Now Read This: Best New Book Releases

Now Read This: Best New Book Releases

I'm not sure why I've never used my iPhone as a reader, but now that I've upgraded to the 6S, the larger screen makes an excellent argument for reading all day long. While I'll never go fully digital, I do like to have a couple of eBooks on hand for an unexpected wait, worktime lunch breaks, and crowded train commutes. Nothing will ever replace the feel of a delicious, brand-new book in my greedy hands, but I must sa...

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In luxe Miami condo tower, Venezuelan oil tycoon with state ties chases capitalist dream

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In luxe Miami condo tower, Venezuelan oil tycoon with state ties chases capitalist dream

Gerardo Pantin Shortt and his family have won hundreds of millions in contracts from Venezuela’s state oil company since the 1980s. The relationship continued to flourish after Hugo Chávez — staunch...

8 Stunning Photo Galleries of Our Precious Planet

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8 Stunning Photo Galleries of Our Precious Planet

Joel Satore is on a mission to photograph 12,000 captive species around the world, some of which face extinction. Think of it as Noah's ark, but with a camera. Each of his stunning portraits ins...

9 WIRED Stories You Should Read This Earth Day

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9 WIRED Stories You Should Read This Earth Day

As it turns out, the drought isn’t the worst of Californians’ water problems: the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is. The freshwater confluence is shielded from the salty ocean by mere dirt m...

Huawei P9 review: aiming for the big boys but just missing on software

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Huawei P9 review: aiming for the big boys but just missing on software

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the P9, goes toe-to-toe with the best of Samsung and Apple, while undercutting the lot. At least that’s Huawei’s aim. Being the third-largest smartphone ...

YouTube Kids, BBC iPlayer Kids and more: the best TV apps for children

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YouTube Kids, BBC iPlayer Kids and more: the best TV apps for children

Children in 2016 understand that they can watch TV shows “on demand” on a range of devices, from the family tablet to a parent’s smartphone. There is now a growing collection of apps serving...

Apple expects your iPhone to be replaced after three years

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Apple expects your iPhone to be replaced after three years

Apple has said that it expects so-called first owners of £500 iPhones, iPads and Apple[1] Watches to replace them after only three years of use, and Mac computers only four. As part of the company’s...

Facebook has a new army of chatbots – but what can you do with them?

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Facebook has a new army of chatbots – but what can you do with them?

Chatbots are big news in Silicon Valley right now. “Bots are the new apps!” said Microsoft chief Satya Nadella recently[1], Facebook’s just announced a large collection, while Wired’s latest a...

Brazil’s former top judge hid price he paid for Miami condo

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Brazil’s former top judge hid price he paid for Miami condo

When Brazilian news outlets found out then-Supreme Court chief justice Joaquim Barbosa had bought a Brickell condo in 2012, they asked the well-respected jurist how much he paid.Barbosa...

How secret offshore money helps fuel Miami’s luxury real-estate boom

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How secret offshore money helps fuel Miami’s luxury real-estate boom

At the end of 2011, a company called Isaias 21 Property paid nearly $3 million — in cash — for an oceanfront Bal Harbour condo. But it wasn’t clear who really owned the thr...

Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions

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Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions

In a pair of papers posted online this month, a Ukrainian mathematician has solved two high-dimensional versions of the centuries-old “sphere packing” problem. In dimensions eight and 24 (the latte...

Space Photos of the Week: That’s a Lotta Stars, Yo

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Space Photos of the Week: That’s a Lotta Stars, Yo

Click through the gallery to see this week’s helping of the best the universe has to offer. And if you need more when you’re done but can’t wait until the next one, here’s the ...

Top 20 Android apps and games of the month – from Doctor Who to Miitomo

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Top 20 Android apps and games of the month – from Doctor Who to Miitomo

Nearly eight years since the launch of the Google[1] Play store, have all the good app ideas been taken? Nope. Every month throws up a new crop of interesting, inventive and useful (or just fun) a...

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