Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products

first_img “I think your idea of letting the CM think everything is working while in fact the firmware is actually try to help the OEM locate where the counterfeiting is taking place – That would be a really good thing” Is it possible to be too successful? Well, if you create an embedded system that sells in low quantities, you can control the entire process in-house. However, if your product proves to be wildly popular, thereby requiring high-volume production, you will probably end up working with a contract manufacturer (CM), and one of the tasks performed by the CM will be to program your firmware into your product’s microcontroller(s).If you are using a CM, one of the things you need to protect yourself against is theft of your IP and overproduction of your system. It’s estimated that around 10% of electronic products around the world are counterfeit, and overproduction by CMs accounts for a substantial proportion of these knock-offs.Different people think of IP (intellectual property) in different ways. With regard to an embedded system, the hardware design is one form of IP and the firmware is another. In some cases, it may be relatively easy to clone the hardware, but the hardware is useless without the firmware. If a CM is provided with unfettered access to both hardware and firmware, the originators of the system are left with little recourse but to rely on the CM’s ethics and reputation, until now…At the recent Embedded World Conference, which was held earlier this month in Nuremberg, Germany, SEGGER announced a new production programming system called Flasher SECURE that targets the problems of IP theft and overproduction.(Source: SEGGER) There are various possible use models. The diagram above reflects a common scenario. This is based on the fact that each microcontroller contains a unique identifier (UID). The owner of the firmware IP — typically the designer of the embedded system — provides the CM with the Flasher SECURE platform. Meanwhile, the firmware itself resides on a trusted server that remains under the control of the IP owner.When the time comes to program the system, Flasher SECURE reads the UID from the device to be programmed and transmits this to the trusted server, which validates the UID and generates a cryptographic signature. The firmware and the signature are then returned to Flasher SECURE, which programs them into the microcontroller.When the product is powered up, the first thing the firmware does is to read the UID on its microcontroller and check that this corresponds to the signature it was given before it does anything else. The bottom line is that this instantiation of the firmware will only run on this specific microcontroller.But “time is money,” as they say. If this process slows down production, then it’s also going to increase costs. Well, fear not, because the folks at SEGGER have taken this into account. In fact, the firmware is only downloaded from the trusted server one time as part of programming the very first device, after which it is stored in Flasher SECURE.(Source: SEGGER) When it comes to subsequent units, at the same time that Flasher SECURE is programming the firmware, it’s also reading the microcontroller’s UID and sending this UID to the trusted server. The trusted server validates the UID and creates and returns the corresponding signature before the programming has been completed. Once the firmware has been loaded into the device, all that remains is to load the signature, which takes an infinitesimal amount of time.So, what happens if the firmware determines that it’s running on a counterfeit system? Well, this is up to its creators. One option is for it to simply refuse to do anything at all. Another possibility would be for the firmware to display a message informing the end-users that they are working with an illegal product. Depending on the system (you wouldn’t want to do this in a safety-critical product), if would be possible for the firmware to pretend to be doing its job while actually producing erroneous results or performing nonsensical actions, thereby disgruntling its new owners who would forcibly express their feelings of discontent to the little scamps who had ripped-off the system in the first place.Another option to which I’m particularly partial would be for the firmware to pretend to be doing its job while actively trying to access the Internet and broadcast as much information as possible to help the owners of the IP track it down.If you wanted to be really nasty, you could get the firmware to do its best to wreak havoc on anything it came into contact with, but perhaps we should try to restrain ourselves from sinking to the level of the bad guys. What do you think? If someone stole one of your designs, would a simple “Warning: This is a counterfeit system,” message suffice, or would you want to “Cry havoc and let slip the dog bytes of war?” (with apologies to The Bard)? Log in to Reply March 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm 1 thought on “Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products” Continue Reading Previous An alternative to buying test equipmentNext Why software quality managers should consider ISO 9001:2015 Mike J Green says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry, Manufacturing, Medical, Security Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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F&S: COM for battery-powered applications with numerous interfaces

first_img Continue Reading Previous Bosch and HARTING: plug&play IIoT kit monitors machine conditionsNext ST: single-chip three-phase and three-sense BLDC driver F&S Elektronik Systeme introduces a new Computer on Module as part of the efus product family. Efus A53LS is based on a 64 Bit NXP processor, the QorIQ LS1012A Layerscape, with ARM Cortex-A53 core and 800 MHz clock frequency. The CPU is optimized for battery-backed or USB-powered, space-constrained networking and IoT applications. Other highlights are high performance, fast interfaces and low power loss of only one Watt (typ.). The LS1012A incorporates the same Trust Architecture and software compatibility of higher-tier QorIQ LS family devices, enabling scalable, secure applications that leverage a common 64-bit software platform. Efus A53LS is equipped with up to 512MB DDR3L RAM and 64MB QSPI NOR Flash. It comes with interfaces like 2x 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet, WLAN IEEE802.11b/g/n, BT 2.1 + EDR, 4.0/4.1, UART, 2x I2C, SPI, USB 3.0 OTG, CAN, SDIO for μSD Slot, SATA and PCIe. F&S Elektronik Systeme’s customized Linux Yocto supports all available interfaces of efus A53LS, enabling an easy software development without the need of having in-depth hardware knowledge. efus A53LS will stay available until minimum 2031 (Commitment to Longevity by NXP).The efus form factor has become very successful on the market, due to its frequently demanded characteristics: It has a size of 47x 62mm only and a 230 pin plug connector (MXM2), as well as the possibility to realize a design with a four-layer base board only. Other efus modules are available with NXP i.MX 6ULL, i.MX 6SoloX and i.MX 6Solo/ Dual/ Quad, modules with i.MX 8 are planned for 2018.F&S Elektronik Systeme supports its customers with the F&S project guarantee: we are at your side from the project start until the successful completion of the project. Starterkit, workshop, documents for hardware and software development and free support by our experienced engineers complete the comprehensive F&S support.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Getting the right Linux distribution for your embedded application

first_imgThis article looks at how selecting the most appropriate distributions and pre-configured embedded systems have become critical success factors in speeding up new product development and time to market. By Janez Ugovsek, Densitron                                                 Download PDF version of this article Nowadays in digital world, manufacturing and other industries are becoming more complex and increasingly automated. This is being driven by the ever-growing demands of B2B customers looking to achieve maximum output at minimum costs through the optimization of overall production efficiencies and streamlining of processes. One area of enhancement that has seen significant activity in recent years is that of Human Machine Interface (HMI). This platform of communication and information exchange between electromechanical processes and the operator is undergoing considerable evolution, with the introduction of feature-rich graphical displays, monitors and touch screens, already commonplace in mobile consumer products, fast becoming increasingly popular in industrial applications. Whether this is part of a trend towards establishing The Industrial Internet of Things or simply to deliver more effective and user-friendly operator capabilities, the role of the HMI is now more important than ever. This is a trend supported by the findings of a recent report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc, which forecasts that the global value of the HMI solutions market will exceed $5 billion by 2020 (Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions:  A Global Strategic Business Report – June 2015 (Global Industry Analysts, Inc)). While innovation, new product development and delivering what the customer wants in terms of an enhanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) is the lifeblood of future success, so too is the time to market and the speed at which these latest solutions turn from concept into reality. In such a fast-moving society, reducing development time and speeding up time to market will help achieve that all- important product differentiator and maintain competitive advantage. One area of the solutions development cycle that has the potential to reduce time is in selecting the most appropriate Linux distribution that is best suited to the display and graphics technology and their application. While the very nature of these open-source Linux-based distributions make for easier configuration and customization, choosing the right one from the vast selection of distributions available, even for the most discerning software engineers, can be a challenge. Make the wrong selection, and additional development required to configure the distribution with your chosen GUI and it will not only cost time, it will also cost financially.  Get it right however, and you will end up saving yourself a lot of time and effort, and enable you to deliver the finished solution a lot quicker to market.When it comes to choosing the right Linux distribution for your chosen GUI, there is rarely a perfect, ready-made solution. However, by working in close partnership with a specialist technology provider, significant advantages can be gained through tapping in to their own expertise and understanding of which distributions, tools and peripherals provide the best fit in terms of your end-user requirements. In the case of Densitron, our software engineers have already developed fully optimized embedded boards that are pre-loaded with the latest QT cross platform software and pre-configured with the most appropriate distributions. This further streamlines development and customization requirements and accelerates integration by offering an almost instant plug and play solution.In terms of the GUI, there are a number of Linux distributions that have been identified as being particularly suited to systems integration. Take for example Ubuntu based on the stable, multi-purpose and trusted Debian distribution. Ubuntu has become one of the most popular and best-known distributions. Not only is it well designed and easy to use for NAS and web-servers, it has also advanced the use of Linux as a desktop operating system more than any other distribution. Ubuntu comes as a managed package, with full hardware integration, and ongoing support through the availability of a repository of applications, software and pre-complied packages for download, all enabling quick and simple configuration. Adding to its flexibility, there are multiple variations of the distribution, including Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu-server and Mythbuntu. Yocto is another distribution that is particularly suited for video and graphics drivers. In the case of Yocto, the package provides the tools and processes to make your own distributions, whereby the distribution administrator can make their own repositories of software. While Yocto requires a greater depth of knowledge and expertise in terms of development and customization, it is well suited for more deeply embedded solutions where for example multi-media drivers are more important than ease of use.With any software development project, there will never be a miracle one-size-fits-all solution and when time is no object, then selecting a distribution with a familiar architecture will certainly work. However, when time is a critical factor in product delivery, then a fully optimized embedded board, pre-loaded with the latest drivers, tools, cross-platform QT software and distributions ready for almost instant plug and play customization, will reduce time to market significantly. With software engineering and new product development being such a dynamic, fast-moving area, keeping up with the latest changes, enhancements and innovations is essential to ensure your solutions not only meet the demands of today, but also allow for future requirements. It’s important to be open and willing to try, test and explore new opportunities. You only have to consider the potential that the independent Android platform could possibly offer in terms of its GUI. And while Android has been so successful in the mobile consumer environment, although it doesn’t have the interface drivers for suitable for industrial applications now, who knows where this might take us in the future? So, while knowledge and expertise of existing software solutions is vital, so too is forward thinking vision where research and testing can explore and deliver future-proof solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Implementation possibilities for efficient cooling of 19Next Cloud for flat-panel controllers and RFID readerslast_img read more

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Swissbit: USB 3.1 sticks for industrial use and secure

first_img Continue Reading Previous ARBOR upgrades LYNC-712 and LYNC-715 IPPCs with Intel Apollo Lake processorNext Würth introduces another MagI³C power module Swissbit announce the introduction of a new product range of USB 3.1 flash drives. The new USB sticks fulfill the tough requirements of flash memory for industrial use. The series is based on a highly sophisticated USB 3.1 flash controller and comprises the product range U-500k with a highly reliable SLC-NAND and U-50k with MLC-NAND. Furthermore, a version with MLC-NAND in pSLC configuration is offered under the name U-56k. The benefit: an endurance seven times longer than that of a MLC-NAND with the same memory density. By the third quarter of 2018, the SLC versions with densities of 2 to 32 GB, the MLC version with 16 to 128 GB and the pSLC configuration with 8 to 64 GB will be available. Particularly important considering the new stricter data protection provisions: all USB 3.1 sticks are also offered in versions with integrated data protection features.USB flash drives are often used to transport data between different locations or as exchangeable memory expansion in industrial applications such as log data storage, data backup, system upgrade or as license token. Now Swissbit offers new USB stick ranges that fulfill the same requirements for professional applications as other industrial storage solutions yet are extremely easy to use and universally applicable.In combination with the SuperSpeed USB 3.1 interface, U-500k, U-50k and U 56k offer outstanding data rates for the sequential writing of data. As the firmware works with page-based mapping, the random-write IOPS performance increases, while wear decreases significantly. This in turn makes USB sticks the perfect solution for data logging applications. Smart firmware routines recognize weak data segments and update them before any data loss occurs. This is particularly important when used as boot medium or for long-term data storage.Swissbit will offer special variants of these USB sticks for confidential or license-relevant content under the names PU-500k, PU-50k and PU-56k. Configurable security options allow for data encryption and access restrictions with PIN protection including repeat counter and hidden or read-only partitions. The data protection option “DP” prevents data from being spied upon in case of loss or theft of a flash drive. Furthermore, the secured USB stick can also be employed as copy-protected license tokens.For the new USB 3.1 product range, Swissbit AG once again has opted for their proven flash drive casing “unitedCONTRAST II”, already used for their USB 2.0 sticks, which is also available in customized designs. Additionally, Swissbit will add a “Nano” casing to their range – a robust flash drive in an enclosed tamper-proof metal casing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

first_imgChiang Rai, Jul 11 (AFP) The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex, a rescuer said today as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that has captivated the world. The video of the rescue, which ended yesterday when the final four boys and their 25-year-old coach emerged from the cave, was released by authorities who had until late today closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation.Other video footage shows several of the boys in hospital, in quarantine and wearing face masks but seemingly in good health as they nod, wave and flash peace signs to the camera. The nerve-shredding three-day operation ended yesterday when the final members of the “Wild Boars” were freed from the cave which had held them captive since June 23. The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline “Hooyah” pinballed across social media. But Thai authorities have been coy on how a group of boys, many of whom could not swim and none with diving experience, could have navigated the treacherous narrow and submerged passageways of the Tham Luang complex, even with expert diving support. After days of mounting speculation, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver broke the silence, revealing the boys were sleeping or partially-conscious as they were passed from diver-to-diver through the cave. “Some of them were asleep, some of them were wiggling their fingers… (as if) groggy, but they were breathing,” Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong told AFP.advertisement”My job was to transfer them along,” he said, adding the “boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred” and were monitored at regular intervals by doctors posted along the kilometres-long escape route. He did not say if the coach, the only adult with the boys for nine days before they found, was able to dive and walk out unaided. Footage released by the Thai Navy SEALs showed foreign and Thai divers using pulleys, ropes and rubber piping to haul stretchers bearing two of the barely moving young footballers to safety, their exit framed by the jagged cave overhead. Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha yesterday said the boys had been given a “minor tranquiliser” to prevent anxiety during the complex extraction bid. But he had denied they were knocked out for an operation the chief of the rescue had dubbed “mission impossible”. The rescue was fraught with danger, a point underscored last Friday by the death of a retired Thai Navy SEAL diver as he ran out of air in the flooded cave complex. Thailand spent today celebrating the successful mission. It received blanket coverage in Thai media with newspaper The Nation running the headline “Hooyah! Mission accomplished” and the Bangkok Post emblazoned with “All Wild Boars saved”.Despite spending days in the dark, dank, cave health officials said the boys — who are aged 11 to 16 — are in good physical and mental health and eating normal food. “It might be because they were all together as a team, helping each other out,” public health ministry inspector general Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong told reporters. The saga of the “Wild Boars” gripped the world, with the lives of the group hanging in the balance as the threat of heavy rain injected urgency to an already perilous extraction bid. Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid. Duangduen Sittiwongsa, a classmate of 16-year-old Pheeraphat “Night” Sompiengjai, whose birthday fell on the same day the team entered the cave, said they would give him cake when he came back to school. “We will sing a song for him,” she said. Rescuers had weighed up several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season. But they were prodded into the dangerous task of bringing the team through submerged chambers and claustrophobic passages as oxygen levels in the cave plummeted and rains menaced.The group were taken out in three batches by a team of 13 international divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a “Hooyah” on their Facebook page. That sign off quickly turned into a hashtag shared across social media, where luminaries of business, politics and sport extended their best wishes to the team and the rescuers. “I’m very happy and relieved. I haven’t been able to sleep for days. I’m happy that the boys are out too,” said Khamluh Guntawong, the grandfather of team coach Ekkapol Chantawong. (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisementlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy On8 launched in India for Rs 16,990, will be available starting August 6

first_imgAs teased, Samsung has launched a new mid-range smartphone — Galaxy On8 in India on Wednesday. The Galaxy On8 is an online exclusive product just as the On6, and will be available on Flipkart and Samsung Online Shop — shop.samsung.com/in for a starting price of Rs 16,990. The Galaxy On8 comes packed with a big 6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display and dual camera set up on the back. With the Galaxy On8, Samsung is aiming to compete with other similar budget phones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Moto G6, and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.The newly launched Galaxy On8 comes with a polycarbonate unibody design and has a 6-inch HD+ super AMOLED Infinity display with an aspect ratio of with an 18.5:9. The primary camera on the rear panel includes a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture while the secondary cam equips a 5-megapixel sensor paired with f/1.9 aperture. On the front, the new Galaxy On8 features a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.The dual cameras of the Galaxy On8 come packed with Samsung’s flagship ‘Live Focus’ feature, with which users will be able to click bokeh shots keeping sharp focus to the foreground while blurring out the background. In addition, the smartphone also comes with some new dual camera features like Background Blur Shape, Portrait Dolly, and Portrait Backdrop.The Samsung phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. On the software front, the Galaxy On8 runs the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system. It is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery.advertisement”At Samsung, our constant endeavour is to bring meaningful innovation in our products and services that can truly add value to the lives of our consumers. Galaxy On8 sports Samsung’s signature Infinity Display and is a stunning device with state-of-the-art hardware and software features. With Galaxy On8, we have emphasized more on the camera, which is one of the most used features by millennials today,” said Sandeep Singh Arora Vice President Online Business of Samsung India.The infinity display of the Galaxy On8 is enhanced by Samsung’s ‘Make for India’ “Chat Over Video” feature which allows users to have an uninterrupted and uncompromised video viewing experience while chatting, hence eliminating the need to switch between video viewing or chatting. The smartphone also comes pre-loaded with Samsung Mall which let users shop by clicking a picture of the desired product and automatically getting results for the item across popular e-commerce platforms.The Galaxy On8 is launched as an online exclusive product. The phone will be available on Flipkart and Samsung’s e-store from August 6 onwards for a price of Rs 16,990. “We are delighted to launch the latest smartphone from Samsung Galaxy On series on Flipkart. With the promise of quality and trusted brand equity, Galaxy On8 caters to India’s online customers who look for more from their smartphones,” said, Ayyappan Rajagopal Senior Director, Mobiles Flipkart. As a part of the launch offer, Flipkart will offer exciting offers like No Cost EMI, Special Data Offers and more to consumers on buying the Samsung Galaxy On8.last_img read more

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Wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Divya Kakran pull out of World Wrestling Championship

first_imgSushil Kumar and Divya Kakran have decided to pull out of the World Wrestling Championship, starting from October 20 in Hungary.While Sushil’s reason for withdrawal is believed to be his lack of form, Kakran decided to skip the prestigious event because of an ankle injury.Sushil had suffered an embarrassing first round exit from the Asian Games and his participation was shrouded in doubt.The double Olympic medallist had suffered a first round exit at the Asian Games 2018 and his participation was in doubt ever since. Divya however, won a bronze medal at the sports meet in Jakarta and Palembang.”Both Sushil and Divya have conveyed that they should not be considered for the Worlds. Jitendra Kumar will now compete in the 74kg. We have decided to field Navjot Kaur in the 68kg in place of injured Divya,” a WFI source told PTI today.”Divya’s ankle problem had aggravated in Jakarta during the Asian Games. She is undergoing rehabilitation program at a camp in Bahalgarh,” the source added.Sushil Kumar could not be reached for a comment.Sakshi Malik, who is also struggling will have to undergo trials. She will have to fight it out with Sarita Mor for a place in the 62kg category.The World Championship is scheduled to be held in Budapest from October 20-28.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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India have a good future but ISL has not progressed, says Robert Pires

first_imgRobert Pires knows a thing or two about football. The Arsenal legend and former FC Goa star on Thursday said the Indian Super League has not made much progress since it was launched amid much fanfare five years ago.Pires signed for FC Goa in the opening season of the ISL in 2014 and then after a year-long stint with the club, the world-cup winning Frenchman announced retirement.”I think it (progress from Season one to five) is the same because you need to experiment with other footballing philosophies to strengthen the base. They need an Italian, French or maybe a Spanish or Portuguese to introduce them to other philosophies which will help the ISL to grow,” Pires, who is a La Liga ambassador, said.However, the 44-year-old remained optimistic about the future of Indian football, provided the sport perfects the balance between coaching and training.”I played in season one and there was a lot of passion among the players. I saw some good Indian talent out there.”India has a good future ahead but they need good academies, coaching and training to move forward. The mix of all these can lead to maybe an Indian playing in La Liga one day and that sort of progress is very important for development of football,” Pires said. La Liga side Girona FC and and Australian A-League’s Melbourne City FC played their pre-season friendly against Kerala Blasters FC in July. Pires emphasised that matches like these would help Indian clubs grow.”It is a good start. Girona — I know it is not the best team in La Liga — coming and playing its season friendly against Kerala is great. It can help Indian football. Get some good teams here. And if things go like this, 2-3 years down the line we can expect top sides like Barcelona and Real Madrid.”advertisementAsked about his time in ISL and plans for coaching, Pires didn’t rule out a comeback to India.”Playing for FC Goa was a great experience for me. Right now I am enjoying my role as ambassador for La Liga and Arsenal, but yes if ISL needs my help I will be happy to provide my services.”Pires, who inaugurated La Liga’s first football school said: “La Liga Football Schools is an excellent initiative to help develop the game in India. It will give access to the world’s best curriculum and facilities to young children in the country who want to pursue football.”La Liga football Schools are being launched across the country, in cities including Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and New Delhi.La Liga aims to have over 30 schools, training over 3000 nationwide by the turn of the year.The intensive training programme will be overseen by Technical Director, Javier Cabrera, who is a UEFA PRO Licensed Football coach with wide experience of working with professional football clubs and academies.Students from age group of 6 to 18 years will be the focus for the programme, which will be delivered using LaLiga’s technical curriculum and detailed methodology.”Launching the first LaLiga Football School is a very proud moment for us. We want every child in India to have access to the best training methodology to realise their full potential in the game and for that, we are going to deliver our training programmes across the country,” head of La Liga India, Jose Cachaza said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Canada says it was targeted by Russian cyber attacks

first_imgOttawa, Oct 4 (AFP) Canada said Thursday it too was targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its center for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, after allies blamed Moscow for some of the biggest hacking plots of recent years.”The government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military’s intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible” for these cyber attacks, the foreign ministry said in a statement.Ottawa said these formed “part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behavior, demonstrate a disregard for international law and undermine the rules-based international order.” And it called on “all those who value this order to come together in its defence.” Allies accused Russia military intelligence of being behind an April attempt to gain access to official networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).The Netherlands expelled four alleged agents and Britain and Australia pointed fingers at Russian military intelligence, while the United States charged seven Russian agents with hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016.The Russia-based Fancy Bears computer hacking group leaked athletes’ medical records held by WADA, said the agency.The same year, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport was “compromised by malware enabling unauthorized access to the Centre’s network,” the foreign ministry said.WADA has faced a backlash over its decision last month to lift a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency.The agency had suspended RUSADA in November 2015 after declaring it non-compliant following revelations of a vast state-backed scheme to avoid drug testers.advertisementA WADA report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russian authorities of running an elaborate doping program with the full support of the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian secret service (FSB).The softening of WADA’s stance triggered outrage from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world, who have accused WADA of succumbing to pressure from the IOC. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

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UEFA Nations League: Switzerland stun Belgium to reach semi-finals

first_imgHaris Seferovic scored a hat-trick as Switzerland recovered from conceding two early goals to beat World Cup semi-finalists Belgium 5-2 on Sunday and qualify for the last four of the UEFA Nations League in remarkable fashion.Belgium, who suffered only their second competitive defeat since Euro 2016, threatened to overwhelm Switzerland when Thorgan Hazard scored twice in the first 17 minutes, the first from an awful mistake by Nico Elvedi in the second minute.But the Swiss hit back to lead 3-2 at halftime with a penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez and a brace from Seferovic before Elvedi atoned for his mistake by heading them further in front in the 62nd minute and then Seferovic added a fifth.The two sides finished level at the top of Group Two in League A — the top tier — with nine points and the Swiss qualified on having the better head-to-head record after Belgium’s 2-1 win in Brussels.”I’m very proud of these young players,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic. “After the second goal, we had to stay calm and not concede a third goal and try to get slowly back into the game.”Needing to win 1-0, 2-1 or otherwise by a two-goal margin, the Swiss — beaten 1-0 at home by Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday — made a terrible start to Petkovic’s 50th match in charge.A harmless Belgian pass into the area landed at the feet of Elvedi who carelessly deflected it into the path of Hazard and he dinked the ball over Yann Sommer.advertisementDespite missing several key players including Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium quickly increased their lead. Haris Seferovic scored a hat-trick for Switzerland (AP Photo)Hazard, playing alongside his older brother Eden, collected a pass in midfield, advanced as Elvedi and Rodriguez backed off and fired a low shot past Sommer from the edge of the area.The contest appeared to be over but Switzerland were handed a lifeline in the 26th minute when Kevin Mbabu went down in a congested goal-line scramble and Rodriguez converted from the spot.That completely changed the complexion of the game and five minutes later, Rodriguez lofted a high ball into the area towards Xherdan Shaqiri who cushioned a header into the path of Seferovic to score from close range.Incredibly, Swiss went ahead one minute before the break with a goal that started with a Belgian corner.The Swiss cleared the ball, broke and found Edimilson Fernandes on the right where he pulled the ball back into the area for Seferovic to sweep the ball past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The hosts still needed a another goal and it arrived in the 62nd minute as Shaqiri, who had an outstanding match, curled a low cross into the area and Elvedi made amends for his earlier howler with a glancing header.An unmarked Seferovic sealed the win by heading in Mbabu’s cross with six minutes left.”We suddenly started to lose duels and gave away a stupid penalty foul. And suddenly the Swiss got hope for more,” said Courtois.”The feeling went into our team, that this cannot go wrong. But this is a high-level competitive match and hopefully not reaching the final four will teach us a lesson for the future.”last_img read more

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Shane Warne wants Cricket Australia to remove batting coach Graeme Hick

first_imgAustralia spin legend Shane Warne has called for the sacking of under-fire batting coach Graeme Hick. Australia have lost 18 matches of their last 24 matches across formats.”It’s time for a change,” Warne was quoted as saying in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.”The one thing I would say is … Australian cricket over the last 25-30 years has had some terrific batsmen.”Graeme Hick has been there for the last few years and seen that the players are making the same mistakes all the time; it’s time for a change,” he said.Warne believes one of the former Australian greats can do justice to the job.”Whether it be Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey … I’m sure any of those guys could do it,” Warne said.”We’ve had great cricketers for the past 25 years and they [should] be around the cricket team more often. Get Glenn McGrath with the bowlers … there are so many opportunities.”Cricket Australia on Tuesday upheld the ball-tampering bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and Warne slammed Australian Cricketers’ Association president Greg Dyer for trying to reduce the suspensions.”I think once the bans were in place, even though I thought they were too harsh at the time, you can’t overrule them,” Warne said.”I was disappointed Greg Dyer and the Players’ Association even did that, unfortunately.”You can’t overturn them because Australia’s cricketers are playing so badly.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Two new variants of Poco F1 Armoured Edition could be coming to India soon

first_imgLaunched in August this year, Poco F1 Armoured Edition could be getting two new variants very soon. The Armoured edition is currently available in only one variant in India, with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. A new report coming from Mysmartprice now reveals that the Poco F1 Armoured edition could be soon available in 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/128GB storage variants. Xiaomi is yet to reveal regarding the coming of new variants of Armoured edition.Currently in India, the Poco F1 is available in four variants — 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage, 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage, and special Armoured Edition 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage with Kevlar back cover. As for the pricing, the 8GB RAM Armoured edition of the Poco F1 costs more than the standard 8GB version of the phone. The special Armored edition of the Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes at Rs 29,999, while the 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage version of the standard Poco F1 is Rs 28,999. We expect the same to happen for the two other upcoming variants as well.Currently, the standard 6GB RAM/64GB storage version of the Poco F1 comes for Rs 20,999, while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model costs Rs 23,999. Comparatively, the upcoming 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/128GB storage variants of the Poco F1 Armoured Edition could be slightly expensive, most likely around Rs 1000 costlier, as is the case with other variants.The only difference that the upcoming variants of the Poco F1 Armoured Edition will have is in the RAM and Storage. Other specifications will remain the same. As far as the specifications are concerned, the Poco F1 sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2246 pixel resolution and aspect ratio of 18.7:9. On the camera front, the Poco F1 comes with a dual camera setup on the rear panel and a single sensor on the front.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A2 now receiving Android 9 Pie update in IndiaOn the rear panel, the Poco F1 comes with a primary camera of 12MP with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary camera of 5MP for depth shots. The dual rear camera setup of the Poco F1 features several AI-based camera features like scene recognition, among others. On the front, the Poco F1 sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter paired with soft LED flash and AI features. The Poco F1 includes a massive 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C.last_img read more

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Australia Test series provides India with challenge and opportunity

first_imgIndia had just lost a five-Test series in England 4-1 and skipper Virat Kohli was bracing for some tough questions from scribes in London earlier this year. Coach Ravi Shastri, who hardly holds back, had insisted that his men are the best Indian travelling team in the “last 15-20 years” right after the visiting team had conceded an unassailable lead after the defeat in the fourth Test in Southampton.A journalist sprung up from the packed press conference hall at the Oval and asked Kohli if he believed in Shastri’s words. A miffed Indian skipper, hit back and asked the scribe what he thought about the comment.”Not sure,” was the scribe’s reply.Kohli and Shastri have been relying a lot on “intent” to gauge their progress, especially in overseas conditions. No doubt, the Asian giants have competed better on the road under Kohli, but the results aren’t painting a favourable picture.Buoyed by a wonderful 2016-17 home season wherein they had beaten the likes of England, Australia, and New Zealand, Kohli’s men headed to South Africa with a lot of hopes of winning a Test series in the Rainbow Nation earlier this year.However, the high-flying visitors were brought down to earth by the South African pace attack and hostile conditions as Kohli’s men lost the first two Tests of a three-match series before managing a consolation win in the third Test.In England, the story wasn’t any different. The narrative was around Kohli as the India captain put behind the memories of a disastrous 2014 tour and dominated the batting charts. However, India returned home empty-handed.advertisementSelection errors were made and barring Kohli, the other Indian batsmen made meagre contributions to the batting charts in both the tours this year. The bowling attack, especially the pacers, impressed, at times, outshone their counterparts from the opposition but it wasn’t enough for the visiting team to cross the final hurdle.Cut to December 2018, Kohli’s men have one final opportunity before a busy limited-over season kicks in to prove they’re better travellers than the Indian teams that were blanked in SENA countries from the start of the ongoing decade.Kohli will be leading his men in whites into the Adelaide Oval on Thursday morning with renewed hopes. The upcoming four-Test series presents India with an opportunity to correct the wrongs from the previous tours but poses a challenge of its own.The two captains with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide Oval #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/k0av3MzcnJBCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018The lead up to the first Test in Adelaide has all been about India smelling blood in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, two of the most prolific run-scorers for Australia in the recent past. The ball-tampering scandal that brought shame to Australian cricket has considerably affected the senior national team.To put things into perspective, Smith and Warner scored nearly 40% of the total runs Australia scored during their 2-0 win against India at home in 2014-15.As it turns out, for the first time, in probably the history of Indian cricket, a visiting team from the country is being touted as favourites Down Under.However, India can’t afford to take the Australian team lightly. Under Justin Langer, the Aussies will be fired up to prove a point to the world in what is going to be their first Test series at home after the ball-tampering saga.Australian cricket is in damage control mode as playing fair is going to be their primary motive. But that doesn’t mean Tim Paine’s men won’t play hard.Australia showed a lot of grit and determination to avoid a series whitewash against Pakistan in the UAE, which offers the sternest of challenges to visiting teams, as recently as in October. Usman Khawaja, Tavis Head and captain Paine all stepped up and the trio will be keen on proving their worth at home against India.Also, the biggest threat to the world number one Test team will be Australia’s bowling attack, which still remains one of the best going around. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are proven tormentors of opposition batsmen and if their training sessions are anything to go by, Kohli and his men are in for some chin music.1st Test match – Australia vs India5.30 AM ISTDecember 6, 2018https://t.co/04rSo3BwNaAdelaide Oval#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/pM5gp3VHPaBCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018Let’s not forget Nathan Lyon. The off-spinner topped the bowling charts, picking up 23 wickets during the 2014-15 series and spun a web around the new-age spin-allergic Indian batsmen in their own backyard last year.advertisementA green top awaits India in Adelaide as Australia are keen on making use of every opportunity to make life difficult for Kohli’s men. If India fail in the first Test, coming back into the series is going to be a herculean task. The Australian media, known for their hostility towards touring teams, are waiting, licking their lips in anticipation.Also Read | Why India’s 2018 tour of Australia promises to be so different from the othersAlso Read | India openers are going to be more decisive vs Australia than Virat Kohli: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli wants Team India to show character ahead of Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: 3 hundreds and 2 heartbreaking defeatsAlso Read | Earning respect as important as winning vs India: Tim Painelast_img read more

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I-League: Real Kashmir beat Mohun Bagan to keep title hopes alive

first_imgReal Kashmir humbled heavyweights Mohun Bagan 2-1 and the giant-killing act, one of many engineered by the debutants in the ongoing I-League, kept their title hopes alive, in Kolkata Sunday. The win against a profligate Mohun Bagan helped Real Kashmir, the first team from the valley to play in India’s top-flight, continue their fairytale run.The team’s sixth victory was achieved on the back of a brace by Mason Robertson, who struck in the 33rd and 74th minute at the Salt Lake Stadium. Starting as a defender, Scottish Robertson, who was recruited by his father and coach of the club David Robertson, dominated the game to hand the former champions a second successive defeat.League-winning star winger Sony Norde, who made a comeback after missing four matches due to his leg injury, scored the solitary goal for the home side in the 42nd minute.”Today’s win is because of dedication and hard work of everyone at RKFC. The boys were exceptional and I am sure that the spirit continues as we begin our final uphill task,” said Sandeep Chattoo, co-owner of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC).”The RKFC wishes to place on record it’s great appreciation towards people of Kolkata for the love showered on us,” RKFC owners Chattoo and Shamim Meraj said.Mason wins today’s Hero of the match trophy! #MBRKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/zkMosxWZHsHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019The result also avenged their home leg defeat to Mohun Bagan as they moved up the pecking order, going past NEROCA FC to the second place.advertisementThe Snow Leopards now have a three-point deficit against leaders Chennai City (24) in the standings as the father-son duo continued to weave magic for the club.Mason! #MBRKFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/BRMBfbaKfAHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019Mohun Bagan slipped to sixth place with 15 points from 11 matches and saw their title hopes virtually go up in smoke.The visitors also capped a fine outing in Kolkata after their 1-1 draw against East Bengal, extending their unbeaten run to seven matches in the top-tier league.Mason, who missed their last match against East Bengal due to food poisoning, quickly switched to the attacking third and make instant impact.At the halfway mark, the newcomers drew first blood against the run of play when Mason deceived Arijit Bagui in an aerial battle and headed home a cross floated in by Surchandra Singh, stunning the boisterous home crowd.The Shankarlal Chakraborty-coached side started pressing hard with more urgency after conceding and kept knocking on Kashmir’s door for the equaliser.It paid dividends, as Norde brought the Mariners back into the game with a sublime free-kick, which flew into the top corner.Mohun Bagan got a chance to snatch the lead moments later with a perfect cross by Henry Kisseka but midfielder Sourav Das’ header failed to make an impact.Mohun Bagan wasted another chance in the 69th minute, this time from a free-kick with Norde shooting it over the cross bar from outside the penalty box.The 24-year-old Mason, who quit Scottish club Peterhead FC after being roped in by his father on a full-time contract for Real Kashmir, brought up his brace with a thunderbolt strike.From an assist by Abednego Tetteh, who played a through ball, the Scottish player blasted a shot that went in, touching the inside of the near post.Continuing their sloppy finishing, Mohun Bagan got a couple of golden chances but there was disappointment in store for the home outfit.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Android Q is coming soon: Face ID, dark mode, downgrading of apps and everything else we know so far

first_imgWhile the world is still warming up to Android 9 Pie, information regarding the next version of Android is already all over the Internet. Expected to be called Android Q, Google will possibly release the developer version within a few months and unveil the final build at the Google I/O 2019. Despite the long wait, developers have already gained access to information regarding some features that Android Q will bring to smartphones later in the year. An early developer build had leaked in the wild, giving us a glimpse of Android Q in a semi-cooked state.Android Q is essentially supposed to be a more refined version of the Android 9 Pie. After various incidents regarding Android’s security compromise in recent times, it is expected that Google will focus more on data privacy and security with Android Q. Additionally, with foldable phones ushering at a rapid rate this year (Samsung and Huawei will show their foldable phones at this year’s MWC), Android Q is also supposed to bring compatibility with folding devices with varying screen sizes.Since it will be a while before Google releases the first developer preview of Android Q, we look at some of the developments that have come to our knowledge so far. Here are the 6 features that we know about Android Q.Dark ModeFinally! Since OnePlus popularized the concept of an all dark theme on its Oxygen OS a few years ago, people have been demanding dark themes on their Android phones. Especially, with modern smartphones sporting OLED displays, the dark themes make for better power efficiency and are soothing to eyes when using the phone in dark ambience. Apart from these two facts, the dark mode also makes phones look cool. Stock Android is rumoured to get a system-wide dark mode with Android Q, which will be beneficial for Android One device users.advertisementFoldable phone supportRemember the folding phone at Samsung’s Developer Conference in 2018? Samsung said at the time they were working with Google to optimise Android for folding devices. With Android Q, Google will offer native support for a user interface with varying elements. Google’s implementation will be focused on smoother and natural animations as well as the transition of apps from portrait mode to tablet mode. Samsung and Huawei will be the first companies to unveil foldable phones this month.Facial verificationEven though Android phones feature 3D facial recognition for biometric verification, Android doesn’t support it by default. That’ why Android One devices and Pixel devices don’t support face unlock. With Android Q expected to offer face unlock natively, manufacturers won’t have to develop additional face unlock systems for devices. Since Google has a great lead over others in terms of photography, we expect their face unlock system will be more secure and fast than conventional front camera-based systems.Enhanced PiP ModeIf you have used a Samsung phone, you will be familiar with a feature that can run apps in windows. Android Q is expected to support that natively. Users will able to multitask by running an app in a floating window and resize it accordingly for convenience. This will be a great addition to the split-screen feature on current Android phones.Secure permissionsSince Android 6.0, Google introduced a more robust app permission system to Android. With Android Q, Google will go one step further. It is expected that Android Q will offer the option to grant or deny permissions to apps for using clipboard data. This will prevent apps from getting access to copied data without the user’s consent.Downgrading appsHave you ever regretted download an app update, which eventually ruins the overall experience? Well, Android Q will offer to downgrade apps to the previous version. Presently, users can downgrade to older versions of Google apps. With this feature, users will be able to roll back to older versions of third-party apps.ALSO READ | Android Q will be easier on your eyes: Thanks to dark modeALSO READ | Android Q will come with a system-wide dark theme and better privacy settingsALSO READ | Android Q might let you reverse app updateslast_img read more

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India vs Australia: KL Rahul marks return to international cricket with 36-ball 50

first_img1st T20I: Brief scores – India (126/7 in 20 overs) MS Dhoni 29*, KL Rahul 50; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/26 vs Australia. ScorecardIndia opener KL Rahul hit a fifty on return to international cricket following a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to a suspension over controversial comments he had made on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.Rahul slammed 50 from 36 balls for India during the first T20I of the ongoing two-match series against Australia in Visakhapatnam. Rahul’s fluent 50, his fifth international half-century in T20Is, had six boundaries and a six.Rahul, who opened the innings in place of the rested Shikhar Dhawan, was looking fluent from the world go. Rahul played some eye-catching strokes, especially on the up towards the cover boundary. Rahul used his feet well against the spinners.The elegant right-handed batsman fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile while trying to make room to hit one towards the off-side boundary right after scoring his half-century.Notably, Rahul was sent home from Australia after he was suspended over comments made during his appearance along with Hardik Pandya on Koffee With Karan. Hardik though returned to play for India in New Zealand after the two cricketers’ suspensions were temporarily lifted in January.Rahul had played for India A against England Lions in three List A matches and two first-class ties. In fact, Rahul hit form while playing the second unofficial Test against England Lions in Mysore wherein he led India A.Meanwhile, Rahul was the only bright spot for India in their batting display against Australia in the first T20I. Rahul had stitched a 55-run stand with captain Virat Kohli, who made 24 before falling to leg-spinner Adam Zampa. India had lost opener Rohit Sharma to Jason Behrendorff early.advertisementWicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was looking to go big, lost his wicket after being run out for 3. Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya failed to trouble the scorers much as they were dismissed in the same over by Nathan Coulter-Nile who broke the back of India’s batting line-up on Sunday.MS Dhoni wage a lone-battle on what seems to be a sluggish wicket as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman hit 29 from 37 balls to take India to 126 in 20 overs.Also Read | India vs Australia: India players wear black armbands in honour of Pulwama martyrsAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mayank Markande, mystery spinner from Bathinda, debuts for IndiaAlso Read | Mithali Raj backs women’s IPL after World Cup performanceAlso See:last_img read more

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How to watch Game of Thrones in India: What are the legal options and how much will it cost

first_imgAfter a long wait, Game of Thrones is finally back on the air, albeit for the last time. The Season 8 of the world’s most popular mystical fiction series has come back and is streaming across the world. The web and social media are awash with discussions and content on Game of Thrones, and if you are a fan of the series, then chances are that you have already managed a way to catch up with the latest episode of the show.However, Game of Thrones isn’t widely available on all platforms and if you are India, your only place to catch up with the show are fairly limited at the moment. Of course, you always have Torrents to download the episodes without paying anything but that is a serious cybercrime and it hurts the makers of series too. If you are a die-hard fan of the series and want to catch on the series at the same time the world is enjoying without feeling guilty, we have listed a few ways through which you can get your timely dose of GOT.HotstarThis is possibly the most popular way to watch Game of Thrones in India. Hotstar airs Game of Thrones simultaneously as the international release. Hotstar is available on all platforms, which means you can effortlessly catch up with the latest episode of Game of Thrones on the move. With Hotstar, you can watch Game of Thrones on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV and your laptop.However, do note that Game of Thrones isn’t available for free on Hotstar. You will have to get the Premium subscription that costs Rs 999 per year. You can also get the Premium subscription at Rs 299 per month. The Hotstar Premium subscription also offers access to all other popular English shows as well as the Hollywood flicks. The Premium plan also includes access to Live sports broadcast and many popular Hindi TV shows.advertisementIf you have access to cost-effective Wi-Fi, then Hotstar’s Premium subscription is probably the cheapest way to catch up with the latest episodes of Game of Thrones in India legally. Do note that Hotstar also offers a VIP subscription at Rs 365 that doesn’t offer access to Game of Thrones and other English shows.HBOIf you have a TV and an active DTH connection, then you can also watch Game of Thrones easily – provided you have a subscription to HBO. Under TRAI’s DTH regulations, if you opt for the ‘a la carte’ system of picking channels, then you can add HBO to your channel list. HBO costs Rs 11.80 per month for the Standard Definition version. If you have an HD set-top box, then you can get the HBO HD for Rs 17.70 per month. However, you will have to keep in mind about the Network Capacity Fee and the additional taxes for the slots.Star WorldStar World also airs the latest the season of Game of Thrones. However, you will only get to see the edited version with no blood and gore scenes. If you are content with that, you can catch up with Game of Thrones Season 8 from April 16.Game of Thrones will be airing on Star World, Star World HD and Star World Premiere HD. You can get Star World for Rs 9.44 per month, Star World HD for Rs 10.62 per month and Star World Premiere HD for Rs 10.62. It would also be more economical to go for the cluster packs or the operator chosen bouquet packs.ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro review: A camera powerhouse that is also a great smartphoneALSO READ | Apple iPhone XE: Design, specifications and all we know about Apple’s rumoured iPhone SE successorALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launching in India on April 22, can it beat Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro?last_img read more

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Honor 20 Pro launched in India at Rs 39,999, Honor 20, Honor 20i also announced

first_imgThe Honor 20 series has been launched in India. Honor on Tuesday announced the Honor 20 (Review), Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i at an event in New Delhi. The first two phones in the lineup are flagship devices that offer punch-hole displays. Kirin 980 chips and quad cameras. The Honor 20i, is a mid-range smartphone with a waterdrop notch, Kirin 710 chipset and triple cameras.Honor 20 Pro price in India is set at Rs 39,999 and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Honor 20 comes in a 6GB + 128GB variant and is priced at Rs 32,999. The Honor 20i has been launched at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB + 128GB model.The Honor 20 will go on sale on Flipkart starting June 25, while the Honor 20i will be available from June 18. The company will announce the availabilty of the Honor 20 Pro at a later date. Honor is also offering a 90 per cent buyback guarantee if you return the device within 90 days.Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 specificationsThe Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 sport 6.26-inch AllView punch-hole displays with FHD+ (2340×1080) resolutions. Honor has used a 3D Triple Mesh technology on the rear glass panel that includes layers of glass, colour and depth to offer a holographic reflection. The Honor 20 Pro comes in a Phantom Blue gradient colour, while the Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colours.The Honor 20 flagships are powered by a Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU and based on a 7nm process. They also come with GPU Turbo 3.0 for improved gaming performance. The Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 ship with Android Pie with Magic UI on top and will get future Android updates despite the ongoing Huawei – US tensions. The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh battery. Both the phones support up to 22.5W fast charging.advertisementThe Honor 20 Pro sports an AI quad camera setup that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with an ultra wide f/1.4 aperture and 4-in-1 light fusion, OIS, AIS and EIS support, PDAF and AI Ultra Clarity and AIS Super Night modes. There is a 16MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x lossless zoom, OIS support, and a 2MP macro camera.The regular Honor 20 gets a similar camera setup but replaces the telephoto camera for a 2MP depth camera. On the front, both the phones sport 32MP selfie camera.Honor 20i specificationsThe Honor 20i is a mid-range smartphone that borrows certain design elements from its flagship sibling. The rear panel is glass with gradient colors and a vertical triple camera setup. The Honor 20i sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a teardrop notch rather than a punch-hole. The Honor 20i will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red gradient colours as well as Midnight Black.The Honor 20i is powered by a 2.2GHz Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. It also runs on Android Pie with Magic UI. The AI triple camera setup includes a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera also supports AIS Super Night Mode like the Honor 20. On the front, the Honor 20i gets a 32MP AI selfie camera. As for the battery, the phone houses a 3,400mAh capacity.ALSO READ | Microsoft acquires Broken Age developer Double FineALSO READ | You could soon switch off ads on your Xiaomi phone: Future MIUI updates to solve this annoying issueALSO READ | Mi Super sale begins today: Massive discount on Poco F1, Mi A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro and morelast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach on 18-month deal

first_imgWayne Rooney has signed an 18-month deal with Derby County and will join them in January 2020, the Championship club have confirmed.Rooney, who had previously spoken of his desire to go into management, will be joining the club as player-coach. Former England captain will join the coaching staff of Derby’s Dutch manager Phillip Cocu.Rooney’s former England teammate Frank Lampard was appointed as manager of Derby County last season and he took them to the playoff final, before joining his former club Chelsea.Derby County x @WayneRooney. #WR32Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 6, 2019Rooney has two years left on his contract with MLS club DC United, where he had moved in June 2018. The BBC reported that Derby owner Mel Morris believes Rooney could help to get the club back into the Premier League.Rooney moved to the United States in June 2018 following a single season back at boyhood club Everton, whom he originally left for United over a decade earlier.Rooney was a big fan of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United and has been convinced that Derby boss Cocu has a similar approach.Rooney sees the role as a chance to get coaching experience and return home to be nearer his relatives.Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer as he netted 253 goals during his 13 seasons at the club and eclipsed the record held previously by Sir Bobby Charlton.England’s most-capped outfield player boasts 23 goals in MLS, including 11 from 22 starts this term.advertisementAlso Read | Wayne Rooney in talks over Derby player-coach role: ReportsAlso See:last_img read more

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