TIME Asia

Diwali: A Row of Lights

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Diwali, which means “a row or series of light,” has both mythical and spiritual meanings. The holiday traces back to the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita.

Rama was the eldest of four sons and was to become king. However, Rama’s stepmother wanted to see her son Bharata rule instead. The old king had once promised to grant his wife any two wishes she desired, and so she demanded that Rama be banished and Bharata be crowned. To show good faith to his father, Rama agreed to leave. Sita, Rama’s wife, begged to accompany him.

When Bharata — Rama’s stepbrother — found out what his mother did, he pleaded with Rama to claim his rightful place as king. But Rama refused to go against his father and only agreed to return when his 14-year banishment was over.

Later, Ravana, the 10-headed evil king, kidnaps Sita. Rama builds an army and vanquishes Ravana. It is said that people light up their houses to celebrate his victory. Now Diwali is celebrated with large fireworks shows to commemorate Rama’s return.

During the days leading up to Diwali, it’s traditional for people to clean and decorate their homes and offices with earthen diyas, lamps and rangoli — patterns created on the ground using colored rice or powder. During Diwali, families and friends dress in new clothes and share sweets and gifts.

TIME Companies

Nike CEO Hints at Apple Collaboration

The athletic brand and tech giant may come together in the near future

For those looking for wearable tech that’s significantly less nerdy than Google Glass and the Apple Watch, you may not be looking for long.

TIME Television

Bill Murray Loved Working at Little Caesars

Back in the day, he worked alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon

Actor Bill Murray came from humble beginnings — and so did his friend, celebrity chef Kerry Simon. They both worked at a Little Caesars pizza shop in Illinois, Murray said during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday. It was the best job he ever had, Murray admitted, although it’s hard to see how anything could top Ghostbusters.

TIME Baseball

Your Guide to the Kansas City Royals

It's their first World Series in almost 30 seasons

After an MLB record 29 seasons without reaching the playoffs, the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series.

A relative surprise package, the Royals are one of the smaller teams in the league in terms of their financial value and number of Hall of Fame inductees.

Here is your guide to the underdogs in this year’s World Series.

TIME Innovation

Watch the ‘First Real’ Hoverboard

Watch how Hendo the hoverboard works and how you can get one for yourself

The idea that a man or woman could someday glide effortlessly through the air has captured our imaginations ever since Michael J. Fox hopped on a hoverboard in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II.

Now it’s even more so, thanks to the Hendo, touted as “the world’s first REAL hoverboard,” named after inventor Greg Henderson.

Henderson said he didn’t get his inspiration from the beloved Robert Zemeckis film, but rather the Loma Prietra earthquake. Henderson told Engadget that he believes hover technology could solve a host of serious problems–perhaps to raise a building during an earthquake someday and eliminate risks for emergency workers.

The self-propelled Hendo, which is the 18th prototype and priced at $10,000, uses four disc-shaped magnets that create an electromagnetic field, generating a one-inch lift.

That means you won’t be hover to work any day soon–the Hendo can only levitate over surfaces that are a non-ferrous conductor, like copper or aluminum.

TIME Television

Watch Alan Cumming Share His Side of the Shia LaBeouf Cabaret Incident

LaBeouf was arrested in June and later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct

Alan Cumming finally dished about Shia LaBeouf’s wild night at Cabaret during a sit-down with Conan O’Brien on Monday.

Cumming, who starred in the Broadway performance this summer, was onstage when LaBeouf was removed from the theater for erratic behavior and arrested. (He later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.)

“He was just wasted, and he was wasted from the second he walked into the thing, so there was an atmosphere when I went to go down onstage and start the show everyone’s freaking out because there was, you know, somebody seemed to be a crazy person shouting,” Cumming recalled.

LaBeouf is currently promoting Fury, and Cumming is starring as Eli Gold in CBS’ The Good Wife.

TIME Gadgets

See Apple’s Latest iPad Enhancements

The iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet around

Apple hosted another gadget unveiling Thursday, to much fanfare. The company’s new iPad is thinner and faster, and for the first time Apple is opening up its operating system to third party developers.

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini will now be available in gold. iPad products will have improved screens, camera functions, and more storage space, and are thinner than ever before (the iPad Air 2 will be 18% thinner than the old iPad, making it the thinnest tablet around).

OS X Yosemite is also available to start downloading for free today. Here are all the highlights from Apple’s latest reveal.

TIME ebola

#TheBrief: Watch How the CDC Is Changing Its Ebola Protocol

As two nurses who contracted Ebola begin to receive specialized care

As the Ebola virus continues to ravage parts of West Africa and two American health care workers begin to receive specialized care, we have to wonder: Are hospitals in the U.S. well-equipped to contain any further spread at home?

Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assured Americans in September that the country’s hospitals could control and curb any threat. But after two nurses contracted the virus while helping to treat the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., who died in Dallas last week, criticism is piling on and answers to this question and more are in high demand.

TIME Security

Watch: What You Need to Know About the POODLE Bug

Third security flaw discovered this year, but researchers say it's not as powerful as Heartbleed

The POODLE bug may sound silly, but it can cause some serious damage.

POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle on Downloaded Legacy Encryption, makes it possible for hackers to snoop on a user’s web browsing. The problem is an 18-year-old encryption standard, known as SSL v3, which is still used by older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.

SSL protects data exchanged between a website and user, indicated by a green pad lock icon. If you’re a home user, don’t panic — you’re not at high risk. But, just to be safe, one solution is to upgrade your web browser.

TIME Television

Craig Ferguson Fed Ribs to a Pregnant Zoe Saldana

Guardians of the Galaxy star admitted she was having pregnancy cravings

Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana told Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show Wednesday that she was experiencing cravings– like any pregnant woman.

So the late night host responded by taking out a platter of ribs, donuts and sandwiches from behind his desk. He even brought out more food after a commercial break.

The actress has her due date in eight to ten weeks and will be having twin boys according to People. She’s promoting the animated move, Book of Life, which is in theaters now.

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