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A beginner's guide to traveling to Southeast Asia

Well that all depends. There are so many considerations: time, budget, interests, comfort level, experience. But if you are just getting started with the travel thing, you can't do much better than Southeast Asia.<p>Mainland Southeast Asia - including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma,Malaysia …

Android stats: Gingerbread still on 20 percent of devices, KitKat only on 1.8

Google(s goog) might be doing the best it can to combat Android fragmentation, but it’s still alive and well according to the latest statistics. The …

Why Rachel Dolezal would want to pass as a black woman

It's hard to think of a more bizarre story, or one more representative of contemporary America, than that of Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal is an academic and activist who represented herself as African American for many years, earning a degree in Africana studies, even ascending to the position of …

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

Which is the cleanest city in the world?

Definitions of cleanliness can, of course, be very different across the world. I’ve seen people spitting on pristine streets in China, and broken pots left to decay neatly by the roadside in Africa. Monaco provides dispensers with free bags for cleaning up after your dog, but some visitors are …

Pollution

Magna Carta: leaders celebrate 800th anniversary of the Great Charter

Queen is joined by top officials in the place where King John was forced to seal historic document that underpins modern democracy and human rights<p>Royalty returned to Runnymede 800 years after a group of rebellious barons forced a medieval king to put his seal on a historic document that …

How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili

Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/10/1433954982833/1b7d66ce-79f0-4547-b570-f68f1f82bd4e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the …

Al-Qaeda

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Apple WWDC: The Biggest Announcements in 3 Minutes

WWDC

Why is the U.S. bringing down the hammer on FIFA?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In recent years, FIFA has made news not just for enforcing rules on the soccer field, but also for allegedly breaking them off it.<p>The body that governs soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is a multibillion-dollar behemoth.<p>Great power, yes. Great responsibility? Not so much, critics …

James Comey

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science

‘How did they do that?’ New book reveals BlackBerry’s response to original iPhone

Living in a world where the iPhone dominates, and rivals don’t so much compete by doing things differently as by offering cut-rate versions of the same core technology, it can be easy to forget how much of a disruption Apple’s handset actually caused when Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.<p>A new book …

Customers

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life<p>Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that …

Mars Rover

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

For as long as humans have been alive, they’ve been concerned with finding ways to live longer.<p>These days, with the right combination of genes and …

Singularity

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

ISIS Wants a Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian …

Middle East

Measles outbreak: Different states, different rules on vaccinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The rash of measles cases across the country has affected some states more than others. And, not surprisingly, the rules for vaccinating vary wildly from coast to coast.<p>Take California, for example, where more than 90 people have already been infected with measles this year. As in many …

Public Health

The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted

<i>When we think about the spectacular collapses of once untouchable Internet properties, companies like MySpace and Pets.com come to mind. The rise and</i> …

Fake Google Maps listings recorded calls to the FBI, Secret Service

After failing to get Google's attention about alleged security weaknesses on location listings added to Google Maps, an engineer created his own fake listings on the service that recorded calls made to the FBI and Secret Service. Bryan Seely, a former Microsoft and Avanade employee, set up listings …

How long before US firms stop making PCs altogether?

The past 30 days are littered with the corporate wreckage of years of declining PC sales—or at least, the kind of PCs that run Windows. On February 4, Nikkei reported that Sony is selling its money-losing Vaio PC division to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for $490 million. Gartner and …

Selling

Apartment List Raises Another $6 Million To Improve Your Apartment Hunt

Apartment List wants to build a better end-to-end experience for people looking to find apartments. That will come as a welcome departure from the current apartment hunt process, which involves Craigslist and filling out applications in front of a dozen other people also filling out applications …

Firefox announces “Firefox Launcher”, powered by EverythingMe

It looks like Mozilla is preparing to release its own Android launcher, aptly called the Firefox Launcher. The new launcher is designed to use your location, the time of day and frequently used apps to create an ever-evolving home screen experience that helps you access the right apps when you need …

AT&T tweaks Mobile Share pricing to significantly discount 10GB or larger plans

AT&T is making its shared-data family plans a lot more appealing starting tomorrow. The carrier is slashing the price of Mobile Share Value plans that come with 10GB or more of data; depending on your setup, you could be saving anywhere from $50 or $100 per month with the adjusted plans.<p>The …