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Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as an Alexa or Google Assistant competitor
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant has fallen behind Google Assistant and Alexa over the past year, and now the…
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8 Predictions for What the World Will Look Like in 20 Years
It’s 2039 and just about everything’s changed. Photo-Illustration: Eugenia Loli This month, we are all tentatively dipping our toes into the New Year, wondering…
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16 hours ago
New iPad Pros start at just $611 in this special Amazon sale
If you buy a new iPad Pro right now from Apple, you’re going to pay full price. This obviously shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering Apple almost…
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'Super Milk' Is the Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Lattes
Straus Family Creamery barista milk. Photographer: Straus Family Creamery Photographer: Straus Family Creamery The next time you order a latte, ask if the milk…
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Microsoft’s Leap Into Housing Illuminates Government’s Retreat
The pledge of $500 million to help build affordable housing in Seattle reflects a nationwide void in addressing the problem. Seattle’s tech boom has driven up…
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To fight climate misinformation, point to the man behind the curtain
Enlarge / Protest sign from a rally against the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, BC. flickr user: Mark Klotz In 2018, Gallup’s annual environment…
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This Is the Book That Inspired Microsoft's Turnaround, According to CEO Satya Nadella
It's been almost five years since Satya Nadella became the third chief executive of Microsoft. When he took over, the company was in the midst of an identity…
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Ikea and Sonos to launch Symfonisk speakers in August, says report
A prototype Symfonisk speaker. Ikea Ikea and Sonos want you to think about sound as part of the home. In a promo video from Ikea posted by Variety on Friday,…
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Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy
Enlarge / Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks to reporters following a closed briefing on intelligence matters on Capitol Hill on December 4, 2018 in Washington,…
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Big Dairy Is About to Flood America’s School Lunches With Milk
Consider the lunch lady: long-suffering, warm-hearted. Or maybe fed-up and impatient. Always hair-netted. But how did she spend her summer? This past July,…
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2 days ago
How To Stop Overthinking Everything, According To Therapists
Michael Hinson / BuzzFeed The last time you saw your grandma before she died. That work presentation last month. Yesterday’s argument with your SO. Your…
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2 days ago
Physics explains why time passes faster as you age
Mind time and clock time are two totally different things. They flow at varying rates. The chronological passage of the hours, days, and years on clocks and…
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2 days ago
FCC asks court for delay in case that could restore net neutrality rules
Enlarge / The Federal Communications Commission seal hangs inside a meeting room at the headquarters ahead of an open commission meeting in Washington, DC, on…
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2 days ago
Organize Your Thoughts with this Markdown Note-Taking App
Photo: Engin_Akyurt ( Pixabay ) Windows / Mac: I confess, I’m not as well-versed in Markdown as I should be, but the awesome, free note-taking app Notable makes…
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2 days ago
Latest Update to Microsoft to-Do Will Help You Stay More Productive | Digital Trends
We’re now just about halfway through the first month of the new year, but there’s still time left to check things off your resolution list and get important…
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2 days ago
Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful
It would be rather embarrassing for Donald Trump at this point if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn’t an agent of Russian intelligence.
The…
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2 days ago
Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown
Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that Congress postpone the State of the Union address during the government shutdown. Credit Tom Brenner for The New York Times…
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2 days ago
Democrats aren’t saying no to physical barriers on the border. They are saying no to Trump.
Trump says wall. Pelosi says no. Mark Wilson/Getty Images When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “no wall” — not now, not ever — she meant it. But unlike…
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3 days ago
“The President Has Been Acting on Russia’s Behalf”: U.S. Officials Are Shocked by Trump’s Asset-Like Behavior
By JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last July, House Intelligence Committee member Eric…
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Why the Netflix Price Hike Makes Sense
On Tuesday, Netflix announced that it would raise prices across all of its plans in the US. For most people, that means their $11 monthly rate will hop to $13…
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4 days ago
Deviled Eggs Don't Have to Be Boring
Deviled eggs are one of those iconic hors d'oeuvres we see on buffet tables and at holiday celebrations time and time again. But they're almost always made the…
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4 days ago
Bird to Boing Boing: We’re sorry about sending you a legal-demand letter
Enlarge / Bird Rides Inc. shared electric scooters sit parked in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg via Getty…
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4 days ago
Led Zeppelin's Self-Titled Debut Turns 50: A Track-by-Track Retrospective
Back when Led Zeppelin made their maiden flight, rock critics expected them to land with a thud. But fifty years ago today (Jan. 12), Led Zeppelin unleashed…
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7 days ago
$30 plug-and-play kit converts a Bird scooter into a "personal scooter"
When scooter companies like Bird started illegally deploying their gadgets in city streets, there was intense interest in both the street value of the…
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7 days ago
Tucker Carlson has sparked the most interesting debate in conservative politics
Last Wednesday, the conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson started a fire on the right after airing a prolonged monologue on his show that was, in essence,…
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7 days ago
Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing’s story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Electric scooter company Bird has demanded that the publication Boing Boing take down a story that discusses a $30 way to…
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7 days ago
Faster Wi-Fi is here, but it’s off to a slow start
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Wi-Fi is starting to go through a generational change , the kind of big upgrade that only happens once every five years…
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7 days ago
The biggest Apple HomeKit products from CES 2019
Apple made a critical change to HomeKit two years ago. It started allowing products to join its smart home ecosystem just by adding some code, instead of…
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7 days ago
Report: Prototype for Trump’s Steel Slat Border Wall Can Be Cut With Saw
Customs and Border Protection tested wall prototypes for vulnerabilities in 2017. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images and…
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8 days ago
Trump trying to sell Americans a wall was eerily predicted in a 1950s TV show
In what can only be described as a crack in the simulation, an episode of the 1950s television western, Trackdown, has reemerged and is being shared on social…
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8 days ago
Apple’s TV industry embrace was an inevitable surprise
The biggest surprise of CES this year came from Apple, a company that didn’t give a keynote speech, didn’t have a booth on the show floor, but nevertheless…
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Trump kills off Senate effort to end shutdown
A group of Republican senators led by South Carolina's Lindsey Graham (left) met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) and Vice President Mike…
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8 days ago
We could be headed for another Electoral College mess
Robert M. Alexander is a professor of political science at Ohio Northern University and the author of " Representation and the Electoral College ." The opinions…
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8 days ago
Trump’s latest press gaggle was remarkably nasty, even by his standards
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One from the White House on January 10, 2019. Mark Wilson/Getty Images As the government…
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8 days ago
How a Jewish Teenager Went From Refugee to Assassin to Puppet of Nazi Propaganda
At age 15, Herschel Grynszpan was just another Jewish refugee fleeing Nazi Germany for safe haven in pre-war France. Like the 50,000 others that crossed the…
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9 days ago
Trump’s Border-Wall Infomercial Couldn’t Have Been Less Effective
President Donald Trump speaks to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday in Washington. Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images Now that the dust…
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9 days ago
The New York Times and AP bungled their fact checks of Trump’s speech — badly
Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images Fact-checkers wandered into false equivalency territory Tuesday night after President Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration…
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9 days ago
Sarah Sanders’s strangely unconservative argument for the wall
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the media after appearing on a morning television show, on January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The U.S…
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9 days ago
Trump accidentally admits there’s no actual emergency at the border
Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Donald Trump inadvertently admitted the emergency declaration he’s considering about the situation on the southern border is…
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9 days ago
'Bye-Bye': Trump Walks Out Of White House Meeting With Democrats About Shutdown
President Trump and Vice President Pence arrive at the U.S. Capitol to attend the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images…
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9 days ago
Here's Why You Should Roast Your Oranges
Have you heard the news? I recently sampled 45 different kinds of oranges and 14 grapefruit varieties . Because I am only mildly but not floridly masochistic, I…
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10 days ago
5 Kitchen Items at Sur La Table We Can't Believe Are on Sale Right Now
I don't know about you, but it's only been a few weeks since the holiday season ended… and yet I find myself dreaming about upgrading my kitchen again with all…
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Why You Shouldn't Swirl the Water When You Poach Eggs
Poaching eggs can be really intimidating. They're only eggs, but something about poaching them turns me into an incredibly frazzled person. And I'm not the only…
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10 days ago
10 words that should scare Donald Trump heading into 2020
(CNN) President Donald Trump wasn't elected because people thought he was a nice guy. He was elected because people thought he would explode the political…
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10 days ago
NYC to Fund Health Care for All, Including the Undocumented, Mayor Says
Bill de Blasio Photographer: Jonathan Levinson/Bloomberg Photographer: Jonathan Levinson/Bloomberg New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a $100 million plan…
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10 days ago
The Real Story Behind the Havana Embassy Mystery
A gate at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the site of an unexplained epidemic. Cuba “either did it, or they know who did it,” Senator Marco Rubio insisted. Photograph…
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11 days ago
Democrats Won’t Give Trump a Wall. But They Could End the Shutdown by Giving Him This.
Donald Trump; Chuck Schumer. Photos by Mark Wilson/Getty Images and Zach Gibson/Getty Images We regret to inform you that President Trump is having one of his…
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11 days ago
Networks giving Trump free airtime on Tuesday refused to air Obama’s 2014 immigration speech
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver a primetime address to the American people about the government shutdown he…
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11 days ago
Oh: Trump Didn’t Realize a Government Shutdown Would Shut Down the Government
“So you’re telling me...” By Mark Wilson/Getty Images. In February 2016, Donald Trump the candidate had no idea he was required by law to put a transition team…
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11 days ago
How pizza could save the world
On a recent Hawaiian vacation, Don stayed at a truly luxurious resort. It wasn’t his style. He couldn’t help but notice the contrast with the poorer sections of…
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12 days ago
Apple’s Precarious and Pivotal 2019 – 500ish Words
Photo by Julian O'hayon on Unsplash Yesterday’s updated guidance wasn’t just about China… M.G. Siegler Jan 3 The results are in. Actually, they’re not in. And…
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14 days ago
Why Your Poached Eggs Look Sloppy
Poached eggs are hard. Trust me, I get it. In my culinary program, duck day was no problem. Learning how to make a perfectly rolled French omelet took me many,…
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15 days ago
Trump Promises a Hellacious 2019 for Nonbelievers
Dear god make it stop. By Win McNamee/Getty Images. As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2019, people across the world wished others a “Happy New Year,” a…
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17 days ago
How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success
“Expedition: Robinson,” a Swedish reality-television program, premièred in the summer of 1997, with a tantalizing premise: sixteen strangers are deposited on a…
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17 days ago
The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years
IDG It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software’s BBEdit , but in actuality, yesterday is so far away—25 years, in fact. With all…
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18 days ago
Evolutionary Database Design
In the past decade, we've seen the rise of agile methodologies. Compared to their predecessors they change the demands on database design. One of the most…
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19 days ago
Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance
Enlarge Denuvo One of the biggest arguments against anti-piracy checks built into video games (commonly known as "digital rights management," or DRM) is that…
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19 days ago
What really makes the Trump presidency scary
Mark Weinberg is a communications consultant, speechwriter and the author of " Movie Nights with the Reagans " (Simon & Schuster). He served as special…
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19 days ago
Holmes & Watson’s failure shows how film comedy is changing
Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment Right now, there’s a new Will Ferrell comedy playing on more than 2,000 screens, and yet it’s barely attracted any attention…
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Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets
Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success. Her theory…
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19 days ago
The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything - Farnam Street - Pocket
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique , which I’ll explain below: Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler…
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19 days ago
39-year-old retired millionaire: 'Budgets don't work'—do this instead
In 2016, Chris Reining quit his IT job at age 37 with more than $1 million in the bank by living a modest lifestyle, saving and investing more than half his…
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19 days ago
From Tragedy To Travesty: How Lynyrd Skynyrd Lost The Plot and Deviated From Ronnie Van Zant’s Example
Lynyrd Skynyrd hold the distinction of having composed one of the most misunderstood and thus hotly debated songs in the history of mainstream rock music,…
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19 days ago
The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Apple’s macOS operating system has matured to the point where, out of the box, your new Mac laptop or desktop pretty much has…
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20 days ago
Travel Channel Chef Faces Backlash for Comment About Midwest Chinese Restaurants
Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern is under fire for for saying that Chinese food in the Midwest is served in “horses–t restaurants.” Zimmern, a well-known TV…
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