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Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York

One midwinter in 1950s New York, Harper Lee went to stay with friends. Little did she know she was about to receive the gift of a lifetime… Illustrations by Bill Bragg<p>Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I …

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The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good

This morning, just like every Monday morning, 75 million Spotify users received a great new mixtape: 30 songs that feel like a gift from a music-loving friend, who might once have made a cassette tape with your name scrawled across the front.<p>But these playlists, from Spotify’s Discover Weekly …

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5 Men Talk About Their Struggles With Body Image

Five men discuss their relationship with their body, how it's affected their lives, and how to move forward.<p><i>Few and far between are the honest conversations between men about their bodies, their insecurities, and their perceptions of how they look. This is an online conversation among five men that</i> …

Star Wars Has Already Sold More Tickets than the Year’s Biggest Movie

Take that, dinosaurs.<p>That’s no moon . . . that’s the biggest opening weekend box office in history, staring right at us.<p>Everyone knows that <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is going to be huge, but some new numbers suggest that it might be even more gigantic than anyone anticipated. Fandango reports …

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Twitter brings curated 'Moments' to the UK

For years, Twitter has served us text, photos and videos in chronological format, allowing us to keep up with news and events the very minute they happen. That's great if you follow a wide range of people, but when information isn't centralised, it can be hard to stay up-to-date with developments. …

Facebook is replacing Photo Sync with its Moments app

If you've been storing pictures with Facebook's Photo Sync feature, those will soon be moved to another property from the social network. As spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i>, Facebook has started notifying people that, on January 10th, content from Photo Sync is now going to live in its Moments app. The …

Xprize offers $7 million for exploring the ocean floor

After years of focusing on moonshots and other lofty goals, the Xprize Foundation now hopes to inspire innovation in the opposite direction... in a very literal sense. Its new Shell Ocean Discovery Xprize is offering a total of $7 million in awards to teams that can deliver robotic exploration of …

Pandora launches a personalized station based on your likes

Pandora is putting to work what it knows about all of those songs you've thumbed up over the years. Today it's launching Thumbprint Radio, a "hyper-personalized" station that's based entirely on the songs you've liked. "This is a living, breathing station that will continue to change as you …

Siri technology is coming soon to more apps, fridges and even robots

Your smart life is about to get even smarter with a new set of software development tools that will let coders include world-class speech recognition and natural language processing — the same stuff that powers Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant — to thermostats, refrigerators, apps and, yes, …

LinkedIn's revamped job listings are all about you

LinkedIn is revamping its job listings pages with new sections geared towards giving you more information on whether a position is right for you. Rather than simply listing a job description and similar postings, the new pages are personalized based on your LinkedIn profile.<p>The first change you'll …

Use Android Pay to handle your in-app purchases

Android Pay has been handling mobile payments for the Google faithful since September, and now it's ready to lend a hand inside apps. Starting today, you can use Mountain View's payments system to complete in-app purchases. Instead of having to pull out your wallet and manually enter card info, you …

Your phone is a lightsaber in Google's desktop browser game

Since real lightsabers don't exist (yet), Google and the studios behind <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> are offering the next-best thing: A program that turns your smartphone into a lightsaber, which then takes out bad guys on your computer screen. <i>Lightsaber Escape</i> is live now -- open it in your …

Ford will test autonomous cars in California next year

Ford's autonomous vehicles will be joining Google, Mercedes and Audi on California roads in the coming year. The automaker secured permits to operate specially built Fusion Hybrids out of the company's Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.<p>Ford says the tests are part of its 10-year …