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The Lyft Shuttle is a bus, but without all those pesky poor people

Here's a modern-day startup riddle: When is a bus not really a bus?<p>The ride-hailing company Lyft rolled out its new shuttle service this month, …

Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box

All the answers are probably right<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday with his proposal to allow any manufacturer to create cable boxes that can access pay-TV service. (The FCC is calling this plan #unlockthebox, because 1. "competitive head-end …

Ready or not, smartwatches are coming for the mainstream

The sneak attack is how smartwatches will succeed<p>Last year was a big year for smartwatches: Apple launched its long-awaited Apple Watch, Samsung introduced its first watch with a round display, Pebble added three new models to its lineup, and a whole bunch of companies launched watches running on …

This startup you've never heard of is an expert at predicting what you want to do next

The B2B startup specializes in making apps talk to each other, and it has booked big-name clients like Uber, FourSquare, and Airbnb.<p>The key to Button is linking your intent with what comes next.<p>"Let's say you go to FourSquare and open up a venue," says CEO Mike Jaconi. "We understand that not only …

Apps

Survey: Which Design Jobs Pay The Most?

Some takeaways: Ditch graphic design and learn to code. Oh, and be a man. Ugh.<p>Designers earning top dollar work in UX, know how to code, and live in California. And–surprise–they’re men. Those are some of the main takeaways from O’Reilly Media’s 2016 Design Salary and Tools Survey.<p>Although it would …

Detroit Just Named One of the World's Best Cities For Design

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture, better known as UNESCO, has just designated Detroit as the first “City of Design” …

Why we drive: Cars keep getting cheaper to drive while transit keeps going up in price

In the Independent, Jon Stone describes what’s happening in the UK: Driving a car is getting cheaper and cheaper while trains and buses just keep …

Muse is a headset and smartphone app to train your brain for better meditation

One of the more interesting products I’ve run into so far at CES is Muse, a mindfulness and meditation band that wraps around your ears, temple and forehead that reads your brainwaves in order to facilitate better meditative practices.<p>The band calculates brain activity through carefully placed …

The URB-E Is A Foldable Electric Scooter For The Urban Commuter

Debuting in prototype-form at CES a few years ago, the URB-E is finally ready for the spotlight.<p>Weighing just under 35 pounds, the foldable scooter can carry an adult up to 20 miles at a top speed of around 15 MPH.<p>Today at CES I met with the URB-E team, and they walked me through their new …

Instant film and a record player were top sellers on Amazon for the holidays

You'd think that in 2015 — a year in which virtual reality, autonomous cars, and personal drones were major stories — all the holiday gifts people are buying through the world's top digital storefront would be, you know, high tech. But that's not entirely the case. This morning, Amazon released a …

Home Audio

Trim seeks out and destroys awful monthly subscriptions

In the age of Netflix, Spotify, and unwanted LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, it can be difficult to keep track of where your money is going on a monthly basis. Trim, a San Francisco startup from former venture capitalists Thomas Smyth and Dan Petkevich, wants to ensure you never end up paying for …

Gmail Ending? Google Starts Migrating Users

Something rather interesting is happening at the Gmail.com domain right now. Google has started notifying users of its experimental ‘Inbox By Gmail’ service that this has replaced their Gmail account…<p>The pop-up appears when Inbox users login and states “Thanks for trying Inbox! To make it easier …

Gmail

Coldplay is 'Full of Dreams' on wistful new album

"Conscious uncoupling" doesn't always spell trouble.<p>After Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and now-ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced their split in March 2014, the British band released its sullen <i>Ghost Stories</i> just two months later: a sparse, muted breakup album which they didn't support on tour and …

Music

Amazon will reportedly soon add other online services to Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers will soon be able to add other major TV and movie channels to their subscription packages, <i>Bloomberg Business</i> reports, making Prime more like a cable TV service than competitors such as Hulu and Netflix. The new feature, which will see landing pages for other …

How connected is your city? Urban transport trends around the world

<b>Cities in numbers</b>: The densest cities can be the most efficient, lively and sustainable – but only if they boast effective management and design to minimise overcrowding and pollution<p>Cities exist to provide access to people, goods, services and information: the better and more efficient this …

City Guide: New York City

The capital of the United States for a very short time, New York City would become the cultural capital of the world by the 20th century. Like Paris, it established that position by harboring artists of all stripes: writers, painters, dancers and musicians who carved out “scenes” that would change …

New York City

Some of SoundCloud's most loyal users are starting to lose faith in the site

Business Insider has spoken to multiple users and independent record label owners who feel that the music streaming app and website has strayed from its earlier focus of supporting DJs. Instead, they feel that it is now unfairly removing content and focusing on high-profile users and licensed …

SoundCloud

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is going to be expensive — but it's doable

Setting aside the technical issues involved in actually building the Hyperloop, one critical factor in whether the system will ever be constructed is its cost. Because the system is theoretical right now, cost estimates are going to vary widely, but it is possible to come up with a reasonable …

High-speed Rail

Microsoft's new PowerPoint tools make your presentations way less boring

It's not a secret that PowerPoint presentations can be really, really dull. The last thing you want on a Friday afternoon is a bland slide deck and transitions from the 1990s, so Microsoft is trying to make things a lot less boring. In the coming weeks, Office 365 subscribers will get two new tools …

Software

5 Ways Remarkably Successful People Spend the Weekend

Weekends are a great time to recharge your batteries and have some fun. Follow in the footsteps of these business greats.<p>Weekends have always been our time to relax, wind down, and be with loved ones. Yet many never even consider that these precious days of respite could be spent productively--even …

Apple, Microsoft, and Google are trying to incite a quiet app revolution

Reports have been circulating that Google is working on a hybrid operating system that combines the best of Android and Chrome OS, while simultaneously promising to keep supporting the two independently.<p>It's the perfect example of this dilemma in minature.<p>Google, a company famously and perpetually …

IPad Pro

Online Charter Schools Have "Overwhelming Negative Impact," Study Finds

More than 200,000 students are enrolled in the online schools, but evidence suggests they are getting a very bad education in return.<p>Online charter schools, which enroll 200,000 students nationwide, have an "overwhelming negative impact" on the academic outcomes of students by almost every measure, …

A Lot of Cheap Housing Is About to Get Very Expensive

Urban Institute fellow Erika Poethig has a poster in her office showing 22 apartment buildings along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. They were all built …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

London mayor says Uber is 'systematically' skirting law

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said that Uber is breaking the law by allowing its drivers to virtually tout for business on London’s roads.<p>Writing in The Telegraph, Johnson says that the company is essentially disregarding Transport for London (TfL) regulations that govern private hire …

Transportation

Microsoft to launch Surface Pro 4 and new phones at October 6th event

Microsoft has started inviting media outlets to a special Windows 10 devices launch next month. The software giant is holding a press event in New York on October 6th to unveil a range of hardware running Windows 10. <i>The Verge</i> previously confirmed details of the October launch, and Microsoft looks …

Windows 10

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Why is China's stock market falling and how might it affect the global economy?

Concerns about inflation, shares and interest rates are raised after ‘Black Monday’ chaos sees billions wiped off markets around the globe<p>China’s stock market has fallen sharply over recent weeks despite measures by officials in Beijing aimed at calming investors’ jitters and shoring up global …

Stock Markets

How to Prevent Others from Accessing Private Information from Your Lock Screen

Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else. If your settings allow for it, anyone can access your call history, send a tweet, …

National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Travel<p>Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Jackson, Wyoming<p>Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, …