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India’s National ID Program May Be Turning The Country Into A Surveillance State

For seven years, India's government has been scanning the irises and fingerprints of its citizens into a massive database. The once voluntary program was intended to fix the country's corrupt welfare schemes, but critics worry about its Orwellian overtones.<p><b>In February 2017, Microsoft</b> announced …

India

Girl Found Living With Monkeys in Indian Forest

LUCKNOW, India — Indian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys.<p>The girl, believed to be 10 to 12 years old, was unable to speak, was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she discovered in January and …

Monkeys

The 9 New Sleep Rules

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Sleep<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>Anyone who has nodded off on the …

A $1.3 million ad campaign to educate Americans about Sikhs is dividing the Sikh community

To be Sikh in America means living in a country where a majority of the population knows little to nothing of your faith. Or worse.<p>In the month following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Sikh Coalition documented more than 300 cases of violence or discrimination against members of an American …

Religion

Indonesian domestic workers are picking up coding skills on their days off

Indonesia's foreign domestic workers have a way to pick up coding skills, thanks to new courses being organised in the cities they work in.<p>The …

Malaysia Airlines becomes first airline to track fleet with satellites

Malaysia Airlines, whose MH370 airplane vanished with 239 people onboard three years ago, has become the first airline to track its fleet of planes …

These Popular Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says

The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that …

Microsoft kills off passwords with Authenticator's new phone logins

With Microsoft's updated Authenticator app, you'll be able to sign in to Microsoft accounts without having to remember complicated …

Apex Launcher making a comeback next month with tons of new features

Apex Launcher is quite popular among Android users: according to data on the Google Play Store, it has between 10 and 50 million downloads. However, it has been a long time since the developer added new features to the launcher, as the last update was released in June 2015.<p>That’s why we’re happy to …

Android News

SPB Vs Ilaiyaraaja: Copyright Infringement 101, And The Celebrities Who Know It Too Well

Up until Friday, playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam had a regular line-up of concerts ahead of him, marking the 50th year of his singing career. …

Tamil Cinema

Cheaper Nest thermostat may be on the way

Alphabet's Nest is reportedly working on a new thermostat and new home security products.<p>Nest, the smart home brand owned by Google parent company Alphabet, may be working on a less-expensive version of its famous smart thermostat.<p>An upcoming Nest thermostat could cost less than $200 in the US, …

Smart Homes

Israel considers bill forcing mosques to lower volume

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament has passed an initial reading of a bill that would make mosques lower the volume of their call to prayer, amid …

Mosques

Wikileaks unleashes 'Vault 7' series, the largest ever leak on the CIA

Wikileaks has released a massive stash of confidential documents in what could be the biggest ever leak involving the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).<p>The leak marks the very first installment of the Wikileaks’ latest series code-named <i>Vault 7</i> in which the whistleblowing platform focuses on the …

Security

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Syria

The EU is threatening to slap visa requirements on US travelers

Americans are currently able to travel throughout the European Union (EU) without much paperwork. But that’s not a privilege the European Parliament wants to keep extending.<p>The reason is simple. American visitors can enjoy visa-free travel throughout the bloc, but the US doesn’t reciprocate. EU …

North Africa

Tesla implements advertising plan suggested by fifth-grader

Tesla doesn’t advertise. But, on the advice of a Michigan fifth-grader, that could soon change.<p>The endearing pre-teen, Bria, caught the attention of the Tesla CEO Elon Musk after her father re-posted her letter, a class assignment, to Twitter.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at …

Tesla

Virginia is the first state to pass a law allowing robots to deliver straight to your door

Idaho and Florida may be next.<p>Virginia has made robotics history. The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state.<p>The new law goes into effect on July 1 and was signed into law by the governor last Friday.<p>The …

Mumbai ranked 21st, ahead of Toronto and Washington in City Wealth Index list: Knight Frank report

The 'ultra-high-net-worth individuals' in India rose by 290% in the past ten years, the real estate firm said.<p>Mumbai has been ranked 21st, ahead of …

Indian traders boycott Coca-Cola for 'straining water resources'

More than a million traders in India are boycotting fizzy drinks including Coca-Cola and Pepsi after claims from from two Indian trade associations that foreign firms are exploiting the country’s water resources.<p>Traders in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has a population bigger than the …

India

Google's YouTube TV will offer a streaming cable TV service for $35 a month

Google is making another big move for its YouTube service. The company has announced its plans to launch YouTube TV in the US, an internet-based television service that will offer access to local broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW, along with a bunch of cable networks, for $35 a …

Televisions

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

We’re nearing the close of yet another busy week, but not before BGR offers up another two posts covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps that go …

Apps

US Customs wants to check Chinese visitors' social media accounts

Disclosure would be optional<p>The US Customs and Border Protection wants to begin asking Chinese visitors to voluntarily disclose their social media handles when they enter the country. The agency has entered a proposal earlier this week to be published in the Federal Register detailing some changes …

Reuters: Softbank wants Sprint and T-Mobile to merge, would give up control to Deutsche Telekom

Softbank, the owner of Sprint, may soon approach T-Mobile US owner Deutsche Telekom for a merger proposal. One concession the Japanese conglomerate …

T-Mobile

Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossings into Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec province has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in snowy, remote areas in northern New York.<p>One illegal crossing area that has become …

Canada

Verizon resurrects unlimited data, because T-Mobile and AT&T aren't f*cking around

Verizon, in the age of streaming video and GIF-filled messaging, is looking to win back customers by offering unlimited data.<p>The wireless carrier …

Kodi update brings new skins, higher Android version requirement, and 4K optimizations

If you're a Kodi fan, you might have noticed the app looking a bit different after this week's update. Kodi 17, which has the positively super …

Kodi

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President

Donald Trump is just a puppet who doesn’t care about anything.<p>If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump <i>acts</i> …

Flying out of Indian airports won't be an alien experience anymore

India is finally doing something about making flying less of a hassle for its commuters by fixing a problem that is unheard of elsewhere in the world.<p>…

Vodafone might merge with Idea to create largest mobile operator in India

Vodafone has recently confirmed that it’s in talks with the Aditya Birla Group regarding the possible merger of Vodafone India and Idea. Vodafone is currently the second largest mobile operator in India followed by Idea in third place. The merger would create the biggest mobile operator in the …

India