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Hearables - the next big thing in wearable tech Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

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 Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 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.

Not just for nerds: Comic books are big business Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 2:24 AM ET
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 Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 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 Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 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.

The Wolf of Wall Street trumps Frozen for piracy Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 1:07 PM ET
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 Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 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.

AirAsia can recover from disappearance: Experts Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 9:41 PM ET
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? Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 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? Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 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.

‘The Interview’ makes $18M in opening weekend Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 6:16 PM ET
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.

NSA Christmas gift: 12 yrs of surveillance data Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 4:46 PM ET
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? Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 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 Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 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 Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 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 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 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 Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 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 Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 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 Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 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’? Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 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 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 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? Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 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? Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 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.

The top 5 smartwatches of 2014 Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:53 AM ET
Samsung's Gear S smartwatch decorated by Swarovski at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 3, 2014.

There was an explosion of smartwatches on to the market in 2014. CNBC looks at the top five smartwatches of the year.

The world’s best—and—worst housing markets Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

CNBC looks at which countries have seen the biggest gain in house prices over the last 12 months — and which have suffered the biggest losses.

Forget the hacking, Sony stock to rise 40%: Analyst Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

As Sony scrambles to recover after an unprecedented cyberattack, one analyst couldn't be more positive on the outlook for the company's stock.

Ouch! 2014's biggest stock losers are... Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
And the biggest stock losers are...

It may have been a modest year for stocks but some companies saw their market value plummet this year. Here are the biggest stock losers of the year so far.

Is this the world’s most expensive Christmas tree? Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

In the panicky run-up to the big day, would you be happy to hand over nearly $10,000 for a Christmas tree?

Loving's not easy on Japan's biggest date night Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 5:56 PM ET
Couple looks at light-emitting diode illuminations ahead of Christmas in Tokyo, Japan

Christmas Eve surpasses Valentine's Day as the romantic dinner event for Japanese couples, but it highlights two major problems: low wages and low birth rates.

Asia’s top travel destination for 2015 is… Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

Japanese cities are the top destinations for Asia-Pacific travelers next year, Hotels.com told CNBC.