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LingoPie

Rapid learning through content In some English-as-a-second-language demographics, groups that spent significant time watching American movies had better English than those that didn’t. Today, consuming video content as a language-learning tool is being formalized into a purpose-built product: LingoPie is a service that teaches languages through movies and shows, and adds features that assist with…

Username ideas

Solutions and alternatives for new user names   Early in its existence, Twitter noticed that new users were getting to the username selection page, typing in a few ideas, then, unable to come up with a username, abandoning their signup attempt when they couldn’t get their desired username. A simple change was made to fix this:…

Mudlarking

The treasures of the Thames One of the newest trends in leisure used to be a full-time job for the desperately poor. In eighteenth-century London, so-called “mudlarks” would walk along the banks of the Thames, looking for lost goods they could scavenge and sell. Today, tourists take the same walk and look for the same…

Gather town

Connecting to work in a different way   When Steve Jobs was designing Pixar’s new headquarters, he famously designed the layout to make employees walk long distances to the nearest bathroom in an effort to increase collaboration, serendipitous meetings, and chance encounters. An office isn’t just a place where people work in isolation at desks or…

Empty gift boxes

Gift boxes and their evolution Easy gift wrapping options from Amazon have led to a common holiday season sight: a Christmas tree where every single present is one of half a dozen standardized Amazon gift bags. In an effort to stand out, gift-givers are increasingly buying empty gift boxes instead. Online brands have been offering to…

Scent booster

Scent booster in our daily life   Fast fashion has a surprising side effect: as consumers own more clothes and wear each item less frequently, they’re missing out on the clean-laundry smell. Plus, as the line between workwear and workout-wear blurs, it becomes increasingly important to make sure clothes stay fresh for longer. Scent boosters are…

hCAPTCHA

The independent hCaptcha service Over a billion people don’t realize that they have a part-time job working for Google, and now there’s a competitor. Through CAPTCHA forms, Google has, over the years, digitized old books for Google Books, digitized address photos on Google Maps that it couldn’t automatically read, and most recently improved its algorithms for…

Battery-powered lawn mowers

Lawn mowers and their evolution Battery-powered lawn mowers are rising in popularity on account of several surprising factors. For one, they’re quieter than the traditional gas-powered alternative which means they can be used earlier in the morning. The earlier that professional landscapers can start work, the more revenue they can generate each day. The noise factor…

Retractable Ceiling fan

Find special product features Successful marketing is sometimes less about adding a minor feature that 5% of customers will care about, and more about finding an existing feature, to highlight, that 50% of customers don’t know about. Most fans have a switch to change their rotational direction, which can either circulate air downwards (cooling a…

Freeze-drying strawberries

Freeze-drying strawberries Non sugar ingredient ?

Cereal companies are often at the forefront of adopting new kinds of preserved fruit. Since freeze-dried fruit has low water content, they’re mostly sugar, so buyers like the taste and cereal companies like the fact that they can say “no sugar added” by removing the non-sugar components of an ingredient. These strategies help cereal companies address the…

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