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Australia’s Great Ocean Road

A mob of kangaroos grazes in a chilly pasture, then flees in front of an approaching pickup truck. The herd looks like a bunch of deer on pogo sticks.<p>The scene is unfolding outside the ecolodge window I’m peering from on this early winter morning in August. It’s my second day on Australia’s <b>Great</b> …

Australia

A close-up look at Samsung's new $99 Gear VR

The newly announced Gear VR is a milestone for Samsung and Oculus. It's the first virtual reality headset either has released without the safety net of an "Innovator Edition" or "Development Kit" label. It's coming out at the beginning of the holiday season — Samsung is openly hoping it becomes one …

Virtual Reality

Why Can't Google Cars Avoid Rear-End Accidents?

Google’s self-driving cars are making headlines as innocent victims in rear-end collisions. But this past week, Google revealed that one of these collisions had injured its employees inside the vehicle, causing minor whiplash. It could have been much worse. As often as rear-end crashes generally …

Roads

Songs That Heal: Preserving A Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Only six people in the world know how to do what Sergio Pacheco is about to do.<p>A middle-aged man who rarely smiles, Pacheco stands in the middle of a crowd on the National Mall, wearing a feathered headdress, beaded necklace and wrinkled dress that's been hand painted with a large, maroon bird on …

Amazon Rainforest

Welsh Patagonia: M&S cherries and red dragons

In the New Wales, they were taking the siesta seriously. Shops, restaurants and tea shops with red dragons in their windows were closed. When the residents did emerge, they tended to be chatting to one another in Spanish rather than in Welsh. Certainly not in English. It was English, after all, …

Everything analysts think will be in the next iPhone

Apple remains as tight-lipped as ever about the device's specs and features, but this hasn't stopped people from guessing. A new research note from Citi lays out what its analysts think will be in the iPhone 6s (as they are calling it).<p><b>Two phones — again.</b> Apple's tactic of selling the iPhone in two …

How Do Apps Become Financially Successful?

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of mobile app growth marketing agency Apprise, focusing on building distribution for startups and enterprises. Subscribe to his free email series on mobile app growth hacking.</i><p>Less than 1 percent of consumer mobile apps are financially successful, according to a …

Apps

Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Dies In Everest Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and led its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake in Nepal. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated …

Mount Everest

Apple Watch launch: Plan ahead -- it's by appointment only

You won't be able to line up outside an Apple Store and walk out with an Apple Watch on April 24 or even after the launch day. Instead, you have to reserve your desired device online.<p>If you want to buy an Apple Watch, be sure to make a reservation.<p>Apple will start selling its first wearable, which …

Smartwatches

LG G Flex 2 review: the second coming of the banana phone

LG’s second generation curved phone, the G Flex 2 is shaped like a banana – which makes it an attractive curio and it’s interesting to use, but should people actually buy it?<p>The idea behind the concave screen is that it is a more natural shape for a device designed to fit against the body, be that …

Phones

Sleeping Bags: we review the best on the market

Need a new sleeping bag? We've tested six of the best, to help you find the perfect one<p>Snugpak<p><b>Travelpak 3, £50</b><p><b>The test:</b> This bag is the heaviest on …

Trekking & Mountaineering forum at Lonely Planet

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Nikon's new mirrorless camera is the company's most appealing yet

The easiest 1 series camera to imagine people buying<p>Nikon has announced the J5, the latest entry in its idiosyncratic 1 series of mirrorless cameras. And, from the looks of things, it might be the most broadly appealing offering in the line to date — Nikon has added some sensible features and …

There’s Now A Fitness Tracker For Your Orgasms

Wearable tech already allows you to track your sleep, count your calories, record your steps, dissect your moods and analyse your periods. Now, the …

Google will fly a crazy, plane-like, 84-foot wind turbine next month

Astro Teller tells the crowd at SXSW that the 28-foot versions didn't crash<p>Google plans to fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month, according to Google X's Astro Teller, who spoke at SXSW today.<p>Google's wind turbines don't look like the ones you might see along the US coastline. They're more like …

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this landmark philosophy book from the 1960s

He's developed a book club that's heavy on big ideas, and his sixth pick is no different.<p>For his most recent selection in "A Year of Books," Zuckerberg has chosen the late physicist Thomas Kuhn's philosophical treatise "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."<p>Since its initial publication in 1962, …

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan

Spaceships are great, but to explore the weird world that is Titan, a space sub might make more sense. Fortunately, NASA is already working on a design.<p>I think we can now officially say that NASA's real-life mission concepts have met, if not exceeded, the wildest dreams of Jules Verne and the other …

Astronomy

Amsterdam is going to host the world's first 'drone circus'

We're officially living in the future: Amsterdam is set to host the world's first "drone circus," the Guardian reports.<p>It's called AIR 2015, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force is helping organise it. It will be "the first ever drone entertainment show in the world," the event's website says. "In …

Fifty Shades of Grey

<i>Fifty Shades of Grey,</i> E.L. James’s 2011 tale of sex and submission,has sold more than 100 million copies and inspired a cottage industry of extremely graphic erotica. Along the way, it has also sparked a public symposium on what separates the genuinely titillating from just good marketing. So it’s …

Movies

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a fantastic, touching speech about why online privacy matters

The speeches all focused on the importance of online security, and making sure companies and individuals don't fall victim to practices that may leave their information vulnerable.<p>Cook had a very important message about online privacy and why it matters:<p>History has shown us that sacrificing our …

Apple's former CEO says Samsung's marketing might just can't match Apple

John Sculley may have been the one who pushed out Steve Jobs from Apple, but he also ushered in one of the most famous commercials. Sculley talks to CNET about Samsung's marketing efforts, Apple Watch, Tim Cook and more.<p>Thirty-one years after he helped oversee the iconic 1984 Macintosh ad, former …

Apple Watch

Michele Ferrero, Nutella owner and Italy's richest man, dies

"I have learnt with emotion of the passing of Michele Ferrero, a true entrepeneur, known and loved in Italy and abroad," Italian President Sergio Mattarella said in a statement.<p>"Ferrero was a leading light in Italian business for many years, always managing to stay on trend thanks to his innovative …

Hackers break Apple Lightning Connector security and unlock access to iBoot level exploits for future jailbreaks

The jailbreak community, especially iPhone jailbreakers, are in for some great news, as the Apple Lightning Connector's security code has been broken …

Uber's internal charts show how its driver-rating system actually works

Uber uses driver ratings to create an average rating for each driver. And if a driver's rating slips below a certain amount, they're booted off Uber, left to either try other ridesharing services or change their job.<p>Uber's San Francisco office sent a guide to all of its drivers in 2014 that …

The Conventional Wisdom About Android Has Just Been Destroyed By iPhone 6

Kantar released new data on Wednesday that showed a drop of 2 percentage points in Android's share of the smartphone market in the US. What's important here is the time period in which the data comes from: the three months up to November.<p>Apple's latest phone, the iPhone 6, was released Sept. 19. …

Hangover Beauty Tips: 6 Face Masks That Will Rescue Your Skin

You can pile on blusher and down water by the gallon, but if you’re feeling ropey, your skin will give you away. Jess Lacey turns to hi-tech formulas …

The Worst New Words of 2014 | The Takeaway | WNYC

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with …

In Battle Against Food Waste, Rethinking "Use By" Labels

Could changing food labels save millions of tons of good food from being thrown away?<p>LONDON—Everyone's done it: You reach into your fridge and pluck out something tasty that you've meaning to eat but had half-forgotten about, only to discover that its "best before" date passed a few days …

Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting, is a big problem, according to the author of a newly published study in the National Library of Medicine.<p>Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, says the …

The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

Food