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The $250 Surge Is Fitbit's GPS Superwatch

Don't call it a smartwatch, but the Surge is the most capable Fitbit yet.<p>Later this month Fitbit will debut what it's calling its superwatch: a premium fitness smartwatch with built-in GPS.<p>The Surge, one of three new Fitbits about to debut, can monitor your heart rate, measure how many calories you …

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Apple Pay debuts and aims to replace your wallet

Apple launched its new mobile payment service today called Apple Pay. The goal is to let consumers pay with their iPhones instead of pulling out credit cards from their wallets. But Apple isn't the first to offer a mobile wallet. CNET.com's Kara Tsuboi...

The Great Decoupling

The rapid advance of machine learning presents an economic paradox: productivity is rising, but employment may not.<p><b>As machine learning advances</b> at …

Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says

HONG KONG—Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protesters have been demanding that the city’s top official, CY Leung, step down for weeks now. They may soon be joined by many more of the city’s 7 million residents, after a controversial interview last night in which Leung suggested that election reforms …

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Why The Poor Pay $1,400 for Old iPads and More in MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? <a …

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New York Governor's $500,000 Makeover Contest to Improve NYC's Sagging Airports

Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding a competition for plans to upgrade New York City’s two airports, which consistently rank as the worst in the U.S. …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies

Man who led Labor Party to power in 1972 forged ties with communist China but prompted divisive constitutional crisis.<p>Gough Whitlam, the former Australian prime minister known for leading the nation through a period of massive change, has died aged 98.<p>Whitlam led the reformist centre-left …

Apple watchers to be denied Watch figures | Financial Times

Print this page<p>Apple just disrupted another industry: the analysts who are tasked with predicting its quarterly numbers.<p>During Monday’s earnings …

Review: Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class, Tokyo to Bangkok

If you haven’t flown on Thai Airways before, here’s one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any …

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30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …