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10 insane details about Apple’s new iMacs and Magic peripherals

Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2 has some new tricks up its sleeve, but according to a behind-the-scenes look into Apple’s Input Design Lab, perfecting the new eco-friendly mouse with a gliding sound that was just right wasn’t as easy as a click.<p>The top-secret laboratory where Apple designs its Macintosh …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Apple's iPad Pro proves Microsoft was right about the Surface

If you’ve been on the internet at all this week, you probably know that Apple launched a bunch of new devices. But the most shocking announcement wasn’t the new iPhones, redesigned Apple TV or fancy new Hermès watches.<p>It was a version Microsoft’s Surface – or at least something that looks a lot …

IPad Pro

Iconic images by documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who has died at 75

Photo: Mary Ellen Mark.<p>Mary Ellen Mark: March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015.<p>The documentary photographer who is best known for her haunting portraits of …

Apple Watch update could bring sleep tracking and other missing features

Apple is working on bringing some important missing features to the Apple Watch, including third-party complications and a way to locate a lost watch, according to <i>9to5Mac</i>. Also in development are a number of new health features, including sleep tracking, although some of these features will likely …

China has outfitted missiles capable of reaching the US with multiple nuclear warheads

Foregoing a longstanding policy of maintaining a small nuclear force, Beijing has begun to place multiple miniaturized nuclear warheads atop ballistic missiles, The New York Times reports citing a report from the Department of Defense. Missiles with multiple warheads are harder to intercept as each …

North Korea

Apple is worth $1.4 trillion, says Carl Icahn

Activist investor Carl Icahn writes to Tim Cook, urging the Apple chief to increase its share buyback programme as the company's move into TVs and cars will make it far more profitable<p><b>Apple</b> is worth $1.4 trillion, twice its current value, and the iPhone maker should give more of its $194bn cash …

Markets

Fortune.com

• 1. To license Fortune articles, excerpts, or headlines for republication in various media (including books, eBooks, film, web, newsletters, …

11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters

Before faceless multiplexes became the norm, one could always spot a movie theater in the distance, even if it was your first visit to that town. A …

Pie

Why we should beware of the number 2,147,483,647

As complex and incredible as our latest gadgets are, they can be foiled by something very simple: a number that's just too big. The BBC explains the phenomenon in terms of an odometer that only goes up to 99,999 miles.<p>Drive another mile, and it would roll to zero again, and start counting from …

11 Things I Learned During 2 Weeks with an Apple Watch

It’s now two weeks since I took delivery of my 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport and awkwardly (see point 7 below) placed it on my wrist.<p>I haven’t tried to do any kind of stress-test on the device here. There are reviews elsewhere online if you want to read about someone trying everything the Watch …

PS4 Could Very Well Become The Best-Selling Console In History

There was a common refrain around the PS4 launch. Sure, it shattered launch records, everyone said, but there was <i>no way</i> that Sony’s new machine could ever outsell the indomitable PS2. The PS2 was a product of its time, they said, and there was no way any one machine could capture the complete …

Mobile Devices

Google's plans for a massive, futuristic new headquarters get derailed by LinkedIn

Function wins over form<p>Google's search for a place to build its giant and oddly mysterious glass utopia will have to be somewhere else than Mountain View's North Bayshore district. In a vote from the area's city council last night, the group decided that LinkedIn and <i>not</i> Google will get the majority …

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Is June 8-12

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference happens June 8 through June 12 this year, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is by invitation only, with tickets opening up for registration today, allowing developers to sign up for the random selection process. Registration ends on …

Apple gets sued for licensing allegedly plagiarized art

A Brazilian neo-pop artist is suing Apple for ripping off his artwork for the company’s “Start Something New” marketing campaign. Is Apple guilty, or is it just a mistake?<p>The artist in question is Romero Britto, a 51-year-old artist who has lived in Miami, Florida, since 1989. His work is known for …

Art

easyJet's iOS app is now your personal guide to Gatwick

easyJet already has a mobile app that many airline peers would do well to take inspiration from. Beyond storing electronic boarding passes, the app lets you manage bookings, track flights and even check in using a photo of your passport. The low-cost, tech-savvy airline has made its app that much …

IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps

Apple partner IBM today announced the launch of Watson Health Cloud, designed to offer physicians, researchers, insurers and health-related companies a secure and open platform for storing health-related data. The platform facilitates the secure sharing of data from multiple types of input, from …

Personal Data

Remembering an overlooked treaty

On the 40th birthday of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, we look back on an important moment in the history of science, technology and arms control<p>On this day in March 1975 dignitaries gathered at ceremonies in London, Washington D.C. and Moscow to celebrate the entry into force of the …

War

Create a Website That Self-Destructs When Google Indexes It

You know we’re dealing with something unusual when we write about a site that we can’t actually link to anymore. Unindexed was an experiment by Matthew Rothberg that created a website which continuously searched Google for itself.<p>When the site finally discovered itself in the search results, it was …

Bots

Apple Watch release signals firm’s transformation into luxury brand

For many Apple watchers, Monday’s launch of its new watch is a significant step in the effort to turn the company into a technology-based luxury brand.<p>The strategy was signalled initially with the hiring of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry a year ago to transform Apple’s retail business. It has since …

Apple Watch

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Mechanics

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off.<p>Canavero hopes to assemble a …

Case Western Reserve University

Twitter boss vows to crack down on trolls and abuse

Dick Costolo promises to change culture around harassment: ‘We’re going to get a lot more aggressive about it, and it’s going to start right now’<p>By its own boss’s admission, Twitter “suck at dealing with abuse and trolls”. Now Dick Costolo has shed a little more light on how the company plans to …

Social Media

One of the coolest things about the Apple Watch may be a feature no one really talks about

It will be able to share your heartbeat, prompt you to stand up when you've been sitting all day, and, of course, show you the time in a bunch of different ways.<p>But, one of its most interesting capabilities is a somewhat minor one that's easily overlooked.<p>Apple's industrial design chief Jony Ive …

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea

I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.<p>I …

Literature

Large Hadron Collider Quiz: Are you ready for Run 2?

<b>1. The LHC was shut down for 28 months starting in December 2012 because of</b><p>a) A strike by French power workers<p>b) The need for refurbishments before going to higher energies<p>c) Black Holes<p>d) Mayans<p>e) Skiing<p><i>The correct answer is (b). Refurbishments were needed because of problems with the quench</i> …

Physics