The Lumia 925 comes packed with 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage.
Nokia finally launched its Lumia 900 in the Indian market for Rs 32,999, a spokesperson of the company confirmed this to The Mobile Indian. Nokia Lumia 900 is a non 4G version but will support download speeds up to 42 Mbps. However there is no network in India offering that kind of speed as the maximum speed available here in the country is just 21 Mbps.
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A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas. The roughly 1.7-kilometer (1.1-mile) high Wolf volcano is located on Isabela Island, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna typical of the archipelago that helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution following his 1835 visit. "The Wolf volcano is not located near a populated area.
Quito, May 26 (IANS) The Wolf volcano is erupting on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, home to the world's only population of pink land iguanas, the management of Galapagos National Park said. A park official told Efe on Monday that, for now, neither the pink nor yellow iguanas nor the giant tortoises will be harmed by the eruption thanks to the direction the lava is flowing. The park official said that some 500 pink land iguanas, endemic to Isabela Island, inhabit the area northwest of Wolf volcano and that fortunately the lava is flowing in a southeasterly direction.
The Galapagos National Park warned on Twitter that Isabela Island, where Wolf volcano erupted at dawn, holds "the world's only population" of the iguanas, Conolophus marthae, also known as the Galapagos rosy iguana. Park officials told AFP they were not immediately able to establish whether the iguanas were at risk from the eruption. Park officials then flew over the area to assess the impact of the eruption.
(Reuters) - Scientists are closely watching a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island for a possible eruption after volatile changes in the level of a lake of lava on its summit and a series of earthquakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday. Observers said there was a chance of an eruption in the Southwest Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active in the world, accompanied by more earthquakes, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "The overall evolution of unrest in Kilauea’s summit area and upper rift zones in the coming weeks to months is uncertain," the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said in a statement.
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit. The new Nishinoshima, a respectable 2.46 square kilometres (0.95 square miles), the Japan Coast Guard said in February -- roughly the size of 345 football pitches -- is currently almost all bare rock, formed from cooling lava. "We biologists are very much focusing on the new island because we'll be able to observe the starting point of evolutionary processes," said Naoki Kachi, professor and leader of Tokyo Metropolitan University's Ogasawara Research Committee. After the volcanic activity calms down, "what will probably happen first will be the arrival of plants brought by ocean currents and attached to …
London, May 13 (ANI): 'Star Wars' fans can now come face to face with the heroes and villains of the sci-fi universe series at London as Madame Tussauds has recreated the scenes from one of the most popular movie franchises. The American epic space opera franchise's 11 scenes set-up required 180 sculptors, hair artists, colourists, set designers and prop makers that took more than a year to recreate these scenes, including "Darth Vader reveals he is Luke Skywalker's father", the Guardian reported. The fans of the famous American series will be able to experience classic scenes at a new interactive exhibition at the London wax museum after teams of artists created models of Anakin Skywalker amid the lava of Mustafar and Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon alongside his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca …
Washington, May 5 (IANS) An extremely powerful telescope on Earth has revealed in detail a huge lava lake on Io - the innermost of the four moons of Jupiter discovered by Italian scientist and scholar Galileo (Galilei) in 1610. Hundreds of volcanic areas dot its surface, which is mostly covered with sulphur and sulphur dioxide. This is a lava lake with thick lava crust solidified onto it. The resulting radiating heat can often be spotted from Earth.
Washington, May 5 (ANI): A new study has addressed the "uncomfortably close" occurrence of the Chicxulub impact in the Yucatan and the most voluminous phase of the Deccan Traps flood basalt eruptions in India. Researchers Mark Richards and colleagues argue that the impact likely triggered most of the immense eruptions of lava in India that indeed, this was not a coincidence, but a cause-and-effect relationship. Knowledge and study of the Deccan Traps eruptions have consistently cast a shadow of doubt on the theory that the Chicxulub impact was the sole cause of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, most infamous for killing off Earth's dinosaurs. Several of the authors visited India in April 2014 to obtain lava samples for dating, and noticed that there are pronounced weathering surfaces, …
Washington, May 3 (IANS) The asteroid that fell into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed the dinosaurs also triggered volcanic eruptions creating the Deccan Traps in India, suggests a US team of geophysicists. The asteroid explained the "uncomfortably close" coincidence between the Deccan Traps eruptions and the impact. The Deccan eruptions are among the largest mapped lava flows on the Earth occurring 66 million years ago. "If you try to explain why the largest impact we know of in the last billion years happened within 100,000 years of these massive lava flows at the Deccan Traps, the chances of that occurring at random are minuscule," said team leader Mark Richards from University of California, Berkeley.
Samsung Group announced Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family. The all stock deal, approved by the boards of both companies, would see Samsung's de facto holding company Cheil Industries -- which has interests from fashion to theme parks -- acquire general trade and construction affiliate Samsung C&T. The merger, which is expected to be completed by September pending shareholder approval, will see Cheil offer 0.35 new shares for each Samsung C&T share.
DDA, NDMC, Jal Board bosses among key officers shifted as HC upholds AAP govts plea on Centre meddling in vigilance
Washington, May 25 (ANI): A new study has examined that people who have metabolic syndrome are likelier to die from cardiovascular disease than people without this condition, and having diabetes or high blood pressure worsens the risk. According to the study, the risk factors include abdominal obesity, high levels of fats in the blood called triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar and reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good, cholesterol levels. Prof. Ki-Chul Sung, MD, PhD, of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, said that their research found people who had metabolic syndrome had a 1.6-fold-increase in cardiovascular mortality compared to those who did not have the condition and women who have metabolic …
With a conference program lineup featuring nearly 100 industry leaders and three full days of sessions, keynote speakers from the highest echelons of the tech industry, more than 20,000 pre-registrants and more than 200 exhibitors from 15 countries across Asia and the world, the inaugural CES Asiais poised to be one of the most exciting and innovative technology events in the Asia Pacific region this year. ...
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said that the confrontation between the offices of the Lt. Governor and the chief minister should be resolved with understanding and negotiation in the interest of the people. "The Delhi administration has to carry on because it is hurting people. No government can work with confrontation, it has to work with understanding and negotiation in the interest of the people," Dikshit told ANI.
The Union Home Ministry issued a notification saying that the Delhi Lt Governor need not consult Kejriwal on matters like the appointment of key bureaucrats.
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Issuing a notification to clarify distribution of powers between the Lieutenant Governor's office and the Delhi Chief Minister, the Ministry of Home Ministry (MHA) on Friday said the former has primacy in postings and transfers of officers belonging to Central services. "Subject to his control and further orders, LG of the National capital of Delhi, shall in respect of matters connected with 'Public Order', 'Police', 'Land' and 'Services' exercise the powers and discharge functions of the Central Govt to the extent delegated to him from time to time by the President," said the MHA notification. "Provided that LG may, in his discretion, obtain views of CM of Delhi in regards matter of 'Services', wherever he deems it appropriate," it added.
A DAY after many bureaucrats expressed anguish over the treatment meted out to them by the Delhi government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that Aam Aadmi Party government was being opposed for trying to stop the "transfer- posting industry?. governments are now talking about motivating IAS officers after retirement, Sisodia said that only those officials who misused their position are demoralised. In Delhi, transfer- posting is a big industry and we have stopped it in last three months.
The US National Security Agency developed plans to hack into data links to app stores operated by Google and Samsung to plant spyware on smartphones, a media report said Thursday. The online news site The Intercept said US intelligence developed the plan with allies in Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, a group known as the "Five Eyes" alliance. The report, based on a document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the plan aimed to step up surveillance efforts on smartphones.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Ousted AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Thursday said that the ongoing friction between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung would hamper the valid demand of full statehood for Delhi and have a negative effect. "Basically, the demand for full statehood for Delhi is a valid and correct demand. Like any other state government, the Delhi Government should be able to appoint officers of their liking.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday alleged that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is abusing the bureaucracy and the constitutional authority of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung with his remark that the officers were running 'transfer-posting industry' in Delhi. "It is shocking that Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, calls transfer-posting an industry.
China's Lenovo said Thursday revenue rose 20 percent in its past fiscal year, helped by its purchase of Motorola, but net profit growth slowed to just one percent. It represents Lenovo's slowest net profit growth in five years, Bloomberg said. The Hong Kong-listed PC maker had seen its net profit rise 29 percent in the previous financial year, driven by record smartphone sales.
Hong Kong stocks eased 0.22 percent on Thursday following Wall Street losses but mainland markets rallied after another weak reading on Chinese manufacturing activity raised hopes for further stimulus measures by Beijing. Wall Street provided a negative lead as minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed concerns about the US economy. Hong Kong also saw a plunge in two more of its best performing firms this year a day after a near 50 percent dive in solar energy company Thin Film Power (HTF).
New York, May 21 (IANS) People with obesity and bad cholesterol levels are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people who do not suffer from it, says a study. Having diabetes or high blood pressure worsens the risk, said professor Ki-Chul Sung from Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, South Korea. "People with metabolic disorders had a 1.6-fold-increase in cardiovascular mortality, compared to those who do not have any such disorder," he said.
Lenovo Group today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended March 31, 2015. In a seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts, revenue was US$11.3 billion, up 21 percent year-over-year. If excluding the exchange rate impact, the growth rate would be 28 percent. Lenovo’s operational excellence delivered expectation-beating quarterly net income of US$100 million, even after US$94 million non-cash M&A related accounting charges.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Delhi IAS Officers' Association unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday urging Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to create a conducive atmosphere where officers could function in a free and impartial manner. "We view with great anguish the way IAS officers have been treated, publicly humiliated and subjected to character assassination in public, we can only condemn it," Umesh Sehgal, Former Chief Secretary read it out to the media persons.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Delhi Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday wrote to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung asking him what provisions under the Constitution allows him to issue directions to his government. The deputy chief minister, in a letter to Jung, has sought information on the provisions under Constitution, GNCT Act and TBR which provide the latter power to issue directions to Delhi government. Earlier in the day, Jung had reiterated his executive powers and authority over administering the affairs of the capital city vis-a-vis the authority and powers to be exercised by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under the Constitution.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday annulled all bureaucratic postings done in the past one week by the Aam Aadmi Party government. In a letter to Kejriwal, Jung said only his office has the right to order transfers and postings. The tussle over posting and transfer of bureaucrats had reached President's doors yesterday after both Kejriwal and Jung met Pranab Mukherjee.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): The Congress party on Wednesday said the ongoing tussle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will shatter the morale of the civil service officers and affect administration. "The Governor's office and Chief Minister's officer are responsible for this ruckus. After the Chief Secretary appointment which was controversial, the morale of the officers of the civil service will be completely shattered and that will affect the administration.
US prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three university professors, in a years-long scheme to steal trade secrets on mobile phone technology for Beijing's benefit. According to a 32-count criminal indictment filed April 1 and unsealed Tuesday, the group led a long-running effort to obtain US trade secrets for universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government. Among those charged were Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang, who was arrested upon entry into the United States on Saturday, US officials said.
Canberra, May 26 (IANS) An Australian company lighting India's slums with solar energy is providing a solution to the problem of deadly air pollution in India's poorest areas, a media report said on Tuesday. Pollinate Energy, a company founded by five Australians, is changing the way the people in Indian slums use light in the night. Its portable solar lamp, with a port to charge a mobile phone, has replaced dirty kerosene lamps in 8,000 homes, ABC reported.
Four soldiers were killed on Monday in two separate battles with suspected militants in Indian Kashmir, officials said, shortly after a mobile phone shop employee was left dead in another attack in the disputed region. A military spokesman said two soldiers were killed in a firefight when suspected militants were found trying to cross from Pakistan into Tangdhar in India, 180 kilometres (110 miles) from the region's main city of Srinagar. Also on Monday, a mobile phone shop employee was gunned down when another group of suspected militants attacked a shop in the northern town of Sopore, around 35 kilometres from Sringar.
New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley on Monday inaugurated a multimedia exhibition "Saal Ek Shuruaat Anek" and said that it was an attempt to showcase the government's achievements and policy initiatives across different sectors. The exhibition was organised by Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), which functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Speaking on the occasion, Jaitley said that under the current initiative, exhibitions of the similar kind would be organized in all State Capitals along with one more city in each state except Bengaluru.
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Tired of long cues to grab a snack while at a movie theatre or scared of missing scenes post interval? It enables delivery of snacks to your seat at the push of a button, and one can conveniently make purchases throughout the course of a film without settling for the traditional, offline methods of ordering at the concession stand or from the Service On Seat ushers. The idea struck Dhruv Madhok over a capuccino.
Cannes, May 25 (IANS) Actress Salma Hayek thinks a "no more selfies" rule is a great idea for the red carpet. Organisers of the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival asked celebrities to refrain from taking photographs on their mobile phones while attending events. Hayek is supportive of enforcing a selfie ban on the red carpet.
A strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Monday, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the city's subway system to halt, AFP reporters in the Japanese capital said. Scientists said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier put it at 5.6.
From Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's boxing celebration to Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson's 'ostrich' outburst, the 2014-15 Premier League season came with a healthy dose of light relief. Wayne Rooney made the headlines in March after mobile-phone footage emerged of him being punched to the ground during a sparring session in his kitchen with former United team-mate Phil Bardsley.
To help Asia-Pacific emerging biopharmaceutical companies achieve their growth aspirations, Quintiles today launched a new solution set tailored to meet the needs of emerging companies in the world’s most diverse and dynamic healthcare market. "Asia-Pacific is poised to become the world’s next biopharma powerhouse, not least because of its growing number of emerging companies with promising pipelines,” said Senior Vice President Ross Horsburgh, M.D., Quintiles Head of Clinical Development, Asia-Pacific.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis admitted Sunday on his personal blog that he recorded a reportedly stormy April 24 meeting in Latvia with his European counterparts, a precaution he often takes. "In the absence of minutes, I often record my interventions and responses on my mobile phone... to be able to recount my exact phrases and, accordingly, to brief my Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Parliament etc. on precisely what I said," Varoufakis wrote. The acknowledgement comes as tense negotiations between Athens and its European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund creditors over terms for the release of 7.2 billion euro ($7.9 billon) in blocked bailout funds near their critical phase.
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Washington, May 24 (ANI): Bistro in Vitro, world's first virtual lab-grown meat restaurant, may be serving meals sounding too extreme, but the fact is, we may be eating dishes like this in the not too distant future. As per the Dutch scientist and philosopher Koert van Mensvoort, dishes like throat tickler, a wriggling delicacy that occupies "the grey area between a sea anemone and a sex toy," and test tube oyster washed down with a bone marrow cocktail may sound like the stuff of macabre fantasy, but they are set to become reality in the not-too-distant future, the Independent reported. Mr van Mensvoort, who has a background in both engineering and design, initiated the project after hearing about the world's first lab-grown burger, created by scientists two years ago at Maastricht Univ …
BlackBerry is laying off an unspecified number of workers around the world as the struggling smartphone manufacturer tries to make its device business profitable. "As the company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business," BlackBerry said in a statement to AFP on Saturday. BlackBerry, which only a decade ago was a titan in the smartphone business, has been forced into a major reorganization focusing more on software and services since being overtaken in the market for mobile devices.
As Google faces an antitrust probe from European regulators, some analysts are questioning whether the California tech giant's dominance has already peaked. While Google remains one of the world's biggest companies with overwhelming dominance of Internet search, its prospects are less rosy in a tech landscape rapidly shifting to mobile devices and social media, say some industry watchers. Debate heated up last year after a blog post titled "Peak Google" from technology analyst and consultant Ben Thompson, who argued that Google is losing momentum.
AN UNIDENTIFIED person or organisation has threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his slated visit to Deendayal Dham in village Nagla Chandrabhan on May 25.
The Hungarian tax authority fined Uber drivers in its first probe against the ride-sharing service which the economy ministry said Saturday "ignores passenger safety" and must be made to follow regulations. The taxmen used Uber services randomly and said they found several irregularities: drivers did not have tax numbers, nor did they give receipts after the ride, and they did not possess taxi licenses. The authorities vowed "to make the company operating Uber network -- which drains the budget and ignores passenger safety -- adhere to the rules," the ministry statement said, adding that the probe will continue.
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government declined to comment on a report that U.S. intelligence agencies were reviewing their cooperation with German counterparts and had dropped joint projects due to concerns secret information was being leaked by lawmakers. Bild newspaper reported on Saturday that U.S. spy chief James Clapper had ordered the review because secret documents related to the BND's cooperation with the United States were being leaked to media from a German parliamentary committee. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin said it does not comment on intelligence matters.
Washington, May 23 (ANI): Apple's next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS support for older devices - including ones that aren't even necessarily on sale anymore. According to the Techcrunch web site, the iOS 9 will feature a new optimization method to better support older hardware, including the iPad mini and the iPhone 4S.
The Chicago-based lifestyle and entertainment magazine has just launched its "Playboy Now" app. "The app has a mix of original content, as well as specially curated content from Playboy.com, creating additional touch-points for our loyal users who are interested in immersing themselves in Playboy and generating compelling, integrated opportunities for advertisers to harness," Playboy's Cory Jones was quoted as saying in media reports. The magazine now wants to establish itself as a lifestyle destination rather than relying on pornography.
Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats. In the capital Banjul, they talk of nightmare desert road trips, of mistreatment by traffickers and of relatives drowning, and yet the only thing stopping many from making the journey themselves is a lack of cash. Last December Lamin Fatty from the Nema neighbourhood on the outskirts of Banjul returned home from Libya where he, like thousands more, had hoped to secure a place on a boat bound for Europe.
The group of 30 women, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, are scheduled to cross the demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea on Sunday to promote peace and reconciliation. In a country where internal and external communication is highly restricted and carefully monitored, the use of live streaming technology like Periscope would appear to pose an intriguing challenge for the authorities. Media events in North Korea -- especially ones involving foreign journalists -- are usually tightly scripted and choreographed to ensure the official line is perfectly adhered to.
Hundreds of emails by former top US diplomat Hillary Clinton were released by the State Department Friday, seeking to quell a lingering political row about a deadly 2012 attack on a US mission in Libya. The emails have stoked fresh controversy since Clinton -- who is now running for president -- admitted to using a private server and email address during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to early 2013. This is something that I've asked to be done as you know for a long time," Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
The State Department on Friday released a first batch of emails by Hillary Clinton, giving an unprecedented glimpse into the work of the former top diplomat in the wake of a deadly 2012 attack on a US mission in Libya. The emails have stoked fresh controversy since Clinton -- who is now running for president -- admitted to using a private server and email address during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Both issues are likely to stalk Clinton as she bids to become the first woman to occupy the Oval Office in the 2016 elections, hoping to slide into the seat once held by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
Hyderabad, May 22 (ANI): With the mercury touching almost 45 degrees Celsius, severe heat wave has claimed over 30 lives in two days in Telangana. The people residing in the region said that the temperature was heading to unbearable limits. If it rains it is very good, the temperature comes down.