Washington, April 21 : A year after Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone business, the company is reportedly planning to return to the consumer mobile market as early as next year.
However, it's unclear how the company is planning on making a comeback as it is currently restricted from using the Nokia brand on phones until Q4, 2016, reported The Verge.
The rumour came just days after the firm announced its plan to acquire telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent in a 16.6 dollar deal. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 20 : US House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul has admitted that the gyrocopter that landed on the Capitol lawn last week exposed a security "vulnerability" as ultra-light aircrafts are difficult to detect.
According to ABC News, McCaul said that since the ultra-light aircrafts can fly under the radar as the gyrocopter last week, terrorists could exploit the vulnerability to their advantage.
He also said that if the aircraft had gotten any closer, then they would have shot it down.
Doug Hughes flew his gyrocopter about 80 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday with the declared intention of carrying out an act of civil disobedience.
Washington, April 20 : Officials have charged four companies and five people with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran just as America is trying to use those sanctions to persuade the Middle East nation to curb its nuclear ambitions.
The accused have been charged on 24 counts for facilitating the illegal export of technology such as, high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other goods which are commonly used in military systems , to Iran, reported the CNN.
John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, said that the nine defendants have been charged with circumventing U.S. sanctions and illegally exporting controlled microelectronics to Iran. He observed that such violations could undermine sanctions and spoil U.S. foreign policy.
Washington, Apr 20 : The Islamic militant group Boko Haram is adopting IS' religious cleansing strategy by putting Nigeri's 70 million Christians in danger for their lives, said human rights advocates.
According to Fox News, the militant group has carried out murderous rampages throughout Nigeria, and into neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
Boko Haram militants, in an attack on April 7, killed at least 24 people in Nigeria's Borno state after they disguised themselves as preachers.
The United Nations condemned the attack and called for a multinational strategy to fight the group. (ANI)
Washington, April 19 : Yahoo Mail's smart "contact cards" now include support for Twitter and LinkedIn information and will allow users to see a contact's most recent tweets in addition to company, title, phone number and more, when they hover over a person's name in a message.
Yahoo Mail had first rolled out contact cards as an enhancement in March in response to Google's revamp of its own Google Contacts service. The cards were designed to pull out extra information about the person you're emailing with from outside sources as well as from your own inbox, reported TechCrunch.
With the new social media integrations, Yahoo said that it will now be able to pull in names for email addresses, profile photos and links to their social media profiles. (ANI)
Washington, April 19 : Google has revealed that about half of all requests from Chrome to Google's servers are now served over QUIC, a protocol that speeds up the web.
The name 'QUIC' stands for Quick UDP Internet Connection and refers to Google's experimental, low-latency Internet transportation protocol over UDP, a protocol that is often used by gaming, streaming media and VoIP services, reported TechCrunch.
The counterpart of UDP and QUIC in the protocol world is basically TCP, which along with the Internet Protocol ( IP ) makes up the core communication language of the Internet. UDP is significantly more light-weight in than TCP, but in return, it features far fewer error correction services than TCP.
Washington, Apr 19 : Scientists investigating alternatives to petroleum-based plastics have found that a bioplastic made from proteins found in egg whites demonstrate superior antibacterial properties and are fully biodegradable.
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
Washington, Apr 18 : French Parliament has proposed a controversial anti-terrorism bill that calls for extensive government surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks.
According to the Verge, the lawmakers said that the measure is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks.
However, the bill has received a lot of criticism from French internet companies over fears that the move could harm businesses.
The proposed law that was introduced on Monday in Parliament would allow the government to monitor emails and phone calls of suspected terrorists and their contacts, without seeking approval from the judge. (ANI)
Washington, April 18 : Scientists have found that our planet was formed much like asteroids, by cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the sun.
According to a new study led by Lund University in Sweden, fragments of asteroids regularly land on Earth as meteorites. It comprises millimetre-sized round stones, known as chondrules. These small particles are believed to be the original building blocks of the solar system.
Dr Anders Johansen, an astronomy researcher at Lund University said that the chondrules were of exactly the right size to be slowed down by the gas that orbited the young sun, and they could then be captured by the asteroids' "gravity."
Washington, Apr 18 : Google has announced that its Project Loon that has been underway for a couple of years is now close to launching thousands of balloons in order to provide Internet access from the sky.
According to PCWorld, the project involves beaming down LTE cellular signals to handsets on the ground from balloons thousands of feet in the air, well above the altitude that passenger jets fly.
The Google engineer in charge of the project, Mike Cassidy, said that these many number of balloons would be required to provide reliable Internet access to users in remote areas that are currently not served by terrestrial networks.
Trials are currently underway with Telstra in Australia, Telefonica in Latin America and with Vodafone in New Zealand. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 18 : The former US President George W. Bush's wife Laura Bush has revealed new details about his painting hobby .
The 68-year-old former first lady said in an interview that they have had an artist's studio constructed at their ranch in Texas and that her husband's latest project is a big series of prickly pear cactus, the ABC News reported.
Bush added that painting has been a lot of fun and very engaging for her husband and now that they have the new studio at the ranch, he can paint there more.
She continued that her husband, who "has teachers," might give one of his cactus paintings to Karen Hughes, who served in the Bush administration, for her house in Santa Fe. (ANI)
Washington, Apr. 18 : A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack that was made easier to access by Wikileaks has showed that Snapchat set aside 0.11 percent of its stock for former Apple head of iOS Scott Forstall to be an advisor.
According to TechCrunch, Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures' CEO, is a Snapchat board member whose email which was hacked in the cyberattack on the company revealed the sensitive information.
Snapchat authorities said that they have a lot of advisors but refused to comment on Lynton's relationships with the company.
In February 2014, Snapchat granted stock options to a number of key employees. For example, former VP of engineering Peter Magnusson who was poached from Google but ended up leaving 6 months later, was slated to get 0.5% of Snapchat.
Washington, Apr 18 - A new study has suggested that regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will compare their appearances more frequently to photos in magazines and on Facebook.
The researchers said that their study shows that spending more time reading magazines and on Facebook is associated with greater self-objectification among young women and these relationships are influenced by women's tendency to compare their appearance to others, particularly to peers on Facebook.
Washington, Apr 18 : A new survey has revealed tea-drinking habits of Britons.
The charity Contact The Elderly's survey of more than 2,000 Brits, to mark 50 years of tea parties for isolated older people, showed that the average Briton enjoys 884 cups of tea each year, which is enough to fill two bathtubs, the Mirror reported.
The YouGov survey found that Brits' tea- drinking habits increase as they get older, with those aged 55 and over typically enjoying 21 cups of tea every week compared with 18 to 24-year-olds who typically only enjoy eight cups each week.
Youngsters are more likely to turn to a cuppa when they are sad, with nearly a quarter of 18 to 25s saying they put the kettle on when they are feeling down, compared with just 11 percent of 55 and overs.
Washington, Apr. 18 - Microsoft has announced that it will release a set of Office applications by the end of April which it says is "Universal" for smartphones running Windows 10.
According to TechCrunch, Microsoft has a two-prong productivity strategy in place for Windows, Office 2016 for desktop use, and, for all other Windows 10 experiences, its touch-focused Office Universal apps.
The latter apps will function across tablets and smartphones, dynamically changing their design to allow users to better use them based on their current screen size.
The universal tag is believed to be more useful in the context of mobile phones. (ANI)
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