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Iraqi Kurds say ISIS used chemical weapons against troops

Iraqi Kurdish authorities said Saturday that their troops are being attacked by Islamic State fighters using chemical weapons.<p>The Kurdish Regional Security Council released a statement saying it has evidence showing the ISIS fighters used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against Kurdish military …

BBC announces Micro Bit computer

The BBC has revealed a new microcomputer as part of its Make It Digital campaign. Currently called the Micro Bit, it's aimed at getting young …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 2

This is Part 2 of my rundown on <b>Coding with Your Kids on an iPad</b>. Part 1 highlighted iPad apps that teach younger children the concepts behind programming. The following apps take these concepts further and introduce different elements to learning how to code. These apps are suitable for children …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

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New domain suffixes including '.guru' and '.bike' available from today

US company Donuts Inc. will be releasing a flurry of new domain suffixes including ".financial", ".guru" and ".bike".<p>Donuts, a US-based internet …

Apparently Nobody Lines Up for the iPad Anymore

Looks like I didn’t get the memo in time. The one informing me that nobody lines up for the iPad anymore.<p>Well, to be fair, some folks still do – but judging by my friendly local Apple Store at a mall near my house the numbers are much, much lower than for any other iPad launch. How much lower? …

SkyDrive update brings photo timeline, more efficiency-minded features

Perhaps to celebrate passing the 250 million user mark, SkyDrive is rolling out an update which introduces some nifty time-saving features. Now, you'll be able to view all your photos -- across folders and albums -- in a timeline view, with images grouped by event and date for easy searching. There …

The sons and daughters of Google Glass

Even in the highly opinionated world of tech, there have been few products as polarizing as Google’s head mounted Google Glass computer. The device, a thin titanium band to which is mounted a computer, battery and display, is by far the sleekest and least unwieldy implementation of a technology …

90 Seconds on The Verge: Google Wallet, Lumia 928, and Stormtroopers

The beginning is the end is the beginning is the end is the beginning is the end is the beginning is the end is BINGO!<p><b>Stories of the day:</b><p>Google reportedly shelves plans to launch Wallet credit card at I/O<br>• Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon announced, available May 16th for $99.99<br>• Disney puts your face on a …

5 Surprising Facts About the Death Penalty Worldwide

Amnesty International's annual report reveals downward trend.<p><b>Amnesty International released their 2012 annual report on capital punishment this week, highlighting information on the differing ways countries handle execution around the world.</b><p>Here are five of the most interesting death penalty facts …

Nokia Lumia 620 unveiled, 'most affordable' WP8 device at $249 (update: hands-on)

Nokia has just unveiled a brand new Windows Phone at LeWeb today, the Lumia 620. Nokia's Lumia 620 includes a 3.8-inch ClearBlack WVGA screen running at 800 x 480 resolution and a Qualcomm S4 1GHz dual-core CPU. Nokia has included a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front facing VGA one. The device …

Nokia Lumia 920 review

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the company’s third attempt at launching the definitive Windows Phone. In April, Nokia and Microsoft tried to convince the world that the Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7.5 was that device, but that claim had a shorter expiration date than anybody realized. Its days were …

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid." Verizon’s marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones virtually synonymous with their operating system.<p>But now I hear people every day saying "Oh, is that the …

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MLB At Bat for iPad Updated, Ready for Opening Day

The <b>MLB At Bat app for iPad</b> and iPhone has been updated today, and looks all set to go for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day this weekend. The new version of the app released today is Version 6.1.0.<p>Here’s a rundown of what’s new in this latest version:<p>• Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat …