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The best history books of 2015

Historical anniversaries were hard to avoid this year. Two French battlefields, Waterloo and Agincourt, were picked over again after 200 and 600 years, while other historians focused on a meadow “between Windsor and Staines” where the most famous document in English history, Magna Carta, was sealed …

Books

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015

As per that ancient Chinese curse, SF and fantasy have been living through interesting times. This year attempts to rig the Hugo ballots by disaffected, right-wing, mostly American fans – known as the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies – were heartily rebuffed by fandom more generally. The Puppies …

Books

All the New Stuff You Can Ask Siri in iOS 9

One of Apple’s big talking points when they introduced iOS 9 was how Siri was going to be better and more “proactive.” We didn’t really have any clue …

Change Up Your Ab Workout with These Plank Variations

A basic plank is a great way to work your abs using only your body, but doing the same moves can get boring over time. This video is filled with …

How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

Everyone knows exercise plays an important role in our general health, but whether its a lack of motivation, the need to travel to the gym, the cost …

How-To: Get yourself an affordable multi-room AirPlay setup

One of the downsides of being early adopters of new technology is that we tend to buy the best system available at the time, only for a better one to come along later. I’m sure we’ve all been there.<p>That was the case for me with wireless audio. I wanted, many years ago, to be able to stream music to …

AirPlay

The Simpsons at 30: the 40 funniest quotes

Review: Apple Watch as a watch, a gadget, and platform (Video)

Apple Watch has been out for over three weeks and I’ve been using mine now for most of that time, from the moment I wake up to just before bed each night. While my colleague Ben Lovejoy previously journaled his experience in his excellent “A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary” series, I’ve been sold on …

Smartwatches

The Fall of the Ottomans review – an absorbing history of the impact of the first world war on the Middle East

The last thing the people of the Ottoman empire needed in autumn 1914 was another war. In the six years leading up to that calamitous year they had seen a sultan deposed and their immense and immensely inefficient army battered. In several bruising wars, they had ceded Libya to Italy and all their …

World History

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Everything You Should Watch in March 2015

The best picks on Netflix Streaming, Blu-ray, and in theaters this month.<p>For many pop-culture consumers, any and all free time during the early days of March will be spent binge-watching the third season of <i>House of Cards</i>, which Netflix is releasing tomorrow. But once you emerge from a Frank …

TV

The Best Books Of 2014

Support the news<p><i>With guest host Jane Clayson.</i><p>“All the Light We Cannot See," "Fourth of July Creek," "Another Great Day at Sea" and more. The best …

The best fiction of 2014

It seemed in 2014 as though almost every high-profile novelist had a book out (Stephen King had two). Ian McEwan investigated the niceties of moral and legal judgment in <b>The Children Act</b> (Jonathan Cape), while in <b>The Zone of Interest</b> (Jonathan Cape) Martin Amis made grim comedy out of the Holocaust – …

Best science fiction books of 2014

Worldcon came to London in 2014. It’s rare for Britain to host the planet’s most prestigious SF/fantasy convention, and “Loncon” was a great success. Though British fandom rejoiced, hopes for a “the British are coming!” moment in SF were undermined by the lack of Brit winners, or even nominees, in …

The best crime and thrillers of 2014

This year we welcomed some exciting new voices, with assured and perceptive police procedurals from Sarah Hilary (<b>Someone Else’s Skin</b>, Headline) and Eva Dolan (<b>Long Way Home</b>, Harvill Secker), both set in the UK. Further afield, Paul Mendelson’s vivid Cape Town thriller, <b>The First Rule of Survival</b> …

Apple TV: The ultimate guide

Welcome to your new set-top box.The fourth-generation Apple TV is here. It brings Siri, third-party apps and game controllers, a new Home screen, …

9 great TV shows to binge-watch this holiday weekend

TV

New to Netflix for September 2014

Netflix in September means Robin Williams, new seasons of Walking Dead and The Blacklist, and a Sam Raimi crime classic.<p><i>UPDATE: Arrow Season 2 has</i> …

10 Movies to Watch on Netflix in August

It's a new month, and that means a new batch of movies just hit Netflix. Here, the films we just added to our queue.<p><b>1) Nymphomaniac (2013)</b><br>The most talked-about film of the year (which hits Netflix on August 7) can finally be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home.<p><b>2) Cleopatra (1963)</b>Settle in for …

The 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix 2014

One thing Netflix is quietly doing very well is streaming some of the best documentaries of the last few years. Nearly all of our favorite …