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Nevis: how the world’s most secretive offshore haven refuses to clean up

Tax havens hate attention. Places such as Jersey, Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands made a handsome living from helping their clients break other countries’ laws for decades, without anyone really noticing. And they liked it that way. Then came the 2007-8 financial crisis, and the good …

Corruption

New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Expensive Surprise

The great thing about Apple’s upcoming 2018 iPhones is the most exciting model is also the cheapest. In fact, there was only one obvious problem to this iPhone: the inherent design limitation. That is, until now…<p>In a new report, DigiTimes reveals the so-called ‘budget iPhone X’ will not have the …

Mobile Technology

Top Microsoft chip researcher shifts to mysterious new Azure hardware division

When Microsoft shuffled the deck of cards that makes up its Azure cloud computing division a few months ago, it appears to have created a new …

Artificial Intelligence

An Old Stone Building in Tuscany Becomes a Modern Hideaway

A clever renovation transforms an irregularly shaped dwelling in Trequanda, Italy, into a tiny retreat that's bursting with character.<p>In the small, medieval village of Trequanda in Tuscany, Italy, Casa Effegi is an old stone building that was restored and transformed into a cozy, 367-square-foot …

Architecture

Google Unveils A Major Security Enhancement For The Chrome Browser

The stable build of the Chrome browser (Chrome 67) has been ungraded with a major security enhancement called Site Isolation that protects users from malicious websites that steal sensitive data. The Spectre CPU vulnerability is an example. Site Isolation is currently operating in Chrome for …

Chrome Browser

A Bird's-Eye View: 12 Spectacular Photos of Picturesque India

India | News18 | July 13, 2018, 9:30 am<p>1/ 12<p>An amazing shot of an Indian national highway. (Image: Aerizone/dronestagram)<p>2/ 12<p>A farmer working in his …

India

SiliconX: Scientists hail new alloy as missing ingredient for next-gen batteries

For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising material in the world of lithium-ion batteries. The primary reason for this is that …

Electric Vehicles

First Lady Melania Trump displays her fashion power and exudes Hollywood glamour at Blenheim Palace

Has the Stansted ground crew ever experienced the dizzy heights of an Air Force One disembarkment? Certainly Mrs Trump’s highly fitted beige-y hued Roland Mouret dress was a little extra to the usual North East London clientele sporting their “Scotts Stag, Ibiza ‘18” branded T-shirts. But then what</i> …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

A Minimalist Bungalow in Miami Welcomes a Sleek New Addition

In South Miami, a thoughtful revamp and extension embraces the outdoors on an intimate scale.<p>When a creative couple—a ceramic artist and a music aficionado— wanted extra space in their small two-bedroom home for their growing family and professional pursuits, they reached out to local firm Upstairs …

Architecture

Report: The Mac mini is finally getting an update after nearly 4 years

The Mac mini is the cheapest Mac, but it’s also the one Apple seems to care the least about. Case in point: the last time it got an update was October 16 of <i>2014</i>. There hasn’t been so much as a spec bump in the four years since.<p>That’s finally about to change according to Ming Chi Kuo, one of the …

Apple Watch

Microsoft Whiteboard is a dead-simple way to brainstorm with your team

Microsoft has finally launched its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices. It’s a free tool for collaborating on ideas with as many people as you like, and it’s not half bad.<p>Whiteboard (which has been available in preview since last December) is designed for use with a stylus, so it’ll automatically …

Apps

Let there be light: 'ghost' particle found a mile beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in physics

The secrets of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.<p>Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South …

Physics

Microsoft Teams gets a free version

Microsoft opened up the news floodgates this morning, in the kick off to its annual Inspire event in Vegas. One of the more compelling announcements of the bunch is the addition of a free version of Teams.<p>The Slack competitor has been kicking around in some form or other since late-2016, but the …

Apps

World’s Largest Mobile Phone Factory Opens in India

Samsung Electronics Co. opened the world’s largest mobile phone factory in India, in a win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to …

India

Serverless computing could unleash a new startup ecosystem

While serverless computing isn’t new, it has reached an interesting place in its development. As developers begin to see the value of serverless architecture, a whole new startup ecosystem could begin to develop around it.<p>Serverless isn’t exactly serverless at all, but it does enable a developer to …

Microservices

Steve Jobs envisioned the App Store in 1983

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a visionary. That’s a phrase that gets tossed around a lot, but in Jobs’ case we have solid evidence.<p>Speaking at a conference in the early 1980s, a decade before the Internet became a household name, he described something we do everyday: buy software online.<p>Jobs was …

Apple

Weird New Quantum Diamonds Offer Hope For a Quantum Internet

“Diamonds are forever” is a cliche that fails to fully encapsulate the many strange properties of diamonds. But a new kind of diamond, one loaded …

Quantum Physics

Elon Musk built a “submarine” to rescue Thailand kids—here’s what it looks like

Device likely won't be needed but Musk is sending it to Thailand just in case.<p>Scuba divers in Thailand have already rescued four of the 12 boys who …

Elon Musk

Polar fitness data exposes homes of soldiers and intelligence agents

Strava isn't the only fitness tech company grappling with the security implications of its fitness tracking. <i>Bellingcat</i> and <i>De Correspondent</i> have discovered that Polar's Flow social platform can reveal the homes of soldiers and intelligence officials with little effort. As it shows all of a given …

Fitness Technology

Apple might achieve what Windows 10 never could

Putting the same chips into MacBooks and iPhones opens up exciting possibilities.<p>When Windows 10 was first revealed back in 2014, I was naturally …

AI detects movement through walls using wireless signals

You don't need exotic radar, infrared or elaborate mesh networks to spot people through walls -- all you need are some easily detectable wireless signals and a dash of AI. Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a system (RF-Pose) that uses a neural network to teach RF-equipped devices to sense …

Hackers can summon Cortana to break into Windows 10 PCs

Cortana on the lock screen has some security exploits<p>Microsoft has issued a Windows 10 security update to prevent hackers from breaking into PCs using Cortana. Microsoft’s digital assistant is built into every version of Windows 10, McAfee security researchers discovered it could be summoned from a …

Windows 10

Chime in: Does Microsoft CEO Nadella deserve more credit than he gets?

While fans blame him for the death of Windows Phone, Groove Music, and more, does Satya Nadella deserve more a little more credit?Microsoft CEO Satya …

Microsoft is Redesigning the Office User Interface

For the first time in over a decade, Microsoft will redesign the user interface for its core Office-branded apps across platforms.The post Microsoft …

Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac previews improved inking features and more

Microsoft just introduced the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac, with the full release scheduled for the second half of this year.<p>New features include a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations in all these Office apps. There’s a focus mode coming in Word, while Excel is getting new …

Microsoft Office’s new Fluent Design overhaul makes it easier to use

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Microsoft Office

These 40 Powerful Life Lessons Can Immediately Change the Rest of Your Life

Truth resonates in your bones. Recognize it. Feel it. And do something about it.<p>Sometimes we get lost.<p>Other times we get distracted.<p>But most of all, we often get so consumed with the game of life--all of its pursuits, sensations, and experiences--that we forget the truths that lie at the core of …

Happiness

Delta, Sears, Kmart hit by data breach: What you need to know (update)

Heads-up: If you bought plane tickets from Delta, tools from Sears or household goods from Kmart between Sep. 26 and Oct. 12 last year -- and you did it online -- your name, address and credit card numbers may have been exposed at those companies' websites.<p><b>Update, 3:25p.m. PT:</b> Best Buy is affected …

Kmart

Memory-boosting brain prosthesis shows impressive results in human trials

A DARPA-funded study has raised the possibility of memory-enhancing brain prostheses. Following animal research that had returned successful results, …

App Store actually shrank in size last year — and that’s a good thing

Apple traditionally brags about the size of its App Store, but the vaunted app repository may actually have gotten smaller, not bigger, last year.<p>The App Store reportedly declined 5 percent in size in 2017, from 2.2 million apps at the start of the year to 2.1 million by the end. And that’s no bad …

Apps