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It just got more difficult for bank customers to find a free checking account

Bad news for low-income consumers: There’s now one fewer place where you can store your cash for free.<p>Bank of America BAC, -2.52% has gotten rid of a …

BMW M5 (1998-2003) | Used Car Buying Guide

Even if the E39 BMW M5 (1998-2003) had never turned any of its four, bespoke 18in Chrome Shadow alloy wheels (they’re easy to kerb and about £150 …

Google is stepping up its war on adware

Scammy programs and browser extensions are a persistent problem on the web, but web companies are starting to take them seriously as a threat to the web. In a post today, Google surveyed the past year's efforts to fight unwanted software, and came away with some impressive statistics. Chrome user …

AdWords

Microsoft Launches Official 'Cortana' App for iOS and Android Devices

Microsoft today officially launched its virtual assistant Cortana as a downloadable app for iOS and Android platforms (via <i>Business Insider</i>). Similar to Apple's Siri personal assistant, Cortana allows Windows users to set reminders, preview the weather, and answer basic questions thanks to …

New Firefox App Makes Websites Load Like Lightning

The maker of the Firefox web browser released its second app for iPhones and iPads on Tuesday as it tries to gain a foothold on Apple’s mobile …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says We Need More Computer, Coding Education

Apple CEO Tim Cook says teaching coding to kids is just as important as teaching any other foreign language. And the younger kids start learning it, the better.<p>Cook spoke to a group of New York third graders who visited a Manhattan Apple store for a coding class Wednesday. He says schools don't put …

Uber brings a desktop app to Windows 10

<i>Correction: A Microsoft rep tells Mashable Uber's desktop app will allow users to complete rides without the smartphone version of the app, despite</i> …

Apps

World's fastest in-flight broadband coming to Lufthansa | CNN Travel

(CNN) — For those who cherish escaping the constant deluge of emails that flying 35,000 feet above ground affords, peace and quiet might soon be shattered.<p>British satellite company Inmarsat has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to bring super-fast Internet to fliers in Europe, enabling them to use …

166 years after his mysterious death, Edgar Allan Poe still fascinates us

Edgar Allan Poedied 166 years ago today, but nobody can agree how.<p>On Oct. 3, 1849, a newspaper typesetter named Joseph W. Walker came across Poe in a Baltimore gutter. The legendary author was wearing someone else's clothes, half-unconscious, and unable to explain how he ended up in the street. …

Paris exhibition explores wide-reaching influence of Pablo Picasso

A major exhibition exploring, for the first time, the wide-reaching influence of Pablo Picasso on everything from painting and sculpture to film and advertising has opened at the Grand Palais in Paris.<p>Picasso.Mania, which opened on Wednesday, has brought together work by some of the most renowned …

Art

How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

Michael Lewis delves deep into the archives of the legendary reporter turned novelist to discover what made the man in the white suit the voice of a journalistic generation.<p>I was 11 or maybe 12 years old when I discovered my parents’ bookshelves. They’d been invisible right up to the moment someone …

Literature

The Story Behind Fortress, the Final Fantasy Game That Never Was

<i>This is part one of a three-part story about Fortress, the canceled Final Fantasy XII spin-off in development with now-defunct studio Grin in the late 2000s. Be sure to read part two, which includes a complete look at the game's storyboard and a rundown of its narrative, as well as check out our</i> …

‘Land’s End’ Is the Virtual Reality Experience to Win Over the Doubters

London studio ustwo has followed up its mobile success "Monument Valley" with an inviting and immersive VR adventure.<p>While the possibilities for virtual reality in gaming are fairly far from limitless, there's certainly plenty of scope, and excitement, for what the wholly enveloping medium can …

The Future Is Here, and It's FKA Twigs - PAPER

One month before we meet, FKA twigs, sitting in an east London café, threatened to quit interviews for good. "I can't do it," she told an alarmed <i>Sunday Times</i> writer, staking out the border between her public and private lives. "It makes me feel nutty."<p>The dispute, sparked by a question about her …

‘The Good Wife’ Is Really Good Again

The reliably excellent CBS drama suffered a few creative missteps last season—ahem, Kalinda, ahem. But Sunday night’s fantastic premiere proved it’s …

Steve Jobs - Trailer 1

A biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, told through three iconic Apple product launches.

'Steve Jobs' Review: Good Apple, Slightly Mushy Core

Danny Boyle’s biopic stars Michael Fassbender as the Silicon Valley innovator in a story, adapted by Aaron Sorkin, that’s as multifarious as Apple’s founder<p>A celebrated ad campaign for Apple urged us to “Think different.” That’s certainly what the people who made “Steve Jobs” have tried to do. This …

Silicon Valley

Meet New York’s homeless fashion photographer

Mark Reay was looking for a job. It was 2007 when he entered a New York newsagents, writing down the email addresses of staff from magazines on the shelf. He sent out around 50 messages with some images from his photography portfolio. We called him back. Thus began seven years of shooting for …

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Mindfulness

Running of the Bulls

Ernest Hemingway

What ISIS Learned From the Cartels

Social media. Beheadings. Dogma. Empty promises. ISIS is copying the Mexican cartel playbook to a T, writes The Cartel author Don Winslow.<p>A bound man …

The world’s workforce will stop growing by 2050

A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (registration required) this week offered interesting insights in to the world in 2050, including the prediction that Asia will be home to over half the world’s economic growth, and that China’s economy will surpass America’s in 2026.<p>Amid all this talk …

On This Week's Best Dressed List, Reese Witherspoon Channels Elle Woods

<b>Photo: Bauer-Griffin/GC Images</b><p>Summer is finally in full swing and the ladies on this week's best-dressed list took full advantage of the beautiful weather.<p>Jada Pinkett Smith looked impossibly chic in a textured white dress, Kelly Rutherford chose a hue that really worked with her skin tone and …

5 Secrets to Starting a Successful Company on a Shoestring | Inc.com

How much money do you need to start a successful company? It might be less than you think. Some smart entrepreneurs are bypassing the whole venture capital world with its alphabet rounds of funding, opting instead to get their companies going on a relatively small investment and remain masters of …