24 swine flu deaths reported in Rajasthan in 20 days
Times of India
JAIPUR: Swine flu has again reared its ugly head in the state. In the past 20 days, 24 swine flu deaths have been recorded while 155 persons tested positive. In the first eight months of the financial year 2012-13, the state recorded 34 deaths, but the …
Jaipur: Swine flu claims another life; death toll reaches 59 Daily Bhaskar
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The Daily Star
Swine flu kills teenage girl in West Bank
RAMALLAH – The Palestinian Minister of Health Friday said that a teenage girl died of swine flu complications in the West Bank city of Jenin. As'ad Al-Ramlawi, Director-General of Primary Health Care in the ministry, the 15-year-old girl died of H1N1 …
Baby dies of swine flu, toll touches 35 Indian Express
Three Palestinians dead from swine flu The Australian
A Palestinian Dies of Swine Flu in Jenin Palestine News Network
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In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world’s first patent for a smartphone airbag system. As mobile phones morphed from glorified walkie-talkies to pocket-sized super computers, they became more delicate—and expensive. The need to keep our smartphones protected has inspired an entire industry of covers and cases designed to protect their electronics guts from untimely meetings with the ground. If Bezos and Amazon VP Greg Heart (also named on the patent) bring this product to market, future smartphone owners may never know the pain of watching their devices shatter into pieces.
Although Bezos has landed an official patent, don’t expect to see the on-phone airbag selling on Amazon any time soon. According to reports, the patent includes plans for multiple designs, some of which sound silly while others just seem difficult to execute without adding considerable weight to the average smartphone.
Just like your car’s airbag, “the mechanism is triggered by a built-in accelerometer, which will detect if the phone is falling too quickly – ie to the floor,” reports The Daily Mail. “It will then deploy miniature airbags to cushion any impact with the ground or floor, reads geek.com. The patent application also lists other potential fall-breakers, such as puffing out streams of gas to slow down the fall, or using springs instead of airbags.
Unfortunately, none of the patent’s details given any indication of how such a device would affect the life-cycle of the phones it’s designed to protect. Automobile airbags render the vehicle practically useless until re-packed by a professional–a service that’s not cheap. One can only imagine that repacking a phone’s airbag will be even more complicated and expensive.
via Daily Mail
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
New 'swine flu' cases in Kuwait
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has discovered new swine flu cases in the country, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting Assistant Under-secretary for Public Health Affairs Dr Qais Al-Duweiri. Al-Duweiri explained the ministry expects the …
Woman, 28, dies from swine flu after paramedics refused to take her to …
A report from Oxford University and Imperial College London said many of the swine flu deaths during the winter of 2010/11 could have been prevented, but the Government wrongly led the public to believe the flu season would be mild and did not …
Swine flu victim died 'after paramedics left her at home three times in one night' Telegraph.co.uk
999 crews 'left dying swine flu victim at home three times' Mirror.co.uk
Swine flu woman died after medics refused 3 times to take her to hospital Evening Standard
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Of the various possible business models for tablet-based content, a daily, subscription-based original news publication might not be the way to go. On Monday, News Corp. announced it was shuttering its experiment in tablet-focused publishing, The Daily.
In a statement, News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch described the venture as “an amazing vehicle for innovation,” but acknowledged that the publication could not “find a large enough audience” to sustain its business.
He added that the brand will continue through other channels at the company, and said that at least some staff, including the founding Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo, will move to the company’s New York Post. Angelo, who had once been Executive Editor of the Post, will become its Publisher.
Tablets = ‘Future of Media’
The Daily was launched in February of last year as the first iPad-only daily news publication, and attracted much attention because of the powerful, well-funded company behind it, and because of the bet that tablets, and specifically the iPad, were a sufficiently new medium that they they warranted an original, subscriber-based, daily news publication.
It took a general news approach, with original stories on news, sports, technology, fashion and other areas that a general newspaper might have. The daily editions, iPad focus, general news, original content and subscriber model were all considered test cases of those approaches in the new tablet medium.
Editions were added for Apple’s iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, and various Android devices. Fees were 99 cents per day, or $39.99 per year. Earlier this year, the handwriting began appearing on the wall, with the company’s announcement that it would lay off one-third of The Daily’s staff of 150.
Andrew Frank, research director at industry research firm Gartner, said the demise of The Daily “doesn’t change the fact that the tablet is the future of media.” Given…
The sun sets this month on Rupert Murdoch’s ambitious publication, though News Corp. says the brand itself will “live on in other channels.” [Read more]
Today, Yahoo! Inc. revealed the annual list of top searches. Yahoo!’s Year in Review 2012 reflects the daily search habits of users and offers a glimpse into the social trends, compelling newsmakers, top stories, and viral fads of 2012 based on what millions of people searched for.
20 medical staff members diagnosed with 'swine flu'
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Twenty medical staff members including nurses and doctors at the Al-Sabah Maternity Hospital have been diagnosed with the 'swine flu', reports Al-Seyassah daily. Those infected with the virus have been given precautionary sick …
CDC study suggests agricultural fairs are a potential source for future epidemics – Vaccine News Daily (blog)
CDC study suggests agricultural fairs are a potential source for future epidemics
Vaccine News Daily (blog)
A new study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that a 2011 H3N2 influenza A outbreak in Pennsylvania was caused by a reassortment of a swine flu virus with H1N1 influenza A. In August 2011, a …
The flu shot as a civic duty UAB Kaleidoscope
Lighting Up Chickens to Prevent Bird Flu Pandemics Huffington Post (blog)
Decision Focus: Flu Shot for Flu Season AccuWeather.com
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