Monday Tech Tip Low Vision Center Monday Tech Tip Low Vision Center

first_imgAnna Leung, Assistive Technology Specialist for Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana, shows us an app available for Macs called Low Vision Center. This app shows your contacts and calendar in a much bigger font and is compatible with voice-over. Check it out!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Stump iPad holderMarch 3, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Tapes for MacsMay 12, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Prizmo AppFebruary 10, 2014In “Tech Tips”last_img read more

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How to Create Your Own StateoftheArt Text Generation System How to Create Your Own StateoftheArt Text Generation System

first_img By David Cardinal on June 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm Here’s What Brandi From ‘Storage Wars’ Looks Like Today at 39 Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads 4 Comments Stars Who Need to Realize Their Stardom Ship Has Sunk Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a story about fake news. It reminds me of a quote from the favorite radio newsman from my youth, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” OpenAI’s breakthrough language model, the 1.5 billion parameter version of GPT-2, got close enough that the group decided it was too dangerous to release publicly, at least for now. However, OpenAI has now released two smaller versions of the model, along with tools for fine-tuning them on your own text. So, without too much effort, and using dramatically less GPU time than it would take to train from scratch, you can create a tuned version of GPT-2 that will be able to generate text in the style you give it, or even start to answer questions similar to ones you train it with.What Makes GPT-2 SpecialGPT-2 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer version 2) is based on a version of the very powerful Transformer Attention-based Neural Network. What got the researchers at OpenAI so excited about it was finding that it could address a number of language tasks without being directly trained on them. Once pre-trained with its massive corpus of Reddit data and given the proper prompts, it did a passable job of answering questions and translating languages. It certainly isn’t anything like Watson as far as semantic knowledge, but this type of unsupervised learning is particularly exciting because it removes much of the time and expense needed to label data for supervised learning.Overview of Working With GPT-2For such a powerful tool, the process of working with GPT-2 is thankfully fairly simple, as long as you are at least a little familiar with Tensorflow. Most of the tutorials I’ve found also rely on Python, so having at least a basic knowledge of programming in Python or a similar language is very helpful. Currently, OpenAI has released two pre-trained versions of GPT-2. One (117M) has 117 million parameters, while the other (345M) has 345 million. As you might expect the larger version requires more GPU memory and takes longer to train. You can train either on your CPU, but it is going to be really slow.The first step is downloading one or both of the models. Fortunately, most of the tutorials, including the ones we’ll walk you through below, have Python code to do that for you. Once downloaded, you can run the pre-trained model either to generate text automatically or in response to a prompt you provide. But there is also code that lets you build on the pre-trained model by fine-tuning it on a data source of your choice. Once you’ve tuned your model to your satisfaction, then it’s simply a matter of running it and providing suitable prompts.Working with GPT-2 On Your Local MachineThere are a number of tutorials on this, but my favorite is by Max Woolf. In fact, until the OpenAI release, I was working with his text-generating RNN, which he borrowed from for his GPT-2 work. He’s provided a full package on GitHub for downloading, tuning, and running a GPT-2 based model. You can even snag it directly as a package from PyPl. The readme walks you through the entire process, with some suggestions on how to tweak various parameters. If you happen to have a massive GPU handy, this is a great approach, but since the 345M model needs most of a 16GB GPU for training or tuning, you may need to turn to a cloud GPU.Working with GPT-2 for Free Using Google’s ColabFortunately, there is a way to use a powerful GPU in the cloud for free — Google’s Colab. It isn’t as flexible as an actual Google Compute Engine account, and you have to reload everything each session, but did I mention it’s free? In my testing, I got either a Tesla T4 or a K80 GPU when I initialized a notebook, either one of which is fast enough to train these models at a reasonable clip. The best part is that Woolf has already authored a Colab notebook that echoes the local Python code version of gpt2-simple. Much like the desktop version, you can simply follow along, or tweak parameters to experiment. There is some added complexity in getting the data in and out of Colab, but the notebook will walk you through that as well.Getting Data for Your ProjectNow that powerful language models have been released onto the web, and tutorials abound on how to use them, the hardest part of your project might be creating the dataset you want to use for tuning. If you want to replicate the experiments of others by having it generate Shakespeare or write Star Trek dialog, you can simply snag one that is online. In my case, I wanted to see how the models would do when asked to generate articles like those found on ExtremeTech. I had access to a back catalog of over 12,000 articles from the last 10 years. So I was able to put them together into a text file, and use it as the basis for fine-tuning.If you have other ambitions that include mimicking a website, scraping is certainly an alternative. There are some sophisticated services like ParseHub, but they are limited unless you pay for a commercial plan. I have found the Chrome Extension Webscraper.io to be flexible enough for many applications, and it’s fast and free. One big cautionary note is to pay attention to Terms of Service for whatever website you’re thinking of, as well as any copyright issues. From looking at the output of various language models, they certainly aren’t taught to not plagiarize.So, Can It Do Tech Journalism?Once I had my corpus of 12,000 ExtremeTech articles, I started by trying to train the simplified GPT-2 on my desktop’s Nvidia 1080 GPU. Unfortunately, the GPU’s 8GB of RAM wasn’t enough. So I switched to training the 117M model on my 4-core i7. It wasn’t insanely terrible, but it would have taken over a week to make a real dent even with the smaller of the two models. So I switched to Colab and the 345M model. The training was much, much, faster, but needing to deal with session resets and the unpredictability of which GPU I’d get for each session was annoying.Upgrading to Google’s Compute EngineAfter that, I bit the bullet, signed up for a Google Compute Engine account, and decided to take advantage of the $300 credit Google gives new customers. If you’re not familiar with setting up a VM in the cloud it can be a bit daunting, but there are lots of online guides. It’s simplest if you start with one of the pre-configured VMs that already has Tensorflow installed. I picked a Linux version with 4 vCPUs. Even though my desktop system is Windows, the same Python code ran perfectly on both. You then need to add a GPU, which in my case took a request to Google support for permission. I assume that is because GPU-equipped machines are more expensive and less flexible than CPU-only machines, so they have some type of vetting process. It only took a couple of hours, and I was able to launch a VM with a Tesla T4. When I first logged in (using the built-in SSH) it reminded me that I needed to install Nvidia drivers for the T4, and gave me the command I needed.Next, you need is to set up a file transfer client like WinSCP, and get started working with your model. Once you upload your code and data, create a Python virtual environment (optional), and load up the needed packages, you can proceed the same way you did on your desktop. I trained my model in increments of 15,000 steps and downloaded the model checkpoints each time, so I’d have them for reference. That can be particularly important if you have a small training dataset, as too much training can cause your model to over-fit and actually get worse. So having checkpoints you can return to is valuable.Speaking of checkpoints, like the models, they’re large. So you’ll probably want to add a disk to your VM. By having the disk separate, you can always use it for other projects. The process for automatically mounting it is a bit annoying (it seems like it could be a checkbox, but it’s not). Fortunately, you only have to do it once. After I had my VM up and running with the needed code, model, and training data, I let it loose. The T4 was able to run about one step every 1.5 seconds. The VM I’d configured cost about $25/day (remember that VMs don’t turn themselves off; you need to shut them down if you don’t want to be billed, and persistent disk keeps getting billed even then).To save some money, I transferred the model checkpoints (as a .zip file) back to my desktop. I could then shut down the VM (saving a buck or two an hour), and interact with the model locally. You get the same output either way because the model and checkpoint are identical. The traditional way to evaluate the success of your training is to hold out a portion of your training data as a validation set. If the loss continues to decrease but accuracy (which you get by computing the loss when you run your model on the data you’ve held out for validation) decreases, it is likely you’ve started to over-fit your data and your model is simply “memorizing” your input and feeding it back to you. That reduces its ability to deal with new information.Here’s the Beef: Some Sample Outputs After Days of TrainingAfter experimenting on various types of prompts, I settled on feeding the model (which I’ve nicknamed The Oracle) the first sentences of actual ExtremeTech articles and seeing what it came up with. After 48 hours (106,000 steps in this case) of training on a T4, here is an example:The output of our model after two days of training on a T4 when fed the first sentence of Ryan Whitwam’s Titan article. Obviously, it’s not going to fool anyone, but the model is starting to do a decent job of linking similar concepts together at this point.The more information the model has about a topic, the more it starts to generate plausible text. We write about Windows Update a lot, so I figured I’d let the model give it a try:The model’s response to a prompt about Windows Update after a couple of days of training.With something as subjective as text generation, it is hard to know how far to go with training a model. That’s particularly true because each time a prompt is submitted, you’ll get a different response. If you want to get some plausible or amusing answers, your best bet is to generate several samples for each prompt and look through them yourself. In the case of the Windows Update prompt, we fed the model the same prompt after another few hours of training, and it looked like the extra work might have been helpful:After another few hours of training, here is the best of the samples when given the same prompt about Microsoft Windows.Here’s Why Unsupervised Models are So CoolI was impressed, but not blown away, by the raw predictive performance of GPT-2 (at least the public version) compared with simpler solutions like textgenrnn. What I didn’t catch on to until later was the versatility. GPT-2 is general purpose enough that it can address a wide variety of use cases. For example, if you give it pairs of French and English sentences as a prompt, followed by only a French sentence, it does a plausible job of generating translations. Or if you give it question-and-answer pairs, followed by a question, it does a decent job of coming up with a plausible answer. If you generate some interesting text or articles, please consider sharing, as this is definitely a learning experience for all of us.Now Read:Google Fed a Language Algorithm Math Equations. It Learned How to Solve New OnesIBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic BrainNvidia’s vision for deep learning AI: Is there anything a computer can’t do? How to Create Your Own State-of-the-Art Text Generation System Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Telaria Expands EMEA Leadership Team With Appointment of Industry Veterans Telaria Expands EMEA Leadership Team With Appointment of Industry Veterans

first_imgTelaria Expands EMEA Leadership Team With Appointment of Industry Veterans PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 3:55 pmJune 11, 2019 Bill SwansonEMEAMark ZagorskiMarketing Technology NewsNewsTelariavideo advertising Previous ArticleNew Research Sponsored By Precima Shows Shoppers Expect Even More Personalization in Digital Food RetailNext ArticleHow to Create a Customer-Centric Strategy for Your Business Bill Swanson and Carole Dubourg to Help Grow Telaria’s Global Premium Video and CTV Opportunities      Telaria, Inc. , the complete software platform to manage video advertising for premium publishers, has hired Bill Swanson as VP, EMEA to lead the company’s growth in the region. He will report to Telaria Chief Strategy Officer Doug Campbell and will be based out of the company’s London office. Carole Dubourg has also joined the company as Country Manager for France where she is based in Telaria’s Paris office.  Mr. Swanson is a seasoned digital media and advertising veteran with over 20 years of industry experience. He was most recently Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, at PubMatic where he was responsible for launching and growing the company’s EMEA supply side platform business and driving its expansion through opening multiple offices across the region. Mr. Swanson has also held roles at leading publishers including The Independent (ESI Media), The Times, and The Sun (News UK) which has provided him unique insight into the opportunities programmatic video can create for them. Ms. Dubourg was most recently Country Lead in France at Sizmek where she managed the sales team and developed and expanded relationships with all the platform’s stakeholders. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Digital at Doctissimo, a Group Lagardere company where she was responsible for monetization across all digital properties. Ms. Dubourg has also held leadership positions at Ovalie Communication, Yahoo! and Canal+.  Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology “We’re delighted to have Bill and Carole join Telaria to further solidify our global leadership team and help extend our video platform footprint throughout EMEA,” said Mark Zagorski, CEO at Telaria. “Cord cutting is becoming a global phenomenon, and as advertisers seek to connect with audiences in new OTT environments across Europe, having experienced leaders to help publishers take advantage of this opportunity is essential.”  “Telaria has built a leading position in connected TV and premium video in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to leveraging that expertise and unique technology for the growing CTV/OTT market in EMEA,” said Mr. Swanson. “With transparent business models and technology that simplify challenges and unlock programmatic video opportunities for publishers and brands, Telaria is perfectly positioned to accelerate growth in the region as more brands and agencies look to access cord cutters and premium video takes off.” Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages “I’m excited to join Telaria at this strategic time as television and digital video undergo significant changes in France. I see enormous potential for Telaria’s proven technology in digital video and connected TV in this region, and I look forward to contributing to the company’s accelerated growth,” said Ms. Dubourg.  Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Eralast_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchan Spotted Shooting in Lucknow in His Quirky Old Man Look Amitabh Bachchan Spotted Shooting in Lucknow in His Quirky Old Man Look

first_img Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Gulabo Sitabo stars veteran actress Farrukh Jaffer sa Bachchan’s wife, reported Times of India. Bachchan’s quirky look from the film was revealed on Friday morning. The picture tweeted by film trade analyst Taran Adarsh showed Bachchan as an old bespectacled Muslim man with a fat nose. amitabh bachchanAmitabh Bachchan Gulabo SitaboAmitabh Bachchan look Gulabo SitaboAmitabh Bachchan shooting in Lucknow First Published: June 24, 2019, 1:07 PM IST Read: Amitabh Bachchan’s Quirky First Look from Gulabo Sitabo Revealed, See it HereMeanwhile, the new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati is set to begin, and the promos of the show are already being shot with its host Big B. He will be shooting two of the show’s promos in Lucknow. “Bachchan sir is going to be shooting in Lucknow for the next month or so and since it’s a start-to-finish schedule, he can’t go to Mumbai to shoot the promos of KBC. That’s why the show producers decided to shoot two of them in Lucknow,” informed Eiqbal Jaafri, the line producer in Lucknow.Written by Sircar’s frequent collaborator Juhi Chaturvedi of Vicky Donor, Piku and October fame, Gulabo Sitabo is produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. Notably, it will bring Bachchan and Khurrana together on the big screen for the first time. The film is slated to release on April 24, 2020.Follow @News18Movies for more center_img Amitabh Bachchan plays a quirky aged Lakhnawi Muslim landlord in his upcoming film Gulabo Sitabo, while Ayushmann Khurrana plays his tenant. The veteran actor is currently in Lucknow to shoot for the film. On Saturday, Bachchan senior was spotted dressed in a green kurta and a skull cap, with a long beard, shooting a scene of chasing a goat on the banks of river Gomti near Mankameshwar temple. The actor also shared some photos of historical monuments in Lucknow, appreciating the architecture and the reflection of the city’s culture. T 3204 – Lucknow .. and the historic archeological sites .. Quaser Bagh Gate , and the ‘tehzeeb’ inscribed all over ..🙏🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/2QPjrO3KYm— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 23, 2019last_img read more

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Kejriwal Terms EC Biased Asks Why Campaign in WB Ordered to be Kejriwal Terms EC Biased Asks Why Campaign in WB Ordered to be

first_img aapAmit Shaharvind kejriwalBJP First Published: May 16, 2019, 9:37 PM IST New Delhi/Moga: Accusing the Election Commission of being “biased”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked why the poll panel ordered campaign be stopped in West Bengal at 10 pm Thursday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in the state.In the first such action in India’s electoral history, the poll panel on Wednesday invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to end campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, following violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata on Tuesday. Polling for the nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal will be held on May 19.During his election campaign at Moga in Punjab, Kejriwal told reporters that he strongly condemns the “attitude” of the EC.”We strongly condemn the attitude of the Election Commission. Why was the campaign ordered to be stopped after Modiji’s rallies. We have never seen this biased EC in the history of the country,” the AAP national convener said.Expressing his support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he hoped that the people of the state “will teach Modi a lesson in the polls”.Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party volunteers joined in a protest Mobile Torch Rally in Chittaranjan Park area with a group of citizens to protest the violence in West Bengal.AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj, who participated in the protest, said, “What is happening in West Bengal is extremely serious and shows our democracy is in danger.””The Election Commission has failed in its impartiality test. Its oft-repeated slogan of level playing field has been reduced to a joke. If the situation was so serious that the EC felt campaigning had to be stopped then why was it not stopped immediately?” he posed.”It is extremely shameful the bust of one of the greatest social reformers Shri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar-ji was destroyed. There is video evidence that the BJP was behind this shameful act. All of us need to stand in solidarity with Mamata Banerjee and the people of West Bengal,” he added.BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Amit Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police.Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties.Furious BJP workers retaliated, and during the clash a bust of polymath-social reformer bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar inside the college campus was damaged. last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Offers to Resign as Congress President After Another Rout Sonia Rahul Gandhi Offers to Resign as Congress President After Another Rout Sonia

first_img amethicongressLok Sabha elections 2019Rahul Gandhi First Published: May 23, 2019, 6:56 PM IST Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from his post after the party was once again routed at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, sources told News18. However, erstwhile Congress supremo and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi turned down the offer.Sources told News18 that the matter will be taken up by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in its next meeting, scheduled some time later this week. Gandhi, who himself has suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Smriti Irani in Amethi, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the win as the BJP improved its tally from 2014 and crossed the 300-mark, making it the biggest mandate for a single party since 1984.But he refused to go into the reasons for the defeat of the Congress, which has only marginally improved its tally from a rock bottom of 44 in 2014 to 49 in 2019. Both the elections were fought under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. Gandhi said that he would not want to discuss the reasons for the defeat since today is only the day to respect India’s mandate, and the post-mortem will be done at the CWC meeting.The Congress was wiped off the map in the Hindi heartland and only defeated the BJP in Punjab and Kerala, from where Rahul Gandhi had contested on his second seat, Wayanad. In Amethi, which has been a stronghold for the Congress president, BJP leader and union minister Smriti Irani handed him a shock defeat. He conceded the defeat to her, despite over three lakh votes in the constituency were still to be counted.“I congratulate Smriti Irani for her win in Amethi,” Rahul said on Thursday during Congress’ press briefing. On the other hand, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has retained the Raebareli Lok Sabha seat, considered her fortress, since 2004. She won against her BJP counterpart with a comfortable margin of over a lakh votes. It has been a dismal performance for Congress in Uttar Pradesh so far with the grand old party ahead in only the one seat. last_img read more

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Request Remind Repeat Jaganmohans Humble Game Plan for Modi to Grant Special Request Remind Repeat Jaganmohans Humble Game Plan for Modi to Grant Special

first_imgNew Delhi: With the NDA sweeping the Lok Sabha election, Andhra Pradesh CM-designate YS Jaganmohan Reddy said Sunday his party could only request and not “demand or command” the special category status a lifeline for the Rs 2.58 lakh debt-ridden state during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.Reddy, whose party stormed to power on Thursday with a landslide victory in assembly and Lok Sabha polls, said he requested the prime minister to be “magnanimous” towards the people of Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress Party chief also met BJP president Amit Shah and sought his support on the issue.”Today, we might not get it (special category status). We have to be at somebody’s mercy but I will remind him (Modi) again and again and someday things will change,” Reddy told reporters after meeting Modi at his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence.It would have been a “wonderful moment” for the YSRCP had the NDA won only 250 seats but it got 353 seats in the parliamentary election, he said, adding, “So they don’t need us (to form government), they are strong”.”There is very little we can do in demanding and commanding. But yes, we did meet the prime minister and explained to him why special category status is so important for us,” Reddy said.He explained to the PM that the special category status was a “lifeline” for the debt-ridden state as Andhra Pradesh requires funds. PM’s support is needed to run the state efficiently, he said.”Today, the state’s debt burden is very high. The debt was at Rs 97,000 crore when the state was bifurcated. In the last five years, our debt has swelled up to Rs 2.58 lakh crore. Our interest repayment alone are at Rs 20,000 crore per annum,” he said.The state’s principal and interest put together amount to Rs 40,000 per annum.”This is the kind of situation we are in. We did explain to him that this being the situation, we need a lifeline from you,” he said, adding that the special status is the state’s “right” and he stops fighting for it no one else would take interest in it.Reddy said he was happy that the prime minister gave a patient hearing to him.”He listened to the whole thing and was positive. That’s a good sign. From here, we are hoping that things would come out positively in better shape,” he said, adding he will continue to press his demands with Modi on the issue of the special category status.”Every time I meet him, I will definitely make it a point to remind him of the issue. Will remind him this was the word given on a floor of Parliament,” he said.The special category status is a major demand of the YSRCP and Reddy, during his election campaign, had said he would support the party at the national level which promises to grant the status to Andhra Pradesh.Reddy also mentioned, “he met the BJP President, the second-most powerful person in the country, to seek his support for the state’s key demands.”In his meeting with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao Saturday, Reddy said he sought his support on the special status demand in Parliament and also talked about having friendly ties between neighbouring states to resolve the issues pending after bifurcation.He also said he will complete Polavaram irrigation project in the state and probe if there’s any scam in it. He said he will also order an investigation to unearth possible scams in building the state new capital Amaravati and into government schemes launched by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.The YSRCP chief said he invited the prime minister and the BJP chief to his swearing-in on May 30 in Vijayawada. The YSRCP chief also interacted with officials at Andhra Bhawan.On Saturday, he was unanimously elected as the leader of YSRC legislature party.Reddy’s party has won 151 of the 175 assembly and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, the elections for which were held on April 11. Andhra PradeshBJPNarendra Modispecial category status First Published: May 26, 2019, 5:49 PM IST | Edited by: Aditya Sharmalast_img read more

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32 MLAs in Andhra Pradesh Have Serious Criminal Cases ADR 32 MLAs in Andhra Pradesh Have Serious Criminal Cases ADR

first_img andhra pradesh assembly election 2019andhra pradesh mlaAssociation for Democratic ReformsYSR Congress Party First Published: May 26, 2019, 7:38 PM IST New Delhi: As many as 151 of the 174 newly-elected MLAs in the Andhra Pradesh Pradesh Assembly have declared criminal cases against them, with 55 or 32 per cent reporting “serious” criminal cases in their affidavits, according to the Andhra Pradesh Election Watch (APEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Moreover, eight MLAs have been convicted, added the report. YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLA Ramakrishna Reddy Pinnelli has declared a case related to murder while 10 other MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder.Six MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women such as assault or criminal force against women with intent to outrage her modesty, word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of women.The report said seven MLAs have declared cases related to kidnapping.Among major parties, 50 (33 per cent) of the 150 MLAs analysed from YSRCP, four (17 per cent) of the 23 from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and one from Jana Sena Party (JSP) have declared “serious” criminal cases in their affidavits.The APEW and ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 174 of the 175 MLAs in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly: 160 men and 14 women.YSRCP MLA Karanam Dharmari from Chodavaram constituency was not analysed due to the unavailability of his complete and properly scanned affidavit on the Election Commission’s website, the report said.Of the 174 MLAs, 163 (94 per cent) are crorepatis, as per the report.It said a total of 140 (93 per cent) of the 150 MLAs analysed from YSRCP, 22 (96 per cent) of 23 from TDP and one from JSP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.The average asset per MLA is Rs 27.87 crore. The average asset per MLA for 150 YSRCP candidates is Rs 22.41 crore while it is Rs 64.61 crore for 23 TDP candidates.N Chandrababu Naidu of TDP from Kuppam constituency is among the top three MLAs with highest declared assets, said the report. Naidu declared Rs 668 crore worth of assets in his affidavit.He is followed by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (Rs 510 crore) of YSRCP from Pulivendla constituency and Nandamuri Balakrishna (Rs 274 crore) of TDP from Hindupur constituency.last_img read more

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Shadab Khan ICC Ranking Career Info Stats and Form Guide as on Shadab Khan ICC Ranking Career Info Stats and Form Guide as on

first_imgShadab Khan is a Pakistani cricketer. He was born on October 4, 1998 in Mianwali. He is 20 years of age. He is a right-handed batsman and his bowling style is legbreak.He has played for the following cricket teams Pakistan, Brisbane Heat, Islamabad United,Pakistan Under-19s, Trinbago Knight Riders. Shadab Khan has played in 34 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and scored 294 runs at an average of 29.40. His highest score is 54 not out. He has scored 0 centuries and 3 half-centuries.As a bowler, he has claimed 47 wickets at an average of 27.74. His bowling economy rate is 4.80.. His best bowling figure is 4/28.Shadab Khan made his ODI debut against West Indies in Providence on Apr 7, 2017 and the last ODI he played was against South Africa in Cape Town on Jnauary 30, 2019.This Shadab Khan: Pakistani cricketer profile is updated as of 9 AM, May 31, 2019. Cricket World Cup 2019cricket world cup playersicc world cup 2019pakistan 2019 world cup cricket team First Published: May 31, 2019, 10:05 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Mohan Markam Replaces CM Bhupesh Baghel as Head of Congs Chhattisgarh Unit Mohan Markam Replaces CM Bhupesh Baghel as Head of Congs Chhattisgarh Unit

first_img Bhupesh Baghelchhatisgarh congresschhattisgarh chief minister bhupesh baghelCongress chief Rahul Gandhi First Published: June 28, 2019, 4:11 PM IST New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appointed Mohan Markam head of the party’s Chhattisgarh unit, replacing Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.Markam’s elevation to the post comes at a time when the party is coming to terms with its debacle in the Lok Sabha polls in which it could win just two parliamentary seats from the state despite coming to power with a massive mandate in the December assembly poll. Kondagaon MLA Markam succeeds Baghel, who said last week that he has asked Gandhi to appoint someone to head the state unit as he has his hands full as the chief minister. Baghel led the party to an emphatic win in the assembly polls in December, dislodging the Raman Singh government by winning 68 out of the 90 seats that went to the polls.The appointment by Gandhi also assumes significance as it comes amid uncertainty over him continuing as Congress president. He has been adamant on his decision to resign as the chief, citing accountability. last_img read more

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Red Alert Issued in Six Kerala Districts as Met Department Predicts Extremely Red Alert Issued in Six Kerala Districts as Met Department Predicts Extremely

first_img floodkeralaKerala weathermonsoon First Published: July 16, 2019, 7:17 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram: With the weather office predicting extremely heavy rains in the coming days for Kerala, a red alert has been issued in the state’s six districts, including Idukki and Malappuram, from July 18.The red alert, denoting likelihood of very heavy to extremely heavy rain, has been issued in Idukki, Malappuram , Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts on different days from July 18-20. Extremely heavy rains– over 204 mm rains in 24 hours, have been forecast, a India Meterological Department (IMD) bulletin said.The second spell of the South West Monsoon is starting Wednesday and there is a possibility of formation of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) sources told PTI.”Since there are possiblities of flooding and landslides, people have been asked to be extremely cautious and take necessary precaution to keep themselves safe,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook Post. Officials have asked to open control rooms at taluk level.Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as strong winds from westerly direction and speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely along and off the Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts.The South West Monsoon had made its footfall in Kerala on June 8, a week late, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country.There has been a 46 per cent deficiency of rainfall till July 15.last_img read more

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iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

first_imgStory TimelineThis iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real dealAs iPhone 8 starts OLED journey, Apple leaving nothing to chanceAn iPhone 8 3D face-scanner could replace Touch IDSome of these iPhone 8 leaks might leave you puzzlediPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be ready at launch To be clear, the non-working metal prototype was also made from schematics only, not from any (illegally) acquired factory model. Unbox Therapy even uses an iPhone 8 screen protector to simulate the display. In other words, there may be some discrepancies between all these prototypes and the final product, but most of them mesh with what we’ve heard so far.And, of course, the screen is the star of the show here. Unbox Therapy measures the iPhone 8 dummy screen at 5.8 inches, which is by far still larger than the iPhone 7 Plus we have today. He also compares it to the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is its closest rival in that bezel-less game. In that single aspect, both seem to be near equal, especially with the iPhone 8 rumored to use an OLED panel. It will, then, boil down to other features like OS, fingerprint scanner, and headphone jack.One part of the screen that hasn’t really been talked about much is the part flanking the cutout for the front sensors on top. The mockup shows just a few status icons, which is pretty much all that you can fit in that small space. It won’t be enough to fit all the information you have right now on a regular iPhone, which means you’ll still be sacrificing a whole line for that.The topic of a fingerprint scanner, or rather the lack of it, also comes up and it might be the most debatable feature (or misfeature) of the iPhone 8. Apple will surely be able to spin how secure facial recognition will be if it goes that route, but it will need more than it’s own word to convince consumers who have gotten so used to the convenience and security of Touch ID. In the past, people were content with just seeing schematics of still to be announced phones. Then the world advanced to 3D renders and now, 3D printing. So it’s not exactly surprising that we’re not getting overloaded with prototypes of popular models, including the iPhone 8, of course. After OnLeaks’ and TigerMobiles’ prototype, Unbox Therapy also got his hands on one. This time, though, he goes to great lengths to compare it with what’s available in the market right now.last_img read more

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iPhone 8 Xray confirms wireless charging Lshaped battery iPhone 8 Xray confirms wireless charging Lshaped battery

first_imgFor the past days we have been inundated with clues about the iPhone 8 coming from the HomePod (thank you, Apple!). While the iPhone 8 story is hardly finished, it’s time for a respite and look for clues from other quarters. This time, the information comes from popular leakster Benjamin Geskin, who has provided some X-Ray images of what is allegedly the iPhone 8, revealing and confirming features such as wireless charging and the dual camera system. VIA: @Benjamin Geskin (1), (2) For nearly 10 years (since the iPhone 8 is, after all, the 10th anniversary edition), Apple has managed to stubbornly stay away from the admittedly messy wireless charging debate. Back then, it was more like a Wild West in terms of standards and compatibility. And by the time things have settled down, Apple already adopted a full metal design that left no room for the charging technology.But the iPhone 8 is switching back to a glass back supposedly, just like in the old days. But unlike the old days, Apple has also supposedly decided it was time to go wireless as well. hat is pretty much indicated by the internal shot of the iPhone 8 which shows the telltale signs of wireless charging in the form of a charging coil on top of the battery.But wait, there’s more! The battery itself is also quite interesting. It sports and odd L-shape instead of a traditional block. This was done in order to increase the iPhone 8’s battery capacity beyond what phones of its size are capable of. It is also something made possible by adopting a Substrate-like PCB (SLP) main board that squeezes in components into a more compact space. It is a type of board that Samsung will reportedly adopt in the Galaxy S9 next year.And just to round up today’s iPhone 8 gossip, a leak coming from China, on Weibo no less, seems to suggest that the iPhone 8 will come in a new color that probably no one asked for. Call it “Caramel” or “Yellow Brown” or something that shouldn’t be called, it may have been “inspired” by the Nokia 8 Copper Gold rumor that no one also asked for. There are, indeed, some rumors that hopefully remain just that: rumors.last_img read more

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 line gets CES 2018 update plus 4K Thunderbolt 3 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 line gets CES 2018 update plus 4K Thunderbolt 3

first_imgLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation is Lenovo’s professional notebook, blending classic ThinkPad styling with the latest 8th Gen Intel Core chips. Offered with up to a Core i7 and Intel UHD Graphics 620, the X1 Carbon can be spec’d with up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. Battery life is up to 15 hours, and the display is a 14-inch HDR IPS 2560 x 1440 panel. Ports include two USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 3, a headphone/mic combo, a microSD card reader, HDMI output, and a docking connector. 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2 are inside; 4G LTE-A integrated WWAN will be an option.Meanwhile, a ThinkShutter camera cover provides physical safe-of-mind over webcam hacks, and there’s a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello. A microphone array gives support for Amazon Alexa, and there’s Wake on Voice too. It’ll be priced from $1,709 when it goes on sale this month.Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen): Lenovo’s ThinkPad line-up is getting a refresh for CES 2018, with updated X1 Tablet, X1 Carbon notebook, and X1 Yoga models, together with a brand new 27-inch Thunderbolt 3 display. While they may be ostensibly targeting businesses and mobile pros, the combination of speedy 8th Gen Intel processors and features like Amazon Alexa mean there’s likely to be plenty of interest among consumers, too. As for that ThinkVision X1 display, it might be the Thunderbolt 3 display-hub you’ve been waiting for. Lenovo ThinkVision X1 MonitorLenovo’s last addition to its professional line at CES 2018 is the ThinkVision X1. A 27-inch display, it has minimal bezels around its 4K 3840 x 2160 IPS anti-glare panel. Maximum brightness is 350 cd/m2, while the contrast ratio is 1,000:1, and it covers 99-percent of the sRGB color gamut. It hooks up with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, if you have a compatible notebook. If you don’t, there are DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 ports as well; Lenovo even throws an HDMI cable and a USB Type-C cable in the box. A four port USB 3.0 hub is built-in, and there’s a 3.5mm audio output as well. Most striking, though, is the “Motor Camera” which puts the webcam on a power-adjusted arm. That pivots up from behind the screen when required, then dips down again when not. A gimmick? Maybe, but it certainly looks cool. The ThinkVision X1 will go on sale this month like the rest of the updated X1 range, priced at $799.Lenovo ThinkVision X1 Monitor: As for connectivity, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SD card reader, headphone/mic combo, and a nano SIM slot for the 4G LTE-A Cat6 modem. There’s also 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2. The whole thing weighs from 1.9 pounds tablet-alone, or 2.79 pounds with the keyboard. It’ll be priced from $1,599 when it goes on sale this month. AdChoices广告Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen):center_img Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen)The ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Generation is a 360-degree convertible, flipping its 14-inch HDR 2560 x 1440 touchscreen between laptop, tent, and tablet orientations. Like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon it has the same choice of processors, graphics, RAM, and storage. It matches the 15 hour battery life too, Lenovo claims. Similarly, the ports include the same mixture of USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, and HDMI, but it also finds space for an ethernet port. Baked-in LTE-A is also an option. You get the physical ThinkShutter camera cover, Alexa support, and fingerprint security as well. It’ll go on sale this month, priced from $1,889. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen): Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen)The ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Generation is Lenovo’s latest pro-tablet, running Windows 10 Pro and packing Pen Pro stylus support and a removable keyboard. It has a fingerprint scanner and an optional infrared camera for Windows Hello, and a 13-inch 3K 3,000 x 2,000 HDR-compatible IPS touchscreen with Gorilla Glass. Inside there’s up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620. Configurations with up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory will be available, along with up to 1 TB of SSD storage. The battery is good for up to 9.5 hours, Lenovo claims, and it charges via USB-C. last_img read more

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Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable

first_imgIf you expected virtual, augmented, and mixed reality to be the centerpiece of CES 2018 a few weeks ago, you might have been sorely disappointed. Is the honeymoon finally over? Perhaps not. But there is a growing trend of making the technology more accessible to more people, in terms of design and, more importantly, price. As if to counter the arrival of cheaper and standalone headsets, Microsoft and its OEM partners have seemingly all decided to cut the prices of their virtual mixed reality gear by nearly half. Well, at least almost all of them. Microsoft wasn’t content to only have the HoloLens, which, to date, is its one and only Holographic, a.k.a. AR, device. Late last year, it launched Windows Mixed Reality, which, in its current incarnation, is more like virtual reality than a mix of AR and VR. And, this time, it pulled in its hardware partners to make the headsets. The same partners that are no slashing prices left and right.Here are the new prices for four out of five Windows MR kits:• Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset – $218.99• Dell Visor – $236.99• HP Mixed Reality Headset – $239.00• Lenovo Explorer – $245.99All of these come with the Oculus Touch-like controllers. The one OEM missing from the list is Samsung. Ironically, its HMD Odyssey bundle is even more expensive than before, selling for $733.90.That said, these are Amazon prices and may not apply from other retailers. The more pressing question is whether this is a permanent change or not. Given the trend of increasingly cheaper headsets from rivals like Oculus and HTC Vive, Windows MR devices are likely to keep an equally low figure even if the prices go up again.last_img read more

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Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans Galaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC plans

first_imgLG, for example, launched the LG V30 at Mobile World Congress last year, and the expectation had been that its successor would debut at this year’s show. On Huawei’s side, meanwhile, last year it announced the P10 in Barcelona. This time around, there were whispers that we’d see the Huawei P20 at MWC.Throwing all of its rivals plans into disarray, however, is Samsung. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018, and the fear, it seems, is that the new Android flagship will suck all the air out of the show. According to ETNews, that’s enough to dissuade LG and Huawei almost entirely. Huawei, for instance, is now said to be shelving plans to reveal the P20 there, and will instead hold its own event in April to give the smartphone its moment in the spotlight. At Mobile World Congress, it’ll reportedly focus instead on tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks.LG, meanwhile, will have a phone, but it won’t be the V30’s direct successor. Instead, the suggestion is that there’ll be an “enhanced” version of the existing phone. Expected to be the LG V30+, it’ll have more marginal tweaks rather than being all-new.Neither phone maker would especially benefit from going up against Samsung’s hotly-anticipated handsets. LG recently made headlines after executives conceded that the yearly upgrade cycle was making less and less sense for the company. Instead, it was suggested, better use could be made of incremental tweaks and updates, rather than aiming for an all-new design every twelve months. Since then, development of the LG G7 has reportedly been halted altogether, with the company’s engineers said to have been instructed by management to throw out what they’d been working on and start again from scratch. That unsurprisingly introduces a delay to the planned launch, which had been unofficially pegged for April. The eventual phone may even drop the “G” series branding altogether.Huawei’s challenge, meanwhile, centers on gaining traction in the US market. The company has had huge success internationally, climbing the smartphone rankings with its combination of affordable pricing and cutting-edge features. However, plans to announce a carrier deal in the US at CES earlier this month were scuppered, when AT&T reportedly came under political pressure over concerns about the Chinese government’s involvement with Huawei. It leaves Huawei attempting to carve out a business in the US with unlocked phone sales, which remain a narrow slice of the otherwise lucrative segment. With little movement on that front expected any time soon, despite the phone-maker’s protestations that it’s independent, a big phone launch at MWC 2018 would seem like a wasted opportunity. Bad news if you were hoping for some smartphone news from LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress this year, with whispers that Samsung’s big Galaxy S9 reveal is making them cautious. The expectation – set up, it’s worth remembering, from previous examples of high-profile smartphone debuts at the cellular-centric Barcelona show – had been that both companies would debut new flagships within the next few weeks. Now, though, that looks unlikely. last_img read more

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2018 iPad to borrow iPhone Xs smartest features 2018 iPad to borrow iPhone Xs smartest features

first_imgApple’s new 2018 iPad will likely adopt the company’s first Artificial Intelligence chip, part of the Cupertino firm’s attempt to better distinguish its tablet in the face of rivals. The so-called Neural Engine is Apple’s first dedicated AI chipset, and made its debut last year in the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Next, it’s expected to colonize the iPad. Story TimelineIf the 2018 iPad with Face ID looks this good, I’m sold2018 iPad Pro A11X Bionic to pack this much power in a tiny chipNew iPad may have this strange feature in 2018 In the 2017 smartphones, the Neural Engine was combined with the A11 Bionic system-on-chip that powers the iOS handsets. It’s a dedicated, dual-core chipset that’s capable of doing real-time processing on AI-specific tasks, which run the gamut from processing data from the TrueDepth camera array, figuring out what you’re asking from Siri without resorting to the cloud, and sifting through images to better sort and classify them. It’s not the first dedicated AI chipset, though Apple’s general heft in the smartphone space does mean it’s automatically one of the most important. Now, according to new reports, Apple is working on expanding it from just the iPhone to its iPad tablet range too. Indeed, we can apparently expect that before the year is through. The 2018 iPad refresh, Bloomberg reports, is expected to see the Neural Engine make an appearance in the new tablet. It’ll also, sources suggest, see Apple add its own graphics engine. That also debuted as part of the A11 Bionic last year, replacing Apple’s previous use of GPUs designed by Imagination Technologies. AdChoices广告It’s a strategy that makes plenty of sense, given what we’ve already heard about the new iPad. Digging through iOS 11.3, which was released in beta form last week ahead of its full arrival this coming Spring, signs of a “Modern” iPad were confirmed. That’s the same codeword as was used to refer to the iPhone X before it was announced last year. More importantly, the references concerned Face ID and this “Modern iPad” underscoring existing chatter of a tablet with the same TrueDepth camera and face recognition as the iPhone X offers. If that’s the case – and it seems like a highly probable expansion of one of Apple’s current key distinguishing features versus rival platforms – then adding in the Neural Engine and new homegrown GPU seem equally sensible. After all, the new iPad will need to do things like facial tracking, augmented reality processing, and all the other talents that the custom silicon does on the iPhone X.According to Bloomberg’s timescale, the new iPad looks unlikely to beat the 2018 iPhone refresh to market. Apple is expected to reveal three new phones late in the year, including a new version of the current iPhone X, a larger model for those wanting a “Plus” sized bigger screen – unofficially known as the iPhone X Plus – and a cheaper handset that compromises on dual rear cameras (but not, notably, TrueDepth) to hit an entry-level price. It’s not clear whether this new iPad will be branded as an iPad Pro, or stick with the regular iPad name which, currently, is associated more with an entry-level tablet. We’ll presumably find out more in the intervening months. The same Bloomberg report also suggested Apple would update two of its notebooks and a desktop Mac this year, each with its own custom co-processors. last_img read more

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Android P notch tipped as Google pushes flexible phones Android P notch tipped as Google pushes flexible phones

first_imgThe iPhone X’s notch looks set to spread, with Google reportedly preparing 2018’s Android P to natively support atypical screen shapes. Though controversial from the earliest rumors of its existence, the cut-out section at the top of the iPhone X’s OLED screen was a necessary evil given what sensors Apple wanted to include in the device. That’s because it was what Apple believed was the best way possible to accommodate two design goals that were functionally at odds. On the one hand, the iPhone-maker wanted to slim the bezels of its smartphones, pushing the edges of their screens closer to the sides. On the other, however, it wanted to increase the number of user-facing sensors, most notably the so-called TrueDepth camera, an array of components that power Face ID biometric security and facial tracking. Although divisive at first, after living with the notch the general consensus appears to have simmered down to the point where iPhone X owners don’t really notice it in day to day use. Now, Bloomberg reports, Google is looking to follow in Apple’s footsteps with some unusual display action of its own. As with the iPhone X, Android’s new notch provisions will be for functional reasons, rather than aesthetic. Android device-makers have similar goals to Apple, in that they want to trim down bezels yet also improve the number of front-facing sensors for more advanced features. Until now, we’ve seen a number of attempts to achieve that, with mixed results. The Essential Phone, for example, has a small notch cut out in the upper center of its touchscreen, for the front-facing camera; its earpiece speaker, LED notification light, and other components that must be positioned on the fascia of the phone are shoved into a narrow slit just above the display. AdChoices广告Other Android phones have trimmed the side bezels aggressively, but kept larger panels top and bottom to accommodate their cameras and other components. The downside to going the Essential route, though, is that Android makes copious use of the status bar at the top of the screen, which the Essential Phone’s camera basically divides in two.What Google would appear to be doing with its new version of Android, therefore, is what Apple did with iOS 11: getting its layout ready to support an interrupted status bar. That would mean Android phone-makers would be free to use non-rectangular displays if they so wished – Bloomberg says Huawei is working on such a device, in fact – without having to worry about cutting into functional parts of the UI. While that might seem like Google copying Apple, other planned changes to Android would push the platform beyond what iOS currently supports. According to the report, this new Android version will also cater natively to devices with multiple screens, as well as folding displays. Again, it’s about giving manufacturers using Android the flexibility to support new hardware designs without needing to modify the OS from stock in the process. Samsung, for example, is expected to launch a folding Galaxy smartphone either later this year or early in 2019, with the handset known currently as the Samsung Galaxy X using its bendable OLED screen technology. The “notch” itself, therefore, is just a side-product: a way first Apple, then Google use to accommodate escalating demands on the fascia of smartphones. Android P, expected to be released later this year according to the report, will also reduce power consumption and more tightly integrate the Google Assistant, it’s said. Third-party developers will get improved access to Assistant support in their apps, too, though that feature may slip depending on how aggressive Google’s software roadmap becomes. Story TimelineAndroid in 2018: Trends and predictionsAndroid P might let carriers control LTE signal barslast_img read more

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Why iPhone X weak demand hits Samsung more than Apple Why iPhone X weak demand hits Samsung more than Apple

first_imgHowever, it also carried a premium price tag, as Apple opted to add the iPhone X to a new position at the top of its smartphone line-up. Unlike previous years, where Apple announced two new iPhones in two different sizes, 2017 saw three iPhones launched. As well as the iPhone X, Apple also introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which flank the OLED handset in terms of physical size. According to the Nikkei, “weak demand” for the iPhone X has led Apple to reduce production of the flagship smartphone. For Q1 2018, it reports, Samsung Display had counted on making 45-50 million OLED panels for the iPhone X. Now, it’s said, it will only supply 20 million panels, or potentially even fewer. “The company has yet to decide its production target for the April-June period,” the newspaper says, “but a further cutback may be in store.” On a facility that Samsung Display had dedicated to producing panels solely for Apple’s use, it could see production rates drop to half or less. It’s unclear how this short-term production decision tallies with ongoing reports about Apple’s 2018 iPhone range. That’s expected to not only include an update to the existing iPhone X, but see at least one more OLED handset join the line-up. Unofficially dubbed the iPhone X Plus, the smartphone is believed to keep the overall design of the current model but increase in both physical and screen size, replacing the iPhone 8 Plus in the process. A third new iPhone, expected to come in at 6.1-inches, is believed to stick with an LCD screen. That’s expected to form the entry-point into Apple’s 2018 iPhone range as the cheapest model. Frustrating the situation for Samsung may well be Apple’s attempts to divide its supplier dependencies. Earlier reports had indicated that, rather than continue to rely solely on Samsung Display for OLED supplies, the Cupertino firm was looking to hedge its bets and source panels from multiple providers. That includes LG Display, which is said to be on track to deliver the 6.5-inch OLED panel Apple will use for the iPhone X Plus. According to reports back in mid-2017, indeed, Apple was investing in LG Display’s OLED production to bring the technology up to speed for its needs. Not only would that secure Apple’s supply chain – given the terms of the deal apparently earmarked it all the panels it wanted – it would have a side-benefit of reducing its dependence on arch-rival Samsung. Of course, “weak demand” for iPhone X doesn’t necessarily translate to disappointment within Apple. While individual device sales may not have been the greatest in number out of recent flagship iPhone launches, Apple’s strategy arguably looked elsewhere to measure overall success. Higher sticker prices compared to other iPhone models mean that each iPhone X sale is worth more to the company’s bottom line; indeed, the premium pricing of the OLED smartphone meant that Q1 2018 sales revenue set records, even if shipment numbers did not. What may be bad news for Samsung Display, therefore, isn’t necessarily bad news for Apple. For a supplier, the more components you can sell, the more profit you make. For Apple, however, the focus is less on numbers of devices and more on the profit margin on each device. With the 2018 iPhone range likely to double-down on that strategy, Apple’s goals will only further diverge from those of component providers like Samsung Display. Slashed iPhone X production has forced Samsung to cut its OLED output, according to new reports out of South Korea, highlighting the supply chain impact that Apple’s focus on device pricing over sales volume has already had in 2018. The smartphone, launched in late 2017, is Apple’s first handset to use OLED rather than LCD for its display, allowing the iPhone X to dramatically slim its bezels compared to earlier phones. Story TimelineiPhone X production reportedly halved as sales disappointiPhone sales revenue Q1 2018: iPhone X premium pricing in effectiPhone X 2018 could get a big notch changelast_img read more

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