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Legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki Hints at Return to Feature Film Making

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, had announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September 2013

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Tokyo, November 14, 2016: Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has hinted about a return to feature filmmaking.

Miyazaki spoke about turning “Boro The Caterpillar” (“Kemushi no Boro”,) a computer-generated short he has been making for the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo, into a feature film, reports variety.com.

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During an interview to a news channel, Miyazaki said that he has shared a proposal with Toshio Suzuki, veteran producer at Studio Ghibli, which has been Miyazaki’s creative home for three decades.

“I haven’t said anything to my wife yet. When I do, though, I’m ready to die in the middle (of production),” he said.

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No formal announcement about the production or release date of the film has been made.

The 75-year-old had announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September 2013, following the summer release of his last feature to date, the World War 2 film-themed “The Wind Rises”.

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There was a five-year gap between “The Wind Rises” and Miyazaki’s previous film as a director, the 2009 “Ponyo”. The movie could release in 2021, if one goes by the usual pace of the director, who turns 80 that year.

Miyazaki was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement, presented at the sixth Annual Governors Awards ceremony in November 2014. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?