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Sony Pictures hack fuels speculation about studio's possible sale

Fallout from the crippling cyberattack on<p>Sony Pictures Entertainmenthas called into question exactly what the future holds for one of Hollywood's biggest names.<p>A paralyzed computer system has hampered the studio's ability to make deals, promote upcoming movie releases and conduct business. Some …

Five things to know about 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

Filled as they are with cold-blooded killers, femmes fatales, unlucky gamblers and crooked politicians, the mean streets of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" are no place to get caught unawares. With the Frank Miller-Robert Rodriguez neo-noir sequel opening Friday, here's a cheat sheet on all the …

Robin Williams: A History in 15 Jokes

With the outpouring of grief and sadness over the startling death of Robin Williams, it’s been incredibly easy to forget the white-hot spark of life …

Music industry considering global weekly release date

The global music industry may soon agree a single weekly release date for albums. Instead of the UK releasing albums on Monday, the United States on Tuesday, Australia and Germany on Friday, and so on, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is reportedly moving toward a unified …

The Wealthy and Powerful Discover Inequality

As the Gilded Age has been peaking, a number of the rich and their foundations have been helping the hungry, the sick, the homeless, the battered, …

Is the era of the virgin over?

It’s been six years since Miley Cyrus showed off her purity ring alongside her virginity-touting teen pals. It’s been 18 years since the US government made its first major (and ill-advised) investment in abstinence-only education. But in the year 2014, with the Disney-approved virginity pledges and …

The Best Exercises to Blast Belly Fat

Reveal your six pack with these big muscle moves<p>To whittle your middle, grow tree trunks for legs.<p>Muscular legs can help you fend off belly fat, according to a study from Japan. People with the most muscle mass on their legs had the least visceral fat—the dangerous kind that surrounds</b> …

The Importance of Self-Awareness, and How to Become More Self Aware

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that's true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of …

How (and Why) to Develop Your Mental Toughness

Developing your mental toughness can help you be more emotionally resilient, push you to go further and harder, and build armor to persevere against …

The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse.<p>…

How to Destroy Your Old Hard Drive

It's not enough to erase old hard drives when their useful lives are through. You must break them.<p>(Photot Credit: Diane Collins and Jordan Hollender/Getty Images)<p>My first desktop external desktop hard drive and I have had a good run together. But now it's six years old, it requires two adapters to …

Q Designs' Phone-Charging QBracelet: Never run out of power with this unisex piece of jewelry

A touch of fate brought together friends and business partners Alessandro Libani and James Kernan of Q Designs. Both transfer students to Massachusetts' Babson College, the duo bonded over their entrepreneurial aspirations and shared love of tech, but it wasn’t until Kernan was on vacation that he …

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Art Basel Party-Hopping! Vanity Fair Celebrates Tracey Emin, Marco Glaviano Iconizes Cindy Crawford, and Richard Phillips Fêtes His Hot Rod’s “Sexiness”

<b>See more photos from Art Basel.</b><p>As you may know, Art Basel is famous for its boozy, celebrity-dotted parties. And last night we packed our schedule with a panoply of them—including *Vanity Fair’*s very own celebration of artist Tracey Emin. Along the way we ran into everyone from Cindy Crawford to …

The 20 Best US Cities For Culture

Property Shark, a property research website, put together a list of the 20 U.S. cities with the most activities dedicated to culture and recreation, including museums, libraries, theaters parks, and stadiums.<p>The team then factored in how many attractions there were per capita to create the final …

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Pinot Grigio: More Than Just A Crowd-Pleaser

<i>We may have food down cold, but wine? This is where we'll conquer it. Join us; we don't want to drink alone.</i><p><i>Today: Pinot Grigio is more than just a drink-with-anything summer bottle. We're making sure it's thoughtfully poured and paired.</i><p>In Atlanta, Georgia, where I live, Pinot Grigio sells like …

Kindles inferior to paperbacks for memorable stories

People struggle to remember what they've read on e-readers, according to a study<p>Sales of ebooks are growing at a rapid pace, rising by 20 per cent last year and prompting some concerns that the days of traditionally printed books may be numbered.<p>But according to a new study, the increasing …

Gehry’s Paris Coup

Despite its echoes of Paris’s architectural past, Frank Gehry’s latest museum project—the Fondation Louis Vuitton, opening this fall in the Bois de Boulogne—is like nothing the city has seen before: muscular and delicate, utilitarian and fantastic, a marriage of cultural ambition and private …

Introducing our new favourite illustrator, Jean-Michel Tixier

Trust Helsinki-based illustration agency Agent Pekka to sign up some of the best illustration we’ve seen in a long while without so much as a cough …

These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America

• <b>Facebook is by far the top app,</b> with 115.4 million unique visitors in June. With 160 million total US app users, that’s 72% penetration—pretty impressive. (For context, Facebook said it had 1.1 billion mobile users worldwide last quarter.)• <b><br>Google is the top mobile app publisher.</b> Its apps represent …

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Humin Is a Clever iPhone App, but Needs Work

Humin, which tries to reinvent iPhone contacts, is on the right track. But it falls short, due to limitations and bugs.<p>One of the least-evolved features of your smartphone is the contacts list. Yes, it lets you designate certain people as favorites, for quicker access. It syncs across multiple …

'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Movie Review

The followup to 2005’s eye-popping <i>Sin City</i> is neither the dazzler I hoped for nor the disaster I feared. But “meh” is hardly the reaction you expect …

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group’s armed leadership after a ceasefire failed.<p>Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and …

The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ

How a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of secrets.<p>For just $53, you can purchase a guaranteed front-of-the-bus …