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The rise of ad-blocking could herald the end of the free internet

More and more people are using software to turn off irritating website advertisements – but without them, smaller sites might go under<p>There is, alas, no such thing as a free lunch. What’s even more depressing is that there is no such thing as a free internet service. Most people nowadays probably …

Digital Advertising

Why Startups Succeed

Hint: It’s rarely pegged to funding.<p>Back in the spring, I digested a study entitled “<i>The Single Biggest Reason Startups Succeed</i>” conducted by …

Startups

How I grew my email subscribers from 0 to 5,000 in 6 months

January 2015: this was the traffic for my website and blog:<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>I know it’s sad to look at! Considering I was writing good content every week it was REALLY sad that nobody visited my blog.<p>A month …

Liverpool FC - KopTalk

Steven Gerrard on leaving Liverpool:<p>Before I went public with the news, other clubs were hearing I might be leaving Liverpool.<p>The first offer came …

Tottenham striker Harry Kane reminds me of myself, says Alan Shearer on eve of Capital One Cup final

Former England captain believes Kane is a complete striker, and is looking forward to seeing him take on Chelsea in Sunday's showpiece at Wembley<p>Harry Kane is a complete striker with the right sort of attitude to become one of the all-time great centre forwards, according to former <b>England</b> captain …

Christian Eriksen's secret to his Tottenham Hotspur success? He never stops improving

How hard work, Football Manager and Dennis Bergkamp turned the Dane into one of the Premier League's most feared midfielders<p>In a parallel universe, Christian Eriksen will be stepping out at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon wearing blue. There was a time when Eriksen could conceivably have joined</b> …

The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have been prominent among their replies. Both have served as foreign secretary, Straw also as home secretary and justice secretary. Neither …

Middle-class

Pebble took just two days to beat its crowdfunding record

Pebble Time isn't just one of the fastest-moving Kickstarter projects -- it's now one of the biggest, too. The color smartwatch took a mere two days to get more funding than its predecessor, hitting the $10.3 million mark with 29 days left to go. It's "only" the second highest-grossing Kickstarter …

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

40 free resources every designer should know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

The DJI Inspire 1: finally, a drone that flies well indoors

A drone carrying mistletoe at a TGI Friday’s clipped a photographer on the nose earlier this month, drawing quite a few rounds of “well, duh!”<p>It …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish<p>One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake …

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014

Every entrepreneur should read these groundbreaking books on how to market yourself, your product, and your company.<p>My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, …

Marketing

What we read about deep learning is just the tip of the iceberg

The artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning is white hot right now, as we have noted numerous times before. It’s powering many of …

How the Inventor of the Kimchi Taco Plans to Save the World

Here, a weekend's worth of excellent stories about food—in five fast clicks. First up: a look at chef Roy Choi's plans to save the world.<p>A weekend's …

Half The Size Of JPEG: Could BPG Lead To A Double-Speed Web?

A new graphics file format, proposed by programmer Fabrice Bellard, could cut the file size of digital photos by half with far-reaching consequences.<p><b>How are images made smaller?</b><p>The vast majority of photos taken with a cameras or smartphones and nearly every image viewed on the Web is stored in the …

Brilliant Collection of Photomicrographs Show a Universe of Colors and Shapes

Whether a rock is from India, Antarctica, the Alps, Lipari, Canada, Madagascar or from Veneto, their different histories is not really very …

Iran Cares More About New Mothers Than the United States

"Axis of Evil" Iran gives new mothers two-thirds pay for 12 weeks. Russia gives new mothers 20 weeks of paid time, Germany gives 14 weeks and India 12 weeks -- all at 100 percent pay. Other countries like the U.K., Canada and Saudi Arabia (yes, Saudi Arabia, where women can't drive) offer time off …

Here's What Soccer Fans Can Expect From The Qatar World Cup

All against doubts about whether women, gays and beer-drinkers will feel comfortable.<p>The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the wealthy oil- and gas-producing Gulf nation with giant ambitions that belie its size, is shaping up as a unique experience.<p>As plans jump from architects' tables to lay bricks and …

Hit: Windows XP (2001)

Released in 2001, Windows XP proved popular enough to last a good decade. It was Microsoft's first mass-market OS to support Windows NT, a powerful multiprocessing, multi-user OS.

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Exclusive: 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014

More from Newroz in Diyarbakir. #newroz #kurds #turkey #amed #diyarbakir #flags #somanyflags<br>Scout Tufankjian (@stufankjian) via Instagram<p>1 of 29<p>As …

Photo Sharing

New Report Shows Solid State Drives Can Take Over 1,000 Years of Data-Writing Abuse

Media storage has come a long way since the days of the room-sized 3.75MB hard disk drives (HDDs) you had to carry around with a fork lift. Most …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Plan to Wire the World

handauli is a tiny town in rural India about a four-hour drive southwest of New Delhi. India’s a big country, and there are several Chandaulis. This …

Tim Cook

Time-Lapse Condenses 100 Years of Beauty Trends Into 80 Seconds of Video

It seems as though each decade is defined by a handful of trends, fashion and otherwise, that permanently seal our perception of the given timeframe. …

Albert Einstein archive reveals the genius, doubts and loves of scientist

The letter from the 22-year-old Albert Einstein revealed his delight at fathering a daughter, Lieserl, with his sweetheart, former classmate and future wife, Mileva Marić. How the new mother took the missive is less than clear.<p>Posted to her from Berne, Switzerland, on 4 February 1902, the letter …

Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time

Meetings and Emails Kill Hours, but You Can Identify the Worst Offenders<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went.<p>New data-mining tools are helping employers answer that …

Time Management

High-speed camera tracks light at 100 billion fps

For most of us, high-speed image capture, say 120 or 240 frames per second, is enough to get a good look at stuff happening in the blink of an eye -- like a water droplet hitting the ground or a Bichon Frisé snagging his favorite ball. For faster subjects, industrial-strength high-speed cameras can …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain