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Damaged dam threatens Northern California towns

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:10

Californians who were ordered to evacuate due to a threat from erosion at the tallest dam in the United States can now return home after state crews working around the clock reinforced a drainage channel that was weakened by heavy rain.

WikiLeaks promoter Donald Trump now makes ‘low-life leakers’ his enemy

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:07

President Trump, joined by top advisers, speaks by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office last month. President Trump is continuing to assail those who leaked information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls with Russia and the media for publishing it. The attacks against leaks are striking as Trump attempts to shift the focus of his administration’s controversies over to what he calls the “real scandal” of leaks.

President Trump does an about-face on leaks

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:07

During the campaign, he embraced leaks that damaged Hillary Clinton. Now that he’s battling them, his tone has changed.

Google’s future plans for Android might be truly exciting

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:57

Imagine an Android operating system of the future that would work seamlessly across devices, offering similar experiences across screens and realities. Imagine an Android operating system that would receive regular updates just like the iPhone does. Google might be working on something like that. Only it’s not going to be Android. Android will be a part of that.

A few months ago, word got out that Google is developing an Andromeda operating system for laptops, which would combine the best of its two worlds, including Android and Chrome OS. Google was even supposed to announce Andromeda, but that never happened.

The project, however, was not canned, and it’s still in development. Google isn’t even trying to hide it, although you have to pay close attention to find traces of it out in the wild. That’s what Daniel Matte did, explaining what Andromeda — or Fuchsia, as it might be called now — is all about.

“To my naive eyes, rather than saying Chrome OS is being merged into Android, it looks more like Android and Chrome OS are both being merged into Fuchsia, he said. “It’s worth noting that these operating systems had previously already begun to merge together to an extent, such as when the Android team worked with the Chrome OS team in order to bring Update Engine to Nougat, which introduced A/B updates to the platform.”

Matte’s findings seem to indicate that Google’s future computer OS will work on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size or processor architecture. Andromeda will not replace Android, but rather expand Android’s reach and its power.

“My best guess is that Android as an API and runtime will live on as a legacy environment within Andromeda,” Matte said. “That’s not to say that all development of Android would immediately stop, which seems extremely unlikely.”

Furthermore, with Andromeda in place, developers will have the tools they need to code apps for Andromeda, Android, and iOS “with minimal extra work, in theory.”

“Andromeda, however, will provide a laptop OS with native apps and backward compatibility with Android. It could very well look much the same visually as Chrome OS does now, however,” Matte concluded.

“I also have to imagine the Android update problem (a symptom of the monolithic Linux kernel, in addition to starting conditions) will, at last, be solved by Andromeda, but one can never be too sure.” It’s unclear at this time how Andromeda updates will actually affect mobile devices that’ll run the new OS or “old” Android versions. That’s assuming Google can also fix the carrier/OEM "problems." Since it's up to OEMs and carriers to create and release Android update, Google can't really fix Android annoying fragmentation issue.

Furthermore, it’s not inconceivable to assume that Andromeda will also have VR and AR applications in the future, as well as advanced AI integration. This is speculation from yours truly at this point.

Interestingly, while researching the matter, Matte found that Google is already testing Andromeda — rather than just Android — on the brand new Snapdragon 835 processor, a chip that will power some of the hottest Android devices of 2017. Does this mean that the first Andromeda device might be released later this year? Will it be a tablet? A laptop? We have no way of knowing. Matte's full report, complete with more technical details is available at this link.

Russia must honor Ukraine deal: Tillerson

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:41

The new secretary of state meets with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for the first time.

Deaths Of Delphi, Indiana, Girls Investigated As Homicides

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:29

A volunteer searching for the girls discovered their bodies roughly three-quarters of a mile away from the abandoned bridge where they were last seen Monday afternoon.

Thai cops search scandal-hit temple for wanted monk

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:12

Thai police left empty handed after a day-long search of a massive Buddhist temple for a monk wanted over a multi-million-dollar scam on Thursday, the latest twist in a saga highlighting a split over the nation's faith. The sweep of the powerful and ultra-rich Wat Dhammakaya temple on Bangkok's outskirts comes after Thailand's junta chief invoked special powers to put its sprawling 1,000-acre compound under military control. The former abbot is believed to be holed up inside the compound, which is famous for its space-age architecture, though he has not been seen in public for months.

Nigeria’s struggling textile industry

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:02

Talba Goni has been trying, without luck, to secure government funds or loans to restart a textile plant in Kaduna, the former industrial heartland in northern Nigeria, that he was running until it closed almost 15 years ago. President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to revive the once-flourishing textile and leather industries in northern Nigeria to end the country’s dependence on oil exports and diversify Africa’s biggest economy.

Amanda Knox Reveals Details of Her Non-Sexual Romantic Relationship With a Woman in Italian Prison

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:54

Knox was imprisoned for nearly four years in a central Italy women's prison.

The story behind Time's Trump chaos cover

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:50

The magazine turns to a longtime artistic collaborator to depict disruption in the White House for its Feb. 27 issue.

ICE agents detain woman who reports abuse

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:06

An undocumented woman is arrested after a court grants her a protection order against an allegedly abusive boyfriend, according to reports.

New report sheds light on Apple’s next-gen Apple TV

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:45

Former Apple analyst and current venture capitalist Gene Munster is famous for being horribly, terribly, dreadfully, embarrassingly wrong time and time again about Apple's plans to launch an HDTV. Year in and year out, the analyst insisted that Apple was on the verge of releasing a flat-screen television that would come in multiple sizes and be powered by the company's iOS platform. That mythical HDTV never materialized, and at this point it looks like it never will. Instead, Apple continues to tweak its Apple TV set-top box, and now a new report sheds light on what we can expect from the next-generation model that will likely launch later this year.

After all these years, Apple is still fighting an uphill battle in the war for consumers' living rooms. The company's current-generation Apple TV is beloved by users, but it is still facing the same problem earlier models have faced: there aren't very many users. Rivals have flooded the market with low-cost alternatives like the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick from Amazon, which are so popular that the company can't even manage to keep them in stock.

Few would argue that less expensive set-top boxes offer better features than the Apple TV. The problem is they offer the same core features — content is the most important part of the experience, for obvious reasons, and Apple has no advantage whatsoever when it comes to content. All of these devices can access the same core services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and Sling TV, so why pay $150-$200 for an Apple TV when you can pay $40-$80 for a Fire TV?

Apple hasn't yet found an answer to that important question, but the company continues to motor along while it tries to find a way to differentiate its offerings. In the meantime, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple is indeed working on an updated fifth-generation Apple TV that should launch later this year. That's the good news. The bad news is that it doesn't sound like there will be anything special about the update.

Bloomberg states that Apple is testing support for 4K resolution on the next-generation Apple TV, and the news site also claims that the box will support content with "more vivid colors." It's unclear what that means exactly, though it likely refers to HDR, which is now supported by many new HDTV and UHD TV models that have launched over the past year.

As for release timing, the report has nothing firm to offer. Instead, it simply suggests that the new fifth-generation Apple TV model could be released at some point in 2017.

How Trump's White House eroded into chaos

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:16

Has the current administration fallen back on the president's reality-television roots?

What Is Bernie Sanders’ Net Worth?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:06

Compared to President Donald Trump’s net worth, Sanders’ figures are a fraction but his net worth is still many times higher than that of any average American home.

Turkey says U.S. not insisting on Kurdish role in Raqqa operation

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:01

Turkey's defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold. U.S. support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, has caused tensions with NATO ally Turkey, which views the Kurdish militia as an extension of militants fighting on its own soil.

Baby brain scan may reveal autism risk

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 02:38

MRI scans showed which infant brains were growing at a faster-than-normal rate, a telltale sign of autism.

Thai police search of Buddhist temple fails to turn up wanted monk

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 02:38

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai security forces filed past chanting monks on Thursday to search the country's biggest Buddhist temple for an influential former abbot accused of money laundering, but failed to find him. With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which until now trod warily in confronting a group that claims millions of followers.

Third suspect arrested in Malaysia over murder of North Korean

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 02:36

By Joseph Sipalan and Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police made a third arrest on Thursday in their hunt for the people involved in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The third person, whose nationality was not disclosed, was the friend of an Indonesian woman who was detained earlier in the day in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam at the airport in the Malaysian capital on Monday, police said.

Saudis voice optimism about relations with US under Trump

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 02:35

BONN, Germany (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says his country expects to have a productive relationship with the Trump administration and is optimistic that U.S.-Saudi cooperation can overcome challenges in the Middle East.

Google internet balloon plan snagged in Sri Lanka: minister

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 01:52

Google's venture to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon has hit a legal snag in Sri Lanka that could see the project abandoned on the island, a minister said Thursday. "Project Loon" uses roaming balloons to beam internet coverage and planned to connect Sri Lanka's 21 million people to the web, even those in remote connectivity black spots. Communications minister Harin Fernando said the Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was opposed to Google using the same frequency as Sri Lanka's public broadcasters to provide its internet.