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A tiny change in Apple's software could have brought about the 'app Renaissance' — but it's now looking unlikely

Have you ever seen a person using a laptop at night and the screen looks kind of yellow or orange? If so, they're probably using a piece of software called f.lux that automatically adjusts the colour of the screen to stop your eyes straining.

Right now, f.lux is only available for desktop computers …


3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

They're one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming, and yelling at you.

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…

I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions …


David Mitchell: separating literary and genre fiction is act of 'self-mutilation'

Author David Mitchell has let loose the latest salvo in the perennial “literary vs genre” war by saying that those who dismiss fantasy and science fiction are committing a “bizarre act of self-mutilation”.

Mitchell is one of the handful of authors with a foot in both camps. He’s beloved of the …

David Mitchell

China has 'duty to humanity' to curb pollution, premier says

China has used up too much energy and too many resources in its quest for growth, premier Li Keqiang has told visiting French president François Hollande, adding that the country has a “duty to humanity” to clean itself up.

Li’s comments come ahead of a UN climate summit in Paris, which will seek to …

Chinese Economy

4 Necessary Habits for Anyone Who Wants to Lose Weight

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When it comes to getting in shape or just shedding a few extra pounds, there is no shortage of advice you could follow.

"You have to eat a protein-rich diet."

"High-intensity interval training is the key."

"Lift heavier weights -- it will boost your metabolism."

We …


The Drinks Most (and Least) Likely to Give You a Beer Gut and Man Boobs

The heavy drinker's guide to not getting heavy.

The internet was rocked this summer when Vice Munchies scared us all into believing the phytoestrogen-laden hops in our craft beer were giving us man boobs. Most of us didn't need to click on the bait to know drinking was already responsible for our …


Your Saturday Morning Farmers Market Inspiration

Here's what you found at your local farmers market last week using the hashtag #F52farmstand.

A quince and brandy cake and lots of apples in Venice, Italy:

Fall radishes in Nantucket:

Fresh cranberries at the Union Square Greenmarket:

Perfect pears from La Tavola Marche in Italy:

Kale ready to be cooked

Farmers' Markets

A history of Star Trek fashion – in pictures

Star Trek

Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King

Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular novelists the world has ever seen. And there’s a good chance that he’s inspired more people to start writing than any other living writer. So, as the Guardian and King’s UK publisher Hodder launch a short story competition – to be …


Apple, Microsoft, and Google are trying to incite a quiet app revolution

Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all slamming full-speed into the same wall at the same time: The future they've built is so pleasant (or at least lucrative) that nobody wants to leave for the next thing.

Reports have been circulating that Google is working on a hybrid operating system that combines …


The lead designer of Windows 8 just took over Microsoft's most important business

Julie Larson-Green, a 22-year Microsoft veteran famous (or infamous) for her work on Windows 8's "Metro" tile interface, is now leading engineering efforts for Microsoft Office.

The news was reported earlier by Re/code.

The change would come at a critial time for Microsoft, as CEO Satya Nadella moves …


Cheese Has the Same Effect on Your Brain as Heroin

Step one is admitting you have a problem.

Is fondue season your favorite part of fall? Do you "work on your night cheese," à la 30 Rock's Liz Lemon? And are you that friend who brings a wheel of brie to every party instead of a bottle of wine? It's not your fault. According to a study from the …


World Leaders Rock Elegant Man Buns

World hairpiece, at last.

Committing to a fashion trend can be a tricky thing. It seemed the instant you convinced your mom to buy you a pair of Steve Madden platform sneakers, the world moved on to Skechers.

Fortunately, one of today's biggest trends can be snipped off in a moment's notice or even …

Kim Jong-un

11 Quotes From Buddha That Will Ease Your Soul

11 quotes from Buddha that will ease your soul. Why do you think so many teachings from this area resonate with so many people?

“The way is not in the …


Indonesia's forest fires threaten a third of world's wild orangutans

Raging Indonesian forest fires have advanced into dense forest on Borneo and now threaten one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, say conservationists.

Satellite photography shows that around 100,000 fires have burned in Indonesia’s carbon-rich peatlands since July. But instead of being …


Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork Chili With Cornbread Dumplings

For a full fall meal that's perfect for Football Sundays or chilly-evening dinners, make this chili right in your slow cooker. It's not your traditional beef-based recipe, but pulled pork shoulder and tender cornbread dumplings make this version stand out among the rest.

Why It Works

Purists may …


Four Sneaky Ways to Trick Your Enemies Into Becoming Allies

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. You may not like them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be useful to you—or at least kept at bay. …

Cool Stuff

Meet a 21st-Century Slave

KATHMANDU, Nepal — WHEN readers hear about “modern slavery” in America or abroad, they may roll their eyes and assume that’s an exaggeration. Slavery? Really? Modern slavery?

If you’re one of the doubters, then listen to Poonam Thapa, a teenage girl I met here in Nepal, where she is putting her life …


Twisty reactor hints at a future of practical fusion power

Many fusion reactors are based on a tokamak design, which uses an electrical current to twist a superheated plasma's electrons and ions into a three-dimensional loop. That's good for containing the plasma, but it's still not the safest design -- if the current fails or there's a magnetic …

I Don't Want to Be Rich (and I Don't Think You Do Either)

Okay. Confession time.

I don't want to be rich.

I have no interest in it, and here's the thing... I don't think most of you want to be rich either.

I think that if you really wanted to be rich you'd be doing a lot of things differently. You might have gotten a different kind of education (not that …


1 Simple Idea to Change Your World

We often read about new ideas or inventions that could change our world in a positive way. Yet it seems, we rarely, focus on ourselves, and why we are here or perhaps thoughtfully consider what we want in life.

I read an article Oprah published the other day and Oprah said "One of my favorite parts …

Early Childhood Education

Windows Phone has a new app problem

I gave up on Windows Phone almost a year ago, citing a lack of apps and Microsoft's mobile platform getting left behind.

While the app gap has always been a problem, Windows Phone is now five years old and it's still facing new challenges. Over the past year developers haven't flocked to Microsoft's …


An intolerable unimaginable heat forecast for Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too …

IS blows up columns in Syria's Palmyra to execute 3: monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic …

Hands-on with Facebook M: the virtual assistant with a (real) human touch

There’s something eerie about realizing you live in a time people once considered a sci-fi fantasy. In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix's character uses an artificial intelligence-powered operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. He can ask her to oversee his calendar, play music to match his …


Soup for Syria: chefs are stirred into action over refugee crisis

Last winter, the Lebanese food writer and photographer Barbara Abdeni Massaad spent her weekends filling her car with ingredients and driving across the Bekaa Valley to a Syrian refugee camp – one of many that had sprung up in Lebanon. There, she would cook soup for families who were falling ill …


Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Google Now is more important than ever

Version 6.0 of Android is rolling out to Nexus devices now, appearing on the brand new Nexus phones very soon, and other recent Android phones over …


Alabama license office closures alarms voting rights advocates ahead of 2016

A series of recent government maneuvers in Alabama may prevent some citizens from voting across large swathes of the state, particularly in poverty-stricken Black Belt counties.

The first of the moves happened a year ago, when Alabama enacted a law requiring voters to present government-issued …