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A 12-Step Guide to Picking a Name for Your Startup

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.</i><p>Finding the right name for your startup can have a significant impact on your success. The wrong name …

Norway's 2 biggest banks have stopped handling cash

Note the ominous implication of this absurd statement: any large or even moderate-sized financial transaction that people manage to keep private must involve criminal activity. Indeed, in 2013, a Norwegian man had his home ransacked by police after he purchased a PC, TVs and a washing machine for …

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London fintech startup GoCardless raises $13M to bring recurring payments platform to more countries

GoCardless has become somewhat of a poster child for the London fintech scene. Offering an alternative to card payments, the startup provides a simple way for businesses to set up and accept bank-to-bank payments online (also known as Direct Debit), and is now processing £1 billion worth of …

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Rebundling The Bank: How Number26 Wants To Become The New Hub For Digital Transactions

VIENNA – Disruption is all the rage now, with laptop-powered techies – and big Internet corporations – cheerfully savaging the established order.<p>Which is all very well and, often times, even necessary, though certainly uncomfortable for those involved. But what about the building part? You cannot …

Google apps suck at native mobile thinking. Like most other apps.

This morning, I missed an important email by an hour, which is now going to cost me a few weeks in opportunity and time. I had been waiting for weeks …

A new app wants to help you beat the credit card companies

Our increasingly automated world should make driving safer. It could also make things safer for your checkbook.<p>And just like with cars, it takes a …

Austria's most peaceful places to unwind (with no hiking boots in sight!)

Austria’s awe-inspiring scenery lends itself perfectly to some quality R&R...<p>1. Immerse yourself in thermal baths<p>A couple of different thermal baths …

Facebook, Google, And Twitter’s War For App Install Ads

An unexpected consequence of our love of apps is that now there’s just too damn many of them. The app stores are overcrowded, leaving developers desperate for a way to get their games and utilities discovered. That is why the app install ad has become the lifeblood of the mobile platform …

Inside China’s Wild World Of App Design

What makes an app great is very, very different on the other side of the planet.<p>Most of us never think about the apps people use on the other side of the planet, but Dan Rover does. The Vermont native recently moved to Guangzhou, China, after getting hired as a product manager by WeChat, a popular …

Old laptop batteries could power slums, IBM says

<b>Old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums, researchers have said.</b><p>An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year.<p>Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper …

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Popular Chinese app for using wifi without a password gets $10M funding, and we take it for a spin

There are times in life when you’re desperate for some wifi. Your data plan runs dry, you visit a foreign country, or the nearest 3G signal is just …

Facebook Design Director: The 5 Most Common Design Mistakes

Facebook’s Julie Zhuo on the biggest traps designers fall into–and how to avoid them.<p>There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following (as well as seen the following done) too many times to count. Luckily, there’s this thing called the “Internet” and this medium called an “article” …

The Smartest Cities In The World

By Boyd Cohenlong Read<p>Over the past several years, the idea of the being “smart” has emerged as a key mechanism for cities to find innovative …

The home security device that's always listening

For Airbnb hosts who want to keep tabs on their homes, a full home security system might be overkill. They're expensive, and live cameras and motion detectors invade guests' privacy. So how do they make sure guests keep the volume down, aren't smoking inside and don't ransack their home?<p>A new …

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Inside Spotify's redesign

Spotify’s New York office is any teenage boy’s dream.<p>We are not talking just about the obvious perks of working for a hip startup or the array of cool musicians parading through the office. We are talking about the New York office’s unofficial mascot: Spiderman.<p>The walls separating many of the …

Why Jessica Alba Just Might Be Hollywood's Smartest Mommy Mogul

There’s no shortage of Yummy Mummys in Hollywood who have figured out celebrity plus motherhood plus a clever marketing campaign for a family-centric product can equal the beginnings of a business outside of Tinseltown that may have a longer shelf life than the average movie career. From the …

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T-Mobile Says Over 12K Customers Have Signed Up For Their iPhone 5s ‘Test Drive’

- Jun 20, 2014<p>T-Mobile announced a new “<i>Test Drive</i>” feature earlier this week, that allows customers a free 7-day trial of an iPhone 5s on the …

Facebook's company trip to Africa leads to more efficient Android app

Facebook recently rolled out an update for Android devices that's supposed to speed things up for users. If that update delivered on its promise, then you've got the company's trip to Africa to thank -- that's how Facebook's engineers got a taste of how slow the app can be on low-end phones with …

This Firefox OS media stick sends video to your TV, much like Chromecast

If you like the idea of streaming media to your TV with a Chromecast but aren't terribly fond of Google's content or platform restrictions, you'll soon have an open alternative. <i>GigaOM</i> has managed to get hands-on time with an unannounced Firefox OS-based media stick that lets you "fling" any content …

Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About

Users. Developers. Everybody. The design of Apple’s new Extensions will change the way we all use apps.<p>Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles. Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its …

This Grocery Store In Berlin Will Have Zero Packaging

Original Unpacked won’t have any plastic containers or paper wrapping–but tell that to the line of other package-free grocery stores that have tried that, and failed.<p>Walk down the aisles of a typical grocery store, and basically everything is in a package–in some stores, even the produce is …

Banksy’s Street Art Reimagined in LEGO

What would it look like if Banksy's most famous street art pieces were reimagined in LEGO? What would the balloon girl look like and how would the rat on the wire appear? These are the questions photographer Jeff Friesen asked himself when he created his original series <i>Bricksy</i>. As he tells …

Awe-inspiring ancient sites

Taken from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, may we present a bevy of BC (or thereabouts) beauties that have stood the test of time without losing any of their ability to drop your jaw.<p>Pyramids of Giza, Egypt<p>Egypt’s a country rich in both World Heritage sites and tourist clichés, and at the …

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Meet our 5 Favorite Startups from Wayra's Spanish Demo Day

The second panel was moderated by investor Jeffrey Char from J-Seed Ventures, who asked founder of Culture Japan (and Jimmy Choo’s son) Danny Choo and Viki’s CEO Razmig Hovaghimian to tell their stories. Both entrepreneurs insisted on the fact that raising venture capital wasn’t necessarily the way …

The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed @HistoryInPics

Meet Xavier Di Petta and Kyle Cameron, ages 17 and 19, whose ability to build a massive audience from nothing may be unparalleled in media today.<p>There is a new ubiquitous media brand on Twitter.<p>No, I'm not talking about Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media or BuzzFeed or The Verge, or any other …

Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database

India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of over half a billion residents–the largest biometric project of its kind currently in the world.<p>It’s been a multi-year effort not without its critics among privacy and …

24 hours in Mumbai

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.<p>24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by …