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The next Volkswagen Phaeton will be an all-electric luxury flagship

Moving away from diesel seems like a very good idea right now.<p>A flagship is a brand's most important vehicle. Not only is it often the most expensive car in the lineup, it's meant to represent the future of the brand, incorporating new technologies that will eventually make their way down to other …

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How to downgrade your iPad from iOS 9 beta, and restore it to iOS 8.x

During the World Wide Developer Conference a little over two weeks ago, Apple released the first beta version of iOS 9 to developers. Many tech bloggers expect the public release of iOS 9 later this summer to be a “minor” upgrade from iOS 8 in terms of “new” features. However, it is widely believed …

Die Hard

Here's a Living Concrete That Repairs Itself

How bacteria can fix the cracks in your driveway<p>A Dutch inventor has come up with an ingenious way for concrete to repair its own cracks: It's alive.<p>Okay, Henk Jonkers hasn't created a new form of life. What he did find is a kind of bacteria that lies dormant until activated by water. Water is …

Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges

It’s not that religion gets twisted and misused for evil. The cruelty is embedded in the very texts<p>Every February at the Washington Hilton we witness a seemingly innocuous yet in fact troubling event that furthers hidebound traditions poisonous to our politics and inimical to our progress: the …

Religion

Anti-apartheid writer Andre Brink dies

<b>South African writer Andre Brink, one of the most outspoken critics of the apartheid regime, has died.</b><p>Brink, 79, died on Friday night on board a flight to Cape Town after visiting Belgium where he had received an honorary doctorate, local media say.<p>Brink wrote in Afrikaans as well as English. His …

South Africa

The iPad Air 2 is packing a blazing fast chip with three (yes, three) cores

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Apple has said that the A8X processor powering the new iPad Air 2 is more powerful than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6, but …

iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you

Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device …

Apple Partnering With American Express On New iPhone Payments System

The iPhone payments platform is expected to be unveiled at Apple's September 9 event.<p>Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need to …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

Mark Zuckerberg Dumps Ice On Himself For ALS Awareness, Passes The Challenge Onto Bill Gates

Snark all you want about this wonderfully goofy trend of dumping ice water on your head to raise ALS awareness, but here’s the deal: it’s working. Donations to the ALS Association are up by 1000%.<p>Plus we get to see people like Zuck dump friggin’ ice on their heads.<p>This embed is invalid<p>ALS, or …

The NSA is developing an automatic malware-killer

Details of a new NSA program have emerged from <i>Wired</i>'s meticulous Snowden profile this morning. As part of the interview, Snowden described an ongoing NSA project called Monstermind, planned as a new cyberdefense capability. The system would scan web metadata for signs of an attack in progress, then …

What Silicon Valley refuses to learn from Steve Jobs

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love?<p>Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm, or investment company in Silicon Valley, and you’re sure to hear people say how much they admire Steve Jobs. They’ll say that he …

U.S. Oil Export Decision Opens New Potential Gateway for Industry

Ruling on the lightest type of crude could be a boon to some oil producers.<p><b>The U.S. Commerce Department quietly has cleared two Texas-based companies to export a type of crude oil, slightly easing decades-old restrictions and possibly opening the door for many other oil producers.</b><p><b>The move comes</b> …

Q&A: What's Behind Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak in West Africa?

The disease has killed hundreds, prompting an emergency meeting of nations next week.<p>The deadliest-ever outbreak of Ebola is spreading rapidly through West Africa and has now infected 635 people, killing more than 60 percent of them so far.<p><b>The World Health Organization warned Thursday of the need</b> …

Toyota's first hydrogen car is priced to go head-to-head with Tesla

Sure, Elon Musk is giving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel …

Unscaling The Healthcare Economy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Hemant Taneja is a partner at General Catalyst.</i><p>Healthcare delivery has always been among the top targets for founders seeking to dramatically improve our lives while building great businesses. Yet, with very few exceptions, most founders find it difficult to build scalable …

Photos Of Waikiki's Homeless Reveal What It's Like To Live On The Streets In Paradise

A good night’s sleep in Waikiki is hard to come by for Roberta Huddy.<p>She became homeless about a year ago after losing her job as a guest services agent at one of the hotels.<p>Now Huddy, who was born and raised on Kauai, lives in a worn-down Chevy Astro with her husband, Greg, on Kalakaua Avenue next …

Email overload? 19 tips for taking control of your inbox

How to take an email back, leave conversations and set up automatic responses<p>Email is both a miracle and a curse. At no other time in human history and we been able to exchange messages instantly globally; but at the same time, our ancestors didn't spend hours each day sifting through memos, …

NHS is the world's best healthcare system, report says

Study by Washington-based foundation puts healthcare provision in the US at the bottom of its report<p>The NHS has been declared the best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health.<p>The same study also castigated …

Britain is an old, declining empire, says official Chinese newspaper

People's Daily takes swipe at UK's 'eccentric acts' as Chinese premier visits London<p>Britain is an "old, declining empire" which resorts to "eccentric acts" to hide its embarrassment over its declining power, an official Chinese newspaper has claimed on the second day of a visit by the country's …

Kanye West: Samsung is 'not quite Apple'

The self-proclaimed style icon explains at the Cannes Advertising Festival that because Samsung worked with Jay-Z, Apple had to buy Beats.<p>I look up to Kanye West like I look down on people who don't understand curling.<p>West has his finger on the pulse of humanity's soul, so when he speaks, I don't …

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Hillary Clinton Has Tense Exchange Over Gay Marriage Questions

Hillary Clinton had a contentious exchange Thursday over the timing of her public support for gay marriage, accusing a reporter of “playing with my words” and ascribing political motives to her announcement.<p>“I think you are trying to say that, you know, I used to be opposed, and now I’m in favor, …

Government

From Prostitute to Professor: The 7 Lessons of Maya Angelou's Messy Life

The death of Dr. Maya Angelou provided us the opportunity to once again delight in her memoirs, which chronicle the eclectic, bohemian first half of her life. Yet, we know from her writings that such praise was often withheld as she pursued her dreams of being a dancer and poet while raising a …

Black History

Chinese military spending exceeds $145 billion, drones advanced: U.S. | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the Pentagon said on Thursday, offering a far higher figure than Beijing’s official tally.<p>Soldiers from the honour …

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