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Home Theater Terms, Explained by the Experts

There’s no shortage of technical jargon in the world of home theater. Phrases and specs are mentioned incessantly by manufacturers hoping to …

Televisions

A Beginner’s Guide to Speakers

Where Physics Meets the Showroom<p>What you think you know about speakers is really just a stereotype. That image of the little black box floating in …

Audiophile

How ISIS monitors and restricts internet access in the 'caliphate'

ISIS keeps tight controls on all aspects of life in its self-declared Islamic "caliphate," the swath of territory it has seized across Iraq and Syria over the past 18 months.<p>To help keep the population in line, the militants have been increasingly limiting civilian access to outside …

Café

Russia condemns Charlie Hebdo for Sinai plane crash cartoons

Editor of French satirical magazine hits back at Vladimir Putin, saying his claim that the cartoons are sacrilegious is absurd<p>Russia has condemned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing two cartoons about the plane crash in the Sinai desert in which 224 people were killed. One …

Charlie Hebdo

The cloud wars explained: Why nobody can catch up with Amazon

Even as the startup craze starts to cool in Silicon Valley, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all reported bang-up earnings last quarter, not least because of their big bets on the cloud.<p>What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise …

Amazon Web Services

EU nears decision on labeling products from Israeli settlements | Reuters

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union will soon decide on labeling rules to inform consumers if imported Israeli products come from Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, the EU’s top diplomat said on Saturday.<p>European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission …

North Africa

Canada and Australia feel the squeeze in wake of Chinese economic slowdown

Iron and oil producers proved resilient during the crash of 2008-09 but are now struggling as commodities prices decline<p>In the mining town of Port Hedland, 1,500km north of Perth, modest prefabricated homes called fibro shacks, which were changing hands for more than A$1m four years ago, are now …

Economics

Feds Charge Trio With Running $54 Million 'Green Energy' Scheme

PHILADELPHIA -- Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said.<p>Troy Wragg, 34, …

Corruption

Why McDonald’s Is Tweeting at Everyone Who Asked for All-Day Breakfast

McDonald's is tweeting to 88,000 Twitter users, individually.<p>As you may have heard, McDonald’s finally caved into years of demands to serve its …

McDonald's

Why the new Apple TV could be the most revolutionary Apple product in years

At long last, it appears that Apple is going to unveil the updated version of Apple TV.<p>This will be an enormous disappointment to some Apple faithful, who have been fantasizing about an entire television set designed by Apple. But that was always a dumb dream. No matter how beautiful an …

Amazon's food delivery ambitions heat up with a new restaurants division

It's Prime time for dinner<p>Amazon is moving ever faster into the world of food delivery, according to recent job postings on its website. As first noticed today by Reuters, the Seattle retail giant has at least 15 postings listed on its own job database for a new unit called Amazon Restaurants. At …

Free Shipping

A new Twitter account hints at what could be one of the best features of the upcoming Apple TV

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new Twitter account that hints at what could be one of the most exciting features of the refreshed Apple TV set-top box that's expected to launch at its big event on Wednesday.<p>With the bio "Embrace the future of gaming," the account's emergence less than a week …

Smart TV

State official uses Facebook to expose secret photo-hiding app

The good news: Kanye West will "not" be our first millennial president (he's just a young, confused Gen X'er).<p>The bad news: As millennials <i>do</i> rise to …

The weird world of offbeat wearables

While most of us have yet to morph into a gadget-laden "gargoyle" (like the one in <i>Snow Crash</i>) the wearable market has still lavished an endless assortment of devices to scatter about our person. The majority of offerings fall into the fitness tracker and smartwatch categories, all with a relatively …

Wearable Tech

Runtastic hides its new fitness tracker in a smartwatch

Just one month after sports apparel company Adidas acquired the popular fitnesss app Runtastic, the new pairing has already birthed a new product: a …

Wearable Tech

LG’s double-sided TV offers a twin peek into the future of OLED displays

Every year, manufacturers roll out a brand new kind of smart television at IFA that turns heads, but this year LG unveiled something that <i>really</i> …

Televisions

Report: Samsung looking to make round Gear S2 w/ rotating bezel iPhone compatible

Samsung is actively looking in to bringing iOS support to its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2, according to a report from Digital Spy. The UK-based site spoke with one of the company’s spokespeople who confirmed that it was “positively looking into opening it up.”<p>Apart from the Samsung Gear Live — …

US cadets injured in pillow fight at West Point academy

<b>A huge pillow fight involving cadets at a prestigious US military academy to mark the end of summer training left at least 30 soldiers injured.</b><p>At least 24 cadets were reported to have been left unconscious because pillows were stuffed with hard objects.<p>One cadet suffered a broken nose, while others …

Military

Veterans Used In Secret Experiments Sue Military For Answers

American service members used in chemical and biological testing have some questions: What exactly were they exposed to? And how is it affecting their health?<p>Tens of thousands of troops were used in testing conducted by the U.S. military between 1922 and 1975. As one Army scientist explained, the …

Military

Austria and Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary | Reuters

HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/MUNICH (Reuters) - Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Saturday to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, bussed to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people.<p>Left to walk …

North Africa

iPhone 6s to have ‘3D Touch’ three-level, next-gen Force Touch interface

One of the cornerstone features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, to be announced next Wednesday, is a screen based on the Force Touch technology from the latest MacBook trackpads and the Apple Watch. However, as we noted in previous articles such as our event expectations roundup from …

IPad Pro

No end in sight for Lebanon polarisation | Israel

The news was daunting and threatened to further enlarge the gulf that separated various communities in this small but increasingly fragile country. On Saturday January 25, "Al-Nusrah Front in Lebanon" issued a warning to Sunnis to avoid Hezbollah-dominated areas, ostensibly to protect them from …

Siege Over, Kenya Has 'Defeated The Monster Of Terrorism'

<b>Update at 12:55 p.m. ET:</b><p>Telling his nation that security forces have "ashamed" those who attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday declared "we have defeated the monster of terrorism."<p>As night fell in Kenya and after four days that captured attention around the …

Android KitKat unveiled By Google And Nestlé

Google has announced that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called ‘Android KitKat’, after Nestlé’s popular chocolate bar.<p>Android has been developed by the company’s engineers under sweet-themed names ever since the release of Android Cupcake in 2009 and continuing in …