Now, Google Glass app that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

Now, Google Glass app that provides captions for hard-of-hearing usersWashington, Oct 06 : Researchers have recently developed an app that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users, it has been reported.

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created "speech-to-text" software for Google Glass that would allow a hard-of-hearing person, while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech would be converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.

Professor Jim Foley , School of Interactive Computing, who also has a hearing problem, said that this system allows wearers to focus on the speaker's lips and facial gestures.


Vast distance in space may be hindering Earth's communication with aliens

Vast distance in space may be hindering Earth's communication with aliensWashington, Oct 06 - A new study has revealed that the vast distance between the Earth and other planets in the space might be obstructing Earth's communication with aliens despite the fact that Milky Way might be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations.


Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to die

Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to dieNew York, Oct 06 - A former Army Ranger who is held by Islamic State militants in Syria has said in a letter, revealed by his parents, that he is afraid to die.

According to Fox News, his parents had also received a threat by IS extremists that their son would be beheaded.

The parents, Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement that a former hostage had told them that their son Peter Kassig had voluntarily converted to Islam last year when he had shared a cell with a Syrian Muslim.


As IS withstands US-led air strikes, it may be plotting to take Baghdad, warn analysts

As IS withstands US-led air strikes, it may be plotting to take Baghdad, warn analystsWashington, Oct 06 - The United States-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) may have prevented the group from advancing in Iraq but analysts suggest that the group may be ramping up operations designed to capture Baghdad one day, a report said.

The IS holds the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. started a bombing campaign to whittle down the terror group in Iraq and Syria but analysts believe that it may be planning to take the international airport and begin conquering the capital, section by section, reported The Washington Times.


How ancient sabertooth cats killed prey revealed

How ancient sabertooth cats killed prey revealedWashington, Oct 6 - A new study has examined that ancient sabertooth cats killed their prey with the help of their jaws by using them like a can-opener.

The study suggested that the jaws sabertooth cats were like type of can-opener with a long lever handle and a pointed triangular tip.


Twitter grants MIT access to every public tweet to extract insights on societal problems

TwitterWashington, Oct 6 - Social micro blogging website Twitter has given full access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers to go through every single tweet to try and glean some insights from those tweets.

Twitter is giving them 10 million dollars to do the same.

The team of researchers, working under the title 'Laboratory of Social Machines,' will have access to Twitter's highly valuable live public tweets, as well as archives since its founding in 2006.

With the raw data, the group intends to create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems, according to a statement from MIT.


'Verma most capable, qualified to be US ambassador to India'

'Verma most capable, qualified to be US ambassador to India'Washington - The nomination of Richard Rahul Verma as next US ambassador to India could be the catalyst to transform the Indo-US ties as he is the "most capable and qualified candidate" to head America's diplomatic mission in New Delhi, former Obama administration officials have said.

Highly appreciative of Verma's diplomatic skills, the officials including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believe that he brings to the table "a deep reservoir of experience" in every dimension of US national security policy.


Secrets behind hit songs revealed

Secrets behind hit songs revealedWashington, Oct 6 - A new research has revealed the secrets behind making a hit song revealing that songs become hit because of back-up singers.

The study conducted at the University of Southern California analyzed 55 years of hit singles of Billboard and suggested that adding background vocals can help a song to top the charts.

Joseph Nunes, professor of marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business, said that using background vocals in one song increases their chances of reaching the top of the charts.


Sexting fast becoming new 'normal' activity among teens

Sexting fast becoming new 'normal' activity among teensWashington, Oct 06 - A new study has revealed that "sexting" is rapidly becoming the new "normal" activity among teenagers that leads to increased sexual behavior.

The study results indicated that sexting might precede sexual intercourse in some cases and further cements the idea that sexting behavior could be the credible sign of teenage sexual activity.

Further, the researchers did not find a link between sexting and risky sexual behavior over time, which might suggest that sexting is becoming a part of growing up.


HP plans to separate PC business from corporate operations: Report

Hewlett-PackardWashington, Oct 6 - The world's second-largest PC vendor, Hewlett-Packard is reportedly planning to separate its computer and printer business from its corporate hardware and services operations.

The PC giant is expected to announce the split today.

HP's printing and personal systems group, which includes PCs, tablets, printers and other accessories, pulled in revenue of 55.9 billion dollars during the company's 2013 fiscal year, almost half of its total revenue, CNET reported.

The speculated split could be an attempt to help HP move quickly to regain its position atop the global PC market. HP fell to the No. 2 spot behind Chinese computer maker Lenovo last year.


Sharing extraordinary experiences on social media could leave us feeling worse

Sharing extraordinary experiences on social media could leave us feeling worseWashington, Oct 6 - A new study has revealed that sharing extraordinary experiences might come at a social cost as it may leave one feeling worse.

Psychological scientist and study author Gus Cooney of Harvard University, said that extraordinary experiences were pleasurable in the moment but coule leave one socially worse off in the long run.


NY Times reporter allowed back into Afghanistan

NY Times reporter allowed back into AfghanistanNew York - A correspondent for The New York Times who was expelled from Afghanistan over a story he wrote about that country's recent presidential election can return after its newly inaugurated president ordered the previous administration's decision reversed.

Mohammad Daoud Sultanzai, an adviser to Afghan President Asharf Ghani Ahmadzai, said Sunday the country's attorney general has been told to allow Matthew Rosenberg back into Afghanistan.

Sultanzai said the decision was made at the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday. "During our (presidential) campaign, we committed to respecting the freedom of the media," he said.


Teens with strong working memory better at avoiding early drug experimentation

Teens with strong working memory better at avoiding early drug experimentationWashington, Oct 5 - A new study has revealed that adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues.

According to the study by University of Oregon, impulsive adolescents who lack focus are more likely to face substance-abuse issues.


Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground Zero

Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground ZeroNew York, Oct. 5 - Modi mania gripped New York as soon as he arrived in city to attend the 69th session of the UNGA.

"Modi Modi Modi" chants, which had captured the imagination of India and the world during a high decibel general elections held earlier this year, rippled and reverberated in New York like Mexican Wave, as the Prime Minister PM opted to disembark from his tightly guarded cavalcade to shake hands with his fans in almost all locations that he visited during his recent visit.


UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girls

UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girlsWashington, Oct 04 : The United Nations human rights report claims that militants of the Islamic State (IS) are literally putting price tags on abducted women and girls to sell them as merchandise in a major Iraqi city.

According to ABC News, the UN report says that UNAMI/OHCHR received a number of reports that an office for the sale of abducted women was opened in the al-Quds area of Mosul city.

The report said that women and girls were brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale.

These buyers are reportedly said to be mostly youth belonging to the local communities.


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