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Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2

first_img Microsoft has been forced to block the Windows 10 May 2019 update from its own hardware, due to incompatibilities with the GPUs used in its Surface Book 2. It’s the latest self-own from a company that promised its new methods of rolling out updates and patches would result in more consumer trust and fewer issues four years ago. So far, those promises have not materialized.Microsoft’s methods of testing Windows 10 have been broken for years. After Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft made QA changes that left programmers in charge of fixing their own bugs and turned Windows 10 users into voluntary beta testers via the Windows Insider program. Unfortunately, members of the Windows Insider program rarely use the OS as a daily driver (and Microsoft does not recommend doing so). This has been the explanation for how certain flaws have shipped on an ongoing basis.Microsoft has repeatedly shipped updates with significant problems, though the number of people hit by said problems has varied. We’ve seen the company push major updates that deleted decades worth of customer files, caused blue screens when certain USB devices were plugged in, and broke various other critical system components, including third-party antivirus utilities, System Restore, Windows Media Player, and file associations. The Windows 10 May 2019 update is already blocked on PCs that use USB storage and SD cards. Microsoft has made much of the fact that its overall incidence rate has declined over time, but has not addressed user concerns about the severity of some of the bugs it has introduced.From Microsoft’s compatibility warning page.In this case, as PCMag reports via ZDNet, a bug in the Windows 10 2019 update causes the secondary Nvidia GPU on the Surface Book 2 to vanish. Since the main reason to buy a Surface Book 2 is for the unique design that allows for an Nvidia discrete GPU in a thin portable with a detachable option, this is a major flaw. It is not clear why this flaw solely affects the Surface Book 2 but not the Surface Book. It appears to have been discovered as Microsoft gears up to push the May 2019 update out to larger numbers of customers, due to the large number of people still using the April 1803 update, which officially leaves support in November of this year.As a side note: Microsoft has also identified an issue with 1903 that causes gamma ramps, color profiles, and night light settings to stop working. I’m fairly certain this explains the distinct purple tint that’s been popping up on testbeds in between driver swaps and occasionally in the middle of reboots. We didn’t mention this in the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme 8GB review or the 5700 / 5700 XT review, but I’ve talked about it with several other publications and they’ve been seeing oddities around driver updates as well. If you do happen to run into this weird purple-tint issue, it can sometimes be solved by rebooting or by reinstalling a display driver. In one case, setting a specific color profile for the monitor I was using also worked. It causes the Windows 10 blue screen that pops up when you Ctrl-Alt-Delete to be a distinct shade of purple but does not harm performance (it does, however, wreck screen colors and is generally off-putting to look at).Now Read:Microsoft Includes Telemetry Update in Security Patches, Raising Fears About Company MotivesMicrosoft Kills Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10Bill Gates: My Greatest Mistake Ever Was Letting Microsoft Lose to Android You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Apex Legends’ Changed Gaming and We Barely Noticed Tagged In microsoftwindowswindows 10bugsmicrosoft surfacesatya nadellaWindows 10 1903Surface Book 2Windows 10 2019 May Update Post a Comment 2 Comments Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2 Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm 2 Comments Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depplast_img read more

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Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander

first_img Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 If you’ve ever wondered how different marsquakes are from earthquakes, we now have the answer thanks to NASA and Swiss research university ETH Zurich. NASA delivered the first-ever seismometer to the red planet aboard the InSight lander last year, and it’s now deployed and sending back data. Researchers from ETH Zurich have used that data to reconstruct a marsquake here on Earth, and it’s not what anyone expected. InSight touched down on Mars back in November of 2018. The robotic lander’s goal is to study the interior of Mars, which has not been possible with past missions like Curiosity. Among InSight’s instruments is the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). NASA successfully deployed the sensor in December of 2018 (see above) after building a model of InSight’s landing zone on Earth to rehearse the delicate process. InSight placed the instrument about 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) away, close to the maximum reach of its robotic arm. If SEIS didn’t make good contact with the ground, its data wouldn’t be useful. Luckily, the sensor works perfectly and detected its first marsquake in April 2019. In a new video, ETH Zurich scientists demonstrate the differences between seismic events on Earth, the moon, and Mars. They have a quake simulator that can reproduce a seismic event from data as you’d get from an instrument like SEIS or the seismometer deployed on the moon by Apollo 11 50 years ago. Seismic waves are affected by the composition of a planet or moon, so you’d expect different worlds to have different quakes. Indeed, quakes on Earth feature strong initial P-wave arrival followed by a stronger S-wave. To experience moonquakes, the team had to scale the signal up by one million times. Seismic waves on the moon have much smaller attenuation with strong scattering. So a moonquake could last an hour or more. For the marsquake simulation, the team had to increase the InSight signal by 10 million times. The lander has so far detected two “families” of marsquakes. There’s a high-frequency version and the low-frequency version demonstrated in the video. The lower-frequency quakes may originate farther from InSight. The waves aren’t the same as on Earth, but they’re not like the moon either. ETH Zurich researchers believe Mars will end up having seismic properties in between the two. In time, the seismic data from Mars could help us better understand its composition without cracking it open to take a peek.Now read:InSight Lander Records the Sound of Martian WindInSight Takes Its First Mars SelfieInSight Beams Back Daily Weather Reports From Mars 0 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Wesley Snipes Breaks Silence On Marvel’s Huge ‘Blade’ Decision Controversial TV Twists We Still Can’t Wrap Our Head Around Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Fans Are Absolutely Furious About That ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Rumor Tagged In sciencespacenasamarseth zurichseismologyseis Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

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Nintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life

first_img We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Earlier this year, we heard rumors of two new Switches that Nintendo would supposedly launch. The Switch Lite was recently announced, which confirmed both its own existence. Now, Nintendo has unveiled a second Switch update. The new model has drastically improved battery life and no other differences and will sell for the same $299 base price.Note: The fact that Nintendo isn’t claiming other differences doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a few. It does, however, mean that they’ll likely be small and incidental.The old Switch had an estimated battery life of 2.5 – 6.5 hours. The new Switch has an estimated battery life of 4.5 – 9 hours. Do the math, and that works out to a 1.8x increase at the low end and a 1.4x increase at the top. Even if the exact figures are wrong, the new Switch should live much longer than the old one on the same charge.We already know, thanks to FCC filings, that Nintendo applied to put a new SoC and storage in the Switch, but it’d be obvious they had, even if we didn’t have that information. There are only three ways to improve battery life by 1.4x – 1.8x:Dramatically increase battery size and weight.Fix whatever broken software is wrecking overall power consumptionBuild a more power-efficient SoC, most likely on a lower process node.The original Switch still uses Nvidia’s Tegra X1, a 2015-era processor built on TSMC’s 20nm node. Data suggest that both the Switch Lite and the upgraded Switch use a T214 chip from Nvidia, codenamed Mariko. Mariko may be a die-shrunk version of Tegra X1 with backported security updates and support for LPDDR4x as opposed to LPDDR4. We don’t know the process node Mariko is built on, but there’s some evidence it may be capable of a higher clock speed than its predecessor. This also points to a node shrink, though we don’t know which process node Nvidia might have used (and there are plenty to choose from). A node shrink and the DRAM change would account for the improved power consumption.– Original T210 hardware has 4GB (retail) or 6GB (dev) LPDDR4 DRAM;– New T214 hardware has 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM with planned support for 10nm chips;— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) July 11, 2019If you want to pick up one of the new units, look for Switches with serial numbers starting with XKW; the model number is HAC-001(-01). We don’t have an exact date when the devices will launch in the US, but Nintendo has said to expect mid-August availability.Will We See A Switch Pro?The fact that Nintendo is putting a new SoC in a non-refreshed Switch makes it seem a lot less likely that we’ll see an upgraded Switch Pro in the near future. The simplest explanation for this is that Nintendo decided to spend the benefits of a new node entirely on extending battery life because that was the feature Switch gamers wanted most. Just improving battery life, however, may not have been enough of an upgrade for the company to feel like an entirely new higher-end product was warranted.The rumors around an upgraded Switch have always been vague. One possibility in all this is that Nintendo keeps the Switch as-is for now, but rolls out its own upgrade in 9-12 months, to better compete against the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Next. The goal, in this case, wouldn’t be direct competition — Nintendo is playing its own game on that front — but to make sure Switch stayed relevant in the overall hardware conversation, and that Nintendo demonstrated its own ability to deliver better hardware on a cadence. The degree of interest the company has in this step likely hinges on the degree to which it sees itself in competition with Sony and Microsoft in the first place.There are rumors that the new Switch’s GPU might be clocked at a higher default frequency, which would improve performance in games that aren’t memory bandwidth-limited, but we won’t know if the console delivers many performance improvements until it’s actually available.Now Read: PC Gamers Who Didn’t Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great ExperiencesNintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large NumbersNintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199 Nintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 1 Comment The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC Tagged In microsoftnvidiasonynintendoconsolesconsole gaming10nmSwitchtegraNintendo Switchpc gamesX1X2switch liteMarikoSwitch Pro Post a Comment 1 Comment Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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Rise of AI Should Humans Be Worried

first_imgRise of AI: Should Humans Be Worried? Ganesh SankaralingamMay 1, 2019, 4:00 pmMay 1, 2019 AI — A Decades Old ProblemThe bogeyman of the modern workplace is undoubtedly AI. It seems every day a new article pops up about how machines are going to steal jobs from humans – and soon. The worry around AI has only continued to grow as the technology advances, with more and more enterprises undergoing digital transformation and implementing AI in their everyday business processes.This isn’t a new problem. People have been concerned about machines taking their jobs for decades. Looking back at the Indian Freedom Movement — the concern over automation displacing agrarian jobs was a key influence in pushing the movement forward. Mahatma Gandhi elaborated, “I have a great concern about introducing machine industry. The machine produces too much too fast and brings with it a sort of economic system, which I cannot grasp. I do not want to accept something when I see its evil effects, which outweigh whatever good comes with it.”This view certainly remains pervasive today. However, while AI has certainly evolved quite a bit from its roots, it will never be able to fully take over for humans in decision making-roles. Humans will always play a key role in the workplace. Ultimately, I predict humans will be living and working in an augmented world, where machines are useful supplements and tools to the future workplace rather than completely in charge.Read More: Why Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a ‘Privacy-Focused’ Platform?Evolution of AI AI has been around for decades, and much like humans, has continued to evolve over time. Human intelligence evolved as people started talking to one another about their ideas, developing better ideas over time through increased collaboration and communication. Machines are now experiencing the same exact phenomenon. With the introduction of the internet, machines were able to communicate with each other in a way that was previously impossible, allowing them to develop the ability to learn and perform basic tasks.However, there is an important distinction to make between the respective evolutions of machines and humans. Humans have evolved in three dimensions — thought, action, and emotion — and are capable of implementing all three in decision-making processes, while machines have evolved in only two dimensions, thought and action. Irrefutably, AI technology and machines have greatly grown in these two realms — AI can learn as it goes along, and is capable of creating machines that can process input, make decisions, and take actions like humans.The key difference is that with machines, the aspect of emotion is missing. The type of work that humans choose to pursue, the way that we spend our time, and the decisions we make aren’t always necessarily logical. In fact, they’re often ruled more by emotion than anything else.Without the trigger of emotion, an integral part in decision-making and productivity, humans can never be taken fully out of the equation in the workplace, despite the pervasive fear that AI’s capabilities will take over. Recently, it was revealed that Amazon’s experimental hiring AI was discriminatory against women, and had taught itself that male candidates were preferable. Without any concrete way to guarantee that the AI wouldn’t continue to be biased moving forward, Amazon abandoned the project. This only shows that we’re still a long way off from ensuring AI is completely fair and accountable — and until we reach that point, humans will continue to be the driving force of the workplace.Read More: How to Fight Ad FatigueWhat Will the World with AI Really Look Like?Interestingly, we can actually view humans as similar to AI — both are able to continually learn and perform endless varieties of specific tasks. Meanwhile, actual AI is trained to perform very specific tasks that it cannot stray from. A driverless car powered by AI technology can’t perform the same tasks as an AI-powered spam email detector, as a machine can’t do anything other than what it was designed for.However, humans have the ability to both drive a car and identify spam email. In this sense, humans can be considered a generalized AI, while machines are specialized AI for specific use cases. AI’s clear-cut applications will only supplement human ability to perform a variety of tasks, in the workplace and outside of it. Ultimately, the tasks and skills that humans and AI bring to the table are complementary, and will not detract from one another.In fact, it is expected that Assisted Intelligence will come to be the norm, rather than Augmented Intelligence (where the decision rights are solely with the human) or Autonomous Intelligence (where the rights are solely with the machine). This will only amplify the value of existing activity, and allow humans to perform higher-level tasks rather than focusing on the minutia. Look at telephones, for example — prior to phones, humans were still able to communicate. However, the telephone created a new opportunity for humans to communicate on a larger and more efficient scale. Today, machines are continuing to come into our lives extensively across industries, forging the way ahead for co-automation.While jobs across industries will leverage AI technology advantageously, it is important to note that there will always be aspects of jobs that cannot be automated. For doctors and nurses, a certain level of compassion and empathy will always be necessary when working with patients; in education, people don’t want a machine teaching their children, they look for human interaction and warmth. While co-automation will be beneficial, it cannot take away the necessity of humans in the workplace.Final ThoughtsA co-automated future is already beginning, and eventually, every domain will be affected. In order to prepare for this digital era, upcoming generations must learn to communicate with both AI and humans – knowing how to speak the same language as machines will only help to remove the fear around AI. Teaching children programming and computer fluency will allow them from a young age to start working side by side with machines, and be ready for co-automation in the workplace, and even outside of it.There have been leaps and bounds forward in the abilities of AI. Ultimately, there is no need for mass anxiety about the capabilities of emerging technology – at least in our lifetime, machines will not be able to work towards their own self-interests to take over the job market, despite what some of the media hype would like you to believe. We should rather view AI as a helpful partner or tool to bolster our roles in the workplace going forward, and work towards that vision rather than fear it.Read More: How AI will Change the Game for Influencer Marketing AIAutomationAutonomous Intelligencedata scienceHuman IntelligenceLatentView AnalyticsMarketing Technology Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Sam Carter, CEO, FosphaNext ArticleTwo Major Issues We’re Ignoring When It Comes to Identity Resolutionlast_img read more

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TechBytes with Brad Danaher Director of TV Services at Experian Marketing Services

first_imgAbout Experian Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Experian. Experian has a background in direct mail and realized that addressable TV was just direct mail applied to TV. Thus, my role is to help companies use advanced segmentation in the TV ecosystem. It’s no secret that people have shifted the way they consume video – relying less on traditional TV and more on streaming services and mobile devices. However, TV remains a viable option for brands to reach their best customers, but they need more advanced data to find those customers.As Experian’s Director of TV solutions, my team and I are responsible for helping advanced TV companies leverage data and technology to deliver and measure TV advertisements more effectively and efficiently – whether it’s across linear TV, over-the-top or addressable. Additionally, we support agencies to tell a consistent story across multiple marketing channels and measure the success of TV campaigns.What is the current technology roadmap to build TV Analytics and Attribution models? For many years, the barometer for TV success has been brand sentiment and ratings. Advertisers wanted to know if the commercial was memorable and if it reached a large viewership – it didn’t necessarily matter if it reached the right customers. But given the shift in how consumers engage with brands, it’s become more important to understand the impact of each marketing tactic. And identity resolution sits at the center of today’s TV ecosystem that now includes linear, addressable, connected and over-the-top TV.Experian leverages technology to assist in the application of identity resolution, audience segmentation, analytics and measurement across all modes of advanced TV. In doing so, we help advertisers and agencies understand who their ideal consumers are, where they consume media, and apply measurement within, and across, these platforms in a consistent manner.What are the key TV Analytics/metrics that Digital Advertising and Marketing teams should be keenly following? Historically, TV performance was limited to incredibly basic terms of implied success. The advanced TV provides for the unique opportunity to understand how well a data-driven campaign performed – not simply based on how many eyeballs ‘may’ have seen the ad, but based on the test over control revenue outcomes tied to the KPI’s that are meaningful to the advertiser. Brands need to establish KPI’s in advance of the campaign to best prepare for an optimal read. Regardless of the outcome, the learnings provide any opportunity to optimize future campaigns.How is Experian’s TV Analytics technology transforming the way modern brands do their Marketing and Sales? Consumers need to be at the heart of every advertising strategy and decision. And using identity resolution to pinpoint your customers is the most efficient and effective way to accomplish that objective. Brands and agencies that leverage a combination of first-party data and Experian data, along with our advanced technology, such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, are better positioned to create a truly cross-channel campaign. It’s no longer enough to implement a single-channel campaign – the TV commercial needs to work with a brand’s email campaign, as well as its banner ads. Experian allows brands to link all these channels and providers seamlessly.To make this easier for brands, we work with nearly every addressable TV provider – cable, satellite, TV networks, OTT, CTV – to deliver effective campaigns across all of them.Why do brands fail to fully understand real-time TV Analytics? How do you train your customers to understand these analytics better? Historically, TV is not planned, bought or sold in real-time. Hence, this type of data is unfamiliar to TV buyers. Most buyers still rely on traditional TV ratings and brand sentiment measures to evaluate the success of TV campaigns. But with more and more people consuming TV through non-traditional platforms, such as streaming services and smartphones, brands and agencies need to rely more heavily on identity resolution and new data, such as TV viewership from smart TVs.In my experience, to understand these analytics, customers need to “test and learn”. They need to test the data-driven approach, evaluate it and funnel those learnings into the next campaign.Tell us more about your AI and Machine Learning initiatives for TV Attribution. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning open the door for marketers to use data more effectively and gain deeper insight into their customers — understanding their preferences. At Experian, we have a Research and Development group, Experian DataLabs, and they are constantly testing new data sets and employing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques to address challenges across all marketing channels.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of TV-focused Advertising? How do these compete with ad formats such as Search, Display, and Programmatic? Traditionally, TV audience measurement has focused simply on projected counts that represented national viewership. Today, using alternative TV viewership data sets represent just a portion of the viewing landscape and lack the scale that brands need to provide statistically accurate results.TV competes with digital channels by focusing on better measurement, cross-channel impact, and attribution of sales. This has been a weakness of TV in the past, but it is turning into a strength.Through better identity linkage and the advanced measurement, brands can better understand the customer’s complete path to purchase. Proper identity resolution removes the need to think with a single-channel mindset and create more cross-channel campaigns.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of TV Analytics in B2B and B2C marketing initiatives?Data will continue to have a tremendous impact on how brands connect with people, regardless of how technology shifts. I believe TV advertising will become akin to direct marketing – more segmented, more relevant and more measurable. At Experian Marketing Services, we use data and insights to help brands have more meaningful interactions with people. We can help you identify your customers and the right potential customers, uncover the most appropriate communication channels, develop messages that resonate, and measure the effectiveness of marketing activities and campaigns. TechBytes with Brad Danaher, Director of TV Services at Experian Marketing Services Sudipto GhoshJuly 5, 2019, 1:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 Brad Danaher is Experian’s Director of TV Solutions, where he is responsible for creating and managing partnerships with companies in the TV ecosystem. He works closely with TV operators, device manufacturers, measurement firms, media agencies and advertisers. Prior to joining Experian in 2008, Danaher held various roles in sales, marketing and product management at 3M, Cheetah Technologies, Tech Data and TV measurement firm erinMedia, LLC. Danaher received a B.B.A from The University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from Florida State University. 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Structured Social Named Facebook Preferred Agency Partner

first_imgStructured Social Named Facebook Preferred Agency Partner MTS Staff Writer6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 Structured Social is proud to announce it has been named one of the first recipients of the Preferred Agency Partners Badge under social media giant Facebook’s newly revamped partner program.The Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer program, or PMD, was created to help a business scale its marketing efforts on the Facebook platform. It involves a community of more than 45 countries designed to help marketers and advertisers establish and grow lasting connections with customers. The partnership affords Structured Social access to one-on-one support, advanced tools, training and support, and exclusive opportunities.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers“Clients know the e-commerce world is more competitive than it has ever been, and they are looking to work with companies that have a real edge,” said Structured Social Co-Founder Nick Shackelford. “This new partnership gives us the type of advantage that will allow us to develop new opportunities for our partners and increase revenue in a substantial way.”Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerStructured Social has been one of the leading e-commerce companies helping consumer-focused companies drive revenue growth by providing expert consulting on offer structure, page design, paid social campaigns and partnerships with brands. The recognition from Facebook serves as recognition for the company’s efforts, proof that Structured Social is on the right path and clearly demonstrates the company’s position in the marketplace.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform FacebookMarketing Technology NewsNewsNick ShackelfordStructured Social Previous ArticleNimble Now Selling Its Simple CRM for Office 365 Globally Through Microsoft’s New Commercial MarketplaceNext ArticleRetail App Use Surges 50% As Consumers Shop Year-Round, Taking Pressure Off the “Make or Break’ Holiday Seasonlast_img read more

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Ab Nyay Hoga BJP Borrows Congress Slogan to Send Across Message on

first_imgNew Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party, under attack over its decision to field Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal, has found a novel idea to hit back the Opposition.On Friday, posters featuring an ailing Thakur with the Congress slogan ‘Ab Hoga Nyay’ dotted Delhi’s Patel Chowk, ITO and the BJP’s office. BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who undersigned the posters, also shared them on Twitter with the opposition party’s tagline. अब होगा न्याय pic.twitter.com/yhPrQu0kWu— Chowkidar Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) April 18, 2019The saffron party has been facing flak since it decided to induct Thakur and field her against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh. Sources said she became the favourite for the ticket from Bhopal, a saffron citadel since 1989, after BJP seniors Narendra Singh Tomar, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Uma Bharti showed disinterest in the contest. Uma Bharti, considered another option, also publicly claimed that her role had ended in 2003 after she defeated the Digvijaya Singh government in Madhya Pradesh.The Congress was quick to attack BJP for the choice of candidate. “When known faces fled, the BJP was forced to import a candidate against Digvijaya Singh,” party spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah asked if Thakur could not stay in jail due to poor health, how could she be considered fit to campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.The BJP, on its part, has questioned the Opposition reaction, with Thakur herself asking why the colour saffron was associated with terror. On Thursday, she broke down while recounting the alleged torture inflicted on her in prison, she would work to restore the glory of ‘bhagwa’ (saffron) and expose those who framed her fraudulently in terror cases. bhopal-s12p19BJPLok Sabha elections 2019Sadhvi Pragya Thakur First Published: April 19, 2019, 9:37 AM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazililast_img read more

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EC Seeks Report from MP CEO over Pragya Thakurs Godse a Patriot

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, the Election Commission sought a factual report from the Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer by Friday morning.Responding to a question on actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comments that Godse was the “first terrorist of free India”, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse ek deshbhakt the, hain aur rahenge (Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will always remain one).” “Those calling him a terrorist should see inside their own self and a befitting reply would be given to such people in the elections,” said Thakur, while campaigning for her party’s candidate in Agar Malwa.As Thakur’s remarks invited sharp responses from the Congress and other political parties, senior BJP leader and publicity in-charge of Thakur’s campaign Hitesh Vajpayee said Mahatma Gandhi was well-respected in the country and the BJP would not entertain any disrespect to his image. Senior party leader GVL Narasimha Rao said the BJP condemned the statement and did not agree with it. “The party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement,” he added. Later, she tendered an apology to the Madhya Pradesh BJP unit. “I believe in my organisation, I work for it, and the party’s line is my line,” Thakur said.Congress media cell in-charge Narendra Saluja said, “She had also made a mockery of late Hemant Karkare’s martyrdom and now she has spoken in this manner about Mahatma Gandhi’s killer. This exhibits the BJP’s ideology and also exposes what kind of candidates the party has fielded in the Lok Sabha election.”The party’s candidate from Bhopal Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting against Thakur, described the comments as sedition. “Modi, Amit Shah and the state BJP should give their statements and apologise to the nation. I condemn this statement, Nathuram Godse was a killer, glorifying him is not patriotism, it is sedition.”This is not the first time that Thakur had made controversial statements. She invited the ire of the Election Commission for her remark on the Babri Masjid demolition as well as faced criticism for claiming that 26/11 hero Hemant Karkare died because of her “curse”.National Conference’s Omar Abdullah also slammed the comment. He said, “If the killer of the father of the nation is a patriot does that make Mahatma Gandhi anti-national?”KT Rama Rao, working president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, said irrespective of her political affiliation, Thakur should tender an apology for insulting Gandhi. “She should speak within the framework of our Constitution and refrain from making such derogatory remarks,” Rao said. bhopal-s12p19election commissionmadhya-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019Nathuram Godse First Published: May 16, 2019, 8:51 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Lena Headeys Reaction to Maisie Williams Pic from Sophie Turners Wedding is

first_img Game of Thronesjoe jonaslena headeyMaisie Willaims boyfriend First Published: July 1, 2019, 12:17 PM IST A screenshot from Maisie Willaims’ Instagram handle Also read: Priyanka Chopra Couldn’t Hold Back Her Tears at Joe Jonas-Sophie Turner’s Second WeddingAlso read: In Pics: Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner Marry Again in Emotional & Romantic French WeddingFollow @News18Movies for more Maisie Williams attended the second wedding ceremony of her best friend and Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner with Joe Jonas in France over the weekend. While everyone expected it to be a fun-filled time with family and friends, pictures from the star-studded event are evidence of the same. Being closest to Turner, Williams was inevitably crowned the maid of honour for the christian wedding. Photos from the venue revealed that Turner and Jonas also hosted a white themed party ahead of exchanging the vows. Williams, who attended her pal’s big day with boyfriend Reuben Selby, twinned in the most adorable way at the theme party, with matching pink hairdo. In the picture shared by Williams, she is seen sporting a white blazer dress paired with black boots, while Shelby wore a colour coordinated tuxedo with a pair of white pants and black shoes. She wrote alongside the image, “White party for the bride and groom.” As soon as the photo surfaced on Williams’ Instagram handle, a flurry of comments started pouring in. Williams and Turner’s Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey responded to the Willaims-Shelby image with the most adorable comment. Reacting to the image, Headey wrote, “Beauts (sic),” as she accompanied it with a couple of smiley faced emoticons. See Willaims’ image and Headey’s reaction to it here:last_img read more

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This new Lotus Evija is the 215m blueprint for allelectric hypercars

first_img Lotus Evija Gallery An EV built for speed – and handlingThat’s what Lotus is aiming for, anyway, using a mid-mounted 2,000 kW lithium-ion battery pack. It’s the handiwork of Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which Lotus is partnering with to develop advanced propulsion technologies. Like mid-engined Lotus cars, it’s intended to help with a perfect balance. However, it also helps future-proof the Evija.Lotus envisages different battery packs being fitted in the future, with owners of the car able to switch between them according to intended use. If you’re at the track, for example, you might want a battery optimized for performance. Long road-trips, meanwhile, might be better suited to a more power-dense battery, trading a little performance in the name of extra range. Four-wheel drive is standard, but unlike other EVs which use two, maybe three electric motors at most, Lotus is taking electrification to its logical performance conclusion. So, each wheel gets a single-speed helical gear ground planetary gearbox, packaged with the e-motor and investor as a single cylindrical Electric Drive Unit, or EDU. Each EDU is expected to deliver 500 PS, and support five driving modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track. Total torque is expected to be 1,254 lb-ft. By adjusting the power to each motor, Lotus can enable true torque vectoring in the Evija. It’s intended to be a fully-automatic system, pushing power to any combination of two, three, or for wheels within a fraction of a second. Track mode, meanwhile, will deliver power to individual wheels too, thus potentially cutting the radius of corners. Even though you’d expect the car to be fully electric all-round, Lotus hasn’t given up every traditional feature. The steering, for example, is electro-hydraulic rather than fully electric: that ensures a pure feel, the automaker insists. Charging fit for the trackTaking advantage of all that power is a sure-fire way to drain the Evija’s battery, so Lotus has added a heavy-duty charging system. It’s an 800 kW setup, though Lotus concedes that right now there aren’t actually production chargers that can deliver that sort of rate. When there are, though, it paves the way to a full recharge of the Evija in a mere nine minutes time. Feed the Evija with a 350 kW supply – such as those Electrify America and others are currently rolling out – and you’re looking at a 12 minute charge from 0-80 percent, or an 18 minute charge from fully drained to fully charged. Lotus has hidden the port behind a vented flap at the rear. Range is an estimated 250 miles on the WLPT Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle. No word on estimated EPA range, which can tend to be a little less than those tests. Importantly, Lotus has also focused on repeated performance. While fast EVs aren’t new, fast EVs that can be driven lap after lap are far less common. Lotus, though, claims its battery, electric motor, and transmission technology can each operate at up to 98-percent efficiency, and that the Evija can be driven in Track mode, flat-out with no derate, for at least seven minutes. A new aesthetic for a new age of LotusIt’s fair to say that the Evija is eye-catching. Its ride-height just 105mm high, it’s also a fairly new design language for Lotus, borrowing elements from Le Mans race cars and other racing series, both in appearance and underlying technology. So, it’s the first Lotus road car to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis, for example, helping keep the target weight down to around 3,700 pounds. That’s wrapped in a full carbon fiber body, itself inspired by aeronautics. A Venturi tunnel runs through each rear quarter, optimizing airflow by guiding it straight though the body shell. It looks incredible, but it’s also highly functional too. High-energy air is directed to the rear, where it counteracts the low-pressure air usually found there and helps cut drag. On its way, it also pulls more air through the rear wheel arch louvres, which Lotus says helps maintain air quality in the diffuser. There’s active aero too, with a rear spoiler that elevates from the bodywork. It, and an F1-style Drag Reduction System, deploy automatically in Track mode, or when manually triggered. Without side mirrors, Lotus has turned to cameras on the sides and the roof, to beam images from around the car to three screens in the cabin. That’s the hard-working stuff: then there’s the glitz. Red LEDs outline each tunnel, reminiscent of a fighter jet’s afterburners, while LEDs inside the tunnels illuminate them for a ghostly glow. The “T” of the “LOTUS” badge lights up as the reversing light, while the indicator lights are incorporated into the corners of the ribbon-like outlines. A cabin with dramaOpen the dihedral doors – triggered by the key fob – and the minimalistic cabin is laid bare. The “floating wing” dashboard both gives the instrumentation and air ducts somewhere to sit, as well as being structural support. Carbon fiber and metal are used liberally. A roof console has key controls, including the buttons to close the doors. The shell seats are hand-trims with Alcanata, and have manual fore/aft movement and electric back operation; they get three-point belts as standard, with four-point harnesses an option. The steering wheel is Alcantara as standard, or leather-trimmed as an option, and is squared-off like a racing wheel. It has buttons for infotainment, cruise control, and other features, along with the switch for the drive modes. A single display sits behind the wheel, with extra controls running down the narrow center console. That’s studded with touch-sensitive haptic buttons, each in a hexagonal recess. Climate control and a premium infotainment system will be standard, as will Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Integrated connectivity will support a Lotus Evija app, for remotely monitoring battery status and preconditioning the cabin. It’ll also be used to sync lap times and other telemetry gathered at the track. A Lotus of firstsLotus is claiming a few debut technologies on the Evija, including the first laser lights for both main and dipped beams. Integrated within their lenses are wing-like elements for daytime running lights and turn indicators. There’ll also be a whole range of customization options for Evija buyers. That’ll include custom paint, interior trim, and detailing, along with marquetry-style badging. Lotus will allow customers to specify special badges, inlayed in metal directly into the carbon fiber body shell. Exceedingly fast: Exceedingly rareAs you might have guessed, the Lotus Evija won’t be some mass-production electric racer. In fact, only 130 of the cars will be produced in total, each priced from £1.7 million ($2.15 million) before taxes and other fees. A $316,000 deposit secures a production slot, and Lotus is open for orders now. Production is expected to kick off from 2020, though don’t worry if you can’t afford one. The automaker says that the Evija will be the halo car atop a new range of Lotus performance models in the pipeline, also benefiting from the depths of Geely’s purse. Expect design cues borrowed from the EV hypercar, though hopefully something a little more affordable. Look out Tesla, the British are coming, and the Lotus Evija has some huge electric plans to be the most powerful production car in the world. Unveiled today, the angular Evija – pronounced “E-vi-ya” – is the automaker’s first fully-EV sports car, with a targeted 2,000 PS, or 1,973 horsepower. center_img That, Lotus suggests, will be sufficient for a sub-3.0 second 0-62 mph time, and a top speed in excess of 200 mph. As the first new Lotus under the auspices of Geely, the automaker is really pushing the boat out on pace. However, it’ll also apparently be capable of 250 miles of driving range on a single charge. last_img read more

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2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive Groundbreaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find

first_imgConfirmation of the Lexus LC’s curb appeal came early and often during my time behind the wheel on Hawaii’s Big Island. The largest, and least densely-populated member of the archipelago’s natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle was no counter-balance to full-size coupe’s attention-grabbing silhouette, regardless of how far inland I pushed through the volcanic landscape that surrounded me. Stares, questions, conversations, and swiveling heads reinforced the notion that Lexus, unfettered by the realities of platform-sharing – the LC is all-new, and begets, rather than is begotten, in the corporate hierarchy – has been able to break free from the more conservative cues found across the large coupe landscape.As outstanding as the LC’s sheet metal might be, the cabin also represents a tour de force from Lexus’ team of craftspeople. With the exception of the dashboard – marred by a company-wide infotainment system so difficult to use that I gave up trying to puzzle out its touchpad controller and endured whatever climate settings had been set as default, and a gauge cluster which can’t quite match the TFT majesty of recent Audi efforts – the interior of the car is by far the best-appointed to have ever escaped a Lexus factory. Particularly fetching when ordered in all-tan leather, the door panels, seats, and every single surface that driver or passenger might come into contact with are at a level that feels worthy of the car’s $92,000 starting price tag. Even so, the Lexus LC 500 is an emotional luxury coupe in the vein that BMW et al have seemingly forgotten how to build. Among similarly-stickered two-door choices, only perennial-outsider Jaguar’s F-Type manages to hover on the periphery of what Lexus has been able to achieve with the LC’s well-sorted and almost perfectly packaged combination of performance and poise. By turning its back on the spec sheet wars, and placing its designers and engineers on even footing, the LC 500 has allowed Lexus to finally find its soul. The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds – or are those forced induction vortices? – that have come to define the drivetrains found in top-tier luxury coupes. That the Lexus LC is a stunning design achievement is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes. That it also waves a big, five-liter middle finger in the direction of its would-be German rivals is in a way both a more and a less-subtle statement. A more substantial part of my appreciation for the Lexus LC, however, comes from how it behaves itself out on the road, and more specifically, the very conscious decisions keeping the coupe from being a mere echo of the competition. It starts with the heart of the LC 500, a 5.0-liter V8 that the automaker predicts will represent 90 percent of total sales. The engine will be familiar to anyone who has window-shopped other high performance variants from Lexus such as the two-door RC F or the GS F sedan, and in the LC 500 it churns out 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, numbers that are within a stone’s throw of the other models that share its 32-valve lump.Luxury coupe aficionados might notice that while the horsepower figure is competitive, the Lexus’ torque number is distinctly less impressive on paper when compared against similarly-priced options from BMW (the 650i) and Mercedes-Benz (the S-Class Coupe) – by over 100 lb-ft, in the case of the Silver Star-wearing two-door. There’s a simple reason for this disparity, and it’s found in the LC 500’s conspicuous lack of turbochargers, a move that places it outside the mainstream when it comes to generating gobs of power at low RPM for the well-heeled set.It’s an inspired move by Lexus, and one that helps to form the LC 500’s unique identity. Rather than feed into the relentless pursuit of high-tech accoutrements that have become part and parcel of the luxury arms race, providing rocket-like acceleration at the expense of any other dynamic concern, Lexus has instead elected to accentuate the immediacy and connected feel of a high-revving eight-cylinder engine anchoring a comfortable, and well-planted grand touring chassis outfitted with an adaptive suspension system. Put another way, the LC 500 makes no attempt to electronically trick you into thinking you are driving a sports car, but rather focuses on the simple pleasures of driving a comfortable and well-balanced automobile (while still delivering a 4.5-second sprint to 60-mph).center_img It’s a game plan I whole-heartedly support: where its Teutonic antagonists fill their cabins with artificially-sweetened engine notes and blat boost from their muted exhausts, the LC 500 screams towards redline with wild abandon and a soundtrack that quickens the pulse as it pins the speedo needle. There’s no launch control promising a quarter mile time that serves no practical purpose, nor is there a feel-sapping all-wheel drive system numbing steering feedback (and there won’t ever be one on the gas-only model, either, for the simple reason that it wouldn’t physically fit). Instead, the Lexus gracefully pulled hard above 4,000 rpm, turned in with confidence, and remained pleasingly flat through high speed corners as I marveled at the way it kept all four tires locked to the asphalt and comfortably distant from the sharp lava fields on either side of the Kona region’s highways. The LC doesn’t so much shun the track star label as remind us that anyone with this level of Lexus parked in the garage undoubtedly also possesses a race car or two to play with on the weekends, with no need for the 500 to pull double duty.This is Lexus’ first attempt at building a grand touring flagship, (with the previous, and high-strung LFA super coupe an entirely different animal), and of course not everything about it is perfect. In particular, the 10-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with the LC 500 – another first for the brand – is at times clunkier than one would expect given the car’s smooth performance in all other areas, especially when using the paddle shifters in the vehicle’s most-aggressive drive mode. The opposite is true in the LC 500h, which leverages a unique ‘multi-stage’ transmission to offer a balance between continuously-variable operation and more direct shift action for its 354 total system horsepower V6/electric motor operation. One wonders how the GS F or RC F’s eight-speed would perform if tasked with similar duty in the LC. Story TimelineThe crazy Lexus LF-LC is going into production2016 Lexus GS F in Super-Sedan Showdown with BMW, Audi, and CadillacAn impassioned defense of the 2016 Lexus GS F, a car misunderstoodThe Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustmentlast_img read more

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Twitter app update makes camera the star

first_imgSee it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019 For example, Twitter will suggest hashtags you might want to use, based on where you are and what events are happening nearby, among other indicators. If you’re at SXSW 2019, for instance, the new app might prompt you to tag the photo or video with the #SXSW hashtag. Meanwhile, a “Live” button begins a Periscope livestream, rather than capturing a still image or video. There’s also a button to flip between the rear camera and the front camera for selfies. The new app – and the way it handles media – falls somewhere in the realm of Instagram Stories and Snapchat. Unlike those rivals, however, Twitter’s photos and videos aren’t designed to expire after a period of time. Instead, like any other tweets, they’ll remain in the timeline unless users actively delete them. Twitter’s new app will be rolled out over the next few days to all users, the company says. It comes as the company also tries out a new beta version of its app, Twttr, which will be used to trial experimental features the company believes aren’t quite ready for primetime. However access to Twttr is by invitation only. A big Twitter app update shifts photo and video capture – and sharing – to the fore, with an updated camera aiming to oust Instagram for your media addiction. The new version of the Twitter app is being rolled out over the next few days, the company says, and will change how the camera is accessed from the main feed. center_img Currently, if you want to take a photo or a video to share from within the Twitter app, it’s a multi-tap process. First you have to start a new tweet, then hit the camera button, before you can capture a photo. Shooting video requires a further tap. With the new Twitter app, however, the process is effectively flipped. Instead, you swipe left from the main Twitter timeline, landing straight into the camera UI. If you tap the shutter button you get a photo; hold it down, meanwhile, and the app records a video instead. Swipe left again, and a tweet compose window shows up. Unlike regular media sharing tweets, though, the message you type isn’t displayed in the traditional way. Instead, the text is added to a chyron-style overlay across the bottom of the photo in the timeline. That comes with a small selection of colors to choose between. AdChoices广告It’s not as straightforward an interface change as it might first appear, however. In addition to making the camera quicker to access, Twitter is also using some AI and geolocation smarts to help users make their content more readily discovered. last_img read more

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Intel new Core i9 gaming CPU 10nm processors teased ahead of Computex

first_imgComputex this week will most likely showcase a plethora of upcoming products that will make both consumers and manufacturers drool or dream of the future. For Intel, however, that future isn’t that far off. Later this year, it will launch two products that aim to address areas where Intel has been perceived to be lagging behind. With the 9th gen Core i9 CPU and, more importantly, the 11th gen 10nm processors, Intel wants to conquer the markets of PC gaming, big data, and AI in one swoop. Intel may be the CPU of choice for gaming desktops but that’s usually paired with dedicated GPUs. Few use Intel’s integrated graphics chips for intensive gaming but it hopes its Ice Lake generation of 10nm chips will change that. Perhaps at least on laptops without NVIDIA or AMD Radeon chips already inside.Intel’s 10 nm processors will be sort of a litmus test for the company’s chances of survival. It has already been delayed for so long some may have started to doubt Intel could pull off its smallest processor coming to desktops. But when it does come, the Gen11 graphics inside these 10nm chips is promised to deliver twice the gaming power of their Gen9 predecessors (yes, Intel skipped a generation).It isn’t just for gaming, of course. Intel’s 10 nm play is aimed also at what it calls a data-centric era of computing. This isn’t just AI itself but also the big data that feeds machine learning. Intel says that this era will be defined by performance more than just core count and frequency.AdChoices广告That said, Intel still does have something for that more traditional way of marketing processors. Debuting sometime this year, the special edition 9th gen Intel Core i9-9900KS delivers 5 GHz of performance on all of its 8 cores when running in Turbo mode. Intel bills it as the best gaming desktop processor, paired with a good GPU, of course.last_img read more

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Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles of the future will help combat motion

first_imgE-Pace also has Adaptive Dynamics to remove low-frequency motion from the road. Its digital systems can adjust the ride every 10ms to ensure that the passenger experiences a high level of comfort. Jag’s first phase of research will be complete this month and findings are being implemented into projects now.SOURCE: Jaguar Many people out there struggle to ride in or drive cars due to motion sickness. Jaguar and Land Rover have announced that future vehicles from the brands will help to cure motion sickness. The vehicles will integrate tech that can tell if you aren’t feeling well and adjust settings to help you feel better. Jaguar Land Rover says that its research into motion sickness has found techniques to reduce the effects of motion sickness by 60%. Research tells us that motion sickness affects over 70% of people. Jaguar Land Rover has created an algorithm that generates a wellness score for each passenger in a vehicle. Those wellness scores are used to personalize the vehicle driving and cabin settings to reduce the effects of feeling ill inside the car by up to 60%. In its research, Jag collected 15,000 miles of motion sickness data and tested the effects of motion sickness caused by performing tasks while driving, like checking email.The research allowed the creation of a baseline driving style for self-driving vehicles to work toward to reduce the possibility of making people motion sick as much as possible. Jag says that motion sickness is often caused when the eyes observe different information that is sensed by the inner ear, skin, or body forces, this commonly happens when reading while in a car for instance.Jag’s wellness score calculates how susceptible drivers and passengers are to car sickness via biometric sensors that record physiological signals. Jaguar is also using vehicle design techniques to mitigate motion sickness, like raising the infotainment system screen by 10cm to cut motion sickness by 40%. Jag also integrates more seat configurations into its E-Pace, this allows the infotainment screen to be raised to a level that makes viewing it more comfortable.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Huawei phones can no longer ship with Facebooks apps

first_imgIt seems the punches just keep on coming for Huawei. After Google cut ties with Huawei and announced that it would soon begin withholding access to some key Android OS and software updates, other companies began following suit. That very same day, companies like Intel and Qualcomm stopped supplying Huawei with hardware, while Microsoft removed Huawei laptops from its retail stores a few days later. Now, it looks like its Facebook’s turn to sever ties with the Chinese company. Facebook has reportedly stopped allowing Huawei phones to ship with its apps pre-installed on them. That means no Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram pre-installed on these phones out of the box, and while that may not be quite as severe as the actions taken by other companies, it’s still another setback on a list that’s only getting longer.Reuters reported today that this ban applies to all Huawei phones that haven’t left the factory yet, so for the time being at least, no new Huawei device will have Facebook’s apps pre-installed. Of course, users can still download those apps and use them as much as they want, assuming their Huawei-made phones have access to the Google Play Store.Facebook tells Reuters that customers who already have Huawei phones can continue using its apps and will keep receiving updates for them, but it declined to say when this ban was put into place. Huawei declined to comment on the matter altogether, but when you’re dealing with being blacklisted by the US government, there probably isn’t very much to say.AdChoices广告What’s an annoyance now could turn into a major problem down the road. Google currently has a 90-day grace period in place with Huawei, during which it will still deliver app updates and honor licensing agreements for Android and its first-party apps. Once that grace period expires in August, though, new Huawei phones will ship without major Google services and apps – including the Play Store – unless Huawei can reverse the US government’s decision to blacklist it. We’ll see what happens from here, but for now at least, Huawei’s woes on the international stage keep getting worse. Story TimelineHuawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android falloutThe reality of Trump’s Huawei ban keeps unfoldingWhere does Huawei go from here?last_img read more

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 beats Galaxy Note 10 to Qualcomms next big

first_imgThe Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus will power the second edition of ASUS’ heavy-metal gaming phone, ASUS ROG Phone 2. What’s that mean for the gaming phone world? It means a whole lot, if you’re the sort of gamer that’s all about the newest and most powerful gaming hardware. Story TimelineASUS ROG Phone coming to the US after allASUS ROG Phone durability puts on the heat and the pressureASUS ROG Phone teardown reveals curious design According to ASUS, this will be the first phone in the world (released into the wild? Maybe first to be announced?) with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus. The next version of the ROG gaming phone is the “world’s first announced to use 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform,” so says ASUS. It’s highly likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be second on that list.The first ASUS ROG Phone rolled with the previous most-powerful processor in the mobile world, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. What better way to get a jump on the next generation than to not just continue with that tradition, but to get the “Plus” version too? The original ROG Phone had vapor-chamber cooling, one of the several ways in which the first generation of gaming phones attempted to show they meant business when it came to heavy-duty gaming. We’re expecting this plus everything else the ROG Phone 1 had in it to come to the ROG Phone 2 later this year.That means an AMOLED display with HDR capabilities and 90Hz refresh rate – and 1ms response time. The first version had “AirTrigger” tech and top-notch haptic responses to shake one’s hands into believing the games they were playing were rocking and rolling. The biggest differences will likely come in the industrial design of the machine – what it looks like and functions like from the outside. The first version had a side-mounted set of ports and acknowledgement that most high-end mobile games were played landscape-style. Who knows what’s next?We will know more about the release date for the ASUS ROG Phone II (or 2, if you wish), soon. We’ll also have more detail on the pricing and availability in the immediate future too – stick around!last_img read more

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The 2020 Corvette C8 steering wheel gives me unexpected hope

first_imgStory TimelineThe mid-engined 2020 Corvette is real: Here’s what we know This isn’t the first tease, of course. The mid-engined 2020 Corvette made its public debut in a short but splashy drive through New York City back in April, camouflage wrapped but still striking. Only the briefest glimpses into the cabin were available, however, leaving us pretty much in the dark as to what the driver and passenger experience in the C8 might be like. It’s fair to say that one of the lingering issues with the current-generation Corvette C7 is that its cabin lacks some drama. Judging by the wheel from the C8, that won’t necessarily be a problem for this new car. For a start, it’s not actually a circle. Flat-bottomed steering wheels have been fashionable in performance vehicles for some time, though the justifications – beyond aesthetics – vary. Some argue that they allow for better knee clearance, or give your hands a more tactile sense of the wheel’s position when rotated. AdChoices广告The mid-engined Corvette’s wheel, though, takes the squared-circle idea to even greater heights. It has a flattened top section too, complete with a 12 o’clock marker. Two aggressively-sloping spokes are encrusted with controls, meanwhile. On the left, there are the cruise control buttons. The right gets a navigation pad for the infotainment system, along with triggers for the voice command system. Underneath the spokes are volume and other buttons. If there’s one thing I’m particularly pleased to see, it’s that the paddle shifters are seemingly made of metal. All too often, in my experience, performance cars are left with underwhelming paddles: they’re either too small, too plasticky, or both. In a world where the manual transmission is increasingly rare, having something tactile with a sense of drama, design, and ceremony is always a nice reminder that you’re behind the wheel of something out of the ordinary. Indeed the 2019 Corvette Stingray C7 has distinctly underwhelming paddles and a fairly pedestrian wheel altogether. Its flappy-shifters are boring black plastic, and hardly do the car justice. There’s a lot more to a car than the steering wheel, of course, but it’s worth noting just how important it is to get the common touch-points right. While the exterior design of the car may be instrumental in selling it, the parts the driver interacts with inside the cabin are responsible for maintaining the feeling of connection with the vehicle they bought. Get that wrong, and even the fastest vehicle can disappoint. center_img Chevrolet isn’t ready to show us the 2020 Corvette C8, but the long-anticipated mid-engined sports car is giving us a glimpse of the most important part of the cabin. The automaker won’t take the wraps off the next-generation Corvette until July 18, 2019, but Chevy has surreptitiously slipped out an image of the sports car’s steering wheel in advance. last_img read more

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Facebook makes it easier to donate blood in the US

first_imgStory TimelineHuawei phones can no longer ship with Facebook’s appsFacebook Portal will get a successor despite privacy concernsFacebook thinks you’ll trade privacy on your phone for cash Blood donations remain a critical component in a variety of health care settings, including emergency rooms and surgery centers. Current demand levels require tens of thousands of donors daily in the US, but the number of blood donations has been on the decline, particularly during the summer and winter months.Facebook’s focus on blood donations isn’t new — it started offering this blood donation center feature in Pakistan, India, Brazil, and Bangladesh starting in 2017. In the years since, the company reports having seen more than 35 million people sign up to be blood donors through its platform. According to the company, 20-percent of those individuals cite the feature on Facebook as an influencing factor on their decision.On June 11, Facebook announced plans to introduce the same feature on its platform in the United States. Users located in Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, and Baltimore will see the feature first, but it’ll eventually be available to all users across the US. AdChoices广告The company has partnered with American Red Cross, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Vitalant, and a number of other organizations. Through Facebook, users can find their nearest blood donation centers and sign up to become a donor. By signing up, users will receive alerts when the center requires blood donations, including the specific blood types required. Blood banks in the United States are reporting a decrease in donors, a problem Facebook is helping address with a new Blood Donations tool on its primary social network. Facebook users in the US will start seeing the new feature in select major cities, making it easier for them to find a nearby blood donation center in need of donors.last_img read more

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Go alldigital and get three games with this Prime Day Xbox One

first_imgMicrosoft recently released a new version of its Xbox One S system dubbed the “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” which removes the disc drive for a purely download-based gaming experience. It offers a cheaper and less-cluttered way to enjoy your games, and if you want to save even more on the console, there is a Prime Day deal with your name on it available now.As part of the 48-hour Amazon Prime Day event, you can currently purchase the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition with a Phantom White controller and three games — Forza Horizon 4, Minecraft, and Sea of Thieves — for just $199. The system on its own typically costs more than this, and it only comes with one controller. With two, you’ll be able to start playing local multiplayer games together with your friends, and the 1TB of hard drive space means you’ll have plenty of room to download the latest titles.You could do a lot worse than the included games, too. Forza Horizon 4 is the newest of the three, taking the open-world racing series to England for another round of insanity. The game includes all four seasons, which change the map and either open up or close off certain areas, and there are plenty of flashy hyper-cars to drive at 90 down those country lanes.Sea of Thieves offers one of the most unique experiences on Xbox One, putting you in command of a pirate ship as you complete quests, find treasure, and battle against monsters. If another group of players finds you, they can fire at your ship, and this makes for some of the most exciting gaming moments we’ve experienced this generation.Minecraft, of course, needs little introduction. With cross-platform play enabled on the majority of devices, you can play with your friends on platforms like Nintendo Switch and PC. Isn’t it about time you learned what all the fuss is about?If you want to get more Xbox One gear, check out our Xbox Prime Day page. We also have pages set up for Nintendo Switch and PS4, if you want to buy games or accessories for one of those systems, as well.We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Editors’ Recommendations Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles available now Grab these hot video game deals before Amazon Prime Day is over The best Xbox One exclusives you can get right now The best Xbox One games you can get right now The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for July 2019last_img read more

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