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Samsung is making a smart speaker with Bixby, says WSJ

Samsung is working on a smart speaker powered by its new Bixby voice assistant, according to a report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The project is said to be codenamed Vega, but little more is known about the device; its features and specifications are apparently yet to be decided, much less a release …

Canada will compensate and apologize to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.<p>An official familiar with the deal said Tuesday that Omar Khadr will receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US$8 million). …

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Tesla Preparing To Charge Into Affordable Car Market

The next Tesla car is expected to be revealed and made available for pre-order next month. And while the auto world is still waiting to see specs and drawings, one thing is already known: the price.<p>As promised, Elon Musk tells Bloomberg, the Model 3 will cost $35,000 — before any incentives.<p>Tax …

India's 'dead' car auctions: Where you can get a Porsche for $7,000

<b>In the middle of a sprawling yard lined with used cars, Jambu Kumar is hunting for a Mercedes Benz sedan.</b><p>The 29-year-old did not own a car until six years ago. His father, a pawnbroker, drove a scooter all his life. In 2009, Mr Kumar, who runs a small automobile spare parts business, bought a …

Consumers aren't ready for an Internet of Things world

While estimates vary, nearly all agree that billions of IoT devices are expected to be integrated into our lives over the next five years, amounting to trillions of dollars being spent by both businesses and consumers. Everything from smart cars and cities to connected homes that adapt to our …

The Best Places to Travel in March

1 of 7<p>Whistler, British Columbia<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 7<p>Tokyo<p>3 of 7<p>Washington, DC<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 7<p>Punta Del Este, Uruguay<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 7<p>The Grand …

The World's Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they're far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences …

France Is Changing the Spelling of Onion and People Are Angry

The next time you try to order the soup á l’oignon at your favorite French restaurant, you might notice something missing—the letter “i.”<p>In 1990, the …

Where Los Angeles and Other American Cities Used to Store Their Nuclear Missiles

There's a scene in <i>Bridesmaids</i> in which the character of Megan, played by Melissa McCarthy, claims not only to work for the U.S. government but to …

American Cities

WHO warns against blood donations from people returning from Zika regions

World Health Organisation issues advisory after Brazilian authorities disclosed two cases of viral transmission linked to blood transfusions<p>The World Health Organisation has advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as …

Google said to be in negotiations with the NFL for ‘Thursday Night Football’ streaming rights

According to a new report from Variety, Google is among the tech companies negotiating with the NFL for digital rights to Thursday Night Football. Earlier this month, the National Football League inked deals with CBS and NBC to divide the TV rights for Thursday games over the next two seasons, but …

10 stereotypes about us Eastern European women that need to die

1. We will do anything to emigrate.<p>If you think that we’re all about to jump in a box and get shipped from Hungary to New York for a chance at a …

Eastern Europe

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor With Bug Fixes, Minor Feature Enhancements

Apple today updated <i>Final Cut Pro X</i>, <i>Compressor</i>, and <i>Motion</i>, its software designed for professional video editors. Today's updates, the first since September, add a couple of new features and introduce a long list of bug fixes.<p><i>Final Cut Pro X</i> now includes a Customizable Default Effect that allows …

Clinton, Sanders Show Sharp Differences in 2016 New Hampshire Debate

DURHAM, New Hampshire — Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC offered the clearest, rawest, and most specific examination of two fundamentally different philosophies about the character and future of the Democratic Party voters have seen yet.<p>Not only was it the first one-on-one debate …

China's hip-hop stars feel the heat of Xi Jinping's battle to control culture

Arrested, hooded and handcuffed, members of China’s In3 group spent five days in prison – their punishment for falling foul of Beijing’s authoritarianism<p>Chen Haoran knew he was not liked by the authorities.<p>As a founding member of China’s most banned band – the hip-hop group In3 – he had come to …

Here’s which smartphone apps have the most usage on iOS & Android

comScore today has shared its monthly report on both smartphone and app marketshare. The data released today reflects the three-month average ending in December of 2015. The report breaks down the top smartphone platforms, manufacturers, and perhaps most interestingly, the most popular apps…<p>As you …

How trumped-up charges led Thai police to raid expat bridge club

Members of the Pattaya bridge club believe an unfounded accusation was behind the heavy-handed police raid that saw 32 players hauled into custody<p>Cold beers in hand and cards on the table, many of the mostly British retirees at the Pattaya bridge club continued playing after a special unit from the …

Africa’s Tech Gold Rush

Africa is on the verge of something big. This seems to be a quiet, cautious consensus in some investment communities. The past year has been peppered with stories of tech startup hubs emerging across the continent, from Lagos to Kigali to Agadir. The model of American tech entrepreneurship looks to …

Stock Markets

Caracas, Venezuela named as the world's most violent city

Twenty-one of the deadliest cities on earth are in Brazil, according to Mexico-based group, while four are in the United States<p>Twenty-one of the world's 50 most violent cities are in Brazil, a new survey reveals in a blow to the nation's image as it prepares to host this year's Olympic games.<p>The …

Review: Finnair Premium Lounge Helsinki Airport

After visiting the Almost@Home Lounge, I headed to the Finnair Lounge at around 5:55AM, given that it opened at 6AM.<p>The Finnair Lounge Helsinki …

Elon Musk says a Tesla truck is ‘quite likely’ in the future

If you think Tesla’s plan for world domination begins with the Model S and ends with the Model 3, you’re sorely mistaken. While the Model 3 is of …

GrabTaxi Rebrands To Grab, Launches Cashless Payments And Corporate Service

GrabTaxi, the Uber rival in Southeast Asia backed by SoftBank and China’s Didi Kuaidi, will be now be known as “Grab” after the company announced a rebranding today alongside a few new services.<p>The company said its new name reflects the fact that it no longer only offers licensed taxi rides, the …

South-east Asia

Life in Europe not as expected: hundreds of Iraqis return home

A growing number of Iraqis are returning home from Germany, citing a lengthy asylum process, bland food and poor shelters as reasons for leaving.<p>“My husband liked the idea of going there. He saw others and he wanted to imitate them,” said one Kurdish returnee. “The situation there was much worse …

U.S. researchers call for WHO to take rapid action on Zika

CHICAGO/GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will hold a special session on Thursday on the Zika virus as the U.N. agency comes under pressure for quick action against the infection linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil that is spreading through Latin America and the …

Rihanna Released A New Song But The Internet Can't Understand The Words

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Apple likely to debut iPad Air 3 at March event; new Apple Watch models revealed

Apple is planning to introduce new iPad hardware at an event in mid-March, according to sources, with the most likely device being a new iPad Air. This new iPad with a 9.7-inch screen, presumably to be called the “iPad Air 3,” will be launched alongside the a new 4-inch iPhone known as the “iPhone …

France's Justice Minister Resigns Following Controversial Anti-Terrorism Proposal

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has resigned amid fallout over proposals to strip French citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism.<p>The controversial measure was proposed in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.<p>"Sometimes to resist is to …

Elon Musk explains why hydrogen cars are 'incredibly dumb'

Reuters/Bobby Yip<p>Hydrogen-powered cars have come back into focus as more automakers explore cleaner, more efficient alternatives to gas.<p>Honda will …