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Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms

As Kiev struggles to wrest back control of east from pro-Russia fighters, irregular units of 'Ukrainian patriots' are stepping in<p>The men, dressed in irregular fatigues and with balaclavas pulled over their heads, fingered their Kalashnikovs nervously and jumped at every unusual sound. Eager to aid …

More Signs That Big Xbox One Leak Was Real

Some rumors are very, very fake. Others turn out to be true—and today's <i>Sunset Overdrive</i> news adds yet more credence to a major Xbox leak from January …

Halo

Father of first Xbox Ed Fries optimistic about Xbox One

Fries, who was instrumental in creating Microsoft's first console, tells CNET about the "DirectX box", wooing developers, and uncertainty around "Halo".<p>"Nintendo and Sony had a reputation for being difficult to deal with."<p>"Xbox Live is still the best."

French Fries

Samsung SM-G870A spotted at the FCC, is this the Galaxy S5 Active?

A new Samsung smartphone, labelled the SM-G870A, has been certified by the FCC, which suggests that the device is ready for a release any time soon. There have been rumors circulating that Samsung has been working on an Active version of the Galaxy S5, labeled as the SM-G870. It’s suspected that …

Phones

The TSA’s new ‘Randomizer’ app could cut down security lines in 100 airports

At your next trip to the airport, look out for the Transportation Security Administration’s new app: the “Randomizer.”<p>The TSA is testing a new app to randomly decide which airline passengers don’t need to remove their jackets, shoes, and belts, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Traditionally, only …

Snapchat will allow users to easily save messages

Ephemerality, it turns out, is ephemeral.<p>Snapchat has ascended the ranks of the Apple App Store since its release in 2011 by offering mobile messaging without the digital paper trail. Once viewed, photos sent via the app vanish in seconds.<p>But buried in its product updates released last week was …

Social Media

Senate approves 'kill switches' for cellphones sold in California

The state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that would require cellphones sold in California to be equipped with "kill switches" that can render them inoperable if stolen.<p>LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other law enforcement officials backed the legislation as a way to counter a surge in …

Ukraine crisis: 'three people killed' in fighting at Mariupol police station

Interior minister says 20 'terrorists' were also killed, but medical authorities report three deaths and 25 injuries<p>At least three people were killed as Ukrainian government forces attacked the occupied police headquarters in the south-eastern port city of Mariupol, according to medical authorities.<p>…

Ukraine crisis in maps

<b>The crisis in Ukraine began in November 2013 when pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych's government abandoned a deal with the European Union in favour of stronger ties with Russia.</b><p>Ukraine has been torn between east and west since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ukrainian is the main …

Russia

Ukraine: siege mentality pushes south-eastern region to precipice of civil war

In the town of Konstaninovka, an uneasy atmosphere of threats and violence is building ahead of a vote on independence<p>Sergei Chertkov leafs through a stack of documents with a heavy sigh. In the regional administration building in Konstantinovka paper has replaced emails in recent days; the …

Pro-Russian separatists to go ahead with eastern Ukraine referendum

The pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine decided Thursday to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay it.<p>While Putin's call on Wednesday to postpone the vote was seen as part of an effort to step back from confrontation and …