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Venezuela's unbelievable currency collapse is getting worse

Venezuela's currency is in free fall.<p>Violent protests are growing, the economy is spiraling further out of control and Venezuelans are suffering through shortages of food and medicine. And the bolivar, already worth next to nothing, keeps losing value.<p>At the beginning of the year, it took about …

Venezuela

New research suggests smartphones might actually be making you dumber

Though our phones are getting smarter, new research suggests they're actually making us dumber.<p>A team of researchers at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin set out to test the "brain drain" hypothesis: the theory that simply having your smartphone near you could …

The Brain

YELLEN: I don't believe the next financial crisis will be 'in our lifetimes'

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be a run on the banking system at least as long as she lives.<p>"Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? You know probably that would be going too far but I do …

Janet Yellen

Mortgage lenders are easing credit standards because demand is slowing

Here’s another piece of an incomplete behind-the-scenes puzzle of the housing market that has surged to new record highs. Fannie Mae — one of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) that guarantee eligible mortgages and package them into mortgage-backed securities that are then sold to …

Mortgages

Here's why Apple fans are going crazy over tape-measuring apps right now

A new kind of app is surprising and delighting Apple fans and technology pundits — and you can't even download them yet.<p>Apple launched a new set of tools called ARKit earlier this month. The software, which has been in the works for years, allows developers to place virtual objects in the world …

Apple

Other companies should look at themselves before judging Uber, says early investor Ashton Kutcher

Uber has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons — an investigation into the $69 billion company's allegedly toxic culture resulted in 20 employees losing their jobs and, ultimately, the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick.<p>Some have taken the changes at Uber as a positive sign that Silicon …

Ashton Kutcher

This app uses augmented reality to turn your smartphone into a ruler

One resourceful company is reinventing the ruler. Creative collective Laan Labs has developed a nifty mobile app that relies on augmented reality technology to turn your smartphone into a legitimate measuring device.<p>To accomplish this, AR Measure factors in the distance between various points in 3D …

Augmented Reality

Simple but brilliant tape measure apps show just how useful AR is going to be

App developers have been having fun with Apple’s ARKit to put together augmented reality apps. We’ve seen a bunch of these already, and two developers have now shown how you can use an iPhone as a tape measure.<p>It might sound like a boring application, but just look at how much easier it is to …

Augmented Reality

Why does light keep us awake and darkness make us sleepy?

<i>A new study found a protein in the brain that responds to light and darkness.</i><p>Many of us have heard that going to sleep when it is dark outside is …

Neuroscience

The US shale oil industry is booming despite low crude prices

Crude oil prices may be falling, but that hasn’t been enough to stop the resurgence in the US shale oil industry.<p>According to oil services firm Baker Hughes, the number of rigs deployed in the US rose for a 23rd consecutive week last week, marking the longest stretch of continued growth seen in …

Oil

The US dollar is falling out of favor with traders even with the Fed continuing to hike rates

The US dollar is falling out of favor with currency traders, even with the US Federal Reserve continuing to lift interest rates.<p>According to data released by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Friday, net long speculative positioning in the greenback fell in late June for a fifth …

gold

Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, so this Thursday will mark the tenth anniversary of what is perhaps the most revolutionary consumer …

Original iPhone's First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time

With the iPhone's tenth birthday coming up this week, <i>CBS Sunday Morning</i> aired a segment today taking a look back at the development and launch of the original iPhone.<p>The segment from David Pogue includes a roundtable session with Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Steven Levy, and Ed Baig, the four journalists …

Apple

Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell & Greg Christie recount creation of original iPhone interface & more in new video

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone being released to the public. In honor of the anniversary, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, and Greg Christie have sat down the The Wall Street Journal to offer some backstory on the device’s inception and the development …

Apple

Tesloop: Go between San Diego and LA for about $50 (or less), while riding in a Tesla

Let’s say you want to go to Paris on vacation and you find a really inexpensive airfare online.<p>But the flight leaves out of LAX, not Lindbergh Field …

California

How To Improve Sleeping Habits As Study Finds 87% Americans Don't Get Adequate Sleep | International Business Times

A recent study found that nine out of 10 Americans have trouble falling asleep, which poses a serious health problem and must be addressed. The …

Wellness

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You (And Making You Fat In The Process)

The next time you tell yourself that you'll sleep when you're dead, realize that you're making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

Sleep

1,700 People in America Are Becoming Millionaires Every Day

Despite little wage growth and declining job prospects among young Americans, the U.S. is home to vast stores of wealth and a millionaire class that …

Wealth

Our gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how.

Scientists finally have a better idea why certain meals send you running for the bathroom. The discovery provides insight into the connection between your gut and brain and may point toward new therapies for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.<p>The team behind this is led by Holly …

Microbiome

Warren Buffett lives in a modest house that's worth .001% of his total wealth — here's what it looks like

Located in a quiet neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska lies the home of billionaire Warren Buffett. He bought the house for $31,500 in 1958 or about $250,000 in today's dollars. It's now worth an estimated $652,619. He calls it the "third-best investment he's ever made."

Wealth

BANK OF AMERICA: 'Oil is in a downtrend and risks trending into the $30's'

Oil prices fell to seven-month lows on Tuesday, as traders continued to grapple with a market that is oversupplied.<p>According to Paul Ciana, a technical strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, oil is headed even lower and could revisit levels it hasn't hit in over a year.<p>"Oil is in a downtrend …

Oil

Mesmerizing maps show the global flow of refugees over the last 15 years

President Trump's administration has made repeated claims that their proposed immigration bans are meant to stop the flow of refugees across US borders.<p>In honor of World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, we're looking at what that flow actually looks like compared to the rest of the world.<p>Earth …

Refugees

The iPhone only exists because Steve Jobs 'hated this guy at Microsoft'

Former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, opens up about how Apple’s iconic device came from late CEO’s dislike for the husband of one of his wife’s friends<p>If it wasn’t for one particular executive at Microsoft, whom Steve Jobs seemingly hated with a passion, Apple may never have created the iPhone or …

Apple

Oil tumbles below $43

Oil futures rose briefly after US oil inventories dropped more than expected.<p>The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures gained by 0.48% to $43.70 per barrel early on Wednesday after US crude oil inventories fell by 2.451 million barrels, a bigger drop than the 2.106 million that was …

Oil

The key messages from the book Bill Gates called 'the most inspiring book I've ever read'

<i>AmazonThis post is part of Blinkist's books-in-blinks series.</i><p><i>The series provides key messages from books that you might not have time to read in their entirety.</i><p><i>Here are the key messages from The Better Angels of Our Nature:Why Violence Has Declined</i> <i>by Steven Pinker.</i><p><i>Earlier this year,</i> <i>Bill Gates</i> …

Bill Gates

5 eye-popping charts that explain Apple's dominance

There’s been a ton of talk about Amazon in the media lately following the company’s announcement that it will buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. It indeed does look like Amazon is headed towards world dominance (Warren Buffett might even agree).<p>But for now Apple still remains on top. It’s still the …

Apple

An architecture expert reveals 19 of the ugliest McMansions in America

The American McMansion is officially a dying breed of architectural design, which is good news for those who consider the unnecessarily massive and disproportionate homes an eyesore.<p>The blog Worst of McMansions, also known as McMansion Hell by its URL, has taken on the daunting task of chronicling …

Real Estate

Why English spelling is a mess

You may have noticed that in English, most word spellings don’t correspond exactly to the way they are pronounced, which can be frustrating and make some people cry out for a spelling “update”—but doing that would not benefit anyone.<p>The main reason that spelling doesn’t match pronunciation very …

Language

This Yale biologist has a fascinating theory of how women changed human evolution

Richard Prum, the author of "The Evolution of Beauty," explains how who a female chooses to mate with can change the common traits that men show. Over time, women can change the evolutionary definition of maleness. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>I’m Richard Prum. I’m the William Robinson</i> …

Evolution