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San Francisco takes the pain out of joining secure public WiFi

Security on public WiFi tends to be either non-existent or a bit of a hassle; it's not fun to track down passwords just so that you can get online from the street corner. If you frequently visit downtown San Francisco, though, it's now a relative breeze. The city has launched a new version of its …

'Nurse Nicole' Urges Horny Tinder Dudes To See A Doctor

This month, male Tinder users who swipe right on someone named “Nurse Nicole” are in for a little surprise. You see, Nicole is less interested in <i>seeing</i> your junk than she is in making sure it gets checked out by a doctor.<p>And she's not afraid of responding to your awful pick-up lines in order to do …

Nostalgia: Why it is good for you

The past is not just a foreign country, but also one we are all exiled from. Like all exiles, we sometimes long to return. That longing is called nostalgia.<p>Whether it is triggered by a photograph, a first kiss or a treasured possession, nostalgia evokes a particular sense of time or place. We all …

Why Your Product Must Deliver More in Less

<i>Jake Levirne is the Vice President of Product at Yesware.</i><p>Humans are wired to crave immediate joy, from pizza delivery in 30 minutes or less to morning coffee in five. But with lengthy install times and complicated user interfaces, software by enterprise technology companies isn’t meeting our need …

Best deals of the week: Duracell, Mac Apps, DVD Ripper, Scrivener and more! [Deals]

As the week comes to a close (and a new week begins), Cult of Mac Deals wants to shine a spotlight on several of the best deals we’ve offered in the past week.<p>Scrivener 2<p><b>Scrivener</b> is a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through …

How to sidestep Microsoft, Google and do a dual Windows 8.1-Android tablet

If at first you don't succeed. Asus is taking another crack at dual-OS device. And this time it probably found a way to get around objections from Microsoft and Google.<p>First, a little background. Asus launched a dual Windows 8.1-Android tablet-laptop at CES in January. And despite promises we would …

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Privacy concerns lead parents to oppose student databases designed to improve public schools

Some people aren't excited by the opportunities afforded by big data — even when those benefits include overhauling a troubled public school system. <i>Politico</i> reports that a sizable group of amateur activists, spurred on by communications over social networks like Facebook, have created a significant …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Where Are the Best Urban Running Trails?

<i>A:</i><p>Pounding out miles on stoplight-strewn streets and past convenience stores quickly loses its luster. Whether you’re commuting or training, here are ten urban trails in the U.S. that offer scenic views and traffic-free paths to keep your run enjoyable.<p>Atlanta Beltline<p>Georgia’s Beltline cinches its …

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Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Our quest for the most romantic cities in Europe continues with a visit to Florence. (Did you miss our take on Valencia?)<p>My husband Warren and I are traveling to 10 cities by train to celebrate the release of our book, <i>Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.</i> As we …

The Best National Parks in America: Ranked!

Which government system protects some of our most prized land, offers affordable recreation and is great for the economy? You guessed it -- it's the National Park System.<p>Some have called it, "the best idea we ever had" and others, like Franklin D. Roosevelt, have said there is nothing more American …

Thailand Tourist Arrivals Continue Double-Digit Decline in May

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is considering ending the night curfew in more areas popular with tourists, an army officer said on …

Move Over, Miami: The Best of St. Pete

It’s our first evening in <b>St. Petersburg, Florida</b>, and the prospect of homemade French-Vietnamese spring rolls has spurred us off the Gulf Coast’s white sands to family-owned Café Alesia. Lofty ceilings, polished concrete floors, wooden tables, Technicolor paintings, and a sympatico waiter who …

Outside's Best Travel Photography: May 2014

Photo: Morgan Maassen<p>Photographer Morgan Maassen captures five-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore bodysurfing beneath Oahu's famous Pipeline.<p>"Photos like this from days that would have otherwise been written off always remind me that there is a moment to be experienced and captured at any …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

Voters' Choice: The 4 Best Towns in America

Here at <i>Outside</i>, we've been watching the Best Towns 2014 bracket with bated breath—not only because there have been some big surprises (we're looking at you, Duluth) but also because we've been rooting for our favorite towns, too. Now, our editors share some of what make the four finalists so …

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5 Travel Brands Winning on Social Media for the Week Ending June 6, 2014

The first week of June is coming to a close and the summer travel season for much of the Northern Hemisphere has begun, and people are looking for …

The Art of Mindful Photography

I often find myself acting out a similar pattern: As soon as I see an especially poignant scene, I reach for my iPhone to capture it.<p>Photos can be a wonderful way of sharing meaningful experiences with others, but I worry that my attempts to document the moment make being present in it a challenge. …

Uber Tops All Travel Startups by Raising $1.2 Billion at a $17 Billion Valuation

Taxi and limousine service Uber announced today that it had raised $1.2 billion in a financing round that values it at $17 billion, …

Daily Travel Startup Watch: TripShurpa, TourMatters and More

Every day we alert our readers of new startups in the travel industry being listed on AngelList, as an early information service for those who keep …

Best of Montana in Spring: Outdoor Recreation

Check out the five must-do local activities for outdoor enthusiasts visiting Montana.<p><b>Go Shed Hunting</b><p>In the window between the snowmelt and summer, “hunters” hike to deer and elk wintering grounds to look for fallen antlers, or “sheds.” These natural crowns are a renewable resource, dropped and …

An Outdoor Lock Box for Device-Obsessed Travelers

High-end beach resorts along the Florida or California coast offer guests seaside drink service and massages, but none have helped guests solve the …

Doing the Caesar Shuffle in Rome

With just under two days in Rome, our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour needs to be very well designed. We do what I call the "Caesar Shuffle" upon arrival (Colosseum, Forum, Capitoline Hill, and Pantheon). We go together to Campo de' Fiori and disperse to find dinner on our own before embarking on …

Handling the Masses at the Vatican

One of the big challenges for groups or individuals traveling in Italy is to handle the mob scenes at the Vatican Museum. There are a few sights in Europe (Versailles and the Vatican Museum come to mind) where there's almost no way to experience it without a constant and raging commotion of …

Five Signs Your City Is the Next Boomtown, USA

Depending on how in the know you are, you've either heard that our hometown, Austin, Texas, is the coolest up-and-coming city in America for the past year or the past decade. And we like that about our hometown: It just keeps getting better. (This month alone, Uber, Lyft and the ESPN X Games just …

The Best #TripLit for Foodies

Food and travel go together like, well, forks and knives. If you love good #TripLit as much as you enjoy good food, here are five delectable reads from around the world to add to your list.<p>In <b>Alice, Let’s Eat</b> (1978), Calvin Trillin tracks barbecue mutton to its global capital in Owensboro, Kentucky, …

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

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Star Alliance Airlines Settle in to Heathrow's New Terminal 2

Star Alliance Member Airlines and Heathrow Airport celebrated the arrival of the first flight into the new Terminal 2, the Queen’s Terminal, at …