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3 Profound Lessons From a Japanese Zen Master That Will Blow Your Mind

It can be hard to find meaning and purpose sometimes. We spend so much time working and being busy that we forget to stop and look inside ourselves …

Microsoft Cortana's new feature makes you keep your promises

"I'll get you an answer tomorrow."<p>"I'll have those figures to you by EOD."<p>"I'll get you that report on Friday."<p>With the constant barrage of emails, your promises to do one thing or another can get lost in the shuffle. Enter Cortana. You may already use Windows 10 ($100 at Amazon.com)'s digital …

Cortana

Lego Boost is going to turn all your Lego toys into programmable robots

Cat robots, super car robots and more: Lego's new kit debuting at CES combines coding and robot-building, and it uses old bricks.<p>CES is full of robots, but Lego robots... well, that doesn't happen every year.<p>Educational codable robot toys have been a mega-trend in kid tech over the last year, from …

Donald Trump: TIME Person of the Year 2016

Even for Donald Trump, the distance is still fun to think about, up here in his penthouse 600 ft. in the sky, where it’s hard to make out the regular …

Bill Clinton

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange': A Long, Strange, Trippy Origin Story

The mystical world of <i>Doctor Strange</i>, where sorcerers clash in an interstellar battle royale, unfolds in a shape-shifting, time-bending, mind-blowing flurry of special effects. The facades of buildings turn and flip like the rows of a giant Rubik's Cube. Whole cities are vacuumed into the sky like …

The latest build of Windows 10 fixes one of its biggest annoyances

Windows 10 ships with a whole bunch of apps that you almost definitely don’t want. Mail, for example, is a pretty crappy email client. Likewise, odds are high that you don’t care about Groove Music, given that Spotify is a thing.<p>Until recently, it was impossible to remove these unwanted apps. They …

Twitter's verification is open to all. Here's how to get a blue tick

For years, some Twitter users have complained, whinged and even begged for the social network to verify their accounts.<p>Until now, verified accounts, …

Social Media

Britain's top 10 gardens to visit with your family

<b>Eden Project, Cornwall</b><p>This world famous global garden combines plant-filled biomes with extensive outdoor planting. Inside the enormous domed biomes, …

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

Apps

The 8 Wonders of the Japanese Convenient Store

A Beacon in the Night<p>Located on every block in urban areas (and every other block in rural ones), the Japanese convenience store is much more than a …

23 Perfect Photos of Minimal People in Massive Landscapes

Minimal shots of a tiny human figure standing in the middle of an expansive landscape may be 2015’s most explosive trend in outdoor photography. …

Jason Zweig on Wall Street’s big lie

Jason Zweig, who writes the Intelligent Investor column in the Wall Street Journal, is a distinct voice in the US financial press.<p>Drawing inspiration from the value-investing principles developed by legendary American investor Benjamin Graham—and perfected by his pupil Warren Buffett—Zweig …

Stock Markets

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

These Are America's Coolest Ghost Towns

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United States

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

Facebook Is Following You

You sacrifice privacy to use social media. Is that a fair deal?

50 apps to improve your smartphone

Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of house-hunting.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/16/1442402799090/a29fb90d-ae79-44f6-9f7b-2bcb648e7925-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of …

Productivity Apps

Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary Is Important for Public Health

One key difference between low-income and affluent babies: the number of words to which they’re exposed.<p>Air­on Pate is boun­cing off the walls.<p>The not-quite-2-year-old is wait­ing with his mom Domi­n­ique and broth­er Aiden, 4, to be seen at a fed­er­ally sub­sid­ized clin­ic for low-in­come wo­men …

The World's 18 Strangest Hotels

For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. Here are the world's 18 strangest hotels.<p>The first thing every hotel developer considers before construction is "who is the guest, and why are they …

Cats do not need their owners, scientists conclude

Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a new study has shown.<p>Although owners might worry that their pet is nervously pining for their return when they leave the house, in fact, cats show no sign of separation …

Top 21 things to do in Tokyo for free

Exploring the Big Sushi is a mind-blowing experience, but it can also blow your budget. Don't despair <b>–</b> there’s an abundance of things to do and see in Tokyo that don’t cost a single yen. From gardens and temples to contemporary art, sumo practice and a world-famous fish market, you can experience …

Japan

A Cut By Any Other Name: Secrets of the Butcher

Butchery is a skill as old as hunting itself, but now, butchers are undergoing a PR renaissance. And it virtually removes animals from the picture.<p>TV shows and articles about butchery are usually pretty devoid of actual meat cutting, focusing rather on charcuterie aging, butchery restaurants, or …

20 amazing cliffside beaches around the world | CNN Travel

13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mustard

Mustard may have truly come alive for Americans in the early 20th century when it was introduced to the hot dog, but its history is even longer and …

Al Gore

With millennials gaining influence, surveillance reform is inevitable

About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the artists crept under cover of darkness into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park and installed …

Surveillance

Why Multitasking Is Bad For Our Brains

<i>Ben Slater is Sales & Marketing Director at Seed, a platform that applies marketing automation and data science to hiring. Follow @BenJHSlater. This post first appeared on the Seed Jobs blog.</i><p>How many browser tabs do you have open right now?<p>I’m guessing it’s over 10, maybe 20. Some may be for …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from India

What did Indian gardens look like before the invaders arrived? The Mughals imposed their 16th century Persian constraints–they were all for walls and …