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Brazil will not be perfect but there should be much to savour

Inspired by the idea of covering the 2014 World Cup, Danish journalist Mikkel Jensen studied Portuguese and based himself in Brazil to observe the build up to the big kick off on June 12.<p>But in the middle of April he went back home, proclaiming that “the dream has become a nightmare.” He had come …

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Will.i.am Is Building a Smart.Phone.Watch

Smartwatch makers have yet to find the sweet spot for replicating your phone’s functionality while also creating new uses. Musician and tech investor will.i.am is taking a different approach by ditching the smartphone entirely with a watch that’s capable of making its own calls.<p>Will.i.am unveiled …

Gmail at 10: How Google dominated e-mail

On April 1, 2004, Google launched Gmail and almost immediately changed the way people use email.<p>Gmail accomplished the tricky feat of staying ahead of the competition technologically while growing to become the world's largest email service.<p>Boasting more than 500 million users, Google's (GOOAV) …

Tesla car doors can be hacked

Hackers can unlock a high-tech Tesla car door by using the same run-of-the-mill techniques they use to crack open computers.<p>That's according to security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, who spoke about his findings at a recent hacker conference in Singapore. All it takes is cracking a six-character …

5 Dead After Powerful Quake Strikes Off Chile's Coast

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile tonight, strong enough to be felt nearly 300 miles away in …

BMW Designs Sleek New Subways For Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is about to get a spiffy new subway, courtesy of BMW. Klang Valley, part of the Malaysian capital’s surrounding metropolitan area, is building a three-line metro system, and by 2017, it will be up and running with 58 trains designed by Designworks USA, a subsidiary of the German auto …

Obama signs temporary Medicare fix bill for doctors into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill giving doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.<p>The Senate passed the measure Monday, sending it to the president's desk. The House passed the $21 billion bill last week.<p>…

Study: Civil servant system outdated

The federal government is headed for a crisis, a new report warns, and without reforms, a homegrown problem threatens to derail everything from foreign policy, to entitlements, to food safety.<p>The problem is the way the government manages its more than 2 million civil servants, according to a report …

U.S. focuses on cheaper, more reliable F-35 jet: Air Force official | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is working closely with Lockheed Martin Corp and other suppliers to lower the per-plane cost of the F-35 fighter jet and improve its reliability, the chief weapons buyer for the U.S. Air Force said in interview on Monday.<p>A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II …

Ukraine bill sent to Obama

The House easily passed economic assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, capping the package’s tumultuous ride on Capitol Hill and sending the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature.<p>The House vote was 378-34. The tally resembles the 399-19 vote last week on the …

Congress (Finally) Sends Ukraine Package to White House

Stacy Kaper<p>April 1, 2014, 3:06 p.m.<p>The House on Tues­day took the last steps needed to send a Ukraine aid pack­age to the White House con­demning …

GM chief grilled on recall delay

A plan wasn’t enough for GM CEO Mary Barra.<p>The first woman to lead the nation’s largest automaker came to Capitol Hill ready to show Congress the company had taken action since first recalling millions of Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions, ordering an internal investigation led by a former U.S. …

Obama signs bill to temporarily fix Medicare fees

President Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.<p>A 64-35 Senate vote Monday cleared the measure through Congress.<p>The $21 billion bill would stave off a 24 percent cut …

DC Mayor Gray defeated by Muriel Bowser in Democratic primary

Embattled District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray was defeated in the Democratic primary Tuesday by Councilmember Muriel Bowser.<p>Gray conceded defeat shortly after midnight Wednesday. Bowser captured 44 percent of the vote to Gray's 32 percent, with Councilmember Tommy Wells a distant third at 13 …

Clinton: Commend Obama on ACA

Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that President Barack Obama and proponents of his signature health care reform bill should be “commended,” as he called for repeal advocates to stand down and help focus on fixing the bill as the initial enrollment period deadline passed.<p>“The news today …

In pushing Obamacare, the White House is focused mostly on these 25 cities

In its effort to get people signed up for the president’s health-care reform law, the White House is primarily focusing its efforts on just 25 cities.<p>The cities, listed below, were chosen because they are home to the largest populations of uninsured individuals, at least in the three dozen states …

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Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Show Sapphire Glass-Backed iPhone 6 'Air'

Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website <i>Nowhereelse.fr</i>, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via</i> …

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Obama eye-to-eye with Saudi king

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama traveled to King Abdullah’s desert oasis Friday to “look him in the eyes” and explain that their strategic interests remain very much aligned, according to senior administration officials.<p>The trip — a late addition Obama’s European swing — came at a …

Turkey No Longer Has The Most Jailed Journalists In The World

There is some good news for press freedom in Turkey.<p>The Committee to Protect Journalists reported Thursday that Turkish courts freed eight journalists from prison over the course of two days. The organization noted,<p>Turkey has been the leading jailer of journalists for the past two years, according …

El-Sisi to run for president in Egypt - CNN Video

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If the west wants to hurt Putin, could Saudi Arabia do its dirty work?

Russia is vulnerable to sanctions. Economic weakness caused the collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago and – the self-enrichment of the oligarchs apart – not much has changed since. Energy exports to the rest of the world pay for imports of machines and consumer goods. The …

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Gay couple wed in historic same-sex marriage ceremony in London

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza become husband and husband in a historic same-sex marriage ceremony in Islington, north London<p>Peter McGraith and David Cabreza, who have been partners for 17 years, were married in a midnight ceremony at Islington Town Hall, taking full advantage of Saturday's …

England Set to Hold First Same-Sex Wedding

Saturday will be the first day gay couples will be allowed to tie the knot in England and Wales, after the government legalized same-sex marriage …