first_img bhopalcongress govtcrime against womenIndore First Published: July 8, 2019, 6:54 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami Bhopal: Even as atrocities against women came down slightly in Madhya Pradesh under the Congress government, over 2,400 rape cases were reported in the first six months of the year.While 2,857 rape cases were registered between January 1 and June 15, 2018, 2,425 cases were reported during the corresponding period in 2019, Home Minister Bala Bachchan said in a written reply to the Assembly on the first day of Monsoon Session on Monday. The House was then adjourned after members paid tributes to departed leaders and two CRPF troopers.A total of 39,735 cases of different crimes were registered by police during the first six months last year. The number came down to 36,035 this year. However, the accused were convicted in only 77 of these cases.The response came in reply to a query raised by Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargav on the number of crimes registered in the first six months of the year and subsequent police action against them.“The crime rate has gone down in 2019 as compared to last year,” the minister said. Often called the crime capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore reported maximum number of rape cases (466), followed by Bhopal (358), Gwalior (199) and Jabalpur (258).Of the 19,500 cases of atrocities registered in the state till June 15, police submitted 10,945 challans in court. As far as rape cases are concerned, challans were submitted in only 1,361 cases.Later, speaking to reporters, the Bachchan said speedy and stringent action would be taken in cases of atrocities against women. last_img read more


first_imgPalghar: A 13-year-old boy staying at a government-aided hostel in Palghar district of Maharashtra died after complaining of vomiting, an official said on Wednesday.The parents of Ananta Vayad, a Class 7 student, alleged negligence on part of the hostel authorities following which the facility, located in Vikramgadh taluka, has been closed with immediate effect, said Vivek Pandit, head of the state government’s committee on tribal welfare. The boy complained of vomittings around 1 am on Sunday.The hostel’s superintendent, Naresh Dondhe, said he was informed about the boy’s condition at around 2 am.The boy was then rushed to a rural hospital where he died while undergoing treatment in the wee hours of Sunday, Dondhe said.Doctors at the rural hospital said they were yet to receive the postmortem report.The boy’s parents alleged negligence by the hostel management following which Pandit carried out an inspection of the facility and ordered for its closure with immediate effect.”The government-aided hostel is in a precarious condition and its management has not paid attention towards the care and welfare of its inmates,” he said.Pandit said he has asked the hostel management to immediately shift all its 75 inmates, including 30 girls, to a nearby residential school.He said he would ask the tribal welfare department to take necessary action against the hostel management. deathhostelmaharashtraPalghar First Published: July 10, 2019, 2:49 PM ISTlast_img read more


first_img Tesla posts $702M Q1 loss as deliveries fall sharply; Musk promises turnaround With Tesla bleeding money, Elon Musk initiates hardcore spending review Here’s what’s happening if you see someone steering a Tesla while it’s in park Polestar electric vehicle won’t lose $7,500 tax credit because of Volvo sales Fisker wants to make sure Tesla’s Model Y isn’t in a class of one when it lands Editors’ Recommendations Tesla Motors has set two new records during the second quarter of 2019. With the reporting of the company’s sales figures today, it was disclosed that Tesla achieved production of 87,048 vehicles, and deliveries of 95,200 vehicles. Both of these figures are new highs for the electric vehicle maker, and come in above most analysts’ expected numbers for the quarter.This production report is great news for Tesla, and a 7% surge in their stock today confirms that Wall St. is just as happy as Mr. Musk undoubtedly is. This report also comes after last quarter’s $702MM loss and  falling delivery numbers, as well as three executive departures. Indeed, many are viewing this record-breaking quarterly report as a return to form and a possible upward trend for the automaker. In short, this is great news for Tesla just when they needed it. The company aims to deliver up to 400,000 cars in 2019.In detail, Tesla produced 14,517 and delivered 17,650 Model S and X vehicles (the company combined these two numbers in their reporting), and produced 72,531 and delivered 77,550 Model 3 vehicles. As you may have noticed, the Model 3 is outselling the other two Tesla models combined at a rate of more than four to one. The Model 3 has been the best selling Tesla since the small car’s debut, but obviously the extent of the difference between the model sales is such that Tesla now just combines X and S numbers into one category.Tesla is also expected to report quarterly earnings and their financial standing at the end of July, so we will then have a clearer picture of the company’s fortunes. These record deliveries and production numbers must go a long way toward helping their financial condition, and we would expect the outflow of cash to have at least slowed. The company previously stated that they do not expect to turn a profit again until the third quarter of this year at the earliest. Of course, it’s too early to tell if this is a rebound for the company or simply an upward blip, but this is great news for the company, the customers, and the EV ecosystem at large.last_img read more


first_imgBentley is celebrating its 100th birthday, but instead of looking back on the past, the venerable British automaker is looking ahead to the future — specifically the year 2035. Bentley’s birthday gift to itself, the all-electric EXP 100 GT concept, is supposed to represent what luxury cars will look like at that point, which is also exactly 10 years after Bentley plans to launch its first production electric car.It may have been built to represent the future, but the Bentley EXP 100 GT looks like it belongs on the cover of a Steampunk novel. The round headlights and massive grille give it an antique look, as does the smattering of copper trim. The use of copper trim, along with aluminum, is a reference to founder W.O. Bentley’s BR.1 aircraft engine from World War I, according to Bentley. The main structure and body of the car are made from a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. The EXP 100 GT also features “active aero wheels” that can adjust to emphasize efficiency or performance, as well as “intelligent tires” that can automatically adapt their tread patterns to different road conditions, according to Bentley, although it’s unclear how those features are supposed to work.The car itself is massive. At 5.8 meters long (19.0 feet) and 2.4 meters (7.8 feet) wide, the two-door EXP 100 GT is longer and wider than a Chevrolet Suburban, and positively dwarfs the current Bentley Continental GT coupe. The doors pivot outwards and upwards, something one would normally expect to see on a supercar, not a stately luxury coupe. They stand almost 3.0 meters (9.8 feet) tall when fully opened. Tesla and other automakers use the space normally occupied by an engine as a second trunk, but Bentley would never do anything so pedestrian. That space houses a water decanter and crystal glasses for the driver and front passenger.Under the skin, the EXP 100 GT sports four electric motors churning out a combined 1,106 pound-feet of torque (Bentley didn’t quote a horsepower figure). The massive coupe will do zero to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 186 mph, according to Bentley. In the year 2035, batteries will also offer five times the energy density of current lithium-ion batteries, Bentley believes. That ability to cram more electricity into a given volume will give the EXP 100 GT a range of 435 miles per charge, with the capability to recharge to 80 percent in just 15 minutes, according to Bentley. The EXP 100 GT was also designed to be “optionally autonomous,” allowing the driver to choose when to take the wheel, and when to let the computers do the work.Bentley wanted its emphasis on sustainability to extend beyond the EXP 100 GT’s electric powertrain. The concept car’s paint is made from recycled rice husks, while the wood trim comes from 5,000-year-old, naturally fallen trees preserved in peat bogs, lakes, and rivers. Bentley also used byproducts from winemaking to create an organic leather alternative.The interior isn’t just nice to look at. The seats use biometric sensors to automatically find the most comfortable position, and the car is capable of tracking occupants’ eye movement and blood pressure to detect signs of discomfort. A digital assistant uses this data to automatically make changes to cabin settings, like a virtual butler. It can even set the onboard air purification system to let in specific smells from the outside.The Bentley EXP 100 GT concept isn’t intended for production, and some of its more outlandish features will likely remain the stuff of automaker press releases. But Bentley is moving toward electrification. Starting with the Bentayga SUV, Bentley plans to add a hybrid powertrain to every model by 2023. The first all-electric Bentley production car will follow in 2025.Updated on July 10, 2019: Added photos and details of the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept. Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 12 Next center_img Previous 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive review 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe first drive review Bentley will offer a hybrid powertrain on every model by 2023 Bentley Continental GT smashes production-car record at Pikes Peak The best luxury cars of 2019last_img read more


first_imgStory TimelineWaze Carpool expands, isn’t competing with Uber, LyftLyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional citiesLyft will soon let you round up fares for charity Lyft announced the new partnership yesterday, revealing that anyone with a Delta SkyMiles account can earn air miles rewards by taking rides with the company. As with all reward incentives, though, there’s some fine print that customers should be aware of.You have to link your accountThe rewards are only given to Lyft users who link their accounts at the new DeltaLyft website; if you fail to do this part, you won’t get the SkyMiles for your trips. Before doing that, though, you need to be a SkyMiles member, something you can sign up for through this part of the Delta website. To actually link the two accounts together, you’ll have to provide your first and last name and your SkyMiles account number. As well, you can only link one SkyMiles account per Lyft account.All Lyft rides countLyft states that the reward promotion only applies to eligible rides, but fortunately the fine print specifies that “All Lyft ride types are eligible.” However, the company notes that the ride itself is only eligible if it is requested and paid through the Lyft app itself.Reward amounts varyThe reward rate is one airline mile per $1 spent on a Lyft ride, not including the taxes, fees, tips, etc. However, Lyft is also offering a temporary 3x bonus on rides to the airport. This bonus is in effect until August 31, 2017 and the ride itself must fall under the definition of ‘eligible.’The fine print reads, “Whether such ride qualifies as an airport ride for purposes of the bonus will be determined in Delta’s and Lyft’s discretion [sic].” That leaves a bit of ambiguity in the process with no clear way to ensure that a particular airport ride will result in 3x points. Lyft just announced a new perk that may give riders a good reason to choose it over Uber: airline miles. The ridesharing company just announced a partnership with Delta that will reward Lyft riders with the airline’s SkyMiles rewards. There are certain restrictions on the mile reward, namely that you can’t earn them for things like taxes on the ride or tolls fees, but otherwise the benefit is open to anyone with a Lyft account to catches a ride with the company. last_img read more


first_imgSOURCE: DisplayMate If DxOMark is considered by some as the authority of smartphone camera benchmarks, when it comes to smartphone screens, DisplayMate is the name of the game. But while DxOMark has yet to find a smartphone that reaches a perfect 100, DisplayMate already has a “best” display ever in the Galaxy S8. So what can it do when the Galaxy Note 8 comes along with an even better screen? Why, give it its even higher A+ grade, of course! Truth be told, DisplayMate already gave the Galaxy S8 an A+ grade already so the two would, in reality, be on the same tier. That said, at least for now, DisplayMate considers the Galaxy Note 8’s screen to be the best of the best, even better than the Galaxy S8 best. And that’s because it is giving more without actually adding more to the size.It’s almost difficult to imagine that the Galaxy Note 8’s screen has 20% more screen area than the Galaxy S8, but that’s precisely the magic Samsung was able to pull off by thinning out the bezels and using edges that wrap at the sides. It also helps that the Galaxy Note 8 is a bit larger than the Galaxy S8, of course.Screen size, however, isn’t the Galaxy Note 8’s only trump card. It boasts of 1,200 nits of brightness at its peak, 20% higher than the Galaxy S8’s 1,000 nits and is the highest levels DisplayMate has ever measured on a smartphone. That brightness is necessary to support the display’s HDR capabilities. Also in service of HDR is the 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, the same percentage used in 4K UHD HDR TVs. Suffice it to say, DisplayMate is obviously impressed by the numbers it got.It will be interesting, however, to hear what it has to say when the iPhone 8 rolls out. Traditionally, DisplayMate puts Samsung’s and Apple’s smartphones in different categories, with the Galaxy series reigning among OLED displays while iPhones sport the best LCD screens. With the iPhone 8, however, Apple will be entering OLED territory. Of course, those OLEDs are reportedly made by Samsung, so it’s a win-win for the Korean manufacturer either way.last_img read more


first_imgUber has pushed out a new update that makes riding with the service more convenient than ever — the ability to arrange multi-stop rides. It is important to note right off the bat that Uber doesn’t intend for this to be a way to keep an Uber rider on hand while you go in shopping or to an appointment. Rather, it is a way for multiple people to share the same ride even if they’re not in the same location or to make very quick stops. SOURCE: Uber The most obvious usage scenario for this new feature is the ability to pick up more than one person. For example, if you’re getting picked at home but your significant other is still at the office, you can put both destinations into the trip and have the driver stop at both, one after the other. Up to three stops can be added to an Uber trip.Of course, you don’t have to use the feature only for picking up more people. You can, for example, use this as a way to grab something in just a minute or two on your way to a final destination. Maybe a driver is taking you home and you need to stop and pick up your dinner order on the way there. Maybe a library book is overdue and you need to drop it off on your way to work. Use your imagination.Regardless of why you use it, the how part remains the same.1. Open the app and tap “Where to” like usual.2. Tap the ” + ” button next to the destination field.3. Enter the first stop destination.4. Enter the second stop destination.5. If desired, enter a third stop.6. Choose which Uber service you want (eg, uberX)7. Confirm the trip.last_img read more


first_imgPlex has grown into a robust system for cord-cutters, some of its most welcomed features being support for over-the-air Live TV and DVR functionality. With this combination, users can access television programs for free via their antenna, have it recorded by the Plex system, and watch it later on whenever they want. Android users now have more capabilities in doing this.As explained above, you can now watch a show that has already started recording, doing so with a single tuner; this means if you miss the first ten minutes, you don’t have to jump through hoops to get around the viewing limitation. As well, because the system now has full time shifting functionality, you could rewind that given example back to the beginning without interrupting the process.In addition, Plex says its Android users can continue on to watch Live TV from a recorded show on the same channel, doing so with a seamless experience. Anyone who has used a cable or satellite system with DVR and time-shifting functionality will be familiar with Plex’s offering.You could, for example, watch the show while it records to the DVR, pause it to take a call or get a snack, then come back and fast-forward through the commercials. The only limitation is when/if you catch up with the real-time programming, since it is obviously not possible to fast-forward into the future. You’ll need a Plex Pass subscription to get started, though.SOURCE: Plex Blog Plex has just blessed its Android product with proper DVR functionality, including the ability to watch a show even if it is currently being recorded via a single tuner. This new functionality applies to both the mobile version of the Android app and the Android TV version. This is joined by full time shifting functionality, enabling users to do things like rewind and pause DVR content during Live TV.last_img read more


first_imgThe T-Mobile Tech Experience Truck is starting its trip in Bellevue, Washington, where the Uncarrier has an interactive destination showcasing its latest technology. Called Tech Experience, the new innovation center is located within T-Mobile’s Launch Pad, the company’s tech lab. Uncarrier CEO John Legere talked about the lab, saying:The T-Mobile Launch Pad lab is the heart of our network innovation and cutting-edge technology. It’s where our engineers design America’s fastest 4G LTE network, disrupt the industry, and continue to help architect the future of wireless. 5G is becoming a reality in this building, and everyone’s invited to witness it and to see the future for themselves! Tech Experience educates visitors on the benefits of 5G, among them being ultra-fast speeds and low latency, as well as a greater capacity for our increasingly connected world. Guests are given hands-on access to experiences, as well as real-world demonstrations of the technology. Among other things, the Uncarrier is bringing smart cities to life using interactive displays.Assuming you aren’t located in Bellevue, WA, you may still have the chance to experience some of this technology via the mobile version of the showroom, the Tech Experience Truck. T-Mobile has dozens of stops planned for the mobile showroom, which it will be driving throughout the country over the next year. Though it hasn’t listed all of its planned stops, T-Mobile says interested visitors can keep tabs on its location using the #TMobileTechTruck hashtag.SOURCE: T-Mobile T-Mobile is getting people hyped for a future where everything is connected by 5G networks. The carrier has installed a showroom demonstrating the technology in a semi-truck trailer, announcing a plan to drive the truck to various US destinations. Once it arrives in their city, residents can check out the showroom to experience the future of wireless tech.last_img read more


Story TimelineHuawei Mate 20 Pro hands-on: Gunning for iPhone XSHuawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro track fitness with incredible battery life There’s no shortage of things to like about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Five cameras, a beautiful AMOLED screen, a huge 4,200 mAh battery, and a focus on speedy, useful artificial intelligence, just to name a few highlights. However there’s one big feature that rival phone-makers really need to copy. Like most 2018 flagships, the Mate 20 Pro supports wireless charging. Set the phone down on a Qi-standard charger, and it’ll automatically begin recharging its battery. With 15W Qi support, in fact, it’ll charge up to twice as fast on the pad as an iPhone XS could. Huawei has a trick up its sleeve, however. Open up the settings, and you can turn on Wireless Reverse Charging. Effectively you’re turning the Mate 20 Pro into a Qi charger for another device. When I put the Huawei back to back with an iPhone XS Max, for instance, the iPhone began charging from the Mate 20 Pro’s own battery. You could do the same with a Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or any other Qi-compatible device. It’s part of the reason, Huawei says, that it opted for such a big battery in the Mate 20 Pro in the first place. Even if you share some power with a friend, you should still have more than enough to get you through the day.Wireless charging from one device to another isn’t, of course, the most efficient way to charge up another phone. In a pinch, though, it could mean the difference between someone’s handset going dead, and them having just enough juice to get through the rest of the evening. Huawei is only putting Wireless Reverse Charging on the Mate 20 Pro; the regular Mate 20 doesn’t support it. However, it’s a feature that could be a real life-saver when you’re traveling and away from a charging cable, portable battery, or other power supply. When you do find that AC outlet, meanwhile, the Mate 20 Pro should get back up and running faster than most. Huawei’s supercharging system can deliver a 70-percent charge in just 30 minutes, using a 40W adapter Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Gallery read more


As if Google’s Pixel 3 XL wasn’t notched enough, an oddball bug affecting the Android smartphone is adding a second, even more annoying cut-out to its display. Observed by a number of owners of the 2018 handset, the new notch isn’t at the top or bottom as you might expect, but protrudes in from the side. Of course, it’s not the same sort of notch, as you’ve probably guessed. Google uses the cut-out at the top of the Pixel 3 XL’s display to accommodate the phone’s twin front-facing cameras, its earpiece speaker, and other sensors. This errant side notch, meanwhile, is a software glitch. That doesn’t make it any less frustrating, however. Indeed, it’s probably more so, given it’s right where you might choose to swipe down a list, or try to tap links on a webpage. Some are seeing it on the upper right edge of their Pixel 3 XL, while others, like in this image from Redditer disastar, see it on the lower left instead.Exactly what is causing it is unclear. One possibility is rogue developer settings, since Android does offer coders the ability to add a virtual notch to their phone. That can be helpful for testing out apps-in-progress to see how they look and behave when run on a device with a cut-out section from the screen. AdChoices广告If that setting is enabled, and the auto-rotate on a phone gets confused, it’s possible that the faux notch is getting stuck in the wrong place. Google offers the option of both a top and bottom developer notch, in fact, though not a side notch. Other Pixel 3 owners have been reporting a similar – though not so intrusive – graphical mishap. Their phones have been adding small rounded corners partway down the edges of the screen, presumably similar UI hangovers from a poorly-handled rotation. While you might suspect that this is Google playing a very untimely April Fool’s Day prank to show notch-haters why they really shouldn’t complain – because things could, in fact, be significantly worse – it’s actually all a software fault. Restarting the Pixel 3 XL reportedly vanquishes the extra notch, or at least according to reports from those suffering its presence. However, Google told Android Police that an official fix is “coming soon” should you be so afflicted. It’s not the first problem to affect the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, of course. A somewhat more worrying bug has seen the camera app fail to save photos that it has captured, despite looking like they’ve been successfully added to the camera roll. Google has said it will release an update to fix the flaw. Story TimelineGoogle Pixel 3 Review: Picture greatnessPixel 3 camera problem leaves some shots unsavedPixel 3 camera glitch fix is coming read more


first_imgAccording to Intel’s announcement, the buyout represents an equity valuation of $15.3 billion for Mobileye. Intel’s Automated Driving Group will join with Mobileye once the deal is complete, forming a new autonomous driving organization. Professor Amnon Shashua, who is one of Mobileye’s co-founders and currently serves as Chairman and CTO of the company, will lead this new division within Intel.The plan is to eventually offer automakers what Intel calls a “car-to-cloud” solution that combines Intel’s work on artificial intelligence and cloud-based systems with Mobileye’s efforts in the computer vision space. It’s also clear from the announcement that Mobileye’s established relationship with those automakers made it an attractive purchase for Intel.Last year, Intel and Mobileye joined forces with BMW to create a common platform for autonomous vehicles. The three companies envisioned having fleets of autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021, which is certainly an aggressive goal. With Intel snatching up Mobileye today, those plans could accelerate, or we could at least see the costs associated with the project drop.Intel expects the deal to close sometime within the next nine months, noting that the Board of Directors for both it and Mobileye have already approved the merger. From here, it’s merely a matter of convincing regulators and meeting other, unnamed closing conditions. We’ll see what Mobileye and Intel are capable of achieving once they’re under the same roof, so stay tuned. Story TimelineMobileye wants self-driving cars by 2016 at a fraction of Google’s costsBMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car techMobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019HERE and Mobileye team on self-healing maps for self-driving cars Intel just became a bigger player in the realm of autonomous driving, announcing its planned acquisition of Mobileye today. If you’ve been following the rise of autonomous cars, you’ve likely already heard of Mobileye, as it has been developing machine learning and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. With Intel’s increasing interest in the autonomous driving space, it makes Mobileye a pretty good acquisition target.last_img read more


first_imgStory TimelineReboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8Apple P2P payment service to take fight to Venmo and SquareApple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad Earlier this month, word surfaced that Apple had both applied for and been granted a permit to test self-driving vehicular technology on public roads in California. Following that, someone has spotted a Lexus vehicle fitted with autonomous technology that Apple is using to conduct tests, though none of it appears to contain any Apple-centric gadgets. The vehicle’s presence follows the release of apparent training documents from Apple that detail a trio of 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs being used as testing vehicles. It has long been rumored that Apple is working on its own car project, though reports and sources have varied at times and word, as of now, has it that things have been rough behind closed doors. Speculation at one point indicated that Apple had ceased work on the so-called Project Titan automotive effort, but that later changed and, most recently, all signs point toward the company testing self-driving technologies.At this point it isn’t clear what exactly Apple is up to. It is possible that Apple has an actual self-driving vehicle in the pipeline, but there’s no reason to make that leap at this time. It is just as likely that the company is testing autonomous vehicle technologies for a different reason. Regardless, it appears that Apple testing vehicles are now on the road, each of them with two humans onboard, and one was spotted in the wild.The photos were sent to Bloomberg, which has published two of them plus a short GIF. According to the publication, an expert who was shown the photos said the technology on board appears to be off-the-shelf and not proprietary to Apple. The technology is said to include two or more radars, a bunch of cameras, and a 64-channel lidar. Apple, to no one’s surprise, has not commented on the photos.SOURCE: Bloomberglast_img read more


first_imgThat will see the old Road Rover name resurrected, according to Autocar, for a line of cars that focus primarily on on-road performance instead. The goal will be a series of cars that, though rugged in some way, will still fall short of the true mud-plugging abilities that a Range Rover or Range Rover Sport might deliver. Think along the lines of Audi’s Allroad models, or Volvo’s V90 Cross Country. First out of the gate, it’s suggested, will be a luxury model with the high-end cabin to rival Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class. However, it’ll blend that with some degree of “all-terrain” capabilities. Notably, it’ll be all-electric, too. That could make it JLR’s first all-electric sedan, though not the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle. That’ll be the Jaguar i-PACE, an electric SUV set to hit roads in 2018. It seems likely that the two cars will share some running gear, though according to the leaks that won’t be the only model the as-yet unnamed Road Rover is related to.In fact, the car’s development is said to be underway in parallel with the next-generation Jaguar XJ. Both will use a new aluminum architecture which has been designed to play nicely with either electrified or traditional ICE powertrains. However, the rumors suggest that both cars will be electric-only, using twin motors for all-wheel drive. Full specifications of the Road Rover are unclear at this point, though a few details have emerged. Though it’ll prioritize luxury, the car will also apparently have height-adjustable suspension that gives at least a nod to off-road use. 0-60 mph is expected in under five seconds, while range is said to be targeting over 300 miles. It’s the latter which supposedly explains the eagerness of JLR to add another brand to their portfolio. While electrified powertrains are increasingly polished, they’re also not quite at the level where Range Rover’s legendary off-road capabilities can be risked with such a model. It would also allow for greater flexibility in design, which has clear aerodynamic payoffs. If it works out – and, indeed, is all true – the Road Rover brand could combine the luxury credibility from Jaguar with the rugged reputation of a Range Rover. The success of the Range Rover Velar, which takes a more style-centric approach than its larger siblings, might indicate that stands a good chance of coming true. Meanwhile, Road Rover’s intended primary markets of US states like California, along with China, seem like strong candidates for the mixture of style, zero-emissions performance, and brand recognition.According to the leaks, we could see the car as soon as the LA Auto Show in 2019. A commercial launch is still roughly two years away, mind, while pricing is expected to upward of £90,000 ($122k). JLR, meanwhile, declined to comment when we asked them about the rumors. If the average Range Rover owner goes no further off the asphalt than up the curb, you might as well embrace that. So, it’s claimed, goes the thinking at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is said to be planning a new model line that accepts many drivers aren’t in it for the AWD cred. last_img read more


first_imgSelf-driving car company Waymo and automaker Fiat Chrysler automobiles have announced that they are expanding their partnership. The new deal will see FCA providing Waymo with thousands of Pacifica hybrid minivans. These new vans will be used as Alphabet begins to roll out its public ride-haling service later this year. There are still mysteries with the deal, we have no idea just how widespread the rollout of the automated ride-hailing service might be. If the rollout is large enough, it could certainly pressure Uber and GM to speed up their own autonomous ride-hailing efforts.Waymo and FCA have already been working together on autonomous vehicles with Waymo having already taken delivery of 100 Pacifica minivans that were fitted for self-driving testing back in 2016. Another 500 vehicles were delivered in 2017. The biggest mystery is exactly how many “thousands” means.The first of those vehicles are set to be delivered in late 2018. Neither FCA or Waymo would disclose the length of their agreement. Waymo has stated recently that it has begun testing autonomous vehicles in Atlanta marking the 25th US city it is operating in.Uber has the largest deal in place for vehicles with an automaker. It announced back in November of last year that it would be buying 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo under a deal that would run from 2019 to 2021. GM is seeking approval for an autonomous car that lacks a steering wheel, brake or accelerator pedal. It hopes to put that vehicle into its ride-sharing fleet in 2019.SOURCE: Reuterslast_img read more


first_imgIt’s time to quit Facebook, in my opinion. I have a number of reasons why, and today we’re going to go through them, one by one. This should be a quick sort of pros and cons session about leaving the social network, but mostly without the pros. Other than the fact that you’re already there, and it’s easier just to stay than to prepare to go. On January 25th, it was tipped that Facebook CEO and top brass had been discussing integrating Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp with a single, cross-platform message system. On January 29th it was revealed that Facebook was running a activity-tracking VPN that payed users in exchange for capture of activity data. January was also the month in which it was discovered that the hardware called Facebook Portal had its Amazon reviews artificially boosted by Facebook employees.A study was published by researchers at Stanford University and New York University on January 27th, 2019 called “The Welfare Effects of Social Media.” This study focused on Facebook, and concluded the following. “We find that four weeks without Facebook improves subjective well-being and substantially reduces post-experiment demand, suggesting that forces such as addiction and projection bias may cause people to use Facebook more than they otherwise would.” In February, Facebook was revealed to be keeping lists of and tracking users it considered to be threats. In early March, it was shown that phone numbers submitted to Facebook for 2FA (2-factor authentication) could be used by 3rd-parties to search for and find you. On March 8th we reported Privacy International and MobilSicher’s ongoing lists of apps which send information to Facebook without their user’s consent. On March 13th, Facebook’s servers went down, putting Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook proper out of commission for several hours. Facebook suggested on March 14th that they’d just been enacting a “server configuration change.”On March 14th, 2019, two of Facebook’s most powerful executives quit the company. Or they’ve “decided to leave the company” according to Facebook PR. These departures put fewer people between developers at Facebook (and their subsidiaries) and Mark Zuckerberg. Where these execs managed sections of Facebook’s services, in-between workers and Zuckerberg, now only Zuckerberg remains to run them. On March 21st, Facebook was revealed to have accidentally left unprotected the passwords for “hundreds of millions” of users, in plain text, for a potential of “years.” These passwords, stored as plain text, were likely available for employees to read non-encrypted, for years. Facebook suggested that there was no need for alarm, and that there was also no need for anyone to change their password at this time.Every news bit mentioned above was reported by SlashGear – and we by no means cover every single newsworthy Facebook event at all times. The events written about above all happened since January of 2019. We’re not even done with March yet. Is there really a reason good enough to stick with Facebook and its varied services at this point, beyond convenience? If there is, I’d love to have a chat about it.last_img read more


first_imgStory TimelineFormula One eSports world championship launches2018 McLaren 720S Review: Beware the British$300k reality check: Grand Tourer fantasy meets McLaren’s 720SMcLaren 600LT points howling vertical exhausts through Longtail body McLaren’s logic in this move is that they’re less interested in the realism of the game being played, but more in the player’s cognitive skills and potential to learn. “By ramping up over multiple platforms across the online world, it will establish McLaren as an important brand in the motorsport esports community,” added McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.Global online qualifications will begin in August on all the different games, with the semi-finals and amateur finals held in November, and the finals in January 2019. The winner will join McLaren’s eSports team to “race online against the best teams in the world.” The automaker adds that select races from the qualifiers, semi-finals, and finals will be live-streamed, with details on the scoring system and vehicle selection coming in the next few weeks.SOURCE McLaren 1, 2 While professional soccer and basketball teams getting involved in eSports is nothing new, McLaren’s racing division is leading the automotive world’s investment in pro gaming. The carmaker has announced a new expansion to its “Shadow Project” eSports program, which is touted as a “search for the brightest and the best racing talent in eSports.”center_img Throughout the last year, McLaren’s program has included Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso launching his own eSports team, and the company holding a “World’s Fastest Gamer” competition. The Shadow Project, described as a “virtual racing program that shadows McLaren’s real world,” aims to expand the search for talent and skills in eSports racing.But rather than relying on a single game or platform to test digital drivers, McLaren allows them to prove themselves in several different titles. This will include hardcore PC racing simulators iRacing and rFactor 2, the slightly more player-friendly Forza Motorsport on Xbox One, and, surprisingly, even the mobile game Real Racing 3 on iOS and Android. last_img read more


first_imgRight now, the MC-20 will be compatible with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO. Olympus says the teleconverter will also work with its upcoming M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, currently still in development. It’s expected to be released in 2020.The MC-20 itself squeezes no small number of parts into its relatively compact form. There are nine elements and four groups with an HR lens, along with ZERO coating to cut out ghosting and flares. Olympus says that it shouldn’t have more than the slightest impact on autofocus speed, too, and there’s 5-axis image stabilization. Since the sort of territory it may be used in is unlikely to be dry and welcoming every time, Olympus has made sure the teleconverter is dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof down to temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Sales of the MC-20 are kicking off now, priced at $429.99. It comes with a body cap, lens cap, and a lens case, though obviously you’ll need to supply the actual telephoto lens yourself. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Olympus knows you probably want to get closer with your zoom, and the new M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 promises double the focal length of your existing lens for when its current magnification just isn’t enough. The add-on slots in-between your camera and a handful of Olympus’ zoom lenses, delivering up to 1200mm-equivalent handheld shots. center_img It’s the follow-up to the MC-14 Teleconverter, which delivers a 1.4x magnification. Olympus is targeting nature photographers and similar with the MC-20, who may find the idea of getting closer to skittish wildlife without disturbing the critters a tempting one. With the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, for example, photographers will be able to shoot near actual size at 0.96x. The lens on its own would normally top out at 0.48x magnification. Throw in Focus Stacking, meanwhile, and the typical shallow depth of field needn’t be a problem either, with multiple frames combined into something that’s in focus across the whole image. It’s not just bumping up performance from a distance, however. Olympus is also pitching the MC-20 as handy for those doing super-telephoto macro shots. With the ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO, for instance, the closest shooting distance is approximately 1.43 meters; that’s cut to approximately 73cm with . a 40-150mm F2.8 PRO.AdChoices广告last_img read more


first_imgAston Martin’s third mid-engine hypercar has been given its official name, with the AM-RB 003 set to launch as the Aston Martin Valhalla. The latest fruits of the British automaker’s collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies is set to be the most drivable of the trio, with Aston Martin promising that while it won’t exactly be tame, it’ll definitely be focused on the road rather than the track. Aston Martin Valhalla AM-RB 003 Gallery The car was announced earlier this year, as the latest in a series that began with the Valkyrie and the track-centric Valkyrie AMR Pro. The Valhalla name is a nod to the warrior’s paradise of ancient Norse mythology, with Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO Andy Palmer suggesting that eventual owners will “recognize and appreciate the name’s connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver’s seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla.”Those owners will be few and far between, however, and they’ll have to wait a while in order to experience their new hypercar. Only 500 coupes will be made, Aston Martin confirmed today, following in the series’ traditional of extremely limited numbers. Production isn’t set to begin until the end of 2021, and pricing has not been announced at this stage. What we do know, though, is some of the more alluring technical details. The Valhalla will use a new drivetrain, combining a high-efficiency, high-output turbocharged V6 gas engine with a battery-electric hybrid system. That’s been designed in-house, too, and paired with the Nexcel sealed oil system that Aston Martin first used on the Vulcan. Among other improvements, the system allows for a complete oil change to be performed in under 90 seconds. AdChoices广告The chassis and suspension will dip heavily into the Valkyrie engineering, with an active suspension setup and a carbon fiber structure. The bodywork will be all carbon fiber, too.Despite the race-friendly technology, Aston Martin is positioning the Valhalla as a road-friendly vision of performance. That includes a larger cabin and doors that open forward and upwards for easier ingress, together with more storage space including a cargo shelf behind the seats for your luggage. A pared-back center console relies on your smartphone for its infotainment display, while the majority of the controls are mounted on a racecar-inspired steering wheel. Although limited in availability, the hypercar will allow Aston Martin to experiment with new manufacturing processes which may one day spread to its more mainstream range. The center console, for example, relies on 3D printing, something which the automaker says cuts mass by half. We’ll see how that helps the Valhalla’s performance when power and speed figures are released.last_img read more