Category: Lifestyle

Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

Anonymity no more? Age checks come to the web

The site said Errington, who is older than 50, needed to prove that he was old enough to watch “Space Is the Place,” a 1974 movie starring jazz musician Sun Ra. He had three options: Enter his credit card information, upload a photo identification such as a passport, or skip the video. “I decided that it wasn’t worth the stress,” he said. In response to mounting pressure from activists, parents and regulators who believe tech companies haven’t done enough to protect children online, businesses and governments around the globe are placing major parts of the internet behind stricter digital age

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Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

Facebook renames itself Meta

A still image from video provided by Facebook shows Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, announcing an overhaul, de-emphasizing Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. Zuckerberg has been committed to building the “metaverse,” a composite universe melding online, virtual and augmented worlds that people can seamlessly traverse. (Facebook via The New York Times) No longer. On Thursday, the social networking giant took an unmistakable step toward an overhaul, de-emphasising Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. The change comes with a new logo designed like an infinity-shaped symbol, slightly askew, almost like a pretzel. Facebook, Instagram and other apps will

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Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

How Apple is gaining smartphone customers during a chip shortage

Higher iPhone shipments helped Apple gain at least 3% market share in global smartphones in the third quarter, even as overall shipments shrunk by about 6% due to the chip shortage, according to data from market research firms Counterpoint, IDC and Canalys. Given how closely tech companies guard smartphone sales data, the shipment figures are the best indication of who customers prefer. "We are expecting another massive quarter for Apple and our expectation is they'll take a similar 20% shipment share in calendar year Q4," Counterpoint analyst Tarun Pathak said. Apple has weathered the supply crunch better than many other

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible

A new mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling "Delta Plus" may spread more easily than regular Delta, UK experts now say. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the "variant under investigation" category, to reflect this possible risk. There is no evidence yet that it causes worse illness.   And scientists are confident that existing vaccines should still work well to protect people. Although regular Delta still accounts for most Covid infections in the UK, cases of "Delta Plus" or AY.4.2 have been increasing. Latest official data suggests 6% of Covid cases are of

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Health admin November 1, 2021

Namibia halts use of Sputnik jabs after South African HIV fears

Namibia has discontinued the use of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine following concerns raised by neighbouring South Africa, the health ministry said on Saturday, reports AFP. Neighbouring South Africa earlier this week said it would not approve Sputnik V due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men. Namibia had taken delivery of a Serbian donation of 30,000 Sputnik doses -- out of which less than 120 have been administered so far.   South Africa's health products regulator on Monday said it would not authorise use of Sputnik based on earlier studies testing the safety of

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Moderna reports ‘robust’ Covid vaccine response in children aged 6-11

Neighbouring South Africa earlier this week said it would not approve Sputnik V due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men. Namibia had taken delivery of a Serbian donation of 30,000 Sputnik doses -- out of which less than 120 have been administered so far.   South Africa's health products regulator on Monday said it would not authorise use of Sputnik based on earlier studies testing the safety of a modified form of adenovirus -- a type of virus that causes respiratory infections -- known as the Ad5 and contained in the Russian jab.

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Health admin November 1, 2021

EU watchdog backs Moderna booster for over-18s

The EU's drug watchdog on Monday approved booster doses of Moderna's Covid vaccine for all over-18s, amid concerns that protection levels dip after initial jabs. Spikevax is the second booster to be given the green light after Pfizer/Biontech's Comirnaty jab earlier this month. "Data showed that a third dose of Spikevax given six to eight months after the second dose led to a rise in antibody levels in adults whose antibody levels were waning," the European Medicines Agency said.   Public health bodies within the 27-member bloc "may issue official recommendations on the use of booster doses, taking into account

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COVID 19 admin November 1, 2021

Cheap antidepressant shows promise treating early COVID-19

A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19, according to results of a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat the pandemic disease. Researchers tested the pill used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in smaller studies. The medicine, called fluvoxamine, would cost $4 for a course of COVID-19 treatment. By comparison, antibody treatments administered intravenously cost about $2,000, and Merck’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19, called molnupiravir, is about $700 per course.   The trial of fluvoxamine was part of a

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Health admin November 1, 2021

KK roundtable: Experts for early scanning to prevent breast cancer

Expert physicians have underscored need for increasing scanning of breast cancer to prevent the disease at primary stage. Addressing a roundtable on Thursday, speakers also urged for continuation of physical exercise and avoidance of unhealthy food to reduce risk of breast cancer. Daily Kaler Kantho organised the discussion in association with Evercare Hospital at the head office of the newspaper at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Thursday.   Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed was the chief guest and Additional Director General of DGHS Dr Nasima Sultana special guest. Evercare Hospital deputy director

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Health admin November 1, 2021

Needle-free vaccine patches coming soon, say researchers and makers

Needle-free vaccine patches coming soon, say researchers and makers Effective vaccines, without a needle: Since the start of the Covid pandemic, researchers have doubled down on efforts to create patches that deliver life-saving drugs painlessly to the skin, a development that could revolutionize medicine. The technique could help save children's tears at doctors' offices, and help people who have a phobia of syringes.   Beyond that, skin patches could assist with distribution efforts, because they don't have cold-chain requirements -- and might even heighten vaccine efficacy. A new mouse study in the area, published in the journal Science Advances, showed

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