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Mum's dementia was so bad she was kept in hospital for her own safety - but then we changed her diet

When his mum’s dementia became so severe she had to be kept in hospital for her own safety, Mark Hatzer thought he had lost another …

Manchester

Amazon now lets you create Alexa skills without a single line of code

Amazon has updated Alexa with a clever feature that makes it a whole lot more useful around the house: you can now build your own skills for the voice assistant without having to touch a line of code.<p>Using Alexa Blueprints, you can now set up custom skills and responses to do things like leave …

Smart Homes

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

This much easier way of threading a needle works like magic

Most of us make several, if not dozens of attempts to stick the wet tip of a thread into a needle's minuscule hole, and what I don't understand is …

Threading

Physicists Just Discovered an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

"No one thought this was possible in solid materials."<p>One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where …

Quantum Mechanics

The best wireless headphones

Music is a necessity while I'm working. If it's not tunes from Spotify, there's at least a podcast chattering on in my ear. Of course, if you don't want to bother those around you with what you're listening to, you need a good set of headphones. The best options will also do a good job of blocking …

Consumer Tech

Moment lenses — the DSLR killer?

I travel with a Canon DSLR and two primes, a 35mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.2 (endearingly nicknamed, “the fat kid”). Switching lenses is cumbersome and not ideal in certain environments, like a Saigon street market, densely crowded with vendors, tourists and thieves.<p>After lugging this camera kit through …

Mobile Photography

How to Enable the Optimal Audio Codec for Your Bluetooth Headphones in macOS

How good your digital music sounds often comes down to which file format it's encoded in. Be that as it may, every Mac audio setup is only as strong as it's weakest link, and if your Bluetooth connection isn't up to scratch, even the best BT headphones will fail to deliver a decent wireless …

Audiophile

If You Drive a Gas-Powered Car, the End May Be in Sight

New lithium-ion batteries can solve the only real problem with driving electric. Your smartphone will be better too.<p>Lithium-ion batteries are going to get better--a whole lot better--over the next few years. As they do, the only real reason for driving a gas car will gradually disappear.<p>As an …

Electric Vehicles

What comes next for Belle Knox?

In the winter of 2014, Duke University’s student body was buzzing: A freshman among them had a side hustle appearing in porn films. Frenzied …

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

Fight back against the constant, annoying scam calls<p>Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years, but over the last few months, it’s felt to me like there’s been a surge of them. I get between four and six calls daily, and a quick survey of friends shows that I’m not alone. Every waking day …

Identity Theft

Pro Tip: How to add blank spaces to your iPhone home screen grid

Some of the most creative iPhone home screen designs we’ve ever seen use blank gaps to separate icons into groups or to create interesting stepped patterns. But how is that even possible? After all, if you delete a home screen icon, the others close ranks to fill in the space.<p>The answer is to add …

Graphics

What Critics Don't Understand About Gun Culture

I carry a weapon—and it’s tied me closer to my community.<p>My wife knew something was amiss when the car blocked our driveway. She was outside our house, playing with our kids on our trampoline, when a car drove slowly down our rural Tennessee street. As it reached our house, it pulled partially in …

Guns

The 25 Best iPhone Apps To Download Now

These are our must-have iPhone apps<p>Whether you just picked up a new iPhone or you're looking for an app revamp, these 24 apps belong on your home screen. Including everything from music, navigation, organisation, messaging, photo editing, reading, social networks, keyboards, stargazing, and payment …

Apps

Energy storage breakthrough could boost EV range and slash charge time

Electric cars could soon have as much range as petrol and diesel cars -- and recharge in a matter of minutes -- thanks to what researchers are calling a "breakthrough" in energy storage technology. Teams from Bristol University and Surrey University have created a new material for supercapacitors, …

Here’s how to download iCloud photos on all of your devices

The cloud can be a useful tool for backing up photos and videos in case something happens to your device, but it’s always a good idea to store your …

15 incredible Netflix hacks that WILL change your life

Netflix is already hugely popular thanks to the range of TV series and films it has to offer - but even its biggest fans may not be aware of these …

Televisions

This inexpensive cross-country train route is *begging* to be your summer road trip

Sure, summer still feels about as far away as the next total solar eclipse, but it’s definitely not too soon to start planning a dreamy road trip. …

19 'USSD' Codes That Unlock Hidden iPhone Features

19 ‘USSD’ Codes That Unlock Hidden Features in Your iPhone<p>When you want to tweak your iPhone’s preferences, you’ll usually open up the Settings app. …

Apple breaks down just what makes Portrait Lighting special on iPhone X

Apple is very proud of its Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, and it’s willing to let users take a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to show exactly why.<p>In a new video shared Wednesday evening, Apple gives an overview of the development process which led to Portrait …

How to set up Apple’s Health app to unlock its awesome fitness potential

If you think the Health app is just another pointless junk app that comes preinstalled on your iPhone, think again. Unlike Stocks, Compass or Tips, it is one of the few apps that Apple won’t let you delete. Set up the Apple Health app properly, and it becomes a powerful tool for getting (or …

I Just Made Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, and I Might Never Order Takeout Again

Though I’ll eat pretty much any vegetable tossed in oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and roasted in a hot oven, adding a little something extra …

Want a Side Hustle That'll Actually Make You Rich in 2018? Read This Book Now | Inc.com

The podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller showcases creatives who make a living doing what they love. It tells the stories of people who have figured out how to pursue their life's purpose and get paid for it (it was also, incidentally, the #1 podcast in the "New Year, New You" podcast …

Entrepreneurship

The AA battery that never dies: Forever Battery uses Wi-Fi-like signals to stay fully charged

This AA battery will never run out of power<p>Charging with cables. On any given day I can put my phone on to charge multiple times, often with a …

Electric Vehicles
Donald Trump

How to Add an On-Screen Home Button to Your iPhone X

The beautiful edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X leaves no room for a Home button. But if you find yourself missing the old Home button, you can add an on-screen Home button to your iPhone X screen thanks to the accessibility features. This is actually something that anyone with an iPhone can do, …

Accessibility

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p>This year, podcasts got funnier, sharper, and even more niche. Our recommendations here pass a vigorous audio smell test. First, the arrival of a new podcast episode …

Stranger Things

‘We May Not Be Alone,’ Former Pentagon UFO Official Says About Evidence of Alien Life

A former military intelligence official who ran a Pentagon program analyzing unidentified flying objects (UFOs) said Monday that there is "compelling …

WATCH: Pentagon UFO Files Reveal Investigators Recovered Mysterious 'Metal Alloy'

In the latest revelation from a series of UFO-related documents published by the Pentagon and publicized by The New York Times, it seems the …