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Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military’s U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only […]

Bug delays Apple’s HealthKit availability on iOS 8

By Christina Farr and Abhirup Roy Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place. Regulated medical devices, such as glucose […]

Contaminated vaccines kill 30 children in Syria

More than 30 children were killed after receiving contaminated measles vaccine in Syria. Said incident occurred in Idlib, northern province of Syria. Because of this incident, the free vaccination program was temporarily stopped while investigation continues.

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

By David Morgan WASHINGTON Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:25pm EDT (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg […]

iPhone comes out of a ‘bygone era’, reviewers hail bigger handset

Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:17am EDT (Reuters) – Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or “ever made”, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a “phablet” that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S line […]

Food companies’ U.S. calorie-cutting pledge could stall: researchers

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:11am EDT (Reuters) – A campaign by 16 of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to dramatically cut the number of calories sold in the United States may have stalled after initial success, researchers reported on Wednesday. The companies, including Campbell Soup and PepsiCo, announced in January that they had collectively sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than in 2007. […]

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

(Reuters) – NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing was awarded $4.2 […]

New UN data show drop in child mortality rate

The United Nations recently released new data that showed that there had been fewer deaths of children under the age of five since 1990, but this still fell short of meeting global child death reduction targets for 2015. The data released by the UN showed that “under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013.” “The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress […]

Increasing abnormalities in Mayon

There is a marked increase on the abnormal activity of Mayon Volcano in the past 24 hours. According to a PHIVOLCS report, a total of 245 rockfall events have been recorded. Authorities have increased their efforts on evacuating residents living near the said volcano.

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day

By Lehar Maan Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:48pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand had outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature larger screens and longer battery life. Deliveries of pre-orders will begin […]

Thailand bags contract for rice supply

After 20 years, Thailand once again secured the bigger contract of supplying rice to the Philippines. According to National Food Authority spokesman, Rex Estoperez, Thailand offered the lowest price for 300, 000 metric tons of rice, with $475 per metric ton. The first 200, 000 metric tons will arrive in October 15, with the second 200, 000 metric tons to follow on November 15, and the last 100, 000 metric tons to arrive in December […]