Sep
27

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Growing evidence indicates the British government will invoke Article 50 to trigger Brexit early next year, despite Prime Minister Theresa May refusing to comment on a timetable.

May reportedly told Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, she would get the ball rolling “early next year,” it emerged on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event at the Labour Party annual conference in Liverpool, Sinn Fein’s McGuinness said: “I asked her about when she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty [and she said] that she was going to do it not this year but very early next year.

“So we are working on the basis that early next year, the article will be triggered,” he said, Politics Home reports.

May is believed to have made similar comments to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, when the pair held talks at 10 Downing Street earlier this month.

“Prime Minister May was very open and honest with me,” Tusk said at a summit in Slovakia, according to Bloomberg.

“She declared that it’s almost impossible to trigger Article 50 this year but it’s quite likely that they will be ready maybe in January, maybe in February next year.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was publicly admonished by the UK government last week for saying Article 50 would be invoked between January and May 2017.

Speaking to the BBC, he said it would seem odd if British citizens ended up voting in the European Parliament elections in May 2019, indicating he thought the government should trigger the two-year process by May 2017.

“If you think about it there are obviously Euro elections coming down the track. I think people will be wondering whether we want to send a fresh batch of UK Euro MPs to an institution which we are, after all, going to be leaving.”

He made similar comments to Sky News, saying: “We are talking to our European friends and partners in the expectation that by the early part of next year we will see an Article 50 letter.”

However, Johnson’s comments were shot down by a government spokesperson, who said: “The government’s position is clear.

“The prime minister has said she will not trigger Article 50 before the end of the year. Ultimately it’s her decision.”

Sep
27

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Social networking giant Facebook has been ordered by German authorities to stop collecting and storing data from WhatsApp after users claimed their digital privacy was at risk. The privacy regulator also ruled that the data that has already been forwarded should be deleted.

The pushback comes after the messaging app announced last month it would share some users’ personal information, such as phone numbers and analytics data, with parent company Facebook as part of a program to synchronize the two businesses.

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‘Betrayal of trust’? WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook, corporations

However the controversial scheme means businesses would be able to send messages to customers on WhatsApp.

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them,” Johannes Caspar, the German data protection commissioner said in a statement.

“The fact that this is now happening is not only a misleading of their users and the public, but also constitutes an infringement of national data protection law.”

The German data protection commission based in Hamburg, which regulates Facebook’s activities across Germany, said the order would protect the data of about 35 million WhatsApp users in the country.

“It has to be their decision, whether they want to connect their account with Facebook,” Caspar also stated.“Therefore, Facebook has to ask for their permission in advance. This has not happened.”

In its decision on Tuesday, which would affect only WhatsApp users in Germany, the watchdog said millions of people whose contact details had been uploaded to WhatsApp could now have had that information shared with Facebook against their will, which infringes German law.

It also called on Facebook to delete all information it has already received from WhatsApp.

“Facebook’s answer, that this has merely not been done for the time being, is cause for concern that the gravity of the data protection breach will have a more severe impact,” Caspar said.

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The new policy has also come under heavy scrutiny in the United States and other parts of the European Union. After WhatsApp’s announcement, the British privacy regulator and France’s data protection authority said they would be monitoring the changes.

The US Federal Trade Commission is reviewing complaints from privacy groups that the move violates federal law.

Sep
27

Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Introducing AirPods. Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical.

What’s a chip doing in there? A whole lot.

All the groundbreaking things AirPods can do are driven by the custom-designed Apple W1 chip. It produces extremely efficient wireless for a better connection and improved sound. And the W1 chip manages battery life so well, you can listen for 5 hours on a single charge.3 It’s performance that’s unheard of in a device this small.

Knows when you’re talking.

A voice accelerometer recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice.

Knows when you’re listening.

Optical sensors and motion accelerometers work with the W1 chip to automatically control the audio and engage the microphone, giving you the ability to use one or both AirPods. They also enable AirPods to play sound as soon as they’re in your ears.

The power of 24‑hour battery life.

AirPods deliver an industry-leading4 5 hours of listening time on one charge.3 And they’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.5 Need a quick charge? Just 15 minutes in the case gives you 3 hours of listening time.6 To check the battery, hold the AirPods next to your iPhone or ask Siri “How’s the battery on my AirPods?”

More than24hr.of battery life with charging case
Up to5hr.of battery life on one charge
15min.of charging equals 3 hours of battery life

Clearly superior sound.

It’s great-sounding music, movies, and more to your ears. AirPods provide rich, high-quality AAC audio. And when you want to be heard, dual beamforming microphones filter out background noise when you make calls or talk to Siri.

Automatic setup. Seamless switching.

AirPods connect automatically with all your Apple devices. They’re simultaneously connected to your iPhone and Apple Watch, and sound switches instantly between the devices. Want to listen to your Mac or iPad? Just choose AirPods on those devices.1

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  1. Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3.
Sep
27

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We’ve been hearing for some time now that Apple is working on an all-glass front for next year’s iPhone, with the Home button and Touch ID sensor built into the display itself. The touch-sensitive Home button on the iPhone 7 is likely intended as a stepping stone toward that goal, and an Apple patent published back in May described the technology Apple is most likely to adopt: ultrasonic imaging.

Demonstrating that this is not just a concept but technology that works in the real world, Chinese brand Xiaomi has today launched a new phone that uses that exact type of embedded fingerprint reader. The mi 5s and mi 5s Plus both use an ultrasonic fingerprint reader built into the glass …

Ultrasonic imaging of fingerprints not only allows the reader to sit beneath the glass, but is even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used in Touch ID. To help your finger locate the sensor, Xiaomi has put an indent in the glass, an approach seen in early iPhone mockups.

Of course, Xiaomi’s reputation as an Apple clone-maker means that its latest handsets are designed to go head-to-head with the iPhone 7, most notably offering a very similar large-pixel 12MP camera with dual-tone flash, right through to a dual-camera setup on the mi 5 Plus – though Xiaomi has opted for a combination of color and black-and-white sensors rather than a wide-angle and telephoto lens. The display is also force-sensitive, allowing the company to emulate 3D Touch.

One thing to note: Xiaomi’s implementation shows the reader beneath the glass, but not below the actual display – all the homescreen icons are above the fingerprint reader. So you do get an all-glass front, but not a full-height display.

As you can see, this type of indented glass is the approach suggested in this mockup (created before we knew Apple was dropping the headphone socket) by Martin Hajek, though this one shows the display itself extending through the fingerprint reader.

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By the time Apple adopts it, we should all be used to the touch-sensitive Home button, making this a relatively minor adjustment.

Sep
27
Every single time a new gadget is launched or comes to the store, you can see so many people getting excited about it. Specifically, too many people are ready to wait in queues from the previous night, an Apple gadget is available. What’s the reason for this craze? (with regaerd to gadgets, and not specific the Apples ones)
 Why are gadgets so important for us?

We are all defined by the gadgets we use every day. Most of us use their smart phones or laptops everyday for many hours. These gadgets are not only useful helpers they are also a big part of our life. They play an important role in our daily life. As for myself, I can not imagine a day without my iPhone. It collects and organizes my tasks. It helps me to plan my whole day. For most of us gadgets like smart phones, laptops, or tablets aren’t just gadgets, they are amazingly useful tools we trust on a daily basis.

Of course there are people who don’t need gadgets, but I think most of us do. I’ve linked you an interesting statistic about smart phone users.

Why are people so excited about gadgets?

Like I said, most people are defined by their gadgets. It is like an addiction to stay in contact with your friends and family via the internet. Out of this addiction comes this “worship”. I think Apple may be the best example for this worship. Everytime they release a new iPhone thousands of people go crazy, because they want this piece of electronic. They want to be the first person who owns it. I think it’s also part of our society to get accepted and admired when you own a brand new smartphone.
The main reason is the social part, you’re “hip” or “in” when you own a smart phone. Especially a new one. Most smart phones make life easier. They help us getting things done, do research or upload our new photographs to flickr. New smart phones do this better than old ones. Gadgets are cool, innovative and helpful. That’s why people are excited about them. They can’t think of a life without them. They need them. Although I talked mostly about smart phones you can translate this to any other gadget. The reasons are always the same.

Sep
27

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Layering really is everything, and Alia Bhatt proves that time and again with her airport style. I have a friend who has a special obsession with jackets of all kinds. She’s so good with the “buy one thing, get rid of two things” philosophy so she never hoardes. But jackets, jackets are a different story. She’s definitely got it right though, because layering an outfit can change it completely. Like this Alia look for example. Celebrity stylist Ami Patel chose to put Alia in a tone-on-tone Vero Moda outfit (jeans and a pale blue lace detail top) but then threw on a cool white Chola by Sohaya coat and amped it up tremendously.

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Alia Bhatt

Further, she chose a bright blue Hermes bag and ended with reflector shades to hide from the world and glittery slip on sneaks. You’re an all-round cutie as far as we’re concerned Alia so you can do no wrong! Love this one!

Sep
27

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It’s no secret that our stars lead an expensive lifestyle to stay camera ready at all times. After all, being in the limelight is no cheap deal. Priyanka Chopra is an international starand being in her expensive shoes is, well, expensive.

A report in DNA states that Priyanka’s monthly expenditure on her hair and skin totals to around Rs. 80,000. Woah! Yes, out of this, approximately Rs. 42,000 is on skincare products, including foam cleansers, skin creams and eye concentrate for wrinkles. Next, the reports states that about Rs. 38, 400 is spent on various shampoos, conditioners, packs, serums etc.

This is some beauty treatment. But to be honest, I expected the sum to be a lot more than this.