While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 10 edition

Priciest Apple Watch to cost over $13,000; Singapore not on list of launch countries

Singapore will have to wait for the Apple Watch.

Tech giant Apple on Tuesday finally announced an official shipping date for its highly anticipated wearable - April 24. Unfortunately, Singapore will not be among the first of the nine countries that will get the Apple Watch when it becomes available.

The Apple Watch will start selling in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Britain and United States.

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High-powered team to probe complaints linked to Malaysia's 1MDB

A high-powered task force has been formed to investigate complaints related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), adding more pressure on the debt-laden state investment agency.

This comes as Auditor-General Ambrin Buang, tasked with verifying the Finance Ministry-owned company's accounts, said he would make an announcement this week on the scope of his review after being told not to drag his feet.

Whistle-blower site Sarawak Report's running exposes have prompted opposition politicians, former and current Umno leaders, and anti-graft organisations to demand a thorough investigation into 1MDB, piling pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also the Finance Minister and chairman of the 1MDB advisory board.

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Telling kids they're special may foster narcissism: study

Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study Monday that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness.

The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, is based on 565 children in the Netherlands who were surveyed over the course of a year and a half, along with their parents.

Children whose parents described them as "more special than other children" and as kids who "deserve something extra in life" were more likely to score higher on tests of narcissism than peers who were not lauded in this way.

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Ancient mummies turn into 'black ooze' because of climate change

The world's oldest mummies are at risk of disappearing because of man-made climate change, according to a group of Harvard University scientists.

Bodies mummified about 7,000 years ago in Chile are starting to rapidly degrade, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences said Monday in an e-mailed statement.

Tests by Harvard's Alice DeAraujo and Ralph Mitchell show that microbes that flourish in an increasingly humid climate are turning the preserved remains of Chinchorro hunter-gatherers into "black ooze".

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HBO standalone service coming to Apple devices in April, in time for Game of Thrones

The anticipated standalone streaming service from premium channel HBO will launch in April exclusively on Apple Inc devices, in time for the season premiere of acclaimed series Game of Thrones, the network said on Monday.

HBO Now will cost US$14.99 (S$20.70) per month and will include all past, present and future HBO programming plus the network's lineup of Hollywood movies, HBO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Plepler said at an Apple event in San Francisco.

The service will be available starting in early April through a new channel on Apple TV and on iPhones and iPads.Game of Thrones premieres on April 12.

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