Pond is the secure smartphone that won’t make you a target

Interest in secure communications is at an all time high, with many concerned about spying by both governments and corporations. This concern has stimulated developments such as the Blackphone, a custom-designed handset running a forked version of Android that’s built with security in mind. But the Blackphone has a problem. The mere fact of holding

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How to write a brief for exceptional creative results


Every project starts with a brief. But very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why? As a disruptive brand and design strategy firm that creates briefs across multiple creative disciplines including Advertising, Design, and Innovation, Tom Bassett, CEO of Bassett & Partners (and founder of MindSwarms), was curious to understand how some of the


100 employees share one giant “Superdesk”


At The Barbarian Group, we believe in the power of ideas to provoke a reaction. So when challenged with our own brief – to keep the Barbarian tribe happy and inspired everyday – we turned to Clive Wilkinson, an architect who shares our passion for interesting ideas in a world pre-disposed to boring sameness. The


Facebook and Apple will freeze your eggs so you can work longer

Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs it’s been reported. According to NBC News, these companies “appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons.” NBC reports: When successful, egg freezing allows women to put their fertility on ice, so to speak, until they’re ready to


New treatment for Google Glass addiction

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass. The man had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and complained of feeling irritable and argumentative without the device.

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BrogaMats are yoga mats for guys

Founded by yoga enthusiast Dan Abramson, BrogMats are larger yoga mats that are made to accommodate the size of men’s bodies along with whimsical bags in which to carry the oversized mats. Brogamats was founded on the belief that yoga practitioners defy simple categorization, and include people of all walks of life, all genders, all Lululemon


The gesture ring


The yet-to-be-named titanium wearable is designed by the award-winning Manabu Tago, and it features ALPS Electric’s tiny module (5.05 x 5.65 x 2.5 mm) that somehow manages to pack Bluetooth Smart radio, movement sensor, environment sensor plus antennas — there’s a video demo after the break. Despite its custom-made 10mAh lithium polymer cell, 16Lab is


The Copenhagen Wheel can turn any bike into an electric bike.

Assaf Biderman, founder of Superpedestrian and associate director of the Senseable City Lab, got the original idea for the Copenhagen Wheel emerged from a class of about 10 students working on ideas related to a partnership with Copenhagen meant to develop urban solutions. Even with Denmark’s already high rate of cycling, the city was looking for ways


Bose is suing Beats

Back in July, Bose filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Beats, arguing that its competitor had unlawfully stolen ideas pertaining to noise cancellation technology – best found in Bose’s QuietComfort headphones. At the time, Bose attempted to block imports of Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones in to the US. Now, however, the plaintiff has asked


100 Amazing Facts from Mental Floss


Mental Floss host John Green recently sat down to share one hundred incredible “trivia-tastic” facts in the latest episode of List Show including the fact that a preacher once asked his congregation to go to bars and urge people to leave their myspace accounts.

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New battery charges your phone through exercise

     Health, Technology

Created by students at Northwestern University, Ampy is a battery that when strapped onto the body, uses a magnet within a coil to convert kinetic energy into electricity. Simply plug the device, about half the size of a cellphone, into a USB port and a phone, and the charging begins. Chief Product Officer Alex Smith says,