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Taylor Swift grabs Billboard's 'Woman of the Year' Award for 2nd time in row

Taylor SwiftMelbourne, Dec 13 - Taylor Swift has claimed the Billboard's coveted Woman of the Year Award for the second time.

The American singer said that getting named for the honour for a second time was like receiving amazing early birthday present, News. com. au reported.

The 'Blank Space' hit-maker added that she was going to have blast on her 25th birthday like she has when she got her first album hit.

Singer Aretha Franklin sang 'Happy Birthday' for Swift and made her feel special at the award ceremony. (ANI)

'Original butt girl' Pippa Middleton says her booty isn't comparable to Kim K's

Pippa MiddletonMelbourne, Dec 11 : Pippa Middleton has written in a column for the UK's Spectator that her backside, though it has enjoyed "fleeting fame," is not comparable to Kim Kardashian's booty.

The 31-year-old columnist, whose own backside was considered to be the rear of 2011 when she wore a tight-fitting bridesmaid's dress to the Royal Wedding, wrote that Kardashian's aim, apparently, was to break the internet, but Middleton is not sure if she's going the right way about it, News. com. au reported.

Air New Zealand named 'airline of the year' for second year in row

air new zealandMelbourne, Dec 2 : AIR New Zealand has been named airline of the year by AirlineRatings. com for the second time in a row.

According to News. com. au, the international airline safety and product rating website says Air NZ is being honoured for the second consecutive year for its in-flight innovations, record financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff.

AirlineRatings. com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said that Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice and given the airline's location and the country's size its performance is even more remarkable.

The airline also scooped the award for best premium economy class .

Vegetarians maybe healthy but not happy

Vegetarians maybe healthy but not happyMelbourne, Nov 25 : A new study has found that though people on veggie diet maybe healthier than meat-eaters, they are not generally happier.

According to the Alere Wellness Index, vegetarians tend to drink and smoke less and are physically more active than non-vegetarians, but they are also more likely to have mental problems like depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr John Lang, who developed the wellness index made up of scores for nutrition, fitness, smoking, alcohol, psychological wellbeing, body mass and medical conditions, said the adoption of a vegetarian diet can sometimes follow the onset of mental disorders.

Jennifer Aniston says she stopped working out for 'Cake' role

Jennifer AnistonMelbourne, Nov 21 : Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she completely stopped working out to gain wait for her role in the upcoming film ' Cake'.

The 45-year-old actress, who stars alongside Aussie actor Sam Worthington, said that she basically just didn't work out for two-and-a-half months and stopped being as careful about her diet as she normally is, News. com. au reported.

Bailey backs Haddin to lead team during first Test against India

George BaileyMelbourne, Nov 21 : George Bailey has reportedly backed right-handed batsman and Vice-captain of the Australian ODI team, Brad Haddin, to take up the reigns of the team in the first Test against India but has refused to rule out injured skipper Michael Clarke.

Bailey said that he expected Haddin to be behind the stumps at the Gabba from December 4-8 and lead the team on the field if Clarke is unable to recover in time, reported News. com. au.

He said that Haddin would "relish the opportunity and he deserves the opportunity."

He refuted the suggestion that one of the younger Australians should be asked to lead the team with an eye to the future. (ANI)

Nokia shows off first N1 Android Tablet aimed at Chinese market

Nokia shows off first N1 Android Tablet Melbourne, Nov 19 : Nokia has made an unexpected return to mobile devices with an Android tablet aimed at the Chinese market, a report said.

Nokia's head of products Sebastian Nystroem said in a statement that the company was pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into the hands of the consumers with N1 Android tablet, reported News. com. au.

The tablet will be made by Taiwanese technology group Foxconn, which is Apple's biggest supplier and will be launched in early 2015. It is expected to be priced at 249 dollars excluding taxes.

Nokia also plans to expand the sales to other markets.

You can now search for anything you have ever tweeted

You can now search for anything you have ever tweetedMelbourne, Nov 19 : Twitter has reportedly widened its search function allowing users access to 500 million tweets.

According to News. com. au, the newly enhanced search function can burrow back through half a trillion tweets to find one's most embarrassing moment from as early as 2006.

Twitter said in a statement that its search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and its search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency.

It further stated that its longstanding goal had been to let people search through every Tweet ever published. (ANI)

PM Modi pitches economic growth, reforms to business leaders in Melbourne

PM Modi pitches economic growth, reforms to business leaders in MelbourneMelbourne, Nov 18 : Asserting that his government was committed to building infrastructure across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told business leaders in Melbourne that reforms were being undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business in India.

"We are focused on infrastructure, including national roads, rural infrastructure, irrigation works, modernisation and high speed rail. My government is actively working to revive the economy. New world class ports will be developed across India's coasts, inland waterways will be developed," said Prime Minister Modi.

Becks' Facebook pic causes embarrassment in Vietnam

David BeckhamMelbourne, Nov 17 : A pic posted on David Beckham's official Facebook page has caused embarrassment in Vietnam.

The pic shows showing a woman in Hanoi taking a picture of him from her scooter while not wearing a helmet and carrying an infant between her knees, which sparked widespread criticism, News. com. au reported.

The pic, which has attracted over 18,000 comments, had Beckham's caption saying that he's all for fans taking a picture but not sure this is the safest way to do it!"

Users took the social networking site saying that it was an ugly face of Vietnam , while another user said that the woman was crazy for taking a pic that way with her baby on her lap.

Facebook's new feature 'Say Thanks' allows users to express love to family, friends

Facebook Say ThanksMelbourne, Nov 13 : Facebook has come up with yet another surprise for its users- a new feature that allows them to show their love and gratitude to family and friends by sharing video cards.

According to News. com. au, the feature, called Say Thanks, will allow users to share sophisticated video cards with mates that feature some of their most memorable moments.

Users have the option of four video templates that can be flooded with photos and posts to create a personalised video within seconds.

The templates are tailored to different types of relationships: friends, old friends, family and "it's complicated," the report said.

`The Simpsons' co-creator to donate his fortune to charity

Melbourne, Nov 11 - The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon has decided to give away his million dollars wealth as he enters his final days after suffering from terminal colon cancer, it has been revealed.

Simon had earlier said in a interview that Cancer was a horrible disease and he was struggling with it, it was a journey, it was a fight, it was tough but, if one want publicity and one want to pick up girls, cancer was the greatest thing in the world, News.com.au reported.

The 59-year-old American producer has partnered with groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Save the Children and Feeding Families, and has donated tens of millions of dollars to worthy causes.

Serena Williams says 'big ass' stops her from running NYC Marathon

Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Nov 8 - Serene Williams has revealed that she thinks her ass is "too big" for her to run a marathon.

The current No. 1 in women's singles tennis conducted a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter responded to a query about whether she would follow in gal pal Caroline Wozniacki's footsteps and run the New York Marathon, News.com.au reported.

Williams also said that she's desperate she is to start a family and how she's not single by choice. (ANI)

`Shocked` Iggy Azalea was frightened by role in `Furious 7`

Iggy AzaleaMelbourne, Nov 4 - Iggy Azalea, who will also appear in the latest series 'Fast and Furious', has said that she was stunned and frightened to discover that she had lines in ' Furious 7'.

The 24-year-old rapper asserted that at first she thought that she would just be waving a flag like Rita Ora did in the last movie, News.com.au reported.

The Australian rapper continued that she got some lines and then her character was friends with Vin Diesel's character.

Azalea admitted that she was way out of her comfort zone on the set of the movie, and now realized that acting was not easy. (ANI)

Now, wristband that shocks people into quitting bad habits

 Pavlok.jpgMelbourne, November 3 : An American firm has developed a wristband that can shock people in to giving up bad habits.

The ' Pavlok ' wristband lets the user simply picks a bad habit he or she wishes to tackle and chooses the punishment it will mete out, News. com. au reported.

The shocks can range anywhere from a vibration or sound reminder, to making the wearer pay a fee or sending a mild electric shock of up to 300 volts.

If on the other hand, the wearer gets up early as planned, goes to the gym or completes the hours necessary to complete an academic paper, then a financial reward is handed out or a friend is notified.

Ancient engravings on Mars' surface rekindle alien speculations

Melbourne, Oct 28 - Astronomers recently observed ancient engravings on the surface of Mars, which once again sparked the speculations of possibilities of alien life on the "Red" planet.

The "Mars Petroglyph" joins a string of "anomalous" objects like humanoid statue, ball-bearings, a microscopic gearwheel and a thighbone, found among the thousands of images being beamed back by NASA's robotic rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, News.com.au reported.

The latest "xenoarchaeological" evidence is said to come from an unusual rock caught in a picture from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover earlier in 2014.

Consuming beer every day doubles fertility in men

men drinking beerMelbourne, Oct 21 : A new study has claimed that drinking around a pint and a half of beer per night could double their fertility rates.

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, assessed the habits of 105 men with an average age of 37 whose partners were undergoing IVF between 2007 and 2013, and found that men who consumed at least 22g of alcohol daily, had double the chances to become fathers through IVF than those who didn't, News.com.au reported.

Meanwhile, the study also found that Caffeine could be harmful for fertility, as men who drank at least 265mg of coffee were the least likelier to have kids.

Fly Emirates for best in-flight food

Emirates Airline Food Melbourne, Oct 17 : A luxury food magazine has rated Emirates as the carrier with the best in-flight food options.

According to Saveur , the quality of the food served by the airline is dazzling" and "a pleasure", News.com.au reported.

The magazine said that the seven-course meals are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china, alongside an extensive range of vintage wines is exquisite, while award-winning chefs create menus that are healthy and delicious. Dining in this kind of impeccable luxury is comparable to dining in any gourmet restaurant or five-star hotel.

Robots could wipe out human population like spam, says Elon Musk

Melbourne, Oct 13 - Elon Musk recently said during an event that he thinks robots could wipe humans like spam".

He also tried to warn that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is developing at a speed so rapid, that humans will eventually be caught out, News.com.au reported.

The 43 year old quoted movies like I, Robot and Terminator, saying they could come true.

Musk has tried to warn the world of artificial intelligence earlier too. In August this year he tweeted saying that AI could potentially be more dangerous than nuclear weapons.(ANI)

Shia LaBeouf slashed face during 'Fury' shoot for authenticity

Shia LaBeoufMelbourne, Oct 07 : Shia LaBeouf reportedly cut his own while shooting for upcoming movie ' Fury' in order to make the role appear more authentic.

Co-star Logan Lerman said that the 28-year-old actor wasn't convinced with the cuts that the make-up artists made on his face, so he took the knife and slashed his face, in fact, he kept opening the cuts for the whole movie, News. com. au reported.

The 'Disturbia' actor also had a tooth removed from a dentist for the film which opens in Australia on October 23, he further added.

Recently even actor Brad Pitt also stated during his GQ interview that LaBeouf was full on "commitment." (ANI)



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