John Sommers

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YouTube is 10 years old: the evolution of online video

Ten years is a long time on the internet, especially when 300 hours of video are uploaded to your site every minute. On YouTube’s 10th birthday, we trace the growth and growing pains of online video<p>Allow me to make a bold statement: YouTube, at 10 years old, is the most interesting place on the …

Internet

Ten Essential Tablet Apps for Creative Urges

Unleash your (mobile) creative genius.<p>The tablet … it has a reputation. No matter how many thrilling ads Apple puts out about composing verses and doing crazy cool DJ stuff with iPad, people often consider it more of a media consumption device than something you use to create things.<p>Fortunately, …

Apps

Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.<p>Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86, said the Jet …

The New Measles

One of the most infectious viruses on the planet is making a comeback in the United States, and many doctors have never even seen it.<p>Measles used to be an illness everyone got.<p>Before vaccination became widespread in the 1960s, pediatricians knew to check their patients' throats for the spray of …

Tech predictions for 2015 that you should actually listen to

January may be coming to a close, but the flood of predictions, forecasts, and prognostications for the year ahead hasn’t abated. Among the dross however is the annual list of predictions from GP Bullhound (pdf), a boutique investment bank that specializes in tech companies. The bank is worth …

Storytelling

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,<p>type 2 …

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents …

Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck? | Pete Etchells

Last week, researchers claimed to have developed a poker-playing computer program that is nearly unbeatable. What are the implications for the old debate about whether poker is a game of skill or luck?<p>As a spectator sport, poker traditionally isn’t the most engaging thing to watch. I realised this …

Poker

Chicago's Gangster Past, Minus the Romance

A collection of photographs from the Chicago Tribune archives rejects spectacle in favor of brutal, messy truth.<p>Even a casual observer of American history will no doubt recognize several of the names in <i>Gangsters and Grifters</i>, a new book of early 20th century crime photographs from the <i>Chicago …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

22 tips, tricks and shortcuts for Android Lollipop

<b>1. Settings Search Bar</b><p>Settings now has its own dedicated search bar. While this may seem like a very minor addition, it’s actually a great timesaver when you know exactly what you’re after. For example, let’s say you want to change your network settings, but you don’t know where to look. Just head …

Android Phones

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much of the modern music revolution: From vinyl to …

Audiophile

5 Secrets to a Happy Retirement

Sure, a fat nest egg and good health help. But there are less obvious ways to make sure your post-work life is a happy one.<p>Retirement ought to be a …

Retirement

The Disappearance Of The Instruction Manual

Instructions not included: what the vanishing manual says about us<p>In the late 17th century, the printer Joseph Moxon published <i>Mechanick Exercises</i>, the first guide to printing in any language. It had been nearly 240 years since the debut of Gutenberg’s press, and books had proliferated. There were …

6 gadgets for lazy tech-obsessed parents

Gadgets aren’t just for grown-ups. At CES this year, there were plenty of items that focused their attention on toddlers and young kids.<p>Given how …

The psychology of big personalities will determine our global course in 2015

The world looks more unruly than in recent memory: oil prices are in free fall, and stock markets are gyrating; brutal rebel armies have created broad swaths of mayhem—in eastern Ukraine, northern Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria; the US is disinterested …

Geopolitics

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

Country radio needs to show female artists some respect

While I wasn’t certain who would win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year on Wednesday, I knew it would be a man. That’s because …

President Obama Was A Country Music Star For Two Minutes

Could you imagine President Obama going into the music business? Even more specifically, could you picture the leader of the free world as a country …

Garth Brooks returns from retirement after 13 years, moves country music forward with new album

As would be expected, Garth Brooks strives for an epic statement on his re-entry into full-time recording, after a 13-year hiatus.<p>Unlike most modern male country stars, Brooks looks beyond partying and celebrating rural life on "Man Against Machine." Like U2 or Bruce Springsteen, Brooks positions …

Luke Bryan leads American Country Countdown awards

Fresh off his entertainer of the year win at the Country Music Association Awards, country star Luke Bryan leads the finalists for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.<p>The awards show will be held Dec. 15 in Nashville, Tenn., and broadcast live on Fox. The categories are determined based …

Kenny Chesney Takes Aim at Sexism in Country Music, Plus 4 More Blunt Quotes

Twenty years after releasing his debut album, returned with his 16th studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums …

Garth Brooks: Country Music’s Square, Liberal Dad

Garth Brooks last released an album of original material thirteen years ago. This week, with “Man Against Machine,” the dormant king of pop country returns to a different world. Nobody but Taylor Swift seems to sell records anymore, in any genre. (Brooks has sold more than a hundred and thirty …

'Prizefighter' shows Trisha Yearwood deserves spot with today's country hitmakers

Trisha Yearwood returns with her first new recordings in seven years with "Prizefighter," which combines 10 of her best-known hits ("XXX's and OOO's," ''She's In Love With The Boy") with six new songs.<p>The title tune pairs Yearwood with acolyte Kelly Clarkson, and the two overcome the song's …

Kenny Chesney: Country music objectifies 'the hell out of women'

Kenny Chesney is not shy about his current thoughts on the state of country music.<p>The 46-year-old country star is surprisingly speaking out against the "bro-country" songs that he feels have dominated the genre in recent years.<p>"Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about …

Reflections: Revival by Stephen King

The moment I read the final pages of Revival I knew there was no way I would be able to review it. Not because I didn’t like it, or because it wasn’t …

Revival by Stephen King review – ‘the best opening he has ever written’

Stephen King’s latest mystery, set in smalltown, baby-boomer America, starts off strongly but loses its way<p>It’s billed as possessing “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written” – some claim given this is the man who wrote <i>Carrie,</i> 58 novels and 40 years ago. Actually, <i>Revival</i>’s …

What Birdman Starring Michael Keaton Says about Short Story Writing

The new film, <i>Birdman</i>, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, centers around a theater adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We …