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You Can Rotate the Rooms In This House

The Sharifi-ha House features seven floors of movable rooms that can be reconfigured for different purposes.<p>What if you could transform your house based on your moods and needs? A newly-designed home makes this dream a reality with just a press of a button.<p>The Sharifi-ha House, constructed by the …

27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out Today

We love the Web. Seriously, we do. But sometimes, achieving what you want is a little harder and takes a little longer than you’d really want. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a list of 27 of the best Chrome extensions you can find around.<p>We’ve broken them down into groups of a few per …

This Smog-Eating Laundry Detergent Turns Your Clothing Into Air Purifiers

For the last few years, researchers at the Catalytic Clothing project have been testing a pollution-fighting laundry detergent that coats clothing in …

The most promising technology for cleaning up ocean plastic is a giant wheel

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There are at least one million tons of plastic in the ocean. Creative solutions abound, but few strike marine conservation experts as practical or praise-worthy. Too often, says ecologist Andrew David Thaler, projects like floating plastic-filter machines amount to little …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

We first covered the BIQ last Spring. More recently, we caught up with Jan Wurm, an architect and materials specialist at Arup, one of the companies …

This robot valet will park your car

In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.<p>Last week, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) introduced robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers.<p>SEE ALSO: 13 Robots Who Don't Know How to Robot<p>Travelers can leave their cars at the arrival level of the ParkingPLUS structure. As they …

An Electric Bus That Recharges While You Step Inside

Batteries can’t solve the problem by themselves, because they don’t last long enough to make it through an entire day of circling city routes. But a …

Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended

iKubu has created something that just might save a biker’s life. Called the Backtracker, the device notifies you how fast and how close cars are approaching behind you and it reacts by flashing a light and telling the rider they are about to get hit.<p>The founders describe it as a notification system …

The Most Unique Vacation Lodging We've Ever Seen

For a truly out-of-the-box vacation, skip traditional hotels and opt for decidedly different lodging<p>For a truly out-of-the-box vacation, skip traditional hotels and opt for decidedly different lodging

The Tiny Three-Wheel Car That Could Be The Next Big Thing

It’s not quite a full-blown automobile – at least not as we know it – and not quite a motorcycle, but it’s cheap and gets unbeatable fuel economy.<p>A sleekly designed three-wheeled two-passenger vehicle from startup manufacturer Elio Motors in Troy, Mich. is planned for introduction sometime during …

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education.<p>It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition.<p>And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an …

Stamplay: An Easy, IFTTT-like Way to Create Web apps

Stamplay, which has just recently come out of closed beta, has a lot of plans for the near future like releasing new components in partnership with other services and improving the complexity of rules that can be defined. However even in the current stage the service can be used for things ranging …

Tesla Goes Open Source: Elon Musk Releases Patents To 'Good Faith' Use

Elon Musk has always been a rebel. Now he’s an open source rebel.<p>While many in Silicon Valley have railed against patent wars in recent years, and some have lobbied Washington to reform patent law, Tesla’s taking an unprecedented step of opening all its electric car patents to outside use.<p>In a blog …

7 US Startup Visa Options for International Founders

<i>Mikita Mikado is a software engineer and entrepreneur from Belarus, now based in San Francisco. He is the co-­founder and CEO of Quote Roller and PandaDoc.</i><p>There is no other place like Silicon Valley, the tech Mecca of access to great talent, capital and countless prospective clients. For some …

These Are The 9 Hottest Startups In Los Angeles

Disney bought Maker Studios for $950 million, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, and Apple recently scooped up Beats for $3.2 billion. Meanwhile, ad tech startup Rubicon recently went public.<p>Throughout all of Los Angeles, there are 892 startups, according to an open source map called …

Startups

Why Bad Financial Predictions Will Kill Your Startup

<i>Paul Jackson is the Founder of Worthworm.</i><p>If headlines are to be believed, it’s a great time to get into the startup game. It seems like every day startup after startup is announcing its most recent million dollar round of funding or billion dollar valuation. However, if you’re just entering this …

Apple's new coding language gets Swift approval

When Apple unveiled a new programming language at its World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, the place went "nuts," erupting with raucous cheers …

Sony SmartBand Review: A Wearable Fitness Tracker And Lifelogger On Your Wrist

Announced at CES 2014, Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 promises to “log your day, every day.” It tracks your movement and online communication, and can be used to control a number of apps on your smartphone. Wear it around your wrist, and let it gather data as you go about your life with no extra work …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Learn To Build Apps With 88% Off The Complete iOS 7 Development Course

We know many readers are interested in learning to code. So, we partnered with StackSocial to offer TNW readers a special deal on one a great iOS 7 development course. In this iOS bootcamp, you’ll gain the skills needed to build your own iPhone & iPad applications for iOS 7. Normally $499, TNW …