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Loom Decor Puts Professional Design Materials in Your Hands

Loom Decor Puts Professional Design Materials in Your Hands

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The Fabric World Interiors store in London.Image: Flickr, Herry LawfordDuring her time at a top New York City interior-design firm, Ashley Gensler became frustrated by the exclusivity of the industry; most products are available only "to the trade," and high fees limit access to great design. Armed with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a background in design, Gensler set out to change this industry standard, launching Loom Decor in 2012. She and co-founder Nichole Ocepek have built Loom into a comprehensive online resource for high-end custom textile furnishings at prices accessible to customers and designers alike. Gensler talked with us about why they started the business and what technology made it possible. BND: What problem were you hoping to solve with your business...
Foresee: The Weather App that Lets You Plan for the Future

Foresee: The Weather App that Lets You Plan for the Future

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Foresee ($0.99) by BorderLeap, LLC is a weather-based activity scheduling app. Most weather apps try to let you know if you’ll be needing an umbrella. Some even help you decide what to wear, but until now, none have focused on helping you decide what to do. With Foresee, you don’t plan to do something, then check to see what the weather will be like. Instead, you just launch the app, then see what it thinks you should be doing. It makes its decisions based on information you provide, as well as everything it knows about the weather. You do have to spend some time setting the app up, but because of its pleasant design, it’s not such a difficult task. You just have to select from a list of activities you enjoy, then enter details about your ideal times and conditions. The more information yo
7 Ways to Find The Best Holiday Shopping Deals

7 Ways to Find The Best Holiday Shopping Deals

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PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid -- online, via mobile and in store. For more information about BrandSpeak, click here. The holiday gift-giving season is around the corner. It's a time to splurge on items for your family and friends, and we want to help. Luckily, you won't overpay for items or buy something without doing your research, because we've compiled resources to jump-start your shopping. 1. Deal Finder Although eBay has a reputation for discounted prices, the deal finder tab adds an extra percentage off when purchasing brand new items. The only downfall is this only aggregates dropped prices on electronic items such as music, movies and video games. 2. Milo Sometimes two-day shipping isn't good enough; you need to bring a product home, now. If only the stores in...
Every Betch’s End of Summer Bucket List

Every Betch’s End of Summer Bucket List

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I honestly tried really hard to think of more ideas that didn't involve being blackout outside, yet I didn't want to do too much work because, vacation. And let's be honest, those are the two best parts of summer anyway. - Day drink in as many places as possible. OK so you’ve covered the beach, a boat, and your backyard, but now it’s time to really branch out your day-drinking locations. How many parks have you been wasted in? Can you up that number? Any outdoor location can become a watering hole if you believe. - Go to a baseball game. Not to actually watch the game, duh, everyone knows betches are too ADD for that. But again, day drinking, and people watching. Seriously, the prime place to people watch (and subsequently talk shit about said people) is...
How To: Get Through A Weekend At Home

How To: Get Through A Weekend At Home

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After you move out from your parents' house you try to avoid that place like the fucking plague, but sometimes you just need to get away from your stressful life of blacking out and not eating, so you go home. Your dad will ask you if you're ready to start paying your own bills and your mom will grill the shit out of you about why you don't have a nice, mature boyfriend. Let the agony begin. Making it through these couple of days is pure torture when your parents literally will not stop asking you questions from the moment you walk through the door until the moment you storm out Sunday morning, but it’s not impossible with the right state of mind. Start with your arrival. When you first get there ask your dad what his favorite new cocktail is so he gets excited t...
Nanotech Gloves Heat Hands to Ideal Temperature

Nanotech Gloves Heat Hands to Ideal Temperature

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It's difficult to keep your hands toasty in cold weather, even when you're wearing Thinsulate-lined everything. We take gloves on-and-off, making it more challenging to keep our hands warm on cold days or when we're skiing the slopes. But there are some pricey high-tech gloves that fit the bill — using sensors to detect when our digits get too chilly, so the gloves can warm them back up. The Chaval Response-XRT gloves ($390) are for the ultimate outdoors person — or anyone who intends to spend some time in freezing conditions. If you slip your hands into the gloves and one of your fingers is cold, the proprietary nanotechnology (in the form of a thin film inside the glove) will detect this temperature deviation and send more heat to that finger. As the fingertip warms, the film
19 Awesome IKEA Furniture Hacks You Have To Try Right Now

19 Awesome IKEA Furniture Hacks You Have To Try Right Now

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IKEA is known for its huge selection of simple furniture options. Well, that and their notoriously impossible directions for assembling said furniture. But if you're looking for something a little more high-end (yet can't bear to part with half of your savings), you shouldn't overlook the big-box store. With a few key upgrades that are quite easy to execute, you can turn your run-of-the-mill dresser into an epic bookcase. Have a look at how you can give your boring furniture a new life! 1. Make this step stool into a cute side table or a statement piece in your child's bedroom. This Little Street 2. All you have to do to upgrade this clock is hang it with an old belt. Remodelista 3. Turn an av...
A Washington, D.C., Maryland and NoVa adventure guide

A Washington, D.C., Maryland and NoVa adventure guide

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Image: Nicolas RaymondThere’s more to the nation’s capital than political jurisdiction, and Maryland and Virginia residents often overlook all there is to do and see right under their noses. Those who live in these areas are lucky to have a breadth of adventurous opportunities to venture outside, be active and maybe learn a thing or two. From kayaking and hiking to midnight tours and LED exhibits, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and their surroundings offer exciting escapes for residents and visitors alike. Fun in the snow Image: Flickr, Viola AragonWith winter comes ice, and with ice comes the opportunity for icy adventures. Just grab a helmet, a pick and some winter wear, and you’ll be ice climbing in no time. We suggest you enroll in an introductory climbing seminar before attempti
Google Maps Reveals How We Spent Summer Vacation

Google Maps Reveals How We Spent Summer Vacation

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U.S. travelers had visiting scenic landscapes on their mind this summer, as the top three Google Maps searches were park regions in the West: Death Valley National Park, Redwood National Park and Yosemite National Park. Google Maps has released an infographic that details how those in the U.S. and across the Northern Hemisphere traveled from May to September 2012. National parks occupied the top six spots on the list — with the Grand Canyon surprisingly coming it only at no. 6 — followed by the Empire State Building (no. 7), Myrtle Beach (no. 8), Niagara Falls (no. 9) and Times Square (no. 10) Overall, North Americans had their sights set on the best local beaches, while those in Spain, Italy and France searched for community swimming pools. In the U.K., indoor activities such as squash
These Carry-on Bags Will Charge Your Devices and Slide Through Security

These Carry-on Bags Will Charge Your Devices and Slide Through Security

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Traveling can be stressful. If you're anything like me, you often find yourself dashing through the airport, frantically trying to get through security and to the gate with enough time to hunt down an open outlet for one last bit of charge for your laptop. Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to worry about your gadgets running out of battery, or how many bins you need to take all those devices out of your carry-on in order to get through security? Bag and case company ECBC is trying to solve that problem with a line of rolling carry-on luggage that's not only TSA-compliant, it also includes a portable recharging unit. The bags are designed to speed you through security with a front-zippered flap for all your electronic gear. Instead of taking out all your devices, you simply unzip the ...
How To Survive a Night Out With Hipsters

How To Survive a Night Out With Hipsters

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No one ever intends for it to happen. You’re out to dinner with friends, someone mentions an acquaintance’s house party and 3 tequila shots later you find yourself somewhere you never thought you’d be: a hipster’s living room. It’s not just the faint smell of pot or even the stack of vinyl records piled in the corner that gives it away; it’s the dingy window sills and overall lack of cleanliness that confirm your location. It feels more like a commune than a house with the 2-day old pizza and bags of weed out for everyone to enjoy, bathrooms lacking doors but overcompensating with incense, and home-brewed kombucha jugs lining the kitchen counters. There are no framed pictures of important events: birthdays, girls nights, nothing. What does fill the lac...
8 Ways Your Phone Doubles as a Wilderness Survival Tool

8 Ways Your Phone Doubles as a Wilderness Survival Tool

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No one can predict when they'll be in a survival situation, but it's never too late to be prepared. When you're lost in the middle of nowhere with limited resources, everything you have on your person becomes important — including your smartphone. We've combed through outdoorsy smartphone apps to find the ones that would be most appropriate for a survival situation where internet connections and phone signals are nonexistent. 1. Flashlight First, there's the trusty flashlight. The aptly named Flashlight (download for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and Brightest Flashlight (download for Android) are simple apps that use your phone's tiny LED flash to illuminate as well as any small modern flashlight you'll find in the camping aisle of your favorite retail store. We chose these two apps for
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Works While Floating on Water

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Works While Floating on Water

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Speakers and water typically don't mix. Bring them near a swimming pool, in a boat or by the lake and you'll likely regret it. But a new waterproof Bluetooth speaker called "Ecoxbt" claims to stay resilient even when floating on water or fully submerged under it. Creator Ecoxgear, which specializes in products for the outdoor lifestyle, says the Ecoxbt has 100% waterproof protection "from rainstorms, ocean waves, pool parties or kayaking trips." The portable, 1.5-pound device was tested at one meter of depth for 30 minutes, with no leaks, Ecoxgear says, adding that it floats speaker-side up so music won't get muffled by water. In addition to playing music from the Bluetooth-enabled speaker, users can also answer calls, listen to voicemails and hear text notifications through the built-in...
15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

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Image: Flickr, Peretz PartenskyYou skied, you ate more meat than you thought was humanly possible and your mom is still mad at you for wearing that hideous sweater to Thanksgiving at your aunt's. That was winter. This is summer. If you can escape mom's wrath, there are a few rugged activities you should get to this summer. If jetpacks in Hawaii or hand-fishing in Oklahoma intrigue you, check out those and other intrepid items on our summer bucket list. Just remember to apologize to mom before you go canyoneering in Utah. 1. Strap on a water jetpack in Hawaii A water jetpack in Lake Tahoe, Calif.Image: micadewIn the past, hydraulic jetpacks were for characters like James Bond and Iron Man, not you on summer vacation. Today, that’s changed. Next time you’re in Hawaii, rent a jetpack for t
9 Neat Pocket Warmers to Keep Your Hands Cozy

9 Neat Pocket Warmers to Keep Your Hands Cozy

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Cozy Pocket Warmers 1. Aroma Home Cat Knitted Hand Warmers Aroma Home offers an entire range of adorable knitted animal warmers. Cost: $15.99 Image: Aroma Home 2. Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers A pair of cashmere hearts would make a lovely gift for someone special. Cost: $15 Image: WormeWool/Etsy 3. Owl Hot Chick Hand Warmer This cute owl will both warm you and cheer you up. Cost: $7.49 Image: Amazon 4. Rectangle Pocket Hand Warmers These pretty flannel rectangles will release the smell of lavender when you warm them. Cost: $10 Image: ginderellas/Etsy 5. Toysmith Sock Monkey Hand Warmers A couple of cheeky sock monkeys in your pockets will sort you out on a winter's day. Cost: $9.99 Image: Toysmith/Amazon 6. Cu...
HomeMonitor Security Camera Gives You Peace of Mind

HomeMonitor Security Camera Gives You Peace of Mind

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LAS VEGAS — New parents have long understood the benefits of a baby monitor the ability to peek in on your precious newborn and make sure everything is alright. As technology evolved, it got easier to do this from afar. Wi-Fi and apps paved the way for mobile check-ins from the office or on a business trip. Now the cameras and technology have gotten to the point where safeguarding your precious home is just as easy and as affordable. Y-cam, maker of the BabyPing baby monitor, introduced a new line of security cameras at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas intended for the home. The company says its Y-cam HomeMonitor is the first outdoor cloud-based camera for the home. That means you can set it up outside if you want to keep tabs on who's coming and going in your home, or find out what
Activity-Tracking Collar Tells You If Fido Needs a Walk

Activity-Tracking Collar Tells You If Fido Needs a Walk

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Here's a whole new reason to play fetch with Fido. With Tagg - The Pet Tracker, the activity tracker for dogs, you can view how much activity your pet has had in the past 24 hours and determine if he needs more or fewer walks. And just like advanced activity trackers for humans, this one can differentiate between various activities — in this case, catching a Frisbee, rolling over or playing fetch. This new activity tracking will be available late next week for free to current Tagg owners in an over-the-air update. The current Tagg device is used solely as a tracker and uses GPS to keep tabs on your dog's location. This technology will still be available in the new version, but now includes the activity monitoring. To buy the collar attachment and base, it'll cost $99.95 plus $7.95 a mo
11 Essential Grilling Tips From Iron Chef’s Michael Symon

11 Essential Grilling Tips From Iron Chef’s Michael Symon

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Image: Flickr, Andrew CzapChef Michael Symon is serious about meat. The award-winning Food Network chef shares perfectly cooked burgers, steaks and barbecue with the masses at his four restaurants in Cleveland and Detroit: Lola, Lolita, B Spot and Roast. But it's his own backyard where he serves the juiciest slabs of meat, including his personal summer favorite: grilled Old Bay chicken thighs. Mashable caught up with Symon to talk grills, barbecue sauce and his all-time favorite burger toppings. Here's what we learned: Image: Flickr, Christopher Craig1. Know the difference between barbecuing and grilling. As Symon put it: "Barbecuing is technically low and slow, and grilling is high and quick." When grilling, he recommends starting the meat on a very high heat to give it that "wonderfu...
Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week

Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week

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Chris Crowell is a veteran kindergarten teacher and contributing editor to Children's Technology Review, a web-based archive of articles and reviews on apps, technology toys and video games. Download a free issue of CTR here. Top 5 Kids Apps Spot the Dot $3.99Ages 3-upOverall rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars Why we like it: Spot the Dot turns a children's book into a lively, engaging experience. Based on the book by David Carter, Spot the Dot is a "needle in the haystack" or "I Spy" type of app, where the same item -- a small colored dot, is hidden in nine screens. Need to know: On some pages the dot is hidden in a moving illustration, and the dot moves around, extending the utility of this app, despite the limited number of pages. This is a great app for a group of children to pl...
Raising Young Critical Thinkers in the Digital Age

Raising Young Critical Thinkers in the Digital Age

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Monica Vila is co-founder of TheOnlineMom, an organization that provides technology education to families and helps moms connect with brands they can trust. When my daughter Sam does a school project, it's usually quite involved. This month she’s planning to create a board game to highlight the qualities of hydrogen, her assigned topic. She has all the physical tools she needs, poster board, art tools, etc. But there are sources to go through; the giant science textbook, her school notes, the teachers requirement of consulting at least one school library book. There is MyBigCampus to check into for last minute reminders and her phone is buzzing with questions and comments from her friends also working on their assignments. While she learns to prioritize her time with all this informatio
Pack The Perfect Pinterest Picnic

Pack The Perfect Pinterest Picnic

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Pinterest Picnic DIY Tent Dress your picnic up and protect it from the elements by constructing a small tent. Originally by Apartment Therapy, pinned by se7en_hoods. DIY Picnic Blanket No picnic is complete without a picnic blanket. Decorate your own by painting a drop cloth. They are cheap and come with the added bonus of being waterproof. Originally by Designlovefest, pinned by Shannon Mahoney. ... Or use a shower curtain instead If you don't have time to make your own picnic blanket, throw a shower curtain on the ground first and instantly transform any blanket into the perfect picnic blanket. Originally by Real Simple, pinned by Nathalie Rivard. DIY Picnic Basket Make your own picnic basket out of these recyclable materials. Originally...
What Life Is Like When You’re 18 Vs. What Life Is Like When You’re 25

What Life Is Like When You’re 18 Vs. What Life Is Like When You’re 25

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Age 18: “OMG I got such amazing grades” Age 25: “What were my grades again?” 1. How much of a lightweight you are. Christopher Furlong Getty Images Christopher Furlong / Staff   2. What you consider to be a “big night”. David Becker / Getty Images Shutterstock / BBC / Netflix / Food Network   3. What you think of the latest chart hit. Chris Jackson / Getty Images Shutterstock   4. What you think of children’s television. Ned's Declassfied School Survival Guide / Nickelodeon Victorious / Nickelodeon   5. How you feel when purchasing food. goodtoknow.media.ipcdigital.co.uk ocado.com   6. Your relationship with y...
4 Kinds Of Alcohol To Mix Up Your Weekday Drinking Routine

4 Kinds Of Alcohol To Mix Up Your Weekday Drinking Routine

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There's nothing better to come home to after a long day of work than your favorite alcoholic beverage. If you're still in college, and depending on your classiness and body mass index, your go-to weeknight drink could range from wine coolers to vodka with a splash of Sprite (the diet kind, fucking duh). But for post-college betches who have matured into a loving, dedicated relationship with wine, it’s hard to grab anything other than our beloved bottle of red. But just like in any relationship, too much time together can make things boring; there isn’t any excitement anymore. You used to get giddy reaching for the wine opener and those first few sips were magical, but now you just mindlessly pour and pour and pour until the bottle is empty…just like your soul...
12 Apps You Need to Survive the Holidays

12 Apps You Need to Survive the Holidays

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12 Apps You Need to Survive the Holidays 1. Pickie Gifts (shopping) There are only a couple days left to buy the perfect presents for your parents, siblings, favorite co-workers and best friends. If you still have absolutely no clue what to gift, we suggest this handy tool. Pickie's Best Gift Giver tool suggests a few intelligent gift ideas based on a person's Facebook Likes, in a special catalog you can click through. In our test, the tool was spot-on with its gift suggestions for our friends. Screenshot courtesy of Pickie Gifts 2. Postagram (send postcard) Need to send something meaningful to a faraway pal — in a snap? Use the Postagram iOS, Android or web app to send a postcard with your favorite Instagram, Facebook or mobile photo. Turn your favorite vacation pic

Spin the Wheels on This Bike to Charge Your Phone

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In a populous place like New York City, there are plenty of random outlets at coffee shops, bookstores and local Apple Stores to energize your dying smartphone. There are even charging stations at Jay Z's 40/40 Club by Flatiron. But, recharging a dead phone involves whipping out a bulky charger and hogging up table space, which isn't very polite. The Charge Cycle offers a seemingly better way to charge your phone out in the open. The Charge Cycle hopes to bring a network of outdoor neon-green stationary bikes that anyone can hop on to charge their phone. All they have to do is peddle. It takes the same amount of time to charge as if you were to plug directly into a wall — five minutes of cycling will increase your charge by roughly 5%. If the project successfully raises $50,000 on Kic