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Why Intuit Founder Scott Cook Wants You To Stop Listening To Your Boss

Why do gigantic companies made up of insanely intelligent people make bad decisions? Because they rely on persuasion and PowerPoint, Cook says, not experimentation.<p>One thing that’s surprising about Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, is that this intensely smart guy who’s become one of the most …

Consumer Behavior

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

ShopThis app lets you buy right from iPad magazine pages

Click on a product, confirm, and you've bought it. There's no need to leave the page you're reading.<p>Shoppers, rejoice: Next time you're browsing the iPad edition of Wired magazine, you'll be able to buy even more impulsively than before.<p>The mag is rolling out a feature from MasterCard that lets you …

Mobile Payments

Flipkart Raises Another $160M For Its Amazon-Style Indian E-Commerce Marketplace

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace that’s often referred to as the “Amazon of India,” has raised another $160 million. This is an extension of the $200 million raise announced in July of this year, with the final $360 million Series E round the largest ever to be raised by an Internet …

Drugs Search Engine Diagnosia Raises €1M To Take Its Wares To Europe

To readers looking for an alternative to Silk Road, I’m afraid that Diagnosia is a drugs-related startup of a very different kind. Competing with the likes of Rxlist, Drugs.com and Epocrates, the Austrian company launched in 2011 as a European drugs info search engine targeting both consumers and …

Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe

Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, small children are like magicians with their ability to slip away unnoticed. BeLuvv, a startup in Taiwan, has created Guardian, a small wearable device that can be combined with a smartphone app to track your kid’s movements and prevent them from going …

After Raising $14M In January, Travel Startup GetYourGuide Launches Its First Mobile Apps

Holiday attractions booking startup, GetYourGuide, which raised a $14 million Series A at the start of this year from Spark Capital and Highland Capital Partners Europe to internationalise its content and zero in on mobile, has made good on the latter portion of its plan — with the launch of its …

Could Fitness Be The Killer App For Google Glass? Race Yourself Crowd Funds £100K For GlassFit App

With Google Glass yet-to-launch publicly, the jury is still out on what will be the wearable computer’s killer apps. With its hands-free operation, pedestrian navigation and points-of-interest seem an obvious use-case. But perhaps exercise could be another. That’s certainly the opinion of …

HP eyes end to telecommuting, needs 'all hands on deck'

Hewlett-Packard follows Yahoo's lead, which earlier this year put a cap on working from home.<p>Hewlett-Packard (HP) is starting to discourage its employees to work from home, according to a new report.<p>HP recently distributed a question-and-answer document urging employees to work from home, All …

Employment

Berg Insight: 8.3M wearable devices were sold in 2012

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>In 2012, consumers worldwide bought 8.3 million fitness trackers, smart watches and other connected wearables, according to a …

Google’s Moto X innovations are leaving Apple behind, says ABI Research

Apple’s latest iPhones may be selling well, but that’s not because they’re particularly innovative.<p>So argues ABI Research. The analyst says that Google’s Moto X is a more innovative device than Apple’s new iPhones, which it maintains “show only minor improvements over last year’s iPhone 5.”<p>ABI …

Simple announces MoneyDrop to help you send money to nearby friends

Online bank Simple today announced MoneyDrop, a new feature for its mobile app that lets users pay each other fee-free. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy to help you connect with friends nearby and pay them with a few taps. MoneyDrop is essentially the same feature offered by banks like Chase which …

PUSH Looks To Crowdfund A Pro-Grade Activity Tracker For Athletes For Real Workout Metrics

Toronto-based startup PUSH is hoping to add some professionalism to an essentially amateur space with its fitness tracker aimed specifically at pros and demanding athletes who want data, not vague metrics, about general activity levels. The PUSH can provide solid data about reps, sets, force, …

Remote Work Collaboration Startup Sqwiggle Closes On $1.1M In AngelList’s First Syndicate Round

Working from the couch in sweatpants is awesome (in fact, I’m doing it right now), but there are certainly benefits to working with other people in the flesh. For example, if you can see that your coworker is at her desk, you don’t have to preface a quick question with, “You there?” Little things …

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

TrekkSoft Raises $800K To Help Tour Providers Promote, Manage And Sell Their Tours

TrekkSoft, the Swiss startup that primarily offers a B2B solution to enable tour and other activity providers to promote, manage and sell their tours online, offline and on mobile, has raised a $800,000 seed round.<p>The new funding, which adds to the $200,000 previously pumped into the startup by its …

Meet the startup that’s looking to be the Zipcar of India: Zoom

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Car sharing is becoming a way of life for many young city dwellers in places like San Francisco, New York and Paris — where …

Haptix Quickly Hits Kickstarter Goal to Add Touch Control From Any Surface

Haptix, a little camera device that promises to turn regular surfaces into 3-D multi-touch controllers, has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 …

TechStars launches a connected devices incubator with ad firm

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>TechStars, the seemingly ubiquitous startup accelerator, has launched an internet of things program with New York digital ad …

With $1.2M In Seed Funding, Danish Mobile Point-Of-Sale Startup Wallmob Sees Big Potential In New Stand

Danish startup Wallmob is introducing its new mobile point-of-sale specific iPad stand that’s designed to combine the best of both portability and centralized installation of hardware. It’s an aluminum accessory designed and produced in Denmark, Wallmob CEO Ken Villum Klausen tells me, and it’s a …

Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Prototype technology that turns any surface -- a wall, table, or floor -- into an interactive touch screen has been years in the making. Now, anyone can get their hands on the software.<p>Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by …

Touchscreens

America’s most densely-packed startup scenes aren’t just in Northern California

If you’re up on trends in high tech startups, and you’re a budding entrepreneur, you should open your first office in Silicon Valley, right? Not so fast: A new report from the Kauffman Foundation, in collaboration with Engine, a policy coalition for startups, used data from the US Census to show …

Silicon Valley

Five trends driving the hardware boom

commentary For years, venture investors and entrepreneurs were all about software. Now, more and more money is flowing into hardware.<p><i>Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Boris Wertz's bio below.</i><p>Hardware startups have long taken a backseat to the glitz and fast track of software, which has …

San Francisco

Meet Mynd: the iOS calendar app that keeps track of how you spend your time

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Yes, there’s another app about to launch that wants to help you stay productive and on top of your daily tasks and …

Faster science! Europe’s GÉANT research network is now ready for the terabit era

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Wfryer<p>European scientists are pumping out an ever-increasing amount of data – just look at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider …

Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year

While I don’t have to remind you about the value of studies – many company-funded studies are best dropped directly in the trash after publication – this one about 3D printing does have some merit. Produced by the authors at Michigan Technological University, it posits that at a home 3D printer can …

Chirpify, A Service That Lets You Shop By Replying “Buy” On Social Media, Raises $6M Series A

Chirpify, a startup aiming to simplify online commerce by bringing it to the platforms where people congregate, like Twitter, and more recently, Facebook, and Instagram, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Previous investor Voyager Capital contributed $2 million to the round, while the …

Isis to finally bring its NFC mobile payments nationwide later this year

Just when it looked like the hype around NFC mobile payments was finally beginning to die out, Isis has announced it’s rolling out its service across the U.S. by the end of the year.<p>The NFC mobile payment joint effort from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon was announced almost three years ago, but …

Review: Leap Motion is a fascinating, yet flawed look into the future of computing

True new innovations in the technology space only come around every few years, and even rarer are the innovations that have the power to change our day-to-day interactions with our devices. That’s why I was excited when I first heard about the Leap Motion, a little motion control device that …

Backed By A16Z, Google Ventures And Others, Le Tote Is A Personalized Fashion Stylist For Everyday Wear

There are way too many instances when I purchase a clothing item, wear it once and then leave it neglected and relatively unworn in the back of my closet as I have moved on to the newer, shinier, trendier item. Le Tote, a new Y Combinator-backed startup, is launching to let shoppers like me have my …