Smartphones have become a vital part of life for most of us. We spend most of our day with a smartphone even more than what we devote to our loved ones. But what makes them important for us? Is it the mobility that we get from them? Or is it the smartness that they provide to us while on the move? Well, answers to such questions depend on how you use the smartphones. But one thing is quite clear that smartphones have evolved a lot from what we had in the past. They've got new designs, vivid display panels, multiple cameras, and more powerful processors than workstations of yesterday. But which were the best smartphones of the decade past?Apple, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, and Nokia were the initial smartphone companies that set some benchmarks for young contenders such as OnePlus, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Chipmakers largely including Qualcomm and MediaTek have also helped the market grow faster than ever predicted with processors supporting newer tasks and enhanced performance experiences. Both Apple and Google have also significantly improved their respective mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, which are running on all smartphones nowadays.
The band;s hotly anticipated reunion tour started off with a bang at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The footage shows MCR shaking off the cobwebs with their first show since 2012. Naturally, their legion of devoted fans bought up all the tickets for the first few nights of the tour within minutes and they weren ''t to be disappointed.
WASHINGTON : Donald Trump s legacy will be forever marked on Wednesday by his impeachment at the hands of House Democrats, who say it s a necessary rebuke for the president s pursuit of a political vendetta. On the eve of the vote, Trump defiantly rejected the move as a predetermined partisan assault.Trump is all but certain to become the third US president in history to be impeached when lawmakers gather on Wednesday in the well of the House, as their predecessors did when they voted to impeach Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
WASHINGTON : An incredulous and defiant President Donald Trump stared down Wednesday''s impending impeachment votes as he has every obstacle in his presidency: broadcasting his grievances by tweet.The White House insisted Trump would be busy working rather than focused on the proceedings in the House, but Trump spent his morning tweeting and retweeting, expressing fury anddisbelief.
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to nominate any women for Best Director at the 2020 Golden Globes, many in the industry were swift to point out a large catalog of eligible names that should 've been up for consideration. The list is long, but if those names aren ''t top of mind, we find that many voters inevitably default to the safer (read: male) options. Simply put: they need more visibility.
I dream I ve just woken up and I look at the clock. It says Friday 13th . Then I hear a horrible cackling and, OMG, it s Diane Abbott standing by my bed, her face split open with mirth.
Forty five per cent of Delhi residents believe pollution is the biggest problem facing the national capital today; eight in ten support the government s odd even scheme; and one in ten say they will vote keeping the air crisis in mind these are among the findings of a comprehensive opinion survey among Delhi s voters, conducted between November 22 and December 3, 2019 by the Lokniti programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).The survey was conducted in the context of the Delhi Assembly elections slated for early 2020, and aimed at capturing the perception of voters on issues pertaining to governance in the city and their assessment of the work done by the Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government on water, electricity, health, education, public transport and air quality during the last five years.
Earlier this year, he participated in a Reddit ”Ask Me Anything. ” In fact, on Wednesday, Reddit named it as the most ”upvoted ” AMA of the past year with around 110,000 upvotes. Redditors asked the Microsoft founder everything from ”when was the last time you wrote code ” to ”what ''s your favourite prime number. ” Among all these Redditors, there was one Redditor who asked "What makes you happy?" and surprisingly, Gates, who is currently worth $110 billion, didn ''t answer money. In response to the question, Gates said, ”Some one recently said that when your children are doing well it really is very special and as a parent, I completely agree. ” For those who are not aware, He and Melinda Gates have three children: Jennifer (23), Rory (20) and Phoebe (17).
London: US President Donald Trump says he doesn t want to interfere in Britain s election campaign. But his presence in London nine days before the Dec. 12 vote is a complication for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ammunition for Johnson s opponents.Trump, who is attending a meeting of NATO leaders, said Tuesday he d stay out of the election."
I apos;m A Celebrity fans claimed to have detected another blunder last night as campmate Ian Wright apos;s expletive fuelled response to news he apos;s doing a Bushtucker Trial was censored during the live show. It came a day after the show was hit by controversy when votes cast on the app had to be cancelled after a apos;wording error, apos; before Adele Roberts was booted out.
For those who aren''t familiar, No Nut November (NNN) is not a month long movement devoted to an anti nut diet. NNN is a time when people across social media take a vow of abstinence from sexual activity. No sex. No masturbation. Although technically (depending on who you ask), those things might just be OK as long as you don''t orgasm. That''s the NNN golden rule. Treat your meat the way you'd want to be treated. Don''t beat it.
A third party internal survey of the BJP found out that Chief Minister Raghubar Das led BJP government will be re elected and easily surpass the majority mark of 41 seats. As per the report, the BJP government in the state will get 45 48 and increase its vote share to 42 percent from 31 percent secured in 2014 Assembly polls. The BJP and its former ally All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) won 42 seats in the last elections in 2014.
Biden invokes his service as former President Barack Obama s No. 2 so much that his opponents needle him about it and Saturday Night Live has made it a running joke. It makes sense why the former vice president would bring up Obama early and often as he tries to secure the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. The name drop resonates with many voters: Obama remains popular and he was, after all, the most recent Democrat to win the White House. But for younger voters, the connection to the Obama legacy is less meaningful. And for the more progressive wing of an increasingly liberal party, Obama s legacy is decidedly outdated. That makes the Obama flag a complicated one to wave, reflecting the tensions within the Democratic Party.
On Halloween, a small but devoted group of people traveled across the desert in the bitter cold to Cisco, Utah, to celebrate trans photographer Tiffany St. Bunny and attend an exhibition of photos taken during her month long artist residency.
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Among the winners in Sunday ''s vote that drew a massive turnout were former student leaders and a candidate who replaced prominent activist Joshua Wong, the only person barred from running in the election. Rally organizer Jimmy Sham, who was beaten by hammer wielding assailants last month, also triumphed, as did a pro democracy lawmaker who had part of his ear bitten off by an assailant.So far, pro democracy candidates have won 159 out of 452 seats in 18 district council races.
A record breaking number of voters braved long lines, which began forming at polling stations under a heavy police presence as early as 6:30 a.m., to cast their ballots in the district council elections. As of noon on Monday, voters had delivered 17 of the city;s 18 districts to pro democracy candidates, according to local media. All of the districts were previously controlled by pro Beijing parties.Although district councils form the lowest political tier (responsible for neighborhood issues like garbage collection and public transport), elections to them are fully democratic mdash; unlike legislative elections, which determine only half the seats in Hong Kong ''s lawmaking body, and unlike the vote for the territory ''s leader, which is restricted to a college of just 1,200 electors. That gives the district council elections a broad political significance, especially against the background of months of unrest.
Key point: Thanks to the introduction of better fighters and the use of aggressive, realistic offensive fighter doctrines, American airmen attained not the air superiority they sought, but total air supremacy over the whole of western Europe. The popular conception of the struggle in the air over northern Europe during World War II is of squadrons of sleek fighters racing over the German heartland to protect contrailed streams of lumbering bombers stretching beyond sight. This is as it was during the second half of America s air war against Germany, but it was as far from the truth as it is possible to get at the start of that great aerial crusade. It took until late 1943 nearly two years after the United States entered World War II before the United Kingdom based Eighth Air Force mounted strategically significant bombing missions against targets in occupied northern Europe. The fault for this lay partly in the availability and slow development of the equipment, but it is also a fact that the two men at the top of the Eighth Air Force command structure stubbornly clung to old and discredited theories that stunted the effectiveness of the strategic bombing effort and cost thousands of their countrymen their freedom or their lives. In the beginning, the fighter was a short legged creature whose role of protecting the bombers was eclipsed by its role of guarding friendly territory and installations. The difference, which is crucial, was the product of technology range and the power of aircraft engines and intellect. Until late 1943, surprisingly late in the war, the use of the fighter as an offensive weapon was stunted by the defensive mind set of the pursuit acolytes of the interwar decades. The pursuit airplane had evolved over the fixed battlefields of Western Europe during World War I. Pursuit aircraft had been developed to prevent enemy reconnaissance airplanes from overflying friendly lines and to protect friendly observation airplanes from enemy pursuits while the observers overflew enemy lines. The pursuit was conceived as a tactical and a defensive weapon, and it was limited to these roles both by conception and by the technologies of the day. The Army Air Corps Between the world wars, the development of American pursuit aircraft was hobbled by budgetary restrictions that for many years slowed or obviated altogether the creation of new technologies or even methodical experimentation with new tactics. The U.S. Marine Corps did advance the use of the single engine pursuit as a nascent close support weapon to bolster the infantry, but the interests of various intra Army constituencies prevented similar advances in what had come to be called the Army Air Corps. To the degree that it developed at all, the Air Corps saw increasingly heavy and longer ranged bombers in its future. And, as the limited available research and development dollars were expended on speedier bombers, the pursuits of the day were increasingly outranged and outrun. Inevitably, American bombers of the late 1930s were designed to be self defending because they could fly much farther and at least somewhat faster than could the pursuits of the day. The pursuits, which were being developed at a much slower pace, were relegated to a point defense role guarding cities, industrial targets, and air bases. When World War II began, the Air Corps shortly to be renamed the Army Air Forces was divided into two distinct combat arms, fighters and bombers. And, by virtue of the fighter s stunted development, there appeared little chance that the two would spend much time working together. As soon as the Army Air Corps was pulled into World War II it became focused on the defense of American coastal cities, several Caribbean islands, bases in Greenland and Iceland, and on the strategically indispensable Panama Canal. There were few airplanes of any type to devote to these defensive missions, and those that were deployed defensively also had to serve as on the job trainers for hundreds of the raw young pilots emerging from the Air Forces burgeoning flight schools. Through the first half of 1942, all of the very few pilots and airplanes that could be spared from the defense of the U.S. coasts and sea lanes were rushed to defend Australia and the South Pacific. Dozens of precious airplanes and pilots were lost in the pathetic defense of Java, in the Netherlands East Indies, and many more were lost in the early defensive battles around Port Moresby, New Guinea, but Army Air Forces training commands were able to catch up with combat and training losses as well as with the heavy burden imposed by the formation of new fighter, bomber, and other type groups. And better fighters with a higher probability of survival began to reach operational air groups. Committing to American Air Power Fortunately, the United States could afford to be a bit late off the mark in her war against Germany. German efforts in 1940 to bring Great Britain to her knees all had failed miserably and, by the end of 1941, the bulk of Germany s air and land forces were mired in a frightful war of attrition deep inside Russia. The British had the situation in northern Europe reasonably well in hand, though they would have collapsed had not vast infusions of weapons and supplies from the United States sustained them. British forces in Egypt and Libya were teetering on the edge of defeat, but there was little the United States would be able to do for many months to influence the outcome assuming the British held on that long. So, while the Army Air Forces devoted the bulk of its limited expendable resources to defensive measures against Japan, new air groups were created, and new and better combat aircraft began rolling off newly created assembly lines. Finally, in the spring of 1942, it was decided in high Army Air Forces circles to commit American air power to northern Europe. At first, the commitment would be little more than a meager show of force masking an advanced combat training program overseen by the Royal Air Force (RAF). Only later, when training bases and factories in the United States had caught up with the planning, would the U.S. Army Air Forces take on a strategic air campaign against the German industrial heartland. Brigadier General Ira Eaker arrived in England on February 20, 1942 to establish the headquarters of the new VIII Bomber Command. He opened his headquarters at High Wycombe, England on February 23, 1942, but the VIII Bomber Command had no combat airplanes to its name; they would not be available for several months. Rather, it fell to Eaker to argue with his British hosts in favor of an independent role for the forthcoming Army Air Forces in Europe. The RAF and the British government wanted America s commitment to the air war in Europe to be subordinate to or an adjunct of the British Theatre air war. The Americans, however, felt they deserved an independent role, and it was Eaker s job to win the British over to this viewpoint. The American notion was strongly bolstered in argument, at least by the fact that the Army Air Forces had developed over many years a theoretical strategic air doctrine that was quite different from the RAF s experience based strategic doctrine. The Americans favored and had equipped their bomber force to wage a precision daylight bombing campaign against industrial targets hundreds of miles inside enemy territory. The RAF was the only other air force in the world that had developed long range, four engine, heavy bombers, but its doctrine the result of bloody experiences early in the war favored area bombing at night. Doctrinal arguments aside, the British victims of the Nazi Blitz of 1940 1941 were less squeamish than their American Allies about bombing German civilians. Besides, the RAF had few long range heavy bombers to its name, and thus felt it needed to co opt the promised infusion of American heavies. For the time being, Eaker s arguments with the RAF hierarchy were moot. There would be no American air combat units in the United Kingdom for several months, and then there would not be enough of them to make a dent in Hitler s Fortress Europa for many more months. A Symbolic Commitment between Allies The first VIII Bomber Command unit to arrive in England on May 10, 1942 was the 97th Heavy Bombardment Group, which was equipped with Boeing B 17 Flying Fortress four engine heavy bombers. This was a symbolic commitment, for the 97th had been activated in February 1942 and thus had not had time to be adequately trained to fly combat missions over heavily defended European targets. It would be months before the 97th saw any live action. Around the time the 97th Heavy Bombardment Group became the first nominal combat unit to join Eaker s VIII Bomber Command, Brig. Gen. Frank Monk Hunter arrived in England to establish the headquarters of his VIII Fighter Command, also at High Wycombe. Unlike Eaker, Hunter, a rather flamboyant World War I ace, quickly came to terms with British beliefs and aspirations regarding the employment of forthcoming American fighter groups. The RAF had opted for powerful, short range, point defense fighters that could defend friendly air bases and attack nearby enemy air bases, and its doctrine appeared to have proven itself during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. Hunter, who had spent most of his career arguing the point defense case for the U.S. Army s fighters, was eager to augment the British fighter plan. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved