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Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Flipping pancakes with mathematics | Simon Singh

Mathematical minds love a problem that's easy to pose but tough to solve<p>Tomorrow marks the 80th birthday of Jacob E Goodman, a mathematician at the City College of New York. If Professor Goodman's name does not ring any bells, then maybe you know him better by his pseudonym, Harry Dweighter. No? …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Gear & Gadgets

Square Cash, the Service That Lets You Email Money to Friends, Is Now Public (And Free)

In May, news leaked that Jack Dorsey’s Square had developed a product called Square Cash, which would let people transfer money to any other …

Jack Dorsey

Curved Screens Phones Have Arrived, But The Flexible Future Hasn't

Two decades into the flat-panel era, consumer-electronics makers have decided it’s time to throw everyone a curve. The manifestation of this new-found obsession finds its latest incarnation in the Samsung Galaxy Round, a new jumbo smartphone/tablet hybrid that has a concave screen. The new 5.7-inch …

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

Silicon Alley's First Billionaire Aims To Dominate Images On Web

Jon Oringer marches along the gutted 21st floor of the Empire State Building and ducks out a window onto a deck to pose for a magazine shoot, snapping his own photos as the photographer snaps photos of him. Starting this winter, the entire floor (and an identical one below it) will play home to …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Disney's latest research could let you feel a jellyfish on your iPad

Disney Research, responsible for futuristic feedback systems like an earlobe speaker and a touch sensor that can work on water, is working on a new way to let people feel what's on their screens. The group will soon release a paper describing how to turn geometric figures on a touchscreen into …

After 30 years, lost 'Steve Jobs Time Capsule' finally recovered

We can assume that Steve Jobs' 30-year-old mouse is in good condition. But what about the six pack of beer?<p>In 1983, at the close of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., organizers buried a time capsule, known officially as the Aspen Time Tube. Many attendees contributed various …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Tony Horton, P90X Creator, On What He Eats For Breakfast And How Yoga Saved His Life

<i>By Angela Haupt for US News Health</i><p>If you pass Tony Horton on the street, say hi. He considers you a friend.<p>"I never, ever get tired of having people come up to me," the P90X fitness guru says. "If you've done my program and you have something to say -- you have a before and after picture -– you are …

The Most Extreme Staircases In The World Could Finally Squash Your Fear Of Heights

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>When you want to sightsee and exercise at the same time, there's only one thing to do: climb a really, really big staircase. And if any are beautiful enough to tame your fear of heights, there are some pretty spectacular ones to check out.<p>We're counting down some of our …

Liveblogging The iPhone 5S Event From My Busted-Ass iPhone 4S

I am typing this on an old decrepit iPhone.<p>greetings! I'm live blogging today's iPhone event, at which we're expecting to see at least one new iPhone, from my old iPhone 4S, which is moderately broken. There's a hairline crack on the left side of the screen, which is unsightly and also sometimes …

Admitting Mistakes, Making the Case, and the Speech Obama Should Give

Could the Syr­ia mess get any messi­er? On Monday morn­ing it seemed Con­gress was head­ing for a vote on a res­ol­u­tion to au­thor­ize the use of …

Middle East

CEO Gone, Now What? | Credit Union Times

The credit union industry has been rocked by unexpected leadership changes recently, including Kyle Markland, who resigned Aug. 30 as president/CEO …

How Aligned Is Your Organization?

Understand your mission? Check. Create a vision through strategic thinking? Check. Get alignment and superior execution? Not so fast.<p>A good portion of a leadership team's time is spent creating a strategy to solve business problems that delivers on the organization's mission. Often these well laid …

How You Can Use Jeff Bezos' 3 Big Ideas

The Amazon founder recently explained his 3 principles for success. Here's how you can use them too.<p>Running a start-up is hard work. There are so many things that could go wrong and so little time to make the right choices and get results before you run out of money. That’s why most start-ups …

John Sculley Just Gave His Most Detailed Account Ever Of How Steve Jobs Got Fired From Apple

After years of silence, former Apple CEO John Sculley has recently been moving more into retrospective mode. On Thursday, Sculley gave perhaps his fullest public account ever of the circumstances surrounding Apple’s firing of Steve Jobs, spending eight extemporaneous and uninterrupted minutes on …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Total Toyota recalls this week: More than 1 million

It’s been a tough week so far for Toyota: The automaker has recalled more than one million vehicles in three separate recalls.<p>Toyota and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced those recalls on Monday, including a recall of a 780,000 cross-overs and hybrids that were …

Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C.<p>Whether all that's gold will glitter for the Cupertino company — including a new gold iPhone — remains to be seen, as the phone sticks with its 4-inch screen in an era of much bigger displays. The …

Can phone companies own colors? New tussles over “magenta,” and “champagne” for Apple

As Apple(s aapl) prepares to release a new iPhone on Tuesday, the tech press is buzzing about the gadget’s new hues (rumors include champagne) and, …

'Super Fun Kid Time,' Website Created By 9-Year-Old, Ensures No Kid Will Ever Be Bored Again

If you heard the phrase "I'm bored!" once, twice, or 50 times this summer, 9-year-old Alexandra Jordan is here to help.<p>Jordan has created a website (with a little help from dad) that will help parents find play dates for their kids. The name, Super Fun Kid Time, explains it all.<p>The young …