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The Founder of IKEA Has Died (He Was Known As the World's Thriftiest Billionaire)

This reported multi-billionaire said he bought all his clothes at flea markets. Cause or coincidence?<p>If you've ever owned a BILLY shelf unit or a LACK table or a MALM dresser, please bow your head for a moment of silence.<p>IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who was worth $40 billion by some estimates, has …

IKEA

Glass houses – in pictures

Bring the outdoors in with these glazed properties, located from Devon to Turkey

Charlize Theron's Atomic Blonde Is the Female John Wick You Didn't Know You Needed

This movie looks insane.<p><i>Atomic Blonde</i>, the Charlize Theron-led, David Leitch-directed action movie based on the popular graphic novel series <i>The Coldest City</i>, just announced itself today with one hell of a red-band trailer. In the space of three minutes, this movie has gone from something I had …

Construction

Interaction Design: Upper, Simple To-Do List

To-Do List apps, I’ve tried them all and have many of them on my phone. Obviously, all my notes are scattered and lost all over. We are taking a look …

LOVE - The World's First Intelligent Turntable

LOVE Turntable - The Intelligent Record Player.<p>The LOVE turntable reads vinyl records with a traditional stylus, connects to Bluetooth & Wi-Fi, and …

The State of UX Agile Development

<b>Summary:</b> New research shows UX making strides in infusing user-centered design approaches into Agile development processes.<br>Agile product-development …

Agile Development

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Software

How automakers are cashing in on the connected car craze

The Internet of Things has created a new market in the automotive industry, one which is showing no signs of slowing down. Connected cars and their associated services are expected to grow from $13.6 to over $42 billion by 2022.<p>A glimpse of our collective future can be seen in Cadillac’s Book by …

USDOT

Carrie Fisher Had a Very Specific Request for Harrison Ford Regarding Her Oscars ‘Death Reel’

Carrie Fisher has been amusing us all from beyond the grave ever since she died in December at the age of 60, and with the Oscars coming up in a …

Entertainment

Amazon had the weakest response to Trump’s immigration ban yet

Amazon has advised employees from countries affected by President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban from seven majority-Muslim nations to avoid traveling outside the United States, and is working on “contingency plans” for those who are currently abroad, according to an email provided to <i>The</i> …

Brazil

Berlin's mayor begs Donald Trump: 'Mr President, don't build this wall'

In a statement published on Berlin's website, the German politician brings up the divided heritage of his own city to highlight the dangers of building barriers.<p>"We Berliners know better than most the pain caused when a whole continent is split by barbed wire and walls," Michael Müller wrote. "Our …

Donald Trump

Why Home Security Systems Are on Track to Be a Multi-Billion-Dollar Market

Find out why the home security industry is on the rise.<p>It used to be that a strong deadbolt was the end-all be-all of home security. But times have changed. These days, people across the world are investing their hard-earned dollars in home security. Systems could range from light sensors or …

Home Security

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?<p>In 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It …

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

Steve Jobs Used this Insanely Simple Strategy to Get What He Wanted (and You Can Too)

Overcome your fear of rejection and failure with this three-letter word.<p><i>This article also appeared on LinkedIn.</i><p>There's a video clip on YouTube of Steve Jobs telling the story of when he was 12 years old and he was looking for spare parts so he could build an electronic device known as a frequency …

Palo Alto

Volkswagen is moving toward in-car payments

Volkswagen recently acquired PayByPhone, a Canadian mobile payments company, for an undisclosed amount, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>PayByPhone allows customers to use mobile apps, as well as calls and texts, to pay for parking spaces in select cities, including Boston, San Francisco, and …

Volkswagen

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

The Biggest Economic Shift of the Next 100 Years Is Already Under Way

The greatest innovations often elude us cloaked in obtuse jargon that masks their impact. Here's one you don't want to miss.<p>It never fails that the greatest innovations often come wrapped in obscurity and misunderstanding. I can imagine a scene in which the first wheel was met with head scratching, …

Blockchain

Steve Jobs Asked Himself This 1 Question Every Morning to Stay Successful

See why self-reflection in the morning can set your entire day up for success.<p>Have you ever been distracted while driving and then suddenly arrived at your destination, wondering how you even got there? Too often, we go through life on autopilot like this, only to realize later that we've lost …

Steve Jobs

A magical new design to development workflow with Inspect

We’re excited to release a much-anticipated tool that makes the design to development process better—for everyone.The post A magical new design to …

UX Design

Mobile Design Best Practices

Apps are now a mainstream, trusted way to deliver content and services. But in a crowded market, how does a mobile app become useful, relevant, and …

How Philips competes with the likes of Google

Disruption.<p>There’s a reason startups use this buzzword – they’re all about trying new things, testing them, and doing it all over again.<p>As fast-moving startups continue to topple incumbent companies, more traditional organizations must figure out how to stay relevant.<p>For many organizations, …

Innovation

Michael Jackson and Stephen King Made A Bizarre Horror Movie You’ve Probably Never Seen

“You know the one where Michael Jackson dresses up as an old white guy and dances in a haunted house?” is a thing I’ve said to countless people about …

Titanic

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Business Strategy

How Steve Jobs Got the Absolute Best Out of His Teams

Love him or hate him, there's one thing Steve Jobs did extremely well.<p>Steven Paul Jobs was impassioned, a captivating speaker, and had an uncanny ability to see the future. But many who knew Apple's co-founder also described him as impatient, petulant, and difficult.<p>If I described your boss as …

People are saying that Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple

This is a dial device that you use in addition to a mouse, a digital pen and a touchscreen. It lets you manipulate the images on your screen, so you can do things like bring up new color palettes, adjust volume and screen brightness, or even scroll through a big document.<p>Now add in Microsoft …

Amazing

Surface Studio Hands-on: The PC is exciting again

Back in 2010 at the All Things Digital conference, Steve Jobs shared with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher his vision for the future of …

Striking Black & White Portraits of Elegant Dancers Caught in Captivating Motion

Based in St. Petersburg, artist Vadim Stein boasts an extensive and eclectic background. Though he currently identifies as a photographer, videographer, sculptor, and stage designer, his past creative endeavors span graphic design, art restoration, and even acting. Each experience—though seemingly …

Let It Flow: 10 of the Best Books on Creativity

The best books about creativity can simultaneously spark new ideas in the reader while also giving them a compelling narrative to follow. Sometimes this can come from writers or artists taking a step back and recounting the ways in which their craft comes together; in other cases, it might involve …

Creativity

‘We smuggled Michael Jackson out in a room-service trolley’ – celebrity bodyguards tell their stories

Even before Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery, the security industry was booming. What are the trade secrets of the men who offer ‘close protection’ – and sometimes friendship – to celebrities, billionaires and pop stars?<p>It’s 6am and Bill Whitfield is making coffee at his home in Las Vegas before he …