Miscellany

Miscellany

Facebook launches app for watching videos on TV

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will help the social network's users enjoy its videos on a bigger screen.
The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday.
The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline.
Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed have previously played silently — one needed to tap on a video to hear its sound.

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer ‘heading’ fears

Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field.
The small study was the first of its kind, involving post mortems on six men who died with dementia after long careers playing soccer. All were skilled headers of the ball.

Women central bank bosses exceed men in SE Asia

Many hailed Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s 16-year tenure as governor of Malaysia’s central bank as a triumph for gender diversity in Southeast Asia. Turns out it wasn’t such a rarity.
Women have become uniquely well represented throughout the region’s central banks, the latest available data show. They account for almost two thirds of managerial staff in the Philippines, and at least half in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. That compares with much lower figures at their developed-world peers.

Isro set to zoom ahead in space race

India hopes to make history by launching a record 104 satellites from a single rocket on Wednesday as its famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race.
The rocket is set to blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would be carrying a 714 kilogram main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller "nano satellites" which would weigh a combined 664 kilograms.

Deaths from India air pollution rivals China

China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.
The US-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death, with about 2.2 million deaths in China and India.

E-commerce awaits sustainable business model

E-commerce industry is in a mess-- valuations are crumbling, many portals are shutting down and some getting merged with others. Couple of years could be watershed for the sector, but the industry is confident of the inherent strength of the sector and is optimistic that realistic valuations and sustainable business models will emerge at the end of the pain.

Facebook offers music labels as an alternative to YouTube

A parade of up-and-coming musicians from Universal Music took the stage at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Saturday in a pre-Grammy awards performance for a room full of the executives who will make or break their careers.

Humans causing climate change 170 times faster than nature

Humans are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces, warn researchers who have for the first time come up with a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on Earth.
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) examined the Earth system as a single complex system and assessed the impact of human activities on the system's trajectory.

Mark Mobius gung-ho on quick-service restaurants, Bollywood

Domestic demand, fuelled by improved education, rising wages and higher productivity, is generally the bigger economic driver in emerging Asia, says Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s Mark Mobius in a blog post. This, in turn, benefits the entertainment and leisure activities in these economies.

Pages