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This glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting

Photographer Michele Palazzo woke up extra early to capture this stunning image of the Flatiron building in New York during Storm Jonas<p>As Storm Jonas battered the US east coast with heavy snow and high winds, one plucky photographer went out in search of the perfect photo.<p>Michele Palazzo’s …

Weather

Pre-Owned Spotlight with Govberg Jewelers

Govberg Jewelers is back for iW’s weekly Pre-Owned Spotlight series. This week we will take a look at 6 must have watches that were recently added online—that won’t last long! Check out the most recent timepieces from the Leading Watch Retailer’s ever-rotating complete inventory!<p>Stop by next …

How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn’t

It's been an eventful couple of years.<p>Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more.<p>But the real victory of Satya …

Satya Nadella

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Everyone thought Mark Zuckerberg was crazy to buy a 13-person app for $1 billion — now Instagram looks like one of the most brilliant tech acquisitions ever made

What's more, Zuckerberg paid out the nose for it, shelling out $1 billion for an app that had 13 employees, zero revenue, and which most of the buttoned-up investors that would attend Facebook's IPO roadshow had probably never heard of.<p>The deal caused immediate concern. Some considered the deal a …

Mark Zuckerberg

This tech CEO has been given $200 million to invest in 'garage' start-ups

CEO CP Gurnani told Business Insider he has a remit from his board to find some of the world's most exciting startups in artificial intelligence, automation and computing to invest in.<p>"The board has said I can spend up to $200 million in startups from across the world. In tandem, the board has also …

World Economic Forum

People in Tokyo are making terrifying snow sculptures during this rare snowfall

It hardly snows in Japan's capital city, but this week, central Tokyo received a rare 6cm of snow.<p>The busy metropolis, so unaccustomed to dealing …

Gartner: More devices will be sold in 2016 than ever — but rifts are appearing

"It's clear that vendors can no longer market their products with the mind of only targeting the mature and emerging markets," said Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner.<p>"Driven by economic variations the market is splitting into four categories," he said. "Economically challenged mature …

Mobile

Pre-Owned Spotlight with Govberg Jewelers

Govberg Jewelers is back for iW’s weekly Pre-Owned Spotlight series. This week we will take a look at 10 watches under 5k, perfect for a New Year treat for yourself. Check out 10 more pre-owned timepieces from the Leading Watch Retailer’s ever-rotating complete inventory!<p>Stop by next Saturday for …

Breitling V.P. Jean-Paul Girardin Explains the Exospace B55

As Breitling began to develop what is now its Exospace B55, the independent Swiss watchmaker needed to decide which functions to include in the timepiece, the firm’s first ‘connected’ watch. According to Breitling Vice President Jean-Paul Girardin, that decision was directed by Breitling’s own …

Pictures of the Week 1.7.16

Pakistan

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo is prepping to lay off 10% or more of its workforce.</b> Sources familiar with the matter say the company is planning to reduce its headcount by more than 1,000, and cuts may start this month.<p><b>2. Snapchat is closing down its Lens Store after just two months and focusing on its ads business.</b> It …

Oculus Rift

Astronomers Detect Visible Light From Black Hole for First Time

Jan.06.2016 / 8:53 PM ET<p>For the first time, astronomers have seen dim flickers of visible light from near a black hole, researchers with an international science team said. In fact, the light could be visible to anyone with a moderate-size telescope.<p>These dramatically variable fluctuations of light …

Universe

Facebook plans to let developers build bots for Messenger, report says

2016 may turn out to be the year of the bots.<p>Facebook is reportedly working on a plan that would allow developers to build chatbots to run inside of …

The Oculus Rift costs $599, and you can finally order one now

The long-awaited virtual reality headset opens pre-orders today for $599, £499 or AU$649 and will ship this March.<p>Nearly four years ago, the Oculus Rift was little more than a smartphone screen duct-taped to a set of ski goggles which claimed to transport you to a virtual world. Now, after years of …

Apple sets new App Store record with $1.1 billion in sales during the holidays

A $20 billion year<p>With all of the new iPhones and iPads sitting under Christmas trees, the holidays are an important time for the App Store. And today Apple announced that this past holiday season was the biggest for the digital store yet: over the two weeks ending on January 3rd, customers spent a …

Why it's time you gave a toss about coinage

Just before Christmas the last pound coin in its present form was minted, 32 years after the first came off the production line. Amid the rampant inflation of the Eighties, it had made perfect sense to scrap the old pound note, then worth a fraction of the value it had held when it superseded the …

HP's EliteBook Folio G1 is its answer to the MacBook

Remember when we said the MacBook is the future of laptops? It seems HP is proving us right.<p>It's just unveiled the EliteBook Folio G1 notebook PC, …

Is Amazon Crashing Or Getting Ready To Climb Higher?

There was a meltdown in the market on Monday and one retailer in particular suffered a big loss. Amazon shares sank more than 5% after it was downgraded by brokerage firm Monness Crespi Hardt & Co.<p>Is Amazon in trouble? Hardly.<p>Did everyone suddenly stop shopping at Amazon? Not by a long shot. By …

eCommerce

Customers now wary of security holes in connected devices, survey finds

We’re reaching the saturation point on smartphones, demand for tablets and TVs has turned sluggish, and people have grown concerned that connected devices (the so-called “Internet of Things”) may lay bare their personal data.<p>Those are the findings of a global survey of 28,000 consumers in 28 …

Internet of Things

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OPERA’S FINEST TEMPLES

The world’s great operatic stages – New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opéra national de Paris and the Royal Opera House in London – each have their own individual history and distinguished architecture. But they all host the world’s most accomplished singers and share …

Obama orders feds to study smart gun technology

The president asks government departments for tech-based recommendations to track lost or stolen guns and to prevent accidental gunfire.<p>President Barack Obama is flexing his executive muscle, ordering the federal government to study how smart guns could stem violence.<p>In a memorandum Monday, the …

Drone photography is changing how we approach real estate

Digital Journal caught up with Douglas Thron, a San Francisco Bay Area based professional drone cinematographer whose four minute video on a high end property in Santa Barbara was recently placed on Placester.com's list of the top 10 Most Stunning Real Estate Listing Videos of 2015.<p>"There is no …

Real Estate

The 4 biggest ways American beverage consumption will change in 2016

Sugary sodas are under fire. Juice sales are slipping. Many of the brightest points are new brands and beverages that no one had heard of a few years ago.<p>In other words, it's a dramatic time to be in the world of beverages. Here are four key trends to watch out for in the industry in 2016, …

Indra Nooyi

Mobile device access in schools to grow in 2016

The sharp decline in expectations for BYOD growth in schools likely reflects the realization of the challenges of creating and maintaining educational software that runs across a large spectrum of devices. Declining support for BYOD in classrooms in light of expected surge in the availability of …

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Here Are 2016's Best Upcoming Meteor Showers

2016 is gonna be a good year for star grazers.<p>There aren't many celestial events more breathtaking than a meteor shower. Caused when Earth's orbits takes it through the the trailing debris of a comet or asteroid, the showers are actually hundreds of thousands of tiny bits of dust burning up as they …

Astronomy

The 10 biggest risks the world faces in 2016

"And so, in 2016, conflict intensifies," Ian Bremmer, the head of Eurasia Group, and Cliff Kupchan write in the firm's annual list of top risks.<p>"This all means a dramatically more fragmented world in 2016 with more intra-, inter-, and extra-state conflict than any point since World War II."<p>Still, …

Geopolitics

5 Reasons Why 2016 Will Accelerate Environmental Progress

2015 was a breakthrough year for our environment -- one of the most important in decades.<p>The nations of the world agreed to a climate deal that finally gives us a chance to turn the corner toward safety. America put in place the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from its largest source, power …