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Apple TV Plus Launches in More Than 100 Countries

TV shows that are available at launch include "See," "The Morning Show," "Dickinson," "For All Mankind," "Helpsters," "Snoopy in Space," "Ghostwriter," and Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. "The Elephant Queen," a documentary, is also available

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Apple TV service began rolling out in over 100 countries, including India which comes bundled with Apple TV+, the company's original video subscription service. Wikimedia Commons

Apple’s new streaming television service ‘Apple TV Plus’ is now available in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, along with other devices like Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV sticks and the web at tv.apple.com.

The service is available in more than 100 countries around the world and the content is subtitled or dubbed in close to 40 languages, CNET reported on Thursday.

The Cupertino-based company, which has a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, is staking the most on The Morning Show, its marquee drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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Amazon has also made its Music app available on the Apple TV. (Representational Image). Pixabay

If you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch, you can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.

Once the free period is over, customers will still pay Rs 99 a month. Through family sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.

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TV shows that are available at launch include “See,” “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “For All Mankind,” “Helpsters,” “Snoopy in Space,” “Ghostwriter,” and Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. “The Elephant Queen,” a documentary, is also available. (IANS)

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Countries to Test Nuclear Technique that Sterilizes Mosquitoes to Control Spread of Dengue, Zika

It says every year, more than 700,000 people die from diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever

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FILE - Adult mosquitos. VOA

U.N. agencies say early next year, several countries will begin testing a nuclear technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes to control the spread of dengue, Zika and chikungunya to humans. Guidance for testing countries has been developed by the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization says diseases transmitted by mosquitoes account for 17 percent of all infectious diseases globally. It says every year, more than 700,000 people die from diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

The WHO says dengue has increased dramatically in recent years due to factors such as environmental changes, urban sprawl, and transportation and travel, putting half the world’s population at risk of catching the diseases.

Jeremy Bouver is a medical entomologist at the joint Food and Agriculture Organization and International Atomic Energy Agency. He says a novel technique that uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitoes offers new opportunities for controlling disease. He describes the Sterile Insect Technique as a form of insect birth control.

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The World Health Organization says diseases transmitted by mosquitoes account for 17 percent of all infectious diseases globally. Pixabay

“You release sterile males that will out compete the wild males in the field and they will induce sterility in the females so that their eggs will not hatch,” Bouver said. “And, so, you will control the next generation. And, if you do that for a long time enough, you will be able to reduce and even, in some cases, eliminate the target population.”

The technique was developed in the late 1950s by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has been successfully used to control insect pests from attacking crops and livestock, such as the Mediterranean fruit fly.

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A pilot program that will start early next year will be the first time the Sterile Insect Technique will be tested targeting human diseases.  The countries where the trials will take place will be announced next year, although a few likely candidates reportedly include the United States, France and Brazil. (VOA)