China Bottled Air Business

The hottest new product in China is bottled air

The hottest new product in China is bottled air

By on May 12, 2016 at 4:06 PM.

Yes, it sounds like a terrible joke, but it’s a real business. People in China are paying for fresh air bottled in a different country and having it shipped to them from abroad. The air in some of China’s cities is so bad that this is actually a thing, and citizens who are concerned about their safety are paying more than $10 a pop for just a few breaths of clean air originating from anywhere but their home country. More →

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Walmart ShippingPass Amazon Prime

Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with new two-day shipping program

By on May 12, 2016 at 2:13 PM.

Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with new two-day shipping program

One of the advantages Amazon has over its competitors is the Amazon Prime service. Among the many perks Amazon Prime has to offer is speedy free two-day shipping, which is a good enough reason to subscribe to the service if you shop online regularly.

Walmart has in the past experimented with its own Prime-like subscription service that offered customers three-day free shipping for $50 a year. Now, Walmart is ready to up its game and challenge Amazon with an upgraded ShippingPass program. More →

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Hit List

Walmart Visa Lawsuit

The real reason Walmart is suing Visa

By on May 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM.

The real reason Walmart is suing Visa

The US is rolling out chip-enabled credit cards nationwide, but the more fraud-resistant technology still relies on people using signatures. That’s a dumb security measure — heck, not really a security measure at all — that makes fraud easier, and Walmart wants to do something about it. Even though forcing PINs would make transactions far more secure, Visa is saying no.

The rest of the world uses Chip-and-PIN to verify card transactions in stores. It’s much the same as how chip transactions work in the US right now, only rather than drawing a meaningless scrawl on a receipt, customers enter a unique four-digit PIN to prove that they own the card.

Signatures are effectively meaningless — they’re only useful when you’re making a chargeback against fraud later, and provide no on-the-spot security. It’s one of the reasons the US accounts for 72 percent of credit card fraud worldwide.

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Game Changers

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

By on May 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM.

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

If you’ve been waiting until the last possible moment to decide whether or not you want to upgrade to Windows 10, that last possible moment is suddenly right around the corner. Microsoft reminded Windows users in a blog post today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 30th, at which point the price for a full version of Windows 10 Home will jump to $119. More →

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Lego Imperial Star Destroyer

Every ‘Star Wars’ fan will love this epic Lego Imperial Star Destroyer

By on May 4, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Every ‘Star Wars’ fan will love this epic Lego Imperial Star Destroyer

Happy May the 4th, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is almost over but you still have time to check out this awesome Star Destroyer that’s made out of over 70 pounds of Lego pieces and that has a three-level interior with characters, ships and removable sections. More →

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Vans Nintendo Collection

Nintendo and Vans teamed up to make the video game shoes of your dreams

By on May 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Nintendo and Vans teamed up to make the video game shoes of your dreams

Some things just go well together. Peanut butter and chocolate, the internet and hateful comments from anonymous strangers, Nintendo and hip shoes… wait, what was that one about Nintendo?

According to shoe blog Sole Collector, German shoe retailer 43einhalb has let slip that Vans and Nintendo will be collaborating this summer for a line of Nintendo-themed sneakers featuring some of the company’s famous characters.

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Colorized Photos

These colorized renderings of historic black-and-white photographs will blow your mind

By on May 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

These colorized renderings of historic black-and-white photographs will blow your mind

I’ve always thought that one of the more interesting things about HD video and modern day photography is that it has become impossible to distinguish the era in which content was created. Whereas photographs from the 1960s and 1980s, for example, have their own distinct color attributes, a photograph taken in 2010 will be impossible to distinguish from a photo taken in 2020.

Needless to say, old photographs have a certain charm about them that only decades of time can bestow. That said, sometimes it’s just as charming to add a bit of color to classic historical photographs. Over the past few years, colorizing old photos has become an art unto itself. And while some purists might understandably scoff at such endeavors, I personally think that colorizing old photos is a clever and unique way to make history seem that much more tangible and relatable.

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Scary WiFi Hotspot Name Delays Plane

This threatening WiFi hotspot name was scary enough to ground a plane

By on May 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM.

This threatening WiFi hotspot name was scary enough to ground a plane

Getting online at an airport is often a far bigger hassle than it has any right to be. There are typically dozens of hotspots that are being transmitted by the devices of other passengers, hotspots that can only the airport staff know the password to and hotspots that require you to spend a few dollars in order to access them.

It’s a nightmare, but even your worst airport Wi-Fi experience probably doesn’t compare to that of the passengers of Qantas flight QF481.

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Angel Falls Video

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:02 PM.

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

We’ve seen drones capture all sorts of interesting footage over the past 12 months, including a peculiar and mildly disturbing video of a man sunbathing on top of a wind turbine, more than 200 feet up in the air.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we recently stumbled across drone footage of the Santo Angel waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise known as Angel Falls. Though Angel Falls may not be as widely known as Niagra Falls, at least in the United States, Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest waterfall on the planet. From top to bottom, water tumbles down more than 2,600 feet.

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