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KnowRoaming sticker SIMs can now help more people avoid roaming charges

Remember KnowRoaming? That seemingly magical sticker SIM supposed to be attached on top of your usual one, so you can avoid expensive roaming charges? It's finally available for purchase. KnowRoaming works with a GSM Android, iPhone or Windows mobile device and connects you to a local carrier as …

15 Gravity-Defying Homes From Around the World

Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.

Architecture

Spain moves to protect domestic media with new 'Google tax'

Newspapers in Spain will now be able to demand a monthly fee from the search engine before it can list them on Google News<p>The Spanish government has successfully passed a new copyright law which imposes fees for online content aggregators such as Google News, in an effort to protect its print media …

Google and Facebook: voracious giants with the power to create the future

The internet powerhouses are using their billions to challenge in sectors far removed from their original business models<p>The web’s biggest consumer companies make the bulk of their incomes, and have built up vast assets, from targeted advertising. It accounts for around 90% of Facebook’s revenue …

British banker arrested over double murder in Hong Kong

A 29-year-old man is being held following the discovery of two dead women in his flat<p>A 29-year-old British banker has been arrested on suspicion of murder, following the deaths of two women in Hong Kong.<p>Police found the women in a 40-storey apartment block in the Wan Chai district of the city in …

France Says Conditions Not Right to Deliver Warships to Russia

France said Thursday that it would not deliver either of the warships Russia has ordered because its conditions had not yet been met.<p>Russia ordered …

Israel to construct 1,000 settler housing units in East Jerusalem

Binyamin Netanyahu unveils latest settlement plan despite US warning that construction will ‘poison atmosphere’ among allies<p>The Israeli government is to advance construction plans for 1,000 housing units to be built in parts of Jerusalem that Palestinians demand for their future state.<p>The move, …

It Looks Like You'll Be Able To Buy Samsung's Strange, Curvy New Galaxy Phone Soon

Judging by the FCC-approved document, it seems like AT&T and T-Mobile will be the first to get the phone. The bands and frequency listed in the document line up with those used by those two carriers, as blogs GForGames and PhoneArena point out.<p>Samsung has been showcasing its flexible, curved …

Gear & Gadgets

Louisiana infant survives days trapped beneath father's dead body

(Reuters) - A 10-month-old Louisiana baby survived for three days trapped under the decomposing body of her dead father after he suffered cardiac arrest, authorities said on Saturday.<p>The mother was in jail on misdemeanor charges at the time but was released on Saturday to care for the baby girl, …

Chinese newspaper blames US for Hong Kong protests

A Chinese state-run newspaper has blamed the United States for being behind the pro-democracy protests that have rattled Hong Kong -- a claim the U.S. State Department strongly rejected.<p>Thousands of people, meanwhile, returned for sit-ins in Hong Kong's main protest zone Saturday, responding to …

China military training inadequate for winning a war: army paper

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Weaknesses in China’s military training pose a threat to the country’s ability to fight and win a war, China’s official military newspaper said on Sunday.<p>China’s military authority has sent a document to military units detailing 40 weaknesses in current training methods, the …

Kerry pushes for Mideast peace, donors pledge $5 billion for Palestinians

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the Palestinians and all their neighbors was possible.<p>But prospects for a renewed peace process appeared dim as Kerry offered no …

Colleges Are Reporting More Sexual Assaults, And That's A Great Sign

Earlier this month, colleges and universities nationwide released their annual campus crime reports, and the good news is that many schools accused of mishandling sexual assault cases announced higher numbers for sexual assaults on campus.<p>It's a positive sign, experts and advocates say, because it …

Rice: We Think Kim Jong Un Is Still in Power

National Security Adviser Susan Rice talks about whether there is any reason to believe that there has been a power shift within North Korea's government.

North Korea

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

THE ROB INTERVIEW Joe Natale: hitting reset at Rogers Subscriber content<p>Baazov, associates conspired to prop up Amaya shares, regulator argues<p>Opinion Solutions for Canada Post will be hard to deliver Subscriber content<p>How Canada's opioid crisis is turning business owners into advocates<p>Ontario …

Second US Ebola diagnosis deeply concerning, health officials admit

CDC chief: other hospital staff could have been exposed Female confirmed as first US person-to-person transmission Obama updated about case, asks CDC to move quickly<p>Texas healthcare worker named second US Ebola case US airports start screening passengers for Ebola Ebola in Sierra Leone through the …

Disease

Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS — A health care worker who cared for the Ebola patient who died last week tested positive for the deadly virus, sending health officials scrambling Sunday to find the "breach in protocol" that resulted in her infection.<p>The woman was among caregivers for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Wednesday …

In North Korean Media, No Sign of Kim Jong-un at Key Ritual

Tesla just announced a supercar

It's called the Model S P85D. It comfortably seats four, more if you're willing to squeeze in a kid or two.<p>If your frame of reference for automobiles ended somewhere around the year 2000, the performance of Elon Musk's hottest all-electric sedan yet would be outright difficult to comprehend. Even …

Chevrolet Corvette

Is Kim Jong Un still in charge of North Korea?

Events in North Korea have left the world wondering: Where's leader Kim Jong Un and is he still running perhaps the most isolated country on Earth?<p>Some analysts speculate Kim may have been ousted by an old guard from the era of his late father, whose 2011 death put the son in power.<p>First, Kim Jong …

Five Afghans hanged for gang rape

Five Afghan men have been hanged for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and calling for new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.<p>"Five men in connection to the Paghman incident and one other big criminal were executed this …

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Good news, America: We're living longer!<p>Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years – a record high.<p>That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center …

Afghanistan executes five men for gang-rape

Human rights groups condemn hanging, saying trial was marred by inconsistencies and due process violations<p>Five Afghan men have been hanged for the gang-rape of four women despite the UN and human rights groups criticising the trial and calling for the new president, Ashraf Ghani, to stay the …

Eiffel Tower gets glass floor in £24m facelift

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower in Paris will now be able to look down through a vertigo-inducing glass floor that forms part of a €30 million (£24m) refit of France’s most visited tourist attraction.<p>The transparent floor is on the first level of the tower, at 57m, where operators hope that visitors …

France

Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ill, deposed or taking a break?

If North Korean leader<p>Kim Jong Unisn't sick, he must be dead -- at least politically.<p>That's the thinking behind a rash of rumors that the portly 31-year-old scion of the Hermit Kingdom's founding communists has been toppled from power.<p>Kim hasn't been seen in public in more than a month, and his …

North Korea

German military faces a major challenge from disrepair

Leaked parliamentary report details the shocking state of European nation’s military hardware<p>When Germany dispatched a naval ship to the Horn of Africa last month for joint anti-piracy operations with other European powers, the vessel arrived without a vital mission component. Its Sea Lynx …

Supreme Leader's health raises questions about Iranian succession

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Images of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appearing frail and in bed have raised questions about the seriousness of his condition, and who might eventually succeed him.<p>In early September, Khamenei made a surprise announcement that he was having surgery and asked …