Apple rolls out update with bug fixes for iOS, Macs

Apple rolls out update with bug fixes for iOS, Macs

Washington D C, Aug 14 : Apple has released an official update to Mac and iPhone to fix a number of bugs that have been affecting the users using Apple's new music service.

According to the TechCrunch, Apple released iOS update (8.4.1) to reduce the general errors and improve performance of Apple Music and Beats 1, mainly addressing an issue that prevented some of users from accessing their iCloud Music Library.

The update includes resolving of issues that prevent turning on of iCloud Music Library, resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only ands provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any playlists to choose from.


Internet may fool you into thinking you are smart!

Internet may fool you into thinking you are smart!

Washington : Think you are very smart? You may be browsing the Internet too much!

Actively searching the Internet inflates our sense of the knowledge we actually possess, a new study has claimed.

Because the Internet surpasses any person in accessibility, speed, and breadth of knowledge, the Internet may be treated as an all-knowing expert transactive memory partner, researchers said.

However, researchers from the Yale University in US suggest that these same features may exacerbate potentially negative effects of transactive memory, in particular conflating knowledge for which a partner is responsible with knowledge one actually possesses.

Each of the experiments had an induction phase followed by a self-assessment phase.


Men who 'moderately exercise' face lesser risk of heart attack

Men who 'moderately exercise' face lesser risk of heart attack

Washington DC, Aug 13 : Men who workout moderately may face reduced risk of heart failure, claims a new study.

Researchers assigned each type of physical activity an intensity score and determined walking or bicycling just 20 minutes per day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure and accounted for the largest difference in heart failure free survival.

Of the men diagnosed with heart failure during the course of study, those who had engaged in at least 20 minutes per day in walking or bicycling were approximately eight months older compared to heart failure cases who had engaged in less than 20 minutes per day of walking or bicycling.


Twitter drops the 140 character cap from direct messages

Twitter drops the 140 character cap from direct messages

Washington DC, Aug. 13 - Twitter has dropped its 140 characters limit for direct messages.

According to The Verge, the company said that it will now allow messages of up to 10,000 characters in its mobile apps, desktop apps and the web. It will also work in third-party apps, such as Tweetbot.

Sachin Agarwal, product manager for DMs said in an interview that it was the No. 1 request they get from people. They want to be able to say what is on their mind and be themselves.

Agarwal says that the idea is to make DMs the place where the users can talk about the stuff they see on Twitter. He also says that they want to make sure the users can really fluidly move between public and private.


Dropbox adds support for a USB security keys for two-factor login

Dropbox adds support for a USB security keys for two-factor login

Washington DC, Aug. 13 - Cloud storage service Dropbox has announced that it is enabling USB security keys for a two-factor login.

According to The Verge, the USB security keys will allow the users to supplement the conventional password login with a physical device.

Security keys are physical USB dongles that allow the users to bypass the traditional app- and text message-based two-factor authentication schemes with their six-digit codes by simply plugging the key into the user's computer.


Former US President Jimmy Carter has cancer

Former US President Jimmy Carter has cancer

Washington DC, Aug 13 - Former President Jimmy Carter has revealed that he is suffering from cancer.

In a statement the 39th president said that a recent liver surgery showed he had the disease which has now spread to other parts of his body, E! Online reported.

Though he didn't reveal what type of cancer he has, the 90-year-old politician added that he would be rearranging his schedule to undergo treatment at Emory Healthcare.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Carterhad a small mass removed from his liver, which The Carter Center said was an elective procedure after which he was expected to make a full recovery.


Mozilla launches Firefox ver 40 with Windows 10 support, improves security

Mozilla launches Firefox ver 40 with Windows 10 support, improves security

Washington D C, Aug. 12 - Mozilla has launched its Firefox version 40 with improved Windows 10 compatibility.

According to the Engadget, the changes are done to bring the browser in proportion to Windows 10's design and make it easier to use on a touchscreen.

The 'close' buttons on tabs are now bigger so they are now easier to use on a touchscreen and the address bar has bigger fonts. It also has modified tabstrips, toolbars and a custom Windows 10 theme.

In addition, other new features are centered on security, including extra protection against risky downloads and warnings for unsigned extensions. It also brings better support for the user's computer's graphics, which will bring about smoother scrolling and animations. Also, the new version is still working as 32-bit. (ANI)


Researchers crack the evolution of `beer yeast'

Researchers crack the evolution of `beer yeast'

Washington DC, Aug 12 - Ever wondered how genetically different is lager from ale beer? Researchers have now answered this query by revealing the evolution of beer yeast.

Chris Todd Hittinger of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team, took advantage of a newly described wild yeast species from Patagonia, Saccharomyces eubayanus, and completed and assembled a high-quality genome of S. eubayanus using next-generation sequencing.

They show two independent origin events for S. cerevisiae and S. eubanyus hybrids that brew lager beers.


Here's why the Greenwich prime meridian `changed`

Here's why the Greenwich prime meridian `changed`

Washington DC, Aug 12 - The Greenwich prime meridian has changed and the scientists now explain it was expected all thanks to advanced technology.

In 1884, a delegation of international representatives convened in Washington, D.C. to recommend that Earth's prime meridian should pass through the Airy Transit Circle at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.

But according to GPS receivers modern navigators, mapmakers, surveyors and London tourists now find that zero longitude runs 334 feet east of the telescope.

The reason is primarily the superb accuracy of the global positioning system, which uses satellites to precisely measure grid coordinates at any point on the Earth's surface - replaced the traditional telescopic observations used to measure the Earth's rotation.


'Stripes' may not shield zebra's from predators

'Stripes' may not shield zebra's from predators

Washington DC, Aug 12 - While it was believed that "stripes" offer protection for animals living in groups, like zebra, a new research has rebuffed the assumption.

Humans playing a computer game captured striped targets more easily than uniform grey targets when multiple targets were present. This rebuked assumptions that stripes evolved to make it difficult to capture animals moving in a group.


Chennai-born Sundar Pichai named Google's new CEO

Chennai-born Sundar Pichai named Google's new CEO

New York : India-born Sundar Pichai will be the new CEO of Google under a major restructuring at the technology giant, as co-founder Larry Page lauded the IIT alumnus' "progress and dedication" and said it is "time" for him to take over the company's reins.

In a surprise and significant re-organisation, Page announced the formation of a new parent company Alphabet Inc which will replace Google as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights.

Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet, which will have Page as CEO and co-founder Sergey Brin as President.


Despite skepticism, US confident it can monitor Iran deal

Despite skepticism, US confident it can monitor Iran deal

Washington : Iran's intelligence agencies have penetrated CIA front companies, executed Western agents and captured a sophisticated US drone.

So why should anyone believe American intelligence officials when they express confidence that they can monitor Iran's compliance with the just-completed nuclear agreement?

The main reason, according to a classified joint intelligence assessment presented to Congress, is that the deal requires Iran to provide an unprecedented volume of information about nearly every aspect of its existing nuclear program, which Iran insists is peaceful.

That data will make checking on compliance easier, officials say, because it will shrink Iran's capacity to hide a covert weapons program.


Snapchat's new update allows saving of net data with new features

Snapchat's new update allows saving of net data with new features

Washington DC, Aug. 11 - Snapchat has released an update for iOS and Android that includes a new feature called Travel Mode.

According to the Verge, when enabled the Travel mode will prevent Snaps, Discover, Stories, and friends' updates from automatically downloading and will only load if the users tap them, saving the users from hitting their internet data limit.

Also, Snapchat with a feature called Sticker Picker now allows the users to add many emojis anywhere on their snaps and no longer are they restricted to being on a line of text

In addition, the users will now be able to export their customized Snapcodes as a video file. Since the Snapcodes exports as a video file, they can share it as such on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on any other place.


Disney Japan sorry for insensitive tweet on Nagasaki bombing anniversary

Disney Japan sorry for insensitive tweet on Nagasaki bombing anniversary

Washington DC, Aug 11 - Walt Disney Japan has apologised after one their Japanese language tweet was criticised by fans on the social media.

According to sources, the company tweeted an unfortunate message, which read, "A very merry unbirthday to you!" on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, E! Online reported.

However, sources said that the Japanese translation portrayed something more along the lines of, "Congratulations on a not special day."

Fans immediately reacted to the odd tweet, with one loyal follower asking, "Why are you offering congratulations, Disney-san?"


'Footprints' show carnivourous dinosaurs' strolled German beach 142 mln yrs ago

'Footprints' show carnivourous dinosaurs' strolled German beach 142 mln yrs ago

Washington DC, Aug 11 - Researchers have found footprints of two carnivourous dinosaurs which strolled around Germany 142 million years ago and have provided insights into their daily life.

Biologist Pernille Veno Troelsen of University of Southern Denmark, who analysed the footprints, said that one of the dinosaurs was large, the other one was small. They were in no hurry, they almost stroll along, leaving their footprints in the wet sand.

A few times the small one had to trot in order to catch up with the big one. Their average speed was 6.3 km/ h for the big one and 9.7 km/hour for the little one. It was notably slow for a carnivorous dinosaur that can run with more than 40 km/hour.


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