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An Ingenious Paper Map Zooms In Just Like Google

Pinch-to-zoom? That was so last year. Fold-to-zoom is our new jam. It seems that the convenience of GPS-centered, pinch-zoomable (...)

2013-07-11
Animals, They’re Just Like Us: Maybe Be Nice To Them

A campaign tries to make viewers empathize with animals by showing the shared heritage between us and other creatures. Animal (...)

2013-07-11
Hear The Incredible Rise Of Climate Change Played On The Cello

"A Song For Our Warming Planet" converts environmental data into a song, with a screeching climax. Climate change is amorphous, (...)

2013-07-11
China’s Qihoo will reportedly shell out $1.4b for Sogou to up search presence and rivalry with Baidu

Qihoo 360, a Chinese tech company which launched a search engine of its own last year, has reportedly reached a deal to fully acquire Sohu’s So (...)

2013-07-11
110 Cities Show That Facing Up To Climate Change Has More Benefits Than Dangers

Looking at how cities are adapting to a changing climate puts a hole in the theory that pro-environmental policies are bad for (...)

2013-07-10
Take A Graphic Stroll Through Your Own Personal Meta Data

Buried in your thousands of old emails is a picture of you and your social network. A new tool called Immersion will show it to (...)

2013-07-10
The LED-Powered Dress That’s Disrupting Swedish Politics

Without a voice at Sweden’s premier political summit, a bunch of mischievous youth have partnered with a progressive agency (...)

2013-07-10
GitHub Reveals A Formula For Your “Hacker Persona”

The repository startup now allows you to analyze its public timeline data--commits, pushes, and comments--to figure out what type (...)

2013-07-10
People For Pelicans: A Fashion Collection For The Elegant Activist

On the third anniversary of the BP spill, the fashion label nakedheel rallies for a cause--without the slogans on T-shirts or tote (...)

2013-07-10
Guard Your Online Identity Or An Ad Firm Might Steal Your Face

A very thorough illustration of the dangers of over-sharing. We’ve had nightmare reminders of the dark possibilities waiting (...)

2013-07-10
Graphic Design Goes On A Joyride In A Heady, Happy New Book

Michael Rock’s Multiple Signatures commits to print a lively collection of talent and collaborative fun. “Months (...)

2013-07-10
The Pope Says You Should Drive A More Reasonable Car

As part of his general attitude against ostentation, Pope Francis thinks Catholic priests and nuns (but probably you, too) should (...)

2013-07-10
The Ugliness Of The Future Tallest Building In The World

As we’re building as quickly as possible to jam more people into cities, do we also have to sacrifice beauty? The world’s (...)

2013-07-10
To Combat Leaks, Russia Brings Back The Typewriter

Russian officials look to Cold War technology to shield national secrets from espionage. There’s a nostalgia for the Cold (...)

2013-07-10
A Look Back At The Finalists Of The Co.Labs And Target Retail Accelerator

After days of deliberation and hundreds of wireframes, our judges settled on seven finalists--each of whom won $10,000 and a chance (...)

2013-07-11
Vine for Android adds a capture widget, new camera tools, revining capability, channels and more

Twitter released an update today to Vine for Android that helps keep it in line with its iOS counterpart. Android users will find (...)

2013-07-11
Latest rumors claim Google’s Moto X will launch in August, on Verizon in the US and on Rogers in Canada

There’s still no official date for when we can expect Google’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Moto X, but given how quickly (...)

2013-07-10
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Jelly snags ex-Apple Web frameworks and iOS engineer Brian Kadar

The recently funded startup Jelly from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has announced a new hire in ex-Apple engineer Brian Kadar. The (...)

2013-07-10
4chan founder’s iPad app, DrawQuest, gets a major update with explore features and Web profiles

Canvas, the image remixing site founded by 4chan creator Chris Poole (AKA moot), has just released a major update to DrawQuest, (...)

2013-07-10
Bootstrap Alert: Win a ticket to The Next Web Conference Latin America!

In less than 50 days, the entire Latin American technology industry will gather in São Paulo for TNW Conference Latin America and (...)

2013-07-10
Alex McDowell On Creating Krypton And The Future Of Production Design

Production designer Alex McDowell describes his unique approach to creating the looks of such films as Man of Steel and Minority (...)

2013-07-10
The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED

This giant touch-screen installation (and a website you can play with at home) lets you compare the world’s urban centers, (...)

2013-07-10
Inside The Painstaking Process Of Creating Elaborate Etch A Sketch Art

Bryan Madden sometimes spends upwards of 50 hours bringing a single Etch A Sketch masterpiece to life. Totally worth it! “Patience (...)

2013-07-10
Photographer Takes Personal Branding, Product Placement To A New Level

Photographer Mike Mellia’s project, Self-Absorbed, goes a step further than Facebook and Instagram, making an actual brand (...)

2013-07-10
Why One Young Woman Left Google To Follow Her Passion For Handmade Goods

Makeably lets you connect with makers to create the perfect product, just for you. Editor’s NoteThis piece is part of (...)

2013-07-10
You Can Pick Up This $5,000 House And Take It With You

The FOUNDHouse, a 150-square-foot mobile plywood home fits together with no nails. It’s a response to our culture’s (...)

2013-07-10
After Leaving SNL, Bill Hader Jumps To T-Mobile

A series of ads for T-Mobile’s new Jump program harnesses the estimable comedic talents of Bill Hader. T-Mobile’s (...)

2013-07-10
Sending Lazy Dog Owners A Message: Poop In A Box

In an effort to stop dog owners from leaving poop on public streets, the Spanish town of Brunete has adopted a more vengeful tactic. (...)

2013-07-10
The Surefire Way To Be Happier At Work: Chat With Your Coworkers

A new study finds that people really are pretty miserable at work, and not much you can do will help. But there is one pretty easy (...)

2013-07-10
The Key To Automated Manufacturing Is 3-D Printing--With Metals

The advances in 3-D printing have focused on miniaturization for the commercial sector and synthesizing cheaper, stronger plastic (...)

2013-07-10
L’Oreal’s Got A Putrescent Cure for Gray Hair

A new patent marks the beginning of Big Hair’s gray-beating product push. Are you afraid of going gray? Then a new patent (...)

2013-07-10
No More Empty Calories: The U.S. Government Gets Tough On School Snacks

Farewell, chocolate sandwich cookies. School vending machines and snack bars are now required to stock only healthy options, like (...)

2013-07-10
Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions

Using their open-source toolkit, frog design helped students identify and tackle an issue they cared about. The eleven students (...)

2013-07-10
How to Create an Instagram Photo Hack

Social media users across the web have created amazing photo hacks for their Google+, Facebook and Twitter profiles, and you may (...)

2013-07-10
Create An Intimate Map Of Your Life, Using Just Your Email Inbox

A new tool from MIT mines your personal data to visualize personal connections. Try it--then realize that your iPhone and any email (...)

2013-07-10
Inside The Company Making Sure Your Pot Is Strong (And Safe)

As legalized marijuana becomes more prevalent, it’s becoming more important to hold it to the same quality and safety standards (...)

2013-07-10
Just.me hits 250,000 users, upgrades HTML5 and iOS social messaging apps and debuts Android version

Social messaging app maker Just.me is today launching its first Android version, and announcing significant enhancements to both its (...)

2013-07-10
Google Maps for Android navigation features now available in 19+ more countries worldwide

Following a major update to Google Maps that includes check-in capabilities and live traffic information, Google has expanded the (...)

2013-07-10
Yahoo Fights To Have FISA Objections Made Public

"Revealing what went on in the court is critical to having a democracy," reckons civil liberties expert jennifer Stisa Granick. (...)

2013-07-10
Opera’s TV Snap lets content owners turn online videos into smart TV apps, starting with Dailymotion

Opera Software, the Norwegian company mostly known for its mobile and desktop browser products, today announced the launch of new (...)

2013-07-10
Gmail’s IMAP server is down, affecting many users of the Google email service

The Web is awash with frustrated Google Apps and Gmail users who are not able to use their email because the Gmail IMAP server is (...)

2013-07-10
You Can Now Upgrade Your Phone Twice a Year on T-Mobile--For a Fee

T-Mobile, self-declared "uncarrier," today debuted a new program called JUMP! that would allow consumers to upgrade their mobile phones (...)

2013-07-10
A Whale Bone To Pick: Marine Mammal Magic In Iceland

The rugged coasts of Iceland yield a new direction in product design for these Swiss students abroad. Whales just don’t (...)

2013-07-10
A Resurrection Of The “Alien 3” Architect Lands in L.A.

The late architect and draftsman Lebbeus Woods got to realize only one building in his lifetime. Now, a posthumous project rises (...)

2013-07-09
Chrome 28 hits Android with built-in Google Translate, fullscreen on tablets, new look for right-to-left languages

Just a day after releasing Chrome 28 on the desktop, Google announced the release of Chrome 28 for Android, adding Google Translate (...)

2013-07-09
Braff-Sourcing: A Marriage Proposal—And Kickstarter—Pivot

Musician Matt Hulbert uses Zach Braff’s Kickstarter reward to entice the star into helping him propose to his girlfriend, (...)

2013-07-09
Panera’s Ambitious Pay-What-You-Can Plan Hasn’t Worked As Well As Anticipated

The idea was to let generous people pay more to subsidize the people who couldn’t afford it all. What went wrong? For (...)

2013-07-09
A First Aid Kit That’s Designed For One-Handed Use

Gabriele Meldaikyte color-coded the safety basics and made supplies easy to use when you’re actually wounded. Gabriele (...)

2013-07-09

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