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NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

Guardian US interactive team and Ewen MacAskill

“You’re a Sacrifice”: An Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Screenshot from <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance">The Guardian</a><p>Looking for news …

Why Your Supermarket Sells Only 5 Kinds of Apples

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Every fall at Maine’s Common Ground Country Fair, the Lollapalooza of sustainable …

Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us?

Smart machines probably won’t kill us all—but they’ll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.<p>This is a story about the future. Not the …

NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant in the briefing said.<p>Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of …

Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?

Does our desire to help do more harm than good?<p>Emily Pilloton’s Design Revolution Road Show, the physical embodiment of her non-profit Project H Design rolled into New York a few weeks ago stopping at <i>Metropolis</i>, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and ICFF. Yes, Project H is hot in U.S. and …

Why User-Centered Design is Not Enough, by John Wood

<b>Utopia or Oblivion?</b> Buckminster Fuller framed this question in his 1993 book of the same name, warning that mankind's prospects would go decisively …

Starter's Guide to iOS Design

21 May 2013 32 minutes<p>As someone who does work on both the development and design side of iOS apps I find that many designers struggle with the …

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more …

The web's 'echo chamber' leaves us none the wiser

<i>The internet glosses over life's ambiguities with false certainty, and we do little to search out these important grey areas</i><p>By rights, the internet …

America’s 10 Worst Prisons: ADX

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>“If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” So goes the old saying. Yet …

The Real Danger of Copying Music (It’s Not What You Think)

Author: Jaron Lanier. Jaron Lanier<p>Date of Publication: 04.25.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:15 am. 9:15 am<p>book excerpt<p>Who Owns the Future?<p>by Jaron …

Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Lieb is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Bump</i><i>, creators of the popular app that lets people share contact information, photos, and other content by bumping their phones together.</i> <i>Bump has been downloaded more than 130 million times.</i><p>It’s been hard to ignore the massive shift in the last …

Realtime speech translation will revolutionise how we communicate

<i>It's just a matter of time before instant translation will be possible, with revolutionary results for the global community, argues Jonathan Luff</i><p>A …

“Deletion as the Default” — Snapchat and Ephemerality in a Mobile Photo World

Everyone loves a good selfie — just not necessarily for more than 10 seconds.<p>That looks to be evident with Snapchat, the self-destructing photo …

How to have the perfect day: Have sex for 106 minutes

Chances are, the <i>ideal</i> day doesn’t come close to the one you’re having.<p>That’s because few of us are living by the optimal 36:106 ratio, (which is 36 minutes of work to 106 minutes of sex) cited in a recent paper bySebastian Pokutta and Christian Kroll titled, “Just a perfect day? Developing a …

Feminist Housedude

So I’m sitting in my office reading this article by Lisa Miller from <i>New York</i> magazine about “feminist housewives” that just came out a couple of days …

The Immense Value of Giving Men More Control of Household Tasks

As women are experiencing the satisfaction that comes from a professional career, men should also get to know the joy of investing in home life.<p>CarbonNYC/flickr<p>When my husband, Andy, and I were first together as a couple in the early 1990s, before we were married, we started giving dinner parties. …

Lean UX – Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business

16 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Geeks Love The Bitcoin Phenomenon Like They Loved The Internet In 1995

Even more intriguing is that the creator of Bitcoins is unknown, pseudonymous like Banksy. And maybe like installation artist JSG Boggs producing a work exploring the meaning of money.<p>A common analogy for Bitcoins is gold: like gold, they have value only because people want them, the supply is …

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Relax, it might give you your next big idea

Getty Images/Sean Gallup<p>Go ahead, let the workers daydream on the job.<p>Recent studies reveal that the trick to creativity often lies in walking away from a problem, giving the mind the freedom to wander and the space to make new connections, an idea explored in a Wall Street Journal article this …

Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?

Happiness caps at $75K<p>People say money doesn't buy happiness. Except, according to a new study from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, it …

Indie Developers Reveal the Secrets — And Drawbacks — To Funding Videogames on Kickstarter

Just over a year after the videogame Double Fine Adventure set records on Kickstarter, talk about the crowdfunding leader is in the air at GDC, the …

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Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?

It would be nice to say that high prices are a bug of our medical system. But they're a feature. They're part of a choice we've made.<p>The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn't realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other …