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20 best Android apps this week

New apps and games including Cooliris, IFTTT, Pointless, Hazumino, Google Docs and Yahoo Screen<p>It's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.<p>As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you …

Thinking Of A Gap Year By The Sea? Here Are The World's Longest Beaches

Here are eleven beaches where you can show your bikini bod for miles and miles.<p><b>Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil</b><p>At roughly 150 miles long, this is …

9 Apps Which Students Shouldn't Leave The House Without

Got your keys? Check. Got your travel card? Check? Wallet? Phone? Our friends at Student Beans have come up with a list of 9 essential apps that you …

Popcorn Time, The Free App That Makes Streaming Torrents As Easy As Netflix

It has been described as a “Netflix for pirates”–but is it legal? (Hint: probably not!)<p><b>Update 3/12/2014:</b> <i>Variety</i> reports Popcorn Time’s hosting provider has pulled the plug. The service announced on Twitter that it is actively searching for a new host.<p>Between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and iTunes, it’s …

Popcorn Time

Why Business Loans Get Rejected

Several recent news reports suggest businesses are finding it easier to get bank loans or other forms of financing. That would be good news for the economy, because access to capital, especially access by privately held companies, is a component of job and economic growth.<p>Despite the attention …

When Is the Best Time To Try To Raise Money For My New Business?

One of our Most Creative People in Business Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew Venture Capital weighs in on if you should wait for your business to grow or try to raise money right away.<p>Sometimes coming up with the great idea is the easiest part. Then once you get the courage to strike out on your …

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The 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

NASA Shares Gorgeous Gallery of Cosmic Imagery Ahead of Cosmos Premier

Tonight, at 9pm EST, more than 70 nations will broadcast the first episode in the 13-part remake of the show Cosmos. It will be the biggest launch …

An insider's guide to driving in Italy

So you're ready to go. You've booked your flight, arranged your accommodation and organised a hire car. Awaiting is a week of motoring through Italy's magical countryside. But what's it really like to drive in Italy? Is it as nerve-wracking as it's made out to be? Do you need the skills of a …

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Driving Burgundy's Route des Grands Crus

Monks began making wine in Burgundy way back in the days of Charlemagne, so the locals have had a long time to perfect the art.<p>Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect road trip (providing, that is, you stay under …

Wine

On the trail of Mexico's best-kept secrets

Forget the seaside margaritas and hire yourself a set of wheels to explore this huge, varied but eminently driveable country, and discover some of its best-kept secrets.<p>1. Copper Canyon<p>Formed by the confluence of six rivers, Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) is so vast it could swallow the Grand …

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Exploring Scotland by road

Scotland offers a heady mix of rugged scenic beauty and historical delights. Whether you're up for urbane city pastimes, outdoor activities or sampling the fresh local food and drink, two weeks is ample time to hit the highlights - depending on your mode of transport. There are good bus and train …

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Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

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Top 5 day trips from Miami

Just a short hop away from Miami are some of Florida's most alluring, charismatic and well-known attractions. So, if you're tired of clubbing and celebrity-watching, take a break and head for the some of the most exciting sights that lie around the city.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Everglades National Park</b><p>An easy day trip …

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Side trips from the Taj Mahal

What? You mean there's other stuff to do in Agra apart from seeing the Taj Mahal? You bet there is.<p>Agra's history is long and rich. It was the centre of India's great Mughal Empire for 130 years and it's been left with a whole bunch of fascinating things to see. The Taj is unquestionably the star …

Asia Travel

How to survive a boring road trip

'Are we there yet?'<p>'But I wanna be there NOWWWWW!'<p>'I’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mbored...'<p>The above might sound like a small child’s back seat complaints, but it’s actually a sampling of my running commentary from the first 20 minutes of a recent, epic 4.5 hour road …

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Day trips from Havana

Beguiling and enigmatic in no small measure, Havana ignites the collective imagination. Clearly a dose of magic is at work here: how else could Cubans keep those pre-1960 jalopies on the road, fight global isolation for more than half a century and continue dancing and laughing in spite of it all? …

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Wine tasting trips in Canada

While many visitors to Canada – especially those who think Canadians live under a permanent blanket of snow – are surprised to learn that wine is produced in Canada, their suspicion is always tempered after a drink or two. Canada’s wines have gained ever-greater kudos in recent years and while …

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Easy riding: exploring the USA by motorcycle

Maybe the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to go along with a bunch of friends on a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on tiny vintage bikes and shoestring budgets. We took the smallest roads through the smallest towns, camping most of the …

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Bike-friendly LA

Los Angeles is a magical place, known for celebrity sightings, beaches and sunshine. But it is also known for traffic, smog and gridlock - and first-time visitors often comment that the town seems to have been built as much for the convenience of automobiles as for people. 'Bicycle friendly' falls …

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Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

Hiking

Staying connected on the road: your tips

Travel is all about the thrill of the open road, endless possibilities, and leaving behind the day-to-day… but is that a trilling mobile phone we hear? Are you checking in on Facebook before you’ve even checked in at the hotel?<p>Ok, we admit it: one of the many joys of travel is sharing your …

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America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Hiking

Bike touring Scotland, on road and off

Ask most seasoned cyclists for the attributes of ideal touring country and they will probably tell you quiet roads, plenty of places to camp, spectacular natural scenery and – if your legs are up to it -- a few challenging hills. Add whisky distilleries, the odd ancient castle and some of the …

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