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South Florida’s Ramps Up Efforts to Teach Kids How to Code

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Miami’s entrepreneurial community recognizes the value that coding creates to individuals by creating more opportunities professionally. This summer a wave of summer coding programs became accessible for young people of all ages. These organizations aim at helping young people build the skills required to learn how to code. Coding camps are unique because it allows kids to create projects… Read more »


The New Yorker Offers “Summer-Long Free-For-All” Online

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On a note to readers today, The New Yorker announced that non-subscribers will have free access to everything published in both the print and online versions. This means free access not only to new content published, but also a selection of past content based on the demand of readers. For avid readers and The New Yorker‘s… Read more »


5 Experts Weigh In on the Future of 3D Printing

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Arthur C. Clark once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” 3D printing, seeing massive growth in only five years, is akin to what those seeing the very first computer must have felt, pure magic – and let’s face it, a little daunting. To assist those looking to improve their craft and… Read more »


Finally, Miami-Dade Commissioners Approve UberX and Lyft Services

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Miami, rejoice! Miami-Dade commissioners have voted this week to approve car-sharing services from apps like Uber and Lyft. After months (actually years for Uber) of ongoing fight with taxi services and the city, the services are now permanently legal. Drivers were previously facing a $2,000 fine for operating illegally. With Tuesday’s vote, commissioners gave their initial approval… Read more »



Don’t Let TSA Confiscate Your Smartphone: Portable Chargers Under $50

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This week, TSA announced that it will confiscate any battery-dead cellphone from boarding the plane. Specifically, international flights that are U.S. bound. This is important to anyone flying because smartphones run out of battery when you least expect it. So, if you’re on the go and don’t get a chance to charge your phone before your… Read more »


Home Depot: Anyone Can Buy In-Store 3D Printers

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Paint, hammer, and a 3D printer? As of today, shoppers in the world’s largest home-improvement store, Home Depot, will be able to purchase their own 3D printer. MakerBot printers have been available on Home Depot’s website for three months, but they will now be available in 12 stores as part of a pilot project. “We are continually looking to… Read more »


Take Your Startup to the Next Level by Ditching the Office

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Can breaking free from the office help your startup lead the pack? Today, one in five employees worldwide work remotely at least part-time, and 10 percent of the earth’s workforce are full-time virtual employees. By 2016, projections estimate that 63 million Americans will embrace the telecommuting lifestyle. In the short timeframe from 2005 to 2011 alone, the… Read more »



Shirterate: Queer Eye for the Straight Startup Bro

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As a gay man working in the startup space, sometimes it just gets to be a little too much of the same thing – the same guys wearing the same old stuff: the startup t-shirts, the untucked button-downs paired with jeans, and the innumerable variations on your standard plaid. (Although, to be honest, I myself… Read more »


Jermaine Dupri: Music Industry Needs Tech Savvy Execs to Survive

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Music producer and entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri joined Tech Cocktail’s co-founder Frank Gruber on stage last night for the launch of Gruber’s book, Startup Mixology. They discussed startup culture, marketing and entrepreneurship in a room full of local entrepreneurs. Dupri, as founder of social media platform Global14, had a lot to say about the convergence of music… Read more »



NASA Will Send 3D Google Smartphones to Help Research in Space

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Even the robots in space need their smartphones. NASA announced its plan to send to space Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology, “where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.” Part of NASA’s plan is to use the phones to help its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient,… Read more »


5 Ways to Enjoy Your Staycation in South Florida

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Summer is here! For some, this means taking time off to go on a family holiday or some exotic getaway… Of course, that was before you launched your own business, and vacations became a major expense/luxury/unlikelihood. Don’t worry, you can still relax and have fun in the Magic City at an affordable price. Here are five tips that… Read more »


Bibliophiles Just Won Crowdfunding: Reading Rainbow is the Most Backed Kickstarter of All Time

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Butterfly in the sky, #amirite? As a child of the 90s, I grew up on Reading Rainbow, and got super excited when Levar Burton launched his Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million to develop brand new Reading Rainbow programming across multiple platforms to adapt to modern standards. Hey Y’all… @readingrainbow just became the most backed… Read more »


Pyne is the Tinder of Social Polling: Leveraging Simple User Interface Design in a Competitive Market

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Designing a product – any product, whether that’s the next architectural masterpiece or the next Uber/Pandora/AirBnB for #whateveryourface – requires that one understand that simplicity trumps complexity. When the intention is for people to actually interact with your app regularly and frequently, you have to ensure that it’s easy to understand and simple to use…. Read more »