• Indonesia crash blamed on engine

    Indonesia crash blamed on engine

    The pilot requested to return to base and the plane crashed two minutes after take off The Indonesian military plane that crashed in a residential part of Medan likely suffered an engine failure, a top...
  • Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint

    Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint

    Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that could eventually see it open 500 stores in the US. It said it had agreed to open and manage 20 Sprint-branded US stores...
  • MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face

    MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face

    This fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. At checkout, you’ll be asked to hold up your phone and snap a photo. MasterCard’s thinking? It’s easier...
  • Today’s Toons 7/2/15

    Today’s Toons 7/2/15

    Click for related video: Click for further info: Click below for Tony’s toons: This Thread Brought To You By The Letter P: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Climate Change, etc....
  • US makes Fifa extradition request

    US makes Fifa extradition request

    The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May, the Swiss authorities say. Formal extradition requests were submitted on Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)...

Headline News

  • Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint


    Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that could eventually see it open 500 stores in the US. It said it had agreed to open and manage 20 Sprint-branded US stores as part of a pilot programme. If that proves successful the two firms will move to a second phase that could see the opening of up to 500 US stores. During the second phase Dixons Carphone will invest up to $32m (£20m) for a 50% stake in the joint venture. The deal is the first major expansion for Dixons Carphone since the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons last year. Sprint is the third largest wireless broadband provider in the US and also owns Boost mobile and Virgin mobile phone networks. Andrew Harrison, Dixons Carphone deputy chief executive, said “This is a very exciting venture for us, and is a significant step in growing our business in the US. “We …

    July 2, 2015 3:48 am
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Politics

  • California moves to strike ‘lynching’ language from state law


    SAN FRANCISCO California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word “lynching” from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody. The bill, which unanimously passed in the California Legislature last week, followed furor over the arrest of black activist Maile Hampton on a charge of felony lynching during a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration in Sacramento in January. Hampton’s attorney, lawmakers and other supporters rallied behind her at court and on social media, saying it was ironic she had been charged under a decades-old law that was originally enacted to protect black detainees from white lynch mobs. Hampton’s supporters also called for the removal of the word lynching from the penal code, saying its application was not appropriate. Thousands of African-Americans were victims of lynchings, or extrajudicial public execution by hanging, in Southern states …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Stocks

  • MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face


    This fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. At checkout, you’ll be asked to hold up your phone and snap a photo. MasterCard’s thinking? It’s easier than remembering a password. “The new generation, which is into selfies … I think they’ll find it cool. They’ll embrace it,” said Ajay Bhalla, who’s in charge of coming up with innovative solutions for MasterCard’s security challenges. This is MasterCard’s way of cutting down fraud. Currently, customers can set up something called “SecureCode,” which requires a password when shopping online. This stops credit-card-number-stealing hackers from actually using your card on the Web. It was used in 3 billion transactions last year, the company said. But passwords get forgotten, stolen, or intercepted. So, banks are following Apple’s lead. The iPhone’s fingerprint scanner started a security revolution in 2013. Apple Pay showed that customers are willing to use biometrics to prove their …

    July 2, 2015 3:48 am
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Sports

  • U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials: Swiss authorities


    ZURICH The United States asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer’s governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday. The officials, including two then members of FIFA’s executive committee, have been in jail since being detained on U.S. arrest warrants in a raid on a luxury Zurich hotel on May 27. The arrests took place two days before FIFA’s annual congress, throwing the organization into turmoil. U.S. prosecutors say their investigation – which is running parallel to a separate Swiss probe – exposes complex money laundering schemes, millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by FIFA officials. The seven were among 14 people charged in cases involving more than $150 million in bribes over a period of 24 years. The FOJ said it would rule on the extradition requests within a few weeks, …

    July 2, 2015 3:48 am
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World News

  • Indonesia crash blamed on engine


    The pilot requested to return to base and the plane crashed two minutes after take off The Indonesian military plane that crashed in a residential part of Medan likely suffered an engine failure, a top military official has told the BBC. More than 140 people died on Tuesday when the Hercules C-130 exploded in a fireball shortly after take-off. Air Force chief Agus Supriatna said that one of the engine’s propellers was found in a position which indicated it was not working. Rescue workers have now ended the search for victims of the crash. The pilot had requested permission to return to base but the plane crashed two minutes after leaving from a nearby airport. The funeral of the plane’s pilot, Capt Sandy Permana, was held in Semarang on Thursday Air Marshal Supriatna said the investigation team had recovered all of the plane’s four engines and the abnormal propeller. He said even though the other …

    July 2, 2015 3:48 am
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Technology

  • Nikon offers fast general-purpose APS-C lens and supertelephoto updates


    The 16-80mm f2.8-4 is a nice all-purpose range. Nikon Essentially a DX-mount option that serves a similar purpose as its 24-120mm f4 FX-mount lens — it’s the equivalent focal range on a Nikon APS-C camera like the D7200 — the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR sounds like a great general-purpose alternative to Nikon’s slow 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens or 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 kit step-up. As usual, though, speed costs. At $1,070 (£685, AU$1,400 directly converted) the new lens will run you significantly more than the $700 (about £405, AU$900) 16-85mm. Favorite lenses under $1,000 (pictures) See full gallery Not that its high price seems unjustified. In addition to using Nikon’s high-end Nano Crystal Coat for ghost and flare reduction it has protective fluorine-coated front and back elements. It’s also the first DX-mount lens to incorporate an electromagnetic aperture (that’s the “E” in the name) which should allow it to respond more quickly to exposure …

    July 2, 2015 12:47 am
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Science

  • Dagger-like canines of saber-toothed cats took years to grow


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research shows that the fearsome teeth of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis fully emerged at a later age than those of modern big cats, but grew at a rate about double that of their living relatives. The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE and based on a new technique that combines isotopic analysis and x-ray imaging, for the first time provide specific ages for developmental events in Smilodon, notably in their teeth. The study estimates that the eruption rate of S. fatalis‘s permanent upper canines was 6 millimeters per month–double the growth rate of an African lion’s teeth. But the extinct cat’s dagger-like canines weren’t fully developed until about three years of age. “For predators such as big cats, an important determinant of an individual’s full hunting ability is the time required to grow their weapons–their teeth,” said Z. Jack Tseng, a National Science Foundation and Frick Postdoctoral …

    July 2, 2015 12:48 am
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Health

  • U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans


    Every Independence Day for the past eight years, Shawn Gourley and her family have left their Indiana home for remote campgrounds to escape the fireworks that trigger her veteran husband’s wartime memories. Gourley’s husband Justin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004, is one of about 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be worsened by the cracks and thunder of celebratory fireworks. “Anytime that we get scared, we react. They do the same thing,” said Gourley, whose husband becomes anxious at the sound of fireworks, paces back and forth and searches for ways to guard his family. This year, in an effort to expose an issue about which many veterans feel shame, the Gourleys launched a sign campaign to educate their neighbors about the effects of fireworks on combat veterans. The group, Military with PTSD, on Wednesday was finishing up mailing out nearly 4,000 signs reading …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Michael Fassbender Nails It In Newly Released Steve Jobs Trailer


    Posted on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 1:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff This is going to be a box office smash! The new trailer for the upcoming biopic Steve Jobs has been released, and we can’t believe how well Michael Fassbender transformed into the late Apple co-founder! Aaron Sorkin’s latest flick covers Jobs’ life and accomplishments, but it also touches pretty heavily on the dark side of the tech genius. The film, directed by Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, also stars Seth Rogen as fellow co-founder Steve Wozniak. It hits theaters on October 9, and we can’t wait!   Stories from around the Web

    July 2, 2015 4:28 am
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Editorial

  • ‘I am a follower of Christ': County clerk resigns rather than issue gay marriage licenses


    Editor’s note: The following column originaly appeared on ToddStarnes.com.   Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned. “I choose to obey God rather than man,” Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. Click here to follow Todd for conservative news and information! “I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority,” she wrote. ‘The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.” In the coming days I believe Christians will be forced to abandon their jobs in public service. Those who remain will be targeted with lawsuits and investigations from the activists. Another …

    July 2, 2015 1:07 am
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Odd News

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis


    SAN DIEGO A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. Sam, as she is known, is white, about 50 years of age and speaks French and English with a British or Australian accent, according to police reports. She was hospitalized after being found on a street near the beach in Carlsbad, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego, on Feb. 1. “The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary,” she wrote on her Facebook page.    “I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair … My prognosis is not good, and I pray …

    July 1, 2015 4:46 pm
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