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Next Big Thing You Missed: Inside Tindie, a Thriving New Marketplace for DIY Gadgets

By day, Emile Petrone was a web programmer. But in his spare time, he would tinker with the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi, two inexpensive kits that …

Coursera teams up with State Department on series of MOOC-based 'learning hubs' around the world

Coursera is already one of the leading providers of MOOCs (or massive open online courses) in the US, and its now getting a helping hand from none other than the US government in broadening its worldwide ambitions. The company announced a new initiative today that will see it partner with the State …

Mechanical engineer Nick Raymond chronicles the trials and tribulations of designing and making an ocean wave energy converter in a new 10-part series. Interested in alternative energy and finding unique solutions to the global energy dilemma? Read on: http://makezine.com/2013/10/21/making-an-ocean-wave-energy-converter/

Twpple Hack, Built By Kenyan Duo, Connects Small Businesses With Social Media “Big Wigs”

Here at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Hackathon, Sam Gichuru (left) and Billy Odero spent the night working on a neat hack to help small businesses promote themselves by tapping into social network influencers. The hack, called Twpple, is designed to give smaller outlets, such as kebab shops, …

Neurio turns every appliance in your house ‘smart’ with just one device

What if your washing machine could remind you to put your clothes in the dryer, or music started to play in your bathroom as soon as you started running a bath?<p>Neurio aims to make this a reality. The device makes ordinary home appliances “smart,” so they can gather data about your energy usage, …

LastPass vs. KeePass: What's the Best Online Password Management?

For years, we’ve been touting the virtues of KeePass Password Safe, a free open-source program for storing all your website passwords and associated …

Information Systems

An Autonomous, Self-Steering Robo-Cane, And Other Co-Robots to Come

Robots that live in canes, that can decipher your heart’s desires, or wriggle themselves right into your heart, by way of your veins.<p>Those are just a few of the research projects now being funded by the National Robotics Initiative, a federal program that aims to push the development of co-robots, …

Robotics

The Top 10 Workplace Trends For 2014

Earlier this week, I gave you my top trends for 2013 and now it’s time to look ahead to 2014. The economy is showing no signs of getting better and now with Obamacare next year, there are going to be some major changes. 2014 will be a slow period, where a lot of major workplace issues will surface …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …

MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure

Looking at these reconfiguring robo-cubes, created by research scientists at MIT in the face of ongoing naysaying, it strikes me that the human race can’t be far off a huge achievement: building a physical version of Tetris that self assembles. From angular chaos, to robot-enabled order. That and …

Secret servers and a privileged position on the internet's backbone used to identify users and attack target computers<p>The online anonymity network Tor is a high-priority target for the National Security Agency. The work of attacking Tor is done by the NSA's application vulnerabilities branch, which …

Feedly embraces app development by opening up API to all

Feedly just got markedly more developer-friendly. The news aggregator has added a slew of new third-party apps to its platform and has also opened up its new cloud API to all interested parties, starting...now. According to a post on the company's blog, it enlisted 50 developers over the course of …

Google promises UK regulator that Waze will remain separate pending review

When Google acquired Waze, it said that it would keep the newly purchased company at arm's length. Well, we now know exactly how separate Waze will be, at least for the foreseeable future. Google has promised the UK's Office of Fair Trading that it won't touch Waze's business operations while the …

Calico: a new Google company focused on extending life expectancy

Google's making a long-term business bet that, at first glance, may seem out of the ordinary: it's getting into healthcare. Its new company, Calico, will be focused on addressing the illnesses affecting the geriatric community, as well as aging in general. In Google CEO Larry Page's own words, the …

RentTheChicken.com lets you practice raising backyard chickens

Well, this is pretty clever. If you're enticed by the idea of having fresh eggs straight from the backyard, but are not sure if you're ready to …

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

1/14<p>7-Air-Purifying-Houseplants<p>Bringing potted plants into a living space to liven it up is a trick that's been used by interior designers for years, …

Best Camera Apps For iOS And Android Photographers

Smartphone makers may love the idea of epic battles among hardware loyalists, but photo geeks know that when it comes to capturing great images, the real question isn’t what phone you have, but which app you shoot with. And if you’re still using (heaven forbid) the stock camera app that came with …

Here's A Tool To See What Your Email Metadata Reveals About You

Earlier this week, Mike Masnick of Techdirt complained that anyone who dismisses the NSA’s collection of metadata around people’s phone calls and emails (as revealed in the Snowden Leaks) “because it’s ‘just metadata’ doesn’t know what metadata is.” The argument is that you can learn a lot about …

LightInTheBox’s Shares Surge 22% To $11.61 As E-tailer Launches 2013’s First Chinese IPO In U.S.

Online e-commerce site LightInTheBox became the first Chinese company to hold its IPO in the U.S. this year. Trading under the ticker LITB, shares rose 22.2% to $11.61 during the stock’s first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, raising a total of $79 million. LightInTheBox’s strong …

World's First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world’s first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The …

America's Fastest Growing Tech Companies 2013

Finding growth stocks isn’t difficult. What’s difficult is finding growth stocks that don’t fade and are built to outpace their rivals. To identify firms that have proven and sustainable businesses with a pipeline of innovative ideas, FORBES created its list of America’s Fastest Growing Tech …

Teen Makes Submarine

As part of their Make, Create, Innovate campaign, CNN reports on a teenager who accomplished the goal that many young people have at some point in …

Citi Bike Launches Today in New York City: How to Pick Up Your Key If You Don't Have One Yet

Today is the day! Mayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will be announcing the official launch of …

Airbnb And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy

On paper, Frederic Larson is just one data point in five years of U.S. government statistics showing underemployment in dozens of industries and stagnant income growth across the board. The 63-year-old photographer with two children in college was downsized by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009. …

There are 12.5 unprotected versions of the average American’s personal information on the web

Safe Shepherd is a company that searches the web for all the public records available on Americans, and then presents them in a dashboard. Try it for yourself—it’s free—and the results are almost guaranteed to be unnerving. The information is mostly innocuous, and includes your address, phone …

Personal Information