The Xbox Game Pass for PC will launch at a $1 introductory monthly price. Microsoft Microsoft revealed the pricing and initial game release for its Xbox Game Pass for PC ahead of its Xbox press conference at E3 on Sunday. Gamers can join the beta for the subscription-based service gaming for $5 per month for a limited time. Members will receive a 30-day notice before this introductory period ends and Xbox Game Pass for PC reverts to its standard price of $9.99 per month.The service will include access to at least 10 games during its beta phase, including Halo: The Master Chef Collection and Gears 5, each of which is listed as “coming soon.”Microsoft has slowly been making Xbox more integrated with Windows, and support for Game Pass on PC is yet another example. Microsoft is expected to discuss a wide range of new games and initiatives during its Xbox press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). But perhaps the most anticipated news will be about Microsoft’s next upcoming Xbox — codenamed Scarlett according to a report from 2018 — of which the company’s offered few details so far.Other games listed on the page include Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, We Happy Few, Ark Survival Evolved and Ori and the Will of Wisps, which is listed as coming soon. Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft Xbox’s next-gen console ahead, two Uber execs depart See All Tags • 1:22 16 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Now playing: Watch this: Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Microsoft shows off Xbox trailers, hardware, services at E3 reading • Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing, game lineup revealed E3 2019 0 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Gaming E3 2019
Meera Mitun and Abhirami Venkatachalam.PR HandoutMeera Mitun, who was eliminated from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 recently, has spoken about the issue pertaining to grooming Abhirami Venkatachalam in the modelling field. The former reiterated that she helped the latter, while wondering why the actress and her co-contestant in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 is refusing to admit it in public.In an interview, Abhirami said, “You will realise the truth if you do a search on Abhirami in YouTube where you will find a video in which she is seen making confession about me introducing her. In the history of 15 years of Miss South India 2016, I was the first Tamil girl to win the pageant,””Every title winner takes up a social cause. So, I decided to groom talents from Tamil Nadu as I want only girls from to the state to win from thereon. I used to handpick contestants and help them out. I was there to get them right opportunities. After I won, girls from Tamil Nadu won the title for the next 2-3 years,” she added.”There is no issue between us, but not sure why she refused to admit that I helped her,” she claims on why Abhirami refused to admit about getting help from Meera.Abhirami had raised objection to Meera’s claim during a conversation in the Bigg Boss Tamil a few weeks ago. However, a video on YouTube has gone viral in which the Nerkonda Paarvai actress is seen thanking the latter for her support in a press meet.”I am so happy that someone from the same field is trying to push the other person ahead… It is a great thing….thanks for that meera…[sic]” Abhirami is seen telling in the clip. The video can be seen below:
YouTube: Beams Investigations 1As space agencies like NASA and ESA are busy searching for alien life in the deep nooks of space, conspiracy theorists strongly believe that extraterrestrial life is a reality, and they believe that UFO sightings reported in various parts of the world are indications of their existence. Adding up to the heat, a YouTube channel named ‘Beamsinvestigation 1’ has now shared a mysterious video that shows a snake-shaped UFO hovering in the skies of New York.Interestingly, the UFO spotted in the skies during broad daylight can be seen moving, and at times, it can be seen bending its body like a snake.”Look closely and you will see that this unidentified flying object is comprised of segments or spheres… an intriguing, articulated body!” wrote the uploader in the video’s description.As the video went viral on online, conspiracy theorists started arguing that alien life is a reality, and, they outlandishly concluded that the UFO spotted in the skies could actually be a living alien with flying capabilities.After analyzing the video, a section of other conspiracy theorists suggested that these weirdly shaped objects in the skies could actually be secret shape-shifting military craft developed by the United States military. They added that Donald Trump’s space force is already operational in the skies, and these UFO sightings are substantiating this theory.However, skeptics dismissed both these angles, and they made it clear that the UFO spotted in the skies could be a weirdly shaped balloon.The new UFO sighting has been reported just a few days after mysterious lights were spotted in the skies of Cincinnati, Ohio. The unexplained lights pulled many local residents to a state of panic, and they started arguing that aliens have paid a visit to the earth.
Sundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoThe World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO had warned Bangladesh government three years ago about the forest being endangered due to the Rampal power plant project and other factories in the vicinity.The UN body expressed its concern and objections, cautioning that the forest may lose its status as a World Heritage.Finally, the organisation recently recommended that the forest be included on the ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list.In this backdrop, a high-profile government delegation is going to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris to clear up this ‘misunderstanding’ before the heritage committee’s 43rd annual meeting at Baku on 30 June-10 July.The delegation is going to join in a pre-meeting discussion before the general meeting, according to two of the delegates who added, they would go to Azerbaijan too after this trip.The six-member-delegation will be headed by Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the energy advisor of the prime minister, and will comprise representatives from various government organisations including the environment department.Earlier, members of this inter-ministerial delegation went to the UNESCO headquarters in 2017 and took part in a meeting with the organisation’s top officials.The delegation at that time, also, joined in the 41st annual meeting of the heritage committee held in Poland’s Krakow.During the meeting, a press release issued from the foreign ministry here claimed UNESCO had withdrawn its objections regarding the Rampal power plant.On return of the delegation, Tawfiq-e-Elahi claimed at a press conference that there were no obstacles to go ahead with the Rampal project as UNESCO had withdrawn its objections following Bangladesh government’s deliberations.Director general of the power cell at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Mohammad Hossain, who was in the 2017 delegation and is a member of the current delegation, said, “The government has taken several steps to save the Sundarbans following all the UNESCO conditions,” but, “this might not have reached UNESCO properly.”He sees this may have led to “some misunderstandings.” He added, “We’ll go there with all the proof and information. I hope UNESCO will realise its mistake.”The UNESCO report published last week said the report submitted by the Bangladesh government in December 2018 showed progress in fulfilling the conditions to save the forest was very slow.A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) supposed to be conducted over the southwestern region of the country including the Sundarbans was not carried out either, the report observed.The tender verification required for the SEA is not yet complete while the actual assessment will start once the work order is issued after the verification, according to officials of the environment, forest and climate change ministry.It is natural to be stripped of the status if the rules and conditions to retain the Sundarbans as a world heritage are violated, Sultana Kamal, convener to the national committee to protect the Sundarbans, said.The government is still continuing with the construction of three coal-fired power plants within 20 kilometres of the forest, she said in a statement on Saturday, adding, these should be stopped as the air and water pollution control system of these plants are not enough to preserve the forest.Leader of ‘Save the Sundarbans’ movement Anu Muhammad told Prothom Alo, “The UNESCO observation is fully appropriate,” adding, “the government has been providing the people with false information so far.””The government should give up its lies and take meaningful steps to save the Sundarbans and stop all the industries near Sundarbans including that of Rampal.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
If you work in technology, you may have heard about World Backup Day. Founded in 2011, World Backup Day was designed by Ismail Jadun, a digital strategy and research consultant, to boost awareness for businesses and individuals that may not recognize the importance of regular data backups. The goal, according to the World Backup Day website, is to use March 31 as the date each year to reach those who have never backed up their data, and even people who might not have ever even heard about data backup.”World Backup Day started out when someone on Reddit lost their hard drive and wished someone had reminded them to back up,” said Jadun. “I thought it was a wonderful idea … it’s wonderful to see people and schools around the world promoting the importance of backing up our data.”One of those companies promoting World Backup Day is Datacastle, an analytics and endpoint protection services company. President and CEO Ron Faith said his company endorses the new occasion because he often finds that small businesses don’t truly understand the threats from ransomware, data loss and data breaches. “It is important for small businesses to be honest with themselves that they don’t know what data is on all their company laptops, tablets and smartphones,” he said.What you need to know about data lossDon’t think of data loss as something that only happens to massive companies or to individual employees who drop phones in swimming pools. Jadun and Faith want you to know that any company or individual can fall victim to data loss and theft. Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are incredibly simple ways that hackers target companies, without having a massive army of coders on their side. An excellent example of a BEC attack is a fraudulent email sent from someone pretending to be the company’s CEO to the company’s human resources (HR) manager. Without realizing that he or she is being scammed, an HR manager willingly sends personal employee data to the scammers. Since 2013, more than 7,000 of these attacks have occurred, totaling losses exceeding $740 million according to FBI data.Not protecting your company’s data can be a costly decision. The average global cost per stolen confidential record in 2016 rose from $154 to $158. Last year, there were 38 percent more attacks on companies than there were in the previous year, and most attacks stay dormant within a company’s system for over 140 days before the company even realizes they’ve been infiltrated. Attacks are happening more often, they’re more sophisticated and they’re becoming more and more expensive for businesses. Or, as Faith said, the cost to the company’s reputation “is far greater from an embarrassing data loss or data breach incident than the cost of most [backup and protection] solutions.”How to stay safeFaith advised businesses to create a simple, company-wide, data protection policy that will automatically back up the endpoint data to the cloud. He said the solution “should be friction-free for the employees and not really require the employees to do anything.” If your company doesn’t have the resources to dedicate to a corporate-wide backup, Faith said companies should start with the executives’ laptops. “It is a smaller group with the most sensitive data. This enables the executives to lead by example on protecting endpoint data,” he said.Jadun said it is crucial for companies to audit the data they produce. This includes customer data, product data, HR data and sales data, among many other examples. By doing this, companies can fully understand the stakes of any data loss incident. Once you’ve audited your data, he advised companies to determine the potential ways data could be lost and then create a data protection plan to protect those assets.”Depending on how much downtime your organization can handle, you can then set about looking at various data protection and backup solutions. Your business should strongly consider creating local backups as well as backups in an offsite location. Then, go about setting up protocols to both automatically back up and test those restore regularly.” March 31, 2017 Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals