Cricket News Incredible! Australia’s Prime Minister Becomes Drinks Carrier During Sri Lanka Warm-Up Game

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Cricket News Incredible! Australia’s Prime Minister Becomes Drinks Carrier During Sri Lanka Warm-Up Game

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricket is considered a big summer sport in Australia with the game drawing a huge number of fans. From actors, politicians and other celebrities, Australia’s summer of cricket is a big carnival. Australia’s Prime Ministers in the past have been big fans of the sport, with John Howard once being in a net session with the Australian cricket team at the start of the 21st century. However, during the warm-up game recently at the Manuka Oval between Australia Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka, the fandom of the Prime Minister went one step further.The current Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, was seen assuming the duties of carrying drinks to the team during the clash against Sri Lanka. Morrison was seen serving water to the Australian side during the interval. This move made social media active, with amny praising the Prime Minister’s humbleness. In the past, he has often been seen in stadiums supporting the Aussie Rules Football sides.The clash between the Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka at Canberra became an epic. Sri Lanka chose to bat but they lost Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis cheaply. Oshada Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa tried to steady the innings but they fell in quick succession. Wanindu Hasaranga, who was the Man of the series in the recent series against Pakistan in which Sri Lanka whitewashed the No.1 T20I side 3-0, tried to revive the innings but he struggled for his 26 off 29 balls. Sri Lanka ended on 131/8 in 20 overs with Daniel Christian and Djali Bloomfield taking two wickets apiece. However, the Prime Minister’s XI were blown away by the swing and pace of Kasun Rajitha as he took three wickets but wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen kept the hosts in the contest by smashing 79 off 50 balls. His knock got Prime Minister’s XI close but Lakshan Sandakan took three quick wickets and Prime Minister’s XI were 123/9, heading into the final over.Also Read | Smith, Warner Return To T20 Side For Australia Vs Sri Lanka ClashFawad Ahmed struck a couple of braces and a crucial boundary as the scores were tied. However, Rajitha bowled a wide and Prime Minister’s XI won by one wicket. Sri Lanka will open their three-match series against Australia on October 27 in Adelaide and this will be followed by games in Brisbane and Melbourne. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Aguero hat-trick reboots Man City’s title charge

first_imgCity are again 12 points clear of second-placed Manchester United thanks to a ruthless performance capped by the brilliant Aguero, their all-time leading scorer, whose 11th hat-trick for the club took his tally for the season to 22 goals.Newcastle’s supporters must look at City and wonder how close they are to getting their own rich new owners after a week in which a potential takeover of the club by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley was branded “frustrating and a complete waste of time” by owner Mike Ashley.With Newcastle suffering from a lack of investment and hovering at the wrong end of the table, this contest was never going to be a comfortable one for Rafa Benitez’s visitors, especially as the gifted David Silva returned for City after overcoming a stomach complaint.Yet Newcastle still looked sharper at the start as Christian Atsu snatched at a great chance just 90 seconds in,failing to connect properly when well positioned on the penalty spot.City then began to dictate the match and John Stones went close for the hosts, poking just wide after an intelligent ball from Silva inside the area.City remained on top, with Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kevin De Bruyne posing problems for Newcastle.– Sterling denied –After 16 minutes, Leroy Sane had a glorious chance to open the scoring as he squirmed through the area before Javier Manquillo’s last-ditch tackle. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | It was back to thrilling business as usual for Manchester City on Saturday as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick helped the Premier League leaders to a 3-1 victory over abject Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola demanded a response from his table-toppers following the 4-3 loss to Liverpool last Sunday that ended their unbeaten start to the league season. The City manager got just that as the hosts dominated, despite Newcastle making it interesting for a while in the second half thanks to Jacob Murphy’s fine finish. A minute later, City were denied what seemed a good goal as Raheem Sterling swept home following a ball from Silva at the back post. But Sterling was adjudged to be offside, although replays suggested he was not.The speed with which City, and Silva, had broken was ominous for Newcastle.To their credit, Newcastle kept the game scoreless until they succumbed 11 minutes before the break.As City continued to pour forward, De Bruyne delivered a fine cross from the left and Aguero got the faintest of touches to a header that slid past Karl Darlow into the far corner.The second half followed the same pattern, with City repeatedly on the attack and any hopes Newcastle had of earning a point seemed to evaporate when Manquillo hauled down Sterling in the 63rd minute.Aguero blasted the ensuing penalty past Darlow to double City’s advantage.center_img Yet, almost immediately, City were caught napping at the back and Murphy raced through on goal and lifted the ball over Ederson to halve the deficit.Newcastle’s spirits were raised further by Darlow’s extraordinary reflex save from Sterling and, all of a sudden, the Magpies were revitalised as Mohamed Diame twice tested Ederson from close range.However, with seven minutes remaining, City secured the three points — and settled their nerves — when Sane went on a mazy 30-yard run that sucked in most of Newcastle’s defence before he squared into the middle of the box where Aguero calmly completed his latest treble.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Messi still driven to win with Argentina, insists Aguero

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Lionel Messi and Sergio AgueroBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Lionel Messi still “loves” the Argentine national team despite more than a decade of disappointments, international team-mate Sergio Aguero said on Thursday as the pair prepare for the Copa America in neighboring Brazil.Despite trophy cupboards laden with club accolades, both Messi and Aguero have suffered much heartache with the Argentine national team.Messi, Argentina’s all-time leading scorer, and Aguero were part of the Argentine squads that lost three major finals in successive years at the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Centenario Copa America.Messi was also a beaten finalist in the 2007 continental tournament.The five time Ballon d’Or winner’s national team frustrations are well known and at 31 he is fast running out of opportunities to win a major international honor with his country.He has already retired from international duty once before — albeit briefly — and took eight months off following Argentina’s World Cup last 16 exit just under a year ago.“We all know the desire that Leo has when he comes here,” said Aguero from Argentina’s training base just outside Buenos Aires.“The happiness he transmits is fundamental for us because we know very well how much he loves the national team.”– Disappointment –Despite winning Spain’s La Liga for the 10th time with Barcelona this season, it was a disappointing one for Messi even at club level.He made no secret of his desire to win the Champions League this season, even admitting before the campaign began how much he wanted to bring that “beautiful cup back to Camp Nou.” He’s won it four times with Barca but not since 2015, and in the last three seasons the Catalan giants have been eliminated after crushing away defeats — the last two of those despite taking a three-goal advantage into their second leg matches from the first leg at the Camp Nou.At the weekend, Barca also lost 2-1 to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.“No-one likes to lose. Obviously he’s been disappointed in the last competitions after the Champions League and Copa del Rey” defeats, said Aguero.“But he’s great, he’s experienced, he knows football is like this, that there is joy and in some moments there is sadness… He knows that better than anyone.”The Argentine national team has been training at home this week ahead of a pre-Copa friendly against Nicaragua on June 7.They will then leave for Brazil where Messi and his partners will begin their Group B campaign against Colombia in Salvador on June 15.They will also play Paraguay and Asian champions and the next World Cup hosts Qatar, first time guests to South America’s major showpiece.While Messi and Aguero have more than 200 caps and over 100 international goals between them, much of coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad is made up of inexperienced youngsters.“Most of us are new, there’s a new coaching staff. (But) Argentina is Argentina, us players will fight until the end for Argentina to be the best,” said Aguero.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Officials Mull Options for Reviled Cell Tower

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – A deeply unpopular cell tower built behind borough hall last month was again the issue at hand as the mayor and council gathered for a special meeting to explore their options and to answer questions from a concerned community.The most common query voiced by the dozens of residents that filled borough hall at the June 26 meeting was, “What happens next?”Mayor Robert C. Neff replied that the answer depended on the closed-door executive session that the special meeting had been called to convene, during which the mayor and council would hear and discuss their legal options with Borough Attorney Meghan Bennet Clark.“What happens next is a very difficult question to answer,” he said.Many residents have urged the mayor and council to find a way out of their contract with Verizon, which erected the 95-foot monopole in May and has a 25-year lease with the borough. But removing the tower would be unprecedented, according to Clark, who noted that there is no existing case where a municipality succeeded in ousting a tower that is already built.“This has never been done,” Clark said. “A lot of options depend on Verizon. This is a moving situation.”This was the first opportunity since May for the mayor and council to meet and discuss their options after weeks of public outcry from residents, who have organized the grassroots group Little Silver Against the Cell Tower. Before the closed-door meeting, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. assured residents that the private session was necessary due to the legal and contractual nature of the discussions they needed to have.“It’s important that we’re able to discuss these issues,” he said. “It’s not that we’re trying to hide anything from you. We will try to be as open and honest as we can in communicating with you what’s going on.”O’Hern added that he regretted his part in the decision to allow the cell tower.“At the time I thought it was the right decision,” he said, noting that he and other council members had been lulled into a false sense of security when no one had come out against the tower during the meetings and hearings that took place before it was approved. “It was a lesson for all of us and I should have known better.”In hopes of improving communications in the future, the borough is actively working to create a Facebook page and a newsletter. Councilman AJ McNally said he hoped more residents would continue to come to meetings and be active in sharing their opinions with the council.“This decision, unfortunately, was made in a vacuum,” McNally said, “as a result of nobody showing up.”During the public hearing prior to the executive session, residents restated concerns that the cell tower would negatively impact property value and cause unknown health problems for children in nearby homes and Markham Place School. One mother, close to tears, described searching for another school to send her eighth grader to in September and pleaded with the council to find a way to move it before then.Others urged the mayor and council to fight for them and make the right decision for the town.Some on the council shared residents’ aversion to the cell tower’s aesthetics, comparing it to a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit in the living room and needs to be returned.“I don’t like it,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon. “I promise you that we’re going to do everything that we can to try and deal with it. We are your neighbors. We work for you. We get it.”Having council members come out specifically to discuss options for the cell tower at a special meeting was a good thing according to Marc Gasperino, one of two borough residents who sits on the ad hoc committee formed to address concerns with the cell tower.“The big deal for me is that this meeting is happening,” Gasperino said. “The council has listened to us and they are having this discussion.”last_img read more

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LITTLE RED FEATHER’S FIRST CROWDFUNDING PARTNERSHIP COMBINES WITH HRONIS RACING TO TAKE SUNDAY’S FIRST RACE WITH PROMISING 3-YEAR-OLD CISTRON

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017)–Cistron, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor, provided Hronis Racing and Little Red Feather’s all-new Equity Crowdfunding Partnership with their first collaborative winner, as he took Santa Anita’s first race on Sunday, a $56,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf. Ridden by Luis Contreras and trained by John Sadler, he prevailed by a head while getting the distance in 1:35.20.With an overflow crowd of enthusiastic partners celebrating in the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, the win is the byproduct of a marketing collaboration between Little Red Feather Racing and Santa Anita Park that was first announced in October. The Crowdfunding platform is designed to reach potential new horse owners and provide them with an opportunity to have equity in a top race horse for a relatively small investment.​”We want to sincerely thank Kosta Hronis for allowing us to buy-in on this very promising horse,” said Billy Koch, Managing Partner for Little Red Feather Racing.  “We also want to thank Santa Anita for helping us to bring new owners into our sport – and just as importantly – making sure they were all treated like the real owners they are today with the fantastic hospitality.  This was a great win for us today, as many of our Equity Crowdfunding partners are first-time owners and that makes it really special.”                   Cistron, who is also Triple Crown nominated, was most recently third in the Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 30, and was making his fifth career start today. Sent off at 8-5 in a field of six, he paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.10.Link to Cistron’s winning race and Winner’s Circle Celebration – http://www.xbtv.com/replay02052017_1/ TRAINED BY SADLER, DERBY HOPEFUL IS FIRST WINNER FOR ENTHUSIASTIC NEW OWNERSHIP GROUPlast_img read more

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Chelsea beat Spurs in semi-final clash

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea 4 Tottenham 2Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic scored second-half goals as Chelsea won a pulsating FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham to secure a first final appearance in five years.Willian’s double had given the Blues the lead after an enthralling first half.Harry Kane cancelled out Willian’s superb early free-kick, but Heung-Min Son fouled Victor Moses in the box and Willian smashed home the resulting penalty.Dele Alli dragged Tottenham level after the break, but Hazard’s low shot and a thunderous first-time strike from Matic earned victory in the closing stages.Spurs, with Christian Eriksen starring, had long spells of possession on both occasions after drawing level, but failed to create many chances.And Antonio Conte’s side, who will play Arsenal or Manchester City in the final next month, earned a clinical win following the introduction of both Diego Costa and Hazard with just over 30 minutes remaining.Embed from Getty ImagesPedro and Willian were both to the fore as Chelsea made a lively start to the first period following a spine-tingling minute’s applause for Tottenham under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, the former England defender who this week died at the age of 44.Willian, who played in a front three alongside Pedro and the ineffective Michy Batsuyai, had already threatened by the time Nathan Ake’s tackle allowed Pedro to race through and provoke the foul that led to the opening goal.Willian curled in a glorious 20-yard free-kick, the Brazilian bending the ball into the far corner and past Hugo Lloris after Pedro had been cynically brought down by Toby Alderweireld.Batshuayi then missed a great chance to double the lead, heading tamely at goal from an N’Golo Kante cross.And Spurs, who have now only beaten Chelsea twice in 17 attempts, equalised when Kane flicked the ball into the far corner with a stooping header from Eriksen’s cross.Embed from Getty ImagesSpurs, who have now lost their past seven FA Cup semi-finals, gained in confidence having been second best before the equaliser and began to dominate possession, with Eric Dier going close with another headed chance.Willian’s cool spot-kick restored the Chelsea half-time lead, only for Alli to make it 2-2 with an exquisite first-time finish from Christian Eriksen’s cross.But the introduction of Hazard, Costa and Cesc Fabregas breathed new life into Chelsea.Hazard, who ended Tottenham’s title hopes with the equaliser in a 2-2 draw last season, crashed the ball home after Spurs failed to clear a Fabregas corner to put the Blues 3-2 up.And Matic smashed in an unstoppable 25-yard first-time effort from a Hazard pass to make it 4-2 soon after.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian [Hazard 61], Batshuayi [Costa 61], Pedro [Fabregas 74].Subs not used: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Microsoft Writes Off Nearly $1B In Surface RT Inventory

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#Surface center_img The Surface RT is officially landfill material following Microsoft’s decision to take a $900 million writeoff of “inventory adjustments” related to the underpowered and underequipped tablet.(See also: Microsoft Tries Again To Aim Its Guns Outside The Company)The writing has been on the wall for the Surface RT, which uses a tweaked version of Windows 8 that won’t run most existing Windows applications. IDC recently reported that Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface tablets in the first quarter, most of which were the Surface Pro, a bigger cousin to the Surface RT that runs the full-fledged version of Windows 8.(See also: Microsoft Slashes Surface RT Prices By 30%) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology readwritelast_img read more

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How Can Blockchain Help Secure IoT Data?

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck Harikrishna KundariyaCEO Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts Tags:#Blockchain Helps IoT Data#Secure IoT Data Everyone has heard all of the terms such as blockchain, security, secure IoT data, cryptocurrency, etc. But the popularity of these technologies has been on the rise and will continue to be an issue in the future. But, how can blockchain help secure IoT data? Blockchain was earlier associated only with cryptocurrencies. Now blockchain technology is being used for many purposes. The way data spreads across the chain (blockchain) is proving to be useful in many other ways. IoT or Internet of Things is a technology that allows all devices to communicate with each other — without the need for human intervention. This technology is used even in small gadgets like fitness trackers — up to more substantial uses — like driverless vehicles. We’ll take a look at how blockchain can help secure the data generated by IoT.We all know what Blockchain is by now.Originally, people only used blockchain for trading in cryptocurrencies. It is valuable as a ledger where individual members make the entries with the consent of other members. The data gets stored in different blocks across the chain. In this ledger, it is not easy to create the blocks. There is a lot of processing and time to create even one block. There is a reference to the previous entries in each block and in this way — it forms a chain. Though it is challenging to create a block — it is equally challenging to tamper with the information in a block. An individual or company would have to tamper with all of the blocks to get into even one block — which is almost impossible. The incredible technology that goes into the creation of the chain in the first place is what makes the data more reliable — and safe.  Another unique feature of blockchain technology is that there is no centralized agency which controls the data. The members themselves manage the activities in the group. Keep away from a center lotus of control makes the blockchain data more reliable and dependable because there is no central authority which anyone can manipulate or corrupt.The problem with most data storage is that it is held on location in one place and easy for attackers to target. If a hacker can breach one small place — they get access to all the data. With blockchain technology, the data exists in blocks across the chain, making it almost impossible for anyone to breach and steal the data. The very logistics and firm parameters of the system make the technology ideal for safe data storage.Advantages Of Blockchain TechnologyHow the blockchain technology can be used to protect data is seen in the benefits of this technology. This system helps in keeping the data safe and make it more reliable because if the data is safe, it can’t be corrupted and messed with or touched.The first point in a blockchain is that all members in the chain verify every entry. It makes the data entirely genuine. The information once entered in the blocks cannot be edited or deleted. It means that everyone can see every entry. There is no way to hide any information. Other people claim transparency — but is there any other way for real transparency?The blockchain technology for cryptocurrencies works very well as there is no centralized authority checking or controlling the transactions. It means that there is no need to pay anything to a third party. As there is no need for anyone to check, this system also helps in saving time. The data in a blockchain lies scattered along the chain. The pieces of data get embedded in the blocks. Embedded in the block means that there is no place where all you store all the data. If someone wants to steal the data, there is no single place to target. The attackers would have to take data from many many blocks — all along the chain — which is an impossible task. This creation of technology makes your data safe from being stolen.There are no false entries as everyone has to authorize each entry in the blockchain.There is no way to edit or delete data. You can safely say that all entries are genuine.As there is no central controlling authority, there are no chances of manipulation.IoT ExplainedHow do top blockchain developers help us use this technology for securing the data in IoT? Though the term IoT has been popular for years, it is still not something that everyone knows fully. If you define IoT in simple terms, it is a system having devices which are connected and can communicate among themselves and with the outside environment. This communication means that the internet can function without human intervention. The smart homes of today work with this technology. It has got a lot of uses.In an IoT system, devices or their parts can communicate with each other or with outside sources. IoT can help us to know how well the parts are working for varied tech in our homes or communities. IoT allows technicians to know when they have to change a part in an appliance, or computer. The system gives complete information about the working and health of the device. These systems use the internet to stay connected. They also connect to the outside environment through the internet. An IoT app in a smartphone controls the IoT devices. These systems generate a lot of data which gets stored in cloud storage systems.IoT or internet of things is a system with connected devices that can communicate with each other without human intervention.The devices use the internet to connect among themselves and to the outside environment.In many machineries, IoT helps us know the health of each component as they communicate with each other.A smartphone controls these devices.An IoT systems a large amount of data from communication.How Is IoT Useful To Us?One of the common uses of IoT that we see around us is in smart homes. In such houses, one device can control all the devices from one point inside the home. The devices all communicate among themselves and with the controlling device, which is usually a mobile phone or other smart home systems. Apart from controlling these devices, you can also monitor their performance from anywhere through your smartphones.For instance, the system in my home alerted my phone that there was a carbon monoxide leak in the downstairs bedrooms.I had family that had come into town and needed a place to stay until I returned in two more days. I called a repair person and had them go to my home and check for a leak. The repair guy could get in the house because I also had a smart door which I unlocked for him.The leak was actually the neighbors spraying a toxic substance in their yard, but my smart IoT sensors picked that up. The repair person was kind enough to open all of the windows, and I could check the levels of toxicity from my phone. When the relatives came back from shopping — all they were greeted with is open windows, which I had texted them explaining the reason. What they were not greeted with is an undetectable gas that could have made them very ill or worse.In many companies, these gadgets and they connect the devices to the IT network. In this system, also the IoT technology is used. It helps offices to control the tools and get the maximum potential out of them. It helps them save on power bills. In big factories or where there is a lot of machinery, IoT helps in knowing the exact wear status of each part. It helps the company in changing the components at the right time. It helps them plan their maintenance break and avoid unplanned stopping of work. The technology also helps avert breakdowns. One of the primary uses of IoT is the information that these systems provide. IoT generates a massive amount of data. All these data points are useful to decide future actions. The companies can study the data and know what future actions will save them money.Another common usage of IoT is in monitoring fitness trackers. Fitness trackers connect to smartphones. They continue to give various types of data about our movements, our heartbeat, pulse rate, etc. When we undergo medical examinations, doctors can use all these data to know our health condition.IoT is the technology that we use for smart homes. It helps us control devices from anywhere.Companies use IoT to connect the various gadgets and devices in the office.Connecting and monitoring the devices helps companies to save money on power bills.IoT helps factories monitor their big machineries. It helps them know how good each of the parts is.Information about the various parts in machinery helps in timely maintenance and replacement of components.IoT helps avoid sudden breakdowns as we get real-time information about various parts of the machine.IoT generates a vast amount of data which are useful to companies for future action.Fitness trackers use IoT to collect and send vital data to smartphones. It helps us when we go for medical check-ups.Security Challenges In IoTIn the present IoT system, all the data gets authenticated centrally. The data passes through security and is considered safe. All the devices in an IoT environment connect to the internet. Each piece of data gets stored in convenient cloud storage. Anyone with access to cloud storage can alter or steal the data. This access has become a threat that IoT faces today.Companies are vying with each other in supplying the maximum number of IoT devices. The number of such devices is going to be huge in another ten years. It means that the hackers have more ways to get at your data. These unethical hackers can enter the system through any of the devices and reach the central data storage. In 2016 we saw such an attack which affected almost all the IoT devices. There was a widespread Distributed Denial Of Service (DDoS) attack by criminals. With the IoT information distributed, people realized the seriousness of such a security lapse. The spread of IoT is so vast it touches almost every industry. There are a large amount of data that IoT generates. In the case of healthcare, the data of all the patients’ health will be available. Consider a breach in the data storage of an insurance company. The attackers can get access to the personal information of millions of people. The attackers can disrupt the system and take money to restore it. The threat of the black hat hacker is real and always has been. We’ve just made the hacking easier for them with unprotected systems. Consider a scenario where all the devices connect to your IT network sit. Hackers can enter through the smallest of the tools at the edge of the system. Think about the information connected in your home or company. The attacker can gain access to all the information in your IT network, including passwords, bank accounts, etc. It would be child’s play for an expert hacker — or even a lower level hacker to introduce ransomware and stop the function of all devices, especially in one location. Surveillance cameras are another severe threat. As the controls are centralized, an entry into the system — who is going to protect these systems? High-level police officers don’t even understand this type of security- systems work. This problem should be addressed at the police academy — and access to the basics should be required for our basic protections. The police have to call in the experts if they even suspect a problem. Do we want this information sitting out on a desk in a police station? How about security surveillance sitting on the counter at the local convenience store? One camera can provide access to all the surveillance cameras in that area. To have access to all cameras on site is the ideal way to plan a burglary. They will know exactly where everything is. The reasons are not always as simple as the thought that a hacker is trying to gain something. There are criminal-minded people whose only aim is to disrupt someone’s life — and even more — some just want to — watch. Such people can easily breach the lax security of IoT system and stop our whole system from working. Just imagine sitting there, unable to operate anything in your office. Is there a way out of this problem? How can we ensure the security of the system? How can we protect the vast amount of data which IoT accumulates? The answer seems to come from another disruptive technology which revolutionized data processing. The blockchain is a system that stores data differently.The data in an IoT get stored in the cloud storage. Internet connects all the devices.The supply of IoT devices is increasing exponentially. Hackers can enter the system through any device.The episode of service disruption in 2016 is an example of a security breach.IoT generates a lot of information, including personal data. Attackers can steal information for selfish gains.Hackers can steal other important information like passwords and bank details.Criminals can also use surveillance cameras to see the full plan of your house or office.There is a need to protect the data from such attacks.How Can Blockchain Help In Securing IoT?The blockchain is a decentralized system which can help in solving the problems of scalability, reliability, and privacy in IoT. The blockchain can enable tracking of the billions of devices. Blockchain technology can assist in processing the transactions and coordination between different tools in the system. The decentralized nature of the blockchain system will help in distributing data and eliminate attacks at single points. The blockchain technology will make the ecosystem more secure and resistant to attacks. Consumer data will remain safer under such an environment. Also, the blockchain technology has proved itself in the cryptocurrency transactions. It means that you can have peer-to-peer payment systems making a central authority unnecessary. IoT blockchain technology allows our messaging between devices and individuals. As the data lie scattered in the ledger, it is impossible to tamper it. Also, the blockchain system lets you maintain the history of smart devices. You cannot alter it in any way. The intelligent devices can function autonomously without the need for a central controlling authority. This technology will make way for newer scenarios that were difficult to achieve in the IoT system. You should also think about integrating Chatbots into Blockchain and IoT. Chatbots can help you to execute and validate interactions on Blockchain and IoT. For that purpose, you can gain an understanding of the concept of Chatbot in detail.IoT solutions can make secure and trusted messages between devices with the help of blockchain. The technology treats all words like financial transactions in cryptocurrency dealing. Smart contracts will be used to complete conditions in an agreement before exchange of messages takes place between devices. Blockchain technology can help smart devices to do financial transactions without the need for a centralized agency. This type of system will itself verify the validity of the transactions as members have to give consent to do the transaction. It means that trust is assured.One of the best advantages is that blockchain will help IoT to maintain a ledger of all transactions occurring in the network. It can assist in ensuring compliance and regulatory requirements of IoT in industries without the presence of a centralized authority. There are many exciting possibilities in IoT with the adoption of blockchain technology. However, the top advantage remains the safety of IoT data because the data spread across the chain. Any modern IoT application development company can use blockchain technology and create a dApp which will help in securing data. The blockchain is a decentralized system that can help track the billions of devices.It is possible to distribute data and protect from attacks.You cannot alter data in a blockchain.Blockchain allows you to use smart contracts to satisfy agreements before the exchange of messages.This system allows IoT to maintain a ledger of all transactions.Blockchain ensures the safety of data in IoT.Challenges In Incorporating Blockchain in IoTThough it looks like the best and easy solution for securing data in an IoT environment, it is far from being perfect. The only consolation is that IoT itself is not fully developed, and hence, it will be easy to integrate blockchain technology into the system.The blockchain is effective in protecting the data in a cryptocurrency ledger because the job is only to move the currency from one person to another. Blockchain will help in doing this without the supervision of any central authority. But to control a network of devices in different layers may prove to be more challenging.There must be a suitable framework to prevent unlawful interferences. You should be able to eliminate a corrupted device from the system automatically. It can stop the spread of malware. There should be an easy way to add or remove accessories from the blockchain. The blockchain protocol requires that to gain control of the system, one would need the support or consent of the majority of the entities in the group. It will be difficult in a network of devices that exist in a large area. But when it comes to a small system like a home, the manipulation of the majority of devices could prove easy.The smaller devices that work at home are not equipped to handle the computing power that a blockchain system requires. It means that anyone can breach the security. The idea put forth by many is to have a watered-down version of the blockchain, which is still better than a central authority.The blockchain is still not the perfect solution, but you can adapt it for securing IoT data.Controlling a lot of devices in a system may be difficult for blockchain technology in the present form.Experts must develop a suitable framework to prevent unauthorized interferences.There must be a way to eliminate corrupt devices from the system.Manipulation of devices in a small system is possible even with blockchain technology.Smaller devices don’t have the computing power to support the blockchain system.The way out may be a diluted version of the blockchain.ConclusionIt is quite evident that IoT is here to grow and expand. But the danger to the data that the technology generates is also a reality. There is sensitive data which might be subject to attacks and theft. There is a need to address this issue. The blockchain is a technology which seems right for the job with its decentralized data storage. Another suggestion is to have blockchain software developers who would develop the dApp and have the dApp further the  control of smart devices at the office and ensure safety from breaches. dApp is an abbreviated form for decentralized application. The dApp has its backend code running on a decentralized peer-to-peer network. It is a technology that could be the answer for attacks on data storage. But there is a need for further fine-tuning when it comes to the vast networks of devices. Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz @Mobile Application Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot. eSparkbiz has reached greater heights with his immense contribution in calculating the Cost To Make An App. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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The Pros and Cons of a Shallow Depth of Field

first_imgThe overuse of shallow depth of field has been an issue since the DSLR revolution hit, and it can look especially bad on daytime exteriors.There’s certainly a place for shallow depth of field, and, as a filmmaker, much of my work involves shooting wide open. That said, like any other cinematography technique, it does have its limitations and it will work best only in certain types of shooting situations.Many independent filmmakers rush to shoot with their lenses wide open because they feel it’ll make their films look more ‘Hollywood,’ but in reality they aren’t taking into account many other factors. For example, just because many blockbuster films use selective focus, doesn’t mean that those filmmakers are shooting wide open. Larger scale films typically have larger sets, studios, and big environments to work in, which means their actors are often further away from the background. This gives them the luxury of shooting stopped down a bit (so their actors are still in perfect focus), and still blurring out the background. For instance:While you may not be shooting your next short or feature on a soundstage in Burbank, chances are you’re shooting at least some of your film outside – which effectively gives you a lot of choice when it comes to how your scenes are shot. I’ve seen far too many indie films that were shot wide open in broad daylight in a huge exterior space, effectively diminishing the quality of the final product. These are the three main reasons you don’t want to go down that path:Your lenses perform better stopped down.Unless you are shooting on the highest end cinema lenses available, chances are that your lens isn’t going perform optimally when it’s opened up all the way. Most lenses are softest wide open, and don’t typically hit their sweet spot until at least F2.8 or F4. It’s quite common for filmmakers to assume they will get great results when shooting at a very fast aperture (such as F1.4) but then look at their footage later only to be disappointed with the results. There is no reason why you can’t achieve beautiful shallow DOF shots outside even at F5.6 under the right conditions, so always take that into account before setting your exposure.Your actors have more leeway if they don’t land on a mark.When you’re shooting wide open at F1.4 or even F2 on a Super 35mm or full frame camera, your actors have very little wiggle room to work with. If they miss their mark by a couple of inches they may be out of focus, and that can lead to unnecessary re-takes and frustration for the crew. Not to mention, your talent will likely benefit from the freedom of having more room to improvise physically on set when they aren’t limited to an ultra-narrow DOF that they need to work within. Stop down a touch on your lenses and your actors and crew will thank you.Your focus puller will actually have a shot at nailing the take.We’ve already gone over why it’s important for your actors to have a reasonable amount of leeway with regards to DOF, but the same logic applies to your focus puller. If you’re shooting a scene with any time of focus pull (whether it’s on sticks, handheld, or otherwise), your 1st AC is going to have a much harder time maintaining focus if your lens is opened up too much. No matter how accurate their focus marks may be, there will always be some inconsistencies with the actor’s movements, camera placement and other variables that make it very difficult for your 1st AC to do their job effectively.The fact of the matter is that 90% of the time, if you’re shooting in a wide open space in broad daylight, you’ll be best served by stopping your lenses down. Not only will this vastly improve your image quality, but your actors and 1st AC will have a much easier time doing their jobs.If you do end up going for the shallow depth of field look, here are a few tips on how to achieve the technique from Fenchel & Janisch:Here’s one more from lynda.com:What are your thoughts on the shallow depth of field trend? Overused? Underappreciated? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

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