Is Salman Khan Working in Biopic Based on a BSF Soldier

first_imgWith Bharat set to release next week and Dabangg 3 lined up for later this year, Salman Khan has a busy schedule. The actor is also working in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah with Alia Bhatt. Then there is Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick 2 planned for 2020. Now, some reports suggest that Khan is also looking forward to a biopic based on the life of a BSF Jawaan. “Salman has always been extremely driven by stories that centre around India. Recently, a big banner approached him for a biopic they wish to produce. It will revolve around the life of a BSF jawaan and will be set in Kashmir,” Pinkvilla quoted a source close to him. The plot is said to move around an Indian soldier who single-handedly thwarted a militant attack. “It’s an extremely brave and inspirational story of this one man – an Indian soldier – who single handedly ended the entire camp of Mujahideen militants around 12-14 years ago. Salman loved the entire idea and felt it was an untold real life story that needed to be told,” the source added. While reportedly, Salman has verbally agreed to do the film, official confirmation and the dates are yet to be figured out. Meanwhile, today (May 27) Twitter launched an official emoji for superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming film Bharat. The emoji features Salman in his bearded look, which is one of his looks from the film. Social media users can add the emoji in their tweets with #Bharat, #BharatThisEid, #IAmBharat and #BharatWithFamily.An official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, Bharat is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Grover and Aasif Sheikh in key roles.Follow @News18Movies for more bharatBharat emojiBharat release datebharat songs First Published: May 27, 2019, 4:57 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Where Did Bua Come From Yogi Adityanath Tries to Solve Relationship Puzzle

first_img akhilesh yadavLok Sabha elections 2019MayawatiPriyanka Gandhi Vadra First Published: May 6, 2019, 8:39 PM IST Gorakhpur: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged on Monday that during earlier governments in Uttar Pradesh, people got electricity on Muharram and Eid, but not on Holi and Diwali.Addressing a public meeting in Domariaganj constituency in Siddharth Nagar district, Adityanath said the situation was different now, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi believed in ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (support for all, development for all). “Earlier, power connections were given on caste lines and people didn’t get electricity on Holi and Diwali, but on Muharram and Eid,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.Adityanath’s remarks is reminiscent of Modi’s comments at a rally before the 2017 assembly election in the state. The prime minister had said if people get electricity on Ramzan, they should also get electricity during Diwali.Adityanath also mocked at the SP-BSP-RLD alliance. “Shivpal Yadav (Akhilesh’s uncle) says that he has no sister. So, where did the ‘bua’ (aunt) come from?” he asked, referring to Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.”Everyone knows that the new relationship is built to hide each other’s sins and the relationship will eventually break on May 23,” the chief minister said.He said the people would give a befitting reply to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for her remarks that wherever her party was weak in the state, it has fielded such candidates who would cut into the BJP vote share.”People will give a befitting reply like a ‘muhnochwa’ to the vote-cutter remarks of the ‘shehzadi’ (princess’),” Adityanath said, in an apparent reference to Vadra.In 2002, villagers insisted that a light-emitting flying object, or the ‘muhnochwa’ (face scratcher), came towards them in the dead of the night and scratched their face, and even gave them mild electric shocks.The ‘muhnochwa’ was reportedly seen in about 30 districts and hundreds of people were said to have suffered serious scratches and bruises on the face and arms. last_img read more

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Piracy Website TamilRockers Leaks Hrithik Roshans Super 30

first_imgPiracy website TamilRockers have leaked a number of movies on the Internet, killing the hard work of the directors and the cast. After leaking recent releases like Avengers: Endgame, Oh Baby and Bharat among others, the piracy website leaked Hrithik Roshan starrer and Vikas Bahl directorial Super 30 on their website.While Delhi High Court had ordered to block many similar piracy hubs, Tamilrockers continues to be a troublemaker for filmmakers. The website keeps changing its domain extension and can also be accessed through proxy servers. TamilRockers were initially limited to leaking only South Indian films. However, with the increasing demand, they have leaked several Bollywood and even Hollywood movies. They have also received serious flak for doing so.For the unversed, Super 30 is based on the life of a Patna-based mathematician named Anand Kumar, who started the Super 30 institute to teach the underprivileged students for the IIT entrance examination, who are unable to afford their education. Earlier they leaked several movies like Kabir Singh, Article 15, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and MIB: International.Super 30, directed by Queen Director Vikas Bahl, has released on July 13. The movie also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Mrunal Thakur, Aditya Srivastava and Nandish Sandhu among others. The real-life based story has already made earnings of around Rs 50 crores in just three days after its release.Follow @News18Movies for more Aditya SrivastavaAnand KumarArticle 15hrithik roshan First Published: July 15, 2019, 4:34 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Mission success SpaceX delivers satellite lands all 3 Falcon Heavy boosters

first_img How to watch SpaceX’s most difficult Falcon Heavy launch ever SpaceX calls off Starlink launch just 15 minutes before liftoff Watch live as SpaceX tries, for the third time, to launch 60 Starlink satellites SpaceX joins internet-from-space race with launch of 60 Starlink satellites SpaceX resupply mission to International Space Station scheduled for next week Update: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carried out its mission successfully. In addition to the launch, it also achieved the successful return of its three rocket boosters. This represents the first time in company history it has managed a triple landing.Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket in current operation, launched at 6.35pm ET Thursday from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was originally slated for Tuesday, then pushed back to Wednesday, and finally Thursday — with weather temporarily scuppering plans.This was Falcon Heavy’s second-ever flight after a maiden flight 13 months ago in early 2018. On that flight, it memorably carried the Tesla Roadster belonging to SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk out of Earth’s atmosphere and into space.Falcon Heavy’s side boosters land on Landing Zones 1 and 2 pic.twitter.com/nJCCaVHOeo— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 12, 2019For this flight, Falcon Heavy’s cargo was a little more sensible (but less meme-able) in nature. As with many of SpaceX’s previous missions, the Falcon Heavy ferried a communications satellite. In this case, it was the Arabsat-6A communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin. It will be used to provide television, internet, and phone services in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. This satellite boasts several impressive innovations in its own right, including a lighter but more powerful solar array and more.The launch marked an historic day for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, which tips the scale at a hefty 54 metric tons (119,000 pounds) and generates more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff (the equivalent of 18 separate 474 aircraft). It is the second biggest rocket in history, trailing only the Saturn V rocket, which last took to the sky in 1973. After the Falcon Heavy, today’s biggest rival of the Falcon Heavy is the Delta IV Heavy, which has an operational payload of less than half that of SpaceX’s creation.A commercial launch for Falcon Heavy is something many have been dreaming about since Elon Musk first described the rocket in 2005. It’s also something which seemed like it would never happen during the countless delays which got us to this point. While we were kept waiting for the launch, it’s safe to say that — when it eventually happened — it was pretty darn spectacular. Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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iPhone 8 design leak can Android phones compete

first_imgThe age of the full frontal display is here, and Apple is the one to bring it about. Or that’s what the company will have you believe, if their marketing department brings the iPhone 8 out the way they should. Android devices have been starting in on this trend early, as it were – Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, and others included. Just yesterday we had a peek at the first Copper Gold version of the iPhone 8 – in leaked photos of what was supposed to be a real device. But we knew better – that’s a 3D model made with plastic, metal, and reflective ink and/or stickers. But for all intents and some purposes, it’s pretty much the same as what we expect from Apple.Obviously Apple is going to have a bit more finesse in the mix when it comes to a final product, but the dimensions and basics are probably here. Further confirming our suspicion that the photos there were indeed models, not actual Apple-made devices, today Venya Geskin made clear the models were just that – models. They’re available for purchase right this minute. Story TimelineiPhone 8 concept asks how will Apple embrace OLED’s key advantageiPhone 8 face unlock won’t work with Apple PayiPhone 8 front camera has 4K 60p video recording chopsiPhone 8 face unlock will work even when flat on tableiPhone 8 X-ray confirms wireless charging, L-shaped batteryThis iPhone 8 in a Foxconn box is making us suspiciousiPhone 8’s 3rd color leak looks like Copper Goldcenter_img Further, it’s been made clear to SlashGear by an anonymous source with information on the subject that the “Copper Gold” version is in no way confirmed. It’s almost as if the concept of this colorway were pulled out of thin air. Meanwhile the models are indeed using a mix of printed elements and “maybe hard plastic”.The render you see above comes from Anthony Boyd. The real deal – Apple’s real iPhone 8 (or whatever it’ll end up being called) has been tipped to SlashGear by this same source (as above) as having a special mix of elements on its back. The back, they said will be “glass and metal together” – some sort of combination of the two that’s “something special.” It wouldn’t be a shock to find that this same “something special” mix of “glass and metal together” found its way to the iPhone 7s too. Leaks suggest exactly that – with colors starting with gray and black, too.While we could look back to this report from this January about Apple’s return to glass-metal-glass, that could just as easily have been a good guess. Could it be time for Liquidmetal to come into play again?Could it be time for Metallic Glass? Have a peek at our brief SlashGear 101: Liquidmetal to learn more about this awesome technological manufacturing breakthrough from all the way back in 2012. And remember that Apple’s had this mix and process in play for a half decade at least! Either way, it’s time for Android to step up. Oh Android-based smartphone manufacturers have already begun releasing smartphones with full frontal bezel-less displays, you say? Well how about that! There’s the Mi Mix, with a 6.4-inch display whose panel goes so far to the edge of the device it’s dangerously fragile. That device is the first-gen model. There’s a Mi Mix 2 on the way, too – we’ll see more of that soon.Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has such a borderless display, it spills over the edges of the phone. LG’s been pushing toward the borders every phone for the last few iterations. The LG V30 will go further than any LG smartphone before. Multiple Android-toting manufacturers have run with OLED displays before – well before Apple.But is it enough? Apple’s big selling point for the next iPhone collection will likely be its new display – that’ll be enough in and of itself to draw in millions of iPhone users. What difference is a display if you’re already part of one app ecosystem or the other? Maybe it’ll be a different feature that makes the big decision simple.last_img read more

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Amazon event ticketing tipped following soured Ticketmaster talks

first_imgTicket sales in the U.S. are highly problematic due to the relative monopoly certain companies have on ticket sales. These companies do little to address mass ticket purchases, enabling a small number of people to buy a massive number of tickets within minutes of them going live. Actual fans and customers, then, are forced to purchase these tickets from secondary sale sites at drastically marked up rates, ruining the experience for everyone…except those who profit heavily.In light of this, there’s no doubt that many people would flock to an Amazon ticketing service, assuming it took steps to address this blatant abuse of the system. According to sources, Amazon will be launching this ticketing platform for U.S. venues and events. How well the company could compete in a world where Ticketmaster holds such power is hard to guess, though.As it stands, anyone planning to attend a major hot-ticket event is forced to go through Ticketmaster, and it is likely that won’t change quickly. However, Amazon has proven itself capable of running an effective ticketing business via its ticket sales in the UK, where it has even, at times, exceeded Ticketmaster’s own sales for select events, according to sources.Sources go on to claim that Amazon was once in talks with Ticketmaster over striking a partnership, something described as ‘stalled’ at the moment over disagreements about which company would control customer data. In substitution, sources say Amazon has proceeded to talk with a sports league about secondary ticket sales. As well, Amazon is reportedly hoping to lure venues into its own ticketing game by promising to cut them multi-million dollar sponsorship checks.Which venues the company has been in talks with is unclear, as well as whether any of these venues or league(s) have expressed a favorable attitude about the offers. How the company’s Prime membership could factor into a ticket-selling business isn’t clear.SOURCE: Reuters Amazon is about to give Ticketmaster a run for its money, according to sources, as it gears up to launch its own event ticketing business for U.S. venues. Through its service, which has been revealed by a total of four sources, Amazon will allow venue owners, sports leagues and more to sell tickets through the online platform, expanding its business and potential customer base while also loosening the grip a certain major ticketing company currently has on the market.last_img read more

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Samsung Notebook 9 2018 models include 2in1 Pen version

first_imgSamsung has just revealed three new Samsung Notebook 9 models for the 2018 year, the trio arriving in both 13.3-inch and 15-inch versions. Joining the three new models is the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, a lightweight 2-in-1 model with a 360-degree hinge and an included S Pen stylus. Unlike the other models, the Notebook 9 Pen is made with a premium magnesium aluminum, which makes it lighter than regular aluminum. Samsung calls this magnesium aluminum alloy “Metal12.” The new 2.2lbs Samsung Notebook 9 Pen can be converted from regular laptop mode into a tablet mode, which itself is ideal to use with the included S Pen. That S Pen doesn’t contain a battery; it has 4,096 pressure levels as well as a 0.7mm tip, plus tilt detection. Samsung says this combination of features gives users a more realistic writing and drawing experience. S Pen shortcuts are automatically available when the stylus is removed from the laptop; the system also automatically launches Autodesk’s Sketchbook app and Samsung Notes.Joining the Pen version are the three aforementioned Notebook 9 2018 models, their weights ranging up to 2.84lbs. That makes them, at the heaviest, only slightly heavier than the Notebook 9 Pen, though you don’t get the added convenience of that 360-degree display and integrated battery-free stylus. You do get, however, a very slim 6.2mm display bezel, the use of durable Metal12, and a 75Wh Hexacell battery that supports always-on functionality.While Samsung hasn’t revealed all of the hardware details yet, it has revealed the changes these 2018 models bring versus the current versions. The Notebook 9 2018 laptops feature support for Windows Hello via a fingerprint sensor, though the Notebook 9 Pen also packs a front-facing IR camera to use the facial recognition feature. Samsung has included Privacy Folder with the Notebook 9 models. Samsung has also packed a RealView display into both versions of the Notebook 9, offering what the company describes as life-like colors. Users will have access to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, plus Samsung Dual Channel Memory. The company will also include its Samsung Link Sharing transfer tool for sharing things like documents and photos with another device.Samsung plans to first release these 2018 models in Korea starting this month, followed by other countries; the US will get them in the first quarter of next year. Prices haven’t been revealed yet.last_img read more

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NVIDIA ending driver support for 32bit systems

first_imgNvidia notes that it will continue to offer security updates for its 32-bit drivers for another year, but all new features, enhancements, and new hardware support will require a 64-bit OS and drivers. “Later driver release versions will not operate, nor install, on 32-bit operating systems,” Nvidia states. “Driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions.”There are of course plenty of reasons to make the switch to a 64-bit system, including better security, performance, and faster applications, but this change is likely to cause at least a few headaches for businesses and organizations, such as hospitals, that still rely on legacy machines and software. If they also rely on Nvidia drivers, their systems could become much harder to use in the near future.On the other hand, for many this will probably be the final push they needed before moving up to a 64-bit system. As a major GPU manufacturer, Nvidia’s change could help the PC industry as whole make the transition to 64-bit, with fewer instances of legacy compatibility to hold things back.SOURCE Nvidia The PC world is taking another step towards laying 32-bit systems to their eternal rest. Nvidia has announced that it will soon be making the switch to only supporting 64-bit operating systems, with the upcoming Version 390 of its graphics card drivers being the last to support 32-bit versions of Windows (7, 8/8.1, and 10), Linux, and FreeBSD. While 64-bit systems have been the norm for some time now, this marks a significant move away from legacy support for 32-bit. Story TimelineNVIDIA’s new Pegasus wants the keys to your Level 5 autonomous carNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti review round-up: Is it worth it?NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yetNVIDIA TITAN V: 5 features for scientists, researchers, and gamersNVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillancelast_img read more

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Apple App Store set new holiday record

first_imgApple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve. That sets a new record, Apple points out, for holiday purchases and downloads. Over half a billion people visit the App Store each week. Pokemon GO proved to be the most popular game in the store on December 21, Apple says, having introduced a significant update. That took advantage of ARKit for a new augmented reality (AR) gameplay mode, unique to the iPhone and unavailable on the Android version of the game. It allows Pokemon trainers to creep up on their next monster target, rewarding stealth with extra bonus badges. According to Apple, ARKit apps are on the rise, though they still comprise a very small percentage of titles available to download. Currently there are still fewer than 2,000 ARKit-enabled titles, the Cupertino firm says, with CSR Racing 2, Night Sky, and Snapchat among the most popular. It’s likely that number will increase rapidly, however, as 2018 goes on. One thing the App Store charts did tell us over the holidays was just how in-demand smart speakers proved to be. The Amazon Alexa app, which is required to install and configure an Echo smart speaker, shot to the top of the App Store charts on December 25, suggesting plenty of people opened up a new Echo Dot or Echo Show on Christmas morning. Google’s Home app, used to configure the Google Home smart speaker, was also popular. It highlighted the absence of Apple’s entrant to the segment, however, with the Cupertino firm delaying the release of the HomePod until early 2018. Then again, perhaps Apple isn’t so concerned about that delay. After all, with $300m revenues in a single day, it would need to sell a whole lot of $349 HomePods to match what software sales are pulling in. Of course, what we really wanted to know was just how many iOS devices Apple sold over the holidays, a topic of much speculation among analysts over the past week. No official numbers – much less a breakdown of sales – has been released. Nonetheless, according to one analyst firm the iPhone 7 was actually the most popular iPhone worldwide this Christmas, at least when measured by activations. The iPhone X came in shortly behind, in third place, though when considered collectively the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus out-activated Apple’s 2017 flagship.last_img read more

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Apple Space Gray devices released in silence

first_imgThe Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad now come in Space Gray. That’s big news to Apple-loving accessory-buyers and those that cannot possibly use accessories made by anyone else. Especially those that have a Space Gray Apple product they want to match up with. That’s a rare breed, but they’re out there man, they’re out there. Story TimelineIsn’t Apple’s big secret obvious?New iPad revealed with Apple Pencil in towThis Apple event was about progress The Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad in US English is now available in Space Gray for $149. This keyboard is also available in its original Silver with white keycaps for $129 USD. The regular, smaller Magic Keyboard is also available in its original Silver, but not Space Gray, which makes us think they might end production in the near future.The Magic Mouse 2 is also now available in Space Gray as well as its original Silver with white. This is the mouse that you plug in with a Lightning cable at its base. That one, yes, the one that cannot charge in any reasonable way, instead opting for the dead beetle pose as such. The Magic Mouse 2 is available for $79 USD in Silver or $99 for Space Gray.The Magic Trackpad 2 now comes in its original Silver for $129 USD or in Space Gray for $149. These trackpads are the epitome of several things, one of which is simplicity. You’ll also notice that the charging port is at the back end of the device, not on its belly. The Magic Trackpad 2 can be charged without the dead beetle pose.AdChoices广告Also new in the Apple Store are a set of iPhone X Leather Cases and iPhone X Silicone Cases. You’ll find one whole heck of a lot of color options available for both – more than you could ever possibly want. There too is a new iPhone X Leather Folio in a variety of new colors.There’s a few new Woven Nylon and Nike Sport Loop Apple Watch bands, too. And some other new cases from Apple if you’re willing to dig deep enough in the online store. Expect this whole lot of products to reach brick and mortar stores inside the next week, if you’re lucky.last_img read more

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Galaxy Note 9 specs leaks keep getting better

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy Note 9 release tipped well ahead of iPhone X2Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update live today for most US usersT-Mobile Galaxy Note 8 gets Android Oreo update The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s baseline is the Samsung Galaxy S9. We know what the Galaxy S9 is capable of, now we’ve got to ramp up the game just a tiny bit. Or, hopefully, Samsung will ramp up their game in a major way – complete with some heavily guarded secret features. SEE TOO: Galaxy Note 9: If it looks like this, sign me upGenerally I’m all about the stability over the new features, and the software updates over the needless spec-pushing. But right now, since we’ve come to trust Samsung’s smartphones, I’m all about that adventure and excitement. I hope Samsung’s got something completely unexpected up their sleeve. For now, we’ve got a pretty basic idea of what the Galaxy Note 9 is going to bring to the table. That begins with a display that’s not all that different from last year’s Note 8. We’re estimating a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED panel with 2960 x 1440 pixels all jammed in tight.There’s also probably an in-screen or under-screen fingerprint scanner. Samsung’s been working on that business for months – it’s gotta be time to fire that cannon sooner rather than later. There’s probably a battery in the Galaxy Note 9 that’s either 3850 or 4000mAh. The Galaxy Note 9 probably has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or 855 and an Exynos 9820 (dependent on region launch). The information we’ve got so far – in that chart above – is not straight from Samsung. Instead, it’s our most recent, best approximation of what the Galaxy Note 9 will present. Information comes from anonymous sources, insider (also anonymous) tips, and informed assumptions. Have a peek at the timeline below to learn more about the next Note! This week we’re having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as it exists in this very pre-official state. At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in a sort of limbo between development and reality. As such, the specifications we’ve got today are in a bit of a limbo as well. We’re relying mostly on the kindness of anonymous insider sources from South Korea and/or China on this one – for now.last_img read more

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Apple Maps is getting a huge reboot

first_imgStory TimelineApple Maps Nearby search, flyover and traffic support expandsA flock of drones could save Apple MapsApple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas Apple Maps is about to get a huge upgrade, with exponentially more data, crowdsourced updates, and potentially paving the way to future AR smart glasses projects. The mapping app hasn’t exactly got the best reputation among navigation right now, though it has significantly improved since Apple first launched it in 2012 as part of iOS 6. That launch was, fair to say, something of a disaster, and for many it cemented the idea of Apple Maps as being less accurate and more glitchy than rival systems like Google Maps. This year, Apple will finally loosen its reins on things like using third-party navigation apps in CarPlay, which will finally bring Google Maps and Waze – among others – to the dashboard when you plug in your iPhone running iOS 12. However, it’s also counting on big Apple Maps improvements to many dissuade you from doing that. Making your own mapsThe key is that Apple is now taking map-making in-house. In an interview with TechCrunch, the company has explained how it plans to progressively shift from third-party mapping data to doing it all itself. It’s a sign of just how important location data is, not only to simple navigation between A and B, but for localized services in apps and more. You can’t just build it once, however, and then expect it to stay the same. That requires mapping and re-mapping, as the data gets updated to reflect new road layouts, temporary changes, and more. According to Apple’s Eddy Cue, SVP in charge of Maps, that’ll be a lot easier to manage with this new architecture. “For example, a road network is something that takes a much longer time to change currently,” he said. “In the new map infrastructure, we can change that relatively quickly. If a new road opens up, immediately we can see that and make that change very, very quickly around it. It’s much, much more rapid to do changes in the new map environment.”That has meant new hardware, specifically the growing fleet of sensor-toting vehicles with discrete Apple Maps branding that have been spotted trawling the streets over the past couple of years. They’re Apple’s fleet of roving cartographers, replicating the data collection that Google, HERE, and others are doing, but with a Cupertino twist. The Apple Maps vansEach of the vans has a whole host of camera and sensor equipment on top, feeding into a Mac Pro in the trunk. There are four LIDAR laser scanning arrays – one for each corner – and twice as many high-resolution cameras. A higher-accuracy GPS receiver and a physical distance measuring sensor are also included. The result is a combination 3D point cloud – from the LIDAR – and image database – from the cameras – from which Apple can build a real-time picture of the road network. The onboard Mac Pro isn’t just responsible for collating that data: it’s also encrypting it, before it gets saved on a removable array of SSDs. That array gets shipped off to a data center, where personally identifiable information – like license plates and faces – are obscured. From that point on, Apple insists, nobody sees the raw data any more. That’s important for the core information Apple itself is gathering, but arguably even more so when you consider it’s looking to iPhone users to help keep that data up to date. Like HERE before it, Apple is relying on so-called probe data – each mobile user supplying anonymized information as they go about their day – to highlight any mismatches between maps and the reality. Crowdsourcing correctionsIt’s nothing more than direction and speed, and with no way to link it to an individual user’s movements, but it’s still potent stuff. If multiple people are walking along a route not represented on the existing maps, Apple could infer that there’s a new pedestrian path there, and add it in. If you’re in the car, Apple Maps could use probe data to estimate traffic levels in real-time, or even flag a whole new junction that’s been added since its last full scan. Apple says that will add an infinitesimal amount of power consumption, since it’ll only be happening when Maps is already active, and it’ll only use a subset of data from your journey, not the whole route. It’ll be combined with human editors, who’ll be able to make sure street signs have been correctly identified, as well as giving buildings a better 3D profile so figuring out your location visually will be easier. They’ll also be responsible for making sure specifics – like building entry points and other details that often affect the very last portion of your trip – are as accurate as possible in the map. Next-gen navigation potentialAs TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino points out – and as Apple declines to comment on – that sort of hyper-localized data, along with accurately identifying replicating road signs and such (down to font-matching) could be particularly useful if you’re making, say, a set of Smart Glasses with an augmented reality navigation feature. According to previous rumors, Apple is already busy working on such technology, though we probably shouldn’t hold our breath for an imminent launch.That’s not the case for this new Apple Maps version. A preview will begin next week, though only for the Bay Area of California. It’ll be integrated into the existing app and its data, with only the sudden uptick in detail showing where old and new meet. It’ll continue to expand over the next year or so. No word on when, exactly, Apple expects it to be complete – indeed, a project like this is never actually finished – but it could mean serious competition to Google Maps sometime relatively soon.last_img read more

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TMobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

first_imgT-Mobile announced the software update in a tweet today, revealing that it is rolling out to handset users now. Anyone with a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge phone from T-Mobile can manually check for the Android Oreo update by heading into the handset’s Settings > About phone > Software updates menu and tapping the “Check for updates” button.Assuming the update is available to you, the option to install it will be presented. If you’re told an update isn’t available, remain patient. Depending on how your phone is configured, the update may automatically install overnight, assuming the handset is plugged in and you don’t choose to delay it. If the new software prompt appears on-screen, simply plug your phone in and then tap “Install.” You’ll need to be connected to a WiFi network if you’re not on an unlimited plan: the update is about 1.7GB in size and could take a while to download depending on your Internet speeds. The installation process will also take a bit of time, so be sure to schedule it at a time when you won’t need your handset. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a tweet that the update includes the GSMA RCS Universal Profile 1.0. Get more information on that here. SOURCE: Twitter T-Mobile subscribers who are still using the older Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones are receiving a major update today: Android Oreo. We’ve seen the software update arrive for various Galaxy S7 handset owners throughout this year; the availability has happened slowly but steadily. T-Mobile users are now in the pipeline, some already seeing the nearly 2GB update.last_img read more

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 RollsRoyce Dawn

first_imgIt also happens to be the best convertible I have ever driven. The astounding level of craftsmanship and engineering that has been poured into the Rolls-Royce Dawn is unmatched. When you’ve grown weary of what Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have to offer in terms of a full-size drop-top, the Dawn is waiting to demonstrate to you the next step in open air driving.Check out these 5 things you need to know about the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn.1. No Shake, No Rattle, No RollConvertibles – even those from high-end brands – are typically forgiven if their occasionally rattle their cowls across rough roads. Lopping the roof off of any automobile typically introduces a level of flex in the body structure that is absent from a coupe or a sedan, but in the Rolls-Royce Dawn there is not a hint, whisper, or echo of complaint from the car even when tackling the horrors offered by Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure. With the top down the car feels as though it has been hewn from a single block of whatever metal you personally hold in the highest regard: titanium, aircraft-grade aluminum, lead, adamantium. In reality it’s primarily steel, which accounts for the convertible’s stupendous 5,000-plus pounds of curb weight, and while the car is based on the same platform as the Wraith coupe, Rolls-Royce claims that 80 percent of the body panels have been altered from its fixed-roof sibling. Those rear-hinged doors on either side of the car also help to preserve the vault-like ride of the Dawn without the need to add huge amounts of body bracing, because their not-insubstantial mass is cantilevered from the rear of the car rather than the weaker area just under the A-pillar.2. Effortless, Thy Name Is Rolls-RoyceTypically, a car as massive as the Rolls-Royce Dawn would be crucified for tipping the scales with such lusty enthusiasm (and indeed, Rolls-Royce has committed to moving to aluminum-intensive designs in the near future). The truth is, for a car like the Dawn these portly proportions only add to the overall experience, as the yacht-like sensation while at the tiller is part of its massive personality projection. It also doesn’t hurt that lurking under the convertible’s forward bow is a BMW-designed 6.6-liter, 12-cylinder engine that’s been twin-turbocharged to produce 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque.With that much thrust at your command the Rolls-Royce Dawn never feels wanting for power, and it feeds into the brand’s reputation for providing effortless acceleration in any driving situation. The car will eclipse the 60-mph mark in a shocking 4.3 seconds, but chances are you won’t notice just how fast the Dawn is traveling because the cabin remains the epitome of calm at all speeds – and the vehicle’s eight-speed, GPS-linked automatic transmission has already plotted out each and every gear-change for the road ahead to add an extra layer of smoothness to the ministrations of your right foot.3. Simplicity As A VirtueYou might expect such an expensive automobile to be packed with advanced, high-tech features, but that’s really not the case with the Rolls-Royce Dawn. Rather than overwhelm the driver with gear, the designers at Rolls have included a comprehensive subset of the equipment you’d want in a luxury car, and kept much of the ‘look at me’ technological grand-standing – holographic displays, gesture controls – off of the menu.There’s a perfectly adequate stereo, an infotainment system based on BMW’s iDrive (featuring a rotary controller), heated and cooled seats, multi-zone climate control, self-closing doors (operated by buttons located just inside the A-pillar) and of course umbrellas custom-fit into the front fender that can be popped out should rain be in the forecast. The Dawn also offers a tapered fabric roof to help you further deal with inclement weather, and it preserves much of the silhouette of the Wraith when it’s fixed in place (via a 22-second automated dance that takes place at the touch of a button).4. No Autonomous AnythingUnderscoring the focused, deliberate design of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is the complete absence of anything that could be construed as self-driving technology. If you want someone else to drive the Dawn for you’ll have to get a chauffeur – don’t expect a phalanx of computer systems to take over from that most traditional of Rolls-Royce related employment opportunities. Yes, the car has a blind spot warning system, combined with an adaptive cruise control feature, but missing is any digital interference with the steering wheel. This is honestly what I prefer in a car of this pedigree, which is fully intended to be driven and appreciated by a human being. The Dawn may be transportation, but there’s nothing casual about any aspect of the vehicle, and that extends to the attitudes surrounding who, rather than what, is doing the piloting. 5. Few PeersIt’s difficult to come up with a peer group for the Rolls-Royce Dawn, for a number of reasons. Obviously, one of those reasons is itself a number – the $341,124 base price of my tester, which inflated to $390,000 via the addition of a modest amount of options. There are not many other drop tops out there advertising similar price tags, and those that are tend to fall into the high performance crowd, such as the Aston Martin Vanquish (roughly $300k), and of course special edition Lamborghinis like the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce (over half a million). Even the Bentley Continental GT Speed and Mercedes-AMG S65 cabriolet are higher-strung, tech-stuffed hot rods as compared to the calm grace and poise of the Dawn, leaving the Rolls-Royce essentially in a class of one. What is there to say about a car like the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn, an ultra-luxury convertible whose price tag can easily approach a half-million dollars? It’s certainly easy to run out of superlatives when discussing the Dawn (which replaces the Phantom Drophead Coupe as the ragtop of choice in the British brand’s showroom), as the car is rarefied air even in the world of the billionaires who park them in their air-conditioned 10-vehicle garages. Story TimelineLine up, billionaires, the Rolls-Royce Dawn is hereRolls-Royce Ghost 1001 Nights is bespoke luxuryRolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfie-magnet2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at homeRolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupelast_img read more

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AAA says it costs about 74 cents per mile to drive

first_imgThe costs get cheaper the more you drive each year with the composite average for 10,000 miles per year at average 73.54 cents per mile. Put 15,000 miles per year on your ride and the cost drops to average 56.46 cents per mile and if you go at least 20,000 miles yearly costs decline to average 49.44 cents per mile.The numbers that AAA came up with take into account fuel, maintenance items, insurance, repairs, licensing, registration, taxes, depreciation, and finance costs. A chart is offered so you can figure your cost per mile for your car and your area, because it varies depending on where you live. I know it costs much more to register a car each year in Colorado than it does in Texas, to the tune of about four times as much.AAA does give a disclaimer for its data looking at 2017, “The Your Driving Costs study employs a proprietary AAA methodology to analyze the costs of owning and operating a new vehicle in the United States, using data from a variety of sources, including Vincentric LLC. AAA significantly enhanced the methodology used to calculate Your Driving Costs for 2017. Therefore, driving cost numbers in this edition are not directly comparable to those in earlier editions.”Anyway you look at the data, owning and driving a car is expensive. In some larger cities commuters are able to avoid owning a car by taking public transportation. In many areas a car isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity to get to your job. The interesting part of the data to me is that it gets cheaper the more you drive, I would have through the opposite would be correct with increased wear and fuel costs leading to more expense. AAA conducts all sorts of studies on driving, back in 2015 it found that hands free devices were still a distraction to drivers.Download (PDF): AAA driving cost study Anyone who owns a car can tell you that they are expensive and it’s more than the monthly car payment that most drivers have, which some drivers lucky enough to have a paid for car can avoid. Even if your ride is paid for, there are still maintenance items like tires and hoses, fuel, oil changes, and other charges like tolls and that’s before you get into the required insurance. AAA has looked at a bunch of different vehicle types and come up with some hard numbers for how much it cost to drive your vehicle per mile.last_img read more

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Galaxy S10 update brings Bixby button remap Instagram Mode

first_imgSamsung didn’t really go on stage to announce it but once the cat was out of the bag, it had no choice but to confirm it. It was finally letting users select what happens when they press or double press the Bixby button. It’s not a perfect solution because one of the other actions will still launch Bixby, but it’s a compromise that Samsung was previously unwilling to make.You can select what app launches when you do the action but you can actually assign it to a Bixby Quick Command. One of Bixby’s advertised advantages over other AI assistants is how it could string together actions to control apps rather than just start them. Quick Commands lets you assign a single word or, in this case, a button press, to start the sequence of actions.The update also brings the Instagram Mode Samsung demonstrated at Unpacked. Essentially, this lets you use the Samsung Camera app and immediately upload to Instagram as if you were using Instagram’s own camera app. That means you will have access to all the options and modes from the native Camera app that isn’t available from Instagram itself.The update also brings stability improvements to the camera and performance improvements to the fingerprint scanner. While Bixby Remap is being made available first for the Galaxy S10 line, Samsung promises that all its phones with a Bixby key running Android Pie will get the feature in due time. The Galaxy S10 and its siblings aren’t even completely in the public’s hands but Samsung is already rolling out its first update to the device. That is probably for the best because it’s an update that many won’t want to skip. At least those who have considered the Bixby button the bane of their life. With the latest update, they can now remap that to what they want. Even better, the update may have a thing or two bonuses as well.last_img read more

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2020 Toyota Supra First Drive Reset your expectations

first_imgStory Timeline2020 Toyota Supra official: First-look at an icon rebornThe Toyota Supra is back: 5 things you need to knowVery first 2020 Toyota Supra already sold for over $2M Then there’s the company the new Supra keeps. Toyota’s deal with BMW to collaborate on a sports car produced both the 2020 Supra and the latest Z4. It also generated a deep, sticky morass of confusion about just how much of Toyota’s DNA is actually inside its new halo car.Here’s the reality. The Supra and the Z4 are based on a newly-created platform made in collaboration between Toyota and BMW: the former didn’t just go parts-shopping in the latter’s existing range. While the platform may be shared, these are still two very different cars, with different driving feels and focuses. And, most fundamentally, if it hadn’t been for that partnership, we wouldn’t have got this new car at all. Oh, and there’s another truth you need to know. The 2020 Supra is really, really good. Pop the hatchback trunk – which you can only do from the button on the driver’s door, or from the BMW-sourced key fob, not from the trunk lid itself – and there’s 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space. You need to navigate through a relatively narrow opening to access it, but the pass-through slot into the cabin does add a little extra flexibility. Visibility is, at least, reasonable, though the optional parking sensors that come – along with adaptive cruise control, blind spot warnings, and rear cross traffic alerts – in the Driver Assist Package are welcome. 2020 Toyota Supra verdictYou can’t accuse Toyota of aiming low. The shared goal with BMW was to beat Porsche’s Cayman and Boxster, and certainly the new Supra undercuts its coupe rival. Kicking off at $50,920 (including destination), the 2020 Supra 3.0 isn’t only cheaper and better equipped than the $58,150 718 Cayman, but has 35 hp and 85 lb-ft of torque more. The Porsche may be a few hundred pounds lighter, but it’s still 0.8 seconds slower to 60. The relative merits of the Supra versus the Cayman is the sort of argument that gives enthusiast messageboards blockbuster engagement. Perhaps the biggest takeaway, then, should be something more fundamental. The very fact that we’re comparing Toyota with Porsche in this context at all is astonishing. I can’t say the 2020 Supra is perfect. What I will say, though, is that it’s a more than welcome addition to the sports car segment and one – despite what’s shared with BMW – with a charm and personality of its own. Few cars on the market today feel quite so clearly designed with enthusiasts and tuners in mind; seen through that lens, some of Toyota’s more baffling decisions around both styling and engineering suddenly make far more sense. In short, no, this isn’t the rebirth of the Supra that we expected. It’s something a whole lot more interesting. 2020 Toyota Supra Gallerycenter_img 2020 Toyota Supra designDesign is subjective. Most people I’ve spoken to about the aesthetics of the new Supra, though, agree: they’re challenging. Based on the FT-1 concept from 2014, it’s all exaggerated curves and sudden sharp edges. Alex Shen, chief designer at Toyota’s Calty Design Research studio, describes it as “Function Sculpting” and Condensed Extreme”; personally, I’m down with the rear three-quarters, but still getting used to that nose. Undoubtedly the most discussed aspect of the new Supra’s styling, however, has been the numerous fake plastic vents that stud and slash the bodywork.Here’s the thing. Off the production line, most of those vents may not be functional, but each is placed somewhere that Toyota’s designers and engineers could envisage someone wanting airflow. Around the brakes and wheels for cooling, maybe, or flowing under and around the front wings for extra downforce. Most cars, if you want to add extra venting, you either have to carve out big chunks of the bodywork or replace whole panels. Toyota designed the new Supra, though, with that flexibility baked in from the outset. Need more air for a bigger transmission cooler? The Supra not only has space for the necessary intakes and pipework, but Toyota left room for that bigger cooler, too. The same goes for the differential, and for optionally increasing torsional stiffness. Lift the hood and there are not only mounting points for new sway bars, but Toyota even designed in cut-outs where those bars would need to pass across other components. The automaker, after undertaking its own tuning assessment, decided the Supra was stiff enough without extra bars, but it also knows that such modifications are going to be low-hanging fruit for aftermarket mods. Once you start looking at the new Supra from the perspective of potential customization, indeed, Toyota’s decisions make a whole lot more sense. Using more traditional materials, like steel, rather than exotic alternatives such as carbon fiber help keep costs and complexity down; it also leaves the door open for the aftermarket carbon parts Toyota is confident will arrive soon. Overlap between the Supra and the BMW 3 Series, meanwhile, was also intentional. That means M3 aftermarket parts should, with minimal tweaking, work on Toyota’s car too. It’s one of the most carefully strategized plays to the car mod community I can remember, but it’s also entirely in keeping with how the original Supras played out. 2020 Supra on the trackA car that’s easy to modify is one thing. Toyota, though, couldn’t have the Supra need customization in order to be a rewarding drive. Spoiler: it doesn’t, and it is. Under the hood there’s a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6, with dual variable valve timing with lift. It’s a BMW engine, tuned by Toyota for 335 horsepower (between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm) and 365 lb-ft of torque from just 1,600 rpm. The Supra pairs it with an eight-speed ZF 8HP transmission. If you’re a Supra purist, there are a couple of glaringly obvious problems in that paragraph. For a start, there’s the fact that BMW squeezed more power out of the same engine for the Z4. Then there’s the absence of a manual gearbox.Both, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada maintains, were intentional decisions. The horsepower, he insists, was picked because it’s the best match for the Supra’s chassis. The gearbox may be controversial, but Tada is confident that, once you try the car, you’ll agree that ZF’s cogs suit the powertrain perfectly. Indeed “drive it, and then talk to me” is the chief engineer’s regular refrain. To do just that, Toyota had invited media out to Summit Point Motorsports Park in Jefferson County, West Virginia. There – to the unnerving sound of intermittent gunfire and low-flying helicopters from the BSR military training center next door – a fiendishly technical course awaited. Turn after turn, with little room to wrack your brain and figure out what comes next. Unexpected changes in elevation that simultaneously destroy your sightlines. Awkward corners that are all too ready to eat up your pace if you brake at the wrong time. It’s the sort of course that gives amateur track drivers like myself cold sweats, not to mention being deeply unforgiving to a less-than-capable car. The Supra, it’s fair to say, handled it better than I did.There’s neither too much power, nor too little. Don’t get me wrong, I like ridiculously potent supercars as much as the next horsepower-addict. Still, I can never quite shift the feeling that I’m squandering 90-percent of the juice on tap in them. In the Supra, you feel like you’re giving the car a proper shake-down. It’s not slow – 0-60 mph comes in 4.1 seconds – but you can’t rely solely on straight line speed to save the day. Instead the 50:50 weight balance steps in, along with a low center of gravity and an eagerness to pivot. In Sport mode, even with the stability control all still switched on, the rear end isn’t too hard to provoke out of line. That might not be the route to the fastest lap-time, but it’s plenty of fun. Slowing is just as important as speed, and Toyota has opted for 13.7-inch Brembo ventilated discs with four-piston calipers at the front, and either 13.6- or 13.0-inch discs with single-piston floating calipers at the rear. They proved to be fade-free and more than up to the job. Some track days, every fourth lap seems to be for cool-down, giving the car a chance to simmer down once more. The new Supra, though, scoffed at such cosseting. The control is key. There are performance cars which feel like they want to kill you, and are merely waiting for the right opportunity. The Supra, in contrast, wants to play, and Toyota’s near-sublime tuning coaxes out every ounce of that. There’s only the slightly artificial-sounding engine noise that’s piped into the cabin to jar the experience. Shift into Normal mode, meanwhile, and you’re reminded that Toyota makes sensible, comfortable cars like the Camry and Avalon. Ill-kempt roads will still send some judder through the double-joint McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link independent rear, but the adaptive dampers all round do a capable job of smoothing out most bumps and potholes. Variable-assist power steering helps too, losing almost all of the heft found in Sport mode, while the throttle mapping and transmission logic each take on a more laissez-faire approach. The Supra may not be a grand tourer by the strictest definition, but daily-driver duties certainly aren’t beyond it. 2020 Supra cabin and techA comfortable and practical cabin helps there, too, even if it feels like it’s been lifted straight out of a BMW. Toyota claims that the vast majority of the Supra is unique, but you’d certainly not know that looking at the dashboard. The pictographs in the infotainment system may be of the Supra, but the display, the rows of media and HVAC buttons across the center console, and the iDrive controls all feel rather… Bavarian. Ironically it also makes the Supra’s dashboard the most aesthetically pleasing and best-feeling of all the cars in Toyota’s range. Whether on the standard 6.5-inch display, or the optional 8.8-inch touchscreen, the infotainment system is far preferable to Entune on the automaker’s other cars. Wireless CarPlay is a welcome addition – with that all-important wireless phone charger to go with it – even if Toyota makes it an option, while real carbon fiber trim looks and feels the part. 14-way adjustable seats – including 4-way lumbar and adjustable backrest width – are standard. They’re grippy and supportive on the track, though took some tinkering to get entirely comfortable on the road. In the base Supra 3.0 they’re clad in leather and Alcantara; the Supra 3.0 Premium trim upgrades that to full leather, along with the bigger display and a more potent audio system. Options include a head-up display and Toyota Supra Connect for remote app control and concierge services. The former is useful; the latter I could live without. The 2020 Toyota Supra faces a tough audience. Fans of the original cars – with 17-plus years of misty eyed reminiscing under their belts – are automatically suspicious of anything Toyota might consider worthy of the Supra badge. Those familiar with Toyota’s current range of earnest-but-hardly-heart-pounding models are, justifiably, skeptical that the automaker could make a legitimate sports car. last_img read more

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FCC chair Ajit Pai proposes new rules to fight robocalls and spoofing

first_imgPai’s proposal specifically cracks down on a class of fraud that involves spoofing numbers to appear legit to recipients. If the proposal is accepted as an FCC rule, those kinds of robocalls and text would be considered illegal. That applies even to those coming from outside the US.The proposed rules are based on legislation that empowered the FCC to go after fraudsters, even from international callers. Pai’s statement says that these calls often come overseas and pretend to be coming from legitimate organizations. Thanks to the magic of technology, these calls can be made to look like they’re coming from other numbers.This is just the latest salvo in the FCC’s crusade against robocallers and spoofing. Just last month, it gave carriers the green light to block robocalls by default. Carriers, for their part, each have their own systems to implement anti-robocall features. The FCC’s ruling, however, practically makes those features free for all customers.AdChoices广告Pai says that the rules give the US the power to pursue such malicious actors, even if they’re not located inside the US. Whether other countries will comply with the US’ demands are a different matter but that’s not exactly difficult for a superpower. It’s 2019 and despite all our advancements in technology, we’re still struggling with how to finally solve the problem of robocalls and text spoofing. It is an especially huge problem in the US where it costs citizens thousands if not millions of dollars. It falls on the FCC to create the laws and regulations to protect people from such activities but has yet to fully address the problem. Now FCC Chair Ajit Pai has come out with rules that will criminalize such activities.last_img read more

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