Karan Johar reveals why he cannot be in a relationship

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

Karan Johar has never explicitly revealed his sexual orientation, although thinly-veiled hints have been dropped on several occasions. In a recent interview with an online portal, he was asked if he still intended to “suppress” his sexuality, with people and the law becoming more open.

However, Karan feels that it is “too late” for him to find love. “At 46, I can’t be in a relationship. And I’m not being cynical, I’m being practical. I don’t think I can divide my time between a relationship, and my mom and two kids. Not that one has to be sacrificed for the other, but I want to divide my time only between the relationships I have with my work,” he said.

“Finally, I can say that I’m in a relationship with myself. And when you are in one of those, you don’t have either the space or the time for anyone else,” the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director added.

In his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy, Karan stopped just short of coming out of the closet. “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this,” he wrote.

The filmmaker revealed the homophobia and abuse that he is subjected to on social media. “I have become like the poster boy of homosexuality in this country,” he wrote, adding, “Twitter has the most abuse. I wake up to at least 200 hate posts saying, ‘Get out, you’re polluting our nation, you’re dirtying society’ or ‘Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.’ I get this on a daily basis and I’ve learned to laugh it off.”

On the work front, Karan will soon begin work on his upcoming directorial venture, Takht. He has roped in Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar for the ambitious period drama, which is set against the backdrop of the Mughal empire. Takht is slated to release in 2020.

[“source=indiatoday]

Indian consumers will make the voice internet

Voice interaction seems to be an idea, whose time has finally come.

A Space Odyssey, voice recognition has been the holy grail for computer geeks. Speech and language are the first communication technologies, and the main driver of human evolution. But the idea of a voice-activated machine, for information, advice, transactions and, maybe, even friendship, has been a mirage, not a reality, given that speech recognition has been a major challenge.

But voice interaction seems to be an idea, whose time has finally come. Why now? AI advances, using deep neural networks and supporting graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware, have made it possible to train speech engines to reach high accuracy levels, using large amounts of audio data.

And, nowhere is this more relevant than in India. From as long back as the Mahabharata, India has been an oral society, without the West’s history of “type to search” using PCs, which powered the online revolution. Illiteracy, numerous languages, lack of familiarity with multilingual keyboards, mean that other ways of interacting with the digital world are necessary. Affordable smartphones and very cheap data, make India, mobile first. And mobiles are perfect for using voice as a UI!

Last year, 30% of Google search in India was voice driven. Hindi search grew 400% in a single year—a testament to the voracious appetite for online tools and content in local languages. Now, if you are not in vernacular, you are not in India!

Recognising the incredible potential for speech technologies in India, Interspeech, the world’s foremost speech research conference, took place in September in India for the first time. It’s theme: Speech research in multilingual societies in emerging markets! Global leaders in speech discussed the huge potential for voice in India. Hundreds of researchers presented how their flavour of deep neural networks, activation functions and model hyper-parameters, progressed speech research. India’s numerous dialects, accents and languages are a researcher’s utopia—challenges to push the boundaries of speech recognition. Priyanka Chopra advertises hair oil on TV, speaking Hindi and English in a single sentence, or code switching, as its known, in technical parlance. For Indians, it makes perfect sense, but impossible for the mono-lingual British or Americans to understand!

All the global technology behemoths at Interspeech, from Baidu to Google to Facebook and Microsoft, acknowledged the importance of local language speech recognition to reach the next 300 million Indians. E-commerce giants, such as Amazon and Walmart/Flipkart, already know that to realise the Indian market’s potential, targeting the top 10% of English-speaking Indians is not enough.

The local-language Indian audience is the real market! And the race to reach multilingual India has started. Last month, Flipkart acquired Liv.ai, a speech tech start-up, to compete with Amazon’s Alexa, which is five years in the making. Amazon released a Hindi website last week. Google and Microsoft are rolling out their own initiatives in Indian languages.

In supporting Indian users, there is another opportunity—the potential for India to build global speech giants, fuelled by its many languages, dialects and noisy environments. China built its tech giants behind the Great Firewall to exclude American competitors.

India has been open to global technology companies. But with voice, India’s unique challenges (barriers for the faint hearted), could be the “opportunity” for fostering home-grown giants. India has the talent. Indians in India, and globally, are some of the world’s finest speech researchers, and Indian tech entrepreneurs are among the world’s best. Panini, the Sanskrit linguist (approximately 500 BCE), was arguably the world’s first computational linguist.

Indian product companies recognise the opportunity. Some, such as Slang.ai, are making speech tech usable for developers. Others, such as Liv.ai (FlipKart) and Voxta, are building their own recognition engines. Even large Indian corporates are throwing capital at the opportunity and hiring experienced individuals, hoping to short-circuit the learning curve for building speech products.

Either way, the Indian consumer will be the winner! Once, western online users helped fuel the development of internet giants, which became household names. Now India, with its incredible diversity of users—languages, dialects, accents—could be the hothouse for researchers, entrepreneurs, and the capital will come together to build global speech tech giants and a voice internet!

[“source=cnbc”]

Vivo NEX to hit Europe for €849

The vivo NEX with a pop-up selfie camera arrived back in June, and slowly made its way outside China. You can buy the phone in plenty of countries, including India, Russia and Malaysia, but is yet to reach European soil. A rumor appeared today, suggesting vivo NEX is indeed coming to Europe and it’s going to cost €849.

When vivo introduced the NEX S, it was priced at CNY4,498, which is equal to €570. It also had a variant for CNY4,998, which translates to €630. Even if we add import fees and other taxes, the €849 tag is exceptionally high, given that the dual-screen vivo NEX 2 is just around the corner. Alternatively, that could be the price for the new phone and the source just mixed up the info.

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Volvo Switching to Android Operating System for Next-Gen Interface

Volvo used the 2018 Los Angeles auto show to announce its connectivity projects. The automaker is currently developing a new Android-based multimedia system in cooperation with Google, which will bring apps such as Google Maps and Spotify into the car. This new system will seamlessly integrate all operating systems and allow the automaker to expand its connected services beyond its current offerings.

At a roundtable discussion, Google and Volvo executives revealed that their intent is to allow an individual to bring their life into the car with a multitude of apps. Currently, Volvo and Amazon offer a delivery service that drops off packages to your vehicle. Volvo says it will offer seamless connectivity with all operating systems and bring third-party services into the vehicle but with a priority on safety. That means games are relegated to rear-seat passengers and ads won’t be shown to you. Volvo will also allow drivers to control their information and give them the ability to stay anonymous; however, staying incognito will prevent one from accessing the full capabilities of the built-in apps.

Autonomous driving will also play a key role because Volvo is learning how to restructure its software from Google. Henrik Green of Volvo’s R&D arm says the automaker is now relying less on third parties for software; instead, it is creating its own in order to allow for new functions like over-the-air updates sooner. Green and Google executive Mickey Kataria did concede that vehicle software updates won’t happen as quickly as they do on mobile devices.

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Green also revealed that 5G connectivity will be integrated into upcoming vehicles. The existing CMA and SPA platforms will receive the upgrades starting with the Polestar 2. Polestar 3, which will debut the second-generation SPA platform, will come standard with 5G connectivity and the new Android-based multimedia system. The second-generation SPA platform will also feature an integrated computer that will run all infotainment and Level 5 autonomous driving functions.

Volvo says that it will roll out its new interface globally but will have a special version for the Chinese market due to government restrictions on Google. iFly will replace Google voice for voice commands, and Autonavi will be the navigation app; however, the interface will remain Android based. Expect to see the new system by 2020.

[“source=gsmarena”]

Best Black Friday Deals On Gaming Accessories

Whether you’re a PC gamer, console gamer, or mobile gamer, there’s one constant in your life: gaming accessories are everywhere.

Each year, both first- and third-party gaming companies release a variety of accessories that all promise to enhance your gaming experience. Those accessories can be wheels for driving games, thumbsticks to attach to your controllers for better grips, or entirely redesigned controllers that let you map buttons the way you want.

Of course, the accessories market is often dominated by third-party device makers, like Logitech and others, that make products that can appeal to gamers both on the PC and console, but first-party companies, including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are also competing in the market.

Those companies are often offering controllers and carrying cases, and if you need some additional storage or other features, you can often count on them to give it to you.

But when it’s all said and done, your mileage on gaming accessories may vary. And for all the nice gaming accessories out there that actually enhance your gameplay experience, there are many more that you’ll want to stay away from.

So, it’s with that in mind that we’ve compiled the following roundup of gaming accessories that come with outstanding Black Friday offers. We eschewed all the junk here and only focused on gaming accessories that will enhance gameplay and save you a few bucks in the process.

Read on to learn more about the best Black Friday deals on both first- and third-party gaming accessories:

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Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset: You can buy it for $25, a $10 savings off its regular retail price of $35.

Xbox Live 3-Month Subscription Card: You can get it for $12.50, a $12.50 savings off its regular retail price of $25.

Xbox One Controller: Buy it for $39, a $10 savings off its regular retail price of $49.

PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller: Get it for $39, an $8 savings off its regular retail price of $47.

Arcade1Up Galaga Machine: It’s yours for $249, a $50 savings off its regular retail price of $299.

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NFL odds, picks for Week 12: Proven computer model loving Browns, Seahawks

Image result for NFL odds, picks for Week 12: Proven computer model loving Browns, SeahawksThe Week 12 NFL schedule continues on Sunday and Monday with 12 more games after a jam-packed Thanksgiving. A critical NFC North clash goes down on Sunday Night Football when the Green Bay Packers visit the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are three-point underdogs, down from an open of 4.5, as both teams chase the division-leading Bears. In Philadelphia, the Eagles are 5.5-point favorites over the division-rival Giants despite their top five corners all being sidelined at practice this week. And in LA, the Chargers are 13-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in the biggest line of Week 12 and one of the largest NFL spreads of the season. With Week 12 NFL odds on the move, check out the top NFL picks and predictions from SportsLine’s Projection Model before you lock in any plays of your own.

SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 12 on a blistering 12-0 run. For the season, it is now 26-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 74-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 105-53 this season, again ranking in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now it has examined the latest NFL odds and spreads, simulated every snap 10,000 times, and its Week 12 NFL picks are in.

One of the top Week 12 NFL picks the model loves: the Seahawks cover (+3.5) on the road at Carolina.

The Rams have taken a commanding lead in the NFC West, but the Seahawks (5-5) stayed afloat in the NFC Wild Card race with their huge win over the Packers last week. Now they meet up with the Panthers as the teams compete for playoff position.

According to the model, Russell Wilson throws for almost 250 yards, while Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and the rest of Seattle’s backs pile up over 100 combined yards on the ground as the Seahawks cover in over 60 percent of simulations. You can confidently back the Over (47) as well because it hits in more than half of simulations.

Another one of the top Week 12 NFL predictions from the model: the Browns (+3) cover on the road against the Bengals.

The Bengals jumped out to a stunning 4-1 start to open the season, but have since lost four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Browns are coming off an impressive 12-point victory over the Falcons before last week’s bye. Rookie running back Nick Chubb ran the ball 20 times against the Falcons, racking up 176 yards and a touchdown.

The model is calling for another big day for Chubb, saying he’ll go for almost 100 yards against a Cincinnati defense that allows an eye-popping 153 on the ground per game, which ranks dead-last in the NFL. Bengals receiver AJ Green (toe) was upgraded from doubtful to questionable, but could be limited even if he plays. Back the Browns with confidence since they are covering the spread in 55 percent of simulations. The model is also calling for 51 total points to be scored, shattering the Over (46.5).

[“source=cnbc”]

How PUBG has redefined the Indian gaming ecosystem forever

Indians are well and truly addicted to PUBG thanks to affordable broadband access all over the country. The success of this online multiplayer game is clearly an inflection point for the Indian gaming industry. Will desi titles finally succeed?  

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Earlier this month, I went to my home town in Rajasthan and played PUBG in the overnight bus from Jaipur to Bikaner. I thought I would play one game while the bus was still in Jaipur as the game requires high speed data to play with 100 players synchronously. To my surprise, I ended up playing for four straight hours through the night while the bus travelled through rural Rajasthan – and the game worked throughout!

It was just one example of how India is now truly connected and how things that we thought were unimaginable not so long ago are a reality today. When Jio rolled out its nationwide network and slashed wireless broadband prices, it unleashed – among other things – the tailwind needed for the development of the Indian mobile gaming ecosystem. Global games with a massive following in other markets have been waiting on the sidelines for a long time.

PUBG, from Tencent,  has not only taken the lead in gaining the Indian gaming mindshare but is leading the way for the creation of amazing games for India over the next decade.

When I was moving back to India two years ago, one thing was clear to me – India’s masses have a lot of free time. Whenever I spent time at my cousin’s shop in a Tier 3 town, or in my village in Rajasthan, I could see that people had at least 3-4 hours to kill during their work day. This is excluding the 5-6 hours they have after work when there is little to do in these small towns. This insight made me a firm believer that if a company could provide a credible way for people to kill time on their phones, adoption would be massive. Again, from global experience, I felt that video consumption and mobile gaming would get maximum traction.

We have seen the early signs of growth for the mobile gaming ecosystem in India for the last two years. Game downloads have increased 8-10x, with the active mobile gaming population growing to approximately 200 million. [Source: ET Bureau and App Annie]. This number is expected to grow to 450 million by 2021. Even though the numbers seem large, these are still early days of gaming in India.

Gaming in India: big on downloads, low on revenue

India has become the fifth-largest country by game downloads but remains far behind on gaming revenue. The most widely adopted games in India have, at best, been sub-100MB, single-player or turn-based games. Here’s the thing: games are much more exciting when you play them with others, compete with them and gain recognition among friends and other gamers.

Most of India has not experienced this sort of multi-player gaming as yet; people who have played Age of Empires (AOE) or Counter Strike or Quake during their undergrad days are a small subset and would relate to this format.

I remember getting addicted to AOE during my IIT days and playing it over LAN with seven other players in teams of up to four (there are three modes – solo, duo and squad). The experience of playing it with other friends just made the game so much more interesting that we would play 14-16 hours a day at times and also watch the recordings of the game to improve our game. I remember reading about how (Flipkart Co-founder) Sachin Bansal was a pro Quake player and played competitively during his IIT days.

And that’s how it was – pockets of players. In parallel, most mobile game developers I have spoken to have been very wary of developing multi-player and graphics-heavy games for India. Their scepticism was based on their experiences from the last decade when India was truly crunched for data and, until recently, for phone space. This was the state until PUBG hit our screens.

[“source=forbes]

Motorola One Power Android 9.0 Pie update starts rolling out in India, brings Dual VoLTE, improved camera performance

Motorola just announced that it has started rolling out Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the One Power Android One smartphone in India, as it had promised at the launch in September. At the launch the company also promised Android Q update for the phone, as well as security updates for three years from the initial global launch date.

Android 9 Pie update offers even longer & improved battery life, an entirely new UI with redesigned Quick Settings and a revamped split-screen. The update also brings forth a fresh intuitive navigation, simplified volume controls and an improved Do Not Disturb mode. It also brings Dual SIM Dual VoLTE Support and an improved camera performance including the panorama feature and better low light images.

[“source=TimeOFIndia”]

Motorola One Power Android 9 Pie Update Rolling Out, Brings Dual 4G Support

Motorola has officially confirmed the rollout of Android 9 Pie update to its Android One smartphone- the Motorola One Power. The company did not announce this news on Twitter or any other social media handle, instead, the Android 9 Pie release notes have gone live on Motorola’s website, confirming the update’s rollout has begun. In addition, Motorola is sending a notification to the One Power users in India stating that the device will receive the latest iteration of Android in the next few days. Going by the release notes available on the Motorola website, this update will add the much-requested Dual 4G and Dual VoLTE feature to the smartphone. Alongside that, Motorola has added Panorama feature to the camera app and also bumped the security patch version of November 1, 2018.

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Motorola One Power Android 9 Pie Update: Features You Need to Know

For the unaware, the Motorola One Power is an Android One smartphone, meaning it runs stock Android and is also eligible for receiving timely software updates. Recently, we reported that the Android 9 Pie beta testing was going on for the One Power and it took just a week for the Lenovo-owned company to roll out the update.

Talking about the features, the Android 9 Pie update to the One Power brings all the features Google introduced such as gesture navigation, adaptive brightness and battery features along with a new interface for notification panel and quick tiles.

Besides the standard Android 9 Pie features, Motorola has added Dual 4G and Dual VoLTE functionality to the smartphone, meaning users can use two Jio 4G SIM cards on the smartphone. Earlier, when the smartphone launched in India, Motorola did not add the functionality for some unknown reasons.

The update also brings Panorama feature along with various improvements to the camera performance. So expect the images captured on Motorola One Power to come out a tad better after the update. Lastly, the update adds November 2018 security patches. Right now, the Motorola One Power is on August 2018 patches.

Motorola One Power: Specifications and Features

The Motorola One Power is the best smartphone launched by Motorola this year. The phone’s USP is the 5000mAh battery which will last for more than two days with moderate usage. The phone rocks a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display on the front with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. The notch houses 12MP selfie shooter and an LED flashlight.

Under the hood, the One Power has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Notably, Motorola launched only one variant of the smartphone in India. As for the cameras, the phone rocks 16MP and 5MP shooters on the rear side, followed by a 12MP selfie shooter. Connectivity options on the handset include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and a USB Type-C port.

[“source=TimeOFIndia”]

All Android Pie 9.0 Devices Get Project Treble

Google held their Android Dev Summit last week in California. The company demonstrated multiple changes for current & future Android devices. One of them is a big announcement for a long pertaining issue.  For a long period of time, Android users have been complaining to OEM’s and Google for delayed updates on their devices. During the Dev Summit, Google developers showcased a solution to the problem in the shape of Project Treble. The company has declared that every upcoming Android 9.0 Pie devices will be Project Treble Compliant.

What Is Project Treble?

Project Treble was first introduced with Android 8.0 Oreo which has matured a lot since then. It is a mechanism that is concerned with pushing faster updates on an Android devices. Google developers demonstrated a common GSI (Generic System Image) running on devices from different manufacturers. Before this devices had a specific GSI engine per manufacturer, tweaked for compatibility with their devices. This uncommon GSI would increase the time for companies to modify the pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code that Google released. Now onwards Google will open GSI information for manufacturers so they directly modify pure AOSP code which was first sent to chip makers to enable their chipset compatibility.

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In the past, lastest updates used to go through multiple checkpoints in order to be capable of deploying onto an Android device. Previously when Google released an Android update it was first sent to chip makers like Qualcomm & Mediatek. The chip makers would optimise the code according to the architecture on their chipsets. The update was then forwarded to manufacturers who would tweak the same as per the need of their respective devices & also integrate their proprietary software bits. This  then leads to the OTA (Over The Air) update on their devices.

What’s In It For The Users?

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Post Project Treble compliance the users would be able to receive faster updates on their smart devices. It will enable them to make the most out of what the latest Android firmware has on offer. Google as Android has always been criticised when compared to its Apple iOS counterparts.

[“source=TimeOFIndia”]