Democratic Senator Warren takes step toward 2020 US presidential bid – The Indian Express

Democratic Senator Warren takes step toward 2020 US presidential bid
Warren released a video in which she outlines her vision of a path to opportunity for all Americans, not just the wealthy (File/AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren took the first step toward a 2020 presidential run on Monday, becoming the most prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

Warren, a liberal firebrand from Massachusetts who has frequently clashed with Trump, said she had formed an exploratory committee, which will allow her to begin raising money as part of what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field before the 2020 presidential election.

Warren released a video in which she outlines her vision of a path to opportunity for all Americans, not just the wealthy. “Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love,” she said in a Twitter post. “That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me.”

Warren said in September she would take a “hard look” at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020. The former Harvard Law School professor campaigned with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 and attacked Trump as an “insecure money grubber” driven by greed and hate.
Trump has cast aspersions on Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry, referring to her as “Pocahontas.”
In October, Warren released a DNA analysis she said supported her assertion that she had Native American lineage that goes back six to 10 generations.

Trump, who had promised $1 million to her favorite charity if she took a DNA test that showed she had Native American blood, greeted the results with a shrug, saying, “Who cares?”

Trump’s use of the name Pocahontas refers to a 17th century Native American woman associated with the British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, and was aimed at drawing attention to a controversy over her heritage raised during Warren’s 2012 Senate race. Trump’s mocking reference has drawn criticism from some Native American groups while others criticized Warren for trying to lay claim to a tribal nation.

Warren, an architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set up after the 2008 financial crisis, has been a strong voice in the U.S. Senate on financial issues and a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests.

Those themes were reflected Monday on her website, which portrays Warren as a product of the American dream that has slipped out of reach for too many Americans.

“Elizabeth grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, a law professor, and a U.S. Senator because America invested in kids like her,” it says.

Earlier this month, Julian Castro, 44, who served as mayor of San Antonio as well as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Democratic President Barack Obama, said he was forming an exploratory committee and was and would announce his intentions on Jan. 12.

In 2017 former Democratic congressman John Delaney of Maryland announced he would seek the party’s nomination.

Ashwani Lohani retires, V K Yadav new railway board chairman – The Indian Express

Ashwani Lohani retires, V K Yadav new railway board chairman
Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani (File / Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani retired on Monday, despite strong indications that the Narendra Modi government could grant him an extension, according to an official order.

General Manager, South Central Railway, V K Yadav has been appointed the national transporter’s senior-most bureaucrat by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Yadav belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers. He started his career as an assistant electrical engineer in February, 1982.

Lohani was appointed chairman of the Railway Board after A K Mital resigned in August last year following the derailment of the Kaifiyat Express near Auriya in Uttar Pradesh.

J&K Governor warns of action if women relatives of militants are harassed – The Indian Express

J&K Governor: Police staff would be punished for harassing militant's family if found guilty
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik also directed police officers not to harass women relatives of militants. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)

Taking cognisance of an incident of alleged harassment of a militant’s family in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Monday said strong action would be taken against police officials if found they were found guilty.

“It has been widely reported in media that three close relatives of a militant were allegedly arrested and harassed by the J&K Police. It has also been alleged that the clothes of a woman, who was one of the persons arrested, were also torn,” PTI quoted Malik as saying.

The Governor also directed police officers not to harass women relatives of militants. “I’ve been informed that there has been no tearing up of a woman’s clothes or her being harassed by police. All police officers and staff will be directed not to harass women who happen to be relatives of militants or treat them in any unbecoming manner,” the governor said.

Malik also said that he would direct IG Police, Kashmir, to look into the matter and verify if indeed the woman was harassed or her clothes were torn. If necessary, action will be taken against police staffers found guilty, the Governor said.

The incident came to light when former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met the family of the militant Sunday and tweeted out the news of the alleged harassment. “Visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina (whose brother happens to be a militant)was, along with her husband & brother, beaten mercilessly in police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden,” Mufti said.

She had also urged the Governor to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. “If harassment of families of militants isn’t stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the valley,” she further said.

Responding to Mehbooba’s remark, the Governor said, “She will address me because I am the governor of the state. I am not taking her words in a bad taste because she is the daughter of my friend (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed). And the elections are coming so they will talk like this because of their compulsions…”

“We have no fight with the families of the terrorists and had already passed strict orders to the forces not to indulge in excesses against them. If something like that happened as she (Mehbooba) is claiming, I will certainly order a high-level probe into it,” he added.

Ex-MP Atiq Ahmed Assaults Trader in UP Jail, Forces Him to Sign Away Property Worth Rs 40 Crore – News18

Lucknow: Incarcerated mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed allegedly assaulted a Lucknow-based businessman in Deoria jail after getting him abducted and forced him to sign away property worth Rs 40 crore, following which the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday ordered that he be shifted to high-security Bareilly jail.

As the alleged incident left it red-faced, the state government also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Deoria jail superintendent Dilip Kumar Pandey and jailor Mukesh Kumar Katiyar, besides suspending several others.

An order issued by the prisons department said, “Approval has been given for shifting undertrial Atiq Ahmed, who is currently lodged in Deoria district jail, to Bareilly district jail on administrative grounds.”

Deputy jailor Dev Nath Yadav, head warder Munna Pandey and warder Rakesh Kumar Sharma have been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been started against them, a home department release said.

“The government has sought a report from ADG Prison, so as to fix responsibility regarding the lapse in Deoria jail. Action will be taken accordingly. An FIR has been filed at Krishnanagar police station and of the four named accused, two have been arrested,” UP Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar had said in a late night statement Sunday.

In his police complaint, the real estate businessman, Mohit Jaiswal, alleged that Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, his son Umar and about 15 others forcibly took away his SUV in which he was driven to Deoria from the state capital.

Jaiswal alleged that he was assaulted by Ahmed and his supporters and forced to sign papers to handover his property worth Rs 40 crore before he was let off.

Police booked Ahmed, his son Umar, and accomplices Farooque, Zaki Ahmed, Jafar Ullah, Ghulam Sarvar and 10 to 12 unidentified people on various charges, including attempt to murder, after Jaiswal filed the complaint at the Krishna Nagar police station in Lucknow.

Circle Officer, Krishna Nagar, Lal Pratap Singh said according to Jaiswal, Ahmed’s henchmen took him to the Deoria jail on December 26 in Jaiswal’s own SUV and assaulted him inside the barrack where the gangster is lodged.

The jailor said, “Jaiswal had come to meet Atiq Ahmed on December 26. The meeting took place as per the jail rules. I have no information on whether he was abducted and forced to come here or assaulted. He didn’t tell anyone about it while leaving.”

When contacted, District Magistrate of Deoria Amit Kishore said, “Police searched all the barracks. It seems that the CCTV recording has been tampered with… Some parts of the footage are missing. We have taken cognizance of it.”

He said the DIG (prisons), Gorakhpur, will conduct a probe.

Also, a committee under ADM (administration) will go into each and every aspect and submit its report by Tuesday, he said.

Ahmed, a history-sheeter with at least 70 cases against him, including the killing of BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005 in Allahabad, is lodged in Deoria district jail since March last year after being transferred from Allahabad’s Naini jail.

He has been incarcerated since February, 2017 after being booked for allegedly assaulting faculty members of an agriculture institute in Allahabad in 2016.

A former SP MP and five-time MLA from Allahabad West, Ahmed unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha bypoll from Phulpur as an Independent this year.

In 2004, Ahmed was elected to the Lok Sabha as an SP candidate. He contested the 2009 general elections from Pratapgarh as an Apna Dal candidate, where he lost. He also fought the 2012 Assembly election from Allahabad West under the Apna Dal but lost again.

It may be recalled that gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead by another inmate, considered to be one of his rivals, on Baghpat jail premises in July this year. Bajrangi was lodged in Banda jail and was shifted to Baghpat in connection with his appearance in a case in the district court.

After Bajrangi’s killing, the state government had set up a high-powered three-member committee under the chairmanship of former DGP Sulkhan Singh to give a report to upgrade the security of all jails across the state.

The committee had the mandate to suggest measure to be taken to curb smuggling of firearms and sharp-edged arms.

Gangsters such as Mukhtar Ansari, Brajesh Singh, Sundar Bhati, Anil Dujana, Amit Kasna, Babloo Srivastava and Khan Mubarak have been reportedly running their crime syndicates from inside jails.

A video has emerged purportedly showing inmates of a Raebareli jail having drinks inside the barrack. The video went viral on social media Monday, prompting the Uttar Pradesh government to suspend six officials, including a senior jail superintendent.

Uttar Pradesh jails have been plagued with issues like overcrowding, porous security and paucity of staff. Even the CCTV camera installed on various premises, metal detectors and other such security checks are usually found non-functional.

Jail authorities in Uttar Pradesh have often come under fire for being allegedly hand in glove with inmates while letting them continue their illegal activities and extortion networks from inside the jails.

After the BJP came to power in the state in March last year, over 100 criminals were shifted from one jail to another to neutralise their crime machinery.

Samsung Galaxy A50 key specs appear; Likely to debut after Galaxy S10, S10 Plus – gizmochina

Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy A8s with punch hole display inn China. The handset is expected to debut in wider markets in January 2019. The South Korean company is also rumored to unleash the budget-friendly Galaxy M series of smartphones soon. Also, it is speculated to announce the Galaxy S10 series on Feb. 20 ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to begin on Feb. 25. The company is also preparing new Galaxy A series smartphones named Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. The latter was recently spotted on Geekbench. Now some more details on its specifications have been leaked.

Fresh information reveals that the Galaxy A50 will be equipped with a 24-megapixel front-facing camera.  For security, the Galaxy A50 will be featuring an in-display fingerprint scanner. However, it won’t be featuring advanced and accurate ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner that is expected to be available on the upcoming Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ handsets. Instead, it may feature an optical in-screen fingerprint reader. The handset is draw power from a 4,000mAh battery.

Samsung M-series

A previous report had revealed that the upcoming Galaxy A50 has a model number of SM-A505. It could be an upper mid-range phone since it is rumored to arrive in 64 GB and 128 GB storage models. The report had also revealed that the Galaxy A50 will be available in colors like black, white, silver, blue and pink.

The Galaxy A50 had recently appeared on Geekbench to reveal that it will be the first handset to be fueled by the Exynos 9610 smartphone. The handset is preloaded with Android 9 Pie OS. The variant of the Galaxy A50 that appeared on the benchmarking platform features 4 GB of RAM. Hence, it appears that the 64 GB model of the phone will feature 4 GB of RAM whereas its 128 GB edition may come with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.

There is no information available on the launch date of the Galaxy A50. However, it is not being speculated that the company may announce in Q2 2019 after the launch of the Galaxy S10 and S10+.

iOS 12 Review – NDTV

iOS 11 brought some significant new features to Apple’s most popular operating system, with the iPad in particular getting plenty of love. With features like improved multi-tasking, a macOS-like Dock, and enhanced drag-and-drop support, the iPad was indeed the star of the show as far as the previous major upgrade to iOS is concerned.

There were plenty of new iOS 11 features common to both iPhone and iPad, including a revamped App Store, the Files app, the ability to customise Control Centre, and a whole lot more that was easy to miss at first glance.

While iOS 11 was arguably the biggest iOS release since iOS 7, on the face of it, iOS 12 seems to have much more modest ambitions in comparison. Instead of brining in radical paradigm shifts, it aims to change how we use our devices in small, but meaningful ways.

Over three months after its official release, let’s take a closer look at what it’s been like to use iOS 12 on the new iPhone models — iPhone XR as well as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Perhaps the most noticeable new feature is the change in how iOS handles notifications. If you are in the habit of enabling notifications for every new app that you install without giving it much thought, you probably deal with a lot of interruptions every day.

It seems that we Indians have a higher threshold for noise on our phones — perhaps something to do with the noise all around us in our everyday lives — but trust us when we say you’ll like your phone a lot more if it didn’t beep and vibrate every time there’s a new offer. The App Store’s terms don’t permit this, by the way, though Apple chooses to look the other way for literally every single app — but we digress.

iOS 12 lets you tweak the notification settings for any app when you see a notification from it on the lock screen or in the Notification Centre, instead of forcing you to dive into the Settings like before. Just swipe left on any notification and you’ll be presented with three options — Manage, View, and Clear. Tap Manage and you’ll be shown options to tweak your notification settings right there, without deep-diving into Settings, increasing the likelihood that you’ll do something about unwanted notifications.

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Over time, iOS also detects which apps you don’t interact with and will offer to disable notifications from them or deliver them quietly, straight into the Notification Centre, without bothering you. You can manually choose to do that as well, of course.

Even the way notifications are presented is different, with ones from the same app or event (like a group chat in Messages) now grouped by default. This means you won’t see dozens of notifications on your screen just because there was loads of back and forth on an email thread, or because the iMessage group with your cousins suddenly blew up. You can change this behaviour and go back to seeing individual notifications, if that’s what you prefer.

Next up is Screen Time, a feature similar to Google’s Digital Wellbeing, that’s designed to give you more information about how you — and your kids — use iOS devices. At the highest level, Screen Time shows you information about how long you actively use your devices every day. You can dive deeper to see additional details such as your most-used apps as well as your usage across various app categories such as Entertainment, Social Networking, Productivity, and more.

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This is a useful way to get a deeper understanding of how you actually use your device, and if you have more than one iOS (12) device, you can choose to see combined reports depicting your usage across all devices. You can also check the number of times you pick up your device through the day (the number will almost certainly surprise you), and even which apps send you the most notifications, which you can then keep in mind to manage notifications using ways that we mentioned earlier.

You can even go beyond mere reporting and choose to act on this data by setting limits for certain kinds of apps by, say, limiting social networking apps to two hours a day. Then, if you are using the Twitter app, for example, you will get a warning five minutes before your limit runs out, and once you are out of time you the app will be disabled. You have the option to Ignore Limit by granting yourself an extension of 15 minutes, or ignoring the limit for the rest of the day.

You can even have exceptions to allow specific app(s) after the time limit for that category has been reached.

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Screen Time also includes the parental controls that iOS has offered for some time now. These allow you to lock down the settings of your device and/ or the kind of content that can be viewed using the system’s default media apps. All these controls can be put behind a Screen Time Passcode, allowing a business or a parent to lock down a device — and prevent the user from overriding these limits and other restrictions.

If you are a parent, Apple has made it even simpler for you to monitor your kids’ device usage and grant them additional permissions as and when necessary via iCloud’s Family Sharing feature. You can see detailed reports of how your kids have being using their iOS devices, and if they want to, say, request 15 minutes of extra YouTube time to finish watching a video they are really into, a request will pop up on your iOS device in real time for you to reject/ approve.

While we loved the Screen Time feature and found it to be really useful, we would like to see a couple of improvements. First, we would like to see Apple integrate macOS usage into Screen Time. As much as we love our iPad Pro, we still spend most of our day at the office and at home in front of a Mac, so to see a Screen Time report at the end of the day that reports mostly “Entertainment” and “Social Networking” usage instead of “Productivity” (which largely happened on the Mac) can be rather, well, disheartening.

We understand that there are challenges in reporting app usage statistics on a system like the Mac where multiple apps/ windows can be open on the screen at the same time, but it’s a problem that’s been solved by third-party apps on the platform, and Apple can go down the same route.

On the iPad Pro, for example — which also lets you have multiple apps on the screen at the same time — Apple clocks time towards all apps that are visible on screen. Yes, the same approach will almost certainly not translate to the Mac where you can have overlapping windows and partially visible apps, but we trust that Apple can find a satisfactory solution.

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The other frustration stems from the fact that if you request an extension — whether for 15 minutes or for the rest of the day — once you hit your daily limit, it applies only to the specific app that you were trying to use. The rest of the apps in that category will continue to be disabled and you need to extend the limit on each of them individually.

We would also like the ability to override the default categorisation of apps, and have certain apps classify as, say, Productivity instead of Entertainment. Right now, the classification is based on the category each app is listed under on the App Store.

But by far and away our favourite feature in iOS 12 is the ability to autofill one-time passwords (OTPs) in nearly all apps with just a single tap. If you live in India, you’ve come to accept OTPs as a way of life. We need to deal with them every time we use our debit or credit cards online. OTPs, of course, are also used as part of two-factor authentication by many online services, while others use them as a fallback (or even the only) way to let you log in into your accounts.

Entering OTPs is a pain, and typing ‘662342’ when you wanted to enter ‘662432’ is, sadly, way too common when you have to enter the numbers manually. Android apps have found a way around this by prompting you to give them access to your SMS messages, so they can see when you’ve received an OTP and automatically authenticate you. Needless to say, giving an app access to your entire history of text messages for three seconds of convenience is a terrible idea, but far too many people don’t realise this and just go with what’s easier.

iOS doesn’t allow third-party apps to access your messages — though some of these restrictions have been loosened a bit recently, under specific conditions — so until iOS 12, iOS users had no option but to enter their one-time passwords manually. The latest iOS version has its own OTP parser that automatically detects incoming OTPs and gives you the option to enter them without switching apps.

This works across websites and majority of third-party apps as well (including apps with embedded Web views, with a couple of exceptions), eliminating a major hassle and making the experience of dealing with one-time passwords a breeze.

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Before iOS 12 — with which Apple spent a lot of time and effort improving the performance of older devices — there were concerns about slowing adoption rates of new major iOS versions. Many have attributed this to bad experiences with iOS updates — which have often slowed down devices or significantly worsened battery life for many users — that may have put some people off from installing updates promptly.

Companies like Apple want to make sure you are running the latest version of software your device supports, as it makes your device more secure, makes sure developers can target the latest versions of the APIs that Apple provides, and reduces the overall cost of supporting you as a user. If too many people start holding back on updates — which many believe has happened over the last couple of years — it’s a problem for Apple, and not just because it can no longer boast numbers that it loves to show off during those keynotes.

It’s against this background that iOS 12 offers automatic software updates, designed to make sure you are always running the latest version of iOS. Now, to be clear, the process isn’t as “automatic” as the term might suggest.

For starters, you need to opt in to automatic updates when you are setting up your iPhone, and you can just as easily choose to say no, if you so desire. That might change one day — Chrome and Windows 10 show that such a move wouldn’t exactly be without precedent — but for now, you can rest easy if you like the ability to control when your software updates are installed.

Second, though the feature is designed to install software updates overnight (or when your phone is being charged) after they’ve been downloaded (when you are on Wi-Fi), Apple notes that you might still see prompts before the updates are installed, which is exactly what happened with us. So much so for “automatic”.

Another big highlight of iOS 12 is support for Siri Shortcuts and the Shortcuts app. While some have used the two terms interchangeably, there’s a big difference. The former is a way for apps to expose commonly executed actions that can now be triggered via shortcuts.

When you invoke Siri search — by swiping down on the home screen — in addition to the Siri app suggestions, you might also see suggestions for various commands that you can execute with one tap, without having to launch the said app and then look for the option. This can range from messaging someone you texted recently, to calling your Mom via WhatsApp.

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This by itself is of limited utility, but you can take it to the next level by assigning each shortcut a custom phrase that will trigger that shortcut via a voice command.

Within apps, you will often see recommendations for shortcuts that you can set up. For example, when you place an order through the popular food ordering app Swiggy, it nudges you into setting up a Siri Shortcut that can tell you the current status of your order.

We set the action to the phrase “Where is Swiggy?”, which means we can now simply say, “Hey Siri, where is Swiggy?” at any given time, and Siri will respond with the status of our currently active order. Of course, this means third-party apps need to be updated to expose Siri actions, and while there weren’t too many when the new iPhone models had just come out — NDTV and Swiggy were among the first out of the age — we’ve seen more apps like PhonePe and BookMyShow do that since.

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We wish we could do more with Siri shortcuts, such as activating them via icons on the home screen, but as of now, the iOS home screen is for app icons only. Yes, there’s the Today view that will let you invoke shortcuts you create via the Shortcuts app — more on that below — but it’s still not as convenient.

If you want to see all the Siri shortcuts available on your iOS device, you can do that by going to All Shortcuts under Suggested Shortcuts in Siri & Search in the Settings app.

The Shortcuts app lets you take things even further by combining a series of actions into a single sequence that can be triggered with a single tap or via a voice command. These actions can be aforementioned Siri shortcuts from Apple’s own or third-party apps, as well as other actions like resizing images or even toggling things like mobile data and Wi-Fi.

People are using this for all kinds of tasks, including home automation and productivity. The Shortcuts app has a directory to help you get started, and a bunch of third-party websites have cropped up as well to help you discover what you can do and download ready-made Shortcuts.

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iOS 12 also brings a bunch of other new features including improvements to the Photos app; Group FaceTime; tongue and wink detection for Animoji; a new feature called Memoji, which lets you create your own Animoji character; and detailed battery statistics.

Face ID will now also let you add an “alternate appearance”, effectively letting you give your partner or another trusted contact the ability to unlock your phone using Face ID. We guess the feature will also be appreciated by actors and others who might need to spend a large chunk of their time wearing heavy makeup .

If you are the kind who gets pleasure out of mindlessly killing apps every couple of minutes, iOS 12 brings you good news. With the App Switcher on the iPhone X, you had to press and hold an app’s card and wait for the red (-) symbol to appear at the top-left before pressing it — or swiping an app’s card away — to kill an app.

That extra step killed the habit that many had carried over from the days of pressing the home button twice and killing apps for fun. We thought it was a a deliberate decision by Apple to discourage force quitting of apps going forward, but it seems we were wrong.

With iOS 12 on iPhone X and the 2018 iPhone models, simply swipe up from the home screen and hold to bring the App Switcher, and you’ll be ready to commence killing apps, because you don’t care that can actually be detrimental to your phone’s battery life, do you?

iOS 12 now also offers deeper integration with third-party password managers like 1Password. While you could use third-party password managers inside Safari earlier, this support has now been extended across all apps.

While we’ve come to love many iOS 12 features, it’s sad that there seems to have been no improvements when it comes to some of the India-specific limitations that we’ve noted in our previous reviews.

Navigation using Apple Maps continues to unavailable in India, and while the points-of-interest (PoI) data seems to have improved in recent months, it’s still nowhere near the benchmark set by Google Maps. Yes, Apple is working on a big Maps refresh starting with the Bay Area, but given the pace of its progress and Apple’s track record, we aren’t optimistic about the big improvements showing up in India anytime soon.

Siri still lacks a bunch of features available in other regions, while other services and apps like Apple Pay and News are no closer to launch in India. Without widespread availability of NFC-based point-of-sale (PoS) terminals in India it’s easy to understand Apple Pay isn’t here yet, but the continued non-availability of some of the other services is baffling and frustrating in equal parts.

Here’s hoping we aren’t talking about the same things in a year’s time.

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Google celebrates New Year’s Eve with colorful party doodle – Times of India

NEW DELHI:
New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated days around the world. Internet giant
Google on Monday is celebrating
New Year’s Eve 2018 with an animated doodle.

The animated graphic shows two purple baby elephants wearing a yellow and a green party cap each. The baby elephant on the left is seen blowing balloons while the second elephant is seen tossing popcorn into its mouth. A clock on the top is just about to hit midnight. The Google logo is also seen in the decorations. Clicking on the doodle will take you to the places where people across countries are waiting for New Year 2019.

Google page has posted this: “A mammoth pile of balloons? Check. A ton of party hats? Check. A herd of friends and family ready to countdown? Check. Let the New Year’s Eve festivities commence! At the stroke of midnight, it’s out with the old and in with the new. We’ll sing that song “Should old acquaintance be forgot,” but there’s no need to worry about our purple friends. Elephants never forget.”

Australia’s largest city
Sydney will put on its biggest-ever fireworks display to welcome the New Year and kick off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.

Japanese will flock to temples to ring in the New Year, while US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr will take on local kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a bout staged outside
Tokyo.

Hong Kong: Glittering fireworks will be sent skyward from five barges floating in Victoria Harbour in a 10-minute display watching by 300,000 people on the foreshore.

Moscow: Concerts and light shows will be held across the city’s parks and more than 1,000 ice rinks have been opened for merrymakers.

Paris: A fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme “fraternity” is set to go ahead on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further “yellow vest” anti-government protests at the famed avenue.

Berlin: Music lovers will party at a concert at the Brandenburg Gate, but a popular German tradition of setting off fireworks to mark the occasion has been banned in some other cities over safety concerns.

London: Britain’s capital will usher in the New Year by celebrating its relationship with Europe amid turmoil over the Brexit referendum vote to leave the union, with the fireworks display at the London Eye to feature music from the continent’s artists.

Edinburgh: The Scottish capital’s traditional Hogmanay celebrations will also take on a pro-European theme ahead of the year in which Britain is due to exit the EU.

As the world parties, many will also look forward to 2019 and wonder whether the turmoil witnessed during the previous year will spill over into the next.

The political wrangling in Westminster over Brexit was one of the key stories of this year, with a resolution yet to be reached ahead of the scheduled March 29 departure from the EU.

US President Donald Trump dominated headlines in 2018 as he ramped up his trade war with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and met his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a historic summit.

North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation will remain a major political and security issue into next year, as will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reassertion of control after Trump’s shock military withdrawal announcement.

The war in Yemen, which started in 2014 and has already killed about 10,000 people and left some 20 million at risk of starvation, could take a crucial turn after a ceasefire took effect in mid-December.

Numerous countries go to the polls in 2019, with key elections in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina and Australia.

Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day international World Cup in England and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.

Whatever you do, have fun, stay safe and see you next year.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

(With inputs from agencies)

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Nokia 9 PureView promo video confirms penta-lens camera setup, Snapdragon 845 – The Indian Express

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The promo video gives a clear look at the rear and front of the Nokia PureView. (Image credit: AndroidPure)

We all now that Nokia 9 PureView is expected to launch next month, and now what appears to be the legitimate promotional video has apparently leaked out. MySmartPrice has posted an intro video of an unreleased Nokia 9 PureView and in the process, it confirmed a few details of the device.

On the outside,  Nokia 9 PureView appears to look exactly the same as seen in various leaked images. It has a large, notch-less 5.99-inch QHD (2K) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and HDR10 support. Then there is an in-display fingerprint scanner, making HMD Global’s first smartphone to feature the next-generation of the biometric system. Under the hood, the handset will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor instead of the latest generation Snapdragon 855.

Other specifications of the Nokia 9 PureView are as follows: 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal memory, and wireless charging support. This will be an Android One-branded device and features Android 9.0 out-of-the-box.

What appears to be Nokia 9 PureView’s biggest strength is its camera. At the phone’s rear will be a massive penta-lens camera setup. This will be the first smartphone in the world to feature five cameras on the back. As seen in the leaked video, one can clearly see five Zeiss-branded cameras on the back of the Nokia 9. Unfortunately, the real purpose of having five lenses is still unclear.

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Meanwhile, the video shows that users will be able to capture portrait mode shots with adjustable bokeh. Interestingly, Nokia 9 PureView will come with some special night mode and the video claims 10x more light captured compared to the standard smartphone. Plus, the phone will also allow you to take an image with all the cameras at the same time.

Nokia 9 PureView has been in the making for a few years. The premium smartphone was supposed to launch months ago but the company reportedly pushed it back. Unnamed sources close to Nokia Anew claim that HMD Global plans to launch the Nokia 9 PureView towards the end of January 2019. Of course, nothing has been confirmed at the moment. Hopefully, we will learn more about the Nokia 9 PureView in the coming days.

Net’s founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81 – BBC News

Larry Roberts and other internet pioneers

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Larry Roberts (far left) with net pioneers Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf and web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee

American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81.

In the late 1960s, he ran the part of the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) given the job of creating a computer network called Arpanet.

He also recruited engineers to build and test the hardware and software required to get the system running.

Arpanet pioneered technologies underpinning the internet that are still used today.

Data design

Dr Roberts is recognised as one of the four founding fathers of the internet along with Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf and Len Kleinrock.

The son of two chemists, Dr Roberts reportedly chose electronics as a field of study because it was more forward-looking.

“I wanted something new, not old like chemistry,” he told Katie Hafner in an interview with the New York Times.

Two key developments credited to Dr Roberts include the layout of the original network and the way it shuffled data between its nodes.

Dr Roberts decided on a distributed layout for the elements of the network, rather than a centralised system, and decreed that data should be split into small chunks or packets as it travelled to its destination.

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A map of nodes and destinations on the early Arpanet

This packet-switching system, as it came to be known, drew on work done in the UK by Donald Davies at the National Physical Laboratory.

The first four computers were connected to Arpanet in 1969 and it grew rapidly as universities and other research institutions joined it.

Dr Roberts was also keen for Arpanet to be put to practical use and he encouraged early users to adopt email to improve communication and collaboration.

Arpanet persisted until 1983 when it was folded into the larger internet and became one part of that network.

After leaving Arpa, Dr Roberts had a distinguished career founding and then running a series of networking start-ups.

Dr Roberts died on 26 December of a heart attack, his family said.

Ranji Trophy: Bisht slams maiden triple ton; Puducherry rout Manipur inside two days – Hindustan Times

Former Delhi wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht cracked a maiden triple century, an unbeaten 301, to put Meghalaya on top against Sikkim in their Ranji Trophy Plate Group fixture in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

At the close of play on Day 2, Meghalaya were 555/3 with a comfortable 336-run first innings lead.

The diminutive 32-year-old toyed with the Sikkim attack hitting 48 fours and one six in his whirlwind knock that came at an incredible strike rate of 102.73 at the KIIT Stadium.

Opener Raj Biswa stood tall at the other end with a solid 175 from 321 balls (25×4) as the duo continued their overnight stand to add 433 runs for the fourth wicket.

Sikkim batsman Milind Kumar, who scored a century in the first innings, took the only wicket of the day as their bowlers endured a tough outing with Meghalaya scoring at 4.74 runs per over.

At the Anantapur Cricket Ground in Andhra, Puducherry rode on Pankaj Singh’s eight-wicket match haul to seal a bonus-point victory over Manipur inside two days.

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They claimed seven points to temporarily jump past Bihar to second place with 32 points.

Resuming on 150/2, Puducherry were bowled out for 238 in 78.2 overs.

Manipur were then bundled out for 118 in the second innings setting a paltry 13-run target which Puducherry easily chased in 1.1 overs, sealing a thumping 10-wicket win.

Pankaj Singh was the pick of Puducherry bowlers taking 4/20 while captain D Rohit chipped in with 3/22 in Manipur’s second innings.

Brief Scores In Anantapur: Manipur 132 and 118; 31.5 overs (Yashpal Singh 52; Pankaj Singh 4/20). Puducherry 238; 78.2 overs (Sai Karthik 55, Saiju Titus 42, Fabid Ahmed 41; Thokchom Kishan 4/65, Bishworjit Konthoujam 3/48) and 13 for no loss. Puducherry won by 10 wickets. Points Puducherry 7, Manipur 0. In Bhubaneswar: Sikkim 219. Meghalaya 555/3; 117 overs (Puneet Bisht 301, Raj Biswa 175).

In Dimapur: Arunachal Pradesh 135 and 98/7; 43 overs (Arbar Kazi 4/12). Nagaland 377/9 declared; 77.1 overs (Rongsen Jonathan 131, Paras Sehrawat 112, Sedezhalie Rupero 65; Deendyal Upadhyay 4/84, Licha Tehi 3/80).

In Jorhat: Bihar 389/7; 90 overs (Ashutosh Aman 108 batting, MD Rahmatullah 99; Lalhruai Ralte 4/88). Mizoram 77; 35.5 overs (Akhil Rajput 49; Samar Quadri 6/19, Abhijeet Saket 3/26) and following on 81/5; 38 overs (Taruwar Kohli 31 batting).

First Published: Dec 31, 2018 21:37 IST