Microsoft is developing a new technology for smartphones

Microsoft is planning something big and exciting for the techno world –  It is working on a technology that will change the way a smart phone works. Hong Tan, a researcher at Microsoft, believes that we are using a flawed system on smartphones and tablets. She believes we shouldn’t be limited to tapping or sliding our fingers on a glass screen.

The software giant is working on developing a touchscreen technology for mobile devices that will differ in touch sensations based on the way you tap the screen. If you type something with your touchscreen keyboard, you would feel like you are pressing a key.

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If you press an on screen button, you would feel something similar to a mouse click. You would also be able to feel the weight of a folder, while dragging and dropping a group of files.

Researchers are investigating various methods to get the desired effect on screen, both on software and hardware. Different touch responses will correlate with various software features for this to happen.

Microsoft will use a variety of different methods to achieve good results. For keyboard sensation, a layer of material is kept under the glass that bends under electronic voltage. With each key press, the glass will bend.

Efforts are high and strong to make smartphones and tablets our primary computers in the near future. Such a technology will definitely be another benchmark in the digital age we are heading towards.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Microsoft-wants-to-change-the-way-you-use-your-smartphones-screen/articleshow/39869002.cms

 

 

 

Ebola outbreak: Death toll high among health workers

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reaped a very high death number among health workers who are the first people who come in direct contact with the Ebola affected patient.  Liberia itself has witnessed at least three doctors lose their lives to the virus along with 32 health workers.

On Saturday, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appeared in public to apologize and take responsibility of the deaths among the country’s health workers, saying “If we haven’t done enough so far, I have come to apologize to you,” who selflessly fought the virus outburst, which has taken away the lives of close to 1,000 people.

A highly experienced senior doctor in the capital developed the disease at Connaught referral hospital “after treating a patient who was later proved to have the virus and died,” said Sierra Leone’s Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis.

The country’s leading Ebola doctor Shek Umar Khan along with some nurses has died last month.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak as an international health emergency which is likely to continue spreading further.

This disease has doubled the risk of lives of the people and has put heavy pressure on the health systems of the affected countries. Countries like Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone have declared national emergency.

To read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/ebola-outbreak-high-death-toll-among-health-worker-1st-responders-1.2732076?cmp=rss

BSF jawaan strays into Pakistan, returns safely

Jammu: A Border Security Forces officer, Satyasheel Yadav, was mistakenly swept into Pakistan by the strong currents of the Chenab River. He was rescued by the Pakistan Rangers and released to India today evening.

According to Yadav, as told to Pakistani reporters his boat went out of control and accidently strayed into Pakistan. The motorboat developed a mechanical fault when Yadav and three others were on water patrol duty in the Akhnoor area of the international Indian border. “My colleagues swam out but I did not know swimming. The boat took me into Pakistani territory. I jumped into water near a Pakistan post and was rescued by jawans of Pakistan Rangers,” he said recreating the imagery of the situation.

The 30-year old trooper was returned to the BSF officials by the Pakistan Rangers at the Octroi border post in the RS Pura sector of Jammu today at 4.18 p.m. Yadav says that he was ‘treated well by Pakistan’ and had a comfortable stay. Yadav is from Firozabad district’s Ranipura Village in Uttar Pradesh. He joined the BSF in the year 2005.

To read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pakistan-hands-over-captured-bsf-jawan/article1-1249684.aspx

Ebola epidemic declared international emergency: WHO

LONDON: The World Health Organisation has declared the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa an international public health emergency, after a two day Emergency Committee meet, convened by the director general under the International Health Regulations, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Discussions and measures are being calculated as to how to stop and reverse the effects of the virus.

What has been described as the worst outbreak in the last forty years, the outbreak is  “a public health risk to other States” and “the possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns and the weak health systems in the affected and most at-risk countries”.

The current outbreak began in Guinea in March and has spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, with some cases in Nigeria. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola and the death rate has been about 50%. The virus has already claimed the lives of 930 people, and is on the spread.

Although not putting any ban on international travel and trade, measures like suspension of mass gatherings, ensuring proper medical and sanitation care for airline crew and staff, and proper diagnosis of symptomatic people wherever needed has been issued to check EVD transmission. Conduction of proper screening on all international airports, seaports and major land crossings has been advised to the states, to check the potential carriers of the virus.

“The exit screening should consist of a questionnaire, a temperature measurement and, if there is fever, an assessment of the risk that the fever is caused by EVD. Any person with an illness consistent with EVD should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of a medical evacuation,” WHO instructed. Sexual intercourse with an affected person is also advised against.

The virus has an incubation period of up to 21 days and till then its symptoms cannot be detected. The early symptoms include weakness and muscle pain. The virus is spread through direct contact organs of the infected people and bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and other secretions. The cure is not yet known. The most common treatment is to support organ functions and maintain bodily fluids till the virus has been fought off.

In an attempt to contain the epidemic, a ninety day state emergency has been declared in Liberia by the President Ellen Johnson. As ordered by the United States, the employees working at the US Embassy are required to return back.

Teams of experts that include 12 specialists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the Unites States are being sent to Liberia.

 

To read more: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/08/who-ebola-outbreak-international-public-health-emergency

Saudi men need Government’s consent to marry foreigners

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Riyadh: Saudi men now need the government’s official approval in case they want to marry foreign brides. In situations where their love interests happen to be women expatriates from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar or  African country – Chad, they cannot marry them as it has been banned. The women population of these four countries is 5,00,000 and there has been no specific reason given as to why they are on the “do not marry” list.

According to the new stringent rules, the formalities for marrying foreigners have also been toughened, says the Mecca police chief, General Assaf al-Qurashi. As per the new rules, grooms should be above 25 years of age in order to apply to marry a foreign bride, divorced for 6 months or more in case of a remarriage. If the groom already has one spouse, who is “either disabled, suffering from a chronic disease, or sterile”, then he should have  some proof to back his claim.

Saudi men are allowed up to four wives in accordance to the Islamic Law. The country has always been condemned for their displeasing rules towards women.

Read more at: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/world/512148-saudi-men-need-permission-to-marry-foreigners.html

Putin bans agricultural imports from US

Moscow: In retaliation to the sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin has ordered a ban on imports of agricultural products from the United States.

The move comes close on the heels of the latest sanctions the European Union imposed on Russia last week. Alexei Alexeenko from Russia’s plant and veterinary oversight service was also quoted as saying that all fruits and vegetables from EU countries will also be banned.

Russia which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March has been accused of supplying arms to pro-Moscow insurgents and adding to the tension in eastern Ukraine. The US and EU imposed asset freezes and loan bans on a number of individuals and companies in Russia which according to President Barack Obama has brought the Russian economy to a halt.

According to White House spokesperson Laura Lucas Magnuson, Russia which depends heavily on imported foodstuffs from the West might be causing further damage to its economy by retaliating against and alienating itself from the West countries.

Russia also banned import of apples and other fruits from Poland citing sanitary issues but speculation has it that the move was in response to Poland’s support of the Ukraine authorities.

Source: http://www.firstpost.com/world/putin-hits-back-bans-agricultural-imports-west-tit-tat-sanctions-1653499.htm
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Death toll rises to 589 in the China earthquake

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Ludian, China: 589 people are feared dead in the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in China as the search and rescues teams recover bodies from the region of the disaster.

According to the Yunnan Provincial government, more than 2,400 people have been injured in the earthquake which happened on Sunday in the mountainous Yunnan farming region of Ludian County. It is the country’s deadliest in the last four years.

Due to heavy rains and landslides in the affected region, thousands of troops and volunteers are facing difficulty in carrying out their rescue mission to dig out possible survivors from the debris. Repeated aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude and higher have hit the region after the initial earthquake, making the rescue operation even more dangerous.

On Wednesday, rescue vehicles, ambulances, military jeeps, along with volunteers clogged the roads to the hardest-hit town of Longtou.

This region has always been prone to earthquakes. A magnitude- 7.7 earthquake had hit Yunnan in 1970 killing at least 15,000 people. In September 2012, a series of quakes killed 81 people. In May 2008, nearly 90,000 people were dead when a powerful earthquake hit the Sichuan region.

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/death-toll-in-chinas-yunnan-province-earthquake-hits-589/article6286191.ece