September 2017 / 84 posts found

Amazon customers now have even more options for in-store returns

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Image: Getty Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Amazon customers now have a growing list of options when it comes to returning their online purchases in person. In addition to any of the hundreds of Whole Foods supermarkets across the country, certain Kohl's stores will now accept returns of "eligible items" as part of a retail partnership between the two companies that began earlier this summer. SEE ALSO: Amazon's out of the original Amazon Echo right now, and they won't say why The hassle of sending back unwanted products can be one of the biggest deterrents to online shopping and one of the [...]

Bill Gates has finally switched from the Windows Phone to an Android

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Image: Getty Images At last, Bill Gates has joined us in the present. The Microsoft co-founder announced in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he's now using an Android phone.  The move was probably inevitable. Windows on mobile has effectively been a dead platform ever since Microsoft gutted its phone division two years ago. While Windows 10 technically works on phones, there's been pretty much zero support from hardware makers and app developers outside of Microsoft. Gates told Fox that the phone he uses is an "Android phone with a lot of Microsoft software." This could suggest that he's [...]

New camera can see through human body – BBC News

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Man in court over Parsons Green attack

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Prosecutors said Mr Hassan had intended to kill innocent people because of his "warped political view". A 17-year-old man who was arrested by counter-terrorism officers investigating the attack has been released with no further action, police said on Friday. Two other men had already been released without charge. Two further men, aged 25 and 30, remain in custody. Meanwhile, Suleman Sarwar, of Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, said his takeaway has received abuse and threats after an employee was arrested as part of the investigation.

RAF’s close combat unit opens to women for the first time – BBC News

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But, he adds, it is a significant moment because it means women can now apply for any RAF role, from fighter pilot to ground support. The RAF's women will not be the first allowed to serve in close combat roles, as some recently joined the Royal Armoured Corps. Ahead of schedule But it will be another year before women can apply to enter army infantry units and the Royal Marines, where the physical demands can be tougher. The ban on women serving in close combat units was lifted by then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2016. In July, Defence Secretary [...]

UK’s credit rating downgraded by Moody’s

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Moody's said the government had "yielded to pressure and raised spending in several areas" including health and social care. It says revenues were unlikely to compensate for the higher spending. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlastair Wilson, head of sovereign ratings at Moody's, gave two reasons for cutting the credit rating, but there was some good news The agency said because the government had not secured a majority in the snap election it "further obscures the future direction of economic policy". It also said Brexit would dominate legislative priorities, so there could be limited capacity to address [...]

China prepares to say goodbye to petrol and diesel cars for good

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Expect more of these on China's roads. Image: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images China is looking to fully ban gasoline cars down the road. The surprising announcement was made at an automotive industry forum over the weekend. Xin Guobin, deputy minister of industry and IT, said the ministry has started planning out a timeline for the end of petrol and diesel cars, and light commercial vehicles. SEE ALSO: Tesla's most expensive cars just got a price cut China, the world's biggest car market, sold 28 million cars last year. That's a third of the 88 million cars and vans sold around [...]

Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

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Marea cable headed towards the ocean Image: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, there now lies the "most technologically advanced subsea cable," providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google's alternative, now poorly named, "Faster." The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won't be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products [...]

This wildfire photo is a portrait of America in 2017

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An amateur photographer in Oregon just captured what some might call a portrait of America's current state. SEE ALSO: Summer 2017 feels like it's on steroids – and it's only going to get worse Kristi McCluer's depiction of a bunch of men casually golfing while a wildfire raged behind them went viral after it was tweeted out by David Simon, creator of The Wire and The Deuce. He posted the photo to his 130,000 Twitter followers on Thursday, calling it "the money shot" of "visual metaphors for America today."  In the pantheon of visual metaphors for America today, this is [...]

Train conductor speeds through flooded station and drenches commuters with dirty rainwater

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One jerk train conductor managed to ruin the day of dozens of commuters. People were waiting on the platform of the Nala Sopara railway station near Mumbai, India, on Wednesday when a train sped through the station. This would typically be a very normal occurrence, but recent heavy rains meant the station was flooded.  Instead of slowing the train to a crawl, the conductor of the train went into the station full steam ahead, sending the dirty rainwater that had flooded the tracks onto the platform where commuters were waiting. Most people standing on the tracks were not exactly expecting [...]