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What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Patents

Patent applications, patent registration, and defending patents can be tricky. Here's how to do it right.<p>You've just had a brilliant idea for a new product or invention. The first thing you should do is get a patent, right? Well, maybe not. First of all, patents are expensive, will require a lot of …

10 Most inspirational rags-to-riches entrepreneurs of all time

Share25<p>Tweet<p>Share6<p>+1<p>Shares 31<p>Some of the richest people in the world were born into their wealth. But many of them started with nothing, and through …

Motivation

Why You Shouldn’t Start a Business Alone

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Starting and running a business is a big responsibility—and an even bigger headache. Between …

Entrepreneurship

Slack co-founder on the happy accident that led to his $1bn startup

Slack is a chat tool that helps businesses cut down on internal email. Is it true it came about by mistake?<p>Mistake is strong; more like a happy accident. We were initially building a game called Glitch and our team was spread between San Francisco and Vancouver. We needed to communicate easily; not …

Startups

I want this Android-powered mirror that a Google engineer invented in his spare time

This year at CES we got to see wacky ideas about the Internet of Things, like Samsung's new refrigerator with a gigantic touchscreen, so there's a lot to be desired in the wild new era of smart-objects. That's why this elegant mirror from Google software engineer Max Braun is so exciting — it looks …

23 things I did with my Apple Watch in one weekend

I wrote my first impressions of the Watch last Friday, after spending a few hours with it. I’ve now spent a weekend with the Apple Watch.<p>My understanding of the device and its usefulness has broadened and deepened.<p>However, my editor continues to ask me “Has it changed your life yet?,” and all I can …

Google's undersea cables have to be reinforced because sharks keep biting them

Fiber-optic lines reinforced with Kevlar-like material<p>Google has been forced to protect its undersea data cables with a Kevlar-like coating in order to defend them against shark attacks. Dan Belcher, a Google product manager, explained at a Google Cloud Roadshow event that the company's …

The Brights Home Screen

If you use the space on your phone properly, you can get by with just one home screen. That's what My Color Screen user duotoned was going for with …

Timex built a smartwatch that doesn't need your phone

The IronMan One GPS+ also promises to keep you from being eaten by bears<p>So far, smartwatches have existed fundamentally as extensions of your phone — their primary value is in alleviating the need to pull your phone out of your pocket every time anything happens. But Timex's new IronMan One GPS+ is …

Cosplay at Comic-Con: Who wore it best?

The annual San Diego Comic-Con, mecca of all things pop culture, began on Wednesday night and runs through Sunday, July 27. The massive convention -- known for giving fans a first look at the latest "geek-friendly" TV, film and of course, comics -- is also a major gathering for cosplayers (that is, …

How to Work Offline in Google Chrome

When you open any page inside Google Chrome, it connects to the Internet, fetches the latest version of the page from the server and displays it on …

Sony thinks it can sell you a smartphone just for the selfies

Sony on Tuesday unveiled a brand new Android handset whose main feature is the selfie-optimized front-facing camera. The Xperia C3 is not a hot …

Great new Google Now feature will let you control media with your voice

Google Now is already one of the greatest things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. And every time we think that Google can’t …

3D print your own chess set designed by Marcel Duchamp

A group of creators on Thingiverse have been 3D printing their own interpretations of a chess set designed by conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp.<p>When most people think of Marcel Duchamp, it's his art that comes to mind. Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 from 1912, for example -- one of the early …

Art

LG G Watch will be available in 27 countries

The Android Wear-powered smartwatch will be sold in the UK and Australia (among many other countries) at the Google Play Store and at retailers.<p>If you're living in the US, you may already have heard the news that the LG G Watch is set to arrive on July 11, with pre-orders starting today. But if …

Google Play

Apple celebrates diversity and equality in San Francisco Pride Parade video

"We believe that inclusion inspires innovation."<p>Apple has released a video showing its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 29th. The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade "to celebrate Apple's …

General Harmonics Is Basically Pied Piper From “Silicon Valley”

General Harmonics is a small startup from Canada that’s looking to revolutionize the way we stream media. And rather than risk sounding like I’m writing some kind of self-parody, I’ll be blunt about it: they’re basically Pied Piper from HBO’s Silicon Valley, only with a few decades more experience …

Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs

Apple has patented a method for building devices with all-glass outer casings (via AppleInsider), by fusing pieces together for a completely seamless final look. The all-glass device casings could be used to hold the internals of an iOS device or to house a TV or monitor, too.<p>The all-glass …

6 Tips For Running a Successful Internship Program

Each summer, a new group of fresh-faced, eager and energetic interns take over company cubicles and break rooms. While this new summer staff can give …

Commandr Adds Custom Google Now Voice Commands with Tasker Integration

Android: You can already use Google Now to do tons of cool things with just your voice, but it doesn't have everything. Commandr not only adds …

Why Video Games Can Improve Your Mental Skills

We've talked about the positive benefits of playing video games before, and this video from ASAP Science explains why video games—in moderation—can …

The Google Employee's Everyday Purse

Working at any tech company requires a mix of daily devices to use. Lauren Skelly, Senior Policy Analyst at Google, shares her daily bag with …

Download a Treasure Trove of 130 Free Ebooks from Microsoft

It has happened before, and it is happening again. Microsoft's MSDN blog has released a whole new batch of free technical ebooks that cover …

The Long Tail Finds an Artist's Least Popular Songs on Spotify

Web: Your favorite musician probably has many songs you haven't heard or listened to lately. The Long Tail makes a playlist of such rarely played …

APK Downloader Extension Installs Restricted Apps Directly

Android: Google Play blocks some apps from being installed on your Android device, whether for phone incompatibility or region-locking. APK …

The Best Websites to Learn Coding Online

The <i>Learn to Code</i> movement has picked up momentum worldwide and that is actually a good thing as even basic programming skills can have a major …

How to Setup Google DNS on your Computer

Like OpenDNS, Google today launched their own public DNS service that they say will make your web-surfing experience "faster, safer and more …

How to Password Protect a Google Form

When you create a form using Google Forms, the form is public by default meaning it can be filled out by anyone on the Internet as long as they know …

Web Development

How to Sell Digital Products Online with Google Drive and PayPal

The web has made it incredibly easy for anyone to sell digital products directly from their website, Twitter, Facebook or even through email …

Qualcomm briefly takes down Android code for CyanogenMod, Sony and itself

The Android community just got a big (if brief) scare. In the space of a few days, Qualcomm has both made and retracted a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request that took down 116 code repositories (many of them Android-focused) that were allegedly using the chip maker's confidential technology. …