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Strava updates its Apple Watch app with GPS support

If you have an Apple Watch 2<p>The popular fitness network Strava has updated its iOS app so it can run independently on the Apple Watch 2 which features built-in GPS. The update comes a couple weeks after the Android Wear version of the app was updated with the same functionality.<p>Strava says Apple …

Facebook leverages artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

As vain and manufactured as our online personas can be, Facebook is still a popular avenue for venting and rambling about our day-to-day struggles. Facebook recognizes this, and is now working on new ways to help troubled users with the use of artificial intelligence and pattern recognition, in …

This student-made dating app will find you a match based on the hot celeb photos you upload

Tinder built its app empire on the idea that dating is superficial, so now, multiple students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are leaning into that idea. They have developed a new dating app called FaceDate that relies on a facial recognition algorithm to generate potential matches.<p>When …

Foursquare offers every mobile app access to your whereabouts

Foursquare's transformation from fun consumer app into serious behind-the-scenes business is taking another step forward.<p>The location app is rolling …

Apps

You'll Never Think of Scrambled Eggs as Simple Again

You're standing in the front of the fridge, scratching your head (or your belly) and holding that carton of eggs with your other hand. Any given night, right?<p>Now stop scratching and grab some friends. Not <i>human</i> friends (because who needs those?), but rather, the tin of anchovies you've been saving …

Eggs

This 5-Step Method Will Tell You If Your Product Solves a Real Human Need

How design thinking can deliver on its promise to deliver better products to customers.<p>Design has quickly evolved from an aesthetic choice to becoming a revolutionary way to differentiate companies. Design thinking is now a proven approach to solving problems and producing innovations with a wide …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Millennials Are Making With Their Money

People in their 20’s and 30’s are typically mocked by those slightly older than them for being the “snowflake” generation. Having grown up in an era where the focus was often on protecting individuals’ self-esteem, they were often told that they were unique and special and there was no one else …

10 Affordable Fashion Sites You Probably Haven't Heard Of Yet

For when you've got Zara and H&M fatigue.<p>We’ve all been there before: the sheer excitement over an inexpensive, on-trend find at Zara only to discover that a million other women have already scooped up the same exact item. When it comes to affordable fashion finds, the options can sometimes seem …

Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the …

5 Simple Camera Hacks for Improving Your Photos with a Cheap Plastic Bag (VIDEO)

Last month we showed you how to create better portraits by using a white balloon to soften the light from your camera’s pop-up flash. Now there are …

CES 2017: Car-makers choose virtual assistants

<b>Four leading car brands have announced deals with three tech giants to add virtual assistants to new cars.</b><p>Microsoft's Cortana netted two of the deals, the others went to Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant.<p>The announcements were made at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>One analyst said there would …

Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars

Microsoft isn’t building its own connected car — but it is launching a new Azure-based cloud platform for car manufacturers that want to use the cloud to power their own connected-car services. The new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will go live as a public preview later this year.<p>“This is …

Google Calendar wants to help you lose all that holiday weight

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get in shape, you might find Google Calendar handy, thanks to its latest update.<p>Last April, the company added a Goals feature, which allowed users to set targets like ‘Hit the gym thrice a week’ or ‘Practice guitar for 20 minutes a day’. It’s clever enough …

If You Follow These Instagram Accounts, You Don't Need a Decorator

While more people than ever are experiencing social fatigue and quitting Instagram, there's one reason why our Insta feed will always remain …

Interior Design

Saudi Arabia's Investment In The Softbank Venture Fund Portends Higher Oil Prices

There's a scene in the Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun" where Tom Cruise's character, Maverick is being scolded by his commanding officer. In the scene the …

Oil

Hong Kong Stocks Rise Most in Two Months; Energy Shares Advance

Hong Kong stocks climbed the most in two months as China Shenhua Energy Co. and PetroChina Co. led gains by energy companies and insurers rallied.<p>The …

Inside Starbucks' ambitious plan to combat the 'seismic shift' that could kill its business

"We can't hide behind the fact that there is a seismic change that we're experiencing as a brick-and mortar retailer," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said at the company's Investor Day on Wednesday.<p>As customers increasingly shop online instead of in person, Starbucks can no longer rely on foot …

Top 10 Gold Stocks For 2017

<b>Top Gold Stocks for 2017</b><p>Every December I list my top overall gold stock picks for the upcoming year, with the goal of outperforming the benchmark …

Investing

What Azerbaijan Plans To Do When The Oil Runs Out

Azerbaijan has read the writing on the wall: the oil is running out and the need to diversify its streams of economic sustenance is more vital now than ever.<p>Azerbaijan and oil are nearly inseparable. Azerbaijan was among the first oil producing countries in the world, and at the beginning of the …

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

By Adele Peterslong Read<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads upstairs–the top floor of her house …

Le Corbusier’s Color Theories, Explained

The Swiss architect was a stickler for color, as a rare wallpaper book now up for auction shows.<p>Henry Ford was famous for saying a customer could have any color of car she or he wanted, so long as it’s black–a nod to how the industrialist viewed color, all function no fun. Black paint dried the …

Self-Checkout Comes To High Fashion

Rebecca Minkoff picks up one of the most annoying supermarket trends–will it stick?<p>“Look, obviously this is something you can do at a CVS,” says Uri Minkoff, creative director and CEO of Rebecca Minkoff. He’s introducing me to the new self-checkout system at the fashion company’s Manhattan flagship …

Rent The Runway Mines User Data To Design Sleek New Flagship

Rent The Runway is leveraging user data from its digital operations to design a physical store based on “luxurious convenience.”<p>Walk into the new Rent the Runway store just off Fifth Avenue in New York, and you’ll first be confronted with an Apple Genius Bar-style customer service counter with …

Inside The Spaces Of Japan’s Top Designers

From the desks to the pens to the lunch orders, photographer Paul Barbera captures the workspaces of Japanese creatives.<p>Are we products of our environment? In office design, the answer is typically yes, which is why companies go to great lengths–and spend big bucks–to kit out their workspaces in …

If Oil Meeting Crashes, Look For Prices To Hit $30/Barrel

It might seem disingenuous to pose such a question: Could Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s de facto leader, undo much of its public relations and media spinning work over the past year trying to convince global oil markets that indeed a much needed oil production cut is on the horizon and walk away from …

12 timeless UI patterns analyzed

Cards allow sites to present a heavy dose of content in a digestible manner. As we explain in our Web Design Book of Trends 2015–2015, cards are popping out everywhere lately, and this pattern’s success is directly related to its usefulness.<p>Cards act as containers for clickable information: …

3 Oil Stocks That Could Rocket if Crude Keeps Rising

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Crude's dive into the $20s earlier this year exposed a big problem for a trio of Canadian oil producers. At less than $50 a barrel, <b>Penn West Petroleum</b> , <b>Baytex Energy</b> , and <b>Pengrowth Energy</b> do not make enough money to sustain their operations. So with crude slumping well …