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Deepening the mystery: Snapchat has 'plans' for Windows Phone app

Windows Phone is known to have a substantial app gap when compared to rival platforms like iOS and Android. One of the most notable absences is Snapchat who have continually refused to come to Windows but an unexpected tweet has suggested that may change.

Windows 10 will be able to run Android and iOS apps

Microsoft has confirmed at the Build developer conference that Windows 10 will be capable of running apps originally written for Android and iOS. The feature will make it easier for app creators to bring their designs over to Microsoft's platform.

Google reveals more on how 'Project Loon' balloon Internet works

Google has released a new video showing how it intends Project Loon to be an innovative new way of providing rural areas with access to the Internet. The unique effort could offer a connection to anyone with a smartphone.

The best-selling Windows Phone ever has Windows 10 preview pulled

Microsoft has been forced to temporarily cancel the Windows 10 preview for the world's most-popular Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 520. It follows reports from many users that their devices were bricked when trying to return to Windows Phone 8.1.

Want to learn more about technology? Try these courses

Whatever your experience level, there are some great courses available online to teach you more about the world of technology. Covering skills from programming and web development to network management, everybody can learn new skills in their own time.

We may have overestimated the expansion rate of the universe

New observations of supernovae have suggested that the universe may be expanding much slowly than has been thought up until now. This is a large change that could influence future theories about the end of the universe.

IBM develops computer tape capable of storing 220TB of data

IT giant IBM has developed a new form of magnetic tape for computer storage that can hold 220TB of data on a reel of tape that could fit in the palm of your hand. The development will make it much easier to store vast amounts of data.

Windows 'Redstone' coming 2016: What you need to know

Details have emerged of Microsoft's future upgrade plans for Windows beyond the launch of Windows 10 this summer. The company will release two updates for the OS in 2016. They are currently in development under the codename "Redstone."

Dropbox is making a new app for note-takers

The cloud storage provider Dropbox is working on a new productivity app for note-takers. Currently in testing with a limited number of users, the online app will rival services like Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep and Evernote.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Oxfam assails World Bank arm for rights violations

Washington - The World Bank's private-sector finance unit supported development projects in numerous countries that involved grave violations of human rights, anti-poverty group Oxfam alleged in a new report Thursday.

The first Apple Watch prototype was an iPhone with velcro

It has been revealed that the first prototype of the Apple Watch was nothing more than an iPhone stuck with velcro to the wearer's wrist. It ran an emulator of the watch's screen and was connected to a dongle representing the crown of the watch.

The Conversation is heading to Africa

The online platform will be an invaluable addition to the ongoing global debate about how to effectively develop Africa and alleviate poverty.

HTC CEO steps down to lead company's future tech division

HTC CEO Peter Chou has stepped down as leader of the company to take the helm of the HTC Future Development Lab. He will be replaced by chairwoman Cher Wang.

Nintendo has a new plan: Mobile games and new consoles

During a press conference today, Nintendo revealed that it is finally going to enter the mobile gaming market in partnership with DeNA, releasing games featuring Nintendo characters to smartphones. A new console, "Project NX", is also in the works.

Google close to sending solar-powered drones into the sky

Google has announced at Mobile World Congress that it is close to an official launch of its Project Titan solar-powered drone program. The first drones could be flying before the end of the year.

Rockstar Games have 'about 45 years worth of ideas' for GTA VI

Rockstar Games have announced that they already "have some ideas" for the next major installment in the massive gaming franchise Grand Theft Auto. It appears as though GTA VI is beginning to enter early development.

Studying human development via tadpoles

In order to find out the role that thyroid hormones play in development, researchers have turned to studying tadpoles and are charting their transformation into frogs.

Developmental and vision problems seen in babies of addicts

Glasgow - The babies of mothers who are classified as drug addicts are more likely to be born with developmental problems and poor vision, according to a new study.

Op-Ed: A more informed urban narrative Special

London - The challenges linked to the urban environment requires following multiple paths to find solutions. Academic voices are often overlooked, but the reality is countless scholars offer crucial insights that can clarify contemporary concerns.

When did Neanderthals become extinct?

By analyzing ancient remains across Europe, a team led by investigators have pinpointed the timing the Neanderthals’ extinction to between 39,000 and 41,000 years ago.

Eric Elliott's fight against poverty with code goes viral

In his words, Eric Elliott lost everything in 2008 and had to sell his house in 2009, resorting to couch surfing with friends. But by 2010, he had turned all of that around by entering one of the highest-paid industries of all right now: web development.

Op-Ed: On the ridiculous concept of China's 'ecological civilization'

Chinese officials can want to be green but history says that is not going to happen. Come learn why happy thoughts like this only work in fairy tales.

IMF no longer forces 'structural adjustment': Lagarde

Washington - The International Monetary Fund has changed and no longer imposes tough "structural adjustment" programs as it did in poor countries two decades ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday.

New device to speed up new drug development

A development in drug testing has been developed. At the moment expensive clinical trials with animals are required. The new device simulates the gastro-intestinal tract and how it absorbs medication.

Inequality, discrimination key obstacles to development: UN

New York - Inequality and discrimination, particularly towards women, are among the world's biggest obstacles to development, a UN report published Wednesday said.The study, which collected data from 176 countries, stressed that growing inequality may undermine p...

World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar

Yangon - The World Bank announced on Sunday a $2 billion development programme for Myanmar, including projects to improve access to energy and healthcare in the impoverished former military-ruled nation.

Top ten science breakthroughs

The magazine Science has selected the most significant scientific breakthroughs during 2013. The Digital Journal has selected some of the most interesting.

New link between gut bacteria and autism

In a new study, scientists dosed mice modeling autism with a human gut bacterium. The dose reversed some disorder-associated behaviors in the animals.

Nokia create challenges to make apps for visually impaired

Chicago - Accessible applications on cell phones, even in today's age, are hard to come by. Developers either don't want to include accessibility or don't consider that disabled people may want to use their applications.
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How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fra...
How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fragile ecology already threatened by rapid deforestation. This photo shows one of the ill-planned tracks in Baglung district where it was opened few years back but is yet to come to proper use. (Photo courtesy: Arjun Acharya, posted with permission)