ST. LOUIS — Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players, a person familiar with the situation said June 16 in an unusual case involving two former division rivals in Major League Baseball.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB, law enforcement officials and the two teams were not disclosing details of the investigation that were first reported by The New York Times.The Times said the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether Cardinals’ front-office officials were behind the effort to steal information from the Astros’ database, called Ground Control.Messages seeking comment from FBI offices in Washington, Houston and St. Louis were not returned. The U.S. attorney in St. Louis, Richard Callahan, said he was unaware of the investigation.“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the Federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Houston Astros’ baseball operations database,” MLB said in a statement.“Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he couldn’t recall a similar case in baseball’s long history.“Until we know, this is different than when we might investigate a drug case (or) we have access to all the facts in a real time situation,” he said in Boston. “That’s just not the case here. We don’t exactly what the facts are.”MLB’s forensics experts were not involved in the case, Manfred added. “This is a Federal investigation not a baseball investigation,” he said. “Obviously any allegation like this, no matter how serious it turns out to be, is of great concern to us.”The Cardinals and Astros said they were also cooperating with the investigation but declined further comment.Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said his team would focus on baseball. Houston held a two-game lead atop the American League West entering the day.“Obviously from the baseball perspective we’ll deal with the baseball and all other questions will go elsewhere,” Hinch said.His counterpart in St. Louis, Mike Matheny, sounded a similar tone and said the case at this point wouldn’t be a distraction for his first-place Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball. He said he’d been unaware of the investigation until he “got pulled out of the weight room” on June 16.“We have opportunities for distraction every day” he said. “It’s part of what we do, it’s a big part of what we do. We divide them into the controllables and the uncontrollables and this is one of the uncontrollables. We don’t have any clue what’s going on.”The Cardinals are among baseball’s most successful franchises on and off the field. Only the New York Yankees have won more World Series titles than the 11 won by St. Louis. They also are among the best-drawing teams in all of sports, with annual attendance topping 3 million every year since 2003. This season, the Cardinals have not had a crowd smaller than 40,000.The Astros and Cardinals were rivals in the National League Central until Houston moved to the American League in 2012, but there is a prominent connection between the two: the Astros hired former Cardinals scouting and player development executive Jeff Luhnow as General Manager in December 2011, and he has helped lead turn the team from a laughingstock that into a contender.The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West a year ago, ending a woeful streak of three straight 100-loss seasons.It wasn’t immediately clear how many Cardinals employees were under investigation, or whether top front office officials were possibly aware of the activities.Luhnow was not made available to reporters in Houston, but he said in June 2014 that the team had been the victim of hackers who accessed servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.“It was an illegal activity and we’re going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute,” Luhnow said at the time, noting that the team was working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to determine who was responsible for the breach.The Astros rely heavily on sabermetrics in their evaluation of players and have been open about the fact that they use an online database to house their proprietary information.Last year, the Houston Chronicle had a detailed report on Ground Control, noting the team even had a director of decision sciences and that everything from statistics to contract information to scouting reports were stored at a web address protected by a password.“One of the things I have been talking to my counterparts about with other clubs is recommending that everybody take a look at their own security systems and make sure they don’t get hacked the way that we were,” Luhnow said last year after the hack became public knowledge. “Because this definitely was an illegal activity.”Manfred downplayed wider security concerns about MLB’s digital systems.“We have a technology company that quite literally is the envy of companies throughout America — not just sports enterprises,” the commissioner said.“We routinely make the resources of MLB Advanced Media available to all of the clubs. We have the type of security arrangements that are necessary.”___By R.B. Fallstrom and Jim Salter. AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston, AP reporter Eric Tucker in Washington and freelancer writers Ken Powtak and Darrell Lovell contributed TweetPinShare0 Shares
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Defending champion Real Madrid will meet city rival Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season’s final.The Spanish teams also met in the 2014 final, with Real winning both times.The draw on Friday pitted Juventus and Monaco in the other semifinal.Real and Monaco will play the first legs at home, with one game on May 2 and another on May 3.The return legs will be the following week.The Madrid clubs have faced each other in the last three Champions Leagues. Real also defeated Atletico in the 2015 quarterfinals.In its seventh straight semifinal, Real is trying to become the first team to repeat as champion since the competition’s new format was created in 1992. It won a record-extending 11th title last season.Atletico is seeking its first title. In addition to the defeats against Real, it also lost to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final.Two-time champion Juventus is trying to return to the final since losing the final to Barcelona in 2015. That year, it eliminated Monaco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 aggregate score.The Italian champion is looking for its first European title since 1996.Monaco is in the semifinals for the first time since it lost the 2004 final to FC Porto.The final is in Cardiff on June 3.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal — a half-volley from inside the area — was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the other goal in the 50th with a left-footed strike after getting to a loose ball inside the area.“This triumph is for our people and for Jefferson (Farfan),” Guerrero said of his teammate who missed the match after being hospitalized with a head injury sustained in practice last weekend. “We showed that Peru can play as equal to anyone.”Peru’s Paolo Guerrero scores his side’ second goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Australia striker Tim Cahill, a 38-year-old veteran who entered the match in the 53rd minute, had a chance to become only the fifth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he had few chances.Australia needed the victory to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006 but it had a slow start at Fisht Stadium, unable to get near the opposing area. The Peruvians, boosted by a loud crowd that heavily outnumbered the Aussies, took advantage of their chances and gave their team an honorable finish after two opening losses.The whole squad saluted the boisterous Peruvian fans after the match, spending several moments near their sections in the stands.Australia’s best chance to score came in the 27th minute when Tom Rogic made a run through the Peru defense and had his shot saved by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.Peru almost added its third goal when Edison Flores’ shot hit the post following a fast breakaway.GROUP DYNAMICSThe victory allowed Peru to move into third place in the group, finishing with four points. The Australians ended up with one point after losing 2-1 to France and drawing 1-1 with Denmark.KEY TO SUCCESSPeru’s Paolo Guerrero, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Australia leaves consoled by decent performances even though it didn’t get the points to show for it. It played relatively well in the opener against the French and had chances to get more than a draw against Denmark.Peru had deserved more in its first two games, when it failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, including a missed penalty by Christian Cueva against Denmark.BREAKING THROUGHIt had been a long time before Peru had found the net in a World Cup. The last time was in its second match of the 1982 tournament, a 1-1 draw against Italy.The team also scored in a 5-1 loss to Poland that year. It’s last World Cup victory was a 4-1 result against Iran in the first round of the 1978 tournament in Argentina.NO ATTACKScoring hasn’t been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russia.Australia is only the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot. Ghana did it from 2006-2010.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterPeru’s Anderson Santamaria, background, and Australia’s Tomi Juric go for a header during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Peru’s Paolo Guerrero, left, and Australia’s Mark Milligan jump for the ball during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)TweetPinShare11 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Kontron: 3U VPX SBC features Layerscape quad-A72 ARM coresNext DATA MODUL: LCD controller boards on show at electronica Würth Elektronik eiSos is represented at electronica 2018 with no fewer than four booths. Highlights include the launch of the new product groups – Resistors, Sensors as well as Quartz Crystals and Oscillators.Würth Elektronik eiSos unveils its new Resistors product group for the first time at electronica 2018, namely: firstly resistors for current measurement applications. These include metal plate resistors, which, with their very low resistance values down to 10 mΩ, are used to measure currents up to 50 A. The second resistor group, the thick film resistors, are used to measure low currents in the hundredth-Ampere range. The resistance values in the low to medium range are from 100 mΩ to 270 Ω.With electronica 2018, Würth raises the curtain on its new Sensor portfolio. The sensors are based, among other things, on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). All sensors have an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) in common. This ensures that sensor signals are processed with temperature compensation and filter algorithms in the sensor itself. Another highlight on this booth: highly efficient, proprietary wireless solutions and new Bluetooth, Wireless-m-Bus and WiFi modules.The Würth Elektronik eiSos subsidiary “IQD Frequency Products” showcases quartz crystals and oscillators. In the future, piezoelectric crystals and oscillators will be available in 24 different packages in the Würth Elektronik eiSos standard portfolio. The package sizes extend from 1.6 × 1.0 mm to 13.4 × 4.9 mm. The frequency range lies between 32.768 kHz and 125 MHz. These pulse generators are optimally dovetailed for use in quartz watches and many industrial applications.The focal point of the Würth Elektronik eiSos trade show presence is the main booth with its twelve thematic areas. Here the group of companies demonstrates its innovative strength on the basis of typical examples. Horticulture LEDs are to be seen on the “Optoelectronic Solutions” thematic area, for instance, which can be matched to special plant breeding requirements in a greenhouse. The theme of “EMC Shielding and Cable Solutions” is promoted with interesting experimental setups on suppression and the filter effect of components. Other thematic areas are dedicated to “EMC Onboard Solutions”, “Connector Solutions”, “Electromechanical Solutions”, “RF & Frequency Solutions”, “Signal & Communications Solutions”, as well as two stations with Power Management Solutions. The presentation of reference designs with IC partners at the “Design & Support” thematic exemplifies the strong customer orientation of Würth Elektronik. The REDEXPERT online platform for easier component selection and simulation is also presented, as well as the SMART5 area.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous Farnell expands its Schneider Electric range with addition of 12,000 new productsNext SEGGER Embedded Studio adds support for 3rd party debug probes via GDB protocol Renesas Electronics announced the Renesas RX65N Cloud Kit featuring onboard Wi-Fi, environmental, light and inertial sensors, and support for Amazon FreeRTOS connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The kit gives embedded designers a fast start and secure connection to AWS. Using Renesas’ e2 studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE), IoT applications are easily created by configuring Amazon FreeRTOS, all the necessary drivers, and the network stack and component libraries.The RX65N Cloud Kit provides an excellent evaluation and prototyping environment, enabling embedded designers to create secure end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) cloud solutions for sensor-based endpoint equipment. Employing Renesas’ browser-based software, users can visualize their sensor data using a smart device cloud dashboard to monitor a wide range of applications including networked smart meters, building, office, and industrial automation systems, as well as home appliances.Renesas’ 32-bit RX65N MCUs offer dual bank flash for secure and easy program updating via the network, as well as remote over-the-air firmware updates. Having dual bank flash integrated on the RX65N MCUs enables both BGO (Back Ground Operation) and SWAP functions, making it easier for system and network control manufacturers to securely and reliably execute in-the-field firmware updates. The MCUs also include Trusted Secure IP (TSIP) as part of their built-in hardware security engine. The TSIP driver uses strong encryption key management with hardware accelerators — AES, 3DES, SHA, RSA, and TRNG — as well as a protected boot code flash area to securely boot customers’ IoT devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
John Isner reached his first Grand Slam semi-final as he beat Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 6-4 6-3 in a clash of the giants at Wimbledon on Wednesday.The 33-year-old American saved two set points in the second set tiebreak to avoid going two sets down and then took control of the match to continue his dream run at the All England Club.Isner has taken 41 Grand Slams to reach his first semi-final — one less than compatriot Sam Querrey who reached the milestone a year ago at Wimbledon.He had never gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon in nine previous attempts but has been in sparkling form this time and will harbour genuine hopes of going at least a stage further with South African Kevin Anderson, rather than eight-time champion Roger Federer, waiting in the semis.Once he levelled the match against 2016 runner-up Raonic, ninth seed Isner began to dominate and he gained the first service break of the match at 2-2 in the third set when he crunched a deep return that the Canadian could not handle.Isner wobbled when serving at 5-4, a double-fault giving Raonic a rare break point, but he salvaged the situation with a booming ace before moving a set from victory.In a slightly surreal atmosphere, with hundreds of empty seats on Court One due to England’s soccer World Cup semi-final with Croatia having kicked off, Isner dominated the fourth.He moved 5-3 ahead with another break and spared himself any nerves as he broke Raonic again to seal the win.advertisement
A two-year-old kid from Bangladesh was named the ICC’s Fan of the Week on Thursday for his “gorgeous” off-side technique.In a video posted by ICC on Twitter, Ali could be seen playing some exquisite cover drives as his father pitched the ball.The video was captioned: “You are the ICC’s Fan of the Week! With some more throw-downs from dad, you could very well be playing for Bangladesh one day”He’s only two, but his off-side technique is absolutely gorgeousStrike a pose Ali – you are the ICC’s Fan of the Week! With some more throw-downs from dad, you could very well be playing for Bangladesh one day pic.twitter.com/wXMdeOpAAwICC (@ICC) July 26, 2018The ICC later also posted a remix video of Ali playing with a match commentary being played in the background and footage of fans in the stadium spliced in between Ali’s shots.REEEEEEEMIIIIXXXXXXXX! pic.twitter.com/7k5iQH8wyDICC (@ICC) July 26, 2018The Twitter users enjoyed Ali’s batting as they praised him for his beautiful technique.WaoGood work champStay blessedmfj.chughtai (@MFarhanChughtai) July 26, 2018What a beautiful off side square drive. Reminds me of Yasir Hameed. Lovely!!i/1+exp(s) (@SigmoidFunction) July 26, 2018Its almost a miracle to see such a young kid hitting a very fast ball as good as him.S.A.H (@SAHTPW1) July 26, 2018Very nice! Future tiger team member!azam khan (@azamgk) July 26, 2018Smashing them straight thru covers 4 all the way along the deck elbow nice n high yes we will see him for the Tigers in 16 years timeadvertisementDarren Camilleri (@camo2572) July 26, 2018A few days back another video of a six-year-old leg-spinner from Pakistan went viral on Twitter for having a bowling style similar to that of legendary Shane Warne.Eli Mikal Khan had uploaded a number of videos showcasing his leg-spin skills.Please watch my new video on YouTubehttps://t.co/8LQ9GUGlGF pic.twitter.com/dIg5ue4HneEli Mikal Khan (@EliMikal) February 15, 2018Khan also impressed Warne with his bowling as the former cricketer also praised him on Twitter.Dear Eli, your bowling looks fantastic, keep up the great work & thankyou for your kind words ! https://t.co/gosvIHHv9IShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 28, 2018Before Khan, another video of a young bowler from Pakistan producing Wasim Akram-like left-arm swing had gone viral.In the video, the young pacer could be seen bowling some deadly left-arm swing bowling. No doubt the veteran was super impressed with the kid.Where is this boy??? We have serious talent flowing through the veins of our nation and no platform for these kids to be discovered. Its time we do something about it #TheFutureOfCricketIsWithOurYouth https://t.co/ybzd5ASeTxWasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) February 28, 2018
New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today said it will bear the cost of kits and uniforms of the Asian Games-bound athletes, whose federations are not affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association, after the IOA refused to cover these expenses. “NO team participating in #AsianGames2018 will have to bear the expenses of kit & uniform by themselves I have directed @IndiaSports @Media_SAI to issue kits and apparel to EVERY team representing India,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted. Earlier, the IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said expenses of the ceremonial dress and playing kits of the athletes do not come from its coffers. He claimed that cost will be borne by the sponsors who have signed a contract with it to deal with only the affiliated federations. He said the IOA cannot force the sponsors Li Ning (apparel) and Raymond (ceremonial dress) to also take care of those athletes, who are from non-affiliated federations. Mehta said this has been an established norm and the IOA has never foot the bill of non-Olympic sports and the ones not affiliated with it. He also said the Rs 50 lakh insurance offer to the athletes by Edelweiss does not the cover players from non-affiliated federations. “We are sending more than 540 athletes and more than 200 officials and the expenses for their attire run into crores and IOA has limited resources. So we signed these contracts with the sponsors but they cover only the players of the federations affiliated to the IOA and not outside it,” Mehta told PTI.advertisement “The sponsors get commercial value from association with us. They (sponsors) get commercial mileage from it, say from the interviews, branding or endorsement of their products by the top athletes, so they get benefit from these contracts. We cannot force them to deal with athletes not affiliated to us,” he added. He said even in the 2014 Asian Games, the IOA had not borne the expenses of the attire of the athletes. “Everybody knows the government bears all these expenses, we are not a rich organisation,” Mehta said. “The federations who are not affiliated to us but have recognition from the government will get their reimbursement later,” he added. Asked about federations such as kurash, spot climbing and pencak silat who are neither affiliated to the IOA nor recognised by the Sports Ministry, Mehta said, “If they have got recognition from Olympic Council of Asia (hence taking part in the Asian Games) but are yet to get recognition from the Sports Ministry, what can we do? We are not involved in that.” Out of the 37 sports India is competing in the Asian Games, seven governing federations — bridge, kurash, pencak silat, roller skating, sambo, sepaktakraw, soft tennis, and sport climbing — are not recognised by IOA. These sports constitute 114 athletes out of the 541 announced so far by the IOA. Out of these bridge, pencak silat, roller skating, sepaktakraw and soft tennis are recognised by the Sports Ministry while kurash, sambo and sports climbing federations are not recognised. PTI PDS PM PM PM
What time is the Test match between England and India?Day 3 of the second Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.29pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The second Test between India and England will be played from August 9-13.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The second Test between India and England will be played at Lord’s, London.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?England’s playing XI: Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Joe Root (C), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (W), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India’s playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (W), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.India vs England, Lord’s Test: Weather forecast for today and next 2 daysPlay was called off for on Day 1 without a ball being bowled in the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Thursday.advertisementShowers rarely relented in north-west London on the opening day, with the umpires making their final decision at 4:50 p.m. (1550 GMT) local time.Lord’s Test: India fold for 107 after Anderson 5 for 20 on rain-truncated Day 2Both teams returned to the ground on Friday but rain played spoilsport once again and only 35.2 overs were possible in the entire day which saw multiple rain interruptions.The wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India into bat.England paceman James Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in home conditions taking 5/20 as the hosts bowled out India for a miserly 107.Chris Woakes replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray.Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope was handed his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.After India’s struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara was recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.Thursday was the first time a full day’s play has been lost at Lord’s since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001.England lead the five-match series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham.
Huawei sub-brand is all set to launch a new budget segment smartphone in the Indian market on September 4, that is tomorrow. It is the Honor 7S, the company has announced. The launch of the Honor 7S will happen online at 2PM tomorrow on the company’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter handle. Ahead of the launch, the smartphone manufacturer has revealed a lot of details about the phone. The company has confirmed that the Honor 7S will come with FullView display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 13MP rear camera setup with PDAF support.Some reports suggest that the upcoming Honor 7S will be the Indian version of the Honor Play 7 that was launched in China and also Pakistan back in the month of May this year. This also means that the Honor 7S will boast of almost the same specs as the Honor Play 7. But, there might be some differences between the two phones, mostly in the camera department.The price of the Honor 7S will be revealed by the company only on September 4. But, considering the specs of the phone looks like it will be a budget segment phone. It will most likely be priced under Rs 10,000 and compete with Xiaomi Redmi phones. The Honor Play 7 was launched in Pakistan at PKR 14,499, which roughly translates to Rs. 8,400.Curious about what the upcoming #Honor7S holds for you?Get ready as the wait ends in less than 2 days!Watch the online launch LIVE on Tuesday, 4th September, on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter! #ViewMoreDoMore pic.twitter.com/OpnBvN5YP6advertisementHonor India (@HiHonorIndia) September 2, 2018As far as the specifications are concerned the Honor 7S will be similar to that of the Honor Play 7. The company has already teased that the upcoming Honor 7S will come with a 19:9 FullView display and 13-megapixel rear camera. The phone is expected to sport a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 720×1440 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the smartphone is said to be powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.ALSO READ: Huawei sells over 10 million P20, P20 Pro phones worldwide in 5 months, says companyThe Honor 7S will come with a 13-megapixel camera sensor on the rear panel paired with PDAF and LED flash. While on the front, the Honor phone is said to come with a 5-megapixel sensor. To recall, the Honor Play 7 packs a 24-megapixel sensor on the front. On the software front, the Honor 7S is expected to run on the Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone may come with a 3,020mAh battery.
Samsung has been a major force in smartphone camera innovation for a while now. Its Galaxy phones, especially top-tier flagships, have some of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone today. The company has been focusing on bringing some of its flagship technologies to the lower end of its portfolio as well, which is why we see the Infinity Display coming all the way down to the Galaxy J series. Samsung has been doing something similar with its camera technologies as well. On Thursday, however, the company surprised everyone by announcing a triple camera phone in its Galaxy A series.The Galaxy A7 is the first phone from Samsung to sport a triple lens setup. It also happens to be the second phone after the Huawei P20 Pro to come with triple cameras. With this, the company is touting an impressive photography experience along with a sleek design and some useful features in a phone that will fall in the mid-range segment. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy A7.Samsung Galaxy A7 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy A77 sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ (1080×2220) Super AMOLED Infinity DisplayProcessor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, but Samsung is yet to confirm whether this is an Exynos or Snapdragon chipsetRAM: The Galaxy A7 will come in two memory options – 4G and 6GBStorage: The 4GB RAM variant will come in two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. The 6GB RAM variant will be offered with 128GB. All the variants will support storage expandability up to 256GB via a microSD cardadvertisementRear camera: The triple camera setup on the back consists of an 8MP 120-degrees ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.4), a 24MP lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP depth lens with f/2.2 aperture.Front camera: The Galaxy A7 comes with a 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 apertureBattery: The device houses a 3,300mAh batterySoftware: It will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI on topConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-B, NFC (optional), GPS and 4G VoLTESamsung Galaxy A7 features– The biggest highlight of the Galaxy A7 is, of course, its triple camera setup on the back. The 8MP + 24MP + 5MP setup promises to deliver crisp wide-angle photographs with support for depth sensing as well. The 24MP lens lets in more light by combining four pixels into one in low-light conditions.– The Galaxy A7’s camera offers modes like Live Focus that will allow you to control the depth of field in real-time. Additionally, the Galaxy A7 also gets an Intelligent Scene Optimiser that allows the cameras to recognise the subject and adjust colour, contrast and brightness accordingly.– The 24MP front-facing camera gets LED flash support and the ability to capture bokehs with Selfie Focus. It also gets Pro Lighting Mode that mimics professional studio lighting, AR emoji, and filters.– In addition to an immersive Infinity Display, the Galaxy A7 also boasts an immersive sound experience thanks to Dolby Atmos support. The phone also brings a premium all-glass design and a side fingerprint sensor as well much like the Galaxy J6+.Samsung Galaxy A7 priceThe South Korean giant is yet to announce the pricing scheme of the Galaxy A7. The company is hold A Galaxy Event on October 11 which is where it will reveal the new Galaxy A device along with its pricing. That being said, the company did announce that the phone will be available in European and Asian markets this fall, which suggests it could come to India as well.
Seoul, Oct 4 (AP) South Korea on Thursday reiterated a demand that Japan should remove its “rising sun” naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review at Jeju island next week.Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged “war-crime flag” during the October 10-14 event.South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Thursday said Japan should be more considerate about how South Koreans remember its brutal colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of the war.South Korea’s navy has asked all 14 countries participating in the fleet review to display only their national flags and the South Korean flag on their vessels, a request apparently aimed at preventing the invited Japanese destroyer from flying the “kyokujitsuki.”The Foreign Ministry also conveyed Seoul’s position to Tokyo through diplomatic channels.But Japan has balked at the demand, with Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera saying last week that the ship’s display of the red-and-white flag would be mandatory under Japan’s laws.The flag, portraying a red disc with 16 rays extending outward, has been used as the ensign of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force since its launching in 1954.When asked whether South Korea could raise the issue of Japan’s usage of the flag with the United Nations, Kang said her ministry will review the “possible and appropriate options” before deciding whether to take stronger international action.”We have conveyed our stance that Japan should sufficiently consider our people’s sentiment toward the rising-sun flag and our historical experience,” Kang said.advertisementIt’s debatable whether any South Korean attempt to ban Japan from using the flag would be successful. Some experts say it would be difficult to equate the kyokujitsuki with Nazi symbols such as the swastika, as many South Koreans do, because the Japanese usage of the rising-sun symbol long predates World War II.South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo acknowledged to lawmakers on Monday that there’s not much the country can do under “international custom” if Japan insists on displaying the rising-sun flag on the vessel coming to Jeju.Japanese naval vessels flew rising-sun flags during fleet reviews in South Korea in 1998 and 2008.But next week’s fleet review comes amid heightened anti-Japanese sentiment, partially fuelled by bitterness over a 2015 agreement between the countries to settle a long-standing row over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery.Some South Koreans also see Japan’s conservative government as failing to sufficiently support South Korea’s diplomatic push to improve relations with North Korea following a period of animosity over the North’s nuclear and missile tests.Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday expressed anger over Japanese plans to bring the rising-sun flag to the fleet review during a weekly rally in Seoul denouncing sexual slavery by Japan’s World War II military.A ruling party lawmaker has even proposed a bill banning the symbol on ships and aircraft entering South Korea and also at concerts and sports events.Internet users have filed more than 150 online petitions to the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, asking him to stop the Japanese destroyer from coming to the island.”Tell this to (Japanese Prime Minister) Abe: They will not be able to come with the rising-sun flag,” shouted Kim Bok-dong, a 92-year-old sexual slavery victim, during Wednesday’s rally.”Tell him to be careful. Do you think we will just sit aside and let them do it?” (AP) RUPRUP
Indian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event to continue their dominance at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.India have won 12 out of 14 gold medals so far and their overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.On the fifth day of the competition, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan bagged the 10m Air Rifle men and women’s individual golds. They combined with respective teammates to win two Team gold medals as well and ensured a clean sweep.Divyansh shot 249.7 to Kim’s 247.4 for silver and Shin’s 225.5 for bronze.He shot 628.2 to top the qualification and lead two other Indians — Ravi Kumar (626.3) and Deepak Kumar (626.2) — into the eight-man final.In the final, Divyansh, the least experienced international among the three, led from the start to shut out the challenge from the Koreans.The Indian trio clinched the team gold with a total of 1880.7 to leave behind Korea with 1862.3.In the women’s final, Elavenil also led from the front to shoot a score of 250.5 and emerge triumphant.Hosts Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin won silver with 250.2 while Park Sunmin of Korea bagged bronze with a score of 229.1.The Indian women’s team of Elavenil, Apurvi and Meghana claimed the top spot with a combined total of 1878.6. Taipei were second with 1872.5.In the men’s event, all three Indians including Apurvi Chandela and Meghana Sajjanar had also made it to the finals but finished fourth with 207.8 and seventh with 143.3 respectively.The competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air Rifle.advertisementAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championships: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAlso Watch | Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics, says Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela
Samsung first announced the Galaxy S10 5G alongside the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e at its Unpacked 2019 event in February. This is Samsung first commercial 5G smartphone that packs a 5G chipset, quad camera setup and large 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED, among other things. The Galaxy S10 5G has now been launched with South Korea being the first market to get it starting Friday, April 5. Korean mobile operators will also start 5G services on that day.Samsung provides an end-to-end 5G solution from chipsets, network core, radio solutions and user devices. Samsung’s 5G commercial network has been on air since December 1, 2018 in Korea making it an ideal market to launch the Galaxy S10 5G. “We are at the beginning of a new era where the incredible speed and connectivity of 5G becomes a reality, bringing the world closer to Samsung’s vision of connected living,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G specificationsThe Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S10 5G has a design similar to the Galaxy S10+ (Review) only with a bigger display. It sports a 6.7-inch Curved Dynamic AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The handset is equipped with either the Snapdragon 855 with the X50 modem or Exynos 9820 chipset with Samsung’s in-house 5G modem depending on the market. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage.The Galaxy S10 5G touts a quad camera setup that includes a 12MP wide-angle camera with Dual Aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4) and OIS, a 12MP telephoto camera with PDAF, f/2.4 and OIS, a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 3D depth sensor as the fourth camera. The Galaxy S10 5G also gets dual selfie camera housed in the pill-shaped hole in the display. The front camera setup includes a 10MP Dual Pixel camera and a 3D depth camera.advertisementSamsung’s 5G smartphone measures 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 198 grams. It houses a large 4,500mAh battery with support for wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare. The smartphone will ship with Android Pie with One UI on top. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz) and support for 1.2Gbps download and upload speeds.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G price and availabilityThe Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will reportedly cost KRW 1.39 million (approx Rs 85,000) for the 256GB version and KRW 1.55 million (approx Rs 95,000) for the 512GB variant, although Samsung has not yet revealed the official pricing. The Galaxy 5G will go on sale in Korea starting April 5 in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, Crown Silver colors. The smartphone will launch in additional markets soon after, and there is no word on the India availability just yet.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10+ review: Close to perfection
Lucknow, Nov 5 (IANS) Ahead of the first-ever international cricket match in the state capital — the T20 International between India and West Indies on Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday rechristened the Ekana International Cricket Stadium as “Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium”, an official said.The match, which has created excitement among the cricket lovers in the state capital and around, will henceforth be played in the stadium named after Vajpayee, who would represent Lucknow in Parliament. UP Governor Ram Naik has approved the government proposal to this effect. Orders were issued for the change of name by Principal Secretary (Housing) Nitin Ramesh Gokaran late on Monday.Officials of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) informed that the clause 17.5.1 of the agreement between Ekana Sports City Private Ltd, GC Constructions and Development Industries Pvt Ltd and the LDA says that the stadium will be named after the project is completed.The state government used the powers vested in it as per this clause, on the eve of the high-decibel match, and changed its name in the memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August this year. Meanwhile, both cricket teams arrived in the city on Monday to a rousing welcome. The cricket mania has completely overtaken the Diwali festivities in the city and everyone seems to be scurrying for passes as the online tickets have been sold out.From ministers to bureaucrat sons, police officials, everyone worth their name on Monday evening was hunting for possibilities to see the match at the stadium which was built under the watch of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during his tenure.–IANSmd/niradvertisement
Picture this: you take up a new role in Kashmir, a state with almost non-existent football culture; guide them to promotion and turn them into genuine contenders of country’s primary league title in their first season.That’s what David Robertson has done with Real Kashmir.The team with a 2-1 win against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on Sunday rubber-stamped their credentials on I League and look to be on a run that could well end with the trophy in their laps.It would be premature to say the club has jumped hoops and have been the best side in the league. But catch a glimpse of the league table and you will know it’s a pageantry of Robertson’s efficient work with the club.For a state that has long craved for a peaceful life, is well reaping benefits of ‘the beautiful game’.”I think the success of Real Kashmir will put the state on the map. The growth of Kashmir football has been very difficult. Unlike Kolkata, we don’t have a tournament like the Calcutta Premier League. These players are pretty much playing among themselves. The players are getting exposure now and we have fans coming to watch the home matches as well. I think, with more professional players in the state now, it is beginning to change all that,” Robertson told Mail Today.Records speak for Real Kashmir. Seven goals conceded – the least by any club in the league – 15 goals scored, fifth highest in the league and five clean sheets to take them top of that particular stat chart. They are unbeaten in all away matches and are currently second in the table, three points behind league leaders Chennai City FC.advertisementAll this is accumulation of the former Rangers and Aberdeen left-back’s stringent regime and his eye for a steady defence.His major signing, also his son, Mason Lee Roberston has been a key member of the squad not just with his presence at the back but also as a frequent goal-scorer.”I think he has played well. Any foreign signing can be a good addition to the squad and Mason has done well to adapt to the team. He has been important for us during the set pieces and as you can see, he has scored goals for us,” added the father.On his part, Mason, who left Scottish club Peterhead FC for a country he has never set foot in, is enjoying his first season at the club.”I am having an amazing time in Kashmir. I think my father played a big part in me being here in India and I believe I made the right choice. I was introduced to the players and the people at the start and all are very welcoming. I believe my career is on the correct path,” Mason told Mail Today.Midfielder Surchandra Singh feels team unity has been the important factor behind Real Kashmir’s prolific start to life in the top division.The 25-year-old former Mohun Bagan man shifted base from Kolkata to Srinagar with a dream to one day play for the national team.Looking back, the Manipur boy said it was the right decision to make.”I come from the town where the likes of Renedy Singh were born. Whenever these guys came back from their clubs and national duty, they would train us. I have learnt a lot from them and it is the dream of one day playing at the big stage like them, that has kept me going,” he told Mail Today.”We are a unit and we play like a unit. Off the field, we have been on the road for so long, but the team integrity has been solid. I believe we can go on and be the champions.”From here, David Robertson and boys will have to step carefully in their quest to be another fairytale story of country’s primary league champions.Also Read | I-League: Real Kashmir beat Mohun Bagan to keep title hopes aliveAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create historyAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play against
India vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Virat Kohli was critical of India’s batting performance in the first ODI in which his team lost to Australia by 34 runs. Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd ODI hundred but India failed to cross the line at the Sydney Cricket Ground. MS Dhoni was the second highest scorer for India with 51 off 96 balls.Chasing 289, India were reduced to 4 for 3 off 3.5 overs before Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni stitched a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, India’s chances had started to slip away as Dhoni failed to accelerate at any point in time during his innings.Rohit produced another masterclass. His 129-ball 133 was studded with 10 fours and six sixes. But he got no support at the other end. Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed without bothering the scorers while Virat Kohli, the highest ODI run-scorer in 2018, perished for 3.That left Rohit to do battle with an out-of-form MS Dhoni, who had managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs in 2018. But his six off Nathan Lyon raised hopes of a special innings on Saturday. Apart from that six, though, Dhoni showed no inclination to attack and like he has often in the past, slowed down even as the asking rate climbed.It was a stiff task for Rohit Sharma. On the big Sydney ground, Rohit tried heroically but he appeared to be tired by the end of his knock.advertisementVirat Kohli said he was happy the bowlers kept Australia under 300 but pulled up his batsmen after the defeat.Rohit’s century in vain as Australia win the 1st ODI by 34 runs. Series 1-0 now #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RlcDGlEGSDBCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2019We are not very pleased with the way we played. I thought we were fine with the ball, score of 300-plus was par on that wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable on that wicket but losing three wickets in such a short span of time is never good,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli said MS Dhoni’s dismissal in the 33rd over was the turning point. However, he felt India fell behind when they failed to accelerate and up the atne in the middle-overs.”Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game. They took the game deep, deep enough for us to feel we have a chance. MS got out at the wrong time as he was looking to up the scoring rate at that point.”Had we got one more partnership, we would have been close to the target. We lost early wickets and Australia were professional enough to not get us back in,” Kohli said.Virat Kohli said he was not overtly concerned with the top-order collapse after he himsef failed along with Dhawan and Rayudu.”Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball so you can’t really look too much into it and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. These things happen in ODI cricket but you don’t stop playing shots.”I think we have to take it as a day on which Australia played better than us. We are not stressed about the results, we need to figure out the things we need to improve as a side,” he said.India next take on Australia in Adelaide on January 15 in the second ODI of the three-match series.Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: Gavaskar