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Codecademy completes PHP course, ‘ready for prime time’

A month after unveiling the first few elements of its PHP course, Codecademy says the PHP track is now complete.<p>The free learn-programming-online site now has 11 modules and 86 lessons in all things PHP, from the basics and the standard if/else logic flow to arrays, functions, and advanced …

7 tips for a successful shared homestay experience

You’re staying in someone’s home you don’t know on a trip. Naturally that means you walk around in your underwear, fart, make a mess in the kitchen, throw used towels on the bathroom floor and hog the TV remote. Right?<p>Of course not. But this picture isn’t as rare as it sounds. Now that more …

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America's Best Theme Parks

Whizzing around on a roller coaster, splashing down a rushing water slide, noshing on cotton candy and hot dogs -- the theme park might be as quintessentially American as baseball. After all, if you're not going on a family vacation to the beach, chances are that your getaway will include a visit …

The Power of Train Travel

I blame luggage for all my troubles on trains — whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia. I try to avoid clunking other passengers in the head with my elbow as I navigate tight aisles and haul my wheeled carry on over my head, but it’s not easy.<p>Despite these …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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Real money starts to pour into math-based currencies like bitcoin

Chris Dixon, a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, posted this brief observation on Tumblr the other day:<p><b>Three eras of currency</b><br>Commodity based, e.g. Gold<br>Politically based, e.g. Dollar<br>Math based, e.g. Bitcoin<p>Now Dixon’s firm and several other well known investors are putting …

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Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin | Video

As a medium of exchange, currency at this day in age is not only limited to paper form.<p>As a medium of exchange, currency at this day in age is not only limited to paper form. While currency is often synonymous to banknotes and coins, these are merely physical tokens ubiquitous to our daily lives. …

Don’t understand Bitcoin? This video explains it in less than 4 minutes

The virtual currency Bitcoin is hot. In the past week, the price of a single Bitcoin has more than doubled and currently sits at about $240 on Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange.<p>If you’re new to Bitcoin, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. How does it work? Who controls it? Where do I buy …

Bitcoin prices collapse over $100 in a matter of hours

Virtual currency Bitcoin has seen a massive rise in prices in the past few week, but today that growth halted with a precipitous price decline of more than $100.<p>Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that has seen a lot of momentum over several months, most of which is likely due to price …

New York cops now armed with crime-busting Android app

The New York Police Department (NYPD) began outfitting its officers with Android smartphones as part of a new pilot aimed at improving policing and public safety. According to the <i>New York Times</i>, the department has already distributed over 400 smartphones to its officers since last summer, providing …

Google’s lesser-known travel apps

Location-based applications for Android and iPhone serve as pocket tour guides, alerting you to popular restaurants and landmarks and providing real-time translations.<p>The headlines are full of news about Google Glass, futuristic eyewear that has the search and alert capability of a smartphone and …

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Top 10 Burger Restaurants in the U.S.

Taxes may be eating away at your income, but you can still enjoy eating at restaurants. Hamburgers are inexpensive, plentiful and all-American. But dining out on a burger doesn't have to mean you're relegated to a fast food chain. We've scoured the country for the best places to order the American …

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