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Champagne 101: How To Drink It Like A Pro

Champagne season is officially here. From now through the New Year you’ll likely be popping a few corks and spilling bubbly all over your carpet.<p>If you have been really nice (or really naughty) you might be lucky enough to spill some Krug. The LVMH-owned champagne from Reims, France is regarded by …

Its 'World's Cheapest Car' Tag Made The Nano Undesirable In India

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of one of India’s largest conglomerates, Tata, has spoken out. The patriarch recently told a television channel that the ‘cheapest car’ tag - a label that his group company Tata Motors proudly and repeatedly touted to emphasize its own prowess in thrifty innovation and …

Roger Hajjar's Prysm Wants to Bring Eco-Friendly, Life-Size Video To Your Home

<i>A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Roger Hajjar, Founder and CTO, Prysm…</i><p>“We’re in the digital display business,” is Roger Hajjar’s initial, terse description of Prysm, the company he co-founded and for which he is the CTO. But very quickly one …

LG unveils curved, flexible smartphone to better fit your body

SAN FRANCISCO -- At a special press event this week, LG took the wraps off the LG G Flex smartphone.<p>The bendable, flexible phone runs on Android and went on sale in South Korea only 10 days ago. Company executives said there's no word yet on when it will be available in the United States.<p>But in …

Gear & Gadgets

Building Markets: Meet The Start-Up Bringing Investors To The Fastest-Growing Economies in the World

Social Entrepreneur Scott Gilmore, 42, who became frustrated with his job at the United Nations, decided to focus on entrepreneurship instead of aid as a sustainable poverty solution.<p><b>Mission:</b> Building Markets finds and verifies local businesses in six developing countries, including Liberia, and …

You Can Now Book Hotels Through Twitter

Social media have been growing explosively in the travel sector as more consumers engage with tools like Twitter and Facebook and more brands clamor to take advantage. In the early stages of social adoption, many consumers used the tools to vent frustration, communicate with peers and help plan …

Rising Family Homelessness in NYC: What Can the New Mayor Bill de Blasio Do?

He ran on a “Tale of Two Cities” platform, and when he enters office on January 1st, Bill De Blasio will have to put a lot of forces in motion to …

Apple reportedly acquires PrimeSense for $345M

The Israel-based 3D-sensing company provides the technology that powers Microsoft's Kinect sensor.<p>Apple has reportedly closed a deal to acquire PrimeSense, the 3D-sensor company behind Microsoft's Kinect sensor.<p>Apple paid $345 million for the Israel-based company, according to a Calcalist financial …

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

Using the Nexus 5's touch-free audio controls to instigate search is cool. But there's even more Google can do to turn up the volume on voice.<p>One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal …

Android News

China's Third Plenum: Don't Get Your Hopes Up

The Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress kicks off on November 9 to decide the economic policies that will steer China’s direction over the coming decade. Top leaders and the state media have been gushing about vague sweeping reforms, creating high expectations that may prove difficult to …

From Walmart To Bitcoin: The CEO Behind The Chinese Exchange Sending BTC To New Highs

Bitcoin continues marching to new highs this month, despite the rather ominous news this week that one of the major wallet services, Inputs.io, was robbed of over 4,000 BTC, or one million worth of U.S. coin. ConvergEx Group market analyst Nick Colas says that one of the main reasons is the surge …

Think Hoarding Passwords Keeps You Safe From Firing? Think Again

Most employees think they are indispensable to their employers, but in fact, most employees are easily replaced. A recent legal ruling involved an IT manager who sought job security by holding “the keys to the kingdom”–the passwords to the company’s computer network that only he possessed. His plan …

Buyer Beware: A Bleak View Of China From A Tiger Woman On Wall Street

The glorious veneer of China’s growth machine can easily entice an outsider, but the view is not so pretty for someone who has seen how the gears operate on the inside. Despite the strength of its hardware, China suffers from malfunctioning software that discourages innovation, collaboration and …

Point This Magical Scanner At Your Food And It Will Count The Calories

The TellSpec could be the missing link for people watching their weight or trying to avoid certain ingredients–if its creators can manage to bring it to the market.<p>Today there are wearable trackers available for just about every move you make and step you take. Almost. If there’s a missing link, …

Two Next-Level Wearables That Aren’t for Everyone

Many people are waiting for expected upcoming smartwatches from Apple and Google to take the wearable category to the next level. Or at least as much …

Asia's Week: One Year and Waiting for Last Abenomics Arrow

The region’s focus shifted back to Japan this week, primarily because the “Abenomics” policy of its prime minister turned one year old. There was also new bluster and more with China over sea territory, which with luck and diplomacy will remain just posturing. Definitely real, however, is the …

In The Face Of Armageddon, Microsoft and VMware Get A New Religion

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had some in-depth conversations from executives from both VMware and Microsoft. Both companies are in the process of transforming themselves into cloud powerhouses – in the case of VMware, it’s a growing realization that their bread and butter business, …

NSA Fugitive Snowden Gets Job In Russia

Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has found himself a new line of work: website security in his new homeland of Russia.<p>Ria Novosti newswire reported on Thursday that Snowden, a fugitive wanted by the U.S. government for divulging state secrets to the press and to other …

Android under attack: rivals unleash nuclear patent hell against Samsung, Google

Advertisement<p>60 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p>The mobile patent wars appeared to hit an apex in 2012 when Apple and Samsung …

Hands On With The Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat

The Nexus 5 is here! The Nexus 5 is here!<p>After months of hype and more questionably “accidental” leaks than any device in recent memory, Google announced their new flagship Android handset this morning.<p>I’ve only had the device in my hands for a few hours, so it’ll be a few days before I’m ready to …

World's first bitcoin ATM to launch this week

A Robocoin ATM that trades hard cash for digital bitcoins launches in Canada<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM will go live in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.<p>Built by company Robocoin, the ATM will trade the digital currency for cash and vice versa.<p>Bitcoin is the world's most popular electronic currency …

Bitcoin

Success Hurts: China's Building Boom Is Over, And Now Its Machinery Makers Can't Compete On The Global Stage

<i>(Appears in magazine as</i> Wounded Giants.<i>)</i><p>In a jungle clearing near the open-pit mines in the Brazilian state of Pará, there’s a 150-ton excavator ready to start digging as soon as somebody buys it. On the coast, a disused but still shiny concrete pump truck whose boom reaches 250 feet stands guard …