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02-06-2016 Science&Technology
Apple might relax its iPhone trade-in rules to accept phones with cracked screens

If you’ve ever cracked your iPhone screen, broken its camera, or damaged its buttons, you know that Apple doesn’t accept those banged-up devices as part of its iPhone trade-in program, which gives you credit to use toward the purchase of a new iPhone. But the company is reportedly softening its stance and will soon start accepting trade-ins of broken iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus units.

So what’s with Apple’s change of heart? According to 9to5Mac, if people can trade in their cracked iPhones for upgraded models, they’ll be less likely to settle for repairs, which run between $109 and $149 without AppleCare+. Apple will likely peg trade-in values for damaged models at $50 for a 5s, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus, 9to5Mac reported. You might be able to get more by selling your phone on eBay, but Apple’s trade-in program is risk-free and requires minimal effort.

To keep your screen from getting banged up in the first place, it looks like Apple is partnering with screen protector manufacturers like Belkin to install screen protectors in-store. The company is rolling out those Belkin machines at its stores in Japan first, according to Japanese blog MacOtakara. If you’ve ever tried to apply a screen protector to your iPhone, you know what a pain it can be—and just when you think you’ve done it right, you discover specks of dust under the protector. Apple and Belkin will make that process less infurating for less than $40, and will soon be bringing machines to Apple Stores in the States.

Why this matters: Screen protectors mainly prevent your display from scratching, a problem I rarely have these days as the Corning Gorilla Glass Apple uses for the iPhone gets stronger and more resistant to scratches. But screen damage both insignificant and major is a huge issue for iPhone owners, and it’s reassuring to see Apple notice this and not penalize you for it.

I’ve reached out to Apple to confirm changes to the Reuse and Recycling Program and will update this story if or when I receive a response.

Source: Mac World

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02-06-2016 Politics
First Read: The Democratic Race's Most Combative Debate Yet

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Well, we told you there were profound differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — on their views on what it means to be a progressive/Democrat, how to create change, what the next president's job should be — and they delivered on those differences at last night's debate. In fact, it was the most combative two hours of the Democratic presidential race so far. And the only question we have is if we start seeing this combat now play out in the form of TV ads. Some of the sharpest exchanges from last night:

On what it means to be a progressive CLINTON: "Under his definition, President Obama is not progressive because he took donations from Wall Street; Vice President Biden is not progressive because he supported Keystone; Senator Shaheen is not progressive because she supports the trade pact. Even the late, great Senator Paul Wellstone would not fit this definition because he voted for DOMA... I don't think it was particularly progressive [of Sanders] to vote against the Brady Bill five times. I don't think it was progressive to vote to give gun makers and sellers immunity. I don't think it was progressive to vote against Ted Kennedy's immigration reform."

SANDERS: What we need to do is to stand up to the big money interests, and the campaign contributors. When we do that, we can, in fact, transform America.

On establishment vs. outsiders CLINTON: "I'm very proud and grateful to have the support of so many elected Vermonters and former officials. Three, two former governors, a current governor, the current other senator, I really appreciate that. And I think it's because they've worked with me, they've seen what I do, they know what kind of a colleague I am, they want me as a partner in the White House, and that's exactly what I will do."

SANDERS: "Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment. I represent, I hope, ordinary Americans, and by the way, who are not all that enamored with the establishment."

CLINTON: "Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman President as exemplifying the establishment. And I've got to tell you that it is, it is really quite, it's really quite amusing to me."

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Source: NBC News

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02-06-2016 Science&Technology
Facebook Celebrates Its 12th Anniversary: Here's What The Site Looked Like In Its Early Days

Everyone's favorite social media platform is one year older today.

On Thursday, Facebook celebrates its 12th anniversary, and we can't believe just how fast the time has gone. Facebook has seen quite a few changes since its humble beginnings, evolving from a site created just for college students to now being one of the most popular websites around the world.

Mark Zuckerberg first launched the site on Feb. 4, 2004 at Harvard University. Called "Thefacebook," it was described as an "online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges."

The idea was to allow users to search for and connect with other people who attend the same school, as well as expand their social circle to connect with friends of friends. Users could also "see a visualization of your social network," which was a feature that literally showed maps of friends and how they were connected.

After being limited to just Harvard students, Thefacebook then launched at 34 different colleges and universities, such as MIT, Boston University, CUNY Hunter and Columbia University, in the spring of 2004.

In order to sign up for an account, the user needed to use their college email address that ended in ".edu."

By the fall of 2004, "the Wall" was introduced, which was the early version of the Timeline as we know it. The Wall was the place where users could write their friend a message, and it could only be seen when clicking on that specific user's profile. To view a conversation, users would have to look "wall-to-wall," meaning they would have to click on the first person's profile to see what they wrote and then the others to see the response.

The group feature also existed back then and was very popular. However, users could only join groups that were within their college network.

Thefacebook continued to grow in popularity among the college crowd, reaching its one million registered users on Dec. 30, 2004.

It was then time for expansion. The site finally started accepting high school students in the fall of 2005, followed by employees at companies like Apple and Microsoft, and international universities to join.

It was around this same time that the site introduced a feature that would change it as users knew it: photos. Users would be able to share photos and "tag" their friends without needing permission from the friends featured in the photo. The only photos that existed up until this point were users' profile images.

This was the age when Facebook looked more like MySpace than any other time, where users could enter their personal information, like what they were looking for (friendship, dating), their politic views, and tastes and interests. In 2005, the social networking site finally dropped the "the" to be known simply as "Facebook."

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Source: Tech Times

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02-06-2016 Religion
In Historic Move, Pope to Meet With Leader of Russian Orthodox Church

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will make a surprise trip to Cuba on Feb. 12 for a historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first meeting between a pope and the Russian patriarch since the eastern and western branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago, the Vatican announced on Friday.

For Francis, the meeting is the result of delicate and sustained diplomacy, some of which began decades ago under Pope John Paul II, and it is another important milestone in his efforts to reconcile the Roman Catholic Church with Eastern Orthodox churches.

The breakthrough also highlights Francis’s ties to Cuba, as President Raúl Castro “was involved in organizing the meeting,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, at a news conference.

“The encounter has been under preparation for a long time — it wasn’t improvised,” Father Lombardi said.

He said discussions had been underway “for at least two years,” and the fact that both leaders planned to be in Latin America created the possibility of a “neutral place” for a meeting. Francis was already planning to travel to Mexico next Friday for a six-day visit. Now, his plane will stop at José Martí International Airport in Havana, where the pope and Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, are expected to hold a private, two-hour meeting.

The two men will then release a joint declaration before Francis continues to Mexico City. Patriarch Kirill was already scheduled to be in Cuba for an official visit.

The pace of reconciliation between Russia, the largest country in the world, and the Vatican, the smallest, has been swift. The two agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations only at the end of 2009, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met Francis in June 2015, in what was seen as a break of Russia’s isolation from the West over the crisis in Ukraine.

Since the beginning of his papacy in 2013, Francis has worked to reconcile divisions in Christianity that trace to the Great Schism of 1054, which formally divided the Eastern and Western churches. Francis already has ties to other Orthodox leaders, especially with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, considered the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

But the Russian Orthodox Church has long resisted overtures from the Vatican. John Paul II tried but failed to arrange a meeting with its leaders, and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, also did not meet the patriarch.

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Source: The New York Times

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02-06-2016 Science&Technology
Mozilla Firefox OS Closing Up Shop in May

Just in case you missed the memo: Mozilla's Firefox OS is officially dead.

In a Thursday announcement, head of Core Contributors George Roter said the company is turning its attention to the Internet of Things. The move is "an intent to pivot from 'Firefox OS' to 'Connected Devices' and to a focus on exploring new product innovations in the IoT space," a company email said.

Mozilla is ending development on Firefox OS for smartphones after version 2.6 is released in May. The team will be shuffled to "other product initiatives across Connected Devices and other Mozilla teams," a spokesman told PCMag.

The Connected Devices team, meanwhile, has been testing a new product innovation process: Three products have already passed the first "gate," and "many more" are in the pipeline, the company said. "Having multiple different product innovations in development will be the approach moving forward."

"The main reason [these decisions] are being made is to ensure we are focusing our energies and resources on bringing the power of the Web to IoT," Mozilla said.

In a separate blog post, Ari Jaaksi, senior vice president of Connected Devices at the Mozilla Foundation, lamented the end of Firefox OS for smartphones.

"Our team and community made an awesome push and created an impressive platform, but the circumstances were not there for Mozilla to win in the commercial smartphone game," he wrote.

All hope is not lost, though: The existing OS stack will be used for smart TVs and potentially other devices in the future. "Our platform is open, as always, to volunteers, contributors, and enthusiasts to improve on and submit patches for further advancement of the OS stack," Jaaksi said.

Firefox OS emerged from Mozilla's Boot to Gecko project in July 2011. A year later, Mozilla revealed the Firefox OS moniker and TCL Communication Technology and ZTE as its first manufacturing partners.

We got a look at the phones at Mobile World Congress 2013; the first arrived in Spain later that year, and in the U.S. shortly thereafter.

In an attempt at differentiation, Firefox OS was a Web-based operating system, providing Internet apps instead of native options. The idea was novel and, according to Mozilla, scalable—allowing it to run on a wide range of devices.

The goal was to break the grip that Android and iOS have on the mobile market; Mozilla played up its open-source component, which would rely on the community to help improve the operating system.

Ultimately, however, Firefox OS proved to be far less popular among consumers than the company expected. Mozilla attempted to update the operating system with more features and functionality as time went on, but it never truly got off the ground.

Source: Pc Mag

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02-06-2016 Health
Brazilian lab detects Zika virus in saliva, urine

(CNN)Active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, a Brazilian public health institute said Friday, posing new questions for researchers trying to understand how the virus could spread.

"It was known that the virus could be present in both urine and saliva. This is the first time we've demonstrated that the virus is active [in those fluids], with the potential to cause infection," Fiocruz researcher Myrna Bonaldo said.

The discovery opens "new paradigms for understanding the transmission routes of the Zika virus," she said.

But it doesn't necessarily mean you can get sick from contact with an infected person's saliva or urine, said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"People have already shown that it can spread to bodily fluids other than blood, so this isn't entirely surprising," he said. "Presence of virus in saliva doesn't mean that it's necessarily transmissible that way."

Health officials had previously reported isolated instances of the virus being passed via blood transfusions and sexual contact, including a U.S. case reported this week.

Other labs, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, must now confirm the Fiocruz finding, Gupta said.

Five things you need to know about Zika

The World Health Organization on Monday declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus and increased reports of birth defects and a serious neurological condition that could be linked to it.

The mosquito-borne virus has spread to at least 29 countries. As many as 3 million to 4 million people across the Americas will be infected with the virus in the next year, WHO has estimated.

Zika challenge similar to AIDS for medical community

While most people have mild symptoms at worst, health officials say the virus is suspected of having a link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads -- a condition called microcephaly -- in Brazil and French Polynesia.

Reports of Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a neurological conditon that can lead to paralysis, have also risen in areas where the virus has been reported.

The CDC is warning pregnant women against travel to affected areas, and health officials in several of the affected countries are telling women there to avoid becoming pregnant.

Source: CNN

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02-06-2016 Science&Technology
Android Wear Updates Hands-Free Options To Include Gestures, Voice And Speaker Controls

There are times when you'd like to fire off a text message or answer a call, but your hands are just too tied up at the moment. Happens all the time, right?

Well, Google realizes that, and on Thursday, introduced an update to Android Wear's hands-free options, now enabling users to navigate their watches with gestures, send messages by voice and make and take calls and listen to messages with speaker support.

The improvements will be made available to all Android Wear watches over the next few weeks, Google says, including new watches such as the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch and the Huawei Watch for Ladies.

The new gestures option will allow users to expand a card, bring up their apps or return to their watch face home screen with a push, lift or shake of the wrist. Simple enough, right? It also keeps your smartphone in your pocket.

Sending messages is just as easy with Android Wear's update to its hands-free options, as users can simply use their voice to send messages on their watch via apps such as Google Hangouts, WeChat and WhatsApp. It's as easy as saying, "OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to Nathan — I'll be right there," Google cites as an example.

The update also allows customers to use speaker support to make and take calls via Bluetooth, while even listening to audio/video messages with the help of apps like Glide. There's one disclaimer with this, though. Not all Android Wear watches tout speaker support.

Still, there's no doubt that Google just made Android Wear more functional, especially during times when you're on the run with your hands tied.

Source: Tech Times

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02-06-2016 Science&Technology
Humans have a hand in spreading bee virus, scientists say. Is it too late?

The bees have had it bad for some time now. But the latest blow was dealt directly by mankind, scientists say.

Global bee populations have been hit increasingly hard by the spread of Varroa destructor mite, which researchers have linked to "colony collapse disorder" that is devastating honey bee populations around the globe.

The decline of bee populations could have severe ecological and economic consequences. Plant populations generally suffer as a result of colony collapse – some depend entirely on honey bees to produce fruit. Moreover, honey bees are the primary pollinators of most human food crops. Without them, global food production could experience a drastic collapse.

Researchers found that the vast majority of infected hives, regardless of geographic location, could be traced back to one source – Apis mellifera, the European honey bee. The study, which was led by University of Exeter scientists, appeared Thursday in the journal Science.

If Varroa were spreading naturally, transmission would occur between countries that are geographically close. But researchers found that New Zealand’s infected population, for example, originated in Europe. In other words, the international shipment of non-native bee colonies has hastened the effects of colony collapse on a global scale.

"Bees, and especially queen bees, are traded as a commodity to improve stock quality or to start up new colonies," lead author Lena Bayer-Wilfert says. "Whole hives have also been moved as part of a kind of developmental aid – this is actually a great thing, but historically has contributed to the rapid spread of Varroa."

"We will not be able to eliminate Varroa or introduce resistant honey bees at a short time scale, but constant control of Varroa and good beekeeping practices will limit the negative effects and the spread of these diseases between honey bees and to wild pollinators," Dr. Bayer-Wilfert says.

"At a larger scale, the international regulations on honey bee movements should be maintained and adhered to. This is not a case of ‘Well, the genie is out of the bottle now…’ This work really highlights the risks we incur when moving animals and plants outside their native ranges."

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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02-05-2016 Science&Technology
Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington State

Alphabet Inc said Wednesday its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Washington later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.

The company's Google unit has conducted autonomous vehicle testing for six years in Mountain View, California, where it is based, and it expanded testing to Austin, Texas last summer.

Google said in a statement that one reason for the new site in the northwest United States is to gain experience in "different driving environments, traffic patterns, and road conditions."

Kirkland has significant seasonal rain that allows for wet weather testing, along with hills that will allow testing of sensors at different angles and elevations.

Google began a few weeks ago driving a single Lexus RX450h SUV around a few square miles in North Kirkland to create a detailed map of the streets.

The company says its self-driving software has already been tested in over 1.4 million miles of autonomous driving.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee praised the testing. "We’re looking forward to seeing the cars on the road and understanding more about how self-driving cars might someday improve safety and provide traffic relief," he said in the Google statement.

Last month, the U.S. Transportation Department said it may waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles.

Major automakers, and technology companies led by Google, are racing to develop and sell vehicles that can drive themselves, but they have complained that safety rules are impeding testing and ultimate deployment of such vehicles.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told automakers it is willing to exempt up to 2,500 vehicles industry-wide from some auto safety standards for up to two years in a move that could allow Google to get its self-driving cars on U.S. roads.

Safety regulators will write guidelines for self-driving cars within six months, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said last month.

Source: Reuters

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02-05-2016 Science&Technology
WikiLeaks' Assange 'unlawfully detained' in Ecuador embassy, U.N. panel to rule, BBC says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to 'unlawful detention', a United Nations panel examining his appeal will rule on Friday, the BBC reported.

Assange, a former computer hacker who has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012, told the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador.

Reuters was unable immediately to confirm the BBC report and the UN said the panel's opinion, which is not legally binding, was due to be published on Friday.

Britain said it had never arbitrarily detained Assange and that the Australian had voluntarily avoided arrest by jumping bail to flee to the embassy.

It said Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy and then extradited to Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010. Assange denies the rape allegations.

"Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal," Assange said in a statement posted on the Wikileaks Twitter account.

"However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me."

A decision in his favour would mark the latest twist in a tumultuous journey for Assange since he incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010, disclosures that often embarrassed Washington.

Assange, 44, fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States, where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks' publication of the classified military and diplomatic documents, one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

He made international headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.

Later that year, the group released over 90,000 secret documents detailing the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, followed by almost 400,000 internal U.S. military reports detailing operations in Iraq.

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Source: Reuters

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02-05-2016 Politics
Governor-Candidates Battle for Relevance in Do-or-Die New Hampshire

After disappointing finishes in the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday, the three remaining current and former governors in the presidential race have less than a week to win over voters in New Hampshire, a state on which all have pinned their campaigns.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are criss-crossing the Granite State as they poll near each other and aim to finish atop the candidates perceived as representing the Republican establishment -- Sen. Marco Rubio joins them in that category — if not better than Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, who finished first and second in Iowa, respectively.

Here’s a glimpse at their do-or-die race to the finish:

John Kasich

Kasich became the first of the gubernatorial crew to leave Iowa after a debate there last week when he returned to the trail in New Hampshire Saturday. Other candidates continued to vie for votes in Iowa before the caucuses.

On the trail, the Ohio governor has embraced his increasingly popular label as a “happy warrior,” speaking often of uniting the country, working with Democrats and strengthening communities. It’s an image that contradicts the sometimes-prickly reputation he gained over the years in Congress and Ohio politics.

With endorsements from eight New Hampshire newspapers, The New York Times and The Boston Globe, Kasich, 63, exudes confidence at his town hall meetings; he held his 95th in New Hampshire Wednesday, according to his campaign. He drops jokes, brags about how much time he has spent in the state and even impersonates his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"If I get smoked in New Hampshire, I’m going home,” Kasich told town hall meeting attendees in Claremont Tuesday. "If I do well in New Hampshire, I’m going forward. So it’s all up to you, OK? I’d like to have your vote.”

Jeb Bush

Bush has, perhaps, the most to lose, and gain, here in the Granite State. Once the presumptive nominee with the staggering war chest, Bush now desperately needs this state to prove to his long list of donors that he deserves to remain in the race.

Unlike the other two governors, he has more viability outside of New Hampshire: He has a well-organized operation in South Carolina and is counting on Nevada to help bolster his cause. The former Florida governor, 62, relies heavily on his record and regularly goes after front-runner Donald Trump, calling him a “loser” for his disparagement of Sen. John McCain, Latinos, women and the disabled.

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Source: ABC News

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02-05-2016 General
Syrian army sees Aleppo encircled soon; rebels hope for more weapons

A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.

Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.

The United Nations on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war began.

Turkey said on Thursday that tens of thousands of refugees from Aleppo were moving towards the border due to air strikes.

Four months of Russian air strikes have tipped the momentum Assad's way after rebel advances earlier in 2015 that posed a growing threat to his control of crucial areas of western Syria.

With the help of Russian air power and allies including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iranian fighters on the ground, the overstretched Syrian army is regaining ground on key fronts in the west, where Syria's most important cities are located.

But vast swathes of the country are in the hands of armed rebels, including a mosaic of groups in the west, Islamic State in the east, and Kurdish militia in the north.

The refugee crisis created by the five-year-long war moved back into focus as donors convened in London on Thursday, with U.N. agencies seeking billions in aid to help the victims of a conflict that has forced millions from their homes.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the first steps in peace talks were undermined by increased aerial bombing. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura announced a three-week pause.

"I think the special envoy decided to suspend the talks because the organisation did not want to be associated with the Russian escalation in Syria, which risks undermining the talks completely," a U.N. official told Reuters.

Washington and Moscow's support for opposite sides in the five-year-old war, which has drawn in regional states, created millions of refugees and enabled the rise of Islamic State, means a local conflict has become a fraught global stand-off.

Moscow accuses Washington, which is backing opponents of Assad, of supporting terrorists, while the U.S. State Department said the air strikes around Aleppo focused mainly on Assad's foes rather than the Islamic State militants Russia says it is trying to defeat.

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Source: Reuters

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01-27-2016 Science&Technology
Periscope and GoPro are a winning combo, but the experience is less social

You can now live stream with Periscope using a GoPro action camera. Mashable's tech team tried it out and despite a mostly good, smooth experience, there's room for improvement.

Before we even started Periscoping, we ran into a few realizations. First, only the GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver are supported; GoPro's newest Hero 4 Session and other action cameras aren't. Secondly, the updated Periscope app is iOS-only; Android users can't get in on the fun.

After realizing our Hero 4 Session didn't work, we dug up a Hero 4 Black and paired it with the Periscope app on an iPhone 6.

Connecting a Hero 4 camera is mostly a simple process — if you know your way around a GoPro. Otherwise, it can be a little confusing as you will have to bounce between the GoPro app and the Settings app during the initial setup process.

Once we got the GoPro paired to an iPhone 6 via Wi-Fi, live streaming with it was as easy as launching the Periscope app and broadcasting.

The Hero 4 Black is capable of capturing video at up to 4K resolution, but Periscope automatically begins broadcasting at GoPro's default video resolution to 720p HD at 30 fps. We tried changing the resolution to 1080p and 2.7K, but the camera always defaulted back to 720p.

The live stream resolution from the GoPro may be the same as what Periscope live streams at with your smartphone's camera, but you get the extra-wide field of view from the GoPro's wide-angle lens.

The video streaming quality isn't too shabby, to tell you the truth. The live stream looked pretty decent on our iPhone 6, and so long as we kept it within range of the GoPro, the video feed didn't cut out. One time, Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff rode off with the GoPro strapped to his Swagway, leaving the iPhone behind, and the live stream ended abruptly and we had to restart a new session. Keep the camera and your phone close to each other!

Double-tapping your iPhone's screen switches between the GoPro's camera and your iPhone's front camera (you can't switch to the iPhone's back camera).

One of the awesome things about using a GoPro to live stream on Periscope versus using your phone's camera is that you're not limited to holding it or attaching it to a selfie stick, obviously.

While we didn't try out the GoPro Periscoping combo in any extreme action scenarios, just imagine mounting your GoPro to a skateboard, a car, on your helmet to live stream those crazy POVs. It's going to change everything, especially for thrill-seekers. Sure, you could find a rugged mount and case enclosure for your iPhone and achieve the same, but it's far easier to use a GoPro.

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Source: Mashable

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01-27-2016 General
One dead as FBI arrests Oregon occupation leader and others

The leader of an armed occupation at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon and others were arrested on Tuesday after shots were fired during a traffic stop, leaving one person dead and another wounded, the FBI said.

Protesters were still occupying the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon after leader Ammon Bundy's arrest and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was setting up a perimeter, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

The takeover at Malheur that started Jan. 2 is the latest flare-up in the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion, a decades-old conflict over the U.S. government's control of millions acres of land in the West.

Four other people, all in leadership positions of the occupation, were taken into custody along with Bundy following the confrontation along Highway 395 in northeast Oregon around 4:25 p.m. local time (0025 GMT), according to the FBI.

A fifth individual was arrested by the Oregon State Police in a separate incident in Burns, Oregon about 1.5 hours later. The FBI said a sixth person was later arrested, 50-year-old Peter Santilli, described by the Oregonian newspaper as an independent broadcaster who livestreamed events at the refuge.

All of those arrested face federal charges of conspiracy to use force, intimidation or threats to impede federal officers from discharging their duties, the FBI said.

The Oregonian reported that Bundy had been en route to a community meeting in John Day, Oregon, with several other members of the occupation, where he was scheduled to be a guest speaker, when authorities stopped his vehicle.

The newspaper said 43-year-old Ryan Bundy, Ammon's brother, was injured in the arrest, suffering a minor gunshot wound. Authorities did not release the identity of the person killed, but added that he was the subject of a federal probable cause arrest.

Some 25 miles (40 km) of Highway 395 was shut down in both directions following the incident, a dispatcher for the state department of transportation said.

The occupiers of the wildlife refuge said they were supporting two local ranchers who were returned to prison this month for setting fires that spread to federal land. The ranchers' lawyer has said the occupiers do not speak for the family.

Burns Mayor Craig LaFollette told Reuters that while he had limited information about the night's events, he hoped the stand-off would come to a peaceful end.

"I think my perception is that people's patience was running thin and that the community as a whole was looking for some resolution and to have these people leave," he said.

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01-25-2016 Science&Technology
Attention, Apple users! Get ready to experience your Facebook timeline in 3D

According to reports, the social networking site is rolling out a special feature “3D Touch” to its Timeline. Instead of tapping and swiping, 3D Touch will allow users to hard-press on items to preview content and then optionally act on it.

Apple’s 3D Touch technology is something that we could see in other smartphones as well.

When iPhone 6S was launched a year ago, Apple started taking the smartphone business into a new screen-centric direction and trying to set itself apart from other high-end devices in the market. After displaying a preview of the webpage linked, the user can opt to follow the link or close the preview.

To find out if you’re among the select few with access to Facebook’s expanded 3D Touch functionality, just download the latest version of the Facebook app for free from the App Store and perform the appropriate presses to test the availability of the new Quick Actions and Peek and Pop features on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Do you have an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus? If they press harder, the preview will open up full.

Facebook has also begun implementing Peek and Pop right within the app for links, photos, profiles, pages, groups, and events.

We all know how annoying the articles with misleading titles are, or the clickbait links. The update is also welcome news for those waiting for more developers to take advantage of 3D Touch.

So even though the company is already trying to filter out some of the clickbait nonsense that can clutter the news feed, you’ll be able to use 3D Touch to get a sense of whether something’s really worth the “pop”. So it might be some time before it spreads to all corners of its network platform.

Source: Nano News

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01-25-2016 Politics
Trump: I could 'shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters'

Sioux Center, Iowa (CNN)Donald Trump boasted Saturday that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street.

"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," Trump said at a campaign rally here.

After the event, Trump declined to answer when asked by CNN to clarify his comments.

The GOP front-runner has repeatedly pointed to the loyalty of his supporters, many of whom tell reporters and pollsters that almost nothing could make them change their mind about voting for Trump in the presidential race. Trump's comments come as the debate about gun violence in America has taken center stage in American political discourse amid several highly publicized mass shootings.

Trump has repeatedly touted his strong support for the Second Amendment and slammed President Barack Obama's recent use of executive orders to expand the reach of background checks needed to purchase a gun.

The brash billionaire's comments also come less than two months after two ISIS-inspired terrorists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, and ISIS-linked attacks killed 130 in Paris. In response, Trump has called for fewer gun restrictions and a harder stance on terrorism.

Trump asks if he should sue Cruz 'just for fun'

Asked about Trump's comment after a campaign event in Iowa, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump's top rival for the GOP nomination, shook his head.

"I will let Donald speak for himself," Cruz said. "I can say I have no intention of shooting anybody in this campaign."

Trump has joked about killing people before.

Last month, he appeared to consider whether he would kill journalists, as Russian President Vladimir Putin -- whom Trump defended -- has been accused of doing.

"I would never kill them. I would never do that," Trump told supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before reconsidering.

"Uh, let's see, uh?" he said aloud, his voice rising. "No, I would never do that."

In Iowa, Cruz aims to undo Trump's cachet on immigration

CNN's Noah Gray and Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report.

Source: CNN

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