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Collective Health Wants To Replace The Health Insurance Industry With A Software Program

“Did you know you can actually negotiate and get a better deal at the doctor’s office if you offer to pay up front?” co-founder and CEO of Collective Health Ali Diab asks.<p>He’d broken his foot and had to go to the doctor for an MRI that would have cost him $3,700, with a $1,500 deductible. Instead …

Americans say ‘nyet’ to Russian vodka

Russian vodka’s heyday may be over — at least in the U.S.<p>As the United States and Russia wage economic warfare in the form of sanctions, if the flow …

Alcohol

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

24 Hot & Spicy Recipes for Sriracha Week—or Any Week

From mapo tofu to jerk chicken, here are 24 spicy recipes guaranteed to make you sweat.<p>If you haven't figured it out already, we're big spice fiends here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. So fiendish, in fact, that we're dedicating an entire week to foods that tingle our tongues, light our mouths on fire, and make us …

Cooking

Louisiana Is The Shocking New Movie-Making Capital Of The World

Eighteen of the 108 films released last year that were produced by the major studios and the five biggest independents were shot in the Bayou State, according to the 2013 Feature Film Production Study from FilmL.A., the region's non-profit permitting agency.<p>Paramount's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," …

Lovely apartment-hunting app now lets you send rent directly to your landlord

The apartment-hunting service Lovely has expanded its ambitions over the last few years. After first focusing on giving users a way to be notified when apartments they might want hit the market, Lovely then added the ability to submit rental applications right through the app itself. Today, Lovely …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Chinese Pollution Is Making Its Way to the West Coast, and It's America's Fault

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The stifling air pollution you keep reading about in China is actually a byproduct of American …

The future of transportation — as seen by a sci-fi author

<i>William Hertling is one of my favorite science fiction writers. If you are in the tech industry and haven’t read his books Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall, I encourage you to go get them now on your Kindle and get after it. You’ll thank me later. In the mean time, following</i> …

2014 could be the year web browsers replace Photoshop

The language that controls the web’s style—CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets—could be getting a new set of features that will make it the new gold standard for graphic design.These features, collectively known as blending modes, are currently under consideration by the World Wide Web Consortium, the …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Bitcoin

Watch LG's new flexible phone heal itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a "self-healing" material and even compared it to Wolverine from <i>X-Men</i>. LG later released a promotional video showing off the tech in action, but it's only now that someone has put the company's claims …

Supreme Court blocks challenge to NSA phone tracking

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear an NSA-challenging case brought forward by privacy group EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center). The case would have been the first major NSA case to have been brought before the Supreme Court, targeting the FISA court order for all of …

Apple Patents Home Automation Technology That Adjusts Settings Based On Device Location

Apple has just been granted a new patent (via AppleInsider) which describes a very comprehensive system for controlling connected home devices. The elaborate setup would make it possible for Apple to use location data fed from things like your iPhone and iPad, as well as use of credit cards or RFID …

India launches Mars mission in giant leap for super cheap space exploration

India has launched its first mission to Mars on Tuesday in what its leaders hope will be a giant leap forward for super cheap space exploration<p>Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday, amid celebrations at mission control.<p>As …

What the Future of Driverless Cars Will Actually Look Like

Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

<b>Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.</b><p>Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination<p>She quizzed author Meera Syal and …

New Happenings in Napa

Let's be honest: There's never really a terrible time to gaze at Napa's sun-dappled hills and drink from the fruit of its vines. But October and November just might be our favorite time to go. The rush of harvest season is beginning to taper, and the crisper nights are perfect for sipping Cab in …

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

Privacy

Chris Brown and A Nation of Raped Boys

Yesterday I read an article in which Chris Brown discussed the age at which he lost his virginity. He was 8, he says, and the girl was 14 or 15. He …

Why don’t Americans walk more? The crisis of pedestrianism.

A few years ago, at a highway safety conference in Savannah, Ga., I drifted into a conference room where a sign told me a “Pedestrian Safety” panel …

The Rise Of Social Commerce, And How It Will Completely Transform The Way We Shop On The Internet

Social commerce is all about inspiration and product discovery. Sites like Pinterest, Wanelo, OpenSky, and others are more like digital catalogs or virtual malls where shoppers can browse and connect with people interested in the same products and brands. But entrepreneurs and retailers are anxious …

Inbound Marketing Firm Moz To Launch Analytics Product On Tuesday

Inbound marketing service Moz opened up its analytics product to the general public today, more than five months after the start of its private beta program. The company tells us that more than 80,000 users have been given access to Moz Analytics, which lets marketers track marketing activity …

PC sales fall to lowest level for five years

Sales of personal computers hit their lowest level since 2008 in the third quarter, falling 8.6pc on the same period last year.<p>Research from Gartner claimed that 80.3m PCs were sold worldwide in July, August and September, the traditionally busy "back to school period". This was compared to 87.8m …

Amazon launches PayPal competitor

<b>Amazon is beefing up the competition to PayPal with a new service that allows customers to make purchases with their Amazon credentials on partnering</b> …

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