Apple iPhone rollout marred by ‘bendgate,’ dropped cell service

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:20pm EDT (Reuters) – Two new Apple products hit speed bumps on Wednesday: iPhone 6 Plus buyers discovered their phones can bend when placed in back pockets, and the company pulled its latest mobile operating system after reports of dropped cellular service. “Bendgate,” as the problem has already been dubbed on social media sites, is a reminder of 2010’s “antennagate,” when iPhone 4 users reported a […]

New ‘Bash’ software bug may pose bigger threat than ‘Heartbleed’

By Jim Finkle BOSTON Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:02pm EDT (Reuters) – A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of […]

Former ambassador to India to lead U.S. Ebola effort in Africa

NEW YORK Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:00pm EDT (Reuters) – The State Department on Wednesday named Nancy Powell, the former U.S. ambassador to India, to coordinate Washington’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic has already killed more than 2,000 people – more than the combined total of all previous Ebola outbreaks – more of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where it has overwhelmed fragile health services. U.S. President Barack […]

Doctor calls for blood donations to treat Liberian Ebola victims

By James Giahyue MONROVIA Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:11pm EDT (Reuters) – The head of a treatment center in Liberia, the country worst-hit by West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, has urged survivors of the disease to donate their blood for use in treating infected patients. The epidemic has already killed over 2,800 people – more than the combined total of all previous Ebola outbreaks – most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where […]

U.N. climate summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy

(Reuters) – A United Nations summit on climate change agreed on Tuesday to widen the use of renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming. The one-day summit, hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, set goals to halt losses of tropical forests by 2030, improve food production and hike the share of electric vehicles in cities […]