See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple’s 2019 must-see list starts with its new TV streaming service Every Apple TV show and series announced so far Apple’s streaming TV service: Expected release date, price, shows and movies Now Apple doesn’t just want to make the hardware for viewing entertainment. It also wants to make the content people are accessing. Key to Apple’s success in streaming is just what’s offered on its service. No one will pay for content they don’t want to watch. It stepped into the market in 2017 with a couple original shows for its Apple Music service. That included Planet of the Apps, which was widely panned, and Carpool Karaoke, which began life as a viral segment on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. (Editors’ Note: CNET is owned by CBS, which is also producing the series.). Both flopped. Apple was long rumored to be working on a virtual cable service that let subscribers pick and choose their channels. But that never materialized, and it isn’t likely to be what Apple introduces Monday. Instead, it’s expected to release a more Netflix-like service that includes its own content and video from partners. Apple has reportedly been seeking deals with networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz to license a library of already-released content. (Note: Showtime is owned by CBS, CNET’s parent company.) It could also bundle other streaming services and take a cut of their revenue. Netflix, for one, reportedly won’t be participating. “We want to have people watch our content on our service,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Monday. “We’ve chosen not to integrate into their service.” As for its own content, Apple has at least 30 projects in the works, with five reportedly ready to go. Its initial $1 billion investment in content could balloon to $4.2 billion by 2022, according to a 2017 estimate by longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster, who is now at Loup Ventures. Apple’s announced partners include a multiyear deal with Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg. The company has hired two top executives from Sony Pictures Television to lead the effort. Show me the money To show it’s really serious about services, Apple has to make its new TV streaming offering work on non-Apple devices. And it can’t be so expensive that no one will subscribe. Already, Americans who watch video online subscribe to an average of three streaming services, according to a Deloitte study. Some analysts believe Apple’s service could be free for Apple device users, but it’s more likely the company offers a free trial period. For Apple Music, Apple offers an extended free trial, and it’s standard for most streaming video services to give new users a free introductory period. One way Apple could get more subscribers is by bundling its TV service with Apple Music or with an iCloud account. Currently, Apple Music costs $9.99 a month, while iCloud storage costs 99 cents a month for 50GB (an amount that’s lower than the current lowest capacity — 64GB — on Apple’s new iPhones), $2.99 for 200GB or $9.99 for 2TB. $999 3:02 See also See it Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today 48 Photos Best Buy Comments Mobile Media Streamers Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Boost Mobile $999 $999 Apple iPhone XS Tags Apple Event 24 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Apple will host its next event on Monday. Apple On Monday, we’ll finally find out where Apple’s billion dollars have gone. That’s the amount the company earmarked for a video streaming service that it hasn’t yet confirmed is coming. For years, rumors of Apple diving into a market dominated by YouTube, Netflix and other streaming companies floated around. It’s even talked up the shows and celebrities it’s cast. Still, Apple hasn’t actually said what all of those partnerships are for. We’ll find out on Monday when Apple hosts an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its campus in Cupertino, California, to unveil its long-awaited video offering. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. For Apple, the launch marks the first time it’s making its services business the centerpiece of a major event. It’s spent the first three days of this week in an unprecedented flood of hardware announcements made via press release, from new iPads to a refreshed iMac and AirPods. In the past decade of Apple’s flashy launches, none — not even its annual Worldwide Developers Conference — has focused primarily on services. See It There’s also Apple’s rumored news subscription service, which is also expected Monday, that could be paired with its music and TV offerings. The service is expected to be based on Apple acquisition Texture, dubbed a “Netflix for magazines,” which offered unlimited access to magazines and news outlets for one fee. “Is this going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back that gets me to think about what I’m already paying for?” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “If you bundle it, the value becomes more fluid.” Amazon bundles its music and video services into its Amazon Prime two-day shipping membership that costs $12.99 for a monthly subscription or $119 for the annual pass. Some people are paying the amount just for the shipping, but others want it for the video service, music or other benefits. Ultimately, to get us all to subscribe, Apple’s got to offer something we can’t get anywhere else. We find out Monday if that’s what it’s built. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Event The company needs to highlight those offerings now. Last year, Apple became the first trillion-dollar American company but slipped below that mark three months later. Its iPhone business seemed to be on an almost never-ending rise — until it suddenly wasn’t. Apple makes about two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, but people are holding onto their devices longer, and in places like China, they’re increasingly opting for phones from Apple’s rivals like Huawei and Oppo. Apple knows it has to grow its operations beyond the iPhone, especially its services business. The area, which includes the App Store and Apple Music, has been soaring thanks to all of us who own the 1.4 billion active Apple devices out there. In the December quarter, Apple’s services business revenue jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. Apple Music now has over 50 million paid subscribers, and across all of its services, Apple has 360 million subscribers, up 120 million from the previous year. Getting into TV streaming is the next logical move for the company. “They’ve been saying on the last almost four years worth of [earnings] calls how much services is going to be important to them,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell. “They’ve been building up to this.” That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Apple’s joining a crowded field, and many of us already shell out money every month to several streaming providers. Is there room for another? Apple declined to comment ahead of its event. From hobby to center stage Apple has dabbled in entertainment for more than a decade. The company introduced its first Apple TV in 2007, the same year it launched the iPhone. In the early days of Apple TV, Apple positioned its streaming media box as a “hobby.” Apple finally updated Apple TV in late 2015, releasing it with its new TVOS software that lets developers make apps, and a new remote that worked with Siri. It was that new software that turned Apple TV into a more than just a dumb streaming box. The update came at a time consumers were starting to ditch their traditional cable subscriptions in favor of smaller streaming bundles. On-demand TV services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu offered thousands of videos to stream on demand, while services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube let people watch live TV over the internet. Increasingly, it was Apple TVs, Roku boxes and Chromecasts being used to view that content. Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino $999 Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Showtime Amazon Netflix Sony Apple reading • Apple’s TV streaming service: It’s showtime at last See It Share your voice • See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Top 5 things we want from Apple’s TV service Sprint Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far
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A visitors walks past a 5G sign during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2017.REUTERS/Eric GaillardAs countries like the United Kingdom are expected to roll out 5G network this month, an American author has claimed that this new development is not a good move for mankind. Arthur Robert Firstenberg, an American author and activist has already started his public campaign against 5G network and he considers it as a crucial step to save the public.He also established a petition, and it claims that 5G networks are equally harmful to both humans and the environment.”5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law. Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming.” the petition reads, Express.co.uk reports.Firstenberg also makes it clear that several peer-reviewed studies have previously proved the dangerous effects of electromagnetic pollution, and with the introduction of 5G, risks will be again elevated. He even made it clear that the introduction of 5G will increase the number of cancer and heart patients.A few weeks back, Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, had claimed that the introduction of 5G is undoubtedly the stupidest idea ever in the history of humans. He also added that 5G antennas are getting installed all across the world without any biological tests.However, experts believe that there is nothing harmful with 5G signals, and the new technology will actually revolutionize the way in which people used the internet. It should be noted that 5G will offer a download speed of 10 GB per second, and it will be quite crucial in the coming years, especially when artificial intelligence (AI) has started dominating the society.
Security beefed up in Baramulla of Jammu and Kashmir.IANSRestrictions have been imposed across the Kashmir Valley from early Monday, it was announced in Srinagar. “Government has imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC in District Srinagar with effect from 1200 Hrs on 5th August 2019 which shall remain in force till further orders.”As per the order, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. Identity cards of essential services officials will be treated as movement passes wherever required.”However, there is no curfew in place as reported in a section of media,” an official statement said.Political leaders like Congress’ Usman Majid and Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA MY Tarigami said that they have been arrested, while police sources said that former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will be under house arrest.Heavy deployments of local police, along with contingents of paramilitary forces, will fan out so that they are in place when the loudspeaker-mounted police vehicles make the announcement early morning.All universities in the Valley have ordered the cancellation of classwork and exams scheduled on Monday without announcing any future dates for the same.Mobile internet facility was been snapped across the state and sources said that even call facility on cell phones are likely to be cut soon, adding that this was being done to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours.All police stations, district and sector magistrates deputed on law and order duties have been provided satellite phones to maintain official communications.Service provider BSNL is offering satellite phones to media persons at Rs one lakh a piece to file stories from the Valley.All available indications suggest the locals have already stocked enough rations, medicines and other essentials to survive any eventuality even if this means remaining indoors for long.All top officers of state police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies are supervising the situation to ensure that there is no major law and order problem if any major decision is announced in New Delhi that would alter the constitutional relationship of the state with the rest of the country.Meanwhile, District Magistrates across the Valley, worried about an uncontrolled rush of buyers at petrol pumps, on Sunday imposed restrictions on sales.
Men speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters fileThe smartphone sale in India is expected to register healthy growth in 2019, following the trend from a previous year. On the other hand, the Chinese market is likely to register a fall and the smartphone sales in the US is expected to remain flat.Citing a report by Counterpoint Technology Market Research and CyberMedia Research, the Economic Times has reported that Xiaomi and Samsung are set to lock horns for the top spot in India.The upcoming year is expected to register a smartphone shipment to 160 million in India. Moreover, the sales are likely to grow 12% to 150 million in 2018 as against 134 million in 2017. The analysts are of the opinion that the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world revived in 2018 due to the speeding up of the product replacement and upgrades on the back of launches across price points, an array of financing options, discounts and buyback offers. The trend is expected to continue in the next year.Faisal Kawoosa, techARC founder said that “There is a large replacement cycle due in 2019 for users who bought their first 4G smartphone between 2015 and 2017.” Tarun Pathak, assistant director, Counterpoint Research argued that the Indian smartphone market grew at a healthy rate of 12 percent even when the annual global sales may have declined for the first time.IDC India associate research director Navkendar Singh said that in this segment, Jio’s smartphone plan with Flex could be a game-changer in 2019. He added that “Jio is thinking of 100 million smartphones and even they manage to do 40 million units spread across two to three quarters (in 2019), it could change the industry’s shape.”Notably, Xiaomi and second-ranked Samsung dominated the Indian smartphone market while capturing over 50 percent of the total smartphone sales in India. The other companies in top 5 could include Oppo, Vivo, RealMe, HMD Global (Nokia branded phones) and Huawei/ Honor.Singh further added that “The market is consolidating at the top. With bigger players getting bigger and marginalizing smaller players, it is very difficult for the latter to start picking up share.”
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith on Monday threatened to take proper steps if Jatiya Party members call him a former minister of the party again, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while taking part in discussions on the supplementary budget for 2017-18 fiscal in parliament.”I’ll take proper steps,” he said.The Jatiya Party members repeatedly called the finance minister as their former minister in parliament.Jatiya Party MP Selim Uddin on Monday again called him a former minister of Jatiya Party.”I’ve already said (about it) several times, but the Jatiya Party members are not heeding to it…I was neither a Jatiya Party member nor a minister,” an annoyed Muhith told the House.He mentioned that he was the minister of military dictator HM Ershad.”Jatiya Party was not formed at that time, I hope they’ll keep this in mind, if they don’t, I’ll take proper steps against them,” he said.Later while taking part in discussions on the demand notice for supplementary budget, Jatiya Party MP Kazi Firoz Rashid said it was true AMA Muhith was not the minister of Jatiya Party.”Let me assure you, Jatiya Party will never make a knowledgeable person like you a minister in the future, and for that you will not require to go to court,” he quipped.He also said the finance minister is giving protection to bank robbers. “You might go to court for that in the future,” he said.
Moazzem HossainAHM Moazzem Hossain, editor and publisher of The Financial Express, was laid to rest in the city on Thursday.He was buried at Azimpur graveyard around 1:15pm after his fourth and final namaz-e-Janaza at the National Press Club.Hossain, who had long been suffering from heart and lung complications, died at a city hospital on Wednesday evening at the age of 73.His first janaza was held at his residence at Ramna Estate Complex, 124 Boro Maghbazar around 10:15am while the second one on the Financial Express office premises around 11:20am and the third one at Southeast Bank’s head office around 11:45am.Later, his body was taken to the National Press Club where his fourth janaza was held around 12:25pm.Editors, senior journalists, Press Club members, politicians, business leaders and friends and well-wishers of Hossain attended the janaza.
Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Photo: AFPIraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor’s office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum.The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armoured vehicles, aims to recapture oil and military targets that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the Islamic State group (IS).Iraqi forces thrust into Kirkuk city, capital of the oil-rich province, and took control of the governor’s office, which had been left deserted, the federal police chief said.Thousands of residents fled Kurdish districts, heading in buses and cars towards the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.“We’re leaving because we’re scared there will be clashes” in the ethnically mixed city of 850,000 people, said 51-year-old Chounem Qader.Meanwhile crowds on the streets of Kirkuk’s southern outskirts welcomed Iraqi forces as they entered the city, where they were seen raising Iraqi flags in the place of Kurdish ones.President Donald Trump said the United States was “not taking sides” in the conflict as the US-led coalition urged Kurds and Iraqi forces to focus on fighting the jihadists, on the verge of losing their last strongholds in Iraq.The International Rescue Committee aid group urged all those involved in the fighting to “do everything within their power to protect civilians”.Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s chief diplomat, urged both sides “to seek dialogue in order to preserve Iraq’s unity and long-term stability.”The EU on Monday also approved sending an expert mission to Baghdad to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy.The police called on residents who had fled to return as it said the situation was stable, and late Monday declared a night-time curfew in Kirkuk city.Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of Kirkuk city, after the launch of the operation overnight which triggered a spike in oil prices on world markets.‘Danger of partition’Pumping stopped at Kirkuk’s two main oil fields as Kurdish technicians halted operations and left the wells, an oil ministry official said.A Kurdish health official said at least 10 peshmerga fighters were killed and 27 wounded during fighting overnight.The rapid progress of Iraqi forces suggested that Kurdish fighters were withdrawing with little or no resistance in many areas.Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said its forces had retaken the K1 military base northwest of Kirkuk, the military airport east of the city and the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed region.The operation follows an armed standoff between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army prompted by the September 25 non-binding referendum that produced a resounding “yes” for Kurdish independence.Baghdad has declared the vote illegal.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the operation was necessary to “protect the unity of the country”.“We call upon all citizens to cooperate with our heroic armed forces,” he added.Peshmerga forces loyal to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a political party linked to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, were reported to be withdrawing from areas under their control.The PUK had supported a UN-backed plan for negotiations with Baghdad in exchange for dropping the referendum.‘Declaration of war’Pro-PUK forces were deployed south of Kirkuk, including at oil fields, while fighters loyal to the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) linked to Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani who initiated the referendum, were deployed to the north.As the tension escalated, Trump said Washington was “not taking sides in that battle”.The US-led coalition battling IS called for dialogue between THE Iraqi and Kurdish authorities.“All parties must remain focused on the defeat of our common enemy, ISIS, in Iraq,” said Major General Robert White, a commanding general in the coalition, referring to IS.The coalition said it was aware of reports of clashes but they appeared to be the result of a “misunderstanding and not deliberate”.On Sunday, Iraq’s National Security Council said it viewed as a “declaration of war” the presence of “fighters not belonging to the regular security forces in Kirkuk”, including fighters from Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Ankara, which fears the independence vote by the Iraqi Kurds could spark similar moves by its own Kurdish minority, said it was ready to help Baghdad oust Kurdish fighters from Kirkuk.Long claimed by the Kurds as part of their historic territory, Kirkuk province has emerged as the main flashpoint in the dispute.Polling during the referendum was held not only in the three provinces of the autonomous Kurdish region but also in adjacent Kurdish-held areas, including Kirkuk, that are claimed by both Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan.The Kurds have been in control of six fields in the Kirkuk region providing some 340,000 of the 550,000 barrels per day exported by the regional administration.The fields would provide crucial revenue to Baghdad, which has been left cash-strapped from the global fall in oil prices and three years of battle against IS.