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Amazon is preparing to launch streaming music service – sources

• Full-fledged service to be offered at $9.99 a month<br>• New music offering aimed to increase appeal of Amazon Echo home speaker<p>Amazon is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple and Spotify, according to two …

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I took a train trip across Portugal alone — and now I'm convinced it's the perfect place to travel solo

I had so much fun on a solo long weekend in Lisbon a few years ago that I recently went back. This time, I took a solo cross-country train trip from Lagos, on Portugal's southern coast, through Lisbon and north to Porto.<p>I went back because I was looking for a place where I'd be comfortable …

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Totalitarian travels – by the man who's been to every country in the world

A young ‘hobby traveller’ describes trips through the secretive lands of North Korea, Eritrea and Turkmenistan – and offers tips for navigating hermetic borders<p>North Korea “is screwed up in every aspect”, says Gunnar Garfors who, aged just 37, became the youngest “hobby traveller” to visit every …

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The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors has gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to …

Nikon Behind the Scenes: Making the Bride Look Her Best

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of …

New Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone raises fears of new infection chain

A fresh outbreak of Ebola in a part of Sierra Leone where the virus was thought to have been contained has raised fears of a new, uncontrolled infection chain that could send the death toll soaring.<p>A Red Cross ambulance team was sent to the remote district of Koinadugu, which had prided itself on …

India put a satellite in orbit around Mars for a fraction of what NASA spent

India can rightly feel proud of itself today as its Mangalyaan "MOM" satellite mission successfully entered orbit around Mars. In the process, the country has broken at least three records, including being the first Asian nation to reach the red planet and being the first country to get to Mars on …

How to Master White Balance

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Before the rise of digital photography most magazine pictures were shot on color transparency film, more commonly known as slides. Slide film was calibrated to be used in …

9 of the best free travel apps

Can't do without technology on your travels? These great free travel apps will help you sort everything from currency converters to Wi-Fi while …

First 24 hours in Porto, Portugal

Wine cellars, curious alleyways and awe-inspiring architecture abound in Portugal's second city, finds Lauren Razavi<p><b>Where?</b> Along the Douro River in …

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Norway's stunning landscapes in summer – in pictures

From sheer-sided fjords and rugged mountains offering world-class hiking to wooden fishing villages, Norway is famous for its dramatic landscapes – and in summer the sun never really sets<p><b>• Read more in tomorrow's</b> <b>Guardian Travel</b> <b>Scandinavian special</b>

What Germans do worst

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans <i>are</i> pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything, as our Barometer column this week points out. Here are some things Germans aren’t very good at:<p>Making reliable car engines. According to a survey by Warranty Direct last year, Audi came …