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Exciting insight into role gut bacteria play in obesity-related depression and anxiety

A compelling new study from researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center has shed more light on the mysterious connection between our diet, gut bacteria and …

Microbiology

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which mobile payment system is best?

Mobile payment want you to swap your wallet for a phone or in some cases, a watch.<p>Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also …

FinTech

Starbucks tops Apple in mobile payments: A Foolish Take

Starbucks' mobile app holds Apple Pay at bay.<p>Moreover, eMarketer expects Starbucks to maintain that lead for the foreseeable future, with its 23.4 million users in 2018 rising to 29.8 million by 2022, compared to 27.5 million users on Apple Pay and 14.9 million on Google Pay.<p>eMarketer analyst Cindy …

Mobile Payments

Big Mamma’s Milan address book

LIFESTYLE<p>TRAVEL<p>The Big Mamma group, which has well and truly conquered Paris with its delicious Italian trattorias, reveals their Milan hot spots to …

Italy

A Perfect Weekend in Dubrovnik

<i>Fiona Smith explores Croatia's magnificent walled city and its neighbouring Adriatic islands</i><p>Getty Images<p>Sunlight dances on the deep blue ocean …

European Travel

Zelle forecast to overtake Venmo this year

Despite some concerns over its adoption by scammers, new payment service Zelle is shaping up to overtake rival Venmo this year, according to a new forecast from eMarketer. The firm expects Zelle to grow more than 73 percent in 2018, to reach 27.4 million users in the U.S., ahead of Venmo’s 22.9 …

FinTech

How blockchain will transform the e-commerce industry over the next few years

Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution. The world has never seen a technology as powerful as blockchain technology and it could potentially impact all sectors of the economy complete will transforming it through top …

eCommerce

The Top 20 Places to See in Ireland

It is hard to narrow down the top places to see in Ireland because the country is filled with so many famous attractions. There is the rugged …

Ireland

Exclusive: Microsoft takes aim at Amazon with push for checkout-free retail

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, in a nascent challenge to Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) automated grocery shop, six people familiar with the matter told Reuters.<p>The Redmond, Wash.-based software …

eCommerce

Researchers reveal how disrupting gut-brain communication may affect learning and memory

The connection between food and memory is one of those fundamentally human experiences we can all relate to. A compelling new study from the …

Neuroscience

Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Every Type of Traveler

Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before traveling to Paris is: where …

France

Could chlorophyll be a helpful addition to your gut-health regimen?

If you haven’t been living under a mossy green wellness rock, you know that chlorophyll is the jade-toned pigment found in fruits, veggies, and other …

Wellness

N26 launches a revised metal card

Fintech startup N26 is updating its N26 Metal product and launching it tomorrow. You might remember that the company first announced its premium card at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in December 2017. Shortly after the conference, the card was available in early access for existing N26 Black …

Customers

The 9 Best Ireland Tours to Book in 2018

With its striking coastline, rolling green hills, rich cultural traditions and legendary spirit of welcoming and generosity, Ireland beckons gently …

Ireland

PayPal Buddies Up To Visa, Mastercard — And New Accounts Roll In

When <b>PayPal</b> (PYPL) split from online auction site <b>eBay</b> (EBAY) in 2015, Wall Street wondered whether the digital-payments provider would truly find its …

FinTech

London Travel Guide

Best Time To Visit<p>Spring starts early in the U.K., and it’s optimal in otherwise temperamental weather (still: pack an umbrella). Mild winters and …

Travel

Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick

Even when you think you’re alone, you’ve got a lot of company. Of the cells you carry around, only about half, it turns out, are human. The rest …

Microbiology

What to See and Do Near the Marché d'Aligre in Paris

Paris' colorful Marché d'Aligre is one of the city's most popular markets—and it also lies at the center of a vibrant neighborhood that offers …

France

The Top 10 Austrian Foods to Try in Vienna

Vienna, one of Europe's gourmet capitals for both food and wine, is home to many delicious local treats. With a local culinary scene that often …

Top 10

The Top 8 Paris Boat Tours and Seine River Cruises

As romantic life experiences go, taking a boat tour of Paris definitely ranks high on the list. The city and many of its most iconic sights and …

France

The 10 Best Day Trips From Vienna, Austria

Vienna is surrounded by beauty, culture, and history. Close to Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, it affords travelers plenty of great …

European Travel

The Human Microbiome

Even when you think you’re alone, you’ve got a lot of company. Of the cells you carry around, only about half, it turns out, are human. The rest …

Microbiology

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which is best?

Mobile payment systems want you to swap your wallet for a phone.<p>Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own …

Apple Pay

Parkinson’s disease may be caused by virus that kills gut bugs

Parkinson’s disease could be triggered by a virus that kills a “good” form of bacteria in the gut. This may lead to a chain reaction of damaged …

Microbiology

In-display fingerprint sensors are here, and they actually work

After years of rumors and prototypes, an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally shipping in a major phone from a major company. The international Vivo X21 marks the first time this technology has been sold in India and other countries, as well as the first time it’s been a standard feature …

Phones

NatWest tests cardless online paying

Paying for online shopping by laboriously typing out debit or credit card details could soon become a thing of the past, with NatWest ­becoming the first ­major lender to start trialling payment by bank transfer instead.<p>NatWest, part of state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland, is trialling the …

Banking

How to Travel to the UK From Paris and Northern France

Traveling between England, Paris, and Northern France is so easy it's surprising that more long-distance visitors don't combine the UK and France for …

France

How security tokens are going to disrupt venture capital

The token economy is arriving and venture capital is on the front lines. In the coming years, blockchain tokens will offer VC funds a new mechanism to raise capital and maintain control of the investor base, and the impact will not be confined to those firms investing in blockchain …

Venture Capital

Fast-tracked to Amsterdam's high life and new hotels

I stood for a long time staring at the sign in the lobby of the Conscious Hotel, in Amsterdam’s Westerpark. A very long time. “Eco Sexy!” the sign read, like the Tinder bio of a freshly divorced vegan, or the aftermath of a tragic word bomb, with two fatalities and one jaunty exclamation mark. Eco …

European Travel

The Future of e-Commerce

Nobody can deny the fact that online stores have become a big part of our daily lives. I personally only do groceries shopping in traditional stores and shop online for everything else and by 2021 we will have an estimated of 2.1 billion users worldwide that do the same. With that kind of numbers, …

Cloud Computing