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Jettison NSA phone database, panel tells Obama

Ending the NSA's massive phone database is just one recommendation in a report from the White House's surveillance review panel.<p>A report from the White House surveillance review board released Wednesday recommends the US National Security Agency end its bulk collection of Americans' phone records …


Unintended Consequences of Technology: Does Wi-Fi Kill Plants?

Ten years ago it was tough finding Wi-Fi, even here in NYC. But now it emanates from every Starbucks, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts, not to mention …


Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Is a Superior Sequel

If nothing else, Peter Jackson’s second film in his second Middle Earth series (oof), <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i>, gets one thing exactly right: That titular dragon (pronounced smOWg), given voice by Benedict Cumberbatch and made flesh by the wizards at Jackson’s Weta Workshop, slithers and …

Moroccan-Style Chicken Phyllo Rolls >> These rolls are based loosely on b’stilla—a phyllo-crusted “pie” of shredded chicken that’s been simmered with Moroccan spices and then mixed with egg and nuts. The egg lends the filling an almost custard-like richness.

New Apps and Websites That Will Change the Way You Travel in 2014

<i>By Karen Dion</i><p>There are so many new apps and websites to help us micromanage every aspect of our travel. In compiling a best-of list, we wondered where to even begin! We tried to keep it simple: Here are some of our favorites from the last year that will save you money and/or stress when planning …