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The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Students Can Take Studying Paperless With These Apps and Gadgets

The diligent student may often be pictured with a pencil behind her ear, her chicken scratches adorning countless spiral notebooks — but these days she's just as likely to be organizing a study group on her smartphone while reviewing a lecture on her tablet. Here are a few gadgets and apps that …

Gear & Gadgets

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Swarm of mini builder drones could 3D print a house

Nail guns and chop saws are easy to find in a construction worker's pickup truck, but if Saša Jokić and Petr Novikov are successful, robotic concrete …

An Introvert's Guide to Networking

<i>Andrea Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Once I was making oatmeal in the microwave in my dorm and two of my other flatmates came in…<p>“Europe's …

The iPhone 6 Had Better Be Amazing And Cheap, Because Apple Is Losing The War To Android

And if that is the case, can a mobile device that serves such a small minority of the planet stay relevant in the years to come? To put it in its bluntest terms, what is the point of launching the new Candy Crush Saga on a platform that hardly anyone — in a global sense — uses?<p>The question is not …

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This interactive tour of the Sistine Chapel will mesmerize you

You’ll never get to take a photo of the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll probably never get to cross its threshold in person. But now, if you can carve out a few quiet moments in front of your computer, you can take a private tour of the chapel, replete with all the fine art you can handle.<p>We’re …

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use - Futurity

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

Digia Releases Qt 5.2 with Android and iOS Support

Finnish software and services firm Digia, which last year bought Qt from Nokia, has released version 5.2 of its cross-platform application framework. Among the additions is support for Android and iOS, a preview of Windows RT support, and the launch of a new Qt mobile edition package.<p>While Digia …

Firefox plugin reveals how your internet browsing is being monitored

If someone screams "they're watching you!" into your face, then you're either starring in a horror movie or living in these surveillance-conscious times. Still, if it's the latter, at least now you can put a name to the faceless entities observing your every move. Mozilla has released Lightbeam, a …

VetCloud Hopes To Unlock The Dormant Data In Veterinary Clinics Around The World

Unlocking the value hidden in data that has long gone unaggregated and unanalyzed is a hugely attractive proposition of big data and cloud-based SaaS startups, and newcomer VetCloud is no exception. The startup was part of TechStars London, and while it’s targeting a very specific niche, it could …

The U2 iPod: A Lesson from Apple to Android on Product Placement

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Watching then CEO Steve Jobs introduce the U2 branded music machine now is admittedly anti-climactic …

Here’s what you need to know about the future of gesture-based UI design

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate. …

Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

HAL 9000 he's not. But Kirobo, the first-ever talking robot in space is heading to the International Space Station this week ahead of his human companion, Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata, who takes over as ISS commander in November.<p>The robot, whose outward appearance was inspired by the cartoon …

The First Affordable Home Security System That Can Think For Itself

"Your cat is just chasing a reflection. Maybe I shouldn't alert the homeowner about this. Or, wait...maybe I should."<p>Canary, a new networked home security system, was posted on Indiegogo this morning. There are lots of similar inexpensive systems out there--most notably the Dropcam--but we're …

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