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Priyanka’s bracelet fuels wedding rumours?

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Apr
30

Priyanka Chopra recently visited India for a brief period while promoting Assam tourism. She shared a picture of herself while she was flying in style to her motherland. The eagle-eyed netizens spotted something unusual in PeeCee’s style.

The internet was confused with the pattern of her bracelet which the globetrotting star donned around her wrist. The peculiar design of the bracelet looked like a mangalsutra on her wrist, which gave rise to unending speculations around her marriage.

Priyanka has always remained tight-lipped about her personal life. She had once said, that “When there is a ring on the finger, the world will know. I believe you are single until you are married.”

She had even revealed that she would want to get married and have lots of children as well, but she is yet to find her Mr. Right.

On the work front, Priyanka can be seen on the third season of ‘Quantico’. She is also set to make her comeback in Bollywood opposite Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’, which will hit the screens on Eid 2019.

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iOS 11.3 jailbreak might never go public | Cult of Mac

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Apr
30

The good news is that someone managed to create an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. The bad news is that the person who managed the trick probably won’t turn it into anything the general public can use.

While this once would have left a significant percentage of the iPhone community tearing its hair out, these days jailbreaking is almost dead.

A Chinese hacker named Qixun Zhao, who also goes by the Twitter handle SorryMybad, claims to have cracked Apple’s software. His post says it all: “Jailbreak on the latest iOS 11.3”. He posted several screenshots to support his claim.

But those same images, and the rest of his post, show that the goal of this project was to score $30,000 from the Microsoft Bug Bounty program. Zhao belongs to the Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team, which looks for bugs but doesn’t publicly expose the details of them.

So far, Zhao? has said nothing about using his discoveries to make a publicly-available iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

Jailbreaking mostly a thing of the past

In the early days of the iPhone, Apple’s operating system was fairly simple. While easy to use, it lacked many features people wanted. The solution was jailbreaking: hackers finding ways to modify the operating system so non-authorized software could be installed. 

But these days, so many features have been added to iOS that there’s little need for jailbreaking. Interest dwindled to the point that two of the three top repositories for jailbroken apps shut down last year.

Which is just as well, because Apple has made it much harder. It took about 6 months to jailbreak iOS 11, for example.

So if Zhao doesn’t release his iOS 11.3 jailbreak, a few people will be frustrated. But not many.

India unlikely to play day-night Test in Adelaide

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Apr
30

India will most likely not play a day-night Test during their 2018-19 tour of Australia. Cricket Australia still hopes the first Test in Adelaide, which is scheduled to start on December 6, will be a pink-ball, day-night game, but ESPNcricinfo understands the BCCI is not in favour of the idea and has made its position clear to the Australian board.

CA announced the schedule of Australia’s home summer on Monday without confirming a start time for the Adelaide Test. Since November 2015, Adelaide has hosted one day-night Test every year.

“It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” chief executive James Sutherland said.

Women’s international cricket will bookend the summer, with Australia playing three T20Is against New Zealand in September-October – which leads into the women’s World T20 in the West Indies in November – and then a three-match ODI series against the same opponents in February-March. In between, the Australia men’s team will host a South African limited-overs tour in October-November, and full international tours by India and Sri Lanka that stretch from mid-November to early February.

South Africa will play three ODIs from November 4 to 11, and a one-off T20 on November 17, which is the first ever international game at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast.

India will begin their Australia tour with a three-match T20 series from November 21 to 25, and then play four Tests in Adelaide (December 6-10), Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7). The newly built Perth Stadium will make its debut as a Test venue when it hosts the second Test.

The Tests against India will be followed by three ODIs from January 12 to 18.

Brisbane will host first Test against Sri Lanka, a confirmed day-night game, from January 24 to 28, and the Manuka Oval in Canberra – also a first-time Test venue – the second Test from February 1 to 5.

CA has yet to confirm the dates of the domestic season, but it is likely to include an expanded Big Bash League season of 43 games. The 16-day gap between the fourth Test against India and the first Test against Sri Lanka – filled by only three ODIs – could give Australia’s international players a window to take part in as many BBL games as possible, while the tournament’s closing stages could be held after the end of the Test season.

India says electrified all villages ahead of prime minister’s deadline

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Apr
30

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India has electrified all its villages 12 days ahead of a deadline set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government said on Sunday, which could give the ruling party a boost ahead of a general election in 2019.

FILE PHOTO: Workers install new power lines on an electric pole on the outskirts of Ajmer, India, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma/Files

Asia’s third-largest economy has been held back for years by a power shortage, with industries having to cope with blackouts and hospitals forced to rely on diesel-run generators for backup.

But Modi said on Sunday that April 28, on the evening of which a remote village in the northeast became the last to be connected to the grid, would be remembered as a “historic day in the development journey of India”.

“Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever!” Modi wrote on Twitter, as various ministers in his government took to social media to congratulate him.

Government data showed that all of India’s 597,464 census villages have now been electrified. When Modi took office in 2014, there were some 18,452 villages without electricity.

But just because all villages are connected to the grid does not mean all Indians have access to power.

The government considers a village electrified if it has basic electrical infrastructure and 10 percent of its households and public places including schools, local administrative offices and health centres have power.

Some people, however, said on Twitter their villages had yet to be electrified despite the government’s claim.

“No. Not every village yet,” said Twitter user Dilip Gupta, identifying his village in a district of Uttar Pradesh in the north. “Over the course of years my native place has been expecting electricity every year, but it hasn’t arrived yet.”

The World Bank said in a report last year that globally 1.06 billion people had no electricity, with India and Nigeria topping the list of most power-deficient countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the budget session, in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Reporting by Swati BhatEditing by Christopher Cushing

B-town celebs at Maheep Kapoor’s b’day party

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Apr
29

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iOS 11.3 jailbreak might never go public | Cult of Mac

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Apr
29

The good news is that someone managed to create an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. The bad news is that the person who managed the trick probably won’t turn it into anything the general public can use.

While this once would have left a significant percentage of the iPhone community tearing its hair out, these days jailbreaking is almost dead.

A Chinese hacker named Qixun Zhao, who also goes by the Twitter handle SorryMybad, claims to have cracked Apple’s software. His post says it all: “Jailbreak on the latest iOS 11.3”. He posted several screenshots to support his claim.

But those same images, and the rest of his post, show that the goal of this project was to score $30,000 from the Microsoft Bug Bounty program. Zhao belongs to the Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team, which looks for bugs but doesn’t publicly expose the details of them.

So far, Zhao? has said nothing about using his discoveries to make a publicly-available iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

Jailbreaking mostly a thing of the past

In the early days of the iPhone, Apple’s operating system was fairly simple. While easy to use, it lacked many features people wanted. The solution was jailbreaking: hackers finding ways to modify the operating system so non-authorized software could be installed. 

But these days, so many features have been added to iOS that there’s little need for jailbreaking. Interest dwindled to the point that two of the three repositories for jailbroken apps shut down last year.

Which is just as well, because Apple has made it much harder. It took about 6 months to jailbreak iOS 11, for example.

So if Zhao doesn’t release his iOS 11.3 jailbreak, a few people will be frustrated. But not many.

Chahar out for two weeks with hamstring injury

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Apr
29

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Deepak Chahar could be out for a couple of weeks – Fleming

Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Deepak Chahar could be out of action for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain sustained during Sunday’s match against Mumbai Indians in Pune.

Chahar pulled up injured after bowling the first ball of his third over. He left the field after that delivery and did not return for rest of the match. Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming confirmed the injury during his post-match press conference. “He (Chahar) has had hamstring injuries in the past, he has a pretty good idea when he is in trouble,” Fleming said. “Conservatively, it’s probably a couple of weeks, which is a bit of a blow.”

Fleming also confirmed that Lungi Ngidi, who had flown back to South Africa following the death of his father, has rejoined the squad.

Chahar has played in all seven Super Kings matches so far this season, and has picked six wickets at an average of 25.50, including a match-winning 3 for 15 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is also one of only two Super Kings bowlers with an economy rate of less than eight an over.

China’s Xi, India’s Modi seek new relationship after summit

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Apr
29

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they take a boat ride on the East Lake in Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent around 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for meetings with President Xi Jinping, an ice-breaking trip both hoped would allow candour and nurture trust.

Billed as an informal get-together rather than a summit, the two men held talks on Friday that lasted far longer than expected, and on Saturday chatted over tea on a boat trip round a scenic lake.

“President Xi stressed that the issues between China and India are of a limited, temporary nature but the relationship between the two countries is extensive and ongoing,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told reporters in Wuhan.

Their differences are significant: as well as disputes over stretches of a 3,500 km (2,200 miles) border – the two fought a brief border war in 1962 – the Asian giants have squabbled over Xi’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

India signalled as recently as Tuesday its opposition to the grand trade and transport plan because one of its branches runs through Pakistani-administered Kashmir, which India claims.

Xi and Modi agreed their problems would be resolved with time.

China’s Foreign Ministry, in a separate statement, cited Xi as telling Modi their nations were major drivers of world economic growth and a good relationship would be positive for global stability.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders had agreed they could handle their differences peacefully.

“On the issue of the India-China boundary question, the two leaders endorsed the work of the special representatives in their efforts to find a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement,” he said.

“And the two leaders also underscored that in the meantime it is important to maintain peace and tranquility in all areas of the India-China border region,” Gokhale said.

Kong said Modi and Xi did not discuss last summer’s border flare-up, although they agreed to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement to the boundary problem.

“The biggest takeaway was that we have to increase mutual trust,” he said. “The reason that we had this dispute was because we were both mistrustful of each other.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit as they take a boat ride on the East Lake in Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES

Chinese state media praised the tone of the trip.

The overseas edition of the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Saturday “two great countries ought to have great co-operation”. It published a large photo of the two leaders shaking hands.

The official China Daily said in an editorial there was no denying mutual suspicion was keeping the two countries from working together.

“Yet neither Beijing nor New Delhi calls the other an enemy, which means both expect bilateral ties to improve. Indeed, China and India are natural partners,” it said.

Despite the upbeat statements, which on Friday included Modi inviting Xi to India for a similar informal summit next year, there were no concrete agreements reached.

Still, Kong said there are a number of projects China and India can cooperate on in the spirit of Belt and Road.

“We won’t force them to do something they don’t want to do,” he said.

India has long been apprehensive about China’s traditionally close ties with Pakistan.

For its part, China has been concerned about U.S. efforts to draw India into a maritime “quad” of democracies, including Japan and Australia.

China is also suspicious of India’s hosting of the Dalai Lama and other exiled Tibetans.

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Kong said China did not believe India had changed its official position that Tibet is part of China.

Modi and Xi are set to meet again soon, when Modi visits China in June for a summit of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation security bloc.

Additional reporting by Neha Dasgupta in NEW DELHI; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait and Neil Fullick

Films which were mired in plagiarism row

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Apr
28

Mumtaz’s daughter assures her good health

Watch: Amidst death rumours, Mumtaz’s daughter assures fans of actress’ good health

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iOS 11.3 jailbreak might never go public | Cult of Mac

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Apr
28

The good news is that someone managed to create an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. The bad news is that the person who managed the trick probably won’t turn it into anything the general public can use.

While this once would have left a significant percentage of the iPhone community tearing its hair out, these days jailbreaking is almost dead.

A Chinese hacker named Qixun Zhao, who also goes by the Twitter handle SorryMybad, claims to have cracked Apple’s software. His post says it all: “Jailbreak on the latest iOS 11.3”. He posted several screenshots to support his claim.

But those same images, and the rest of his post, show that the goal of this project was to score $30,000 from the Microsoft Bug Bounty program. Zhao belongs to the Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team, which looks for bugs but doesn’t publicly expose the details of them.

So far, Zhao? has said nothing about using his discoveries to make a publicly-available iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

Jailbreaking mostly a thing of the past

In the early days of the iPhone, Apple’s operating system was fairly simple. While easy to use, it lacked many features people wanted. The solution was jailbreaking: hackers finding ways to modify the operating system so non-authorized software could be installed. 

But these days, so many features have been added to iOS that there’s little need for jailbreaking. Interest dwindled to the point that two of the three repositories for jailbroken apps shut down last year.

Which is just as well, because Apple has made it much harder. It took about 6 months to jailbreak iOS 11, for example.

So if Zhao doesn’t release his iOS 11.3 jailbreak, a few people will be frustrated. But not many.

‘Important to have a Netherlands-based captain’

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Apr
28

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Pieter Seelaar‘s appointment as Netherlands captain to replace the outgoing Peter Borren was motivated by a continued desire amongst the Royal Dutch Cricket Association (KNCB) to have a locally-based player who trains with the bulk of the squad year-round, according to Netherlands head coach Ryan Campbell.

“We have players like Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe who could fill the captaincy as well, but we feel it’s very important that a Dutch-bound player leads our Dutch team,” Campbell told ESPNcricinfo. “That’s no disrespect to our international players because we love them all and they’re massive leaders within our squad, but the feeling has always been that we want a guy who lives in the Netherlands to lead our team, who is always training with our squad, and Pieter fits the bill perfectly.

“The facts are our [English] county players don’t play in all of our matches and they don’t train with our squad. We have a summer training squad of 22 and to have one without a captain is a recipe for disaster. We’ve always felt you need a captain and a leader who is training and playing with the lads. I’m very excited to see what Pieter’s going to bring to the table, because he’s a different character to Peter Borren. He thinks about the game a lot and his plans have already started.”

Seelaar’s career stats, 111 wickets in 120 List A matches plus 33 wickets in 59 T20s, are modest for a bowling allrounder, but the 30-year-old is one of the longest tenured Dutch players after making his senior debut against Warwickshire in 2005. His career List A batting average is 14.64, but it is a deceptive figure slanted heavily by his early career as a tailender. In 2015, he was one of the leading scorers in the Dutch domestic first division playing for VOC and notched a List A career-best 68 against Scotland in the second round of the WCL Championship later that summer.

In 2017, Seelaar further cemented his batting credentials with an unbeaten 138 in an epic stand with Ben Cooper during their drawn Intercontinental Cup match against Hong Kong. Add in the fact that Seelaar is arguably the top Netherlands outfielder – he has a reputation for taking some sensational catches including one to dismiss Kevin O’Brien at the 2016 World T20 – and Campbell felt the decision was a no-brainer.

“He’s the perfect age and experience, he’s been in the national set-up for a long time now and knows what goes around international cricket,” Campbell said. “We believe that his game will improve and we’ve seen that with his bowling particularly. In the last 12 months, apart from an injury, he’s been a standout for us with the ball and his batting is an untapped resource. He knows that he needs to keep improving but we feel that the character of Pieter Seelaar is the best fit for us with a young squad.”

Seelaar will be leading a Netherlands A squad this weekend in Guernsey before taking command of the full senior side for a T20I tri-series with Ireland and Scotland in June.

As for Borren’s retirement at age 34, Campbell said it should not be seen as the first domino to fall in a move toward making more changes within the squad – he doesn’t want “players looking over their shoulder”. However, he said that competition for spots may be ramped up following the team’s poor performance at the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. With two years until the next World T20 in Australia and the start of the 13-team ODI League, Campbell wants to take as many opportunities possible to give younger players a chance to develop.

“We play that ODI League in 2020 and that’s another couple years down the track. That’s a long time for guys who are suddenly 36 or 37. It [Borren’s stepping down] was decided mutually,” Campbell said. “He felt that he didn’t have the energy to be there in two or three years’ time. If that was the case, then when we’re not playing in major tournaments, we need to get our youngsters as much experience as we can because the facts are we don’t play enough cricket. The Bas de Leedes and Sikandar Zulfiqars, these sort of guys need to play cricket and that was the decision from all sides.”

Campbell paid tribute to Borren, saying he’d made a great friend for life in him. “He beat the drums for the Associate cause. The Associate world is a tough world to live in. Just seeing his stats, the number of games he played over such a long period, some people who don’t realise will say, ‘Gee he didn’t play that many games’. But that’s how tough it is. You’ll play a decade and only play 40 ODIs or 40 T20Is. It’s a tough world but he’s a ripping bloke and a fantastic competitor and I wish him all the best.”

Modi invites China’s Xi for an informal summit in 2019

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Apr
28

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to an informal summit next year as he began an ice-breaking visit to China on Friday in which the giant neighbours are seeking to re-set troubled ties.

Modi is spending only about 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war between the Asian nations.

“I hope such informal summits becomes a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy, if in 2019 we can have such an informal summit in India,” Modi said, in comments broadcast in a media centre for reporters in Wuhan.

Xi told Modi that their two countries’ influence in world and region was steadily on the rise.

“Looking ahead, we see a fast pace and bright future for China-India cooperation,” Xi said.

“China and India are both important engines for global growth and we are central pillars for promoting a multi-polar and globalised world. A good China-India relationship is an important and positive factor for maintaining peace and stability in the world,” he added.

Modi said that as India and China represented 40 percent of the world’s population, they needed to try to work together to tackle global problems.

Stressing the importance of world peace, Modi said both nations have to “make all possible contributions”.

An Indian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Wuhan that Modi’s meeting with Xi was supposed to be half an hour but lasted for more than two hours. The museum visit had also lasted longer than planned.

“The fact he (Xi) showed him around the museum was a special gesture on his part,” the official added.

But despite the rhetoric on Friday, the nations’ differences are significant.

As well as disputes over stretches of a 3,500 km (2,200 miles) border, they are bumping up against each other in the Indian Ocean and squabbling over Xi’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

India signalled as recently as Tuesday its opposition to the grand trade and transport plan because one of its branches runs through Pakistani-administered Kashmir, which India claims.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit at East Lake Guest House, in Wuhan, China, April 27, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

India has long been suspicious of China’s traditionally close ties with Pakistan.

For its part, China has been concerned about U.S. efforts to draw India into a maritime “quad” of democracies, including Japan and Australia.

China is also suspicious of India’s hosting of the Dalai Lama and other exiled Tibetans.

INFORMAL SETTINGS

But there was no public mention of any differences on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Modi and Xi viewed antique Chinese artefacts at the Hubei Provincial Museum, where they also exchanged views on boosting dialogue between their two ancient civilisations and how to live peacefully together, China’s state news agency Xinhua said.

The two were due to have dinner together later, according to India’s foreign ministry.

On Saturday, they will take a walk together and then an hour-long boat-trip, informal settings mostly without aides that both sides are hoping will lead to frank discussions.

In a commentary on Friday, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said the cultures of both China and India set great store on the concept of harmony, and pointed out the Hubei Provincial Museum had in 2014 held a special exhibition on India.

“The friendly exchanges between China and India have again and again seen composed moving stories, creating a model for inter-cultural dialogue in the world,” it said.

The museum in Wuhan, an industrial and university provincial capital with no obvious connection to India, was closed ahead of the leaders’ visit. A plain clothes police office told a Reuters reporter to stop taking pictures.

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A sign at the entrance said it was closed for four days due to “equipment maintenance”.

Additional reporting by Malani Menon, Sanjeev Miglani in NEW DELHI and Gao Liangping and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Robert Birsel and Richard Balmforth

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Apple iOS 11.3.1 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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Apr
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Apple
iOS 11.3 was meant to be
the big one. Unfortunately, its introduction of some genuinely important new features was overshadowed by a litany of bugs ranging from the lazy, serious and inconsiderate to the familiar, frivolous and user-hostile. As such, I warned iOS 11.3.1 was inevitable earlier this month, but now it is here can it possibly fix all these problems without causing new ones? In short: No.

April 26th Update: Stay away from iOS 11.3.1. It has carried across one of the worst bugs of iOS 11.3. Read more here

Here’s everything you need to know…

Apple iOS 11.3.1

Who Is iOS 11.3.1 For?

Like past iOS 11 releases, iOS 11.3.1 is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.

Apple will automatically prompt all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models to install the update. If this hasn’t happened to your device, you can trigger it manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Apple iOS beta testers, you will have to unroll your device for the update to appear.   

All iOS updates vary in size (different features/fixes apply to different devices), but iOS 11.3.1 is surprisingly small coming in at only about 50MB. If you are upgrading from iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), remember iOS 11.3.1 will roll up all iOS 11 releases into a single major upgrade which will be several gigabytes.

The Deal Breakers

First, the mandatory jailbreak warning: iOS 11.3.1 will break jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. Google released iOS 11.2.2 exploit details in December which many thought would result in faster jailbreaks for future iOS releases, but that hasn’t happened yet. Either way, passionate jailbreakers should stay away.

So what about initial iOS 11.3.1 stability reports? There’s good news and bad news. The good news is so far reports of new issues are isolated, though it is worth keeping an eye on a new headphone bug and some App Store Purchase problems. I will update this article if they (or any other issues) gather momentum.

The bad news is iOS 11.3.1 is not the update we needed. It addresses just one iOS 11.3 problem (more in the next section) and as such is (quite rightly) meeting a hostile response from users who are suffering from the myriad of unpatched problems introduced by iOS 11.3. Notably, those suffering from the ongoing audio skipping issue (detail here).

While Apple is famed for quietly introducing fixes for problems it would rather didn’t gain widespread attention (I will look for secret patches within iOS 11.3.1 over the coming days), taking a month to officially fix just one bug is not good enough.

So What Do You Get?

As mentioned, disappointingly Apple iOS 11.3.1 is a single issue release:

“iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.

Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts.

If you think this sounds familiar, you’re right because Apple has been here before. iOS 11.0.2 similarly broke the touchscreen functionality of third-party repaired iPhone 6S displays. This was addressed (much more quickly) in iOS 11.0.3 just one week later and the release notes read:

“Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6S displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.

Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts.”

Yes, not only are iOS bugs repeating but so is the language of their fixes. The bigger question is: Why does this keep happening?

Conspiracy theorists will argue Apple is trying to dissuade users from having cheaper third-party repairs by introducing temporary instabilities ‘accidentally’, but this is a dangerous tactic with ‘Right to Repair’ legislation gaining momentum for Apple products. On the flip side, if it is simply coincidence (as I’m sure Apple will claim) then it’s extremely sloppy to repeat the same error twice only months apart.

More positively, iOS 11.3.1 does bring some security improvements according to Apple’s official security page for the update. Four bugs are squashed, two of which were more serious allowing arbitrary code to be run in WebKit.

Apple iOS 11.3.1 Verdict: Install If Are On iOS 11.3, Otherwise Avoid

It’s an easy call to make with iOS 11.3.1: since it does nothing but fix one lone bug introduced in iOS 11.3, only those running iOS 11.3 need apply. Especially with a couple of new problems circling.

That said, as much as users are frustrated by the lack of fixes in iOS 11.3.1, it is iOS 11.3 which is the real villain for introducing so many problems after more than 60 days of public beta testing. Nevertheless, while I wouldn’t have expected iOS 11.3.1 to be able to squash them all (there are so many), waiting a month for just a single patch is poor.

The Road Ahead

With iOS 11.3.1 being largely a non-event, the pressure now increases on iOS 11.4 which is already in beta testing (note: iOS 11.3.1 was not beta tested publicly or with developers). That is unlikely to arrive for at least another month so it would be smart of Apple to release iOS 11.3.2 to dole out more iOS 11.3 fixes.

This extra update would be a smart move because Apple will surely want to move on from the narrative of iOS 11.3 problems by the time iOS 11.4 launches…

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Advised others to bowl more slower ones and knuckleballs

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Apr
27

How difficult is it for a team to stage a turnaround – defend two low totals in consecutive games after conceding 180-plus in two back-to-back matches before that? That, too, with a depleted pace contingent without spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake? Ask Sandeep Sharma, and he’ll decode Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling might that humbled his former side Kings XI Punjab by 13 runs while defending 132.

“All the bowlers are playing their roles very well which is why we’ve been able to defend two low totals. Our bowling unit is going to get a lot of confidence from these two wins,” Sandeep said after the match. “We had bowled very well in the last game too [against Mumbai Indians], and our bowling unit is performing together, which is very important.”

Sandeep’s role in that line-up, as he said, was to assess the pitch as soon as possible after opening the bowling and advise the rest of the bowlers. Varying the length between full and good length, Sandeep made generous use of his slower-ball variations, including the knuckleball, in his three-over opening spell that conceded only 11 runs. Even though Kings XI marched to 44 for 0 in the Powerplay, he tied both Chris Gayle and KL Rahul down with 10 dot balls and a solitary four off his first 18 deliveries.

“Since I bowl the first over with the new ball, I am able to read the pitch quickly. I try to convey that message to the other bowlers,” Sandeep said of his role in the absence of Bhuvneshwar and Stanlake. “Today, the knuckleballs and slower ones were getting a lot of help from the pitch and were getting stuck. They were not easy to hit. I gave them that suggestion and you must have seen that Basil Thampi got Gayle with a slower ball. So I just try to convey this message to the other bowlers as soon as possible.”

A 139kmh delivery on full length in Thampi’s first over had been bludgeoned over long-on for six by Gayle. In the ninth over and his second, Thampi took the pace off and bowled one short which Gayle top-edged and Thampi sprinted to square leg to pouch a return catch.

“To bowl a slower one on that particular delivery wasn’t really my idea but I had given him (Thampi) the suggestion that the slower ball is getting a lot of help from the pitch so you can bowl more of those than the seam-up deliveries.”

Even though Kings XI’s prolific opening pair registered their fourth fifty stand in as many innings, Sandeep counted the early dismissals of Gayle and Rahul as the crucial junctures in the game.

“There wasn’t any one turning point because we were defending such a low total,” he said. “It was important for our bowlers to play their roles properly. Like Rashid Khan got KL [Rahul] out and Gayle’s wicket was very important. Their openers have been doing really well so it was important to take those two wickets and after that there were two back-to-back wickets in my over which were also very important. Collectively, we bowled well.”

With Sunrisers now positioned second only to Chennai Super Kings on the points table, Sandeep attributed the team’s resilience to captain Kane Williamson’s cool-headed demeanour on the field. On April 24 too, Williamson led his team to a 31-run win against Mumbai, after they had been bowled out for only 118.

“Kane Williamson is a really good captain. He is really calm. These are pressure games but he’s always calm on the ground,” Sandeep said. “He always remains positive. Even though we didn’t score much, he said, ‘We will give our best, we won’t look at the scoreboard. We will give it our best shot and then if we lose, it doesn’t matter.’ It obviously helps your team if your leader is so calm and gives you positive vibes.

“He had said that we’re not going to focus on the situation of the match, we will just focus on our bowling. We’ll keep trying to take wickets. That was the plan and it worked for us tonight.”

Analysis: Indian journalists say they are intimidated, ostracised if they criticise Modi and the BJP

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Apr
27

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and by some measures the biggest and most diverse media industry in the world. But journalists here say they are increasingly facing intimidation aimed at stopping them from running stories critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration.

FILE PHOTO: Journalists and social activists attend a protest against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Ahmedabad, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

At least three senior editors have left their jobs at various influential media outlets in the past six months after publishing reports that angered the government or supporters of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to colleagues.

Some reporters, as well as television anchors, have told Reuters they have been threatened with physical harm, abused on social media and ostracised by Modi’s administration.

In its annual World Press Freedom Index released on Wednesday, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said that India was now 138th-ranked in the world out of 180 countries measured, down two positions since 2017 and lower than countries like Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Myanmar. When the index was started in 2002, India was ranked 80th out of 139 countries surveyed.

Reporters Without Borders said that “with Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ‘anti-national’ thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media and journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals.”

The group said that “hate speech targeting journalists is shared and amplified on social networks, often by troll armies.”

Spokesmen for the government declined comment on the accusations by journalists. They did not immediately respond to the Reporters Without Borders report.

However, not all Indian journalists believe there is a problem. Swapan Dasgupta, a member of parliament and a political columnist who supports Modi, said the press freedom ranking was “quite inexplicable”.

“I don’t believe there has been any shrinkage in the freedom of the media in the past few years,” he said in an e-mail.

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, a spokesman for the ruling BJP, said allegations of media intimidation were far from the truth.

“On the contrary, the BJP has been a victim of the viciousness of large sections of the media that flourished under the patronage of the Congress, left and other opposition parties,” he told Reuters in e-mailed comments. “The unabashed bias of these media against the BJP has not dented our party’s political growth.”

Some journalists in India say they believe media freedoms are now under even more threat in the run-up to an election due next year. There have been some signs of increasing opposition to Modi’s economic policies and to the BJP’s muscular Hindu nationalism.

DEATH, RAPE THREATS

“India is going through an aggressive variant of McCarthyism against the media,” said Prannoy Roy, co-founder of NDTV, India’s first private news channel.

NDTV, which some BJP leaders have called the least friendly of India’s television channels, is being investigated for fraud by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The company has called it a witch-hunt.

The government declined to respond to Roy’s comments.

Sagarika Ghose, a columnist with the Times of India newspaper, said she is viciously trolled for any criticism of the administration.

“The minute I write something, I get droves of hate mail,” Ghose said. “I have had death threats and gang rape threats on social media and also through letters sent to my home. They know where I live.”

Ravish Kumar, a news anchor who has been scathing about the government in his programme for NDTV’s Hindi-language channel, said he has been constantly harassed and threatened by pro-government activists.

“This is very organised,” he told Reuters. “They follow me. When I go out to report, a crowd gathers in 10 minutes.”

FILE PHOTO: A protester holds a placard during a protest rally against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, in New Delhi, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

Reporters Without Borders counted instances of Indian journalists being killed because of what they write.

“At least three of the journalists murdered in 2017 were targeted in connection with their work,” it said.

Among them was editor and publisher Gauri Lankesh, a vocal advocate of secularism and critic of right-wing political ideology. A member of a hardline Hindu group has been arrested for the murder of Lankesh, who was gunned down outside her home..

Journalists say that media proprietors, who often have multiple kinds of businesses, are risk averse and can be leaned on by the government.

“Media proprietors are notorious for reading the tea leaves, they get a clear sense of the tolerance level of politicians in power,” said Siddharth Varadarajan, who runs a not-for-profit online news portal called The Wire. “Government ministers have coined this word, presstitute, to describe journalists who are unfriendly to them or who don’t do their bidding,” he said.

OUT OF FAVOUR

Bobby Ghosh, the editor of the Hindustan Times, one of India’s premier broadsheets, quit last September shortly after Modi met the owner of the newspaper. At least two senior journalists familiar with the situation said they were told that Modi was unhappy with Ghosh’s editorial policies.

The journalists told Reuters that Ghosh fell out of favour with the government after he launched a webpage called the Hate Tracker, a database of violent crimes based on religion, race ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

The database was taken down in October.

Ghosh declined to specify why he quit the Hindustan Times.

The prime minister’s office and the newspaper declined requests for comment on the matter.

A letter published at the time from the government’s chief spokesman Frank Noronha said Modi had met the Hindustan Times chairwoman Shobhana Bhartia when she invited the prime minister to attend a conference organised by the newspaper.

“Other related assumptions and insinuations…are baseless and denied,” Noronha said. “The government is committed to the freedom of the press.”

Restrictions on reporting are likely to intensify heading into the election, said Harish Khare, who resigned as editor-in-chief of the widely read Tribune newspaper last month.

“It (the government) will use every resource in its command to pressurise, manipulate, misguide media or any other voice which seeks to be independent of the government,” said Khare, who was for some time the prime minister’s press secretary in the Congress Party government that lost power to Modi and the BJP in 2014.

He told Reuters his relations with the Tribune’s controlling trust nosedived after the newspaper published a story exposing flaws in Aadhaar, the government’s national identity card project.

The newspaper’s trust rejected his accusations. “To the contrary, the Tribune Trust gave an unprecedented award of 50,000 rupees ($765) to the correspondent (who wrote the story) in recognition of the work,” said Officiating Editor K.V. Prasad in an e-mail.

“The editor-in-chief’s departure came close to the end of the tenure.”

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Reporting by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Additional reporting by Tom Lasseter, Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Martin Howell

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