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NEW DELHI: As an action-packed day unfolded at Infosys with the abrupt exit of CEO Vishal Sikka, amused twitteratis exhibited their witty sides with hilarious digs and puns around an otherwise acrimonious corporate drama.
At the same time, corporate bigwigs like Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to lend support to the 'iconic' company.
"Crises are like a furnace that forges more durable steel. Infy is iconic & will always have people cheering for it. I certainly will..," he said.

It won't be long until we will be able to upgrade our Google Pixel and Nexus devices to Android 8.0, as Google today confirmed the next major version of its Linux-based mobile operating system is hitting the streets in three days, on August 21, 2017.

Google recently put together a special page for its upcoming live event that the search giant will hold in New York City, on Monday, August 21, at 2:40 PM ET (6:40 PM GMT), where they will unveil the new features of Android 8.0. The event will coincide with the solar eclipse that will be visible across the US.

"Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day—when you’ll meet the next release of Android and all of it’s super (sweet) new powers, revealed via livestream," says Google.

Google leak suggested Android 8.0 could be dubbed "Oreo" or "Octopus"

According to Android Police, Google has published earlier today a post on Google+ that should have contained a video file, but it turned out only the name of the file was visible, and it was entitled "GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4," which suggests Android 8.0 codename is "Oreo" as initially rumored.

But it looks like Google immediately replaced the said Google+ post with the actual video, and now the name of the file is "Octopus Teaser.mp4" leading us to believe that the name of the forthcoming Android 8.0 operating system could be "Octopus."

But enough with the rumors, as Android O is touching down to Earth in only three days from the moment of writing this article, and you'll be able to see its super powers if you tune into the Android O Reveal NYC event. If not, you can check out the solar eclipse via NASA's 2017 Total Eclipse livestream.

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NEW DELHI: Stress is perhaps a given when you are the CEO of a multi-billion dollar technology firm. But "continued assaults" of "baseless" allegations are certainly not what Vishal Sikka signed up for when he joined Infosys three years ago.

Sikka was welcomed into the troubled-Infosys with much fanfare, becoming the company's first non-founder CEO in 2014. He was taking over from S D Shibulal at a time when rivals were racing ahead and the company was losing manpower at a steady pace, along with its precious 'bellwether' tag.

His entry was also keenly followed as he took over the reins of the over three decade-old company, ending an era of promoter-led leadership.

And the ride promised to be a bumpy one. However, controversies just kept getting added to the equation.

Sikka had the blessings of the co-founders, including NR Narayana Murthy, when he had stepped into Infosys.

Three years hence, Murthy turned out to be his nemesis and the very reason for Sikka's sudden exit from the $10- billion IT giant.

At the time of Sikka's appointment, Murthy waxed eloquent about his "illustrious track record" and value system that made Sikka an "ideal choice" for Infosys.

Sikka had the task cut out right in the beginning. He had the responsibility of reinvigorating the company that was facing mass exodus of employees and losing out to rivals.

The former SAP board member is credited with ushering in automation and artificial intelligence, technologies that have now become buzzwords in the IT services industry.

He took a number of steps, including gifting iPhones to woo top performers, and pushed up Infosys' financial metrics in signs of a turnaround.

The ambitious Sikka also threw a challenge to Infoscions, urging them to help scale up Infosys revenues to $20 billion by year 2020.

He was also clear that Infosys will not acquire companies of "yesterday". The Bengaluru-based firm has made a slew of acquisitions and investments in the last three years with the prominent ones being Skava, Noah Consulting and Panaya.

However, the $200-million Panaya deal stirred a hornet's nest with anonymous whistleblower complaints being sent to market regulators that alleged that senior executives may have benefited from the transaction.

For Infosys, it was a double-whammy. Like its peers, the company battled external challenges like visa clampdown in the US and Brexit.

A different kind of crisis was unfolding internally as founders regularly took potshots at the senior leadership for what they dubbed as corporate governance lapses.

Infosys continued to be in news for the most part of the year as comments and counter-comments kept investors, employees and clients on their toes.

Matters came to a head in the last few weeks where the "continued assaults" of "baseless" allegations reached a crescendo, growing more personal. This ultimately culminated in Sikka's sudden resignation, a day before the crucial meeting where the board will consider a buyback offer of as much as Rs 13,000 crore.

Over the next few months as Infosys searches for its next CEO, Sikka will draw a token salary of $1, a far cry from the earlier USD 11 million package.

While Sikka still does not have a major assignment lined up, he said he will probably take some time off and go surfing.

Spending more time with his loved ones is also on the list for the 50-year Stanford University passout.

Sikka probably speaks for all high-profile executives and the stressful lives when he says, "I've been away from home far too often and far too long."

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Vishal Sikka

Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka issued a shock announcement Friday that he has resigned his position amid executive tensions and an "untenable atmosphere" surrounding the company.

"I cannot carry out my job as CEO and continue to create value, while also constantly defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks," Sikka said in a blog post.

Sikka was the first chief technology officer at SAP before joining Infosys in June 2014. At the time, his arrival was considered a turning point for the beleaguered IT outsourcer and a chance for the company to embark on a much needed transformational journey.

Sikka's turnaround efforts included a shakeup of Infosys' growth strategy -- shifting the focus from contracts over to software and platforms -- and a revitalization of its sagging employee morale. In large part, Sikka was successful. He restored credibility, retained and boosted employment, and helped rebound revenue in his first two years on the job.

More recently, however, Infosys has struggled with revenue growth, and Sikka found himself dragged into a public feud with co-founder Narayana Murthy, who questioned the firm's decision on compensation doled out to senior executives.

"Life is too short to engage in battles of opinions in the public, these add no value, take critical time and focus away from the business, and indeed add more to the noise, to the eardrum buzz, as I wrote to you a few months ago," Sikka said in his resignation post.

"I now need to move forward, and return to an environment of respect, trust and empowerment, where I can take on new lofty challenges, as can each of you."

Infosys appointed longtime employee and COO Pravin Rao as the interim CEO and managing director.


Tepid results for Infosys offers few positives for firm or industry looking ahead

A few of the tough challenges confronting Sikka in the upcoming year.

Infosys feud and whistleblower email threaten to sink the iconic Indian firm

Everyone involved in this unseemly fracas should hope for a quick and amicable resolution, lest it derail a firm in the middle of a remarkable turnaround amidst a tough business environment.

Trump's anti-H1B tactics compel Infosys to recruit 10,000 employees in the US

Infosys should thank President Donald Trump for pushing it in this direction in a time of shifting business models that require more US hires to staff client-facing offices.

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While most of the US will be staring into the sky watching the first total solar eclipse in years, Google will be gearing up to livestream the final unveiling of Android O.

The announcement came via a dedicated Android eclipse site, which features a countdown timer for the Monday, August 21, 2:40 p.m. ET livestream of Android O, a link to the official NASA stream of the eclipse, as well as a handy tool to help you visualize just how much of the eclipse you will see, and at what times.

According to the site, those who tune into the livestream will "meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers" shortly after the eclipse will end.

We already know quite a bit Android O, thanks to the public beta that was first released in March. The update brings performance improvements, a streamlined OS update method, a picture-in-picture mode, and notification channels. What we don't know, however, is the final name and when it will be available. Luckily, the wait is almost over.

To watch a livestream of the announcement, be sure to visit

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The Snoppa M1 is a three-axis stabiliser for smartphones which uses similar technology to that employed in drones to deliver professional-looking steadycam video recordings.

Well that's the idea. If you buy one expecting magically smooth, 'magic carpet' recordings as you walk down the street, akin to what you get from a gimbal-stabilised drone, you're going to be disappointed. It doesn't dampen your walking, so you'll still have the image bobbing up and down.

But disappointment seems to dog the Snoppa M1. As an Indiegogo project it ran late: the campaign ran in October 2016, with a scheduled delivery date of December 2016. Mine arrived last week -- although in reality that's pretty good going for a crowdfunded hardware project, most of which never ship. Newcomers to hardware don't understand the implications of production engineering, so even going from a fully working prototype to bulk shipments takes many months, and Snoppa had issues with the first factory it contracted. The delays led to a lot of angry comments on the project page.


To stabilise your smartphone, the Snoppa M1 has three motors. It talks to the companion (iOS or Android) app via Bluetooth, charges in 90 minutes and runs for about 4 hours.

Image: Snoppa Technology

First impressions

Now that the devices are shipping, backers have something new to complain about: the software. It's flaky with some Android devices, and Bluetooth pairing sometimes fails.

What isn't disappointing is how it feels. The packaging looks smart, with a tear-off strip to open the box. You'll need to find the manual, hidden in a small white box that looks like packaging, which tells you things that the enclosed quick-start guide doesn't. Like where the power switch is: once it's on and glowing or flashing it's easy enough to find, but you have to get it into that state. After reading the manual, go and watch some YouTube videos that will prepare you for getting started.

The device feels like a high-quality torch. The plastics, fit and finish are all good, there's a nice heft to it, and the parts that flip and slide all do so smoothly.


The Android Snoppa app can be flaky on some devices, but iPhone users report a better experience with the iOS version.

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The first job is to get the phone balanced. Initially I tried a Kodak Ektra Android phone, for its 21-megapixel camera, 4k video and optical image stabilisation. Unfortunately this wouldn't work because it's more camera-shaped than most phones and has a poking-out lens. The Snoppa needs the phone positioned in the middle of the bracket and the Ektra's lens got in the way. There is a solution in that you can put the phone in the bracket the other way around -- something Snoppa also recommends for phones that are too thick for the bracket but have curved edges. The Ektra repeatedly asked me to download a Snoppa firmware upgrade even though it already had the latest version, and the wrong-way round solution didn't work.

A second problem with the Ektra, which other phones suffer from, is that the bracket squeezed the power button and switched the phone off. In the end I gave up on Kodak's device -- a shame because it's a great camera-phone -- and used a Huawei P8.

This had considerable problems with Bluetooth pairing, although Snoppa says a fix is days away. The balancing uses a selection of counterweights so that the motors in the M1 only have to stabilise, not hold the weight of the phone.

Once it's working you have three tracking modes: Lock, which keeps the camera pointing in the same direction; Pan track, which allows you to pan left and right; and Omni Track, which gives pan and tilt.

The phone can be in either landscape or portrait mode, although when filming all alert messages are shown assuming the phone is in portrait mode. Messages don't stay on-screen for long, so I usually missed them by failing to pivot my head 90 degrees in time.

It was about this time, when I'd got the device working, with the phone balanced and the Bluetooth connected, that it ran flat. There is no indication of the Snoppa charge in the app. The device takes about 90 minutes to charge and lasts a claimed four hours.

Inside the app you can choose the resolution, although when I was trying with the Kodak Ektra it wouldn't do the full 4k. There is a fix for this in that you can use the Snoppa M1 without Bluetooth active, whereupon it just runs in whatever track mode you last chose. This means you can use the native filming app and not rely on the Snoppa software. When using the Snoppa App you get a decent selection of controls including timelapse (albeit with limited settings), ISO and white balance control. Recordings do not automatically go into the standard Android gallery though.

Preliminary verdict


Image: Snoppa Technology

I had planned to use the Snoppa M1 to make videos for my company Fuss Free Phones, filming little old ladies walking down the street while talking on their mobiles. Unfortunately the lack of the vertical damping put paid to that: exceptionally rapid movements will cause the Snoppa M1 to give up and the phone just hangs. It certainly doesn't have the incredible speed and snap seen on the gimbals attached to a drone.

But you have to bear in mind that this is a sub-£100 device and the results are significantly better than you get holding a phone normally. Looking online, iPhone users seem to be a lot happier with the software than Android users, and Snoppa has said that it found the sheer variety of Android devices made development a lot harder.

If you set up your shots to avoid walking you could get the 'magic carpet' effect -- perhaps I should borrow a Segway to film my little old ladies.

The European distributor for the Snoppa M1 is Baader Planetarium, which seems to be doing an excellent job of quelling the backlash over the late delivery. Responses to emails are well-written and prompt, and the company has a good reputation in astronomy circles. There's no European pricing yet -- indeed, the Snoppa M1 is not yet on the website as Baader is still clearing the Indiegogo backlog and doesn't want to be accused of selling ahead of backers receiving their devices.

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[Latest update: August 18, 2017. This article has gone through multiple revisions since its first publication in late 2014. This content is based on the most recent public release of Windows 10, version 1703.]

This article covers the most common scenarios you're likely to encounter when installing, reinstalling, and activating Windows 10.

Is it still possible to upgrade a PC to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?
Where can I get installation files for Windows 10?
What's the most recent Windows 10 version?
Will Microsoft automatically update my PC to the latest release of Windows 10?
Do I need a product key to install or reinstall Windows 10?
How do digital licenses work?
How long does a Windows 10 upgrade take?
What's the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 10 N?
Can Windows 10 Home be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro?
My upgrade is complete. Can I delete the setup files?
Should I upgrade or do a clean install?
Can I set up Windows 10 as part of a dual- or multi-boot installation?
Is it possible to uninstall Windows 10?
Can I install Windows 10 in a virtual machine?
How do I send feedback to Microsoft?

Is it still possible to upgrade a PC to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?

For the first year after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft offered free upgrades using the Get Windows 10 app, which appeared in the taskbar as a notification icon and in Windows Update. With the end of the free upgrade offer, the Get Windows 10 app is no longer available, and you cannot upgrade from an older Windows version using Windows Update.

The good news is that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 on a device that has a license for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You'll need to download the installation files and run the Setup program from within Windows or use the Upgrade Assistant available from Microsoft's accessibility page. For details, see "Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade."

PCs that have a license to run Windows XP or Windows Vista are not eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Where can I get installation files for Windows 10?

If you've built a new PC or you're installing Windows 10 in a virtual machine on a Mac, you can purchase a license from third-party sellers or from Microsoft itself, via the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 Home costs $120, and Windows 10 Pro costs $200. Depending on how you purchase, you'll receive installation media (DVD or USB key) or a product key and instructions for downloading installation media.

If you already have a Windows 10 product key or you are planning to reinstall Windows 10 on a machine that already has a digital license (more on that later), visit the Get Windows 10 page and download the Media Creation Tool. This free download creates a bootable USB flash drive or an ISO file that can be mounted directly or burned to a bootable DVD.

After running the Media Creation Tool, choose Create installation media for another PC. By default, the pre-selected options choose the version that matches the current PC. Clear the check box shown here if you want to choose a different version, such as downloading the x86 version on a 64-bit PC.


Clear this box to download a specific Windows 10 version.

The ISO file for an x86 (32-bit) edition is approximately 3 GB in size. The x64 (64-bit) edition is delivered as an ISO file approximately 4 GB in size. The combined installer is just over 6 GB in size.

Developers and IT pros with a Visual Studio (MSDN) subscription can download installation media in ISO format from the subscriber portal.

Windows 10 Enterprise editions are available through the Volume Licensing Service Center. A free 90-day trial edition is also available from the TechNet Evaluation Center.

What's the most recent Windows 10 version?

Microsoft released Windows 10 version 1703 (also known as the Creators Update) to the general public on April 5, 2017. It replaced version 1607 (the Anniversary Update), which was released on August 2, 2016.

Business and enterprise customers who have opted to defer new releases work on a slightly different schedule, with feature updates (the official name for version upgrades) being released approximately four months after the general release date. Version 1607 was released to the Current Branch for Business on November 29, 2016.

In mid-2017, Microsoft revised its terminology for Windows as a Service, dropping the Current Branch and Current Branch for Business monikers. Version 1703 is the current Semi-Annual Channel release and was declared ready for business deployment on July 11, 2017.

For a full listing of release dates for major versions, see the official Windows 10 release information page.

Each major release is associated with a build number. The July 2015 release is build 10240. The build number of the November 2015 release is 10586. Version 1607 is build 14393, and version 1703 is build 15063.

To check which version of Windows 10 is installed on a device, open Settings > System > About. As an alternative, you can click in the search box, type winver, and view results in a compact About Windows dialog box.

If you're running a preview build as part of the Windows Insider Program, you'll see an Insider Preview label after the Windows 10 edition, accompanied by a build number that's higher than the latest release version. The system shown below, for example, is running a January 2017 preview release of what Microsoft calls the Creators Update, which will eventually be released to the Current Branch in Spring 2017.


This PC is running the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Will Microsoft automatically update my PC to the latest release of Windows 10?

If you're currently running Windows 7 or 8.1, you will not be offered an upgrade to Windows 10.

If you are running Windows 10, feature updates (the new, official terminology for what were once called upgrades) are delivered through Windows Update. For devices configured to use the Current Branch, those updates will download and install automatically. You can delay the installation by a few days but cannot postpone it indefinitely.

On systems running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can delay the installation of a new feature update by moving to the Current Branch for Business (the name of this policy will change in a future update). That delays the installation of a feature update such as Version 1703 by a minimum of four months. In addition, you can use Group Policy to delay feature updates by an additional period of up to 365 days. (That's a change from the previous Windows 10 version, which allowed delays of feature updates by up to 180 days.)

When a feature update is released, it may take several weeks or months to roll out to the huge worldwide installed base of Windows 10 users, a process Microsoft calls "throttling."

The Creators Update (version 1703) uses roughly 3 GB of bandwidth and disk space. If your PC is running an earlier version (as might be the case if you restored it using the manufacturer's recovery media) and you don't want to wait for Windows Update, you can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant to get the latest version. Visit the Windows 10 Download page and click Update Now to start the process.


Use the Update Assistant to manually download and install the latest feature update.

That action downloads a very small installer file that runs a compatibility check and then, assuming the device passes all compatibility tests, begins the full upgrade. The Update Assistant is a straightforward wizard that doesn't require technical knowledge to use.

Do I need a product key to install or reinstall Windows 10?

If you upgrade over a properly activated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can run Setup from within your current Windows installation and you will not be prompted to enter a product key. After the upgrade is complete, your new copy of Windows 10 will be activated with what Microsoft calls a "digital license."

If you are using bootable installation media to perform a clean install on a PC that was previously upgraded, you do not need to enter a product key. (When you see the prompt to enter a key, click the Skip this step option.)

Because the PC received a digital license as part of its earlier upgrade, Windows 10 will be automatically activated after the installation is complete.

If you are using bootable installation media to perform a clean install on a PC that has never been upgraded to Windows 10 and activated, you will need to enter a product key. Beginning with build 10586, you can enter a product key from a matching edition of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Residents of the United States who don't own a qualifying Windows license can skip entering a product key and purchase a license online from the Windows Store after setup is complete.

How do digital licenses work?

When you upgrade over an existing, activated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the Setup program checks the current activation status. If it determines the installation is properly activated, it contacts a Microsoft activation server and generates a license certificate that is linked to that hardware. (A Microsoft account is not required for this step; the license is generated for the device, not for its owner.)

This automatic activation process is identical whether you use an ISO file to start the upgrade or do so from the downloaded upgrade files.

After that first activation is complete, you can perform a clean install on that same hardware using Windows 10 installation media. As long as the hardware "fingerprint" matches the previous installation ID, the installation is activated automatically. (Microsoft does not provide details of what goes into the hardware ID, except to confirm that it does not contain any personally identifiable information and is not used for tracking purposes.)

For details, see "Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10."

To check the activation status of a Windows 10 PC, open Settings > Update & security > Activation.


A digital license indicates that no product key is necessary.

How long does a Windows 10 upgrade take?

That's primarily dependent on the performance of your system. Windows Setup uses hardlinks to migrate data files, so the amount of data files shouldn't have a significant effect on install times. In my experience, the update can take as little as 30 minutes and as much as two hours. Anything more than that indicates a problem.

Except for a few questions at the beginning, the upgrade process runs completely unattended.

Note that a feature update such as version 1703 is a full upgrade and will require about the same amount of time as an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows.

What's the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 10 N?

The N editions of Windows lack media playback capabilities. Microsoft is required to offer these editions as part of a settlement in a European antitrust trial.

You don't want it. Nobody does.

Can Windows 10 Home be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro?

Yes. In fact, you can apply that upgrade using a spare key from an earlier edition of Windows, including Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro. Follow the instructions in this article carefully: "How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro without hassles."

This procedure is especially useful when restoring Windows 10 on a system that originally shipped with Home edition and was manually upgraded to Pro. In this scenario, you might need to use a generic product key first to upgrade to Pro. After the upgrade is complete, you can activate using the stored digital license or a product key.

My upgrade is complete. Can I delete the setup files?

I recommend that you leave them for now, unless disk space is so tight that you absolutely must remove them.

The Windows.old folder contains files needed to roll back to your previous version if necessary. It will delete itself automatically in 10 days. You can do so manually by running Disk Cleanup Manager in administrator mode and choosing the option to remove your old Windows version. You can also perform the same action using the new Settings app in Windows 10 version 1607 or later. Go to Settings > System > Storage, click the system drive, and then select Temporary Files, where Previous Version Of Windows is an option.

But don't do this just because you like a tidy system.

To open Disk Cleanup Manager, click in the search box (next to the Start button) and type Cleanmgr. Right-click the Disk Cleanup entry at the top of the list and choose Run As Administrator.


Use the Disk Cleanup Manager to remove unneeded files after an update.

The setup files themselves are in a hidden folder called C:\$Windows.~BT. These will be very handy if you need to do a Reset or if you continue in the Insider program and need to roll back a build. These files can also be deleted from Disk Cleanup Manager, but I recommend that you leave them alone. They can be very useful for repair or rollback tasks.

Should I upgrade or do a clean install?

That's up to you. Windows 10 supports upgrades over Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later as well as clean installs. To do a clean install, you will need bootable media.

Can I set up Windows 10 as part of a dual- or multi-boot installation?

Yes, but only if you follow some strictly defined procedures.

First, you must boot from installation media and choose the Custom option in Setup.

Second, you must install Windows 10 on a separate disk partition or physical drive; if you choose the same partition that contains an existing Windows version, you will lose access to that Windows installation. (Your existing data files and all current Windows system files will be moved to the Windows.old folder.)

Windows 10 will add itself to the boot menu if you install it in a separate volume on a system that already has a previous version of Windows installed.

Is it possible to uninstall Windows 10?

Yes. For 10 days after the upgrade, you can roll back to your previous Windows version if you experience problems. The option to roll back is in Settings > Update & security > Recovery.

Can I install Windows 10 in a virtual machine?

Yes, as long as the virtualization software is compatible. The desktop Hyper-V feature in Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise is ideal.

How do I send feedback to Microsoft?

You'll see occasional pop-up prompts that ask questions about your experience with Windows 10. You can click those tiles to send comments, or use the new Feedback Hub app (you'll find it on the new Start menu.)

More questions? Ask away in the comments below or, better yet, use the contact form below this post to send your questions via email. I'll update this post with additional answers.

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NEW DELHI: The promoter-versus-outsider debate has returned to the fore on running a blue-chip enterprise in India with experts blaming differences between the top management and some founders for Vishal Sikka quitting as Infosys CEO.

Sikka took charge as Infosys' first non-founder CEO in 2014, prior to which the top post at the company was held by one or other founders of the country's second largest IT firm.

The company today announced a surprise resignation by 50 -year-old Sikka, who cited "a continuous stream of distractions and disruptions" for his decision, while the Infosys board was direct in blaming "continuous assault" and "campaign" by founder and ex-chairman NR Narayana Murthy.

This is the second high profile exit of an 'outsider' from the top post of a big enterprise in India, after Cyrus Mistry was removed as the head of the over $100 billion Tata group.

While Mistry's family has a significant stake in Tata Sons, the group's holding company, he was still seen as a non-Tata. The main reason cited for his exit by several experts was differences with Ratan Tata.

Tata group has appointed N Chandrasekaran, again a non- Tata but a long-timer at the group firm TCS, as its new chief.

A large number of Indian blue-chips are run by promoter family members and include Bajaj, Hero Group, Bharti, Mahindras, Dr Reddy's, Lupin and Sun Pharma.

While several of these appoint professional outsiders as CEOs and for other top positions, the top-most executive positions (including as Executive Chairperson) are held by the promoters.

At the same time, there are also large groups like ICICI, HDFC, ITC, L&T and Axis Bank where the top-management positions are held by non-promoters and for several years together without any disruptions in several of such cases.

At several family-run companies, children are seen to be groomed as successors and some of the examples include both the Reliance groups, Wipro, Godrej Cipla and Adani.

While 70-year-old Narayana Murthy's son Rohan Murthy was also associated with Infosys for a while, the IT czar asserted today he is not seeking "any money, position for children, or power" and his concern primarily was the "deteriorating standard" of corporate governance at Infosys.

Still, several experts and industry leaders opined it was the differences between the promoters and the top management that led to Sikka's exit.

Entrepreneur and Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar tweeted that it is a low point in the history of Infosys and it is "inconceivable"
that a professional CEO appointed by the board and shareholders will be "hounded out".

Industrialist Harsh Goenka tweeted, "To run an organisation effectively you need to humour and understand the axis of power... Cyrus, Sikka didn't".

Investor advisory firm IiAS said transitioning from a 'promoter' led culture to a professionally managed company is a challenge - for both the company as well as the professional manager.

HDFC Securities' V K Sharma said Sikka's exit draws a long-drawn out boardroom battle to a close.

"While the company did better than the industry during Sikka's tenure, it was no where near achieving Sikka's own $20 billion target by 2020. The forthcoming buyback may delay the stock from falling more," he said.

Sharma said Sikka's allegation that he was continuously being distracted does not wash as he had long enough a honeymoon period to make his mark.

Sikka's resignation also led to Infosys' stock plunging sharply and the company's market valuation saw an erosion of over Rs 22,000 crore.

V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, said the market has signalled its displeasure with the stock tanking by 10 per cent, but this unfortunate incident might turn out to be an opportunity if the board quickly finds a new CEO who can lead from the front without "disruptions" from the promoters.

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BANGALORE/NEW DELHI: Infosys today lashed out at fresh charges by founder NR Narayana Murthy, saying suggestions that world-renowned law firms will "connive" with the board twice to overlook alleged "misdeeds" of a CEO and give a clean chit were "completely untenable".

The comments came after Murthy said that several shareholders, who had read the whistle-blower report, had told him that an "impartial and objective investigation" does not happen in the manner in which Infosys' probe was conducted.

Infosys Chairman R Seshasayee rubbished the claims saying that probe had been conducted by world renowned firms.

"... to suggest that world renowned law and forensic firms will connive with the board, not once but twice...and overlook something which is a misdeed and submit a clean report, to our mind, is completely untenable," Seshasayee said.

He added that board did all it could to look into whistle blower complaints of corporate governance lapses, particularly those related to acquisition of Panaya.

"It is the job of the board (Infosys) to enquire and make sure that there is indeed no such misdeed. And that is precisely what the board did," he said.

In a day of high drama at Infosys, CEO Vishal Sikka quit and the board squarely blamed Murthy's "continuous assault" for his exit.

The board, which has been locked in a confrontation with some of the founders over the past quarters, also alleged that Murthy's recent letter contained factual inaccuracies and that his "misguided campaign" was damaging the company.

Murthy in a statement had said that he was not seeking "any money, position for children, or power", and that his concern primarily was the deteriorating standard of corporate governance at Infosys.

Murthy also released the contents of his letter to advisors dated August 14, 2017 where he had said that he did not wish to comment on Sikka's work, and that his concerns are around governance at Infosys.

"I believe that the fault lies with the current board ... We just want the board to protect the institution rather than protecting some individuals like the board is doing today," Murthy had said in his mail to advisors.

Murthy also stressed that he did not want Infosys board to "drive the institution to death" through serious governance "deficits".

During the conference today, Seshasayee said that the board had looked into anonymous whistle blower complaints on three occasions and that investigation had not found evidence of wrongdoing on any of the occasion.

Defending the decision to have a board-initiated investigation, Seshasayee argued that giving shareholders the task of taking up anonymous complaints or letting them appoint committee for probe was "the best way to destroy an organisation".

Disbelieving reports of globally renowned and independent investigating agencies would be akin to saying that no one can be trusted, he pointed out.

"Nothing has come out of the investigation," he maintained.

Infosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan said that succession planning was priority for board, and that it was important that incoming CEO buys into Infosys' vision and culture and is people-oriented.

To a specific question, Venkatesan said he is not in contention for the CEO's role.

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Most unprotected Windows 7 machines aren't running any antivirus.

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Microsoft's latest security report makes a case for why Windows 10's Defender fallback is right for end-user security.

Microsoft recently settled a fight with Russian antivirus (AV) vendor Kaspersky Lab that could have resulted in regulatory attention over claims that Windows 10 disadvantaged third-party AV.

Kaspersky last week dropped its complaints after Microsoft agreed to several concessions that will appear in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, due out next month.

Since Windows 8, Microsoft has enabled Windows Defender when a third-party AV expires. However, Kaspersky complained that Windows 10 notifications made it too easy for users to miss an expired subscription alert. Microsoft also admitted to disabling third-party AV under certain circumstances.

Though Microsoft's implementation of the Defender fallback wasn't perfect, data in its latest Security Intelligence Report, volume 22, suggests that the concept was overall sound. It also offers a defense for its handling of AV in Windows 10 after bowing to Kaspersky's demand for more compatibility testing time and the right to use its own expired subscription notifications.

Windows 7 is still the most widely used version of Windows in the world, and was the primary casualty of the recent NotPetya and WannaCry outbreaks.

Despite its popularity as a target, by far the biggest reason for Windows 7 machines being classed as not "protected" in Microsoft's telemetry data is that they don't run any antivirus.

Microsoft's graph compares four main reasons why Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 aren't protected.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7, over 50 percent of unprotected machines aren't running any AV. The remainder have AV installed, but it's either switched off or doesn't have up-to-date virus signatures.

By comparison, the main reason Windows 10 machines were unprotected was out-of-date signatures or the AV was snoozed, while Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 were mostly unprotected because the AV product was turned off.

Microsoft notes a possible explanation for Windows 8/8.1 is that several malware families are capable of switching off anti-malware products.

The graph says nothing about what proportion of users on each version of Windows are unprotected. In 2013 Microsoft reported that 24 percent of Windows PCs weren't protected by up-to-date antivirus.

Back then, Microsoft encouraged Windows users to install one of several third-party products in addition to its own for protection. Today it's had to publicly reaffirm several times that it really does believe a "healthy antivirus ecosystem" is what's best for Windows 10 security.

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In a bid to give advertisers more flexibility and control to buy video ads to meet their target audience, Facebook has introduced an option to deliver ads on in-stream placements in videos on the social networking platform.

The move also gives advertisers an option to specify whether they would like their in-stream ads to appear on Facebook itself or across the range of websites and apps in Facebook's Audience Network ad network product, a Facebook blog post said late on Thursday.

The move comes after advertisers told Facebook that they wanted more control over where their ads would appear in News Feed or in-stream during a video.

The company last week launched "Watch" - a platform where it plans to surface original video series from a wide range of publishers and content creators.

On both Facebook and Audience Network, more than 70 per cent in-stream video ads up to 15 seconds in length are watched to completion - most with sound on.

"Using mobile optimised creative that's 15 seconds or less, advertisers can capture consumer attention on mobile, increasing the likelihood that their video ads will be watched to completion," Facebook said.

"And with Facebook's people-based marketing, in-stream ads are targeted and delivered to the right people at the right time, achieving an average on-target rate of 89 per cent," the company added.

Advertisers on Audience Network can deliver in-stream ads in pre-roll and mid-roll placements across select apps and websites.

Facebook said it will continue to give advertisers more flexibility and control over their ad placements.

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Chinese manufacturer Topwise Communication has entered the crowded Indian market with three new smartphone launches under its Comio brand. The Comio C1, Comio S1, and Comio P1 have been priced at Rs. 5,999, Rs. 8,999, and Rs. 9,999 respectively. The Comio smartphones will be available at all key retail stores from the coming week in North India and will be available from third week of September in West India.

The Comio C1, S1, and P1 smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat and come with 4G VoLTE support. All of them sport a metal body, and have different highlights. The Comio C1 comes in Mellow Gold and Space Black colour options, the Comio S1 comes in Royal Black and Sunrise Gold colours and the Comio P1 comes in Metal Grey and Sunrise Gold colour options. Comio has tied-up with Reliance Jio to offer 5GB of additional data on recharge of Rs. 309 and above, on the purchase of any of these phones. Furthermore, all three smartphones also come with a free one-time screen replacement warranty within six months of purchase, and one-year + 100 days extra manufacturer warranty.

Comio is also offering a special buyback and upgrade offer allowing you to upgrade your old smartphone to the ones launched today. The offer allows you an assured 40 percent return cost on your old Comio phone (not more than 12 months old), only if you upgrade to the newly launched smartphones alongside.

Comio P1 price in India, specifications

While all the smartphones are in the budget range, the Comio P1 is the most expensive at Rs. 9,999. The dual-SIM device sports a 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card (up to 128GB). Optics include a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front facing selfie camera as well. The big highlight is its 5000mAh battery that is rated to offer 24 hours talk time and 30-day standby time. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. The Comio P1 sports a fingerprint scanner at the back.

Comio S1 price in India, specifications

The Comio S1, priced at Rs. 8,999, sports the same 5.2-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display and is powered by a 64-bit quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is also at 32GB with expansion capabilities using a microSD slot (up to 128GB). There's a home button in the front that houses the fingerprint sensor underneath, and the battery is at 2700mAh. All the other specifications are similar to the P1 smartphone.

Comio C1 price in India, specifications

The Comio C1, priced the lowest at Rs. 5,999, has a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 64-bit 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Optics include an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash support and a 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. All the other specifications match with the S1 smartphone. The Comio C1 smartphone has no fingerprint scanning support, and has capacitive navigation buttons in the front.

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Xiaomi launched an investigation after reports of a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone catching fire in a man's pocket surfaced earlier this week, and on Friday, the company has released its preliminary findings, saying extreme external force was applied to the smartphone - probably causing the incident. To recall, reports claimed East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh resident Bhavana Suryakiran sustained minor burn injuries on his thigh as the Redmi Note 4 he was carrying in his trouser pocket caught fire.

A detailed investigation has been launched, Xiaomi said. "We would like to clarify a recent incident of a damaged Redmi Note 4 in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. We were able to procure the device after multiple conversations with the customer," Xiaomi said in a statement shared with IANS.

"Upon first impressions of the damaged device, we can conclude that extreme external force was applied to the device, which led to the back cover and battery being bent and screen getting damaged. A detailed investigation has been launched to understand the exact cause of the damage," the smartphone maker said.

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Suryakiran, a small trader, was riding his motorbike when the phone caught fire. He told a Telugu television channel that by the time he stopped the motorcycle, pulled out and threw away the handset, he had sustained a burn injury.

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Suryakiran claimed that he purchased the phone around 20 days ago, adding that he would approach the court to claim compensation.

"We would like to request our customers to avoid opening the device, puncturing the battery or applying extreme physical force to the device. Further, do refrain from getting your smartphone repaired at unauthorised repair shops," Xiaomi said.

"At Xiaomi, customer safety is of utmost importance and we treat such cases with absolute priority. All our devices go through stringent quality testing to ensure high standards," the company added. You can read Xiaomi's full statement below.

According to the market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Xiaomi now has a 17.9 percent market share in the Indian smartphone space.

The Redmi Note 4 has pipped Samsung's Galaxy J2 as the top shipped smartphone to India in the second quarter with a 7.97 percent market share. Xiaomi launched Redmi Note 4 earlier this year.

At Xiaomi, customer safety is of utmost importance and we treat such cases with absolute priority. All our devices go through stringent quality testing to ensure high standards.

We would like to clarify a recent incident of a damaged Redmi Note 4 in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. We were able to procure the device after a week of multiple conversations with the customer.

Upon first impressions of the damaged device, we can conclude that extreme external force was applied to the device, which led to the back cover and battery being bent and screen getting damaged. A detailed investigation has been launched to understand the exact cause of the damage.

We would like to request our customers to avoid opening the device, puncturing the battery or applying extreme physical force to the device. Further, do refrain from getting your smartphone repaired at unauthorised repair shops. Instead, if you find issues with your device, visit Xiaomi Authorized Service Centers (575 across 350+ cities) or reach us directly on our hotline 1800 103 6286 immediately.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Ever since telecom operator Reliance Jio started commercial operations, it has managed to garner a massive subscriber base in record time, with users scrambling to take advantage of the lucrative 4G data and voice calling options it has to offer. Smartphone sellers started partnering with Jio to provide additional data, and now payment portals are giving lucrative offers to Jio users in the form of cashbacks. Digital payment portals like Paytm, MobiKwik, Amazon Pay, and PhonePe all offer different amounts of cashbacks on Reliance Jio recharges. This is to lure users out of the My Jio app, and get them to use their respective digital payment portal instead.

Most of the cashbacks are offered on plans above Rs. 300 which means eligible recharge packs include Rs. 309, Rs. 349, Rs. 399, Rs. 509, Rs. 999, Rs. 1,999, Rs. 4,999 and Rs. 9,999. We list out all the cashback offers listed by different payment portals, for you to make a smart decision on which portal offers the best cashback as per your needs.


Paytm is offering a cashback of Rs. 15 on a Jio recharge of Rs. 100 and above. The cashback will be credited into the user's Paytm account within 24 hours after the recharge is done, given that the promo code is added. The promo code listed on the app is PAYTMJIO, and you can even find it listed on the app to select and add automatically, instead of typing it manually.


Flipkart's PhonePe is also offering a cashback of Rs. 75 if you recharge your Reliance Jio number for an amount of Rs. 300 and above. This is applicable only on prepaid recharges from August 14 to August 21, and only on the one Jio account recharge transaction. The cashback will be credited into your PhonePe account, just like Paytm.


MobiKwik is also offering cashbacks on Jio recharges. Cashback of Rs. 59 is offered on Jio Rs. 399 plan (code: JIOMBK), and new users who have never recharged on MobiKwik can use the code NEWJIO and get flat Rs.159 cashback for their first recharge. Both these cashbacks are offered on the new Rs. 399 plan only.

Amazon Pay

Amazon is offering Rs. 99 cashback on Jio recharge of Rs. 309 and above. This offer is valid from August 14 to August 19, and is only applicable on the first Jio recharge using Amazon Pay. Amazon promises the cashback to arrive in your Amazon Pay account within seven days of recharge. After the first cashback is availed, Amazon Pay is giving additional cashback of up to Rs. 20 on subsequent recharges till November 30. Through all of this, a customer can avail a total of Rs. 300 cashback till November.

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Retro-styled platform Sonic Mania is a welcome return to form for Sega’s mascot. The game is available internationally via digital storefronts for the PS4, PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If you’re in India and own an Xbox One, you’re out of luck. Sonic Mania is not on the Indian Xbox Store. Searching for the game on the Xbox One, Xbox website or the Xbox app via smartphone throws up a “no results for this category” message.

This isn’t the first time digital-only games haven’t made it to the Xbox Store for India. The likes of indie darlings Firewatch and Virginia could not be purchased by Indian Xbox One owners either.

PS4 and PS3 Exclusive Persona 5 Not Coming to India

However with Sonic Mania being as high-profile as it is, it does raise a host of questions about Microsoft and Sega’s intentions for the market. It probably reflects the state of the Indian console space as well with Sony having a near monopoly on mindshare and console sales.

Nonetheless, with Xbox having an Indian presence, even its own exclusives don’t release at local retail, such as Dead Rising 4 and the Xbox One S hasn't even been announced for the country yet. In the past Sega-produced titles like Persona 5 skipped India too.

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If you must, absolutely play Sonic Mania on the Xbox One and live in India, there is a fix involving changing your region. You can check out our handy guide here.

We’ve reached out to Sega and Microsoft for comment and will update this story the moment we hear from either company.

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Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad is all set to launch another flagship device for the Indian smartphone market on August 20.

The new "game changer" device will be unveiled at an event in Dubai on August 20 in the presence of James Du, Global CEO, Coolpad Group and Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, the company said in a statement.

In a series of Facebook posts ahead of the launch, Coolpad India hinted that the smartphone would come in metallic unibody packed with 6GB RAM and a powerful battery.

"Sturdy sophistication! The enduring metallic unibody which will attract all eye balls around. The elegance with the splash of metal will become the new trend from 20th August," Coolpad India teased in a post.

The smartphone is likely to cheer up the gamers who are looking for a sturdy device at mid-range.

Earlier this month, Coolpad launched the Note 5 Lite C smartphone, its first offline product, priced at Rs. 7,777. The smartphone, with a 5-inch full HD display, sports an 8-megapixels rear camera and 5MP front camera.

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But it was our ambles through the city’s side streets that proved most interesting. With some 2,000 temples spread throughout Jaipur, intimate places of worship and shrines were everywhere; an amble down an innocuous alleyway led to a former mansion now converted into a vast wedding bazaar, its 200 or so shops seemingly all overflowing with bejewelled saris. Food stalls perforated every street and with my guide to hand, I was able to try the city’s best samosas (fresh as could be, exceptionally cheap and impossible to locate without a resident’s assistance), pick up provisions from the ‘pickle man’ who sells 60 to 70 chutneys (sweet mango, jackfruit and ginger varieties among them), and sample the disc-shaped ghevar cake then being made to celebrate a local festival. (For cooling G&Ts after sunset, a recommendation for Bar Palladio proved another winner - inspired by Harry’s Bar in Venice and impeccably finished in a stark white and deep royal blue, it is one of the loveliest drinking dens in Rajasthan.)

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The Asus ZenFone 4 series was launched at an event in Taiwan, with four new models. While two of the new ZenFone 4 models had been spotted before on the company site - ZenFone 4 Selfie and Selfie Pro - the two new ones are the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, featuring dual cameras. While the ZenFone 4 Selfie family sports dual front cameras, the ZenFone 4 family sports dual rear cameras. Three of the four smartphones are powered by mid-range SoCs, with the ZenFone 4 Pro the flagship model featuring a Snapdragon 835 SoC. All four run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company's ZenUI 4.0 on top.

As we mentioned, the new launches of ZenFone 4 series are split into two models - Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) and Asus ZenFone Pro (ZS551KL). Both are dual-SIM (Nano) smartphones made with aluminium unibody design, with sport diamond-cut metal edges. They also sport fingerprint sensors on the home button, and a dual speaker design. Both also bear the same main camera in their dual rear camera setups - a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 'dual pixel' image sensor that's 1/2.55-inch in size, and features 1.4-micron pixels. This camera is complete with PDAF, OIS, EIS, and an RGB sensor. The Pro model gets laser autofocus and continuous autofocus in addition.

They differ in the secondary rear cameras - the ZenFone 4 goes with a 120-degree wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel sensor, while the ZenFone 4 goes with 2x optical zoom lens, a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 sensor. As for the front cameras, the ZenFone 4 bears an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera with an 84-degree wide-angle lens, while the ZenFone 4 Pro bears an 8-megapixel Sony IMX319 sensor camera with an f/1.9 aperture and 87.4-degree wide-angle lens.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Pro

The ZenFone 4 is available in two processor and RAM variants - Snapdragon 660 SoC and 4GB RAM, apart from a Snapdragon 630 SoC and 6GB RAM - and both come with 64GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The ZenFone 4 Pro on the other hand comes in two storage variants - 64GB and 128GB, once again expandable via microSD card - both with 6GB of RAM coupled with the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The ZenFone 4 bears a 3300mAh battery, while the ZenFone 4 Pro bears a 3600mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, USB Type-C, FM radio, and 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors onboard the two ZenFone 4 models include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.

The Asus ZenFone 4 will be available in Moonlight White, Mint Green, and Midnight Black colours, while the ZenFone 4 Pro will be available in Moonlight White, Pure Black colour variants. Price has been announced, however, availability is still under wraps. The ZenFone 4 price starts at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,000), while the ZenFone 4 Pro price starts at $599 (roughly Rs. 38,000).

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The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the US economy.

Foxconn announced three weeks ago it planned to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin on the first liquid crystal display panel factory located outside of Asia. The company, which employs about 1 million people in China, said it could eventually hire 13,000 workers at the Wisconsin facility.

As part of the deal, the Wisconsin Legislature must approve the $3 billion (roughly Rs. 19,237 crores) incentive package by the end of September.

Democratic critics, who didn't have the votes to stop the incentive package or the project, argued Thursday that the proposal should be improved to add more protections for taxpayers, workers and the environment. They also said Republicans, who control the Legislature, were moving too quickly in voting for the bill less than three weeks after it was introduced.

"Usually if you rush things, FYI, it means the deal stinks," said Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz, an opponent of the project who noted that Foxconn has made promises to build factories elsewhere and never followed through.

But Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos argued that the project was an "American field of dreams" that will transform the state's economy and should not be passed up.

"I care about the future of our state," Vos said. "We can continue to be naysayers. We can continue to find every fault. We can say, 'Let's not take a chance.'"

Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga said there are aspects of the tax break proposal he opposes, but he was looking past those concerns because he views the project as a "game changer." He compared it to Thomas Jefferson signing the Louisiana Purchase.

Gov. Scott Walker has used a more contemporary analogy: saying Foxconn could mean as much to Wisconsin's economy as the Green Bay Packers' signing of All-Pro defensive end Reggie White in 1993 did to the team's turnaround.

"When you have an opportunity to bring an entire industry to Wisconsin, that offers hope to people," Kooyenga said.

The Assembly approved the tax break bill on a bipartisan 59-30 vote, with three Democrats who are from near where the plant may locate joining 56 Republicans in support. Twenty-eight Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. The bill now heads to the Senate, also controlled by Republicans. It must pass the Senate in the same form and be signed by Walker before taking effect.

Democrats said Walker, who is up for re-election next year, so desperately wants the project for political gain that he's rushing it and willing to remove important environmental protections to ease construction.

"This is a huge gamble and we can't afford this boondoggle," said Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck, of Madison.

Walker, who led negotiations on the deal won by Wisconsin over competition from several other nearby states, has called it a once-in-a-generation opportunity. The plant, which would build LCD panels for televisions, computers, the medical field and other uses, would be spread over a 20 million-square-foot campus. Construction would begin in 2020.

But critics question where enough trained people for the high-tech work at the plant will come from, given that Wisconsin's unemployment level is 3.1 percent and the state has long suffered from a shortage of skilled workers.

Opponents also point to a wide array of environmental regulations that would be waived under the deal, including the requirement that an environmental impact statement be prepared.

Not all conservatives are on board with the project. The Wisconsin chapter of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, came out against the deal as a free market advocate and opponent of government tax incentives.

It will take at least 25 years for Wisconsin taxpayers to break even under the deal, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

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PS4-exclusive Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s release date is August 22 in the US and August 23 in India and Europe. In the run up to this, developer Naughty Dog has issued a day one patch for the game. Its details are as follows.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Day One patch features

Photo Mode

  • Custom Filters
  • Stylised Frames
  • Camera Controls and Effects
  • NEW: Facial Expressions
  • NEW: Sun Angle
  • NEW: Logo Overlays

Bonus Features (unlocked through game completion)

  • Render Modes
  • Gameplay Modifiers
  • Character Gallery
  • Single-player
  • Character Skins
  • Weapon Selector Cellphone
  • Camera Viewer
  • Concept Art Galleries
  • Encounter Select

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy patch file size

The digital download of the game itself clocks in at around 44.7GB. After patches the file size is around 48GB. Essentially making version 1.01 being roughly 3.3GB.

In addition to this, there’s the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy version 1.02 multiplayer patch which includes access to Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, co-op, and all of its DLC from August 22. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy also includes a brand new Survival Arena Mode that will be available on public servers on launch day.

Competitive Multiplayer:

  • 14 Maps
  • Six Game Types
  • Ranked Mode
  • Solo Trials
  • Hundreds of unlockable vanity items

Co-op Survival Mode:

  • 1-to-3 Player Cooperative Mode
  • Solo Survival Mode (no PS+ required)
  • 50 Waves Warlord Boss Battles
  • Unique Rewards

NEW: Survival Arena Mode

  • 1-to-3 player cooperative variant introduced with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Take on 10 challenging and dynamically evolving waves
  • Face warlord bosses and unique round modifiers

NEW: Asav Playable Multiplayer Character

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s villain joins the multiplayer roster

NEW: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Character Skins

  • Unlock new Uncharted: The Lost Legacy skins for Chloe, Nadine, and other cameo characters.

Cinema Replay Tools

  • Relive recent multiplayer matches with match replay tools

Are you picking up Uncharted: The Lost Legacy or are you burnt out on Naughy Dog’s take on Indiana Jones and Lara Croft? Let us know in the comments.

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Samsung’s QLED TV is promoted as their most spectacular TV to date.  IT will certainly be this year’s Super Bowl viewing purchase. It features an absolutely brilliant picture quality which is made possible by more than a billion colors, producing unimaginable images.

The secret is in Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Dots technology which delivers 100% color volume for rich, perfect colors far beyond what can currently be achieved. This is a Smart TV that features OneRemote technology with auto detection which automatically detects and controls your connected devices (satellite, cable, Blu-ray, soundbar) and content with no manual programming required.

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Experience perfect color with the QLED TV, featuring reinvented Quantum Dot technology and a new metal core for 100% color volume. Improved off-angle viewing and a boundless 360° design bring every scene to life, while the OneRemote puts you in control of all your devices.

With exclusive Quantum Dots that turn light into perfect color, our QLED TV¹ is the first of its kind to achieve 100% color volume. That means color doesn’t fade, even in the brightest scenes.

Samsung QLED TVs have 100% color volume and over a billion precise colors thanks to our exclusive Quantum Dots. Experience rich, perfect colors that stay true, even when the brightest scenes would normally wash out color on other TVs.



Watching TV during the day in a brightly lit room can be challenging, but Samsung’s QLED cuts through with superior peak brightness only on the parts of the screen that need it.

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