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The beautiful MIN7 speaker is about $500 too expensive

As far as looks are concerned, the MIN7, by Minfort, is one of the most beautiful speakers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Each model is handmade using recycled hardwood from old furniture.<p>The solid wood panels and natural tone is the perfect accompaniment to my home office and it carries with it …

Kickstarter

Step-counting app for Pebble smartwatch drops you into a game of ‘Super Mario Bros.’

‘Super Mario Bros.’ still isn’t available for our smartphones, but at least now we can get a tiny bit closer to stomping goombas and sliding down pipes as America’s favorite plumber duo, Mario and Luigi.<p>An app for the Pebble smart watch, ‘Steps With Mario,’ allows you to track your real world …

Super Mario

Sony wants to put a camera in your eye with zoom, image stabilization and autofocus

Google Glass was cool not for being a great product, but providing an on-demand tool that could snap images or video without the need for grabbing a secondary device.<p>Sony’s new patent application shows a desire to join Google and Samsung in a race to make this happen without the stupid …

Sony

Uber for luxury yacht rentals is... actually Uber (at least in Dubai)

The sharing economy brings an “Uber for” just about anything, but in this case the Uber for luxury yacht rentals is actually Uber — at least in Dubai.<p>Uber’s general manager Chris free told CNN:<p>“Following the success of UberCHOPPER in Dubai, we are thrilled to introduce UberYACHT to Dubai’s waters …

Dubai

Twitter killed Magic Recs, the only useful bot there is

Twitter has discontinued Magic Recs, its bot that alerted users via DM about trending posts and popular accounts.<p>In a written statement to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson had the following to say about the company’s new direction with regard to bots:<p>@MagicRecs is no longer regularly sending …

Twitter

Delta blows at baggage handling but a $50M RFID investment could change all that

Delta Airlines today announced it will be investing some $50 million in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to avoid losing any of the 120 million bags it handles each year.<p>Currently, airlines are mostly tracking baggage using a hand scanner and a barcode. The switch is a big one for …

Baggage

Apple exec says we should 'never pluralize' product names

Have you ever wondered how to note a friend has too much iStuff? An Apple executive is setting the record straight on how to properly refer to multiple Apple-branded devices.<p>For some reason, seemingly chill dude Phil Schiller has no chill for the word ‘iPhones.’ Instead, he suggests we say ‘three …

Grammar

Buy a piece of internet history on Craigslist for just $8 billion

If you’re looking for a deal, Craigslist isn’t a terrible place to start. If you’re looking for a deal on an eight billion dollar company it’s probably best to look elsewhere, unless you’re in the business for a piece of history that’s fallen on hard times.<p>According to a (obviously fake) Craigslist …

Craigslist

7 of the best new and updated Android apps from April 2016

Woah there! The year is zipping by, but before we launch full-force into next month, there’s just about enough time for a quick roundup of the best updates and launches in April.<p>From notable updates from big names like Google, to the world of bots and ultrasound-like file beaming.<p>And if you …

Google

Snapchat pens deal to share Olympics footage this summer

Snapchat just scored a big win: streaming highlights from the Olympics.<p>According to Bloomberg, Snacphat penned a deal with NBC to show off clips from the Olympics, the first time NBC has shared content outside of its own network in the US.<p>NBC tells Bloomberg that Snapchat “really effectively …

Snapchat

9 of the best iPhone and iPad apps from April 2016

Woah there! Where did May come from already? Before we launch into next month, there’s just about enough time for a quick roundup of the most notable updates and releases across April.<p>As always, only the best iPhone and iPad apps from the last month make it into this list.<p>Hippo Pics<p>You spend your …

iPhone

What TNW is reading (week 17)

Ah, welcome welcome.<p>I see you enjoyed last week’s edition and are back for more. Well we won’t disappoint. For the uninitiated (go back and start at post one, please) the team at TNW has made a New Year’s Resolution to read a bit more. So every week, a select number of our team will share with you …

Software

7 essential steps to help you build a winning startup strategy

You have a great idea for a business and are rightly excited to get going. There is so much to do that you can hardly sleep at night. You are thinking of all the plans and steps that you must complete, like securing financing, setting up a website, hiring your first employees… the list goes on and …

Startups

Win a $1,000 iTunes gift card for music, apps, games, and more

iTunes Gift Cards are far more exciting now than they used to be.<p>The purchase options on the iTunes Store and App Store have expanded enormously in recent years, as the world has turned its collective attention to Apple’s industry-leading tech in smartphones, computers, tablets and, of course, its …

iPod

Become a PMI-certified project manager with the PMP Prep bundle

The value of a high-level Project Manager is impossible to overstate, as they are the productivity gatekeepers in project costs, risk management and beyond.<p>With the comprehensive foundation training provided in the <b>Project Management PMP Prep Bundle</b>, you can earn top-level PM certification and …

Certification

Microsoft Clip Art has finally got a proper makeover

Much to the sadness of people who loved to hate Clip Art, the service was killed off in 2014 because, you know, it was pretty terrible.<p>Well it has been reinvented via a new partnership between Microsoft and Pickit, which is now integrated into Office and Windows 10 so you can use its …

Microsoft Windows

Your Slack login details are on GitHub

Since its release back in 2013, Slack has grown into one of the leading team messaging services, boasting 2.7 million active daily users.<p>Part of the app’s success has been its robust chatbot integration feature that makes it possible for developers to build custom bots, scrupulously tailored to the …

GitHub

Samsung's VR vision for the future of parenting is a little scary

Samsung today announced a new virtual reality experience aimed at kids, that allows them to explore a VR world at bedtime.<p>Of course, what you probably want to be doing at bedtime is strapping a Gear VR headset onto your child, and thus placing a bright phone screen just inches away from their face. …

Samsung

Satellite navigation in India is about to get a whole lot better

GPS-based apps like Google Maps are great at helping us get around, but it sometimes gets things wrong when you’re navigating through places in India: unidentified one-ways and lanes that lead to dead ends are common.<p>That’s about to change, because India now has its own satellite-based navigation …

Asia

3 disastrous HR mistakes your startup should avoid at all costs

The first few years of any startup are generally characterized by long hours, cramped workspaces, shoestring budgets, and skeleton teams.<p>In a scene closely resembling a beehive, individuals and divisions scramble around each other, totally focused on their individual goals and deadlines.<p>In the …

Startups

Telegram calls Google buyout rumor 'absolute bullshit'

Google may be the king of search but some of its best efforts around building communications tools have failed – remember Wave? – or faltered – remember the last time you used Google+? No, me neither.<p>Google Chat, now integrated with Google Hangouts, was once my go-to office gossip tool. But now …

Google

Report shows Google has given 197 ex-US government employees jobs

Google has been called “the best company to work for in America” by Business Insider thanks to its reported emphasis on employee happiness – and that message has clearly reached Capitol Hill as 197 government staff have moved there since Obama took office.<p>That’s on top of 61 people who’ve moved …

Google

How your personal brand can stand out in crazy-competitive spaces

It’s a common misconception that personal branding is reserved for authors, speakers or those looking to become well-known personalities. In our digitally savvy world, where potential clients, investors and employers are just as apt to look you up on Facebook or Google search your name as they are …

Branding

Travelers, a personalized tour app, and bootstrapping in Lisbon

Every startup has a story to tell. From the conception of an idea, to the first lines of code, early hires, and preliminary funding rounds – every company has a unique narrative.<p>But there are always shared experiences. Processes, tactics and habits that shape the experience of the fledgling …

Travel

The FBI might soon be allowed to hack any computer in the world

The US Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, so judges across the country now have the authority to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside their district.<p>That means that a judge can grant an FBI agent in, say, New York, permission …

US Department of Justice

Movidius packs plug-and-play AI into a USB stick

If you’re looking to add artificial intelligence to a hardware project for doing things like sensing objects in an enviroment or understand voice commands, Movidius’ new Fathom USB stick might be just the thing.<p>The company is known for its Myriad 2 deep learning chip that allows DJI drones to avoid …

Machine Learning

Watch Edward Snowden's first-ever music video

We reported two weeks ago that whistleblower Edward Snowden was collaborating with producer Jean-Michel Jarre on a techno track called ‘Exit’. The song now has a music video to go with it, and you can watch it here.<p>Given Snowden’s background of exposing governmental surveillance and its penchant …

Edward Snowden

Apple’s new keyboard patent will help you look less stupid

A new Apple patent could fix a major pain point when texting — autocorrect.<p>While autocorrect has never been annoying enough to actually pick up the phone and call someone, it’s the sort of minor annoyance that sometimes made you reminisce about being left to your own devices for being awkward and …

Patents

Vevo's Web redesign breathes new life into music videos

Vevo just redesigned its Web presence to reflect the same smooth, slick interface you’ll find via mobile.<p>The company says it underwent a complete UI overhaul on the desktop that aligns it more closely with the mobile and Apple TV variants. Onboarding is also similar to the mobile version, where …

Streaming

Microsoft limits user choice by forcing Cortana to search with Bing and Edge

Microsoft is betting big on Cortana, so naturally, it isn’t very happy that some people have been using the assistant with Chome and Google, instead of Edge and Bing.<p>Solution? Don’t let people use anything other than Edge and Bing. That’ll surely to go over well.<p>Here’s Microsoft’s …

Microsoft Windows