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The suites at the spectacular Valentinerhof Hotel make you feel like you are sleeping outside

The family-owned Valentinerhof hotel nestled into a hillside in the Tyrolean Alps offers magnificent views of adjacent Schlern Mountain. The owners …

Google parent Alphabet’s big quarter: Mobile is huge. Trust us.

There’s a meme around Silicon Valley that Google is weak on mobile.<p>The argument is that the company’s money-printing machine, its search engine, …

37 photos from my stay at the Tanzanian hotel that was just voted the world's best

Condé Nast Traveler just released its list of the top 100 hotels and resorts in the world, as voted upon by its readers. Singita Grumeti, located on the western corridor of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, earned the top spot.<p>Singita Grumeti is a 340,000-acre concession in the Grumeti Reserve …

List-Worthy

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview is about to vanish from Netflix

Between Alex Gibney’s <i>The Man in the Machine</i> documentary and the new <i>Steve Jobs</i> biopic, there’s no shortage of viewing material at the moment if you’re interested in Steve Jobs.<p>But Netflix-subscribing Steve Jobs completists may want to check out one other Jobs artifact: 2012’s <i>Steve Jobs: The Lost</i> …

Mini-series

Your iPhone is so secure that the government can’t access it even if it wanted to

Even if Apple wanted to give the government access to personal data on a locked iPhone, it would be technically impossible.<p>That's the message Apple sent loud and clear in a brief filed on Monday to US federal judge James Orenstein.<p>The brief was in response to the Justice Department asking for …

Privacy

21 highly successful people with bizarre eating habits

But some of their habits, particularly eating habits, are downright strange.<p>Actor Nicholas Cage only eats animals that he considers to have "dignified sex." Apple's Steve Jobs ate only carrots for so long that his skin took on a bright orange hue. Business magnate Howard Hughes used spoons with a …

Success

Love Beer And Coffee? You Might Be A Psychopath

A new study associates taste preferences with personality traits<p>Humans have a unique affinity for bitter food, like dark chocolate, coffee, and broccoli. Most other animals interpret a bitter taste as a warning to stay away from a non-edible material, but some humans can’t get enough of it, though …

Psychology

How to train your brain by thinking like an expert

Gary Klein is one of most influential psychologists today. In his 2013 book, "Seeing What Others Don't", he postulated a model categorising all types …

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Photo by 'Camera Eye'<p><i>What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet</i><p>The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who, through his example and …

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

No, charging your iPhone overnight does not destroy the battery

You may have heard that charging your iPhone overnight is bad for the battery.<p>According to Battery University, a website run by the company Cadex, …

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

Books

The 30 best hotels in the world

Luxury comes at a price, but when you're staying at one of the best hotels in the world, that price is worth it.<p>We've created the ultimate list of the 30 best hotels in the world.<p>To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + …

National Parks

The 13 Most Unflattering Revelations in the New Steve Jobs Documentary

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine explores the Apple mastermind's more controversial qualities.<p>After making an enemy of the Church of Scientology earlier this year with <i>Going Clear</i>, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney is taking on the tech world's most polarizing yet beloved icon with <i>Steve</i> …

How much do Delhi’s top advocates charge?

The colonial-era building with a red sandstone dome on Delhi’s Bhagwan Dass Road is home to an elite class of lawyers who are likely to be the most …

India

Holiday guide to Almería, Spain: best hotels, restaurants and things to do

Photograph: Alamy<p>Fort of Tabernas.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/27/1440696419596/2fa6864e-761b-4c5f-86fa-17939585d999-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Fort of …

Andalusia

How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years

At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.<p>But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to Hollywood's top earner.<p><i>Additional reporting by Melia Robinson.</i>

Movies

A Giant Lite-Brite For Designers (And Other Grown-Ups)

The Everbrite is a giant interactive board, covered in dials which can be tuned to different colors.<p>You might know it from childhood, or you might know it from its recent cameo in Netflix’s <i>Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp</i>: The Lite-Brite is a classic electronic toy that let kids plug …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Biography, Facts, and Information About Christian Louboutin

Lucky Brits got a chance to dive into the world of Louboutin earlier this week when <i>Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes</i> aired on Channel 4. As expected, the documentary got people excited and even led to #Louboutin trending on Twitter. While we couldn't catch the program on …

Footwear

Road to audition: Tom Hanks letter begging to be 'discovered' unearthed

High school student Hanks admits he is ‘not built like a Greek God’ but says he hopes to one day call Robert Redford ‘Bob’ in 1974 letter to George Roy Hill<p>A 1974 letter from a pre-fame, teenage Tom Hanks asking the Oscar-winning director of The Sting, George Roy Hill, to “discover” him has been …

Tom Hanks

The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and prematurely cancelled, sci-fi and TV have had a nice run. We locked ourselves in the basement with several milk crates of VHS tapes, laser discs, and back issues of Starlog to come up with the top<p>From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and …

17 TV Shows That Will Spark Your Creativity

Getting started on a new creative project can be a great way to give the right side of your brain a workout. While there are a million and one ways to spark your creativity, did you know that watching TV can also be a great way to get those ideas flowing? Yup, you read that right. TV is creative …

An Open Response to Taylor Swift’s Rant Against Apple

Dear Taylor Swift,<p>I have read your open letter to Apple where you give your reasons for refusing to allow your album ‘1989′ to be included on their …

'True Detective Season 2' Ep 1 Recap: Delving Into the West

So, how about that premiere? Before we get into the recapping portion of the day's event, let's get this out of the way: Although definitely …

10 independent bookshops you should visit worldwide: our readers recommend

Photograph: Allen Ginsberg/Corbis<p>From left to right: Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVinge, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti stand in front of the City Lights bookshop in 1956, owned by the latter …

Allen Ginsberg

The funniest movie of the year is finally here

The film opens with workaholic Emily (Taylor Schilling from "Orange Is the New Black") and her husband/stay-at-home dad, Alex (Adam Scott from "Parks & Recreation"), having awkward sex, doing all they can to finish before their kids burst in and ruin the fun.<p>They just moved from Seattle to Los …

Inside Out

An 11-year-old girl wrestles with the bickering emotions inside her head. It sounds like a therapy session. Instead, Pixar’s 15th feature is another …

11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …