Herman Niffenegger

240 Flips | 8 Magazines | 6 Followers | @jniff | Keep up with Herman Niffenegger on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Herman Niffenegger”

Encrypted email service ProtonMail now supports Tor to thwart meddling governments

Encrypted email service ProtonMail is doubling down on its privacy credentials today with the news that it will now allow users to connect their email accounts through the Tor network.<p>Founded out of CERN in Switzerland back in 2013, ProtonMail launched globally last year with the promise of …

Privacy

This Battery Charges In Seconds, And Lasts All Week

It’s a super capacitor made with nano-materials, but all you need to know is–if it’s commercialized–your days of worrying about your battery might be over.<p>You can divide the world into two kinds of people. Those who manage to keep their phones charged, and those whose batteries always seem to be in …

Clean Energy

Elon Musk's OpenAI and Google's DeepMind release their AI playgrounds to everyone

Artificial intelligence developed by the likes of Google's DeepMind and Elon Musk's OpenAI is taught within the confines of game worlds – including …

Artificial Intelligence

Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education

A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of …

Virtual Reality

Before You Say 'I Do,' Travel Together

"<i>Distance is just a test to see how far love can travel</i>."<p>I believe that travel is the ultimate relationship test. It creates a wide range of positive effects on relationships. It can bring partners closer to one another and improve romance and spark in their connection with each other.<p>Trips taken …

21 Genius Travel Hacks We Learned from Instagram

Whether you’re prepping for a weekend getaway, a destination wedding or a legit beach vacay, Instagram is often the first place you head to get inspo on where to eat, what to see and, most importantly, how to travel with a little less stress. Wait, what? Yup. Your fave social network is here to …

Amazing Places to Travel

Meet Kripa Krishnan, Google's queen of chaos

That's because a group of 10 Google engineers go around purposely breaking things at the company, under the most dire circumstances they can imagine, just to see what happens.<p>Through this process, the team makes sure that Google can keep itself running no matter what happens.<p>Sometimes this team …

Google Hangouts

4 Naples Hotels For Every Traveler

Summer is the season of the staycation in South Florida, and the two-hour drive across Alligator Alley to Naples couldn’t be easier to pull off from …

Financial planner: I spend more time talking young people out of buying houses than anything else

Among them: Don't buy a home.<p>"I spend more time talking young people out of buying houses than pretty much anything else with clients," the cofounder of XY Planning Network wrote. "Now, I know it's the American Dream and I know that we've been told that buying a home is cheaper in the long run than …

The 10 best islands in the US

But you don't have to travel to exotic, far-flung locales to do this — there are a ton of incredible destinations right in your backyard, and you don't even need a passport to get there.<p>Travel + Leisure just released its World's Best Awards for 2016, which are based on a survey that includes …

17 unusual destinations where the terror threat is low

Papua New Guinea

20 surprising effects that getting more sleep has on your mind and body

If you have a few days off this summer, one of the best things you can do with your time is fix your sleeping habits. Just let yourself sleep naturally during those days and see how much you really need.<p>For at least 40% of the US population that isn't getting the recommended seven to nine hours a …

I hiked one of the most beautiful trails in Italy — here's what I wish I had known going in

What you won't see when you're looking at the picturesque photos on social media is the out-of-breath photographer behind the lens.<p>Trust me, there's no way after hours of hiking that anyone would look anywhere near as glamorous as the views ahead.<p>The experience, however, was absolutely worth the …

10 breathtaking abandoned places you should visit this summer

It's a fantasy of many to find an abandoned place that has a striking history and to just see it decaying. There are actually plenty of abandoned spots in Europe that have astounding beauty and where nature has reclaimed its rights. So especially for you, the Trip4real team has selected some of the …

26-year-old hacker gets $3M for self-driving car startup

A 26-year-old hacker just banked millions to take on Elon Musk.<p>George Hotz is the founder of Comma.ai, an autonomous driving startup that's roughly six months old. On Monday, top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz announced a $3.1 million investment in the company.<p>Comma.ai is working on a kit that will …

Artificial Intelligence

One stat shows how artificial intelligence is exploding into the world

Google made headlines with it huge victory in the ancient game of Go a few weeks ago. And AI is entering into the marketplace at a historic rate, changing industries as complex as Wall Street in the process.<p>If you get the feeling that we're at the start of a tidal wave, you might be right — take it …

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

ATMs

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain

Must-have Tech for Traveling Execs

The global nature of today's marketplace often means a lot of travel for busy execs. It's not easy to negotiate airports, land in a foreign city, and hit the ground running while still keeping your professional attitude. Fortunately, new technology is on the market to help keep you safe, sane, and …

Crowd Funding

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

Land<p>Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort in <b>Santa Fe</b> has two <b>healthy, perks-filled packages</b> through April 30. The Wellness Exploration starts at $366 per person double per night, with taxes, and includes lodging, with an upgrade to a premium casita (valued at $150); all meals; pre-dinner …

Cape Town

Here's What It's Actually Like To Move To Another Country

America the far away.<p>Well, here are 14 Americans who did just that — and want to share their experiences. These adventurers have wise, honest observations to pass along, observations only experience can teach you. The basic headline: Living abroad is a wonderful, strengthening, enlightening, and …

Northern California

The 10 Best Hotels in the Caribbean for 2016

<i>(U.S. News)</i><p>The Caribbean - with its balmy temperatures, white-sand beaches and vibrant cultures - is what dream vacations are made of. But the region is so jam-packed with lodging options, deciding where to stay might be the only thing that stands between you and turquoise waters.<p>That's where U.S. …

The chip company Amazon bought for $350 million has a new product that could terrify Intel

The ARM-based chip can run WiFi routers, power connected devices, and handle networking and storage functions for data centers, it said in a press release.<p>Although this is Amazon's first major move in the chipmaking business, it could potentially take it deeper into the chip market, posing a threat …

5 under-the-radar beach towns to visit in Florida

Here's the thing about Florida: You visit time and again, and you're quite sure you know the state and its glorious sandy stretches pretty well. But there's always a surprise waiting for those who stray from the classic Panama City-Orlando-Miami-Key West stops.<p>From Atlantic coast enclaves that …

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

10 U.S. Places To Travel Before They Get Famous

Beat the tourists.<p>Nashville, Charleston, Portland (the Oregon one)... you've heard all about "America's up-and-coming destination cities," and chances are you've even been to a few. But as these pockets of culture blossom into full-blown vacation destinations, travelers are left yearning for …

Booking that 2016 trip? Check out these travel destinations on the rise

As we start to set our 2016 goals, many of us are adding traveling more to our list of resolutions. But with so many options of places to choose from, it can seem a bit overwhelming on how to spend that precious vacation time. Fortunately, TripAdvisor did the work for you by figuring out which …

Finland Plans to Give Each Citizen $870 a Month

The proposal would target unemployment, which is currently at a 15-year high.<p>If you’re a Finnish citizen and live in the country in 2017, your life will become richer—800 tax-free euros richer per month, specifically.<p>Converting to around $870 per person, this plan to give all citizens a basic …

This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …