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Here's How Apple Is Remembering Muhammad Ali

Apple is remembering Muhammad Ali in a big way.<p>When visitors head to the company’s homepage on Monday, they’ll find a full-sized image of the late …

Mining (And Learning) With The 21 Bitcoin Computer

A few days ago a $400 charge hit my credit card and Amazon notified me that my 21.co bitcoin computer was on its way.<p>Essentially a Raspberry Pi connected with a custom bitcoin-mining ASIC and a heatsink, the computer is one of the most interesting MVPs in modern memory. While you could easily …

Ostracised, sacked … and even arrested: the fate of whistleblowers at the UN

Photograph: Reuters<p>French soldiers on patrol in the Central African Republic. A report into sexual abuse of children by some French peacekeepers was leaked by a UN aid …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Apple built an ‘electronic city’ online 21 years ago that still stands out as one of its most puzzling flops

So the notion of creating a safe, familiar-looking space for early cyber surfers must not have seemed too outlandish for the Apple executives who came up with the plan.<p>But the short-lived online service that Apple rolled out that year, dubbed eWorld, failed miserably and the digital buildings that …

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Alex Gibney’s New Documentary Paints An Ambivalent Portrait Of Steve Jobs

Earlier this week, I joined a group of journalists to meet with director Alex Gibney and discuss his new film, <i>Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine —</i> and the first thing he did was put away his iPhone.<p>It was no big deal, but the action took a little extra humor and weight since the documentary is all …

Celebrate Your Inner Artist With 16 Watercolor DIYs

Looking for weekend or staycation plans? We’re big fans of a stellar DIY, and one of our favorite decor trends at the moment is dreamy, ethereal watercolor. The technique can be applied to pretty much every and any project. Case in point? The 16 we’ve just brought your way. So strap on a smock and …

10 Reasons Gamers Will Love Windows 10

Whenever I think about Windows 10, I hear Russell Watson belting the <i>Star Trek: Enterprise</i> theme song: “It’s been a long road, getting from there to …

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

CrossFit’s extremely lucrative business plan is also deceptively simple

“I don’t understand CrossFit’s business plan,” my middle-aged friend said, looking up from the floor where he lay next to a barbell, panting in a pool of his own sweat. Like many of the former athletes, weekend warriors, and get-in-shape hopefuls who have flooded to this cult-like fitness program, …

Social Media

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates …

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos

How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth<p>For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …

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Free college? It doesn't fix everything

Here is one solution to the rising cost of college: Make it free. That's what a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo, Mich., accomplished a decade ago for local students. Almost every high school graduate in the town is eligible for a scholarship covering from two-thirds up to the entire cost of …

Pluto mission: NASA's New Horizons 'phones home' after blackout

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind's first flyby of Pluto.<p>Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons "mission control" room anxiously waiting to hear from the …

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Slidenjoy - Double or Triple Your Screens

If you are an editor who is frequently editing “on the move” like me, you might consider getting engaged with Sliden’Joy latest Kickstarter campaign …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

<b>(Reuters/Gus Ruelas/Robert Galbraith/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Andrew Leonard<p>July 6, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the …

15 Ways Skrillex Changed the World

15. He’s the missing link between generations<p>Skrillex became EDM's everykid Generational Connector, providing a bridge back to the great (primarily …

Extraordinary Gorilla Photography

I've never looked properly to a gorilla. I've always known that these are some powerful, gorgeous primates, but I would never guess that they are …

Pi Day: pi transformed into incredible art – in pictures

The number 3.14159 … as you have never seen it before. Striking computer-generated images of the most famous number in maths

Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on the TED stage in Vancouver today, by Beam telepresence robot from "somewhere in Russia".<p>Snowden, in his …

On the Red Couch with Author and Physician Deepak Chopra

Inside Flipboard / December 5, 2013<p>It’s not every day that red couch interviewees respond to our questions with quotes like, “Healing is the return …

More laws are needed as religion declines, top judge says

One of Britain's most senior judges said the rapid rise in the number of laws in recent years had been necessary as other modes of social control such as religion and old fashioned morality declined<p>One of Britain’s most senior judges has blamed a decline in religion and traditional moral values for …

Exercise during pregnancy gives babies' brains a boost

Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise!<p>Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens, middle-aged adults and kids. …

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