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Amazon’s Smartphone May Come With A Special Data Plan Called ‘Prime Data’

The Amazon Phone is almost certainly on its way, but the details surrounding its features and selling points are still somewhat unclear. Multiple sources have revealed that 3D effects and gesture-based features will be present on the device, but today another detail has leaked out.<p>BGR reports that …

Amazon phone reportedly coming with “Prime Data” mobile broadband

Amazon’s(s amzn) smartphone could be an AT&T(s t) exclusive and come with a feature called “Prime Data”. The leaked information was published on …

Pencils down: Duolingo wants to offer standardized tests through its app

Duolingo, the translation software company founded by Luis von Ahn, wants to offer standardized tests through its app for $20, according to a report …

Why Hillary vs. Jeb Would Be Great for America

They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another …

Parents: You’re saving for college all wrong

While American families have more money saved for college than they did last year, it’s still not nearly enough — and they’re saving incorrectly, …

Retirement

Savings Showdown: Retirement For You Versus College For Kids

Bad news, kids. When it comes to your parents’ savings priorities, funding their golden years is winning over financing your college years.<p>It’s not that they don’t want to pay for their kids’ higher education, experts say. It’s more that they are overwhelmed by the rising cost of a college …

No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales

Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of August First Bakery & Cafe in Burlington, Vt., but there's something different here. Where there used to be the familiar glow of laptop screens and the clicking of keyboards, now the devices are banned.<p>"I was …

No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

A record number of kids are donning the blue corduroy jacket of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. The jacket is an icon of rural life — the organization is sort of like Boy Scouts for farming, and it dates back to the 1920s.<p>Even though fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms …

Tesla Swings At Direct-Sale Bans As Bigger Fight Awaits

Try to buy a Tesla in some states, and you may find yourself having to shop online. Texas and Arizona are among those that have banned direct sales of the electric vehicles. New Jersey may be next. Tesla intends to fight a ruling in the state that says it has to close its stores there by April …

Americans love to ask people 'what do you do'? | Heather Long

In the US, people are obsessed with work. Your job is your identity. But all that is changing in this economic funk<p>If you've ever spoken with an American, likely one of the first questions they asked you was "what do you do?"<p>In the US, we're obsessed with people's jobs. We want to know all about …

Robert Reich: The middle class can save us yet

The former labor secretary explains why shared prosperity is America’s only hope for a return to economic boom time<p>Robert Reich<p>March 8, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or …

The Greatest Living Animation Director Explains Why He's Retiring

In a rare interview, Hayao Miyazaki talks about why his latest movie The Wind Rises — which is opening with an English-language version in the U.S. this weekend — is also his last.<p>When <i>The Simpsons</i> paid tribute to animation legend Hayao Miyazaki in January, the video quickly went viral, becoming the …

Watch Seth Rogen's hilarious and heartfelt Senate testimony on Alzheimer's research

Even Seth Rogen acknowledges that most of us would expect his top political cause to be the legalization of marijuana. While giving testimony at a Senate hearing yesterday, Rogen took plenty of time to joke about his role in vulgar comedies and the perception of him as immature and lazy. But Rogen …

18-Year-Old Photographer’s Spectacular Conceptual Self-Portraits

Eighteen-year-old Laura Williams joins the ranks of fellow young, extremely talented photographers such as Alex Stoddard and Kyle Thompson in creating spectacularly surreal and expressive self-portraits. The Cambridge, England native's photograph entitled <i>Invisible</i> recently went viral, with over …

Photography

Steam Family Sharing exits beta, lets you borrow all of your friends' games

One of the inherent drawbacks of digitally distributed games is that you can't loan them out to friends, but Steam has rewritten the rules a bit. Now that Valve's Family Sharing feature is out of beta, pretty much anyone can authorize another user -- that they trust with their account and its …

16-Year-Old Girl's Invention Could Change the World

Ann Makosinski was just 16 when she won a local science fair with her invention, a flashlight powered solely by hand heat. One Google science fair …

Science

DNA pioneer James Watson sets out radical theory for range of diseases

Not satisfied with his work that unravelled the double helix structure of DNA and landed him a share of a Nobel prize half a century ago, James Watson has come up with a radical theory for diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer.<p>The 85-year-old scientist has turned to the pages of the Lancet …

Merkel addresses Britain's parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told David Cameron, UK prime minister, that she does not support the kind of fundamental reform of the European Union he wants, but said Britain should stay inside the bloc to help make it more competitive.<p>In a speech on Thursday to both houses of Britain's …

Super-Earths in habitable zone may just be dead worlds

A new planetary formation model suggests that Super-Earths identified as being in the "habitable zone" by the Kepler telescope, may just be dead …

Why Tesla's Vertical Manufacturing Move Could Prove Essential To Its Success

As anyone who’s ever taken an economics course can attest, the automotive industry is literally built on the concept of vertical integration – that is, one company owning both the manufacturing and as much of the supply chain that leads to the factory floor as possible.<p>Sure, economic woes and other …