The Fortune Global Technology Forum, Day One

Good morning. The Fortune Global Technology Forum got underway this morning in Guangzhou, China. Some excerpts from Fortune’s coverage: “I think innovation means you are willing to do things that others don’t dare.” —Fu Sheng, founder and CEO, Cheetah Mobile. “4G is like driving on the high-speed interstate highway. 2G is like driving on a country road. But 5G is like flying an airplane.” —Freeman Shen, founder and CEO, WM Motor Technology. “I think the (genomic) revolution is definitely here. It’s a combination of revolution[s] of biology and deep machine learning.” —Simone Song,…

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The 2019 Guide To Space Travel

Earlier this week, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic made waves when it became the first commercial human spaceflight company to trade on a stock exchange. With space tourism long considered a futuristic pipe dream, this move signals new confidence among investors in the industry’s long term viability. Shortly after the IPO, NASA made announcements regarding Boeing’s and SpaceX’s upcoming Commercial Crew capsule abort tests, which represent important technical milestones towards achieving commercial orbital spaceflight. All the while, the International Space Station (ISS) has continued with business as usual, with the first all-female space walk occurring just…

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8 Winter Travel Destinations for the Perfect Holiday Getaway

Where should you go for the holidays? Even though a popular song says there’s no place like home for the holidays, a vacation isn’t exactly a bad way to spend your time off, either. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to nail down those travel plans, starting with where you’ll go. If you’re not sure of a destination yet, this list includes something for everyone, from tropical paradises to snow-capped mountains. Image source: Getty Images 1. Saint Lucia If you’d take a sunny day at the beach…

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The Most Popular International Travel Destinations in All 50 States

We all dream of hopping on a plane and jetting off to some picture-perfect destination. Sometimes it’s a warm beach with a cold drink, sometimes a historic city with hidden gems to discover. No matter where you dream of going, you’re likely not alone. Most people in America tend to travel to Mexico, Canada and Europe when they pull out their passports, according to data compiled by Orbitz. And while travel within the U.S. is still the most popular choice for Americans, Mel Dohmen, the senior brand manager for Orbitz, told Travel + Leisure that visits to Southeast…

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The Best Winter Travel Packages

From the beaches of Hawaii to the mountains of Montana, winter getaway deals for every kind of traveler. KA’ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL There are two types of winter travelers. Those who head north to enjoy the activities associated with fresh mountain air, such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and even dog sledding. Then there are the snowbirds, people who fly south at the first sign of winter in search of sandy beaches and endless sunshine. Regardless of your preference, resorts and hotels often offer specially discounted packages designed to entice guests…

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Into The Wild: 3 Places To Travel If You Love The Outdoors

A Taquan Air floatplane glides above Southeast Alaska on a flightseeing tour TAQUAN AIR Though Jon Krakauer rendered the phrase immortal in his nonfiction account of an ill-fated young man who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness, the allure of going ‘into the wild’ predates his book’s 1998 publication date. (Though, of course, Alaska is featured on our list, because—why wouldn’t it be?) This call of the wild (to borrow from another author, Jack London), has been around since time immemorial. It’s a transcendent impulse, memorably chronicled by the late poet,…

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The Best Speakers for Travel

When you hit the road, you want your tunes to come with you. But sometimes a pair of earphones—even noise-cancelling headphones—just isn’t enough. Whether it be serving as impromptu DJ for your friends or enhancing a presentation with a soundtrack, you need a portable speaker. Here are the best speakers for travelers that will let you pump up the volume without weighing you down. JBL Clip 3 JBL Clip 3 JBL If you’re looking for the most portable speaker out there, the JBL Clip 3 is the best option to…

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Who is Rajiv Kumar, the new finance secretary

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved the appointment of Rajiv Kumar as the administrative head of one of the key economic policy making divisions of the government – the ministry of finance. The finance secretary is the senior-most bureaucrat among the finance ministry’s five departments—economic affairs, revenue, expenditure, financial services and department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM). Kumar a veteran of power corridors of the North Block, is also secretary, financial services. He succeeded 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Subhash…

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Technology in the Classroom: The Question Is Not Now “If” but “How”

Last Thursday, California approved its first budget under Governor Gavin Newsom, making a substantial down payment on education for the state’s high-tech economy. The budget significantly increases the state’s investment in schools and includes new funding for expanding broadband infrastructure in low-income communities and teaching computer science in the schools. These investments advance the effort begun in 2018, when the State Board of Education adopted computer science standards for K-12 students, making it one of only seven states in the nation with such standards. As California focuses its attention on…

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Most of the ocean floor is a mystery, but this technology could help map it

The numbers are startling: According to even the most generous estimates, more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans are totally unmapped. The average ocean depth is nearly two and a half miles, and oceans cover 70 percent of the planet. Do the maths and, in terms of total volume, 99 percent of Earth’s biosphere is essentially unknown. We think we’ve explored our planet, but those statistics are sobering. Topographically, we know more about the moon than we do about Earth. The math is about to get a little brighter,…

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