SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: 5 answers the epic sequel will give us

first_imgUnarguably, Baahubali: The Conclusion is the biggest film event of the year. With just two days left for the release, the euphoria is pretty evident on social media. Earlier this week, Baahubali 2 had fantastic response in advance ticket booking. Considering the unprecedented craze among fans, the film is very likely to shatter box-office records on its opening day.Now that superstar Rajinikanth’s 2.0 has been pushed to next year, Baahubali 2 has higher chance of becoming the first Indian film to earn Rs 1000 crore at the box office, according to trade pundits. What worked in Baahubali is its terrific plot backed by stellar performances of its lead actors. After the trailer was out last month, it only left us even more confused. Ahead of Baahubali 2 release, here are some of the unanswered questions the sequel will shed light on.Sivagami gave orders to kill Baahubali?In the first scene, Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) says, “Amarendra Baahubali’s son has to live. Let me succumb to my sins.” Going by what Sivagami said, Baahubali: The Conclusion is likely to establish a backdrop of what happened between Sivagami and Baahubali. Even in the trailer, after Baahubali’s voice-over, saying, “I will never step back from laying down my life…I swear in the name of Queen Sivagami,” the director cuts to a visibly moved Sivagami. Did Sivagami have a hand in Baahubali’s death?  According to a fan theory, Sivagami may have had differences with Baahubali over his fondness for Devasena.What happened between Maharani Devasena and Bhallala Deva?advertisementRemember the scene in the Baahubali: The Beginning, where Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) says to Devasena (Anushka Shetty) that the latter chose Amarendra Baahubali (also played by Prabhas) over him? Rajamouli hinted the possibility of a sub-plot between Devasena and Bhallala Deva. Considering that Shivudu rescues Devasena in the film, the sequel is likely to have a short flashback portion that reveals the rationale behind Devasena’s captivity.Katappa KILLED Baahubali:Last week, when the makers finally unveiled the theatrical trailer, several reports suggested that Katappa (Sathyaraj) did not kill Baahubali, and that it was Rajamouli’s deliberate attempt to up the curiosity. To your disappointment, watch the trailer again! Katappa indeed kill Baahubali. In the trailer, Baahubali says, “As long as you are by my side, a man who can kill me hasn’t been born, uncle.” Now, this the most important revelation as it’s out in the open. Rajamouli has blatantly said that Katappa is the only person who can kill Baahubali. At the same time, Katappa kills the latter and pleads guilty in the last shot of the trailer. Unlike several theories, Amarendra Baahubali is dead. Period. And the last face-off shot with Bhallala Deva is none other than Shivudu. If you don’t believe, look out for the symbol on Shivudu/Baahubali’s forehead and spot the difference.Devasena is from another kingdom:Going by the trailer, it appears that Maharani Devasena is from another kingdom, according to a fan. If you recall the introduction scene of Avanthika (Tamannaah) in Baahubali, she’s chosen as the rebel leader to rescue Devasena from the clutches of Bhallala Deva. In Baahubali 2, Avanthika’s army can be seen fighting along with Devasena. Joining all the dots, it looks like Baahubali 2’s plot will unravel with Devasena forming the cornerstone.Shivudu pardons Katappa:In the climax of Baahubali, Katappa reveals himself as the murdered and pleads guilty. From the trailer, it seems like Shivudu has pardoned Katappa, as the latter can be seen fighting alongside him in the final battle of Mahishmati. Shivudu already has his own tribal army. He has the support of the rebellious warrior group led by Avanthika (Tamannaah). Now, he has the support of Katappa, the mighty warlord too.ALSO READ: Baahubali 2 scene leaked online? Producer Shobu Yarlagadda rubbishes rumoursALSO READ: Emirates accused of racism by Baahubali producer Shobu YarlagaddaALSO READ: Baahubali 2 run time locked: SS Rajamouli’s film is 8 minutes longer than BaahubaliALSO WATCH: The Sword of Baahubali- SS Rajamouli, Raja Koduri share their VR experiencelast_img read more

Cheech Marin and Mos Def Lend Voices to Pachas Pajamas

first_imgBALANCE Edutainment, a leading Extended Reality EdTech firm, has launched Pacha’s Pajamas, the first-of-its-kind augmented reality (AR) children’s book that gets kids to fall in love reading again.Children learn about living in harmony with nature through an engaging and interactive experience. The book introduces a new category of augmented reality edutainment, the Zbook, where every illustration in the book becomes animated through the included free “Pacha Alive” app. An Indiegogo campaign which is being managed by LaunchPad Agency, has launched with a $20,000 USD funding goal and features limited Early Bird specials of $25 USD for a 2-book and music package (50% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.Pacha’s Pajamas features a diverse array of characters and an environmentally conscious storyline that inspires children to see the world in new ways. With the augmented reality technology, reading the book just got way more fun. This unique innovation in multimedia storytelling not only encourages children to pick up physical books, but also positively impacts reading comprehension and literacy skills.The book opens where children meet Pacha, the main character and a budding Youth Leader. They join her and the animals and plants on her pajamas on a magical dream adventure. Through the dream, Pacha remembers that she is part of nature and discovers how to use her unique gifts and innate compassion to save the planet. With the augmented reality Pacha Alive! app available for free on iOS and Google Play, children connect with Pacha on a personal level and they can see the story come to life before their eyes.The Pacha’s Pajamas book has the lyrics of 10 award-winning songs in a 2-CD set that gets kids singing, dancing and learning about connecting with nature and the community around them. The CDs feature over 70 artists including celebrities Cheech Marin, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, as well as 30 youth artists.Additionally, Pacha loves to dance and the “Connected Dance Challenge” invites young people to submit their dance clip for a chance to win prizes and be in a video with children from all over the world. Using the “Play with Pacha” feature in the Pacha Alive app or the Connected Dance Challenge ARKit app (Apple’s recently debuted software development toolset for AR), children can bring Pacha and friends into the room, take their picture with Pacha “sitting” right beside them, as well as make videos dancing with Pacha and her friends.“Today, most children’s entertainment is like junk food, it may satisfy cravings, but ultimately, it’s unhealthy for the child,” said Dave Room, CEO and co-founder of BALANCE. “With Pacha’s Pajamas, we’re catalyzing the emergence of a new genre of healthy children’s entertainment with compelling social learning that encourages kids to discover their unique gifts and bring them to the world.”last_img read more

How Doubledown DoubleDipped

first_imgEarlier this week, FOLIO: reported that Doubledown Media, the publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite, has ceased operations. This morning, as I was scanning the newsstand, I came across a couple remnants of the once-rising enterprise—and was seeing double. Literally.Side-by-side, the November/December issue of Doubledown’s Trader Monthly and the December/January issue of Dealmaker are nearly identical. The cover subjects—Dean Smith and Wray Thorn, respectively—are posed and photographed the same way. The coverlines are near mirror images of each other.Flipping through, I found—wait, yes—identical feature stories. Word for word. Page for page. With little in the way of design changes. Admittedly, I was not a subscriber to Doubledown’s magazines, so I don’t know if this happened often or was an isolated incident. While I understand that Trader Monthly and Dealmaker had similar readerships (and advertisers) there is no excuse for such blatant, lazy sharing of copy.last_img read more

Google takes aim at imposter websites with new Chrome warning

first_img Tags 12 Comments Share your voice Security It’s hard to be sure where you are on the internet these days. Carefully checking the URL is one approach to avoiding danger. Trouble is, many fraudulent websites use tricks to make their URLs look like the real deal. Now, Google wants to call them out.To do that, the company is developing a new warning in its Chrome browser that appears when you’re visiting a site that’s mimicking a well-known web page. The warning could ask you, for example, if you actually meant to go to “” when you were headed to a lookalike scam site called “” instead.The warning is intended to take the pressure off you to notice when something’s wrong with the URL. That’s important because most people don’t notice when they’re headed off to a scam site, Google Chrome engineer Emily Stark said in a talk on Tuesday at the Enigma Conference, a security and privacy event. “What people are seeing in the URL bar really just isn’t helpful to them as a security mechanism,” Stark said.The warning could help make it harder to carry out on one of the most pervasive and effective hacking attacks out there — phishing. If users heed Chrome warnings, it could save them from entering usernames, passwords or credit card information into websites controlled by criminals. It could also keep them from downloading malicious software at scam websites that could do things like encrypt their data and demand a ransom.Scammy websites use a number of tricks to look legitimate in that URL field at the top of your web browser. They might use a slight misspelling, or swap out the number one for a lowercase letter L to look like a legitimate website. The latter is called a homograph attack, and it’s powerful because it usually involves characters that the untrained eye will miss. The new warning, which is still being tested, alerts users to the fact that they aren’t heading to a popular website or a website they’ve engaged with in the past. If the user wants to keep going in that direction, they can click “ignore.” Stark said her team wanted to throw up a flag for users without overselling the danger.”We designed this warning to be informational rather than scary,” she said. The talk follows comments Chrome security experts made in September about security problems involving URLs. At the time, Google said its engineers were researching how to make changes to the way Chrome handles URLs in order to improve safety. On Tuesday, Stark said changes Google and other software developers propose should be “incremental.” Still, no idea is too crazy to at least consider, she said.”Website identity is so, so broken that all ideas should be on the table,” Stark said. Hacking Privacylast_img read more

The whole country is a prison

first_imgSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea Tomas Ojea Quintana speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on 11 January 2019. Photo: ReutersDespite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea’s leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top UN rights official said on Friday.Blocked by the government from visiting North Korea, UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea Tomas Quintana visited South Korea this week as part of an investigation that will be provided to the UN Human Rights Council in March.Noting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has embarked on an effort to improve living conditions by focusing on economic development, Quintana said his preliminary findings showed those efforts had not translated into improvements in the lives of most people.”The fact is, that with all the positive developments the world has witnessed in the last year, it is all the more regrettable that the reality for human rights on the ground remains unchanged, and continues to be extremely serious,” he told reporters at a briefing in Seoul.”In all areas related to the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including health, housing, education, social security, employment, food, water and sanitation, much of the country’s population is being left behind.”North Korea denies human rights abuses and says the issue is used by the international community as a political ploy to isolate it.Human rights were noticeably absent from talks between Kim and the leaders of South Korea and the United States last year, over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.But in December, the United States imposed sanctions on an additional three North Korean officials, including a top aide to Kim, for serious rights abuses and censorship.North Korea’s foreign ministry warned in a statement after the December sanctions were announced, that the measures could lead to a return to “exchanges of fire” and North Korea’s disarming could be blocked forever.While noting he had “no specific information” on whether international sanctions were hurting ordinary North Koreans, Quintana said the sanctions targeted the economy as a whole and “raised questions” about the possible impact on the public.He cited a reference by Kim in his New Year message to the need to improve living standards, saying it was a rare acknowledgement of the economic and social hardships faced by many North Koreans.Still, the United Nations has confirmed the continued use of political prison camps housing “thousands” of inmates, Quintana said, quoting one source as saying “the whole country is a prison”.He said witnesses who recently left North Korea reported facing widespread discrimination, labour exploitation and corruption in daily life.There is also a “continuing pattern of ill-treatment and torture” of defectors who escaped to China only to be returned to North Korea by Chinese authorities, Quintana said.last_img read more

Hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew

first_imgHot-brewed coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew, which are believed to be responsible for some of the health benefits of the popular drink, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also found that the pH levels or acidity indicator, of both hot and cold coffee were similar, ranging from 4.85 to 5.13 for all coffee samples tested. Coffee companies and lifestyle blogs have tended to tout cold brew coffee as being less acidic than hot coffee and thus less likely to cause heartburn or gastrointestinal problems, said researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile the popularity of cold brew coffee has soared in recent years – the US market grew 580 per cent from 2011 to 2016 – the researchers found almost no studies on cold brew, which is a no-heat, long-steeping method of preparation. At the same time, there is well-documented research that hot-brewed coffee has some measurable health benefits, including lower risk of some cancers, diabetes and depression. While the overall pH levels were similar, the researchers found that the hot-brewed coffee method had more total titratable acids, which may be responsible for the hot cup’s higher antioxidant levels. “Coffee has a lot of antioxidants, if you drink it in moderation, research shows it can be pretty good for you. We found the hot brew has more antioxidant capacity,” said Megan Fuller, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University. Researchers said, coffee drinkers should not consider cold brew a “silver bullet” for avoiding gastrointestinal distress.last_img read more

iPadOS Explained The iPads Exclusive Features

first_img Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoForbes.comTV Shows That Premiered in 2018 & Are Worth Catching up OnForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement So, if you’re confused about Apple changing the iPad’s operating system from iOS to iPadOS (which just got released as a public beta today) you’re not alone. Announced at WWDC 2019, the change is meant to signify that the iPad’s operating system is different from the iPhone’s — even though iPadOS is fundamentally similar to what this operating system used to be when it was called iOS 12.First of all, let’s clear up a likely misconception about iPadOS: the iPad’s newly found support for the mouse isn’t an exclusive feature in iPadOS. The iOS 13 beta has also brought this feature to the iPhone. This definitely proves the feature is more about accessibility for those with different needs than for users who want to make the iPad more like a laptop.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Here are the 10 top iPadOS features that you won’t find in iOS 13.Multitasking: Split View, Slide OverAvailable on iOS on iPads since iOS 9, the split-view and slide-over modes are still not on iPhones and will get much better in iPadOS 13. First of all, you get the ability to split your screen between the same app, by holding down on a link and dragging it to the other side of the display.That may not sound huge, but now you can view two tabs from the same web browser at once and not have to use Safari and Chrome to do it. There’s also slide-over apps, which have a new, card-like interface.Pencil support with all of its new tricksThe iPad’s also the only Apple device that supports Apple’s stylus, which is getting smarter. For starters, drawing from a corner of the screen opens markup mode in iPadOS 13, which is a much easier way to take a screenshot than using the iPad’s buttons.The cooler trick of markup mode is the Full Page option in the top of the screen, which lets you capture a screenshot of an entire web page, not just the section you’re looking at. iPhone users wish they had this functionality, as screenshot stitcher apps rarely (if ever) work properly.When you connect your iPad to a MacBook, the Pencil even works in Sidecar mode if you’re running macOS Catalina (coming soon). This gives some an alternative to a Wacom or Cintiq tablet.All of the gestures, including Cut, Copy, Paste and UndoIf you don’t have an iPad keyboard cover case, you’re probably a bit tired of the tapping and shaking it takes to perform simple text-editing commands that are supereasy in macOS. For example, a three-finger pinch copies selected text, and repeating that gesture cuts out the text.The inverse of that gesture, spreading three fingers, is how you almost magically paste in iPadOS. Made a mistake? Drag three fingers to the left to undo (moving three fingers to the right to redo works as well).Selecting items in a list is also easier in iPadOS: You just drag two fingers down a stack of items in list view, such as emails or notes. This will be a great way to batch-archive and flag messages.Sidecar brings external Mac display supportSo, you say you want a touch-screen MacBook? Apple is willing to meet you halfway with a new feature called Sidecar, which turns your iPad into an extension of your MacBook, so long as you’re running macOS Catalina. The only other thing you need is a cable to tether them together (such as a USB Type-C-to-Type-C cable for the 2018 iPad Pros or the Lightning-to-USB Type-C cable for the 2017 iPad Pro).Then, you just click the Displays menu bar icon on your Mac and select the connected iPad. Now, you’ve got a second screen for your Mac and the ability to use your Apple Pencil to draw in macOS apps such as Photoshop and Pixelmator.A bigger, smarter DockThe iPad’s so much wider than the iPhone that it makes sense for the tablet to have more apps in its dock. But wait, there’s more. On the right corner of the Dock you get three suggested apps from iPadOS, which is trying to figure out what you want before you do.Oh, and this Dock also plays nice with iPadOS’ multitasking tricks. If you’ve got an app spread across different split views and slide overs, you can view all of its current open instances by tapping on its icon in the Dock.A home screen that’s actually like a desktopThe Today view in iOS is plenty helpful, stacking widgets for information related to the weather, your upcoming appointments and even how much battery life is remaining in your devices. Thankfully, iPadOS is finally optimizing the main home screen on the iPad’s large display to accommodate the Today widgets on the left side of the screen.Don’t worry, though, it’s not mandatory — you can customize it by tapping Edit at the bottom of the Today View widgets and disabling “Always Show the Today View.” Oh, and to make even more use of the home screen, iPadOS has reduced the amount of space between app icons, so your home screen can have more apps on it.Files appThe Files app isn’t as full-featured or deep-diving as what you get on Android, but it does manage to combine all of the cloud services you use into a more traditional Finder-like app.In iOS 13, the files app will now offer a more traditional column-style view, as well as the Quick Actions seen in macOS. You’ll also be able to connect to a remote server or PC on your network, right in the Files app.FontsThe iPad, you see, is for professionals who work in creative design apps, such as Pixelmator and the upcoming full-featured Photoshop. Fonts will be sold through the App Store, though they’re not available for download at this time.Desktop-ish Safari with download managerWhile I want Safari on the iPad to be a full-featured app, and for Apple to allow true Firefox and Chrome on iOS, this is a good step forward. For starters, this new Safari won’t load the condensed versions of web pages, which don’t fit its larger screen.MORE: How to Install the iPadOS 13 beta on your iPadOften, sites don’t respond correctly to the Request Desktop Site button in iOS, which will have you asking yourself why you bought a bigger iDevice in the first place, if it’s just going to render sites the way your iPhone does.Additionally, Safari now lets you view active and completed downloads, with a drop-down button for the files you save from websites. An X button lets you terminate downloads, and a magnifying glass icon shows you where in your iPad it landed in Files.External storage and camerasProvided your storage accessories feature Lightning or USB Type-C connectors (or you have an adapter), you can finally plug external storage (including external hard drives, SD card readers or USB drives) into your iPad. You’ll bring those files into your iPad via the Files app.Now that you know the best features available in iPadOS 13, check out this guide on how to install the developer beta. Credit: Laptop Mag Henry T. Casey, oncenter_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Henry T. Casey, last_img read more