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Saudi Arabia and the west: how a cosy relationship turned toxic

Oil has always given the Gulf monarchy huge power. But the US may be less dependent in future – and the world is fast losing patience with Saudi Arabia’s stance on human rights and extremism. Will King Abdullah’s death change anything?<p>It would be far-fetched to describe the US and Britain’s …

Reported Apple Watch battery life, chip capabilities surface

Image copyright Tom Krazit/Gigaom.Tim Cook alluded to a daily recharge for the Apple Watch when introducing the device and that’s looking more …

Apple Watch

Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The special tool-wielding power of human hands may go back farther in evolutionary history than scientists have thought.<p>That's according to a new study of hand bones from an early relative of humans called <i>Australopithecus africanus</i>. Researchers used a powerful X-ray technique to scan the interior …

American Museum of Natural History

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

When 28 civilians were killed in Athens, it wasn’t the Nazis who were to blame, it was the British. Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith reveal how Churchill’s shameful decision to turn on the partisans who had fought on our side in the war sowed the seeds for the rise of the far right in Greece today<p><i>This</i> …

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Exclusive: Putin Cut Ukraine Criticism From Speech Ahead of Peace Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently cut out a blistering critique of Ukrainian authorities in a speech to human-rights advocates last week, …

FBI suspected British men of spying at US airports used by Thatcher and Major

Files released to the Guardian show that in 1998 six ‘suspicious’ incidents were recorded at American airports visited by former prime ministers<p>US believed FBI mole passed secrets to IRA in Thatcher murder plot<p>A group of British men were questioned by US and UK authorities after being discovered …

Yik Yak hack is latest warning of the risks of 'anonymous' messaging apps

Thankfully for the startup’s users, its vulnerability was unearthed by a security company not a malicious hacker<p>Messaging app Yik Yak is a big hit with US college students and venture capital investors alike, having grown rapidly on campuses since its launch in late 2013, culminating in a recent …

Dewani trial: what really happened and how did police get it so wrong?

Briton’s acquittal raises important questions about his wife’s murder and the South African authorities’ response to it • Follow live reaction to the judge’s decision<p>Prosecutors spent four years fighting to extradite Shrien Dewani so that he could stand trial. On Monday the Cape Town judge Jeanette …

Senate report: CIA misled public on torture

<b>(CNN) —</b> The CIA's harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn't work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no "ticking time bomb" information that prevented an attack, according to an explosive Senate report released Tuesday.<p>The majority report issued by …

Microsoft: Cheap PCs are here to stay

PC prices are the lowest they've ever been this holiday season. But even after the deals end, cheap PCs will be around for a long time.<p>Concerned about the long-term impact of fading PC sales on its cash cow Windows and Office businesses, Microsoft has loosened its grip a bit on PC makers. That's …

Mass polygamy in UK Muslim community – claim

Peer warns widespread polygamy being ‘condoned’ as report claims many Muslim women trapped in legal limbo<p>Polygamy is being practised on an “enormous” scale within the British Muslim community without any official attempt to stop it, it has been claimed.<p>A new study of the lives of Muslim women …

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

There goes your last excuse for not biking to work.<p>Most folding bikes are still fairly large even when they’re folded up, and they’re awkward to carry on a crowded subway car or elevator. Folding electric bikes are even bulkier. But the Impossible Bike, a new electric bike now crowdfunding on …

Electric Bikes

Incredible French barn finds could fetch over $18M [w/video]

Heartbreaking Beauties On Display In Varying States Of Decay<p>We all dream about taking a drive and discovering the mythical barn find of a vintage Shelby Cobra or Porsche Speedster hidden way under a sheet, totally forgotten. An upcoming auction from Artcurial in France on February 6 proves that …

17 Mindblowing Facts About North Korea

Condoleezza Rice called it an "outpost of tyranny." George W. Bush said it was one-third of the "axis of evil." And now James Franco and Seth Rogen have a comedy about it, much to Pyongyang's disapproval.<p>Despite all of that, we really don't know that much about North Korea. But what we do know is …

North Korea

WhatsApp And Snapchat Could Be Banned In The U.K. After Charlie Hebdo Murders

As the world continues to be shocked by the events in Paris last week it’s time for the leaders of the world to prove just how little they understand technology. At an event in Nottingham, England, David Cameron spoke about how Britain has, in the past, been able to get access to any form of …

Privacy

Japan reveals record defence budget as tensions with China grow

At US$42bn the budget is another yearly increase but it is still dwarfed by both China and the US<p>Japan has announced its biggest ever defence budget in response to China’s increasing military influence in the region and Beijing’s claims to a group of disputed islands administered by Tokyo.<p>The 4.98 …

Uber’s Android app collects an ‘uncool’ amount of data about users, security pro says

GCHQ's 'jihad on tech firms' can only fail

Bullying the US tech firms could disrupt constructive ways to track terrorism - and force companies to channel requests through lengthy international legal processes<p>Some will have assumed this week’s headlines blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder were just the usual spin, diverting the attention …

Microsoft’s ComScore Numbers Have Been Changed To Hide A Massive Traffic Collapse

The first verifiable evidence of our sources' claims was due to be revealed in this month report from research company comScore, which would have usually published separate worldwide traffic figures for Bing and MSN. The theory was MSN traffic was massively down following the redesign and that Bing …

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Syrian electronic army 'hacks' Independent, OK Magazine and NHL

The SEA is claiming to have hacked a number of sites, but evidence points to an ad network at the heart of the attacks<p>The websites of the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, OK magazine, the London Evening Standard and America’s National Hockey League have been “hacked” by the Syrian Electronic Army, …

iPad Sales Drop Twelve Percent As Android Tablets Soar

There have been a number of signs that the consumers’ rush to buy into the iPad ecosystem was slowing, but data from IDC today puts the slowing retail success of Apple’s tablet into an interesting position.<p>The analyst’s numbers suggest that total iPad sales in 2014 will be down by an eighth (12.7%) …

Twitter is tracking the apps on your phone

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/ Socialsidekick<p>In its latest effort to improve its ad targeting, Twitter will start collecting information on …

Jolla Tablet Will Go 3.5G If It Hits $2.5 Million In Crowd-Funding

The crowdfunded Jolla Tablet broke the $1 million barrier in just over a day. Now having more than tripled its original $380,000 target, Jolla has announced that it’s adding new campaign goals including the option of built-in 3.5G data.<p>Jolla says it will add the option for Jolla Tablet owners in …

You can now buy a fitness tracker from Withings that’s also a gorgeous $450 wristwatch

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>The most expensive consumer fitness tracker going on sale this year is a fancy wristwatch — not a smartwatch — and it will …

Wearable Tech

US air strikes near Mosul destroy Isis convoy but reports leader hit unconfirmed

US says it is unclear if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present Iraq hit by suicide bombings on Friday and Saturday<p>Fighter jets from the US led coalition have destroyed a moving Islamic State (Isis) convoy near Mosul in northern Iraq. Iraqi officials said a number of top militants had been killed.<p>A US …

10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …