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Aug 10 08:36

Vietnam 'fortifies several islands in South China Sea with new mobile ROCKET launchers'

VIETNAM has risked raising tensions with China by fortifying several islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers, according to Western officials.

Diplomats and military officers claim intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months.

The rocket launchers are thought to be capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, the officials said.

Aug 10 08:31

Turks don’t even want to join EU! Brussels has made SERIOUS mistakes, says Ankara

BUNGLING Brussels bureaucrats have LOST support among the people of Turkey - despite Ankara’s desperately long bid to join the crumbling European Union (EU).

Aug 10 08:25

America cosies up with Saudi Arabia by approving sale of nearly £1BILLION of army tanks

THE U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about £800m($1.15bn), to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Aug 10 08:23

Concentration Camp Suspects ID'd by 'Nazi Hunter

Eight concentration camp suspects have been identified by "Nazi hunter" Jens Rommel and are now under investigation for their involvement as accessories to murder, German news media reported.
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Aug 10 08:21

Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got hacked

The Internet of Things That Can Be Hacked grows daily. Lightbulbs, trucks, and fridges all have computers inside them now, and all have been hacked by someone. But at least you don’t put those inside your body.

Two years ago, someone had the good idea to put a bluetooth connection inside a vibrator, and the We-Vibe 4 Plus was born. The vibrator can connect with a smartphone app that its makers say “allows couples to keep their flame ignited – together or apart”: that is, it can be controlled remotely, while, say, making a video call.

But at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, two independent hackers from New Zealand, who go by the handles goldfisk and follower, revealed that the way the vibrator speaks with its controlling app isn’t really secure at all – making it possible to remotely seize control of the vibrator and activate it at will.

Aug 10 08:16

According to newly declassified military documents, a weather forecast in 1967 stopped a nuclear war

For the first time, retired US Air Force officers have published [PDF] an account of an incident on May 23, 1967 when a solar storm nearly fooled American high command into thinking that a Soviet nuclear attack was on the way.

Aug 10 08:16

Trump Condemned For Making Offhand Gun Rights Taunt At Clinton

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has come under harsh criticism over controversial comments that some people interpreted as a threat of violence by gun activists against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Aug 10 08:16

Grave Findings Could Solve A Viking Age Mystery

In the autumn of 834 AD, two elderly women were buried together in the magnificent Oseberg ship discovered in 1903 nearby Tønsberg in Vestfold, Southeast Norway. Ever since the ship was excavated in 1904-1905, there are put forward many theories about who these women were. The objects they took with them may give us the answer to this “insoluble” Viking Age mystery.

Aug 10 08:16

Increasing number of Americans living in a van down by the river by choice: "It's a netherworld closer to Trainspotting than Mark Twain"

Richard Dean heaved his bike and trailer across the bridge, away from the city, and followed a dirt track through scrub until reaching a patch of shaded riverbank.
It was approaching 100F (37C) but Dean, sweating and panting, was upbeat. “This is a good workout. And we have the best air-conditioning in the world. It’s called the American river.”

Aug 10 08:08

Copperhead OS: The startup that wants to solve Android’s woeful security

A startup on a shoestring budget is working to clean up the Android security mess, and has even demonstrated results where other "secure" Android phones have failed, raising questions about Google's willingness to address the widespread vulnerabilities that exist in the world's most popular mobile operating system.

"Copperhead is probably the most exciting thing happening in the world of Android security today," Chris Soghoian, principal technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, tells Ars. "But the enigma with Copperhead is why do they even exist? Why is it that a company as large as Google and with as much money as Google and with such a respected security team—why is it there's anything left for Copperhead to do?"

Aug 10 08:06

Drug Overdose Deaths In New York Rose 66 Percent In 2010-15: Report

Health authorities in New York say deaths from drug overdoses catastrophically surged by 66 percent over a span of five years in the US city between 2010 and 2015.

Aug 10 08:06

‘Drunkorexia’: Brits Skipping Meals For Guilt-Free Binge Drinking

Britons are regularly skipping meals so they can binge on booze without gaining weight, a new study into the nation’s health has revealed.

Aug 10 08:05

Deleted Clinton emails might remain secret until after election

None of Hillary Clinton's work-related emails discovered by the FBI after being deleted from her private server have been released, raising questions about whether any will be seen in public before Election Day.

Aug 10 08:02

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Aug 10 08:01

Hundreds of Royal Marines to join the SAS to train New Syrian Army and fight ISIS

Britain will deploy hundreds of elite troops to the Middle East to train Syrian rebel forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), it has emerged.

In a bid to break the deadlock in the war-torn nation, Royal Marines will join the SAS to provide the New Syrian Army (NSA) with advanced training in neighboring Jordan.

After the training has finished, NSA fighters will return to battle alongside SAS forces in Syria.

Aug 10 08:01

Police Scotland to cough 0.001% of annual income for unlawful RIPA spying

Police Scotland has been ordered to pay a Scottish policeman-turned-novelist £10,000 in damages after being found guilty of abusing surveillance powers to hunt down sources who blew the whistle on a bungled murder enquiry.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal published its judgment yesterday. Although five people filed claims against the force, just one was awarded damages.

The damages award is one hundred thousandth of the police force's £1,000,000,000 income for financial year 2015/16, as noted in the Scottish Police Authority's accounts.

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