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Apple iPhone 6: Visa, MasterCard and American Express sign up for mobile payments

The three big credit card companies – MasterCard, Visa and American Express – have signed deals with Apple and its iPhone 6 contactless payments plan, reports indicate.<p>Apple plans to turn its smartphone into a mobile wallet capable of paying for goods using a similar system to the contactless …

Apple Not Expected to Ship Reversible USB-Lightning Cable or New Adapter Alongside iPhone 6

Apple will likely not be shipping a new Lighting cable or redesigned USB power adapter alongside the iPhone 6, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via <i>AppleInsider</i>). Kuo notes that he doesn't expect either accessory to receive design changes when shipped alongside the …

Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event

Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to <i>NDTV</i>, and it seems likely that it'll take this …

Democracy Protests Divide Hong Kong, China

BEIJING -- On Sunday, China's National People's Congress announced that Beijing intends to pre-screen candidates in the election of Hong Kong's next chief executive. Thousands of democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong upon hearing the news. With those activists threatening to shut …

Iraq crisis: Acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1105000/1105121_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529654591_df27f2485a6c519fa1b5a0d0be6570f5<p><b>The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale".</b><p>Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia …

Middle East

US calls for North Korea to free three detained Americans

The American government on Monday asked North Korea to release three Americans currently held in the communist country, after foreign media outlets were allowed to interview detainees.<p>“Out of humanitarian concern for Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller, and their families, we request the [Democratic …