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Airbnb Doubles Down On Its Experiences Feature With A $5M Investment

Airbnb wants to be an “end-to-end” travel company. Can Experiences bring it even closer to that vision?<p>Airbnb says it will inject $5 million into Experiences, the company’s take on tours and activities, expanding the offering to 200 locations in the U.S. The plan is to bring Experiences to smaller …

Hospitality

The Dishwasher Gets A Redesign For Tiny Apartments

The transparent cube fits on a countertop–and it can do double duty washing clothes and cooking food.<p>There’s no perfect way to wash a few dishes. The modern dishwasher is designed to hold place settings for more than a dozen people . . . yet hand-washing is extremely inefficient, using more water …

Kitchens

In China, You Can Track Your Chicken On–You Guessed It–The Blockchain

To guarantee customers that their chickens are actually free-range, Gogochicken is tracking them with an ankle bracelet and putting the information online.<p>If you buy a free-range chicken in the U.S., it’s often hard to be sure that the chicken ever went outside. No farm inspections are required to …

Agriculture

3 Costs Medicare Beneficiaries Have to Pay Out of Pocket

Would you believe the average senior spends almost $6,000 a year on healthcare costs?<p>Are you counting the days until you become eligible for Medicare …

For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

With touch-screen devices like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, Amazon is trying to upend a decade of smartphones, notifications, and apps.<p>Picture a hypothetical future in which Amazon’s Alexa renders your smartphone unnecessary.<p>You tap the “good morning” button on your bedside Echo Spot, and it …

Smart Homes

This Octopus-Inspired Super Material Is Like A Natural Invisibility Cloak

Potentially, the 3D shape-shifting material can also be used to dynamically change physical user interfaces in real time.<p>Octopus: A delicious inspiration for chefs and engineers alike.<p>For the latter, it’s been the source for research on everything from programmable dynamic color camouflages and …

Onions

​IsoPSA Test For Prostate Cancer Can Reduce Prostate Biopsy | Men’s Health

Part of the controversy with PSA testing is that it’s not very specific: High levels can <i>suggest</i> prostate cancer, but a biopsy to check for cancerous cells is necessary to confirm a diagnosis.<p>And prostate biopsies—where your doctor inserts a thin, hollow needle in your rectum—come with their own …

From Googlers’ Management Tips To Salary Talk: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s top stories share what to ask recruiters at Amazon and Spotify, how to negotiate a higher salary, and one Googler’s tips for new managers.<p>This week we learned what questions recruiters at Amazon and Spotify wish candidates asked them more often, what you need to say in every type of …

Employment

Exactly What To Say In These Four Common Salary Conversations

Talking about money can be tense, but here’s how to prepare–no matter what turn your negotiation takes.<p>Ask any job seeker or employee about salary negotiations and one of the most popular responses is, “I would negotiate but I don’t know what to say.” Having the right words to say, or write, during …

Employment
Retirement

These Blockchain-Enabled Kiosks Make Coffee Farmers More Money–And Let You Verify Your Beans

Instead of dealing with sometimes-shady middlemen, coffee farmers can now have their product assessed by algorithm and paid for by this Coinstar-like device.<p>Over the last couple of decades, coffee has gone from being a plain, watery drink to an often-luxury staple available in endless combinations. …

Coffee

6 Tax Perks for Seniors

If you're 50 or older, the IRS is prepared to offer you certain tax benefits. The older you get, the more perks become available.<p>Getting older isn't …

Retirement

​Soon You'll Be Able to Charge Your Phone Simply By Entering a Room | Men’s Health

Soon You'll Be Able to Charge Your Phone Simply By Entering a Room<p>​Great news for people who always lose their chargers<p>Disney Research<p>We’ve all been there: The low battery indicator blips on and suddenly, your phone shuts off and your world turns upside down. You kill the WiFi and Bluetooth, but …

Street Bump: An App That Automatically Tells The City When You Drive Over Potholes

Cities are too big for workers to figure out where all the potholes are. They need citizens’ help. In Boston, they’ve figured out how to get that help as effortlessly as possible: An app that can sense a pothole from a bump.<p>City governments are increasingly relying on digital technology to gather …

Tax Benefits of Caring for an Aging Relative

Caring for an elderly relative can be rewarding, but incredibly difficult – as well as expensive. However, it may be possible to recoup some of the costs through income tax savings.<p>There are three general approaches to tax savings on elder care costs – declaring your elderly relative as a dependent …

Opinion: 3 low-risk dividend plays to survive a stock-market correction

The last three months have been full of fireworks, but the stock market has continued to climb the proverbial “wall of worry.”<p>The S&P 500 SPX, -2.19% …

Stock Markets

Get Ready For Your Computer To Be Taken Hostage

Ransomware attacks have more than doubled in the past year, and small businesses are especially at risk.<p><i>Your computer has been locked. To unlock it, you are obliged to pay a fine of $500.</i><p>A day-ruining phrase like this is coming to a screen near you, and sooner than you might expect. One recent …

Cybersecurity

6 tax breaks to help you pay for college

If you have college-bound kids, we don’t need to tell you that the cost of college these days is staggering. Mercifully, Washington has delivered …

Retirement

Prices For Solar Panels Keep Falling, So Why Isn’t It Cheaper To Get Solar?

Now that we’ve made the tech affordable, we have to turn our attention to the less sexy parts of the business.<p>It’s never been cheaper to go solar. The installed price for home solar systems is less than half of what it was eight years ago. More than 1 million U.S. homes have now taken the plunge, …

10 Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow Averages

It’s been a strange year for high-yielding stocks. In the first half of 2016, the Dow Jones utility average, a proxy for hefty dividend payers, was a …

Investing

These big oil stocks are expected by analysts to rise up to 41% in 2017

Oil prices tumbled more than 2% Wednesday, as investors worry that OPEC’s recent deal to prop up prices by cutting production is threatened by …

Oil & Gas Industry

Investors buy up volatility ETFs going into the Trump era

Judging by the way investors are positioning, many seem to think that the “Trump rally” will be over just as soon as the Trump administration …

Stock Markets
Investing

How The Gurus Behind Disney’s MagicBand Are Remaking A $38B Cruise Giant

An exclusive look at Carnival’s plans to turn cookie-cutter cruises into something out of Minority Report.<p>With his aw-shucks grin, neatly parted hair, and his strong resemblance to Richie Cunningham, you can easily picture John Padgett as a kid growing up in Seaford, Virginia, a small town hard by …

Cruise Ships

Patagonia’s Business Manifesto Still Ahead Of Its Time 10 Years Later

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario talks about Yvon Chouinard’s Let My People Go Surfing, and how it continues to shape the brand’s future.<p>Sustainable business practices, corporate transparency, authentic brand marketing, family-friendly and flexible employee policies–flip through the business pages of …

Can Other Environmental Industries Learn From Solar’s Success?

Cambrian Innovation used to sell devices to clean water. Now, it’s creating a new business model by taking a page from the solar industry.<p>Solar power took off because solar panels got cheaper and better, and because state and federal governments have helped subsidize the industry. But those aren’t …

Electrocardiography Basics

Electrocardiography Basics is a new infographic science illustration poster design by Eleanor Lutz at TabletopWhale.com for Nerdcore Medical. You can …

The Single Worst Retirement Investment Today (and 3 Better Buys Now)

It’s an old investing saw that should have been taken out behind the barn years ago.<p>You’ve no doubt heard it before: “As you get closer to …

Investing

These Solar Panels Pull Clean Drinking Water Straight From The Air

With pilot programs in Ecuador, Jordan, Mexico, and the U.S., the technology could provide a reliable, clean water to many people who don’t have it today.<p>When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn’t flow from city pipes–there are no city pipes. Instead, a …

How To Retire Comfortably With Just $500,000

Most financial advisor hacks are dead wrong. You CAN comfortably retire on a modest $500,000 investment portfolio.<p>Of course you’ve heard the warnings that retirement is getting harder – and they’re true. With U.S. Treasuries paying paltry returns, it is harder to find a risk-free income stream for …

Investing