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Apple To Invest $2 Billion To Convert Sapphire Plant To Data Center

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Apple Inc said it plans to invest $2 billion to convert a failed sapphire glass plant in Arizona into a data center. Apple teamed up with GT Advanced Technologies Inc, to set up the plant in Mesa in 2013 to manufacture scratch-resistant sapphire screens for Apple devices. But GT Advanced filed for...

Whatsapp Begins Rolling Out Voice Call Feature To Select Users

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Whatsapp first hinted it would let users make free calls to each other early last year. And it now seems the hugely popular messaging app has started rolling out the feature to a select number of users, according to Dailymail UK report A screenshot, posted to Reddit at the weekend, reveals how...

Boko Haram Twitter Account Shutdown

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Jama'atu AhlisSunnah Lidda'awati Waljahad, popularly known as Boko Haram official Twitter account has been shut down by twitter, less than a week after its opening. The group launched the Twitter handle @ Alurwa Alwuthqa apparently in a new public relations offensive posting video interviews and pictures of child soldiers being trained...

Gold Apple Watches To Be Stored In Safes In Apple Stores

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Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small,...

 

New Species Of Long-Necked ‘Dragon’ Dinosaur Discovered In China

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A new species of long-necked dinosaur was discovered by Canadian paleontologists from bones discovered in central China, according to the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology." Dubbed the Qijianglong (“dragon of Quijang”), the sauropod has a neck that measures 25 feet long, virtually half of its body length. “As far as I...

Ancient Skull Discovery Offers Evolution Clue

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Part of a skull - thought to be around 55,000 years old and discovered in a cave - holds important clues about human evolution, according to experts. The domed, upper section, which has no face or jaws, was unearthed in the Western Galilee region of northern Israel. Manot Cave was sealed off...

Bill Gates Reveals What Makes Him Feel 'Pretty Stupid'

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Bill Gates is part of the world's elite brain trust but there's still one thing that makes the Microsoft founder feel "stupid." During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session today, the global philanthropist said his one big regret in life has been not learning a foreign language. "I feel pretty stupid that...

Massive Rigging Exposed On AIT Online Presidential Poll

2 years ago /

Massive rigging of the AIT online presidential poll was exposed by DAAR Communications Plc. Yesterday 28th January as the broadcasting house defended its action in shutting down its www.aitonline.tv website where the poll was being conducted just before midnight Tuesday 27th of January 2015. General Muhammadu Buhari had taken a massive...

Astronomers Discover Ancient Solar System with Five Earth-Sized Planets

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A team of astronomers has discovered a solar system from the dawn of time that contains a star very much like our sun, as well as five planets around the same size as Earth. After studying data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, the scientific team from the University of Birmingham, announced their...

Google Fiber Coming To Southeastern U.S.

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Google is bringing speedy Internet to 18 cities in four metro areas in the southeastern United States, the latest expansion of its Fiber project. The Internet giant is promising speeds up to one gigabit per second, about 100 times the average U.S. Internet connection, in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Having...

 

Nasa Reveals Plans To Send Helicopters To Mars

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Since July 2013, the Curiosity rover has travelled just over 23,300ft (7,100 metres) on the surface of Mars at an average of about 1,310ft (400 metres) per month. But if a new Nasa project comes to fruition, future rovers could carry a small helicopter with them that could cover half a...

Flexible Fibre Implants Treat Your Brain Without Hurting It

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Brain implants are limited right now -- they typically measure just one thing at a time, and their stiff wiring can wreck tissue if the device stays in place for long enough. Neither of those problems will matter if MIT's flexible fiber implant becomes a practical reality, though. The school's researchers have...

Scientists Unboil An Egg, And It May Be A Big Deal

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It may seem like a mere parlor trick, but it is an achievement that could "dramatically" cut costs for cancer treatments, food production and other research in the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to a press release that was posted online Friday. It also means "unboil" is now a word. As...

1,800 Feet Asteroid To Pass By Earth On Monday

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An asteroid up to 1,800 feet across is headed Earth's way. But don't worry: It will miss us by 745,000 miles, about three times the distance between Earth and the moon. Still, that's close for such a large rock. NASA scientists say asteroid 2004 BL86 will come closest Monday. That will be...

Tech Giants Woo 15-Year-Old App Whizkid

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Facebook and Google are battling to woo a 15-year-old whizzkid who developed an app which has been downloaded 500,000 times. Ben Pasternak created the simple game Impossible Rush which has soared up the App Store charts since its launch in October. It managed to overtake Vine, Google and Twitter thanks to its...

Laser-Transformed Metal So Slick That Water Bounces Off

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Water often damages metals, causing rust, wear and decay. Thanks to an innovative laser process, however, metal is getting its revenge. University of Rochester scientists Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev have developed a technique using extremely precise laser patterns that renders metals superhydrophobic: in other words, incredibly water-repellent. Imagine a much more powerful...

Rosetta Satellite Data Gives Most Detailed View Of Comets Yet

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The long-standing “dirty snowball” description of a comet can now be updated - a bit more of the dirty and a lot less of the snow. Already outstandingly successful, the Rosetta satellite mission to visit and study Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko continues to surprise as scientists peel back the layers on this ancient cosmic lump. No fewer...

Director General Says NOTAP Regulates Technologies, Not Products

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Prof. Umaru Bindir, Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), on Wednesday said the agency’s mandate was to regulate technology and not finished products. Bindir said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, there is a difference between technology and product...

 

2014 Has Been Recorded As The World's Hottest Year

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gh temperatures across most of the globe made 2014 Earth's hottest year in records dating to 1880, a government report showed. The combined land and ocean temperature on the planet was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit (about 0.7 Celsius) above the 20th- century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a...

Final Report Of Investigation Into AirAsia Crash To Be Released At Least A Year From Now

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The final report of the investigation into the crash of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be published at least one year later, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.  "A final report containing all the results of the probe into the crash will be released one year later," Xinhua news agency quoted...


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