Robert Praul

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Beautiful Madeira, the island of eternal springtime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Year-round spring climate. Mountains soaring from an ocean of deepest blue. An abundance of exotic fruit and superlative seafood. Unusual wines.<p>Madeira seems to be the island that has it all. Yet Portugal's "pearl of the Atlantic" has always had an image problem.<p>"Dreary, stuffy little …

European Travel

The Only North American Mountains That Blow Colorado Away

My parents were professional photographers, and not coincidentally I grew up in the shadow of the most gorgeous mountains in the hemisphere. Work …

Hiking

19 of America's most surreal travel destinations

From massive underground caves to rainbow-clad natural formations, the country is teeming with breathtaking spots that leave travelers in awe.<p>We've put together a collection of 19 such sights to visit in the US, from the world's largest gypsium dunefield to shimmering ice caves hidden within a …

Slidenjoy Laptop Display

A clip-on monitor for laptops. It gives you one or two extra 1080p IPS displays that can swivel up to 180º and slide inside the case when not in use. …

The rocket scientist behind the Super Soaker is developing a new battery

What does the Super Soaker water gun have to do with new innovative batteries? A lot, it turns out.<p>The proceeds of the massively successful water toy …

Couple Quits Day Jobs, Builds Quaint, Tiny Home On Wheels To Travel The Country

When Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard quit their jobs two years ago, they decided to go big -- by going tiny.<p>The two built a 125-square-foot "tiny house" (185 square feet if you count the loft) on a 20-foot-long trailer, latched it onto a pickup truck, and turned North America into their …

Adventurous Couple Quit Their Jobs and Built a Tiny Mobile House to Travel Across the Country

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard are inspiring examples of what can happen when you decide to take the leap and follow your dreams. Two years ago, the couple were living in Los Angeles working as an engineer and an executive assistant for a movie studio to make ends meet. Guillaume had always …

Tiny Heirloom's luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Want to downsize without giving up luxury? Look no further than Tiny Heirloom, the first luxury, custom tiny home builder in the United States that …

Small Spaces

Albert Frey's tiny Palm Springs house makes the desert an extension of his living room

When you're an architect, you have the unique ability to make sure that your own house rocks as much as your clients' homes do. For Albert Frey, that …

High Tech Self Sufficient Tiny Houses by Renzo Piano

It’s assuring to know that one of TIME’s top 100 most influential people in the world has planted his prints in the tiny house community.<p>This man is …

Tiny House Movement

Architekturburo Scheder positions a tiny timber house on stilts in Germany

This tiny home in Hohenecken, Germany, is only three meters wide and sits upon skinny metal legs. Local studio Architekturbüro Scheder designed the …

Architecture

Toyota's three-wheeled electric ride tested

The streets of one French city will soon be filled with funky vehicles that resemble hulked-up mopeds. But before you make fun, consider that while …

Tesla announces Roadster 3.0, an upgrade package with massive range

As CEO Elon Musk first announced yesterday, Tesla is detailing a new extended-range upgrade for its seminal Roadster — the Lotus-based two-door that preceded today's Model S sedan. It turns out that the upgrade is far more than a battery swap: yes, that's part of it, but a retrofit aerodynamics kit …

KPMG's 2014 Cloud Computing Survey: Enterprises Quickly Moving Beyond Cost Reduction To Customer-Driven Results

Business analytics is a pivotal factor in 35% of enterprises adopting cloud computing today, and 73% are seeing improved business performance after implementing cloud-based applications and strategies.<p>These and other insights are from the KPMG study, 2014 Cloud Survey Report: Elevating Business in …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Happiness

Magnetic 'Micro-Robots' Could Lead to Tiny Automated Factories

Remember those old electric football games that used a vibrating tabletop surface to send teams of tiny NFL players scrambling around the field?<p>Well, …

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative.<p>Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung joined the top five U.S. carriers and other companies like Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Nokia in …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

Microsoft Makes The Case For Mobile With A Comprehensive OS Update In Windows Phone 8.1

The recent release of Windows Phone 8.1 to developers and the media this week has shown Microsoft at its iterative best, but the underlying story is a simple one. Microsoft have managed to establish themselves as one of the main players in the mobile and smartphone place, and Windows Phone 8.1 will …

Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger

Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project …

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

Google updates TOS to clarify email scanning process

Google updated its terms of service on Monday to more clearly explain how the company can analyze user content to create targeted ads.<p>The terms of service, which went into effect Monday, includes a new paragraph that explains the manner in which Google's software automatically scans and analyzes …

Privacy

Office Online is now available at the Chrome Web Store

After watching around 12 million people download Office apps for the iPad, Microsoft has finally decided to bring its popular software suite to the Chrome Web Store. Starting today, Chrome users can download web-friendly versions of Word, OneNote and PowerPoint Online. Absent from Microsoft’s …

11 things you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft's next generation mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 , is here and you'll be able to get your hands on it soon. This update makes Windows Phone better than ever, and brings it closer to iOS and Android.<p>You'll get the full run-down of why I say that in my review of Windows Phone …

Google plugs more services vs Heartbleed; bug biting millions of Androids

While Google was quick to patch its services to close the security hole caused by the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, the same bug may still be hounding millions of Android devices worldwide.<p>Google patched most of its services last week (including Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App …

Samsung Gear Fit review

Pros<p>Attractive curved screen and good looks, lightweight, changeable strap, water and dust proof<p>Cons<p>Leather strap option would have been nice, no …