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What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?

Originally posted on Gigaom:

An eye doctor says he’s recently seen a few 35-year-old patients whose lenses, which are typically clear all the way up until around age 40, are so cloudy they resemble 75-year-olds’. A sleep doctor says kids as young as toddlers are suffering from chronic insomnia, which in turn affects their behavior and performance at school and daycare. A scientist finds that women who work night shifts are twice as likely to develop breast cancer than those who sleep at night.

What do all these anecdotes have in common? Nighttime exposure to the blue light emanating from our screens.

You’ve probably heard the hype these past few years: being in the presence of light at night disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythms by suppressing the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone. But melatonin does far more than help us get sleepy – it’s also an antioxidant that appears to play a…

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Hackers Leak Explicit Photos of More Than 100 Celebrities

Originally posted on TIME:

Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez and Kirsten Dunst were among an estimated 100 celebrities alleged to have private and explicit photos leaked online Sunday, after hackers apparently accessed their cellphones through a cloud-based storage network.

The photographs originally turned up on the website 4chan, where hackers claimed to have infiltrated the phones of more than 100 celebrities and promised to leak more images in the future.

The pictures were reportedly stolen from a cloud-based data storage network. Some posters claimed it was Apple’s iCloud system that was hacked, Mashable reports, though the company has not confirmed those rumors.

A spokesperson for Lawrence acknowledged the authenticity of the images, calling it a “flagrant violation of privacy” and vowing to prosecute anyone who shared the images online. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” the spokesperson said in a statement, People Magazine

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Apple said to be working with MasterCard and Visa for mobile wallet

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The Apple event rumors are coalescing into a more coherent picture that indicate Apple planning to put Near Field Communication chips inside next-generation iPhones for a mobile wallet effort. The latest rumor is from Bloomberg, which quotes a source saying that the hardware giant is working with MasterCard, Visa and American Express on a payments platform around the NFC chip reported to be in the phone.

The goal, according to Bloomberg is to ready a mobile payments platform built around NFC in the upcoming iPhone to launch at the Sept. 9 [company]Apple[/company] event. While, every year, we seemingly hear of NFC launching in the anticipated iPhone, my colleague Kevin Tofel has written about how the looming transition to higher security payments that require using a password and chip inside cards in the U.S., and the utility of NFC’s tap-to-pair in a world of increasing connected devices, mean that Apple…

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New Galaxy Note 4 leak shows handset for the first time ever

Originally posted on BGR:

A whole bunch of Galaxy Note 4 leaks were been reported over this past weekend, as various stories further detailed the upcoming flagship smartphone from Samsung. The most interesting rumor comes from TKTechNews, which apparently learned from a source that the Galaxy Note 4 could be available in stores as soon as September 6th in the U.S., or even before the iPhone 6 (its main rival) gets official. 

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Google announces September 15 event in India for likely launch of Android One

Originally posted on 9to5Google:

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Google today has started sending out invites to the media for a September 15 event in India. The invite teases that the event is for “an exciting new product announcement” and promises more details closer to the date of the event. Obviously, with it being held in India, the first thing that jumps to mind is that we will hear more details regarding Android One.

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Next-gen flagship Moto X+1 leaks in new photos

Originally posted on BGR:

Motorola is set to announce a handful of new products later this week during a media gathering that BGR will be attending, but it looks like the star of the show has made an early appearance. TK Tech News on Monday posted photos it claims show the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, and the images appear to be authentic.

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iWayAfrica Uganda launches high speed fibre access to SME customers

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Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs) in Uganda are set to benefit massively after Pan African telecoms operator, Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has announced that its iWayAfrica Uganda business has launched its new fibre connectivity service in Uganda.

Ken Mwai, Managing Director, iWayAfrica Uganda, says that the demand for high capacity Internet connectivity within enterprise and corporate markets in the major cities of Kampala and Entebbe are ever increasing, and an alternate provider was becoming a necessity. By connecting with Google’s Project Link, a metro fibre offering in Kampala, iWayAfrica Uganda has the ability to provide Internet access to business at a fixed cost, thereby allowing them to deliver cost effective solutions within a multi-tenant complex.

“iWayAfrica Uganda is able to leverage the hundreds of kilometers of optic fibre deployed by Google in Greater Kampala and offer the benefitdirect to businesses,” says Mwai. “Enterprise businesses in Kampala require reliable high-speed connectivity for voice, data and Internet services. These services need to offer shared cost of fibre, coupled with quick turn-around times for access and a network that offers multiple rings for protection against failures.”

Mwai added, “Google manages the last mile link and ensures redundancy on its network, while iWay provides the services directly to the end customer. It is a win-win for all involved, especially the customers.”

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta leads civil servants through the biometric registration exercise

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President Uhuru Kenyatta shortly afterhe launched the biometric registration of civil servants from State House Mombasa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched the biometric registration of civil servants from State House Mombasa, registering himself as a public officer.

The registration is expected to help identify ghost workers in the public service and expunge them from the payroll in a bid to reduce a ballooning wage bill.

According to a post on his Facebook Page, shortly after he launched the biometric registration of civil servants at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru stated that the exercise will entrench efficiency and effectiveness in public service and ensure Kenyans receive the quality services they deserve. He also added that this exercise is not meant to victimize but to ensure that all public servants are accounted for. “I call on all public servants to cooperate and participate in the registration exercise to expedite its completion.”

Present during the launch in Mombasa were Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Interior Principal Secretary Monica Juma.

To register, public servants are expected to produce an original ID card, a completed biometric data form, letter of first appointment and a letter of the current position.

The employees will also be required to produce their birth certificate and original academic and professional certificates. In addition, a photograph and fingerprint data will also be added to the information in the employee database.

The registration is expected to start with employees of National Government before moving to county staff and is expected to have been completed by the end of October this year.

The use of biometric technology has attracted much attention and interest in the developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This will be the second time the technology is used country wide  in Kenya after the voter registration process in 2013.

 

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MSN Messenger to shut down in China, its final stronghold

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Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger as it was known in most places after 2006, bit the dust in April 2013 – but not everywhere. It continued operations on the Chinese mainland, thanks to a censorship-friendly (but now defunct) joint venture between Skype and local internet portal Tom.com.

However, reports on Thursday (spotted by ZDNet) indicate that this era too is coming to an end. MSN users in China have received an email from [company]Microsoft[/company] telling them that Messenger will be shut down at the end of October.

The users are being shuffled over to Skype, which is these days being run in partnership with Guangming Founder (GMF), a local joint venture – the Chinese Skype is modified to follow “Chinese regulations” but advocacy group GreatFire has suggested it is now less censorship-friendly. Each user will get a complimentary $2 coupon as part of the…

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Official, Apple to unveil the Iphone 6, iWatch on September 9 . 

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Apple Inc invited media to a “special event” in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones.  

Apple’s typically cryptic invitation read: “Wish we could say more.” It came on a simple black-and-white background dominated by the company’s familiar corporate logo.

The launch date had been widely reported. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of larger devices by rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch.

Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products. The iPhone accounts for half its business and is gaining more prominence as tablet sales falter.

The company that defined the smartphone industry has not introduced a new product since the iPad in 2010. CEO Tim Cook has promised new product categories for 2014. Software chief Eddy Cue has called Apple’s product pipeline the best he’s seen in decades.

But it remained unclear whether the company has another groundbreaking gadget up its sleeve.

Much of the pre-event speculation has centered on the use of “sapphire” display screens said to be more scratch-resistant. Separately, some suppliers have told Reuters about screen production snags that have raised questions about availability at launch time.

Beyond the hardware, the next generation of gadgets will incorporate new software features such as HomeKit, which will help manage connected devices within the home, and HealthKit, a central repository of health data and services.

Apple has been discussing its “HealthKit” data service with health providers and apps developers, people familiar with the discussions say. They said HealthKit, while still nascent, will become the lynchpin in a broader push into mobile and digital healthcare, a fertile field that rivals Google and Samsung are also exploring.

Shares in Apple have rallied in past months in anticipation of the event. On Thursday, they were up 0.4 percent at $102.55 in afternoon trade.

Source: The Financial Express 

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