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Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush lose ground in primary state
Both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, Democratic and Republican frontrunners respectively in the 2016 White House race, have lost some ground in New Hampshire, the state set to host the campaign's first primary.
 
The former Secretary of State's sizable lead among Democrats in New Hampshire has been trimmed to single digits with Senator Bernie Sanders making a strong push in a state that narrowly broke Clinton's way in 2008, according to a new CNN/WMUR poll.
 
Bush also still narrowly leads the Republican field in New Hampshire, but real estate mogul Donald Trump's gains in the state suggest the billionaire businessman is establishing a following in New Hampshire, CNN said,
 
Among the Democrats Clinton still holds an 8-point edge over Sanders, with 43 percent behind Clinton and 35 percent backing Sanders.
 
Vice President Joe Biden clocks in at 8 percent, with 2 percent or less supporting Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee.
 
The poll marks a significant tightening of the contest since May when Clinton stood at 51 percent, with Elizabeth Warren at 20 percent and Sanders at 13 percent.
 
More see Clinton as presidential than Sanders, with 38 percent saying she has the personal characteristics and qualities a president should have, compared with 27 percent who think Sanders is best representative of those qualities.
 
On the Republican side, the new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Primary poll found Trump at 11 percent, just behind Bush at 16 percent.
 
They were followed by Rand Paul at 9 percent, Scott Walker at 8 percent, and Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio both at 6 percent. Ben Carson and Chris Christie each have 5 percent support.
 
As the low numbers at the top of the pack indicate, the field is far from settled with 21 percent saying they don't know which of the 19 candidates tested in the poll they'd support, and overall, 75 percent saying they're not committed to any candidate.
 
Trump's gains seem connected to perceptions of him as a successful leader on economic issues and personal traits.
 
A whopping 46 percent say Trump is the one in the field "least likely to act like a typical politician if elected president." No one else comes close on that measure.
 
Trump's weakness may come from perceptions of his electability. While 37 percent say Bush is the candidate with the best chance to beat the Democratic nominee next year, just 7 percent say Trump has the best chance to win.
 
While Bush's favourability rating has ticked upward Since announcing his candidacy for President on June 1, New Hampshire voters seem to be souring on the rest of the field, the poll suggested.

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Victorious Obama says healthcare law 'here to stay'
As the US Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a huge victory by upholding his signature healthcare law that opposition Republicans have tried to repeal countless times, he vowed to make it even better.
 
"Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate, we finally declared that in America, healthcare is not a privilege for a few but a right for all," Obama said from the White House on Thursday shortly after the verdict.
 
"Americans would have gone backwards and that's not what we do, that's not what America does, we move forward," he said praising the apex court's decision to uphold the subsidies in the law, nicknamed "Obamacare".
 
"The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," Obama said of the law that has extended cover to more than 15 million Americans who didn't have health insurance before it was signed into law in 2010.
 
In a 6-3 decision, the court held the Act authorised federal tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance nationwide and not just in states with their own exchanges to shop for them.
 
Only 16 states and the American capital of Washington have set up their own health insurance marketplaces and over 6.4 million Americans living in 34 Republican-ruled states which did not create such market places are dependent on Federal exchanges.
 
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, wrote in the majority opinion joined by another conservative and the four liberal justices.
 
"If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter," he said.
 
In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said "we should start calling this law SCOTUScare," referring to the two times the Court has saved the law.
 
Challenge to the Act hinged on just four words in the law that they argued made subsidies available only to people buying insurance on "an exchange established by the state".
 
Congress made the distinction, the challengers said, to encourage states to create their own exchanges and when that failed on a large scale, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tried to "fix" the law.
 
The income-based subsidies are crucial to the law's success, helping to make health insurance more affordable and ultimately reducing the number of uninsured Americans.
 
All the Republican presidential candidates have vowed to repeal it with Louisiana's Indian American governor Bobby Jindal making it the second of his top four objectives after "secure our borders".
 
"I will replace Obamacare with a healthcare system that focuses on reducing costs and restoring freedom," Jindal declared on Wednesday as he became the first Indian American and 13th Republican candidate to jump into the 2016 White House race.
 
Several other Republican presidential candidates quickly denounced the ruling with a "disappointed" front runner Jeb Bush saying "this decision is not the end of the fight against Obamacare".
 
But Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to praise the decision.
 
"Yes!" she tweeted. "SCOTUS affirms what we know is true in our hearts & under the law: Health insurance should be affordable & available to all."

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'Smartphones: 30 percent of time spent on communication'
A new global report released by Ericsson on Thursday claims that 30 percent of time spent by users on all smartphone apps is on communication.
 
As per the report, though smartphones have a wide range of functions such as entertainment, games and photography, communication continues to be the dominant activity with users spending time on communicating through voice, instant messaging, voice over internet protocol (such as Skype), emails and social networking.
 
"We found that 40-50 percent of data consumption for communication apps uses mobile broadband, whereas the corresponding figure for video is just 20 percent," says Swetleena Swain, senior advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab.
 
The report also claims that culture and language influence communication patterns and the adoption of communication apps.
 
Smartphone users in Britain and the US make more voice calls while the Japanese and South Koreans prefer to text message and use locally-developed communication apps.
 
"Typically, the US apps are designed for an English-speaking audience, so it's not surprising that these are predominant in English-speaking countries," says Swain.
 
According to the report, Indian users spend aroung 47 percent of their smartphone-usage time in communication including voice calls with utility and productivity tools claiming 14 percent of the time. Entertainment and gaming follows close behind with 11 percent and 10 percent respectively.
 
While voice calls account for 21 percent of the total time spent on communication, voice call over Internal and instant messaging (IM) accounts for 66 percent of the total time. Social networking comes in third with 11 percent followed by Email which accounts for just 2 percent.
 
WhatsApp Messenger was the most used of all IM apps followed by HIke, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and WeChat.
 
The report titles Ericsson ConsumerLab was released after conducting a global consumer research programme based on interviews with 1,00,000 individuals, in more than 40 countries and 15 megacities.

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