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Bora Bora’s Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows

When traveling to a dream-list destination like Bora Bora, you want to choose the right resort, particularly since your room will likely cost upwards …

Back for another bite: 'Sharknado' encore airing July 18th amid sequel talks

Looking to capitalize on an unforeseen Twitter sensation, Syfy has announced that television audiences will have a second chance to see <i>Sharknado</i> on July 18th at 7PM EST. The made-for-TV movie prompted a flurry of Twitter activity when it originally aired last night, at one point topping out at …

Survey: far fewer developers are prioritizing smartphone apps over tablet apps

Though smartphones still outsell tablets worldwide, tablets are picking up the pace quickly, and mobile developers are noticing that. Mobile app …

Health Scanner Scanadu Scout Breaks Indiegogo’s Crowdfunding Record

Today the Indiegogo campaign for Scanadu Scout became the highest funded in the site’s five year history. At over $1,378,545 and counting, Scanadu has broken the $1,370,461 record set by Let’s Build A Goddamn Tesla Museum.<p>The Scanadu is a small, round scanner that takes a person’s vital signs and …

Intel: Don't bet against this PC dinosaur

For years, "Intel inside" was a brilliant branding success for Intel Corp. The shiny stickers on the outside of new personal computers turned a simple component into part of the identity of sizzling fast new machines.<p>Now, those little labels are a liability. They're a reminder that Intel built its …

All We Can Talk About Is ‘Sharknado,’ So Why Can’t We Watch It NOW?

All We Can Talk About Is 'Sharknado,' So Why Can't We Watch It NOW?<p>“Sharknado” is all over the entertainment news today. Time Magazine writer James …

Syfy Considers Unleashing Another 'Sharknado' – /Film

Last night’s sharknado did untold damage to Southern California, wrecking the coastline, the roads, and even the iconic Hollywood sign. But …

TV

Disney Is Not a Movie Company; It's a Television Company

Thank God. The movie business is awful. Just look at "The Lone Ranger."<p>So, "The Lone Ranger" was a disaster. That much we know.<p>In its extended holiday weekend opening, the $225 million (!!!) film took in barely a fifth of its budget at the box office. Analysts are now projecting a write-down for …

Why China’s slowdown could be really great for America

China is slowing down—that much is clear. (Especially after this morning’s dismal trade report.)<p>What isn’t, though, is what that means for everyone else. For those pondering America’s fortunes, China’s $1.26 trillion in holdings of Treasurys are a source of particular unease, for reasons …

Economics

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Ford cuts $4,000 from Focus electric price

Ford Motor is slicing $4,000 from the base price of its Focus electric car, beginning with 2014 models that arrive at dealers within a few weeks.<p>That cuts the Focus EV's base price to $35,995 including shipping.<p>Some buyers qualify for a $7,500 credit on federal income taxes, and states often have …

Fake But Hilariously Dark Seinfeld Movie Trailer

'The Lifeguard' Trailer: Kristen Bell's Not-Quite-Midlife Crisis – /Film

Like next year’s <i>Veronica Mars</i> sequel, <i>The Lifeguard</i> features <b>Kristen Bell</b> returning to her hometown and reconnecting with old pals. Unlike Veronica …

Forbidden Rolling Stones Documentary Makes Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll Look Like a Drag

The Rolling Stones' Forbidden Documentary<p>With the Rolling Stones scouring their vaults and releasing every alternate mix and scrap of arcana as a …

If You Love Playing Tag, Then This Star-Studded Trailer Is For You

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>Tell me, Cable ... Do you …

Amazing Before And After Images Of The Visual Effects In 'The Great Gatsby'

While some of the film may have appeared to be shot on location in New York, the only minimal filming took place in Sydney, Australia.<p>Chris Godfrey, the visual effects supervisor on the film, released a before and after reel showcasing the amount of work that went into bringing the film to …

U.S. airlines lose bag-fee monopoly, fees spread to Europe and India

Whether you are an airline that loves bag fees or a not-so-frequent flyer who likely hates them, this much is clear: Checked bag fees are spreading …

TripAdvisor gives independent hotels a new way to compete for bookings

TripAdvisor is renowned for its millions of traveler-written hotel reviews, and now it is taking a similar tack with its recently launched hotel …

Low Rate Of Problems With Statins In Study Of Quarter Million Patients

A very large analysis of previously published studies finds that statins are generally safe and well tolerated, but helps confirm previous links to a small increased risk for diabetes and elevation of liver enzymes. Some statins were better tolerated than other statins and lower-dose statins were …

'Muscle power truths' revealed

<b>Scientists have discovered a new truth behind big muscles, turning 50 years of knowledge on its head.</b><p>Bulging biceps get their power from a mesh arrangement of cells rather than long ropes, detailed studies reveal.<p>As muscles flex, tugging filaments fan out in a lattice, say the University of …

Do the Diabetes Math

A new article came out saying that interventions on diabetics hadn't worked in reducing deaths from heart disease in obese people. The article also said that the interventions had lowered weight, on average, by about 6 percent. Naturally, I'm inclined to see how the math pans out. Let's consider …

How Power Corrupts the Mind

Pity the despot.<p>(Carolyn P Speranza / Flickr)<p>While at Columbia University, Andy J. Yap set up a simple experiment. After manipulating his subjects into powerful or weak states (in the lab, psychologists are the most powerful ones of all), Yap asked them to guess the height and weight of others both …

ANALYST: The Great US Energy Boom Is Already Stagnating

2013 has been a different story.<p>In a new note, AllianceBernstein's Bob Brackett argues U.S. oil production is now at an inflection point: Halfway through the year, growth has ground to a halt:<p>With EIA weekly production data through July 3rd, we are halfway through the year and production is up …

Why The US Jobs Market Is Finally Heating Up

For years, the post-financial crisis economic recovery was a jobless one as Americans struggled to find work — and as we point out after every non-farm payrolls announcement, the U.S. is still not where it needs to be.<p>Today, Capital Economics' Paul Dales declares that era over. We have officially …

Qualcomm: We need more standards to unlock the potential of ‘digital sixth sense’

SAN FRANCISCO — Our smartphones and tablets contain a slew of sensors — things like gyroscopes, light sensors, and GPS — but for the most part, they’re all treated differently within every mobile platform. That makes it tough for developers to utilize those sensors, compared to standards-driven …

FDA gives thumbs-up to latest fingertip EKG

Every year, more than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack, and more than 600,000 die from heart disease -- that's one in every four deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>A small crop of mobile electrocardiogram (ECG or more commonly EKG) devices is …

Medical Technology