Jerome Benwick

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'Ferrari Of Space' Crashing Back To Earth — Maybe Tomorrow

Sometime Sunday or early Monday, a 2,425-pound satellite that ran out of fuel last month and began falling from its already low orbit will plunge back to Earth.<p>The European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) — so sleek that it was nicknamed "the Ferrari …

Afghan forces up for the fight in Kunar valley

<b>If the Afghan National Army (ANA) is to prevent the Taliban from taking control of the country after Nato withdraws in 2014, its success in capturing and securing the strategically important and mountainous district of Chapa Dara in the eastern province of Kunar may provide a template, the BBC's</b> …

Venezuela troops seize shops over high prices

Venezuelan soldiers have been sent into a chain of electronics stores in a campaign by President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government to stop an "economic war" of what it says are unjustified spiralling prices.<p>Authorities on Saturday arrested managers of the Daka chain, sent troops to occupy its …

ACA could increase food stamp rolls

Republicans have another reason to hate Obamacare: It could grow the number of people on food stamps.<p>The Obama administration has ordered a study to determine whether the Affordable Care Act, by increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, will also increase the number of people enrolled …

What India's space scientists and street children have in common

<b>As India launched a mission to Mars this week, I could not help noting some surprising similarities between the ingenuity of the country's space scientists and its street children - many of whom are creative small-scale entrepreneurs.</b><p>When you see young children darting between lumbering locomotives …

Mars Orbiter

US Navy christens first Ford-class aircraft carrier

<b>The US Navy has christened the first of its new Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.</b><p>The new super-carrier, which is only 70% complete, is named after late US President Gerald Ford.<p>It is the first of 10 carriers designed to get more fighter planes into the sky more quickly, but with …

Military

Senators to consider DHS nomination

The Senate will begin considering the nomination of Jeh Johnson to be President Barack Obama’s next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security next week, Sen. Tom Carper announced Wednesday.<p>The former Defense Department lawyer will appear before Carper’s Senate Homeland Security and …

New York City fights order to change stop-and-frisk in court

Attorneys for New York City asked a federal appeals court to vacate a judge's orders requiring police to change its stop-and-frisk practice, which critics argue unfairly targets minorities.<p>On Saturday, the city said in filings with Manhattan's second US circuit court of appeals that US district …

Haiyan's path of destruction: Philippines suffers, Vietnam prepares

Officials in the Leyte province of the Philippines said they feared that at least 10,000 people could have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan.<p>Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.<p>Leyte’s capital Tacloban bore the brunt. Residents, many of whom have no homes to return to, struggled …

Adobe Lightroom 5.3 candidate supports hot new cameras

Adobe released a test version of Lightroom 5.3 on Friday, giving the photo editing and cataloging software support for the season's hot new cameras like the compact Canon PowerShot S120, the high-end mirrorless Fujifilm X-E2, the full-frame Nikon D610 SLR, Panasonic GM1, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and …

Cameras

PlayStation Network friends list's massive boost available now

If you've been brushing up against the PlayStation 3's 100 friend limit for awhile, Sony has good news for you: You can add up to 2,000 friends to your PlayStation Network account right now, almost a week ahead of the PS4's launch. However, until November 15th you can only view your expanded social …

F-bombs away! Twitter map tracks curses in real time

Fiddlesticks! Fracking! Fudge! Nope, not THAT F-word. We're talking about the saucy verb that was supposedly first used in "Flen flyys," a circa-1475 poem that mocked friars for their alleged extracurricular activities with other men's wives. (Seriously, look it up on Wikipedia to spice up your …

Judge orders Samsung to explain why it shouldn't be fined for leaking secret Apple docs

A judge has determined that Samsung probably violated a court-ordered agreement to keep Apple documents secret, the latest snit in the epic patent battle between the companies that started in the summer of 2012.<p>Judge Paul Grewal asked to look over the documents himself last month. Now, "having …

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal assistant is known.<p>By saying the words "OK, Google" when the phone is unlocked, you can launch any of Google Now's actions -- like searching the …

Sony's Phil Molyneux talks 4K strategy, with Spike Lee as exhibit 'A'

Sony's consumer electronics COO Phil Molyneux has a story to tell about his company's deep plunge into 4K, so who better to help than veteran auteur Spike Lee? The filmmaker's foray into crowdfunded cinema production is well-known, and it turns out that he's using the company's 4K CineAlta PMW-F55 …

Apple To Offer In-Store Repairs For Its Newest iPhone Models

Owners of broken iPhones may soon be able to get them fixed inside Apple stores. The company is outfitting its retail locations with spare parts, instruction manuals for the staff, and the recalibration machines needed for the installation of touch screens, according to a report citing sources with …

Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother

Over a few weeks' worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i> by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the pervasive malevolence and the futility of the struggle was not.<p>References to Orwell are never far off today, …

Apple Reportedly Developing Large Curved Screen iPhones For Late 2014, Better Touchscreen Sensors

Apple is said to be working on two curved display iPhone models for the “second half of next year,” according to a source speaking to Bloomberg, with a likely release planned for the third quarter, as well as better touchscreen sensors that introduce fine pressure sensitivity for later devices to …

Don’t Look Now, but the Second Screen Is About to Invade Videogames’ Next Generation

The “second screen”: Savior of bored TV watchers, scourge of movie ushers and … <i>something</i> for the future of videogames.<p>By now it’s old news that many …

Gaming

Latest iOS 7 bug lets you place calls from a locked iPhone

Apple released iOS 7 earlier this week and the first lock-screen bug surfaced just a day later. Now another bug has been discovered, but this one actually allows people to make phone calls from locked devices. Forbes was first made aware of the bug by Karam Daoud, and it's astonishingly simple. …

Why Apple needs a wearable computer as much as wearables need Apple’s touch

There are some pretty basic — but tough — requirements for creating a wearable computer with mass consumer appeal: it has to be comfortable, stand up …