China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities. The think tank cited satellite images taken this month, which its director, Greg Poling, said showed new radar antennae on Fiery Cross and Subi.
South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, was feted as a humble liberation hero who shunned the power and glory that came with freedom. Unlike many struggle veterans, Kathrada, who was imprisoned on Robben Island, never held public political office after the fall of apartheid and Mandela's election as president in 1994. When Mandela left office in 1999, after serving a single four-year term, Kathrada also stepped away from politics -- immersing himself in activism through his Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Ferrari driver who allegedly slammed into a motorcycle cop, dragged him along the road and then sped away from the mangled body took just hours to find, as investigators followed a trail of brake fluid into the gated estate of one of Thailand's richest families.
The Galaxy S8 leaks have been at an all-time high this month, and for good reason. Samsung was unable to unveil the handset at MWC 2017 as initially planned, and the company must be anxious to start selling the handset.
The Galaxy S8 will be the first major smartphone launch following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, and a quality test Samsung must pass. Samsung already explained a few times that it’s taking battery safety testing to a whole new level, stressing the importance of product quality going forward. With that in mind, a new report shares more details about a feature we should have seen coming.
As we told you earlier, a monster Galaxy S8 leak that includes plenty of official images, pricing for both Galaxy S8 versions, full specs sheets, and details about some of the phone’s features.
The report also includes the mention of a new Samsung product called Samsung Guard S8, which appears to be the company’s new customer care offer for Galaxy S8 buyers.
Samsung Guard S8 will offer customers an extra year of warranty, and a guarantee that the damaged phone will be repaired in just two hours. The program reportedly also includes a one-time free display replacement and the offer of “remote support.” We have no idea what remote support is at this time.
It’s unclear at this point whether it’ll cost extra to take advantage of the extended warranty and perks, but it certainly looks like Samsung is ready to go the extra mile to ensure customers are happy with their Galaxy S8 purchases. The Galaxy S8 will cost €799, while the Galaxy S8+ starts at €899, the same report says.
A Russian bank under U.S. economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, during the 2016 election campaign. Kushner, 36, married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, has agreed to testify to a Senate committee investigating whether Russia tried to interfere in the election.
Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House said Monday. Kushner, 36, was Trump's main intermediary with foreign governments during the 2016 election campaign and now plays that role in the White House.
A Canadian gold coin named "Big Maple Leaf" which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II was stolen in the early hours of Monday morning from Berlin's Bode Museum. Given the high purity of the gold used in the coin, its material value is estimated to be $4 million. The museum said on its website that the coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and that it was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for its "unmatched" degree of purity.
A man killed his girlfriend and wounded five other people, including two children and a high school student at a bus stop, during a shooting spree in central Florida on Monday, police said. Police say Allen D. Cashe opened fire a few hours after officers had been called to break up a dispute over a vehicle between him and his girlfriend, who was not identified. Cashe, 31, killed the girlfriend and critically wounded her two sons, ages 7 and 8, and her father, Sanford Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said.
More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on atomic weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons," Haley, who represents the world's largest nuclear power, said on the sidelines of the meeting.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will announce that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will oversee a broad effort to overhaul the federal government, a White House official confirmed. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and serves as a senior adviser, will lead the newly formed White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions, the official said, confirming a Washington Post story.
The notion of Apple releasing augmented reality glasses may have seemed ludicrous even a few months ago, but a new report from the that Apple is dead serious about making such a product a reality.
According to the report, Apple began investigating the feasibility and utility of developing smart glasses a little bit more than a year ago. Presumably, Apple's initial research in the area has been promising because the company is now eyeing the possibility of "taking it from a science project towards a consumer product."
As its engineers have become more adept at miniaturisation technology with products such as its AirPods wireless headphones and the iPad’s Pencil, AR seems to have overtaken Apple’s secretive car project as the company’s top priority for its next big launch, beyond the iPhone.
Previous reports have said that Apple's AR research team now boasts hundreds of researchers and engineers with broad experience in fields like Augmented Reality, head-mounted displays, optics and more. As a prime example of the talent Apple is attracting and bringing in-house, Apple last year hired Zeyu Li, a vision algorithm engineer from Magic Leap.
It's also worth noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been uncharacteristically effusive when discussing the potential for augmented reality. Given how notoriously tight-lipped Apple tends to be when it comes to discussing new technologies, Cook's willingness to heap unrestrained praise on the technology is definitely worth paying attention to.
Not too long ago, Cook said that Apple is "high on augmented reality for the long run" and that the technology may ultimately prove to be as impactful as the smartphone itself. In a similar vein, Cook said the following about AR during an interview on Good Morning America about six months ago.
“Maybe it’s something we’re talking about,” Cook said, “maybe it’s someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there’s a lot of really cool things there.”
As intriguing as all of this is, Apple isn't likely to launch a pair of smart glasses for at least another year. A previous report from Bloomberg claimed that Apple a few months ago placed an order for “small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing" and that a finished product might appear on store shelves as early as 2018. That projection, however, might be a tad too optimistic.
Incidentally, Robert Scoble earlier this year claimed that Apple will eventually release a pair of Augmented Reality glasses via a not-so-secretive partnership with Carl Zeiss AG, a reputed German company with decades of expertise and experience in developing a myriad of advanced optical systems.
A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.
With just two days to go before Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, a slew of new Galaxy S8 photos have emerged from a mysterious leaker based in Mexico. Originally brought to light , the new photos perhaps give us our best view yet of Samsung's 2017 flagship smartphone.
With these new S8 Plus photos now making the rounds online, I think it's safe to say that we already know almost everything worth knowing about Samsung's 2017 Galaxy smartphone lineup. From various leaks about upcoming color options and a new intelligent assistant feature named Bixby, all the way down to what type of new camera technologies the devices will bring to the table, Samsung hasn't exactly done a stellar job of keeping S8 and S8 Plus product details under wraps.
But onto the good stuff.
The photo below shows off the S8 Plus' camera in action. It also does a nice job of conveying how immersive the device's 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD display is when actually being used. Marketing renders are one thing, but actually seeing photos of an S8 Plus out in the wild gives us a far better idea of what we can look forward to. Of course, you've seen the S8 Plus leak in photos about a million times by now, but they've never been hi-resolution photos quite like these:
The photo below provides us with our best and crispest look yet at the S8's home screen.
As for what Samsung's flagship 2017 smartphone lineup will bring to the table spec-wise, both the S8 and the S8 Plus are said to feature a 12-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Both phones will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, will feature an Iris scanner (presumably for identification purposes) and will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor.
Those similarities aside, the two devices will bear some slight differences. With respect to storage for example, the entry level S8 will boast 64GB of storage while the gargantuan S8 Plus will -- rumor has it -- come with 128GB of storage. Additionally, the S8 will come with a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8 Plus will come with a 3,500 mAh battery.
Samsung will finally make the S8 and S8 Plus official at a special "Galaxy UNPACKED" event set to take place this Wednesday at 11 am Eastern Time.
Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election win that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time. Official results showed GERB will hold 95 of 240 parliamentary seats -- 11 more than in the outgoing administration. The burly Borisov, a former firefighter and bodyguard, saw off a stiff challenge from the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party (BSP), which garnered 27 percent and more than doubled their MPs to 80.