Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. is suing tech giant Qualcomm, alleging that the San Diego-based chipmaker unfairly insisted on charging huge royalties for technologies that it has nothing to do with.
Confirming its legal action against Qualcomm on Friday, Apple said that hit was seeking $1 billion form the chipmaker in damages it suffered.
Apples said that it innovated with unique features like TouchID, advanced camera and displays, but Qualcomm insisted on charging it at least 5 times more in payments than other cellular patent licensors.
Findings of Samsung's investigation into what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire will be disclosed a day before the announcement of its fourth quarter result, the South Korean electronics giant announced on Friday.
Samsung executives and independent experts who conducted the investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fire incidents will share their findings in a press conference on January 23 in Seoul. It will be available globally through a live-stream.
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 20 : A new study warns that exposure to synthetic chemicals, commonly found in insecticides and garden products, may disrupt human circadian rhythms and can put you at higher risk for diabetes and sleeping patterns.
Researchers from the University at Buffalo in the US found that these insecticides bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks and adversely affect melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
The findings, published in journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, indicate that using predictive computational modeling and in vitro experiments with cells that express human melatonin receptors, they found that carbamates selectively interact with a melatonin receptor. That interaction can disrupt melatonin signaling and alter important regulatory processes in the body.
"This is the first report demonstrating how environmental chemicals found in household products interact with human melatonin receptors," said Margarita L. Dubocovich senior author from UB.
The study focuses on two chemicals, carbaryl and carbofuran, which hace been banned for application on food crops for human consumption since 2009 and still they are used in many countries and their traces persist in food, plants and wildlife.
"We found that both insecticides are structurally similar to melatonin and that both showed affinity for the melatonin, MT2 receptors, that can potentially affect glucose homeostasis and insulin secretion," said co-author Marina Popevska-Gorevski.
"That means that exposure to them could put people at higher risk for diabetes and also affect sleeping patterns," Popevska-Gorevski added.
The results suggest that there is a need to assess environmental chemicals for their ability to disrupt circadian activity, something which is not currently being considered by federal regulators.
"By directly interacting with melatonin receptors in the brain and peripheral tissues, environmental chemicals, such as carbaryl, may disrupt key physiological processes leading to misaligned circadian rhythms, sleep patterns and altered metabolic functions increasing the risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and metabolic disorders," Dubocovich explained.
She explained that there is a fine balance between the release of insulin and glucose in the pancreas at very specific times of day, but if that balance becomes disrupted over a long period of time, there is a higher risk of developing diabetes. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Nintendo's wildly popular Super Mario Run smartphone game will be made available for users of Android devices as well, the mobile gaming giant announced on Wednesday.
Using its Tweeter account, Nintendo announced that the Super Mario Run videogame would be available on Android smartphones devices in March 2017, nearly three months after its release on iOS Devices in December 2016.
New Delhi [India], Jan. 19 : Making tiny changes in our day-to-day functions will go a long way in maintaining the mental and physical wellbeing, especially if we work for more than 12 hours a day.
Dr. Gowri Kulkarni has put forward a few tips that the doctor has suggested to stay healthy to have a successful career:
1. Walk the talk: Make walking a part of your routine. Walk everywhere, walk while you take a call, park your car a few meters away from your office, take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus one stop before your scheduled stop and walk the last leg. Don't make the "I don't have time to exercise" excuse again.
2. Get some sunshine: Go bask in the sun, let sunlight fall on your exposed skin. We are designed to get Vitamin D from the sun, our bodies absorb the sun's energy and make Vitamin D. Getting some sunshine helps you stay active and happy the whole day.
3. Eat a fruit: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We all learnt that back in kindergarten. It's time to practise what was taught to us. Fruits have wonderful vitamins and minerals; eat at least one fruit per day. Follow one colour a day norm, for example, if you choose to eat food that is green, then eat a green apple, same applies for other colours.
4. Kick the butt: Smoking does not do you any good. We have heard so much about the harmful effects of smoking and the carcinogens that come packed in cigarettes, but we still make excuses for smoking. The best time to quit smoking was yesterday, the second best time is right now.
5. Be a water baby: Drink adequate water. Water is an elixir for good health, skin and hair, it is much better for your hair and skin than the expensive products. Drink enough water every day and it will even help you shed off those extra kilos as well.
6. Be a child: Do at least one child like activity every day. Jump around, make a boat, sing in the shower, hop, skip, and jump. Do something that the adult you would never do. Beat stress the smart way, watch and learn from a child.
7. Sleep well: Sleep is underrated, getting adequate amount of sleep is key in maintaining your health. Try and squeeze in at least eight hours of sleep in between your busy schedule. The more you sleep, the more productive you will be. (ANI)Region: IndiaGeneral: Health
Washingtington.D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Dear men, beware! Prolonged exposure to work-related stress may increase likelihood of cancer.
The findings indicate that the link was observed in men, who had been exposed to 15 to 30 years of work-related stress and in some cases, more than 30 years.
According to the study published in journal of Preventive Medicine, prolonged exposure of men to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Researchers at INRS and Universite de Montreal in Canada conducted the study to assess the link between cancer and work-related stress perceived by men throughout their working life.
On average, the study participants had held four jobs, with some holding up to a dozen or more during their working lifetime.
A link between work-related stress and cancer was not found in participants who had held stressful jobs for less than 15 years.
Significant links to five of the eleven cancers considered in the study were revealed.
The most stressful jobs included firefighter, industrial engineer, aerospace engineer, mechanic foreman, and vehicle and railway-equipment repair worker and for the same individual, stress varied depending on the job held.
The study also shows that perceived stress is not limited to high work load and time constraints.
"One of the biggest flaws in previous cancer studies is that none of them assessed work-related stress over a full working lifetime, making it impossible to determine how the duration of exposure to work-related stress affects cancer development," the authors explained.
"Our study shows the importance of measuring stress at different points in an individual's working life," the authors noted.
Customer service, sales commissions, responsibilities, the participant's anxious temperament, job insecurity, financial problems, challenging or dangerous work conditions, employee supervision, interpersonal conflict and a difficult commute were all sources of stress listed by the participants. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Foreseeing virtual reality (VR) as a future computing platform, Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has decided to make a multi-billion investment in VR over the next decade.
Mr. Zuckerberg, chief executive of the popular social-networking platform, recently announced that the company has decided to invest $3 billion in VR to bring virtual reality to the masses.
London [UK], Jan. 18 : After getting you addicted to vodka Martinis, James Bond could now be blamed for turning you into a smoker!
Cigarettes feature in all but one of the 24 movies filmed to date, new research has discovered.
And despite kicking the habit in 2002 - before Daniel Craig took over - he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke from his sexual partners, experts say.
However, the typically brief encounters would have helped to cut his risk of lung cancer, scientists claim.
Known to kill six million people a year, smoking increases the risk of 17 forms of cancer, according to scientists.
While the World Health Organization predicts more than one billion tobacco-related deaths will occur this century.
Given the links between alcohol in movies and teenagers taking it up, the findings are of huge concern and could be applied to smoking, scientists claim.
While several studies have delved into various aspects of Bond's lifestyle, there has been little consideration of smoking related content.
Since the spy first lit up in 1962 with Dr No, there have been 24 movies - all screened by Eon Productions, the new study found.
Researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, discovered that his onscreen smoking peaked in the 1960s.
He used cigarettes in 83 per cent of the movies produced in that decade, the study published in the British Medical Journal found.
However, the rate steadily declined until he took his last puff in 2002's ' Die Another Day'.
But when he was a smoker, he lit up, on average, within 20 minutes of the start of the film.
Only 2006's ' Casino Royale' was totally free of any smoking-related imagery, the researchers found.
Writing in the journal, the researchers said 'while there have been some favourable downward smoking related trends in this movie series, the persisting smoking content remains problematic from a public health perspective, especially given the popularity of the series'.
In Spectre, the most recent movie, none of Bond's major associates smoked, but other characters still did.
This added up to an estimated 261 million 'tobacco impressions' for 10-29 year olds in the US alone.
Cigarette branding even featured in two movies, with Marlboro in 1979's Moonraker and Lark in License to Kill a decade later.
The latter was part of a product placement deal with Philip Morris to try and conquer the Japanese market.
The researchers noted that were several attempts to mention the hazards of smoking - the first of which came in 1967's 'You Only Live Twice'.
While in 1999's The World Is Not Enough, Miss Moneypenny hurls Bond's gift to her of a cigar into the bin in disgust.
And they suggest that while smoking seems to be at odds with Bond's need for physical fitness, it does fit with his disregard for other risks.
After all, 007 has dodged thousands of bullets, he drinks a lot of alcohol, and often drives very fast, they point out.
And that's without a goodly proportion of his sexual partners (nine out of 60) attempting to disable, capture, or kill him. (ANI)Region: United KingdomGeneral: Health
Apple's new MacBooks will come equipped with Intel's powerful Kaby Lake processors as well as offer more RAM in the fifteen-inch model, a well-known Apple analyst said in a newly issued note.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities in Taiwan, said in the note that Apple would upgrade this year's MacBooks with the Kaby Lake processors and 32 gigabytes of RAM.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung's investigation into what caused many Galaxy Note 7s to explode and catch fire has indicated that the battery was the main culprit, according to emerging media reports.
Citing an anonymous person familiar with the matter, several media outlets also reported that Samsung will likely officially announce the results of its investigation on January 23rd, a day before announcing its fourth-quarter results.
Electronics giant Samsung recently released two different adverts showing off its new AMOLED displays, but the real star of the show is a mysterious smartphone that showed up in both adverts. The unique design of the mysterious device prompted many to predict that it might be the Galaxy S8.
Samsung hasn't yet officially announced the Galaxy S8, but the company is widely expected to introduce the eagerly-awaited smartphone sometime in spring this year.
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 14 : Do you see your child as 'overweight'? May be that is the reason for his/her gaining more weight over the period of time.
A study says that children whose parents considered them to be 'overweight,' tended to gain more weight over the following decade, compared with children, whose parents thought they were a 'normal' weight.
This has been deduced from an analysis of data from two nationally representative studies, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
The findings indicate that children, whose parents identified them as being overweight, perceived their own body size more negatively and were more likely to attempt to lose weight, factors that partly accounted for their weight gain.
"Although parents' perception that their children are overweight has been presumed to be important to management of childhood obesity, recent studies have suggested the opposite; when a parent identifies a child as being overweight, that child is at increased risk of future weight gain," psychology researchers Eric Robinson from University of Liverpool and Angelina Sutin from Florida State University College of Medicine write in their paper.
Adding, "We argue that the stigma attached to being an overweight child may explain why children whose parents view them as being overweight tend to have elevated weight gain during development."
Drawing from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Robinson and Sutin examined data for 2,823 Australian families.
As part of the study, researchers measured the children's height and weight when they began the study as four or fivr-year-olds. At that time, the children's parents reported whether they thought the children were best described as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or very overweight.
Later, when they were 12 or 13, the children used a series of images depicting bodies that increased in size to indicate which image most resembled their own body size. The children also reported whether they had engaged in any behaviors in an attempt to lose weight in the previous 12 months.
Researchers took height and weight measurements again when the children were 14 or 15 years old.
The results indicated that parents' perceptions were associated with children's weight gain 10 years later: Children whose parents considered them to be overweight at age four or five tended to gain more weight by age 14 or 15.
And this association could be accounted for, at least in part, by the children's beliefs and behaviors. That is, children whose parents thought they were overweight perceived their own body size more negatively and were more likely to report attempts to lose weight.
The results were the same for boys and girls, and they could not be explained by other possible factors, such as household income, presence of a medical condition, and parents' weight.
Importantly, the link between parents' perceptions and children's later weight gain did not depend on how much the child actually weighed when they began the study.
When Robinson and Sutin examined data from 5,886 Irish families participating in the Growing Up in Ireland study, they saw the same pattern of results.
Using these data, the researchers cannot determine whether parents' perceptions actually caused their children's weight gain, but "the findings of the present studies support the proposition that parents' perception of their children as overweight could have unintended negative consequences on their children's health," Robinson and Sutin conclude. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 14 : Cutting down on smoking can now be a bit easier for you!
A study, published in Annals of Family Medicine, says that tobacco counseling for youth or adults can reduce the prevalence of smoking cigarettes during adult years.
The researchers conducted a microsimulation analysis to estimate the health impact and cost-effectiveness of tobacco counseling of youth and adults in a U.S. birth cohort of 4,000,000.
They found that the model predicted that annual counseling for youth would reduce the average prevalence of smoking cigarettes by 2.0 percent during adult years, whereas annual counseling for adults would reduce prevalence by 3.8 percent, compared with no tobacco counseling.
Over the lifetime of the cohort, youth counseling would prevent 42,686 smoking-attributable fatalities and increase quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) by 756,601; 69,901 smoking-attributable fatalities would be prevented by adult counseling, and QALYs would be increased by 1,044,392.
Per person, youth and adult counseling would yield net savings of 225 dollars and 580 dollars, respectively. Adult smoking prevalence would be 5.5 percent lower if annual tobacco counseling was provided to the cohort during both youth and adult years, compared with no counseling, with 105,917 fewer smoking-attributable fatalities over their lifetime. At current counseling rates, only one-third of the potential health and economic benefits of counseling are being realized.
"Both youth and adult intervention are high-priority uses of limited clinician time," the authors write. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
In an update to its original MacBook Pro evaluation, Consumer Reports has recommended laptops running a macOS 10.12.3 beta as the battery life issue has been fixed.
Consumer Reports recommended MacBook Pro laptops after finishing retesting of the laptops following software update by Apple, the Cupertino-based manufacturer of the machines.
London [England], Jan. 13 : Next time, think twice before you eat that burger or chips during lunch, as a new study reveals that eating a meal particularly high in protein and salt can make us feel more fatigued and causes us to fall into a 'food coma'.
According to researchers, if you have had a particularly huge meal, then you may even fall into a food coma - postprandial somnolence- where all you want to do is lie down and have a snooze.
The findings indicated that protein and salt are the causes of the infamous food coma, the reason being that they are "expensive commodities," so our bodies have to work harder to digest them and extract the nutrients.
The researchers from from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Florida's Scripps Research Institute found that carbohydrates did not have the same effect, despite various dieticians having previously claimed carbohydrate-rich foods make us sleepy.
They used fruit-flies to investigate the neurobiological links between eating and sleep.
The study found that sugar actually does not actually contribute to a food coma.
The researchers are yet to discover, however, why sleep helps us digest protein and salt, but it is clear that is what our bodies want to do.
"During the food coma, the flies remain still for a certain amount of time and they are much less responsive to any kind of other cues than they would normally be," said study's author Dr. Robert Huber.
"There's clearly something very potent about sleep itself," he added.
So, if you want to be on top form this afternoon, it's perhaps wise to opt for a healthy veggie option for lunch, they concluded. (ANI)Region: LondonGeneral: Health
Sales of desktop and laptop computers slipped for the fifth consecutive year in 2016, marking a continued decline in the market since 2012, two market trackers reported.
According to Gartner, shipments of personal computers slipped 6.2 per cent year over year in 2016. Internation Data Corporation pegged total PC shipments at 260 million, suggesting a decline of 5.7 per cent from the previous year.
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 12 : Is your kid fascinated with superheroes? Does he love to dress up like a Spiderman thinking that he will go around pretending to spin webs?
Dear parents, a new study warns that kids, who frequently engage with superhero culture, are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive.
The research appears in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
Researchers from Brigham Young University in the US found that children, who frequently engage with superhero culture are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive one year later.
"Our study shows the exact opposite. Kids pick up on the aggressive themes and not the defending ones," said lead author Sarah M. Coyne.
The findings like these give parents the opportunity to have a conversation with their children.
The participants in the study consisted of 240 children, whose parents responded about the level of engagement their kids had with the superhero culture.
The children were individually interviewed and asked to identify their 10 popular superheroes.
The results indicated that 20 percent of these children associated their favorite superhero with some type of violent skills.
The remaining 70 percent of skills-related comments by children were benign in nature: "Because he is big and strong" and "Because he is cool and can fly."
These programs contain complex storylines that interweave violence and prosocial behaviour and preschoolers do not have the cognitive capability to pick out the wider moral message that is often portrayed.
Coyne further stated there is likely some additional desensitization associated with consuming violent media.
They explained that reduction in cognitive and emotional responses has been shown to be associated with exposure to violent media.
However, the superhero culture can become consuming especially if kids are watching the movies, playing with the toys, strongly identifying with the characters, dressing up etc, they concluded. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, who have pledged to put their huge wealth toward philanthropic causes, have hired a top political operative to build political muscle for their philanthropic work.
In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company to carry out charitable efforts. Now, they have hired David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, as president of policy and advocacy for the non-profit.
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 11 : US researchers have found that giving Vitamin C intravenously can produce super-high concentration in the blood, which has ability to attack cancer cells.
The findings, published recently in the journal Redox Biology, revealed that vitamin C breaks down easily, generating hydrogen peroxide, a so-called reactive oxygen species that can damage tissue and DNA.
Researchers from University of Iowa Health Care in the US also showed that tumor cells are much less capable of removing the damaging hydrogen peroxide than normal cells.
They also found that giving vitamin C intravenously--and bypassing normal gut metabolism and excretion pathways--creates blood levels that are 100 - 500 times higher than levels seen with oral ingestion.
"In this paper we demonstrate that cancer cells are much less efficient in removing hydrogen peroxide than normal cells. Thus, cancer cells are much more prone to damage and death from a high amount of hydrogen peroxide," said Garry Buettner.
"This explains how the very, very high levels of vitamin C used in our clinical trials do not affect normal tissue, but can be damaging to tumor tissue," Buettner added.
They examined how high-dose vitamin C (also known as ascorbate) kills cancer cells.
The team tested the approach in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer and lung cancer that combine high-dose, intravenous vitamin C with standard chemotherapy or radiation.
The new study shows that an enzyme called catalase is the central route for removing hydrogen peroxide generated by decomposing vitamin C.
The researchers discovered that cells with lower amounts of catalase activity were more susceptible to damage and death when they were exposed to high amounts of vitamin C.
"Our results suggest that cancers with low levels of catalase are likely to be the most responsive to high-dose vitamin C therapy, whereas cancers with relatively high levels of catalase may be the least responsive," he explained. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Microsoft has terminated the production of Scalebound, one of the Xbox One's most eagerly-awaited video games, emerging reports suggest.
Scalebound, which started life as a single-player spree through a dream world of dragons and monsters, was first revealed by director Hideki Kamiya at Microsoft's E3 press conference in 2014.