Washington, March 5 - US President Barack Obama has planned a $3.9-trillion budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which will be used to fund infrastructure upgrading, education and other social programmes, according to the budget plan posted on the website of the White House Tuesday.
Obama has budgeted a deficit of $564 billion for 2015, or 3.1 percent of the estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Deficit in the next decade will stay between $400 billion and $500 billion. The deficit to GDP ratio will lower to 1.6 percent by
Washington, March 4 : Michelle Obama is planning to make a weeklong visit focused on education, to China.
The First lady of the United States of America will visit Beijing for four days from March 19 through March 26 and will be meeting the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Madame Peng, the Washington Times reported.
According to the White House announcement, her mother Marian Robinson , and daughters Sasha and Malia will be accompanying her on her trip where she "will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people". (ANI)
Washington, March 4 : One of three Fortune 100 firms will reportedly face an information crisis by 2017, following their lack of ability to effectively value, govern and trust their enterprise information, Gartner said.
Andrew White, research VP at Gartner said that there is an overall lack of maturity when it comes to governing information as an enterprise asset.
Washington, March 4 : ThrowBack, a photo sharing app that was unveiled last year, has reportedly found a place on Android.
ThrowBack was rolled out a year back after its founder Calli Higgins used the idea for her master thesis .
After researching why certain images pang us while others don't, Higggins realized nostalgia was conjured by revisiting something one hasn't seen in a while, Tech Crunch reported.
Higgins said that ThrowBack was an alternative to the current overexposure of one's images and the numbness this could create. (ANI)
Washington, March 4 : The Indian Government will reportedly shell out 6.4 billion dollars on IT products and services in 2014, marking an increase of 4.3 percent over 2013, research firm Gartner said.
The research firm has also included spendings on internal IT, hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications by state, regional as well as central government agencies in its forecast.
Washington, March 4 : As the top US diplomat for South Asia Nisha Desai Biswal headed for India, the US reiterated that it took no position on the future of leadership in India which was up to the people of India to decide.
It was not yet clear, whether Biswal, the first Indian American to hold the position of Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, would meet any opposition leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Washington, Mar 4 : A new research on the coast of southern California has shown that the surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night.
The ocean removes about 15 percent of these chemicals overnight along the coast, a team of atmospheric chemists said.
Nitrogen oxides, formed by the burning of fossil fuels, generate photochemical smog. Atmospheric chemists would like to account for the fates of these molecules in a kind of budget that indentifies their sources and sinks - ways in which they are removed from the air.
Washington, March 4 : Android and Samsung Electronics reportedly emerged as the biggest winners in last year's tablet market with a 68 percent share of total sales.
According to market research company Gartner, 195.4 million units of tablets were sold to end users, following sales of low-end, smaller screen devices, and purchases by first time buyers.
With 62 percent of the market, Android turned out to be the biggest tablet operating system.
Washington, March 4 : Laxmi, a "Stop Acid Attacks" campaigner from India is one of the ten "extraordinary women from 10 countries with the 2014 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award" here Tuesday.
US First Lady Michelle Obama will join deputy secretary of State Heather Higginbottom as the latter presents the awards Tuesday.
The award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment, often at great personal risk.
Washington, Mar 4 : Samsung's Galaxy S5 has revealed it will give more than 500 dollars worth of premium app subscriptions and services with the smartphone.
The services, dubbed Samsung Galaxy Gifts, will include long-term subscriptions to fitness, productivity and lifestyle apps.
It also includes premium app upgrades and subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek.
According to the Mashable, in total, the apps and services along with the device will cost a total of 576 dollars.
A host of fitness tracking and lifestyle apps will also be included with the handset. (ANI)
Washington, March 4 - Researchers have discovered a potentially clean and inexpensive way to convert carbon dioxide to methanol, a key ingredient to produce plastics, adhesives and solvents - and a promising fuel for transportation.
Scientists from the Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Technical University of Denmark combined theory and experimentation to identify a new nickel-gallium catalyst that converts hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol with fewer side-products than the conventional catalyst.
The results are published in the March online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry.
Washington, March 4 - As the developing world struggles to find ways to tackle the scarcity of usable water, most people in the United States are unaware of how to conserve water and have only a vague idea of how much water is used for different activities.
According to a national online survey conducted by an Indiana University researcher, nearly 43 percent people cited taking shorter showers - which does save water but may not be the most effective action.
Very few participants cited replacing toilets or flushing less, even though toilets use the most volume of water daily.
Experts say the best strategy for conserving water is to focus on efficiency improvements such as replacing toilets and retrofitting washing machines.
New York, March 4 - For breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, yoga exercises can help regulate stress hormones and improve the overall quality of life.
While simple stretching exercises counteracted fatigue, patients who participated in yoga exercises experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation of cortisol (stress hormone), says a promising research.
Washington, Mar. 4 - Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has made his first move to leave a mark on the tech giant by brining changes to the senior leadership team.
In the total shakeup, Nadella moved Mark Penn, former strategist for Hillary Clinton, from his advertising duties to focus exclusively on strategy.
According to the Washington Post, Penn was serving as Microsoft's executive vice president of advertising and strategy before the shake up.
Washington, March 4 - What if the love side of your brain could be activated by a laser beam?
In the case of flies, they can flirt and fall in love when exposed to a mind-altering device that activates heat-sensitive neurons involved in courtship.
A neuroscientist in the US has developed a system called the Fly Mind-Altering Device (FlyMAD). This uses a video camera to track the fly as it moves around in a box.
The device then shines an infra-red laser at the fly to deliver heat directly to a specific set of neurons in the brain.
Now charged, the fly tried to mate even with a ball of wax - circling it and "singing" by vibrating its wings!
Washington, March 5 - A series of collapses this weekend have raised concerns about the fate of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
An arch supporting the Temple of Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, crumbled during a rainstorm on Saturday, which was followed by the collapse on Sunday of the wall of a tomb around 5.5 feet high and 11.5 feet long in the necropolis of Porta Nocera and another wall about 8 feet high and 13 feet long in Via di Nola , the major road, Fox News reported.
The affected areas have been closed to the public now.
Washington, March 4 : Twitter is reportedly planning to install two log cabins, dating back to1800's, in its headquarters in San Francisco.
The social network site intends to use the log cabins as a dining area for its employees.
Lundberg Design, one of the firms that designed the space at Twitter's headquarters, came up with the idea when the company moved there in 2012 and was looking for ways to divide up Twitter's dining space, Mashable reported.
Washington, March 4 : Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who stood up against Taliban and was shot in the head for promoting education for girls, has reportedly admitted that she does not have a mobile phone.
Malala's admission at a conference showcasing cell phone provider Vodafone's initiatives to support women was acknowledged with a chorus of chuckles by a visibly charmed crowd.
According to Fox News, International Development Minister Justine Greening offered to give her a spare cellphone.
Washington, Mar 04 : Video of soon-to-be-released 2014 HTC One has been reportedly leaked, in which the upcoming smartphone has been compared to its 2013 predecessor.
A developer edition of 2014 HTC One has been fully detailed in a 12-minute video, showing the redesigned smartphone's slightly curvier and softer look.
According to The Verge, the display of the smartphone appeared enlarged from 4.7 to 5 inches, while the headphone jack could be found at the bottom of the phone and the top has a black plastic panel, and the side includes a microSD card slot.
Washington, March 4 - Entrepreneurs have developed a new web app which they claim helps people find a place to pee.
Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine with their brand new Web app, Airpnp, functions a lot like Airbnb , Ozy reported.
Residents and businesses can rent out their private bathrooms or Port-A-Potties for a small cost. They take images of their porcelain thrones, describe the bathroom's cleanliness, provide the location and name a price.
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