Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


Step aside, coffee maker. Make room for the wine machine.

PARIS -- A French startup is looking to let consumers sample the country’s best vintages at home with single servings, doing for wine what Nespresso did for coffee.


The cybercafé is dead. Long live the 3D printing café?

At 3DLab Fab&Café you can eat pizza, sip a daiquiri and print Yoda’s head. It’s a brand-new business model -- but can it go global?


How a low-tech solution is making a dent in Africa's gigantic fake medicine trade

In Africa, counterfeit drugs contribute to the deaths of 100,000 people annually. A simple app is changing that.