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04-01-2015 Science&Technology
Samsung Galaxy S6 review

The Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung at its boldest. The Galaxy S6 is Samsung at its best.

It’s not ok to make a cheap-looking phone anymore.

Now that Apple is finally making big phones, and even the cheapest Android phones feel nice, we all expect more from Samsung — and rightly so. A flagship phone has to be great or it’s going to get laughed out of the room. If the Galaxy S6 was another plasticky, boring phone like last year’s Galaxy S5 or if it merely introduced a few hardware tricks, it would have gotten laughed out of the entire neighborhood.

There is a version of the phone with a hardware trick, the Galaxy S6 Edge with a curved display. But that’s a distraction; the real story is that Samsung needed to learn that hardware prowess and software features are tools you use to build something great, not ends in themselves. Most Galaxy phones are uninspired compilations of spec lists. For the S6, Samsung to needed to find inspiration, and it did: in Apple.

The Galaxy S6 is what happens when Samsung doesn’t try to copy Apple’s phones, but instead finally tries to copy Apple’s product philosophy.

The first thing to know about the S6 is that it doesn’t feel much like other Samsung phones. Instead of a plastic or faux-leather back, it’s glass on the front and the back with metal around the rim. We’ve seen other phones do this, but none have done it so well. The Galaxy S6 looks great and feels even better.

The edges are subtly textured from flat to curved in all the right spots. The seams between the glass and the metal are nigh-microscopic, and the whole thing just feels fantastic. It weighs just a hair more than an iPhone 6, and it’s slightly bigger as well. But I actually find it easier to hold and to reach the far corners because the glass is less likely to slip than the iPhone’s metal finish. It glides into a pocket and stays in my hand.

If you wanted to go hunting for problems, you could find them. Maybe the Gorilla Glass 4 won’t hold up to drops or could be prone to scratching (neither has been the case for me so far). The camera bump on the back is an overly large wart. That’s about it, from a straight physical design perspective. And in both cases, I’m simply not worried about it.

Then there’s the elephant in the room: it really does remind you of the iPhone. This isn’t a straight rip, of course. From the front, it’s the spitting image of the Galaxy S5. The back is glass, and the curves fit Samsung’s traditional Galaxy shape instead of iPhone’s rounded rectangle. But take a look at the bottom of each phone: You’ll find the same perfectly machined holes and ports in basically identical spots.

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Source: The Verge

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04-01-2015 Science&Technology
Microsoft launches Surface 3 as ultimate portable work tablet

Microsoft has launched the Surface 3 in a push to create the tablet powerful enough to replace a laptop for business professionals and students alike.

The new 10.8-inch HD tablet is optimised to run full Windows 8.1 and Office and boasts up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life, the company claims. Owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 once the software becomes available, believed to be later this summer.

It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor and sports stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound. It has been designed

The Surface Type 3 Cover with inbuilt magnetic-clip keyboard and Surface Pen, available in silver, black, blue and red, will be sold separately.

Customers will also receive a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal and OneDrive cloud storage.

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 in May last year at a cost of £639. The new Surface 3 will be significantly cheaper at £419 upwards.

“Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface.

“We’ve taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface. It’s beautiful, versatile, powerful and productive, and our customers are going to love what it lets them do.”

The 4G-enabled Surface 3 will start at £419 and is available to pre-order now through the Microsoft online store.

Source: The Telegraph

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04-01-2015 Science&Technology
Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on US sites

Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based web resource that hosts some of the group's data, according to an analysis released by the group. said in a statement Monday that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks that have intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github over the past week. said it had mirrored some of its content on Github repositories, and that the data were the targets of the attacks. said Chinese authorities carried out the attacks by installing malicious code on the computers of users visiting the popular Chinese search engine Baidu and related sites and using those computers to overwhelm Github and websites with service requests.

The group said the attacks marked the first of their kind blamed on Chinese authorities and represented a dangerous escalation for a country that already tightly restricts what Chinese can see online. said it was a direct target of similar denial-of-service attacks earlier in March. produces mirror websites that let Chinese users see information normally blocked by government censors. The group doesn't reveal where it's located or who runs it. The Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government-backed initiative to support Internet freedom, says on its website that it provided with $114,000 in 2014.

The Cyberspace Administration of China didn't respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

"Very clearly, the Cyberspace Administration of China is behind both of the recent (distributed denial-of-service) attacks," said in its statement. "Hijacking the computers of millions of innocent internet users around the world is particularly striking as it illustrates the utter disregard the Chinese authorities have for international as well as even Chinese internet governance norms."

Source: U-T San Diego

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04-01-2015 Politics
Washiqur Rahman: Another secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

When American writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death on a Dhaka, Bangladesh, street in full view of horrified onlookers, blogger Washiqur Rahman doubled down.

Fundamentalists were choking free thought in his secular nation, he wrote. But they couldn't silence it.

His friends warned him to be careful, to watch what he posted online. But Rahman dismissed those concerns, saying his Facebook profile page didn't even bear his picture. They don't even know what I look like, he told them.

On Monday, the 27-year-old Rahman fell victim to the same brazen act that killed Roy, hacked to death by two men with knives and meat cleavers just outside his house as he headed to work at a travel agency.

He was so maimed -- with wounds to his head, face and neck -- that police identified him through the voter identification card he was carrying.

His death was the second time in five weeks that someone was killed in Dhaka for online posts critical of Islam -- but they are hardly the only two who've paid a steep price.

In the last two years, several bloggers have died, either murdered or under mysterious circumstances.

"The despicable murder of Avijit Roy last month should have led authorities to step up protection measures for bloggers and others at risk. The killing of Washiqur Rahman today is another clear example of the Bangladeshi government's utter failure to ensure the safety of those at risk," said Abbas Faiz of Amnesty International.

"How many more bloggers will have to be attacked before action is taken?"

Source: CNN

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04-01-2015 Science&Technology
App calculates Metro Vancouver commuting's costs

An online calculator that commuters can use to determine the cost of transportation has been posted online by a Metro Vancouver group identifying itself as an independent team of journalists.

The Cost of Commute Calculator app, designed by Discourse Media, lets riders see not only what they pay to take transit, or to cycle, walk or drive a certain route, but also what society pays for that route in terms of pollution, climate change emissions, accidents and congestion.

The group says the app fills in some of the gaps in the media coverage of the complicated Yes and No sides of the transit tax vote. Voters in Metro Vancouver have begun casting ballots in a plebiscite asking if they want to pay 0.5 per cent more in sales tax to upgrade transit, including 400 new buses and a SkyTrain route along Broadway to Arbutus Street.

Commuters can use the app to select a transit route, and then calculate what that route would cost the commuter and then what it would cost society.

For example, if a commuter takes a bus, there are costs beyond the fare - costs associated with the time spent waiting, the times spent travelling and the risk of an accident. In addition, society pays for emissions, infrastructure, operation costs, congestion and risk of an accident.

Discourse Media, a group which creates multimedia packages either with other media organizations or as standalone websites, was founded a year ago by freelance journalists Erin Millar and Christine McLaren, and operates solely using crowdsourced funds, according to Millar.

Jordan Bateman, a critic of the proposed transit tax, questioned the impartiality of the calculator, pointing out that the lead reporter is dating a TransLink employee and many of the backers on the group's crowdfunding page on Indiegogo are known Yes supporters, including Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.

"They are pretending to be unbiased yet they haven't addressed TransLink waste or any of the other issues the No side has brought up. They are only concerned with defending TransLink and tricking people into voting Yes," Bateman said.

Millar said she did not think the fact McLaren's partner is an employee of TransLink was a conflict of interest for McLaren. And she said Discourse Media is not taking a position on the plebiscite.

"We are never going to say: 'Look, our evidence leads us to this or that conclusion,' " she said. "Ultimately, we are trying to gather data that people don't have access to. TransLink has been criticized ... for not being transparent. We also see that as a problem. So our motive is really to go and do the heavy lifting and get some of the data together.”

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Source: The Vancouver Sun

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04-01-2015 Business
NBN Co to connect a third of Australia by 2017

NBN Co is predicting that 3.97 million homes and businesses, representing a third of all Australian premises, will be connected to the $41 billion national broadband network by September 2017.

The company on Tuesday will announce that an extra 550,000 premises will be added to NBN Co's construction program ending September 2016, bringing the total up to 3.1 million. A spokesman for the company said it would take 12 months to complete construction once work begun.

When added to the 873,844 premises that can currently order an NBN service, this means the company predicts 3.97 million homes and businesses will be connected by September 2017. NBN Co has been tasked with connecting 12.4 million premises by 2020.

This figure does not include the 3.4 million homes and businesses that will be reached by the hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network that Telstra and Singtel-Optus currently use to deliver Foxtel and cable broadband services. This was was recently sold to NBN Co and will start getting commercial NBN services from 2016 onwards.

By comparison, the final corporate plan by Labor's NBN Co in 2013 claimed that by June 30, 2016 around 4.76 million homes and businesses would be "passed" by network and able to order a service. This included so-called 'Service Class Zero' premises that weren't actually able to get a service without further construction work.

Whyalla, the small South Australian town that Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2011 famously predicted would be wiped off the map under a Labor government, is one of the 550,000 locations added to the construction list.

Other suburbs and towns include Castle Hill and Bathurst in NSW, Noosa in Queensland and Bendigo in Victoria. NSW will see the most work with 158,120 premises set to get access while Victoria will get 147,170 on the network and 111,320 homes and businesss in Queensland will be connected.

But where previous construction work relied heavily on Labor's system of plugging fibre optic cabling directly into premises, the latest batch will use the Coalition's model that delivers slower internet speeds for less construction cost.

The move to rollout a range of technologies comes almost a year after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the shift in a statement of expectations issued to the company's executives.

Source: Financial Review

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04-01-2015 Business
U.K. Secret Services in Technological Arms Race, Chief Says

U.K. secret services are embroiled in a “technological arms race” with their enemies, according to the head of the U.K.’s Secret Intelligence Service or MI6.

“Using data appropriately and proportionately offers us a priceless opportunity to be even more deliberate and targeted in what we do,” Alex Younger said in a London speech on Monday.

“The bad news is that the same technology in the opposition hands, an opposition unconstrained by ethics and law, allows them to see what we are doing and to put our people and agents at risk,” Younger said.

A recent parliamentary report said that the U.K. secret services’ bulk interception of communications didn’t amount to indiscriminate surveillance, following an inquiry triggered by documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

Current and former security chiefs have publicly warned about the ripple effect of the Snowden leaks and its impact on the intelligence services’ ability to effectively do their job.

“Snowden threw a massive rock in the pool,” John Sawers, former head MI6, said in January.

Younger was appointed head of the U.K.’s foreign intelligence service in November.

Among the main issues he faces is the rise of the Islamic State militant group, which has attracted volunteers from the U.K. and other European countries after declaring a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. About 600 Britons, including teenage girls, have traveled to Syria and Iraq since the conflict began, and about half of those have returned, according to U.K. police.

Source: Bloomberg

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04-01-2015 Science&Technology
IBM says to invest $3 bln in 'Internet of Things' unit

International Business Machines Corp said on Tuesday it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new 'Internet of Things' unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.

The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own products.

For its first major partnership, IBM said a unit of the Weather Co will move its weather data services onto IBM's cloud, so that customers can use the data in tandem with IBM's analytics tools.

As a result, IBM is hoping that companies will be able to combine live weather forecasting with a range of business data, so companies can quickly adapt to customer buying patterns or supply chain issues connected to the weather.

For example, insurance companies could send messages to policyholders in certain areas when hailstorms are approaching and tell them safe places to park, saving money all round.

Or retail stores could compare weather forecasts with past data to predict surges or drop-offs in customer buying due to extreme weather, and to adjust staffing and supply chain logistics accordingly.

IBM said it was already working with some large companies, such as German tire maker Continental AG and jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to help them use data in their processes.

Focusing on the cloud is part of IBM's gradual shift away from its traditional hardware and consulting business. The company is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018, which should be about 45 percent of its total revenue at that time, based on analysts' growth estimates.

Source: Reuters

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03-31-2015 General
Air Canada AC624 crash probe gets help from police drones

New up-close footage of the wreckage of Air Canada Flight AC 624 shows severe damage to the aircraft, including a mangled wing, a smashed and detached engine and a missing wing at the tail of the plane.

The media footage also appears to show a piece of antenna array lodged in the front of the plane where the nose of the aircraft was torn off during the crash early Sunday at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators have been on scene since Sunday, and are examining the site with help from police drones.

Mike Cunningham, the regional manager for air investigations with the TSB, said the aerial photography will help them see the whole picture.

"In the past we've done that with fixed-wing aircraft, but now that we have this access to the RCMP's drone capabilities, it's a really great way for us to get the aerial coverage and the accident site that we need," he said Monday. "It is a big help."

On Monday, the investigators — from across Canada and as far away as France — began searching the debris field where the Airbus A320 from Toronto crash landed during snowy weather at Halifax Stanfield International Airport with 138 people aboard. Twenty-three people were taken to hospital. None suffered critical injuries.

Airbus, the company that made the plane, is sending staff as part of the investigation, to help figure out what went wrong.

Crews are searching the debris field for evidence. The cockpit recorder and the voice data recorder have been recovered and sent to Ottawa for analysis. The results are expected in a day or two.

Could take 3 days to remove plane

Cunningham said crews started by removing some medical supplies from the wreckage.

"We'll begin working with representatives from Airbus that have arrived here in Halifax from France to begin discussions about how the aircraft can be dismantled and then eventually removed from the site," he said.

He said it could take two to three days to clear the plane off the tarmac

"The position where the aircraft touched down so far back from the end of the runway, I mean, that terrain out there is not prepared as a landing surface. The actual antenna array that they hit is kind of raised up from the ground a bit, so things could have been worse," he said.

Most passengers spent about an hour stuck at the crash site as airport staff scrambled to find a safe way to get them out of the heavy snowfall and inside.

Investigators are also talking to passengers and crew, and examining the aircraft's maintenance records.

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Source: CBC News

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03-31-2015 Business
UK Safari users win the right to sue Google over secretive cookies

A BRITISH COURT HAS GIVEN the green light to a case in the UK that will see Google sued over the secretive placing of cookies on the home machines of people who use Apple's Safari browser.

People who accessed the internet via Safari during a nine-month period over 2011 and 2012, and might have been affected by wonky privacy settings, can now seek satisfaction from Google.

"On the face of it, these claims raise serious issues which merit a trial. They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature about and associated with the claimants' internet use, and the subsequent use of that information for about nine months. The case relates to the anxiety and distress this intrusion upon autonomy has caused," ruled the court.

Google confirmed the court's decision to The INQUIRER, and it does not appear that the company will take it on the chin. "We're disappointed with the court's decision, and are considering our options," said a spokesperson.

Google has already been hauled over the coals about this, and was forced to pay a rather sizeable $22.5m for its troubles. A group for affected parties exists on Facebook.

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman found in 2013 that Google had circumvented the Safari web browser's privacy features to track users' internet activity. Google was fined $17m.

"Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them. By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but their trust," said Schneiderman at the time.

"We must give consumers the reassurance that they can browse the internet safely and securely. My office will continue to protect New Yorkers from any attempts to deliberately expose their personal data."

Action against Google in the UK had already been set in motion, and a dozen plaintiffs were backed by law firm Olswang.

"Google has a responsibility to consumers and should be accountable for the trust placed in them," said Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang.

"We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologise and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion."

Source: The Inquirer

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03-31-2015 General
Australia Accidentally Leaked World Leaders’ Personal Data, Including Obama’s

Australian immigration officials accidentally leaked the passport numbers and other personal data of world leaders including President Barack Obama in the days before the G-20 summit in Brisbane, last November, according to a report in The Guardian .

Human error caused the personal details of 31 world leaders to be passed on by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the organizers of the Asian Cup soccer competition, held in Australia in January. The Australian immigration department did not report the breach to the world leaders.

Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those attending the G-20 summit who had their details leaked on November 7, 2014, several days before the annual summit. An employee of Australia’s immigration service is believed to have emailed the sensitive information to the Asian Cup organizers.

“The personal information which has been breached is the name, date of birth, title, position nationality, passport number, visa grant number and visa subclass held relating to 31 international leaders (i.e., prime ministers, presidents and their equivalents) attending the G20 leaders summit,” reads an email by an immigration officer, obtained by The Guardian.

“The cause of the breach was human error. [Redacted] failed to check that the autofill function in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person’s details into the email ‘To’ field. This led to the email being sent to the wrong person,” the email reads.

The immigration department said it does not believe the email containing the data is publicly accessible or stored on any database.

Australia’s immigration department also recommended against informing the leaders that their personal information had been leaked. However, that decision could be in violation of the privacy laws of several of the affected countries, including the U.K., France and Germany, which require mandatory notification for the victims of data breaches.

Source: Newsweek

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03-31-2015 Science&Technology
Halifax man fined for publishing sexual assault victim's name on Facebook

A Halifax judge says she wanted to send a message of deterrence as she sentenced a man Monday to a year of probation and fined him $1,950 for breaking a publication ban by naming a sexual assault victim on Facebook.

Provincial court Judge Alanna Murphy said publication ban violations on social media will likely become more common and she wanted to discourage people from committing such offences, particularly when they involve victims of sexual assault.

"Imposing a discharge in this offence would be contrary to public interest," Murphy said in sentencing David Winslow Sparks.

"The consequences (of the offence) are irreparable."

Sparks, 62, pleaded guilty in January to violating a publication ban that protected the identity of a woman who was sexually assaulted.

He posted the woman's name on a Facebook group page in support of Lyle Howe, a local lawyer who was convicted last year of sexually assaulting her. Howe has filed an appeal in that case.

The woman said in a victim impact statement she was blindsided when her name was posted online.

"I hope the actions of one angry individual intent on hurting me doesn't stop others from coming forward for justice," said the statement, read by the Crown in court earlier this month.

"One post can be seen around the world in a second and ruin someone's life in the blink of an eye."

The Facebook group had more than 6,000 members at the time Sparks named the victim in a post, according to a screenshot presented in court.

Murphy said she considered mitigating factors in her ruling, including the fact that Sparks is active in the community, took responsibility for the offence and there is no reason to believe he would commit it again.

If a similar offence were committed by a different person, jail time would have been a possibility, Murphy added.

Crown lawyer Janine Kidd said outside court she was satisfied with the sentence, particularly the judge's decision not to grant a discharge as requested by the defence.

"This is a situation where we're catching up to the times," Kidd said.

"Unfortunately, I think we're going to see more and more of these kinds of cases. The decision not to impose a discharge -- considering the impact it could have on other victims -- the Crown is quite satisfied with that."

Murphy set a $1,500 fine for the offence and a $450 victim surcharge.

Source: CTV News

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03-27-2015 Business
03-26-2015 General
Audio extracted from black box; 2nd recorder missing

Officials investigating the crash of a German airliner that killed 150 people have been able to extract critical audio data from one badly damaged black box but have not yet found the second box that is missing among the five acres of debris at the site high in the Alps.

"The accident site is difficult to reach. (Five acres) is a lot but not immense. If we go through it carefully, we will find the (other) recorder. Those are designed to withstand serious crashes," said Remi Jouty, director of France's aviation investigative agency.

Asked if there was any indication from the "usable audio" from the cockpit recorder, he said it was too soon to even determine whether the captain or the co-pilot is speaking.

He denied reports that a second box — or parts of it — had been found. French President Francois Hollande, speaking earlier, said the outer frame of the second box had been located but not the main section.

"We have not located the black box," Jouuty insisted, when asked about the president's statement. "We have not found any debris of the black box and in the history of air accidents, we know of boxes that are very damaged, but I don't remember any recorder broken into pieces."

The second box would provide electronic data from the Germanwings plane that went down in mountainous terrain Tuesday while en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Two Americans were among the 150 people killed aboard the Airbus A320. The victims also included 72 Germans and 35 Spaniards. There were two victims each from Australia, Argentina, Iran and Venezuela. One each came from Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium, Morocco and Israel.

Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Germanwings, said the list of victims is not complete because the airline is trying to contact relatives of 27 victims. He also said that the nationality of some victims is unclear, partly because of dual nationality.

Among the passengers aboard the flight were two infants, two opera singers and 16 German high school students. It was the deadliest crash in France in decades.

The two Americans were identified as Yvonne Selke, an employee with Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly 23 years, and her daughter, Emily Selke, from Nokesville, Va.

"Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke," the family said in a statement. "Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers."

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03-26-2015 General
Germanwings plane crash: What we know so far

Families are grieving. Flight crews are in despair and disbelief. Entire countries are in mourning.

That much is clear. But much else about Germanwings Flight 9525 -- which crashed Tuesday in the southern French Alps -- is not.

In the hours after the Airbus 320 went down, German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded, "We don't know much about the flight and the crash yet. And we don't know the cause."

That was still true a day later. But some blanks are starting to be filled, such as exactly who was on the commercial airliner, how close authorities are to finding their remains and where investigators are in their probe.

Here's the key information that's available so far, and the big questions that remain.

The flight

Flight 9525 -- operated by Germanwings, a low-cost division of Lufthansa -- took off at 10:01 a.m. (5:01 a.m. ET) Tuesday from Barcelona, Spain, bound for Dusseldorf, Germany, with 144 passengers and six crew members aboard. Its takeoff was delayed by 26 minutes from its scheduled departure time because air traffic controllers didn't give permission to the plane to start its engines earlier and because of a small delay in the takeoff rotation, Lufthansa said.

According to Germanwings, the plane reached its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet at 10:45 a.m., and then descended for eight minutes. The plane lost contact with French radar at 10:53 at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, the airline said.

The aircraft crashed shortly before 11 a.m. in a remote area near Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute Provence region. All aboard are presumed dead.

French national police provided a slightly different timeline, saying that the plane began to descend around 10:31 a.m. The police said French air traffic controllers sent out a warning 4 minutes later.

The big question: Why did it crash?

The final moments

In short, the plane descended, lost contact with French radar and crashed.

Air traffic controllers sent out a distress call after radio contact with the plane was lost.

The plane's crew, however, didn't issue a distress call, according to the French Civil Aviation Authority. Still, CNN aviation analyst David Soucie said that he believes the pilot "was definitely aviating and navigating, from what we can tell."

As to what caused this all to happen, authorities haven't said much.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told CNN affiliate BFMTV on Wednesday, "We cannot completely rule out terrorism, but it is not considered the most likely explanation at the moment."

Cazeneuve added, "We need to let the investigation do its work."

The big question: What happened on board, including in the cockpit, during those crucial last minutes?

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Source: CNN

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03-24-2015 Tourism
New Saudi megaport aims to snatch Dubai freight business

A new megaport at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City aims to take business away from Dubai's Jebel Ali by offering a quicker and cheaper service.

Officials behind the KAEC, one of four new cities approve by the late monarch King Abdullah said freight destined for Riyadh will be shipped directly to the new port instead of Dubai where it currently goes.

"At the moment lots of products destined for Riyadh are shipped to Dubai, but that will change. They'll be shipped here as it is cheaper - and can be delivered more quickly within the kingdom," said Rayan Bukhari, a manager at the King Abdullah port in comments published by the BBC.

At 70 sq miles KAEC will eventually be a metropolis slightly larger than Washington DC.

"We aim to create one of the world's largest ports," he told the BBC, adding: "We're not competing with Jeddah's Islamic port - but we are going to take business away from Jebel Ali in Dubai. That's because of our quicker, more automated offloading and customs procedure."

The King Abdullah Port is just part of the KAEC story. Encircling the port is the city’s Industrial Valley, while further afield are areas set aside for residential communities, tech clusters, universities, hospitals and so on.

On the eastern side of the city will be its second major link to the outside world, the Haramain Station. When that is opened, the city will become one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s latest high-speed rail network, linking the megaproject with Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah.

The government has set up an Economic Cities Authority overseeing all four megacities and dealing with every licence, construction permit and approval needed from different ministries.

So far only 15 percent of the city has been developed - industrial estates, residential districts and public facilities are currently under construction.

Source: Arabian

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 The Wall Street Journal / United States
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The People's Daily / China 7 The Daily Telegraph / United Kingdom 8 USA Today / United States
9 Los Angeles Times / United States 10 El Mundo / Spain 11 La Repubblica / Italy 12 The Times of India / India
13 Bild / Germany 14 Corriere della Sera / Italy 15 The Examiner / United States 16 The Independent / United Kingdom
17 El País / Spain 18 The Financial Times / United Kingdom 19 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia 20 Daily News / United States
21 Chicago Tribune / United States 22 Le Monde / France 23 Marca / Spain 24 Hürriyet / Turkey
25 Die Welt / Germany 26 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 27 The Sun / United Kingdom 28 New York Post / United States
29 The Age / Australia 30 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 31 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 32 The Washington Times / United States
33 Die Zeit / Germany 34 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 35 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand 36 The Onion / United States
37 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 38 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 39 The Chicago Sun-Times / United States 40 Al-Ahram / Egypt
41 Le Figaro / France 42 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 43 The Hindu / India 44 Houston Chronicle / United States
45 The Seattle Times / United States 46 Libération / France 47 The Globe and Mail / Canada 48 De Standaard / Belgium
49 The Irish Times / Ireland 50 The Toronto Star / Canada 51 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 52 Mercury News / United States
53 The Australian / Australia 54 The Denver Post / United States 55 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 56 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea
57 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 58 Aftonbladet / Sweden 59 Kommersant / Russia 60 Bangkok Post / Thailand
61 Star Tribune / United States 62 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 63 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 64 Dawn / Pakistan
65 El Universal / Mexico 66 The Miami Herald / United States 67 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 68 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India
69 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States 70 Sports Nippon / Japan 71 L'Equipe / France 72 Die Presse / Austria
73 Detroit Free Press / United States 74 Neue Zürcher Zeitung / Switzerland 75 Clarín / Argentina 76 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
77 The Sacramento Bee / United States 78 China Daily / China 79 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 80 AS / Spain
81 The Baltimore Sun / United States 82 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany 83 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 84 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan
85 Boston Herald / United States 86 The Dallas Morning News / United States 87 The Times / United Kingdom 88 Newsday / United States
89 Orlando Sentinel / United States 90 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 91 Taipei Times / Taiwan 92 The Hindustan Times / India
93 The Economic Times / India 94 Kompas / Indonesia 95 The Observer / United Kingdom 96 Jornal de Notícias / Portugal
97 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 98 ABC / Spain 99 Le Soir / Belgium 100 The Kansas City Star / United States

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