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Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 …

European Travel

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

App Helps the Blind "See" With Their Ears

New technology allows people to perceive color and shape through music.<p><b>A woman who has been blind since birth sits at a table with a bowl of mostly green apples in front of her. When asked to find the single red one, she plucks it from the bowl without hesitation and holds it up to applause from</b> …

Nokia Syncs Flashes with the Lumia 1020 for Full-On Professional Studio Shoot

As the battle for cameraphone supremacy rages on, companies want to win over amateur and professional shooters alike. That’s not to say that Nokia or …

HTC One Mini First Impression: Small Isn't a Sacrifice

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] spent sometime with AT&T’s HTC One Mini today. To be candid it’s the first Android I’ve used that includes “carrier bloatware”. …

Top Five Laptop Labor Day Deals & Sales for 2013

It’s Labor Day Weekend as we approach the first Monday of September (that’d be September 2nd for those not keeping track), and Back to School Season …

Incredibly Expressive Owl Photography

Is that little owl yawning or singing? Belgian-based photographer Yves Adams has the answer as he's the one behind the adorable shot. “Little owls are CUTE!,” he states. “They make you laugh with whatever they do! But when they start to yawn, my heart melts! This picture has been taken in Spain, …

Birds

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

FYI: What Are Cruise Missiles, And How Do They Work?

Everything you ever wanted to know about this retro-'90s weapon, which the Obama administration might use against Syria's government.<p>The Obama administration is considering what sort of military action to take, if any, against the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, which stands accused …

China's On-Time Flight Performance Plagued by Military, Thunderstorms

China’s fast growing air travel market is the world’s second biggest. But when it comes to flight delays, it’s No. 1.<p>Shanghai resident Chen Chen …

Riviera Maya in a Weekend, Part 2

When visiting the Riviera Maya you will be overwhelmed by the selection of places to go and things to see. From snorkeling with whale sharks, to swimming in the natural occurring cenotes, to visiting the jungles, here are a few of my not to miss activities.<p><b>Kantun-Chi Eco Park</b>- Located along the …

Mexico

5 Reasons to Go to San Diego

With an average temperature of 70 degrees year-round, terrific hotels and eats, and 70 miles of coastline, there’s never a bad time to visit San …

G Adventures: Changing People's Life through Travel

As some of you know, I’m one of G Adventures‘ Wanderers in Residence and I’ve have worked closely with them for the past two years. I’ve had some …

12 myths about Australia’s ‘boat people’

The Australian government has declared it will not grant visas to refugees who arrive by boat. Period. They claim it’s to protect them, because the …

Munich Prepares For Annual Oktoberfest Celebration (PHOTOS)

Germany's famous beer-soaked celebration, Oktoberfest, is just a month away.<p>The festivities will kick off Sept. 21 in Munich, where preparations are already underway.<p>Last year, Oktoberfest drew 6.4 million revelers to Munich -- approximately 14.6 million pints of beer were consumed.<p><b>Check out the</b> …

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The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of

It's anonymous. It's ephemeral. It's PostSecret optimized like FarmVille.<p>I have a secret to tell you: There is a mobile app you've probably never heard of that gets 2.5 <i>billion</i> page views a month, substantially more than all of CNN. It's called Whisper, and the youths just love it.<p>Here's how it …

Glympse Hits 10M Users And Adds Support For Four More Languages

Real-time location sharing service Glympse has hit the 10 million user milestone and today added four new languages to better support its global community. Both its iOS and Android apps will be optimized for Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish.<p>Seeing that approximately 40 percent of its user …

Move Over, Rihanna. Meet PewDiePie, YouTube’s Biggest Star.

You probably haven’t heard of PewDiePie. But your kids probably have.<p>The 23-year-old YouTube star is a “gamecaster,” which means he makes videos of …

Google will start Fiber installs in Provo this year, beating Austin to the punch

When Provo, Utah was announced as Google’s third Google Fiber city in April, it was surprising because Google had just announced Austin, Texas, would get it only weeks before.<p>Now Google has confirmed that Provo will be the second city after Kansas City to get Google Fiber, with installations likely …

India's elephant culture and the brutality that fuels it

"That is how you train an elephant, with beatings."<p>In the Indian state of Kerala, elephants are more than just animals — they're bona fide celebrities. As Rollo Romig writes this week in a piece for the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, privately-owned pachyderms play a prominent role during Kerala's …

5 Chic Lipsticks for Fall

After months of wearing tinted lip balms and barely-there glossesthe makeup equivalent of sheer, gauzy sundressesfall signals the return to rich, full-bodied lipstick. So which shades should you slick on first? Go for an array of high-impact r<p>After months of wearing tinted lip balms and …

Where is she now? Barbara Mullen, the misfit model of the 1950s

A streetwise, 'foul-mouthed' New Yorker, Barbara Mullen didn't fit the idea of 1950s glamour, but Lillian Bassman and Richard Avedon still loved to photograph her. John-Michael O'Sullivan tracks down the model who broke the mould - and finds a story of heartbreak and high society<p>I first read …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Scuba Diving

Using a ‘Smile’ Sign On the Ground to Get Passersby to Pose for the Camera

Here’s an interesting idea for street photogs who want to get some candid shots of people in a public square: tape a “Stand Here and Smile” sign on …

The Importance of Angles, or ‘How Not to Take a Selfie’

Here’s a humorous 14-second video that might make that last bit of your Friday workday go by that much faster. In an attempt to prove how important …

Artistic Self Portraiture by Photographer Anja Niemi

Anja Niemi’s Conceptual Photography.<p>Selected artistic photographs by Anja Niemi, a Norwegian artist and photographer. Anja Niemi’s conceptual self …

Wristwatch Concepts by Product Tank

The wristwatch is perhaps second only to the wheel in terms of products that are in dubious need of reinvention, but designer Product Tank has a …

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