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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

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Pastry Cream - Cook's Illustrated | Cook's Illustrated

We prefer whole milk in this recipe, but 1 or 2 percent low-fat milk may be substituted. Do not substitute frozen cherries for the fresh cherries.<p><b>1.</b> …

Donald Trump and the Rise of Alt-Reality Media

You think the truth took a hit last year? It's about to get worse. A lot worse.<p>Earlier this year, I argued that the conservative movement did not merely have a Donald Trump problem—it had a media problem. As Trump slouched toward the nomination, he was backed by a conservative media that had …

Six Essential Camera Settings for Landscape Photographers

Sunset at Tenaya Lake, Yosemite. It’s important to check the red channel in the histogram when photographing warm, saturated colors like this.Every …

Bank tied to Trump adviser accused of discrimination

A California bank linked to Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Trump's national finance chairman and a potential pick for Treasury secretary, has been hit with a new federal complaint of alleged redlining and other discrimination against minorities.<p>CIT Bank, its parent company, CIT Group (CIT), and …

The four ways a Trump presidency could turn out, according to an expert in political upheaval

In fits and starts, the contours of the Trump administration will begin to take shape over the coming weeks. Like his campaign, the president-elect's transition is already shaping up to be a highly unconventional one: shortly after the election, Trump removed Chris Christie from a leadership post …

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This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …

Eat, hike, love Croatian style

This past September, I found myself in Croatia. Rovinji, to be more specific. Perfectly placed in suitably heart-shaped Istria, Rovinji hugs the …

Blu phones have been secretly sending your texts to China

Blu’s unlocked Android smartphones are a noteworthy bargain, offering decent hardware in a range of models for between $50 – $110 across the US and Latin America. Unfortunately, they’re not so great when it comes to privacy.<p>US-based security firm Kryptowire said that it discovered firmware in …

Wells Fargo Conversations

An aging bull market and increased volatility make diversification an important investment consideration.<p>A new approach to your balance sheet could …

Roku's $30 Express player is more intriguing than its high-end Ultra

Few tech companies are as reliable as Roku. Every year, like clockwork, it releases a new round of streaming video boxes, each a bit faster and better than what came before. There's the occasional welcome surprise, like the $50 Roku Stick that debuted earlier this year, but for the most part the …

Gear & Gadgets

148 Photo Editing Tools and Apps

Earlier this year, after researching photo editing tools, I shared a list of 104 photo editing tools you should know about. After receiving a great …

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What to do when your smelly airline seatmate makes you gag

During passenger boarding on a flight from Miami to Caracas, Venezuela, several travelers bypassed their seats and stormed into the aft galley where I was setting up the serving cart.<p>The flabbergasted fliers complained not about the cramped seating on our Boeing 757 or the lack of overhead bin …

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Lizzie Fortunato's Utterly Copycatable Trip to Vietnam and Cambodia

The Indochina itinerary you'll want to reuse for yourself.<p>Earlier this year, jewelry and leather goods designer Lizzie Fortunato and her boyfriend took a perfect holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia. To plot their itinerary, Fortunato looked to social media. "Blog and Instagram research is my go-to …

A New Book Features Rarely Seen Photos of Audrey Hepburn

More than two decades after her death at the age of 63, Audrey Hepburn continues to be a subject of endless fascination. A new coffee table book, out today, celebrates her timeless style and features more than 200 rare images of the Hollywood screen legend like we’ve never seen her before. Written …

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How to maximize returns while minimizing investment risk

<i>This article is by staff writer William Cowie.</i><p>Back in 2005, someone wrote that Priceline.com would be a good stock in which to invest. At the time, I …

Free Europe Bus Travel (Yes Free!) with Hello Bus!

Posted By Jon Nickel-D'Andrea on Oct 23, 2016 | 5 comments<p>European bus company Hello (Hellö) is running one heck of a sale, and if you haven’t heard …

TLC Diet: Eating Plan to Lower Cholesterol and Lose Weight

TLC diet stands for <b>Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes</b> and is an eating plan that can help you get rid of “bad” cholesterol. The lifestyle changes include <b>weight loss, exercise, diet, and no smoking</b>. This program is recommended by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and their National Cholesterol …