Abhishek Vasudevan

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Thailand Right Now

The number of foreign visitors to Thailand has doubled in the past decade, and it's easy to see why. The country radiates beauty at every turn—from lush jungles to dramatic caves, golden temples to skies aglow with lanterns. Whether you're looking to soak up ancient culture or relax on one of the …

Thailand

Marc Newson designs the Apple Watch of fountain pens

Apple’s Marc Newson is one of the best designers in the industry. His plane-inspired Lockheed Lounge chair was reflective, smooth and looked incredibly uncomfortable. And we’re still enjoying the look and feel of our Apple Watches, even if the other night a drunk girl at a bar made fun of me for …

Mont Blanc

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan civilization, according to new research.<p>Scientists from Rice University and Louisiana State University found evidence in Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a …

Tropical Cyclones

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

I would very much like a flexible smartphone that I could scrunch up like paper and stuff into a pocket. I don’t quite know why I would like that, but it feels like something that the future should create.<p>Samsung’s wild Galaxy Note Edge is a tiny step toward that eventuality. The screen’s glass …

AT&T to pay $105 million to settle charges over mobile billing

The carrier is paying the fine to the FTC and other US government agencies as a result of charges that it unlawfully billed customers for items from other companies.<p>AT&T will pay the US government a fine of $105 million to settle charges over a practice known as mobile cramming.<p>Announcing the fine …

Identity Theft

The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google’s Newest Star Outsmart Apple?

Google is betting big on Nest CEO Tony Fadell, who helped invent the iPod and iPhone. Here, a look inside his design revolution.<p>Lounging poolside in 93-degree July heat as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” thrums through the patio speakers, Tony Fadell takes a sip of nonalcoholic beer and sinks far enough …

Lockheed Martin's 360-degree laser turret gets cleared for take-off

Lockheed Martin has an affinity for lasers -- that much is apparent. Not satisfied with simply having ground-based energy weapons, though, the outfit has recently tested its airplane-mounted death ray over the skies of America's High Five, Michigan. The Aero-optic Beam Control (or ABC, as its …

Uber the top: The apps that will rule the world

The sharing revolution will sweep the 21st century. But where will it all end?<p>I saw an interview with the CEO of Uber, the trillion-dollar worth taxi …

Apple Store

How Iraq's black market in oil funds ISIS

<b>Luay al-Khatteeb spoke to CNN about the impact of ISIS' march through northern Iraq, and the militant group's control of some oil fields. He explained how they used the oil fields to raise funds, and how it could impact global prices. This is an edited version of the conversation.</b><p><b>How much of Iraq's</b> …

Indonesia rescues passengers of sunken boat

Rescuers in Indonesia have plucked to safety 13 more people including eight foreigners, two days after their tourist boat sank as it travelled between islands in the east of the archipelago, a search and rescue official has said.<p>"They were all found together, some in a lifeboat and some floating …

7 Ways to Validate Your Startup Idea

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to save people the hassle and the headache of doing extensive research before buying a product.</i><p>I don’t know if you ever experienced a eureka moment – a second when everything comes together and an amazing idea pops into your head. As …

Thousands join Hong Kong anti-Occupy protest

Tens of thousands have protested in Hong Kong against plans by pro-democracy activists to paralyse the city centre with a mass sit-in unless China grants acceptable electoral reforms.<p>Public discontent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city is at its highest for years, with concern at perceived …

Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram

Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerians kidnapped last week by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, security and human rights sources in Nigeria said Saturday.<p>Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed the Doron Baga fishing and farming village on the shores of Lake Chad late Sunday through Monday …

Carrick best reads: Hey millennials, buy the latte, skip the house

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>Memo to millennials: Buy the latte, skip the house</b><br>A millennial entrepreneur's strong, smart advice to young people about money.<p><b>Help for parents teaching kids</b> …

MH17: Netherlands wrestles with huge criminal case

<b>A month after the MH17 air disaster in eastern Ukraine the investigation still has a very long way to go, the BBC's Anna Holligan reports from The Hague.</b><p>"If you told me a month ago that I'd be happy my daughter's body was in one piece and not 17 pieces, I'd have thought you were crazy... now of …

Airplanes

With a $1 billion funding round wrapped up, what next for Flipkart?

Shopping website Flipkart today said it has received $1 billion in funding from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, and existing investors Accel Partners, DST Global, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina. This isthe biggest round of funding into any Indian startup. …

Venture Capital

Amazon matches Flipkart’s $1 billion Indian investment—and doubles it

Less than 24 hours after India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart, raised $1 billion in a spectacular funding round on par with Facebook, Amazon countered with a little announcement of its own. It declared that it will invest an additional $2 billion “to support its rapid growth and continue to …

eCommerce