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Hurricane Matthew death toll jumps over 800
- October 08, 2016

Forecasters said Matthew could dump up to 15 inches of rain in some spots and cause a storm surge of 9 feet or more. In Florida, Matthew was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane overnight, and its storm center , or eye, hung just offshore Friday morning as it moved up the coastline, sparing communities the full force of its 120 miles per hour winds. (more...)
Judge dismisses civil fraud charges against Texas AG for now Judge dismisses civil fraud charges against Texas AG for now
- October 08, 2016

Paxton hasn't been the only state attorney general in legal trouble. The SEC has argued Paxton had a duty to disclose to investors in 2011 that he would make a commission when convincing them to invest in Servergy Inc., a McKinney company purporting to make a revolutionary new computer network server. (more...)
Sprint Lets Customers Replace Galaxy Note 7 For Any Other Phone Sprint Lets Customers Replace Galaxy Note 7 For Any Other Phone
- October 08, 2016

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile will allow any of their customers with replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices to swap them out for a different smartphone, the carriers confirmed to The Verge today. Replacement Galaxy Note 7 users that are anxious their unit might also catch fire can exchange their device for any other handset they would like. (more...)
Trump sorry but says recording a distraction
- October 08, 2016

In his video statement late Friday night, Trump said that his comments in the 2005 video "don't reflect" his views about women. He is heard to say he frequently tried to kiss attractive women and to boast that "when you're a star they let you do it", adding: "You can do anything". (more...)
Toronto police 'confident' they've ID'd Blue Jays beer tosser Toronto police 'confident' they've ID'd Blue Jays beer tosser
- October 08, 2016

On Wednesday night, Pagan told the Toronto Sun he had made arrangements to turn himself in. They suggest the villain ducked out of sight as soon as the sudsy shot was sacked. "Hey, whatever happened to polite Canadians?" author Stephen King tweeted. Toronto Mayor John Tory was clearly upset, calling the culprit a "loon-ball" and imploring fans seated nearby to turn the culprit in. (more...)
Obama hails Paris Agreement as it crosses threshold for implementation Obama hails Paris Agreement as it crosses threshold for implementation
- October 08, 2016

UN officials "expect the [ Paris ] Agreement to enter into force on 5 November", UN spokesman Dan Shepard told Bloomberg BNA, less than 10 months after the deal was negotiated by almost 200 nations in Paris . The Paris Agreement will take force just before the USA presidential election on November 8. Worldwide momentum had been building to ensure that the deal could enter force before the next United Nations climate conference, which starts November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. (more...)
Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on 'self-eating' cells Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on 'self-eating' cells
- October 08, 2016

Ohsumi was honored for experiments in the 1990s on autophagy , the "self-eating" process with which cells break down and recycle some of their content. Currently, it's unclear whether a dysfunctional autophagy process leads to disease, or whether disease has some other cause that leads to the disruption of autophagy . (more...)
Pence to Trump: 'Be yourself' at Sunday's debate
- October 08, 2016

Democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. During their divorce, Ivana Trump said under oath he had "raped" her, but she did not "want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense". At first, Kaine blamed the moderator's lack of LGBT-related questions on his failure to highlight Pence's homophobic views. Should he falter badly in his second debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton on Sunday in St Louis, Republican congressional candidates may take it as a cue to flee openly ... (more...)
India's Telecom Auction Ends In Virtual Failure, Raises 11% Of Target India's Telecom Auction Ends In Virtual Failure, Raises 11% Of Target
- October 08, 2016

The debt-ridden telcos chose to ignore the coveted 700-MHz band, which alone could have fetched around Rs 4 lakh crore. Reliance Jio bought spectrum worth Rs 3,623 crore in 800 Mhz band, of worth Rs 2,154 crore in 1800 Mhz band and of about Rs 7,895 crore in 2300 Mhz band, taking the grand total to Rs 13672 crore. (more...)
Google's Pixel Phones Rumored To Come To AT&T
- October 08, 2016

The Google Pixel duo were amongst one of the most awaited phones of the year. Not to mention the Google Play Store . They are the first smartphones made by Google inside and out. In at least half of the ads I've seen, the Pixel appears next to something troubling, "only on Verizon". "Our team of photography gurus and image-processing experts have spent the previous year designing and tirelessly optimizing our entire camera stack". (more...)
Division champion Dodgers swept by Giants, lose 5 of 6
- October 08, 2016

Really, there was no better way for Scully to go out than by ending his broadcast this way. " Darn right ."And now, stop jabbering Scully, and get back to the ballgame". Scully, Mays and Baer were shown on the video board, and the Giants announced a plaque to be hung in the visiting broadcast booth. On his broadcast, he told stories of the sometimes heated competition, which began when both teams were in NY and carried over when they both moved west. (more...)
With EU Vote, Paris Climate Agreement Is Poised To Become Binding
- October 08, 2016

The agreement has already met the 55-country threshold, with India's ratification on Sunday pushing the number to 62. The COP 21 agreement, reached last December, establishes that more than 190 nations will work toward capping global temperature increases to 2 degree Celsius. (more...)
Senators Demand Answers of Mayer on Yahoo Data Breach
- October 08, 2016

The company, which reached a deal in July to sell its core web businesses to Verizon for $4.8 billion, last week said a "state-sponsored actor" broke in Yahoo's network in late 2014 and stole usersnames, hashed passwords, and other personal info for at least 500 million accounts worldwide. (more...)
Oculus Doubles Its VR Game Support With $250 Million Developer Investment
- October 08, 2016

Thankfully, some of that price may be absorbed by a new initiative Oculus has begun... Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe boasts that the earbuds sound as good as headsets that costs much more, but we'll reserve judgement on them until we're able to test that independently. (more...)
India Has Ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement
- October 08, 2016

On 2 October, India ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, bringing the world ever closer to the treaty's entry into force. Terming it as a "bold and decisive" step, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma in New Delhi also lauded India's ratification of the Paris climate agreement. (more...)
Nexus 9 LTE Gets Android Nougat Update
- October 08, 2016

And well, there's a good reason for that. Google has never had exclusive features for any Nexus device in the past. But it is definitely a bummer for the users who purchased a Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P smartphone. And with Android updates not being the killer feature they once were (witness the casual pace at which Android N is being rolled out to different devices), this leaves the Pixel without any real weapons against some very formidable opposition. (more...)
Twitter shares drop 20% as takeover rumors fade away Twitter shares drop 20% as takeover rumors fade away
- October 08, 2016

Sources cited by Recode's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner say Google does not plan to make a bid and was not moving forward with any effort to do so. "I think Google needs Twitter and Twitter needs Google". The acquisition of Twitter - struggling to add new users amid stalled growth - may cost over billion. News of Twitter's acquisition details before October 27 has hit the share price even further. (more...)
Google Pixel set to take fight to Apple iPhone 7
- October 08, 2016

The Pixel and Pixel XL may gain support for Android-based OS with amped up security CopperheadOS is an Android-based mobile operating system primarily focused on security. Google also plans to share design guidelines with other manufacturers to make Daydream headsets and controllers. "It is clearly a step into Apple's world" of controlling hardware and software and services, he added. (more...)
Google Pixel vs Google Pixel XL
- October 08, 2016

Google first previewed Home this spring at the annual I/O developers conference. Unfortunately, this is a feature that is only going to be on phones that ship with Nougat, meaning Pixel (and other new Android devices) will utilize this feature while Nexus phones can't. (more...)
Why Google's Pixel Is The Anti-iPhone
- October 08, 2016

So while the phones enjoyed some spectacular initial reviews, the news about being exclusively partnered with Verizon did raise some questions from the public. The Google Tango Phone, Lenovo Phab2 Pro is arriving next month. Granted, Verizon's predatory business practices and relentless assault on customer privacy make it hard for us to recommend buying anything from the company, but that's something of a separate issue. (more...)

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