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Inmoji lets anyone create clickable emoji ads that actually work

Emoji are weird. They’re more than just a set of cutsey images you stick at the end of a Slack message with your workmates. They’re something substantially more than the emoticons and glyphs of yesteryear. I suppose you could say they are essentially a kind of universal language we all can …

Digital Advertising

This exercise bike concept would wash your clothes as you pedal

Not having enough time to exercise is a common excuse — and the same goes for doing laundry. But a quirky new concept imagines a stationary bike that …

Washing Machines

Spacio Pro Plans To Supercharge Open House Showings With A Smart App

If software is eating the world, it’s also eating our houses. The real estate market changed radically when companies like Zillow unpacked the data around house sales. In theory you’d think there wasn’t much to do on house sales, but there remains a relatively untapped area. One of the next areas …

A futuristic razor that shaves hair with a laser has raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter

But two Swedes think they have a solution: A razor that shaves hair with a laser, not a blade. They call it the Skarp Razor.<p>The project went nuts on Kickstarter but has now been kicked off the crowdfunding site over concerns that it didn't have a working prototype.<p>As we previously reported, in its …

Australia’s Biggest Tech VC Firm On What’s Happening Right Now

Earlier this month, a three-year-old venture firm that’s focused on Australian entrepreneurs, Blackbird Ventures, raised an impressive $200 million for its second fund.<p>That’s nearly seven times the $30 million it raised for its debut fund. It also makes Blackbird the biggest tech-focused venture …

The CEO of one of the fastest-growing business apps ever used an ingeniously simple analogy to explain why companies succeed

Before building his $2.8 billion startup Slack, which many consider the fastest-growing business app ever, Butterfield ran another hot startup called Flickr, which was sold to Yahoo for over $20 million.<p>He also has a master's in philosophy, with a focus on biology, cognitive science, and philosophy …

The Future Of Buildings Is Powering Them By Green Gunk

Algae “bioreactors” absorb carbon dioxide, while producing oxygen, heat, and several types of biomass, including material that can be turned into fuel or food. That’s why they’re potentially very useful for cities that need heat and calories, and that want to cut down on pollution.<p>We’ve seen before …

Only thunder gods are worthy of handling this PC

Thermaltake's PC modding community often likes to do things to excess: Taiwan's biggest tech show is a huge opportunity for such excesses. The PC you see above, unashamedly modeled on a certain Nordic deity's blunt implement of choice, is a good example. Did we want to try to grab it and see if we …

God

Here's Uber's Plan for a New Sci-fi Headquarters

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7 habits of great Web designers

Get developers involved in the design process as early as possible. Invite them to meetings, user research tests, brainstorming sessions, etc. Their input, after all, determines whether your vision actually comes to life. At the very least, they can warn you if your ideas are a technical nightmare, …

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 …

Aston Martin is developing a plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle

If you've ever wanted to feel like a more eco-friendly Bond behind the wheel, then Aston Martin is about to make your dreams come true. The automaker has revealed at the New York Auto Show that it's working on both a plug-in and an electric vehicle. That plug-in is none other than the DBX crossover …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

How to make and receive phone calls on your iPad

Now with Continuity on iOS 8 you can actually make and receive phone calls on your iPad. Want to hear more? It’s actually pretty simple, and it can be very helpful and convenient for those times when you hear your iPhone ringing, but realize it is in the other room. Maybe you can’t answer the call …

Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rhett Morris is the director of Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs across the world.</i><p>“I’ve probably revised this investor pitch deck 200 times,” a founder told me recently. She’d met with more than 50 potential investors …

This cute little crossfader hopes to up your iPad DJ game

For casual DJs, the idea of slimming down your whole kit to a sleek tablet has been tempting ever since the original iPad. But some things just need physical controls, and that's where the Mixfader comes in. This tiny (but attractive) little crossfader hooks up with an app that lets you spin, …

13 Steps To Perfecting Your App Store Optimization

<i>Shlomo Garbi is the North America GM/VP Business Development at Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>When it comes to ASO, there are two types of people: one will admit to not having a clue what that is, and the other will tell …

A 3D-Printed Car Inspired By The Leaf Of A Plant

German engineering firm EDAG took inspiration from the leaf of a plant for its 3D-printed Light Cocoon concept car, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, open to the public through March 15.<p>Rather than printing the entire body shell of the vehicle out of a rigid composite material, as startup …

iOS developers share their earnings, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way

If you write iOS apps and wonder how your earnings compare against those of other developers – or you have an idea for an app, and are wondering whether it’s worth pursuing – it can be tough to find any hard information. We hear occasional stories about hugely successful apps like Flappy Bird …

Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

AdWeek recently reported that Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 per day to run its new “my story” ads. Some would argue that Snapchat’s unique ad format, engagement tactics, demographics, and immediacy make for an interesting experimental advertising opportunity. Others say that $750,000 is a …