Jacob Grant

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Sony Xperia Z5 impressions: design, performance & stability

<b>Update:</b> Below we mention that the fingerprint sensor seems to be erratic, however a hard reset and re-registration of the fingerprints has vastly improved the performance. Now, the sensor works flawlessly with only a very slight delay in the actual unlocking of the handset. As such, my impression …

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Young amputees will soon get 'Iron Man' and 'Star Wars' bionic hands

A heroic set of prosthetic hand designs will soon allow young amputees to transform into their favorite Disney characters. Whether they prefer a red Iron Man gauntlet, one of Queen Elsa's sparkling blue gloves or a hand inspired by <i>Star Wars</i>' iconic lightsabers, they'll be able to take on the world …

Qualcomm gives up on its augmented reality business

There's a renewed excitement around Augmented Reality (AR), driven largely by Microsoft's HoloLens headset. Not everyone is so enthused, though, most notably Qualcomm, which is selling its AR business to the Internet of Things (IoT) company PTC for an undisclosed sum. The unfortunately named …

Acer’s new PC is unsure whether it’s an all-in-one or a tablet

One can argue that in today's world of crossover and hybrid computers, the only thing that really separates a portable PC from a non-portable one is …

ISIS Exploits Assad Aistrikes To Gain Ground Near Syria's Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian militants sent reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, where rival factions battled Tuesday near the Turkish border, activists said.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Abu al-Hassan Marea, who is currently in …

Middle East

Isil jihadists close Iraq dam gates

Islamic State fighters cut water supplies to two of the last areas in the province surrounding Ramadi that are still under the control of Baghdad<p>Islamic State jihadists have “closed” the gates of a dam in Ramadi city in Iraq, cutting the water supplies to two areas controlled by the Iraqi …

Allies back Iraq plan against ISIS, Baghdad seeks more help | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq’s plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.<p>Around 20 coalition …

Middle East

Warnings over growing IS cyber-threat

<b>A growing band of hacktivists is helping Islamic State spread its message by attacking media organisations and websites, a security company suggests.</b><p>Supporters of IS were helping it with opportunistic attacks and more sophisticated operations, said FireEye.<p>French TV station TV5 Monde was a …

More than 10,000 Isis fighters killed since start of coalition assault, US claims

Deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken said there had been progress in Iraq and Syria but Islamic State remained resilient<p>More than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since coalition forces started their campaign against the militant group in Iraq and Syria nine months ago, according …

Middle East

Oil Agreement Central To Iraq's Unity In ISIS Fight May Be Crumbling

WASHINGTON -- A December 2014 oil agreement struck between Iraq's central government and the country's autonomous Kurdish region is in jeopardy and could soon need to be renegotiated -- only adding to Iraq's difficulties as the country attempts to push back well-armed militants tied to the …

Islamic State militants use water as weapon in western Iraq | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have closed gates of a dam on the Euphrates River in western Iraq, reducing the water and giving them greater freedom of movement to attack government forces downstream on the southern bank, local officials said.<p>Masked Sunni gunmen walk with their weapons …

Middle East

Western mothers use social media to plead for their children to leave Syria

Mothers for Life counter online extremists’ recruitment with quotes from the Qur’an to stop their children joining Isis and ‘dishonouring’ them<p>A group of western mothers whose children have joined Islamic State and other extremists in Syria and Iraq have appealed for them to return home, quoting …

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