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Egypt Probes King Tut's Tomb For Hidden Chamber

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:03

he discovery could bolster Egypt's sagging tourism sector.

Officials rush to drain lake behind battered dam

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:58

California's Department of Water Resources chief says repairs should hold at the nation's tallest dam, in the small town of Oroville.

This wall clock is a mesmerizing floating metal ball

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:56

If you're in the market for a wall clock — and, really, who doesn't need another clock or three — your choices are pretty much limitless. Timepieces come in all shapes and sizes, and very rarely will one make you actually raise an eyebrow. The Story clock by Flyte is one of the few that might catch your eye, and not because it's flashy, but exactly the opposite.

Story is described by Flyte as a "levitating timepiece" and that succinct description pretty much hits the nail on the head. It's a large wooden disk with a single floating metal ball that makes its way around the circumference of the clock as fast or as slowly as you want. The ball just kind of hangs out in mid air as it cruises along, and the speed at which the ball moves can be programmed — via a smartphone app — to complete one full rotation as often as every minute or as rarely as a full year.

In case you didn't catch the symbolism behind the name and the ball (I certainly didn't), the clock is meant to tell your story. Flyte suggests programming the ball's behavior to sync with important events in your life, like setting it to complete its rotation in nine months to help you track the coming birth of a child.

But Story is a clock after all, and even if you're setting the fancy floating orb to mimic the changing seasons or the days until football season starts again, you can still get the actual time from it, too. And LED matrix display is situation behind the wood and can be turned on to see the exact time and date. It can be toggled on or off indefinitely.

Story is available for pre-order via Kickstarter, and it's already halfway to its $80,000 goal in less than a day. The clocks vary in price based on finish, but the cheapest you can score one (the Ash model) is $349.

Samsung probably shouldn’t be boasting about how well it tests its phones just yet

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:28

Samsung disappointed fans with the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, but the company did recall and terminate the product rather swiftly. It also conducted an extensive investigation and announced its conclusions while simultaneously vowing not to let it happen again. While Samsung does deserve some points for that, it’s probably too early for the company to pat itself on the back for the good job it’s doing at testing smartphones and making sure they work as intended, rather than exploding when you least expect it. Samsung earlier this week published a short one-minute video on YouTube to promote the extensive quality assurance testing practices it currently employs. The Galaxy Note 7 batteries were signaled out as the main problem that caused various fires and explosions. But Samsung’s design choices and the desire to launch the phone as soon as possible also favored those explosions. Samsung explained all that a few weeks ago, promising more extensive tests are coming. Is that what we see in this clip? Are these the new tests? If so, that’s not really clear. “Our phones are extensively tested, retested, and then tested again,” the video says. Wait a minute, Samsung! Do you mean all phones you’ve ever made are tested like that or just all the phones made after the Galaxy Note 7? Because you seem to imply you weren’t focusing that much on quality assurance before the scandal. “Innovation is our legacy,” the video says at the end, “Quality is our priority.” Again, these statements also seem to suggest that quality may have not been Samsung’s top priority before the recent scandal, given the massive issues with the phone's batteries. It’s great to see the Galaxy S7 phones in the videos being put through numerous tests during Samsung’s new quality assurance process, and I’m convinced Samsung doesn’t want to see any of its next-gen handsets explode like the Galaxy Note 7 did. But good-looking video scenes and great beats shouldn’t be enough to prove Samsung is serious about quality assurance. It’s actual real-life use from satisfied customers that will determine that. So maybe it’s too early for Samsung to advertise its own innovations in quality assurance.

Elon Musk Blasts Trump Travel Ban On Twitter

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:23

Tesla CEO Elon Musk briefly blasted the Trump administration's travel ban on Twitter before taking down the tweets.

Venezuela bans Spanish-language CNN for Iraq report

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:57

Venezuela pulled CNN's Spanish-language television channel off the air on Wednesday, accusing it of spreading "propaganda" about an alleged visa racket at the country's embassy in Iraq. The state National Telecommunications Commission ordered "the immediate suspension of broadcasts by the news channel CNN in Spanish" in Venezuela, a government statement said. President Nicolas Maduro had earlier said he wanted the US-based news channel "out" of the country, where state media dominate.

Tesla owner sacrifices his car to save driver having a stroke

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:54

On a highway in Munich, Germany, a Tesla owner recently sacrificed his car to rescue another driver having a stroke. According to Muenchner Merkur, the Tesla driver saw a VW Passat swerving erratically, hitting the guardrail several times. On closer inspection, he noticed that the driver appeared to be unconcious. So, the Tesla driver maouvered his car in front and slowed down gradually, forcing a gentle collision and bringing both cars to a halt.

The fire driver was able to extract the driver successfully, and German media reports that he was likely suffering a stroke. According to newspaper reports, the combined damages for both vehicles were minor -- bumper damage to the Tesla and the Passat -- but totalled around $10,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since said that Tesla is covering all repair costs in recognition of the heroism:

It's a rare, unvarnished act of heroism from the Tesla driver to put his own safety (and car!) on the line to try and save a stranger. It's also a good answer to the occasional question about why Tesla drivers are still able to override the car's safety mechanisms when necessary. If the car was programmed to always use its sensors to avoid collisions, the Tesla driver wouldn't have been able to pull off the stunt.

Correction: Missing Teens-Indiana story

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:39

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — In a story Feb. 14 about the search for two missing girls, The Associated Press, relying on information from police, incorrectly reported that Liberty German was 13 years old. She was 14.

2-Year-Old Boy and Man Shot Dead in Facebook Live Video: 'Call 911! They Killed Him'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:36

A shooting in Chicago left a 2-year-old boy and an adult man dead this week and startling live footage of the assault was streamed to Facebook.

A lesson on UN peacekeeping – from Haiti

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:06

The Trump administration promises big changes at the United Nations, especially in its peacekeeping missions, which are now in 16 countries. The head of UN peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, said Haiti has made so much progress that he would recommend the Security Council pull out the nearly 5,000 multinational troops and police.

Trump says U.S. is no longer tied to two-state solution between Israel and Palestine

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:01

During a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb. 15, President Trump said the U.S. is no longer tied to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

The Latest: Woman goes to Denver church to avoid deportation

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:49

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on an immigrant who has taken refuge in a Denver church to avoid deportation (all times local):

Yahoo notifies users of sophisticated breach methods

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:36

Yahoo said Wednesday it was notifying some users that hackers may have been able to use a maneuver to break into their accounts without stealing passwords. The notification indicates the investigation into the attacks are in the final stage, according to a source familiar with the matter, noting that messages had been sent to "a reasonably final list" of Yahoo users. A Yahoo spokesman said the company was notifying all potentially affected users and that it had "invalidated" the forged cookies.

Trump administration proposes stricter Obamacare rules

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:04

By Caroline Humer and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed changes to the Obamacare individual insurance market that insurers welcomed as a good start but that raised the possibility of higher out-of-pocket cost for consumers. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to scrap the 2010 healthcare law that is a key legacy of Democrat Barack Obama's presidency.

It may be too late to save Ivanka's brand

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:44

Department stores have been dropping the first daughter's products left and right — and online options don't seem viable.

Trump breaks with old Middle East policy — and campaign positions

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:30

President Trump on Wednesday dropped the decades-old U.S. position that Middle East peace requires the creation of a viable Palestinian state. He also watered down campaign-trail pledges to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.

Thai junta imposes control on influential temple

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:26

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta leader announced he was imposing control on the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday after it failed to hand over an influential monk who has resisted questioning over money laundering. With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which has so far trod warily in confronting a religious group that claims millions of followers. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that Article 44 of the constitution - a security measure dubbed "the dictator's law" by critics - was being used to impose control on the monastery because it had resisted law enforcement efforts.

Chicago toddler's fatal shooting streamed live on Facebook

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:19

A toddler and a man were fatally shot while riding in a car in a Valentine's Day attack captured in a live video on Facebook. Police said Wednesday that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting which shocked Chicago, a city grappling with a surge in violence so severe that it has drawn the condemnation of President Donald Trump. The two-year-old boy, identified by officials as Lavontay White, was shot in the head on Tuesday and died at a hospital.

Amazon's Most Popular Soundbar Is Now On Sale

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:10

Like most soundbars, the Vizio SB3821-C6's design is simple and clutter-free, which means it can be placed underneath your TV, inside a media center, or mounted on a wall beneath your HDTV. It features two 2.75-inch full-range drivers that can deliver up to 100dB of room-filling audio. Accompanying the soundbar is a 5.25-inch wireless subwoofer, which delivers the kind of deep, thumping bass you'd expect from a full home theater.

Andy Puzder abruptly withdraws as labor secretary nominee

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:01

Andy Puzder departs after a meeting with President-elect Trump in November. Andy Puzder, President Trump’s embattled nominee for secretary of labor, has withdrawn his name from consideration. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement on Wednesday.