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GE, Local Motors Launch FirstBuild Micro-Factory in Louisville

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General Electric, Local Motors and University of Louisville have joined forces to open the FirstBuild Micro-factory. The micro-factory will be a place for “online and local community members to design products and help solve engineering challenges that will fast-track community driven innovation to market.” The opening of the FirstBuild Micro-Factory follows the announcement that GE partnered with Local… Read more »


Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

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When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


41 Startup Guys Show Us What They ACTUALLY Wear to Work

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This Monday, Banana Republic pretty much stunned the world with the unveiling of its Startup Guy line of clothing. While it seems that Banana Republic no longer has the line featured on its website, the collection of looks displayed on Monday were replete with perfectly tailored chinos, exposed ankles, and  crisp, chambray button-downs. While it’s… Read more »


Kaplan and Techstars Announce the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class

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It was today announced that 12 education-technology startups have been officially selected to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator in New York City. Kaplan, the global education company and largest subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company, is partnering with Techstars to power the three month immersive mentorship and business development program. The common thread that… Read more »


EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »


5 Apps and Websites to Use for Comic-Con 2014

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Starting today, San Diego will be teeming with Avengers, X-Men, Jedis, wookies, and other creatures for the 45th Comic-Con International, July 24-27. If you’re planning to attend, buckle up and plan ahead – last year more than 130,000 “beings” took over the town for the weekend. Here are some useful tips and must-haves around both the… Read more »


Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food

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Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access… Read more »



Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

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The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch at the end of 2012. The startup has revolutionized the online… Read more »


Macy’s Announces It Will Bring Fashion Incubator to Miami

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Macy’s, the American chain of department stores, announced today that it will bring its fashion incubator to Miami as an effort to foster talent in the city. The announcement was made by Edward Jay Goldberg, the Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs for Macy’s during the annual Beacon Council One Community One Goal Meeting. Goldberg went… Read more »


OwnerAide Helps Real Estate Professionals Build Meaningful Networks

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Real estate is a tough field to navigate, for both homeowners and the professionals who work in the field. With the rise of highly successful web platforms such as Zillow and Trulia, real estate agents and brokers are faced with the challenge of keeping up. The founders of Portland-based OwnerAide know that real estate professionals are valuable members of… Read more »


The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See

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California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »


Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

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Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute… Read more »


Dynamically Loading Code Securely with Android

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Android has quite a number of security features that are built into the operating system that significantly reduce the frequency and impact of security issues. The system is designed so that when you build your apps with default system and file permissions, you can avoid having to make difficult decisions about security. Some of the… Read more »