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China Offers Smog Insurance For Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China’s debilitating smog problem isn’t anything new at this point — at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travellers, China’s biggest online travel agency now offers smog insurance.


The Business Of Predicting The End Of The World

Most of us only think about natural disasters when we absolutely have to (or when it’s, uh, for fun). But for scientists and analysts who work for global insurance companies, predicting the next big catastrophe is a business — and an increasingly lucrative one, at that.


The US Government Wants To Create Cybersecurity Insurance

Ever nervous about the looming threat of a devastating cyberattack, the US government is redoubling its efforts to get companies that operate critical infrastructure to buy into its cybersecurity plan. It’s so committed, it may even make sure participants get reimbursed…if they get attacked.


These Dumb Insurance Claims For Lost Mobile Phones Are Hilarious

We’ve all misplaced our mobile phone and spent what seems like hours searching for it — but some people take losing handsets to a whole new level. Chances are, you’ve never lost a phone as impressively as the people that feature in these stories.


When You Should And Shouldn't Buy AppleCare

If you’re making an investment in an Apple product, whether it’s a new machine or a permanently on-sale refurb, you want to protect it. At the same time, spending a few hundred more on AppleCare hurts when you’re already dropping a couple grand on a computer. You get a year of AppleCare as part of any purchase — but do you need to pay for more time under Apple’s guaranteed protection? The truth is, it depends on what you’re buying to begin with.


These Ridiculous Mobile Phone Insurance Claims Are Hilarious

Deciding on whether to take out mobile phone insurance is a tricky issue: it costs a heap, but it could save a stack of cash when you drop your smartphone onto bare concrete. Chances are though, if you do ever make a claim, it will never be as ridiculous as any of these.


Would You Fit a Crash-Recording Camera In Your Car to Cut Your Insurance?

Car insurance is expensive no matter what age you are, but for those under 25 it’s just horrendous. Now insurers in Britain are starting to offer up to a 15 per cent discount for young drivers, if you mount a crash-cam in your car.


So, I'm Dead. What's The Deal With My Digital Data?

Like life insurance, most people aren’t keen to talk about what should happen to their digital selves after they die. Morbidity, the macabre, creepy—pick your poison. Nevertheless, there exist companies that deal with such things once you check out.


Check For (But Don't Buy) Extended Warranties When Buying Refurbished

We aren’t the biggest fans of extended warranties, but tech blog Unplggd shows us that even though you shouldn’t buy one, the fact that they’re offered can tell you whether a refurbished product is worth buying.


Insurance Industry's New Indoor Cyclone Simulator, Annihilated

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How do you determine how well houses will withstand catastrophic weather? If you’re the insurance industry, you spend $US40 million on a room that can simulate Category 3 cyclones. Then you huff and puff and you blow those suckers down.