The Motion, launched by BlackBerry at the Technology Week conference in Dubai over the weekend, has a lot in common with the KEYone. It shares a more or less similar design language, the same hardware internals including what could be very similar cameras, the same pure and mostly unadulterated software experience with BlackBerry’s DTEK security suite, and an almost similarly sized battery with fast charging. It doesn’t ship with the KEYone’s hallmark keyboard however, and quite understandably then, misses out on the KEYone’s sort of old-school retro charm.Let’s take a quick look at the KEYone. It comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p screen with an unusal 3:2 aspect ratio and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The variant that is sold in India comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,505mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (50 per cent charge in roughly 36 minutes).The dual-SIM KEYone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.Moving on, the KEYone comes with a 12-megapixel camera — with a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with f/2.0 “Large Pixel” similar to the one on-board the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.The USP of the BlackBerry KEYone is however its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The design is old-school BlackBerry, which suggests that the phone might have been on the company’s mind long before it hung its boots.advertisementThe QWERTY, just like it was in the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also over 50 app shortcuts. The space bar, meanwhile, gets a new fingerprint scanner up-top. The phone also comes with touch-based navigation keys. On the back, the KEYone sports a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo graces the middle while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it, sits at the top. The module, however, sits flush into the body.On the right, the phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker also lies on the right. On the left lies the power button. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.Let’s take a quick look at the Motion now. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and DragonTrail Glass on top. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The variant launched for now comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.The Motion runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.Moving on, the Motion also comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the Motion comes with an 8-megapixel camera.The phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and a front-mounted home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner.The Motion may be a poor man’s KEYone for all we know, but, it gets full marks for the durability aspect something that even the much popular KEYone falters at. The Motion not only ships with a bigger battery, it is also IP67 certification for splash resistance. The Motion will be available in select markets at a price of $460 which roughly translates to Rs 30,041. The KEYone meanwhile sells in India for Rs 39,990.
NRL Touch Football (NRLTF) and the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, AirAsia announced a new partnership that will see the airline become the Official Airline Partner of NRL Touch Football in Australia.As part of the deal, the airline will proudly carry the Australian Youth Touch Football teams to and from Kuala Lumpur for the upcoming Youth Touch World Cup in August.NRLTF Chief Executive Steve Mitchell said, “We’re very excited to welcome AirAsia to the touch football family.“AirAsia is a renowned global brand and a world leader in their category. It’s an exciting time to be working with them as they develop their brand in Australia,” he said.“This partnership is particularly significant for our Australian youth teams, solidifying our quest to make the sport more affordable for participants and their families.”AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry Klipp said, “AirAsia and AirAsia X are pleased to welcome NRL Touch Football to our ever-growing list of #DARETODREAM sporting partnerships.“AirAsia is an airline that believes in helping people achieve their dreams, and like sport is driven through hard work and determination. To inspire and enable these young Australians to discover their full potential as part of the Youth Touch World Cup in August this year is fantastic.“We look forward to welcoming the Australian youth teams on-board next month for the Youth World Cup.”AirAsia operates more than 60 services per week from Australia to its hub in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, with onward connections to more than 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the US. AirAsia also operates the only wide-body A330 service between the Gold Coast and Auckland daily.About AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers, services an extensive network of over 130 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 500 million guests and has grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best LowCost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards ten times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it also beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World’s Leading Inflight Service. To book your airfares for the World Cup or your next holiday, visit www.airasia.com
Ghaziabad: A 3-year-old girl has died after she fell into an open drain in Sahibabad area on Tuesday. The incident took place around 11 am when the child went missing from her home. The body was recovered after three hours of extensive search by her family members, said police. According to police, the victim, identified as Ananya, was playing near her house while her parents had gone out for work. Police said that she got drowned into the open drain which was earlier covered with cement slabs but they were recently removed by municipal staff for annual monsoon cleaning. Anil Kumar, father of deceased said that when he returned home from work, he found Ananya missing while the other two children were playing outside the house. The family members immediately informed police and went on to look for the child. Later a local person saw her body floating into the drain and was fished out. The child was immediately rushed to a government hospital but she was declared brought dead.
Thane: Konkan Divisional Commissioner Shivajirao Daund has directed officials concerned to ensure all facilities for disabled persons and senior citizens during voting and to shun use of plastic at the polling booths. Voting for the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra will be held on October 21. During a review meeting on Tuesday, Daund asked senior officials of the Konkan division districts, including, Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurgh, to make the voting process easier for disabled and elderly people. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad He asked them to make adequate arrangements of first aid facilities, drinking water, and information boards providing proper guidance to voters at the polling booths. In addition to free transport facilities for people with disabilities, he asked the officials to set up auxiliary polling stations, provide braille-coded voter ID cards to visually impaired electors, and also ensure ramps and availability of wheelchairs. Volunteers from youth organisations like the National Service Scheme and Scouts and Guide will also be roped in to provide assistance to disabled and elderly voters, he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Daund also asked the officials to desist from using plastic items at the polling stations. He suggested that efforts be made to increase voter turnout in areas having large housing complexes. There are over 2.22 crore voters in the Konkan division, with Mumbai suburbs having maximum 72,26,826 electors, followed by Thane-63,39,385 and Mumbai city- 25,04,367, an official release said. The Konkan division has 75 Assembly seats where 24,087 polling stations will be set up, includingMumbai suburbs having maximum 7,397 booths, followed by Thane- 6,621, Raigad- 2,693, Mumbai city-2,594, Palghar- 2,163, Ratnagiri 1,703 and Sindhudurg 916, it added.
San Francisco: WhatsApp is testing a key feature to give its users an ability to self-destruct their messages after a set period of time. The developers have seen the feature that allows users to set their messages to self-destruct in the recently released public beta version of WhatsApp for Android a” dubbed as “v2.19.275”. According to WABetaInfo that keeps track on WhatsApp features, the Facebook-owned platform is finally working on new features, including the new “Disappearing Messages” feature. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “As the name suggests, any message eligible to be ‘disappeared’, will be automatically deleted from the chat!” said the website When the chat is marked as “disappeared,” all messages will be automatically removed after a certain interval. The user will be able to mark the chat as “disappeared” enabling the option “Disappearing messages”, in Group Info. It’s one of the most popular features on highly-encrypted chat platform Telegram. Disappearing Messages feature would be useful for those who share sensitive information on WhatsApp.
New Delhi: Ten new mohalla clinics and two foot overbridges (FOBs) were inaugurated by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said.The 10 mohalla clinics were opened in the CR Park, Greater Kailash-I, Greater Kailash-II, Shahpur Jat, Khirki Flats, Savitri Nagar, Chirag Delhi and Sheikh Sarai areas, they added. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had last month said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital was “much confident” about meeting its overall target of building 1,000 mohalla clinics by the end of the year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarCurrently, the number of mohalla clinics stood at 201, he had said, adding that the target of building 1,000 clinics was a “self-imposed” one and the government was committed towards achieving it. The two FOBs inaugurated on Wednesday were constructed in the Chirag Delhi and Sheikh Sarai areas, the government said. Sisodia, along with Jain, also laid the foundation stones of two other FOBs at Krishi Vihar-Panchsheel Enclave and in front of the Select City Walk mall, opposite Khirki Extension. The Select City Walk mall area, which was highly accident-prone for pedestrians due to the absence of an FOB, would have one soon, the officials said.
London: A UK High Court judge on Wednesday ruled in favour of India in a decades-old legal dispute with Pakistan over funds belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad at the time of Partition in 1947 and deposited in a London bank account. The Nizam’s descendants, Prince Mukarram Jah the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad and his younger brother Muffakham Jah, had joined hands with the Indian government in the legal battle against the Pakistan government over around 35 million pounds lying with NatWest Bank plc here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn his judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Marcus Smith ruled that the “Nizam VII was beneficially entitled to the Fund and those claiming in right of Nizam VII the Princes and India are entitled to have the sum paid out to their order”. “Pakistan’s contentions of non-justiciability by reason of the foreign act of state doctrine and non-enforceability on the grounds of illegality both fail,” the verdict notes. The dispute revolves around 1,007,940 pounds and nine shillings transferred in 1948 from the then Nizam of Hyderabad to the high commissioner in Britain of the newly-formed state of Pakistan. That amount has since grown into 35 million pounds as the Nizam’s descendants, supported by India, claimed it belongs to them and Pakistan counter-claimed that it is rightfully theirs.
Kolkata: A Durga Puja committee in Kolkata has replicated scenes of Balakot air strike, in which the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets had bombed a terror outfit’s training camp in Pakistan, as its Durga puja pandal this year. The Young Boys Club Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee in Central Kolkata, which is celebrating golden jubilee this year, is recreating the events of the air strike with clay models and digital projection at its pandal.Over 65 models have been erected to depict the air strike. A life-size model of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the main attraction for visitors. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Sixty-five models of IAF personnel and terrorists will be placed at the pandal’s entrance with a model of an IAF aircraft hovering over it. We will create both the Indian and Pakistan sides to depict the air strike accurately,” Vikrant Singh, youth president of the puja committee, told The Indian Express. Before his jet was hit, Abhinandan Varthaman had downed an F-16 fighter of the Pakistan Air Force. He was captured by the Pakistani army and was released on March 1. “We wanted to celebrate our 50th year in a big way. Through this particular theme we want to spread awareness among visitors on the achievement of IAF pilots,” added Singh Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway He said the forest cover surrounding the targeted camp has been recreated through digital projection. The models are being crafted by artisans from East Midnapore district. A model of MIG-21, which Varthaman was flying, has been installed at the pandal. The air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot was conducted by the IAF following a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14. The attack had claimed the lives of 40 personnel.(With inputs from Indian Express)
Mumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said the banking system is sound and stable, and one incident at a cooperative bank should be used to generalise the health of the entire financial system. On September 23, the RBI had put restrictions on Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank after it had found out financial irregularities, and under-reporting of loans given to real estate developer HDIL. The curbs included barring the bank from lending and accepting fresh deposits for the next six months apart from capping withdrawals first at Rs 1,000 per account which was later revised upwards to Rs 10,000 and then again to Rs 25,000. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “So far as the RBI is concerned, I would like to make it very clear that the banking system remains sound and stable and there is no reason for any panic,” Das told reporters after the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy announcement. He was responding to a slew of questions on how RBI was caught napping as the scam at the leading cooperative bank was going on for around eight years and its exposure to HDIL was over 73 percent of its total book and that too the account had been an NPA for long. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days He also advised the people to not to pay much attention to unnecessary roumors that can create a panic situation. On the MC scam, Das said the RBI acted very swiftly and promptly after it was brought to its notice. Maintaining that cooperative banks are also sound,he said, “one incident cannot be and should not be used to generalise about the health of all cooperative banks.” The RBI will review all the regulations of cooperative banks and will discuss with the government if required, he said.
New Delhi: NIA Friday filed supplementary charge sheet before a Delhi court against JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others in 2017 terror funding case. Separatists Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam Bhat have also been named as accused in the charge sheet. Former J&K MLA Rashid Engineer has also been named in the charge sheet, special public prosecutor Sidharth Luthra told PTI. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal put up the matter for taking cognisance on October 23. The proceedings took place in camera.
Bemetara: Four armed men on Saturday looted Rs 1.64 crore cash from a van on its way to replenish an ATM in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district, police said. However, three of the accused were arrested within hours of the crime thanks to alertness shown by residents of Baghul village in Navagarh area. The incident occurred around 11:30 am under Khandsara police area when the private cash logistics firm van was on its way to the ATM of the State Bank of India to deposit cash in Navagarh area, said Bemetara Superintendent of Police Prashant Thakur. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad When the van reached a turn between Jhaal and Atariya villages, one of its tyres got punctured, he said. As the armed guard and the driver were changing the tyre, four men, with their faces covered, arrived in a car at the spot and asked the guard to open the lock of the van at gun point, he said. “The accused then fled with boxes containing Rs 1.64 crore. They also took away the gun of the guard,” the SP said. Following the incident, police launched a hunt and laid check posts at several places in the area, he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Thakur said the robbers abandoned the car at Baghul village and were trying to flee when some villagers spotted them, and gave them a chase. “Sensing trouble, the robbers fired in air to scare away villagers. However, the villagers overpowered three of the robbers while their accomplice managed to flee,” the SP said, adding that the boxes containing cash have been recovered. The accused were later handed over to police.
Srinagar: In the first major political development post withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a 15-member National Conference delegation on Sunday met detained party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah here. The delegation discussed developments in the state and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders. The Jammu and Kashmir government had given permission to the delegation to meet the leaders. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The delegation led by Jammu’s provincial chief of the party Davinder Singh Rana met former chief Minister Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas for little over 30 minutes. This was the first meeting of Omar with a party delegation after he was detained on August 5, a day when the Centre announced abrogation of special status to the state under Article 370. Omar, who was sporting a beard, was seen clicking a selfie with party leaders. The delegation then drove to Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Emerging after the meeting, Rana told reporters that for any political process to begin, the leaders of the party need to be released. There is “anguish about developments particularly about lockdown of the people and we, as a party, appeal that the political process to start and democracy to revive in Jammu and Kashmir political detenues anywhere and everywhere, whether from mainstream political parties or otherwise who have no criminal record, may be released to initiate the process and the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir are won,” he said. He said the party, which has a legacy, history and a chequered track record, was of unanimous view that it would continue to strive for the welfare of the people and shall continue to work for communal harmony, brotherhood, togetherness and keep the secular fabric of the state shining. On a question about the party’s participation in block development committee elections, he said, “See there is a complete lockdown. If the political process has to start then these members have to be released. Rana said,”After restrictions on political leaders in Jammu were removed, we held a meeting in which it was decided that we will approach governor (S P Malik) to seek his permission to have an audience with the president and the vice president of the party”. We are happy they are both well and in high spirits. Of course, they are pained and anguished about developments, particularly lockdown of the people,” he said. Asked about the party’s stand on the upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections, Rana said for any political process to start in the state, the mainstream political leaders should be released first. In case of NC, even if we want to contest the BDC elections, the 380 panchayats that exist, the mandate has to be signed by the party president who has been unfortunately detained under the PSA, he said. The NC leader said the party’s working committee would decide on the future course of action whenever the party leaders including the NC president and vice-president would be released. Let them be released, then the working committee of the party will meet and discuss and then we will formulate a strategy for the future, Rana said when questioned about the party’s future strategy.
Visakhapatnam: Moha-mmed Shami’s lethal spell of fast bowling was beautifully complemented by Ravindra Jadeja’s guile as India recorded a resounding 203-run victory over South Africa in the opening encounter of the three-Test series here on Sunday. The victory consolidated India’s position in the ongoing World Test Championship with another valuable 40 points added to their kitty. India maintain their lead with 160 points. Chasing an improbable 395-run target, South Africa were expected to put up a fight like they did in the first innings but Shami’s (5/35 in 10.5 overs) Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijijufifth five-for topped up by Jadeja’s four-wicket burst saw South Africa dismissed for 191 in 63.5 overs. Debutant Senuran Muthusamy (49 not out) and Dane Piedt (56 off 107) delayed the inevitable with a fighting 91-run stand for ninth wicket after South Africa collapsed to 70 for eight in the morning. The second Test of the three-match series will be played in Pune from October 10. The pitch, which had played fairly for the first four days with the odd ball surprising the batsman, turned tricky on day five. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe spinners got the ball to turn sharply and the variable bounce also helped the pacers, as predicted by Cheteswar Pujara on Saturday. The collapse began in the second over of the day when Ravichandran Ashwin castled Theunis de Bruyn (10) with one that turned back sharply from wide outside of the off-stump for his record equalling 350th wicket. With that dismissal, the 33-year-old became the joint fastest to 350 wickets, matching Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan’s feat in his 66th Test. After Ashwin provided the early breakthrough, Shami castled Temba Bavuma (0), Faf du Plessis (13) and first innings centurion Quinton de Kock (0) in two short bursts to break the backbone of South African batting. Bavuma stayed back to a delivery that kept low while jagging back in while Du Plessis offered a leave to another one which also cut back in, only to see his stumps rattled. Shami got rid of De Kock with a delivery that held its line after pitching. “It’s difficult to bowl on such a wicket because it was getting slower. So the plan was to bowl at the stumps. Jaddu and Ash bowled well. We knew variable bounce and reverse swing would help us in the second innings. So we tried to attack the stumps. It was important to get the top batters out as early as possible,” Shami said after the match. It became 70 for six in the 27th over when opener Aiden Markram (39) did not get the required elevation and Jadeja took a brilliant one-handed reflex catch off his own bowling. In the same over, he trapped Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj in front of the stumps off successive balls to make it 70 for eight. Piedt and Muthusamy frustrated India with their nothing to lose approach. Piedt’s slog sweep over deep mid-wicket went the distance for the 36th six of the game, breaking the record for most maximums in a Test. The off-spinner played well to complete his maiden half-cemtury in his eighth Test. It seemed the game would get over well before lunch but Piedt and Muthusamy took South Africa to 117 for eight at the break. They went on to bat for one hour after lunch with India unable to find to break their stand. Shami, who provided three quick wickets in the morning, was brought back into the attack noticeably late into the second session and struck on the very first ball with Piedt playing on to this stumps. It was a loosener but potent enough to break the off-stump. India’s victory was set up by Rohit Sharma, who became the first batsman to score two hundreds on debut as a Test opener, and Ashwin, who took a seven-wicket haul in the first innings. It was also a match to remember for Mayank Agarwal, who scored a double century to take India to 502 in the first essay.