Microsoft plans to finally kill support for IE in Jan 2016

Microsoft plans to finally kill support for IE in Jan 2016Washington, Aug 8 (ANI): Microsoft is planning to cut support for Internet Explorer 8 and 10, which means users would be forced to use the latest version of IE, after January 12, 2016.

The change will take effect on January 12th, 2016, meaning Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will need to be running Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. If Internet Explorer 12 or even version 13 debuts before January 12th, 2016 and it supports Windows 7 and Windows 8, then those users will need to upgrade to the very latest, The Verge reported.


Leaked images show Nokia's 'selfie' Windows phone

Leaked images show Nokia's 'selfie' Windows phoneWashington, Aug 8 - Windows Phone Central has published images of the speculated Nokia's 'selfie' Windows phone.

The pictures show off a bright green color Lumia phone which seems like a mid-range successor to last year's Lumia 720.

Microsoft devices Chief Stephen Elop recently revealed the 730, codenamed 'Superman,' and another upcoming Windows Phone during an internal company meeting, The Verge reported.

This particular device is referred to as the ' selfie' phone because of its 5-megapixel front camera.


Iraq's largest Christian city now under ISIS control

Iraq's largest Christian city now under ISIS controlWashington, Aug 08 - The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS), which has gained large swathes of territory in the two countries, is now in control of Iraq's largest Christian town, Qaraqosh.

The French government has confirmed that Qaraqosh has fallen into the hands of the militants and expressed France's concerns over the progress and the acts of violence that have been committed there, reported CNN.

France has immediately called for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the threat posed by the militant group in Iraq.


US made world more secure, prosperous place: Barack Obama

Barack ObamaWashington: Asserting that the US has made the world a more secure and prosperous place, President Barack Obama has said that the American leadership is necessary to underwrite the global security and prosperity.

"My fellow Americans, the world is confronted by many challenges. And while America has never been able to right every wrong, America has made the world a more secure and prosperous place," he said in a late night address to the nation, wherein he explained his decision to authorise military airstrikes in Iraq.


Barack Obama wants Ukraine issue to be resolved diplomatically: White House

Barack Obama wants Ukraine issue to be resolved diplomatically: White HouseWashington - Expressing concern over the Russia's deployment of troops along its border with Ukraine, the White House has said that President Barack Obama wants the current Ukrainian crisis to be resolved diplomatically.

"The US would like to see this crisis resolved diplomatically, but we are concerned about the ongoing troop buildup on the Russian side of the border, about Russia's continuing support for the separatists, and that Russian forces appear to continue shelling Ukrainian positions from inside Russia," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.


'Perseid Meteor shower' to share sky with 'full Moon' on August 12-13

'Perseid Meteor shower' to share sky with 'full Moon' on August 12-13Washington, Aug 08 - It has been predicted that Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event, will be held around August 12-13 in 2014 but this year it will also share the sky with full Moon light that might hide many of the fainter meteors.

Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky and Telescope, said that this year the Moon would be just two days past full on the peak night, so moonlight would fill the sky that would hide many of the fainter meteors but the bright ones will still shine through, Sky and Telescope magazine reported.


Unraveling mystery of sun's birth comes closer to reality

Unraveling mystery of sun's birth comes closer to realityWashington, Aug 8 - Scientists have made progress in finding out how the sun was born.

The team led by Monash University researchers, Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase and the events, by using radioactive nuclei found in meteorites.

They found the last time when heavy elements such as gold, silver, platinum, lead and rare-earth elements were added to the solar system matter by the stars that produced them.


Now, printable origami-inspired robot that folds itself up and walks away

Now, printable origami-inspired robot that folds itself up and walks awayWashington, Aug 08 - Researchers have recently created a printable origami-inspired robot prototype that can self-assemble and walk as soon as batteries are attached to it.

A team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University made a robot almost entirely from parts produced by a laser cutter, which folds itself up and crawls away as soon as batteries are attached to it.


75 percent IT professionals bullied at work: Survey

75 percent IT professionals bullied at work: SurveyWashington, Aug 07 : A new survey has revealed that almost 75 percent Information technology (IT) professionals have admitted to being bullied at work.

The survey results were based on the responses given by 650 IT professionals, reported Enterprise Innovation.

While 80 percent of the professionals said that they have seen others being bullied at workplace, only 8 percent admitted to bullying others. Forty-five percent of the professionals also chose not to answer the question.


Monkey caught in copyright war over its own selfie

Monkey caught in copyright war over its own selfieWashington, Aug 07 - Embroiled in a case of copyright violation, Wikipedia has reportedly refused to take down the picture of a monkey which was clicked using the camera of a British wildlife photographer.

However, the picture was not taken by photographer David Slater but by the monkey himself, reported The Huffington Post.


Climate change linked to strength, frequency of tornadoes

Climate change linked to strength, frequency of tornadoesWashington, Aug 7 - A new study has revealed that climate change may be causing more and deadlier tornadoes that are hitting the US.

According to the research by a Florida State University geography professor, climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes and though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year, they are forming at a greater density and strength than ever before.


9-year-old boy stabbed to death by 12-year-old in US

Chicago - In a shocking incident, a 12-year old boy allegedly stabbed to death a 9-year-old boy at a playground in the US state of Michigan.

The incident took place at the playground in Kentwood, Michigan, where Michael Conner Verkerke was allegedly stabbed to death by another boy he had just met at the playground.

Conner was playing with three other children "when one of the children, for an unknown reason, pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed one of the other children," a Kentwood Police Department statement said.

Police say the attacker is 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn.

A motive, if there is one, is unknown at this point, as the boys were not acquainted, according Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker.


Burrowing animals may have been pivotal in stabilizing Earth's oxygen

Burrowing animals may have been pivotal in stabilizing Earth's oxygenWashington, Aug 7 - A new study evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing oxygen on Earth.

The scientists have revealed that when the first burrowing animals, which evolved around 540 million years ago, began to mix up the ocean floor's sediments (a process known as bioturbation), their activity came to significantly influence the ocean's phosphorus cycle and as a result, the amount of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere.


Hubble spots possible `Zombie Star` that survived supernova explosion

Hubble spots possible `Zombie Star` that survived supernova explosionWashington, Aug 7 - Scientists have revealed that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a possible "zombie star" that may have been left behind after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

The researchers believe that this faint supernova may have left behind a surviving portion of the dwarf star, a sort of zombie star.

While examining Hubble images taken years before the stellar explosion, astronomers identified a blue companion star feeding energy to a white dwarf, a process that ignited a nuclear reaction and released a weak supernova blast, Type Iax, which is less common than its brighter cousin, Type Ia.


Pope advices youngsters not to waste time online

Pope advices youngsters not to waste time online Washington, Aug 7 - Pope Francis recently said that kids should not waste time online as they spend lot of time on futile activities, such as the Internet and TV.

Whilst addressing to 50,000 German youngsters, the pontiff asserted that life was made up of time, and time was a gift from God, so it was imperative that it should be used in good and fruitful actions, CNet reported.


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