Egypt Holds Final Round of Parliamentary Elections

first_imgEgypt is holding the final round of runoffs in the parliamentary elections today.The balloting is to elect Egypt’s first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.Tens of thousands of troops and policemen have reportedly been deployed around the country to safeguard the two-day vote which started on Tuesday.These security measures reflect the growing security concerns in the country amid an Islamic insurgency and after a suspected explosive device downed a Russian airliner over the country’s Sinai Peninsula in late October, killing all 224 people on board.An Islamic state affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.The results of the vote will be announced later in the week and parliament is to hold its inaugural session in December.last_img read more

PH Blu Girls lose to Chinese Taipei, but get rematch for bronze

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Philippines bowed to Chinese-Taipei, 3-2, in a match that would’ve assured the team the bronze medal in the softball tournament of the 2018 Asian Games Wednesday night at GBK Softball Field in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blu Girls, though, still have a chance at the bronze medal in the page system playoff if they win in their rematch against Chinese-Taipei on Thursday.Lai Mengting’s ground ball single became Chinese-Taipei’s final hit, allowing its runner to take home base after the Philippines’ first base and second base collided in an attempt to catch the ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’If the Philippines win on Thursday, it would be the first medal for the country in the softball event of the continental games.center_img MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Emotional North Korean dedicates shock gold to his late mother SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Google mistakenly altered settings on Pixel phones Whoops

first_imgYour confusion would be totally understandable. A host of Pixel smartphone owners found themselves with small mystery on their hands earlier this week, after they noticed that the battery-saver feature on their phones had randomly engaged — despite the phones having almost full charges. Who, or what, was to blame? A glitch? Perhaps a forgotten setting, toggled on long ago?Nope. It would, in fact, be Google — remotely changing settings on people’s phones in the background with no notification or warning. And oh yeah, Google didn’t even mean to. Android Police noticed the strange occurrence, reporting that a “substantial number of Pixel owners” claimed to be affected by what at first seemed like a bug. Importantly, battery saving mode changes the way your phone works in order to (you guessed it) preserve battery life. This means, among other things, that apps wouldn’t refresh unless first opened — not an ideal situation for someone waiting for an important email, for example. According to a Google statement on r/GooglePixel, this was caused by a small slip up on the company’s end. “[Some] of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today,” read the post. “This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.”Which, that clears everything up then, right? Yes and no.  Image: RAYMOND WONG/MASHABLEWhile Google being able to push updates to Pixel phones is vital for all kinds of security reasons, the fact that the company could send out an “internal experiment” to consumers’ phones without those Pixel owners even being aware it happened does raise a few questions. Namely, has anything like this happened before? And, if so, has this resulted in any problems for Pixel owners in the past? We reached out to Google in an attempt to get to the bottom of this, but received no answer as of press time. While mistakenly changing a phone’s settings to enable battery-saving mode at the wrong time, and then remotely quickly fixing the problem, isn’t that big of a deal, at the end of the day it does serve as a larger reminder of just how little control we have over our own devices. And hey, next time your phone does something inexplicable and weird, you now get to wonder if someone in a nondescript Google office building accidentally clicked the wrong mouse button. Fun, right? Well that’s interesting.By Jack Morse2018-09-15 21:39:46 UTClast_img read more