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 travelers, China's biggest online travel agency now… » 3/21/14 12:20pm 3/21/14 12:20pm

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. » 11/06/13 1:00pm 11/06/13 1:00pm

When Apple Care Is Worth It (And When It's Not)

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… » 12/26/12 11:00am 12/26/12 11:00am

Rumor Smashed: AT&T Not Insuring iPhones For $5 a Month

We knew that rumor about AT&T iPhone insurance for $5 was too good to be true, seeing as we went through the same thing back in 2007 when the iPhone was launched. AT&T's insurance company, Asurion, isn't going to cover that super expensive phone for only $5 a month, even with the $125 deductible on pricier smartphones… » 5/21/08 1:50pm 5/21/08 1:50pm