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Toyota plans 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020s

Toyota plans to offer more than 10 pure electric-vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker's commitment to entering that growing technology sector
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:51:15 -0500 abcnews

Chile's conservative billionaire

Chile's president, Harvard-trained economist and billionaire Sebastian Piñera returns to power.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:26:14 GMT bbc

Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages

Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who had fled their country amid violence
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:01:58 -0500 abcnews

American Who Escaped Crowded Bali Prison Is Recaptured

Chrishan Beasley, a Californian held on drug charges, was seized outside a hotel on a neighboring island in Indonesia. Chrishan Beasley on Monday at Kerobokan Prison after his recapture.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:37:34 GMT nytimes

Macron: Talk to Assad now, he will answer for crimes later

French President Emmanuel Macron thinks Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by middle or end of February and that Syrian President Bashar Assad can't be ignored in the aftermath, but must one day answer for his crimes
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:21:55 -0500 abcnews

Mass occupation underscores Brazil's poverty, creates angst

On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, thousands of squatters have taken over a piece of land owned by a construction company _ hoping the confrontational strategy will win each of them a piece of land to build a tiny house
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:07:26 -0500 abcnews

British Embassy Worker in Beirut Found Strangled

The woman, identified as Rebecca Dykes, was found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security official said. Rebecca Dykes, a British staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon, was found strangled Saturday by the side of a road east of Beirut, the Lebanese capital.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:27:46 GMT nytimes

Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown is Missing, Friends Say

Hua Yong had the city’s campaign to expel migrant workers in short videos and said in one of his last clips that his arrest was imminent. The painter Hua Yong in one of his videos documenting the evictions from migrant neighborhoods in Beijing.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:28:04 GMT nytimes

Honduras president declared election winner; unrest persists

President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been declared the winner of Honduras' disputed election, but that isn't quelling unrest from weeks of uncertainty as his main challenger calls for more protests Monday and vows to take his claims of fraud to the OAS
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:48 -0500 abcnews

Conservative Pinera wins another turn as Chile's president

Former President Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:04:00 -0500 abcnews

Peru president: Odebrecht payments did bring 'some money'

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is admitting he did "earn some money" as a result of services his private consulting firm provided to the Brazilian construction company entangled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:11:34 -0500 abcnews

Toronto Buzzes With Talk of Billionaire Couple’s Suspicious Death

Family and friends of the generic-drug mogul Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, say someone killed them and made it look like a murder-suicide. Police officers canvassing neighbors for information outside the Toronto home of Barry and Honey Sherman, who were found dead under circumstances that the police described as “suspicious.”
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:01:14 GMT nytimes

Honduran President Declared Winner in Disputed Election

After accusations of voting irregularities, the electoral commission said on Sunday that President Juan Orlando Hernández won by about 50,000 votes. President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras addressed his supporters in Tegucigalpa this month.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:23:19 GMT nytimes

Toronto police release cause of death of billionaires

Toronto homicide detectives have taken over the investigation into the deaths of billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife after autopsies showed they died from "ligature neck compression."
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:57:18 -0500 abcnews

Inspired by comics

Ilse Valfre’s quirky fashion designs have attracted famous fans, but she’s had to overcome many challenges.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:14:34 GMT bbc

IMAX boss' warning

IMAX's Richard Gelfond says firms shouldn't try and change the world with new technology, but make it fit the market.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:17:44 GMT bbc

Water wars

China is accused of withholding crucial river data that is essential to prepare for floods.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:06:35 GMT bbc

Capturing East Harlem

Photographer Joseph Rodriguez's images of the characters of East Harlem in the 1980s.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:35:19 GMT bbc

France's new export

Emmanuel Macron has wasted no time in raising his profile as a major international leader.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:10:56 GMT bbc

The Latest: Polls close in Chile's presidential runoff vote

Polls have closed for what is expected to be a tight Chilean presidential runoff election that will decide if the world's top copper-producing nation swings to the right or maintains its center-left path
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:36:38 -0500 abcnews

Report slams local, US hurricane response in Puerto Rico

A report by Refugees International says housing is urgently needed for tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lack power and safe water nearly three months after Hurricane Maria damaged their homes
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:57:28 -0500 abcnews

politics NEWS

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.

A Republican research group has requested the emails of E.P.A. employees critical of the agency. Now the E.P.A. has hired an affiliated company. The emails of Gary Morton, an E.P.A. employee in Philadelphia, were requested seven days after he participated in a union rally challenging proposed budget cuts.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:39:22 GMT nytimes

asiapacific NEWS

American Who Escaped Crowded Bali Prison Is Recaptured

Chrishan Beasley, a Californian held on drug charges, was seized outside a hotel on a neighboring island in Indonesia. Chrishan Beasley on Monday at Kerobokan Prison after his recapture.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:37:34 GMT nytimes

Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown Is Missing, Friends Say

Hua Yong had the city’s campaign to expel migrant workers in short videos and said in one of his last clips that his arrest was imminent. The painter Hua Yong in one of his videos documenting the evictions from migrant neighborhoods in Beijing.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:28:04 GMT nytimes

Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some

A promising vaccine for dengue fever is in limbo after the Philippines suspended its use amid widespread public anger and fears about its safety. Iran Lustre, resting at home in Las Pinas, south of Manila in the Philippines, received three shots of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. Iran had felt sick for a while afterward, but later recovered, although his parents worried that his illness was dengue.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:13:28 GMT nytimes

Deadly Taliban Attacks on NATO Convoy and Police in Afghanistan

Militants killed at least 11 officers at Afghan checkpoints in Helmand Province, and a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kandahar. A suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sunday, leaving one civilian dead.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:32:15 GMT nytimes

Suicide Bombers Target Pakistan Church Packed With Worshipers

ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault in Quetta that left at least eight dead and 30 injured, raising concerns about the security of Christians in the country. A family fleeing after a suicide bombers attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, on Sunday.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:48:19 GMT nytimes

Australian Tried to Sell Missile Parts for North Korea, Police Say

The police said a naturalized Australian citizen tried to skirt United Nations sanctions by attempting to conduct trade deals on behalf of North Korea. Neil Gaughan, the assistant commissioner for the Australian Federal Police, spoke to reporters about the arrest of an Australian man charged with trying to sell North Korean missile parts and technology.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:10:58 GMT nytimes

Rahul Gandhi Takes Leadership of Indian Opposition Party

Mr. Gandhi, scion of India’s famous political dynasty, assumes control of a party that has suffered humiliating recent losses. Supporters of the Indian National Congress party on Saturday celebrated the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as party leader in New Delhi.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:26:42 GMT nytimes

The Look: Seoul’s Bumping B-Boy Scene

You’ve heard about K-pop. But did you know South Korea loves hip-hop, too? The members of the Gorilla crew dance on the roof of their studio in the Guui area of Seoul, near Konkuk University.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:00:24 GMT nytimes

Communist Parties’ Victory in Nepal May Signal Closer China Ties

The defeat of the governing party is likely to have significant foreign policy implications for a country squeezed between India and China. A Communist Party of Nepal rally in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Vote counting began shortly after polls closed on Dec. 7, but the results did not become clear until this week.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:59:59 GMT nytimes
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Bitdefender Box 2

Bitdefender Box 2 is a smart home security appliance which shields desktop PCs, laptops, mobiles, tablets and all your connected devices from hackers, malware and more.The Box is essentially a supercharged router which can replace or run alongside your existing networking kit. Connect your devices to the Box and it acts as a sort-of firewall, watching inbound connections to keep hackers at bay. Your network is constantly monitored for unknown devices or suspect behavior, and Box also blocks outg
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:30:55 +0000 techradar

Vive Tracker review - CNET

I played VR soccer, ping-pong, and shot virtual ducks with the Vive Tracker and its accessories. It's a lot of hassle.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:00:10 +0000 cnet

Q Acoustics 3020 review - CNET

The Q Acoustics 3020 are a lively and engrossing set of stand-mount speakers that offer audiophile quality without the price tag.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:22:10 +0000 cnet

TCL P series Roku TV (2017) review - CNET

The TCL P series offers local dimming and high dynamic range for one of the best LCD pictures around. Add Roku smarts and a low price for a killer combination.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:56:12 +0000 cnet

LG LSE4617ST review - CNET

The $3,700 LG LSE4617ST has loads of extra features if you need your food in a hurry, but it'll cost you.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:31:32 +0000 cnet

2018 Honda Clarity review - Roadshow

The Clarity's plug-in hybrid drivetrain may be complex, but that doesn't mean you can't just get in and drive.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:34:37 +0000 cnet

Blix Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

You insert recyclable cups prefilled with ingredients into the $150 Blix, and it automatically blends smoothies, soups and dips.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:37:07 +0000 cnet

A Rainmaker Seeks to Grow His Firm at a Time of Big Media and Tech Deals

As giants like Disney and AT&T strike huge takeovers, Aryeh B. Bourkoff and his boutique, LionTree, are seeking to seize the moment to grow. Aryeh B. Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree, in Manhattan. “It’s a fortunate thing that we happen to be at the right place at the right time,” he said.
Dec 17, 2017 nytimes

internet NEWS

Mozilla says sorry for pushing out a Mr. Robot add-on to Firefox users

If you've been confused by the sudden appearance of a Looking Glass plug-in in your Firefox browser, you're not alone - it's actually part of a Mr. Robot promotional campaign being run in partnership with Mozilla. While it was disabled by default, its sudden appearance had plenty of users worried.To make matters worse the original description of the extension read "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS", which isn't the most comforting summary in this age of incre
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:30:52 +0000 techradar

Here's what UAE searched for in 2017, says Google

Have you ever asked Google how a television show is or details about an upcoming event ? You're not alone, as Google reveals the search results that got the most attention from residents in the UAE in 2017.“More than a billion-people come to Google Search every day to learn, discover, and find answers. Google’s 2017 Year in Search showcases the people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year.” said Joyce Baz, Head of Communication
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:28:40 +0000 techradar

The best CDN providers of 2018 to speed up any website

A content delivery networks (CDN) works to accelerate almost any website by caching its files in servers around the world. Whether your visitors come from Europe, North America, Asia or anywhere else, content is automatically served from the nearest location for the fastest possible speeds.If you're new to the technology then it might seem intimidating, and there's no doubt that prices can be high, but don't let that put you off. A CDN is not just for massive corporations. You can
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:00:02 +0000 techradar

Huge database of 1.4 billion credentials on dark web could contain your login

A massive database of hacked (or otherwise leaked) user credentials is available on the dark web, carrying details pertaining to a staggering 1.4 billion people.Note that this isn’t a fresh data breach, but rather a compendium of past breaches, all collated together into one mega-file, with the hard work already done in terms of the fact that the data is unencrypted (it has already been cracked, if the data in question was encrypted in the first place – not always the case with som
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:48:15 +0000 techradar

Get a £100 Amazon voucher with Virgin broadband and TV deals until Thursday

If you want lightning-fast fibre optic internet, stacks of TV channels, the ability to record your favourite shows and half a year of free Netflix, then Virgin Media's premium TV and broadband bundles have a 100% hit rate. And for the next couple of days, Virgin will also give you a £100 voucher with a selection of its premium packages.(Update: Virgin has now brought this voucher deal to an end. Head to our best broadband deals page to see the cheapest internet prices from Virgin Media
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:11:21 +0000 techradar

Facebook brings Snapchat-like AR filters to the Messenger app

Image credit: Facebook Virtual reality may be comparatively stuck in the mud for the time being, but augmented reality is in full gear. Facebook realizes this, and to that effect it has announced it’s bringing new Snapchat-style augmented reality features called World Effects to its Facebook Messenger app. They’re basically the same things as Snapchat’s World Lenses.The basic idea is that you can drop 3D objects into your photos to make them appear as though they’re
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:18:45 +0000 techradar

Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google

Microsoft is hoping to push its search engine harder in the war against Google, with the fresh introduction of new AI features for Bing, along with a partnership with Reddit.At Microsoft’s AI conference in San Francisco, the company revealed that Bing would be graced with new ‘intelligent search’ and ‘conversational search’ features.Simply put, this is going to result in more intelligent results being returned, with machine learning helping Bing to deliver more
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:02:51 +0000 techradar

FCC votes to end net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal net neutrality rules that guaranteed a free and open internet.Today's vote sees the FCC roll back rules put into place two years ago. Under the Obama-era regulations, a Title II common carrier classification was placed on ISPs, making it illegal to throttle, block or otherwise discriminate any kind of internet traffic, including through paid prioritization.With today's vote, the Title II classification is stripped. In its
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:23:02 +0000 techradar

15 best Christmas movies and TV shows on Netflix

Christmas, the time of year when it's always snowing, mulled wine is on tap and we are all so lovely to each other... okay, maybe that's not the case but at least you can live out that dream through TechRadar's best Christmas movies and TV shows on Netflix list.Don't worry, if you aren't yet full of Christmas cheer, it's not because you are dead inside, it's just that you haven't yet begun watching Christmas movies!We have trawled through the Netflix archi
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:29:00 +0000 techradar

mobile NEWS

Google Assistant is coming to many Android tablets soon

Google announced that it is bringing Assistant to tablets, reversing its original decision to keep the voice-friendly assistant a phones-only affair. You’ll soon be able to find it on any tablet running Android Marshmallow or Android Nougat. This includes a wide swath of options available from the likes Samsung, Asus, Lenovo and more. Some popular examples would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Asus ZenPad 3S 10, the Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0, but the list goes on.One caveat that Google no
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:56:33 +0000 techradar

Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen is a miniature, metal 2-in-1 machine

Samsung is doubling down on its laptop efforts in 2018, announcing its plans to start the year with three new laptops, including a brand-new model dubbed the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen.This 13.3-inch Windows 10 laptop is a 2-in-1 convertible encased in a new type of magnesium-aluminum metal frame that Samsung calls ‘Metal12’, which makes it lighter than most aluminum laptops while maintaining similar durability. Samsung says this is made possible through a Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) pro
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:00:31 +0000 techradar

New LG gram laptops put the webcam back where it belongs

The newest LG Gram will fix a major offense of many modern Ultrabooks, webcams positioned below the screen. The firm known better for its TVs and phones revealed its new line of three LG gram laptops well ahead of CES 2018.The three new LG gram laptops – 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch models – will continue to live up to their name with impressively thin and light chassis, but this time around will make key improvements to performance and longevity in addition to the much-needed design c
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:24:12 +0000 techradar

Best HP laptops 2017: the top HP laptops we've seen and tested

Once perceived to be the cheap alternative brand to the Dell’s and Apple’s of the world, HP has made impressive strides towards being a trusted name in computing, made better by its swanky new logo and aesthetically pleasing hardware designs. It arguably makes the best looking products in the business, and it’s all thanks to a much-needed brand reassessment.But the company once known as Hewlett-Packard doesn’t only make premium flagship laptops, of both the 2-in-1 and
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:25:00 +0000 techradar

US repeal of net neutrality will start mobile debate

The decision to repeal Obama’s Net Neutrality ruling has pitched the technology industry and consumer groups into a state of fury – unless you’re an ISP that is.The broadband providers, rubbing hands with glee at the thought of the money that’s now theirs to make are, for the moment at least, statesman-like on the issue – promising nothing will change. But ranged against them are just about everyone else: the tech giants, the internet pioneers, consumer groups
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:32:58 +0000 techradar

Dell cuts the price of some XPS 15 laptops by £250 with this special Christmas deal

Dell is looking to get on all of our 'nice' lists this Christmas by offering a fantastic £250 discount on some of its excellent XPS 15 laptops.The deal, which can be redeemed on certain models with the coupon code XPS250, runs from December 15 until just before midnight on December 31.So, if you've been looking for a chance to get your hands on one of these great laptops, now is a great time! This code cannot be used in conjunction with other coupon codes, but if you don&apos
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:36:49 +0000 techradar

Samsung refreshes its Notebook 9 laptop line

 They say Christmas season gets earlier every year, and the same seems to apply to CES. The year’s biggest tech show is a little less than a month away, yet Samsung’s already showing off what’s likely to be two of its bigger debuts for the show. Both are updates to the company’s solid Notebook 9 line of Windows PCs. Read More
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:00:13 +0000 techcrunch

Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets

 The Google Assistant has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that feature built-in support for the Assistant. Google is now bringing support for its voice-activated helper to phones running Android 5.0 and tablets running Android 6.0 and 7.0. Read More
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:27:32 +0000 techcrunch

iPhone models dominate Flickr’s list of most popular cameras in 2017 with 54% of top 100 devices

 Apple’s iPhone remains the most popular camera used by the Flickr community, the photo-sharing site revealed today in its annual review of camera rankings and top photos. This year, the iPhone beat out other camera makers – like Canon and Nikon, the number two and three respectively – by accounting for 54 percent of the top 100 devices used on the site, the company found.… Read More
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:15:56 +0000 techcrunch

Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

 Apple has more cash than any other tech company on the planet. Yet, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least on M&A out of all the “Big Five” most valuable U.S. tech companies. That’s despite the fact that it is estimated to have more than $260 billion in cash and cash equivalents. So, is it buying… Read More
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:15:15 +0000 techcrunch

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