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You can stop whispering: Your Samsung Smart TV isn’t spying on you

The Internet greeted me this week with a barrage of shocking headlines. “Be careful what you say around your Samsung Smart TV,” “Samsung Smart TVs record your personal conversations” and, my personal favorite, “The spy in your living room.” These days, I expect click-bait headlines, but this …

I’ve seen the future of the enterprise, and it is Oculus

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Walking into the electrical substation, I see a green vapor cloud above a circuit breaker. There’s a dangerous gas leak, and immediate action is required. Nearby, a transformer is glowing red: It’s low on oil. Maintenance is urgently needed.<p>I can almost hear a loud siren wailing …

Parents of American woman held by IS notified of her death

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kayla Jean Mueller, a 26-year-old American woman held by Islamic State militants, has been confirmed dead, her parents and the …

Germany criticised for forming antisemitism commission without Jews

Leading Jewish groups have sharply criticized the German government for creating a new commission on antisemitism without including a single Jewish person.<p>Julius Schoeps from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies called it “a unique scandal” that the Interior Ministry didn’t …

Israel

British government in quandary over future military operations

Attention seems to shift abruptly in Britain’s national security circles, from Vladimir Putin’s designs on Ukraine to the extreme jihadists committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq.<p>As pictures of Angela Merkel and François Hollande meeting Putin in the Kremlin last week flashed around the world’s TV …

War

UK treasures endangered by museum cuts

A heap of Anglo-Saxon coins glittering as if newly minted, and a small gold cross still containing a fragment of a relic that was literally kept close to the heart of somebody who clung to the outlawed Roman Catholic faith, are among the treasures found by metal detectors and unveiled this week at …

Archaeology

The return to Antikythera - podcast

What can we learn from the recent return to the Greek waters of Antikythera, the shipwreck site where the famous Antikythera mechanism was recovered?<p>What do we now know about this 2,000-year-old proto-computer, and what other ancient Greek technologies might remain to be discovered?<p>The Antikythera …

University of London

Today in science: Great Meteor Procession

The February 9, 1913 meteors crossed the sky in formation, on nearly identical paths. Their pace across the sky was described as “stately” and …

Watch Dwarf Planet Ceres As It Spins

To everything, turn, turn, turn<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is about to get up, close, and personal with Ceres, a dwarf planet that’s been lurking in the asteroid belt. As it approaches, Dawn has been snapping some amazing images of the rock, and it just took some of its highest-resolution photographs …

Another huge solar panel farm opens in California

Image copyright First Solar.Just months after the world’s largest solar panel farm, called Topaz, was turned on outside of San Luis Obispo, Calif., …

Democrats seek to hit Jeb Bush with comparisons to Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney opposed the government's rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush.<p>Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street …

Clinton's Greatest Political Strength May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

Much of the de­bate about Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s po­ten­tial ap­peal to fe­male voters may be fo­cus­ing on the wrong group of wo­men.<p>Prob­ably …

Government

Poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP field in New Hampshire

United States

Taiwan plane cartwheels into river after take-off, killing at least 19

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A TransAsia Airways 6702.TW plane with 58 passengers and crew on board careened into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said.<p>Fifteen people survived the crash after the plane lurched …

Isis-linked militant killed in Afghanistan drone strike

A senior militant and former Guantánamo Bay detainee who recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State has been killed in Afghanistan.<p>A drone strike in Kajaki district, Helmand province, killed 33-year-old Mullah Abdul Rauf along with a small group of insurgents, according to a provincial police …

Terrorism

Microsoft's most popular Lumias won't get every Windows 10 feature

Microsoft has been heavily focused on low-end Windows Phone hardware over the past two years to grow market share, but its upcoming Windows 10 update won’t be finely tuned for these devices with low specifications. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed on Twitter yesterday that the software maker is …

Jordan says it has carried out 56 air strikes against Isis

Jordan has announced it has carried out 56 air strikes on Isis in recent days, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.<p>Jordanian air force chief Major General Mansour al-Jobour said on Sunday the kingdom had launched the 56 …

Middle East

Dell's super thin, aluminum Venue 8 7000 is a surprisingly solid Android tablet

Android tablets have had a rough go of things since the very beginning. For years, Android tablet makers were chasing one bad idea after another, until Google landed on the Nexus 7 and actually came up with a compelling counter to Apple’s larger and more expensive iPad. It led to a wave of low-end …