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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

PCB denies Luden rift

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CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday strongly denied reports that the national team’s fielding coach Grant Luden has resigned after a tiff with three players.
A PCB spokesman said that the report is completely false, adding that Pakistani players have been carrying out routine training session here ahead of their second Pool B game against West Indies on Saturday.
“Apropos of a news item appearing in a section of the press and run by several news channels back home in Pakistan, stating that there has been a tiff between three players Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal and fielding coach/trainer Grant Luden and the latter has resigned because of it, it is clarified that the news is absolutely false and that nothing of the sort has happened,” the PCB spokesman Agha Akbar said in a statement.
“The entire team trained together Tuesday afternoon, in a spirit of camaraderie, under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis with each of the other coaches and assistant manager Shahid Aslam actively involved throughout the extended four-hour session. Ditto for Wednesday, where some players were put through their paces by all coaches, with Mr Luden putting in an extra hour on both days with a select group of players,” added Akbar, who is travelling with the national team as its media manager.
Akbar revealed that Luden has expressed his desire to quit before the World Cup but for personal reasons.
“However, a few days prior to the start of the ICC World Cup 2015, Mr Luden had expressed his desire that for personal reasons, he would want to be relieved of his duties somewhere in May ‘15. Subsequently, as his issues were resolved, he took his resignation back.
“PCB and the team management as well as the boys hold the job he is doing in high esteem, and are keen that he continues to serve in his present role”, he concluded.
AFP adds: Pakistan´s World Cup campaign was rocked by fresh allegations of unrest on Wednesday when reports claimed that fielding coach Grant Luden was involved in a heated row with senior players.
Even before the tournament started, eight members of Pakistan´s 15-man squad — including Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad — were fined $300 each by team management for breaking a curfew.
Days later Pakistan suffered a 76-run defeat by defending champions India in their tournament opener in Adelaide, the team´s sixth successive loss to their arch-rivals at the World Cup.
According to reports Luden had resigned after an argument with Afridi, opener Shehzad and batsman-cum wicketkeeper Umar Akmal following Sunday´s Pool B loss.
“Luden had a serious argument with some senior players and out of frustration resigned,” a source in the Pakistan camp said.
Luden, a member of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis´s backroom staff, was hired as fielding coach in May last year on a two-year contract. 

READ INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT SAMSUNG :Former Samsung exec reveals reason for design difference between iPhone and Galaxy phones

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South Korean tech giant Samsung is one of the biggest companies in the world. Unfortunately, it is also almost universally criticised for the design of its smartphones and tablets.
Fast Company, a tech news website, recently interviewed Kevin Lee, former head of Samsung's design department and product experience in America, who cited a combination of the 'Steve Jobs Syndrome' in Silicon Valley design studios and a hierarchical culture within Samsung as the main reason behind the lackluster design of Galaxy devices.
He claimed there was no dearth of money spent on good designers. Samsung would spend grandly on getting external design experts on-board, but the cultural differences between Samsung and the external parties would be the biggest problem, he noted.
The designers would come up with ideas so outlandish that would not fit into Samsung's portfolio or would not be technologically possible. Sometimes, Samsung's management would reject or discard the idea or water it down completely.
Lee claimed that there was no dearth of game-changing ideas, but often they were not implemented because of the differences between the design studios and the 'consensus-driven work environment' followed at Samsung. As Samsung makes everything from vacuum cleaners to smartphones, all having multiple SKUs, its product line often has carefully calculated prices at different ranges, taking into account all kinds of customers.
This also means that margins on Samsung's products are lower than Apple's products. This also probably gives Samsung a little less leeway with the design.
Designers often do not budge from their ideas and adopt a 'take it or leave it' approach with Samsung. Often they also come up with ideas which are not feasible, not taking into account the fact that Samsung is the company that creates the core technology.
Overall, the problem is a two-way street and something that many believe may not change overnight.
Such assessment does not bode well for the incoming Galaxy S6, which promises a radical revamp of Samsung's flagship phone. Over the course of 2014, we saw Samsung embrace metal in the construction for its phones, which was positive.
However, it has again adopted an approach where it uses a similar design language across low-end phones like the Galaxy A5 and A7, and higher-end offerings like the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4. This means the flagship product may not have the extra design oomph as the same design philosophy can be seen on cheaper phones.

How to get WhatsApp calling feature now (with little bit of luck)

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WhatsApp is expected to introduce the calling feature in its app soon. This feature will allow people to talk to their WhatsApp contacts using the cellular data connection or Wi-Fi. This means they won't have to pay for the call charges. Only the data charges will apply, irrespective of where you are calling.
This is similar to Skype or Viber. But considering the user base of WhatsApp it is a big deal.
The feature is not yet officially available. But there are people using the calling feature in WhatsApp and you too get it now, with a little bit of luck.
But before we talk about the luck part, this is what you have to do to get the calling feature in WhatsApp:
-- You must have an Android phone that is running Android Lollipop. In fact at this moment, we are not even sure if the feature works on the non-Nexus phones or not. So it is even better if you have Android Lollipop on a Nexus device.
-- Uninstall WhatsApp.
-- Go to WhatsApp.com and download the app from there. This means you will get the latest app. This is an APK file.
-- If you know how to install the APK file install it. If not, follow these steps: Got to Android Play Store > Install ES File Explorer > Open ES File Explorer > Go to the downloaded APK > Install WhatsApp APK
-- Once you have the latest version of WhatsApp and if your phone has Android Lollipop, you need to find someone who has already got the WhatsApp calling feature. Ask around, ask your friends on Twitter and Facebook if any of them have the calling feature.
-- Ask the person who already has the WhatsApp feature activated to give you a WhatsApp call.
-- Once you get the call, the same feature will also get activated on your phone. It will show different tabs for chats and calls. And you will get a phone call button in a chat window.
Now here is the luck part. The feature doesn't get activated for everyone. It looks like WhatsApp is still testing it and even the users who get call from someone who already has WhatsApp calling feature are getting it randomly. Chances are that once you get a WhatsApp call, you too will probably get the feature. But if you don't, then you will have to wait for a few more weeks. It is expected that the calling feature in WhatsApp will be available soon.

‘Misuse of party funds’: In a first, ECP summons Imran, Tareen

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ISLAMABAD:In a first of its kind case, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on February 23 to explain his position over a complaint that his party’s funds had been misused.

The ECP issued notices to Imran Khan and PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen on a petition filed by Akbar S Babar, who has alleged that the PTI leadership has misused the party funds. Imran and Tareen can appear before the commission in person or send their counsels to defend them.
Babar, a founding member of the PTI who later quit the party, had filed the petition last year. At the time, the PTI had denied the allegations.

How To Find Apps For Unsupported File Types In Mac OS X The Easy Way

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So, you’re in that all-too-familiar dilemma whereby you have a file on your computer, but you don’t have the appropriate app to watch, view, or otherwise process this mysterious bundle of digital matter. If you’re a Mac user, though, there’s quite an easy way to find the required app, and refreshingly, it does not require you to run a Google search. In a couple of clicks, your mysterious app will have found its keeper, and below, we’ll detail what is by far the quickest and easiest way to deal with app-less files on a Mac.
First things first; if you’re trying to run a file on a Mac with the extension .exe, then you’ll struggle. Exe files are made specifically for Windows, (as are a number of others, including.msi, but the .exe is by far the most common), and while there are ways to get Windows and its apps running on OS X, such processes are considerably more involved than this little tip. To most, it will probably seem as though I’m stating the obvious, but for a relatively new / inexperienced Mac user accustomed to Windows, the lack of .exe support on OS X mightn’t be so apparent.
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With that out of the way, the simplest way to deal with files that OS X cannot seem to identify is to right-click on them (or double-tap your trackpad with two fingers), and navigate to the‘Open With’ feature. Presuming you don’t have any app installed that can deal with said file, scroll down to ‘App Store’, which will automatically fire up the Mac App Store app and show you a list of apps that will be able to open your file.
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It’s not a life-changing feature, particularly since most of us don’t stumble upon new file types day-in, day-out, but next time you are faced with an extension that you’re not all that familiar with, you won’t have to go through the rigmarole of Googling it – only to be dealt some half-baked shareware that doesn’t really get the job done.
The Mac App Store, while not as popular as its iOS-ready counterpart, does have the categories, ratings and charts that make finding good, worthwhile apps particularly easy, and so next time you need an app so promptly, remember to right-click!

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