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Apple unveils new watch at USD 299

Apple unveils new watch at USD 299

San Francisco, Mar. 22 : Technology giant Apple has unveiled it's new Watch, which is comparatively cheaper than its earlier versions.

The device which would be available for sale starting from USD 299 comes with colourful bands.

The cost of Woven Nylon bands is USD 49.

Addressing the media at a Press conference here on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Watch is the best selling smartwatch in the world and changing bands is a popular trend amongst Apple Watch users.


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Sony PlayStation VR to be priced at USD 399

Sony PlayStation VR to be priced at USD 399

San Francisco, Mar. 17 : Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation Sony has announced its much-awaited virtual reality headset for PlayStation giving tough competition to its virtual reality gaming counterpart Oculus Rift.

The virtual reality headset is expected to be launched globally in October this year for USD 399.

The headset comes with 360 degree head tracking, a 100 degree field of vision and latency of 18 milliseconds between the time a user's head moves and the time they see the correct image, Reuters reported.

"We firmly believe getting the price right is crucial to driving consumer adoption of any new technology," said Andrew House, head of Sony's gaming division.


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Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

San Francisco: In a hate-fuelled attack, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was assaulted in the US with the attacker apparently mistaking him for a Muslim.

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk, said he was attacked during a visit to Hood River in Oregon state.

The brown robe-clad Sampson's car door was kicked into his head by a man who abused him and then fled on foot, according to the Hood River Police Department.

Police described the assailant as a white male with brown hair. Investigators are probing the incident that took place on February 29 as a possible hate crime.

Sampson told the New York Daily News he suffered a small cut, some memory loss and was "stunned for a minute or two" after the man attacked him on his trip to take his dogs to obedience training.


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Carbon dioxide, plants turned into renewable plastic

Carbon dioxide, plants turned into renewable plastic

San Francisco: The researchers at Stanford University of the US have found a way to turn carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses, into plastic.

"Our goal is to replace petroleum-derived products with plastic made from CO2," said Matthew Kanan, an assistant professor of chemistry.

In a study published in the journal Nature, the Stanford team described their work on polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF), a promising alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET), also known as polyester, Xinhua reported.

Many plastic products now are made from PET. Worldwide, about 50 million tons of PET are produced each year for items such as fabrics, electronics, recyclable beverage containers and personal-care products.


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WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

San Francisco, Feb. 2: Smartphone messaging service WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook, has hit the billion-user mark, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday.

"One billion people now use WhatsApp. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world," Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.

The ranks of people using WhatsApp have more than doubled since California-based Facebook bought the service for USD19 billion in late 2014.


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Facebook glitch celebrates 46 years of online friendship

Facebook glitch celebrates 46 years of online friendship

San Francisco : Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

The social network sent automated messages on Friday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends.

That's odd, since Facebook only started in 2004. And some people who got the message are in their 20s and 30s.

Facebook blamed a software bug. It didn't offer details, but computer experts speculate the problem stems from a quirk in Unix, an operating system used in big data centers where companies like Facebook store information.

The glitch starts the internal calendar on some computers at midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, January 1, 1970.0


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Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

San Francisco : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday announced the birth of his first child as he and his wife pledged to give away 99 per cent of his company shares currently worth a whopping USD 45 billion to make the world a "better place" for daughter Maxima and other children.

In a letter to the baby who he lovingly addresses as Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: "We're so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world. Everyone is happy and healthy. Thank you for all your love and support through our pregnancy. There is so much joy in our little family."


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Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

San Francisco: Twitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices today as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform.

A version of Periscope tailored for Android, the KitKat version or newer, debuted at the Google Play shop as Twitter stepped up its offensive on rival video-streaming application Meerkat.

"When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation -- by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast," the Periscope team said in an online post.

"Our initial launch was limited to just (Apple's) iOS, but we've been working really hard to craft an experience that feels special on Android, yet still unmistakably Periscope."


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Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

San Francisco : Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at USD 149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense's Chromebook can be ordered beginning today at Walmart.Com and Haier's version can be bought at Amazon.Com.

Their arrival coincides with Microsoft's rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Pre-orders for that device began today, too.


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Meltwater Launches Next Generation Media Intelligence Solution

Meltwater Launches Next Generation Media Intelligence Solution

San Francisco (U. S.), Mar. 16 - Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence solutions, today announced the launch of a new product built for corporate communications and other business decision makers to keep on top of billions of real-time editorial, blog and social media conversations.

The Meltwater solution extracts the insights required to manage your brand, understand competition, and keep on top of industry trends. This product is the latest in a series of technology innovations built on the promise of delivering insights from data on the outside in order to help organizations make better, more informed decisions.


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Hillary Clinton beginning to shed low profile before likely 2016 bid

Hillary Clinton beginning to shed low profile before likely 2016 bid

San Francisco - Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that's starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president.

Clinton was to speak today at a Silicon Valley women's conference, her first US speech of the year. It opens a stretch of public appearances in the next month ahead of an all-but-certain launch of her bid for the Democratic nomination.

The former secretary of state has steered clear of the spotlight her only two speeches in 2015 came in Canada last month choosing instead to huddle with advisers as a large field of Republican presidential hopefuls compete for attention.


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US students held in Russia headed home

US State Department spokeswoman Jen PsakiSan Francisco - Four US students who travelled to Russia for a leadership conference had their trip cut short and were ordered home after Russian authorities said they had the wrong visas.

The four students traveled from California to St Petersburg on Oct 31 under a grant from a nonprofit to attend a two-week leadership conference. Immigration authorities and police arrived at the conference unexpectedly Thursday and demanded to see their visas.


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Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridgeSan Francisco - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

The California Highway Patrol tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the deer were in the busier northbound lanes leading out of the city toward Marin County yesterday evening.

The deer briefly halted the evening commute as drivers slowed to give them space.

By 6 p. M. (local time), the officers on the way to the scene were called off because the deer were no longer in the road.


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Google buys travel guide app startup Jetpac

GooglSan Francisco: Google confirmed it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jetpac said that its application would be removed from Apple's online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September.

"We look forward to working on exciting projects with our colleagues at Google," Jetpac said in an online post on Monday.


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Twitter unveils video advertisements

TwitterSan Francisco: Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

The new program adds to the source of advertising revenue for Twitter, which has struggled to convince investors it is on a path to profitability.

"By using Promoted Video, it's easy for brands to upload and distribute video on Twitter, and to measure the reach and effectiveness of this content," product manager David Regan said in a blog post.

Regan said test launch came "after months of experiments and feedback from users and brands."


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