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'I’m nothing but compost’: Bill Murray on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein

The last time I met Bill Murray things got rather physical rather quickly. It was the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party and I was about to leave, bloated with celebrity sightings and starting to suffer from indigestion. But as I walked out I saw a man arrive who made me turn around and go right back in.<p>…

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41 Useful AF Products That'll Captivate Every Practical Person

I like to consider myself a minimalist (or an aspiring one, anyway), but I'm also regularly finding and writing about products that'll fascinate …

Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s

Once upon a time there was a London vintage clothing boutique that lured customers inside with the slogan, “Don’t follow fashion, buy something that’s already out-of-date!” Some musicians opt for a similar strategy: Avoiding the timely, they aim to achieve the timeless.<p>That’s what Boards of Canada …

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The Gigantic Legacy of the Pixies’ ‘Surfer Rosa’

Just before embarking on a trip to Puerto Rico, UMass Amherst junior Charles Thompson transferred a couple of his favorite LPs to cassette tapes. …

These are the best wireless headphones you can buy

Bowers & Wilkins, Audio-Technica, Sony, Beats, and a whole lot more<p>One of the ironies of headphones is that we often end up owning multiple pairs while busily pursuing the single ideal set of cans that will suit all our needs and circumstances. Never mind that the perfect headphones don’t exist; we …

SoundCloud survives but it's bad news for musicians

Audio streaming website SoundCloud has survived its do or die moment. In the face of serious financial trouble, it secured US$169.5m of investment …

How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists away

‘25 million plays, and zero dollars’<p>In December 2012, as part of a major redesign, SoundCloud introduced a feature called the repost. Similar to Tumblr’s reblog or Twitter’s retweet, reposts were designed as a way to help new music spread virally. But from the start, artists abused the feature by …

The best CarPlay apps for the iPhone

In the age of connected things, the car is no exception. With cutting-edge vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 — a car that allows drivers to download …

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The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time

“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album <i>Ambient 1:</i> <i>Music for Airports</i>. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album <i>Discreet Music</i>. But while Eno’s …

The Pinnacle P1 headphones achieve audiophile quality for $199

2016 has been a remarkable year in the world of headphones. The very high end has been shaken up by Focal and MrSpeakers, each setting new benchmarks for dynamic sound that’s enjoyable for both discerning perfectionists and casual listeners. Then, in the more affordable realm, the second edition of …

How we made Action Man

‘We used flocking to make his “realistic hair”. Then we added “eagle eyes” and “movable hands” – aka “the kung-fu grip”’<p>I was working at Hassenfeld Brothers, later Hasbro, when a guy called Stanley Weston came to see us with a proposition for a rugged-looking doll for boys. Most of the company …

This simple trick can free up a ton of storage on your iPhone

Some popular ways include using Google Photo's free, unlimited cloud storage for photos and streaming music.<p>We've even seen a strange, roundabout way where you have to "pretend" that you're about to rent a movie, even when you don't have enough space for it.<p>The method I'm talking about here is to …

The best iPad app for taking notes on documents just got a huge upgrade

LiquidText is the go-to iPad app for reading and taking notes on documents, whether they're Word docs, PDFs or PowerPoint presentations. You can pull …

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