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The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

Web App Searchlet Lets You Perform Multiple Searches Without Opening A Gazillion Tabs

At any given moment during my working day, I have browser tabs open for my email account, Feedly, TechCrunch, WordPress, Convo, Twitter, Google Calendar, Reddit, Pinterest and Facebook. That’s in addition to all the sites I am using for research (or to procrastinate) and desktop apps like Skype and …

Keeping your laptop plugged in all the time will kill its battery faster

Laptops are our indispensable lifeline to the majesty that is the internet. We use them to work and play from anywhere in the world. But if you're …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

This iPad Case Lets You Instantly Digitize Written Notes + Sketches

Every so often we come across a simple concept and invention that makes us do a double take. Sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Yanko Design are often responsible for turning our heads, and today’s Kickstarter treasure is no exception. Like our recent portable darkroom find, this product is all …

Artificial intelligence 'will take the place of humans within five years’

Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur.<p>Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Dmitry Aksenov has been working on building computers that “think like human beings” …

Artificial Intelligence

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

Tomy's Self-Transforming RC Cars Could Be the Greatest Toy Ever

We've already brought you a few clips of Kenji Ishida's amazing self-transforming RC cars, but so far he's only made about ten of them available to …

Air attack: Aereo CEO talks up his tech, prepares Chicago launch

Armed with DVRs and tiny antennas, Aereo says the shift in TV has begun<p>Chet Kanojia, Aereo's founder and CEO, strolls past the rows and rows of DVRs, TV antennas, and transcoders, and smiles when he recalls how network TV execs once claimed that all the buzzing and blinking equipment in Aereo's …

Massive data collector Acxiom plans to reveal the dirt it has on you

One of the biggest personal data collectors around is getting ready to open its vaults to the public. According to <i>Forbes</i>, you'll soon be able to request your personal files from Acxiom, a marketing company that holds a database on the interests and details of over 700 million people. That database …

Why everything geeks think they know about Kickstarter is wrong

Kickstarter has been described as the Home Shopping Network for geeks—picture an online version of the Sharper Image catalog and an investment platform for tech startups having a baby. But this is the wrong way to think about Kickstarter, because the site’s founders have actually shied away from …

Startups

10 Most Comfortable Lounge Chairs Ever Designed

What people look for in a chair is looks and, of course, comfort. A chair that’s not comfortable isn’t really a chair, it’s just something to display …

Furniture