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NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.<p>“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, …

29 Amazing Historical Photos Seen in Color

It’s almost like time-travel. Photos from the past have the ability to offer a glimpse of what life was like in another time, another place. …

Photography

Finally, An App To Fix Your Terrible Personality

While technology has given us more ways to talk to each other, it hasn’t made us any better at it: We still rant, ramble, whine and generally irritate each other.<p>So what would happen if we let software try to fix our sub-par conversation skills?<p>That’s the question artists Lauren McCarthy and Kyle …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

Becoming Antifragile: Beyond "Sissy" Resilience | The Art of Manliness

What’s the opposite of a person or organization that’s fragile?<p>If you ask most people this question, they’ll likely say “robust” or “resilient.” But …

Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think | David Nutt

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks | The Art of Manliness

Do you sometimes feel like you spend all your time managing crises? That your life is basically spent putting out one proverbial fire after …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

Brooklyn Museum

Twitter founder reveals secret formula for getting rich online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The Fastest Supergrain Recipes for Busy Cooks

We never knew quinoa or farro—plus three more healthy grains—could taste so good (or cook in 30 minutes or less!).<p>An Italian Main Course That Isn't …

Where Are They Now? 1992’s Biggest Pop Acts

Mr. Big<p><b>Then:</b> Hair metal may have been dying a quick death by 1992, but nobody bothered to tell Mr. Big. The Los Angeles quartet had the misfortune of …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

Android KitKat is the next version of Google's mobile operating system

Google's Sundar Pichai, head of both Android and Chrome, has confirmed that the next version of Android will be called KitKat. Yes, you've read correctly, KitKat, as in the trademarked name of the chocolate candy bar made by Nestle (and licensed by Hershey in the US). A splash page for the new …

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

NSA said to have broader Net reach than previously thought

The National Security Agency's surveillance network reaches further into the U.S. Internet backbone than previously reported, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>Though the agency has limited authority to conduct surveillance of U.S. citizens, it has built a system that can reach 75 percent of all …

Here's The Most Amusing Way To Learn The Depressing News About Your Vanishing Privacy

Learning how so many fun things on the Internet and how many of our favorite companies pose a risk to our privacy is not the most pleasurable activity. So Austrian Wolfie Christl came up with a way to inform us all on these issues and amuse us at the same time.<p>With several colleagues, he set up an …

The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, …

The Hollywood Princess Who Keeps Snoop Blazed

In the annals of weird things that happened in childhood, there are few odder experiences than smoking pot for one’s first time with Snoop Dogg. …

The Daily Endorsement: Southern Gent Style (and Everything Else) on Sale

We’re entering the sweet spot--that weeks-long period where stores put summer gear on sale to make room for fall. And unless you live in North Dakota, South Dakota or any other Dakota-y, frostbitten place, you have plenty of short-sleeve-weather left. So take advantage because these aren’t only in …

Hearst Magazines

Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Patents

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …

RANKED: These Are The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy Right Now

Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft are all expected to release their own smartwatches.<p>Just last month, Foxconn showed off an iPhone-compatible smartwatch that can measure the wearer's vital signs like heart beat and respiration.<p>Thanks to David Schmidt of comparison shopping platform FindTheBest, …

Smartwatches

10 Startup Tips From Hip-Hop Lyrics

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” declared Jay Z, worth $475 million at Forbes’ last count. Rappers have long mused on wealth in their verses, and some of those lyrics can provide invaluable advice to founders.<p>The Phat Startup is dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship through hip-hop, …

Hearst Magazines

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Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd's Unlikely Friendship That Allegedly Led to Murder

Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd came from vastly different worlds, unlikely associates who friends said would often hang out and talk football, but …