Volkswagen: The scandal explained

What is Volkswagen accused of? It’s been dubbed the “diesel dupe”. The German car giant has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve…

Does China’s government hack US companies to steal secrets?

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping is making his first official visit to the US. It takes place against a background of accusations flung by both the US and China over state-backed hacking. BBC’s Mark Ward reports: On Monday this week, a US national security adviser warned China that the hacking must stop and said…

It’s smog, not haze

FOR starters let’s get our terminology straight … It’s not HAZE, it’s SMOG – thick smothering SMOG! Cecil Rajendra explains: According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), haze is a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere caused by particles of dust, etc. Smog, however, is defined as fog or haze intensified by smoke or other…

The fury over ‘hand luggage’ plane evacuees

British Airways passengers came in for harsh criticism when they were pictured grasping their hand luggage as they evacuated an enflamed plane in Las Vegas. Was that fair? BBC’s Ashley Gold reports: The plane, bound for London, forced the evacuation of 170 people and 14 people were hospitalised, although they were all later discharged. People…

Google denies collaborating with MCMC

Google had quashed a rumour that it has collaborated with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to enable the latter to “watch” local blogs. The Mole’s Zaidi Azmi reports: Such rumour was floated in the cyberspace when several anonymous bloggers pointed out that their domain suffixes were changed from .com to .my. However, Google…

Apple’s new upgrade program will keep you addicted to iPhone

Apple is planning to make it easier than ever to stay addicted to the iPhone with the introduction of its new iPhone Upgrade Program that will allow fans to upgrade to a new device every single year. Cult of Mac reports: Phil Schiller announced the new program on stage at Apple’s keynote today, revealing that…

Lawyers, police sources say Justo’s conviction in Thailand could have repercussions in Malaysia, Singapore and UK

The three-year jail sentence against Xavier Andre Justo, a heavily tattooed Swiss IT expert, for corporate blackmail by a Thailand criminal court could spark criminal probes and lawsuits in Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Bernama reports: Justo pleaded guilty to the theft of huge amounts of corporate data from his former employer PetroSaudi International,…

“I will drink when Najib is done,” says Clare Rewcastle

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, in conspiring with others against Malaysia, had sensationally told Xavier Andre Justo that she was changing the “destiny of one country” and that she would celebrate with a glass of champagne when “Najib is done”. NST has the story here: A shocking new revelation following the Aug 17 jailing of…

Why people are fleeing Syria: a brief, simple explanation

With the refugee crisis worsening as many Syrians attempt to flee to Europe, many people may find themselves wondering just how the war in that country got so bad, and why so many are fleeing now. Here, then, is a very brief history of the war, written so that anyone can understand it. Zack Beauchamp…

MH370: France confirms wing part found is from missing plane

French prosecutors confirmed Thursday that a wing part found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a month after tests on the flaperon began. “It is possible today to say with certainty that the flaperon discovered on Reunion island on July 29 came from flight MH370,” Paris prosecutors said…