Travel

Bologna city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architecture

Europe’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals and creative types since luminaries such as Dante and Petrarch passed through in the 14th century. Cultural capitals can ossify with time, but the constant influx of young blood into Bologna has kept the city alive. In the evenings, cafes flood with Bolognesi, from high-society ladies to stylishly scruffy undergraduates arguing politics and sipping Aperol spritzes.

Piazza Verdi attracts musicians and dreadlocked punks, while bars under the arches of Piazza Santo Stefano are a lovely spot for a sundowner. At weekends the central Via Ugo Bassi and Via Rizzoli, along with perpendicular Via dell’Indipendenza, are pedestrianised and fill with shoppers and street performers. At nightfall, crowds from the student bars along Via Zamboni and the more upscale options on Via del Pratello spill into the streets.

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Business

Why You Should Never Borrow from Unauthorized Lenders

Unauthorized moneylenders are always looking for people who are in a crunch for cash. It seems they are even on Whatsapp pretending to be licensed moneylenders, ready to give you a loan when you need it to pay your bills. Given that they can charge exorbitant interest rates and abuse the borrowers into repaying their funds, it’s no surprise they are so eager to find their next victims. However, it is when you are the most desperate for money that you should exercise the most caution. Taking a loan from an unauthorized moneylender can be a deal with the devil that can ruin your life in many different ways. Here, we discuss a few pieces of evidence on why unauthorized lenders are still real threats to consumers in Singapore, and what alternatives they can use when they really need cash quickly. Yes, unlicensed moneylenders will still harass you The Singaporean government and its police force have done an amazing job reducing the activities of UMLs in recent years. After hitting its peak in 2009, UML related harassment cases have dropped by 80% to 3,375 per year in 2016, thanks to the law enforcement’s heavy crackdown. However, the recent arrests of loan sharks in Bedok

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Business

MasterCard will finally stop forcing people to sign receipts

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“Can I get you to sign on the bottom?” “Your signature, please?” “Sign here.”

Those prompts that you’ve heard forever after shopping, eating out, and spending money are coming to an end.

MasterCard is doing away with signatures on purchases starting in April.

It’s the end of an era. The future signature-less payment process stemmed from company research showing that customers wanted to speed up time at the register.

Requiring a signature had become antiquated with so many other security features such as chips, biometrics, and digital payment platforms. Some new MasterCard credit cards have a fingerprint sensor embedded in the card. When paying, cardholders just touch the sensor while holding the card as they dip it into the terminal.  Read more…

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Architecture

Hillary Clinton tried to use a very relatable trick to skip Trump’s inauguration, but alas, it didn’t work

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Hey, it’s October and here we are, still talking about President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Hillary Clinton was on The Graham Norton Show on Friday to promote the release of her book What Happened when the two got talking about Trump’s inauguration in January, which she attended alongside other former presidents and their spouses. 

Obviously, Clinton, who won the popular vote by 3 million but lost the election due to the Electoral College, didn’t really feel like going to Trump’s inauguration. So she tried to get out of it the same way anyone tries to get out of a social gathering they don’t want to attend. Read more…

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Tech

Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

 Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives developers standardized, well-documented tools with which to access the user’s chosen mixed reality platform. Read More

Business

Google officially flips on Project Loon in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is in trouble. Approximately 3 million of its residents are still without electricity after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, and 30% lack access to drinkable water. Exacerbating the process of recovery is the fact that communication infrastructure in general, and the internet specifically, is experiencing trouble across the U.S. territory.

Enter Alphabet’s Project Loon, which on October 20 announced that it had officially switched on its balloon-powered internet for some Puerto Rican residents. That’s right giant balloons are providing digital connectivity for some people who might otherwise go without.  Read more…

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Entertainment

Will Ferrell stars in PSA campaign to remind you to put your phone away

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Will Ferrell is here to remind you that technology can be terrible.  

A new PSA campaign, produced by Common Sense Media, features the Emmy-winning comedic actor being unable to put down his phone and making his family’s attempt at “device-free dinner” incredibly awkward. 

The campaign was released in tandem with the San-Francisco-based nonprofit’s most recent media use census

The report found that that children 8 years old and under spend a whopping 48 minutes a day staring at a mobile screen. It also found that 42 percent of children now own their own tablets.  Read more…

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Business

Apple makes an unexpected deal to improve cell service in Puerto Rico

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Lifestyle

New York City, October 19, 2017

★★★★★ Everything had highlights and textures. Sun glowed in the thin golden hair of a child being held up to a construction-fence window to watch a pile driver. Cirrus shreds moved like blowing snow. The fresh-hosed sidewalk was a mirror. Light passed under the quick-stepping feet of a tiny westbound dog as they lifted up […]

Business

Apple is already being sued over one of the iPhone X’s features

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The iPhone X isn’t even out yet and Apple is already being sued over one of its biggest features.

A developer is suing Apple for copyright infringement, alleging that Apple stole the “Animoji” name from the developer’s app of the same name.

“This is a textbook case of willful, deliberate trademark infringement,” reads the complaint, which was flied in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday.

The Animoji app, which has been in the App Store since 2014, allows people to send animated texts to friends via iMessage and other messaging apps. In the suit, Emonster kk, the Japanese company behind the app, alleges that Apple was fully aware of its app and the name, which is trademarked. Read more…

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Business

Stitch Fix filed for an IPO, and here’s what we learned

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After months of speculation, Stitch Fix filed for its IPO on Thursday. 

The clothing subscription service bared all in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. And it taught us a few things about a company readying to go public just as it faces competition from—who else?—Amazon. 

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Stitch Fix‘s business model is simple: it sends clothes it thinks you’ll like to your house to try. If you like what the startup sends, you can buy those pieces, and if not, you can send them back. You pay a $20 styling fee, but if you buy any of the items Stitch Fix sends you, the fee goes toward the price.  Read more…

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