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South Korea, U.S. to deploy THAAD missile defense, drawing China rebuke | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.<p>A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) …

North Korea

At least 40 killed as Islamic State suicide bombers attack Shiite shrine in Iraq

BAGHDAD — At least 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad, medical officials said Friday, as Iraqis took to the streets of the capital to demonstrate against a government they say is failing to protect them.<p>Three suicide bombers dressed in military uniforms …

Islam

This Chinese tech giant just unveiled a stunning new line of smartphones

In an era when all smartphones start to look alike, innovation makes all the difference when it comes to picking a device. China-based technology company Lenovo is catching on.<p>The company just unleashed a slew of new smartphones at an event in San Francsico, from a massive, 6.4-inch phablet that …

Mobile Technology

These Colorized Photos Show a Century's Evolution of Indy 500 Racing

Gil Andersen of Norway with his riding mechanic aboard the #3 Stutz Motor Company Stutz Bearcat racer before the start o<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Hulton …

Motorsport

Sprint just brought back the two-year contract

Because customers asked for it<p>Just one month after quietly discontinuing the option, Sprint has decided to revive two-year contracts. That makes it the only one of the big four carriers in the US still offering the 24-month payment plan. Sprint says it brought the option back after receiving …

Mobile

3 British tourists die while climbing waterfalls in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Three British tourists died while climbing waterfalls in central Vietnam early Friday afternoon, and their guide was being questioned by police, officials and state media reported.<p>It wasn't immediately known how they died in the accident in Lam Dong province.<p>Vo Anh Tan, deputy …

Vietnam

3 of Apple's closest watchers say the company has a growing problem

Mossberg, writing for The Verge, said there had been a "gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple's core apps." This has occurred over the past few years, he said.<p>"It's almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products," …

Apple Music

Google reveals how much it paid the guy who bought Google.com last year

Is this a dad joke? This is a dad joke<p>Last October, ex-Google employee Sanmay Ved somehow managed to purchase "google.com" from Google Domain when the company apparently forgot to renew its domain name. Although he only owned it for about a minute before Google reversed the transaction, Ved …

Android News

Now we know why Sony is slow to announce new products

It's not that Sony isn't making stuff, it's just being a bit more realistic about its place in the world<p>Sony's CES announcements this year are neatly summarized by the void of nothingness between COO Mike Fasulo's hands in the photo above. The Japanese company that helped define mainstream consumer …

Consumer Tech

Apple's Future iPhones May Get a Very Major Upgrade

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Apple Watch

Google’s AI just cracked the game that supposedly no computer could beat

Computers have slowly started to encroach on activities we previously believed only the brilliantly sophisticated human brain could handle. IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Grand Master Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, and in 2011 IBM’s Watson beat former human winners at the quiz game <i>Jeopardy.</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is "a thing of beauty."<p>Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney's Hills District, was one of the first …

Google just shut down all the social media accounts for Glass

The consumer-facing version of Glass was shut down over a year ago, but the social media accounts — which included Google+ and Twitter — continued to be updated with holiday messages and #ThroughGlass postings, which highlighted the uses of the headset.<p>Glass works by sitting in the line-of-sight …

Google Glass

Islamic State confirms identity of dead British terrorist Jihadi John

Isil confirms identity and death of Mohammed Emwazi in statement taunting MI5 for allowing jihadi to travel from Britain to Syria<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists have acknowledged the death of Jihadi John for the first time, claiming that he "pretended to be unintelligent to trick …

Islamic State Claims Deadly Indonesia Attacks

Two civilians, five terrorists killed, officials say<p>JAKARTA, Indonesia—Multiple blasts and gunfire wreaked havoc in the Indonesian capital on Thursday in what officials said were coordinated Islamic State-linked terror attacks, leaving two civilians and five assailants dead.<p>A Canadian and an …

Extremism

Here Be Dragons: The "Sacred Terror" of the Alps of Switzerland

<i>"Placed on this planet since yesterday, and only for a day, we can only hope to glimpse the knowledge that we will probably never attain."</i><p>-Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, 1796<p>Dateline: Mount Pilates, Switzerland<p>I've penned a few books that have been placed in the category of "wilderness travel." But …

Literature

ESA Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Recontact Comet Lander

More than a year after the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Philae spacecraft made history with the first-ever successful touchdown on the surface of a comet — 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, its Rosetta spacecraft is still trying to re-establish contact with its now-silent lander.<p>“We’re trying to contact …

Space

See How These Famous Cartoon Characters Looked in Their Live Action Films

Animation

Pluto filled with 'spectacular colours' and varying terrain, Nasa's New Horizons mission reveals

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft discovered towering ice mountains and ridges, rolling plains, and icebergs floating in lakes of frozen nitrogen<p>Pluto is a world of "spectacular" colours, dramatic surface features and dynamic geology, the first published results from a fly-by of the dwarf planet have …

Obama's decision to delay withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, explained

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Once again, the United States is delaying the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan -- prolonging the United States' longest war.<p>President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. will keep its nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016. And in 2017, …

Afghanistan

New Apple TV Will Feature Universal Search, Start At $149

One of Apple TV's most-desired features finally makes its way to the diminutive set-top box.<p>On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Apple will unveil its next-generation Apple TV, as we've already told you. And, as we've also already told you, the device is a significant overhaul of its hoary predecessor, with more …

A Decade of Kate: 7 Photographers Share Their Favorite ’90s Images of Miss Moss

<b>Kate Moss’</b>s origin story is well known by now: Discovered at JFK, the Croydon teen got her first break when alt British magazine <i>The Face</i> published a series of photos of her by Corinne Day in 1990. Day caught Moss’s young, freckled face mid-laugh on the magazine’s cover; inside, in a spread called …

A Brief History of New York City Taxicabs

An early electric hansom taxicab on a New York City street, circa 1900. The Electric Carriage and Wagon Company, the fir<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Nathan …

New York City

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Venice Film Festival Opens: Pictures

Venice

Nasa releases amazing high-resolution picture of sunlit Earth from one million miles away

Nasa has released the first image taken from its new deep space satellite DSCOVR<p>If Carl Sagan was impressed with the Pale Blue Dot, he would have been equally blown away by this incredible image (launch high-resolution version) of Earth taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …