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Nov 13, 2020
NewsAroundUs Published The Mandalorian season 2 produced the most substantial episode of the new season with episode 3 — titled Chapter 11: The Heiress — as it not only gave us the thrills that we’ve come to expect from the Star Wars series, but also expanded on its lore. We now know that our titular protagonist (Pedro Pascal) belongs to an off-shoot cult of Mandalorian society called the Watch, whose members would probably scream “Make Mandalore great again” if they lived in our world. The information puts a new spin on Mando’s oft-used line, “This is the way”, which now reads like a brainwashing tactic, rather than just an affirmation of values. But before Mando’s philosophy and upbringing was called into question, Chapter 11: The Heiress — directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (who also directed Chapter 4: Sanctuary) and written by Jon Favreau — gave us some bits of humour. Even with the help of Frog Lady (Misty Rosas), the Mando struggled to land his severely-damaged ship Razor Crest on the estuary moon of Trask. And just when Mando thought he had everything until control, the Razor Crest falls sideways into water. Poor Razor Crest, nothing has been more badly treated in The Mandalorian season 2. The Mando asks a Trask dock worker if he can fix it, to which he flatly replies no as the camera pans to reveal the horrid state it’s in. Humour gave way to some tenderness on The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 as Frog Lady is finally reunited with her husband, Frog Man (John Cameron). I’m sure they have actual names but the show doesn’t bother to provide them, so we’re stuck using these. For what it’s worth, this is quite possibly the last we will see of them this season. Their last few on-screen moments are quite sweet, further marked by a literal change of tune from The Mandalorian composer Ludwig Göransson, who ditches his usual bombastic score to lend some warmth to the scene. Baby Yoda might have consumed many of her eggs, and he’s still hungry — someone feed him please — but Frog Lady’s family line will continue, thankfully. The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 Recap: Belly of the Beast Frog Man, Baby Yoda, Frog Lady and one of her babies in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm Speaking of feeding Baby Yoda, the Mando takes him to a local Trask diner to do just that, where he’s told by the Frog Man he’ll find information on the other Mandalorians he’s been looking for. Baby Yoda’s food turns out to be alive and that surprises him, but Mando isn’t bothered and tells him to stop playing with his food. The server finds a man who can help Mando, a guy called Quarren whose face looks like an octopus, and the two set out to sail after Quarren says he’s seen some Mandalorians two hours away by boat. Except it’s a ruse to steal Mando’s beskar, something everyone seems to have an eye on, which is not surprising given the price it fetches. Quarren flings Baby Yoda into the water where a giant sea animal is ready to gobble him up, though Baby Yoda has the presence of mind to shut himself in his case before he’s swallowed whole. Naturally, Mando jumps in after him, which is exactly what Quarren and his men were hoping for. They shut the steal gates and try to drown him. Thankfully for Mando, the other Mandalorians he has been looking for show up out of the blue (sky) and rescue both Baby Yoda and him. Baby Yoda’s shell is mostly destroyed though, and Mando will need to find a new floating home for the green critter, but at least he’s still alive. And that’s more than you can say for Quarren and his men. Finding other Mandalorians is what Mando has been working towards since the start of The Mandalorian season 2, and the moment has finally arrived, having almost died nearly half a dozen times along the way. But the meeting takes a very different turn after the three new Mandalorians take off their helmets. This goes against everything our Mando has been told — there’s even a reminder of this fact in the episode’s “previously on” recap — and he reacts exactly how you would expect him to, telling them that anyone who takes off their helmet isn’t a real Mandalorian. Star Wars fans who have seen The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels — the two animated series are set between Episode II and Episode IV, while The Mandalorian takes place after Episode VI — would have likely recognised the armour of our new heroic Mandalorians. Bo-Katan Kryze has been involved in the two aforementioned animated series, and her teammates are Koska Reeves and Axe Woves. This is the first Star Wars appearance for the latter duo. The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Baby Yoda Loves Frog Eggs Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm In response, their leader Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) reveals she was not only born on Mandalore but also fought in the Purge. And the armour she’s sporting has been part of her family for three generations. If anything, she’s more Mandalorian than Mando himself, she seems to suggest. But it’s what she says after that changes everything we’ve been told about “the Mandalorian way”. The Mando is a Child of the Watch, a cult of religious zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society with the goal of re-establishing “the ancient way”. Mando is taken aback, declares there’s only one way, and promptly flies away. But after he runs into trouble again at night on the harbour with some of Quarren’s brothers, and needs rescuing again by Bo-Katan and Co., Mando agrees to sit down with them for a drink. Bo-Katan tells him that Trask is a black-market port where people are making money out of selling things plundered from Mandalore. Bo-Katan is trying to take back their home planet — which Mando believes is cursed, but you can’t exactly trust what he’s been told anymore — and she needs weapons to do so. Mando says that’s not his mission, needs to find the Jedi. Bo-Katan says she knows one but first, he has to help them with a mission of their own: take on an Imperial Gozanti freighter. The four — Mando, Bo-Katan, Koska, and Axe — make short work of the Stormtroopers on board the freighter. Bo-Katan’s crew are highly efficient, Mando seems to be almost taken aback by how little he’s having to do, though he’s able to display his bravado and the strength of his beskar armour as he charges into a bunch of Stormtroopers that have them pinned down at a moment of need. Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) appears via hologram to instruct his officer (Titus Welliver) to sacrifice himself for the greater good, in order to prevent the weapons from falling into the Mandalorians’ hands, but Mando and the others get there in time to stop him from crashing into the water. Titus Welliver in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm It’s then that Bo-Katan reveals what she’s truly after. She asks the commander (Welliver) to tell her who has the Darksaber is in exchange for his life, but he kills himself knowing that Moff Gideon would never let him live if he revealed that. Though The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 is never explicit about the connection, the Darksaber belonged to Mandalorians as it was created by the first Mandalorian that was inducted into the Jedi Order. As such, Bo-Katan is the heiress to the Darksaber, which explains the title of The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3. Bo-Katan asks Mando to stay but he says he must continue on his mission. And as promised, for his help, Bo-Katan tells him where to find a Jedi: the city of Calodan on the forest planet of Corvus. These are not places we’ve heard of ever in the Star Wars universe, but we have heard of the name that Bo-Katan utters the moment after. The Jedi is called Ahsoka Tano, the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker and one of the protagonists of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Disney had been closely guarding the reveal, even though her presence had been first reported back in March, with Rosario Dawson said to be cast to play her live-action version. We can’t wait for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4. Hopefully, it won’t keep us waiting like it’s done with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison, who hasn’t been seen since the end of episode 1. The Mandalorian season 2 episode 3 “Chapter 11: The Heiress” is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever available. New episodes release Fridays around 1:30pm IST. Contributor Scott Kirsner is CEO and co-founder of Innovation Leader , a research and events firm that focuses on innovation in Global 1000 companies, and a longtime business columnist for The Boston Globe. Startups need to live in the future. They create roadmaps, build products and continually upgrade them with an eye on next year — or even a few years out. Big companies, often the target customers for startups, live in a much more near-term world. They buy technologies that can solve problems they know about today, rather than those they may face a couple bends down the road. In other words, they’re driving a Dodge, and most tech entrepreneurs are driving a DeLorean equipped with a flux-capacitor. That situation can lead to a huge waste of time for startups that want to sell to enterprise customers: a business development black hole. Startups are talking about technology shifts and customer demands that the executives inside the large company — even if they have “innovation,” “IT,” or “emerging technology” in their titles — just don’t see as an urgent priority yet, or can’t sell to their colleagues. How do you avoid the aforementioned black hole? Some recent research that my company, Innovation Leader , conducted in collaboration with KPMG LLP , suggests a constructive approach. Rather than asking large companies about which technologies they were experimenting with, we created four buckets, based on what you might call “commitment level.” (Our survey had 211 respondents, 62% of them in North America and 59% at companies with greater than $1 billion in annual revenue.) We asked survey respondents to assess a list of 16 technologies, from advanced analytics to quantum computing, and put each one into one of these four buckets. We conducted the survey at the tail end of Q3 2020. Respondents in the first group were “not exploring or investing” — in other words, “we don’t care about this right now.” The top technology there was quantum computing. Bucket #2 was the second-lowest commitment level: “learning and exploring.” At this stage, a startup gets to educate its prospective corporate customer about an emerging technology — but nabbing a purchase commitment is still quite a few exits down the highway. It can be constructive to begin building relationships when a company is at this stage, but your sales staff shouldn’t start calculating their commissions just yet. Here are the top five things that fell into the “learning and exploring” cohort, in ranked order: Blockchain. Wearable devices. Technologies in the third group, “investing or piloting,” may represent the sweet spot for startups. At this stage, the corporate customer has already discovered some internal problem or use case that the technology might address. They may have shaken loose some early funding. They may have departments internally, or test sites externally, where they know they can conduct pilots. Often, they’re assessing what established tech vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco can provide — and they may find their solutions wanting. Here’s what our survey respondents put into the “investing or piloting” bucket, in ranked order: Advanced analytics. Internet of things/new sensors. By the time a technology is placed into the fourth category, which we dubbed “in-market or accelerating investment,” it may be too late for a startup to find a foothold. There’s already a clear understanding of at least some of the use cases or problems that need solving, and return-on-investment metrics have been established. But some providers have already been chosen, based on successful pilots and you may need to dislodge someone that the enterprise is already working with. It can happen, but the headwinds are strong. Here’s what the survey respondents placed into the “in-market or accelerating investment” bucket, in ranked order: 2020-11-13 16:11:43 UTC Amazon has a variety of Tile trackers on sale as Epic Daily Deals through Nov. 13. Here are the best deals: Are you always frantically searching for your phone, keys, and wallet right before you have to head out the door? Or are you that person who always loses the TV remote, and spends more time looking for it than actually watching TV? If you find yourself forgetting where you put more and more of your items lately (we don’t blame you, there’s a lot going on), you’re probably in need of a Tile bluetooth tracker. From phones, keys, wallets, remotes, cameras, and more, Tile bluetooth trackers make it easy to find things when you misplace them. Using a free app, you can ring your Tile tracker when it’s in range, or check its last recorded location if you’re far away from it. Grab these Tile trackers for up to 38% off and never lose your stuff again. This deal comes with two of the classic Tile trackers — one for you and one for a friend (or two for you if you’re really forgetful, no judgement). They can be used on anything from keys to purses and backpacks, and are able to ring when your phone is within 200 feet. They’re also water resistant and the battery will last up to a year before it needs to be replaced. These little tracker stickers are perfect for all the gadgets that seem to go missing all the time. Stick these adhesive trackers onto TV remotes, video game controllers, cameras, or headphones to find them in a flash. They’re completely waterproof and the batteries will last up to three years, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them for a while. This starter pack comes with the ultra-thin Tile Slim and a regular Tile Mate to keep you up to date on the location of all your most important items. The Slim can be tucked into wallets, tablet cases, or luggage, while the mate can be attached to keys or handbags. The Slim has a three-year battery life, while the Mate has a one-year battery life. OTHER GREAT DEALS If you need a tracker that will work across longer ranges, the Tile Pro is your guy. This little tracker can ring from up to 400 feet away, so even if you lose your phone or keys in a big house, you’ll always be able to find them quickly. This tracker also works with an Alexa enabled device, so you can ask Alexa to find your lost item for you. This pack comes with the super thin Tile Slim and the high-powered Tile Pro for the ultimate experience in keeping track of your things. Keep one for yourself and give the other one as a gift if you have a scatterbrained family member that could use a little help keeping track of their belongings. Bitcoin’s streak of breaking its own record price has been relentless for the past few months, with the cryptocurrency climbing over $14,000 (about Rs. 9 lakh) this week, from having been less than $800 (about Rs. 51,600) this time last year. This unprecedented growth – nearly 10 times its value since the start of 2017 – has brought Bitcoin squarely into mainstream attention. Though the debates over the currency being in a bubble continue to have voices from all directions, what’s clear is that those with a big stake with Bitcoin need to be safer than ever with their digital investment. After all, it’s real money that’s at stake. Bitcoin wallets have faced multiple hacks in the past, so it’s worth going the extra step to secure your funds. The most convenient way to store Bitcoins is by using an online wallet, which allows you to quickly transfer money in and out of the wallet, or turn Bitcoins into alternative cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, and others. But the safest option is known as ‘cold storage’, which stores your Bitcoins offline away from any Internet access. This is all the more important if you’ve got large amounts of Bitcoin. Here’s how to set up cold storage for your Bitcoin wallet: 1. Paper Wallet The easiest way to take your Bitcoins offline is by using paper and a printer. Yes, really. You’ll also need a website that allows you to create an offline Bitcoin address, such as Bitcoin.com or Bitaddress.org. Follow these steps to create a Bitcoin paper wallet: Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file. Next, close the page and disconnect your computer from the Internet. Open up the saved local version of Bitcoin.com paper wallet or Bitaddress.org. Follow the instructions on the page to create a new Bitcoin address. Once you’ve a pair of keys and QR codes, print the page. Make sure your printer is not connected to the Internet for added security. You can now use the new public address/ QR code to transfer Bitcoins from another online wallet. The printed page is the most valuable piece of document for your Bitcoin investment. You should ideally store the printed page in a water and fire-proof container, such as a safe. If that’s not an option, create multiple versions of it and give it for safekeeping with trusted family, in the case of damage to your version. You could also laminate the page for protection. Bitcoin Is at an All-Time High. Should You Invest in It Now? 2. BitKey While taking your computer and printer offline is a good security measure, it’s not as safe as using a clean operating system. BitKey is basically a free bootable Linux distro that you can write to a USB drive or CD-ROM. Plus, it can run live from computer’s memory (RAM) so you can eject the drive/ disc once it’s running. BitKey comes pre-installed with multiple software options: Electrum Bitcoin client, WarpWallet (more on that later), and Bitcoin paper wallet among others. It also has built-in network, printer, and wireless managers so you can use it for all necessary Bitcoin purposes. Creating a paper wallet with BitKey is safer than using your existing OS. Here’s how to create a bootable USB/CD with BitKey: Head to the BitKey website to download the OS image. Click the Download button, and get the 64-bit version. Choose between USB and CD-ROM. The latter is safer since they are read-only by default. For USB sticks without write protection, it’s advisable to remove them after boot. Burn a CD with your favourite program, or use a utility such as UNetbootin to write the BitKey ISO to a USB drive. Boot into BitKey by using your computer’s advanced boot function (varies from F8-F12 depending on motherboard manufacturers). If the boot is successful, you can use BitKey to create a paper wallet, and you can even use the Electrum client to create an offline wallet. BitKey provides three operation modes – cold-offline , cold-online , and hot-online – which define whether the computer is offline and air-gapped. It also decides how convenient the process will be. Choose cold-offline in BitKey for maximum security and least convenience, and hot-online for lesser security and more convenience. You can only prepare transactions in cold-online, though. Follow the three links to figure out which method works for you best. What Is Blockchain? Blockchain Technology Uses Beyond Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency 3. WarpWallet For the even more paranoid, an even safer way to store Bitcoin involves something called a brain wallet, which generates an address by using a memorised passphrase. WarpWallet takes that a step further with “salt”, an additional piece of data such as your email address which forces attackers to target you individually instead of casting a wide net. This way, your private key isn’t actually stored anywhere physically or digitally, it’s in your head (read: brain). That means you don’t have to take care of a piece of document, as long as you don’t forget the passphrase, for which most people advise that you leave cryptic notes around the house. Owing to the complexity and secure nature of this method, it’s been described as how Jason Bourne stores his Bitcoin . Anyway, if you think this is the way to go, here’s how to get started on WarpWallet: Head over to the WarpWallet website, and make note of the SHA-256 sum in the URL. Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file, and transfer it to a USB drive. Boot up a bootable Linux distro, such as BitKey from above. Copy the HTML file over to BitKey. Open sha256sum warp.html to verify the SHA-256 sum matches the one from step 1. Open the HTML file as a local file in Chrome/Firefox. Generate a passphrase that works on an entropy algorithm, such as One Shall Pass . Anything with 58 bits or more of entropy is very secure. Use the passphrase in HTML file, and your email address as “salt”. Scan public key QR code with phone, and transfer it to a device with Internet. Shut down BitKey. You can now transfer Bitcoin from your online wallet/ exchange to your WarpWallet address. You don’t have to store your private key anywhere, as it can be regenerated with WarpWallet’s website, with the help of your passphrase and “salt”. Just don’t forget any of the details, or your Bitcoin (and the money invested in them) are gone forever. These are the most popular ways to store Bitcoin offline. If you want something with more convenience than BitKey and WarpWallet, and are willing to spend for it, look at hardware wallet options such as TREZOR . They cost a lot – TREZOR comes in at over Rs. 8,500 including shipping to India – but they are easier to use than booting a Linux distro. For more tutorials, head to our How To section. Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , or RSS , download the episode , or just hit the play button below.