The founder of 5-Hour-Energy wants to change the world, again.

The world will be saved from climate change, poverty, and dirty politics because of people like Manoj Bhargava, founder of 5-Hour-Energy. He’s focusing on projects like transforming sea water into drinking water and independent sources of electricity for the 3rd world. The new film “Billions in Change” focuses on these projects and more.

The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.

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Interested in seeing the whole film? You can see it here.

Windows 10 Launched Today

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Today is the day many have been waiting for with excitement (and fear). This new version of Microsoft Windows is released today as a free upgrade for “genuine” users of Windows 7 and 8. It was provisionally reported in error that the this long awaited update would be free for both genuine and pirated copies of Windows. Today the company made it official via an email to Windows Insider members:

  • For PCs running Genuine Windows 7/8 – these machines qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update. (You can also do a media-based upgrade though the Microsoft Software Download site.)

  • For PCs not running Genuine Windows 7/8/10 – you can purchase Windows 10 at your local retailer or at online retailers like Microsoft Store.com.

I am disappointed in the restriction, but understand it was a business choice. It has been reported that some pirates are successfully upgrading to Windows 10. Upgrading my HP Envy running a legal copy of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was a beautifully simple process. Your results may vary.

A few of the features Microsoft is promoting about Windows 10 include:

I expect this to be the best Windows yet. How about you? Have you already updated? What do you think?

Watch Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite CEO, Read A “Mean Tweet” From A User

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Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite CEO, reading a “mean tweet” from a user. Image credit: Screen grab from the company’s recent promotional video.

Let’s face it. Hootsuite is an amazing product that looks like crap. They know it too so they put together a nice facelift for the site and are introducing it to users now. The best part of the new UI redesign launch campaign? This video of it’s employees (and CEO) reading mean tweets about the old design:

You can check out the new design and switch to it at: https://hootsuite.com/new-dashboard-design

Mod Your Favorite Website To Look Exactly How You Want It

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The Tomodo service allows developers to create new websites by modifying existing ones. The service acts as a real time proxy between the browser and the original website. Everything happens on the fly – no scraping and no data saved on the company’s servers. Static and dynamic sites work with the service and web developers can have their own websites opt-out of the Tomodo service with a simple line of code.

Check out a couple of examples below and then view more in the mods gallery:

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Want to give it a try?

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Register now.

The Last Century’s Worth of Telecommuications Technology Sounds Covered in 4 Minutes

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If you have ever wanted to see/hear the last century’s worth of telecommunications technology covered in just 4 minutes this video was created for you. This chronologically ordered mix includes carrier pigeons, typewriters, telegraph, rotary phones, instant messaging and dial-up sounds and more.

Oliver and I wanted to tell this history, a century-long journey of man and machine (and pigeon) by drawing on the power of our associations with communication technology, and creating audio and video tracks that would alternatively interact or diverge, presenting parallel versions of the narrative. While compiling these sounds and images, sense-memories, funny stories, and hazy historical recollections were jarred from the darkest recesses of our brains.

Full blog post covering the video’s backstory can be found at:
http://www.good.is/posts/the-most-insane-polyphonic-collage-you-will-ever-see

YouSendIt Rebrands Itself As ‘Hightail’

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YouSendIt has come up with a new name and vision for its company that is “beyond sending things.” Exact details of the change and how it will affect customers is unclear. The company posted on its blog today and included a video about the new name (embedded below), but didn’t expand much on what its new vision is going to be. Many of the links on the Hightail blog simply redirect to the old YouSendIt branded pages.

What do you think HighTail will mean to current and future customers? Have they missed out on the best first impression they can make with a half-launched new site? Only time will tell for sure.

Groupon Announces “BreadCrumb” POS

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Groupon recently announced the launch of Breadcrumb POS, a free iPad app that enables quick-service eateries, salons, spas and retail merchants to replace their outdated cash registers with an easy-to-use solution that offers local businesses a low-price guarantee that will beat any comparable plan on credit card transaction fees.

In addition to having a cost-effective hardware package, Breadcrumb POS comes with Breadcrumb Payments—a service that offers:

  • Rates of only 1.8 percent plus $0.15 per transaction (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) with no hidden costs or monthly fees
  • Free processing on first $5,000 in credit card transactions (promotional offer)

“With this launch we can help every local business replace their outdated cash registers with a modern, affordable, money-saving tool that allows them to save on credit card transaction fees and run their businesses better,” said Mihir Shah, VP Merchant OS. “The successful adoption of Breadcrumb Pro by restaurants and bars has been very encouraging, with some of the finest venues in the country using it to run their businesses. As a result, we decided to launch Breadcrumb POS and bring the power and simplicity of this product to more merchants.”

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“What attracted us the most to Breadcrumb POS was how easy it was to install and use,” said Akansha Khosla, Manager, Rick’s Ice Cream, Palo Alto, Calif. ”It enables us to speed up transactions during busy periods and easily calculate reports at the end of the day.”

Local businesses interested in learning more about Breadcrumb POS and other Breadcrumb by Groupon products and services can visit breadcrumb.groupon.com.