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This Asian crowdfunding site could beat Kickstarter with direct OEM relationships

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Kickstarter platform that came with built-in relationships with all the big Asian OEMs? Turns out, there is.<p>Platforms like Kickstarter have become the first option for would-be hardware makers to find crowdfunding and early adopters.<p>But in the past year or so, …

Savanna Studios' Modular Pixel Planter Also Features a Fan to Draw In Polluted Air

Can an art project improve indoor air quality, educate young people, and create healthier classrooms? That’s what Des Moines startup Savanna Studios …

Five 'Must-Knows' on the Dangers of Synthetic Fragrance

<i>by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural beauty expert and safe cosmetics advocate</i><p>Real strawberries don't really smell like that...<p><b>1.</b> <b>WHAT is "fragrance?"</b> More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, …

A Lesson in Layering Fragrances from the Middle East

What can the most fragrance-obsessed culture in the world teach us about new ways to wear scent? April Long travels to the Middle East and learns how to cast a seductive spell by mixing and matching perfumes<p>Indoor ski slopes aside, the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai could be any shopping center …

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7 Feng Shui Steps for Good Feng Shui in Your Home

01 of 09<p>7 Feng Shui Steps to a Harmonious Home<p>Getting started with feng shui for your house and home can be easy when you start with the house basics …

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …

Scent of tragedy lingers in a 650-year-old perfume bottle buried by victim of pogrom

When the tiny stopper is delicately eased free, a mere wisp of scent imprisoned for over 650 years is released.<p>In a unique experiment, scientists at the L'Oreal perfume institute in Paris tried to analyse the ingredients of a perfume whose precious container survived the Black Death, which …

Vintage perfumes hold their allure

While helping my 81-year-old mum clear out unwanted clothes from her wardrobe to take to the local Oxfam shop, we came across three half-used bottles of perfume stashed in their boxes since the 1980s and 1990s, when she stopped using them.<p>Kept in the dark, the trio were still fresh – it is exposure …

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Perfumers reach back to the Golden Age for vintage scents

In the same way that fashion designers scour the trunks and attics of the past for inspiration, perfumers periodically dip into the well of classic French perfumery when creating new fragrances.<p>This seems to be one of those times.<p>After decades in which pastel aquatics — think L'Eau d'Issey and its …

The Inspiring Journey of Perfume Throughout History

You may highlight your femininity or masculinity with a drop of perfume, but have you ever thought about the journey of perfume throughout history?

How do I become … a perfumer

Perfumery is a craft that is hard to demystify. "It's not about what is mixing in front of you," says perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek, "it's what is going on in your head."<p>Mastenbroek is a one-woman band. What started off as a job in retail 30 years ago turned into sniffing out every nuance between …

Beauty Box Subscription for Women

Get a monthly box of personalized makeup, haircare and skincare samples delivered right to your door. Stock up on your favorite beauty brands and …

VyprVPN slides onto iOS and Android, but can it jump China’s Great Firewall more nimbly than competitors?

Throughout my career in China, I’ve gone through a handful of different VPN services to evade the Great Firewall. Starting with a free VPN from my …

An unlikely team makes budget air purifiers for China’s pollution-choked residents

Despite having no business background, setting an arbitrary price point, and starting off with no name recognition whatsoever, Beijing-based startup …

With 350 million registered users, Line looks at mobile commerce for future growth

Generating over $330 million in revenue last year, Line has shown the world how a messaging app can earn boatloads of money. During a visit to Line’s …

With app-controlled home gizmos, Phantom is China’s answer to Nest

Now that China’s urbanites have got into the swing of using smartphones for online shopping and gaming, the next frontier is using these phones to …

AutoDesk Releases An Electronics Simulator Called 123D Circuits

Hardware hacking often seems like black magic to the uninitiated, which is why 123D Circuits is so cool: it allows you to learn electronics using a virtual Arduino board and breadboard without blowing up capacitors or burning yourself with solder on your work table.<p>Created by AutoDesk, 123D …

Microchip Arduino compatible chipKIT combines WiFi, motor control, IoT

New 32-bit PIC32 MCU chipKit IoT ecosystem includes Wi-Fi development board, IoT cloud software and motor control shield with full-speed USB, and …

Gas Sensor Tutorial

We just received a bunch of MQ Series Gas Sensors. These inexpensive sensors include: MQ2 - Flammable Gas & Smoke MQ3 - Alcohol MQ4 - Methane MQ5 - …

Professional Android Open Accessory Programming with Arduino - Free download, Code examples, Book reviews, Online preview, PDF

Book Description<p>Android Open Accessory is a new, simple, and secure protocol for connecting any microcontroller-empowered device to an Android …

Arduino-Compatible Board Brings Wireless Sensors to Your iPhone

The creator behind a new coin-sized, Arduino-compatible board says the possibilities are endless with this microcomputer that can wirelessly connect …

Smart Citizen: Arduino-compatible and packed with sensors

If you’re going to develop another Arduino-compatible board these days, you might as well take a “kitchen sink” approach. The Smart Citizen Kit piles …

Arduino Temp / Humidity Web Server

A buddy of mine wants to monitor the temperature and humidity levels (among other things) in his dog kennels. I connected a Ethernet Shield to an …

5 Ways To Recognize Your Talent Culture

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. They’re hard to keep, it’s an emotional kick in the teeth when they don’t work out, and they seldom make a lot of sense from a leadership perspective. Sure, it would be great to drive the company to bigger profits, be more innovative, have happier …

We Need To Change How We Think About Talent

Ask anybody who manages a business and they will tell you how important it is to hire the right people. Top companies recruit at the most selective schools, offer excellent pay packages, generous benefits and a comfortable work environment.<p>Unfortunately, it seems that even the best firms are facing …

How baby boomers screwed their kids — and created millennial impatience

Ambitious but easily distracted, Gen Y wants to be good but can’t stick to anything. It’s their parents’ fault<p>"This Be the Verse"<p><i>They fuck you up, your mum and dad.</i> <i><br>They may not mean to, but they do.</i> <i><br>They fill you with the faults they had</i> <i><br>And add some extra, just for you.</i> <i><br>But they were fucked up in</i> …