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Obama to give speech Wednesday on Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will begin laying out a strategy this week to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday and giving a speech Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.<p>Obama …

Getty Images sues Microsoft over feature that displays photos from Bing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Getty claims that a tool that lets website owners add pictures from a Bing “image search” to their pages …

HTC Butterfly 2 review: Gives even the One M8 a run for its money - CNET

Gives even the One M8 a run for its money<p><b>The Good</b> The HTC Butterfly 2 has almost everything from HTC's One M8, but boots the camera to 13 megapixels. The skin is waterproof, it delivers excellent audio, and it runs on a powerful quad-core processor.<p><b>The Bad</b> The glossy rear face is a fingerprint …

Phones

Elgato announces Eve home automation integrated with Apple’s HomeKit, Avea smart LED lights and Smart Power batteries

Everything has pretty much stopped in North America for Labor Day (except for perv hackers), but IFA 2014 is ramping up in Germany and Elgato is using this event to debut a new lineup of smart accessories. The announcement encompasses three major new products: Eve, Avea, and Smart Power.<p>Elgato Eve …

Alipay Teams Up with Huawei for Fingerprint Mobile Payments

As Chinese internet giants are fighting to own people on mobile payment, Alibaba has announced a way to make its payments service Alipay even more secure on a smartphone — with the introduction of fingerprinting technology in a deal that it inked with smartphone manufacturer Huawei.<p>Alipay Wallet, …

Elgato announces $50 Avea smart lightbulb and Eve smart home sensors

Apparently, the world needs another smart lightbulb, and Elgato's going to sell it to you. Called Avea, the $50 bulb connects to your iDevice directly using Bluetooth (no external hub needed), and lets you set the mood in any room with an appropriate shade of light. Just one iPhone (4S and up), 5th …

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.<p>The insurgents' platform, released at the start of …

Pop culture’s newest apocalypse: Visions of a smartphone dystopia

Two acclaimed new books show how our smartphone addiction is changing the way we think about the end of the world<p>Even in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, when the Internet is broken and electricity scarcer than unicorns, the smartphone survives -- albeit only as an unusable brick. Such is the conceit …

Young people debate the future of the UK

<b>As Scotland's independence referendum draws nearer, young people from across the UK are meeting in Cardiff Bay to consider the future of the union.</b><p>The two-day Young Peoples' Constitutional Convention involves 18 to 30-year-olds from charities, political parties and other bodies.<p>Assembly Deputy …

United Kingdom

Iran internet: Hassan Rouhani tells clerics web is vital

<b>President Hassan Rouhani has urged Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies.</b><p>In a speech broadcast on Iranian television, Mr Rouhani said it was vital that the younger generation had access to the internet.<p>The president, who was elected in 2013, has vowed to support …

South Asia

Pupils begin 'tough' new national curriculum

<b>Millions of children in England will begin a "tough" new national curriculum when they return to school this week.</b><p>Five-year-olds will learn fractions and computer coding, while those in early secondary school will have to study at least two Shakespeare plays.<p>The curriculum is being implemented for …

Education

Footage of powerful solar flares released by Nasa

The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.<p>There have been a number of eruptions on the surface of the sun in the last week.<p>Some have warned that this explosion of energy might have a serious impact here on earth.<p>The BBC's Tim Allman explains.

Space

U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.<p>"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they …

Was The Drone Flight Over A University Of Texas Football Game Illegal?

The University of Texas Police are investigating an unauthorized drone flight by a UT student who flew his drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. The flight took place during the home opener for the Texas Longhorns football team.<p>The flight is the type of seemingly harmless, yet …