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Here's How One Traveler Got a $60,000 Trip Around the World on Emirates for $300

Not everyone can fly first class. Given that amenities are constantly being improved to new levels of swag-envy, it's truly a shame that more people …

New York City

The strange case of Denny Hastert: The other reason why his indictment is so disturbing

In America, we allow people to buy silence regarding their crimes — as long as the appropriate paperwork is filed<p>When does the demand that someone pay for the harm they’ve caused become extortion? The line between, on the one hand, seeking legal compensation for injuries, and, on the other, shaking …

Crime

Adam Smith vs. Ayn Rand

In a 2011 CNN/Tea Party Express Republican Debate moderator Wolf Blitzer famously asked prominent libertarian Representative Ron Paul a "hypothetical question" about the soon-to-be-operational Obamacare: What should be done when a 30-year old man decides not to buy health insurance and then …

Health Care

How to Make Battery Power More Powerful

The lithium-ion batteries powering our lives are in need of a major innovation—or a full-on replacement. But decades of research have produced few viable solutions. Until now.<p><b>At first Amy Prieto didn't know what she was</b> looking at. The video on the laptop screen showed a pair of hands attaching a …

NSA intercepts: ordinary internet users 'far outnumbered' legal targets

Washington Post report says half surveillance files collected between 2009 and 2012 belonged to US citizens or residents<p>When the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times …

Google's smart home springs to life: Mercedes, Jawbone, & more tap new Nest API

Google today debuted the Nest smart thermostat developer API with launch partners Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, IFTTT, Logitech, LIFX, and Whirlpool.<p>Nest announced plans to debut a developer program last year. At that time, Nest senior product manager Greg Hu stressed that Nest always intended to offer a …

EMILY MILLER: Hillary Clinton can't shoot straight on gun control

Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.<p>The former secretary of State has veered from calling for a national registry to win a Senate seat in New York to recalling a childhood spent duck hunting when running for president. Now, she has swung back to her more …

Samsung Becomes Apple's Top iPad Display Supplier in Q1 2014

According to a new report from market research firm DisplaySearch (via <i>CNET</i> and ZDNet Korea), Samsung claimed the top spot as Apple's biggest iPad display panel supplier in the first quarter of 2014, shipping 5.2 million units of the high resolution 9.7-inch panels that were used in the iPad Air and …

2311!

IP Video Surveillance is one of the most important applications for companies today since real time video surveillance and analytics can be used not only to protect the business, people and assets, but it can also be used as the eyes, ears and memory of the business to improve decision making and …

Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on …

A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

Mike Janke used to be a Navy SEAL sniper. These days he's taking on the government and corporate America. He's the founder of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone with privacy as its mainselling point.<p>It's not NSA-proof — in that everything is hackable if you try hard enough. But Janke says it's …

Corephotonics' dual-camera tech will change smartphone imaging

The Israeli startup's camera technology will let smartphones do actual optical zoom without the need for moving parts.<p>Two-year-old Israeli company Corephotonics is ready to change how you take pictures with your smartphone, and it could happen as early as this year. The company's dual-camera …

Mobile Technology

YunTab S5 Android phone uses 3D infrared for secure face unlock

Want to keep your phone secure with just your face? This $152 Chinese handset will do just that.<p>BARCELONA, Spain -- Everyone knows how easily you can beat Android's Face Unlock feature with a simple photograph, but it will take a lot more to crack Chinese smartphone maker YunTab's solution.<p>Found on …

Mobile Technology

The Gear Fit is what wearables should look like

Samsung steals its own limelight with a smartly designed fitness band<p>The original Galaxy Gear was always a beta device. Samsung’s first smartwatch was testing waters the company had never waded in before, and it took a lot of well-earned criticism for its shortcomings. Less than six months later, …

Seattle And Austin Are Getting Bitcoin ATMs

To expand its network, Robocoin is also offering $10,000 in Bitcoin to ambassadors who help find new kiosk operators.<p><b>Updated:</b> Ahead of the roll out of Robocoin’s Bitcoin ATMs in Austin and Seattle later this month, Portuguese company Lamassu said it has installed a Bitcoin ATM in Albuquerque, N.M. …

Bitcoin

Samsung to debut Gear 2 smartwatch with Tizen, not Android

The Korean electronics giant will use the wearable device to push its own software and services instead of those from Google.<p>Sorry, Android, but you just got some more competition in wearables.<p>A new version of Samsung's Gear smartwatch will run the company's Tizen software instead of Google's …

Mobile

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …

Samsung's 'Unpacked 5' event promises a new flagship device

Samsung sure knows how to whet the appetite of its fans. The Korean tech giant has announced that it's holding an "Unpacked 5" event at Mobile World Congress on February 24th -- a potentially not-so-subtle reference to the upcoming Galaxy S 5. There's no guarantees that the new high-end smartphone …

Tech Companies Release Details On Surveillance Data

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn released updated details on the number of times the U.S. government asked the companies to turn over information about its users.<p>If you remember, the tech companies filed suit against the U.S., claiming that the government was violating their right to free …

New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward is still marked by Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — The Rev. Charles Duplessis navigated the new landscape of the Lower 9th Ward, crossing from newly paved streets to those still muddy and rutted as riverbeds.<p>He drove past a gleaming duplex designed by Frank Gehry and the skeletons of vacant homes, past a community garden and overgrown …

Silent Circle & Geeksphone Join Forces To Build Blackphone: A Pro-Privacy Android-Based Smartphone

As the reality of the extent and invasiveness of the security services’ dragnet surveillance programs hits home, the pro-privacy movement has been cranking up its own ideas to counter spy-tech with pro-privacy tech. The Lavabit founder’s recent Kickstarter for a secure end-to-end open source …

Federal court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court has struck down important segments of the FCC's Open Internet rules, determining that the agency doesn't have the power to require internet service providers to treat all traffic equally. The DC circuit court has ruled on <i>Verizon v. FCC</i>, a challenge to the net neutrality …

Naked new year in Japan, 1946 - a picture from the past

First published on Tue 31 Dec 2013 05.45 EST

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Tourists paying homage to Bama's centenarians are bringing in millions. But the Guangxi county's success may be its undoing<p>Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath …

Computer Use May Improve Fine-Motor Skills In The Brain, Scientists Say

Don’t worry about watching all those cat videos on the Internet. You’re not wasting time when you are at your computer—you’re honing your fine-motor skills. A study of people’s ability to translate training that involves clicking and twiddling a computer mouse reveals that the brain can apply that …

Samsung Lets Smart TV Apps Control Household Appliances

LG just revealed plans to let you control household appliances via chat app Line, and now it’s Samsung’s turn. The Korean firm is giving developers the keys to build apps that control products in the home from a TV, through a new version of its Smart TV software development kit (SDK).<p>The company …

Team Obama Cashing Out

The West Wing is more in flux than usu­al. John Podesta’s in as the new Fix­er. Phil Schiliro is back to mend fences with Con­gress. Long­time Obama</i> …