first_imgTags:#app development#Apple#iOS#iOS 8#iOS 8 beta#iPad#iPhone#iPod Touch#WWDC#WWDC 2014 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple’s annual gift to iPhone and iPad developers is ready for a summer of design and development, bug testing and quality assurance programs. The iOS 8 beta is now available for download.See also: Apple’s iOS 8: What You Need To Know About Its New FeaturesThis year, iOS 8 beta is packed full of features. Before digging into the 4,000 new application programming interfaces in the iOS 8 beta, we know that Apple has added a ton of new capabilities to its the games development stack, added health and fitness features and iCloud “extensibility” features. The iOS 8 beta may not be as dramatic as the complete redesign of the operating system featured in iOS 7 in 2013, but there is more than a lot to dig through before the new iPhone comes out later this year.See also: What Developers Need To Know About iOS 8Below are some of the basics of what you’ll need to know to load the new iOS and start building apps.Before Downloading The iOS 8 BetaBefore you get started, here are several items you should have on hand:An iOS developer account. These cost $99 a year and are available through Apple’s developer website.A development device specifically for use with the iOS 8 beta. You really shouldn’t use your a personal device you rely on; beta versions of operating systems can be buggy and crash.Worse, you might lock yourself out of your device. Apple will release several versions of iOS 8 beta throughout the summer; older updates are eventually phased out, and if you’re still running one when that happens, your phone will basically shut down—as happened to many users last year with the iOS 7 beta.A device that supports the iOS 8 beta. At the moment, that would be the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad Mini (both generations), 4th generation iPad, 3rd generation iPad and the iPad 2. The iPod Touch 5th generation is also supported. iOS 8 beta does not support the iPhone 4.The identifier for your device. For instance, an GMS iPhone identifier is A1533, A1547 or A1530. You will need this to know which version of iOS 8 beta to download. You can determine your iOS device identifier here for iPhones and here for iPads.Your device’s Unique Device Identifier (UDID). This is a string of 40 numbers and letters that serves as a kind of serial number for your iDevice. You will need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center using the UDID, and you can’t complete the iOS 8 beta installation without authenticating the device this way.A backup of your device to iTunes and/or iCloud. Just in case the device crashes so badly you have to start from scratch, you can stash a backup in iTunes for a quick recovery. Also note that all documents on iOS 8 test devices need to be backed up to the new iCloud beta environment for both iOS 8 beta and Mac OS X Yosemite.Apple says that once you download iOS 8 beta, you will not be able to downgrade to earlier versions of iOS. There are ways around this (and we’ll outline them in a later post), but be prepared to be stuck in the beta until the end of the summer, when Apple releases the Gold Edition of iOS 8 shortly before the next iPhone comes out.Preparing For The iOS 8 BetaHere are a few things to note before you download the .dmg file of iOS 8 beta:Have the most current version of iTunes downloaded and ready.Charge your battery. There’s nothing worse than borking a download because you ran out of juice.Download And InstallOn your Mac, go to the iOS Development Center and download the appropriate version of the iOS 8 beta. This will take a few minutes.Open the .dmg file and find the .ipsw file. It should be the only file in the .dmg package.Connect your developer device to your computer and launch iTunes.Click on the iPhone button in iTunes. This will bring up your stats (such as memory use and serial numbers). Go ahead and back up your phone to iTunes now if you haven’t done so already.Press the option button (right click) to update the operating system in iTunes. It’s better to choose the “update” option in iTunes than the “restore” option. A window will open where you can choose the iOS 8 beta .ipsw file. Download it (which will take about 10 minutes).Wait patiently.That is how you officially get the iOS 8 beta. You will likely notice that the beta OS is kind of slow, eats your battery a little quicker than you are used to (especially on older devices), and is generally sort of buggy. This is why you don’t put beta operating systems on your personal devices.A Few Notes Of CautionIn 2013, the iOS 7 beta was extremely popular among both mobile developers and ordinary consumers. The popularity was due, in part, to the big iOS redesign that people just had to see for themselves. It’s also a sign of the democratization of technology, as the spread of tools and know-how enable larger numbers of people to take control of their devices.Last year, that trend turned out to be problematic for many iOS beta users (and, generally, for Apple as well).If you’re not a registered Apple developer and still want to download the iOS 8 beta, plenty of websites around the Internet have historically offered to give you access to the new operating system. These sites ask for your device’s UDID and use it to get you access to the beta software, usually for a fee of between $10 and $30.It’s not clear that this particular trick will still work this year. Apple released a new developer agreement with iOS 8, so these third-party sites might run higher risks offering access to the beta software. That being said, people tend find ways around those sorts of restrictions.While the cheaper fees here might seem like a good deal, doing business with these sites aren’t usually a good idea. In addition to the normal risks involved with putting a not-ready-for-prime-time operating system on your phone or tablet, you’d also be giving some anonymous third party your UDID. That identifier could be used to track you, to advertise to you and possibly even to deliver remote malware to your device.In other words, it’s generally not a good idea to share your iPhone’s UDID. You also won’t get access to the iOS Developer Center, which would let you install subsequent, and presumably less buggy, updates to iOS 8 beta. Don’t forget that as Apple rolls out new versions of the beta, it discontinues old versions; you risk lockout if you don’t update when that happens.So proceed at your own risk. And if you have any doubts, you might want to err on the side of caution and wait for the official release of iOS 8 later this year, lest you find yourself dealing with a balky, prone-to-crashing phone all summer—or worse. 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first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country’s flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)ZURICH — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has raised hopes that Iran will lift a ban on women entering football stadiums before a World Cup qualifying game next month.Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire outside a courthouse. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a football stadium and believed she faced six months in prison.ADVERTISEMENT View comments FIFA has officials currently in Iran monitoring preparations at the venue should the soccer ban be lifted.“We understand there are steps and processes that need to be taken before this is done in a proper and safe way,” Infantino said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own mancenter_img “Our position is clear and firm. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran,” said the FIFA president, who previously got assurances at a March 2018 meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.Iran briefly relaxed its rule last November when hundreds of women were selected to attend the Tehran stadium for the Asian Champions League final second leg game.Infantino’s latest attempt to put pressure on Iran did not impress the Open Stadiums women’s group which is campaigning to end the ban.“This is even softer than previous letter to Iran and still is talking only about worldcup qualification matches,” the group said on its Twitter account. “Sahar’s death and activists in danger didn’t change FIFA’s action, they need process and steps for any actions!”Open Stadiums noted this week that judo’s world governing body has suspended Iran’s national judo federation for government interference. Iranian athletes are typically prevented from competing against opponents from Israel. The president of Iran’s judo federation, Arash Miresmaeili, called the suspension “hasty and unfair,” semi-official Mehr news agency reported Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Official: Iran to enrich as much uranium as needed PLAY LIST 01:35Official: Iran to enrich as much uranium as needed00:50Trending Articles01:26US ‘engaged in economic war with Iran,’ says foreign minister02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Infantino said in a statement Thursday “now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next Iran home match.”Iran, the top-ranked team in Asia, hosts Cambodia at the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Oct. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Infantino has been urging Iran’s government to lift the 40-year ban imposed after the Islamic Revolution.FIFA’s statutes prohibit discrimination by member federations, and could allow for Iran to be suspended from international football. This jewelry designer is also an architect Lewis Hamilton looking to extend F1 lead at Singapore Grand Prix Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgLyon coach Bruno Genesio is unable to offer assurances over Nabil Fekir’s future at the club.The France international forward was close to joining Liverpool in July before the Ligue 1 club withdrew from negotiations .Chelsea, who defeated Lyon on penalties in an International Champions Cup meeting on Tuesday, have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, while La Liga giants Real Madrid have also been mentioned as a possible suitor.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fekir returned to training with Lyon this week, but his manager is braced for more interest to come in on the player. “It’s too early to say,” he told a news conference when questioned about the player’s future.”He wanted to leave at the end of last season, but came back to training yesterday and was happy.”Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window. For now, he is a Lyon player.”Lyon kick off their Ligue 1 campaign against Amiens on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img The handheld computers currently being used by the NWC came to the end of their product-life last year Cabinet has approved a contract of just over US$1 million to Spatial Innovation Limited Story Highlights Cabinet has approved a contract of just over US$1 million to Spatial Innovation Limited for the supply and maintenance of 250 multi-functional handheld computers to be used for reading water meters.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, during a Jamaica House press briefing held on Wednesday, September 18, at the Office of the Prime Minister.Ms. Falconer informed that the handheld computers currently being used by the National Water Commission (NWC) came to the end of their product-life last year.In the absence of the handheld meters, the readings are being recorded on paper and then processed.She said the manual process is inefficient, prone to errors, and lacks the management controls the handheld computers provide.The maintenance portion of the contract will run for five years. The manual process is inefficient, prone to errors, and lacks the management controlslast_img read more

first_imgThe provincial government’s first Annual Report on the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and Policy was tabled in the legislature today, Nov. 3. The report, which describes disclosure activity within government between September 16, 2004 and March 31, 2005, was tabled by Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “While it has never been this government’s belief that there was an issue with undisclosed wrongdoing, it’s important that Nova Scotians have confidence in their government,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “Establishing clear disclosure processes and protections for employees who report alleged wrongdoing was one way that we could achieve that goal.” The regulations and policy were approved in September 2004 and provide government employees with clear direction on how to report alleged wrongdoing as well as protections against any and all reprisal action. The regulations build upon other mechanisms for employees already established in legislation, regulations and collective agreements. “We want employees who disclose alleged wrongdoing to know that they will be protected from reprisal action,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. In the time frame covered by the report, one disclosure and five requests for information were received. Two of the five requests for information were made by individuals outside of government and were, therefore, redirected to other processes. The one disclosure made was investigated and it was determined that the concerns raised, while well intended and reasonable, did not constitute a wrongdoing. A copy of the annual report can be accessed on the Public Service Commission’s website at: .last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one. While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.We realize this conversation is as important to our fans as it is to us, and we never want to distract from these important discussions. To that end, as we move forward, we will be evaluating some of our next steps. Hedley’s music should only ever be a positive force, and our performances and personal appearances should continue to be inclusive and safe experiences that bring nothing but joy and happiness to our fans. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Canadian rockers Hedley released a statement Wednesday calling recent allegations of sexual misconduct “unsubstantiated.”The band’s statement addressed claims of sexual behaviour involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days:All of us in Hedley respect and applaud the #MeToo movement and the open and honest discussion it has inspired. We believe these conversations are particularly important within the music industry, which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve. We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue.last_img read more

A United Nations-drafted petition that aims to encourage governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority has so far been signed by more than 250,000 people and is on track to achieve its goal of a million signatures by the end of November, the UN agriculture agency said today. The petition campaign, the brainchild of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), can be signed online at the website. “The ball is now rolling and we are on track to meet our goal of one million signatures by the end of November,” said FAO Director General Jacques Diouf. “I encourage everyone to sign the online petition to show their solidarity with the one billion hungry.” The agency said the petition should be signed by anyone who “finds it unacceptable that close to one billion people are chronically hungry. We call upon governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority until that goal is reached,” it added. One of the tools for the campaign is a promotional video made by British actor Jeremy Irons in which he plays a character based on a famous scene from the classic 1970s film Network. It also uses innovative software developed by Riley Crane, post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory in the United States, which allows users to visualize their personal impact on a world map as their friends pass on the link. The Google map also keeps continuous track of the number of signatures in each country. Friend-to-friend contacts through Facebook and other social media platforms are the key means by which news of the petition is spreading. A new Facebook application now enables users to sign the petition and encourage friends and family to sign all within Facebook. The World Food Summit of 1996 attended by 185 countries agreed the target of reducing the number of hungry people by half to no more than 420 million by 2015. However, if the world continues at the current pace of hunger reduction, that target will only be reached in 2150, with hundreds of millions of needless deaths and incalculable suffering as a result, according to FAO. The FAO campaign uses a yellow whistle as a campaign icon, signifying “enough is enough.” Banners encouraging people to sign the petition have now been translated into 13 languages. 3 August 2010A United Nations-drafted petition that aims to encourage governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority has so far been signed by more than 250,000 people and is on track to achieve its goal of a million signatures by the end of November, the UN agriculture agency said today. read more

BATON ROUGE, La. — Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select pharmacy shelves in Louisiana on Tuesday, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients.Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday evening that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, can begin shipping out the product to Louisiana’s registered dispensaries. Strain thanked “everyone who has worked tirelessly from inception through production and testing to make this a reality.”John Davis, GB Sciences Louisiana president, told The Associated Press that the company is co-ordinating with the pharmacies to start delivering medical marijuana in the state on Tuesday.“I can’t tell you how excited we are for patients,” Davis said.Patients in Louisiana have been waiting years for medical marijuana, after lawmakers created the regulatory framework for dispensing therapeutic cannabis in 2015. Regulatory disagreements slowed getting the product to shelves. Only the LSU and Southern University agricultural centres are authorized to grow medicinal-grade pot. GB Sciences is LSU’s grower.Nine dispensing pharmacies across the state have been chosen by the pharmacy board and have readied their locations while awaiting the product. But it’s unclear how many of those pharmacies will immediately begin dispensing medical marijuana Tuesday. Delivery from the Baton Rouge growing facility could take longer, for example, to reach distant Shreveport than the pharmacy only a few miles (kilometres) away.Separately, Southern’s grower Ilera Holistic Healthcare planted its first crop last week and has estimated its first product could be available by the fall at the earliest.Under the 2015 law and additional changes passed since then, Louisiana is allowing medical marijuana to treat a long list of diseases and disorders, such as cancer, seizure disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease.Marijuana can be available in medicinal oils, pills, liquids, topical applications and an inhaler, such as that used by asthma patients. GB Sciences’ first product to be released to pharmacies will be liquid tinctures, with a dropper for patients to use.___Follow Melinda Deslatte on Twitter at Deslatte, The Associated Press read more

BALTIMORE — Sa’eed Nelson scored 18 points, Sam Iorio added 11, including a go-ahead 3 with 1.5 seconds left, and American University rallied to beat UMBC 73-69 on Saturday.UMBC tied it on Max Curran’s layup with 11 seconds left before Iorio hit his wide-open 3 from the wing. UMBC turned it over on its next possession, and Nelson sealed it at the line.Stacy Beckton Jr. added 14 points with four 3-pointers for the Eagles (3-1), who made 13 of 30 3-pointers and shot 50 per cent.Curran’s dunk put the Retrievers up by 10 points early in the second half, but the Eagles rallied on an 11-3 run and Beckton’s 3 tied it at 46 with 12:35 to go. Nelson’s 3 capped a 10-2 run for a 62-57 American lead with 5:27 to play.Curran scored 20 points and Brandon Horvath had 14 for UMBC (4-3). K.J. Jackson made nine assists.The Associated Press read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “He said Plymouth was racked by a cholera outbreak at the time which would have made it an unlikely landing place.”After all the delays, the fresh water for the two-month voyage was now on the turn and Plymouth water was at risk of spreading cholera infection.”A port well away from Plymouth was needed to obtain fresh water and offload the cargo which was causing Mayflower to be dangerously overloaded.”Mr Chapman from Leland, Cornwall, added: “Apparently Bill Best Harris did establish a connection but all his research was lost when his weekend home was destroyed by fire.”As a result, his findings are subject to debate but the evidence must be out there somewhere.”However Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said that despite the ‘revelations’, he is not worried about Plymouth’s historic claim to fame.“The documentary evidence that Plymouth was the last English port the Pilgrims stopped at before their long voyage to America is considerable and so I don’t fear our claim is at risk,” he said.“Friendly rivalry is a common feature of West Country relations and we love our Cornish brothers and sisters dearly, but on this occasion, I think we will have to agree to disagree on the Mayflower.” Almost 400 years ago, 100 colonists set off from the shores of England, bound for the New World. The ship which transported the first English Pilgrims from England to America in 1620 is renowned for forming part of the country’s history – and its creation myth.It has long been believed that Plymouth, Devon, was their last stop in the Old World. However a historian claims to have uncovered new evidence to prove that, in fact, The Mayflower left from its rival county in Cornwall.John Chapman, 72, says research has proved the Mayflower stopped for fresh water in Newlyn as it headed for the New World – confirming a theory strongly believed by residents in the Cornish seaside fishing port.While history’s accepted version of events details the ship carrying 100 colonists set sail from Plymouth on September 6, 1620, on a second attempt to reach Virginia, Mr Chapman, a retired policeman, claims a respected librarian who died in 1989 has uncovered the truth. The main source for the story of the Mayflower comes from a first-hand account from one of the Mayflower’s passengers, William Bradford, who went on to become the second governor of the fledgling colony of Plymouth.In later years he co-wrote a history of the colony and includes details of the voyage.The colonists who travelled over to America belonged to a devout Protestant group called the Puritans who were fleeing religious persecution in England. They are more commonly now known as the Pilgrims. He said: “Bill Best Harris was a Plymouth librarian responsible for all libraries and many archives in the area.”He had unrivalled access to a vast amount of historical information.”It is commonly accepted that Bill believed that he had uncovered the location where Mayflower finally made ready for the voyage – not at Plymouth but at Newlyn instead. read more

first_imgIf you’re looking to add a certain visionary co-founder of Apple to your Star Wars, He-Man, and Ninja Turtles action figure collection, you may want to act soon. Chinese company In Icons is in hot water with Apple over the sale of a 12-inch Steve Jobs doll that merges Silicon Valley with the Uncanny Valley.In Icons received a letter from Apple that threatens legal action. Apple believes that it owns the rights to sell Jobs’s likeness, and wants In Icons to stop production immediately.The Hong Kong businessman who owns In Icons, however, may have other plans. Tandy Cheung recently told ABC News that Apple can do anything it likes, but he isn’t going to stop. He disagrees with Apple’s assessment that it owns the rights to Jobs’s likeness; he says that because Jobs wasn’t an actor — only a celebrity — there is no copyright protection for his likeness.The one thing everyone agrees on is that the doll looks a lot like Steve Jobs. No detail was spared in creating the figure, which was based on a 2007 image of a still-healthy looking Jobs. It wears his trademark black faux-turtleneck, blue jeans, and New Balance sneakers. There is even an extra pair of hands (for gestures like pointing), and a “One more thing” backdrop. The figure lands squarely in the uncanny valley, where the similarity is just as likely to creep us out as it is to impress us.The foot-tall figure is still set to go on sale in February for $99, but Apple has the legal muscle to put that in danger. The irony is that if Apple can successfully block the figure’s sales, the quantities that are available could fetch premiums as rare collector’s items. Those wanting to guarantee keynote presentations for an audience of Transformers and My Little Ponies can check eBay for pre-release figures that are running for $140 each.Here are a couple more images of the amazing/creepy figure: via In Icons, The Telegraph, and 9to5Maclast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Relations between Greece and Russia have entered an unprecedented shaky ground since the deportation of two Russian diplomats from Greece over accusations of trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to whip up opposition to the Macedonia name deal that paved the way for Skopje’s induction to NATO. Two more diplomats were banned from entering the country, apparently facing the same accusations.This led to a war of words between the two countries. On Wednesday, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that “such things do not remain without consequences” and claimed that third countries were behind Athens’ decision.Greece, she said, should “communicate with their Russian partners, and not suffer from dirty provocations, into which, unfortunately, Athens was dragged.”The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a response, saying her statements “are a characteristic example of disrespect for a third country, and a lack of understanding of today’s world, in which states, regardless of their size, are independent and can exercise an independent, multidimensional and democratic foreign policy.”“Unsubstantiated claims to the effect that this decision was taken following pressure from third parties are unworthy of comment, and indicate a mindset of people who do not understand the principles and values of Greek foreign policy,” it said.The announcement also added that “such negative reasoning, in fact, is what led four Russian citizens to take actions that led to their expulsion or their ban from entering Greece … the evidence by which Greece acted has been presented to Russian authorities in a timely manner. At any rate, Russian authorities themselves have very good knowledge of what their people do,” the statement read.The incident has put the long-standing ties between the two countries under stress, particularly since Moscow summoned the Greek ambassador the week before.Russia has been dismissing accusations of meddling in Greece’s domestic affairs; Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement claimed that no evidence to support accusations has been presented by Greece and accused Washington of being “behind the anti-Russian decision of the government of Greece.”This accusation is largely based on a tweet by US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert saying: “We support Greece defending its sovereignty. Russia must end its destabilising behaviour.”Although few details have emerged from official ‘lips’ in Athens, detailed press reports claim that the pair of Russian diplomats were engaged in efforts to drum up opposition in northern Greece.According to various sources, the diplomats were offering monetary rewards in an effort to influence municipalities, and metropolitans in the Greek Orthodox hierarchy, but also to gain influence in Mount Athos.According to a report in a Financial Times article, bylined by the paper’s veteran correspondent in Athens, Kerin Hope, the two Russian diplomats were suspected of cooperating with local businesspeople in order to bribe state officials in the Evros prefecture, Orthodox church clergymen, members of cultural organisations and “far-right” groups in northern Greece – all with the aim of scrapping the agreement between Athens and Skopje.“For Greece to kick out Russian officials is all the more extraordinary, and not just because of the cultural and religious affinities between the two countries. Greece is also governed by a far-left party that once enjoyed warm ties with the Kremlin,” was the quote from the FT article.The same claims were made in FYROM, where protests against the deal were also fierce.According to FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, his government has received multiple reports that “Greek businessmen” who are “sympathetic to the Russian cause” paid locals amounts ranging from $13,000 to $21,000 to “commit acts of violence”.In an interview with mainstream media website BuzzFeed News, the PM argued on Friday that his country suspects a Greek Russian billionaire bribed protesters with the intention to undermine the outcome of the much anticipated referendum that will determine whether FYROM will be able join NATO later this year.Reports have allegedly gathered evidence uncovering PAOK president and former Russian lawmaker Ivan Savvidis being a key player in what is described as a massive scheme run by Russian Greek businessmen to incite violence that will prevent the Balkan state from entering the NATO alliance.According to the accusations, Savvidis appears to have distributed more than $350,000 to FYROM politicians, nationalist organisations, and soccer fans to cause turmoil.A soccer hooligan involved in violent demonstrations against the deal in June confirmed to the Investigative Reporting Lab that he had received payments, BuzzFeed News reported.The Interior Ministry documents revealing the scheme have been reviewed by BuzzFeed News‘ reporting partners, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia.Savvidis, a dual citizen of Greece and Russia, used to own the latter’s state tobacco company before acquiring Northern Greek soccer club PAOK FC. The controversial businessman who hit international headlines earlier this year for getting into a fight during a soccer game while carrying a gun is reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Savvidis categorically denied that he’s behind attempts to block the agreement between Athens and Skopje to solve the ‘name issue’, which still prevents a full normalisation of relations.“We want to make it unequivocally clear that businessman Ivan Savvidis has no whatsoever involvement or relationship (in the matter), as stated in the absolutely false and extremely libelous article,” Savvidis’ Dimera Group, his holding company, said in a statement.Up until recently, Savvidis was believed to be one of the businessmen who had strong ties with the government, but now the sentiment is that he has stronger ties with Putin’s Russia, which has been loathed to see NATO expand, especially at the expense of its influence in the region, something ensured by the Greece-FYROM deal.last_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ever since Doom introduced the BFG, the arms race in first-person shooters has been out of control. Once designers exhausted the possibilities of your basic pistols, rifles and shotguns they had to delve deep into their imaginations to give players new and different ways to frag foes into explosions of gibs. Some of those new weapons came from real life, while others were the product of imaginations fevered by all-nighters and Jolt Cola.Stop by the weapon locker and arm yourself with this array of bizarre and goofy FPS weapons, from pint-sized pistols to machine guns that talk back and more. These are our picks for the most ridiculous firearms (and other tools of death and destruction) ever featured in a first-person shooter.ElectrodriverThe Painkiller games are known for absurd and inventive weapons, and one of the silliest is the Electrodriver. It’s a railgun that uses magnetism to launch projectiles, but instead of normal bullets it shoots ninja throwing stars. And not just any ordinary throwing stars – they explode on contact. Oh, and it also fires bolts of lightning. Oh, and it also also lets you electrify an entire clip of throwing stars and shoot them all at once, because this entire game was designed on the back of a middle schooler’s math homework.The BaneIt’s hard to communicate exactly how obnoxious the Bane from Borderlands 2 is in mere text. You look at the image above, it just looks like another gun. But in a game full of diverse and wacky weapons, this one is the most memorable. You see, the Bane has two effects on your character when you wield it. One, it slows your movement speed down to a painful crawl. That’s bad, but worse is the insanely annoying sound effects that it makes when you shoot, reload or change weapons. They’re so obnoxious that even if you turn the game’s volume down, they still play at maximum loudness!KlobbTypically, having a video game weapon named after you is an honor. But for Ken Lobb, he probably wishes the guys at Rare had passed. The Klobb is far and away GoldenEye‘s most obnoxious weapon, a Czechoslovakian-made machine gun that has a pathetically slow rate of fire, tiny magazine and wildly inaccurate sighting and piddly damage. Allegedly Lobb had a reputation behind the scenes as a guy who talked too much and didn’t get a lot done, so the naming of the weapon was a subtle diss towards him.Voodoo Doll1997’s Blood rode the FPS wave to a gorier place, featuring an undead gunslinger on a quest for vengeance against an evil god. Cosmetically, it looks a lot like Doom (as did most FPSes of its era), but it brought some innovation in the world of weapons. Sure, you had your typical shotguns and explosives, but you could also make a flamethrower out of a can of hair spray and, most notably, torment your foes with the power of voodoo. Stick a needle into the voodoo doll and it’ll cause high damage to any enemy in sight – but if there’s nobody nearby, you’ll hurt yourself instead. Don’t mess with dark forces, buddy.2mm KolibriSize isn’t everything, but charging into the fray with this dinky little pistol in Battlefield will make you wish for a few more inches. Based on a real weapon that was made in 1914 by a German watchmaker, the pint-sized pistol blasts out bullets the size of bee stings. Yes, they eject at a flabbergasting speed but the tiny projectile means it doesn’t pack much of a punch. In-game, it’s mostly used as a way to humiliate your enemies due to its pathetically low damage and accuracy. It takes four close-range headshots in a row to down somebody with one, but man is it satisfying.SBC CannonDespite its name, Serious Sam was anything but. The first-person shooter series from indie studio Croteam featured wacky enemies like headless screaming suicide bombers with explosives for hands, and protagonist Sam took them out with a wide variety of ordinance. He had access to the typical pistols and submachine guns, but for best results the SBC Cannon couldn’t be beat. This was exactly what it sounds like: a cannon, like you’d find on a pirate ship, that lobbed balls of lead death that knocked over enemies like bowling pins.BootspoonChex Quest isn’t your conventional first-person shooter. It was distributed by means of cereal box, for one thing. So it’s only natural that this bizarre promotional Doom conversion would boast some unusual armaments. Your primary projectile weapons against the cereal-craving alien hordes are ray guns called “zorchers,” but when it’s time for melee you have to depend on your trusty spoon, which takes the place of the Doomguy’s default knife. Even better, instead of a chainsaw Chex Quest gives you a spork.Cow LauncherThe world of South Park has been translated into a bevy of different game genres, from RPGs to racers. But the 1998 first-person shooter released on the Nintendo 64 was the very first. Unfortunately, the console’s limited poly count made for a pretty sad game, but it had its moments. The weaponry was one – how many other FPS titles let you throw snowballs at your foes, or even soak them with piss? For our money, the iconic gun of South Park is the Cow Launcher, which blasts bovines through the air. If a cow hits a foe, it lands rectum-first and engulfs their head until they suffocate.PotatoWhen you’re training to fight the Nazis, you can’t use live ammunition. So in Call Of Duty 2‘s tutorial, your Red Army soldier is given potatoes to practice his grenade throwing skills. Needless to say, they don’t explode when they hit the ground, but do bounce around convincingly. Amusingly enough, you can take them into actual combat and role-play as a militant vegan using Mother Earth’s armaments against the German horde, and occasionally a well-placed potato shot can actually down an enemy.Pheromone ShotsJapan isn’t really known for first-person shooter development, and when they do dip a toe into the genre things get… a little weird. Case in point, Gal*Gun, which casts the player as a high school student mistakenly shot with Cupid’s arrows. Now every single girl in school is after his junk and he needs to blast them away with “pheromone shots” to bring them to incapacitating orgasm. It’s more than a little ridiculous, but we’d expect no less.Teat GunIf you go into the Redneck Rampage series expecting classy design and restrained mechanics, I don’t know what to tell you. The late-90s trilogy cast the player as a pair of brothers who battled an alien invasion while regaining health by eating Moon Pies and drinking beer. Most of the weapons were pretty basic, but if you downed a big-titted alien vixen, you could grab her Teat Gun (a brassiere with a pair of machine guns built into the cups) and strap it on to cause carnage with a little gender confusion in the mix.last_img read more

first_imgguess I’ll join in too #icecreamchallenge— Kipper (@KipperQuillen) July 6, 2019 Two public safety officers stood guard over their local ice cream aisle during the Fourth of July weekend, while a Walmart worker was photographed guarding the Blue Bell freezer with a toy gun. (Only in Texas…)Not every human is a trash bag, though.A spoof #IceCreamChallenge has seen countless people perform fake-out licks, reorganizing freezers, and, wildly enough, actually purchasing ice cream before eating it. What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?!— Optimus Primal (@BlindDensetsu) June 29, 2019Cops in Lufkin, Texas, allegedly identified the teenage girl seen licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream in the now-viral video; her case was turned over to the Texas Juvenile Department.In a statement to CBS News, Blue Bell said the contaminated ice cream was not sold.“Based on security footage, the location, and the inspection of the carton, we believe we may have recovered the half gallon that was tampered with,” the company said.Employees removed all Tin Roof half gallons from the Walmart location—just in case.“Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products,” Blue Bell added.Louisiana police, meanwhile, arrested Lenise Martin III on Saturday after the 36-year-old posted a video of himself licking and prodding a carton of Blue Bell ice cream before returning it to the freezer.He did produce a receipt suggesting he bought the defiled container. But the purchase, as CNN pointed out, doesn’t absolve Martin of wrongdoing.“Taking into consideration that he eventually purchased the same container is one thing,” local police Commander Lonny Cavalier said. “However, he puts it on Facebook to gain this notoriety and at the end of the day, it gives other people ideas that are not [in] the best interest of public health.”Martin is being held on charges of unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity, as well as criminal mischief for tampering with property.In an attempt to curb imitators, several stores have implemented additional security measures—like displaying warning signs or locking freezer doors. Others are taking a more humorous approach. MIT ‘Hackers’ Transform Great Dome Into Cap’s ShieldEveryone Should Follow Microsoft’s Lead in Banning April Fools’ Day Pranks how i like my ice cream #icecreamchallenge— Joaquin Suarez (@suarezjoaquinn) July 5, 2019When in doubt, look for a safety seal.Or rummage through the shelves for a hidden carton. No one is going to go through the effort of reshuffling their tainted treat into the back of the freezer. Right?Be safe this summer, ice cream lovers.More on’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckBen & Jerry’s Wants to Make CBD-Infused Ice Cream—Once It’s LegalYouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges, Prankscenter_img Stay on target The new #icecreamchallenge #icecreamlicker— D-Dog Dyl (@lil_vape) July 7, 2019 Crimes against humanity are being carried out in grocery stores across the US.Following the sadistic lead of one woman in Texas, morons are filming themselves skipping through freezer aisles, licking open tubs of ice cream, and putting them back on the shelf.The disgusting prank, however, has inspired more than copycat slurpers: Police reportedly arrested at least two people (including the unnamed mastermind) for fondling food without buying it.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — To assist employers and employees in maintaining a safe workplace, the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and the Wilmington Police Department have partnered to present “Substance Abuse in the Workplace” on Tuesday, October 2, 8:30am to 10am, at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street).Workplace substance abuse affects all businesses, regardless of size or industry.  Of the 12.3 million American adults who are current illicit drug users, 9.4 million (77 percent) are employed.The presentation will cover: Alcohol abuse, use of illicit drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, and how to identify the signs of an employee working while they are under the influence. The presentation will also address: Early intervention, Behavioral Impact, Physical Changes, The Importance of a Substance Abuse Policy, Documenting problems of potential substance abuse, and Preventative Measures.This event is open to the public. RSVP is required. Please email Refreshments will be served.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Attend Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (HEAT) ConferenceIn “Police Log”JUST ANNOUNCED: Substance Abuse Prevention Talk For Wilmington Parents On May 17In “Community”DON’T FORGET: Substance Abuse Prevention Event For Parents This Wednesday (10/28)In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: The Guntur police have arrested a youth for posting objectionable Facebook post against AP Home Minister Mekatoti Sucharitha. On seeing the abusive post on a Facebook page, Ashok Kumar has filed a complaint with the Pattabhipuram police. With a Facebook id Ram Maharaj, the accused has posted objectionable comments to damage the reputation of the Home Minister. Over the investigation, the Guntur police have traced the accused Ramu who belongs to Kotha Patnam village in Rolukunta mandal of Visakhapatnam district. He was taken into custody Tuesday and investigation are still under process.last_img

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Saturday alleged that the Bangladesh Awami League-led (AL) government is ruling the country completely in “an illegal and immoral manner”.Talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave marking the Victory Day, the BNP secretary general alleged that democracy has been sent into exile from the country.“Today, all the rights of the people have been curbed. They now can’t express their opinions freely. Newsmen can’t dare to write the truth,” said Mirza FakhrulHe went to say, “People have lost their personal security. The AL government is ruling the country illegally and immorally. The government has made all arrangements to introduce a one-party system.”He alleged the AL began its plan to introduce one-party rule shortly after it came to power in 2008. “Today, they [AL] have finalised it.”The secretary general of the country’s principal opposition political party claimed that they were fighting for democracy. “We are doing whatever a democratic force can do at its best.” When his attention was drawn to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that people will turn down BNP in the next polls, Fakhrul said, “The people will prove whom they want in power if they [AL] hold a fair election under neutral government after relinquishing power. We’ll accept whatever verdict the people will give.”Fakhrul said the BNP has always waged struggle for democracy. “A democratic movement was waged under BNP chief Khaleda Zia from 1982 to 1990. The country got back democracy for her [Khaleda] uncompromising leadership.”He said the country got back partial democracy after the political changeover on 11 January 2007 just “because of the uncompromising leadership of Khaleda Zia”.last_img read more

first_imgGuide to Linux app for Android by Martin Brinkmann on August 03, 2017 in Google Android – 4 commentsGuide to Linux is a free application for Google Android that comes with tutorials, information on commands and shell scripts, and a Terminal emulator.If you want to get to know Linux, you have plenty of options to go about it. You can create a Live CD/USB environment, boot your computer from it, and start playing around without having to install anything or modify the underlying operating system structure (e.g. a Windows installation).Another option that you have is to create a virtual machine and run Linux on it, or install Linux directly to dive right in.While you will learn a lot by simply using the Linux distribution that you have selected, you will likely find yourself at a loss at times.That’s when online resources, or an application like Guide to Linux come to the rescue.Tip: Check out or Linux section here on Ghacks for Linux coverage.Guide to LinuxGuide to Linux is a free application that displays ads at the bottom of the interface. It lists the four entry points Terminal, Tutorial, Commands and Shell Script on start.Terminal is an emulator for the Linux terminal; handy if you want to test some commands or get used to the terminal without having any “real” Linux devices nearby.If you are new to Linux, you may want to start with a tap on the tutorial icon as it starts with an introduction to Linux and information on important concepts.You find information on file permissions, the difference to Windows, regular expressions, or installation there for instance.While the information is extensive, it is not all-encompassing. It is good enough to get a fair understanding and then some, but it may still be required that you look up additional information online.Commands lists dozens of Linux commands such as touch, find, chmod, or man, and provides detailed information on those. The information includes a description of the command, its syntax, options, and examples.Shell script last but not least offers information on shell scripting. It introduces you to shell scripting on Linux, and covers topics such as wildcards, variables, functions and more.Closing WordsGuide to Linux is an excellent companion application for computer users who are just getting started with Linux, and Linux beginners who want to take the next step by starting to use the Terminal more, or start creating their own shell scripts.Now You: Which tools do you use to learn something new?Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Guide to LinuxOperating System AndroidSoftware Category LearningLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more