Xiaomi Mi A2 Gets August Android Security Patch, 60fps Video Recording via Update

Xiaomi Mi A2 Gets August Android Security Patch, 60fps Video Recording via Update

Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a software update that brings the August Android security patch as well as upgrades the rear camera with the ability to record full-HD (1080p) videos at 60fps frame rate. The latest update notably comes just ahead of the availability of the Mi A2 in India. The smartphone that was launched in the country last week with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 will go on sale for the first time on Thursday. Prior to the update, the Mi A2 was supporting full-HD video recording at 30fps. The handset also includes electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to reduce blurs and compensate for device shake during video recording.

The first noticeable change that the latest software update brings to the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the arrival of the August Android security patch. The security patch level that the update includes is the August 5 one that originally arrived on the Pixel handsets earlier this month. Further, the security patch is likely to address various behind-the-scene vulnerabilities and security loopholes.

In addition to the August Android security patch, the Mi A2 update brings support for 60fps frame rate while recording videos on full-HD (1080p) resolution. This means you can now capture more frames in a full-HD video being recorded through the Mi A2. As we mentioned, the handset was previously offering only the 30fps frame rate option for recording full-HD videos. The Mi A2 importantly sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor along with an f/1.75 aperture and a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor along with a 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech and an f/1.75 aperture.

The latest Mi A2 software update comes in 380MB of size and has build number OPM1.171019.011.V9.6.10.0.ODIMIFE.xiaomi mi a2 update gadgets 360 Xiaomi Mi A2

While Xiaomi is rolling out the update to all Mi A2 units in phases, you can manually check its availability on your device. You just need to go to Settings > System updates > Check for Updates to check for the new update.

It is worth pointing out that the latest update for the Mi A2 comes just ahead of its formal arrival in India. The handset was launched last week and is set to go on sale through Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home, and Mi Preferred Partner Store starting 12 noon on Thursday. It comes with a starting price of Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration and is available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.

 

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New Discovery Shows Glass Made From Exploding Stars

New Discovery Shows Glass Made From Exploding Stars

A supernova occurs when a large star burns through its own fuel (Representational Image)

Paris, France: The next time you’re gazing out of the window in search of inspiration, keep in mind the material you’re looking through was forged inside the heart of an exploding ancient star.

An international team of scientists said Friday they had detected silica — the main component of glass — in the remnants of two distant supernovae billions of light years from Earth.

Researchers used NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to analyse the light emitted by the collapsing mega-cluster and obtain silica’s “fingerprint” based on the specific wavelength of light the material is known to emit.

A supernova occurs when a large star burns through its own fuel, causing a catastrophic collapse ending in an explosion of galactic proportions. It is in these celestial maelstroms that individual atoms fuse together to form many common elements, including sulphur and calcium.

Silica makes up around 60 percent of the Earth’s crust and one particular form, quartz, is a major ingredient of sand.

As well as glass windows and fibreglass, silica is also an important part of the recipe for industrial concrete.

“We’ve shown for the first time that the silica produced by the supernovae was significant enough to contribute to the dust throughout the Universe, including the dust that ultimately came together to form our home planet,” said Haley Gomez, from Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

“Every time we gaze through a window, walk down the pavement or set foot on a sandy beach, we are interacting with material made by exploding stars that burned millions of years ago.”

In 2016, scientists reported they had found traces of lithium — a metal used in the manufacture of many modern-day electronics — at the heart of exploding nova, a phenomenon that occurs when a white dwarf star absorbs hydrogen from a nearby sun.

 

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No Children For 4 Years, UP Man Pushes Wife From Second Floor Window

No Children For 4 Years, UP Man Pushes Wife From Second Floor Window

A woman was allegedly pushed by her husband from the second floor window of their house in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad. Police say the woman could not deliver a child in the four years of marriage which led the man to commit the crime. They also had frequent fights for this reason.

The woman has suffered a broken arm and a fractured leg and is recuperating at the hospital. The accused has been arrested.

Three pistols were also recovered from the man who was arrested late on Monday night. According to the police, the man used to threaten his wife with the pistols.

The accused allegedly hit her frequently and even pressured her for dowry.

On Sunday night, an alleged quarrel over children led to the man hitting his wife. Police say he hit her head with the blunt end of a pistol and later pushed her off the window.

The woman’s brother has registered a case with the police and further investigation is underway.

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Only 3.5 Lakh Of 40 Lakh Excluded In Assam List Applied Again: Sources

Only 3.5 Lakh Of 40 Lakh Excluded In Assam List Applied Again: Sources

About 3.5 lakh people, out of the total 40 lakh, who were excluded in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), have claimed that they are Indian nationals, two months after the window opens for claims and objections in the Supreme Court-monitored exercise, sources said on Sunday.

Besides, less than 100 applications have been received by the authorities challenging the inclusion of the names of suspected illegal immigrants in the NRC, a list of Assam’s residents.

So far, about 3.5 lakh people have submitted applications for inclusion of their names in the NRC and they have submitted relevant documents claiming that they are Indian citizens, a source privy to the development said.

The issue of low turnout in the claims and objections period was also discussed at Saturday’s high-level meeting in New Delhi attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, among others.

The Supreme Court has also finalised a set of standard operating procedure (SOP) for disposal of claims and objections in the updation of the NRC.

The draft NRC was published on July 30 and included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore.

There has been a huge controversy over exclusion of 40 lakh people from the draft NRC.

Following a directive of the Supreme Court, the process of filing claims and objections to the draft NRC began on September 25 and it will come to an end on December 15.

Initially, the top court had allowed the claimants to rely on any of the 10 documents — land documents, permanent residential certificate issued from outside the state, passport, Life Insurance Corporation of India policy, any license or certificate issued by any government authority.

Document showing service or employment under the government or public sector undertaking, bank or post office accounts, birth certificates issued by a competent authority, educational certificate issued by boards or universities and records or processes pertaining to court provided they are part of processing in a judicial or revenue court.

However, on November 1, the court allowed five additional documents to reply upon for inclusion of names in the NRC.

The additional papers are — 1951 NRC, electoral roll up to March 24, 1971, citizenship certificate, refugee registration certificate and ration card. For the claims and objections process, forms are available in 2,500 ‘Seva Kendras’ in Assam, where people can file their appeal in their respective areas, another source said.

People can file corrections to their names that are in the draft and also raise objections against suspected foreigners.

The update of the NRC, the massive exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam, excluded over 40 lakh people from the draft list published on July 30, creating a huge political controversy.

The exercise is aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh was carried out only in Assam, which faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century.

When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens then.

As per the 2011 census, Assam’s total population is over 3.11 crore. The process of identification of illegal immigrants in Assam has been widely debated and become a contentious issue in the state’s politics.

A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) in 1979.

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Thugs Of Hindostan Box Office Collection Day 2: Despite A ‘Decline’ At The Ticket Window, Aamir Khan’s Film Earns Rs. 81.50 Crore

Thugs Of Hindostan Box Office Collection Day 2: Despite A 'Decline' At The Ticket Window, Aamir Khan's Film Earns Rs 81.50 Crore

Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs Of Hindostan couldn’t have got a better start at the box office as the film has managed to collect a whopping sum of Rs. 81.50 crore (adding the business of Tamil and Telugu releases) within two days of its release, reports Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh. However, the film’s performance witnessed a dip in its performance on Friday as it managed to collect Rs. 28.25 crore. According to Mr Adarsh, the film needs to perform well on Saturday as well as Sunday in order to keep its performance at the box office intact. Mr Adarsh tweeted: “Thugs Of Hindostan has to show a positive upturn on Day 3 [today], else its sustainability from Day 5 [Mon] onwards will be extremely doubtful…One thing is crystal clear. Thugs Of Hindostan has not met the monumental expectations…The BO numbers are doing the talking now.”

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California Bar Shooting: Customers Broke Glass With Stools, Helped 35 Out

California Bar Shooting: Customers Broke Glass With Stools, Helped 35 Out

Matt Wennerstrom said he is a regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill and customers are like his “family.”

In the aftermath of the shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California, in which 12 people were killed, survivors are starting to tell their stories of how they escaped through a window with the help of a fast-acting bar patron.

Customer Matt Wennerstrom, 20, told several news outlets that once he saw the shooter open fire, he quickly ushered people behind a pool table.

“There was a bunch of us that were just looking for cover, and we were standing right next to a pool table,” Wennerstrom told ABC News. “And so we got everyone behind the pool table and down, and then there was probably six or seven of us dog-piling over the girls that were beneath us.”

When the shooter reloaded his gun, Wennerstrom said he knew he had a moment to act. He saw someone grab a bar stool and throw it through a window, and he did the same thing, shattering the glass.

“Bar stools go through windows,” he told ABC. “It works.”

Then, he said, he and others pushed down the broken glass and helped about 30 or 35 people out.

“We just stood there basically forcing as many people out as fast as we could until we cleared everyone out and then we jumped out ourselves,” he told the news station. “Then it was just trying to collect everyone and push them down and out of sight and as far away as possible.”

Wennerstrom told CBS News he is a weekly regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill, and the other customers are like “family.”

“We’ve known a lot of these people for upwards of 10, 15 years, we grew up with them,” he said. “It’s not just something where you get out of there and fend for yourself. It’s ‘what can I do to protect as many of my friends as possible.’ ”

 

California Bar Shooting: Customers Broke Glass With Stools, Helped 35 Out

Matt Wennerstrom said he is a regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill and customers are like his “family.”

In the aftermath of the shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California, in which 12 people were killed, survivors are starting to tell their stories of how they escaped through a window with the help of a fast-acting bar patron.

Customer Matt Wennerstrom, 20, told several news outlets that once he saw the shooter open fire, he quickly ushered people behind a pool table.

“There was a bunch of us that were just looking for cover, and we were standing right next to a pool table,” Wennerstrom told ABC News. “And so we got everyone behind the pool table and down, and then there was probably six or seven of us dog-piling over the girls that were beneath us.”

When the shooter reloaded his gun, Wennerstrom said he knew he had a moment to act. He saw someone grab a bar stool and throw it through a window, and he did the same thing, shattering the glass.

“Bar stools go through windows,” he told ABC. “It works.”

Then, he said, he and others pushed down the broken glass and helped about 30 or 35 people out.

“We just stood there basically forcing as many people out as fast as we could until we cleared everyone out and then we jumped out ourselves,” he told the news station. “Then it was just trying to collect everyone and push them down and out of sight and as far away as possible.”

Wennerstrom told CBS News he is a weekly regular at the Borderline Bar & Grill, and the other customers are like “family.”

“We’ve known a lot of these people for upwards of 10, 15 years, we grew up with them,” he said. “It’s not just something where you get out of there and fend for yourself. It’s ‘what can I do to protect as many of my friends as possible.’ “

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