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Intelligence and the internet: watching those who are watching us

Our security services do a great job, but any intrusions into privacy must be within the law<p>Eight of America’s biggest internet companies, which include Google and Apple, have joined forces and written to President Obama expressing concern at bulk data collection in the US and its implications for …


Eight Rustic—But Luxurious—Beach Escapes (Photos)

National Geographic Travel

iPads banned from Cabinet meetings over surveillance fears

iPads have been banned from Cabinet meetings due to fears of foreign intelligence agencies bugging confidential meetings<p>The securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, …


GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance | UK news | The Guardian

The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency.<p>The bulk monitoring is carried out through direct taps into fibre optic …

The 20 Most Amazing PCs Ever Made

The personal computer has been a popular household tool for several decades. I’ve been building my own for nearly as long, but aside from being powerful devices for all-manner of tasks, the ability to customize a PC to your personal needs is something that fascinates millions of people the world …

NSA: US ambassador summoned to French foreign ministry

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

Surreal Photos of Singapore's Solar-Powered Supertrees

Is it just us or do these trees look like something out of a sci-fi movie or, the very least, digital paintings? Sure, there's a bit of post processing done to these images but, for the most part, these are actual photos of Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Back in 2009, we posted on …


The Big Picture photography competition: round 277

West Yorkshire

The world's top 25 treehouse hotels

Quintana Roo

Caroline Shearing on Twitter: "Where to stay in Beijing? @MalcolmMoore, our expert, offers a guide"

15 Different Breakfasts From Around The World (Part 1)

When you travel, you eat and you experiment with different food. Since <b>breakfast</b> has been the most important meal of the day, we decided to look into …

Cool holiday cottages in Powys, mid-Wales

Our pick of characterful accomodation in mid-Wales and the Brecon Beacons, including a 'hovering' treehouse, an eco-friendly barn and a coverted railway carriage

Living in: Tuscany

With a rich artistic heritage, stunning sea views and vineyard-crossed countryside, it is no wonder that many dream of living la dolce vita in this romantic Italian region.<p>One of Italy’s most romanticised regions, Tuscany’s rolling hills, varied coastline and postcard-ready towns have long …

The next food trends predicted by travel writers

Climb aboard the food trend train: what’s cool today will be passé tomorrow. New food trends arrive on the scene every year, whether you’re ready for them or not. Some will be local foods cast into the spotlight by changing tastes, novel techniques or a hefty dose of whimsy, but most will be …

French Polynesia

Sachin Tendulkar

Galaxy S5 specs could include game changer

Samsung has reached a level in the smartphone world now that was once only enjoyed by Apple where we see various rumours surrounding upcoming …