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A TV show about living gods is bringing America’s favorite deities—Fame and Technology—to life

“Time and attention—better than lamb’s blood,” said Media, in the second episode of <i>American Gods,</i> broadcast in the US yesterday. The character from the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, which is now a Starz TV series, was more prescient than the author could have imagined.<p>The story about living deities takes …

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A Chinese revolution in karaoke is making it much better for introverts

A portable karaoke microphone invented by a former primary school teacher has become a must-have toy for sing-along fans in Hong Kong and mainland China. Now its creator hopes to see the gadget spread across the globe.<p>Developed by a Shenzhen-based company called Tosing, the “karaoke magic machine” …

Support for a universal basic income is inching up in Europe

No one knows if a universal basic income (UBI) will help answer the world’s economic problems. But a minimum payment to all citizens is being floated as a response to a digital economy rapidly reducing or transforming whole classes of jobs.<p>Finland and the Netherlands are running modest pilots, and …

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Reddit is going nuts over Wikipedia’s spending, but it’s doing far better than its competitors

Redditors are getting worked up over a post titled, “Wikipedia has cancer.” Its author is a longtime Wikipedian named Guy Macon who analyzed the spending of Wikipedia’s owner, the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Macon finds that Wikimedia’s expenditures are ballooning, up 25% for the year in 2016, …

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Apple’s latest China ad features a very different China than its previous ones

China is changing. Apple is changing. And with that, Apple’s depiction of China is changing.<p>On May 1 Apple released an advertisement titled “The City,” on YouTube. The advertisement features a young Chinese couple taking photos (using the iPhone 7 Plus’s touted “portrait mode”) as they eat noodles, …

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Uber is making it easier to see your rider rating

Uber is making a couple of changes to its rating system, which should balance out the means to evaluate rides with a bit more fairness towards drivers. The new rating changes include greater specificity in uberPOOL evaluations, and a way for riders to more quickly, easily and consistently see their …

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