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Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa

On Saturday night, five young Syrians slouched into a dive bar in New York and ordered drinks. When the bartender asked if off-brand vodka was O.K., they had to smile. They were all exiles from Raqqa, the provincial city in northern Syria that <i>ISIS</i> has made its operational center and the de-facto …

Middle East

Pilot reports of close calls with drones rise enormously

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>As if pilots needed an extra hazard to contend with during takeoff and landing.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday released its latest report of close calls between planes and drones. It …

Drones

China Hasn't Devalued The Yuan: It's Allowed It To Devalue

Well, OK, we’re into the wondrous world of semantics here, what Humpty Dumpty says words do or do not mean. But it’s probably rather better to say that instead of China having devalued the yuan by nearly 2%, it’s has allowed the yuan to devalue by 2%. The difference is indeed in the meaning of the …

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma: Manchester City game can show why we are champions

Sunday’s trip to Manchester City is an ideal opportunity for Chelsea to signal the seriousness of their Premier League title defence, Kurt Zouma has said.<p>Zouma made only his second start in the Premier League against runners-up City last January in the game at Stamford Bridge, which ended in a 1-1 …

Beautifully designed physical books create incomparable reading experiences

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this,” the bestselling author Dave Eggers once observed.<p>This is an experience that readers who exclusively consume books on their tablets, e-readers and mobile devices at least partly miss out on. To fully …

Books

Don't Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone

Our telephone habits have changed, but so have the infrastructure and design of the handset.<p>One of the ironies of modern life is that everyone is glued to their phones, but nobody uses them as phones anymore. Not by choice, anyway. Phone calls—you know, where you put the thing up to your ear and …

Telephony

Dazzling photos capture shooting stars during Perseid meteor shower

Around the globe, people looked up to the night sky to catch what is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year.<p>The Perseid meteor shower …