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iPhone most popular smartphone in U.S. as Android tops sales worldwide

Apple’s iPhone remained the most popular smartphone among US buyers in the closing months of 2012 while Android handsets were on top worldwide, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported on Tuesday. “At the end of 2012, the global (operating system) picture shows Android on top, but clearly the rate of growth it…

Company plans to mine asteroids with ‘FireFlies’ spacecraft

A US company said Tuesday it plans to send a fleet of spacecraft into the solar system to mine asteroids for metals and other materials in the hopes of furthering exploration of the final frontier. “Using resources harvested in space is the only way to afford permanent space development,” said…

Taliban retaliates after Prince Harry compares fighting to video games

Afghan militants scornful of Queen’s grandson, saying helicopter co-pilot ‘doesn’t have the brain to know there is a war here’ Prince Harry’s remarks that his job as a co-pilot in an Apache attack helicopter required him to “take a life to save a life” may have disconcerted some squeamish westerners.…

Designer Jason Wu on Michelle Obama gown: ‘Still pinching myself’

The young, foreign-born designer of Michelle Obama’s hotly-anticipated inauguration gown still can’t believe his creation caught the first lady’s fancy. “I’m still pinching myself to see that’s all real,” Jason Wu said in an interview with NBC’s Today Show Tuesday just hours after the tightly-kept fashion secret was lifted when…

Five years in prison for Stanford Ponzi scheme star witness

The chief financial officer for a $7 billion Ponzi scheme was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after acting as the US government’s star witness against Allen Stanford, architect of the massive fraud operation. Stanford rose to international fame, in part by using his ill-gotten wealth to become cricket…

2 million without drinking water as Chilean capital officials turn off supply

More than two million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water Tuesday because of contamination in a river that supplies the city with water, officials said. Water was shut down to more than 593,000 homes in the metropolitan area, beginning early Tuesday until at least midnight, forcing the…

Chad officials: No link between meningitis vaccines and sick children

Chad’s government on Tuesday said a team of international experts have not been able to find any links between the hospitalisation of 38 children and their recent vaccinations against meningitis. The children fell ill in the northern village of Gouro and were admitted to hospital after being vaccinated in a…

Apple projected to post fall in profits for first time in a decade

Tech firm’s period of ‘hyper growth’ begins to stall with Wall Street analysts saying demand for iPhone 5 lower than forecast Apple is forecast to report the first fall in profits since its financial turnaround a decade ago, as its period of “hyper growth” comes to an end. Wall Street…

Marine band confirms Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at inauguration

The singer has joined the ranks of Yo-Yo Ma and Whitney Houston, after lip-synching her way through the rousing song It may not be Watergate, but Barack Obama’s second term has been hit by its first “scandal”, barely 24 hours since he took the oath of office. The United States…

Iraqi authorities claim to have released 888 prisoners

Iraqi authorities claimed on Tuesday to have freed 888 prisoners in two weeks to placate month-long rallies in the country’s Sunni areas that have hardened opposition against the Shiite prime minister. The demonstrations come amid a political crisis that has pitted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against several of his erstwhile…

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