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Quantum Robotics will Create Artificial Intelligence 'Capable of Creativity'

Quantum computing will open up a new field of robotics able to learn and carry out complex creative tasks, according to researchers.<p>Scientists from …

Quantum Computing

OS X Yosemite Review: Apple’s Mac OS Gets A New Look And Killer Mobile Crossover Features

Apple’s new desktop operating system is out today, and the final version of the major software update includes lots of changes for your Mac. It’s still OS X, though – Yosemite hasn’t gone so far afield that people used to Mavericks or Mountain Lion will feel adrift, but it comes with some …

As The Valley Burns Up, Boston Readies Its Next Act

You wouldn’t think that you could fix the bicycle. It’s just two wheels, a seat, and a set of pedals, plus or minus some fancy materials and high-quality tuning. But for the engineers and designers at Cambridge-based Superpedestrian, that base is just the start for what they hope will be the next …

Keep Calm and Chive On is back! It all began here

The tee that launched the #RAKit movement is back today! The whole office has been wearing their <i>Keep Calms</i> all week and it kinda’ warms my …

SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice.<p>Yes, at long, <i>long</i> last, Apple is opening the floodgates to …

Less Than 5 Hours of Sleep Leads to False Memories

Skimping on sleep wears down your body in so many ways: it worsens cognitive function, slows reaction time, and makes learning more difficult. (The …

15 Must-Read Guides for UX Professionals: Written or Praised by Industry Leaders

The <b>field of UX</b> is daunting without the right guidance. So many subjective questions pop up on a daily basis. How do we provide access to secondary …

Is Tony Fadell the next Steve Jobs or ... the next Larry Page?

In the late 1990s a young entrepreneur named Tony Fadell tried to persuade Stewart Alsop, a journalist who had recently become a venture capitalist, …

KidAdmit Wants To Take The Hassle Out Of Applying For Preschools In The Bay Area

Applying to preschool in San Francisco is not that different from when you may have applied to college 15 years ago. You have to complete a bunch of applications either by hand or print them out from an online application, and then you have to mail them in manually with a check to each school. It’s …

Silicon Valley

Kimono Is A Smarter Web Scraper That Lets You “API-ify” The Web, No Code Required

A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Kimono wants to make it easier to access data from the unstructured web with a point-and-click tool that can extract information from webpages that don’t have an API available. And for non-developers, Kimono plans to eventually allow anyone track data …

Associated Press News

Burnout is the consequence of a broken way of work

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It’s the time of the year where we can start to feel overly stressed by the demands of work, family, and community. But for …

Daric, A New Peer To Peer Lending Platform, Will Go Live Next Week

Daric, a new peer to peer lending platform, will launch next week as a place for individuals and small businesses to obtain loans, and a place for lenders to see up to 9-10% returns on their investments. Individuals will be able to apply for a loan up to $35,000 and small businesses can apply for a …

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 …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Sony’s Smartshot QX ‘smart lens’ will have a white and champagne color option, just in case

We’ve previously covered the recent rumors of the 20 Megapixel Sony Wifi ‘smart lens’ which will attach to Android and iOS smartphones and connect to the phone via Wifi. Theoretically, you’ll be able to take much better pictures with the bigger CMOS sensor and Zeiss glass.<p>But is that black lens …

Formvertise Launches With Form-Based Mobile Ads And ‘Sue Me’ Campaigns Offering A Guaranteed ROI

Startup Formvertise is committing financially to the effectiveness of its mobile ad campaigns.<p>It’s is actually a spinoff from another company we’ve covered, Adlibrium, which offered mobile marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. The problem with that approach, as explained to me by CEO …

OpenDesk.cc Is Like Ikea For Open Source Zealots

Furniture is probably the last thing on the mind of most open source proponents but now it doesn’t have to be. OpenDesk is a free, open source line of furniture that you can make yourself or order unassembled from a maker with a CNC machine. Not only is the furniture cheap – free if you have the …

Behind The Scenes At Homejoy, A Cleaning Startup That Says It’s Really A Tech Company

If I were ranking startups based on how much I value their services, Homejoy would place pretty darn near the top — every month or so, one of their cleaners comes by my apartment and in two or three hours it becomes more sparkly than I’ve ever been able to make it. All for just 20 bucks an …

Close A Round With New “Inbound” Tools And Techniques On AngelList

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antony Brydon, an entrepreneur who has raised ten seed, debt, and venture rounds for four startups in the last decade and is currently a co-founder at Directly. Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@abrydon.</i><p>Last week, my company Directly closed a $1.75 million seed round using an “inbound” approach …

Why Hawaii Just Became An Even Better Market For Solar

Already one of the most attractive markets for solar power in the United States, Hawaii recently made it easier for underserved residents to invest in clean energy. Last month, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill authorizing the state Energy Office to establish a green infrastructure financing …

Most men stop “leaning in” to their career by their mid thirties

One big reason more moms (and dads) don’t “lean in” at the office is that they just don’t want more work.<p>As Catherine Rampell at the New York Times has been reminding us for the past week, that’s true for the majority of workers. According to the Families and Work Institute, just 37% of working …

Central Asia

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

YouTube channel AsapScience has recorded what is possibly the most fun rendition of the periodic table set to music that anyone's ever heard.<p>In high …

Periodic Table

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time

Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy.<p>In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business …

Marketing

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

How fathers contribute to their kids' lives<p>Are dads dispensable? A lot of scholars and writers weighing in on fatherhood these days have come to the conclusion that they are. As Jennifer Aniston, for example, once put the point in the high-profile context of a press conference: "Women are realizing …

The Best Bike Ride in Every State

From climbs over majestic mountain passes to blissful Sunday beach cruises, truly great cycling routes can be found in all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii. Make plans to ride as many as you can.<p><b>ALABAMA</b> <br>The Fort Morgan Ride<br>Start this rocking ride at Lulu’s, home of fried crab claws, then trace …