Mark C Belonga

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Chinese company says critics of its laundry detergent ad overreacted

The makers of Chinese laundry detergent Qiaobi have issued a statement of apology after causing an uproar for its recent ad which many saw as …

LendingRobot Lets You Monitor Your Portfolio Performance On Prosper, Lending Club, And Funding Circle

If you listen to as many podcasts as I do, you must be familiar with Prosper thanks to its many ads across different podcast networks. The company's …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: The best $150 Android phone ever

Xiaomi has been cranking out quality handsets over the past couple of years at attractive price points. I really liked last year’s Redmi 2 and was anxious to put the Redmi Note 3 through its paces to see what you could get for $150 (Rs. 10,000) in India.<p>As it turns out, a lot. There are two …

How to invest $500

If investing feels like a rich person's game, it's not your imagination: Many online brokers impose initial deposit requirements of $1,000 or more. Mutual funds, a common investment choice with close to $16 trillion in U.S. assets, often have similar minimums.<p>But that doesn't mean you should sit on …

Investing

U.S. Stocks Open Higher; Oil Prices Move up on Hopes for Production Freeze

After the 400 plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Tuesday, investors worried about stock market volatility may want to add target …

The 5-Move Workout That Tightens Your Core and Fends Off Back Pain

Chisel your middle and bulletproof your back with these classic core movements<p>This abs workout pulls double duty: It not only carves and tightens your core, but it also prevents lower back pain in the process, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.<p>The routine consists of five core stability …

What Makes New Orleans a Startup City to Rival the “Big Three”

From The New York Public Library<p>There’s a great irony when you consider that the “Big Three” cities for entrepreneurship — San Francisco/San Jose, Boston, and New York — are some of the most difficult places in the U.S. to live on the sort of shoestring budget that startups demand. Nonetheless, …

New Orleans

The Next Billion Dollar Startups

Startups that jump out to billion-dollar valuations are so rare they've come to be known as unicorns. We at FORBES, in cooperation with TrueBridge Capital Partners,* went hunting for the next wave of startups that are flying under the radar but getting ready to pop. We surveyed venture firms for …

This Startup Wants to Help You Become an Absentee Landlord

"ETrade, but for real estate."<p>There are a lot of startups that operate using the same fundamental principle: Helping consumers save a lot of money on big-ticket purchases of inventory that you don’t control, and securing a small slice of each transaction. At its core, this is what Airbnb does. Same …

Real Estate

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

Deal: Pay what you want for 10 different courses in the Mobile-First Developer's Bundle

Are you looking to try your hand at application development and design, but aren’t sure where to begin? Getting a start on your career shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, which is why you should check out the Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle in the AA Deals Store.<p>Offering over ten different courses in …

[TA Deals] Learn the ins and outs of Amazon Web Services for $19

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing platform, is being used by people and businesses around the world. There are services and tools …

Cloud Computing

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A gentle introduction to bitcoin

<b>Important note:</b> If you own more than $1,000 worth of cryptocurrency then you should definitely be using a hardware wallet instead of keeping coins on …

Bitcoin

DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

First, DNA testing confirmed Thomas Jefferson had a sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.<p>Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child out of wedlock with …

Robinhood Free Stock Market Trading App Comes To Android

Using the stock market isn't free. Well, obviously. You're buying and selling stocks, after all. But on top of that, brokerage firms tend to charge …

10 Years After Katrina, Gulf Eats Away at Coast

Ten best plank variations to keep your core strong

Want to tone your abs but bored with the static, orthodox plank position? Personal fitness trainer Scott Laidler explains the ten more exciting options that can help you change up your workout<p>The plank exercise is a staple core exercise that works everything from your abdominals, lower back, …

THE SHOT: Photographing the Food Chain in Alaska

In 2013, I bought my first kayak and began leading trips on a regular basis with friends in Alaska. Since then, I’ve kayaked over 550 miles up here. When this moment happened last month, I was in the middle of an expedition, which covered over 150 miles in 11 days.<p>Prince William Sound is one of the …

The stars have aligned for real prison reform

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you do not yet believe that bipartisan criminal justice reform is possible inside the dysfunction of Washington, it is time to put away your doubts.<p>Over the last two weeks, we have witnessed a historic surge of momentum for the prospects of justice reform -- punctuated by this week's …

Employment

CrossFit’s extremely lucrative business plan is also deceptively simple

“I don’t understand CrossFit’s business plan,” my middle-aged friend said, looking up from the floor where he lay next to a barbell, panting in a pool of his own sweat. Like many of the former athletes, weekend warriors, and get-in-shape hopefuls who have flooded to this cult-like fitness program, …

Social Media

Young guns: 10 up and coming phone brands out of China

The Western world is like an exclusive club when it comes to technology. Everyone knows the big tech players, but we tend to forget the rest of the world spins just as much as our part of it. There’s a plethora of other manufacturers which make amazing Android products!<p>We have put together a neat …

Here's a look at a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus dummy unit

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus rumors have been coming thick and fast this month and now we have our first look at a dummy unit for the S6 Edge Plus.<p>Posted alongside the Note 4 for comparison, we can see that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is indeed much closer in size to the Note …

Finally, the Obama I fell in love with | Steven W Thrasher

The president seems imbued in his penultimate year with a fierce urgency of now – much like he did when he was running for office<p>Week by week, as he gets closer to the finish line, it’s becoming clearer that Barack Obama is more of the president I hoped he could be back when I was blindly in love …

Marvel Comics Creates Its Own Versions of Iconic Hip-Hop Album Covers

Now what these comic book heroes’ music would sound like is an entirely different beast.<p>The superheroes of Marvel Comics have shown up everywhere in the past few years, given the urgency with which Hollywood has marketed the bunch, but who would expect them to take over our favorite classic and …

How President Obama Wants to Change the Way Americans Go to Prison

President Obama wants to change how you think about prison and he's going behind bars to do it.<p>Obama is visiting Federal Correctional Institution El …

China cruise ship disaster: 434 bodies recovered; 8 still missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Their hopes have long faded, their prayers gone unanswered. Still, they wait by the banks of the Yangtze River, lighting candles and calling out the names of their loved ones.<p>A week ago Monday, the Eastern Star -- a passenger ship on a pleasure cruise along a stretch of the Yangtze that …

Afrika Bambaataa Blasts Hip Hop Ageism & Calls For Hip Hop Federation

Afrika Bambaataa says he would like to see Hip Hop get more involved in politics.<p>“Hopefully as we become more aware and we get into being …

Rap & Hip-Hop