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HR Giger, creator of aliens and surrealist of Switzerland, is dead

The Swiss surrealist HR Giger has died at the age of 74. Among many other achievements, he won an Oscar for the monster he created for Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” Hans Rudolf Giger died in hospital from injuries sustained in a fall, the Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported Tuesday, citing sources close to his family. His death occurred the previous day. Born in 1940 in the small eastern Swiss town of Chur, Giger moved to Zurich […]

Haitian orphan gets nation’s first 3-D printer prosthesis

(Reuters) – Born without fingers on either hand, Stevenson Joseph had little hope of treatment in a country where programs for the disabled are rare apart from a handful of charities. Now the 3-D prosthesis fitted to his left hand has given him a whole new range of dexterity, including being able to play catch with his friends for the first time and maybe even enabling him to write one day, according to staff at […]

Saudi Arabia warns of MERS risk from camels as cases rise

(Reuters) – Health experts say camels are the most likely animal source of infection for the disease, which the Saudi Health Ministry said on Sunday three more people had caught and four had died from. First reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, MERS is a coronavirus like SARS, which originated in animals and killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002. There is no vaccine or anti-viral treatment against it. […]

New York subway cars find new life on ocean floor

(Reuters) – After four decades carrying millions of New Yorkers, 44 of the city’s subway cars are now home to millions of fish. The worn-out cars were dumped on Friday into the Atlantic Ocean, 21 miles off the Maryland coast, to create an artificial reef, designed to attract fish for the state’s lucrative sport-fishing industry. “These reefs provide quality habitat for marine life off our coast which benefits not only the environment but also local […]

Oracle wins copyright ruling against Google over Android

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp won a legal victory against Google Inc on Friday as a U.S. appeals court decided Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language, which Google used to design its Android smartphone operating system. The case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, is being closely watched in Silicon Valley. A high-profile 2012 trial featured testimony from Oracle’s chief executive, Larry Ellison, and Google CEO Larry Page, and the legal issues […]

Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected: report

(Reuters) – Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sour ces. A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News reported without specifying which markets would receive the phone first. A 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model will be released in September, the newspaper said, as the iPhone 5 […]

NAB Show 2014 in Las Vegas

[youtube id=”wAr2efCDDjM”] Almost 100,000 from around the globe gathered in Las Vegas for this year’s NAB show. Each year, film houses, aspiring cinematographers and broadcasters alike flock to the annual NAB show which is hosted by NAB or the National Association of Broadcasters. This year’s event featured 1,600+ companies showcasing new technologies that are driving the future of digital media and entertainment. Net25’s US Bureau in Las Vegas covered the event.