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Water Flows On Mars, Say Experts

“This is the single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water at Mars that has been discovered by the Opportunity rover”, said an expert from the Cornell University, Steve Squyres, who is serving as a Principal Investigator of Opportunity, while appearing for an interview with the American Geophysical Union.

The expert made the statement in response to an announcement made by scientists claiming to acknowledge several evidences to show existence of water on Mars, identified by a well-traveled NASA Mars rover, on Wednesday.

Around eight years back, the Opportunity rover had landed successfully on Mars and acknowledged a very thin bright mineral vein along with Endeavour, rim of a huge crater. After analyzing the attributes, the experts have notified that the mineral resembles gypsum in a number of properties.

The Opportunity, a golf-cart-size rover, along with its twin Spirit has succeeded to land on Mars in January 2004, as an attempt to complete its hunt to identify the signs of various water activities occurred during the ancient era, particularly on the planet that has a popular name “Red Planet”.

After completing a three-year trek, the Opportunity entered the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater in August and discovered the mineral vein that is believed around 51 centimeters long with identical thickness of a human thumb.

During the last month, the scientists have properly examined the vein with the help of cameras installed in the Opportunity as well as X-ray spectrometer and marked it as a hydrated form of calcium sulfate. Presently, the material is used in the making of drywall and plaster of Paris.

A rover project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Bruce Banerdt, notified some symptoms of advanced age in the robotic arm joints of Opportunity, identical to shoulder of a person living with arthritics.

OnLive Launches iOS and Android Gaming Apps

There’s good news for all you gamers out there as the online gaming world will soon witness a whale of revolution. As per reports, OnLive is all in readiness to launch its ultra-innovative online gaming platform to Android and iOS devices with the release various new apps for both the said platforms.

The OnLive service is highly popular for providing console titles and for making them playable on the internet by the means of renting or buying various fascinating titles. It was zestfully launched in September all over the United Kingdom.

The new apps may well be epochal as they carry complete editions of games such as L. A. Noire and Assassins Creed Revelations to the iPad and iPhone. In addition, it is reported that the apps will even be supported by the majority of smartphones and Android tablets.

Due the preliminary phase of launch, 25 games, counting the aforementioned versions, have been modified for use on a wide variety of touchscreen gadgets.

In the meantime, the entire portfolio of 200 games will be modified so as to make them playable by the means of a fresh Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which will be most probably pegged at around £39.99

All of the modified games will be supporting 3G and Wi-Fi, based on the internet speed.

Though the apps are freebies and anyone can download them with ease, members can even think about paying a monthly subscription fee for a variety of titles. Also, they can even buy passes for unlimited play and can even rent games for a number of days.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, the Founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman said: “Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games – literally to your fingertips – on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime”.

UK Can Expect Kindle Fire by January 2012

Not long ago, Amazon launched its entertainment-oriented, pocket-friendly Fire in US, and the device made a gigantic buzz that claimed it to be the first ever iPad rival in the tech town. No wonder it made people go crazy for getting their hands onto the lovely Kindly Fire, and the Fire caught more fire when CEO Jeff Bezos declared that the device would be pegged at $200 in comparison to Apple’s $500.

Despite all enticing statements, not many words were shared about the release dates of Kindle Fire outside the United States. The tablet is keen on providing downloads of apps, music as well as movies, and there’s no point giving a second thought to the fact that the United States is the focal point of all prime internet services provided by Amazon.

But now, it has been informed by reliable sources that the Kindle Fire will make it to the British market by January and therefore, waiting is perhaps the most advisable thing you can give to all the thrifty shoppers around you.

As per stats, Kindle Fire has been the best-selling product in United States for the last two months, and it is highly being anticipated by market experts and analysts that the Kindle Fire will soon inspire a tremble for the long-running dominance of iPad.

On the other hand, experts are of the view that though Apple’s iPad will retain its ascendancy in IT market during the next year, Kindle Fire is expected to swallow as much as 50% of sales of Android-based tablets.

Though there’s no information on what the price of Fire will be like in the United Kingdom, speculation are on a high that it will be affordable enough and maybe Amazon might sell it at a discount or loss of $3 per unit, in comparison to its price in the United States, since it is vitally a ‘shop front’ focused on digital selling of music, films, books and apps.

HTC Gets In Trouble with IPCom

It has been recently revealed that IPCom Patent firm has asked the cell phone retailers from Germany to halt the sale of HTC phones for the present. They have further threatened them for legal action if their needs are not fulfilled.

This is being done because HTC apparently hasn’t complied with the court ruling that had details on the injunction of the sales. The other action taken by IPCom was that it went to the Mannheim court, so that a fine can be imposed on HTC for not abiding by the necessary rules from the year 2009.

There is an impending fine of millions of Euros that the firm might have to pay in the time to come. This shall not only make for the financial losses for the firm, but also result in damaging the goodwill and the standing of the firm in the global markets.

HTC for now is at an increasing risk and it is essential for now to solve these legal battles as soon as possible because the cut throat competition in the market is ruthless and would excuse the firm for being entangled in other issues and might soon result in losses for the firm.

HTC is already dealing with falling sales needs to hold on firmly to its basics so that it can make a comeback in the time that follows.

There are also claims made by Apple against HTC and they need to be dealt with care so that they don’t damage their finances as well as their image as a brand further.

Market competition as well as the macroeconomic downturn in the world has already rendered an unstable position to the firm, and they need to make sure that the situation doesn’t worsen further.

New Stem Cells Derived, the Ones With the ‘Best Quality’

It has been recently revealed that there has been the development of a new stem cell by the scientists. These stem cells are grown in the lab and are taken from the human embryos. They are apparently of the best quality so far and can help in further research, towards the end of the next year, and would also be able to be used in clinical trials in the time to come.

It has been revealed that the stem cell trials conducted in the past have used research grading of lower quality. These were actually manipulated to make it the ‘clinical grade’. This time however the grade of stem cells used is the best one and they are of the clinical quality and come right from the patients for trials. This is the reason they can do without conversions. These stem cells are also untouched by the animal bi -products that are usually used for the stimulation of growth by other research teams.

“The key here is that these are clinical grade lines, they have been set up from the beginning as lines that do not contain animal products and have not got animal products coming into contact with them”, revealed Professor Peter Braude, one of the leading authors of the team.

It was further revealed that though such researches may have been done in the past by private drug firms, this is the first time it has been conducted on such a large scale, for the aid of public health.

This research might surely benefit the field of regenerative medicine in many ways. It might surely help scientists in developing newer way of cure and treatment for patients in the future.

NASA Claims To Have Identified a New Planet, Kepler-22b

“This discovery shows that we Homo sapiens are straining our reach into the universe to find planets that remind us of home. We are almost there”, said an expert from the University of California, Geoff Marcy, in an email while briefing about the discovery of a latest planet that resembles earth. In addition, the expert has also tagged it as a phenomenal discovery up till now in history.

Further, the experts have notified that the newly identified planet that has reflected all feasible conditions to support life is located outside the solar system. According to astronomers, the planet is smack in the middle of the Goldilocks zone, a difficult location to be acknowledged easily, although, possessing feasible environmental for life conditions that are not cold or hot, extremely. Scientists have notified that it has 72 degrees temperature, identical to the surface of a shopping mall.

On Monday, the NASA officials have confirmed the discovery of new planet along with other discoveries such as Kepler telescope. The high potential telescope was launched during the planet-hunting mission, observed in 2009.

This is for the first time, when scientists have acknowledged any planet in the inhabitable zone for Kepler. The new planet is named as Kepler-22b and possess some similar features that of earth, although, circles a star identical to sun along with same distance, approximately. Besides environmental conditions, it is believed to have one year of 290 days, very close to the year of earth.

The Kepler Deputy Science Chief, Natalie Batalha, notified that the planet has also displayed some tough conditions such as its size and notified that it is approximately 2.4 times more as compared to the size of earth. Further, the expert has anticipated possibilities that it can support an environment like gas-and-liquid Neptune.

Virgin Media to Boost Its Services

It has been reported that Virgin Media Inc, has introduced a unique network capacity package which will be simpler in use for the telecoms services. Virgin Media is hopeful that through this initiative it will be able to attract cost conscious companies.

Virgin Media Inc is famous for providing TV, broadband and telephony to consumers. It has been informed that vigorous and huge staff together with high data intake devices has led to costly upgradation.

Therefore, Virgin Media has decided to introduce three packages which will be cost effective. The three packages will have variant speed levels which will provide the companies room to upgrade their network needs.

Virgin Media Business’s managing director, Mark Heraghty informed, “This will take the guesswork out of things. People are always trying to plan capacity and they’re trying to optimize their cost position”. Virgin Media is not leaving any opportunity as it believes that it can attract a large number of companies.

The wireless technology has already attracted many consumers. These days, a larger number of populations are connecting internet through wireless technology. Therefore, Virgin has planned to introduce miniature transceivers which uses mobile phone signal.

Virgin is of the view that soon in the coming times, wireless networks would become overloaded. There are a large number of internet service providers who relies upon cable for its durability. The aim of the Virgin is to bring in faster networking services which could substitute use public or private Wi-Fi hotspots.

It has been informed that as more and more people are opting for wireless network and Wi-Fi hotspots, there is a possibility that in the coming times, the quality of these networks will decline. The over crowdedness has already starting taking toll over student halls of residence and hotels.

Blackstone Group, Bain Capital Mulling Joint Yahoo Bid, says Report

There are media speculations that Blackstone Group and Bain Capital are mulling the option to buy Yahoo Inc for about $25 billion. However, there is no confirmation yet from any of the sides. It has also been said that the duo would be approaching Asian partners, including China’s Alibaba Group and Japan’s Softbank Corp, to make a bid for the same.

For long, the share of the company had been stable at $20 per share, and if this figures is quoted, then the worth of the deal is somewhat closer to $25 billion.

It has been known that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has long been trying to buy back a 40% stake gained by Yahoo, but will it go for this bid is yet not known. The company which has been battling tough competition from Google Inc. and Facebook in growing Internet ad market has been going through rough patch off lately.

“Alibaba Group has not made a decision to be part of a whole company bid for Yahoo”, said Alibaba Group spokesman, John Spelich, when asked about the media reports.

It has been known that the company had been mooting on this option since the time the Internet Company booted out its CEO Carol Bartz. So far, none of the directors have come out to confirm on any such option, Tim Morse, Yahoo’s chief financial officer, has been handling the responsibilities of the CEO. There are possibilities that new CEO is roped in for the same position.

There are others like Silver Lake Partners, Providence Equity Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co who are trying to get hand on the stake of the company. While the news has certainly raised hopes of the investors, shares of the company moved up by 6% $16.72 in extended trading.

Duqu Attackers: Master Coders, Linux rookies

Post the revelation that 12 known command-and-control (C&C) servers for Duqu were found with all files deleted on Oct. 20, 2011, it has been confirmed that there is no more hacking being done. This revelation has been made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

It has been found that as soon as the attackers got to know about the Duqu Trojan in October, they secretly tried to remove every single trace of their activity from all their command and control servers.

It is being believed that Duqu is a Trojan horse-based botnet which shares common code and characteristics with Stuxnet. Being developed by hackers, Duqu is told to be attacked by some other country which could have vested interest in the files stores in the Linux servers.

There were reports earlier about Stuxnet which had destroyed Iran’s nuclear program, but Duqu was not made for that purpose. It was made to keep a track on vulnerable installations and computer networks which could trigger the development of another worm targeting industrial control systems.

It has come to the notice during the investigation that hackers had removed every single server they had used as far back as 2009, and further, they checked it again if they have deleted all the stuff perfectly or not.

“The logical assumption here is that we’re looking at possibly a vulnerability in the older version and/or an added feature in the new version that’s of use to the attacker”, said Roel Schouwenberg, a Kaspersky senior researcher. It has been known that along with the command and control servers in India and Belgium, Duqu had been associated with servers in Vietnam and the Netherlands,

As of now, no clue about the hackers behind Duqu and Stuxnet is found as they planned their each move very smartly, however, significant efforts have been made by Kaspersky researchers on the same.

Surging Elective Surgeries Affecting Waiting Time

A recent report has highlighted that the waiting time period at the public hospitals for elective surgery are still higher. The MyHospital website has recently revealed that public hospitals are doing quite well in performing elective surgeries. However, it was also noted that the patients seeking elective surgery at public hospital are made to wait longer.

In the last five years, the admission to elective surgery, in the public hospital has increase by 2.5% as about 621,000 patients have contacted public hospital for elective surgery. It has been informed that 50% of the patients were made to wait more than 36 days to go for the surgery.

Longer waiting period can leave dire effect over the health of the patients. However, the good news is that fewer patients, as compared to earlier, are waiting longer for elective surgery. Since 2007, public hospitals have operated
130,000 elective surgeries.

It has further been revealed by MyHospital website that the emergency departments of Australia are becoming quite busier. There is need to large number of patients could be provide with treatment.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that with the pursuit of bringing awareness among people about health care importance a competition is being organized. The competition is mainly for the people residing in the rural areas of Australia.

The competition is being organized by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) in collaboration with Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Both the organizations work towards promoting health care. The NRHA, is non-government body, it aims at promoting health and wellbeing at remote and rural areas of Australia.

The winner of the competition will be gifted with $1000. It is open for all creative people. Moreover, the picture of the winner would be imprinted on the AIHW’s next year publications.