• After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension
    After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of … More »

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension
    Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension Associated Press - Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot ... … More »

  • Senate blocks House bill on surveillance
    Senate blocks House bill on surveillance Associated Press - Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Republican-led Senate has blocked a House bill that would have ended the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to ... … More »

  • BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses
    BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses Reuters - Sat, May 23, 2015

    (Reuters) - Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business. BlackBerry, which reported a 16.8 percent fall in quarterly … More »

  • Founder of Facebook's Oculus hit with lawsuit
    Founder of Facebook's Oculus hit with lawsuit Reuters - Sat, May 23, 2015

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR Inc, acquired by Facebook Inc for $2 billion, has been accused of taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and … More »

  • Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing: CNBC
    Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing: CNBC Reuters - Sat, May 23, 2015

    Microsoft Corp and Salesforce.com Inc held "significant talks" this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Microsoft was willing to offer about $55 billion for the world's biggest maker of … More »

  • Contest for Nokia's HERE seen as a three-way race
    Contest for Nokia's HERE seen as a three-way race Reuters - Sat, May 23, 2015

    By Andreas Cremer and Arno Schuetze NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) - The contest for Nokia's maps business has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China's Tencent and … More »

  • Adult dating website hack exposes personal data
    Adult dating website hack exposes personal data AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    A data breach at a website billed as "the world's largest sex and swinger" community may expose personal and sexual information on millions of users worldwide, a report said Friday. Stolen data from some 3.9 million members of Adult FriendFinder … More »

  • Home automation and music set to be the main new features of iOS 9
    Home automation and music set to be the main new features of iOS 9 AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    At the Apple WWDC, taking place June 8-12, developers will get a chance to discover the newest features for Mac OS and iOS. The latest mobile operating system is expected to highlight home automation and offer, for the first time, split-screen … More »

  • French court sets rules for alternative taxis such as Uber
    French court sets rules for alternative taxis such as Uber Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    France's highest administrative court on Friday approved two out of three main restrictions on private chauffeured vehicle services such as Uber that were introduced last year after complaints from traditional cab drivers of unfair competition. … More »

  • YouTube music streaming service not online until September 2015
    YouTube music streaming service not online until September 2015 AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    YouTube's Music Key service has been pushed back once again as the heads of the project have announced that the current beta version will live on through the summer of 2015. Because of Apple's acquisition of Beats by Dre last year, the expectation … More »

  • Michelin star chefs using 3D printing to innovate and speed up preparation times
    Michelin star chefs using 3D printing to innovate and speed up preparation times IB Times - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Top restaurants around the world could soon use 3D printing to make and present signature dishes, as part of the technology's continued conquest of the world. Speaking at the 3D Printshow 2015 in London, chef Mateo Blanch from La Boscana, a … More »

  • Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu
    Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Germany's Audi will enhance connected-car services in China to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market. Volkswagen's flagship luxury brand said on Friday it will jointly … More »

  • Microsoft reveals new-look Outlook
    Microsoft reveals new-look Outlook AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Microsoft Outlook is getting an image overhaul, in the form of a design revamp and a range of new features. The tech giant has tweaked its email service to offer a more refined inbox, featuring "Clutter", which can be trained to organize messages … More »

  • Google wants to power the Internet of Things: report
    Google wants to power the Internet of Things: report AFP Relax - Fri, May 22, 2015

    Google has big plans to use its software to power all connected devices, according to reports. … More »

 
  • Dr M wants Najib investigated for lying over 1MDB funds in Singapore bank

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has fired another salvo at embattled Datuk Seri Najib Razak, saying the prime minister had "lied" over the status of 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) US$1.103 billion (RM3.6 billion) which was said to have been kept at the BSI Bank in Singapore. In referring to Najib's parliamentary reply on the matter earlier this...

  • Najib to make a three-day visit to Japan

    TOKYO: Japan’s interest to participate in the high speed rail (HSR) project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the second phase of the Look East Policy is expected to be high on the agenda when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak begins his three-day official visit to Japan Sunday. Malaysian Ambassador to Japan, Datuk Ahmad Izlan Idris said Najib will gain first hand experience of the Shinkansen high speed train when he takes a 96-minute jouney to Sendai which is located 325km from here on Tuesday. “I think this (Shinkansen) will be brought up by the Japanese Prime Minister during the bilateral talk on Monday. And they have planned a briefing for the Prime Minister as well,” he told Malaysian media covering the visit here today. Prior to embarking on the trip, Najib will be given a briefing by officials of the Japan Railway on Shinkansen and development around Tokyo station, as well a tour of the train cockpit. Early this month, Najib and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong reaffirmed that both countries were fully committed to the success of the high speed rail (HSR) project linking the republic and Kuala Lumpur, that is expected to reduce the travel time to just 90 minutes compared to more than three hours by road now. The Shinkansen line spans 2,400 kilometres and runs across Japan. Besides Japan, other countries like China, South Korea, Spain, France and Germany are reportedly keen to participate in the project. Ahmad Izlan said that this would be Najib’s second official visit to the country where he will be accompanied by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and a delegation that includes Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Idris Jala. According to him, among the agenda that are top on Malaysia’s side are the second phase of the Look East Policy, as well as looking for potential investment in biotech and green technology. “The second phase of LEP started three years ago and both sides are working on a guideline now. Since its implementation more than 30 years ago, more than 15,000 people have benefited from it and contributed to nation building,” he said. At the moment, there are about 5,500 Malaysians residing in Japan, including 2,250 students. During his visit, Najib, who is expected to arrive at 8am Sunday in Tokyo, would attend a cocktail reception with about 250 Malaysian students and community on Sunday. Ahmad Izlan said the official visit, at the invitation of Abe, was supposed to be held last December but was postponed due to the general election in Japan and the massive flood in Malaysia’s east coast states. During the visit here, Najib will have a tight schedule, with the highlight being an audience with Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Monday. In the afternoon, Najib will attend a round table meeting with 34 captains of industries, before holding a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Shinzo Abe. Ahmad Izlan said both leaders are expected to discuss various issues and mutual cooperation to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries which established diplomatic ties in 1957. “Besides trade and economy issues, both leaders are expected to touch on the South China Sea, as well as Malaysia’s current chairmanship of ASEAN and how Japan can assist in achieving the Asean Economic Community (AEC). On Tuesday, Najib will deliver a keynote address at the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Roundtable before departing to Sendai to end his visit with a dialogue session with students at the Tohoku university. During the visit, Rosmah will also have a separate programme where she is expected to visit the Institute for Radiological Sciences in Chiba, and the Hiyoriyama Memorial Monument.– BERNAMA

  • YouTube FanFest SG: Fangirl (And Fanboy) Game Strong
    YouTube FanFest SG: Fangirl (And Fanboy) Game Strong

    This might just be the coolest form of Internet addiction therapy.The inaugural YouTube FanFest is back in their home country Singapore for its third year since 2013, having started in Singapore and since then expanding to Japan, India, Manila, Thailand, Australia and even Canada.Photo: YouTubeThis year’s show features a dynamic mix of over 30 widely popular music, comedy, and fashion content creators — the largest FanFest crew to date.So what is YouTube FanFest all about? Simply put, it’s just an excuse for YouTube stars to meet their fans via an official event. ...