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We seek romantic partners who look like our parents, finds study

The Oedipus complex might not be so farfetched after all, as a new study reveals that we’re attracted to people who look like our parents.<p>Freud would …

How to shoot better photos of holiday lights with your iPhone

The holidays are here, and that means one thing — Christmas lights.<p>And while many avid photographers will hit the streets with full gear this festive …

Eight things we learnt from Budget 2016

1. George Osborne probably hates young people<p>The Chancellor sold his Budget as one for the "next generation" - a phrase he repeated around half a dozen times. But maths will now be compulsory until 18, school hours could get longer, and there's a sugar tax. I make that a triple whammy.<p>2. There were …

Sugar tax: what does it mean and who will be affected

What is it?<p>George Osborne is introducing a new sugar levy on the soft drinks industry to combat obesity.<p>In his Budget, announced on March 16 2016, Mr Osborne told MPs: "Doing the right thing for the next generation is what this government and this Budget is about.<p>"No matter how difficult and how …

Diabetes

A choose your own adventure version of the 2016 UK budget

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books you read as a kid? The ones where despite all the options, you could still figure out the …

A Striking Visualization of London's Future Skyline

Before-and-after images show how the city will change if every planned tower gets built.<p>A grand total of 436 new skyscrapers could be heading for London soon. Of this tally, 114 are at the pre-planning stage, 233 have received approval prior to construction, and 89 are actually being built. Now, …

Skyscrapers

Building a brand-new Internet

We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017.<p>The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. We are faced by more and …

Bill Gates talks Apple vs. FBI and why he'll never run for president

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may be retired from running the largest software company in the world, but he's still engaged in everything from …

This Guy Says Getting Rid of Time Zones Will Improve Everyone's Life

Meeting the professors who want a 364-day calendar and for everyone in New York to start working at 2 PM.<p>You would never complain that a mile is too long, or a decibel too loud, so it's hard to imagine how something like time can stop working. Time is just a thing we have, and despite all the …

Free Trade

These are the top 10 Christmas songs in the world, according to Spotify

Spotify's data analysts have counted almost 16 million Christmas playlists, which are especially popular in Scandinavia, the US, Canada, and the Philippines.<p>In fact, Spotify says that the Philippines might be the most excited for the season, as the country started streaming Christmas music in …

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones

This is what it means to be a teenager in 2015.<p>Down a locker-lined hallway at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Zac Felli, a junior, walks to his first class of the day. He wears tortoiseshell glasses and is built like he could hit a ball hard. He has enviable skin for a teenager, …

Parenting

3 Questions for Musicians After Adele’s No-Streaming Strategy

It’s like the 1990s are back for the music business: Sales are through the roof and the media is buzzing as a hit artist busts one record after …

We watched a simulated bio-chemical attack on London

Sirens rang through a grand, circular room in the grounds of Westminster Abbey and the lights went red. Actors in bio-hazard suits flooded the …

Men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus, new study suggests

Most brains have a mixture of 'male' and 'female' traits, research by scientists at Tel Aviv university finds<p>It has long been an accepted mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.<p>But if you look at the overall structure of the brain, they are generally the same, a new study …

Humanity

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus? New brain study says not

Authors say scans show need to think beyond an individual’s sex as each brain has unique “mosaic” of sex-based features plus some common to both sexes<p>If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, no one told the organ that matters most. There is no sharp division between male and female brains, …

The Brain

DNA could be used to store data more efficiently than computers, scientists find

Scientists exploring archiving potential of DNA conduct test to cope with threat of 'digital dark age' find potential solution<p>DNA could be used to store digital information and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years, research has shown.<p>Scientists exploring the archiving potential of …

Archives

Facebook now offers notifications for events near you hosted by bands, businesses and other pages

You’re on Facebook for the brands, right? A new button allows you to get notifications whenever your favorite brand/musician/page is hosting an event near you, so that you don’t miss out.<p>A new section shown in the events dashboard allows you to subscribe to pages to receive notifications when …

Apps

Apple Now Lets You Trade Your Android Phone For Credit Towards An iPhone

Earlier this month, there was a rumor that Apple was going to extend its trade-in program to include non-Apple devices. Now it is official. Apple will let you trade in Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone smartphones in exchange for credit towards an iPhone in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France …

Android Phones

LeTV CEO Apologies For Comparing Apple To Hitler

On Friday LeTv CEO posted a picture on social network Weibo which compared Apple to Hitler, as you can imagine many people were less than impressed …

Researchers: Facebook's web tracking violates European privacy law

If Facebook thought it had a lot of privacy-related legal trouble on its plate, it hasn't seen anything yet. Researchers commissioned by Belgium's data protection agency have determined that Facebook's latest web tracking policy violates European Union privacy law. Reportedly, the social network …

Yale Study: You're not as clever as your Googling suggests

Having all of human knowledge readily available on the internet has convinced people that they know a lot more than they actually do, according to a recent Yale study. For their recently published report in the <i>Journal of Experimental Psychology</i>, a pair of psychologists conducted multiple …

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …

Beards

Crowdfire app for iPhone tracks your Twitter, Instagram stats

Formerly known as JustUnfollow, the newly renamed app displays your Twitter followers, unfollowers, inactive users, admirers and more in one shot, and works with Instagram as well.<p>Looking for detailed stats on your Twitter or Instagram followers? At least one app -- newly rejiggered for the iPhone …

Social Media

Google releases new Android Wear ad right before Apple Watch event

Less than an hour before Apple’s Spring Forward event in San Francisco, where the company is expected to reveal further details about the Apple Watch, Google has released a new Android Wear ad. Coincidence? We think not.<p>Posted on Google+ and Twitter, the message is straightforward: “Round or …

Apple Online Store Goes Down Ahead of 'Spring Forward' Media Event

The online Apple Store has been taken offline this morning less than five hours prior to Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco, where the company is expected to unveil further details about the Apple Watch alongside other potential announcements. If history …

Apple Store

The Apple App Store and iTunes Connect are Down

<b>Come here on Wednesday March 25? Yes, it’s down again: follow our updates here instead.</b><p>——<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>It looks like Apple is having a bad Wednesday. The iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store are …

Smart TV

Humor: If Disney Princesses Were Photographers…

Here’s something random and lighthearted: photography satirist Missy Mwac put together a set of meme images showing what she thinks Disney princesses …

How to Create a Home Photo Studio on a Budget

Have you dreamed of setting up your own home studio but have always found the cost too high? Fear not; help is at hand. All you need is the space to …

Grandparents

How to Create Value for Yourself as a Music Photographer

Every year the barrier of entry for music photography seems to get lower. This isn’t a bad thing, in fact I think it’s awesome. But what it means is …

7 Creative Photography Tricks to Achieve Amazing Results

Whether you’re a beginner in photography or pursue it as a hobby, we're pretty sure you’re always eager to learn some interesting tricks that will …