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  • Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami January 23, 2022
    A satellite image shows Mango islands after Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano eruption, in Tonga, January 20, 2022. Satellite Image @2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERSFamilies have prevented children from playing outside as Tonga struggles to deal with the ash and  psychological effects of last week's volcanic eruption and tsunami, aid workers and local residents said. Telephone […]
  • People with this certain gene version less likely to develop severe COVID-19 January 23, 2022
    The new results show that people with a specific version of a gene are less likely to develop severe COVID-19. Earlier research had identified a specific group of genes, called the OAS1/2/3 gene cluster, as being involved in the risk for severe COVID-19. One version of a gene in that cluster –passed down from Neanderthals, appeared […]
  • Scientists scrutinise characteristics of new Omicron sub-variant January 23, 2022
     Image Credit:CIPhotos via Getty ImagesStudies are underway to find out the precise characteristics of the latest Covid-19 variant ‘BA.2’. It already accounts for the majority of most recent cases in a number of countries, including India, Denmark and Sweden. But, for French Health Minister Olivier Véran, this sub-variant’s arrival in France is not “a game […]
  • WhatsApp plans transfer of data between Android, iOS devices January 23, 2022
     WhatsApp chat could now be transferred between Android and iOS devices after the Meta-owned messaging app  plans to roll out a new update. This was revealed by the found source code  of WhatsApp 22.74 Beta for iOS. However, the migration process would not be easy and would require both devices to have the app installed and […]
  • Bitcoin Extends Slide, Has Fallen More Than 50% From Record High January 22, 2022
     Bitcoin, the largest digital asset, extended its decline Saturday, and has now shed more than 50% from its record high in November.Bitcoin’s decline since hitting the record has wiped out more than $600 billion in market value, and over $1 trillion has been lost from the aggregate crypto market. While there have been much larger […]
  • Russian c.bank proposes banning cryptocurrencies, crypto mining January 20, 2022
    Representations of virtual cryptocurrencies are seen in this illustration taken November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoRussia's central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.The move is the latest in a global cryptocurrency crackdown as governments from Asia […]
  • EXCLUSIVE TikTok owner ByteDance's revenue growth slowed to 70% in 2021 - sources January 20, 2022
    Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoTikTok owner ByteDance saw its  revenue grow  70% year on year to about $58 billion in 2021,  slower growth than a year earlier as China tightens its regulation of big tech companies.According […]
  • Microsoft-Activision deal gives merger speculators a new darling January 20, 2022
    Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard logo in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationHedge funds, which make profits by speculating on precarious takeovers, got a treat this week when Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) agreed to buy "call of duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for US$68.7 billion dollars in […]
  • AUSTRIA ADDS A LOTTERY TO COVID VACCINE MANDATE January 20, 2022
    A doctor vaccinates a person with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Vienna, Austria April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerAustria's conservative government said  Thursday it was launching a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, hours before parliament passed legislation that would introduce a national vaccination mandate. About 72% of the […]
  • CHEAP VERSION OF MERCK COVID PILL TO BE MADE FOR POORER NATIONS January 20, 2022
    An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERSA UN-backed agency has struck a deal with nearly 30 generic […]
  • Tesla investors urge judge to order Musk repay $13 bln for SolarCity deal January 19, 2022
     REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoTesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge  to find that Elon Musk forced the company's board of directors into a  deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicle maker one of the largest judgments in history paid $13 billion. "This case was always  about whether the […]
  • Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet January 19, 2022
     (Mike Blake, Reuters)Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest-ever and set to be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, will […]
  • WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID, DESKTOP TO GET NEW FEATURES January 19, 2022
    The Android app will get new pencil and drawing  tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app  also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.The instant messaging app is also testing a new emoji message reaction info tab and […]
  • WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters January 19, 2022
    Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini | ReutersAt present, there is no evidence  that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,  World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday. Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the fast-spreading […]
  • Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls January 18, 2022
    Photo credit: Gadgets Now Apple has confirmed that  iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise  during phone calls, including  iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earlier models to improve call quality in noise environment. No reason was given to remove this feature […]
  • Samsung unveils Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU, based on AMD RDNA2 architecture January 18, 2022
    Samsung  today unveiled the Exynos 2200, its latest flagship chipset that will power  Galaxy S22 smartphones in certain regions. The new platform is based on  4nm EUV process technology and comes with a custom GPU called Xclipse. It is based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture and as such is a "single hybrid graphics processor" that offers […]
  • There Are So Many Details From Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ You Probably Missed January 18, 2022
    Photo credit: Marvel StudiosMarvel's Eternals is a very different beast to many other MCU movies; directed by autheor Chloe Zhao,  is a slow-paced, meditative story that explores the emotional toll of immortality on a group of extraterrestrials who have lived on the fringes of human society for millennia. This departure from the familiar house style […]
  • Pfizer CEO: Virus will be here for years but this may be last wave with restrictions January 17, 2022
    Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla speaks during a ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday that while the "most likely scenario" is that the coronavirus will circulate for many years, he believes the current wave of infections will be the last to require restrictions. Bourla […]
  • Warren Buffett says these are the best businesses to own — 3 examples from Berkshire's portfolio January 17, 2022
    Warren Buffett says these are the best businesses to own — 3 examples from Berkshire's portfolioWhile we're constantly bombarded with confusing investment mumbo jumbo, we must never forget that, for the most part, companies  exist for one primary reason: to take capital from investors and make a return on it. For this reason, it makes […]
  • Oppo’s next flagship leaks with OnePlus-esque Hasselblad branding January 17, 2022
    Image Credit: Onleaks Details about Oppo's next flagship  are starting to gather. Multiple leaks suggest it will be called the Find X5 Pro, with a similar design to last year's Find X3 Pro and specs broadly in line with the new OnePlus 10 Pro, now available in China. (OnePlus is now, of course,  treated as an […]