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Google said to be working on "refresh" button for updates in the Play Store

Google is reportedly working on implementing a refresh button into the Google Play Store in the <i>My Apps & Games</i> screen, according to information from <i>Android Police.</i> The button would provide a manual way to re-scan the Play Store for potential updates, without having to exit the app.<p>Currently, when …

Trump has 3,643 websites that range from TrumpEmpire.com to TrumpFraud.org

Donald Trump has a vast online portfolio of domain names -- digital addresses that foreshadowed his political career, business projects and accusations of unethical behavior.<p>Before he reached the White House, Trump's company had laid claim to at least 3,643 website domains, according to internet …

There’s a hidden menu in Android that lets you unlock experimental features — here’s how to use it

It's not available on every device — you'll have less luck if yours has a heavy UI skin — but it's worth checking out to see which features may be arrive with future Android versions. For example, some of the features Google brought to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update — where it was first …

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

Optimists will call it bad timing, cynics will label it “Monkey see, monkey do,” but either way Samsung looks set to copy the worst feature of the radically redesigned iPhone 8…<p>According to a new report from SamMobile, Samsung is going to match Apple’s planned price rises which will see both the …

IPhone 8

Student confesses to throwing wooden block at Trump's motorcade, authorities say

A Florida middle school student has confessed to throwing a "2×4″ block of wood at President Donald Trump's motorcade on Friday, not far from the president's Mar-a-Lago estate, authorities said.<p>Just before 2 p.m. Friday, as the caravan was passing through West Palm Beach, one vehicle in the …

Windows wins the desktop, but Linux takes the world

The city with the highest-profile Linux desktop projects is turning back to Windows, but the fate of Linux isn't tied to the PC anymore.<p>After a …

Linux

Former engineer says Uber is a nightmare of sexism

A former Uber engineer has published an explosive account of sexism and power struggles in the workplace, with allegations beginning from her very first official day with the company. The engineer, Susan Fowler (who left Uber in December and now works for Stripe), posted the account to her blog on …

Japan export growth slows, Trump's trade policies cloud outlook | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s exports rose in January at a slower pace than the previous month due to a decline in shipments to the U.S. and the Lunar New Year holidays and as concerns about growing trade protectionism cast doubts over the outlook.<p>FILE PHOTO - Containers are seen at an industrial port …

Economy

Northern California braces for more rain and possible flooding

SAN FRANCISCO — The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region.<p>The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at “danger stage,” …

President Trump attended a private Mar-a-Lago event Saturday night — without telling the media

When he returned from his rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday night, President Trump’s official day was over. The press pool that travels with the president was given a lid about 7:45 p.m., indicating that he wouldn’t be doing anything else that would be worth covering. “Goodnight from Palm …

John F. Kennedy Commemorated on New Postal Stamp

John F. Kennedy was a known fan of writing letters, whether it be to his father Joseph Kennedy or Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. And now, in honor of his 100th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service is unveiling a new postage stamp commemorating the 35th president.<p>The stamp, which will be displayed …

Nokia’s re-entry into smartphones is a tough call

Few technology companies evoke the same feelings of warm, fuzzy nostalgia as Nokia. Just mentioning the name brings back memories of a time when mobile phones were mainly just that – devices for making phone calls, rather than portable supercomputers that demand every other minute of our time for …

Mobile

Science says if you want to lose weight, drink a glass of wine before bedtime!

Science is on our side today. Those smart people in white coats who clock in long hours in research labs have found out drinking two glasses of wine …

Newly Discovered Microbe Does Something Textbooks Say Is Impossible: It Lives Without Mitochondria

Cells have adapted to find new ways of life.<p>According to established scientific knowledge, complex cells (called eukaryotic cells) can't survive …

Argentina ex-President Fernandez de Kirchner charged with fraud

<b>The former Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has been charged with defrauding the state.</b><p>She is accused of manipulating the Central Bank to sell dollars at an artificially low price in the months before she left office.<p>Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio said this cost the state about …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has shut down rumors that the company is planning to replace its chronological feed with an algorithmically sorted one.</b> That doesn't mean that an algorithmic timeline won't happen though, it could just be an optional feature.<p><b>2. Programming site GitHub is going through</b> …

Death toll rises in Christmas tornadoes across the United States

Several consecutive days of severe weather systems have resulted in more than a dozen tornadoes across a number of US states. At least 14 people have …

Weather

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Procter & Gamble has handed Omnicom the bulk of its multi-billion dollar media buying and planning account, The Wall Street Journal first reported.</b> The US-based holding company won the business from Publicis Groupe.<p><b>2. This investment bank presentation helps explain the often-complicated digital</b> …

Samsung Denies Nikon NX Rumor, Reportedly Has a Full Frame Mirrorless Ready

One of the big rumors circulating in the photo world this week is that Nikon acquired Samsung’s NX technology to gain strength in the mirrorless …

Fifagate scandal claims another victim

South America has only one effective delegate left on the executive committee of FIFA and Luis Bedoya quit as head of the Colombian football federation.<p>CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, is allocated three places on the governing body of the scandal-racked world federation – one …

Barack Obama addresses climate change in first Facebook video

President walks along south lawn of the White House and discusses climate change issues in his first ever Facebook video<p>The White House launched a Facebook page on Monday for <b>President Barack Obama</b> and used the social media platform to send a message on climate change.<p>Organizing for Action, the …

Samsung may move up Galaxy S7 launch to January, report says

Samsung is reportedly moving up the launch of its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, to January in order to ramp up competition with Apple in the high-end phone market.<p>Samsung finalized the design for the Galaxy S7 by the end of September and is currently securing the components it will need …

Gear & Gadgets

Germany orders nationwide recall of VW's dirty diesels

Germany’s auto regulator has ordered Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) to recall all the cars in the country that are fitted with emissions cheating software.<p>The …

Here's a ranking of celebrities based on the price of their Apple Watches

Everyone from politicians and sports stars to singers and business executives have Apple Watches. But how much do they cost?<p>We checked out the price of every famous figure's fancy new watch.

From dirt poor to billionaire — the incredible rags-to-riches story of fashion legend Ralph Lauren

On Tuesday, the fashion legend announced he would step down as CEO from his iconic brand Polo Ralph Lauren.<p>He will stay with the company as its executive chairman and chief creative officer.<p>Lauren has an estimated net worth of $6 billion.<p>Long before he became a fashion icon, he was Ralph Lipschitz, …

Robert Mugabe at UN General Assembly says: We are not gays

The Zimbabwean president made the comments during his speech and has previously described homosexuals as worse than "pigs, goats and birds"<p>Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe strayed from his script in startling fashion on Monday evening, and blurted out: "We are not gays" during his UN General …

Volkswagen: 1.8M commercial vehicles affected by emissions rigging scandal

Volkswagen said Tuesday that 1.8 million commercial vehicles are among those affected by the emissions-rigging scandal, while Spanish unit SEAT said 700,000 of its cars were fitted with the diesel engine in question.<p>Volkswagen AG has admitted using a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car …

Google makes Android Marshmallow official

Google officially launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, showing off many new features — particularly the …

How to build your own 'Netflix and chill' button, according to Netflix

Netflix has published instructions to make a button that will order takeout, dim the lights, turn on the television, launch Netflix, and silence your phones. The streaming services calls it "The Switch," but <i>Hackaday</i> provides its real name: "The Netflix and Chill Button."<p>Netflix and chill, for those …