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6 Of The World's Cheapest Destinations To Travel To On A Budget

If you want to see the world -- especially while you're young -- but don't exactly have the funds to do so, you're not alone.<p>Between flights, accommodations, food and activities traveling can be <i>really</i> expensive. But a trip doesn't have to leave you totally broke.<p>Some of the world's most beautiful …

Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

If you've been to a fancy restaurant, you've probably seen a sommelier — those wine experts who make sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don't want a chardonnay or pinot? What if you want a nice cold beer?<p>A new program is working to bring this same level of knowledge …

A New Family Tradition: The 24-Hour Layover

When planning this year’s trip to Spain, I faced a dilemma. Flights were not only expensive, but the connections between the U.S. and Ibiza were so bad that our choices included either very long layovers or switching airlines to make it to the islands within a 24-hour period.<p>Switching airlines …

Packing secrets from savvy travellers

We searched Quora.com to find out what common items veteran jetsetters pack that rookies do not, and got a suitcase full of answers.<p>Most seasoned travellers tend to pack light. After all, who wants to be weighed down with a load of luggage on a trip? But what these veterans lack in quantity they …

Travelers

Ice Cream, You Scream: Weird Flavors

Step aside, vanilla. To kick off National Ice Cream Month and celebrate the Fourth of July, our readers share the most unusual flavors they’ve ever had the pleasure (or pain) of tasting while traveling.<p>So, cup or cone, take a deep breath and give one of these flavors a try the next time you need a …

Foundation: Evan Williams on Hatching Big Ideas

In today’s episode of my Foundation series, serial entrepreneur Evan Williams talks candidly about his experiences building Blogger, Twitter, and his latest project, Medium. Ev recounts the early days of Twitter, shares what he’s learned about how to scale fast-growth products, and explains his …

Square Market launches, provides easy online storefronts for small businesses

We've come to know Square for its efforts in making it easier for small -- and not so small -- businesses to get paid in real life with card readers, iPad registers and apps, but its latest project is trying to help them sell online as well. Square Market has just opened up, and features …

Mobile giant Telefónica backs Windows Phone in move to stymie Android and iOS duopoly

Spanish mobile provider Telefónica today announced it is to help boost the visibility of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system in a bid to end the "current duopoly of Android and iOS." The two companies have signed a one year "enhanced marketing agreement" that will see Telefónica boost …

ITC launches pilot program to cut down on patent troll suits

A new program will soon require companies to prove they have well-established U.S. production, licensing, and research before being able to bring a patent case before the commission.<p>The International Trade Commission is looking to curb the amount of cases it gets from patent trolls.<p>According to …

Intellectual Property

The Case of the Missing Human Ancestor

<b>In the Altay Mountains</b> of southern Siberia, some 200 miles from where Russia touches Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan, nestled under a rock face about 30 yards above a little river called the Anuy, there is a cave called Denisova. It has long attracted visitors. The name comes from that of a hermit, …

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S First Test

Be Still Our Beating Hearts, Still<p>Much has changed about the Aston Martin Rapide since it first graced the world’s roads back in 2010. For one, Aston is selling many fewer Rapides than it first envisioned. That’s most likely the reason Aston rapidly (tee-hee) rushed such a thorough refresh after …

Aston Martin Rapide

$7B Afghan War Gear Scrapped

G8 summit protest: riot police arrest 57 in raid of London HQ

Riot police raided the central London HQ of anti-G8 protesters on Tuesday and hundreds of officers were deployed in the capital as protests took …

Google, Facebook and Microsoft seek data request transparency

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/985000/985854_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522242345_8a68d77efa2b6e0aa2a8e2a5d5bcb920<p><b>Google, Facebook and Microsoft have asked the US government to allow them to disclose the security requests they receive for handing over user data.</b><p>The …

Surveillance

US spying scandal 'threatens Silicon Valley dominance'

Many in Silicon Valley fear America may lose its position as the centre of the global technology industry, amid spiraling fears that its titans have become too close to government.<p>Major success stories like Google, Apple and Facebook were among nine US companies linked to the secret PRISM spying …

Taxes

7 financial terms every serious entrepreneur should know

<i>Jed Simon is the chief executive officer of FastPay, an online finance company focusing on digital businesses.</i><p>There are brilliant technologists and business leaders in today’s tech world, but while startups have their own, great talents, we’re seeing one common weakness: lack of understanding …

Prism: claims of GCHQ circumventing law are 'fanciful nonsense', says Hague

William Hague is to make a statement to parliament on Monday to respond to allegations that GCHQ has gathered information on British citizens from …

Associated Press News

Your Arduino Is In My Android Device! UDOO Mixes It Up With An All-In-One Solution

For most beginning hardware hackers, Arduino is hard and Linux/Android is easy. The folks at UDOO, a Kickstarter project that ends tonight, aim to solve that by mixing the best of both worlds. The UDOO device contains an ARM processor (dual or quad core) as well as an Arduino microprocessor. This …

Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college (exclusive)

Student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion and yet the cost of college tuition continues to rise.<p>Instagrad launched its attempt to solve this problem today. The startup has built a crowdfunding platform to help parents pay for their kids’ college education. Parents create campaigns on Instagrad …

Biology Shows Us How To Prevent Hackers From Stealing Data

Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure.<p>Organizations seeking to be better prepared for and more resilient in response to information threats may want to draw on a far larger and older source of lessons on …

Immune System

Obama To Meet The Man Who Will Replace Him As Leader Of Largest Economy

President Obama will head off to California for the intimate Sunnylands meet-n-greet with Xi Jinping, the president of China and the man the OECD says will replace Obama at the helm of the world’s No. 1 economy by 2015.<p>Obama will meet Xi on Friday for bilateral talks and a private dinner.<p>And no, Xi …

2014 Audi R8 Spyder First Test

The Star Car<p>We’ve had many a kind word for the Audi R8, which has dazzled us with accessible performance and showstopping looks. We even went so far as to name the supercar our Best Handling Car (now Best Driver’s Car) a few years back. Underlying all that praise, though, was an angry caveat: The …

Streaming Media

Apple still smartphone champ, Android the No. 1 OS, ComScore says

On the smartphone front in the three months ended April 2013, Apple and Samsung were the only manufacturers to see an increase in market share.<p>Research firm ComScore has released its latest U.S. smartphone industry report, estimating that Apple remains top of the pile in the smartphone industry …

Mobile