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This link can cause smartphones to crash
London : There's an annoying link doing the rounds on social media that can crash almost any smartphone, including iPhone, according to the media.
 
The link named crashsafari.com crashes the browser by writing thousands of characters in the address bar every second, exhausting memory, thenextweb.com reported on Monday.
 
The attack is just four lines of code that can crash both Safari or Chrome browser, or reboot the entire phone itself. It even works against some desktop browsers.
 
It leverages HTML5's history.pushState, a JavaScript function used by many single page applications to update the address bar, even though the underlying page being viewed does not change.
 
The link is being shared on social media disguised by a short URL, to trick others into opening it and cause them to be unable to open their browsers until a reboot is completed, the report said.
 
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Feeling sleepy? Blame it on social media
New York : Teenagers who spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter irrespective of the time are more likely to suffer sleep disturbances than their peers who prefer outdoor activities with smartphones on silent mode, say researchers.
 
"This is one of the first pieces of evidence that social media use really can impact your sleep," said lead author Jessica C Levenson, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.
 
To reach this conclusion, Levenson and her colleagues sampled 1,788 adults ages 19-32, using questionnaires to determine social media use and an established measurement system to assess sleep disturbances.
 
The questionnaires asked about the 11 most popular social media platforms at the time: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.
 
On average, the participants used social media a total of 61 minutes per day and visited various social media accounts 30 times per week.
 
The assessment showed that nearly 30 percent of the participants had high levels of sleep disturbance.
 
The participants who reported most frequently checking social media throughout the week had three times the likelihood of sleep disturbances, compared with those who checked least frequently.
 
The participants who spent the most total time on social media throughout the day had twice the risk of sleep disturbance, compared to peers who spent less time on social media.
 
"This may indicate that frequency of social media visits is a better predictor of sleep difficulty than overall time spent on social media," Levenson explained.
 
Published online in the journal Preventive Medicine, the study indicates that physicians should consider asking young adult patients about social media habits when assessing sleep issues.
 
Alternatively, young adults who have difficulty sleeping may subsequently use social media as a pleasurable way to pass the time when they can't fall asleep or return to sleep.
 
"It also may be that both of these hypotheses are true. Difficulty sleeping may lead to increased use of social media, which may in turn lead to more problems sleeping," noted senior author Brian A Primack, director of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health.
 
This cycle may be particularly problematic with social media because many forms involve interactive screen time that is stimulating and rewarding and, therefore, potentially detrimental to sleep, the authors pointed out.
 
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Meet India's bravehearts: Fear the last thing on their minds
New Delhi : They are young, energetic, brave and are even willing to risk their lives to save that of others.
 
They are the special 25 brave sons and daughters of India, who saved several lives while putting themselves in life-threatening situations and not worrying about their own well-being. Hailing from different parts of the country, they received the National Bravery Awards for 2015 from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan on Friday evening for showing exemplary courage without expecting anything in return.
 
On Tuesday, these bravehearts were part of the Republic Day parade on the magnificent Rajpath, with the president taking the salute and his French counterpart Francois Hollande the chief guest.
 
Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe (15), Shivampet Ruchitha (8), Arjun Singh (16), Aromal S.M. (12), Ramdinthara (15), Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel (13), Nilesh Revaram Bhil (9), Joena Chakraborty (10), Bhimsen alias Sonu (10), Kashish Dhanani (10), Vaibhav Rameshwar (9), Dishant Mehndiratta (12), Chongtham Kuber Meitei (12), Angelica Tynsong (13), Mohit Mahendra Dalvi (14), Nithin Philip Mathew (13), Sarwanand Saha (15), Beedhhovan (14), Anandu Dileep (14), Maurice Yengkhom (14), Abhijith K.V. (15), Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi (14), Muhammad Shamnad (14), Abinash Mishra (17) and Shivansh Singh (13) are the courageous children who saved lives of others without fearing for their own.
 
Two of them - Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe of Maharashtra and Shivansh Singh of Uttar Pradesh - were honoured posthumously as they died while helping others in trouble.
 
Sahastrabuddhe died on June 3, 2014 while trying to save four boys from drowning in a lake. They were playing near Ambazari lake in Nagpur district when one of them slipped and fell into it.
 
On seeing this, the other three dived into the water to rescue him but they too started drowning. Sahastrabuddhe then jumped into the lake and saved them one by one but he himself got so tired in the process that he could not save himself and died.
 
Similarly, Shivansh Singh died while trying to save his friend Vivek, who fell in the Saryu river while bathing.
 
Vivek was in deep water and was drowning when Shivansh Singh reached there to help him. He tried his best and brought Vivek near the shore. However, Vivek had died by that time and Shivansh Singh also died after a while as he got very tried in the process.
 
Their mothers received the award from the president on behalf of their brave sons.
 
The bravehearts, who looked cheerful after receiving their awards, had one sentiment in common that they would serve the country or would continue helping people in need as they grow up.
 
"I would like to serve the nation as I grow up," Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel told IANS, adding: "We all should help each other in whatever way we can."
 
"Serving the nation is my dream. I think we should continue to serve our country in whatever way we can," he said.
 
Patel had saved a boy from drowning. He struggled for over 35 minutes in a well that the boy had fallen into while playing.
 
Joena Chakraborty helped her father retreive his mobile phone from a miscreant as she caught him the leg while he was trying to run away after snatching the device. "Anybody
who has done something wrong is to be challenged," Chakraborty told IANS.
 
"The moment I realised that my father's mobile phone was snatched by a man, I, without loosing a second, started chasing him. He had a blade in his hand but it did not deter me to grab him by his legs," she said. Passers-by caught the snatcher and handed him to the police.
 
Sarwanand Saha of Chhattisgarh, who saved a man from drowning in flood water, said that helping others in difficult situations should come naturally to people.
 
"I was returning from school when I saw a man drowning. I immediatelyjumped into the water and pulled him out of it," he told IANS, adding that he did not fear for his own life as "it all happened without any warning".
 
On what he would like to do after completing his education, Saha said serving the nation was his dream and he will try to join the defence forces.
 
He, however, also believed that one can serve the country even without being in the forces as "serving the less privileged could also be very satisfying".
 
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