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Best Personal Finance Books For All Ages – Forbes

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading while you’re catching rays at the beach or relaxing by the pool. It’s also a great time to learn something new, like tai chi or, just a suggestion, more about your personal finances. If you invest a few hours each week this summer, by the fall, you’ll be better equipped and in control of your money. There are lots…

Emma-Lee Moss: How books took me on a journey back to China – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Last week, a book arrived in my mailbox. On the back was a Chinese proverb: “It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.” But at least, as the book’s blurb put it, daughters, like geese, “know the obligation to return home”. The book was called Loop of Jade, and it’s a first collection of poems by Sarah Howe. Like me, she’s half-English and half-Chinese, but I know better than…

Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

Five novels every runner should read – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why do we run? In his book on the subject, Mark Rowlands complains that most books about running reframe this question in terms of what use it has. We run because it keeps us healthy, reduces stress or brings us joy. We run for the satisfaction of a personal best or for the thrill of the race. We run to meet new people, to be part of a team or…

‘With £71000 literary prize I’m now retiring’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“Readers and critics were more than generous in their responses. And now, thanks to the further generosity of a whole wide-world network of book-loving strangers, Harvest has struck lucky again – it will be included in the distinguished and 20-year-long list of fiction honoured by this truly international and discriminating award. No writer could hope for more than that.” The award was announced at a ceremony at the Mansion House…

Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google’s Online Empire – Wired

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa. It was wide and thin and flat, kind of like a pizza box. On one side, there were long rows of holes where you could plug in dozens of cables. On the other, a label read “Pluto Switch.” But no one was quite sure what it was. The cable connectors…

Google’s Nest launches new security camera – USA TODAY

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nest Cam(Photo: Nest) NEW YORK — It’s been about a year since Google-owned Nest Labs paid around $550 million for Dropcam, a maker of home security cameras. Now it seems the company is turning to Dropcam for inspiration. On Wednesday, Nest unveiled a new $199 home monitoring camera called Nest Cam, along with a cloud-based subscription service that will let you save 10 days of continuous video footage captured from…

Critical Flaws in Apple, Samsung Devices – Krebs on Security

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Normally, I don’t cover vulnerabilities about which the user can do little or nothing to prevent, but two newly detailed flaws affecting hundreds of millions of Android, iOS and Apple products probably deserve special exceptions. The first is a zero-day bug in iOS and OS X that allows the theft of both Keychain (Apple’s password management system) and app passwords. The flaw, first revealed in an academic paper (PDF) released…

Up close with Amazon’s new, sharper Kindle Paperwhite – The Verge

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Apple’s biggest developer news at WWDC that nobody’s talking about: Bitcode – The Next Web

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference was so jam-packed with interesting news that many developers have missed one of the biggest changes the company unveiled: Bitcode. Missing the news could be excused, because Apple didn’t really talk about it much at all. The documentation on the developer center doesn’t provide much information and even the sessions themselves didn’t contain all that much information. The most information we got on Bitcode was during Apple’s ‘platform…

Académie Française Honor Highlights Fluid National Allegiances Among Writers – New York Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google’s Online Empire – Wired

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa. It was wide and thin and flat, kind of like a pizza box. On one side, there were long rows of holes where you could plug in dozens of cables. On the other, a label read “Pluto Switch.” But no one was quite sure what it was. The cable connectors…

Apple’s biggest developer news at WWDC that nobody’s talking about: Bitcode – The Next Web

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference was so jam-packed with interesting news that many developers have missed one of the biggest changes the company unveiled: Bitcode. Missing the news could be excused, because Apple didn’t really talk about it much at all. The documentation on the developer center doesn’t provide much information and even the sessions themselves didn’t contain all that much information. The most information we got on Bitcode was during Apple’s ‘platform…

Google Releases Topeka Demo Project For Android – Android Police

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Last year, Google released an open-source web project called Topeka. The project demoed the power of Polymer and material design on the web, and aimed to give developers some direction on how to execute material design in their own projects. Today, Google announced an Android version of the demo quiz app, available just like before through Github. The app covers a lot of ground, including elements like the FAB which…

The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Perfect for Picky Readers – Wired

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle Voyage, buying an e-reader has been a complicated process. The Voyage is amazing: high-res, super smooth to use, lots of memory. But it’s expensive, and the Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic device in its own right. The decision should be a little easier now, because Amazon just announced a new, $119 Paperwhite that includes the best thing about the Voyage: that amazing display. The…

Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0days for iOS and OS X – The Register

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple’s iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple’s keychain, break app sandboxes and bypass its App Store security checks so that attackers can steal passwords from any installed app including the native email client without being detected. The team was able to upload malware to the Apple app store, passing the vetting process without triggering alerts that…

Uber Hires Google’s Former Head of Maps to Oversee Location Technology … – Re/code

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Uber is getting serious about maps, and it has poached the former head of Google Maps to lead the charge. Brian McClendon, a Google engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, the one staffed by engineers recruited from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center, according to sources familiar with the matter. Uber confirmed the hire. McClendon, who will be based in Uber’s San…

Uber Hires Google’s Former Head of Maps to Oversee Location Technology … – Re/code

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Uber is getting serious about maps, and it has poached the former head of Google Maps to lead the charge. Brian McClendon, a Google engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, the one staffed by engineers recruited from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center, according to sources familiar with the matter. Uber confirmed the hire. McClendon, who will be based in Uber’s San…