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.

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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.

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Money & relationships: What you should do if your husband doesn’t share financial details

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Try to seek the help of a mediator if your husband is reluctant to share crucial financial information
Among married couples with a single earning partner, a skew often slips into the financial equation. If the husband takes care of everything, from earning and spending, to saving and investing, there is a tendency to dictate terms to the non-earning spouse. In some cases, the wife has to ask, remind or grovel for money every month to take care of household or personal expenses. In many marriages, the husband shares money, but not information regarding his salary, spending or investments. It is crucial for both the spouses not only to be in the loop when it comes to finances, but also be equal beneficiaries of wealth. If you are not, and are having trouble finding common ground, go through the following points to know what you should do.

1. Know your financial rights
A wife has the legal right to secure basic amenities and comfort—food, clothes, residence, education and medical treatment— for herself and her children from the husband. So, understand that as a homemaker, you should not have to ask your husband for money; he is bound by law to provide it to you. Also, the wife has a right to know the details of her husband’s salary, as per a 2018 ruling by the Madhya Pradesh High Court. This is important because the quantum of salary will provide clarity to the wife about how much money she can have for household and personal expenses.

2. Show interest, split financial responsibility
If your husband does not share financial information, it is possible that at the start of the relationship, you did not evince any interest in financial transactions. If you want to change the status quo, have a conversation about it with the spouse. It is important to not only display interest, but also split financial responsibilities as per your individual skills. If you are good with investments, take on the responsibility, leaving the tasks of earning and paying bills to the husband. If investing is not your forte, you could handle the household budget and payment of bills, leaving investments to the spouse.

3. Get this information
If the husband is not sharing information out of habit or laziness, not malice, make sure you seek it from him periodically. Both the partners should be in the know about important financial aspects because if one were to pass away, the other should not be left clueless. While it is not important that you communicate on a day-to-day basis, both should be on the same page when it comes to goals and budgeting. Make sure that you know the accounts and passwords of all online and offline saving and investment accounts. You should also know about the investments in your or your spouse’s name, and have access to original documents of all insurance policies, be it life, health, vehicle or house. Finally, ensure access to will and property documents, essential for smooth transition of assets.

4. If husband refuses
If you have tried to talk to your husband about the need to share crucial financial information, and he is reluctant to do so or refuses outright, try to seek the help of a mediator. This person can be a trusted confidant or older relative, respected by both spouses, who can help clear the impasse. If this doesn’t work, approach a financial adviser, who can take an objective and pragmatic stance on the need to share financial details. If this, too, fails, seek a marriage counseller as a last resort because the issues and fissures are clearly deeper, involving your marriage, not merely your finances.

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All of us have been in a financial dilemma when it comes to relationships. How do you say no to a friend who wants you to invest in his new business venture? Should you take a loan from your married brother? Are you concerned about your wife’s impulse buying? If you have any such concerns that are hard to resolve, write in to us at [email protected] with ‘Wealth Whines’ as the subject.

Disclaimer: The advice in this column is not from a licensed healthcare professional and should not be construed as psychological counselling, therapy or medical advice. ET Wealth and the writer will not be responsible for the outcome of the suggestions made in the column.

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Report: What’s A Pretty Lady Like You Doing Around An Article Like This?

THEONION.COM—Remarking with equal parts surprise and delight that of all the news stories in the world, you started reading this one, sources couldn’t help but wonder what a pretty little lady like you was doing hanging around an article like this. According to experts, you should probably just run along back to the front page where it’s safer—but then again, where’s the fun in that? Sure, there’s a lot of, let’s say, shadyarticles around here, but most of them are harmless, and a girl can still learn a lot hanging around them. Moreover, while we can’t deny that something about you caught our eye from across the lede line, we can’t help thinking that maybe it was fate that brought you here. While admitting that can’t be corroborated, many in similar circumstances found themselves unable to completely dismiss the idea of kismet altogether. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be,” John Lennon once said of this sort of situation. Furthermore, sources want to know: So what about you? Do you believe in destiny? We apologize if that is a silly question for a news source to ask; besides, it’s clear that you deserve better than this article. After all, in most cases such as this, an attractive and accomplished lady such as yourself can count on all sorts of classier, glossier publications vying for your attention. However, those close to the issue are speculating that perhaps you really are different than all the others. This newspaper is not trying to be forward, but, maybe you would like to get together for another article with us some time? At press time, she’s gone, just like that, and maybe it was never meant to be.

 

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10 Marvel planners and journals to make you feel like an organized superhero

These inspiring and stylish Marvel planners and journals will help you stay inspired and work towards your goals and resolutions for 2019.

While it might be almost February, it’s still a good time to make resolutions and goals for the years. It’s also a perfect opportunity to evaluate the resolutions you made a month ago and see what you need to do to continue on with your plans for a successful 2019. One way to make keeping resolutions more exciting is to get organized and buy a journal and planner that will inspire you.

Simple things like having a notebook you love can help you keep track of your goals more efficiently. We’ve collected 10 Marvel-themed planners and journals that any MCU fan will love. You’ll be inspired by your favorite heroes to keep working hard when you use them!

Marvel: Spider-Man Hardcover Ruled Journal

We all know that “with great power, comes great responsibility,” and this planner will remind you of your own strength and power each day. You’re going to love being able to schedule out your days and be reminded of how Peter Parker was just a normal guy in Queens who became a hero. Maybe you can do your part to make your own hometown better, too!

Price: $17.06

Marvel Logo Journal

Sometimes the best way to get inspired to do great things is to be reminded of all of your favorite heroes. This journal is bold in black and red colors and features images of many Marvel characters. You’ll be able to write out your goals, thoughts, or whatever else you need to stay organized in this journal.

Price: $19.99

Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Journal

It’s hard to believe that the MCU has been around for 10 years. This journal will remind you of how much good can come over time if you work hard and plan ahead. You’ll be reminded to think of your long-term goals when you use this journal to work on your resolutions. You can also use this sleek Iron Man pen when you do so to be further reminded of how one moment can bring to pass something extraordinary.

Price: $14.95

Moleskine Captain America Notebook

Captain America is a very inspiring and dedicated man. When you use this sturdy notebook, you’ll be reminded to work hard and try your best. You don’t want to let Cap down after all! This Moleskine notebook is the perfect place to keep track of fitness goals or career plans and be inspired by a picture of Captain America each time you do so.

Price: $24.95

Captain Marvel School Planner

Journals and notebooks can be perfect for a variety of purposes, but sometimes it’s best to have a more structured planner to help you design your days. This Captain Marvel school planner is marketed for kids, but it’s perfect for fans of any age. You’ll be inspired to go “higher, further, faster” when you use this planner to organize your life. Plus, you’ll love that it comes with stickers!

Price: $14.99

Groot Premium Journal

This Groot journal is adorable and sweet, and you’ll smile each time that you look at it. You can use this journal to write down any thoughts that inspire you or anything that makes you feel creative. You can also use it to doodle or work on art. Space is really the limit here! You are Groot!

Price: $17.43

Avengers: Infinity War Logo Journal

While Infinity War might have been rather traumatic, this journal with the Avengers logo is sleek and simple. You’ll be reminded of how powerful you can be if you team up with others around you to work towards a good end.

Price: $18.95

Black Panther School Planner

Black Panther is a film full of many inspiring people. T’Challa is a wise, gentle king, and his sister Shuri is a genius. You’ll be motivated to follow your dreams when you use this fun, colorful planner to work on your resolutions. You’re going to love using this planner to organize your life!

Price: $13.49

Grid Superheroes Hard Cover Journal

This notebook features images of the Avengers in their original comic book forms. The cover is colorful and attention-grabbing. If you leave it next to your bed, it will be easy to jot down your goals for the day. You’ll be cheered on by the images of your favorite superheroes fighting crime.

Price: $12.95

Deadpool Journal

Deadpool is a rather unconventional hero, so this notebook will remind you that you can do great things even if you’re a little different than the norm. This journal is ideal for writing down hilarious thoughts alongside your daily tasks and goals. Deadpool would be proud of you!

Price: $12.99

 

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Why you don’t always need money to start a business

Online platforms serve as a perfect place for trial and error as your business develops. Getty

We hear the conversation over and over again: how it’s expensive to start a business, or find investor funding, and how those factors continue to discourage entrepreneurs in the Middle East. I don’t disagree with that.

Depending on the business you want to start, funding could be a make-or-break factor. If you want to start a restaurant, then, yes, you need a substantial amount of money, in addition to training, marketing expertise and lots of market research. But it shouldn’t be always the case.

When I first ventured into entrepreneurship nine years ago, I rarely heard young people aspire to become entrepreneurs or consider entrepreneurship a viable career path. The words “businessman” or “businesswoman” were more common, and also a limited sort of business that one would venture into. A lot of those businessmen or businesswomen pursued a career in the family’s business or brought in franchises from abroad. We didn’t yet have a speciality coffee craze, home-grown burger joints, or even many local fashion labels. But that’s not the situation any more.

Entrepreneurs also don’t necessarily wait until they graduate from school or college to start a career and their own businesses, and online platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have saved entrepreneurs a lot of money.

Home-grown labels are the big thing now. Emirati teenage entrepreneur and social-media sensation Rashed Belhasa is a great textbook example. He founded fashion label Money Kicks, which is stocked in leading retail outlets such as Robinsons, when he hadn’t yet graduated from school, and whose merchandise regularly sells out.

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Emirati founders of NAFS, an abaya and modest-wear label, stocked their designs online and on their Instagram pages before opening their store in Dubai Design District. They have now ventured into homeware accessories.

My point is that if you think creatively, and bring a new thing to the market, you can get away with less investment. For instance, if you want to sell silk scarves of your own designs, you don’t really need a physical store any more. Your initial investment should go towards a small number of products, a designer who will create your packaging – and that’s about it. Instead of a physical store, rent a booth in one of the may pop-up fashion exhibitions that happen around the UAE, for instance, or sell through consignment with a leading fashion store.

What I like about online platforms is that they can serve as a perfect place for trial and error as your business develops. You see what your customers like, dislike, where you get most of your orders from and learn from customers’ feedback.

I always tell aspiring entrepreneurs that you can start many businesses with little to no start-up cash depending on their talents. What type of businesses could you start with no financial burdens? Lots actually.

If you are a talented writer, then demand for content, especially online content, is on the rise, and this is something you can be doing from anywhere around the world. Websites such as Fiverr are great for writers, editors and artists to conduct work on. The amount of money you can make depends on your unique voice and talent. For instance, I began writing for free for many publications, before I established a writing voice and now earn a respectable amount of money because of my passion for writing.

Another good source of income is making business out of your artistic talent. American Jamel Saliba, founder of fashion illustration business Melsy, is a great example. She began posting her fashion illustrations on Etsy, a website where many illustrators showcase their work, where she was discovered by big businesses. Since then, she has collaborated with Hallmark and has stocked her card designs across the United States.

Other great ideas with low to no start-up costs are consulting, resale, photography, video editing and website designing.

I love entrepreneurship and I love seeing more entrepreneurs in the field. Money shouldn’t be an excuse to stop aspiring entrepreneurs from pursuing this field, especially if what they want to pursue doesn’t require a huge amount of upfront capital. Start small and take it from there.

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Redmi Go: Everything you need to know about Xiaomi’s cheapest smartphone

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Xiaomi is set to be the latest smartphone brand to join Google’s Android Go programme. The company’s first phone under this new series is going to be Redmi Go. Expected to launch early next year, Xiaomi Redmi Go is also said to be the company’s most affordable smartphone thus far.

For the uninitiated, Android Go is Google’s new programme under which it optimises its latest version of Android operating system for low-end phones. The lightweight operating system is backed by a wide catalogue of lite apps including YouTube Go, Files Go, and Maps Go among others.

Google says Android Go works with phones featuring low-end specs such as 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Android Go also has optimisation for faster loading of applications – Google claims it’s about 15% faster than the full-fledged operating system.

Ahead of the official launch, Xiaomi Redmi Go has already made an unofficial appearance on the web. The phone with M1903C3GG model number has been spotted certification platforms in the US, China, and Russia, hinting at a global launch of the phone.

According to the listings, Xiaomi Redmi Go will come with an 18:9 display with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-SIM support. The phone will run on Android 9 Pie (Go edition) and have 1GB of RAM. Right now, there’s no word on other important specifications such as processor and camera capacity.

Xiaomi Redmi Go could be one of the top phones from the company early next year. Xiaomi is also working on a mid-range smartphone with 48-megapixel rear camera. Called Redmi 2 Pro, this Xiaomi phone is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. Other expected features of the phone include 480 fps HD slo-mo recording, three-rear cameras, and Adreno 612 GPU for graphics.

Xiaomi’s perhaps last phone of the year is going to be the Mi Play. Set to launch on December 24, Xiaomi Mi Play will come with waterdrop notch, radiant glass-like back panel, and gaming-focused features. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro review

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Yes, you still need to pay your student loans during the shutdown — but you could hit some snags

Despite the partial government shutdown, it should (mostly) be business as usual for students relying on federal student loans to afford college and borrowers repaying them.

The Department of Education remains fully funded, which means its contractors are still collecting student loan payments and the agency is still dispersing grants and federal student loans. Still, students, borrowers and schools may experience some hiccups for tasks that require information from another agency experiencing greater impacts from the shutdown, like the IRS.

“It’s the other departments that are running into some issues,” said Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of savingforcollege.com and a financial aid expert.

Here’s what you need to know:

Borrowers repaying their student loans

Perhaps the most important thing that borrowers who are repaying their student loans should know is that the shutdown doesn’t affect their student loan bills.

Borrowers “should be operating as if everything is normal and there is no disruption at all,” said Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, a professional association for financial aid officers. In other words: “Don’t stop paying your loans,” he says.

Still, the shutdown could impact some borrowers trying to manage their debt. Borrowers who want to take advantage of the government’s income-driven repayment plans, which allow them to pay off their debt as a percentage of their income, need to show proof of income to their student loan servicer. They also need to recertify their income every year to stay on the plans.

The IRS, which has had many of its duties curtailed due to the shutdown, typically plays a role in both cases. Usually, borrowers will use the IRS data retrieval tool, which electronically transfers tax information into their income driven repayment plan application. Department of Education officials say the tool is operating as normal. The IRS did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Borrowers applying for an income-driven repayment plan or re-certifying their income for an IDR plan should try to use the data retrieval tool, Kantrowitz said. If for some reason, they hit a snag — the tools don’t always run perfectly, he noted — under normal circumstances a borrower would download their tax transcript from the IRS and file a paper application.

But the tax transcript service is currently down. Officials at the Department of Education and the IRS told Politico the outage isn’t due to the shutdown and they expect the tool to be back up on January 14. In the meantime, while the shutdown persists, borrowers trying to get their tax information will likely struggle to find someone to take their calls at the IRS, Kantrowitz said.

Borrowers whose circumstances have changed since they last filed their tax return — information that won’t be reflected in the data retrieval tool — can use other documentation to prove their income, like pay stubs or a letter from their employer. But because those documents typically show net income and not gross income — which is available through tax documents and on which the calculation for income-driven repayment plans are usually based — borrowers’ loan payments could wind up being higher, Kantrowitz said.

Students applying for and receiving aid

The lack of availability of tax transcripts is also causing a snag for some students applying for aid, experts say. Roughly 30% of students who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, are flagged for verification each year, a process that requires them to prove their income. Typically these students use a tax transcript to verify their income.

“Basically there’s a big bottleneck in the process at this point,” said David Baime, the senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges.

Baime said his organization has heard from its member schools “with great concern” about students unable to complete their FAFSA due to the tax transcript issue. Unfortunately, this issue is likely affecting students who need the funds the most — college officials say they observe that low-income students are more likely to be flagged for verification.

“The bottom line is that our colleges — and their students more importantly — are really in many places in a very difficult situation in terms of financing,” Baime said.

Again, the agencies say this delay isn’t related to the government shutdown, but is the result of scheduled maintenance.

Students who find themselves in this situation should contact the schools they’re working with to find out what they need to submit and when they need to submit it, Draeger said. In some cases, colleges are working with students to allow them to start the semester in the absence of financing until the issues are resolved, Baime said.

Questions on the FAFSA that require interactions with other agencies are also causing hiccups for some students and schools. In order to qualify for federal financial aid, male students need to register for the draft. The FAFSA typically performs a database match with the Selective Service Administration to make sure required students have registered, but right now that match is failing, Draeger said. Colleges are able to look students up individually to make sure they’re registered, he said.

Despite these challenges, for the most part, students shouldn’t see any effect on their financial aid during the shutdown, Draeger said.

“The Department [of Education] is funded, federal student aid dollars are flowing,” he said.

Government workers affected by the shutdown

Though most student loan borrowers aren’t impacted by the shutdown, those who belong to the group of government workers that are furloughed and not receiving a paycheck may be struggling to make their monthly payments.

The Department of Education advises borrowers for whom that’s the case to contact their student loan servicer to discuss their repayment options.

Adam Minsky, a Boston-based student loan lawyer, suggests government workers who are furloughed and on an income-driven plan apply to have their monthly payments reduced based on their changed circumstances. If possible, they should resist entering a forbearance — a temporary status that pauses payments, but where interest accrues.

Entering forbearance could wind up costing borrowers more in the long run both because interest capitalizes at the end of a forbearance period and because any time spent in forbearance delays progress towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which allows borrowers working in public service, including for the federal government, to have their loans forgiven after at least 10 years of payments.

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This Startup’s New Passenger Drone Is ‘Like a Flight Simulator That You Can Ride In,’ CEO Says

This Startup's New Passenger Drone Is 'Like a Flight Simulator That You Can Ride In,' CEO Says

If Matt Chasen gets his way, there will be a time – in the not-so-distant future – when commuters are able to order an air taxi that whisks them across town in minutes, bypassing traffic-clogged streets below.

For now, however, the chief executive of LIFT Aircraft will have to use his start-up’s electric-powered vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, the Hexa, for something else: 15-minute flights across a lake outside Austin, Texas, for $249 (roughly Rs. 17,300) a pop.

Though the flights will target a recreational crowd, Chasen sees them as a steppingstone to a new form of convenient urban transportation.

“Today’s regulatory environment does not allow for a transportation use of these aircraft – yet,” said Chasen, a former Boeing engineer with a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering. “We’ll build public trust in the technology. Once that happens, it’s inevitable that people will want to use it for certain types of commuting flights.”

It may take years, Chasen said, but the payoff could be immense, as the race to create autonomous flying vehicles begins, with companies such as Uber, Airbus and Volocopter already developing them.

Unlike with conventional aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration does not require a pilot’s license to operate a “powered ultralight” craft. The agency’s rules require instead that ultralights operate during daylight hours in open areas and limit their use to sport and recreation.

To operate the Hexa, Chasen said, customers will undergo an orientation that includes watching safety videos and training in a virtual-reality simulator for up to an hour. A basic proficiency test will follow, then preflight checks with ground support.

The drone-like aircraft – which is controlled using a joystick in the cockpit and stabilized by a flight computer – weighs 432 pounds, seats one person, and has 18 sets of propellers, motors and batteries. Prospective pilots have to weigh less than 250 pounds. During flight, Chasen said, pilots can see safety information on an augmented-reality display inside the aircraft. In the event of an emergency, he said, flight controllers can take over the aircraft and fly it remotely like a drone. Chasen compared the flying experience to “a flight simulator that you can ride in.”

The aircraft can travel just over 60 mph at top speed and includes air-cushioned floats, allowing it to land on water if necessary.

“Unlike traditional helicopters, you don’t need great skill to fly the Hexa,” he said. “If you completely let go of the joystick, the aircraft just hovers in GPS position hold. It’s programmed so that if battery levels get down to a certain level, the aircraft will automatically return to the launch site.”

LIFT hopes to begin offering flights over a popular lake outside Austin next year. The company announced last week that it is also considering 25 cities across the country for other “aircraft hubs,” which would be located near tourist destinations and entertainment areas. Though the cities have yet to be named, the company is already accepting reservations.

“I could envision a Lift location right from a pier on the Seattle waterfront,” Chasen told GeekWire.

Chasen said he doesn’t think the FAA will certify vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft for commercial transportation until they’re proved safe. Once that happens, he said, a new wave of alternative transportation is likely to quickly emerge.

In five to 10 years, he predicts, aircraft like the Hexa will play a very different role in urban environments, becoming an “alternative to driving” for certain types of trips.

“I think we will be one option among many if it’s rush hour, and you can fly for 10 minutes as opposed to driving for 90 minutes,” Chasen said. “It think it’ll be a niche thing to start out, but at some point, it won’t be surprising to see aircraft taking off from rooftops in cities on a regular basis.”

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