TIME South Africa

South Africa Criticizes Airline Ban on Animal Trophies

Delta's move came after the killing of Cecil the Lion

Officials in South Africa and Namibia are speaking out against Delta Air Lines’ decision to no longer allow parts of animals killed in hunts on its planes. The airline announced Monday that it was banning so-called trophies from lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros or buffalo hunts on all flights.

“The decision by Delta Air Lines to enforce a blanket ban fails to distinguish between the trade in and transportation of legally acquired wildlife specimens, and the illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife specimens,” South Africa’s environment ministry said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Delta’s decision came after widespread outrage over the killing of a beloved lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe by an American dentist. Officials said the ban will hurt the $500 million hunting industry in the country. Namibia officials said their economy would also be adversely affected.


TIME Switzerland

Remains of Mountain Climbers Found After 4 Decades

A mountain shoe found next to the remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 on Aug. 6, 2015.
Police Cantonale Valaisanne/AFP/Getty Images A mountain shoe found next to the remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 on Aug. 6, 2015.

The two Japanese climbers disappeared in 1970

The remains of a pair of mountain climbers who went missing 45 years ago have finally been found. On Thursday Swiss authorities announced that they had identified remains found at Matterhorn mountain as Michio Oikawa and Masayuki Kobayashi, two Japanese climbers who attempted to scale the peak in 1970, BBC reports. Someone had seen skeletal remains and old climbing equipment at the foot of the mountain last September, which helped officials to find the rest of the evidence. DNA tests confirmed that the remains were the two Japanese climbers.

Searchers had sought out the climbers in 1970 but heavy snowfall prevented them from being found. The discovery of remains is now becoming more common as the Alpine glaciers continue to melt.

TIME Crime

FBI Releases New Clues About 25-Year-Old Museum Heist

Video footage shows a man who may be tied to the legendary robbery

Twenty-five years after a pair of criminals made off with $500 million worth of art in a Boston museum, the FBI is asking for the public’s help to solve the crime.

Authorities have released video footage related to the March 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Garden Museum, in which two men made off with 13 pieces of art, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The men, who have never been caught, handcuffed a pair of security guards and wrapped their heads in duct tape before stealing the art, according to the Washington Post.

The new video footage, however, is actually from the night before the theft. It shows an unidentified man getting out of a car that matches a description of the robbers’ vehicle and entering the museum. The man talks to one of the security guards that would end up handcuffed the next night for several minutes. The FBI is asking the public to help identify the man who talked to the guard.

The Gardner heist is the largest single property crime in U.S. history, and progress in its investigation has come in fits and starts. In 2013 the FBI said it had identified the robbers, who were part of a larger criminal organization. However, the FBI has not named them, and they still haven’t been apprehended.

TIME Autos

How the Jeep Hack Reveals Tesla’s Biggest Advantage

It's all about security

Tesla touts environmental friendliness and savings on gas costs as two of the big perks of its electric cars. But security may turn out to be a winning feature as well.

In the last few weeks, a worrying trend has emerged in which hackers have found ways to hijack control of vehicles’ onboard computers. In July, hackers were able to remotely access a Jeep Cherokee SUV through its on-board entertainment system, taking control of its steering, transmission and brakes. This week, researchers executed a similar hack into the Tesla Model S’s infotainment system; they were able to shut off the vehicle’s engine with a keystroke (the Tesla attack required physical access to the vehicle).

But the big difference between these scenarios is what happened next. Fiat Chrysler had to recall 1.4 million Jeeps that could potentially be vulnerable to the hack, but the “recall” actually amounted to mailing Jeep owners a USB stick that they could plug into their vehicle’s dashboard port in order to give the car the necessary patch. Tesla, on the other hand, was able to automatically send a patch to all its Model S vehicles on Wednesday through an over-the-air update, a method more akin to how your smartphone gets software fixes.

The advantage for Tesla here is obvious. There’s no telling how many people will actually bother plugging in Jeep’s USB stick, but it probably won’t be 1.4 million. In the Model S, drivers just click “yes” to an on-screen prompt offering a software upgrade with the fix.

As automakers race to make their vehicles behave more like smartphones, they’ll have to deal with the security risks that come along with connecting to the Internet. Tesla is a step ahead with its ability to widely distribute updates with the press of a button. But other companies are sure to follow suit quickly. Everyone from Ford to General Motors is working to bring robust over-the-air updates to their cars in the coming years.

TIME Apple music

Apple Music Has Snagged 11 Million Trial Users

Streaming-Service Apple Music
Sebastian Kahnert—Sebastian Kahnert/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

But it's not yet clear whether they'll stick around

Apple Music is off to a fast start.

The new music streaming service from the world’s most valuable company has amassed 11 million trial subscribers so far, Apple executive Eddy Cue told USA Today. Of that 11 million, 2 million subscriptions are for the family plan, which lets 6 users set up Apple Music accounts for $14.99 per month.

The figures aren’t yet indicative of Apple Music’s long-term success because the service launched with a three-month free trial for all users. Come October, users will have to pay $9.99 per month to continue streaming songs (or $14.99 per month for the family plan). If Apple Music manages to maintain its user base, it will already have about half the number of paying subscribers of Spotify, which has 20 million. Spotify also has 55 million users on an ad-supported free tier.

Apple Music’s success wouldn’t necessarily come at the expense of Spotify or other streaming services, though. Only about 41 million people globally currently pay for a music subscription service. With digital download sales on a steep decline, Apple may be able to push music fans who’ve never streamed before into using Apple Music.

TIME Sports

Adidas Is Thinking of Selling Its Golf Business

Adidas AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Hainer Interview
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images The TaylorMade-Adidas golf business logo sits on a sign above the Adidas and Ashworth golfing apparel brand logos in the reception area of Adidas AG's headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Sales are lagging as the sport's popularity wanes

Sports apparel giant Adidas is considering dumping its once-lucrative golf business, according to Bloomberg. The company is in talks with the financial firm Guggenheim Partners about selling off its TaylorMade assets, which lost money in the most recent quarter due to sales dropping 26% year-over-year. Adidas may also consider only selling off its Adams Clubs and Ashworth clothing brands.

Adidas is predicting a full-year decline in sales from its golf division as the sport continues to decline in popularity in the U.S. CEO Herbert Hainer is in the process of paring down the company’s operations to focus specifically on athletic shoes.

The company disclosed the plans along with its quarterly financial results Thursday. Adidas reported that overall sales in the quarter rose 15% to 3.9 billion euros, beating analysts’ estimates.

TIME Internet

Here’s the Latest City Getting Google Fiber

Google Begins Installing Ultrafast Broadband Network
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Boxes of equipment needed to install Google Fiber broadband network sit on a couch at the home of customer Becki Sherwood in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

High-speed Internet service continues to expand

Google’s high-speed Internet service is headed to San Antonio.

The search giant announced Wednesday that Google Fiber will soon begin development in the Texas city. With 1.4 million residents, San Antonio will be the largest city to get Google Fiber so far, according to a company blog post.

Google’s Internet service offers speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, significantly higher than what competing Internet companies typically offer for high-speed broadband. Since launching in Kansas City in 2012, Google Fiber has expanded to Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. San Antonio joins a growing list of cities where Fiber development is underway, including Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte.

As Google Fiber’s popularity has grown, competitors like AT&T have boosted their speeds and now offer Gigabit service in certain markets as well.

TIME Video Games

Nintendo Just Announced a Bunch of New Amiibo

Nintendo Amiibo
Nintendo Nintendo Amiibo

Including an 8-bit Mario

Nintendo is expanding the lineup of its popular toys-to-life Amiibo figurines.

The company announced Wednesday that a new wave of Amiibo will hit store shelves on Sept. 11. The standout of the new offerings is a new 8-bit Mario figure modeled after the design of the original Super Mario Bros., which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The Amiibo will unlock additional content in Super Mario Maker, an upcoming Wii U game that allows players to design their own Mario levels.

Other new Amiibo include Super Smash Bros. characters Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Bowser Jr. and Dr. Mario. On Sept. 25, Nintendo will also release a series of retro-themed Amiibo that include R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch.

Amiibo, like Skylanders figures before them, are physical toys that interact with digital games via a special computer chip. Nintendo’s take on the idea has proved a success, with more than 10 million of the figures being shipped worldwide so far.

TIME Video Games

There’s a Ridiculous Hidden Fee Inside Windows 10

It's tucked in an old stand-by that'll cost you now

Long before we had Angry Birds and Twitter to distract us at work, there was Solitaire on Windows. The card game has been a staple of Microsoft’s operating system for decades, but getting the full Solitaire experience on the newest OS may cost you.

The newly released Windows 10 features the Solitaire Collection, which includes several variants of the classic card game. However, unlike the version of the game you played at your grandma’s house in the ‘90s, Windows 10 Solitaire comes packed with advertisements. To get rid of the ads and earn some in-game currency (yes, this centuries-old game is borrowing from Candy Crush), users can pay $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year.

Read more: Windows 10 Reviews Are In—And People Love It

This actually isn’t the first time Microsoft has tried to get users to pay for Solitaire. A premium version of the game was also released for Windows 8, but the title wasn’t pre-installed in the operating system as it is in Windows 10.

It’s not that surprising that Microsoft is charging for Solitaire, considering that Windows 10 is free and the company is increasingly seeking revenue via ongoing subscription services instead of one-off software purchases.

TIME Mobile

Google Fixed the Worst Part About Grocery Shopping

New search feature shows when stores have long lines

No one likes waiting in lines, but there’s little way to avoid them besides trying to ballpark when a business will be extremely busy.

Now, Google is rolling out a new feature in its search results that shows hourly foot traffic at millions of different businesses around the world. The feature works by using anonymized location data from people’s mobile phones, much in the same way Google measures traffic congestion data.

Google has gotten scarily good at predicting when a traffic jam is going to slow drivers down, so it will likely get equally skilled at predicting peak waiting times in stores eventually.

The feature is available across mobile phones and will begin rolling out in the next few days.

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