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A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

Robert Padbury via Kickstarter

A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

How to Sell Playing Cards, Apple-Style

Apple’s product design team has specialized in making complex things — digital music, mobile phones, computers — seem simple. Robert Padbury, a former Apple user interface designer, wants to apply that design philosophy to something that’s already pretty simple: playing...

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The success of Nest's digital thermostats are helping turn up the heat on venture capitalists to fund hardware startups.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The success of Nest's digital thermostats are helping turn up the heat on venture capitalists to fund hardware startups.

Nest and GoPro Could Lead to a Hardware Startup Revival

Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, GoPro’s pending initial public offering and Jawbone’s budding popularity have VegasTechFund’s Jen McCabe giddy about the prospect for hardware startups. McCabe has backed about a dozen hardware companies in the eight months since she...

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Leap Motion's computer accessory allows users to control a computer by waving their fingers and hands.

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Leap Motion's computer accessory allows users to control a computer by waving their fingers and hands.

HP Hopes Leap Motion’s Hand-Gesture Controls Help Revive the PC

Personal-computer sales have fallen through the floor as people spend more time on mobile devices. The world’s largest PC maker is trying to lure some buyers back with an unusual new way to control their machines. Hewlett-Packard is partnering with...

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Believe it or not, cathode ray tubes are still in production today, despite the prevalence of flat screens.

Photograph by Corning Inc. via Bloomberg

Believe it or not, cathode ray tubes are still in production today, despite the prevalence of flat screens.

Fat Fine May Hit Makers of Fat TVs

Remember those bulbous TVs and computer monitors that preceded the slimmed-down liquid-crystal displays we have today? Some companies are actually still making them (surprise!), and several of them may be fined by the European Union within weeks over price-fixing agreements,...

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Mark Collins, left, and Jason Giddings agreed to a $3 million investment on a glacier in the Swiss Alps.

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Mark Collins, left, and Jason Giddings agreed to a $3 million investment on a glacier in the Swiss Alps.

After Raising Money on Kickstarter, Side Project Lands Another $3 Million

(Updates to add comment from Kickstarter in last graph.) When Jason Giddings posted his idea on Kickstarter in November to build a glass keyboard and mouse controlled by multi-touch gestures similar to the iPad, he didn’t even have a name for it. The...

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OpenVizsla is named after Vizsla dogs, which are known for their ability to be trained and sniff.

Courtesy OpenVizsla via Kickstarter

OpenVizsla is named after Vizsla dogs, which are known for their ability to be trained and sniff.

After Getting Funded, Some Kickstarter Projects Stall

Kickstarter began in 2009 as a way for entrepreneurs to raise money to get projects off the ground. Though the company’s fundraising platform has been a success, many projects have not. More than a million backers have given $274 million...

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There was a time when Cisco could consistently be counted on to post double-digit growth. Those days may be over.

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There was a time when Cisco could consistently be counted on to post double-digit growth. Those days may be over.

Cisco’s Double Whammy: 1,300 Job Cuts and a Disruptive $1.3B Deal

Cisco Systems was dealt a double whammy in less than an hour yesterday. First, the computer-networking giant announced plans to cut 1,300 jobs, as the European debt crisis and sluggish corporate spending threaten sales. That was at 3:15 p.m. New York...

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Axio's Arye Barnehama, left, demonstrates his headband that measures the user's focus at an event held by the HAXLR8R incubator.

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Axio's Arye Barnehama, left, demonstrates his headband that measures the user's focus at an event held by the HAXLR8R incubator.

New Incubators Focus on Hardware

Arye Barnehama had an idea for a headband that could measure a person’s level of focus. So last year, he recruited people with the know-how to design software and arrange circuit boards to help build it. “We had a really great foundation...

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