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  • The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about
    The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about

    Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was a great success for the company, with 2014 iPhones registering record sales according to Apple, several issues have stained Apple’s iPhone 6 launch, including iOS 8 software problems and the #Bendgate mess, to name just a few. More recently, it was discovered that the iPhone 6’s plastic antenna covers also come with one unexpected flaw. Now, AppleInsider points us to a growing thread on Apple’s support forum that details a potential software issue affecting iPhone 6 Plus handsets. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips The thread in questions has over 9,200 views and more than 60 responses, and it details constant

  • 'We won't pay,' furious Cameron tells EU over surprise bill

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro (1.65 billion pounds) bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used. Eurosceptics at home branded the EU a "thirsty vampire" for seeking an additional, immediate sum worth a seventh of London's annual payment following a major statistical review of national incomes. Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit, calling the sudden bill "completely unacceptable". Cameron told reporters Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lambasted "bureaucrats without a heart", who made it harder to fend off the attacks of Eurosceptics.

  • Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades

    By Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...

  • Freescale Semiconductor posts 3Q profit

    On a per-share basis, the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company said it had net income of 40 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 49 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street ...

  • Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. The Free Syrian Army is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents such as Islamic State. ...

  • NYPD officers seen discarding gloves, masks into garbage can near Ebola patient's apartment
    NYPD officers seen discarding gloves, masks into garbage can near Ebola patient's apartment

    New York City officials urged the public to remain calm after a doctor became the first person in the city to test positive for Ebola. But the image of two NYPD officers disposing protective masks and gloves into a garbage can on the sidewalk near the doctor's apartment is raising some eyebrows, at least online.

  • ISIS Plants Flag On Hill Near Kobane, Coalition Airstrike Takes It Out
    ISIS Plants Flag On Hill Near Kobane, Coalition Airstrike Takes It Out

    A coalition airstrike has taken out an ISIS flag recently planted on a hill near Kobane, Syria, where Islamic extremist forces have seized a strategically valuable position from Kurdish forces close to the Turkish border.

  • Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space
    Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space

    A Google executive set a new record Friday by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere -- some 135,000 feet, or 41,000 meters high, his project website said. The record dive by 57-year-old Alan Eustace, who is a "senior vice president of knowledge" at Google, was conducted as part of the Stratospheric Explorer project to allow manned exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet. According to a statement from the Paragon Space Development Corporation, Eustace completed the four-hour mission over Roswell, New Mexico, using a specially designed space suit and balloon module to carry him to the stratosphere. "He spent a short time, around a half hour, experiencing the wonders of the stratosphere before being released from the balloon.

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