Historians’ to review Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’

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Dec
8

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor was in the eye of a raging storm these past months, with certain fringe groups pushing to ban the film. During the tremulous time, the film’s director and leading lady became targets with protesters offing bounties for their heads and others offering rewards for the star’s nose. While Deepika and Bhansali reiterated that the film did not “distort” any facts, the leading men were reportedly asked to refrain from commenting on the situation.

However, at a recent event, Shahid Kapoor, who plays Maharawal Ratan Singh, expressed his shock over the incidents. When asked about the protests against Deepika, the actor said, “It’s terrible. I didn’t expect this — so much being spoken about a lady. I am very shocked with that.”

He was also asked if the Bhansali’s recent Parliamentary panel session in Delhi, worsened the situation of the film’s release. The actor was quoted saying, “It’s strange the way things have happened, but I don’t think they have worsened. We are surprised that it’s taking longer than anyone had anticipated. The release date has been deferred. People have chosen to make their decisions before seeing the film. I have been saying from the beginning that everyone should decide only after they’ve seen the film. I’ve been urging people to not have any preconceived notions about the film, which are not based on facts. I think facts can be discussed only when people have seen the movie.”

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iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

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Dec
7


A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

Vinay Kumar hat-trick rips through Mumbai line-up

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Dec
7

Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar started the Ranji Trophy knockouts with a bang. He opted to bowl in the quarter-final against Mumbai in Nagpur and ran through the batting line-up with a hat-trick that spanned across the first and third overs of the innings. A look at whom he dimissed and how, and the records he broke:

0.6: Prithvi Shaw has three hundreds this season but even with 30 hundreds this is a poor shot. He flayed at the first ball away from his body, and he does so again just after getting an inside edge onto his pad. This is short of a length, outside off, Shaw’s feet are rooted, but he looks to punch this away through cover. The ball shapes away enough to take a thick edge for Karun Nair to swallow at first slip. Shaw’s feet are in the air at the time of contact as he looks to reach this ball away from his body.

Prithvi Shaw c Karun Nair b Vinay Kumar 2
Fall of wicket: 6 for 1 (0.6 overs)

2.1: Jay Bista repeats the mistake Shaw made. This is an identical delivery to the one that got Shaw. Short of a length, just outside off, and he looks for a cover drive off the back foot. Just like Shaw, his feet don’t move and are airborne when he makes the connection. This ball doesn’t shape away as much as the last one, and the edge is finer, which is why there is confusion at slips. Nair waits for wicketkeeper CM Gautam to go for the catch to his right, but he doesn’t. And then belatedly Nair sticks his left hand out, and the ball sticks. Vinay is on a hat-trick.

Jay Bista c Karun Nair b Vinay Kumar 1
Fall of wicket: 7 for 2 (2.1 overs)

2.2: Mumbai have sent in fast bowler Akash Parkar ahead of specialist batsmen. Are they looking to unsettle Karnataka bowling or are they protecting their batsmen, who should be out there and negotiating this period? Either way this plan is short-lived as Vinay bowls an unplayable delivery to complete his hat-trcik. This is full, shaping up as an outswinger, pitches full and on off. Parkar plays for the outswinger, but the ball lands on the seam and changes its direction to seam in and hit him plumb in front. Tenth Ranji hat-trick for a Karnataka bowler. Mumbai in tatters.

Akash Parkar lbw b Vinay Kumar 0
Fall of wicket 7 for 3 (2.2 overs)

Vinay Kumar became only the sixth bowler to take a hat-trick in the knockouts in Ranji Trophy history and the first captain to do so. The last hat-trick in the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy was seen way back in the 1993-94 pre-quarterfinal by Bengal’s Sagarmoy Sensharma against Delhi.

A hat-trick against Mumbai’s batting is a very rare occurrence. Vinay’s hat-trick is only the third against Mumbai in over 500 Ranji matches and the first since Raghuram Bhat’s in the 1981-82 semi-finals. Incidentally, all three hat-tricks against Mumbai have come in the knockouts. The first one by B Kalyanasundaram was in the final of 1972-73 season.

Vinay now has two Ranji hat-tricks. His first was against Maharashtra in 2007-08. He is only the fourth bowler to take multiple hat-tricks in Ranji history and second for Karnataka after Anil Kumble. Others to have more than one hat-trick are: Joginder Rao (three) for Services and Pritam Gandhe (two) for Vidarbha. Vinay’s hat-trick is overall the tenth for Karnataka in Ranji, the most by any team. The next highest is six hat-tricks for Bengal and then five each for Delhi, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.

With his first wicket of the day, Vinay went past Erapalli Prasanna’s 370 wickets to become Karnataka’s third-highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy. Now only Sunil Joshi (479) and BS Chandrasekhar (437) are ahead of Vinay. He is already the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Ranji Trophy history.

RBI holds rates, eyes inflation and rebounding growth

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Dec
7

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Reserve Bank of India kept its policy rate steady on Wednesday, as widely expected, after inflation accelerated to a seven-month high and stronger economic growth reduced the need for monetary stimulus.

All but two of 54 analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted the repo rate would be left unchanged for a second straight meeting at 6.00 percent, its lowest since November 2010.

The RBI also kept the reverse repo rate unchanged at 5.75 percent.

The decision to stand pat was widely expected after the annual rate of consumer inflation increased in October to 3.58 percent, driven by higher food and crude oil prices. That’s still low by Indian standards, but not far from the central bank’s 4 percent target.

Nonetheless, the RBI left its policy stance “neutral” while slightly softening its language on inflation by saying risks were “evenly balanced”.

Many analysts believe the RBI will keep rates on hold in coming months, including at its next policy meeting in February, as it watches inflation trends.

“The global policy rate cycle and (rising) commodity prices, along with the consolidated fiscal position, will keep the RBI cautious,” said Suvodeep Rakshit, a senior economist with Kotak Institutional Equities in Mumbai.

Government officials have been calling on the RBI to cut rates given the economy, though recovering from July’s bumpy launch of a national sales tax, is not yet growing fast enough to create the jobs needed for India’s young workforce.

“We have a neutral stance, which means that depending on the data flow in coming months and quarters we’ll determine what we do regarding the policy,” RBI Governor Urjit Patel told a news briefing after the decision.

“All possibilities are on the table, and we would look carefully at both the inflation data and growth data that comes in coming months.”

Five members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep rates unchanged, while one voted for a 25 basis point (bp) cut.

Indian bond prices have slumped in recent weeks as investors sharply pared expectations for rate cuts.

The central bank took advantage of an extraordinary period of low inflation, including a slump in food and energy prices, to cut rates by a total of 200 bps from January 2015 until August this year, when it last cut the repo by 25 bps.

But those factors are now reversing, with crude prices rallying and food prices expected to climb further.

Moreover, a growing number of global central banks, including most recently South Korea‘s, are tightening policy, with the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to hike rates again next week.

There is also growing uncertainty on whether the government will have to borrow more as it struggles to meet its fiscal deficit target, which could add to price pressures.

On Wednesday, the RBI slightly raised its inflation projection by 10 bps to between 4.3 percent and 4.7 percent in the six months ending in March 2018.

It also retained its projection for gross value added growth, a measure of economic expansion it prefers, at 6.7 percent for the year ending in March, the same as its forecast in October.

India’s economic growth rebounded to 6.3 percent in the three months ending in September, halting a five-quarter slide.

Bond markets took solace that the statement was not as hawkish as some had feared after the recent spike in inflation.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond yield slid 3 bps to 7.04 percent from around 7.07 percent before the policy decision. It had risen more than 60 bps since the RBI’s Aug. 2 policy meeting.

But the rupee weakened to 64.49 per dollar from around 64.47 before the RBI’s statement, while the broader NSE share index fell 0.7 percent for the day, mostly before the rate announcement.

Reporting by Swati Bhat and Suvashree Dey Choudhury; Writing by Rafael Nam; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Kim Coghill

‘Kaalakaandi’ trailer: Saif Ali Khan starrer is bound to keep you on the edge, literally

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iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

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Dec
6


A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

Dhaka elect to bat first; Rangpur rest Mashrafe

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Dec
6

Toss Dhaka Dynamites chose to bat v Rangpur Riders

Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first against Rangpur Riders, who were captained by Brendon McCullum.

Rangpur rested their regular captain Mashrafe Mortaza, one of seven changes to their XI for the match. Chris Gayle, Ziaur Rahman, Chamara Kapugedara, Nazmul Islam, Sohag Gazi and Isuru Udana were also rested. Rubel Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Shahriar Nafees, Ebadat Hossain, Johnson Charles, Adam Lyth and Samuel Badree were included.

Dhaka made four changes: they included Mehedi Maruf, Mohammad Saddam, Mohammad Amir and Evin Lewis in place of Shahid Afridi, Cameron Delport, Shadman Islam and Nadif Chowdhury.

Rangpur Riders: 1 Adam Lyth, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt), 4 Mohammad Mithun (wk), 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Shahriar Nafees, 7 Nahidul Islam, 8 Abdur Razzak, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 Ebadat Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain

Dhaka Dynamites: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Joe Denly, 3 Mehedi Maruf, 4 Sunil Narine, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Jahurul Islam (wk), 8 Mosaddek Hossain, 9 Abu Hider, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Saddam

India’s case against Mallya politically motivated, UK court hears

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Dec
6

LONDON (Reuters) – The Indian government’s fraud case against tycoon Vijay Mallya is baseless and politically motivated, his defence lawyer told a London court on Tuesday as she battled to prevent his extradition to his home country.

Mallya, who lives in Britain, stands accused in India of fraudulently palming off losses from his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines onto banks by taking out loans he had no intention of repaying.

His defence team argue that he is being used as a scapegoat by Indian politicians of all stripes to deflect public anger at the accumulation of bad debts by state-owned banks.

The 61-year-old, nicknamed “the King of Good Times” after the slogan on bottles of one of his premium beers and his hard partying lifestyle, had business interests ranging from aviation to liquor.

He is also the co-owner of Formula One motor racing team Force India.

The case against him centres on a series of loans Kingfisher obtained from Indian banks, especially state-owned lender IDBI. The banks want to recover a total of about $1.4 billion that the state says the defunct airline owes.

Mallya’s British defence lawyer, Clare Montgomery, told Westminster Magistrates Court that India had made a series of serious allegations against him and others that did not have “a shred of evidence” to back them up.

She also said that the Indian government’s case revealed a “shocking” lack of appreciation of how companies function and of basic realities such as the effects of incorporation and the rights of shareholders.

“Economically and legally, it is impossible to palm off losses onto banks by borrowing to pass on the cost of failure,” she said.

Montgomery said she would call witnesses later in the two-week hearing to give evidence on what she called the “political ramifications” of the case.

She accused several Indian parties including the ruling BJP of “making political capital from the Mallya case on the assumption there was a fraud”.

Montgomery said India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which is prosecuting the case, had a “long and inglorious history of being politically motivated in the cases it brings”.

She also criticised prison conditions in India, saying that they were worse than in Russia, a country to which British courts have on several occasions refused to extradite suspects for that reason.

Montgomery said there were competing narratives, fraud versus business failure, and that no reasonable jury would be able to reach a safe conclusion that there had been a deliberate intent to defraud.

Mallya, the focus of intense media interest in India, arrived wearing a dark suit and yellow tie and was mobbed by cameramen as he walked into the building.

Inside the courtroom he spoke only to confirm his name and age, before sitting quietly in the glass-walled dock as Montgomery spoke.

She said that the government’s allegation that Mallya had deliberately misled banks by overstating Kingfisher’s projected profits was “a false premise”.

That was because airlines were subject to many unpredictable factors beyond their control, such as fuel cost fluctuations and the global economic climate, so to make entirely accurate projections several years in advance was unrealistic.

The judge, England’s Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, will have to decide whether there is a prima facie case against Mallya and whether the alleged crimes would be offences in Britain as well as India.

Editing by Stephen Addison

Celebs pay their last respect to Shashi Kapoor

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Dec
6

Monday evening saw the end of an era, with the sad demise of one of the country’s most handsome and celebrated actors, Shashi Kapoor.

The romantic screen icon of the ’70s breathed his last at 5:20 pm at a hospital in Mumbai after battling a prolonged ailment. He was 79.

The last rites of the veteran actor were held at Santacruz Hindu crematorium on Tuesday noon. A number of eminent Bollywood celebrities, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Salim Khan along with Kapoor family members – Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor (Shashi Kapoor’s sons), Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor were spotted arriving to pay their last respects.

Randhir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

Amitabh Bachchan-Abhishek Bachchan

Shah Rukh Khan

Saif Ali Khan-Ranbir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor

Amitabh Bachchan

Shashi Kapoor

Kapoor, a three-time winner at India’s National Film Awards, is survived by his three children- Sanjana, Kunal and Karan.

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iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

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Dec
5


A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

Anderson five-for leaves England needing 354

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Dec
5

Tea Australia 8 for 442 dec and 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) lead England 227 by 353 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England will need their all-time highest successful run-chase to win the second Test at Adelaide Oval, after Australia set them a target of 354. For the first time in his long Test career, James Anderson completed a five-wicket haul in Australia and although England put together their best bowling performance of the series so far, their poor first-innings batting left them well behind in the match.

The highest successful chase in England’s Test history came at the MCG in 1928-29, when Herbert Sutcliffe scored a century in their total of 7 for 332. Should England win this match they will also need the 10th-highest successful chase in Test history. Australia started the day on 4 for 53 and added a further 85 for the loss of their final six wickets, dismissed for 138.

Anderson finished with 5 for 43 and no Australian batsman passed 20. Anderson began by removing Australia’s nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, who chipped a catch to mid-off for 14. He followed by ending the scratchy stay of Peter Handscomb, who continued his struggles in this series and was caught off the edge at third slip for 12 from 42 deliveries. Handscomb’s lack of form is one of the concerns for the Australians despite their strong showing so far in the campaign.

Tim Paine made 11 before he was brilliantly caught by Craig Overton, running in from fine leg and diving to collect the top-edged hook off Chris Woakes. Woakes picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Shaun Marsh, who was looking to force the scoring rate after grinding his way to 19 from 60 deliveries.

Mitchell Starc made 20, the equal top-score in the innings (along with Usman Khawaja) before he skied a catch off Anderson to give the fast bowler his fifth wicket. The innings was wrapped up when Josh Hazlewood sent a catch to gully off Overton, leaving Pat Cummins not out on 11. The tea break was taken at the end of the Australia innings.

Bollywood matinee idol Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

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Dec
5

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, a Bollywood matinee idol who starred in over 100 films, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and had been battling a kidney ailment.

Kapoor, a three-time winner at India’s National Film Awards, is survived by his three children. His wife, English actress Jennifer Kendal, died in 1984.

He was part of what became known as Bollywood’s first family, alongside two brothers who were also leading men: Raj, who died in 1988, and Shammi who died in 2011.

His easy charm and intense demeanour made Shashi Kapoor an instant hit with audiences in the 1960s and 70s. He acted in blockbusters such as “Deewaar” (Wall) and “Kabhi Kabhie” (Sometimes) alongside Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

He straddled roles in mainstream Bollywood films with regular appearances in film producer Ismail Merchant’s collaborations with U.S. director James Ivory. He had memorable roles in films such as “The Householder” (1963) and “Shakespeare Wallah” (1965).

Kapoor also set up Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre, synonymous with experimental and avant-garde theatre in India. His daughter Sanjana now runs it.

Tributes to Kapoor began to pour in on Monday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind offering condolences on his death and applauding his contribution to cinema.

“Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come,” Modi said on Twitter.

Kapoor, who made few public appearances, was last seen in 2015 at an event where he received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, India’s highest honour for cinema.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Tony Tharakan and Peter Graff

PM Narendra Modi condoles veteran actor Shashi Kapoor’s demise

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Dec
5

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon, who directed the iconic film ‘Amrapali’, passed away on Sunday evening, his associates said. He was 88.

Tandon breathed his last at his Powai residence, in presence of his family.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “Sad to know about the demise of one of the finest tv and film directors Lekh Tandon ji. Your work is immoral. Will miss U. #RIP”.

Pandit told IANS that Tandon was bed-ridden for the last five to six months and fed through a pipe. The end came at 5.38 p.m., he said.

Born in Lahore in 1929, Tandon directed many Bollywood stalwarts like Shammi Kapoor (‘Professor’, 1962; ‘Prince’, 1969), Rajender Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Rajesh Khanna to name a few. His film ‘Amrapali’ (1966), featuring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala, was selected as Indian entry for the best foreign language film at 39th Academy Awards.

He also bagged Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie ‘Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye’, along with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar in 1978.

He directed his first television serial ‘Dil Dariya’ in 1988 through which he was also credited for discovering Shah Rukh Khan.

Tandon also acted in films like ‘Swades’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Rang De Basanti’ among others.

His funeral will be held in Powai at 12 p.m. on Monday.

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Apple iOS 11.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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Dec
4


Apple
iOS 11.2
has landed. The seventh update to iOS 11 is one of the biggest yet containing the most new features since iOS 11. But it is also the most rushed yet with Apple breaking its usual release schedule to push this out late Friday night to combat a serious restart bug. Consequently it arrives unfinished so, with previous rushed iOS 11 releases suffering badly (1,2,3,4,5), should you upgrade? In a word: No.

Here’s everything you need to know…


Gordon Kelly

Apple iOS 11.2

Who Is iOS 11.2 For?

Like every iOS 11 release, iOS 11.2 is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.

iOS 11.2 automatically notifies compatible devices to upgrade (expect nagging if you don’t), but if this hasn’t happened for you it can be triggered manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Tip: Apple iOS beta testers, you may have to unroll your device for the update to appear.

iOS updates vary in size, depending on device, but as a ‘major point’ update iOS 11.2 is larger than most at roughly 400MB. If you are updating directly from iOS 10, however, you’ll see a large iOS 11 upgrade and your device will be on iOS 11.2 when finished (yes, it’s odd but it’s a rollup upgrade).

The Deal Breakers

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is jailbroken beware because iOS 11.2 will break it. Interestingly hackers have made progress in opening up iOS 11 (more so than iOS 10) so an iOS 11.2 jailbreak may come soon, but until it does steer clear.

Meanwhile looking closely at overall stability, the initial picture after 24 hours is perhaps as mixed as you might expect for such a clearly rushed update.

The most obvious consequence is Apple Pay Cash (pulled last minute from iOS 11), was finally added but doesn’t actually work yet as Apple has not made the switch server side. Furthermore users around the world are being told iOS 11.2 delivers Apple Pay Cash in the release notes when it’s a US-only feature for now. That’s causing a lot of confusion and frustration.

Elsewhere the biggest iOS 11 problem for many continues with battery life issues again widely reported on social media. In addition some iPhone X users are finding Face ID doesn’t work after upgrading to iOS 11.2 and while some found a restart fixed it, that isn’t working for everyone. App crashes do appear to have improved though, even if there’s a clear lack of polish. Again blame that unscheduled release.

Needless to say, should any of these problems escalate or significant new ones appear I will update this article.

So What Do You Get?

As mentioned above, Apple Pay Cash is the headline addition with iOS 11.2 and is the only feature specifically namechecked in the main update description: “iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.”

That said there are some other standouts which I’ve listed below:

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The one which should catch your eye most is faster Qi wireless charging support for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and this boosts the maximum charge rate from 5W to 7.5W. Unfortunately that’s still a long way below the 15W peak wireless charge rates Qi supports and in reality it only charges mildly quicker than 5W (primarily in the last 30%) but it’s a start. Expect 15W support to come via a proprietary ‘Apple Power’ standard in early 2018.

Of course while it isn’t specifically name checked, iOS 11.2 fixes the entire reason for its rushed release too: the restart bug. It also doesn’t name (but patches) the ridiculous autocorrect typing bug.

Finally yet another sign of how much Apple rushed this release: at the time of publication Apple’s official security page simply lists security information as “details available soon”. Unlike the minor point releases, iOS 11.2 is expected to have security patches, but there’s no way to tell what they are. Again I’ll update you should they prove to be significant.

Apple iOS 11.2 Verdict: Unless You Have The Restart Bug, Hold Fire (Especially If You Own An iPhone X)

So here’s the deal: if your iPhone is a victim of the restart bug then iOS 11.2 is for you. Whatever other problems it introduces, they are not as bad as not being able to operate your smartphone. So cross your fingers and upgrade.

But for everyone else, I would advise you hold off. iOS 11.2 is so rushed I simply don’t trust it and it hasn’t made a good impression when a) the headline feature doesn’t actually work, b) security content is “coming soon”, and c) it’s breaking the biggest new technology in the iPhone X and a restart isn’t working for everyone. Heck, even its contents description is inaccurate – especially if you live outside the US.

I suspect (in time) Apple will admit iOS 11 was a generation with far too many rushed updates and iOS 11.2 is likely the nadir in what has been a terrible week for Apple software. But don’t expect that admission anytime soon so, until then, don’t be a guinea pig. “It just works” feels like a distant memory at the moment.

The Road Ahead

Usually I can tell you about the next version of iOS which Apple is beta testing, but not this time. Why? Because iOS 11.2 itself was meant to still be in beta testing so nothing else is in the pipe.

That said I feel very confident in making the following prediction: expect an iOS 11.2.1 bug fix in the very near future…

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Mathews, Chandimal fight through wicketless session

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Dec
4

Lunch: Sri Lanka 192 for 3 (Mathews 90*, Chandimal 52*) trail India 536 for 7 dec by 344 runs

After Sri Lanka’s best session with the bat on this punishing tour of India, Angelo Mathews stood on the brink of ending a long and difficult wait – a wait of two years, three months, and 36 innings without a Test century. Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, ex-captain and current captain, batted through a wicketless morning at the Feroz Shah Kotla, stretching their fourth-wicket partnership to 117 and moving Sri Lanka to 192 for 3 at lunch on day three.

It was painstaking progress against a bowling attack that never let up the pressure. Sri Lanka scored 61 runs in the session, off 26.3 overs. But even if Mathews and Chandimal endured a few uncomfortable moments, they gave India no real chances, and conditions, by and large, remained good to bat in. These were encouraging signs for Sri Lanka to continue their fight, but they remained a long way behind in the game, 344 adrift of India’s first-innings total at lunch.

Mathews survived a nervy period as lunch approached, when he could sight three figures on the horizon and Ravindra Jadeja brought his field up to try and tempt him into a big shot. It nearly worked, as Mathews stepped out, failed to reach the pitch of the ball, went through with his attempted loft over the covers, and only managed to slice the ball to backward point – on the bounce, to his relief.

In the last over before lunch, Jadeja, out of nowhere, got one to bounce awkwardly as Mathews stretched out to defend, hitting his glove. Next ball, a push to mid-off and a hurried sprint took Mathews to 90 and the safety of the non-striker’s end.

The struggle summarised Mathews’ innings. He had been beaten numerous times by the fast bowlers on the second afternoon when he had pushed and prodded with his feet going nowhere, and had been dropped at second slip on 6. He had grown in assurance thereafter, utilising all his know-how to keep India’s attack out, but it was seldom pretty.

He was quick to punish anything on his legs, and targeted R Ashwin – who, for the second day running, was under-utilised, only coming on with 25 minutes left for lunch – for his rare flashes of adventure, such as a delicate lap-sweep to go from 83 to 87.

Otherwise, it was sheer, stubborn resistance. Early in the morning, he was beaten a few times by Mohammed Shami, who bowled another spell of testing line, the odd bouncer, and just a touch of seam movement, all at high pace, and miscued a pull into no-man’s land. Camped on the back foot against Ishant Sharma, he reached out for full balls and skewed and sliced them squarer than intended.

As the session wore on, Ishant packed the leg side and peppered him with short balls. Perhaps he overdid it, but there were still a few awkward moments, such as a pull that flashed narrowly wide of the man at short fine leg.

Like Mathews, Chandimal was troubled by Shami early on. A short ball from wide of the crease smacked him on the glove, and three balls later he was a little slow getting on the front foot to a full ball in the channel, the resultant edge falling short of first slip. At one point, the smoggy atmosphere caused him some difficulty, bringing the physio onto the field. Otherwise, he looked composed as he settled into the kind of defensive innings he has now become adept at playing – think SSC, 2016, or Abu Dhabi, a couple of months ago.

Occasionally, he unfurled an eye-catching attacking shot – such as a cover drive off Shami or a twinkle-toed whip against the turn off Jadeja – but otherwise it was all vigilant defence as he moved to his third successive half-century of the series, looking increasingly secure and promising more frustration for India after lunch.

Infosys taps Capgemini executive Salil S Parekh as CEO

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Dec
4

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Infosys, India’s No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job for a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and forging peace between its founders and board following a public spat.

Parekh, who is joining from consultancy firm Capgemini where he was a member of its group executive team, has been given a 5-year term effective Jan. 2, Infosys said in a statement.

U.B. Pravin Rao who was serving as the interim CEO has been re-designated as chief operating officer from Jan. 2, Infosys said.

“He (Parekh) has nearly three decades of global experience in the IT services industry,” said Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani. “He has a strong track record of executing business turnarounds and managing very successful acquisitions.”

“The board believes that he is the right person to lead Infosys at this transformative time in our industry.”

Parekh, who joined Capgemini back in 2000, resigned from the Paris-based company following “recent managerial evolutions” announced in October, Capgemini said in a separate release.

His departure will be effective on Jan. 1, the statement said.

Parekh, who had been instrumental in expanding Capgemini’s India team, had once been seen as a potential successor to Capgemini CEO Paul Hermelin. [bit.ly/2AO9aKO]

Parekh’s roles at Capgemini included heading the strategic business unit of geographies such as North America, the United Kingdom as well as local business units in India and Australia.

“Salil brings in a skill mix which is widely known in the business advisory side and in the boardrooms of many of Infosys’s clients, current and prospective,” said Malay Shah, a senior director at Alvarez Marsal.

“He will likely be a great market face for Infosys, driving growth and deal wins. The existing setup at Infosys, with Nandan as chairman and Salil as CEO, is capable of addressing key operational and technology challenges.”

Former CEO Vishal Sikka announced a sudden exit in August after a protracted public spat with the company’s founding executives, led by Narayana Murthy, over strategy and alleged corporate governance lapses.

Sikka, who joined from German software maker SAP in 2014, was the first outsider to be made CEO of the Bengaluru-headquartered company.

His exit and the prolonged public row led to a reshuffling of the Infosys’ board with Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder and former CEO, returning as non-executive chairman.

Nilekani, credited with four-fold growth in Infosys’ revenue to $2 billion during his tenure as CEO, had said at the time that cultural fit would be an important criteria for the top job, making internal candidates “very strong contenders.”

Reporting by Suvashree Dey Choudhury and Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Euan Rocha, Rafael Nam and Jason Neely

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