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The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2014

The launch this week of our Big Bang Disruption book added significant urgency to our annual search for the biggest disruptors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>After all, the book’s principal argument is that continued exponential improvements in price and performance of …

Snapchat Finally Apologizes, More Than A Week After Hack

Better late than never.<p>More than a week after 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were hacked, the company has decided to apologize. "We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support," "Team Snapchat" wrote in a company blog post Thursday.<p>The …

12 Maps That Changed the World

Is there such a thing as a perfect map?<p>In June 2012, Brian McClendon, an executive at Google, announced that Google Maps and Google Earth were part of a far loftier pursuit than edging out Apple and Facebook in the map services market. Google, McClendon wrote in a blog post, was engaged in nothing …

Q&A: How Legal Is The NSA's Interception Of Computers?

Cyberlaw expert Kit Walsh explains the consequences of the National Security Agency's so-called interdiction of computers in transit.<p>On Sunday, German newspaper <i>Der Spiegel</i> published a story about the National Security Agency's “Tailored Access Operations” unit, based in San Antonio, Texas. The NSA, …

Surveillance

Can You Save The Planet?

No matter whether you still sit down and watch the evening news, or you catch the latest on your mobile, the daily headlines can be really depressing. Freak storms and strange weather patterns, epidemics causing misery, another species added to the endangered list... it can all seem so overwhelming.<p>…

Game of Thrones

Found: The Real Town of ‘Bedrock’

Nobody pretends we know everything about the people of the Stone Age, but a few things are settled. They definitely didn’t drive cars powered by …

What to expect at CES 2014

A fresh new year is almost upon us and that means we are mere days away from the biggest consumer electronics show in the world. CES 2014 kicks off in Las Vegas on January 7, and this year what happens in Vegas definitely doesn’t stay in Vegas, it pops up on AA for your reading pleasure just as …

CES

Dezeen Guide update: January 2014

<b>Dezeen Guide:</b> we kick off 2014 with five design events in the diary for January, starting with the imm Cologne trade fair in Germany.<p><b>imm …

10 Must-Read Books for January

2014 kicks off with the promise of cold and snow for many of us, making it the perfect time to just stay indoors and read books. Some of you might …

Books

The Camera Store Shares Its Picks for Best and Worst Cameras and Lenses of 2013

Everybody is coming out with their editor’s choices and best of’s and holiday gift guides, but The Camera Store added another facet to their “best of …

Strange Christmas Traditions Around the World

The commercialism surrounding American holidays grows exponentially each year, and most companies are already hawking their Christmas wares come …

20 Biggest Feuds and Meltdowns of 2013

Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead O’Connor<p>It started innocently enough: Miley referenced O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" video as an inspiration for her own …

One Key Market For HTC's 'Two' Series Smartphones

HTC will try to win back world market share in early 2014 by offering a series of smartphones called the One Two, analysts in the developer’s homeland Taiwan say. This new line of high-end gear would follow the developer’s One series. But will One plus Two equal world market share above HTC’s …

People Shopped Online Like Crazy Over The Holidays

From WSJ:<p>Companies from Amazon.com Inc. to Kohl's Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., having promised to deliver items before Dec. 25, missed some delivery target dates. United Parcel Service Inc. determined late Tuesday that it wouldn't deliver some goods in time for Christmas, as a spike in …

eCommerce

Lightgazing | Japan’s best illumination spots of 2013

Illumination. It’s an odd word to hear in a sentence, made only odder as a seeming tourist destination. But In Japan, especially around this time of …

This Is Why You Should Visit Botanical Gardens in the Winter (Photos)

Festive<p>Not all gardens hibernate during the winter. From synchronized light displays to intricate plant sculptures, these botanical gardens are …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in December

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in December:</b><p>Ring in 2014 with thousands of your closest friends for <i>three days</i> at <b>Edinburgh</b>‘s <b>Hogmanay</b> (December 30-January 1). Scotland’s biggest New Year’s party …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …