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Indian Entrepreneur Taps into a Global Offline Market

Some companies see value in spilling the beans. That is, sharing their secrets.<p>Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it would open up its blueprints, enabling innovators across the world to see the design behind their famous electric car.<p>Deepak Ravindran, a young entrepreneur, and founder of …

Voters reject plan to force Switzerland to stockpile gold

Rejection of 'Save Our Swiss Gold' initiative in referendum gives Swiss National Bank breathing room as it attempts to protect franc against European Central Bank<p>Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a plan to force the Swiss National Bank to buy thousands of tonnes of gold, giving the SNB …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

New Firefighting Technologies: Drones, Super Shelters

Advances could help keep firefighters safe and snuff out wildfires faster.<p><b>The 19 firefighters who died in a blaze in Arizona on Sunday belonged to a profession where technologies are tested rigorously and tools are adopted slowly.</b><p>But there are a slew of new innovations that are in development or on …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

50 Drinks That Won't Give You a Gut This Summer

<i>This article was written by Bobby Box. Check out the original article on AskMen for the full list of low calorie summer drinks.</i><p>Summer and alcohol go together better than two hardship-stricken lovers in a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's no secret that people in general like to 'indulge' in a few patio …

How the Industrial Age hinged on Pacific bird poo

In a recent book, an environmental historian argues that guano—bird excrement—was key in opening up the Pacific Ocean to exploitation in the modern …

Month in Space: Astronauts Trek to and From Orbit

Space

Virgin Galactic's space flights cleared for US blastoff

Virgin Galactic's plans to charter its first space flights by the end of the year have been given another huge boost after it got the green light to begin planning launches. The company, which is now deep in its testing phase, signed a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help it …

Thailand Puts Tourism as Top Priority, Gives Over $30 Million for Efforts

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has given the nod to the Tourism and Sports Ministry to seek an extra budget of more than 1 billion …

How Far Will That American Passport Take You?

<i>Credit: zimmytws - Fotolia.com</i><p>U.S. citizens are scrambling to get last-minute Brazilian tourist visas for the World Cup, but Brits, Swedes, and Finns have nothing to stress about -- they're able to skate into the South American country with just a passport. Hotel search trivago, in collaboration …

Galaxy S5 Active launches on AT&T: tougher shell, same water resistance

We knew it existed but now it's finally crawled out of some jungle (or beach vacation) to go official. Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active is available today on AT&T and while ruggedized phones typically lack.. <i>something</i> compared to flagship devices, this time it looks like no notable corners were cut. The …

Associated Press News

Asian mobile insiders say LG's G3 will give Samsung a run for its money

Singapore and Hong Kong are ideal places to do canary tests on mobile phones. Both countries sell mobile phones unlocked, and have huge mobile penetration rates upwards of 150 percent -- that's at least 1.5 phones per resident.<p>Throw in smartphone penetration rates upwards of 87 percent for both …

Mobile

Samsung trademarks Galaxy Wear, could be its first Android Wear device

Although Samsung’s latest smartwatches may have been using the company’s tweaked Tizen operating system, Samsung has made it pretty clear that the company would also be releasing an Android Wear smartwatch later this year. We might already have a name for this next range of Samsung wearables, as …

Wear OS

LG G Watch shows up in hands-on video for the first time

We have seen countless photos and GIF images of the LG G Watch, and even some official videos, but the Android Wear pioneer has been successful at staying away from the press’ cameras. Today marks a historic day for Android Wear and LG G Watch fans, as the first hands-on video and impressions hits …

Wear OS