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US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

WASHINGTON: The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a…

Electric car sales under fire in Norway

OSLO: Ministers in Norway-a major and rich oil-producing country-are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales. “It’s become a problem,” said Erik…

Bitcoin shows staying power – Online merchants chase digital sparkle

NEW YORK: Bitcoin is catching on at US online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but…

Hackerspaces used to turn ideas into reality

MESA: Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with…

Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft’s browser, media player – Microsoft cooperates with investigation

BEIJING: Microsoft Corp’s internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of…

World’s largest mobile app competition returns to ME

KUWAIT: Applied Innovation Institute, Ooredoo and Pearson have announced that the Arab Mobile App Challenge (AMAC) will take place again in 2014, following the success of last year’s pilot competition.…

Get ready for thermal selfie

NEW YORK: Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the “thermie,” or as I like to call it, the “hottie.” That’s when you take a picture of the heat emanating…

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste – E-waste generated last year enough to fill 100 Empire State Buildings

MACHAKOS: In an industrial area outside Kenya’s capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling,…

Make it picture perfect! Free apps for photo editing on the move

1. VSCO Cam (iPhone, Android): VSCO (pronounced visco) Cam started out as a paid app but went free last year. It is one of the best photo editing apps on…

New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets

DETROIT: Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the…

Green power blooms – Japan unveils ‘hydrangea solar cell’

TOKYO: A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good. In a…

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air – Investigators report death of one ‘streamer’ every two minutes

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, California: Workers at a stateof- the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays – “streamers,”…

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