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Silicon Valley wants 'dramatic expansion' of H1-B visa: Veritas CEO

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:36
 Veritas CEO

Washington: With IT firms struggling to find quality and right number of professionals, a top American CEO has called for a "dramatic expansion" of the H-1B visa scheme -popular among Indian tech firms- to meet the growing demand.

"The entire Silicon Valley believes that the H-1B visa policy needs to be dramatically expanded," Bill Coleman CEO of Veritas told PTI in an interview.

"We can't hire enough good people. They are just not available here. The salaries here are going through the roof, because everybody is competing to hire from everybody else," he said. Coleman, a former chairman of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, is involved with the Silicon Valley for about 40 years.


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Why it's easy to get people to go bad

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:27
Why it's easy to get people to go bad

Washington D. C, Feb 19 : When it comes to convincing good people to do bad things, it is quite easy and now, a new study has provided new evidence that might help to explain why it is so.

According to the new work by researchers at University College London and Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, when someone gives us an order, we actually feel less responsible for our actions and their painful consequences.

Patrick Haggard said, "Maybe some basic feeling of responsibility really is reduced when we are coerced into doing something. People often claim reduced responsibility because they were 'only obeying orders.' But are they just saying that to avoid punishment or do orders really change the basic experience of responsibility?"


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Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 08:44
Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

Washington: US President Barack Obama has signed into law the legislation to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea, the White House said Thursday.

The US House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed the bill with a 408-2 vote. The legislation was approved by the senate earlier last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

The legislation requires the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear program, luxury goods, money laundering and human rights abuses.

The move cones after North Korea said it had launched on February 7 a Kwangmyongsong-4 Earth observation satellite into orbit earlier this month and tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb last month.(IANS)


Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 16:43
Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

New York, Feb 18 - Aiming to take Twitter to a new level amid an existential crisis, the micro-blogging website is now bringing video support to Direct Messages.

"The company keeps plugging away at basic features to bring the service up to speed with competitors like Facebook Messenger. Following the addition of a GIF button on Wednesday, Twitter is rolling out this feature globally to iOS and Android smartphones," The Verge quoted the company as saying on Wednesday.

However, on twitter. com, user will be to send videos from within Direct Messages threads, but won't be able to record them directly on the website.

A GIF button and a video support don't do much to fix those longstanding issues but they may bring the website up to compete with Facebook and Google.


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Apple refuses to unblock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:36
Apple refuses to unblock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter

Washington, Feb 18 - US technology giant Apple has vowed to fight an order to unblock an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead.

In a statement, CEO Tim Cook said the court order sought and obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is investigating the December 2015 attack, would pose a serious threat to data security.

"The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers," Cook said on Tuesday in a message on the company's website.

"We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand."


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Neanderthals had sex with modern humans much earlier: Study

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:29
 Study

New York: Before early modern humans migrated 'out of Africa' to spread across the world, they started having sex with the Neanderthals some 100,000 years ago and not 47,000-65,000 years ago as previously thought.

Using several different methods of DNA analysis, an international research team found strong evidence of an interbreeding event between the Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred tens of thousands of years earlier than any other such event previously documented.

More specifically, they provide the first genetic evidence of a scenario in which early modern humans left the African continent and mixed with archaic (now-extinct) members of the human family prior to the migration "out of Africa" of the ancestors of present-day non-Africans, less than 65,000 years ago.


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'Rise of African slaves as rulers, generals shows India's tradition of openness'

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:26
'Rise of African slaves as rulers, generals shows India's tradition of openness'

United Nations, Feb 18 - The history of Africans who came to India as slaves and rose to lofty heights as princes and generals shows the country's tradition of openness, India's UN Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said here Tuesday.

Speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition, "Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals," he said India may have shortcomings, but it has always been and strives to be an open and welcoming society overcoming prejudice.


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Obama to visit Cuba in March

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:18
Obama to visit Cuba in March

Washington, Feb 18 - US President Barack Obama is set to visit Cuba in March, a move which would make him the first sitting US president to step foot on the island in over 80 years, the media reported on Thursday.

The White House is expected to announce the details of the trip later on Thursday, diplomatic sources told CNN on Wednesday.

"We can confirm that the administration will announce the President's travel to Latin America, including Cuba, in the coming weeks," a senior administration official said.

Officials said Obama could visit the island to witness a signing of a peace accord between the government of Colombia and the FARC rebel group. Obama committed $400 million to the Colombian government in his most recent budget proposal to implement the deal.


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Google's Sundar Pichai backs Apple over cracking shooter's phone

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:10
Google's Sundar Pichai backs Apple over cracking shooter's phone

Washington, Feb 18 - Google's Indian-American chief executive Sundar Pichai sided with rival Apple in its battle over a court order to help the FBI access information on the encrypted iPhone used by a Pakistani-American shooter in San Bernardino.

Pichai Wedenesday directed followers to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's open letter Tuesday night arguing that helping the FBI try to get into the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook would sabotage the security of "tens of millions of American citizens."

Farook and his Pakistani origin wife, Tashfeen Malik, gunned down 14 people at a social services agency Dec 2 in San Bernardino, California, before being killed in a shootout with police.


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Nikki Haley endorses Rubio for race to White House

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:40
Nikki Haley endorses Rubio for race to White House

Washington: Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has endorsed Marco Rubio, giving a major boost to the Florida Senator's presidential ambitions days ahead of the state's pivotal Republican primary.

"I wanted somebody with fight. I wanted somebody with passion. I wanted somebody that had conviction to do the right thing, but I wanted somebody humble enough that remembers that you work for all the people," Haley said yesterday at Chapin in South Carolina as she announced to endorse Rubio for president.


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Trump leads among Republican voters across US: Poll

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:55
 Poll

Washington: Republican presidential front- runner Donald Trump has secured a big lead among party voters nationwide, according to a latest US opinion poll.

The real estate tycoon has support of 39 per cent of Republican voters, his highest total so far, and is followed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 per cent, who is almost locked in a tie with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 per cent, said the Quinnipiac University National Poll.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has six per cent with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at four per cent each. Nine per cent are undecided, the university said releasing the details of the poll.


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Indian-origin scientist devises novel materials for solar fuel cells

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 17:55
Indian-origin scientist devises novel materials for solar fuel cells

New York, Feb 17 - An Indian-origin chemist from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into useable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas.

These “green fuels” can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries.

“Technologies that simultaneously permit us to remove greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide while harnessing and storing the energy of sunlight as fuel are at the forefront of current research,” said Dr Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the university's centre of renewable energy, science and technology.


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Sale of F-16 jets should not be of concern to India: Pentagon

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 14:36
 Pentagon

Washington: The US' decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan should not be a cause of concern for India as the regional security situation was taken into account at the time of sale, the Pentagon said today as it rejected India's disappointment over the move.

"We don't think it should cause concern for India," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said when asked to comment on India's reaction to Obama Administration's decision to sell the sophisticated fighter jets to Pakistan.

"We think this is a capability that will help Pakistan in its counter-terrorism effort and we think that's in the national security interests of the United States," Cook said.


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NASA's Chandra observatory spots oldest light in the universe

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:25
NASA's Chandra observatory spots oldest light in the universe

Washington, Feb 17 - Using the data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered a jet from a very distant supermassive black hole being illuminated by the oldest light in the universe.

The discovery shows that black holes with powerful jets may be more common than previously thought in the first few billion years after the Big Bang.

The light detected from this jet was emitted when the universe was only 2.7 billion years old, a fifth of its present age.

At this point, the intensity of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) left over from the Big Bang was much greater than it is today.


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3D technology applied to new Oscar statuettes

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:23
3D technology applied to new Oscar statuettes

Los Angeles, Feb 17 - This year's Oscar statuettes will look a little bit different with a new manufacturer for the first time in 34 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday.

The Academy announced that Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, based in Rock Tavern, New York, will exclusively create its iconic Oscar statuettes, starting with the 88th Academy Awards, Xinhua reported.

Since 1982, the statuettes have been made by Chicago-based R. S. Owens & Co. According to the Academy, the switch will take the statuette back to its "roots", being hand-cast in bronze before receiving its 24-karat gold finish.


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Indian father goes missing from daughter's wedding in US

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:02
Indian father goes missing from daughter's wedding in US

Washington: A 55-year-old Indian man, who was on a visit to the US to attend his daughter's marriage, went missing after the wedding reception.

Prasad Moparti, from Hyderabad, had been in the US since January and was scheduled to return to India on February 26.

He was attending his daughter Durga Moparti's wedding at Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove in Northern California on Saturday when he walked away at about 4 pm and never returned, said Tony Turnbull, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff`s Department.

"I believe that he was just walking and he fell unconscious, and he just tripped or something like that, but I'm really not sure what happened, and this seems like a total mystery," Durga, 29, said.


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Sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan should not be of concern to India: US

US News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 08:57
 US

Washington: The Obama Administration's decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan should not be a cause of concern for India as the regional security situation was taken into account at the time of sale, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

"We don't think it should cause concern for India," said Peter Cook, Pentagon Press Secretary.

"We think this is a capability that will help Pakistan in its counterterrorism effort and we think that's in the national security interests of the United States," Cook said responding to questions on India's disappointment over sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan.


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Instagram to roll out view counts for videos

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:26
Instagram to roll out view counts for videos

New York - In order to provide a better engagement measurement to video creators and marketers, social networking giant Facebook's photo and video-sharing app Instagram has announced to launch a video view count feature.

"Companies like Gold's Gym used Boomerang to make muscles flex, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ran a Marquee ad showing three videos throughout the day promoting its release of 'Furious 7', and small business 'Out of Print' ran a stop motion video ad to drive holiday sales," said a blog post.

The new feature, which will be rolled out in "the coming weeks", will give creators a tally of the impressions a video has received, whereas likes could be viewed as an engagement metric, VentureBeat reported.


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Financial incentive may not boost employees' exercise

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 16:03
Financial incentive may not boost employees' exercise

Washington D. C., Feb. 16 : According to a new study, paying employees to exercise doesn't work, however its reverse might.

Researchers from American College of Physicians have found that the gain incentive was no more effective than control. In comparison, a loss incentive resulted in a 50 percent relative increase in the mean proportion of time participants achieved their physical activity goals.

Researchers found that financial incentives for promoting daily physical activity goals are most effective when the award can be lost. This implies that the threat of having an award taken away is more effective than not earning one in the first place.


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Google balloon to provide fast Internet in remote areas

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:42
Google balloon to provide fast Internet in remote areas

New York - Google's ambitious project to deliver internet to remote parts of the world using high-flying balloons has survived a brutal development phase and will enter the testing mode later this year, media reported on Tuesday.

With "Project Loon", the internet giant struggled to find the right balloon design that could be both inexpensive and durable not only to float but navigate to predictably travel through the stratosphere, tech website Re/Code reported.

"We busted a lot of balloons," Astro Teller, head of Alphabet's X unit (formerly Google X), was quoted as saying while showing off some of the designs at the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, which kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday.


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