarket for in-store iBeacon experience

Today, Condé Nast’s Epicurious becomes the latest to take advantage of iBeacons in-store by teaming up with inMarket to beam location-based notifications and offers to shoppers in retail environments. I previously wrote about inMarket, an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling …

Hallelujah, there’s a $30 bluetooth module for wearables on Kickstarter

Do you own a smart watch yet? What about some smart jewelry? LED-embedded clothing that communicates with your phone? Likely you don’t, and its even …

Now You Can Make Your Own Internet-Connected Gadgets, No Engineering Skills Required

The littleBits Cloud Module–debuted at TED–lets you create your very own objects that are part of the larger Internet of Things.<p>Why pay $250 for a Nest Wi-Fi-connected thermostat when you can build your own? It sounds complicated–the kind of thing that might require at least a little bit of …

A Dyson Engineer Explains Why The New Fans Are Even Quieter

Hint: It’s the same reason seashells sound like the ocean.<p>Dyson’s original Air Multiplier, released in 2009, was the first fan to use brand new bladeless technology. Invented almost by chance, the totally novel invention nixed the revolving blades found on standard fans. Instead, airflow came from …

34 Retro Posters that'll Work in Any Era

No matter how many innovations technology brings, people will always love retro.<p>Like retro clothing, retro-inspired photography and even old school …

typographicposters.com presents a beautiful overview of poster design

Typographicposters.com is a hidden gem of a site, that displays the artwork of a host of talented graphic designers in poster format.<p>The work on …

A Look At The iBeacon Store Of The Future With Retail Startup Thirdshelf

At this year’s Dx3 digital business expo, Montreal-based Thirdshelf had a fully functional demonstration retail store with iBeacon proximity based shopper customization in place. The demo store makes real a lot of what you may have heard about the potential of this tech, using Thirdshelf’s …

How much is the Internet of everything worth? Cisco says $19 trillion

BARCELONA, Spain -- Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything? Cisco CEO John Chambers gives 19 trillion really good reasons.<p>Chambers believes the Internet of everything, also known as the Internet of things, will create $19 trillion (yes, that's with a "t") in …

Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption

Several companies and organizations have already come forward to test out iOS7's Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology for tasks like shopping and navigation, but it could become a lot more commonplace in the near future. That's because the Cupertino company has quietly released the iBeacon …

Adorable Animals Form Whimsical Alphabet Letters

London-based illustrator Marcus Reed developed this clever typography series in which animals look like the 26 letters of the alphabet. Drawing upon the creatures' natural shapes, colors, and movements, he beautifully blended different features together to form each character. A is for Alligator, J …

New Word of the Day: dataSTICKIES

YD’s resident Design Strategist Hideshi Hamaguchi, who also happens to be the innovator of the USB Stick will be pleasantly surprised to see his …

Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007: Elon Musk

Electric sports cars. Solar power. Space travel. Finally, an entrepreneur who's not afraid to think really, really big.<p><b>W</b><b>atching Elon Musk</b> at work is an exercise in controlling your urge to buy a man a drink. Make that several drinks. Musk is 36 years old, wicked smart, worth several hundred million …

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How do you bring the internet of things to the consumer? Two perspectives.

This week we focused (inadvertently) on how to get consumers to adopt the internet of things is large numbers. First up is Om Malik and I chatting …

Opinion & poll: Will in-store iBeacon alerts be a welcome value-add, or a spam nightmare?

iBeacon seems to be making a pretty rapid transition into the mainstream, with stores like Apple, Macy’s, American Eagle, inMarket and bars all adopting it – as well as non-retail applications like Major League Baseball parks.<p>If you’re still not familiar with it, our iBeacon briefing provides the …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC Markets Combined

In the consumer space, many products and services have already crossed over into the IoT, including kitchen and home appliances, lighting and heating products, and insurance company-issued car monitoring devices that allow motorists to pay insurance only for the amount of driving they do.<p><i>Here are</i> …

Beaconic Releases An iOS App For Its iBeacon Retail Kits

Beaconic has published the accompanying consumer-focused iOS app for its iBeacon-based retail platform. The company began shipping its first retail kits to customers throughout Europe and the US last week.<p>Apple introduced the iBeacon standard for indoor Bluetooth transmitters at WWDC last year. …

Inside Is A New Indoor-Location Platform That Uses Your Phone’s Camera To Figure Where In The Mall You Are

Inside is a new indoor positioning technology, being launched today in beta by Israeli startup Shopcloud, that claims to be able to locate a smartphone user to within a meter (or less) of where they’re wandering under cover.<p>The system relies on existing smartphone hardware, such as the camera and …