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Track Google's Project Loon Internet balloons in real time as they travel the world

Google’s Project Loon was unveiled in 2013 as an ambitious project to bring internet to some of the most remote parts of the world where it’s hard to get Internet access. The project’s still in full swing and you’re now able to track the balloons in real time as they travel the world. The helium …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

A New Crop Of Tech Billionaires Just Vowed To Give Most Of Their Money Away

They signed The Giving Pledge, the four-year-old brainchild of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in which the world's wealthiest individuals promise to give away half or more of their money to charity before or after they die.<p>With the seven who signed on today, 128 wealthy families have made this …

Human Rights

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Elon Musk

Google Brings Super-Fast Internet To Africa

In the long-term, Google dreams of one day supplying the entire world, including remote areas of developing countries, with Internet access that comes from solar-powered balloons. But in the meantime, the search giant will settle with fiber optic networks.<p>Google’s Project Link aims to bring …

The Corporate Innovator

2 interesting tidbits came to my attention recently. All around the role of innovation and entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship?) in corporates. Having …

Biomimicry: looking to nature to solve human problems

Science alone won't solve global challenges, we need to attune human behaviour with the wider world, writes Giles Hutchins<p>Humans have been gaining inspiration from nature for many thousands of years, yet as a formal concept "biomimicry" – which explores how we can learn from nature to solve human …

Biomimicry

This App Is A Roll Of Duct Tape For The Internet Of Things

Billing itself as the Napster of the connected world, MakerSwarm wants to inspire a new generation of engineers.<p>MAYA Design is working to give every man, woman, and child on the planet a superpower. Just as the <i>X-Men’s</i> Magneto can detect the metal within and control it with his mutant powers of …

Internet of Things

Intel launches an internet of things division that will rival its data center and software group

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user huangjiahui<p>Intel (s intc) is joining other technology firms such as Cisco (s csco) and GE in carving out a …

The great internet of things companies will shine at software and hardware

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>Apple isn’t successful because it’s a software or a hardware company. It’s …

As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Smart Destinations, Creative Commons<p>The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Psychology

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …

“Ambient Backscatter” Brings Us Closer To An Internet Of Things

There are exciting implications of the latest ultra-low-power communication breakthrough, beyond your couch talking to your keys.<p>Everyone is online these days. Pretty soon, “everyone” could include inanimate objects like your couch and your car keys.<p>“Ambient backscatter” might sound like an …

Internet of Things

Aereo: the cloud based content upstart that could upend the TV industry

America’s most powerful broadcasters are trying to shut down an emerging TV recording service. If their case is heard, the implications could be far reaching.<p>Late on Friday (Oct. 11) the major free-to-air broadcasters filed a petition in the US supreme court against Aereo, a start up backed by …

Televisions

Extreme Big Data: Beyond Zettabytes And Yottabytes

If we’re going to talk about big data—and it’s one of the most important discussions in business today—we better all speak the same language. In the hierarchy of big data, there are petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes. After that, things get murky.<p>The challenge is only partly one of …

Infographic: Why The Rich Stay Rich

Information should always tell a story. But when there’s a real narrative? All the better.<p>Economics are boring. Now sure, there are times you can look at the micro and the macro and see all of the driving impulses of humanity playing out in numbers. But if economics were interesting, <i>The Bachelor</i> …

Audio Mixing

How Enterprises are Getting Smart with Social Data

Many large businesses these days make use of social media when it comes to customer services, but they could be doing a lot more with all the data that comes out of services like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.<p>As Social Data Week approaches, we talked to Susan Etlinger, an Industry Analyst with …

NYT: NBC News buys Stringwire, hopes to bring user-generated live video to the news room

According to the <i>New York Times</i>, <i>NBC News</i> has just purchased Stringwire, a web service the organization hopes will allow viewers to live stream video content from their phones directly to its control room, and thus to the world. Vivian Schiller, chief digital officer for <i>NBC News</i> told the Times that …

Sum up YouTube video stats with VidIQ Vision for Chrome

Ready to find out how you can reach a larger audience with your YouTube videos? VidIQ's Chrome extension will show you what makes other videos so popular.<p>When you create a video to share with the world on YouTube, you want it to be a hit. Although you can find analytics for your video through the …

Apps

Nimble keeps punching at Salesforce — integrates Dropbox (exclusive)

Nimble, a company that offers customer relationship management software that is more social that its competitors, today will launch support of Dropbox integration.<p>Starting today, you can see a list of the files you’ve shared with your contacts on Dropbox, and you can sort them by people or by file …

Meet the 20 fastest-growing mobile startups

Venture capitalists and angel investors are always looking for startups that can show evidence of traction. For investors focused on mobile, one strong sign is the number of app downloads on Google Play and/or the App Store.<p>That said, a spike in downloads for the first week after launch doesn’t say …

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

Love Stories

Ofcom shows DAB done on the cheap, lays groundwork for digital community radio

While DAB radio is common in the UK, its broadcasting equipment is usually too expensive for community broadcasters. However, Ofcom's Rashid Mustapha has shown that the technology is now within reach of amateurs. Taking advantage of DAB's newly patent-free status, Mustapha tested a low-power …

If school isn’t teaching your kid to code, this program will (for a fee)

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>If you want your child to have an early start on becoming the next Zuckerberg or Gates, it’s pretty clear that (for now, at …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

HuffPost Live Arrives for iPhone

The Huffington Post has introduced an iPhone-optimized version of its social video-streaming network, HuffPost Live, almost a year after it first unveiled the service for the Web.<p>HuffPost Live is aimed at its community of readers around the world, who can join in via their webcam. The network …