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Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined?

Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined? The Islamic Society of North America ( ISNA ) follows guidance from the Fiqh Council of North America, which relies on astronomical calculations of the moon sighting in Mecca, the city in Saudi Arabia that is considered the birthplace of Islam. [Full Article...]

Google brings VR180 to YouTube

Google brings VR180 to YouTube The format is fixed to a 180-degree view rather than supporting full 360-degree video. The blog post adds: "These cameras are not only great for creators looking to easily make VR content, but also anyone who wants to capture life's highlights in VR". [Full Article...]

Deal Talk: Amazon Stays Mum, While Whole Foods Goes Off Script

Exacerbating the threat to Costco is the fact that, according to Cowan & Co., 64% of Costco members now also have an Amazon Prime membership. Amazon agreed to pay $42 for each Whole Foods share under their agreement announced Friday. By acquiring Whole Foods, Amazon now owns a familiar name with a lot of value in the market. "I have purchased from Amazon for five years". Believe it or not, Who... [Full Article...]

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

Although the Kepler mission has yet to fulfill one of its goals, which is determining the fraction of sun-like stars hosting Earth-like planets in our galaxy, these data will help astronomers determine that number in the next few years, the researchers said. [Full Article...]

Gulf of Mexico coast remains on alert for budding tropical system

If they become named storms, the next two names on tap are Bret and Cindy. The current forecast calls for sunny, hot conditions to continue unabated through the rest of the week. But this is not the storm that we are most concerned about here in Central Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting gradual intensification into a tropical storm by Monday. [Full Article...]

Al Jazeera says Twitter feed working again after suspension

Al Jazeera says Twitter feed working again after suspension Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain , Egypt and others severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar nearly two weeks ago, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups. In remarks made to the media in the northern Black Sea province of Ordu, Kurtulmus said Turkey made maximum efforts to find a solution to the Gulf crisis in the shortest possible timeframe. [Full Article...]

G7 Italy summit ends without U.S. pledge on Paris climate pact

With the meeting coming just 10 days after President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the agreement , the six remaining countries are likely to have their work cut out persuading the U.S.to reverse the decision . McKenna said she had told Scott Pruitt , head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, how dismayed she was at Trump's decision. His aides stayed for the rest... [Full Article...]

Firefighter severely burnt in Knysna fire

Firefighter severely burnt in Knysna fire President Jacob Zuma on Thursday delivered a message of support and offered condolences to those affected by the storm and fires in the Western Cape. At least four people have been killed as wildfires continued to rage in Knysna, about 600 kilometers east of Cape Town , authorities said on Thursday. [Full Article...]

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

It's Apple's first new device since the company released the Apple Watch in April 2015. Taking direct aim at services like those provided by PayPal Holdings Inc , Apple also debuted peer-to-peer payments for Apple Pay in which users will be able to send money through the Messages app on iPhones. [Full Article...]

Only 2 sets of question papers administered for NEET: CBSE

Only 2 sets of question papers administered for NEET: CBSE The court expressed its dissatisfaction over the CBSE's reply saying that the argument was not valid as leaking a paper was a possibility even in English language question papers. The permissible limit is already crossed and even though the court vacated the stay the Board still needs about 15 days to declare the results of CBSE NEET 2017 . [Full Article...]

Qualcomm files breach of contract complaint against Apple's manufacturers

Qualcomm files breach of contract complaint against Apple's manufacturers But it certainly doesn't look goodfor the company right now, because Samsung and Intel have just filed amicus briefs against Qualcomm in its FTC battle. Qualcomm has separate licensing agreements with the contractors. The company had already warned shareholders that earnings for the next quarter will be down by $500m thanks to Apple withholding royalties. [Full Article...]

Samsung Galaxy S8 is getting Daydream VR support this summer

Microsoft has touted inside-out tracking in its HoloLens and other third-party Windows VR headsets as a key differentiator from the competition. The latter is especially remarkable because Samsung's existing relationship with Oculus on Samsung's Gear VR headset. [Full Article...]

Daredevils' climb of Golden Gate Bridge prompts security review

Daredevils' climb of Golden Gate Bridge prompts security review In a Facetime conversation with ABC 7's Lyanne Melendez, Teatime says that he and pal Tommy Rector didn't come to San Francisco with this particular feat in mind. "The Golden Gate Bridge isn't a playground", spokesperson Priya David Clemens said in a statement. The bridge was not damaged or harmed by the climbers, he said. [Full Article...]

Apple iOS 11: 3 Features That Can Ruin Google Android

While it doesn't add any major new functionality, as iOS 10.3 did with its Find My AirPods feature, it does offer a number of critical fixes created to make your iPhone run better. Once again, due to the critical nature of some of these vulnerabilities, it is strongly advised that you upgrade any affected Apple devices and operating systems as soon as possible. [Full Article...]

Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you

Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you Starting with version 5.0, those with a rooted Android device will have to find other ways to get the Netflix app . Despite the small number, this latest update shows that many users still want to use their phones without restrictions. Netflix , which just recently lost a whole whack of ladies in prison drama Orange is the New Black to a ransomware attack, confirmed the block in a statement to ... [Full Article...]

Phantom Dust Re-Release Coming to Xbox One, PC for Free

Phantom Dust Re-Release Coming to Xbox One, PC for Free A remake was announced at E3 2015, but has since ceased development. Free games are free games, and I'd feel a bit foolish looking Microsoft's green-skinned gift horse in the mouth. The game combined elements of both third person shooter and card-based gameplay, allowing players to enter the arena via story mode or against three friends in multiplayer action. [Full Article...]

Instagram's New Selfie Filters Could Threaten Snapchat's Prize Ad Prices

Instagram's New Selfie Filters Could Threaten Snapchat's Prize Ad Prices To find the filters, open up the camera function in Instagram and then tap the new face icon which should appear in the bottom right hand corner. While Face Filters is the main addition released Tuesday, the company is also adding some other tools to use while in Stories. [Full Article...]

Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney shuts down critics after posting sexy video

Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney shuts down critics after posting sexy video Remember McKayla Maroney? Well, she's an adult now, so she can [snap] do [snap] whatever [snap] she [snap] wants. It seems like the young lady has gone from America's sweetheart to a Kardashian in record time. She captioned the salacious clip "another world premiere" and gained more than 800,000 views in less than a day. When she sported a fuller pout in July a year ago, she denied getting li... [Full Article...]

Motorola targets developing markets with dirt cheap Moto C

For Lenovo and Motorola, the smartphone business is in trouble, and the company is facing tough competition from players like Oppo, vivo, which are doing much better in a market like China, as well as India. For more details on the specs, you can have a look at our previous article. These models will target budget shoppers, but Motorola will also have ultra-affordable smartphones to cover all pric... [Full Article...]

First SLS, Orion flight delayed to 2019, no crew aboard

First SLS, Orion flight delayed to 2019, no crew aboard Soon after the inauguration, Trump political appointees showed up at NASA headquarters and met with the veteran civil servants running the agency and reviewed NASA's human spaceflight program. Phil Larson, the space policy adviser in the Obama White House, said of this new delay in the rocket schedule, "This is something that I think a lot of people saw coming". [Full Article...]


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