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Best Pictures of the 2016 Australian Open Tennis Tournament

Best Pictures of the 2016 Australian Open Tennis Tournament | World News | Scoop.it
Germany's Laura Siegemund reacts during her second round match against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 21, 2016.
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Camel Beauty Contest: Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in Pictures

Camel Beauty Contest: Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in Pictures | World News | Scoop.it
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Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore.

Jockeys compete in a camel race during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert near the city of Madinat Zayed, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi.

Camels cross a road during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert.

Emirati children play with a baby camel during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival.

Emirati mn peak from behind a chain-link fence.

A Saudi man grooms a camel that won a beauty contest.

Jockeys ride their camels race during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival.

Arabian Saluki dogs race in Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival.

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LG Officially Releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow To The LG G3

LG Officially Releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow To The LG G3 | World News | Scoop.it
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The LG G3 has finally been confirmed to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow soon.

Back in November, rumors about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow coming to the LG G3 sometime between Dec. 16 and 18 in Poland made rounds on the Internet. Without an official word from the South Korea-based smartphone maker though, many were advised to take the news with a grain of salt.

Now, recent developments indicate that the 2014 handset is indeed going to receive the much anticipated Android update, according to the LG's developer's website.

Based on the image, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS is going to roll out to the LG D855, which is the international variant of the LG G3. This means that this variant is likely going to get the new Android version first.

On the other hand, the arrival of the Marshmallow update to other LG G3 variants could be delayed depending on their carrier and region, where the LG D850 is for AT&T, LG D851 for T-Mobile and LG D852 for Canada.

When LG launched the LG G3 back in May 2014, the handset was easily one of the most eye-catching Android smartphones in the market. Sporting a 5.5-inch display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution, the device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 along with 2 GB worth of RAM for the 16 GB variant and 3 GB for the 32 GB model.

It also comes with a 13 MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1 MP front shooter. As for the battery, it has a 3,000mAh pack.

With these hardware specifications, the LG G3 still stands as one of the most capable smartphones today. When the new Android version arrives, it's only going to get even better.

As of now, LG hasn't given out a firm release date yet, but with this evidence, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is going to land on the LG G3 in due time.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 Price in Pakistan Full Specification, Features & Review

Microsoft Lumia 950 Price in Pakistan Full Specification, Features & Review | World News | Scoop.it
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Price: Price in Rs: 65,000 Price in USD: $662

Camera: 20 MP, 4992 x 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash, 1/2.4'' sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (2160p@30fps, optical stabilization, stereo sound rec), 2ndry 5 MP, 1080p

Whats New? Microsoft Lumia 950 - The Power of 10!
Microsoft pushes version 10 in Lumia 950 along with some amazing features but the most breathtaking is the 5.2 inch extra bright QHD screen, New MS Windows version and a great power friendly chipset. Microsoft Lumia 950 holds SoC 808 chipset which is packed with 4K HD support, fully integrated advanced LTE support and Qualcomm Quick Charge technology. With IRIS scanner the Microsoft's Lumia 950 has provided an advanced security tool to its users. The phone is considered among flagship devices and features a 20.0MP PureView technology camera on its rear and a front facing 5MP unit is mounted on Microsoft Lumia 950’s body to provide unlimited selfie images of highest quality on the device. With 3GB RAM to support its powerful processor and 4K High definition screen, the all new Lumia 950 by Microsoft is capable of playing multiplayer 3D games without any lags as the phone comes with advanced LTE. Thanks to its improved OS and improved Chipset, it has a better UI, consumes less power and supports all the latest applications. Microsoft 950 comes with satisfactory storage of 32GB along with its internal storage capacity that allows users to save as much as they want to. With massive battery of 3000mAh, Microsoft Lumia’s 950 is set to provide more than a day’s battery on normal usage and it also provides fast charging and wireless charging option as well. With USB- type C port enhancing its connectivity, Microsoft Lumia 950 enables users to transfer data swiftly and safely. The phone is designed with volume, power and camera buttons on right side of the body and MS 10 logo on its back whereas front side of Lumia 950's company logo is printed just below the speaker grill with light sensor and camera lens sitting side by side.

Microsoft Lumia 950 All Specifications


Dimension:
145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm

Weight:
150g

Battery:
Stand-by up to 288hrs, Talk-time up to 23hrs, Music-Play up to 67 hrs 3000 mAh

OS:
Microsoft Windows 10

Memory:
32GB built-in, 3GB RAM, microSD Card (support up to 200GB)

Processor:
1.82 GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A57, 1.44 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 GPU: Adreno 418

Connectivity:
Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, USB (Type-C 1.0 reversible connector), WLAN (WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, NFC, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G (LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps)

Display Size:
5.2 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density)

Sensors:
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, sensor core

Display Colour:
AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack display

Operating Frequency:
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Band:
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G Band:
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)

Browser:
HTML5

Colors:
Black, White

Entertainment:
Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.265/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, Video/photo editor, Games (built-in)

Other Features:
GPS + A-GPS support, Nano-Sim, Wireless charging (Qi-enabled) - market dependent, Fast charging, OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Document viewer, video photo/editor, Speakerphone

Ring Tones:
Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3

Messaging:
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Review: Microsoft has a lot resting on the Lumia 950. It's the first smartphone the firm has released without the Nokia brand, and it has to prove Windows 10 as a truly universal operating system as Microsoft hopes that those with the software on their PC will opt for a smartphone that works in tandem with the OS.

Microsoft therefore needs the Lumia 950 to show that, unlike the previous Windows Phone 7 and 8 releases, Windows 10 Mobile has the chops, and more importantly the apps, to compete against iOS and Android, which currently account for a combined 98 percent of the global smartphone market.

Design: The Lumia 950 is fairly uninspiring when it comes to design. The handset is available in black or white, and is made from matte polycarbonate that feels somewhat cheap. It lacks elegance and is prone to picking up smudges and fingerprints. It's fairly chunky too at 145x73x8.2mm and 150g.

Our biggest gripe, though, is how bland the handset feels compared with the likes of the Nokia-branded Lumia 920, which had outlandish polycarbonate packaging and a slightly curved 2.5D screen. Microsoft has so far failed to make much of a dent on the smartphone market, and we think this handset's dull design could see it struggle to stand out against its big-name competitors.
While it's not much to look at, the design of the Lumia 950 is certainly practical. The backplate can be removed, giving access to the battery and microSD slot. This also suggests that other, perhaps more colourful, backplates could be made available, but there's no word on this yet.

Display: The design failed to impress, but the screen on the Lumia 950 is stunning. The 5.2in display, which is surrounded by a tiny bezel that gives it an almost edge-to-edge quality, has a Galaxy S6-rivalling 2560x1440 QHD resolution and comes with the AMOLED technology more typically associated with Samsung smartphones.

This makes for crystal clear text, vibrant colours, deep blacks and, despite the reflective Gorilla Glass 4 coating, impressive viewing angles and outdoor visibility. What's more, the screen didn't prove overly susceptible to fingerprints, unlike the Lumia 950's plastic back.


Performance: The Microsoft Lumia 950 matches the Moto X Style and LG G4 with a hexa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.

This isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 810 in the Lumia 950 XL, but we noticed no problems with the overall performance of the smaller model. Everything from Netflix to Crossy Road ran smoothly, and navigating through the software is arguably slicker than on most Android devices.

Software: Of course, none of you really came here to read about how well the Lumia 950 handles Crossy Road. The big talking point about this phone is that it's the first, along with the Lumia 950 XL, to run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

Those who have used a Windows Phone device won't notice any radical differences on first impressions. Microsoft's playful Live Tile interface is present, and you'll find the swipe down Action Centre and quick action buttons - Back, Home and Search - at the bottom of the screen.
The changes become apparent as you make your way around the operating system. Internet Explorer is gone, for example, replaced with a mobile version of Microsoft's Edge browser (below), which proved plenty nippy enough and easy to navigate. The Windows Store has been given a facelift making it much more pleasant to use but, sadly, the quality of apps found inside hasn't improved.

Apps have long been a problem for Microsoft. The company has upped the ante with Universal Apps, which means that some offer identical or near-identical functionality and data syncing between the mobile and desktop editions of the same application, but third-party apps is still a real problem on Windows 10 Mobile.

You won't find any Google apps - Maps or Drive, for example - and the YouTube app is in fact an app published by Microsoft that simply takes you to YouTube's mobile website. You will find many of the big name apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, but some are sub-par versions of their iOS and Android counterparts. Instagram, for example, proved so jarring and buggy that we quickly switched back to our iPhone for browsing through pictures of sandwiches.
The selection of third-party apps is lacking, but Microsoft hasn't been shy when it comes to preloading software onto the device. Most are welcome, such as Office and Xbox, but you'll also find Groove Music, Lumia Creative Studio and Shazam, all of which are unlikely to get a second look.
Still, some of Microsoft's own features redeem the situation somewhat. Windows Hello (below), Microsoft's futuristic iris-scanning feature, proved one of the operating system's better features during our time with the Lumia 950, working quickly and accurately despite its beta tag.

It's also possible to turn a Windows 10 Mobile handset into a makeshift PC by using a Microsoft Display Dock to hook it up to a display, mouse and keyboard. This makes it possible to run Universal Apps on the big screen, complete with resizable windows, a desktop-style UI and a Start menu. We haven't had the chance to test this yet, but we'll update this review when we do.

Camera: Nokia was long regarded as offering the best mobile cameras on the market, and we had high hopes for the Lumia 950's 20MP rear-facing camera, which comes with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilisation and a triple-LED RGB flash.

The camera performed almost as well as it sounds on paper. Images, in particular those in natural light, are crisp and full of natural colour, and the triple-LED flash means that the Lumia 950 outdoes most handsets when it comes to low-light performance.

We noticed a slight glitch in that the post-processing automatically applied to images added a slight green hue to some photos, but most are very good.

As with other recent Lumia devices, the 950 XL's main camera can also create Living Images, a small video snippet similar to that offered by the Live Photos feature on the iPhone 6S.

Battery life and storage: The Lumia 950 has a 3,000mAh battery which Microsoft's claims will provide around 18 hours of talk time.

Like most people, we don't use our smartphone much for talking anymore, so we put the Lumia 950 through its paces by cranking the screen to full brightness and heading to Netflix. The battery drained by 15 percent after one hour-long episode of House of Cards, meaning that the phone will manage around seven hours of video playback although we'll update this with a full battery life score shortly.
Being a little more conservative by dialling back the screen brightness and not spending entire afternoons streaming House of Cards, we found that the Lumia 950 made it through almost two full days of use. What's more, the battery is removable so you can always carry around a spare in your bag.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 follows in the footsteps of the OnePlus 2 and Nexus 6P by ditching microUSB for USB Type-C. It took us 10 minutes to locate a charger when the handset needed re-juicing, but we quickly made this back given how fast the handset charges. We found that the Lumia 950 goes from nada to full in less than an hour and a half on average. Wireless charging is also supported, but you won't find a charger in the box.
The Lumia 950 comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded by an additional 200GB thanks to the microSD slot.

Overall: The Lumia 950 has a gorgeous display, great camera and slick performance, but it's hard to overlook the lack of apps that continues to plague Microsoft's mobile operating system, and it will struggle to drag buyers away from Google and Apple.

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Why is it called Black Friday? The history behind the year's biggest bargain binge

Why is it called Black Friday? The history behind the year's biggest bargain binge | World News | Scoop.it
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Black Friday has little to do with shops making a profit and a lot to do with disgruntled traffic police

Tomorrow brawling bargain hunters are expected to turn the nation’s biggest sales bonanza into a Black and Blue Friday.

If last year is anything to go by, crazed shoppers will be seen scrapping over cut price TVs, tablets and toys.

In the US, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when turkey-stuffed customers take advantage of the holiday to do some some shopping.

And thanks to American retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart owned Asda, the shopping-fest has now spread over the pond.

But why do we call this pre-Christmas scramble for bargains Black Friday?

The PR stunt
In the 1980s, the term “Black Friday” began to be used by retailers to refer to the single day of the year when retail companies finally go “into the black” (make a profit) after being "in the red" for much of the year.

But that's not the only theory behind the name.

Rumours have also circulated that the term came from an invented tradition to sell slaves the day after Thanksgiving, while others think its original could be much more recent.

Origin: Black Friday could have come from the traffic jams that clogged Philadelphia after Thanksgiving
Traffic trouble
According to Joseph P. Barrett, who was police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin, the term "Black Friday" came out of the old Philadelphia Police Department's traffic squad.

In an article from 1994 , the late journalist wrote that the cops used the term to describe the horrible traffic jams that happened when people poured into town on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

He wrote: "It was the day that Santa Claus took his chair in the department stores and every kid in the city wanted to see him. It was the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Schools were closed. Late in the day, out-of-town visitors began arriving for the Army-Navy football game.

Another Black Friday: Police and Suffragettes clashed on what was known as 'Black Friday' in 1910
"Every 'Black Friday', no traffic policeman was permitted to take the day off. The division was placed on 12 tours of duty, and even the police band was ordered to Center City."

"Today the term seems lost in antiquity, but it was a traffic cop who started it, the guy who directed traffic with a semaphore while standing on a small wooden platform, in the days before traffic lights."

In the early 1960s, Barrett put together a front-page story for Thanksgiving and appropriated the police term "Black Friday" to describe the terrible traffic conditions.

The name stuck and began spreading across the US, and then the globe.

Other uses around the world
Black Friday has also been used historically to refer to any awful event that happens on that day.

The first recorded use of Black Friday was applied not to holiday shopping but to the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869, caused by two unscrupulous criminals.

Two ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, to drive the price sky-high and sell it for huge profits.

But on that Friday, the conspiracy collapsed and the market went into free fall and bankrupted everyone from Wall Street bankers to farmers.

Conspiracy: James Fisk Jr (left) and Jay Gould (centre) built people's fortunes - but lost it all
Another Black Friday, January 31 1919, refers to the Battle of George Square in Glasgow - one of the most intense riots in the city's history.

The dispute revolved around a campaign for shorter working hours, backed by widespread strike action.

Dozens were injured, and as a result the working day was shortened.

24th September 1869: Panic on 'Black Friday' in the New York Gold Room
It has also been used to refer to bad days of battle in the Second World War, devastating Australian bush fires and a peaceful protest in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, which saw police firing teargas on protesters.

More famously, it was the day in November 1910 when hundreds of suffragettes marched on Parliament in peaceful protest and were assaulted and arrested by police. (Mirror UK)

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Kyrgyzstan: The Hunting Festival "Salburun" in Pictures

Kyrgyzstan: The Hunting Festival "Salburun" in Pictures | World News | Scoop.it
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Kyrgyz hunters ride as dogs follow them during the hunting festival "Salburun" in the village of Bokonbayevo close to Issyk-Kul lake, some 300 km from the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.

 

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World Indigenous Games 2015: Fireball Hockey known as ''La Batalla'' in Picture

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Indigenous men performs a Mexican game known as La Batalla, a hockey-like game that uses a fireball during the World Indigenous Games 2015 in Brazil.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead HD Pictures | HD Wallpapers of Mary Elizabeth

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Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead attends the "Alex of Venice" Premiere after party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Cabanas At the Martime Hotel in New York City.

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Maryam Nawaz Sharif HD Photos

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Maryam Nawaz Sharif was born on 28 October 1973 is Pakistani female politician and the daughter of current Prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and the first lady of Pakistan, Kalsoom Nawaz. She is active in national politics and is a political central figure in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

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Pencil vs Camera HD Images by Ben Heine

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Ben Heine (born 12 June 1983) is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist. Starting as a painter and political cartoonist, he became more widely known in 2011 for his "Pencil vs Camera" and "Digital Circlism" projects. Heine has a degree in journalism (Brussels – Belgium) and made his Masters' final assignment on the "limits of freedom of speech in political cartoons" (2007).


As a political cartoonist, Heine received some criticism for his views on the Middle Eastern political situation and specifically some images about Israel and Zionism. Heine has stopped doing political art since 2009. Heine has briefly studied painting and sculpture in Hastings, England, but considers himself a self-taught artist in drawing and photography(The D-Photo). Heine's "Pencil vs Camera" artwork is so far his most widely published work


Pencil vs camera: The idea of mixing drawing with photography came to him in 2010. Heine says it was the result of a long graphic exploration and a logic consequences of his artistic evolution.


"Pencil vs Camera" mixes drawing and photography imagination and reality, through illusion and surrealism. In this project, Heine's usually focuses on architecture, portraits and animals. Among many others, the main themes approached in "Pencil Vs Camera" are love and friendship.


Heine says: "I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody" This series had a large impact on the graphic design community. Heine says the initial idea of this "Pencil Vs Camera" concept came by coincidence while he was writing a letter. Some of his "Pencil vs Camera" creations have also been related to optical illusions.

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Photos: 18-Year-Old Russian Julia Vins 'Muscle Barbie' Shows Off Her Doll Face And Bodybuilding Physique

Photos: 18-Year-Old Russian Julia Vins 'Muscle Barbie' Shows Off Her Doll Face And Bodybuilding Physique | World News | Scoop.it
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We’ve seen the Ukrainian “human Barbies” before — one of whom was a little spacey and claimed to subsist only on air — as well as the “human Ken dolls” who underwent extensive plastic surgery to emulate the toned, plastic-like bodies of male dolls. But there’s a new human Barbie out there, and this one turns to the gym and weight room to mold herself into her ideal appearance.

 

Julia Vins, who defines herself as an athlete on her Facebook, is 18 years old and a bodybuilder — with the face of a Barbie doll. Pretty and blonde with luscious lips, you might be surprised to find that Vins threw aside the typical skinny girl image for a bulky frame, with muscles bigger than most guys.

 

“People know me as ‘muscle Barbie’ — I like this comparison,” she said. “I have these big, beautiful eyes and wear make-up. But at the same time, I’m strong. I can dead lift 180kg (397 pounds) in training. I want to become as big as possible.”

 

Julia began lifting at age 15 after living most of her life as a slender girl. She then started training with a coach for three to five hours per day, four days a week. Julia eats five to six small meals throughout the day, usually involving eggs, chicken, cheese, rice, and vegetables. In August 2014, Julia participated in the World Powerlifting Championships in Moscow and won, achieving three world records in the squat, bench press, and dead lift. Her achievements in weight-lifting have led her to become confident in her identity.

 

“What is my inspiration? I just love it,” Vins said in a video. She does it “not to get ahead of someone, because I do it for myself. I like to do it, so I do not have to force myself or get motivation from outside. For me, a workout is not just a hobby, it’s part of my life.”

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American Actress Megan Fox Full HD Photos & Wallpapers

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Lionel Messi wins FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 over Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar - FIFA FIFPro World XI

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Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd named world's top soccer players

Here is the complete list of FIFA 2015 Ballon d'Or winner: Ballon d'Or - world player of the year, Women's world player of the year, Fifa/Fifpro World XI, World coach of the year - men's football, World coach of the year - women's football, Puskas award - goal of the year, Fair play award

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for the fifth time.

The 28-year-old Argentine had 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca's Neymar (7.86%) third.

Either Messi or Ronaldo, who became a three-time winner last year, have won the past eight awards.
United States midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, won the women's award.

England coach Mark Sampson was beaten to the women's football coach of the year award by USA boss Jill Ellis.

Messi's 2015 Performance in numbers

61 games, 52 goals and 26 assists.

A goal every 101 minutes and an assist every 202 minutes.

Best minutes-per-goal rate - 80 - of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe's top five leagues during 2015.

Directly involved in 49 goals in La Liga - 34 scored and 15 assists - which was the joint-most with Ronaldo in 2015 across the top five European leagues.

Scored in all six club tournaments in 2015, as Barcelona won five of them.

Past FIFA Ballon d'Or Winners List

2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo

2012: Lionel Messi
2011: Lionel Messi
2010: Lionel Messi
2009: Lionel Messi

2008: Cristiano Ronaldo

2007: Kaka

2006: Fabio Cannavaro

2005: Ronaldinho

2004: Andriy Shevchenko

2003: Pavel Nedved


Ballon d'Or - world player of the year
Lionel Messi extended his record haul of world player of the year awards with his fifth after winning the treble - La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League - with Barcelona in 2014-15.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, 30, scored 57 goals in as many games in 2015 - including a record 16 in the Champions League - but that was not enough to win him Ballon d'Or number four.

Barcelona striker Neymar, 23, was the first Brazilian to finish in the top three since Kaka won the 2007 award. He scored 45 goals in 62 games and is joint top scorer in this season's La Liga with 15, level with team-mate Luis Suarez.

"It's a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d'Or after seeing Cristiano win it," Messi said.

"It's incredible that it's my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid."

Women's world player of the year
USA's World Cup-winning midfielder Carli Lloyd, 33, won the women's world player of the year award after scoring a hat-trick in the final against Japan, including a sensational strike from the halfway line. She earned the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament.

Former Germany striker Celia Sasic finished second despite retiring halfway through 2015 at the age of 27. In the first half of the year she was top scorer in the World Cup with six goals and won the Champions League with Frankfurt.

Japan midfielder Aya Miyama, 30, captained her country to the World Cup final, where they lost to the USA. She was third.

None of the shortlisted trio had won the award before.

Lloyd said: "It has been a dream ever since I started with the national team. Keep your dreams and just go after them."

Fifa/Fifpro World XI
Real Madrid had as many players as Barcelona, four, in the world team of the year despite not winning a trophy.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was German champions Bayern Munich's only representative. The Premier League was the only of Europe's top five leagues to not have anyone in the team.

World coach of the year - men's football
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique won the world coach of the year award after leading his side to five of the six trophies on offer in 2015, including the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
He beat Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who was second, and Chile's Copa America-winning coach Jorge Sampaoli to the award.

World coach of the year - women's football
United States coach Jill Ellis was named women's football world coach of the year after leading her country to World Cup glory in the summer.

England coach Mark Sampson finished third with 10.68% of the vote after their third-place finish in Canada. Second was Japan coach Norio Sasaki, whose side beat England in the semi-finals, but lost to USA in the final.

"It is a true honour," said Ellis. "To Fifa, to our own federation, thank you for your belief, your vision and your investment in women's football."

Puskas award - goal of the year
Atletico Goianiense's Wendell Lira won the goal of the year award for a spectacular overhead kick in Brazil's Goiano state league game against Goianesia.

Messi's run from halfway and finish in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao was second, with Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi's 55-yard goal against Barca third.

Fair play award
Former Leeds and South Africa captain Lucas Radebe announced the winner of this year's fair play award - all football clubs and organisations supporting refugees.
There was no shortlist for this award.

How does voting work?
Journalists, national team coaches and captains vote for their top three in all categories, apart from the Puskas and fair play ones.

They select their first, second and third choice for each award, with five, three and one points given to each place respectively.

The winner is the person with the most points. In the event of a tie, it goes to the player or coach with the most first places.

The Puskas award, for the "most beautiful goal" of 2015, is voted for by users of the Fifa and France Football websites.

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Kentucky Derby Hats in Pictures

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Through everything in John McGraw's life during the past two decades, there has been one constant: He knows he will be in the infield of Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
McGraw, a photographer and CNN iReporter from East Lansing, Michigan, went to his first Kentucky Derby when he was 20, tagging along with some older friends who were really into horses. They drove down for the day -- and he was hooked.
"I also like to gamble, but it turned into more than just that," said McGraw, 39. "I just fell in love with the atmosphere."
 
The 2014 event will be McGraw's 20th Kentucky Derby in a row. Most years, he attends the races with a group of 10 to 30 people and camps out 20 minutes south of Louisville.
He'll be among upward of 70,000 fans in the infield, which the Derby's official website says is "an experience of acceptable excess and is forgivably risque." Fans with a little more money to spend who want a better view buy tickets to the grandstand, clubhouse or pricier seats.
 
"I do take photos of the grandstands and stuff like that, but in general, the hats, something draws me to them," he said. "It reminds me of a time gone by. When you look at old photos of the early 1900s, all the women wore hats, and all the guys wore hats as well." (CNN)
 
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow update available for Samsung Galaxy devices included (Galaxy S5, Note 4)

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This week the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update list expands with a number of Samsung Galaxy devices - and Tabs, too. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the oldest member of the Marshmallow update list we're looking at today, while the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are also, of course, on the drawing board. These updates come not long after a video showing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using the update was leaked - or rather filmed and released before Samsung sent out the update themselves - so we're fairly confident this list is going to be able to be fulfilled.

Below you're going to see the first video showing what the creator of said video suggests is Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Inside you'll find that the TouchWiz is quick and the Android is ready to roll. Flexibility is upgraded, and the Screen Off Memo is ready to roll.


The list you're about to see comes from SamsungViet via SamMobile. While we're not 100% certain about the original source being 100% legitimate, the list itself is extremely close to what we've seen in the past from confirmed sources, and - if you've followed the trends - can be linked to past tendencies and update schedules well and above enough.
• Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Q1, 2016
• Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S6 - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S5 - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S5 NEO - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A - Q1
• Samsung Galaxy Alpha - Q2
• Samsung Galaxy Tab A - Q2
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 - Q2
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 - Q2

You can also expect that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above. We're to understand that Samsung will reveal the Samsung Galaxy S7 within the first quarter of 2016, where Marshmallow abilities will be played up - along with new features in TouchWiz as well.

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Angela Merkel, German chancellor, is Time 'Person of the Year 2015'

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Yuvraj Singh Height, Weight, Age, Affairs/Girlfriends & More

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Real Name

Yuvraj Singh Bhundel

Nickname

Yuvi

Profession

International Cricketer (Plays for India)

Physical Stats & More

Height in cm

185 cm

Height in meters

1.85 m

Height in Feet Inches

6 Feet 1 Inch (6' 1")

Weight in Kg

78 Kgs

Weight in Pounds

171 lbs

Eye Colour

Black

Hair Colour

Black

Tattoos

A tattoo with Roman "XII" on his left hand bicep.

Cricket

International Debut

ODI- 3 October 2000 against Kenya

Test- 16 October 2003 against New Zealand

T20- 13 September 2007 against Scotland

Jersey Number

#3 (IPL, Delhi Daredevils)

#12 (India)

Domestic/State Team

Punjab

IPL Team

Delhi Daredevils (DD)

Nature on field

Aggressive

Favourite shots

hitting six on leg side by picking the ball by getting on knee

Records (main ones)

1. He became the first player to hit six 6's in an over in a T20 match. He did it in 2007 T20 World Cup against England.

2. Only player to be Man of the series in both T20 & ODI World Cups.

Controversies

Although Yuvraj Singh has never been involved in any controversy but his father Yograj Singh has spoken very harsh words against M.S. Dhoni several times, Yuvraj says he does not agree with the statements of his father and Dhoni is his close friend

Personal Life

Date of Birth

12 December 1981

Age (as in 2014)

33 Years

Birth Place

Chandigarh, India

Zodiac sign/Sun sign

Sagittarius

Nationality

Indian

Hometown

Chandigarh, India

School

DAV Public School, Sector-8, Chandigarh

College

N/A

Educational Qualification

High School

Family

Father- Yograj Singh (former Cricketer and coach)

Mother- Shabnam Singh

Sister- N/A

Brother- Zoravar Singh (actor)

Coach/Mentor

Yograj Singh (his father)

Religion

Sikh

Address

#508, Sector 11, Chandigarh (he used to live there)

Likes & Dislikes

Likes- playing Tennis, Roller Skating

Dislikes- Red colour

Hobbies

playing Table Tennis in hotel lounge

Favourite Things

Favourite Player

Sachin Tendulkar

Favourite Actress

Kajol

Favourite Actor

Shah Rukh Khan

Favourite Movie

Not Known

Favourite Colour

Not Known

Favorite Food

Not Known

Girlfriends & More

Marital Status

Unmarried

Affairs/Girlfriends

Kim Sharma (actress), Deepika Padukone (actress, rumour), Riya Sen (actress, rumour), Preity Zinta (actress, rumour), Leepakshi (fashion designer, rumour), Hazel Keech (actress)

Girlfriend (at present)

Hazel Keech (actress)

Fiance

Hazel Keech (Actress)

Wife/Spouse

N/A

Children

N/A

Style Quotient

Cars collection

Porshe 911, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMW5, Audi Q5, BMW M3, Honda City

Bikes collection

A customized bike

Money Factor

Price in IPL Auction (2015)

16 Crore INR = 2564700 USD

Salary

Rs 25 Lakh per annum (Retainership Fees)

Rs 7 lakh (per test match)

Rs 4 lakh (per one day match)

Rs 2 lakh (per T20 match)

Net Worth

$35.5 Million = 213 Crores INR

 

 
Some unknown facts about Yuvraj SinghDoes Yuvraj Singh smoke?: Not KnownDoes Yuvraj Singh drink alcohol?: Not KnownIn his childhood, he won National U-14 Roller Skating Championship but his father wanted him to be a Cricketer and threw away the medal he got from the Championship and scolded him to concentrate only on Cricket.In his childhood, he played small roles as a child actor in 2 Punjabi films- Putt Sardara & Mehndi Sajda Di.His parents divorced Yuvraj was very young, after that he stayed with his mother.He believes 12 is his lucky number.As a kid, he was not interested in Cricket, he never liked the idea of playing any sport under the hot sun so he was more interested in becoming a skater.His father forced him to play Cricket and was very strict about coaching Yuvraj.The first paycheck Yuvraj got after playin International Cricket was of Rs. 21 lakh which he handed over to his mother to buy a house.He was the top performer of the T20 World Cup 2007 and ODI World Cup 2011 (both won by India).He got engaged to actress cricketer, Hazel Keech in Bali on November 2015.After Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj is the only Indian player to be signed by English county Yorkshire.

After the 2011 World Cup, the shocking news came that he had lung cancer, he stayed strong and went through chemotherapy and came back fit and fine.                                            

He was the costliest player of IPL 2014 and 2015 auctions. (14 Crore & 16 Crore INR respectively).Yuvraj runs a charity called “YouWeCan”, it helps treating in cancer patients. Also, Yuvraj has decided to invest 50 Crore INR by year 2018 to help entrepreneurs set their businesses.Yuvraj performed as a voice artist in the Bollywood animated film “Jumbo“.He says Sachin Tendulkar is his role model.

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Bangkok: 2015 Buffalo Races in Pictures

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Participants take part in the annual buffalo races in Chonburi, southeast of Bangkok. Scores of Thai farmers ditched their paddy fields for the race course to sprint across a dusty track on prized water buffalo, vying for glory in a decades-old racing contest.

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Vietnam's 'Miss Milk Cow' Beauty Contest 2015 Crowns Winner - HD Photos

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Cows are seen during the Miss Milk Cow beauty contest in Moc Chau plateau, Vietnam, October 15, 2015.

The beauty contest selects cows with solid torsos, high legs and provide the most milk. This year, 126 cows have been chosen for the contest among the 18,000 cows in Moc Chau. Miss Milk Cow beauty contest has been held at Moc Chau plateau for over a decade to promote local dairy products as the diet of Vietnamese people rapidly changed with higher income.


The winner this year is a five-year-old cow that weighs 710 kg and provides around 59.6 kg milk each day, nearly triple the average amount of milk produced by Vietnam's cows. (REUTERS)

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InnoTrans Inter Trade Fair for Transport and Mobility in Pictures

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Visitors look at the fastest train in Europe, the Frecciarossa 1000 by Bombardier during the opening day.

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Vaani Kapoor HD Pictures | HD Wallpapers of Vaani Kapoor

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Vaani Kapoor is an Indian Bollywood sexy and gorgeous actress and model. She was born in 23 August 1988 in India.
Vaani Kapoor debuted her career with television in the series “Rajuben”. She later signed a three films deal with production house “Yash Raj Films”. Vanni was picked through an audition to play the second lead in the “Shuddh “Desi Romance” for which she received five awards included the “Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut” in 2014.
It was released on 6 Sep 2013. Her next release was the romantic comedy Aaha Kalyanam, a remake of “Band Baaja Baraat”. She signed a deal to endorse Lux range of bodywash Products.
Vaani was born in Delhi, India. Her father is a furniture exports industrialist and her mother is a teacher-turned marketing executive. Her elder sister who is married and settled in Netherlands. She did her schooling from Mata Jai Kaur Public School, Ashok Vihar in North Delhi. Later, she enrolled in IGNOU, completing a bachelor’s degree in tourism studies, after which she took up an internship with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in Jaipur. She later worked for ITC Hotel, before she was signed up by Elite Model Management.
Awards for Vaani Kapoor:
1-Star Guild Awards for Most Promising Debut (Female) - Shuddh Desi Romance
2-Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut in 2014 - Shuddh Desi Romance
3-Zee Cine Award For Best Female Debut in 2014 - Shuddh Desi Romance
4-Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Awards - Best Debutant (Female) in 2013 - Shuddh Desi Romance
5-IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year (Female) - Shuddh Desi Romance

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Are Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods getting married on Valentine's Day?

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Vonn 'definitely not getting married'

 

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been publicly dating for about four months now. As for marriage, though, that isn't in the cards, Vonn revealed on Wednesday in a Vogue article.

 

"(Mixing love and business) definitely did not work for me, and I would not recommend it. I would also not recommend getting married," said Vonn, who like Woods has been married before. She divorced her former coach and former Olympic skier, Thomas Vonn, in January. She and Woods announced their relationship in March.

 

When asked if she ever would consider getting remarried, Vonn replied: "No thanks. I am definitely not getting married. To anyone.”

 

Vonn also talked about how she and Woods met. The two hit it off at a charity event in 2012, and what was initially a long-distance friendship evolved into much more.

 

“We immediately clicked, you know? It was just one of those things," Vonn said. “We talked a lot, corresponded a lot, and he was a good friend who was always there. And then it became more.”

 

Vonn has been on hand at several of Woods' tournaments so far this season, including this week at Muirfield, where Woods is trying to win his first major since the 2008 US Open. And although she's no stranger to the spotlight, Vonn has had to get used to the increased attention that comes with being Woods' girlfriend.

 

“Tiger’s fame is obviously in the extreme, the amount of scrutiny that he’s constantly under,” Vonn said. “But that’s the thing: It all comes back to being happy. It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks; do what you love to do and be happy and that’s it.”

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Traditional Bull Race in Khunda, Pakistan in HD Pictures

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Tens of thousands of people gather whenever there is a bull race held in Pakistan which are usually the highlight of festivals organized in rural areas of the Asian country, and attract lots of spectators due to their thrilling nature.

The traditional competition attracts landlords and farmers from all around the province where the race is held, and they all bring their fastest and strongest bulls in hopes of gaining a reputation.

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Canadian Tennis Star Eugenie Bouchard HD Wallpapers | HD Pictures of Eugenie Bouchard

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