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Plume from flooded Texas chemical plant incredibly dangerous, warns FEMA

The plume of fumes from a flooded Texas chemical plant is “incredibly dangerous,” the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Thursday. Two explosions were reported overnight at the chemical plant in the town of Crosby and officials have ordered residents within 1.5 miles (three kilometers) of the facility to evacuate. “The bottom line is… Read More »

Nandan Nilekani back as Infosys chairman, Vishal Sikka resigns from board

A little over 36 years after he co-founded Infosys Ltd with six others and exactly a decade after he stepped down as its chief executive officer, Nandan Nilekani has returned to the company after he was unanimously named by the board as its non-executive chairman in a widely anticipated move. The appointment, a significant victory for co-founder NR Narayana Murthy… Read More »

Don’t pin your hopes on military generals saving the world from Trump Joe McLean

Chaos continues to reign at the White House, with Steve Bannon its latest casualty. Despite the best efforts of the new chief of staff, John Kelly – a retired United States Marine Corps general – to impose order, the real source of the chaos is the president himself. That’s bad enough for domestic politics, but given the deteriorating situations in Afghanistan… Read More »

ANDROID WARNING – Google Play apps can steal information from YOUR WhatsApp

Google Play hosted 20 apps that were capable of stealing personal information from popular programmes like WhatsApp, security experts have said. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– The apps exploited know vulnerabilities to “root” devices running older versions of Android and then bypass security protectons. The malicious programmes were then capable of accessing sensitive data stored in popular apps such as… Read More »

Here’s What Microsoft Is Doing to Save You From Ransomware

Amid a global wave of ransomware attacks, Microsoft is adding features to its Windows 10 software that may help keep users safe. The latest Windows 10 Preview Build released to some Windows Insiders on Wednesday has added a new feature called “controlled folders,” Microsoft says. The new feature aims to protect files from malicious apps and other threats by monitoring changes made to contents… Read More »

Isis’ last escape route from Raqqa ‘cut off’ by US-backed SDF fighters, says Syrian monitoring group

US-backed forces have completely surrounded the Isis-held city of Raqqa in Syria after cutting off militants’ last remaining escape route, monitors have said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had succeeded in “completely encircling” the group’s largest stronghold. The report came on the third anniversary of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration… Read More »

Samsung Pay Mini Launched in India: How’s It Different From Samsung Pay?

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Pay Mini lets you make payments using mobile wallets It also allows you to make payments using UPI It does not support ‘Tap and Pay’ capability seen on Samsung Pay Alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro, Samsung also launched a new payment solution called Samsung Pay Mini in India.… Read More »

iOS 11 to Prevent Apps From Accessing Location Data at All Times, New Offload Unused Apps Feature Spotted

Apple made several announcements while introducing iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 earlier this week, but as you might expect, due to the large scope of changes made to the mobile platform, some didn’t make the cut to the keynote. As the developer preview of iOS 11 is now available some user-friendly changes have now come to light. With… Read More »

U.S.-backed Syrian force launches battle to capture Raqqa from Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq. SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters the operation started on Monday and the fighting would be “fierce because Daesh (Islamic… Read More »

FTSE slips further from record, mid caps hit two-week low

UK shares drifted further on Tuesday from last week’s record high, weighed down by weakness among mining stocks and ConvaTec (CTEC.L), while British mid caps .FTMC were also under pressure ahead of Thursday’s general election. The blue chip FTSE 100 .FTSE inched 0.1 percent lower to 7,517.73 points by 0924 GMT, while the more domestically-exposed mid cap index… Read More »