Heather Wiginton

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He Gave ‘the Mundane Its Beautiful Due’

Updike<p>by Adam Begley<p>Harper, 558 pp., $29.99<p>The Collected Stories: Collected Early Stories, Collected Later Stories<p>by John Updike, edited by …

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 'The editors were so excited they were nearly weeping' – video

It's 25 years since the publication of children's classic We're Going On A Bear Hunt, since when it's become a firm favourite with families all over the world. Here, author Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury shed some light on the origins of the story – and how the book could have looked …

PW Picks: Books of the Week, April 21, 2014

<i>First published in Publishers Weekly:</i><p>This week, Elizabeth McCracken's outstanding story collection, a true story of a changing brain, and a toy figurine with hidden meaning.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Best New Books<p>Copyright (c) 2014 PWxyz, LLC, Publishers Weekly. Used by permission.

Leslie Jamison, "The Empathy Exams"

Knighthood for Shakespeare

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language. I deliver five points for this below.<p><b>1. Why he deserves it:</b><p>The English language will be the most enduring monument to English history. Most attribute …

“What if, like Ulysses, we spent far too little time at sea, and we finally arrive at Ithaca only to find it has nothing left to offer?” Our recap of Canto 26 of Dante’s “Inferno”: http://bit.ly/1k3heWP.

It's hard not to love a magazine whose editor writes "Onward!" on rejections. On ZYZZYVA Literary Magazine. http://www.themillions.com/2014/04/best-coast-zyzzyvas-100th-issue.html

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human

You guys remember the movie <i>Avatar</i>? Where our fearless protagonist would hop into a tanning booth-type machine and then suddenly his Avatar was running through Pandora, exploring a whole new world?<p>There’s currently a project on Kickstarter that looks to bring a similar experience to planet Earth. …

New Jailbreak Tweak Will Supercharge Your iPhone’s Power Button

If you’re the owner of a jailbroken iOS device, a new tweak can give you a wealth of better power down options… and even graft iOS 7.1’s new power down slider onto stock iOS 7, or give you back iOS 6’s power-off slider. Keen!<p>Now available on Cydia, BetterPowerDown is a new jailbreak tweak that …

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Yes, China employs censors to watch nothing but porn

For the first five minutes, we imagine getting paid to watch adult material would be rather interesting. After that point, however, we'd probably spend the bulk of our day quietly updating our resume. If we didn't, then we'd probably wind up as broken and sickened as Chinese civil servant Chunqi …

Apple’s sales for last quarter expected to be flat

Apple is unlikely to show any sales growth when it reports second-quarter results on Wednesday. At least, that's the take from a collection of 37 different analysts.<p>Polling analysts for their predictions on Apple's second fiscal quarter, which ended in March, Fortune found an average revenue …

SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad’s case, the company is entering its …

The Makings Of A Snapchat Star

The internet has democratized our ability to become celebrities. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, as were countless others. Instagram has its own set of super photographers, as does Vine, and Twitter is responsible for some of the greatest memes in internet history. But what about …

Shopping: Is there an app for that?

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Ramneek Bhasin, VP & GM, Product and Mobile, TheFind.</i><p>Our fascination with the smartphone is in full swing. We now live in a world where more phones are activated daily than there are babies born, and they seem to be just as demanding. We check our phones every six …

Google is researching ways to make encryption easier to use in Gmail

In response to Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations, Google is working to make complex encryption tools, such as PGP, easier to use in Gmail.<p>PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is an encryption utility that historically has been difficult to break. But Google has “research underway to improve …

Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales

Apple is expected to introduce a large-screened iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch model arriving this fall and a 5.5-inch version debuting early next year. Though this large iPhone may cannibalize iPad mini sales, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster does not believe this shift in sales will have a net effect …

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 …

Beauty-in-a-box startup Birchbox pulls in $60M

As other “stuff in a box” startups have folded, Birchbox has thrived.<p>The New York City startup, which sells $10 curated boxes of beauty samples to around 800,000 subscribers, has raised $60 million in new funding, reports Fortune. The new funding reportedly brings Birchbox’s valuation to around …

Apple Is Beating Google When It Comes To iOS Game Exclusives

One more way that Apple is challenging Google is by pushing for exclusive games on iOS, claims a new report.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that as Android’s influence has grown, Apple has been offering games developers promotional perks — such as premium placement on their app store home pages — in …

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For one man, a $50 3D printed hand beats a $42,000 prosthetic

Since 2012, people have been 3D printing robotic hands for those in need through projects like e-NABLE and Robohand. Fifty-three-year-old Jose …

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

By now, most people have seen a wireless charger. It probably looked like a pad that charges mobile devices set directly on top of it. But a future …

Apple TV adds new apps for Lifetime, The History Channel, and A&E

Apple added three new channels today to expand its Apple TV offerings. Courtesy of A&E Networks, cable subscribers can now download apps for Lifetime, A&E, and The History Channel. The only catch is that the providers supported in today's rollout are limited to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and …

Facebook | The Next Web

All stories in Facebook<p>It took Facebook months to ban this shady app after Cambridge Analytica<p>Facebook announced this week it had made its first outright ban of an app in the company-wide audit it's been working on since the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. The app in question had …

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