While it is not known where it exactly originated from, it went viral after World Taekwondo champion Farabi Davletchin posted his video of doing the Bottle Cap Challenge on June 26. The Taekwondo champion posted a video on Instagram and challenging celebrities Conor McGregor, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude Van Damme to do the Bottle Cap Challenge.The challenge requires two people, wherein one person may add as a companion to the challenge attempter. While the companion holds a bottle at a certain height, the other person attempts to kick the bottle cap off.People from around the world have been attempting the challenge, with celebrities Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, Jason Statham and John Mayer, among others, successfully untwisting a loosely shut bottle cap without using their hands.Follow @News18Movies for more Every now and then the Internet finds an amusing challenge and soon enough celebrity horde lines up completing it and nominating several others. Likewise, the recent and viral #BottleCapChallenge has been taken up by a number of popular names and most of them have added their twist to it. For instance, Kendall Jenner completed the challenge jetting off on a water ski, while Tiger Shroff flaunted his martial art skills as he opened the cap blindfolded.While many are still engaged in the challenging trail, Sophie Turner clearly has had enough of it. The 23-year-old actress is pretty tired of the fad and finally took matters into her own hands. In a recent video, which is now viral, Sophie can be seen venting out her frustration with a priceless reaction. In the video, she can be seen on a plane ride with husband Joe Jonas. Sophie picks up a small bottle of wine and pretends as if she is going to knock the cap off in a creative way. But before she does not anything experimental, she grabs the bottle and opens it normally, saying, “Stop this. Now.” Bottle Cap Challenge videosjoe jonasSophie TurnerSophie Turner Bottle Cap Challenge First Published: July 14, 2019, 11:37 AM IST
Ayushmann Khurrana is the latest celeb to join the #SareeTwitter bandwagon, submitting an unexpected, hilarious entry on Wednesday.The 34-year-old tweeted a picture of himself from the set of his forthcoming film Dream Girl. In it, he is sitting on a scooter wearing a white t-shirt, blue saree and Hawaii slippers. Holding one end of the saree in his mouth, he gives a bemused expression. Sharing the picture, he wrote, “#Dreamgirl later this this year. Sigh. #SareeTwitter.” #Dreamgirl later this this year. Sigh. #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/wqpoJrRNW9— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) July 17, 2019 Meanwhile, #SareeTwitter is growing ever so popular on the micro-blogging site, with several personalities, including Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yami Gautam, Gul Panag, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Barkha Dutt, taking to it.Sharing two pictures of her draped in a saree when she was a kid and now as a grown-up, Sonam wrote, “#SareeTwitter before and after.”#SareeTwitter before and after 😊 pic.twitter.com/sBOsXL9NuT— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) July 17, 2019Vadra shared a picture from the morning of her wedding day. In the picture, she looks demure dressed in a silk drape. Tweeting it, she wrote, “Morning puja on the day of my wedding (22 years ago!) #SareeTwitter.” Morning puja on the day of my wedding (22 years ago!) #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/EdwzGAP3Wt— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 17, 2019I completely agree with this trend , nothing can match the elegance and beauty of a Saree ! So sharing my most special saree moment 😁 #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/L20p3eAxZl— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) July 16, 2019#SareeTwitter my most favourite drees is undoubtedlythe saree pic.twitter.com/DHegyRY1eF— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) July 17, 2019Mom at the 1965 war front. #SareeTwitter #sareeswag pic.twitter.com/pYLEqSKImd— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 16, 2019Ok then. #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/16K1PcTGih— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) July 16, 2019I have countless Saree pics I just realised..so #SareeTwitter can go on …. pic.twitter.com/FUuhgSr5H6— Sᴜᴢᴀɴɴᴇ Bᴇʀɴᴇʀᴛ (@suzannebernert) July 14, 2019And as always Amul—which is known for creating topical cartoon strips—did not miss out either. Legitimising the trend, in the new ad, it has Amul girl draped in three different styles of sarees, with text “Saree duniya dekh rakhi hai! Amul: Have it with wraps!”#Amul Topical: Women sharing their favourite saree pics for #SareeTwitter pic.twitter.com/34v5mxsIb4— Amul.coop (@Amul_Coop) July 17, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more. Written and directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Dream Girl will reportedly have Ayushmann’s character wear sarees. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, it will also star Nushrat Bharucha in an important role. Ayushmann KhurranaAyushmann Khurrana twitterdream girlDream Girl movie First Published: July 18, 2019, 9:52 AM IST
Chennai: After stridently opposing the Centre’s move to impose the three-language formula, DMK chief M K Stalin on Wednesday demanded that Tamil be made an official language in all central government offices.Talking to reporters here after paying homage to former IUML president Quaid-e-Millat on his 124th birth anniversary, he said, “We should take a vow on this day to make Tamil an official language in central government offices.” The DMK will continue to extend support to this cause, he added.Stalin, who is also leader of the opposition in the state assembly, claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula and it withdrew its decision following opposition from Tamils.On Tuesday, the DMK proposed that the two-language formula devised by Dravidian icon C N Annadurai should be implemented across the country.The proposal came a day after the Centre dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.Revising the draft education policy, the Centre Monday dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states after the three-language proposal sparked outrage, mainly in the state.The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy alleging that it was tantamount to thrusting Hindi language on the non-Hindi speaking states.In Tamil Nadu, a two-language formula of Tamil and English is being followed since 1968 after the DMK stormed to power in 1967 under the leadership of Dravidian stalwart and party founder C N Annadurai. dmkDMK chief Stalindraft National Education PolicyHindi speaking states First Published: June 5, 2019, 5:41 PM IST
Houston: Wesley Mathews, the Indian-American foster father, sentenced to life after his 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews was found dead in a culvert in 2017, has filed a motion for a new trial, US media reported, less than a month after he said he would accept any punishment jurors chose.In a case that attracted much international attention, Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty on June 24 to a lesser charge of injury to a child in Sherin’s death. He was originally charged with capital murder by authorities in the US state of Texas after they discovered Sherin’s highly decomposed body after a massive search that lasted 15 days.Mathews was sentenced to life in prison on June 26 in the death of Sherin has appealed the sentence and his attorney also filed a motion for a new trial, The Dallas Morning News reported. Mathews and his wife Sini Mathews, both hailing from Kerala, adopted Sherin from an orphanage in Bihar’s Nalanda district in 2016.In a motion for a new trial, Wesley’s appeal attorney, Brook Busbee, states that Mathews should be granted a new trial because the “photographs of the remains of the decedent, both where her body was discovered and in the autopsy suite” were so prejudicial as to deny Mathews a fair trial.At least two jurors were visibly affected when shown the graphic images, NBC News reported.The images were not shown to the audience in the courtroom.Busbee also stated that jurors were shown evidence that Sherin suffered “fractures from before she died. There was no evidence” that linked Mathews to the injuries and “introduction of that evidence unfairly prejudiced the jury.”Mathews’ legal team will not go into details at this time as to what reason or evidence they have to petition a new trial, simply that they are “looking at all options,” the NBC report said.Mathews has also been appointed a new attorney in his appeal process. Attorney Michael Casillas has requested all records pertaining to the case and trial, it said.After telling the 12-member jury how much he regretted dumping Sherin’s body in a culvert near their home in Richardson city, Mathews testified that he would accept life in prison.”I’m more than happy to take it,” Mathews had said.He initially told police that Sherin went missing on October 7, 2017, after he put her outside their home at 3 am because she would not drink her milk. When he checked in on her 15 minutes later, Mathews said Sherin was missing.He later admitted she died when he “physically assisted” her in drinking the milk and got chocked.He said fear prevented him from waking his wife, Sini, a registered nurse, or calling 911 for help. Instead, he drove Sherin’s body to the culvert and dumped it there. Her body was found by a cadaver dog two weeks later, severely decomposed. Police charged Sherin’s foster mother Sini with child abandonment in November 2017, after Mathews told officials that the couple left the toddler alone the night of her death while they went to dinner with their biological daughter.Sini’s case was dismissed in March this year after prosecutors said they could not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Indian Americanlife termSherin Mathewsus First Published: July 19, 2019, 7:26 PM IST
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the best selling Android-based smartphones in the history of smartphones. But when you compare the price and the specifications of this Samsung smartphone to that of the Bluboo S8, there may be a bit of a shock. Especially given the fact that for the price of a single Galaxy S8, multiple of the other phone could be purchased. Pay heed to the tiny differences that can make a big impact on the final product. The difference between a 5.7-inch HD LCD display and a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (4K) SUPER AMOLED display can be monstrous. The same goes for Samsung’s implementation of a Sony-made 12-megapixel + 8MP camera sensors and Bluoo’s work with a Sony 16MP + 3MP camera array. Samsung Galaxy S8 / VS / Bluboo S8• Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (4K) SUPER AMOLED / 5.7-inch HD (that’s 720p) LCD• Screen-to-body ratio: 83.6% / 83%• CPU: Exynos 8895 8-core / Mediatek MT6750T 8-core• RAM: 4GB / 3GB• Internal Storage: 64GB / 32GB• SD Card slot: up to 256GB / up to 256GB• Camera: 8+12MP / 16MP+3MP• Battery: 3000mAh / 3450mAh• Fingerprint Sensor: single rear-facing / single rear-facing• Operating System: Android 7.0 / Android 7.0 with “360 OS”• Weight: 155g / 207gLook at the relative display-to-weight ratios here – the Galaxy S8 has a larger display, but a smaller weight. While it’s not always the key – pretty often it is. This has a little bit to do with the battery size on the Bluboo device – and a lot to do with how finessed Samsung’s hardware is. This device isn’t this light on accident.Samsung’s device has a display which spills off the left and right of the front of the phone – this they call their Infinity Display. They’ve branded it as such – instead of the “Edge Display” of previous devices. Bluboo is also calling their display an “Infinity Display” through what I can only imagine is some next-level legal wizardry. Bluboo also says that their device has a “Tri-bezel-less Display” which “requires more creative and challenging craftsmanship”. That’s according to their official HK-based webpage for their Bluboo S8. I’m finding it challenging to locate the third bezel-less side – I can only spot a potential two. The Bluboo S8 is expected to be coming to stores in a bunch of countries around the world – except the United States – for around $140 (converted). That’s no joke – certainly when the Samsung Galaxy S8 costs closer to $800 at its most basic. What do you think? Is it worth the extra cash to get the more premium hardware? Or is it all about the edge of the phone’s display? Let us know at SlashGear’s Facebook page – join in on the conversation and lend us your point of view! The best smartphone for one person might not fit the price and budget of the next – that’s where a new contender in the space comes into play. This week the folks at little-known smartphone maker Blubloo have created a Samsung Galaxy S8-killer. Or so it might seem when comparing this device directly to the Galaxy S8 with no regard for the software and hardware finesse that comes with a name so massive as Samsung. Story TimelineBluboo D1 is an $80 smartphone with dual cameras and a fingerprint sensorGalaxy Note 8 “leak” dropped by Samsung itselfSamsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and releaseGalaxy Note 8 renders show still rounded cornersGalaxy Note 8 tipped to debut alongside Bixby-powered Bluetooth headphones
Android Oreo’s new features are abundant, and make for an Android update that’s well worth the effort. Along with the update comes the very clear message from Google about their Pixel devices: Google Pixel is the smartphone to have if you want to have the latest and greatest features from the mothership. Today we’re running down a set of new Android 8.0 Oreo features that we didn’t cover in yesterday’s part 1. That means better battery life for you, the end user, and a slightly different process for the developer. SEE TOO: How to download Android 8.0 Oreo Big developers will end up finding a way around this, likely with a bit of dialogue that asks the end user to allow them to use more data – so be on the lookout for that. Don’t necessarily say yes or no right away – just be conscious that it might be coming quick. Android 8.0 Oreo is available for download for most of Google’s latest devices now. This includes the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, and Pixel XL. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get this update on a device not on that short list, let us know! Perhaps the most important feature in this newest update (for developers, anyway) is Background Execution Limits. For the end user, this means that apps won’t be able to run as freely in the background at all times. Not nearly as freely as before this update, anyway. In our 10 New Android 8.0 Oreo features part 1, we covered some of the lesser-known features that are new to Android in Oreo. Today we’ve got a video from Google that shows developers what they need to do to take full advantage of the update. This video gives a bunch of insight on what apps will have in the near future – alongside the features given to all users in the basic build of Android. Story TimelineOreo sets Guinness World Record for most “Likes” on a Facebook Post in 24hrsAndroid Oreo is officialAndroid Oreo Rescue Party tries to kick out bootloop killjoys
Technically, it won’t really be cutting into businesses like PayPal. Thinks of Apple Pay Cash more as a way to quickly add funds to someone’s Apple Pay balance. Users get issued a virtual Apple Pay Cash card, but that card can only be used inside Apple Pay. Considering the large number of stores, retailers, and institutions supporting Apple Pay already, that might not be too big a deal.The main point of Apple Pay Cash is convenience. Need to send someone money for his or her Apple Pay purchases? Just hit the Apple Pay app in iMessage to get the ball rolling. You can even do it from your Apple Watch or, better yet, ask Siri to do it for you. Asking to be sent money is just as easy as well. Technically easy, but perhaps not socially.Apple Pay Cash gets its funds from the exact same debit and credit cards as Apple Pay and you can select which card to use. Paying with a debit card is completely free but Apple will charge an “industry standard” fee for debit cards. Apple Pay Cash services are provided by Green Dot.Apple Pay Cash is still in beta and limited to the US. The only way to get it, however, is to sign up for the iOS 11.2 beta program, which, of course, comes with its own warnings and caveats. You also need to set up two-factor authentication on your Apple ID before being able to use it.VIA: TechCrunch If you’ve been hungry for any big news on the mobile payments market, you better take a seat for this one. The long-awaited evolution of Apple Pay has finally arrived. In beta form, at least. Simply called Apple Pay Cash, this extension of Apple’s mobile payment service takes the middle man out of sending money to someone digitally, taking a small bite out of the likes of PayPal. That said, the convenience only works if both parties are using iMessage and that the recipient pays for most of his or her shopping with Apple Pay.
At the time Google made their announcement, Xively was a part of LogMeIn. LogMeIn was a provider of cloud-based remote connectivity services – mostly for business use. Xively previously worked with groups such as Sowee for smart energy control of the smart home, Natufia for automated home garden systems, and SureFlap for microchip pet doors. LogMeIn originally acquired what Xively was back in 2014 for $12-million USD. Google’s buy is said to reach somewhere closer to $30-million.Xively is an internet of things business. Antony Passemard, head of product management for IoT and Pub/Sub at Google Cloud explained what Xively will do for Google in a blog post this week. “Through this acquisition, Cloud IoT Core will gain deep IoT technology and engineering expertise, including Xively’s advanced device management, messaging, and dashboard capabilities”“Our customers will benefit from Xively’s extensive feature set and flexible device management platform, paired with the security and scale of Google Cloud,” said Passemard. Xively will help Google manage smart, connected devices – for security, management, and data ingestion. And it’s there that some end users will diverge in their reactions to this news.Google is already a company that benefits in a big way from the data their product users submit to the cloud constantly. Every single time a user says “OK Google,” their voice is recorded and stored in Google Cloud where it’s analyzed by computers to further improve their voice recognition and assistant services. If that’s not something someone is comfortable with, this Xively acquisition shouldn’t excite them. Not in a good way, anyway.Xively will enhance Google’s ability to provide “turnkey IoT solutions” to customers – read: businesses – so they can “focus on business value creation.” Google’s position is that it’s inevitable that millions of devices around the home will be connected to the internet inside the next half-decade. And because of that, Google view is that they should help their customers (businesses) use the data that’ll be made available by this future IoT environment.If you’re not all about that, the best way to fight back is disconnecting. Unplug your smart speakers, switch your phone’s microphones off, and be OK with the fact that your lamp doesn’t turn on when you open your front door. Use your finger to flip the switch, and take comfort in knowing that the machines have taken over already. Google announced their intention to acquire IoT platform Xively this week, aiming for a new layer of value in their connected future. If you trust Google, this announcement was a bit of good news. Xively may give Google the technology and knowhow to bring their fully connected smart home to life for millions of users around the world. It could be great.
Facebook has pulled back the curtain on its Internal Enforcement Guidelines, the long-mysterious rules by which its community standards team decides what’s appropriate for the social network. Controversy around those rules has circulated for many years, with Facebook accused of giving little insight into the ways it decides which photos, videos, and posts should be removed, and which are “safe” to stay online. Story TimelineFacebook’s fate is skepticism even when it’s innocentQuit Facebook but keep your account: Here’s howFacebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download “We decided to publish these internal guidelines for two reasons,” Monika Bickert, Vice President of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said today. “First, the guidelines will help people understand where we draw the line on nuanced issues. Second, providing these details makes it easier for everyone, including experts in different fields, to give us feedback so that we can improve the guidelines – and the decisions we make – over time.”Facebook uses a combination of tech and human moderators in order to attempt to sift through what’s shared on the site. Potentially problematic content is spotted either using artificial intelligence or reports from other users, the company says, and are passed on to the more than 7,500 human content reviewers. They work 24/7 in over 40 languages, Facebook says. For example, Facebook says it won’t allow hate speech about “protected characteristics.” These include ace, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease. However there are only “some protections” around immigration status, and there are three “tiers of severity” by which posts are judged. AdChoices广告In “adult nudity and sexual activity” under “Objectionable Content,” too, there are plenty of provisos. You can’t, for example, show a fully nude close-up of somebody’s buttocks – unless, that is, they’ve been “photoshopped on a public figure.” Sexual activity in general is banned, unless “posted in a satirical or humorous context.”Aven with guidelines, then, the system can’t be infallible. Indeed, there are thousands of words split across the multiple sections of the community standards guidance; expecting each individual team member to reach the same conclusion for every incident is impossible. With that in mind, Facebook has also added a new appeals process. For the first time, there’ll be the opportunity to appeal a decision by a content moderator, and get a second opinion. If some content of yours – whether photo, video, or text post – has been removed, you’ll get a message explaining how it went against Facebook’s standards. There’ll be a link to request a review, which will be carried out by a person, and “typically within 24 hours,” Facebook promises. If the second moderator thinks differently, the post will be restored. “We are working to extend this process further, by supporting more violation types, giving people the opportunity to provide more context that could help us make the right decision, and making appeals available not just for content that was taken down, but also for content that was reported and left up,” Facebook’s Bickert says.It’s all part of Facebook’s attempt to better control – and do so more transparently – what’s going on across the site, particularly in the wake of controversies around its involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. Come May, Facebook Forums: Community Standards will debut, a series of public events that will take place in the US, UK, Germany, France, India, Singapore, and other locations. There, Bickert hopes to “get people’s feedback directly.”
The revelation was made by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam during an interview with CNBC today. During it, McAdam pointed toward “progressive-minded cities” — LA and Sacramento among them — as a key part of the company’s plans.“We’ve had some great partnerships with some forward-looking mayors like Marty Walsh in Boston… Mayor Garcetti in LA,” McAdam said.For its part, Los Angeles praised Verizon’s decision to deploy the 5G network there. LA mayor Eric Garcetti said it will be a great opportunity for residents and business, likewise helping “inspire the next generation of tech leaders and entrepreneurs.” Though the company didn’t finalize a decision about whether the network will appear after Los Angeles, McAdam indicated it could be Boston. An exact rollout date for the LA launch wasn’t provided, though Verizon indicates it will start this upcoming fall season. Verizon has already tested the 5G technology in 11 markets throughout the US. Fixed 5G will arrive in LA first, followed months later by mobile 5G.SOURCE: Verizon Verizon has revealed plans to start rolling out its 5G network in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of this year. The company announced the plans today, saying Los Angeles is the second city that will be getting its 5G network deployment. The first city, Sacramento, was first revealed in November 2017. The company is eyeing progressive cities in particular.
There’s a smart ring (for your finger) called Motiv Ring that now works with Android devices. Before now, the Motiv Ring only worked with iOS – now it’s been updated to work with all manner* of Android devices. For those that’ve never heard of Motiv Ring until today: It also works with iOS 9 and later for iPhone or iPad if you’re really feeling weird – and it works with Apple Health. *When I say “all manner” I mean there’s really no reason why this device shouldn’t eventually – not right now, but eventually – connect to every different sort of Android device. For now the folks at Motiv are suggesting that there are a limited number of devices that will work. It’s the app that apparently only works with the following: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 5, and Note 8, and Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.No Galaxy Note 6 or 7 for some reason. Strange!“Since our pre-order announcement of Motiv Ring, we’ve received requests from Android users who want Motiv Ring,” said Tejash Unadkat, CEO, Motiv. “We are thrilled to support Android users and put Motiv Ring on their fingers. Following Android, the most requested ask has been integration with other health-minded and fitness apps. In par with our Android launch, Google Fit has been a key priority for us that we’re happy to deliver today.”AdChoices广告Motiv Ring is a fitness tracker, a sleep tracker, and a heart rate monitor. Using a connected Android and/or iOS app, users are able to track several sorts of activities and gain insight into their ideal active living style.The ring charges with an included charging cord and battery life lasts around 3 days. The ring is apparently pretty hearty and is entirely waterproof. Users can attain a ring in either Slate Gray or Rose Gold, and the ring is available now for approximately $200 USD. Story TimelineMotiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and AndroidSnapdragon Wear 2500 wearable chip is for kidseBay summer deal offers TVs, wearables, cameras and more at $119Stanford wearable monitors stress hormone levels using sweat
Chevrolet has promised an affordable EV with a long driving range for a while now and those promises are finally coming true. When Chevy first started to talk up the Bolt EV we didn’t know exactly how much it would cost, but we did know that the vehicle would have an EPA-estimated driving range of 238-miles per charge. Chevy originally said that the car was expected to go on sale for under $37,500. The official pricing of the car has now been announced and it will start at $37,495 before any federal tax rebates are applied. Depending on the tax situation with the government for each buyer, there is a potential to get a $7,500 rebate bringing the purchase price down to $29,995. “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”Chevy says that the LT trim will start at $37,495 and includes a nice list of standard features. These features include Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch color touchscreen, and Michelin Self-sealing tires. The Bolt will also be offered in Premier trim that includes all LT features plus leather seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera, and rear camera mirror. The pricing does include all destination and freight charges. The Bolt EV will land at select dealerships in late 2016. It’s unclear at this point how the dealerships who sell the Bolt will be selected. Chevy hasn’t announced if the vehicle will be available nationwide or only in certain geographic areas.AdChoices广告Story Timeline2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first-drive – Prototype Promise2017 Chevy Bolt EV gets EPA-estimated 238 miles per chargeThere are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV
The newest SwiftKey Beta update arrived today, bringing with it one simple, important change: automatic incognito switching. The new feature is designed to simplify switching from regular to incognito browsing modes by automatically toggling the keyboard when the user is typing in a sensitive field. When in incognito mode, the keyboard won’t remember what the user types. A web browser incognito mode prevents the browser from remembering the user’s history, cookies, and similar things. Many mobile keyboards have an incognito mode offering the same feature — by enabling it, you can avoid having the app remember the words you typed, which could end up revealing things you want to keep private.With SwiftKey, users who switch their web browser to incognito mode also need to manually switch the mobile keyboard into its own incognito mode. This, of course, has resulted in times when the user forgets to switch the keyboard with the browser and they end up with typing history in the app that they’d rather have scrubbed.The new beta version of the app eliminates that problem by automatically putting SwiftKey into beta mode when an incognito browser tab is opened. This feature appears to work in all of the major Android web browsers, including Chrome. Users can tell whether the keyboard is in the private mode based on its grey color and overlaid face icon.Users who want to try the feature out will need to download the SwiftKey Beta app from the Google Play Store; it won’t replace the regular SwiftKey product. As with any beta product, the app may have some bugs that could interfere with usage. Story TimelineSwiftKey 7.0 major update adds Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs, and moreSwiftKey on Android gets Microsoft Translator for real-time translationsSwiftKey for Android gets built-in search for rapid web browsing
The hauler had on it several versions of the X4, including the standard version, the M40i, and the M40d versions. The images show an X4 with a very sleek design looks similar to the 2018 BMW X3 that has already debuted. The X4 has only been around for a few model years as of now and normally at this point in the life-cycle of a model, we would expect to see a mild refresh. BMW has skipped that refresh and went for a full second generation of the X4.With the hauler packing the hopped up M version, clearly BMW will be offering those models, presumably from the day the vehicle launches. Word is that the M40i will have a turbo inline-six displacing 3.0 liters taken right from the X3 M40i. In the X3 SUV the engine makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque with xDrive and an 8-speed automatic. Performance in X30 M40i form is good with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. Performance in the X4 M40i is expected to be similar. The M40d flavor is diesel powered and exactly what engine is expected in that car is a point of debate. Rumors suggest that it will be a new quad-turbo 3.0L inline-six from the 750d.In that car the engine makes 394 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, but that output would presumably be detuned for duty in the X4 M40d. With the X4s sitting on the trailer completely unhidden we would assume the official unveil is close, or perhaps someone simply was slacking on camo duty.SOURCE: Motor1 A car hauler full of several versions of the BMW X4 has been spied somewhere near the BMW factory in South Carolina. The hauler was full of pre-production prototypes and while one of them appears to have been wearing mild camo on the front bumper, all of the others X4s on the hauler were completely bare.
Those waiting for the newest Galaxy Note-like device with an S Pen will find it in the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. Meanwhile the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro looks about as sleek and refined as any Samsung notebook has ever before. Both devices were first revealed back at CES 2019. Both devices are now set to be available on March 17th, 2019. Story TimelineSamsung Notebook 9 and 7 Spin release and pricing details confirmedSamsung Notebook 9 Pen pairs S Pen with an all-metal 2-in-1Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, Notebook Flash are opposite extremes The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen has a 13-inch display with Full HD resolution and up to 500 nits brightness. This machine has an Intel Core i7 processor under the hood (8565U) and Intel UHD Graphics 620. This notebook has 8GB LPDDR3 RAM and storage at 512 GB (PCIe NVMe SSD). This notebook runs Windows 10 Home and can be locked with both Facial recognition and fingerprint recognition. Ports around the edges include 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1 USB-C, one Headphones/Mic combo jack, and a card combo slot for UFS and microSD cards. This machine has a backlit keyboard and a built-in S Pen you may recognize. It’s delivered with the same yellow body as the Galaxy Note 9, which was also released in a tone of blue just like this notebook. Base configuration of this notebook comes in at approximately $1,400 USD.The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is also available as a 15-inch display-toting machine with either internal or external graphics. The 15-inch display still has Full HD resolution, though – so you’re really not getting a significant amount more bang for your buck there. You’re really going to want to look to the graphics, which ramp up to an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB) on the highest end. That external graphics solution brings the notebook’s price up to right around $1,800 USD. That, again, is with the 15-inch display instead of the 13-inch, but with the same processor and pretty much all the same features otherwise.The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen will be made available starting on March 17, 2019. It’ll be sold on Amazon and at Samsung’s online store at that time. This device may be available for sale at additional locations in the future, but for now it’s online only.
Story TimelineApple event today: Here’s how to watch liveApple News Plus service release, pricing, and who’s involvedApple Arcade is here to destroy Android gaming The Apple TV+ service was unveiled by company CEO Tim Cook at its event today, where director Steven Spielberg and a number of other notable creatives from the film industry took time to hawk Apple’s new video service. Apple is taking its own larger step into the original programming market, joining Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and a number of other companies. During its event today, Apple took the wraps off its new Apple TV+ service, the product increasingly detailed in leaks over past months. The official product is a video streaming service unveiled alongside a roster of celebrities, one that will offer viewers access to original programming already in the development pipeline. Apple has been the focus of many rumors over past years, notably over the last year or so when various sources alleged the company was acquiring or otherwise interested in a number of video projects. Apple confirmed both plans to offer serious original programming and many shows already in the pipeline, including a sci-fi series called See and a drama called The Morning Show. There are more than 25 projects in development, some of which include episodic TV shows; Apple users can also expect the arrival of original movies. You won’t have to be an Apple device owner to enjoy the exclusives, however — the Apple TV+ app will be available on a number of devices from other companies, including Roku, Samsung, Amazon, and Vizio.It’s clear Apple is planning to take on competitors in a big way, proclaiming that Apple TV+ will be the destination for “the highest-quality originals.” According to the company, its new video service will be advertisement-free, offered in more than 100 countries, and available to access this Fall. Viewers will be able to download content for offline viewing and access it on-demand. Introducing Apple TV+. A new streaming service with original stories from the most creative minds in TV and film. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/xLhtdNNaa2— Apple TV (@AppleTV) March 25, 2019
If you’re looking for the best-looking smartphones in the market, Google’s Pixel phones might not make it to the top of the list. Especially the Pixel 3a, which feels and looks like a blast from the past with its polycarbonate body. But looks can be deceiving, as reviews and durability tests of Google’s most affordable Pixel phone proved just as capable as its more expensive predecessors. Now it proves it might even do one better by being easier and cheaper to repair. JerryRigEverything took the Pixel 3a through his usual durability test and, save for a brief tense moment, the phone survived the torture. Of course, the plastic back was easy prey to Nelson’s art but, other than that and the lack of water resistance rating, the Pixel 3a proved to be one durable phone.Next up was the teardown and the Pixel 3a continued to impress. The entry point to the phone was the screen, which required taking great care. But once that part was over, it was simple enough to remove the screen and its single cable. In other words, replacing the screen wouldn’t be that expensive or difficult.The rest of the phone proved to be very modular and even the battery was easy enough to remove. Provided you don’t break the pull tabs while doing so. The usual care when disconnecting pretty thin cables applies.AdChoices广告iFixit gave the Pixel 3a a 6 out of 10 when it comes to repairability and JerryRigEverything’s independent teardown pretty much confirms how relatively easy it is. At a time when expensive and hard to repair phones are the norm, the Pixel 3a may offer a breath of fresh air, with some caveats, of course. Story TimelineGoogle Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessaryPixel 3a durability test gives a brief scareGoogle Pixel 3a Review: A question of compromise
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The RUC And The Cost Of Health Care Marketplace: The Secret World Of Health-Care PricingAn investigation into the hidden relationship between the American Medical Association and Medicare and how it determines the cost of health care (Warner, 6/11).
Medicare, Other Entitlement Programs Key To ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Politico reports that “inside the talks,” a framework for addressing the “fiscal cliff” is taking shape that includes both tax increases and entitlement cuts. Other news outlets note that publicly, President Barack Obama is playing down spending cuts, while GOP leaders demand entitlement reductions but without offering specifics.Politico: Inside The Talks: Fiscal Framework EmergesCut through the fog, and here’s what to expect: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 trillion — the middle ground of what President Barack Obama wants and what Republicans say they could stomach. Entitlement programs, mainly Medicare, will be cut by no less than $400 billion – and perhaps a lot more, to get Republicans to swallow those tax hikes. There will be at least $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and “war savings.” And any final deal will come not by a group effort but in a private deal between two men: Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (Vandehei and Allen, 11/29).The New York Times: Obama Tilts Tax Debate Away From Spending CutsMr. Obama has embraced specific cuts to the federal budget in the past and has committed to an agreement with Congress that will include deep reductions in spending. But it would be easy for those who listen to his public pronouncements lately to miss it. In public statements since his re-election, he has barely discussed how he would pare back federal spending, focusing instead on the aspect of his plan that plays to his liberal base and involves all gain and no pain for 98 percent of taxpayers. … Republican leaders were more scathing, saying the president was more interested in campaigning than sitting down to resolve difficult issues. They said they were willing to raise tax revenue by closing loopholes and limiting deductions, but Mr. Obama has not reciprocated with more restraint of entitlement programs (Baker, 11/28).Los Angeles Times: Obama Takes ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Battle To Social Media Democrats welcomed Obama’s effort to mobilize public opinion as the divided Congress struggles to strike a budget deal before Jan. 1, when a series of automatic tax hikes and sharp spending cuts are scheduled to kick in. … Obama urged Americans to tweet members of Congress using hashtag #My2k, a reference to the $2,200 he said an average family would pay in additional taxes if Congress failed to act. He mentioned the Twitter hashtag four times, and it later appeared on a screen behind Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, at his televised afternoon briefing. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that he had little patience for the continued focus on taxes, and that he wanted the administration to put spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs on the table (Parsons and Mascaro, 11/28).The Associated Press/Washington Post: White House, Congress To Talk As Fears Increase That Government Heading Toward ‘Fiscal Cliff’Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling “fiscal cliff,” administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and senior White House aide Rob Nabors were to visit separately Thursday with the four leaders of the House and Senate to discuss how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in January. Republicans complain that the White House is slow-walking the talks and has yet to provide specifics on how President Barack Obama would curb the rapid growth of benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid (11/29).The Washington Post: ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks Bogged Down By Dispute Over Cost Of Retirement ProgramsNegotiations to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” advanced at a glacial pace Wednesday, with a dispute over how to tackle the soaring cost of federal retirement programs emerging as the latest roadblock to progress. … Republicans, meanwhile, insisted that it is up to President Obama to offer a plan to restrain the cost of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — the government’s biggest and fastest-growing programs — in exchange for GOP concessions on taxes (Montgomery and Helderman, 11/28).Roll Call: Liberals Start To See Entitlement Trim As InevitableWhen the Center for American Progress recently pointed to some potential savings from entitlement programs, the political implications were more important than the numbers. The left-of-center group’s entry into the battle over entitlement spending provided some political cover that could allow more Democratic lawmakers to support a deficit reduction compromise including savings from programs they have long defended with their political lives — Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security. The report said Congress could reduce the cost of health care for seniors by $385 billion over 10 years by picking up some proposals that were either discussed during the 2011 debt limit standoff or included in President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal — things such as higher premiums for upper-income Medicare beneficiaries and cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals and nursing facilities (Krawzak, 11/28).National Journal: Dems To GOP: Stop Stalling And Name Your Entitlement CutsSenate Democrats are blaming Republicans for the slow pace of the fiscal cliff negotiations, arguing that Republicans have failed to lay out the entitlement spending cuts they want to see as part of a deal. Instead, Republicans are trying to force Democrats into negotiating with themselves and in the process take on the political burden of proposing both tax increases on the wealthy and spending cuts that could hit the middle class, a Senate Democratic leadership aide said. … Even Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who has publicly opposed including Medicare or Medicaid cuts in a deal, refrained from saying that Democrats would reject an Obama-Boehner crafted deal that includes spending cuts. Instead, he urged the president to keep Senate Democrats in the loop so they can work something out (Frates, 11/28).Reports also explore what Medicare proposals could be in play – NPR: The Hidden Costs Of Raising The Medicare AgeWhenever the discussion turns to saving money in Medicare, the idea of raising the eligibility age often comes up. … It’s hardly surprising that the idea keeps finding its way into the conversation. That same increase is already being phased in for Social Security. Even President Obama reportedly had the idea on the table during his informal negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner during the summer of 2011 (Rovner, 11/29).NPR: A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal CliffOn Jan. 1, Medicare is set to cut payments to doctors by nearly 30 percent. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to prevent this from happening. But a very different Congress 15 years ago decided the cut was necessary to contain health-care costs (Joffe-Walt, 11/29).The Medicare NewsGroup: AMA’s New Leader Embraces Medicare PolicyFor Dr. Ardis Hoven and other veteran policymakers within the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical organization’s move to support transitioning Medicare away from a defined-benefit to a defined-contribution system has been a long time coming. Hoven, an internist and infectious disease specialist based in Lexington, KY, served countless hours over the last two decades on the AMA’s Council on Medical Service, debating how the physicians’ organization could best advise Congress and the White House to preserve Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors and the disabled. Meanwhile, doctors became increasingly unsure what they would be paid by Medicare from one year to the next (Japsen, 11/27).