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  2. Samsung hit on a good formula with last year's Gear S2 smartwatch. So for this year's model, it's making small changes and sticking with what already works. That's the gist of the Gear S3, which Samsung is unveiling today in Berlin. It's basically a blown up version of the Gear S2 with a bit more tech inside, which should be good news for anyone who wants a big smartwatch. And "big" is really one of the key changes here. Where the S2 was relatively small for a smartwatch, the S3 feels downright chunky. Its actual dimensions aren’t that much larger — it has a 46mm casing and a 1.3-inch display, compared to 44mm and 1.2-inches on the S2 — but the jump feels significant. Samsung claims this big size is "on trend in the luxury watch space right now." So if you want a smaller watch, you’ll have to look elsewhere. The extra space leaves room for some extra features, though. All models of the S3 include a speaker and GPS, which were only present in last year’s 3G model. On top of NFC for mobile payments, Samsung is also including MST this time around, so that the watch can be used at older swipe-only terminals. A version of the watch that supports LTE will be available as well. Samsung says it’s shooting for three to four days of battery life for the S3 — including for the LTE model — though its final measurements apparently haven’t come in yet. The estimate likely factors in a "watch only" mode that the S3 goes into after it reaches 5 percent battery, which is supposed to display just the time for another 24 hours. Even so, four days still sounds optimistic, especially given the addition of GPS and LTE. Last year, the S2 managed at least a full day in our tests; the battery is bigger this year, but there’s also more to power. That includes the watch’s 1.3-inch display, which is sticking with the S2’s 360 x 360 resolution, but picking up a big new trick: the S3’s display is able to stay on at all times while displaying the screen’s full range of color. That means it should look a lot better while sitting idly on your wrist than the S2, which would only display eight colors when it wasn’t actively in use. There are going to be two designs of the S3: the Classic and the Frontier. Like the entirely of the S3, they’re basically twists on last year’s designs. The Classic is built with stainless steel and has a polished silver look that’s supposed to be a bit classier, while the Frontier has matte black finish that’s a bit more casual and sporty. I like the look of the Frontier a lot more than the Classic, which picks up fingerprints along its polished edges and starts to look a little cheap. Both models have identical hardware on the inside, but only the Frontier will be offered with LTE. In any case, Samsung is really focused on style here — something that it’s been doing increasingly well over the past two years. During a briefing ahead of the S3’s launch, Samsung said its research team found that the main reason people bought the S2 was its "overall design," which might explain why that’s one of the primary refinements you see here. That extends into the watch’s interface, too. While it’s almost identical to last year’s (still using Tizen, rather than Android Wear), Samsung is tweaking things here and there to let S3 wearers rely more on the watch’s rotating bezel to control things, so there’ll be less swiping around. One example Samsung gave: you can now turn the bezel left or right to answer a phone call, rather than having to swipe left or right. The software changes will come to the S2 as well. The changes are by no means about to rock the wearables industry, but they're likely to keep Samsung near the head of the pack on smartwatches. The S3 continues to stand out from Android Wear watches with its unique control scheme, and it'll likely stay even with or ahead Apple when it comes to sensors. Samsung doesn't necessarily add anything that would prove to smartwatch doubters that they're a necessary gadget, but it seems to have done a good job refining one of the better options out there so far. Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet, but the S3 is supposed to arrive by the end of the year.. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/samsungs-gear-s3-has-gps-lte-and-a-bigger-screen/ar-AAikooX
  3. The developers of Transmission can't catch a break. Just months after their BitTorrent app was linked to the first known instance of Mac ransomware, security researchers at ESET have pinpointed another form of malware taking advantage of Transmission to infect Mac users. Keydnap, as it's called, takes advantage of a modified version of Transmission (planted on the developer's site without its knowledge) to attack your computer. It's similar to the ransomware's approach in more ways than just its choice of host app -- it even uses a signing key to trick Apple's Gatekeeper safeguard into letting it through. The malware's effect may be limited. Transmission only had the affected version available for about a day before they pulled it, and ESET has already told Apple about Keydnap about the relevant key. It's just a matter of blocking that key to prevent the malware from running. Nonetheless, this is a reminder that even stringent system-level protections won't always catch rogue code. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/bittorrent-app-once-again-linked-to-mac-malware/ar-AAikhyy
  4. Chinese electronics giant Lenovo (992-HK)has launched an Android tablet with a touch keyboard and a stylus that allows users to write on paper and digitally at the same time, in a move that will pit it against the likes of Huawei and Apple (AAPL)in a battle to find growth in a declining market. The Yoga Book, which was unveiled on Wednesday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, features a 10.1 inch screen and is 9.6 millimeters thin, as Lenovo targets the product as a portable productivity and entertainment device. Key features include: 64 gigabyte internal storage with space for a 128 gigabyte Micro SD card 4 GB of RAM Fast charging technology Availability in Android and Windows 10 Android version starts at $499 Windows version starts at $599 It also comes with an LTE version that allows users to put in a SIM card to connect to the mobile internet. This version costs adds $100 more to each version. Lenovo is trying to set itself apart from its rivals with two features - the touch keyboard and the ability for users to write digital notes while using pen and paper. Firstly, the touch keyboard has no physical keys and is attached to the tablet's main screen via a hinge. The keyboard learns where your fingers land on each key, which will help reduce the amount of typing errors. Secondly, the Yoga Book comes with a stylus that's shaped like a pen. It has interchangeable nibs. One is a stylus tip to use on the tablet's screen and the other is an ink nib which enables users to write notes on physical paper with ink, which can be converted by the Yoga Book into digital notes on the screen. Lenovo is selling a magnetic clipboard that attaches to the Yoga Book's touch keyboard. Once it's attached, the tablet will recognize it and users can write notes on the paper which will simultaneously become digital. The tablet uses the pressure and movement technology in the pen to translate and recognize a person's writing. Lenovo said the product has been three years in the making and is aiming it at millenials who've grown up with touch screen devices. "The product came out of a mobile mindset, it's important to differentiate because a lot of 2-in-1s come out of a notebook mindset. We came from a smartphone and tablet mindset with a touch keyboard and Android. A lot of things we have done has come from mobile logic rather than PC logic," Jeff Meredith, the head of Lenovo's tablet business, told CNBC in an interview ahead of the product launch. Meredith said the company found that many people had the intention of using a stylus when they bought a tablet but interest waned as they missed the feel of pen on paper. That's why Lenovo introduced the writing feature on the Yoga Book, the executive said. Lenovo's launch comes as the tablet market continues to decline with a 12.3 percent fall in shipments year-over-year in the second quarter of 2016, according to IDC. However, industry experts said the 2-in-1 category is growing. In the second quarter, Lenovo's tablet shipments were up 3.1 percent. The company has benefited from releasing a number of 2-in-1 devices and innovative designs such as the Yoga Tab 3 which had a built-in projector. But the world's number three tablet vendor faces stiff competition from a number of players such as Apple and Huawei. And analysts said with the new touch keyboard, Lenovo will have to convince users to try it out and offer a good enough experience for them to stick with it. "What Lenovo has to demonstrate is having this flat surface, delivers a good enough typing experience so that consumers and business users don't feel like this is a weak experience. It's a challenging thing to execute on," Ian Fogg, head of mobile at IHS, said in a press release. Lenovo is the world's largest PC maker but this market, like tablets, is also declining. A product like the Yoga Book could have the ability to cannibalize sales of Lenovo's other products, but Meredith said that the tablet will likely appeal to a certain customer. "If you are app-driven, cost centric, value simple and light design, it will have a lot of appeal. I don't see it as cannibalization, more as evolution of consumer behaviour. I think the tablet market is down, and we think the Yoga Book most certainly has an opportunity to inject some life into the tablet market," Meredith told CNBC. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/lenovo-unveils-touch-keyboard-tablet-‘pen’-that-can-write-on-paper-and-screens/ar-AAiks3I
  5. Google's ability to interpret and translate handwriting isn't perfect. Sometimes you'll scribble a word or take a photo of a restaurant menu on holiday, only to have a garbled mess thrown back at you. To help its "smart" assistants and services, Google has released a new app on the Play Store called Crowdsource. It's a bare-bones affair, asking you to transcribe digital squiggles and photographed road signs. There are no discernible rewards, only the occasional message ("you're great!") and meaningless 'milestone' when you've completed a certain number of tasks. In short, you'll need to really love Google to open the app more than once. The app, of course, is still hugely beneficial to Google. Any submissions -- no matter how few -- can be fed into its algorithms and used as a foundation for better, more accurate translations and analysis. The subsequent improvements should trickle down into Maps, Translate, Photos and conversational services such as Google Assistant. It's just a shame the company hasn't integrated some form of reward system -- something similar to Google Opinion Rewards or the Google Maps Local Guides program would go a long way to incentivizing contributions. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/google-wants-your-help-to-improve-its-automatic-translations/ar-AAigw3U
  6. Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday. The new epoch should begin about 1950, the experts said, and is likely to be defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete, and even the bones left by the global proliferation of the domestic chicken are now under consideration. Geological periods The current epoch, the Holocene, is the 12,000 years of stable climate since the last ice age during which all human civilisation developed. But the striking acceleration since the mid-20th century of carbon dioxide emissions and sea level rise, the global mass extinction of species, and the transformation of land by deforestation and development mark the end of that slice of geological time, the experts argue. The Earth is so profoundly changed that the Holocene must give way to the Anthropocene. “The significance of the Anthropocene is that it sets a different trajectory for the Earth system, of which we of course are part,” said Prof Jan Zalasiewicz, a geologist at the University of Leicester and chair of the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA), which started work in 2009. “If our recommendation is accepted, the Anthropocene will have started just a little before I was born,” he said. “We have lived most of our lives in something called the Anthropocene and are just realising the scale and permanence of the change.” Prof Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and WGA secretary, said: “Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet. The concept of the Anthropocene manages to pull all these ideas of environmental change together.” High levels of nitrogen and phosphate in soils, derived from artificial fertilisers, could be taken as evidence of the onset of the Anthropocene. “The Anthropocene marks a new period in which our collective activities dominate the planetary machinery,” said Prof Chris Rapley, a climate scientist at University College London and former director of the Science Museum in London. “Since the planet is our life support system – we are essentially the crew of a largish spaceship – interference with its functioning at this level and on this scale is highly significant. If you or I were crew on a smaller spacecraft, it would be unthinkable to interfere with the systems that provide us with air, water, fodder and climate control. But the shift into the Anthropocene tells us that we are playing with fire, a potentially reckless mode of behaviour which we are likely to come to regret unless we get a grip on the situation.” Rapley is not part of the WGA. Martin Rees, the astronomer royal and former president of the Royal Society, said that the dawn of the Anthropocene was a significant moment. “The darkest prognosis for the next millennium is that bio, cyber or environmental catastrophes could foreclose humanity’s immense potential, leaving a depleted biosphere,” he said. Related: The Anthropocene epoch could inaugurate even more marvellous eras of evolution But Lord Rees added that there is also cause for optimism. “Human societies could navigate these threats, achieve a sustainable future, and inaugurate eras of post-human evolution even more marvellous than what’s led to us. The dawn of the Anthropocene epoch would then mark a one-off transformation from a natural world to one where humans jumpstart the transition to electronic (and potentially immortal) entities, that transcend our limitations and eventually spread their influence far beyond the Earth.” The evidence of humanity’s impact on the planet is overwhelming, but the changes are very recent in geological terms, where an epoch usually spans tens of millions of years. “One criticism of the Anthropocene as geology is that it is very short,” said Zalasiewicz. “Our response is that many of the changes are irreversible.” Human activity has left a permanent layer of airborne particulates in sediment and glacial ice. To define a new geological epoch, a signal must be found that occurs globally and will be incorporated into deposits in the future geological record. For example, the extinction of the dinosaurs 66m years ago at the end of the Cretaceous epoch is defined by a “golden spike” in sediments around the world of the metal iridium, which was dispersed from the meteorite that collided with Earth to end the dinosaur age. For the Anthropocene, the best candidate for such a golden spike are radioactive elements from nuclear bomb tests, which were blown into the stratosphere before settling down to Earth. “The radionuclides are probably the sharpest – they really come on with a bang,” said Zalasiewicz. “But we are spoiled for choice: there are so many signals.” Other spikes being considered as evidence of the onset of the Anthropocene include the tough, unburned carbon spheres emitted by power stations. “The Earth has been smoked, with signals very clearly around the world in the mid-20th century,” said Zalasiewicz. Another candidate to be considered as evidence of the Anthropocene is plastic pollution. Other candidates include plastic pollution, aluminium and concrete particles, and high levels of nitrogen and phosphate in soils, derived from artificial fertilisers. Although the world is currently seeing only the sixth mass extinction of species in the 700m-year history of complex life on Earth, this is unlikely to provide a useful golden spike as the animals are by definition very rare and rarely dispersed worldwide. In contrast, some species have with human help spread rapidly across the world – the domestic chicken is a serious contender to be a fossil that defines the Anthropocene for future geologists. “Since the mid-20th century, it has become the world’s most common bird, it has been fossilised in thousands of landfill sites and on street corners around the world,” said Zalasiewicz. “It is is also a much bigger bird with a different skeleton than its prewar ancestor.” The 35 scientists on the WGA – who voted 30 to three in favour of formally designating the Anthropocene, with two abstentions – will now spend the next two to three years determining which signals are the strongest and sharpest. Crucially, they must also decide a location which will define the start of the Anthropocene. Geological divisions are not defined by dates but by a specific boundary between layers of rock or, in the case of the Holocene, a boundary between two ice layers in a core taken from Greenland and now stored in Denmark. The domestic chicken is a serious contender to be a fossil that defines the Anthropocene for future geologists. The scientists are focusing on sites where annual layers are formed and are investigating mud sediments off the coast of Santa Barbara and the Ernesto caves in northern Italy, where stalactites and stalagmites accrete annual rings. Lake sediments, ice cores from Antarctica, corals, tree rings and even layers of rubbish in landfill sites are also being considered. Once the data has been assembled, it will be formally submitted to the stratigraphic authorities and the Anthropocene could be officially adopted within a few years. “If we were very lucky and someone came forward with, say, a core from a classic example of laminated sediments in a deep marine environment, I think three years is possibly viable,” said Zalasiewicz. Related: Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet for ever This would be lightning speed for such a geological decision, which in the past have taken decades and even centuries to make. The term Anthropocene was coined only in 2000, by the Nobel prize winning scientist Paul Crutzen, who believes the name change is overdue. He said in 2011: “This name change stresses the enormity of humanity’s responsibility as stewards of the Earth.” Crutzen also identified in 2007 what he called the “great acceleration” of human impacts on the planet from the mid-20th century. Despite the WGA’s expert recommendation, the declaration of the Anthropocene is not yet a forgone conclusion: “Our stratigraphic colleagues are very protective of the geological time scale. They see it very rightly as the backbone of geology and they do not amend it lightly,” said Zalasiewicz. “But I think we can prepare a pretty good case.” Rapley also says there is a strong case: “It is highly appropriate that geologists should pay formal attention to a change in the signal within sedimentary rock layers that will be clearly apparent to future generations of geologists for as long as they exist. The ‘great acceleration’ constitutes a strong, detectable and incontrovertible signal.” Evidence of the Anthropocene Human activity has: Pushed extinction rates of animals and plants far above the long-term average. The Earth is now on course to see 75% of species become extinct in the next few centuries if current trends continue. Increased levels of climate-warming CO2 in the atmosphere at the fastest rate for 66m years, with fossil-fuel burning pushing levels from 280 parts per million before the industrial revolution to 400ppm and rising today. Put so much plastic in our waterways and oceans that microplastic particles are now virtually ubiquitous, and plastics will likely leave identifiable fossil records for future generations to discover. Doubled the nitrogen and phosphorous in our soils in the past century with our fertiliser use. This is likely to be the largest impact on the nitrogen cycle in 2.5bn years. Left a permanent layer of airborne particulates in sediment and glacial ice such as black carbon from fossil fuel burning. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-anthropocene-epoch-scientists-declare-dawn-of-human-influenced-age/ar-AAicH9D
  7. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Katie Ledecky has given the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics with a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle. The result was totally expected. Ledecky has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old. She was doing nothing but racing against the clock Sunday night. No problem there. Ledecky kicked off the first wall with a lead of nearly a body length and steadily pulled away from the overmatched field -- as well as the world-record line superimposed on the video screen as her powerful arms churned through the water. When Ledecky saw the time -- 3 minutes, 56.46 seconds -- she let out an uncharacteristic scream and pumped her right fist. The 19-year-old crushed the mark of 3:58.37 that she set nearly two years ago on the Gold Coast of Australia, and had been chasing ever since. ------ 11:20 p.m. Juan Martin del Potro is back. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was swept out of the Olympic men's singles tennis tournament in the first round Sunday by the 2009 U.S. Open champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). Because of three left wrist surgeries, del Potro is ranked just 145th in the world. But when the Argentine is healthy and smacking his signature forehand around the court, his play is worthy of the gold medal match. It was a raucous atmosphere in the last match of the night on center court, where del Potro fans chanted for him and Brazilians would try to drown out their rivals with cheers for Djokovic. With the loss, Djokovic is still left seeking his first Olympic gold medal. ------ 11:15 p.m. Another day, another world record for Britain's Adam Peaty at the Rio Olympics. Peaty took gold in the men's 100-meter breaststroke Sunday night with a time of 57.13 seconds, shattering the mark of 57.55 he set one day earlier in the preliminaries. Peaty cruisied away from Cameron va der Burgh of South Africa, the defending Olympic champion who took silver this time in 58.69. The bronze went to Cody Miller of the United States, whose time of 58.87 held off teammate Kevin Cordes. The crowd at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium went into frenzy at the sight of two Brazilians in the final. But Joao Gomes finished fifth and Felipe Franca was seventh. ------ 11:10 p.m. MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Katie Ledecky of the United States has set a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Jazz Carlin of Britain took the silver and Leah Smith of the United States grabbed the bronze. ----- 11 p.m. MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Adam Peaty of Britain has set a world record to win gold in the men's 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa earned the silver and Cody Miller of the United States claimed the bronze. ------ 10:55 p.m. UPSET ALERT: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic loses first-round Olympic tennis match to 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro ------ 10:35 p.m. Andy Murray and his older brother Jamie exited in the first round of doubles at the Rio de Janeiro Games, making them 1-3 as a team at the Olympics. The second-seeded British pair lost to Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa 7-6 (6), 7-6 (14) in front of a loud partisan crowd Sunday night, hours after Andy won his opening singles match as the defending champion in that event. The Murrays had their chances to extend the 2-hour match, holding five set points in the second tiebreaker, but failed to convert any. The unseeded Brazilian duo needed seven match points to close the deal. The Murray brothers also lost in the first round of the 2012 London Olympics, and in the second round four years earlier in Beijing. Andy is a three-time Grand Slam champion in singles, including a second Wimbledon title a month ago. ------ 10:15 p.m. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden has broken her own world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly to take gold at the Rio Olympics. Sjostrom led right from the start and touched in 55.48 seconds, breaking the mark of 55.64 she set at last year's world championships. She sat on the edge of the deck, pumping her arms in the air, and then appeared to be overcome by tears as she climbed to her feet. This was her first Olympic medal, after she finished fourth in the 100 fly at the London Games four years ago, missing out on the bronze by just 23-hundredths of a second. It was the fourth swimming world record of the Rio Games. Penny Oleksiak of Canada took the silver in 56.46, edging out defending Olympic champion Dana Vollmer. The American, who had her first child last year, settled for the bronze this time in 56.63. ------ 10:10 p.m. MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden has set a world record to win gold in the women's 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics. Penny Oleksiak of Canada took the silver and Dana Vollmer of the United States claimed the bronze. --- 9:40 p.m. Michael Phelps will be going for his 23rd Olympic medal at the Rio Games. As expected, Phelps was picked for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night. He will swim the second leg, after Caeleb Dressel leads off the Americans. Ryan Held goes third as the only holdover from the group that posted the second-fastest qualifying time during the preliminaries, a bit of a surprise after Anthony Ervin put up the quickest time among the afternoon swimmers. Nathan Adrian, the country's best sprinter, will anchor the relay. The Americans figure to face a stout challenge from Australia, Russia and defending Olympic champion France, who are all breaking out their big guns for the 4x100. Cameron McEvoy is anchoring for the Australians, Vladimir Morozov is going for the Russians, and the French have Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius rested up and ready to go. --- 9:30 p.m. Sadiq Umar scored a first-half goal and Nigeria defeated Sweden 1-0 to become the first team to guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals of the men's soccer tournament. Umar netted the winner in the 40th minute in the jungle city of Manaus to leave Nigeria atop Group B with six points, securing one of the top two spots in the group regardless of the result in its final game against Colombia. In Group A, Robert Skov scored in the 69th-minute to give Denmark a 1-0 win over South Africa. Denmark squandered several good chances until Skov finally got on the board to leave his nation atop the group with four points from two games. And Jonathan Calleri scored a 70th-minute winner to give 10-man Argentina a 2-1 victory over Algeria in Group D. Calleri also set up Angel Correa's goal in the 47th as Argentina won its first game and kept alive its chances of advancing to the quarterfinals. --- 9:15 p.m. Long Qingquan of China set a world record in winning the gold medal in the men's weightlifting 53-kilogram category at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Long's total score of 307 kilograms set the record and was aided by his final lift in clean and jerk of 170 kilograms. The previous record was 305 kilograms set at the Sydney Games in 2000. He was leading the competition after snatch and all the way through clean and jerk until Om Yun-Chol of North Korea lifted 169 kilograms on his final attempt to tie Long for the lead. Long then came out for his final lift, raised his bar and celebrated the gold medal by pumping his fists in the air. Om took silver with 303 kilograms and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand won bronze. --- 8:15 p.m. Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten sustained three small fractures to her spine and is in intensive care at a Rio de Janeiro hospital after her crash during the women's Olympic road race. Van Vleuten was leading on the fast, slippery downhill toward the final stretch when she appeared to lock up her brakes. She tumbled onto the road and lay on the pavement as the field swept past. Chef de Mission Maurits Hendriks and team doctors were with van Vleuten Sunday night, and said she was conscious and speaking. It was still unknown when she would be released. Her compatriot Anna van der Breggen went on to win the gold medal. --- 8:05 p.m. Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. The Williams sisters entered Sunday's match with a 15-0 career record in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in women's doubles every time they entered the event: in 2000, 2008 and 2012. The American duo was seeded No. 1 in Rio and coming off a 14th Grand Slam championship together, at Wimbledon a month ago. --- 8 p.m. UPSET ALERT: Three-time doubles gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams lose in first round of Olympics. --- 7:35 p.m. The Egyptian women's beach volleyball team of Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy took the court for their match against Germany on Sunday night wearing long sleeves and long pants. Elghobashy also had her head covered by a hijab. It was a stark contrast to the usual beach volleyball uniform - bikinis for women and boardshorts for men. Although the International Volleyball Federation used to have standards regulating the size of uniforms, those were loosened heading into the London Olympics to allow full sleeves and pants. FIVB spokesman Richard Baker said Sunday night that the move was made to open up the game culturally. By one measure, it's worked. Baker said there were 169 different countries involved in the Continental Cup qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic, compared to 143 for London. --- 7:10 p.m. The U.S. women's gymnastics team's going away party for national team coordinator Martha Karolyi is off to a near perfect start. The women breezed to the top of the leaderboard in Olympic preliminaries Sunday afternoon. Their total score of 185.238 was nearly 10 better than second-place China through four subdivisions, a massive gap in a sport where the margins are often measured in fractions. Three-time world champion Simone Biles led the way. Her all-around total of 62.366 was more than two points clear of teammate Aly Raisman. Defending all-around champion Gabby Douglas finished third but will not compete in the all-around final due to rules that stipulate a two-gymnast maximum per country. Karolyi is retiring after closing ceremonies. Her team put on a dominant display at Rio Olympic Arena, cementing their status as heavy favorites to back up the team gold the ''Fierce Five'' won in London four years ago. --- 7:10 p.m. New Zealand survived a tough encounter against an energized U.S. team to win their quarterfinal 5-0 and join world series champion Australia, Canada and Britain in playing off for the first Olympic medals in rugby sevens. Rugby is back in the Olympics for the first time since the last 15-a-side tournament in 1924, this time in the condensed sevens format in Rio de Janeiro and with women's and men's medals at stake. The Australians rebounded from a surprising 12-12 draw with the United States in the last game of the pool stage to trounce Spain 24-0 on Sunday night and set up a semifinal match against Canada. The British advanced 26-7 over Fiji and then watched as semifinal opponent New Zealand struggled to put away the Americans. Portia Woodman's try broke the deadlock for New Zealand just before halftime. The Americans dropped into the classification matches for 5th-8th places. --- 6:55 p.m. Officials say the bullet that flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center came from a nearby slum and was aimed at a police blimp. A bullet pierced the roof of the tent on Saturday and landed on the floor. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt. Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Sunday that the bullet ''came from a community far from here, they were aiming at the police blimp which carried cameras.'' Security has been increased nearby and from the areas where officials say the bullet originated. Andrada said the Minister of Defense confirmed the Rio Games were ''never the target.'' --- 6:45 p.m. Brothers Erik and Kawika Shoji and the young U.S. men's volleyball team lost its Olympic opener in straight sets to Canada on Sunday night. The No. 5-ranked Americans watched as the hard-hitting and 12th-ranked Canadians celebrated at Maracanazinho arena in the first pool-play match for both countries. Tied 23-23 in the third set, Canada held on after ending the second set on a 10-2 run. Canada also beat the U.S. in a five-setter for the Champions Cup title in May 2015 at Detroit, before the Americans won on the way to last year's World Cup crown in Japan. Eight of the 12 U.S. players are in their first Olympics. --- 6:45 p.m. Serge Gnabry scored two minutes into second-half injury timeout to give Germany a 3-3 draw against South Korea in a thrilling match at the men's Olympic soccer tournament. South Korea had taken the lead with a goal by Hyunjun Suk in the 87th, but Gnabry got the equalizer in one of the game's last plays at the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador. Gnabry also had netted in the 33rd after South Korea opened the scoring with Heechan Hwang in the 25th. Davie Selke put the Germans ahead in the 55th but Heungmin Son evened the match again just two minutes later. South Korea and Mexico, which routed Fiji 5-1 earlier Sunday at the Arena Fonte Nova, lead Group C with four points each. Germany has two points and Fiji zero. Mexico plays South Korea in its final group game, while Germany faces Fiji. --- 6:30 p.m. Italian Daniele Garozzo stunned top-ranked American Alexander Massialas on Sunday to win gold in men's foil fencing. Garozzo beat Massialas ?- who was seeking to become the first American man to win at the Olympics in the modern version of the sport -? 15-11 to give Italy its second gold of the Rio Games. Massialas rallied from six points down in the quarterfinals. But he gave up six straight points to Garozzo in the final as the Italian ran away with the match. Still, Massialas is the first individual Olympic medalist the U.S. has produced in men's fencing since Peter Westbrook won a bronze in 1984. Russia's Timur Safin took bronze. --- 6:20 p.m. Portugal's Education Minister was robbed at knifepoint while walking near the posh Ipanema beach in the latest mugging involving foreign officials and athletes attending the Rio games. Tiago Rodrigues told Portugal's RTP television network that he was with other officials from Portugal's Olympic delegation when the group was confronted on a busy street near their hotel Saturday afternoon by two individuals with a knife and demanding their belongings. Onlookers reacted and the thieves tried to escape but were caught by police. All the belongings were recovered. The incident follows the assault of two rowing coaches from Australia and other security scares involving teams or tourists from China, Sweden and Great Britain. --- 6:20 p.m. Italy's Fabio Basile has taken the gold medal in the men's 66-kilogram judo division on Sunday, upsetting the top-ranked Baul An of South Korea in the final. Basile ended the match just over a minute and a half into the fight after catching An off-guard and flipping him onto his back for an immediate victory. Baul had been dominant all day in his other matches and looked shocked when Basile caught him in the match-ending ippon throw. After being announced the winner, Basile embraced a shaken Baul before then being hoisted by his coach in victory. The Italian had already been so relieved to make it through his closely fought semifinal against Slovenian Adrian Gomboc that he deliberately paused after leaving the mat to kiss his coach on the head. --- 6:05 p.m. They started their day by rescuing tennis star Juan Martin del Potro from a broken elevator, but Argentina's handball players couldn't save themselves from defeat in their opening game. Del Potro's spokesman says the team helped former U.S. Open champion out of the elevator in the athletes' village due to a power outage, hours before he was due to play against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Argentina's handball team kept pace well with Denmark, the 2012 European champion, to go into halftime at 10-10, but struggled in the second half to lose 25-19. Argentina also had to cope with an often hostile Brazilian crowd. Both teams can still reach the quarterfinals if they finish in the top four in preliminary round Group A. --- 6:05 p.m. William Fox-Pitt leads after the dressage phase of the eventing competition, just 10 months after being put into an induced coma following a fall. Fox-Pitt, who only returned to competitive action in early April, rode Chilli Morning to a score of 37 on Saturday and no-one could top that when the second group of riders competed Sunday. Christopher Burton of Australia and Santano II remain second, 0.6 penalties behind the Briton. Mathieu Lemoine rode Bart L into third place with 39.2 penalties, replacing Olympic individual champion Michael Jung who slipped to fifth on 40.9 after German teammate Ingrid Klimke scored 39.5. Germany, which is bidding for a third straight Olympic title, still leads the team competition, with France moving from fourth to second and Australia falling to third. --- 6:05 p.m. German tennis player Dustin Brown says he tore two ligaments in his left ankle in his first-round match. Brown had to retire against Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in the second set Sunday. Brown won the first set 6-4, and the second was even at 4-all when he stumbled while approaching the net and rolled his ankle. After having the ankle retaped, Brown tried to play two more points, but once Bellucci hit a winner that he couldn't even take a step toward, the German tossed away his racket and trudged toward the net. Brown later tweeted that doctors told him two ligaments on the outside of his ankle were completely torn. Brown, ranked 86th, is best known for upsetting Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon last year. --- 6:05 p.m. Tobias Figueiredo and Paciencia scored first-half goals as Portugal rallied to defeat Honduras 2-1 for its second straight win at the men's Olympic soccer tournament. Honduras got the lead only one minute into the match with a goal by Alberth Elis, but Figueiredo equalized in the 21st and Paciencia netted the winner in the 36th. With the win at the Olympic Stadium, Portugal moved close to a spot in the tournament's quarterfinals. It can secure a spot in the next round in advance depending on the result of the match between Argentina and Algeria, which play later in the day. --- 5:45 p.m. Kosovo's Majlinda Kelmendi has won her country's first-ever Olympic medal - and it's a gold. Kelmendi defeated Italy's Odette Giuffrida in the women's 52-kilogram judo division final in a tight Sunday contest marked by aggressive grip-fighting as both competitors struggled to get a decisive hold on the other's uniform. Kelmendi only managed to score once, but it was enough. After her victory was announced, Kelmendi hugged Giuffrida and then walked off the mat in tears. Wearing a blue uniform that matched some of the Kosovo flags being waved in the arena, a teary Kelmendi waved to the crowd and raised her arms in victory. The bronze medals were won by Japan's Misato Nakamura and Natalia Kuziutina of Russia. --- AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/the-latest-ledecky-record-gives-us-1st-swimming-gold-in-rio/ar-BBvn1as?li=BBnb7Kz
  8. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Three-time doubles gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic match as partners for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio de Janeiro Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. The Williams sisters entered Sunday's match with a 15-0 career record in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in women's doubles every time they entered the event: in 2000, 2008 and 2012. "We played terrible," Serena said, "and it showed in the results." HIGHLIGHTS: Williams sisters upset in first round The American duo was seeded No. 1 in Rio and coming off a 14th Grand Slam championship together at Wimbledon a month ago. Neither Safarova nor Strycova, meanwhile, ever had won an Olympic doubles match, going a combined 0-3 with other partners. They are unseeded in Rio. And get this: They weren't even supposed to be playing together at the Olympics. Strycova was a late replacement for Karolina Pliskova, who withdrew from the tournament. Indeed, Strycova and Safarova only had played one match as a team before Sunday night -- and they lost that, in a Fed Cup match last year. Still, Strycova said: "We're good friends, and we know each other's games." This was Serena's second match of the day: She won her first-rounder in singles earlier Sunday. Venus, meanwhile, now has two first-round exits at the Rio Olympics, because she was beaten in singles on Saturday night. After that defeat, Venus did not meet with reporters, but U.S. women's Olympic tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez said that the seven-time major singles champion had been sick since before she arrived in Brazil. Fernandez also said Venus was dealing with cramping, dehydration and an upset stomach after Saturday's loss. In the doubles, played under the lights, when occasional chants of "USA!" would rise from some spectators, other members of the crowd would respond with boos. Safarova and Strycova did their best to keep hitting shots toward Venus when she was at the baseline, while Serena was left to stand near the net and watch those exchanges. "I wasn't playing the way I needed to play," Serena said. "I wasn't crossing the way I need to cross." The Williams sisters appeared to be getting back into the match in the second set, which was even at 4-all. But Venus got broken there, allowing Strycova to serve out the surprising victory. http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/williams-sisters-lose-olympic-doubles-match-for-1st-time/ar-BBvmIH3?li=BBnb7Kz
  9. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Apple CEO Tim CookEnlarge Image Doing his customers a disservice? James Martin/CNET It's not easy when you're 40. You can't keep up with things the way you used to. You start to peddle old ideas instead of new ones. This, perhaps, is at the core of criticisms leveled on occasion at Apple. Oddly, the latest comes from Microsoft's general manager of the Surface line, Brian Hall. In a tweet on Thursday that sounded in equal parts exasperated and bemused, he said: "I compete with Apple and respect them. but they ARE doing their customers a disservice at times with old tech..." Apple didn't respond to my request for comment. I confess to being somewhat in sympathy with Hall. I'm writing this on a MacBook Air that is nice enough, but it's as if it's been around for longer than Donald Trump. It feels utilitarian rather than exciting, functional rather than stylish. Perhaps that's a symptom of the expectations that Apple has engendered across its whole product line. Perhaps we humans should just chill a little and let Apple do its thing. Or perhaps Apple is slowly weaning us off certain sorts of computers altogether. MORE TECHNICALLY INCORRECT Tinder users have a lower sense of self-worth, study says Marissa Mayer says the secret of success is working 130 hours a week IKEA's brilliant mockery of Instagram food pics Indeed, Apple did have a (sort of) response to Hall only this week. It released a new iPad Pro ad in which it claims that its tablet is now actually a computer. It's a miracle. Yes, this means you'll have to buy a stylus (Apple translation: pencil) and invest in a keyboard. It almost seems like airlines that nickel-and-dime you for the extras. For many, though, a computer is still a single thing that isn't heavy, that you can carry everywhere and that works as soon as you open it up. There again, we used to think computers were things that sat on your desk and left no room for all the Economists you haven't gotten around to reading. Follow Brian Hall @IsForAt I compete with Apple and respect them. but they ARE doing their customers a disservice at times with old tech... http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/4/12373776/2012-macbook-pro-still-alive-not-dead-why … 10:24 PM - 4 Aug 2016 Photo published for Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers One thousand, five hundred and fourteen days. Or: four years, one month, and twenty-four days. That’s how long it’s been since Apple released the last MacBook Pro to come without a Retina display.... theverge.com http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-exec-criticizes-apple-for-giving-customers-old-tech/
  10. RIO DE JANEIRO — French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered one of the most gruesome injuries you’ll see at an Olympics or any other competition. Said’s left leg snapped on his vault landing, the sound echoing through the arena. He crumpled to the floor and, as he clutched his leg at the knee, his foot and the lower half of his shin flopped to the left. As the crowd gasped, arena medical personnel immediately rushed to him. Said was on the ground for several minutes as medical personnel worked to stabilize the leg. The crowd applauded as he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken out of the arena. As Ait Said was being carried out, Germany’s Andreas Toba was completing a pommel horse routine after severely injuring his knee on floor exercise. Toba didn’t finish his floor routine and had to be helped off the podium. He managed to land his dismount on pommel horse, but did it without putting any weight on the injured leg. http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/french-gymnast-suffers-scary-injury-on-vault/ar-BBvkK6Z?li=BBnb7Kz
  11. An 11-year-old South Carolina girl has died after she became infected by a brain-eating amoeba in a river where she had gone swimming, an undertaker said on Saturday. The girl, Hannah Collins, of Beaufort, died on Friday night at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, said Carla Smith, director-manager of the Anderson Funeral Home in Beaufort, which is handling the funeral. Hannah is thought to have been exposed to the amoeba on July 24 in Charleston County's Edisto River, the state health department said this week. Hannah's mother, Elizabeth Crockett, wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to her: "I will try to find comfort in the fact I will one day be united with her in her new home, Heaven." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that a South Carolina resident had been exposed to the Naegleria fowleri organism, which is found in warm freshwater and triggers an infection that destroys brain tissue. The fatality rate for an infected person is more than 97 percent, according to the CDC. The brain-eating amoeba was blamed for the death in June of an 18-year-old Ohio woman, who became infected after rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler) http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/south-carolina-girl-dies-from-brain-eating-amoeba/ar-BBvkDqV?li=BBnb7Kz
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