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Rubbing along with robots tackles Abe's double dilemma

Rubbing along with robots tackles Abe's double dilemma

By Leika Kihara and Kaori Kaneko TOKYO (Reuters) - Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new co-workers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan's most pressing concerns - a shortage of labor and a need for growth. The 19 robots, which cost her employer Glory Ltd about 7.4 million yen ($60,000) each, have eye-like sensors and two arms that assemble made-to-order change dispensers alongside their human colleagues in a factory employing 370. Glory is in the vanguard as Japanese firms ramp up spending on robotics and automation, responding at last to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to stimulate the economy and end two decades of stagnation and deflation.

LG Display to invest up to $803 million for new OLED panel line: newspaper

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd plans to invest up to 900 billion won ($802.75 million) to build a new production line for small- and medium-sized organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, the DongA Ilbo newspaper reported on Monday. The plant will produce flexible OLED panels used for smartphones and wearable products and will be built in South Korea, the paper reported. ...

Minecraft celebrities draw record crowd to gaming

Minecraft celebrities draw record crowd to gaming

Not for them the rock stars or sporting heroes, but video gamers who have won millions of global followers piling up blocks in the Minecraft virtual world and who came to London for the Minecon convention on July 4 and 5. The 10,000 tickets sold made it the largest ever such event for a single video game. The fact those tickets cost 129 pounds ($200) was a sign of what big business Minecraft has become.

Canadian judge rejects request for injunction against Uber

An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto's request for an injunction to halt Uber's operations in Canada's largest city. Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber. "We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.

UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. After fierce protests last week by licensed French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with unfair competition, France took two executives from California-based Uber into custody and said they will face trial in September. France's legal clampdown was the latest setback for Uber in Europe.

Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire

DropTag Drive, from development firm Cambridge Consultants, is a small tag that is fixed to the inside of a car's windshield and continually monitors all vehicle accelerations and impacts during the hire period. The technology is based on an existing condition monitoring device that was developed by Cambridge Consultants to track a parcel's location if it was damaged at any time in transit.

On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way

On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way

VIENNA (AP) — Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war.

International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months

International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months

The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. There was a bit of tension around the normally-uneventful, unmanned resupply mission because the two prior attempts to supply ISS failed. Last week, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after takeoff, disintegrating the over 5,000 pounds of supplies onboard the Dragon cargo ship.

Scanner Pro 6 simplifies scanning documents with your iPhone

Scanner Pro 6 simplifies scanning documents with your iPhone

If you need to scan a document these days, you're often presented with two choices: find an actual scanner (good luck), or use your phone's camera. The newest version of the Scanner Pro app, which came out this week for iOS users, suffers none of those problems and even offers a few clever options that make scanning documents even easier. Scanner Pro 6 is a really good scanning app at the most basic level.

Don't battle the Terminator T-800, own one

Don't battle the Terminator T-800, own one

"​Terminator: Genisys" is out, and so, soon, will be a life-size Terminator T-800 endoskeleton bust. Because nothing says shabby Skynet chic like a killer robot on the fireplace mantle.

This Month in Luxury: NFC-powered bottle service

This Month in Luxury: NFC-powered bottle service

Dom Pérignon and Armand de Brignac are flowing freely in VIP as usual, but your palate is demanding something a bit more exclusive to sip on. Enter Rémy Martin. The company has partnered with Selinko to create the world's first NFC-connected bottle, called the Rémy Martin Club Connected Bottle.

New Zealand hopes to limit online bullying with new law

New Zealand hopes to limit online bullying with new law

New Zealand is hoping to make life harder for trolls. The parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill this past week, 116 to 5, and the law is expected to come into effect on Monday when it's given royal assent. Under the new law, authorities can fine or imprison people who post "harmful digital communication." Specifically, the law seeks to target those who are attempting to be deliberately harmful with their language, but opponents are concerned that the law is overly broad.

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory's only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes. Jawwal is a subsidiary of the Palestine Telecommunications Co. (PalTel), the largest listed company in the Palestinian territories. Executives at PalTel had rejected the attorney general's accusations, saying all relevant taxes had been paid to the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the company is registered and based.

Time to stare at a live feed of this underwater garden

Time to stare at a live feed of this underwater garden

Holidays can be exhausting, but it's nothing an underwater garden can't solve. This is Nemo's Garden, an underwater greenhouse anchored off Italy's Ligurian coast, recently detailed in The Washington Post. Stationed 20 feet underwater, Nemo's garden is able to take advantage of high humidity, even temperatures and exceptionally high CO2 concentrations to grow herbs and fruits significantly faster than you could on land. Luckily for us, they've also set up a public livestream, in case you'd like to spend a few minutes losing yourself in the paradise of aquatic agriculture.

Nearly all major subreddits are back online following Reddit protests

Nearly all major subreddits are back online following Reddit protests

Just a day after a massive revolt tore down parts of Reddit, the site now appears to be mostly back to normal. Most all major subreddits are back online after volunteer moderators (who run subreddits without direct control from the company) began setting hundreds of popular subreddits to private mode on Thursday and Friday, shutting out nearly all visitors. The protests accomplished its goal — the uprising at Reddit gained international media attention, including articles from The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and the BBC — and it appears moderators decided there was little benefit in continuing to keep their subreddits offline.

Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Apple Pay reportedly coming to the UK on July 14th

Apple Pay reportedly coming to the UK on July 14th

Apple Pay will soon be live in the UK. The contactless payment system will launch across the pond on July 14th and will work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch. The report cites "sources at multiple retailers" and Apple retail employees.

1,776 times American aircraft did something completely badass

1,776 times American aircraft did something completely badass

What you're about to see below are five situations where American aircraft, built from pure, unfiltered freedom and liberty by freedom-loving Americans (and other good people around the world), did something so amazing and incredible that you can basically hear Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA playing inside your brain as you watch. Sonic booms are wonderful, but nothing says "America" like an F-22 Raptor appearing to break numerous laws of physics.

First trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode shows a new take on iconic universe

First trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode shows a new take on iconic universe

Telltale Games is getting closer to releasing its all-new take on the Minecraft universe. The trailer was released at Minecon 2015 today in London, and it gives us a taste of how Telltale has worked together with Mojang to explore Minecraft from a new perspective. Like other games from the developer (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) it will be a narrative driven game — more like a point-and-click title than a traditional action game.

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took 118 hours -- about five days -- to make the voyage from Japan to Hawaii and landed shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu. "Just landed in #Hawaii with @solarimpulse! For @bertrandpiccard and I, it's a dream coming true," Borschberg tweeted triumphantly after completing the most perilous part of the around-the-world odyssey.

The Weekender: Terminator Genisys, SpaceX, and smart condoms

The Weekender: Terminator Genisys, SpaceX, and smart condoms

This week, we talked to the director of Terminator Genisys, we found out about the future of hydrogen fuel cells, and SpaceX made a mistake. Some of the most impressive parts of Terminator Genisys are its throwbacks to prior films, but legal issues barred the crew from actually using original Terminator footage. Hydrogen fuel cells are beginning to gain traction, but they'll face similar hurdles to electric cars when it comes to getting them on the road and keeping their metaphorical tanks full.

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Beijing looks fair bet for 2022 Winter Games, despite lack of enthusiasm

Beijing looks like an improbable front-runner to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. With Oslo dropping out of the race last year, citing worries over costs and the lack of popular support, Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Games to wide acclaim, is left facing the Kazakh city of Almaty. Almaty previously bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but did not make the final shortlist of three cities.

Olympics-Beijing looks fair bet for 2022 Winter Games, despite lack of enthusiasm

Beijing looks like an improbable front-runner to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. With Oslo dropping out of the race last year, citing worries over costs and the lack of popular support, Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Games to wide acclaim, is left facing the Kazakh city of Almaty. Almaty previously bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but did not make the final shortlist of three cities.

Top choice blocked for U.N. digital privacy investigator post

Top choice blocked for U.N. digital privacy investigator post

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Estonian picked as the U.N.'s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the Human Rights Council after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic of U.S. surveillance. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf was the candidate ranked first by a "consultative group" of five ambassadors - from Poland, Chile, Greece, Algeria and chaired by Saudi Arabia. "Concerns were raised as to whether she was the best qualified candidate for this position," Ruecker announced, saying he was reflecting the views of Council members, many observer states and civil society stakeholders.

Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill

Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill

Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name. The regulation, which now needs to be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, has been criticized by Russian web companies who are concerned about balancing rights to personal privacy against the freedom of information.

UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. After fierce protests last week by licensed French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with unfair competition, France took two executives from California-based Uber into custody and said they will face trial in September. France's legal clampdown was the latest setback for Uber in Europe.

Cuba, an Internet laggard, opens Wi-Fi hotspots across country

Cuba, an Internet laggard, opens Wi-Fi hotspots across country

By Jaime Hamre Havana (Reuters) - Cuba has opened 35 Wi-Fi access points nationwide, offering unprecedented online access in a country that until now has restricted use of the Internet to an elite few. Before the Wi-Fi signals became available on Wednesday, broadband Internet access had been limited to largely to desktops at state Internet parlors and pricey hotels. "It was high time for Cuba to be able to connect.

California cancer patient with amnesia identified by sister: NBC

(Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has been identified by her sister after turning to social media in a bid to rekindle her memory and find her family, an NBC affiliate in San Diego reported on Thursday.

Amadeus to buy Navitaire from Accenture for $830 million

(Reuters) - Spanish travel technology company Amadeus said it would buy Navitaire, a subsidiary of Accenture Plc , for $830 million, to focus mainly on digital services for airline passengers. Amadeus said it expects the deal, which is projected to close in the fourth quarter, will have a minimal impact on its financial performance this year. About 550 Navitaire employees, including the company’s senior management team, are expected to transfer to Amadeus, the company said in a statement on Wednesday Navitaire which provides technology services to over 50 of the world’s airline operators, focuses more on the low-cost and hybrid segments in the airline industry.

PayPal to buy digital money transfer provider Xoom

PayPal to buy digital money transfer provider Xoom

By Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal Inc said it would buy digital money transfer provider Xoom Corp for $890 million as it muscles into a growing international remittance market and expand in countries like Mexico, India and China ahead of a spinoff from eBay Inc . The offer price of $25 per share in cash represents a premium of about 21 percent to Xoom's Wednesday closing price of $20.70. Xoom shares surged on the announcement and were trading around the offer price in extended trading.

California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. "The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary," she wrote on her Facebook page.    "I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair ... My prognosis is not good, and I pray my family will be found soon." She said she has dreams of New South Wales and Perth in Australia, but also has flashes of memory of being in Hawaii.

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay for ads on Backpage.com following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that "escort" ads on Backpage.com and similar classified advertising sites make up the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the young and vulnerable. Earlier this week, he asked both Visa and MasterCard to cut off any association with the Backpage.com "adult" section.

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses. A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), is to make all key network infrastructure and information systems "secure and controllable". President Xi Jinping has said China's security covers areas including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

MasterCard stops allowing charges for Backpage.com sex ads

MasterCard stops allowing charges for Backpage.com sex ads

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - MasterCard said on Tuesday that its credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the Backpage.com website, following a request from a Chicago law enforcement official who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that so-called "escort" ads on Backpage.com and similar sites make up the foundation of the sex trafficking industry, which preys on the young and vulnerable. "Backpage has significantly lowered the barrier to entry for would-be traffickers," said Dart, adding he will reveal details of a larger initiative against Backpage at a news conference on Wednesday.

Wimbledon top grand slam for social media: survey

By Michael Roddy LONDON, (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

Tennis-Wimbledon top grand slam for social media - survey

By Michael Roddy LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in London

Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in London

Amazon.com Inc launched its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, for select areas of London on Tuesday and said it would expand the program to additional cities in the United Kingdom by the end of the year. For a fee of 6.99 pounds, Amazon Prime members can have orders worth 20 pounds ($31.43) or more delivered in one hour, the company said on its UK website on Tuesday. London is our first Prime Now city in the UK and we are already working on making Prime Now available in more postcodes in London and beyond," Christopher North, managing director of Amazon UK, said in a statement posted on the online retailer's website.

Convicted Baltimore murderer in 'Serial' podcast seeks hearing

(Reuters) - A lawyer for a Baltimore man whose conviction for murder was called into question by the 2014 "Serial" podcast asked a court on Tuesday to reopen proceedings so an alibi witness can testify for him. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month allowed the convict, Adnan Syed, to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins.

Obama touts overtime pay proposal as 'fair' on Twitter

Obama touts overtime pay proposal as 'fair' on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama touted his new proposal to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay on Monday, saying on Twitter "a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay." The Department of Labor proposal would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that could face legal challenges. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

UAE man jailed for tweets critical of high court: newspaper

A man in the United Arab Emirates was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the Gulf country's Supreme Court, a local newspaper reported. Nasser al-Faresi, 27, allegedly called the proceedings of a 2012 sedition trial a "judicial farce" and insulted the UAE's president and Abu Dhabi's crown prince, according to The National. The UAE, a U.S. ally and major oil exporter, was rattled by the rise of Islamists in the aftermath of the uprisings that rocked the Arab world from 2011.

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

By Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy. As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry. Zhang Tianqi, a 23-year old Beijinger, cut his chops in high school trying to infiltrate foreign websites, skirting domestic law by probing for vulnerabilities on overseas gaming networks.

Twitter's M&A team loses second member: Re/code

Twitter's M&A team loses second member: Re/code

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's Rishi Garg, vice president of corporate development and strategy, has resigned from the company to pursue other projects, technology blog Re/code reported, citing a tweet from Garg. Garg, who led the company's mergers and acquisition team, had joined Twitter in May, 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. This is the second resignation at Twitter's mergers and acquisition team.

Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year

Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc released new diversity data Friday that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year. The number of women increased only 1 percentage point, from 31 percent to 32 percent. Diversity among the social network's tech workers was far less even, with 84 percent men and 16 percent women.

Charter lists consumer benefits to win merger approval

Charter lists consumer benefits to win merger approval

(Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster. Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic or prioritize content for a fee and that its broadband services would cost less than the current offerings of Time Warner (TWC) and Bright House. In its first official argument in support of the deals, Charter also said the new company would not harm online video services providers as its success would depend on the broadband business rather than on video services.

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in the massive hacking of a U.S. government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans. The comments from Clapper, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), were first reported in The Wall Street Journal and marked the first time the Obama administration has publicly accused Beijing of the hacking attacks on the Office of Personnel Management. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.

China e-commerce firm JD.com to launch credit-scoring rival to Alibaba's

China e-commerce firm JD.com to launch credit-scoring rival to Alibaba's

By Paul Carsten and Engen Tham BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's No. 2 e-commerce firm JD.com Inc is launching a Chinese consumer credit data system as a joint venture with U.S. credit-scoring technology company ZestFinance, taking on a rival service linked to the larger Alibaba Group Holding Ltd . JD-ZestFinance Gaia, as the joint venture will be known, will use the U.S. firm's machine learning technology to analyze JD.com's online shoppers' data and churn out a credit risk score, according to a joint press release on Friday. The companies did not disclose details about the structure of the joint venture or the investments by the partners.

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in hack of U.S. agency: WSJ

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in hack of U.S. agency: WSJ

The United States' intelligence chief said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in a hack of a U.S. agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The comments from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper marked a departure of sorts for the Obama administration, which has avoided publicly pointing to Beijing, even as officials said privately China likely was behind the attack. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.

Yahoo's Alex Stamos says to join Facebook as chief security officer

Yahoo's Alex Stamos says to join Facebook as chief security officer

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's Alex Stamos will join Facebook Inc as chief security officer from Monday, he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Stamos, who joined Yahoo as chief information security officer last year, also updated his profiles on Twitter and LinkedIn. Yahoo confirmed that Stamos has accepted a position at Facebook and said Ramses Martinez was serving as its interim chief information security officer.

U.S. lawsuit claims companies illegally refused to hire ex-cons

Since New York's prison population was more than half black, the lawsuit argued, such policies served to keep many black people out of the workforce. Named in the lawsuit were Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips NV, pest control company Advance Tech, Australian data management company Recall Holdings Ltd, and IT consulting company NTT Data [KEA.UL]. All of the companies have operations in New York.

MTV goes looking for likes with its latest revamp

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - MTV, the channel that revolutionized the music industry by playing artists' videos on rotation, is reinventing itself again, opening up to its social-media-savvy audience by putting their videos on air. By using the hashtag #MTVBump, viewers can see their content from social media sites Instagram or Vine within two hours of its being posted, during the channel's break windows. The revamp, evolving from "I want my MTV" to "I am my MTV", is being rolled out as streaming and video platforms gain ground while the ratings for conventional television networks dwindle.

U.S. presidential hopeful's 'done with Indian-American' remark prompts Twitter storm

U.S. presidential hopeful's 'done with Indian-American' remark prompts Twitter storm

Louisiana Governor and U.S. presidential candidate Bobby Jindal caused a Twitter storm of jokes and insults in India on Thursday after he said he dislikes being called an Indian-American. Republican Jindal is the first person of Indian origin to join the U.S. presidential race. During his campaign launch on Wednesday, Jindal said he was "done with" descriptions that identified Americans by their origin, ethnicity or wealth.

Thailand to teach journalists how to ask inoffensive questions

Thailand to teach journalists how to ask inoffensive questions

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday he was not afraid of the press, days before the government is to hold a meeting to teach journalists how to ask questions that won't offend him. Gaffe-prone Prayuth has had a love-hate relationship with the media during the year since he seized power, at one point saying he would probably "just execute" journalists that "did not report the truth". "I do not have control over the media, nor do they have power over me." Winthai Suvaree, a spokesman for the junta, or National Council for Peace and Order, said the government would hold a meeting next week for 200 local and foreign journalists to "create understanding" and teach them how to ask questions that will not offend Prayuth.

As Amazon, eBay remove Confederate flags, Nazi items on sale

As Amazon, eBay remove Confederate flags, Nazi items on sale

By Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc sharply cut the number of Confederate flag products on their sites a day after vowing to remove them, but in a sign of the difficulty of removing controversial content, Nazi-era memorabilia are listed on both sites. EBay specifically bans their sale while Amazon bans the sale of "products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views." It is difficult to enforce a complete ban on controversial products, analysts said, because of technological hurdles in flagging and pulling down banned items. Amazon, which on Tuesday had listed nearly 30,000 items in a search for "Confederate flag", had almost nothing for sale with the flag late afternoon Wednesday.

Internet firms should brief U.N. on tackling extremists: experts

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Key Internet and social media companies should brief a United Nations Security Council sanctions committee on their efforts to stop al Qaeda, Islamic State and other extremist militants spreading their ideology online, U.N. experts said. Alexander Evans, coordinator of the team of experts, said such a briefing could stimulate a conversation among the 15-committee members on whether U.N. sanctions could be expanded to help stem Internet use by Islamist militants, but he added that the "the answers are not easy." "Late last year a range of actions made much of the social media domain less-permissive territory for (militants)," he said in an interview. "The companies are aware and they have responded, but the political question is have they done enough, who should do what and what's the international consensus on this." Diplomats said the committee is considering the recommendations by the experts, who monitor the U.N. sanctions and assess the strength of the groups.

Facebook allows users to sign up for Messenger without account

Facebook allows users to sign up for Messenger without account

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has enabled users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with a phone number, the social media company said on Wednesday, in another move to broaden the app's reach and make it a standalone platform. Earlier this year, Facebook opened up Messenger to developers, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to connect users directly with retailers, restaurants and other businesses. With the latest update, users will be prompted by an option that says "Not on Facebook?" when they open the app.

EU quizzes e-retailers on sanctions against cross-border online sales

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators have asked e-commerce retailers to spell out the kind of sanctions imposed on them for going against digital content companies' orders to restrict cross-border online sales, as part of a broad probe to root out anti-competitive online practices. The European Commission, which launched the investigation last month, is looking to overhaul the 28-country bloc's digital market to boost growth and innovation and catch up with the United States and Asia. U.S. online retailers Amazon, e-Bay, video-streaming service Netflix, booking.com and traditional retailers are expected to be covered by the sector-wide investigation.

U.S., European authorities investigate possible new leaker: sources

By Mark Hosenball LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. and European security authorities are investigating whether a previously unknown leaker provided sensitive intelligence documents to WikiLeaks about alleged U.S. spying on French politicians, according to sources familiar with the matter. WikiLeaks, the transparency lobby group, on Tuesday released purportedly classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents alleging that the U.S. eavesdropping agency conducted surveillance on three successive French presidents - Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and incumbent François Hollande.

HBO offers premiere episodes of two series on Facebook

HBO offers premiere episodes of two series on Facebook

(Reuters) - Television network HBO said it would offer the premiere episodes of two new comedy series on Facebook, underlining the growing popularity of the social networking site as a video platform. With about 1.44 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a sough-after outlet for companies looking to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet ads. Last week, Amazon.com Inc released the pilot episode of its show "Catastrophe" for a limited time on the social media network, instead of its own Prime Instant Video streaming service.

Computer error a possible cause of Poland airline outage: prosecutors

Polish prosecutors are looking into whether the outage which grounded dozens of jets operated by Polish airline Lot at Warsaw's main airport on Sunday may have been caused by a computer system error, a spokesman for the Warsaw prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. The prosecutor's spokesman said computer error was one of the versions being examined. Asked about the possibility of computer error having been the cause, the carrier's spokesman said on Wednesday: "The current state of our knowledge indicates that outside interference must have taken place." Around 1,400 passengers were stranded at Warsaw's Chopin airport when the flight plan system went down for around five hours on Sunday.

U.S. airs deep concerns over cyber security in China meetings

U.S. airs deep concerns over cyber security in China meetings

By Jason Lange and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday that cyber theft sponsored by the Chinese government was a major problem and stressed the need to keep Asian sea lanes open as the world's two biggest economies held annual talks aimed at maintaining working relations in spite of rising tensions. At the wide-ranging Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, both sides expressed a desire for constructive relations, with China saying the two countries could manage differences and should avoid confrontation.

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Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage.

Apple 'assessing next steps' after e-books antitrust ruling

Apple Inc said Tuesday that it was assessing its next steps after a U.S. court upheld a trial judge's decision concluding that the iPad maker conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. In a statement issued after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York handed down its 2-1 decision, the company maintained that it did not conspire to fix e-book prices, as the U.S. Justice Department contends. "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values," Apple said.

7 Ways to Breathe New Life Into Your Old Smartphone or Tablet

The easiest thing you can do with your old smartphones and tablets once you get newer models is to either sell them or give them away to family members or friends. But there are also ways to breathe new life into old smart devices around the home, in case you don’t want to get rid of them. DON’T MISS: We Need This Stunning iPhone 7 Concept to Become a Reality. Now. PCWorld has put together a list of things you can do with your old smartphone and tablet, offering instructions and tips on how to get the most out of your old gadgets. Old smartphones and tablets can be turned into a second monitor for laptops and desktops. All you need is

Video: Celebrate 8 Years of iPhone With This Hilarious Blast From Steve Ballmer’s Past

It’s iPhone day today, so we thought we’d celebrate it with a video from the past that’ll never go out of style. Before you ask, no, it’s not the official iPhone introduction from Macworld 2007. DON’T MISS: We Need This Stunning iPhone 7 Concept to Become a Reality. Now. On June 29th, 2007, Apple released the first iPhone, a phone that completely changed the mobile landscape. Giants of that mobile landscape, including Nokia, Blackberry, and Microsoft ignored the threat at first, but Apple marched on and changed the landscape as we knew it. The iPhone allowed Apple (and Google) to take over the smartphone business in the years that followed – the former makes all the money, and the latter

9 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps One Sale for Free Today Only

Last week was a great one for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and each list was better than the one before. This week, we’re picking up right where we left off with nine great paid iOS apps that you can download without paying a dime today only. DON’T MISS: The Secret Sites Cord Cutters Use to Stream Pay TV and Movies for Free These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free

Steve Jobs Quotes Serve as Valuable Life Lessons

In the world of tech, Steve Jobs was one of the rare people who quite literally had seen and done it all. For starters, Jobs played an instrumental role in the development of three game-changing tech products, the Mac, the iPod and of course the iPhone. These products not only turned Apple into a brand synonymous with innovation, but they fundamentally changed the way that we, as a society, interact with both technology and each other. DON’T MISS: Lifehack: Make an Air Conditioner Out of a Cooler for Less Than $50 On the business side of the ball, Jobs had also seen and been through it all. After starting Apple with Steve Wozniak, Jobs in the mid-80s was unceremoniously tossed out of the company he

10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free for a Limited Time

It’s our last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free this week, and we’re making sure to close things out with a bang. Today’s list features 10 great paid iOS applications that are all on sale for free right now, but these sales could end at any time, so you’d better hurry. There are also still a few nifty freebies in yesterday’s post if you’re quick! DON’T MISS: The Secret Sites Cord Cutters Use to Stream Pay TV and Movies for Free These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from

8 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps You Can Download Free Today

This latest entry in our ongoing coverage of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free includes eight solid options that are all on sale for a limited time. As always, these sales could be over within a day or even within a few hours, so you’ll want to hurry if you see anything you like. Of note, there are also a few extra freebies available still available in yesterday’s post, so click this link if you want even more paid iOS apps for free. DON’T MISS: This is the Coolest Mac App I’ve Seen in a Long Time, and it’s Ridiculously Simple These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no

Barnes & Noble reports loss again as Nook sales plunge

Barnes & Noble reports loss again as Nook sales plunge

Shares of Barnes & Noble were down 3 percent at $25.55 in morning trading. Stiff competition from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc and a shift toward reading e-books on devices such as Amazon's Kindle and tablets has hurt sales at Barnes & Noble's bookstores. Barnes & Noble invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its own device, the Nook tablet, which it launched in 2009 to give itself a fighting chance against Amazon.

Why The Man Who Destroyed Napster Supports Apple Music

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich can certainly appreciate the importance of looking out for the interests of artists. Back in April of 2000, Ulrich spearheaded a monumental lawsuit against Napster, setting into motion a chain of events that would eventually allow Apple to enter and ultimately dominate the music industry with the one-two punch that was the iPod and the iTunes Music Store. Back in 2000, Napster was riding an unprecedented wave of popularity. I was in college at the time and saw first-hand how quickly Napster spread like wildfire. In an instant, what seemed like the world’s entire music library became accessible for free. It may not sound all that revolutionary in today’s Pandora/Spotify/YouTube filled world, but back in 2000, it was

Why I Think the 16GB iPhone Curse is Here to Stay

One of the things iOS 9 is slowly fixing is the storage issue that has prevented many users who were not familiar how iOS updates work from upgrading. Instead, they found themselves delaying the move to iOS 8 because there wasn’t enough storage space on their devices to perform over-the-air (OTA) upgrades. But Apple’s actions also seem to indicate that despite the recent move to increase double the storage on its mid-tier and high-end iPhones, the 16GB iPhone is probably here to stay. DON’T MISS: Crazy man in the U.K. wears Batman-like costume, actually saves two people from being mugged After seeing all the complaints from iPhone and iPad users who weren’t able to upgrade to iOS 8 because they didn’t have enough storage

BlackBerry shares fall as doubts on software revenue emerge

BlackBerry shares fall as doubts on software revenue emerge

By Euan Rocha WATERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry shares fell on Tuesday as doubts surfaced about the sustainability of the sharp growth the former smartphone pioneer reported in crucial software revenues, an area BlackBerry's CEO said he will augment via acquisitions. As the Waterloo, Ontario-based company transforms from being a hardware-driven smartphone maker to a more software-focused entity, all eyes are on the growth it gets from its core device management platform BES12, which manages and secures all manner of traffic on Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry devices. "But, of course, it's not truly $137 million because there is some licensing in there." BlackBerry said two new licensing deals, one with Cisco Systems Inc and one with an unnamed party, made a "significant contributions" to software revenue in the quarter, but it did not disclose the terms of the agreements.

7 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free Today

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free had some real gems, and a few of them can still be downloaded for free if you hurry back to that post and grab them. We have a fresh new list for you today though, and it packs seven new paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Now You Can Really Cut the Cord: Pirate TV Service Now Has 500 Free TV Channels These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or

BlackBerry misses Street 1Q Street forecasts

BlackBerry Ltd. reported worse-than-expected first-quarter financial results as phone sales continued their long slide, but software revenue increased as the company turns its focus away from hardware. ...

BlackBerry misses Street 1Q forecasts

BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $68 million. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said it had profit of 10 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time items, ...

California coach arrested on child pornography charges

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California high school track and field coach was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography after authorities got a tip about an iPad he left in a returned rental vehicle.

Awesome iPhone Trick: Record Your Screen With a Mac for Free

A hidden iOS 9 feature that Apple hasn’t really explained is ReplayKit, and it’s one that many gamers, developers and other iOS users will appreciate. ReplayKit lets you easily record the action from your iPhone or iPad screen, and you don’t even have to wait for iOS 9 to roll out. A cool trick lets you record your iPhone 6 display or any other iOS device right now, free of charge, provided you have a Mac. DON’T MISS: How Beats Fools You Into Thinking Its Headphones Are High-End And Luxurious As shown in a CNET how-to video, all you need is a Mac running Yosemite and a Lightning cable. Once you’re connected to your Mac, go to QuickTime Player, then File, then Movie Recording. By default, the computer

Newt Gingrich’s Apple Watch Review is Smart and Insightful – Here’s Why That Shouldn’t Surprise You

In case you haven’t seen it, Mashable has published a review of the Apple Watch written by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Many people who thought that this would just be a cheap clickbait gimmick have come away surprised at how smart and insightful Gingrich’s review is about the device. But as a political junkie who has been following Newt’s career ever since he first rose to power when I was a teenager, I’m not surprised by this at all. In fact, gadget reviews are right in his wheelhouse. FROM EARLIER: German Man Takes Revenge on Ex-Wife by Sawing Everything They Own in Half, Selling It on eBay Here’s the thing you have to understand about Newt — he’s basically a D&D

10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free Today

This has been a fantastic week for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and we’re finishing things on a high note. Yesterday’s post had nine great paid iOS apps on sale — some of them are still free if you hurry — and today we have 10 more for you. DON’T MISS: How Have You Survived This Long Without These 10 Brilliant Lifehacks? These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

We learned recently that BlackBerry is planning to release its first-ever Android phone this fall and N4BB may have just found the device’s leaked specifications. Specifically, N4BB has posted a list of specs for a device that’s now codenamed “Venice” that will be a touchscreen-equipped slider device similar to the old BlackBerry Torch. This is significant because it seems the Android phone BlackBerry is working on will also have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. RELATED: Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall As for the specs themselves, the new device will feature a 5.4-inch quad-HD display, an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. Those are all very high-end specs that are

Nokia is Planning to Help Launch a Brand New Smartphone Line

BGR readers have known this for quite a while thanks to chatter from our sources, but Nokia’s CEO finally confirmed it: Nokia is plotting a smartphone comeback. Chief executive Rajeev Suri confirmed to German magazine Manager Magazin that the company is still working out the details, but it has plenty of time to figure things out. Per the terms of its deal with Microsoft, Nokia can’t use its name on cell phones until late 2016. DON’T MISS: How Have You Survived This Long Without These 10 Brilliant Lifehacks? Nokia sold off its struggling smartphone business to Microsoft last year in a deal worth more than $7 billion. Considering Windows Phones are showing absolutely no signs of life, Microsoft likely got the short end of that stick

Fitness trackers are hot, but do they really help?

Fitness trackers are hot, but do they really help?

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

9 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale For Free For a Limited Time

Today’s post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is probably our best one of the week. It includes nine apps in total, and they would normally cost you a combined $43 to buy. For a limited time, however, they’re all completely free. Thursday’s list also spans a huge range of genres, and it includes an awesome tennis game that lets you use AirPlay and the iPhone’s motion sensors to play Wii-style tennis on a TV using your phone as a motion controller. So cool! Yesterday’s post still has a few great freebies as well, so be sure to check that one out, too. DON’T MISS: How Have You Survived This Long Without These 10 Brilliant Lifehacks? These are paid iPhone and

A $9 Case Turns Your Raspberry Pi Into a Fully-Functional Mini PC

The Raspberry Pi continues to be a game-charger. The tiny device burst onto the scene in 2012 as an ultra-affordable PC-on-a-card that could be used by anyone to serve as the brains of all sorts of gadgets. No longer was the task of sourcing computer components and piecing them together a barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and engineers, freeing them to focus on building out the rest of their product ideas. But the Raspberry Pi isn’t just for founders, of course. Anyone can buy one starting at $20, and now you can spend another $9 to turn your Pi into a full-fledged mini PC. DON’T MISS: Try to wrap your mind around the incredible future Google is creating “Two and a half years

5 Fantastic Smartphones You Can Get for $300 or Less

The iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 typically dominate the discussion about the world’s best smartphones but you don’t have to pay top dollar to get a quality device. Popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has gone through his stash of low-cost smartphones and has picked out five gems that deliver good performance and amazing value for $300 or less. RELATED: If this rumor is right, the OnePlus 2 will be 2015’s smartphone bargain to beat The No. 1 phone on Brownlee’s list is the OnePlus One, the low-cost handset that was last year’s big surprise smartphone hit. The device, which now costs $300, comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a 3,100mAh

10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps Worth $40 On Sale for Free Today

Welcome to our biggest list of the week featuring paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today’s post includes a total of 10 iOS apps that would normally cost you a combined total of $40 to download, but each and every one can be had for free if you hurry up and grab them before these sales end. And if 10 isn’t enough for you, there are a few more freebies to be found in yesterday’s post. DON’T MISS: TWC is About to be Sued for Violating Net Neutrality Rules and Holding Traffic for Ransom These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how

Ghana's unadjusted Q1 GDP growth jumps to 4.1 pct y/y

Ghana's unadjusted Q1 GDP growth jumps to 4.1 pct y/y

Ghana's unadjusted economic growth rate rose sharply to 4.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 compared with a revised figure of -3.8 percent in the same period last year, the statistics office said on Wednesday. The agriculture sector, helped by livestock, recorded the highest growth rate at 7.4 percent year-on-year. The industry sector contracted by 0.9 percent and services, especially data usage for cell phones, grew at 4.7 percent, government statistician Philomena Nyarko told a news conference.

Ouch: People are Still More Interested in the iPod Than the Apple Watch

Is the Apple Watch really Apple’s Next Big Thing, or is it destined to wind up as millions of Apple fans’ favorite desk drawer gadget? Business Insider points us to a chart created by Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves that shows Google search volume for the Apple Watch right now is actually lagging behind not only the iPhone and iPad, but the iPod as well. RELATED: Apple Stores finally begin selling Apple Watch starting today As you can see, the Apple Watch experienced two big spikes during its launch period but has since regularly fallen below search volumes for the iPod, Apple’s iconic digital music player that has by and large been replaced by the iPhone as the way for people to enjoy their

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Hamas reopens offices of Gaza's only mobile phone firm

Hamas reopens offices of Gaza's only mobile phone firm

Hamas authorities on Sunday reopened the offices of the Gaza Strip's only mobile telephone company, five days after closing them on accusations of tax-dodging. A statement from attorney general Ismail Jaber's office said that he had "ordered the reopening" of telecom provider Jawwal in Gaza City, but it did not give reasons. Jawwal provides a lifeline to the outside world for Gazans hemmed in on all sides by an Israeli blockade and Egyptian border crossing restrictions.

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

Hamas reopens office of Gaza's only mobile phone provider

The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory's only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes. Jawwal is a subsidiary of the Palestine Telecommunications Co. (PalTel), the largest listed company in the Palestinian territories. Executives at PalTel had rejected the attorney general's accusations, saying all relevant taxes had been paid to the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the company is registered and based.

Yotaphone says bye-bye to Android

Yotaphone says bye-bye to Android

Russian manufacturer Yota, well known for its Yotaphone dual screen phones, has announced that its next devices will no longer operate using Android but Sailfish, an alternative developed by former Nokia engineers at Jolla. Sailfish is at its core a derivative of Meego, the former Nokia OS that was eventually abandoned for the Windows Phone. In theory, most Android applications would be compatible with this system.

Tour de France? More like Tour de-void of Americans

Tour de France? More like Tour de-void of Americans

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Fallout Shelter's Android version tentatively scheduled for August launch

Fallout Shelter's Android version tentatively scheduled for August launch

Fallout Shelter publisher Bethesda Softworks is planning to release the game on Android in August, said Bethesda's Pete Hines on Twitter yesterday. Asked about the Android version, Hines said it is "coming along [nicely]" and "should be out next month." Hines is the vice president of marketing and public relations at Bethesda. Bethesda announced Fallout Shelter during its E3 press briefing June 14, and released the game on iOS later that night.

Gun-shaped cell phone case: harmless fun or dangerous accessory?

The office of Ocean County prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato posted on Facebook photos of the case brandished at the camera, tucked in a woman’s back pocket, and held to her ear. “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea,” reads the post from Mr. Coronato’s office. “A police officer’s job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation.

Vainglory's official launch on Android and iOS looks to catch a wave of popularity

Vainglory's official launch on Android and iOS looks to catch a wave of popularity

Vainglory had more than 1.5 million monthly active users in May, developer Super Evil Megacorp announced today. Super Evil Megacorp soft-launched Vainglory on iOS eight months ago in November, and has been refining the game since then. The full launch July 2 will bring Vainglory to more than 150 Android devices in addition to iOS, and the game supports play across both platforms.

Make use of Gmail's Undo Send on Android

Make use of Gmail's Undo Send on Android

If you've ever felt that blush of panic rise because you sent an email out you wanted to take back, Jack Wallen shows you how to gain that functionality with your Gmail account on Android.

Facebook CEO: AR Goggles to Replace Phones, Telepathy's Next

Facebook CEO: AR Goggles to Replace Phones, Telepathy's Next

Within the next decade, the smartphone in your pocket will take a back seat to the augmented-reality or virtual-reality glasses on your face. After VR, Zuckerberg predicts, the next frontier will be high-tech telepathy. VR and augmented reality (AR) are really just getting off the ground now, with Facebook-owned Oculus VR scheduled to debut its Oculus Rift headset in 2016.

Teen Wolf Season 5 Premiere Review: Lightning and Full Throttle (PHOTO RECAP)

Teen Wolf Season 5 Premiere Review: Lightning and Full Throttle (PHOTO RECAP)

Teen Wolf S05E01 "Creatures of the Night" Time is a made-up concept we invented to help separate past from present and we mark it by seconds, hours, days, or in my case discarded Starburst wrappers. But time is useful in that we can use it to measure to the exact minute how empty our lives have been without Teen Wolf. No offense to every single other show, but if your name isn't Teen Wolf, get out of here. It is pretty much the only show that matters. To be fair, Teen Wolf must shoulder at least A LITTLE of the blame for abandoning us and ruining our lives since the end of Season 4, as it had just given us like 36 new episodes with very little hiatus in between and then suddenly BAM! A grueling 9 months of nothing. We could have all gotten pregnant and given birth to babies since Teen Wolf was last on! And we all did give birth, to babies named Sadness. Well, it's time to leave Lil Sadness in a basket by the firehouse because Teen Wolf is finally BACK and we can get on with our lives, much like the teenage monsters of Beacon Hills. The concept of time loomed over Teen Wolf's Season 5 premiere "Creatures of the Night" in that the episode was all about the beginning of senior year, and what that means for the kids. College applications, acceptances, and relocations are all imminent, and several of our heroes were openly stressing about whether their circle of friends, their pack, could survive such a shift. Meanwhile, they'd all been marking the days since their LAST descent into unfathomable horror and noting that another unspeakable villain was due to arrive any second. But time also moved slowly as the episode took place over the course of only a few hours, and time also tricked us in that the beginning and end proved to be flash-forwards. Also there was the malfunctioning clock. And at one point everyone was reading Time Magazine. Just kidding. But anyway, "Creatures of the Night" was a sensational hour of television bursting with creative thought and emotion and was a huge, huge return to this incredible world we've come to know and love. Let's talk about it! We began at Eichen House, which is German for the Mental Hospital That God Forgot. Things were not going great at this particular facility, which we could tell by the ominous crow chilling on the signage. But things got worse when we learned the episode's first twist: Lydia had been institutionalized! And not only that, but she was surrounded by evil staff members who apparently had HAD IT with banshees and were NOT buying her supposed catatonia. (Thanks A LOT, Meredith.) She was in a bad state, in other words. As far as I could tell she was not being kept in the secret wing with all the supernatural creatures, so there were no Peter Hale cameos in this episode, sorry. Then one of the doctors was like, "Don't worry I'm the nice one," and then started repeatedly stabbing her in the arm with a syringe like he was getting off on it. We were only two minutes in and this was already my worst nightmare. Thankfully Lydia finally WOKE UP. And not only did Lydia wake up, she made a hospital escape so awesome that even Sarah Connor would've been like, "Damn." Uh, first of all, did you know that Lydia's banshee powers are like 1,000 times stronger than before? She was seriously running around throwing scream-fireballs at everybody and knocking chumps to the ground right and left. Not only that but she seemed to have picked up some basic kung fu along the way. The fact that I laughed and clapped the whole way through this sequence should not surprise you, because you probably did too. Banshees get RESULTS now! But just before Lydia could make her final escape into the rainy night, a familiar face arrived to inform her that she wasn't mentally well yet. It was my second-favorite werewolf twin, Aiden, and he raised a good point about Lydia's sanity in that she was seeing Aiden and he was extremely dead at the moment. So unless there was some serious werewolf voodoo going on (which was not out of the question), she was probably imagining things. But before the guards could taze her into submission, she had one last prophecy to mumble: UH-OH! Cue the new opening titles! Same incredible song (the best TV theme song of all time) with a few new noteworthy changes. Like, the absence of Tyler Hoechlin (sadface), but the addition of THIS guy: It is official, that is his actual name. And, of course, the best and most evocative image was saved for the Jeff Davis title card, as always: I meannnnnn. Hope we all like nightmares! That room must smell awful. Next: Page 2 (Continued from Page 1) We first reunited with TV's Best Brothers as they hung out on Stiles' jeep overlooking the city. Stiles was stressing about college, specifically whether they could all get into colleges near the Bay Area and live close enough to each other to continue being a pack. Meanwhile, Scott was stressing because he knew that they had dealt with extreme horror pretty much every semester since he'd first turned into a wolf teen, and a new semester was set to begin. There was definitely a threat lingering in the air, just as there was a tiny lil monster chained to a tree behind them. Liam! Liam was still a baby werewolf and couldn't control his impulses yet. Apparently the previous full moon he ran around town naked and bit everything, which is amusing to think about for a number of reasons but mostly the idea that A LOT of people saw this happen but probably didn't think anything of it, that's how weird the town had gotten over the years. Anyway, Liam was definitely tired of getting chained up and was ready to be trusted again. And because Scott is a single dad with a lot on his plate, he unchained Liam and let him go about his life with some words of encouragement. Meanwhile, a truly insane lightning storm started messing everything up and the sheriff's station devolved into chaos! Deputy Parrish was sick and tired of answering phones instead of being out in the field, especially because he'd been bodybuilding for months and months and was ready to join the towel party. Sheriff Stilinski was just as stressed & handsome & stressed as usual, so he sent Parrish to investigate a noise complaint. Parrish was disappointed that it wasn't something more serious, but this was Beacon Hills, so he should have immediately known some bad sh*t was about to go down. First of all, the "noise" was coming from an abandoned house, which is never a good sign. Second of all, he could hear noises and scuffling coming from behind a newly bricked-in basement room. Oh, and also, the wall BLED BLACK OOZE when he tried to knock it down. Which, and I am not sure if this was totally explained, had something to do with the ooze-covered werewolf paved inside? Like, was the werewolf in the actual wall or what? Anyway, here's what it looked like when the creature suddenly burst out and lifted Parrish up by the throat: Not only was that werewolf covered in weird ooze, it had giant, glowing blue claws? NOW I've seen everything. In addition to stabbing Parrish in the ripped abs, he demanded to know where Scott McCall was. The answer was that Scott McCall was on the side of the road somewhere fixing Stiles' engine with duct tape while lighting crashed around them weirdly as only a supernatural creature could make happen. The lightning storm was a brilliant idea in that it prevented everyone from using electronics or cell phones, and it united A LOT of disparate characters into one cozy dilemma. Seriously, the sheer amount of cleverness and ambition it took to plot this episode was a major reminder of why this show is so riveting. Phoned in, this thing is not. So much was going on, and so much of it was original, and all of it was entertaining. This was cute and ridiculous: A felled tree was lifted up by a number of stranded motorists, but look who did most of the lifting: MALIA!! Malia had a new haircut, but still had that classic DGAF attitude. (Also, hey look, her father is back! Ever since he was killed off on The Originals I'd been hoping he'd return to Teen Wolf, and now he has!). But mostly I'm so happy to see Malia again—one of TV's best and most refreshingly weird characters—and this episode has made me straight-up giddy again. Ugh, summer has BEGUN you guys. We continued checking in with a few more important residents. Like Mrs. McCall, who came home to yell at Scott about everything only to realize he wasn't even there. Also I loved the reminder that they're poor. That was an odd element of Season 4, that everybody's poor, even the parents with secure, healthy salaries. Anyway, always nice to see Mrs. McCall. Meanwhile, Kira was standing on a Prius trying to get a bar or two on her off-brand cell phone. We could tell she and Scott were still together because she had a picture of him as her wallpaper. But that didn't stop an angelface babyhunk stranger from leering at her flirtatiously. WHO ARE YOU? NEVER LEAVE. Then Kira got back in the car to chill with her parents, which for me would not be a problem because her parents are great. But Kira was 2H2D (too horny to deal), and when her mom started talking about ancient mythology which would clearly foreshadow the entire season (the Great Hunt, look it up) Kira did NOT care. All she wanted to do was mouth attack Scott and this little lecture was not helping. Next: Page 3 (Continued from Page 2) Meanwhile, at the hospital Scott asked Liam to show him his hands it was clear Liam was digging his wolf claws into his palms in order to keep it together. (Metaphor for masturbation probably.) Liam seemed very worried about his werewolf side. But guess who was not worried? Yes, as you can tell, I cannot get enough of these two. We laugh, we jest, we fun around, but that does not change the fact that Scott and Liam's relationship is one of the most touching things on television. It hits emotional beats none of us expected. If this show were as cliche-riddled as the rest of them, there would've been some weird rivalry between Scott and Liam, but it so quickly became this rich, subtle thing where they trust and love each other so much. Anyway, this scene also had a nice moment where Scott mentioned that (the otherwise absent) Derek had said that Liam was especially strong for his age, and Scott assured Liam that feeling out of control also meant he'd be stronger when it mattered. A tiny moment, but one of the best moments of the episode if we're being honest. These two! Later, Scott swung by his house in time to see all the magnets fall off the refrigerator and for the clock to stop ticking correctly and also to feel a small earthquake. Something was UP, and as we know from past seasons of Teen Wolf, it was probably foreshadowing a Big Bad that would not be made apparent for at least a few episodes. In fact, most season premieres have featured threats that were nearly standalone preludes to the actual season plots. So Mr. Glowy Claws was probably not going to be a major thing. Meanwhile, Parrish was still recovering from the attack and he was apparently delusional and horny because guess what he hallucinated? So I think we can understand that Parrish and Lydia are going to be a thing this season? Let's just hope she's 18, Mr. Deputy! At this point, Parrish was saved by Sheriff Stilinski, who carted him to the hospital for a closer look under that shirt. That's when Parrish monster'd out before getting control of himself and then informed them that Glowy Claws was probably a special werewolf who could steal the power of a True Alpha. Please don't ask me to explain what that means. The most important thing was that Mrs. McCall and Sheriff Stilinski were touchin' on each other! Uh oh, is a romance brewing finally? Stay tuned! So then Scott got tired of not seeing Kira (apparently she'd been in New York for a spell, and he was concerned that she'd fallen in love with a New York boy, which, come on. There is no love in New York, do not believe Nora Ephron's lies.) So then he got on his motor bicycle and drove to her Prius and they made out in the rain. Very cinematic, but so painfully teenage. IT WORKED. Next: Page 4 (Continued from Page 3) Meanwhile, Stiles was anxious for the gang to meet up at something called Senior Scribe, a secret seniors-only event that marked the beginning of senior year. Malia couldn't go yet, because she still hadn't found out if she'd passed summer school, which she needed to do in order to become a senior alongside her friends. (That Malia is the ultimate transfer student is endlessly funny to me. From a woodland coyote to a high school student in just a few months!) But this was also a poignant conversation when we learned just how nervous Stiles was about their friendships enduring the transition beyond high school. Malia pointed out that it was normal for people to expand their lives after high school, but Stiles countered that it didn't HAVE to be that way. They were both right, I guess, but that didn't stop the painful reality from setting in. Things have to change and always do. Anyway, this was sophisticated stuff for a teen show, which almost never acknowledge the psychic toll growing up takes on the characters. But "Creatures of the Night" knew that the only thing more important than the future is the present, especially when the present involves two insanely likable people in plaid kissing in the rain. So good. But their reverie was interrupted by a wolfboy who had overheard Parrish describing Mr. Glowy Claws: That's right, Scott was in danger! He and Kira had arrived at the school to make out in an outdoor hallway, but they were not alone. Obviously a good, old fashioned werewolf brawl busted out! But you know what else busted out? Kira's BELT-SWORD! Yes, a belt that turns into a sword. Somebody please market this product, but only if you want to become a billionaire. Anyway, then a frenetically edited fight scene broke out. Lots of slashing claws and sword swipes that never connect. (Kira, get it together!) At one point or another, seemingly random werewolf showed up to help Scott, but not even that worked! Pretty soon Kira, the rando, and even Scott were powerless against Glowy Claws, who seemed poised to suck the alpha power right out of Scott! EXCEPT, NICE TRY. Scott is a TRUE ALPHA, haven't you heard? It'll take more than an ooze-covered chump to gank HIS glow! Next thing we knew, Scott broke the dude's arm and chopped off all his fingernails and left him crying in a mud puddle, as befits a hater. The friends showed up just in time co-sign his victory, and Scott then proceeded to figure out who the F this new dude was. Besides OUR NEW BOYFRIEND, of course. His name was Theo and he had been a 4th grade classmate of Scott's, a secret werewolf all along, and who had returned to town in order to join Scott's pack. He is almost certainly not trustworthy, but he is suddenly the wolf most likely to have a towel scene, so that's kind of hard to be mad at. He's no Jackson or Isaac (no one will ever be), but it's always exciting to get new blood on this show. Stay tuned! Guess what? Malia passed summer school. She's a senior too! Good job, young coyote woman. If anything I'm jealous she will only have to do 1.5 years of high school. Malia is truly next-level in most ways. So then it was time for the gang to meet up for Senior Scribe, and, as it turned out, Lydia was just fine and not locked up in Eichen House. Which meant, of course, that the cold open was actually a flash-forward! That prophecy about her friends getting killed did not apply to this episode, but rather to what was to come. Dun dun dun, okay? First of all, the school library looked a lot different than it used to, back when the kanima chewed it up. Second of all, this scene was DEVASTATING. The tradition was that seniors marked their initials on the shelf underneath the yearbooks, and a couple of the kids made it meaningful. Like... Stiles found Derek's initials, and Malia's "T" affirmed that she was a Tate and not a Hale. But the most devastating part was, of course, when Scott wrote "A A" underneath his initials. That this show has not forgotten Allison Argent is one of its biggest and most heartfelt strengths, ensuring we know that these kids are empathetic, feeling creatures. Again, they lost their best friend a while ago but that doesn't mean they're over it. They probably never will be, and it's seriously so refreshing that Teen Wolf treats death and loss with the seriousness it deserves. Another tiny moment that says everything you need to know about this show, and this show's respect for its fans. I love a tableau shot, but this one was perfect. The five main gang members enjoying a quick beat of camaraderie before the certain annihilation of the school year sets in. Dark times ahead—you can see in their faces they know it's coming—but for the time being they have each other. So good. Next: Page 5 (Continued from Page 4) Mr. Glowy Claws survived his encounter with Scott, but he was NOT about to survive his encounter with THESE DUDES: We were suddenly in a weird lab, with deformed men in glass tubes and three others in steampunk Cenobite costumes. I am guessing these are the Doctors that the advertising had been promising us, and this one spoke in a weird robotic, filtered voice that included several references to medical procedures, so sure. I'm just gonna assume these were the Doctors! And the prognosis for Glowy Claws was NIL. But this being Teen Wolf, he couldn't simply die. No, not when there was one last f*cked up thing to occur: CROWS FLEW OUT OF HIS BODY. Obviously, duh. Why wouldn't they? Then in one last coda, we returned to Lydia, still nearly catatonic in Eichen House. Fake Aiden (Faiken) tried to get her to narc on her friends, but she realized what was up. Then Aiden turned into an older gentleman who was suddenly grilling Lydia about each character, one by one, and we got cryptic flash-forwards of things that were going to happen to them. Kira was going to go missing, Malia was going to meet the Desert Wolf, Parrish's clothes were going to burn off, Mrs. McCall was going to break up with Sheriff Stilinski. Things like that! I actually loved this tease, as it created a sense of mystery about whether the images we saw will pay off in the ways we expect or not. And above all, this seasons looks INTENSE. Anyway, then the doctor got out a drill and started threatening to give Lydia a lobotomy. BAD MEDICINE in my opinion. "Creatures of the Night" was truly wonderful. I love Teen Wolf in general, but this episode was noticeably inspired, tightly constructed, and packed way more into an hour of television than any of us deserved. There was a lived-in feeling at play here, in that this town felt like home and the characters within it had deep, trusting relationships with each other that were an utter pleasure to revisit. On top of that, the stand-alone threat was gripping and the bigger ones teased for the season seem pretty brilliant to me. It is far too soon to know what this season will hold, but for now it's safe to say that Teen Wolf remains an underrated, must-watch gem, and if the world doesn't believe us, at least you and I know the truth. Teen Wolf is back and possibly better than ever. What a joy to be able to type those words. May summer never end. OK BYE QUESTIONS: ... Are the Doctors licensed professionals? ... Will the gang join the cross country team again this year or should they switch to water polo? ... Lydia + Parrish: Yes or no? ... Where can I buy that belt sword?

What does the Islamic State consider 'sorcery'?

The self-declared Islamic State (IS) has beheaded two women and their husbands in eastern Syria, after accusing all four of sorcery, according to the BBC. IS beheaded a male street performer in a public square in Syria in early January. The magician was known for entertaining locals with innocuous magic tricks like making coins and cell phones disappear, reported Haaretz.

As Christie eyes White House, New Jersey wants jobs

As Christie eyes White House, New Jersey wants jobs

By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's second-in-command gave her pitch to a small crowd at a Philadelphia biotechnology convention in June with her signature move: giving out her cell phone number. "Please consider picking up the phone," Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno said, a plea for attendees from companies large and small to give the state a chance. "Now, no one from New Jersey! I want the guys that aren't already here in New Jersey." The crowd laughed, but Guadagno's frequently used gambit is part of the state's bid to catch up to other parts of the country.

Hamas closes offices of Gaza's only mobile phone company

Hamas closes offices of Gaza's only mobile phone company

Hamas on Tuesday closed the offices of Gaza's only mobile telephone company after accusing it of tax-dodging, a move experts said could halt all cellular services in the Palestinian territory. Police in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls, shut the offices of Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal in Gaza City and left notices proclaiming it was "on the orders of the (Hamas) public prosecutor", an AFP correspondent said.

Syfyght: Which Is Better, Killjoys or Dark Matter?

Syfyght: Which Is Better, Killjoys or Dark Matter?

There are two types of people in the world. Those who likes cats, and those who like dogs. Those who put mustard on their hot dogs, and those who use ketchup. Those who like the Sony PlayStation, those who like the Microsoft Xbox. And apparently, those who like Killjoys and those who like Dark Matter. I haven't recorded any hard data, but poking around the Internet has revealed that there seems to be a big split between fans of Syfy's new series, with fans of one not caring much for the other. Just take a look at this reddit thread and aside from a few who can't decide either way, most are firmly in one camp with some having some very harsh words for the show they don't care for. BUT WHY!? You probably know how I feel based on my positive reviews of Dark Matter 's first two episodes and my sad rant about the premiere of Killjoys. I'm caught up on both, and my opinion hasn't changed: Dark Matter is wayyyyyyy better than Killjoys, in my opinion. But what I want to know is how YOU feel. So please, explain your stance in the comments section below. But first, I'll outline some strengths and weaknesses of both shows as I see them. Killjoys Strengths: Action! Much more than Dark Matter, in fact. Fact: Bounty hunters are always cool, and space bounty hunters are even cooler. The characters, while not the best, are more rich than the generic archetypes of Dark Matter. Shirtless hunk possibility is high. Strong, sassy, super hot, exotic female as a lead. Weaknesses: Some hokey dialogue, like, "Asses in both hands, we're coming in hard!" Production values have been inconsistent (Episode 2 looked better than Episode 1, but Episode 1 looked like it was made for $50), and it seems like it might be overreaching with its approach of building out a system of multiple inhabitable space rocks. No real question to ponder with the story as it's all plot. It took two whole episodes for D'avi to become a Killjoy. Very, very bad music. Dark Matter Strengths: Strong mystery at the center of it all that drives the series. The dope-ass android known as "android," and easy-to-remember numeric names. Twists and twists and twists! Strong, sassy, super hot, exotic female as a lead. Some unexpected humor. Weaknesses: Fairly limited characters in the early going: there's the handsome lead, the tough woman, the rogue jerk, the weapons expert, etc. Mostly ship-bound series means that you have to really like ship interiors to enjoy the look of the show. Not a lot of action. It lacks a certain flair and flavor. How long until we get solid answers, and is there anything more to the show beyond those answers? So let's hear it: which one do you like more?

The Huge Leak Diehard Android Fans Have Been Waiting For: OnePlus 2 Pics

The first smartphone released by OnePlus was the biggest surprise of the year in 2014 for diehard Android fans. The OnePlus One featured shockingly impressive specs at an unbeatable price, and it was all packed into a stylish phone that was just begging to be hacked and customized to the user’s liking. Now, the unreleased sequel to that fan-favorite has seemingly been revealed in the clearest images yet. DON’T MISS: We Need This Stunning iPhone 7 Concept to Become a Reality. Now. Now, it should be noted that this is a little sketchy. Insiders seem to think that the images are on point and they actually do reveal the upcoming new OnePlus 2, but the blog that first published them doesn’t

Pokémon Shuffle to be available for iOS and Android

Pokémon Shuffle to be available for iOS and Android

On Monday ,June 29, Nintendo announced that Pokémon Shuffle will be making the move from Nintendo 3DS to iPhone and Android later this year. In February 2015, Nintendo released Pokémon Shuffle, a puzzle game for the 3DS. Players of Pokémon Shuffle are allowed up to five free games for free in each play session, after which the player must purchase more play tokens or wait for tokens to recharge.

Video: Celebrate 8 Years of iPhone With This Hilarious Blast From Steve Ballmer’s Past

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Humans Series Premiere Review: We Welcome Our New Robo-Overlords

Humans Series Premiere Review: We Welcome Our New Robo-Overlords

Humans S01E01: "Episode 1" One day you'll be able to own a robot in your house that will do all the dirty chores, like clean the litter box, pay attention to your kids, and nod your head when your wife is talking at you. But what if this technological inevitability was science fact, and you could go to your local Apple Store and come away with a fully functioning android slave RIGHT NOW? How would society change? How much do you tip a robot? Can robots be the new TV and raise your kids? That's what AMC's new series Humans, a co-production with U.K. network Channel 4, asks. Set in an alternative (and let's face it, better) contemporary time where pretty much everything we know and love is the same except for the existence of purchasable customizable robots that serve a multitude of purposes, the premiere of Humans was intellectual science-fiction poking around all our deepest concerns about integrating lifelike androids into our homes. Namely, when is it acceptable to have sex with your robo-slave, judging by the amount of ogling some characters did at the behind of very sexy robot Anita who was at the center of Humans. You may laugh, but these are serious questions that my, uhhh, friend really wants to know the answers to. The issue with Humans was that these were questions that have been explored by man ever since the first tinker toy was invented. Sci-fi authors Isaac Asimov (who wrote I, Robot) and Philip K. Dick (whose story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted into Blade Runner) have definitely wondered about the bangability of sexy robots (as well as other robo-related queries), the viability of androids as human replacements have been tackled recently by the excellent Black Mirror and Ex Machina (which I have not seen yet), and in between, there have been countless books, films, and shows about human-robot co-existence. Luckily, about 10 minutes into Humans, the series showed that it had a dramatic backbone among all these previously tread themes. By now you all know Humans was marketed as a story of a family who gets an android to help out around the house, but what shocked me (in a good way) was the storyline that popped up less than 10 minutes into the pilot. A flashback showed us a quartet of robots was on the run with their... hmmm, let's call him a handler, Leo (played with intensity by Merlin's Colin Morgan). These four bots were all super-robots, with the bonus ability to think and feel like humans, and their pasts were clouded in mystery thanks to ignoring any painful exposition. Fast forward to present storytelling time, and one was still with Leo, one was working as the most advanced Fleshlight in a robo-brothel, one had been captured by the "bad" guys, and one was the previously mentioned Anita, who was purchased as a maid for the central Hawkins family. This whole story worked really well, and dammit, I really want to know what's going on with these guys. That's what separates Humans from a show with a singular idea of, "Gee, what's the deal with robots and humans in the future?" to the much more sustainable and interesting idea of, "How did these four robots get to be so advanced and what's going to become of them?" Working in tandem, you have a fascinating series that instantly appealed to our sense of wonder about the sci-fi of it all, and also delivered straight action-adventure plot to keep us interested in what was happening. Having one or the other wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but both? Sure! Let's take a look at the Hawkins family since that will likely be the bulk of the series. Overworked Joe made a ballsy decision by not consulting his wife and moving forward with the purchase of a synth, because he felt overworked as the parent who stayed home while his wife Laura was constantly on extended work trips and because his kids were lazy as hell. Seriously, Matilda and Toby were worthless teens that did nothing, and Matilda might take the trophy of WORST TEEN EVER from Homeland's Dana Brody. But Joe's decision was doubly gutsy because Anita (model/actress/model/model/hot model Gemma Chan) was hot like fire and a threat to everyone's robo-virginity. I mean, it's one thing to buy a robot while your wife is out of town on business, it's another to come back with one that looks like a Pleasurebot from the planet Sexotron. And both Joe and Toby should look for a good chiropractor given how many times their necks swiveled to look at Anita's robo-rump. Just sayin', fellas, be smarter about your android purchases. Yes, I have thought this out plenty. From there we saw the typical problems inherent with a sexy robot assistant. Laura flashed some jealousy, and rightfully so, Laura also felt threatened to lose her mothering duties, and rightfully so, and Laura wondered aloud whether or not they even needed Anita, and rightfully so. Matilda hated everything, but Sophie loved her new play pal. And Toby watched TV and probably spent some alone time in his room thinking about Anita. Joe, on the other hand, was totally down. Guys with their gadgets, amirite? It set up plenty of family drama, especially since Joe pocketed the "adult options 18+" portion of the instruction manual. It's all inherently creepy because the idea of androids helping out around the house was creepy, and Humans played that icky feeling well while also acting as a proponent for domesticated androids. But the most interesting bit of Anita and the Hawkins was Anita herself. We know she's a runaway robot who can think and feel thanks to a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. But did this version of Anita know that? If she did, she played it off very well, replying to Laura's insults of being a dumb machine with a simple, "Yep," and mustering up a broken-record laugh at Joe's incredibly lame "microchips" dad joke. But Anita also went outside to look at the moon and had an accident with a hot pan, two things that weren't supposed to happen. It would seem that she's in hiding until Leo finds her, forcing her to suppress the gift of emotions and thought while she cleaned up after the kids, made extravagant breakfasts, and ignored Joe and Toby's wandering eyes. But there's also just enough doubt there to make the viewer wonder if Anita had her memory wiped at the android warehouse or if she's playing robo-possum. Well, at least until the very end, when Anita grabbed Sophie and booked it. That's going to cause some problems! On a more emotional level, George (William Hurt) and Odi's ( Game of Thrones' Will Tudor) story is primed to wring out your eyeballs. George, an American former scientist, just didn't want to part with the outdated Odi, who has turned from help around the house to surrogate son after the death of George's wife. Odi knew George better than anyone else, and even served as a backup for George's own fading memory. But the government robot services wanted George to upgrade to a new synth model, one with the personality of a lunch lady. It's a hell of a predicament for George, and I felt for him. I used to love my old flip phone and never wanted to upgrade to a smartphone, too. Poor George. Poor Odi. It was a good start for Humans, which spiced up familiar territory by adding a dramatic edge. And it's already asking the right questions, like, "Is it okay to have sex with a robot?," features plenty of good performances, and has a clean fresh-out-of-the-box look at technology. TERMS & CONDITIONS – Man, William Hurt was great in this, wasn't he? He really sold his character's plight. That scene when he was trying to get Odi to remember his wife was (sad crying face). – Also fantastic: Will Tudor doing the robot really well. In fact, all the robot actors were great. – Sophie asked if the Hawkins could exchange their synth if it wasn't pretty. Phew, Joe has an out when Laura asks, why her? "It was Sophie's pick, not mine!" – The music in Humans is grrrrrrreat! – New pickup line at a bar: "Hello, I'm now securely bonded to you as my primary user." – Are these robots the beginning of the "singularity" or are they just misunderstood computer boxes?

Save a Fortune By Buying One of These New Phones Instead of a Galaxy S6 or iPhone

AT&T’s lineup of affordable smartphones expanded on Friday with the unveiling of the ZTE Maven. This $59.99 device comes equipped with 4G LTE wireless service, Android 5.1 and, best of all, doesn’t require an annual commitment. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper phone with better specs from any of the major service providers. READ MORE: You’ll Never Guess the New Camera Tech Rumored to Hit Apple’s iPhone 7 Speaking of specifications, the Maven also features a 4.5-inch, relatively low resolution 854 x 480 display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery and 8GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card support. You can activate the device through AT&T on any new or existing

Rousseff puts spy scandal behind her with US visit

Rousseff puts spy scandal behind her with US visit

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This Brilliant Smartphone Keyboard Never Needs to be Recharged

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Hamas closing Gaza's mobile phone company over 'tax dodge'

Hamas closing Gaza's mobile phone company over 'tax dodge'

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Under the Dome Season 3 Premiere Review: More Dome-tacular Than Ever

Under the Dome Season 3 Premiere Review: More Dome-tacular Than Ever

Under the Dome S03E01, S03E02: "Move On," "But I'm Not" When you think about it, we are all under a dome. For some of us, that dome is a pile of student loans. For others, it's a broken relationship with their father. For me, it's a show called Under the Dome. But the good news is we can all get out from under our own personal domes through an alternate reality and crusty sleeping bags filled with phlegm. At least, I think that's what the terrible Season 3 premiere of Under the Dome was trying to say. The torturous double-feature of "Move On" and "But I'm Not" may as well have been in Swahili or Dome-anese because I haven't the foggiest about what actually happened in it. Are we even sure they showed the right episode? Was this a time-traveling episode from Season 13 that came from the future? There isn't a living human being who can properly explain what happened in these two hours, especially Stephen King, and anyone who claims they can is obviously a witch. If the creators of this show aren't in straitjackets by the time Episode 4 of this season airs then we need to call the police or just throw our hands in the air and jump off a cliff. You want to know how batshit insane this episode was? I don't even know if there's still a dome! Even before the episode started, it was painfully obvious that no one knew, nor did they care, about what's going on in this show and what happened in the previous two seasons. Did you hear the "previously on" segment narrated by Barbie? The only solid details it gave us were that three weeks had passed and there was once a dome. Everything else was something along the lines of, "We fought and got scared and I kissed a redhead in the rain." And then at the end he took his maw off the bong and wondered aloud about the way out from the dome they supposedly found at the end of Season 2 (Dome superfans had to infer that). This is what he said, I shit you not: "Now we may have finally found a way out. We hope it takes us home, but what if it takes us to an ALTERNATE REALITY?" Hey, you'll never guess what the big twist to start the season was! It takes balls to think your audience is so dumb and brain dead that you feel the need to explain the big twist in the episode that's about to happen before the episode even begins. Thanks a lot, Barbie. Everyone walked toward the white light after Melanie, but unfortunately for us it wasn't THE "white light" and no one died. It was just a cool white room with a fog machine. Barbie checked his hands and they were covered in slime. Was this an important detail or did the editing room forget to cut that part where Mike Vogel commented on how bad his allergies were? What happened next made no sense, which fit right into the theme of this episode, which was not caring about what was happening on screen. Everyone ended up outside the dome and then it blew up after a pink fireworks show. Take that, stupid dome! The humans win! Except only three minutes had passed in the episode and this was a two-hour premiere. My spidey-senses were a'tinglin'. Something wasn't right. Barbie ran through the broken dome to find Joooolia but all he found were the dead bodies of Joooolia, Junior, and Big Jim, so he cried. THIS WAS ALL PRE-CREDITS. Next: What is going on? (Continued from Page 1) What happened next would amaze you! I mean confuse you. We were taken to Yemen, which is some made-up country, I guess. Why couldn't they use a real country? Yemen? Ha ha what a stupid name for a country. Barbie was back being a military badass looking for hostages, and Hunter was there as his nerdy backup. Barbie also had a hot new black girlfriend named Eva because Barbie is catnip for poon, and Joe kept on texting him to come back to Chester's Mill for some memorial. But when was this happening? Was this some sort of alternate reality or something? How much Lost Season 6 did the Under the Dome writers watch before sitting down in the writers' room and staring dumbfounded at each other? And of all things to take inspiration from, why would you pick Lost Season 6? Barbie did eventually make it back to Chester's Mill, along with Hunter and Eva. Hunter made a comment about how he had to pee really badly and it was uncomfortable for everyone. After some pleasantries with Joe, Barbie and Ben both saw Melanie walking down the street and Ben was stoked because it wasn't just that brownie he ate that was making him see things. But Melanie was also watching them watch her from some purple crystal monitoring room somewhere? This episode did not care if you knew what was going on or not. Ben, always the sensible one, tried to tell Barbie that something weird was going on in Chester's Mill but Barbie was like, "Ha ha, yer high, it's cool I use to smoke dubs when I was your age too." Back in Chester's Mill, Julia and Junior weren't dead, despite Barbie massaging Julia's corpse just a few scenes ago. What was going on? Was someone in some alternate reality or something? If only someone told us about that before the episode even started. They needed a ladder to get across a pit in order to catch up with everyone else, so they went up top to find one and they ran into Big Jim, who also wasn't dead. Big Jim let them take the ladder but he had a parting gift for Junior. Big Jim was like Yosemite Sam for a lot of this episode, just shootin' things for the sake of shootin' things, like TVs and pictures of Junior. Use a remote like a normal person, Big Jim! In case you haven't noticed, the Chester's Mill Best Buy hasn't gotten a new shipment of TVs in like three weeks! Because he felt alone in Chester's Mill, zero f*cks were given by Big Jim. It was like The Last Man on Earth but funnier and less damaging to gender stereotypes. Junior shook his gunshot wound off and laddered to safety, but not before he got in a fight with a butterfly. Remember all the butterflies in this show? They don't give a butterfly turd about crowning the monarch anymore, and now they are evil and bite! Does it matter that butterflies don't have mouths or teeth or jaws with which to bite someone? No. As Jeff Goldblum in Dinosaur Amusement Park said, "Nature will find a way." Especially when nature comes across a twat like Junior. Julia was next to cross the ladder and things went even worse for her as a swarm of butterflies knocked her off the ladder after she dropped her lantern in a butterfly hole, and I wish to Don Rickles that I was funny enough to make this up on my own, but it's what actually happened on the show. Don't worry though, she made it out alive! Elsewhere, Junior fought some more butterflies, using the butterflies' natural enemy: a flare! He lost. Next: Seriously, what is going on? (Continued from Page 2) Meanwhile, in the alternate reality... Norrie was rushing a sorority with zero standards. New character alert! Marg Helgenberger of the CBS classic Intelligence was in Chester's Mill as Christine, the FEMA-appointed handsy trauma therapist, and she just wanted everyone to get over it already. She also visited Sam, who was in jail attending AAA (Alcoholic Axe-Murderers Anonymous) meetings. But again, her stance was, "So you killed a girl, so what?" This woman was a "glass is totally f*cking full and overflowing everywhere" kind of person. Soon after the big Chester's Mill memorial was happening, and the dome-morial itself showed all the names of those perished... under the dome. Christine went on and on about fire and flames like she was worshipping the Lord of Light before she let someone else speak. Go for it, Joe! Be strong, buddy. Joe got straight-up Kanye'd by Barbie, who interrupted Joe mid-sobbing-noise to While Barbie was verbally making love to Julia on the platform (his new girl seemed pretty chill about it), Ben had to come and f*ck it all up. THEY KILLED BEN, MY FAVORITE CHARACTER! FUCK YOU, SHOW! F YOU! But how did he die? Hold onto your butts because this was where it got weird and your life would never be the same after. Melanie was in an underground antechamber choking a version of Ben that just came out of a slimy cocoon! Next: I'm not joking, what the eff is going on here? (Continued from Page 3) WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE? Was this some sort of alternate reality where the actual bodies of the Chester's Mill residents were being held in pods underground like in The Matrix but their consciouses were gathered together in a sideways reality like the show Lost and it all was as entertaining as Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2? Yep, that's exactly what was happening. Melanie walked over and found Junior's body fresh off the ass-kicking he took from the mean old butterflies and then she did this! And then all of a sudden Junior was in that weird white room! Then he was covered in white goo while Melanie watched him and explained that it would all be over once Junior and pals became who they needed them to be, but first she had to fix everyone !!! Then Julia met up with Melanie but they didn't kiss (drats) and instead decided to go find the egg. Remember the egg? Well it's still important, apparently, and Melanie's dad had it, or he gave it to the military or something. Ugh, this show is so stupid. But how would they get a message to her dad when they were stuck inside a dome? (This was the REAL reality, so the dome was still there.) THEY WROTE ON THE DOME! And Daddy just happened to be watching Dome TV, so he got the military to give him the egg so he could teleport into the bottom of the lake and then swim to shore. But for some reason Melanie met her Daddy with a choke and then killed him. At about this time, you really had to wonder if Melanie was a cool person or not. I say no. Melanie ran off with the egg while sleeping Julia was none the wiser. Back in Chester's Matrix, Barbie saw that Junior had come back and he decrypted a cell-phone video from Ben's phone that showed the same guy doing like 10 different jobs in Chester's Mill (it was also a guy that Barbie busted in Yemen). That was Ben's proof that something weird was going on, as if everything else wasn't weird enough already. I don't know if this was an important detail or not, but it happened. Back in the REAL Chester's Mill (these episodes bounced back and forth between reality and dreamland like a narcoleptic on Xanax) Julia and Big Jim met up and he called her dumb. Don't you go calling Julia dumb! Back in Chester's Matrix, everything was going well for people! Norrie and Hunter were cozying up and getting drunk off "hard" lemonade, Barbie's girlfriend almost died but she was pregnant, Junior was setting his house on fire, and Joe went to see Sam in jail and then Sam got gut-shanked to death! Pretty cool string of events that just happened for pretty much no reason whatsoever. Meanwhile, Julia went underground to find Melanie, who was putting the egg on a giant purple pod that contained a mystery person. And then Big Jim showed up and destroyed the egg! Purple lights shot everywhere and then all the pod people started crawling out of their pods all covered in goo! And that's it! That's how it ended. I have no idea what's going on. I have no theories. I don't know if there is actually a dome left. I don't even know if this was the right episode for CBS to broadcast. Apologies to any of my Yemenese readers. BYE!

SanDisk’s Insane 200GB MicroSD Is Now Available for Purchase

Unveiled back in March at MWC in Barcelona, SanDisk’s monstrous 200GB microSD card is finally available for purchase, although it’ll cost you about as much as a decent mid-range Android handset when purchased off-contract. DON’T MISS: Did You Know Your iPhone Was Hiding These ‘Secret Tricks’? Priced by SanDisk at $249.99, the Ultra 200GB microSD card is already listed as in stock on Amazon, where it can be purchased for a slightly better price, $239.44. In case that’s too-steep a price for you, SanDisk’s new Ultra microSD cards also come in smaller capacities, which are significantly cheaper. Prices start at $6.95for the 8GB model and go all the way up to $78.99 for the 128GB version – the latter actually

BlackBerry's Next Innovation Could Be Bacteria-Free Smartphone

BlackBerry's Next Innovation Could Be Bacteria-Free Smartphone

Germaphobes take note: BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed this week the company is considering developing a bacteria-free smartphone geared toward doctors and nurses as it continues to try and win over more health care enterprise customers. Chen teased the idea when speaking at a Mackenzie Health event on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, where he announced a partnership with ThoughtWire and Cisco to equip health care workers in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill unit with BlackBerry devices connected to a secure messaging and alerts system. "Health-care workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down," Chen said when he mentioned the idea of a clean phone, Bloomberg reported.

You’ll Never Guess the New Camera Tech Rumored to Hit Apple’s iPhone 7

Apple has been working on dual-lens cameras for its iPhone for at least three years, a report from China claims, although performance issues and supply chain problems may have prevented it from using such a camera array in wildly popular iPhone line. That might change in the future, as a new report claims the iPhone maker has fixed both problems. DON’T MISS: Did You Know Your iPhone Was Hiding These ‘Secret Tricks’? Taiwanese publication Business Weekly says a dual-camera rear camera isn’t expected in the iPhone 6s family this year, but future generations might get it. Apple has reportedly corrected technical problems resulting in blurred images taken with the new camera assembly with help of LinX Imaging, an Israeli company Apple purchased for $20 million

World’s Best Android Phone Gets a Sleek Material Design Makeover – Check Out the Screenshots

There is absolutely no question that TouchWiz is toned down on the Galaxy S6, but fans of a “pure” Android experience will always find Samsung’s custom user interface to be overbearing. Actually, maybe not always. Android fans looking for a unique take on Google’s sleek Material Design may find the latest hot Galaxy S6 theme to be impressive enough to warrant sticking with TouchWiz over Google’s own Google Now launcher. DON’T MISS: 22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now Google+ user Samer Zayer has created a wonderful-looking Material Design theme for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and it’s available for download immediately right on your phone. Simply open up

Amazon’s Free Android App of the Day is One of the Best Games Ever Created: Monument Valley

Amazon is best known for selling the widest possible range of products at prices that often undercut rivals by a fairly substantial margin. Of course, Amazon is much more than that now. The company’s streaming movie and TV service attached to Amazon Prime grows more competitive each day, and there are plenty of other areas Amazon dabbles in. Among the company’s offerings is the Amazon Appstore, which provides a third-party alternative to Google’s own Android app store. And there’s one area where Amazon has Google beat: The company gives away one new app for free every single day of the year. DON’T MISS: 22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now

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Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote

Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe's common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy.

Captured New York fugitive moved to prison from hospital

Captured New York fugitive moved to prison from hospital

Captured prison escapee David Sweat was released on Sunday from a New York hospital where he had been treated for gunshot wounds and moved to a prison more than 250 miles from the one he fled, authorities said. Sweat, captured last Sunday following a three-week manhunt, will be locked up alone in a cell for 23 hours a day and placed on suicide watch at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, in the state's Finger Lakes region, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said. Sweat, 35, and accomplice Richard Matt escaped from maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6.

Maine man dies after trying to light firework on his head

Devon Staples, 22, of Calais, Maine, was drinking and celebrating the holiday in a friend's backyard when he placed the fireworks mortar tube on his head around 10 p.m., said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. McCausland said it was unclear whether the firework was already lit, or whether Staples lit it once it was on his head. The tube Staples was using was a reusable mortar shell but said McCausland said investigators did not know what type of firework he was attempting to shoot.

Police kill gunman inside posh downtown Austin hotel

The shootings at the Omni Austin Hotel, about four blocks from the Texas state Capitol, happened just before 5 a.m. CDT, police said. A 911 caller reported a man walking around with a gun in the lobby of the hotel, a sleek high-rise with a soaring atrium overlooking the city's historic Sixth Street district, said Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley. "The 911 operator was able to hear crying in the background as well as yelling," Manley said.

A family divided: Emotions run high as Greeks vote

A family divided: Emotions run high as Greeks vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.

Obama speechwriter reveals secret same-sex marriage at White House

Obama speechwriter reveals secret same-sex marriage at White House

During a special presentation of the popular live storytelling podcast The Moth at this year’s Aspen Ideas festival, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett shared a story about how, years before gay marriage would become legal nationwide, he secretly performed a same-sex marriage at the White House.

Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a "special type of war". In a televised address to the nation, Essebsi said the state of emergency, effective from Saturday for a 30-day period, was decided on after consultations with the parliament speaker and prime minister. A state of emergency, granting special powers to the police and army, was in force for three years up until March 2014, following longtime secular president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster in a 2011 revolution.

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.

IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag. IS reportedly carried out more than 200 executions, including of civilians, in and around Palmyra in the period when it captured the city.

Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals

Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals

Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian Evangelicals. "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. It all started three years ago when Barros and three other devout Christian colleagues working at the mayor's office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near Brazil's financial capital Sao Paulo, decided there was a market for a squeaky-clean version of Facebook.

How to follow the 2015 Tour de France on Twitter

How to follow the 2015 Tour de France on Twitter

With less than 24 hours to go before this year's Tour de France kicks off, here is a list of Twitter accounts to help you experience the world's greatest cycling event to the fullest and get behind the scenes with your favorite riders. The 102nd edition of the Tour de France will take place July 4-26, starting this year in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, and finishing, as usual, on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Why Twitter Is a Minefield for the GOP

Bobby Jindal seems like a perfectly good guy. As governor of Louisiana, he is currently sitting on a 31% approval rating, according to a recent poll. Currently, a Facebook group entitled “Can This Crawfish Get More Likes Than Bobby Jindal” has over 24,000 likes and is gaining rapidly, getting closer and closer to its stated goal.

Watch Out, YouTube! Facebook Wants Your Video Action

It was only a matter of time before Facebook figured out a way to make money from the videos that are played on their platform. As Fortune points out, before now, video creators didn’t have a way to make money on the Facebook platform. The revenue arrangement is the same as YouTube’s: 55 percent of the money earned from ads goes to the creator, and 45 percent goes to Facebook.

Facebook tests video ads in budding YouTube challenge

Facebook tests video ads in budding YouTube challenge

Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube. An advertising model being tested by the leading online social network is part of a "Suggested Videos" feature designed to recommend clips for people based on snippets they tune into in News Feed at Facebook. Suggested videos are related to what is watched by members of the social network, perhaps focused on the same topics or posted by similar publishers.

Deadheads get a new way to add Garcia to their social media

Deadheads get a new way to add Garcia to their social media

NEW YORK (AP) — Deadheads looking to add a little more Jerry Garcia to their lives can now incorporate the late Grateful Dead guitarist into their social media with the video storytelling platform Magisto. And Trixie Garcia hopes that will turn more people on to her father's music.

Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant Over California's New Vaccine Law 

Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant Over California's New Vaccine Law 

Jim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.

Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 

Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 

Jim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.

Donovan's Wambach tweet draws mixed responses

Donovan's Wambach tweet draws mixed responses

All-time US men's top scorer Landon Donovan drew some heat Wednesday for a Twitter comment about US women's World Cup stalwart Abby Wambach that hit a bit close to home. Wambach, a 35-year-old forward and the all-time top scorer in men's or women's international football, was brought on in the final minutes of the US women's 2-0 Cup semi-final win over Germany on Tuesday. Donovan's perceived double-entendre drew comments from Twitter and beyond, including one from another former US national team star, Alexi Lalas.

Facebook's Future: Mark Zuckerberg Envisions Telepathic Social Network

Facebook's Future: Mark Zuckerberg Envisions Telepathic Social Network

When asked where he sees Facebook going in the future, Zuckerberg, 31, wrote on his Facebook page he believes telepathy could be another element of social networking. Zuckerberg also discussed another hot topic, artificial intelligence, explaining Facebook's goal is to build systems that are better than humans when it comes to primary senses.

Facebook discreetly changes logo

Facebook discreetly changes logo

Facebook unveils a new logo but the changes appear only slight. On June 30, Facebook quietly updated its famous logo. Facebook worked with typographer Eric Olson of Process Type Foundry, who designed the original Facebook typeface (Klavika) to create a unique, updated version.

Facebook CEO: AR Goggles to Replace Phones, Telepathy's Next

Facebook CEO: AR Goggles to Replace Phones, Telepathy's Next

Within the next decade, the smartphone in your pocket will take a back seat to the augmented-reality or virtual-reality glasses on your face. After VR, Zuckerberg predicts, the next frontier will be high-tech telepathy. VR and augmented reality (AR) are really just getting off the ground now, with Facebook-owned Oculus VR scheduled to debut its Oculus Rift headset in 2016.

Austrian student's privacy battle against Facebook suffers setback

By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian student's legal battle against Facebook, accusing it of helping the U.S. security service collect personal data, suffered a setback after a Vienna court rejected his case on procedural grounds, both sides said on Wednesday. The law student is claiming 500 euros ($556) in damages for each of more than 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit - the latest in a series of European challenges to U.S. technology firms and their handling of personal data. Facebook's lawyer presented a long list of procedural objections to the Vienna court in April, questioning Schrems' status as a private Facebook consumer and whether the 25,000 plaintiffs were legally allowed to confer their rights on him.

Facebook's Zuckerberg wants to figure out social equation

Facebook's Zuckerberg wants to figure out social equation

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg figures there could be a formula that explains how people think. During a wide-ranging online question-and-answer session on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Zuckerberg told famed physicist Stephen Hawking he would like to find that equation. "I'm most interested in questions about people," Zuckerberg said in a written chat forum response to Hawking asking what big questions in science he would like to know the answers to.

Iggy & Britney's Twitter Feud?

Iggy & Britney's Twitter Feud?

The pair's collaborative single, "Pretty Girls," debuted on May 4 to little fanfare, and it seems the stars may have taken to Twitter to air their grievances. "my comment is factual, it applies to any song.

Austria court throws out Facebook privacy class action suit

Austria court throws out Facebook privacy class action suit

An Austrian court has rejected a class action case against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches, saying it lacks jurisdiction to decide on the matter, court officials said on Wednesday. Law graduate Max Schrems and 25,000 other users are suing Facebook for various rights violations, including what they call its "illegal" tracking of their data and its involvement in the US National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance programme. Facebook argued that the case was not admissible in an Austrian court because "there is no legal basis for a US-style class action".

Wimbledon top grand slam for social media: survey

By Michael Roddy LONDON, (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

Tennis-Wimbledon top grand slam for social media - survey

By Michael Roddy LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

Las Vegas man accused of threatening Obama in Facebook posts

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man accused of posting Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama was arrested with seven registered guns after being overheard asking about buying a type of fertilizer used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago, according to court records reviewed Tuesday.

Facebook flag wars. Where should the conversation happen?

The June 26 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states has had an immediate impact on millions of Americans: It prompted them to add filters to their Facebook profile pictures. Rainbow flags for same-sex marriage supporters, American flags for same-sex marriage opponents, and Confederate flags for those who see the Confederacy as a vital part of American heritage. Each of these symbols has been plastered across Facebook and Twitter.

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Xiaomi books 1H sales fall, putting full-year goal in doubt

Xiaomi books 1H sales fall, putting full-year goal in doubt

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc on Thursday reported semi-annual sales that for the first time were lower than the previous six months, jeopardising its full-year target and hinting at a slowdown in its mainstay domestic market. Xiaomi has enjoyed a rapid rise with handsets it touts as cheaper but well-designed alternatives to Apple Inc's iPhones. Its latest sales result could be a blip as the firm usually ships more handsets in the second half when it markets more new models, but it has made analysts question whether Xiaomi's expansion abroad is fast enough to counter a slowdown at home.

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content.

Donald Trump's hotel collection under possible credit card breach: blog

Donald Trump's hotel collection under possible credit card breach: blog

(Reuters) - Real estate developer Donald Trump's string of luxury hotel properties, The Trump Hotel Collection, could be the latest victim of credit card breach, KrebsonSecurity reported, citing data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Sources at the U.S. banks traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the cyber crime and internet security blog said. Donald Trump is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it would buy OpenDNS, a privately held cloud-based security firm, for $635 million, the latest move to boost its security business as cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication. Cisco has been buying a number of security companies, which has made its relatively tiny security business one of its fastest growing areas in the past two years. OpenDNS uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss.

Union sues US over hack, says agency had ample warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management to suspend IT system after hack

U.S. Office of Personnel Management to suspend IT system after hack

By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said on Monday it would temporarily suspend a program it uses to complete background investigations, following a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Americans. The program, called Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP), was not involved in either of two attacks by suspected Chinese hackers on personnel data and applications for security clearances, OPM said. After a security review ordered by Director Katherine Archuleta found a vulnerability in the system, OPM said it would take e-QIP offline for 4-6 weeks until security can be enhanced.

Union sues feds over hack, says agency had ample warning

Union sues feds over hack, says agency had ample warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history.

Feds shut down background check database over flaw

Feds shut down background check database over flaw

The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China announced on Monday the temporary shutdown of a massive database used to update and store background investigation records ...

The iPhone 6 Is Overcoming a Hurdle No One Thought It Could

It’s no longer news that the iPhone 6 is a world-beating success, but even after taking over North America and Europe, Apple’s latest smartphone still has some surprises up its sleeve. READ MORE: One of the Most Exciting New iPhone 6s Features Was Just Confirmed By Bloomberg On Monday, Bloomberg reported that despite the trend towards more affordable mobile devices in China, the average selling price has jumped significantly in recent months. More specifically, the latest data from research firm IDC shows that the average price of smartphones in China has increased by $71 over the last two quarters. You might recall that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially launched in China on October 17th. That’s about as direct a correlation as you’re

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

By Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy. As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry. Zhang Tianqi, a 23-year old Beijinger, cut his chops in high school trying to infiltrate foreign websites, skirting domestic law by probing for vulnerabilities on overseas gaming networks.

Lawmakers urge removal of top executives at computer-hacked agency

Lawmakers urge removal of top executives at computer-hacked agency

By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday requesting the removal of two Office of Personnel Management (OPM) executives after a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Americans. "We have lost confidence in Director Archuleta's ability to secure OPM's networks and protect the data of millions of Americans," the letter read.

Lawmakers urge removal of top execs at computer-hacked agency

Lawmakers urge removal of top execs at computer-hacked agency

By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday requesting the removal of two Office of Personnel Management (OPM) executives after a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Americans. "We have lost confidence in Director Archuleta's ability to secure OPM's networks and protect the data of millions of Americans," the letter read.

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in the massive hacking of a U.S. government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans. The comments from Clapper, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), were first reported in The Wall Street Journal and marked the first time the Obama administration has publicly accused Beijing of the hacking attacks on the Office of Personnel Management. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.

Key senator blasts Personnel Management Office chief over hack

Key senator blasts Personnel Management Office chief over hack

By Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said on Thursday the director of the Office of Personnel Management should not be allowed to stay in place to deal with the aftermath of a data breach by suspected Chinese hackers. "I wouldn't rely on her to clean up this mess," Republican Senator Ron Johnson said of Katherine Archuleta after a committee hearing in which her answers failed to satisfy lawmakers. "I don't think she's qualified to do so." In the meeting, committee members pushed Archuleta for details on the widespread security breach, including how many Americans might have been affected and where the attacks originated.

Passwords From 47 Government Agencies Leaked Online

Stolen email and passwords belonging to individuals from nearly 50 Government agencies have leaked online, according to a CIA backed startup out of Boston. According to a report from Recorded Future, login credentials from 47 agencies were found to have been leaked on upwards of 89 unique domains. Compounding matters is that 12 of the affected agencies, including the Department of Energy, do not implement two-factor authentication. As a result, the report notes that “the presence of these credentials on the open Web leaves these agencies vulnerable to espionage, socially engineered attacks, and tailored spear-phishing attacks against their workforce.” DON’T MISS: T-Mobile’s New Uncarrier Move Kills Lump Payments, Offers iPhone 6 for $15/Month CBS has since revealed that the 12 agencies who haven’t

Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

This month, two years after his massive leak of NSA documents detailing U.S. surveillance programs, Edward Snowden published an op-ed in The New York Times celebrating his accomplishments. The “power of an informed public,” he wrote, had forced the U.S. government to scrap its bulk collection of phone records.

U.S., China stress positives, but fail to narrow differences

U.S., China stress positives, but fail to narrow differences

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China sought on Wednesday to stress the positives in their relationship after three days of high-level talks, but failed to narrow differences on the most contentious issues of cyber and maritime security. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said both sides had committed to work more towards a Bilateral Investment Treaty already seven years in the making and said China had pledged to limit intervention in currency markets.

Australian metal detector company counts cost of Chinese hacking

Australian metal detector company counts cost of Chinese hacking

With the Australian government wary of rocking the boat ahead of this month's historic signing of a free trade deal, McGurk says he was forced to hire a private investigative firm in China to stage a series of raids on counterfeit factories. "They said you're on your own," McGurk told Reuters, referring to the Australian government officials he lobbied to help with his problem.

OPM chief rebuffs lawmakers on scope of cyber breach

OPM chief rebuffs lawmakers on scope of cyber breach

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Office of Personnel Management refused on Wednesday to estimate how many millions of Americans were affected by recent attacks on her agency's computers and rejected as premature reports 18 million were compromised. Under blistering attack from lawmakers exasperated by unanswered questions about the massive cybersecurity breach, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta conceded the number of people whose data was hacked could increase from initial reports. OPM said this month it was victim of a cyber attack involving personnel data on 4.2 million current and former federal employees.

Finger-pointing starting in blame for government hack

Finger-pointing starting in blame for government hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finger-pointing burst into the open on Capitol Hill Wednesday over blame for hacking into the U.S. government's personnel records, which the chairman of a House oversight committee said might affect as many as 32 million current and former employees and others.

U.S., China appear to get little done in removing economic barriers

U.S., China appear to get little done in removing economic barriers

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China urged each other on Wednesday to remove barriers to foreign investment, saying that business ties were vital to overall relations, although they appeared to achieve little beyond rhetoric at a high profile three-day meeting that was overshadowed by security rivalries. Speaking to leading U.S. and Chinese CEOs on the final day of talks in Washington, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said that while investment cooperation had made significant progress, "there are still problems and obstacles and this requires new ways of thinking, cooperation and policy environment." While the world's two largest economies have $590 billion in two-way trade, efforts to secure a bilateral investment treaty have been stalled for seven years.

Carter: NATO must bolster cyberdefense

Carter: NATO must bolster cyberdefense

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO must improve its ability to defend itself against cyberattacks before it tries to build its offensive cyberwarfare capabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told alliance leaders Wednesday amid rising tensions with Russia, which has proven its willingness to launch computer-based attacks against other nations.

Mr. Robot : A Dark, Compelling Drama for the Paranoid Internet Age

Mr. Robot : A Dark, Compelling Drama for the Paranoid Internet Age

As played by Rami Malek, he’s pale and nervy-looking, and would be easy to miss in a crowd if it weren’t for his hollow stare. Elliot suffers from crippling social anxiety and mostly interacts with people by stalking them online, but he’s a well-meaning hacker, who despises his day job at a banking conglomerate and works at night to try to overthrow it. This, it seems, is the closest thing the 21st century gets for a hero: Despite airing on a typically stodgy network and being saddled with a ridiculous title, Mr. Robot is an angry, surprisingly effective screed against the current inequities of the world.

Accused Turkish mastermind of $55 million cyber spree extradited to U.S.

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish man has been extradited to the United States to face charges he organized three cyberattacks that resulted in $55 million in losses to the global financial system, U.S. authorities announced on Wednesday. Prosecutors called Ercan Findikoglu, 33, the mastermind behind an organization whose hacks resulted in stolen debit card data being distributed worldwide and used to make fraudulent ATM withdrawals. Findikoglu pleaded not guilty during a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after being extradited on Tuesday from Germany, where he was arrested in December 2013, the U.S. Justice Department said.

U.S., eyeing Russia, urges NATO allies to harden cyber defenses

U.S., eyeing Russia, urges NATO allies to harden cyber defenses

By Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged NATO allies on Wednesday to strengthen their cyber defenses, a senior U.S. defense official said, citing an advanced threat from Russia. Cyber vulnerabilities within NATO have come into focus following Russia's annexation of Crimea last year, which raised concerns about unconventional warfare techniques that can range from use of unidentified troops to information campaigns. A major cyber attack on a NATO member by any adversary could trigger a collective response by the alliance, perhaps extending beyond cyberspace.

US Personnel office not worst in terms of lax cybersecurity

US Personnel office not worst in terms of lax cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

U.S. airs deep concerns over cyber security in China meetings

U.S. airs deep concerns over cyber security in China meetings

By Jason Lange and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday that cyber theft sponsored by the Chinese government was a major problem and stressed the need to keep Asian sea lanes open as the world's two biggest economies held annual talks aimed at maintaining working relations in spite of rising tensions. At the wide-ranging Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, both sides expressed a desire for constructive relations, with China saying the two countries could manage differences and should avoid confrontation.

Blackshades malware owner gets nearly 5 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — The Swedish owner of a business that sold sophisticated malware that prosecutors say corrupted more than half a million computers in 100 countries was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly five years in prison.

Swede gets 4-3/4 years in U.S. prison over BlackShades software

Swede gets 4-3/4 years in U.S. prison over BlackShades software

The leader of an organization called BlackShades was sentenced to 4-3/4 years in a U.S. prison on Tuesday for distributing software that authorities say was used to hack into half a million computers worldwide. Alex Yucel, a 25-year-old Swede, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan after pleading guilty in February to distribution of malicious software. Prosecutors had sought up to 7-1/2 years in prison for Yucel, who was arrested in November 2013 in Moldova and later extradited to the United States.

US to put military equipment in several European countries

US to put military equipment in several European countries

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six former Soviet bloc nations to help reassure NATO allies facing threats from Russia and terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday.

Biden says U.S., China should commit to resolving differences

The United States and China may not resolve all of their differences during this week's cabinet-level meetings in Washington but should commit to working on them, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "We are not going to solve all of these problems in this meeting ... but we have to be committed to working towards solutions," Biden told the opening of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Washington has expressed concern about China's pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea and cybersecurity after massive attacks on U.S. government computers that U.S. officials have blamed on Chinese hackers.

Exclusive: SEC hunts hackers who stole corporate emails to trade stocks

Exclusive: SEC hunts hackers who stole corporate emails to trade stocks

By Sarah N. Lynch and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators are investigating a group of hackers suspected of breaking into corporate email accounts to steal information to trade on, such as confidential details about mergers, according to people familiar with the matter. The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked at least eight listed companies to provide details of their data breaches, one of the people said. It is an "absolute first" for the SEC to approach companies about possible breaches in connection with an insider trading probe, said John Reed Stark, a former head of Internet enforcement at the SEC.

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What Would a True Digital Renaissance in Africa Look Like?

What Would a True Digital Renaissance in Africa Look Like?

How do we build a renaissance in Africa? This is a question that thinkers like Patrick Awuah, the Ghanaian former IBM millionaire-turned-educationist, and Fred Swaniker, the founder and CEO of the African Leadership Academy, are trying to answer. Mobile technology in Africa has leapfrogged development faster and in even more innovative ways than I have witnessed in high-income nations.

All Is Not Well (in the World of Big Data Analysis)

The "big data" revolution set out to give us the tools needed to exploit the endless growth of data, whether inside companies, government agencies, or in open source. With it came increasing demands for analysis and insights, begging IT departments to make good on the promises of the revolution. If there's one thing the last few years have...

The end of IT consumerization

The end of IT consumerization

Mass PC adoption spurred a virtuous cycle of higher volumes, lower costs and ease of use that have benefitted enterprise IT for decades. But it's over. Here's why.

U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software

U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software

As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also moving into the 21st century: Open source software is now officially permitted in the U.S. House of Representatives. That means software developed in the People's House with taxpayer funds will...

Science is broken. These academics think they have the answer.

Science is broken. These academics think they have the answer.

Written by a group of researchers, journal editors, funders, and other stakeholders, the pieces all have the underlying theme that science needs more avenues and incentives to improve reproducibility and transparency. This first piece suggests that scientists use new tools, such as open source software that tracks every version of a data set, so that they can share their data more easily and transparency is built into their workflow.

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Shenmue 3 promises on-disc release for PlayStation 4

Shenmue 3 promises on-disc release for PlayStation 4

Shenmue 3 will see a physical-copy release on a console, the game's developers told Kickstarter backers this weekend. Contributing $60 to the game's development now delivers four options for delivery: digital copies for Windows PC or PlayStation 4, physical copy for Windows PC, and now a disc for PlayStation 4. Anyone who has contributed at the $60 level and selected a PC physical copy already may switch their choice to a PlayStation 4 disc if they wish.

Two baseball greats, one jersey number, and an investor asks Nintendo's CEO to pick

Two baseball greats, one jersey number, and an investor asks Nintendo's CEO to pick

Executives can squirm as numbers get thrown around at an annual shareholder's meeting, but one that led to Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata choosing his words carefully was 51. The late Hiroshi Yamauchi, the third president of Nintendo, purchased the major league baseball club in 1992. Yamauchi transferred his ownership stake in the team to Nintendo of America about 10 years ago.

Axcend is a video game apocalypse made real

Axcend is a video game apocalypse made real

Writer Artist Shane Davis and inker Michelle Delecki announced their latest collaboration at Image Expo 2015 in San Francisco yesterday. The new series will debut in October 2015, and follows the life of a teenager named Eric who escapes into a video game. "In the book, we're only going into a video game in the first issue," said Davis.

Upcoming video games: 'Rocket League,' 'Geometry Wars 3,' 'F1 2015'

Upcoming video games: 'Rocket League,' 'Geometry Wars 3,' 'F1 2015'

Among titles releasing the week of July 6, "Rocket League" bursts onto the scene with its crash course collision of RC-car action and soccer-ball bashing, the intense arcade-style "Geometry Wars 3" increases its reach, and "F1 2015" includes two seasons' worth of improvements to the annual racing franchise.

How to get Fallout 3 free on Xbox with Fallout 4, now and later

How to get Fallout 3 free on Xbox with Fallout 4, now and later

Xbox One owners who pre-order Fallout 4 through the Xbox Store now can get Fallout 3 free within 7-10 days, Bethesda's vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines told Polygon this morning. The free game offer isn't limited to Xbox Store pre-orders, but the timing is. To claim your free Fallout 3 copy, there are two scenarios, depending on where and when you pre-order Fallout 4.

Microsoft outlines plans for Xbox at Gamescom

Microsoft outlines plans for Xbox at Gamescom

With E3 2015 behind it, Microsoft is turning its attention to the next big video game show: Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The company outlined its plans for all things Xbox at the show, which includes a media briefing where we expect to learn more about games that were missing at E3.

Xbox Live experiencing sign-in issues (update)

Xbox Live experiencing sign-in issues (update)

With the Fourth of July weekend right around the corner, Xbox Live is experiencing sign-in issues. In a post made today by the Xbox Live support team on the service's official status page, Xbox said it is aware of the issue and working to resolve it.