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Russian Airstrikes in Syria May Amount to War Crimes: Amnesty

BEIRUT — A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.<p>The report by Amnesty International said there has been a surge in reports of cluster …

The WhatsApp ban in Brazil only lasted a few hours

The ban was ordered after WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, failed to cooperate in an investigation in the country. Over 100 million people use the service in Brazil making the ban a big deal.<p>"Thank you to everybody in Brazil for your support in getting WhatsApp back online," said Jan Koum, the …

Why hoverboards keep blowing up

Hoverboards, the two-wheeled motorised scooters that don't actually hover, are drawing more and more attention because they can catch fire or explode.<p>An 11-year-old Florida girl was injured after her board went up on flames this month. In Alabama, a man claims his hoverboard exploded as he was …

Putin just made a major admission about one of Russia's primary goals in Syria

"We did not start the war" in Syria, Putin told reporters during his end-of-year news conference from Moscow, according to a translation by the state-sponsored news agency Russia Today.<p>He added: "We are just conducting separate operations, using our air forces, air defense, intelligence. This is …

Samsung is copying the iPhone's 3D Touch in Galaxy S7

Samsung’s product roadmap has always pretty much mirrored Apple’s and this time around is no different: according to The Wall Street Journal it’s adding 3D Touch-like functionality to the Galaxy S7.<p>The Korean technology company also plans to add a retina scanner to the S7 and a high-speed charging …

iOS 9.2 is out, features numerous bug fixes, adds 3D Touch for iBooks, updates to Music, Podcasts and News

Today, Apple announced the second major update to iOS 9 since its September launch. iOS 9.2 features a number of bug fixes as well as updates to Apple Music, iBooks, Podcasts and News.<p>The most interesting inclusion is the changes to the Apple News app.<p>Rather than just relying on algorithmic …

Flooding and Landslides After Record Rainfall Pounds Pacific Northwest

Record rainfall pounded the Pacific Northwest on Sunday and Monday, triggering landslides and flooding throughout northern Oregon and southern Washington.<p>And the wet weather had only just begun: storms are expected to continue through Thursday, producing several more inches of rain across the …

Apple plans March Apple Watch 2 event, 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ possible

Apple is currently planning a March 2016 event to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. The second version of the Apple Watch would then ship by April, nearly a year after the original model first went on sale. Apple has also been working on a …

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Black Friday has come and gone, Cyber Week is drawing to an end, and you’re broke. It’s ok, you won’t need to spend a single cent to download the …

Apps

Pentagon accused of wasting millions on plush staff housing in Afghanistan

The Pentagon lavished nearly $150m of taxpayer money on villas with private security, flat screen TVs and three course meals for “special events” for US government staff in Afghanistan, an official watchdog has found.<p>The defense secretary, Ash Carter, is under pressure to explain why the Task Force …

Afghanistan

South India floods leave three million cut off from basic services

Indian soldiers are moving thousands of residents from their homes in the southern city of Chennai as the number dead from flooding rose to 269.<p>More than 3 million people have been cut off from basic services. The floods have also hampered rescue efforts by the army, which has picked up 18,000 …

India

Scientists solve the urinal pee splash-back conundrum

What a urinal gives in size, convenience and quantity, it takes away in bouncing droplets of hot piss back onto your trousers and shoes. Researchers at Utah State University are hoping to remedy the problem that makes everyone think that you have a bladder control issue by redesigning the urinal …

Urinary Incontinence

These stunning images from Google show you how climate change is affecting the world

To mark the occasion, Google published a blog post explaining how people can use Street View in Maps to explore the causes and impact of climate change.

Global Warming

Microsoft laid off 30 people working on HoloLens in Israel

According to Ynet, the 60 jobs come from engineering, meaning they were directly involved in the design and production of the headset.<p>It's unclear where the 30 who remain will be relocated. It's also unclear whether other areas of HoloLens across Microsoft will be affected.<p>In a statement, the …

VIVO X6 and X6 Plus officially announced in China

Earlier today at the Beijing National Aquatics Center, VIVO unveiled two new smartphones that will be of great interest to those who place priority on solid specs, metal bodies, and Super AMOLED displays: the VIVO X6 and the VIVO X6 Plus. Earlier this November, the new product line had been teased …

Here's what Russia will be up against if it decides to mess with Turkey

It should come as no surprise that Turkey was capable of taking out a Russian jet so easily. Turkey's military uses cutting-edge equipment, including some brought in from the US and a surprising amount it builds at home.<p>Here is some of the military hardware used by Turkey:

This tiny chip could charge your iPhone much faster

A professor in Singapore has invented a tiny chip that he claims could speed up how quickly batteries charge — while also making them safer.<p>Rachid Yazami at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has developed a chip that will monitor potential faults in batteries and alert the user if …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google is about to test something secretive across all of the US— and it sounds exactly like its Project Loon balloons.</b> The company has asked the FCC for a license to test experimental radios starting on January 1st.<p><b>2. Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new computer.</b> It's …

Huawei still thinks 6-inch phablets is the way to go

It's been well over a year since Huawei launched its premium Mate 7 phablet, and as of August, over five million units have been sold worldwide. That's far more impressive than the original goal of just one million phones. While the smaller Mate S has since been released, the company still believes …

Mobile Technology

Anonymous trolls ISIS by removing darknet site, replacing it with Prozac ad

GhostSec, a group that affiliates itself with Anonymous, took to the darknet today for some lulz by removing an ISIS propaganda site and replacing it with a Prozac advertisement and the following message:<p>Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so …

Xiaomi's latest phone is cheap, metal and has a fingerprint sensor

Just three months after launching the Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi is back with its successor. The Redmi Note 3 is, unsurprisingly, another mid-range handset with decent specs and a staggeringly low base price: $141, or more importantly RMB 899, given that it's only headed to China at the moment. For the …

Mobile Technology

Many of your Android apps send unnecessary hidden data

It won't shock you to hear that Android apps send a lot of data, but you may be surprised at how much of it isn't really necessary... or public, for that matter. MIT researchers have determined that "much" of the hidden data sent and received by the 500 most popular Android apps isn't necessary to …

Apps

5 Awesome TED Talks That Will Make You Remarkably Happy | Inc.com

There are lots of TED Talks about serious subjects like medical research, natural disasters, and even rocket science. However, some TED Talks are sure to put a smile on your face. Here are five of my favorites.<p><b>1. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness</b><p>Gilbert, author of <i>Stumbling on</i> …

Happiness

The Oxford online dictionary’s “word of the year” isn’t even a word

Sometimes, an emoji is the best way to describe how you’re feeling.<p>Oxford Dictionaries thinks so. For the first time, it has chosen an emoji as its Word of the Year. The organization said the “face with tears of joy” symbol (or  to you and me) was selected as the “word” that best captured the …

Can real global learning happen online?

This fall, after getting to know each other in online video exchanges, some Ugandan high school students told a group of students in New Orleans that …

Fin, A Remote-Control Bluetooth Ring, Finally Launches As Neyya

Get ready for yet another wearable… Neyya, a Bluetooth ring designed for remote-controlling other mobile devices, is finally launching today after a lengthy post-crowdfunding delay and a substantial rethink of the original concept.<p>We first came across the startup back in January 2014 when it demoed …

Experts say phones need a 'bedtime mode' to fix our sleep

We've all done it: you've gone to bed early in order to catch up on some much needed sleep, only to lay there for hours staring at your phone until you're no longer tired. Some reports believe handsets shouldn't get all the blame for our poor sleep schedules, but we've known for some time that …

iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the two issues that concern me most

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement.<p>While most reviewers dismissed that, and I would certainly join them in …

Apple sets iPad Pro launch as it seeks a more serious crowd

The 12.9-inch tablet will be available for online orders Wednesday and in retail stores later in the week. How will it fare in a sluggish tablet market?<p>Apple's new iPad Pro finally has an official launch date.<p>The tablet will go on sale Wednesday on Apple's website and will hit the shelves at Apple …

Samsung’s next Galaxy phone may be cheaper than the last one

Pan Jiutang, a China-based analyst who specializes in China's electronics supply chain, says (via Times of India) Samsung is considering cutting the price of the flagship line by about 10%.<p>This means the Galaxy S7 might start at around $600. The Galaxy S6 started at about $650 when it released in …