Pope Francis Says Story Of Creation Coexists With Big Bang Theory

October 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The pope says evolution and creation are compatible. Catholics across the world are reacting to this breakthrough.

In a meeting with scientists at the Vatican, Pope Francis said the Big Bang Theory and evolution are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand.”

He said the Big Bang Theory, which evolutionists believe brought the universe into being, does not exclude God’s role in creation.

The pontiff said: “The Big Bang Theory does not contradict the creative intervention of God. On the contrary, it requires it.”  More

Some U.S. Retailers Shun Apple Pay, Eye Rival Payments System

October 28th, 2014

Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Inc’s new electronic payments service as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by eliminating credit card transaction fees.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is among the roughly 50 big retailers that have chosen not to accept Apple Pay, along with Rite Aid Corp and CVS HealthCorp.

They say they are working instead on developing their own payment system, called Current C, through the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium.

The driving force behind developing a retailer-owned mobile payment solution is to avoid paying credit card transaction fees to card companies like Visa and Mastercard, analysts said. Fees range between 2 percent and 3 percent of costs per transaction.  More

Women In High Demand In Male-Dominated Auto Technician Industry

October 21st, 2014

SACRAMENTO – More women are driving their way into the auto repair industry, creating more opportunities for them, and a different experience for customers.

Lisette Tovar is less than a month away from graduating from the automotive technician program at Universal Technical Institute.

“The fact that I can be able to fix something that somebody else really can’t figure out, it’s all like a puzzle to me, so it makes it that much more fun,” she said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says less than two percent of auto technicians and mechanics are women.

UTI’s newest class has a school-record 55 women in it.

“We have a tremendous untapped population of females out there that don’t see this as the traditional career path,” said UTI Sacramento President Roger Speer.  More

Apple touts world’s thinnest tablet at iPad launch event

October 17th, 2014

Apple unveiled its new iPad Air 2, which it touted as the world’s thinnest tablet, at a launch event at its headquarters. 

The iPad Air 2 is just 6.1 millimeters thick (less than a third of an inch), compared to the 7.5 millimeter iPad Air.

Earlier, Apple CEO Tim Cook held up an iPad Air 2. “Look at how thin it is, can you even see it?” he quipped.

As rumored prior to the event, the iPad Air 2 offers Touch ID and boasts an enhanced iSight camera, which can take ‘burst’ photos for the first time on an iPad, where a series can be taken at once.  More

First case of Google Glass addiction confirmed

October 16th, 2014

A 31-year-old enlisted service member who recently checked himself into the US Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program for alcohol addiction began suffering an entirely unexpected withdrawal during the 35-day program.

It turns out that when the program stripped him of Google Glass, which he’d been wearing 18 hours a day for two months, he became irritable, had a hard time focusing, experienced his dreams as if through the narrow view of the headset, and repeatedly placed his index finger to the right side of his face as if trying to turn on Glass, reports the Guardian.

The patient said that withdrawing from Glass was “much worse” than withdrawing from alcohol. The Navy doctor who saw the patient and wrote about his case in the journal Addictive Behaviors insists that though the American Psychiatric Association’s latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders doesn’t include Internet addiction, it exists.  More

India looks for love on Tinder

October 15th, 2014

A popular dating app is attracting legions of young, urban Indians who are happy to use their smartphones in a search for love, even if it means casting aside traditional values.

The app is Tinder, which despite having arrived only one year ago, is now growing its user base in India by 1% per day. The app matches users by location and then allows them to connect if both parties are interested — and it’s a huge hit in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.

“At first I thought it was a superficial, creepy kind of concept, but what it does is broaden your options,” said Shilpi Roy, a young Delhi resident who has added Tinder to her dating routine.  More