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What Happens Behind the Scenes When You Buy Things with Your Phone
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You’ve decided to buy a new pair of shoes, and you’re going to pay for them by tapping your smartphone against the checkout stand. It’s just like using your credit card — except that it isn’t. Here’s what’s really happening to the money on your phone, when you spend it and when you are just carrying it around. Tapping the Phone So back to those shoes. You’ve got them up at the counter, and you take out your phone to tap it. At the moment the transaction occurs, your phone is using NFC, or Near Field Communication, to network with the checkout stand. Your phone has an NFC chip that uses a very small electromagnetic field to send your credit ca ... Read More →

7 Stories You Need To Know Today
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A little positivity to brighten your day: Apple tries going green, urbanites turn to farming, and Netflix will soon save us from the yoke of cable companies PSFK Editors select top news aggregated from around the web each day. Apple is getting eco-friendly in China, announcing a partnership with the World-Wildlife Foundation to preserve one million acres of forest. If apples are biodegradable, is the Apple Watch? (The Verge) The local-foods movement is burgeoning into one that accounts for an increasing portion of the world’s food needs, though we’re not sure how they came up with that 1/5 statistic (GreenBiz) TocaBoca, the highly successful a ... Read More →

Shooting Challenge: Mother's Day
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We’ve all had a mother, and so by nature, we all owe one a thank-you. Given that Mother’s Day is this Sunday, let’s celebrate it in photography. Take a photo that says thanks to your mom. The Challenge Take a photo tribute to your mom. It doesn’t have to be of your mom! It can be of anything you like. The Technique I’m not telling you how be a grateful child on Mother’s Day! Do your thing. And try to expose it properly. The Example Our lead image is by flickr’s Gaby Av. It’s a shot of her 11 year-old cousin’s card to his mom. It’s great because it’s this simple, earnest artifact, you know? The Rules 1. Submissions need to be your own. 2. Phot ... Read More →

Ideas Meetup #1 - Refugee Education Challenge - OpenIDEO Melbourne
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Who's Going Loading your connections... Event Details Want to help improve learning opportunities for refugees around the world?   In this OpenIDEO Melbourne meetup, we will use design thinking techniques to brainstorm and rapidly prototype some solutions to this big, challenging problem:  How might we improve education and expand learning opportunities for refugees around the world?  ***No design experience required.  Bring:  A laptop / tablet / smart phone so that we can quickly upload findings.    Please create a profile on OpenIDEO before attending.   We host events every couple of weeks.  Sign up here to learn about new events. About O ... Read More →

We Want to Hear About the Worst Crowdfunding Scams and Failures
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We Want to Hear About the Worst Crowdfunding Scams and Failures  Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money. It’s also a great way to hardcore scam people, and we’re looking for the worst swindles, hoodwinks, and old-fashioned ponzi schemes populating the teeming and poorly-regulated underbelly of the money-grubbing dream industry that you’ve seen. Most major platforms, from Kickstarter to GoFundMe, have a deliberately lax approach to rooting out bullshit. There’s really no incentive to take a hard line: The proliferation of scams has left plenty of frustrated donors, but it hasn’t stopped people from pulling out their wallets. When projects g ... Read More →

My First Lessons on Crowdfunding!
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I have been an entrepreneur since I was ten and before I got my business education, I had started several businesses. Thus, most of my business knowledge has been acquired experientially. Learning about crowdfunding is not an exception. My team and I did some research about the subject, however, it was not enough and we are learning in a painful way.  Today, I want to share just two important lessons: 1) select the right crowdfund platform and 2) acquire enough fans.   There are many crowdfunding platforms but the most popular are: Indiegogo; Kickstarters; Pozible; Rockethub and Tubestart. Each has a rate of success and a rate of failure. Th ... Read More →

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