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Steve Wozniak busts Apple garage being birthplace myth

Steve Wozniak busts Apple garage being birthplace mythNew York, Dec 8 - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed that the legend about the birthplace of the Apple I and Apple II computers is a myth.

According to New York Post, speaking to Businessweek's Brandon Lisy, Wozniak said the idea that Apple was started in Apple founder Steve Jobs' parents garage in Los Altos, California, was a bit of a myth.

The computer pioneer said that there were no designs created, no breadboarding, no prototyping, nor any planning of products in the garage.

He said that no manufacturing was done in the garage and that it did not serve much purpose, except making them feel like they were home. (ANI)


Here's Hillary Clinton's diva demands for speaking at gigs

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculationNew York, Nov 29 - Hillary Clinton is now asking for "hefty fees" and insists on a long list of " diva demands" for her speaking arrangements, it has been reported.

According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, when UCLA leaders asked her to speak, and requested a discounted price, they were stunned to find that her "special university rate" was 300,000 dollars, the New York Post reported.

Guy Wheatley, a UCLA development official, wrote in an email that the amount was 50k dollars more that her husband, Bill Clinton.


IS collected 45 mln dollars in ransom last year

IS collected 45 mln dollars in ransom last yearNew York, Nov 26 : The Islamic State ( IS) has received up to 35 to 45 million dollars in ransom last year, a United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Al Qaeda said.

While addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee on Monday, Yotsna Lalji said that about 120 million dollars were received by terror groups as ransom payments between 2004 and 2012, reported New York Post.


Obama to allow more expansive role for U.S. army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout

Barack ObamaNew York, Nov 22 : United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U. S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.

According to the New York Times, U. S. troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year.

According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the U. S. or the Afghan government.


An intercepted call led to probe against pro-Pak US diplomat

An intercepted call led to probe against pro-Pak US diplomatNew York - A former State Department official, known for her strong pro-Pakistan leanings, was placed under a probe for espionage after US authorities intercepted a call this year in which a Pakistani official said that his government was receiving American secrets from a US diplomat, a media report here said.

Robin Raphel, 67, considered one of the leading American experts on Pakistan, was placed under federal counter intelligence investigation earlier this month.


Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism

Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourismNew York - A rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the US multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could be USD 85 billion by
2021.

Chinese visitors are already familiar faces in major US destinations such as New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but other parts of the country could also see a boost.


Meet the world's 'oldest couple' with combined age of 217

Meet the world's 'oldest couple' with combined age of 217New York, Nov 19 : A Chinese pair with combined age of 217 is the " oldest couple in the world," it has been revealed.

The 109-years-old Ping Muhu and his 108-yearsold wife, Zhang Xinniu are two gray-haired lovebirds in China, whose combined age spans more than two centuries, the New York Post reported.

The pair has more than 60 children and grandchildren.

Muhu, who recently celebrated his 109th birthday, told Central European News that although it's a bit hard to keep track of them all, especially with his sight not being what it was, but they certainly don't suffer from a lack of affection.


Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospital

Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospitalNew York, Nov 14 : A woman from southwest Florida and her daughter both gave birth at the same hospital on the same day.

Heather Penticoff and her daughter Destinee Martin each found out that they were pregnant on the same day and even had same due dates and, for separate medical reasons, doctors at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers decided to induce both of them Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

Penticoff's daughter Madeline was born first and Destinee's son Damien was born almost three hours later, making Penticoff's grandson roughly the same age as her newborn daughter. (ANI)


India calls for text negotiations for UNSC reform by 2015

India calls for text negotiations for UNSC reform by 2015New York - Describing the unreformed UN Security Council as a "seriously impaired organ," India has emphasised the urgent need to achieve reform of the powerful body by next year, saying a text should be tabled to begin "actual negotiations" on its reform and expansion.

Highlighting the shortfalls of an unreformed Security Council, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said that even in the area of its core competence, the 15-nation body is unable to act with credibility essentially due to its unrepresentative nature.


US Navy SEAL says shot Osama third time 'for good luck'

US Navy SEAL says shot Osama third time 'for good luck'New York, Nov 10 - The retired US Navy SEAL, who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden almost single-handedly during the Abbottabad operation, said that he shot the al-Qaeda leader a third time in the head for good luck.

Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill told rapt 9/11 family members during a top-secret gathering at the 9/11 Museum in lower Manhattan in July that while he had been taught to fire two head shots-called the double-tap, he thought there was "no harm in putting one more bullet in him, "New York Post reported.


US woman celebrates 100th birthday with sky dive

Eleanor CunninghamNew York - Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, has bested former President George H W Bush.

He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving; she made the big leap to mark her centennial.

Cunningham kissed her 7-month-old

great-great-granddaughter before suiting up for her 100th birthday jump Saturday at Saratoga Skydiving in Gansevoort (GANZ'-voort). It was her third jump, after taking up the sport at age 90.

Cunningham lives with her granddaughter in their Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County home in central New York. Her doctor signed off on the skydiving expedition, saying her health makes her more than capable of doing what she loves.


Silk Road sequel leads to California arrest

Silk Road sequel leads to California arrestNew York - A man has been arrested for starting a spinoff version of the shuttered Silk Road website, enabling more than 100,000 people to buy and sell illegal drugs in the last year, authorities announced Thursday.

Blake Benthall, 26, faces a conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking count that carries a potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

He also faces related charges after his arrest in San Francisco yesterday.


Emojis may soon impersonate you more accurately with different skin tones

Emojis may soon impersonate you more accurately with different skin tonesNew York, Nov 05 - Unicode Consortium, the group responsible for coordinating emoji design, has proposed a plan wherein five skin tones would be added to emojis, the little faces and characters used to express emotions in electronic messaging.

According to ABC News, Unicode Consortium said that people want emojis to reflect more human diversity and especially the skin tone.

The group announced it will change the colour palate for the currently yellowish pictographs that get pasted in emails, text messages and other social posts.


Police arrest 48 in Pak Christian couple's murder over blasphemy charges

New York, Nov 05 - Pakistan's local police chief said, after a Christian couple in Pakistan was beaten to death by an angry mob over blasphemy charges wherein they allegedly desecrated a Koran, that a criminal case has been filed against at least 460 people and 48 people have been arrested.

According to the New York Times, the local police chief Jawad Qamar also said that the couple was dead when the police arrived and their bodies were totally burned.

A local police station official Bin Yameen said that the incident of desecration of the holy Koran took place yesterday and today the mob beat the couple to death and set their bodies to fire.

A security official said that the local police had tried to save the couple but the mob attacking them was too big.


Retired U.S. general urges countries to fight IS militants' 'horrendous online propaganda'

John AllenNew York, Oct 28 : The retired United States general in charge of coordinating the American-led coalition's battle against Islamic State (IS) is urging allies to also fight the militants on the internet by targeting their extremist online propaganda.

Marine Gen. John Allen said on Monday during a meeting of Western and Arab partners in Kuwait that IS militants are promoting its "horrendous brand of warfare" on the internet and recruiting innocent people.

According to the New York Post, Allen said that IS can only be defeated after contesting their online presence.


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