European countries set new June heat records amid heatwave

Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic hit their highest ever recorded June temperatures on Wednesday – with more records anticipated to fall as the heat continues to rise in the coming days. Some nations, including France and Switzerland, are expected to see levels above 40C (104F) on Thursday. Meteorologists say exceptionally hot air blown in from northern Africa is to blame for the European heatwave. French officials have issued stark warnings about the risk to life. On Wednesday, their Minister for Solidarity and Health, Agnès Buzyn, defended the government against…

Holocaust: Dutch rail firm NS confirms compensation

The Netherlands’ state-run rail company NS has said it will pay tens of millions of euros in compensation to Holocaust victims and their families. The company earned millions in today’s terms by transporting Jewish families to a Nazi transit camp. Some 107,000 Jews were taken to Westerbork and deported, mainly to deaths camps at Auschwitz and Sobibor. Only 5,000 survived. NS said the deportations were a « black page in the history of the company ». It apologised in 2005 for its role in helping the Nazi occupiers in World…

City ransomware attacks and huge payouts mean a once-private corporate problem has gone public

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waits to speak at the Atlanta Press Club luncheon, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Atlanta.Andrea Smith | APCity governments are under assault from ransomware, malicious software that infects entire computer networks, freezing up important files and equipment until the organization pays for a key to unlock the information.Baltimore and two cities in Florida have fallen victim to ransomware in recent weeks, and Atlanta’s mayor advocated for more federal help in protecting against ransomware in Congress Tuesday. Atlanta and Baltimore are each spending spend millions on…

How to turn off Google Maps’ many notifications

Judging by the flood of notifications I get on a daily basis from Google Maps, it really likes me — maybe a little too much. If you use Google Maps on Android, you might be in the same boat. Google Maps has a lot of notification options (between 40 and 54 nestled into 10 categories in the three phones that we tried out), and they’re all turned on by default. When I look down the list, I find a few crucial notifications in the mix, like the one that lets…

How to install an Android app you can’t find in the Play Store

Most of the time, the Google Play Store is all you need to find and download apps on Android. Unlike iOS, though, Android gives you the option to install apps from other places. And every now and then, that level of freedom can come in handy. Say, for instance, you’re looking for an app that isn’t available in your country. Or maybe you’re longing to try a newly announced update to an app that hasn’t yet rolled out to you. You might even want to find an older version of…

Democrats: Mueller testimony to set Russia record straight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller set to testify next month in Congress, Democrats are framing his appearance as a major opportunity for Americans to see how the Trump administration misled them about his two-year Russia probe. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File PhotoDemocratic lawmakers said on Wednesday that Mueller’s testimony on July 17 will refute descriptions of…

Trump says he can fire Fed’s Powell; it’s not that simple

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump accused Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday of doing a “bad job” and “out to prove how tough he is,” but any move to oust him would likely touch off a legal fight with big repercussions in financial markets as well. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump announces Jerome Powell as his nominee to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoTrump’s renewed criticism…

‘Loudest Voice’ TV series casts critical eye on Roger Ailes and Fox News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two years after his ouster and death, Roger Ailes returns to television in a new drama series that traces the rise and fall of the controversial creator of Fox News and underscores his lasting impact on the U.S. media landscape. FILE PHOTO: Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, on July 24, 2006. Picture taken on July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo/File PhotoIn “The…

Closing of explosion-damaged refinery could send gas prices higher just in time for July 4 holiday

Customers pump gasoline at a gas station in the Bronx, where gas prices are over $3.00 per gallon, June 1, 2018 in New York. Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images The permanent shutdown of the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refining complex could send gasoline prices higher across the U.S., but particularly in the mid-Atlantic region where they could spike temporarily just around the time drivers fill up for Fourth of July holiday. The refinery is the oldest on the East Coast and accounts for about 27% of that region’s…

Google now lets you set a time limit to auto-delete location history and web activity data

Google is now beginning to roll out its location history auto-delete feature after announcing it back in May. The tool comes after an emphasis on user privacy this past developer conference season, where companies like Google and Apple both said they would begin rolling out tools to let customers have more control over what data they share with the companies or third-party apps. One of the criticisms, however, was that much of the work was still reliant upon the user to set up. Location tracking and web / app activity…

Google tracks your location, but a new tool rolling out now will delete where you’ve been

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesSpeaking during Google IO in May, Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised that his company would soon begin rolling out new tools that give users more control over their privacy and the data Google collects. The first tool, which let you set up a way to automatically delete your web and app activity history, rolled out on May 8.Now another one is beginning to roll out,…

How to connect two sets of AirPods to your iPhone with Apple’s new software

Apple’s second-generation AirPods support wireless charging and voice-activated Siri.AppleApple will roll out new software for the iPad and iPhone later this year that will allow users to pair two sets of AirPods with one device. That means if you’re traveling with a friend or spouse, you can both watch the same movie or listen to the same music playlist, eaching using your own AirPods.The updates will be part of the launch of iPadOS and iOS 13.Newer Android phones already have this option through Bluetooth 5, but it’s the first time Apple…

House panel votes to subpoena Trump adviser Conway on Hatch Act

FILE PHOTO: White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway attends a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted 25-16 on Wednesday to subpoena testimony from White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway after she failed to appear at a hearing about her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, a law that limits federal employees’ political activity. The Office of Special Counsel, a U.S.…

Instagram will start putting ads in your ‘Explore’ feed

Getty ImagesAds are coming for your « Explore » feed on Instagram.Facebook-owned Instagram announced Wednesday it would be rolling out ads in the section of Instagram where users browse photos and videos from accounts they might not follow. When Instagram users tap a photo or video in the « Explore » section, the company said users may start to see ads as they scroll through content. The changes will be introduced over the next few months.It’s another way for Instagram to let brands get in front of potential customers. Instagram said…

Lee Pomeroy death: ‘Frenzied’ train attack CCTV shown to jury

Media playback is unsupported on your device A jury has been shown footage showing the moment a father was stabbed to death on a train in a « quick and frenzied attack ». The Old Bailey heard Lee Pomeroy, 51, suffered 18 knife wounds in an assault lasting little more than 25 seconds. CCTV footage showed Mr Pomeroy being repeatedly stabbed on a Guildford-to-London train on 4 January. Darren Pencille, 36, of Wilbury Road in Farnham, denies murdering Mr Pomeroy but admits possessing a bladed article. His barrister told the…

Prince William: ‘I’d support my child if they were gay’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prince William has said he would « fully support » his children if they were gay, but admitted he would « worry » about the added pressures they would face. It was something he had thought about since becoming a parent, he said. « I wish we lived in a world where it’s really normal and cool, but particularly for my family, and the position that we are in, that’s the bit I am nervous about, » he said. The duke was speaking…

Tesla has a secret lab trying to build its own battery cells to reduce dependence on Panasonic

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, June 13, 2019.Mike Blake | ReutersTesla is developing the means to manufacture its own battery cells, according to five current and recent employees, something that the electric vehicle maker has relied on Panasonic to do since the companies signed an extensive partnership deal in 2014.The move could help Tesla offer cheaper, higher performance electric-vehicles than it does today, without having to pay or share data and resources with outside vendors or…

LGBTQ Google employees ask SF Pride to remove the company from celebrations

LGBTQ employees within Google are petitioning San Francisco Pride to kick the company from its official festivities this weekend. “[We] urge you to revoke Google’s sponsorship of Pride 2019, and exclude Google from representation in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30th, 2019,” reads a Medium post with the full petition. The name includes close to 100 signatures of employees who “are compelled to speak,” despite potential repercussions. The petition was first reported by Bloomberg. Prior to the petition’s public existence, a source told The Verge it was “extremely…

The White House is hosting a social media summit as Trump continues to assail tech companies

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City.Getty ImagesThe White House said on Wednesday that it will hold a summit on social media on July 11. « This event will bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment, » Judd Deere, a White House spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. Deere said the summit would…

Trump says any war with Iran ‘would not last very long,’ but he still hopes for no conflict

President Donald J. Trump listens during a meeting on Fentanyl and the opioid epidemic in the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post | Getty Images President Donald Trump said Wednesday « I hope we don’t » have a war with Iran, but it « would not last very long. » In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump also explained his decision to call off military strikes on Iran in retaliation for its downing of a…

US oil surges to session high after EIA says crude inventories plunged by 12.8 million barrels

Oil platform, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Jess McGlothlin Media / Aurora Photos | Aurora Open | Getty Images Oil prices soared on Wednesday as traders cheered a massive drop in U.S. supply while tensions with Iran heightened after President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on the country this week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 3.3%, hitting a fresh monthly high of 59.76 a barrel. Brent crude futures were up  2.4% at $66.69 per barrel. They earlier touched their highest since May 31 at $66.25 a barrel. The Energy Information Administration…

Robots could take over 20 million jobs by 2030, study claims

PhonlamaiPhoto | Getty ImagesRobots could take over 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world by 2030, economists claimed Wednesday.According to a new study from Oxford Economics, within the next 11 years there could be 14 million robots put to work in China alone.Economists analyzed long-term trends around the uptake of automation in the workplace, noting that the number of robots in use worldwide increased threefold over the past two decades to 2.25 million.While researchers predicted the rise of robots will bring about benefits in terms of productivity and economic growth,…

Check out this crazy phone that has a camera hiding inside the screen

Oppo’s camera hides on the front of the screen under the display.OppoChinese phone maker Oppo on Wednesday published new photos of a prototype phone that hides the front-facing selfie camera completely inside the screen. The prototype was on display at the MWC tech conference in Shanghai.Right now, since cameras aren’t yet able to sit beneath a screen, manufacturers like Apple need to create a notch at the top of the screen that allows the camera and other sensors to sit on the front of the device, while still allowing as…

TripIt gets Google Assistant and Alexa support

Fans of travel planning app TripIt can now access their travel details directly through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, with the company launching integrations for both smart assistant platforms today, via Android Police. Adding TripIt works like any other Alexa or Google Assistant integration: users will have to open the companion app for their service of choice and add TripIt there, after which point it should be available through all of your connected smart speakers and devices. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll be able to ask Google Assistant or…

Livongo will work with Apple Watch and other wearables to nudge you into healthy habits

Livongo, a company that focuses on using technology to help people manage chronic conditions, announced on Wednesday that it will connect to wearables including the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Samsung’s Gear smartwatch to provide health-related reminders and nudges to its customers.Wearables were once focused on fitness. Now, they’re increasingly being used to help people manage medical conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. This could make these devices more popular, transforming them from a « nice to have » into a « must have » for a subset of people, and…

Thousands start rocking up as UK’s Glastonbury Festival opens

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – Glastonbury, the world’s largest greenfield festival, opened its gates on Wednesday to thousands of lucky ticket holders who have descended on Worthy Farm in southwest England to see performers ranging from Stormzy to Kylie and Janet Jackson. People carry their possesions as they arrive for Glastonbury Festival at Worthy farm in Somerset, Britain June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsTwo million people pre-registered for the ballot to buy one of 135,000 general admission tickets for the festival, which returns in 2019 after taking last year off. U.S. rock…

Child killer Brady had access to boys in jail

Moors Murderer Ian Brady was able to mix with vulnerable borstal boys in Wormwood Scrubs prison for more than five years, newly released Home Office files reveal. Even after one young prisoner alleged that Brady had had sex with him, no action was taken for several months, the BBC’s Sanchia Berg reports. For decades he was Britain’s most notorious murderer. Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley tortured, sexually assaulted and murdered children in the mid-1960s and buried some of the bodies on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester. Following his conviction…

US immigration: Drowning exposes risks of illegal crossing

El Salvador’s government has warned people against risking their lives to reach the US after a man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande. Photos of their bodies, found face down in shallow water with the 23-month-old girl’s arm around her father’s neck, have sparked condemnation. It comes as the US and Mexico implement tougher policies to stem the flow of undocumented migrants, mostly from Central America, travelling north. At least six have died in recent days. Warning: This article contains a distressing image Many of the migrants…

Health start-up Omada is investing in virtual care so you can stay out of the doctor’s office

Omada Health CEO Sean Duffy.Omada Health started almost a decade ago to help people at risk of diabetes — about one in three Americans — avoid getting the full-blown disease. Unlike traditional health-care providers, the company only gets paid when its tools are effective, like when patients lose weight or show improvements in their blood sugar levels.After gaining traction in diabetes prevention, Omada moved into hypertension, mental health and other chronic conditions, where coaching and monitoring can lead to behavioral change and better health, ultimately saving insurers and health systems…

Veteran Sanders seeks U.S. voters on live-streaming gaming channel

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a new strategy to reach younger voters: joining a live-streaming site for video gamers. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd during Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisFootage of the 77-year-old Vermont senator rallying supporters will be posted on Twitch, alongside its more regular output of teenagers playing Fortnite, Overwatch and other combat games. “We hope to reach people who may not otherwise be involved in politics and…