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Chinese electric vehicle maker NIO more concerned with user experience than rival Tesla

<i>Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China.</i><p>Visitors to the TechCrunch Shanghai even this week were greeted with a sleek silver high-performance car at the entrance. It’s right there above these words at the start of this article.<p>This …

Nasdaq joins the Wall Street gold rush to offer bitcoin futures

If you’re worried about the soaring price of bitcoin, the financial industry has a solution: Bitcoin derivatives.<p>The Nasdaq exchange will offer bitcoin futures in the first half of next year, the Wall Street Journal reported (paywall), while brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald plans to launch bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency

Four iPhone camera apps that let you take better photos

There's no shortage of photo editors for the iPhone. Take any picture you snap and apply filters, adjust the saturation or white balance, remove unwanted items from the image and so much more. Mobile photo editors have come a very long way in just a few, short years.<p>But what about apps that help …

7 Must-Use Audience Engagement Tips From a Professional Storyteller

Terence Mickey on how to connect with your audience and why it matters.<p>Connecting with your audience is vital to your business.<p>It is the same for when you're on stage.<p>Last week I wrote about every business is show business when it comes to public speaking. This week, I asked for tips and insights …

Analysis: Egyptian diplomacy pushes France aside

“Sisi understands that he is dealing with a statesman who is strong. Forget the [domestic] investigations against him. Sisi sees Netanyahu as someone …

'Seinfeldia': New Book Shows How '90s Sitcom Is Actually About Something

This year has already been steeped in 1990s nostalgia. Viewers have flocked to not one, but two series about how the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the nation. A new "Independence Day" film is currently in theaters (hot on the heels of a rebooted "Jurassic Park"), and even the presidential …

How the Writer Researches: Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is 80 years old and still not sure where she belongs. Standing in the atrium of her home in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Pulitzer …

Stanley Kubrick and me: designing the poster for A Clockwork Orange

Philip Castle’s airbrushed art features on album covers for David Bowie and Pulp but his lurid imagery for A Clockwork Orange remains his most infamous work – he remembers his friendship with the director<p>Philip Castle shows me into his front room to see the naked woman on her knees next to the …

Clubbers 'snort cocoa' for endorphin rush at clubs in Europe

Chocolate has reportedly become the new drug of choice at house and electronic nights.<p>Events such as "Lucid" at Alchemy & Eros in Berlin have …

The world's 27 most hipster neighbourhoods

One too many sangrias? Pamplona's Running of the Bulls festival starts with a bang as thousands of sweat-drenched revellers hit the streets

It seems that some revellers at the world-famous San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona had one too many sangrias - and lost all their …

Someone built Noah’s ark to prove the Bible was right

<b>A creationist Christian has built a £77million replica of Noah’s ark to prove that the story actually happened.</b><p>Back in 2010 Ken Ham, who believes …

The Prostitute and the Pope in Germany's Lake Constance History

She is thirty feet high and weighs 36 thousand pounds and every inch of her voluptuous and barely-concealed anatomy is alluring - except perhaps for the two naked and wizened old men who sit in the palms of each of her upraised hands, one a pope the other an emperor.<p>The statute of the courtesan …

Hollywood and Chinese Cinema: The Future of Movies

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Filmmaking

Free download: Platforma iOS and web wireframe kits

When you’re designing a digital product, whether a web application, or a mobile app, you need to bake in usability as early as possible. That’s where …

Wireframing

The Extraordinary Privilege of the Wealthy Suburbs in Egypt

A Cairo group finds a massive geographic disparity in infrastructure spending between so-called “new cities” and existing ones.<p>The Egyptian group 10 Tooba recently published findings on government spending on the country’s built environment—and the results are stark. The study looks at public …

Religious tattoos on female mummy suggest women had an important spiritual function

The tattoos represent wadjet eyes, lotus flowers, monkeys and cows.<p>Mysterious tattoos on a 3,000-year-old female mummy have triggered new …

What Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?

Little, Brown<p>Bloomsbury Publishing<p>Alfred A. Knopf<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Harper & Brothers<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Jonathan Cape<p>Viking Press, Dell …

Shutting down the Mogamma, the clogged heart of Egypt’s bureaucracy

The government clerk did not even lift his eyes from his mobile phone as he told Mohammed al-Gamal to get lost.<p>Mr al-Gamal, an Egyptian police sergeant, had risen at sunrise and travelled nearly a hundred miles into central Cairo that morning in the hope of securing a customs document for his …

Sisi government met PKK three times in six months: Turkish intelligence

The Egyptian government has been meeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in recent months, according to a Turkish intelligence report seen by …

Get the Look: Becky G's Sleek Straight Copa America Performance Hair

Image<p>Who was tuned in to the <b>Copa America</b> game last night? <b>Becky G</b> gave a smashing closing ceremony performance alongside <b>Pitbull</b>, after Argentina and Chile went head-to-head. The 19-year-old "Break a Sweat" singer looked gorgeous as she took to the field donning a sparkly green bodysuit and sleek …

What David Sedaris Can’t Travel Without

David Sedaris, the author of “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” spends his time in West Sussex, England, when he isn’t on his twice-yearly 45-city lecture tours. Hotels figure highly in his repeat vacation spots. He returns to the Four Seasons Resort the …

Why Did The Samaritan Woman At The Well Have So Many Marriages?

The Woman of Samaria (John 4:7-30) 7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone …

Christianity

Tambourine in hand, a Christian wakes up Acre’s Muslims for Ramadan

AFP — Michel Ayoub’s holy racket begins each day at 2 a.m., when he steps into the cobbled streets of Acre’s old city with tambourine in hand, …

Islam

Brexit is a wake-up call: save Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

The link between citizens and institutions across Europe is eroded and Brussels can no longer deny it. The usual rituals of the EU simply won’t do<p>The British vote has dealt an irreparable blow to the European project, and the shock is hard to exaggerate. Yet if there is one mistake EU leaders …

I'm Learning How To Fight For The Right To Be Who I Am

I'm not proud to admit that I let people take pieces of me over the years -- that I let myself believe I was wrong for who I am -- and so I changed or shrunk or tucked parts away. I'm not to the point of feeling grateful for all the times I gave away my power to someone or something else, because …

Positive Thinking

High turnout for EU referendum vote could break UK records

Britons turned out in huge numbers to vote on their future in the European Union, with 72.2 per cent of registered voters casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum, the Electoral Commission said.<p>"Counting Officers have verified that a total of 33,568,184 ballot papers will be included in the …

Egyptian court rejects transfer of islands to Saudis

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down an agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a rare rebuke to …

Saudi Arabia