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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

JavaScript

ESPN - Apps on Google Play

Stream live games, check the latest scores or watch the best highlights with the best brand in sports: ESPN. Pick your favorite teams and leagues to …

Coke gets a taste for rival Monster

Coca-Cola is paying $2.15bn for a 16.7 per cent stake in Monster, sending shares in the world’s leading energy drinks maker up 22 per cent in …

Advertising

8 totally new games that you'll want to play soon

Trade shows like Gamescom are full of familiar faces: there are sequels and spin-offs to enduring franchises, and games that we've been hearing about at these shows for what seems like forever. Sure, a new <i>Tomb Raider</i> is cool, but these trailers and hands-on experiences tend to overshadow what's …

The Tiki-Z Is What Happens When The Best Desktop Gaming PC Gets A Massive GPU Upgrade

15 months ago I wrote a review hailing Falcon Northwest’s Tiki as the perfect PC. I arrived at that confident conclusion simply because it doesn’t have a weakness. It also boasted the most performance per cubic inch of any desktop on the market, and that was when it “only” packed an Nvidia GTX …

The Sexiest Scene Ever, Starring Lauren Bacall

<b>Lauren Bacall, who just died yesterday at 89, is one of the rare actresses</b> whose entire career was based on her performance in a single scene. It happens to be the single sexiest scene ever put on film. In 1944's <i>To Have and Have Not</i>, she was 19 years old, starring with Humphrey Bogart with a script …

Russell Brand: Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world

The manic energy of Williams could turn to destruction as easily as creativity. Is it melancholy to think that a world that he can’t live in must be broken?<p>• Simon Jenkins on a clown that couldn’t be fixed<p>I’d been thinking about Robin Williams a bit recently. His manager Larry Bresner told me that …

The Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching

We are now six weeks into the summer anime season, and with 44 new anime on the air it can be more than a little difficult to know which ones to …

Anime

Look at What We Made!

Minecraft's Best Floating Islands, As Chosen by the Community

Planet Minecraft's "Head into the Clouds" contest, where players were tasked with taking an awesome and beautiful floating island and making it even …

Minecraft

Brawl in the Ukrainian Parliament Neatly Illustrates the Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio or Fibonacci numbers is a sequence of numbers consisting of the sum of the two previous numbers. It is found in nature and has long …

Greetings Comic-Con! Here Are 35 TV Series Available On Netflix For Your Geek-Loving Hearts

Comic Con has arrived to San Diego this weekend, and while attendees will be battling crushing lines for the opportunity to see panels that those of us at home will be livestreaming. While they’re standing in line for hours, we can relax at home with some geek-inspired television series. It’s just …

Bethesda's Newest Game Is Like Team Fortress Without Guns

Today Bethesda announced the first new title to come from their fairly new studio: <i>Battlecry</i> in development by...Battlecry. <i>Battlecry</i> is a …

Royal Marines

How Officials Tried to Censor One of the Biggest Stories in the World

When Germany surrendered in World War II, military leaders told reporters to keep it a secret.<p>Sixty-nine years ago this month, world leaders tried to delay the reporting of one of the biggest stories of the 20th century. They might have been successful, too, if not for one rogue journalist.<p>On May …

Buy a gun, be a god

Again with the mad rush to explain. Again with the desperate need to try and figure out why an intelligent, privileged white kid from one of America’s wealthiest areas, a young man with every advantage the culture has to offer, would instead deem himself sufficiently vilified and marginalized that …

Indigenous Brazilians Protest at World Cup Stadium

Police fired tear gas at indigenous protesters on Tuesday, some armed with bows and arrows, as they marched towards Brasilia's new World Cup soccer stadium to protest the cost of the upcoming games. The World Cup begins on June 12.

Brazil

Why I broke up with Apple

Disclosure: I used to be a big Apple fan.<p>I still remember how giddy I was when I got my green iPod Mini in 2004, my fifth-generation iPod in 2006, my MacBook in 2007 and my iPhone 4S in 2011.<p>Along the way, I also bought an iPod Shuffle (for the two or three times I've been to the gym in the past …

The Only Running App You Need

It's portable, powerful, and weatherproof. Oh, and it's free.<p>From apps to MP3 players to "smart clothing," runners today are awash in high-tech options for staying motivated and for monitoring/recording/tracking/sharing every metric imaginable, including mileage, pace, elevation, BMI, routes, heart …

Apps

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

Translation

Amazon Explains Why It Made It Harder To Buy Many Books

Amazon is not backing down in its battle with book publisher Hachette.<p>The mega-retailer told its customers in a note published late Tuesday that if they want a Hachette book they're better off shopping at a competitor's website.<p>Because Amazon and Hachette have been unable to negotiate a deal on …

Apple's iWatch Said to Feature Round Design, Production May Start This Summer

Based on Taiwanese supply chain sources, analyst Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities believes Apple's iWatch will feature a round face, similar to a traditional watch (via <i>Business Insider</i>). The iWatch design will resemble Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch, with the Apple version shipping with a …

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.<p>Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, the agent …

Rick Scott awkwardly dodges questions about his climate denialism

<b>Gov. Rick Scott gestures during a business conference in Hollywood, Fla., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)</b><p>“I’m not a scientist,” Scott said, refusing to say whether he believes in man-made climate change<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>May 28, 2014 1:35pm (UTC)<p>Is "I'm not a scientist" the new go-to response …