Sashi Schaffter

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Cloak: the app that anti-social men have been waiting for

A new app flags your friends' whereabouts so you can avoid them. Welcome to the brave new world of anti-social networking, argues Sam Rowe<p>Social media has made creepy over-sharers of us all. Annoying, right? Sure – except now a new app promises to turn it to your advantage by flagging the …

Brazil's child sex trade soars as 2014 World Cup nears

Officials and campaigners fear explosion in child prostitution amid rising demand from football fans<p>A tiny figure in minuscule white shorts and a pink strapless top leans against a metal fence outside a school in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, north-east Brazil.<p>She has gloss-coated lips, …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Photographer Thierry Cohen's Darkened Cities project gives you a glimpse of what cities--like New York, pictured here--would look like with no electricity, just the light of the stars: http://f-st.co/oRz3tsX

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

• <b>Author:</b> Neil Gaiman<p><b>WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2013 BOOK OF THE YEAR</b><p><b>The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the bestselling magical novel from Neil Gaiman, one of the most brilliant storytellers of our generation and author of the epic novel American Gods, and the much-loved Sandman</b> …

The Sense of an Ending

• <b>Author:</b> Julian Barnes<p><b>Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (</b><b>Iris</b><b>) and Charlotte Rampling (</b><b>45 Years</b><b>)</b><p><b>Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011</b><p>Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less …

The Husband's Secret

• <b>Author:</b> Liane Moriarty<p><b>From the bestselling author of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies</b><b>, the addictive, EMMY award winning HBO series. The Husband's Secret will have you on the edge of your seat . . .</b><p><b>Speak up and hurt the ones you love most or stay silent and hide a crime?</b><p>Mother of three and wife …

Stoner

• <b>Author:</b> John Williams<p><b>'It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature' Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4</b><p><b>Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer – in 2013 translations of Stoner began appearing on</b> …

Sharp Objects

• <b>Author:</b> Gillian Flynn<p>Some scars never heal . . . An addictive thriller from the author of the mega bestseller, GONE GIRL.<p>When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes.<p>Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and …

And the Mountains Echoed

• <b>Author:</b> Khaled Hosseini<p><b>From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns</b><b><br>A Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick</b><p><i>And the Mountains Echoed</i> is a deeply moving epic of heartache, hope and, above all, the unbreakable bonds of love.<p>18 March 2013 – Hosseini s third novel …

Dark Places

• <b>Author:</b> Gillian Flynn<p><b>Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away . . . the gripping second novel from the author of the mega-bestselling GONE GIRL.</b><p>Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Swims With Fishes, Meteors Fly, and Jupiter Rises

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Hubble Space Telescope took this stunning portrait of Jupiter, complete with turbulent atmosphere and Ganymede, one of its large moons. This week sky-watchers get to look at the gas giant themselves as it rises in the evening skies. Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka …

top 10 regions

Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches.<p>1. Sikkim, India<p><b>Green is the colour</b><p>A bird's-eye view over Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India. Image by Image Source / Getty Images.<p>Picking up national accolades …

Pacific Ocean

World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners • Writers demand 'digital bill of rights' to curb abuses<p>More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that …

Tiny…Tinier..Tiniest.

Spread the Cute:<p>The QTE comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some petite prosh peeps!<p>Via the tasteful folks @ My Modern Met.<p>Advertisements<p>13creepy …

State surveillance of personal data: what is the society we wish to protect?

One of the writers who signed a letter demanding an international bill of digital rights, says 'our masters are in the grip of a delusionary nightmare'<p>What in principle would justify the scope of the surveillance revealed by the Snowden leak? Would it be enough, for example, if it could be shown …

Today's G2: Horsemeat: the mystery 'Polish beef trimmings' at the heart of a scandal http://gu.com/p/3jnnx/fb What could a 10-tonne batch of 'beef' found in Northern Ireland tell investigators about the meat trade? Well, it was 80% horse for a start, moving along one of the murky supply chains that feeds our appetite for cheap frozen burgers Photograph: Getty Images

Toxic skies - air pollutants are classed as one of the leading causes of cancer

A report published by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced, for the first time, that air pollution causes lung cancer.<p>It puts air pollution in the same category as tobacco smoke, UV radiation and plutonium.<p>Previously only specific components of air pollution, such as …

WATCH: Tesla Model S test drive in London: 'the opposite of every electric car stereotype' – video http://gu.com/p/3jzby/fb Environment web editor Adam Vaughan roadtests the Tesla Model S around London, one of the most environmentally friendly cars on the road and marketed as a genuine alternative to a combustion engine. He's joined by Martin Love, the Observer's motoring editor, who looks at how it measures up to other performance cars but finds its appearance 'underwhelming'