As thousands descend on Austin for SXSW, Airbnb is teaming up with musical artists to design pavilions. With design help from Emily Henderson, rapper Snoop Lion, indie duo Capital Cities, and soul musician Allen Stone outfitted three kitHAUS temporary houses for the Airbnb Park.
Why aren't all the letters represented in the MTA? According to Mental Floss, some get absorbed, discontinued, and eventually reused (H, K, T, V). Some are confusing either with the number trains (O & I) or words (Y & U). The outlier is P, and we'll let you draw your own conclusions.
London-based designer Joseph Begley's latest lamp is the Slap It, a booty-shaped light that turns on and off when you grope it. Made of silicone, Slap It comes in eight colors: white, red, blue, cyan, green, magenta, yellow, and orange.
The Economist Intelligence Unit released their yearly “The Worldwide Cost of Living” survey this month, and Singapore topped the list. Using New York as a baseline, the survey tracks the prices of goods and services, such as food, transport, utilities, alcohol, and private schools, but not real estate and income tax. The least expensive city this year is Mumbai.
Ridesharing has been big for cars, but now you can share someone's plane. Flytenow is a site started by two Northeastern University students who love to fly, but found the hourly cost prohibitive. Currently only in Boston, the site plans to expand to New York and San Francisco soon.
Facebook is looking into buying Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can fly for up to five years without needing to land. The social network is a backer of Internet.org, an organization that aims to bring affordable internet across the globe. This acquisition could further that cause.
With a harsh winter, city streets are looking a bit more pockmarked than usual. Two photographers created MyPotholes, a series of photos depicting amusing alternate uses for the urban nuisances. From a barbecue to a baptism to a Baywatch rescue, they may have you seeing the streets a little differently.
The Internet of Things is coming to your mouth. Procter & Gamble released the Oral-B smartphone-connected toothbrush, the first of its kind from a major brand. The electric brush links with a smartphone and records your brushing habits. The app also gives mouth care tips and news headlines.
Matthew Sagalnik, a Princeton sociology professor, has been testing if things become popular on their merits or because of social influences. One study took two groups of teenagers and allowed them to listen to unsigned artists and download their favorites. One group didn't see what their friends were downloading, and the other did. For example, one song finished 40 of 48 in one group, and was the most downloaded in the other.