Google stepped up its hardware ambitions previous year with the acquisition of the smartphone division of Taiwan based HTC.Google's trade in system also seems to have some weird initial quirks.
Bhubaneswar, May 6 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday conducted an aerial survey of cyclone ravaged areas of Odisha and announced an additional central assistance of INR 1,000 crore for relief works in the state.
Cray CTO Steve Scott announces Slingshotâ„¢, the companyâ€™s new high-speed, purpose-built supercomputing interconnect, and introduces its many ground-breaking features. Crayâ€™s eighth generation of scalable HPC network, Slingshot opens up the way for exascale-era workloads.
May 07, 2019 01:50 PM Kim Kardashian West is changing lives.Kardashian West has helped negotiate the release of 17 inmates in the last 30 days, according TMZ. Each prisoner was originally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole for low level drug crimes.
Following the complete collapse of the Islamic State s (IS) self styled Caliphate in Syria and the subsequent Sunday Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, the reclusive IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi appeared in a rare eighteen minute video. Baghdadi reassured IS militants that he was alive, spirited and committed to jihadism notwithstanding recent setbacks. In the video, released by IS al Furqan media network, Baghdadi has copied the style of Al Qaeda s founder Osama Bin Laden: sitting cross legged with a dyed beard and an Ak 47 kept against the wall next to him. Baghdadi frames the defeat in Baghuz as a lost battle in a long war which is ongoing and urged his fighters to fight on. Baghdadi maintained that IS fighters fought valiantly in Baghuz and that the Caliphate has not been abandoned. As a proof, Baghdadi accepts the baya (oaths of allegiance) from militant groups in Burkina Faso and Mali, showing that IS is spreading and alerts his fighters of a long battle ahead. Tactically, the video is aimed at dispelling the impression of crippling military defeats in Syria. It has also quashed all rumors of Baghdadi s demise or critical injuries in recent fighting. In terms of its timing, the video has been released ahead of Ramadan, when IS appeals its cadres to step up their attacks. Strategically, the video is an attempt to create a new narrative around the Revenge Campaign for the lost Caliphate. This revenge campaign is not a reactionary strategy but an offensive move to stay relevant as the most feared terrorist groups in the world and the leader of the global jihadist movement. For instance, despite numerous setbacks, IS carried as many as 3,670 terrorist attacks in 2018, the most by any terrorist group in the world. Organizationally, IS is evolving from a quasi state to an insurgent and a terrorist group. IS has become weak at the center and strong at the periphery. According to noted terrorism scholar Bruce Hoffman, IS has redirected its focus from the center to branches enabling it to survive and expand. Likewise, the IS propaganda narrative has shifted from joining and protecting the Caliphate to taking revenge for its losses. In cyberspace, the IS online community has migrated from open end social media platforms to encrypted ones and the dark web. Baghdadi s video is simultaneously a bold and desperate move by IS. Since his self proclamation to Caliphate in Iraq s Al Nuri mosque in June 2014, this is the second time that Baghdadi has appeared in a video. In the interim, he had issued several audio statements but did not appear in a video. On the one hand, it is an aggressive move: signaling his opponents that he is alive and indicating to his supporters that he is still leading the organization with full command and authority. On the other hand, the video could compromise his security as it could give critical leads to the intelligence agencies about his whereabouts to track and hunt him down. After all, Baghdadi is the most wanted terrorist in the world with a head bounty of $25 million. Unlike various Al Qaeda videos, which were all talk and no action, Baghdadi came out with a video after one of the most devastating attacks in South Asia s violence prone history. An attack followed by a video will help IS in its drive for global expansion. It will inspire IS global network of supporters and sympathizers to stay loyal to the global jihadist group and carry out attacks in its name. There will be wide ranging implications of Baghdadi s video. In the immediate term, it will stall IS downward slide and allow it some breathing space to recuperate. It might also result in a spike in IS inspired and directed terrorist attacks. Additionally, the video will encourage the self radicalized jihadist networks such as the National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ), mainly responsible for Sri Lanka bombings, to link with IS and launch attacks in their names. IS is quite skillful in exploiting the sectarian and communal fault lines to grow in ungoverned space of fragile states like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria. After recent setbacks, IS expectations would increase from its eight official affiliates in Asia and Africa and two dozen worldwide networks. IS Af Pak franchise, the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK), is the deadliest and most potent of its eight affiliates. Since its emergence, ISK has carried out several high profile attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Most of ISK s cadres are former militants of the Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). So, the terrorist attacks by IS in Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to increase, particularly when the US is expected to withdraw from Afghanistan. The ISK will try to exploit the vacuum in a post US Afghanistan. In sum, IS is far from defeated and still poses the most formidable threat to global peace and security. Improved intelligence and coordinated counter terrorist operations would be needed to dismantle IS residual operational capabilities which allow it to link with various like minded Islamist networks to pull off sophisticated attacks. Clearly, the loss of territory has not dented IS capability to carry out violent attacks: the two are not coterminous with each other. Going forward, denting IS ideological narrative is as important as downgrading its operational and organizational prowess. Abdul Basit is an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He can be reached at email #160;protected . Image: Reuters View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Madonna has announced the U.S. leg of her Madame X Tour. This September, she ll play a number of shows at Brooklyn s BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Then, she has a residency at the Chicago Theatre in October, followed by a November residency at Los Angeles Wiltern. Check out Madonna s current itinerary below. Find tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)According to a press release, Madonna will also perform 2019 shows in Las Vegas, Boston, Miami, and Philadelphia, as well as 2020 shows in London, Paris, and Lisbon, Portugal. Those concerts will be detailed at a later date.
Sony (NYSE:SNE) posted its earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The company reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks; consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.43, MarketWatch Earnings reports. Sony had a return on equity of 21.78% and a net margin of 10.54%. The company had revenue of $2,127.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2,040.96 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $41.20 earnings per share. The company;s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year over year basis. SNE traded up $0.79 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $52.25. 2,699,043 shares of the company 's stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,546,729. The firm has a market capitalization of $66.02 billion, a price to earnings ratio of 8.13, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 1.39. The company has a debt to equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.76. Sony has a 52 week low of $41.91 and a 52 week high of $61.02.
Halsey s cryptic teasing continues as fans have begun to direct their attention to the musician s Twitter and Instagram bios. In her bios, there is a link that directs fans to a site where they can sign up for email alerts and proceed to share what their worst nightmare ever was. Then, as fans choose from a series of options such as falling, demons ghosts, natural disaster or loved one dying, the site tells them an interpretation of their worst nightmare.
Via his social media pages, the Latin star has posted all the information we want to know about the upcoming release.First up, the release date. His fourth studio album will be released later this month on May 17. According to Entertainment Focus, the album will drop just a day short of one year since he put out F.A.M.E.
The two had met each other at a party and cupid struck. Priyanka was seen playing Ayush Agarwal s sister on the show. She is also a wedding planner and a blogger. Friends from the industry have been congratulating the happy couple on her post. Anita Hassanandani, Shikha Singh, Rajsingh Arora, Ankita Bhargava and Krishna Mukherjee have all been congratulating the actress on this new phase in her life. The photos of her flaunting the baby bump are indeed adorable to look at. Though we still don t know when the baby is due, we are pretty excited for the big day.Check out these photos of Priyanka flaunting her baby bump right here.
The International Space Station (ISS) is set to be retired in 2024, meaning nations are now in a race to establish a new base away from Earth. China has now announced grand plans to become the first country to establish a permanent base on another celestial body. Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the country plans to establish a base on the south pole of the Moon ”within the next 10 years ”, China National Space Administration head Zhang Kejian said.
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”Adele and her partner have separated, ” her representatives, Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh, wrote Friday. ”They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment. ”Despite Adele 's superstardom - her second studio album, 21, was the best selling album in the world for two years in a row - she and her husband have kept their relationship quiet. It only became public that the couple had gotten married after Adele referred to her "husband " during the 2017 Grammys. The couple have a son, Angelo, who was born in 2012.
TwitterPinterestFacebookTwitterPinterestEvery January, Coachella announces their lineup and even though the festival isn t until April, you already know what to expect: great music (still not over Beychella), celebrity sightings, and despite the infamous festival clothing, incredible style. So, after years of watching the live streams from my parents PC back in Puerto Rico and then from my laptop here in NYC, this music enthusiast was hopeful that one day she would attend and experience it all for herself and reach her own conclusion of the festival. And this was the year. However, as excited as I was to see some of my favorite artists (which were mostly Latinxs and Hispanics #representionmatters), I was a bit frantic about the music festival as a whole, the long lines, the crowds, the sun, and last but not least, my packing decisions. Because even though I ve been to music festivals before, I ve never flown across states to attend one. So, as much as I wanted to be as carefree as possible, the voice inside my head (which sounds like my mom, because it is) was telling me to bring all the things. And that s what I did, and here I am. I survived Coachella weekend one with no adversities, just some questionable tan lines, and plenty of memories.Now, as music festival season is just getting started and Coachella Weekend 2 is happening as you read this, I m sharing with you guys all the tips and tricks to survive your first music festival. A guide that will help you check off your list some of the essentials, from your head to your toes.