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Leaked Document Shows FAA Rules For Commercial Drones Will Be Laxer Than Feared

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will officially announce its proposed rules for small drones (or UAS — unmanned aerial systems — as the agency likes to call them) on Sunday. However, as Forbes first reported earlier this weekend, a document (first discovered by Steve Zeets) leaked out …

1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

Apple is reaping the biggest rewards right now when it comes to selling its smartphones and other devices, but the overall picture for the smartphone market in the year ahead may be a little less rosy. According to the analysts at Germany-based GfK, in 2014 there were 1.2 billion smartphones sold, …

Gear & Gadgets

Social Shopping App Shopa Secures $11M Series A To Scale Internationally

So-called ‘social shopping marketplaces’ have slowly emerged as smartphone and tablet adoption has risen. The heady combination of social networks and shopping never seemed to work that well on the web, but on mobile they have proven to have more of the potential that was always promised but rarely …

XYZE’s Smart Measuring Tape Wants To Solve The Clothes Shopping Size Problem

Italian startup XYZE (“size”) is currently crowd funding what it’s calling a smart “wearable” measuring tape. Dubbed “On”, the rather neat-looking gadget aims to help solve the clothes shopping size problem, whereby, when shopping for clothes online, the clothes you buy end up being the wrong …

Backed By A16Z, London-Based Money Transfer Startup TransferWise Finally Launches In The U.S.

TransferWise, the London-based “P2P” money transfer startup that recently raised a further $58 million led by Andreessen Horowitz has made good on its promise to cross the pond with a full U.S. launch.<p>The company, which also counts Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Index Ventures, …

Fitmob Buys Gymsurfing To Add Day Passes For More Than 200 Gyms

San Francisco-based Fitmob has enabled customers to sign up for a monthly subscription to attend classes or visit gyms in cities around the country. With the acquisition of Gymsurfing, the company will be adding day passes to its portfolio of fitness options, as well as access to more than 200 gyms …

WorldRemit Raises $100M To Take On Western Union In Money Transfers

WorldRemit, a UK-based startup that is going after the Western Unions and MoneyGrams of the world with a commission-beating online and mobile remittance service, has raised another $100 million — funding that it will use to continue building out its service globally, and specifically in the U.S., …

Sony Eyes Healthy Profits By 2018 With New Focus On PlayStation And Entertainment

Sony announced its latest corporate reshuffle which will see it focus on its PlayStation and its entertainment businesses, as well as its CMOS image sensor unit, as it bids to return to healthy profit levels by 2018.<p>The company has reported six net loses over the last seven years, but it said that …

Sony Music

Best beaches for 2015, according to travelers

If you're in the northeastern United States, a warm beach — any beach, really — is sounding pretty good right now.<p>But not all beaches are created …

Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy

David Skokna wants to simplify TV, one button at a time. That’s why Skokna and his team at Ray Ventures are introducing a remote control to replace …

Nike+ FuelBand iPhone app adds HealthKit integration, no longer requires a band

Nike today released a long-awaited update to its FuelBand app for iPhone users with the fitness tracking FuelBand wearable adding support for sharing NikeFuel points with Apple’s Health app on iOS 8. The update also adds support for motion tracking right from the iPhone for iPhone 5s users and up …

Apps

The best laptops you can buy

Picking out a laptop isn’t easy. It’s hard to really understand whether or not a computer is right for your needs until you’ve actually used it for a while.<p>Maybe it’s a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your …

Consumer Tech

The rise and fall of wearable fitness trackers

<i>Companies are betting big on wearable technology, but so far devices like Google Glass and fitness trackers have remained niche products. In this five-part series, we look at trends for 2015 and why Canada is poised to lead the wearable revolution. Read the first story here: Will 2015 be the year</i> …

10 Healthy Food Myths Debunked

From the editors of GoodHousekeeping.com, we set the record straight on common misconceptions about which foods are healthy for you.<p><b>1) Fresh is always better than frozen.</b><br>Freshly-shelled peas have more vitamins than frozen ones, right? Not exactly. "Fresh" produce often travels far distances and …

Illegal downloaders beware, you may get a shock in 2015

Canadians accustomed to illegally downloading copyrighted material without facing consequences could be in for a shock this year.<p>The final piece of …

6 Not-So-Obvious Signs He's Cheating On You

<i>By Patti Blue Hayes</i><p>At 2:30AM, sitting in a rental car outside a bar in Cambridge, MA, my husband said, "I don't think we should be married anymore." An hour earlier, I'd grabbed his phone, curious as to whom he kept texting all night. He told me about two casual sex partners he'd had in the past …

Divorce? The 6 worst money mistakes

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>During a divorce, a spouse who hasn’t shown much interest in the family’s finances can …

10 great stocks for 2015 from 3 market wizards

The stock markets are rarely fair to anyone, but here’s one of the worst injustices in the investment world: Some of the gurus who produce the best …

Investing

7 top money management apps

Keeping a balanced budget can help you stay on track and sleep better at night. But if your money-management system requires sifting through piles of …

15 Easy Ways To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

You may <i>think</i> you know the basics when it comes to getting your home ready to sell: remove any clutter or personal effects, fix what’s broken, and stage your rooms. But buyers are a fickle lot, and they can fall in — or out — of love with a home for any number of reasons, some so subtle that the …

The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks, when list posts reign supreme and reflective 2014 musings clog your feeds. Although this post meets that description, rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for …

5 apps for spying on your spouse

American lawyers are heading into the busiest time of the year for divorce filings. Big Brother is watching your every move — and so is your …

Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $41!)

Yesterday’s post included a huge list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps that were all on sale for free for a limited time — and if you hurry, you can …

Bernie Ecclestone does not want double-points F1 finale next season

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief executive, has said he does not want a repeat of his controversial scheme to award double points at the last race of the season.<p>The innovation, which could decide the world title between the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the final race …

Video Calls Out Catcallers, But Cuts Out White Men

There's a video that's been circulating online since Tuesday, and it frames itself like this: a woman walks around New York City for 10 hours, with a camera secretly recording as she gets street-called 100 times by men.<p>The woman who does the walking is Shoshana Roberts. Most of the men who …

New York subway safest for women

<b>New York City</b>, where crime levels are reported to have dropped by 75 per cent in the last 25 years, was highlighted for its strong police presence and instalment of CCTV systems and emergency communication kiosks at stations where ticket booth clerks are not available, <b>Crain's New York Business</b> …

Google fined over Street View image of woman's cleavage

Google must pay a woman in Canada £1,250 after it published a photo showing her cleavage on its Street View mapping service<p>Google has been ordered to pay a Canadian woman $2,250 (£1,250) for an image on Street View that exposed her cleavage.<p>The image showed the woman, Maria Pia Grillo, sitting on a …

First look at the Microsoft Band: A health tracker on steroids

I’m such a sucker for cross-platform devices and fitness trackers. So of course, I ran out to my local Microsoft Store last night and dropped $199 …