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How a dialect differs from a language

HONG KONG'S education department caused a furore in January 2014 by briefly posting on its website the claim that Cantonese was “not an official …

Selling Social Justice Short

This Super Bowl season we’ve learned that social justice is in fashion. It sells. It sells Coke, it sells cars, and it sells us short.<p>So it begins, …

Why did the AK-47 become so popular?

Mikhail Kalashnikov shows a model of his AK-47 assault rifle at home in the Ural Mountain city of Izhevsk, 1,000km (625 miles) east of Moscow<p>1 of 13<p>AP<p>…

5 Tech Products That Will Be Dead in 5 Years

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Murdoch Throws in the Towel on China

Rupert Murdoch’s 21 Century Fox Group announced Thursday it had sold its remaining 47% stake in Star China TV, marking the effective end of a …

Attack On Twitch Streamer Shuts Down Riot And EA Servers, Attracts Police

It started as a game of League of Legends, and ended with a swarm of cops pointing guns at the player and accusing him of having hostages held against their will in his home.<p>Welcome to the world of online video game harassment.<p>Professional League of Legends streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga spent …

The meaning of "Doom"

TWENTY years ago today, a small Texas company called id Software uploaded a file to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That file …

Brazil’s World Cup Raises Fear of Rampant Child Prostitution

Amanda sits curled up on the sofa watching cartoons on television. She will soon turn 14, but her youth belies her past. The young girl has suffered …

Planning the next bounceback

SAMULI SIMOJOKI knew the outcome was a formality, but he still wanted his say, “not so much as a Nokia shareholder, but as a Finn.” Mr Simojoki, a …

The Siri vs Google Now Debate [COMIC]

Folks over at <i>The Joy of Tech</i> is known for creating all kinds of humorous comic strips based on the current tech topics that are on everyone’s mind. …