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Pebble updates bring support for 80 languages and notifications for all ...

The Pebble smartwatch continues to be one of the best wearables for use with the iPhone and Android smartphones. Pebbles are even better today with the new version 2.8 firmware that brings support for 80 languages and Android notification support for all apps. Featured Review Amazon Echo review: A perfect 10 Pebble's new expanded language support includes languages from A to Z. It's actually quite an amazing list of languages, most of which I have never even heard of before. Some images on the Pebble site show the ways that the different language notifications appear on a Pebble. The Android App 2.1 release is something I have been wanting for a while now. I didn't like that only some of my apps were able to get notifications on my Pebble. By opening up Pebble notifications to all apps, Pebble set the bar for an Android smartwatch. Kean Wong, VP of Software Engineering, stated: This new app has been the culmination of months of work by our fantastic Android team to re-build our Android app, focused on notification improvements, increasing stability and performance, and providing a solid platform for the long roadmap of great new features we have planned. Full notifications support, is a significant improvement—one we’ll build on to provide more amazing notification features soon. The Pebble site states that the Android 2.1 app will be a phased roll-out on the Google Play Store, but as soon as I checked my app was updated. Try checking for an u...  

150 mobile phones seized from prisons in North East, government figures reveal

Prison staff have seized 150 mobile phones smuggled into North East prisons in the last year, figures show. HMP Northumberland had the greatest number of the banned phones seized from inmates in the North East with 130 found in 2013. There were 20 phones seized from HMP Durham but no phones were seized from the high security HMP Frankland - which is one of the most secure in the country - or from inmates at HMP Low Newton. It is illegal for inmates to have mobile phones or sim cards while serving a custodial sentence and anyone found with a phone can be given extra jail time for the offence. The figures were released by Prisons Minister Andrew Selous revealed following a parliamentary written question submitted by Jim Cunningham, Labour MP for Coventry South. HMP Northumberland had the 19th highest number of phones seized out of the 138 jails in England and Wales. A spokesperson for Sodexo Justice Services, who run the prison, said: “The smuggling of mobile phones is a challenge faced not only by HMP Northumberland but by all prisons, and we continue to invest resources into stopping mobile phones getting into the prison. “Any allegation of mobile phone use inside HMP Northumberland is always fully investigated.” Nationally HMP Kirkham, in Lancashire, had the highest number of phones seized with 488 sim cards and mobiles seized - more than 200 more than from any other institution. Mr Selous said: “This Government is clamping down on the use of mob...  

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78. Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Barry was first elected mayor in 1978 after building a political career as an official of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and a local activist in Washington. Re-elected in 1982 and 1986, he was dubbed ‘‘Mayor For Life.’’ ‘‘I want to take the boards off of houses and put people in them,’’ he said shortly after being sworn in in 1979. ‘‘I want to provide minimal care for all people, regardless of their financial situation. And I want to live out (Dr. Martin Luther) King’s legacy of peace, brotherhood and survival.’’ But he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison. Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career ...  

Health Sense: Health insurance still 'velvet handcuffs' stalling retirement

More than 10 million Americans gained health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act marketplace or Medicaid expansion, according to researchers from Harvard University and the federal government.Yet plenty of people who want to retire but are too young for Medicare — which generally starts at age 65 — still say they can’t stop working because they feel they must hold onto employer coverage.They are people like Renee Funseth, 62, of Belleville, a medical coder at St. Mary’s Hospital.Funseth has diabetes. Her husband, who is retired but works part time, has prostate cancer. The cost of his twice-yearly injections, which seem to be containing the cancer, went up from $3,000 last year to $11,000 this year. The spike in cost reinforced Funseth’s conclusion that she must keep working even though she wants to stop.“Health insurance benefits are the velvet handcuffs for many who would like to retire,” she said.One hope — or fear, depending on your perspective — of Obamacare is that it would make people less reliant on jobs for insurance.That may be true for some people, but Funseth said she couldn’t find an affordable plan on the marketplace, or exchange, at healthcare.gov.Her retirement income would prevent her from getting a subsidy. She would pay nearly $500 a month for individual coverage with a deductible of $6,200, she said.Her husband Don, 67, would go on full Medicare if she retired....  

From Jinping to Obama: Here's how the world still hyphenates India with Pakistan

United States President Barack Obama telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday to inform him about his decision to visit India as chief guest of the Indian Republic Day.Chinese President Xi Jinping had planned to visit Pakistan in September this year just before he had paid his maiden visit to India but had to cancel the trip at the eleventh hour because of volatile political situation in Pakistan.US President Barack Obama. AFPChinese Premier Li Keqiang had made India the destination of his first foreign visit in May 2013 but had proceeded straight to Pakistan after concluding his India visit.Nawaz Sharif expectedly adopted the me-too approach and asked Obama to visit Pakistan also but Obama did not make any commitment. Sample the quote of the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office: "The President (Obama) also assured the Prime Minister (Sharif) that he would undertake a visit to Pakistan at an early date, as soon as the situation normalizes in the country."And if Japan promised $35 billion investment in India for the next five years when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan in August-September, China too has committed to invest $45.6 billion for economic corridor in Pakistan over the next six years when Sharif recently visited China.The political message emanating from this is clear: the world is still hyphenating India with Pakistan.Pakistan may be going through the self-destruct mode with myriads of problems. Top foreign leaders may be avoiding visit...  

Dr Ian Lisle defies the odds with oesophageal cancer

"You've got to keep living": oesophageal cancer sufferer Ian Lisle at home in Weetangera. Photo: Rohan Thomson Mathematics professor Dr Ian Lisle was told his oesophageal cancer was incurable in 2011, but he's defied the odds and now he will share his story at a GI Cancer Institute forum into the "forgotten" gastrointestinal cancers. Gastrointestinal (GI), or digestive tract, cancers are the most common form of cancer, affecting 23,000 Australians a year and claiming 29 lives a day, but research shows initiatives to fight the diseases are under-funded compared with their impact.  Unlike breast and prostate cancers which have an average five-year survival rate of around 90 per cent, the survival rate for most GI cancers is just 54 per cent. Although he puts a lot of it down to luck, the University of Canberra lecturer said he worked hard to do everything he could to fight the disease when he was diagnosed close to five years ago after feeling progressively weaker. Advertisement "It turned out I was weak from having a cancer that was bleeding," he said. "Some of these [GI] cancers don't show many symptoms until they're quite advanced." Dr Lisle hopes to pass on some of the lessons he has learnt at Tuesday's forum. "It's pretty bewildering for newly diagnosed patients… not only the emotional turmoil of the cancer diagnosis but suddenly you're immersed in health system," he said. "[GI cancers] are underfunded compared to the number of deaths they cause because the su...  

Ultra-Orthodox paper urges readers not to employ Arabs

Following the recent controversial decision by Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni to halt all construction work performed by Arab laborers near the city's kindergartens, an ultra-Orthodox newsletter featured a plea to readers to avoid employing Arabs as well. The request reads, "Whoever can delicately avoid employing [people] like that, and especially if they can instead employ their fellow Jews, should understand that it is worth the financial loss. And that is our duty at this time. "Blood and tears, holiness and purity have no price. If we all do this, maybe they will also understand that their terrible behavior comes at a hefty price." The article further reads, "We have all shown a preference for our cheaper cousin Ahmed. ... They do not wander about on the sidelines as they once did. "On the contrary, this is a young, confident generation that expects us to look left and right constantly out of fear." ...  

eToro courts Russian, Chinese currency traders, and investors

A month after it began offering traders the opportunity to invest in currency futures for the Russian ruble and Chinese yuan, social investing platform eToro is reportedly set to accept investments from Russia’s Sberbank and China’s Ping An investment firm – both of which have recently invested in a number of Israeli ventures. None of the organizations involved have commented on the report, which first appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week. eToro, created by Israeli brothers Yoni and Ronen Assia, is today a global corporation with offices in New York, Australia, India, and Cyprus, as well as in Tel Aviv. Called by some “Israel’s biggest export,” eToro boasts millions of users in over 80 countries. “We’re now the largest social investment network in the world,” Yoni Assia told The Times of Israel in a recent interview. “We’re proud of having built a big international company that caters to people from all over the world.” eToro is one of a number of new social investing platforms that rely on the “wisdom of crowds” to dispense advice and guidance to users. eToro’s specialty is foreign currency trading, with users flipping dollars for euros for pounds for yen, and so on. Users can see the recent trades made on the platform, and how successful or unsuccessful each position was. eToro’s main feature is its “OpenBook Network,” ...  

India tea workers kill owner in pay dispute in West Bengal

India's tea industry employs millions of workers Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India have killed the owner during negotiations over a pay dispute. The owner of the Sonali tea estate in West Bengal was dragged out of talks on the payment of arrears. He died after being beaten up and stabbed by a crowd. Police say the owner had come to pacify angry workers who had reportedly not been paid for two or three months. Correspondents say many workers in India's tea plantations are malnourished and poorly paid. Several incidents of attacks on tea executives by workers have been reported in recent years. In 2012 a tea plantation owner and his wife were burned to death in the neighbouring state of Assam. Indian is the world's second-largest tea producer after China. ...  

Australian cricketers on top of the world after win against South Africa

Australia is the number one ODI team after the win against South Africa. (9NEWS) Wide World of Sports James Faulkner hit a boundary to give Australia a two-wicket victory with five balls to spare in a tense finish to the fifth one-day international against South Africa in Sydney.The Australians moved to the top of the ICC one-day rankings by reaching a rain-reduced target of 275 for eight after the Proteas had scored 280 for six. They won the series 4-1. Wide World of Sports @WWOS9 "There's the finisher! He's done it again." - @mj_slats. @CricketAus are the #1 ODI team! #AUSvSA #WWOS http://t.co/rXKd97aYkP View on Twitter South African star Faf du Plessis provided his teammate with the easiest of catches after an incredibly athletic assist on the boundary line.Footage of Aaron Finch’s remarkable dismissal shows the hard-hitting opener smash a lofted cover drive off spinner Robin Peterson.Fielding at long-off, du Plessis charges to his left and takes the catch over his head as he heads toward the boundary. It is then that he shows remarkable awareness and poise by back-flicking the ball up to his teammate, Rilee Rossouw, who pockets the easiest of catches after running around from the cover boundary.Such was the brilliance of du Plessis, that the bowler Peterson can be seen saying an apology of sorts to Finch. Glenn McGrath @glennmcgrath11 Congratulations to Australia on becoming the No.1 ODI team in the world after beating South Africa 4-1 #AUSvSA ...  


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