US troops abandoned weapons during clash with ISIS in Afghanistan

US troops abandoned weapons during clash with ISIS in Afghanistan

New York, Aug. 10 : The Pentagon has acknowledged that U.S. troops abandoned equipment and weapons after they came under fire from ISIS fighters during recent operations in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon had previously indicated that photos of the military items that surfaced on internet by ISIS this weekend were in all likelihood American.

Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, chief spokesman for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition said that the U.S. troops came under effective enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan on July 25, reports CNN.

He added the clash forced them to abandon their position and led to some of their equipment being captured by ISIS.


No plan to change temperament: Trump

No plan to change temperament: Trump

Washington, Aug 10 : US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had no plan to change his temperament as he was grappling with his sagging poll numbers following recent feud with a family of a fallen Muslim American soldier and leaders within his own party.

"I think that my temperament has gotten me here," Xinhua cited Trump as saying in an interview with Fox Business Network.

"I have always had a good temperament and it's gotten me here. We beat a lot of people in the primaries and now we have one person left, and we're actually doing pretty well there, but we'll see how it all comes out," he added.


Facebook 'blocks' adblockers

Facebook 'blocks' adblockers

New York, Aug 10 : In a move seen in favour of publishers, social media giant Facebook on Tuesday introduced a technology by which the advertisements on the platform would bypass the adblockers on desktop browsers making it harder for people to avoid seeing them.

The Menlo Park-headquartered company has also asked its users to identify which ads they do not like to allow the firm to collect in-depth information for marketers.

Facebook commissioned a research to investigate why 70 million Americans and nearly 200 million people worldwide use adblockers, Tech Crunch reported.


Trump's campaign spends zero on ads, Clinton spent millions

Trump's campaign spends zero on ads, Clinton spent millions

Washington, Aug 10 : Since the end of the political primaries in June, the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has spent absolutely nothing on television advertisements, the media reported on Wednesday.

However, the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has laid out $52 million on TV ads, most of it in swing states that are predicted to be key in the November elections, EFE news cited figures gathered by the Advertising Analytics analysis firm as showing.

The billionaire's austerity calls attention to his unpopularity in the polls, where Clinton has a wide lead, and his fundraising efforts and donations in July, when he collected more than $80 million.


Rights to sexual freedom hampered at retirement homes: Study

Rights to sexual freedom hampered at retirement homes: Study

Washington D.C., Aug. 9 - Putting up at retirement homes limits older adults' rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities.

According to a Georgia State University study, though assisted-living facilities emphasize independence and autonomy, the staff and administrators behave in ways that create an environment of surveillance.

This indicates conflict between autonomy and the protection of residents in regard to sexual freedom in assisted-living facilities.

Regulations at these facilities may vary, but they share a mission of providing a home-like environment that emphasizes consumer choice, autonomy, privacy and control.


Focus on future to stop impulsive use of credit card

Focus on future to stop impulsive use of credit card

New York, Aug 7 : Are you not able to save money because of an impulsive urge to use credit cards? If yes, you need not necessarily have to cut up your card as new research suggests that focusing more on the future may help you reduce impulsiveness and make better financial decisions.

Simple visualisation and writing exercises designed to help people create vivid, detailed mental pictures of their future helps them to improve their financial behaviours and ultimately their lives, the study said.

"Our results suggest that by helping people to create vivid, detailed mental pictures of their future, we may be able to help them take better financial decisions," said Sarah Newcomb, Behavioural Economist at Chicago-based investment management firm Morningstar.


Trump endorses House Speaker Paul Ryan

Trump endorses House Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, Aug 6 : Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday in a move aimed at mending an intra-party rift that has put the Republican presidential nominee at odds with his party's highest-ranking elected official.

Trump's endorsement of Ryan came at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ryan's home state, CNN reported.

"We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change. So in our shared mission, to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House, Paul Ryan," Trump said on Friday night.

On Tuesday, Trump shocked party members when he refused to endorse Ryan, as well as Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte.


Twitter testing new direct message button

Twitter testing new direct message button

New York, Aug 6 : Micro-blogging website Twitter is testing a new feature for brands that puts its "Messaging" button front-and-centre, thereby encouraging customers to start their conversations with the business via DM (direct message) instead of in public view, a media report said.

A number of businesses use Twitter to interact with their customers and offer support.

But that often means responding to angry tweets directed at their account, then switching users over to private messaging to deal with the issues at hand, technology website Techcrunch.com reported.

Now, Twitter has made a slight change to the way profiles are displayed on mobile to encourage users to use direct messages rather than public tweets.


Trump 'finally' endorses Paul Ryan after refusing to back him

Trump 'finally' endorses Paul Ryan after refusing to back him

Washington, Aug 6 : Donald Trump finally endorsed U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan, changing his previous stance of refusing to back the highest ranking elected Republican, in a move to mend an intra-party rift.

Trump read his endorsement off a sheet of paper in a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last night.

"In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. We may disagree on a couple of things but mostly we agree," the Guardian quoted him as saying.

Both Trump and Ryan were at odds as they shared different opinions on various issues.


Apple buys machine learning startup Turi to make Siri better

Apple buys machine learning startup Turi to make Siri better

San Francisco, Aug 6 : Taking another foray into the field of artificial intelligence (AI) AND machine learning and to make its digital assistant Siri better, Apple has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup Turi for nearly $200 million.

According to a GeekWire report, the move is set to increase Apple's presence in the Seattle region where the tech giant has been building an engineering outpost for the past two years.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," said Apple in a statement given to GeekWire.

Turi offers tools that are meant to let developers easily scale machine learning applications.


IS losing ground but continues to inspire attacks: Obama

IS losing ground but continues to inspire attacks: Obama

Washington, Aug.5 : Admitting that efforts to find a solution to the Syria crisis are turning his hair grey, U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Islamic State (IS) group is losing ground in the Middle East but it continues to inspire attacks around the world.

Obama at a press briefing in Washington after meeting top military and security officials at the Pentagon said, "Two years ago ISIL was racing across Iraq to the outskirts of Baghdad itself and to many observers ISIL looked invincible."

"[But] in both Iraq and Syria, ISIL has not been able to reclaim any significant territory that they have lost. Even ISIL's leaders know they're going to keep losing," abc.net.au quoted Obama, as saying.


US President's daughter gets summer job at food joint

US President's daughter gets summer job at food joint

London, Aug 5 : After living eight of her 15 years in the luxurious confines of the White House, the first daughter of the United States of America, Sasha Obama, is all set to learn other half of life this summer.

President Barack Obama's younger daughter has currently taken up a summer job at Nancy's restaurant on Martha's Vineyard, a local hot spot that serves fried seafood and milkshakes, reports the Daily Mail.

Sasha was spotted in her uniform of a blue t-shirt, hat and khaki banks, ringing up take-out orders for hungry customers.

Reportedly, the youngest Obama is using her full name Natasha at the restaurant, where she is protected by six Secret Service agents stationed rather conspicuously on the takeout benches during her shifts.


Facebook rolls out new features for Indian businesses

Facebook rolls out new features for Indian businesses

New York, Aug 4 : In a move to make its Pages feature valuable for businesses online, Facebook on Thursday announced two new Page sections - Services and Shop - for emerging markets including in India where 57 per cent of people on Facebook are connected to a business.

The Shop section provides businesses with a new way to prominently display the products they are selling on their Page.

It allows people to easily discover, browse and make offers to purchase products through messaging from the businesses they care about, Facebook said in a statement.

The Services section allows service businesses to showcase a list of their offerings on their Page.


Twitter shares spike after buyout rumours

Twitter shares spike after buyout rumours

New York, Aug 4 : Twitter shares surged by over 7 per cent to close at $17.61 on Wednesday following a rumour saying that former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer was buying the micro-blogging website.

There were multiple reports, saying that Ballmer and Saudi Arabia's Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal were getting ready with a bid to buy Twitter.

Last year, Ballmer announced that he had acquired 4 per cent stake in Twitter which has market cap of nearly $12 billion, SiliconBeat reported on Thursday.

Twitter was yet to respond to the rumour.

Earlier, although it added three million users -- one million more that what analysts had expected -- the not-so-promising second quarter earnings results led to the shares of micro-blogging website Twitter tumbling.


Pence distances self from Trump, backs House Speaker Ryan

Pence distances self from Trump, backs House Speaker Ryan

Washington, Aug 4 : Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence on Wednesday distanced himself from Donald Trump and expressed his "strong" support for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is running for re-election to his Wisconsin congressional seat.

The real estate magnate's decision not to back Ryan's candidacy, or that of Arizona Senator John McCain, another GOP heavyweight who is running for re-election, was severely criticised on Tuesday by the Republican Party. EFE news reported.

On Wednesday, Pence, who is the Governor of Indiana, told Fox News that Ryan is an old friend and said that he is a "strong conservative leader", who -- if re-elected -- will do "great things".


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