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Troublesome ankle could sideline Vernon Philander until November

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Sep
19

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Vernon Philander has begun bowling rehabilitation this week as he recovers from an ankle injury that could sideline him until at least November.

Philander has struggled with his ankle since twisting it against India in late 2015 and while the latest recurrence of the niggle will not affect his Test-playing ability, it may impact his chances of making a case for World Cup selection.

If fit, Philander would have been picked alongside Dale Steyn for the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe but he will miss out. Philander also cannot be considered for the white-ball trip to Australia in October-November but may have an opportunity to return during the T20 tournament that is due to be played from early November to mid-December. However, it’s likely Philander will only make a comeback on Boxing Day, when South Africa host Pakistan.

Philander last played for South Africa in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in mid-July, where the injury flared up. He did not play the second Test in Colombo and has not played any county cricket or in any T20 leagues since as he concentrates on recovery. Surgery is an option, but that would require a longer recovery time and CSA’s medical team are opting for a more conservative approach.

Carolinas deluged by floods as Florence moves on

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Sep
19

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) – Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence’s historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and repair efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.

Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the U.S. northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, at least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days, the state said.

“One thing we know is that sunshine doesn’t necessarily mean safety,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a late-afternoon press conference and warned the 15,000 residents living in shelters against returning home too soon.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of Interstates 40 and 95.

Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 33 people, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.

One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned some 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday. He was criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000.

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‘DRIVING NOT ADVISED’

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.

The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.

“I haven’t been home since it started. I can’t get home either,” Chafin said.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and “driving not advised.”

The Cape Fear River was also expected to keep rising in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. That has hampered efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow residents to homes.

Florence dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.

“Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe,” Cooper said.

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, appeared with Cooper and said his agency would help restore power and open roads.

“I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical,” he said.

THOUSANDS OF RESCUES

In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

The coastal city took a direct hit when Hurricane Florence came ashore and has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River.

More than 324,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday, according to power companies, down from a peak of nearly 1 million outages.

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North Carolina estimated on Tuesday 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 hogs died in the storm, exceeding the number killed in the state’s last major hurricane two years ago.

Property damage from the storm is expected to range from $17 billion to $22 billion, the risk management firm Moody’s Analytics said. Further flooding could push up that figure.

Reporting by Ernest Scheyder and Patrick Rucker; Additional reporting by Bernie Woodall in Miami; Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Jessica Resnick-Ault and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Anna Mehler Paperny in North Carolina and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Bill Tarrant

Salman’s ‘Loveratri’ is now ‘Loveyatri’

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Sep
19

Salman Khan’s production featuring his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain has been in the headlines ever since its announcement due to its cast and interesting title–‘Loveratri‘.

As the film’s trailer was released in keeping with its upcoming release, religious organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and some more citizens had taken offence to the title and had demanded that it be changed as it “hurt Hindu sentiments”.

Things took a more drastic turn when last week Bihar’s Muzzafarpur court ordered to file an FIR against Salman Khan and others for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. A tweet from ANI read, “Bihar’s Muzaffarpur Court gives orders to file FIR against Salman Khan and 7 other actors after a complaint was filed by an advocate against him and his production ‘Loveratri’ alleging that the title of the film hurts Hindu sentiments.”

After some protests and lawsuits were filed against the film, it seems like the makers have decided to change the title to ‘Loveyatri‘. Salman Khan took to his Twitter profile to share the news with a new poster of the film. He wrote, “This is not a spelling mistake… #loveyatri #lovetakesover…

@SKFilmsOfficial @aaysharma @Warina_Hussain @abhiraj21288 @TSeries”

As per a source, it was Salman’s decision to change the name. The film has been majorly shot in Gujarat and he doesn’t want to hurt the sentiments of people. The source added that he has taken this decision after considering the people’s emotions.

Another source close to the development shared, “Taking into consideration the concerns from the Censor Board and sensitivity of Karni Sena towards the title of the film, the makers decided to release the film as LoveYatri.”

Further added, “Producer Salman Khan decided to opt for a change in title considering the safety and best interest of his audience.”

‘Loveyatri’, the film is still slated to release on its scheduled date, October 5, 2018.

iOS 12 Jailbreak On The Horizon? Security Researcher Finds Exploit In iOS 12 Beta 12

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Sep
18
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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden has become increasingly difficult with Apple strengthening its security measures with every update. It means the iOS 12 jailbreak will not be an easy feat. Apple has fixed most of the exploits that developers had used to jailbreak iOS 11 and early beta versions of iOS 12. However, security researchers and the wider jailbreak community are aware that the software may still contain tons of exploits that could be used to liberate iOS devices.

Developer gains kernel read/write access in iOS 12 beta 12

It looks like one security researcher has already found an exploit in the iOS 12 beta 12. Apple is expected to release the final build of iOS 12 to the public later this month, most likely on September 19th. Researcher Simone Ferrini said in a tweet that he and his colleagues had not only identified the exploit in iOS 12 beta 12, but also achieved kernel read/write access.

The work done by Ferrini and his colleagues is no guarantee that it would lead to a final iOS 12 jailbreak. However, it could become an important part of a public jailbreak down the road. Also, since Ferrini has made it public before the iOS 12 rollout, Apple could fix the loophole in the final build. Ferrini works for a company called TRUEL IT.

The researcher’s tweet also included a video showing off an iPhone connected to a terminal session. The video confirms that Ferrini and his colleagues have achieved the kernel read/write access. The developers are unlikely to put all the pieces of an iOS 12 jailbreak together by themselves. They could notify Apple about the exploit as part of the tech giant’s bug bounty program. Or they might have made it public just to show off their capabilities.

Will be ever see a full-fledged iOS 12 jailbreak?

Last week, another developer going by Twitter name nullpixel said the iOS 12 included a few things that would “make jailbreaking harder.” It includes CoreTrust, which aims to prevent fake signing by ensuring that all signatures come from Apple. However, nullpixel pointed out that exploits were still possible, suggesting an iOS 12 jailbreak is not impossible. Nullpixel is part of the Electra team that released the Electra jailbreak tool for the iOS 11.3.1.

Nullpixel remains optimistic about the iOS 12 jailbreak. They said in another tweet, “There will be a jailbreak for a signed iOS 12 version. Not 100% confident but pretty sure.”

On one hand, Apple is making it harder for developers to liberate iOS devices. On the other, users are losing interest in jailbreaking as it voids the warranty on their devices. Jailbreaking also exposes devices to hacking and malware attempts, and could render the iPhones and iPads inoperable. In many cases, it could also disrupt normal apps and services such as Apple Pay, FaceTime, iMessage, iCloud, and even third-party apps.

It will be interesting to see whether the iOS 12 jailbreak will become available to the public soon after Apple rolls out the software to the public, or there will be a long wait. Also, we should be open to the possibility that the jailbreak may never arrive at all.

Back in June when Apple released the iOS 12 beta to developers, a Chinese security researcher was able to jailbreak iOS 12 on the iPhone X. Chinese researcher Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated their iOS 12 jailbreak by installing Cydia on the iPhone X. In the demo video, Chen opened the Settings app to prove that the device was running iOS 12 beta. They were able to download Cydia without requiring additional hardware.

Apple has reportedly already fixed the bugs exploited by Chen after Tencent Keen Lab reported the loopholes in the beta software to Apple. The Tencent Keen Lab performs security research on operating systems such as iOS, Windows 10, and Android.

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones at its Gather Round event on September 12. All the three devices will run iOS 12 out of the box. The new software will bring a host of new features and performance improvements. The Cupertino company promises the iOS 12 will offer 50% faster keyboard display and 70% faster swipe to the camera, even on older devices. Recent tests have shown that the iOS 12 will indeed be faster than its predecessor.

The iOS 12 will also bring features like Siri shortcuts, better Control Center, enhanced parental controls, Screen Time, Memoji, improved augmented reality, and a revamped Stocks app. The Screen Time feature will allow you to monitor and control how much time you spend on your device and within individual apps.

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New Zealand women pick spin-heavy squads for Australia T20Is, World T20

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Sep
18

New Zealand women have picked a spin-heavy T20I line-up for their Australia tour, which will be further strengthened at the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies in November. With spin expected to play a major role on the slow pitches in the Caribbean, New Zealand picked five spin-bowling options, including their new captain Amy Satterthwaite, in a 13-member squad for the three T20Is in Australia, and Anna Peterson – also a spinner – and Hannah Rowe will be added for the Women’s World T20.

The five spinners include Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Satterthwaite, Jess Watkin and Maddy Green.

“We are blessed with a group of versatile cricketers and know that spin should play a large part in the Caribbean, especially with the slower nature of the pitches over there,” head coach Haidee Tiffen said.

This will be Satterthwaite’s first assignment in charge of the side in T20s, after she replaced Suzie Bates recently, although she has led the team in three ODIs previously, the last of which came against Ireland.

“Amy is a highly experienced cricketer with over 200 international matches under her belt. She has taken the captaincy in her stride and as a team we are looking forward to getting stuck into some competitive cricket against the old foe Australia,” Tiffen said.

New Zealand enter the Australia series having won the last three bilateral T20I series against them. Ahead of the tour, they had a four-day preparatory camp in Lincoln, where they combined skillwork with three “highly competitive matches”.

“We learnt more about our players at camp, and with two of the practice matches going down to the final ball we were able to see how players reacted in different pressure situations,” Tiffen said.

The three-match T20I series starts on September 29 in Sydney, from where the teams will head to Brisbane and Canberra. This will be followed by the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, where New Zealand play the tournament opener against India on November 9.

T20I squad for Australia: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin

Squad for Women’s World T20: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe

Two Koreas hold high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardy

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Sep
18

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in departed on Tuesday for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seeking to cement a breakthrough in faltering nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

The inter-Korean summit will be a litmus test for another meeting Kim has recently proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump, giving clues to whether Kim is serious about denuclearization, a commitment he made at their first encounter in June.

Trump has asked Moon to be “chief negotiator” between himself and Kim, according to Moon’s aides, after Trump cancelled a trip to Pyongyang by his secretary of state last month.

Washington wants to see concrete signs of denuclearization by North Korea before agreeing to a key goal of Pyongyang – declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

“I’d like to have frank dialogue with Chairman Kim on how to find a point of contact between U.S. demands for denuclearization and North Korea’s demands for ending hostile relations and security guarantees,” Moon told a meeting with senior secretaries on Monday.

Underscoring the challenges ahead, North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday “the responsibility falls squarely on the United States” for the stalled nuclear discussions.

“It is due to its nonsensical, irrational stubbornness that other issues can only be discussed after our country has completely verifiably, irreversibly dismantled our nuclear capabilities… without showing the intention to build trust including declaring the end of war,” the newspaper said in an editorial.

Moon, himself the offspring of a family displaced by the war, flew to the North’s capital of Pyongyang, with landing expected at 10 a.m. (0300 GMT). He will be greeted by Kim before an official welcoming ceremony, his chief of staff Im Jong-seok told a news briefing on Monday.

The two leaders will sit down for formal talks after lunch, which will be followed by a musical performance and welcome dinner.

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Accompanying corporate executives, including Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee and the chiefs of SK Group and LG Group, will meet with North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam in charge of economic affairs, Im said.

On Wednesday, Moon and Kim are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact designed to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes, Im said.

Moon will return home early Thursday.

SANCTIONS PRESSURE

This week’s summit comes as the United States presses other countries to strictly observe U.N. sanctions aimed at choking off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, amid growing evidence that North Korea is continuing nuclear weapons development. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of “cheating” on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

Moon is hoping to engineer a proposal that combines a concrete framework for the North’s denuclearization and a joint declaration ending the Korean War, Seoul officials said.

The war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving U.S.-led U.N. forces including South Korea technically still at war with the North.

But U.S. officials remain “unenthusiastic” about declaring an end to the war without any substantial action toward denuclearization from the North, Seoul officials said.

South Korea is pinning high hopes on Kim’s remarks to Moon’s special envoys earlier this month that he wants to achieve denuclearization within Trump’s first term in office ending in early 2021, the first time line he has given.

Agreeing on a timetable is a core task for Moon, as it would induce U.S. action, said Lee Jung-chul, a professor at Soongsil University in Seoul.

“Given U.S. scepticism that South Korea may have oversold Kim’s willingness to denuclearise, how President Moon delivers his sincerity toward denuclearization to Trump would be a key factor for the fate of their second summit,” Lee told a forum on Monday in Seoul.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin, Joyce Lee and Soyoung Kim.; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

Swapnil Bandodkar expresses his favourite Ganpati song

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18

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iOS 12 Jailbreak On The Horizon? Security Researcher Finds Exploit In iOS 12 Beta 12

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Sep
17
iOS 12 Jailbreak
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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden has become increasingly difficult with Apple strengthening its security measures with every update. It means the iOS 12 jailbreak will not be an easy feat. Apple has fixed most of the exploits that developers had used to jailbreak iOS 11 and early beta versions of iOS 12. However, security researchers and the wider jailbreak community are aware that the software may still contain tons of exploits that could be used to liberate iOS devices.

Developer gains kernel read/write access in iOS 12 beta 12

It looks like one security researcher has already found an exploit in the iOS 12 beta 12. Apple is expected to release the final build of iOS 12 to the public later this month, most likely on September 19th. Researcher Simone Ferrini said in a tweet that he and his colleagues had not only identified the exploit in iOS 12 beta 12, but also achieved kernel read/write access.

The work done by Ferrini and his colleagues is no guarantee that it would lead to a final iOS 12 jailbreak. However, it could become an important part of a public jailbreak down the road. Also, since Ferrini has made it public before the iOS 12 rollout, Apple could fix the loophole in the final build. Ferrini works for a company called TRUEL IT.

The researcher’s tweet also included a video showing off an iPhone connected to a terminal session. The video confirms that Ferrini and his colleagues have achieved the kernel read/write access. The developers are unlikely to put all the pieces of an iOS 12 jailbreak together by themselves. They could notify Apple about the exploit as part of the tech giant’s bug bounty program. Or they might have made it public just to show off their capabilities.

Will be ever see a full-fledged iOS 12 jailbreak?

Last week, another developer going by Twitter name nullpixel said the iOS 12 included a few things that would “make jailbreaking harder.” It includes CoreTrust, which aims to prevent fake signing by ensuring that all signatures come from Apple. However, nullpixel pointed out that exploits were still possible, suggesting an iOS 12 jailbreak is not impossible. Nullpixel is part of the Electra team that released the Electra jailbreak tool for the iOS 11.3.1.

Nullpixel remains optimistic about the iOS 12 jailbreak. They said in another tweet, “There will be a jailbreak for a signed iOS 12 version. Not 100% confident but pretty sure.”

On one hand, Apple is making it harder for developers to liberate iOS devices. On the other, users are losing interest in jailbreaking as it voids the warranty on their devices. Jailbreaking also exposes devices to hacking and malware attempts, and could render the iPhones and iPads inoperable. In many cases, it could also disrupt normal apps and services such as Apple Pay, FaceTime, iMessage, iCloud, and even third-party apps.

It will be interesting to see whether the iOS 12 jailbreak will become available to the public soon after Apple rolls out the software to the public, or there will be a long wait. Also, we should be open to the possibility that the jailbreak may never arrive at all.

Back in June when Apple released the iOS 12 beta to developers, a Chinese security researcher was able to jailbreak iOS 12 on the iPhone X. Chinese researcher Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated their iOS 12 jailbreak by installing Cydia on the iPhone X. In the demo video, Chen opened the Settings app to prove that the device was running iOS 12 beta. They were able to download Cydia without requiring additional hardware.

Apple has reportedly already fixed the bugs exploited by Chen after Tencent Keen Lab reported the loopholes in the beta software to Apple. The Tencent Keen Lab performs security research on operating systems such as iOS, Windows 10, and Android.

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones at its Gather Round event on September 12. All the three devices will run iOS 12 out of the box. The new software will bring a host of new features and performance improvements. The Cupertino company promises the iOS 12 will offer 50% faster keyboard display and 70% faster swipe to the camera, even on older devices. Recent tests have shown that the iOS 12 will indeed be faster than its predecessor.

The iOS 12 will also bring features like Siri shortcuts, better Control Center, enhanced parental controls, Screen Time, Memoji, improved augmented reality, and a revamped Stocks app. The Screen Time feature will allow you to monitor and control how much time you spend on your device and within individual apps.

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Marizanne Kapp bowls South Africa to 40-run win over West Indies

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Sep
17

South Africa women 201 for 9 (Luus 58, van Niekerk 46, Wolvaardt 45, Taylor 3-37) beat West Indies women 161 (Campbelle 46, Kapp 3-14, Mali 2-11) by 40 runs

Marizanne Kapp‘s economy and potency with the ball led South Africa’s defence of 201 in the first ODI in Bridgetown, where West Indies slumped to a 40-run defeat. The seamer finished with figures of 9-2-14-3 as West Indies were bowled out with four overs still to play.

The win was South Africa’s third in seven Women’s Championship matches; they are now second from bottom on the table, but have played two games fewer than Sri Lanka, India, England and table-toppers New Zealand.

Kapp dealt an early blow to West Indies’ hopes when she had Hayley Matthews caught behind off the second ball of the chase. By the end of the 15th over, West Indies were three down for 45 with the debutant medium-pacer Tumi Sekhukhune sending back Stafanie Taylor and Chedean Nation.

West Indies had recovered somewhat to 84 for 4 when the legspinner Sune Luus ended a cameo from Deandra Dottin (19 off 21) in the 24th over. Kapp took two in three balls in the next over, effectively ending the contest, which was only prolonged by a 71-ball 46 from Shemaine Campbelle, who was last out to Zintle Mali, who finished with 2 for 11 from three overs.

Sent in to bat, South Africa seemed set for a big score at 104 for 1, as Laura Wolvaardt and Luus added 99 for the second wicket. Both fell in quick succession, however – Luus for 58 off 86 balls, her seventh ODI fifty – and the innings never recovered. Wickets fell steadily at one end, Taylor picking up 3 for 37 with her offspin, but captain Dane van Niekerk scored an unbeaten 46 off 77 balls to ensure South Africa batted through their 50 overs, finishing nine down.

Motor racing: Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore victory

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Sep
17

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to 40 points with six rounds remaining.

Hamilton held off a mid-race challenge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to register a record-equalling fourth triumph at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit track, while Vettel finished third to slip further behind in the title race.

“Great job everyone, what a weekend… keep pushing, keep pushing, we’ve got this,” Hamilton told his team over the radio soon after crossing the line at the end of the 61st lap.

Hamilton’s 69th overall victory was his seventh of the season and it was built on the foundations of a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday, when he stormed to pole in a car deemed inferior to the Ferraris and Red Bulls on this circuit.

For Vettel and Ferrari it was another disappointing weekend after the car showed plenty of pace through all three practice sessions, the German’s cause not helped by a questionable strategy and a poor pitstop.

Hamilton won this race from the third row a year ago when Vettel, Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen collided before Turn One but there was no repeat of such drama this time after the drivers got off to a clean start at the head of the field.

There has, however, been a safety car period in every race in Singapore since it joined Formula One in 2008 and it was deployed on the opening lap after Sergio Perez pushed his Force India team mate Esteban Ocon into a wall after Turn Three.

“Sorry guys there was no room,” Perez told his team over the radio.

Vettel got past Verstappen before the safety car emerged and slotted in behind Hamilton, but his race unravelled when the German pitted first on the 14th lap but got stuck in traffic and overtaken by the Dutchman when he made his stop for fresh tyres.

BACK MARKERS

Hamilton was cruising up front but suffered a mini-crisis on the 38th lap when he got stuck in a queue of tail-enders, which allowed Verstappen to get right up behind him.

The Dutchman had a look up the inside as Hamilton struggled to pass the back markers but the Briton just stayed ahead and was able to pull clear all the way to the chequered flag once he had a clear track ahead of him.

“It definitely got a little bit interesting towards the end with the back markers as you could already feel the draft from the cars when you were five and six seconds behind,” Hamilton added.

“And you can’t really see the blue flags (telling back markers to move aside), they are quite dark.”

Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas held off a prolonged late challenge from Raikkonen in the other Ferrari to claim fourth place, the pair finishing just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was closing on them in the final laps.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso came home in seventh, with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg claiming eighth and 10th respectively, either side of Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.

“Overall we had a very strong package, both Kimi and myself looked very competitive throughout practice, but in the end, the race result, we finished third and fifth,” Vettel said.

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“Like yesterday, not where the speed of our car belongs.”

Reporting by John O’Brien; Editing by Toby Davis

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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden has become increasingly difficult with Apple strengthening its security measures with every update. It means the iOS 12 jailbreak will not be an easy feat. Apple has fixed most of the exploits that developers had used to jailbreak iOS 11 and early beta versions of iOS 12. However, security researchers and the wider jailbreak community are aware that the software may still contain tons of exploits that could be used to liberate iOS devices.

Developer gains kernel read/write access in iOS 12 beta 12

It looks like one security researcher has already found an exploit in the iOS 12 beta 12. Apple is expected to release the final build of iOS 12 to the public later this month, most likely on September 19th. Researcher Simone Ferrini said in a tweet that he and his colleagues had not only identified the exploit in iOS 12 beta 12, but also achieved kernel read/write access.

The work done by Ferrini and his colleagues is no guarantee that it would lead to a final iOS 12 jailbreak. However, it could become an important part of a public jailbreak down the road. Also, since Ferrini has made it public before the iOS 12 rollout, Apple could fix the loophole in the final build. Ferrini works for a company called TRUEL IT.

The researcher’s tweet also included a video showing off an iPhone connected to a terminal session. The video confirms that Ferrini and his colleagues have achieved the kernel read/write access. The developers are unlikely to put all the pieces of an iOS 12 jailbreak together by themselves. They could notify Apple about the exploit as part of the tech giant’s bug bounty program. Or they might have made it public just to show off their capabilities.

Will be ever see a full-fledged iOS 12 jailbreak?

Last week, another developer going by Twitter name nullpixel said the iOS 12 included a few things that would “make jailbreaking harder.” It includes CoreTrust, which aims to prevent fake signing by ensuring that all signatures come from Apple. However, nullpixel pointed out that exploits were still possible, suggesting an iOS 12 jailbreak is not impossible. Nullpixel is part of the Electra team that released the Electra jailbreak tool for the iOS 11.3.1.

Nullpixel remains optimistic about the iOS 12 jailbreak. They said in another tweet, “There will be a jailbreak for a signed iOS 12 version. Not 100% confident but pretty sure.”

On one hand, Apple is making it harder for developers to liberate iOS devices. On the other, users are losing interest in jailbreaking as it voids the warranty on their devices. Jailbreaking also exposes devices to hacking and malware attempts, and could render the iPhones and iPads inoperable. In many cases, it could also disrupt normal apps and services such as Apple Pay, FaceTime, iMessage, iCloud, and even third-party apps.

It will be interesting to see whether the iOS 12 jailbreak will become available to the public soon after Apple rolls out the software to the public, or there will be a long wait. Also, we should be open to the possibility that the jailbreak may never arrive at all.

Back in June when Apple released the iOS 12 beta to developers, a Chinese security researcher was able to jailbreak iOS 12 on the iPhone X. Chinese researcher Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated their iOS 12 jailbreak by installing Cydia on the iPhone X. In the demo video, Chen opened the Settings app to prove that the device was running iOS 12 beta. They were able to download Cydia without requiring additional hardware.

Apple has reportedly already fixed the bugs exploited by Chen after Tencent Keen Lab reported the loopholes in the beta software to Apple. The Tencent Keen Lab performs security research on operating systems such as iOS, Windows 10, and Android.

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones at its Gather Round event on September 12. All the three devices will run iOS 12 out of the box. The new software will bring a host of new features and performance improvements. The Cupertino company promises the iOS 12 will offer 50% faster keyboard display and 70% faster swipe to the camera, even on older devices. Recent tests have shown that the iOS 12 will indeed be faster than its predecessor.

The iOS 12 will also bring features like Siri shortcuts, better Control Center, enhanced parental controls, Screen Time, Memoji, improved augmented reality, and a revamped Stocks app. The Screen Time feature will allow you to monitor and control how much time you spend on your device and within individual apps.

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WILSON, N.C. (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

Florence’s intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 2 miles per hour (3 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days.

“This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

“This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.

Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in South Carolina.

North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths. South Carolina authorities reported one death.

  • Factbox: More than 870,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties. Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his “deepest sympathies and warmth” to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

WORST YET TO COME

At 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour, and was slowly drifting westward over South Carolina.

The center said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

“If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.

“The worst is yet to come,” he added.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River. On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

“The fact that there haven’t been more deaths and damage is amazing and a blessing,” said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington’s Winoca Terrace neighborhood.

(GRAPHIC: Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days – tmsnrt.rs/2oZFKSb)

Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill. The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment.

Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.

In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

“It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind,” said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.

South Carolina authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

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As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and China.

Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Wilson, Ernest Scheyder in Wilmington, and Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Devika Krishna Kumar and Maria Caspani in New York; Andy Sullivan in Columbia, South Carolina; Jason Lange in Washington; Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Will Dunham and Rosalba O’Brien; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, David Gregorio and Daniel Wallis

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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden has become increasingly difficult with Apple strengthening its security measures with every update. It means the iOS 12 jailbreak will not be an easy feat. Apple has fixed most of the exploits that developers had used to jailbreak iOS 11 and early beta versions of iOS 12. However, security researchers and the wider jailbreak community are aware that the software may still contain tons of exploits that could be used to liberate iOS devices.

Developer gains kernel read/write access in iOS 12 beta 12

It looks like one security researcher has already found an exploit in the iOS 12 beta 12. Apple is expected to release the final build of iOS 12 to the public later this month, most likely on September 19th. Researcher Simone Ferrini said in a tweet that he and his colleagues had not only identified the exploit in iOS 12 beta 12, but also achieved kernel read/write access.

The work done by Ferrini and his colleagues is no guarantee that it would lead to a final iOS 12 jailbreak. However, it could become an important part of a public jailbreak down the road. Also, since Ferrini has made it public before the iOS 12 rollout, Apple could fix the loophole in the final build. Ferrini works for a company called TRUEL IT.

The researcher’s tweet also included a video showing off an iPhone connected to a terminal session. The video confirms that Ferrini and his colleagues have achieved the kernel read/write access. The developers are unlikely to put all the pieces of an iOS 12 jailbreak together by themselves. They could notify Apple about the exploit as part of the tech giant’s bug bounty program. Or they might have made it public just to show off their capabilities.

Will be ever see a full-fledged iOS 12 jailbreak?

Last week, another developer going by Twitter name nullpixel said the iOS 12 included a few things that would “make jailbreaking harder.” It includes CoreTrust, which aims to prevent fake signing by ensuring that all signatures come from Apple. However, nullpixel pointed out that exploits were still possible, suggesting an iOS 12 jailbreak is not impossible. Nullpixel is part of the Electra team that released the Electra jailbreak tool for the iOS 11.3.1.

Nullpixel remains optimistic about the iOS 12 jailbreak. They said in another tweet, “There will be a jailbreak for a signed iOS 12 version. Not 100% confident but pretty sure.”

On one hand, Apple is making it harder for developers to liberate iOS devices. On the other, users are losing interest in jailbreaking as it voids the warranty on their devices. Jailbreaking also exposes devices to hacking and malware attempts, and could render the iPhones and iPads inoperable. In many cases, it could also disrupt normal apps and services such as Apple Pay, FaceTime, iMessage, iCloud, and even third-party apps.

It will be interesting to see whether the iOS 12 jailbreak will become available to the public soon after Apple rolls out the software to the public, or there will be a long wait. Also, we should be open to the possibility that the jailbreak may never arrive at all.

Back in June when Apple released the iOS 12 beta to developers, a Chinese security researcher was able to jailbreak iOS 12 on the iPhone X. Chinese researcher Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated their iOS 12 jailbreak by installing Cydia on the iPhone X. In the demo video, Chen opened the Settings app to prove that the device was running iOS 12 beta. They were able to download Cydia without requiring additional hardware.

Apple has reportedly already fixed the bugs exploited by Chen after Tencent Keen Lab reported the loopholes in the beta software to Apple. The Tencent Keen Lab performs security research on operating systems such as iOS, Windows 10, and Android.

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones at its Gather Round event on September 12. All the three devices will run iOS 12 out of the box. The new software will bring a host of new features and performance improvements. The Cupertino company promises the iOS 12 will offer 50% faster keyboard display and 70% faster swipe to the camera, even on older devices. Recent tests have shown that the iOS 12 will indeed be faster than its predecessor.

The iOS 12 will also bring features like Siri shortcuts, better Control Center, enhanced parental controls, Screen Time, Memoji, improved augmented reality, and a revamped Stocks app. The Screen Time feature will allow you to monitor and control how much time you spend on your device and within individual apps.

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