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Platform reduces coding’s carbon footprint

Add / Remove Eco-design has long been implemented in all kinds of technologies and products, making them more efficient and planet-friendly. But data and code, although digital in form, can still be energy intensive. Now a French firm is looking to reduce coding’s carbon footprint. Greenspector is a software solution that performs energy-use analysis to optimize coding for energy efficiency. The company … Read More »

Crowdfunding real estate down payments from the community

Add / Remove A huge part of the population are currently excluded from the property market, due to unaffordable downpayment requirements. Of course, there are those whose family can help them get their first foot on the ladder, but there are very few solutions for the rest. Urban real estate startup Landed hopes to solve this by enabling prospective buyers … Read More »

Wearable microchip uses ultra-thin cables to make design seamless

Add / Remove We have already seen the development of new microchips that enable users to create their own wearables, but now a new product is making it easier for fashion designers to experiment with the technology. The KeKePad, designed by Shanghai-based startup KeKeSmart, uses sewable modules that are designed to be as small as possible, and integrates specially made cables. … Read More »

Platform automates job applicant verification

Add / Remove Traditionally, verifying the past employment of job applicants has been a time-consuming process for HR departments. Verified Resources is a startup that could change this by automating the entire process. To begin, employees create an account and add their employment history. Next, they invite their employers to verify them. Then, when the employee applies for a new … Read More »

Safer taxis via female-only Uber

Add / Remove Uber may have revolutionized the taxi industry, but there have been a number of assaults and rapes by its drivers, and many passengers — women in particular — feel unsafe using the service. Aiming to rectify this is Chariot for Women, the female-only taxi service that is set to launch in Boston next week. Chariot for Women … Read More »

Where Are They Now?: A Shoe That Grows

Add / Remove In this month’s Where Are They Now we revisit Because International, a non-profit that created The Shoe That Grows — a flexible shoe that adjusts and expands gradually, and can fit a child’s foot perfectly for five years. As any parent will know, kids’ feet grow at an alarming rate, and in the developing world, there are … Read More »

Navigation app red-zones high crime areas

Add / Remove Most urban cities have areas that are unsafe and intimidating. Long-time residents often instinctively avoid such streets, but newcomers and tourists don’t always know about them. Now, RedZone is a navigation app that will help anyone stay safe in a new city by providing location-based crime data in real-time. RedZone combines crime data from government agencies with … Read More »

App splits restaurant bill to rectify pay gaps

Add / Remove Despite growing awareness, there is still a problematic pay gap between men and women and along racial lines. This will — hopefully — eventually be rectified, but in the meantime we have seen some interesting initiatives that aim to balance things out at the point of payment. First, there was Less Than 100 — a traveling pop-up … Read More »

Thermal billboard can detect a fever

Add / Remove Interactive billboards are providing interesting new ways for brands to connect with consumers. We have already seen a yawning advert used to advertise coffee, and a smart Russian billboard that hides a secret advert from the police. Now, the Theraflu Thermoscanner, created by Saatchi & Saatchi and GSK, measures the temperature of passers-by to determine whether or … Read More »

Anonymous social media lets users create different personas

Add / Remove Social media has become a part of most people’s daily routine, and many use multiple social media channels to show different sides of themselves. But now, a new social network is encouraging people to hide their real identities entirely. Instead, it wants users to embrace their online personas. Galaxia is a new social platform where users create multiple personas … Read More »