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McDonald’s is going all out to woo Indian taste buds

More Indian flavours are finding their way into McDonald’s menu.<p>After products like Aloo-Tikki Burger, Masala Dosa Brioche, and Anda Bhurji<i>,</i> the fast-food chain is ready with two more offerings to woo Indians: Chatpata-Naan, and Italian and Mexican rice bowls.<p>The Chatpata-Naan—potato patty or …

McDonald's

Spotify IPO shows how its streaming losses saved the music world

The recording industry is making money because Spotify built itself into a giant that doesn't turn a profit.<p>"If you've got to pull something out of the gutter, it's going to cost a lot."<p>Jordan Bromley, music lawyer at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Money

Microsoft now offers AI courses as a skill for your CV

Here’s something every tech company agrees on: the world needs more AI engineers. Microsoft is the latest firm to try to answer this demand, and this week, it launched a new course on its tech accreditation scheme (known as the Microsoft Professional Program) dedicated to artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

According to Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, These Are the Most Dangerous and Disruptive Ideas | Inc.com

As I was growing up I'd often quip that my grandmother, who had been born at the start of the 20th Century in a Greek village and lived to nearly the age of 100, saw more change in her lifetime than I'd ever possibly see. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong because my future math was a few …

Singularity

Three million people are staying in Airbnbs over New Year’s. Eight years ago, only 1,400 were.

Airbnb has had a meteoric rise.<p>To understand the growth of Airbnb, look no further than the number of guests who rent out rooms over the New Year’s holiday.<p>More than three million guests are using the service over the holiday this year, according to Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky. For consecutive years …

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

Number inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories just got bigger and bigger. Data stored, stuff bought, years lived, the great scoreboard of human existence clicked over with digits never seen before as the world population edged ever closer to 8bn.<p>Many of the …

Space

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Text-To-Speech

Even in Poland, Workers’ Wages Flow to North Korea

POLICE, Poland — At an isolated shipyard on Poland’s Baltic coast, men in coveralls used welding torches under a cold drizzle, forging an oil tanker for a customer in the Netherlands. The scene was unremarkable, save for the provenance of a dozen of the workers.<p>“Yes, we are from the Democratic …

North Korea

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

<b>1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)</b> <br>An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.<p><b>2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)</b><br>This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of …

Literature

The world's biggest YouTube stars are seeing a massive slowdown

The internet is a fickle mistress.<p>Popular YouTube stars like PewDiePie and Zoella are seeing a huge slowdown in their online subscriber growth, signalling that even the top earners will need to look beyond video to maintain their popularity and income.<p>Business Insider analysed statistics from …

Internet

Forget Bitcoin and Ethereum: Say Hello to Qtum

This business-focused blockchain developer aims to combine the best of bitcoin and Ethereum, with a twist.<p>This turned out to be a truly incredible …

Blockchain

A simple guide to how money circulates in the Indian economy

When money is released by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) into the economy, it goes into circulation through transactions. The government may pay the people it employs, buy goods and services, give subsidies, and so on. Part of this money is kept by the recipients and the rest goes back into bank …

Finance

Google Storyboard turns your videos into comic strips

Google just launched three experimental photography apps on Product Hunt. My favorite one is Storyboard, which lets you automatically turn your videos into a one-page comic strip.<p>It’s still early days, so the app is super-sparse at the moment. Just load the video into the app, wait a few seconds, …

Apps

AI creates fake celebrity porn for Redditors to fap to

Artificial intelligence is a game-changer. Never in the history of human existence has there existed a technology with the power to wipe out cancer, end traffic accidents, and perhaps even formulate an actionable plan to reverse climate change. And fortunately for us, some of the smartest people in …

How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

How An Entirely Fake Restaurant Became London's Hottest Reservation

A London-based writer has illustrated how easy it is to manipulate review sites like TripAdvisor, by pushing an entirely nonexistent restaurant to …

Why ghee is the elixir of life

I, like most Indians, grew up eating ghee and relished every drop of it. In the late 80s there was this vogue of banishing ghee from your diet …

Alternative Medicine

What Fine Dining Looks Like in Lisbon

Lisbon might not be known as a fine-dining destination, but a group of groundbreaking chefs are ushering in a new era of ambitious cooking. Showcasing the unbelievable ingredients Portugal has to offer, including fresh seafood and <i>porco preto</i> pork from Alentejo, these restaurants blend Portuguese …

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Ethereum, patiently explained

Although ‘Bitcoin‘ and ‘Ethereum’ are terms that are often paired together, the reality is that they are vastly different. The only thing Ethereum shares with Bitcoin is that it’s a cryptoasset running on top of blockchain.<p>Instead of being just a cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, Ethereum also has …

HP quietly installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs

Lenovo has only just settled a massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users' consent, and now it seems HP is getting in on the stealth installation action, too. According to numerous reports gathered by <i>Computer World,</i> the brand is deploying a telemetry client on …

7 Spotify features that will make your experience better

Spotify is one of the most used music streaming apps in the world — as of June this year it had 140 million active users.<p>But for an app so widely used, a lot of its better features are hidden. This is an issue that Spotify has been tackling for a while, and although its taken steps to and continues …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Bill Clinton

The Noise | by Stephen Curry

O ne thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, especially today on Veterans Day, is what it means to have a platform.<p>I guess it’s tempting, …

Mental Health

A Vast Art Project Is Transforming This Guatemalan Lakeside Town

On the shores of stunning Lake Atitlán, a mission to paint 960 buildings in eye-catching designs is enriching locals and visitors alike<p>One Guatemalan town is proving that a few coats of paint have the power to actually change lives, that color and art can visibly improve quality of life. On …

The Beginner's Guide to Mindful Eating

With endless white elephant parties, holiday cookies, and champagne toasts on the horizon, indulgence is simply an inevitability this time of …

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an area roughly the size of a football pitch, and so high that cranes are needed to reach the top; cast-offs …

China

In China, the Brutality of ‘House Arrest’

Authoritarian regimes shroud their darkest features in euphemism. So it is with China’s “residential surveillance at a designated location.” It sounds like a kind of house arrest, a milder form of detention for those under investigation, perhaps, or awaiting trial. It is not.<p>It is in fact the …

China

How a Comedy Website Came to Sell Wine to Survive

Two friends started a greeting card company on the internet. It was cheap to launch and it instantly reached millions. Then one day without warning, Facebook changed the way it did business.<p>This is a story about survival in the age of Facebook, when a privately held algorithm can turn a beloved …

Harvard

Club store shopping makes you spend and eat more

Club stores bring together many of America's prized consumer values: efficiency, convenience and savings.<p>But people shopping at warehouse club stores like Costco, BJ's or Sam's Club, are spending more on packaged food, making more shopping trips, and taking in more packaged food calories than if …

Personal Finance