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Top six things to put on your Canada bucket list

From stunning scenery to wonderful wildlife and the quirky experience of Quebec’s shimmering ice hotel, these are the sights that visitors find unmissable, says Karen Burns-Booth.<p>1 Rocky Mountaineer<p>Canada is home to staggeringly beautiful mountain ranges, of which the Canadian Rockies are …

Google shrinks JPEGs by 35% with Guetzli algorithm

Google aims to slice page load times and data use by making JPEG images more efficient<p>Google is shrinking JPEG image files by 35% to help boost …

Writing docs using Markdown and/or Vue component without build process

This is a new feature in docute@2.11 (beta version), you can get it by:<p>A short introduction to Docute:<p>It’s a JavaScript file that turns your markdown …

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These Dual-Driver Earphones Could Be The Best You've Ever Heard

Another day, another pair of earphones to review. To be honest, I get to see all sorts of earphones and for much of the time there’s not a whole lot of difference between many of them. Of course, earphones do vary when it comes to comfort, sensitivity, and features like remote controls or wireless …

Watch: The Mathematics of Winning Monopoly

In this 20-minute video, two mathematicians play Monopoly and work out how to win at it...using math.<p>The mathematicians are Dr. Hannah Fry and Matt …

The Ultimate Briefcase

A lot of men care about nice cars, expensive watches, travel and leather shoes, but rarely pay attention to the carrier of their daily essentials: …

Board Tales: Tyler Warren - Talking boards and one particularly incredible barrel on a bonzer

Few surfers take the time to consider their equipment thoroughly, and even fewer have put in the time and love that Dana Point’s Tyler “Pickle” …

How to make chocolate spread

With only four ingredients, this spread is simple to whip up and keep in your fridge<p>MAKES<p>1 jar<p>INGREDIENTS<p>142g chocolate, chopped<br>• 166g double cream<br>• 47g sugar<br>• 2g salt<p>METHOD<p>Bring the double cream, sugar and salt to a boil. Pour over the chopped chocolate; whisk until smooth.<p>Emulsify with a hand …

Deliciously Ella: how to swap sugar for naturally sweet ingredients

As some of you may know, I used to be a total sugar fiend, so when I changed my diet, cutting out refined sugar, I really struggled to start with. I still craved sweetness, but I didn’t know how to make healthier versions of my favourite snacks and desserts. I know that in an ideal world we’d all …

Sweet-potato gnocchi

SERVES<p>4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>500g sweet potatoes<br>• 3 heritage tomatoes<br>• About 110g strong 00 bread flour<br>• 2 tsp finely chopped tarragon<br>• 2 egg yolks<br>• 40g unsalted butter<p><b>To serve:</b><p>6 tbsp basil pesto (ideally home-made)<br>• Rocket, coriander and lovage leaves<br>• Shavings of aged Parmesan<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3½. …

Magic intense chocolate cake

Use a 20cm square cake tin, silicone or greased with butter and lined with baking parchment.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>4 eggs, separated<br>• 80g caster sugar<br>• 70g brown sugar<br>• 1 tbsp water<br>• 125g butter<br>• 70g plain flour<br>• pinch of salt<br>• 40g unsweetened cocoa powder<br>• 500ml milk, at room temperature<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to …

Sicilian baked sausage with potato, tomato and herbs

Known as <i>salsiccia con papate e pomodori al forno</i>. If you’re pushed for time, it’s OK to skip the browning stage.<p>SERVES<p>6<p>INGREDIENTS<p>8 fat spicy Italian sausages<br>• 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil<br>• ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes (more if your sausages aren’t that spicy)<br>• ¼ tsp fennel seeds, toasted and bashed a bit<br>• 2 …

Ken Hom's Chicken fried rice recipe

The best chicken fried rice I have ever had was from a street food stall in China. Instead of tough, over-cooked chicken, with the fried rice as an afterthought, the dish was cooked fresh from scratch. The cooking time was literally minutes and the result was delicious. I have created a version …

Overnight cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting

If you're in a hurry, you can skip the overnight chilling step. This just brings out a yeastier flavour in the bun which I prefer. Instead, just proof the raw buns in a warm place for two hours and then bake.<p><b>MAKES</b><p>8 large buns<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>3/4 cup (150g) warm water<br>• 2 1/4 tsp (8g) active dry yeast<br>• 1/2 cup …

The world's 50 best honeymoon hotels and destinations

This is one of the most anticipated and indulgent holidays you’ll ever take, so naturally expectations are high. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as champagne picnics on uninhabited islands, diving with whale sharks and staying in over-water villas with their own chef tend have long lured happy …

This website lets you book private jet rides that are cheaper than some commercial flights

Stratajet bills itself as "the world's first online private jet marketplace," using technology to pull up real-time prices and availability for aircraft, much like Skyscanner or Expedia except for private jets.<p>Though it's not the only private jet booking website online, it's the first to let users …

Genius three-ingredient dessert recipes for when you really need pudding

“A party without cake is just a meeting”, said Julia Child, the legendary American cook. She could just as well be talking about pudding. Sure, I don’t have dessert everyday, despite the appearance of my bulging waistline. But there is something very affirming about a dish of sweet generosity every …

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Irresistible No Bake Cookies!

<i>No Bake Cookies come together in a matter of minutes. With just a handful of ingredients you'll create a quick and delicious cookie recipe the whole family will love.</i><p>It's pretty obvious that I bake <i>a lot</i>. And although I love to step out of my comfort zone and whip up delicious things like Blueberry …

Sterling Archer Reviewing Every James Bond Film Is as Delightful as You'd Expect

<i>Archer</i>’s titular hero is either the greatest spy, or... the worst spy. Let’s be honest, it probably skews a little closer to the latter more often …

Here’s Why You Should Order a Custom Surfboard Instead of Off the Rack

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>The following article first appeared on Boardcave.com. For all your equipment and custom-shaped needs, visit their website.</i><p>Famous …

The Nutella Popcorn Snack You've Been Waiting For

<i>Nutella popcorn is coated with chocolate and Nutella candy coating, then dried in the oven for a nice, crunchy popcorn that will keep you coming back for more! There's nothing like a big bowl of popcorn while watching movies or the big game.</i><p>So I've been on a total Nutella kick the last couple of …

Boris Johnson Left Flustered And Quickly Corrected For Saying Junior Doctors Strike Is Cancelled

Boris Johnson is famed for his often frequent-wittedness and fiery retorts, but the Mayor of London was today left flustered after being corrected …

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Netgear transforms your power plug into a fast WiFi hotspot

2016 is here, and the flying cars and hoverboards are disappointing, to say the least. Worse yet, we still can't get a decent internet connection in our man cave, but Netgear is at least trying to solve that problem with a string of new devices for CES 2016. The most interesting is the PowerLine …

10 Hottest Design Tools You Must Try In 2016

A recent design tools survey conducted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America”, shows that Photoshop is slowly losing its popularity among designers.<p>Answers from over 4,000 participants hailing from almost 200 countries prove that designers are open to new …

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In a Nutshell: Surfboard volume explained simply

<b>Board Design</b><p><b>How do you find the right volume for you?</b><p><b>Surfersvillage Global Surf News</b>, 30 December, 2015 - Recently there's been a big push by shapers …

Rolling into the Future on Onewheel

Now that 2015—the year that "Back to the Future" predicted hoverboards would hit the streets—is upon us, Future Motion Inc. has brought the dream of the space-age mode of transportation a little closer with Onewheel. A self-balancing electric board that relies on a single motor-propelled inflatable …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Tom Hiddleston Impersonates Robert De Niro in Heat Right in Front of De Niro

He does the whole scene.<p>"No, I kind of enjoy it. Especially if they do it well. It's great." Those are not the words you necessarily want to hear from Robert De Niro before you do your Robert De Niro impression. He's reclining on the couch across from you. He's giving you that look that could be a …

Surfer Kelly Slater's incredible aerial manoeuvre confuses even the experts

Watch Kelly Slater pull off this bizarre move that had judges and commentators divided<p>Professional surfer Kelly Slater impressed the crowd but failed to make waves with the judges during round five of the Hurley Pro in California.<p>The 11-time world champion was battling for a quarter-final place …

Make a Better Baked Pasta With These Can't-Ignore Tips

Baked pasta is always good—but with these tips, it can be a whole lot better.<p>Baked pasta is, hands down, one of the best comfort foods we know. Done right, this classic is the perfect combination of cheesy, starchy, saucy, hot, and salty. Pair it with a bottle of red, and you’ve got a darn fine …