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Jakarta governor Ahok sentenced to prison for blasphemy

The verdict was met with strong protest. Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch described the verdict as "a huge setback" for Indonesia's record of tolerance and for minorities. Purnama, the first Christian to lead Jakarta in 50 years, is seen by supporters as an effective administrator in a bureaucracy long plagued by corruption and incompetence. Read More »

Samsung is Working on Flip Phones Yet Again

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Details about the promo leaked over on Reddit, where a user posted the terms of T-Mobile's BOGO deal. With T-Mobile's latest offer, the BOGO takes an odd turn. You'll need to pay $150 per dock, which means you're looking at spending $300 if you want one for home and one for the office. "Financing agreements, qualifying credit and new line of service required". Read More »

Get an unbelievable deal on Alan Wake before it disappears from stores

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The game has had a massive 90% off price drop (at least on Steam ). May 15 will be your last chance to get Alan Wake , it's DLC, and the spinoff, Alan Wake's American Nightmare. The cause for the removal is apparently music featured in the game that has had its license expire. Speaking of Quantum Break and music, that game has an option for turning licensed music off completely as a way to ensure streamers don't get their videos flagged for copyright infringement. Read More »

Equipment water leak stalls spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

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The box weighs 91kg on Earth, and routes data and commands to experiments inside the space station, Navias said. "This is the connection point of the component in the airlock itself that provides power, oxygen, cooling water and communications lines to the two crew members while they are in the process of biding their time, pre-breathing pure oxygen, in the airlock itself". Read More »

Can Apple Watch Predict Strokes?

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But as many as 200 among them had previously been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heartbeat ). An Apple representative did not have anything specific to share about Cardiogram, but directed C/NET's Megan Wollerton to a Johns Hopkins University study , which detailed findings about detecting potential seizures with the Apple Watch. Read More »

European Union court advises challenge to Uber business model

Uber said being considered a transport services would not change the way it is regulated in most European Union countries as it already complies with local regulations. On the contrary, that activity exists exclusively because of the platform, without which it would have no sense. When the ECJ ruling comes, it could have a knock-on impact on other "sharing economy" business, such as Airbnb, which lets customers book rooms in private homes through its app and website, and Deliveroo, a food ... Read More »

Huge mysterious sea creature washes up on beach in Indonesia

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Footage broadcast in the local media showed the giant animal had discoloured skin and was still bleeding a day after it was found. Now while local residents are rushing to see this mystery creature, many folks are already chiming in and saying that this is either a giant squid or a sperm whale that just met its demise. Read More »

Andre Holland to Star In 'Castle Rock' Hulu Series

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It's one of several locations to play a large role across King's body of work. Holland will play the role of Henry, a death row attorney who has a unique history with the town of Castle Rock . Castle Rock will go into production at some point this year, so we'll presumably have more details about what the show is actually about within the next few months. Read More »

SpaceX launches top-secret spy satellite for USA government

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that the mission launched successfully after almost being scrubbed by strong high-altitude winds. As John Federspiel, the MC for the livestream event, says after the successful touchdown , "Another good day for us at SpaceX ". Read More »

Mishra Begins Hunger Strike, Demands Details of Travel Funding

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However, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing, also denied having any link with him. After Kapil Mishra, the former Aam Aadmi Party leader who has accused Arvind Kejriwal of being involved in corruption cases, his mother, Annapoorna Mishra, on Friday joined her son to target the AAP chief. Read More »

Apple Awards Corning First Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment

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The investment will support the 65-year-old Corning plant's research and development, equipment needs and glass processing, according to an Apple news release . "We're extremely proud of our collaboration over the years and we are investing further with Corning who has such a rich legacy of innovative manufacturing practices". Read More »

Weekend Forecast for April 29th and April 30th

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Saturday , Much more sunshine with party cloudy skies and a 20% chance of showers after noon. Right now, it does look to push through, dropping highs into upper 70s to near 80 under a partly sunny sky. With the front nearby, there's a chance for a few showers as well. Monday night , mostly cloudy , with a low around 51. Winds: S 10-15 miles per hour. Read More »

Arctic summit: Trump to make 'right decision for the US' on climate

David Balton, a deputy assistant secretary of State, said other accomplishments included an agreement for scientific cooperation among Arctic nations, an assessment of improvements needed for better telecommunications, and implementation of a database of ships passing through the Arctic. Read More »

Microsoft takes its databases worldwide with Cosmos DB

At the same time Microsoft Graph collates business and user data - with their consent - to drive AI development. Microsoft claims the database will let customers rev up and wind down applications as needed throughout the world, which would allow the company to guarantee performance levels - a crucial feature for large corporate customers. Read More »

#RIPKaraboMokoena: Family reacts to death of missing woman

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Her passport and ID were also found in a dustbin in Sandton. According to the victim's father, Tshepo Mokoena , his daughter had been missing for two weeks before her body was recovered. Citizen reports that Karabo had been declared missing on April 28, 2017, and after a long search, her body was found by the police and after investigations, the boyfriend was arrested. Read More »

Drought Officially Over in New England

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About 24 percent of CT is still listed as "abnormally dry", one step below the official drought designation. "Right now, we're looking at 1.5 to 2 inches for the weekend", he said. Above-average temperatures and little to no rain have contributed to the return of higher drought classifications in the region, levels that were last experienced in the fall season of 2016. Read More »

Who Is Actually Attending China's Belt and Road Forum?

China's construction industry is already booming across Africa. "As a company specializing in online gaming and motion pictures production, we will fully embrace the Belt and Road Initiative and incorporate it into the company's globalized strategy", he said. Read More »

Rex Tillerson gives nod at Arctic meet to climate change action

Freeland was accompanied at the meeting in Fairbanks by Canadian Indigenous Permanent Participants that include the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC), the Gwich'in Council International (GCI) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Former President Obama made climate change the top issue when the United States took the lead of the Arctic Council in 2015. At the prestigious discussion forum Atlantic Council of Finland last week, Soini suspected that the US may exit the Paris agreement but may ... Read More »

Airtel, micromax tie up to offer bundled services

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Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax says, "Micromax Canvas 2 will come with one year of unlimited Airtel to Airtel calling, unlimited data at no extra cost for both existing and new Airtel customers". The company is also offering one-year screen replacement in case customers damage their device. Under the hood is the 64-bit MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Read More »

Google's New AI Tool Turns Your Selfies Into Emoji

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Now in Allo for Android and soon on iOS, you can take a selfie and Allo will generate a sticker pack based on your facial features. Google's image-recognition algorithm will analyze your face and map each of your individual features to a preset selection of images illustrated by artist Lamar Abrams , who is best known for the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe . Read More »

Uber's driverless car program to be probed

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On Thursday, Judge William Alsup first denied Uber's bid to compel arbitration and plunge the case out of the public's eye. Waymo said Uber used its tech to avoid years of costly research. The decision of Alphabet "to bring separate claims against defendants in court was not only reasonable but also the only course available, since Waymo had no arbitration agreement with defendants", wrote Alsup in his order. Read More »

U.S. to send top adviser to China's Belt and Road summit

According to Tom Miller, author of "China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road", OBOR is part of a plan by China focused on "restoring its historical status as Asia's dominant power". At its core, OBOR would need the eastern (developed) parts of China to trade with the United States and developed countries, while the central and western provinces, which have witnessed minimal growth, will feed Asia's developing countries. Read More »

Nasa detects signs of water on distant 'warm Neptune'

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A group of global scientists have found a Neptune-like planet located 437 light years away from the Earth and orbits a start roughly twice as old as the sun. The pattern here is that, among our Solar System's outer planets at least, metallicities are lower for the bigger planets that lie closer to the Sun. Read More »

Snapchat co-founders lose $2 billion after poor Q1

Snap posted sales of $149.6 million for the March quarter, far below Wall Street estimates. From a long-term business perspective, Snap Inc. has to come up with ideas to not only expand its user base beyond messaging, but also beyond millennials. Read More »

Judge Approves Emissions-Cheating Settlement For 3-Liter VWs

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Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. "There will always be unanswered questions and different approaches and suggestions as to how it should be achieved", Breyer said. She has more than a decade of experience in compliance program and process design, implementation and oversight in corporate, advisory and academic settings in the United States. Read More »

Rod Rosenstein: Caught in the James Comey sacking storm

Rosenstein said that over the past year, the FBI's reputation and credibility suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire department of justice . Sen. Sanders said that the president was mulling firing Comey for months, possibly even before the November 8 election. The House's top government watchdog wants the Department of Justice's inspector general to look into why FBI Director James B. Read More »

Halo Fan Turns Microsoft's Cortana Into Actual Hologram

Microsoft teamed up with Harman Kardon company to make this device possible. If they've already created an Amazon Alexa skill, they'll be able to import that and use it as the basis for a Cortana counterpart, too. The company announced its plans for letting developers integrating their services into Cortana back in December of past year. This move will help the company extend Cortana's reach. Read More »

How to watch Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference

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Windows 10 build 1507 was given a longer lifeline while Microsoft settled in to its update routine. Ironically, the exploit uses Windows Defender to launch itself when the malware protection engine scans a specially crafted file. A tweet from Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy surfaced a couple of days before Microsoft's Patch Tuesday , scheduled for May 9. In a summary of the issue, Microsoft said updates will automatically be applied within 48 hours. Read More »

Amazon Launches Touchscreen Echo

Both devices will get a new rival this fall: on Monday, Microsoft and Samsung's Harman business teased an upcoming speaker, called Invoke, powered by Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. And that's not all: the Echo Show's screen is also a platform for Amazon's burgeoning media power. The Show is capable of using all the Skills (basically, the Echo equivalent of an app), but it now features hundreds of new skills that take advantage of the camera and touchscreen. Read More »

FCC website hit by attack following John Oliver plea

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We reached out to two-dozen people by phone, and we left voicemails when nobody picked up. Identical comments are nothing new from either the pro- or anti-net neutrality side. A majority of registered voters support net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing content on the web, according to a new poll from Morning Consult and NCTA, a trade group that represents the cable and internet industry. Read More »

Nintendo Announces Standalone Switch Docks For Europe

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Nintendo hasn't as yet announced the price of the Switch Dock in the United Kingdom but for comparison, it is now priced at $90 in the U.S. so expect it to be priced around £70 when it arrives next month. Toys'R'Us and Target are left out of the loop this time around in the USA according to Nintendo's Switch accessories page, but you've still got several options for finding a second dock. Read More »

Samsung issues Galaxy S8 and S8+ battery pack

The new firmware update also improves the Video Calling feature on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. It costs $59.99, and for that price, you get a 5,100 mAh power cell, supporting Samsung Fast Charge. There are already shedloads of battery packs out there so it is odd that Samsung thought it worthwhile to compete. So, this lets you charge both the pack and the smartphone at the same time. Read More »

Overwatch Game of the Year Edition Launching This Month

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According to TrueAchievements.com , which scouts the Xbox Store for new releases, the new items will be dished out in special anniversary loot boxes available from whenever the event starts through until Monday 5 June. Overwatch is a game that millions of people already own, but a GOTY Edition is being released very soon to entice more gamers to see how fun the game really is. Read More »

Cellino & Barnes apparently dissolving partnership

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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. Barnes is requested to appear at a May 19 hearing to argue why the high-profile personal injury attorneys' firm should not be dissolved . In a statement to PIX11 News , the law firm said it is continuing to "operate around the clock in a fully functional manner" in light of the filing, which it says the firm will "aggressively oppose". Read More »