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The 10 Best Inflight Wine Programs

Set your course for sophisticated sips onboard these global airlines.<p>Forget about reheated meals made hours in advance of takeoff here. With a …

Wine

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This has been the strangest of seasons, and no, I'm not talking about the cast of characters in the race for the Republican presidential …

Weather

Why AVA is the Most Important Wine Acronym You Need to Know

The geography of American wine can be summed up in three letters: AVA. Here’s why they matter.<p>The geography of American wine can be summed up in …

Join Us for a Peek Inside the $100k "Holy Grail" of Wine Cellars Tucked Away in Memphis

The Holy Grail is the most legendary chalice in history—long sought-after by knights and scholars—and now the “Holy Grail” of wine cellars has been …

Wine

What are the "dregs" of wine? | Ask Dr. Vinny | Wine Spectator

<i>Dear Dr. Vinny,</i><p><i>I’m trying to recreate a medieval recipe for hair dye. It calls for white wine dregs. What exactly are dregs, and how do I collect</i> …

Hair Color

7 DIY Summer Canning Recipes

Canning at home is a surprisingly simple and easy way to preserve summer produce. Here are seven recipes to get you started:<p>Canning at home is a …

Something Called 'The Race To Zero' Is Scaring A Lot Of Tech Companies

There's so much competition in the cloud industry that cloud companies keep cutting their prices, even while they increase their storage limits.<p>There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, computer storage keeps getting cheaper. A gigabyte's worth of storage on a hard drive in 1993 cost more …

Enterprise 2.0

Nortek's Elan Latest Whole Home Automation Product: Like A Grown Up Google Nest, Sonos, And Dropcam

I have been in and around home automation for over 20 years and like many in the industry, am very impressed and excited about the future of home automation. While the DIY consumer side of the business is getting a lot of press attention lately particularly with Google’s $3.2B Nest acquisition and …

5 Things Apple Can Bring to the Smart Home

We're a week away from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), and the rumors are in full force. Today's report from the <i>Financial Times</i> that …

Apple Said To Be Prepping Smart Home Software Platform For WWDC Reveal

Apple is going to make a big play in the connected smart home space, according to a new report from the Financial Times. The company is planning a platform that would turn its iOS devices, including the iPhone, to control their smart home devices, doing things like controlling lights, security …

LLC vs. S Corp: Which Is Right for Your Startup?

Choosing the right business structure can be a daunting task for the small business owner or entrepreneur. You may have heard that the traditional C …

Here's Why DIY Home Security Will Soon Be A Billion Dollar Market

The home security business is being disrupted.<p>If you don’t believe me, look no further than this morning’s news, where the Wall Street Journal reports that Sequoia has invested $57 million in SimpliSafe, a self-installable home security system that sells for under $300 without a contract.<p>But it’s …

Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet

<b>Forget the delivery drones and TV deals. Jeff Bezos’ stealthy foray into the unsexy world of B2B distribution is likely his most disruptive move yet — and it has an $8 trillion swath of the economy running scared.</b><p>In recent months global Internet retail behemoth Amazon.com has green-lit six new …

Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative …

The Best Exercise There Is, Hands Down | Mark's Daily Apple

February 26, 2014<p>By Mark Sisson<p>Throw reality out the window for a second and entertain a hypothetical. Imagine you can only do one exercise for the …

Neuroscience

Apple announces CarPlay: in-vehicle voice and touch access to notifications, maps and music (update: video)

Apple has officially announced CarPlay, its new in-car interface that'll be compatible with new Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo cars unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this week. Designed "from the ground up" to bridge the gap between your iPhone and your auto, it will offer touch- and Siri-based voice …

Trainer Confessions: 5 Exercises That Don't Do What You Think They Do

Kettlebell Swings<p>They seem like they should be a great shoulder workout -- I mean, you are swinging a weight around -- but kettlebell swings are …

Hurling

The internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

The Guardian's James Ball was recently allowed to observe the highly secure ritual known as a key ceremony.<p>The people conducting the ceremony are part of an organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is responsible for assigning numerical internet …

ICANN

DIY Home Security Automation is easy

Take home security seriously—before the break-in. If you’re up for a great DIY project, get going with home security.<p><b>Reinforce doors.</b> What you see in cops and robbers TV shows is true: Doors really <i>can</i> be kicked in. But not if they’re reinforced with easy screw-on upgrades that can resist even a …

Clark Hatches A Record Slayer

WHAT’S LENGTH GOT TO DO WITH IT? In the case of Jim Clark’s new ocean racer under construction at Hodgdon Yachts in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, quite a …

Tips for Building a Kick-Ass Communications Department

Kofax Vice President of Corporate Marketing Colleen Edwards shares her approach to creating a high-performance communications department.<p>By Amanda …

Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!<p>In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter …

Are iPad POS Systems The Future For Retailers?

Earlier this week I scribed Why Retailers Need To Get Comfy And Cozy With Brand Ambassadors This Holiday Season which spoke directly to the need for those in the retail marketing space to engage and relate to their most valuable customers, AKA their brand ambassadors.<p>Well those same retailers may …

Staples Connect vs. Lowe’s Iris: Home Automation Smackdown at CES 2014

Two giant retailers are duking it out at CES 2014 with their respective home automation systems: Staples Connect and Lowe’s Iris.<p>Lowe’s launched Iris …

Home Automation