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Svart Powerhouse Hotel

Floating at the foot of the Svartisen Glacier, the Svart Powerhouse Hotel is the first of its kind above the arctic circle. The hotel's main goal is …

German API integration startup CloudRail announces $672K seed investment

Just about every startup has aspirations to be a platform play. One of the main issues companies typically face on that journey is that just because they build an API doesn’t mean developers are going to adopt it. German API startup CloudRail wants to help.<p>It not only provides a set of tools to …

Software Development

The Best Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online

When vetting and testing mattresses that can be purchased online, we stuck to and upheld the same quality standards that we would for an in-store mattress purchase. Not only because a mattress is a piece of furniture that people typically hold on to for a long time, but also because a good mattress …

Shopping

Make the Best Pizza

Good morning. There are more than 2,500 five-star ratings on our best recipe for pizza dough (above), but I’m here this morning with a couple of notes about it all the same. (Some night soon you can use the result to make a plain pizza pie, or a pizza that is green and white.)<p>The first is, if you …

Salmon

First time in Singapore? Here are 8 of the top things to do

<b>(CNN) —</b> Singapore is compact -- roughly the same size as New York City -- but the Southeast Asian city-state is brimming with culture, character and plenty of things to do.<p>Bordering the southern tip of Malaysia, just one degree north of the equator, the island of 5.6 million is a destination …

Universal Studios

8 Uncommon Cuts of Meat Butchers Wish You Knew About

A visit to my local butcher shop, Sweet Cheeks Meats, in Jackson, Wyoming, is something I look forward to every week. The atmosphere is friendly and …

This incredible map shows the undersea cables that keep the internet alive — and security services are worried Russia could cut them

This map shows how the huge, complicated network of undersea cables which keep the internet running is spread around the world.<p>The map, by telecom analytics company TeleGeography, uses coloured lines to show how there are many hundreds of fibre optic cables running under the world's oceans.<p>It shows …

Robots

This Married Couple Sold Their Company to Starbucks for $90 Million, and Then Built a $131 Million Pizza Empire | Inc.com

For the married co-founders of MOD Pizza, a chain of artisan-style pizza restaurants throughout the U.S., their business model was built from taking risks. Scott Svenson, who launched the company with his wife Ally, says the gamble has paid off in many ways.<p>"There will either be financial return, …

Fast Casual

Ice Q Mountain Restaurant

Set atop a 3,000 meter-high peak in Sölden, the Ice Q Mountain Restaurant is perhaps the world's most famous eatery not known for its food. Instead, …

Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered, no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. (The store, in downtown Seattle, …

These villas in the Maldives have slides that take you right into the water

A luxury resort in the Maldives is sure to appeal to the child in all of us – as the incredible villas feature slides that guests can take straight down and into a shimmering blue lagoon.<p>Soneva Jani, a resort that opened just over a year ago in the Maldives, is built around the 150-acre island of …

Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in beta and was only officially available to …

Top Seven E-Commerce Platforms in 2018 | Inc.com

For anyone who is planning to start a new ecommerce business in 2018, it's important to first understand how digital commerce has evolved in past 2-3 years and where it is heading. Beyond mobile and social, we've seen just about every aspect of ecommerce evolve. Let's have a look at the major …

eCommerce

Passing panorama: New Zealand’s glory from a train window

It’s 8.15am on the dot and with one mellow toot the TranzAlpine passenger train is off on its journey from Christchuch to Greymouth. As we rattle through the flat and fertile Canterbury plains we are soon climbing up steep gorges in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the backbone of South Island. …

New Zealand

The 13 cheapest holiday destinations in the world for couples

The Post Office Holiday Money Report has revealed the cheapest holiday hotspots in the world in 2018 that make for the perfect holiday for a couple or two friends.<p>To produce the ranking, the company looked at the cost of the following items in 42 destinations around the world: a three-course meal …

Cape Town

ANA InterContinental Tokyo Club Lounge Review

In my recent trip to Tokyo, I stayed at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo in one of their Club rooms, which have reviewed. Staying at the Club room …

Global correction overdue, warns Citi

The air is becoming treacherously thin for global asset markets at the peak of the cycle and investors should cut their exposure before central banks …

Berlin-based yoga startup Asana Rebel raises $6.5M led by e.ventures, La Famiglia

Today, Yoga is known worldwide as an attractive way of staying healthy and fit. However, there remains a psychological barrier for many people confused by what style of yoga they want to do (Kundalini, Vinyasa, Bikram, …?) and how it matches with their aims, (back pain, flexibility, lose weight …

66 Ideas For Your Magical 2018 World Bucket List

Whether you set New Year's resolutions or not, you undoubtedly have a few things in the back of your mind that you want to achieve, see, or do. …

Edward Snowden’s new app turns any Android phone into a surveillance system

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is among the backers of a new surveillance app that helps guard against computer hijackings.<p>Haven is an open source app that will run on any Android phone, particularly inexpensive and older devices. It operates like a surveillance system, using the device’s camera, …

AWS launches Amazon Sumerian to build AR, VR and 3D apps quickly

We’d heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality. And on the eve of the conference kicking off, it’s done just that. Today the company announced Amazon Sumerian, a new …

Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie

Think before you snap that selfie.<p>That's the serious message of a joint campaign created by two groups that have spent the past few years poking fun at problematic photos taken by Western volunteers. They often have the tendency to paint themselves as saviors to needy people in low-income countries.<p>…

Social Media

Elon Musk basically confirms AI is coming to eradicate the human race

Elon Musk likes to make predictions. You may have seen a few, like these:<p>We’re living in a computer simulation<br>• Tesla will surpass Apple’s market cap by 2025<br>• Humans can make Mars inhabitable by blasting it with nukes<p>In a recent talk with Musk-led startup Neuralink, the master of predictions made …

This is the Least Visited Country in Europe

It’s also one of the oldest and smallest nations in the world.<p>Europe attracts more international tourists than any other region of the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The staggering 616 million people that visited the continent last year faced the tough choice of …

Stitch Fix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO

Stitch Fix went up just 1 percent on its first day of trading. After pricing at $15, the company closed at $15.15. It’s also below the opening trade of $16.90.<p>The company didn’t raise as much money as it had been hoping for. It raised $120 million, after pricing at $15, below the expected range of …

Bose Sleepbuds can silence snores and barking dogs

These smart earplugs might save your relationship<p>Two years ago we discovered a rather remarkable set of smart earplugs from a company called Hush that could silence the noise around you as you slept. Then the company suddenly went quiet, and stopped returning our calls. Now we know why: Hush was …

Web Development

A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico

When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid communication gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back-country hike. But it turns out that both I and goTenna underestimated how hungry people were for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: thousands of …

Mesh Network

Autumn in the UK: Pictures

England

Asahi bar and Japanese inspired burger joint opens in Globe Lane

The first Asahi bar in the Illawarra officially opened on Sunday after a soft opening.<p>Looking for something new to do in Wollongong this Sunday …

Chicago, Once A Bikeshare Innovator, Squeamish About The Next Level

Chicago had a new mayor and a progressive new transportation director, both fresh from D.C., in 2012 when it decided to launch Divvy, its city-owned bikeshare system. Since then the Divvy system has seen more than 10 million rides on 5,800 bikes tied to 580 stations connected by 100 miles of bike …

Cycling