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Here's Why Madeira Was Just Named The Best Island In Europe

Madeira, which is part of Portugal, is an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco. It is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas.<p>With incredible natural pools carved out of lava rocks, gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean, …

The Scam Of Olive Oil, And Its Antidote

Here’s the hard truth: the olive oil in your pantry, the one you bought for its health benefits and for some sliver of the seductive Mediterranean lifestyle, is most likely a scam.<p>A scam, meaning it probably contains less actual olive oil than you’d ever imagine. A scam, meaning it’s likely been …

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

Misery and mass bowing: the view from a North Korean tour bus

A stunningly beautiful, twentysomething woman dressed in black performs her death wail in the main hall of an obscenely luxurious palace in central Pyongyang. Her face seems to contort as her voice breaks over and over again. Speaking in a monotone, a guide translates the weeper's words into …

David Attenborough Narrates An Olympic Curling Match

This is a video of everybody's favorite nature documentary host David Attenborough narrating a women's Olympic curling match. You know, David …

Duolingo Gamifies Language-Learning, Targets Asia Next

Many people think that free language learning platform competes against other educational language services, Many people might assume free language learning platform Duolingo competes with other educational services, but the company that its co-founder names as a key competitor may surprise you. …

Grand St. wants to do for gadgets what the App Store did for software

The indie hardware site launches a new marketplace for preorders and betas<p>Hardware is still hard, but it’s getting easier. After high-profile success stories like Pebble and the Oculus Rift, independent hardware is getting new attention from consumers and, more importantly, new ways to navigate the …

Hugo Barra Talks About Taking Xiaomi-Mania International

Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has made its international ambitions official today with a launch in Singapore, during which it also announced that its flagship Mi-3 device will be arriving on March 7 with a price tag of S$419 ($332) unlocked.<p>The company has already announced that it will …

App Stores Have Gotten Incredibly Crowded, Here's How Developers Can Still Stand Out

For developers then, it's important to understand how one app gets noticed while another might languish in the app store swamp.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence,</b> we take a deep dive into the various app stores' ecosystems to examine the current difficulty in navigating them, then analyze the …

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Flappy Bird creator removes game from app stores

<b>Flappy Bird is flapping its wings no more.</b><p>The popular game for mobile devices was removed from online stores on Sunday by its Vietnamese creator, who said its fame "ruins my simple life".<p>Dong Nguyen, who created the game in just two to three days, was making as much as $50,000 (£30,482) a day from …

Thailand Photos

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Thailand (including Bangkok, the Reclining Buddha, Phuket, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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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> …

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

<b>Karl Marx, Gordon Gecko</b><p>Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>Jesse Myerson<p>February 2, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most …

Diageo to cut costs by £200m as China growth slows

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1048000/1048461_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534460190_ef193cca03e35eecff6a2c455b1ce1b7<p><b>Diageo - the world's biggest spirits producer - has seen sales growth curbed by slowing demand in China and other emerging markets.</b><p>The drinks …

In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due

In recent years, rampant borrowing has driven a significant chunk of China's economic growth. The bill is now becoming clearer — and it's big. Late last year, China revealed that local governments owe nearly $3 trillion – more than the gross domestic product of France, the world's fifth-largest …

Is China About To Plunge Into Financial Crisis?

Is China about to have its own Bear Stearns moment? I have been thinking a lot about this after reading a smart report released today by BofA Merrill …