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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.


Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Norbert Hofer from becoming Austria's next president

Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Norbert Hofer from becoming Austria's next pres

New York, May 23 : Narrowly defeating Norbert Hofer from becoming the European Union's first far-right head of state, Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen is set to become Austria's next president in a tightly- fought contest decided by mail-in votes.

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka on Monday announced the results in Vienna, revealing that Van der Bellen had won 50.3% of the ballot (2,254,484 votes) to Hofer's 49.7% (2,223,458 votes), reports CNN.

Van der Bellen, a 72-year-old economist, ran as an independent backed by the Green party.

He defeated Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic Freedom party a day after polling closed and in the end, the race was decided by more than 700,000 mail-in votes, accounting for 14 percent of eligible voters.


Jacket by Levi's, Google lets you control smartphones

Jacket by Levi's, Google lets you control smartphones

New York, May 21 : Google and denim jeans company Levi's have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways, a media report said.

Called the 'Commuter Trucker Jacket', the garment is aimed at cyclists who may be too busy riding and concentrating on their surroundings to reach into their pockets and fiddle with their phones, Forbes reported on Friday citing Paul Dillinger, company head of global product innovation.

The jacket is apparently waterproof - except for a detachable electronic smart tag that activates a wireless connection between the clothing and a mobile device.


Man-eating Nile crocodiles found in Florida

Man-eating Nile crocodiles found in Florida

New York, May 21 : At least three man-eating Nile crocodiles that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found living in the US Sunshine State of Florida, DNA tests have confirmed.

Nile crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus, were responsible for at least 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa between 2010 and 2014.

In Florida, the invasive crocodiles were captured between 2000 and 2014, leading the University of Florida scientists to analyse their DNA, study their diet and one of the animal's growth.


Facebook sued in US for scanning private messages

Facebook sued in US for scanning private messages

New York, May 20 : A lawsuit against Facebook has been filed in a US court, alleging that the social networking giant may have violated federal privacy laws by scanning private messages, a media report said on Friday.

The lawsuit, certified for class action in Northern California District Court, claims that Facebook follows the practice of scanning and logging URLs sent through the site's private messaging system which is in violation of both the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California Invasion of Privacy Act, technology website The Verge reported.

The plaintiffs claim that Facebook routinely scans those URLs for advertising and other user-targeting data and maintains those records in a searchable form.


Bernie wins Oregon primary, Clinton claims Kentucky

Bernie wins Oregon primary, Clinton claims Kentucky

New York, May 18 : Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battled to a neck-to-neck outcome in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, with the former secretary of state claiming it to be a match-up against Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, while the Vermont senator claimed Oregon.

She won the state by half a percentage point with nearly all the votes counted and was declared winner, the Kentucky secretary of state's office said that with all precincts reporting, Clinton held a 1,923-vote lead over Sanders, reports CNN.

Though the race in Kentucky was too close to call, but Clinton wrote on her Twitter feed, "We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We're always stronger united."


Google to ban payday lending ads, calling industry 'harmful'

Google to ban payday lending ads, calling industry 'harmful'

New York, May 11: Google says it will ban ads from payday lenders, calling the industry "deceptive" and "harmful."

Google said today it will no longer allow ads for loans due within 60 days and will also ban ads for loans where the interest rate is 36 percent or higher. The ban is effective July 13.

Payday lenders have come under criticism for charging high interest rates to customers, who are often poor, for short-term loans that wind up being difficult to pay off, leading many to be stuck in a cycle of debt.

Google makes most of its money from ads related to the searches its customers use. As the largest search engine, it also holds the place as the Internet's largest advertising company. (PTI)


London mayor Sadiq Khan could be 'exception' to Muslim ban in US: Trump

London mayor Sadiq Khan could be 'exception' to Muslim ban in US: Trump

New York, May 10 : GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who proposed temporary bar on Muslims entering the United States, suggested that he would make an exception for London's newly elected Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan.

"There will always be exceptions," the New York Times quoted Trump as saying when asked in an interview on Monday how his proposed ban would affect London's mayor.

On Khan's election, he said, "I was happy to see that. I think it's a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good."

The New York billionaire drew flak for his proposed ban on Muslims soon after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people.


Twitter bars US Govt. from using analytics service

Twitter bars US Govt. from using analytics service

New York, May 9 : Micro-blogging site Twitter has reportedly barred US intelligence agencies from using Dataminr, a service that analyses tweets from across the globe to inform users about news events.

Twitter said in a statement that its data is largely public and the US authorities can review public accounts on its own, the Verge quoted the Wall Street Journal as stating.

The social network has a policy of banning third-party companies such as Dataminr from selling information to the government bodies for surveillance purposes.


Now you can speak to Amazon's Alexa through your iPhone

Now you can speak to Amazon's Alexa through your iPhone

New York, May 8 : Now you can speak to Amazon's Alexa through your iPhone. Yes, the company's voice assistance can connect to iOS 9.0 devices through an app named 'Lexi'.

Lexi gives users the access to most of Alexa's useful functions, including smart home controls, re-ordering Amazon products and of course, the ability to ask for anything, the Verge reports.

The app is available at the App Store for USD 4.99.

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more instantly. (ANI)


'I'm just not ready' to back Donald Trump, says GOP house speake

'I'm just not ready' to back Donald Trump, says GOP house speake

New York, May 6 : Republican House speaker Paul Ryan has said that he couldn't lend his support to Donald Trump, the party's presumptive presidential nominee.

"I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now," he told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" in an interview.

The Wisconsin Republican's rejection makes him the highest level GOP official to reject Trump since the New York billionaire became the only candidate standing in the party's nominating contest.

Ryan's move gives down-ballot Republicans cover to hold off on supporting the real estate mogul.

Ryan said eventually hoped backing Trump and "to be a part of this unifying process" but the first move must come from the latter.


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