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No consensus on dual control; April 1 target looks tough

No consensus on dual control; April 1 target looks tough When asked whether the contentious cross-empowerment issue will be resolved in the next session, finance minister Arun Jaitley said, "yes, if time permits", adding that concluding the legislative agenda - that is, the fine-tuning of three draft laws - would be on top priority. [Full Article...]

Samsung Goes for a Kill, Note 7 Phones will not Work Anymore

In order to persuade Verizon customers to return their faulty Note 7 devices, Samsung will reward any customer with an extra $100 over the device's initial price. It will be followed by AT&T early next year on January 5, and then by Sprint a few days later on January 8. Carriers have to agree to push the OTA update to their customers. [Full Article...]

Feathered dinosaur tail survives 99 million years trapped in amber

Researchers have discovered the partial tail of a feathered dinosaur that was preserved in amber some 99 million years ago, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers uncovered the sample from a mine in the Hukawng Valley in Kachin state, located in northern Myanmar. The feathers themselves are described as being flexible in nature, suggesting that they are more in line with ornamen... [Full Article...]

Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up on Tablets

Microsoft is supporting SIMs of both the traditional removable type, and also eSIMs that are built into a Windows 10 PC. In the meantime, the Snapdragon 835 is likely to be used by Samsung on its upcoming S8 flagships due in February at MWC, but it'll obviously run Android. [Full Article...]

X Factor final: Matt Terry & Nicole Scherzinger wow with Purple Rain duet

But there was nothing that could compare with Saara's powerful vocals, which paired with her undeniable stage presence and theatrics, left the audience in raptures. Tonight's lengthy "X Factor" show concluded with the results that would determine the top two for the season, and one of the exciting things about this was that there was no clear frontrunner among the bunch. [Full Article...]

Frigid temps coming this weekend, Polar Vortex next week

Frigid temps coming this weekend, Polar Vortex next week If you think it's cold now, just wait until next week: Winter's favorite whipping boy, the Polar Vortex, will again rear its ugly head. After a brief reprieve following the weekend, temperatures could plunge into the minus next Friday in Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis, into the teens across the North East and possibly back into the 20s in the South. [Full Article...]

Sandy Hook Truther Arrested After Making Death Threats Against Shooting Victim's Parent

The two and a half minute film, which has had almost four million views so far, follows the story of elementary school student Evan, who develops a crush on an unknown girl who leaves him love notes in the library. The video cuts to text, which says, "While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting". A video raising awareness about gun violence launched by ... [Full Article...]

Al Gore Calls His Meeting With Trump 'Extremely Interesting'

Trump has called climate change a hoax created by the Chinese to harm US businesses. "It was a honest search for areas of common ground", Gore said, according to a pool report. No one seems to know right now how Ivanka Trump's views on climate change differ from her fathers. Gore, who starred in the Oscar-winning documentary " An Inconvenient Truth " about global warming , isn't the onl... [Full Article...]

Cortana app now available in the United Kingdom after a user interface refresh

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is getting a facelift on iOS and Android aimed at making it more useful for users, and also bringing a bit of brightness to what's now a rather dour interface. The "Hey Cortana" voice command is available, but only when the app is in focus on your phone or tablet. Google overhauled its Google Now assistant, rebranding it simply as Assistant, and bundling i... [Full Article...]

Any Arts Production Announces Seasons of Heaven, a Switch-Exclusive Game

Any Arts Production Announces Seasons of Heaven, a Switch-Exclusive Game Today, however, French studio Any Arts Production made a surprise announcement and revealed their Switch-exclusive game, Seasons of Heaven , along with the initial screenshots of it, which you can check out below. Despite the depressing world, the game offers light shining through the trees and a little bit of hope. The story follows a small group of survivors, as they try to survive in a post-... [Full Article...]

CEOs of AT&T, Time Warner to sell merger to skeptical Senate

These are all crucial points to keep in mind as Congress and the Department of Justice consider the AT&T-Time Warner merger. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican. A year ago it's deal to acquire DIRECTV got a green light from regulators. AT&T provides wireless and broadband Internet service, while Time Warner creates movies, TV shows and other content that AT&T and other distributors transmi... [Full Article...]

SpaceX's 1st Launch Since Rocket Blast Now Bumped to January

The Iridium NEXT constellation will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites, Iridium Communications Inc has said. While any aerospace venture would wish it could have a 100% success rate on its launches, the reality couldn't be more different. "It could take a little while". [Full Article...]

Apple supplier Foxconn is in talks to invest in the US

Chief Executive Masayoshi Son met with Mr. Trump in NY and pledged to invest $50 billion in the U.S. Foxconn's logo appeared beside SoftBank's on the piece of paper that Mr. Foxconn , one of Apple's biggest suppliers is in talks to invest in the United States, reports from Taipei suggest. Son often teams up with SoftBank's Pepper robot for company announcements. [Full Article...]

IPhone 6S battery problems caused by air exposure, more fixes coming

IPhone 6S battery problems caused by air exposure, more fixes coming An unexpected shutdown occurs because the battery degrades faster than a normal battery and company says that this is not a safety issue . Apple will examine the device to make sure it is eligible and in working order, even if the serial number matches. [Full Article...]

Selena Gomez Is Dominating Instagram

Selena Gomez Is Dominating Instagram Gomez also picked up the most new followers this year. Samson, Hudson, Neptune Love the Dog Days of Summer Her most-liked pic? Prior to her break, Gomez stated that she was experiencing "anxiety, panic attacks and depression as side effects of lupus ". [Full Article...]

Google expects to run exclusively on renewable energy in 2017

Google expects to run exclusively on renewable energy in 2017 Most of what Google now buys comes from wind, but Joe Kava, vice president of its data center operations, said the company was not set on a specific technology and would buy more solar, geothermal and other renewable power depending on the cost. [Full Article...]

This New Smartphone Feature Would Be a Big First for the Industry

Around 2,400 consumers in South Korea who bought the Note 7 have filed a class action lawsuit to the Seoul Central District Court against Samsung, asking for 500,000 won in compensation for each. It's a feature that reportedly is also coming to the next iPhone , which also is expected to be released next year. After the mass recall and manufacturing halt that afflicted the Galaxy Note 7 thi... [Full Article...]

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years Key said he would remain in parliament so that his party can avoid a by-election for his seat. "New Zealand has never been better situated than it is today", Turnbull told reporters. The Maori Party said it will be grateful to Mr Key for supporting the party. "I felt this was the opportunity for me to do what very few leaders get to do, to transition to a new leader". [Full Article...]

Ford recalls 680000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

Ford recalls 680000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash These cables are important because they pull the seat belt tight in an accident. According to Ford, the seat belt pretensioners when activated may malfunction and result in seat belts that don't do their job by keeping the passengers restrained. [Full Article...]

BlackBerry Mercury Smartphone With QWERTY Keyboard Leaked in Live Images

BlackBerry Mercury Smartphone With QWERTY Keyboard Leaked in Live Images However, CEO John Chen confirmed last month that the firm is actually preparing to release one last in-house phone with a QWERTY keyboard (code-named Mercury) - and now it would appear that we're getting our first proper look at the device. [Full Article...]


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