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Hunt for YouTube 'assault' cyclist

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:14
A cyclist who filmed an argument with a van driver in which he appears to have been knocked off his bike and assaulted is urged to contact police.

Muslim tells of hiding Jewish shoppers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:09
A Malian Muslim, who is being fast-tracked for French nationality, tells the BBC how he hid Jewish shoppers during last week's Paris attacks.

HS2 compensation package increased

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:09
Homeowners living near the proposed HS2 rail line between London and Birmingham are to get extra financial compensation.

Cost of V&A Dundee almost doubles

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:08
The cost of the new V&A Dundee museum of design has almost doubled to £80m, it emerges.

Afcon to begin after build-up fears

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:01
Equatorial Guinea kick off the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, two months after they replaced Morocco as hosts.

PODCAST: Breaking the Google Glass

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:00

On Friday, new regulations go into effect governing the US relationship Cuba. Americans still can't visit willy-nilly, but there are now 12 categories of visitors who won't need a license to travel there, including family visits, educational, religious. And how does one get to Cuba, exactly? Plus, Google is ending sales of its Glass eyewear, the heads-up display that linked eyeglass frames to the internet. And sand from a few midwestern states is highly preferred for fracking, and large mines have turned parts of rural Wisconsin inside out. When officials in Trempealeau County tried to limit new mines, mining companies looked closely at how local government is structured in rural Wisconsin- and got creative.

Google decides to shelve Glass, for now

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-16 03:00

Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear, those futuristic looking little wearable computers that were the embodiment of tech cool for a short period of time.

The company made the announcement yesterday, but says the move is not the end of Glass. Rather, it’s is just the end of “beta testing” for the Glass eyewear. 

"It doesn't come as a huge surprise that Google has decided to bench what they've been making so far, and putting the core technology into other things," says Chris Green, a Technology Industry Analyst for the Davies Murphy Group. All along he says, Glass was just a proof of concept.

"The future of Google Glass may live somewhere else, whether it's integrated into clothing, whether it’s integrated into a smart phone," says Green.

While some critics say the move hurts early adopters—the people who paid the hefty $1500 cost to purchase Glass—Google says this is just another step in the products development. 

Others say going back to the drawing board might be actually be good idea.

“It was not the easiest to use, the most intuitive, or even the most useful product out there,” notes Rebecca Lieb, analyst with the Altimeter Group.

Lieb says that doesn’t mean the Glass experiment was a failure, even smartphones when they first came out weren’t a huge hit. Just look at fitness tracking products like Fitbit she says.

We're only beginning to scratch the surface of wearable technology,” says Lieb. "It’s a topic you're going to hear a lot about this year, and in the next five years to come."

Even though regular people won’t be able to buy new Glass, Google is keeping its “Glass at Work” program for use in industries like hospitals and factories.

“Their strategy might be a gradual shifting away from the consumer market to industry,” says Chris Hazelton, Research Director for Enterprise Mobility at 451 Research.

“Their search engine business definitely provides them with a steady stream of cash and a healthy advantage over their closest competition,” he says.

Going forward, Google says the Glass team will move out of the semi-secret “Google X” incubator labs to become standalone division reporting to a new CEO.

Schools 'uncertain' over A-levels

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:50
Many schools have yet to decide what sixth-form courses they will teach later this year as exam changes loom, Ucas says.

How to say: Xiaomi

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:49
It's the world's third biggest smartphone maker, but how do you pronounce its name?

VIDEO: Riders tangle in triple snowboard crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:48
France's Ken Vuagnoux is the main beneficiary as he goes from fourth position to first after his three rivals are involved in a crash at the snowboard cross world championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

More Than Two Dozen Arrested In France, Belgium In Anti-Terror Raids

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:45

In Belgium, police say they disrupted a major attack when they arrested 13 suspects and seized guns, munitions and explosives.

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US troops to train Syria rebels

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:38
The US says it is to send 400 troops and hundreds of support staff to train moderate rebels against Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Alpari UK closes over currency crisis

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:30
Currency broker and West Ham sponsor Alpari UK files for insolvency following the Swiss National Bank's decision to end its link to the Swiss franc cap with the euro.

Pakistan clashes over Hebdo cartoon

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:22
Pakistanis protesting over a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad published in France clash with police in Karachi, after days of similar rallies.

Belgium plot 'aimed to kill police'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:06
Islamist militants targeted in a Belgian anti-terror raid were planning to kill policemen in the street and at police stations, prosecutors say.

Down-to-earth Pope scores hit in Asia

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:05
Pope Francis is keen to spread his message of tackling poverty across the world, says Caroline Wyatt.

Britain's oldest person dies at 114

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:05
A woman believed to be the last person living in the UK who was born in the reign of Queen Victoria dies, aged 114.

'Jilted John' gets jilted again

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:00
A man who auctioned his ex-fiancee's honeymoon place on eBay suffers another setback as the highest bidder withdraws.

England succumb to Warner hundred

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:00
David Warner leads Australia to victory over an England side who were saved from embarrassment by Eoin Morgan.

Wind adds resilience to UK energy

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:00
Installing more wind turbines will make the UK's energy market more resilient to price shocks in the global fossil fuel markets, an independent report concludes.

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