Facebook launches app that will pay Android users in India, US to monitor phone usage

After facing flak for using unethical and discreet ways of collecting user-information, Facebook has decided to pay Android users in India and the US just to monitor how they use their phones.

To fulfil this purpose, the social networking giant has launched a new app called Study which is available for download on Google’s Playstore for Android users aged 18 and above.

The app would not only monitor installed apps on a person’s phone but also observe the amount of time spent on those apps along with details like the users’ location and additional app data which could reveal other specific features being used, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“When analysing data from this app, we reference other information Facebook has about you, such as your age, gender and you use Facebook Company Products. This allows us to learn more about how participants use different services,” the Study app description on Google Playstore reads.

The company says it would not see any specific content, including messages, passwords, and websites the users visit, the report said.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the social media giant was secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” Virtual Private Network (VPN) that was letting the company access user’s data.

It was also highlighted that, since 2016, Facebook was paying users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 per month, plus referral fees, to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app.

Moreover, media reports also claimed that Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history pages.

However, the launch of Study shows that Facebook clearly feels that it still needs this data on how people are using their phones, and that the company has learnt a thing or two from the last controversy, the report added.

The company has so far not disclosed the amount of money it is planning to offer the participants, who are required to have a PayPal account for receiving payments.


Turkey investigates company publishing 15 journals using fake academic titles


Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tübitak) has launched an investigation into a company that publishes articles in return for money in 15 different journals, including 261 articles written by the company’s owner who has no academic title, Hürriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Tübitak sent notifications to universities about the company, which also has investments in the car wash, pest control, organic agriculture and cosmetic sectors, all managed from one office, Hürriyet said. An organisation named Istanbul Science and Academics Association also uses the same office address.

“The journals say they have international scientific boards. However, it is not clear whether those people on the boards have any relation with those journals in reality. It is unethical for people who work for the journals to have numerous articles published in the same journals,” Tübitak said in its notification.

The company takes fees for articles submitted to the journals and also raises money through payments made for participation in academic conferences organised by the company, according to Tübitak.

Murat Korkmaz, the owner of Güven Plus Grup Inc., used academic titles such as associate professor and professor in his correspondence and published 261 articles in different academic disciplines in his company’s journals between 2011 and 2016, Hürriyet said.

Tübitak also said that the company used the names of prominent Turkish academics on its website to promote itself.


Hyundai Venue: Most Value For Money Variant

It’s been just weeks to the launch of the Hyundai Venue and the subcompact SUV is already proving to be a blockbuster for the Korean carmaker. Car buyers are excited about the new offering and it has bagged over 20,000 bookings so far. Despite being little late to the party, the Venue ticks many right boxes. In fact, its growing popularity in such a short span substantiates that. Over being India’s first connected car, it also packs-in a bundle of segment-first features. Then Hyundai is also offering the Venue in four trim levels [(E, S, SX, SX(O)] and with four dirvetrains, giving buyers a range of options to choose from. Among all variants, we tell you which all offer the most value for your money.

Hyundai Venue E S SX SX (O)
1.2 Kappa Petrol ₹ 6.50 lakh ₹ 7.20 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol ₹ 8.21 lakh ₹ 9.54lakh ₹ 10.60 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol Auto ₹ 9.35 lakh ₹ 11.10 lakh
1.4 U2 Diesel ₹ 7.75 lakh ₹ 8.45 lakh ₹ 9.78 lakh ₹ 10.84 lakh


Hyundai Venue Petrol 1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol 1.2-Litre
Displacement 1.0-Litre, Three-Cylinder Turbo 1.2-Litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 118 bhp 82 bhp
Peak Torque 172 Nm 114 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT / 7-Speed DCT 5-Speed MT

Hyundai is offering the Venue in two petrol iterations. The base two variants (E and S) are equipped with the i20 sourced 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine which puts out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Then there is the much talked about 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Turbo GDI engine which puts out an impressive 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. Now this engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the S, SX and SX (O) variant and gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) in the S and SX variant.

8bucatm8The Hyundai Venue petrol is offered with two engine options.
The 1.2-litre E and S variants are priced at ₹ 6.50 lakh and ₹ 7.20 lakh respectively but are bare basic. Along with the bluelink connected car feature, both variants also lack some must-have features like USB charging ports and Smartphone Connectivity Options (Android Auto And Apple CarPlay). The base E variant is offered even without an audio system, powered ORVMs, rear AC vents and luggage lamp among others.

mdj9ggigThe DCT SX variant of the Hyundai Venue is offered with some specific features seen on the SX(O) trim.

The SX and SX (O) trim is offered with the 1.0-litre Turbo engine, however, the DCT gearbox is only available in the S and SX trim. That said, priced at ₹ 11.11 lakh the SX with the DCT is the most expensive variant but also packs-in tons of features along with the bluelink connected car tech. For instance, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is an HD unit and comes with Arkamys sound system in the SX DCT variant as well along with the SX (O) petrol.

je9gunc8The SX (DCT Only) and SX(O) variants only get the Bluelink connected car tech.

Other Features in the SX DCT and SX(O) variant include USB charging, voice recognition, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Front projector fog lamps, Auto headlamps, Projector headlamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lamps, Wing mirrors with turn indicators, LED tail-lamps, ESC, Wireless charging, Audio-video navigation, OE Telematics, Day/night auto internal mirror, Smart key with push-button start, Air purifier, Security System, Supervision cluster, Adjustable rear-seat headrests, Leather-wrapped gear knob & steering wheel, Leather Seats (Only in SX dual-tone), Height-adjustable driver’s seat, Power folding wing mirrors, Rear-camera display on Audio player, Cruise control, Powered Sunroof, Map lights, Automatic climate control with digital display, 8.0-inch display with Arkamys system, Shark-fin antenna.

o9rvogp4The SX DCT variant is ₹ 50,000 more expensive than the top-notch SX(O) 1.0-Litre MT variant.

In our opinion, the SX DCT petrol variant is a better choice over the top-notch SX (O) petrol variant for some reasons. At ₹ 10.60 lakh, the SX (O) variant is just ₹ 50,000 cheaper than the SX DCT variant. In terms of features you just get Rear-seat armrest with cup holders, Sliding centre armrest, 60:40-split rear seats and side and curtain airbags as extra over the SX DCT variant and to remind you, the SX (O) lacks the automatic transmission which is a relief in today’s city traffic conditions. The DCT also supports spirited driving to an extent, save for the bottom end lag which is typical of a 1.0-litre turbocharged motor.


Hyundai Venue Diesel 1.4
Displacement 1.4-litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 89 bhp
Peak Torque 220 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT

q9t3a9j8The Hyundai Venue E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 Petrol E and S variants in terms of features.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and is the only diesel drivetrain available. The engine develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque across variants. So the pick here mainly depends on the features. The E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 petrol variants in terms of features and are priced at ₹ 7.75 and ₹ 8.45 lakh, respectively. Therefore, let’s straightaway move to the SX and SX(O) variants where the feature difference is quite some.


The Hyundai Venue Diesel gets the Bluelink Connected Car tech only in the top-end SX(O) Variant.

Yes! As we have already mentioned that the DCT unit is offered with some specific features which it borrows from the SX(O) variant, however, that’s not the case with diesel variants. For instance, the SX diesel lacks the HD display for the touchscreen and the bluelink connected car tech the Venue is known for. That means only the top-end Venue diesel is a connected car which itself is a very big reason to go for it. Other features which the 1.4 SX variant misses are chrome finish on door handles, air purifier, wireless phone charger, push-button start, Security System, Keyless Entry, Telematics on the inner rearview mirror, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Management Control and Hill Assist Control.

nmc00438The SX Variant of the Hyundai Venue is also offered in dual-tone colour option.

The 1.4 SX variant is priced at ₹ 9.78 lakh for the single tone roof variant whereas the 1.4 SX (O) variant is priced at ₹ 10.84 lakh and is ₹ 1.06 lakh more expensive. Agreed that the difference in prices is steep but considering the number of bells and whistles you get in the 1.4 SX (O) over the SX makes it worth the asking. Moreover, the added features are mechanical and not aftermarket accessories which can be installed later.

Also Read: Hyundai Venue Vs Rivals: Specification Comparison

881khvmgThe Hyundai Venue is the most feature loaded subcompact SUV on sale in India.

To put things better into perspective, if you are in the market for a subcompact SUV, the top end variant of no other model offers as many features as the Venue. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon at ₹ 9.99 lakh are just ₹ 85,000 cheaper while the Ford Ecosport at ₹ 11.90 lakh for the top-end 1.5 L Diesel S MT is ₹ 1.04 lakh expensive. Mahindra’s latest offering, the XUV300 W8(O) diesel on the other hand at Rs 11.99 lakh is ₹ 1.14 lakh more expensive over the diesel Venue top-end.


Eye on China, Singapore splurges on top-line arms

Eye on China, Singapore splurges on top-line arms

or global arms companies looking to ply their wares in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a sought-after client. And American and German hardware suppliers are poised for windfall profits as the island nation moves to shore up its defenses.

Last month, the wealthy city-state passed its biggest ever defense budget worth US$16.7 billion, or around 30% of the government’s total planned expenditure for 2019, with rich earmarks for defense, security and related diplomacy.

Singapore allocates between 3% and 5% of its gross domestic product on defense, well above the global average, while most regional states spend closer to 1-2% or lower, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute data.

That spending is set to climb in the years ahead as the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) moves to enhance its conventional capabilities through the procurement of more modern military hardware and equipment, including new generation fighter jets and submarines.

Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen recently told Parliament that defense spending over the next decade was expected to rise by 3% or 4% a year, mostly to strengthen and modernize the SAF’s aging hardware.

This month, Ng announced that Singapore would order four new F-35 fighter jets from US defense contractor Lockheed Martin and that it may purchase an additional eight of the advanced fighters after a technical evaluation.

F-35. Photo: US Marine Corps via Reuters
An F-35 fighter jet in flight. Photo: US Marine Corps via Reuters

Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (Mindef) identified the F-35, known for its advanced stealth capabilities, as the most suitable replacement for its aging fleet of 60 US-made F-16 jets, which first entered service in 1998 and will be considered obsolete by 2030.

Other contenders that lost out to the F-35 included the Eurofighter Typhoon, China’s J-20 stealth fighter and the Russian-made Sukhois. Singapore will become the third Asian nation after Japan and South Korea to buy the F-35 jets.

The Singapore Navy, which operates within the region’s crowded littoral waters, will also acquire new advanced submarines. Last month, Ng visited Germany to unveil a new state-of-the-art type-218SG submarine, known as the “Invincible” and developed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a German builder of surface ships and submarines.

The 70-meter diesel-electric submarine, which has been constructed but is not yet operational, is the biggest ever built by TKMS, and will not be sold to any other country. Singapore will take delivery of a further three Invincible-class vessels from 2022.

The acquisition has put a spotlight on the city-state’s ongoing efforts to boost its undersea capabilities amid rising regional maritime security challenges and bubbling territorial disputes in the nearby South China Sea.

The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing the world’s fastest rate of submarine proliferation, with South Korea and Japan recently introducing next-generation submarines into their respective fleets.

The new 218SG submarine viewed by Singaporean naval soldiers at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Germany, February 2019. Photo: AFP Forum/Carsten Rehder

Singapore has joined the fray with what is believed to be the most sophisticated submarine in Southeast Asia custom-built for warmer Pacific waters.

Aside from operating underwater for one-and-a-half times longer than the navy’s current submarines, the Invincible-class will also have greater weapons-carrying capacity and an improved sonar to locate targets of interest. Singapore began operating submarines in the 1990s and has since acquired six modified second-hand vessels supplied by Sweden.

The procurements are in line with Singapore’s long-held security strategy of maintaining a cutting-edge deterrent force as a hedge against the vulnerability of its small size. Situated between more populous Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore equates national defense with national survival and prosperity.

Local military experts argue that the recent modernizations advance Singapore’s forward defense posture and enable it to negotiate from a position of strength when faced with maritime and airspace disputes with neighboring Malaysia. Both sides have notably traded recriminations in recent months.

Ng has said the new purchases aim to keep up with modernization trends in the region and are not directed against any particular country. Though the city-state considers itself a neutral actor, analysts say its procurements will be perceived as a deliberate counterbalance to China’s rising influence over nearby strategic waterways.

Chinese sailors (left in white) visiting Singapore Navy’s frigate RSS Stalwart during an ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise at a military port in Zhanjiang, October 24, 2018. Photo: AFP/Stringer/China Out

Analysts believe Singapore’s pro-American security orientation and role in facilitating US military activities in the region have likely irked China’s leadership. The island nation plays host to American littoral warships and US Navy P-8 maritime patrol planes that conduct reconnaissance in the South China Sea.

“The SAF’s possession of significant American-made military technology and the accumulated institutional capacity of inter-military linkages and interoperability, would not be taken lightly by Beijing,” said Collin Koh Swee Lean, a research fellow specializing in Southeast Asian defense at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

He told Asia Times that China likely believes that Singapore would “work in concert” with the US military in an armed conflict scenario in the South China Sea. The city-state has no territorial claims in the disputed waters and maintains that the disputes should be adjudicated through legal means.

Sébastien Roblin, an expert in security and conflict resolution, wrote in a recent article that Singapore’s new Invincible-class submarine’s surveillance capabilities and endurance advantages – it can remain submerged for four to six weeks before needing to surface – would add new factors to the contest for influence and control over the South China Sea.

“The Type 218’s advanced sensors and facilities will give Singapore significant intelligence-gathering capabilities, particularly for intercepting signals, deploying operatives, tracking the movements of Chinese diesel-electric submarines around the strait and building a ‘threat library’ on their acoustic signatures,” he wrote in reference to the nearby Strait of Malacca.

A quarter of the world’s traded goods, including as much as 80% of China’s fuel imports, pass through the congested Malacca waterway, offering the most direct route for commercial traffic between East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Analysts say the US Navy could readily block the strait in any conflict scenario by leveraging its strategic access to nearby Singapore.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (center-right), Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (center) and Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen (third right) pose with navy personnel at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, May 5, 2017. Photo: AFP/Toh Ting Wei

As for the city-state’s efforts to modernize its air force, reports suggest Singapore is likely to acquire a short takeoff and vertical-landing variant of the F-35 known as the F-35B, which is capable of landing like a helicopter and is priced at US$115.5 million each. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing model costs $89.2 million.

The sale must first be approved by the US Congress, though Ng has said Singapore has the endorsement of both the White House and the US Department of Defense.

Analysts believe the proliferation of the F-35 could set off action-reaction dynamics that drive China to enhance its air defense network to detect the stealth jet better.

The F-35 has garnered criticism over its steep cost and more than two-decade development history that was plagued by several technical problems. A US Department of Defense assessment this year described the performance of its F-35 fleet as “well below” a planned 80% reliability and maintenance benchmark.

The assessment also claimed the F-35B’s expected service life of 8,000 fleet hours “may be as low as 2,100″ hours, according to the Pentagon’s test office. Patrick Shanahan, acting US secretary of defense, acknowledged that the F-35 “has a lot of opportunity for more performance” while addressing reporters this year.

A Singapore Air Force F-16 fighter at Eielsen Air Force Base in the US state of Alaska during joint Red Flag exercises, June 12, 2018. Photo: Twitter

Should the F-35 meet Singapore’s operational requirements and satisfactorily adapt to equatorial weather, it is still unclear how many aircraft it would acquire to replace its aging F-16 fleet. “It’s difficult to envisage a clear-cut one-for-one replacement of future military equipment,” Koh said.

“The eventual purchase decision will depend on how well the Republic of Singapore Air Force evaluates this initial batch and taking into account the technological advancements and challenges that come with this program. Not least, of course, is also the fiscal ability to acquire and sustain a larger fleet,” he told Asia Times.

“It applies to not only air forces but navies as well. Each new incoming asset will become more capable, for sure, but is going to cost more than its predecessor. And militaries, not least the SAF, may have to continue to do more with less,” Koh said.


“Women believe it is not their job to manage money”

GettyImages-867773878Are women bad at finances? It can’t be, right. We know how deftly our grandmas, moms, aunts managed the household budgets. They even managed to surprise their family with some extra cash whenever the family needed money to take care of an unforeseen expense. Then why is it that many women proudly declare these days they are not good at managing money. We asked three women mutual fund advisors about their experiences – well, it confirms the stereotype that women typically don’t like to get involved in managing money. Read on

Deepali Sen, Founder, Srujan Financial Advisors:

We don’t see many women coming in with their spouses to take part in the family financial planning. The situation has improved in the last decade but we are still behind the time. Women who single-handedly take charge of the financial aspects are generally conservative. From my experience, most of these women are hesitant when it comes to taking big financial decisions. I believe that this comes from the deep-rooted traditional mindset that we are brought up with. We have seen our mothers not taking part in the finances of the house, even when they are the ones who manage the budget. A lot of men are also not comfortable with roping in their wives to such critical discussions. However, as a practice, I push all my male clients to bring their wives along. These women are generally unaware of even the obvious details with regard to money and that is quite scary.

Shifali Satsangee, Founder, FundsVedaa:

When I speak to women who generally come with their partners, I tell them to at least know the basics like where the husband has invested. You will be shocked to know that these women don’t even know about the bank accounts of their husband. The women who single-handedly manage their family finances are divorced, widowed or in some cases now- millennial single women. When these women enter this space after they are left to do it all by their self- they are overwhelmed. Until then they are complacent. The issue with most women, especially when I speak to these in non-metro cities, is that they believe it is not for them or it is not their job. They lack basic awareness about anything related to money matters. This has definitely to do with the kind of societal stereotypes and upbringing.

Nisreen Mamaji, Founder, MoneyWorks Financial Adivosrs:

Majority of the women clients who come to me either come with their spouses or are widowed or separated. There are the new generation women who are talking full charge of their financial lives but they are a minority. Most of the women that come here with their partners do not take interest in the financial part of things. I think this is to do with the kind of upbringing we get in this society. We see the males of the family taking financial decisions and that gets etched in our minds. There are women who are doing all by themselves and taking care of their husband’s financial issues as well, but that’s mostly because the husband is either out of town or not available. So, I think women can do it but because they think it is not for them, they end up becoming complacent. Also, the service providers do harass their customers with multiple calls etc and women generally want to stay away from such behaviour.

Feeling let down. Well, get inspired by these five women who manage their money on their own: 5 women mutual fund investors share their journey (and one of them invests to buy an electric car)


Nokia 2 gets Android 8.1 Oreo but you have to request it manually

The latest update comes after HMD initiated beta testing of Android Oreo on the Nokia 2 which will receive the update directly from Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, the update can be accessed only in select regions and will be only rolled out when requested manually by heading over to Nokia’s site.


A week after rolling out Android 9 Pie to the Nokia 3.1 Plus, HMD Global has started seeding an update to its year and half old Nokia 2 smartphone. The latest update brings all the features of Android Oreo as the device gets a taste of Android 8.1 without ever receiving Android 8.0 in the first place.

The latest update comes after HMD initiated beta testing of Android Oreo on the Nokia 2 as we came to realise to realise that the Nokia 2 will receive an update to Android 8.1 directly from Android 7.1.1 Nougat. While HMD has indeed started rolling out the Android Oreo update to Nokia 2, the same can only be accessed manually unlike many other smartphones which receive updates over-the-air without any hassles.

How to update your Nokia 2 to Android 8.1 Oreo

Users who wish to upgrade their Nokia 2 to Android 8.1 Oreo will have to head over to Nokia will first need to head over to Nokia 2 upgrade page.

1. Once there, users have to note that the Android Oreo update can only be pushed to your Nokia 2 device if it’s pre-approved by your career and if the device passes eligibility for your region. 

2. If your device is indeed eligible, you can sign in with your Nokia account.

3. In the next step, you enter your IMEI number which can be accessed by typing “*#06#” in your dialer. Besides that, the registering page also requires your location and operator details. After which you can “Agree” to terms for installing Android 8.1 Oreo on your Nokia 2. 

4. As soon as you agree, you can click on “Request OTA” which will prompt about the latest update directly on your phone as a notification. 

5. At this point, you can directly download the update by connecting your phone via an unmetered internet connection and install it to run Android Oreo. 

The Nokia 2 was launched in India back in November 2017 for a price of Rs 6,999. The phone features a 5-inch HD LTPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels coupled with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The major highlight of the device is the 4100mAh battery, which the company claims to last 2 days. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 mobile platform clocked at 1.3GHz. The phone is backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. On the camera front, the device features an 8-megapixel rear camera along with LED flash, while for the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling.


How to transfer iPhone contacts to Android smartphone

How to transfer iPhone contacts to Android smartphone
If you are making a shift from an iPhone to an Android smartphone, then one of the difficulties you’ll face is shifting all your contacts to the latter. Transferring contacts from your iPhone to an Android smartphone involves two major things: exporting them to cloud and then importing them from there. So, you will first need to export your contacts to iCloud and then import them with the help of Google Contacts. And you can do it through with the help of Windows PC or a Mac device. Here are the detailed steps for transferring your contacts:

-Open Safari or Firefox browser on your computer. The method doesn’t work with Google Chrome.
-Go to iCloud.com.
-Sign in with your Apple ID.
-Click on ‘Contacts’.
-Then click on ‘All Contacts’ ( present at the top left corner).
-If you’ve got a Windows PC, press the ctrl and the A keys on your keyboard simultaneously. In case you have a Mac, do the same step with Command and A keys.
-Click ‘Settings’ (present in the bottom left).
-Click ‘Export vCard’. This will save your contacts as a .vcf file in your downloads. If a new window opens, select all of your contacts again, right click, and export.
-Press ctrl+A or command+A and click the Settings button.
-Click Export vCard.

Now, you need to import your vCard. Here’s how to do it.

-Open any web browser on your computer.

-Sign in to your Google account

-Click the Google apps button.

-Click ‘Contacts’.

-Click ‘Import Contacts’.

-Click ‘Choose File’.

-Click on your vCard and open it from your saved folder

-Click ‘Import’. It will take a few seconds for all of the contacts to appear.

-Click ‘Find’. If a red message pops, click ‘Merge’ to merge the duplicates.


OnePlus hasn’t forgotten OnePlus 3, will rollout Android Pie update very soon

OnePlus 3

OnePlus is one of the few brands in the world of Android that takes special care of its devices when it comes to software support. The company was amongst the first in the world to roll out the Android Pie update to its OnePlus 6 shortly after the Google Pixel phones got the update. The company also updated the older OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T to Android Pie later in the year. However, it was doubtful whether the company would give the Pie treatment to the two-year-old OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Good news is that OnePlus hasn’t forgotten the OnePlus 3 series altogether.

OnePlus community manager David Y took to the OnePlus forum to confirm that the company will roll out Android Pie for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T very soon. However, before Pie comes to these older Android phones, OnePlus will roll out the latest security patch along with some bug fixes. Once the security patch comes out, OnePlus will give out the Android Pie update to both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

“The next update will be a security patch update based on Android O, then Android Pie,” said David. “Can’t you guys just go and do something more meaningful than chasing the update…(facepalm),” he jokingly added.

If Android Pie comes to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, it will be one of the few phones in the current times that gets a third major Android OS update. The phone was launched originally with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and received the Android 7 Nougat update. OnePlus also updated the OnePlus 3 and OnePLus 3T to Android Oreo which was assumed to be last OS update the handset will get. However, OnePlus surprised everyone by announcing an Android Pie update for the 2016 flagship killer.

The OnePlus 3 was launched back in 2016 as the third flagship launch of the company. The OnePlus 3 was a breath of fresh air after the unsatisfactory OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 3 offered a modern metal unibody design and an AMOLED display. Underneath, it was running on a Snapdragon 820 chipset along with 6GB RAM. It came with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. OnePlus rolled out the OnePlus 3T as a slight upgrade of the OnePlus 3 with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset and a 16-megapixel front camera.


Article 35-A: Tension mounts in J&K ahead of SC hearing

Image result for Article 35-A: Tension mounts in J&K ahead of SC hearingPalpable tension is building up in different parts of Kashmir valley in the run up to the crucial hearing of Article 35-A in the Supreme Court next week.

The apex court is hearing a bunch of petitions in the matter, including the one filed by NGO ‘We the Citizens’ seeking quashing of article 35-A, which confers special status to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Article 35A, was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order. The regional mainstream political parties, including the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have opposed the move.

Anticipating more trouble on ground zero, the state government Saturday launched massive crackdown against separatists, Jamaat-e-Islami activists  and several others by carrying out nocturnal raids on their premises.

Meanwhile, to contain public anger and handle law and order situation centre also rushed additional 100 companies by air to further beef up security ‘bandobast’ in the region.

The move triggered endless rounds of speculations  in different parts of Kashmir valley as local residents in the valley and mainstream politicians linked it with the emerging security scenario in the aftermath of terror strike on a CRPF convoy in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

To register their protest against the detention of Yasin Malik and  Jamaat Chief Ameer Abdul Hamid Fayaz the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani,  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik issued a shutdown call for Sunday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, JRL said the “arbitrary” arrest of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and the “mass crackdown and illegal detention” of more than 150 Jamat-e-Islami cadre and leadership including its Ameer Abdul Hamid Fayaz in nocturnal raids across the valley looks to be not only part of the continued policy of “suppression of pro-self-determination leadership and narrative, but in the case of hearing of 35A in Supreme Court most likely on Monday, an indication of what may be expected.”

Several mainstream politicians also reacted strongly to these developments on ground zero.

Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said the ‘arbitrary’ moves will only precipitate matters in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehbooba in a tweet while reacting on arrest of Hurriyat leaders and workers of Jamaat said under what legal grounds are their arrests justified?, saying “You can imprison a person but not his ideas.”

“In the past 24 hours, Hurriyat leaders & workers of Jamaat organisation have been arrested. Fail to understand such an arbitrary move which will only precipitate matters in J&K. Under what legal grounds are their arrests justified? You can imprison a person but not his ideas,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also condemned nocturnal crackdown on JKLF chief  Yasin Malik and Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres.

In a tweet, Mirwaiz said such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground, saying that force and intimidation will only worsen the situation.

“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz tweeted.

Peoples Conference Chairman and former cabinet minister Sajjad Lone tweeted, “Gov seems to be on an arrest spree. Just a word of caution. Large scale arrests took place in 1990. Leaders were ferried to Jodhpur and many jails across the country. Things worsened. This is a tried tested and failed model. Please desist from it. It won’t work.Things will worsen”.

Authorities in Srinagar have ordered imposition of restrictions under section 144 of CrPC within the territorial jurisdictons of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and MR Gunj police stations of the district on Sunday. The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

Local residents, in panic mode are stocking ration supplies and other essential items like Petrol and medicines to sustain themselves for longer duration.

Reacting to the situation former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “People in the valley, especially the cities & towns, are taking everything said or done as a sign that some big trouble is just around the corner. People are hoarding food & fuel. Some government orders are adding to the sense of panic”.


EA and Activision Blizzard CEOs featured in ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’ report

EA and Activision Blizzard CEOs featured in 'The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs' report

The chief executive officers of two major video game companies have found their way onto As You Sow’s 2019 report on “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs”, a report that uses pay data to call out pay disparities in publicly traded American companies.

Both Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson and Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick have earned spots on this year’s list along with the likes of Walt Disney’s Bob Iger, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, and 96 other high-earning execs. This all comes just a week after Activision Blizzard announced that it would lay off an estimated 800 employees following the close of a record year.

As You Sow takes more than a CEO’s yearly earnings into account when ranking its list, something detailed in full in the full report. In short, the organization looks at factors like total shareholder return and votes against CEO pay packages to calculate the chief execs earning in excess. The methods for calculating that exact excess can be found in Appendix C in the full report as well.

Following that methodology, the group clocked Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick as number 45 on that ranked list of the most overpaid CEOs. By As You Sow’s data, Kotick is paid $28,698,375 (an excess of $12,835,277 by the organization’s estimates). The ratio of Kotick’s pay compared to median worker pay at Activision Blizzard is 301:1.

The median pay ratio for S&P 500 companies is 142.1, while the median pay ratio for the 100 members of As You Sow’s list is 300:1.

Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson, meanwhile, is ranked a bit lower on the list as number 98. His yearly take is $35,728,764 (an estimated excess of $19,673,861 as determined by the report), a paycheck that was supported by 97 percent of shareholders’ votes. Though median pay ratio wasn’t used as a metric for ranking those high-earning CEOs, the difference between Wilson’s own pay and that of the median Electronic Arts employer is greater than Kotick’s. As You Sow records that ratio as 371:1.

The gap between median worker pay and CEO pay has ballooned in just the past several decades, as explained in the following quote captured by Axios.

“If you look at the pay of top CEOs relative to workers, that ratio in the 1950s was 20 to 1, was about 30 to 1 by the late ’70s, and by the mid-1990s it was 120 to 1,” said Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary for President Bill Clinton, during a recent call with Axios and other reporters. ”When I was working in the White House that was a cause of real concern. That ratio seemed appalling to most people. Now it’s 300 to 1.”