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Which iPhone lens is best? The Zeiss ExoLens looks like a winner.

The iPhone has one of the best smartphone cameras out there. The only thing holding it back? Its fixed lens.<p>Committed iPhone photographers have long …

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

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12 Things Healthy Morning People Do Every Day

They move, they hydrate, they conquer.<p>As someone who breaks a sweat before work nearly every single day, I'm often asked, "How do you do it?"<p>"The key to making it work is to have a strategy, ritual, and reward system," says Adam Rosante, a CosmoBody trainer who wakes up to work out at 6 a.m. He's …

The fall: how diving became football’s worst crime | Alejandro Chacoff

In a game with many forms of foul play, the dive now inspires a particular moralistic outrage<p>You learned it quite early on. If someone tugged at your sleeve, or touched your back, or whiffed a kick close enough to your shin, you immediately slowed down and tripped yourself. Then you glanced at the …

Inside Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’s Five-Decade Bromance

After covering the Rolling Stones in the 1990s, Rich Cohen worked with Mick Jagger on what became the HBO series Vinyl. In an adaptation from his book on the Stones, he shares a close-up of the band, and the friendship behind it.<p>In 1994, when I was 26, working as a reporter for <i>Rolling Stone,</i> I went …

26 things to do in the garden over Easter weekend

The long Easter bank holiday weekend is traditionally a time when we gardeners roll up our sleeves and move mountains to create a garden we can enjoy over the growing season ahead. With a long weekend before us it’s a chance for anyone who has ignored their plot over winter to make a mark.<p>1. Wake up<p>…

9 Pop Music Easter Eggs That’ll Definitely Blow Your Mind

We all search for deeper meaning in a song from time to time, (I mean, just who IS the Biebs singing about when he says “my momma don’t like you,” anyway?), but some tunes take that search to a whole new level with hidden little Easter eggs to be found right there in plain sight — er, sound. While …

14 Galaxy-Inspired Easter Eggs That Are Out of This World

If you’ve been scouring the internet for DIY Easter decoration inspo, chances are you’ve already heard about the latest Easter trend that’s taken over Pinterest: galaxy-inspired Easter egg decor. Comprised of starry nights, bedazzled accents, rocket ships and more, galaxy-inspired Easter eggs are …

EU referendum: guide to the UK's biggest political decision of the century

It is probably the most important decision the British public has faced in decades, but how is the EU referendum actually going to work?<p>There are a multitude of arguments on either side about whether Britain should stay or go, but here we look at the process of the referendum, why it is happening …

The Information Revolution’s Dark Turn

A Scottish philosopher visited Silicon Valley, and he didn’t like what he saw.<p>The epicenter of the information revolution is, and has always been, Silicon Valley. There are other tech outposts—Seattle, Austin, even New York—but none have defined, and been defined by, the modern information society …

Silicon Valley

These Google Maps glitches are the stuff of nightmares

One afternoon not long ago, US artist Kyle Williams was leisurely looking through Google Street view for inspiration, when he came across a sight he’d never seen before: a girl with a leg coming out of her chest. He quickly took a screen shot and began looking for more.<p>“I was looking for record …

Google Maps

These Are Apple’s Top 10 Legal Points In The iPhone Encryption Case

In a motion filed Thursday, Apple asked that the FBI’s court order demanding it help hack into an iPhone 5c be vacated.<p>Apple lawyers Thursday fired back at the federal district court that ordered it to help the FBI hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.<p>Apple has made no …

This Is Why Dictators Love Big Data

Big data is all the rage right now. It’s a trendy buzzword, but more than that, it’s providing incredible opportunities to the companies and organisations that are putting forth the time and energy to make it work to solve complex problems.<p>Big data has the potential to do a lot of good in the …

Big Data

Audio cassettes are back—because hipsters

It’s one of the glorious, forgotten gestures of the 1990s: pressing the “play” and “record” buttons simultaneously, and then “stop” at the exact right time, to make a mixtape. And so is sticking a pen inside a cassette hole to rewire a tape gone awry. Much like vinyl, there is a romanticism to the …

An Incredibly Detailed Map of How Londoners Commute

A street-by-street breakdown of where city residents ride, drive, bike, or walk to work.<p>Londoners as a whole take the train to work. East Londoners love their bikes more than anyone else in the capital. And a large share of the city’s walking commuters seem to come from a religious minority.<p>These …

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Rethinking the Calorie

The simple weight-loss formula—burn more energy than you consume—may actually be holding us back in the fight to curb obesity.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he’s a technology director for a textbook …

Nutrition

Enhance your Strava experience with the Stravistix Chrome extension

We all love Strava, but for the data junkies out there, it can leave a little to be desired if you really want to dive into the nitty gritty of your …

Dinter, bitz, and gwop: The wacky linguistics of British slang in 2016

If you struggle to understand the teenagers and young people around you when they call their schoolfriend a <i>durkboi</i> and try to cadge some <i>peas</i>, you are not alone. The idea that they are communicating in a different language from their parents has been the subject of excited chatter on parenting …

Linguistics

What does the Paris agreement mean for the world's other 8 million species?

In December, the world’s nations agreed on an aggressive plan to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris agreement do for thousands of species already under threat from global warming?<p>The word “biodiversity” is employed once in the Paris agreement’s 32 pages. “Forests” …

Climate

The paranoid's guide to the internet: 13 easy ways to make sure you're not hacked or tracked

Not true.<p>While it's hard to protect your personal information on the internet with 100% effectiveness, there are a few easy steps you can take that will make you a lot safer. And you don't have to be a tech expert at all.<p>Here are 13 easy ways you can stop companies like Facebook and Google from …

The Crazy Unhealthy Things Fitness Models Do Before a Photo Shoot

You Might Like{{displayTitle}}<p>Only when you’re exhausted, dehydrated, and on the verge of fainting are you ready to exemplify health. Only when you …

Carbohydrates

Apple iOS 9 review

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

Anyone who has ever wondered how much information GCHQ knows about them can now ask the British intelligence agency directly. GCHQ has to reveal …

Mapping the 'Urban Fingerprints' of Cities

Each city’s unique layout pattern has an effect on its successes and failures.<p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. While genes determine ours, a city’s mark is characterized by the relationship between buildings and open spaces. Think of it as “spatial DNA,” …

London School of Economics

London, 75 Years After Destruction

On this day, 75 years ago, the Nazis began their aerial assault on London. Intended to demoralize the Brits, it backfired.<p>The unofficial motto of the …

Salted Caramel "Ding Dong" Cake

12 Servings<p>It may look like a giant lunch-box treat, but an ultra-smooth ganache and a final flourish of crunchy sea salt make this one elegant cake.<p>October 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cake<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder<p>4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, …

Baguettes

Make fresh, French bread at home with this simple recipe - an overnight starter called a poolish gives a golden crust and chewy middle.<p>Ingredients<p>For …

Why the collapse of the iPad matters less to Apple than you think

We know that sales of iPads and tablets are in a funk. In an excellent analysis by Neil Cybart at his Above Avalon blog, he concludes that it’s worse than we think.<p>I think his analysis of the numbers and the reason for the startling drop are spot on. It’s his proposed remedy that I think is off …

Time travel: The UK's 14 most old-fashioned towns

4. Frinton-on-Sea, Essex<p>9. Bekonscot, Buckinghamshire<p>11. Rye, East Sussex<p>14. Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland<p>1. Bridlington, Yorkshire