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Emilia-Romagna guide: what to see, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Photograph: PR<p>A room at Hotel Touring, Bologna<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/28/1432834111986/8214dc6c-07ea-4d9f-b197-47a87cc2f976-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>A room at Hotel Touring, …

Italy

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

My lovely wife and I recently decided to back up all our family photos to a single online location, so we’d be less dependent on the Mac Mini they currently live on. That, in turn, would free the Mini up so that the 14-year-old could use it as a music-and-movie studio and (eventually, I hope) to …

Liverpool to express eternal gratitude to Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will say emotional farewell at Anfield against Crystal Palace but tears will soon dry knowing his role as coach is secured<p>A career spans a few years, but a reputation lasts an eternity. <b>The esteem in which Steven Gerrard is held by Liverpool</b> will only deepen beyond the final whistle <b>against</b> …

Soccer

Satya Nadella explains Microsoft's secret weapon in the cloud wars against Amazon and Google

Right now, there's a big push from some of the biggest names in technology to move past it.<p>In particular, Amazon Web Services has built a big business around cloud computing, and Google is following close behind.<p>These companies rent out capacity in their own state-of-the-art data centers to anybody …

Conservatives' election win met with relief by the City

After lifting of fears that Labour would impose mansion tax and 50% tax rate, there was a boost for the FTSE 100, sterling and estate agents in London<p>Shares, sterling and demand for multimillion-pound London homes soared after Labour’s heavy defeat in the general election banished the threat of …

Stock Markets

5 travel experts reveal the best places they've ever visited

These are the people we count on to tell us what places are worth a trip and what places aren't, along with other essential travel tips.<p>We asked five of these experienced travelers what their favorite destinations are.<p>Here's what they said:<p>Anne Banas, executive editor of Smarter Travel: The Azores, …

CEO Kevin Systrom reveals the $37 billion 'a-ha moment' that spawned Instagram

It's a haven of celebrities. Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj have more than 20 million followers each.<p>But every startup has a start.<p>Founder Kevin Systrom stumbled into Instagram thanks to his girlfriend, a stray dog, and a beach.<p>It was 2010. Systrom, a Stanford grad and a former …

Mayweather v Pacquiao: retirement riddles ratchet up tension before big fight

Floyd Mayweather has sent a private, handwritten note to members of his staff, the intensely loyal people who service his every whim around the clock, the tone of which suggests the unbeaten champion has come to terms with saying goodbye to boxing at 38.<p>The farewell is scheduled for September but …

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

Filipinos urged to turn off fridges during Mayweather v Pacquiao fight

A Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.<p>The Palawan Electric Cooperative said shutting down refrigerators in 15,000 households …

Why Warren Buffett considers the deal he made with an 89-year-old woman one of the best of his career

The annual tradition always begins at Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), which Buffett acquired from the late Rose "Mrs. B" Blumkin in 1983 for his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.<p>Blumkin immigrated to the US from Russia when she was in her early 20s and founded NFM in 1937 with a $500 loan from her …

I only used the Apple Watch for five minutes, and I'm already impressed

I had just enough time to get the hang of how to use it, see what apps look like, and mess around with the digital crown.<p>Within that short period of time, there were two things that really stood out as impressive: the watch's screen and its digital crown.<p>It's a bit odd to get excited over how sharp …

Apple has all but admitted it screwed up the Apple Watch launch

Though Apple Watch sales have been strong — some estimates suggest Apple sold more devices in a day than Google managed with Android Wear in a year— there has been widespread confusion over availability.<p>The Cupertino company's product launches have always been spectacular affairs, with customers …

Here's what getting fired from their own companies taught these famous founders

But what if you were told one day that you will no longer be involved with the company's day-to-day operations? Worse, what if you're pushed out of the company entirely?<p>The following five founders have experienced that in their respective careers. But they also found a way to deal with it, and in …

Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers ‘shocked’ by online racist abuse of Mario Balotelli

Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images<p>Mario Balotelli has been subjected to more than 4,000 racist messages on social media this season. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty …

The new bullet train to Kanazawa, or ‘Little Kyoto’

A shinkansen bullet train on a test run glides in alongside us,slowing to a halt amid a symphony of mechanical exhalations. Beside me, Noriko Iwata of the local tourist board bristles with excitement. “The shinkansen is a very, very big thing for Kanazawa,” she says with a beaming smile. “When …

Japan

Japan's magnetically levitated vehicle train sets new speed record

Magnetically levitated vehicle surpasses 366mph on test track and sets sights on going even faster<p><b>Japan</b>’s <b>magnetically levitated (maglev) train</b> has set a new speed record, hitting 366.61mph on a test track.<p>Central Japan Railway Co., which is developing a vehicle that it sees as the long-distance, …

In US, Armenian youths marked by WWI mass killings

He says he and his classmates -- who are preparing for the 100th anniversary of what Armenians say was a systematic campaign of ethnic slaughter -- had been taught about it since childhood, "so that another genocide doesn't happen."<p>His classmate Nancy Bosnian added: "I hope everyone knows what …

Saudi Arabia is setting the world up for a major oil shock

That could lead to a price spike.<p>Saudi Arabia produced 10.3 million barrels per day in the month of March, a 658,000 barrel-per-day increase over the previous month. That is the highest level of production in three decades for the leading OPEC member.<p>On top of the Saudi increase, Iraq boosted …

Oil

Founder of Scientology's son said his dad drugged him and thought of himself as the Antichrist

In a 1983 interivew with Penthouse Magazine, Hubbard's now-deceased son, L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., made some shocking claims about his father and his own childhood.<p>Once considered the heir to the Scientology throne, Junior eventually defected, changed his name, and became one of the Church's — and his …

Why Europe hates American tech companies

Just today, there's been a whole range of stories on this theme:<p>Europe is getting ready to throw the book at Google, which could end up with a $6 billion fine.<p>Uber issued complaints against Spain, France, and Germany after legal challenges from those countries.<p>And the EU is going after Apple's new …

China targets the dollar

Despite US gyrations to keep them from it, over 40 countries, including bosom buddies Australia, Britain, and Germany, have signed up to join. Japan is still wavering politely.<p>The US government sees the China-dominated AIIB as competition to the US-dominated World Bank and Asian Development Bank. …

Greece says it will make €460m bailout repayment to IMF on time

Athens moves to quell fears of a default after a series of contradictory statements by saying it is ready to make the repayment on time on 9 April<p>Senior Greek officials are racing to calm fears that the debt-laden country will fail to make a crucial repayment next week – a move that could push the …

Take a look at the North Korean military's deadly array of weaponry

The country's missile development and huge stocks of artillery are particularly threatening to South Korea and the rest of the world.<p>The US Pentagon's most recent report on the state of the North Korean military sizes up the country's ground forces, navy, and air force.<p>It's one of the world's most …

RANKED: The best smartphones in the world

The two newest flagship Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 go on sale April 10. If you're in the market for a new phone, this is a good month to buy.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and</i> …

How blue skies leave the British feeling blue

Forget the winter blues: 17-year study concludes grey skies do not make Britons less happy – but they do feel less content at work on sunny days<p>It is our national obsession but, according to a new study, the weather does not make British people more moody – except when they are stuck in the office …

Living near a Waitrose 'puts £38k on value of your home'

Study by Lloyds Bank finds proximity to upmarket supermarket branch can signifcantly add to property's value, but living next to an Aldi can take off almost £6,000<p>Prices of homes near a national supermarket store such as Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Marks and Spencer or the Co-operative are …

Here's how to get HBO Now on your TV without Apple TV

HBO's over-the-top service is exclusive to Apple devices for its first three months. Here's how to get shows like Game of Thrones on your big screen if you don't have an Apple TV.<p><i>Produced by Matthew Stuart. Narration by Graham Flanagan.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Newsreader Nicholas Owen: 'I got a year's pay and paid off my mortgage early'

Fame and fortune: TV and radio presenter Nicholas Owen has managed to pay off a mortgage twice – even though his biggest regret is not investing more in property<p><b>• Click here for the best of today's personal finance</b><p>Nicholas Owen, 68, was a royal correspondent for ITN for six years and is now a …

The insane ways the human body changes during long-term spaceflight

Most astronauts only spend six months at a time in that environment on the International Space Station (ISS), floating 250 miles above the Earth.<p>On March 27 however, NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency sent three astronauts to the ISS — they will be the first people to spend a continuous year …