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How many speakers does a home theater need?

Up until recently the classic, five-speaker home theater setup, with three front speakers -- left, center, and right, plus two surround speakers, and a subwoofer -- was the de facto home theater standard. According to Dolby, surround speakers should be placed to the sides and slightly behind your …

Future tech by LG Display: Curved, rolled and transparent TVs (pictures)

DTS:X: The immersive audio standard, explained

Whether you call it "immersive audio" or the more nebulous "object-based audio," there is a new type of surround sound coming to a home theater near you. It's designed to let you feel closer to the action than before with the help of height channels, which just like the name indicates, are speakers …

Hot home ideas and resources for 2016

What's hot for 2016? Here's your guide.<p>From Old World materials through 1970s and '80s styles to 21st century breakthroughs. From brash colors to vibrant, even vibrating, patterns. From the boudoir to the bathroom.<p>Here are some of our favorite home ideas and resources — many by local designers — …

How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

David Frankel Contributor<p>David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded?<br>• Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox<p>As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start …

100 Famous Artists And Their Studios

A good studio for an artist is a very important place. Our creative studios might sometimes look like a pile of rubbish or a mixed-up room, but this …

The World's Best-Branded Contemporary Artists

<i>This week we're publishing a series of teaser articles on the theme of "Brand" l</i><i>eading up to our "Brand" themed second issue of Editions, our new</i> …

Presenting To Venture Capitalists: 15 Rules For The Perfect Pitch

Funds raised from investors for venture capital investments hit $32.97 billion in 2014, a 62 percent increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007. According to the <i>Wall Street Journal,</i> fundraising was up across the board, with venture firms focused on early-stage investing showing an increase …

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Teespring Says It's Minting New Millionaires Selling Its T-Shirts, Raises $35 Million Of Its Own

Some tech companies look to change the way we communicate or can travel in space. Teespring helps people sell t-shirts. Custom, well-made t-shirts. And it’s good at what it does.<p>Teespring has sold 6 million shirts this year through its customers, hundreds of whom make more than $100,000 from their …

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The Toughest Mechanical Pencils Ever

Rite in the Rain makes some of the toughest notebooks on the market because they’re made with a patented paper that’s all weather. They made paper …

Framed gesture-controlled digital canvas debuts on Kickstarter, starting at $399

It's shaping up to be a big month for digital art displays. Electric Objects popped up on Kickstarter with its successfully funded 23-inch LCD for $299, and now a familiar face has turned to the funding site with its own rebooted version. Framed 2.0, an update to 2011's overpowered 40-inch model, …

Robert Full: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots

Native Union Jump Smartphone Charger Charges Itself

At one point or another, we’ve all been in the position where we know our phone is going to die and there’s probably a snowball’s chance in hell …

2013 Year in Review: Deconstruction

To be allowed into a company and/or a designer’s process is pretty special. We were lucky enough to be invited along to see how specific products …

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

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Zuli pushes Bluetooth as a mesh network for the smart home

There are a lot of radios in today’s smart home — that’s one of the biggest challenges for consumers trying to navigate the space — but a startup …

The 30 Fastest-Growing Jobs In America

Using projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on job growth from 2012 to 2022, we've identified the fastest-growing jobs in America.<p>There's something for everyone, with at least 10 jobs that don't require any education beyond high school, several that require only an associate's …

OpenDesk: a revolution in furniture design - video

OpenDesk is an open design project from up and coming designer Nick Ierodiaconou. The project unites furniture buyers with a network of local makers. Pieces are available with four different degrees of completion – from plans to flatpack and ready to assemble – according to price and ability to …

Furniture of the Future as Imagined by Carlo Ratti and Cassina

Carlo Ratti Associati teamed up with Cassina to create three design prototypes depicting what it might be like to use home furnishings in the near …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Security Firm AVG Launches First Service To Block Mobile Location Tracking

It’s well known that advertisers track our browsing histories on the web to better target us with ads, but they’re increasingly moving towards tracking our locations too, because the history of your physical movements can be just as valuable to an advertiser as your virtual ones. Now security firm …

Is This Converted Train Station The World’s Largest Startup Incubator?

But an incubator in Paris is looking for the opposite of niche, as one can tell from its name: 1,000 Start-Ups.<p>Billed as “the world’s largest startup …

Consumer Tech Group Aims to Standardize 'Internet of Things'

A group of consumer electronics and technology companies have banded together to form an alliance that aims to fulfill the promise of the ‘Internet Of Things’ and bring connectivity to devices of all types, across homes, healthcare, automotive, education and beyond.<p>The AllSeen Alliance, a new …

Fiverr Hits the iPhone

Fiverr, the marketplace that allows people to offer their services to others for as little as $5, has made today made its mobile app debut with the launch of an iOS version.<p>The app allows you to browse the millions of ‘gigs’ listed on Fiverr, from logo design and music composition to style …

Bare Conductive Electric Paint

Soldering is hard. Using Bare Conductive Electric Paint ($10 and up) is easy. This ingenious paint is nontoxic, solvent-free, water soluble, and most …

A Dead Simple Explanation Of NSA Surveillance

Confused about the NSA revelations? A lively new animation makes the complicated story accessible to anyone.<p>The revelations of the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance raised lots of complicated questions for even the most tech-savvy and politically aware among us. Don’t spies have …