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Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a …

The 27 Most Important Finance Books Ever Written

27 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t …

At Least One Nutritionist Thinks Eating This Food Prevents Baldness

Couldn't hurt?<p>Japan and India have low rates of baldness. And while some might attribute this to genetics, one Japanese researcher thinks there's …

This Interactive Map Shows Where People With HIV Live In The US — And It Points To Some Distressing Trends

It's been 35 years since HIV/AIDS first made an appearance in the US, and it quickly spiraled into an epidemic.<p>Now medical advances have made HIV, …

Public Health

28 incredible roads to drive in your lifetime

From a mountain pass in Abu Dhabi to routes that wind through the Swiss Alps, these roads make for a drive you won't soon forget.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Hiking

FenSens turns the average license plate holder into a parking sensor array

Parking sensors are not cheap. These little bumper-savers can cost hundreds of dollars on their own, and they're often lumped into packages costing far more than that. One company thinks it can out-do the automakers at their own game, using a license plate frame. Technology's pretty great, …

Here's $2 Trillion Worth Of Tech Companies Meeting With Chinese Premier Xi

The Pope may lure the masses, but it's the Chinese leader who can bring together the masters of the technology universe.<p>In the lead-up to his dinner at the White House planned for Thursday night, Chinese premier Xi Jinping met with the people who really run things: Leaders of the world's biggest …

Fall Movie Preview 2015: Biopics, Bond and ‘The Force Awakens’

‘Black Mass’ (September 8th)<p>Johnny Depp kicks off the fall season on a high with a scary tour de force as Whitey Bulger, the Boston gangster …

Your 11 best British films

In honour of British Film Week, BBC Culture asked readers to share their favourite British films of all time. Here’s what you chose.

List-Worthy

10 rules for classy apps – a developer manifesto

If you ever dig into the privacy policies of app developers, be prepared for a shock. This is where they confess their sins: invading your privacy, selling your data, and pestering you with popups and unwanted ads.<p>As the App Store becomes increasingly crowded and competitive, many developers …

11 documentaries that will make you smarter about business

From a film on Wal-Mart's business practices to one on aspiring sommeliers, each will simultaneously entertain and educate you about business.

Dot-com

15 free online resources that will improve your productivity

Rather than let the internet kill your productivity, make it work for you.<p>We've collected some of the best free online resources to save you time and streamline your work day.<p><i>This is an update of an article originally written by Maggie Zhang.</i>

Productivity

Aumeo launches Indiegogo campaign to make everything you listen to sound better

The merit of high bit rate music services like Tidal or devices like Pono are up for debate when the average person’s hearing may or may not be good enough to actually tell the difference between high or low-quality audio.<p>Aumeo wants to change that with its gadget that tailors everything you listen …

Windows 10, with Cortana, Edge and Xbox gaming, is coming July 29

The newest version of Microsoft Windows arrives July 29.<p>Microsoft announced the launch date for Windows 10 on Monday. Upgrading to the major new edition of its operating system will be free for most consumers with a Windows 8 or Windows 7 machine. (Microsoft skipped a version 9.)<p>Highlights include …

Apple’s ‘Proactive’ to take on Google Now with deep iOS 9 search, Augmented Reality Maps, Siri API

After several years of quiet development, Apple is readying a major new iOS initiative codenamed “Proactive,” which will leverage Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps to create a viable competitor to Google Now for Android devices. Like Google Now, Proactive will automatically …

Augmented Reality

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Image Processing

One of the most popular ad blockers is releasing a mobile browser, which could be huge — but costly for companies like Google

The Android browser will automatically block ads, which Adblock Plus says will save up to 23% of a user's smartphone battery life, and also save on their data plan. The app is initially launching in beta, so users can provide feedback on the experience.<p>Further down the line Adblock Plus also plans …

Digital Advertising

10 weird gadgets that are really popular

Goofy gadget concepts, along with their pun-driven brands and bizarre commercials, have moved from "As Seen on TV" to crowdfunding sites.<p>Here are 10 of the weirdest gadgets on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that made our foreheads crinkle with wonder.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Wired In.</b> Telling someone to go away is hard. If …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon wants to train young people to become cloud experts

Amazon has launched a new program today with the aim of educating young people to become cloud experts of the future.<p>Of course, given the company’s huge Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, it’s not exactly an altruistic move on its part. Nonetheless, AWS Educate aims to “help educators and students …

Wolfram has created a website that will identify any image you throw at it

And it's learning as you do it<p>One of the most amazing things you can do with Wolfram Alpha is ask it what planes are overhead. If you're on your phone, it will pull your location, then cross reference that with a database of flights, including their altitude, angle, and even their flight number and …

The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is now cheaper, better, and available in white

The YotaPhone 2 was one of the most pleasant surprises of last year, combining an OLED display on the front and an E Ink panel on the back to offer a uniquely versatile Android device. The surprising thing about it was how well it worked, and how far it managed to steer away from being a simple …

OpenSignal now helps you find the world’s free Wi-Fi hotspots

Crowdsourced wireless coverage startup OpenSignal has launched a new app that shows you all the free Wi-Fi hotspots in your locale.<p>With Wifimapper, the London-based startup is taking its swath of existing data and pushing it into a new standalone app for iPhone. This could save millions of people …

Café

The 17 hottest tech startups in France

We ranked together some of the most interesting tech startups headquartered in France, including established companies, innovative hardware manufacturers, and small startups making waves in the tech scene.

Startups

Cannes 2015: 30 films we'd like to see

Photograph: PR<p>Cate Blanchett in Carol<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/30/1427709103744/171edaa3-3b78-4621-bb66-d530fe2e2095-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>Cate Blanchett in …

99 Of 2015's Best New Songs (So Far)

We recap our favorite pop, electronic, country, rap, and rock for the first quarter of the year. In no particular order.<p>1. The unabashed swagger of <b>Ghostface Killah</b> & <b>BADBADNOTGOOD</b>'s spicy, funky "Raygun" featuring <b>DOOM</b>.<p>2. The sexy, sultry tease anthem by <b>The Weeknd</b>, "Earned It"<p>3. <b>Charli XCX</b> & <b>Rita Ora</b> …

Sushant Singh Rajput explains why 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' is his best performance

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who transformed himself as the mustachioed, dhoti-clad Byomkesh in Dibakar Banerjee's "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!", …

India

All aboard the Super Savari Express: an armed tour bus for crime-ridden Karachi

It takes six gun-toting guards and a special bus in order for the wealthier residents of Karachi to see the sights of their own city<p>Dubbed “the world’s most violent megacity”, armed muggings, carjackings and extortion are part of everyday life in Karachi, where political and criminal forces vie for …

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

Unbelievably Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered

Weird & Wild<p>More than 20 years after its discovery, the rare Ili pika was spotted in the mountains of northwestern China.<p>You could call it one of the world's longest games of hide and seek.<p>For more than 20 years, the Ili pika <i>(Ochotona iliensis)</i>, a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy …