Facebook Sparks Outrage as It Removes Swedish Breast Cancer Video

Facebook Sparks Outrage as It Removes Swedish Breast Cancer Video

Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden because it deemed the images “offensive”, the Swedish Cancer Society said Thursday.

The video, displaying animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, aimed to explain to women how to check for suspicious lumps.

Sweden’s Cancerfonden said it has tried to contact Facebook without any response and has decided to appeal the decision to remove the video.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

“We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive,” Cancerfonden communications director Lena Biornstad told AFP.

“This is information that saves lives, which is important for us,” she said. “This prevents us from doing so.”

Facebook faced outrage in September for repeatedly deleting a historic Vietnam War photo included in a post by Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

It said the iconic photo of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm bombing violated its rules but later backtracked on the decision.


Samsung Scraps Foldable Smartphone’s Launch Over Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Said to Launch Only 1 Flagship Smartphone a Year From 2017

  • Samsung plans only one flagship a year now
  • This is being done to maintain quality control
  • It may mean a delay in the launch of Samsung’s rumoured foldable phone

Over the past five years, Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets have been the company’s mainstays in the second half of the year, while the Galaxy S series smartphones have done duty in the first half. However, this arrangement may be about to change and the company completely scrapping a flagship for the second half of the year.

Still dealing with the fallouts of the disaster that is theGalaxy Note 7, Samsung has reportedly decided to launch only one flagship smartphone a year. This information comes courtesy reports by reputed South Korean publications Sammobile and Korea Herald, both citing the news outlet Newsis.

Samsung has apparently decided to stick to only one flagship model for the year so that it can ensure that product quality is not compromised. The Galaxy Note 7 explosions have been attributed to faulty batteries, though it said that the company is still looking for a reason for the sudden fires.

Not only does this plan affect the fate of the future Galaxy Note devices, which reportedly has already been killed off, but it also means bad tidings for the company’s plans for a foldable smartphone. Samsung has long been rumoured to be working on a flagship smartphone with a foldable Oled screen; unlike devices with curved screens, this handset is said to be sport the clamshell form factor, but can be turned into a standard phone when needed.

If Samsung indeed plans to scrap a second flagship series starting 2017, this may also mean at least a delay in the launch of the foldable smartphone.

However, all hope is not lost. The Newsis report says that the company has not notified its suppliers of any change in schedule. This is a significant factor as scrapping a flagship model has a direct impact on the suppliers.

Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S8, on the other hand, are still said to be on track. The smartphone isrumoured to be launched on February 26 next year, just ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is said to have a 16- or 18-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back; rumours point to the end of Home button on Samsung phones with the launch of Galaxy S8.


ZTE Nubia Z11 mini Launched in India at Rs. 12,999

ZTE Nubia Z11 mini Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features
The smartphone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera
It will be exclusively available via Amazon India
The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini packs a 2800mAh battery
After launching the ZTE Blade V6 (Review) in India, the company has now announced that it is bringing the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini to the country. The smartphone supports VoLTE, has a full-HD display, fingerprint sensor, and is powered by an octa-core processor. The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini is priced at Rs. 12,999 and will be available exclusively via Amazon India from October 21 in Black and White colour variants.

The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini was first unveiled in China in April this year, and was priced at CNY 1,499 (approximately Rs. 15,000). The smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner at the back, and it can be used for multiple functions like as a camera shutter button or for taking screenshots.

The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 6P lens, autofocus, and LED flash. There is an 8-megapixel front camera also on board. The company also claims that the smartphone carries ZTE’s new phone professional photography system called “NeoVision 5.8”.

As for other specifications, the smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. Under the hood, the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini is powered by an octa-core (4~CHECK~1.5GHz Cortex A53+ 4~CHECK~1.2GHz Cortex A53) Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) processor paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).
The ZTE Nubia Z11 mini sports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Nano + Nano), which means the second SIM card slot also doubles up as the microSD card slot. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Nubia UI 3.9.6 skin on top. The handset is backed by a 2800mAh non-removable battery.

Connectivity options on the ZTE Nubia Z11 mini include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB v2.0 (with USB OTG), GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and Glonass connectivity. It measures 141.4x70x8mm, and weighs 138 grams.

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Schiaparelli Lander Reaches Mars Surface but Final Fate Uncertain

Schiaparelli Lander Reaches Mars Surface but Final Fate Uncertain
A European space lander reached Mars on Wednesday in what scientists hope will mark a major milestone in exploration of the Red Planet, but whether it touched down on the surface in good working condition was far from certain.

Older European and US spacecraft already in orbit relayed data of the lander’s six-minute descent. Then the transmission stopped, leaving questions over what state the disc-shaped 577kg (1,272lb) Schiaparelli probe was in.

(Also see: Europe Heads to Mars in Search of Life)

“It is clear that these are not good signs,” said Paolo Ferri, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) head of mission operations.

However, the primary part of the mission, bringing the lander’s mothership into orbit around Mars to search for signs of life, was a success, the agency said.

“To fly to Mars is a very big challenge. To fly and be in safe orbit is a very big challenge,” ESA Director General Jan Woerner said at ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Schiaparelli, which is testing technologies for a rover due to follow in 2020, represents only the second European attempt to land a craft on the Red Planet.

A Schiaparelli crash could impact plans for the 2020 rover, though that mission is now using a different type of landing system, ESA scientist Olivier Witasse said during a webcast press conference at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pasadena, California.

“The design of the system has changed over the last few years … We will not reuse all the technology from Schiaparelli, so it will impact, but not dramatically, if there is a failure with Schiaparelli,” Witasse said.

ESA said more information about Schiaparelli should be available on Thursday, when scientists have had a chance to analyse data from the orbiting craft.

“Cross your fingers, we still have hope,” Woerner said.

Landing on Mars, currently some 35 million miles (56 million km) away from its nearest planetary neighbour Earth, is a notoriously difficult task that has thwarted a single previous effort by Europe, most of Russia’s probes and given US space agency Nasa trouble as well.
The planet’s hostile environment has not detracted from its allure, with US President Barack Obama recently highlighting his pledge to send people to the surface by the 2030s.

“With this mission we’re laying the foundation for going there,” astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is set to become the first German commander of the International Space Station in 2018, told Reuters TV.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonising the planet, and the US. entrepreneur has said he would like to launch the first crew as early as 2024.

Sign of life?
The primary goal of ExoMars, the European-Russian programme that launched Schiaparelli, is to find out whether life has ever existed on Mars.

The spacecraft on which the lander travelled, Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), carries an atmospheric probe to study trace gases such as methane around the planet.

Scientists believe that methane, a chemical that on Earth is strongly tied to life, could stem from micro-organisms that either became extinct millions of years ago and left gas frozen below the planet’s surface, or that some methane-producing organisms still survive.

“If there is life in our solar system beyond Earth, then Mars is the most interesting planet,” ESA’s Woerner told Reuters TV.

The second part of the ExoMars mission, delayed to 2020 from 2018, will deliver a European rover to Mars. It will be the first with the ability to both move across the planet’s surface and drill into the ground to collect and analyse samples.

The ExoMars 2016 mission is led by the European Space Agency (ESA), with Russia’s Roscosmos supplying the launcher and two of the four scientific instruments on the trace gas orbiter. The prime contractor is Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales TCFP.PA and Finmeccanica SIFI.MI.

The cost of the ExoMars mission to ESA, including the second part due in 2020, is expected to be about EUR 1.3 billion ($1.4 billion or roughly Rs. 9,344 crores). Russia’s contribution comes on top of that.

Keep Your Air Compressor Tuned for Maximum Performance

Air compressors play an important role in the way many businesses function today. Along with hydraulic and electrical power, pneumatics provides much of the power to help machines do their jobs. Compressed air is also frequently used for cleaning activities like blowing chips out of a fixture in preparation for loading the next part.

Individuals who underestimate the importance of compressed air in the modern world should simply look at their tires the next time they get in their cars to go somewhere. If it were not for compressed air, they would go nowhere, because the tires would be flat.

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In addition to heavy industrial use, compressed air is used in the garage at home, in many cases. Not only is it critical in keeping the tires at the proper air pressure, but many power tools are powered by air.

The key to having a dependable compressed air supply is proper maintenance of the compressors. One of the simplest things you can do for your equipment is to make sure the air compressor filters are changed according to schedule. Companies like Industrial Air Supplies can help you select the right filter for your application and advise you regarding the appropriate frequency for filter changes.

A clogged up air filter will interfere with the compressor’s ability to compress the air. Air flow into the compressor will be limited, and there will be less air to compress with each stroke of the compressor. As a result, the compressor will have to work harder to get the same results. This can lead to premature failure of other critical components that keep your compressor running.

In addition to causing the compressor to run inefficiently, a dirty filter can let dirt pass through the air intake and into the air supply. The result of this is contaminants that can cause damage to other equipment or, in some cases, injury.

A filter that has been left on the air compressor for too long can become damaged to the point that it interferes with the function of the air compressor oil separator. It will also significantly reduce the life of the separator. Just like your car needs its air filter replaced occasionally for the engine to run efficiently, you air compressor needs the same thing to ensure a clean air supply when you use your unit.

PlayStation VR Works With Xbox One, Windows PC, and Wii U; Just Not How You’d Expect

PlayStation VR Works With Xbox One, Windows PC, and Wii U; Just Not How You'd ExpectPS VR displays 2D content when used with a Wii U, Xbox One or Windows PC
You will not be able to derive native VR with these devices
Suffice to say it should function this way with other HDMI devices too
With the PlayStation VR (PS VR) hitting store shelves this week, some users have gone beyond using it with the PS4.

Reports have been trickling in of Sony’s maiden VR effort working on the Wii U and the Xbox One, as well as the Windows PC. Doing so on Nintendo’s soon to be obsolete console lets you play games as you would on a bigger screen as it did on the Xbox One. It even booted up on a Windows desktop when on PC.

(Also see: PlayStation VR India Launch to Be ‘Confirmed in Due Time’; Public Demos Set for IGX 2016)

Don’t expect content from the aforementioned device to be in native VR though. It simply displays regular 2D content from standard HDMI inputs.

While the rest of the world is busy tinkering with PS VR, Sony is giving India its first taste of the device this weekend, hinting at an India release date soon.


“For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to them the amazing experience that PS VR offers. The launch date will be confirmed in due course of time,” said Robert Fisser, VP and General Manager (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, India), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe in a prepared statement earlier this week.

In our initial impressions, we noted that PS VR, while being an intriguing piece of kit, isn’t exactly the game changer we hoped it would be. It will be interesting to see if the final version of the device changes our mind when we check it out.

Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco Sees Nearly 40 Percent Vow to Never Buy a Samsung Phone Again

Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco Sees Nearly 40 Percent Vow to Never Buy a Samsung Phone Again: Survey
Samsung recently killed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone
Google’s Pixel and iPhone 7 series will gain from Note 7 fiasco
Many consumers in survey claimed will never buy another Samsung phone
After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, many current Samsung smartphone users say they won’t buy another smartphone from the company and will go for offerings from other companies, claims a survey conducted in the US. Branding Brand, which usually releases periodic surveys to understand the mobile shopping experience, has come out with shocking revelation for Samsung.


According to the survey, 40 percent of existing Samsung smartphone users “won’t buy another phone from the brand” and this was 6 percent more than since the first week of the phone’s US recall last month. Out of the people surveyed, 30 percent of current Samsung smartphone consumers said that “they’ve only ever owned that brand of phone.”
Of the 40 percent of Samsung smartphone users who said they will not buy another smartphone from the company, 8 percent said they will buy a Google Pixel smartphone – a new trend in user preference since the Google phones were only unveiled earlier this month. 30 percent said they will switch to an iPhone. Notably, this was down from 34 percent surveyed in September, with more users probably headed to the new Google offering. 62 percent said they would would buy an Android smartphone from a brand other than Google or Samsung – up from 57 percent last month.

Samsung recently announced that it will kill the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as it was unable to fix the fire issue that led it to recall it twice. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has no doubt become one of the biggest debacles in the company’s history, and if a new survey is to be believed, the fire incidents have made a major dent in the brand.

Branding Brand conducted its first such survey to see how current Samsung consumers were losing confidence in the brand last month. For the second and latest survey, 1,000 users, aged between 18-65, who currently owned a Samsung smartphone participated.

Obama Shakes Mind-Controlled Robot Hand Wired to Sense Touch

Obama Shakes Mind-Controlled Robot Hand Wired to Sense Touch

A paralysed man shared a handshake with President Barack Obama on Thursday by using a mind-controlled robotic arm that, in a first for medical research, is helping to restore his sense of touch.

Obama fist-bumped Nathan Copeland’s robotic hand, and tiny chips implanted in Copeland’s brain let him use his thoughts to move the Star Trek-looking metal arm attached to his wheelchair – and also let him feel subtle pressure in his own fingers when the artificial ones were touched.

He had “pretty impressive precision,” Obama said. “When I’m moving the hand, it is also sending signals to Nathan so he is feeling me touching or moving his arm.”

The president congratulated the University of Pittsburgh researchers who are developing the technology, saying, “what a story.”

The research is part of a quest to make artificial limbs that can feel. On Thursday, the Pittsburgh team reported important early findings: When they blindfolded Copeland, he could correctly identify which robotic finger they touched 84 percent of the time.

“The majority of them, it felt like a pressure or a tingling” in his own corresponding finger, said Copeland, 30, of Dunbar, Pennsylvania, who was left paralysed after a car accident. When a researcher touched two fingers at the same time, “I just laughed and I said, ‘Are you trying to be tricky or something?”

Preparing to show the president how the cutting-edge research worked, Copeland said he was “circling between excited and nervous every half-hour.”

Harnessing brain waves to power prosthetics is a hot field, with a goal of giving the disabled more independence and improving artificial limbs for amputees as well. Headlines in recent years have reported experiments that let paralysed people move a robotic arm to touch a loved one or take a drink simply by imagining the motion. Their thoughts activate brain implants that relay electrical signals needed to command movement. The signals are transmitted through a computer to the robotic limb.

What’s new is recreating sensation using this brain-controlled technology. After all, proper motion depends on more than muscle movement. Reach for something and that sense of touch helps you naturally grasp with just enough force to hang on while not either dropping something or crushing it.

“It’s not only that emotional connection we get,” said Robert Gaunt, a Pittsburgh assistant professor of rehabilitation who led the new study. “People have an incredibly difficult time interacting with objects, picking objects up, manipulating them, doing fairly basic things with the hand if they don’t have a very basic sense of touch.”

Step one is placing sensors in prosthetics. The next hurdle is how to allow feedback to and from those sensors. For amputees, some scientists are attempting to wire nerves left in the remaining part of the person’s natural limb directly to the robotic arm.

That’s not possible if a spinal cord injury has interrupted the messages that normally flash between the hand and the brain. But previous monkey research had suggested brain implants could bridge that gap. So surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implanted electrodes in the part of Copeland’s brain that controls what his hands feel.

Electrically stimulating those cells worked even though the car wreck that left Copeland mostly paralysed happened over a decade ago, Gaunt noted.

“This shows you can get natural sensation” through the brain implant, added Pittsburgh neurobiologist Andrew Schwartz.

Thursday’s report in Science Translational Medicine details the first six months of experiments after Copeland received the brain implants in March 2015. The ongoing research is becoming more sophisticated, as he picks up objects while the electrodes stimulate different amounts of force, Copeland said in a phone interview.

While the work is in just one patient, it’s a step toward creating touch capability, said Richard Andersen, a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology whose team also studies mind-controlled prosthetics and is about to begin a similar experiment.

“It still needs to be determined if this tactile feedback will improve performance” in using the robotic arm, Andersen cautioned.

Copeland doesn’t get to take the robotic arm home but is proud of helping to advance the science.

“Technically when it’s over, I will have netted nothing except having done some cool stuff with some cool people,” Copeland said. “It’s cheesy, but Luke Skywalker loses his hand and then basically the next day he’s got a robot one and it’s working fine. We have to get to that point, and to do that, someone has to start it.”


Nokia D1C May Not Be a Smartphone at All

Nokia D1C Is a 13.8-Inch Android Tablet, Suggests Latest Benchmark Listing
Nokia D1C is a 13.8-inch Android tablet
The tablet is tipped to have a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display
Earlier reports suggested the device to be a smartphone
Nokia’s return to the smartphone market is eagerly awaited by everyone; this is precisely why the listing of company’s recently spotted D1C device on benchmark site GFX Bench is likely to disappoint many. As per the listing, the D1C is a 13.8-inch Android tablet, and not a smartphone as anticipated earlier.

Earlier this month, the specifications of a Nokia D1C device were leaked via benchmark site Geekbench, which interestingly, didn’t provide the size of the screen on the device at the time. However, a new listing on GFX Bench clarifies the display size, and tips other specifications. The Nokia D1C listing on GFX Bench suggests that the device will sport a 13.8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and that it will be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also tips that the tablet will run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Nokia D1C is expected to come with an inbuilt storage of 16GB. In terms of optics, the tablet has been tipped to pack a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front.
If real, the Nokia D1C will be the second Android tablet by the company as it has already launched tablet N1 previously.

In May, Nokia signed a deal with Finnish firm HMD Global to make Nokia-branded Android smartphones and tablets for the next 10 years. Since then, leaks have suggested that the company will be coming out with two phones this year with screen sizes of 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch. The smartphones were suggested to sport 2K resolution (QHD) displays and were tipped to come with IP68 certification, which effectively means they will be highly resistant to water and dust on the similar lines to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.

Natural And Herbal Cure For Enhancing Memory

According to a research conducted by Langone Medical Center that between 35- 50% of aging people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These diseases are related to mental functions which are deteriorated with the advancing age. This leads to memory loss and decreased concentration level.

Young people may also get affected by memory loss, there are several reasons responsible for this. This may be due to continuous stress, side effects of certain medicines and due to some diseases also. Anything which affects the blood flow to the brain can be responsible for this disease. You can try a couple of natural remedies for your memory. These remedies have the adequate amount of vitamins required for your brain. You can consume the natural remedies which are combined with Red Panax Ginseng.

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Ways to Boost Memory Power

There are many natural ways by which you can boost your memory power. This includes eating a healthy diet and taking part in those brain exercises and activities which can improve memory.

  • When you are socially active, you have to interact with different people and remember their names. Talking with them on different topics will help you to remember several things. Socializing is also considered a good brain enhancing exercise by experts.
  • You are supposed to take part in stimulating activities to keep your mind active. Fill crossword puzzles; learn a new language or learning a musical instrument will also help in this regard.
  • Take part in systematic exercises which are specially selected for hormonal secretion to improve brain’s health. You can also take part in cardiovascular exercises.
  • Yoga, deep breathing technique is also beneficial.

Experts also suggest tryingmeditation; this also enhances memory. Moreover, there are many researches going to find out how much meditation can help in improving memory and how much result memory loss patients can draw?

Natural Cures

  • You are supposed to stay away from those issues which can cause stress.
  • Take at least eight hours of quality sleep every night.
  • Drink plenty of water, this will throw out the toxins from your body
  • Smoking and drinking bring negative effect on your body as well as on your mind. Smoking shrinks the blood vessels; narrowed blood vessels cannot give proper supply to your brain.
  • You are supposed to go out and take part in physical activities. Try to enjoy your life to its fullest.
  • Regular physical activity and exercise are a must. 30 minutes of regular exercise can bring promising results.
  • Consume natural antioxidants to throw away the toxins from your body.
  • Take part in social activities, this will keep you happy and active.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial in enhancing memory. You can eat salmon, olive oil and nuts.


Important Herb

No need to mention that herbs can improve the mental health naturally. Bacopamonneri is known as the best herb to enhance memory power. Nearly all the brain tonics use this herb combined with Red Panax Ginseng as the main ingredient. This herb will not only improve your memory, but it will also improve the intelligence level. Patients of insomnia can consume this. This herb is known for its positive effects on the brain and nervous system which improves absentmindedness and forgetfulness.