Man behind India's $4 smartphone arrested for fraud

Micromax works to improve India’s connectivity The man who made headlines a year ago with his promise of a $ 4 smartphone has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. Mohit Goel, the founding director of Indian phone manufacturer Ringing Bells, was arrested on Thursday in the northern city of Ghaziabad, Indian police said. One of the company’s distributors, Ayam Enterprises, has accused Goel and four associates of cheating them out of 1.6 million rupees ($ 24,000). Akshay Malhotra, proprietor of Ayam Enterprises, told CNNMoney that he paid Ringing Bells 3 ...

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Is this the year the Pac-12 ends its Final Four drought?

10:00 AM ET The Pac-12 has come a long way since 2011-12. It feels crazy now, but five years ago, the conference got just two NCAA tournament bids — which, if our math checks out, is just one more than the bare minimum NCAA tournament rules allow. Washington, which went 14-4 en route to a regular-season Pac-12 title that season, became the first power-conference team ever to win a league title and fail to get an at-large tourney bid. This was a crazy aberration, sure, and things were better the ...

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New leak points to release dates for Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6

It’s getting to be that time of year when the big Android device makers release their flagship phones in quick succession. Hometown South Korean rivals Samsung and LG have been duking it out in recent years with near-simultaneous releases, but this time LG may have a few weeks all to itself. A leak from ETNews claims to have release dates for the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8. LG took it on the chin in 2016 when consumers didn’t get on-board with its modular design, leading to substantial losses in the ...

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Theresa May celebrates 'astounding' Copeland poll win

Theresa May has said the Conservatives’ “astounding” victory in the Copeland by-election shows her government “is working for everyone”. The Tories swept aside Labour, which had held the Cumbria seat for 80 years, to record the first by-election gain by a sitting government in 35 years. Mrs May said the success showed her party’s broad appeal across England. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he will stay on after it won a separate poll in Stoke Central. But one Labour has urged him to consider his position following the Copeland ...

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Has my pilot had too much to drink? It depends where you fly

Every country has different rules on pilot alcohol consumption and testing. How much alcohol is too much for a pilot who’s about to take flight? Believe it or not, the answer varies depending on where your flight departs from — and where it lands. There are no standardized international rules on pilot alcohol consumption and testing. Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization issues guidance and then countries set their own regulations, limits, testing regimes and punishments. Despite being a rarity, it’s an issue that has received extra attention after a ...

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Russian man sentenced for killing friend in AMD vs. Nvidia GPU dispute

It’s common, in tech enthusiast circles, to conceptualize conflict between companies as a battle or war. This isn’t solely a conceit of journalists — read the comments on any GPU review or game performance debate, and it quickly becomes clear that plenty of enthusiasts themselves view Teams Red and Green locked in an existential conflict. Intel would be Team Blue in this example, though it doesn’t really enter the fray. There is, however, such a thing as taking a friendly (or unfriendly) debate too far. Last year, two Russian men ...

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Take it from Philly — Boston's Big Three is no World Series guarantee

7:59 AM ET FORT MYERS, Fla. — At the beginning of spring training in 2011, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels sat shoulder-to-shoulder and held a news conference. In the back of the room, leaning against a wall next to a trash can, the man who brought together these pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t help grinning. “When you have the opportunity to have that kind of rotation,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said the other day, pausing as the smile crept back across his face, “that’s ...

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Samsung’s Exynos 8895 features custom CPU cores, first 10nm chip to market

Mobile World Congress doesn’t start for a few days, but Samsung has already jumped the gun to announce its own SoC. The Exynos 8895 will be the first 10nm chip produced in commercial volume, and it’ll feature a new custom CPU core of Samsung’s own design. We’ve discussed Samsung’s M1 processor before, since that chip featured in some versions of the Galaxy S7, but there’s no word on what kind of features or capabilities Samsung has baked into the core. With this version of the core following hard on the ...

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Fasting diet 'regenerates diabetic pancreas'

The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were “potentially very exciting” as they could become a new treatment for the disease. The experiments were on mice put on a modified form of the “fasting-mimicking diet”. When people go on it they spend ...

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Trump calls China 'champion' currency manipulator. Mnuchin says no 'judgment' yet

America’s complicated, critical trade relations with China President Trump and his team are giving very mixed messages on China’s currency. Trump revived a regular theme from his campaign on Thursday, describing China as “grand champions” of currency manipulation in an interview with Reuters. Those comments came on the same day that his Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said the administration isn’t “making any judgments” on China’s currency yet. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly accused China of devaluing the yuan to boost its exports, thereby killing U.S. manufacturing jobs.He pledged that the ...

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