Google Set To Regain Tech Crown

In order to defeat Amazon and Apple's latest devices, Google has revealed its new smarpthones. Presented by Google Director of Product Management Sabr...

Tuition Hike Protests Disrupt Class...

South African Universities including the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have closed after violent tuition hikes found suggested violent a...

Kurdish-Held Parts of Syria Hit By ...

About five explosions had hit government-controlled areas in Syria. A city held by Kurdish militia in Syria were also hit by one of the explosions. Se...

Oculus Rift To Arrive in the UK In ...

New technologies often arrive in September and for many VR enthusiasts and gamers in the United Kingdom, the Oculus Rift VR is officially available by...

Google Set To Regain Tech Crown

In order to defeat Amazon and Apple’s latest devices, Google has revealed its new smarpthones. Presented by Google Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis, the Google Pixel Phone is just the start of the tech aggression shown by the company.

On Tuesday, the tech giant announced and showed the world its move to create its own hardware powered on Android — its world-famous operating system supplied to other manufacturers including Samsung and HTC.

According to Google, it can design software and hardware to work seamlessly together — something its rival Apple had done in the last 15 years.

The Google Pixel Phones will be on sale with a starting price of $650 (£590).

This could also mean a serious Android rival for Android-powered Samsung, the South Korean manufacturing company being the best at integrating the OS with their hardware.

However, Google’s own journey through the tech world may have it create rivalries with Samsung and other manufacturers it has worked with that create Android gadgets. But Google said in a statement it is still focused on creating better relationships with other manufacturers of android devices.

Aside from the Pixel Phone, Google also revealed Daydream View, a VR headset that could rival current giant Oculus Rift.

Tuition Hike Protests Disrupt Classrooms, Almost Erupt in Violence

South African Universities including the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have closed after violent tuition hikes found suggested violent actions in different areas of their schools.

The protests came in after the government had announced a possible 8% tuition fee hike for universities.

Universities have closed just as students were preparing for their end-of-term exams. Meanwhile, several large schools have reported vandalism against university property. Security staff and protester skirmishes have run throughout campuses.

In one university, authorities have found homemade molotov cocktails and other firebombs in the area.

Protesting students barged into classes Monday at the University of Johannesburg, prompting Selleo’s lecturer to cancel class. Now, says the 21-year-old accounting student, she’s mad — at the protesters.

“As someone who’s about to finish their degree now, and then this strike affects them, they fail or then something happens, then they have to repeat the modules next year,” she said as she stood outside the university gates Monday.

Students inside the movement say they won’t let up until their demands are met.

Jafta Kolisang, a 28-year-old student getting a master’s degree in history, has been lurking outside the gates of the University of the Witwatersrand since he was suspended in June for participating in protests earlier this year.

“I don’t regret it,” he said. “I’m doing it for black students. Yes, myself, I’ve been in similar situations. When I completed my matric [high school diploma], I couldn’t go study because I didn’t have money. So we can’t have that cycle of, I mean, that is violence itself.”

His friend Josh Nel, who is white, is majoring in political philosophy and delivered a dialectic on why he supports the movement. He says he thinks the government should tax the super-wealthy to fund tuition.

“This is a long-overdue movement challenging the very economic foundations that continue to justify and perpetuate the super-exploitation of black labor by white capital,” Nel said.

Kurdish-Held Parts of Syria Hit By Blasts

About five explosions had hit government-controlled areas in Syria. A city held by Kurdish militia in Syria were also hit by one of the explosions. Several people had been killed according to Syria’s official state media.

Another explosion rocked a road outside Damascus in the state-held cities of Homs and Tartous. However, there has yet to be a link between the series of explosions.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

According to the London-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian activists report a death toll of 32 including several Syrian regime military members. They estimate the number to rise by a full report after the week.

The Syrian State News said that the first explosion was a car bomb. The second one was a suicide belt that was detonated just moments after the first explosion.

The blasts hit during Tartous’s Summer Festival. Its beaches recently featured in a government tourism video circulated on social media inviting people to visit Syria’s Mediterranean coastline.

A car bomb struck the city of Homs at the Bab Tadmur roundabout at the entrance to the al-Zahra neighbourhood, killing three people, state media said.

The Observatory said the Homs explosion hit an army checkpoint and two officers were killed.

Oculus Rift To Arrive in the UK In September

New technologies often arrive in September and for many VR enthusiasts and gamers in the United Kingdom, the Oculus Rift VR is officially available by September.

By September 20 2016, the Facebook-owned company would bring its product to UK retailers. The product would pitch in at £550 a set.

The stores may offer online and door-to-door deliveries, which often take months or can get it off the shelves in retail., John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, GAME and even department stores such as Harrods would be stocking these units.

If you’re not yet about to purchase, you could head to a nearby shop or centre where you could experience the Oculus Rift VR experience such as Crytek’s the Climb or a narrative such as the Elijah Wood-narrated VR film Henry

If you are to buy an Oculus Rift, you have to have a VR-ready computer.

You’ll need a minimum of an Intel i5-4590 (so a mid-2014 chip), 8GB of RAM, three USB 3 and at least one USB 2 port, Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer and an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 graphics card.

For Mac users, the bad news is that there is no use of a support for Rift just yet. But developer kits are working on a Mac version to date.

North Korea Launches Missiles To Japanese Waters

According to US Strategic Command two presumed Rodong missiles have been fired simultaneously on Wednesday. The missiles have landed on the Sea of Japan reports said.

Reports also showed that one of the missiles exploded immediately after its launch while the second one landed into the Sea of Japan as it passed over North Korea.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it “strongly condemns” the missile launch as it showed the North’s intentions to launch missiles attacks on South Korea and neighbouring countries. The Japanese Defence Ministry said the missile landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the 200-nautical-mile offshore area which has sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources.

Japanese media reported it was the first North Korean missile that has splashed down in Japan’s EEZ.

“It imposes a serious threat to Japan’s security and it is unforgivable act of violence toward Japan’s security,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Previously, several North Korean rockets have gone above Japan. Pyongyang is assumed to have disguised the launches as satellite launches while Washington, Seoul and Tokyo said there were disguised tests of missile technology.

North Korea had soon sent mid-range missiles known as Musudan traveling about 870 miles above the Japanese peninsula.

North Korea routinely conducts weapons tests, but the latest launch came after North Korea warned of unspecified “physical counter-actions” against a US plan to deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea by the end of next year.

Seoul and Washington officials said they need the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, system to better cope with what they call North Korea’s increasing military threats.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May In Berlin

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s travel marks the first time the UK and Germany had female leaders together. Mrs May is to talk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about how the UK plans to leave the European Union.

This is part of Mrs May’s cabinet’s plans to resolve the issues brought about by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The media has dubbed the new May Cabinet as a new era for the reason that only a handful of former Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet had remained.

According to analysts, Theresa May is fully aware of the divisions in her cabinet. They would need to tackle the trouble of immigration.

Brussels will see David Davis and Liam Fox leading negotiations. The two stand firmly with their claim that free movement between the UK and EU countries would stop. Britain will have absolute control of its borders.

Analysts believe that this position would place the United kingdom outside the European Economic Area — which would mean a bad deal for UK businesses.

Germany views the United Kingdom as a close and valued ally in both political and economic arenas. Merkel does not want to see Britain punished, which many political analysts view as a pre-negotiating position on part of the country and Chancellor.

Medina Bombing Kills Four

In Saudi Arabia, bombs detonated within the Prophet’s Mosque Security Patrol tower in Medina. Four security officers were killed and five others are in critical condition.

Aside from the Mosque attack, a Shiite mosque had recently been bombed. US consulates in two other Saudi cities were also attacked.

Terrorism analysts suspect the Islamic State to be behind the attacks, but no group has come forward to claim responsibility.

Some argued it may be destabilisation forces intent on overthrowing the al-Saud ruling family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to security forces, the attacker set off the bomb in a car park after security officers became suspicious. The blast caught several cars as thick smoke rose from the site of the explosion.

Fast-response teams and police came in the area within seconds of the incident.

Recently, the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for bombing a shopping district in Baghdad that killed about 120 people including 25 children.

Terrorism analysts believe the Islamic State’s modus may implicate them in the Saudi bombings.

Other analysts believe that extremists opposed to the ruling Saud family may also be involved by destroying the “pride” of the family in protecting the holiest ground of Islamic belief.

Graphic Photos of Reeva Steenkamp’s Death Released To Public

Judge Thokozile Masipa permitted the viewing of Reeva Steenkamp’s post-death photos upon the request of Ms Steenkamp’s father, Barry Steenkamp.

According to Mr Steenkamp, he wants the world to see the pain Pistorious inflicted on their daughter after he fired four shots from behind the doorway.

The law graduate and supermodel Reeva Steenkamp was shot with Black Talon bullets. According to manufacturers, the bullet does not only enter the body but explodes into fragments travelling in different parts of the body.

Forensics also showed Ms Steenkamp’s body having been struck in the head, elbow and hip after cowering behind a toilet door.

It was from there she was shot three times with military-grade ammunition.

Online, six images circulated with permission from Judge Thokozile Masipa.

In an effort to show his vulnerability and incapability to hurt a person, Pistorious’ defence team had him remove his prosthetics and walk without them. The defence said they didn’t want to play vulnerability but they wished to show the true person they accused of murder.

State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said he had a duty to uphold the 15 years minimum sentence as prescribed by law for murder in South Africa. He as well supported the publication of Steenkamp’s extensive injuries caused by each shot of Pistorious’ Black Talon rounds.

Nel said that he only wanted to have the photos in private to protect the integrity of the deceased.

North Africa and Middle East Unemployment Could “Import Terror” To Europe

The Berlin Institute for Population and Development said the increasing number of migrants from the Middle East, along with high unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa can potentially fuel greater economic migration in the next two decades.

The institute also indicated this could mean Europe could be “importing terror”

In the area, increased education and social development continue. However, job opportunities are minimal. About four in 10 people aged 15-65 years old have jobs. Both countries have an estimated five million more needing jobs by 2030.

According to the institute’s research, corruption, bureaucracy and state-controlled monopolies prevent the generation of new jobs despite higher educational standards in the countries.

Often, young people who have been educated join revolutions and terrorisms because of the shortage of jobs. This would also mean majority of refugees in the future can be involved with terror groups.

The report said:

“Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Algeria are all on the edge and there is a risk that one of these could end up as another Syria with all the tragic problems this brings.

“Most refugees initially go to a neighbouring country with the hope of returning home soon, but after around three years with no peace, they usually move further afield, in most cases to Europe.

“There is a real risk with the numbers of migrants involved that some will import terrorism and conflicts from their region into the heart of Europe.”

Former Labour Chancellor Said Brexit Can Plunge UK Economy to Recession

A leave from the European Union could mean dire consequences in the form of increased unemployment, repossessions, insolvencies and other forms of serious damage, according to former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling.

During a speech in a CBI dinner in London, Darling said Christine Lagarde of the IMF and BoE Governor Mark Carney are both warning of recession once a Brexit occurs.

He said:

“Recent experience and historic evidence shows that when our economy suffers this kind of serious damage, insolvencies, repossessions and unemployment, particularly among young people, all soar.

“Economic insecurity of the type being forecast would be disastrous for working people’s life chances and living standards.

“Economists and economic institutions are queuing up to warn of damage to trade, growth, investment, our credit rating, and the pound.

“Collectively these warnings should sound alarm bells but in a desperate response, the Leave campaign always play the man not the ball.”

Conservative Party Leader Lord Howard is to criticise the CBI’s record. He is expected to say:

“At the moment, every UK business must comply with “single market” legislation, even though just 5% of British firms export to the EU.

“This is a system which has an inherent tendency to produce disproportionate burdens on small companies, impeding their competitiveness.

“If we Vote Leave we can take back the power to make our own trade agreements. At the moment, we have no trade deals with India, China, Brazil or even Australia and New Zealand. We have to wait for 27 other member states to agree before we can arrange a single trade deal.

‘If we left the EU with no trade deal – inconceivable given the tariff free zone from Iceland to Turkey – our exports would face EU tariffs averaging just 2.4%.

“But our net contribution to the EU budget is equivalent to a 7% tariff. Paying 7% to avoid 2.4% is mis-selling on a scale that dwarfs the scandal of PPI.”