EntertainmentTwo best-selling favorites return with engaging but flawed new novels
Tesla begins selling insurance to owners of its vehicles
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla owners can now buy insurance policies from the electric car company in what may be an essential step toward it selling driverless vehicles. The company said Wednesday it's now selling policies in California and will go nationwide at an undisclosed date. Tesla said its policies will cost up to 20% less than other insurers because it knows its technology, safety and repair costs. The company said won't use or record individual driver data from its vehicles' sensors in pricing insurance. But it will use broader data from safety systems showing that its models are safer.
Akin, by Emma Donoghue
In her celebrated novels, Emma Donoghue has embodied everything from an 18th-century prostitute (Slammerkin) to a young ascetic starving herself for God (The Wonder) — and most memorably, perhaps, a precocious 5-year-old born in captivity (Room). The two main characters in Akin are, despite the title, essentially strangers: a widowed professor and his half-orphaned grandnephew, flung together on a trip to Nice to trace a relative’s possible long-ago involvement in the French Resistance. Donoghue draws a vivid picture, but Akin never quite gels, either in its central relationship or its underdrawn mystery. —Leah Greenblatt
Amazon found selling unlicensed cell signal boosters
Amazon has been found selling more than some unsafe products. Wired has learned that the internet retailer has been selling cell signal boosters without FCC licenses (such as those from MingColl, Phonelex and Subroad), including some marked as Amazon's Choice. The devices are not only unlikely to pass the registration process with carriers, but have caused service disruptions -- more than one buyer has received complaints from carriers after their boosters interfered with cell towers. Call drops and disconnections are distinct possibilities.
The World That We Knew, by Alice Hoffman
Survival is key in this World, which opens in Berlin, 1941, and follows three young women evading Nazi capture: 12-year-old Lea; her supposed relative Ava; and Ettie, the teenage daughter of a rabbi tasked to watch over them. Then there’s the classic Alice Hoffman spin: Ava is a mystical golem, rooted in Jewish myth, summoned by Ettie for protection. Over years, Ava guides Lea and Ettie through a bleak European landscape, setting the stage for a pair of extraordinary but divergent journeys. Hoffman (Practical Magic) has never been a subtle writer, but in this milieu her heavy hand shows: From the first scene (a grim near-rape), contrasts of good and evil are too bluntly drawn, and her inspiring heroines lack dimension. At least the author hasn’t lost her feel for a fine-tuned plot. —David Canfield
NYC is suing T-Mobile for allegedly selling used phones as new and using other shady tactics
The lawsuit alleges deceptive practices
We're not lying down: Yann Moix or Christine Angot ... Who sold the most books?
This year, on the set of On is not lying, it is two writers who ensure the role of snipers: Yann Moix and Christine Angot. But which of the two has sold the most books in his career? We made the accounts.
These are two featherweight weights.and , the two snipers of on Saturday night in , are both writers recognized in the art, authors of many books which, for some, have marked a generation.
Of Yann Moix, we obviously know Podium, adapted then in film with. We also know that he received the Prix Renaudot for a novel of 1200 pages, Birth. For Christine Angot, we think in the first place of L'Incest, a book with the scent of scandal that was as praised by the naked as conspired by criticism. Her latest book, which goes back to the novelist's story, An Impossible Love, also made a lot of sense. But then: which of the two snipers Laurent Ruquier has had the most success in bookstores?
One of the specificities of Christine Angot, is to have changed 4 times of publisher during its career, which makes the count of its sales of books rather complicated. With Yann Moix on the contrary, the task is easier since it only published at Grasset. And after adding the sales figures of the 13 novels of which he is the author, we obtain a result of 205,000 sales! Not bad, but he is (very) far from his sister in terms of sales ...
Car Christine Angot published many more books than his colleague. Not to mention her plays, the writer has written 19 novels, some of which have been very successful publishing. This is the case of his latest book, Un amour impossible, sold alone to 135,000 copies. Addition of his three books published by Gallimard, eight published by Stock, and five published by Flammarion, we arrive at ... 399 984 copies sold! And that does not take into account the figures of the three novels published by Fayard, that we could not obtain, nor the figures of the editions in "pocket" format. Anyway, Christine Angot counted, last September, more than twice as many sales as her colleague Yann Moix.
The best sales of Yann Moix:
1. Birth, Grasset, 2013. Renaudot Prize. 38,000 copies sold.
2. Podium, Grasset, 2002. 30,000 copies sold.
3. Share, Grasset, 2004. 23,000 copies sold.
Christine Angot's best sellers:
1. An impossible love, Flammarion, 2015. Price December 2015. 135,000 copies sold.
2. One week holiday, Flammarion, 2012. 45,000 copies sold.
3. Incest, Stock, 1999. 43,287 copies sold.
How to make exceptions for the Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone .
When you absolutely need to let that call throughHowever, sometimes life gets complicated. You may not want your phone to ring if just anyone is calling, but you also don’t want to miss a call from your kid, spouse, best friend, or pet sitter. No problem. Here’s how to get notified of calls and texts while in Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone.
Fallout - An Entire Series Retrospective and Analysis
A retrospective and analysis of the entire mainline fallout series, looking at each game with a focus on identity and change. Mild Spoilers for each game.
Is Jeremy Lin Clout Chasing?
A man selling bottled water back in 2013 to tourists on a triple-digit summer day in Las Vegas was placed in a chokehold by Las Vegas police. On Monday ...