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Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

A hidden feature called App Ops in Google's latest OS update allows you to turn off certain permissions for your apps, says Android Police.<p>Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.<p>Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature …

Apps

Audi announces intention to deploy Android Auto

Earlier today Google took the wraps off their new Android Auto platform to bring Android to the automobile. They indicated they expect the new system …

Samsung and GlobalFoundries to Produce Apple's 14-nm A9 Chips in 2015

Samsung and GlobalFoundries have landed orders from Apple to produce the 14-nanometer A9 processor starting next year, reports <i>DigiTimes</i>. The 14nm chips will be rolled out of GlobalFoundries' Fab 8 factory in Malta, New York, which Samsung will also use to produce Apple's A-series chips.<p>According to …

Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.<p>NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, …

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.<p>The …

Does Russia Have The Military To Take Ukraine?

Russia says it is once again staging military drills near the border of eastern Ukraine.<p>Russia's defense minister says the exercises are a reaction to NATO maneuvers in Eastern Europe and what he calls "Ukraine's military machine."<p>The Russian military carried out similar maneuvers while well-armed, …

Drought Now Covers 100% of California

And the snowpack is melting quickly, too.<p>California's drought has finished its conquest of the state: 100 percent of the land here is now in a drought condition, and 96 percent of it is in a severe, extreme, or exceptional drought.<p>"This week marks the first time in the 15-year history of the USDM …

MH370: seabed search could widen

US navy submersible has so far covered 95% of search area Relatives protest outside Malaysian embassy in Beijing<p>The seabed search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is set to widen as a sonar scan of the most likely crash site deep beneath the Indian Ocean nears completion without yielding a …

Japanese whaling fleet set to sail despite recent ruling

Japan is set to go ahead with some of its whaling activities even though a recent international court ruling ordered the country to end its whale hunt in the Antarctic.<p>The East Asian nation halted its annual Antarctic whaling mission after the U.N.'s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last …

Kenya to deploy drones in all national parks in bid to tackle poaching

Move follows a successful pilot project in major protected wildlife area that saw drones reduce poaching by up to 96%<p>Kenya is to deploy drones in all of its 52 national parks and reserves in a bid to monitor and stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos.<p>The move by the government follows a …

Proposed rules on vaping spark debate

A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry.<p>Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night, customers kick back on his comfy couches, surrounded by …

Giant 'SOS' Message Saves Marooned Snorkelers

Five people who went missing off Australia’s coast when their boat drifted away were rescued after a search plane spotted a large “SOS” scrawled into …

Pope John Paul II Crucifix Falls, Crushes Man to Death

A man was crushed to death when a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed and fell on him, ITV News reports. The accident came just days before a historic canonization that will see the late pope declared a saint.<p>The 98-foot-high wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in …

Christianity

Ukraine helicopter hit by grenade taking off

A Ukraine helicopter has been crippled in a grenade attack as OSCE monitors are feared missing in volatile east<p>Following the incident there were fears that the situation had taken a sinister new turn when Germany said it feared a group of military observers operating in eastern Ukraine had gone …

Associated Press News

Bearded dragons seen as salmonella source

NEW YORK (AP) — Bearded dragons have joined the list of pets that can give you salmonella poisoning.<p>In the last two years, 132 people in 31 states have been infected with a rare form of salmonella bacteria. Thirty-one answered detailed questionnaires about their illnesses; of those, 21 said they'd …

Two students, driver critically hurt in Anaheim Hills school bus crash

A school bus with 11 students aboard ran off the road and slammed into a tree Thursday afternoon in Anaheim Hills, leaving the driver and two students critically injured.<p>The yellow school bus from El Rancho Charter School in the Orange Unified School District appeared to swerve and pick up speed …

Why a deadly virus in the Middle East has the entire world on alert

A recent spike in MERS cases could be the beginning of a global outbreak<p>A deadly new virus for which there is no cure and about which little is understood could present a global threat, officials say. It's called Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus -- or MERS-CoV -- and a recent upswing …

British and Australian navies seize largest ever heroin haul at sea

The drugs had an estimated British street value of more than £140 million<p>A joint operation by the British and Australian navies seized the largest ever haul of heroin at sea, weighing 1,032 kilogrammes, the Ministry of Defence announced last night.<p>The drugs, with an estimated British street value …

Saudi Arabia says MERS virus cases top 300

Saudi Arabia said it had discovered 14 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the kingdom, bringing the total number to 313.<p>A health ministry statement on Friday said the new cases had been reported in the capital Riyadh, the coastal city of Jeddah and in …

Divers find 48 bodies in S Korea ferry cabin

Divers have pulled 48 bodies from a single room of the sunken South Korean ferry, search officials have said.<p>They said on Friday that only 35 of the ferry's 111 rooms have been searched so far, Yonhap news agency reported.<p>The room where they had found the bodies was designed to accommodate only 38 …

China Tightens Law on Eating Rare Animals

China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment.<p>China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, …

Wildlife

Democrats Scarce as NRA Confab Kicks Off

This weekend, at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, gun aficionados will gather to check out the latest in firearm technology, rub elbows with famous sportsmen, and hear from a parade of political speakers about Second Amendment rights.<p>Those speakers? All but one are …

Guns

Gap year teen dies after Amazonian drug ritual

British national Henry Miller reportedly found dead on side of the road by police after taking the hallucinogenic yage in Colombia<p>A British teenager is reported to have died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual.<p>The man, named as Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, …

South America

Last remaining Titanic letter up for auction

The one-of-a-kind artifact from the Titanic tragedy could be sold for £100,000 at an auction in Wiltshire<p>The only surviving letter believed to have been written on board Titanic is expected to fetch up to £100,000 when it goes under the hammer today.<p>The letter, written on Titanic stationery, was …

At The NRA Meeting: Come For The Guns, Stay For The Camaraderie

Ben Pickering can't believe his luck.<p>"Holy cow," he keeps saying. "Man, that's just incredible. That's just amazing."<p>Pickering won a drawing for an Ambush rifle, an $1,800 AR-15-style model. Pickering already has a lot of weapons — "I honestly could not count," he says — but he's still excited to …