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Facebook building official app for Windows 8

Better late than never? The social network's mobile app will debut on the Windows operating system in the fall.<p>Seven months after the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft can finally confirm that Facebook will bring an official version of its social-networking application to the platform.<p>Microsoft CEO …

Apps

Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 And HTC One Now Available, Will Start Shipping By July 9

Despite plenty of rumors that attested to the contrary, Google didn’t show off any new Nexus phones at its I/O developer conference. Instead it trotted out a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that ran a largely untouched version of Android 4.2, and Google SVP Sundar Pichai followed up with an …

Walmart Ends Relationship With Paula Deen

Boom: <b>Walmart</b> has dropped <b>Paula Deen</b>. The megachain tells Eater via email: "<b>We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises</b> and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed...We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements." Walmart sold Deen's …

Love Letters: Rome

<i>Carol Stigger is a Chicago-based writer specializing in Third World poverty, microfinance, and travel (check out her blog here). She lives in Rome two months a year writing about ancient and modern Italy and in India during the winter as a volunteer for a community development organization.</i><p>I love …

Italy

Vintage Disney Photos: Disney World, Disneyland Snapshots From The Past (PHOTOS)

Ever since Disneyland opened in 1955, children around the world have dreamed of a vacation to the classic theme park and resort.<p>Almost 60 years later, Disneyland and Walt Disney World still rank as favorite destinations for families around the world, with millions of visitors hitting the parks each …

World's Best Parks, According To TripAdvisor Users (PHOTOS)

Following on the coat tails of their intriguing top 10 landmarks in the U.S. and abroad, TripAdvisor has released their users' favorite parks here and around the world.<p>And the list has us scratching our heads a bit. Sure, there are some expected favorites--like Central Park, Millennium Park, Golden …

Americans no longer biggest shoppers at Harrods as Chinese take over

The days of Americans being the biggest overseas shoppers at London’s Harrods store are over.<p>While seven years ago U.S. visitors were the top foreign …

I Finally Checked Out That 'High Line' Thing That New Yorkers Are Going Bonkers About...

That means that for the past several years I have had to listen to everyone gush about the High Line.<p>What's the "High Line?"<p>The "High Line" is an old railroad track on the lower West Side that was recently converted into a park.<p>It's a bit strange to hear people gush about a park--especially a long, …

Henry Blodget

Berlin becomes world's largest car-sharing city with one-way service

Berlin, though, has become the largest one-way, car-sharing city in the world. One-way or free-floating services, which recently started in the …

19 Natural and Cultural Wonders Named New World Heritage Sites

The 2013 UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting concluded last week with the addition of five new natural wonders to the existing list of 217 World …

Meteorology

9 myths about Berlin that need to die

<i>“Berlin ist arm aber sexy”</i> comes, of course, from Berlin’s mayor Klaus Wowereit. It became the slogan of the 2009 tourism campaign, after it was used …

A day-trip to North Korea's border

Following orders from the US soldier to line up in a row, we stood obediently looking out into enemy lines. I cast my mind back to the waiver form I’d just signed: ‘The visit to the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom will entail entering a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death as a …

North Korea

The world's 15 largest travel companies of 2013

<i>Editor’s Note: Please read The real 15 largest travel companies of 2013 for a corrected version of this story.</i><p>What are the names of the 15 largest …

JetBlue pilots to drop flight bags, use iPads for weather and charts

After receiving FAA approval, JetBlue began handing out iPads to its 2,500 pilots in a bid to transition toward a paperless cockpit.<p>The iPad-packing …

Delta Air Lines gets failing grades on upgrades for loyal customers

Delta has reduced the importance of the casual business traveler, leaving many loyal passengers out in the cold. Evidence of these changes is …

Exploring Oxnard, California

Caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, many of us drive past the same towns year after year, never taking the time to stop and explore our surroundings. Over the past 30 years, I have driven past Oxnard, California many times on my trips between San Luis Obispo and Southern California yet my …

California

5 Reasons to Go to Lanai, Hawaii

The sixth-largest island in Hawaii, Lanai is not the most tourist-heavy of the group. Compared to the other islands like Oahu and Maui, there’s just …

15 of the Best Travel Photos Taken With an iPhone

There are many ways that Apple's iPhone has transformed our lives. It has put a previously unimaginable array of technology in our pockets - everything from a global positioning system to a video editor. One of the many industries it has changed in the process is travel photography. As the quality …

Mobile Photography

9 Unique Must-Stay Hotels of the Netherlands

Water, Mud, Beer, Cheese, and Art!<p>Those are the five topics I set out to explore for <b>The 30 Postcards Project</b> in traveling to the Netherlands. Over five hundred postcards were mailed to the project by proud Dutch citizens hoping to share a slice of their culture with world, and as I did my research …

Hospitality

30 Stunning Photos Of Everyday Life in Havana

With so much history and culture, the alluring draw of this off-limits city is bringing more and more hesitant tourists to wonder about it, especially after celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been deciding to make it their new vacation spot.<p>But the fact of the matter is that Havana, while it …

Cuba

Delta CEO likes to fly on the competition but likes his own airline's chances

Delta Air Lines is on track for its fourth straight annual profit, its best stretch since the six years ended in 2000. Its passengers file fewer …

Sixteen Summer Destinations I Love

Summer is upon us, and though I’ve spent my first few weeks at home in sunny, Washington, DC, my suitcase is crying from neglect.<p>“Now is the time to travel!” says just about everyone to me. School’s out, the warm weather wants us to celebrate, and the mountains and seaside are calling.<p>Of the Four …

Summer 2013 Guide to Los Angeles

With a coastline rivaling the most beautiful in the world, weather typically less humid than many other big American cities, and tourist attractions …

Cool Off at These Inviting Swim-Up Bars

You don't even need to leave the pool to grab a cocktail (and sometimes dinner) at these swanky hotel bars...<p>By Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Swim-Up Bars<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>Photo Quiz: Ocean or Lake?<p>Beautiful Hidden Beaches Around the World<p>18 …

Condé Nast

You Can't Cut The Line For A G650, The $65 Million Private Jet Billionaires Are Drooling Over

In 2011, the New York Post reported Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, and Ralph Lauren were all lining up to drop $65 million on the jet.<p>But for those who are just looking to get on the list now, the next available plane won't be delivered until 2017 — and there's no way to jump the line, Gulfstream …

Gulf Stream

Explore America: A Day in Nevis, Minnesota

For a summer road trip idea, there are some great small towns in America to get away to and unplug in that are sparsely populated and a good idea to visit and support. Some are in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and we recently decided to check out the town of Nevis, Minnesota.<p>With a population of 390, …

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