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New game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery launches today

Hogwarts letters for all!<p>It’s time to create a new Hogwarts student, choose your house, and attend classes at the one and only Hogwarts School of …

Harry Potter

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Introducing Amazon FreeTime on Alexa—An All-New Alexa Experience Built from the Ground Up for Kids

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)— Amazon today announced all-new Alexa experiences for kids and parents: Amazon FreeTime on Alexa, Amazon …

Smart Homes

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return

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Entertainment

My aunt never got to see her novel about a Guernsey wartime book club become a worldwide success

How does anyone coauthor a novel? I haven’t the slightest idea, and I did it. I am the co-author, with my aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and based upon this experience, my only advice for aspiring co-authors is: Live together for 45 years before you …

Books

Amazon confirms the existence of a 'Fire TV Cube'

The next-generation Fire TV might take on a cube-shaped form. <i>AFTVNews</i> has discovered a page on Amazon's website where you can sign up to receive more info about a certain "Fire TV Cube." While the page is pretty much empty other than the words "What is Fire TV Cube?" and the promise of more details …

Handsfree

Anker announced an affordable AirPods rival and a bunch of new speakers

Anker’s audio brand, Soundcore, is releasing more than a dozen new speakers and headphones to welcome actual good spring and summer weather. Soundcore, like its parent brand, makes solid products at affordable price points. Most of these speakers and headphones stand out for their battery life, …

Amazon Echo

In 'The New Face Of America,' Journalist Alex Wagner Saw Herself

In 1993, Alex Wagner saw a familiar face on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine: It was a computer-generated picture of a multiethnic woman who reminded her of ... herself.<p>Wagner's father is white and from the Midwest; her mother is from what was then Burma. And after reading the <i>Time</i> story on "The New Face …

Journalism

Celeste Ng Recommends 27 Books To Pick Up On Independent Bookstore Day

On Saturday, April 28, bibliophiles across the country will descend on their local booksellers to shop exclusive bookish swag, participate in fun …

Books

Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer Shares How He Wrote An Award-Winning Novel

The author of Less reveals his secret: "The nervous breakdown happened before I wrote the book, which made the writing much easier"<p>With his tremendous fifth novel, Andrew Sean Greer has landed the big fish. Last week, Greer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for <i>Less</i>, an unforgettable comic …

Books

These 2 New True Crime Books Are The Latest Examples Of Just How Powerful The Genre Can Be

Until NPR’s hit podcast <i>Serial</i> debuted in 2014, the true crime genre was a guilty pleasure many indulged in, but few would admit to out loud for fear …

Books

Every Library Has a Story to Tell

Three new books for bibliophiles dig into the hidden human side of book collections.<p>A library is, at its most essential, a space that holds a …

Books

Harry Potter: Hogwart’s Mystery opens school for witches and wizards

In Harry Potter fiction, the ritual of the Sorting Hat is that it chooses a school for you. But in my early moments in Harry Potter: Hogwart’s Mystery, I was able to choose my own house, Gryffindor. That’s one of the differences you’ll see in the new mobile game debuting today on Google Play and …

Books

Nonfiction Book Review: Why We Need Religion by Stephen T. Asma. Oxford Univ., $29.95 (264p) ISBN 978-0-19-046967-2

Why We Need Religion<p>Stephen T. Asma. Oxford Univ., $29.95 (264p) ISBN 978-0-19-046967-2<p>More By and About This Author<p>Asma (<i>The Evolution of …

Philosophy

All That Remains by Sue Black – a life investigating death

A professor of anatomy and forensic anthropology, who works in war and disaster zones, considers questions of mortality<p>In 1999, Sue Black – one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists – found herself confronted by a “nightmare scene that could never be adequately described”. In 38C heat, …

Books

Amazon renews 'Jack Ryan' months before it premieres

Amazon is confident that <i>Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan</i> will be a success -- so confident, in fact, that it's not waiting for initial viewings to declare it a hit. The company has already renewed <i>Jack Ryan</i> for a second season despite a months-long wait for Prime Video show's August 31st premiere. If you ask …

Watchlist

New Harry Potter game, launching today, lets players enroll in Hogwarts

In the first step of what could be an endless exploration of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Los Angeles mobile games studio Jam City is releasing its <i>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</i> game on the App Store and Google Play.<p>Developed in partnership with Warner Bros., the game will launch under …

Harry Potter

Flipboard launches a new tech section

With recent changes, Flipboard has been placing a big emphasis on allowing readers to go deep on their interests. Now it’s adding even more features around one particular interest, in the Technology section of the Flipboard website and app.<p>“We want to make Flipboard definitive for tech insiders and …

Emerging Technology

Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy from PBS’s Great American Read: Part 2 - Unbound Worlds

A Novel<p>Geneticists use cutting edge science to stock an island amusement park with prehistoric monsters. What could possibly go wrong? Lots. As it …

Books

To hell with aging: Watch this YouTube video about a dragon

Popular Youtuber CGP Grey today released an adaptation of Nick Bostrom’s <i>The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant,</i> a short story that parables the world’s lack of effort to fight aging and death with science. It’s an amazing animation that shines new light on an incredible story that seems outright prescient …

Singularity

The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Book Clubs

One of the easiest titles to suggest for book club discussion is Nicola Griffith’s <i>Hild</i>, a 2013 historical novel with a touch of the fantastic. <i>Hild</i> is …

Books

Amazon rolls out in-car delivery

With no additional hardware, Amazon customers that have certain types of cars can now get packages delivered to their cars rather than their homes …

Customers

The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon's success

Jeff Bezos’s firm is good at selling things to shoppers, but that is the tip of its commercial iceberg<p>In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos instituted a rule: every internal team should be small enough that it can be fed with two pizzas. The goal wasn’t to cut down on the catering bill. It was, …

Cloud Computing

Bezos Says That When Pee Tape Is Released It Will Be Free for All Amazon Prime Members

SEATTLE (The Borowitz Report)—Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, announced on Tuesday that when the purported “pee tape” becomes available it will be offered free to all Amazon Prime members.<p>Speaking to reporters in Seattle, Bezos said that the pee-tape offer was “consistent with Amazon’s mandate …

Enterprise Tech

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Which is the best language to learn?

Once a mark of the cultured, language-learning is in retreat among English speakers. It’s never too late, but where to start?<p><b>An introduction by</b> …

Language

Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car | Ars Technica

Another option for those skeptical about in-home deliveries.<p>Amazon added a new delivery location to the ever-growing number of spots it can leave …

Customers

Amazon Web Services Launches Ethereum And Hyperledger Blockchain Templates

Advertisement<p>Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced blockchain templates for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric, providing a fast and easy way to …

Blockchain

Suzy Welch: This simple question from Jeff Bezos could transform the way you think about work

It took Jeff Bezos just three words to change the way bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch thinks about work.<p>Welch tells …

Jack Welch