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Japan Has A Cheap, Quick Fix For Cracked iPhone Screens

In terms of first world problems, the biggest one is probably a cracked phone screen. While there are plenty of independent shops in major cities that provide screen replacement services, they’re not cheap (though still cheaper than, say, taking it into the Apple store) and you’re at risk of …

Apple Store

Two hours and 1,600 fake credit cards later: $13 million is gone

A South African bank became a victim of a bank heist 10,000 miles away, after a group of criminals stole $13 million out of cash machines on another continent using fake South African credit cards.<p>The thieves used around 1,600 forged cards to withdraw the money from 1,400 individual cash machines …

Credit Cards

WhatsApp extends encryption beyond texts to photos, videos, group chats and calls

WhatsAppsays it is using a powerful form of encryption to protect the security of photos, videos, group chats and voice calls in addition to the text messages sent by its more than 1 billion users worldwide.<p>The service, owned by<p>Facebook Inc., began applying "end to end" encryption to standard …

Privacy

Obama will release a $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his …

Don't expect oil prices to rise soon, IEA warns

Hold that sigh of relief.<p>Oil prices are no longer falling by the day, but the slide may have stopped for all the wrong reasons, the International Energy Agency warned Tuesday.<p>Crude prices dropped below $27 per barrel last month, and have since perked up to around $30.<p>The Paris-based IEA called the …

Oil

Hackers leak contact details of 20,000 FBI staff

Hackers have leaked 22,175 FBI employees' names, job titles and contact details.<p>The leak comes a day after the hacker group, tweeting from the @DotGovs account, posted a database online with the details of 9,355 US government employees from another department.<p>The second round of details was posted …

'Yeti' caught on camera in Spanish ski resort

Scared skiers and snowboarders in the resort of Formigal, in the Pyrenees, are keeping their eyes peeled for a large yeti-like monster that has been spotted roaming the slopes of the ski resort in north-eastern Spain.<p>The creature has been caught on camera by a holidaymaker – could this finally be …

Paranormal

Oil price crash means petrol could become cheaper than bottled water

Brent crude prices fall below $30 for the first time since April 2004 and could make fuel cheaper than water<p>Petrol will soon cost less than bottled water as the relentless decline in oil prices sends fuel down to 86p a litre, it has been claimed.<p>Brent crude fell to below $30 a barrel for the first …

Oil

Syria Accuses U.S.-Led Coalition of Bombing Its Troops

Syrian President Bashar Assad's government accused the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an army camp and killing three soldiers. A spokesman for the coalition denied the claim on Monday.<p>The Syrian government said three soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded in the attack, which it called an act of …

Middle East

Christmas Tree Lighting: Pictures

Mary J. Blige

President Obama Says FBI Taking Over San Bernardino Shooting Investigation

President Obama said Thursday he is handing the San Bernardino massacre investigation over to the FBI.<p>“At this stage we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred,” Obama said. “It is possible this was terrorist-related ... it is possible this was workplace-related.”<p>But, the president said, …

Gun Control

Amazon Stands By its Dubious Drone

I’m having second thoughts about a video I posted earlier this week.<p>I’m talking about the clever YouTube clip starring former <i>Top Gear</i> host Jeremy …

World AIDS Day: Pictures

Jammu and Kashmir

MORGAN STANLEY: Iran is the biggest thing for the global economy since the Berlin Wall fell

Most outsiders see Iran as an anti-Semitic Islamic state run by extremists who tolerate terrorism (as long as it's not in Iran).<p>But Iran is also the last large, modern, educated economy that is locked out of the global system, and the biggest one to reenter it since the end of the Cold War.<p>Here's a …

Morgan Stanley

Russia: Turkish president benefits from IS oil trade

MOSCOW (AP) — Sharply raising the stakes in Moscow's spat with Ankara, Russia's top military brass on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep …

Russia

Microsoft Talks Xbox One Background Music, Struggles of Achievement Challenge System

Support for background music on Xbox One (outside of Snap) is on Microsoft's backlog of new features it wants to introduce, but if you're holding out for it, you may want to get comfortable. Xbox engineering boss Mike Ybarra says in a new interview that Microsoft is taking its time with the new …

Xbox

The Week in Review: Paris Shaken By Terror Attacks

One hundred thirty people were killed and 352 wounded across Paris last week during the largest terror attack in Europe in 10 years.<p>Assailants targeted victims during evening socializing – enjoying dinner, seeing a band and watching a soccer match. The six coordinated strikes were designed for …

Terrorism

Anonymous 'at war' with Isis, hacktivist group confirms

The online collective Anonymous “is at war” with the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris, in a continuation of its “#OpISIS” campaign.<p>One major Anonymous twitter account, @GroupAnon, announced the operation on 15 November, writing that “we won’t stop opposing #IslamicState. We’re also …

Foreign Policy

Paris Attacks: ISIS Digs In, Anticipating Assault on Syria's Raqqa

BEIRUT — ISIS militants are stiffening their defenses for a possible assault on their de facto capital of Raqqa, as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in retaliation for the Paris attacks. ISIS fighters are hiding in civilian neighborhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing, …

Middle East

As US prepares to hike rates, Europe could reap benefits

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — In a high-stakes juncture for the global economy, the central banks of Europe and the United States are set to take …

Economy

Bono on Paris attacks: 'This is the first direct hit on music'

<b>(Rolling Stone) —</b> U2 were rehearsing at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris Friday night, less than three miles away from the Bataclan concert hall where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, when they got word of the terrorist attack on the city.<p>"Our security locked it down pretty quickly and we got …

Paris Attacks

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks

In an official statement, the group said its fighters strapped with suicide-bombing belts and carrying machine guns carried out the attacks in various locations in the heart of the capital that were carefully studied.<p>ISIS released the statement in Arabic, English, and French through its various …

The Morning After the Paris Attacks: Pictures

Krakow

Saudi Arabia's mission to blow everyone out of the oil market isn't over yet

The country's policy of pumping so much oil that prices stay too low for competitors to make a profit has led to losses at big oil companies, suppressed inflation globally, and even seen Saudi Arabia's own sovereign debt downgraded.<p>And the country has no plans to stop.<p>The chairman of Saudi Aramco, …

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Aviation