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South Korean ferry: poor conditions hamper search for sinking survivors

Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers in the search for 287 passengers missing more than 24 hours after their ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea, as furious families waited for news.<p>Nine were confirmed dead, but many expect that number will rise sharply because …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

iOS 7.1 likely to unlock Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car feature

In July, we reported that Apple was already at work on iOS 7.1 and that it would build in support for the upcoming iOS in the Car feature:<p>We also understand that Apple is already at work on a point update (perhaps iOS 7.1 or 7.2), and this new version will begin building in support for iOS in the …

Hands on with LG’s curved, self-healing G Flex smartphone

Unlike most new smartphones I’ve seen this year, the LG G Flex genuinely surprised me. And not just because of its curved design or the fact that …

White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries

It's not big enough to be called a shakeup, but the new hire announced this week at the White House is important: John Podesta will come on board in January as a counselor to the president.<p>Podesta is a Democratic wise man, the founder of the Center for American Progress, a policy and personnel …

Post-Newtown: 'It's my job to die'

Taxpayers have invested tens of millions to upgrade school security in the year since the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School.<p>But our children may not be any safer.<p>Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado is a chilling reminder that violence can still erupt out of the blue. But also …

Mike Huckabee Talks 2016, But Is Anyone Listening?

Mike Huckabee is talking plenty about a potential 2016 presidential run, but is anyone still listening?<p>The former governor of Arkansas admitted he's …

Mali unrest: Kidal attack kills two UN peacekeepers

<b>Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in a car bomb blast in the north-east Malian town of Kidal.</b><p>The blast hit a bank guarded by the peacekeepers and set fire to a UN armoured vehicle, eyewitnesses said.<p>Three other people have been wounded. More casualties are feared as the bank building …

Africa

GOP offers holiday hope sans ACA

With the holidays nearing, Republicans offered glad tidings Saturday that the nation’s health care problems can be addressed. Their remedy? Something other than Obamacare.<p>“We should offer some hope and good cheer. The truth is there are good reasons for hope, if we can just change direction,” Sen. …

Syrian refugees facing extreme hardship as blizzards hit region

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are enduring blizzards, biting winds and freezing rain as the worst winter storm for decades sweeps across the Middle East.<p>Aid agencies are warning of extreme hardship, particularly among families living in flimsy tents.<p>The United Nations has said it is …

Associated Press News

Hamid Karzai hits out at US 'threats' over Afghanistan

A senior American diplomat warned Afghanistan faces civil war unless it signs a deal for US bases to remain in the country, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president said on Saturday<p>Hamid Karzai, the <b>Afghan</b> president, has accused the United States of "threatening" to abandon the country to continuing civil …

North Korea 'summons business people from China'

<b>North Korean business people are being recalled from China following the execution of top official, Chang Song-thaek, says a South Korean report.</b><p>Leader Kim Jong-un may be purging associates of Mr Chang, who was in charge of economic ties with China.<p>Mr Kim has been pictured by state media for the …

North Korea

China safely lands rover on the moon

BEIJING — State media say China has safely carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.<p>State television showed pictures of the moon's surface as the Chang'e 3 lander touched down Saturday evening.<p>The lander carries a moon rover called "Jade Rabbit" …

Review: LG's Flexible and Self-Healing Smartphone

Curved smartphones have hogged the limelight this year in the gadget world for their groundbreaking technology in hardware — Samsung became the first to roll out a smartphone with a curved display screen in October this year, and LG followed shortly after with the G Flex.<p>The G Flex is LG’s take on …

Miners spend $17 million a day for a shot at $4.4 million of bitcoin

The price of a single bitcoin, now sitting at $899, is derived from many mysterious sources: supply and demand, potential future business value, animal spirits. One factor is less widely understood: The price of bitcoin depends on the price of electricity.<p>Bitcoin are produced by “mining,” having …

Bitcoin

Kick the Can -- Yahoo Mail Is a Consumer Disaster, but Company's Response Is Even Worse

On Friday, November 8, Jeff Bonforte, the well-regarded techie who is now in charge of Yahoo Mail and all its communications products after the …

Yahoo Mail

Instagram 'to launch private messaging service'

Instagram is rumoured to be preparing for the launch of a new messaging service to rival Snapchat<p>Instagram is holding a press event in New York today, at which it is expected to announce details of a new private messaging feature. The company sent invitations to members of the media last week, …

Say hello to Rezence, your new wireless charging brand

Meet the new wireless charging technology, same as the old wireless charging technology.<p>It's called Rezence (pronounced like "reh-zence"), and it is the new brand for the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP), a group of high-profile technology companies -- which counts Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, …

DataSift VEDO Lets You Run Custom Rules for its Social Data Platform

DataSift, a platform for compiling data from Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms, today released a new processing engine called VEDO to crunch this information at an unprecedented scale.<p>VEDO will allow users to capture data faster than ever before and then contextualize it for their own …

Travel Site Peek Goes Mobile, Launches An iOS App For Booking Aspirational Experiences On The Go

Since launching a little more than a year ago, Peek is trying to find new ways to help travelers book interesting experiences when visiting new and interesting places. To that end, the company has launched a new iPhone app that will allow users to find interesting this to do even when they’re not …

Facebook To Join S&P 500 Stock Index

(Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Wednesday said Facebook Inc will join its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on December 20, cementing the social media network's rise into one of the biggest, most powerful U.S. companies.<p>The decision follows Facebook reporting its fourth straight …

South Korean court rules against Samsung, won't ban iPhone and iPad

The latest development in Apple and Samsung's patent battle is a new court ruling in the latter's home country, and it's going against Samsung. <i>The Washington Post</i> and <i>Reuters</i> report that in a case covering three Samsung patents, and Apple products including the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Judge …

iPhone 5S makes rapid start in China and hits 10% of iPhones in use, data shows

Apple's iPhone 5S has been a dramatic hit in China, comprising 12% of sales there during October, says market research company Counterpoint.<p>The result comes even before its deal with China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, which is expected to begin taking preorders for the phone on Thursday 12 …

Coinbase Raises Largest Bitcoin Funding Round to Date

Bitcoin’s price may be rising and falling day-by-day, but the virtual currency remains a hot topic for the tech industry and investors. Reflecting optimism in the space, Coinbase — a popular Bitcoin wallet service — has closed its $25 million Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz.<p>The company …

Associated Press News

Mandela lies in state: South Africans queue to see 'Madiba'

<b>Thousands of South Africans have queued for a second day to pay their respects to former President Nelson Mandela.</b><p>The body of the anti-apartheid leader is lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Mr Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president in 1994.<p>Thursday's …

South Africa