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Apple's New Mac Software Will Include Little Changes That Make A Big Difference

Yosemite represents a bold visual redesign, but one that still feels rooted in the familiar simplicity that Mac users have grown to love.<p>The result is a cleaner, more vibrant operating system that takes a few design cues from Apple's mobile operating system, iOS.

Mac Software

JetBlue is stealing legroom from coach to give to its new business class

JetBlue’s latest earnings are a boon for its shareholders—less so for its loyal economy customers.<p>Executives at the US airline, whose earnings rose six-fold in the second quarter, said during its earnings call today that they were especially pleased with the mid-June launch of its new business …

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Amazon’s cloud price war with Google is starting to hurt

<b>The numbers:</b> Mixed, as always. Amazon sales grew in the double-digits for the 52nd quarter in a row. Revenue increased 23% year-over-year to $19.3 billion. Operating loss reached $15 million, down from a $79 million operating profit a year ago.<p><b>The takeaway:</b> Customers are loving Amazon. Investors …

A Google Executive Reveals Why The Company Came Up With Its Beautiful New Android Design

Within that thread, Wiley revealed what led the team at Google to build Material Design — which has been billed as one of the biggest new features in Android L.<p>Material Design is basically an aesthetic overhaul that's meant to make content look similar across screens of all sizes, whether it be …

Material Design

Three days in the Coromandel, New Zealand – travel guide

The Coromandel’s charms are no secret — tens of thousands flock here from the North Island’s urban centres and beyond every summer. Yet it remains just far enough from the madding crowds, as the intermittent weakness of phone signal and the car radio’s scratchiness can attest.<p>The peninsula is full …

Road tripping through North Korea – in pictures

Very few people are able to travel across the secretive state of North Korea. Even the country's own citizens need a state-issued permit (or enough funds) to be able to travel internally.<p>So when Eric Talmadge and David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press embarked on a 1,400 mile road trip through …

Almost human: why is art so obsessed with lifesize dolls?

Coppélia is one of the sillier corners of the ballet repertoire. Franz, a handsome young villager, spies his perfect woman and instantly falls in love, and his fiancee Swanilda flips out. When the "other woman" turns out to be a life-sized doll, everyone has a good laugh about it and lives happily …

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

Bergen and the Frozen effect

Imagine a glorious May evening, around 6.30pm. You’ve arrived in a pretty coastal town, dumped your bags in a picturesque rooftop flat, and polished off an early meal with your yawning seven-year-old son. What happens next? Stroll down to the harbour for some ice cream? Watch a film and tuck in …

Sweden’s wild west coast

If there is one lesson to learn from a trip up the Bohuslän coastline, it is this: upon accepting an invitation to spend the evening drinking with a Swedish fisherman called Johan, realise that much of the following day will be spent with head in hands, wondering at which point during the singsong, …

What the Swedish Model Gets Wrong About Prostitution

Prostitution is known as the “world’s oldest profession,” and whether it should be criminalized – or not – is one of the oldest debates among social …

Your Kit Lens is An Excellent Lens

As the saying goes, quality lenses are a lot more important than good bodies when it comes to investing in camera gear. They last longer, retain …

NASA thinks the moon's underground caves could house astronauts

The moon's surface isn’t just full of craters — it’s also full of holes. And according to NASA, these holes, and the underground caves to which they connect, could one day provide shelter to the space agency’s astronauts.<p>The moon’s more than 200 holes, or "lunar pits," were discovered by NASA’s …

Airplane saddle seats make coach look like luxury class

There are plenty of complaints about coach class on airplanes. Fliers sometimes refer to it as "cattle class." Stories abound about being squished between other people, knocking elbows with your fellow passengers, and sympathizing with the plight of the canned sardine. Here's something to keep in …

Google & Apple: 'If you charge for in-app goodies, you can no longer call your app free'

Looks like Google and Apple are finally responding to pressure around changing the way they deal with games that offer in-app purchases — thanks to some nudging from the European Commission, of course.<p>The EU asked both tech giants to change how they sell these game apps, specifically after …

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

Microsoft just gifted the world’s most promising mobile phone market to Google

Feature phones—those things without touchscreens or internet connections known colloquially as dumbphones—aren’t dead yet. But if Google and Microsoft get their way, they are are not long for this world. Smartphones outsold feature phones for the first time in 2013.<p>This week, Microsoft announced …

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Scientists Probe Depths of Mysterious Hole in Siberia

That mysterious crater deep in Siberia will soon be a bit less mysterious; a team of scientists just completed their first survey of the giant hole in northern Yamal — Siberian for "the end of the world." Conspiracy theorists who thought bombs or UFOs might be involved will be disappointed to hear …

The Swiss train tourists don’t take

The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.<p>I floated in a steamy, 38C rooftop pool, watching glints of the sinking copper sun reflect off the Rhäetian Alps. Located …

Jen Selter: You Love Her Butt—But Should You Listen to Her Fitness Advice?

The woman who became famous for her booty pics on Instagram was named a fitness columnist for the New York Post<p>A “belfie” is a selfie snapped of your butt. It can be difficult to contort yourself into a position to capture such a shot, so luckily, it still counts if someone else takes it for …

Norway's stunning landscapes in summer – in pictures

From sheer-sided fjords and rugged mountains offering world-class hiking to wooden fishing villages, Norway is famous for its dramatic landscapes – and in summer the sun never really sets<p><b>• Read more in tomorrow's</b> <b>Guardian Travel</b> <b>Scandinavian special</b>

Germans most likely to go nude

For a nation that sometimes finds it difficult to bare its soul, the German people are surprisingly relaxed when it comes to baring their bodies.<p>That at least is the finding of a recent survey which suggests that some 28 per cent – or nearly one in three Germans – has sunbathed in the nude on the …

The 18 most important aircraft of all time

Junkers F13<p>Concorde<p>Airbus A380

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

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iOS 8: will Apple's new Message leave users confused?

Apple is taking a calculated risk with its iOS 8 software, due in autumn. It's tweaking the Messages app, normally used to send text messages, with pictures or videos attached if you want, so that it can also send short voice snippets.<p>Not only that; it's building in Snapchat-like or WhatsApp-like …

With Germany’s win Microsoft perfectly predicted the World Cup’s knockout round

<i>Update 5:40pm ET: With Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, Microsoft’s prediction engine had a perfect record in predicting the knockout stages of the World Cup.</i><p>The most accurate predictor of the knockout stages, Microsoft’s predictions, have been perfect for every match of the final …

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Germany's Beautifully Communal World Cup Win Over Argentina

The victors put the team ahead of the individual—a fact that U.S. sports fans could heed.<p>The TVs in the bar where I watched the World Cup final weren’t small, but they weren’t large either. The picture was passably crisp, but in some of the wide-angle shots, it was slightly challenging to identify …

The best travel photography at Cortona on the Move 2014 – in pictures

Cortona on the Move is an annual event dedicated to travel photography. The small town in Tuscany is transformed with visitors attending exhibitions, workshops and portfolio reviews from professional photographers. Here is a selection of the best pictures on show – from Mongolia to Minnesota. The …

Xbox Not A 'Core' Part Of Microsoft's Business CEO Says

Microsoft is set to announce what could be its largest round of layoffs in company history, and some of the job losses may hit Xbox.<p>According to a report in Bloomberg, the tech giant is attempting to reduce redundancies from the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia, which added 30,000 jobs to the …

Why This Is the Sexiest Scene Ever

<b>It's no surprise that the creators</b> of <i>Masters of Sex,</i> the acclaimed Showtime series that has just returned for season two, claim as a primary influence the notorious sex scene from <i>Don't Look Now</i> (1973). They sat down to watch 50 sex scenes from various movies when making the show's pilot, and this …