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Siri beats out Google Now and Cortana in survey, with 81% user satisfaction rating

A survey in which Siri, Google Now and Cortana users were asked to rate their satisfaction with their respective intelligent assistants found that Siri got the highest scores, with 81% of users declaring themselves satisfied compared to 68% for Google Now and just 57% for Cortana.<p>Survey …

U.S. Supreme Court rejects cellphone search warrant case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a test case on privacy in the digital age on Monday, declining to decide whether police need to obtain search warrants to examine cellphone location information held by wireless carriers.<p>The nine justices turned away an appeal filed by a …

Saudi Arabia downgraded after budget surplus turns negative

The oil crash is crushing Saudi Arabia's budget.<p>Standard & Poor's downgraded Saudi Arabia's credit rating on Friday.<p>The dramatic plunge in oil prices over the past 18 months has caused a "pronounced negative swing" in Saudi Arabia's financial picture, S&P warned.<p>The oil-rich kingdom has gone from a …

Oil

Jerry Heller Sues Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Straight Outta Compton Producers for Defamation

Jerry Heller, the music executive who managed N.W.A., has filed a defamation lawsuit against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and other parties associated with the <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> biopic, as TMZ reports. He said he never gave permission to use his likeness in the film, …

5 Astronauts Told Us Their Most Terrifying Moments In Space

Quick thinking doesn't come close to capturing it...<p>During Chris Hadfield’s first flight, he and his fellow astronauts had to navigate a quarter-million-pound shuttle toward a target the size of a coffee cup saucer on the Russian Mir Space Station.<p>Hadfield’s job was to relay the speed and range …

Prince Harry Visits Washington: Pictures

Man charged in St. Louis area black church fires

Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson for two of the seven church fires in a predominantly African-American part of the St. Louis region, and federal investigators said there is no evidence of a hate crime.<p>David Lopez Jackson was charged Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court …

Here's why an NFL player is suing FanDuel

Amidst ongoing scrutiny of daily fantasy sports companies, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon, through his attorney, filed a class …

Low-carb and Mediterranean diets beat low-fat plans for losing weight – report

Analysis published under the Lancet banner involved more than 68,000 people and finds that sugar was used to bulk up ‘low-fat’ foods<p>Low-fat diets are not as effective as low carbohydrate or Mediterranean diets for losing weight, according to a major new study, but it also concludes that no diets …

Nutrition

UN fires staffers over child porn distribution, drug trafficking

The UN has dismissed four staffers for distributing child pornography via the organization's email system. Another staffer was fired for transporting …

White House Details Plan to Bring Feds' Cybersecurity Up to Date

The White House announced plans on Friday to modernize the federal government's out-of-date cybersecurity practices. Work has been underway for much of the Obama administration, but the Office of Personnel Management hack reported in June must have made it abundantly clear that things weren't …

Bye-bye HP, it's the end of an era

On Sunday, Hewlett-Packard will no longer be a single business. Instead, it will start a new era as two publicly traded companies, Hewlett Packard …

GM's recall fix: Don't park in the garage

General Motors' solution for cars at risk of catching fire is simple: Don't park in the garage. (At least until they figure out a fix.)<p>Most of the 1.4 million older cars that are at risk of having oil drip down onto the manifold in their engine and catch fire have already been recalled at least …

How to pair a game controller to the new Apple TV

The new Apple TV is now available, bringing a new interface and the ability to install apps and games on the platform for first time.<p>Using the Apple TV remote to play games is possible, but it doesn't lend itself to the best experience.<p>If you purchased a compatible controller, such as the …

Judge says McDonald's must give employee emails to U.S. labor board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday gave McDonald’s Corp 30 days to hand over thousands of employee emails to a federal labor agency that says the company should be held liable for labor violations by franchisees.<p>A McDonald's restaurant logo in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 23, …

Facebook Is Making Enforcement Changes To Its “Real Names” Policy

The changes come after activists criticized the company in an open letter.

In A Rare Move, Apple Discounts The Apple Watch With New iPhone Purchases (In Some Stores)

Outside of the deals they give students and the occasional Black Friday hook up, Apple isn’t exactly known for throwing around discounts.<p>So here’s a wild one: Apple is experimenting with giving people $50 discounts on Apple Watches if they buy one at the same time as a new iPhone 6s or 6s …

Apple Watch

Hear Justin Bieber’s Hotline-Released ‘Hotline Bling’ Cover

Just two days after the debut of the <i>Purpose</i> track list, Justin Bieber has tacked his own remix on to the ever-growing list of remakes of Drake‘s …

After legislation fails, Puerto Rico's governor bans plastic bags in executive order | Fox News

Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order on Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill.<p>The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro García …

Justin Bieber teases 'Hotline Bling' remix

Justin Bieber angered fans when he walked off stage in Norway Thursday, but all may be forgiven now that he’s teased a remix of Drake’s hit, “Hotline …

Paul Ryan elected House speaker

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Paul Ryan was officially elected as the 54th speaker of the House after he got the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives.<p>The vote was largely a formality after House Republicans nominated him for the position on Wednesday.<p>But even some conservatives who …

Republicans

There’s actually a big economic fight happening in the Democratic Party

By Jim Tankersley<p>, Economic Policy Correspondent<p>The latest broadside in the Democratic Party's internal rift over the economy runs 52 pages and begins not with a screed about Wall Street, but with a story about a camera company.<p>It's the tale of Kodak, once a production and job-creation giant until …

Middle-class

GOP campaigns plot revolt against RNC

The Sunday evening meeting comes after an eruption of complaints by the candidates about the debates.<p>Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate process — and how to remove power from the hands of …

Has the Marco Moment arrived?

By Karen Tumulty<p>, Columnist<p>Sen. Marco Rubio was already cruising to a breakout performance in the latest GOP presidential debate when an attack from Donald Trump opened up more air time for him to respond according to the evening’s format.<p>“Well, I’ve learned the rules on this,” the senator from …

Government

Marco Rubio: I hate idea of Clinton White House more than missing votes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday he hates missing votes, defending his at-times absentee status that has made him a recent target in the GOP presidential race.<p>"As far as votes, I don't like missing votes, I hate it," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." "We do our best …

Donald Trump: I think Obama 'hates Israel'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said Thursday that he thinks President Barack Obama "hates Israel."<p>"So many friends in Israel, they don't know what happened. They have a president who -- they actually think Obama hates Israel. I think he does," Trump said during a campaign speech in Reno, …