How product managers are slowly becoming mini CEOs


Ten years ago, the top companies by market cap in the world were predominantly in oil, general industry, and financial services. Today, the top five are technology companies, providing products and services to consumers and enterprises. With this transformation, the pace of innovation has increased exponentially in response to demand. Last year, the number of global mobile users grew to exceed half of the world’s population with users in South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan averaging three hours per day spent in apps. To keep up and compete effectively in such a busy market, and as tech trends continue to…

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TigerVPN grants full online security forever – for less than $50


Other than the mostly unworkable scenario of going Amish and completely detaching from the grid, you won’t find a more sound method of protecting your online information and privacy than with a top-quality VPN provider. With cyber-thieves, hackers and online snoops always lurking, you need the talents of a quality VPN provider like TigerVPN to shield everything you do on the web. Right now, you can lock in a lifetime of TigerVPN service at a ridiculously low $49 fee from TNW Deals. Encircled by TigerVPN’s 256-bit SSL military grade encryption tunnel, you can explore all corners of the web with a masked IP address…

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Autonomous cars will create a trillion dollar passenger economy


Drivers are becoming riders. As ride services and autonomous vehicles become the norm, the new “Passenger Economy” will thrive as we strive to fill the reclaimed time once spent behind the wheel. Intel predicts that the value of goods and services for this economy will be close to $7 trillion by 2050, more than double the predicted value of the “Sharing Economy”. Cars will be transformed from single-serving modes of transport, into hyper-customizable, seamless extensions of living space. As a result, we’ll be spending all our time and money on non-driving services and experiences created by the likes of global…

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This Dutch startup turns plants into batteries


Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lighst run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil. Here’s how it works: during the process of photosynthesis plants release organic compounds in the soil. This causes bacteria to generate electrons and protons, which are then used in a similar way to a traditional battery. And here’s the fun part: healthier plants produce more energy. If you take care…

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This startup is quite literally Airbnb for pets


In the digital world, there is one certainty: if there’s a need, sooner or later (and probably sooner) there will be an app for it. Digital technology has revolutionized, streamlined and enhanced just about every area of our lives. And now it’s time to do the same for our pets’ lives. Now that summer is here, pet owners everywhere are busy making pet care arrangements for the holidays. While we humans can find our ideal getaway on sites like Airbnb or Homeaway, what about our furry (or feathered or scaly) friends? For folks who cringe at the idea of Fido…

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Razer is making a phone for gamers (probably)


A few months ago, Razer made the surprising move of buying Nextbit, a small company that had just entered the market with a cloud-oriented phone. If it wasn’t already clear then that Razer intended to make a smartphone, a report by Bloomberg corroborates the suspicion. According to “people familiar with the matter,” the company is shooting for a $3-5 billion valuation on a Hong Kong IPO in order to help fund the smartphone. This theoretical device would be aimed at Razer’s hardcore gaming audience, whatever that means. I, for one, would be curious to see a Razer phone. The company…

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Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions


Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. They’ve created an algorithm that can detect and measure individual heartbeats by bouncing RF signals off of people. An RF emitter coupled with the algorithm works in the same way as an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), without requiring any leads be attached to a person. This is accomplished using the same technology that we currently have in our home routers. The remarkable part is the machine-learning that goes into what the scientists are calling EQ Radio. The information the AI receives has to be processed differently than a standard…

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