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Leaked Continuum Video Shows Microsoft Has Found Its Mojo Again

Something has happened at Redmond. Whatever it is, it’s been enough to stir a few echoes back here with someone who left Windows as a platform over a decade ago for OSX. Of course I could sit here and quote statistics all night long about Android vs. Windows vs. OSX (and iOS in its various forms) …

Windows 10

10 Steps to a Happier Life, Backed By Research

I went through a number of great books on happiness and pulled together ten research-based tips that can help build a happier life:<p>1) Cut the small …

A Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

How long have you been using Facebook? A year? Five years? Ten years? Even if it's been only a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don't even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, a family member or a potential employer …

A Picture Postcard From Kerala, India

For Sam and me, Kerala is the jewel in India's crown: quiet, relatively clean, filled with color and contrast. It is thought that apostle Thomas arrived in Kerala and founded seven churches around 53 AD. Because of that and the Portuguese spice trading, the state is about 19% Christian. Jews …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Sterilisation in India: Rights and wrongs

In November, 13 women in the northern state of Chhattisgarh, India, died during the course of a sterilisation procedure carried out in unsanitary conditions by doctors who performed too many operations in a short period of time. Rat poison was found contaminating the hospital's drugs given to the …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

25 Thanksgiving Jokes That Will Get You Through Dinner With Your Family

If returning to your hometown, having dinner with your extended family and eating yourself into a food coma aren't your bag, Thanksgiving can be a little uncomfortable. Luckily, these comedians know exactly how you feel.<p>We rounded up 25 of the best musings on Turkey Day so you can crack a smile …

10 Home Decorating Mistakes Everybody Makes

From the editors of ELLEDecor.com, the most common interior design mistakes to avoid.<p><b>1) The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture</b><br>The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if …

Home Decorating

Chef, 90, faces jail, fines for feeding the homeless | Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - For decades, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott has hauled pans filled with roast chicken and cheese-covered potatoes onto a south Florida beach park to feed hundreds of homeless people.<p>Arnold P. Abbott, president of the Maureen A. Abbott Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc., and culinary skills …

Essential Small-Space Living Tips

Living in a large home has a lot of advantages.<p>For aesthetically beautiful minimalist, modern, and sleek design, less really can be more.<p>It’s All About Custom From an NYC Perspective (or...<p>Don’t overthink the process of creating ambiance in your living space: Today’s gadgets make kicking back a …

Small Spaces

14 Most Powerful Fashion Families

Blame it on good DNAthese are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.<p>Blame it on good DNA—these are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.

Ralph Lauren

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Channeling Sexual Energy Into Productive Energy

Sex. One of the greatest motivational forces in life. Our sexual impulses control so much of what we do, how we act, and the choices we make. But if not properly harnessed, they can lead to great destruction.<p>Sexual energy is what drives this urge. It is a life-energy. The vibe we give off when we …

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

We’ve mixed it with OJ, hidden it in flasks, refilled parents’ bottles with water. But where did vodka come from?<p>Take a good look at the vodka section of your local liquor store. On the upper shelves you’ll find shimmering glass bottles of all shapes and sizes originating from every corner of the …

These True Stories Of One-Night Stands Are As Juicy As They Are Unique

Sex. Strangers. Intimacy. Awkwardness. Ecstasy. These are just a few of the sometimes-disparate ideas that come into play when we talk about …

Relationships

Perseid Meteor Shower to Flare

Behind The Cover: September 2013

Zooey Deschanel was all about heavy petal chic for her September cover shoot, donning floral clothes and accessories complete with ornate trimmings. Now you can get the cover look, right here.<p><b>Zooey Deschanel</b> was all about heavy petal chic for her September cover shoot, donning floral clothes and …

Tommy Hilfiger

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …