News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Share your voice Comcast LG T-Mobile LG G8 ThinQ 13 $835 $829 Phones See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. AT&T Wireless Amazon Tags NurPhoto/Getty Images T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to fight robocalls.The companies said Wednesday they’re rolling out a feature that protects consumers from robocalls and spam across their networks. It uses the Stir/Shaken standards recommended by the Federal Communications Commission to spot authentic calls.The verification feature is already available for T-Mobile customers and will come later this year for Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service customers. It’ll mean T-Mobile customers can be assured calls from Comcast home phones aren’t from a scammer spoofing a number, and vice versa, the companies say.”Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumersprotected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that.”T-Mobile also said Caller Verified, its implementation of Stir/Shaken, is now available on 10 phones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus. It’ll soon be available on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A6. Customers with the most recent software update will see “Caller Verified” show up on their screen when they get authentic calls from T-Mobile’s network and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service. T-Mobile expects it’ll do this with more companies as they begin implementing Stir/Shaken in the coming months, said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile.”As the other carriers get on board, we’ll be able to use this technology to verify nearly all of your calls,” Castle said.Two years ago, T-Mobile rolled out free scam protection that analyzes calls and alerts customers about likely scams. In January, the carrier became the first wireless company to apply the Stir/Shaken standards after launching Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In November, T-Mobile said it had blocked more than 1 billion spam calls in the last 18 months. $599 Comments See it See It Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E
Ajith vs Vijay.PR HandoutTamil actor Ajith Kumar is celebrating his 48th birthday on Wednesday, 1 May. Like every year, it will be a low-key day for him, but it is not going to stop his fans from celebrating the occasion in a big way.What makes the fans special is the Tamil TV channels trying hard to attract the viewers’ attention by screening his movies. The leading channels have lined up some of his hit movies to be aired from the morning till the midnight on 1 May.Jaya TV is going to telecast some of his recent hit films that include Vedhalam. Among all the movies, Sun TV has planned for the world premiere of this year’s superhit movie Viswasam.The interesting part of the story is that rival Zee Tamil has decided to telecast Vijay’s blockbuster movie Mersal around the same time. By scheduling it, the channel is apparently trying to draw the attention of the loyal Thalapathy’s fans even though it is not the world premiere of the Tamil flick.TRP Battle Ajith’s Viswasam will be aired at 6.30 pm on Sun TV. Whereas Mersal will be aired at 5 pm on Zee Tamil.Viswasam: The Siruthai Siva-directorial movie has turned out to be the biggest hit of 2019 in Tamil Nadu. The movie won the hearts of the rural and family audience. It is about a father trying to reunite with his wife and daughter.The movie was packed with mass elements peppered with romance, comedy and emotions. Nayanthara played Ajith’s wife in the flick, which has reportedly earned over Rs 130 crore in Tamil Nadu.Mersal: Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal was directed by Atlee Kumar. The film raised serious questions about our healthcare industry and how the loopholes in the industry exploit the people in the country. Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menen played female leads in the flick.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday requested two factions of Tablig Jamaat not to make any provocative comment against each other while delivering sermons or speaking at the Ijtema ground, reports UNB.”Huge plain clothes police will remain deployed at the Ijtema ground. If anyone makes any such comment, they will take action,” said the minister while attending a meeting at the regional office of Tongi City Corporation at noon on overall preparations of 54th Biswa Ijtema.Presided over by Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, the programme was attended by state minister for religious affairs lawyer Sheikh Abdullah, state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur city mayor Jahangir Alam, IGP Javed Patwary, RAB DG Benazir Ahmed, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner YM Belalur Rahman .Representatives from two disputing groups Tablig Jamaat, one led by Maulana Wasekh and the other by Moulana Zubair and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, attended the meeting.As part of the security, separate control rooms of RAB and police have been opened.Besides, 16,000 members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed and several layers security will be arranged on the occasion.Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, will be held for four days in a single phase from 15 February this time.
Matt Marton/APChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a January news conference. On Sunday he announced the city will sue the federal government in defense of its status as a so-called sanctuary city and against threats to withhold U.S. grant funds.Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against the federal government.On Monday, the city is filing suit against the Department of Justice, which announced it would withhold millions of dollars in police grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.Emanuel is suing because he says new rules for a federal crime-fighting grant go against the Constitution and the city’s values.“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said.Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said grant applicants have to share information about undocumented immigrants to federal officials if they want the funding.But Emanuel said he refuses to choose between immigrant rights and having well-funded community police.“We’re going to act immediately,” Emanuel said, “to make sure that there’s a ruling by the court, as there’s been on other issues as relates to immigration and refugee policies — where the court has basically stopped the Trump administration in its tracks.”Chicago was expecting to get $3.2 million from the grant to help with crime fighting this year.“The Department of Justice cannot commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration law functions,” said Ed Siskel, the city’s lawyer. “We cannot be forced to violate our residents’ constitutional rights.”Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson also expressed concern about the application guidelines.“Our job is to investigate crime, our job is not to investigate immigration status or documentation,” Johnson said.Attorney General Sessions sent letters to four other cities last week warning them that they also wouldn’t be eligible for funding: Baltimore, Albuquerque, N.M, and San Bernardino and Stockton in California.A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment.Copyright 2017 WBEZ. To see more, visit WBEZ. 00:00 /01:51 Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Northwest Mall has been selected as the site for the local station for a proposed high-speed rail connecting Houston to Dallas. Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses the station’s potential impact with us.Also this hour: Among the many strategies for mitigating future flooding in Greater Houston is buying out flood-prone homes. But one group wants buyouts to be an even greater part of post-Harvey recovery. We learn more about a panel discussion the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium is holding on the topic.Then, we learn about the challenges faced by the roughly 200,000 Americans with early onset Alzheimer’s disease — those who get the disease before the age of 65.And Jeff Balke joins us to talk about the Super Bowl, the latest on the Rockets, and all the recent Houston sports news.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read Pop-up ads are, at best, a nuisance or, at worst, delivery systems for corrupting viruses that have signaled many a hard drive’s demise. In reflecting on the Internet’s 25th anniversary, Ethan Zuckerman, the creator of the code behind the very first pop-up ad, wants to say that he’s sorry. Zuckerman, the director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media penned an essay for The Atlantic on how advertising became the web’s predominant business model, and what that means for internet users today, especially when it comes to privacy.Related: OkCupid Founder: ‘If You Use the Internet, You’re the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments’Zuckerman writes the idea for the pop-up ad came about while he was working for the web-hosting service Tripod.com in the mid-90s. “The model that got us acquired was analyzing users’ personal homepages so we could better target ads to them. Along the way, we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: the pop-up ad.””It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major car company freaked out that they’d bought a banner ad on a page that celebrated anal sex. I wrote the code to launch the window and run an ad in it. I’m sorry. Our intentions were good.”Related: How to Stop Google From Using Your Name and Face in AdsZuckerman argues that while an ad-supported Internet lowers financial barrier to entry, making it possible for platforms like Facebook and Twitter to build the sizable communities they have now, he sees the model as inherently broken. His suggestion is to move more widely towards a subscription model that would encourage people to pay to use the sites they love, while taking targeted data collection and surveillance out of the equation.Tell us: Do you think Zuckerman is on the right track? How do you feel about online advertising? August 15, 2014 How Success Happens Listen Now