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

Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/EPA<p>Prince Charles in Riyadh in 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/27/1422385752334/cccaaed0-a5f7-46aa-9c58-6ddf813e9dfd-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/EPA<p>Prince Charles in Riyadh in …

Reported Apple Watch battery life, chip capabilities surface

Tim Cook alluded to a daily recharge for the Apple Watch when introducing the device and that’s looking more likely, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark …

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 …

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Photograph: Crown Copyright. IWM/Imperial War Museum<p>Commanding presence: Churchill leaving HMS Ajax to attend a conference ashore. Athens can be seen in the …

US boy missing for four years found alive hidden behind fake wall

Unnamed 13-year-old in Atlanta was able to phone his mother and tell her he was behind a false wall at his father's house<p>A 13-year-old boy reported missing by his mother four years ago was found hidden behind a false wall in his father's home.<p>After a tip-off police raided a detached suburban house …

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

A group of British men were questioned by US and UK authorities after being discovered monitoring flights at a series of American airports used by Margaret Thatcher and John Major, according to documents released to the Guardian on Monday.<p>An FBI file from 1998 said that six “suspicious incidents …

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

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 $61m funding round.<p>One of the app’s key features is anonymity: people can post messages without divulging their …

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

Prosecutors spent four years fighting to extradite Shrien Dewani so that he could stand trial. On Monday the Cape Town judge Jeanette Traverso said the evidence meant to connect the Briton to his wife Anni’s murder was so poor that only a confession by Dewani could have led to a conviction.<p>What …

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 …

'I don't feel like he's dead': Son vindicated as father rescued after 12 days at sea

The Coast Guard didn't think Ron Ingraham could survive, stuck in a 25-foot sailboat for days as waves swelled 15 to 20 feet high. His son did.<p>"I don't feel like he's dead," Zakary Ingraham told a Coast Guard official nine days ago, after learning their search was ending. "I don't feel it."<p>He was …

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

The secret is a circular design: Tiny solid wheels fold up into a frame made of two circles instead of the usual triangle. A circular seat doubles as …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

Some will have assumed this week’s headlines blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder were just the usual spin, diverting the attention from the agencies’ own incompetence. Yet it is part of a growing pattern.<p>When Robert Hannigan took over as GCHQ chief he wrote in the FT claiming of the internet …

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 …

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

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, the pro-Assad Syrian hacker group.<p>A portion of visitors to all those sites are presented with a blank screen and a …

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

In its latest effort to improve its ad targeting, Twitter will start collecting information on what mobile apps its users have downloaded.<p>If you’re …

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 …

Scientists Warn About Bias In The Facebook And Twitter Data Used In Millions Of Studies

Social media like Facebook and Twitter are far too biased to be used blindly by social science researchers, two computer scientists have warned.<p>Writing in today’s issue of <i>Science</i>, Carnegie Mellon’s Juergen Pfeffer and McGill’s Derek Ruths have warned that scientists are treating the wealth of data …

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

The most expensive consumer fitness tracker going on sale this year is a fancy wristwatch — not a smartwatch — and it will cost $450. The Withings …

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

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 defence official was however unable to confirm reports that the group’s top commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, …