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Japan officials work fevereshly to secure ISIL hostage's release

An Islamic State deadline for the release of a terrorist in a swap for a Jordanian pilot passed at sunset Thursday with no word on the state of the negotiations or a proposed exchange on the Turkish border.<p>Even as the deadline loomed, Jordan was demanding proof that Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, the …

Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police …

Apple's now shipping as many smartphones as Samsung

When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no longer actually be the case. In its latest look at the state of the industry, Apple and Samsung …

Android Breaks 1B Mark For 2014, 81% Of All 1.3B Smartphones Shipped

With the quarterly numbers now in from smartphone leaders Samsung and Apple, the analysts at Strategy Analytics have published their latest figures on how the overall market performed for the last quarter of the year and 2014 overall. In short, it has been a milestone year. Globally we have now …

LG’s Annual Profit Doubles To $475M After Shipping 59.1M Smartphones In 2014

Samsung may be stumbling after posting its lowest annual profit for three years. The same can’t be said for fellow Korean company LG, which just revealed that it posted an improved $475 million profit for 2014 after shipping a total of 59.1 million smartphones, a 24 percent increase on its previous …

Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets out of preview

Microsoft today launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets. Previously in preview, the apps have now hit general availability on Google Play: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.<p>The launch follows Microsoft’s big Office news on November 6, when it made mobile editing free, launched Word, …

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5 Fashion

Jenn de la Vega / January 14, 2015<p>We may not have our flying cars yet, but we’re not far off from futuristic and glamorous gadgets. Today, …

Ditching Your Commute Qualified: Worth ~$40K / Year In Happiness

5 years ago when I left Minneapolis to move to San Francisco, I went car-free and documented how even after a short time period I found the …

Commuting

Why Google’s Plan To Sell Wireless Probably Doesn’t Scare Network Providers

Google is gearing up to sell wireless service directly to customers as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), by acquiring excess network capacity from Sprint and T-Mobile and reselling it to customers under its own brand. This is the same approach used by Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Pure Talk, …

Google Fiber

Spotify for iOS Gets Nifty Touch Preview and Gesture Features

Music streaming platform Spotify has today introduced a new feature that it says allows iOS users to listen to song previews and build playlists in a far more convenient way.<p>Fittingly dubbed Touch Preview, the feature lets you simply hold your finger down on any track to get a short snippet – …

Microsoft is ready to be loved again

And we're ready for holograms<p>"We have bigger hopes, higher aspirations for Windows," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, standing on a stage above a secret room filled with crazy holographic technology. "We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. …

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

Foreign ministers discuss how to defeat ISIL

Two days after President Obama told Congress that Islamic State's advances in Syria and Iraq were being halted, Secretary of State John Kerry offered specifics Thursday, saying thousands of the fighters had been killed and 270 square miles recaptured in Iraq.<p>Kerry's remarks after an international …

Tsarnaev opening statements delayed in Boston bombing trial

<b>(CNN) —</b> Opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev likely won't begin Monday as originally planned, because jury selection is taking longer than anticipated, a court official said Thursday.<p>Monday "is not realistic" as a start date, and the court expects to …