BlackBerry to remove all paid content from BlackBerry World App Store

BB 10 is almost on the verge of being buried with the final nail in the coffin coming in the form of an announcement that BlackBerry will remove all paid content from BlackBerry World App Store. The announcement was made by BlackBerry Limited that said that paid software will be removed from the BlackBerry World app store on April 1. Further the company also said BlackBerry World would move to a free-only storefront from April 1 and will cease to host content, and will disable all purchasing mechanism. BlackBerry informed all developers that those who wish to continue trading on the portal may …

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OPPO F7 keeps family tradition of stunning selfies alive

OPPOF7 is a new handset from the Chinese handset maker in its ‘F’ series family of phones and it packs a stunning selfie feature keeping in tradition with the F series smartphones. OPPO is among the few of those credited with starting the selfie-centric smartphone craze. The effort paid off well and OPPO has been refreshing its “F” and “A” series from time to time. The new F7 smartphone follows the new trend of having a screen with 19:9 aspect ratio — a notch above the display that we first saw on the Apple iPhone X. OPPO has priced its F7 …

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Scientists 3-D write model to better understand cancer spread

Instead of 3-D printing, scientists at Purdue University have used what they call 3D writing to come up with a model that will help better understand cancer spread. Previously scientists have created 3-D printed controlled cancer environment, but these replicas are still not realistic enough for drug screening. Further, previous studies have shown that most cancer deaths happen because of how it spreads, or metastasizes, in the body. A major hurdle for treating cancer is not being able to experiment with metastasis itself and knock out what it needs to spread. Because of limitations of 3-D printing as far as …

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Wearable tech also blamed for distracted driving

Wearable technology is one of the reasons behind distracted driving, a new study by scientists at The University of Texas at San Antonio has concluded. Researchers discovered that while a driver texting with a wearable device can marginally reduce their level of distraction, it ultimately makes texting while driving just as dangerous as with an ordinary cell phone. More than a quarter of car accidents reported each year are attributed to some form of distraction among drivers, often the result of talking or texting while driving. Nine people are estimated to die every day in the U.S. from distracted driving and …

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Gaining insight into silicon nanoparticles using mining hardware

A team of scientists from the ITMO UNIVERSITY have published findings of their study in Advanced Optical Materials wherein they have described how insights into silicon nanoparticles can be gained using mining hardware. For their study scientists first developed a three-dimensional dynamic model of an interaction between light and nanoparticles. They used a supercomputer with graphic accelerators for calculations. Results showed that silicon particles exposed to short intense laser pulses lose their symmetry temporarily. Their optical properties become strongly heterogeneous. Such a change in properties depends on particle size, therefore it can be used for light control in ultrafast information processing …

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Facebook, Google accused of profiting from ‘pop-up’ sex clubs

Facebook and Google have been accused by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) of profiting from “pop-up” sex clubs on their platforms and not only that they have also been accused of being the “key enabler for the sexual exploitation of trafficked victims in the UK”. According to NCA Google and Facebook are profiting from the trafficking of vulnerable women. “People are using the Internet and social media sites to enable sexual exploitation and trafficking,” Will Kerr, the NCA’s Head of Vulnerabilities, was quoted as saying. “It is clear that the internet platforms which host and make a profit out of this type …

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No proof that social media decrease face-to-face interactions

A new study has said there is no proof that supports common belief that social media decrease face-to-face interactions. Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas found that social media doesn’t negatively impact face-to-face interactions or a person’s social well-being. Scientists point that it is commonly believed that social media platforms are responsible for a decreased level of face-to-face social interactions. However, the results of the study suggest that social media doesn’t have a strong impact on future social interactions. Scientists at the two universities set up two studies, one long-term and one short-term, to test the theory. The first …

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25% of kids under 6 have smartphones

In a startling revelation a new survey has found that 25 per cent of all children under the age of six have a smartphone. The survey findings bring to light a major question that is still unanswered – what is the correct age at which a child should be handed over a smartphone. Researchers found that eight in 10 parents don’t limit the amount of time children spend on their phones. According to the researchers from online trade-in outlet musicMagpie, 25 per cent of children aged six and under already have their own mobile and nearly half of these spend up …

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Facebook bounty program targets misuse of data by app developers

In a move that will likely bring to the fore many issues with data misuse on the popular social networking platform – Facebook – the company has launched a “data abuse” bounty program to reward people who report misuse of data by app developers. The announcement comes ahead of two days of congressional hearings starting on Tuesday, where Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will be asked how up to 87 million Facebook users’ data was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The bug bounty program will reward people with first-hand knowledge and evidence of a Facebook platform app collecting …

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ bags 30 awards at MWC 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9+ is yet to make its to the shelves, but the smartphone has already managed to amass a sizable fan following across the world. Samsung Electronics took the opportunity at MWC 2018 to show off every aspect of the smartphone and according to the consumer electronics giant, the S9+ has been awarded with the “Best New Connected Device” title at the event. Samsung further said that S9+ has received more than 30 awards at MWC 2018 thanks to its stunning design, advanced camera features, and overall performance. Although prices are yet to be announced, Galaxy S9 may cost …

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