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India demands ‘strongest action’ from US after Kansas killing

India demanded the “strongest action” from the US government on Sunday after an Indian expatriate was killed and another wounded in a suspected hate crime in the midwestern state of Kansas.
Indians at home and in the United States have expressed shock at the shooting of the two young engineers by a drunk white man who allegedly screamed "Get out of my country!" The two men, who had been living in the US for the last few years, were targeted at a bar in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, late on Wednesday.

Google assistant takes on Apple’s Siri

Five months after introducing its digital assistant, Google is sharing the feature with Android partners, hoping the service can boost its odds to win customers from Apple Inc’s iPhone.

Social media driving Americans insane

If you pull out your phone to check twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read emails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health.

Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in iPhone launch

When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years.

Life expectancy may hit 90 years by 2030

Average life expectancy is set to rise in many countries by 2030 – and will exceed 90 years in S Korea, according to a new st­udy published in the Lancet journal on Wednesday.
The study, led by scientists from Imperial College London and World Health Organisation, analysed long-term data on mortality and longevity trends to predict how life expectancy will change in 35 industrialised countries by 2030.

Facebook’s clones attack Snapchat

Facebook Inc’s attitude toward yo­unger competitor Snap Inc see­ms to be: we can’t have you, so we'll create our own versions of you. Ever since Snap turned down a $3 billion Facebook acquisition offer in 2013, the social media giant has churned out copycat features and full clones of Snapchat.
Not all have worked. Poke, Facebook’s first attempt at creating an app with the same features as Snapchat, was unpopular and, after a few months, was removed from the app store.

WhatsApp to add Snapchat-like features

Now there’s another Facebook Inc app making features that mimic Snapchat.
WhatsApp, the chat application owned by Facebook and used monthly by 1.2 billion people, is adding a built-in camera to let people take photos or videos, and send them directly to their contacts or add them to a “status” update -- similar to Snapchat's “stories”feature.

Transfer money via FB

Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc's chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies.
The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger "chatbot", or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.

SpaceX launches rocket from Nasa pad

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send Nasa astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.
The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 am EST carrying a Dragon cargo ship that holds supplies and science experiments for the station.

Cognizant opens digital business collaboratory in Melbourne

Cognizant on Monday announced that it has opened a Digital Business Collaboratory in Melbourne and Australia. The collaboratory provides a dedicated space, technology, managed innovation process and a team of experts so clients can work with Cognizant and partners to design, prototype and build innovative solutions for the digital economy, the company said in a statement.

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