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80,000 people notified by University of California of cyber attack

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 18:09
80,000 people notified by University of California of cyber attack

New York, Feb.27 : The University of California Berkeley has notified 80,000 people of a possible cyber attack on a system that stores social security and bank account numbers.

The University reported about an incident when a hacker gained access to its financial management software due to a security flaw in the system in December last year, Reuters reported.

"The security and privacy of the personal information provided to the university is of great importance to us. We regret that this occurred and have taken additional measures to better safeguard that information," said Paul Rivers, UC Berkeley's chief information security officer.

The university further said among those potentially affected are current and former students, faculty and vendors who work at school. (ANI)


NASA explorer decodes interstellar magnetic field

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 16:09
NASA explorer decodes interstellar magnetic field

Washington: What is out there at the edge of our solar system? Scientists using data from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer
(IBEX) have pinned down an interstellar magnetic field which lies at the very edge of the giant magnetic bubble surrounding our solar system called the heliosphere.

Immediately after its 2008 launch, IBEX spotted a curiosity in a thin slice of space: More particles streamed in through a long, skinny swath in the sky than anywhere else.

The origin of the so-called "IBEX ribbon" was unknown - but its very existence opened doors to observing what lies outside our solar system, the way drops of rain on a window tell you more about the weather outside.


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Sprint revives two-year contract option with customers

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 14:47
Sprint revives two-year contract option with customers

New York, Feb.27 : American telecommunications holding company Sprint has decided to revive two-year contracts option with customers alongside a monthly installment plan and a full-price purchase.

Sprint said it brought the option back after receiving feedback from customers, the Verge quoted Fierce Wireless.

"We listened to our customers and are giving them more choices to get their new device," a company spokesperson said.

Headquartered in Kansas, United States, Sprint provides wireless services and is a major global Internet carrier. It is the fourth largest wireless network operator in the United States, and serves 58.4 million customers as of January 2016.


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UN endorses Russia-US deal, demands halt in Syria fighting

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 13:31
UN endorses Russia-US deal, demands halt in Syria fighting

United Nations: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to demand a halt to the fighting in Syria.

The adoption on Friday coincided with the scheduled implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement reached by Russia and the US, Xinhua reported.

According to the deal, the halt was to begin at midnight (Damascus time) on Friday in the middle of the council session.

"It`s zero hour, Damascus time," Japanese Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa said as the clock struck within a minute of the scheduled starting time.

The new council resolution welcomed a February 11 statement from the 17-member International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) that seeks humanitarian aid access to Syria and a halt in fighting.


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Donald Trump train gathers stream with 2 governors' backing

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 12:34
Donald Trump train gathers stream with 2 governors' backing

Washington: Ahead of next week`s "Super Tuesday" nomination contests in 11 states, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got a significant boost with the surprise endorsement of New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Christie`s bombshell on Friday, which may well change the dynamics of the Republican race came a day after Trump`s two main rivals - Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz - ganged up against him in a CNN debate that turned into a virtual brawl.

Hours later, Maine`s Republican governor Paul LePage, who was a supporter of Christie before he ended his presidential bid, also announced his endorsement of Trump.


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Here`s why same-sex marriage is usually opposed

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 11:46
Here`s why same-sex marriage is usually opposed

Washington D. C, Feb 27 : With the idea of same sex marriage still being unacceptable for a large section of the population, a new study has pointed to self-interest as a leading cause.

The UCLA psychology study concluded that many people believe gay men and women are more sexually promiscuous than heterosexuals, which they may fear could threaten their own marriages and their way of life.

Lead author David Pinsof said that many people who oppose same-sex marriage are uncomfortable with casual sex and feel threatened by sexual promiscuity.

Such people often marry at a younger age, have more children and believe in traditional gender roles in which men are the breadwinners and women are housewives.


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Bristol Palin`s ex wishes to see daughter urgently

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 11:34
Bristol Palin`s ex wishes to see daughter urgently

Washington D. C., Feb. 27 : Bristol Palin's former fiance Dakota Meyer wishes to see their daughter and has even filed motion for the same.

The 27-year-old veteran filed a motion for interim visitation and interim joint legal custody of newborn Sailor Grace on February 26, reports E! Online.

While proceedings are still underway for the joint legal custody he previously requested, he also filed a motion for expedited consideration of visitation to hurry the process and inevitably see the child.

While Palin has never publicly called Meyer the father of two-month-old Sailor, he shared a photo on the social media of the baby girl in the hospital after her birth, calling her the best Christmas present ever.


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Prince William looking forward to Princess Charlotte`s growing up 'drama'

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:24
Prince William looking forward to Princess Charlotte`s growing up 'drama'

Washington D. C., Feb. 27 : Prince William, who recently attended the RBS 6 Nations Wales v France game at the Principality Stadium in Wales, gushed over his daughter in front of a pool of reporters.

The Duke of Cambridge joked; "Please tell me it gets easier" before he clarified that Princess Charlotte is very easy, reports E! Online.

The 33-year-old Prince added that all fathers say to him when daughters turn nine or 11 they get crazy, to which he replies that he is looking forward to it as there will be some drama.

He added that things are going very well since the addition of their little girl this past May. (ANI)


No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 16:33
No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

Washington, Feb 26 : US President Barack Obama once again renewed his call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, saying there is no alternative to his removal.

Obama also called on Russia and the Syrian government to honour a negotiated ceasefire in the war-torn country, warning Moscow and Damascus that the "world will be watching," a report in Daily Mail said.

Obama made the remarks after holding a rare meeting with his national security team at the State Department on Thursday, a day before the cessation of hostilities was due to come into force. The ceasefire for Syria is set to take effect at midnight Friday.


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YouTube now allows filmmakers to blur out unwanted objects in videos

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:23
YouTube now allows filmmakers to blur out unwanted objects in videos

Washington, Feb. 26 : Video-sharing website YouTube has launched a tool for creators that allow them to blur any object in their videos before it makes it to the public Web.

Youtube launched a face-blurring tool in 2012, but the updated desktop tool now can blur out any section that move, too, and it keeps them blurred as they travel around the video, reports the Verge.

The tool allows the users to draw a box on top of the part of the video which they want to blur, and it can even track and follow the object as it moves throughout the footage. The users can also change the size of the blur box as the video progresses.


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Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 09:25
Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

Washington: Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul has introduced a joint resolution in the US Congress to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

The resolution (SJ Res 30) calls for prohibiting sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, which the State Department had recently notified to the Congress.

Introduced by Paul on February 24, the resolution also calls for prohibiting sale of other military hardware to Pakistan including eight Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDWES), 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).

Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has put a hold on the sale of F-16s to Pakistan.


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Leadership means muscles, indeed

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 17:34
Leadership means muscles, indeed

Washington D.C, Feb 25 : Want to be seen as a leader? You may want to build up some muscle, as a new study has revealed that muscular men are perceived to be better leaders than physically weak ones.

Take Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose past popularity was a result of his physical prowess as a "Mr. Universe" bodybuilder. In the 2003's historic recall election, the physically imposing Schwarzenegger easily defeated California Governor Gray Davis, who is arguably weaker looking than 'The Terminator.'

Study participants in a series of experiments, conducted by UC Berkeley's Cameron Anderson and Oklahoma State University's Aaron Lukaszewski, overwhelmingly equated physical strength with higher status and leadership qualities.


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High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:21
High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

Washington: Seeking to bolster its effort to counter Islamic State (IS) messaging on social media, President Brack Obama`s administration is assembling something of a high-tech dream team to battle the terrorist group online, media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting conducted at the Justice Department on Wednesday, executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV and Buzzfeed offered their input to top counter-intelligence officials, according to an industry source familiar with the meeting, reports CNN.

Nick Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre, told the group the administration was making strides in combating IS on social media, where the terrorist army has inspired potential lone wolf assailants to carry out attacks.


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New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:53
New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

Los Angeles: Actor Liam Cunningham has revealed that 'Game of Thrones' season six will be "bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier".

Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in the fantasy series, admitted that from what he has seen and filmed, the new season is set to be even raunchier and more violent than ever before, read a statement.

"We just finished filming at the end of December," he said.

"I've seen a bit of it and it's looking really good. It's bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier. It's probably more violent, so there will be magnificent drama."

The show maintains a strong Irish influence as it also stars Dublin actor Aidan Gillen and is filmed largely in Belfast.


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WTO rules against India on US solar exports

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:21
WTO rules against India on US solar exports

Washington, Feb 25 - In a setback to India, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has ruled in favour of the US in its challenge to New Delhi's alleged discrimination against US solar exports, according to US Trade Representative (USTR).

The panel agreed with the US that India's "localisation" rules discriminated against imported solar cells and modules under India's National Solar Mission, according to an official news release citing USTR Michael Froman.

India's domestic content requirements, it agreed, discriminate against US solar cells and modules by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-manufactured cells and modules rather than US or other imported solar technology in breach of international trade rules.


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Computers know you're bored when you fidget

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:41
Computers know you're bored when you fidget

Washington D. C, Feb 25 : According to a new study, computers can detect boredom in you by reading your body language.

The study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), shows that by measuring a person's movements as they use a computer, it is possible to judge their level of interest by monitoring whether they display the tiny movements that people usually constantly exhibit, known as non-instrumental movements.

If someone is absorbed in what they are watching or doing, what Dr Witchel calls "rapt engagement," there is a decrease in these involuntary movements.


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Grammar of politics: Conservatives prefer nouns

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:17
 Conservatives prefer nouns

Washington D. C, Feb 25 - Reflecting the psychological pulls that underlie our political differences, right-wingers and left-wingers tend to construct sentences in different ways. According to new transatlantic research, conservatives prefer using nouns.

As part of the study, the University of Kent researchers found that the US presidents, who were considered conservative, used a greater proportion of nouns in major speeches.

The researchers, led by Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their names, rather than describing them in terms of their features. An example would be saying someone 'is an optimist', rather than 'is optimistic'.


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'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:24
'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

Washington: The United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan would affect "some aspects" of Indo-US relationship, a top American military commander has said, amid India's strong protest over the deal.

"With regard to the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, while I don't have a professional opinion on that sale itself, certainly it will affect some aspects of our relationship with India," the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander, Admiral Harry Harris, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Harris, who will visit India next week, was responding to question from members of the House Armed Services Committee.


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Twitter's Fabric app to help developers monitor app crashes on smartphones

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 17:27
Twitter's Fabric app to help developers monitor app crashes on smartphones

New York: After five months of development, micro-blogging website Twitter has launched an app for its Fabric mobile development toolkit so that developers can address various issues related to their app including sudden crash through smartphones.

Fabric is a tool that developers use to keep constant pulse on their apps once out in the wild and helps them track crashes or user behaviour within the apps.

"No longer will app developers need to rely on their desktops and laptops in order to check on the health of their apps, find out the number of monthly active users or the average length of users' sessions, or discover crashes affecting certain users," tech website Venturebeat reported.


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Learn from 'Candy Brush' app how to brush your teeth

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 15:52
Learn from 'Candy Brush' app how to brush your teeth

New York: While you are busy bursting candies on Candy Crush game on your smartphones, Oral-B has introduced a new "smart" toothbrush which works in tandem with a special app "Candy Brush" to help you correctly brush your teeth.

The special app record metrics such as interdental cleaning, pressure applied, brushing duration, and tongue cleanliness, NBCnews.com reported.

Oral-B unveiled the high-tech toothbrush called "Genius" at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, this week.


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