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Syria: Russia’s Military Might Surprises West

Western media has raised hue and cry blaming Russia for great collateral damage in Syria. Much has been said about the Russian air strikes not being …

ISIS Detainee Tells U.S. of Terror Group's Chemical Weapons Plans

U.S. news<p>A senior defense official tells NBC News that an ISIS official captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces is a chemical weapons specialist and a “key operator” in terrorist and military operations.<p>Defense officials identify the detainee as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, an expert in chemical and …

Samsung dominates Indian smartphone market with 24 percent share in Q3 2014

The Indian smartphone market is poised to be the second biggest battleground for mobile manufacturers in the coming years, and for the moment, …

Samsung patents a ring-operated smartwatch design

Smartwatches might be extremely small compared to smartphones, but the method of input is the same on both: touchscreens. With the Apple Watch, Apple …

Samsung's health ambitions go way beyond wearables

Samsung is probably not the first company that comes to mind when you think of healthcare.<p>Seeing the electronics giant release an experimental …

The Evolution of The Naked Dress

The celebrities who have dared to wear the naked dress.<p>As of last night, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Rihanna all have one thing in common: They're the only "naked dress"-wearing celebrities to try the stunt not once but twice. Rihanna joined the double downers with her Tom Ford dress at the amfAR …

Microsoft Wants What Apple’s Getting For Christmas

It has become somewhat of an old joke, but Microsoft’s retail stores are essentially ghost towns. Every once in awhile you’ll see a side by side comparison of an Apple Store filled with busy shoppers sitting right next to a completely vacant Microsoft store.<p>Slate visited both stores yesterday in …

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Dish eyeing T-Mobile, says DirecTV too expensive

Dish Network, which is readying an Internet-based television service reportedly for a late summer launch, is eyeing T-Mobile, according to company …

Google's Nexus 6 is a high-powered handful (hands-on)

It's a little funny to see Motorola finally crafting a Nexus phone <i>after</i> Google sold it to Lenovo, but hey -- life is peculiar that way. What's more important is that Motorola has taken its responsibilities as Keeper of the Nexus name seriously, and put together a phone that's as big on power as it …

Samsung faces the bad news: sales of its high-end phones are sliding

Confirming its own estimates from earlier this month, Samsung announced tonight that it accumulated an operating profit of $3.9 billion in Q3. That's not a bad haul for most companies in the July to September period, but last year Samsung proudly celebrated a record profit of $9.6 billion and now …

Look Inside The Stunning New Cafe Where Apple Employees Eat Their Meals

In addition to its main cafeteria — which is open to the public — Apple operates a number of smaller, more exclusive, cafes near its Infinite Loop campus.<p>In June, the company opened a gorgeous new cafeteria designed by Foster + Partners, the architectural firm behind Apple's upcoming "spaceship" …

Montblanc brings ultra-expensive styluses and covers to the Note 4

While the default S-Pen is already amazing on the Note 4, what if you want something a bit more stylish and premium? Thanks to a new collaboration between Samsung and Montblanc, your wish is granted — provided you have the spare dough needed to afford it.<p><b>You might like: The best iPad stylus.</b><p>As you …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Can Electronic Arts make a 'Battlefield' game that works?

I stopped playing <i>Battlefield</i> this year. Why did I stop playing the massively popular first-person shooter? Because it <b>never</b> works when it launches. For those who haven't experienced the promise and defeat of a <i>Battlefield</i> launch, it goes as such:<p>A multiplayer beta precedes the launch, often by a slim …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

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Serbian election exit polls indicate win for pro-EU party

Serbs voted in an election on Sunday that could give a clear parliamentary majority to a centre-right party that has vowed to overhaul the economy and push for EU membership.<p>If the ruling Progressive party wins the most seats in Serbia's 250-member parliament, as polls predict, it is expected to …

Obama and Putin clash as US warns of 'additional costs' of Crimea referendum

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin clashed over the Crimea referendum during a telephone call on Sunday, as the US president dismissed claims from his Russian counterpart that the vote was legal and warned him that Moscow would be punished.<p>Obama rejected an argument from Putin that the vote, which …

China urges restraint in Ukraine, ducks comment on Crimea vote

BEIJING (Reuters) - A top Chinese diplomat repeated Beijing’s call for calm and restraint in Ukraine on Monday, but avoided commenting on a referendum in Crimea after the region’s Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favor of joining Russia.<p>Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, …

Samsung has three accessories to improve Galaxy accessibility

Samsung on Friday announced three smartphone accessories that should improve accessibility on certain Galaxy devices – namely the Galaxy Core Advance …

Biden Will Take U.S. Push to Poland, Baltics

World<p>Vice President Joe Biden is heading for Poland and Lithuania next week to discuss the Russian incursion in Ukraine, the White House said Friday.<p>Biden will go to Warsaw, then to Vilnius, Lithuania, where he will meet with the presidents of the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. …

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Lamborghini Design Chief Discusses The Huracán: Video

The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 truly is a sight to behold. Words and photos just cannot describe how good the car looks in person; clean surfaces, …

The 3 Stretches You Need to Do Every Day

Don't scam on these—they're important!<p>Stretching is kinda like drinking enough water during the day: You know you need to do it, but chances are, you probably don't do enough of it. Well, to make things as easy as possible for you, we checked in with stretching expert Beret Kirkeby, orthopedic …

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SEC Football Q&A: Pressure for Saban and Malzahn, New QBs and New Stars

<i>Every Friday, we feature questions from Twitter. Do you have a question for next week's Q&A? Send it to SEC lead writer Barrett Sallee on Twitter at @BarrettSallee.</i><p>You have SEC questions, and I have SEC answers. Thank you for your questions. If I didn't get to them this week, they will be saved and …

A closer look at the phone hardcore Android fans have been dying for

The Oppo Find 7 piqued our interested early last week when a leak claimed that the Android phone would come equipped with an epic 50-megapixel …

Uber now insures drivers (and passengers) whenever its ridesharing app is turned on (update)

Surge pricing and conflict over its presence (in some cities) aren't the only issues facing Uber and other ridesharing services these days. Unanswered questions abound about who pays when an UberX driver gets into an accident. Rather than wait for insurance companies to figure things out -- and …

Samsung's new smartphone case uses ultrasound to detect people and objects

Samsung's Galaxy S5 may be getting lots of smart new accessories, but the Korean smartphone maker is also making sure its lower-powered phones get some love too. After including various software usability functions in the Galaxy Core Advance at the end of last year, the company today introduced …

Apple Device Activations Leapt 2.3 Times on Christmas Day, But The Kindle Was The Big Winner

- Dec 27, 2013<p>Apple saw a nice bump in activations for their iOS devices on Christmas Day, seeing a 2.3X increase. However, Amazon’s lower priced …