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The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

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Google's VP of design rips into Windows 10 on Twitter

Shortly after recording his first podcast, Google's vice president of design Matias Duarte has publicly slammed Microsoft and Windows 10 on Twitter. After the latest episode of Joshua Topolsky's <i>Tomorrow</i> went live, Duarte tweeted that he had tried the Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 -- and that in his …

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How Sonos Used Clever Software Engineering To Make A $50 Gadget Obsolete

It’s not often that a company announces that they’ve figured out a way to make people stop paying for a piece of hardware by purposely making it obsolete, but that’s just what Sonos has done.<p>Sonos has just announced that thanks to clever programming, they have figured out a way to make their $50 …

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Smart Headphones Could Be The Answer To Wearable Technology For The Masses

The Intelligent Headset from Danish audio specialists GN can do just that using built-in sensors that relay information to a smartphone or tablet and allow the headset to know where and what you are facing at any time.<p>"It took us under two years to develop the headphones, which are based on our …

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Space<p>Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa …

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Cyborg video glasses show emotion so you don't have to

Emotional labor is a kind of work we often don't recognize as work: the need to appear friendly, deferential, or attentive at a job. Fast food restaurant Pret a Manger is famous (or infamous) for holding its employees to exacting friendliness standards, and emotional labor's overall importance is …

Candy Crush developer admits it can't really own the word 'Candy'

Although King's $7 billion empire is built on the slim foundation of its lone blockbuster, <i>Candy Crush Saga</i>, many thought its efforts to trademark "Saga" and "Candy" were a bit over-the-top. It now turns out the company isn't trying to crush <i>every</i> game maker that uses these words, and instead is …

After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking”

When Facebook(s sb) acquired popular messaging service WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion, other app makers took notice. And, fearful of missing …

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FORTUNE — David Brussin doesn’t want to reinvent marketing. He just wants to make it easier.<p>Brussin, 38, already had the launch of three marketing-focused technology companies under his belt when big data analytics began to rise in popularity among technologists. The concept promised a more …

Apple Ripped Off This Clock Design For The iPad And Now The Owners Have Given A Huge Contract To Samsung

The clock was originally designed in the 1940s by Hans Hilfiker and is a symbol of both the company and the country.<p>Eventually, Apple did the right thing and agreed to pay $21 million to Swiss Railways to license the pleasing analog clockface design.<p>It was a minor humiliation for the computer …

10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.<p>But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully …

Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with Integrated Display Shown in New Photos

Following the leak of an alleged iPhone 6 front panel earlier this week, the iPad is now getting its turn with a pair of photos showing what is said to be a front panel for the next-generation iPad Air, shared by Dutch site <i>One More Thing</i> [Google Translate]. Notably, the part appears to include an …

A Guide to Creating Your Startup Advisory Board

<i>Alana Muller is the President at Kauffman FastTrac, an organization that equips entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow. This post originally appeared on the Clarity.fm blog.</i><p>The entrepreneurial journey is full of twists, turns, ups and …

App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing …

Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit

With Google's Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You'll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with …

On the hunt for Google's Easter eggs

Google is renowned for creating Easter eggs, which in the tech world mean coding or features on the Web that either shouldn't be there or that you don't expect to find.<p>Our colleagues at ZDNet gathered up some of Google's Easter eggs currently in circulation. There are more, so happy hunting. Here's …

Soon you’ll be able to drive in and out of a paid parking garage without paying

In Barney Pell’s world, coming in and out of a parking garage is a completely seamless experience. Paying is done effortlessly on a mobile device, the garage magically identifies cars and bills their owners’ cards, and you barely have to spend time thinking about parking.<p>This magical world is …

Payment Apps Are Quickly Changing How We Transfer Money To Each Other, And Around The World

This is especially true in the context of peer-to-peer payment transactions. These include money transfers between friends and family, international remittances, and even fees and wages paid to independent workers. Globally, the market is well over $1 trillion.<p>In a new report from BI Intelligence, …

Phone Thefts Soar as Kill-Switch Debate Heats Up

Consumer<p>Smartphone thefts rarely make national news anymore—unless the victim was seriously hurt or killed during the robbery.<p>But the crime spree has not gone away. It seems to have gotten worse.<p>About 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, according to a just-released national …

Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engineering pioneer prefers free. FLAC, the …

Shopping: Is there an app for that?

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Ramneek Bhasin, VP & GM, Product and Mobile, TheFind.</i><p>Our fascination with the smartphone is in full swing. We now live in a world where more phones are activated daily than there are babies born, and they seem to be just as demanding. We check our phones every six …

Why carry a big power brick when you can tote the world’s smallest laptop adapter?

It’s not unheard of for a laptop review to ding the product for a surprising reason: A bulky power adapter. What’s the point of carrying a light slim …

Analysts predict decline in iPad sales

Here's something you don't hear often: Apple's year-over-year iPad sales may have dipped during the first three months of 2014, according to analysts.<p>A bevy of analysts chimed in on iPad sales expectations in the first quarter, and they collectively peg Apple's sales at 19.3 million units, …

Steve Jobs evidence latest battleground in Silicon Valley's no-hire case

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is the subject of debate in a case involving major technology companies and their alleged efforts to not poach employees from each other.<p>Tech employees represented in a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe petitioned US District Court Judge …

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The online-dating business is still a small industry — tiny, by most standards. But the news this week that Zoosk, one of the bigger companies in the space, plans to go public might be yet another sign that this is an industry set to soar.<p>An IBISWorld report from September 2013, the most recent …

Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signaling strains between the allies following months of political tension.<p>Turkey's President Abdullah Gul speaks at the Turkey-Kuwait …

The dream office of the future: No email!

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Five Things to Know About Alibaba, 'The Hottest Thing in Tech'

Markets<p>Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth that's relatively unknown in the U.S., is preparing to file the prospectus for a U.S.-based initial public offering next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Recent estimates value Alibaba between $153 billion and $200 billion and indicate that the IPO …

François Hollande's 'champagne socialist' aide forced to quit

An adviser to François Hollande has resigned after he was accused of a past conflict of interest and of behaving like a champagne socialist.<p>Aquilino Morelle, who was in charge of Hollande's communications, was alleged to have worked in secret for a pharmaceutical company while also engaged by a …

Wikipedia Use Could Give Insights To The Flu Season

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer<p>Published: 04/17/2014 05:50 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study.<p>Researchers created a new …