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Want to Learn Almost Anything in 5 Minutes and Remember It Forever? Here's How

Y Combinator's Michael Nielsen uses a grade school tool to powerfully enhance his learning and retention skills.<p>If you're struggling to master a complex topic, a new language, or anything else that seems to strain your brain, Michael Nielsen has a suggestion for you: Try flashcards. Nielsen is a …

Language Learning

Here’s the Perfect Thing to Say When Someone Is Rude

Recently, the British IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston was sitting on a train traveling from London, England, to Manchester, when he found himself …

Self-help

26 "As Seen On TV" Products That Actually Work

I need all of these.

Shopping

These Movies Are Way Kinkier Than Fifty Shades Freed

When <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> was published in 2011, you couldn't go more than a few feet without seeing someone reading it (or reading it behind another …

Movies

‘Counterpart’: The Sci-fi Espionage Thriller Blessing TV With Double J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons dazzles in Starz’s must-see, genre-bending new thriller.<p>If you just happened to stumble upon <i>Counterpart</i>, you’d be forgiven for thinking …

Science Fiction

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground<p>News: Ursula K Le Guin dies aged 88 Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’<p><b>A Wizard of Earthsea</b><p>“From …

Literature

59 Dope Things On Amazon Prime That Have A Cult Following

It's hard to imagine that knife sets and hair brushes could inspire such fanatical enthusiasm, yet scroll through some of Amazon's highest-rated …

Shopping

Fix Anything With This Handy Repair Tool

Things break — it’s just a fact of life. When said broken things are cracked windshields, exposed wires, or gap in a walls, your typical wrench and …

My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories - page 2

Utilities<p>The utilities I use on my Mac fall into a couple of categories. First, there are those apps that are so core to my use of macOS that they may as well be part of the operating system themselves. These are the first apps I install if I’m setting up a fresh Mac. The second category of …

Apps

Snowden's new Android app turns your cheap smartphone into a home security system

Even the best digital security practices are often undone by sloppy physical security. An unreadable 40 character password, after all, is only as secure as the office containing the Post-it note you wrote it on.<p>(Sidebar: please don’t do this. Use a password manager for God’s sake, it’s almost 2018).<p>…

5 Books About the Future Elon Musk Thinks You Should Read

The Tesla boss is always thinking ahead.<p>Elon Musk has become one of the world’s most ambitious and successful leaders by building tools of the …

Parenting Hero helps parents figure out how to talk to their kids

Parenting Hero is an app created on the premise no matter how many parenting books you read, a lot of that knowledge vacates your brain when faced with an indignant child on the verge of a meltdown. The app, currently available on iOS, takes tenets from the book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will …

Slow iPhone? Here’s how to check the health of your battery

With all the fuss about old, depleted batteries slowing down your iPhones, it might be a good idea to at least check the health of your iPhone’s battery. To do this, you can use a free tool called coconutBattery, an app that digs into your iOS and Mac devices to tell you how old they are, and how …

Stripe brings its payments platform to India at last

Stripe announced today that it’s launching its payment gateway and processing service in India, after roughly seven years in operation in 25 countries.<p>The company, which lets online businesses accept payments from customers with a per-transaction charge and no setup fee, is right to enter India …

PiTunnel connects your Raspberry Pi to the world

Raspberry Pis are usually very lonely. These tiny, single-board computers sit quietly under desks or inside 3D printed cases, staring wistfully into the far distance while waiting for a little attention. Now, thanks to a side project by a programmer named Dimitri Raftopoulos, an app called PiTunnel …

Neither Google nor Facebook: An Israeli startup is bringing India’s small businesses online

Millions of Indian mom-and-pop stores may be getting a technology leg-up from an unexpected corner.<p>Launched by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University alumni—Asaf Kindler, Vito Margiotta, Gabriel Gurovich, and Alberto Iore—Seemba is a mobile phone-based platform that helps businesses build their …

Singularity University

10 Free Apps to Fix Common Mac Quirks and Annoyances

Like any other operating system (OS), macOS comes with its own set of quirks. By quirks I mean features that get in your way, are missing altogether, …

A Silicon Valley startup is quietly taking over U.S. classrooms

Silicon Valley is determined to improve education by infusing it with technology. Its latest example is Kiddom, whose personalized learning software …

Startups

Time for some R&R and R&D

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Debugging

20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 2

Mackerel kebabs from Turkey, chicken and sumac casserole from Palestine, ful medames from Syria – we continue our culinary travels across the Middle East<p>20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 1 20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 3 20 best Middle Eastern recipes: part 4<p>Claudia Roden’s bell peppers …

What phone should I buy if I’m on a budget?

Wirecutter Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng offers budget recommendations for phones, computers and more on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>In the era of $1000 smartphones, it may seem like the newest, best stuff is only available to big spenders. But with a little research, it’s possible to find …

Mobile Technology

How to play YouTube in the background on Android and iOS

Chrome can sometimes get you a better YouTube experience than the YouTube app<p>YouTube is the internet’s replacement for the TV, so it’s only natural that we’d use it as our background noise provider, however Google doesn’t make that easy on mobile devices. Unless you have a YouTube Red subscription, …

Inside Hong Kong’s High-Rise Houses of Prostitution: Who’s Really in Charge?

The law says sex workers should be self-employed, ‘one woman one room.’ But in the real world, clearly, that’s not how it works.<p>HONG KONG—From the …

Hong Kong

Why Whatsapp’s design makes it the best instant messenger

The subtle design choices that nobody talks about<p>People love their messaging apps like their hometown sports teams. You’ll find die hard fans of …

Chatbots

Doctors as app makers? Sure, no coding required

Tools like Doctella are giving medical professionals a cheap and easy way to communicate with patients outside the office.<p>The days leading up to surgery can often be nerve-racking for a patient. Easier communication with doctors could help relieve some of those fears, and technology can play a key …

SpaceX's Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket simulation is out of this world

Elon Musk today gave us our first glimpse at what interplanetary travel and colonization could look like. In an Instagram post, Musk provided a series of five videos offering a look at a computer simulation of the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket, and how it could, conceivably, one day …

Space Exploration

The Most F**ked Up Sci-Fi Movie of the Year

‘Before We Vanish,’ a thrilling alien invasion saga from acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, casts an insightful eye on what makes humans tick.<p>While …

Science Fiction

Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.<p>A clever developer came up with a somewhat simple approach to …

Identity Theft

David Simon Undresses ‘The Deuce’: Inside TV’s Classiest Porn Drama

‘The Wire’ creator and the stars of HBO’s new series tell us how you make a show about the rise of the sex industry in the ’70s look so authentically …

TV

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting