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It’s dangerous to be silent: Kabir Khan

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Kabir Khan says he has often been advised to not speak his mind on topical issues but the director believes if it’s problematic to speak out, it’s equally dangerous to remain silent.


The filmmaker says it’s important for like minded people to speak up and not let “negative forces run rampant” in a country.


“All my life I have been advised not to speak things as they are. But I think we should. If we don’t speak up for each other, there will be nobody left to speak for you. We must voice our opinion.

 


“People who think in a certain way, if they keep quiet, let the negative forces in a society or a country run rampant, then they are also responsible for that. As dangerous it is to speak out in a certain way, it is equally dangerous to be silent,” Kabir told PTI in an interview.


The repercussions of speaking out are usually felt first on social media, where opinions which differ from the majoritarian view are met with abuse and trolling.


“There are too many lunatics on social media and we have let them run wild. We really need to take stock of where freedom of speech ends when it comes to becoming abusive. The fundamental difference between freedom of speech and abuse is that in the former, you own your words,” Kabir says.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan director says anonymous trolling has hugely affected social media discourse.


“If you are hiding behind a nameless, faceless social media handle, it is pure trolling and abuse. It is unfortunate and a negative aspect of social media. The social discourse has taken an incredible nose dive and is no longer about having a discussion but abusing each other.”


From his debut feature Kabul Express, New York to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir’s films have often had a political undertone. None of his films has been set in a space, which he refers to as “la la land”, and feature characters dealing with sociopolitical issues.


The director says artistes do have a “certain social responsibility” but it’s a personal choice if they want to make a political commentary through their work.


“But I am not going to judge and say ‘every artiste should be taking a political stand and be ideological.’ Sometimes people like to say ‘we are apolitical’ but that’s wrong. Nobody is apolitical.


“Sometimes by saying that you are apolitical, you are taking a political stance. I don’t agree with that but it is not that one must be pushed into speaking their mind. If you don’t want to, that’s totally up to you.”


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How to remove annoying advertisements from Xiaomi phones running MIUI 10

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Xiaomi is known for its budget smartphones that offer high specifications at attractive prices but it is also known for its advertisement and push notifications that come along with it. The pre-loaded apps in the phone not only show advertisements while running, but also send promotional messages via notifications.

Under the settings of each of these apps, the “recommendations” are turned on, which is basically Xiaomi’s name for advertisement. Fortunately, Xiaomi has kept the option to turn off these recommendations but the process is quite frustrating as there is not a master switch to turn all of it in an instant.

You have to go to each of the apps showing “recommendations” and turn them off one by one. Follow this guide to turn off these push notifications and in-app advertisement in the latest MIUI 10 skin from Xioami.

 

Turn off msa and personalised ads in MIUI 10

Before starting to disable the advertisement in the MIUI 10, first of all, connect your phone to the internet and go to Settings > Additional Settings > Authorization & revocation. Now turn off the “msa“. You will have to wait for 10 seconds before you can tap Revoke.

The revoke option does not turn off easily. When we tried to turn it off, the system showed an error at least four-five times but it was turned off eventually. Now go back and tap on Privacy (Settings > Additional Settings > Privacy) and go to “Ad services” and turn this off. Now you need to go to each system app, find
“recommendations” and turn them off.

Disable personalised ads in Xiaomi devices running MIUI 10.

Turn off advertisement in File Manager in MIUI 10

*Open Mi File Manager

*Tap the hamburger icon on the top-left and go to About

*Turn off Recommendations

Turn off advertisements in Mi Cleaner in MIUI 10

*Open the MIUI Cleaner app

*Tap the brush icon on the top right corner

*Tap the gear icon and turn off the recommendations on the next screen

Turn off advertisement in Mi Music app in MIUI 10

*Open the Mi Music app

*Tap on the hamburger icon on the top left corner

*Tap on Settings > Advanced Settings

*Find “Receive recommendations” at the bottom part and turn it off

Disable ads in Mi Video app and other in MIUI 10.

Turn off advertisement in Mi Video app in MIUI 10

*Open the Mi Video app

*Tap on the hamburger icon on the top left corner

*Tap on Settings

*Turn off “Online recommendations” and “Push notifications”

Turn off advertisement in Security

*Go to Settings > System app settings > Security

*Turn off recommendations

Turn off advertisement in Mi Browser

*Open the Browser

*Go to Settings > Privacy & security

*Turn off recommendations

Also, go to Advanced and tap on “Set start page“. Now enter any URL you would like to visit when you choose to open the Mi Browser app. It will remove the default start page which shows promotional content.

Turn off advertisement in Folders in MIUI 10

If you have made app folders ion your phone, you will need to turn off “recommendations” for all these folders. Tap the name of the folder the same way you tap to rename it. You will see a tab for Promoted apps, turn this off.

If you happen to have installed an app that is showing you unwanted spammy notifications, as a bonus tip, we are letting you inform how to shut it up. Go to Settings > Notifications & status bar > App notifications. You will see all the apps with a switch before them to turn off notifications.

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Google Stadia controllers won’t be Bluetooth compatible at launch

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Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video gaming streaming service named Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers, at the Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 19, 2019.

Google Stadia controllers would not work with Bluetooth headsets at launch, rather they would connect directly to the Stadia server using Wi-Fi to help with the problem of lag while gaming.

“The Stadia controller comes with a headphone jack for wired audio, but won’t support Bluetooth audio at launch in November. If you’re playing on the computer or a Pixel phone you can connect the BT headset to it directly and use it in Stadia,” Andrey Doronichev, Stadia Product Director, wrote on social news site Reddit AMA.

 

For Bluetooth connectivity, the Stadia product page says, “Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time.

Bluetooth Classic functionality may be implemented at a later date.”

Google has confirmed that Stadia would be available from November in 14 countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada. There’s no confirmation yet about when other areas and territories will get it.

Google Stadia is Google’s vision of the future of gaming — a cloud-based service available on a range of devices, not just high-end gaming PCs and consoles.

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Making Golmaal films is my duty: Rohit Shetty

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Filmmaker Rohit Shetty feels that his successful franchise ‘Golmaal’ has become a household brand, so much so that it has become his duty to make a new film in the series every now and then.

“I feel making ‘Golmaal’ has now become my duty. It’s not my product anymore. It has become a household brand, and I have to just make a new ‘Golmaal’ film every now and then, and offer it to the audience.

The characters of ‘Golmaal’ are simple and happy. They don’t question and analyse everything. Feeling happy is good for health, and ‘Golmaal’ lets the audience do that,” said Rohit, at an interaction with the press at a book launch in Mumbai.

 

The first ‘Golmaal’ film released in 2006 and was declare a hit, and till date there have been four films in the franchise, over 13 years.

Rohit is right now busy filming the Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Sooryanvanshi’. “There is still a lot of time for ‘Sooryavanshi’ to release. It is scheduled for next year,” he said.

Rohit said owing to the needless running-around of modern life, simplicity and peace of mind is missing among us.

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