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         Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls    
 
 
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm's latest effort to find a new growth driver.

 
         Cybercriminals using Ebola as bait to infect PCs    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Apart from humans, Ebola virus has computers as casualty too as cybercriminals are now leveraging the fear of the disease to infect PCs with malware, security solutions provider Symantec said today.

 
         New drug restores hair growth in human trials    
 
 
NEW YORK: In a breakthrough, scientists may have discovered a cure for a form of baldness after they found a drug which restored the hair of three patients within five months.

 
         Facebook users not in awe of Messenger app    
 
 
NEW YORK: The newly launched Facebook Messenger app has received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download a separate app to access their messages.

 
         Apple products banned in China's government offices: Report    
 
BEIJING: China has prohibited government agencies from purchasing Apple hardware products due to security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing government officials familiar with the matter.

 
         Apple to hold iPhone event on September 9: Re/code    
 
Apple Inc has scheduled a "big" media event related to the iPhone for September 9, technology news website Re/code said, without citing sources.

 
         Samsung delays Tizen phone launch    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Samsung Electronics will delay the release of its first smartphone running the new Tizen operating system (OS), reports said.

 
         Facebook launches new app for celebrities only    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Facebook has launched a new app aimed at celebrities only that will let public figures more easily interact with their fans. The app called 'Mentions' is aimed at helping the Facebook-recognised or verified celebrities manage their public figure pages on the social network.

 
         World's first vaccine for heart disease soon a reality?    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Scientists are one step closer to developing the world's first vaccine for heart disease that will reduce immune-based inflammation in arteries, leading to decreased plaque buildup.

 
         Obi Mobiles launches flagship smartphone for Rs 11,990    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Obi Mobiles, a company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, today launched its flagship handset for Rs 11,990 in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market.

 
         Soon, Terminator style shape-shifting robots    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A Terminator-style shape-shifting robot that can morph into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces and repair itself when harmed may soon become a reality.

 
         Cannabis compound can slow tumour growth    
 
 
LONDON: The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis could reduce tumour growth in cancer patients, scientists say. Researchers at the University of East Anglia in UK and colleagues have discovered previously unknown signalling platforms which are responsible for the drug's success in shrinking tumours.

 
         Apple iPhone 'threat to national security': Chinese media    
 
 
BEIJING: A Chinese state broadcaster has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp a user's location.

 
         Wearable device may spell end of computer mouse    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A thimble-like device that sits at the end of your finger and allows you to interact with the virtual world in three dimensions may render the indispensable computer mouse obsolete.

 
         Facebook faces action over 'emotion contagion' study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: US privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) has filed a formal complaint with the Federate Trade Commission (FTC) over Facebook's use of user data in its "emotion contagion" study.

 
         Facebook regrets 'terrible' communication on test: Sandberg    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Apologising for bad communication on Facebook's news feed experiment, visiting Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today said it was like any other test aimed at improving service quality for over 1.2 billion users.

 
         Poor sleep may affect brain function as you age    
 
 
LONDON: Sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive functions in older people, says a study. There is an association between both quality and duration of sleep and brain function which changes with age, the findings showed.

 
         Method to extend life span of mice with ALS discovered    
 
 
TOKYO: A team of Japanese scientists has discovered a method that extends the life of mice with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease for which there is no effective cure, media reported Friday.

 
         Found: Earth-size diamond in space!    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cold that its carbon has crystallised, forming, in effect, an earth-sized diamond in space.

 
         Here's how Apple, Google, Samsung plan to revolutionize wearables    
 
SAN FRANCISCO: For decades, medical technology firms have searched for ways to let diabetics check blood sugar easily, with scant success. Now, the world's largest mobile technology firms are getting in on the act.

 
         New robot can be programmed by casually talking to it    
 
 
NEW YORK: Indian-origin researchers have developed a robot that can understand instructions in natural language from various speakers and account for missing information to complete a task.

 
         Mysterious 'magic island' detected on Saturn moon    
 
 
NEW YORK: Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object - that appeared and then vanished again - from Ligeia Mare, the second largest sea on Saturn's moon Titan.

 
         New facial recognition tool to help find missing kids    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A new facial recognition tool can help find missing children by rapidly matching the pictures of kids with their biological parents.

 
         ISS astronauts to brew coffee in space    
 
 
LONDON: The wait for a cup of coffee for astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) - 435 km above in the sky - will soon be over.

 
         Micromax unveils its 1st Windows-powered phones at below Rs10k    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Micromax today unveiled its first devices powered by the latest Windows 8.1 operating system as the homegrown handset maker charts the next phase of growth to become the country's largest smartphone player.

 
         Scientists develop 'Super' banana    
 
 
MELBOURNE: A genetically engineered banana to increase the levels of vitamin A in the body and improve the lives of millions of people in Africa has been developed by Australian researchers.

 
         14 Reasons You Should Start Eating Cucumber    
 
 
Cucumbers are number four most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and drop them into your shopping cart. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself stuff full of good health.

 
         Facebook opens door to under-13s, but with parents' nod    
 
 
CALIFORNIA: Anyone under 13 years of age but wanting a Facebook account to connect with friends, would now be able to do so now but with parents' approval first.

 
         BSNL users can now access Facebook on mobile without Internet    
 
 
NEW DELHI: State-run BSNL today launched a service wherein its mobile customers will be able to access Facebook without any Internet or data connectivity.

 
         Soon, pilots can control flights with brain commands    
 
 
LONDON: Imagine pilots of the future who can control aircraft by merely thinking commands? This is not a scene from a science fiction movie but the scientists have achieved the feasibility of flying an aircraft via brain control - with astonishing accuracy.

 
 
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