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How to hide it: inside the secret world of wealth managers

They know more about their clients than the clients’ own wives. They are loyal in the face of appalling behaviour. They are the brains behind the most ingenious tax avoidance schemes. And there are more of them than ever<p>The Pritzker family is one of the wealthiest in the United States. Their …

Jet.com reportedly to be acquired by Walmart for $3 billion

<b>Update, 08/08</b>: <i>Walmart has now confirmed this acquisition</i>.<p>Jet.com will reportedly be acquired by Walmart in a deal said to be worth $3 billion, the culmination of rumors that first made waves last week. Under terms of the deal, Jet cofounder and CEO Marc Lore will remain at his post and will helm …

Tesla refutes owner claims of Model X 'sudden acceleration' before crash

It started with a post two days ago on the owners' forum on the Tesla Motors website.<p>In it, an owner with the user name "Puzant" claimed that a …

Porsche Panamera Teased Ahead of June 28 Unveiling

Next-gen Panamera may look like a more conventional cruiser<p>Porsche will debut the next-generation Panamera on June 28 in Berlin, Germany, the automaker announced today. But before the reveal, Porsche whetted our appetites with a new teaser photo and video.<p>Judging from the photo, it’s clear that the …

Verizon revives bid to buy Yahoo for $3bn, reports say

Verizon, which recently purchased AOL, reportedly began preparing a first-round bid to acquire Yahoo, its search engine, email and more, back in April<p>Verizon is reportedly preparing a $3bn bid for Yahoo’s internet business, which will include the core search site, Yahoo Mail and what remains of …

There's a hidden volume control in your Mac menu bar

These days, there's a menu bar application for just about anything you can imagine -- checking Product Hunt, locking yourself out of all the distracting applications on your computer and even time tracking for work. When you need to quickly tweak settings or check the status of your Mac, the menu …

The day Muhammad Ali met the Beatles

It's hard to imagine now: barely having a clue who the Beatles were, or the man who would become Muhammad Ali.<p>But that's how things were when Robert Lipsyte found himself face-to-face with these future legends more than 50 years ago, through a chance of publicity matchmaking.<p>The New York Times had …

Elon Musk cheers as Norway moves toward ban on petroleum-powered cars

Norway’s top political parties have reportedly reached a tentative deal that would ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars within the …

Volkswagen Joins GM, Apple: Invests $300 Million In An Uber Rival

Ride-sharing is here to stay, and the old-school car manufacturers all want a piece.<p>On Tuesday, Volkswagen announced a $300 million investment in Gett, an Uber rival in Europe, Russia, Israel, and New York City. The German automaker hopes that this partnership will help it adjust to the changing …

Volkswagen

Amazon to launch new private labels in coming weeks: WSJ

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will launch new lines of its private-label brands in the coming weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.<p>Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File …

John McAfee claims he can read encrypted messages on Android (updated)

He and his team reportedly took advantage of an Android flaw to read encrypted chats.<p>John McAfee is already many things -- entrepreneur, presidential hopeful, alleged criminal. However, you might have to add one more item to that list: the co-discoverer of a potentially major Android security flaw. …

Encryption

Eleven Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Seized at Afghan-Pakistan Border

World<p>KABUL, Afghanistan — A truck carrying nearly 11 tons of a bomb-making chemical has been intercepted at the border with Pakistan, Afghanistan's government announced Tuesday.<p>The 10.7 tons of ammonium nitrate was hidden under fruit crates in a truck from Pakistan, Interior Ministry Spokesman …

The First Public Hyperloop Test: Dazzling And Done In Two Seconds

Everything about the Hyperloop — the idea, the ambition, the challenges — is big. But on Wednesday, it started small.<p>The Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) team had been working in the Nevada desert for six months to build the first real demonstration of Elon Musk’s fantastical idea — …

Hyperloop

By Losing Uber, Austin Is No Longer A Tech Capital

Two days have passed with no Uber or Lyft service in Austin, Texas. Though Austin has a reputation of being filled with tech-savvy millennials, it is now the largest U.S. city without ridesharing. Local policymakers blame Uber and Lyft for pausing their operations in the city, but the Austin City …

Ridesharing

Caterpillar ready to move into Cuban market once embargo lifted: CEO

HAVANA (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc, the world’s largest maker of heavy equipment, is ready to move swiftly into the Cuban market once the U.S. trade embargo is lifted, Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman said on Wednesday after meeting with Cuban ministers in Havana.<p>Chief Executive of Caterpillar Inc …

Apple bought at least 3 companies in the past year that nobody knows about

Parsing CEO Tim Cook's recent statements, it looks like there are three buys that have never been reported.<p>"We've made 15 acquisitions in the last four quarters to accelerate our product and services roadmaps, and we're always on the lookout for companies with great technology, talent, and …

What Should Apple Buy Next? Tesla, Sonos or Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

Apple may have had a lackluster quarter, but the company still has plenty of cash in its coffers, and may be willing to spend big to enter new market …

Apple Launches WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery

Apple today confirmed its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for 2016 will take place on June 13 to 17 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California, the same venue where WWDC has been held for the last 10 years. A keynote set to be held on Monday, June 13 will also take …

A Rare Look Inside The 'Gigafactory' Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

Outside Reno, in Nevada's high desert, Tesla is building what it says is the world's largest battery factory. The Gigafactory, as it's called, will churn out batteries for the company's electric cars. But it's also making something new — a battery for the home.<p>Tucked away in a dusty valley near …

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How to use screen sharing in Messages for Mac

There are many times when family or friends need help with their Macs, or they aren’t sure how to do something. Trying to walk them through it blind is challenging at best. Luckily, a little-known feature in Messages exists that allows me to share my screen instantly with another Mac user or …

IT'S A DEAL: Marriott is buying Starwood Hotels for $12.4 billion

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels shareholders on Friday voted in favor of a deal that will create the world's largest hotel company.<p>Marriott is paying about $12.4 billion to buy Starwood. Shareholders will receive 0.8 shares of Marriott common stock plus $21.00 in cash.<p>Starwood, which …

Hospitality

America's First Ever Offshore Wind Farm Is Coming To Rhode Island

Block island will get all of its energy from the wind farm when it's complete.<p>America's first ever offshore wind farm is coming to Block Island, Rhode Island, which, according to Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski, has "really difficult energy challenges facing it because it's not electrically …

Drones much more than toys for farmers

by Emily Parkinson<p>Drones have captured the public imagination with much the same fervour as might a toy at Christmas.<p>"People love them," drone expert …

'Deterring' North Korea: CNN goes on board nuclear-powered U.S. warship

<b>Aboard the USS John C Stennis (CNN) —</b> With a deafening roar of jet engines and an explosion of steam, an F-18 Super Hornet catapults off the deck of the aircraft carrier, and veers up into the sky. Seconds later, another fighter jet shoots out down a parallel runway.<p>The aircraft carrier USS John C …

Ford secures Spotify partnership for its FordPass mobility service

Ford is telling everyone who will listen that it wants to be a “mobility company” as well as a car company, and FordPass is a major part of that …

Apple Music

6 Ways Drones Are Making Us Safer

Drones have had their fair share of bad press, with hobbyists getting in trouble for flying them where they shouldn’t, such as near planes, over the …

Coming soon: Alexa voice controls for your Big Ass Fan

After adding native controls for smart thermostats just a few weeks ago, Amazon is now set to teach its virtual assistant Alexa how to talk to your ceiling fan. First in line: the Haiku smart ceiling fan from Big Ass Solutions (a company best known for its eponymous big-ass fans).<p>Big Ass Solutions …

Wireless speaker buying guide: Everything you need to know about wireless speakers

In the history of audio, few product categories have expanded as quickly or dramatically as wireless speakers. In the past few years, the evolution …

Audiophile