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PICKING out the new technologies that will have a big impact on society is notoriously tricky. Sometimes inventions that do not seem to be important …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Excellent daily management app Cal arrives on Android

Normally, the debut of a new calendar app for Android(s goog) wouldn’t get me too excited. Seen one, you’ve seen ’em all, right? Not so with Cal, …

50 Best Albums of 2013

50<p>Beck, ‘Song Reader’<p>There's old-school, and then there's "Man, it would rule if someone would invent electricity" old-school. Beck's "album" of …

Rock & Roll

What Are The Economics Behind The Black Friday Sales?

<i>Answer by Eric Mayefsky, PhD in Economics, Stanford, on Quora,</i><p>I’ll take a little more of an abstract take on this since I know some behavioral economics but am not a retail insider.<p><b>Question 1: How do the stores actually make money on this?</b><p><b>Loss leaders</b> are a really fun economic concept Dan and Ross …

Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Poses For The Camera

The other day we showed you some photos of the Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept, which has been designed for the Gran Turismo 6 game for …

Why Is Starbucks So Expensive in China?

And why do people go there anyway? The culture and economics of drinking lattes in China<p>In fairness, per capita income is a crude way to measure the buying power of Starbucks' actual customer base: The majority of its stores are located in China's large, coastal cities, where most people earn a lot …

How General Motors Was Really Saved: The Untold True Story Of The Most Important Bankruptcy In U.S. History

<i>Editor’s Note: Lots of people–including President Obama–have trumpeted their role in the success of the government-backed turnaround plan that saved General Motors, the most important industrial company in the history of the United States.</i><p><i>But on the fifth anniversary of the crisis, Forbes presents</i> …

The 5 Biggest Workout Fueling Mistakes

Quick fixes for the most common nutritional errors athletes make<p>What you eat before, during, and after a workout is called “fuel” for a reason. Just like gas for a car, it gives your body the energy it needs to get through a tough sweat sesh or endurance event. And you’ll want to stick to the …

Breakfast: Myths vs. Facts

There’s so much misinformation swarming around about breakfast. Get the facts straight about this important meal.<p>There's so much misinformation …

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

Why Emerging Markets Don’t Need Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the South Africa-born entrepreneur, recently unveiled his proposals for the Hyperloop, a groundbreaking high-speed transportation system. The technology community has become accustomed to Musk pushing the boundaries. His name is also attached to Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla and Solar City, and …

Samsung 3D Flash Memory Promises Better Solid-State Drives

<i>New so-called 3D flash memory architecture from Samsung will enable denser, faster, longer-lived solid-state drives</i><p>Until a few years ago, every time I succumbed to the siren song of a new gadget, I believed I couldn’t possibly fill all the memory that came with it. Sixteen gigabytes? Wow! That’s …

CIA confirms the world's worst kept secret: Area 51 is real

407-page document explains the site as a base for secret spy planes<p>After almost sixty years, and a ridiculously high number of pop culture references, the CIA has finally confirmed that Area 51 is real. As <i>The Atlantic Wire</i> reports, the revelation comes from a recently declassified document that …

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open sourced a tool called word2vec, prepackaged deep-learning software designed …

'Fat finger' sends Chinese shares on rollercoaster ride

As mistakes go, it was a pricey one. A so-called fat finger trading error at a large Chinese brokerage was reportedly behind wild swings on the country's stock market on Friday.<p>China's main stock index was up as much at 5.6% at one stage and trading volumes were up more than 50% on the day before …

Slack, The “Email Killer,” Already Has 8,000 Companies On Board

A number of apps are trying to reinvent how companies communicate internally. Email is broken, public social media may not be secure enough, and the BlackBerry is falling out of favor.<p>All of this has opened the doors for new programs like Slack that are trying to improve on all these different …

Apps

Obama Denouncing Egypt Unrest Has Reasons to Maintain Aid

While thousands of American soldiers won’t go to Egypt next month for military exercises, President Barack Obama left intact the centerpiece of …

A five minute Google outage equals a big dip in internet traffic

If there was any doubt about Google and its dominant reach on the web, then the five minute outage that took down all Google properties including …

Beware Of Cancer Metastasizing To Your Wallet

Joanne Reed’s breast cancer was discovered at an early stage, early enough that her doctors would be able to remove the tumor with surgery (either a mastectomy or a lumpectomy) and then, with a touch of chemo, she would face a decent chance of living out her life without a recurrence.<p>But then …

Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff On Innovation, Acquisitions And Reinvention

Marc Benioff has always been a man on a mission. When he co-founded Salesforce.com in 1999, he wanted businesses to rethink their approach to buying enterprise software. Under the rallying cry “The End of Software,” Salesforce.com pitched its software-as-a-service, cloud-based approach as an …

Despite global release, Breaking Bad still heavily pirated

There’s long been talk that the world of piracy would basically crumble if desired content is made universally available, and that users won’t flock …

How Much Did This Hyperloop Lookalike Inspire Elon Musk?

Two weeks before his Hyperloop announcement, Musk quietly met with the founder of ET3, an even-faster, already patented tube transport system.<p>About two weeks ago, Daryl Oster and five people from his company ET3 made the trip to 1 Rocket Road in Hawthorne, California, the headquarters of SpaceX. …

Hacked baby monitor? Welcome to the security implications of the internet of things

The internet of things promises great things with its profusion of connected devices, but it also brings with it significant risks. My colleague …

The Vital Difference Between a Market Economy and a Market Society

It’s interesting why there hasn’t really been a debate about the role of markets in our society after the financial crisis. It looked as though the …