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Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

Science Fiction

Amazon tracks everything you buy. Here's how to make that work for you.

View your history and get better recommendations.<p>Given all of the time we spend shopping on Amazon, the retailer picks up some major hints about our lives: Our hobbies, the phones and gaming consoles we own, our taste in books, the toys our kids play with, our garden equipment, and even our …

Product Reviews

Amazon patents 'voice-sniffing' algorithms

<b>Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers' conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented "voice-sniffing" tech.</b><p>The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers' likes and dislikes.<p>Reports speculated that Amazon would deploy the …

Automation

Gold Prices May Hit $10,000 Thanks to Crashing U.S. Dollar and Rising Inflation

Gold prices have soared 9% since mid-December on the back of a plunging U.S. dollar and rising concerns over inflation at the hands of tax …

Investing

Apple And Walmart Inject New Life Into Sleepy E-Book Market

This past week, Walmart announced a deal to sell e-books and e-book reading devices from Kobo, a major player in the global e-book market that had all but given up on the U.S. a few years ago. And Bloomberg reported that Apple is preparing a major revamp of its iBooks e-book platform for iOS …

eCommerce

A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — meet the 27-year-old mayor behind it

Stockton, California made national news last October when it announced it would host the first US experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a standard salary just for being alive.<p>The plan, spearheaded by Stockton's 27-year-old mayor, Michael Tubbs, will …

Basic Income

'Jackpotting' Targets U.S. ATMs to Make Them Spit Out Cash

Cyber criminals are hacking ATM machines in the U.S. through “jackpotting” — an attack in which piles of cash spill out of the machines, two ATM …

ATMs

Strava's Fitness Heatmap Makes it Easy to Find Military Bases

Strava, which tracks your outdoor workouts via GPS, has also made it a bit too easy to find hidden American military bases overseas.<p>PCMag reviews …

Maps

Dolores O'Riordan was working on new Cranberries album before she died, says publicist

The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was in London to discuss plans for the band's new album when she died.<p>The singer is to be laid to rest in her home town in Ireland next week after she was found dead in a London hotel on Monday aged 46.<p>An inquest into her death opened on Friday and was …

New Albums

Liam Neeson And Helen Mirren Recall Being A ‘Serious Item’ On ‘Norton’

If only the 1980s knew the power couple it once had on its hands.<p>Dame Helen Mirren and (regular) Liam Neeson popped by <i>The Graham Norton Show</i> for the program’s usual blend of celebrity chat and saucy stories. Including in the latest episode was Mirren and Neeson being asked by Norton about their …

Meet the 34-Year-Old Founder of Stitch Fix, Who Just Became One of America's Richest Self-Made Women

From teen raver to youngest-ever female startup IPO.<p>Katrina Lake founded Stitch Fix, the online personal shopping service, out of her apartment on …

Nice Brains Finish Last

We all like to think that being kind, responsible, and fair will lead to a happy life. But what if we’re wrong? What if nice guys really do finish …

Meet The Generation That's Redefining Beauty

It’s appropriate that Gen Z ends with the last letter in the alphabet, because as a collective, they’re putting an end to the many social stigmas of …

5 Strategies to Make Yourself Work When You're Just Not in the Mood

Fighting procrastination teaches us to fully engage in our work, get more creative with it, and, ultimately, get more done.<p>Procrastination affects …

The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he …

Crime

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Black Mirror

Scientists Still Can't Decide Whether Fear Is Real

Fear may really just be in your head.<p>How do you know when you’re afraid? Perhaps it’s when your heart races or your palms sweat. Or maybe it’s being …

Amazon Key takes deliveries to new level: Inside your home

The new in-home service will roll out to 37 US metro areas next month and eventually allow you to let in a dog walker or house cleaner.<p>Amazon wants to get even closer to its customers.<p>The world's largest e-commerce company on Wednesday revealed a new shipping service that lets customers receive …

Smart Homes

What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle.

Amazon.com has driven an economic boom in Seattle, bestowing more than 40,000 jobs upon a city known for Starbucks coffee and Seahawks fandom. Its growth remade a neglected industrial swath north of downtown into a hub of young workers and fixed the region, along with Microsoft before it, as a …

The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in …

Medicine

These Are the Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment and Assault

Sixty-three actresses and film-industry figures have come forward so far; below, a running list of their allegations against the former Weinstein Company mogul, updated each time new allegations come to light.<p>Since <i>The New York Times</i> published its first explosive report about <b>Harvey Weinstein,</b> 63 …

Sexual Harassment

The Top Street Style Trends of Spring 2018 Fashion Month

The first question most editors get before their monthlong, four-city Fashion Week tour is, “What are you going to wear?” Sure, it’s fun to see what everyone packed in their suitcases, but the street style looks that end up in Phil Oh’s <i>Vogue</i> slideshows are also a good indicator of what our own …

Street Style

Pink Quietly Became Pop Royalty. Here’s How She Made It Last.

LOS ANGELES — An invitation to visit Pink in Venice, a few blocks from the beach, for a home-cooked Monday night dinner could seem like a contrived play for authenticity. But it’s hard to remain skeptical when faced with a giggling baby.<p>Faux-intimate or not, the domestic scene earlier this month …

Music

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is science-fiction's brave new hope

There were two events that were to change the life of 49-year-old French-Canadian film-maker Denis Villeneuve. The first was the arrival of three …

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far

SAN FRANCISCO — Their complaints flow on Reddit forums, on video game message boards, on private Facebook pages and across Twitter. They argue for everything from male separatism to an end to gender diversity efforts.<p>Silicon Valley has for years accommodated a fringe element of men who say women …

Silicon Valley

Why Happy People Cheat

A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity.<p>“Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, …

How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Drug Addiction

Patrick Perotti scoffed when his mother told him about a doctor who uses electromagnetic waves to treat drug addiction. “I thought he was a swindler,” Perotti says.<p>Perotti, who is 38 and lives in Genoa, Italy, began snorting cocaine at 17, a rich kid who loved to party. His indulgence gradually …

Drug Addiction

Bumble’s CEO Takes Aim At LinkedIn

The feminist dating app is adding more than 50,000 new users per day. With the launch of a new networking vertical, founder Whitney Wolfe is expanding her ambitions—for Bumble and for women.<p>Like many single millennials, Ashley and Connor met cute the modern way: They matched on Bumble, the dating …

If you're drinking tap water, you're consuming plastic pollutants

Microscopic plastic fibers are pouring out of household faucets from New York to Delhi, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC.<p>Working with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota, Orb tested 159 drinking …

To Survive in Tough Times, Restaurants Turn to Data-Mining

The early diners are dawdling, so your 7:30 p.m. reservation looks more like 8. While you wait, the last order of the duck you wanted passes by. Tonight, you’ll be eating something else — without a second bottle of wine, because you can’t find your server in the busy dining room. This is not your …

Hospitality