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Samsung top-selling smartphone brand globally: Report

Samsung top-selling smartphone brand globally: Report

New York, June 15 : South Korean smartphone giant Samsung sold the most number of smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of the year and is expected to sell 320 million smartphones by the end of the year, a new report said on Wednesday.

According to US-based market research company IC Insights, buoyed by the strong sales growth of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung sold 81.5 million smartphones, followed by Apple with 51.6 million smartphones -- in the first quarter.

Although the list of top 12 smartphone makers is dominated by China-based smartphone suppliers -- taking eight spots in the list -- Indian smartphone supplier Micromax broke into the list for the first time.


Twitter invests USD 70 million in music streaming service SoundCloud

Twitter invests USD 70 million in music streaming service SoundCloud

New York, June 15 : Micro-blogging website Twitter has invested USD 70 million in popular music streaming service SoundCloud, a move that may push Twitter's stalled growth and engagement with its over 300 million users.

According to a Re/Code report, "Twitter has invested around $70 million in the music service, as part of a round that should end up in the $100 million-range."

Nearly two years ago, the micro-blogging site had planned to buy SoundCloud but since then, had gone silent on this.

"We can confirm that Twitter has made an investment in SoundCloud. Both companies facilitate and inspire contemporary culture to happen in real time while reaching millions of people around the world," a SoundCloud spokesperson was quoted as saying.


Apple announces Swift Playgrounds for iPad

Apple announces Swift Playgrounds for iPad

New York, June 14 : US-based technology giant Apple at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday announced Swift Playgrounds for iPad that would allow users to play with Swift code on their device for the first time.

Apple wants to bring many more people into coding; this is their solution. The app incorporates lessons and challenges -- it is very much a teaching tool, technology website 9to5mac.com said.

The free Swift Playgrounds will be available in the App Store and a developer preview was released on Monday.

The code appears on the left with a preview on the right. Apple has made several different tutorials to gradually explain to people how to learn Swift.


Orlando shooting: Trump says 'was right about radical Islamic extremists'

Orlando shooting: Trump says 'was right about radical Islamic extremists'

New York, June 13 : In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since 9/11, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that he was "right" about warning about the danger of radical Islamic extremists.

"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!," he tweeted.

Trump has in the past called for a ban on the Muslims from entering the U. S. and the destruction of ISIS.

He also called on President Barack Obama to take a stand against"radical Islamic terrorism" or else "resign in disgrace" after a mass shooting claimed 50 lives.


Now, pay extra to make Uber wait

Now, pay extra to make Uber wait

New York, June 8 : American multinational online transportation network company Uber has rolled out a new rule by which they would be charging passengers if they are unable to arrive within two minutes of booking the Cab.

"Your time is valuable, so it's frustrating when riders run late or cancel when you're already at the pickup location. We have been trying something new paying drivers for wait times that exceed two minutes. In the cities where we've been testing this, we've seen that riders are more likely to be prompt," Uber wrote in a blog post.

"We will be expanding the policy to a dozen US cities this month, with more coming soon," the company added.

Uber said it has taken this move to make 'driving more empowering and worth your while', the independent reports. (ANI)


Clinton wins New Jersey primary, according to projections

Clinton wins New Jersey primary, according to projections

New York, June 8 : Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday won the primaries held in New Jersey, according to projections by several US media networks.

The data was released one hour after the close of polling stations in New Jersey, one of the six primaries scheduled for Tuesday, a key date to determine the final race for the White House, Efe news reported.

The partial results released so far, with 22 percent of the votes cast, show Clinton garnered 59 percent and her rival Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders 41 percent.

On the Republican side, the victory in New Jersey of real-estate magnate Donald Trump, the only remaining candidate in the race for US presidential November elections, is confirmed.


Hillary Clinton secures Democratic Presidential nomination: Reports

Hillary Clinton secures Democratic Presidential nomination: Reports

New York, June 7 : Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has won the majority of delegates needed to seal the Democratic nomination, becoming the first woman presidential nominee of the party.

According to a U. S. news agency, Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a last-minute support from super-delegates.

As per reports, she has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. The former first US lady also has the support of 571 super-delegates


Muslim judges would be biased towards me, says Trump

Muslim judges would be biased towards me, says Trump

New York, June 6 : Presumptive Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 U. S. elections Donald Trump has said that Muslim judges would be biased against him and would treat him unfairly if the latter were to preside over his cases.

Trump believed that the Muslim judge would be biased because of his controversial proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States.

"It is possible, yes. Yeah. That would be possible, absolutely," Trump said during the Face the Nation show of CBS, while replying to host John Dickerson questions.

"Isn't there sort of a tradition though in America that we don't judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?" host John Dickerson asked.


Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest accounts hacked

Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest accounts hacked

New York, June 6 : The accounts of Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of social media giant Facebook, on Twitter and Pinterest were compromised over the weekend, a media report said.

The hacker group 'OurMine Team' behind the hacking claimed that it was possible due to the LinkedIn password dump that happened a few weeks ago, technology website VentureBeat reported on Sunday.

OurMine's Twitter account now stands suspended.

"So Twitter suspended our old Twitter. We are trying to get it back if not this account will be the official," OurMine Team tweeted from its new account.

Millions of LinkedIn user account details were leaked online last month and the company reacted by invalidating the credentials and contacting affected members to reset their passwords, the report said. IANS


Google yet to build smartphones on its own: Sundar Pichai

Google yet to build smartphones on its own: Sundar Pichai

New York, June 2 : Software giant Google has no plans to do its own smartphone as of now and will continue to work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on building Nexus devices, Indian-born top executive Sundar Pichai has said.

Addressing a packed "Code Conference" in California on Wednesday, Pichai said that "our plan is still to work with hardware partners".

"Nexus, we are investing more effort into them. You'll see us put more thought into Nexus devices, there are categories beyond phones, we'll be opinionated where we need to be to push the category forward," he added.


Samsung Galaxy Note 5 most loved in US: Poll

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 most loved in US: Poll

New York, June 2 : While Apple devices still remain the preferred choices for the US citizens, it is Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that has topped the 2016 American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) poll.

According to the annual poll comprising 12,710 people, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet has a rating of 86 out of 100, 9to5mac.com reported on Thursday.

iPhone 6 Plus is one notch behind at 85. In last year's satisfaction index, Apple and Samsung were neck-to-neck at 80.

This year, Samsung retained last year's score while Apple just edged past Samsung at 81 rating.

Lenovo's Motorola receded 3 percent to 77 as did HTC at 75. LG remained at 74 while Microsoft Mobile came down to 74.


Clinton makes final push in runup to New Jersey primary

Clinton makes final push in runup to New Jersey primary

New York, June 2 : Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a campaign appearance in New Jersey to tout her plan to provide social wellbeing to Americans and defeat her rival Bernie Sanders there in the last big primary on the East Coast.

With 142 delegates up for grabs, New Jersey will holds its Democratic and Republican primaries on the same day as California -- June 7 -- and with a time difference of three hours the result in the eastern state may well influence voters in the West Coast state with its whopping 546 delegates.


Trump 'wise', Clinton 'dull' says North Korean state media op-ed

Trump 'wise', Clinton 'dull' says North Korean state media op-ed

New York, June 1 : A North Korean state media website has published an op-ed on presumptive U.S. Republican nominee

Donald Trump, and described him as 'wise' and presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as 'dull'.

A self-described Chinese North Korean scholar named Han Yong Mook, writing in DPRK Today called Trump 'wise' and a far-sighted presidential candidate.

"The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary -- who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula -- but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea," CNN quoted his writing as saying.


'Like Modi, next US Prez should outline economic growth plan'

'Like Modi, next US Prez should outline economic growth plan'

New York: Citing 'Make in India' and 'Start Up India' campaigns for boosting manufacturing and employment, tech giant Cisco's Chairman John Chambers has said the next US President should take a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and outline the plan for growth of the American economy.

Weighing in on the 2016 US presidential race, Chambers said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could be the next US President going by the "current momentum".

He, however, said the next US President, irrespective of the political party, should outline his plans for growing America's economy, leveraging technology and creating jobs just as Modi is doing in India.


Express more in 140 characters on Twitter soon

Express more in 140 characters on Twitter soon

New York, May 25 : Micro-blogging site Twitter is rolling out new features that will help its over 300 million users express even more in 140 characters.

In the coming months, it will make changes to simplify Tweets, including what counts toward your 140 characters. So for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos and polls) will no longer "use up" valuable characters.

"When replying to a tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group," Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.


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