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Long-term travel: top tips for a fulfilling trip

Most of us have fantasised about ditching the daily grind of the office job and domestic duties for a one-way ticket to happiness. Now more people are taking action in striving for a more meaningful existence, and travel is at the top of the list.<p>The ease of leveraging digital technology is giving …

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How the Top 5 Online Booking Sites Compete on Mobile

A large online desktop presence is not an indicator of a similarly strong mobile presence.<p>In this case, we compared total reviews across iTunes and …

Swim between two tectonic plates

Iceland’s Silfra fissure is one of the only places where you can dive between two continents. In some cases the space is so narrow, you can touch North America and Europe at once.<p>Iceland’s Silfra fissure – a crack between continents formed by the constant pulling apart of two tectonic plates – is a …

The Best Hotels In The US Under $200

When airfare prices climb, as they often do, your travel budget can become a bit tight. Even so, a low hotel price point doesn't have to mean mediocre digs.<p>We worked with Hotels.com to create an exclusive list of the best inexpensive hotels in America. To create this list, Hotels.com found the …

The 10 Best Surf Lodges in North America

There might be no better vacation than a surfing holiday. Water, sun, waves, and a cold one at the end of the day sound A-OK to us. Luxury hotels are increasingly beginning to feel the same way—and not just in Hawaii. If you're an East Coaster or don't have the time to make the hop to Honolulu …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

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Top 10 Summer Theaters

Travel<p>Catch the season's best shows, from musical premieres to world-class Shakespeare productions.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada</b> <br>www.stratfordfestival.ca <br>The largest classical repertory theater in North America stages …

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The Most Popular Destinations to Visit This 4th of July!

The warm weather has arrived, the beaches are open and Independence Day is inching closer. We all know what that means -- vacation time.<p>The most notable holiday of summer is an opportunity for relaxation, celebration and travel. And according to Travelocity, Americans are taking advantage of the …

A Little Startup Called Cruise From The Socialcam, Twitch Founders Is Tackling Self-Driving Cars Too

From mobile-social video apps to self-driving cars?<p>Kyle Vogt, one of the founders behind Justin.tv, Socialcam and Twitch, is getting back to his undergraduate research roots in autonomous vehicles with a new self-driving car startup called Cruise. He’s recruited a team of engineers and roboticists …

Google Glass go on sale in the UK for £1,000

Google Glass smartglasses are finally available in the UK for £1,000, two years after they were extravagantly launched by skydivers in the US.<p>The smartglasses have been praised by adherents who describe it as the evolution of wearable computing, while Google co-founder Sergey Brin has called them a …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review

Samsung's gadget playbook is pretty obvious to anybody who’s been watching. It has created a relatively stable (if uninspiring) design language, chosen plastic as its preferred material, and cranked out device after device — each one based on small, iterative technological updates to the previous …

Apple iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts – and Microsoft and Google are to follow

Apple's introduction of a "kill switch" in its iPhone software last September has cut thefts of the phones across the board, according to data from London, New York and San Francisco – while those of other smartphones have continued to rise.<p>Now Google and Microsoft are working on similar …

Turn Your iPhone 5/5s Into a Credit Card With LoopPay’s ChargeCase

- Jun 24, 2014<p>If you hate carrying around a bunch of credit cards wherever you go, mobile payment startup LoopPay may have the solution for you. …

Minuum keyboard coming to the Moto 360 and Android Wear

When it comes to maximizing space on a smaller display, the Minuum keyboard bills itself as the perfect solution. Essentially the keyboard squeezes an entire alphabet onto one line and actually works pretty well thanks to solid predictive capabilities built-in.<p>Although the app itself has limited …

Watch Google's Project Loon Bring Internet To A School In Brazil

Google is still trying to get the balloons to stay afloat for longer, and they are hoping to keep the balloons aloft for at least 100 days at a time by the end of next year. They're also looking to deploy 300-400 balloons around the world.<p>Recently, Google had a successful Project Loon test in Agua …

Twitter's latest experiment rethinks the retweet

Twitter already made the move to allow tweets inside tweets, but it appears the 140-character social stream is looking to revamp the way we all retweet, too. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, a new feature being labeled as "retweet with comment" that enables users to better participate in the on-going convo …

New Google Glass headsets ship with more memory, everyone gets help with photos

Two years after it was introduced, Google Glass hasn't gotten any cheaper -- although it is a bit more stylish with Diane von Furstenberg frames and international now that it's launched in the UK -- but it is getting better. Not just through one of the many software updates that have reached the …

Snapchat Snags Facebook’s Mike Randall As Monetization VP

Facebook may be stealing Snapchat’s features, but Snapchat is stealing Facebook’s employees, including a new one who could help it begin to make money. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has just signed the Global Director of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program Mike Randall as its …

Braintree’s CEO explores the rise of seamless mobile payments at MobileBeat

Mobile is eating the world — and as it does, it’s enabling some profound shifts in how we live.<p>We’ll be discussing how the rise of mobile is making paying for things, and simply exchanging money with friends, easier than ever before at our upcoming MobileBeat event in San Francisco on July …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

New Technology Could Take The Drill Out Of The Dentist’s Office

Researchers at King's College London have developed a technique called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralzation, in which a device they've dubbed a "healing hand piece" is placed over the site of a cavity. The tool emits a small electrical current that promotes the remineralization of …

2015 Ford Edge First Look

Edging upwardly global<p>For the second incarnation of its midsize Edge crossover, Ford is taking its show on the road. Late in the inaugural Edge’s life, exports began to China and quickly escalated to 10,000-12,000 units per year. It seems two-box utes are as hot there as they are here and as …

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Hold that call: RCMP in Hinton, Alta., seize stun guns disguised as iPhones

RCMP in an Alberta foothills community are advising the public to be aware that some smart phones may have more zaps than apps.<p>Mounties from the Hinton detachment say they have seized two stun guns in recent days that were disguised as iPhones.<p>The first seizure was made after a complaint that …

How Google Glass can be used to steal your PIN code

Researchers demonstrate how vulnerable phone users are to having their PIN codes recorded by the new Google Glass<p>Google Glass can be used to covertly steal people’s PIN codes from as far away as 10ft, researchers have warned.<p>Just by looking at someone’s tablet or smartphone, wearers of the new …

This App Will Get You Drunk

Raise your glass — like, right now. We’ve found a new friend for those boozy bottles on your bar cart! It’s an interactive cocktail mixology system, called Perfect Drink. This drinking tech is a two-parter. Firstly, there’s a free app, available for iOS and Android. Secondly, there’s Brookstone’s …

'iPhone 6 production starting next month'

Apple's new larger-screened iPhone 6 is rumoured to be heading into production as early as next month<p><b>Apple</b>'s next <b>iPhone</b>, which is said to feature a larger screen than previous incarnations, is reported to be heading into production next month.<p>The next model, dubbed the iPhone 6, will come in two …

Android Wear could make or break the smartwatch

Google is about to determine the future of smartwatches. When it announced Android Wear -- its new platform for wearable technology (watches in particular) -- I was in London for an industry trade show, along with a number of wearables manufacturers. I'm not sure the timing was deliberate, but …

One is an iPhone, one is a weapon: can you tell which?

Canadian police have confiscated two stun guns disguised to look like iPhones, and have brought charges against one woman for assault. Can you tell the potentially deadly device from a harmless handset?<p>Canadian police have seized two potentially lethal stun guns disguised as iPhones and warned that …