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Tanzania says its most infamous ivory smuggler is this elderly Chinese businesswoman

Tanzanian authorities claim they have arrested a kingpin of the illegal ivory trade—an elderly Chinese woman that has been living in Dar es Salaam since the 1970s, working as a translator, restaurant owner, and pepper farm owner.<p>Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation …

China

China’s Tianjin blasts will cost billions. Here’s the tally so far.

The devastating explosions that rocked chemical warehouse facilities in the Chinese port city of Tianjin last week killed more than 100 people, injured hundreds, and have raised serious questions about industrial safety and emergency preparedness in China.<p>They will also take a heavy financial toll …

China

Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to shelves, dropping iPad Smart Signs

Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes …

Google just launched an easy-to-use $199 Wi-Fi router

Google is finding a new way to get into your home: a $199 Wi-Fi router. The company today launched the OnHub for all your at-home connectivity needs.<p>Google says OnHub has a number of features to make it both powerful and accessible to the average user.<p>For example, the router uses “smart software to …

Samsung is deflating its own hype bubble

Here's a quick summary of Samsung's accomplishments over the past week: it launched two high-spec smartphones with their own distinct features and design; it opened preorders immediately; it delivered some of the phones early, ahead of a full release this Friday. All great successes — except then …

Microsoft's Windows 10 privacy headache extends into gaming

Is Windows 10 going to disable pirated games? Probably not<p>Windows 10 launched nearly three weeks ago, and while millions of people are upgrading there have been a number of privacy concerns around the new OS. Default settings send information to Microsoft, enable bandwidth sharing to distribute …

Software company Autodesk is launching its own game engine

If you play video games, you've probably seen the effects of Autodesk's work. Autodesk owns the Maya and 3ds Max modeling software, the Scaleform rendering engine, and a variety of animation and texture-making tools. But the meat of the game will (usually) be made in an engine like Unity or Unreal, …

HTC Unveils Four New Desire Smartphones

HTC has announced four new HTC Desire smartphones, including the HTC Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626s. All four phones will be LTE-capable, contain Quad-core Snapdragon processors, and have a variety of displays.<p>The Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display, and comes …

Mobile

​Startup lands $100 million to challenge smartphone superpowers Apple and Google

A new startup emerged Wednesday with a new mobile operating system to challenge the dominance of Apple's iOS and Google's Android -- and it's backed with a whopping $100 million investment.<p>Acadine Technologies and plans for the new H5OS operating system were shrouded in secrecy since the Li Gong, …

Software

Let’s Spend Some Time Gazing at the Magnificence of Pluto

Wow, space is really something.<p>In the next few days, NASA will begin releasing the first-ever high-resolution photos of Pluto, one of the largest remote, non-planetary objects orbiting the sun. Taken days ago by a probe launched from Earth nearly a decade ago, the photos are part of a mission to …

WhatsApp on the Web now lets you manage your chats, contacts and groups

WhatsApp on the Web has been updated to include a few new features that allow you to have more control over your chats and group conversations that take place in a Web browser.<p>First launched in January, the Web interface lets you carry out WhatsApp chats via a desktop or laptop but always …

Work restrictions on foreign students extended in 'visa fraud crackdown'

Thousands of foreign students at publicly funded colleges are to lose the right to work in Britain while they study.<p>The immigration minister, James Brokenshire, announced on Monday that from next month students from outside the European Union who come to study at publicly funded further education …

Turn your iPhone into a Super 8 camera

The iPhone is the gold standard for modern design – and that sometimes gets in the way of some of its amazing functions.<p>Take photo and video. Even the most serious photographers and filmmakers can create high art with an iPhone, but conventional cameras, no matter how clunky they seem today, were …

Facebook's new chief security officer wants to set a date to kill Flash

Alex Stamos, the recently appointed chief security officer at Facebook, has called on software company Adobe to announce an "end-of-life date for Flash." In a pair of tweets sent over the weekend, Stamos echoed a number of recent complaints from the security community that the software has become …

Our Favorite 10 Home-Design Trends in 2015

As anyone who’s ever encountered a teal bathtub knows, interior-design trends can be fickle. (Matching wall tiles too? What were you <i>thinking</i>?)<p>That’s …

Giuliana Rancic leaving E! News

Giuliana Rancic is stepping down from <i>E! News</i>.<p>The network announced that she’ll transition out of her day-to-day role on the show beginning Aug. 10 …

Spotify tells iOS users how to avoid iTunes charges and pay less

Spotify isn't happy that its iOS customers have to pay an additional $3 for a premium subscription if they make the purchase through the App Store. That's why it's planning to send them instructions on how to apply for a subscription straight from the company's website. <i>The Verge</i> got its hands on a …

Deadly snake makes escape via 20ft-high telephone wire

Police reveal alarmed locals living in Anglesey, North Wales, reported seeing a Burmese python crawling along the wire and down a drainpipe<p>A deadly python terrified locals by making a bid for freedom across a telephone wire 20ft in the air.<p>In scenes "like a horror film" the 12ft-long pet snake …

Flashback: See Ringo Starr Lead All-Star Nashville Jam

Before Ringo Starr was one-fourth of the most famous pop group in history, he was Richard Starkey, a sickly child born July 7th, 1940, in Liverpool, …

Music

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …