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Google Maps returns to iPhone after Apple fiasco

Google on Thursday released a new Google Maps app for iPhone users to replace a glitch-ridden Apple program panned for omitting key landmarks and cities and failing correctly to identify locations. The company has promised an “entirely new” experience with its Google Maps app, which includes local search functions, voice-guided…

UK government lifts ban on gas ‘fracking’ despite suspicion it causes earthquakes

The government said on Thursday that a controversial shale gas extraction method known as fracking should resume in Britain, despite the fact that it is suspected of having triggered earthquakes. Exploratory fracking can restart under tight controls to “mitigate the risks of seismic activity”, Energy Secretary Edward Davey said in…

NASA photo error puts Mount Everest in India

The world’s highest mountain should not be hard to spot but American space agency NASA has admitted it mistook a summit in India for Mount Everest, which straddles the border of Nepal and China. The agency said on its website that Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko’s snap from the International Space…

Pharmaceutical dismisses journal claim that cannabis-based MS drug trials were flawed

There is no strong evidence for the efficacy of a cannabis-based drug used in Britain to treat muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, a medical journal said Wednesday. The drug’s developer dismissed the claims, which add to debate about the usefulness of the popular recreational drug and its extracts…

U.S. launches super-secret, orbiting drone X-37B

X-37B: US launches super-secret, orbiting, robotic plane The Air Force’s launch this week of its new super-secret robotic plane into orbit is an important new technological step for the US military. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) looks like a mini space shuttle at 29 feet long. It is the…

Gun-selling website faces lawsuit over woman’s shooting death

The family of a woman who was murdered last year by a stalker wielding a .40-caliber handgun bought illegally on the internet is suing the gun website through which the firearm was procured for allegedly causing the shooting. The legal action against Armslist.com, a web listing site that specialises in…

Wikipedia sees future — and threat — in cell phones

Cell phones could be Wikipedia’s path to global domination, but may also pose a risk to the crowdsourcing culture the online encyclopedia relies on, chief executive Sue Gardner says. On one hand, says Gardner, who is also executive director of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, cell phones are by far the…

Clinton to testify to lawmakers on Benghazi probe

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify next week to Congress about the findings of an investigation into a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya, a senior US lawmaker said Wednesday. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Clinton would appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on December 20…

Bernanke speaks at last – but manages to confuse Wall Street analysts

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke just had one of the most surprising press conferences of recent years, in which he indicated, in specific terms, the long-awaited end of the central bank’s intervention in the markets. Bernanke told Fed watchers to look out for higher interest rates when unemployment, currently at…

John McAfee expelled to U.S. after three weeks on the run

US computer anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala expelled the colorful American back to the United States instead. Wearing a blue suit and white shirt, McAfee, who is wanted in next-door Belize for questioning over his neighbor’s murder, got out of a…

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