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Smart weekend rituals to make your workweek less anxious

A classic weekend spent lounging around the house and meeting with family can be the gift we all deserve after a long week. But it always feels like …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to millions of learners around the world through the event's wildly popular online videos.<p>But those …

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Column: 5 questions to ask during your hospital stay

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> A trip to the hospital can be devastating on a family’s finances. With 46 percent of Americans unable to cover a $400 emergency …

This Is the Dawn of Brain Tech, But How Far Can It Go?

What distinguishes Elon Musk’s reputation as an entrepreneur is that any venture he takes on comes from a bold and inspiring vision for the future of …

Scientists Hacked a Cell’s DNA and Made a Biocomputer Out of It

Our brains are often compared to computers, but in truth, the billions of cells in our bodies may be a better analogy. The squishy sacks of goop may …

A one-stop smart home shop to help you care for mom and dad

<i>This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.</i><p>Allison Dean Love was getting nervous.<p>She hadn't heard from her mother, Amelia, in a few hours. There were no emails or phone calls. No one else could get in touch with her …

You can now use any Alexa skill without enabling it first

Skills have done to Alexa what third-party applications did to mobile devices a few years ago. They are part of what give Alexa-enabled speakers nearly endless possibilities and a very bright future.<p>Amazon realizes this and has been making strides to make skills a priority, not only by making it …

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots.<p>The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, …

Who Owns Your Face?

Advertising companies, tech giants, data collectors, and the federal government, it turns out.<p>It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.<p>This is why computer scientists so often use the faces of Hollywood celebrities in their research. Tom Hanks, for …

Malta's secret tunnels: inside the newly discovered underworld of Valletta

Malta’s picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones – but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the …

Amazon Alexa Can Now Help Diagnose What Ails You

Amazon Alexa users with health issues can now have Alexa call Healthtap’s Doctor AI to help figure out what’s wrong and direct them to act …

The 5 Leading-Edge Apps You Need To Know About Right Now

<b>“What Important truth do very few people agree with you on?”</b><p><b>~ Peter Thiel, Zero to One</b><p>2017 is in motion. Apps are being launched. People are …

Why Elon Musk's transhumanism claims may not be that far-fetched

We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot uprising. That's the message from Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the …

Announcing the All-New Flipboard, the Place for All Your Passions

Most people are interested in lots of things, but true passions run deep. The all-new Flipboard is built around those obsessions that define your work, life and play.<p>Flipboard 4.0 is a response to our ever-growing ecosystem of publishers, Flipboard Magazines, topics and more. With over 30 million …

Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it

Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Time to think again<p>The McDonald’s on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn’t look all that different from any of the fast-food …

Best Alexa Enabled Gadgets You Must Get for Your Home

Amazon Alexa is slowly transforming itself into the best home automation operation system gadget manufacturers can look forward to. The CES 2017 was …

How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of …

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Sick of the news? This is no time to tune out.

By Margaret Sullivan<p>Margaret Sullivan<p>Media columnist<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In another strange time in American history, the counterculture guru Timothy Leary urged people to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”<p>Five decades later, it’s time for quite a different formula. In the era of fake news causing real …

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Fake news : NPR

Translated Into 'Trumptalk,' History's Famous Lines Would Look A Little Different<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>How Russian Propaganda Spreads On Social Media<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake …

Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies

World<p>VELES, Macedonia — Dimitri points to a picture on his Instagram showing a bar table decked with expensive champagne and sparklers.<p>It's from his 18th birthday just four months ago — a lavish party in his east European hometown that he says wouldn't have been possible without President-elect …

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to think about books for the giving and books we’d love to receive ourselves. Our list this week is heavy — but lighthearted too! — on books about the visual and performance arts. Among them are works that put us in a celebratory mood, or at least get our …

Pope Francis may also be worried about fake news

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Ishaan Tharoor<p>Reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Pope Francis joined the list of prominent world leaders to decry “disinformation” in the media, a leitmotif of 2016. In an interview with Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio, the pontiff warned …

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How the war against fake news backfired

By Abby Ohlheiser<p>Abby Ohlheiser<p>Reporter covering digital culture<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Fake news has become a problem that the media and the tech industries are urgently searching for ways to solve. But in the post-election push to fix the problem, those who most want to find the solution have managed to …

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What my daughter understands about the Comet Ping Pong story that some adults apparently don’t

By Chris Edelson<p>Last Friday night, I took my two kids to the local pizza place. My daughter, who is 6, and my son, who’s almost 3, had cheese pizza, chocolate milk, meatballs and breadsticks. After they ate, we went to the back to play ping pong and listen to the jukebox (my daughter wanted Katy …