Edward C. Baig USA TODAY Published 5:31 AM EDT Jul 15, 2019 Love listening to audiobooks? Would you want to read the book at the same time? It may seem like it's beside the point. But that’s just what Amazon-owned Audible, the largest producer of spoken content, will let you do with a soon-to-launch read-along Audible Captions feature that’s meant to synchronously engage your ears, eyes and minds. The education-driven feature will be rolling out through an upgrade to the Audible app for iOS and Android devices, in time for back to school. And Audible is offering select Captions-ready content free to public classrooms across the country. For better or worse – OK, worse – many people just aren’t reading books anymore. Audible hopes the new Audible Captions feature can be part of the solution. The company’s ambition is partly to capture the fancy of the Gen Z and millennial crowd, some of whom turn on … [Read more...] about Audible will let you read an audiobook you’re listening to
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Newly-revealed FBI documents portray the great civil rights leader as a sexual libertine who ‘laughed’ as a forcible rape took place David J. Garrow Features 30/05/2019 Martin Luther King arrives at the FBI to speak with J. Edgar Hoover on December 1, 1964. Their meeting was highly publicised, but evasive and dishonest on Hoover’s part (©BETTMANN/GETTY IMAGES) Newly-released documents reveal the full extent of the FBI’s surveillance of the civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King in the mid-1960s. They expose in graphic detail the FBI’s intense focus on King’s extensive extramarital sexual relationships with dozens of women, and also his presence in a Washington hotel room when a friend, a Baptist minister, allegedly raped one of his “parishioners”, while King “looked on, laughed and offered advice”. … [Read more...] about The troubling legacy of Martin Luther King
In a breathtakingly short space of time, the internet has revolutionised every aspect of our lives. Crime is, of course, no exception - the web has created the opportunity to commit news types of offences as well as new ways to develop drug trafficking, terrorism, theft and money-laundering networks. The main battle for law enforcement in the UK and abroad is to crack the increasingly sophisticated tools online criminals use to hide behind the veil of anonymity. In the most serious cases, this falls to the National Crime Agency (NCA), Britain's equivalent to the American FBI. In recent weeks the NCA's cyber crime detectives claimed two major scalps - including Zain Qaser from Barking, east London, whose criminal network is believed to have netted millions from blackmailing users of legal porn websites. Another major case involved Liverpool's Thomas White, an international drug trafficker who tried to sell images of children being raped and abused. From raking in what is estimated to be … [Read more...] about Paedophiles and ‘domestic terrorists’ among worst cyber-criminals
People often ask me why I recommend books in the corner of this page, and I have some stock responses.One is that I aim to please, and I thus steer readers to volumes I’ve enjoyed myself.Another is the on-again,off-again quest for the book or essay that will serve as a guiding principle, or principle of any type, for my Unified Theory of Sports.The theory’s hinterland has grown over the years, with diversions into the Satin Jerseys Will Come Back Sub-Theory and the What Male Opposition To Female Sport Really Means Equation, but the main unified theory itself is underpinned by the Non-Inevitable component.By this I mean the observation that much of what we believe about sport is based on a false belief. For instance, acknowledge that the collective acceptance of sport isaccidental and provisional, and forever under threat (if you’re sports-agnostic) or teetering on the verge of oblivion (if you’re sports-atheistic). And a recent book provided some ammunition in … [Read more...] about Rise of sport really wasn’t inevitable
ROBERT MUELLER toiled over his report for two years, slightly longer than it took Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Mr Mueller’s epic may be the most eagerly anticipated work in American literature, but though he passed it to the attorney-general, William Barr, on Friday March 22nd, it is unclear when or in what form it will be published. Both the president and the House of Representatives have called for the full version to be made public, but the attorney-general must weigh whether to redact parts that infringe the privacy of people it mentions or that reveal intelligence. News coverage: Robert Mueller’s report is complete Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. It is not yet clear whether Mr Mueller’s report contains devastating new evidence against the president, whether it adds nothing to the record, or something in-between. Yet the hundreds of pages of indictments that have already been made public … [Read more...] about Robert Mueller has submitted his report. What now?