Michael Audette

24
Jan
Edward Snowden won't be pressured to end asylum, Russia says

Edward Snowden may stay in Russia longer than first thought. Snowden has said the time isn't right for him to return to the United States, where he could face criminal charges for leaking classified information. Russia gave him asylum for a year. Now Russia says it will continue to extend asylum protections to Snowden and won't send him back home. That word came Friday from Alexy Pushkov, a legislator who is head of the Foreign Affairs... [read news]

23
Jan
Candy Crush maker to trademark the word 'candy'

Hey, developers: If your next game title features the word "candy," you may want to rethink it. The company behind hit mobile app Candy Crush Saga has a provisional trademark on the word, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A Florida developer is among those who have reportedly received warning letters. Benny Hsu's game title included the phrase "All Candy Casino Slots." Following a form email from Apple, Hsu has decided to change "candy"... [read news]

01
Jan
Faster processors, longer battery life, and more coming to tablets and laptops

The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show happens January 7 to 10, and Consumer Reports reporters and analysts will be there in full force. You never know what you might see there—but electronics senior editor Donna Tapellini has a pretty good idea of what to expect for tablets and laptops. More Android tablets will feature the newest OS—4.4, or KitKat, like the candy bar. And we should see more Windows tablets and laptops... [read news]

28
Dec
Turkey: PM Erdogan vows to fight on amid corruption row

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will not step down amid corruption allegations that have forced the resignations of three ministers. The ministers' sons were among dozens of people detained as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe. Turkey's army has said it does not want to get involved in political arguments, in response to rumours of a coup plot. On Friday police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up protests in... [read news]

23
Dec
China investigates after hepatitis B vaccine suspected in 7 infant deaths

Chinese health authorities are investigating after seven infants died following inoculation with a hepatitis B vaccine, state media reported on Monday. China has been beset by a series of product safety scandals over the past few years. At least six children died in 2008 after drinking milk contaminated by the industrial chemical melamine, and there have also been reports of children dying or becoming seriously ill from faulty... [read news]

19
Dec
Democratic, GOP senators defy Obama with Iran sanctions bill

Twenty-six senators, half of them Democrats, defied President Obama on Thursday by introducing a bill that could impose new sanctions on Iran -- despite urgent pleas from the White House to shelve the legislation.  Several sources told Fox News that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other top officials had been calling top Democrats over the last 24 hours urging them not to move forward. After it was introduced, Obama's... [read news]

18
Dec
Apps must respect privacy over data, says Information Commissioner

App developers should ensure they do not misuse customers' data, says the Information Commissioner's Office in new guidance. The ICO says nearly half of all app users have decided not to download an app because of concerns over privacy. It wants developers to be clear about what data is being accessed and why. More than 320 million apps were downloaded on the busiest day of last year, Christmas Day, and that number is expected to increase... [read news]

18
Dec
NSA: White House task force recommends surveillance curbs

A White House panel has recommended significant curbs on the National Security Agency's sweeping electronic surveillance programmes. Among its 46 recommendations, the five-member panel said the NSA should cease storing vast amounts of data on calls processed by US phone companies. Details of the snooping programme were leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, now a fugitive in Russia. The review comes after a federal judge found the... [read news]

16
Dec
Tablet goes on sale for £30 in UK

A tablet costing £30 has gone on sale in the UK. The UbiSlate 7Ci, made by UK-based company Datawind, is the commercial version of the Aakash 2 tablet, which was originally launched in India. There, the tablet is mainly used by students and was designed to provide cheap internet access to help improve education. Analysts say UK customers buying this tablet and comparing it with others on the market may be disappointed. The 7in (18cm)... [read news]

14
Dec
'Cherry Pie' girl Bobbi Brown said: 'I wanted to shoot myself'

She was the sexy "Cherry Pie" girl in hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video. Bobbi Brown became an overnight pinup when the video went into heavy rotation on MTV. She even married Jani Lane, lead singer of Warrant but the union unraveled quickly. Next came an engagement to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee who married Pamela Anderson less than a week after they split. In a thoroughly candid and uncensored memoir, "Dirty Rocker... [read news]


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