You like Greek drama? Hip-hop? Pull up a chair, though this might be more “Lear” than “Oedipus.” Jay Z is hip-hop’s ranking ambassador, recently blessed with nine Grammy nominations, while his protégé, Kanye West, riding the album of the year, “Yee
In Vladimir Putin’s Russia—official Russia—there is no controversy about the rights of gays and lesbians. Controversy suggests a serious clash of ideas and opinions; controversy suggests points of view that are in opposition and, potentially, subject to change. This is not the ca
As is the custom these days when great figures die, the beatification of Nelson Mandela has been immediate, overwhelming, and, here in the United States, not a little ironic. Long regarded by the U.S. intelligence services as a seditious figure, and even a terrorist threat, he has been recast as a
The last thing I scribbled in my notebook at the end of a screening of “American Hustle” (which opens tomorrow) was, “Wish it were the magazine article that you’d read and said, that would make a great movie.” David O. Russell’s new movie falls into a distinctiv
Below 10,000 feet: gadgets on planes
It’s not often the rules change, especially when it comes to aviation. Since the Wright brothers first propelled their wood-and-fabric plane into the sky in 1903 we’ve been banned from using electronic devices below 10,000 feet. (They had iPods back then, right? Of course, there was reas
Know a friend or family member that needs an affordable smartphone on T-Mobile? You could recommend a Nokia Lumia 521. Better yet, you can buy it for them for the Holidays. Target is having Nokia’s best-selling Windows Phone 8 device in their stores next week for just $59.99. Let us remind yo
UK mobile operator EE has announced today that the company will be investing £275 million in mobile calls next year. The plan is to drive new benchmarks for quality and reliability when using your mobile phone to make a call. In total, 11,000 2G sites are being upgraded on the netwo
Today marks day five of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion and we find a popular Xbox 360 gaming titled featured in the spotlight. The first twenty customers at each of the participating Microsoft Store locations can pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto V for $19.99. The first one hun
This Beyoncé Fan Is Very Unhappy About Having to Buy Her New Album
Everyone who was awake last night went absolutely nuts over Beyoncé's surprise album drop. And everyone who was asleep at the time woke up this morning and went absolutely nuts.Read more...
The road to absolute power is paved with hypocrisy…and casualties. Praise Frank Underwood, the House of Cards season two trailer is here to tide us over until February; SNL will have a black woman on the cast by January; Spider-Man is getting spinoff movies; and Adam Sandler will be overactin
The psychologist who convinced a Texas judge that 16-year-old Ethan Couch was too rich to know right from wrong says he shouldn't have used the word "affluenza," but insists his defense of the teen was otherwise sound.Read more...
saga of the "fake" sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's
memorial continues to grow stranger and darker: One day after
Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter, told reporters he was hallucinating during the ceremony, South Africa's eNCA reported that—over the past 20 years—Jantjie
16 Slothful Gifts for That Special Couch Potato on Your List
Homebody, loaf, couch potato, lazy person, hermit -- whatever you want to call them -- these people are experts at living the lounge life. Here are some thoughtful gifts that show that you not only understand their lifestyle, but support it. (At least during the holidays.)
Some of the most exciting advancements in computing right now come from the field of deep learning, and companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft are all involved because frankly, this kind of interdisciplinary approach isn't happening in academia. Where are all the generalists, anyway?
You need an SD card for your brand new camera. Do you save some scratch and go with the cheapest SD card, or do you splurge and opt for one of those expensive versions that come with names like Ultra or Extreme?