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Krafton India expands first cohort of gaming incubator programme

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New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) BGMI developer Krafton India on Thursday announced the expansion of the first cohort of their gaming incubator programme (KIGI).

The company already selected two game developers as part of the first cohort and is now inviting more applications to join the initiative. Applications to join the current cohort of KIGI are now open.

“We are excited to onboard more talented teams. By offering financial support, mentorship, and access to cutting-edge tools like AppMagic, we aim to boost India’s game development ecosystem,” Anuj Sahani, Head of Krafton India Incubator Programme and India Publishing Advisor, said in a statement.

The company launched the initiative in October last year with an aim to offer a unique opportunity for talented Indian game developers to receive mentorship, resources, and support to transform their ideas into successful gaming ventures.

The programme offers significant financial support to cover early development costs, allowing teams to focus on creating and refining their games.

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This financial support ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, with potential adjustments based on specific project requirements. Exceptional teams may receive up to $250,000 in support, the company said.

In addition to the financial support, KIGI provides access to AppMagic, the ultimate toolkit for extensive mobile app market research.

According to the company, teams enrolled in the programme can leverage AppMagic’s features for competitive intelligence, product development, user acquisition, and lead generation.

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'I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery': Musk

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New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Sunday confirmed his full support for Donald Trump after an assassination attempt on the former US President during an election rally.

In a post on his X social media platform, the tech billionaire said: “I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery.”

Criticising the US Secret Service, Musk said the head of the Secret Service (SS) Kimberly Cheatle and the “leader of this security detail should resign”.

“Extreme incompetence or it was deliberate. Either way, the SS leadership must resign,” he posted.

After the shooter was shot dead, Trump gathered himself and said “Wait, wait, wait”, before he started pumping his fist.

Trump continued to pump his fist towards the crowd, saying “Fight.”

Musk also said that the last time America had a candidate this tough was Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

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On October 14, 1912, former US President Theodore Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt while campaigning for the presidency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The bullet lodged in Roosevelt’s chest and he declined suggestions to go to the hospital immediately. Instead, he delivered his scheduled speech.

Roosevelt carried the bullet with him for the rest of his life. He lived another seven years, dying in 1919 at age 60.

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Apple approves first PC emulator for iOS to run classic games

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New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Tech giant Apple has approved the first PC emulator for the iOS ecosystem to run classic software and games.

The iPhone maker approved ‘UTM SE’ after initially rejecting and banning it from being notarised for third-party app stores in the European Union (EU).

The app is now available for free for iOS, iPadOS, and visionOS.

It can run run classic software and old-school games for Windows, Mac OS 9, and Linux on your iPhone.

“We are happy to announce that UTM SE is available (for free) on iOS and visionOS App Store (and coming soon to AltStore PAL),” the app posted on X social media platform.

“Shoutouts to AltStore team for their help and to Apple for reconsidering their policy,” it added.

UTM SE is a PC emulator that allows people to run classic software and old-school games.

It supports both VGA mode for graphics and terminal mode for text-only operating systems.

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It emulates x86, PPC, and RISC-V architectures and run pre-built machines or “create your own configuration from scratch”.

The app is built from QEMU, a powerful and widely used emulator.

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Four children die in Gujarat from suspected Chandipura virus infection

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Sabarkantha (Gujarat), July 13 (IANS) Four children have succumbed to suspected Chandipura virus infection in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district, while two others are receiving treatment at the Himmatnagar civil hospital, an official statement said on Saturday.

In the wake of the outbreak, district authorities have initiated preventive measures, including dusting to eliminate sandflies in the affected areas to curb the spread of the infection.

The deaths occurred on July 10 and one of the deceased was from Sabarkantha, two were from the neighbouring Aravalli district, and the fourth was from Rajasthan. The two children undergoing treatment also hail from Rajasthan.

Rajasthan authorities have been notified about the death due to the suspected viral infection.

The Chandipura virus, a member of the Rhabdoviridae family, leads to symptoms akin to flu and can cause acute encephalitis, a severe inflammation of the brain. It was first identified in 1965 in Maharashtra and has been linked to various outbreaks of encephalitic illness in the country. A significant outbreak occurred in 2003 in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, resulting in 183 deaths among 329 affected children. Sporadic cases and fatalities were also noted in Gujarat in 2004.

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Transmission of the virus occurs through vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and sandflies.

Sabarkantha Chief District Health Officer, Raj Sutariya, said that blood samples from the six affected children have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for confirmation.

“Paediatricians at the Himmatnagar Civil Hospital suspected the Chandipura virus following the deaths of four children on July 10. The two other children currently hospitalised are displaying similar symptoms, indicating a likely infection by the same virus,” an official said.

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Urgent need to provide legal aid to cyber crime victims: Vice President

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New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Underscoring the importance of data protection awareness even in the remotest corner of the country, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday emphasised the need of providing legal aid to cybercrime victims, especially in rural areas.

Taking cognisance of increasing cyber crime incidents with increasing digital penetration in the country, he said this was a new area of concern for agencies, investigators, regulators and the legal fraternity, and called for developing technical and human expertise to tackle it.

Addressing the valedictory session of the third cyber security conference organised by the Global Counter Terrorism Council (GCTC) at Vigyan Bhavan here, the Vice President said innocent people are being duped by fraudulent elements.

India now has over 820 million active internet users and has achieved banking inclusion for over 500 million individuals.

Dhankhar said a secure digital environment fosters innovation, attracts investment, and facilitates seamless economic activities.

Highlighting the changing nature of contemporary warfare, the Vice President emphasised that war has transcended conventional boundaries, extending beyond land, space, and sea into new technological realms.

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“A nation’s preparedness in terms of advanced technologies will be crucial in defining its global promise and strategic strength,” he noted.

The implementation of key initiatives, including the National Cyber Security Policy, the establishment of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, and updates to the Information Technology Act 2000, signify a significant advancement in safeguarding the country’s digital infrastructure, the Vice President noted.

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Hyundai Motor union secures wage deal without strike for 6th consecutive year

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Seoul, July 13 (IANS) Hyundai Motor’s labour and management have concluded their wage negotiations without a strike for the sixth year in a row, agreeing on the highest wage increase in the company’s history.

The union said on Saturday its members have voted to accept a tentative wage deal reached earlier in the week.

Under the agreement, Hyundai will increase workers’ basic monthly pay by 4.65 percent, or 111,200 won ($81), and give a one-off performance-based bonus equivalent to 500 percent of the basic monthly salary, plus 18 million won, to each worker.

In addition, each employee will receive 25 shares in the company, reports Yonhap news agency.

The company also agreed to extend the maximum period for retired skilled workers to be reemployed as contract-based workers from the current one year to two years.

The agreed-upon wage increase is the highest in the company’s history.

With the unionised workers voting in favour of the deal, the carmaker has concluded wage bargaining without a strike since 2019.

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The deal was reached just two days ahead of the union’s planned strike. It reportedly withdrew the strike plan after management agreed on the highest-ever wage raise and the two-year reemployment programme for skilled retired workers.

“The union and the management will faithfully carry out their social roles as members of the global community and prepare together for a better future,” the automaker said in a statement.

Both sides will hold a signing ceremony for this year’s wage deal on Monday.

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