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Report: Google smartwatch “heavy into” Google Now functionality

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: 9to5Google.com<p>Google is putting the finishing touches on a smartwatch built around its Google Now service, reports …

Is population growth out of control?

<b>The respected broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, told the BBC recently that population growth was "out of control" - but one expert says the number of people on the planet could peak in 40 years. Who should we believe?</b><p>"The world's population is increasing out of control," Sir David …

Geography

7 Steps To Outstanding Sales Growth For Your Startup

“If you build it, they will come.” It’s a line from an old movie “Field of Dreams” which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service. Most struggle with the idea and practice of marketing and …

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Late nights 'sap children's brain power'

<b>Late nights and lax bedtime routines can blunt young children's minds, research suggests.</b><p>The findings on sleep patterns and brain power come from a UK study of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds.<p>Youngsters who had no regular bedtime or who went to bed later than 21:00 had lower scores for reading and …

University College London

Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does

<i>Michael Mace is co-founder of Zekira, and author of Map The Future, a book on how to create better business strategies. He was previously chief</i> …

30 tips for first-time parents

<b>The Magazine's recent piece on irritating advice for parents - ahead of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child - prompted lots of readers to email examples of good and bad practice.</b><p>The original piece included the problem of "unbearably competent (borderline patronising) …

Parenting

The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

<i>In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. (Have an innovation to share?</i>Use this quick form<i>.)</i><p>A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the …

"Bubble Soccer" Brilliantly Combines Soccer And Bubble Wrap

It's sumo wrestling mixed with soccer.

Martial Arts

My keyboard tried to kill me: the overly complicated story of an ergonomics war

<i>tl;dr? No prob! Just scroll to the bottom.</i><p>All of a sudden I couldn’t bring myself to type anymore. It had been creeping up on me for years. I was taking a break in the middle of an editing marathon but this time when I sat down again I could hardly bear the discomfort of turning my palms down to …

Aviate Reveals A Smartphone Interface That Adapts To You & Your Surroundings

Given the challenges faced by Facebook Home, an Android homescreen replacement app which makes interacting with the social network easier for mobile users, it’s wise to be cautious about the chances for success of other, alternative “intelligent homescreen” apps. Apps like Andreessen …

This Tiny, Portable Laptop Stand Will Finally Fix Your Posture

“The Roost–stop hunching over your laptop,” I read, back and neck aching as usual. I had been working at my laptop like a gargoyle since early in the morning. But in the Roost, a laptop stand that’s raised almost $100,000 on Kickstarter, I’ve finally found a solution.<p>My main issue with most laptop …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>Advertisement<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new …

Local Food Delivery Service Fluc Goes Live In Palo Alto And Menlo Park

People like to eat and generally don’t like to cook. All of which means that food delivery is becoming all the rage among startups lately.* Anyway, there’s a whole new food delivery service called Fluc, opening up for service in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, that hopes to let people pick and choose all …

10 Music Services You May Not Know About—But Should

Yes, Twitter has a #music service now, and iTunes Radio is all shiny and new. But forget about them for a moment. In fact, forget about Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Slacker. Same for Grooveshark, Vevo, Rhapsody, MOG, last.fm, Soundcloud, Deezer and Songza.<p>While we’re at it, please—oh please—forget …

Cheap credit has inflated the markets, and we could be in for a crash landing

During the past four centuries, there have been five occasions when major credit bubbles have led to stonking crashes. Tulip mania in 17th-century …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in June

<b>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in June:</b><p><b>Fête de la Musique</b> (June 21) isn’t your average music festival…because anyone can perform! The festival was first held in <b>Paris</b> on the summer solstice with the idea of having “the …

The future of food is here. We found 10 3D-printed foods. http://www.brit.co/3d-printed-foods/

These NYC Subway Portraits From The '60s Are Marvelous

What is it about spying on people on the train — no matter what decade — that's just so delightful?<p>All images via Brooklyn Public Library

Libraries

Samuel L. Jackson reads “Breaking Bad” monologue

The actor releases a second monologue as part of a contest to raise donations for the Alzheimer’s Association<p>For the past two weeks, actor Samuel L. Jackson has been hosting a contest to drive donations towards the Alzheimer's Association, supporting research for a disease that afflicted his late …

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Who’s Telling The Truth About PRISM? Computer Security Expert Gene Spafford Weighs In [TCTV]

Between the reports this week about that the U.S. National Security Agency has been mining personal user data from some of the world’s biggest Internet players through a project called ‘PRISM’, to the government’s defense of wide scale data collection for security reasons, and finally the outright …

Doublespeak Denials Of PRISM Hid The Truth About Participation

“Direct Access” didn’t mean no access. “Back door” didn’t mean no door. “Only in accordance with the law” didn’t mean PRISM is illegal. And you didn’t need to have heard of a codename to have participated. Larry, Zuck, you didn’t spell out your denials of the NSA’s data spying program in plain …

After Microsoft Denied It Hires People To Vote On Reddit, Reddit Removed A Controversial Post

A post in which an anonymous person described seeing employees at the Microsoft campus voting on Reddit as part of their jobs has been removed.<p>The Redditor was using the name "mistysilver," a new account that contained nothing but that one post about Microsoft. Misty Silver said the employees were …

How Celebrities Are Ruining Kickstarter

Tricia Romano on the growing frustration with celebrities using Kickstarter to finance their pet projects.<p>Three years ago, when actress Lake Bell ran …

Samsung, HTC, and LG bicker on Twitter, show fanboys how it's done

Visit almost any website covering mobile phones and you're likely to find comments full of fans arguing over which company's product is the best. To many, the behavior is unbearable, but the UK social media accounts of Samsung, HTC, and LG showed they're not above bickering yesterday on Twitter.<p>HTC …

How Technology is Transforming Live Concert Bootlegging

“If you put your cameras down you might be able to live in the moment,” chided Ian Brown, frontman of iconic Mancunian indie band The Stone Roses.<p>Those were among the first words uttered by Brown during the band’s first comeback gig in May 2012, after a 16-year hiatus. But the singer wasn’t so much …

Is the new Gmail app interface dumb, or am I a freak?

poll New Gmail app for Android swaps out a delete button for a read-unread toggle. CNET News' Stephen Shankland thinks the change is foolish -- but asks which you'd rather have.<p>I'm a Gmail fanboy. Priority inbox, stars, the archive tool, labels, filters, built-in translation, conversation view, …

Apps

Android this week: Google’s keyboard for all; Galaxy S 4 updated; Xperia Z going stock

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Google(s goog) continued an Android strategy this week to decouple core apps from the base software by releasing the native …