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Tesla's Musk: New 'ludicrous' mode shoots Model S to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds

Tesla Motors Inc.is offering a slew of new options for its Model S electric sports sedan, including a “ludicrous” driving mode that will rocket the car from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.<p>The Palo Alto automaker on Friday introduced three new versions of the Model S, offering a new base model …

T-Mobile's Provocative John Legere Touts New North American Plan, Trashes Rivals

The CEO also parried a question about a rumored merger with Dish.<p>T-Mobile is extending coverage across North America at no additional charge, allowing subscribers to make unlimited calls and texts to Mexico and Canada or travel across the border without incurring tacked-on international fees.<p>The …

T-Mobile

Google is investing $100 million in a security company, CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike was founded by two ex-McAfee execs in 2011.<p>It offers a cloud tool that helps governments and enterprises discover and stop an attack as it it occurring (that can be harder problem to solve than it sounds).<p>While security companies tend to not talk much about the customers that use their …

How to install a custom dictionary on your iPad

While using your iPad there are occasions when, while reading or composing an email or text, you might have the inclination to look up the meaning and/or spelling of an unfamiliar word. If you’re never previously attempted to do this,<p>Select the word you wish to define by holding your finger on the …

Apple has forgotten how to sell the iPhone

Apple has new a pair of new ads for the iPhone. I watched them, and realized that even Apple has no idea how to sell the phone anymore — it’s lost the magic of its earlier advertising.<p>Here are the two ad spots:<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl3PlrPq8sw<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JnWCSyXLC8<p>“If …

Apple made a tiny change to the iPhone keyboard that everyone has been begging for

iOS 9, the upcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads, has a seemingly minor new addition to the on-screen keyboard, but it's something users have been begging for.<p>Now, when you press the shift key, the letters on the keyboard change to either lowercase or capital. Before, the shift-key arrow …

FTC exploring Apple rules for streaming music rivals in App Store

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple’s treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.<p>The Apple logo is seen at the flagship Apple retail store in San …

Pentagon, lawmakers mark Vietnam War at Capitol ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter and congressional leaders thanked Vietnam War veterans for their service and presented pins to dozens …

UK man arrested after British Airways flight diverted to Boston

A British Airways flight bound for Houston had to be diverted on Wednesday after a British man allegedly assaulted a woman. The flight from London was diverted to Boston Logan international airport after reports the passenger had allegedly assaulted his travelling companion before being restrained …

British Airways

Former President George W. Bush Was Paid $100K to Speak to Veterans Group

Former President George W. Bush was paid $100,000 to attend a veterans charity gala in Houston in 2012, NBC News has confirmed.<p>And the year before, former first lady Laura Bush received $50,000 for her remarks at a gala event for the same group, Helping a Hero. The nonprofit helps to outfit homes …

George W. Bush

Former Atlanta Braves minor leaguer among dead in SC plane, F-16 collision

A former Atlanta Braves minor league baseball player and his father have been identified as the victims of a collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet Tuesday in South Carolina, and it’s the second fatal tragedy to strike their family in four days, a relative said Wednesday.<p>Michael …

Army announces force reduction of 40,000 troops

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Army will cut 40,000 troops from its ranks by 2017 as part of a new round of reductions brought on by constraints in the federal budget, the Army's director of force management said Thursday.<p>"Unfortunately under sequestration under sequestration and automatic budget cuts, …

United pilot flushed bullets down toilet on plane

A United Airlines captain piloting a plane to Germany flushed bullets down a toilet on board the flight last month, after first disposing them in a trash bin accessible to passengers.<p>United spokeswoman Karen May acknowledged Thursday the pilot shouldn’t have thrown the bullets in the toilet. She …

Bosnians prepare to mark 20 years of Srebrenica massacre

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Foreign dignitaries were starting to arrive in Bosnia on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst …

Hugues Duval flies one-seater electric plane from Calais to UK and back hours before Didier Esteyne’s journey in Airbus E-Fan aircraft<p>A French pilot has made the first flight in an electric plane across the Channel just hours before a rival Airbus venture completed the journey.<p>Airbus immediately …

Aviation

Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Discovered in South Carolina Safe

And it just sold at auction.<p>A document that changed the course of World War II collected dust for years inside a safe in South Carolina, allegedly because the owner couldn't read German. <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports that a telegram from Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler just sold …

San Francisco Cop Defends Release of Undocumented Immigrant in Shooting Case

A top San Francisco cop denied Friday that his department had been negligent in releasing an undocumented immigrant who was later charged in a deadly …

Nikki Haley seizes the political moment amidst Confederate flag debate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley stared down hate and history this summer, turning an impassioned debate over the Confederate flag into a political launching pad.<p>Other state figures had faltered when confronting the legacy of the Confederate flag and pushing for its …

Iraq's Shi'ite militias target Falluja in Anbar campaign | Reuters

ERBIL, Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighters are tightening a noose around the Islamic State-held city of Falluja west of Baghdad as the first stage of a counter-offensive in the Sunni province of Anbar, likely to determine the course of the conflict in coming months.<p>Members of …

Thousands commemorate victims of Srebrenica genocide

<b>Sarajevo, Bosnia</b> - Tens of thousands of people have poured into Srebrenica to attend a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the town.<p>Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic also arrived at a memorial complex on Saturday for a ceremony mourning the 8,000 Muslim men and boys …

Prosecutors: Jailed Navy pilot offered secrets to China

Prosecutors say a Navy pilot and Top Gun graduate offered military secrets to Chinese officials if they would break him out of jail after he was found guilty of producing child pornography.<p>"My country, that I have faithfully served since 2001, found me guilty of 31 felonies that I did not commit," …

San Francisco sheriff says feds to blame in immigrant shooting case

<b>(CNN) —</b> San Francisco's sheriff strongly defended his department's release of an undocumented immigrant who allegedly went on to kill a woman, saying Friday the blame should be on federal officials who failed to take the proper steps to keep him in custody.<p>Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's comments …

Immigration

Ukraine's self-defense units look for the enemy within

ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Striding through headquarters, Todor Panevsky gleefully announced that comrades in his self-defense unit had detained a …

Film sparks scandal for look at family of Israeli assassin

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new documentary has set off an uproar in Israel for its peek into the family life of the country's most reviled prisoner — the man …

Srebrenica ceremony: Crowd chases Serbian PM as more victims buried

<b>Srebrenica, Bosnia Herzegovina (CNN) —</b> Outrage erupted at Saturday's commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, as a shouting crowd threw bottles and rocks at Serbia's Prime Minister, forcing him to flee.<p>It was a heated moment in an otherwise solemn event where world dignitaries and …

U.S. Strike Reportedly Kills Senior ISIS Militant Hafiz Saeed Khan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The leader of ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Afghan officials told NBC News — although U.S. officials said they are doubting reports of his death.<p>Hafiz Saeed Khan is the head of an area called Khorasan, …

Afghanistan

If Google still wishes to make Glass a genuine consumer-focused gadget, rather than a niche-interest product, here’s what it has to fix<p>Congratulations to Google Glass: production may have been halted on its current form, but it will return – and this time as a fully fledged product.<p>Graduating from …

Google Glass

A 'Minority Report' TV Show Is Getting A Pilot On Fox

If you're a fan of the Philip K. Dick short story, the Steven Spielberg film adaptation or of sci-fi in general, we have good news: "Minority Report" is coming to the small screen.<p>A TV adaptation of Spielberg's 2002 film has been one of the most buzzed about projects for months, and now Fox has …