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5 Tips for Having a Good Flight This Holiday Season, From an Etiquette Expert

An etiquette expert offers simple but effective dos and don'ts.<p>Millions of people will fly to visit friends and family for the holiday season, …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

One of Peter Thiel's fellows created a new startup that will fund your lawsuit

This summer, Forbes revealed that tech luminary Peter Thiel had secretly been backing Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker. It was a wake-up call that people could fund a lawsuit bent on destroying a business — and that it's perfectly legal to do so.<p>A new startup, Legalist, is looking to make money …

Bluetooth, Airplay, Sonos, Play-Fi and Chromecast: What's the audio difference?

You've got lots of options to stream music into your home. I'm not talking the streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, etc.), but the technology to get music from your phone to a speaker or to multiple speakers around your home -- or both.<p>There are hundreds of speaker options that let you do …

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57 Impressive Luxury Custom Bathroom Designs Which Will Inspire You To Bathroom Renovation

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What It's Really Like to Let People Finger You in Public

"When they touch my vagina, I say, 'You have 30 seconds — you have to look into my eyes.'"<p>Milo Moiré, a Swiss artist and psychologist, has been performing controversial nude public art for years. In 2014, she rode a bus naked (painted with names of clothing items where they are supposed to go on a …

27 Gorgeous Front Entry Doors That Make A Strong First Impression

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Interior Design Ideas For Sleeping Six People In A Room

Sleepovers, extended family, and unexpected guests all make having extra sleeping space necessary. But why stop at just one extra bed when you could …

The 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Spain

Spain has more than 1,000 miles of Mediterranean coastline (just for starters), a mix of ancient port cities and resort towns that draw the European aristocracy. But true beauty isn't confined to seaside landscapes—the food of San Sebastián, the art of Málaga, the marbled walkways of Alicante make …

Thieves capitalise on booming black market for the fruit amid soaring demand<p>Surging local and international demand for avocados is fuelling a crime wave in New Zealand.<p>Since January there have been close to 40 large-scale thefts from avocado orchards in the north island of New Zealand, with as many …

New Zealand

13 crazy pricy gadgets you wish you could afford

Money can't buy everything, but when you're super rich, it can sure get you a lot.<p>Sure, you can your millions or billions of dollars and invest in …

Yale’s Super-Smart Doorbell Cam: ‘Look’ Viewer with Video, Intercom, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi

Yale, a popular maker of smart door locks, is broadening its access control line with the new Look Real Living Digital Door Viewer, an IoT doorbell …

10 devices you should pick up if you want an incredible home theater

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><b>Vizio M series 4KTV</b><p>Amazon We'll start with the obvious. In most cases, the TV will be the centerpiece of any home theater setup, and …

The best-sounding home theater I've ever heard

When I dropped by Lyric Hi-Fi & Video (New York City's oldest high-end shop), I wasn't looking for anything in particular. There's so much to see and hear, but then I was hooked into auditioning the Datasat RS20i surround processor with a full complement of Focal Electra series speakers, plus a …

Audiophile

Tremor FX home theater seats vibrate with movie action

Tremor FX theater seats bring the buzz from the big-screen movie houses to your humble home theater.<p>It used to be that if you wanted your butt to buzz along with the action in the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest blockbuster, you had to go to a fancy theater equipped with Tremor FX seats. Now, you …

This speaker scores a perfect 10 with music and home theater

The GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven is, as we audiophiles like to say, "transparent" -- it sounds like an open window to the sound of music. That's always the goal for high-end speakers, but only the very best ones take you all the way there.<p>The Triton Seven's slender cabinet leaves no doubt: …

Audiophile

This L.A. Home Is A Movie Lover's Dream

All that's missing is the popcorn machine.<p>A home screening room is the ultimate luxury for many, a dream-home-bucket-list item for movie buffs and Netflix bingers. But this Los Angeles design by Belzberg Architects takes the home theater to a whole other level.<p>Built in the Hollywood Hills, this …

The best wireless home theater headphones

<i>By Lauren Dragan</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After spending dozens of hours researching every radio frequency (RF) headphone system we could find, considering 32 of them, and testing 14 pairs over two years, …

Audiophile

Best Beaches in Asia

The Andaman Islands are a bit of a trip for any visitor, but they truly can’t be missed. Radhanager Beach, on Havelock, is gorgeous and has all the …

The Devialet Phantom Is A Living, Breathing Music Robot With Real Power

I’ll admit that, at first, I was skeptical of Devialet’s claims. They were telling me that a single speaker, alone in an untuned room, would offer the kind of sound expected by snooty audiophiles and/or club owners. They talked up the rich bass, the excellent treble, and interesting separation. I …

Taliban kill 17 in mosque at Pakistani airbase

At least 17 people including an army officer have been killed after Taliban suicide attackers stormed a military base on the outskirts of one of Pakistan’s major cities.<p>The drawn-out attack by a squad of 13 militants on Badaber base, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base near Peshawar in the north-west …

Pakistan

TV calibration 101: How to tune up the picture of your new TV

Whether you spend $400 or $4,000 on a new TV (or video projector), it is a sure bet that your new display will need some adjustment. When you walk …

How to Set Up a Private Home Theater, No Matter What Your Budget

A successful home theater system is a complete audio and visual experience. If you've got a big-screen-display-and-audio set ready to be installed, we'll show you how to set up a state-of-the-art home theater for any viewing party — or, with a little bit of accessorizing, tinkering, and feng shui …

Picture Pipes: The 7 Best HDMI Cables

There’s a lot of voodoo, misinformation, and hack science that surrounds the world of wires, and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables …

Gear & Gadgets

Tips for home A/V cable management

Your home theater system should be a source of joy — both for sound and appearance. If yours looks like an explosion in a spaghetti factory, read …

How to Find First-Class Airfare for Under $1,000

Until recently, if you wanted to travel in first or business class you needed to have a stash of frequent flier miles, pay three to five times the coach fare, or deal with opaque consolidators who buy cheap fares in bulk.<p>But these days, the number of discounted first- and business-class fares is on …

Small Living Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

Many small living room ideas revolve around tricking the eye into making the area appear more spacious. Such strategies can transform an area that …