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Congolese activists on hunger strike after court refuses release

Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala among dozens of DRC youth group members in prison for demanding democratic change<p>Two Democratic Republic of Congo activists are on hunger strike after the supreme court rejected their application for release from jail, where they have been held for more than a year …

Barney Frank throws down with GOP strategist: “[Your] party has put itself above a functioning federal government”

The former Massachusetts congressman sets the record straight about Mitch McConnell and his fellow obstructionists<p>"Real Time" host Bill Maher last night welcomed Sisters of Social Service lobbyist Sister Simone Campbell, former-Congressman Barney Frank, and GOP strategist Rick Wilson.<p>Among a slew …

Everything Apple needs to update, but won’t announce at its event next week

Apple is holding its first event of the year on Monday next week, and we’ve already reported everything that you should expect to see announced including its much anticipated 4-inch iPhone SE, the first 9.7-inch <i>iPad Pro</i>, and new first-gen Apple Watch models and bands. But there’s also a whole list …

Airports
Jelly Bean

FBI says car hacking is a real risk

Security researchers have shown they can take over steering and disable the brakes of moving vehicles.<p>If you're not already worried about your car being hacked, you really should be, the US government says.<p>Connected cars are becoming "increasingly vulnerable" to cyberattack, according to an …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple vs. FBI: What Was Obama Thinking at SXSW?

There's nothing terribly surprising about the conclusion Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford reached in an essay posted this week on Medium's …

Barack Obama

Consumers hit gadget-overload in 2016

Do you sometimes feel there are more gadgets than you can actually use – and that the technology you own has failed to follow through on its life-changing promises?<p>Well you’re not alone.<p>Despite a seemingly endless stream of tech disruption over the past decade, we’ve finally reached a moment when …

Internet of Things

SpaceX To Launch First Space Station Mission Since Explosion, With Inflatable Habitat In Tow

Targeting April 8 to return to the International Space Station<p>Last June, during a routine cargo launch to the International Space Station, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blew up two minutes after takeoff, destroying thousands of pounds of supplies. A faulty strut was to blame. After spending a few months …

ProtonMail launches encrypted email that even your mom could use

I often get asked “what email service should I use if I don’t want to use Gmail?” and now I finally have what I think is an excellent answer.<p>ProtonMail is an ad-free, end-to-end encrypted email client that’s been invite-only since 2014 – but it’s now opened its doors to ordinary civilians and is …

Privacy

Lufthansa jumbo reports near miss with drone over Los Angeles

The passenger jet was close to landing when a drone flew 200ft overhead, fuelling concerns about the safety of the craft<p>The pilot of a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet has reported that a drone aircraft nearly collided with his airliner on its landing approach to Los Angeles, according to the Federal …

Amazon Kindle Owners Should Download This Update Immediately

Kindle lovers, beware: there’s a mandatory update to your beloved e-reader, and if you don’t install it by March 22, you’re going to end up with a …

Drone technology is becoming ever-more sophisticated -- but not risk free

Politics Nov 20<p>By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, Associated Press<p>Politics Nov 20<p>By Darlene Superville, Associated Press<p>Politics Nov 20<p>By Kyle …

3-D printing is speeding up the US Navy ballistic-missile program

In a statement on Friday, Lockheed said the missiles were part of successful test flights earlier this week.<p>The printing process allowed the company to design and fabricate the component in half the time it would have taken otherwise, it said.<p>The sixth-generation Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic …

Military
Enterprise Tech

Verizon reports outages across Southern California

Verizon customers experienced outages Friday across swaths of Southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego.<p>Customers began complaining on social media of problems making calls in the mid-afternoon.<p>A company spokeswoman said Verizon was aware of the outages but did not know what had caused …

California

Chrome beats Safari on mobile, but not for long

On iOS, you’ve got variety when it comes to Web browsers — more than you’ll find on Android. Still, the race comes down to Safari and Chrome, and a new study by Adobe Digital Index shows Google is king, but Apple is catching up.<p>On iPhone, Chrome usage has outpaced Safari by a massive 127 percent …

Mobile

Everything we know about Nike's new self-lacing shoe: The HyperAdapt 1.0

Here's every fact about Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0, the first self-lacing shoe coming to you by the end of 2016.

SoundCloud strikes Sony Music deal, paves way for subscription service

Sony Music has finally reached a licensing agreement with SoundCloud, marking the last of the Big Three labels to make its artists' catalog available …

Secret Service Investigating Claims That Anonymous Hacked Donald Trump

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating claims by hacker activist movement Anonymous that it uncovered personal information about Republican …

Drone Nearly Hits Passenger Jet in Los Angeles

A drone nearly hit a passenger jet preparing to land in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.<p>The Los Angeles <i>Times</i> reported that a Lufthansa A380-800 jet …

Laurene Powell Jobs is building Steve’s dream home

Steve Jobs was such a perfectionist that, for years, he didn’t fill his house with furniture simply because he couldn’t find items that measured up to his high standards.<p>Which is why it is oddly fitting that only now — approaching five years after the former Apple CEO’s death — is work finally set …

Silicon Valley

Indian smartphone startup Creo releases more details about its new take on Android

Creo, the Indian startup that recently received $3 million in funding to create a new twist on Android, has unveiled its first smartphone, called the Mark 1. A promotional video has been posted, but the company hasn’t released hardware details yet. Founder Sai Srinivas tells TechCrunch that leaked …

Uber Launches Instant Pay Pilot as It Battles Lyft for Drivers

The move comes just three months after Lyft rolled out its own proprietary cash-out service called Express Pay.<p>In a move to appease a growing portion of its active drivers, Uber announced today a pilot program called Instant Pay that allows drivers to immediately access cash they’ve earned, using a …

Driverless Cars

The UK's first VR roller coaster is a lonely trip through space

The medium of virtual reality is changing how we experience games, movies, news, sport, porn, <i>The Simpsons</i>... and now, roller coasters. Already this year, several theme park operators in the US and UK have announced rides that will blend physical sensations with digital worlds. Germany's Europa-Park …

IBM buys UK’s Optevia to ramp up in public-sector, cloud-based CRM services

IBM has made an acquisition to help grow its business in cloud services for government and other public sector organizations — cloud services being of the areas that IBM hopes will offset declines in its legacy business. The company has acquired Optevia, a UK-based consultancy that specialises in …

Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

Ford’s first vehicle w/ Apple’s CarPlay will be 2017 Escape in May

Ford today announced that its first vehicle to offer support for Apple’s iPhone-connected, in-dash CarPlay system will be the 2017 Escape going on sale in May.<p>The vehicle will include the latest version of Ford’s SYNC platform, version 3, which brings new connected software and hardware features to …

Android Auto

Jack Dorsey says he's never blocked anyone on Twitter

"It's disappointing, but reflective of the world," Dorsey said. "We see as much optimism as we see negativity."<p>He went on to explain that he sees Twitter as "empowering dialogue" so that people can talk about issues.<p>Lauer asked Dorsey whether he ever gets trolled on the site. "I get some …

Jack Dorsey

Get a Pebble Time smartwatch for $90

From the Cheapskate: Amazingly, these are new, not refurbished. Unfortunately, they won't last long at this price.<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys</i> …