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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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FB makes birthday greetings trendy

US News - 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

US News - 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

US News - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:56
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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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