2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Say 'cheese' (and a few four-letter words): Sky divers leap from 33,000 feet
Two French sky divers leapt from a plane, about 33,000 feet in the air, and captured this breathtaking photo.
- The economy is headed downhill from here: Peter Schiff
- Merkel Is Giving Putin the Silent Treatment
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin since July 20, three days after the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash. In their last conversation, the Wall Street Journal describes her sentiments to Putin as "Call me if you have progress to report in defusing the conflict." Putin has not called. Putin, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and Merkel watch the opening ceremony of the World Cup final. For a long time, it was considered that Angela Merkel could get through to Putin in a way that other leaders could not.
- Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route
By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts. The assembly's about-turn on laws it refused to back a week earlier offers relief to Kiev's Western backers, who had feared Ukraine was sliding deeper into political chaos and might renege on an international bailout as it heads into an election period. The first is that Argentina has defaulted, and the second is that Ukraine has not defaulted and never will," Yatseniuk told the chamber, making clear he would stay in office. The political battle has been taking place against the backdrop of a military campaign to win back parts of the Donbass region, which borders Russia, from the pro-Moscow rebels.
- The scariest USB hack of all-time is almost completely undetectable
When you plug a USB stick into your laptop, you probably aren’t too worried about it completely taking over your computer. However, Ars Technica reports that researchers at Security Research Labs in Berlin are scheduled to unveil a new exploit at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week that will allow an infected USB stick to take over your computer and use it to execute malicious code. The researchers have found a way to hack USB sticks so that once you plug them into your computer, it can make your machine “act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations.” And this technique doesn’t just work with
- This is one iOS 8 feature you’ll absolutely love
Apple’s iOS 8 will ship with a bunch of new features and improvements, including a way for apps to communicate between each other to share data, which is something Apple has not supported in the past. One app that will make use of Apple’s iOS 8 extension feature is the popular password manager 1Password, which will make logging into websites in other apps and web services even easier than before. Agilebits has announced its own 1Password app extension for iOS 8, demoing the feature in a short video. In short, instead of users having to copy passwords stored in the 1Password iOS app and paste them in the app they need to sign into, or a certain web service, the app extension will
- Wall Street hammered, Dow closes down more than 300 points
- Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.