Your second chance for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF

If you missed the deadline last week to apply for the renowned Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, have no fear. There is still one more chance at being part of the action!

Out of all of the early-stage companies exhibiting at Disrupt, three Startup Alley companies will have the opportunity to be selected as one of the “Wild Card” winners. You might be wondering, “what is Wild Card”? Wild Card is a Startup Alley exhibiting company that is selected by our TechCrunch editorial team to participate in the celebrated Startup Battlefield competition. This year we’re selecting three, and if you are exhibiting in Startup Alley, you could be one of the lucky winners.

Last year at Disrupt NY 2017, RecordGram got a table in Startup Alley, where they ended up being selected as one of the Wild Card companies and ultimately went on to win the Startup Battlefield competition — and took home $50,000. Guess what? This year, the grand prize of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF has been doubled to $100,000!

Plus, you’ll have all the benefits of being a Startup Alley exhibitor, including access to CrunchMatch, Disrupt’s matchmaking service between startups and investors. So far, the investors coming to Disrupt SF this year have investment funds in excess of $4 billion, and we’re expecting more to sign up in the coming weeks. Also, over the course of the three-day conference, there will be curated tracks of content across four unique stages in 12 different verticals, plus tons of educational workshops and a plethora of networking opportunities.

So, if your company is pre-series A, Startup Alley at Disrupt SF is the place for you. Secure your exhibitor package here before we sell out!

IIFA Rocks 2018 Videos:  Arjun-Varun-Shraddha Grooves On Taarefan

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IIFA Rocks 2018 Videos:  Arjun-Varun-Shraddha Grooves On Taarefan

The 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards has kick-started on a grand note. This year IFFA is going to rock in Bangkok, which is one of the happening places in the world.

We already gave you a glimpse of the green carpet where celebs graced the event looking all kinds of stylish in the designer clothes.

Well, apart from making the red and green carpet appearances, fans are eagerly waiting to see the stars performing on stage. Which star is performing with whom and on which song is always an exciting thing to see.

And now, brace yourself as we have got you a glimpse of what happened in the award show.

Take a look at the videos which will get you more excited:

In one of the videos, Arjun Kapoor is seen dancing on Hum Kaale Hai Toh Kya Hua song from Gumnaam (1965) with Kartik Aaryan and Ayushmann Khurrana while wearing Lungi.

While in another video, Bollywood beauty Dia Mirza will be seen grooving and setting stage on fire with her latka jhatkas on sensational Bollywood track Tip Tip Barsa Paani. She grooves with with hosts Kartik and Ayushmann.

Another bunch of star kids Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan set the stage on fire with Veere Di Wedding’s happening track Tareefan. The fun part to see was how perfectly Arjun was seen mimicking Kareena and putting just like she does.

Karan, Varun, Shraddha, Kartik and Ayushmaan danced on Laal Dupatte Wali.

IIFA 2018 will make the presence of stars like Kartik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor who will be entertaining the audiences with their terrific performances.

The IIFA night is just few days away, so folks, let the countdown begin and just wait and watch!

Published by Mamatha on 23 Jun 2018

Nick Jonas confirms his relationship official with Priyanka Chopra with this video, watch

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is reportedly dating Nick Jonas. Recently, the couple landed in Mumbai for the grand house-warming party of Priyanka Chopra’s new sea-facing bungalow.

Last night, the couple steps out for a dinner date and guess what, the couple were joined by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra. The trio spotted on a dinner date at a popular restaurant BKC.

And now, it seems like Nick has finally made his relationship with Priyanka official on Instagram.

He posted an adorable video on his Insta story wherein Priyanka could be seen happily walking toward him. He captioned it as, “Her” followed by a heart-eyed emoji.

 Check out the video here:

The news of their dating sparked when the two have made an appearance together at LA’s Dodgers Stadium.

Jonas is 10 years younger to Priyanka. The two have known each other since before last year’s Met Gala, where they walked the red carpet together in Ralph Lauren designs.

On the career front, Priyanka is currently seen playing the lead in the last season of her TV show ‘Quantico’. Recently, an episode of the show left Indians offended which portrayed Indian nationalists as terrorists who were trying to frame Pakistan in a terror plot. After which, Priyanka apologized for hurting sentiments with the controversial plot of the show.

Meanwhile, Priyanka will return to Bollywood with Salman Khan’s upcoming film, Bharat.


PVR had a unique way to intensify the scare level of latest horror film ‘Hereditary’

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PVR had a unique way to intensify the scare level of latest horror film ‘Hereditary’

PVR Pictures created an out-of-the-box format for the premiere screening for ‘Hereditary’. The midnight screening gathered film enthusiasts of this captivating genre to step out late-night and catch a glimpse of this riveting content before India gets a taste of it. Keeping pace with Ari Aster’s disruptive filmmaking, the marketing initiatives married audience behaviour metrics with technology for the first time.

For fans, influencers and celebrities alike the premise of late-night screening, which ended at an eerily odd hour, left everyone with gripping memories of what they just witnessed. Innovation and technology is the forefront of all modern-day insights. Selected patrons were fitted with heart-rate monitors to capture live data on the ‘peaks’ of horror experienced throughout the duration of the film.

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Patrons were slotted with go-pro cameras to understand further behavioural catharsis which they experienced during the film. These data inputs provided an in-depth understanding of how many times, what exact time during the film and by how much were they engaged. Never before has this activity been done in India, even scarce are case studies on this initiative, yet the vision to execute this lies solely with team PVR at the helm of this marketing innovation.

We’re not joking when we say that Hereditary will scare the daylights out of you! It surely can make your heart race faster than ever. Can you make it to through this thrilling journey? #HereditaryAtPVR #PVRPicturesRelease

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The average pulse per minute extracted from patrons, by observing 7-8 peaks of as high as 127bpm, helped PVR Pictures understand sentiments and the emotional well being of our patrons while they immersed themselves in the film. Even the toughest of us show vulnerability when faced with an epic thriller and an emotionally vested film like Hereditary. The go-pro cameras captured these moments and further asserted the data extrapolated by the ‘heart rate monitors’ and ‘ fit-bits’ . In fact, the audience reviews pre and post the film have re-asserted, thanks to this disruptive innovation, what the core ‘scare quotient’ of the film Hereditary is.

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A new dawn is on the horizon, one which binds film-makers, film enthusiast and film marketers alike. An experience is what we all want from our mundane lives. PVR Cinemas provides the premise, Ari Aster gave us thrilling content and disruption brought everyone to the forefront of this midnight. Could this be the beginning of a new IP called ‘ Scare meter ‘ telling audiences exactly how gripping/scary a film would be? Can audience metrics and sentiment analysis drive better innovations and footfalls for an even more unique cinema experience? On to the next film , the next wave of path breaking innovations & cool insights!

Published by Kanika Saini on 23 Jun 2018

Flashtool now supports Sony Xperia XZ2 and Sony Xperia XA2

Users who have tried modifying their Sony device in the past will have heard of XDA Recognized Developer ‘s Flashtool. It’s an open source S1 flashing tool which supports many Sony Xperia devices. It’s often used for rooting, bootloader unlocking and, of course, firmware flashing. Back in the day before recoveries were commonplace, it was also a great way to flash a custom ROM. It’s often a tool users on our forums still recommend as it fulfills a number of functions that are still useful once you unlock the bootloader. Flashtool supports devices from as far back as 2009 and it’s expanding to support more every year. Version has just been released and it now supports 2018 Sony Xperia devices such as the Sony Xperia XZ2 series and the Sony Xperia XA2 series.

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There’s a number of reasons you may still want to use Flashtool. For starters, once you unlock your device’s bootloader then official Sony tools no longer work. Official Sony tools only allow upgrading, whereas with Flashtool you can downgrade. Finally, Flashtool doesn’t have as many restrictions on what you can and cannot flash.

The full list of features is as follows:

  • Root your phone

  • Install recovery, busybox, custom kernels

  • Clean your ROM (remove /system/apps apps of your choice) (Be careful, unless you really know what you do, do not modify the default list. This can make your phone stuck at the SE Logo)

  • Clear Dalvik cache

  • Optimize (install of JIT v2) (plugin for 2.1 phones only from 2010 line)

  • Customize (installs apps found in the custom/apps folder of the flashtool)

  • Edit any text file on the device

  • Rebrand your device

If you’d like to download the latest version of Flashtool, you can head over to their website. All of the features listed above will now work on the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Sony Xperia XA2 along with dozens of other Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Via: XperiaBlog

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What is the summer solstice? An astronomer explains

The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth’s people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and Fête de la Musique celebrations.

The solstice is the 24-hour period during the year when the most daylight hits the Northern Hemisphere. Przemyslaw ‘Blueshade’ Idzkiewicz, CC BY-SA

Astronomers can calculate an exact moment for the solstice, when Earth reaches the point in its orbit where the North Pole is angled closest to the sun. That moment will be at 6:07 a.m. Eastern Time on June 21 this year. From Earth, the sun will appear farthest north relative to the stars. People living on the Tropic of Cancer, 23.5 degrees north of the Equator, will see the sun pass straight overhead at noon. Six months from now the sun will reach its southern extreme and pass overhead for people on the Tropic of Capricorn, and northerners will experience their shortest days of the year, at the winter solstice.

The sun’s angle relative to Earth’s equator changes so gradually close to the solstices that, without instruments, the shift is difficult to perceive for about 10 days. This is the origin of the word solstice, which means “solar standstill.”

This slow shift means that June 21 is only about 1 second longer than June 20 at mid-northern latitudes. It will be about a week before there’s more than a minute change to the calculated amount of daylight. Even that’s an approximation – Earth’s atmosphere bends light over the horizon by different amounts depending on weather, which can introduce changes of more than a minute to sunrise and sunset times.

Even today, visitors flock to see the solstice at Stonehenge. Stonehenge Stone Circle, CC BY

Monuments at Stonehenge in England, Karnak in Egypt, and Chankillo in Peru reveal that people around the world have taken note of the sun’s northern and southern travels for more than 5,000 years. From Stonehenge’s circle of standing stones, the sun will rise directly over an ancient avenue leading away to the northeast on the solstice. We know little about the people who built Stonehenge, or why they went to such great effort to construct it – moving multi-ton stones from rock outcrops as far as 140 miles away. All this to mark the spot on the horizon where the sun returns each year to rest for a while before moving south again. Perhaps they, like us, celebrated this signal of the coming change of seasons.

DOJ Gives Congress New Classified Documents on Russia Probe

The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after they had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says the department has partially complied with multiple requests from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. House Republicans had given the department a Friday deadline for all documents, but Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the department asked for more time.

“Our efforts have resulted in the committees finally getting access to information that was sought months ago, but some important requests remain to be completed,” Strong said in a statement Saturday. “Additional time has been requested for the outstanding items, and based on our understanding of the process we believe that request is reasonable. We expect the department to meet its full obligations to the two committees.”

In a letter sent to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes late Friday, the Justice Department said it had that day provided a classified letter to his panel regarding whether the FBI used “confidential human sources” before it officially began its Russia investigation in 2016. Nunes has been pressing the department on an informant who spoke to members of President Donald Trump’s campaign as the FBI began to explore the campaign’s ties to Russia.

The department has already given top lawmakers in the House and Senate three classified briefings on the informant. But Nunes has said he wanted the entire committee to receive the information.

In the letter, the Justice Department’s acting assistant director of congressional affairs, Jill Tyson, said the department had also given Nunes materials related to oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Republicans have for months questioned whether the department abused that act when prosecutors and agents in 2016 applied for and received a secret warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump campaign associate.

Democrats have criticized the multiple document requests, charging that they are intended to discredit the department and discredit or even undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has backed the document requests, and he led a meeting last week with committee chairmen and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to try to resolve the issue. In a television interview two days after that meeting, on June 17, Nunes said if they don’t get the documents by this week, “there’s going to be hell to pay” and indicated the House could act on contempt or even impeachment. A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

Tyson also wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, who had subpoenaed the department for documents related to the Russia investigation and also the department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016. She detailed progress on those requests and said the department is “expeditiously completing them.”

In the letters, Tyson said the department had built “new tools” to search top secret documents and had diverted resources from other congressional requests.