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Fragile treasures

PALMYRA, an ancient oasis city and one-time capital of a short-lived empire, has been razed before. In the third century, Roman emperor Aurelian …

Fragile

This Is What it's Like to Be a Mixed-Race Girl on Tinder

"I'd love to have sex with a black girl," read the message from David, 25, who had matched with me on Tinder. "I've never been with one before. You in?"

I unmatched with David immediately. And yet, the questions kept coming. "What are you?" asked Santy, 21, a student. "You look like you have a bit …

Tinder

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Almost Stolen By A Flame-Throwing Guitarist

He doesn’t speak a word, but playing the Doof Warrior in director George Miller’s gonzo action spectacular was a dream come true for Australian actor-musician iOTA.

Of all the batshit insanity bursting out of every frame in Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the most delightful surprises is the Doof Warrior. …

Mad Max

Marques Brownlee

Tech reviewer, YouTube star

For being a gadget god.

Hailed as "the best technology reviewer on the planet" by former Google SVP Vic Gundotra, 21-year-old Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) is a YouTube phenom who has amassed 2.3 million followers and whose channel has become one of the fastest-growing tech …

Motion Graphics

'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in car crash

Famed mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash were killed Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, NJ.com reports.

Nash, a Princeton University mathematics professor, won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, specifically the "Nash equilibrium." …

Game Theory

Chart of the day: The five generations of iPhone

Two of my favorite independent analysts, Asymco’s Horace Dediu and Above Avalon’s Neil Cybart, each took a crack this week at breaking the iPhone’s installed base into its constituent parts.

Cybart, starting with Fiksu data and adjusting for its U.S. and Eurocentric tendencies, figures that the 475 …

iPhone

38 New Emojis Scheduled for 2016

The Unicode Consortium is a California-based non-profit organization that aims to standardize current character schemes across all operation systems and platforms. Following the unveil of the Unicode 8.0 which included complexion adjustments, the consortium's emoji committee has finalized the …

Emoji

Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.

And yet after years of efforts, we …

Education

YouTube gets more lifelike

YouTube live-streams just got more lifelike.You can now stream live videos at double the previous frame-rate -- it's now 60 frames per second, up from 30.The update gives live-stream videos a giant boost in clarity and smoothness. When played in high definition, 60 frames per second (fps) video …

YouTube

Selfie, Bacon, and Avocado Among Emoji Proposed for Inclusion in 2016's Unicode 9

The Unicode Consortium today released a list of 38 emoji characters that are candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0, which is set to be released in the middle of 2016. These represent emoji that could be available on iOS and Mac devices in the future.

Candidates include a range of different …

Unicode

Snapchat Is Investing in Shopping App Spring

Another day, another messaging app that wants to explore e-commerce.

Snapchat, the popular messaging app that is also dabbling in media, is investing in the maker of Spring, a shopping app that launched last year, according to two people familiar with the deal. It’s not clear if the investment, …

Snapchat

After Senate vote, NSA prepares to shut down phone tracking program

Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting down a controversial program Saturday that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say is vital to track terrorists in the United States.

The Senate had …

National Security Agency

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.

Part of this …

Energy

Meteor Raises $20M To Build The One JavaScript Stack To Rule Them All

The competitive landscape for app development tool providers keeps getting tighter, with Meteor Development Group raising $20 million for its stack of frameworks and tools for developing web and mobile applications in JavaScript.

The round, led by Matrix Partners with investments also coming in from …

JavaScript

TS Eliot and a tragic childhood in 'Home is Where One Starts'

You stand on the edge of a strip of asphalt, in the middle of a breezy, weedy, Southern forest. It's nearly sunset and the day's final rays sprawl over hay rolls and a small pond across the road. Behind you, a long trailer home sits in a clearing, piles of old and discarded possessions heaped …

TS Eliot

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says

The world's largest software maker was poised to make its biggest acquisition to date, but talks fell through, according to CNBC.

Microsoft almost …

Sales

Apple Announces 2015 15” Retina MacBook Pro, Cheaper 27” Retina iMac

This morning Apple announced the release of the 2015 refresh of their 15” Retina MacBook Pro lineup. With the 13” rMBP having been updated with an …

MacBook

Microsoft is developing a cross-platform cloud clipboard called OneClip

Microsoft's focus on productivity is bearing new fruit. Twitter user WalkingCat revealed today that the company is now working on a cloud clipboard app called OneClip. The app is designed to let the user copy whatever they want and access it on whatever device they need it on:

The One branding alone …

Microsoft OneNote

This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an old-school calculator watch.

I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 …

Calculators

Apple Wants Local TV in Its Web TV Service, Which Could Lead to Delays

If Apple launches a TV service, it won’t be the first company to offer TV subscriptions over the Web. But it wants to offer at least one thing rivals don’t have: Widespread access to live programming from local TV stations.

Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to …

TV

Dog With Attached Heart Rate Monitor and Camera Snaps Photos When He Gets Excited

Nikon Asia attached one of their Coolpix L31 cameras, using a case with a heart rate monitor, to an exuberant dog named Grizzler. As Grizzler moved …

Cameras

Watch the 'Sherlock Holmes of Wine' explain how to spot a counterfeit bottle

2016 Watch

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The 2016 presidential elections are still many months away, but Hillary Clinton appears to have locked in the vote of one …

Wine

Apple could give old iPhones and iPads new life with iOS 9

The next versions of iOS and OS X are supposed to focus on performance and stability instead of new features, and that focus on performance could extend all the way back to devices that Apple released three and four years ago. According to 9to5Mac, a focus of iOS 9 has been optimizing the OS for old …

iPhone

Incredible Aerial Photos Of Cruise Ships Look Like Alien Space Yachts

Cruises may not be in fashion, but Jeffrey Milstien's rich shots make us want to at least wander their decks.

Cruise ships, while notable for their grandiose scale, are rarely appreciated for their design. But photographer Jeffrey Milstein revisits the aesthetics of these massive boats from another …

Aliens

The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other …

Watches

Here’s What A Normal Day Looks Like For Jennifer Aniston, According To Instagram

Ballet, salad, and hanging out with her dogs. Who knew?

On Thursday, May 21, Jennifer Aniston used Instagram to show us what a normal day for her looks like.

Even though Anniston doesn’t have an Instagram account of her own, she took over Living Proof’s Instagram since she’s a co-owner of the company.

Jennifer Aniston

Could a trip to Mars fry astronauts’ brains?

Brain damage. Memory deterioration. Intelligence loss. This could be your brain on a trip to Mars.

It’s all thanks to the onslaught of galactic cosmic rays, the remnants of supernova explosions. These highly charged particles travel near the speed of light and can zoom through the hull of a …

Mars

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that …

Security

France to ban food waste in supermarkets

Stores will be forced to donate unsold but still edible food to charity or for use as animal feed or farming compost.

France's parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products.

Under the legislation passed on …

Food Waste

10 years later, David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College is as relevant as ever

Delivered to the graduating class of 2005 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; May 21 2005:

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, …

David Foster Wallace