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Best jazz albums of 2015

The best jazz albums of 2015 includes picks from jazz critic <b>Ivan Hewett</b> and culture editor <b>Martin Chilton</b>. There are 50 albums for 2015.<p><b>1 MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA: THE THOMPSON FIELDS (MARIA SCHNEIDER.COM)</b> <br>Maria Schneider's latest album, some 10 years in the making, shows just what a supple and …

New Albums

How to Delete iPhone Apps for Good

What Apple’s iPhone platform provides in ease of use, it takes away in control. As easy as it is to learn how to use an iPhone, it can be tricky to …

Womadelaide 2015 review – fear of missing out has never been so fun

Music festivals are already no place for sufferers of Fomo (or fear of missing out), but particularly a festival held over four days, eight stages and featuring more than 50 acts from 23 different countries.<p>Do I watch a death jazz band from Japan? Get my hair sculpted into an upstanding do by …

São Paulo

The 25 best alternatives to Photoshop

Adobe’s Photoshop is now 25 years old and is arguably the pinnacle of photo editing. But, at £8.57/month, it’s also much more expensive than most people can afford, so here are 25 alternatives for 25 years of photoshoppery.<p><i>The five best …</i><p>Pixelmator - best for Mac<p><b>£22.99 - OS X</b><p>Pixelmator is arguably …

Software

Man Buys House with Unused and Perfectly-Preserved 1950s Kitchen

Talk about a blast from the past! In 2010, furniture designer Nathan Chandler purchased an American home built in the mid 1950s. It was never occupied and the kitchen appliances were kept in mint condition. In fact, they were never used – the original manuals were still taped to them. This unique …

Kitchens

Introducing introji – emoji for introverts

You can express happiness, anger or the feeling of wanting to shake off haters – but what happens when you’d like to text someone that you just want to stay at home? Designer Rebecca Lynch decided to solve the problem of communicating introspective emotions, such as leaving stressful social …

Personality

Daily Inspiration #1990

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Houellebecq’s Soumission becomes instant bestseller in wake of Paris attacks

Michel Houellebecq’s controversial new novel Soumission, in which France is governed by the “Muslim Fraternity” party, has shot to the top of the country’s bestseller lists with a first-week sale of more than 100,000 copies.<p>Published on 7 January – the day masked gunmen broke into the offices of …

Books

Angela Merkel Photoshopped From Iconic Paris March Image By Orthodox Jewish Paper

Angela Merkel has been photoshopped from the front page of an Orthodox Jewish newspaper - but it's not some past grievance about German.<p>HaMevaser, an …

Meet Martin Pistorius, The Man Who Was Awake During A 12 Year Coma

A man who experienced Total Locked-in Syndrome for 12 years has given a devastating account of his painstaking desire to be noticed, to be heard, and …

The Prime Minister Of Australia Is Calling ISIS By A New Name That They Absolutely Hate

Australia's allies in the Middle East have suggested the Western world not use monikers such as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), or IS (Islamic State) as they legitimize the group's aspirations.<p>"Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what …

Town where boy of 11 is 'behind a fifth of all crime'

The boy is single handedly responsible for a rise in crime rate in Shepton Mallet, police say<p>An 11-year-old boy is believed to have been single-handedly responsible for a fifth of all crimes in a town.<p>The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, committed so many offences that police …

Three dogs are ball boys in a Venus Williams tennis match

It makes total sense — why use humans to fetch balls when dogs can do it better?<p>As Venus Williams took on two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana …

New Zealand

Halfsider: a bizarre half-male half-female bird

Imagine looking out your window one morning and seeing a bird at your feeding table that looks as if a male and female of the species had been cut in half lengthwise and two opposite-sex sides had been carefully sewn together to create one individual. Perhaps you’d suspect a prank; maybe a local …

Birds

BitLit says snap a 'shelfie' to get free e-books

The BitLit app will give you free or cheap e-book editions of the print books you already own. Well, maybe some of them.<p>It's a modern conundrum: Someone gifted you a hard copy of a book, but you prefer to read on digital devices. Wouldn't it be great if you could get the e-book edition for free (or …

Books

Tidal carves streaming music niche at a premium price

Tidal is a new subscription streaming service which offers truly lossless music -- and the promise of a better deal for the artists.<p>Sonos has become the latest manufacturer to announce support for the fledgling streaming music service Tidal, which launched in the UK and the US in late 2014. But …

Salford

Defending Zoella: 10 reasons not to hate on Zoe Sugg

This week there has been a lot of debate surrounding the success of make-up vlogger Zoe “Zoella” Sugg’s book Girl Online. The controversy largely stems from the fact that the book has been phenomenally successful (80,000 book sales in a week is unheard of in the UK book market) and that she hasn’t …

Big in Japan: Derbyshire-designed headphones take off in Tokyo

Start-up Rock Jaw has made its mark in the audio industry, selling quality headphones without the inflated margins. And they're big in Japan<p>It is usually little-known British pop bands that claim to be “big in Japan” but one 25-year-old former DJ has launched a headphone engineering firm in …

Carl Zeiss' VR headset works great if you've got the right phone

Remember that affordable, manufacturer-agnostic VR headset Carl Zeiss unveiled a few months back? It's <i>just about ready for launch.</i> The company just announced that the VR One is officially available for order today, with units shipping to customers on Monday, December 8th. The company brought the …

Whiskey Minus The Rocks

You already know it cause you taste the difference every time, beverages with a ton of ice get diluted quick and taste drab. The Chilling Sipstick is …

Nightcrawler in Dead Heat With Ouija at the Box Office

Gone Girl now Fincher's top domestic hit.<p><b>Update:</b> The final box office numbers are in and Ouija has edged out Nightcrawler to remain the No. 1 movie …

Tidal CEO explains why people will pay more for high-quality music streaming (interview)

This past week the U.S. got its first lossless music streaming service in Aspiro-owned Tidal, which claims to be the only one to offer the same quality of sound as you’d find on a CD.<p>The downside to this is that at $20 per month, it costs roughly twice as much as premium services from Rdio and …

POKKETMIXER Black

Since the birth of portable music players, virtually anyone can become an armchair DJ. But up until now, it cost a fortune to carry the equipment necessary to really rock a party. That’s about to change thanks to <b>POKKETMIXER</b>—the first <b>mobile mini DJ mixer</b> for everybody. This versatile audio accessory …

Safe Radio Bamboo

Designed for <b>Lexon</b> by <b>Pierre Garner</b> and <b>Elise Berthier,</b> the <b>Safe Radio</b> has retro looks and a powerfully streamlined design. The best way to get it going is with good old-fashioned manpower: Two minutes of turning the crank equals 30 minutes of listening time, making this <b>fun portable radio</b> perfect for …

Jewelry

NUDEAUDIO STUDIO 5

NudeAudio, an audio brand from San Francisco have announced their first home speaker – Studio 5. The beautiful Bluetooth Speaker is compatible with …