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Instagram Tops 300 Million Active Users to Overtake Twitter

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Facebook's photo-sharing service, Instagram, said Wednesday it has more than 300 million users, sharing tens of millions of photos and videos each day. That means Instagram, launched by Stanford graduates Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in 2010, is now bigger than Twitter, which claims 284 million monthly active users. Instagram crossed...

Israel's Nano-Sized Microchip Bible Nominated For Guiness Book Of Records

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A nano-sized New Testament Bible has been nominated for the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Smallest Bible. The microchip containing the entire New Testament is being marketed as a fashion accessory. The tiny tome, which is less than a fifth of an inch square, can be mounted on a necklace but...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Discovers Evidence Of Water In Mars

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US space agency NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered a new evidence of water on Mars. This discovery, which was done by a team of scientists of Indian-origin, just throws light on the fact that the Red was suitable for microbial life just like Earth in the solar system.The Curiosity rover...

Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence Of Lake

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has discovered evidence that billions of years ago a lake once filled the 154km wide Gale crater where the rover is exploring. It has sent back data concerning stacks of rocks containing water-deposited sediment, bolstering belief that the planet was at one time suitable for microbial life. The new studies...

 

New Delhi Bans Cab Service Uber Amid Rape Probe

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Transportation officials in India’s capital banned the online car service Uber on Monday after one of its drivers allegedly raped a female passenger. The move was a blow for Uber in the huge Indian market as well as another public relations dilemma for the San Francisco-based company, which operates in 45...

Sony Recent Hack Exposed 47,000 Social Security Numbers Security Firm Says

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The recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed more than 47,000 Social Security numbers, a security firm says, and some of them could belong to Hollywood celebrities. Those SSNs appeared 1.1 million times in the 601 files posted by hackers, data security firm Identity Finder said Friday in a post on...

NATCOM Consortium Emerges Preferred Bidder For NITEL, MTEL

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NATCOM Consortium on Wednesday in Abuja emerged the preferred bidder for the acquisition of Nigerian Telecommunications Plc (NITEL) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunication (MTEL). The reserved bid price was 252.25 million dollars. Mr Atedo Peterside, the Chairman, Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), disclosed this during public opening of financial...

Fox Channels Launches On ACTV In Nigeria

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Fox International Channels (FIC) has launched eight of its channels on the new Nigerian pay TV platform, African Cable TV (ACTV). Fox, Fox Crime, FX, National Geographic Gold, Fox Movies, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2 and Baby TV went live on the DTH platform at the end of November. FIC said the...

Google Makes Spoon That Helps With Parkinson’s Tremors

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A spoon that steadies tremors for people with Parkinson’s is the latest invention that Google has brought to market. The battery-powered utensil uses hundreds of algorithms to sense motion, detect whether the motion is tremor, and then stabilise itself when shaken by an unsteady hand. It was the subject of a small validation...

North Korea, Other Nations Among Suspects In Sony Hack: U.S. Source

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U.S. investigators are considering multiple suspects, including North Korea, in their investigation into a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that knocked out the company's computer systems for over a week, according to a U.S. national security official with knowledge of the investigation. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, told...

Artificial Intelligence Could Spell End Of Human Race – Stephen Hawking

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The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has said. The famous astrophysicist said he believed technology would eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, as it developed faster than biological evolution. Hawking told the BBC: “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have,...

 

Time Top 10 Gadgets Of 2014

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10. The Ring Video Doorbell Ring Imagine the perfect front door. Like a human security guard, it would tell you who was outside and allow you to talk with them before you let them in. The $200 Ring Video Doorbell system does just that: it’s a small ringer with a camera that...

Amazon CEO Says Fire Phone Was A ‘Bold Bet’

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Jeff Bezos doesn’t regret the Amazon Fire Phone, the company’s CEO said Tuesday, despite mixed reviews and weak sales that forced his company to take a multimillion dollar write-down on unsold inventory. “People love to focus on things that aren’t working,” Bezos said at Business Insider‘s annual Ignition conference in New York. “That’s...

Microsoft: Acquires New Age Email App "Acompli"

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Microsoft has acquired the mobile email startup Acompli, the tech giant announced today on its website. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the tech news site Re/code reports that Microsoft paid over $200 million. Accompli makes an email client for Android and iOS designed to make common but sometimes complex...

Minister Says Nigeria Will Launch Indigenous Satellite In 2018

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdu Bulama, said on Monday Nigeria would launch its first “made-in-Nigeria satellite” by 2018, in the bid to hasten the pace of socio-economic development in Nigeria. Bulama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that science and technology would fast track the...

Microsoft To Detail Windows 10 For Phones, Tablets In January

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There's already a Technical Preview of Windows 10 out, which you can download and install if you're so inclined, but that's only for computers. When Microsoft first introduced its next version of Windows back in September, it mainly presented the new developer-focused features of the OS, along with just a few consumer-oriented tidbits. Ever since...

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5 Lollipop Released

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Android is very popular and the latest version is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Samsung are the leaders when it comes to selling Android phones as they have sold millions of handsets around the world. Many people are waiting for the release of the update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and...

Researchers Warn Against Facebook, Twitter Data

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As researchers are mining Facebook and Twitter data to learn about online and offline human behaviour, a new study warns them to be wary of serious pitfalls that arise when working with huge social media data sets. Such erroneous results can have huge implications as thousands of research papers each year...

Airtel Launches First 4G Service In Africa

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Airtel, a leading global telecom services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has launched Africa’s first 4G service in the Seychelles. Airtel launched the service on a state-of-the-art network based on FD-LTE, making the Seychelles among the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to commercially deploy this cutting-edge...