From Black Widow to Haseen Dillruba, What to Watch This July
From Black Widow to Haseen Dillruba, What to Watch This July


Black Widow is the obvious highlight of new movies and TV shows in July. The Scarlett Johansson-starrer is coming to theatres and streaming, but so not releasing in India on July 9, thanks to COVID-19 and Disney+ Hotstar’s inability to adapt, although that’s probably not going to stop enterprising Marvel fans. From India, July brings the Taapsee Pannu-led thriller Haseen Dillruba out July 2 on Netflix, Farhan Akhtar punching dudes in Toofaan available from July 16 on Prime Video, the young love Netflix anthology Feels Like Ishq on July 23, and the Jimmy Sheirgill-led thriller Collar Bomb exploding July 9 on Disney+ Hotstar. The second season of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever is due a day prior on July 15. Meanwhile, Chris Pratt is headed to the future in The Tomorrow War, debuting July 2 on Prime Video.

July is also a big month for sequels, follow-ups, and sophomore runs. Everyone’s favourite Ted Lasso is back for some feel-good fun; Ted Lasso season 2 begins July 23 on Apple TV+. Netflix is taking us back into the worlds of Resident Evil (games) and He-Man (the ‘80s superhero) in July. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness cuts in July 8, while Masters of the Universe: Revelation is due July 23. LeBron James is going to play some cartoon basketball in Space Jam: A New Legacy, premiering July 16 on HBO Max (again, not in India). Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia wraps up with Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, streaming July 21 on Netflix.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are off on an Amazonian adventure in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, releasing July 30. But, like Black Widow, Jungle Cruise isn’t coming to Disney+ Hotstar in July. Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones lead the dual-timeline romantic drama tale, The Last Letter from Your Lover, floating in July 23 on Netflix. And lastly, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong will be seen in a parody of musicals called Schmigadoon!, starting July 16 on Apple TV+.

With that, here’s our July 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Disney+.

Haseen Dillruba

When: July 2
Where: Netflix

A newly-wed woman (Taapsee Pannu) who loves novels about small-town murders finds herself caught in the investigation into the murder of her husband (Vikrant Massey). It doesn’t help that she has a complicated past that involves a former lover (Harshvardhan Rane) and that her husband might have had suicidal tendencies. Or at least, that’s what the trailer suggests. Directed by Hasee Toh Phasee’s Vinil Mathew, Haseen Dillruba also stars Aditya Srivastav and Hansika Motwani.

Netflix India Unveils 13 Movies for 2021, Including 5 New Films feat. Haseen Dillruba

The Tomorrow War

When: July 2
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Thirty years in the future, humanity is fighting a losing battle against aliens. In a last gasp, scientists figure out a way to draft soldiers from the past, including Chris Pratt’s war veteran. That’s the premise for this sci-fi action movie that Amazon paid a reported $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,486 crores) to Paramount for. Yvonne Strahovski plays a soldier in the future, Betty Gilpin is Pratt’s wife, J.K. Simmons is his dad, and Sam Richardson is a fellow soldier. Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) directs.

The Tomorrow War Trailer Pulls Chris Pratt Into the Future to Fight Aliens

From Black Widow to Haseen Dillruba, What to Watch This July

Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War
Photo Credit: Frank Masi/Amazon

Monsters at Work

When: July 7
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Following the feature-length prequel Monsters University, Pixar — or rather, Disney Television Animation — is taking us back to the world of Monsters, Incorporated with this sequel that begins in the aftermath of Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike’s (Billy Crystal) monumental shift: no more harvesting screams, only laughter. That’s unfortunate for eager young Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman) who graduated top of his class as a scarer. Now stuck in the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team (MIFT), Tylor must figure out how to become funny.

Goodman, Crystal, John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly, and Bob Peterson reprise their roles from the Pixar films. In addition to Feldman, they will be joined by Mindy Kaling, Henry Winkler, Lucas Neff, Alanna Ubach, Stephen Stanton, Aisha Tyler, Bonnie Hunt, and Curtis Armstrong. New episodes every Wednesday, in line with Disney+’s new policy for original series.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

When: July 8
Where: Netflix

Netflix is seemingly in love with Resident Evil. While a live-action adaptation is currently in the works with Supernatural co-showrunner Andrew Dabb and expected in 2022, Netflix has also picked up an anime series that follows Resident Evil 2 (the game) protagonists Leon S. Kennedy (Toshiyuki Morikawa/ Nick Apostolides) and Claire Redfield (Yūko Kaida/ Stephanie Panisello), during the gap between the games Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. Eiichirō Hasumi directs.

All Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness episodes will be available together at once.

Black Widow

When: July 9
Where: Disney+

Just over two years since Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the big screen — arriving after a delay of over a year — although not exclusively to theatres, and not in India just yet. Scarlett Johansson’s first (and only) standalone run as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow will also be available on Disney+ with Premier Access in select markets, for an additional fee of $30 or equivalent on top of your monthly Disney+ subscription. A release date has not been set for Indian cinemas because COVID-19, but it’s expected October 8 on Disney+ Hotstar.

As for the movie itself, Black Widow is set following the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Natasha taking a trip back home to see her family of sorts: Florence Pugh as sister-figure Yelena Belova, David Harbour as father-figure Alexei Shostakov, and Rachel Weisz as mother-figure Melina Vostokoff. Like Natasha, Yelena and Melina were also trained at the KGB Red Room in the art of Black Widow. Pugh will even take over from Johansson in the MCU, what with Natasha having died in Avengers: Endgame.

O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), William Hurt (Civil War), and Ray Winstone (The Departed) also have roles. Robert Downey Jr. and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will cameo as Iron Man and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, respectively. Cate Shortland (Somersault) directs.

Black Widow Trailer Promises to Bring Scarlett Johansson Home

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Florence Pugh, Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow
Photo Credit: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

Collar Bomb

When: July 9
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

A police officer (Jimmy Sheirgill) is out to stop a terrorist from blowing up a school in this action thriller from director Dnyanesh Zoting (Raakshas) and writer Nikhil Nair (Serious Men). Asha Negi, Rajshri Deshpande, Sparsh Shrivastava, Ajay Purkar, Naman Jain, Ajit Singh Palawat, Shashi Bhushan, Ambarish Deshpande, Vidushi Mehra, and Suman Singh co-star.

The White Lotus

When: July 12
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Enlightened co-creator Mike White is off to Hawaii with this social satire miniseries that skewers rich white folks at an exclusive resort, alongside the idyllic locale and the hotel’s cheerful employees that turn out to be “far less perfect than first appearances would suggest.” Murray Barlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, and Steve Zahn form the ensemble cast. One new episode will air every week.

Never Have I Ever

When: July 15
Where: Netflix

Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) decides to juggle two boyfriends — Ben (Jaren Lewison) for her brainy side, and Paxton (Darren Barnet) for her horny side — in the second season of this coming-of-age comedy, which will continue to see her deal with the pressures of home and a new challenge: a prettier, cooler Indian girl Aneesa (Megan Suri) at school.

Tyler Alvarez, Utkarsh Ambudkar, P. J. Byrne, and Common are also new to Never Have I Ever season 2 cast. Created by Mindy Kaling (also executive producer) and Lang Fisher (also EP, showrunner and writer). All Never Have I Ever season 2 episodes will release at once.

Schmigadoon!

When: July 16
Where: Apple TV+

A couple (Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong) on a backpacking trip discover a magical town where everyone believes they are living inside a 1940s studio musical. They then realise they can’t leave said town until they find “true love”. Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski, and Ann Harada co-star. Martin Short guest stars.

The six-episode musical parody comes from Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, with Paul also providing the music and lyrics. Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) directs. Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, Paul, and Sonnenfeld are executive producers, while Strong is among the producers. Two episodes on premiere, with one new episode weekly thereafter.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

When: July 16
Where: HBO Max

LeBron James takes over from Michael Jordan in this new take on the same formula: sucked into the Looney Tunes world, the basketball star must team up with Bugs Bunny and the lot to defeat some supercharged opponents. There’s a digital spin on the whole thing, with Don Cheadle (Marvel’s War Machine) playing a rogue AI who traps LeBron. That (conveniently) allows Warner Bros. to showcase its other properties, including Wonder Woman, King Kong, The Matrix, Mad Max, and even Casablanca.

Sonequa Martin-Green will star as LeBron’s wife. Zendaya voices Lola Bunny, while many of the original voice actors return to voice the Looney Tunes characters. NBA and WNBA stars Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike lend their likeness to LeBron’s opponents, the Goon Squad. Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) directs, Ryan Coogler and LeBron are among producers.

Available on HBO Max and in cinemas at the same time, for a month. No word on an India release date for Space Jam: A New Legacy, courtesy COVID-19.

Toofaan

When: July 16
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Delayed a couple of months in respect of the debilitating second COVID-19 wave, Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s boxing drama follows an amateur boxer and a petty criminal (Farhan Akhtar) who must choose between the life he has (working for Vijay Raaz’s local Mumbai gangster) and the life he wants (training under Paresh Rawal’s boxing coach). Akhtar and Mehra reunite eight years since Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Mrunal Thakur plays Akhtar’s love interest.

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

When: July 21
Where: Netflix

It has all led to this. Following the six-season-long events of Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards, the Guillermo del Toro-created fantasy series culminates in a movie. As the supernatural worlds converge, the heroes of Arcadia from all previous series must come together on the brink of an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic, up against ancient titans summoned by the evil Arcane Order.

Turner & Hooch

When: July 21
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

There was no way Disney could get Tom Hanks to return for this series follow-up to his so-so amazing 1989 movie, which is why his character has been killed off. That death plays into the plot as it follows his US Marshall son Scott Turner Jr. (Josh Peck) who also ends up inheriting an unruly dog — just like his father (some coincidence!) — that becomes his partner. Lyndsy Fonseca, Carra Patterson, Vanessa Lengies, Anthony Ruivivar, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Jeremy Maguire co-star.

Burn Notice creator Matt Nix is at the helm of the new Turner & Hooch. The 12-episode first season will air new episodes weekly on Wednesdays.

Feels Like Ishq

When: July 23
Where: Netflix

Following last month’s middling Ray, Netflix India returns with another (young love) anthology series. This time, it’s a series of six meet-cutes featuring Radhika Madan, Tanya Maniktala, Zayn Marie Khan, Neeraj Madhav, Amol Parashar, Mihir Ahuja, and Rohit Saraf among others. Ruchir Arun, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Anand Tiwari, Danish Aslam, Jaydeep Sarkar, Sachin Kundalkar and Devrath Sagar serve as directors.

Netflix India Unveils 15 Series for 2021, Including 5 New TV Shows feat. Feels Like Ishq

The Last Letter from Your Lover

When: July 23
Where: Netflix

After coming across a trove of secret love letters from 1965 in present day, an ambitious reporter (Felicity Jones) sets out to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair — involving a socialite and a wealthy industrialist’s wife (Shailene Woodley/ Diana Kent) and a financial journalist (Callum Turner/ Ben Cross) — as a love story of her own unfolds with an earnest and endearing archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan).

Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back) directs what is an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ 2012 romance novel.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation

When: July 23
Where: Netflix

By the Power of Grayskull! Over thirty years since He-Man made his TV debut, the character and his universe are being resurrected for a direct sequel that picks up where we left off. As such, it’s aimed at its original now-adult audience, though visually, it’s still the same. Of course, the voice cast is all new. It includes Chris Wood, Mark Hamill, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liam Cunningham, Lena Headey, Diedrich Bader, Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Root, Griffin Newman, and Susan Eisenberg.

Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob) is the showrunner on Masters of the Universe: Revelation. It will air in two halves, with five episodes available now alongside an after-show, Revelations: The Masters of the Universe Revelation Aftershow.

Ted Lasso

When: July 23
Where: Apple TV+

Apple’s biggest hit returns for its second season that finds the titular football coach (Jason Sudeikis) and his club AFC Richmond now in the lower leagues, following a relegation from Premier League at the end of the first season. The Ted Lasso season 2 trailer suggests a trip to FA Cup, and a visit by the coach’s destructive side “Led Tasso”. Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, and Juno Temple will all return — as do Ted’s famous biscuits. They will be joined by Sarah Niles as a sports psychologist.

Two episodes on release date, with one new Ted Lasso season 2 episode following each week.

Jungle Cruise

When: July 30
Where: Disney+

Not satisfied with one multi-billion-dollar franchise based on a roller coaster ride — that’s Pirates of the Caribbean — Disney is now at it again. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt set off to find a magical healing object in the dense Amazon jungles, where they have to fight off wild animals and some Nazis. Wait, so this is Disney’s Indiana Jones? That’s even funnier when you realise Disney owns Indiana Jones as well, thanks to its purchase of Star Wars studio Lucasfilm in 2012.

Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti also star. Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) directs. As with Black Widow, Jungle Cruise is available on Disney+ with Premier Access for an additional fee of $30 or equivalent, on top of your monthly Disney+ subscription.

Jungle Cruise Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt Are Off on Amazon Adventure

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Jack Whitehall, Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise
Photo Credit: Frank Masi/Disney



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Get Windows 10 Pro For Only , Office 2019 for Just , And Much More
Get Windows 10 Pro For Only $16, Office 2019 for Just $46, And Much More


Now is the time to get your hands on the very best that Microsoft has to offer with some great prices on everything from Windows 10 to Office 2019 and even combo packs.

We’re pretty sure that there will be a deal for everyone as part of this offering but you do need to remember to enter that discount code when checking out — otherwise you’ll find yourself paying more than you need to.

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New FIR Lodged Against Twitter in India, This Time Over Child Pornography
New FIR Lodged Against Twitter in India, This Time Over Child Pornography


In more trouble for Twitter, two FIRs were lodged in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh against senior officials of its India office over the social media platform putting up a distorted map of the country.

The Delhi Police also said it has registered a case against Twitter on a complaint by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for allegedly allowing access to child sexual abuse material on the social media platform.

It is the latest in the run-ins between Twitter and Indian authorities. While the social media giant is mired in a row with the central government over not following the new IT rules, Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari was recently summoned by Ghaziabad police in UP in a probe into an objectionable video posted in connection with an assault on an elderly Muslim man.

The Uttar Pradesh police has now moved the Supreme Court against an order of the Karnataka High Court restraining it from taking coercive action against Maheshwari in the case.

The first FIR in the wrong map issue was lodged at the Khurja Nagar police station in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening against Maheshwari and News Partnerships Head Amrita Tripathi under Indian Penal Code section 505 (2) based on a complaint by an office-bearer of right-wing outfit Bajrang Dal.

Section 505 (2) relates to “statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes”.

Charges under Information Technology Act section 74 (publication for fraudulent purpose) have also been invoked in the case, according to the FIR.

Twitter had on Monday removed the wrong map that showed the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir outside India, following an uproar.

On Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh police said that a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Maheshwari under section 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code over the distorted map.

The FIR was filed on a complaint by Durgesh Keswani, a state BJP spokesperson, Gurkaran Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP), MP Cyber Crime Cell told PTI.

Keswani alleged that Twitter, “through a conspiracy”, distorted the country’s map. “This act has hurt our sentiments. So, I have filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime Cell,” he said.

Earlier in the day, state home minister Narottam Mishra said that he had instructed Director General of Police Vivek Johari to initiate legal action against the social media giant for putting up the distorted map.

In Delhi, the police have registered an FIR against Twitter under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the IT Act for allegedly allowing access to child pornography on the microblogging platform on a complaint by the NCPCR.

This comes days after the NCPCR, the country’s apex child rights body, asked Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy to explain why no action had been taken against Twitter. In its letter, the NCPCR had asked the Delhi Police to book Twitter in the wake of the findings of its recent inquiry in which it had found that child sexual abuse material (CSAM) was easily available on the platform.

“Acting on a complaint received from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights regarding the availability of child sexual abuse and child pornographic material on Twitter in the form of various accounts and links, an FIR under relevant sections of IPC, IT Act and POCSO Act has been registered by the Cyber Crime Unit, and investigation has been taken up,” Delhi Police Public Relations Officer Chinmoy Biswal said.

The complaint was against Twitter Inc and Twitter Communication India Private Ltd., the police said. Notably, the microblogging platform has lost its legal shield as an intermediary in India, becoming liable for users posting any unlawful content.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police has moved the Supreme Court against an order of the Karnataka High Court restraining it from taking coercive action against Maheshwari in the Ghaziabad case.

The Twitter India Managing Director, who lives in Bengaluru, was issued a notice by the Ghaziabad Police on June 21 and asked to report at its Loni Border police station at 10.30 AM on June 24 to get his statement recorded in the case.

He moved the high court, which on June 24 gave him relief from any coercive action and said that the investigators can examine him through virtual mode.

The UP government has filed a special leave petition challenging the high court order saying the right to investigate has been curtailed, sources said.

The Karnataka high court on Tuesday adjourned the matter till July 5 after the Uttar Pradesh police urged it to defer the hearing.

In the video clip, which surfaced on social media on June 14, the elderly Muslim man, Abdul Shamad Saifi, alleged he was thrashed by some young men and asked to chant “Jai Shri Ram.”

The Ghaziabad Police had on June 15 lodged an FIR against Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, news website The Wire, journalists Mohammad Zubair and Rana Ayyub, Congress’ Salman Nizami, Masqoor Usmani, Dr Sama Mohammad and writer Saba Naqvi for sharing the clip.

The police, which had ruled out any communal angle in the incident, claimed the video was shared to cause social unrest.

The government has confronted the US digital giant over deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the country’s new IT rules, despite repeated reminders.

In October last year, Twitter came under heavy criticism after its geotagging feature displayed “Jammu & Kashmir, People’s Republic of China” in a live broadcast from Leh’s Hall of Fame, a war memorial for fallen soldiers in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

India had issued a stern warning to Twitter, making it clear that any disrespect of the country’s sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable.

In November, Twitter showed Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh, following which the Centre issued a notice to the US-based company for disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map.

On Friday, Twitter again drew flak after it briefly blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from accessing his account over alleged violation of US copyright law — a move that was immediately slammed by the minister as being arbitrary and in gross violation of IT rules.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has now asked Twitter to reply within two days on locking of accounts of Prasad and Tharoor.

Several members of the panel had categorically told Twitter officials who earlier appeared before it that the rule of the land is supreme not the social media platform’s policies.

Twitter and the government have been on a collision course on multiple other issues in the past months, including during the farmers’ protest against the agri laws and later when the microblogging platform tagged political posts of several leaders of the ruling party BJP as “manipulated media.”

The Information and Technology ministry has called out Twitter on a number of occasions for attempting to dictate terms to the world’s largest democracy.




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Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Launched in India: All You Need to Know
Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Launched in India: All You Need to Know


Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) was launched in India on Tuesday. The new smart display and speaker is the most expensive and advanced from Amazon yet, and is powered by the Alexa voice assistant with a combination of voice, audio, and display based smart features. The Echo Show 10 has a 10.1-inch display, along with unique ‘motion’ features that allow the screen to automatically turn to face the user, as well as follow the gaze of the user when visual content is being viewed on the screen.

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) price and availability in India

The Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) is priced at Rs. 24,999 in India, making it the most expensive Echo device available in the country. It’s also priced considerably higher in India than in the US, where the Echo Show 10 retails for $250 (approximately Rs. 18,600). The smart display and speaker will be available in a single black colour variant on Amazon.

Alongside the launch of the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), Amazon has also announced the launch of the the smaller and more affordable Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen), which will be priced at Rs. 6,999 initially, down from its launch price of Rs. 8,999. The company also recently launched the Rs. 12,999 Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), which combines the capabilities of the Fire TV and Echo ranges into a single device.

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) specifications and features

Like the rest of the Echo Show range, the Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) combines a smart display and smart speaker into a single device. It has a 10.1-inch 1280×800-pixel screen, and a speaker system with two tweeters and a woofer. The speaker is within the base of the device, while the screen attaches separately to the top of the base, with the buttons for volume and muting the microphones at the top of the screen. There is also a physical slider to block the camera for privacy.

The Echo Show 10 has a unique ‘motion’ feature which allows the device to automatically rotate and face in any direction. The rotation mechanism is built into the bottom of the device, and lets the device turn to face the user based on Alexa voice commands. Additionally, the device can also track the user’s position and follow the user’s gaze when visual content is being viewed, including videos and display prompts for Alexa commands.

The smart speaker uses Alexa for smart capabilities, combining visual and audio-based features; the screen shows visual prompts including graphics, videos, and text to go with Alexa’s voice responses. Additionally, the screen can show album art and other information while streaming music as well, or stream video content from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. You can also access YouTube and other websites through the built-in browser.

Alexa’s full suite of communications features is controlled through the Alexa app for Android and iOS, which also provides access to the Echo Show 10’s communications and home monitoring features. It’s possible to use the Echo Show 10 as a smart camera, and also have video calls using Alexa’s video calling service. Other communications features include leaving voice messages, ‘drop in’ video chats by devices logged into the same Alexa account, and voice calls.




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Machine Extrudes Filament | Hackaday
Machine Extrudes Filament | Hackaday


We’ve seen a lot of homebrew filament extruders, but [Stefan] at CNC Kitchen shows off a commercial desktop filament extruder in his latest video, which you can see below. The 3DEVO extruder is pretty slick but at around $7,000-$8,000 we probably won’t rush out and buy one. We might, though, get some ideas from it for our next attempt to build something similar.

In concept, any machine that creates filament is pretty straightforward. Melt pellets and push them out of a nozzle. Cool the filament and wind it up. Easy, right? But, of course, the problems are all in the details. Die swell, for example, means you can’t just assume the nozzle’s hole size will give you the right size filament.

The 3DEVO machine apparently actually monitors the diameter of the filament and closes the control loop, changing parameters to keep the filament diameter reasonably constant and on target. Looks like it does a pretty good job, too.

[Stefan] is moving towards recycling old prints and we look forward to seeing that video. We’ve seen quite a few of these filament extruders of various levels of success. We’ve also seen some lessons on how to not build one.



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New malformed Wi-Fi name bug can require iPhone factory reset to fix
New malformed Wi-Fi name bug can require iPhone factory reset to fix


A bug in the way iOS handles Wi-Fi hotspot names is apparently worse than first thought, with one malformed SSID found to disable Wi-Fi access on an iPhone completely, requiring a factory reset to rectify it.

In June, security researcher Carl Schou discovered a personal Wi-Fi hotspot name of “%p%s%s%s%s%n” causes problems for iOS devices. It was found that iPhones simply couldn’t connect to the hotspot, and in fact disabled Wi-Fi connectivity in some instances.

While that issue could be fixed by reseting the network settings within iOS, Schou has since discovered a variant along the same lines that can cause more harm to an unsuspecting iPhone. According to Schou in a tweet on Sunday, using the SSID “%secretclub%power” can disable an iOS device’s Wi-Fi capabilities, with no guarantee that a network settings reset will restore connectivity.

Schou claims the iPhone used to test still didn’t have Wi-Fi after repeated resets of network settings and a forced restart of the iPhone. The researcher has also contacted Apple’s device security team over the matter, but has yet to hear anything back.

The original bug was believed to be an issue with input parsing, where the percentage sign could be misinterpreted by iOS as a string-format specifier, namely that characters following the symbol could be considered a variable or a command instead of plain text.

While the new SSID does jokingly promote Secret Club, a technology exploration group Schou is involved with, the use of the percentage signs followed by the characters S and P are most likely the problem areas for the hotspot name bug. Analysis of the issue confirms a format string bug is behind it, though it doesn’t seem to be a highly exploitable vulnerability for a bad actor.

It is highly likely that there are many more combinations of text strings that could cause problems within iOS in this manner, but only until the bug is patched out by Apple. While the company is beta-testing iOS 14.7 and iOS 15, it is unclear if the issue will be fixed in those releases by the company.

For the moment, AppleInsider recommends users don’t connect to unfamiliar Wi-Fi access points, especially if they include unusual symbols.

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Facebook’s Newsletter Platform Bulletin Launched to Rival Substack
Facebook’s Newsletter Platform Bulletin Launched to Rival Substack


Facebook launched its newsletter product “Bulletin” on Tuesday, a standalone platform for free and paid articles and podcasts that will aim to rival Substack.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the platform, which is live at Bulletin.com, and introduced some of the writers that the company has recruited in a live audio room on Facebook.

Facebook is pushing to compete in the fast-growing email newsletter trend, as high-profile journalists and writers have left media companies over the past year to strike out on their own.

Self-publishing platform Substack is a leader in helping writers sell email subscriptions, and has lured journalists with cash advances. Other tech companies are also competing in the field, including Twitter, which acquired newsletter platform Revue.

Facebook said it would not take a cut of Bulletin creators’ revenue at launch and that creators can choose their own subscription prices. It is launching the platform with a number of high-profile personalities and writers, including sportscaster Erin Andrews, author Malcolm Gladwell and “Queer Eye” star Tan France.

The social network has had a tumultuous relationship with the news industry, which came to a head in February after a showdown with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content. Following the conflict, Facebook pledged to invest $1 billion in the news industry globally over the next three years.

The company said the articles and podcasts would also be available through the Facebook News Feed and through Facebook’s News section.

“We built Bulletin on a separate website to enable creators to grow their audience in ways that are not exclusively dependent on the Facebook platform,” it said on the new site.

Facebook said it was primarily launching with U.S. creators and it was not accepting new ones at this time. But it said the Bulletin site was available worldwide and it would look to add more international names after the beta test.

In April, Facebook said it would pay $5 million to recruit independent local journalists to write for its new publishing platform.

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In Gujarat’s Dang District, Clicking Selfies Will Attract Penal Action
In Gujarat’s Dang District, Clicking Selfies Will Attract Penal Action


Gujarat has reportedly enforced ‘no-selfie’ zones in Saputara, the only hill station in the state, as well as other tourist spots in Dang district. This has been set up as a safety measure — India is the selfie-death capital of the world by a huge margin, and the authorities feel that if they can’t make people be more mindful of their surroundings then banning selfies might be the next best step. People frequently climb up to precarious perches or other dangerous locations to get the perfect picture, and put themselves at risk in the process, and this is not going to be permitted in Dang, according to a news report.

If the authorities find you clicking a selfie at the tourist spot, you will be liable to pay a fine of up to Rs. 200 or serve a one-month jail term, according to the report. The safety push comes after selfie deaths had started becoming a matter of concern for the district officials, with many incidents being reported of people falling off the hills while photographing themselves.

To prevent the occurrence of such incidents, additional district magistrate T K Damor issued the notification to make tourist spots in Dang ‘no selfie’ zones, the report stated. According to the notification, violators will have to serve a jail term for 1 month or pay a fine of up to Rs. 200. Every year, during the monsoon, Saputara becomes a hub of activity with many tourists making a beeline for the area. The hill station has dense forests and many waterfalls.

Selfie deaths have been a serious issue in India, with the latest study from 2019 by India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care finding that between October 2011 and November 2017 selfies  killed five times more people than shark attacks. Compared to 259 people dying while taking selfies in the said period, only 50 people were killed by sharks. The report also stated that with smartphones getting more sophisticated and selfie-sticks becoming a rage, the number of deaths crept up each year incrementally. Although selfie-deaths are not unique to India, but are also a problem in other parts of the world including Russia and the United States, the number of such incidents is significantly higher here.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns meant that fear people were outdoors taking photos like this through 2020, but it appears that things are returning to normal and the authorities in Gujarat decided to take some action.


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Worldcoin Wants to Scan Your Eyeballs in Exchange for Cryptocurrency
Worldcoin Wants to Scan Your Eyeballs in Exchange for Cryptocurrency


Sam Altman has a new startup that intends to give a special type of cryptocurrency to every person on earth. But first, it wants to scan everybody’s eyeballs.

Altman, the former head of the Silicon Valley business incubator Y Combinator, is one of three founders of the company Worldcoin. Among the many parts of its plan, Worldcoin has designed an orb-shaped device that would scan a person’s iris to construct a unique personal identifier.

The company is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital arm of Coinbase Global Inc., LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Day One Ventures. It recently raised about $25 million (roughly Rs. 185.66 crores) from investors.

Altman, 36, said in an interview that he conceived the idea in late 2019. The intention was to use cryptocurrency to spread money around equitably, inspired by the trendy economic theory known as universal basic income. Altman was the first investor in Worldcoin but said he has no role in day-to-day operations and mainly serves as an adviser to the company when needed.

“I’ve been very interested in things like universal basic income and what’s going to happen to global wealth redistribution and how we can do that better,” Altman said. “Is there a way we can use technology to do that at global scale?”

The head of the venture is Alexander Blania, 27, a former student of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology and the Max Planck Society. He co-founded Worldcoin with Altman and Max Novendstern, who previously worked at Ray Dalio’s investment firm Bridgewater Associates LP and at money-transfer startup Wave.

Altman and Blania agreed to discuss their project, which hasn’t been previously reported, after Bloomberg uncovered details of it and inquired. Worldcoin is still preparing for a formal unveiling, but for now, the startup is evaluating what it might take to one day get cryptocurrency to as many people as possible, Blania said. “So many people around the world don’t have access to financial systems yet,” Blania said. “Crypto has the opportunity to get us there.”

Altman rose from being the 19-year-old founder of a middling social network called Loopt to becoming a startup kingmaker at Y Combinator. He was president of the firm from 2014 to 2019, during which some of the accelerator’s companies, including Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe, became some of the most valuable startups in America.

Under Altman, Y Combinator planned experiments on universal basic income that have faced some delays and complications. In a 2019 interview with economist Tyler Cowen, Altman discussed how a system that could distribute money to everyone could circumvent the need for government redistribution.

Altman left Y Combinator to pursue work in artificial intelligence at OpenAI, a research company he started in 2015 with Tesla’s Elon Musk. They parted ways two years ago over disagreements about OpenAI’s plans. A few months later, the company raised $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,426.51 crores) from Microsoft as part of a partnership where the software giant would be the exclusive provider of its cloud computing services. The group has showcased software that can, for example, create authentic-seeming news stories based off of only a few inputs.

With Worldcoin, the startup promises “a new global digital currency that will launch by giving a share to every single person on earth,” according to an online job description. The company aims to help economies transition to cryptocurrencies “through a novel approach: a dedicated hardware device ensuring both humanness and uniqueness of everybody signing up, while maintaining their privacy and the overall transparency of a permissionless blockchain.”

The device is a silver-colored spherical gizmo the size of a basketball that can be carried around and used to scan people’s irises in order to ascertain their unique identities, Blania said. Worldcoin has already started testing the orb on a small scale in various cities, he said. The Worldcoin currency itself is not yet ready for distribution, so the company is currently offering volunteers other types of digital coins, mostly Bitcoin, in exchange for scanning their eyes and giving feedback on the process. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 25.8 lakhs as of 10:30am IST on June 30.

The company has fewer than 20 prototypes in circulation around the world, Blania said. A prototype orb costs about $5,000 (roughly Rs. 3.71 lakhs) to make, but the price will decline steeply as the company refines the process, he said. Worldcoin will eventually be headquartered in San Francisco, though its employees are currently scattered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Investors aren’t yet ready to talk about Worldcoin. Coinbase and Day One Ventures declined to comment. Representatives for Andreessen Horowitz and Hoffman didn’t respond to requests for comment. (Bloomberg LP has invested in Andreessen Horowitz. Willett Advisors, the investment arm for the personal and philanthropic assets of Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, has invested in Y Combinator startups.)

According to Blania, iris-scanning is an essential part of the plan because it can prevent people from trying to register multiple times to defraud the system. He’s also aware of the privacy implications of handing over biometric information to a tiny startup and said Worldcoin will make the process as transparent as possible so users can see how the data is used. He said the iris scan will produce a unique numerical code for each person and that the image is then deleted and never stored.

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Glass-Bottomed Sky Train Rolls Out In China’s Chengdu
Glass-Bottomed Sky Train Rolls Out In China’s Chengdu


China has rolled out its first renewable energy skytrain. It has a transparent glass bottom much like the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, a skywalk bridge in Hunan, above the Wulingyuan area. Not just that, the train, with glass panels on three sides, runs on renewable energy and offers passengers a 270-degree view of the city. Also referred to as the first air-rail vehicle, the train rolled off in China’s Chengdu on June 26. A video shared by CGTN shows people sitting inside a coach and enjoying the view of the city.

While some are seen fiddling with their phones others kept their hands on what appears to be a desk, which can be used to work on laptops even while a passenger is en route somewhere. A single carriage on the train can carry 120 people. The new vehicle, CGTN says, is greener and more economical for its use of new energy resources.

On YouTube, people were all praises for the technology used in the train.

The air-rail vehicle is part of the Dayi Air-rail project, which is being developed by Zhongtang Air Rail Technology Co Ltd, reported Global News. The company plans to conclude the construction of the project by the end of 2021. The Dayi Air-rail project will cover about 11.5 km and will have four stations connecting tourist spots. The train has a top speed of 80kmph.

Zhong Min, deputy general director, Zhongtang Air Rail, said that the new generation vehicle weighs about 2.5 tons, which is half a ton less than the traditional ones, adding this train has the lowest self-weight coefficient in the industry.

“The car is made of carbon fibre material and composite foaming material, which greatly reduces the weight of the carriage,” Zhong was quoted as saying by Global Times. The developer of the train also says that the cost of travel on this vehicle is going to be not more than one-sixth to one-eighth of what the passengers paid on the regular subway.


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