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What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

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The Rock Goes Interstellar In Sci-Fi Comedy

Increasingly looking to develop his own starring vehicles (and we don’t just mean buying big trucks), Dwayne Johnson has landed a deal to star in</b> …

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Google dominates media with $50.5bn of advertising revenues

Our dependence on web search highlighted by new report ranking the world's top 30 media businesses - but Facebook is catching up<p>The growing popularity of mobile devices has helped Google increase its dominance of global advertising revenues, with the web search giant’s income from media spending …

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Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

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Google's Mother's Day doodle celebrates moms of all species

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>You have one job today.<p>It's to ensure that your mom is not one of the 40 percent who say they've endured a miserable Mother's Day. (That was according to a survey, of course.)<p>Google can only help you in …

Swatch says it’s developing smartwatch batteries that last 6 months

Maybe Swatch should have partnered with Apple on the Apple Watch (which I mistakenly reported last summer) after all. The Swiss watch giant might have been able to help Apple with the problem of the Watch’s short 18-hour battery life.<p>Swatch CEO Nick Hayek told investors Wednesday that his company …

Zynga Sacks 364 Employees

The social gaming company cuts costs by cutting staff.<p>Less than a month after reclaiming the top job at Zynga, founder Mark Pincus laid out his plans for restructuring the social gaming company. First order of business: layoffs.<p>Reporting better-than-expected first-quarter earnings Wednesday, Zynga …

Engineers inspect quake-damaged homes in Nepal's capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.<p>About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, …

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Google's research on ad injecting malware shows millions of its visitors are affected

Ad injectors – unwanted software that insert new ads or replace the ones already there – have plagued the internet for many a year, but Google wants to show us just how pervasive they are.<p>Today the company released details from a study performed in a partnership with UC Berkley and Santa Barbara …

Germanwings co-pilot practiced descents hours before crash

PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have practiced sending the jetliner into a deadly descent on another flight, just two hours before he intentionally crashed it into the French Alps, investigators said Wednesday.<p>The revelation appeared to support the theory that the …

Thomas Cook shares crash after Harriet Green is pushed out

Harriet Green has been pushed out as chief executive of Thomas Cook in a shock departure that wiped £400m off the value of the tour operator.<p>Green had garnered investor plaudits, and an award for businesswoman of the year, for turning around a business that was recovering from the brink of …