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In Latest Privacy Scandal, Facebook Gave Apple, Amazon And Others Unprecedented Access To User Data

Facebook has been giving user data to at least 60 major device manufacturers over the last decade – including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft …

Hushed tones: six of the best noise-cancelling headphones

Bose QC35 II, £330<p>Bose is one of the pioneers of noise-cancelling technology and is often lauded as the best in the business. The QC35 II are the second edition of the company’s wireless noise-cancelling cans and set the standard by which everyone else is measured.<p>They’re excellent not only for …

Consumer Tech

'She sees possibility': How a teen rock climber shattered a gender barrier

The death this year of Roger Bannister, the first person to run a four-minute mile, prompted a reappraisal of his 1954 achievement. “It was as much of a psychological barrier as it was a physical barrier,” said the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations. “He made the …

Climbing

Sacramento Residents Outraged By Secret Drone Program Spying on Neighborhood

A group of residents from Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood are expressing their disgust with a secret drone program that has been exposed in the …

I have no interest in the royal wedding, and I won’t be shamed into silence

I was born in a country whose values include free speech, tolerance, and respect for others’ views. Or so I thought. I thought our sophisticated media – bombarding us daily with images of talking dogs, celebs wearing outrageous clothes, alongside stories from around the world of political intrigue, …

Royal Weddings

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison Dead at 36

Scott Hutchison, frontman of Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, has died, the BBC reports. He was 36. Hutchison’s family reported him missing to Scottish police on Wednesday after he failed to return to his hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland. The following night, his body was found at …

This is America: theories behind Childish Gambino's satirical masterpiece

Following his calls to “stay woke!” on his biggest hit to date, Redbone, the musician, actor, writer, director and comedian Childish Gambino – AKA Donald Glover, has doubled his efforts on his new track This Is America. Its video amassed 10m views in only 24 hours and has been celebrated by Erykah …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Beautiful Quandary of $80,000 Speakers

Sitting in the dark of Meridian Audio’s personal theater, eyes closed, drinking in Ella Fitzgerald backed by Satchmo’s glib, saucy blowing on “They …

Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon

The story was so good it seemed impossible to imagine. A 26-year-old woman with no sponsors or agents, who had run only one marathon in her life, finished second in Monday’s Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious road races. And no sooner had she crossed the finish line did the …

Marathons

Avicii: the poster boy for EDM who struggled with the spotlight

Avicii was an avatar as much as he was a producer. Exploding on to the scene in 2011 with his unabashedly saccharine hit Levels, the Swedish musician born Tim Bergling represented, depending on where one stood, either the best or worst of dance music’s rise in the United States.<p>Avicii: …

Music

The lie pictures tell: an ex-model on the truth behind her perfect photos

My perfect pictures and the pain behind them Originally published in Narratively Reema Zaman revisits the perfect pictures of her model-actress past, exposing the unseen devastation just beneath their surface, in an essay as heartbreaking as it is honest.<p>Guardian Selects, curated by our editors, …

Essays

The west’s double standards over the bombing of Syria

It’s Saturday morning and I am watching Theresa May on BBC1 with increasing incredulity. We’ll pass over the fact that there is no secure evidence that Assad has used chemical weapons in an area where Syrian government troops had already won and no questions from journalists about what his …

Middle East

Yasser Murtaja embodied the struggle of Gazans – desperate yet defiant

For the past 11 years, Gaza has regularly featured in headlines as the target of three military onslaughts, an ongoing siege and a humanitarian disaster. Less reported has been the scream of an entire generation pleading for help, their scream falling on deaf ears.<p>Yasser Murtaja, a Gazan …

Israel

The Storms Are Coming

Meteorologist Nathan Cool's book "Surf, Flood, Fire & Mud" breaks down the strongest El Niño on record and our stormy future<p>SURFER’s meteorologist …

From the Editor's Desk: We don't need longer battery life, we just need to use our phones less

I haven't met someone who doesn't complain about the battery life on their phone to some extent. Walking through airports, as I so often do, people …

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana phone<p>Back in 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in <i>The Matrix</i>, and not for looking sad on a bench. Nokia was also the “world’s leading mobile phone supplier” back then, and it used this popularity to feature its Nokia 8110 “banana phone” in <i>The</i> …

What the F–k Happened and Who is to Blame for the 2018 Olympic Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Fiasco?

<i>With a firsthand look from the commentator’s booth in PyeongChang, BBC correspondent Ed Leigh offers some words on what the world has witnessed</i> …

The Argument Against Quantum Computers

The mathematician Gil Kalai believes that quantum computers can't possibly work, even in principle.<p>Sixteen years ago, on a cold February day at Yale …

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shares epic travel panorama

Enjoy a stunning scenic overlook of the Curiosity rover's journey across the Gale Crater on Mars.<p>The Mars Curiosity rover recently had the opportunity to pause for a moment and look back over its life's work. NASA invites us to admire the view, too, with a panoramic scene showing most of the …

I thought I was one of the good guys. Then I read the Aziz Ansari story.

She told me to stop. I ignored her. It took me years to realize how wrong I was.<p>Last week, I read the Babe.net article describing an encounter between comedian Aziz Ansari and a woman identified only as “Grace.” I read about how Ansari allegedly pushed past several verbal and nonverbal cues …

The Proving Grounds

Check out Ryan Moss's recent 4K highlight reel while embedded on the 7-mile miracle<p>It is no easy feat swimming out at Pipeline with a waterhousing. …

Aquatic Sports

Neil deGrasse Tyson Reveals The Scientific Mystery That Keeps Him Up At Night

Celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson might seem like he knows everything there is to know about the universe. But there's a lingering scientific …

Double green flash

Green flashes are best seen over ocean horizons like this one, and, this time, the California wildfires did something helpful.<p>On December 13, 2017, …

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum …

Breaking Down the Mechanics of Kelly’s Wave

Science Magazine analyzes the technology behind Slater's artificial wave<p>Over the past year, our Instagram feeds have been clogged with footage of the …

Threading

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Copyright

BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between …

Was the announcement of Netflix’s price increase strategically timed?

Netflix this week announced that subscribers will soon have to shell out a few more bucks per month if they want to enjoy the company’s impressively …

An Open Letter to Nikon from a Time-Lapse Photographer

Dear Nikon,<p>I am writing as a longtime Nikon photographer and someone who has been working extensively with your cameras and who has written many …

Videography

AI lawyer can help you with a thousand different legal issues

Over two years ago, Joshua Browder, now a junior at Stanford University, created a chatbot that could contest parking tickets in New York City and London. By June of 2016, DoNotPay had successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets -- a 64 percent success rate -- and earlier this year, Browder …