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Burmese government signs draft ceasefire deal with rebel groups

Agreement paves way for further peace talks with ethnic armies, but fighting in the north continues<p>Burma’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed the wording of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.<p>Though it was lauded as a significant step – the …

Myanmar ferry accident leaves dozens dead

At least 33 people have drowned after an overcrowded ferry capsized in northwestern Myanmar, government officials said.<p>The vessel was carrying more than 200 passengers when it encountered bad weather and was hit by huge waves on its journey from the coastal town of Taunggok to Sittwe, capital of …

Overcrowding

Google Drive for Android now has drag and drop support

The latest update for Google Drive for Android adds a small but crucial feature for those who manage their documents through Google. Now, users can drag and drop files into folders on mobile. By long-pressing on a document, you can now select any number of files and move them back and forth between …

Google Contacts Gets A New Look

Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a …

Sony World Photography Awards Adds a Smartphone Category for 2015

Another sign of the times: the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced that they will be launching an entirely new award today …

Free Photography Software for Your Image-Editing Needs

There's no denying the fact that in photography, the software necessary to process the images can cost more than an entry level DSLR camera. It's …

5 Tips for Getting Fresh Ideas for Macro Photography

Are you seeking some inspiration for getting creative with some new macro photographs? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of taking close-ups of typical …

Macro Photography

Microsoft OneDrive Gets Photo-Centric Updates That Improve the Image Experience

There’s a royal rumble going on in the world of cloud storage, and photo storage is one of the battlegrounds upon which the war is being waged. …

How To Build The Foundation For Your Photography Marketing Strategies In 5 Steps

Building photography marketing strategies for your photography business needs a solid foundation.<b>Today’s topic should be a welcome one for any</b> …

Marketing

10 Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Street Photography

Introduction<p>First things first. My name is Marius Vieth and I’m a 26 year old fine art photographer from Amsterdam who loves nothing more than street …

What Every Photographer Needs to Know About Creating an Online Portfolio

We should clear up one myth before we continue, a photographic portfolio is not the preserve of the professional photographer. Yes, in the days …

Laos: Thousands suffering from the deadly aftermath of US bomb campaign

Fifty years after US combat troops entered Vietnam, neighbouring Laos is still dealing with unexploded bombs from fierce air attacks<p>“If I had arrived 15 minutes later at the hospital, I would have died. I underwent 12 blood transfusions in order to survive.” Sitting in the living room of her wooden …

Vietnam

U.N. rights chief slams Myanmar monk for 'sexist' remarks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - (Editors note: The third and fourth paragraphs contain language that some readers may find offensive.)<p>Wirathu, Buddhist monk and leader of the 969 movement, talks with other monks during a protest against visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, …

Nepal crisis deepens after opposition politicians storm parliament

Rivals throw shoes and microphones in scuffle over new constitution, intensifying public angst over slow political progress<p>Nepal has plunged deeper into crisis after feuding politicians – throwing microphones and shoes – failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, a key step to stability.<p>…

North Korea pushes Myanmar to seize pirated versions of 'The Interview': media

YANGON (Reuters) - - Myanmar police have begun seizing pirated copies of the film “The Interview”, a comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with media saying the move followed pressure from the North Korean embassy in Yangon.<p>A man walks by the poster for the …

Outlook.com now lets you save email attachments directly to OneDrive

Microsoft today updated Outlook.com, formerly known as Hotmail, with a new Save to OneDrive feature. As the name implies, you can now save your email attachments directly to the cloud.<p>Microsoft says this is a feature Outlook.com users “have been asking for.” Some users started to see it show up …

Apps

Android customization – how to regain storage space by cleaning the cache on your Android device

Last week on our Android customization post, you got to play with image files and change up your wallpaper on your Android device. After messing with all those image files, you may be finding that your internal storage space is strangely low, so we should try to fix that.<p>There are many things you …

Android News

UN calls for 'full Rohingya citizenship'

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution urging Myanmar to provide "full citizenship'' to its Rohingya Muslim minority and to allow them to move freely throughout the country.<p>The resolution adopted by consensus on Monday, stressed the assembly's "serious concern'' about the government's …

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says 'too early' to commit to 2015 election

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government on Tuesday to hold a transparent election next year and said her party was waiting for a poll date to be set before deciding whether to run.<p>Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends the National League …

A New Zealander Is Facing 4 Years in a Burmese Prison for 'Insulting Buddhism'

A bar manager from New Zealand and two Burmese nationals are spending Christmas Day in Burma’s notorious Insein prison and will go on trial Friday, …

Woman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern …

Burma trial begins over ‘Buddha insult’

New Zealand bar manager and two workers deny charges they insulted religion by posting advertisement with pink Buddha wearing headphones<p>A New Zealand bar manager and two Burmese men pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink …

Myanmar officer jailed for backing smaller army role in politics

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s military has jailed an officer for two years for signing a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to reduce the army’s role in politics, the officer’s wife said Monday.<p>The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, spearheaded a …

Your old laptop's battery will light homes in developing countries

Don't be too quick to toss out the battery from that ancient laptop -- it might just be the key to powering homes in developing countries, and helping the environment in the process. IBM researchers have revealed UrJar, a device that turns old lithium-ion battery packs into rechargeable energy …

Myanmar should investigate girl's killing, say rights groups

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s government should investigate the military’s alleged killing of a 14-year-old girl whose father is being prosecuted for making “false charges” after filing a complaint about the attack, rights groups said Saturday.<p>The girl, Ja Seng Ing, was shot by soldiers in September …

Lawyer raps report on Myanmar journalist's death, demands new inquiry

YANGON (Reuters) - A report into the death of a Myanmar journalist while in military custody is inadequate and the country’s president must now order an independent investigation, his family’s lawyer said on Tuesday.<p>Than Dar, the wife of slain journalist Par Gyi, holds a family photograph showing …

Nepal's marginalised group protest crackdown | Politics

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal -</b> Nationalist strains have emerged along Nepal's southern border with India as Madhesis who make up the majority of inhabitants in the region seek improved conditions.<p>Many Madhesis say they are victims of discrimination and rights abuses, and protests seeking repairs to crumbling …