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  • 8 big problems with iOS 8
    8 big problems with iOS 8

    Following reports of adoption that has been slower than iOS 7 last year or even iOS 6 in 2012, Apple failed to mention any iOS 8 download numbers when announcing rec0rd-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales on Monday morning. The omission was a bit odd considering Apple announced first-week iOS 7 download figures in 2013, and it suggests the adoption rate indeed hasn’t been terribly impressive thus far. Why are people waiting? Is it a lack of exciting new features? After all, iOS 7 was a huge deal because it featured a completely revamped user interface. Of course, it could also be that people who have updated to iOS 8 have sometimes had some pretty substantial complaints, and they’re advising

  • Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, "rumble on for years" - study
    Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, "rumble on for years" - study

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts from the World Health Organization and Imperial College said that infections will continue climbing exponentially unless patients are isolated, contacts traced and communities enlisted. ...

  • India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit
    India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit

    New Delhi (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India.

  • Islamic State tells followers to attack U.S., French citizens: website
    Islamic State tells followers to attack U.S., French citizens: website

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants' hands. ...

  • Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official
    Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will make a statement on Tuesday following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, according to the White House. Obama will speak at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) before departing the White House for New York City to attend the U.N. climate meeting, the White House said in an emailed statement. A White House official, speaking on background, said Obama will address the latest strategy to counter Islamic State in Syria. The U.S. ...

  • Alibaba's Jack Ma rises to top of China rich list as tech tycoons gain

    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , has become China's richest man with a fortune estimated at $25 billion, underscoring the ascension of tech tycoons over real estate peers in the world's second biggest economy. Ma knocked Wang Jianlin, head of the Wanda property group, into second place with $24.2 billion, according to this year's list of China's super-rich published by Hurun Reports Inc. Tech billionaires accounted for half of the top 10 names and included Tencent Holdings Ltd founder Pony Ma in fifth place with a $18. ...

  • Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder
    Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway.

  • Sheriff: Iowa man locked 5 kids in bedroom all day
    Sheriff: Iowa man locked 5 kids in bedroom all day

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or a bathroom, authorities said Monday.

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