Microsoft wants Windows to open into mixed reality
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:17:47 -0400
Microsoft is out to use Windows software to do for altered reality what it did for personal computers: make them commonplace. The US technology giant on Wednesday announced that Windows software already powering a wide range of devices including HoloLens augmented reality headgear is being opened to partners interested in building devices for "mixed reality" experiences. Devices built on the Windows platform will be interoperable, meaning that someone wearing HTC Vive virtual reality gear would be able to virtually visit and collaborate with someone using HoloLens virtual reality goggles, Microsoft executives told AFP.
2 die in capsizing at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:17:11 -0400
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A father and son on an Alaska fishing trip died when their boat overturned in Glacier Bay National Park.
Monsanto deal will take time, says Bayer CEO
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:11:52 -0400
Taking over US agrochemicals giant Monsanto will take time, the head of German chemicals and pharmaceuticals group Bayer said in a magazine interview Wednesday. "Our planned takeover of Monsanto will be a marathon rather than a sprint," chief executive Werner Baumann told the weekly WirtschaftsWoche in an interview to be published on Friday. In particular, getting the deal past the cartel authorities could be a long haul, Baumann said.
Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:08:40 -0400
Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters. Duterte, who won last month's elections in a landslide after pledging to kill tens of thousands of criminals, told reporters on Tuesday that there was justification for killing journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities. "Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch," Duterte said when asked how he would address the problem of media killings in the Philippines after a reporter was shot dead in Manila last week.
French Open Lookahead: Frenchman Gasquet faces Murray in QF
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:03:35 -0400
PARIS (AP) — The wait had better be worth it for tennis fans when Richard Gasquet finally takes on Andy Murray in the French Open quarterfinals — weather allowing on Wednesday.
Kenya prosecutor says no crime found in use of eurobond funds
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:01:35 -0400
The Kenyan prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it had found no evidence that proceeds of 250 billion shillings ($2.48 billion) raised from a eurobond had been stolen or misused and will not pursue criminal charges against any government officials. In January, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to probe the use of the funds after opposition leader Raila Odinga said the government could not account for 140 billion shillings from the sovereign bond. "Further, I have found no evidence disclosing any criminality of any government officials.
In Mozambique, a return to the horrors of civil war
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:57:19 -0400
Decomposing corpses in the bush, destroyed villages, abductions -- in the central Mozambican district of Gorongosa clashes between the army and rebels have revived the spectre of a civil war that ended 20 years ago. "It has been two months since I have found these bodies and no one has come to remove them," Donca Sabir, a local farmer, told AFP as he contemplated remains barely hidden among shrubs on his land. Wearing scraps of civilian clothes, their trousers often pulled down, and their jaws open in macabre expressions of pain, the skeletal corpses lie just 100 metres (yards) from Mozambique's main north-south road.
India tops world slavery list, but charity cites improvement
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:56:41 -0400
NEW DELHI (AP) — A charity aimed at rescuing children from forced labor said Wednesday that while India tops a recent global slavery index, the situation is improving in the South Asian nation.
Turkey says German vote on Armenia killings will harm ties
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:56:17 -0400
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says relations with Germany will be harmed if the German parliament votes to describe the killing of Armenians last century as genocide.
UN warns 20,000 children are trapped in Iraq's Fallujah
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:53:53 -0400
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. children's fund has issued a stark warning to Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants to spare the children amid a battle to retake the city of Fallujah city.