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The Three Steps to Success on YouTube

<i>This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming 10th anniversary TNW Conference on April 23 & 24 in Amsterdam. Discount tickets to the event are still available for purchase here.</i><p>YouTube is huge. It has 1 billion users, its the second largest search engine, and over 300 …

Marketing

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

Talk Shows

Hanging With The Girl-Kings Of One Of The World's Only Matriarchies

Mawlynnong isn't like the rest of India, or the rest of the world for that matter. Tucked into the jungle of the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, on the border of Bangladesh, the village is home to the indigenous Khasi people. Theirs is a matrilineal society, where women inherit land, children …

Glass transition temperature

While the familiar melting and freezing transitions of water occur at well-defined temperatures, the transitions in polymers are surprisingly different<p>At this time of year it always becomes obvious when the temperature has plummeted, not simply from the ice on the puddles but from the difficulty I …

University of Cambridge

CES 2015: Meet the ZANO Autonomous Drone; Aerial Selfies Have Never Been so Easy!

The autonomous, intelligent ZANO drone is designed to sense and avoid obstacles and is perfect for anyone new to drone piloting, or anyone interested in putting a drone to good use as a flying, selfie-taking, remote aerial vehicle.<p>The ZANO drone flies itself, and therefore, couldn't be easier to …

Drones

9 Iconic Growth Hacks Tech Companies Used to Boost User Base

<i>John McLaughlin is a start-up founder and entrepreneur based in Manhattan and a writer for Fueled, a mobile development company based in New York City.</i><p>These days, it seems like some tech companies go from zero to a million users overnight. The growth of these firms — Airbnb and Uber might service …

Lingua.ly iOS App – Learn Languages Through Real Articles

We wrote about Lingua.ly, which uses a combination of a Chrome plugin and app to allow users to learn foreign words through reading real news articles, earlier this year when it launched on Android.<p>Now Lingua.ly has made the leap to iOS. The new app includes an iOS 8 widget and adds support for 4 …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Cherry Blossom

Can Music Change Your Sense of Taste?

New research suggests that there's a connection between how things taste and what we're listening to when we eat them.<p>It's the difference between the violin player at your sit-down spaghetti spot and the college radio they play at the pizza parlor—the relationship between good food and good music …

Flavors

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

Televisions

Sony E-ink Watch Aims To Make Low–Power Screens The Next Big Thing In Fashion Fabric

Almost every tech hardware maker is basically racing smart watches out the door, but Sony is looking at how it can re-invent the basic timekeeping device itself with a new special project that was only just now revealed to be associated with the Japanese electronics giant, despite popping up on a …

The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites<p>I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it …

15 Psychological Studies That Will Boost Your Social Media Marketing

How does your audience decide what it wants to click, share, favorite, and purchase?<p>Understanding a bit of behavioral psychology can go a long ways …

5 Psychological Hacks That'll Give Your Marketing a Boost | Inc.com

Successful marketers know how to ethically use psychological principles to understand their customers, in order to deliver exactly what those customers need and want.<p>Here are five of those powerful psychological hacks that will take your business to new levels.<p>1. Cater to curiosity: We have an …

Marketing

New 'Tripr' App Makes Your Friends For You, Ahead Of Time

Instead of taking chances that you'll meet some good-looking backpacker at the next hostel or run into a gaggle of handsome travelers on a Parisian street, why not just "book them" ahead for your next vacation? New travel app Tripr can (and will) make that happen.<p>The app's mantra is that you should …

Why We 'Choke' Under Pressure, According To Neuroscience

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, all eyes were on the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, who won the team gold in gymnastics for America for the first time since 1996. But during the individual vault event, all eyes were on one U.S. gymnast in particular: McKayla Maroney. The 16-year-old …

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

Here's our monthly list of the best smartphones you can buy.<p>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are available …

Mobile Technology

First-ever image of 5th order rainbow!

The fabled quinary or 5th order rainbow is made by sunlight reflected five times inside raindrops. Now, for the first time, we have an image of …

Astronomy

Portal 2 Improves Cognitive Skills More Than Lumosity Does, Study Finds

What does it mean when "entertainment" games improve players' test scores more than brain-training programs?<p>Like many people, Val Shute likes playing video games. But while she's gaming, she doesn't exactly think about the same things the average person does.<p>For example, Shute loved playing the …

Looking for the Facebook of the pot industry

<b>It is an all-too-familiar scene: a beautiful autumn day dawns outdoors and a group of pale coders are hard at work inside a downtown bar in Denver, Colorado, which has been transformed into the home base of a hackathon.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessDublin dotcom - the Celtic …

Cannabis

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …

Genetic Engineering

This week in bitcoin: PayPal’s bitcoin embrace spikes the price, but not for long

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Carlos Amarillo/Shutterstock<p>This week’s bitcoin review looks at how the PayPal’s decision to embrace bitcoin affected …

Lonely potato syndrome: how I invented a mental disorder

Just over a month ago, I knocked up a quick blogpost in response to some of the unpleasant things being said in the immediate aftermath of the tragic suicide of Robin Williams.<p>It was my most popular post to date, with a readership that I’m 99.995% sure I’ll never get again, so many thanks to …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

14 Apple Devices Used To Create Amazing Music Video

We have seen quite a few music videos featuring various Apple devices, but the latest one from Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes, is one of the …

Human-Powered Flight Search Engine Darjeelin Acquired By Voyage Privé

Darjeelin, a French startup that launched in 2013 with what it calls a human-powered flight search engine, has been acquired by Voyage Privé Group-owned L’Officiel des Vacances, a site that offers travel deals from around the web.<p>Terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, though my understanding …