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Pope Francis seeks forgiveness for pedophile priests

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:49

Pope Francis seeks forgiveness for pedophile priestsWashington, Apr 12 : Pope Francis has reportedly asked for forgiveness for the evil acts committed by pedophile priests.

He said that he felt compelled to personally take on the evil which some priests had committed against children, the BBC reported.

The Pope said that the abuse was a moral damage carried out by men of the Church and that sanctions would be imposed.

He said that the number of priests who committed such evil acts were quite a few in number, although obviously not compared to the number of all the priests.


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400-million-year-old fossilised plant 'brought back to life'

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:43

400-million-year-old fossilised plant 'brought back to life'Washington, Apr 12 - A graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley has done what may seem impossible to many - he digitally reconstructed plants which were thought to be long extinct.

Jeff Benca is an admitted uber-geek when it comes to prehistoric plants, so it was no surprise that, when he submitted a paper describing a new species of long-extinct lycopod for publication, he ditched the standard line drawing and insisted on a detailed and beautifully rendered color reconstruction of the plant.


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Microsoft to end Outlook.com free sign-ups for domain administrators

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:28

Microsoft to end Outlook.com free sign-ups for domain administratorsWashington, Apr 12 : Microsoft will reportedly end Outlook. com sign-ups for its custom domain service after nearly 10-years of offering the yet little-known service for free.

Custom domain support allowed a user to use Outlook. com to manage a personal, non-Microsoft email domain, though the 'management' was limited to adding and removing up to 50 individual email accounts using the specialized domain.

However, according to PC World, while the existing custom domain users will not be able to add or remove new accounts from Custom Domains, all current email addresses will continue to work in Outlook. com


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Apple confirms devices, website 'safe' from Heartbleed bug

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:17

Apple confirms devices, website 'safe' from Heartbleed bugWashington, Apr 12 : Apple has confirmed that their mobiles, desktop, and Web services are safe from the infamous Heartbleed bug, which has been attacking the internet.

Heartbleed is a software bug, which allows the attacker to access the host computer, and retrieve private information like user-names and passwords, Cnet reports.

A spokesperson of Apple insisted that the company takes security very seriously, adding that iOS and OS X never included the vulnerable software.

Heartbleed has the capability to potentially expose people's usernames and passwords on sites like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Pinterest, the report added. (ANI)


Sony warns new Viao-hybrid users of battery overheating and fire risk

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:07

Sony warns new Viao-hybrid users of battery overheating and fire riskWashington, Apr 12 : Sony has reportedly warned the new Viao convertible laptop users in the Us to stop using the hybrid as they revealed this week that the laptop is at risk of overheating and catching fire due to a faulty battery.

The Japan-based electronics company is currently identifying affected Sony Vaio Fit 11A's, which approximately 500 people in the US are currently using, by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace the affected PCs at no charge.


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US to witness total lunar eclipse on April 15 before dawn

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:50

US to witness total lunar eclipse on April 15 before dawnWashington, Apr 12 : A total lunar eclipse will grace the skies across the United States several hours before dawn on Tuesday, April 15, it has revealed.

According to the editors of StarDate magazine, the eclipse will begin at 12:58 a. m. Central Daylight Time, when the Moon begins to move into Earth's shadow.

As Earth's long shadow falls across the Moon, the part in the shadow will turn dark. It will look as though a chunk were missing from the Moon, which will grow larger as minutes pass.


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Apple again brands Samsung 'copycat' in billion-dollar damages case

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:18

Apple again brands Samsung 'copycat' in billion-dollar damages caseWashington, Apr. 12 - Apple has reportedly accused Samsung as 'copycat' once again claiming billions of dollars in damages.

Last week, Samsung had offered a brief preview of its plans, including an effort to downplay Apple's copycat claims by focusing on features it offered that Apple hadn't, like larger-screened phones with removable batteries, LTE, styluses, NFC sensors, and certain software features like multi-window applications


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G-20 pushes US to ratify IMF reforms by yearend

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:13

G-20 pushes US to ratify IMF reforms by yearendWashington, April 12 - Expressing disappointment at the continued delay over International Monetary Fund's quota and governance reforms that would give emerging economies, including India, a greater voice, the G-20 has given the US a yearend deadline to ratify them.

"If the 2010 reforms are not ratified by year-end, we will call on the IMF to build on its existing work and develop options for next steps," the finance ministers and central bank governors from the world's leading economies said Friday in a committee.


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NSA denies keeping Heartbleed bug data 'secret' for two years

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:05

NSA denies keeping Heartbleed bug data 'secret' for two yearsWashington, Apr 12 - The National Security Agency (NSA) has denied accusations of having information about the Heartbleed bug for atleast two years and then keeping the data ' secret'.

Heartbleed is a software bug, which allows the attacker to access memory of the host computer, and retrieve potentially privacy-sensitive data

According to Cnet, NSA was accused of being 'able to obtain passwords and other basic data that are the building blocks of the sophisticated hacking operations at the core of its mission, but at a cost'.


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World's largest gold crystal is here

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:21

World's largest gold crystal is hereNew York, April 12 - A heavy piece of gold, found years ago in Venezuela, has now been identified as the world’s largest single crystal of gold.

Worth an estimated $1.5 million (about Rs. 9 crore), the rare lump of gold weighs 217.78 grams and is the size of a golf ball.

“The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size has never been studied before, and we have a unique opportunity to do so,” Miami University geologist John Rakovan was quoted as saying.


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Obamas' earnings fell to $579k last year as revenues from best-selling books drop

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:10

Obamas' earnings fell to $579k last year as revenues from best-selling books dropWellington, April 12 - Barack and Michelle Obama reportedly earned about 579,000 dollars last year, as revenues from their best-selling books continued to fall.

The books that contributed to the families income are 'Dreams From My Father,' an autobiographical look at Barack's early life published in 1995, and 'The Audacity of Hope,' a policy vision published in 2006.


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'Painter' George W. Bush is a pro at telling dirty jokes too!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00

George Walker BushWashington, April 12 - George W. Bush slipped a very dirty joke while giving a speech at a Thursday summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

The 67-year-old former US President firstly discussed having the setting of former President Lyndon Johnson's presidential library, then jokingly added that "former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well...," drawing some laughs, the Huffington Post reported.

He then said that he was thinking how Lyndon Johnson would have handled that, asserting that he was a funny guy at times. (ANI)


Too much Twitter kills romance in life

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:56

Too much Twitter kills romance in lifeNew York, April 12 - Are 140 characters coming between you and romance in your life?

You are not alone.

A study contends that those addicted to Twitter are likely to have problems with their partners than those who are not.

The more time you spend on Twitter, the more harm you are causing to your relationship, said the study by researchers of the University of Missouri.

Of the 500 Twitter users polled, researchers found the more active the tweeter, the more conflict a relationship had.

The findings were not any different even for couples who have been together for long.


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Now Preet Bharara takes on New York governor

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:50

Now Preet Bharara takes on New York governorWashington, April 12 - New York's Indian-American prosecutor Preet Bharara, who is known in India for his dogged prosecution of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, has now taken on the state's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo over his decision to shutter an anti-corruption commission as part of a deal with legislators for an ethics package.

Cuomo created the panel "with great fanfare," shuttered it "unceremoniously", said Bharara in a radio interview as cited by Newsday, and "thinking people wonder why that happened and want to get to the bottom of it."


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Kerry wishes Bengalis Shubho Nobo Borsho

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:38

Kerry wishes Bengalis Shubho Nobo BorshoWashington, April 12 - US Secretary of State John Kerry has sent warmest New year greetings to Bengali communities around the world wishing them "Shubho Nobo Borsho" or a Happy New Year.

"The United States joins you in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of the Bengali-speaking people," he said in a press statement.

"Your rich cultural heritage, from food and song to poetry, art, and literature has greatly enriched our own."

On behalf of President Barack "Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send warmest greetings to Bengali communities around the world as you celebrate Pahela Boishakh," Kerry said.


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Obama picks Burwell to lead healthcare reform

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:59

Obama picks Burwell to lead healthcare reformWashington, April 12 - US President Barack Obama Friday nominated a new department secretary to lead the federal health reform programmes, accepting resignation of his Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Obama nominated the White House budget office director Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her, Xinhua reported.

The Harvard-educated Burwell was confirmed as White House budget director last April, and previously worked at the top levels of major foundations, including as president of the Walmart Foundation.


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US sanctions people, gas company over Ukraine crisis

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:34

US sanctions people, gas company over Ukraine crisisWashington, April 12 - US Treasury Department Friday imposed sanctions on six Crimean officials, a former Ukrainian official and a gas company in connection to the crisis in Ukraine.

The individuals and the Crimea-based gas company Chernomorneftegaz are being sanctioned for being responsible for contributing to the current situation in Ukraine, Xinhua quoted US Treasury Department in a statement as saying.

The US freezes the assets of the designated individuals within US jurisdiction. It also forbids Americans from having transactions with Chernomorneftegaz and the blacklisted individuals.


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FTC warns Facebook, Whatsapp against privacy violations post acquisition

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:37

FTC warns Facebook, Whatsapp against privacy violations post acquisitionWashington, Apr 11 : The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly warned Facebook and Whatsapp against violating consumers' privacy.

The warning comes as Facebook successfully cleared a hurdle in its purchase of WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars.

According to Cnet, the organization sent a sharply worded letter to Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge reminding both companies that they will need to abide by the privacy promises they've made to consumers or face legal consequences.


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Now, LED fingernail stickers that light up on detecting Android smartphones

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:33

Now, LED fingernail stickers that light up on detecting Android smartphonesWashington, Apr 11 : Japan's Takara Tomy Arts have reportedly come up with Lumi Deco Nails that light up when near-field communications (NFC) signals are nearby.

According to Cnet, these fingernail stickers have built-in LEDs that light up when detecting Android smartphones , tablets, mobile wallets, video game controllers, and other NFC-enabled devices.

Lumi Deco Nails, which give the impression of fresh-manicured nails, come in a variety of colorful designs, the report added. (ANI)


Apple mulling head mounted display' eyewear to view videos

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:27

Apple mulling head mounted display' eyewear to view videosWashington, Apr 11 : Apple has filed for a patent of 'head mounted display,' which the tech company described as a system that provides a personal TV viewing experience to users.

According to CNET, the goggle may include an outer cover, optical components for generating the media display, and lens on which the generated media displayed is provided to the user.

The application by Apple reads that the goggle system may include data processing circuitry operative to adjust left and right images generated by the optical components to display 3-D media, the report said.


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