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World's Best Hot Chocolate

If you live in a place that gets pretty cold in winter, take heart: Hot chocolate is always there to warm you up.<p>There's something about wintertime that makes us yearn for a mug of something hot and sweet. Well, hot chocolate -- especially when it comes topped with marshmallows -- seems to be a …

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Saving India’s Big Cats

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The roar of <b>Krithi Karanth</b> is diminutive but mighty. Last year the Supreme Court of India cited findings by the 34-year-old conservation biologist in a landmark case that overturned a ban on visiting tiger sanctuaries in favor of smart regulations promoting responsible …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these five cities ideal to consider for your travel itinerary this year.<p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel …

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Top 10 Things to Do in Paris at Christmas

You probably won't be able to jet over to Paris for Christmas. But if you could, here are ten fun things to do (excerpted from the Rick Steves' European Christmas book). Read these and imagine a Joyeux Noᅢᆱl in the City of Light:<p><b>Manᅢᄄges de Noᅢᆱl: Christmas Carousels</b><p>These seasonal merry-go-rounds …

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14 Destinations For Your 2014 Travel Bucket List

The new year is rapidly approaching and we're making resolutions and wish lists for the year of travel ahead.<p>If you crossed some adventures off your 2013 travel bucket list, surely you'll need some new additions. Check out these awesome, under-the-radar destinations you should add to your list for …

Ride the Stunning Mountain Railways of India

TravelWorld Heritage<p>These serpentine tracks, arched bridges, and hairpin turns are feats of engineering.<p>TravelWorld Heritage<p>The British colonization of India left behind at least one institution that’s still maintained and cherished to this very day—a sprawling railway system. Though tracks span …

DirecTV exploring streaming video options for 'millennial cord-cutters'

DirecTV may not have ended up the victor in the bidding competition for Hulu — in fact, nobody won that battle — but that doesn't meant the company's not keeping a close eye on streaming video opportunities for younger customers that would rather do without cable and satellite …

Google might ditch Intel and design its own chips

Even with its burgeoning Nexus program, Google is still primarily seen as a software and services company rather than a hardware designer. And yet, all those web services, from YouTube videos to Street View panoramas to Google Docs, need a solid infrastructure of servers to support them — which has …

DirecTV mulls online video service that won't compete with Netflix

Satellite provider DirecTV may already have embraced online broadcasts, but reports suggest it's looking to double-down on streaming to lure back a younger generation of cord-cutters. The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the company is exploring the idea of launching a "price-sensitive" paid video service that …

The genius behind India’s first 3D printer is a 15-year-old high school dropout

Angad Daryani built his first robot at age eight. By 13, he was building his own versions of the open-source RepRap 3D printer. Now 15, he’s working on “SharkBot,” a modified version of the RepRap which he’ll sell to other “makers” in India, making it India’s first home-grown 3D printer. With …

Samsung promises 'differentiated' smartphones based on its camera expertise

Samsung has instigated a small corporate reshuffle that could potentially have big implications for its future smartphones. The company has shunted its digital imaging unit sideways so that it sits under the giant umbrella of the mobile division, in the hope of combining "technical know-how" in …

Most Americans don’t know what bitcoin is, and that’s good news for speculators

Bloomberg surveyed a bunch of Americans and discovered that only 42% could correctly identify what bitcoin is. A small minority (12%) thought bitcoin was either an Xbox game or an iPhone app. (Scroll to the bottom of this Bloomberg page for an unintentionally hilarious pie chart depicting the …

New BT net subscribers will choose whether to block adult content during setup

The UK government's been pushing ISPs to make a bigger deal of adult content filters for quite some time, and today BT has fulfilled its commitments, joining other major providers like TalkTalk and Sky. A new tool from the telecoms outfit, cleverly named "BT Parental Controls," blocks unwelcome …

Humans Make Up Less Than 40 Percent of the Internet’s Traffic

The human race is a minority on the Internet. And no, it's not because your pets have all of a sudden gotten computer-savvy.<p>A recent report published …

Sprint reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile, may offer bid in first-half 2014

The big four U.S. Carriers could be going down to just three sometime in the future, at least if a new report from the Wall Street Journal proves accurate. Reportedly Sprint is currently considering making an offer to buyout T-Mobile. Right now Sprint is said to be studying regulatory concerns but …

Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband

Netflix has crowned the Netherlands as the country with the fastest video-streaming times, the company said in a blog post Monday.<p>After crunching its November Internet service provider data, Netflix determined that the European country really does have the fastest broadband. A faster connection …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on …

Qualcomm Vs. Microsoft: Take Second Prize Or Hold Out For First Prize?

The announcement that Steve Mollenkopf has been elected CEO of Qualcomm takes him off the short-list of candidates for Microsoft CEO. Or does it? What would you do if you were Mollenkopf? Qualcomm’s board? Microsoft’s board?<p>In this particular case, Mollenkopf has been at Qualcomm for twenty years, …

Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities

We’ve already logged a few sightings of Verizon’s powerful new LTE network in New York and other cities, but in the last few months Verizon has been …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Now Facebook Is Looking At Dumping Intel For ARM

Following on from the news that Google is looking at dropping Intel’s chips for its server farms in favour of custom designed chips based upon the ARM design, we hear of something very similar from Facebook. Indeed, Facebook is sufficiently interested in the idea that it is already making sure that …

Norway's government says Bitcoin isn't real money

Governments worldwide are trying to solidify their positions on Bitcoin. Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using Bitcoin earlier this month, while in July, Thailand's government declared the virtual currency's use illegal due to a lack of applicable laws. Now Bitcoin has taken …

Why Owning an Inexpensive Kindle Could Cost You Hundreds

Amazon’s strategy with its Kindle e-readers and tablets has always been pretty clear: bring in more customers, even at a loss, so long as they …

Google buys military robot-maker Boston Dynamics

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