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Search for 437 in Yangtze River Yielding Few Survivors – New York Times

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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Microsoft WiFi will offer ‘hassle-free Internet’ to Windows, Mac, Android, iOS … – VentureBeat

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Microsoft is working on a new service called Microsoft WiFi, details of which leaked today at microsoftwifi.com. While the website has since been pulled, it described the service as offering “hassle-free Internet access around the world” so users can be “productive on the go.” Microsoft WiFi was first spotted by Twitter user h0x0d, the same guy who recently discovered Microsoft Earn. We reached out to Microsoft for more information. “We…

USB-C likely to be used across the future MacBook range as Intel integrates … – 9 to 5 Mac (blog)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The USB-C port first introduced by Apple in the new 12-inch MacBook looks likely to be used across the MacBook range as Intel has adopted the standard for Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. Then recently the USB group introduced the USB-C connector, which is small, reversible, fast, supplies power, and allows…

Source: Man fatally shot by officers in Boston part of terror network – CNN

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

(CNN)A man fatally shot by police in Boston on Tuesday was under 24-hour surveillance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi said. The suspect, identified as Usaama Rahim, 26, was shot and killed after waving a large military knife at officers, authorities said. “As of right now, we don’t think there is any concern for public safety,” Lisi said. Rahim was a subject of a terror investigation involving suspected…

Sepp Blatter, Under Investigation, to Resign as FIFA President – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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It’s time to start the Rand Paul 2016 death watch: Why he may be finished already – Salon

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

For the Republican Party in general, politically speaking, this was inconvenient — but not a disaster. Just as nature seeks to fill a vacuum, whichever party is not in control of the White House seeks to attack the president where he’s weakest. For Obama’s first term, that area was the economy; for his second term, it’s been foreign affairs. And since the GOP of the post-9/11 years has been much…

Huckabee: I wish I could’ve identified as female in high school gym – CNN

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Washington (CNN)Mike Huckabee says there’s a time he wishes he could’ve been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers. If he “could have felt like a woman,” the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on. “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have…

Survivor recounts harrowing ordeal aboard sinking Chinese cruise ship – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

BEIJING — As wind and rain lashed the Eastern Star cruise ship on Monday night, and lightning illuminated the sky, 43-year-old tour guide Zhang Hui was making his way back to his cabin. It was just before 9:30 p.m., and many of the elderly members of his tour group had gone to bed. Suddenly, the storm on the Yangtze River transformed into a freak tornado. Water started seeping into rooms,…

Microsoft Confirms Acquisition of Wunderlist Task-Management App – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft Corp. confirmed it bought the German startup behind a task-management mobile app called Wunderlist, as the software firm continues to acquire app developers to fill gaps in its consumer-product lineup. The Wall Street Journal earlier had reported Microsoft agreed to acquire the app maker, 6Wunderkinder GmbH, for between $100 million and $200 million. Microsoft announced the purchase Tuesday in a blog post. The company…

Firefox Integrates Pocket, Adds Distraction-Free Reader View – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Mozilla’s Firefox now features a full integration with the Pocket read-it-later service for saving text and video. In addition, Reader View now offers users a distraction-free reading mode that’s similar to Apple’s Reader mode in Safari and the functionality of the popular Readability extension and bookmarklets. Integrating third-party services like Pocket is a very unusual step for Mozilla and will likely come as a surprise to Firefox users, especially those who…

The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout – Wired

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang and Minecraft last September, one of the biggest acquisitions in gaming history, stunned the game’s millions of fans. It also was a big, though not entirely pleasant, surprise for Mojang’s employees. Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, authors of the definitive history of the game, have updated the book to include the final days of Mojang’s independence. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus Notch Persson and the…

United Airlines Delays Flights Because of Computer Problem – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Update: Comcast says major West Coast Internet outage is fixed – GeekWire

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Update, 11 p.m.: Comcast issued this statement on the outage. “Our engineers have fixed a DNS issue impacting Internet service and some customers’ VOD on the West coast tonight. We know how important it is to people that their service work all the time and are sorry for this interruption. Our engineering team is now working through a root cause analysis to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Original post…

Deals: Apple’s new 13" MacBook Pro for $1099, GoPro HERO4 Silver for $329 … – Apple Insider

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

By Katie Marsal Monday, June 01, 2015, 10:17 pm PT (01:17 am ET) A number of limited time Apple deals have cropped up this week, including ForceTouch 13″ MacBook Pros for $1,099 ($200 off), GoPro HERO4 Silver for $329 ($70 off), mid-2014 15″ MacBook Pros for $1,749.00 ($250 off), and unlocked 64GB iPad mini 2 WiFi+4G for $330 ($399 off). Apple’s early-2015 13″ MacBook Pro for $1099.99 While supplies last,…

Chinese Cruise Ship Capsizes: Yangtze River Rescuers Desperately Listen for … – ABC News

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Officials made dramatic rescue efforts, at least one with a hammer, to reach hundreds of passengers trapped in an overturned cruise ship on China‘s Yangtze River after it capsized in a storm. Search teams heard people calling out from within the partially submerged ship, state broadcaster CCTV News reported. Video showed one of the rescuers lying on the upside-down hull and tapping a hammer, apparently listen for trapped people inside….

FBI covertly flies surveillance planes over US cities – Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

• What is the Patriot Act and why are we talking about it? The White House urged senators to swiftly pass the reform bill, known as the USA Freedom Act, but hawkish Republicans are trying to amend it to strengthen the hand of the NSA and slowing down its path. The Associated Press found that the FBI was operating at least 13 fake companies to disguise it secret surveillance fleet…

Senate Surveillance Bill Passes Hurdle, but Showdown Looms – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Frontrunner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever, with no candidate receiving more than 11 percent support and seven candidates all within three points of one another, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic nomination contest. But her personal attributes continue to erode in the wake…

Kris Jenner the last to know her husband wanted to transition to female? – Fox News

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

When Bruce and Kris Jenner broke the news in October 2013 that they were separating after 23 years of marriage, people wanted to know why. The latest issue of Vanity Fair, in which Bruce Jenner revealed a new female identity, Caitlyn, would seem to reveal an obvious answer. But in the article, Kris denies she ever knew that her husband wanted to transition to being a woman. If that’s true,…

Intel Launches Five 47W Laptop Broadwell SKUs – AnandTech

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

As part of Intel’s batch of announcements today, including Broadwell on the desktop and Thunderbolt 3, the 47W laptop/mini-PC processors that were also launched offers an interesting talking point. These are essentially the drop in models for current high end Haswell laptops, offering manufacturers an upgrade path before Intel’s 6th Generation, Skylake. The five SKUs are: The clear odd one out here is the i7-5700HQ,…