World News

  • Reuters: World News 3 months 4 weeks ago
    • FILE PHOTO: Members of Deir alZor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together in Deir alZor province, Syria August 25, 2017.
    • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the U.S.led military coalition, said the strikes wounded six of its fighters.
    • The assaults by the Russianbacked Syrian army and the U.S.backed SDF have at times raised fears of clashes that could stoke tensions between the competing world powers.
    • The offensives have converged on Islamic State from opposite sides of the Euphrates river, which bisects oilrich Deir alZor, Islamic State’s last major foothold in Syria.
    • Islamic State is also coming under attack by U.S.backed Iraqi government forces just over the border from Syria’s Deir alZor inside Iraq.
  • CNET News 3 months 4 weeks ago
    • Enter Star Trek, based on a future universe envisioned by Gene Roddenberry where such issues were resolved long ago.
    • The new show boasts a darker, more modern take on Star Trek, complete with complex characters who disagree, change and potentially die throughout an evolving serialized arc.
    • Star Trek also featured its first black commanding officer, Benjamin Sisko, in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in 1993 and its first female captain, Kathryn Janeway, in "Star Trek: Voyager" in 1995.
    • "Star Trek for 50 years has pushed so many boundaries, but this has been one blind spot," Rapp says.
    • "Our iteration of Star Trek has come specifically, expertly and wholeheartedly for a time such as this," she says.
  • FOX News 4 months 1 day ago
    • And now – in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – Hurricane Jose is waiting.
    • Where is Hurricane Jose now?
    • Hurricane Jose is about 305 miles northnortheast of Grand Turk Island, the capital island of Turks and Caicos, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m.
    • Jose passed north of the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.
    • The Netherlands navy said the situation was “better than expected” after it passed north of the islands overnight.
  • CNET News 4 months 3 days ago
    • Apple's hoping you'll use the brandnew Face ID where you simply look at your phone to be logged in automatically.
    • In the wake of news that Samsung's rival Face Unlock feature isn't particularly secure, you might be wondering whether that's really a great idea.
    • The reason it works better than Samsung's Face Unlock?
    • Apple says Face ID is secure enough you can use it to pay in actual brickandmortar stores something we were led to believe would take years to become a reality.
    • Apps that used the Touch ID fingerprint sensor Apple namedropped Mint, 1Password and ETrade should be able to use Face ID as well.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • Hackers penetrated computeroptimization software CCleaner in a way that could have let them control millions of devices, Piriform, the company that makes the program, said Monday.
    • Piriform said it estimates that 2.27 million people used the infected software, but sought to calm consumers who might be inclined to panic.
    • "We resolved this quickly and believe no harm was done to any of our users," the company said in a statement.
    • Avast, the Czech Republicbased security software maker that bought Piriform in July, uncovered the CCleaner attack on Tuesday.
    • Piriform advised people with CCleaner v5.33.6162 or CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 installed on their machines to delete them and download new versions as soon as possible.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • We will have to wait to see how Burnham's absence from Star Trek canon so far is explained in the show.
    • The show's time period makes it ripe for introducing earlier versions of characters made famous by the original "Star Trek."
    • So far, we know Spock's father Sarek will appear, with actor James Frain ("Orphan Black" and "Grimm") taking over as the younger Vulcan.
    • They're different from the early original Klingons (known for looking more humanlike) and the later Worfstyle Klingons with ridged foreheads and luxurious hair.
    • We know from a "Discovery" trailer that Kelpiens are "biologically determined" to sense the coming of death.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • New sequel "The Golden Circle", again written by Goldman and Vaughn, oneups the original film with the introduction of a team of American spies, a new villain and even more kinetic action.
    • Clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, "The Golden Circle" runs only 10 minutes longer than its predecessor, but it feels like the runtime stretches for eternity.
    • "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has all the gimmicks that made "The Secret Service" so much fun but seems to think that's all it needs.
    • There's gold in the action and the iconic cast, but the unfocused story leaves them running in circles.
    • "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is in theatres in the US, UK and Australia this week.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • Equifax may have suffered a data breach several months before the date it disclosed earlier this month for the massive hack that exposed the personal financial information for roughly half the US population.
    • But it denied the March incident was related to the massive hack revealed earlier this month.
    • "Equifax complied fully with all consumer notification requirements related to the March incident," an Equifax spokesperson said in a statement.
    • A pair of influential US senators have sent a letter to Equifax CEO Rick Smith demanding details about the hack, including information about when authorities and board members were informed of the hack.
    • On Friday, the company said Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb would be "retiring," effective immediately.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • Streaming device maker Roku could have an Amazon Echotype smart speaker in the works, a Variety report published Monday suggests.
    • Roku declined to confirm or comment on the Variety report, which is based on new job postings at Roku and other public records.
    • But if true, Roku would be just the latest to join the smart speaker craze sparked by Amazon's Echo and followed by Google Home and Apple's HomePod.
    • Samsung is also reportedly working on its own smart speaker.
    • As it gets ready for an IPO, investors might want some assurance that Roku is well aware of the trend.
  • CNET News 4 months 4 days ago
    • When the moon passes in front of something besides the sun, it's called an occultation.
    • Skywatchers on Monday are being treated to lunar occultations of three planets, one star and two asteroids in a single day, according to the US Naval Observatory.
    • In Monday's early hours, the moon passed over Venus and the bright star Regulus.
    • If you're in the Philippines, you might be able to spot the moon covering Mercury around dawn Tuesday morning.
    • In addition, professional astronomers will keep an eye out for two large asteroids named Hertha and Nephthys that will also be covered by the moon.