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What's new for designers, April 2015

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of new apps for design teams, new design tools, lots of web …

Web Design

After Alleged Rape In New Delhi, Uber Lays Out Additional Safety Measures In India

Following an incident in which one of its drivers allegedly raped a female passenger in New Delhi, ride-hailing company Uber has announced additional safety measures it is taking in India. Those precautions were announced ahead of a hearing that the local Transport Department will be having on …

Why Techorating Will Dominate Retail In 2015

It’s a common scene in futuristic movies: digital signage and holograms recognize a passerby and project vibrant, life-like ads custom tailored to that person’s preferences. These ads are visually appealing, informative and highly personalized. And as the techorating trend gains steam, this science …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness

SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks up the slack left by airlines who no longer want to take your luggage, raised a modest seed round. …

How Technology Is Transforming Microfinance

<i>Vikas Lalwani is a member of the marketing team at FusionCharts, a startup providing JavaScript charts to 23,000+ customers. He also volunteers as community manager at Zidisha,</i><p>Microfinance, in simplest words, can be defined as providing small loans to people in need. It is already a $70 billion …

The Science Of Cool

What makes one consumer design cool and not another?<p>Take a look at the two water bottles below. The one on the left is pretty much your standard water bottle design: tall, clear, probably crinkly. The one on the right feels a bit less conventional, with its sleek aluminum shell shaped like an …

Cool Stuff

The 5 Phases of Growth Hacking

It’s a spectacular feat. Right in front of our eyes, a group of marketers helped build <i>billions</i> of dollars of brand equity on products like Facebook, …

Mobile-Enabled Commerce Will Yield The Next $100B Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Patricia Nakache is a partner at Trinity Ventures. She has active investments in companies including m-commerce players Care.com (CRCM), EAT Club, and ThredUP.</i> <i>Phil Carter is an associate at Trinity Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage consumer technology investments particularly</i> …

Seth's Blog

Lowering the price is a one-directional, single-axis choice. Either it's cheaper or it's not.<p>At first, the process of lowering your price involves …

LittleBits adds Arduino module, instant backorders result

The Littlebits crew manned one of the busiest booths at this month's Bay Area Maker Faire, with parents and kids all crowded around the few terminals …

You Think Food Tastes Better If It's Expensive

We’re pretty shallow when it comes to food.<p>I don’t just mean our predilections for organic food and fancy coconut water. A new study shows that …

Food

33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed

Bookmark them all. Change your life forever.

10 Types of Images to Boost Your Social Media Engagement

As a writer by trade, it's not easy for me to utter these words, but I'm not going to lie: On social media, a picture is worth a thousand words.<br>It's …

How to Create Perfect Posts for the Most Popular Social Platforms [Infographic]

The content that works well for one social platform may not work well for another. That's because every social platform has its own unique formula …

The Complete Guide to Growing Your Organic Facebook Reach

Nowadays, when I endeavor to check my Facebook statistics, I do so with the window open, birds singing, a pint of ice cream at my desk, and party …

Google+

Uberification of the US Service Economy

Since I joined RRE Ventures last fall, I’ve spent time researching mobile on-demand services that we are able to access with a push of a button. …

Venture Capital

A Guide to the Best Times to Post on Social Media (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Do you post social-media updates when your audience has the highest chance of seeing them, or just whenever you think of it or happen to have a free minute?<p>If you aren't posting to a social media site when most of your audience members are on it, all that …

Infographics

These DIY Belt and Scarf Organizers Save Space in Small Closets

Closet space comes at a premium in most homes and apartments, so you have to make the most of what you get. Luckily, Kelly at View Along the Way …

Social Media Frequency: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Subway has this sandwich with Fritos on it. I know this because their commercials play constantly on my TV and computer such that I nearly have the ads memorized.<p>Every time their commercial airs, Subway is flirting with the fine art of frequency. How …

Content ROI Is a Myth

How to Start a Pet Business

If you love all the creatures of the earth, starting one of these pet-related businesses might put you on the path to success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Editor's note: This article was excerpted from <i>Start Your Own</i> <i>Pet Business</i> (Entrepreneur Press).<p>When you think …

Small Business

Birchbox Founders To Share Subscription Commerce Insights At Disrupt NY

There’s no question that the future of commerce lies in providing a more personalized experience to consumers. And Birchbox has quietly created an $80 million business out of a subscription e-commerce platform for beauty and grooming brands. In a post-Amazon world, creating a commerce brand, …

TechStars' latest hot startup is... a maker of DIY soap kits

When I interviewed the co-founder of MakersKit eight months ago, I didn't think I'd ever talk to him again.<p>After all, Mike Stone builds terrariums. …

America's Coolest College Startups 2014 | Inc.com

Not long ago, people would call college "kids" who started businesses quaint. Now they call them the boss.<p>Helped in part by low-cost technologies and an increased prevalence of entrepreneurship training at the university level, college students--and indeed those even younger--are making solid …

Startups

There is now an API to build a low-volume hardware product

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Put this in the API-for-everything category. Startup CircuitHub, which a year ago launched a library of electronic parts to …

Shopping delivered straight to your car

Volvo is to showcase the world’s first delivery of food to your car as part of its roam delivery service<p>Volvo's new technology will allow consumers to choose their car as a delivery option when ordering goods online. Via a smartphone or tablet, the owner will be informed when a delivery requires …

Three Tips to Start a Consulting Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a consulting business is one way of drawing on your expertise and creatively making use of problem-solving skills. It’s a popular – and potentially lucrative -- avenue for aspiring business owners. The consulting industry in the …

Small Business

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Klemens Torggler's 'Evolution Door' Is A Spectacular Reinvention Of An Ancient Tech

While it might seem like a static technology, the humble door has been through a number of innovations and reinventions over the years.<p>Whether it's …