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A local’s guide to Istanbul's new cool neighbourhood

In once sleepy Kadıköy-Moda, new nightlife and culture hotspots happily coexist with the district’s established restaurants and cafes<p>Until recently, the neighbourhood of Kadıköy-Moda, on the Asian side of Istanbul at the southern end of the Bosphorus, was an unremarkable, mostly residential place …

England

6 Clever Ways To Use Pinterest To Grow Your E-Commerce Business

Organic traffic is the name of the game. The more traffic you can drive to your website without having to pay for Google or Facebook ads, the better it will be for your bottom line. Social media is not only a high traffic driver but if utilized effectively, it can drive traffic for little to no …

Infographics

Black Panther has a burden that no superhero is strong enough to carry

That such a mediocre film has been highly praised reflects a need for hope in gloomy post Obama times<p>I like my fictional heroes laced with moral ambiguity. When I was young, my favourite sci-fi series was not <i>Doctor Who</i> or <i>Thunderbirds</i> but the clunky, barely believable <i>Blake’s 7</i>.<p>It told the story of …

Erik Killmonger

Wakanda: The Chocolatest City

The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community.<p>Marvel Studios’ <i>Black Panther</i> lands amid an intense discussion around what it means for African Americans to have their own safe space, or sanctuary, in …

Startups

How to book and travel by high-speed train around China

China’s rail network is a fast-paced wonder that makes exploring this huge country – including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – much easier • China by train: tracks, tales and a snapshot of daily life<p>Friday is Chinese new year and also the beginning of the spring festival, a national holiday in …

China

9 of the best places to visit in 'Old Florida'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Does the idea of spending time in the Magic Kingdom with the Mickey Mouse gang leave you thinking "Oh, rats!"? Does the idea of spending time with the hot people of Miami's trendy South Beach leave you cold?<p>Well, don't give up on Florida as a destination just yet. There's still a Sunshine …

CNN

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

The best bookshops in London

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than browsing London's bookshops? We don't think so. The city is home to an impressive collection of …

England

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

Self-improvement

8 Berlin Apartments to Book That Rival the City's Level of Cool

Dubbed a UNESCO City of Design, the German capital boasts a vibrant cultural scene.

Interior Design

The Surprising Way to Be More Effective at Storytelling

To engage leaders, colleagues and clients, use this simple technique<p>By now, most of us are familiar with "the irresistible power of storytelling as a business tool" (as HBR describes it) to get people's attention, involve them emotionally and help them remember the content you're trying to …

Public Speaking

Billionaire Heiresses And Beauty App Meitu Are Backing This Female Fashion Marketplace Founder

Hong Kong-based e-commerce fashion site Goxip has received a vote of confidence from billionaire heiresses, socialites and influencers alike in its latest round of fundraising. The company founded by Juliette Gimenez raised $5 million in its Series A led by Chinese beauty filter app Meitu.<p>Gimenez, …

Will Ferrell

My wife Sue died three months ago, but I still read her texts every day

The other morning, I woke up in Las Vegas – I was there for a technology trade show – and suddenly panicked that I hadn’t called my wife, Sue.<p>I’ve been travelling in different time zones for 35 years of the 45 we’ve been together, and, as other frequent business travellers will recognise, it’s too …

Seamus Heaney

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.)

LONDON — What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?<p>What if your supervisor could identify every time you paused to scratch or fidget, and for how long you took a bathroom …

Dystopia

‘I’m 78 on an £18,000 income and live a very good life in London’

An ex-council worker on how she makes her pension stretch to holidays, a car and theatre trips<p>It always fascinates me when I talk to other retired people that they don’t seem to know what their income is. I always know exactly what my earnings and outgoings are and, because I’m of the generation …

England

To Read Aloud is a portal straight to that Middle Earth where magic happens

<b>The Act of Reading</b><p>It's been 10 years since the writing of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s now classic essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? in which Nicholas Carr …

Literature

This Week In China Tech: Robots Beat Teachers In Classroom, Tencent Builds For Blockchain

Some big trends have emerged this week in red hot areas like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and edtech. The bottom line seems to be that China is investing in a big way to ensure it remains on the cutting edge when it comes to the technology of tomorrow, whether it’s investing billions into …

China

This CEO Predicts We'll See A $1 Billion Company With Only One Employee By 2025

Imagine the CEO of a billion-dollar company completing taxes, jumpstarting a marketing campaign and building a website at the press of a button — and all on his own. “Soon, one founder will be able to outsource every aspect of their company and obtain sustained success without a single full-time …

Small Business

The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: Old and complex. …

Literature

Technologically Supercharged Ports Are Defining The New Silk Road

They’re loud, polluted, monotonous, generally ugly, and sometimes they stink. They’re ports. While the sea and dry ports of the world are definitely not very sexy places they are the arteries which keep the lifeblood of the global economy pumping, and right now they are being technologically …

Suez Canal

Google can no longer innovate, says former engineer

Commentary: Steve Yegge says office politics, a focus on rivals and an aversion to risk prevent Google from being what it once was.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>We change as we get older.<p>We learn more -- perhaps even far too much -- …

Brazil

How People Are Earning Millions From Tencent's WeChat -- But Not Everyone's Happy

A few years ago, Lin Shao was living a pretty comfortable life in the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. He’d just landed a well-paid mechanical design job, earning more than many of his fellow college graduates.<p>But he wasn’t happy. Bored of designing machine parts, he spent his evenings writing a …

China

Maxine Leonard Is Out To Liberate the Beauty World

Biannual indie mag <i>Beauty Papers</i>, by Maxine Leonard and Valerie Wickes, is known for its alternative approach to all things beauty-related. It comes as no surprise that their latest issue, on newsstands now, continues that tradition, with features on industry icons like Serge Lutens, artist Andrew …

China's Belt And Road Policy Is A Big Red Herring

The Belt and Road Policy is a political, not an economic, program.<p>The policy will disrupt 'New China' progress.<p>The strategy is old China at its best …

Frankenstein considered as a novel about climate catastrophe

1816 is famous for being the year that Mary Shelley began to write <i>Frankenstein</i>. But it's also infamous for being "The Year Without A Summer". One of …

The world’s 50 most innovative companies

With a GDP of nearly $19 trillion and a population in excess of 323 million, the United States is the largest consumer market in the world.<p>As such, global corporations make doing business in the U.S. a priority. To take full advantage of this market, American and foreign companies must protect …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

As Google Home Fights Amazon Echo We Ask: What Really Is Natural Language Generation and Processing?

In our everyday lives, we encounter natural language generation (NLG) in many ways that go beyond asking Alexa for the forecast or Siri for directions. As the technology for natural language generation improves, we will experience even more applications where machines produce easy-to-consume …

Automation

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

8 Secret (& Affordable) Shopping Sources Designers Love

For me, shopping for decor is a weird, paradoxical experience. I find myself wanting to have unique things. And yet, I'm the first one to share my …

The web is dying, but mesh networks will save it

My previous article, <i>The web began dying in 2014, here’s how</i>, raised much more awareness than I thought it would. Many people found it to be an insightful analysis of the web under the control of tech giants, but the article ended without providing anything positive to hold on to.<p>I actually have …