A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
It’s time once again for Mobile World Congress, our chance to get up to speed on everything happening in mobile and wireless connectivity. This year, it’s all about the gigabit experience. While there is a lot of buzz around 5G, it’s important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 plays a critical role in the future of connectivity — especially when it comes to the connected home.Wi-Fi 6 — based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard — is the next leap forward in wireless connectivity. Not only is it astonishingly fast, but it is also designed to handle dense environments with lots of connected devices. Plus, it enables a fully managed wireless LAN, making it ideal for service providers who want to provision device-to-device services in modern smart homes.With Wi-Fi 6 clients coming soon, service providers shouldn’t wait to deploy Wi-Fi 6-capable routers and gateways. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a head start.1. Wi-Fi 6 will bring multiple waves of innovationAt Intel, our decades-long history of supporting Wi-Fi innovation and delivering leading technology continues as we highlight what’s possible with Wi-Fi 6. To enable an optimal experience from device to network, we delivered the industry’s first single-chip Wi-Fi 6 solution for mainstream 2+2 home routers and gateways and expect to be first to introduce Wi-Fi 6 solutions for the PC.At Mobile World Congress 2019, we’re demonstrating how OFDMA and scheduling technologies running on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solutions can boost network efficiency and reduce latency, improving experiences like VR, gaming and video streaming. We also showcased the next wave of innovation with the first demonstration of Wi-Fi 6 on the 6-7 GHz spectrum. When this enhancement to Wi-Fi 6 rolls out in the next couple of years, it has the potential to more than double the Wi-Fi spectrum with up to 4x more 160 MHz channel deployment options (estimates apply to U.S. implementations). This will further improve network capacity and reduce latency for even better user experiences.2. Today’s clients can already get a better connection with Wi-Fi 6Service providers can gain a competitive advantage by deploying Wi-Fi 6 as early as possible. To start with, when rolling out previous generations of Wi-Fi, the ecosystem has seen success introducing the infrastructure first to ensure high-quality experiences with clients. By installing routers and gateways with Wi-Fi 6 now, service providers will be ready when a broad range of Wi-Fi 6 clients hit the market.While consumers will get the highest-quality experiences connecting future Wi-Fi 6 devices to Wi-Fi 6 gateways or routers, a pleasant surprise awaits those who upgrade their home network now. This is because of the growing number of PCs with integrated gigabit Wi-Fi that are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth and are available today. When connecting these PCs to a Wi-Fi 6 router that also supports 160 MHz channel bandwidth, it’s possible to get true gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi. This offers a performance boost today for more immersive experiences, with the satisfaction of future-proofing the home network for when consumers start to connect Wi-Fi 6 clients.When you further consider that a mainstream 2+2 Wi-Fi 6 router may be not only faster than a 4+4 Wi-Fi 5 router, but also comparable in price, there’s no reason to wait to roll out Wi-Fi 6.3. Wi-Fi 6 will complement 5G for fast, seamless connectivityThere’s no doubt that 5G is one of the hottest topics in wireless. Wi-Fi is also important for enhancing wireless connectivity and, given how pervasive it is in homes around the world, it’s not going anywhere. End users will expect Wi-Fi speeds to keep up as they connect more devices to their networks.As the mobile ecosystem moves to gigabit speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks will complement one another so that end users can enjoy a seamless wireless experience. Wi-Fi 6 will play an important part in the 5G ecosystem since it introduces a managed wireless network infrastructure. Specifically, the use of downlink and uplink OFDMA in a managed Wi-Fi scenario lets operators differentiate traffic and services to efficiently utilize the wireless medium. All this means faster, more responsive connectivity to improve user experiences, no matter where end users go.Amazing experiences can’t waitFor service providers, the timing is right to start future-proofing home networks with Wi-Fi 6, setting the stage for blazingly fast wireless connectivity. To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and how Intel is enabling Wi-Fi solutions that transform connectivity and deliver the best possible experiences, visit intel.com/wifiax.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy have called up Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.
Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.Acting Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Carolyn Rose Miller, told JIS News that this event, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will highlight the various business opportunities in the area of personal care.Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island.Attendees will receive information on market trends, the SRC’s capabilities in the production of personal-care products as well as technical information about the industry.Mrs. Miller said that the SRC will also be sharing success stories of persons who have utilised the services of the Council to get their products into the local and international markets. These services include product testing and development.Among the speakers and presenters are Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley; and Product and Research Development Manager, Dr. Charah Watson.The event will include an outside radio broadcast as well as an exhibition of products.The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island. Story Highlights The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.
An official close to the plan says that includes possibly hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.The Liberals intend to announce the next steps before the end of September.The government wants to have the pipeline’s fate decided within the next six to eight months before the next federal election and also before Alberta’s provincial election in May. OTTAWA, O.N. – A senior federal source says the Liberals are considering hiring a former top judge to guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but are looking at how they can do what the court said was lacking in order to get the pipeline work back underway.
When Wisconsin plays Duke for the men’s college basketball championship on Monday night, the coin flip of a game will be decided by a series of countdowns. Each time one of the teams gains possession, it will have up to 35 seconds to shoot. The team that uses its allotted time — or eschews some of it — better than its opponent will win. Each team uses the shot clock differently, in ways that should make for many interesting games within the game. Here’s what to watch for:Early in the shot clock. Transition opportunities are the best opportunities in basketball. Teams get to attack the basket at a high pace, with more space and fewer defenders. The average Division I team is better in transition than it is overall, scoring 0.88 points per possession generally and 1.03 points per possession in transition.Both finalists execute really well in transition. Wisconsin scores 1.22 points per transition possession, according to Synergy Sports Technology stats. That’s fifth best in the country (of 351 teams in Division I). Duke ranks seventh, scoring 1.21 points per transition possession.But Duke pushes the ball, getting into transition much more than Wisconsin does. The Blue Devils were in transition in 18 percent of their offensive possessions, which puts them in the top 20 percent of Division I teams. Wisconsin ranks dead last, at 7 percent.1That’s broadly consistent with Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted tempo rankings (paywall): Wisconsin ranks 345th of 351 teams, while Duke ranks in the top third.Duke transition possessions could be a trouble spot for Wisconsin’s defense, which often wilts against the fast break. The Badgers are a pretty good defensive team in the half court, but below average in transition.In the middle of the shot clock. This isn’t as good as transition opportunities, but is a much better place for an offense to be than the dying seconds of the shot clock, because ball handlers have lots more options besides shooting.The middle of the shot clock — not transition, but with more than four seconds left — is the terrain where most of a typical basketball game is contested, and especially Wisconsin games. The Badgers ended 87 percent of their possessions in this middle ground, running half-court sets without the pressure of needing to shoot right away. That ranks third in Division I, behind Bucknell and Virginia. And they are very dangerous in these sets, scoring 1.05 points per possession — nearly 0.2 points better than the average team in this situation. That means Wisconsin’s half-court set is so good, it’s better than the average transition offense.Duke defends well against these kinds of shots, allowing 0.05 points per possession less than average — 38th best in Division I. But that’s unlikely to faze Wisconsin much, since it just played Kentucky. The Wildcats are the best in the country against half-court offenses shooting before the very end of the clock, allowing 0.16 fewer points per possession. Yet the Badgers beat Kentucky playing primarily in the half court.Duke’s offense also is really good in these bread-and-butter plays, ranking ninth in the country in efficiency. But it plays this style at a below-average rate, just 79 percent of the time.The final seconds of the clock. Teams try to avoid holding the ball this long. Short-clock offense is about as bad as transition offense is good. Teams average just 0.71 points per possession with no more than four seconds left on the shot clock. No wonder they do all they can to avoid the deadline pressure, facing the countdown on fewer than 4 percent of plays.For most of the season, Kentucky avoided these plays even more than the average team, and for good reason: The Wildcats are well above average at transition offense and a solid half-court team, but they stink late in the shot clock, scoring just 0.61 points per possession, well below average. Their drop-off in efficiency from the middle of the clock to those final seconds was among the biggest in Division I.2The 25th biggest drop-off among 351 teams. Yet they inexplicably milked the shot clock on a futile string of possessions late in their game against Wisconsin, contributing mightily to the Badgers’ win.Duke is as loath as Kentucky to let the clock tick down, but is far better when it does, scoring 0.91 points per possession. These are small sample sizes: Just 100 plays during Duke’s entire season occurred that late in the clock.Wisconsin has more experience living on the edge, getting near the end of the shot clock on 6 percent of its plays, in part because it plays so little transition O. But it’s not quite as efficient as Duke when it does. The Badgers should avoid letting the clock run down on Monday night, and not only because they’re so good with more time to work: Duke ranked 13th in the country in defending late-clock plays, allowing barely half a point per possession.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the difference between plays in the middle of the shot clock and short-clock plays. Plays with exactly four seconds left on the shot clock count as short-clock plays, not as plays in the middle of the clock.
Donald Sterling, for all his defiance, still lost his team.A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling had the legal standing to decide matters of the family trust on her husband’s behalf, clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who offered $2 billion for the franchise, to officially take over the team.Shelly Sterling burst into tears when Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas announced the decision.“This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us,” she said outside the courthouse. “Come see the Clippers next year.”Chris Paul, the team’s star guard and coach Doc Rivers said they were considering sitting out if Donald Sterling maintained ownership. Sterling became an embattled figure when phone recordings of him making racially charged comments were released by his girlfriend.The sale of the Clippers to Ballmer went through on May 29 and was made possible because Donald Sterling was found to be “mentally incapacitated.” According to the terms of the family trust, this gave Shelly Sterling the authority to make decisions on the trust’s assets — most notably the Clippers — without also getting Donald Sterling’s signature.But Donald Sterling sued in probate court, arguing that the neurological exam was conducted under false pretenses and does not accurately describe his mental state.The sale window to Ballmer was supposed to close on July 15, but it was extended until August 15 so the trial could finish. Had the judge ruled in favor of Donald Sterling, the window could have expired, forcing the NBA to go through the termination process it was prepared to use until the sale to Ballmer happened.Were that to succeed, the league would have controlled the team and auctioned it to the highest bidder. But there was a risk that Donald Sterling wouldn’t officially be out of the picture by the start of the season, which is why players suggested they might boycott next season if a favorable ruling didn’t happen.The trial began in early July, despite attempts by Donald Sterling’s legal team to delay the start. The trial was supposed to focus mostly on the legality of Shelly Sterling’s decision and whether the mental incapacity diagnosis was appropriate, but it eventually veered into other topics, most notably the value of the team should Donald Sterling remain owner.While Donald Sterling can still sue for monetary damages, he will not be able to appeal the judge’s ruling on ownership as the court ruled 1310(b) was not just for life and death cases, making it a clean sweep for Shelly Sterling.The judge said the issue of the 1310(b) provision was the hardest issue to decide on, but found it does not apply to just life and death cases as Donald Sterling had argued. The judge said the trust would lose $400 million if the provision wasn’t used and said he believed the “death spiral” theory of interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons.Donald Sterling can still sue the trust for monetary damages, but he would essentially be suing himself. As part of an earlier deal with Shelly Sterling, the NBA is indemnified in any lawsuit.
It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Former Russia international Dmitri Cheryshev doubts that Mohamed Salah can be considered on par among the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his World Cup debut for Egypt against the hostsThe 25-year-old had a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool that saw him win the Golden Boot award by scoring a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a single 38-game season.In all competitions, Salah scored an impressive 44 goals and has been compared among the other great football stars on the planet right now.However, an unfortunate shoulder injury from last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid caused Salah to miss Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in what was their first World Cup game in 28 years.But the Egyptian Football Association has since confirmed that Salah will be available for selection for their crucial game against Russia for Tuesday’s game in St Petersburg.Regardless though, Cheryshev doubts that Salah will be able to repeat his performances at Liverpool for Egypt.“He is an exceptional player, but [he is] not a world-class football star who can compete for the [World Cup] Golden Boot,” Cheryshev told KingFut.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“Right now [the contenders for the award] are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe [Harry] Kane.“Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different.”Russia began their World Cup campaign on home soil with a convincing 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia last week.While Cheryshev is confident they can replicate last Thursday’s display, he warned the national team about the threat of Egypt boss Hector Cuper.Cheryshev added: “The team is getting ready for Egypt.“I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use [in that match].”
Willian has been left impressed by how quickly new midfield duo Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have adapted to life at ChelseaJorginho was new manager Maurizio Sarri’s first signing of the summer after his appointment as the Blues boss was finally confirmed last month.Meanwhile, Kovacic arrived at Stamford Bridge earlier this month as on a season-long loan deal with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois going the opposite way on a permanent transfer.Both Jorginho and Kovacic have since made their debuts for Chelsea in the Premier League and have helped maintain their winning start to the new season.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.And Willian has clearly been impressed by what he has seen from the pair.He told the club website: “Everyone has been training well but I would say Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have been very good. They both bring a lot of quality to the team.”Next up for Chelsea is a trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United on Sunday.
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has squashed rumors of crowd violence and intimidation when they face Millwall in what may be a hostile atmosphere on Saturday.Bielsa revealed he believes the police and the stadium security will prevent any potential problems and deal with any issues – should they occur.“I have been doing this job for the last 30 years. I have never been affected by the lack of civility by the fans,” explained former Argentina boss Bielsa.“I have been insulted in my career, spat upon, they have thrown bottles to me – never nothing serious happen to me.“We have to admire how much the (Millwall) fans love their club and England has been the country who try to eliminate violence in football.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“Hooligans do not exist anymore in English football and all the countries who suffer from this thing take England as an example to solve the problem.Bielsa said: “You don’t have this kind of thing in football. It doesn’t exist because the authorities don’t allow it. So I wouldn’t share an analysis that makes you think that violence is possible.”“I can’t think of any public, any fans, that could have more influence than ours,” Bielsa said.“It is very important to us to receive support and we have to get prepared to assimilate the support the other team receives from their fans.”
Related Items:burglary, crime stoppers, fake guns, kew town, robbery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Oct 2015 – Police are investigating several serious incidents including an armed robbery, the case of a fake gun and missing money from a bank account.The scene got pretty scary on Monday night when a lone gunman entered a bar on Norway Road in Kew Town demanded money and fired a single shot before fleeing on foot out of the rear door. The man, who had a red and black shirt covering his face, did manage to escape with cash; no one was hurt. It is unclear how officers know the gun was a phony, but there is now an investigation into an incident where a man is said to have entered a business on Leeward Highway carrying a long barreled gun, believed to be an imitation firearm. The man did not steal anything and eventually just left the place in a blue car.The financial crimes unit is trying to determine who stole money from a personal bank account. The complaint was made at the Chalk Sound police station on Monday. It is believed the bank account was hacked.Three men and a woman were also arrested by Police. The woman, a 24 year old of Blue Hills is charged with wounding; a 45 year old man of the Bight is arrested for burglary; a 22 year old of Lower Bight is arrested for causing fear while using dangerous weapons and the 56 year old arrested, according to Police, breached his bail conditions.Remember, Police need your help in solving the armed robbery and imitation firearm cases, so please call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477 if you know anything.Police also remind, that in light of the car theft and burglary spree in Provo, that you have a copy of your license plate andknow your vehicle’s VIN. Bold burglaries & break-in attempts; three arrested boy, 16 Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested)
Within 90 days Turnit also plans to let publishers sell advertising across the platform. Advertisers will be able log in, select titles based on keyword or demographic criteria and purchase full-page ads. While the newsstand will remain free, Turnit is “still figuring out the revenue model” for the advertising program, according to Ahmad.”We want to keep the platform as cost-free as possible,” says Ahmad. “Any component we launch on Turnit will be free, there are no plans for a free introductory level and then charging for additional services.” Ahmad claims “hundreds of magazines” are using Turnit, including titles from Vietnam and Bali. Magazines interested in participating most go through an approval process. Canadian publisher Quarto Communications offers two of its magazines–Cottage Life and explore-on Turnit and uses the digital editions as a renewal incentive for print readers. “We had an existing relationship with Evolusent (for web development) and they asked us to be one of the beta testers,” says general manager Terry Sellwood, who is also a past chair of Magazines Canada. “It’s seamless to me, I’d just love to see an iPad app on Turnit. We’re also on Zinio and the biggest difference to me is Zinio is on the iPad and Turnit isn’t.” Evolusent Inc.–owner of Lifestyle Magazine as well as several different companies offering new media content and commerce services–is beta testing Turnit, a free digital newsstand for magazine publishers. “We’ve tried putting magazines out on the Internet and most options had a cost component that for smaller publishers can quickly become cost-prohibitive,” says Evolusent president and CEO Kaleem Ahmad. “As a tech company ourselves, we thought why don’t we build our own platform and put it out for free to the publishing community?” Publishers supply Turnit with a PDF of the print edition that is indexed for search and automatically converted for PCs and mobile devices. The analytics engine is being upgraded and Turnit will roll out a multi-device port in the next 30 days. Turnit is transitioning to an HTL5 platform. The company also plans to offer mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android-based devices. “Publishers can provide free, controlled circulation magazines or they can set up subscription plans,” says Ahmad.
Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Rep. Frank Pallone, the House Energy and Commerce committee chair, is asking the FCC to end location data sales from mobile carriers. Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images Despite the government shutdown, Congress is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to explain why mobile carriers are still selling customer location data. On Friday, Rep. Frank Pallone, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce committee, asked FCC Chair Ajit Pai for an “emergency briefing” on why the agency hasn’t stopped wireless carriers from selling customer’s real-time location information. He made the request in a letter (PDF). The request for an emergency briefing comes three days after Motherboard reported T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and other carriers were allowing third-party data aggregators to sell the sensitive information. On Thursday, AT&T and T-Mobile said they would end sales of location data by March, and Verizon said it was phasing out its last four partnerships. Pallone is asking for a meeting on Jan. 14, even if the government shutdown isn’t over by then. The shutdown, which began Dec. 22, has disrupted services at all federal agencies, including the FCC. Pai canceled his CES appearance because of the shutdown. Despite the disruption, Pallone said the issue was a public safety and national security concern. The committee couldn’t wait for the government to reopen to get answers, he said. “The FCC once again appears to have dragged its feet in protecting consumers,” Pallone said in the letter. “While some carriers have now recommitted to stopping such unauthorized disclosure, the public can no longer rely on their voluntary promises to protect this extremely sensitive information.” Several lawmakers, including Sens. Mark Warner, Kamala Harris and Ron Wyden, have also called for the FCC to investigate this practice. The FCC didn’t respond to a request for comment. Mobile carriers collect your phone location data and often use it for legitimate services, like roadside assistance and finding lost devices. They also provide this data to advertisers and sometimes lose control of it to third parties. Phones can often show your location with pinpoint accuracy, as well as your travel history, allowing anyone with access to find your home, your workplace and other areas you frequent. Some mobile carriers have promised to end this practice by March, but lawmakers are skeptical. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon made a similar promise last June, but recent developments showed that people could still obtain anyone’s location data. After AT&T made its announcement on Thursday, Wyden said in a statement, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey, also expressed his skepticism. He’s calling on the FCC to make sure these companies make good on their promise. “The FCC must take immediate action to ensure no wireless carrier is allowing the rampant disclosure of real-time location data, and take enforcement action against carriers that violated the Commission’s rules and the trust of their customers,” Pallone said. You can read the full letter here:CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. Politics Security
Video Games Storage Unboxing the PS4 Pro 500M Edition 28 Photos 5 Now playing: Watch this: The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 3:04 How to add more storage to a PS4: Everything you need to know. Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices. You can use the drive to bring your game library to a friend’s console, but be warned that you’ll need to sign into the PlayStation Network account originally used to purchase the games to play them. It’s coming out in the US next week for $90 (around £70 or AU$120), a bit more expensive than a normal 2TB Seagate drive. The company said via email that it doesn’t have timing for a UK and Australia release yet.So it’s up to you if that little logo is worth it. Just don’t be like the guy who used some trickery to get a PS4 for $11 and ended up in jail. First published Jan. 30 at 3:24 a.m. PT.Updated Jan. 31 at 9:24 a.m. PT: Adds Seagate comment on UK/Australia release. Share your voice Seagate has an external hard drive for those who want a little more PlayStation branding in their lives. Seagate PlayStation 4 storage is a concern for plenty of gamers — those of us with launch models of Sony’s console have been deleting games to make room for new ones for years. We’ve already got plenty of options for increasing PS4 storage, but Seagate announced on Wednesday it’s releasing a 2TB Game Drive — an external hard drive — that’s officially licensed, so it has a little PlayStation logo. That 2TB will give you space for about 50 more games and you’ll be able to play them as quickly as if they were on the PS4’s internal drive, Seagate said in its release. It’ll also work smoothly with every PS4 model, as long as it has system software version 4.50 or later. Tags Comments Seagate Sony
Brie Larson is among the presenters for the 2019 Oscars. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner The 2019 Academy Awards may still lack a host, but the show just announced plenty of presenters.Marvel heroes Brie Larson, Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, 007 Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and Whoopi Goldberg are among those who will hand out awards.Also presenting will be Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg and Constance Wu.Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the LA Philharmonic for the In Memoriam segment. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 77 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Post a comment Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review 7 $6 at Tidal DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TV and Movies Culture $60 at Best Buy Turo $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice $999 2:33 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Rylo The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it 2019 movies to geek out over Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 0 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $59 at eBay Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: $299 at Amazon Captain Marvel Marvel Captain America The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a big presence at this year’s Oscars, with Black Panther among the nominees for Best Picture and six other awards (here’s our guide to watching all the contenders).Be sure to check out our sister site TV Guide for more on the 2019 Oscars, which will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (or Monday Feb. 25 from 1 a.m. GMT/12 p.m. AEDT) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Mobile 1:17 Post a comment Google Maps for Android Now playing: Watch this: Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Share your voice AutoComplete: Tesla delays its price bump until Wednesday Google Maps’ new feature isn’t available for everyone yet. NurPhoto/Getty Images Google Maps has added a feature that lets you create a public event through Maps for Android. The new feature is live now, according to Android Police, but doesn’t appear to be available to everyone. CNET staffers didn’t see the option to create an event. Google wasn’t immediately available for comment. On the support page, Google said the feature might not be available in some regions. Here’s how to check the availability and add a public event on your Android device: Open Google Maps Tap Contribute Tap Events Tap “+” to add a public event Follow steps 1-3 to edit your event’s details or to delete it. You can add photos, the date and time, the type of event you’re hosting and more. 0 Tags Google Maps
Close Taylor Swifts latest big victory may have been watching Apple blink after the pop star called out the tech giant for its initial policy of refusing to pay artists during free trials of its new Apple Music streaming service.Apples change of heart came after the 25-year-old singer posted on Tumblr that shed hold back her latest hit album 1989 from the service. Its decision to now pay artists during its three-month trial period may offer up hope of finding a new model for the record industry, explained Shirley Halperin, of Billboard magazine.I think what we are getting to is a new economic model that really decides what the value of music is, said Halperin, the magazines news director. That is something that Taylor Swift put out there by addressing the matter in her letter to Apple. That is something that record companies, artist, majors, indies, promoters, everyone has been looking at this on how do you make money as a musician these days.After the backflip from Apple, Swift turned to Twitter to thank both Apple and her supporters, telling her 59m Twitter followers: I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.Swift has fought with music streaming services before. She pulled her entire catalogue of music from online streaming platform Spotify last November and refused to offer 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically.Taylor Swift happens to be the pop culture sensation of the moment and she has been for some time, explained Halperin, on the star power that Swift carries. Shes on the road right now, shes promoting, shes very visible, shes on Twitter, shes interacting with her fans. She just has a very loud bullhorn which she can use and she is.As a result, Halperin called Apples reversal to now pay artists during free trials of its new Apple Music streaming service a smart and long-term move.I think it is in Apples best interest to show that they care about the artist. That they are invested in the music business. That they are in it for the long haul. These are the things they will get from the change in course.Apple Music will debut on 30 June and cost $9.99 per month in the US.
Hazy future? Auto sector’s sharp decline in sales is indicative of the general economic slowdown. Business houses have sought a generous stimulus package.Twitter/ANIIndia has slipped into an economic slowdown by the admission of many in the government and as revealed by some key economic indicators. The marked drop in automobile sales for several successive months is only one of the indicators, according to experts. There are many others though the information technology remains the only sector that is bucking the trend. However, Bimal Jalan, a former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, has said the current slump is only cyclical and that the economy could revive in the short term.Jalan’s optimism goes against a nagging fear that the country could slip into a recession if the global factors take a turn for the worse. A recession is defined as an economic contraction for three successive quarters. If the decline in growth rate continues at the current rate, global factors could hasten the slide into a recessionary territory, according to some experts. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has been slowing for several successive quarters. As the economic activity has contracted, the GDP growth from January to March 2019 slowed to 5.8 percent. It is estimated to have further contracted in the April-June 2019 quarter also.The equity markets have also been affected by the negative vibes with National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark Nifty languishing in the bearish territory after scaling the record high of 12,103 points on June 3. It closed on Tuesday at 10,925 points. The market slide seems to have been hastened by the flight of foreign portfolio investors (FPI) that were jolted by the tax surcharge on the super-rich and a 10 percent increase in public holding of shares to 35 percent announced in the maiden Union Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Job data has been disappointing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which rode a landslide victory in the April-May general election 2019 to power for the second successive tenure. Estimates show unemployment has surged to the highest in many decades. Bumpy ride? Automakers including Maruti Suzuki have reported that auto sales have slumped through successive months, affecting the health of many upstream and downstream segments of the economy. The economy is in a slowdown and global factors could dictate its course.@Maruti_Corp / twitterThe RBI cut the repo rates for the fourth successive time in its last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting earlier this month in an attempt to infuse more liquidity into the economy. However, the banking sector that has been facing a huge backlog because of rising non-performing assets (NPA) has been slow to transfer the benefits of lower rates to the end customers. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das has not achieved much headway on the matter despite several meetings with bankers.NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said at a recent program that too many reforms in a short time have sapped the economy of growth momentum. He cites Goods and Services Tax (GST), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), and Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) among the reforms, even as he leaves out one of the most debilitating measures, which was currency demonetization. He has advocated a focus on structural reforms to improve ease of doing business and global competitiveness. On her part, Nirmala Sitharaman has been meeting the industry stakeholders after the Union Budget 2019 to find a way to stimulate economic growth. Finance Ministry sources indicate that the government may soon give a booster dose of incentives to the economy to stimulate growth. Consumption, which is the most important metric of India’s economic growth as it forms about three-fifths of the economic activity in the country, has contracted, according to a report on the Livemint website. Domestic car sales during the April to June 2019 quarter fell by 23.3 percent year on year. This is the biggest contraction in quarterly sales since 2004, according to the report. A slowdown in car sales hits upstream and downstream sectors. Vehicle loans growth has slipped 5.1 percent, the slowest in about five years. Two-wheeler sales also have been affected, though not to the extent of car sales, contracting by 11.7 percent during the June 2019 quarter. Still, it is the biggest fall since the third quarter of 2008 financial year, when two-wheeler sales had contracted by 14.8 percent, at the beginning of the financial crisis. Real Estate sector has not looked up for several years now as realtors struggle with skewed supply metrics. Attempts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to infuse liquidity into the economy are not showing results despite Reserve Bank of India’s four successive interest rate cuts.Tractor sales also fell in the April to June 2019 quarter by 14.1 percent, marking the worst fall in nearly four years, the report says. Housing sales have also slowed with the number of unsold units in India’s top 30 cities rising to 12.8 lakh from 12 lakh during the year ending by March 2019. The supply metric is skewed by the rise in housing loan disbursal, showing that second- or third-time sales of units are thriving while more new units keep flooding the market. The stagnation in real estate prices is an indication that people, in general, feel they have less disposable wealth. Economy observers also suggest that the 5.3 percent fall in non-oil, non-gold, and non-silver imports during the June quarter is a good indicator of a decline in consumer demand. This is reckoned the biggest contraction in three years despite a 6.3 percent rise during the same period last year. A fall in commercial vehicle sales and rail freight growth also point to the slowdown, according to the report. Despite the government’s Make in India push, the value of new projects announced during April to June 2019 fell by 79.5 percent year-on-year, marking the biggest fall since September 2004. The value of new investment projects during the quarter was estimated at Rs 71,337 crore, the lowest since September 2004. The slowing growth in new projects is believed to be an indicator of the declining faith of businesses in the short-to-medium term economic future. Coupled with the 48 percent drop in projects completed during the period in comparison to the same period last year, makes the picture clearer.The country’s slowdown, experts suggest, is happening in a comparatively benign global environment with the oil prices within manageable limits. However, if US President Donal Trump does push for upping the ante in the Middle East over Iran’s nuclear disarmament defiance, the oil could hit $100 a barrel, pushing up the country’s import bill and the revenue account deficit. If Chinese President Xi Jinping opts to intensify China’s trade war with the US, the global economy could be hit, more seriously, dragging down the Indian economy.
Prothom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in separate incidents of what law enforcement called gunfights in Barishal, Feni and Mymensingh districts early Sunday.In Barishal, an unidentified member of a ‘robber gang’ was killed in a reported gunfight with a team of detectives in Bottola Bazar area of Dakshin Char Aicha village in sadar upazila, reports UNB.Being informed that a gang of robbers was taking preparation for committing robbery in the area, a team of detectives conducted a drive there around 3:00am, said Kaunia police station officer-in-charge Nurul Islam.When the team reached the spot, the gang members opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, police said.At one stage, the robber gang fled the scene. Later, the law enforcement recovered the body from the spot.Police also recovered a pipe gun, two sharp weapons and eight rounds of bullets from the spot, the OC added.Sub-inspector Rafiq and two constables Rafiq and Hafiz were injured during the ‘gunfight’, he said.In Feni, a suspected drug and arms trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Pathan Nagar of Chhagalnaiya upazila early Sunday.The deceased is Alamgir Hossain Bhuiyan, son of late Abdus Salam Bhuiyan of Paschim Pathan Gor area.Alamgir was accused in nine cases including that of drugs and arms trading filed with Chhagalnaiya police station, said officer-in-charge of the police station M Morshed.Acting on tip off that Alamgir was staying in an abandoned house in the village, a team of police raided the area around 1:00am.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate, that triggered the gunfight.After the gunfight, police found the bullet hit body of Alamgir there. He was rushed to Feni Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one pistol, three cartridges, 1000 pieces of Yaba tablets and 100 bottles of Phensedyl from the house.In Mymensingh, a suspected drug trader was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Gonshar intersection area of the town around 2:30am.The deceased is Rajiul Hasan Biplob, 45, son of a certain late Billal Hossain, and was accused in several cases.District detective branch of police officer-in-charge Ashikur Rahman said that being tipped off a team of detectives conducted a raid in the area.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the criminals opened fire on them, prompting police to retaliate, triggering the gunfight that left Biplob bullet hit.He was rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.On Saturday, four people were killed in alleged gunfights in Jashore and Mymensingh.Earlier, three people were killed in gunfights with RAB members in Chattogram and Chapainawabganj districts on Thursday night and Friday.