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Readers' travel photography competition – April winners

April’s images feature some gorgeous exotic locations, but the winning shot (judged by Mick Ryan of fotovue.com) is an everyday scene at a bus stop – beautifully executed. The winner gets their photo displayed at the year-end exhibition at the Guardian’s London HQ and stands a chance of winning a …

Photography

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

National Parks

Priest who aided North Korean defectors found dead in China

A priest who helped North Korean defectors flee their repressive homeland has been found dead in north-east China, with human rights activists suggesting that Pyongyang's security service may have had a hand in his death.<p>Chinese police have launched an investigation into the death of the priest, …

There's a standing desk and balance board for kids now

Given the increasing anxiety of what sitting is doing to our bodies, it was only a matter of time before someone began worrying about our nation's children. After seeing his son's classroom, FluidStance chief Joel Heath decided to build the UpGrade, a standing desk and balance board combo for …

Serena Williams Caught In People Magazine Photoshop Debate, Fans Say They Much Prefer Untouched Photo

'Real beauty, I appreciate that.'<p>It seems crackers that one of the world's best athletes, Serena Williams, should have to defend herself against …

Get a final look at the waterfront urban design study before it's approved

It's the final look at what the future Pier 7 and 8 will look like before the city moves to cover it with houses, roads, businesses and a boardwalk. …

The secret life of a photographer: free online content is putting us out of work

The last decade has seen one seismic shift after another for professionals, but the drastic devaluation of imagery is the biggest threat yet<p>In the 10 years I have spent working as a photographer for men’s lifestyle magazines, I have often felt like a traitor, trading in bums and boobs: images that …

Online Life

Under the screen: LG's new fingerprint sensor can neither be felt nor seen

Life may be sweeter under the sea, but it’s clearly safer under the screen. As biometric security becomes more common on our devices, the problem of placement has become a proper predicament. Whereas companies like LG and Huawei have been keen to keep fingerprint readers on the back – where they …

It's now illegal to Airbnb your entire apartment in Berlin

German capital cracks down on property listing site in attempt to keep housing rates affordable<p>As of this month, Berliners renting out their full apartments on Airbnb can face a fine of up to €100,000 ($115,000), under a new law aimed at curbing a rise in housing prices. The law, called</i> …

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Inspiring BEFORE and AFTER photos of a New York loft apartment redesign

Scott Specht and Louise Harpman designed the renovation of this 425 square foot loft apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.<p>Before we show you the …

Obama's top 10 jokes at the correspondents' dinner

Before declaring "Obama out," the president took a few jabs at his inner circle, as well as the candidates vying to replace him.<p>President Barack Obama dropped the mic on his last White House Correspondents' Dinner.<p>But before declaring "Obama out," the president took a few jabs at his inner circle, …

Worried About The Future of Virgin America? Richard Branson Is Too | Inc.com

Normally a multi-billion dollar exit would be cause for celebration.<p>So when news broke last month that Alaska Airlines had made a generous offer for Virgin America, it might have come as a surprise that Virgin founder Richard Branson seemed closer to breaking out in tears than breaking out the …

Physicists abuzz about possible new particle as CERN revs up

GENEVA (AP) — Was it a blip, or a breakthrough?<p>Scientists around the globe are revved up with excitement as the world's biggest atom smasher — best …

Australian businessman: I'm Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin

Craig Wright is trying to prove that he is the digital currency's long-elusive inventor known as Satoshi Nakamoto.<p>For years, mystery has shrouded the true identity of the creator of the electronic currency called Bitcoin. The person has been known only as Satoshi Nakamoto. Now, Australian …