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China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base
- July 13, 2017

A Chinese state news agency reported the base is going to improve China's performance in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions in Africa and west Asia. The project is a revival of ancient silk routes, and is also a way for China to assert geopolitical influence in places where US President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has left a power vacuum. (more...)
Oculus Rift and Touch bundle gets a big discount in summer sale Oculus Rift and Touch bundle gets a big discount in summer sale
- July 12, 2017

In a surprise overnight announcement via its blog, Oculus has announced a significant price drop on its Rift VR headset. Those waiting for a price cut have the best opportunity to grab the Rift headset , as the discount will only last for the next six weeks. (more...)
Google's Doodle honours Swedish scientist Eva Ekeblad's work with potatoes Google's Doodle honours Swedish scientist Eva Ekeblad's work with potatoes
- July 11, 2017

The latest " Google Doodle " features the companies logo spelled out in peeled potatoes and a small pile of flour. Ekeblad was born in Sweden on July 10, in the year 1724; she did various researches on multiple uses for plants. In order, there was a point in alcohol ingesting in the Scandinavian country. Her work couldn't have come at a better time. She was only 24 when she submitted her discoveries to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. (more...)
Sacrifices rendered by Burhan Wani are testimony of Kashmiris' resolve: COAS Sacrifices rendered by Burhan Wani are testimony of Kashmiris' resolve: COAS
- July 10, 2017

India has been struggling to restore normalcy in Kashmir , deploying thousands more soldiers, after Wani's killing appeared to breathe new life into the 28-year armed revolt that had ebbed and was drifting, with little worldwide attention. (more...)
United Nations designates Hebron tomb revered within Jewish faith as Palestinian heritage site
- July 08, 2017

Israel on Friday slammed as "shameful" a resolution by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to declare the West Bank's old city of Hebron a World Heritage site in danger. The resolution is seen as a victory for Palestinian diplomacy and would be cited by Israel as a fresh example of what it alleges is the UN's inherent anti-Israel bias. (more...)
Overwatch: Doomfist Confirmed as New Hero Overwatch: Doomfist Confirmed as New Hero
- July 07, 2017

Doomfist's other abilities include Hand Cannon , his long-range weapon; Seismic Slam , a punch to the ground that brings enemies closer to him; Rising Uppercut; and Rocket Punch , a high-powered melee. Blizzard may have dropped the new information as they gear up for a proper Doomfist reveal. Doomfist's existence has been teased by Blizzard for a while now, and this teaser is the first confirmation that they've made a decision to ramp up Doomfist to a full reveal soon. (more...)
Nintendo Switch Online app finally launches with Splatoon 2 in July Nintendo Switch Online app finally launches with Splatoon 2 in July
- July 07, 2017

With the advent of Nintendo Switch Online, there's a good chance that other games such as Rocket League won't have built-in voice chat capabilities, forcing audio through a smartphone. The online stream of the Splatoon 2 Direct will begin at shortly at 7am PT / 10am ET. There're tons of new features to enjoy this time around such as deep customization, new game modes, new weapons, and larger battles. (more...)
Amazon's Alexa has more than 15000 skills Amazon's Alexa has more than 15000 skills
- July 06, 2017

Amazon's yearly Prime Day sale gets underway on Monday July 10 with the online retailer expected to slash hundreds of prices. Normally £79 per year, it does however grant you access to unlimited one-day deliveries, the on-demand Prime Video and Prime Music streaming services, as well as the ability to borrow one book a month from Amazon's Kindle Lending Library. (more...)
Gang-rape survivor sprayed with acid, third attack in nine years Gang-rape survivor sprayed with acid, third attack in nine years
- July 03, 2017

The latest attack on her ignited widespread condemnation, with critics blaming the Adityanath government for what they said was a virtual breakdown of law and order in Uttar Pradesh. Police said the attack happened during the shift change of the two gunners who were assigned to guard the woman. She was standing near the washroom at the Shramjeevi Hostel and was talking on her phone when she was allegedly attacked, sources said. (more...)
Andromeda's Story DLC Cancellation Has Been Denied by BioWare Andromeda's Story DLC Cancellation Has Been Denied by BioWare
- July 03, 2017

A report from Kotaku confirms that there will be no single-player DLC for Andromeda . The Mass Effect game series is one of the best-loved in the entire gaming world, so it was understandable when its hardcore fans rebuked Andromeda for its mediocre graphics, poor choice of characters and overall boring and confusing missions. (more...)
Sen. Collins says she'll vote against motion to advance Senate health bill Sen. Collins says she'll vote against motion to advance Senate health bill
- June 30, 2017

A Senate bill to revamp the health-insurance system would leave 22 million more people uninsured but cut the deficit significantly, according to a new estimate released Monday . More than a half-dozen Republican senators have publicly stated either opposition to the legislation or skepticism that they could support it. Lower income, older people, and children with disabilities would lose coverage under the Senate plan, which is meant to reconcile itself with a plan hastily put ... (more...)
Microsoft Adds Nation-State Protections in June Security Patch Microsoft Adds Nation-State Protections in June Security Patch
- June 29, 2017

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment when asked whether the company had received warnings of an imminent attack, either from security researchers or government agencies. It would appear that May's security updates don't leave Microsoft entirely at ease, though. Over 100 million people still used Windows XP as of late 2016, according to research, including millions of users in China. (more...)
Star Fox 2 Programmer Overjoyed At Its SNES Classic Edition Inclusion Star Fox 2 Programmer Overjoyed At Its SNES Classic Edition Inclusion
- June 28, 2017

Officially titled the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the miniature 16-bit system will come with 21 pre-installed games in total, including the never-before-released Star Fox 2 . With "sold out" signs already popping up on SNES Mini listings at major online retailers, Nintendo is hoping to ease any worries that history will repeat itself.in the short term. (more...)
Google to Stop Scanning Gmail Messages to Target Personalized AdWords Ads Google to Stop Scanning Gmail Messages to Target Personalized AdWords Ads
- June 27, 2017

The move effectively brings the widely-used email service in line with its enterprise offering, G Suite. Google will stop scanning the inboxes of free Gmail users to tailor ads for them. And while Google has expanded massively beyond its early days as a search engine to embrace autonomous auto technology and artificial intelligence, last week's decision seems to indicate that the company is more focused on its non-advertising and cloud-based businesses than it has been in the past. (more...)
Passengers record terrifying shaking on Air Asia flight
- June 26, 2017

Water Police said marine emergency services north of Perth were put on standby to prepare for a possible water landing. A passenger, Brenton Atkinson, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "The engine seized up. AirAsia is investigating the incident, but says there is no indication it was an engine issue. Mr Parry said the most frightening time was the minutes the passengers were in the brace position as the plane came in to land, as they could not see what was happening. (more...)
Shuttler Srikanth in Australian Open final Shuttler Srikanth in Australian Open final
- June 25, 2017

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth marched his way into the final of the Australian Open Super Series after beating China's Shi Yuqi 21-10, 21-14. "It's a dream performance", said Srikanth, who had suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle after the Olympics. (more...)
Severe weather possible Monday as strong cold front pushes through the area Severe weather possible Monday as strong cold front pushes through the area
- June 21, 2017

Noon- 5 p.m.: Isolated to scattered storms. A cold front will be the mechanism to trigger storms Monday afternoon. There is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of western MA beginning at noon, and ending at 4:00 a.m. Warnings are issued for individual storms if they have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts, large hail, or a tornado. There is now a thunderstorm warning issued for Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery Counties until 3:45 p.m. (more...)
World Champions Germany Edge Past Australia
- June 20, 2017

With an average age of 24 years and four months, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confederations Cup teams. With a record 48-goals for the Australian side, Cahill will look to add to his global goal-scoring tally against the world champions. (more...)
Scientists Celebrate Discovery Of 10 New Planets That Could Have Life
- June 20, 2017

The final Kepler catalog will serve as the foundation for more study to determine the prevalence and demographics of planets in the galaxy, while the discovery of the two distinct planetary populations shows that about half the planets we know of in the galaxy either have no surface, or lie beneath a deep, crushing atmosphere- an environment unlikely to host life. (more...)
GTA Mod OpenIV Receives Cease And Desist From Take-Two
- June 20, 2017

They concluded with "So, we chose to agree with their claims and we're stopping distribution of OpenIV ". It should be clear that though the modders who make use of OpenIV may not be using the tool to impact the experience for other players online, the shutdown of modding tools by Take-Two Interactive does not distinguish between the tools that affect the multiplayer experience and those that do not. (more...)
26 injured as Chinese flight hits turbulence in China 26 injured as Chinese flight hits turbulence in China
- June 20, 2017

At least 26 passengers have been confirmed injured during the event and some of them are said to sustain skull base fractures, spinal damage, shoulder fractures and scalp lacerations. The airline said crew members on the flight spotted the damage after take-off and made a decision to return to Sydney Airport, Chinese media reported . (more...)
YotaPhone 3 specs leak, probable pricing announced YotaPhone 3 specs leak, probable pricing announced
- June 20, 2017

The successor, appropriately titled YotaPhone 2 , came out in 2014 and improved upon the original design. The concept was well-received despite poor execution in the first attempt. The new model is being developed by Chinese smartphone brand Coolpad . The report claims that the YotaPhone 3 will be released in Russian Federation and China this fall. (more...)
Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis
- June 19, 2017

The Qatar government has been accused by neighbouring countries as well as the US President Donald Trump of supporting terror groups and having links to Iran. "I'm not sure it's fair to say we are seeing a Saudi Arabia looking to dominate its neighbors". The recent terrorist attacks in Tehran and Qum and the allegations of Iranian leaders that Saudi Arabia was responsible for conducting such attacks has made the position of Pakistan quite delicate. (more...)
Atari CEO Confirms A New Atari Console Is Being Made Atari CEO Confirms A New Atari Console Is Being Made
- June 18, 2017

Of course, you may have already seen various Atari Flashback all-in-one consoles on store shelves already. The teaser claimed that this was "a brand new Atari product years in the making", so it was definitely enough to get people excited. Atari also continues to license its brands. Atari has had a hard past at times, with the company filing for bankruptcy protection in 2013. So, is Atari actually trying to build something to compete with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo? Atari has pulled itself ... (more...)
Metroid Prime 4 not developed by Retro Studios
- June 14, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns will arrive exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on September 15, 2017. The new Metroid amiibo has a squishy texture and features the alien creature breaking out of its glass enclosure. While most E3 conferences major focus was on their upcoming video games, Nintendo also introduced new emoji's to accompany some of those announcements. (more...)
Zaza won't be suspended after his Game 5 swipe Zaza won't be suspended after his Game 5 swipe
- June 13, 2017

He dedicated the trophy to his mother Wanda in his remarks. "That confidence, I always want to exude that in my teammates and have them understand that the magnitude of this moment's the only thing that matters", Irving said. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was in denial past year. The dunk forced a Warriors timeout when the Cavs margin grew to 41-33 near the 10-minute mark. Consider these facts: Despite scoring 49 points in the first quarter, 86 by halftime and 115 through three periods, ... (more...)
Baadshaho First Poster: Ajay Devgn Reveals Details Of New Film Baadshaho First Poster: Ajay Devgn Reveals Details Of New Film
- June 13, 2017

As it is a Milan Luthria film, surprises will be a part of his plot! No, literally. He has two guns in his hands, and looks like he is in a mood to kill. The poster also again reminds us of what the movie is about! The poster as an armored truck and a few explosions on its course and written in bold text are the info that the film is set against the backdrop of the Emergency period of the year 1975 in India. (more...)
E3 2017: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Coming to Xbox One E3 2017: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Coming to Xbox One
- June 12, 2017

Likewise, all Xbox One accessories (including, presumably, the Kinect motion detector device) will work on the Xbox One X . On the techy side, it's powered by a 4 teraflop GPU , with 12GB of GDDR5 memory , and 326gb/s of memory bandwidth . (more...)
The Elder Scrolls: Legends unleashes the Dragonborn with Heroes of Skyrim The Elder Scrolls: Legends unleashes the Dragonborn with Heroes of Skyrim
- June 12, 2017

There weren't any huge surprises, but at least they kept things moving along. Wolfenstein II is something we've been looking forward to for a long time now, as we've always felt the original reboot was sorely underappreciated. Available starting 15th September on the Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Given that that DLC was arguably (inarguably?) better than the main game, I've got high hopes. (more...)
New Xbox One X Announced November Release
- June 12, 2017

It's also somehow the smallest Xbox ever , besting even the Xbox One S and Xbox 360 Slim in size - in part due to that innovative cooling system, and the amount of effort Microsoft has put into making the new console highly integrated and streamlined. (more...)
Curry, Durant lead warriors to 2-0 lead with 132-113 rout
- June 06, 2017

That's obviously high praise given the other dynamic tandems to have played in the National Basketball Association, and it's especially insane given that Durant and Curry are in the midst of just their first season together with Golden State . (more...)
Apple aims to 'reinvent home music' with HomePod smart speaker
- June 06, 2017

Apple may be ready to catch up to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speaker. And, as you'd expect from a modern Apple product, Siri is baked into the device, turning the HomePod into a hub for information and a control device for IoT and home automation devices. (more...)
1 arrest as hundreds gather for Portland rallies
- June 05, 2017

Police at one point detaine. Several people in the group ran up to the truck and ripped out the flags, bringing them into the crowd as others applauded. Kyle Chapman, the speaker for the planned event, told media earlier Sunday that it's good to see people "uniting under the banner of American nationalism". (more...)
Trump Seemingly Downplays Allegations Against Kushner About Russia
- June 03, 2017

President Trump tweeted several times Sunday evening, attacking the "Fake News Media" for criticizing his social media habits. At a Tuesday press briefing, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if or when Trump knew Kushner was trying to set up back channels with Russian Federation before he became president. (more...)
Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add US jobs Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add US jobs
- June 02, 2017

James Inhofe, have called for Trump to remove the USA from the agreement . Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions. (more...)
Astronomers detect more of Einstein's ripples in space Astronomers detect more of Einstein's ripples in space
- June 02, 2017

The black holes would, as a result, maintain the spin of their former stars, which would have been aligned. For the third time, physicists have detected a gravitational wave: a tiny ripple in the fabric of space-time. That's what fueled the gravitational wave outburst. The addition of the Virgo instrument, expected to go online in August, could considerably sharpen that view-allowing, according to Cadonati, a one- to two-order-of-magnitude accuracy gain in localizing gravitational-wave ... (more...)
UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt' UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'
- May 29, 2017

They also have published CCTV images of Abedi on the night of the attack, which show him wearing a hat, glasses and a dark top. Only the straps of the rucksack - a bag containing tricyclic acetone peroxide, bolts and nails - are visible in the pictures. (more...)
Here are the gifts Trump and Pope Francis exchanged Here are the gifts Trump and Pope Francis exchanged
- May 26, 2017

Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night and protests are expected after Trump arrives in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and Sicily for a G-7 gathering. Francis also gave Trump copies of the three major texts he has published as pope, including one on the environment which urges the industrialised world to curb carbon emissions or risk catastrophic consequences for the planet. (more...)
Wales boss dismisses links to Crystal Palace job Wales boss dismisses links to Crystal Palace job
- May 26, 2017

I'd love to go back to the Palace, but I don't think Prince Charles is ready for me to go back just yet. "I had a good time at the Palace but I'm only thinking about Serbia". Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor are omitted due to being suspended for the clash, but Coleman has no injury worries as he takes the players through their paces prior to naming the squad that will take on Serbia. (more...)
Microsoft Slashes Prices of Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundles by $50 Microsoft Slashes Prices of Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundles by $50
- May 25, 2017

This isn't a service that will stay still. Once you have subscribed, you can download any of the 100 games on offer to your Xbox One . Only $9.99 for such a wide selection of games, and not just barely known indie titles, is probably one of the best ideas Microsoft has had in awhile regarding their console. (more...)