Its Advantage BJP in Old Mysore as Congress JDS Battle Vote Transfer

first_img bangalore-central-s10p25bangalore-north-s10p24BJPcongress First Published: April 16, 2019, 9:03 AM IST Bengaluru: Karnataka has 28 Lok Sabha seats and 14 of them are voting in the second phase of elections this Thursday. Except Shimoga and Davanagere, all the seats in Old Mysore region are voting the same day. Old Mysore is a stronghold of Congress and JD(S) — barring six seats, the BJP is a marginal force here. The arithmetic favours the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition but the perception seems to favour the BJP.Congress and JD(S) together have 55-80% votes in eight Lok Sabha seats in this region and under normal circumstances, voting should be a mere formality. But the current trends on the ground are making the alliance partners nervous. The BJP is sensing a huge opportunity to breach the Congress-JD(S) fortress and it is leaving no stone unturned to capture the Gowda and Congress bastion in this election. Both Congress and JD(S) are worried about vote transfers to each other. Even though the leaders of the two dominant political parties in the region are campaigning together to ensure victory of their candidates, warring workers of both the parties on the ground are showing no enthusiasm. Upset over the coalition and seat-sharing, both Congress and JD(S) workers are openly campaigning for their common rival BJP in some seats, causing panic in Gowda and Congress camps.Most big guns from Karnataka, including former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, his two grandsons, former Union ministers M Veerappa Moily, KH Muniyappa, V Srinivasaprasad, state minister Krishna Byregowda, senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad, film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh and BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje, are seeking Parliament entry in this phase.The ruling coalition is facing a massive revolt in Mandya, where chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil is making his debut. Miffed Congress workers and leaders are openly supporting BJP-backed independent candidate Sumalatha, whose husband and Congress leader Ambareesh died last November. Mandya is a JD(S) and Congress fiefdom — together they have about 80% of the total votes — and they are moving heaven and earth to ensure Nikhil’s win.The JD(S)-Congress animosity is so high that even when Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a joint rally in the constituency last week, many district Congress leaders stayed away from that event. Some local JD(S) leaders are also upset with the Gowdas for fielding a third-generation member, denying an opportunity to party workers.In Hassan, Gowda’s second grandson Prajwal Revanna is making his electoral debut. Many district Congress workers are up in arms against his candidature and former Congress minister A Manju is taking on him as a BJP candidate. Some JD(S) leaders are also upset with the blatant, brazen family politics of the Gowdas. Prajwal’s father and PWD minister HD Revanna is making all possible efforts to ensure his son’s win.After vacating Hassan for his grandson, Deve Gowda has moved to Tumkur currently held by the Congress. The sitting MP, Muddahanume Gowda, and former Congress minister KN Rajanna are still upset over Gowda’s candidature. The veteran, who is fighting his 16th direct election in his 57-year political career, is struggling to sail through at the age of 85.In Chikkaballapura and Kolar, two former Union ministers — M Veerappa Moily and KH Muniyappa — are also facing a similar situation. The local JD(S) is not too enthusiastic to back them and some Congress leaders are also allegedly trying to sabotage their chances. The BJP, which never won from here, feels that victory is now within its reach and is exploiting the coalition contradictions to its advantage.Even in Mysore-Kodagu seat, Congress candidate CH Vijayashankar is facing a hostile JD(S). Upset over the seat going to Congress, many JD(S) workers are staying away from campaigning, bringing relief to sitting BJP MP Pratap Simha.Former chief minister Siddaramaiah has taken this as a matter of prestige and has even reached out to his arch rivals in the JD(S). The BJP has fielded former Union minister and veteran Dalit leader V Srinivasaprasad from neighbouring Chamarajanagara against sitting Congress MP Dhruvanarayana. Both JD(S) and Congress leaders admit that it is getting tougher for the Congress here as two dominant castes — Lingayats and Upparas — are backing the BJP.In BJP-dominated Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chickmagalur seats, the saffron party is confident of retaining its hold even in this election. In Chitradurga, sitting Congress MP BN Chandrappa is locked in a fierce battle with the BJP’s Narayanaswamy. Only in Bengaluru Rural held by Congress’ DK Suresh, the battle looks completely one-sided as the BJP does not have much support. Almost all agree that Suresh’s win is a foregone conclusion.Bengaluru CitySurprisingly, only in Bengaluru City, the Congress and JD(S) are fighting the BJP unitedly for the first time. The JD(S) has given all three seats to the Congress in the state capital.In Bengaluru North currently held by BJP’s Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda, Congress has fielded Krishna Byregowda, making it an interesting battle. With his clean image and youth factor, Byregowda is campaigning aggressively to wrest the seat after 15 years from the BJP.In Bengaluru Central, Congress MLC Rizwan Arshad is once again taking on BJP MP PC Mohan. He is hoping that about 40% minority votes in the seat may help him wrest the seat from the BJP after 10 years. Popular film actor Prakash Raj, who is contesting as an independent from the same seat, is causing some panic in the Congress camp.Bengaluru South is witnessing a close fight after 10 years. Senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad is taking on 28-year-old BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya, who replaced late Ananthkumar’s wife Tejaswini in a midnight coup. The seat has been with the BJP since 1991 and the Congress has won only once in 1989 in the last 42 years.Hariprasad is trying to exploit the local BJP resentment against Surya to win the seat after 30 years. He is eyeing about four lakh Vokkaliga votes in the constituency to ensure his win in a tough seat. Surya claims that he will win because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.If the vote transfer happens between coalition partners, they can easily win up to 10 seats in this phase. If it does not, the BJP will have a huge advantage.In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had won six and the JD(S) two seats from this region. The BJP had won six seats, including all three in Bengaluru city. last_img read more

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My Astrology Never Fails HD Revanna Makes Poll Prediction For Mandya Hassan

first_imgHassan: Days after his bizarre comments over raids by the income tax department, Karnataka Public Works Department Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader HD Revanna is at it again. Talking to reporters, Revanna said, “The JD(S) will surely win in Mandya, Hassan and Tumkur. What I am telling you is astrology and my astrology never fails.” His father and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda is contesting from the Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency, while his son Prajwal Revanna is a JD(S) candidate from Hassan and his nephew and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son is a contestant from Mandya. A confident Revanna told reporters, “You write it down. My predictions never fail. JD(S) candidates will win the elections. Even the media has given good coverage to all the three constituencies. Polling was peaceful and I thank all workers and leaders of the party and.”He said Deve Gowda, Nikhil and Prajwal would be the voice of farmers in Parliament. “Do not doubt it,” he added.Further, he renewed his criticism of the I-T raids on his family and associates. “The I-T officers have even looted a vendor who supply vegetables at our residence. He had Rs 80,000 and the officers took it. Former JD(S) MLC Patel Shivaram had Rs 5,000, his wife had Rs 30,000, daughter Rs 8,000 and my personal assistant had Rs 20,000. Our movie theatre’s collection was Rs 80,000. They took all of that and put the same in one of my convoy vehicles and clicked pictures,” Revanna said.Revanna also condemned the Election Commission’s move to suspend Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin. The officer had checked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chopper in Sambhalpur of Odisha which was in violation of norms. hassan-s10p16HD Deve GowdaHD KumaraswamyHD Revanna First Published: April 19, 2019, 6:00 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Happy Birthday Neil Patrick Harris Five Awesome Dating Tips from the How

first_imgTake Good PhotosLook as awesome as possible and take photos like you mean it. Twist the rules of reality in your favour. When dating online, appearance through photos is a must. The fact that Barney cannot take a bad photograph increases his chances to meet people online and impress them than the ones who don’t always strike a pose for a photo. Be a funny, good-looking charmer and look like one in your phone images, too.Accept the ChallengeThis one might mean different for people, but accept any and every challenge and change for the better. Your response to something impossible should be hearty and earnest, and try to inculcate qualities that make you a standout character. Make dedicated changes and be in better shape and tone.Sophistication and SuitsThe art of alluring the opposite gender lies also in looking fine. And wearing suits is one way of doing that. A little effort in dressing up goes a long way. Be extremely attractive and dress comfortably. Believe you are a really nice, good guy/girl at the core and honour that. Have regard and empathy for others.Don’t Be ObsessedObsession with someone may land you in trouble. We have arrived at this conclusion through NPH’s film Gone Girl, in which he is murdered by a crazy woman, played by Rosamund Pike. NPH’s character harbours uncontrollable emotions for a woman he cannot have and that leads to his downfall. So, never invest more than you expect in return. Follow @News18Movies for more Neil Patrick Harris is celebrating his birthday today, hopefully with some magic, music and movies. The 46-year-old actor, who was nominated for the Emmys, a cumulative of four times, for How I Met Your Mother, has come a long way since 2005, which is when the legend (wait-for-it-dary) character of Barney Stinson came to spotlight and made a permanent place in our hearts. HIMYM falls somewhere in the middle of the contemporary list of sitcoms that have the warmth of friendship and chemistry between people at the core. It found its place in real life and Stinson was a comic sidekick, who inevitably steals the show. Stinson’s hit streak and in turn the show’s popularity could only be achieved through true acting potential and a little bit of crazy awesomeness that TV medium is famous for. NPH became the mascot for the show while his popularity as Stinson also grew in leaps and bounds. Whether someone finds this funny or not is one thing, but Stinson was too uncharacteristic a commentary on the relationship dynamic of our times — man and self, man and woman and other sexes — to be ignored. The fact that he was self aware and funny about it made a charm factory out of NPH and he became the unfunny nonsense that people find completely satisfying. For a man who experienced it all – marriage, divorce, relationships – we have tried to compile a list of dating advice from NPH’s Stinson in case he couldn’t be clear enough on the show.Take Abrupt TurnsBarney met different women throughout the show and ended up having different equations with them each time. In the long run, even though he was unsure of what he wanted, and coming to terms with that is the mainstay of the show, one thing that he teaches us through his ways is that adjustment and adaptation are two important rules of dating. We are not talking about marriage here. Barney StinsonBarney Stinson How I Met Your MotherclothesDating tips for men First Published: June 15, 2019, 7:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Favourite Marvel Movie and Its Neither Captain America

first_imgThere’s no denying the fact that Iron Man and Captain America are among the most popular superheroes of Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two enjoy a relatively larger fan base than other Avengers. However, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is a fan of Thor and has a special liking for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.As Tarantino preps for his ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he’s taking out time to catch up on all the Marvel movies that have passed him by. In an interaction with Empire Magazine, he revealed that his favourite movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is Thor: Ragnarok. The 56-year-old director said even though he has not been keeping up to date with the MCU movies and he has recently started watching the films from the studio in order to prepare himself for Avengers: Endgame.He said, “I think the only comic book movies I saw last year at theatres were ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Black Panther’. But about a couple of weeks ago I started catching up with some of the Marvel movies so I could go see ‘Endgame’.” “I just finished ‘Captain America: Civil War’, so next up is ‘Doctor Strange’,” the filmmaker added.However, of all the Marvel films that he has watched yet, he has a sweet spot for Chris Hemsworth starrer Thor: Ragnarok. “I loved it (Thor: Ragnarok),” said Tarantino, adding, “It was my favourite one of the series since ‘The Avengers’ drastically my favourite.”Meanwhile, Tarantino is currently awaiting the release of his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in lead roles. The film is set in 1969, the height of Hollywood drama and degradation. DiCaprio plays an actor on-screen, Rick Dalton, who has to adjust to the times when roles for him are limited, as opposed to his pride, which is still aplenty. Pitt plays Dalton’s stunt double Cliff Booth, an attractive and confident man, whose role is limited to stints behind the screen.The film will also hark back to the infamous murders, that of the rising starlet and famed director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered by members of a cult, led by Charles Manson. Follow @News18Movies for more AvengersBest Marvel filmBlack PantherCaptain America First Published: June 17, 2019, 5:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

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474 Arrested in 3 Hours in Noida Greater Noida for Public Drinking

first_imgNoida: As many as 474 people were arrested in Noida and Greater Noida Saturday night for allegedly consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving during a three-hour anti-liquor drive, police said.Of the total arrests, 241 were made in city areas, while 233 in rural areas, they said. “The arrests were made under a three-hour anti-liquor campaign across the district that began at 7.30 pm,” Gautam Buddh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said. The ‘Operation Clean-6’ drive was carried out against people consuming liquor at public spaces, those drinking outside liquor shops in violation of rules, he said. “Breath analyser test was carried out at various places and 15 people were booked for drunk driving also,” Krishna said.As many as 52 check points were created across the district, including Noida and Greater Noida city areas, where the arrests were made, the SSP said. He said those arrested have been booked under the Indian Penal Code section 290 (public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for) and section 34 of the Police Act (punishment for certain offences on roads). drunk drivingGreater Noidanoidapublic drinking First Published: July 7, 2019, 8:11 AM ISTlast_img read more

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AI could monitor farms from above to make sure theyre not illegally

first_img SpaceX satellites could threaten vital telescope data, experts warn A.I. can spot galaxy clusters millions of light-years away The U.K.’s biggest (and only) asteroid mining company has designs on our skies U.S. border agency says photos of travelers stolen in cyberattack Chicago’s trash-eating river robot is a glimpse into the future of crowdsourcing The idea of an artificial intelligence that watches from the skies, seeking out wrongdoing, sounds all a bit sci-fi dystopia. Actually, it describes a new deep learning A.I. being developed to help detect farms that are illegally polluting waterways.“According to the [Environmental Protection Agency], agriculture is the leading contributor of pollutants to the waterways of the United States,” Daniel E. Ho, co-lead author on the project, told Digital Trends. “Intensive livestock agriculture facilities — known in the United States as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) — are responsible for roughly 40% of U.S. livestock production. But environmental monitoring and enforcement has been hampered by the lack of systematic knowledge about these facilities. Some environmental interest groups and one state authority hence resorted to manually scanning satellite images to identify CAFO locations, a process that can take over three years for a single state. Our research addresses this problem by training a machine learning model to recognize CAFO facilities from high-resolution satellite imagery.”aboveThe data used to train the neural network was a combination of census data from environmental interest groups in North Carolina and publicly available satellite images. The A.I. was trained to identify features like outdoor manure pits, which can suggest possible pollutants. In the future, it may be further developed to detect actual pollution of waterways.Ho isn’t necessarily who you would expect to be behind an initiative like this. A legal scholar, he is a law and political science professor at Stanford University. So how did he come to be involved?“I came across the topic after teaching a module on livestock production for a class at Stanford,” he explained. “We covered largely the legal questions about how CAFOs are regulated under the Clean Water Act, but many [were] surprised by the basic lack of knowledge about CAFOs. Our research team then began to examine whether there were ways to leverage the major advances in image recognition to solve this problem.”Development of the system was done in collaboration with research assistants to validate the training data, along with Stanford computer science students who brainstormed relevant computer vision techniques for searching for facilities.“We view the current version very much as a proof of concept, but we believe such a system could be deployed in partnership with environmental interest groups or regulatory bodies with a bit more engineering effort,” Cassandra Handan-Nader, a graduate student who worked on the project, told Digital Trends. “The system is not intended to be fully autonomous. To the contrary, we envision models like ours playing a supporting role to humans engaging in environmental monitoring tasks.”A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Nature Sustainability. Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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Elon Musks Neuralink wants to start operating on human brains next year

first_img Let’s merge with A.I.!Musk admitted that while he believes the immediate aim of tackling brain conditions should be achievable relatively soon, Neuralink’s grander goals may take a while.“Getting FDA approval for a device of any kind if quite difficult,” he told the audience. “This will be a slow process where we gradually increase the issues that we solve, until ultimately we can do a full brain-machine interface, meaning that we can ultimately — this is going to sound pretty weird — achieve a sort of symbiosis with A.I.”Yes, Musk envisions a day when we’ll be able to merge with A.I., though, he noted with a smile, “It won’t be mandatory, you can choose.”Musk said that looking at the project as a whole, Neuralink initially wants to solve a bunch of brain-related diseases and conditions before “mitigating the existential threat of A.I.,” adding, “This is the point of it.” Elon Musk FactsShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:05/Duration 2:30Loaded: 25.78%0:05Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenElon Musk’s Neuralink wants to start operating on human brains next yearCloseProving that his brain can still generate grand ideas, the man responsible for Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company took to a San Francisco stage on Tuesday evening, July 16, to shed some light on Neuralink, an outfit launched by Elon Musk in 2016 aimed at developing “ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.”The billionaire entrepreneur had, until now, revealed little about Neuralink, but at the special event, he said its main goals were to understand and treat brain disorders, and also to “preserve and enhance your own brain” to keep pace with artificial intelligence (A.I.).Musk said Neuralink is already developing a system for people suffering paralysis that will allow actions to be performed just by thinking about them. It means, for example, that those unable to move their limbs would be able to control devices such as smartphones and computers simply with thoughts.Musk said Neuralink is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start human trials as early as 2020.Notably, its technology uses a highly intricate, custom-built robot capable of performing procedures — under the direction of a neurosurgeon — with far more precision and much less risk than existing methods, with operations able to take place under local anesthetic.During an operation, implants for transferring thoughts to control devices would be inserted by the robot into the brain via an 8mm hole laser-drilled into the patient’s skull. Part of the procedure also involves inserting numerous information-transmitting “threads” connected to the implant. The super-thin threads are an advancement on current electrodes as they’re flexible, thinner, less likely to damage brain tissue, and can transmit much more information.The implants connect with a wearable computing device called The Link that’s placed behind the patient’s ear. This makes it easy to apply software or firmware updates, the team said.Max Hodak, president of Neuralink, acknowledged that researchers around the world have for many years been developing similar systems that interact with the brain — to ease conditions such as Parkinson’s disease — but said his team’s technology is a big step forward in terms of sophistication and safety. Robot uprising?Before now, Musk has spoken on a number of occasions about what he believes are the dangers of A.I., saying it could even pose a threat to humanity if we fail to develop it responsibly and with care. One of his concerns is that A.I. could become so intelligent that we end up becoming like a “house cat” to the powerful technology. Therefore, creating a brain-machine interface would allow us to develop with the technology, allowing humans to maintain control.It may all sound a bit bonkers to some observers, but don’t forget, steam trains, space travel, and flushing toilets would’ve also sounded a bit off-the-wall to folks who lived before those things existed. So, when it comes to Neuralink, let’s stand by and monitor developments. Editors’ Recommendations 6 questions we have about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain interface technology Implant restores sight in blind patients by beaming images directly to the brain What would it take to build a Matrix-level simulation of reality? Think your kid might have an ear infection? This app can confirm it Custom 3D-printed heads let doctors practice delicate brain procedureslast_img read more

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SoundCloud saved Investors step in to rescue music site

first_imgJust had a very fruitful call with Alex Ljung. @SoundCloud is here to stay.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 14, 2017 The SoundCloud shutdown has had a last-minute reprieve, with a new financing round saving the popular podcast and music sharing site from its imminent demise. The site had made sizable redundancies in July, axing 173 members of its team in an attempt to curtail costs, but fears persisted that it would be forced to shut down altogether if it couldn’t make ends meet. Now, SoundCloud says, that’s not a worry, though there’ll be some changes ahead. One of those changes which will take affect sooner rather than later is on the executive team. Current CEO – and SoundCloud co-founder – Alexander Ljung will be stepping away from the role, focusing instead on his position as chairman of the company. Instead, he confirmed today, Kerry Trainor will be assuming the chief executive position, supported by Mike Weissman who will now be SoundCloud’s COO. Both were former Vimeo execs. They’ll be managing a new cash injection courtesy of investors The Raine Group and Temasek. Ljung isn’t saying how much, exactly, was raised, though he does say that it was the largest financing round in the site’s history. “This financing means SoundCloud remains strong, independent and here to stay,” Ljung writes. “As I said, we’re not going anywhere.”SoundCloud was set up in 2007, as a way for unsigned musicians to upload and share their music with others. Later, it evolved into a promotional tool, helping those artists reach new audiences and, in some cases, garner the attention of record labels. However others opted to bypass the traditional label route, most famously Chance the Rapper, who used the site to promote his music.The artist’s fate has since been entwined with that of SoundCloud, leading to a series of tweets in July where Chance said he was “working” on the potential shutdown threat, and then reported a “very fruitful call” with Ljung. At the time, it was speculated that he had agreed some sort of investment, though that now appears not to be the case. I’m working on the SoundCloud thing— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2017 Still, wherever the cash came from, it’s good news for SoundCloud fans and users. With the site still a go-to for sharing music, in addition to being used by many for their podcast hosting, the idea of having to retrieve all that content and find another place to upload it was proving stressful. Moving forward it’s unclear what plans SoundCloud has to better monetize its service. The company already has a number of premium tiers like SoundCloud Pro, which allow artists to upload more content per month.last_img read more

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Here are the Sony Xperia phones that will get Android 80 Oreo

first_imgSo here’s the list of smartphones that Sony has implicitly promised to get Android 8.0 Oreo:• Xperia X• Xperia X Performance• Xperia XZ• Xperia X Compact• Xperia XZ Premium• Xperia XZs• Xperia XA1• Xperia XA1 Ultra• Xperia XA1 Plus• Xperia TouchIn a nutshell, almost all the members Xperia X line are getting the upgrade. Amusingly, even the Xperia Touch, Sony’s smart projector, is also part of the list. But what Sony isn’t saying, or isn’t including, is just as interesting as what it has said.There is no Xperia Z model included. Not even the Xperia Z5 Premium. Both were high end smartphones of their time, back when Sony announced them in September 2015. By no means are they old, even if they are almost at the end of the customary 2-year lifespan.The Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra are also noticeably missing, both of which were only launched last year and are part of “X” line. The only thing that these two have in common, and which separates them from the rest of the brood, is their MediaTek Helio P10 processors. That said, the Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra, and XA1 Plus use a Helio P20, so it’s not exactly a “MediaTek thing”. And so the plot thickens.Of course, Sony is free to change its mind and change the list as it sees fit, depending on how its integration tests turn out. It also didn’t give any timetable for that matter. Fortunately, Sony does have a better reputation than most when it comes to major updates and its nearly pure Android experience implies that it shouldn’t be too hard to push them out sooner rather than later.SOURCE: Sony Sony unveiled a couple of new products at IFA 2017 yesterday, including two expected Xperia flagship and one odd and unexpected Android mid-ranger. While the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact are more or less flagship phones, there was a bit of uncertainty whether it will ship with Oreo or not, considering how close it was to Android 8.0’s launch. Beating LG to the punch this year, Sony proudly said that those two will launch with Oreo from the get go. Even better, Sony is sharing which smartphones will get updated to Android 8.0 in due time.last_img read more

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LG V30 launches in Korea rest of the world to follow soon

first_imgSamsung and Apple have had their time in the spotlight, and, soon, it will be LG’s turn. The manufacturer has just proudly announced that the LG V30 will be starting to ship in Korea this week. As great as that sounds for that market, it does also mean that the V30’s global trek will also be starting really soon. And given the praise it garnered at IFA 2017, the V30 could give its rivals, especially Samsung and Apple, a run for their money. Story TimelineLG V30 hands-onYouTube HDR rolls out for Galaxy S8, Pixel, V30 and other phonesLG V30 Korean price confirmed, but there’s hope for the USLG V30 early teardown puts the focus on the cameras LG may have finally gotten its formula right. The V30 has a beautiful bezel-less design that curves the glass but not the screen, prevent accidental palm touches. Unlike the G6, it sports true 2017 premium specs. And it has stepped up its audio game with all the output and recording technologies it could muster.But perhaps its biggest strength, and also its biggest challenge, is in the area of mobile photography. With Samsung now in the dual camera arena, LG definitely needs to prove that the V30’s cameras are top of the line. Better than Samsung, better than Apple, and even better than Google or HTC.On paper, the V30 definitely does seem to have it in the bag. Its use of the so far largest f/1.6 aperture and “Crystal Clear” glass lens, plus camera software designed with cinematographers in mind, will help endear it to mobile photographers’ hearts. At least based on early review units, it does seem to deliver on that as well.The LG V30 is also easily one of the most affordable 2017 flagships around (save for the OnePlus 5). Although it costs 949,300 KRW ($840) back home, US prices tend to be a lot lower. But even at $840, that’s still significantly lower than a Galaxy Note 8 or an iPhone X. With global rollout set to begin soon, it’s going to be a rat race to see who among this year’s top smartphones will get the most sales.SOURCE: LGlast_img read more

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP3 instant printer is made for smartphones

first_imgForget firing up your laptop to print small physical photos of images taken with your smartphone. The newly unveiled Fujifilm Instax SP-3 instant printer is designed for smartphones, enabling users to snap an image with their handset and then instantly print them using the small, angular printing device. This is the latest evolution of Fujifilm’s Instax printer lineup, and it’ll be available starting on November 17. The Instax SP-3 is able to print square-format instant prints with a 1:1 aspect ratio via the Instax SHARE app. Users can print images pulled from social media or photos that have been edited using a different image-editing app like VSCO.Square format images have become more popular due to the rise of Instagram; you can think of these instant print photos as a physical copy of these Instagram images. Another feature includes a collage template for putting up to nine different images into a single photo. There’s also a My Template feature that allows users to put text on their photos before printing.As far as technical details go, the resulting photos have an SVGA 800 x 800 resolution with 318dpi. The software itself intelligently adjusts the images before printing, including choosing optimal brightness. The entire process, including printing, takes only about 13 seconds, according to Fujifilm.The app supports both JPEG and PNG image formats. The printer, meanwhile, has a built-in battery able to power about 160 print cycles before needing recharged. The printer prints in RGB with 256 tones per color. Users will need to buy the Instax SQUARE Film, which is sold separately. The printer and smartphone connect together over 802.11b/g/n WiFi. SOURCE: Fujifilmlast_img read more

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DOJ cybersecurity task force will focus on US election manipulation

first_imgThe announcement follows extensive coverage of US election interference by Russian “trolls” that used social media accounts to sow discord and manipulate voters. According to Sessions, the task force is primarily concerned — for now, at least — with studying online meddling with US elections, a move to avoid a repeat of the 2016 fiasco. Sessions said in a statement:The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments. At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people safe.In addition to studying election interference as it pertains to online platforms, the Cyber-Digital Task Force will also prioritize its look into cybersecurity-related critical infrastructure interference, as well as the ways the Internet is being used to spread dangerous ideologies and recruit new members to them, how technology is used to “avoid or frustrate law enforcement,” how hackers steal huge troves of data, and the hijacking of computers.The Department of Justice cautions that the new task force isn’t limited to just those tasks, but rather that it will give those topics its attention over other things it may get involved with later on. The task force’s first report will be delivered to the US Attorney General by the end of this upcoming June.AdChoices广告SOURCE: Justice Department The Department of Justice will create a new cybersecurity task force called the “Cyber-Digital Task Force.” The new security initiative will be created by order of the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions who cites the ability of terrorists and others to exploit the Internet for nefarious reasons. The Cyber-Digital Task Force will assess ways to address these issues.last_img read more

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Intel speeds up 5G modem plans – and the 2020 iPhone could

first_imgToday, Intel says that it plans to launch the XMM 8160 5G modem in the second half of 2019. That’s more than six months earlier than initially intended. While it won’t be the chip-maker’s first 5G modem, it will arguably be the most important. That’s because it’ll be Intel’s first – and indeed potentially the industry’s first – multimode 5G modem. As well as 5G New Radio (NR) in standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, it’ll also support 4G, 3G, and 2G, all on a single chipset. It’s a stark contrast to the strategy being followed by other modem-makers. So far, we’ve seen 5G modems as adjuncts to a traditional radio chipset, adding the next-generation network support. That’s been a somewhat cautious play, as well as one shaped by the early stage of both 5G technology and standardization. 5G modems haven’t had the iterations of shrinking and power efficiency improvement, for one.AdChoices广告Intel’s argument for the XMM 8160 5G is that device-makers want a more compact, more efficient multimode chip that puts all of their 2G-5G radios in one place. It’ll support millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum as well as sub 6 GHz 5G NR support, including including FDD and TDD bands from 600 MHz to 6 GHz. Download speeds of up to 6 Gbps will be supported, network depending of course. “Intel’s new XMM 8160 5G modem provides the ideal solution to support large volumes for scaling across multiple device categories to coincide with broad 5G deployments,” Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group, said of the roadmap change. “We are seeing great demand for the advanced feature set of the XMM 8160, such that we made a strategic decision to pull in the launch of this modem by half a year to deliver a leading 5G solution.”The big question is just where that demand is coming from, but it’s not hard to make one guess. Apple opted to use Intel modems for the iPhone XS, and is believed to be continuing that partnership into 5G. If Intel can guarantee not only size, power efficiency, and performance advantages from the XMM 8160 5G modem, but the ability to ramp up production at scale, it could guarantee itself a huge deployment. That’s not likely to happen until 2020, mind. Intel says it expects the new 5G modem to ship in the second half of next year, but it won’t be until the first half of 2020 when we actually see it in devices, the chip-maker warns. Too late for the 2019 iPhone, but perfect timing for the 2020 iPhone. It won’t just be Apple, however. Intel says it sees PCs and broadband access gateways – replacing traditional cable or DSL internet connections – as also being ideal candidates for the new modem. Intel is pulling forward its most important 5G modem launch, dragging up the roadmap in a move that could have big implications for the new iPhone and more. The chip-maker has been in a race with Qualcomm to get a foot in the game with 5G, given the first networks supporting the next-generation standard are due to begin going live by the end of 2018. Story TimelineIntel 5G lands in PCs next yearApple’s 2020 iPhone reportedly snubs Intel [Updated]last_img read more

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Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

first_imgThe Gigafactory is expected to cost at least $5 billion to complete, and at roughly 130 acres it will be one of the largest buildings on Earth when its finished in 2020 and begins running at full capacity. The facility is at the core of Tesla’s goal of becoming a major manufacturer of electric cars, as batteries are the most expensive as well as the most limiting factor when it comes to large-scale production.The batteries that are made there now are sold to power utilities and companies, and are used to reduce demand on the power grid by storing solar energy. Tesla says that when the Gigafactory reaches full production in 2020, it will be capable of producing 35 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity per year, which is more than what the entire world made in lithium-ion batteries in 2013.As for the Model 3, Tesla’s new entry-level priced sedan, it’s the bottleneck on battery production that is the main reason why early buyers will be waiting several years for delivery. The company has already pledged to ramp up production after receiving 400,000 pre-orders, however batteries can only be made so fast when the factory isn’t complete yet.AdChoices广告SOURCE Tesla Central Tesla has finally set a date for the official opening of its Nevada Gigafactory, a massive building where the electric car maker will produce the batteries for its vehicles. A ceremony at the facility will be held on July 29th, with certain Tesla owners and VIPs getting invited. This is all despite the fact that the Gigafactory began limited operations several months ago, but as of the beginning of May is only 14% complete. Story TimelineTesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billionTesla’s Gigafactory is so intriguing, press are committing battery to get photosTesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the testTesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgradeTesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all takenTesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production bosslast_img read more

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels and iPhone is

first_imgThe past couple of years have taught us that the vast majority of smartphone makers have come to terms with Apple’s dominance in the field. These companies aren’t giving up on making their own smartphone to compete, but instead taking Apple’s lead in marketing, sales, and even industrial design. This is smartphone singularity, and we’re well on our way there right now.The auto industry has been in a state of slow change for decades. A vehicle costs many thousands of dollars, and isn’t something an average citizen buys every year. The rate at which we generally buy new cars is several smartphone lifetimes long. Apple’s been playing the long game with smartphones for several generations. From the start, it seems, they’ve realized that once a smartphone needs to be replaced, the user will look for something familiar. If they have the option of buying a device with the same controls as before, with features either new or improved over their last device, they’ll want it.What I hope Apple is preparing to do is reveal a third option for the crowd they do not address. The consumer that wants radical change, not just incremental change. I am one of those types of consumers. For most consumers, a device as personal to them as a smartphone needs to be as familiar as possible. For everyone who went out to buy an iPhone the first day the first iPhone was available, I hope Apple makes something different. Something unfamiliar and new. Not just a new model car that now has a different type of headlight, but a whole new type of transportation. Applying iPhone KnowledgeImagine if Apple began their journey toward a self-driving vehicle with a set of services and products that made cars like iPhones. When I buy a new iPhone, I know that I remain inside a protected trust zone – I trust Apple. I trust the apps I use to continue to work, and I trust that Apple will be able to fix my phone if it breaks. There is a bit more upkeep involved when it comes to automobiles, and Apple recognizes that. They recently hit a roadblock in the already-established world of big brands in the automobile industry. This isn’t an industry that’s easily disrupted. Apple’s job is to find what isn’t being done for personalized transport – and do it. I believe this will have something to do with how much work goes into keeping a car in nice, clean, working condition. When Apple made the iPhone, they made the smartphone experience intuitive. While software was more complicated for older generations, hardware (on the inside, at least) became simpler.Through the use of advanced in-car computer processing and a familiar set of user controls, Apple will disrupt the auto industry. This may not come in the form of a full automobile, but as a component that every driver will want. The “Apple Car” PlugApple doesn’t even need to make a product that’s largely different from what Automatic offers now. Using the OBT-II port included in every modern vehicle, Apple could create something as simple as an onboard diagnostics reader that connects with the iPhone with great ease. Include a pop-out Lightning plug to sync with the iPhone once, include onboard memory so the device remembers what it’s synced with, and plug the device in to the OBT-II port.Once active, this new Apple Car device could provide the iPhone user with all the information they need to enter a whole new category of apps. That’s the object of this game, after all – keeping users in the Apple ecosystem. Once the information available through the OBT-II port is harnessed, Apple would have access to a largely untapped market of the gamification of car ownership. Keeping one’s vehicle healthy could become as important to an iPhone owner as keeping their own body healthy. And while that isn’t largely valuable to many people on its own, activity trackers and Apple’s own interest in Health for the masses makes it a priority.Subscription to SimplificationApple could also present the Car device as another avenue through which car manufacturers, dealers, and service companies could earn revenue on a monthly basis. In exchange for a monthly fee, these companies could offer all of the various services that would otherwise be the responsibility of the driver. Apple would get a cut of the cost each month as it does with subscriptions to various media apps on the App Store now. User trends toward streaming services like Spotify and Netflix could easily translate to automatic automotive care and upkeep. This would be especially attractive to car companies once a car’s loan has been paid off. If Apple is able to make car upkeep as desirable as personal vehicle ownership, the industry could be transformed.Wrap-upApple’s entry into the automotive industry could be as easy as making a plug that fits in the palm of your hand. Apple’s software developer connections, established user base, and powers in marketing would make users need that plug in short order.This could also be just the first step in this industry for Apple. The Apple Car plug could be just one component in a larger ecosystem of iPhone and Apple Watch and Apple Pay-compatible transportation services. If Apple could bring the same smooth user-experience as it does with apps and updates to the car ownership experience, it could be huge. Apple isn’t going to make car innovation faster when it’s already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple’s dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn’t become one of the world’s most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we’ve seen before, I’m crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon. Story TimelineApple’s next big thing? Certainly not Starck’s ‘revolutionary’ projectApple’s next product needs to be insanely AndroidApple needs to make a Chromebook3 reasons to buy Google Pixel and 3 to waitlast_img read more

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