Joseph M. Harary

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The Relationship Between Interior Design, Color and Mood

We at Decoist love a good dose of color. Do you ever notice how a powerful color can change your mood? There are clear relationships between colors …

Analyst Predicts GM Will Purchase Tesla This Year—We Have Our Doubts

Yra Harris, a trader at Praxis Trading, speculated in an interview with CNBC this week that General Motors might buy Tesla in 2014. Harris, known for his low-key, professional demeanor, noted that Tesla valuations are currently in “la la land,” but a purchase at a reasonable value would be a “deal …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

The mysterious story of the battery startup that promised GM a 200-mile electric car

At the end of November 2012, Atul Kapadia and Sujeet Kumar hosted the staff of their startup company for a holiday lunch of Mexican food at a Palo Alto, California restaurant. For days, the pair—the CEO and CTO, respectively, of a lithium-ion battery company called Envia Systems—had awaited an …

Intellectual Property

YotaPhone review: LCD on the front, E Ink on the back, unique all over

We've long pondered the possibility of an e-ink phone. One that offers enough battery life to get us to the end of the day, or maybe even the End of Days, simply by being less reliant on the power-draining frivolity of an LCD or AMOLED panel. What we <i>didn't</i> envision, though, was that the first …

Cuba lifts 50-year-old car import ban

End of the road for 1950s vintage cars as restrictions are lifted in Cuba<p>Cuba will allow unrestricted car imports for the first time in 50 years, marking the end of an era for the 1950s Chevys, Fords and Pontiacs that have survived the ban.<p>The decision to allow cars to be imported for sale at …

Modern Glass Extension on a 5-Story London Townhouse

When an interior designer and a media company CEO bought and moved into this 5-story, 6-bedroom townhouse in 2011, it became clear that the …

How to export BMWs from the US to China for fun and profit (Note: this is possibly illegal)

US prosecutors are cracking down on a burgeoning black market industry built on the fact that luxury cars sell for much more in China than they do in America. In these schemes, US residents buy cars locally and ship them to buyers in China for a quick and tidy profit. Over the past few months, US …

Space probe Gaia searches for galaxy's dark energy

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of our galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world's biggest, most accurate camera which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create a 3D map of the …

Rounded Forest Design Plans Revealed for NYC’s the High Line

The High Line in New York City has rapidly developed over the years, becoming quite the spot for tourists and locals alike. Just recently, developers announced the final phase of construction for the 1-mile elevated park, which is built on a historic piece of New York railroad. The plans consist of …

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Why we can 'see' the house that looks like Hitler

From seeing shapes in clouds to hearing Bing Crosby in a blizzard of static, we're all prone to finding things that aren't there. And there's a name for it: apophenia<p>The Latvian psychologist Konstantins Raudive spent the summer of 1965 trying to contact the dead. Every day, with careful precision, …

The complete guide to fixing your credit score

A couple of years ago, I found myself in a catch-22. I decided it was time for me to start building my credit. The advice from nearly everybody: "Just apply for a credit card." Easier said than done: as soon as I started applying, I received rejection letters letting me know that I was not eligible …

10 Ways Window Design can Influence your Interiors

Ask any homeowner what the top amenity that they love about their home and their response is usually the views and the location. In fact, many …

Todoist for Gmail Turns Emails into Tasks

Task-management and productivity service Todoist has launched a new browser extension designed to help you better manage your Gmail inbox.<p>Todoist for Gmail integrates task management directly into the Gmail interface to help you bash through your emails, while saving key messages as tasks. You can …

Bon Voyage: 10 Prep Tips for the Intelligent Traveler

A while back I took two trips in a short time span: one to Texas for work, the other, a long weekend to visit family in Idaho. Both were …

Google Wants To Edit And Soundtrack Your Videos

Your memories will be BEAUTIFULLY FORMATTED.<p>Want to make a highlight reel of all of your different videos? Don't have any video-editing skills? No problem! Google has announced the weirdly named Auto Awesome Movies feature for Google+: if you're using an Android device with the latest software, …

Android News

2016 Mercedes-Benz GT AMG Rendered and Detailed

One part SLS, one part 911; stir vigorously.<p><b>What It Is:</b> According to our sources in Germany, the most accurate rendering thus far of the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG—a two-door sports car derived from the SLS AMG. Mercedes’ skunkworks team in Affalterbach have the other half of Stuttgart firmly …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Banksy: Why A Million-Dollar Artist's Work Sold For $60

Branding is everything. It can make or break your business.<p>Companies that get this, spend millions in cultivating strong brands that secure them a loyal following. If you think about what consumers need vs. want, the majority of purchases fall in the “wants” category. Those desires are influenced …

Australian Startups Zookal And Flirtey To Begin Delivering Textbook Orders By Drone

As countries around the world gradually lift regulations on the use of commercial drones, a new startup called Flirtey hopes to turn Australia into a worldwide industry leader for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in e-commerce deliveries. Flirtey plans to launch commercial drone delivery …

Skimbox Goes Beyond Email Triage With A “Priority Inbox” App For Consumers & Enterprise

A new application called Skimbox is attempting to take on the heady challenge of fighting email overload in a way that makes sense for both consumers and the enterprise. The app, launching first on iOS, uses the concepts popularized by Mailbox – with its various swipes and gestures – as a way to …

Dubai’s Futuristic Floating Building by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a towering 21-story property for Dubai featuring the firm's signature futuristic style. The unique design scheme for the <i>Opus Office Tower</i> is essentially a cube with a large void in the center, splitting the building into two structures. They are connected by an …

Architecture

How Google Uses Data to Build a Better Worker

For the search and advertising juggernaut, human resources is more than human<p>“I have charts and graphs to back me up. So f*** off.”<p>Not the mantra you’d expect from your typical human resources representative. But every new hire for Google’s People Analytics department, part of the company’s HR …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Donald Glover

Open mouth, insert foot: 8 gaffes that fuelled fury

Colorful Experimental Photography by Luka Klikovac

Colorful Photography.<p>The selected colorful images are part of an experimental photo series by Luka Klikovac from Belgrade, Serbia. The photographer …

Surreal landscapes around the world - Telegraph

One Easy Way To Stop Target And Other Companies From Selling Your Data

Living a normal life in the digital era inevitably means giving up some personal data. It’s akin to carrying a large bucket filled with water to the top. As hard as you may try, some water will splash over the rim of the bucket, nurturing the tree of personal data that grows below. But with some …

What Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

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