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New Zealand declares state of emergency over wildfires

New Zealand declares state of emergency over wildfires

The mayors of Christchurch City and the adjacent Selwyn District declared a state of emergency Wednesday. The fire began in two places on Monday and authorities quickly moved to stop it from spreading. There are three investigations under way into the death of New Zealand ex-SAS serviceman David Askin, who died when his helicopter crashed while fighting fires in Christchurch's Port Hills area. Read More

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Xiaomi is working on Mi Mix II, confirms Xiaomi CEO

Xiaomi is working on Mi Mix II, confirms Xiaomi CEO

The device was a huge hit and now the company CEO, Lei Jun confirms that the successor of Mi Mix which is Mi Mix II is in works. Xiaomi's Mi MIX 2 device is believed to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB of RAM memory and 128GB of internal storage space which we do not know if it is expandable or not. Read More

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Apple to Make in India: iPhone SE to be Assembled at Bengaluru

Apple to Make in India: iPhone SE to be Assembled at Bengaluru

While we have heard about the iPhone SE, nothing more has been disclosed as to what other phone models would be assembled by Apple at the Bengaluru plant. Currently, the iPhone SE is retailing in India for Rs 29,999 which is nearly Rs 9,000 less than its launch price of Rs 39,000 for the base model. Apparently, Apple doesn't wish to wait on the Government's approval for the tax concessions it had sought before beginning operations. Read More

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Alphabet's Project Loon strikes a breakthrough

Google parent Alphabet said Thursday it was closer to deployment of Project Loon's internet balloons to serve remote regions of the world, after achieving a breakthrough in its navigation software. The team behind Project Loon says it's now figured out a way to send small clusters of balloons to areas where they're needed most and stay in place for months at a time. Read More

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Second suspect is held in killing of Kim Jong-nam

The suspects, two women and a man, were picked up separately by Malaysian police following the assassination of Kim at Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday, according to ABC News . Kim Jong Nam has been living outside of North Korea for years. Investigators were also running tests to determine the type of poison that killed Kim Jong Nam. Read More

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Trump Demands Release of Venezuela Opposition Leader

In 2015, Lopez was sentenced to thirteen years and nine months in prison for his role in leading 2014's violent anti-government protests that left 43 dead, the majority of whom security personnel, passer-bys, and government supporters. However Mr Trump's remarks raised tensions and Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused the United States president of interfering in her country's affairs. Read More

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Sen. Collins to oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA chief

Too often as Oklahoma state attorney general, Mr. Pruitt worked to help big polluters at the expense of our environment and the American people. The U.S. Collins told Maine Public Radio on Wednesday that while Pruitt, now Oklahoma's attorney general, was "an accomplished attorney", she had concerns about his record of suing the agency he has been tapped to lead. Read More

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Mega asteroid Ceres the latest spot in space that may have life

While other scientists looked at the distribution and spectra of the materials, Marchi focused on the geological settings. "We can not exclude that there are other locations rich in organics not sampled by the survey, or below the detection limit", study lead author Maria Cristina De Sanctis, of the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Space Planetology in Rome, told Space.com via email. Read More

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Trump Blasts 'Fake News' and 'Failing' Media Outlets

The US president appeared in a almost hour-long news conference this morning (NZ time ), in which he told reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control. The friction hasn't always been pretty for Democratic lawmakers, who have taken criticism for not doing enough to oppose Trump and even faced the threat of primary challenges against them. Read More

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Kanye West Waits for No One - Not Even Kylie

Kanye West Waits for No One - Not Even Kylie

According to published reports, Yeezy steered away from his usual show itinerary and did not premiere any new music of his own at the show, instead he soundtracked the with The-Dream singing J. The collection included a series of new launches, such as denim and a new running shoe that had a chunkier sole than the signature Yeezy Boost 350s. Read More

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NASA Is Sending A Game Of Thrones-Inspired Robot Into Space

NASA Is Sending A Game Of Thrones-Inspired Robot Into Space

On Saturday, February 18 , a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry NASA's "three-eyed" Raven technology module to its destination just outside the International Space Station (ISS). After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land its first-stage rocket booster on land. Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer will take a single-day ride inside the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft to begin their mission on orbit. Read More

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UAE plans first city on Mars by 2117

The UAE , having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest building, has now announced its plans to build first city on Mars by 2117. Long before the UAEs 2117 goal, former President Barack Obama planned for a Mars mission, a year ago he announced a "clear goal" to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. Read More

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Bodies Of Missing Girls Located, Police Investigating Double Homicide

The teens were reported missing later that evening when they failed to show up at a designated meeting spot. It is unclear who discovered the bodies, but they were discovered on Tuesday about half a mile from the Monon High Bridge. Police say they are hoping to identify the man in the picture, to ask about anything he may have seen. Authorities in IN have released the photograph of a man they want to interview in the double homicide investigation of two teen girls who were found dead ... Read More

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4K Apple TV coming… and it sounds really boring

The report reveals that Apple, like many media companies, has struggled to put together a bundle of live TV and channels that could appeal to viewers that already use over-the-top services like Hulu or Netflix. Apple TV has always been linked with a cable TV service from Apple - while that full-fat approach may never see the light of day, a web-based, channel-by-channel subscription service could still appear with the arrival of Twerdhal and his predecessor hammering out content deals. Read More

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Oceans Oxygen Declining Up To 7% By 2100, Threatens Fisheries

The trio of scientists behind a recent study examined data pertaining to global oceans' oxygen and temperature levels from 1960 until 2010, calculating the total oxygen loss that occurred over the years. The loss of oxygen is attributed primarily to two things: warming water temperatures and ocean stratification. It's worth noting the 2 percent drop is a worldwide average and some areas saw a bigger change than others. Read More

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Google Fiber Announces New CEO And Staff Reassignments

McCray, formerly the CEO of telecom services provider Aereo Communications, also sits on the board of telecom company CenturyLink, which the tech industry news outlet The Information said could be a buyer for Google Fiber. According to USA press reports this month, Barratt has taken a job as CEO of Barefoot Networks - a Google-backed firm that specialises in high-speed networking equipment. Read More

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Energy Transfer Equity, LP (NYSE:ETE) Equity Price Target Fixed At $20.3

Energy Transfer Equity, LP (NYSE:ETE) Equity Price Target Fixed At $20.3

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.is expected* to report earnings on 02/22/2017 after market close. The company reported its last quarter on Sep 16. Energy Transfer Equity LP was Downgraded by Bernstein to Mkt Perform on Jan 9, 2017. The correct version of this story can be viewed at https://www.com-unik.info/2017/02/14/energy-transfer-equity-l-p-ete-position-held-by-fiduciary-financial-services-of-the-southwest-inc-tx.html. Read More

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Strollers recalled after more than 2 dozen injuries reported

The strollers being recalled are the Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click & Go receivers. Britax said people can continue to safely use the stroller without the auto seat attached. There have been 26 injuries reported including scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head. You should immediately stop using the strollers as part of a travel system, however, Britax warns. Read More

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Monopoly Is Ditching One of Its Classic Pieces

Monopoly Is Ditching One of Its Classic Pieces

The thimble has been a staple of Monopoly boards around the world since the game was launched back in 1935. Hasbro says more than four million votes were cast across the world from January 10 to 31. There is precedent for beloved tokens getting the ax - the cat replaced the iron piece in 2013 by fan vote. Some of the new tokens that were up for consideration this year included a penguin, rubber duck, TV, watch, and an emoji of Mr. Read More

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Buffett's Apple stock purchase gains $1.1B in six weeks

Buffett's Apple stock purchase gains $1.1B in six weeks

Buffett has said his company picked up shares of Southwest for the first time last quarter, and Tuesday's filing revealed Berkshire now owns about 43 million shares. The new, larger stake makes Berkshire one of Apple's 10 biggest investors. Its shares of Class A on Tuesday closed higher. "We are increasingly confident in the outlook for Apple's iPhone 8 cycle" Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski wrote in a research report this week. Read More

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Tropical storm Dineo - what to expect over the next 48 hours

Tropical storm Dineo - what to expect over the next 48 hours

On Wednesday evening the storm reached some Mozambique coastal towns. "It is expected to move towards the Bunda Maria area of the Kruger National Park later today, still giving heavy rainfalls of 200mm per day in places". The rain, more than wind, is likely to cause the most destruction, with anything from 100mm to 200mm of rain expected to fall. By early Friday morning the surface vortex (core) of Dineo should begin dissipating in the region of Musina and Beit Bridge in the northern part ... Read More

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Former Sony Online Entertainment CEO to lead a new Amazon Games studio

Former Sony Online Entertainment CEO to lead a new Amazon Games studio

With experience creating Everquest , the MMO shooter Planetside and post-apocalypse survival sim H1Z1, his games have run the genre gamut while building player community with competitive and cooperative gameplay. We will keep a close eye on how things develop with this new Amazon Studio. Amazon is also providing the game engine for Leslie Benzies, the former Grand Theft Auto creator, as he makes a next-generation open world game called Everywhere. Read More

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