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36 of the best documentaries you can stream right now

We love documentaries at WIRED and, as this list proves, there are dozens of great ones worthy of your time and attention. To help you in the search …

Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in <i>Current Biology</i> …

In 2050, You Might Want To Be Living In Helsinki

The city and its suburbs are growing, but so is its vision for dense, walkable neighborhoods and car-free transit. It’s a model for the future of urban smart growth.<p>Helsinki already ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities, but by 2050, it may top the list, especially as other cities …

What It Was Like Watching Television In 2004 Vs. 2014

A lot can change in a decade, but it doesn't always.

Window Pains: Stained Glass Faces Dark Days

Changing Tastes, Cost, Shatter Traditional Business; Casinos, Gift Shops<p>When it comes to stained-glass windows in churches, Kevin O’Dea’s views are crystal clear.<p>“Honestly, it makes me more comfortable not to see any at all,” says Mr. O’Dea, a 34-year-old real-estate agent from Norfolk, Va., who …

Real Estate

The Market For Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

Around this time every year, retailers gird their loins and prepare to slash prices for the holiday shopping season. For many stores, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are opportunities to clear old stock (at a mild loss) and trigger a surge of spending that carries on well into December. Deals on …

Tech Gifts For Geeky Guys This Holiday Season

I have been told that buying gifts for me is difficult. I’m obviously passionate about my PCs and technology in general, but I already have access to virtually all of the latest gadgets and PC hardware out there. Friends and family often come to my place to check out the latest gear, before heading …

2014 Gift Guide: Tech Lover

To be honest, when I was asked to compile a tech gift guide for the holidays, I felt a little hesitant. Despite being Design Milk’s technology editor …

Gift guide: 5 smart devices for the tech-lover who has everything

From a portable charger powerful enough to jumpstart your car to a gadget that will play fetch with your dog, CNET's Sumi Das found five unique gift …

Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year

We're still waiting for the Rezence standard to bring wireless charging to laptops, but Freescale is taking a big step towards making that a reality. It just announced a new wireless product that's powerful enough to recharge tablets, portable medical devices, and other large gadgets. The 15-watt …

Gift Guide: For the Tech-Obsessed

Technology? It’s my favorite indulgence. Take a look a handful of gadgets that the stylish Silicon Valley denizen would adore.<p>Above: On my personal …

Last-minute gift ideas: 10 great tech gifts under $100

We don’t want to scare you, but you have one week left to finish your Christmas gift shopping. Ok, maybe we do want to scare you. It’s now officially …

Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet? Hugely popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has you covered. In …

Dan’s Gift Guide: low cost tech accessories you may have overlooked

My favorite gift picks for this year include a couple smaller items that’ll complement your Apple setup, one to help you cut the cord and one to make you fall deeper into Apple fandom. Only one of my picks is priced just slightly north of $50, so any of them should be good for Secret Santa or …

The 11 Shows You Should Binge-Watch Over the Holiday Break

’Tis the season for family bonding, holiday cheer, and decking all the halls. But if that kind of fa-la-la-la-ing isn’t your thing, we thankfully live in an age of endless options. I’m speaking, of course, of my favorite vacation pastime: the binge-watch. This time-honored pastime doesn’t <i>have</i> to be …

Netflix Binge Watching: 9 Shows To Stream On Your Winter Break

Christmas may be over, but many are still enjoying a break from their normal routines until New Year's. Whether your winter break is from school or …

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014

Every entrepreneur should read these groundbreaking books on how to market yourself, your product, and your company.<p>My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, …

Marketing

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

5 Times Stephen Colbert Changed the World

Since its first episode in 2005, <i>The Colbert Report</i> has mostly served to make us laugh. But Stephen Colbert—both as his over-the-top, …

Comedy

The Colbert Report Signs Off: Pictures

Double amputee controls bionic arms with his mind

Prosthetic technology has made huge leaps in recent years, but the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is pushing it into <i>Six Million</i> …

Who’s Been Naughty and Nice in Politics?

Santa came to town and left a list of this year’s bad and good. Check it out (twice if you want).<p>It’s been a very busy year in America’s capital, and once again Santa has been making his list and checking it twice, deciding which of our favorite politico types have been naughty and which have been …

Enchantingly Ethereal Underwater Portraits by Gabriele Viertel

German-born, Netherlands-based photographer Gabriele Viertel captures striking portraits of ethereal women drifting gracefully underwater. The self-taught photographer, who has immersed herself in her craft since 2011, has been featured in numerous publications like <i>Vogue Italia</i> for her gorgeous …

15 colorful landscape photos from around the world | CNN Travel

15 For 2015 Hot List

The haute-est things to see, do, and wear in the year ahead.<p>The haute-est things to see, do, and wear in the year ahead.

Jamie Cullum: 'I wooed Sophie at my local pub'

The most successful British jazz singer of all time talks about making music, parenthood - and married life with Sophie Dahl<p>Jamie Cullum admits he’s not the greatest piano player. ‘‘I’m not the greatest singer," he adds. ‘‘And I don’t look like Justin Timberlake, but I think I can communicate on …

Superfluid Helium Can Leak Through Glass And Climb Out of Its Container

This incredible video proves that helium isn't just a voice-raising gas. In its superfluid state it also defies gravity, has zero friction and can …

Helium

7 Ways To Make Your Home A Greener Place

Want to go green, but don't have the time or budget for a complete renovation? Easily make your home more eco-friendly with these seven simple DIY projects.<p>"Living a greener life" seems like a tall order, especially if you're renting or can't afford to renovate your home using eco-friendly …