first_imgThe storylines and word choices are adapted to the player’s age, with shorter and simpler language used for younger audiences, and more complex vocabulary words for the older kids. As players progress within the app, their achievements earn them badges for their success.  spider-man15The new Marvel Hero Tales app shows kids that their word choices can decide what Spider-Man does next in the interactive comic. Kuato Studios “This is the most personal project I’ve ever been involved with, not just because of my love of the Marvel Universe, but also because as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, school, and particularly reading, was incredibly challenging for me,” Mark Horneff, CEO of Kuato Studio, said in a statement.  Avengers: Endgame toys, merchandise to re-create the MCU capstone 1 Share your voice The Marvel Hero Tales app aims to help kids learn to read and write using comics.  Kuato Studios Learning to read and write can be daunting for kids, but with the new Marvel Hero Tales mobile app from Kuato Studios, little ones hopefully can get some help from Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and other Marvel greats.The free app, available on iOS and Android, encourages kids from 7 to 11 to write their own Marvel stories while developing their language and reading skills. The Marvel Hero Tales app lets kids follow superheroes like Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Captain Marvel as they “level up” by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words. Players can then use these words to write their own story by building sentences inside a comic book panel. Their choice of words directly affects the outcome of the superhero’s mission. The final result is a personalized comic book that can be shared with friends and family. 18 Photos Horneff remembers being given a copy of Spider-Man at age 8 and  reading it cover to cover.” “Those adventures fed not only my imagination, but my confidence as a storyteller and my passion for reading,” Horneff said. “My hope is that Marvel Hero Tales will inspire a new generation of Marvel readers and storytellers, and in some small way, allow that 8-year-old to repay some of the debt I owe to Peter Parker.” Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman Captain America Tags Mobile Apps TV and Movies Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame cabin is yours to rent on Airbnb Own a piece of Avengers: Endgame Jessica Jones season 3: New trailer, photos and release date revealed Comment More superheroeslast_img read more

first_imgReliance Jio (RJio), the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL), aims to acquire 100 million subscribers in the first year of its launch, even though the company has delayed the roll out of fourth-generation (4G) mobile internet services to the next financial year.While Mukesh Ambani wants the target to be reached in the first 100 days after the launch RJio’s 4G services, the leadership and analysts see 12 months as “realistic” timeframe to achieve such a figure.Earlier, the company had said that it would be able to offer 4G services by December, but it recently postponed the launch to 2016. The company has already spent Rs 100,000 crore in the venture and plans to invest a “similar amount” in the coming days, Business Standard reported.In what could to a major concern for other telecom operators, RJio is primarily aiming to bring existing high-value customers on its network, by offering “unlimited access to high-speed broadband services (4G or LTE) on a subscription-based model.”Some analysts said that RJio’s target of acquiring 100-million subscribers is “achievable”, taking into account its vast distribution network. It has access to 1,000 company-controlled outlets and one million distributors for recharge vouchers.RJio is likely to have robust infrastructure by the time it launches its 4G services, with 75,000 4G cell sites, 250,000 km of optic fibre and 0.65 million sq ft of data centre capacity.On the other hand, Bharti’s data centre subsidiary has a capacity of just 0.16 million sq ft, according to Deutsche Bank.So far, Airtel has not revealed the subscribers or revenue it earned after the launch of its 4G services in nearly 300 towns in August.Deutsche Bank Global Markets projects “RJio’s mobile business to have 94 million subscribers (15 per cent of smartphone users) with an ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs 246 a month, implying 8.5 per cent of wireless revenue share. “According to Deven Choksey of KRChoksey, RJio is estimated to gain 100 million subscribers in the first 12 months of launch and an ARPU of Rs 500 per month, which would result in monthly revenue of Rs 5,000 crore.last_img read more

first_imgAn employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersInfosys, a Sensex heavyweight, seems to be headed for tough times on the stock markets after declaring Q4 results and giving a revenue guidance in the range of 6.5-8.5 percent in constant currency terms for 2017-18. Brokerages are not so gung-ho about the company’s prospects, with one of them downgrading the stock sharply from its current levels.On Monday, Infosys shares were trading at Rs 926 apiece on the BSE at around 2.42 pm, close to its 52-week low of Rs 900 and far away from its April 18, 2016 closing price of Rs 1,238.For the full-year 2016-17, revenues rose 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million while net profit came in at $2,140 million. In rupee terms, FY2017 revenues grew 9.7 percent YoY to Rs 68,484 crore and net profit is up 6.4 percent to Rs 14,353 crore. The final dividend is Rs 14.75 per equity share.Brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) downgraded Infosys share price to Rs 887, translating into a loss of 4.3 percent from the Rs 927 for the share as at 2.11 pm on the BSE on Monday.”While Infosys gave a lower-than-street-expectation guidance of 6.5 percent-8.5 percent constant currency (CC) revenue growth (6.1 percent-8.1 percent in USD terms) and 23 percent-25 percent EBIT margin, we believe there is downside risk to both. Prior to 4QFY17, our FY18 estimates were 5.2 percent USD revenue growth and 22.8 percent EBIT margin,” NBIE said in its note on Monday.The brokerage cited two reasons for its pessimistic view of the company’s performance in FY2018. “Not only has total large deal TCV (total contract value) has been 10 percent lower in FY17 versus FY16, the quarterly average is only ~$800mn where as a desirable number for Infosys’ size should be >$1bn and ~$1.5bn for industry leading growth,” it said.Further, the BFSI vertical, which contributes about 33 percent of the total revenues, is expected to grow only in the second half of the fiscal, presuming deregulation in the financial services sector in the US.Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) has a target price of Rs 1,200 for Infosys. In its analysis of the company’s financial performance, the brokerage said the deals won last fiscal were not so encouraging. “While the guidance implies a gradual pick-up in momentum, lower deal wins in FY17 (USD3.4b; – 10 percent YoY) and multiple pockets of issues restrict confidence around immediate broad-based recovery, which would be a necessary trigger for valuations,” MOSL said.A similar share projection has been made by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities in its note on Monday, hovering less-than-expected Q4 top-line and weak guidance for the current fiscal. “We factor Q4 miss and cut FY18 revenue (US$)/EPS by 1.4/4.3 percent. We introduce FY19 financials and now value Infosys at 15x FY19E with a new TP of Rs 1,100 (vs. Rs 1,215 earlier),” the brokerage said.last_img read more

first_imgMexicoAt least 14 people were killed and 8 injured Tuesday night in northern Mexico when an armed group opened fire in a drug addiction rehabilitation center, local police said.In a statement security officials in the city of Chihuahua said “an armed group entered the Uniting Families rehabilitation center,” attacking those inside with assault rifles.First responders arrived on scene to care for the wounded in the center, where some 25 people were estimated to have been during the attack.The state of Chihuahua, which borders the United States, has endured some of the worst violence in Mexico’s decade-long militarized battle against drug trafficking.In the past decade at least half a dozen attacks have taken place in rehabilitation centers, and according to authorities are generally perpetrated by gang members settling scores with rivals hiding in the centers.Since the Mexican government launched its war on cartels in 2006, more than 200,000 people have died or disappeared amid the violence.last_img read more

first_imgPalestinian protesters gathered as black smoke is seen from burning tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip`s border with Israel on 6 April. Photo: APThousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza’s sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall.Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others – 33 of them seriously – in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. A well-known Palestinian journalist was among the dead, and hundreds of others suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.Early Saturday, Palestinian health officials confirmed that Yasser Murtaga had died from a gunshot wound sustained while covering demonstrations near the Israeli border in Khuzaa. The area was the scene of large protests Friday, and was covered in thick black smoke.Murtaga was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit. Journalists were in the area as protesters were setting tires on fire.The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers or the border fence. It had no immediate comment.Murtaga worked for Ain media, a local TV production company that has done projects, including aerial drone video, for foreign media.The latest casualties were bound to draw new criticism from rights groups that have branded Israel’s open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israel’s defence minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.The UN human rights office said Friday that it has indications that Israeli forces used “excessive force” against protesters last week, when 15 Palestinians were killed or later died of wounds sustained near the border.An Israeli military spokesman defended the rules of engagement.“If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within striking distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those rioters, become, may become, a target,” said lieutenant colonel Jonathan Conricus.Friday’s large crowds suggested that Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover, might be able to keep the momentum going in the next few weeks. Hamas has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.Israel has alleged that Hamas is using the mass marches as a cover for attacking the border fence, and has vowed to prevent a breach at all costs.The military said that on Friday, protesters hurled several explosive devices and firebombs, using the thick plumes of smoke from burning tires as a cover, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted.Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.He was interrupted several times by the crowd, who chanted, “We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs!” and “God bless you Sinwar!”The mass protests are perhaps Hamas’ last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. The blockade has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. It has also devastated Gaza’s economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza’s 2 million people by disarming and renouncing violence.Friday’s marches began before Muslim noon prayers when thousands of Palestinians streamed to five tent encampments that organizers had set up several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.In one camp near the border community of Khuzaa, smaller groups of activists moved closer to the fence after the prayers. Demonstrators torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke meant to shield them from Israeli snipers; the faces of some of the activists were covered in black soot.Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and water cannons.After the first tires started burning, several young men with gunshot wounds began arriving at a field clinic at the camp.Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, was shot in the right arm.“We came here because we want dignity,” he said resting on a stretcher before paramedics transported him to the strip’s main hospital.Yehia Abu Daqqa, a 20-year-old student, said he had come to honor those killed in previous protests.“Yes, there is fear,” he said of the risks of advancing toward the fence. “We are here to tell the occupation that we are not weak.”The death toll since last week includes at least 22 civilians killed during the two Friday protests at the border, as well as one killed during a protest on Tuesday. The six other deaths include three Palestinian gunmen killed in what Israel said were attempts to attack the border fence and three men who were struck by Israeli tank fire.Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour put the death toll for Friday’s protest at nine; the discrepancy between that figure and the death toll provided by the Gaza Health Ministry could not immediately be explained.More than 1,000 people suffered a range of injuries on Friday, including those hit by live fire and those overcome by tear gas, the Gaza health ministry said. Twelve women and 48 minors were among those hurt, the officials said.At the United Nations, secretary-general Antonio Guterres urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.He said UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov had been in touch with Israeli and Palestinian officials to reinforce “the need to allow people to demonstrate peacefully.” Mladenov stressed the need to ensure that “excessive force is not used, and the need to ensure that children are not deliberately put in harm’s way,” Dujarric said.For a second week in a row, the United States blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully and endorsing Guterres’ call for an independent investigation into the deadly protests in Gaza.Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in New York Friday evening that 14 of the 15 council nations agreed to the statement, but the US, Israel’s closest ally, objected.A White House envoy urged Palestinians to stay away from the fence. Jason Greenblatt said the United States condemns “leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters – including children – to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.”Hamas has billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the “Great March of Return” of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel. Two-thirds of Gaza’s residents are descendants of refugees.Palestinians commemorate May 15 as their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from homes in what is now Israel.last_img

first_imgAfghanistanTaliban fighters have killed 12 security forces in the last 48 hours in ongoing fighting in Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, the defence ministry said Monday.In the latest assault on Afghan forces — who have faced devastating losses in recent years — Taliban fighters last week smashed through government lines near the city of Bala Murghab, seizing several checkpoints.”It is with great sadness we announce that during these operations, eight Afghan National Army and four police who fought with bravery and courage accepted martyrdom,” the defence ministry said in a statement.Another 10 soldiers and 24 police were wounded in the operation that killed “99 Taliban terrorists,” it added.Clearance operations continue in the district, officials said, and security forces helped Red Cross workers evacuate the bodies of Taliban fighters that had been left on battlefields.Jamshid Shahabi, the spokesman for the Badghis governor, told AFP that fighting continued near the district’s main marketplace.Afghan and US-led aircraft were striking Taliban positions, he said. “They have suffered heavy casualties.”The defence ministry last week said Afghan forces had made a “tactical retreat” from a number of checkpoints in the district to “avoid civilian casualties”.Abdul Aziz Beg, the head of the Badghis provincial council, had described the situation as “critical” and called for reinforcements.The Taliban said they had conducted a coordinated attack on a series of government checkpoints, killing 12 security forces.The militants launched their assault ahead of a widely expected spring offensive.They typically declare a new fighting season as winter snows melt, and have in the past sought to gain control of district centres and target government facilities.The clash started as Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban, was in Afghanistan, where he spoke with national leaders and stakeholders.Khalilzad is expected in the coming days to go to Qatar, where Taliban and Afghan officials are due to meet.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP the talks were set to begin on 14 April.In January, president Ashraf Ghani said 45,000 security forces had been killed since he took office in September 2014.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested three persons from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and seized around 900 kg of banned firecrackers from them.Acting on a tip off, the police raided and arrested the trio when they were travelling in a car. They searched the car and found three large plastic bags containing banned fire crackers.Police received prior information about a car, carrying banned crackers, that will pass through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road at Rajpur near Sonarpur. To get hold of them, policemen went to the spot in plainclothes. On late Sunday night, they found a car approaching and immediately started a search operation of the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter finding those plastic bags, they took the three men to the police station and investigation revealed that the plastic bags contained banned firecrackers.A police officer said: “There were around 900 kg banned firecrackers in the plastic bags.”Police are now trying to get more information about the three arrested persons. They are also trying to know the purpose behind taking such a huge quantity of banned fire crackers.The police officer said that usually such a huge quantity of banned firecrackers gets seized in October and November ahead of Diwali. “Hence, it is important for us to investigate into the case to find out why did they indulge in it now,” the officer said.Police have intensified the search operations and undertaken all necessary steps to check the selling of banned firecrackers.It may be mentioned that the police and administration together have taken several steps to check selling of banned firecrackers as it leads to pollution.last_img read more