Science


Apple profits increase despite slow down of iPhone sales
- May 15, 2017

Apple will host a call with analysts from 5pm PT, which is 10pm in the UK. Overall sales of iPhones-which account for nearly two-thirds of Apple's revenue-were up just 1 percent, while iPads continued their decline with a 12 percent slide and Mac revenues were up 14 percent year-over year. (more...)
SpaceX Makes First Launch of US Spy Satellite
- May 15, 2017

The operation marked SpaceX's 34th mission in total and its fifth one this year, but the first one for the Defense Department. This marks a major milestone for the company as Musk has long sought to work with the DOD. SpaceX cut off launch coverage two minutes and 48 seconds after liftoff at the request of the NRO, shortly after the second-stage engine fired up to boost the spy satellite into a low-Earth orbit . (more...)
Snap earnings lag amid $2.2 billion loss Snap earnings lag amid $2.2 billion loss
- May 15, 2017

The company has reported 166 million daily active users, a 5% increase from the last quarter and a 36% Y-o-Y increase. As part of its most recent earnings call , Facebook announced that the Stories clone Instagram Stories has piled up more than 200 million daily active users, a figure that outstrips Snapchat's entire user base. (more...)
Donald Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director Donald Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director
- May 15, 2017

The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice. Responding to another question about Trump's tweets from that morning, Spicer said the suggestions of a collusion with Russian Federation were "a hoax", although it is clear that several Trump campaign operatives did have contact with Russian Federation. (more...)
Quintana wins as Geraint Thomas crashes Quintana wins as Geraint Thomas crashes
- May 14, 2017

The Welshman revealed his shoulder had "popped out" but later added: "I've had worse crashes". There will also be arguments that Movistar - who were leading the race at the time of the crash - should have taken the sporting gesture of dropping the pace. (more...)
Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks
- May 14, 2017

The attack affected 48 National Health Service centers - or about 20% - in England and Scotland, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Saturday. He said that Russian Federation and India were hit particularly hard, in large part because the older Windows XP operating software is still widely used in the countries. (more...)
Saturday's weather: Weather warning in place, but rain
- May 14, 2017

During this time street flooding or minor river flooding is possible. Once the front passes, the chance of rain will end sharply and the humidity should dry to more comfortable conditions for Mother's Day . Becoming breezy/windy. High: 50s. Much cooler with daytime highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. A few bright or sunny spells will develop over the county but there is set to be more rainfall late this afternoon. (more...)
Iran's reformist ex-president Khatami says re-elect Rouhani Iran's reformist ex-president Khatami says re-elect Rouhani
- May 14, 2017

He cast his other main rival, Teheran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a former Guards commander and police chief, as a thug who had boasted of personally taking on young demonstrators. The message appears to be getting through, with Rouhani's rallies attracting chants of reformist slogans. But I have changed my mind. He faces five challengers led by Raisi and Ghalibaf, who both say Rouhani has sold Iran's interests too cheaply to the West and allowed the economy to decay through ... (more...)
South Africa seal World Rugby Sevens Series overall title South Africa seal World Rugby Sevens Series overall title
- May 14, 2017

Fiji will play Scotland at 8.28 tonight while England will take on United States of America at 8.50pm, Samoa will play South Africa at 9.12pm while New Zealand will play France at 9.34pm. Calum MacRae's team went down to tries from Werner Kok, Dylan Sage and captain Philip Snyman at Stade Jean Bouin. The Scots struggled to get out of their own half, the Blitzboks' hard-nosed defence keeping them pegged back. (more...)
Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming
- May 14, 2017

Worldwide investigation needed to identify culprits of biggest-of-its-kind cyber-extortion attack, Europol says . The NSA tools were stolen by hackers and dumped on the internet. While operations at the hospitals have been severely impacted, there is no indication that patient data has been compromised. In addition to the UK's NHS, the WannaCrypt ransomware also hit Spain's Telefonica telco and other companies in Russia, Spain, Taiwan and Ukraine, according to the security firm ... (more...)
Health Secretary failed to heed 'warning signs' before cyber attack hit NHS Health Secretary failed to heed 'warning signs' before cyber attack hit NHS
- May 14, 2017

The ransomware used in the attack is believed to be Wanna Decryptor, malicious software which deletes files and replaces them with encrypted copies. The security holes it exploits were disclosed weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious hacking group. (more...)
Trump threatens Comey: 'Better hope' there are no tapes of our conversations
- May 14, 2017

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern at the timing of the probe, noting the FBI's current investigation into alleged interference by the Russian government in the US presidential election. Rogers came endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice for the job. The White House Press Association released an official statement in response a few hours later, indicating any such move would be against the spirit of the First ... (more...)
Macron's parliamentary candidates gather in Paris Macron's parliamentary candidates gather in Paris
- May 14, 2017

His party, La Republique En Marche -"the Republic on the move" - will be fielding candidates for all of France's 577 seats in June's parliamentary elections. Immediately after his swearing-in, Macron will head to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to start discussions about his ambitious plans for reforming the European Union . (more...)
Melissa McCarthy Spotted As Spicer In NYC
- May 14, 2017

McCarthy told The Ellen Degeneres Show in March that a friend at NBC first suggested she play Spicer, and she was amazed (and a little horrified) by how seamlessly the character developed. For Spicer, it also doesn't help that stories had him and his staff cloaked in darkness behind a hedge on the White House lawn the night Comey was sacked. (more...)
North Korea missile flew about 700 kilometers,
- May 14, 2017

Moon, however, may anger the US and conservatives at home if he pursues such talks without Pyongyang's willingness to abandon its nuclear weapon ambitions. New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, slammed the test as a "reckless provocation" after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisors. (more...)
Kapil Mishra to visit ACB office today Kapil Mishra to visit ACB office today
- May 14, 2017

In her letter, Annapoorna Mishra said she was proud of her son and his protest fast. She went on to say, "Today my son is being blamed for being a BJP agent and you are silent". "You wanted him (Mr Mishra) to fight elections but he wasn't agreeing". This is very painful for me but I can't keep quiet. Sacked Aam Admi Party (AAP) minister Kapil Mishra, whose indefinite hunger strike entered its fourth day today, asserted that he won't stop his?satyagraha? till he receives the adequate ... (more...)
Jeremy Hunt 'ignored warning signs' before cyber-attack hit NHS
- May 14, 2017

The spread of the ransomware capped a week of cyber turmoil in Europe that began the previous week when hackers posted a trove of campaign documents tied to French candidate Emmanuel Macron just before a run-off vote in which he was elected president of France. (more...)
After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite
- May 13, 2017

For too long, South Korean politics have been inward-looking and preoccupied by the successful impeachment of the former president, Park Geun-hye, on corruption charges. "We hope for Russian Federation to play a constructive role in order for North Korea to stop with its nuclear provocations and go the way of denuclearisation", Moon was citing as saying to Putin in the 20-minute conversation. (more...)
Chinese expert says North Korea could conduct nuclear test in May Chinese expert says North Korea could conduct nuclear test in May
- May 13, 2017

He has also shown ambivalence over the U.S. missile defense system THAAD, which has been deployed in the South to the fury of China. Newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his inauguration ceremony. Nguyen said. South Korea - a major power in the region - is a crucial United States ally. After being sworn-in yesterday, Moon pledged to unify a country bruised by the high-profile revelations surrounding former president Park. (more...)
Jose Mourinho: Sergio Romero will start Europa League final
- May 13, 2017

I probably worked harder than ever this season. "I think our opponents wanted to break up our fluidity". We won a Community Shield . Until the injuries arrived, we fought for the Premier League top four. So fifth or sixth. I don't think we can finish seventh and I don't think we can finish fourth. The Argentina goalkeeper has played 11 of the 14 Europa League matches this season but remains back-up to the outstanding de Gea , naturally leading to questions as to whether Mourinho will ... (more...)

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