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Bin Laden's former bodyguard Nasser al-Bahri dies

<b>Nasser al-Bahri - Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard - has died, medical sources in Yemen have told the BBC.</b><p>They said Mr Bahri, a Yemeni national, passed away on Saturday in a hospital in the southern city of Mukalla.<p>Mr Bahri, also known as Abu Jandal, was also a driver for the late al-Qaeda …

Google Maps for iOS adds four new features

Google Maps for iOS seems to be getting updated on an almost monthly basis, with some big new features introduced in January and another smaller batch added just last month.<p>With Maps 4.4.0, the app gains four new options:<p><b>1. Faster, easier directions</b><p>For an app that's all about navigation, Google …

Google Maps

Report: Microsoft Cortana digital assistant heading to Android

Microsoft’s assistant software may not be as well-known as Google Now or Apple’s Siri, but Cortana – which has been shipping on Windows phones for the past year – will eventually be made available as a standalone application, according to sources familiar with the project. Both Android and iOS …

5 things Apple didn't say about the new MacBook

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook sure is a beautiful notebook.<p>It's only 13.1mm thick and weighs two pounds. It's got a beautiful high-res Retina display …

Picturing an Imaginary Animal Kingdom

I first saw Simen Johan’s work at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City a couple of years ago.<p>I was totally struck not only by the beauty of the imagery but also by how much it expresses, in a very personal way, ideas about habitat, climate change, critical species, and man’s impact on …

Art

Apple's ‘force touch’ and 'taptic engine' explained

Apple’s new super-thin MacBook comes with a new trackpad technology that detects the force of a tap or press and is expected to be added to the iPhone next year. But what is “force touch”, how does it work and what on earth is a “taptic engine”?<p>Beyond the hype and buzz around the Apple Watch launch …

Smartwatches

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

Space Travel

Galaxy in Front of Supernova Creates Cosmic Mirage: Einstein Cross

A galaxy's alignment lets astronomers watch a strange, distant supernova explode. And then watch it again. And again. And again and again.<p>Far, far away, a galaxy is acting as a cosmic split-screen. Parked in front of an exploding star, the galaxy's gravity is projecting magnified images of the …

Universe

Our Books, Ourselves: What Fictional Food Says About Us

<i>This post is the first in a series on food in literature.</i><p>Most works of fiction, sooner or later, mention food. It’s a useful literary tool: food can set a stage, build a world, or define a personality or a social class.<p>Ian Fleming’s James Bond, for example, an upper-class foodie if there ever was …

Books

Rock faces: this season's designer sports watches for men – in pictures

A sports watch has to be the perfect blend of form and function. Here’s our pick of the models with the most stylish tachymeters, finest scratch-resistant cases and water-resistant workings

Watches

Get a 3-month Google Play Music subscription for $3

That's the best deal to date for Google's unlimited-music service. What happens after three months? Let June worry about that.<p>Remember back in December when Spotify offered that three-month subscription for 99 cents? Mine ran out just a few days ago, so this is some seriously serendipitous …

Java now loads annoying adware on Macs

Lots of websites require your computer to use the program Java, but the latest update for Macs comes with annoying adware.<p>The update automatically installs a Web browser add-on for Ask.com. When you perform a search, Ask.com becomes your default option, replacing your preferred search engine …

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