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Why We Finally Have the First True 'Smartphones'

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

Apple Watch now has over 6,000 apps

Developers are churning out the Apple Watch apps way faster than the first wave of iPhone apps that launched with the App Store. According to new data provided by App Annie to Cult of Mac, the number of Apple Watch apps has double since the device debuted on April 22nd.<p>The total number of Apple …

Apps

Why Gossip Can Save Your Life

Gossip, says an Oxford University evolutionary psychologist, provides vital physical and psychological benefits—and benefits society. But you have to …

Psychology

British Airways' owner makes £1bn offer for Ireland's Aer Lingus

International Airlines Group to buy Aer Lingus after Irish government agrees to sell its 25pc stake<p>International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has confirmed it has reached agreement with Aer Lingus to make a €1.4bn (£1bn) cash offer for Ireland's national carrier.<p>…

7 reasons to use emoticons in your writing and social media, according to science

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Psychology

Ellen DeGeneres Celebrates Turning 57 with Portia de Rossi and Bare-Faced Selfies

Ellen DeGeneres turns 57 today and she's celebrating her birthday in the sweetest way possible: with beautiful, makeup-less selfies of herself with …

Giant Asteroid Sails Past Earth, Raising Safety Questions on Terra Firma

The space rock known as 2004 BL86 has gone by, but it was a squeaker, cosmically speaking.<p>A mammoth asteroid safely sailed past Earth on Monday, and scientists have started to look at information gleaned from the flyby that may help curb future risks of an impact.<p>Known as 2004 BL86, the space rock …

Space

The Travel Industry Loses Its Way in a Blizzard

An epic blizzard bearing down on the East Coast of the United States today is forcing passengers to ask difficult questions about compassion and the travel industry that supposedly serves them.<p>It may be even more difficult for travel companies to answer them.<p>Airlines are waiving their strict ticket …

Scottish island goes on sale complete with idyllic beaches and a herd of seals... and it only costs £350k

The desolate island, just off the coast of Stronsay in the Orkney Islands, has no electricity, running water or habitable buildings<p>There are no houses, no electricity or running water and it can only be inhabited for up to three months a year.<p>But this Scottish island has been put on the market for …

Here's Why I'm Dying To Invest In North Korea

Now I am not a tour group kind of person. I like to make my own way and create my own itinerary, to decide where to go and what to eat. That is not an option in North Korea, where we had government minders every minute we were there. Walking down the main thoroughfare in Pyongyang, I saw a …

North Korea

5 Affordable Caribbean Hotels for Families

With their beautiful beach stretches, the clear blue-green waters, and the warm sunny weather, the Caribbean islands are pretty much at the top of the list for every family looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway. And while a family vacation in paradise doesn't come cheap, these five affordable …

If I Stay

• <b>Author:</b> Gayle Forman<p><b>The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.</b><p><b>Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz!</b><p>In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she …

The Girl on the Train

• <b>Author:</b> Paula Hawkins<p><b>A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.</b><p>Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to …

Books

13 Juicy Questions Men Are Dying to Ask Women

Here's what he's secretly wondering when he's on a date with you.<p>If your last bad date or fight with your guy was any indication, men and women don't always understand each other all that well. Okay, yes, understatement of the century, but seriously. You might think you're pretty open and …

Bill Cosby Accused Of Rape By Former Entertainment Executive Cindra Ladd

As Cosby gave Ladd a pill to cure her headache, he allegedly asked, "Don't you trust me?"<p>Cindra Ladd, a former entertainment executive, claims in a first-person essay on the <i>Huffington Post</i> that she was raped by Bill Cosby.<p>Ladd first met Cosby in 1969 when she was 21 years old and working in New …

Next question after the blizzard: How to get home

There's the storm and the havoc it wreaks on travel. Then the snowy calm. And then the questions about when business will return to normal.<p>Parts of the Northeast began digging themselves out Tuesday after a storm that shut down highways, mass transit and air travel.<p>By afternoon in New York City, …

Weather

This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Has Spent $300,000 On 'Smart Drugs'

Founders like Dave Asprey, a 41-year-old Californian, chug fistfuls of pills every morning in the hopes that these supplements will give them a competitive edge in an already competitive market, reports CNN.<p>The drug cocktail Asprey takes is a mix of "smart drugs" meant to increase brain function …

Silicon Valley

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Health Care

Google’s Waze is a ‘stalking app,’ claim US police

Sheriffs have accused Google’s Waze traffic app of being a stalking app and called for alerts that indicate when police are nearby to be switched off, reports The Guardian.<p>In 2013, Google acquired Waze, which combines GPS navigation with a social community, for $966 million. It offers free …

Maps

How Apple ruined Google’s plan for a fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 6

Google and Motorola went all out with the Nexus 6 to make it as good as flagship rivals from other manufacturers, but their super-sized handset could …

World's Most Beautiful Bridges

For thousands of years, bridges have been constructed to make transportation easier, thereby allowing cities and empires to flourish. But some bridges do more than just get you from point A to point B; instead, they marry form and function in unforgettable ways. Among the most iconic structures in …

Grandmother Lives On Cruise Ship For $164,000 A Year, Sails Through Golden Years Beautifully

An 86-year-old grandmother is living the good life on the high seas.<p>Florida widow Lee Wachtstetter has lived the last seven years on the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity, shelling out $164,000 annually for her state room and all the perks, the Asbury Park Press reported.<p>Wachtstetter and her …

How Mobile Money Is Transforming Africa

I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and am still dependent on a piece of plastic I have to carry around with me everywhere. From gas to groceries, I pay with my credit card.<p>With the introduction ofApple Play only six months ago, Americans are only now starting to experience the smartphone-enabled …

Mobile

No Kids Allowed: 8 Adults-Only Hotels in Secret Spots

We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded (say that five times fast) adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these …

Put Down the Map: 5 Cities Where Getting Lost Is a Good Thing

By Jill K. Robinson for ShermansTravel<p>Sometimes, when you travel, a magical thing happens. You've put your guidebook away and just followed your nose, eyes or feet through a city. Oftentimes it's the best way to find the real heart of a place and get an experience that the average tourist would …

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

The Coolest Subway Stations in the World

<i>By Gianni Jaccoma</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Jamie Moore</i><p>New Yorkers spend most of their time on the subway either stressing over train delays or wondering why the dude manspreading next to them is wearing a velour jumpsuit and eating a full plate of spaghetti. Straphangers abroad have similar woes, but with an …

America's Best College Towns (PHOTOS)

"Depending on how you look at it, Santa Cruz is either the best or the worst place to spend your college years," says Keijiro Ikebe, a Silicon Valley visual designer who graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2002.<p>"With the town surrounded by shimmering water and lush forests …

Thailand’s Booming Medical Tourism Market Bolsters Rebounding Economy

Monica Topliss pauses while eating breakfast in her Bangkok hotel to explain why she flew 7,300 kilometers from her home in Australia to go under a …

U.S. Outbound Tourism Snapshot for August 2014

A total 6.8 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad in August 2014, up six percent over August 2013, according to monthly statistics released this week …