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5 Remarkably Powerful Customer Service Secrets From the Hospitality Industry

Take a cue from Richard Branson, Danny Meyer, the Ritz-Carlton, Tom Colicchio, and other customer service experts.<p>If there's an industry that knows how to provide truly exceptional customer service, it's the hospitality industry--the men and women who every day and night put heads in beds and food …

Here's How The Marriott-Starwood Merger Will Affect The Hospitality Industry

Marriott International Inc. has successfully acquired Starwood Hotel and Resorts. The merger has made the former the largest hotel in the world which …

Minnesota drinkers are falling in love with sour beers

Tired of hops? Expand your palate with a wilder flavor from your favorite brewery.<p>If 10 years ago you had offered someone a beer that was sour, you …

Beer

Is Minnesota brewing a craft beer bubble?

Minnesota is a boomtown. Growth of 355 percent over five years. Breweries opening at a rate of 30 per year. Drink menus lengthening to absurdity with …

Beer

Can Video Games Save Casinos?

If casinos want to prevent their gaming floors from becoming ghost towns, they're going to need to introduce the next generation of gambling: games of skill, not chance. Image source: Getty Images.<p>Forget one-arm bandits: <b>Caesars Entertainment</b> (NASDAQ: CZR) plans to unveil the future of casino gaming …

Twin Cities become a hopping beer destination

Just last month, craft-brewing heavyweight Surly opened a 90,000-square-foot facility in Minneapolis, complete with a 275-person beer hall, a kitchen and full menu and a 1.5-acre outdoor beer garden. Billed as a "destination brewery," the $30 million project acknowledges the trend of beer-focused …

How To Send Your Best Employees To Your Competitors

The mantra right now in HR circles is Employee Engagement. It’s engagement this, engagement that all day long. Everybody struggles with the topic of engagement. We send out surveys to measure it. We don’t even know what we’re measuring.<p>We ask questions like “How likely are you to look for a new job …

The Workplace

Here's how PS4's new game sharing feature will work

On Oct. 28, the PlayStation 4 will receive a new feature dubbed Share Play as part of the console's 2.0 system software update. Share Play will let PS4 owners share their games over the internet, which Sony has likened to a "virtual couch." In a new video released by Sony Computer Entertainment, …

This is how you build the scariest video game monster ever

Unlike the majority of <i>Alien</i> games, which tend to draw inspiration from the action-heavy James Cameron sequel, <i>Isolation</i> is about survival instead of shooting. It takes place 15 years after the original film (you play as Ripley's daughter Amanda), and there's only one alien in the whole game. The …

Destiny is a mediocre game with a lot of problems, and I can't stop playing

<i>Destiny</i> has been keeping me up at night.<p>The game is deeply flawed, and the Polygon review lists all the places it stumbles much better than I ever could, but I still find myself locked into the world's almost impersonal embrace way after the game's charms should have worn off.<p>For every ball that's …

Long before Jack Daniel’s, George Washington was a whiskey tycoon

<b>George Washington</b><p>The Founding Father spent his post-presidency years presiding over a booming alcohol business<p>Natasha Geiling<p>May 18, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Smithsonian.com.<p>When George Washington left the presidency in 1797, he was looking forward to some …

Ask Anything: What Would People Eat In A Permanent Space Colony?

Once settled on another planet, colonists would likely start with hydroponic farming, using small-stature or dwarf cultivars that can be tightly packed together. It would make the most sense to plant fast-cycle salad crops first, says Jean Hunter, a professor at Cornell who studies food-processing …

Space Exploration

Powerful EcoReco electric scooter has 20 mile range, folds for carrying and storage (Review)

Traveling those first miles or last miles of your journey, such as from home to the bus or train station and then from the transit hub to a …

Bourbon Shortage Has Whiskey Industry Over a Barrel

In what will come as no surprise to whiskey enthusiasts, Buffalo Trace issued a statement on Thursday declaring that bourbon shortages show no signs …

Offshore Wind Farms Could Supply Much of the U.S.'s Electricity (If They Ever Get Built)

While Europe powers ahead, the U.S. government tries to jumpstart offshore wind technology.<p>When I flew into Copenhagen in 2007, the jet passed over a gleaming array of white wind turbines arranged in a necklace in the city’s harbor. Since then, Denmark’s offshore wind farm building boom has …

Video: Palcohol Inventor Demonstrates His Powdered Booze

Reconstituting a cocktail before your eyes<p>Since we heard about Palcohol, the infamous powdered alcohol -- and published our technique for making your own at home -- the product has come under fire. The label approval necessary for Palcohol to be sold has been suspended by the Alcohol and Tobacco …

Alcohol

DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

Do you juice? Nowadays it seems like everyone and their mother partake in the practice, and why wouldn't they? It's healthy, tasty and easier than …

Megamouth Shark Captured Off The Coast Of Japan Is One Of Only Several Dozen Spotted (VIDEO)

There was something large and extremely rare lurking in the waters off the coast of Japan -- until the deep sea creature was pulled from a fishing trap last month.<p>The megamouth shark was put on display at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City, where crowds were able to see it undergo a public …

EVE Valkyrie: Oculus Rift’s First Killer App?

EVE's VR game has evolved, and it's found its feet.<p>I panicked for a moment when I looked down and realized I could no longer move my legs and arms. I …

CCP hints at master plan for the Eve Universe: Three games, one universe, one platform

<i>DUST 514</i> fans are revolting over their seeming abandonment, and being angry about CCP's sudden shift from focusing on the PlayStation 3 game to a possible PC-only future with <i>Project Legion</i> is rational.<p>There are also big changes coming to <i>EVE Online</i>, including a new model that introduces 10 new …

One man is chronicling the history of a digital universe

After a decade of epic battles, 'Eve Online' gets its historian<p>After spending months climbing the ranks of the Ubiqua Seraph corporation, on April 18th, 2005, Istvaan Shogaatsu's moment had finally arrived. He had gained the trust of the corporation's CEO, Mirial, and while the two were alone on …

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

As far as Kentucky Bourbon distiller's are concerned, it's hard to go wrong with the juice that the good folks at Wild Turkey churn out. That's why …

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and …

Want This New Innovation? Pocket Watch Terrariums

Terrariums are not a new innovation, but what you can find them housed in these days is. A company called The Slug and The Squirrel has created …

Space Elevator Closer to Liftoff With New Cable

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Dessert

Google buys solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace

Technology companies are expanding beyond the Net and taking to the skies -- literally, with solar-powered drones that will beam broadband Internet access to the developing world, which houses growing numbers of newly minted Web users these companies want desperately to get their hands on.<p>Facebook …

Imaging

Moon-Day! Skywatchers Catch a 'Blood Moon' Eclipse and Mars

The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years turned the moon into a cosmic red ball early Tuesday —and there's still more to come.<p>Total lunar eclipses occur when Earth is positioned precisely between the sun and the full moon. Because of the tilt of the moon's orbit, total eclipses don't …