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The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Queen Elizabeth II

Some additional tidbits on Apple’s gift card-based Black Friday deal

This morning, Apple’s Black Friday sale went live in Australia, confirming our earlier report that it will be based around gift cards and not the usual discounts. Because this is the first time that Apple has provided a gift card-based deal for Black Friday, many readers have approached us with …

Ex-Nokia engineers launch Jolla smartphone

Engineers who worked on the MeeGo OS for Nokia before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft Windows have launched their first smartphone since leaving the company to continue their work<p>A team of engineers who worked on the MeeGo operating system for <b>Nokia</b> before it was ditched in favour of Microsoft …

Best Black Friday 2013 video game deals

Sifting through all of the Black Friday ads to separate the great deals from the simply OK can take a lot of time, so we did the work for you. Below, you'll find the best in-store deals we could scrounge up to help you put together your own buying game plan for when Friday, November 29 rolls around.<p>…

The 2013 Filmmaker's Christmas List!

Samsung Galaxy S5 'to launch in early 2014'

Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S5 could be launched as early as February.<p>Samsung is reportedly planning to release the successor to its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone in early 2014, amid speculation that the device could come in two versions – one metal and one plastic.<p>According to Korean news website</i> …

These Kids Let Their Dad Color their Drawings. This was the Result

Yesterday reddit user Tatsputin uploaded an album of drawings by his kids that he colored in while on business trips. Every month the father of two …

Five Memorable Moments From Lady Gaga's Muppets 'Holiday Spectacular'

Pop star sings duets and makes racy reference to 'Uranus'<p>Lady Gaga took her longstanding relationship with the Muppets one step further last night in …

The X Factor: Shocking Double Elimination Proves No One Is Safe

On Wednesday’s episode of <i>The X Factor</i>, judges Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio all agreed that contestant Lillie McCloud‘s crowd-pleasing …

Black Saturday Geek Deals – /Film

Its that time of year again — Black Friday weekend. And Amazon has a bunch of good deals on movies and tv, spread out throughout today’s Lightning …

Frozen's celebration of sisterhood guaranteed to melt the coldest heart

It's that time of year again. The time when our guardians turn to the moral education of the nation's young, raising vexed questions about the ideological agenda that drives their role models, the benefits of their educational texts, and the acute balance that must be struck between pedagogical …

The ‘Frozen’ Short ‘Get a Horse!’ Insults the Disney History It Intends to Homage

The 'Frozen' Short 'Get a Horse!' Insults the Disney History It Intends to Homage<p>Although they’re largely positive, the reviews for Disney’s <i>Frozen</i>, …

2014 Most Anticipated Comedies: It's A Wrap!

Xbox One: The Internet shows us how we are all Xbone’d

Microsoft came out yesterday and explained how games “licensing” works on its new Xbox One console. It was another confusing mess that left us with a ton of burning questions. You can lend games to your family but not to strangers? If evolution is real, aren’t we all technically family? I can trade …

Top 5 Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows (PHOTOS)

For more than 30 years, pictures of overwater bungalows have generated drool from travelers and fans of <i>Islands</i> magazine.<p>So we sent three Islands staff photographers to Tahiti to capture the best of the best. We started with roughly 10,000 images. Are you ready for the top 5?<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Five …

Tahiti

Buildings Shaped Like Animals (PHOTOS)

It's a Jonah-and-the-whale kind of moment. You wake up, and your guest room appears normal. But as you get your bearings, you realize that you're in the belly of a reptile--otherwise known as Australia's Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn.<p>The curious trend of zoomorphic architecture--that is, buildings …

Frank Gehry

Lego hometown of Billund, Denmark wants to be "Capital of Children"

If you visit Billund in Denmark it’s likely because you’re a fan of Lego, the brand synonymous with the area. Ole Kirk Christiansen founded a toy …

13 Underdog Songs That Could Be Your New Summer Jam

Not every perfect summer song will be on the radio constantly, but that's no reason to miss out.

A Visual History of Superman's Signature 'S'

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Yellowstone National Park

The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

Last night, Microsoft dumped a pile of information into our laps about some of the more controversial specifics of the Xbox One. We heard confirmation about its practices for always on, used game resale, and game ownership in general. Some of the highlights:<p>- Your Xbox must check in via the …

Iconic Greece: Thessaloniki

Icons are, for the uninitiated (that means most of us), an encounter with the unknown: religious paintings on wooden panels of great antiquity. For others, they take on great spiritual significance. And there’s no better place to see them than Thessaloniki in northern Greece.<p>This often neglected …

The Outrageous Cost Of Living In Norway's Capital City

The city topped a new list of pricey cities from ECA International, a global management consulting firm that calculates the cost of living based on prices of various day-to-day goods and services.<p>Prices for common goods in Oslo — like a cup of coffee or a quick lunch — are significantly higher than …

Real Estate

Best TV & Film Tours Around the World

Taking a vacation can be all about escape -- and the same can be said about losing ourselves in the movies and TV shows we love. It's only natural, then, for film and TV buffs to combine the two when we travel by visiting famous filming locations around the world.<p>Sometimes you'll find out that a …

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Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

America's Best Little Beach Towns (PHOTOS)

In the free and easy days of summer, the quest for a great American beach town is a national passion. Beach towns are a mainstay of the hot months, a beacon for countless citizens looking for a reprieve from the daily grind. The Great American beach town, apart from being idle as all get out, is …

Saltwater