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Britain May Order 14 F-35 Jets As Early As Next Week: Sources
Sources say, Britain may announce an order for 14 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 super-stealth jets as early as next week. Britain's Conservative-led government was embarrassed by its decision two years ago to flip-flop on which variant of the radar-evading aircraft to buy, which cost the British taxpayer at least $122.72 million. The sources, who requested their names were not used because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the order was for 14 aircraft and that the announcement could come before the end of January ahead of a visit by Britain's defense secretary, Philip Hammond, to Washington on February 4-6.
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Why Japan's Deadly Ontake Eruption Couldn't Have Been Predicted
Mount Ontake, Japan's second-highest volcano, erupted killing at least 31 people on September 27. Since then, there has been feverish speculation about why tourists were on an active volcano and why the eruption wasn't predicted. Mount Ontake (also known as Ontakesan) is a stratovolcano which last erupted in 1979-80 and 2007 (there was also a possible, unconfirmed eruption in 1991). Before this, there were no recorded historical eruptions at Mount Ontake. Since the eruption in 1980, Ontake has been monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Tomorrow
At its San Francisco event, Microsoft announced that the technical preview of Windows 10 will touch down tomorrow. The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. On stage, Microsoft executive Terry Myerson stated that Windows has 1.5 billion users. Myerson indicated that Windows is at a “threshold,’ ironically.
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GoPro Shares Rise On News Of New Cameras; Bullish Options Active
GoPro shares rose 3 percent to touch a new high and options volume looked set to hit a record on Tuesday, a day after the maker of cameras worn by surfers and skydivers said it would be launching two new action cameras, as well as a lower priced beginner-friendly model. The stock has become a momentum-crowd favorite recently, with shares nearly tripling from their first-day closing price of $31.34 on June 26. GoPro said on Monday that the two new action cameras would be available from October 5.
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There Are Now 3 Million Data Centers In The U.S., And Climbing
Data centers, the key backbone of the cloud, are growing larger and more energy intensive, prompting the Department of Energy to launch a new initiative on Tuesday aimed at improving their energy efficiency. According to DOE statistics, data center electricity use doubled between 2001 to 2006, from 30 to 60 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and stood at about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity as of 2013. This amounts to about 2% of all U.S. electricity use and climbing. Already, there are about 3 million data centers in the U.S., amounting to about one center per 100 people in the U.S., and this is expected to continue to grow as more computing applications for large and small companies are moved to these facilities.
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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10: The Return Of The Start Menu
Microsoft announced on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco Windows 10, the next major upgrade to Windows. And it marks the return of the start menu. Windows 10, which skips a number in its sequential order (many believed it would be called Windows 9), is the first major update since Windows 8, which was considered a failure by many. Although it's unclear why Microsoft decided to name it Windows 10 instead of Windows 9, perhaps there's one obvious reason: the company wanted to distance itself as much as possible away from the previous version. The latest software will run on a variety of devices and is what Microsoft is calling "our greatest enterprise platform ever."
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California Legislation Restricts Gun Rights
California Governor Jerry Brown has a bill on his desk that could make California the first state to allow family members the right to request a gun restraining order. Democratic Assemblywomen Nancy Skinner’s bill would extend authority to family members to request restraining orders on individuals who are deemed at risk for violent behavior with a firearm. Skinner introduced Assembly Bill 1014 after the mass shooting in Isle Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The troubled 22-year-old man killed six UCSB students and injured 13 other people on May 23, 2014.
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Hackers Face US Charges For Allegedly Stealing Xbox, Army Technology
The U.S. Department of Justice said, four members of a computer hacking ring were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday for allegedly stealing more than $100 million in Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and other intellectual property. The agency said two of the hackers pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday.
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Microsoft Names Next Operating System 'Windows 10'
Microsoft Corporation said on Tuesday the next version of its operating system will be called Windows 10. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of operating systems, said at an event in San Francisco that the system, expected to be released next year, three years after its last release, Windows 8, will be the "most comprehensive platform ever.
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Mindy Kaling And Elmo Are Undeniably Enthusiastic
Elmo is really enthusiastic about dancing with friends. Mindy Kaling is really enthusiastic about dancing with chickens. Chickens are, evidently, really enthusiastic about jumping. The crew has to meet somewhere in the middle, so the final compromise is to jump to music. For anyone who's dreamed of a dance party filled with chickens and Mindy Kaling, your moment has come.