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World’s best destination for train lovers? Switzerland

Amtrak fans claim several trains as scenic, most notably the Adirondack, California Zephyr and the Coast Starlight; and the Canadians tout their Canadian routes, at least the part between Edmonton and Vancouver. The European Rail timetable lists more than 100 routes as “scenic.” But those are …

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The AWS Serverless API Portal

I was looking through the Github accounts for Amazon Web Services and came across their Serverless API Portal — a pretty functional example of a …

A Product Manager is a Problem Manager

Conversation with Ravi Akella, Senior PM at Autodesk on Roadmaps and Prioritization tactics<p><i>In each entry in this “conversation” series I talk to a</i> …

How to Develop Your First Android Application & Publish It On Google Play Store

In the last couple of years, the mobile app market has been expanded by leaps and bounds. Therefore, the mobile marketing become quite competitive. …

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How to Be a Better Cruiser

<i>Photo by SIME / eStockPhoto</i><p>Whether you're embarking on your first cruise vacation or have been at sea before, there are steps you can take to be a better cruiser. We gleaned these tips from talking with hotel directors, crew members, and passengers.<p>1. <i>Really</i> read the daily newsletter.<p>Not reading …

How To Tip When Traveling Around The World

There is nothing more vexing than trying to figure out who to tip, how much, and when--especially when you're in a foreign country. You'll come face to face with employees at airports and train stations, hotels and bed and breakfasts, restaurants and cafés. Do you have to tip everyone? What about …

Asian Travelers Are the Most Likely to Book Hotels via Mobile Devices

Travelers from Asia are the most likely demographic to book, search, and compare accommodation options on mobile devices, according to a survey …

Diving Cuba's Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park

<i>By Sven-Olof Lindblad, President & Founder of Lindblad Expeditions.</i><p>On March 30 I plunged into the depths of the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park in Cuba. I had some trepidation, as it had been a long time since I had donned a tank to spend time 60 or 70 feet below the surface. Maybe it's …

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Cenotes In Mexico Are Totally Worth A Visit

If you're a fan of cenotes, or underground sinkholes, you should probably head on down to Mexico ASAP.<p>There are some 6,000 of them along the country's Yucatan Peninsula, mostly around Tulum. The Mayans believed they were sacred gateways to the underworld, and while you may still find relics of …

Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Service Send Anywhere Raises $1M Seed Round

Like Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive, ESTmob’s Send Anywhere offers file sharing–but with a key difference. Instead of first saving files to cloud storage, Send Anywhere enables users to share content peer-to-peer between devices in real time. The Seoul-based startup company announced that it has …

Singapore City: What to Do and Where to Eat in This World Class Food and Shopping Center

To many, the island of Singapore is nothing more than a gleaming amusement park -- a Disney World of Asia, with over the top attractions, five-star resorts and billion dollar parks. The streets are clean, the crime is low, and everyone seems generally happy to be there. For many Westerners, that's …

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5 Ways the World Cleans Its Dirty Conscience

When too much of a good thing starts to feel like a bad thing, it may be time to unclog the spiritual sewage pipe.<p>Photo by: Edison Walker<p>We've searched the globe and found that, though they're as varied as sin, most countries have very specific cleansing rituals to purify the mind, body and soul. …

Breathtaking Bridges That Are More Than Just Walkways

Bridges are generally built to serve a purpose, but sometimes they are just downright cool, beautiful or even a little bizarre. Some highlighted below are a bit terrifying and some are simply just stunning, but they're all definitely one of a kind.<p><b>1. Take A Stroll In The Sky.</b><p>The Langkawi Sky Bridge …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

A Facebook E-Money Service Could be a Big Hit in Asia

Reports this week suggest that Facebook is preparing to launch an e-money service. The Financial Times believes that the US company is weeks away from gaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that would let users store money on Facebook and use it to pay others.<p>Facebook declined to …

Payment Apps Are Quickly Changing How We Transfer Money To Each Other, And Around The World

This is especially true in the context of peer-to-peer payment transactions. These include money transfers between friends and family, international remittances, and even fees and wages paid to independent workers. Globally, the market is well over $1 trillion.<p>In a new report from BI Intelligence, …

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Tresorit Launches Its End-to-End Encrypted File-Sharing Service

Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise.<p>One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your …

HaxAsia Is An Accelerator To Help Crowdfund Hardware Startups

As more consumer hardware startups crop up on crowdfunding platforms, an accelerator program HaxAsia has launched in Singapore to give a helping hand to those focusing on Asian markets. Behind the accelerator is a group of investment firms — Ruvento Ventures, IncuVest, DI-Group and SpinUp …

20 spectacular places to see before they’re changed forever

THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF WAYS places change. As you’ll see in this list, the threats can be environmental, political, or simply the result of too small …

5 Most Family-Friendly Cities in Europe

A venerable resident of London's Natural History Museum, popular with kids of all ages. <i>Photo courtesy of Viorel Dudau/Dreamstime.com. Article by Kerry Lyons, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>If your motto is "Have family, will travel," you'll be glad to know that Europe is within your reach; in fact, …

European Travel

Diving Sipadan: strong currents, steep walls and sea life in abundance

The name Sipadan is uttered with reverence by divers, and with good reason. The underwater topography of this tiny 40-acre island, 36km south of the Malaysian port of Semporna in the Celebes Sea, is immense. There are a dozen or so excellent dives off Sipadan and on any given day you can expect to …

Arm band technology converts body heat to energy

<b>Researchers at South Korea's KAIST university have developed a flexible thermoelectric generator that can convert body heat to power.</b><p>What if you …

Nanotech

'Gofor' Imagines the Future of Personal Assistant Drones

The 'Uber for drones' isn't real, but it could be one day.<p>Late last year, graphic artist Alex Cornell unveiled “Our Drone Future,” a creepy video that imagined a future where police drones persistently patrol San Francisco. It quickly went viral, but Cornell thought his work wasn’t finished—for …

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Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

Impala for Android recognizes your pics and automatically sorts them into categories

Say goodbye to your messy photo gallery and say hello to better-organized and automatically sorted photos courtesy of Impala, an app that uses computer vision technology to help you categorize your photos.<p>First released as an iOS-exclusive app and now available for free on the Google Play Store, …

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Torquay, the third best destination in Britain? TripAdvisor league is pure fantasy

The seaside resort that gave birth to Fawlty Towers is currently revelling in the glory of being voted the UK’s third best destination, behind only London and Edinburgh.<p><b>According to TripAdvisor</b>, which announced the results of its sixth annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations today, the …