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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees the music industry's next 'gigantic growth' coming from devices like Echo

One big reason: the wider use of voice-activated home devices, like Amazon's Echo.<p>"At this point in the marriage of voice-activation technology with music, I can tell you it's already working," Bezos said in a new interview with Billboard.<p>"The next gigantic growth area for the music industry is the …

The ultimate holiday villa and cottage guide for families

My love affair with self-catering stems from my first family villa holiday in the Dordogne as a teenager. After years of camping in Pembrokeshire or Cornwall (with the traditional first-night argument over tent pegs, poles and mallets and food cooked on a temperamental gas burner), the luxury of …

Five-star homes still available to rent over Christmas and New Year's Eve

At a time when homes are lingering for longer on a slow winter housing market, sellers are getting creative. An increasing number of vendors are renting out parts of their properties – or the whole thing – until they manage to sell it.<p>“Following the trend in prime central London, where …

New era of 'cut and paste' humans close as man injected with genetically-edited blood

A world where DNA can be rewritten to fix deadly diseases has moved a step closer after scientists announced they had genetically-edited the cells of a human for the first time using a groundbreaking technique.<p>A man in China was injected with modified immune cells which had been engineered to fight …

Business Travel in Vacation Rental Industry

According to a report from Concur, which operates a travel and expense system with more than 22 million users globally, vacation rentals are showing …

Furniture Chain West Elm To Open Own Boutique Hotels

The West Elm name has already graced our pages as one of the finest online interior stores you need to know. Those who lack an interior design thumb …

Airbnb faces worldwide opposition. It plans a movement to rise up in its defence

The room-rental website, now worth $30bn, faces a critical year as city authorities clamp down<p>In the back room of a pub in Kentish Town, a group of middle-class Londoners are perched on velvet-covered stools, eating hummus and talking about property. On the wall, above a pile of empty beer kegs, a …

What next for mortgage rates?

Several months after the Bank of England slashed the base rate to 0.25 per cent and lenders are still cutting mortgage rates on almost a weekly basis …

An Introduction To Property Crowdfunding – A Revolution In Property Investment?

Many people believe property to be a stable investment that is capable of producing produce both income and capital growth. However, it does have …

Your Future Home Will Be Designed For Sharing (By Airbnb)

The rental company is considering the next step: designing spaces made specifically for homeowners who want to easily rent out spare rooms.<p>Joe Gebbia, Airbnb’s cofounder and chief product officer, likes to observe the simple ways that Airbnb hosts “hack” their homes in order to take on guests. He …

RANKED: The areas of London where the most properties have had their prices cut

New research from property analysis firm Propcision adds to that warning sentiment, showing the areas of London where the largest proportion of properties have had their prices cut.<p>Propcision said the research suggests prices in London are remaining static as sellers slash prices to keep them at …

Crossrail 1: how to get rich quick as house prices speed up along the Lizard

It is now less than three years until the first Crossrail trains will run through the central section of the Queen Elizabeth Line (or 'the Lizard' as some Londoners are calling it), and less than four years until the full Crossrail service will become fully operational. As the project heads towards …

Home extension or loft conversion 'can add 20% to house value'

Adding an extra bedroom or bathroom also increases value of property, according to Nationwide<p>Extending your home or adding a loft conversion can add more than £42,000 to the value of an average property, while an extra bathroom could boost its worth by nearly £10,000, a report has found.<p>Based on …

Got an old phone? Make it into a home security camera.

Apps let you turn that old iPhone into a home security camera, albeit with limits.<p>Smart security cameras are one of the easiest ways to start …

Here’s how to bring your old laptop back to life

• On your newer computer, go to Neverware’s site and download the software onto a USB stick with 8 GB of space. Neverware says this might take up to 20 minutes, so be prepared.<br>• Head to the Google Chrome web store and download the Chromebook Recovery Utility. Open the program, click the gear icon, …

Airbnb Runs 'Illegal Hotels,' Hotel Industry Study Claims

Is the fastest-growing travel site taking short cuts to the top? That’s the conclusion of a new Penn State University analysis of Airbnb bookings– …

Buy-to-let tax raid: 600 landlords donate £42,000 to fund judicial review

More than 600 people have pledged money to support the challenge<p>The property investors mounting a legal challenge to the Government’s proposals to increase tax on buy-to-let investments have raised over £42,000 in just six days.<p>Private landlords Chris Cooper and Steve Bolton are leading the …

10 Essential Websites That Will Make Your Startup Remarkable

Starting a business takes everything that you have: all your money, time, effort, and patience. Though you may have plenty of help in the form of your team and your business partners, in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship there are many tasks that need to be done that you just don’t have the …

Startup that helps students find a place to rent scores funding

Renting an apartment in college can be tough. Demand gets so high before the opening of each semester and if you didn’t start your hunting early on, …

Xros is like WhatsApp for your business

There are plenty of choices when it comes to ways of collaborating with colleagues online, but new app Xros makes it easier to work with people outside your company while avoiding email.<p>Using a minimal but polished interface you can create private one-to-one or group chats that let you share text, …

Share sale to make Moneysupermarket co-founder a billionaire

Simon Nixon plans to sell about 6.4% of the comparison website but will avoid paying capital gains tax because he moved to Jersey in 2013<p>The Moneysupermarket.com co-founder, Simon Nixon, is set to become a billionaire on the back of a share sale worth up to £115m, but will avoid paying capital …

The accidental landlord: my tenant wants to move out early

It’s Saturday night, I’m heading off to my own birthday bash, all set to party like it’s 1989, and a tenant rings to stop me in my tracks. For no …

House prices: Want to make money on your home? Buy in Swindon

There's life outside London: find out where you can make 40pc on the value of your home in the next five years<p>UK house prices are set to rocket by <b>30pc</b> by 2019, with Southampton, Luton, Brighton, Swindon and Enfield outperforming the rest of the UK, according to new research from Rightmove and …

House prices in suburbia take off

As election nerves cool the housing market, prices are still soaring in pockets of suburbia<p>House prices in suburban areas are rising faster than in many cities and rural towns, official figures show.<p>While election uncertainty has caused a slowdown in the overall property market, particularly in …

<b>Summary</b><p>We believe there is a compelling investment case for residential property in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon.<p>Three factors underpin …

House Prices 2015 - 2019

<b>TABLE 3</b>Prime Markets | Five-year forecast values*<p><i>Source: Savills Research *Assuming no mansion tax but allowing for revision of the council tax</i> …

Ten top factors that boost a property's price

Most people who have ever bought or sold property know about the ‘Waitrose effect’. Which is to say that if there is a store nearby, it is one of the …

Buy-to-let returns beat all other mainstream investments

Every £1 poured into buy-to-let in 1996 is now worth £15 – outperforming cash, bonds and shares over the same period, a new market study suggests<p>Buy-to-let investments have outperformed all major asset classes over the past 18 years, according to a study of the sector.<p>As well as reflecting property …