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World Book Day: The 10 best teen reads

From The Hunger Games to Jane Eyre the World Book Day list of top teen tomes is full of books to inspire teen readers. But what have they missed off?<p>As the sixth What Kids Are Reading report bemoans a tendency among secondary school students to read books that are too easy – suggesting that …

These 11 apps are the key to productivity

A few weeks ago I talked about using a system of reward tasks and “enjoyable” activities to motivate yourself to get things done. A lot of readers asked me what tools and apps I used to keep on top of my tasks and assignments.<p>An email account combined with Evernote is sufficient for most people to …

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Want to read quicker? There's an app for that

Last month, I messed around with a site that told me I read at 889 words per minute. I didn't believe it; I might be fast, but I'm not that fast. However, a new app is promising I could get faster, provided I'm prepared to get "spritzing".<p>Here's how it works. When we're reading normal text, claims …

‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival

ABC’s new supernatural-religious drama is like Touched by an Angel meets The X-Files. Just in case that sounds like your bag.<p>“My kitty just died. I …

In Defense of Instagramming Conflict in Crimea

Ukraine and Russia are facing off over a peninsula where, 160 years ago, war photography was born.<p>The <i>Daily Mail</i> was positively apoplectic. "Shocking pictures show people in Crimea taking SELFIES with Russian masked gunmen as Ukraine teeters on the brink of war," the British tabloid yelped over the …

Samsung and Cisco agree to share patents, sue less

Tired of endless patent lawsuits? So are Samsung and Cisco. The two companies have entered a patent cross-license agreement, essentially promising not to sue each other for the next ten years. The decade long deal specifically gives the firms access to each other's patient portfolios <i>and</i> new patents …

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: A Small But Spectacular Android Smartphone

Sony debuted the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES, noting that the consumer who prefers to have a smaller device does not want fewer features. Could Sony take the experience in their flagship smartphone and pack it into a much smaller package without reducing the functionality?<p>In the marketplace, the …

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

China man in balloon bound for disputed islands crashes

<b>A Chinese man flying a hot air balloon to a group of disputed islands had to be rescued after his balloon crashed, Japan's Coast Guard has said.</b><p>The man, who said he was a cook, was heading to an East China Sea island chain controlled by Japan, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.<p>The man …

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Feds May Require Cars to Talk to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

Federal officials will decided in the "coming weeks" whether to require new cars to include smart technology that would alert drivers of a coming …

Mobile App Growth Is Now In DECLINE

For those of you who believe the mobile economy is still in gold rush/bubble territory — an industry whose greatest growth years are in front of it — think again.<p>Flurry, one of the larger mobile ad companies, measured device activations and app download traffic over Christmas and discovered that …

UK braced for further floods as storms sweep in from Atlantic

Gales and heavy rain expected to hit southern England and Wales but drier weather is forecast for much of Scotland<p>Gales and torrential rain will usher in the new year for most parts of Britain as a fresh storm sweeps in from the Atlantic, forecasters have said.<p>There will be no letup for the …

New York's Record Low Murder Rate Gets Even Lower

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The New York City mayor's office announced this week that there have been 332 murders in the city so …

VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

The first eruption of eastern El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano in 37 years sent ash and gas soaring as much as six miles into the air on Sunday and led authorities to evacuate thousands of people from their homes.<p>According to the country's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Tourists paying homage to Bama's centenarians are bringing in millions. But the Guangxi county's success may be its undoing<p>Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath …

Children 'beheaded and mutilated' in Central African Republic, says Unicef

The UN agency for children says attacks against children have reached new levels of viciousness in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced an estimated 400,000 in Bangui, the capital, this …

Flurry Finds Christmas App Download Spike Continues, But Lessens As People Get Used To Smartphones

Mobile analytics and ad platform Flurry has released its annual report on the state of app downloads over Christmas for 2013, and as is usually the case, consumers clearly went crazy for apps this year. Unwrapping a new iPad will inevitably prompt a spike in software downloads, but Flurry is …

What to expect for Android in 2014 & beyond

In 2007, Android was revealed with an air of skepticism. It was marketed as an open standard which would take on Apple and iOS. Six years and nine sweet-related names later, Android is at the pinnacle of mobile technology and it’s only going to get better in 2014.<p>Wearables 2.0<p>Whether you prefer …

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Apple files another request to ban older Samsung phones and tablets

Apple is once again seeking a sales ban on over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets that were found to violate its patents last year. Though such a ban was initially rejected, last month Apple was given another chance to argue for one when an appellate court vacated the earlier ruling. …

T-Mobile Plans to Talk "Un-Carrier" 4.0 at CES

T-Mobile is ready to make another big move, announcing plans for a media event at January’s CES to discuss the next step in its “un-carrier” …

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Muslims feel targeted over Woolwich killing

<b>London, United Kingdom -</b> Members of Muslim communities in southeast London, where two men convicted of killing a British soldier attended mosques and prayer groups, say they have been unfairly targeted by the media and faced Islamophobic intimidation since the May attack.<p>Speaking to Al Jazeera, …

Report: Half of all supermarket chicken harbors drug-resistant bacteria

A Consumer Reports investigation found potentially dangerous pathogens in nearly all of the chicken it tested<p>Dangerous bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," lurk in nearly all supermarket chicken, an investigation by Consumer Reports revealed.<p>The nonprofit organization tested 300 …

China’s Desperate Smog Fix: Pumping the Skies With Liquid Nitrogen

Scientists in China say that pumping extremely cold nitrogen into Beijing’s polluted skies might help combat the excessive smog that blankets the …