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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:

Google

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 …

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 …

Gear & Gadgets

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 …

New York Times

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<p>Ryan Seacrest, JLo reminded everyone how it’s done, andSimon Cowelland his chest hair were once again reunited with Randy Jackson andPaula Abdul.<p>Oh, and in a big upset, Trent Harmon won the thing.<p>But even in the 15th and final finale of …

Kelly Clarkson

Oculus VR goggles could change the future. Or not

The virtual-reality era officially begins on Monday. Facebook will start selling its $599 Rift, a VR headset it believes will change our lives -- again.<p>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 …

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 …

Wi-Fi

Newly discovered bacteria eats and digests PET plastic

Japanese scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats the plastic commonly found in water and soda bottles.<p>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 …

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 …

Surveillance

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 …

Disease

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

• ICC chief execute hits back at claims made by Mustafa Kamal • Kamal criticised umpire for decision in Bangladesh’s defeat to India • India seal semi-final spot with crushing win over Bangladesh<p>The International Cricket Council has backed match officials criticised by the governing body’s own …

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 …

Airplanes

Fifty Shades's 73% week-on-week drop suggests it won't rival Avatar's record

In this week’s instalment of our series tracking cinema’s worldwide winners …<p>• Fifty Shades of Grey drops 73% in the US, meaning Avatar’s record take is safe • Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade opens big in China but can it breakthrough abroad? • The Interview haemorrhages theatrical revenue<p>The …

Animation

10 of the best UK clubs – chosen by the experts

From Krafty Kuts to Optimo, Moxie to Horse Meat Disco, we asked some of the UK’s biggest DJs to tell us about their favourite clubs around the country<p>25 of the best clubs in Europe – chosen by the experts<p>Hands in the air! Your favourite not on the list? Add a tip in the comments<p>Sub Club, Glasgow<p>Now …

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 …

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

Has Microsoft suddenly pushed us into the age of "Star Trek" and "Minority Report"? For those confused about what's actually going on with the company's new head-mounted gadget, here's the rundown.<p>Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science …

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 …

Phones

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 …

Employment

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

Indonesia’s meteorological agency says weather was ‘trigger’ One more body and another large piece of the plane found Rough seas again force divers to give up search for the day<p>Search teams find four parts of AirAsia on sea bed<p>Weather was the “triggering factor” in the crash of AirAsia flight 8501 …