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See the Most Beautiful Sights in America on This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

Scoring Big With Free Financial Advice

Managing money becomes more bearable when you keep score and get smart advice.<p>Managing your money can be like eating broccoli: You know you should do it, but you never really like it, so you put it off and hope you don’t suffer too much for avoiding it. If you have a spouse who enjoys chatting …

The Hunt Raises $10M From Khosla For Crowdsourced Shopping

The Hunt, a website designed to help shoppers find specific items to buy online, has raised $10 million from Khosla Ventures and Javelin Ventures. This brings The Hunt’s total funding to $15.5 million. As part of the funding, Khosla’s Ben Ling will join The Hunt’s board.<p>Past celebrity investors …

Kandu Teaches Kids How To Make iPad Apps, No Coding Required

Whenever a challenge lies before you, and you feel like you can’t go on any further, I implore you to remember this article, and this startup, and realize that you, in fact, “Kandu” whatever you set your mind to.<p>Kandu, the latest venture out of betaworks, founded by David Bennahum and Gerry …

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

With 5M Users Already On Board, Tynker Goes Mobile To Help Kids Learn To Code On The iPad

Historically, the U.S. educational system has struggled to get young people excited by and involved with STEM-related fields, especially computer science, which has actually seen a steady decline in participation over the last two decades, according to Time Magazine. Luckily, the winds of reform …

Ketchuppp Is An App That Wants To Help Friends Catch Up In Person — Not On Facebook

Are you spending too much time looking at what your friends are posting on Instagram and Facebook and not enough time hanging out with each other IRL? The founders of Ketchuppp think so. And their answer to this problem is, of course, another app that’s designed to help you meet your buddies when …

Ping, Now Called Hop, Launches An App That Makes Email Feel More Like Real-Time Mobile Messaging

Ping, a mobile messaging app that turns emails into real-time conversations, is relaunching today under the new name of “hop.” (It seems that PING Golf may not have cared for the original name too much). But the name isn’t the only thing getting a makeover since the app’s reveal only a month ago – …

HomeAway Tests New Rental Booking Option

The vacation-rental marketplace HomeAway charges $349 annually to list a property. For most current users, that makes a lot of sense; they bring in …

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Scratch Wireless takes aim at carriers with 'free' mobile service

Scratch Wireless, a company that has partnered with Sprint to piggyback on its network, aims at making mobile communication a little cheaper.<p>The company launched on Wednesday with $5 million in funding and a "Wi-Fi First" offering. When Scratch customers connect to Wi-Fi from their Android …

MapBox heads into battle against Google Maps with a $10M war chest from Foundry Group

When you think of services that let you create interactive maps for use on your website or in your app, you might automatically think of Google Maps first or even exclusively.<p>Well, Washington, DC- and San Francisco-based startup MapBox would like to change that. Today, the company announced it has …

Square launches Cash, a peer-to-peer payments service that’s incredibly simple to use

Square officially took the wraps off its planned peer-to-peer payments service Square Cash today, and the results are quite impressive — it isn’t …

Minted mints $41 million in new funding for its crowdsourced design market

Thanks to the internet, we’ve become a design-happy culture. Whether it’s coveting the latest handmade goods on an independent retailer like Etsy or …

Scratch builds a free mobile service over Wi-Fi, using cellular as a last resort

There’s no shortage of new virtual operators emerging onto the U.S. mobile scene, but there are very few that are giving voice and SMS services away …

Happy Hours to Dinner Dates: Apps That Aim to Simplify Event Planning

It all starts with the best of intentions. You want to get some friends together for dinner, or grab drinks with a few colleagues after work, so you …

Apps

Think You Have Better Ideas Than Your City Leaders? Prove it, Says Code For America And MindMixer

Do you often find yourself hacking together, in your brain, quick fixes for every day grievances like subway delays, shoddy public wifi, and crappy parking? Today, Code for America (the national non-profit dedicated to innovation through open software) and MindMixer (an online engagement platform …

OMG, I Want This House: Venezuela

In the Jungle<p>Need a vacation off the grid? Spend some time at this stunning Venezuelan compound accessible only by helicopter.<p>08.31.13 4:45 AM …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Skincare<p>It's actually not as hard as you'd think.<p>By Adam Hurly3 days agoView More<p>Sales<p>There’s still time to score big.<p>19 Photos3 days agoView …

Our DIY Raised Garden Beds

Last week, we took a couple hours and finally tackled a project we’ve been meaning to for years– Raised garden beds!! Chris and I both grew up in …

As Wix Heads Toward IPO, Weebly Looks To Expand With Big New SF Headquarters, Plans To Add 500+ Employees

Weebly, the service that lets you, your grandma and anyone else build a website for free, is growing fast. The startup launched out of Y Combinator in 2007 and today hosts over 15 million sites, which together see more than 100 million unique visitors each month. But they also expect this growth to …

Yes, You Can Make Your Own Yogurt at Home

<b>Heat the milk.</b> Pour the milk into the Dutch oven and set over medium to medium-high heat. Warm the milk to right below boiling, about 200°F. Stir the …

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We are so excited to be expanding our little backyard “farm”!! For a solid 3 years, I’ve read, thought, prayed, researched, and dreamt of owning …

How To Turn Your Backyard into a Four-Season Farm

According to Jack Algiere, the Vegetable Farm Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, turning your garden into a four-season farm is …