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9 things every Las Vegas rookie should know

I had never walked the Strip, taken a ride on the New York New York roller coaster, or even gambled. The only things I knew about Vegas were what I had seen on TV.<p>I ended up having a blast: It's impossible not to in Sin City. But there were quite a few things I didn't realize about Vegas until I …

8 specialty websites that let you book a luxury hotel room for cheap

Insiders know where to book a luxe hotel on the cheap. Of course there are the major online travel agencies like Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotels.com, but those are just a starting point for in-the-know travelers.<p>Here are eight websites that let you book luxury hotels for less.

‘Throwaway ticketing,’ the controversial money-saving trick that airlines don’t want you to know about

The reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books "How To Fly For Free" and "How To Find Cheap Flights" is so good at it that he has planned a world trip that will take him more than 20,000 miles to 13 countries, all for free.<p>When Business Insider spoke with Keyes, he said one of his …

Super efficient perovskites are dazzling solar cell researchers

There’s a lot of excitement about a class of materials called perovskites that promise to deliver efficient and cheap solar cells. Watching progress …

Five questions for the man making contactless wireless power a reality

First came Qi, and now we have Rezence. These are the two big names in the wireless power industry, except the latter is still in its infancy as it's kicking off with a different type of technology: magnetic resonance. With this, devices are no longer required to sit on a pad while charging, and …

This everlasting battery is made from recycled vanadium and ready to plug in

After a decade of development, a $100 million in funding, and some twists and turns (including a name change), Silicon Valley startup Imergy Power …

3 Reasons Your Marketing Needs A Better Design Focus

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I’m a marketing consultant.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at #TNW2018”Are you doing business in Amsterdam in May?Join us<p>Clients come to me and say, “I need more traffic to my site, can I pay you to do that?” To which I often have to …

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

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Google Partners with LEGO in New Chrome Experiment

Google today announced a new Chrome experiment in partnership with LEGO: Build with Chrome. In short, you can use your mouse or touchscreen to build something out of the colorful bricks directly in your Web browser, share them on Google+, and explore what others have already built.<p>Google explains …

Apptimize lets your team do mobile A/B testing with just a couple clicks

Nancy Hua used to make millions of dollars a year as an algorithmic trader, she but left to start Apptimize, which she believes is the “larger opportunity.”<p>Apptimize helps companies perform mobile A/B testing for iOS and Android. Today it announced it has closed $2.1 million in seed funding and has …

JavaScript is closing the gap on native performance, says Mozilla

In a new post on web technology performance, Mozilla says it’s cracked the code on faster, better-performing JavaScript.<p>In fact, Mozilla researcher Alon Zakai writes, JavaScript is getting closer and closer to matching native OS technologies when it comes to certain performance benchmarks.<p>“Asm.js …

iOS 7 Reaches 70% Penetration In North America

Has it really been less than three months since the roll out of iOS 7?<p>Well, however long it has been that has clearly been enough time for most users — since new data from online ad network Chitika reveals that iOS 7 is currently running on more than 70 percent of North American iOS devices.<p>“This …

Password Protect Your Devices

Choosing not to password protect your devices is the digital equivalent of leaving your home or car unlocked. If you're lucky, no one will take advantage of the access. Or maybe the contents will be ravaged and your favorite speakers and/or secrets stolen.

Bunkr Unveils New Major Version Of Its PowerPoint Killer

French startup Bunkr just released a new major version of its presentation web app in partnership with Etamin Studio. It still is a fully responsive HTML5 web app that works seamlessly on your computer, phone or tablet. Yet, it was redesigned from the ground up and the new user experience should …

Google paves over hole left by Chrome plug-in ban

Google has added a new feature to Chrome to help programmers who relied on soon-to-be-banished browser plug-ins to call upon the services of a third-party program.<p>The Native Messaging interface will let programmers do things like trigger a password management program, said Google programmer Sergey …

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Banksy: Why A Million-Dollar Artist's Work Sold For $60

Branding is everything. It can make or break your business.<p>Companies that get this, spend millions in cultivating strong brands that secure them a loyal following. If you think about what consumers need vs. want, the majority of purchases fall in the “wants” category. Those desires are influenced …

How To Quit Your Job And Travel

Me in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.<p>In April 2012 I was sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon idly researching living in Mexico. I'd been looking to …

Google Introduces Portable Native Client, Makes It Easier For Developers To Add C And C++ Code To Their Web Apps

Native Client – a technology that allows developers to run native compiled C and C++ code as part of their web apps – has long been a part of Google Chrome. Even though other browser vendors haven’t adopted it yet, Google is clearly putting quite a few resources behind this technology and at I/O …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

PayPal's chief information security officer says passwords' days are numbered

Recently speaking at the Interop IT conference, PayPal's chief information security officer, Michael Barrett, stated that passwords and PINs were operating on borrowed time. Barrett hopes to replace online security keys with a setup that's a blend of software and hardware-based identification. He …