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Michael Fallon Says Parts Of Britain Are 'Swamped' With Immigrants, In Huge Rhetoric Escalation

A Cabinet minister has ramped up Tory rhetoric on immigration by warning that British communities are being "swamped" by incomers from the EU.<p>Defence …

Why ab workouts are a waste of time - CNN.com

Bad advice and outdated research could be putting a kink in your workout efforts. Here are some fitness myths that have proved to be just that.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. …

Helicopter drones are ready to drop driverless vehicles into danger zones

Helicopter drones and driverless cars have been doing their thing for a while now, but having the two work together in unison is not a simple task. Not to be put off by a challenge, researchers at Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have teamed up with US military aircraft …

With National Rollout, Will Starbucks Make Wireless Phone Charging the New Wi-Fi?

In the age of eternal connectivity, there's nothing that incites panic faster than glancing at your smartphone and seeing the low battery symbol. However, soon smartphone addicts will have an unlikely savior: Starbucks.<p>Starbucks is equipping all its stores with Duracell Powermat wireless chargers …

Wi-Fi

Square Now Lets Vendors Send Invoices To Collect Payments

Square started off with an easy-to-use dongle that allows merchants to accept credit cards with their mobile phones. But since 2009, the company has expanded beyond its original scope. Its line of products now includes Square Cash, which lets users email money to another person’s bank account; …

Credit Cards

Internet Passwords Could Be Replaced By Squiggly Lines

US study reveals free-form shapes are more secure than traditional typed passwords.<p>Internet passwords could soon be replaced by squiggly lines unique …

iPhone 6 Likely To Have Touch ID Enabled Mobile Payments From Apple And PayPal

News percolates out of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in stages. First there is the keynote where Apple shines a light on specific features it wants to highlight. Then comes a week of sessions and labs where Apple engineers share concepts and techniques behind the new features in …

'Public school only place to get a good education', says government advisor

Sir Alasdair MacDonald claims state school curriculum is too narrow to produce rounded students<p>Pupils in Britain can only receive a good education if they go to private school, a government advisor has claimed.<p>Sir Alasdair MacDonald, who is the Welsh Assembly’s ‘Raising Attainment’ tsar and who has …

Obama's Scottish independence intervention gets a cautious reaction

As Better Together's version of the famous Obama “hope” poster, doctored to read “nope”, did the rounds on social media, campaigners from both sides of the Scottish independence debate remained cautious about the long-term impact of the US president's unexpected intervention in the …

Battery tech playing catch-up with energy-hungry mobiles

<b>Mobile devices have transformed our lives, giving us the freedom to talk, work, watch and listen on the move.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of Business<p>Councils 'wasting millions' on IT<p>Tech promises sustainable healthcare<p>Mobile brightening Africa's future<p>Can we 'green' our toxic buildings?<p>War on …

Clean Energy

Fish can slow down global warming—but not if we keep eating them

Humans are pumping roughly 33 billion tonnes (36 billion tons) of carbon dioxide into the air each year. If all that showed up in the atmosphere, it would accelerate global warming even further. The ocean, however, absorbs around half of that CO2. Phytoplankton (essentially, microscopic plants) …

Climate Change

Don't Blame Slender Man for the Schoolgirl Stabbing

He might be scary but he doesn't actually exist.<p><i>A chalk drawing of Slender Man (Photo via)</i><p>On Saturday morning, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser – two 12-year-old girls – lured a classmate into the woods near their homes and stabbed her 19 times. Or, as Geyser reportedly described it, “Stabby stab …

Parents arrested over 15-stone child

A Norfolk couple have been questioned by police for allowing their 11-year-old son to become dangerously overweight<p>The parents of an 11-year-old boy have been arrested for allowing their son to become dangerously overweight, it has been reported.<p>The couple, from King’s Lynn, Norforlk, were …

Should Citizens Have a Right to Rebel?

In a fifth of the world's nations, people are legally allowed to resist leaders who have overstepped their bounds.<p>Thailand’s Red-Shirt and Yellow-Shirt factions don’t agree on much, but they do have one thing in common: invoking Section 69 of the now-suspended Thai Constitution, which grants …

'Admit state school pupils to university with lower grades'

Research commissioned by the Department for Education says that universities should accept pupils from comprehensives with lower entry grades than students from state grammars and private schools<p>Universities should drop their entry requirements for pupils from state comprehensives to prevent them …

Privacy taskforce to oversee Google removal requests

‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling has already attracted thousands of requests<p>Wed, Jun 4, 2014, 15:17 Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014, 15:19<p>Google’s attempts …

Peter Mandelson: Don't Exaggerate Importance of Ukip's EU Elections Victory

A senior Labour peer is urging politicians not to overstate the significance of Ukip's victory in the European Parliament elections.<p>Peter Mandelson, …

This Insane Android Tablet Is Also A Gigantic Phone

The PadFone X, which will be available on AT&T in the coming weeks, is an Android smartphone that comes with its own accompanying tablet.<p>The catch, however, is that you can't use the tablet without plugging the smartphone into its back.<p>The tablet portion is essentially a shell for the smartphone.<p>As …

This 'connected car' comes with gesture control and Wi-Fi — and it knows if you're drunk

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association unveiled a “connected car” demo vehicle today in Windsor, Ontario, with built-in 4G, Wi-Fi, 360-degree proximity sensors, in-vehicle inductive mobile device charging, and gesture-based controls.<p>Hope you’re not a hand talker — you could find yourself …

SoftBank announces emotional robots to staff its stores and watch your baby

Pepper will go on sale for under $2,000 in February<p>SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has announced a surprising new direction for his illustrious career: the field of humanoid robotics. At a press conference in Tokyo, Son revealed a human-like robot called Pepper that is capable of …

UK plans to lock up cyberattackers for life

The Queen's speech is that moment when the government asks an 88-year-old to read out its legislative agenda for the forthcoming year. This time out, Her Majesty has got hackers in her royal sights, with harsh punishments promised for anyone caught messing around in someone else's code. Life …

Amazon's 3D smartphone may finally be set for release - Jun. 4, 2014

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)<p>The long-rumored Amazon smartphone may finally be primed for release.<p>In the tradition of breathless tech-industry hype, the company released a YouTube video on Wednesday teasing an unidentified device scheduled to be unveiled June 18 by CEO Jeff Bezos.<p>The video features people …

Facebook's New Feature Has Users Thoroughly Creeped Out

When enabled by users, the social network's new quirk allows its mobile app to turn on your smartphone's microphone, listen in on what's around you. Facebook identifies the music or TV shows it hears, and can tell the world you're currently "Listening to Iggy Azalea" if it hears you bumping "Fancy."<p>…

TV shows

Watered down power to sack MPs 'will leave voters feeling duped'

Plans for a law allowing voters to sack misbehaving MPs, included in the Queen's speech, came under fierce attack on Wednesday with one prominent Conservative backbencher claiming it has been watered down to such an extent that the first time it is utilised, people will realise they have been duped.<p>…

Nigel Farage dismisses photos of him holding woman's hand as 'ridiculous mischief-making'

Ukip leader says he is holding the hand of a Malta tourism official after a party to assist her because she is disabled<p>Ukip leader Nigel Farage has rubbished photographs linking him with a woman during a conference in Malta, describing any suggestion of impropriety as “absolutely ridiculous”.<p>Mr …

Police officers shot dead in Canada

Three police officers have been shot dead and two others injured in Canada's east coast province of New Brunswick, police said, as they conducted a manhunt for a man carrying a rifle and wearing camouflage clothes.<p>The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick said on its Twitter feed that …

European Parliament tie-up complicates Cameron's reform push

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives have voted to align themselves with two nationalist right-wing parties in the European Parliament, a move that risks alienating allies Cameron needs if he is to win back powers from Brussels.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron …

Merkel pleads for Britain not to leave the EU over Juncker

The German Chancellor says that its is "unacceptable" to ignore Britain's concerns over who gets the EU's top job<p>Angela Merkel has made an impassioned plea for Britain to stay in the European Union after senior German MPs called for the British to leave because of the Prime Minister's opposition to</b> …

G7 holds off from further Russia sanctions

Leaders of the G7 group of industrial nations have limited themselves to warning Russia of another round of sanctions as they urged President Vladimir Putin to stop destabilising Ukraine.<p>On the first day of the group's summit in Brussels on Wednesday, the bloc said that Putin must pull Russian …

Ireland Investigates Alleged Discovery of 800 Babies in Sewer Tank

Grim reports that nearly 800 dead babies were discovered in the septic tank of a home run by nuns has set off a round of soul-searching in Ireland and sparked calls for accountability from government and Catholic Church officials.<p>Fresh research suggests that some 796 children were secretly buried …