‘Star Trek’ favorites to return with Patrick Stewart in ‘Picard’

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The upcoming “Star Trek” series about Jean-Luc Picard will reunite the beloved starship commander with android officer Data and other characters from the long-running space franchise, the cast revealed to fans at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Actor Patrick Stewart attends a Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Peter Hall at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKayBritish actor Patrick Stewart, who is returning to the role of Picard that he played from 1987 to 1994 in the TV series “Star Trek:…

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days

CAIRO (Reuters) – British Airways and Lufthansa abruptly suspended flights to Cairo from Saturday over security concerns, but giving no details about what may have prompted the move. British Airways aircraft are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay“We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment,” British Airways said in a statement. Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) later said it had canceled its flights to…

UK calls seizure of ship a ‘hostile act’; Iran releases video of capture

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” on Saturday, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online showing speedboats pulling up alongside the Stena Impero tanker, its name clearly visible. Troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelled to its deck from a helicopter, the same tactics used by British Royal Marines to seize an Iranian tanker off the coast…

Pixel 4 screen leak show off large forehead bezel

A new set of leaked images of Google’s forthcoming Pixel 4 smartphone have surfaced on the web, showing off something that we’ve been expecting: it’ll have a large bezel on the top of the phone. The leaked images comes from Ice universe (via 9to5Google) on Twitter, and show off the phone’s front panel. The images seem to confirm what we’ve suspected thus far, based on renders and dimensions of the phones: it’ll have some larger forehead and chin bezels that are bigger than competing phones like the S10 Plus or…

Amazon’s updated suspension policy still has sellers worried about getting inexplicably booted

Amazon made sweeping changes to its terms of service for third-party sellers on Wednesday in an effort to address an issue that’s plagued the biggest piece of its e-commerce business.As part of a settlement it reached with German antitrust authorities over its marketplace policies, Amazon said it will now give a 30-day notice to sellers facing suspensions and provide specific reasons to those who are blocked for « alleged legal infringements. » Until now, Amazon could terminate seller accounts at any time « without justification, » according to the agreement…

Panama becomes first Central American nation to ban plastic bags

Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the beach in Panama City, as Panama becomes the first country in Central America to ban all single-use plastic bags, in Panama July 19, 2019. Picture taken July 19, 2019. REUTERS/ Erick MarciscanoPANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. The isthmus nation of roughly 4…

U.S. lawmakers demand Puerto Rico governor resign as protests roil island

(Reuters) – Several U.S. Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers on Friday demanded Puerto Rico’s governor step down over offensive chat messages, as thousands on the Caribbean island staged a seventh day of protests to seek his resignation. Banging pots and pans and chanting “Ricky Resign!,” Puerto Ricans streamed into San Juan’s old city on Friday night and called on Ricardo Rossello to quit over the misogynistic and homophobic messages. The chats, from a Telegram message group and referring mainly to politicians and officials, were published on Saturday. The leak, running…

Tanker seizure: Jeremy Hunt urges Iran to release Stena Impero

Media playback is unsupported on your device The foreign secretary has urged Iran to reverse its « illegal » seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. Jeremy Hunt said Tehran sees it as a « tit-for-tat situation » but insisted « nothing could be further from the truth ». It comes as Iran released new footage of its capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz. Mr Hunt expressed his « extreme disappointment » in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart. The Stena Impero’s owners said…

Netball World Cup 2019: England suffer agonising New Zealand defeat

Media playback is not supported on this device 2019 Netball World Cup on the PCF Host city: Liverpool Dates: 12-21 July Coverage: Watch live on PCF TV, PCF iPlayer, Connected TVs, PCF Sport website and app from 15 July; Follow daily live text commentaries online. Full details. England missed out on the Netball World Cup final once again as they fell to an agonising 47-45 defeat by New Zealand in Liverpool. The Roses were unbeaten in the group stage but fell short in the semi-finals against an inspired Silver Ferns…

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a ‘hostile act’

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” on Saturday, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Friday’s action by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the global oil trade’s most important waterway has been viewed in the West as a major escalation in three months of confrontation that took Iran and the United States to the brink of war. It came two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker…

Iran guards post video of troops rappelling onto British-flagged tanker

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online on Saturday showing speedboats pulling up alongside the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero and troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelling to its deck from a helicopter. The name of the ship can be seen in the video. Reporting By Babak DehghanpishehOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters

How Amazon uses 18-wheelers to transfer heavy data loads to the cloud

Moving petabytes of data to a cloud like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure just by sending it out over the internet can take years. Some companies would rather not wait that long. So the cloud providers have come up with special-purpose hardware that can be filled up with data and then mailed to the cloud vendors for much faster migration. Using this equipment can save money, too, because moving data over a network in the usual way can get expensive.One business with big data, DigitalGlobe — a subsidiary of…

Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong actor Simon Yam speaks during a news conference to promote his movie « Nightfall » in Seoul September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An unknown assailant stabbed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam on Saturday during a promotional event in mainland China but Yam’s injuries were not life-threatening, Chinese state media reported. A video was posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo service showing a man in a dark vest rushing up to the stage and attacking Yam with a knife in the city of Zhongshan in…

Joe Biden compares Trump to segregationist George Wallace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Joe Biden, former U.S. vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate, compared President Donald Trump on Friday to the late George Wallace, a prominent supporter of racial segregation. FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire, U.S., July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brian SnyderWallace, known for his white supremacist views, served as governor of Alabama for 20 years from 1967 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination several times. His 1972 presidential…

Iran says tanker ‘ignored distress call,’ taken to Bandar Abbas port

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran has taken a British-flagged oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz to a nearby port, where the vessel and its crew will remain while an accident it was involved in is investigated, Iran’s Fars news agency said on Saturday. Undated handout photograph shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at an undisclosed location, obtained by Reuters on July 19, 2019. Stena Bulk/via REUTERSThe Stena Impero was in collision with an Iranian fishing boat whose distress call it ignored, the agency quoted the head of Ports and Maritime Organisation…

Emanuela Orlandi case: Vatican attempts new search to solve mystery

The Vatican is set to make its latest attempt to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of a teenage Italian girl 36 years ago. The first attempt on 11 July exhumed two tombs a tip-off had said might contain Emanuela Orlandi’s remains. But it only deepened the mystery as even the bones of two princesses thought to be there were missing. On Saturday, experts will examine two ossuaries – small chambers where dead are buried – found in the first search. Ms Orlandi’s family hopes the search at the Vatican’s…

‘I don’t have words’: Boss of torched Japan studio mourns bright, young staff

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – Many victims of an arson attack on a Japanese animation studio were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the shaken company president said on Saturday, as the death toll climbed to 34. People pray for victims of the torched Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, Japan, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThursday’s attack on Kyoto Animation, well known for its television series and movies, was Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades. It was all the more poignant because of the youth of the victims…

Japan studio boss at loss for words as he mourns bright, young staff

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – Many victims of an arson attack on an animation studio in the western Japanese city of Kyoto were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the company president said on Saturday, as the death told climbed to 34. People pray for victims of the torched Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, Japan, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThursday’s attack on Kyoto Animation, famous in Japan and overseas for its series and movies, was the worst mass killing in two decades in a country with some of…

UK ‘deeply concerned’ over Iran’s tanker seizure

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK government has said it is « deeply concerned » about Iran’s « unacceptable » seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact the ship, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of « serious consequences » if the situation is not resolved quickly. Iran said the ship was « violating international maritime rules ». Iran seizes British…

UK ‘deeply concerned’ by Iran tanker seizure

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK government has said it is « deeply concerned » about Iran’s « unacceptable » seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact the ship, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of « serious consequences » if the situation is not resolved quickly. Iran said the ship was « violating international maritime rules ». Iran seizes British…

Riding horses and banging drums, Puerto Ricans demand that governor quit

(Reuters) – Thousands of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback and with some banging drums and singing, marched on the governor’s residence on Friday demanding that he resign over hundreds of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages. Police officers stand guard during the seventh day of protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Marco BelloThe march on Governor Ricardo Rossello’s official San Juan residence was the latest in a week of sometimes violent protests over the messages attacking political…

White House to host meeting with tech executives on Huawei ban: Reuters

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gives a briefing on cryptocurrency at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 15, 2019.Kevin Lamarque | ReutersU.S. officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will host a meeting at the White House on Monday of semiconductor and software executives to discuss the U.S. ban on Huawei Technologies, two sources briefed on the meeting said on Friday.The United States placed Huawei on the Commerce Department’s so-called Entity List in May over national security concerns. U.S. parts and components generally…

Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to avoid Google’s 30 percent cut

Tinder parent company Match Group has just become the latest high-profile software maker to stiff Google on its 30 percent fee for all Android transactions through the Play Store. To avoid paying the company on in-app purchases of subscriptions to services like Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus, Match Group will now encourage users to enter credit card details directly into Tinder’s systems, according to Bloomberg, citing new research by Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter. The move is similar to one made by popular video game developer Epic Games, which last year…

Britain says Iran seizes two oil tankers in Gulf, Iran says captured one

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the latest confrontation to ratchet up tension along a vital international oil shipping route. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had captured the British-flagged Stena Impero, announcing the move two weeks after the British navy seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said the second vessel, the British-operated Mesdar, had not been seized. It said the ship had been allowed to…

Iran says it seized British tanker, denies U.S. brought down drone

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday but denied Washington’s assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby this week, as tensions in the Gulf region grew again. Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia and suddenly changed course after passing through the strait at the mouth of the Gulf. Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted a military source as…

Google is making it easier to monitor the battery life of wireless earbuds in Android

Google has been steadily building out its Bluetooth Fast Pair features for the last few years, and the company just revealed the next wave of updates that should make managing compatible Bluetooth devices even better on Android. The biggest update is said to be arriving “later this year” and will add deeper support for truly wireless headphones. Headphones that support fast pair will eventually be able to show the individual battery life data for the case and each earbud independently, as well as pop-up that information when opening or closing…

Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of Hormuz

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is « extremely concerned » by the seizure of two tankers by Iran. The Stena Impero is British-flagged and the Mesdar is Liberian-flagged but British owned. The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact their vessel, which was « heading north towards Iran ». They say there are 23 personnel on board the British-flagged oil tanker and it was approached by « unidentified small crafts and a helicopter ». The government’s emergency committee, Cobra, is meeting in Whitehall later for…

Medallia soars more than 70% in market debut as investors flock to another cloud software IPO

Medallia surged more than 70% in its market debut on Friday, becoming the latest cloud software company to attract public market investors.The San Francisco-based company, which sells software tools to help companies monitor customer satisfaction, was initially priced at $21 per share but broke the $35 per share mark soon after trading began. The company said in a SEC filing on July 8, that it expected shares to price between $16 and $18. The stock climbed as high as $39.56.Medallia joined Zoom, Crowdstrike and PagerDuty as cloud software providers with…

WeWork will host a Wall Street analyst day this month ahead of IPO

Signage is seen at the entrance of the WeWork offices on Broad Street in New York.David ‘Dee’ Delgado | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe We Company, parent of shared office space manager WeWork, plans to host an analyst day for Wall Street banks on July 31, as the company steps up its preparations for an initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said.WeWork’s decision to host the event at this stage is unusual, given that IPO hopefuls have typically hired underwriters by the time they invite analysts from Wall…

‘No doubt about it,’ Trump says as Iran challenges his report of drone downing

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said there was “no doubt” the U.S. Navy had brought down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz this week while Tehran showed video footage that it said disproved the incident even happened. Trump and his national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters at the White House they were certain the USS Boxer warship had downed an Iranian pilotless aircraft on Thursday at the Gulf’s strategic waterway. “No doubt about it, no. We shot it down,” Trump said. Speaking of Iran, he said…