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Asian Americans 'too busy' to vote in US

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:29

Washington, April 10 - About three-in-ten Asian-American eligible voters, including Indian Americans, have cast ballots in midterm elections since 1998, a much lower turnout rate than that of whites and blacks, according to a new report.

With an estimated nine million eligible voters in 2014, the Asian-American electorate for the November Congressional elections makes up 4 percent of all eligible voters, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Centre, a Washington think tank.

By contrast, Hispanics - the largest minority group - today make up 11.3 percent of all eligible voters. But Asian Americans recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States.

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Student stabs 22 people in US high school

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:26

Washington, April 10 - Twenty-one students and an adult were injured when a teenager, armed with knives, attacked students and staff at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, officials said.

"A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure," said the Westmoreland County school district in a statement posted on its web site.

A 16-year-old boy - identified by authorities as Alex Hribal - was arrested after the incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, 40 km from Pittsburgh. Police said he is the attacker and a student at the school, the spokesperson for the county's Emergency Department, Dan Stevens, told reporters.

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12 kids injured in hit-and-run crash in Florida

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:24

12 kids injured in hit-and-run crash in FloridaWashington, April 10 - A hit-and-run car crash into a day care in the US state of Florida left 15 people, including 12 children, injured, officials said Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when a car was struck by a silver Dodge Durango, forced off the road and crashed into the KinderCare Learning Center in the Winter Park city in the Orlando metropolitan area of Florida.

Over 50 people were inside the day care at the time of the crash. Local fire rescue officials said 13 patients were taken to local hospitals and two were treated at the scene.

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US targets Honduran drug trafficking kingpin

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:20

Washington, April 10 - The US Wednesday slapped sanctions on Carlos Arnoldo Lobo, a Honduran national accused of shipping loads of cocaine for Mexican, Guatemalan and Honduran drug lords and organisations.

The sanctions include freezing of Lobo's assets under US jurisdiction and barring American citizens from doing business with him, Xinhua reported.

In a statement, the Department of Treasury also accused Lobo of laundering illicit proceeds into a variety of assets, including real properties, maritime vessels and seafood shipping businesses.

"Today's action targets Carlos Arnoldo Lobo, a maritime drug trafficker who uses his shipping and fishing businesses as a cover for smuggling narcotics which eventually make their way into the US," the agency said in the statement. (IANS)

US sends Navy destroyer to Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:19

US sends Navy destroyer to Black Sea amid Ukraine crisisWashington, April 10 - The US Navy destroyer -- USS Donald Cook -- the second American military ship to be deployed in the Black Sea amid the Ukraine crisis, is scheduled to arrive in the designated waters Thursday, a Pentagon spokesman has said.

"The Donald Cook's mission is to reassure NATO allies and Black Sea partners of America's commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working towards mutual goals in the region, " Xinhua quoted Steve Warren, the spokesperson, as telling media Wednesday.

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Sikh-Americans to honour saviour of Oak Creek shooting

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 18:52

Sikh-Americans to honour saviour of Oak Creek shootingWashington, April 9 : US police officer Brian Murphy, who was struck with 12 bullets during the Aug 5, 2012 shooting at the Sikh gurudwara in Wisconsin, will be honoured by Sikhs in Washington on Vaisakhi Day (April 13).

Murphy, the first Oak Creek (Milwaukee) police officer on the scene of shooting that left six worshippers dead and three others wounded, will be presented with a Sewa (service) Award by Washington-based community organisation Guru Gobind Singh Foundation.

The white supremacist gunman, Wade Michael Page, killed himself after he was wounded by a rifle shot from Murphy.

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Solar-powered plane to fly around the world in 2015

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:26

Solar-powered plane to fly around the world in 2015Washington, Apr 9 : The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer have revealed that they will use their next-generation solar plane in
2015 to circumnavigate the globe.

Pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are slated to reveal a new solar-powered airplane, dubbed Solar Impulse 2, in a ceremony on April 9. The event will be webcast live on the Solar Impulse website, according to Mashable.

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Zoove launches mobile contact-sharing service that doesn't require an app

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:22

Zoove launches mobile contact-sharing service that doesn't require an appWashington, Apr 9 : Zoove is introducing a contact-sharing service called StarStar myInfo that does not require an app.

The myInfo service, which will be available to U. S. consumers on any of the four major carriers, will offer users ways to both share and receive updated contact details from their friends and colleagues without requiring a mobile app.

Zoove offers a registry of unique mobile numbers for brands and consumers (StarStar Brand and StarStar Me, respectively), TechCrunch reports.

Steps to start using StarStar myInfo are given below:

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Samsung working on a stand-alone smartwatch: Rumor

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:11

 RumorWashington, Apr 9 : Samsung is reportedly adding a new product to its wrist worn gadget list.

According to Greenbot, if rumours are to be believed Samsung is working on a wrist gadget with integrated SIM and will allow users to make and receive calls without pairing it to any other mobile device.

This watch will work independently and will be a different device altogether.

Samsung has filed a patent for the Gear Solo name though there is no information whether this will be the name of the device, if launched.(ANI)

Researchers trying to determine extent of malware infection rates on smartphones

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:59

Researchers trying to determine extent of malware infection rates on smartphonesWashington, Apr 09 : Researchers in Finland are trying to measure the severity at which smartphones could be infected by malware infections.

University of Helsinki researchers working at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) will present a paper at this year's World Wide Web conference which will provide an answer to this question based on their work in the 'Malware Insights' project.

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'Game-changing' discovery for US Navy as seawater is turned to fuel

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:51

'Game-changing' discovery for US Navy as seawater is turned to fuel Washington, Apr 9 : The US Navy has claimed that it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades of how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as "a game-changer" because it would significantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

According to some scientists, we must begin using more nuclear power to keep global warming from accelerating. But that creates a huge nuclear waste problem. A University of Sheffield team thinks it might have found a unique way of handling it.

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72 percent Americans say no to Google Glass over privacy fears

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:15

72 percent Americans say no to Google Glass over privacy fearsWashington, Apr 9 : There is a considerable opposition to the idea of people wearing Glass in public because of privacy issues, a new survey has found.

A study by market research firm Toluna tried to discover Americans' deeper feelings about Google's fine gadget.

The study found that Americans do have deeper feelings and, 72 percent of people won't buy Google Glass because of privacy concerns, CNET reports.

The survey found that people are afraid of hacking, surreptitious photography and filming.

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This novel chemistry kit for kids worth experimenting with!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:01

This novel chemistry kit for kids worth experimenting with!Washington, April 9 : An Indian-origin researcher at Stanford University has developed a clever chemistry kit for your kid that he/she would love to use, even if he/she hates the subject!

Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford, has developed a new hand-crank operated chemistry set for kids that won him $50,000 (Rs. 30 lakh) as first prize in a contest for inspiring science toys.

According to Prakash, such devices would provide an alternative to the more scripted interactions with science most kids encounter in the classroom.

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Amazon claims its now the third largest video site

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:57

Amazon claims its now the third largest video siteWashington, Apr 9 : Amazon has claimed its Instant Video streaming platform is now the third most popular of its kind in the US.

Amazon cited a report from Qwilt, a company that tracks growth in online video usage

According to the Verge, Amazon said the Prime video streams have nearly tripled year over year.

It added that the Instant Video is now the third largest video site overall, behind Netflix and YouTube.

If correct, that would mean that Amazon has jumped ahead of Apple and Hulu to take the number three spot, the report added.

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Facebook gets FTC go-ahead for WhatsApp acquisition deal

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:51

Facebook gets FTC go-ahead for WhatsApp acquisition dealWashington, Apr 9 : The Federal Trade Commission has given Facebook approval for the controversial acquisition of WhatsApp.

Sources said that the FTC was close to approving the 19 billion dollars deal or extend the merger review.

The social networking site had announced on February 19 that it was planning to acquire the mobile messaging service.

According to the New York Post, the FTC had 30 days to decide over Facebook's acquisition after the site submitted its merger application with regulators.

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Clinton praises 'strong and brave 'Pussy Riot band

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:45

Clinton praises 'strong and brave 'Pussy Riot band Washington, Apr 9 : Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised Russian punk band Pussy Riot as 'strong and brave young women'.

Clinton added that the group was so strong that it refuses to let their voices be silenced.

The praises for the group came as Clinton posted a picture on her Twitter account posing with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina of the group, the New York Post reports.

Clinton and the band met while attending the Women in the World Summit in New York on Friday.

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Sleep's vital role for memory revealed

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:22

Sleep's vital role for memory revealedWashington, April 9 : Researchers have claimed that infants who nap are better able to apply lessons learned to new skills, while preschoolers are better able to retain learned knowledge after napping.

Rebecca Gomez of the University of Arizona said that sleep plays a crucial role in learning from early in development.

A growing body of research shows how memories become reactivated during sleep, and new work is shedding light on exactly when and how memories get stored and reactivated.

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Facebook users in India cross 100-mln mark

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:21

Facebook users in India cross 100-mln markWashington, Apr 09 : India is reportedly inching closer to overtake the US on Facebook in terms of number of active users as the country crossed the 100 million bar as of March 31.

India is now reportedly the only country where Facebook can aspire to have one billion users due to a growing base of Internet users, which is currently around 200 million, and the increasing number of mobile phone subscribers in the nation's over 1.23 billion population.

According to TechCrunch, vice-president of growth and analytics at Facebook, Javier Olivan, said that getting one billion users in India would be a different challenge altogether.

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Humans are born with basic fundamental knowledge of language

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:19

Humans are born with basic fundamental knowledge of languageWashington, Apr 9 : A new study has revealed that humans are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language.

While languages differ from each other in many ways, certain aspects appear to be shared across languages. These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains.

A natural question then arises: are infants born with knowledge of how the human words might sound like? Are infants biased to consider certain sound sequences as more word-like than others?

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Twitter's new look 'borrows a page' from Facebook

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:12

Twitter's new look 'borrows a page' from FacebookWashington, Apr 9 : Twitter has changed its old look to one which somewhat looks like a Facebook page.

Now one can display a bigger display picture and manage the header like Facebook's display picture and Cover photo.

At the top of the page, information on the number of tweets, photos/videos posted, people followed by the users and their own followers will be displayed.

According to Cnet, the new look allows users to highlight their tweets by pinning them and manage the flow of tweet s to their accounts.

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