The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site in Washington State, already considered one of the worlds most contaminated sites, may have another radioactive leak to deal with. The leak was discovered by a contractor conducting an inspection on the site’s oldest double shell tank. Another inspection is planned in order to inspect the rest of the site and to identify the unknown ”dried material”.
If Scotland were to vote for independence, both the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds could be forced to move their registered offices or legal homes to London under European Union Law, a senior banker has said. A directive says that banks must have their head offices “in the same member state as its registered office”.
Street clashes erupted in India after an announcement on Wednesday that the country’s general election will start on April 7, pitting Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling party. 814 million people registered to vote, exceeding the population of Europe and a world record. Results are due on May 16.
Flexcoin, a wallet and banking service that lost 896 bitcoins to attackers, announced it will be shutting down. It has promised to return funds to customers as soon as possible. This is another blow to the bitcoin ecosystem, though Flexcoin was not as central to the economy as Mt. Gox.
Twitch announced the release of the Twitch mobile software development kit yesterday, which will allow developers to add livestreaming and screen capture functionality to mobile games. The SDK will allow broadcasting of gameplay audio and video, as well as video from mobile devices’ front camera and audio through internal or external microphones. A release date has not been confirmed.
The Paralympic South African star Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame when he accidentally discharged a gun under the table at a restaurant, another athlete testified at his trial. He is currently facing charges for the murder of his girlfriend in 2013.
Apple announced CarPlay on Monday, which was previously shown under the name iOS in the Car at its developer conference last year. The system allows drivers to access iPhone content and maps from their car’s entertainment system. Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo showed their implementations, whilst many other manufacturers pledged their future support, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, and Toyota.
A UCLA team mapped over 9,800 tweets with sexual and drug-related themes and found that their locations were a good predictor for established statistics on HIV-prevalence. They said that the growing amount of social media data will prove useful for researchers and public health departments to monitor and detect health behaviours and disease outbreaks.
The Russian military says it has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, further increasing tension in Ukraine’s Crimea region and elsewhere. The US said it was given advanced notice, but the event comes after the US accused Russia of an “act of aggression” in Crimea. Troops thought to be Russian or pro-Russian took control of strategic points like military bases and other installations in the Crimean peninsula, in recent days.
According to a leak of screenshots and information posted on the Titanfall subreddit, the game will feature 15 maps, some of which contain ziplines and fixed heavy turrets that can be hacked to fight for either team, and will have “Generations”, which function similarly to Call of Duty’s Prestige mode.
Samsung has revealed a number of app subscriptions Galaxy S5 owners will receive for free alongside their smartphone. These include 3 months of Evernote and Linkedin’s premium services; 6 months of access to the Wall Street Journal and to 50GB of cloud storage from Box; and 1 year of Bloomberg’s Businessweek and Run Keeper Premium.
Bill Gates has once again become the world’s richest person on the Forbes billionaires list, 4 years after he fell from the top spot. His net worth of $76 billion, up from $67 billion in 2013, beat telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who fell to the second spot.
Kickstarter has reached $1 billion pledged from 5.7 million individuals, with over half of that figure being pledged in the last 12 months, though only $859 million in successful dollars is counted. The games category is the biggest in terms of dollars pledged, with $215.75 million pledged to gaming-related Kickstarters.
A selfie tweeted by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres became the most retweeted photograph ever on Sunday night, surpassing a record previously held by President Obama. Her tweet reached 779,295 retweets in about half an hour.
Fez will be released on March 25 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with cross saves supported across all three systems. The game will run at 720p at 60fps on PS3; “the best-looking and smoothest Fez experience you can get on a TV set” - 1080p at 60fps on PS4; and native 960 x 544 on the PS Vita.
12 Years a Slave won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, whilst Gravity won the largest share of 7 awards. Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron also became the first Latin American to win the best director award. Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
Ukrainian defence sources have said that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet chief Aleksander Vitko threatened a full assault if they did not surrender their forces in Crimea by dawn on Tuesday. However, the Interfax news agency later quoted a Russian spokesman denying that any ultimatum had been issued. The EU and US are currently threatening Russia with sanctions and travel bans over its intervention in Crimea.
Ukraine launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, despite only having been appointed on Saturday. He was earlier shown on Russian television, swearing allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea.
A Wisconsin man is selling his vacation home for 100 million dogecoins, or about $135,000, after not receiving any offers for his 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home. Dogecoin is an open-source cryptocurrency created in December 2013 as a parody of bitcoin, and is now valued at more than $60 million.
After 16 days, Twitch Plays Pokemon has beaten Pokemon Red. Twitch Plays Pokemon, launched on February 12th, translated chat text into button presses on a Game Boy emulator. It gained 35,000 players in four days and reached an overall peak of 120,000 on February 18th.
Ashton Kutcher is helping Lenovo design a line of special edition smartphones, after he was brought on board as a product engineer in October. He will focus on the user experience of the upcoming phones.
President Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed concern over Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and warned their actions would negatively impact their standing in the international community. Putin remained defiant, telling Obama that Russia can send its troops to Crimea and all of eastern Ukraine due to “the existence of real threats”. Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador also claimed 15,000 Russian troops are now in Crimea.
Pharrell Williams, who previously worked with Daft Punk on their hugely successful song “Get Lucky” from their “Random Access Memories” album, has teamed up with them again for the track “Gust of Wind” for his upcoming solo album “G I R L”. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and well-known film musician Hans Zimmer all make appearances on the album.
At least 28 people were killed and 113 wounded on Saturday evening when a group of “terrorists” armed with knives stormed a railway station in southwest China. Authorities said it was an organized attack involving more than 10 attackers, and shot 5 suspects to death.
Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, filed filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday, saying it may have lost nearly half a billion dollars worth of bitcoins due to hackers. The exchange had liabilities of 6.5 billion yen ($63.67 million) and 127,000 creditors in bankruptcy, just over 1,000 over whom are Japanese.
Warner Bros. Pictures is working with Minecraft developer Mojang on a movie based on the game, Mojang co-founder Markus “Notch” persson revealed on Twitter. Deadline has reported that the studio is working on a live-action film with Roy Lee, who produced the Lego Movie recently, and Jill Messick as producers.
Sony’s Xperia Z2 features a bigger battery and a better 5.2 inch IPS screen, although remaining at 1080p resolution, along with 3GB of memory and 4K video recording. It will be available globally from March, with Android 4.4 (KitKat) loaded, and come in black, white or purple.
An explosion at a restaurant near to a gas station in Qatar, Doha, killed 9 and left 32 injured. The blast, caused by a gas cylinder, also caused heavy damage to buildings and cars near the Landmark shopping mall.
Google’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, gave the blunt answer that Android was not designed to be safe, it was designed to be open, when asked about malware on Android earlier this week. He said that Android is the most popular operating system in the world, thus it is not a suprise that 90% of malware is targeted at Android.
The United States government fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to assist families after the July crash of Asiana 214 in San Francisco. It’s the first time that the Department of Transportation has issued a fine under a “family assistance plan” law.
About 20 polio-like illness cases have been found in children in the California in the past 18 months. These cases don’t seem to be a major epidemic but only a very rare phenomenon, said a neurologist.
South Korean Defense ministry alerted that North Korea launched four short ranged missiles into the sea while South Korea and the United States are currently carrying out joint military exercises that the country opposes.
A dozen of armed men have seized the regional government building in Crimea, Ukraine and raised a Russian flag in place of the Ukrainian one. Meanwhile Moscow warns against violations of compatriots’ rights by foreign states.
HTC has unveiled a “Power To Give” initiative, in order to combine the collective processing power of many phones for good. Users can download an app from Google Play which will run in the background when their phone is being charged and is connected to WiFi. The app’s beta release is available to the HTC One family only, for now.
American Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled plans to shrink the US Army to its smallest size since before the US entered World War Two, from 520,000 to 440-450,000, and to retire Cold War-era Air Force fleets such as the U-2 spy plane and A-10 attack jet.
According to a poll done by the Game Developers Conference, only 4% of developers had Wii U on the list of platforms they will be working on in 2014, with 2% working on the 3DS. PS4 was the most popular among home consoles, with 20% saying they would work on it, whilst 50% said they would work on smartphones.
Netflix and Comcast have signed a multiyear paid contract that gives Netflix’s traffic a more direct route to Comcast’s network, according to the Wall Street Journal. Comcast has confirmed the deal without mentioning any financial aspect.
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has invited US President Barack Obama to join him in talks to resolve the problems between the two countries. He said the meeting would help to “put the truth out on the table”.