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Prince William looking forward to Princess Charlotte`s growing up 'drama'

US News - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:24
Prince William looking forward to Princess Charlotte`s growing up 'drama'

Washington D. C., Feb. 27 : Prince William, who recently attended the RBS 6 Nations Wales v France game at the Principality Stadium in Wales, gushed over his daughter in front of a pool of reporters.

The Duke of Cambridge joked; "Please tell me it gets easier" before he clarified that Princess Charlotte is very easy, reports E! Online.

The 33-year-old Prince added that all fathers say to him when daughters turn nine or 11 they get crazy, to which he replies that he is looking forward to it as there will be some drama.

He added that things are going very well since the addition of their little girl this past May. (ANI)


No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

US News - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 16:33
No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

Washington, Feb 26 : US President Barack Obama once again renewed his call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, saying there is no alternative to his removal.

Obama also called on Russia and the Syrian government to honour a negotiated ceasefire in the war-torn country, warning Moscow and Damascus that the "world will be watching," a report in Daily Mail said.

Obama made the remarks after holding a rare meeting with his national security team at the State Department on Thursday, a day before the cessation of hostilities was due to come into force. The ceasefire for Syria is set to take effect at midnight Friday.


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YouTube now allows filmmakers to blur out unwanted objects in videos

US News - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:23
YouTube now allows filmmakers to blur out unwanted objects in videos

Washington, Feb. 26 : Video-sharing website YouTube has launched a tool for creators that allow them to blur any object in their videos before it makes it to the public Web.

Youtube launched a face-blurring tool in 2012, but the updated desktop tool now can blur out any section that move, too, and it keeps them blurred as they travel around the video, reports the Verge.

The tool allows the users to draw a box on top of the part of the video which they want to blur, and it can even track and follow the object as it moves throughout the footage. The users can also change the size of the blur box as the video progresses.


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Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

US News - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 09:25
Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

Washington: Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul has introduced a joint resolution in the US Congress to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

The resolution (SJ Res 30) calls for prohibiting sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, which the State Department had recently notified to the Congress.

Introduced by Paul on February 24, the resolution also calls for prohibiting sale of other military hardware to Pakistan including eight Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDWES), 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).

Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has put a hold on the sale of F-16s to Pakistan.


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Leadership means muscles, indeed

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 17:34
Leadership means muscles, indeed

Washington D.C, Feb 25 : Want to be seen as a leader? You may want to build up some muscle, as a new study has revealed that muscular men are perceived to be better leaders than physically weak ones.

Take Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose past popularity was a result of his physical prowess as a "Mr. Universe" bodybuilder. In the 2003's historic recall election, the physically imposing Schwarzenegger easily defeated California Governor Gray Davis, who is arguably weaker looking than 'The Terminator.'

Study participants in a series of experiments, conducted by UC Berkeley's Cameron Anderson and Oklahoma State University's Aaron Lukaszewski, overwhelmingly equated physical strength with higher status and leadership qualities.


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High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:21
High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

Washington: Seeking to bolster its effort to counter Islamic State (IS) messaging on social media, President Brack Obama`s administration is assembling something of a high-tech dream team to battle the terrorist group online, media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting conducted at the Justice Department on Wednesday, executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV and Buzzfeed offered their input to top counter-intelligence officials, according to an industry source familiar with the meeting, reports CNN.

Nick Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre, told the group the administration was making strides in combating IS on social media, where the terrorist army has inspired potential lone wolf assailants to carry out attacks.


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New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:53
New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

Los Angeles: Actor Liam Cunningham has revealed that 'Game of Thrones' season six will be "bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier".

Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in the fantasy series, admitted that from what he has seen and filmed, the new season is set to be even raunchier and more violent than ever before, read a statement.

"We just finished filming at the end of December," he said.

"I've seen a bit of it and it's looking really good. It's bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier. It's probably more violent, so there will be magnificent drama."

The show maintains a strong Irish influence as it also stars Dublin actor Aidan Gillen and is filmed largely in Belfast.


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WTO rules against India on US solar exports

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:21
WTO rules against India on US solar exports

Washington, Feb 25 - In a setback to India, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has ruled in favour of the US in its challenge to New Delhi's alleged discrimination against US solar exports, according to US Trade Representative (USTR).

The panel agreed with the US that India's "localisation" rules discriminated against imported solar cells and modules under India's National Solar Mission, according to an official news release citing USTR Michael Froman.

India's domestic content requirements, it agreed, discriminate against US solar cells and modules by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-manufactured cells and modules rather than US or other imported solar technology in breach of international trade rules.


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Computers know you're bored when you fidget

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:41
Computers know you're bored when you fidget

Washington D. C, Feb 25 : According to a new study, computers can detect boredom in you by reading your body language.

The study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), shows that by measuring a person's movements as they use a computer, it is possible to judge their level of interest by monitoring whether they display the tiny movements that people usually constantly exhibit, known as non-instrumental movements.

If someone is absorbed in what they are watching or doing, what Dr Witchel calls "rapt engagement," there is a decrease in these involuntary movements.


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Grammar of politics: Conservatives prefer nouns

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:17
 Conservatives prefer nouns

Washington D. C, Feb 25 - Reflecting the psychological pulls that underlie our political differences, right-wingers and left-wingers tend to construct sentences in different ways. According to new transatlantic research, conservatives prefer using nouns.

As part of the study, the University of Kent researchers found that the US presidents, who were considered conservative, used a greater proportion of nouns in major speeches.

The researchers, led by Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their names, rather than describing them in terms of their features. An example would be saying someone 'is an optimist', rather than 'is optimistic'.


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'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:24
'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

Washington: The United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan would affect "some aspects" of Indo-US relationship, a top American military commander has said, amid India's strong protest over the deal.

"With regard to the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, while I don't have a professional opinion on that sale itself, certainly it will affect some aspects of our relationship with India," the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander, Admiral Harry Harris, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Harris, who will visit India next week, was responding to question from members of the House Armed Services Committee.


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Twitter's Fabric app to help developers monitor app crashes on smartphones

US News - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 17:27
Twitter's Fabric app to help developers monitor app crashes on smartphones

New York: After five months of development, micro-blogging website Twitter has launched an app for its Fabric mobile development toolkit so that developers can address various issues related to their app including sudden crash through smartphones.

Fabric is a tool that developers use to keep constant pulse on their apps once out in the wild and helps them track crashes or user behaviour within the apps.

"No longer will app developers need to rely on their desktops and laptops in order to check on the health of their apps, find out the number of monthly active users or the average length of users' sessions, or discover crashes affecting certain users," tech website Venturebeat reported.


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Learn from 'Candy Brush' app how to brush your teeth

US News - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 15:52
Learn from 'Candy Brush' app how to brush your teeth

New York: While you are busy bursting candies on Candy Crush game on your smartphones, Oral-B has introduced a new "smart" toothbrush which works in tandem with a special app "Candy Brush" to help you correctly brush your teeth.

The special app record metrics such as interdental cleaning, pressure applied, brushing duration, and tongue cleanliness, NBCnews.com reported.

Oral-B unveiled the high-tech toothbrush called "Genius" at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, this week.


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Soon, smartphone to replace your car audio head unit

US News - 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

US News - 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

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

US News - 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

US News - 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

US News - 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

US News - 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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