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The real-world test on Microsoft Skype Translator Preview

Our conversation was halting at first. Maria in the south of Spain would start to speak and I would reflexively respond, even though I didn’t …

Google's EU woes continue with threats from Dutch authorities

Google's never-ending battle with European laws and regulations continues this week.<p>In the Netherlands, Dutch authorities are threatening to fine the search engine giant for allegedly violating privacy laws.<p>In Spain, publishers who lobbied successfully for a law forcing Google to pay them to link …

Europe

HBO GO is Finally Available on Fire TV

The wait is over! Support for HBO GO has finally arrived to the Amazon Fire TV, adding “more than 1,700 titles” to its roster of available content.<p>That’s great news for those who are considering streaming devices for Christmas, considering the price has also been dropped down from $99 to $79 until …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

Culinary Arts

Ducati rolls out smaller, cheaper Scrambler, geared to wider audience

The citrus-scented gardens at the Ace Hotel shook with the sound of Ducati this week as the Italian motorcycle maker came here to introduce its highly anticipated new Scrambler.<p>Ducati flew an entire staff and more than 40 motorcycles from its Italian base in Bologna and flew or bused in almost that …

Motorcycles