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Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

Post by USA TODAY. CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by …

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had …

November release slated by Globe, Smart for latest iPhone models

MANILA –Globe Telecom and SMART Communications Inc. announced on Wednesday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available to their subscribers starting November 14. Ramon Isberto, Smart spokesperson said that the Philippine “market response has been very positive, and there is much anticipation” for the release of the latest phone models from …

Hackers invited to join contest to secure gov’t procurement system

Malacañang presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, announced the commencement of the second #KabantayNgBayan competition. Dubbed as “Procurement Hack,” the contest provides computer hackers the chance to put their “skills” to good use by helping the government increase the security on their procurement system. Organised by the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), Open Data Philippines, and …

Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The executive said that for years …

Wisconsin studies music and memory program

UNION GROVE, Wis. — Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program …

Nokia sees third quarter turn to profit as sales grow after sale of phone unit to Microsoft

HELSINKI, Finland—Nokia appears to have turned around its fortunes after the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft, reporting a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million), from a loss of 91 million euros a year earlier. Sales grew 13 per cent. The result surprised markets, pushing Nokia Corp. stock up more …

Facebook co-founder, CEO Zuckerberg thrills Chinese students with 30 minutes of Mandarin

Bank of America says it will reimburse customers who were charged twice in Apple Pay glitch

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Bank of America apologized Wednesday for a double-billing glitch that affected some customers who made purchases with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service that Apple launched this week. Some customers have reported they were charged twice for the same purchase when they used Bank of America debit cards with Apple Pay. The …

Google tries to make it easier for Gmail users to find important information with ‘Inbox’

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often become buried in their inboxes. The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to the …