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February 05, 2013
First Published: 23:35 IST(5/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:37 IST(5/2/2013)

‘Harry’s remarks about killing Taliban a mistake’
London: Hamid Karzai has termed Prince Harry’s remarks about killing Taliban fighters and comparing war to video games as a “mistake”, for which the Afghanistan President said the young royal should be forgiven.

“Prince Harry is a young man, we do give exits to young men when they make mistakes,” Karzai, who is visiting the UK for a high-level conference, said when asked whether he thought Harry had spoken unwisely.

Karzai will also meet Prince Charles during his visit. A long-standing friendship with Charles, whom he described as a “great representative of Britain”, may have contributed to Karzai’s uncharacteristic reticence.

“Prince Charles, the father of Prince Harry, is a very fine gentleman, a man for whom I have tremendous respect,” Karzai said. PTI

Software uses news to predict future events
London: Now, a new software has been developed that could predict future events such as disease outbreak, a report has said.

The prototype software uses a combination of archive material from the New York Times and data from other websites, including Wikipedia.

According to the BBC, the experts focused on predicting riots, deaths and disease outbreaks and said their accuracy was between 70-90%.

The work is a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. ANI

Google search results show racial bias: report
London: Google search results contain “significant discrimination” according to the race of the people whose names are typed in, a study has revealed.

According to Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney, names typically associated with black people were more likely to produce ads related to criminal activity. Prof Sweeney suggested that Google searches might expose “racial bias in society”. 

Names linked with black people were 25% more likely to have results that prompted the searcher to click on a link to search criminal record history. ANI

Pen that alerts about spelling, grammar mistake
London: A German company has designed a vibrating pen that is capable of picking errors in spelling or letter formation in real-time, by delivering a warning vibration to the writer’s hand.

Users can choose between two functions that are Calligraphy Mode — pointing out flaws of form and legibility — or Orthography Mode — detecting orthographic and grammatical mistakes, the Daily Mail reported.

Sensors built into the pen, detect variations in the way in which letters are formed and vibrates immediately if an error is spotted. ANI


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