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The 7 Hottest Trends We'll See at This Year's CES

When I attended my first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 1976, I was in my mid-20s, new to the tech scene and highly impressionable. When I …

Obamacare tax surprise looming

The next Obamacare controversy is right around the corner.<p>Obamacare enrollees who received subsidies to help pay for coverage will soon have to reconcile how much they actually earned in 2014 with how much they estimated when they applied many, many months ago.<p>This will likely lead to some very …

Wall Street Rises Again

Be afraid. Be very afraid.<p>You may not have noticed amidst the continued, public grumbling of its leaders, but Wall Street, indisputably, is back. The flow of complaints from Wall Street executives that post-crisis reregulation has hurt their moneymaking prospects has not abated, but the flow of …

Our scary new Congress: Meet 5 Tea Party extremists taking office this month

<b>Jody Hice, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst (AP/John Amis/Brennan Linsley/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>These five hard-right Republicans promise to make the 114th Congress a spectacularly awful one<p>Luke Brinker<p>January 2, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Come next week, a few of Congress' most notorious Tea Partyers will no longer be …

Why Your Digital Photos Might Die Before Your Kids See Them

The problem? Hard drives can be unreliable and Internet companies sometimes fail — taking your memories with them.<p>Read more here.

5 biggest threats to the housing market

Sure, plenty of housing experts and economists are expecting the housing market recovery to gain steam in the new year. But a number of factors could still derail the whole thing.<p>As we head into 2015, here are fivethings real estate watchers are keeping an eye on.<p><b>1. Big investors cash out.</b> …

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8 cleaning tricks to take back your house after the holidays

The holidays may be over, but they certainly left their mark.<p>If your home is dotted with stains, scratches and smudges after hosting for the holidays, co-author of the "Who Knew?" book series Bruce Lubin dropped by Studio 1A to show how you can get your home back to normal using common household …

Atheists Demand Apology From University Chancellor For Sharing This Video With Staff and Students

An atheist activist group is demanding an apology from a university chancellor over the contents of a video that he reportedly recently shared with students and staff members.<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>American Atheists president David Silverman wrote a letter to Dr. Jack Hawkins, chancellor of Troy …

Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth

The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.<p>Those who oppose automatically taking out those four teeth say "watchful waiting" is a better path because the teeth and surrounding gum tissue …

The one thing that can save America

<b>Paul Krugman, Elizabeth Warren (Reuters/Bob Strong/AP/Charles Dharapak/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Why a new kind of labor movement is the key to avoiding national oblivion<p>Thomas Geoghegan<p>January 2, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor …

The Worst Movies of 2014

The worst of 2014. Here are the culprits. These are the movies to be avoided.<p>Of course, every week or so, some jolly commenters say that anything I don’t like, they love. So for them, this will be a viewing list. I went to the trouble of compiling it, so I must insist they watch everyone of these …

10 self-defeating thoughts that can wreck your workout

Walking into a busy gym can be intimidating, especially if you’re a newbie. Struggling through a fast-paced exercise class or trying to make heads or tails out of the multitude of machines, pulleys and other seemingly torturous exercise devices can put the kibosh on morale and make it less likely …

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Opening the Space for Innovation

<i>By Kevin O'Brien</i><p>I was fortunate early in my career to spend seven years working for a very progressive company named W.L. Gore & Associates. Gore is most famous for creating GORE-TEX fabric but is perhaps less known for its unique lattice structure. Since its founding in 1958, Gore has used the …

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Innovation Alone Won't Lead to Prosperity

There's a great Chris Rock standup bit from the 90s in which he talks about failing a Black History course because he doesn't really know anything …

How the technology industry is beginning to rethink Moore’s Law

Is confidence in Moore’s Law dwindling? Is it dead already? Or did the concept actually exist prior to Gordon Moore’s coined theory and has continually evolved over time as it will continue to do long past the end of a silicon-centric era? No matter the stance, there is buzz in the industry right …

How Super Successful People Consistently Achieve More

Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow on why some people and organizations achieve incredible things in incredibly short time frames.<p><i>The path to success isn't always clearcut. Award-winning actress Zoe Saldana was a ballet dancer before becoming a movie star. The novelist James Patterson, whose</i> …

Could Plug-And-Play Be The Future Of Healthcare Diagnostics?

As healthcare is moving toward greater consumerization, devices used for diagnostics are keeping pace and becoming leaner, meaner and even cheaper. Radiology, the “darkroom” of the healthcare world, is now coming into the light and directly into patients’ hands… so as to speak.<p>New-age diagnostic …

Big Idea 2015: Make This the Year You Finally Launch Your Own Startup

2015 will be the time to start a business. Here’s why and how.<p>Around the world we are facing unprecedented unemployment – even in the developed …

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

• <b>Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up.</b> Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms …

Brent and WTI see small gains as end of year approaches

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude futures closed up slightly Tuesday, getting some relief from a weak dollar but not making significant strides as traders prepared for the end of the year.<p>The dollar is generally inversely related to the price of oil, and so a small the decline in the dollar index .DXY may …

Man Uses Fire and ‘Some Sort of Gas’ to Try to Rob an ATM. Here’s How That Ended…

A man in Darwin, Australia, was knocked off his feet and sent flying backward early Monday morning after attempting to rob an ATM by setting it on fire, police said.<p>Surveillance footage showed the man approached the machine around 3:45 a.m. with a T-shirt over his face. He reached into one of his …

Chicago could lose out on presidential library

The two proposals to establish the Obama presidential library in Chicago both face obstacles that could clear the way for New York’s Columbia University to land the institution, according to concerns raised by people involved in the selection process.<p>The Barack Obama Foundation has “major concerns” …

UN security council rejects Palestinian statehood bid

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years, in a setback for efforts to get the UN’s most powerful body to take action to recognize an independent state of Palestine.<p>The United States, Israel’s closest ally, …

FBI rejects alternate Sony hack theory

U.S. law enforcement officials say an alternate theory of the Sony hack doesn’t stand up.<p>After FBI agents were briefed yesterday, they concluded the security company offering the alternate theory did not have an accurate understanding of all the evidence, a U.S. official familiar with the matter …

2015 Travel Resolutions You Can Actually DO

2015. A Clean slate.<p>Every year we make resolutions. Every year most of us break them.<p>Travelers are a different breed, however; we usually follow through. Even when we have more will than wallet, we figure out a way to wherever it is we really want to go.<p>In fact, for serious travelers, …

A Few Days With The Microsoft Band

Wearables are a hot topic at the moment. I haven’t really be enamored with any one particular wearable device as of yet—I’ve found most of what’s currently available to be clunky and of minimal use–but decided to take the plunge a few months back anyway. I made a decision to lose some weight and …

Room temp or refrigerate? 14 foods to always store in the fridge

This helpful guide will let you quickly determine how to store some of your most used foods to optimize freshness.<p>To store in the fridge or not? That is the question most of us ask about several common kitchen items and leftovers.<p>Don't feel foolish if you frequently wind up stumped — so do the rest …

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Colorado and Marijuana Legalization One Year Later: What Has Changed?

It will soon be a full year in which adults were allowed to purchase marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries in Colorado.<p>We've already passed the two-year mark allowing adults to possess an ounce of marijuana and use privately. Some Coloradans have chosen to cultivate marijuana legally for the …

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Most Internet Users Will Soon Be Smartphone-Only

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …