National / International News

Ending 20-Year Era, Boston Welcomes A New Mayor

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 10:25

Thomas Menino, 71, left a job he had held since 1993. And Marty Walsh was sworn in as the city's new mayor.

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LG shows off TVs running webOS

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 10:19
LG shows off its first smart TVs to use the card-based webOS graphical user interface. It says the software should make it easier to use the tech.

Romania ex-PM Adrian Nastase jailed

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 10:19
Romania's supreme court sentences former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase to four years in prison for taking bribes.

Anger as ice rink workers 'not paid'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:58
About 30 people who worked at what was billed a "winter extravaganza" in County Down claim they have not been paid for several weeks' work.

VIDEO: Kylie: This will be the best Voice ever

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:52
The Voice is back on television from Saturday 11 January, with pop princess Kylie Minogue and Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson replacing Jessie J and Danny O'Donaghue.

Moore called up for GB Fed Cup squad

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:51
Tara Moore is called up to Great Britain's Fed Cup for the 2014 opener in Budapest next month by captain Judy Murray.

Man 'sprayed help' on Queen portrait

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:47
A Fathers4Justice campaigner who attacked a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey appeared to spray the word "help", a court hears.

Osborne says £25bn more cuts needed

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:47
Big welfare cuts will be needed after the next election, warns the chancellor - but coalition partner Nick Clegg calls the plans "extreme" and "unfair".

Prison disturbance 'was near riot'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:44
An inmate at a privately-run prison says a disturbance that authorities claim ended peacefully after a few hours was actually a "near riot" that lasted twice as long.

Guardian journalist Hoggart dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:42
Guardian journalist Simon Hoggart has died aged 67 from pancreatic cancer, the newspaper confirms.

Stories To Watch In 2014

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:36

Host Michel Martin and guests talk about stories to watch out for in 2014. She hears from Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College, Julio Ricardo Varela of the blog Latino Rebels, and Brendan Costello, co-host of radio's The Largest Minority.

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Boeing reports record orders in 2013

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:35
Boeing has revealed record deliveries and orders for 2013, putting it on track to become the world's largest plane maker for a second consecutive year.

Brooks PA 'wanted NoW notes back'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:35
Ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks's PA asked for notebooks to be returned from the News International archive, a court hears.

Will I get stuck in the Kitchen Aid ecosystem?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:33

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas this week. On view almost 2 million square feet of the latest consumer gadgets and one of this year's themes is the Internet of Things. 

You know what the internet is, right? Well, the Internet of Things?

"So the Internet of Things is basically this idea that everyday objects will be able to connect to the Internet, will be able to communicate with each other," said Scott Jacobson is a venture capitalist at the Madrona Venture Group.

And the more we connect the Internet to things  like thermostats, refrigerators and even cars, the idea is, the smarter they get. Jacobson says a few things are driving this trend. Sensors have gotten really cheap and so you can detect sound and take images with almost any electronic gadget. And then, there’s the cloud.

"And so once they get connected, all the computing that needs to be done for these things can be done in the cloud," Jacobson said. 

Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester research, says expect to see a lot of Internet of Things around the home at the consumer electronics show this week.

"There’s a range of things here, there’s door locks that can be wifi enabled that you can unlock from your phone," Gillet said. 

But Gillet says, the real question is how do we make everything work together. It’s like the conundrum of the million remote controls you need to make your TV work. And that one has yet to be solved.

Will I get stuck in the Kitchen Aid ecosystem?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:33

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas this week. On view almost 2 million square feet of the latest consumer gadgets and one of this year's themes is the Internet of Things. 

You know what the internet is, right? Well, the Internet of Things?

"So the Internet of Things is basically this idea that everyday objects will be able to connect to the Internet, will be able to communicate with each other," said Scott Jacobson is a venture capitalist at the Madrona Venture Group.

And the more we connect the Internet to things  like thermostats, refrigerators and even cars, the idea is, the smarter they get. Jacobson says a few things are driving this trend. Sensors have gotten really cheap and so you can detect sound and take images with almost any electronic gadget. And then, there’s the cloud.

"And so once they get connected, all the computing that needs to be done for these things can be done in the cloud," Jacobson said. 

Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester research, says expect to see a lot of Internet of Things around the home at the consumer electronics show this week.

"There’s a range of things here, there’s door locks that can be wifi enabled that you can unlock from your phone," Gillet said. 

But Gillet says, the real question is how do we make everything work together. It’s like the conundrum of the million remote controls you need to make your TV work. And that one has yet to be solved.

Dennis Rodman: North Korea Is 'Not That Bad'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:16

Rodman is scheduled to play a friendly game against a North Korean team on Jan. 8 to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.

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'Jihad Jane' Gets 10 Years In Prison

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:14

Colleen LaRose dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" as she used the Web to recruit others for violent attacks. She was found guilty of being part of a failed plan to murder a Swedish artist. Because she cooperated with investigators, LaRose got less than the potential life sentence she faced.

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West Ham owners back boss Allardyce

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:09
West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan issue an open letter supporting under-pressure manager Sam Allardyce.

Flood alert for NI coastal areas

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:08
High tides and strong winds are causing difficult driving conditions on some parts of Northern Ireland's east coast, but Belfast escapes major flooding as the tide peaks.

Polish anger at Cameron benefit plan

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:01
Poland's foreign minister criticises David Cameron's call for a change to EU treaties to allow the withdrawal of child benefits from migrants working in the UK.

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