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A New History of the Second World War

In 1936, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Berlin to inspect the Luftwaffe. The visit had been arranged by Truman Smith, an ingenious intelligence officer who knew that Herman Göring, the Nazi air marshal, would find the American aviator’s celebrity irresistible; Lindbergh flew to Berlin with his wife, …

World History

5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking

As a busy year in Washington comes to an end, the Trump administration is just getting going.<p>A frenetic, noisy year in Washington came to an end this week as Republicans successfully passed their first major legislation of the term, an overhaul of the tax code. President Donald Trump cheered its …

Clean Power Plan

Trump, Putin and the New Cold War

The conflict is back. But this time, only one side is fighting.<p>When President Donald Trump met Angela Merkel last March for the first time, the German chancellor had Russia on her mind. Allegations about the Russian intervention on Trump’s behalf in the U.S. presidential election were swirling …

Russia

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Anime

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

The most dramatic cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants …

Bruce Schneier

Workouts++ 2.0 Brings Apple Watch Podcast Playback, Siri Integration, Location Tracking, and More

Free third-party fitness app Workouts++ got its 2.0 release on Tuesday, bringing a wealth of new features and improvements to the software, almost a year after its debut on iOS and Apple Watch.<p>Users looking for an alternative to the native watchOS Workout app should find plenty to pique their …

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

Time to Talk Impeachment

<i>This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday.</i><p>A few weeks ago, I read a short new book by the legal scholar Cass Sunstein titled, simply, “Impeachment.” The book doesn’t mention President Trump once. Sunstein started writing it, he …

Donald Trump

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Cape Town

The time when America stopped being great

<b>A year ago Donald Trump produced the biggest political upset in modern-day America, but were there historical clues that pointed to his unexpected victory?</b><p>Flying into Los Angeles, a descent that takes you from the desert, over the mountains, to the outer suburbs dotted with swimming pools shaped …

Political Science

‘The Russians Have Succeeded Beyond Their Wildest Expectations’

Former intelligence chief James Clapper says President Trump is dead wrong about Russian interference in America’s elections. And they’re going to get away with it again, he warns.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>America’s former top spymaster …

Donald Trump

12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

Some of the best features of Google’s mapping app are among the hardest to find—until you know where to look.<p>Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: The app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and time-saving shortcuts that aren’t …

Maps

Explore Your Favorite Movie Worlds Through Beautiful, Hand-Painted Maps

See the geography and plots of Star Wars, Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and more laid out from start to finish on these hand-painted maps.<p>Illustrating everything that happens in an action adventure movie like <i>Star Trek</i> on one page is like playing Tetris, according to artist Andrew DeGraff, who …

Obama delivers veiled but withering rebuke of Trump and urges return to hope

Back in the public fray at a rally in Virginia, the former president delivered his views on the current political climate in his strongest terms yet<p>It was the night his supporters waited nine long months for. Barack Obama returned to the fray on Thursday with a fervent denunciation of Donald Trump …

Donald Trump

While You Were Offline: The People of Twitter Agree with Rex Tillerson

Look. It's been a bad week. You know this, we know this. Whether it's the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, the not-fast-enough recovery in Puerto …

Blockchain technology could be even more disruptive than Amazon was 2 decades ago

I feel blessed because travel allows me to meet and speak at length with some truly fascinating and successful people, from CEOs of firms both large and small, to deal lawyers, to audit partners.<p>Hearing varying opinions on global issues and politics has helped expand the scope and depth of my …

Cryptocurrency

How the Essential Phone won me over completely

Essential is that rarest of rare breeds in tech: A startup focused on building not just hardware, but a category of hardware that is dominated by two of the most comfortably secure leading companies in any industry.<p>Still, Essential saw something missing in the now very mature smartphone market, and …

Phones

Seven things I have learned about writing software

It’s happening. Bit by bit, little by little, I’m morphing from an engineer into some kind of…<i>manager</i>. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still write code every day; but I find myself spending more and more time in analysis and discussion, in meetings and calls, making higher-level decisions, trying to …

Computer Science

Documentation

We have shut down<br>Stack Overflow Documentation.<p>Documentation was our attempt at improving existing reference materials by focusing on examples. The …

Android killed Windows Phone, not Apple

There’s no greater woulda-coulda-shoulda than Windows Phone<p>So Windows Phone is well and truly dead (excepting a tiny handful of Windows 10 devices). There it lies, buried in the graveyard of failed smartphone platforms. Cause of death: Android. Yes, really.<p>Apple changed everything in mobile, but in …

Windows Phone

It’s time to save the internet — again

Why does this keep happening?<p>FCC chairman Ajit Pai is fond of saying that “the internet was not broken in 2015” when he argues for repeal of our nation’s net neutrality rules. This is particularly funny to me, because in 2014 I literally wrote an article called “The internet is fucked.”<p>Why was it …

Net Neutrality

Mobdro on Fire Stick Install Guide: How to download Mobdro the easy way

Mobdro on Fire Stick: How to get Mobdro on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick the easy way<p><b>Hailed as the new Kodi, Mobdro is an excellent media streaming app that</b> …

Raspberry Pi

Week 4: The President Summons the Ghost of Roy Cohn

His mentor’s bruising style is one Trump studied well. This will be its ultimate test.<p>Never adopt a mentor without first drafting a plan to ditch him and his influence on that day you want to become your own man—or when expediency demands abandonment. President Donald Trump, who was taught the …

Donald Trump

They might keep their jobs, but they won’t keep their reputations

<b>Richard Burr; John McCain (Getty/Win McNamee/Alex Wong/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>It’s official: Republicans have become an all-or-nothing party committed to going down with Trump’s ship<p>Lucian K. Truscott IV<p>June 17, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Republicans have gotten away with pretense after pretense for …

Donald Trump

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Computer Science

My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath

Trump sued me, then had to acknowledge 30 times during a deposition that he had lied over the years about a wide range of issues.<p>Donald Trump closed out last week by rumbling back into his battle against James Comey, who was FBI director until POTUS fired him. In the morning, he celebrated Comey’s …

Donald Trump

Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum

Five of the most interesting things in Walt’s personal tech collection<p>Walt Mossberg is retiring this year — he’s already written his last column, hosted his last Code Conference, and taped the final episode of <i>Ctrl-Walt-Delete</i> in front of a live audience in New York. But Walt’s also assembled an …

Motorola

Moving from Android to iOS: Lessons learned helping with a transition

After a blatant theft of my wife's HTC 10 a couple of weeks ago, we decided to shift her to an iPhone since the other four family members use iOS and …

Mobile Technology

How to scrape websites with Python and BeautifulSoup

There is more information on the Internet than any human can absorb in a lifetime. What you need is not access to that information, but a scalable …

Python Programming

What is a motherboard? The ultimate beginner's guide | Trusted Reviews

<b>What is a motherboard? We take a closer look at motherboards and break down just what they do in our in-depth explainer.</b><p>Put simply, a computer’s …