Judith Breen

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Canada, in change of heart, decides to keep historic official residence in Rome

The Liberal government has taken Canada's historic official residence in Rome, Villa Grandi, off the auction block, reversing the previous government's policy of unloading valuable and often dazzling foreign properties that it argued were too costly to maintain.<p>Joe Pickerill, spokesman for Foreign …

The Google-Apple connected car battle has begun

The next platform battle has begun and it’s being waged inside the car.<p>This week, GM’s Chevrolet and Hyundai announced plans to add technologies that …

China rising, Korea struggling, Apple beats Android and more: 5 key takeaways from the Gartner report

A lot's been happening in the smartphone market. And India is witness to a meteoric rise in the adoption of mobility devices. Here are our five key …

Office Lens for Android is ready to scan your documents

Need to quickly capture that taxi receipt, or the notes from a meeting? You can now pull out your Android phone to do it. After several weeks of testing, Microsoft has released the finished version of Office Lens for Google-powered devices. As a recap, Office Lens' party trick is its ability to …

Android Phones

Google is adding a 'buy' button to its shopping ads

That rumor of Google adding a "buy" button to shopping ads? It's true. The company's Omid Kordestani has confirmed to <i>Recode</i> that this super-quick purchasing option is "imminent." He didn't describe how it would work in detail, but the leak described "Shop on Google" search ads that take you to a …

eCommerce

Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

Google is rolling out an exciting new update to its searches that will answer your questions before you’re even done typing them. The answer will …

White House Finally Stands Up to Google (For a Lousy Reason)

The White House is finally standing up to Google, but at perhaps the exact wrong time.<p>The Department of Justice filed a brief Wednesday recommending …

U.S. Department of Justice

A new Google service will let you pay people instantly from your phone, like Venmo

The service sounds similar to Venmo, which is now owned by PayPal.<p>The announcement is set to be made on Thursday at Google I/O, the company's annual conference for software developers.<p>Android Pay is a mobile payments API that lets 3rd party apps to process payments directly through their apps. It …

This is the Chinese version of Google Glass and it's only a fraction of the price

Cool Glass One, a product from Chinese company Beijing Palo Alto Tech, looks similar to Google Glass. The wearable tech appeared at CES Asia.<p>It has a touchpad on the side, allowing users to control the device by swiping through an interface displayed onscreen. There is also a camera, which takes …

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve …

Android Pay's arrival means a new direction for Google Wallet

As we suspected, you'll be hearing more about the new Android Pay setup -- announced a couple of months ago during Mobile World Congress -- during the Google I/O event this week. According to a <i>New York Times</i> report, Android Pay will let retailers take payments from inside their mobile apps, use it …

Android Pay

Apple and Google reportedly plan mobile payments overhaul as competition heats up

Once friends and allies, Apple and Google have emerged as rivals — and now may be jockeying for position in the competitive arena of mobile payments.<p>As both companies approach their respective developer conferences — Google I/O kicking off tomorrow and Apple’s WWDC starting June 8 — new strategies …

Millennials Hate Beer, MorganStanley Report Finds

Macro-brews are in dire straits. Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have been reporting precipitous sales declines for years as consumers have switched away from beer brands like Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Light toward craft beer, wine and spirits.<p>Some analysts have blamed the recession's impact …

Soffritto: A Not-So-Secret Secret Ingredient

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Catherine Lamb shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Meet soffritto, the secret ingredient that's really</i> three</i> …

The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke in 22 Cities

This Artist Patches Potholes With Beautiful Ice Cream Mosaics

Artist Jim Bachor just got tired of potholes. He got tired of seeing them, of driving over them with his car, and the fact that the City of Chicago could rarely deign to go out and fix them. So he took matters into his own hands and began filling them himself: with different, colorful mosaics, some …

10 Kitchen Items to Get Married For

For some modern-day, marriage-averse men and women, there are only three reasons to tie the knot: Tax benefits, health insurance, and dreamy kitchen appliances. That last one, in particular, can hold a lot of sway—most marriages don’t last as long as a KitchenAid mixer, and just think of the baked …

Cher’s Style: From Sonny to Marc

Cher may be the new face of Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2015 campaign, but her style has been in the spotlight for decades. Here, a look back at the iconic performer’s most memorable—and outrageous—ensembles.

Cher

Street style tip of the day: White tee

To find out all the details about this outfit on Little J Style, click here! <i><br>52 Weeks of Chic highlights the very best of street style every day this</i> …

Street Style

As his Oscar-nominated film Timbuktu hits UK screens tomorrow we chart the career of one of Africa’s great contemporary filmmakers<p>Of the (scandalously) few African filmmakers who have found international acclaim, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako is the best known today.<p>Since rising to …

Africa

Do You Actually Remember "The Fairly OddParents" Theme?

"Bed, twerp!"

Tiny parasite could be behind massive worldwide decline of bees

Biologists discover single-celled parasite could have greater-than-expected impact on honey bee colonies that have undergone mysterious declines<p>A tiny parasite might be responsible for the rapid decline in honey bee colonies around the world, according to a study into infection rates in …

Biology

California's Drought Could Get Blessed Relief From El Niño

As bad as California's drought has gotten, a strengthening El Niño season could mean help is on the way, bringing much needed showers to the Golden State. But El Niño may present its own problems.<p>A CNBC analysis of annual California rainfall over the past 60 years shows a significantly wetter rain …

430,000-year-old skull suggests murder is an 'ancient human behavior'

It's a whodunit that dates back 430,000 years.<p>Deep in a cave in northern Spain, archaeologists have uncovered fragments of a skull with protruding eyebrow ridges and a smaller brain area than you would find in a modern-day human. Researchers say it belongs to an early human relative that predates …

Killer robots will leave humans 'utterly defenceless' warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention<p>Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.<p>Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research …

Robotics

Physicist Leon Lederman's Nobel Prize Medal Sells for $765,000

The Nobel Prize gold medal that physicist Leon Lederman won in 1988 was auctioned off on Thursday for a winning bid of $633,335, plus a buyer's premium that brought the final price to $765,002.<p>That put the transaction at No. 4 on the list of 10 Nobel Prize sales over the past 30 years, said Sam …

Volvo plows into bystanders, company says tech could have stopped it

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's going to be ever more disconcerting when cars have minds of their own.<p>We'll give them those minds. We may never be sure, though, what they will do with them.<p>But how much are we already relying on …

Dominican Republic

Goo.gl shortened URLs can now direct users to your app or site

Google announced today that links created using its goo.gl URL shortening service will direct users to the appropriate deep linked Android app, iOS app or site.<p>That’s good news for developers who want an easy way to guide users to content within their mobile apps, along with a fallback link to the …

Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface

Smartphones with built-in projectors -- well, just the two from Samsung, really -- haven't exactly been a huge hit so far, but Lenovo thinks it's finally got the right use case for this combination: beaming a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto your desk. Announced at the Lenovo Tech World …

Gear & Gadgets

Jawbone Sues Fitbit For Stealing Employees And Trade Secrets

As the wearable activity tracker market becomes increasingly crowded, Jawbone says Fitbit is out to "decimate" it.<p>In a lawsuit filed today, Jawbone has accused Fitbit — its main rival and the world's leading activity tracker company — of plundering its employees and trade secrets as Fitbit prepares …