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The storyteller of Marrakech

<b>Storytelling in Marrakech is a practice with ancient roots, thought to date back to the 11th Century. But has it been superseded by modern life?</b><p>The Cafe de France in Marrakech is something of an institution. It is the oldest and most famous of the slightly louche establishments that surround the …

Oracle to Amazon: It’s on

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Peter Kaminski<p>Oracle(s orcl) execs do not typically like to utter the “C-word.” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has …

Top Big Data Trends Of 2013

<i>ReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year.</i><p>Thank the U.S. National Security Agency for bringing Big Data onto the national stage. The agency’s questionable use of data mining and analysis in the name of national security raised Main …

The Best Advice For Working Smarter From Creative And Daring Minds

At <i>Fast Company</i> we love eccentric, exciting characters and helping you work smarter.<p>So why not combine the two?<p>Over the past 12 months we’ve been to some exciting places. We’ve taken you into the world of a professional kayaker who successfully mastered the wild rapids of the Congo River, and the …

The State, Reunited For A Comedy Re-issue

The influential sketch comedy troupe, The State, reissues a forgotten U.S. travel guide for a digital world that has finally caught up to them.<p>Although their MTV sketch comedy series has been off the air for over 16 years, a random survey of the landscape of contemporary American comedy quickly …

A Company Without APIs Is Like A Computer Without Internet

<i>This contributed piece on the importance of APIs is from Brian Koles, Head of Business Development at ChallengePost.</i><p>If I told you that I had a computer with the fastest processor and best display ever, but that it would never connect to the internet, you would likely consider it obsolete. That same …

Android Or iOS Dominating Tablets? Developer Economics Has The Answer

Android is big in tablets. The problem is that no one has a clue how big it is. While Apple happily reports its rising unit sales for tablets, Samsung and other major Android distributors keep mum. Hence, we’re largely left in the dark as to just how many Android tablets are being bought and …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

A Spinning Ice Disk Forms on a River

(Video Link)<p>I’ve never seen anything like this! An ice disk is a rare ice formation consisting of a thin, circular sheet of ice. With a bit of water …

Beyond Reading a Book: 3 Hands-On Methods of Self-Education | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re trying to learn a new subject, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information you read in books. However, reading a book isn’t …

The Awesome Coffee Culture of Iran – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

Apart from the downsides of coffee shop crackdowns in Iran, there is still a determination among young Iranians to enjoy coffee socially and have …

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A traveller's guide to India's festivals

Earlier this year the Maha Kumbh Mela, held in the north Indian city of Allahabad, was touted as the biggest religious gathering on Earth. More than 100 million pilgrims are estimated to have washed away a lifetime of sins by taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical …

This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading | WIRED

“There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil,” Bill Gates wrote this summer. That’s quite an endorsement—and it gave a …

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, <i>Pop Go the Beatles.</i> They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.<p><i>The Beatles: On</i> …

The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained

Power? Bluetooth? USB? You’ve seen their symbols. Here’s where they came from.<p>We already know where the @ symbol came from, but what about every other strange glyph that appears across our gadgets and user interfaces? While we may have learned to identify the power symbol or the Bluetooth …

Go From A Tropical Rainforest To An Arctic Wonderland In One Awesome Building

At the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea, visitors will soon be able to walk through more than 35,000 square feet of greenhouses mimicking the world’s most diverse ecosystems.<p>Called the Ecorium, and designed by Grimshaw Architects with S.A.M.O.O., this visitor’s center will consist …

Redefining the habitable zone: where should we look for life?

Desert planets, hydrogen-heavy giants, and hydrocarbon-rich worlds considered.<p>Where should we look for life on other planets? Even as we're …

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.<p>Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly boasting about their pipe designs or subsurface drainage systems. By its …