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PUBG Lite, unlike the core game for PC, is free-to-play. The first beta of PUBG Lite kicked off in January this year.

PUBG Lite, a toned-down version of the hit battle royale game tailor-made for low-end PCs, is finally making its way to India. The official PUBG Lite Facebook page has confirmed that the game is coming soon to India, however, a definite release date has not been revealed. The first beta of PUBG Lite kicked off in January earlier this year, and as of now, it has been expanded to a total of 15 countries with a majority of them being Asian nations. With the unprecedented popularity of PUBG in India, it was only a matter of time before PUBG Lite made its way to the country and brought in more players who felt left out due to hardware limitations. Notably, PUBG Lite download requirements include the official launcher.

The official PUBG Lite Facebook page only states that “PUBG LITE will soon be expanding to India”, but there is no word from PUBG Corp regarding an exact release date. Talking about the availability, PUBG Lite has so far been available in a total of 15 countries after the first beta kicked off in Thailand earlier this year, with Brazil and Turkey being the most recent countries where the beta went live on May 23.

As we mentioned, unlike the core PUBG game for PC, PUBG Lite will be free to play, but the players will first be required to get the official launcher that will later help them download and install the game files.

PUBG Lite is targeted at gamers who don’t have a beastly gaming rig but still want to enjoy the game on a modest PC hardware, as we mentioned. Listed below are the minimum and recommended specifications for PUBG Lite:

Minimum PC requirements for PUBG Lite

Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64bit)
Intel Core i3, 2.4GHz
Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB disk space

Recommended PC requirements for PUBG Lite

Windows 7, 8, or 10 64bit
Intel Core i5 2.8GHz
AMD Radeon HD7870 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
4GB disk space

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Asus 6z succeeds the ZenFone 5z and brings major hardware upgrades.

The arrival of Asus ZenFone 6 in India has been teased by Asus and Flipkart for quite some time, but the recent Delhi High court-directed restrain on the sale of Zen or ZenFone-branded products put some doubt over the phone’s India launch. It appears that Asus has now found a workaround to the ban by launching the ZenFone 6 in the country under a different name. As per a media invite sent by the Taiwanese company and an updated microsite on Flipkart, the ZenFone 6 will be launched as the ‘Asus 6z’ in India on June 19. Aside from the different marketing moniker, the hardware specifications of the Asus 6z remain the same as the ZenFone 6.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court restrained Asus from selling and advertising mobile phones and accessories under the Zen, ZenFone or any other identical trademark. The court order effectively meant a ban on the sale of Zen or ZenFone-branded phones, putting the highly anticipated launch of the ZenFone 6 in India – which Flipkart had been teasing as a sales partner for the past few weeks – in jeopardy.

The updated ZenFone 6 microsite on Flipkart now reads ‘Asus 6z’, marking a change from the ‘ZenFone 6′ banner accompanying an image of the flagship phone at the top of the page. The microsite also lists the launch date as June 19, which means Asus is less than two weeks away from launching the phone in the Indian market. But so far, there is no word as to when the Asus 6z will go on sale in India, neither is there any information on the pricing and launch offers.

Asus 6z price (expected)

If the ZenFone 6 price is anything to go by, the Asus 6z price in India can be derived. To recall, the ZenFone 6 price starts at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 39,100) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, while the to 6GB + 128GB version will retail at EUR 559 (roughly Rs. 43,800), and finally, the top-end 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 47,000).

Asus 6z specifications

As for the specifications and features, they remain the same as the ZenFone 6. The phone packs a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The Asus offering has a motorised rotating camera module, which houses a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.79 aperture accompanied by a 13-megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle camera. The phone comes equipped with a large 5,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology.

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Forest Whitaker returns to reprise his role of Saw Gerrera.

At its pre-E3 2019 event, EA released a 14-minute gameplay trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, showcasing new Force abilities that can be used by the protagonist Cal Kestis, alongside new and returning characters such as the droid BD-1 who is Cal’s companion, and guerrilla rebel Saw Gerrera, with Forest Whitaker reprising the role from Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels. And naturally, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will take you to new planets, with Cal on the run from the Galactic Empire. The Star Wars game has been developed by Respawn, the developer behind Titanfall and Apex Legends.

The new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay footage finds Cal Kestis on the planet Kashyyyk, the home world of the Wookiees. We then see him use multiple Force powers, including throwing his lightsaber at enemies and Force slow, which allows him to slow down a person or object. The latter is quite similar to Kylo Ren’s mid-air blaster bolt freeze upon his introduction in Star Wars: Episode VI – The Force Awakens. And naturally, Respawn’s love for wall running is present too.

Meanwhile, the new droid BD-1 is a short form of Respawn’s nickname for the character, ‘Buddy Droid’. It will help Cal hack and open locked doors, in dark places with a flashlight, heal in battle, and scan new environments, in addition to serving as a health bar. Ben Burtt, the person behind the sound effects for R2-D2 and BB-8, has voiced BD-1 as well.

Saw Gerrera’s presence in Fallen Order, after Rogue One, is a confirmation of the game’s story being part of the Star Wars canon. It’s set in the aftermath of Order 66 — which took place in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith — when most of the Jedi were killed, with the Jedi Cal trying to make a living by keeping his powers hidden. But after the truth is revealed in an accident, he has to choose a life on the run, as the Galactic Empire sends the Second Sister, an inquisitor trained by Darth Vader, after him.

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For a limited time, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console subscribers can avail Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at Rs. 50 in India ($1 in the US).

Kicking off E3 2019 with its pre-conference event, Microsoft on Sunday announced the launch of the anticipated Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that brings access to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass games. The new subscription model debuted for beta testers in April and is now available for all Xbox users globally. Gamers just need to pay Rs. 999 in India ($14.99 in the US) to avail the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate monthly subscription. As an introductory offer, Microsoft is also offering the paid subscription at as low as Rs. 50 ($1) to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console subscribers. The Redmond company has additionally revealed the official price of the Xbox Game Pass for PC users that comes at Rs. 699 ($9.99) per month. It is available initially at a beta price of Rs. 329 ($4.99).

With the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you get access to Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass for PC. This means Microsoft is offering a one-stop subscription model for the gamers who can avail over 100 console and PC games as well as online multiplayer network at a single subscription amount. There would also be exclusive member discounts and deals and access to pick Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as they release.

“Our members have told us they want to be able to choose a plan that is right for how and where they play. That is why we offer Xbox Game Pass plans for Console and for PC. Many of our members also want a simple way to get it all, so we created Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,” said Ben Decker, Head of Gaming Services Marketing at Microsoft, in a blog post on Sunday.

To please gamers picking up the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft has announced that it will offer access to the Gear 5 Ultimate Edition and the Ultimate Edition Character Pack four days before its worldwide launch.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is generally available at a monthly charge of Rs. 999 ($14.99). However, new and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console subscribers can get the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for their first month at Rs. 50 ($1).

Users who have pre-paid months on their accounts are also entitled to receive Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credit for those months when they opt for the upgrade to the new subscription model, the company confirmed in its formal announcement. This means if you have any months left on your existing Xbox Live or Xbox Game Pass for Console account, you’ll get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credit for those months when you upgrade.

You can purchase the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription directly from the Xbox Game Pass page on the site.

For PC gamers, the Xbox team has brought Xbox Game Pass for PC that is touted to offer a curated library of over 100 PC games from over 75 content partners. There are new releases from Xbox Game Studios, including the ones from developers like Obsidian and inXile, that are set to be premiered on Xbox Game Pass for PC.

The Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription can be availed through the new Xbox app on Windows 10 that is available for download via Microsoft Store or through the website.

As we mentioned, the Xbox Game Pass for PC is priced at Rs. 699 ($9.99) per month. However, it is initially available at Rs. 329 ($4.99) for a limited time.

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Among the 32 Internet brands surveyed, Hike ranked fourth, beating WhatsApp, which ranked 10th.

E-commerce major Amazon is the most trusted among the Internet brands in India, followed by Google and Facebook, according to a recent report by TRA Research.

Among the 32 Internet brands surveyed, Indian messaging app Hike ranked fourth, beating Facebook-owned Whatsapp, which ranked 10th, said brand intelligence and data insights company’s “Brand Trust Report 2019”.

Indian accommodation service provider and online hotel room aggregator Oyo Rooms was at the fifth position. The Indian online taxi aggregator Ola ranked sixth, way ahead of US-based Uber, which ranked 14th.

Online payment service provider Paytm ranked 19th, one place above its global peer PayPal.

Commenting on the report, N. Chandramouli, CEO, TRA, said: “Many Indian Internet start-ups are leaders in their categories, which is no mean feat. The brands that focus on creating trust along with profits and growth are the ones that will survive in this business.”

The other players in the top 10 were Flipkart, LinkedIn and Snapdeal, in the seventh, eighth and ninth ranks, respectively.

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The bill also makes the holding of cryptocurrencies a non-bailable offence.

Holding, selling or dealing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could soon land you in jail for 10 years.

The “Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019” draft has proposed 10-year prison sentence for persons who “mine, generate, hold, sell, transfer, dispose of, issue or deal in cryptocurrencies”.

Besides making it completely illegal, the bill makes the holding of cryptos a non-bailable offence.

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security and is generally based on blockchain technology, a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world.

Given the high chances of cryptocurrencies being misused for money laundering, various government bodies such as the Income Tax Department and the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had endorsed banning of cryptocurrencies.

The draft bill for banning cryptocurrency has been in the works for some time with Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg leading the exercise.

While strict law would soon be in place to deal with people indulging in the trade of cryptocurrency, India is likely to have its own digital currency.

“A decision on the launch of Digital Rupee would be taken after consulting the Reserve Bank of India (RBI),” said an official.

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Claire Stapleton was a co-organizer of the Google walkout, which lasted more than an hour.

A Google worker who helped organize a massive walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct said Friday she had quit her job. In a post at Medium, Claire Stapleton said her decision to resign was based on her expecting another child but also because she was marked for retaliation by department heads after the walkout late last year.

“If I stayed, I didn’t just worry that there’d be more public flogging, shunning, and stress, I expected it,” Stapleton said.

“Life is extremely short and realistically we only have a couple of years left until the world hurtles into climate apocalypse or some other paroxysm of our own doing.”

Google told AFP that it thoroughly investigated Stapleton’s claims and found no evidence that she was targeted for retaliation in the workplace.

Stapleton’s team was given a “Culture Award” by management for her role in the walkout, according to the California-based internet company.

“To reiterate, we don’t tolerate retaliation,” Google said in response to an AFP inquiry.

“Our employee relations team did a thorough investigation of her claims and found no evidence of retaliation.”

Google employees poured out of buildings at the company’s Mountain View campus in November, filling courtyards and patios in solidarity with co-workers who staged similar demonstrations at offices in countries around the world to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct

Stapleton was a co-organizer of the walkout, which lasted more than an hour.

The protest took shape after Google said that it had fired 48 employees in the prior two years — including 13 senior executives — as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct, citing “an increasingly hard line” on inappropriate conduct.

One senior Google employee, Android creator Andy Rubin, was reported to have received an exit package worth $90 million as he faced allegations of misconduct. Rubin has denied the allegations and claimed he was the victim of a “smear campaign.”

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Amazon’s interest in Boost Mobile may be related to its mobile phone ambitions.

There may be no failure more spectacular in Amazon’s corporate history than its ill-fated Fire Phone five years ago. But as the online retail giant competes with Google and Apple to power the smart homes and cars of the future, that lack of a mobile device has become a glaring hole. That’s why Amazon has looked at buying the prepaid cellphone wireless service Boost Mobile from Sprint, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking who wasn’t authorised to speak publicly. The wireless firm is contemplating divesting the business to appease regulators considering its $26 billion merger with T-Mobile US.

If Amazon pursues the transaction, which is far from assured, the move could bolster its Alexa smart-assistant business by luring consumers through low-priced devices and plans, the source said. That could persuade consumers to use Alexa, which has largely been homebound, on the go.

Boost is what’s known as a mobile virtual network operator, which means it doesn’t own the wireless infrastructure over which it provides its service. It offers pay-as-you-go plans with no long-term contracts that often appeal to low-income consumers, as well as those with bad credit and senior citizens.

In a bid to satisfy regulators reviewing the T-Mobile US and Sprint deal, the companies pledged last month to divest Boost Mobile to a third party following the deal’s approval, among other concessions. Sprint and T-Mobile US also pledged in a regulatory filing that the combined company will offer six years of access to its network “at wholesale rates” to Boost’s buyer. Reuters first reported Amazon’s interest in Boost.

Amazon declined to comment. Boost parent Sprint did not respond to a request for comment. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

If Amazon pursues an acquisition of Boost, it would likely price its phone plans disruptively low and bundle them in some way to drive more Prime memberships, the person familiar with Amazon’s thinking said. The company could offer mobile phones on which its Alexa service features prominently. That might mean taking another stab at making its own phones, or cutting deals with manufacturers to put Alexa front-and-center on their devices.

But Amazon could also use the carrier services to launch a new breed of Alexa-enabled devices, said Werner Goertz, an analyst with research firm Gartner. With wireless connectivity built in, the devices wouldn’t need to connect to WiFi networks or need to be tethered via Bluetooth to mobile phones to tap into the internet-based servers that deliver Alexa’s services.

That could lead to headphones with Alexa baked in, for example, that could respond to voice queries without having to launch a mobile app. Its Echo Auto, a gadget that brings voice services to a car and is currently only available via invitation, wouldn’t need a phone to connect to the Internet.

Given the mature and fiercely competitive mobile phone market, “Amazon would do best to define a new category,” Goertz said.

Still, regulators could throw cold water on the idea of Amazon acquiring Boost. A recent agreement between U.S. antitrust regulators means Amazon could face heightened scrutiny of any merger. And the Sprint-T-Mobile deal also might fall apart after Justice Department staff members recommended the U.S. government sue to block the deal, fearing the combination of the country’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers could threaten competition.

Amazon has had early success with adoption of its low-cost, first-to-market Echo speakers. That gives the company an opportunity to be at the center of one of the next big advances in computing, in which people use their voices rather than a keyboard and mouse to control devices. Success there would provide a powerful and likely lucrative platform on which other companies would have to offer their services.

Amazon has said more than 100 million devices with Alexa, including products made by other companies that use the technology, have been sold. The company will hold a 63.2 percent share of the U.S. smart-speaker market this year, according to estimates from research firm eMarketer.

But lack of a successful mobile phone business has largely relegated Alexa use to customers’ homes.

“Alexa is doing great in my connected home,” Goertz said. “But the minute I step outside of my connected home, Alexa abandons me.”

Moreover, the number of Alexa-enabled devices is paltry relative to the number of mobile phones running software from Google and Apple, including their digital-assistant technology. There are more than 3.2 billion phones worldwide running Google’s Android operating system, according to the research firm International Data Corp. In January, Apple said 900 million iPhones were in use globally. And those two companies also have their own voice-activated speakers to compete with Amazon’s Echo business.

That gives Amazon’s two Silicon Valley rivals significantly more data from voice commands to train their own artificial intelligence assistants.

Despite potential business reasons for acquiring Boost, Amazon entering the wireless market seems far fetched, said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. Prepaid mobile carriers such as Boost generally appeal to low-income customers, something that’s “completely off message for Amazon.” And whatever price Amazon pays for Boost, even if it’s to obtain wireless coverage for Alexa-enabled devices, could offset the financial benefit of getting wholesale pricing to use the combined Sprint and T-Mobile network.

Moreover, selling Boost to Amazon, a company with vast financial resources and insatiable ambition, would create a dangerous competitor for the new T-Mobile.

“Why in God’s name would you want to do that?” Nathanson said.

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Twitter India did not reveal the reason behind the suspension of the account.

After facing massive outburst of Twitteratis following the suspension of Indian Army Chinar Corps’ handle on Friday, the social media platform restored the account the same day.

Indian Army’s Chinar Corps handles most of the counter-terrorism operations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Kashmir Valley.

While Twitter India did not reveal the reason behind the suspension of the account, a spokesperson said the platform has a policy of not commenting on individual accounts.

Meanwhile, users took to the platform to vent their anger on the issue.

“Are u losing ur mind @Twitter @TwitterIndia? What is the reason for this? Whose complaint did u respond to n act ? Needs to undo asap,” wrote Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

He even called for scrutiny on Twitter’s “algorithms” and conduct better regulation.

“#Time for Govt to fix Twitter….must summon & probe why they suspended the Army’s account…Must find some Pak moles in Twitter India,” tweeted another user.

“Twitter is gone berserk from @TrueIndologyliv to Chinar corps… They are trying every bit to suppress the voices of Indians,” posted another user.

The account was, however, later restored.

“#ChinarCorps Twitter handle is fully functional & verified now. Thank you all for the constant support, encouragement & suggestions. #MissionPeaceKashmir #AwaamArmyConnect #TerrorismFreeKashmir,” Chinar Corps said in a tweet.

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Angle of attack alert feature warns pilots when sensors measuring the up-or-down pitch of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air might be wrong.

Boeing planned to wait three years to fix a non-working safety alert on its 737 Max aircraft and sped up the process only after the first of two deadly crashes involving the planes.

The company acknowledged that it originally planned to fix a cockpit warning light in 2020 after two key lawmakers disclosed the company’s timetable on Friday.

US Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Rick Larsen of Washington wrote to Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration and asked why the company took more than a year to tell the safety agency and airlines that the alert did not work on Max jets.

The feature, called an angle of attack or AoA alert, warns pilots when sensors measuring the up-or-down pitch of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air might be wrong.

The sensors malfunctioned during a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa in March, causing anti-stall software to push the planes’ noses down. Pilots were unable to regain control, and both planes crashed. In all, 346 people were killed.

It is not clear whether either crash could have been prevented if the cockpit alert had been working.

A Boeing spokesman said that based on a safety review, the company had originally planned to fix the cockpit warning when it began delivering a new, larger model of the Max to airlines in 2020.

“We fell short in the implementation of the AoA Disagree alert and are taking steps to address these issues so they do not occur again,” said the spokesman, Gordon Johndroe.

All Max jets will have the alert as standard equipment before returning to service, and newly built planes will have it too, Johndroe said. Boeing delivered about 370 of the planes before they were grounded around the world in March.

Both Boeing and the head of the FAA say that the alert is not critical for safety. Boeing says all its planes, including the Max, give pilots all the flight information — including speed, altitude and engine performance — that they need to fly safely.

The pilots’ union at American Airlines expressed unhappiness about the matter, however, and said Boeing’s assurance about the cockpit alert was a factor in the union standing behind Boeing after the first Max crash, in October.

Jason Goldberg, an American Airlines pilot and union spokesman, said Boeing told pilots that the alert could pinpoint a faulty sensor even on the ground, before takeoff.

“That is one of the things that made us confident initially to make the statement that we were happy to continue to fly the aircraft,” he said. “It turned out later that that wasn’t true.”

Boeing admitted in May that within months of the plane’s 2017 debut, engineers realized that the sensor warning light only worked when paired with a separate, optional feature.

Boeing is revising its software, called MCAS, so that it will rely on readings from two sensors instead of one, and will be easier for pilots to overcome if it malfunctions. It is unclear when the FAA will approve the changes and allow the Max to fly again. Regulators in other countries could take longer.

DeFazio and Larsen are leaders of a House committee that is investigating the crashes and the FAA’s regulation of Boeing. They said Friday that Boeing decided in November 2017 to defer a software update to fix the sensor alert feature until 2020 but accelerated that timeline after the Lion Air crash.

Larsen questioned why Boeing didn’t consider the problem critical to safety.

The FAA on Friday repeated a statement it made last month that Boeing briefed the agency’s Seattle office about the non-working alert in November, and the matter was forwarded to an FAA review board which considered the matter to be “low risk.”

Last month, acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell told DeFazio’s and Larsen’s committee that he wasn’t happy Boeing waited 13 months to tell the agency about the problem.

“We will make sure that software anomalies are reported more quickly,” he said.

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