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Jay Z Has the Room

Everyone knows Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is smart, talented, and wildly successful, his Roc Nation empire continually expanding: the new sports agency, a fragrance launch this month, a luxury-goods partnership with Barneys. What’s fascinating is the way a drug dealer turned rapper turned mogul and …

Busted! 10 Myths That Reveal Just How Dangerous the NSA Really Is

<i>To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.</i><p>The debate Edward Snowden envisioned …

Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over US spying in return for asylum

Edward Snowden has offered to help Brazil investigate US spying on its soil in exchange for political asylum, in an open letter from the NSA whistleblower to the Brazilian people published by the Folha de S Paulo newspaper.<p>"I've expressed my willingness to assist where it's appropriate and legal, …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

The "Ultimate Women's Expo" Taught Me Why Men Still Rule the World

I am, in the interest of full disclosure, a woman. But I am no ordinary woman. I am a woman who was, mere days ago, #blessed enough to attend the Ultimate Women’s Expo. This is my story. (NOTE: Story edited by a man.)<p>A woman is a blank canvas; emphasis on blank. Her face, in its natural and …

The Boxer, the Murder, and the Hard Fall from Grace

Evans Quinn was a local legend in rural Bluefields, Nicaragua, an immensely talented heavyweight who fought his way out of poverty. Then he lost some fights, returned home, and got into a feud that turned deadly.<p><i>Evans Quinn was charismatic and beloved by most of the people of Bluefields, Nicaragua</i> …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies.<p>This …

What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?

For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young …

The Battle for Power on the Internet

Distributed citizen groups and nimble hackers once had the edge. Now governments and corporations are catching up. Who will dominate in the decades ahead?<p>We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. On one side are the traditional, organized, institutional powers such as …

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Inside Evasi0n, The Most Elaborate Jailbreak To Ever Hack Your iPhone

In Apple’s eternal cat and mouse game to control what you can and can’t run on your iOS device, score another one for the mice.<p>On Monday a team of hackers that calls themselves the evad3rs released evasi0n, the first jailbreak program that works for the iPhone 5, as well as the iPad 4, the iPad …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Themer offers a radical new look for your Android phone

Some folks really like to take advantage of Android's customizability, as evidenced by the 48,763 (and counting) different home screens that people have uploaded to the MyColorscreen site. Now the company has begun trying to make an app business out of the idea.<p>On Thursday, it launched Themer, an …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

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1.26 billion Facebook profiles become a clickable monument to humanity

"Creative Technologist" Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. "The Faces of Facebook" is organized from top left to bottom right by the date each user joined Facebook, and in total creates a glitchy, vibrant, and …

Billions Lay Unclaimed in Moscow Airport

No Way, Man! Last VW Bus To Soon Roll Off Assembly Line

We just tripped over some news that's got us a bit bummed out:<p>The last Volkswagen "hippie bus" is due to roll off an an assembly line in Brazil on Dec. 31.<p>It seems the van that became known as the transportation of choice for counter-culture folks in the '60s can't be made with the air bags and …

Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who has lived for years with the progressive and debilitating motor neuron condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease, tells the BBC that he favors assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses.<p>Hawking, 71, who uses a wheelchair and speaks through a computer speech …

Newly-Minted Billionaire Is Spinning eBay Scraps Into Gold

Michael Rubin is lucky. And he’s also damned good. Lucky, because eBay approached him last year with a $2.4 billion offer to buy his moneylosing GSI Commerce–which provides Web design, customer service and shipping to big-brand retailers–a 51% premium over the share price. Damned, because Rubin has …

Six incredibly beautiful Live Wallpapers for your Android

Here's an easy way to keep your phone screen looking fresh and inviting: install a live wallpaper. Live wallpapers are animated and typically interactive backgrounds that provide ever-changing screens to keep your phone dynamic.<p>A longtime Android feature, live wallpapers can change once in awhile …

Insane Traffic Jam in China Hits Day 9

Candy Crush: You play, you're hooked. Now what?

Odds are that someone you know has a love or hate relationship with Candy Crush Saga, the seemingly never-ending game that's become the fixation of people everywhere.<p>The game is the undisputed leader in the casual-gaming sector, witnessing more than 600 million active game sessions each day from …

Indian Baby Spontaneously Combusts

Uruguay's marijuana experiment

The United States' take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It …

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A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Damaged iPhone 5 reportedly explodes, injures woman's eye

I'm pretty sure this is not what Apple means by "Retina Display." A Chinese woman came close to losing her eyesight when her iPhone 5 reportedly exploded in her hand and a piece of the resulting shrapnel flew into her eye and scratched her cornea, according to a local news account.<p>The woman, who is …