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Russian air force planes test Nato defences

<b>Russian warplanes are carrying out more flights in European airspace to test Nato responses and apparently imitate combat conditions, an expert says.</b><p>Igor Sutyagin told the BBC that the Russian pilots' lack of communication with air traffic controllers was "unfriendly" and "confrontational".<p>"They …

Tales of the Trash

A neighborhood garbageman explains modern Egypt.<p>In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside. One door opens onto the building’s lobby, another leads to a small garden, and the third is solely for the use …

How the iPhone 6 literally pays for itself

On Tuesday, the church of Apple held its annual convention in San Francisco. Legions of the faithful, carefully vetted, were assembled in a darkened auditorium. The atmosphere was not quite as hysterical as it used to be when His Steveness was due to take the stage, but the frisson of excited …

The Feds ride out

SET beside a lake two hours’ drive from Mexico City, Valle de Bravo brands itself a <i>Pueblo Mágico</i> (“Magical Town”). Normally it is a place where the …

The Fires of Heaven

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Jordan<p>In this sequel to the phenomenal <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Shadow Rising,</i> Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:<p>...Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present …

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it's propelling, increasing costs while significantly limiting range. It's a challenge we're going to need to overcome before launching long-distance treks through …

Apple Might Finally Solve Photo Storage Hell

<b>Editors Note:</b> <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, a web and mobile app which enables users to create private social networks around interests and experiences.</i><p>We take a bazillion photos with our phones and digital cameras. The digital images mostly just sit, clogging up our hard …

Intel launches messaging app that lets you speak through video avatars

We typically think of Intel as a hardware company, a chip-making giant that helps build wearables, cable-free laptops, smart baby onesies. Today, though, the company is showing off software for a change. The chip maker just unveiled Pocket Avatars, a mobile messaging app that lets you send video …

Apple TV likely to gain Continuity this fall, allowing tighter integration with Mac & iOS

Alongside the introduction of the current Apple TV design in fall 2010, Apple launched AirPlay. In short, AirPlay allows a user to watch a movie, listen to a song, or view a photo on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (or Mac in some cases) and stream that content to the Apple TV. AirPlay typically works …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

How to make new use of an old iOS device (pictures)

World Cup 2014: Daniel Sturridge ready for 'do or die' game

<b>England striker Daniel Sturridge is prepared to do almost anything to avoid an early World Cup exit in Thursday's "do or die" meeting with Uruguay.</b><p>Sturridge will be up against Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez, who infamously handled on the line in the closing seconds as Uruguay beat Ghana on …

Brand death: Microsoft will phase out iconic Nokia brand name

Microsoft closed its deal to acquire the mobile and services division of Nokia last fall, and it now appears ready to put Nokia’s iconic mobile brand name out to pasture.<p>The Nokia name dominated a huge chunk of the early history of mobile phones, and its demise will take some getting used to.<p>The …

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