Aaron Gwak

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America’s largest cities are so expensive that some millennials are crowdfunding their homes

For many American millennials, buying a new home in a city like Los Angeles or Washington DC can seem like a pipe dream.<p>According to a recent survey by Apartment List, 80% of millennials— defined as those born between 1980 and 1995 — say they want to buy a home, but most have less than $1,000 saved …

Real Estate

The Human Race Actually Started Much Earlier Than Believed

According to the textbooks, all humans living today descended from a population that lived in east Africa around 200,000 years ago. This is based on …

Eliminate location restrictions on Hulu and HBO Go with a lifetime of Getflix -- now just $39

If you traveling outside the US, you’ll probably have to deal with geo-restricted content on platforms like HBO Go and Hulu. We’ve got a solution: Getflix, a smart DNS service that lets you circumvent location restrictions on your favorite shows and movies.<p>For a limited time, you can pick up a …

Televisions
Real Estate

London fintech startup Curve raises £2 million

Curve has raised the sum from:<p>Connect Ventures, an investor in Citymapper;<br>• Payments industry veteran and Vitesse MD Paul Townsend;<br>• Samos Investments, which has backed Ocado, Betfair, and Kabbee.<p>Curve has already raised cash from a host of top tech talent:<p>TransferWise cofounder Taavet Hinrikus;<br>• Ed Wray …

FinTech

Apple's iPad app for teaching kids to code in Swift is here

Apple has officially rolled out Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app designed to help kids learn to code in the company’s Swift programming language for developing Mac and iOS apps.<p>Swift Playgrounds, which Apple first demoed at WWDC in June, takes children through the fundamentals of coding and …

China's floating buses will ride above the roads

To ease congestions in its bigger cities, a Chinese firm has shown off a concept for a bus that drives over the traffic.<p>China knows that simply sending in more buses to its busier cities isn't going to help ease congestion. But put those buses on stilts? Now you're talking.<p>A Beijing company has …

National Geographic Travel

7 Leadership Lessons From the Coach Who Mentored Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos

Bill Campbell dies at 75, leaving Silicon Valley's top leaders without their most trusted adviser.<p>Most Silicon Valley titans are familiar figures. They make commencement speeches that rack up millions of views on YouTube, get profiled by business websites such as this one, and have irreverent …

Silicon Valley

Ex-Rocket Internet execs raise $800K to battle Foodpanda for business customers in Asia

Two former Rocket Internet executives are out to beat Foodpanda, the food delivery startup backed by the German incubator-cum-investor, at its own game — and they’ve raised $800,000 to get to it.<p>Hong Kong-based Caterspot was founded in January of this year by Camilo Paredes (its CEO and former MD …

How Tinder Is Changing The Urban Bar Scene

<i>Oklahoma City, OK–</i>The way men and women meet nowadays is totally different than before. It used to be that if a guy saw an attractive woman, he’d approach her–unaware of whether she was even single, much less interested–and then brace himself for a humiliating rejection. Now both parties just use …

Relationships

Where LinkedIn went wrong — and how it can save itself

LinkedIn’s valuation has been hotly debated by everyone from technology publications to Wall Street insiders in recent months. According to Morgan Stanley’s analysts, “continued faster than expected deceleration and/or misexecution will likely cause the stock to be range-bound (best case) or trend …

Mary Meeker

Pay celebs to text or video message you with TipTalk

It has never been worth it for celebrities to respond to their endless digital fan mail — until now. TipTalk lets them set a price for a private text, photo or video response. The idea is that in their downtime, they could forge deeper relationships with their audience while earning enough to …

LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

Banks are so greedy that LendUp can undercut them, help people avoid debt, and still make a profit on its payday loans and credit card. Not only is software eating finance, but morality is too. LendUp’s slogan is “Ladders Not Chutes”. Building a business that doesn’t try to exploit everyone has not …

Indonesia Cashback Service Snapcart Lands $1.7M Ahead Of Southeast Asia Expansion

Snapcart, an Indonesia-based startup that runs a service offering consumers rewards in exchange for scans of their shopping receipts, has closed $1.675 million in funding just four months after launch.<p>The round — which is described as “pre-Series A” — is led by new investors Wavemaker Partners and …

Chinese investors lost $1.2 billion in the country's wild west online lending industry

Henry Yin, managing director of CreditEase, one of China's biggest platforms, gave an idea of just how big and dangerous it is by outlining how huge losses have been so far.<p>Speaking at the LendIt Europe conference in London last week, Yin said Chinese investors, the majority of them unsophisticated …

Peer-to-peer

Etsy kicks off on-demand delivery service in NYC

Etsy is entering the on-demand economy with the launch of a new fast delivery pilot called Etsy ASAP.<p>The service starts today in New York and will allow select sellers to offer same day or next day delivery for $20 through Postmates.<p>Delivery times are available in three-hour windows, starting at 6 …

Shopping

Toyota takes a small detour into car sharing

Toyota says it will start testing a service for sharing electric car on the island Okinawa, a project that could lead to broader efforts to connect …

The Billion-Dollar Opportunity in Single-Serve Food

Imagine being able to buy one medallion of Kobe steak. Or perhaps two single servings of pasta, because you like angel hair and your significant other likes rigatoni?<p>As consumers, we want what we want, when we want it and how we want it — fueling the demand for personalization and customization. To …

Awesome DIY Halloween Ideas on Flipboard

It’s October already and if you haven’t decided on a Halloween costume yet, don’t fret! With Flipboard, you have tons of awesome DIY Halloween ideas at your fingertips. When someone asks where you got your costume, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of saying, “I made it myself.”<p>Here’s the …

Your face on your espresso? Highlights from tech show

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine staring deep into the foam of your favorite espresso drink and seeing a face looking back at you. Or how about using the charge in your fingers to clean your teeth?<p>At the CE Week gadget show in New York this week, there were several standouts amid the sea of smartphone …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Emoticons at Work

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Psychology

Deep-fried graphene may be the key to long-lasting batteries

The deep frying process isn't just useful for livening up your food -- it might also be the ticket to better batteries in your mobile devices. South Korean researchers have created highly conductive, stable electrode materials by spraying graphene oxide droplets into a very hot blend of acid and …

Loup: The Love Child of Uber and a Bus Service

Loup is at least the third San Francisco startup to try something similar in the past year.<p>If you were to create a hybrid of a public bus service and Uber, you’d get Loup.<p>The startup runs black town cars on a set route throughout San Francisco, and riders book trips on their phones.<p>Its founders aim …

DNA Sequencing Could Make Turkeys Happier And Tastier

That's something to give thanks for<p>It's no accident that turkeys have more than doubled in size over the past 80 years—bigger is better, at least when it comes to the Thanksgiving table. But decades of farmers raising increasingly engorged turkeys isn’t just bad for the birds, which may grow so …

Sony's e-paper watch is a thing of minimalist beauty

Two days ago, we heard of Sony's plans to build a watch made entirely of e-paper — one where the band and the watch face would both change in response to the user's wrist gestures. It sounded wild and provocatively different, but what we really wanted to know was what it looked like. As it turns …

Couple's Extraordinary 550,000-Mile Road Trip Across 177 Countries Over 26 Years

In 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off on a monumental road trip that would span 26 years, 177 countries, and nearly 550,000 miles (885,139 km). The couple originally planned to spend just 18 months touring the African countryside in their …

RVs

PayPal Co-Founder Takes Aim at Credit Card Industry With New Startup

The most miserable year of Max Levchin’s life began in 2002, shortly after he sold off his ownership stake in PayPal to eBay for an estimated $34 …