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Google's vision for the future of design

Google's Matias Duarte has a problem. In the next ten years he wants to replace the computer on your desk and the phone in your pocket with a smart, …

Material Design

How to grocery shop for one person

<i>Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the source for how much Americans spend on uneaten food. The version below has been corrected.</i><p>A few months ago, my friend Lev asked me for a basic grocery list he could refer to when he made his weekly or biweekly trip to his …

Queen Elizabeth II: The platinum monarch?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just like her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria before her, Elizabeth II was never expected to rule; as the eldest daughter of the king's second son, Prince Albert (later King George VI), hers was a life destined to be lived in relative privacy, until the 1936 abdication of her uncle, …

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IBM Engineer Quits His Job to Travel the World as an Instagram-Famous Photographer

If you had the chance to quit your job and pursue your passion, would you do it? Engineer-turned-photographer Eelco Roos seized the opportunity to follow his dream, and hasn't looked back since. The Dutch creative used to work as an IT specialist at IBM Amsterdam for 10 years, but increasing …

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30 Mighty Bands We’ve Lost This Millennium

Since the year 2000, rock ‘n’ roll has lost a hell of a lot of bands, with some totally legendary acts taking a one-way ticket to Splitsville.<p>Click …

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Next-gen Siri versus Google Now on Tap: The battle to read your mind best

Apple's answer to an increasingly solicitous Google Now is a more skillful Siri of its own.<p>At the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple introduced a more advanced version of Siri for iOS 9 that comes with "proactive" personal assistant features -- like prompting you to …

Google Now

The Psychedelic Free Spirits of Hollywood Boulevard

Between 1969 and 1972 the young photographer <b>Dennis Feldman</b> spent his days pacing Hollywood Boulevard, capturing the steady stream of characters who had arrived to strut their stuff. Feldman reflects on that period: “I was just capturing this kind of catalog of America types. They are psychological …

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

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I secretly lived in my office for 500 days

<b>(Jaymast via iStock)</b><p>Unable to pay rent in L.A., I slept behind my desk. But what began as a quick financial fix soon became a lifestyle<p>Terry K.<p>April 30, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>I was asleep when I heard the door rattle against the frame. My eyes flashed open and I sprung upright in my under-desk sleep …

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Why Stevie Nicks Should Be Your Career Success Spirit Guide

Unless you’ve been living under a pop cultural rock (they sold a lot of those in the 70s), you’ve probably noticed that famed Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks has been experiencing quite a career renaissance lately. She made a couple of buzzed-about cameos on last season’s <i>American Horror …

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Actors who have cross-dressed for roles

The Istanbul film festival screening of a film about the Kurdistan Workers’ party was cancelled after the Turkish ministry of culture complained – and now more people will see it than ever<p>The screening invitation reads: “Please don’t spread the news too much. Film-makers are a bit worried about …

Star Wars Mastermind George Lucas: Movies Don't Have to Make Sense

In conversation with Stephen Colbert, the producer-director reveals how his early days informed his legacy.<p>A great film doesn't need plot, says George Lucas. Same with characters. And dialogue? Can only make it worse. A great movie just needs picture and sound. That's always been his goal when …

The Essentials: The 15 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films

There are phases to every cineaste’s relationship with film. It probably starts as a voracious, omnivorous hunger that gorges itself on everything in …

10 Movie Remakes Involving Auteur Directors

Today the estimable <b>Shout Factory</b> releases the 1983 <b>Jim McBride</b> film “<b>Breathless</b>” on Blu Ray. It stars <b>Richard Gere</b> and <b>Valerie Kaprisky</b> in a …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …