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In a first in 25 years, U.S. abstains in U.N. vote condemning its Cuba policy

For the first time in a quarter-century, the United States abstained Wednesday in the annual United Nations vote condemning the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.<p>Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that the embargo was fully within international law but that it was “a …

Microsoft is about to buy one of the best productivity apps in the world

• <b>See also:</b> Wunderlist's chief design officer told us about the company's relationship with Apple.<p>Wunderlist is one of my favorite apps. I've been using it for several months to keep myself on task for what I need to do each day, both at work (call sources, schedule meetings, write reviews) and in my …

What should I do if my Volkswagen car is recalled?

As millions of British motorists face the reality that their Volkswagen cars could be recalled, we have collected all the latest advice on what to do if you are affected<p>Millions of British motorists could be driving illegal Volkswagen cars which have been rigged to mask dangerous levels of …

Volkswagen emissions scandal: the terrifying numbers

Everything you need to know about the Volkswagen scandal, as the car manufacturer faces fines of up to £11.6 billion for emissions cheating<p>Millions of British cars could be recalled following a scandal which has seen Volkswagen admit to fitting 11 million cars worldwide with software to cheat …

Why This Morning Routine Will Boost Your Productivity Level

This morning routine is working. Have you tried it?<p>Back in May of this year, I wrote what has become my most successful, most practical, and most-read article in 15 years. It resonated with readers to such a degree that, for a while, I was receiving multiple emails per week from people who said …

Time Management

Sony's A7S II is a 4K shooter for your darkest moments

We already got a lovely, refreshed A7R II just a few months ago, and Sony's eager to keep the upgrade train a-rollin'. The company unveiled the A7S II just a few days back, and despite a spec sheet that reads a lot like its predecessor's, this thing seems poised to nab the low-light shooting crown. …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Google could face a $1.4b fine in India for rigging search results

Google is being investigated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) after the agency received complaints that the search giant abused its dominant market position and rigged search results, reports The Economic Times.<p>If found guilty, Google could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its income; …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b>Markets around the world were crushed on Monday — dubbed China's "Black Monday"— which saw the Shanghai Composite Index fall around 8.5%, the biggest single-day collapse since 2007.<p><b>2.</b> Chinese stocks fell again on Tuesday, plunging more than 6%, though other markets in Asia appear to be …

Apple has filed a patent for a new feature that could kill off mobile payment apps like Venmo, Paypal, and Square Cash

But it looks like Apple is planning to change that.<p>The company just filed a new patent that will let people send money to one another directly from their iPhone's Wallet, which has replaced the Passbook app, Patently Apple reports.<p>First, the user opens their Wallet app, chooses which of the credit …

Canon announces the PowerShot G3 X

A capable compact for people with money to burn<p>It's been years since Canon dominated the high-end compact market. Back then — before companies like Fujifilm and Sony flooded the market with excellent options near or under $1,000, and shooting with your phone wasn't really an option — Canon's …

Feeling sad and tired? Watch Grumpy Cat, say scientists

Watching cat videos boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, scientists found<p>If you get that warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cat videos online, the effect may be more important than you think.<p>The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to …

Michael Fallon in warning to Vladimir Putin as he visits military exercise on Russia’s doorstep

Defence Secretary says 17-country manoeuvres 'not a game' and are warning that Russian president will not undermine UK’s resolve to back Nato allies<p>Nato will not be intimidated by Vladimir Putin's nuclear sabre rattling, the Defence Secretary has said, as he visited a major amphibious assault …

Google's new Nest Cam is always watching, if you let it into your home

Live-streaming video camera stores up to 30 days of video with audio in the cloud and performs advanced analysis of it<p>Google has released another product in its Nest Internet of Things lineup. This time it’s an internet-streaming home security camera, which means Google could be watching your every …

Livestreaming

Apple TV doubles share of premium video viewing in just one quarter, overtaking Roku

Apple TV doubled its share of premium viewing in just three months, from 5% in Q4 2014 to 10% in Q1 2015, according to data from the Adobe Digital Index. Roku’s share increased by only 1% in the same time period, from 7% to 8%. Principal analyst Tamara Gaffney told <i>TNW</i> that Apple’s growth was …

8 of the Greatest Commencement Quotes From Business Leaders

Commencement speeches aren't typically renowned for their riveting content or brevity, but, once in a while, hopeful graduates get a speaker who is not only entertaining but also drops wisdom like a grenade and brings hungover graduates out of their seats.<p>These eight charismatic business leaders …

College & University

7 Time Management Tricks to Help You Keep Your Cool

#5: Use music to help you focus.<p>Choosing wise ways to use our time is critical to reaching our goals. After all, “Time is a precious, nonrenewable …

Time Management

Line's new Android app lets you call up to 200 people simultaneously

Mobile messaging service Line has launched Popcorn Buzz, a new group call app for Android that lets you talk to up to 200 people simultaneously.<p>If you’ve got a Line account, you simply send out a group call URL via email, text or on social networks and your contacts can join instantly. During the …

Apps

This Is Microsoft's Big Secret Windows 10 Feature

Scott Eells—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Tomohiro Ohsumi—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Noah Berger—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Microsoft/Corbis<p>Robert …

Windows 10

Tumblr makes it easier to find GIFs for your posts

Tumblr is one of the most GIFtastic places on the Web, but copying and pasting URLs to use them in your posts can be so slow when you’re just looking for a quick reaction GIF.<p>That’s changing now, as Tumblr has added a GIF search tool to its editor. Just click on the ‘+’ button and you’ll find a new …

Sony promises Android 5.1 for the Xperia Z series, C3 and M2

Sony has been gradually pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop to a wide range of its Xperia products this year and the company has confirmed that the roll-out continues to land in new regions this week. Not only that, but Sony has also announced that it will be upgrading its premium Xperia Z line-up to …

Apple 'Making Great Progress' With Apple Watch Backlog

How One Couple Climbed Out Of Debt And Became Millionaires In Their 30s

It was right after college graduation when starting a new life suddenly became very expensive. First, a brand new Honda Civic. Next, a house. Then an engagement ring for a long-time girlfriend.<p>Student loans still lingered, too.<p>Pretty soon the debt totaled up: $25,000 for the car loan, a $100,000+ …

Personal Finance

The USB drive of the future is already here

Take a close look at this Dual USB Flash Drive from SanDisk. The company name doesn't matter so much as the shape and function of the thing: we're about to see every USB stick transform into such a dual-plug peripheral very soon indeed. USB-C, the thin connector on the right, is the hot new port …

Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

Instagram is ready to make some serious money. After a year and half of format experiments and basic targeting, Instagram is giving advertisers much more powerful tools. Those include “Shop Now”, “Install Now”, and “Sign up” buttons, interest and demographic targeting, and an API for efficiently …

Social Media

Intel beefs up fifth-gen Core chips with Iris graphics

Intel has revealed a crop of new fifth-gen Core chips for mobile and desktop that should tide over power-users and gamers until next-gen "Skylake" CPUs arrive later this year. There are five new models for desktop and five for mobile, all packing the latest Iris Pro 6200 graphics. The most …

Computer Hardware

House NSA surveillance bill clears Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National …

California water use dropped 13.5% in April, state board reports

After lagging during the first part of the year, water conservation in California improved significantly in April following Gov. Jerry Brown's historic order requiring big cuts in water use amid the worsening drought.<p>Water use in April dropped 13.5%, compared with the same month in 2013, a sign …

Asian Immigrants Becoming US Citizens at High Rate

For the first time in decades, the number of immigrants coming to the United States from China and India outnumbers those coming from Mexico. It's a historic shift that has caught the attention of service providers across the country working to help immigrants become U.S. citizens.<p>"We've seen a …