Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon

Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can say the spell “lumos” to switch the flashlight on
  • ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack announced for Allo
  • VR game based on the spinoff movie announced

Harry Potter has been an integral part of an entire generation’s childhood and given that a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the same franchise is about to release, the hype around wizards is at its peak. Google has tied up with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring some of the magic from Harry Potter universe to its services and the results are downright amazing.

The most impressive update has made way to the “OK Google” voice commands, which turn your smartphone into a magic wand. After saying “OK Google,” you can now use magic spell “lumos” to turn on the flashlight of your smartphone and say “nox” to switch it back off. If you want to put all the notifications and ringer to silent mode, you already know the spell, just say “silencio” and let the magic unfold by itself.

Google clearly didn’t want to stop there and has added the locations from New York in 1926, as recreated in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to its Google Street View service. “Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters,” the search giant said in its blog post.

To make sure that the magical experience from Harry Potter doesn’t end there, the company has announced a VR game on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for its Daydream View headset, which will be available from later this month (http://vr.google.com/daydream/headset/).Just like it did with ‘Stranger Things’, Google has also announced a ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack for its chat application Google Allo, which will be made available for download soon.

If you haven’t tried out the spells for yourself yet, stop being a muggle and please go ahead to unleash the child in you.

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Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks

Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chrome 54 stable channel for Chrome OS rolling out
  • It brings many improvements in user interface
  • The update also introduces a new Quick View feature

Soon after Chrome 54 was made available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, Chrome OS 54 has now moved to the stable channel. Chrome OS 54 introduces some bug fixes, security updates, UI tweaks and new features like Quick View.

The Chrome OS stable channel has been updated to 54.0.2840.79, and Chrome OS and Chromebook users will be receiving it in the next few days. While most of the Chromebooks will receive the update, HP Chromebook 13 G1, Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, and Thinkpad 13 Chromebook have been mysteriously left out.

The most notable addition is the new Quick View feature available in the File app to preview files. All you need to do is highlight a file, and then press the space bar to get a generic preview. For example, if you ‘Quick View’ an image file, a small preview along with size and file type information pops up on the screen.

Alt+Tab is a nifty shortcut often used to switch between windows. With Chrome OS 54, Google has added a new animation in the centre that shows a preview (of sorts) of all the open tabs, and lets you select exactly which tab you intend to switch to. Other changes include a new opt-in setting to show Input Method on shelf, a read only policy for external USB/SD storage devices, and general UI improvements across platform. As mentioned, Chrome 54 is already available to desktop and even Android users.

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View from Pakistan: The 1971 struggle crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

View from Pakistan: The 1971 war crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

The atrocities perpetrated by way of all the aspects in East Pakistan in 1971 have been reprehensible. For its excesses, Pakistan expressed regret to the human beings of Bangladesh in 2002, with a preference to bury the ghosts of the beyond and forge strong ties for the future.

but, given that assuming strength in Bangladesh in 2008, the Awami League government of high Minister Hasina Wajed has followed a regressive pathway that could disrupt relations among the two international locations, even dissatisfied the local balance of power in South Asia. Dhaka has been selectively mining the tragic occasions of 1971 for political profits by keeping shambolic conflict crimes trials of its political opp­o­­nents belonging to the Bangladesh Jamaat-i-Islami and Bangladesh countrywide birthday celebration.

Initiated in 2010 , these trials are being held 4 many years after the activities of 1971 and are a contravention of the 1974 Tripartite agreement concluded in “the bigger hobby of reconciliation, peace andstability within the subcontinent” among Pakistan, India and Bang­l. a.­desh. under this, the latter agreed no longer to proceed against those it accused of committing battle crimes in 1971. It turned into, in reality, in recipro­town of this guarantee that Pakistan officially recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign kingdom.

felony quagmire

these trials, that have to date led to over dozen capital and lifestyles sentences and four executions, had been marred by way of regular miscarriages of justice in breach of worldwide regulation norms andstandards.

From a legal viewpoint, the rigors have been blighted with the aid of, inter alia, denial of the accused man or woman’s proper to bail; confined rights to enchantment capital and life convictions; pro-prosecution bias; admission of rumour evidence and evidence from intercepted communications among the prosecution and judges amounting to prohibited and biased communications; capital convictions based totally on hurriedly enacted retrospective legislation; and arbitrary dilemma on manufacturing of defence witnesses and files. these are critical violations of fair trial and due procedure ensures enshrined inside the Inter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Bangladesh is a party. by engaging in these trials, Bangladesh is accountable underneath global regulation for directly breaching at least 11 Articles of the ICCPR (Articles 2, three, 6, 7, nine, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 26).

the trials make a mockery of justice.

The global crook Tribunal esta­b­­lished to hold these trials is fundamentally improper – Article forty seven(A) of the Bangladeshi constitution states: “this article similarly denies any accused under the ICT Act from moving the ideal courtroom for any remedies underneath the constitution, inclusive of anychallenges as to the unconstitutionality of Article 47(A).”

The latter essentially strips the accused earlier than the ICT of sure fundamental rights, which includesthe proper to an expeditious trial by way of an impartial, impartial tribunal, and the proper to move the courts to implement essential rights.

moreover, the ICT Act 2009 excludes the software of ordinary policies of manner and evidence inproceedings before the ICT. segment 23 states: “The provisions of the crook procedure Code, 1898 (V of 1898), and the evidence Act, 1872 (I of 1872), shall now not apply in any court cases below this Act.”

Political games

Disturbingly, one accused, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, turned into exceeded down the capital sentencenotwithstanding allegations that government forces abducted a key defence witness. Mohammed Kamaruzzaman changed into hanged in April 2015 even though witnesses and documents had beenarbitrarily constrained via the courts and the inconsistency of statements by using prosecution witnesseswere no longer factored into the evidence. within the case of Salahuddin Quader Chow­dhury, hanged in November 2015, the ICT refused to simply accept any testimony from his alibi witnesses.

in spite of permitting the prosecution to name 41 witnesses, the ICT confined Chowdhury’s defence to 4witnesses. The aut­horities ordered airways flying into Dhaka to claim if any of Chowdhury’s defence wit­­­­­­­­nesses, which include a few outstanding Pakistani residents, were booked on their flights ahead of hisoverview hearing, so that you can deny them entry.

The numerous procedural and significant flaws which have grew to become those trials right into a farcehave been highlighted with the aid of eminent attorneys and human rights organizations across the globe. The current Bangladesh very best court leader Justice himself remarked at some point of the appellate complaints in Mir Qasim Ali’s case that he was “very disappointed to look which you [the prosecution] are the usage of these trials [for] your political advantage.…” He changed intotaken abackthat the prosecution’s case is complete of contradictions”. regardless of these feedback, Ali’s capital sentence was upheld by the preferrred courtroom, probably because of political pressure.

final Wednesday, Jamaat-i-Islami leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami become hanged on trumped-up strugglecrime charges. Pakistan must enhance this problem at bilateral, local and worldwide stages to make certain that Bangladesh honours its global legal obligations by straight away halting these flawed trialsas well as quashing all extraordinary sentences mentioned via the conflict crimes tribunal. aside frommaintaining the global rule of regulation, this will decorate peace and balance in South Asia.

HTC 10 Comes With Apple AirPlay Support, New Ice View Case

HTC 10 Comes With Apple AirPlay Support, New Ice View Case

HTC launched its much-awaited HTC 10 smartphone and HTC 10 Lifestyle variant on Tuesday. Notably, both the HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle come with native Apple AirPlay support – something not commonly seen in Android smartphones. In addition, the firm has replaced its popular Dot View cases with the Ice View cases.

Engadget cites the company to confirm that HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle only support audio streaming via AirPlay. This means you can play music wirelessly via the Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled speaker, but cannot stream a video. The company added it will maintain support for AirPlay as and when Apple updates the specification.

Users have had various alternatives as well. They can use the AllCast app to connect their HTC 10 smartphones, or any other Android handsets for that matter, with Apple devices. Chromecast or Chromecast Audio is also one way.

htc_ice_view_cover_case.jpgWhile previous HTC flagship models came with a Dot View flip cover case, the HTC 10 now comes with an Ice View case instead. The case is available from the company’s US website at $49.99.

The HTC Ice View case features a similar design – a screen protector attached by a flexible hinge on the left. It also snaps to the back of the handset just like the Dot View case. However, there is one major difference between the two. The Ice View case sports a hard translucent plastic made front cover giving a frost glass-like look to the screen. It completely eliminates the Dot View case’s grid of holes that covered the smartphone’s display.

Users can still use the touch screen functionality over the translucent cover. Reading text messages, accessing social media, and capturing media content is possible with the flip cover. “You can take photos in a snap, read text, adjust the volume, switch between songs, turn on the flashlight and much more. HTC Ice View also supports 3rd party notifications like Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, QQ and more – so you can follow your favourite social media at a glance,” says the listing page.

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HTC 10 Lifestyle

HTC 10 Lifestyle

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.2GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-Ultrapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

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HTC 10

HTC 10

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-Ultrapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

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View from Dawn: India sees Pakistan as a roadblock in its path to Great Power status

India’s ambitions of achieving Great Power status cannot be fully realised unless Pakistan is strategically neutralised. A conventional military defeat of Pakistan has been a costly and unlikely option ever since the latter acquired a credible nuclear deterrence capability. Pakistan has also built a strategic relationship with China which provides it with the capacity to balance, to a considerable extent, India’s larger military and economic capabilities.

India’s need to bring Pakistan to heel has intensified in the context of the emerging Great Power contest in Asia. Pakistan’s incorporation into an Indian sphere of influence would be a grave setback to China’s future role in South, West and Central Asia and the western Indian Ocean. The prospect of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, while India has no land access to the West and Central Asia, has added a new dimension to India’s determination to neutralise Pakistan. India’s strategic goals, if not its methods, are fully supported by the US and its allies.

India has adopted a complex strategy to wear down Pakistan’s resistance. This strategy encompasses: military and political pressure; subversion; terrorism; diplomatic isolation; media and public defamation and cultural domination.

Some elements of India’s comprehensive strategy and actions are now public knowledge, such as Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s boastful speech recalling how Indian agencies eroded the Kashmiri freedom struggle through corruption and intimidation; forecasting the separation of Balochistan; and expressing glee at the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s beheading of Pakistani soldiers in Fata.

India’s strategy has a wide canvas.

Resistance to Indian domination

One element of the strategy is the attempt, pursued in tandem with the West, to neutralise Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capabilities. Thus, the discriminatory Western restraints on equipment and technology transfers to Pakistan and the vigorous US opposition to Pakistan’s deployment of theatre nuclear weapons and long-range missiles which are designed, respectively, to counter India’s Cold Start doctrine and its second-strike capability.

Meanwhile, India maintains military pressure on Pakistan through deployment of advanced weapons systems (ballistic missiles, anti-ballistic missiles etc), expanded offensive deployments, military exercises to refine the capacity for a surprise attack (as envisaged in India’s Cold Start doctrine) and frequent shelling along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Subversion, involving infiltration, sponsorship and support for dissident or disgruntled groups within Pakistan, is a third element of this strategy. The sponsorship of the Baloch Liberation Army and terrorism in Balochistan and Sindh has now been confirmed by the recent capture and confession of the Indian spy. Disaffected groups in Karachi, rural Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkwa have been encouraged for many years to disrupt peace and security.

Substantial proof has been gathered by Islamabad’s agencies of Indian sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan through the TTP, in collaboration with Kabul’s National Directorate of Security and certain power brokers. Some of this evidence has been shared with the UN but has not evoked any action so far from the world organisation. An Indian link to the Lahore park atrocity, responsibility for which has claimed by an affiliate of the TTP, cannot be ruled out.

Pakistan’s armed forces are one of the few organised institutions left in the country. Not surprisingly, because of their profession and training, their resistance to Indian domination is robust. Tarnishing the reputation and credibility of the Pakistan Army is an important element of the Indian strategy. Through the Indian and Western media, the Pakistan Army is incessantly accused of doing today what it did yesterday – supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Kashmiri jihadi groups.

Acceptance in Pakistan

The reality is clouded by ‘fifty shades of grey’. Despite old relationships, Pakistan’s security establishment is either confronting some of these Jihadi groups or has little influence over them (the Afghan Taliban). The violent sectarian groups in Punjab are known to have enjoyed in recent years the protection of some politicians rather than the security establishment. Notwithstanding this, the Indian-inspired mantra against the army and the ISI is frequently echoed not only by the Western media but even within Pakistan.

At the opposite end of India’s kinetic actions, is the wide and successful use of its “‘soft power’, epitomised by Bollywood. This song and dance culture has been warmly embraced by large segments of Pakistan’s young and moneyed elite. Over time, this can lead to greater acceptance in Pakistan of India’s political and strategic goals.

Since early days, India has attempted to co-opt Pakistani politicians, by fair means and foul. When out of office, some political leaders have had intimate contacts with the Indians. Shamefully, some of them – excluding the ruling party – are known to have expressed the desire for Indian and other foreign intervention in Pakistan’s internal affairs. Even today, the desire of some of Pakistan’s leaders to ‘normalise’ relations with India at any cost is inexplicable.

India has been able to play on the fears and predilections of Pakistan’s politicians to set the tone and pace of the bilateral relationship. Dialogue is held out as a favour to Pakistan. India’s positions on both substance and process keep hardening with each encounter. Concessions continue to be made by Pakistan on process and substance – to no avail or purpose.

It is high time for Pakistan’s National Defence Council, which includes both the civilian and military leadership, to undertake a frank and in-depth review of India’s objectives and policies towards Pakistan and evolve a coherent and consensual strategy to respond to each of the elements of India’s policies aimed against Pakistan.

To those Americans who disingenuously chide Pakistan for being paranoid about India, I would respond as Trotsky did shortly before being assassinated: “Just because I am paranoid, does not mean I am not persecuted.”

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Google Launches VR View Tool For Easy VR Content Embedding

Google Launches VR View Tool For Easy VR Content Embedding

Google on Wednesday introduced VR View, a tool to let developers easily embed 360-degree virtual reality photos and videos on Android, iOS, and the Web. The content can be viewed using the Google Cardboard or a single lens “Magic Window” viewer. The Mountain View-based tech giant also expanded its accessibility by adding iOS support to the Cardboard SDK.

“For native apps, you can embed a VR view by grabbing the latest Cardboard SDK for Android or iOSand adding a few lines of code. On the Web, embedding a VR view is as simple as adding an iframe on your site. We’re open-sourcing the HTML and JavaScript for Web developers on GitHub, so you can self-host and modify it to match your needs,” said Nathan Martz, Product Manager on company’s blog post.

In related news, Google is said to be developing a virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer. The company has in the recent past firmed up its efforts in the space, with the creation of a new division dedicated to virtual reality.

The rumoured plastic VR headset will reportedly include a screen, high-powered processors, and outward-facing cameras. The standalone VR headset will also use chips from Movidius that will use the headset’s cameras to help track the motion of the user’s head. To recall, the company had partnered with Movidius to bring image recognition to smartphones and other Android devices.

The company may release the headset as soon as this year, but report also cautions that Google may not yet be ready to deliver in 2016. It is currently expected to launch a new version of Cardboard at its I/O 2016 developer event in May, as well as native VR support in Android.

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Sri Lanka Gets Google Street View Imagery

Sri Lanka Gets Google Street View Imagery

Internet giant Google on Tuesday announced that its popular Street View feature for Sri Lanka is active and available on Google Maps.

The launch brings the total number of countries where Street View is available to 76.

“We are delighted to bring imagery of Sri Lanka to Street View on Google Maps” said Helena Lersch, manager (Public Policy) at Google in an official statement.

Street View allows people around the world to view and experience the infamous bustle of downtown Colombo, the cool tea plantation hills, the rich history and beautiful and diverse landscapes of Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their phone, tablet, or computer.

To capture this imagery, Google drove close to 50,000 kilometres across every state and province in Sri Lanka starting from December 2014 and finished in February this year.

By bringing Street View to Sri Lanka, Google hopes to create a new way of showcasing Sri Lanka’s beauty to the world while helping strengthen the country’s already burgeoning tourism trade, the statement said.

Sri Lanka has become a popular tourism destination, with the numbers of tourists heading to the island nation growing by almost 20 percent each year. In 2015, 1.8 million tourists visited the country.

“Sri Lanka is already a popular tourist destination, and we hope Street View will make the country even more accessible to people interested in exploring and visiting here. Whether you continue your journey in Google Maps or are inspired to visit in person, we invite you to enjoy the Land of Lions” Lersch added.

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