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Bots are about to get better at customer support than humans

In 2018, AI-enabled bots will provide a better customer experience than human-to-human chat exchange, following the explosion of messaging services …

The extravagant life of Gianluca Vacchi, the Italian millionaire with an 11 million-strong Instagram following who now has his sights set on acting

50-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur Gianluca Vacchi is not your average Instagram star — he's certainly done things his own way.<p>Having retired from a career in business, the silver-haired, tattooed Italian took social media by a storm last year when a video he posted of himself dancing on …

13 sci-fi series starters to break in your new ebook reader

Visit other worlds<p>So you just got a new ebook reader for the holidays this year. Nice! Now, it’s time to find books to load it up with, which should give you plenty to read on your trip home, or if you need an excuse to avoid relatives for a couple of hours.<p>Here’s 13 science-fiction books that kick …

Science Fiction

Can blockchain replace supermarkets? INS says yes, raises $43 million to prove it

Imagine a world where consumers buy their groceries directly from manufacturers, cutting grocery stores and supermarkets completely out of the equation. That’s a future that blockchain startup INS wants to enable. And the company has just raised roughly $43 million (60,000 Ether) in a public token …

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Birkenstock launches line of beds as next step in comfort design

German footwear brand Birkenstock has moved into the bedroom, adapting the principles behind its famous sandals to a collection of beds launched at …

Furniture

What is UX Writing?

There’s a new job in town. Well, maybe not “new,” but certainly popping up with increasing frequency. Google’s looking. Amazon’s looking. Dropbox, …

Watch VR’s first Oscar-nominated short film

Get some tissue ready, for yourself and your VR headset of choice<p>“Pearl” just became the first virtual reality project to be nominated for an Academy Award. The short animated film was produced by Google Spotlight Stories and Evil Eye Pictures. It’s available for free right now on the HTC Vive, and …

Animation

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent.<p>One Japanese insurance …

Artificial Intelligence

The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017

From the charms of Chile to glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our experts select the 20 best destinations to visit in the coming months.<p>1. Chile<p>If Brazil owned South American travel last year, Chile takes over for 2017. Slowly, methodically, the continent’s most overlooked wonderland has …

Best mobile games of 2016

A Bucket List of the Best Hikes in the World

Alta Via, Italy<p>Image 1 of 18<p>Picture-perfect scenery awaits on the Ligurian Coast of Italy where the Alta Via, or High Path, in the Cinque Terra …

How A Vibrating Watch Helped This Graphic Designer With Parkinson’s Draw Again

The Emmawatch counteracts her tremors so that designer Emma Lawton can keep doing the work she loves.<p>Graphic designer Emma Lawton was 29 when doctors diagnosed her with early-onset Parkinson’s disease–and the tremors the disease caused in her hand meant that she could no longer draw a straight …

New York City has a secret subway line with antique cars — here's what it's like to ride it

The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us.<p>And, occasionally, New …

13 Ways to Switch Up Scrambled Eggs So You Never Get Tired of Them

You’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And when it comes to breakfast, eggs are king. There are so many …

One Drop is revolutionizing diabetes care through an app

The tech revolution in healthcare has so far focused on people who are already pretty healthy. FitBits, Apple Watches and the like are useful if …

Your Essential Sci-Fi Reading List for December 2016

These are the winter science fiction books you're looking for.<p>Just because 2016 is almost over doesn’t mean there’s not still time to head into the …

Science Fiction

This Startup Is Teaching Machines To Think, Reason, And Communicate Like Us

Maluuba’s AI can read a passage and then answer questions about it. Start counting the days till a robot takes your job.<p>While AI is getting powerful very quickly, and more and more jobs are threatened with automation, we are not yet at the point of science fiction where we are communicating as …

AI And Robots Won’t Take Your Job For Decades—Probably

A global study by McKinsey finds that a high percentage of jobs will become automated, including high-paying ones.<p>Worried about robots making you obsolete in the workplace? That’s not an irrational fear, according to Michael Chui from the McKinsey Global Institute. Lots of professions are ripe for …

Bella Hadid Shows Her Excitement for the VS Fashion Show with a Sexy Lingerie Selfie

How apropos.<p>Bella Hadid has been prepping for her debut at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and that includes some pretty intensive workouts. Now, with the show just days away, she is putting her svelte frame on display in advance of her winged runway walk.<p>The rising model shared a pouty-faced …

8 Tools for Visual Designers and Why You Should Be Using Them

Visual designers have a tough job. They frequently have to take written information and transform it into an aesthetically pleasing image, …

These Pre-Fame Pictures Of Emily Ratajkowski Leave Absolutely Nothing To The Imagination

The unseen polaroids are seriously not suitable for work.<p>Before her "Blurred Lines" video and <i>Gone Girl</i> cameo made the world fall in love with her, Emily Ratajkowski spent two nights in a house in New York with photographer Jonathan Leder.<p>The images from the shoot with the then model in 2012 have …

How to Make Sophia Loren's Tiramisu

We'd expect nothing less from our favorite Italian actress.<p>With multiple cookbooks to her name, Sophia Loren has secured a reputation as an expert home cook in addition to her legacy as an actress and international sex symbol. One of her best dishes? Tiramisu.<p>In <i>Recipes and Memories</i>, a …

Dessert

'Unbelievably beautiful' white rainbow captured in rare photo

A photo of an “unbelievably beautiful” white rainbow captured in the Scottish mountains has taken social media by storm.<p>Melvin Nicholson, a professional landscape photographer, captured the picture of a lifetime while exploring in the Scottish mountains.<p>The 44-year-old said the white rainbow, also …

Lake District

This publisher will help you turn your iPhone photos into a fine art book

Publisher Pierre Le Govic turned his mission into the company name. Out of the Phone seeks to liberate the beautiful photographs being made today by smartphones.<p>His Paris publishing house has produced coffee table-worthy books of some of the best photographers documenting the world with their …

Here’s a trick for stuffing a fish without it collapsing into crumbs<p>It always seems like such a good idea, stuffing a whole fish, filling its belly with a savoury tangle of onions and breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon zest.<p>But then, as you bring it to the table, its skin crisp and flecked with black …

Recipes

NASA's senior photographer offers up the best ways to shoot tonight's rare supermoon

It's an event worth remembering since there won't be another supermoon like it for the next 18 years. So, get your cameras ready and follow the advice of NASA's lead photographer Bill Ingalls:<p>"Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything. Instead, think …

How to make a to-do list that actually helps you get everything done

A lot of people start their workday by making a to-do list. Depending on how realistic you are, there are probably anywhere from three to 15 items on your list. If it’s three, you probably end your workday feeling accomplished and energized. If you try to complete 15, you probably wrap up your day …

Time Management

61 Easy Pasta Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Lose the jarred sauce—we're confident you won't need it with these easy pastas in your weeknight dinner arsenal.<p>When it comes to quick and easy weeknight pasta, you can lose those jars. And boxes. And packets of powder (ew). There’s no need for the pre-made stuff, because you can pack serious …

The 13 Best Comfort-Food Spots In London—Worth Every Calorie

Brr, bit nippy, isn’t it? These chilly nights are perfect for indulging in your favorite comfort foods. Salads certainly don’t warm our cold souls in …