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Filipinos warned vs Internet love scams

MANILA — The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur warns Filipinos against falling victims to Internet scams, most of which involve asking for money on the pretext of love. The Embassy has received and acted on complaints from victims who were scammed by supposed lovers they met through chatrooms and Facebook messaging. A Hong Kong-based Filipina …

Idaho inventor pushes solar panels not for roofs, but for driveways, sidewalks, highways

SPOKANE, Wash.—The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. …

LG Display unveils 18 inch flexible display that can be rolled into a cylinder form

SEOUL, South Korea—LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its …

Apple wins EU court’s backing to have its typical store layout registered as trademark

BRUSSELS, Belgium—The European Union’s highest court says Apple’s characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark. The Court of Justice on Thursday overturned a decision by German patent authorities which last year rejected an application to grant copyright protection to Apple’s store design—parallel lines of big tables with electronic gadgets spread out on …

Authorities: Google exec died on yacht after upscale prostitute injected him with heroin

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left a Google executive dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. Forrest Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape last November. At …

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s …

Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson sentenced to 18 months in jail for phone hacking

  LONDON—Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, a onetime aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for participating in a conspiracy to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and crime victims. Three other former journalists and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire all received shorter sentences on …

Samsung gets approval to build $1 billion display factory in Vietnam

SEOUL, South Korea—The display manufacturing unit of Samsung Electronics Co. says it has secured approval from Vietnam to build a $1 billion factory in the Southeast Asian country. Samsung Display Co. said Thursday that the plant in northern Vietnam will supply small displays for Samsung smartphones and tablet computers starting sometime next year. The move underlines the …

Winners named in global underwater robot competition at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

ALPENA, Mich.—Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States. The high school and university teams were among 60 from 18 states and 13 countries participating in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education …

Young Filipina mother, fatally electrocuted by fake USB charger

A 28-year-old Filipina mother of two was found dead in her rented room in Gosford, New South Wales (NSW), due to apparent electrocution by a faulty USB phone charger. Sheryl Banaag Aldeguer left behind two young children and a husband at the time of her demise in April of this year. The case is currently …