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UK Mobile Operators Will Limit Bills from Stolen Phones to £100

Five UK mobile networks – EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone – have agreed to limit the bill customers could face if their phones are stolen.<p>Under a voluntary agreement with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the companies will introduce a liability cap set at £100 ($149), provided …

How Steve Jobs reacted when one of his top lieutenants joined Palm

Sure, Steve Jobs might not have been quite the one-man-temper-tantrum he was portrayed as for much of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography, but he still wasn’t someone you wanted to get on the wrong side of.<p>According to authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli in their new book <i>Becoming Steve Jobs: The</i> …

Jony Ive

850 Sports News Digest Scores $500,000 To Become ‘Summly For Sport’

“Perfect for the morning commute,” is how 850 Sports News Digest pitches its iOS and Android app.<p>It has also been described as ‘Summly for sports news’, although the emphasis here is less on algorithms creating mobile-friendly summaries, and more on a team of dedicated editors writing bite-sized …

Apps

Uber offers rides in Lamborghinis, Maseratis in Singapore

Nothing makes an impression like stepping out of a supercar. That's the hook for Uber's latest offer, which will be available in Singapore until May 20. App users have the option of being fetched around by either the upscale Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, or the equally stylish Maserati GranTurismo …

How The Apple Watch And iPhone 6 Plus Might Flip Your Mobile Computing Habits

Apple’s new wearable hardware could eventually become much more than just an optional accessory – eventually, it could be one half of a Voltron-style combo that makes up the bulk of our computing life, relegating the tablet and smartphone model to the past. Just like a tablet/smartphone combo was a …

Boeing's 'plasma shields' would block explosion shockwaves

"Captain, magnetic seals in the anti-matter chamber are decaying!" "Shields up!" Now that we have <i>that</i> out of our systems, let's start by saying that unlike a <i>Star Trek</i>-style deflector, Boeing's plasma "shield" could never block shells or bullets, let alone anti-matter explosions. But if its patent …

Galaxy S6 pre-orders starting today in India from Rs. 49,000

Samsung announced today availability details for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 in India.<p>The Galaxy S6 will be available in India in all three storage configurations, for Rs. 49,000 (32GB), Rs. 55,900 (64GB) and Rs. 61,900 (128GB) or $787/$898/$994 in USD. The more striking (and arguably more …

Twitch boss calls the end of games consoles

PS4 and Xbox One have been great, says Twitch TV co-founder Emmett Shear – but the future is more likely to be about set-top boxes<p>The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are likely to be the last dedicated games consoles as we know them, according to the boss of Twitch TV.<p>Speaking to the Guardian at the …

Consumer Tech

Apple Watch takes a trip down under in Oz’s Elle magazine

Ahead of the April 24 launch of the Apple Watch, Cupertino’s debut wearable continues its world tour with a new style guide in Australia’s <i>Elle</i> magazine — advising on how Apple’s smartwatch can be used as a chic wearable everywhere from cocktail parties to the workplace.<p>For a cocktail party, for …

Netflix announces Australian pricing and content after Reddit leak

Netflix Australia has released its content catalogue and pricing a day out from its March 24 launch, after the details were leaked on reddit on …

Mine blast kills Tunisian soldier, wounds three others near Algerian border

A Tunisian defence official says one soldier has been killed and three others wounded when a mine blew up their vehicle in a mountainous area known to be a refuge for al-Qaeda linked Islamic radicals.<p>Lt. Col. Belhassen Oueslati, a Defence Ministry spokesman, said the incident occurred Sunday in a …

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits off east coast of Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit off the east coast of Taiwan, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said Monday.<p>Mild shaking was felt in the capital Taipei. No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

Natural Disasters

Six Tunisia police chiefs dismissed over museum attack

Tunisia's prime minister has dismissed six police commanders, including those in charge of tourist security and an intelligence brigade.<p>Monday's decision by Habib Essid follows the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, which killed 21 people, 20 of whom were foreign tourists.<p>Mofdi …

Alaska discovery may solve mystery of missing family

<b>(CNN) —</b> The disappearance of a young woman, her two children and her boyfriend confounded police last year. Now, remains found in southern Alaska likely show their tragic fate.<p>"As much as we would have liked to [have] closed this story earlier, we're glad that they were found," Kenai Police …

Senegal jails ex-president's son for 6 years for corruption

DAKAR (Reuters) - A special court in Senegal sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade on Monday to six years in prison for corruption and ordered him to pay a 138 billion CFA franc ($228 million) fine, dashing his hopes of competing in elections due in 2017.<p>Karim Wade (C), son of …

Africa

Ebola outbreak: Here's where we are 1 year later

<b>(CNN) —</b> A year ago, when Dr. Stephane Hugonnet was dispatched to Guinea to investigate a series of unexplained deaths, he had little idea that he'd be contending with an outbreak that would quickly spread from a small southern rainforest village, across borders, and around the world.<p>The Ebola …

Disease

Erdogan's lobbying exposes fractures in Turkey's ruling party

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Anyone watching the multitude of Turkish television stations broadcasting President Tayyip Erdogan’s speeches on an almost daily basis might be forgiven for thinking he was the one standing in a June election.<p>Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony at …

South Asia

Barbados PM says island will replace the Queen and move towards republic

Prime minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart says the shift to a republic will happen in the near future<p>The Queen could be the monarch of one less country next year after the prime minister of <b>Barbados</b> announced his intention to replace Her Majesty as the country’s head of state.<p>Freundel Stuart told a …

Ruins found in remote Argentinian jungle 'may be secret Nazi hideout'

Archaeologists believe ruins found in a remote jungle region may be the remains of a hideout built by Nazis to flee to in the event of defeat in the second world war.<p>Researchers are studying the remains of three buildings located in the Teyu Cuare park in northern Argentina near Paraguay, the …

Okinawa governor orders halt on US airbase construction

<b>Tokyo</b> - Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga has ordered Japan's Defence Ministry to halt construction of a new US Marine airbase within one week or he may revoke the government’s legal permission needed to build the base there.<p>"It's difficult to dispel concerns that our fisheries' regulations are being …

Habib Essid, the prime minister, sacks six police commanders after deaths at Bardo museum, which is inside parliamentary compound in Tunis<p>Tunisia has fired six police commanders following last week’s Bardo museum massacre, as details emerged of lax security prior to the attack.<p>Two gunmen killed 21 …

Afghans demand justice for Farkhunda wrongly accused of burning the Koran and killed by mob

Protesters want justice for the Afghan scholar brutally killed as police say 13 policemen suspended amid allegations they did nothing to stop the attack<p>Hundreds of <b>Afghans</b> have protested in Kabul to demand justice for a <b>woman who was killed by a mob</b> outside one of the capital's most famous mosques<p>The …

Houthi rebels seize airport; U.N. envoy warns Yemen at 'edge of civil war'

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> Rebels seized an international airport in Yemen Sunday as a U.N. envoy warned that the country was at "the edge of civil war."<p>Houthi militants took over the airport in Taiz as they swept through the city and surrounding province, two officials with the Taiz provincial …

Middle East

Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, dies at 91

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial center.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama described Lee, …

Lee Kuan Yew