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100 ISIS militants killed in Mosul airstrikes

100 ISIS militants killed in Mosul airstrikes

New York, Mar. 21 : At least 100 ISIS militants have been killed in the two-day airstrikes in Iraq's Mosul city, according to the Iraqi Army.

The Iraqi Army had yesterday tweeted that international airstrikes targeted key ISIS militants at various locations in the city, including Mosul University.

According to them, there were no students inside the university and the army also claimed that the varsity's building is being used for training purposes.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that it has confirmed the strikes, the first with someone inside the Mosul University and the other with the former governor Athil Al Nujayfi of Nineveh Province in which Mosul is located.

Nujayfi said that 17 senior ISIS fighters and numerous locals were killed in the strikes.(ANI)


Yahoo turns to Facebook for Tumblr ad-sale deal: Report

Yahoo turns to Facebook for Tumblr ad-sale deal: Report

New York, March 19 : Yahoo is reportedly in talks with Facebook about an advertising partnership that would allow the social networking site to sell ads on Tumblr.

According to a report in The Information website, Yahoo is considering a deal with Facebook that would allow the social network giant to sell ads inside Tumblr's mobile app.

A Facebook deal would involve sales through Facebook Audience Network, a relatively new offering that allows advertisers who already work with the company to sell ads that also run outside the network on other sites, the report added.


Twitter's 140-character limit to stay: CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter's 140-character limit to stay: CEO Jack Dorsey

New York, March 19 : If you thought you will be able to convey more to your friends and policymakers on Twitter soon, hold on. According to the micro-blogging site, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 characters and its original 140-character limit is here to stay.

Appearing on a TV show, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is "a beautiful constraint" and that Twitter "will never lose that feeling".

"It's (140-characters) staying. It's a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity... We're changing a lot. We're always going to make Twitter better," he was quoted as saying in a Tech Crunch report on Saturday.


Nintendo's app based game launched in Japan

Nintendo's app based game launched in Japan

New York: Kyoto-based video-game giant Nintendo launched "Miitomo" -- its first ever app that lets users create a cartoon-like character that plays games and socialises with other players.

Currently only available in Japan, the smartphone application lets users create avatars called "Miis" and customise them with different hairstyles, facial features, outfits, accessories and more, Tech Crunch reported on Thursday.

A user can even give Mii a nickname, customise how it speaks and choose its personality. Moreover, a Mii can be created using a photo taken from smartphone's camera.

An in-game shop lets a user buy more items for Mii like new outfits to wear.

For this purchase the user has to pay with Miitomo coins which can either be bought or won through game play.


Nike unveils HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers with 'adaptive lacing'

Nike unveils HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers with 'adaptive lacing'

New York, Mar. 18 : American multinational corporation Nike has announced a first shoe of its type designed in a way that ties shoelaces by itself.

The company refers the new feature as 'adaptive lacing'.

Nike's designer Tinker Hatfield said the company is working on other innovations that will provide automatic adjustments.

"Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It's about accelerating toward it. We are able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it," Hatfield said.


PM Modi on TIME's most influential people on internet for 2nd year

PM Modi on TIME's most influential people on internet for 2nd year

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the most influential people on the Internet, TIME magazine said, describing the Indian leader as an "Internet star" who often uses social media to "conduct diplomacy".

The magazine cited Modi's unconventional announcement on Twitter of his visit to Pakistan last year while naming him among 'The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet' for the second year in a row in this year's unranked list.

The list includes US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West, author J K Rowling, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.


Instagram to show posts according to user's interest

Instagram to show posts according to user's interest

New York, March 16 : Facebook's photo-sharing platform Instagram is testing a new feature for more personalised feed that would show posts according to the user's interest.

The reorganised feed relies on an algorithm to sort images and videos based on what users are likely to be most interested in, resembling the feature of its parent company Facebook, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

The social media platform currently organises feeds from newest to oldest.

According to Instagram co-founder and chief executive Kevin Systrom, people miss an average of 70 percent of the posts in their feeds, adding: "What this is about is making sure that the 30 percent you see is the best 30 percent possible."


Oil prices drop amid ample supply

Oil prices drop amid ample supply

New York, March 16 : Oil prices dropped as market expected that global supply exceeded the demand.

The West Texas Intermediate for April delivery on Tuesday moved down 84 cents to settle at $36.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for May delivery decreased 79 cents to close at $38.74 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange, Xinhua news agency reported.

Hopes faded that major crude producers would freeze output levels to ease a global glut as Iran reportedly said Monday that it intended to ramp its production level back up to the 4 million barrels a day.

Saudi Arabia and Russia announced in mid-February that they would halt production increases as long as other major producers followed suit.


US stocks end mixed

US stocks end mixed

New York, March 16 : US stocks closed mixed as investors digested the newly-released economic data while awaiting US Federal Reserve policy announcement.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 22.40 points, or 0.13 percent, to 17,251.53 on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The S&P 500 fell 3.71 points, or 0.18 percent, to 2,015.93. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 21.61 points, or 0.45 percent, to 4,728.67.(IANS)


Your smartphone is clueless if you are raped or want to die

Your smartphone is clueless if you are raped or want to die

New York, March 15 : Most of the top smartphone app including Siri on Apple phones and Cortana on Windows phones cannot help you if you raise an alert to them that you are raped, want to commit suicide, feel depressed or are being abused, researchers have revealed.

According to Adam S. Miner from Stanford University, California and coauthors, four popular smartphone conversational agents answer inconsistently and incompletely when asked simple questions about mental health, interpersonal violence and physical violence.

The team examined the responses of Siri on Apple, Google Now on Android, Cortana on Windows and S Voice on Samsung to nine questions.


US stocks end mixed

US stocks end mixed

New York, March 15 : US stocks pared early losses to close narrowly mixed as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting later this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15.82 points, or 0.09 percent, to 17,229.13 on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The S&P 500 fell 2.55 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,019.64. The Nasdaq Composite Index edged up 1.81 points, or 0.04 percent, to
4,750.28.

The Fed will start its highly-anticipated policy meeting on Tuesday and hold a press conference on Wednesday. (IANS)


US dollar rises ahead of Fed meeting

US dollar rises ahead of Fed meeting

New York, March 15 : The US dollar increased against other major currencies as investors were awaiting the closely-watched Federal Reserve meeting.

In late New York trading on Monday, the euro fell to $1.1083 from $1.1155 of the previous session, and the British pound dropped to $1.4299 from $1.4378, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar went down to $0.7496 from $0.7573.

The dollar bought 113.82 Japanese yen, higher than 113.73 yen of the previous session.

The dollar increased to 0.9880 Swiss francs from 0.9819 Swiss francs, and it inched up to 1.3270 Canadian dollars from 1.3218 Canadian dollars.

Fed officials will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the country's economic performance and monetary policy. (IANS)


Snapchat working on 'smart' glasses like Google Glass?

Snapchat working on 'smart' glasses like Google Glass?

New York, March 14 : After changing the orthodox ways of chatting, video messaging application Snapchat is now reportedly working to give tough competition to Google with its own augmented reality (AR) "smart" glasses.

According to a Tech Crunch report, Snapchat has hired developers from major augmented reality groups like Microsoft's HoloLens, PTC's (formerly Qualcomm's) Vuforia and eye-tracking tech maker Eyefluence to make Snapchat's pair of "smart" glasses.

The company showed interest when Google launched Glass. Snapchat later bought Vergence Labs, which produced a pair of glasses equipped with an embedded camera for $15 million in March 2014.


Indian-origin dean resigns after sexual harassment allegation in US

Indian-origin dean resigns after sexual harassment allegation in US

New York: A 45-year-old Indian-origin dean of a prestigious US law school has resigned from his post, days after a lawsuit was filed against him by his executive assistant alleging that he sexually harassed her over a period of several months.

Sujit Choudhry had initially taken an indefinite leave of absence after the lawsuit was filed earlier this week but the Berkeley Law School announced that he had resigned from his post and his resignation was accepted on Thursday.

Choudhry had also "admitted" in a campus investigative report, dated July 2015, that he had hugged and kissed his executive assistant but there was no "sexual intent" to his conduct towards her.


Uber unveils 800 number for emergencies

Uber unveils 800 number for emergencies

New York, Mar.11 - American multinational online transportation network company Uber has unveiled a phone number for passengers and drivers to get in touch with the company in case of an emergency.

The move comes after Uber faced questions about a panic button in the wake of a deadly shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan by an Uber driver last month, the Verge has reported.

"In the United States, 911 is the panic button and it's the panic button that we want people to use. It's the panic button that law enforcement wants people to use. And we don't want to try and replace that," said Joe Sullivan, Uber's head of security.


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