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Inhabitat's Week in Green: hydroelectric house, human hamster wheel and a saltwater-powered car

Salt water covers the vast majority of the Earth's surface, making it one of the most abundant and under-appreciated resources on the planet. Taking advantage of this resource, Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first saltwater-powered electric car! The vehicle, known as the Quant …

Study: These 100 phrases yield success on Kickstarter

When it comes down to it, running a campaign on a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter comes down to persuasion. Think about it: the success of any …

IFTTT now lets iOS users automate their location

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a handy online service capable of connecting various apps and devices together and running automated tasks (or "recipes") that you'd normally find mundane and time-wasting. It's been around for a couple years and has built up a strong network of different services …

Google Glass mod gives you control over home appliances with one touch pairing

The beauty of Glass is that we're just barely scratching the surface of what Google's smart eyewear can, and eventually will, do. Leave it then to the brainiac undergrads at UC Berkeley's CITRIS lab to show us one possible direction that sees the wearables modded for at-home convenience. By adding …

A growing obsession with viral content exposes the weakness of most digital media

Everyone seems to want to generate content that will go “viral” nowadays — to the point where a new site specializing in that kind of content, such …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Seene uses computer vision to create unique and eerie 3D images on the iPhone - http://tcrn.ch/15ShL8l

Can the Internet of Things make itself secure?

In the last few years, the government has taken increasing interest in ensuring that technology for both consumers and companies adheres to high …

Google Glass firmware teardown hints at a slew of intriguing new features

Google Glass wearers were treated to some new features with this month's XE10 update, but what's hiding under the hood might be even more promising. <i>Android Police</i> posted their APK teardown earlier today, and their findings are nothing if not intriguing. Among the features that may be on the horizon …

How business apps pushed buttons for start-up chief

Pioneering company head says his turnover could be £50m-plus<p>When Mike Anderson told friends he was planning to leave his management role at a media company to set up his own business, a few eyebrows were raised.<p>The venture started with no clear plan, no clients and only three employees: “Me, my PA …

Fitbit launches new Force wristband with watch face, incoming call notifications

Since launching its first fitness-tracking device more than six years ago, Fitbit <i>(see disclosure)</i> has pitched its products as primarily health and …

Tiny blocks could snap together to form airplanes and bridges

When manufacturers build a structure like a plane out of ultralight glued-together carbon fibers known as composites, the common technique is to …

More money for wearables and health tech: Fitbit gets $43M

Quantified selfers, there’s money to be made from your love of data. Fitbit, the fitness gadget maker that collects data about your exercise activities, received $43 million in funding today, according to an SEC filing.<p>The quantified self movement is all about people wanting to get concrete …

The machine of a new soul

ANALOGIES change. Once, it was fashionable to describe the brain as being like the hydraulic systems employed to create pleasing fountains for …

Google Now and Google Glass could become your hyperlocal news readers

Despite all the advances in location-based computing and smartphones, so far there has been very little done to take advantage of these technologies …

Sellbox lets users sell content directly from Dropbox or Google Drive

Businesses are fast getting on board with the cloud to save on infrastructure spending, while many consumers already save their documents on cloud …

Ebay Launches a 3D Print Marketplace App

You don’t need a 3D printer to participate in the fast-growing world of 3D printing.<p>Online marketplaces will do the 3D printing for you: simply browse the objects for sale, add some customization, and order. Your 3D printed object will arrive in the mail in a few weeks.<p>Shapeways, Ponoko, …

Google just put the market research biz on notice

It’s not so much the statistics from its various mobile industry surveys that make Google’s new Databoard so cool, but the fact that they’re free, …

Microsoft develops 3D touchscreen with tactile feedback

<b>Details of a touchscreen showing 3D images that can be felt and manipulated have been published by Microsoft's research unit.</b><p>The project combines an LCD flat panel screen with force sensors and a robotic arm that moves it back and forwards.<p>By controlling how much resistance there is to a user's …

Researchers mimic bone to 3D print fracture-resistant material

When a bone breaks, it hurts; but it could be a lot worse. Bones are actually quite adept at spreading strain over a wide area, minimizing damage.<p>MIT …

The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Follow him on Twitter @j1berger.</i><p>Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. There’s a science …

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Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>May warned Brexit strategy 'risks Corbyn in No 10'<p>Two MPs quit their party …

Dart 4460 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Module Is Smaller Than A Stick of Gum

Variscite has announced the launch of a new dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 module in the form of the DART 4460 that could possibly be the worlds smallest …

Biology Shows Us How To Prevent Hackers From Stealing Data

Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure.<p>Organizations seeking to be better prepared for and more resilient in response to information threats may want to draw on a far larger and older source of lessons on …

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Scientists build soft, transparent contact lens displays with nanomaterials

Of the contact lens display prototypes that we've seen so far, few if any are focused on comfort -- a slight problem when they're meant to sit <i>on our eyeballs</i>. A collaboration between Samsung and multiple universities may solve this with display tech that's meant to be cozy from the start. By …

Google reverses course, makes CalDAV and CardDAV APIs open to all developers

Though Google chucked open API access to CalDAV back in March, it appears the company's had a change of heart. Up until today, only a select few whitelisted developers could make use of Google's calendar open standard; a decision it made based on actual usage data. But given the amount of feedback …

The CIA takes an interest in Narrative Science’s quick summaries of big data

Narrative Science has attracted media attention because it has the potential of disrupting people who work in the media. The company’s technology can …

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix http://gu.com/p/3gabe