While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 27 edition

Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing demonstrates the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at a live event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, on Oct 26, 2016.
Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing demonstrates the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at a live event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, on Oct 26, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Microsoft aims to wow with high-end PCs, 3D software

Microsoft launched a consumer offensive on Wednesday (Oct 26), unveiling new high-performance computers and an updated Windows operating system that showcases three-dimensional content and "mixed reality."

The US tech giant announced its first desktop computer, called Surface Studio, a US$3,000 (S$4,170) high-end "all-in-one" device that aims at Apple's Mac.

"We're creating a new category that transforms your desk into a creative studio," Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said at the unveiling in New York.

With a large, 28-inch (71-centimetre) hinged touchscreen display touted as "the thinnest desktop monitor ever created," Surface Studio adds to the Microsoft lineup of tablet and laptop devices for the premium segment, in a challenge to Apple.


 4 Singaporeans, 57 others arrested in drug raid in the Philippines

Sixty-one foreigners, including four Singaporeans, were arrested on Wednesday (Oct 26) for allegedly running an illegal online gambling operation at an upscale office building in the Philippines' prime financial district of Makati.

The company's general manager, identified as Zhang Hai Long, was held for possession of a crystal methamphetamine known locally as "habu", the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Also held by police for questioning with Mr Zhang and the four Singaporeans were 50 Chinese, four Taiwanese, and one from Hong Kong, all working for Haoying Solutions.


Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported

A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday (Oct 26), striking fear among residents still rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties.

A quake measured at 6.0 magnitude by the US Geological Survey struck about two hours after a first quake measuring 5.4 struck.  Both were strong enough to be felt more than 150 km south in Rome, where lamps swayed on the upper floors of building.

The epicentres of both quakes were near the town of Castelsantangelo sul Nera in the Marche region.


Trump's Hollywood star smashed over sex assault claims

A man with an axe destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (Oct 26) in a video protest over sexual misconduct allegations dogging the Republican presidential candidate.

The protester, dressed in city construction worker overalls, can be seen on footage posted to YouTube and several other websites hacking away the gold lettering and camera logo from the tribute.

Giving his name as James Otis, he calmly explains he is "terribly upset" with 70-year-old Trump, who vigorously denies claims by almost a dozen women that he groped or was sexually aggressive toward them.


Football: Mata sinks City, West Ham stun Chelsea in League Cup

Juan Mata's second-half strike earned Manchester United a 1-0 win over holders Manchester City on Wednesday (Oct 26) as Jose Mourinho's side bounced back to reach the English Football League Cup quarter-finals.

Humiliated 4-0 by Mourinho's former club Chelsea at the weekend, United got back to winning ways and claimed a measure of revenge for their 2-1 defeat by Pep Guardiola's City in last month's league derby.

The result at Old Trafford gave Mourinho only his third victory in 13 encounters with Guardiola, who has gone six games without victory for the first time in his glittering managerial career.