Apple’s iOS 10 Beta Hints at Lots of Change – Not All of It Welcome

Apple's iOS 10 Beta Hints at Lots of Change - Not All of It Welcome

Apple is releasing a new version of its mobile operating system this fall, bringing the company up to a nice round number: iOS 10.

Ahead of launch, Apple is allowing anyone to test the software and give their feedback. First, I would not recommend that most people download this beta. Bugs are par for the course with all early software and could try the patience of those who don’t test imperfect things for fun. Many apps behave strangely with the beta since it hasn’t gotten its final polish yet.

That’s particularly true with this system. After a week with the beta, I’m confused about where Apple is heading with this update. It’s true that this build is, by definition, not ready for primetime and it would be unfair to fully review it. But it is still basically the same software that will hit millions of devices in just a few months and is just not as good as I’ve come to expect from Apple.

(Also see: How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)
There are many things I like. Apple has enhanced the Health functions to track sleep, among other new data. This system also lets you erase icons for some of the pre-installed apps (Tips, Watch, etc.) that many relegate to a permanently unused folder on their phones anyway.

Apple has also done some work on Messages, that makes it easier to send music, sketches, .gifs and photos. You can also send very large emoji. It’s sort of silly, but definitely fun.

The features are welcome changes. That can’t be said of other tweaks to the system overall, which seem to move away from the logical, simple design that make Apple stand out in the first place.

Many menus and navigation screens have gained extra panels in iOS 10, which have the effect of making each individual pane more simple, but complicate navigation overall. For example, the control center that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen now has two sections — one with the Bluetooth, brightness and other familiar panel controls, plus a second just for music and volume.

These controls used to be on one screen, and there was no real reason to add a second. In fact, it took me a couple days to even realize the volume control was there at all.

These menus look a lot like the bubbly, almost empty layout you see on notifications for the Apple Watch. But sparse design makes sense on that small of a screen. While it’s understandable – even admirable – for Apple to want to unify the look of its systems across devices, it hasn’t been done in a user-focused way. That’s unusual for Apple.

(Also see: iOS 10 Features: 10 Big Ones Unveiled at WWDC 2016)

Apple has also changed the lock screen so that richer notifications can be accessed on their own screen with a simple swipe to the right, in addition to being accessible by dragging down from the top. You can also search for apps from this new section on the lock screen. That’s a win for convenience, but not for privacy. I changed the widgets that I put in my notifications screen because they felt more exposed in the new layout.

Others may want to turn off the ability to get the notification center on their lock screen altogether, through settings in the Touch ID and Passcode menu.

Many of these complaints may sound like small cosmetic gripes, and admittedly some of them are. Others, though, are more serious. And all illustrate my genuine puzzlement about why Apple is changing the feel of a system that has helped propel it to such great heights.

There’s still time for the company to squash the bugs and refine the software — something that will definitely happen. But if the rough sketch of the beta is anything to go by, users will have to prepare for changes that may confuse them once the fall comes.

© 2016 The Washington Post

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Why Facebook Suddenly Blacked Out All Ads in Thailand

Why Facebook Suddenly Blacked Out All Ads in Thailand

Facebook is taking a very unusual step for a company that makes it money off advertisements: It will stop showing ads on its network in the entire country of Thailand in a gesture of respect for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The social network announced the decision on its blog for advertisers, saying that it is removing ads in observance of a “cultural custom”:

“On October 13, we turned off all delivery of ads to the country of Thailand. Thailand is in a period of mourning due to the death of the King and removal of ads is a cultural custom. We don’t yet know the duration of the mourning period. We’ll keep you posted of any additional details as they become available.

“Note that ads will continue to deliver as normal in other countries, and that advertisers in Thailand can continue to run ads outside of Thailand.”

Why make such a drastic move to pay respects to this particular beloved world leader?

Facebook hasn’t said why outright, but Thailand is a significant market for the social network and is home to some of Facebook’s most engaged users. When the company first opened an office in Thailand last fall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg noted that Thai users tend to post three times more often than the global average. At the time, an estimated 37 million people in Thailand were using Facebook – most on mobile.

Facebook ads are also particularly well-received in Thailand, according to a report from the Thai newspaper The Nation. (That paper has adopted a monochrome design to show its respect for the late king.)It’s not clear how much money Facebook is forgoing as a part of this decision; the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The ad research firm eMarketer estimated that Thai advertisers would spend $81.7 million (roughly Rs. 545 crores) on Facebook advertising by the end of 2016, making Facebook the largest ad platform in the country.

That suggests that Facebook could be letting go of $6.8 million per month, though that is a very rough estimate. It does not factor in how much Facebook could be making from ads bought by Thai companies and shown outside of the country.

As Facebook said, it’s not clear how long the moratorium on ads will last. The Washington Post’s Annie Gowen has reported that the mourning period for the late king will last a year.

The move is a first for Facebook, but not unprecedented in the ad space. Yahoo last year turned off ads for Singapore after the death of noted leader Lee Kuan Yew, CNN Money reported.

© 2016 The Washington Post

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Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users

Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users

Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users
HIGHLIGHTS
The new Google+ is expected to be light, fast and responsive
The new features to reach Android, iOS and web users in the coming weeks
It also brings to ability to add photos and links to comments.
Google hasn’t given up on Google+ yet. The tech giant on Tuesday began rolling out the new revamped Google+ UI to all users, along with a few updates and improvements. The most notable changes among these include the new notifications centre, and the ability to add links and photos to comments.

The new UI was launched last November as a preview, but is now going to be the default Google+ interface. In the coming weeks, users will be shifted to the new UI when they sign-in to Google+ automatically. However, for now they can opt out of the new UI and go back to the Classic version if they so prefer. To go back to the Classic Google+, click on the “Back to classic Google+” link in the bottom left-hand corner of the webpage. The new UI brings bold colours, and improved access to Collections and Communities. The new Google+ website is expected to be more responsive, fast and very light as well. Google Apps users already using Google+ will also see the new UI when they next sign-in. They also, for now, have the option to toggle back to the Classic version if they want to.

The new Google+ brings a new notifications centre for seeing all the recent activity and alerts. It also introduces the ability to add links and photos to comments. There’s a new option called approved posting as well, which allows Community owners to moderate comments before they go live. All of these features are rolling out the Android, iOS and the web in the coming weeks.
Lastly, Google+ with all its new features is also becoming a core part of the Google for Work service in the next few weeks. Once this transition happens, Google Apps users won’t be allowed to switch back to the Classic UI.

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iPhone 7 Release Date, Price, Specifications, and All Other Leaks

iPhone 7 Release Date, Price, Specifications, and All Other Leaks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled on September 7
  • The new iPhone models are unlikely to bring major design changes
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are tipped to get storage bumps

After a long wait, we officially know the release date for the iPhone 7, probably the most anticipated smartphone of the year. Apple has sent out invitations for a special event on September 7, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 is not expected to see any major design tweaks, and is tipped to look similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, a departure from Apple’s traditional tick-tock cycle. Initial rumours had suggested that to emphasise the minimal upgrades in this year’s offerings, Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone 6SE, though the prominent placement of ‘7th’ on the invite should put those rumours to bed.

iPhone 7 price
Apple is expected to keep the same price points as previous generations for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with of course a large premium for the top-end 256GB variant. Another leak tips pricing of the rumoured variants – the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7 is said to be priced at CNY 5,288 (roughly Rs. 52,900), the 64GB variant at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 60,900), and the 256GB at CNY 7,088 (roughly Rs. 70,900). The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to be priced at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 60,900) for the 32GB variant, CNY 6,888 (roughly Rs. 68,900) for the 128GB variant, and CNY 7,888 (roughly Rs. 78,900) for the256GB variant.

The iPhone 7 price in India is expected to bear a slight premium over a direct conversion, as always.

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(Also see: iPhone 7 and Everything Else to Expect From Apple’s Event Next Week)

iPhone 7 launch date
Noted tipster Evan Blass has maintained that the iPhone will be launched in the week of September 12, to a specific September 16 launch date for the US market, which means that is the date it will become available in the market. Later on, it was reported that the pre-orders will begin on September 9, both of which are in line with the September 7 unveiling.

iPhone 7 specifications
Apple has traditionally employed a single iPhone version number across two years, adding an ‘s’ to mark an iterative improvement in the second, such as the iPhone 6s with respect to the iPhone 6. The company with the iPhone 6 in 2014 also started introducing two models a generation, with one catering to small screen aficionados, and the other ‘Plus’ variant providing a phablet-style large display. It is expected to do so this year as well.

Apart from the confusion surrounding the name, most other rumours are rather plausible. The next iPhone is expected to feature camera improvements in both models, with the smaller 4.7-inch offering tipped to get optical image stabilisation, and the larger 5.5-inch offering tipped to sport a dual camera setup. The Cupertino giant is expected to use a new Apple A10 SoC to power both devices, with the company also rumoured to bump up the memory alongside to 3GB of RAM.

Apple is also anticipated to bump up the base storage variant from 16GB to 32GB. Alongside the upgraded base storage rumour, the company is expected to boost the storage capacity of the top-end variant from 128GB to 256GB. The 64GB variant is also anticipated to be replaced by the 128GB variant – thus, we can expect Apple to release its next-generation iPhone models in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants.

Another rumour that is seeing fewer and fewer contradictory reports as time passes, is the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack on the next iPhone models. Apple is speculated to have made the decision to do away with the current standard for audio connectivity for three reasons – to ensure the next model is very slim; to ensure the next model is waterproof (thus has minimal, easy-to-protect ports); and to give users better audio quality through the Lightning port instead. The Lightning port can also power active noise cancellation in headphones that offer it. The company is variously also rumoured to include aLightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, or Lightning-power EarPods instead. The removal of the jack may see the addition of dual-speaker grilles as well.

Apple is also rumoured to boost the display resolution of its next iPhone models. The current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sport resolutions of 750×1334 pixels and 1080×1920 pixels currently, while the corresponding iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to sport resolutions of 1080×1920 pixels and 1440×2560 pixels respectively. Apple is also tipped to include a Space Black variant this time around, though a Space Blue variant was also rumoured alongside the removal of the Space Grey colour option.

Finally, Apple is expected to make the next iPhone available in its stores in the US from September 16, with carrier availability tipped for September 23.

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ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ChampOne is looking to conduct a flash sale on September 2
  • The pre-registrations will be inactive for 24 hours, site claims
  • The smartphone will delivered through Cash On Delivery option

After the uproar that Ringing Bells created with its Rs. 251 smartphone, there is another company that has now cropped up to compete with it. An unheard-of company called ChampOne has listed a smartphone calledChampOne C1 on its website, with a price tag of Rs. 7,999. The company is launching the smartphone at Rs. 501 in its first flash sale on September 2 – for which registrations are now open. Well, sort of.

The website looks shabby at best, and the registration button is inactive. The company has put out a disclaimer citing “payment gateway” difficulties, and says that registrations won’t work for the next 24 hours. However, it says that the smartphone will be sold through the ‘Cash On Delivery Option’ so we don’t see why they even need a payment gateway. Some reports point to a registration fee, which in itself seems fishy.

The Jodhpur-based company has listed a toll free number, and two other phone support numbers. All our calls went unanswered, while one of the numbers was switched off. ChampOne appears to be one of the numerous startups that have recently started sprouting up in India, looking to make headlines by launching smartphones at incredible prices. The first amongst the spate of firms was Ringing Bells, and while the company is finally delivering its first smartphones, other firms appear to have fizzled out before launch. We advise all readers to stay away from deals that seem too good to be true from brand new companies without a service history or a reputation to lose.

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In any case, the ChampOne C1 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports dual-SIM. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front snapper. There’s a 2500mAh battery packed inside, and connectivity options include 4G LTE support. It will be made available in White, Silver, and Gold colour options.

Of course, the glitching website reminds us of the horrible inefficiency by Ringing Bells when it first announced its smartphone. The company hadn’t ‘anticipated the demand’ for its. Rs 251 smartphone, and is still struggling to meet demands. The company first claimed that it was backed by the government and was part of the Make in India campaign, only to retrace its footsteps and mention that it was importing assembled smartphones, and has asked the government for support. The company was also accused of defrauding its customer service partner by refusing to pay dues. After too many delays, the company even tried to make amends by saying that it will refund the money of first phase’s 30,000 Freedom 251 customers – and will accept cash upon delivery.

Another company that made headlines recently for what were found to be fraudulent tactics was mPhone, which was all set to announce its smartphone portfoliio in the country. However, those plans came to a grinding halt, after the co-founders were arrested at the launch venue for alleged fraudulent activities. The company was set to launch six smartphones in the country ranging from Rs. 11,999 to Rs. 39,999, but we haven’t heard of anything post their arrest.

Also, let’s not forget the Docoss X1 launched by a Jaipur-based company for Rs. 888. Their website itself was extremely fishy, with many technical goof-ups. Their customer care support also proved to be very vague. The smartphone was to begin shipping in May, but it still hasn’t managed to do that yet. The website currently mentions that the smartphone will be shipped soon.

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ChampOne C1

ChampOne C1

R 501

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2500mAh

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Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles

Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new data packs will be available from Friday
  • Data benefits are up to 45 percent, Idea said
  • Revised rates are for 2G, 3G, and 4G data packs

Idea Cellular said on Friday it has slashed mobile Internet rates to offer more value to customers on their 4G, 3G and 2G data packs. The revised data packs are available across all circles starting Friday.

“We want to ensure that benefits of Internet are reaped conveniently by every individual, through our innovative, customised and affordable products. This will enable the Internet revolution and its impact to be felt in every part of the country,” said a company statement, citing Chief Marketing Officer Sashi Shankar.

“Now Idea users can get up to 45 percent more data benefits on sachet packs below 1GB. Idea offers a wide range of 4G, 3G and 2G sachet data packs priced between Rs. 8 and Rs. 225,” the statement said.

The statement added that the 2G data pack priced at Rs. 19 which previously offering 75MB data for 3 days, will now offer 110MB data for 3 days – a 45 percent increase in data.

Similarly, a 4G/ 3G data pack for Rs. 22 which offers 65MB data for 3 days, will now give 90MB 3G data for 3 days, which is a 38 percent in data.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Price, Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Price, Release Date, Specifications, and All Other Rumours

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The phablet will be unveiled on August 2 at Samsung’s Unpacked event
  • The Galaxy Note7 will come with an iris scanner
  • The phablet will sport a dual-edge display exclusively

Samsung has announced that it is hosting its grand Galaxy Note Unpacked 2016 event on August 2. The event will be conducted in New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro simultaneously, where the Galaxy Note7 will be unveiled to a presumably large audience. The event will be live streamed on the company website, and will begin at 8.30pm IST.

With less than a month left, the rumour mills have been working overtime churning out all the possible details of the phablet. Numerous features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 are already known. We compile all the rumours and leaks that have surfaced online so far, and give you a comprehensive list of all that is expected to come with the Galaxy Note7 this year.

Release date
Samsung is breaking its traditional pattern by launching the phablet in early August. The company looks to fend off iPhone competition, and for that reason the Galaxy Note7 will reportedly be made available to purchase in the South Korean market the very same day. According to a fresh leak, Samsung is looking to make the Galaxy Note7 available to buy before the Rio Summer Olympics kick off on August 5, where it is the official wireless partner. In the meanwhile, another leak tips availability in the US via T-Mobile from August 19.

Price
Leaks surrounding the price of the phablet have been minimal, but an early leak did tip possible Europe prices. The Galaxy Note7 is expected to be priced starting from EUR 849 (roughly Rs. 63,000) in Europe, which is EUR 50 more than the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Note7 not Note6
The company is skipping a numeral this year and calling the phablet the Galaxy Note7, instead of the Galaxy Note6. The company has announced that it has taken this step to avoid confusion among its consumers, and unify its product portfolio. Samsung released the S7 and S7 Edge this year in its flagship Galaxy ‘S’ series, and bringing its Note series to the same numeral made sense to it.

Iris scanner
After the Galaxy Tab Iris, Samsung is set to flag off the iris scanner feature in its mobile portfolio with the Galaxy Note7. The scanner has leaked on multiple occasions, and the last one even gave us a glimpse of it in action. It is expected to unlock the device in less than a second (the user only has to look at it). Of course, this doesn’t mean that Samsung has ditched the fingerprint scanner, and it will still be embed the sensor into the Home Button. A leaked video also showed the iris scanner feature in action.

Dual-edge display
There are a lot of firsts with the Samsung Galaxy Note7, and at the top of the list is the dual-edge display. Sure, an Edge variant did accompany the Galaxy Note 4, but this time around Samsung looks to exclusively launch the dual-edge display variant, and give the flat screen variant a complete miss – something a more recent rumour also substantiates. Samsung is said to have ditched the Edge variant with last year’s Galaxy Note 5 due to some tech difficulties in getting the S Pen to work on the edges. That seems to be solved now, and the company is all equipped to flaunt the display as its big feature on the phablet.

Water resistant
The Galaxy Note 7 will be the first in its series to get water-resistant capabilities. A Zauba listing tippedthat the phablet will be dust and water resistant to an extent. A recent teaser advertisement by the company for the phablet also tipped water resistance, further cementing the rumour.

USB Type-C port
The Galaxy Note 7 is also said to be the first phablet in the Samsung portfolio to switch to the Google-approved USB Type-C port. Leaks do point toward this change, but the final confirmation will only come on August 2. Further adding to these rumours is a recent one that tips Samsung will pack a USB Type-C to Micro-USB adapter in the box.

Specifications
Very little has been left to the imagination when it comes to the Galaxy Note7. The phablet is said to sport a 5.8-inch QHD Super Amoled display, though previous reports had tipped a 6-inch displayinstead. Gorilla Glass 5 protection is now also expected to be used. The smartphone is expected to come in two variants featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and Exynos 8893 SoCs paired with 6GB of RAM (10nm chip). However, there have been contrasting reports of a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB RAM as well. The Galaxy Note7 will offer three inbuilt storage options – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (with the choice to expand as well). Another rumour tips that 64GB will indeed be the base storage variant. It is rumoured to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, both with Dual Pixel technology. The company is also expected to pack a a 3600mAh battery on board, alongside fast charging capabilities. The smartphone will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz Grace UX, and ship in Onyx, Titanium, and Blue Coral colour variants.

Colour variants
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is expected to come in three colour variants – Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Blue Coral. This information comes from Evan Blass, a source with high accuracy rate. Interestingly, a Gold colour variant is not added in the mix, however we won’t rule it out completely till official launch.

Improved S Pen features
Samsung has succeeded in keeping details about the S Pen a close-guarded secret for now. The Korean giant has confirmed that the new S Pen alongside the Galaxy Note7 will come with ‘added functionalities’, but that’s all we know about the stylus for now. Samsung will presumably also not repeat the same mistake it did with the Galaxy Note 5, which was said to have a ‘S Pen design flaw’ that allowed the stylus to be inserted backwards into its slot, causing damage to the stylus detection mechanism and possibly getting stuck.

New Gear VR headset
Samsung has been tipped to launch a new Gear VR headset with new capabilities alongside the Galaxy Note7 on August 2. Apart from new features, it is said to come with USB Type-C compatibility, to natively support the new smartphone instead of requiring an adapter.

Samsung Cloud
The Galaxy Note7 is expected to launch with a new cloud backup service from Samsung, said to rival Apple’s iCloud network. While no real details are known at this point, it should enable easy backup of photos and other data, which can then be accessed from other compatible devices.

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Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles

Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new data packs will be available from Friday
  • Data benefits are up to 45 percent, Idea said
  • Revised rates are for 2G, 3G, and 4G data packs

Idea Cellular said on Friday it has slashed mobile Internet rates to offer more value to customers on their 4G, 3G and 2G data packs. The revised data packs are available across all circles starting Friday.

“We want to ensure that benefits of Internet are reaped conveniently by every individual, through our innovative, customised and affordable products. This will enable the Internet revolution and its impact to be felt in every part of the country,” said a company statement, citing Chief Marketing Officer Sashi Shankar.

“Now Idea users can get up to 45 percent more data benefits on sachet packs below 1GB. Idea offers a wide range of 4G, 3G and 2G sachet data packs priced between Rs. 8 and Rs. 225,” the statement said.

The statement added that the 2G data pack priced at Rs. 19 which previously offering 75MB data for 3 days, will now offer 110MB data for 3 days – a 45 percent increase in data.

Similarly, a 4G/ 3G data pack for Rs. 22 which offers 65MB data for 3 days, will now give 90MB 3G data for 3 days, which is a 38 percent in data.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Pakistan Cricket Board Keeps All Options Open, From Boycotting India to Demanding Compensation

Jagmohan Dalmiya Shahryar Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan is in India to attend a condolence meeting for the late Jagmohan Dalmiya.

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Kolkata: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday said they are open to ‘options’ ranging from boycotting ties with India to demanding compensation if the BCCI fails to honour the MOU, signed between the two boards of playing a bilateral series in December. (PCB to discuss December series With India at ICC meet)

But Shahryar said he is still hopeful of the series taking place in December and would meet BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in a week’s time to decide on the fate of the rubber that is hanging in limbo in the wake of the current political tensions between the two countries.

“I received a reply from Thakur that we well meet in Dubai and we will probably decide what is to be done. The final decision of course lies with the Government of India,” the PCB chairman told reporters after paying his tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away here on September 20.

“In spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), if the BCCI does not honour its own signature then we’ll see what is to be done. If they don’t honour it (MOU) for political reasons we have options open to us. We will suffer financial and other losses.

“Boycott is an extreme option but of course it’s an option. I never used the term ‘boycott’, you people know me and I am not one to give warnings and threats. But it’s surely a thing that if you don’t accept your signed agreement then definitely I’ll demand for compensation,” he said. “The series is an agreement but if it does not happen, it’s a reasonable thing to demand compensation.”

Still hopeful of the series happening, an optimistic Shahryar said PCB will keep ICC aware of the development and call for their suggestion.

“Now we still have some hope that the series will take place. We will cross the bridge when it comes but I feel BCCI should honour the agreement,” he said.

The BCCI secretary is likely to meet Shahryar on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai from October 8-13.

India are scheduled to play two Tests and five ODIs and two T20Is in Pakistan’s adopted home venue of UAE beginning in December.

The PCB chairman also said that he would give a reminder about the MOU to BCCI presidential candidate Shashank Manohar, who is likely to be elected at its SGM in Mumbai on October 4.

“I will remind him that BCCI has signed an MOU and is he going to honour it or not…that’s the basic issue. I have a high regard for him (Manohar). I hope when I am in Delhi I will congratulate him in advance and will assure him of my cooperation,” Shaharyar said.

India, who had stopped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, had signed an MOU to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP), subject to clearance from the Government of India.

Shahryar and his wife Minnoo called on the Dalmiyas at their 10 Alipore Road Residence and fondly remembered the former BCCI president who passed away after a massive cardiac arrest last month.

Remembering Dalmiya as a ‘friend’ of PCB, Shaharyar said: “I have come to Kolkata for the sole purpose of paying my last respect to the family of Jagmohan Dalmiya who not only was a personal friend but I believe he was a friend of India and Pakistan cricket boards.”

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With Selfie Safety, Your Password Will be Written All over Your Face

With Selfie Security, Your Password Could Be Written All Over Your Face

The selfie is about to get severe.

Already ubiquitous at parties and for capturing Instagram- worth landscapes, the act of raising asmartphone to your face and finding the appropriate picture angle ought to take on a whole newfunction in human beings‘s finances. A few banks, tax businesses and tech organizations are making the selfie an imperative step for human beings checking their bank debts, shopping on-line andsubmitting tax returns.

Forced to locate innovative approaches to protect towards the growing risk of identity robbery, agrowing variety of agencies are transferring from a gadget that assessments people on what theyrealize, along with a password. Now they need to invite consumers to offer proof of something that can not without difficulty be modified or copied: their face.

“In our opinion, the password is death,” said Tom Shaw, vp of enterprise Protection at monetary offeringsfirm USAA. The organization now we could customers use a selfie as opposed to a password to log in to their cellular banking apps. clients only need to select the facial reputation choice when they open the app, hold the phone as much as their face and blink. It’s tons less complicated for A few clients to take abrief photograph than it’s far to ask them to recall but any other username and password, Shaw says.

A photo also can function a way for clients to provide evidence that it became indeed them – and no longer an imposter – who made that buy or submitted that form.

As an example, Credit card plans to roll out a service nicknamed “Selfie Pay” this summer thru its member banks. via the program, purchasers would shop on line as regular and after finding out, they mightconfirm the purchase by way of taking a selfie with a Mastercard mobile app.

And Georgia will roll out a pilot application for the subsequent tax season at the cease of the yr that offerstaxpayers the choice of creating a at ease account where they verify their identities via taking a picture. Ifthere’s a in shape, taxpayers can be asked take a picture on their smartphones earlier than their tax returns may be processed, ensuring the go back become not submitted through a fraudster.

The developing use of facial reputation, however, raises a chain of Safety and privacy worries. Oneapparent vulnerability is that it is not that hard to discover what a person looks as if.

Anybody has your face,” says Alvaro Bedoya, the govt director of Georgetown Law‘s Middle onprivateness and Technology. “So it’s miles a method of authentication this is inherently public.”

To overcome that threat, the organizations are requiring selfies which are a little exclusive than the onesyou may see on Fb. After locating the right angle, clients are requested to move round to verify that thecamera is taking pictures a live man or woman and now not a picture.

Within the Mastercard and USAA programs, users are instructed when to blink. Georgia’s tax applicationwill set off humans to position their faces a sure manner and experiment for motion.

The photos are generally no longer the only protection measure, serving as a substitute as the second one or 0.33 method of authentication. USAA, for example, says that it checks no longer handiest thephotograph, however also for the tool being used to get entry to the account. Which means a crookshould not be able to log in from any other telephone that isn’t always already registered with theirsystems, Shaw said. For the tax software, Georgia will evaluate the selfies consumers put up to the pics it has in its database of country driving force‘s licenses.

privacy advocates fear that if businesses misuse the pics, it could result in situations where humans areimmediately diagnosed when they stroll into stores or at the same time as they are strolling down the road. Some of that is already happening.

Several states permit Law-enforcement businesses to use facial popularity to go looking, or request searches, of driving force‘s license databases after they want help identifying humans for investigations.A few outlets have used the Technology to recognize normal or complicated buyers.

it’s far a simple human freedom with a view to walk outdoor and be nameless and be private,” saidBedoya. “If you may no longer be a face Inside the crowd, that is a trouble.”

but Some of the groups and corporations introducing facial-recognition packages say they’re handiestthe use of the photographs to confirm customers‘ identities.

They also say they are defensive customers by using no longer storing the snap shots. Credit card, For instance, stated it converts the preliminary picture customers take after they set up their debts into a series of 1s and 0s that cannot be used to recreate a person‘s face. USAA says the biometric information is encrypted and wiped if a customer hasn’t logged in for some time. And MorphoTrust Usa, the companyproviding the Technology for the facial recognition pilot in Georgia and a capability one in North Carolina,stated that once someone‘s identity is showed, the pics taken will not be stored on the country‘s servers.

Nonetheless, A number of the hiccups customers may additionally face are plenty greater primary. for instance, it isn’t clean how well the apps will maintain up in instances wherein people‘s faces surely havechanged – say because they received weight, started out carrying glasses or grew a beard. USAA says their app has worked after such minor adjustments, however reminds customers that they might usuallyswitch to any other approach of authentication. And MorphoTrust U.S.A. says that its Era will scan forfeatures which might be unlikely to trade a great deal through the years, along with the form of a person‘s eyes.

Whether most customers will go together with the brand new selfie applications has yet to be seen. Theevents introducing facial popularity and different biometric options cite convenience and Safety whilstpitching the Era.

The manner relies on smartphones that many clients already have in hand. And because those apps are scanning only for the maximum basic traits of a person‘s face, none of the typical tendencies required of selfies – which includes best hairstyles – are wished.

Some clients might also welcome the added degree. Extra get entry to to customersprivate details has made it less difficult for criminals to take out loans in their names, move on shopping sprees or documentfraudulent tax returns. About 17.6 million Americans had been victims of identity robbery in 2014, which means they’d their bank account, credit score card or other non-public facts stolen, according to themost latest information from the Branch of Justice.

The selfie offers a simple manner to help them combat that kind of fraud, the agencies say.

In A few cases, taking a picture also can offer an alternative to a more complex procedure. For example, Georgia says for A few taxpayers who need to provide more facts before their tax refunds are paid, taking a selfie Might be simpler and quicker than calling or mailing in a form.

We’re getting to a place in which we are able to honestly start the use of our identities as a key, or as away to guard ourselves,” said Mark DiFraia, senior director of market improvement at MorphoTrust United states of america.

customers may discover they have options beyond facial popularity with regards to confirming their identities. For instance, USAA customers who need to use biometrics to log into the cellular app can bothscan a thumbprint – the maximum popular choice – snap a photograph or use voice recognition. About13 percent of its 11 million participants have opted to apply the biometric log-in as of early April.

Mastercard users who do now not need to take a photograph can use the app to test a fingerprint.

The ones options may are available available for people going through a ability Security hazard from a person very near them: their equal dual.

For that subset of the populace who knows someone with a face that appears similar to their personal, it may be more secure to bypass on the selfie option and go along with fingerprint verification alternatively, says Catherine Murchie, senior vp of company Security answers at Mastercard.

In any other case, that twin ought to grow to be occurring a pleasant purchasing spree.

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