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Take a virtual tour of New York’s seasonal Fifth Avenue shopfronts with Google

Google has launched a new interactive experience that allows users to take a virtual stroll along the iconic, brightly- lit seasonal shop displays of New York City.<p>Each year, more than five million people travel to Manhattan during the holiday season, with the shop front displays lining Madison and …

Turning it up to '11' with Volti Audio Rival speakers

I never got over my first encounter with a big horn speaker in an audio store in the late 1970s, it was a Klipsch La Scala. A salesman was sitting alone playing the Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street" album at insanely loud volume, and the music sounded more vibrantly alive than any other speaker …

How Trevor Noah went from biracial youth in S. Africa to leading light on U.S. TV

By Karen Heller<p>, Reporter<p>NEW YORK — Trump. Trump. Clinton. The Obamas dancing like dorks.<p>Such is the stuff of a recent pre-election morning meeting at “The Daily Show” headquarters. Trevor Noah enters, water bottle and orange in hand, and wedges himself in among the writers, his back never pressing …

How has your state voted in the past 15 elections?

Maps are one of the most compelling ways to understand our nation’s political history. So in light of last night’s tumultuous election — which featured some unexpected state-level results — we’ve assembled a map for every presidential contest going back 56 years.<p>How has America’s political …

Government

Map shows how climate change will hit the economies of the world's poorest countries hardest

Global credit rating agency Moody’s has drawn up a map of the countries most at risk of defaulting on their debts because of climate change, showing …

Searches for Jobs in Canada by Americans Spiked 58% This Year

Engineers are most eager to make the leap.<p>“If [my candidate] loses, I’m moving to Canada.”<p>Chances are, someone has said this within your earshot over …

An A to Z of trivia for travellers

The world: fascinating place. So fascinating, we’ve lavished a lot of love on an evocative journey in print through every country on earth.<p>To give you a taste of Lonely Planet's wanderlust-inducing <i>The Travel Book</i>, we’ve rounded up an alphabet's worth of weird and wonderful facts about some of the …

As Donald Trump made clear, smart businesses know only idiots pay tax

The revelation that the US presidential candidate paid no federal taxes for 18 years will come as no surprise to the global corporations who funnel billions through tax havens<p>It was one of the highlights of an unedifying US presidential race. The subject: Donald Trump’s tax returns. Hammered by …

Donald Trump

Your music deserves better than your phone's sound quality

By now it's old news that the iPhone 7 ($538 at Amazon Marketplace) ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, but if you really want music to sound its best you shouldn't be using a phone anyway. It's time to consider a dedicated music player like the Cowon Plenue M2.<p>The crisp styling and solid build …

Philippines' Duterte insults Obama ahead of scheduled talks

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has called Obama a "son of a whore," warning him not to question the nation's war on drugs at an …

Stop what you’re doing and buy these $38 headphones

The Carbo Tenore could cost ten times as much and they’d still be a steal<p>Words fail me. I’ve seen — or, more accurately put, <i>heard</i> — the audio price-performance curve shattered into tiny little pieces and I’m still reeling from it. The Carbo Tenore ZH-DX200-CT earphones from Japan’s Zero Audio are …

12 TED Talks That Will Make You Sound Smarter

This playlist of TED talks explores theories and insights about language, words, and linguistics.<p>So many TED talks, so little time. It's impossible to watch them all.<p>If you need help figuring out which ones to watch, you're in luck. TED has curated playlists so you can dig into a particular topic. …

Europe's biggest software maker SAP ditches annual reviews

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s SAP (SAPG.DE), maker of software used to grade the performance of millions of employees worldwide, is ditching its own annual performance reviews as too expensive, time-consuming and often demotivating.<p>Once championed by business leaders as the key to better …

Enterprise Tech

11 Public Speaking Tips From the Best TED Talks Speakers

Use these techniques from top TED speakers to take your presentations to the next level.<p>There's no question about it: TED Talks have raised the bar sky-high for what's considered a memorable and compelling business presentation.<p>That being said, there are a handful of TED Talks speakers so talented …

Munich shooter bought gun online: Here's how the dark net works

The 18-year-old who killed nine people in a shooting spree in Munich bought his pistol on the so-called "dark net." DW explains what the mysterious …

Best Laptops Summer 2016: As MacBook Slips, HP Spectre, Dell XPS 13, Chromebook Rise

The top laptops this summer are more portable than ever and usually pack enough battery life to keep you mobile all day.<p>MacBooks don’t rule the review roost this year because the Air and Pro lines are just too old. While they’re still great laptops, at a certain point a stable design becomes a …

Brexit could save Russia billions of dollars

Nearly everyone agrees that Russia and President Vladimir Putin are among the winners because of Brexit. The U.K. is the EU's most vocal critic of Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and was instrumental in the decision to levy sanctions against the country's financials, energy and …

Oil

London bankers are facing 2 options after the Brexit

Some investment banks, anxious not to stir speculation of an exodus from the historic City of London and its modern counterpart at Canary Wharf, have given out "business as usual" messages since last week's shock referendum result.<p>But beyond the soothing words the wider industry is hastily …

A look at Brexit: Why are the Brits thumbing their noses at Europe?

<b>(CNN) —</b> According to legend, two fingers were famously raised by Henry V's archers at Agincourt 601 years ago. It was supposed to be a gesture of defiance toward the French who threatened to cut off their bowing digits if they were captured.<p>Now the descendants of those men have given the same …

William Hague: leaving EU risks fragmenting western world

Leaving the European Union risks the “fragmentation of the western world”, the former foreign secretary William Hague has said.<p>Before a speech on Wednesday entitled: “Why a Eurosceptic should vote to remain,” Lord Hague admitted he saw the European Union as “the lesser of evils” compared with the …

50 Unforgettable Photos of Muhammad Ali

The greatest of all time.<p>Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942, was arguably the greatest boxer of all time. Ali passed away Saturday at the age of 74. Here we take a look back at some of the most powerful, memorable, fascinating photos of him ever captured.

BMW has created 100 years worth of incredible machines — here are some of the best

The German luxury carmaker, which celebrated its 100th birthday this year, has for its entire history released a seemingly never-ending stream of breathtaking, record-setting, and smile-inducing machines that have consistently beguiled the automotively inclined.<p>The essence of BMW boils down to its …

Autos

'I've looked at over 40,000 résumés, and these are the 3 most annoying things I've seen'

"I realized people simply did not know how to market themselves or their achievements," Nicolai tells Business Insider. "And that's how I knew there was a market to educate job candidates at all levels and in all industries."<p>So in 2010, she founded Résumé Writers' Ink.<p>"Since launching my company, …

Résumés

These 17 panoramas and GIFs show the first moon landing in unbelievable detail

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, they did what any tourist would do — take hundreds of photos.<p>A few of these images are more famous than others, like the one of Aldrin with Armstrong reflected in his visor, and the one of Aldrin looking at the American flag.<p>But people at NASA …

Space Science

American companies are 'masking' a $6.6 trillion mountain of debt

Too much debt, however, can be a bit of a problem to say the least (see: the financial crisis).<p>Well, American companies may just have a mountain's worth of problems, according to a new report from Andrew Chang and David Tesher of S&P Global Ratings.<p>"At the same time, the imbalance between cash and …

S&P Global

These 2 charts show a huge problem with bank-CEO pay

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon took home $27 million for 2015. Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein earned $23 million.<p>Those are big numbers, and there are sure to be lots of people out there who think that they are too big.<p>Another huge issue, though, is why the most well-paid bank CEOs earn what they …

Growing Wealth Inequality Hits America's Largest Corporations

“[T]he divide between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen,” proclaims S&P Global Ratings in a report released on Friday, which shows non-financial corporations in the United States saw their cash hordes swell to a record $1.84 trillion in 2015. However, according to the report growing …

California's top experiences

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored. Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative …