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Apple iOS found most secure mobile operating system against spywares: Report

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:32

 ReportWashington, Aug 13 - A test conducted by a surveillance software and hardware vendor revealed that Apple iOS is the most secure mobile operating software against spywares.

A spyware called FinSpy, designed to help Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies to remotely monitor mobile phones and tablet devices, was used to determine whether various mobile platforms could withstand snooping attempts on phone calls, contacts, and other data.

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Babies are smarter than we expect

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:16

Babies are smarter than we expectWashington, Aug 13 - A new research has shown that infants can actually remember much more than we expect them to.

The study from Concordia University found that babies as young as 10-months old could tell the difference between the kinds of paths naturally taken by a walking animal, compared to a moving car or piece of furniture.

That's important information because the ability to categorize things as animate beings or inanimate objects is a fundamental cognitive ability that allows toddlers to better understand the world around them.

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Apple's diversity report shows majority of males, whites

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:27

Apple's diversity report shows majority of males, whitesWashington, Aug 13 - After Google, Twitter, and Facebook, now Apple has released its diversity report which shows a majority of males, and whites.

Apple notes that 70 percent of its 98,000 employees around the world are male, but that 'inclusion and diversity' are on the top of the list of priorities for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Earlier, Google also released a 'male dominating' diversity report, with 83 percent male employees. Facebook too has a similar diversity with 69 percent male and 31 percent fe male employees.

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Three-fourths of Syria's chemical stockpile destroyed: OPCW

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:02

 OPCWWashington, Aug 13 - A report has revealed that almost three-fourths of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed.

A U. S. container ship, MV Cape Ray, along with 35 mariners, 64 chemical specialists, a security team, and a contingent from the U. S. European Command were tasked with destroying Syria's 620 tons of chemical weaponry on July 7.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that they have already destroyed 74.2 percent of the stockpile, reported The Washington Times.

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Michelle Obama's hairstylist spills her style secrets

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:00

Michelle Obama's hairstylist spills her style secretsWashington, Aug 13 - Michelle Obama's hairstylist has finally spilled the beans about what it's really like to style her.

Johnny Wright , who became the 50-year-old's official hairstylist back in 2009, said that together with Frederic Fekkai colorist Daniel Villano, they've created a look that complements Barack Obama's wife's features, Huffington Post reported.

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Twitter unveils video advertisements

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:59

TwitterSan Francisco: Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

The new program adds to the source of advertising revenue for Twitter, which has struggled to convince investors it is on a path to profitability.

"By using Promoted Video, it's easy for brands to upload and distribute video on Twitter, and to measure the reach and effectiveness of this content," product manager David Regan said in a blog post.

Regan said test launch came "after months of experiments and feedback from users and brands."

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Pentagon may send more US advisors to Iraq

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:55

Pentagon may send more US advisors to Iraq Washington: A senior US defense official says the Pentagon is considering sending more military advisors to Iraq.

Their role would be to help determine future course of action for the US, based in part on the impact of several days of targeted airstrikes on the Islamic extremist fighters and how that has affected Kurdish forces opposing them in northern Iraq.

The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because no decisions about expanding the advisor team have been made.

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US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:35

Chuck HagelWashington: Another 130 US troops have arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel had announced on Tuesday the deployment in remarks to Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.

"This is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Hagel said. "We're not going back into Iraq in any of the same combat mission dimensions that we once were in in Iraq," he added, referring to the eight-year war that cost more than 4,400 US lives and soured the American public on military involvement in Iraq.

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Attacks in Afghanistan kill NATO soldier, 3 policemen

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00

Attacks in Afghanistan kill NATO soldier, 3 policemenWashington, Aug 12 : At least three policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan, while a NATO service member died in a separate attack in the war-torn country on Tuesday.

ABC News reports the three policemen died when their patrol vehicle struck a bomb planted along the road in the district of Bahrami Shahid in southern Gazni province, according to the province's deputy police chief, Asadullha Ensafi.

Ensafi said that a fourth policeman was injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, NATO confirmed that it lost one of its service members in an attack in the east on Tuesday.

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Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in people

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:23

Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in peopleWashington, Aug 12 : Scientists have claimed that reading fiction stories can make one more empathetic.

Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling in his session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

Mar explained that understanding stories was similar to the way people understand the real world, and when they read stories, personal experiences are invoked.

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'First-of-its-kind' 3D mapping provides deeper insight into comets' chemical working

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:28

'First-of-its-kind' 3D mapping provides deeper insight into comets' chemical workingWashington, Aug 12 - Scientists have developed detailed 3D maps of comets' atmosphere, which has provided a better insight into its chemical nature.

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Microsoft likely to unveil new Lumia phones, on September 4

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:17

Microsoft likely to unveil new Lumia phones, on September 4Washington, Aug 12 - Microsoft is likely to unveil new Lumia phones, which may include the much speculated 'selfie phone' expected to be labeled as Lumia 730, on 4th of September.

The company has started sending invites to members of the press to tease a 'ready for more' announcement. The invite comes just two weeks after Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop showed off two new Lumia Windows Phones, and described one particular device as a ' selfie phone' during a private internal company meeting, The Verge reported.

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Now, torch that could help visually impaired to see objects

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:05

Now, torch that could help visually impaired to see objectsWashington, Aug 12 - A new research has come up with an advanced device called the Enactive Torch that could help the visually impaired better navigate everyday life with the help of infra-red sensors to "see" objects in front of it.

The research conducted in University of Cincinnati could help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life.

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Cortana digital assistant to accompany Windows 9

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:01

Cortana digital assistant to accompany Windows 9Washington, August 12 - Microsoft is set to include Cortana digital assistant in the next major version of Windows, which is expected to be named Windows 9.

Sources revealed that Cortana is a major area of investment for the release of the version, which is currently codenamed Threshold, and is expected to be in the market in spring 2015, the Verge reported.

Currently, Cortana exists as a separate app in Threshold , but Microsoft has been gradually improving it every two weeks by adding additional data points and features, and as the service is HTML driven, these improvements will make their way over to the Windows 9 version. (ANI)

Kennedys dare Obama to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during Martha Vineyard holiday

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:40

Kennedys dare Obama to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during Martha Vineyard holidayWashington, Aug 12 - President Barack Obama has been nominated for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during his Martha's Vineyard holiday by the Kennedy family.

Maxwell Kennedy, a son of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, posted a video to his Facebook page showing the Kennedy family taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, saying that Grandma Ethel has been nominated for the challenge, Politico reported.

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Celeb promotion of charities 'largely ineffective' at raising awareness

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:38

Washington, August 12 - A new study has shown that celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness, but it can make the stars more popular with the public.

According to the study, celebrities are "generally ineffective" at encouraging people to care about "distant suffering" as their "ability of celebrity and advocacy to reach people is limited".

The researchers said that the survey shows that while awareness of major NGOs brands was high, awareness of celebrity advocates for those brands was low, and added that even though celebrities did not support charities in order to promote themselves, this was the unintended outcome of their work.

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Microsoft faces 400m dollars loss on Xbox One

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:18

Microsoft faces 400m dollars loss on Xbox OneWashington, Aug 12 - Tech giant Microsoft has recently reported a 400 million dollars loss on its gaming console Xbox One, since the time it was launched.

The recent report shows that Microsoft spent 400 million dollars more than it earned from the console.

While Xbox console sales increased from 9.8 million units in 2013 to 11.7 million units in 2014, manufacturing and distributing costs went up to 2.1 billion dollars while platform revenue only reached 1.7 billion dollars, Adweek reported.

Microsoft is spending more and more money on Xbox One to make it a device as a way to use multiple Microsoft products and services simultaneously.

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First most realistic 3D 'brain-like' tissue model created

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:10

First most realistic 3D 'brain-like' tissue model createdWashington, Aug 12 - Bioengineers have recently created a 3D model that can mimic biochemical and electrophysiological responses like a real brain, which offers new options for understanding brain function, disease and trauma, and treatment in better way.

Tufts University researchers have developed the first complex three-dimensional model made of brain-like cortical tissue that exhibits biochemical and electrophysiological responses and could function in the laboratory for months.

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Rise in Arctic temperatures linked with extreme weather events

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:42

Rise in Arctic temperatures linked with extreme weather eventsWashington, Aug 12 - A new study has demonstrated that the swift rise in the Arctic temperatures is because of weather extremes in the northern hemisphere such as heatwaves in the US and flooding in Europe.

The researchers from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany found out that Rossby waves to become stuck in a static pattern as they resonated around the planet for weeks at a time, bringing extreme weather to whatever region of the northern hemisphere they affect.

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Yahoo News' Twitter account hacked, sends panicking Ebola threat

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:54

Yahoo News' Twitter account hacked, sends panicking Ebola threatWashington, Aug 11 : The Twitter account of Yahoo news was reportedly hacked on Sunday, and the hackers sent out a tweet announcing Ebola breakout in Atlanta.

According to Washington Times, the message was re-tweeted at least 736 times in the 10 minutes it was up before Yahoo News deleted it.

However, Yahoo was quick to inform its 815K followers.

The controversial tweet read: 'BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA! Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa," Yahoo News tweeted to its 815,000 followers.

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