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The real Mortdecai

As Kyril Bonfiglioli’s cultish Mortdecai books hit our screens in a new film starring Johnny Depp, Tim Martin examines the appeal of these darkly inventive crime capers<p>Here’s a question: what do you think a series called The Mortdecai Trilogy, by someone called Kyril Bonfiglioli, might actually be …

Don't Buy A DSLR

Just getting into photography? Great! When you're looking for a camera, keep on walking past those DSLRs--as of now, their moment is over.<p>You want to get more into photography. You've got somewhere between a few and several hundred dollars to spend on a camera. You want to learn a little bit about …

Portrayal of Imitation Game 'baddy' is inaccurate, says family

The family of Alastair Denniston, the commander at Bletchley Park who oversaw Alan Turing, have complained that the portrayal of him in biopic The Imitation Game is inaccurate and overly harsh, and that they are “deeply offended” by it.<p>The film follows Turing’s work as he attempted to decipher the …

The 5 Elements You'll Find in Great Photographs

What makes a great photograph? Is it the subject? Is it composition and framing? Exposure? What about the location and setting? Certainly each one of …

Can India's Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country's Water Crisis?

Now largely obsolete, these Escher-like cisterns were once monuments of public life. And in the midst of water shortage, stepwells may refill their civic role.<p>Little-known giants of civic architecture puncture the landscape of west India: Stepwells. There are hundreds of these carved-stone trenches …

Plantwatch: Dazzling leaf colours brewed over a long autumn

It’s been an extraordinary autumn. Despite the battering from wind and rain in October and November, the leaves of many trees are still hanging on. It has really only been this week that most of the country has had cold frosty nights. The chill will help shed the rest of the leaves.<p>The autumn has …

Big Eyes review – Tim Burton’s art fraud film is a slow-burn study of abuse

The irony of Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s film about the authorial stamp on a work of art, is that it is nearly bereft of what makes Burton’s work so recognisable. The deeper implications of this are a matter for Burton and his shrink, but for us in the audience it’s a welcome recharge from a man whose …

Penguins of Madagascar review – a Benedict Cumberbatch of eggs hatches, takes off and flies

There’s a famous story the illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak used to tell. The author of Where the Wild Things Are received a drawing from a child fan. He was taken with it and wrote a note back. The kid was so excited to hear from his hero that he took the card and ate it. Sendak called it one …

How Designers Recreated Alan Turing's Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game

Alan Turing may be the star of <i>The Imitation Game</i>, but the truly central figure in the film is Christopher. Named after Turing's childhood friend and …

True and Tragic, ‘The Imitation Game’ Is an Intimate Look at the Life of Alan Turing

Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is <i>The Theory of Everything</i>) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest …

Why We Need Tech Villains

Benedict Cumberbatch's Alan Turing reveals how our idea of computer innovators has changed.<p><b>The Imitation Game, the biopic of Alan Turing</b> starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is out this week, just as Uber-hatred has reached a new peak, and the timing could not be more ironic. Alan Turing was a …

Video Interviews: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley on "The Imitation Game" | Interviews

Popular Blog Posts<p>Where does a woman’s artistic integrity and autonomy begin and end when it comes to nudity on-screen?<p>This message came to me from a …

Error 404 - We’re Sorry

The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.<p>But don’t give up! Try finding the page …

Benjamin Franklin

It was an enigma.

How did the Enigma machine work?

As the Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Oscars, The Telegraph visits the Science Museum to find out how the Enigma Machine worked<p>It was supposed to be the unbreakable code. But during World War Two, Nazi Enigma communications were successfully decoded by a team of …

How did the Enigma machine work?

Like all the best cryptography, the Enigma machine is simple to describe, but infuriating to break.<p>Straddling the border between mechanical and electrical, Enigma looked from the outside like an oversize typewriter. Enter the first letter of your message on the keyboard and a letter lights up …

The Imitation Game: Alan Turing's outsider status fuelled his genius

“What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be human?”<p>Director Morten Tyldum sips his coffee as we pause to contemplate two of the questions that are at the heart of his latest film.<p>The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley is the first biopic of Alan Turing to …

The science of Interstellar: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film

Thanks to physicist Kip Thorne’s influence, the latest space-travel film <i>Interstellar</i> features some remarkably scientifically accurate depictions of …

After Station X and Cumberbatch, comes Q Central

Most of us know about Station X, the code name given to Bletchley Park, home of the group of brilliant mathematicians, former chess champions, and crossword puzzle solvers, who cracked German Enigma codes during the second world war.<p>Thanks to The Imitation Game and the belated recognition of Alan …

Alan Turing was one of many heroes at Bletchley Park

Your two correspondents (Engineers, linguists and other heroes, Letters, 22 November) rightly appeal for more praise for others at Bletchley Park during the war. Alan Turing was certainly not the only golden pebble on the Bletchley beach. More than a third of my book Bletchley Park: An Inmate’s …

How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot

We all love capturing sunsets. Not surprisingly, photographs of sunsets (including sunrise, for that matter) constitute a big portion of the …

Second Opinion - The Imitation Game (2014)

<b>The Imitation Game</b>, 2014.<p>Directed by Morten Tylbum.<br>Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear and …

Deleted but Not Gone: How to Keep Your Photos and Files From Falling Into the Wrong Hands

We’ve published a number of posts in the past on how you can recover photos that were accidentally deleted from your computer or memory card. But …

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption using TextSecure

More than 600 million WhatsApp users are about to benefit from default end-to-end encryption, which should prevent any snoops spying on their communications.<p>The security boost comes after the Facebook-owned messaging provider contracted Open Whisper Systems, the creator of the TextSecure encrypted …

The Imitation Game review – an engrossing and poignant thriller

“Are you paying attention?” breathes Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing in the opening moments of this handsomely engrossing and poignantly melancholic thriller from Norwegian director Morten Tyldum. There’s little chance of doing anything else as Tyldum, who directed the tonally divergent</i> …

Separated at birth, reunited on Facebook

<b>(CNN) —</b> Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman have the same laugh and the same freckled cheeks. They wear their hair the same way and have since they were babies. They share a hatred of cooked carrots, a love of the same color nail polish and the need to sleep 10 hours a day.<p>The pair tease, poke and …

Tamron 150-600mm Lens: A Nature Photographer's Delight

The Tamron 150-600mm announcement and availability was met with enthusiastic interest from bird and nature photographers across the globe. With a …

Army chaplain who took the Unknown Warrior’s secret to his grave

The tomb of the Unknown Warrior is the first monument that visitors to Westminster Abbey encounter, just inside the great west door. As they pause to read the inscription on the massive marble slab, many wonder about the man buried there 94 years ago and whether he was truly unknown.<p>The army …

How to Get Creative with Long-Exposure Photography