From the outside, the new Range Rover on display at the Beijing motor show is pretty much identical to the standard long wheelbase model and as such offers rear passengers an extra 186mm of legroom and with the upgraded seating package, seats that can recline to 17°. A 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine has been mated with a 35kW electric motor and the result is a 26 percent reduction in CO2 emissions -- 169g/kg -- and a combined cycle fuel economy of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1mpg). Therefore potential buyers will be happy to learn that Land Rover has been able to pack in the new powertrain while retaining all of the Range Rover's defining capabilities. But for when the car is on, rather than off-road, the Range Rover can travel at 48km/h (30mph) for a distance of 1.6km on just electric power before the diesel engine fires up again and, like on a number of new hybrid supercars, the electric motor is used to fill in gaps in acceleration and response from the diesel engine so that progress is always smooth. More »Longer, greener Range Rover launches in Beijing
In its first week on sale the latest Samsung flagship smartphone accounts for almost one percent of all Android phones in use globally. And then there's the fact that the Galaxy S5 is yet to launch globally and that in its home country, carriers are unable to take on new customers during the month of April. In fact to find a worthy comparison one has to look beyond Android entirely and towards Apple. It sold 10 million iPhone 5S and 5C handsets in just two days and in Localytics's report, published on Tuesday, it compares adoption figures for the iPhone 5S with the Galaxy S5 during the first seven days of availability and finds that over the same time period the iPhone 5S had secured a 1.1% share of the global iOS smartphone market. More »The Samsung Galaxy S5, a smartphone for the one percent?
HONOLULU (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully recorded the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii hours later. More »Jet stowaway at hospital; security issues linger
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. More »Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction. More »Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors
TOKYO (AP) — Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. More »Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy. Amplifying Netanyahu's warning, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Abbas's signature on a unity accord with Hamas would be tantamount to "signing the termination of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority". More »Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east. More »FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site, just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment". The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea "very closely" following the warnings. More »South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. More »Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters
NEW YORK (AP) — U.K.-born and bred Cat Deeley has found a place in Hollywood, thanks to hosting the Fox dance competition show, "So You Think You Can Dance," which will launch its 11th season next month. More »Cat Deeley ditches fun side for bad girl role
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. More »Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
At Erebus volcano in Antarctica, a long-lived lava lake puffs steam and launches lava bombs at scientists who scale its slopes, hoping to unravel the mysteries of how volcanoes work. "We think lava lakes are really the top of a magma chamber, so by studying lava lakes we can see what's happening in the guts of the volcano," said Philip Kyle, a volcanologist at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, who has visited Erebus since the late 1960s. More »Antarctic Lava Lake Huffs and Puffs Like a Sleeping Dragon
If you’ve been brought up by a single parent, here’s your chance to honor your mom or dad. More »A day for single parents: DSWD launches ‘National Solo Parents Day’
These days, Android devices are undeniably prevalent. Leaving behind devices that are based on competing operating systems, Android smartphones and tablets are now holding more than 80% of market share, a large portion of which is comprised of Samsung’s Galaxy devices. More »Corsair Flash Voyager GO 16GB Hands-on
BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources. More »China says quality of its groundwater has worsened
By Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters. The New York Times and Der Spiegel last month cited documents leaked by former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden as saying the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained sensitive data and monitored Huawei executives' communications. Analysts at a conference in Shenzhen raised concerns about Huawei's business suffering from similar worries over the security of its products, following the New York Times and Der Spiegel reports. "On the NSA ... it does not have a big impact on business growth," Eric Xu, Huawei's executive vice president and one of its rotating CEOs, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen. More »Huawei says reports of NSA spying won't impact growth
The White House expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan's civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians. The rebels seized the town and oil-hub of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. "We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. The UN said the killings continued for almost two days after the rebels issued a statement boasting of victory in Bentiu, a time when rebel spokesman Lul Ruai Koang previously said gunmen were "mopping and cleaning up" in the town. More »Washington calls S.Sudan violence an 'abomination'
Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change. More »U.S. soldier convicted of WikiLeaks crimes granted name change