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PE firm Advent to buy ForeScout for $1.43 billion in revised deal

July 15 (Reuters) – Private equity firm Advent International agreed to acquire ForeScout Technologies Inc in a revised deal for about $1.43 billion, settling a legal battle after it pulled its previous bid.

Advent has offered $29 per ForeScout share, a premium of nearly 16% to the stock’s Tuesday close.

The U.S.-based cybersecurity firm had sued Advent in May for pulling out of a deal to buy the company for $1.9 billion.

However, under the amended deal, the two parties reached a settlement agreement, and the pending litigation will, as a result, be dismissed.

Forescout said its Board unanimously recommends shareholders tender their shares in support of the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter.

Advent has partnered with PE firm Crosspoint Capital Partners as an adviser on this deal, the companies said.

(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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Smooth movies: Are high-frame rate films a good idea?

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Every few years Hollywood releases a movie with high-frame rate, or HFR. The most recent, Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, was intended by the director to be seen at 120 frames per second, five times the traditional 24fps. Lee is not alone in his love of HFR. Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fame, thinks HFR is the future of cinema as well. They, and other fans of HFR films, laud the realism and clarity compared to traditional 24fps.

Detractors, for their part, claim HFR prevents the suspension of disbelief that’s so important in fictional cinema. They say shooting in high-frame rate makes movies look more like camcorder footage, reality TV or a soap opera, never elevating the image above actors on a cheap set.

Recently I had an illuminating conversation on Twitter — yes, it’s possible — where several HFR fans pleaded their case. I argued that for most people, the traditional 24fps of movie and scripted TV shows displays “fiction,” while higher frame rates are typically the realm of “nonfiction,” like sports and amateur video. The difference turns out to be a serious issue, but to explain why, let me first discuss the basics.

What is frame rate?

Frame rate is the number of images per second shown to create a moving picture. If you see a high enough number of still images  in quick succession, your brain combines them into motion. In the case of nearly all modern movies and scripted TV shows, the standard rate is 24 frames per second (fps). Other TV shows and sports, as well as video games, use higher frame rates of 30, 60 or even 120fps.

Twenty-four fps dates back to the early days of movies with sound nearly a century ago. When you only have 24 frames to work with, any fast motion, including on-screen action or simply the camera panning across a landscape, can blur or seem jerky (that is, not smooth). These are the main reasons many HFR proponents push for higher frame rates. HFR is certainly newer, smooths out pans, and greatly improves resolution with fast motion.

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Your TV is a bit different. In the US, most TVs display everything at 60Hz or 120Hz (for this discussion, fps and Hz amount to the same thing). To fit 24 into 60, there’s a process called 3:2 pulldown, which is complex but we’ve it discussed before. In the UK and Australia it’s 50Hz, which does the conversion a bit differently. To make it easier I’m just going to talk about the US numbers, so if your country has 50Hz electricity just read 50 and 100 when I say 60 or 120.

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High frame rate basically means movies and scripted TV at anything greater than 24fps. Examples include The Hobbit’s 48fps and Gemini Man’s 120fps. It’s not a new concept. In the late ’70s, Showscan ran big, expensive 70mm film at 60fps, which I’m sure Kodak would have loved to have become the norm. 

Many new TVs are 120Hz, or at least claim to be. It varies how they create 120 “frames” per second when the original content is 24, but one of the most common is to use some clever processing to create new frames based on the adjacent frames. These TV-created frames are placed in between the originals. This can create the so-called soap opera effect, which we’ll discuss more in a moment.

Her YouTube video talks viewers through the process of the procedure.

The chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion.

A professional at a piercing shop in Texas called Pineapple then performed the  minor procedure and implanted the chip in the left arm of the YouTuber. 

It currently is working fine, but there is some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car. 

She said in a tweet: ‘The area of the arm is inflamed and swollen right after implanting the chip. 

RFID implants (pictured) use Near Field Communication technology which is the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments (file)

RFID implants (pictured) use Near Field Communication technology which is the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments (file)

Th chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion. Amie DD says it is currently working fine, but for some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car (stock)

 Th chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion. Amie DD says it is currently working fine, but for some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car (stock)

‘My friend records my videos and we didn’t have time to film the implant working with my Tesla this week because I’m at @defcon!’

Implanting microchips under the skin is not a revelation, but the use of it for a specific purpose and a Tesla is a first. 

More than 3,000 Swedes have embraced microchips that contains details about their identity.

The miniature technology bypasses the need for cash, tickets, access cards and even social media.

BioHax International is the market leader in the innovate industry and has captured public imagination since it was started five years ago by Jowan Osterlund, a former professional body piercer.

Some people argue the conveniences gained from the procedure by so-called ‘body-hackers’ do not outweigh the risks to their private data. 

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Georgia Toffolo reveals she burst one chicken fillet in the jungle

She appeared the picture of confidence when she stripped to her bikini to shower, during her time in the celebrity jungle.

But I’m A Celebrity champion Georgia Toffolo admitted she had actually smuggled chicken fillets into camp – but accidentally burst them, forcing her to ’embrace her small boobies’.

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Proud: I'm A Celebrity champion Georgia Toffolo admitted she had actually smuggled chicken fillets into camp - but accidentally burst them, forcing her to 'embrace her small boobies'

Proud: I’m A Celebrity champion Georgia Toffolo admitted she had actually smuggled chicken fillets into camp – but accidentally burst them, forcing her to ’embrace her small boobies’

I did it! The 23-year-old revealed her hilarious plight with the inserts - before gushing of her time on the ITV series, which she won on Sunday night (above) 

I did it! The 23-year-old revealed her hilarious plight with the inserts – before gushing of her time on the ITV series, which she won on Sunday night (above) 

During her three-week stint on the show, Toff was often seen relaxing in camp in nothing but her bikini – as the designer of her own lingerie collection on the outside world.

While she often shares sizzling scantily-clad snaps to her social media pages, the Made In Chelsea star told she still had insecurities about her chest, and decided to smuggle chicken fillets into the jungle.

However, things soon went awry when she accidentally lay on top of one, causing it to burst – and her chest to appear uneven.

Helping hand: While she often shares sizzling snaps to social media (above), the  star admitted she still had insecurities about her chest, and decided to smuggle chicken fillets into camp

Helping hand: While she often shares sizzling snaps to social media (above), the star admitted she still had insecurities about her chest, and decided to smuggle chicken fillets into camp

Whoops! However, things soon went awry when she accidentally lay on top of one, causing it to burst - and her chest to appear uneven

Whoops! However, things soon went awry when she accidentally lay on top of one, causing it to burst – and her chest to appear uneven

Who cares: Yet, in her typically upbeat style, the blonde revealed the mishap actually helped her confidence, stating: 'I've just had to embrace my small boobies!' 

Who cares: Yet, in her typically upbeat style, the blonde revealed the mishap actually helped her confidence, stating: ‘I’ve just had to embrace my small boobies!’ 

Yet, in her typically upbeat style, the blonde revealed the mishap actually helped her confidence, telling the paper: ‘I’ve just had to embrace my small boobies! I doubt I would ever get a boob job when I can buy chicken fillets. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.’

Toff’s positivity and sense of humour won over viewers and led her to be crowned Queen of the Jungle on Sunday night – despite being the lowest paid star on the line-up, with just a £13,000 salary.  

Her co-star Jennie McAlpine gushed she was one of a kind during the final, and she is now reportedly in talks for her own reality show, as well as a hosting role in ITV, off the back of her win.

Leading lady: Toff's positivity and sense of humour won over viewers and led her to be crowned Queen of the Jungle on Sunday night

Leading lady: Toff’s positivity and sense of humour won over viewers and led her to be crowned Queen of the Jungle on Sunday night

Star in the making: She is now reportedly in talks for her own reality show, as well as a hosting role in ITV, off the back of her win

Star in the making: She is now reportedly in talks for her own reality show, as well as a hosting role in ITV, off the back of her win

She became the third female in the row to triumph on the show, following Scarlett Moffatt’s win in 2016, and Vicky Pattison in 2015. 

However, the Devon native admitted during the interview that her success almost did not happen – as she was tempted to pull out of the show half-way through.

Celebrities are forced to live off rice and beans for most of their time in the Outback, and Toff admitted she became so weak due to hunger, after the camp collectively lost an estimated six stone. 

Yet, the E4 star revealed she is glad she stuck the show out – as she not only won, but also proved many wrong with her stellar performances in Bushtucker Trials.

Strong: The E4 star revealed she is glad she stuck the show out - as she not only won, but also proved many wrong with her stellar performances in Bushtucker Trials

Strong: The E4 star revealed she is glad she stuck the show out – as she not only won, but also proved many wrong with her stellar performances in Bushtucker Trials

During the series, the beauty was faced with both the dreaded eating and drinking tasks, as well as a glass box full of snakes and a critter-filled underground tunnel. 

She even blasted her male co-stars for their ‘sexist’ comments, telling Jamie Lomas and Amir Khan: ‘I’m not weak just because I’m a girl! I hate all this stereotypical girl’s aren’t strong!’  

Reflecting on her determination in the jungle, which continued to surprise viewers, she said: ‘People put me in this ditzy, posh and stuck-up category, so it’s been nice the public have been able to see the real me.’

Speaking on This Morning after the final however, Toff admitted she still didn’t know why people wanted to watch her at all – as she had ‘no talent of note’ that qualified her a place on the line-up. 

Real: Reflecting on her determination, she said: 'People put me in this ditzy, posh and stuck-up category, so it's been nice the public have been able to see the real me'

Real: Reflecting on her determination, she said: ‘People put me in this ditzy, posh and stuck-up category, so it’s been nice the public have been able to see the real me’

Healing: Toff also expressed her gratitude to the show for helping heal her heartache following her split from James Middleton (above) 

Healing: Toff also expressed her gratitude to the show for helping heal her heartache following her split from James Middleton (above) 

She told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘I couldn’t believe I was there in the first place, I thought, ‘how on earth have you pulled this blinder? How are you in here?’ Because i don’t have any talent of note. But I just loved it.’ 

Not only changing public perception of herself, Toff also expressed her gratitude to the show for helping her recover from her recent breakup.

The blonde split from beau James Middleton shortly before the show, and opened up about the failed romance during a heart-to-heart with Vanessa White.

She admitted she thought the pair could have had a future together, before it ‘all went wrong’ – which she claims was due to her work schedule.

Moving on: She credited I'm A Celebrity for bringing her confidence back, and revealed she is more than happy being single as she embarks on a new chapter of her career

Moving on: She credited I’m A Celebrity for bringing her confidence back, and revealed she is more than happy being single as she embarks on a new chapter of her career

However she now credits I’m A Celebrity for bringing her confidence back, and revealed she is more than happy being single as she embarks on a new chapter of her career.

She told the paper: ‘I’m still young and, while I 100% want to get married and have kids one day, I’ve got plenty of time.’

The reality star was reunited with her phone after her win on Sunday night – and immediately took to Instagram to thank her fans, with a snap of her gorging on three huge plates of food.

Still sporting her crown of flowers, she told her followers: ‘Happiest girl in the whole entire world. Hoping I don’t wake up and this has all been a dream. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for me. 

Queen: The reality star was reunited with her phone after her win on Sunday - and immediately took to Instagram to thank her fans, with a snap of her gorging on three huge plates of food

Queen: The reality star was reunited with her phone after her win on Sunday – and immediately took to Instagram to thank her fans, with a snap of her gorging on three huge plates of food

‘I’m missing the jungle already – started in my hammock now I’m here!!!!!!!!!!! Reading all your comments and I’m speechless.’ 

Since her win it has been reported that Toff is set to make £5 million – with both ITV, who broadcast I’m A Celebrity, and Channel 4, who own Made In Chelsea, fighting over her to be their star. 

A source said: ‘Georgia is in a enviable position now. She will be in the next series of Made In Chelsea, but beyond that there are lots of options and lots of interest.

‘Channel 4 will be keen to keep Toff as one of their stars on E4 as she also recently appeared on their Celebs Go Dating series. So she will have some tough decisions to make in terms of TV, but the future looks very bright’. 

Big break: It has been reported that Toff is set to make £5 million - with both ITV, who broadcast I'm A Celebrity, and Channel 4, who own Made In Chelsea, fighting over her

Big break: It has been reported that Toff is set to make £5 million – with both ITV, who broadcast I’m A Celebrity, and Channel 4, who own Made In Chelsea, fighting over her

 

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Car washer killed after colleague insert air hose into his rectum

An Indian car washer was killed after a colleague inserted a high-pressure air hose into his rectum, local media has been reported.

The police maintain that the death of Yakub Sheikh, 48, was a prank gone wrong but his family have said it was a hate crime.

Santhosh Aherkar is said to have thrust the powerful hose up Sheikh’s rear at the Toyota Shinrai showroom in Cotton Green, Mumbai, after an alleged argument over the practice of ‘animal sacrifice’. He is currently in police custody.

The police maintain that the death of Yakub Sheikh at a Toyota showroom (pictured) in Mumbai was a prank gone wrong, but his family have said it is a hate crime

The police maintain that the death of Yakub Sheikh at a Toyota showroom (pictured) in Mumbai was a prank gone wrong, but his family have said it is a hate crime

At a press conference in Mumbai, Sheikh’s daughter Shafia said: ‘We just want justice, because we simply cannot believe this murder is the work of just one man.

‘Why aren’t the police investigating properly? Why are they so willing to accept the company’s version of events?’

According to , another of Sheikh’s relatives said: ‘We have learned that Aherkar and my brother had been having an argument over the practice of animal sacrifice.

He said that Aherkar told his brother, who is a Muslim, on September 29: ‘You had mutton, we will take out your mutton now.’

Santhosh Aherkar is said to have thrust the powerful hose up Sheikh's rear at the Toyota Shinrai showroom in Cotton Green, Mumbai (file photo) 

Santhosh Aherkar is said to have thrust the powerful hose up Sheikh’s rear at the Toyota Shinrai showroom in Cotton Green, Mumbai (file photo) 

Local NGOs, which are independently investigating the death, accused the police of trying to cover up the incident.

Susan Abraham from the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights said: ‘If Aherkar approached Yakub with a running pressure hose, the noise would have alerted Yakub. 

‘We suspect he was pinned down by some people while Aherkar inserted the pipe. This is a conspiracy of silence between the police and the company.’

The joint commissioner of police, Deven Bharti, responded to the accusations by saying: ‘The investigation into the case is still going on. 

‘If anyone has new facts to share, they should feel free to approach the Investigating Officer. Their statements will be recorded and appropriate action will be taken.’ 

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POLL-Right-wing Duque keeps edge ahead of Colombia's presidential…

BOGOTA, April 26 (Reuters) – Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque is holding onto a substantial lead over other contenders for the presidency ahead of Colombia’s May 27 election, with 38 percent of voters saying they plan to back him, a survey by YanHaas showed on Thursday.

Support for Duque, a protégé of former President Alvaro Uribe, was up 1 percent from the last survey by the Centro Nacional de Consultoria (CNC) and 2.6 points ahead of the most recent numbers published by Cifras y Conceptos. Leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, a former M-19 rebel and previous mayor of Bogota, was in second place with 28 percent, down slightly from the last poll by CNC.

Centrist Sergio Fajardo came third with 11 percent and support for center-right German Vargas Lleras was 7 percent. CNC CNC Cifras y CNC YanHaas March 23 April 3 Conceptos April 19 April 26 April 11 Ivan 42 36 35.4 37 38 Duque Gustavo 26 22 24.6 29 28 Petro Sergio 13 17 9.9 15 11 Fajardo German 6 6 10.7 8 7 Vargas Lleras Margin of 3.4 3.4 4.5 3.3 3 error (Reporting by Bogota newsroom; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Fury as Sainsbury’s 'plug boy' advert receives dozens of complaints

The new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert featuring the unlikely hero ‘plug kid’ has sparked more than a dozen complaints to the advertising watchdog over health and safety fears.

The festive advert titled ‘The Big Night’, which sees eight-year-old Tia Isaac perform a festive take on the New Radical’s You Get What You Give, has now led to a series of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The complaints were prompted by the surprise star of the popular advert- a ten-year-old boy dressed in a gigantic electric plug costume.    

Sainsbury's new Christmas advert has sparked more than a dozen complaints to the advertising watchdog over health and safety fears

Sainsbury’s new Christmas advert has sparked more than a dozen complaints to the advertising watchdog over health and safety fears

The advert which sees ten-year-old Harrison Wilmot, otherwise known as ‘plug kid’, launch himself into a plug socket has now led to 35 complaints to Advertising Standards Authority

The festive advert also sees eight-year-old Tia Isaac perform a festive take on the New Radical's You Get What You Give

The festive advert also sees eight-year-old Tia Isaac perform a festive take on the New Radical’s You Get What You Give

The heartwarming musical advert sees schoolboy Harrison Wilmot, dressed as the electrical appliance, launch himself into a plug socket to turn on the Christmas lights.

Harrison’s moment of fame left fans gushing when he first appeared on screen and even generated a new hashtag on Twitter #PlugLife. 

However it has now been revealed by The Mirror that the ASA received 35 complaints from disgruntled viewers slamming the advert over fears it will encourage children to play with sockets. 

The watchdog is now considering whether to investigate the matter.

After The Drum first reported the fury surrounding the new festive advert more fans have taken to Twitter to share their frustration.  

It has been revealed by The Mirror that the ASA received 35 complaints from viewers slamming the advert over health and safety fears

It has been revealed by The Mirror that the ASA received 35 complaints from viewers slamming the advert over health and safety fears

One user took to Twitter to write: 'People are ridiculous. Plug boy is awesome and kids need to be brought up to distinguish what's fiction and reality'

One user took to Twitter to write: ‘People are ridiculous.

Plug boy is awesome and kids need to be brought up to distinguish what’s fiction and reality’

 Also sharing their frustration at the complaints @emzi2016 tweeted: 'People will complain about anything! Ridiculous!'

 Also sharing their frustration at the complaints @emzi2016 tweeted: ‘People will complain about anything!

Ridiculous!’

Rebecca Stewart said: 'OK. Who complained about Plug Kid?? Why are you trying to ruin Christmas'

Rebecca Stewart said: ‘OK.

Who complained about Plug Kid?? Why are you trying to ruin Christmas’

Another user wrote: 'Those 35 people must have worked for Marley and Scrooge!'

Another user wrote: ‘Those 35 people must have worked for Marley and Scrooge!’

 @kmhl_trouble wrote: ‘People are ridiculous.

Plug boy is awesome and kids need to be brought up to distinguish what’s fiction and reality.’

Rebecca Stewart wrote: ‘Ok. Who complained about Plug Kid? Why are you trying to ruin Christmas.’

While @emzi2016 tweeted: ‘People will complain about anything!

Ridiculous!’ 

The Big Night, directed by Michael Gracey, brought schoolchildren from across the nation to perform a musical number to the 1998  hit song You Get What You Give. 

  

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Biohacker inserts her Tesla key microchip in her own ARM

A biohacking has inserted her Tesla Model 3 microchip into her own arm. 

Software engineer and cosplayer Amie D.D.

took the functional RFID chip out of her Tesla key and had it put into her body and says it is working perfectly.

The procedure was a success but the chip now has a mildly shorter range and has caused some irritation and swelling which is expected to settle down soon. 

Her YouTube video talks viewers through the process of the procedure.

The chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion.

A professional at a piercing shop in Texas called Pineapple then performed the  minor procedure and implanted the chip in the left arm of the YouTuber. 

It currently is working fine, but there is some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car. 

She said in a tweet: ‘The area of the arm is inflamed and swollen right after implanting the chip. 

RFID implants (pictured) use Near Field Communication technology which is the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments (file)

RFID implants (pictured) use Near Field Communication technology which is the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments (file)

Th chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion. Amie DD says it is currently working fine, but for some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car (stock)

 Th chip was taken out of the card using acetone and a biopolymer layer was applied to make it safe for insertion. Amie DD says it is currently working fine, but for some swelling at the site, and Amie needs to place her arm within an inch of the console to start her car (stock)

‘My friend records my videos and we didn’t have time to film the implant working with my Tesla this week because I’m at @defcon!’

Implanting microchips under the skin is not a revelation, but the use of it for a specific purpose and a Tesla is a first. 

More than 3,000 Swedes have embraced microchips that contains details about their identity.

The miniature technology bypasses the need for cash, tickets, access cards and even social media.

BioHax International is the market leader in the innovate industry and has captured public imagination since it was started five years ago by Jowan Osterlund, a former professional body piercer.

Some people argue the conveniences gained from the procedure by so-called ‘body-hackers’ do not outweigh the risks to their private data. 

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