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This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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May
17

iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Reddit/FrozenPenguinToaster

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17

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Qualification scenarios

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May
17

There are only six league games left in the season, but five teams are still in contention for the last two playoff spots. ESPNcricinfo looks at how the qualification scenarios will be affected by the result of Thursday’s game between Royal Challengers Bangalore (10 points, 0.218 net run-rate) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (18 points, 0.400 NRR). With Sunrisers already assured a place in the top two, the focus is on how Royal Challengers’ performance will impact both themselves and the other teams fighting for a playoff spot.

If Royal Challengers win:

  • They will keep their playoff hopes alive, but they will still need to win their last game, against Rajasthan Royals. Otherwise, they will finish on 12 points and be knocked out as at least four teams – Sunrisers, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royals – will have 14 or more.

  • The qualification cut-off will surely move up to 14, which means Mumbai and Kings XI will need to win their last games to stay in contention.

  • Mumbai’s narrow win against Kings XI meant that their NRR actually dropped from 0.405 before the game to 0.384. Hence, RCB (NRR 0.218) could finish ahead of Mumbai on NRR if they win by big margins. For instance, if they win their last two games by 30 runs after scoring 180, and if Mumbai win their last game by only 10 runs, RCB will have a higher NRR even though both teams will finish with 14 points.

  • Kings XI’s only hope of qualifying would be to win their last game by a huge margin, and hope Mumbai and RCB lose theirs. Then, they could hope to take the fourth spot by going past Royals on NRR.

  • KKR will want at least one of Mumbai or RCB to lose their last game. Then they should make the cut even if they lose their last match, as their NRR is much better than that of Royals and Kings XI.

  • Royals will need to beat RCB, and hope that Mumbai lose to Delhi Daredevils. Then, their superior NRR compared to Kings XI should help them seal the last playoff spot even if Kings XI beat CSK.

If Royal Challengers lose:

  • They will be very close to elimination, but if they lose narrowly, and then win big against Royals, they could still take the fourth spot if both Kings XI and Mumbai go down. For instance, if RCB lose by five runs chasing 180 against Sunrisers, then beat Royals by 30 runs, and Mumbai lose to Daredevils by 25, then RCB will have a marginally better run rate than Mumbai, with both teams on 12 points.

  • Mumbai will go through if they beat Daredevils. Even if they lose, they will go through assuming Kings XI and Royals lose, and if they stay ahead of RCB on NRR (see above).

  • KKR would almost certainly be through unless all of the following happens: Mumbai win, KKR lose by a huge margin, and Royals/Kings XI win big to go past them on NRR. For example, for Royals to go past KKR on net run-rate, they will have to win by about 45 runs, and hope that KKR lose by about 30.

  • The above scenario aside, Royals’ best chance would be to beat RCB and hope that Mumbai lose. Then, their NRR should keep them ahead of Kings XI, unless Kings XI post a huge win against CSK.

  • Kings XI’s best bet would be to hope for Mumbai to lose, and for RCB to beat Royals. Then they will qualify with 14 points if they beat CSK, without net run-rate coming into play as Mumbai, Royals and RCB will all finish on 12.

Asia oil thirst tab $1 trillion a year as crude rises to $80

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May
17

SINGAPORE/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Oil prices are poised to break through $80 per barrel and Asia’s demand is at a record, pushing the cost of the region’s thirst for crude to $1 trillion this year, about twice what it was during the market lull of 2015/2016.

FILE PHOTO: Motorists drives past an electronic board at a gas station in Paranaque city, Metro Manila, the Philippines February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo

Oil prices have gained 20 percent since January to just shy of $80 per barrel, a level not seen since 2014.

With the U.S. dollar – in which virtually all oil is traded – also growing stronger, concerns are rising that economies will take a hit, especially in import-reliant Asia. Surging costs could have an inflationary effect that will hurt both consumers and companies.

“Asia is most vulnerable to an oil price spike,” Canadian investment bank RBC Capital Markets warned in a note this month, after oil prices hit their highest since November 2014.

Asia-Pacific consumes more than 35 percent of the 100 million barrels of oil the world uses each day, according to industry data, with the region’s global share steadily rising.

Asia is also the world’s smallest oil producing region, accounting for less than 10 percent of output.

(Graphic: reut.rs/2wLchCf)

INFLATION, RISING COSTS

U.S. bank Morgan Stanley said this week that diesel use contributes 10-20 percent to cash costs for miners, while oil contributes from 4 percent to 50 percent to the cost of power generation, depending on a company’s or country’s fuel mix.

“A rising oil price therefore shifts the entire cost curve higher,” it said.

China is by far Asia’s – and the world’s – biggest importer of oil, ordering 9.6 million barrels per day in April. That’s almost 10 percent of global consumption.

At current prices, this amounts to a Chinese oil import bill of $768 million per day, $23 billion per month – a whopping $280 billion a year.

Other Asian countries are even more exposed to rising oil prices. Most damage will be done to countries like India and Vietnam, which not only rely heavily on imports, but also where national wealth is not yet large enough to absorb sudden increases in fuel costs.

“Poorer countries with limited borrowing capacity may face financing difficulty amid higher import bills,” RBC said.

Unless fuel is heavily subsidized, households and businesses in poorer countries are also more vulnerable to rising oil prices than they are in wealthier nations.

In developing economies like India, Vietnam or the Philippines, fuel costs eat up around 8-9 percent of an average person’s salary, according to Reuters research and figures from statistics portal Numbeo. That compares to just 1-2 percent in wealthy countries like Japan or Australia.

(Graphic: reut.rs/2wLchCf)

DIESEL LOGISTICS

Some companies say they will pass on any higher costs to consumers.

Chryss Alfonsus Damuy, President and Chief Executive at Philippine firm Chelsea Logistics, said his firm could be affected by higher oil prices, but “we can pass on the effect to consumer via price adjustments.”

Others said if they burden consumers with higher costs, they will lose clients.

Ashish Savla, owner of 50-truck strong Pravin Roadways in Mumbai, India, said diesel accounts for more than half of his company’s expenses, and that it was difficult to pass rising expenses on to customers.

“Diesel prices have jumped 16 percent in a year, but I couldn’t raise freight charges by 5 percent. If I charge more, clients will use cheaper railroads,” Savla said.

Anil Mittal, who runs a container logistics company and is a member of Bombay Goods Transport Association, said his firm was “already operating at wafer-thin margins” before prices rose.

The “diesel price hike has hit our business hard,” he said. Many small transport firms like his “are struggling to pay back bank loans they took to buy trucks.”

Given the economic costs and its reliance on imports, economists say it is time for Asia to limit its exposure to oil.

“It is very important for Asia to reduce its oil dependency and increase its energy efficiency … to protect itself from future oil shocks,” RBC Capital Markets said.

FILE PHOTO: A worker fills a car with diesel at a fuel station in Jammu August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/File Photo

Reporting by Henning Gloystein in SINGAPORE, Rajendra Jadhav in MUMBAI and Jerome Morales in MANLIA; Writing by Henning Gloystein; Editing by Tom Hogue

Tamil films to look forward to this weekend

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17

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Alibaba Security Researcher Can Now Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia

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May
16
Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia
Image source: Min(Spark) Zheng/Twitter

Min Zheng, a Chinese hacker and security researcher, has successfully the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 by installing Cydia.

Zheng had previously demonstrated an ability to get root shell access on the platform, but a recent tweet from the security research demonstrates that he was able to achieve read and write access in order to jailbreak iOS 11.3 and install Cydia.

Unfortunately for those in the community looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, Zheng is fully cooperating with Apple when it comes to patching out the problems. As a security researcher for Alibaba, his interest is more in testing and increasing security rather than blowing operating systems wide open and allowing people to jailbreak iOS 11.3 at will.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that it’s now confirmed possible to install Cydia – it’s just a matter of the jailbreaking community reaching the solution on their own rather than with the assistance of Zheng. Any fixes from Apple will come in a patch, and if they choose not to install that patch they can work on the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3.

The tweet, included below, comes with the words “This time. It’s a real JB now,” confirming that Zheng was able to bypass some of the problems the community was having previously and actually install Cydia on the device. As you can see in the tweet, two screenshots show Cydia running on the iPhone home screen as well as a picture with root shell access showing the existence of Cydia.app in the /Applications folder.

It’s exciting to see that the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 is there, but it’s important to keep expectations in check. Min Zheng is a security professional that was able to install Cydia using complex methods that used a lot of work in the command line – a process that isn’t exactly feasible for the average device owner.

While jailbreak developers may be able to streamline the process moving forward, the fact that Zheng is cooperating with Apple rather than with the jailbreaking community is certainly going to make the process take longer and it will make it more difficult moving forward into new builds of the operating system.

There’s a possibility that Zheng will eventually make his work public, but given his previous statements and his current cooperation with Apple it’s extremely unlikely that his specific command line work will ever come to light. The ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 will have to come from the community themselves.

As far as the next public jailbreak goes, we expect to see one for iOS 11.2.6 before people are able to jailbreak iOS 11.3. The iOS 11.3 fix should follow shortly thereafter, but only if Ian Beer’s exploit is able to be turned into a usable jailbreak.

Unfortunately, Apple has already closed the iOS 11.3 signing window, meaning that it will be basically impossible for people to downgrade moving forward. If you haven’t yet upgraded and are looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, make sure you don’t accidentally move to the latest operating system. As Zheng cooperates with Apple, it may be more difficult to move forward than we think.

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Stanlake dumps Yorkshire to chase Australia Test dream

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May
16

6:31 AM ET

Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake has been withdrawn from his deal with Yorkshire for the Vitality T20 Blast as he switches his focus to proving that he has a future at Test level.

The late change of heart, determined by Cricket Australia and Stanlake’s representatives following Justin Langer’s appointment as head coach, leaves Yorkshire high and dry only a month before the start of the T20 season.

It will only heighten the feeling within county cricket that with the game in such flux, and the cricket calendar so crowded, agreements with overseas players can no longer be relied upon.

Stanlake, who is centrally contracted by Cricket Australia, sustained a fractured finger playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and only began bowling in the nets again last Friday.

But fitness was not an issue for the abandonment of his Yorkshire deal. He has been named in Australia’s squad for five ODIs and one T20 in England from June 13-27, which represents Langer’s first assignment.

Langer, it appears, also believes that Stanlake has potential in the red-ball format and the player is also eager to prove his worth in the longer form of the game.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, certainly thinks so, suggesting in February that he “could be one of the all-time great fast bowlers.”

So far his injury record has precluded him from making much of an impact – he has managed only two first-class games, the last of them in November 2015, afflicted by serious back injuries and, more uncommonly, an infected toe which came close to amputation.

He will now concentrate on a full pre-season with the Queensland Bulls, with an eye on potential Sheffield Shield involvement later in the year.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, was in disconsolate mood when he said: “Cricket Australia got in touch on Friday and have decided on a different strategy for Billy Stanlake.

“Now the new Australia coach is in place, they want him to play some different cricket to T20 during the period he was due to be with us. Consequently, they’ve pulled him out of our deal, which is obviously very disappointing for us. We’re not the only county, it would appear, who has been affected by this.

“We’ll assess the situation as to whether we go for a replacement or not. We may choose to stick with our own players.”

Stanlake was set to play a minimum of 12 matches for Yorkshire, missing the opening two because of Australia commitments but then due to play right through to final group match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley on August 17.

North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South

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May
16

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea threw next month’s unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearisation.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said earlier on Wednesday Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble in what had been warming ties.

Citing first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, KCNA later said the fate of the U.S.-North Korea summit, as well as bilateral relations, “would be clear” if Washington spoke of a “Libya-style” denuclearisation for the North.

“If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit,” Kim Kye Gwan said, referring to the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We have already stated our intention for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearisation is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States,” he said.

The statements, combined with joint military drills by South Korean and U.S. warplanes, mark a dramatic reversal in tone from recent months when both sides embraced efforts to negotiate.

North Korea had announced it would publicly shut its nuclear test site next week. Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States would agree to lift sanctions on North Korea if it agreed to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.

However, Kim Kye Gwan’s statement appeared to reject such an arrangement, saying North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme in exchange for economic trade with the United States.

Asian stock markets dipped on Wednesday after Pyongyang called off the talks with the South that were set for Wednesday. A cancellation of the June 12 summit in Singapore could see tensions on the Korean peninsula flare again even as investors worry about China-U.S. trade friction.

“This will weigh on the Korean reconstruction beneficiaries that have had a strong run on peace and even reunification hopes recently,” JPMorgan analysts wrote in a note.

South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-hwa spoke to Pompeo by telephone earlier on Wednesday and discussed North Korea’s postponement of the talks with the South, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Pompeo told Kang that Washington would continue to make preparations for the U.S-North Korea summit, bearing in mind the recent action by North Korea, it said.

Kim Kye Gwan’s statement came only hours after North Korea denounced the U.S.-South Korean military exercises as a provocation and pulled out of the talks with the South scheduled for Wednesday.

A guard post is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

An earlier KCNA report angrily attacked the “Max Thunder” air combat drills, which it said involved U.S. stealth fighters and B-52 bombers.

MAJOR BLOW

Any cancellation of the June 12 summit in Singapore, the first meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader, would deal a major blow to what would be the biggest diplomatic achievement of Trump’s presidency.

Trump has raised expectations for a successful meeting even as many analysts have been sceptical about the chances of bridging the gap due to questions about North Korea’s willingness to give up a nuclear arsenal that it says can hit the United States.

Kim Kye Gwan singled out comments by Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, who has suggested a so-called Libya model under which North Korea would quickly hand over its nuclear arsenal to the United States or other countries.

“(The) World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate,” Kim Kye Gwan said. “It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development.”

Kim Jong Un’s latest move could be aimed at testing Trump’s willingness to make concessions ahead of the summit, which is to be preceded by a visit to Washington next week by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

A U.S. government expert on North Korea said Kim may also be trying to gauge whether Trump is willing to walk away from the meeting.

Joshua Pollack, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California, said Pyongyang appeared irritated by the U.S. administration’s vow to maintain sanctions in spite of North Korean concessions.

“The North Koreans want a change in tone from the U.S., and at least so far, they’re not hearing one,” he said.

The doubt thrown over the Kim-Trump summit comes a week after Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, under which Tehran curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions.

The “Max Thunder” drills would go on as planned and were not aimed at attacking a third party, the South’s defence ministry said. KCNA called the air drills a “provocation” that went against the trend of warming ties.

“Kim Jong Un had said previously that he understands the need and the utility of the United States and the Republic of Korea continuing in its joint exercises,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing.

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KCNA said North Korea was suspending Wednesday’s ministerial-level meeting, which was to focus on plans to implement the inter-Korea summit declaration, including promises to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War and pursue “complete denuclearisation”.

South Korea described the North’s decision as “regrettable”.

Reporting by Josh Smith and Christine Kim in SEOUL, and David Brunnstrom, Phillip Stewart, Tim Ahmann, Matt Spetalnick and Lesley Wroughton in WASHINGTON; Editing by Paul Tait

‘Race 3’ team off to Jaisalmer to finish shoot

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May
16

‘Race 3’ starring Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah has created enough buzz among the audience. Not only is the third installment of the super successful franchise is on everyone’s watchlist, but the reunion of Salman and Jacqueline has got everyone’s heart racing.

The race to finish the remaining patchwork of the film seems to be quite tight. With Salman’s conviction against the blackbuck poaching case, the film was reportedly running behind schedule. All set to release this Eid, and with less than a month to go for the movie to hit the screens, the ‘Race 3’ team is trying its best to wrap the shoot at the earliest.

The trailer launch of ‘Race 3’ is scheduled for today, yet the shoot of the movie is still reportedly underway. As per reports, Jacqueline, Salman and Bobby were in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan during the weekend for a patchwork shoot of Remo D’Souza’s action thriller. A source close to the development revealed, that the team wanted a similar set-up as that of Abu Dhabi as the movie is primarily shot there. Thus, they chose to head to Jaisalmer to finish the patchwork.

The source further told a daily that the unit filmed for three days in the desert. Reports stated that Salman indulged in quad biking for the scenes, similar to what he had shot in Abu Dhabi in March this year. Salman had arranged for a meeting at his residence on Thursday. And after several discussions, the team decided to zero down on Rajasthan for shooting the final sequences.

‘Race 3’ is slated to release on June 15th.

Alibaba Security Researcher Can Now Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia

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May
15
Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia
Image source: Min(Spark) Zheng/Twitter

Min Zheng, a Chinese hacker and security researcher, has successfully the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 by installing Cydia.

Zheng had previously demonstrated an ability to get root shell access on the platform, but a recent tweet from the security research demonstrates that he was able to achieve read and write access in order to jailbreak iOS 11.3 and install Cydia.

Unfortunately for those in the community looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, Zheng is fully cooperating with Apple when it comes to patching out the problems. As a security researcher for Alibaba, his interest is more in testing and increasing security rather than blowing operating systems wide open and allowing people to jailbreak iOS 11.3 at will.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that it’s now confirmed possible to install Cydia – it’s just a matter of the jailbreaking community reaching the solution on their own rather than with the assistance of Zheng. Any fixes from Apple will come in a patch, and if they choose not to install that patch they can work on the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3.

The tweet, included below, comes with the words “This time. It’s a real JB now,” confirming that Zheng was able to bypass some of the problems the community was having previously and actually install Cydia on the device. As you can see in the tweet, two screenshots show Cydia running on the iPhone home screen as well as a picture with root shell access showing the existence of Cydia.app in the /Applications folder.

It’s exciting to see that the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 is there, but it’s important to keep expectations in check. Min Zheng is a security professional that was able to install Cydia using complex methods that used a lot of work in the command line – a process that isn’t exactly feasible for the average device owner.

While jailbreak developers may be able to streamline the process moving forward, the fact that Zheng is cooperating with Apple rather than with the jailbreaking community is certainly going to make the process take longer and it will make it more difficult moving forward into new builds of the operating system.

There’s a possibility that Zheng will eventually make his work public, but given his previous statements and his current cooperation with Apple it’s extremely unlikely that his specific command line work will ever come to light. The ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 will have to come from the community themselves.

As far as the next public jailbreak goes, we expect to see one for iOS 11.2.6 before people are able to jailbreak iOS 11.3. The iOS 11.3 fix should follow shortly thereafter, but only if Ian Beer’s exploit is able to be turned into a usable jailbreak.

Unfortunately, Apple has already closed the iOS 11.3 signing window, meaning that it will be basically impossible for people to downgrade moving forward. If you haven’t yet upgraded and are looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, make sure you don’t accidentally move to the latest operating system. As Zheng cooperates with Apple, it may be more difficult to move forward than we think.

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Kirsten to help BCB pick new head coach

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May
15

5:26 AM ET

As the Bangladesh team consultant, Gary Kirsten‘s first order of business will be to help the BCB finalise on a head coach. BCB president Nazmul Hassan said on Monday that Kirsten is looking at the three candidates shortlisted by the board, to determine who would be the perfect fit.

Hassan said that Kirsten, who has already started work for the BCB, is expected to arrive in Dhaka next week, depending on whether Royal Challengers Bangalore qualify for the IPL playoffs or not. Kirsten is RCB’s batting coach and they will play their last league game on Saturday.

“[Kirsten] is making his observations about what kind of coach Bangladesh needs,” Hassan said. “He is speaking to me, the players and the coaching staff. We will match our list of coaches with his, after which we will finalise everything. It will be easier for us.

“We felt that it is best to consult with an expert before deciding on a coach. You will get to know something important by this month. Kirsten wants to know what type of coach we are seeking. He has already started working for us.”

Hassan said that the new coach’s first assignment is likely to be the West Indies tour starting next month, as it is all but confirmed that Courtney Walsh will continue as the interim head coach for the three T20s against Afghanistan. “It is impossible to have a head coach before the Afghanistan series,” Hassan said. “But we are hopeful that we will have appointed someone before the West Indies series.

“We nearly finalised someone but in the last minute he said that his family wasn’t agreeing with the move. So we cannot say anything until someone is here.”

Bangladesh have been without a permanent head coach since Chandika Hathurusingha’s departure in November last year. They have already been refused by Andy Flower, Tom Moody, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Geoff Marsh and Paul Farbrace, and they have interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons who have already been employed by West Indies and Afghanistan, respectively.

Modi’s BJP leading in Karnataka state election, vote count shows

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May
15

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s ruling party was heading for an outright majority on Monday in an election in a big southern state, the vote count showed, cementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity ahead of a general election next year.

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File photo

A BJP-led government in Karnataka would prove a major boost for Modi ahead of the 2019 elections, silencing critics who said his popularity had faded over the rocky adoption of a nationwide sales tax and a sudden ban on high-value notes late in 2016.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was leading in 114 seats in the elections to the 225-seat state assembly, the Election Commission of India said. Congress was leading in 55 seats.

Celebrations erupted outside the party headquarters in Bengaluru, with supporters shouting victory slogans and waving the party’s flag as the results trickled in.

“The BJP is winning, which means that Modi magic is still intact,” said Satish Misra, a political analyst at the Observer Research Foundation in the capital, New Delhi.

The Nifty extended gains to more than 1 percent as the BJP improved its tally.

A policeman stands guard as voters wait in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections at a village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

For the BJP, which now rules 21 of India’s 29 states, winning power in Karnataka gives it a southern beachhead in addition to its core base in the country’s north and west.

Currently ruled by the Congress party, Karnataka is home to the technology hub of Bengaluru and is the first major state electing an assembly this year, to be followed by three more.

A BJP win there would also dispel investor worries that a loss might have forced Modi to double down on populist measures, such as extending farm loan waivers a year before the elections.

The result is a setback for Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the fifth-generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, who had battled hard to upset Modi’s party in the southern state, where both leaders addressed rallies to whip up support.

Voters wait in queues to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Modi still trumps Gandhi in popularity, with nine of 10 Indians expressing a favourable opinion of him and more than two-thirds satisfied with the direction in which he is taking the country, a Pew survey found in November.

“The win definitely enhances the prospect of Prime Minister Modi for another term,” said political commentator N. Ram.

Reporting by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Clarence Fernandez

Smriti Irani removed as I and B Minister

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May
15

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Alibaba Security Researcher Can Now Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia

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May
14
Jailbreak iOS 11.3 With Cydia
Image source: Min(Spark) Zheng/Twitter

Min Zheng, a Chinese hacker and security researcher, has successfully the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 by installing Cydia.

Zheng had previously demonstrated an ability to get root shell access on the platform, but a recent tweet from the security research demonstrates that he was able to achieve read and write access in order to jailbreak iOS 11.3 and install Cydia.

Unfortunately for those in the community looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, Zheng is fully cooperating with Apple when it comes to patching out the problems. As a security researcher for Alibaba, his interest is more in testing and increasing security rather than blowing operating systems wide open and allowing people to jailbreak iOS 11.3 at will.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that it’s now confirmed possible to install Cydia – it’s just a matter of the jailbreaking community reaching the solution on their own rather than with the assistance of Zheng. Any fixes from Apple will come in a patch, and if they choose not to install that patch they can work on the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3.

The tweet, included below, comes with the words “This time. It’s a real JB now,” confirming that Zheng was able to bypass some of the problems the community was having previously and actually install Cydia on the device. As you can see in the tweet, two screenshots show Cydia running on the iPhone home screen as well as a picture with root shell access showing the existence of Cydia.app in the /Applications folder.

It’s exciting to see that the ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 is there, but it’s important to keep expectations in check. Min Zheng is a security professional that was able to install Cydia using complex methods that used a lot of work in the command line – a process that isn’t exactly feasible for the average device owner.

While jailbreak developers may be able to streamline the process moving forward, the fact that Zheng is cooperating with Apple rather than with the jailbreaking community is certainly going to make the process take longer and it will make it more difficult moving forward into new builds of the operating system.

There’s a possibility that Zheng will eventually make his work public, but given his previous statements and his current cooperation with Apple it’s extremely unlikely that his specific command line work will ever come to light. The ability to jailbreak iOS 11.3 will have to come from the community themselves.

As far as the next public jailbreak goes, we expect to see one for iOS 11.2.6 before people are able to jailbreak iOS 11.3. The iOS 11.3 fix should follow shortly thereafter, but only if Ian Beer’s exploit is able to be turned into a usable jailbreak.

Unfortunately, Apple has already closed the iOS 11.3 signing window, meaning that it will be basically impossible for people to downgrade moving forward. If you haven’t yet upgraded and are looking to jailbreak iOS 11.3, make sure you don’t accidentally move to the latest operating system. As Zheng cooperates with Apple, it may be more difficult to move forward than we think.

Whats Popular Today Mon 14 May

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Yorkshire humbled as Curran’s ten in match brings quick end

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May
14

Surrey 414 (Pope 158*) beat Yorkshire 229 (Bairstow 95, S Curran 6-54) and 168 (Lyth 58, S Curran 4-47, Virdi 3-52) by an innings and 17 runs
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Sam Curran was the star of the show as Surrey wrapped up an innings victory over Yorkshire in just 45 minutes on the final day of their Specsavers County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

The 19-year-old took three of the last five Yorkshire wickets to fall in the space of six balls as he claimed the first ten-wicket match haul of his career a day after receiving his county cap.

Rikki Clarke picked up the other two wickets as Yorkshire were dismissed for 168 in their second innings to lose by an innings and 17 runs, their second defeat of the season. Their remaining five wickets fell in 5.2 overs today.

Yorkshire’s hope of prolonged resistance had largely rested on Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leaning extending their sixth-wicket stand which stood at 40 overnight.

But they added just a further nine runs before Clarke struck in the fourth over of the day. Bairstow fenced at a ball which bounced more than he expected and edged to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, having added four runs to his overnight 25.

Curran then struck with successive balls. Tim Bresnan inside edged a good ball and Steve Patterson lost his off stump to the first delivery of Curran’s next over.

Josh Shaw defended the hat-trick ball before being bowled by a similar delivery to the one which accounted for Bresnan that knocked back his stump.

The end came when Clarke pinned Leaning leg before for 28 as Surrey sealed their first win in this fixture since 2001.

Surrey captain Rory Burns praised his team’s work after they claimed their second win of the season.

“Apart from a wobble on the first morning when we were 69 for 4 I thought it was a very good performance,” he said. “Some of the individual performances were excellent. Ollie Pope played beautifully and we took the momentum we had into our bowling.

“In our last two games we went away from plans a bit but this time we bowled really well as a unit, especially as we lost Conor McKerr to injury too. We stuck to the task and got our rewards. Sam Curran produced a great performance – county cap, 100th first-class wicket and his first ten-for – I don’t think you can ask for much more.”

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale had few complaints. “All credit to Surrey, they outplayed us over the four days but on day one we missed four key chances which allowed them to get away when we could have bowled them out for 260,” he said.

“We have spoke at length about our batting. Preparation wasn’t great coming into the season because we’ve had to little match time but we have to make more runs.

“Adam Lyth showed what was possible in the second innings but the break for the Royal London One-Day Cup probably comes at a good time for us. It will free the lads up a bit and allow them to just go out and play and get themselves back into form.”

Top Indian bank officials likely to face charges in PNB case: source

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May
14

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian investigators will bring charges against senior bank officials on Monday following an investigation into the $2 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) (PNBK.NS), a police source told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A man reads a newspaper outside a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in Ahmedabad, India, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photo

PNB, India’s second-largest state-run bank, disclosed in February that two jewellery groups had defrauded it by raising credit from overseas branches of other Indian banks using illegal guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff over several years.

Following its probe, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will on Monday file a charge sheet in a court naming people who have allegedly violated Indian law by their involvement in the bank fraud, a police source said.

The charge sheet will “likely” name senior Indian bank officials, the source said, without sharing further details.

A court would later decide which charges should be faced by those accused in the case. The source could not be identified in line with federal police rules.

PNB declined to comment. The bank has been conducting a separate internal investigation into the fraud and has already suspended at least 21 officials. [nL3N1RP204]

Indian authorities have arrested at least 20 people and a court has issued non-bailable warrants against accused jewelers Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. The duo have denied the allegations against them, and authorities said they both left the country before the fraud was uncovered.

After the fraud – the biggest in Indian banking history – was reported, the government criticized inadequate oversight by auditors and regulators in the country. [nL4N1QA13A]

Reporting by Aditya Kalra, Abhirup Roy, Krishna Das; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

Kareena stuns at a UNICEF event in Delhi

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May
14

While Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes look is something we always wait for, but this time around it is none other than Deepika Padukone who has been taken the internet by storm with her breathtaking appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.

Deepika has been acing her look at Cannes. While the netizens were still mesmerized by her red hot and black look, the actress astonished the fashion police when she went on to don the pink coloured gown and looked like a fairy.

Dressed to kill, the actress walked the red carpet in the pink gown and looked absolutely stunning. Winged eyeliner and diamond earrings complemented her look. She looked no less than a goddess.

Rumoured boyfriend Ranveer Singh is also completely enamoured by DP’s various looks, as he couldn’t resist showering compliments on her Instagram posts. In one of the posts, Ranveer simply commented, “Gosh”, in another he wrote, “Hello to you too”.

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