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Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized

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The Queen of Britain, Elizabeth II, was hospitalized sunday afternoon after experiencing stomach pains, according to reports by the Buckingham Palace.

The 86-year-old Queen was taken to King Edward VII's Hospital in London "as a precautionary measure" and is expected to stay for two days, said a palace spokesman. According to reports the Queen has been suffering from Gastroenteritis-like symptoms in the past few weeks.

As a precaution, the Queen canceled all official engagements for this week, the palace said in a statement. Queen Elizabeth's two-day trip to the city of Rome had been planned to start Wednesday as a spokeswoman said the trip may be scheduled for a later date.

Gastroenteritis is known to be an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. It is commonly known as "stomach flu," it is not caused by the influenza virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fortunately for Queen Elizabeth II, the symptoms of gastroenteritis - vomiting and diarrhea - usually pass after one or two days, although they can be more severe in older or otherwise vulnerable people due to weak immune systems, Dr. Corey Siegel, a gastroenterologist, said. Dehydration is also a common symptom.

The National Health Service of Britain says that the two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults are food poisoning and the norovirus, a common winter vomiting bug which typically afflicts between 600,000 and 1 million Britons each year. British health guidelines advise that people with the norovirus avoid work for at least two days, which the Queen has so wisely done.

Twin Bombs kill 16 in India


Two bombs that were planted on bicycles in a crowded part of town kills 16 and injures 117 people in New Delhi, police commissioner Anurag Sharma said.

Unfortunately, police and investigators are unsure of who placed and/or set off the bombs because, according to reports, the bombs were improvised explosive devices, and could have been triggered by a timer.

India had intelligence agency warnings of a security threat several days before two bombs went off in a market in the city of Hyderabad, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. Seeing as they had a warning of this attack, it is devastating for the country and the Singh calls the strike a "dastardly attack" and said the perpetrators will be punished.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde faced anger over the attack from opposition politicians who questioned whether the government had done enough to prevent it after the warning. Police said two of three security cameras at the market were not working at the time.

Signh has directed government agencies to extend relief to authorities in Andhra Pradesh state, according to reports. Also, the Prime Minister has approved of money being sent to any other group of people injured or killed in this horrible event.

As of now, no group claimed responsibility and Shinde said it was too early to make accusations, according to authorities.

Is There an iWatch in Apple's Future?


Apple Inc. is attempting to create an iWatch with bendable glass that may one day revolutionize the industry of wearable technology, according to sources close with the company.

At Apple's headquarters in California, the company is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices which would operate on the iOS platform, sources said. The company reportedly had hundreds of employees looking at the device, trying to make it the best and most highly anticipated product in Apple's history.

Apple is able to make this product due to the new hi-tech curved glass that is made by Corning, which produces the Gorilla Glass that is makes up the screen on the Apple's iPhone/iPod/iPad, and soon to be iWatch.

The chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, Pete Bocko, says this bendable glass named, 'willow glass,' can certainly be made into a watch. "You can make it wrap around a cylindrical object, and that could be someone's wrist," Bocko commented.

People believe Apple is fully capable of developing this product due to the numerous hirings in Apple's wearable technology department, according to Sarah Epps, an analyst who specializes in wearable computing and smartphones. "This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way," Epps said.

Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said that he believes technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches and navigation. If developed, according to Munster, these devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone, and could possibly be Apple's best answering to emerging competition.

Two decades ago it was all about desktop technology. In the past decade, the competition has been, 'who has the best handheld devices?' Now, in the 21st-century, the face of technology may be centered around wearable technology.

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