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Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhone to run unauthorized apps

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30

Tim CookReuters

  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorized features.
  • Apple says you shouldn’t do that. 
  • Not only can jailbreaking make your iPhone run worse, and leave it more vulnerable to hackers — it can make it ineligible for service at Apple stores. 

Apple refreshed and re-released a document earlier this week that cautions iPhone users from “installing any software that hacks iOS.”

It’s a warning to anyone who might want to “jailbreak” their iPhone. Jailbreaking is the method for using unauthorized software hacks to run code at the most basic levels of the device, allowing users to do things that iOS usually doesn’t allow them to do, like changing icons, adding themes, or running unapproved apps. 

But the tools used to jailbreak an iPhone can have unintended side-effects. Not only can they make an iPhone more vulnerable to hackers, they can have detrimental effect on your phone’s operations, too, warns Apple.

Apple lists these potential issues with a jailbroken iPhone:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Instability
  • Shortened battery life
  • Unreliable phone and data
  • Disruption of services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime
  • Inability to install future software updates

Apple also says that a jailbroken device can be denied service at Apple stores.

The support page is now dated June 15, 2018, but there are no other changes from a previous version from 2016, according to Apple. But the security community noticed the support page and discussed it last week.

Many jailbreak enthusiasts suspect that it may have to do with the rumored release of new jailbreaking software for iPhone. 

 

Banned Bancroft’s journey of self-discovery

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30

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From sad to angry to awesome – Bancroft ready to play cricket again

Spanish lessons, yoga and a host of community work have all been part of the path taken by Cameron Bancroft since the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. The Australia batsman has been looking to seek the sort of perspective and self-knowledge that will prevent him from following the kind of instructions issued to him by David Warner in the Cape Town dressing room.

Bancroft spoke in Perth on Saturday ahead of his return to cricket via Twenty20 and 50-over appearances in the Northern Territory, where he will also endeavour to work closely in developing local talent. It’s the next step on the path away from Newlands as Bancroft serves a nine-month ban from the game imposed by Cricket Australia under its code of conduct.

Perspective on life was greatly needed as Bancroft, Warner and the former captain Steven Smith pondered what evolved in South Africa, and Bancroft said he had spent plenty of time devoting himself broadening his own knowledge and also to the service of others as a result.


“I speak to them quite regularly, at least every week, whether that’s a phone call or some messages and stuff, they’re really busy too, but they’re two really great people and we’ve been looking after each other”

“I’ve been practising a lot of yoga, I started learning a new language, I’ve learned Spanish for six weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of community work, went up to Broome and worked with the Kyle Andrew Foundation and worked with kids with cancer,” Bancroft said in Perth. “I’ve done some work with Manna in a few schools at a breakfast club and things like that, and they’ve all given me great perspective. Personally I’m my own harshest critic at the best of times, so being able to connect with these different points in the community has given me a lot of great perspective for myself and something I’m really grateful for.

“I can’t change what happened in South Africa and that’s something I’m completely accountable for. Everything since South Africa I’ve moved towards have been steps closer to one day getting back and playing cricket for Australia again, because I love the game. I love playing cricket and as hard as it may be to connect how learning Spanish links to playing cricket for Australia again, they’re all little stepping stones to me achieving that dream again.

“Right now I’m feeling really good, the last couple of months, it has been a bit of a roller coaster, you certainly ride the waves of grieving and everything like that. There’s been times I’ve felt really sad, many times I’ve felt really angry, but overall I’ve worked really hard on myself, been really busy with things and right now it’s just another step forward heading up to Darwin to play some cricket and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Warner, Smith and Bancroft have kept in regular contact in recent weeks, while the new Australian coach Justin Langer and the captain Tim Paine have also worked to ensure the suspended trio are up to date on the national team’s fresh direction – an inauspicious tour of England notwithstanding.

“I speak to them quite regularly, at least every week, whether that’s a phone call or some messages and stuff, they’re really busy too, but they’re two really great people and we’ve been looking after each other,” Bancroft said of Smith and Warner. “That’s a value I know we hold really closely at the WACA, the idea of looking after your mates, and we’ve been going through all this together and we definitely look out for each other, that’s for sure

“Very similarly to me they’ve been up and down as well the way they’ve been feeling, but you can hear it in their voices that you come out of that and you move towards a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a little while now since we got back from South Africa [but] it feels like yesterday that I was sitting at the WACA honestly having these really sad conversations with all of you, now here I am and I’m about to step off and play some cricket again. I know those guys would’ve felt exactly the same.

“It’s a really great thing for Australian cricket that Justin’s been able to come in and carry forth the values and the hard-working culture he’s produced in Western Australia. I know that all the Australian cricketers, even cricketers that have seen Justin coach WA, have always looked up to him and I have no doubt even with the lack of success they had in England they certainly would have felt overawed by that. It’s a cliche that Rome wasn’t built in a day and I know the Australian cricket team won’t be built in one series; that takes time and no better way than having Justin leading that.”

The level of infamy shared by the Newlands trio has been significant, but Bancroft said that there was no stage at which he considered moving away from the game. He stated that the coverage of the ball-tampering incident, and the outrage that stemmed from it back home in Australia, had been “appropriate” to the events that took place.

Cameron Bancroft was under massive scrutiny as he came out to bat © AFP

“Cricket was firmly always my path and my focus to come back to,” Bancroft said. “As little a step as it was to get up in the morning and have breakfast at the same time each day, or wake up and have breakfast and then go to the gym and train or run, as little steps as they were, for me they were really positive movements to that end goal – that I’m going to return and play cricket again.

“I took a step back and simplified my life a lot. When you’re in the media a lot, good or bad, it can be really challenging to deal with and really challenging to digest the different opinion that flies around. There was a lot of opinion, a lot of people saying things, and for me it was about me, my mistake and the poor decision I made. What anyone else thought or said didn’t change the fact I made a really bad decision and I’ve had to really give myself for that error I made, but it’s all a part of moving forward with it all. Media reacted appropriately to the situation and what happened and I have no anger or judgment or resentment about that at all.”

The role of Bancroft’s parents, Frank and Linda, was also significant in helping him emerge from the post-Newlands fog. Over coming days Bancroft will turn mentor himself, as he seeks to repay NT Cricket for giving him an opportunity to play while banned from international and state representation.

“There would’ve been times when mum and dad’s phones would have blown up,” Bancroft said. “I’ve had things crop up, particularly when you’re grieving and going through some emotional responses to the events that have happened in South Africa and they’ve been there for me, they’ve listened, they’ve given me perspective and I feel like I’ve stepped closer to coming out of that, moving on with my life and also with my cricketing career too.

“I’ve been working with Northern Territory Cricket to give back to some of their programmes they offer, with the weather up there they’ve got quite a few squads that are training right now, so I’ll look to give my wisdom, give my heart, give my all to help those guys fulfil their potential. It isn’t about me in that space and that was a really big learning curve in the community services, I rock up and give my heart to these people and it’s not about me at all, it’s about them. That’s the great thing I look forward to is that I’m not here for me, I’m here for those guys and what can I do to help.”

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

Amazon, H&M and other multinationals pressing to soften Maharashtra’s plastic ban

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Multinational companies like Amazon Inc (AMZN.O) and HM (HMb.ST) are lobbying to soften a ban against single-use plastic imposed by an Indian state last week, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

A notice is pasted outside a shop stating the unavailability of plastic bags at a market in Mumbai, India, June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The ban by the state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital of Mumbai, could sharply raise costs for companies that rely heavily on plastic for packaging, such as retailers, beverage makers and sellers of bottled water.

Maharashtra’s move, the first such broad action against plastic by an Indian state, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a plan to completely end the use of single-use plastic in India by 2022.

Plastic packaging accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste globally, and much of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of its first use, according to the United Nations.

Representatives of companies including Amazon, HM, Pepsi (PEP.O) and Coca-Cola (KO.N), as well as plastic industry bodies and lobby groups, met with Maharashtra government officials days before the ban came into effect on June 23, urging them to implement the rule in phases and relax some norms, said the four sources who declined to be named.

“Our demand to the government is: give the industry seven years to come up with alternatives,” said Neemit Punamiya, general secretary of the Plastic Bags Manufacturers Association of India, who attended the meeting. “It cannot happen overnight – we’ve got investments, we’ve got loans to pay and people to manage.”

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, whose members include online retailers such as Amazon India and Flipkart, said in a June 7 letter to the state government that such a ban “will not be without its own share of adverse environmental impacts which are largely driven by issues associated with the use of alternatives”.

The Internet and Mobile Association of India, which also counts Amazon and Flipkart as members, said it had asked the state to ease the rules but did not specify what relaxation it was seeking.

Beverage makers such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola, meanwhile, want an exemption from the rules as they mandate a buyback of empty bottles at a guaranteed price, which will raise costs, another source familiar with the talks said.

Amazon, Flipkart, Pepsi and Coca-Cola did not respond to requests for comment. HM said in a statement that it supported reusing and recycling, adding that the company had asked the government to clarify the rules and for help coming up with solutions.

Maharashtra’s environment minister said Wednesday that the government would relax rules for neighborhood grocery stores allowing them to pack commodities such as rice and pulses in plastic. They would, however, have to ensure buyers return the packaging for recycling.

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A senior state official told Reuters the government could moderate some aspects of the rule for online retailers as well or give them more time to comply. Another official confirmed that issues raised by the industry was being looked into.

Both officials declined to be named as the talks are not public.

ENFORCING COMPLIANCE

Maharashtra’s plastic ban includes bags, food containers, spoons, forks, glasses and packaging wraps – which the local plastics industry says could cost it up to 150 billion rupees ($2.20 billion) a year and nearly 300,000 jobs.

For online retailers, cost is one of the main issues.

An e-commerce industry source said that packaging charges comprise about 2 percent to 3.5 percent of fulfilment costs – the price of shipping, delivery and compensating sellers for discounts – and that the use of biodegradable plastic or other alternatives could push these costs higher.

Cardboard boxes, for example, could cost nearly a third more than plastic packing, according to industry estimates cited by the Economic Times daily.

Since the ban came into force, squads of officials in Mumbai have been raiding shops and restaurants, sometimes accompanied by police, to enforce compliance.

Violations could result in penalties of up to 25,000 rupees ($362.49) and jail terms of up to three months.

Nidhi Choudhari, Mumbai’s deputy municipal commissioner, told Reuters it has collected more than 1.3 million rupees in penalties so far.

Bharati Chaturvedi, founder of the Chintan environmental advocacy group in New Delhi, said she feared the plastics industry would use any compliance extensions to try to put off the ban indefinitely.

“We should really have a hard ban,” she said.

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal and Rajendra Jadhav; Additional reporting by Danish Siddiqui and Swati Bhat; Editing by Krishna N. Das and Philip McClellan

This is when Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’ will go on floors

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Salman Khan’s last release ‘Race 3’ has already entered the 200-crore club at the box office and fans have loved the fast-paced action thriller. While he will be soon starting to shoot Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’ opposite Priyanka Chopra, his next project ‘Dabangg 3’ will also be taking off soon.

As per latest reports, the movie goes on floors on September 16th, this year. Helmed by Prabhudheva, the movie is inspired by a real-life cop from Noida. In fact, the movie will reportedly be shot in the NCR, which will be the first time where the ‘Dabangg’ franchise is shot in North India.

A source close to the development revealed to a daily that the idea is to make ‘Dabangg 3’ more realistic and take it a few notches above the previous installments in every possible way. Since the story is based on a real cop, the film’s makers felt that shooting in a North Indian city like Ghaziabad would add to the storytelling. Moreover, the city is being treated like a character in the movie. While the previous films in the franchise have been shot in Wai, shooting in Ghaziabad will also give the third outing a different and fresh look.

Reports claim that Sonakshi Sinha will be reprising her role as Rajjo and ‘Dabangg 3’ may also mark ace filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami Manjrekar’s Bollywood debut. Makers are planning to cast a fresh face to play the antagonist, though reports suggest that Salman’s ‘Race 3’ co-star Saqib Saleem is being considered for the role.

‘Dabangg 3’ is slated for a release towards the end of 2019.

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Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhone to run unauthorized apps

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Jun
29

Tim CookReuters

  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorized features.
  • Apple says you shouldn’t do that. 
  • Not only can jailbreaking make your iPhone run worse, and leave it more vulnerable to hackers — it can make it ineligible for service at Apple stores. 

Apple refreshed and re-released a document earlier this week that cautions iPhone users from “installing any software that hacks iOS.”

It’s a warning to anyone who might want to “jailbreak” their iPhone. Jailbreaking is the method for using unauthorized software hacks to run code at the most basic levels of the device, allowing users to do things that iOS usually doesn’t allow them to do, like changing icons, adding themes, or running unapproved apps. 

But the tools used to jailbreak an iPhone can have unintended side-effects. Not only can they make an iPhone more vulnerable to hackers, they can have detrimental effect on your phone’s operations, too, warns Apple.

Apple lists these potential issues with a jailbroken iPhone:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Instability
  • Shortened battery life
  • Unreliable phone and data
  • Disruption of services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime
  • Inability to install future software updates

Apple also says that a jailbroken device can be denied service at Apple stores.

The support page is now dated June 15, 2018, but there are no other changes from a previous version from 2016, according to Apple. But the security community noticed the support page and discussed it last week.

Many jailbreak enthusiasts suspect that it may have to do with the rumored release of new jailbreaking software for iPhone. 

 

If Smith, Warner can be in Canada, have them in the Big Bash

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Jun
29

Shane Watson wants Cricket Australia to allow Steven Smith and David Warner to take part in the Big Bash League, reasoning that if both players can take part in the Global T20 Canada, then they ought to be able to help promote the tournament at home too.

Smith and Warner are currently serving one-year bans imposed by CA in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed the Australian team in South Africa, but the bans only cover Australian international and domestic cricket. If overseas leagues accept them, as the one in Canada has done, they are free to take part in them – a state of affairs that Watson isn’t happy with.

“The thing that just disappoints me about the whole situation is now Steve Smith and Dave Warner are over promoting other tournaments by playing in them,” Watson was quoted as saying by AAP on Friday.

Watson had previously called the punishments to Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft harsh, saying the trio had paid an “extreme penalty” for their transgression.

“I understand the rulings that happened at Cricket Australia, the 12-month bans and all the stipulations they put around that. But for them to have the opportunity to go and promote other tournaments, I’d prefer if they’re going to do that and have access to do that [that] they have access to promote the Big Bash, for example.

“At the moment we’ve got a few world-class players and we’ll continue to discover those but they don’t just fall out of trees. That’s why Steve and Dave are such an integral part to Australian cricket, especially in the shorter format as well with the World Cup coming up.”

Smith made a successful return to cricket in the Global T20 Canada, scoring 61 off 41 in Toronto Nationals’ six-wicket win against Vancouver Knights in Thursday’s tournament opener. After the game, he said he had been “mentally fatigued” in the days leading up to the Cape Town Test in which the scandal erupted. Smith also admitted that the days following his ban had been emotionally tough, but that he had accepted his punishment and was happy to be on a cricket field once again.

Warner is part of the Winnipeg Hawks squad, and is set to take the field on Friday against Montreal Tigers.

Delhi’s summer of discontent: anger, killings over water

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29

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Through the long summer months in Delhi, tens of thousands of people have cut back on daily showers and laundry because of a shortage of water that has led to fighting in some areas in which three people have been killed.

Residents fill their containers with drinking water from a municipal tanker in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Monsoon rains forecast for this week in Delhi will signal an end to the summer, but India faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods could be at risk, a think tank chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in a report.

“We’re in dire straits and we need to change our approach to tackle the crisis, otherwise the situation will become so grim that the shortages will knock down our GDP by 6 percentage points in over a decade,” Avinash Mishra, a joint adviser at the Niti Aayog think tank, told Reuters.

India’s water consumption is projected to touch 843 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2025 against the current availability of 695 bcm. By 2050, the country will need 1,180 bcm of water, and at the same time groundwater is being depleted at unsustainable rates, the report said.

Almost every sector in the economy is dependent on water, especially agriculture, which sustains two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people.

Delhi, a sprawling city of 20 million people, is symptomatic of the nationwide water shortage. Summer temperatures can soar as high as 45 degrees Celsius and areas outside the main government districts suffer badly, when taps run dry and groundwater levels fall.

Both Delhi and Bengaluru, India’s software capital, will run out of groundwater by 2020, the Niti Aayog report said.

Fights frequently break out in some Delhi neighbourhoods when government-run water tankers arrive and people, mostly women and children, converge with their cans and buckets.

In one such incident in Wazirpur in northwest Delhi, Lal Bahadur, 60, died after a brawl with neighbours over water in March. His 18-year-old son, Rahul, who also suffered serious injuries in the scuffle, died in hospital a month later.

Such fighting is frequent because one water tanker a day is like a drop in the ocean in this bustling suburb of daily-wage workers, said a police official involved in investigating Bahadur’s death. The official did not want to be identified in line with government policy.

“I lost my husband and my son for something as basic as water,” said a teary-eyed Sushila Devi, Bahadur’s wife. “The culprits are out on bail granted by a court and I don’t have the means to pursue the case further”.

Residents fill their containers with drinking water from a municipal tanker in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

SHOT DEAD

About 1.5 million residents in another Delhi district, Sangam Vihar, live in tatty, cramped houses facing open and overflowing drains.

Once in a while, private water tankers come to the area but these suppliers charge a hefty price, citing the cragged and unmetalled road that connects Sangam Vihar to the city.

“We’re about to run out of water,” said Bimla Devi, a woman who lives there. “My family of four could survive on the supply that we last received on June 6 because we decided to give up the luxury of having daily showers and doing daily laundry”.

She said she buys bottled water for drinking.

Earlier this month, Kishan Bhadana, 45, brother of a local politician, was shot dead after a tiff over laying water pipelines in Sangam Vihar.

Government officials concede that water supply is skewed in Delhi, with a densely populated area like Sangam Vihar receiving hardly 30-40 litres of water per person per day against the standard requirement of 150 litres.

Municipal authorities ensure that water supplies to sparsely populated central New Delhi, the seat of power where top government ministers and civil servants live, remain at about 375 litres per person per day, way above the average.

The city’s main army cantonment area also gets around 375 litres of water per person per day.

Elsewhere, taps often run dry because of leaky pipes while thefts lead to a nearly 50 percent loss in the supply of water to individual households. Once stolen, the water is sold at a premium by Delhi’s so-called tanker mafia.

Out of 27 administrative units in Delhi, ground water resources in more than half are “over exploited”, with only five considered “safe” by the Central Ground Water Board.

A businessman in Vasant Kunj, an upscale neighbourhood at the foothills of the Aravali mountain range, is planning to dispose of his 2.5 acre farm because he finds it difficult to get water to maintain his large property.

The businessman, who did not wish to be named, said he needs at least 30,000 litres of water daily for upkeep, which has become a luxury now.

“Extensive studies have suggested that in Delhi we end up using 120 percent of the ground water recharge every year. That shows the severity of the situation in the capital,” said Mishra of Niti Aayog.

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Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj and Malini Menon in NEW DELHI; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Darren Schuettler

This is when Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’ will go on floors

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Salman Khan’s last release ‘Race 3’ has already entered the 200-crore club at the box office and fans have loved the fast-paced action thriller. While he will be soon starting to shoot Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’ opposite Priyanka Chopra, his next project ‘Dabangg 3’ will also be taking off soon.

As per latest reports, the movie goes on floors on September 16th, this year. Helmed by Prabhudheva, the movie is inspired by a real-life cop from Noida. In fact, the movie will reportedly be shot in the NCR, which will be the first time where the ‘Dabangg’ franchise is shot in North India.

A source close to the development revealed to a daily that the idea is to make ‘Dabangg 3’ more realistic and take it a few notches above the previous installments in every possible way. Since the story is based on a real cop, the film’s makers felt that shooting in a North Indian city like Ghaziabad would add to the storytelling. Moreover, the city is being treated like a character in the movie. While the previous films in the franchise have been shot in Wai, shooting in Ghaziabad will also give the third outing a different and fresh look.

Reports claim that Sonakshi Sinha will be reprising her role as Rajjo and ‘Dabangg 3’ may also mark ace filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami Manjrekar’s Bollywood debut. Makers are planning to cast a fresh face to play the antagonist, though reports suggest that Salman’s ‘Race 3’ co-star Saqib Saleem is being considered for the role.

‘Dabangg 3’ is slated for a release towards the end of 2019.

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Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhone to run unauthorized apps

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Jun
28

Tim CookReuters

  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorized features.
  • Apple says you shouldn’t do that. 
  • Not only can jailbreaking make your iPhone run worse, and leave it more vulnerable to hackers — it can make it ineligible for service at Apple stores. 

Apple refreshed and re-released a document earlier this week that cautions iPhone users from “installing any software that hacks iOS.”

It’s a warning to anyone who might want to “jailbreak” their iPhone. Jailbreaking is the method for using unauthorized software hacks to run code at the most basic levels of the device, allowing users to do things that iOS usually doesn’t allow them to do, like changing icons, adding themes, or running unapproved apps. 

But the tools used to jailbreak an iPhone can have unintended side-effects. Not only can they make an iPhone more vulnerable to hackers, they can have detrimental effect on your phone’s operations, too, warns Apple.

Apple lists these potential issues with a jailbroken iPhone:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Instability
  • Shortened battery life
  • Unreliable phone and data
  • Disruption of services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime
  • Inability to install future software updates

Apple also says that a jailbroken device can be denied service at Apple stores.

The support page is now dated June 15, 2018, but there are no other changes from a previous version from 2016, according to Apple. But the security community noticed the support page and discussed it last week.

Many jailbreak enthusiasts suspect that it may have to do with the rumored release of new jailbreaking software for iPhone. 

 

Darren Sammy on Steven Smith: Not right to ‘keep kicking a man when he’s down’

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Jun
28

Darren Sammy has asked the media to move on from the Newlands ball-tampering controversy and get off Steven Smith‘s back. Sammy is set to captain Smith on Thursday night, when they team up for Toronto Nationals against Vancouver Knights in the inaugural match of Global T20 Canada.

Deposed Australia captain Smith and his erstwhile deputy David Warner are serving 12-month suspensions from international and state cricket and the Big Bash League for their role in the controversy. They are both set to play in Global T20 Canada, with Warner part of Winnipeg Hawks’ roster.

Smith has been the subject of heightened media attention in Australia in recent weeks. On Tuesday, a photograph of Smith drinking a beer in a New York pub was splashed over the newspapers, with one headline saying, “Disgraced Smith a sad sight in New York”. At a media interaction on Wednesday night, Sammy mentioned this story and said it wasn’t right to “keep kicking a man when he’s down”.

“As a Christian, you commit sins, there are punishments for your sins. [It] doesn’t mean everything is okay, but there’s always forgiveness after you’ve committed your sins and paid the price, and you move on. Like we said, they’ve done that. They’ve missed out on IPL, they’ve been sacked and all that stuff, but at the end of the day life goes on.

“It’s truly up to you guys (the media). I saw an article, recently, about something in New York. That’s not called for. You’ve made your point. I think, as sportsmen, we want to do the right things, set the example for the next generation. We will make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean you’ve got to keep kicking a man when he’s down. That’s not the humane way to do things, and I think there’s a right to punish but there’s also a right to forgive and move on.”

Chris Gayle, who will captain Vancouver Knights in Global T20 Canada, had tweeted his thoughts on the punishments handed out to Smith and Warner in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, saying he felt a one-year suspension was “harsh”. He said he did not want to comment on it again, but asked that the two players be allowed to “go on with their lives”.

“I’m not diverting to the situation,” Gayle said. “I’ve actually tweeted what I had to say about the situation, and decided I wasn’t going to comment on it again, just let the two guys be free.

“They’ve already paid a penalty for what they’ve done, and just for them to go on with their lives and have some fun, just like any other cricketer, to fulfill and work for the family, and they can actually provide on the table for them. People make mistakes, you have to give people a chance, and everybody should have to try on from this situation, and rest it to the grave.”

U.S. envoy Haley tells Modi important to cut imports of Iranian oil

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Jun
28

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday it was important India cut Iranian oil use, but said the United States would work to allow India to use an Iranian port as corridor to Afghanistan.

“Sanctions are coming (on Iran) and we’re going forward on that, and with India and the U.S. building strong relationships we hoped that they would lessen their dependence on Iran,” Haley, a member of U.S. President Donald Trump’s cabinet, told two reporters after her meeting with Modi in New Delhi.

The United States said on Tuesday it has told countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November and is unlikely to offer any exemptions as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on allies to cut off funding to Iran.

India is one of the largest importers of Iran’s oil.

“There’s a will, a political will, from both sides to figure out how to make this work,” Haley said. “Prime Minister Modi very much understands where we are with Iran, he didn’t question it, he didn’t criticize it, he understood it and he also understands that (India’s) relationship with the U.S. is strong and important and needs to stay that way.”

The U.S. push to curb countries’ imports of Iranian oil comes after Trump in May withdrew from a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers aimed at stalling Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of some sanctions. Trump ordered the reimposition of U.S. sanctions that were suspended under the accord.

Haley said the implications of Iran-related sanctions would be discussed when the foreign and defense ministers of India and the United States meet shortly. Japan and South Korea, also major buyers of Iranian oil, are in talks with the U.S. government in a bid to avoid the adverse effects of sanctions.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India June 27, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

‘PORT HAS TO HAPPEN’

Haley said she also discussed with Modi the Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran, being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan and which could open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut Afghanistan’s dependence on neighboring Pakistan.

“We know the port has to happen and the U.S. is going to work with India to do that,” Haley said. “We know that they’re being a great partner with us in Afghanistan and really trying to assist the U.S. and trying to do more. The port’s vital in trying to do that.”

“We realize we’re threading a needle when we do that,” said Haley, describing a balancing act of ensuring Indian use of the port in Iran while Washington is at the same time trying to once again cut Tehran off from international markets.

Haley has used her role at the U.N. to regularly attack and ramp up pressure on Iran, accusing it of meddling in Syria and Yemen. She said she spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early on Wednesday, before meeting with Modi.

Despite rising trade tensions between the United States and India, Haley – the daughter of Indian immigrants – said “the idea of a trade war wasn’t even an option.”

Bilateral trade rose to $115 billion in 2016, but the Trump administration wants to narrow its $31 billion deficit with India, and is pressing New Delhi to ease trade barriers.

Haley said she also discussed military cooperation with Modi as the Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance China’s assertive posture across Asia.

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This is when Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’ will go on floors

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Jun
28

Salman Khan’s last release ‘Race 3’ has already entered the 200-crore club at the box office and fans have loved the fast-paced action thriller. While he will be soon starting to shoot Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’ opposite Priyanka Chopra, his next project ‘Dabangg 3’ will also be taking off soon.

As per latest reports, the movie goes on floors on September 16th, this year. Helmed by Prabhudheva, the movie is inspired by a real-life cop from Noida. In fact, the movie will reportedly be shot in the NCR, which will be the first time where the ‘Dabangg’ franchise is shot in North India.

A source close to the development revealed to a daily that the idea is to make ‘Dabangg 3’ more realistic and take it a few notches above the previous installments in every possible way. Since the story is based on a real cop, the film’s makers felt that shooting in a North Indian city like Ghaziabad would add to the storytelling. Moreover, the city is being treated like a character in the movie. While the previous films in the franchise have been shot in Wai, shooting in Ghaziabad will also give the third outing a different and fresh look.

Reports claim that Sonakshi Sinha will be reprising her role as Rajjo and ‘Dabangg 3’ may also mark ace filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami Manjrekar’s Bollywood debut. Makers are planning to cast a fresh face to play the antagonist, though reports suggest that Salman’s ‘Race 3’ co-star Saqib Saleem is being considered for the role.

‘Dabangg 3’ is slated for a release towards the end of 2019.

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27

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Apple has strong words for anyone who wants to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhone to run unauthorized apps

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Jun
27

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  • Some iPhone enthusiasts like to hack their own devices to apply tweaks and other unauthorized features.
  • Apple says you shouldn’t do that. 
  • Not only can jailbreaking make your iPhone run worse, and leave it more vulnerable to hackers — it can make it ineligible for service at Apple stores. 

Apple refreshed and re-released a document earlier this week that cautions iPhone users from “installing any software that hacks iOS.”

It’s a warning to anyone who might want to “jailbreak” their iPhone. Jailbreaking is the method for using unauthorized software hacks to run code at the most basic levels of the device, allowing users to do things that iOS usually doesn’t allow them to do, like changing icons, adding themes, or running unapproved apps. 

But the tools used to jailbreak an iPhone can have unintended side-effects. Not only can they make an iPhone more vulnerable to hackers, they can have detrimental effect on your phone’s operations, too, warns Apple.

Apple lists these potential issues with a jailbroken iPhone:

  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Instability
  • Shortened battery life
  • Unreliable phone and data
  • Disruption of services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime
  • Inability to install future software updates

Apple also says that a jailbroken device can be denied service at Apple stores.

The support page is now dated June 15, 2018, but there are no other changes from a previous version from 2016, according to Apple. But the security community noticed the support page and discussed it last week.

Many jailbreak enthusiasts suspect that it may have to do with the rumored release of new jailbreaking software for iPhone. 

 

‘India have their most complete fast-bowling attack in many years’

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Jun
27

Ahead of their five-Test tour of England, India have their “most complete” pace attack in a long time, according to Sachin Tendulkar. He is particularly enthused by the variety within the fast-bowling group.

“This is the most complete fast-bowling attack that India have had in many many years. In my assessment, this attack would go as one of the best,” Tendulkar told PTI. “We have the luxury where we have a swing bowler (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), a tall bowler (Ishant Sharma), a skiddy bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) and a genuine quick bowler (Umesh Yadav).

“It is a nice combination to have with so much variation on offer.”

The batting ability of Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tendulkar felt, would help balance India’s line-up.

“The current India team is constantly looking at seamers who can contribute with the bat big time,” he said. “I think these two guys have contributed crucial runs every now and then.

“Hardik has just got into the side but I think Bhuvi contributing brilliantly and that contribution changes the balance of the team in a positive manner.

“It’s good to have batsmen who can bowl four-five overs but even better if we have bowlers who can score those crucial runs. The kind of contributions that can help you move forward.”

In a separate interview with Mumbai Mirror, Tendulkar also elaborated on his view that two new balls in ODI cricket was a recipe for disaster.

“The point I am trying to make is the rule was introduced to help the bowlers upfront and also prevent discolouring of the ball,” he said. “I felt the surfaces we’re playing on are not helping the bowlers to swing. Neither have I seen swing up front nor have I seen reverse swing later. It’s kind of, we’re caught in-between.

“The ball doesn’t get old enough to reverse. The bowlers’ hands are tied in the death overs. Earlier, the bowlers heavily relied on reverse swing; they had something to look forward to once the ball started getting scuffed up. Right now, with two new balls, that is not happening. Reverse swing has always been an integral part of cricket, both in Tests and ODIs. Since the introduction of two new balls, one has not seen the ball reverse. That element has been taken away from the game. It’s not healthy.”

Tendulkar said the ODI series between England and Australia – in which England racked up three 300-plus scores including a world-record 481 for 6 at Trent Bridge – showed how much the combination of two new balls and flat pitches affected the balance between bat and ball.

“This series reiterates my point,” he said. “If you see, the amount of swing the bowlers get off the surface has not been adequate, considering that they are playing with two new balls. When there is no help from the surfaces, even four new balls will not help the bowlers. If you want to have two new balls, then the surface provided must help the bowlers up front. The grounds over a period of time have become greener. As a result, the ball doesn’t get scuffed up. The ball retains its lacquer.”

Delhi High Court lets trees live to fight another day in India’s polluted capital

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Jun
27

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Thousands of trees in New Delhi were given a reprieve following protests by residents and angry editorials, as a court put a temporary block on plans to cut them down in order to redevelop government housing estates.

A woman hugs a tree during “Save The Tree Campaign” in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The Indian capital is one of the most polluted cities in the world, although many neighborhoods remain pleasantly leafy, with trees providing shade, and helping air quality by releasing oxygen, while absorbing carbon dioxide, and harmful gases.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court ordered the state-owned company running the redevelopment project to stop felling trees until July 4, when it is scheduled to hear a public interest petition calling for the plan to be shelved.

“Can Delhi afford cutting down of so many trees for a housing complex?” the two-judge bench asked after issuing the order.

In Sarojini Nagar, one of seven housing estates earmarked for redevelopment, residents protesting to protect trees have regularly gathered, linking arms around the trunks and holding candles and banners.

According to the petition filed at the court by a neighborhood doctor, the housing plan will lead to the felling of 16,500 trees in the capital.

The managing director of NBCC (India) Ltd, the state-owned firm in charge of the housing project, told media that the trees have to be felled to create underground parking space for 70,000 vehicles. Other government agencies have said new trees will be planted.

Diya Deb, campaign director for Greenpeace India, called the project “ridiculous,” given the capital’s air pollution levels.

“It is an unsustainable choice that will have a massive impact on the health of the citizens of Delhi,” Deb said.

A report by the World Health Organisation last month said India was home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, with Delhi ranked the sixth most polluted.

Calling the move an “insane project”, columnist Rudroneel Ghosh wrote in The Times of India daily: “It is shocking that felling of such a large number of trees – many of which are decades old – was even conceived in a place like Delhi which over recent years has become a veritable gas chamber.”

A women tie banners on trees during “Save The Tree Campaign” in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Writing by Malini Menon; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan Simon Cameron-Moore

26 years of Shah Rukh Khan: A look back at his journey so far

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Jun
27

Shah Rukh Khan is rightly the crowned king of romance, but it wasn’t until ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, that he earned the title. His pairing opposite Kajol, not only made the film the longest running Hindi movie in Bollywood history, but also earned the lead stars a permanent place in fans’ hearts. Call it tradition or whatever you may like, but about every 5 years or whenever the right script comes along, Shah Rukh and Kajol are known to come back together to create their own brand of movie magic.

Over the years, Shah Rukh has started in a number of hit romantic films like, ‘Veer Zara’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Mahabbatein’, among many others.

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