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Approvals for New Drugs Drop to Low of Six Years

Last year was disappointing for new drug approvals as the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared only 22 new medications to be sold, the lowest number for the past six years and a sharp decrease from the 45 approved in 2015. The European Medicines Agency approved 81 new products that require prescriptions against 93 […]

World Governments Finally Vote To End Domestic Ivory Trade

World government officials met at a recent conservation conference in Hawaii to discuss the ending of the international ivory trade. The officials conducted quite a fierce debate at the Conservation of Nature World Congress, a 10-meeting of 9,000 people, in Honolulu, HI, earlier this month. It took the entire 10 days and, after heavy opposition […]

Brits Rushing to Apply for European Union Passports

Thousands of Britons are worried about losing access to the rest of the European Union and therefore are standing in long lines hoping get their EU passports from other countries that are in the 28-nation bloc. Embassy and consulate offices for Italy, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland all have reported a surge in the interest […]

Christina Grimmie Shot and Killed at Her Concert

Christina Grimmie the 22-year old singer who appeared on the Voice was fatally shot. Her publicist told reporters that Grimmie has died after being shot following her concert. The shooting took place at the end of a concert in Orlando, Florida and she did not survive her wounds. Grimmie was a former contestant on the […]

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Turn Your Skin Into An Extension of Your Smartwatch

The Smartwatch is not, technically a new idea but the devices we have come to know now as wearable tech are certainly a refreshing concept. And while this industry is still relatively young, the technology is already growing at quite the rapid pace. And even though many people love the idea, smartwatches can be uncomfortably […]

U.S. Ready to Cut Slack to ZTE for Breaches of Sanctions

The Commerce Department in the U.S. this week should lift the export curbs that it imposed on ZTE Corp the Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker for its alleged violations of Iran sanctions. This relief would only be temporary and would be kept just if ZTE abides by the commitments to the U.S. government, according […]

Bristol-Myers Will Stop Paying Doctors for Speaking Fees in China

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced it would stop paying for speaking fees as well as sponsoring different medical association across China after it uncovered possible violations of its own policies, according to a leaked internal document. Karl Lintel, the President for Bristol Myers in China said that all promotional activities would stop immediately for the pharmaceutical giant, […]

Central Bank of China Cuts Ratio for Reserve Requirement

On Monday, the central bank of China reduced the cash amount that banks need to hold in reserve for the fifth time in just over a year, as its looks to revive its slowing economy. On Monday in a post on its website, the People’s Bank of China or PBOC announced that it was cutting […]

Scandal Hit Volkswagen Has Postponed Release of Earnings

Volkswagen the German carmaker said it postponed its release of its earnings for the full-year along with its annual meeting of shareholders due to the still unanswered questions about its scandal with diesel emissions. The carmaker announced on Friday it would release new dates for is earnings posting, formerly scheduled to take place on March […]

White House Announces $1.1 Billion Budget Proposal To Address Growing Opioid Abuse

It is no big secret that illicit drug use continues to plague communities throughout the United States. But while we move towards a better understanding of things like marijuana—which has been decriminalized all over the country—it appears that many more are struggling with opiate addiction. Of course, this has much to with the increase in […]

Theranos Inc Under Investigation for Device Deficiencies, Walgreens Partnership Could be In Jeopardy

Theranos Inc is a Silicon-Valley medical startup known mostly for its development of a simple, practical, painless blood tests that require only a finger price of blood to conduct various tests. They recently partnered with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc to develop blood-drawing stations at Walgreens “wellness centers” across California and Arizona (for now). So far […]

America Export Ban of 40 Years for Oil May Be Lifted

The ban on exporting U.S. oil might be ending before its 40th year anniversary. There is a growing momentum to end this restriction and a deal might be reached prior to the end of this year as part of a wide reaching tax and spending bill that is making its way across Capitol Hill. Proponents […]

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits off Chile – No Damage Reported

A strong earthquake has struck in the Pacific off central Chile, but authorities say there are no reports of injuries or serious damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 Tuesday night. It says the epicenter was about 54 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of the coastal city of Coquimbo […]

Skype Outage Angers Users Worldwide

A Skype outage has sparked outrage around the world, as users are unable to access many of the service’s features. Skype is a popular messaging app that provides Internet-calling, video and text service to users. Nearly 300 million people around the world use Skype to connect with family, friends, and business colleagues. Users have reported […]

Facebook Technology Will Deal with Illegal Video Posts

Web video creators have accused Facebook of not providing appropriate protection of videos being posted without proper permission. In response, Facebook is trying to deal with the issue by making it easier for the creator to keep content safe, especially in the event of a video going viral. Currently, two social media giants are battling […]

Amazon Launches Underground App

The Amazon Underground app for Android launched today. Amazon said it is offering $10,000 worth of apps and items for free through Underground. Users that want the app will have to download it directly from the Amazon Appstore, as Google Play does not currently support it. The apps and games on Underground are automatically available […]

Google Expected To Launch Android Pay This Week

Many are anticipating the long awaited U.S. launch of Android Pay by Google this week. Android Pay will give a large number of folks a new way to pay for things across the country. The new mobile payment system will allow people in the U.S. to pay for products in more than 700,000 retail locations […]

Apple Invention Shares Photos Automatically With Facial Recognition

In a new invention published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple outlines a special process for identifying individuals from a digital image by using techniques of facial recognition and then sends out a copy of the image to those people by using associated contact data pulled from an app such as […]

Facebook Intern Booted After Identifying Application Flaw

A student with Harvard University claims he lost his Facebook internship after he launched a browser application from his dorm, thereby exploiting major privacy flaws with the company’s mobile messenger. Aran Khanna, who is of Indian origin, stated to news reporters that after exposing a very serious flaw in Facebook’s messenger system, his chance of […]

USB Keys Used to Bolster Dropbox Security

In light of ongoing cyber threats, a number of companies are taking drastic measures to keep confidential information safe. For instance Dropbox has added support support for USB-based keys, thereby creating better security. With this, gaining access to an account will be extremely difficult. Known as Universal 2nd Factor or U2F, these security keys work […]

Chinese Messaging App Takes China by Storm

WeChat, an app, is taking the country over. Tencent, the China based company that owns WeChat reported earlier this year that its WeChat app that is just four years old, now has more than 549 million active monthly users. At the end of 2015, the company had reached 500 million, meaning the user base jumped […]

Lawsuit Alleges Wiretapping By Apple

A U.S. federal lawsuit alleges that Apple wiretapped users who switched from iPhones to Android phones. The lawsuit claims that Apple’s iMessage system prevented text messages sent from iPhones from being delivered to Android phones. The lawsuit also claims that iPhone texts are “illegally intercepted and interned by Apple” when sent to Android users and […]

Apple To Launch Voicemail Transcription Service Soon

A new feature from Apple is poised to change voicemail forever. According to a report from Business Insider, Apple is programming Siri to transcribe voicemail messages using a service called iCloud Voicemail, allowing users to read them instead of listening to them. The iCloud Voicemail service isn’t available to the public yet, but may be […]

Yahoo Releases New Livetext Video Texting App

Yahoo has released a new app called Livetext that lets users text videos to their contacts. The app is currently available in Hong Kong and Taiwan and will be available Thursday in the US, Canada, UK, France and Germany. The app is available on phones running Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems. Over the […]