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Apple releases cheaper 5K Retina iMac along with 2 new 15-inch MacBook Pros

Apple releases cheaper 5K Retina iMac along with 2 new 15-inch MacBook Pros

Washington, May 20 - In a bid to lower the price of its 5K Retina iMac, Apple has released a new and cheaper version and

brought the cost of its high-end model down to 2,299 dollars from 2,499 dollars.

The cheaper version of the iMac, which is priced at 1,999 dollars, is largely the same as the more expensive model, but cuts down on a few features. It lacks Apple's hybrid Fusion drives, and instead uses a standard 1TB drive, reports The Verge.

The model will also replace Apple's top-of-the-line non-Retina iMac.

Alongside the iMac, Apple also released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro that includes a Force Touch trackpad and boasts of additional hour of battery life, faster storage, and up to 80 percent faster graphics.


Inducing a sense of 'awe' could help promote altruistic behavior

Inducing a sense of 'awe' could help promote altruistic behavior

Washington, May 20 - A new study has claimed that inducing a sense of awe can boost altruistic and positive social behavior in people.

Lead author, Assistant Professor Paul Piff, PhD, at the University of California, Irvine, said that their research indicated that awe although often fleeting and hard to describe, serves a vital social function. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others.

Awe is that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. People commonly experience awe in nature, but also in response to religion, art and even music.


Apple Watch gets first ever update post launch

Apple Watch gets first ever update post launch

Washington, May 20 - Apple has rolled out the first software update for its watch, since it was launched a month ago across nine countries.

The new 1.0.1 of Watch OS contains mostly bug fixes and performance improvements to Siri, accessibility, and third-party apps, which proved to be sluggish when the watch first shipped on April 24, reported The Verge.

In a bid to optimise the wearable device's health and fitness features, Apple has also improved the way it measured users' standing activity and calculated calories burnt during indoor cycling and rowing activities. The changes should also result in more accurate pace and distance data for outdoor runs and walks, Apple said.


Obama sets world record by reaching 1M Twitter followers in 5 hrs

Barack Obama

Washington, May 20 - Day after making a much-awaited debut on Twitter, United States President Barack Obama has achieved another accolade by setting a new Guinness World Record for fastest time to reach a million followers on Twitter, in a span of mere 5 hours after going live.

The new record set by Obama's new @POTUS account beat the previous record, which was set last year by 'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Jr., after the actor reached a million followers in 23 hours and 22 minutes, reported The Verge. (ANI)


First direct detection of gravitational waves nearing success

First direct detection of gravitational waves nearing success

Washington, May 19 - The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) is dedicating their second-generation gravitational-wave detectors (aLIGO) in a ceremony at the Hanford detector site on May 19.

The efforts of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover and Potsdam, Germany, will open a new window to the otherwise invisible "dark" side of the universe and mark the beginning of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time that are emitted by cataclysmic cosmic events such as exploding stars, merging black holes and/or neutron stars, and rapidly rotating compact stellar remnants.


Climate change fuelling fewer but stronger hurricanes, tropical storms

Climate change fuelling fewer but stronger hurricanes, tropical storms

Washington, May 19 - As per a new study, climate change may be the driving force behind fewer but yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms.

Florida State geography professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung Kang found that rising ocean temperatures do have an effect on how many tropical storms and hurricanes develop each year.

Elsner said they are seeing fewer hurricanes, but the ones they do see, are more intense. He added that when one comes, all hell can break loose.

Specifically, Elsner and Kang projected that over the past 30 years, storm speeds have increased on an average by 1.3 meters per second or three miles per hour and there were 6.1 fewer storms than there would have been if land and water temperatures had remained constant.


Indeed, birds of a feather flock together!

Indeed, birds of a feather flock together!

Washington, May 19 - A new research has shown that birds of a feather do flock together, shedding light on why societal trends happen.

In the study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that people's inherent risk-taking preferences affect how they view and act on information from other people.

The brain scans showed that study participants increased their perceived value of a gamble after seeing other people take that gamble. The neural signals also predicted the likelihood that participants would conform to others' choices.


Bristol Palin, Dakota Meyer's wedding cancelled days before nuptials

Sarah Palin

Washington, May 19 - Sarah Palin has announced that her daughter Bristol Palin's planned wedding to her long-time partner Dakota Meyer has been cancelled .

The Former Governor of Alaska wrote on her Facebook that the nuptials, which were scheduled for May 23, will not be held, but the friends and the family were still invited for a get together at the wedding venue, the old Kentucky home, on the set date, to celebrate life, E! Online reported.

The 51-year-old American politician added that family members and close friends were welcomed to share a great bar-b-que on the farm with her speaker daughter, Meyer, who's a United States Marine vet, their parents and grandparents. (ANI)


PM Narendra Modi has successfully used social media: Study

PM Narendra Modi has successfully used social media: Study

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the most popular politician on Twitter after US President Barack Obama, has successfully used social media to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, according to new study.

Modi uses social media as a personal signal than for issues, per se, US-based scholar Joyojeet Pal has said after doing an extensive research of the prime ministers postings on social media websites.

"Modi has used social media successfully to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, aligning himself with the aspirations of a younger generation in India," said Pal, assistant professor at University of Michigan's School of Information, whose paper has been published in the latest issue of the Television and New Media journal.


Bobby Jindal moves step closer to announcing presidential bid

Bobby Jindal

Washington : Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Monday moved a step closer to his 2016 US presidential bid by announcing that he is forming an exploratory committee in this regard.

If Jindal, 43, announces to go ahead with his plans, he would be the first ever Indian-American politician to run for a US presidential election. And in doing so, he would join already crowded Republican presidential aspirants.

Forming an exploratory committee is considered to be the first serious step toward a presidential bid. The Republican Governor, however, said he would make a final decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June.


Yoga reverses effects on brain marked by chronic pain

Yoga reverses effects on brain marked by chronic pain

Washington, May 18 : A new study has found that chronic pain causes brain anatomy changes and impairments, however, yoga prevents and reverses the effects of chronic pain on the brain.

The study conducted by National Institutes of Health explained that chronic pain patients go through anxiety, depression, deficits cognitive functions and reduced gray matter volume and white matter integrity in the brain, but yoga and meditation, can counteract the brain anatomy affects of chronic pain.

M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD, scientific director mentioned that yoga practitioners have more gray matter than controls in multiple brain regions, including those involved in pain modulation as gray matter increases in yogis correspond to duration of yoga practice.


LG rolls out latest smartphone `G4` for sale worldwide

LG rolls out latest smartphone `G4` for sale worldwide

Washington, May 18 : LG has confirmed that it has started to roll out its latest flagship device, G4, for sale worldwide, starting with Hong Kong.

The 5.5-inch screen smartphone, which went up on sale in its native Korea first, will eventually come to Turkey, Russia and Singapore. LG said that the phone will hit the markets in most of Europe, North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle East/Africa and South/Central America over the next month but refused to provide more specific dates for those releases, reported TechCrunch.


Apple acquires 'another' startup to boost its mapping services

Apple acquires 'another' startup to boost its mapping services

Washington, May 18 - In a bid to boost its mapping and navigation efforts, Apple has reportedly acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area firm working on high-accuracy GPS and navigation technologies.

The iPhone maker has confirmed the deal, but has refused to divulge more details about the purpose or its future plans, the Verge reports.

The mapping firm has now joined a long list of mapping and navigation startups acquired by Apple, that includes Locationary, Embark, Hop Stop, WifiSLAM, and BroadMap. (ANI)


Ukraine confirms capturing two Russian soldiers

Ukraine confirms capturing two Russian soldiers

Washington, May 18 - The Government of Ukraine has claimed that it has captured two Russian officers who were operating in the rebel-held east part of the nation.

Fox News quoted Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko, as saying that the two Russian officers were caught by the volunteer Aidar Battalion in the town of Shchastia, and they were now being interrogated.

Aidar's Facebook page said both Russian soldiers were injured during an encounter on Sunday.

Ukrainian Member of Parliament Anton Herashchenko posted a video on Facebook that purportedly one of the captured Russian soldiers being questioned.


MIT scientists solve mystery of the dress that split Internet

MIT scientists solve mystery of the dress that split Internet

Washington : MIT scientists have cracked the science behind the dress that went viral on the internet after some saw it as black and blue while others perceived it to be gold and white.

In a survey of 1,400 individuals, with over 300 who had never seen "The Dress" before, researchers found that people who perceive it as white and gold may have just been exposed to natural daylight, while those who saw a black and blue garment may spend most of their time surrounded by artificial light sources.

Neuroscientist Bevil Conway believes "The Dress" phenomenon marked the greatest extent of individual differences in colour perception ever documented.


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