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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in Education, Politics, General business news & info



Trump furious at NY Times article on US cyberattacks on Russia

Washington - Last weekend, the New York Times broke a story about US cyberattacks on Russia particularly against their electrical grid. The report suggests the US has placed massive malware across vital Russian systems.

Lyft introduces new more durable scooter for its sharing business

San Francisco - Transportation network Lyft Inc. is introducing its own special model of scooter for its scooter-sharing business. The scooter is mean to be more durable, has a longer battery life and bike-like brakes. The scooters are available in Denver.

Japanese tanker owner contradicts US account of attack

The owner of the Kokuka Outrageous the Japanese tanker attacked last Thursday contradicted US claims about the incident. US Central Command claimed the two tankers were hit with limpet mines a type of mine that is attached to the hull below the waterline.

Assange's full extradition hearing next February at the earliest

The full hearing and decision on the case to extradite Julian Assange to the United States will not happen until after February 24 of next year or the end of February 2020 at the earliest.

Bitcoin moves well above $8,100 but on low volumes

Bitcoin is moving higher but on declining volumes a sign that there may be a continuing bullish move. However, bitcoin has broken decisively through the $8,100 level so perhaps buyers will enter the market this weekend.

Op-Ed: Putin sees US Russia relations worsening by the hour

US and Russian relations have soured in recent years. The Obama administration pared back ties. While Trump appears to be personally friendly to Putin and wanted to improve relations this has not happened even though some consider Trump a Putin stooge.

Beyond Meat wants a burger that tastes and smells just like meat

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Beyond Meat Ethan Brown discussed the evolution of plant-based burgers with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel just days before the product was upgraded.

Op-Ed: Warren asks federal agencies for answers about algorithmic bias

Washington - For a long time now, lenders have given African American and Latino families fewer loans and at inferior terms than white borrowers in similar circumstances. One might think that the use of tech such as algorithms would be able to solve these problems.

US Afghan airstrike wipes out unit of Afghan security forces

For a second time in less than a month US airstrikes carried out in "self defense" turned out to be actually attacking Afghan security forces. The strike yesterday ended up wiping out an entire unit but the exact number of deaths have yet to be disclosed,

U.S. makes official request to extradite Assange from the UK

The US Dept. of Justice has formally submitted a request to extradite Julian Assange from the UK. This follows on an earlier provisional request that the UK retain Assange until this formal request was made.

Huawei postpones new laptop indefinitely after US ban

Shanghai - Huawei has postponed indefinitely the release of a new laptop that uses Windows as an OS according to the Windows laptop consumer CEO Richard Yu.

Opera browser releases what it calls world's first gaming browser

Los Angeles - For the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year the browser Opera has come up with what it terms the "world's first gaming browser".

Democrats want to ban sending more terror suspects to Guantanamo

Washington - Democrats on the House Armed Service Committee are attempting to stop the Trump administration from detaining any new terror suspects at the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Microsoft removes a database of millions of facial images

Earlier in the week Microsoft removed a database of more than ten million faces. The database was used to test and train facial recognition algorithms. The database was known as MS Celeb.

Op-Ed: Libyan government Deputy PM reassured of US support

Washington - In an interview with NBC, Deputy PM Ahmed Maiteeq of the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord GNA asked for the US to stand behind his government as its main ally.

Houthis claim to have taken 20 military sites in Saudi Arabia

The Houthis in Yemen have claimed that its forces crossed the border into southern Saudi Arabia taking control of more than twenty positions. Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition against the Houthis to try and restore the previous government.

Op-Ed: China's Huawei signs 5G deal with largest Russian mobile operator

Moscow - The gloom surrounding the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was somewhat dispelled this week as the company has signed a 5G development deal with MTS Russia's largest mobile operator.

Trump slaps new restrictions on American travel to Cuba

For more than half a century Cuba has suffered from a US embargo that prevents the export of most goods from the US and also restricted tourism until easing of restrictions on Americans visiting the island by Obama who somewhat normalized relations.

IKEA to build robotic furniture for use in small areas

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is introducing a new furniture line called Rogran that is being developed in cooperation with the US furniture startup Ori Living.

Op-Ed: US coalition planes destroy three oil tankers in Kurdish Syria

On Friday US-led coalition warplanes destroyed three oil tankers that were traveling through Syrian Kurdish-controlled territory. The attack killed at least four people.
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