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Traveling alone is a one-of-a-kind experience. Ask anyone who has done a solo trip and they’ll tell you. You can feel like you’re on top of the world one minute, and the next can remind you that you’re a tiny speck swallowed up in it all. But that’s part of the draw, right? That tug-of-war between adventure and risk that ... Read More »

Premature deaths, overdoses bigger problem in rural US

Getty Images Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin in St. Johnsbury Vermont. (File photo). A country home might be a less healthy home, a lot less healthy. Almost 1 in 5 rural counties in the U.S. saw increases in the number of premature deaths over the past decade — even as most large urban ... Read More »

Skype for the Web now lets you call non-Skype users

Skype is making its web app more like the desktop version with a few new ways to reach non-Skype users. With Skype for Web, users can now place voice calls to any mobile phone or landline through the new “Call phones” section. Of course, this requires some Skype credit or a Skype Unlimited World subscription, but the rates for International ... Read More »

The Best Frequent Flyer Programs on the Planet Best Frequent Flyer Programs: Swiss Swiss

requent flyers know that one of the best ways to lower their travel costs and score pampering perks is to take advantage of airline loyalty programs. But, of course, not all mileage plans are created equal. Every year in our annual World’s Best Awards survey, we ask readers to rank airlines based on everything from their in-flight service to the ... Read More »

Dating apps set to revolutionise advertising and job hunting

Dating apps aren’t just changing our love lives, they’re also changing the way we find jobs, view advertisements and arrange dates, according to industry experts. Businesses are beginning to see the potential of dating services. Several are being used to advertize fashion and luxury brands, such as JW Anderson, which launched a collection using Grindr in January. “Grindr has something ... Read More »

#RIPTwitter: User outrage over changes to tweets

Twitter users went into meltdown over weekend, using the hashtag #RIPTwitter to vent their fury at reports of changes to the way tweets will appear in users’ timelines. BuzzFeed reported on Friday that Twitter is planning to introduce an algorithmic timeline and show tweets it thinks users want to see. Currently Twitter presents the newest tweets first as they happen ... Read More »

The mobile-dating app designed for singles in Asia

If you’re in Asia and single but want to turn that status around, there’s a mobile app which even has a date-guarantee program for you. Paktor is a Singapore-based mobile-dating app which offers users the chance to reject (swipe left) or approve a match (swipe right) with over 5 million users across Asia. The app operates in six Southeast Asian ... Read More »

An All-Star slam dunk: 1B ‘likes’ for NBA on social

John McDonnell | The Washington Post | Getty Images Golden State guard Stephen Curry, center, splits the defense of Washington guard Garrett Temple, left, and Washington guard Gary Neal as the Golden State Warriors play the Washington Wizards in Washington, February 3, 2016. It’s a weekend of monster slam dunks, 3-point shootouts and a chance for the NBA’s most successful ... Read More »

Why Snapchat is better than Facebook

In CNBC’s social media on campus series, we asked editors at college papers across the country: What social media platforms are hot? Are any of them dead or just for old people? This installment is by Sonali Seth, a sophomore at the University of Southern California. Source: Mimi Nguyen Sonali Seth We, millennials, have fallen out of love with Facebook ... Read More »

US Olympic Committee creates infectious disease advice group

The United States Olympic Committee announced on Friday that it will create an Infectious Disease Advisory Group to help identify and establish best practices regarding the mitigation, assessment and management of infectious disease. “The health and safety of our athletes, and our entire delegation, is our top priority,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun in a statement. “I’m grateful to the ... Read More »