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Plato predicted ‘Pizzagate’ (or rather, fake news more generally)

Last week, a heavily armed man stormed a popular family pizzeria in Washington, on the theory that it harbored child sex slaves. He shot the lock off an interior door and pointed his assault rifle at one of the pizza chefs before surrendering to police — but not before searching for signs of an …

Fake News

Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

It is a truly daunting task to try and write a blog post about an utterly unique and undisputed classic of literature like Isaac Asimov’s <i>Foundation</i> …

Science Fiction

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

Creative Writing

Google Pixel teardown reveals fixing an iPhone 7 might be easier

It’s only been a week since the big G started shipping its brand new Google Pixel line of smartphones, but iFixit has already managed to take the device apart and document its ins and outs.<p>One of the more interesting takeaways from iFixit’s teardown review is that the Pixel shows “almost zero …

11 great resources to learn and work in Python

<i>Roger Huang is an entrepreneur who is working on his next venture, and advising several others on growth. This post originally appeared on Code(Love).</i><p>Python is one of our favorite languages. Versatile, and yet easy to grasp, it’s one of the best languages at expressing the logic behind code with a …

Alienware Turns The Gaming PC On Its Head With New Area-51 Design

The rock group Queen had a popular song back in the day, that Alienware’s latest gaming PC somehow manages to harken back, ringing in my schoolboy head – <i>Fat Bottom Girls</i>, you make the rockin world go-round. Teenaged bravado aside, I do realize I’m dating myself but then again, I’m genuinely …

Swiffy output

21 Amazing Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google

You'll be a master of the internet with these awesome Google hacks.<p>A while back someone posed a question to that great receptacle of crowd-sourced …

Google Translate

Readers' Poll: Your Favorite 1990s One-Hit Wonders

Selections include 'Sex and Candy,' Bittersweet Symphony' and 'No Rain'<p>10. House of Pain - 'Jump Around'<p>Los Angeles hip-hop trio House of Pain made …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

This Site Shows Who Is Hacking Whom Right Now — And The US Is Getting Hammered

U.S.-based computer security firm Norse has released a real-time animated map that illustrates ongoing cyberattacks around the world. Without a doubt, the U.S. is getting constantly hammered by hackers.<p>In just 45 minutes, the U.S. was the victim of 5,840 cyberattacks.<p>The Norse map does not …

Cybersecurity

6 small changes in Android L that make a big difference

Most of the posts floating around the web about Android L release have focused on revamped notifications, the new recent menu changes, the death of Dalvik, the new material design, Android for Work and other hard hitters that were showcased during the Google I/O 2014 keynote.<p>After playing around …

Google Nexus

Top designers react to Google’s new ‘Material’ design language

Two days ago, Google revealed its next generation “Material” design language — a departure from past guidelines and a clear reaction to design trends made popular by Apple and Microsoft.<p>To fully digest the impact Material will have on the future of digital design, VentureBeat asked several …

When open gets a little more closed: No skins on Android Wear, Auto or TV

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom<p>Not sure which of the first three Android Wear watches to get? If you were holding out to see if …

Everything Google Announced at Google I/O 2014

For those who didn’t get the chance to tune in to Google I/O 2014 today, here’s a quick recap of everything the company announced.<p>Google began the announcement the same way it does every year – by talking about Android’s growth over the past year. Senior Vice President at Google Sundar Pichai said …

Google Design

Newsfeed<p>01/17/2018VP of UX Catherine Courage shares what it’s really like to work at GoogleRead a new essay by Catherine Courage, VP of User …

Evleaks: Android Silver Is Coming In February 2015... And Don't Expect A Nexus 6 [Update]

We've been hearing about Android Silver, a leaked program between Google and manufacturers to promote quality, standardized Android hardware, for …

Google overtakes Apple to become the most valuable brand in the world

Google is now the most valuable brand in the world. According to global market research agency Millward Brown, Google's brand value increased by 40 …

Google Glass

Hackers demanding ransoms by locking iOS devices through Find My iPhone

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>A number of iOS owners in Australia have lost access to their devices courtesy of a digital hack, according to The Age. The …

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Speech-To-Speech Translation On Skype

Microsoft’s Skype has long enabled people in different parts of the world to communicate with one another through video, voice, and text chat. Now the service is looking to expand those capabilities by testing out a feature that could allow people who don’t speak the same language to talk with each …

Google's New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel

Steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, mirrors -- all gone.<p>Google has finally built its own car from scratch. And it looks like a gondola with wheels.<p>The two-seater prototype vehicle is Google’s reimagination of what the modern automobile should look and feel like if you took the human out of …

U.S. government urges caution after Microsoft reveals dangerous Internet Explorer bug

Microsoft revealed a nasty bug in its Internet Explorer browser on Saturday. Today, the U.S. government issued an advisory warning people not to use Microsoft’s browser.<p>The bug, Microsoft reported, “may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of …

18 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

Full-time rapper and part-time headphone brand Dr. Dre likes to say that “people aren’t hearing all the music.” A more accurate assessment: people …

Audiophile

Google Will Be Better Off Minus Google+

Google+ as we know it appears to be finished. Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge, is leaving the company, and TechCrunch says big changes are afoot. The three-year-old social network is being redefined — demoted? — from a product to a platform, and Google will stop trying to infuse it into all …

The Three Ways Forward For Microsoft And The Xbox One

My colleague Mark Rogowsky recently published a piece that contained a rather worrying chart, which showed the growing disparity between PS4 and Xbox One sales. Though the gap was a million consoles a few months ago in favor of Sony, now the gulf has widened, with Microsoft more or less refusing to …

Wireless charger can power 40 mobile phones at once from 15 feet away

Advertisement<p>56 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Max Krasnov<p>By now, most people have seen a wireless charger. It probably looked like a pad that …

Flickr Shows it Could Still Be the Best Photo-Sharing Platform

While I was studying photography in college, Flickr was the best place to store, organize and share photos. Almost everyone with a DSLR used it, poring over photosets and meticulously crafted albums.<p>As smartphones grew in popularity, casual and professional photographers alike adopted …