Forget screen addiction as there is a new threat to keeping children safe in the digital era: Internet of Things (IoT) devices.According to researchers, children need protection when using programmable Internet computing devices in a digital world where everyday objects contain sensors and stream data to and from the Internet. The risks can include peer-to-peer abuse or bullying, dangers of abuse by adults, as well as risks related to the use, exploitation, commercialisation, or insecure management of any data the children generate by using the devices, warn Lancaster University scientists.Children are also getting hands-on — using small-scale easy-to-programme devices such as the “BBC micro:bit” to experiment and get creative with digital technologies.Unless properly considered, Internet-connected devices can present risks to children and others around them.”Children who are learning to programme IoT devices still have critical gaps in their understanding of privacy and security,” said doctor Bran Knowles from Lancaster University’s school of computing and communications.In addition, parents may also lack technical understanding of IoT, which makes it difficult for them to help ensure their children are managing their privacy and keeping safe.”Formal training is available for online safety issues such as social media bullying and sexting, but, as yet, there is no IoT component to this curriculum,” Knowles added.It is essential, therefore, that the designers of IoT devices anticipate the full spectrum of contexts in which children may use these devices and adopt strategies that will ensure they have properly considered, and mitigated, the potential safety and privacy risks to children and their families.”Our research provides a framework to help designers approach these critical risks with their own devices, while still enabling these devices to have enough functions activated so that they still provide a fun learning experience,” she said.The team’s methodology includes working with supervised groups of school children to explore a wide range of ways that young people may want to use Internet-connected computing devices. connected devicesdevice addicitoninternetinternet addiction First Published: June 24, 2019, 1:05 PM IST
BalakotBharatiya Janata PartyBJPcongress First Published: April 22, 2019, 6:30 PM IST Jaipur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said India’s stand against terrorism has been weakened on several occasions by the Congress party.Addressing a press conference here, Singh said, “They (Congress) have given a new theory of Hindu terrorism. There is no religion or caste of terrorism. Their new theory weakened India’s stand against terrorism.” He said repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was another such case which undermined India’s stand. “In 2004, India had an agreement with Pakistan in which its former army chief had assured that the country will not provide shelter and allow terrorism to flourish on its soil, but Congress tried weakening India’s stand, saying Pakistan was also a victim of terrorism,” he said.The home minister said the opposition was doing politics over issues which should not be politicised. Instead of praising the defence forces after the airstrike in Balakot of Pakistan, the opposition parties questioned it with queries on number of terrorists killed, he said.”When such types of questions are asked, it weakens India’s stand against terrorism,” he said.Speaking on the Congress’ election manifesto promising to scrap the sedition law, Singh said the law should be further strengthened but it should not be misused. Talking about Articles 370 and 35A for Jammu and Kashmir, he said it was a temporary arrangement and it was time to review it. “How much the entitlement benefitted Jammu and Kashmir? When a few people are raising questions there should be two prime ministers in the country then what is the significance of Article 370 and 35A,” Singh asked.He exuded confidence that the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections reflected a wave in favour of the BJP, and there was no doubt the party will get a clear majority and possibly the NDA will achieve 3/4th majority.
aam aadmi partyaapArvinder Singh Lovelycentral-delhi-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 22, 2019, 10:06 PM IST New Delhi: The BJP Monday fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency and renominated Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi.The party has so far announced its candidates for six of the seven seats in the national capital. Gambhir has replaced Maheish Girri as the party’s candidate and will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).Lekhi is pitted against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and Ajay Maken of the Congress.The BJP had on Sunday fielded its four sitting MPs from Delhi — Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North-east Delhi, Pravesh Verma from West Delhi and Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi.The party is yet to name its candidate for the North-west Delhi constituency.The BJP had won all seven seats in the national capital in the last election.
The Traditional LoveDonning a Manish Malhotra kurta, Madhavan looks hot as ever. Even as he stands straight, without a pose, the intense look does the trick for us. The SunkissedThis picture of Madhavan is what you need to mark the perfect beginning to your day. Dressed in a white shirt, Madhavan clicks a selfie sitting on sofa, while the sunrays make him look hot. Don’t believe us? Just look at the picture. The Monochrome LoveDid you just say 49? No way. This monochrome picture of Madhavan explains why he is the king of ever-lasting hotness. And leaves no doubt about why the actor is much loved among female fans in India and abroad. Happy Birthday R MadhavanMaddyMadhavan InstagramMadhavan Instagram hot pictures First Published: June 1, 2019, 12:08 PM IST Our childhood crush for R Madhavan aka Maddy from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein might never get over. While people age with times, actors like Anil Kapoor, Milind Soman and Madhavan grace and age into a hotter and sexier personality. And as we celebrate Madhavan’s birthday today on June 1, it is right to accept that the actor is still the same even 18 years after the release of his movie Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. As the actor turns 49, we bring you the best and the hottest pictures from the actors Instagram account that will definitely make you fall in love with this Tamil star all over again. The Gym GoalsWhile we might just plan to go gym and get that perfect body, Madhavan’s gym selfie definitely inspires us to take the gym membership right away. After gaining lot of weight for his upcoming movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Madhavan is back to gym to shed all those extra kilos. And with that perfect smile on, Madhavan makes gymming looks easier than imagined. Follow @News18Movies for more The Good ol’ DaysThis throwback picture of Madhavan with his son takes us back to the bygone era, when the actor made his debut in Bollywood and stole away all the hearts with his performance as Maddy. The brown eyes and that perfect smile are definitely the cherry on the top.
Akshay Kumardelhielection commissionnamo tv First Published: May 2, 2019, 6:56 PM IST New Delhi: The BJP has sought permission from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi to air two movies — Padman and Toilet-Ek Prem Katha — on NaMo TV, officials here said on Thursday.The Delhi poll body has now written to the Election Commission, seeking clarity whether it can certify movies already cleared by the Censor Board. Last month, the EC said all recorded programmes broadcast on NaMo TV need to be pre-certified.Last week, the BJP applied for pre-certification of the two Akshay Kumar-starrer movies to the media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi’s Chief Electoral Office.”We have written to the EC, seeking clarity on this because the movies have already been released. The reply from EC is awaited on whether we can certify the films again when they already have the certification of the Censor Board,” a Delhi poll body official said.He said the application is pending clearance.Till now, the BJP has sent 308 applications to the Delhi poll body for clearing its ads while the Congress has given 120 applications and the AAP 23.The BJP, in its manifesto, has promised to ensure all reproductive and menstrual health services are easily available to all women across India and with the expansion of ongoing Suvidha scheme, sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Re 1 will be provided to all women and girls.Padman revolves around Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkin machine and Kumar played the lead role.Toilet-Ek Prem Katha is based on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mohit Raina is hopeful that artistes coming from his home state Jammu and Kashmir will gradually find a footing in the entertainment business. Raina, who grew up in the J&K, has cemented his base in the industry, has a loyal fan following through stints in films and TV and is living his childhood dream. The actor believes with more exposure to the arts and commerce attached with it, people from the Valley would be encouraged to take the plunge. “They are not exposed right now, the technicalities, the structure isn’t as such that can shorten the distance or give them more avenues. Other states still have those avenues, which Jammu and Kashmir doesn’t have. “Jammu has a lot of theatre groups now, but Kashmir still has a dearth of it. If avenues can be reached upon, a lot of options given, maybe then we will have more talent to recognise from. I hope more people from there find a way here,” Raina told PTI. The actor, who became a household name with his portrayal of Lord Shiva in Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev, said as a small town boy from J&K he never imagined to make a name for himself in showbiz. “It is a typical story. A small town boy wakes up one day and decides to go to Mumbai to become…a hero. In my head a hero was someone who comes out of a big car, is surrounded by bodyguards and has these fans swooning around him. But then you realise it is not that.” Raina earlier dabbled in modelling, but soon realised it was acting which interests him more. “I always wanted to express myself. I feel I was meant to be here. I am happy and content with my journey, but not completely satisfied. Can actors be satisfied? I don’t think so. To keep going, we have to be greedy,” he added. The 36-year-old actor followed his success with consecutive hits on TV with Mahabharat and then Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, before featuring in this year’s biggest hit till now, Uri: The Surgical Strike.”No one in my family had travelled in an aircraft in those days, in fact no one had even stepped out of Jammu and Kashmir. It was a huge deal to come here and be in front of the camera.” Raina is now gearing up for his digital debut with Kaafir. The ZEE5 show is a tale of a young Pakistani woman who comes into India through a series of strange circumstances and is unable to return home. The series revolves around the relationship between the woman, who is accused of militancy, and her lawyer who makes getting her justice his sole objective.The actor said he was attracted to the show as the material was based on a real life story. “While researching I saw the video of the real life female, coming out of the prison and realised the story surfaced from Jammu and Kashmir. “But what drew me towards the story was the selflessness of the character. An actor is always greedy for good content and a Kaafir doesn’t happen everyday.” Kaafir is set to stream from Saturday. Follow @News18Movies for more. Kaafirmohit rainaMohit Raina filmsMohit Raina interview First Published: June 12, 2019, 10:20 AM IST
Hailey wrote,” 1 year ago I said yes to being your best friend for life, and today I have never loved you more.. life gets more beautiful everyday because of you, my heart belongs to you forever.Here’s to learning and growing together..”Reports say that their wedding ceremony, which was previously put on hold in order to focus on mental health issues, is back on. The two got married on September 13, 2018, and reports are out that they’re planning the official ceremony for friends and family on the one year anniversary of the day. “They have talked about possibly having their wedding closer to their one-year marriage anniversary date in September,’ an insider told Us Weekly.Back in February, People magazine had reported that Justin was receiving counseling for his recent battles with depression and anxiety. Since then, the What Do You Mean hitmaker has kept his fans in the loop, sharing mental health updates on his Instagram. In May, Bieber opened up about his battle with mental illness, saying it got really bad on tour which is why he had to press pause on his concerts.Follow @News18Movies for more hailey baldwinHailey Baldwin anniversaryHailey BeiberJustin Bieber First Published: July 9, 2019, 3:22 PM IST Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, who got married in September last year, have been through some rough times in their relationship. But on Monday, Baldwin took to Instagram to post a romantic message for his 26-year-old husband to mark her one year anniversary since the Canadian pop star proposed to her. In the picture, both can be seen relaxing, as Hailey rests her head lovingly on Justin’s shoulder. Further the picture was complimented with an emotional message.
The state that sends most number of MPs to the Parliament is also the state which posed the stiffest resistance to BJP’s juggernaut in form of the historic BSP-SP-RLD alliance.Which is why results in Uttar Pradesh are doubly crucial to the overall outcome. Since the final results may take time, we have decided to prepare a list of xyz seats, decisive indications from which will give us a fair idea of the direction in which winds are blowing. Follow all the LIVE updates of Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 hereSince politics is not a zero sum game, we urge you to apply the usual caveats and exercise discretion.Will Mahagathbandhan be able to woo a section of Brahmins away from BJP+ in some pockets of east UPSeats to watch out for – Sant Kabir Nagar, Pratapgarh, BhadohiBecause in all these seats BSP has fielded Brahmins to attract a section of upper caste vote, seemingly assured of MGB’s strength to attract Dalits, OBCs and Muslims in these seats. If the party is able to attract a chunk of what is considered BJP’s core vote, it may be considered not just enough to win these seats by a good margin but a reflection of a larger social coalition that MGB has tried to stitch together in the state.How well will BJP perform in MGB strongholdsSeats to watch out for – Ghazipur, Amroha, BijnorThis will be a test of MGB’s attempt to transfer party votes and BJP’s attempt to not let this happen. Ghazipur’s 40% huge population is comprised of Yadavs, Muslims and Dalits; Amroha similarly has a sizeable population of Muslims and SCs and a chunk of Jat votes; Bijnor again has a sizeable Muslim population which added to a number of Dalits is likely to give MGB a lot of confidence. BJP’s strong showing in these seats could indicate, among other issues, a problem with vote transfer between core SP, BSP and RLD loyalists.Will Jats support BJP or MGBSeats to watch out for – Mathura, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Hathras, Fatehpur Sikri, KairanaIn this sub-region of West UP, sometimes referred to, for the sizeable presence of Jats, as ‘Jatland’, Ajit Singh’s ability to convince Jats to side with MGB will decide the coalition’s future. Jat community, which is said to affect outcome of nearly a dozen seats in West UP, had overwhelmingly sided with the BJP in last general polls. Communal polarization due to ’13 Muzaffarnagar riots was one reason for it. But this time RLD is banking on its ground work and distress among Jat sugarcane farmers.Will Congress expand beyond Raebareli and AmethiSeats to watch out for – Dhaurahra, Barabanki, Kushi NagarCongress, being left out of MGB, decided to chart a course of revival in Uttar Pradesh by itself, as Priyanka Gandhi herself claimed. The first signs of this revival, and Priyanka Gandhi’s leadership skills, will be borne out by the number of seats scored, except the two ‘family’ seats of Raebareli and Amethi, by the grand old party in this state. Dhaurara was a seat that Congress leader Jitin Prasada fought for, from his party high command. It is also a seat that he’s won in the past. With a vote share of over 50% in 2009 before he was reduced to fourth position in ‘14 polls. Given the heavy presence of upper castes here, Prasada has a shot at reclaiming his old seat.Barabanki presents another chance for the Congress to score. Congress’ candidate here is its party’s general secretary PL Punia’s son Tanuj Punia. PL Punia, a Dalit leader, was himself elected the MP from here in ‘09 and was the runner up in ‘14. Support from Muslims, who form a sizeable chunk of the population here, and a section of upper castes can see Congress through.Just like several other constituencies like Unnao, Congress has repeated its candidate victorious in ‘09 polls here. RPN Singh whose father had won this seat twice is his party’s face here. Being an upper caste dominant seat, and given the family association of his father, RPN Singh, who was the runner up in ‘14 will hope for some support from Muslims and absence of any Modi wave this time.Apart from these contests some other constituencies which will be good indicators of MGB’s performance versus that of BJP+’s are seats like Ambedkar Nagar, Meerut, Gautam Budhh Nagar. BJP’s non-Yadav OBC, non-Jatav Dalit formula will be up against MGB’s formula of (Dalit+Yadav+Muslim) plus votes from some other communities like Gujjars. 2019 Elections Resultsakhilesh yadavassembly poll resultsAssembly polls First Published: May 23, 2019, 6:45 AM IST
New Delhi: Asaduddin Owaisi has openly expressed his discontent over the failed VBA-Congress alliance for the first-time in his recent tweet. The National President of AIMIM tweeted, “During the elections, I’d publicly asked INC to agree to a seat sharing formula that is respectful of Prksh_Ambedkar sahab’s stature. But Chavan & SAHEB (Sharad Pawar) live in a world where they’re entitled to obedience & loyalty of Vanchit, Muslim, SC/ST communities (sic).”He has also shared a news article that talks about the probable Congress-VBA allaince ahead of Assembly elections in Maharashtra. On May 23, as the saffron camp celebrated the stupendous impact of the ‘Modi wave’ across the country for a second consecutive term, Maharashtra saw the emergence of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) in the politics of the state. In a country where caste-based voting seemed to have taken a back-seat over the issue of nationalism, Maharashtra witnessed a reverse trend. The newly formed VBA garnered about 41 lakh votes in the Lok Sabha election. That is about 14% of the total votes polled in Maharashtra. The emergence of new party founded by Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dalit icon and and social reformer BR Ambedkar, adversely affected the vote-share of the Congress in many seats. If we take a look at vote-share, it is clear the Congress and its allies could have won from at least seven more seats where the VBA’s votes are more than the NDA candidate’s winning margin against the allies. These seats include Buldhana, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Parabhni, Sangli, Hatkanangle, Nanded and Solapur. Even in the Akola Lok Sabha constituency, from where Prakash Ambedkar was in fray, the VBA secured the second spot with 2,78,848 votes.The party also got more than a one lakh votes in 13 constituencies, while it crossed the 50,000-vote mark in 29 other seats. In Palghar, the VBA’s share was the least with 13,728 votes, while Sangli turned out to be the biggest support ground for the party with 3,00,234 votes.Prakash Ambedkar told News 18, “We secured about 41 lakh votes in this Lok Sabha election, which is about 14% of the total votes polled in the state. We have enough votes to get the status of a regional party.” Stating that the Congress was already “destroyed”, he said it was because of the grand old party that VBA lost 10 seats.“We will contest separately if the Congress does not talk to us on the same level. Both of us will benefit if we come together,” Ambedkar indicated.Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan had earlier told News18 that if the two parties enter the fray together, there would less division of votes and his party was looking forward to working with the VBA.Chavan’s suggestion, however, was too little and came too late. Nanded, which withstood the ‘Modi-wave’ in 2014, also turned saffron this time. Ashok Chavan, who was seeking a re-election from the seat, lost by a margin of 40,148 votes, However, the VBA got about 1,66,196 votes. It is believed these ‘secular’ votes could have gone in the account of the Congress had the new outfit not been fray.Similarly, in Solapur, where former Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde got 3,66,377 votes, Ambedkar bagged 1,70,007 votes. Their total share exceeded the number of votes bagged by BJP’s winning candidate Siddheshwar Maharaj by 11,399 votes. Maharaj won from Solapur with 5,24,985 votes.BJP’s Ashok Nete won the Gadchiroli-Chimur seat with 5,19,968 votes, while Dr Namdev Usendi of the Congress came second with 4,42,442 votes, while the VBA candidate had 1,11,468 votes in his kitty. Had Ambedkar not fielded any contender from the seat, Usendi might have become the winner.Likewise, VBA’s Baliram Siraskar made a big dent in the NCP’s vote-share in Buldhana. He got 1,72,627 votes, while the winning margin of Shiv Sena candidate Prataprao Jadhav was 1,33,287 votes which is about 40,000 more than that of Jadhav’s total votes. NCP’s Rajendra Shingne secured the second spot with 3,88,690 votes.In Parbhani, VBA candidate Alamgir Mohammad Khan bagged 1,49,946 votes. The runner up, Rajesh Vitekar of the NCP, got 4,96,742 votes. Together, their tally exceeds winning margin of Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Jadhav (1,07,747 votes).Congress ally Swabhimani Paksha (SWP), led by Raju Shetti, also faced a drubbing in Hatkanangle and Sangli, where the VBA performed really well.Shetti, a two-time, was seeking a re-election and contested against Dhairyasheel Mane of the Shiv Sena from Hatkanangle. Shetti lost by a margin of 96,039 votes. The VBA candidate secured 1,23,419 votes. The SWP and VBA’s total share is 27,380 votes more than Mane’s victory margin.Even in Sangli, the SWP and VBA together garnered 6,44,877 votes, which is far more than the 5,08,995 votes secured by BJP’s Sanjaykaka Patil who won the seat.The VBA had fielded candidates from all the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra and won the Aurangabad seat, where its ally, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), was in fray. Imtiaz Jaleel won the seat by a narrow margin of 4,234 votes against Shiv Sena’s Chandrakant Khaire, who bagged 3,84,550 votes.Earlier, the Congress had denied the VBA’s demand for a coalition on the ground that the latter was trying to bargain for more than it was worth. Some Congress office-bearers had also alleged the VBA was the BJP’s B-team, after which Prakash Ambedkar declared to contest from all the seats in the state.The outfit is a consolidation of over 200 small anti-caste organisations in the state. Ambedkar got all of these organisations under one umbrella to form a political outfit in a bid to give voice to the minorities in the state. This changing dynamics may build a new narrative in the voting arithmetic in the upcoming Assembly election in the state.Political expert Ashok Wankhede said the VBA can’t be underestimated anymore. “Looking at its vote-share, it is clear the VBA already has a solid base in many assembly segments which is enough to win those seats. Even if it manages to win 10-15 of these seats, it could become kingmakers,” Wankhade said.Wankhede told News18 Owaisi has an influence in areas like Osmanabad, Solapur, Nanded and Washim which were previously part of the Nizam’s empire. “Muslims in these areas associate with him. However, the VBA has consolidated the SC votes in the areas. This combination has now become a deadly one. Both the NDA and Cong-NCP alliance need to consider the VBA factor while crafting their strategy for the upcoming poll,” he added.Wankhede said both the coalitions need the support of Independents to form the next government. akola-s13p06BJP-Sena alliancebuldhana-s13p05Congress-NCP alliance First Published: May 29, 2019, 5:16 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami
D MurlikumarLok Sabha elections 2019RK Nagar bypollSpecial Expenditure Observer First Published: July 16, 2019, 6:37 PM IST New Delhi: Former IRS officer D Murlikumar was on Tuesday appointed as special expenditure observer for the August 5 bypoll to Vellore Lok Sabha seat, where the election was earlier countermanded due to excess use of money power.Official sources in the Election Commission Tuesday said Murlikumar is a former director general of Income Tax, Chennai. Polling for the Lok Sabha seat was scheduled for April 18, along with the other constituencies of Tamil Nadu, but was cancelled on April 16 following the recovery of a huge amount of cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader.A government notification rescinding the polls had said the EC was fully satisfied that the current electoral process in Vellore has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of certain candidates and some workers of the political party.It had said that in the considered opinion of the EC, going ahead with the poll process in Vellore in such a vitiated atmosphere would severely jeopardise the conduct of a free-and-fair election.This was perhaps the first time that the election to a Lok Sabha constituency was cancelled over use of money power. The bypoll to the RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled in April, 2017, following a similar seizure of huge cash, allegedly meant for bribing voters.The counting of votes will be on August 9. Once the result is announced, Lok Sabha will have its full strength of 543 elected members. There is a provision to nominate two members from the Anglo-Indian community.
If you’ve embraced the smart home with Philips’ Hue connected lights, and you’re an Xfinity Home subscriber, your fancy lighting options are now becoming even cleverer. The two companies have announced a deal this morning which sees Hue light control brought under the umbrella of the Xfinity Home app. There, it joins IoT gadgets like Nest’s smart thermostat and August’s connected locks. For the basics, you’ll be able to turn Hue lights on and off from within the same app that controls other Xfinity Home devices. However, the more interesting possibilities should come when you link multiple devices or actions into one. There, Xfinity Home works as a bridge of sorts, allowing devices that normally wouldn’t cooperate to be linked in “rules”.So, you could have the lights automatically turn off whenever you leave the house and set the alarm system. Alternatively, the lights could all come on if the alarm sounds, together with your security cameras. Xfinity Home already works with connected garage door openers, plug-in dimmers and smart switches from Lutron and GE, and Sengled’s Element Touch connected bulbs, and all can be integrated into rules. What you can’t do, for the moment at least, is use voice to control your Hue lights. Xfinity Home’s voice command system, which works with the X1 remote, currently supports opening up a view from connected security cameras as well as enabling and disabling the alarm, but for the moment Hue isn’t supported. Comcast says that should change in due course, however. Unlike many attempts to hub-ify the smart home from Samsung-owned SmartThings and other platforms, Comcast is charging a subscription fee for its service. Pricing starts at $39.95 per month – assuming you’re willing to ink your name to a two year contract – though for that you do get 24/7 human monitoring at Comcast’s central station. On the hardware side, you get a touchscreen controller, wireless keypad, a motion sensor, and three door/window sensors. However Comcast has its own add-on gadgets, including indoor/outdoor cameras, a smart thermostat if you don’t already have a Nest, and a smoke alarm. There’s also a water detection alarm, and cloud-based video recording with remote access. Story TimelineComcast Xfinity Home Security Brings Security and Home Surveillance Comcast Xfinity xFi turn sgateway into a Wi-Fi control center
Apple has responded to ongoing controversy about older iPhones seeing their performance throttled, describing the behavior as a fix for an inherent issue affecting all smartphones as they age. Talk of a “planned obsolescence” strategy had re-emerged earlier this week, when benchmarking firm Geekbench waded into discussion about whether older devices – like the iPhone 6s, first released in 2015 – were having their processors artificially limited by iOS. The tests followed observations by iPhone owners that their devices would gradually feel slower over time, but then get snappier once again after the battery was replaced. Apple offers that service for $79. Various explanations for the behavior were put forward, ranging from the cautious – that Apple, for instance, was trying to eke out all-day battery life even as overall battery capacity shrank, by reducing the impact of the CPU – to the nefarious. Now, in a statement to TechCrunch, Apple has explained what’s going on, and its thinking behind it. Sure enough, there’s some power profile management going on, and it is indeed intentional. However, it’s not there to encourage those using older iPhones to upgrade to an iPhone X or iPhone 8.Instead it’s meant to avoid hardware issues related to peak power demands, which older batteries can struggle to meet. Apple previously released a software update that addressed some complaints among iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE owners that their phones could unexpectedly shut down. The cause, Apple says, was that the phones’ processors were requiring levels of power that the batteries were unable to supply, and that could trigger a safety measure that would turn the iPhone off.To work around that, iOS now watches out for signs of battery health being impaired. If observed, the iPhone can automatically opt to limit requests on the processor, spreading them out to avoid peak power demands that the battery would be unable to meet. “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.” AppleIndeed, as Apple points out, it needn’t be a matter of age causing the problem. Lithium-ion batteries are also susceptible to extremes of temperature, too, for instance. Combine that with the system-intensive nature of benchmarking, which is designed to stress the processor to its maximum performance, and it’s unsurprising that handsets which were using this “smoothing” didn’t give as impressive results as they might have when brand new. As TechCrunch points out, iOS does have a warning message about battery health that it will show – eventually. Part of the problem, it appears, is that the notification isn’t being shown before older iPhone owners are observing performance changes, and thus they have little explanation for their smartphone’s behavior. Although Apple did discuss the thinking behind its power smoothing when it released those versions of iOS, that relies on consumers actually paying attention to a greater degree than they probably do. Combine that with a sense of skepticism about the tech industry in general, and the idea held by many that companies would rather sell you a new gadget than help you prolong the life of the one you currently own, and it’s not hard to see where paranoia about Apple’s intentions here might stem from. If your iPhone flags up battery health warnings sooner, Apple could be accused of trying to push paid battery replacements before they’re actually necessary. If it holds off, but tries to give more insight into overall health and how that impacts power profiles, it runs the risk of users simply writing off the information as data overload. As we’ve seen with the lingering habit of many iPhone owners to force-close apps with the belief that they’re prolonging battery life in the process, learned behaviors can be incredibly difficult to change.
Story TimelineWhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on AndroidWhatsApp on CarPlay update puts chat in your dashBlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents Vanishing conversations are all the rage these days, and it’s one feature that WhatsApp notably lacks. Though everything that passes through WhatsApp is encrypted, that doesn’t really help when you say something you think better of upon further reflection. Enter WhatsApp’s “delete for everyone” feature, which does precisely what the name says – it allows you to delete your messages after you send them, preventing your conversation partners from seeing them. Up until today, WhatsApp’s message recall was available for up to seven minutes after the message was sent. That’s a decent chunk of time to delete a message and send a new one if you discover you made a mistake, but recently, WhatsApp significantly increased that limit. According to WABetaInfo over on Twitter, you’ll now have more than an hour to delete any messages you send on the platform.WhatsApp has silently delivered this change, packing it in with an update that’s mostly comprised of bug fixes. You’ll now have exactly 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds to delete a message after you send it, which in an oddly specific amount of time that WhatsApp doesn’t elaborate on.Still, we’re sure that WhatsApp users will care less about the exact amount of time and more about the fact that they have a much longer grace period to delete sent messages. There’s no explanation for why the time limit has expanded so dramatically, so it looks like WhatsApp doesn’t think this is a big enough feature to get singled out.AdChoices广告Perhaps this is setting the stage for something bigger? Maybe it won’t be long before we see WhatsApp adopt the vanishing messages feature we see in other apps like Snapchat? Time will tell, but for now, just sit back and enjoy the feeling of reckless abandon that comes along with knowing you have more than an hour to undo any poorly considered messages on WhatsApp.
Computers have become such an integral part of both professional and personal life that people have come to expect that software, especially operating systems, will protect and at least keep their hands off their personal files. Apps and systems files may come and go especially during system updates but users’ personal files are considered sacrosanct. Someone at Microsoft, however, may have forgotten that principle because some users are not claiming that files in their Documents and Pictures folders are disappearing after upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version. A number of users are understandably outraged and panicked to discover files in their user folders, usually under the “Documents” and “Pictures” folders, suddenly missing through no action of their own. All they remember doing last was upgrading to the Windows 10 October 2018 update which just rolled out this week. As usual, users are left to investigate and theorize on their own, and one culprit seems to stand out: OneDrive.Some users have traced it to OneDrive, which may have gotten confused by the latest update and started overwriting files in user folders. There hasn’t yet been strong evidence supporting that but Microsoft did proudly announce its new Storage Sense feature that uploaded seldom used files to OneDrive. If that were the case, the transition isn’t as seamless as it advertised.Microsoft has yet to make a statement, but it might already be too late for affected users. Their files are all gone, some with no recent backups, and no amount of rolling back Windows 10 would rollback changes to user folders that should have never happened in the first place. At least not without users’ knowledge and consent. Worse, MSPoweruser reports that Insiders already encountered the issue during the testing stage, suggesting the issue wasn’t properly addressed before launch.
Today users of Google Pixel and other Android 9 Pie devices (if they’re lucky) have the ability to work with Google’s Digital Wellbeing app. Before now, users of Google Pixel devices with Android 9 Pie were able to join the Digital Wellbeing Beta. This included all users with said requirements, and did not require that the users be a part of the Android P Beta Program. Now Digital Wellbeing is available for all – with some basic requirements. Story TimelineAndroid 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta is open to Pixel nowYouTube Digital Wellbeing tools help users avoid binge-watchingGoogle Search makes it easier to access and control your data Once you get Digital Wellbeing installed, you’ll find it in your phone’s Settings. It should appear somewhere near Accessibility – just below Accessibility if you’re using a Google Pixel. SEE WHY Digital Wellbeing is Android’s new most important feature To see this app with a standard icon with the rest of your apps, you’ll only need to scroll down to the bottom of the list in Digital Wellbeing and tap the toggle called “Show icon in the app list.” The reason you might want to take a peek at this app is simple: It’ll allow you to control your digital life in ways you’ve never thought of. Not necessarily in ways never before possible – there’ve been apps like this in the past. But with Digital Wellbeing, Google makes controlling your digital life more of a standard.Here’s how Google explained Digital Wellbeing at Google IO 2018. They make it pretty simple – they explain how to disconnect!AdChoices广告OF NOTE: If you already have Android 9 Pie and have automatic updates, you might well already have this app installed. Digital Wellbeing is part of Android 9 Pie, and will (hopefully) be available to all devices with Android 9 Pie in the near future. To attain access to this app and system, users must simply head to the Google Play app store. There they’ll be able to download the app now just so long as they fill the basic requirements for the app. You can also download the version 1.0.220812418 over at APK Mirror if you do so desire. Remember that no matter what you do, it’s your own responsibility, and that includes everything you do before, during, and after reading SlashGear, no matter what!We’re watching the developer circuit to see if they’ve got Digital Wellbeing modded to work on devices other than Pixels and such – and we expect that to happen SOON – so stay tuned!
The Scorpion is 55-feet long, 22 to 45-feet wide, and 39 to 45-feet tall and was created to be a mechanized exact replica of an actual emperor scorpion called Fluffy. The wild contraption has a computer controlled 7 gun flame thrower on the tail and 21 hydraulic points that make the arms, legs, and claws move like a spider. If you have ever seen stories or video shot on Burning Man held out in the desert each year, you may know that odd goes hand in hand with that event. An art car called Scorpion has been at the Burning Man even each year since 2011. It started life as a 1991 28-foot International boom truck before being turned into an art car by its builders. Another hydraulic system makes the entire vehicle lift off the ground. The entire works is covered in sculpted metal sheathing and steam punk style rivets. A multicolor light show makes key points on the vehicle glow for cool effect at night. The designer and builder of the vehicle is Kirk Jellum, and aerospace engineer that worked on the James Webb Space telescope.AdChoices广告Presumably that means he knows how to design something that will last and works well. Scorpion isn’t street legal and has to be transported on a wide load semi truck due to the 11.5-foot width of the vehicle. It takes six people a full day to assemble the truck and take it down. The truck stores in a space measuring 33-foot x 11.5-foot for the main body with more space needed for legs. The builder wants to sell to devote time to another art car project. The current bid is $50,000 and the auction on eBay ends in 3 days and 15 hours.SOURCE: eBay
When the next Hearthstone update is released, it’ll change the whole game – for real. For the first time in Hearthstone’s history, said Blizzard, there’ll be a new “continuous story told across all three expansions.” These expansions will be released over the course of the next Hearthstone “year” – that being the Year of the Dragon. This update will start in May of this year with the first replayable “Solo Adventure” – new to Hearthstone in its entirety. Story TimelineHearthstone Monster Hunt released, but wait! Wallpapers first!Hearthstone NERFs confirmed: Poor Giggling Inventor!Hearthstone card changes: Balance on December 19 New Single-Player ModeThe newest additions to single-player action is an evolution of the Dungeon Run-style missions of the past year. Included in the mix for this update is a “non-combat tavern encounter” where you’ll find the ability to “fine-tune your deck.” There’ll be new starting decks, hero powers per class, and both free and unlockable adventures. Each new chapter that’s not unlocked at the start will cost 700 gold, or the entire “experience” can be purchased for $20 USD. Each chapter’s ending gives the user three card packs “from the new expansion.” Completing all five chapters gives the user “a card back and a Golden Classic pack.” Golden HeroWhen you win 500 games in the standard multiplayer format, you get a Golden Hero. With this new year’s update, winning a game in Arena format will also count toward your 500-win count.Random Card BackMuch like a classic 1v1 fighting game’s level and fighter selection screen, a new “random” option will be a part of Hearthstone. This random bit will select a card back from your collection each time you begin a new match. You’ll feel so renewed, each new game!Arena Format UpdateThe way Arena works will change in a BIG way thanks to the new “rotating” style Blizzard announced this morning. There’ll be a new “draft pool” 2x every expansion – so once at the start, once halfway to the next expansion, more than likely.The new draft pool will include different sets, at each switch. For example the first rotation will include the following sets: Basic, Classic, Curse of Naxxramas, Whispers of the Old Gods, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, The Witchwood, and the first expansion that’ll be released in this Hearthstone year.Quest RerollsIf you’re an insane person, and do not like the idea of getting packs of cards for completing “Legendary” quests, you’ll soon be glad! For now, once this update hits, all Legendary Quests will be able to be rerolled, just like a normal quest. Legendary Quests up unto this point were the only quests to give packs of cards as their reward. Rerolling a Legendary Quest will more often than not (and probably always) result in a more standard, gold-giving quest instead.Deck Builder UpdateThere’ll be a “smarter deck builder” with this update, with better picking of cards based on “your current card collection.” It’s likely Blizzard employed some better machine learning here – or at least tweaked the system to account for the massive change in this year’s in/out of sets. Stick around for more Hearthstone updates this week – there’s a lot changing in a very short time!
Story TimelineFacebook cracks down on anti-vaccine content, but groups remainReport: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consentFacebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down: Huge outage leaves users waiting Facebook’s full message to the public via public relations representation on social media was a message that read as follows. “Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services,” wrote the Facebook representative. “We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.”SEE TOO: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consentFacebook was down for a significant number of users yesterday for several hours. This included Facebook proper, which means that accounts representing businesses and communications means for all manner of support organizations through Facebook pages and groups were rendered unavailable and/or unusable. This also included Facebook Messenger, and all communication therein.A full 23 hours before the “server configuration change” message, Facebook PR released a message which suggested they were “aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps.” They suggested they were working on resolving the issue as soon as possible. ABOVE: The IT Crowd television show Series 1 Episode 4 showing what I must assume are a depiction of the Facebook servers and the person or people assigned to watch over those servers.Approximately one hour after the “trouble” message, Facebook sent a message addressing public concern of a 3rd-party attack. They weren’t under attack, apparently. They could “confirm that the issue [was] not related to a DDoS attack.” At the same time, some Instagram services were available for viewing, but changes to content were restricted. For example the deleting or creating of messages on Instagram posts, as well as the deletion or creation of new posts themselves – all were unavailable for a period of time.WhatsApp messaging appeared to be working for basic messages between users, but media transfer was non-operational. It seems now that all of these problems have been resolved at once, pointing toward Facebook having a very closely-connected system of servers where all content lives, all at once. This may be cause for concern, especially as Facebook’s various services and in-company owned services continue to expand. Facebook was down yesterday, resulting in troubles with all of Facebook’s various properties. This includes WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook proper. This is a good example for why one should not rely on one company to provide all of one’s means of communication. Today Facebook revealed the reason why it had some troubles in the last day – a “server configuration change.” I mean, yes I’m sure that’s possible, but really?
Story TimelineNetflix ad-supported plan could rake in $1 billion every yearNetflix will end ‘Lucifer’ with season 5, campaigning won’t save itNetflix ‘Sandman’ project tipped as most expensive DC show ever Netflix has set up a new UK production hub at the iconic Shepperton Studios, the company confirmed on Wednesday. The new destination joins Netflix’s existing production hub in Madrid, Spain, and the one it announced in New York City earlier this year. The move is aimed at increasing the streaming company’s UK-based television and movie production work. READ: Netflix to launch production hub in BrooklynThe Shepperton Studios film studio is part of the Pinewood Studios Group; it’s located in Surrey relatively near the popular Heathrow airport, and it has been used in the production of a number of notable films, the most recent examples being Pokemon Detective Pikachu and Mary Poppins Returns, and past examples including the first Star Wars movie and the 1979 Alien movie.Netflix confirmed to Variety that it will be using its new UK production hub for its original works, the first being a film called The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement to Variety:AdChoices广告Shepperton has been synonymous with world class film for nearly a century and it’s an important production hub for the U.K. creative community today. We’re incredibly proud to be part of that heritage. This investment will ensure that British creators and producers have first rate production facilities and a world stage for their work.Netflix has already produced a number of original works in the United Kingdom, one being The Crown produced at the UK’s Elstree Studios. According to The Guardian, Netflix will have a permanent production base at the studio, ensuring that it won’t experience future delays for its content plans related to competition for UK studio space. The move is great news for the UK’s film and television industry and follows past reports leaking Netflix’s plan to get a spot at Shepperton. The business move was rumored as unlikely to happen due to Disney’s existing deal with Pinewood Studios Group through 2029, but that apparently isn’t an issue going forward.Image via Alexander Williams