Leaked Sony emails reveal CEOs not so hot for super-heroines

Leaked Sony emails reveal CEOs not so hot for super-heroines

Washington, May 7 : A leaked email exchange between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and Sony CEO Michael Lynton has revealed that they don't believe female superheros are profitable.

The email appears to be a follow-up to a phone conversation between the two men and bears the blunt subject-line "Female Movies," in which Perlmutter describes 'Elektra' as "very, very bad" at the box office, 'Catwoman' as a "disaster" and the 1984 release 'Supergirl' as "again, another disaster," the Fox News reported.

The emails were uncovered in the wake of 'Avenger' stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner's jokes calling Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, a "slut." (ANI)


IS issues online warning claiming 'trained soldiers' positioned in 15 US states

IS issues online warning claiming 'trained soldiers' positioned in 15 US states

Washington, May 07 : IS militants have issued an online warning saying that the terrorist group has many "trained soldiers" positioned in 15 states and are ready to conduct operations.

According to Fox News, the terror group named five of the states Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan, where their terror cells are in place.

IS militants also claimed responsibility for the attack in Texas outside the "Draw the Prophet" Muhammad content in Garland.

IS also warned that they will carry out more attacks on the US soil in the next six months.

The jihadist group also named the anti-Islamist head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Pamela Geller, who organized the contest in Texas. (ANI)


Now thermometer-like device can diagnose heart attack

Now thermometer-like device can diagnose heart attack

Washington, May 7 : American scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that can help doctors diagnose heart attacks with minimal materials and cost.

The scientists from American Chemical Society observed that commonly heart attack diagnosis involves measuring the level of a protein i.e. troponin in the patient's blood as protein's concentration rises when blood is cut off from the heart, and the muscle is damaged, but this process gets expensive due to involvement of big heavy machines.

Sangmin Jeon and his colleagues invented this thermometer-like device which is a sensitive and an accessible test that will detect troponin in a simpler and a cost-effective way.


Indian e-commerce logistics startup Delhivery raises 85 mln dollar funding

Indian e-commerce logistics startup Delhivery raises 85 mln dollar funding

Washington, May 07 : Indian e-commerce logistics startup Delhivery has raised 85 million dollars funding in a series D round led by Tiger Global Management and returning investors Multiples Alternate Asset Management, Nexus Venture Partners, and Times Internet Limited.

According to TechCrunch, less than eight months ago, the company raised 35 million dollars in series C.

Delhivery currently has 10,000 employees in more than 200 cities.

Delhivery's 11 fulfillment centers cover more than one million square feet of warehouse space, which it plans to increase to 2.5 million square feet by the end of this year. (ANI)


Mom's weight gain during pregnancy can lead to obese kids

Mom's weight gain during pregnancy can lead to obese kids

Washington, May 7: Insufficient exercise, smoking and excessive weight gain during pregnancy can lead to obesity in the babies, a new study has found.

Researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Harokopio University have found that if pregnant women smoke, gain excessive weight and don't exercise enough, then the probability that the newborn might suffer from obesity at the age of eight increases.

The researchers randomly selected 5,125 children from a national database in Greece and matched them with their mothers. The study found that the amount of weight gained throughout pregnancy, the level of physical activity and smoking status was strongly associated with obesity in children.


Jets of icy spray on Saturn moon Enceladus can be 'curtain eruptions'

Jets of icy spray on Saturn moon Enceladus can be 'curtain eruptions'

Washington, May 7 - A new study from NASA's Cassini mission has suggested that many features thought to be discrete jets of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus might be phantoms created by an optical illusion.

Based on simulations, researchers determined eruptions of fine, icy particles from the moon's south polar region are better explained as diffuse curtain eruptions extending along the length of prominent fractures than the discrete jets identified in earlier studies.


Google claims to be bigger on mobiles as compared to desktops in 10 countries

Google claims to be bigger on mobiles as compared to desktops in 10 countries

Washington, May 07 : Google has claimed that the company is now bigger on mobile phones than desktops as it is now offering more Google searches on mobiles as compared to the latter in 10 countries.

According to the Verge, Google is focusing more firepower than ever before on meeting the demands of mobile users.

The 10 countries where Google claims to offer more Google searches include the US and Japan.

Google also tweaked its search algorithm to favor mobile-optimized sites and released a tool that lets developers check how their site appears on smartphones. (ANI)


'Gender-neutral' Mx to join honorifics like Mr, Mrs in Oxford English Dictionary

'Gender-neutral' Mx to join honorifics like Mr, Mrs in Oxford English Dictionary

Washington, May 7 - Soon, "Mx" may be added to the Oxford English Dictionary as gender-neutral honorific, alongside Mr, Mrs and Ms.

Oxford assistant editor Jonathan Dent said that it showed how the English language was adapting to the changing society and coming up with ways to suit people's need instead of dictating identity to them, the Washington Times reported.

As per the reports, Mx, which is pronounced 'mix,' had first appeared in the U. S. magazine Single Parent in 1977.

The title has been already been added and accepted by British government departments, and is used to in official forms and databases, Royal Mail and on driver's licenses.


Lenovo once again accused of lax security systems installed on computers

Lenovo once again accused of lax security systems installed on computers

Washington, May 07 - Lenovo has been accused of lax security measures on its computers by security firm IOActive which claims that it discovered major vulnerabilities in the company's update system.

According to the Verge, Lenovo's update system could allow hackers to bypass validation checks, replace legitimate Lenovo programs with malicious software, and run commands from afar.

The security hole, along with others described by IOActive , are present in Lenovo System Update 5.6.0.27 and earlier versions.

The vulnerabilities, which were first discovered by the security specialists back in February, were brought to Lenovo's attention at the time in order to allow the Chinese firm to develop a fix. (ANI)


Al Jazeera America 'pink-slips' CEO amid legal, corporate turmoil

Al Jazeera America 'pink-slips' CEO amid legal, corporate turmoil

Washington, May 07 - Al Jazeera America has fired its CEO Ehab Al Shihabi following 15 million dollar lawsuit over accusations of anti-Semitic, anti- American and anti-woman bias.

According to Deadline. com, Shihabi has been replaced by Al Anstey, effective immediately.

The new CEO said that he was quite pleased to return to the US to continue to hold the excellent organization standards at the channel.

Anstey was the Managing Director of Al Jazeera English until the sudden promotion.

Related Previously, the new CEO was the head of Foreign News at the UK's ITN. (ANI)


SpaceX's first test of its astronaut bailout system a success

SpaceX's first test of its astronaut bailout system a success

Washington, May 7 - SpaceX has demonstrated its astronaut escape system for Crew Dragon spacecraft

A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration Wednesday by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system, an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U. S. soil.

The successful test of the spacecraft's launch escape capabilities proved the spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad.

The Crew Dragon simultaneously fired its eight SuperDraco engines at 9 a. m. EDT and leapt off a specially built platform at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.


'Clever' hostage saved herself and kids using Pizza Hut app

'Clever' hostage saved herself and kids using Pizza Hut app

Washington, May 7 - A woman who was held against her will saved herself and her kids using Pizza Hut app.

The press release from Highlands County Sheriff's Office stated that Cheryl Treadway and her children were being held hostage by her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, who forbade her to make calls or write texts, and threatened her with knife, the Verge reported.

When she tried to leave the house to pick up the children from school, Nickerson grabbed her and took her cell phone, and went with her to pick up the children.

Luckily, Treadway managed to convince the man to let her use the cell phone to order a pizza, and she cleverly used the additional notes section of the online order form to write "Please help. Get 911 to me" and "911hostage help."


More than five million IP addresses infected by adware, finds Google research

More than five million IP addresses infected by adware, finds Google research

Washington, May 07 - According to a new research form Google and UC Berkley, more than five million users or IP addresses are infected by adware.

According to the Verge, the number could be an underestimate since adware programs often refuse to tamper with large company sites to avoid detection.

The report also said that the infamous superfish adware , the most popular ad injector detected by the study, impacting more than 3.7 million pageviews, is still alive.

Ad-injecting malware is one of the most reliable scams on the web.

Once a computer's infected, the virus drops new ads into any site it visits, sending ad revenue back to the scammers who control it. (ANI)


Iran's seizure of Maersk ship concerns free flow of trade: WH

Iran's seizure of Maersk ship concerns free flow of trade: WH

Washington : The Iranian action to seize the the Marshall-Islands flagged Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz last month raises concerns about free flow of commerce in the region, the White House said today.

"We obviously have been watching this carefully. There are no US citizens as far as we know who are on the ship or otherwise involved," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

"But what we have been talking about more than usual in this room over the last couple of weeks is the vested US interests in the free flow of commerce in this region of the world," he said when asked about the continued detention of the ship by Iran.


US Air Force contingency response group reaches Nepal

US Air Force contingency response group reaches Nepal

Washington : A US Air Force contingency response group has reached the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to help the Nepal government in its recovery and rescue mission after a devastating earthquake hit the country recently.

"Yesterday, an Air Force contingency response group (CRG) arrived in Nepal to work with the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team and the Government of Nepal to improve efficiency at the international airport," State Department deputy acting spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters.

"The CRG will help streamline airfield operations and speed up cargo flow so that relief supplies can be delivered more quickly to places in need," he said.


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