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Vegemite on toast gets deconstructed – and the internet is not happy

Guardian taste-tests the traditional Australian breakfast dish with a difference – on sale at a cafe for $7<p>It could be seen as the patriotic expression of an Australian breakfast – but for some it’s everything wrong with the (culinary) world today.<p>Whichever side of the sourdough you come down on, a …

Comfort Food

The Scariest Thing About Facebook Isn't Even How It Treats Your Data

Its power to influence users makes Facebook a tool for "mass population control," and Mark Zuckerberg's utopian goals only increase the danger.<p>Mark Zuckerberg's marathon date with Congress is over. It might as well never have happened.<p>For two days, Facebook's CEO stuck to his bland talking points, …

Social Media

What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business

Artificial intelligence is a moving target. Here’s how to take better aim.<p><b>Artificial intelligence (AI)</b> seems to be everywhere. We experience it at …

Machine Learning

I’ve been ruined by Long Long Man, the greatest love story ever told by Japanese gum commercials

Looooong, loooooooong maaaaaaaaaaaaan!<p>As we all know, candy is an extremely important part of life. Chi-chan, the star of a series of commercials by Japanese gum company Sakeru that has utterly ravaged everything I thought I knew about life, believes this deeply. She and her boyfriend Tooru-san are …

Love Stories

Your ISP can peep on your browsing, so Cloudflare is pulling down the shade

Cloudflare has introduced a new service called 1.1.1.1 that claims to be a faster, safer way to use the internet. In a week of headlines that include …

Net Neutrality

26 of the 115 most popular VPNs are secretly keeping tabs on you

A recent investigation into 115 of the world’s most popular VPN services revealed that many are antithetical to their stated claims. To build trust, providers make promises not to track users through logs or other identifying information. But as a popular VPN comparison site found out, this isn’t …

Privacy

Why Some People Can't Find Anyone to Marry

I was talking some time ago with a young, but not very young, friend of the family about why she had not married.<p>“There’s nobody around here that is …

Relationships

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny

Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back …

Kim Jong-un

18 Amazing Tricks Only Netflix Pros Know

Spend a good portion of your free time cuddled up in front of Netflix? Hey, us too! You'd think all those minutes in front of the screen would …

Could it be your gut keeping you awake at night?

An increasing number of scientists are waking up to the idea of a link between the digestive system and problems with sleep<p>When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something stupid we said in 2003. But what if our guts …

Wellness

The Grand Tour of Switzerland

Though relatively small in size—roughly equal to New Hampshire and Vermont combined—Switzerland packs a big punch. It’s home to a dozen UNESCO sites, a topographic diversity that includes palm trees and glaciers (not to mention four languages to call them by), and some of Europe’s most modern …

Hotel Grands Boulevards

Accessed by a secret passageway, the Hotel Grands Boulevards is a mysterious getaway in the heart of Paris' bourgeois districts. Its housed in a …

3 of Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants that are worth the wait  | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Hong Kong’s dining scene is as hot as ever – government statistics say we spent HK$29.7 billion at restaurants last year, which is an increase of 6.6 …

Where to Go to Savor Siu Yeh, Hong Kong’s Late-Night Meal

In Hong Kong, the late-night snack is a true fourth meal, not just something you grab from a truck or a fast-food spot. There's even a name for it: <i>siu yeh.</i> For locals, it’s a great way to unwind and kick back after an extremely long day of work. For visitors, the fourth meal is a true blessing …

Tracing the roots of Araki’s obsession with the erotic image

Dubbed Japan’s most-controversial photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki has, for nearly half a century, pushed the boundaries of respectability to near-buckling point – and beyond.<p>A new retrospective exhibition co-curated by Maggie Mustard and Mark Snyder at New York’s Museum of Sex celebrates the …

What’s the Best Vibrator?

<i>While we might all be curious about the</i> <i>best plunger</i> <i>or</i> <i>probiotic tampon</i> <i>or</i> <i>cold-sore remedy</i><i>, it can be difficult to discuss these more</i> personal <i>items.</i> …

The 8 Most Lovable, Bookable Pieds-à-Terre in Paris

Live like a true Parisian in one of these perfectly appointed aeries<p>It’s easy to fall for a Parisian pied-à-terre with gilded mirrors, whitewashed wall paneling, high ceilings, and ornate cornices—a nod to heritage detail for every modernist lean—but is it really love if you don’t spend the night? …

Why so many Japanese train stations play different jingles

If you've ever visited Japan, you may have noticed a jingle playing to signal the departure of trains at many of the stations — well there's more to …

Godiva runs full-page ad asking Japanese women to stop buying so much Valentine’s chocolate

Belgian confectioner maker says <b>enough is enough with Japan’s practice of women giving male coworkers “obligation chocolate.”</b>Back in December, Asahi …

Japan

7 Things Night Owls Do That Morning People Will Never Understand | Inc.com

Last night I stayed up writing until 2:20am, then watched an episode of The West Wing to unwind before actually falling asleep at 3am. This not entirely unusual for me.<p>I live on the west coast. At 1:45am my time, I took a break and Snapchatted back and forth with a friend on the east coast who …

Winston Churchill

Message From Planet Japan: The Good Times Never Last Forever

After having traveled to more than 120 countries in my life, the only person I know who’s been to more places than I have is Jim Rogers.<p>Jim is a …

Yeti Touch Fast Defrosting Tray

If you see yourself as a reasonable cook, this Yeti Touch Fast Defrosting Tray might just be the item to step up your chef skills, especially if …

Food

Ikigai - Visualizing the Japanese Concept of Life's Purpose

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that explains how a person can enjoy life. To illustrate this concept, a 4-sided Venn diagram was created by Dan …

Ikigai

CD1 Cargo eTrike

German company HNF Heisenberg was originally founded to create a viable future for e-bikes, they have now developed a unique tilt-action cargo trike …

Agile Development

New Mac Malware Hijacks Web Connections: What to Do

"2018 is barely two weeks old, and already it looks like we've got new piece of macOS malware! Hooray :)"<p>That's how Apple-focused security researcher …

MacBook

Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX in-car assistant and smart UI rocks

It’s rare that I pay much attention to automaker infotainment and multimedia system updates at CES – usually there’s too much going on with autonomy, electrification and mobility services to give it much thought. This year, however, Mercedes-Benz had one of the most interesting announcements at the …

Automotive Industry

The 17 Steamiest Movies Of 2017

Happy holidays! Before we can fully embrace the avalanche of pop culture 2018 has in store for us, we need to take a look back at the unrelenting …

Entertainment

Insulin Injections, Goodbye: Wearable Patch To Control Type-2 Diabetes

The worst part about diabetes is the insulin injection. Nobody likes getting pricked by a needle, let alone every time there is a sugar spike in the …

Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul

Former Google and Facebook executives are sounding the alarm about the pervasive power of tech. Will we listen?<p>One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present …

Silicon Valley

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Machine Learning