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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no longer at the bottom of the lineup, as the 2014 CLA has allowed it to move upmarket. As part of the promotion, the C-Class now gets a lighter body, tons of new technology, and two new engines. The updated sedan also gets an extensively reworked interior and …

Mercedes-Benz

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

Sustainable Micro Home that Costs Less Than $30,000

NOMAD is a sustainable micro home developed by Vancouver-based designer Ian Lorne Kent with the intent to supply a moveable home for an affordable price that's less than $30,000. The cost-effective residence integrates all of the basic rooms in a standard home–living room, kitchen, bathroom, …

Living Rooms

Tired? Troubled love life? Try banning the gadgets from the bedroom "Late-night fiddling with devices stimulates your brain and invades what should be a quiet space. Time to turn off" http://gu.com/p/3kv4k/fb

STARPATH: An Electricity-Free Alternative to Streetlights

UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a spray-on solution to create a trail of illuminating stars aptly known as <i>STARPATH</i>. The innovative product boasts an anti-slip and water-resistant surface, not to mention an energy-free alternative to streetlights, that is ideal for pedestrians at night. It is …

Wearable Tech

6 new uses for your old iPad

If the arrival of Apple's latest iPad is tempting you to upgrade, you might be debating the fate of your old iPad.<p>Two options: keep or sell. The latter can net you some funds to help defray the cost of the new tablet; here are some tips on selling used iPads for maximum profit.<p>But there are plenty …

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8 Ways to Listen to Music in Style

6 Ways Apple Can Stay Relevant

Continuum’s Gianfranco Zaccai offers advice to businesses just starting out and those in danger of falling into complacency.<p>As Apple rolls out its next iteration of the iPad, I can’t help but think of Blackberry, whose demise is the classic tale of a company with a big success that becomes fearful …

Immune System

6 Headaches That Nest’s Smoke Detector Finally Cures

Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest, aims to do for the smoke detector what he did for the lowly thermostat: Turn it into a home gadget everyone covets. Here’s a rundown of Protect’s cleverest fixes.<p>Last summer, as Tony Fadell was diving deeper and deeper into his next big skunkworks project, the iPod …

Home Automation

10 Ways to Sleep Better

We asked an aromatherapist, a chiropractor, an insomnia specialist, and more experts to share their best, natural tips for getting a good night's rest.<p><b>1. Clear Your Thoughts</b><p>"I like to keep a little yellow pad and pen next to the bed so that before turning the lights out, I can empty my head onto a …

Bike+ is a security alarm and fitness computer for bicycles (hands-on)

Bike thieves are a resourceful lot. No matter what form of lock is used, given the time and the inclination, such n'ere-do-wells will snatch up your two-wheeled transportation. Wi-MM, a start-up based in Santa Clara, CA, aims to make it harder for them to steal your cycle with its new product …

The 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die

"OMG, you have to watch Breaking Bad! You simply have to. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Stop resuscitating that patient, and watch Breaking Bad. Stop flying that plane, crash it into that field and fire up Netflix."<p>As I understand it, we are now all legally obliged to watch …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

Dubai's rise as a family destination

Things are looking up again in Dubai. The Emirate’s incredible boom came to a sticky end amid a burst property bubble in 2008. Bankers were said to be abandoning their Ferraris at the airport; there was unfinished construction everywhere. After hubris, debris.<p>But now you can tell matters have moved …

Amazing Close-up Photographs of the Human Eye and How to Make Them Yourself

The human eye is a pretty amazing apparatus; physiological functions and complexities aside, eyes are integral to non-verbal communication and …

Body Language

Beautiful High-Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing with Oil

When it comes to high-speed liquid photography, you’d be hard-pressed to find more than one or two people the world over who can match illustrator …

Awesome High-Speed Photos of Flowers Exploding

Martin Klimas is no stranger to capturing things as they’re in the process of being smashed to bits. You might remember his series of photos showing …

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Love hotels and cuddle cafes: 22 weird and wonderful things about Japan

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

3 Simple, Powerful Things Leaders Can Do To Inspire People To Do Great Things

Lately I’ve been thinking about the simple things leaders do, or fail to do, that have profound impact on their employees’ perception of them, and on their employees’ commitment and productivity.<p>Then recently I was speaking with someone who mentioned how a leader in her organization had recently …

Pocket money tales: 'My son called me a disgrace for giving him only £5,000 on his 18th birthday'

Sarah, 42, and her husband, 47, work in the public sector and have a household income of £75,000. They have a nine-year-old daughter<p>We started giving our daughter 50p a week in pocket money two years ago when she was seven years old, because we found out all her classmates were getting an …