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Confessions of a Cruise Ship Butler

<i>by Ondine Cohane, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p><b>We've always been impressed by the service on Crystal Cruises' pair of luxury ships. So, we wondered, what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen? We caught up with Executive Vice President Thomas Mazloum to find out.</b><p>What would guests possibly not think to …

Dining Rooms

Here's What Donuts Look Like All Around The World

Photo Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez via Getty Images<p>Let's be honest: Is there anything better than biting into a warm, airy, fresh donut?<p>Though it's tough to get most countries to agree on anything, the need for fried dough seems to be universal -- but <i>how</i> it's prepared is another story. …

Baking

Apple Watch’s interchangeable band mechanism is now patented

One of the neat features of the Apple Watch is the ability to quickly and drastically change its appearance by sliding different straps on and off the body of the device.<p>Achieved by way of a cunning three-contact mechanism, it’s undoubtedly a cool solution and — to paraphrase Steve Jobs — boy, has …

How To Wear The Same Dress All Summer Long, Without Anyone Noticing

<b>Photo: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images Entertainment</b><p>We're major fans of wearing the same thing to work every day. And any garment that helps us do that is aces, in our book.<p>This summer, all we plan on wearing is a black tank dress. It's versatile, comfortable and most importantly, easy to style in …

Clothing

Indiegogo cancels modular phone project without an explanation

Google’s Project Ara, the Puzzlephone, and startup Vsenn aren’t the only modular smartphones we can expect to see in 2015. Fonkraft is a new name in …

Mobile Technology

9 Habits you Always Thought Were Productive but Aren’t

Stop wasting time on unproductive habits and get more done: Here you will find the most common mistakes we do when it comes to increasing your …

10 Surprisingly Progressive Moments In Ancient History

Women’s lib, civil rights, gay rights, environmentalism—it’s tempting to think that every single one of the world’s progressive advances happened in …

3.69-carat diamond found in Arkansas park | CNN Travel

Travel

Coffee Fudge Cake with Caramel Crunch - INDULGING DELIGHTS

On a double boiler, heat 250g of cooking chocolate to melt it.<p>Blend the butter and the 2 cups of sugar (this is called creaming of butter).<p>Then add …

9 Mouthwatering Sandwiches to Eat Like a Local, No Matter Where in the World You Are

To truly eat like a local no matter where you are in the world, you’ve got to try their version of stuff stuffed into other stuff—yes, we mean sandwiches.<p><b>As much as Chileans are different from Canadians,</b> and Jamaicans from Japanese, there’s one thing everyone has in common: We all love our …

Cooking

New Plus-Size Models Taking the Industry by Storm

Plus-size models have been making major headlines lately: Ashley Graham in <i>Sports Illustrated</i>, Myla Dalbesio for Calvin Klein, and, most recently, Denise Bidot for Target's Lilly Pulitzer collection, to name a few. As these plus-size campaigns become more mainstream in fashion and garner more media …

New York City

The happiest countries in the world

Maybe it's the chocolate. Or its reputation for neutrality. Or how much it's known for investing in the health, education and employment of its people. Whatever the reason, Switzerland is the world's happiest place, according to an analysis released Thursday of more than 150 countries.<p>The third …

Sustainable Development Goals

5 Things You Didn't Know About The Mile High Club

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock.com (edited)</i><p>For most people, even a routine flight offers the promise of joining the Mile High Club -- that's why we've told you about airlines, apps and even secrets to help you get away with it. But what about fascinating facts you can use to (maybe) …

Cabin Crew

21 Ooey Gooey Ways to Devour Chocolate

The only thing better than dessert is chocolate dessert. Here are our all time favorite chocolate recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.<p><b>Chocolate Dump Cake</b><p>This simple confection doesn't require frosting, but a drizzle of chocolate sauce is highly encouraged. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Cheesecake Bars with Melted</b> …

Dessert

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10, It's The Big One

Something cool just happened. Microsoft has released the biggest new version of Windows 10 in ages and it does something vitally important: it gives us the first look at the platform as a cohesive – and possibly game changing – whole…<p><b>So What’s New?</b><p>Let’s cut to the chase. What Windows 10 Build 10061 …

Windows 10

8 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps That are Now Free

8 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps That are Now Free for a Limited Time<p>The weekend is over and you’re back in your office or in school, staying there …

Three new ads remind us that Apple Watch is here

Apple Watches started arriving with customers today, and to mark the occasion Apple has launched three new ads, showing how its long-awaited wearable device can improve your life.<p>Titled “Us,” “Up,” and “Rise,” the ads stress the Apple Watch’s various functions in a way that doesn’t just appeal to …

14 Awesome Post-Workout Meals for Vegans

If you still think vegans have a hard time being fit and healthy, it’s time to get with the program. Whether they’re smashing world records in …

Nutrition

Editor's Note

An article previously in this space featured photographs by B.D. Colen. The article, originally published with Colen's permission, has been removed at his request.

Is this the most disgusting beauty trend yet? Salons in New York are using FORESKIN in their facials... and fans say treatment gives them 'Beyonce level confidence'

• <b>Dubbed a HydraFacial, the treatment is currently available in New York</b>• <b><br>Key ingredient is stem cells from an infant's foreskin</b>• <b><br>Beauty writer who had it</b> …

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Off To A Very Underwhelming Start In South Korea

In a world where the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are meant to counter the increasing market share of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Korean …

The 3 Apps Soccer Fans Must Have On Their iPhone or iPad

While soccer season is well underway, it’s not always possible to tune in to your favorite team. But if you...The post The 3 Apps Soccer Fans Must …

iPad

Get the Earjax ‘Lyrics’ headphones for 65% off and with free shipping [Deals]

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of headphones to get professional sound quality.<p>Enjoy studio quality sound at an affordable price with a pair of Earjax ‘Lyrics’ Noise-Isolating Headphones. For a limited time, Cult of Mac Deals is offering these solid headphones at 65% off the …

9 Shakespeare innuendoes you should have been embarrassed to read in English class

Here's a basic rule: if you're reading or watching a Shakespeare play, and you're not imagining the actors standing in front of a mosh pit of jeering Londoners waiting to throw vegetables at the stage, you're doing it wrong. Shakespeare might have written the best works in the English language, or …

Literature

Malted Chocolate Cake

Makes one 9x5" loaf Servings<p>Carnation malted milk powder, we love you (and this devilish cake) so, so much. If you're using an 8½x4½" pan, you should hold back 1 cup batter.<p>May 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cake<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>1⅓ cups all-purpose flour<p>¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>¼ cup malted …

Dessert

Searching for Summer: 10 Most Popular Vacation Spots For 2015

Looking for cheap flights for summer 2015? The Hopper app can help!<p>The parks are blooming, the sun is out and everybody's smiling: Summer is coming (okay, sort of). For many an American, that means vacation is just around the corner, and it's high time to go searching for flights across the country.<p>…

Fort Lauderdale

Apple Watch is launching with over 3,000 apps

The Apple Watch App Store is now live and it’s packed with way more apps than we expected.<p>Even if you don’t have an Apple Watch yet, you can start exploring the new Apple Watch App Store in the companion iPhone app. The App Store began to roll out this morning, and Apple says it will include over …