Tinder Tests Sharing Spotify Clips With Matches


Dating application Tinder is now working to make its easy for its users to share music via streaming service Spotify, right inside their conversations on the app.

The feature is being tested in a number of markets around the world and Spotify appears to be the only streaming service involved in the test.

Tinder has already developed a fairly robust chat platform within its dating app, with support for sharing things like Bitmoji and GIFs, and the ability to ‘like’ messages by tapping a heart icon. 

“Now, the company is testing a new integration – sharing music via Spotify,” the TechCrunch reported late on Wednesday.

Tinder’s major rival Bumble has offered integration with Spotify’s streaming music service since 2016.

“Users love connecting over shared tastes in music. In fact, users who update their ‘Anthem’ are most likely to start a conversation via Feed,” a Tinder spokesperson was quoted as saying by TechCrunch.

Meanwhile, Tinder has not revealed further details about the availability of the feature across markets.



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India vs Australia: Kuldeep Yadav Claims His Second Five-Wicket Haul In Tests, First Outside India


Kuldeep Yadav produced his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket as India tightened their grip in the ongoing fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney on Sunday. Kuldeep claimed figures of 5-99 as India bundled out the hosts for 300 in the first innings. Playing his first match of the Test series, the left-arm spinner led the Indian attack from the front to produce his maiden five-wicket haul outside India. Kuldeep took wicket of Usman Khawaja (27), Travis Head (20), Tim Paine (5), Nathan Lyon (0) and Josh Hazlewood (21) to complete his five-for in the first innings.

On Day 3 of the Sydney Test, Kuldeep picked up three wickets, breaking apart the Australian top order. In the second session on Day 4, the 24-year-old cleaned up the lower order leaving Australia 322 runs short in the first innings.

This was Kuldeep’s second five wicket haul in the longest format after he clinched his first against the Windies (5-57) last year in Rajkot.

Riding on the scintillating effort from Kuldeep, the Indian team also enforced the follow-on on the home team becoming the first team in last 30 years to do so on Australia in Australia.

Ravindra Jadeja provided able support to Kuldeep from the other end picking up two wickets. Pacer Mohammed Shami also grabbed a couple of wickets while Jasprit Bumrah managed a wicket as well in the first innings.

The fourth day of the Test started almost four hours late due to rain, with the home team resuming on 236 for six in reply to India’s thumping first innings 622 for seven declared.

They didn’t last long with all-rounder Pat Cummins trudging back to the pavilion after just three balls, clean bowled by Mohammed Shami without adding to his overnight 25.

The recalled Peter Handscomb began with purpose, confidently stroking two boundaries to move to 37 before swiping at a Jasprit Bumrah delivery and dragging it onto his stumps.

That brought Nathan Lyon to the crease but he was gone after five balls, out lbw without scoring to a full toss from Kuldeep Yadav.

Tailenders Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc put on 42 for the last wicket before Hazlewood fell for 21 to Yadav.

India currently lead the four Test series 2-1 and only need a draw to clinch a first-ever series win Australia.

(With AFP Inputs)



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Brad Hodge Slams Australian Batsmen, Says Technique And Temperament To Play Tests Missing


Brad Hodge, former Australian cricketer, on Tuesday slammed his national team batsmen for showing lack of intent in the ongoing Test series against India. The 44-year-old Brad Hodge complained that the hosts batsmen have not been good enough. He further explained it by saying the technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing. “From a batting point of view, this has been a disappointing series. The averages are well down. They simply haven’t been good enough. The technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing,” Hodge was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The problem is they won a Test ten days ago (in Perth). So you expect a lot from this batting line-up, but when they cannot score 200 runs (in the first innings), then that’s a serious issue.

“We have high expectations, a rich history, and we had some serious players in the past (David Warner and Steve Smith). But we are also up against a very good team,” he added.

Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah “a nightmare to face” in an enormous compliment but picked Cheteshwar Pujara’s runs at number three as the vital difference between the two sides.

The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.

“Pujara has been the difference between the two sides. Both bowling units have looked strong. Barring the first session in Perth (where Australia scored 112-0), and Mayank Agarwal in Melbourne, all four openers have struggled,” Hodge said.

“So, the number three position where Pujara has dominated, has been of importance. Not only has he not lost his wicket cheaply, but he has also taken time out of the game.”

India are now on the cusp of history, with a win at the SCG assuring them of a first-ever Test series triumph on Australian soil. Hodge believes India can do it.

(With PTI inputs)



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Brad Hodge Slams Australian Batsmen, Says Technique And Temperament To Play Tests Missing


Brad Hodge, former Australian cricketer, on Tuesday slammed his national team batsmen for showing lack of intent in the ongoing Test series against India. The 44-year-old Brad Hodge complained that the hosts batsmen have not been good enough. He further explained it by saying the technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing. “From a batting point of view, this has been a disappointing series. The averages are well down. They simply haven’t been good enough. The technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing,” Hodge was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The problem is they won a Test ten days ago (in Perth). So you expect a lot from this batting line-up, but when they cannot score 200 runs (in the first innings), then that’s a serious issue.

“We have high expectations, a rich history, and we had some serious players in the past (David Warner and Steve Smith). But we are also up against a very good team,” he added.

Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah “a nightmare to face” in an enormous compliment but picked Cheteshwar Pujara’s runs at number three as the vital difference between the two sides.

The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.

“Pujara has been the difference between the two sides. Both bowling units have looked strong. Barring the first session in Perth (where Australia scored 112-0), and Mayank Agarwal in Melbourne, all four openers have struggled,” Hodge said.

“So, the number three position where Pujara has dominated, has been of importance. Not only has he not lost his wicket cheaply, but he has also taken time out of the game.”

India are now on the cusp of history, with a win at the SCG assuring them of a first-ever Test series triumph on Australian soil. Hodge believes India can do it.

(With PTI inputs)



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“Was Always Confident Of Doing Well In Tests”: Jasprit Bumrah After Record-Breaking Spell In Melbourne


Jasprit Bumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record on Friday after he surpassed Dileep Doshi’s tally of 40 Tests wickets in a debut year. Spinner Doshi, who played 33 Tests for India, had claimed 40 wickets in his debut year in 1979. Jasprit Bumrah claimed career-best figures of 6/33 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne to accumulate 45 Test wickets in 2018. The 25-year-old fast bowler also became the first bowler from the sub-continent to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England and Australia in the same year.

Following the impressive show in his debut Test year, Bumrah expressed how confident he was since the first day. “I always wanted to play Test cricket. People have only seen me in white ball cricket. But I’ve played a lot of first-class cricket earlier. I was always confident that whenever I get a chance I’ll be able to do well,” Bumrah said at the press conference.

“When I got an opportunity in South Africa, I was very happy. The start has been good. Hopefully, I keep on learning and keep getting better,” he added.

Bumrah made his Test debut against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2018. Since then, he has claimed 39 wickets in eight Test matches. However, he is yet to play the longest format at home.

India were 54/5 at stumps on Day 3, leading Australia by 346 runs in the third Test of the four-match series on Friday. Bumrah might take a few more wickets when Australia come to chase on Saturday or Sunday.

After bowling out Australia for paltry 151, India captain Virat Kohli refused to enforce a follow-on despite a huge 292-run lead. The visitors had declared their first innings at 443/7 and Kohli wanted to make it tougher for the home team in the subsequent innings.

However, Kohli’s plan didn’t work out as Australia quick Pat Cummins claimed five big wickets in Kohli (0), Hanuma Vihari (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) to keep the match in balance. Rohit Sharma, who had scored an unbeaten 63-run knock in previous innings, also lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood for five runs.

Bumrah wasn’t much worried with the current state of the number one-ranked Test team and said India would assess the situation tomorrow morning.

“We lost a few more wickets than we wanted to but we’ll assess tomorrow morning and we’ll try to add as much as we can and then hopefully get them out,” he said.



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India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah Claims 3rd Five-Wicket Haul In Tests, Breaks 39-Year-Old Indian Record


Jasprit Bumrah claimed his third five-wicket haul to wrap up Australia’s first innings on 151 on day three of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. Bumrah picked the wickets of Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood to become the first Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.

The 25-year-old waded into the Australian batting lineup with figures of 6/33, the best for an Indian fast bowler Down Under since 1985. These are also the career-best figures for Bumrah in Tests, bettering the 5/54 he claimed against South Africa at Johannesburg in January.

With 45 wickets under his belt now, Bumrah also surpassed Dileep Doshi to register most wickets for India in his debut year in Test cricket. In 1979, Dileep Doshi took 40 wickets in his debut Test year, which was a record till Bumrah broke it in 2018.

Venkatesh Prasad is third on the list with 37 wickets in 1996. Narendra Hirwani with 36 wickets in 1988 and S Sreesanth with 35 in 2006 complete the top five.

Bumrah is now India’s joint leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2018 along with Mohammed Shami

Australia were skittled for 151, trailing by 292 runs as India closed in on a crucial 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

Australia began the day with eight runs on the scoreboard after surviving six nervy overs on Thursday following India’s daunting 443/7 declaration.

The hosts’ downfall began quickly when Aaron Finch was out for eight.

None of the batsmen could muster more than 22, again exposing how much they miss the banned Steve Smith and David Warner.

Skipper Tim Paine and opener Marcus Harris both top-scored with 22. 

In contrast to Australia’s frailties, India’s batsmen shone with Cheteshwar Pujara making 106, Virat Kohli 82 and Rohit Sharma not out 63.



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China Successfully Tests Russia’s S-400 Missile Air Defence System


S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system (File)

Beijing: 

China has successfully tested the advanced S-400 air defence system imported from Russia for which India also signed-up recently despite concerns over threat of sanctions from the US.

It was the first time the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tested the system since it received the last shipments of the weaponry from Russia in July under a USD 3 billion contract signed in 2015.

China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force last month tested the S-400 Triumf air defence system successfully shooting down a “simulated ballistic target” almost 250 kilometre away and moving at the supersonic speed of 3 kilometre per second, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Thursday, quoting Russian media reports.

Details of the location of the test have not been disclosed.

India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy the same system in October this year despite concerns over threat of sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia.

India wants the long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence mechanism, particularly along the 3,488 km-long border with China.

S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.

China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system. Moscow has already started delivery of an undisclosed number of the S-400 missile systems to Beijing.

Russia says the S-400 is a cutting-edge air defence system that can detect and shoot down targets including ballistic missiles, enemy jets and drones up to 600 kilometre away at an altitude between 10 metres and 27 kilometres.

The system can simultaneously shell 36 targets moving at a speed of up to 4,800 metres per second with 72 ground-to-air missiles.

Commenting on China’s first test, Beijing-based military expert Li Jie said the reports showed that Moscow wanted to underscore the relationship at a time when the US was at loggerheads with both Russia and China.

“Despite pressure from the US, the Russian military will increase its cooperation with the PLA in areas such as missiles, shipbuilding and other sectors,” he said.

China and Russia have significantly boosted their military ties in the past decade as both the countries compete with the US for regional and global influence.

Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military expert with a focus on the PLA, told the Post that the test was an “advertisement” by the Russian military to promote its S-400 system.

“But it’s also clear that the PLA’s Rocket Force is proficient in using the S-400 air defence system because they are already familiar with its predecessor, the S-300, which China has used since the ’90s,” Mr Song said.

He said it was important to differentiate between “simulated ballistic target” and real hypersonic missiles.

“Hypersonic weapons boast features such as manoeuvrability – gliding, for example – and they are almost impossible to intercept because they are travelling at such high speed,” Mr Song said.
 





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Photos And DNA Tests As Indonesians Search For Lost Relatives


A volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa – hit the west coast of Indonesia on December 22.

Carita, Indonesia: 

Grief-stricken Indonesians queued with photos or waited on DNA tests Wednesday, to find out if their missing loved ones were among bodies being held in a hospital morgue after a devastating tsunami tore families apart.

“I’m scared,” said Tubagus Cecep, 63, as he waited nervously at a hospital in devastated Carita for test results on a body he fears could be that of his son.

“But if I keep my faith in God maybe he could have been swept away somewhere and is still alive.”

His son, a university student due to graduate in five months, hasn’t been seen since since the day of the disaster, when he was on a day trip to an island off the coast of Java.

Four of his friends are also missing.

“They found a body, a pile of bags and my son’s shoes,” the father of 10 told AFP.

“I’m still waiting for the body to be identified. We don’t know yet if it was him.”

Others queued up showing photos of their loved ones on mobile phones, with officials carrying out the grisly task of checking them against bodies in the morgue.

“We’ve been asking them about when was the last time they saw their relative, what they were wearing, if they have any identifying marks on their body,” said Nariyana, head of the local police forensics and medical services unit, who goes by one name.

The task has been made more difficult by multiple relatives making duplicate reports of missing loved ones, Nariyana said.

Also waiting was Nur Masa, who was at a Java beach with his older brother on Saturday evening when the powerful waves struck.

His brother — who was fixing a fishing net into the sea when the wave crashed in — has not been seen since.

“I still hope he can be found,” the 33-year-old Masa quietly told AFP

“But it’s been four days and four nights and he still hasn’t been located.”

An eruption at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, caused a section of the crater to collapse and slide into the ocean, triggering the killer tsunami, officials have said.

The disaster agency slightly raised the death toll Wednesday to 430, with 1,495 people injured and another 159 missing.

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INDvsAUS: Virat Kohli’s hunger for success keeps India favourite in last two Tests: Vivian Richards


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“Still Two Tests To Go And India Can Win Both”: Sourav Ganguly After Loss In Perth


India lost the second Test in Perth by 146 runs as Australia levelled the four-match series 1-1. Soon after the crushing defeat, criticism poured in for the Indian team from all quarters. Ranging from bowling selections to on-field confrontations between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Tim Paine, the Indian team drew flak from media and former cricketers. But former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has now come out in support of the team and has backed India to win the series with two more Tests to go. “Lots of talk going around in media specially Australian .. watch out for india against this australia ..still two tests to go and india can win both.. don’t go too far ahead everyone @bcci,” Ganguly wrote on Twitter.

With a track conducive to fast bowling, India opted to go into the second Test with four frontline seamers and didn’t pick a spinning option. But Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets in the match, helping the home team clinch an emphatic win.

Defending his decision to go in with four pacers Kohli said, “When we looked at the pitch, we didn’t think about the (Ravindra) Jadeja option. We thought four quicks would be enough. Nathan Lyon bowled really well. We never thought about the spin option to be honest.”

After the first two Tests in Adelaide and Perth, the four-match Test series is currently levelled at 1-1.

For the final two Tests India have roped in Mayank Agarwal and Hardik Pandya in the squad while Australia on Wednesday announced the same 13-man team.

The third match of the series will be played in Melbourne from December 26.





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