Hitman FREE – First episode of game free on PS4, Xbox One and PC from today


The first episode of Hitman from today will be free on PS4, Xbox One and PC
The first location in the IO Interactive game, the Playground, features two story missions, two Escalation contracts and more than 40 challengers.Hitman is completely free to play on the PS4, Xbox One and PC from today and is NOT a limited-time offer.

The first episode will be free to download from 5pm BST today, or if you’re in other European countries 6pm CEST.

If you choose to buy the full game your save data and everything you earn during your Hitman playthrough will carry over.

You can also get 60 per cent off the price of the full Hitman game this week on all platforms.

Hakan Abrak, CEO of IO Interactive, said: “I’m proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of HITMAN for free.“There is a lot of love out there for HITMAN and with this offering we hope that many more will fall in love with the game. We believe that this is Hitman at its best. So jump in and give a try.”

The offer comes after IO Interactive on Friday secured an agreement with Square Enix to become an independent studio.

They also retained the rights to the Hitman franchise.After the agreement last week was announced, Abrak said: “This is a watershed moment for IOI.

“As of today, we have complete control over the direction for our studio and the Hitman IP – we’re about to forge our own future and it’s incredibly exciting.

“We are now open to opportunities with future collaborators and partners to help strengthen us as a studio and ensure that we can produce the best games possible for our community.”

The latest version of the Hitman franchise initially received backlash from fans after taking a new, episodic release structure. The full season was later released as one standalone title.

However, the game has since received a warm reception from critics and fans, with a strong 84 per cent rating on Metacritic based on 40 different reviews.Hitman free on PS4, Xbox One and PC

HITMAN FREE – WHAT YOU GET IN FIRST EPISODE• The ICA Facility will be available as a free download on PS4, Xbox One and PC
• The download includes everything released for that location
• Two story missions (including all cut-scenes)
• Two Escalation Contracts
• More than 40 challenges
• 17 achievements and trophies
• Plus thousands of player-created missions in Contracts Mode
• Players who download the ICA Facility for free will be able to keep all of their progress when they upgrade to the full game


More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play


For the second time this month, Google has removed Android apps from its Google Play marketplace. Google did so after a security researcher found the apps contained code that laid the groundwork for attackers to take administrative “root” control of infected devices.

“Magic Browser,” as one app was called, was uploaded to Google’s official Android App bazaar on May 15 and gained more than 50,000 downloads by the time it was removed, Kaspersky Lab Senior Research Analyst Roman Unuchek said in a blog post published Tuesday. Magic Browser was disguised as a knock-off to the Chrome browser. The other app, “Noise Detector,” purported to measure the decibel level of sounds, and it had been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Both apps belong to a family of Android malware known as Ztorg, which has managed to sneak past Google’s automated malware checks almost 100 times since last September.

Most Ztorg apps are notable for their ability to use well-known exploits to root infected phones. This status allows the apps to have finer-grain control and makes them harder to be removed. Ztorg apps are also concerning for their large number of downloads. A Ztorg app known as Privacy Lock, for instance, received one million installations before Google removed it last month, while an infected Pokémon Go guide racked up 500,000 downloads before its removal in September.

Earlier this month, Google removed a game called colourblock after Kaspersky Lab’s Unuchek found it contained code dubbed DVmap that attempted to gain root. To evade detection by Google, DVmap developers initially uploaded a clean version of the game to Play and later updated it to add malicious functions. Unuchek has warned that the rooting processes used by malicious rooting apps can often harm the phones because the apps can overwrite crucial files and folders.

Magic Browser and Noise Detector didn’t actually root the phones, but the Ztorg digital fingerprints in both apps led Unuchek to theorize that the app developers were in the process of adding the capability to one or both of the apps gradually in an attempt to evade detection. In the meantime, the researcher said, the developers were using Magic Browser to either test or actively use malicious text-messaging functions. The app had the ability to send premium text messages to attacker-controlled numbers. To keep users in the dark, the app could also delete incoming texts and turn off the device sound.

“So I think that the authors are still testing this malware, because they use some techniques which can break the infected devices,” Unuchek wrote. “But they already have a lot of infected users on whom to test their methods. I hope that by uncovering this malware at such an early stage, we will be able to prevent a massive and dangerous attack when the attackers are ready to actively use their methods.”

FYJC online admission process to restart from June 22, technical glitches resolved


The online admission process for Class 11, which was marred by technical glitches, will restart from June 22. The Minister for School Education Vinod Tawde said that the administration will take a day off to resolve the technical glitches that are clogging the system to ensure that it functions smoothly.

He assured the parents that even though there will be a days delay the process of filling the Online Part I and Part II forms shall be error free and that no meritorious student shall be put at disadvantage. “Online admission process has started in all the divisional boards of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Amravati,” he said.

“There have been some technical glitches like the server getting slow or hanging in between have been experienced in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik. As a result 30,000 odd students are still to fill up their Part I of the form. While about 67,300 odd students have filled up their Part II (choice of colleges),” he added. Read | Maharashtra FYJC 2017: form filling begins; On day one, most inquiries come for quota admissions. Click here

Tawde said that a meeting held today decided to add three more servers. He added that at the end of the day on June 22 hehimself will check the steps taken to ensure smooth functioning of the online admission process.pune, FYJC, pune FYJC admissions, FYJC admissions pune, pune cap admissions, FYJC Cap admissions, pune news, india news, indian express news

Tawde said that the problem arose as about 2.75 lakh students who have passed their SSC exams began logging online to fill their forms.

“We have decided to increase the number of servers, increasing bandwidth and updating the online process to ensure that no more confusion is created,” he said. He added that those who have filled their Part I or Part II online forms will not have to re-enter their details again. Read | Top 25 universities in India: NIRF ranking 2017. Click here

He disclosed that as of now about 1.75 lakh SSC passed students are yet to fill their online forms. Replying to a query about the case in the Bombay High Court related to making Maths an optional subject, he said that a year ago when he had spoken about it a section of the media had lashed out at him remarking “has the Education Minister lost his mind.”

He said that many students find subjects like Maths and English tough to crack. Tawde said that the HC has directed the government to talk to educational experts and then file an affidavit.

Taking on the section of the media, he wanted to know as to what they have to say now about the HC directive. He clarified that the teachers jobs will not be affected as those students who want to have better and


6 great Android features missing from iOS 11


Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I’ve grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever’s onscreen at a given moment.

Read on for six awesome Android features that iOS 11 has yet to match, starting with..

Multiple user profiles

Given all the innovations coming to the iPad courtesy of iOS 11, from the ability to drag-and-drop elements from one side of the split screen to the other and the new, persistent app dock, you’d think Apple would toss in a feature that’s been standard on Android for years: user profiles, perfect for letting family members in a one-iPad household create their own personal iPad spaces.

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If you’ve been waiting for Android-like user profiles to arrive on iOS, bad news: they’re still missing in iOS 11.

For whatever reason, though (privacy concerns, perhaps?), Apple has yet again passed on adding user profiles to the iPhone or iPad. That means if you share your iPad with your toddler or teenager, you’re sharing all your iPad data, too, including your e-mail, your open browser tabs, your Facebook app, everything.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

Android has really spoiled me with its “automatic rules” for Do Not Disturb mode. With automatic rules, you can set up multiple Do Not Disturb schedules for weeknights, weekends, meetings, and any other scenarios you dream up. For example, I have Do Not Disturb set to turn itself off early (as in 6 a.m.) on weekday mornings, while on weekends, Do Not Disturb keeps things quiet until about 8.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules


Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint


If you looked at Como Audio’s Duetto tabletop radio and couldn’t swallow its $399 price tag, Tivoli Audio’s Model One Digital sounds about as good and costs $100 less. The Tivoli lacks a number of features compared to its competitor, but you might not miss them.

Like the Duetto, the Model One Digital is equipped with an FM radio, but it’s primarily designed for streaming digital music. There’s Bluetooth support, of course (although aptX support is conspicuous in its absence), or you can connect it to your Wi-Fi network and play the music you own via a DLNA server.

There’s also support for most of the major streaming services, including Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, and the lesser-known (in the U.S., at least) QQ Music. There’s TuneIn support for Internet radio stations, but Apple Music is not supported, and neither is Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Tivoli Model One Digital

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Kudos to whoever designed Tivoli Audio’s app.

You control the radio mostly from Tivoli’s app, which is available on Android and iOS devices. You can also perform basic functions with the volume/power knob and the aluminum ring encircling the radio’s 3-inch display. Turning the ring changes stations and presets on terrestrial radio, and scrolls through playlists on streaming media. Pushing the ring in pauses and resumes a stream.

I expected to encounter a bit of play in the larger ring, but the way the volume control knob wiggles under your fingertips feels disappointingly sloppy. The rest of the radio feels so precise in comparison. The circular display shows basic information, such as the track and artist name, the current source, the status of your network connection, and the time. But the only way to view album art is on your device, via the app.

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The Tivoli Model One Digital has elegantly retro styling, but its largeish display is underutilized—no album art.

As does Como, Tivoli has its own multi-room audio ecosystem, with several other speakers that can be networked and controlled from the app. The Model One Digital has a “party mode” button on its back that can instantly stream the same music to all the compatible speakers at once. It’s on this point that Tivoli offers a significant benefit over Como: Buy Tivoli’s $60 ConX, and you can transform any speakers into a Tivoli network node. Or you can use the same device to stream music from any audio device—a turntable, for example. That’s pretty cool.

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The 3.5-inch slot port helps the Tivoli Model One Digital deliver impressive bass response. But the paucity of inputs and outputs is disappointing.

Features Como offers that Tivoli doesn’t

This is a good time to sum up the features that Como Audio includes in the Duetto that you won’t find on Tivoli’s radio: I’ve already mentioned two of them: aptX codec support and the ability to display album art on the radio itself. The Model One Digital also lacks NFC support, for quick-and-easy Bluetooth pairing; a headphone output; an optical digital audio input, a line-level output (there is an analog Auxiliary input); a USB port for playing music from USB storage, which can also be used to power a Chromecast dongle or an Amazon Echo Dot; and hardware radio preset buttons.

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The cabinet is made from furniture quality wood, with a tweed-like cloth grill. The ring around the display has multiple function.

You’ll need to decide for yourself, but that’s a lot of features to give up to save a hundred bucks. Fortunately for Tivoli, it doesn’t sacrifice audio quality. The diminutive Model One Digital sounds fabulous, reproducing music in high fidelity at volume levels that are entirely disproportionate to its size: Crisp highs, a well-defined midrange, and surprisingly robust bass response, thanks to a 3.5-inch slot port in back. I no longer have the Duetto to make an A/B comparison, but going by memory, I’d say audio quality is a tossup at worst. Having said that, however, I think the Duetto earns its price premium.


Reliance Jio Lyf smartphone offers: Mobile phones prices cut up to 60 pct, now start from Rs 6,898; check top 5 offers


Reliance Jio Lyf smartphone offers: Amid rumours that Reliance Jio is set to launch a feature phone that will cost you just Rs 500 to Rs 1500, the company has now decided to reduce the prices of already existing Reliance Jio Lyf smartphones. The new feature phone will be launched under Jio’s Lyf brand only and will have support video-calling, an app store, microSD card, the ability to load Jio apps and more. Coming back to the offers, Jio is now giving a discount of up to 60 pct on its smart phones. The new offers were announced on the official website jio.com and you can purchase the handsets from there. Here is what a Reliance Jio smartphone will cost now: (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf F1S black – The original price of this smartphone is Rs 20,249. However, the handset is now available at a discounted price of Rs 9,499 which means there is a discount of 53% on it. This will help you save Rs 10,750. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Samsung A9 Pro Gold: The premium Reliance Jio Lyf phone which usually costs Rs 39,990 is now available at a discounted price of Rs 26,990. The customers will get a discount of 32% on this phone and will end up saving Rs 13,000. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf water 1 white – The best deal on the website is probably on Lyf water 1 white phone. This device is now available at a discounted price of Rs 6,898. The original price of the phone is Rs 17,399 which means you get a discount of 60% and end up saving Rs 10,501. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf water 11 gold – Coming to the budget category, the discount may not be very huge but you will end up saving a decent amount. Priced at Rs 11,699 this phone is now available at Rs 7,249 which means you will be able to save Rs 4,460. (Image Source: Jio website)


Blast from the past: BlackBerry still not doing well


You’re probably saying to yourself “Sheesh, Macalope. BlackBerry? Why are you dredging up the undead and making them shamble around for our amusement? Way to keep it phresh.”

You say that and then five minutes later you’re laughing and clapping and yelling “Dance, zombie, dance!” Also, “phresh”? We talked about this, Ted.

The Macalope regrets to report that BlackBerry… well, that doesn’t really need a verb. He simply regrets to report that BlackBerry.

“BlackBerry misses sales forecasts, shares tumble.”

They had a sales forecast? They still sell stuff? Who knew?

So, why is the Macalope beating a horse that was presumed to be dead but has somehow been found stumbling nearsightedly around the pasture, attempting to mate with sawhorses, rain barrels and a rusted-out pickup truck? Because it really wasn’t all that long ago that people were still touting a BlackBerry comeback. People wrote that.

As recently as 2015, Robert Baillieul was suggesting people invest in BlackBerry instead of Apple because, and this is a direct quote, hedge fund managers “see an epic rally ahead”.macalope

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Yes, it was tremendous advice because in late May of 2015, BlackBerry was hovering around $9.80 per share and right now it’s skyrocketed to about, uh… $9.80 per share. Apple, meanwhile, has gone from $120 per share to $145 per share over the same period. So, you could have invested in Apple and seen a return of 21 percent or you could have taken Baillieul’s advice and seen a sweet “indivisible by zero” error in your portfolio spreadsheet.

Baillieul was only the most recent to suggest everything would come up BlackBerry. A year earlier, Anup Singh wondered aloud if Apple’s security “missteps” could lead to BlackBerry’s turnaround. It’s bad enough to wonder that at all, but wondering it aloud is… something else. And then to write it? Yeeeeow. And then publish it. There were so many places where a friend could have said “Anup, honey, don’t.”

So, investors can expect BlackBerry to gain enterprise market share from Apple in the future, making it a better investment.

But we are not yet done with this cavalcade of wrong, because Singh wasn’t the only one who had read somewhere that BlackBerry was once praised for its security and then read about a few security problems Apple had and just started typing.

In 2013, Sean Udall suggested Apple buy BlackBerry to help make its products more secure. Because, you know, you can just buy security and bolt it on to whatever. That’s how that works.

This would create a nearly unassailable device entry in the enterprise segment: Apple’s ease of use with BlackBerry’s security.

Forget the fact that iOS was already the most secure mobile operating system available.

No, seriously, forget that fact, otherwise you can’t write that piece. You can barely stand to read it if you know that, let alone write it.

Never mind. You’ll never make it in this business, Ted. You don’t have what it takes. Which is a compliment.


Review: LG’s New G6 Android Phone Is a Big Step Up From Last Year


The good: Sharp screen; Compact design; Wide front facing camera; Good battery life
The bad: Easily picks up fingerprint smudges, Power button and fingerprint sensor placement can feel awkward; Lacks other new features that differentiate it from other new smartphones
Who should buy: Android loyalists who want more screen space in a smaller device will be happy with the G6. But it may be worth waiting to check out the Samsung Galaxy S8.

With Samsung on the proverbial ropes following its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, rival Android smartphone makers like HTC and LG had a rare opportunity to leapfrog the perennial market leader. The former’s effort, the HTC U Ultra, largely failed in that regard. Now it’s LG’s turn to try.

LG’s new G6 Android phone is radically different from last year’s G5, which was designed around a customizable “modular” concept that never caught on with consumers. This time, LG is pinning its hopes on a design that dramatically reduces the “bezels” alongside the edge of the display, allowing for a bigger screen without increasing the size of the phone itself.

But is the G6 enough to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, which features a similar design? Here’s what it’s like to use the LG G6, which costs between $650 and $720 depending on your wireless carrier and plan.lg-g6-02

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By far the standout feature on the LG G6 is the sharp and all-consuming screen. Colors and text looked crisp whether I was scrolling through Facebook, watching Netflix, or reading news articles. The quality looked similar to that of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Google’s Pixel XL. But thanks to its nearly bezel-free design — the latest trend among handset makers — the G6 has a slightly taller screen in a similarly-sized body. (LG put a 5.7-inch screen on a 5.86 by 2.83-inch phone, while the Google Pixel XL measures 6.09 by 2.98 inches and has a 5.5-inch screen. The iPhone 7 Plus similarly has a 5.5-inch display with dimensions of 6.23 by 3.07 inches). That means users get the benefit of a bigger display while the phone stays pocketable and one-handable.

LG has designed some of its apps to take advantage of the G6’s extra screen space. Square Camera, for instance, uses half the display to show you a preview of an image after it’s captured. And like older LG phones, the G6 can run multiple apps on screen simultaneously. Unfortunately, there’s little else that makes the longer screen more useful beyond watching video and the like.

Smartphone shutterbugs won’t find much to fawn over with the G6. The phone’s 13-megapixel cameras (one wide angle, one standard) will get the job done, but the results aren’t breathtakingly impressive. During a side-by-side test with the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, the G6 produced colors that were just as vibrant as its competitors, but the autofocus wasn’t as capable. But frequent selfie-takers might be happy to know that the G6’s front-facing camera captured more background than the other devices.

Some reviewers have knocked LG for putting an older Qualcomm processor in the G6, which could be a handicap against rival devices with the latest-and-greatest hardware. But in practice, the G6 felt plenty fast when opening apps, launching the camera, processing photo edits and so on.

Although the G6 is different from last year’s LG G5 in nearly every way, there’s at least one characteristic they share: a rear-mounted power button and fingerprint sensor. LG has been placing the power button on the back of its phones for years, but it still feels awkward if you’re not used to it. The back of the G6 is also covered in glass rather than metal this time, giving it a classier look but making it prone to fingerprint smudges.

Like Google’s Pixel phones and HTC’s U Ultra, the G6 also ships with Google Assistant, the search giant’s new digital aide. The Assistant is designed to get to know your habits and behaviors over time, but I found it to be more capable than Apple’s Siri software right out of the box. When I asked the Assistant how to make red sangria, then followed up with “how about white?,” it pulled up the right recipes. After asking Siri the same question, it thought I wanted info about a friend with the last name White.

Bigger phones typically mean better battery life, and indeed, I was able to get through a full day with the G6 without having to plug it in — but barely. Rival phones, like the Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus, can comfortably last for nearly a day and a half. That said, the G6 has fast-charging tech that lets the battery jump from 10% to 50% in about a half-hour, making overall battery life less of an issue.

All told, LG’s G6 is an improvement over the G5 and a solid choice for Android fans who want a bigger screen without a phone that’s physically larger. But display aside, there’s little that differentiates it from rival Android flagships out there. Android users in need of an upgrade, then, may want to wait just a little bit longer until Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is available before pulling the trigger.

LG Elec Says First Quarter Profit up 82 Percent From Year Earlier


FILE PHOTO: Models pose for photographs with a LG electronics’ new V20 premium smartphone during its unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc <066570.KS> said on Thursday its first-quarter operating profit rose 82 percent from a year earlier to its highest in nearly eight years on the back of healthy sales for its appliances and television businesses.Reuters

LG said January-March profit was 922 billion won ($816 million) in line with its estimate earlier in April. Revenue rose 9.7 percent to 14.7 trillion won, also in line with the company’s previous estimate.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Richard Pullin)

Copyright 2017 Thomson Reuters.


Key Updates from the Tech Sector Last Week

Tech stocks outperformed the broader markets in the week ended July 7

Technology stocks (QQQ) rose 0.6% during the week ended July 7, 2017, compared to the 0.1% rise in the S&P 500 Index (SPY). There were no earnings releases of note in the tech sector during the week ended July 7, and there won’t be any of note in the coming week either.

Key Updates from the Tech Sector Last Week

Top movers in the sectors

Semiconductor stocks led the charge of tech companies in the last week. The top three tech gainers last week all belonged to the semiconductor sector. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was the top performer in the last week, gaining over 6.0%. Applied Materials (AMAT) climbed 5.1% while Lam Research (LRCX) rose 4.1% last week.

On the other end of the spectrum, Western Digital (WDC) was the biggest loser last week within the tech sector, falling 5.1%. Western Digital is facing a lawsuit from its partner, Toshiba (TOSBF). Teradata (TDC), a provider of database-related products, fell 5.0%. Meanwhile, Marvell Technologies (MRVL) fell 4.2%.

Microsoft is reorganizing its global sales force

The Washington-based company is planning a huge reshuffling of its sales force. The company wants to challenge Amazon (AMZN), the leader in the cloud computing space. This move may lead to thousands of layoffs.

Amazon is pumping more money into its India business

Amazon has increased its investment in India to build big warehouses, marketing, logistics units, and discounts. The e-commerce giant had invested $2 billion in India three years ago.

Qualcomm’s battle with Apple continues

The legal fight between Qualcomm (QCOM) and Apple (AAPL) continued on Thursday, July 6. According to the Wall Street Journal, Qualcomm has asked trade authorities to halt the imports of some Apple devices including iPads and iPhones.

Samsung is likely to report the highest ever operating profit

Samsung (SSNLF) projects fiscal 2Q17 operating profit of about $12.1 billion, a whopping 72% increase of $7.0 billion from the corresponding quarter last year. The company estimates that its revenue will be $51.9 billion in this quarter compared to 2Q16’s revenues of $44.0 billion.