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Soon, smartphone to replace your car audio head unit

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 15:24
Soon, smartphone to replace your car audio head unit

New York: At a time when car makers are spending millions to give drivers an improved audio experience, here comes an Android app that can turn your mobile device into the central screen in your vehicle.

Since your smartphone is smaller than most infotainment displays, the Drivemode app displays oversized buttons and easy-to-read text for a better in-car audio experience.

"It`s not mirroring anything onto a larger display; you just plug your phone into the empty head unit slot and then it`ll start displaying your speedometer, navigation, music apps, incoming calls/texts, and so on," The Verge reported.

Also, Drivemode is partnering with Honda and Panasonic to make a concept car with full steering wheel controls.


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China deploys fighter jets to contested island in South China Sea

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:59
China deploys fighter jets to contested island in South China Sea

Washington: China has deployed fighter jets to the same contested island in the South China Sea to which it also has sent surface- to-air missiles, US officials said on Wednesday.

Citing two unnamed US officials, Fox News said US intelligence services had spotted Chinese Shenyang J-11 and Xian JH-7 warplanes on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Islands chain over the past few days.

Navy Captain Darryn James, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, confirmed the report but noted that Chinese fighter jets have previously used the island.

Woody Island, which is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam, has had an operational airfield since the 1990s but it was upgraded last year to accommodate the J-11.


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Duplicity by Pakistan in war on terror: US senators

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:54
 US senators

Washington: Two top Republican lawmakers have accused Pakistan of "duplicity" when it comes to fighting terrorism as they criticised the Obama administration for giving away US taxpayers' money to Islamabad.

"Do you agree with my position that should not occur until they stop the duplicity that has continued for 14 years while we have been in Afghanistan?" Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker asked Secretary of State John Kerry during his testimony before the hearing on State Department's annual budgetary proposals.


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Donald Trump scores a hat-trick in Republican race

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:33
Donald Trump scores a hat-trick in Republican race

Washington, Feb 24 : Donald Trump cemented his frontrunner status in the Republican presidential race with a third consecutive victory in Nevada caucuses as his two major rivals Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio failed to arrest his winning streak.

With the real estate mogul with over 42 percent votes leading with double digit margins over Rubio and Cruz, who are fighting for the second place, major news channels were quick to declare him the winner shortly after the polls closed.

Significantly, exit polls showed Trump's support across all demographics, virtually paving his way towards party nomination and strengthening as it did his position before March 1 Super Tuesday when 12 states hold nominating contests.


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Two things that'll make your `love-ship` last long

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:32
Two things that'll make your `love-ship` last long

Washington D.C, Feb 24 : A relationship doesn't last because it was destined to, rather it lasts because two people made a choice to keep it and now, a new study has revealed how they do so.

The Chapman University study, which surveyed almost 40,000 married and/or co-habiting couples in 2006 to determine sexual satisfaction and happiness, found that couples who communicate well and have sex more frequently are more satisfied.

The Wall Street Journal reported that 83 percent of respondents recalled being sexually satisfied in the first six months, but this dropped down to around half for couples who were talking about their current sexual satisfaction.


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How mobile ads risk your personal data

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 08:18
How mobile ads risk your personal data

Washington D. C, Feb 24 : Initially, ads that show up within apps were little more than an annoyance, but now, they have become a possible danger as they can leak your personal data.

The personal information of millions of smartphone users is at risk due to in-app advertising that can leak potentially sensitive user information between ad networks and mobile app developers, according to a new study by the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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US, Russia set Feb.26 as planned date for cessation of hostilities in Syria

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 13:00
US, Russia set Feb.26 as planned date for cessation of hostilities in Syria

Washington, Feb 23 : The United States and Russia have announced that a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria which will come into effect at midnight on February 26.

A joint statement issued on behalf of Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin after they had conversed over the phone said that the proposed cessation of hostilities would not include the so-called Islamic State and the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

The civil war in Syria has so far claimed the lives of 250,000 people since March 2011.


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FB makes birthday greetings trendy

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:50
FB makes birthday greetings trendy

Washington D. C., Feb. 23 : Facebook just did something to make your birthday wishes much cooler than ever with its new feature.

Instead of reading boring 'Happy Birthday' timeline posts, users will now be able to watch a ton of videos of your pals wishing you, reports E! Online.

It's as simple as recording a video of yourself with your phone and posting it on your buddies wall.

Interestingly, users can also use decorations such as 'Happy Birthday' banners to the videos. (ANI)


Obama wants India, China to use clean coal

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:22
Obama wants India, China to use clean coal

Washington, Feb 23 : Calling climate change a real problem, President Barack Obama would like India and China to know how to use clean coal to ensure they are not emitting huge amount of carbon.

"Number one, climate change is real," he said speaking at a national governors association reception at the White House on Monday.

"Point number two is, in order to grow the economy, we got to have energy," he said. "And every president, whoever takes my place, they're going to want to grow the economy. And, by the way, that's true internationally."

"In fact, there are countries like India where it's even more desperate. They don't have electricity. They've got to produce electricity in order to develop," Obama said.


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Sea level rising faster than ever: Report

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:56
 Report

Washington: Sea levels rose faster in the past century than during the previous 27 centuries due to man-made global warming, a group of scientists has said in an alarming report.

Global sea level rose by about 14 centimeters, or 5.5 inches, from 1900 to 2000, the scientists said in a latest report, adding that without global warming, global sea level would have risen by less than half the observed 20th century increase.

"The 20th-century rise was extraordinary in the context of the last three millennia -- and the rise over the last two decades has been even faster," said Robert Kopp, the lead author and an associate professor in Rutgers' Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.


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NASA astronaut coming back to Earth but efforts on to reach Mars

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:54
NASA astronaut coming back to Earth but efforts on to reach Mars

Washington: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in March last year will return together to Earth in little more than a week.

Kelly paved the way for future missions including Mars when he embarked on a one-year mission. The year-long endeavour has seen Kelly accomplishing several key missions, including growing the first space vegetable and flower, the US space agency said in a statement.

NASA has partnered with other space agencies to conduct numerous human research investigations to see how the human body changes during a year in space.


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Facebook inserts 'social' in its virtual reality dreams

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:07
Facebook inserts 'social' in its virtual reality dreams

New York: In its bid to further explore immersive new virtual reality (VR) experiences that will help people connect and share, Facebook has created a social VR team focused entirely on exploring the future of social interaction in VR.

This team will explore how people can connect and share using today's VR technology, as well as long-term possibilites as VR evolves into an increasingly important computing platform.

The team members will work closely with US-based virtual reality technology company Oculus and other teams at Facebook to build the foundation for tomorrow's social VR experiences on all platforms.


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Bristol Palin to keep daughter in Alaska

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:49
Bristol Palin to keep daughter in Alaska

Washington D. C., Feb. 22 : Bristol Palin is not giving her baby to her baby daddy Dakota Meyer and will be keeping her in Alaska.

Legal documents report that Meyer's DNA matches with two-month-old Sailor Grace, but Palin is still pushing back on his bid for a joint custody, reports TMZ. com.

Sources revealed that Bristol wants primary physical custody of her daughter. However, she is ok if Meyer gets visitation.

Apart from this, Bristol also wants child support and Meyer has filled documents saying that he is ready to pay. (ANI)


Donald Trump confident of winning Republican nomination

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 08:57
Donald Trump confident of winning Republican nomination

Columbia: Controversial Republican front- runner Donald Trump on Sunday exuded confidence that he was on his way to win the party's presidential nomination, defying the projection of political pundits who have been "wrong forever".

"So far, I'm really on my way," Trump told CNN after he netted back to back wins in South Carolina and New Hampshire following a close second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Trump's win today gave him a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada's Republican caucuses on Tuesday.

When asked if a strong opposition inside the party against him would result in a brokered convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July, Trump said he doesn't think "we're going to have a brokered convention. I think it is unlikely."


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Stop using hoverboards till deemed safe: Swagway tells customers

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 15:30
 Swagway tells customers

New York, Feb. 21 - Swagway, one of the leading hoverboard sellers in the United States, has called on all the customers to stop using its products till they are deemed safe by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after its months-long investigation on Saturday declared hoverboards as unsafe.

"In complying with the CPSC's requirements, we ask customers who have purchased a Swagway to refrain from using their boards in the interim. We will issue a recall if necessary, as soon as we fully understand the exact specifics that need to be addressed according to the CPSC requirements and will offer a remedy for our customers accordingly," a Swagway representative told Mashable.


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Michigan shooting: Six killed, gunman still at large

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 13:53
 Six killed, gunman still at large

Washington D. C., Feb. 21 - At least six people were killed during a shooting spree by an unidentified gunman in Kalamazoo County, Michigan on Sunday.

According to CNN, a total of nine people were shot in three locations in which two people are critical and one is in serious condition.

The first shooting occurred when a woman was shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot.

Shortly after that, three people were shot a car dealership in which two of the three were killed.

Then four people in two cars were shot outside a restaurant a few miles away from the dealership.

Three of them were killed; the fourth, a teenager, is in critical condition, authorities said.

All three shooting incidents appear to be related, authorities say.


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Donald Trump wins South Carolina

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 11:52
Donald Trump wins South Carolina

New York, Feb 21 - Republican front-runner Donald Trump late on Saturday won the South Carolina Republican primary.

The victory is seen as a tremendous show of strength in the heart of the Deep South that validates his status as the GOP's national front-runner, CNN reported.

Trump's win, following his victory in New Hampshire earlier this month and a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, gives the former reality television star a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada's Republican caucuses on Tuesday and the slate of 13 states voting on Super Tuesday on March 1.


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Jeb Bush drops out of White House race

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 10:53
Jeb Bush drops out of White House race

Columbia: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush -- brother and son to two US presidents -- has dropped out of the White House race, ending a campaign that never really took off despite major donor backing and his name recognition.

"Tonight, I am suspending my campaign," Bush said after a disappointing showing in South Carolina 's Republican primary, appearing to fight back tears.

"I'm proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country."

The 62-year-old Bush never could shed the narrative that he was a tarnished candidate unable to generate enthusiasm for yet another Bush presidency amid the current appetite for outsiders like Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.


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Now, talk to businesses directly on Twitter

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:29
Now, talk to businesses directly on Twitter

New York, Feb 20 - Micro-blogging website Twitter has launched new feature that is making it easier for businesses to directly receive messages from customers and address their problems.

"The social network would roll out new tools to improve two-way conversations with companies who want to use Twitter for online customer service," The Verge reported on Friday.

"Starting today (Friday), businesses and brands on Twitter can attach a 'send a private message' link to their tweets so customers can jump right into a Direct Message thread with a representative," the report added.


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Record number of Americans apply to be astronauts: NASA

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:08
 NASA

Washington, Feb 20 - US space agency NASA said on Friday that a record number of Americans have applied to be astronauts this year.

NASA said in a statement it has received more than 18,300 applications for its 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number it received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of
8,000 in 1978.

"It's not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars," said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, himself a former astronaut.

"A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from US soil on American-made spacecraft."


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