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United Airlines incident: What went wrong?

A common overbooking problem on a United Airlines flight on Sunday ended with a man being bloodied and dragged from his seat and an already troubled airline earning more bad press. How did it all go so wrong? Overbooking on flights happens all the time. Empty seats cost airlines money, so they offset the number of passengers who miss flights ... Read More »

Why Hidden ‘Darknets’ Are More Resilient to Attacks Than the Internet

Darknets — the often seamy counterparts of the internet that are accessible only through special programs that help to ensure privacy and anonymity — may be far more resilient to attack than the internet, a new study finds. Darknets are computer networks of hidden services. The most popular darknet, and the one that most people think of, is the Tor ... Read More »

Here’s everything that’s included with T-Mobile One

Mobile phone carriers typically compete in three key areas: price, coverage and network speed. T-Mobile does as well, but adds a fourth area to the list: freebies. The self-proclaimed “Uncarrier” offers a wealth of extra goodies to subscribers — so many, in fact, that I thought it might be worthwhile to gather them in a list. Full disclosure: I’m not ... Read More »

Jio Summer Surprise Offer Cancelled, but You Can Still Get Free Reliance Jio Services Here’s How

After an order issued by TRAI, Jio Summer Surprise offer has been withdrawn by Reliance Jio, meaning the end to the operator’s free services over six months after it started operations. The Reliance Jio summer offer provides users 3 months of free 4G data and other services with the Rs. 99 Jio Prime membership and a recharge or Rs. 303 ... Read More »

RBI proposes wholesale, long-term finance banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday proposed to float wholesale and long-term finance (WLTF) banks that would fund long-term high-value projects — something similar to the development finance institutions (DFIs) of the past. “Going forward, considering the existing landscape of banking and non-banking services in the country, it is felt that there is a need to explore the ... Read More »

Inequality in Thai education still a major handicap

Whose fault is it that our Mathayom 6 (12th grade) students failed four out of five subjects on average in the latest round of the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net)? Most scored under 50% in mathematics, English, social studies and general sciences, and just scraped through on the fifth subject, Thai language. This reflects a nagging problem with Thailand’s education ... Read More »

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits private, public schools

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter schools, was visiting both private and public educational institutions during a busy two-day schedule in Miami-Dade. DeVos traveled in a sports utility vehicle under the guard of Secret Service special agents. She started her Thursday morning at the Christian Academy for Reaching Excellence Elementary School in Miami’s ... Read More »

Tech Gadgets That Celebrities Can’t Live Without

One of the advantages of being a celebrity is you often have a bit more disposable income than other people. That means more money to spend on gadgets and gizmos. In most cases, the go-to tech for celebrities are their phones. It’s their lifeline to their agents, publicists, and (via social media like Twitter and Instagram) their fans. But we ... Read More »

Trump’s spending agenda could be a ‘recipe for disaster’, says NYU finance professor

The problem for President Trump is implementing his agenda: Expert  12 Hours Ago | 02:51 President Donald Trump’s spending reform agenda could turn out to be a “recipe for disaster” and a significant risk to the U.S. economy if more attention is not paid to the implementation process, NYU finance professor Edward Altman has warned. Describing the policies as “risky,” Altman ... Read More »

The Small Technology Giving Big Peace of Mind

Hope, fear and inspiration In 2012, Kurt Workman was a full-time chemical engineering major at Brigham Young University. Kurt’s aunt had just had twins, prematurely, so he and his wife were lending a helping hand whenever they could. They saw firsthand the constant worry Kurt’s aunt shouldered. They wanted to start a family of their own soon, but Kurt knew ... Read More »