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Blackberry CEO plays down talk of selling off handset business

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:24

Blackberry CEO plays down talk of selling off handset businessWashington, Apr 11 : Blackberry CEO, John Chen has backtracked from previous statements that he would be selling the business if it becomes unprofitable.

Clarifying his early statement, Chen said that he would remain committed to the company and had no intentions on selling it despite losses.

Chen wants to transform BlackBerry's focus to its business clients but without withdrawing consumer or handset business.

According to CNET, BlackBerry's team is working to cut costs and be more efficient.

The company has signed a deal with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, allowing it to reduce operating costs. (ANI)

Google set to launch modular smartphones by early 2015

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:22

Google set to launch modular smartphones by early 2015Washington, Apr 11 : Google is working on a modular smartphone that users can upgrade and change themselves.

Known as Project Ara, these smartphones will have a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of user's choice like camera, battery and processor of their choice on the gadget.

According to The Verge, these phones will reportedly be customizable and will allow users to choose every single detail of the phone.

Google plans to launch the first Ara smartphone in the first quarter of 2015, initially at a very low price, which has yet not been fixed. (ANI)

Satellite city projects expose low-income workers to natural hazards: Study

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:46

 StudyWashington, Apr 11 : Satellite city projects across the developing world are putting an increasing number of poor people at risk to natural hazards and climate change, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver.

Throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America 'new towns' are rapidly being built on the outskirts of major cities with the goal of relieving population pressures, according to study author Andrew Rumbach, PhD, assistant professor of planning and design at CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning.

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Google Glass to sell to anyone in US for 'one day only' in April

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:12

Google Glass to sell to anyone in US for 'one day only' in AprilWashington, Apr 11 : Google will sell its wearable computer " Goggle Glass," for only one day, to anyone in the US who wants to buy the gadget before its official launch.

Google has confirmed on Google+ that it will allow a limited number of US residents to purchase Google Glass without an invite starting at 6 a. m. PT on April 15 for 24 hours, Cnet reported.

The announcement came after The Verge obtained internal Google documents.

Earlier, people were required to obtain an invite in order to purchase Google Glass.

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Online ad revenues surpass broadcast TV for first time in US history

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:08

Online ad revenues surpass broadcast TV for first time in US historyWashington, Apr 11 : Online ad revenue in the US has reportedly surpassed broadcast TV sales for the first time ever.

The internet ad revenue generated record revenues of $42.8 billion last year against 40.1 billion dollars generated by TV ads, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

A 17 percent increase over 2012's results last year's number helped the online ad industry beat the 40.1 billion dollars in sales seen by traditional TV advertising, Cnet reported.

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New towns pose health risks for India's poor: Study

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:48

 StudyNew York, April 11 : While the skyscrapers and growing satellite city projects in India are fast emerging as markers of development, the new towns pose serious health risks to the poor, a study has found.

The Indian government has set an ambitious plan to build 100 new towns with a million people each by 2020.

The planners of the new towns do not take into account the informal settlements that invariably crop up beside these new cities and supply their labour force, the study has found.

When cyclones or monsoons occur, the poor suffer flooding along with diseases like cholera, hepatitis and dysentery.

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Google boosts android app security with continuous scan system

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:28

Google boosts android app security with continuous scan systemWashington, Apr 11 - Google is changing the security systems, empowering the Android app security with Post-Install scans.

Until now, Google has been scanning the apps and the phone when the app was installed.

According to TechCrunch, Google will continuously check for any peculiar change in the device or app in future.

The new continuous checks will be using the same technology for scanning that Google uses today. (ANI)

Facebook faces class action lawsuit in Canada for 'harvesting' private messages

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:24

Facebook faces class action lawsuit in Canada for 'harvesting' private messagesWashington, Apr 11 - Facebook faces class-action lawsuit in Canada for allegedly intercepting private message of its users.

Facebook did not disclose that their private messages would be intercept ed and scanned but URLs (uniform resource locators) in the private messages were "harvested, PC World.

The company is already facing similar lawsuits in the U. S.

The class- action lawsuit in Ontario includes all Canadian resident Facebook users who sent or received private messages containing URLs, the report added. (ANI)

HRW calls upon Pakistan to revise repressive anti-terrorism law

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:17

HRW calls upon Pakistan to revise repressive anti-terrorism lawNew York, Apr 11 : The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday said that Pakistan's draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan's international legal obligations,.

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, which was approved by President Mamnoon Hussain on October 20, 2013 and the National Assembly on April 7, 2014, requires Senate approval by April 20 or it will expire.

"Pakistan's anti-terror laws shouldn't be used to undermine fundamental rights," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

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Create strong passwords to dodge Heartbleed bug

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:14

Create strong passwords to dodge Heartbleed bugNew York, April 11 : Amid the looming threat from Heartbleed bug - that might have compromised millions of websites including Yahoo, Flickr and Tumblr by now - it is imperative to have a strong password that can stand hackers’ assaults, experts say.

To create a strong password, experts recommend using more than 10 characters at least.

“If eight characters is all you use, and if you restrict your characters to only alphabetic letters, it can be cracked in minutes,” Richard Boyd, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta was quoted as saying.

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Amazon set to acquire comic service Comixology by Q-2 of 2014

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:08

Amazon set to acquire comic service Comixology by Q-2 of 2014Washington, Apr 11 - Amazon will reportedly acquire Comixology, a leading digital comic service, in the second quarter of this year.

Comixology is an online store, which offers digital comic book comic books and graphics to a wide clientele.

Its app is available for Android, App store and windows based devices, Mashable reported.

David Naggar, VP of content acquisition and independent publishing at Amazon said that the company shares the same passion Comixology has for reinventing digital reading. (ANI)

New research contradicts conventional theories on Titanic disaster

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:05

New research contradicts conventional theories on Titanic disasterWashington, April 11 - A new research has raised doubts on previous findings which suggested that the Titanic sank as it set off on its maiden voyage in a year which had an exceptional number of icebergs caused by lunar or solar effects.

Academics at the University of Sheffield have shown the ship wasn't as unlucky as previously thought, by using data on iceberg locations dating back to 1913 which shows that 1912 was a significant ice year but not extreme.

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US health secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns post botched Obamacare rollout

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:21

Kathleen SebeliusWashington, Apr. 11 - Barack Obama's health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, is set to resign, six months after a disastrous rollout of the president's signature health law.

On Friday, Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius.

According to Politico, Sebelius, 65, gave no hint of her imminent resignation, as she testified before a Senate panel.

She announced that enrollment in Obamacare exchanges had surpassed 7.5 million - a figure that easily beat White House expectations.

A White House official said Sebelius told Obama in March that she planned to resign.

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LastPass adds security check scan to scour sites for 'Heartbleed' bug

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:39

LastPass adds security check scan to scour sites for 'Heartbleed' bug Washington, Apr 11 : Password manager LastPass has reportedly added a bug vulnerability scan to its site security check in order to detect the most dangerous bug "Heartbleed" plaguing the Web world.

LastPass's Security Check warns Web users when they need to change their passwords and keeps them updated on which sites have updated their certificates.

According to Cnet, the feature update saves you the trouble of going to a Heartbleed site checker like the ones offered by LastPass or Qualys, and also provides clear instruction to LastPass users on which of their sites are safe and which have to be updated.

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Supernova that swept materials equivalent to about 45 times sun's mass found

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:33

Supernova that swept materials equivalent to about 45 times sun's mass found Washington, April 11 : Researchers have identified a supernova remnant - known as G352.7-0.1 (or, G352 for short) - that has swept material, equivalent to about 45 times the mass of the Sun.

Another atypical trait of G352 is that it has a very different shape in radio data compared to that in X-rays. Most of the radio emission is shaped like an ellipse, contrasting with the X-ray emission that fills in the center of the radio ellipse.

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NASA set to construct probe due to visit asteroid in 2018

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:28

NASA set to construct probe due to visit asteroid in 2018Washington, April 11 : NASA's team which will be conducting the first US mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.

This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).

The CDR was held at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colo., April 1-9.

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Apple iWatch could come with a $1000 plus price tag

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:22

Apple iWatch could come with a $1000 plus price tagNew York, Apr 11 - Apple may launch its iWatch for an outrageous price, which is likely to cost over 1000 dollars.

One Apple watcher predicts that the company will sell the long-rumored device as a luxury accessory and that certain models will cost upwards of 1,000 dollars, the New York Post reported.

Meanwhile, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple's new gadget will come in two sizes with a1.3-inch and 1.5-inch display.

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Beautiful streamlined islands on Mars were formed by fast-flowing water

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:10

Beautiful streamlined islands on Mars were formed by fast-flowing waterWashington, April 11 : Researchers have claimed that beautiful streamlined islands and narrow gorges were carved by fast-flowing water pounding through a small, plateau region near the southeastern margin of the vast Vallis Marineris canyon system.

Images captured on 7 December 2013 by ESA's Mars Express show the central portion of Osuga Valles, which has a total length of 164 km. It is some 170 km south of Eos Chaos, which lies in the far eastern section of Valles Marineris.

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Achilles' heel of influenza discovered

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:01

Achilles' heel of influenza discoveredWashington, April 11 : Researchers have claimed to have discovered that influenza has an Achilles' heel.

The study reveals that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus.

Senior study author Maziar Divangahi of McGill University, said drugs that specifically target PGE2 pathways have already been developed and tested in animals, so their results have excellent potential for clinical translation, not only for the treatment of influenza , but also other viral respiratory infections that interact with similar host immune pathways.

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Too much time on Facebook leads to negative body images in women

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59

Too much time on Facebook leads to negative body images in womenWashington, April 11 - A new study has revealed that spending more time on Facebook could lead to more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends in women.

The researchers were able to predict how often women felt negatively about their own bodies after looking at someone else's photos or posts, and how often women compared their own bodies to those of their friends.

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