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Calculator showing how much exercise it takes to burn off fast food will ruin your lunch plans

While many of us try to eat healthy on a daily basis, sometimes our busy lifestyle gets in the way. Enter fast food.<p>But all those calories, high salt …

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10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.</i><p>Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve …

What it’s like to run Google’s $2 billion venture capital fund

When Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, decided to set up a venture-capital fund back in 2009, they chose a relatively little-known neuroscience graduate, entrepreneur, and biotechnology investor to run it. His name is Bill Maris, and over the past five years, he’s become one of the …

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How to bring order to your Mac's digital photo library

Admit it, your digital photo library is a mess. Between your phone and dSLR camera -- or just your phone alone -- you have thousands of photos and are adding more by the day. It's time to organize your photos so that they are safe and able to be easily browsed and shared.<p>First priority: backup<p>More …

Kodak's finally making smartphones (sort of)

For a while there it looked like Kodak's moment had come and gone, but the past few months have seen the imaging icon fight back from the brink of irrelevance. Now the company's planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and thankfully it's not going to sue everyone in the business along the way …

Dashlane’s automatic Password Changer makes your most precious accounts less hackable

Password manager Dashlane has acquired New York-based startup PassOmatic, turning its automatic password change technology into a new feature. Password Changer allows users to select the logins they want to update and Dashlane generates a new strong password that’s synced across all their …

How to Ask for Feedback That Will Actually Help You

“So,” I asked Mary*. “Do you have any feedback for me? What can I do better the next time?”<p>We had just finished delivering a leadership training to senior executives at a large financial services company. My working relationship with Mary was a little tricky; she was my co-trainer and also my …

Protect Your iPhone: Seven Of The Best iPhone Cases

From the online fury of #bendgate and folding it into your back-pocket, to protecting the not-using-sapphire screen or worrying about what will happen if the smartphone drops to the ground, one of the biggest after-sales markets for the new iPhone 6 is the protective case.<p>I’ve gathered together …

Google, Stanford build hybrid neural networks that can explain photos

Two separate groups of researchers at Google and Stanford have merged best-of-breed neural network models and created systems that can accurately …

The new Raspberry Pi is the cheapest yet, costing just $20

In July, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the final evolution of the “high-end” version of its low-cost computer kit, the Model B+ — the next …

Voltera's circuit board printer wants to be the 'Makerbot of electronics'

<i>Update on Nov. 8 at 11:21 a.m. Pacific: Corrected to reflect the printer’s resolution which is 10 mil, not 10 millimeters, and to the timing of its fundraising plans.</i><p>Cyril Ebersweiler, hardware accelerator Haxlr8r’s founder, believes that if hardware startups learn how to prototype, iterate, and …

This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

Scientists have discovered a way to find your veins before poking around half a dozen times to find the spot. Now the Australian Red Cross Blood service is using the near infrared light device that locates blood to study whether being able to locate hard to find veins will result in reduced anxiety …

New Ball-Shaped Camera Captures Mid Air Panoramas

With panoramic cameras seemingly all the rage, it’s no surprise to find a new contender entering the market.<p>We’ve already seen a plethora of handy pocket cameras, selfie sticks and action cameras which will attach to just about anything that moves, but the Panono is something entirely …

The iBox Nano 3D printer is almost as cheap as it is tiny

We've seen our share of 3D printers 'round these parts, but the iBox Nano could be one of the smallest yet. Its creators claim that the gizmo is not only the most diminutive resin printer, but also the most affordable in addition to being the word's quietest and lightest 3D printer to date. It …

Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content

Thismoment, a company that helps businesses collect user-generated content for their own marketing efforts, is announcing that it has raised $17.6 million in Series D funding.<p>The company says it can automatically gather content (usually photos and videos) from across social platforms when it’s been …

Nest CEO Tony Fadell On Why Jetsons-esque Connected Homes “Just Don’t Work”

Fadell on the future of smart homes, Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of his company, and why the Nest Protect has “a motherly voice.”<p>Kicking off Fast Company’s Innovation By Design 2014 Conference, Fast Company Executive Editor Noah Robischon hosted an intimate chat with Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The …

4 Ways Cameras Are Changing Healthcare

When discussing innovation in healthcare technology, much of the terminology is exotic-sounding and futuristic. Recent examples from this column include: functional MRIs to detect lies, active cancellation of tremor (ACT) to stabilize food utensils for Parkinson’s patients, and virtual assistant …

Blocks' modular smartwatch will talk to your iPhone

Blocks first unveiled its modular smartwatch with a plan to use Android Wear, much as Project Ara smartphone will use a special version of Android. However, there has been a change of plans -- and it's good news if you're not of the Google persuasion. The team now says that it's using a version of …

A Guy Who Led Monetization At Facebook Thinks Pinterest Will Smoke His Former Company And Google

Kendall, who's come to know both companies' products and their advertising appeal well, believes Pinterest is uniquely positioned to zoom past Twitter, Google and Facebook in terms of revenue. He tells Forbes that Pinterest has the "biggest business opportunity in the last 10 to 20 years for an …

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Voice-Controlled Computer Ubi Goes on Sale

Ubi, a small computer that relies on voice commands for input, has begun shipping. The device completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and is now available in the US for $299.<p>Ubi plugs into a wall outlet, connects to your WiFi and listens for your voice controls. The device can set …

14-Year-Old Who Built Low-Cost Battery Is Named 'Top Young Scientist'

A 14-year-old boy who developed an eco-friendly battery that harnesses carbon dioxide to generate electricity has been named "Top Young Scientist" in this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Sahil Doshi from Pittsburgh, a ninth-grader at Upper St. Clair High School, takes home …

Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

I’ve spent the better part of today playing with the new Alpine Headphones, a $299 pair of cans that promise to make you feel your music with the company’s “Full Frequency Immersion” technology.<p>An Alpine spokesperson told me that the product is “targeted to millennials,” which I assume means that …

Google Launches Primer to Get Startups up to Speed on Marketing

Google is looking to bridge the gap between the complexity of its ad products and startup users’ often relative inexperience with marketing and search ads.<p>Launched today, Primer looks to give startups the most basic of tips on successful marketing via five minute lessons (case studies, quizzes and …

Gimbal says beacons and smartphones will alter the consumer landscape. Here's why

Gimbal wants to change the consumer experience for Americans one beacon at a time.<p>Gimbal produces smart beacons — small, often circular-shaped objects that are typically installed on walls or near cash registers of retailers and restaurants — in pursuit of its vision of a mobile-only world, where …

Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide

(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms …

Nobel Prize in medicine honors discovery of the brain's 'inner GPS'

Groundbreaking research could shed new light on Alzheimer's disease<p>Dr. John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of cells that form an "inner GPS" in human brains. O'Keefe will share the 8 million Swedish krona ($1.1 …

Are You Making These 5 Common User Onboarding Mistakes?

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This article originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Getting people to sign up for your software is tough. It requires a lot of time, energy, and money, yet many companies are losing most of those hard-won users …

Everything You Need To Know About iOS 8 Keyboard Permissions (But Were Afraid To Ask)

By far the most exciting thing about iOS 8 — <i>imho</i> — is the side-door it opens into Apple’s walled garden to allow keyboard app makers to come on in for the first time.<p>No longer is it true that outlandish Qwertys with a twist are barred from Apple’s kingdom. If you want a keyboard that writes in …

Drive to Win vs. Fear of Failure

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>What fuels a startup’s success? Is whether you are “driven to win” or have a “fear of failure”?<p>I think both sides of this argument are pretty …

The 10 Silicon Valley Startups Engineers Most Want to Work For

LinkedIn's annual list includes Lytro, Coursera and Fitbit.<p>Silicon Valley tech companies go to great lengths to woo new employees.<p>Free meals, unlimited vacation days, even free transportation make up just some of the perks offered by startups and tech giants, where software engineers often make …