While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 4 edition

Leading Republican Romney says Trump not fit for presidency

Former Republican US presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a blistering rebuke of 2016 party front-runner Donald Trump, in the latest sign of how badly mainstream figures in the party want to stop the incendiary New York billionaire.

Romney, an elder statesman in the party, urged Republicans in states that have not yet held nominating contests to vote for Trump’s opponents to stop his march to the nomination for the Nov 8 election to succeed President Barack Obama.

“Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” said Romney, 68, who has kept a low profile since losing to Obama in 2012. “He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”


Tech rivals join Apple's legal fight against FBI

A broad array of technology firms joined Apple's legal fight on encryption, warning of a dangerous precedent if the company is forced to help the government break into a locked iPhone.

Three tech associations which represent Apple's main business rivals - including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo - announced a joint brief supporting Apple's efforts to challenge an order that would require it to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

"If the government arguments prevail, the Internet ecosystem will be weakened, leaving Internet users more vulnerable to hackers and other bad actors," said a statement.


Aspirin lowers risk of cancer: Study

People who take aspirin regularly have a significantly lower risk of cancer, particularly involving the colon and gastrointestinal tract, according to US research published on Thursday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology suggest that aspirin use should complement - not replace - already established preventive screening measures such as colonoscopies.

Regular aspirin use "could prevent close to 30,000 gastrointestinal tract tumours in the US each year," said the study.


Football: Ronaldo dreams of perfect 'PlayStation' goal - past all 11 players

Cristiano Ronaldo has done little to dismiss suggestions he treasures individual glory over collective success by claiming his dream goal would be to dribble past all 11 opposing players before scoring.

The Real Madrid star caused controversy at the weekend when he claimed the Spanish giants - who lie third in La Liga - would be top if the rest of his teammates matched his level.

"The dream goal would be to dribble past the 11 players and score a goal. It is a PlayStation goal which I think is almost impossible, but we will see," Ronaldo said.


Apple launches support page on Twitter, instantly attracts 50k followers... and a few jokers

Apple has launched a new Twitter account dedicated to customer support, a move that expands the company's social media presence and which prompted immediate reaction from users complaining about their devices.

The California-based maker of phones, computers and watches said in a tweet under the handle @applesupport that it would provide tips and tricks to users online.

The new account prompted immediate cheers - and a few jeers - on Twitter.