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13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

Creativity

Meet Notch, the motion tracker that maps exactly how your body moves

Fitness trackers like Fitbit and Fuelband are great at logging how much your body moves over a given day, but if you want more detail, like the angle of your knee or the jut of your hip, you're going to need more than just one sensor. That's where Notch comes in.<p>The new system takes a modular …

The Napwell Knows When You Are Sleeping, Then Coaxes You Awake

Is this the year of the sleep mask? Napwell thinks so. The Boston-based company is creating a napping mask that allows you to grab some shut-eye and wake up gently as lights inside the mask slowly rouse you from your slumber.<p>The device lets you set a nap duration and then nod off. Once you reach …

Big Fish adds the ability to play Android games through its PC and Mac apps

Some Android games are about to find a whole new audience.<p>Today, casual-gaming publisher Big Fish announced that it is adding the ability to play Android games through its Windows and Mac app.<p>“Big Fish is now able to offer Android games to the more than a billion consumer PC and Mac ‘devices’ …

Macaw, the Web Design Tool for Programmers, Hits Kickstarter

While Giannattasio and Christ admit the code Macaw produces isn’t perfect for all applications (read: CMS), it is a good place to start as it does most of the work for developers so they can take the prewritten code and apply it to any system they choose.<p>With a high demand for Macaw, the two …

Meet The 17-Year-Old Trader Who Knows Global Macro Markets Like A Veteran

These days he's passionate about global macro trading and he's garnering attention in the space from more seasoned macro traders.<p>"The breadth and depth of Julian's market knowledge is that of a seasoned macro trader. The young man is very impressive," one New York-based macro trader commented.<p>You …

Trading

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

Die Hard

CardFlight, The Stripe For Real-World Payments, Has Raised $1.6 Million From ff Venture Capital

CardFlight was founded to enable any developer to create his or her own branded app and take in-person credit card payments from it. To accomplish this, it’s raised $1.6 million in funding as it moves to support more customers with its card reader and mobile SDKs.<p>The company received $1.6 million …

AI Startup Anki Debuts At WWDC, Wows With Impressive Tech, $50 Million In Funding

A few minutes into his 10 minute speech opening Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple CEO Tim Cook did something remarkable—he …

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Everything you need to know about AI in a 9-minute video

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation

__KEY – White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown __<p>Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke …

A Very Short History Of Data Science

The story of how data scientists became sexy is mostly the story of the coupling of the mature discipline of statistics with a very young one–computer science. The term “Data Science” has emerged only recently to specifically designate a new profession that is expected to make sense of the vast …

Mobile POS Will Surpass $2 Billion in 2013, iPad As Cash Register

When Apple began using mobile devices in their stores, people in retail started paying attention. According to a recent study from research firm IHL Group, 28 percent of North American retailers plan to adopt Mobile POS in some form by the end of 2013. The Mobile POS market will surpass $2 Billion …

'Billion-pixel' imaging system built with a standard microscope and $200 LED array

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have discovered a way to improve conventional microscope imagery in a pretty massive way. Using an inexpensive LED array, the CalTech scientists were able to boost the resolution of a microscope with a standard 2X lens to a significantly higher …

5 Ways to Never Be Stressed Again

Everybody feels stress and knows it intimately, but very few of us think about what stress actually is.<p>Stress is a thought. That's it. No more, no less. If that's true, then we have complete control over stress, because it's not something that happens <i>to us</i> but something that happens <i>in us</i>.<p>The …

Mindfulness

Corporate Customers Flock To Anti-Snooping App Silent Circle

Thanks to the NSA privacy scandal, business is booming for services that claim they can keep mobile phone communications away from prying eyes and ears. One of the most high profile among them is Silent Circle, a National Harbour, Maryland-based firm whose monthly revenue has increased more than …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

explore-blog: This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for each note of the song using a mathematical relationship between a the circumference of a circular surface and pitch. A fine addition to these synesthetic visualizations of music. Brilliant. I could watch/listen to this for hours. (via explore-blog)

This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for …

Mathematics

Disruptus

A creative resource for adults and kids alike, Disruptus is "designed to open every mind," and from what we can tell, it works as advertised. Using product flashcards as a starting point, and a die for direction, the game instructs players to either improve, transform, disrupt or create upon the …

Pet Adoption

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

As many as 300 million people around the world need hearing aids. The vast majority of the 7 million people who get them annually are in the U.S. and Europe.<p>One big reason is cost. On average, a set of hearing aids rings up a tab of about $4,000. Most insurance policies don't cover them.<p>A company …

The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Follow him on Twitter @j1berger.</i><p>Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. There’s a science …

Who Will Win As Mobile Payments Go Mainstream? [SLIDE DECK]

We at <b>BI Intelligence</b> have put together a comprehensive presentation on Mobile Payments that looks at how mobile payments work, the main players in the ecosystem, the two main approaches to mobile payments, why mobile payments will go mainstream, and the remaining barriers to consumer adoption.<p>We've …

FinTech

A Strange Occurrence In The Derivatives Market Suggests The Bond Sell-Off Is Different This Time

The phrase "this time is different" doesn't usually spark very positive reactions. But I don't care because there's one thing about the market these days that makes me think that something is strange when compared to previous bond market sell-offs.<p>If you follow me on twitter you will have noticed …

Investing

PayPal wants to get rid of passwords in favor of biometric security

While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are …

Why Square just hired America’s top trade negotiator

<b>Getting tech companies that are also financial services companies into new markets isn’t easy.</b><p>The two sectors are among the most regulated by trade and domestic laws, but the mobile payments company Square faces the same imperative every US company does: It needs to tap into the huge portion of the …

Obama Administration