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UK rules out Iraq military strikes

<b>British planes are to drop emergency aid supplies for Iraqi refugees living under threat from militants.</b><p>Members of the Yazidi community trapped on a mountainside will be among those to receive water, tents and lights.<p>The drops are part of an £8m package of aid announced by the UK government, …

Middle East

Jon Voight attacks 'ignorant' Bardem and Cruz over Gaza letter

The war of words in the entertainment industry over Israel’s attack on Gaza has taken a new twist, as actor Jon Voight launched his own fierce criticism of Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem on Saturday in response to the Spanish actors’ outspoken open letter on Wednesday.<p>In a guest column in the …

Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that will make it easier for you to switch mobile carriers without buying a new phone.<p>The bill, …

11 Smartphone Home Screens From Some Of The Biggest Names In Tech

Apps

Twitch: what is it, and why has Google bought it for $1bn?

Google has reportedly closed a $1bn deal to acquire gaming video streaming site Twitch.<p>The unconfirmed report by GamesBeat places Twitch at the heart of a revamped YouTube push to attract a hardcore group of users to the dominant video platform and tap into the rising gaming trend.<p>The purchase, …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Google reinstates 'forgotten' links after pressure

<b>After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.</b><p>Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine.<p>Google has defended its …

Privacy

15 common Android problems and how to fix them

Hundreds arrested at sit-in following huge pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong

Hundreds of demonstrators, including prominent lawmakers, were arrested at a peaceful sit-in in Hong Kong early Wednesday, following a huge rally calling for democracy in the Chinese territory.<p>Large crowds had turned out for a 5 km march through the city's central business district Tuesday, in a …