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You're Making Your Gin & Tonic Wrong and You Don't Even Know It

Skip the Highball, Use a Goblet<p>Both Dayton and Mantzaridis take inspiration from Spain, where the G&T has become a way of life, and serve their Gin & …

So Cortana IS smarter than Siri -- but Google Assistant is smartest (for now)

Virtual assistants are becoming ubiquitous in our work and home lives. Many of us own at least one personal assistant -- either Siri on iPhone or …

The Five Best Negronis You Need to Know About

Forget everything you know about the Negroni. This slightly bitter, aperitif-style classic that was invented roughly a century ago in Italy is …

Gin Botanicals, Decoded

What separates cucumber-tinged Hendrick's from pine-heavy Tanqueray? Botanicals. We look at 15 bottles and ingredients to break down what's in your …

Spices

You Need To Visit These 14 Cafes In Himachal That Are Instagram-Famous For Being So Gorgeous

Remember that trip you made to someplace in Himachal and amidst the crazy adventures, you found a tiny hut with the dreamiest interiors and the most …

The beer world's next big trend? Look out for NEIPAs, also known as hazy IPAs

IPA is the undisputed king of the craft beer world. The aromatic, often intensely bitter style stands in sharp relief to the bland brews that defined American beer for decades. And the ever-increasing demand for IPA drives the growing craft brewing industry. It's a style that's evolved along with …

Women tap into new roles as mobile internet scheme targets rural India | Amrit Dhillon

Sheetal Bootoli’s husband refused to let her touch the mobile phone. “What will you do with it? You’ll spoil it,” he said. It’s an attitude very familiar to women in rural India.<p>Yet now, four months later, Sheetal, 32, is teaching other rural women in and around Bootoli village, near Alwar, …

India

12 Christmas Cocktail Recipes to Get You into the Holiday Spirit

Nothing rings in the season better than holiday cocktails. While some folks pine for next-level hot cocoa recipes, others are longing for sweet and spiced cider cocktails. There are plenty of reasons you may want to sip at a few fancy drinks this holiday season. Perhaps it’s to get through an …

21 Whiskey Cocktails That Are Made for Winter

The Need to Read

Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small<p>We all ask each other a lot of questions. But we should all ask one question a lot more often: “What are you reading?”<p>It’s a simple question but a powerful one, …

Books

Robert Reich would be superb leader for this campus

The tide is turning: There is growing consensus across political lines about the imperative of reinvesting in public infrastructure and public …

Facebook and Intel reign supreme in 'Doom' AI deathmatch

On the island of Santorini, Greece, a group of AIs has been facing off in an epic battle of <i>Doom</i>.<p>This is VizDoom, a contest born from one man's idea: to improve the state of artificial intelligence by teaching computers the art of fragging. That simple notion then spiraled into a battle between tech …

A Chinese professor is using facial recognition to gauge how bored his students are

Students aren’t the only ones studying in a classroom at Sichuan University, China.<p>Science professor Wei Xiaoyong has developed a new “face reader” to study faces and emotions, the Telegraph reported. He first started using face-tracking devices about five years ago to log attendance. Now, he uses …

Online Privacy

Messenger is getting better sharing options, payments and tighter bot integration

Robots might be decades away from taking over the world, but they’re now a step closer to officially taking over Messenger. Today’s update, for both iOS and Android, brings tighter integration that offers users new ways to explore, interact and share their favorite bots.<p>Starting with a new welcome …

The 8 Most Common Gin Styles and the Best Bottles to Buy

Somnolent British grannies, pine tree aromas, "Mother's Ruin"—gin brings to mind many incongruous images. Given the diverse range of styles in which the spirit is produced, it's no surprise that gin is the most commonly used liquor in cocktails, by far. And that's partly thanks to gin's …

Alcohol

Seriously though, what is UX design really?

One of the most common misconceptions people have is that User Experience Design is all about usability. It’s easy to see why – usability means that a product is both usable and useful.<p>When you walk into an empty room, you can instantly imagine what purpose it will serve. Glance around and you get …

Obama’s Powerful Message: Donald Trump Is Un-American

It was about 8:40 <i>P.M.</i> last night when President Obama climbed aboard Air Force One for the hop to Philadelphia, where he was scheduled to speak at about 10:30 <i>P.M.</i> As an accomplished speaker, he must have known that the speech that would be fed into the teleprompters at the Wells Fargo Center was …

At Age 75, the Moscow Mule Gets Its Kick Back

Ten years ago, I attended a seminar on the history of vodka at Tales of the Cocktail, the annual New Orleans convention. The moderator mentioned a cocktail named the Moscow Mule as “the drink that started it all” — that is, vodka’s popularity in the United States. Invented in 1941, the drink was a …

Fish

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out 10 Laws of AI (and Human Behavior)

Taking a page from Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has drawn up six “musts” for the revolution in …

Microsoft is laying off 1,850 to “streamline” its smartphone business, takes $950M charge

Following last week’s news of Microsoft selling off its feature phone business for $350 million, today Microsoft turned its attention to smartphones: the company announced it would lay off 1,850 staff and take a charge of $950 million, including $200 million in severance payments, as it …

Mobile

27 cosy reading nooks that will make you want to curl up with a book

There’s one joyous thing that doesn’t rely on nice weather, other people’s plans, or not spending all your money before your next paycheck hits: …

Created for Election Season, This Website Lets You Vote for Your Favorite Political Memes

How do you feel about Donald Trump barfing Snapchat rainbows? Maybe you prefer Ted Cruz accidentally hitting a kid in the head with a football or a …

Advertising Industry