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Architect Visit: Into the Woods with Drew Lang in the Hudson Valley

In the Hudson Valley, a two-hours’ drive north of New York City, architect Drew Lang of Lang Architecture is building 26 homes designed to embrace …

These Elegant Wire Frame Chairs Pay Homage To Picasso Line Drawings

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal,” Picasso purportedly said, and he did seem to live and work by that mantra. And if you’re going to steal, why not steal from Picasso? Case in point: our coverage of Picasso-inspired manicures, Picasso-inspired fashion and even an Apple training program …

Poster Illustrations by Le Duo of Agency La Suite

A collection of 12 poster illustrations for ImageRepublic created by Le Duo of Agency La Suite.<p>In their typical flat style, the two illustrators of …

Michail Georgiou Designs A Small Chapel In Cyprus With A Welcoming Form

Architect Michail Georgiou has designed the Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel, in Pafos, Cyprus.<p>The architect’s description<p>The Greek …

This Man Designs and Makes a New Spoon Every Day

Stian Korntved Ruud's "Daily Spoon" project is an endurance test in innovation<p>Which do you think is trickier: Dreaming up a form for an entirely new …

9 Times Apple Got It Wrong

Under the leadership of Steve Jobs, Apple introduced industry-shaking products like the iPod, iMac, iPhone and iPad — devices that have collectively changed how we consume media today.<p>But Apple didn't always get it right.<p>From mocking larger tablet-sized smartphones (a.k.a. "phablets") to saying the …

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch.<p>No one thought …

This Band Of Small Robots Could Build Entire Skyscrapers Without Human Help

A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover …

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The DIY Guide to Launching a Successful eBay Store

From this search for “leather jacket” above, multiple products appear on the search results page on eBay displaying the image, name, and price of each product best matched to the search. When reviewing the products that appear in the search results, it’s clear which photos are professional and …

OoberDocs Will Now Sync Your Incoming Email Attachments To Google Drive

OoberDocs, a neat little tool built and presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon, has expanded its feature set to include support for Google Drive. The service, which puts a copy of all incoming email attachments in your preferred cloud storage system, launched with initial support for …

This iPad Interface Prefers “Real” Tools To Digital Ones

Here’s skeuomorphism at its most unintuitive.<p>For a long time, iOS was criticized for its skeuomorphic interface–artifices like simulated green felt poker tables, wood grain bookshelves, and leather stitching trim on the screen. But now that Jony Ive oversees both software and hardware design, iOS …

Inspired by Dropbox & Uber, MakeSpace may be the future of physical storage

MakeSpace thinks physical storage should work more like Dropbox.<p>The New York startup provides a substantially better user experience than traditional self-storage offerings, argues CEO Sam Rosen. The company will drop off bins for your stuff, come back later to pick up those packed bins, and use …

Tag Management Firm Tealium Gets $20M In New Financing

Tealium has received $20 million in new financing from Silver Lake Waterman. The San Diego-based startup will use the capital to grow all its business units, including engineering, sales, customer service, and marketing. Tealium makes a tag management system that captures clean data streams for …

Vungle Targets Brands With Its New Exchange For In-App Video Ads

Vungle announced today that it’s launching what it calls “the first ever advertising exchange built exclusively for in-app video.”<p>When the company announced its $17 million Series B in February, CEO Zain Jaffer said that the exchange would allow Vungle to expand beyond app trailers to run video ads …

Building A Software Toolkit For Financial Services Nets Tradier $3.1 Million

Tradier‘s chief executive Dan Raju has spent the past few years pursuing a singular vision — giving developers a toolkit to build trading platforms and financial services apps that easily integrate with brokerages and stock markets.<p>Now, with $3.1 million in Series A financing from Devonshire …

Stitch Raises $3.25M From Google Ventures And Others To Help Salespeople Close More Deals

Stitch, a new startup that wants to help salespeople close more deals via a mobile, productivity platform, has raised $3.25 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, SoftTech, Freestyle Capital, Foundation Capital, ENIAC Ventures and angels such as Brad Garlinghouse, Tom Conrad, and Eric …

The history of Microsoft's new Outlook for iPhone app

A powerhouse email app<p><i>Less than two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is releasing an Outlook for iOS app today. Microsoft's new app is simply a rebrand of Acompli's existing app, but the company is promising new features in the future. Read our original report below on how Acompli, and</i> …

ShopKeep Raises $25 Million to Get Retailers to Ditch Cash Registers for iPads

"I don't have a credit card," Jason Richelson's roommate told him. "I can't spend any money on this Internet thing."<p>That thought helped pave the way …

Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Raised $43M Million In New Funding

Slack, a collaboration platform founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, is raising $30 million-plus in new funding, we’ve learned. (Update: the company confirmed the day after we published our scoop that it the final amount was $42.75 million).<p>For background, Butterfield left Yahoo and …

RelateIQ: The startup that turns salespeople’s data crumbs into gold

Many companies invest in fancy software to track sales leads. The trouble is, you have to remember to log in and keep the software up to date.<p>If you don’t — well, that’s like having a monster truck but forgetting to change the oil.<p>RelateIQ looks hot in this market, where giants like Microsoft, …

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Microsoft’s (MSFT) neophyte CEO Satya Nadella held an event in San Francisco Tuesday, his third public appearance in three weeks. Unlike his last outing, to unveil Microsoft’s Office app for the iPad, the daylong affair didn’t get much attention, most likely because it was focused on enterprise …

Guides.co Aims To Be The Hub For Companies’ White Papers And How-To Content

There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annan, you need to look up something “more complicated than tying a tie or stuffing a turkey.” When you do, Annan is hoping you’ll visit the Guides.co website.<p>He argued that most forms of content …

RealtyShares Raises $1.9 Million From General Catalyst To Crowdfund Real Estate Projects

RealtyShares is kind of like a “LendingClub for Real Estate,” providing a platform for crowdfunding real-estate development. And the company just raised $1.9 million led by General Catalyst to make its offering available both to more developers and more investors.<p>In the past, real-estate developers …

Meet ThinkUp: Your personal social media guru

If you’re a heavy Twitter or Facebook user, you know just how many social media tools there are out there that promise to help track your activity’s performance online.<p>There’s TwitterCounter (owned by The Next Web) for tracking how many followers you have, Klout for giving you a social media ‘rank’ …

​What is Heartbleed, anyway?

If you're an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you've been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about "this Heartbleed thing."<p>"Do I need to update my antivirus?"<p>"Can I login to my bank account now?"<p>"Google already fixed it, …

Land Rover invention makes front of car 'transparent'

As part of Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Motor Show this week, the manufacturer has unveiled technology …

Freelancer Marketplace Ooomf Becomes Crew, Grabs $2.1 Million

Ooomf, the one-time app discovery startup which last year relaunched as a freelancer marketplace to connect mobile and web developers with projects that fit their skill set, is now changing its name to Crew, and announcing new funding. The company has raised an additional $2.1 million in a new …

Indian Software Product Startups Pitch Ideas To Fortune 500 CIOs

After years of working with India’s over $100 billion IT services industry for maintaining their software systems, application development and back office work, CIOs of Fortune 500 companies are now looking to tap into the country’s software product ecosystem. And this time, it’s not just about …