America is the no-vacation nation

vacation at desk

The U.S. is the only advanced economy in the world that doesn’t guarantee workers paid vacation.

There’s a problem in the United States when it comes to Americans taking a vacation. Four in 10 employees offered paid time off don’t use it all, which is kind of a slap in the face to those who don’t take a vacation because they can’t afford a vacation without pay.



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Holiday travelers beware – 89% of public Wi-Fi connections are not safe

84 percent of travelers aren’t properly protecting themselves from public WiFi threats.

The holiday season is the time of year we travel. It’s when people buckle up on planes and trains across the world, relishing the relatively recent wide-spread availability of public WiFi. (Infographic)



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In America the poor don’t get holidays off

National holidays in the United States really aren’t national holidays. The U.S. isn’t like the rest of the developed world, we don’t guarantee every worker paid time off. Not for summer vacations. Not for Christmas. Not for Memorial Day. So while most of us kicked back with beer and overcooked burgers this past holiday weekend, many were still be on the clock because they need the check.



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Cyber Monday will remain biggest ecommerce day of the year

41% of US consumers planned to shop on Black Friday this year.

Holiday promotions by retailers are earlier and earlier every year.  The buzz has moved progressively from “Cyber Monday” to Black Friday and finally to Thanksgiving Day itself, with reports of mass merchants beginning their sales in the middle of what is for many still an important family holiday.



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6o% Will Use Social Media to Connect with Home While Traveling


Being online – and being able to access social media sites – is vital for travelers.

Waiting to hear how hubby’s pitch went in London, or if your daughter’s enjoying her first Thanksgiving away from home with her new in-laws?  Don’t bother waiting by the phone or checking e-mail.


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The ‘New’ New Year’s Eve Ball

The ‘New’ New Year’s Eve Ball 

 Times Square Ball

Last year, the Times Square Ball got an LED makeover for its 100th anniversary. This year that tradition continues, all 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs of it (and don’t forget the 2,668 Waterford crystals). The 12-foot-wide, 11,875-pound ball is capable of displaying “16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns” – did you even know that many colors existed? – and all in all it’ll use 20% less energy than last year.

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Tiny Backlit Wireless Keyboard

Tiny Backlit Wireless Keyboard

 Tiny Backlit Keyboard

We may have just found the perfect replacement for that klunky Bluetooth keyboard we’ve been using in our home theater. Brando’s outdone its tiny keyboard we touted a couple of months ago with this new backlit model, scarcely larger than the palm of your hand, and running on 2.4GHz wireless rather than the sometimes-balky Bluetooth.

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