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Apple Inc.’s Epic iPhone 8 Fingerprint Fail

Apple was apparently unable to develop a Touch ID solution that worked with the new OLED screens featured on the forthcoming premium iPhone model.<p>Per …

18 Google products that bombed, died, or disappeared

But not everything the company touches turns to gold.<p>Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz?<p>Now, Gchat is the latest in a string of discontinued Google products.<p>Here's a look at some Google products that are now relics of the past:

Does the OnePlus 5 have a better camera than the iPhone 7 Plus?

There are many features to consider when buying a smartphone. None, perhaps, is more important than the camera.<p>The camera(s) — on both the front and …

Man in Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemous Facebook comments

There’s disturbing news from Pakistan, where a man has been handed the death sentence for allegedly making blasphemous comments on Facebook.<p>The Guardian reports that Taimoor Raza was founded guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad by a court this week. His charge relates to comments made during a …

Human Rights

Kuwait steps up efforts to end Qatar blockade

Kuwaiti emir flies to Doha as Donald Trump also intervenes for second time in Gulf diplomatic crisis<p>Kuwait has stepped up its efforts to mediate an end to the economic and diplomatic blockade of Qatar as other Gulf States set out more detailed demands for how Qatar should end its alleged funding …

Apple introduces iOS 11

iOS 11 was the least surprising announcement of WWDC. Apple has announced new versions of its mobile operating system at its developer conference for years. While the final version of iOS 11 won’t be available until September, here’s what Apple has in store for you with iOS 11.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook …

Tesla has the greatest story in the history of cars — and that should terrify automakers

In fact, you can almost draw a straight line from Henry Ford to Elon Musk, with perhaps a few detours toward Enzo Ferrari, Preston Tucker, and John DeLorean along the way.<p>What Tesla's original founders and later Musk as CEO of the 13-year-old carmaker have achieved is simply astonishing — …

Tesla

What a 'nail bomb' is and why they are terrifying improvised weapons

Prime Minister Theresa May has called the deadly event a "callous terrorist attack," which the Greater Manchester Police has said was carried out by a 22-year-old man named Salman Abedi, who died in the blast. (A second, 23-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the bombing.)<p>The …

Extremism

How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game

Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our …

U.S. Court Sentences Multimillionaire Russian Hacker to a Record-Setting 27 Years

Roman Seleznev made more than $17 million selling stolen credit card numbers.<p>They say crime doesn't pay, but that's not necessarily true when you're a talented Russian hacker. Just ask Roman Seleznev, the 32-year-old master hacker who spent the past several years dividing his time between his homes …

The 25 scariest movies of all time—and how to watch them online

When you think of the scariest movies of all time, what comes to mind? <i>The Exorcist</i>, <i>Texas Chainsaw Massacre</i>, <i>The Shining</i>, <i>Halloween</i>? These films are all …

'American Idol' finale: There's still no beating Kelly Clarkson

The president offered his thanks, Brian Dunkleman forgave Ryan Seacrest, JLo reminded everyone how it's done, and Simon Cowell and his chest hair were once again reunited with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.<p>Oh, and in a big upset, Trent Harmon won the thing.<p>But even in the 15th and final finale of …

Oculus VR goggles could change the future. Or not

The future of tech is here, and it may not be as much fun as you think.<p>To join in, you'll need to strap a black, 1.5-pound mask to your face so you can have an out-of-body-like experience that might make you vomit. There's also the chance you'll trip on the 13-foot-long cord that connects the …

Virtual Reality

6 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Awful Wi-Fi Network

Dropped connections, an ever-spinning update wheel, slow-loading webpages—these fist-clenching symptoms of shoddy Wi-Fi connections make wireless …

Newly discovered bacteria eats and digests PET plastic

A bacteria that not only eats, but digests, PET plastic has been found by a team of researchers from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio University in Japan.<p>The team went out hunting for the bacterium. They collected 250 samples of things like sediment, soil and wastewater, all contaminated by …

According to these court documents, turning your phone on is consent to being tracked

In 2014, Baltimore Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Kerron Andrews for attempted murder. To find him, law enforcement requested a pen register to record his location data and all outgoing phone calls. The request, however, didn’t ask about using a Hailstorm (a type of Stingray — a bulk …

Texas Zika case raises concerns that virus can be transmitted sexually

Patient in Texas infected by Zika virus after sexual contact with a partner who had travelled to Venezuela<p>A case of the Zika virus being transmitted between sexual partners reported on Tuesday in Texas has raised new concerns about the transmission of the disease, which is typically spread by …

Galaxy S7 Leak Confirms 5 Brilliant New Features

Earlier this month Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks – the world’s most famous smartphone tipster, revealed major changes Samsung plans to make to the upcoming Galaxy S7. And now we can start getting excited about them…<p>Taking to Twitter again, Blass has announced that all these …

Phones

Surprise! Your Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends In Real Life

You’ve got a friend in me (and three other people)<p>A new study from Oxford University confirms why we have to specify someone is a “Facebook friend” instead of a friend.<p>Professor Robin Dunbar looked at the relationship between people’s Facebook friends and real friends, and found that only 14 out of …

ICC slams its own president for criticising umpire at Cricket World Cup

The International Cricket Council has backed match officials criticised by the governing body’s own president over a controversial no-ball decision in Thursday’s World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh.<p>The India opener Rohit Sharma was caught in the deep off a delivery from Rubel …

Harrison Ford plane crash: Eyewitnesses detail 'masterful' landing

Harrison Ford is in stable condition—“battered, but ok,” as his son put it—after he crash-landed his small plane on a golf course near the Santa …

Fifty Shades's 73% drop suggests box office one night stand, not commitment

The winner<p>Fifty Shades still has the global scene trussed up, but dramatic plunges from its opening weekend – -73% in the US (one of the largest falls on record) and -57% overseas – suggest that it has already exhausted its core audience, the EL James faithful, let alone any casuals pulled in by …

10 of the best UK clubs – chosen by the experts

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/18/1424279733820/44a788cb-a8b9-43ea-bff3-7c22a7a892a8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Scientists now know why popcorns pop

Study unravels physics of kernel – water contained in the shell rapidly escapes as steam under heat, making the corn ‘pop’<p>The popping sound made by popcorn is normally viewed as a pleasing cue that your snack is ready to eat, but for scientists the phenomenon represented one of nature’s significant …

Thermodynamics

The official Pirate Bay is back from the dead

The Pirate Bay is back online less than two months after its servers were raided by police in Sweden. Administrators had hinted the site would be …

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

New Samsung Galaxy S6 Details Will Anger Apple

iOS. That’s what most iPhone and iPad owners cite when they explain why they bought their device. Being part of Apple’s ecosystem is a massive draw for many, but for Apple’s future Touch ID and its intrinsic role in security and finance offers a bigger differentiator than the subjective arguments …

Gear & Gadgets

The Dos and Don'ts of LinkedIn

Because, really, what ARE the rules?<p>You rely on LinkedIn a lot, right? Us too, but here's an arresting professional thought: We're doing it wrong.<p>Like, <i>are</i> you supposed to accept all the invitations you get, or does that mess with the algorithm of your network (or something)? Is there a way to …

AirAsia flight QZ8501: icing of engines likely cause of crash, says agency

Weather was the “triggering factor” in the crash of AirAsia flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesia’s meteorological agency said on Sunday, as bad weather continued to hinder rescue efforts.<p>The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the Java Sea a week ago carrying 162 people from …