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The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

European Travel

GoTenna Keeps Your Cell Phone Connected, Even When You Don’t Have Cell Service

GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo knows that her startup has been “quiet for a long time,” but she said it’s for a good reason — the team has been busy turning its prototype into something that could be “manufactured at scale.”<p>The company aims to help users to communicate even when they don’t have …

The 5 Step Process To Get Any Level Of Success You Want

The best products aren’t the ones that sell the most. The best music isn’t what you hear on the radio. The best movies aren’t the ones you go to …

15 new startup unicorns that emerged in 2015

Using our own data on funding rounds, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 web and tech startups that became billion-dollar babies in 2015.

Venture Capital

The driverless car gets comfortable

Previewing the multi-configurable cabin of its future semi-autonomous car, Volvo's Concept 26 could transform commuting time into "me time".<p>Concept 26 is not a pretentious farm-to-table restaurant that changes its menu every two weeks, though its ideals are as lofty. The name of Volvo’s new take on …

Volvo

Brussels on highest alert level as authorities warn attack 'imminent'

Public advised to avoid crowds at shopping centres, concerts and large events where possible, after terrorism threat raised to level four in wake of Paris attacks<p>Brussels was put on its highest alert level on Saturday as Belgian officials warned the public to avoid crowds because of a “serious and …

Gestures Are Defining Apple Watch

Instead of the touches and swipes that power most of our screen-based computing devices, many of the core Apple Watch capabilities — like checking the time — are powered by gestures.<p>The use of gestures as a user interface may seem like a novelty to many, but, from the research we did over the last …

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

A new Apple patent reveals a laptop that's eerily similar to Microsoft's Surface Book

According to Patently Apple, the patent was filed way back in 2011, but it was only just granted.<p>In the patent, the detachable screen is touch-sensitive, meaning it could be used as a tablet, just like the Surface Book's touch display can also be used as a tablet.<p>The patent lists several ways the …

Patents

SpaceX Is About to Win Its First-Ever U.S. Military Mission

It looks like SpaceX is set to land its first US military contract. Elon Musk’s company sued for the right to be considered, and now they’re the last …

How high-net-worth individuals are investing their money right now

One of the most effective ways to learn how to do something is to pay attention to those who do it well. If your goal is to build wealth, it makes sense to pay attention to those who have already built it.<p>By following what high net-worth (HNW) individuals are investing in, what they're thinking …

Space Travel

How to use Robinhood, the popular app that lets you trade stocks without paying any fees

Robinhood launched in December 2014 and quickly became a favorite among younger people looking to invest without paying $7 per trade. Since its launch, Robinhood has amassed hundreds of thousands of users and facilitated over $1 billion in trades, according to TechCrunch.<p>The app itself is stylish …

Groupon

The Most Beautiful Lakes in the U.S.

Glaciers, geysers, crystal clear water: What more could you ask for? These 15 American lakes are gorgeous—and worth a visit—any time of year.

National Parks

The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2016

We’ve got holiday getaways on the brain. But not just any old getaways. We’re looking for something out of the ordinary, a place to fuel our passion …

Elon Musk Powers Up: Inside Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory

Elon Musk is venturing headfirst into the battery business. Here’s why it might be his boldest bet yet.<p>Elon Musk walks briskly onto the stage as hard rock blasts in the background. The guitar riff, which sounds like entrance music suitable for a professional wrestler or a minor-league cleanup …

The most affordable places to travel to next year, according to Lonely Planet

Included in the series is a list of the best-value destinations for 2016, which pinpoints the top destinations where visitors can have high-quality travel experiences without breaking the bank.<p>From the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the renowned vineyards of Galicia, Spain, …

Ho Chi Minh City

12 weird psychological reasons someone might fall in love with you

According to the research, your hormones, interests, and upbringing all help determine who you fall for — and who falls for you.<p>Since your partner plays a significant role in your long-term health, happiness, and even your career prospects, we've scoured the studies and collected some of the …

Psychology

Opinion: John Bogle says you won’t make much money from stocks

John Bogle finally has it right about stocks.<p>Bogle, the legendary founder of mutual-fund giant Vanguard Group, and a staunch defender of index funds, …

3 Keys to Being Irresistibly Attractive

We all want others to like us. Deep down in our hearts we all want to feel supported, respected, and, most importantly, loved.<p>Yet, unfortunately, for many of us this is much easier said then done. We can feel like we always fall short in finding this love that we so desire to experience.<p>We can feel …

Dropbox hits 150K paying business customers, with 50K joining this year

Dropbox, a company that provides free and premium version of a cloud file sync and sharing service, now boasts more than 150,000 paying business customers, cofounder and chief executive Drew Houston said today.<p>That’s up from 130,000 from a couple of months ago.<p>“We have added 50,000 paying business …

Marc Benioff

A backpacker's guide to the most affordable cities in Europe

Europe is full of amazing countries that don't cost an arm and a leg to explore.<p>Online travel company Simply Holiday Deals has put together a list of the continent's cheapest cities for travelers based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015, which calculates the average price of hostels, …

European Travel

Bill Nye explains why monster storms like Hurricane Patricia are just the beginning

Before that, in August, three category 4 hurricanes developed over the Pacific in rapid succession for a display unlike anything we've ever seen, shown in the image to the right.<p>And if climate scientists are correct, these monster storms are just a small taste of what is to come.<p>While predicting …

Climate Change

Bitcoin is going nuts

Bitcoin was trading around $240 in the beginning of October. Now — after a gain of 10% on Tuesday added to its earlier run — it's closer to $400.<p>Now, bitcoin traders are looking for answers as to why the cryptocurrency is skyrocketing in value.<p>"You're seeing more and more institutional investors …

Cryptocurrency

10 Amazing Adventures You Need to Do on Your Next European Vacation

Photo: Linny Le<p>When you think of a European vacation, you're probably picturing museums, cafes, and tours through the cities. Don't get us wrong, that side of Europe is amazing, but the continent is also home to some incredible outdoors locations waiting to be explored. From amazing waterfalls to …

The 12 dumbest things you can do with your money in your 30s — and how to avoid them

Time is still on your side in your 30s. If you manage your money well, it can mean huge financial gains in the future.<p>That's easier said than done. And many of us tend to assume that we'll have more money in our 40s and have plenty of time to tune up our finances, which can lead to some poor money …

Personal Finance

Humans created a new top predator that's taking over the Northeast — and that's just one example of the evolution we're driving

Evolution, it turns out, isn't the long, invisible process we once thought.<p>Instead, it's happening all around us, all the time, and we are its primary drivers.<p>Numbers of the coywolf, a new hybrid of the coyote and the wolf, likely just topped a million.<p>By shaping landscapes, dumping pollutants into …

Biology

Scientists finally think they know what killed 211,000 of these antelope in May

Native to the grassy steppes of Kazakhstan and nearby regions, populations of the critically endangered species have suffered one catastrophic loss after the next over the past 15 years.<p>And now, a mass die-off in the spring of 2015 seems to have killed off about half the species, according to The …

Wildlife

Discover Ireland’s most ancient secrets

Exploring Ireland’s ancient east means choosing your own adventure through 5,000 years of history – with no route, itinerary or list of sites.<p>Ireland is not very big. In fact, you can drive from the east to west coast in less than four hours. But the country’s newest tourism initiative – Ireland’s …

Ireland

A new job-search site aims to solve the elusive 'culture fit' problem

But until recently there was no one-stop shop for filtering job searches through this lens.<p>It was for that reason CEO and cofounder Anthony van Horne began developing CareerLabs, which launched last week.<p>"People deserve to know the real scoop on a company before they work there," van Horne tells …

Employment