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Xiaomi aims to take on the iPhone 6 Plus with new 5.7″ Note phablet

After teasing a super-thin new smartphone earlier this week, smartphone maker (or, maybe more accurately, “smartclone maker”) Xiaomi revealed its 2015 flagship model, the Note. Just to be clear, this is an entirely new device, and doesn’t seem to be related to the company’s existing “Redmi Note” …

Phones

The big winners and losers at the Oscar 2015 nominations – in pictures

Here are the films of the year ranked by number of nominations, topped by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel – plus those, like A Most Violent Year, that missed out

Airports of the future: 16 weird and wonderful terminals under construction

Skyscrapers

Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris. But how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription?<p>Not a ton, it would seem. At least, not enough for Google to keep counting on it as an income source.<p>Google has just nixed …

Beyond the Logo: Crafting a Brand Identity | Courtney Eliseo

<b>Develop a visual identity. Be instantly recognizable.</b><p>Logos are indispensable, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. Seize the knowledge to make your logo …

Green Knight Rises? Bale 'jealous' of Affleck playing Batman

‘I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,’ admits the former Batman star, who took on the role in three movies before passing the mantle to Ben Affleck for the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice<p>Blog: Is Dawn of Justice turning into a Batman origins story?<p>After three …

After 96 Loan Rejections, This Guy Built A $750 Million Marketplace For Business Loans

Although his business was profitable and he had a healthy credit score, Hodges just couldn't get the loan he needed to expand his business. Banks repeatedly declined his loan applications and other online finance companies offered terms that "simply didn't make sense."<p>After getting turned down for …

Small Business

Square goes global, turns on its Register app for 130 currencies around the world

Merchants around the world were already using Square's app, but had to find workarounds for downloads and currency<p>Since it launched its Register app two and a half years ago, Square has noticed adoption all around the world. But until today, people using it outside the US had to find a way to …

Banking

We wish our boyfriends dressed like this…

To quote ZZ Top, "every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man" and never a truer word has been said/sung. So get some tips for your other half from …

How to be a pickup artist (with science)

With the recent backlash against Julien Blanc and Dapper Laughs resulting in successful campaigns against them, the world of pick-up artists has lost some powerful figures. But fear not, because with this handy scientific guide you too could become the sort of immoral soulless harassment machine …

Lorde reveals Kanye West rework of ‘Hunger Games’ song ‘Flicker’ – listen

Track is lifted from soundtrack to 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'<p>Kanye West‘s remix of Lorde song ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ has been revealed. …

Interstellar Posters

Following our tutorial inspired by the movie Interstellar, today we share some incredible posters created by James Fletcher. I love how the posters …

Hottest Women of the Week: Daisy Lowe serves up a tasty treat

From Adriana Lima's body double to Daisy Lowe's delicious dessert, here are the hottest women of the past seven days.<p>From Adriana Lima's body double …

Grazia

Move over, Samsung: Lenovo takes the prize for most shameless Apple ripoff

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the designers at Lenovo must adore the iPhone 6.<p>Samsung has caught a lot of flak for—and been taken to court over—some of its iPhone-like smartphone design choices, but nothing the Korean company has ever produced comes close to the …

Leviathan review – a compellingly told, stunningly shot drama

This Russian retelling the story of Job is impressive film-making on a grand scale<p>• Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev: ‘Living in Russia is like being in a minefield’<p>The great trial of Job is reborn in this magnificent Russian movie, first seen at Cannes this year. Leviathan is a tragic drama, …

Amazon just surprised everyone with a crazy speaker that talks to you

It's called Echo, and it's shipping 'in the coming weeks'<p>Well this one came out of nowhere: Amazon is building a speaker that's controlled with your voice. It's called Echo, and Amazon tells <i>The Verge</i> it will be "shipping in the coming weeks." Available on an invite-only basis to start, Echo is …

Interstellar review: Nolan’s biggest spectacle – and biggest disappointment

Matthew McConaughey stars in this colossal space adventure that is as visionary as Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, but not nearly so subversive<p>• Full coverage: Interstellar<p>Most film-makers think small or medium. Not Christopher Nolan, for whom even big or bigger won’t cut it. His new picture is …

For the post-phone world, textPlus unveils its Nextplus 'cloud phone'

The shape of the post-phone era is getting a bit clearer today, with the release of textPlus‘ next generation app.<p>The new product, called Nextplus, is more than just a messaging app for Wi-Fi or cellular data, according to two of the company’s co-founders, CEO Scott Lahman and Chief Creative …

Minions Trailer

After the Minions became instant fan-favourites four years ago in Despicable Me, it couldn’t have been too tough a decision for Illumination and …

Mercedes-Benz' insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has debuted a new concept for a hydrogen-powered SUV, and it's pretty crazy. The Vision G-Code is as striking as any concept, with a squat profile and space-age interior, but it's not the car's looks that are interesting here: it's the paint. When the G-Code is …

Snoop Dogg & Iggy Azalea feud is finally OVER - or is it?

Iggy Azalea has had the last laugh with Snoop Dog - way to go, Iggy!<p>If you'll remember correctly, a little while back Snoop dissed Iggy on Instagram, …

It bleeds and leads: Nightcrawler tops US box office

Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama ties for No 1 with Ouija, cheapo horror based on Hasbro board game<p>Jake Gyllenhaal crime thriller Nightcrawler tied for first place with last week’s No 1 Ouija at the US box office this weekend, both movies taking an estimated $10.9m (£6.81m).<br>Dan Gilroy’s directorial …

The Secret Meaning Behind GamerGate’s Branding

Think GamerGate’s green and purple color scheme is happenstance? Think again.<p>When GamerGate supporters on /v/, 4chan’s video game forum, decided to sponsor The Fine Young Capitalists Game Jam, a crowd-funded project to develop video game ideas from women new to the industry, many saw the donations …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

Scotland loses out as Japanese whisky named best in the world

For the first time, not a single Scottish whisky has made it into top five of Whisky Bible 2015<p>The Scots are famous for their whisky, but will be licking their wounds this week after a Japanese single malt was named the best in the world.<p>Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was given the title by …

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Here's why Starwood Hotels isn't using Apple's NFC chips for its iPhone room-key program

Starwood Hotels was listed as an Apple partner when the giant company announced its new phones and smartwatch on Sept. 9, leading some to believe that the NFC chips in the devices might have other functions besides payments — like opening hotel doors.<p>The hotel chain has indeed gone ahead with its …