Truck Flips, Unleashes Millions of Bees on Highway

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could.

The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Idaho, was not hurt.

The company that owns the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible, and bees covered their protective suits as they worked.
The bees became more active as the sun rose and the weather warmed, and firefighters had to spray a layer of foam on some of the boxes, killing the insects for safety.

Handwriting input for all Android devices

Using a stylus/pen has been limited to tablets that support Wacom or N-trig digitiser functions – like the Samsung Note or Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Google’s new ‘Handwriting Input’ app turns any recent Android smart device into a scribble pad.
The app does not require a stylus – a fingertip will do. It initially supports 82 languages and 20 distinct scripts. It works with both printed and cursive writing. It will convert writing to text.

It also has emoji support by drawing them (press and hold the ‘enter’ button to switch modes). It works with or without an Internet connection but text conversion may require it.

Google’s cloud based handwriting recognition supports the Translate Apps on Android and iOS, Mobile Search, and Google Input Tools (in Chrome, ChromeOS, Gmail and Docs,, and the Docs symbol picker).

On-device recognition supports simplified and Traditional Chinese, Cantonese, and Hindi with more coming.

Initial feedback is that it is a useful app with good recognition levels – at least in English. Other comments make it clear that a fine tipped stylus (not those chunky rubber button ones) gives it the best accuracy.

How to Root Your Chromecast

What do you use your Chromecast for? Perhaps you stream content from YouTube to a non-smart TV, or use it as a mirror for your Android gaming. You might have a Plex server, and enjoy streaming video from your computer or server to your TV.
Perhaps, like me, you get the feeling that even though an increasing number of apps are supporting Chromecast, the device could potentially do just a bit more, beyond its current raft of uses.

Want region blocked content streamed through your Chromecast? With a basic device, this isn’t possible, but by rooting the Chromecast, you unlock the ability to make various tweaks, such as changing your DNS (so you can watch BBC iPlayer in the USA, or Hulu in the UK).

Hold On: You’ll Need Some Extra Hardware

Rooting the Chromecast isn’t as easy as rooting an Android smartphone or tablet. It requires some additional hardware, namely a Teensy 2.0 board, an USB OTG cable (with USB power input) and a USB flash drive with at least 1 GB of storage. Use the links to find all of these items on Amazon.
You’ll also need to pick up some standard USB cables, a Micro USB with optional power connector and a USB mini. The Teensy 2.0 often ships with this, but if not you should be able to pick one up inexpensively.
Of course, you’ll also need a Chromecast. Unfortunately, not all are compatible with the root method at present. You should have installed the Chromecast app on your Android device, so tap your Chromecast and scroll down to the bottom of the page, looking for the Information section, where you’ll see the Firmware listed. If this number is greater than or equal to 19084, then your device cannot be rooted.
Should you be unable to root your device, worry not: pre-rooted devices are available to buy online, such as on eBay.
With everything bought, delivered and unwrapped, you should have a collection that looks something like this:
Your hardware is altogether; now it’s time to get your software.
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Bomb Squad Hunts for Time Capsule in Astrodome

Amid stacks of bright orange stadium seats on the floor of the vacant Astrodome Thursday morning, a cadre of Harris County sheriff's deputies using high-tech ground penetrating radar began the search for a lost and nearly forgotten relic.
No outsiders were allowed behind the chained and padlocked gates. A reporter and photographer were escorted off the premises. Nothing to see here. Move along.
For hours they scoured the floor of the former "Eighth Wonder of the World," hands on their hips, watching intently for a sign of what was buried in the thick slab of concrete.
They weren't searching for clues to some heinous crime - they were looking for a metal canister containing souvenirs from the past.
Last month County Judge Ed Emmett learned that 52 years ago, when workers broke ground on what was then called simply the Domed Stadium, they buried a time capsule in the building's foundation.

How To Try Out YouTube’s Latest Transparent Player

YouTube makes changes to its UI from time to time. At present, it has an experimental transparent player in the works. Some users might already be seeing it if they are part of the test group but if you aren’t, there’s a quick way to try it out. You will need to edit cookies stored by YouTube to your browser and edit the value of one particular cookie. This post shows you how to edit the cookie for Chrome and Firefox, and what value to set it.

Before you decide to edit the cookie, you might want to know what you’re signing up for. The screenshot below shows the new transparent player. The seek bar is no longer an opaque grey and the video title does not appear at the top when the player controls are visible.

Lost your Android? Now you can Google it!

Oh, drat. Your Android's missing. How do you find it?

Well, you could use Android Device Manager to locate it, reset its screen lock PIN and/or erase all the data, but that's a bit of a hunt-menu-select-select scramble unto itself.
Now, Google's making it as simple as plugging a search term into its omnivorous search box.

In fact, Google's new "Find My Phone" is just that: a search term that we can now plug into Google search.

All you have to do is make sure you've got the most recent version of the Google app installed on the device, Google said in a blog posting:
We've all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app installed on your device!
After you plug in the "Find My Phone" search term, Google Maps comes up, and Google asks for permission to use your location data.

Ohio cop refuses to fire on murder suspect begging to be shot

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio – An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a slaying suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, “shoot me.” WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported that the tense moments were captured Thursday on a body camera worn by New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder. The video shows Kidder repeatedly backpedaling and telling 27-year-old Michael Wilcox he doesn’t want to shoot him. “Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death,” Kidder said. “I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force.” Kidder’s display of restraint comes at a time of intense scrutiny of police tactics. The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries declined to indict the officers. Earlier this month, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina. The officer was charged with murder and has been fired by the North Charleston Police Department. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 73-year-old volunteer deputy, who is white, faces manslaughter charges after being accused of shooting a black man to death while the suspect was being held down by other officers. The volunteer deputy said he shot the suspect after mistakenly grabbing his handgun instead of his Taser stun gun. In Ohio, the New Richmond Police Department Web site said Kidder had been sworn in to join the village police force a year ago, after serving in Iraq as a Marine. One year later, he found himself facing his toughest police challenge so far. Kidder said dispatchers warned him Wilcox could try to force a “suicide by cop.” “He jumped out and he sprinted toward me. I had my firearm already drawn … and I told him to put his hands up in the air and he was screaming … ‘Shoot me! Shoot me!’ ” source

Oklahoma approves nitrogen gas as execution method

TULSA, Okla., April 18 (UPI) -- Oklahoma became the first state to approve nitrogen gas for executions, making it the state's backup method if lethal injection drugs can not be utilized. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the law Friday, less than two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to determine if lethal injections are constitutional. The move also comes amid a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs. Oklahoma is the third state to substantially change its methods of execution, but it is the first time a state added a method not already on the books. Utah made death by firing squad an alternative and Tennessee made the electric chair the alternative. Before the new law Friday, the electric chair and firing squad were the other execution methods if lethal injection was unavailable in Oklahoma. The new law makes nitrogen gas the immediate backup and keeps the electric chair and firing squad as alternatives. continue