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Internet has brought India, Pakistan together: Sabiha Sumar



New Delhi, July 2 : Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar, best known for directing films like “Khamosh Pani”, “Good Morning Karachia and “Chotay Shah”, feels the evolution of the digital media has brought the people of India and Pakistan closer.

Sumar, whose film “Chotay Shah” was the opening film of the 7th Jagran Film Festival along with Ketan Mehta’s “Toba Tek Singh”, feels India’s Bollywood has a “huge impact” on the entire sub-continent and many Pakistanis have learned Hindi language by seeing Bollywood films.

While speaking at a panel discussion, titled “Cinema Beyond Borders”, on Saturday, she said: “Internet has brought India and Pakistan together. Even when I went to college at the Cambridge University, I met students of my age from India. They were just like us.

“I remember going to one of my friends home and she started playing Begum Akhtar’s song and I was like ‘You also listen to her songs’. I feel with internet, now the connectivity is even stronger.”

About the demand of Indian films across the border, Sumar said: “Bollywood has definitely had a huge impact on the entire subcontinent. Even many people have learned Hindi by watching Bollywood films. When I went a village in Sindh, people there talk about Govinda. Even when I go to Thar Desert, people there say that we see everything on our phones only.”

She said that “Indians and Pakistanis connect with each other through music and stories as they are an important part of our culture”.

“I don’t think a nation can survive or thrive without storytelling.”

Apart from Sumar, the panel also included Indian filmmakers Sudhir Mishra and Bejoy Nambiar, and veteran Pakistani actor-director Khalid Ahmed.

Asked why Pakistani cinema didn’t get chance to evolve, Ahmed said: “It’s difficult to tell this. I think it was because of two factors. Firstly the tradition of Bollywood films has been going on since the pre-Partition era and it continues to do so.

“When the film industry was setup in Lahore, it was a new beginning. A lot of people from here went there and started a new thing. Also talent, expertise and technology were always there in Mumbai which was not available on that side of the border. Even the market is small there.”

The five-day Delhi leg of the Jagran Film Festival, which is taking place here at the Siri Fort Auditorium, will next showcase films like “Aligarh”, “Airlift”, “Natsamrat”, “Talvar” and “Sarbjit” among others.

After its Delhi leg, which will conclude on July 5, the festival will travel to different cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varansi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal. The final leg of the festival will take place in Mumbai.


YouTube Premiere adds new tools for more interactive experience





New Delhi, Dec 3 : YouTube has announced new features namely Live Redirect, Trailers, and Countdown Themes specifically designed to make its Premieres service more exciting.

“Since March 1, 2020, we have seen over 85 per cent growth in daily Premieres from over 8 million channels. And over 80 per cent of these channels had never before used Premieres. We want to continue enabling these real-time, communal experiences now more than ever. That’s why we are launching three new features to help creators,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The first, Live Redirect, allows creators to livestream a pre-show before they release a new video and then automatically redirect viewers to their Premiere right before it starts. YouTube has been testing this feature for a couple of months.

Next, Trailers will allow users to upload a pre-recorded hype video that will be played on the watch page in advance of the Premiere. With the option to range from 15 seconds to 3 minutes in duration, it will help create an even more compelling experience and encourage viewers to set a reminder to tune into the Premiere.

Lastly, YouTube also announced the ability to set Countdown themes as a way to build excitement among the viewers. YouTube will offer a wide range of themes, vibes, and moods to choose from, such as calm, playful, dramatic and sporty, etc.

Live Redirect and Trailers have started rolling out to eligible creators starting today, and Countdown Themes will be available in the coming months.

“We can’t wait to see the new ways these features bring us together, giving your audience a front-row seat to your next Premiere. Give them a try and let us know what you think,” the company added.

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Some iPhone 12 series units losing LTE, 5G service: Report



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CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Security personnel are seen inside Apple Park as a special event is CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, introduces new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during a special event in Cupertino, California, the United States on Sept. 12, 2017. Apple Inc. released a series of new products and services in Cupertino on Tuesday. (Xinhua/IANS)

Since the end of October, a few hundred users have taken yo Apple’s forums to report that their iPhone 12 (with reports seemingly covering all fourmodels) drops the cellular connection on 5G and 4G networks. This seems to be happening more often with Verizon and AT&T users but T-Mobile clients experience the issue too.

Multiple reports arise of iPhone 12-series losing LTE and 5G service

A separate Reddit thread has been created just for this and owners of iPhone 12 say that this happens mostly while they are traveling by car. The workaround, for now, is to turn on the airplane mode on and off again. One of the commenters said that he was able to reach one of the PR execs and he confirmed that Apple is aware of the issue and is currently investigating. Perhaps a fix is on its way.

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UK bans installation of Huawei 5G telecom gear from Sep 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.




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London: The UK government announced on Monday that the Chinese telecom giant Huawei will not be able to install its 5G equipments in the country from September 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that as per its earlier decision, the UK carriers will no longer be able to install Huawei equipment beginning September 2021.

The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by “high risk vendors,” including Huawei, from the country’s 5G network by 2027, reports CNET.

In July this year, the UK government had announced a ban on the purchase of new Huawei kits for 5G from next year and said that the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment will be completely removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027.

The telecoms operators have seven years to remove its existing technology from their 5G infrastructure at an expected cost of 2 billion pounds.

The decision came following new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications vendor.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.

In a U-turn, the UK government that earlier allowed Huawei to sell its 5G technology in the country, signalled a tougher stand against the Chinese telecom giant.

Huawei called the decision “bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone”.

Struggling to keep its consumer business afloat in the wake of the US sanctions, Huawei this month announced to sell off its Honor smartphone business assets to China-based Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co Ltd.

The company said that the sale — which could be around $15 billion according to multiple reports — will help Honor’s channel sellers and suppliers make it through this difficult time.

Honor smartphones have been hit by US sanctions that prevent Huawei from doing business with the US companies.

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