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How good is Skype’s instant translation? We put it to the Chinese stress test

Skype recently announced a new translation tool that can interpret live speech in real time, across a number of languages. But the digital calling company’s demos and promo videos—currently only available as a “preview” on newer versions of Windows—are heavily edited and show people speaking from …

Language

Refugees who changed the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are destitute, desperate but determined. Thousands of them flee their homes every year, risking their lives in unseaworthy boats or crammed in trucks.<p>Refugees struggling to find a new life in Europe have seized the world's attention. In some places, they have faced a backlash from …

Sigmund Freud

The True Stories Behind 10 Unforgettable Horror Movies

Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers …

Horror

27 of the strangest world records ever set

People will do some pretty crazy things to get in the record books.<p>Though some world-record holders are physical anomalies — like the world's tallest person, or the shortest— the Guinness Book of World Records is filled with some incredibly strange attempts.<p>There's the people who set a record for …

World Records

What does the future look like to Hollywood?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Back to the Future" Day is gone, now part of the past. But over the years, Hollywood has provided plenty of other glimpses of days to come.<p>Welcome, 'Back to the Future' Day<p>Some of those too have already receded. "2001" is gone, and so are Pan Am and the USSR, both of which played a role in …

Taco Bell

Making things pay: Our objects will soon shop for us, securely

<i>This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at TNW Conference in New York on November 18. Discount tickets to the event are still available for purchase here.</i><p>After 20 years of living in the UK, I’m now moving to the US. What I find most daunting about this relocation is not the …

Amazon Echo

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

eCommerce

Bond is back. Film stars mingle with royals at 'Spectre' premiere | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Film stars mingled with royals at the world premiere of “Spectre” on Monday, marking British secret agent James Bond’s glitzy return to the silver screen.<p>(L to R) Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci pose for photographers as they attend the world premiere of the new …

James Bond

Facebook Here, Google Now

/* */<p>Google doesn’t know who your friends are, who you chat with, or what news you care about.<p>Just like how Facebook doesn’t know what’s in your email, what directions you map, what you web search for, or what’s going on in your Android phone. That’s why the two have huge but very different …

Social Media