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Switched On: Birth of a platform

<i>Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.</i><p>Regardless of what one may think about the potential for smartwatches, one of the most exciting things about a new device category is that there is so much experimentation with form factors and capabilities. We've …

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

Books

Face-Scanning Kegerator Identifies Which People Are Getting Smashed

The DIY project catches whoever's hogging the tap, and charges for intake accordingly.<p>So you have a Kegerator. Good! This is an economical choice you have made regarding your beer consumption. But you are probably (hopefully) sharing it with others. How can you fairly decide who's spending the …

Food

Crabs nurse their wounds and may feel pain

Ask any biologist and they'll tell you — whether they agree or not — that there's no conclusive evidence that crabs and lobsters feel pain. In fact, unless a study involves an octopus or a squid (both animals that possess complex nervous systems), researchers don't have to obtain clearance from …

Speaking proper: does it matter if we can't pronounce mispronunciation?

Do you say 'expresso' or 'nucular'? Have you ever been confident about how you say bruschetta? Don't worry about it – arguments over pronunciation are mostly proxies for snobbery and class one-upmanship<p>For years, I used to think the film reviewer's genre term "biopic" was stressed on the second …

NME Session - Drenge At Scala, London

Blu-ray Review - The Stuff (1985)

<b>The Stuff</b>, 1985<p>Directed by Larry Cohen<br>Starring Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom<p><b>SYNOPSIS:</b><p>A delicious …

10 Reasons You Should Be Watching True Detective

When True Detective was first announced, many dismissed it as yet another police procedural, albeit with a much more impressive cast than most. …

Watch 20 Strangers Kiss for the First Time – and It's Not Even Awkward

Spoiler alert: This video has nothing to do with Tinder.<p>Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva asked 20 strangers to kiss – but, like we said, unaffiliated with the …

Umeå 2014: a year of highlights for the European Capital of Culture

Looking at Umeå, it’s easy to see why this likeable town, the capital of Västerbotten County and part of Norrland – Sweden’s northernmost province – has been granted the title of European Capital of Culture for 2014. Its attractive riverside setting, year-round outdoor activities, abundance of …

Northern Lights

Why Do 16th-Century Manuscripts Show Cats With Flaming Backpacks?

German artillery manuals show how cats could be used as weapons.<p>A series of 16th-century manuscripts that have been making waves on the Internet look like a Monty Python version of the Renaissance: They show cats outfitted with flaming backpacks, attacking castles and villages.<p>But the illustrations …

First look inside Shangri-La London in the Shard

For first-time visitors to Shangri-La’s London hotel, which occupies floors 34 to 52 of the Renzo Piano-designed Shard skyscraper, the initial guest experience is likely to be familiar.<p>I was one of a handful of journalists to visit this morning as part of a hard-hat tour of the site – and the …

Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it.<p>The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a …