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Good news for Texas startups: LiveOak closes $109M fund

Texas is busting at the seams with new startups and a growing pool of tech talent. And today, those Texans have another firm to pitch when raising money.<p>Austin, Texas-based venture firm LiveOak Venture Partners closed a new $109 million investment fund today. The firm said the new fund makes sense …

rOtring 800+ Mechanical Pencil and Stylus

Founded amidst the Bauhuas design school era in 1928, Germany's rOtring is known for precision-made writing devices and creative tools, designed and built with the highest sense of form and function. To bring the brand into the modern era, rOtring has officially re-launched their UK and US presence …

Touchscreens

RANKED: The Hottest Pre-IPO Adtech Startups Of 2014

Rubicon Project filed for an IPO, and its stock popped nicely on the first day — making adtech IPOs suddenly much more interesting than they used to be.<p>Tubemogul also filed for an IPO. DataXu confirmed it will do the same thing.<p>And, biggest of all, Pinterest looks like it is gearing up an adtech …

AdTech

Three Essential Lenses for the Beginning Micro Four Thirds User

The Micro Four Thirds system is all about great image quality in a small package. That was evident pretty much from the start, when Olympus …

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody."<p>In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people — and those in their vicinity.<p>But being a bit gassymay actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.<p>We know that air often …

Google’s 25 Rules For Building A Better Mobile Site

Google researchers listened to 119 hours of user complaints about mobile websites. Here’s what they learned.<p>Some mobile websites are borderline unusable, forcing you to squint and peck around in hopes of finding whatever piece of information you need. But others seem to fit your phone like a glove. …

UX Design

New Bathroom at Detroit Airport Is for the Dogs

A restroom area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport now accommodates four-legged flyers.<p>Two lush-looking patches of grass, complete with sprinkler …

Watch a full lap of the Isle of Man TT with Michael Dunlop on board

The Isle of Man TT is one of the world's last great races held public roads that hasn't been sanitized in any way. Motorcycles barrel through quaint villages at max speed in a way that is hardly believable in today's much safer world of racing. And this isn't just through a few miles downtown – a …

The 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Regular Cars for Sale Today

This sounds like a simple exercise—head to the EPA’s fuelconomy.gov site, copy, paste, and you have a list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles for sale in America, right? Not so fast.<p>We decided we needed some ground rules. First, yes, the list is based on the 10 highest EPA-rated highway-mileage …

Hot Rods

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Nikon D3300 vs D5300: Which DSLR should you choose?

Buying an entry-level DSLR from Nikon is not as straightforward as it sounds. Should aspiring enthusiast photographers stepping up from a compact go …

Yamaha announces narrow, light and very affordable Tricity tilting 3-wheeler

Motoring giant Yamaha has thrown its considerable weight behind the tilting three-wheeler concept as a traffic-busting personal mobility solution …

Singing Machine Home | Karaoke Speaker System

Singing Machine Home is an elegantly designed, acoustically engineered Bluetooth speaker system that connects to your TV and displays karaoke videos …

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

How to Grow Organic Potatoes: No. 1 Potato Expert Shares His Best Tips - Organic Gardening

Jim Gerritsen and family have been growing seed potatoes for 37 years at Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine. Gerritsen, a potato farmer whom …

Gardening

5 Must-Have Real Estate Apps for Home Buyers

If you are headed out to open houses this weekend, you may want to download a few apps first.<p><i>Once a day, Patch tackles national news that affects</i> …

Real Estate

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Stock Markets

GoldieBlox commercial rewrites the Beastie Boys, urges young girls to pursue engineering, is fabulous.

This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to “disrupt …

How To Make a Beautiful iPhone Case Using Real Pressed Flowers

Heaven knows as the Tech Editor I see more iPhone cases than anyone should be exposed to throughout the year. Cases have become so common, it's all …

Women in Science

Subscription-Based Interactive Storybooks Service Speakaboos Raises $6.2M In Seed & Series A Funding

Speakaboos, an ed-tech startup offering a subscription based service for children’s interactive storybooks, is today disclosing its seed and Series A funding totaling $6.2 million from New York-based digital media venture development platform [212]MEDIA initially, followed by Shari Redstone’s (Vice …

7 Ideas For Improving Carry-On Luggage

Including RFID tags, built-in phone chargers, and more<p>Travel challenges strike a chord with me. I’ve been going more than 100,000 miles a year for nearly a decade, and have never been satisfied with roll-aboard luggage; it can just be so much more than a nice-looking box that rolls. Here are seven …

Luggage

Bill Gates' favorite books of 2013 point to a better future for the world

Bill Gates prioritizes disease eradication over the proliferation of internet access and uses his vast wealth for the purposes of malaria research. It's perhaps not a surprise, then, that his favorite books of 2013 are all pragmatic works of non-fiction that question how the modern world was built, …

HOUSE*TWEAKING

Wow! The sliding barn door in our bedroom has caused quite a raucous. 104 comments??!! Yowsas.<p>Wanna know how we, I mean, Handy Hubby did it? Good. …

The big energy problem that happens while you’re sleeping

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When we were young, our mothers would tell us to turn off the lights before going to bed. But our mothers’ best efforts to …

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Watch Honda's trippy commercial for the European CR-V

Queue up the Inception soundtrack.<p>Honda's new commercial for the European market CR-V diesel is set in a mind-bending, Escheresque dreamscape. There are some seriously cool optical illusions at work here that really mess with your sense of perspective and depth perception, and it's worth viewing a …

Honda

Retrievor: A GPS Device The Size Of A Quarter

We all have things in our lives we’d like to keep track of: Pets, backpacks, children, items owned by children. But GPS tags are expensive, bulky, …

National Geographic Travel

Retail Experiences Are Getting a Tech Makeover | Inc.com

For eBay, every part of a retail experience is a business opportunity. It's not just about what happens online, says John Donahoe, CEO of the online marketplace.<p>"In the eyes of the consumer, e-commerce and retail are now one. It's just shopping, right?" he said in a recent interview with Bloomberg …

eCommerce