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App downloads hit 81 billion mark

world Updated: Dec 18, 2012 02:19 IST

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Mobile application storefronts have collectively distributed a total of 81 billion smartphone and tablet apps in end-September 2012, according to a report.
The market study from ABI Research showed that out of those, 89% were downloaded from native storefronts that come with the device’s operating system.

“The current status quo is based on storefronts that the operating system vendors provide as part of the OS experience, and there is no evidence that this would change in the future,” Aapo Markkanen, ABI Research senior analyst, said. ANI

No erection may mean heart disease

washington: Erectile dysfunction, which typically focuses on a man’s inability to have sex, may be linked to heart disease, researchers say.

"Erectile dysfunction will often appear as a symptom years before the heart attack. The other reason is that the penis is more sensitive to early changes associated with increased risk of heart disease, such as inflammation and oxidative stress," Dr Kevin Billups of Integrative Men’s Health Program said.

Journos find ways to fund Wikileaks
Washington: A group of journalists and press freedom activists have launched an organisation to support Julian Assange’s whistle-blowing website Wikileaks that ran into trouble raising money.

WikiLeaks began publishing leaked diplomatic cables in November 2010. This prompted several companies, including MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, to stop processing donations to the non-profit organisation.
On Sunday, a group of journalists and activists launched the Freedom of the Press Foundation as a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organisations that expose government corruption and advocate
transparency. ANI

Victoria’s secret faces protest
new york: A feminist group left consent-themed panties in lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret stores to protest “culture of rape” and company themes it found problematic.

Feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture performed its latest “operation panty drop” on Saturday.
The underwear’s “no means no” and “ask first” messages mock some of the retailer’s panties that have messages like “sure thing.”
“What we’re doing is one tactic within a bunch of necessary tactics to change our culture,” Nagle said. “I think the immediate goal with this campaign was to make consent go viral, and I think it was completely successful.”

The team had announced the project on December 10, but the idea had been brewing since last winter. ANI