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2 U.S. swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd pays $10,800; Lochte apologizes

The story that Ryan Lochte told four days ago was frightening and detailed, the Olympic gold medalist recalling a late-night robbery and a pistol pressed against his head. On Friday, Lochte apologized for exaggerating.<p>On Thursday, Brazilian authorities presented evidence they say contradicts that …

Brazil

Volvo and Uber ink deal to develop ‘base vehicles’ for autonomous cars

Uber will use Volvo’s cars for its next stage of self-driving development<p>Uber and Volvo have entered into an industrial partnership to collaborate on autonomous car development, the two companies announced today. The deal will see Volvo sell 100 cars to Uber by the end of the year (a few have been …

Anti-obesity lobbyists want fat government 

If the anti-sugar lobby is angry with the Government, then the Government is probably doing something right. Its rethought childhood obesity strategy still, regrettably, includes a tax on sugary drinks, which is a bad idea. But there is now an emphasis on physical exercise in schools, while the …

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says his company's self-driving cars will create more jobs, not destroy them

But the CEO's attitude and ambition may sound an awful lot like a looming existential threat for another group: the thousands of people who drive for the ride-hailing startup.<p>After all, Uber's engineering director told Bloomberg that "the goal is to wean us off having drivers in the cars."<p>But …

Motorola claims Samsung stole its AOD feature from them

The upcoming Galaxy Note7 boasts an advanced Always-On Display feature, and Motorola took to Twitter to call it a stolen feature, claiming its Moto X was the original.<p>Twitter has long been a battleground where tech companies to diss each other. With each new product, competitors haven’t exactly …

Latest Gartner data shows iOS vs Android battle shaping up much like Mac vs Windows

While Apple has seen declining sales of its iPhone over recent quarters, new data from Gartner provides another look into the decline facing Apple and the smartphone market in other regions. Overall, the data shows that smartphone sales worldwide grew 4.3 percent year-over-year, though Apple saw a …

Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year

Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part …

Airbus

Fight E-Corp in Telltale fashion with Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn, out now on Google Play

Would you pay for the opportunity to get wrapped up in hacker collective fsociety’s efforts to press the reset button on the world economy, just like they do in the TV show? Well publisher Telltale games and developer Night School Studio is offering just that in the form of a Mr. Robot-themed game …

Facebook's point-based recruiting system isn't producing diversity

Two years ago, Facebook proposed a system to make its workforce less universally white or Asian and male. The plan was to incentivize its in-house recruiters to hire diverse candidates, literally giving them more points for Hispanic, black and/or female candidates that would build a score directly …

Wall Street

US Olympic Committee apologizes to city of Rio for swimmers' actions on night of alleged robbery

While it's still difficult to parse through what exactly happened the night Ryan Lochte claimed he and three US swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, it has become clear that they were not blameless in the situation.<p>Reports and security footage were released Thursday disputing Lochte's claims and …

US Air Force orders a new fleet of killer drones to battle in the sky

The contract with California-based General Atomics calls for delivery of 30 MQ-9 Reapers by the spring of 2019, according to the <i>Air Force Times</i>.<p>The Air Force describes the MQ-9 as a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that "provides a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and …

The massive iPhone speed improvement that no one is talking about

Every year we want our pocket computers to be even faster at doing amazing smarter things and be more energy efficient than last year. We look for …

How to Manage and Edit the Mailboxes on your iPad

The most widely used email client on iOS is the default Apple Mail app. Sure there are other email apps out there that are much more feature rich and great to use. However, the masses typically go with default programs that come pre-installed in their devices. In addition, if you aren’t the type of …

This breakthrough could help double the battery life of future phones

SolidEnergy, a company that started out life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, is developing a lithium metal battery which can offer double the capacity of a lithium-ion battery, the standard used to power many devices today.<p>While lithium-ion batteries have improved, they …

Mental scars showing on youngest victims of Louisiana floods

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Michelle Parrott's children hear thunder when there is no storm. When rain does fall, they ask their mother if the …

Students can use the dark web to cheat their way through school

Today, students are hiring hackers on the darknet to attack their school servers with a Distributed Denial of Service. Kids these days.<p>"In the new digital era, students are looking to cheat the system just like those of the past," Daniel Smith, a security researcher at the cybersecurity company …

Next Apple Watch will not be iPhone-independent, report says

If you're hoping for an Apple Watch that can function pretty much on its own, even when your iPhone's not present, you'll likely have to wait a …

Apple Watch

New York Times closing free NYT Now app at the end of the month

The <i>New York Times</i> has announced that its NYT Now app is to be withdrawn as of 29th August. The app, which provided a curated selection of stories from the paper aimed at younger readers, was launched at <i>South by Southwest</i> back in 2014.<p>Making money from news is hard these days, and the <i>NYT</i> had …

T-Mobile, Sprint Vie For New Customers With Unlimited-Data Plans

Henry Ford would be proud of T-Mobile, says telecom analyst Roger Entner.<p>One of the most famous quotes by the legendary Ford Motor founder was on the availability of the Model T in only one color: "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."<p>And so with …

Telecoms

Pokémon Go developer confirms it’s permanently banning cheaters

Don’t let the door hit ya<p><i>Pokémon Go</i> developer Niantic Labs is now issuing permanent bans to players whose accounts "show clear signs of cheating," the company said in a blog post last night.<p>"After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking …

Pokémon

Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X

Furthering its mission to work more closely with the developer community, Microsoft is open sourcing PowerShell and making it available on Linux and Mac OS X.<p>PowerShell is the company’s task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework for running and managing system …

Night Tube begins in London, bringing 'huge boost' to capital

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1256000/1256958_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524890157_d0ace3a6d3f8d3ce629bbb5232c4089e<p><b>The Night Tube has been launched in the London Underground - almost three years since the plan was first announced.</b><p>Trains now run on the Victoria and …

Hungry Venezuelans break into Caracas zoo and butcher a horse

Venezuelans suffering from hunger and shortages in their struggling country broke into Caracas zoo and pulled a black stallion from its pen, butchering it for the meat.<p>The crime occurred late last month, in the small hours of the morning at Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo.<p>A gang of people sneaked into the …

Venezuela

Google is opening a physical YouTube store in London

The "Creator Store", due to open within the next four weeks, will be part of the new YouTube Space, which launched this week on the ground floor of Google's 11 storey office in King's Cross.<p>The store will sell t-shirts, books, mugs, photo frames, and other items that have been dreamt up by …

The US will soon no longer control the internet's phone book

For nearly two decades, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been administered by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which means that the American government has been in control of a global database of addresses for most servers and …

Samsung Note 7 teardown reveals waterproof components

iFixit, famous destroyer of gadgets for the good of all humankind, has busted out its arsenal of teardown tools to take apart a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the team's quest to see every single component inside the phone, they found several sealed components that make the device waterproof. If you'll …

Mobile Technology

'Massive' Locky ransomware campaign targets hospitals

FireEye researchers have spotted a surge in cyberattacks on hospitals in the US -- and they're using a new infection technique.<p>A massive …

Ticwatch 2 team clarifies which apps its Kickstarter smartwatch will initially support

The team behind Ticwatch 2, the Chinese smartwatch project that has crossed $1.5 million on Kickstarter, has confirmed which apps and services its wearable device will initially support.<p>Mobvoi, the Google-backed company behind the project, uses its own modified version of Android to power the $139 …

16 Awesome Festival Documentaries to Watch Tonight

Warm up by watching a few of the world’s best documentaries on various festivals from EDM events like <b>Electric Daisy Carnival</b> to religious pilgrimages …

Ashton Eaton ties Olympic record, but it's Bolt's show again

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ashton Eaton retained his title as the best all-around athlete in the world by tying the decathlon Olympic record in Rio de …