Expedia buys Travelocity for $280 million




Expedia has purchased Travelocity from Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash, the companies announced on Friday.

“Travelocity is one of the most recognized travel brands in North America, offering thousands of travel destinations to more than 20 million travelers per month,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, Inc. President and CEO, said in a statement provided to the SEC

“The strategic marketing agreement we’ve had in place has been a marriage of Travelocity’s strong brand with our best-in-class booking platform, supply base, and customer service. Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia Inc. family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world.” Read more…

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NAMM 2015: Korg presents Kaoss DJ controller


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NAMM 2015: Korg’s Kaoss devices have often straddled the line between DJing and production, but now the company has released a product pitched squarely in the former camp.

Kaoss DJ is both a USB controller/interface (it ships with Serato DJ Intro, which it supports) and standalone two-channel mixer. What’s more, it features a central Kaoss Pad that offers 120 DJ-friendly programs that are ready to be used in your performances.

You can find out more on the Korg website – expect the Kaoss DJ to ship in February at a UK RRP of £282.

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Crunches Alone Won’t Give You a Six Pack: The Myth of Spot Reduction


Crunches Alone Won't Give You a Six Pack: The Myth of Spot Reduction

Many people believe you can "target" fat loss through certain exercises, such as crunches for belly fat. The truth, however, is that no amount of crunches or sit ups will give you a six pack.

A 2011 study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research measured the impact of six weeks of ab exercises on abdominal fat loss. While exercise performance improved, there was no significant reduction in abdominal fat. This corroborated a few other studies that suggest spot reduction is a myth. You can’t pick and choose where you lose fat, you just have to work on losing fat overall.

This isn’t to say strength training isn’t helpful, of course. Abdominal exercises will certainly strengthen your core muscles, but a six pack only becomes visible by reducing your body fat to lower ranges (about 10% for men and 20% for women). Crunches do nothing to help you with this goal.

(It’s worth noting that some research does support the existence of spot reduction, but in very trivial amounts. One study shows that the breakdown of fat (or lipolysis) increases in fat cells adjacent to contracting muscles—but only about 0.1g of fat per 30 minutes of exercise. That’s the equivalent of 0.0008 tablespoons of butter.)

Knowing that "spot reduction" is a myth, the only thing that you can do is continually lose body fat in the correct manner. Your current leanness, not the exercises that you’re doing, dictates the area of the body where fat loss occurs. Be patient, and you’ll eventually see fat loss in your desired areas.

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Leatherman Tread Multi-Tool Bracelet & Watch


A wearable multi-tool. Why not? Leatherman has just come out with a multi-tool bracelet called the Tread. It offers up to 25 usable tools and features a range of screwdriver tips and box wrenches.  On top of that, they are also releasing a Leatherman-designed and Swiss-made multi-tool timepiece with precision quartz movement and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face. Available in Stainless & DLC black finish.

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