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Google Glass: Triumph or turkey? Tue, 30 Dec '14 | 2:09 AM ET
Google Glass

It hasn't been as auspicious a year for Google Glass than the online giant would have liked.

Mobile phones will be the big battleground for hackers in 2015, security experts warned, after a year of major cyber breaches in top firms.

Parents furious over Play-Doh's retail blunder Tue, 30 Dec '14 | 4:07 PM ET
A box of Hasbro's Play-Doh is shown at a Target store in Rosemont, Ill.

Click through to see some of retail's biggest gaffes over the years.

Is this Apple’s next big device? Wed, 31 Dec '14 | 8:13 AM ET
The Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York.

Apple has been granted a patent for a pen-like device that would allow users to write on a surface and see their notes on a digital device.

Get ready for an even stormier year than 2014 Wed, 31 Dec '14 | 2:10 AM ET

The geopolitical storms which rocked markets in 2014 are unlikely to calm in the coming year, with a raft of warnings about a new era of instability.

We're not communists, Greek opposition insists Tue, 30 Dec '14 | 7:27 AM ET
Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza

Accusations that Greece's far-left opposition party Syriza is "worse than communism" are propaganda, its head of economic policy insisted on Tuesday.

Woman in fur coat

Categorizing shoppers by their age, sex and net worth isn't enough to get a real gauge on luxury buyers.

Forget smartwatches and the Google Glass -- 2015 may be the year of the ear for wearable technology.

The 10 biggest fund flops of the year Tue, 30 Dec '14 | 9:00 AM ET
Mistake flop

Of the 204 ETFs that launched in 2014, 92 gained less than $10 million each in assets—a pretty high flop ratio. Here's the biggest losers.

Fans peruse the vast 	array of comic books during the 2009 New York Comic Con, Feb. 7, 2009, in New York.

Comic books and other pieces of nerd culture have entered the mainstream in 2014. Here's why comics are now cool.

The world's most expensive divorces Mon, 29 Dec '14 | 2:38 PM ET
Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch

Chris Rock and wife Malaak are the latest to hit the skids. But what are the biggest divorce settlements and who has paid the most?

This couture 'spider dress’ bites back Tue, 30 Dec '14 | 2:19 AM ET

Anouk Wipprecht has designed the Spider Dress 2.0. A garment that looks, responds and acts like a spider – and “attacks” when people get too close.

A scene for "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” has been named 2014’s most pirated film and Game of Thrones the most pirated TV show.

A push too far? Private tutors for 3-year-olds Mon, 29 Dec '14 | 1:15 AM ET
Pupils at Harrow School

This Christmas, London's well-off parents will be fretting over whether their children get into the most prestigious schools in the new year.

Air Asia

The disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is unlikely to dent long-term demand for the airline's cheap fares, aviation experts told CNBC.

Does the January Effect still have legs? Mon, 29 Dec '14 | 7:07 AM ET

Historically, stocks go up in January as people start buying again. But is the January Effect still real?

Great Firewall behind China's Gmail block? Mon, 29 Dec '14 | 7:03 AM ET

Google's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame.

Sony Pictures' release of 'The Interview' at the Plaza Theater on, Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia

Sony said "The Interview" has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, thanks to the hacking publicity.

National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

The National Security Agency dropped hundreds of pages worth of surveillance reports just before Christmas Eve.

Save no more? Are Japanese turning spendthrift? Fri, 26 Dec '14 | 12:39 AM ET

The Japanese spent more than they saved in the 12 months ended March 2014, the first time that's happened since the data set began in 1955.

How London is looking more like… Singapore Thu, 25 Dec '14 | 6:04 PM ET
A banner advertising new 'Luxury' apartments in the East End of London.

London's residential property is changing, with new developments increasingly offering the condominium-style living typical in some other parts of the world.

One strategy to cut college bills by 50% or more Fri, 21 Nov '14 | 11:19 AM ET
A student rides through the Bridge of Sighs, a passageway connecting two college buildings at Oxford University

The value of getting a college degree abroad can seem more attractive amid rising college costs, but it's not a good fit for everyone.

The secret business of tracking Santa Claus Wed, 24 Dec '14 | 10:58 AM ET
Santa Claus and reindeer

Santa tracking: What began as a mistake by Sears has become a competition between two of the technology world's biggest companies.

Asian currencies set for a wild ride in 2015 Tue, 23 Dec '14 | 5:57 PM ET

Asian currencies may take a wild ride in 2015 with central bank policies set to diverge as the Fed prepares to raise interest rates, analysts say.

Big data's big stumbling block Tue, 23 Dec '14 | 9:26 PM ET

The world is in dire need of data science professionals as experts ring alarm bells over the shortage of talent in a field that has become crucial to global business.

The traditional British Xmas meal is dying out Tue, 23 Dec '14 | 6:37 AM ET

Will you be dining out this Christmas day? Over 1 million Britons are planning on ditching their cookers and heading for the restaurants.

2015: The year of ‘retro-tech’? Tue, 23 Dec '14 | 11:41 PM ET

Dig out your flip phones, dust off your vinyls and plug in your desktop computers because retro-tech is en vogue.

In Disney's hands, fairy tales grow up Wed, 24 Dec '14 | 1:51 AM ET

Audiences seem to be falling out of love with traditional fairy tales and their happy endings.

Are these the world’s greenest countries? Tue, 23 Dec '14 | 5:28 AM ET

We look at the Climate Change Performance Index's top 10 performing countries, from Iceland in 13th place to Denmark in 4th.

Is Macau's gaming industry played out? Mon, 22 Dec '14 | 5:44 PM ET

Faced with increasing scrutiny and regulation from Mainland China, the best days may be over for Macau's gaming sector, analysts say.