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How to Use Your Watch for More Than Just the Time

<b>Last Updated November, 2017.</b><p>We love our high complications and luxury masterpieces as much as the next watch nerd. But our bias is for timepieces …

2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition First Test

A Ghostly Tale of Two Anniversaries<p>Sometimes you just get lucky. Take me, for instance. Last November my wife reminded me that Caprice and Eddie’s wedding was coming up in a week, and oh, yeah, if at all possible, could I get a nice car for the festivities? That next week happened to be the same …

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Verdict

Evoque’s condensed size and surefooted stability make it a great weekend runner for two<p>The first thing you need to know about daily driving the Range Rover Evoque is that getting gas takes a lot longer in this vehicle. This has nothing to do with the intake flow rate of the Evoque’s fuel filler, …

2014 Mini Cooper Priced at $20,745, Configurator Live

When the third-generation 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop arrives in showrooms this spring, it’ll carry a base price of $20,745, which includes the $795 destination fee. Opting for the stronger engine in the Cooper S will require $24,395.Both prices represent a $300 jump from the outgoing 2013 Cooper …

Porsche 918 Spyder First Drive

Easy Rider: Hybrid AWD Power and Savvy Software Make Le Mans-Level Performance Accessible to Mere Mortals<p>Thursday, May 8 dawns grey and threatening over Leipzig, Germany, home of what will soon become the VW conglomerate’s second-most extreme and expensive supercar, following the Veyron (ignoring …

Christophe Claret Dual Tow - 20th anniversary piece unique. Estimate USD $185,000 to 260,000

Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 - Pink Gold Sky Moon Tourbillon - Piece Unique with special order case. Geneva May 12th Auction Estimate: *1,000,000 CHF - 1,500,000 CHF (LOT 225)

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Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to …

How Young Entrepreneurs Are Cashing In On The Bitcoin Buzz

You can't open a website or newspaper these days without reading about Bitcoin, the digital currency that was invented in 2009 by a mystery person who goes by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The latest news is Fred Wilson's Union Square Ventures just agreed to help fund a $5 million round of …

The College Bubble Is Finally Bursting

Some schools are seeing just 20% of the students they accepted enrolling, versus the usual rate of 33%. These schools have raised tuition discount rate — the price after grants and scholarships — to an all-time high of 45%.<p>Meanwhile, the median sticker price increased just 3.9% last fall, the …

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Are NFC payments dead?

The new generation of smartphones running the Android operating system come loaded up with special equipment, called NFC chips, that theoretically would allow for those phones to be used as payment device. Surprisingly, few pieces of software are available in the market to complete the loop, …

Phillips 66: A New Old Face in the Fortune 500

The top spot in the Fortune 500 has been a pretty exclusive club for the last half century: Since the ranking began in 1955, the same three companies — General Motors, Exxon Mobil and Wal-Mart — have rotated the #1 position among themselves.<p>That hasn’t changed this year, with Wal-Mart claiming the …