Sony unveils new mid range smartphones Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5

Sony unveils new mid range smartphones Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5

Washington DC, August 3 : Sony has announced two mid-range smartphones, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5.

According to the Verge, Sony claims that the devices are will offer consumers camera brilliance.

The Xperia C5 comes with twin 13-megapixel front and rear cameras and an enhanced front-facing flash. The Xperia M5 also offers a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, but has a 21.5-megapixel camera on the rear.

The C5 Ultra sports a 6-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit 1.7 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The M5 is a smaller, more powerful device, with a 5-inch 1080p display, 64-bit 2.0 GHz processor and 3GB of RAM.

Both devices run on Android Lollipop 5.0 and offers 4G connectivity and up to two days of battery life.


Amazon allows developer to use Alexa in devices

Amazon allows developer to use Alexa in devices

Washington DC, August 3 - Amazon has released a developer preview of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS)

According to the Engadget, Alexa Voice Service developer preview is open for integration for both hobbyists and hardware manufacturers into their own connected devices. Also, the company is offering its technology for free.

Last month, Amazon announced it was opening up its Alexa Appkit for use by third parties developers to create new features for the voice technology that powers the Echo.

The company's Getting Started Guide says that by adding Alexa to their device, the users can request and receive information in the same way they would from an Amazon Echo.


Obama to unveil revised Clean Power Plan on Monday

Barack Obama

Washington D.C., Aug.3 - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a revised "Clean Power Plan" on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions from American power stations by nearly a third within the next 15 years.

According to the BBC, this revised plan is likely to place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.

However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight President Obama declared war on coal, which provides over a third of electricity supply in the United States.

The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.


Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus images leaks on the net

Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus images leaks on the net

Washington DC, August 3 - Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus images have leaked on the internet two weeks before its event on August 13.

According to the Verge, the images were released by phone leaker Evan Blass and it's said to be an official press renders of both the new devices. Also, he has released specifications for the Note 5 as well.

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus looks bigger than S6 Edge. The Note 5 looks has a similar Galaxy S6's metal-and-glass design, but has slightly sharper corners.

The Galaxy Note 5 will have 5.66-inch, 2560 x 1440-pixels AMOLED displays. It has a octa-core Exynos 7420 chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Also, it will have a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, according to the leak.


Now, world's first 'aqueous solar flow battery' that saves 20% energy

Now, world's first 'aqueous solar flow battery' that saves 20% energy

Washington DC, Aug 2 - In a breakthrough discovery, researchers have designed a solar cell and battery into a single device, which achieves more energy savings than a regular battery.

Ohio State University's Yiying Wu said that 20 percent energy saving comes from sunlight, which is captured by a unique solar panel on top of the battery.

The solar panel, on top of the battery, is now a solid sheet, rather than a mesh as in the previous design.

Another key difference comes from the use of a water-based electrolyte inside the battery as water circulates inside it. The new designs are called aqueous flow batteries.

Wu said that the truly important innovation here was that they have successfully demonstrated aqueous flow inside their solar battery.


Michelle Obama would want to be Beyonce if given a chance

Michelle Obama would want to be Beyonce if given a chance

Washington DC, Aug 1 - Michelle Obama, who always woos people by her cultural and social initiatives, revealed that given a chance to change her occupation, she would be a singer like Beyonce.

The US President Barack Obama's wife posted a clip of her interview with rapper Wale on Instagram, wherein while adoring Beyonce she seemed so excited that she did singer's popular track 'Single Ladies' famous dance step by raising her hand up and a big smile on her face, E! Online reported.

Notably, the 33-year-old singer and Michelle are so close that the singer performed at the First Lady's 50th birthday bash in 2014 and later shared her pictures of White House.

Michelle also shared in the clip that she would advice her younger self not to ever get afraid to ask for help. (ANI)


HRW tells UN to act to empower women in conflicts

HRW tells UN to act to empower women in conflicts

New York, Aug.1 - The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.

"The Security Council and governments are better informed than ever about the horrors inflicted on women and girls in armed conflict, but they still drag their feet on the most basic actions to help," said Sarah Taylor, women, peace, and security advocate at Human Rights Watch.


Earth's magnetic field at least 4 bln yrs old

Earth's magnetic field at least 4 bln yrs old

Washington DC, July 31 : A new study has suggested that Earth's magnetic shield is much older than it was previously thought, and is at least four billion years old.

John Tarduno, a geophysicist at the University of Rochester, said that a strong magnetic field provided a shield for the atmosphere and this was important for the preservation of habitable conditions on Earth.

The field protects Earth's atmosphere from streams of charged particles shooting from the Sun. It helps prevent the solar winds from stripping away the atmosphere and water, which make life on the planet possible.


Mullah Omar: Death of a Pakistani proxy

Mullah Omar: Death of a Pakistani proxy

Washington, July 31 - On Wednesday, the office of Afghanistan's president Arg (presidential palace), officially stated in a press release, "The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

The White House stopped short of independently confirming the news, but its spokesperson, Eric Shultz, said that the report of the Taliban leader's death appeared to be credible.

Both the Arg and the White House are confirming what has been widely believed to be the case for the last two-and-a-half years, i.e. Mullah Omar is not only dead, but that he died in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, where he is said to have had sanctuary for several years.


NASA confirms existence of closest rocky exoplanet

NASA confirms existence of closest rocky exoplanet

Washington DC, July 31 - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has helped confirm the discovery of the closest rocky planet outside our solar system, just 21 light-years away.

The exoplanet dubbed as HD 219134b is larger than Earth and orbits too close to its star to sustain life. While the planet itself can't be seen directly, even by telescopes, the star it orbits is visible to the naked eye in dark skies in the Cassiopeia constellation, near the North Star.

Michael Werner, the project scientist for the Spitzer mission said that transiting exoplanets were worth their weight in gold because they can be extensively characterised.


Congressional resolution calls for strengthening Indo-US ties

Congressional resolution calls for strengthening Indo-US ties

Washington : A Congressional resolution marking the upcoming 68th anniversary of India's independence has called for continued strengthening of Indo-US ties.

Introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Dr Ami Bera -- the only Indian American in the current Congress -- the resolution is co-sponsored by more than a dozen lawmakers.

Noting that the people of the two countries maintain a shared commitment to building democratic institutions, the resolution says the US and India continue to pursue a strategic partnership based on common interests and shared commitments to freedom, democracy, pluralism, human rights and the rule of law.


Reunion Island debris likely from missing MH370,say US officials

Reunion Island debris likely from missing MH370,say US officials

Washington/Sydney, July 30 - American investigators have concluded that a large object that washed up on Wednesday on the shore of Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, came from a Boeing 777, making it likely that it was debris from Flight 370, the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared in March 2014.

US government officials and experts from Boeing have reportedly based their conclusion on photographs and videos, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

It is being reported that a large piece of aircraft wreckage washed up on Reunion Island, and appeared to be an aircraft wing.

The Americans were waiting for French aviation experts to examine the object and determine if it contained a serial number matching that of the Malaysia Airlines jet.


Life on Earth probably started as a hiccup rather than roar

Life on Earth probably started as a hiccup rather than roar

Washington DC, July 29 - A new research has looked into the origins of Earth and claimed that nearly 4 billion years ago, life on the planet probably started as a hiccup rather than a roar.

Template-assisted replication, which helps polymers grow longer while passing on sequences from generation to generation, could have enabled jump from monomers to self-replicating polymers.

However, with no fossil record to check from those early days, it's a narrative that still has some chapters missing.

Now, a new model proposes a potential mechanism by which self-replication could have emerged. It posits that template-assisted ligation, the joining of two polymers by using a third, longer one as a template, could have enabled polymers to become self-replicating.


Students identify two 'densest' galaxies

Students identify two 'densest' galaxies

Washington DC, July 29 : Two undergraduates have discovered two galaxies that are known to be densest.

The first system discovered by the investigators, M59-UCD3, has a width two hundred times smaller than our own Milky Way Galaxy and a stellar density 10,000 times larger than that in the neighborhood of the Sun. For an observer in the core of M59-UCD3, the night sky would be a dazzling display, lit up by a million stars. The stellar density of the second system, M85-HCC1, is higher still: about a million times that of the solar neighborhood. Both systems belong to the new class of galaxies known as ultracompact dwarfs (UCDs).


Obama condoles passing away of Kalam

Obama condoles passing away of Kalam

Washington DC, July 29 - US President Barack Obama has condoled the death of former Indian president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, calling him one of India's most accomplished leaders.

"Dr. Kalam rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's most accomplished leaders, earning esteem at home and abroad," said Obama.

"An advocate for stronger U.S.-India relations, Dr. Kalam worked to deepen our space cooperation, forging links with NASA during a 1962 visit to the United States," he added.

Obama said Dr. Kalam's tenure as India's 11th president witnessed unprecedented growth in the ties between both nations.


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