FIR Lodged Against Navjot Singh Sidhu For Violating Model Code of Conduct

first_img BJPcongresskatihar-s04p11Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 16, 2019, 9:48 PM IST New Delhi: District authorities in Katihar have lodged an FIR against Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks in which he allegedly warned the Muslim community that efforts were on to divide their votes in Bihar, state chief electoral officer said Tuesday.”An FIR has been lodged against Sidhu under a section Indian Penal Code and section 123 (3) of the Representation of the People Act,” Bihar CEO H R Srinivasa said. Section 123 (3) bars promotion of, or attempt to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste, community, or language, by a candidate or his agent or any other person.The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress after its leader Navjot Singh Sidhu apparently asked Muslims at an election rally in Bihar to unite and oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was in the opposition party’s “DNA” to divide people.At a press conference here, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) played a video of Sidhu’s speech at Katihar in Bihar, where the Punjab minister is heard saying minorities in the country are the majority in that area and if they vote unitedly, the Modi government will be “sorted out”.Slamming the Congress, BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “It is part of the Congress’ DNA to divide. It is not a new norm in this party.”The BJP also moved the Election Commission, seeking action against Sidhu for allegedly inflaming communal passion.”Mr Sidhu should be immediately removed from the list of star campaigners of the Indian National Congress, and be barred from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows, interviews, and utterances in the media (electronic and print) in connection with the ongoing elections,” said the memorandum sent to the ECI by the BJP.Prasad also attacked Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for her criticism of the saffron party over its interpretation of nationalism and said she should not be giving lessons in nationalism to the BJP.”Your Congress encourages ‘tukde-tukde gang’. It seeks evidence of soldiers’ valour,” he alleged, accusing the opposition party of dividing people for vote bank politics.Is this nationalism, the BJP leader asked.”We are proud that nationalism, national security and national respect have emerged as a big issue. People of the country will respond. We are very assured to know that because of these comments of opposition leaders, seeking evidence of sacrifices, questioning tough action against terrorism, all these issues have come to the centre stage of this campaign,” he said.Whether it is Sidhu or opposition leaders like Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee or Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, they are all speaking on a similar voice, Prasad alleged.The BJP leader also took strong exception to some Bangladeshi actors campaigning in West Bengal in support of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress and questioned if they had sought permission for this.The general election is for the citizens of India, he said, adding outsiders may come as observers but if they want to campaign for a party, then they may require permission. last_img read more

After PM Modis Divide and Rule Attempt Against SPBSP Mayawati and Akhilesh

first_img akhilesh yadavBharatiya Janata PartyBJPBSP-SP First Published: May 5, 2019, 12:01 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta New Delhi: Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati put up a united show on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister tried to drive a wedge between the two by alleging that the Samajwadi Party was playing a “big game” against the BSP together with the Congress.After Yadav hinted that he would back Mayawati to become the PM, the BSP supremo said that Modi was trying to follow the strategy of divide and rule but the alliance between the two parties would remain unbreakable. “Our gathbandhan is a strong gathbandhan. PM Narendra Modi is not able to digest it. PM Modi is trying to play divide and rule policy in SP-BSP alliance,” she said at a press conference in Lucknow. “He is trying to create differences between SP and BSP. His pratapgarh rally yesterday shows it. Whole country knows that we have not nor we will have any sort of alliance with the Congress,” she added, even as she asked the supporters of the gathbandhan in Amethi and Rae Bareli to vote for Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.The Prime Minister had on Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party of going “soft” on the Congress, alleging that the two were working behind the back of the BSP.“The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the Congress,” Modi told an election rally here, adding a Congress leader had shared the stage with the SP.The reference appeared to be to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at a Samajwadi meeting in Rae Bareli.Assuring Mayawati of the SP’s full support, Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hinted that he was ready to back her as the PM face of the opposition. Speaking to reporters, the Samajwadi Party chief said that the next PM would be from the gathbandhan and he would be very happy if it is a woman. Although he did not take Mayawati’s name, Akhilesh’s hint was clear enough.“The gathbandhan will give the country its next Prime Minister and I would be very happy if it comes from the other half of the population (women). If that happens, the Samajwadi Party will give its full support,” he said. last_img read more

Mobile AR game Harry Potter Wizards Unite live on iOS and Android

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Niantic, the video game studio behind the wildly popular mobile game Pokémon Go, is getting a second chance at a viral hit by tackling the well-liked wizarding world created by JK Rowling. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was due to release on Friday this week but the game has gone live in the US and UK on Android and iOS a day early.In the Wizards Unite lore, the wizarding world is clashing with the Muggle, non-magic world and players take on the role of a new recruit to the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. This team must seek out Foundables which are magical artifacts, creatures, people, and memories that would alert the Muggle world to the existence of the wizarding world. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, like Pokémon Go before it, utilizes augmented reality to allow players to interact with these Foundables in the environment around you, and also utilizes Niantic’s global map to overlay in-game events with real-world landmarks and locations.The company Niantic started out as a start-up at Google but became independent in 2015. Not even a year later, the software development company came out with Pokémon Go, a mobile augmented reality game that allowed players to assume the role as a trainer, and use the real world as the backdrop to catching their favorite Pokémon. The game’s concept was brilliant and received lots of attention, but the game’s release was anything but smooth.Released on July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go launched with a plethora of technical issues. Server outages, crashes, glitches, and security issues plagued the game, making it nearly impossible for players to enjoy in the way it was intended to. Nevertheless, the game got better and its popularity took off, becoming one of the top grossing free mobile games of 2016.With the experience gained and lessons learned from Pokémon Go‘s launch, Niantic is in position to deliver another hit mobile gaming experience attached to a franchise that birthed a theme park, film franchise with a new spinoff series, and more. It’s going to tough to get players out into the streets in massive waves like with Pokémon Go but achieving even a fraction of that game’s success will be a positive achievement for Niantic. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta offers early microtransaction details Niantic Labs sues hackers who help players cheat in Pokémon Go Collected ’em all? Here are 10 collection-based RPGs Pokémon fans should try What is augmented reality? These are the 20 best Android games you can play offlinelast_img read more

Spacewalk a success as astronauts upgrade batteries on the ISS

first_imgNASA astronauts Nick Hague (top) and Anne McClain work to swap batteries in the Port-4 truss structure during the spacewalk. NASAThe International Space Station (ISS) was treated to some new batteries on Friday, thanks to the NASA astronauts who took a spacewalk for nearly seven hours in order to complete the upgrades.This was the first spacewalk for both of the two astronauts, Nick Hague and Anne McClain, who are members of the Expedition 59 crew. They spent a total of six hours and 39 minutes on their mission to replace the older nickel-hydrogen batteries used for the ISS’s power system, starting at 8:01 a.m. EDT.The batteries were replaced with newer lithium-ion batteries which have improved power capacity as well as a smaller size and lighter mass. In order to perform the upgrade, adapter plates had to be installed and electrical connections for three of the six new batteries had to be hooked up. In addition to upgrading the power system, the astronauts also took the opportunity to spruce up the exterior of the space station by removing debris, securing fabric restraints, and documenting the tools available for contingency repairs.The batteries on the ISS get plenty of use as they store the power collected by the station’s solar arrays. They are recharged when the station is in direct sunlight, then they are used to power the station’s systems when it orbits the Earth and is out of view of the Sun during “orbital night.”This spacewalk was just one step in upgrading the batteries. It was part of a large-scale upgrade to many of the power systems in the station which astronauts have been working on since 2017. Next week two astronauts will take a spacewalk to the same area of the station to install a second set of new batteries, and in the future more batteries will be added or swapped out as they arrive at the station.Next week’s spacewalk, scheduled for March 29, has the distinction of being the first ever spacewalk with an all-female team. Anne McClain will be joined by flight engineer Christina Koch for a spacewalk which fortuitously coincides with Women’s History Month. Editors’ Recommendations Three new astronauts join the International Space Station crew for Expedition 60 SpaceX resupply mission to International Space Station scheduled for next week Friendly cube robot Bumble passes its first hardware test aboard the ISS SpaceX launch to resupply ISS finally goes off after several delays NASA thinks 3D-printing spacecraft parts in orbit will help Moon to Mars missionlast_img read more

Electric cars are about to become a bit noisier in the EU

first_img Editors’ Recommendations If you’re out cycling or taking a stroll and a two-ton chunk of metal is approaching from behind, you really want to know about it.The problem is that many electric vehicles, as well as hybrids, move along almost silently at low speed, giving cyclists, pedestrians, and the visually impaired almost no notice of their approach.In order to make its roads safer — especially its narrow city streets — as sales of electric vehicles continue to rise, the European Union (EU) is demanding that from July 1, 2019, new models of electric vehicles must emit a noise at speeds of up to 20 kmh (12.4 mph). Car models currently in production won’t need to fall in line until 2021.The U.S. has a similar law coming into effect in 2020.How loud?The EU’s Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System law stipulates that electric cars will need to emit a sound of at least 56 decibels that rises and falls according to whether the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating.While 56 decibels isn’t particularly loud — some sound charts liken the level to that of an air conditioner or a refrigerator while a regular combustion engine is put at 75 decibels — it should be enough to alert cyclists and pedestrians to the approach of an electric car. So long as they’re not using earphones at the time, that is.Some electric cars, for example, the Nissan Leaf, already include noise technology, though drivers have the option to turn it off. The new EU law prevents automakers from adding such a deactivation switch.What type of sound?Interestingly, the law doesn’t say what kind of noise has to be fitted, though we don’t imagine that automakers with compact city runarounds will be adding Mustang-like sounds to their cars anytime soon. However, such freedom opens up the possibility of manufacturers creating their own unique sounds. Citroën’s concept Ami One electric vehicle, for example, comes with a sound described by the company as “organic music blending male and female voices” that changes according to the car’s speed. The problem with that idea is that you might think it’s a choir behind you rather than a car.A similar law is coming to the U.S., too. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require all electric and hybrid vehicles to make a sound when traveling at speeds of up to 18.6 mph (30 kmh). The original plan had been for the law to go into force toward the end of this year, but it has been pushed to September 2020. The NHTSA is considering whether to give automakers the option to offer different sounds, allowing the driver to choose between, for example, something engine-like and a more surreal alternative like that offered by the Ami One. Sloshed drone pilots in Japan can now be punished with jail time FTC and authorities crack down on companies responsible for 1 billion robocalls 2020 Ford Explorer first drive review Ford gears up to build rugged, capable hybrid trucks and SUVs New Toyota tech will automatically shut off engines, apply parking brakeslast_img read more

Duolingo Klingon course finally launches for English speakers

first_imgWhen announcing plans to create the course in 2015, Duolingo put out a call for volunteers who would help develop it. Those volunteers worked with Duolingo’s experts to help complete the course, which is now free for anyone to access using a Web browser, though it won’t arrive in the Android and iOS app for a while.As with other Duolingo courses, users are prompted to choose whether they’re a beginner in need of the basics or someone who already has some knowledge of the language. Users who already know a little bit can take a Klingon placement test to determine where they’re at in the learning process. Jumping into the basics, learners are presented with simple phrases like, “yajbe’ mara” and “nuqneH?” Definitions for words and phrases are provided, and users type the meaning. According to Duolingo’s Klingon for English project page, the course is currently in its beta phase. AdChoices广告This isn’t the first constructed language to be offered as a Duolingo course. The company previously launched “High Valyrian” for English speakers; it is from the Game of Thrones world, the ancient language of Essos. Language-learning company Duolingo has finally launched its Klingon course, the end result of more than two years of work. The company first announced plans to release a Klingon course back in May 2015, but as with other courses, a lot of work goes into developing the material. Though some languages don’t require as much time, Klingon has spent a great deal of time in the company’s “incubator.”last_img read more

Oculus Venues brings VR to live locations

first_imgIn the video you’re about to see, you’re gonna see what’s up. This is the next generation in VR power. This is how VR goes mainstream… right? Please? It’s certainly the latest way in which Oculus is attempting to bring VR mainstream, of that you can be sure. Have a peek below: You can attain the app in the Oculus store for Oculus GO and Samsung Gear VR both right this minute. They’re both out there, right now, right this minute! They’re both free – for now. This isn’t the first time anyone’s tried to use VR for a live event – but it might be the most important. This week the folks at Oculus revealed their intent to bring LIVE events to the Oculus Go and Gear VR. No word yet on if this bit of functionality will come to the most powerful of the bunch: Oculus Rift. A number of events were scheduled in advance of the release of Oculus Venues. The first event will take place tonight, the first night of the day when the app part of this equation was first announced. It’s absolute madness, it is. Almost as if they think everyone’s going to download the app RIGHT away.Above you’ll see a set of events that’ll be taking place throughout the summer. There’ll be a lot of comedy events – probably the most obvious of the different events that make sense in this sort of format. Not like there’s a lot of different angles at which one can experience stand-up. There’s also a set of movie showings. That’s pretty neat. You’ll be watching the movie at the same time as hundreds or thousands of different users around the world. Included in the mix are Reservoir Dogs, Apocalypse Now, and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. All the movies you watched before but had a hankering to see again.Below you’ll see a bit more on what Social VR is all about inside Oculus Venues. “We also have exciting content from SHOWTIME coming later this summer, plus more film screenings of Lionsgate titles, new concerts from AEG Presents, live NBA League Pass games and additional shows produced by NextVR, MLB games, and more,” said an Oculus Team PR representative. Story TimelineOculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR PrototypeOculus Research becomes Facebook Reality LabsOculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labslast_img read more

Bang Olufsen reveals Beoplay B2 Brown Limited Edition portable speaker

Joining the new color is the Brown Bear character from Line Friends. The inclusion isn’t terribly dramatic — the bear’s face appears as a clip of sorts on the speaker’s lanyard. It’s still enough of a presence to satisfy any Brown Bear fan and adds an element of cuteness to the otherwise minimalist speaker. The company plans to offer its new Beoplay B2 Brown Limited Edition variant in the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China starting on October 4. Customers will be able to purchase it from Line’s retail stores and its online shop; the price hasn’t been revealed, but it’ll probably be around the regular $169 USD cost of the non-Brown version.SOURCE: LINE The new speaker is a limited edition version of the Beoplay B2 model, a portable Bluetooth speaker that can be controlled using taps and shakes instead of buttons. The model is already available through Bang & Olufsen in four colors, including tea, and silver, but this new limited edition variant has a special brown/bronze shade. Bang & Olufsen has teamed with LINE, the company behind the messaging app, among other things. Thanks to this new collaboration, the speaker company will be launching a new Brown Bear-themed speaker featuring the character’s color and small adorable emblem. Fans will be able to pick up one of these speakers in several countries, but only for a limited time. read more

Honor Magic 2 Review enchanting but mildly disappointing

first_imgHowever, the system itself is overloaded with functions and features, perhaps more than you can comfortably digest in a single sitting. The Magic 2 is one of the very first new smartphones to launch with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box but you wouldn’t be able to tell unless you dig deep into the Settings app.Despite having so many options, the Magic 2 ironically barely has anything for the slider action. You can only set it to do nothing or to launch Honor’s new YOYO smart assistant. You can’t even launch the camera app directly to jump into selfie mode just by sliding the screen down. It’s like Honor’s version of the infamous Bixby button. Unfortunately, YOYO can only understand and speak Chinese at the moment, so there was no opportunity to test how smart it really is.Wrap-upThe Honor Magic 2 definitely has the “Wow!” factor of the Vivo NEX S and the beauty of the OPPO Find X. But it also does a lot better than either of those, providing competitive performance, a more robust mechanism, and an overload of choices. It definitely has the makings of being one of the best Android phones of the year.A few ingredients, however, ruin the pot. Small nitpicks that stand out like warts on an otherwise smooth face. From the not unexpected lack of water resistance to the lack of a headphone jack to the lack of an option to use the sliding action for anything else, the Honor Magic 2 is really just a few steps away from being a fantasy made real. Geekbench The glass back doesn’t really help alleviate worries of slipping but it is definitely a sight to behold, at least until fingerprint smudges cover it up. The curved edge glass back employs the same gradient color scheme that seems to be en vogue among Chinese companies these days though its effects are subtler. The black “mystical magic”, for example, really only reveals its nature under bright, white light. In almost all other lighting conditions, it might as well be glossy black. A curious side note, Honor ships a hard plastic case with the Magic 2 that, unfortunately, hides those gradients underneath a matte black coating.Every design decision made for the Honor Magic 2 has really been in the name of providing a truly all-screen experience without compromising the overall experience. At least not too much. It definitely shows because the Magic 2 has the most gorgeous screen you’ll lay your eyes upon, unbroken by any notch and barely surrounded by any border. Well, almost. When you have a screen like this, even a little border is going to stand out even more. Fortunately, they’re not too attention-grabbing, even the chin that only slightly thicker than the other sides.The display itself is bright and vibrant, especially at max settings. Being AMOLED, contrast is excellent and blacks really pop. That said, you might not actually want to use dark colors and themes that much, even if those would be more energy efficient. The Magic 2’s screen magic is really more noticeable with more colorful backgrounds and themes since darker colors could easily be mistaken for phone bezels.The Honor Magic 2 does fail to check a few boxes on the list when it comes to design and features. There’s no wireless charging, for one, though that may be a bit more forgivable than the lack of a headphone jack. Honor does ship with a USB C to 3.5 mm jack adapter in the box, though it doesn’t include earphones, naturally. Perhaps adding insult to injury, the Magic 2 has no water or dust resistance to speak of, which is unsurprising considering its second key feature.The SliderThe Honor Magic 2’s sliding mechanism and bezel-less display are two sides of the same coin. Both are the most eye-catching features of the smartphone and each exists because of the other. The slider is Honor’s answer to the question of how to best hide and reveal front-facing sensors on an all-screen phone. Admittedly, it does a better job compared to motorized implementations as there is virtually no delay in sliding the back (or the screen) up or down.It’s also arguably more robust, as there are no motors that could eventually wear down and render the mechanism useless. Honor boasts of a “sophisticated butterfly track sliding mechanism” that uses four tracks, two on each side, and an additional supporting track to keep the sliding movement smooth, stable, and, hopefully, longer lasting. On the flip side, it also runs the risk of actually wearing down faster. Because while watching elevating cameras becomes tiring after a short while, a slider can easily become an oft-used fidget toy.However, sliding the screen down isn’t exactly easy, as it requires your thumb to press harder on the glass to get a better grip. Otherwise, you will frustrate yourself having your thumb, not the screen, slide on the smooth glass. It’s also problematic when the screen is already turned on, as the gesture can sometimes trigger a scroll or a tap when you never intended it to.The Magic 2 isn’t immune from the same dangers that the Vivo NEX S and OPPO Find X face in terms of dust and dirt. Depending on your environment, it is almost too easy to accumulate such particles between the sliding parts, which will ultimately make their way somewhere you can’t easily clean. Only time and longer use will tell if that will pose a risk to the smartphone itself.CamerasThe Honor Magic 2 boasts of having six cameras. A few months ago, that statement would have had a bigger impact. These days, however, it has become a race to have the most number of cameras in total. “In total” is the key phrase here, because Honor has, thankfully, not gone overboard. There are only three cameras on the back and three cameras in front, and not all of them are even directly usable when taking a regular photo or a selfie.For example, the sensor with the highest megapixel count on the back is meant to assist that main camera. That’s the 24 megapixel monochrome CMOS that works in tandem with the 16 megapixel f/1.8 camera. The third wheel, so to speak, is yet another 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, but one with an f/2.2 117-degree ultra-wide angle lens.Spec-speak aside, the Magic 2’s cameras are pretty impressive left on automatic settings. They produce bright images with rich details, though Auto HDR does tend to overdo things a bit. Autofocus is also a bit pretty aggressive and jumpy, which is most evident when trying to take a bokeh shot (“Aperture mode” in the camera app), where the subject suddenly becomes blurry for sometimes no reason at all. 3DMark A huge part of the Magic 2’s camera magic is, of course, the AI assistance. This mostly means scene recognition and automatic adjustment of settings to fit the case. Most of the time it does work, especially when recognizing food or landscapes or overcast skies. It can even recognize rooms, which seems to be its fallback scene when trying to take selfies inside a room.The front cameras on the Magic 2 aren’t an afterthought but that boasted three sensors is a bit of a marketing sleight of hand as well. There is really only one main camera, a 16 megapixel one. The other two are both 2 megapixel infrared cameras that exist for selfies, 3D emojis, and, more importantly, face recognition. The front camera also benefits from AI assistance, both in scene recognition and the notorious “beauty mode”. The latter is, thankfully, less aggressive than the Honor 8X’s version, producing enhanced selfies that are actually closer to reality.BiometricsBiometrics is the one feature that sets the Honor Magic 2 apart from its nearest rivals, including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that implemented a similar slider form factor. The Vivo NEX S has an in-screen fingerprint scanner but no face recognition while the OPPO Find X has 3D face recognition but no fingerprint scanner. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, on the other hand, does have a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face recognition but doesn’t take the extra step to use structured light technology ala Apple’s Face ID. Honor, of course, claims to have it all.But while it does have a larger Fingerprint on Display (FoD) and two infrared sensors to help in mapping out faces, it can actually a frustrating experience in practice. Grimy fingers and odd angles can throw off the fingerprint scanner while darker lighting seems to render face recognition a bit blind. Fortunately, the screen helps shine a light on your face in the latter case and neither biometric authentication failed completely at the same time. In other words, you at least have options. They’re not that fast either, which is pretty much a given for the FoD. The combination of having to slide down the screen first plus the slight delay in face recognition also makes that option less than instant. On the upside, it’s definitely convenient having the fingerprint scanner on the front again so you won’t have to pick up the phone or stare at it just to see what’s on the screen or even use it while it lies flat on your desk.SoftwareI’m not going to mince words here. Huawei’s EMUI, now Honor’s Magic 2.0, is a bloated mess. Out of the box, the Honor Magic 2 had 36 icons on its screen, three of which are folders that add 30 more. Those who chide Samsung for its heavy customization and bloatware should take a peek at what’s happening on this side of the world. To be fair, Huawei’s and Honor’s users probably love it. It’s definitely a user experience designed for a different market. Specs, Performance, and BatteryBut let’s be fair. Even without that “special feature”, the Honor Magic 2 is already magical in its hardware. The Honor Play earlier this year was positioned as the company’s monster flagship but the Magic 2 trumps it in every way possible, except in the battery). While they do share the same 2340×1080 screen resolution, the Honor Magic 2’s larger 6.39-inch panel devotes the entire surface to it, no notches to mar your view. More on that later.In raw specs, the Honor Magic 2 rivals the Huawei Mate 20 and even the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. All three are powered by Huawei’s boasted Kirin 980, one of the first 7 nm mobile processor and the first to sport dual Neural Processing Units (NPUs). The Mali-G76 GPU goes hand in hand with Huawei’s GPU Turbo mode. The Magic 2 comes in 6 or 8 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB storage configurations.All of these work together to create a smooth and almost flawless performance. Although it may not beat the Apple A12 in benchmark scores, they aren’t bad at all. Even better, the actual day to day performance, for both regular use and gaming, is more than adequate. It could perhaps be smoother than butter but Honor Magic 2.0, the rebranded Huawei EMUI 9.0, takes many liberties as far as eye candy goes. More on that a bit later.AnTuTu The one area where the Magic 2 seemingly falls short is in battery life, it’s 3,500 mAh falling behind the Huawei Mate 20’s 4,000 mAh or even the Honor Play’s 3,750 mAh. In practice, however, the Magic 2 is able to hold itself well, even better than some terribly more expensive flagships. At maximum, mixed use of Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, browsing, gaming, and lots of thumb typing can take the smartphone beyond 24 hours, even up to a day and a half. At worst, it will still get you through a workday before you have to rely on Honor’s new 40W Supercharge to take it from zero to 50% in just fifteen minutes.Design and DisplayWith the hard facts out of the way, we can dig into the things that make the Honor Magic 2 a truly mesmerizing phone. There is no mistaking that the Honor Magic 2 is a premium phone, from the moment you pick it up all the way to booting up and seeing its truly all-screen face. An impressive accomplishment for a company whose brand was, until recently, thought of as “cheap Huawei’s’ only. There is definitely some heft to the phone, a trait that’s often attributed to premium phones. That is both a boon and a bane as it both gives the impression of a solidly built device but also makes it more precarious to operate with one hand. The quest for “edge to edge” bezel-less screens have forced smartphone makers to search for solutions to a problem of their own making. Unless you completely ignore it the way Samsung does (at least for now), there is no escaping the notch, a.k.a. the cutout, in its various shapes and sizes. Some, like Vivo and OPPO, have briefly toyed with and quickly abandoned the idea motorized elevating front cameras. Others, like Meizu and ZTE’s nubia, ditched the front camera entirely but put a second screen on the back instead. Another path, which may still gain some traction, is the one taken by Honor in the Honor Magic 2. But no matter how the Huawei sub-brand spins the narrative towards AI and cameras, there will be little doubt in people’s minds: the slider takes center stage.last_img read more

First selfdriving Roborace test race ends in a crash

first_imgThis weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests like this, an accident did occur when one of the cars crashed while navigating a turn. The event was billed as the “first race between driverless cars” because it was the first time Roborace used two cars on the same track at the same time. Fortunately one of the big advantages of autonomous racing proved itself during the exercise, as organizers noted that no “drivers” were harmed during the crash.Autoblog Argentina was able to grab some pictures of DevBot 2 following its accident, revealing a hard collision on the right side of the vehicle. It was said that the car went into a turn a little too aggressively, losing control as a result. Since it was unable to finish, DevBot 1 was named the winner of the inaugural “race.”As a racing series Roborace is still in development, but like Formula E the goal is to have multiple teams competing using the same vehicle design. This first event was an important step in getting to that point, as the driverless cars must be able to reliably navigate a track without accident. It’s likely going to take many more race-like tests before they’re ready for true competitions.SOURCE Electrek Story TimelineFormula E reveals ROBORACE driverless EV series for 2016NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race carsRoborace DevBot self-driving racecar needs no humans to winlast_img read more

MercedesBenz unveils working compact EQA EV prototype

first_imgMercedes-Benz plans to roll out a bunch of EVs in the coming years with the first being the all-electric EQC SUV expected as early as next year. After that SUV will come another, smaller compact EV dubbed the EQA. Mercedes showed off a prototype of that vehicle not long ago. The EQA will be an all-electric compact car that will slot into the same segment as the existing A-Class Mercedes. The EQA concept was unveiled in Germany last year as a concept car. Mercedes gave a few details when that concept was revealed, we know it will have a battery pack up to 60 kWh in size. That is expected to mean a real-world range of about 250 miles per charge on the NEDC cycle, or 200 miles per charge on the EPA cycle. The EQA will pack in dual motors with over 268hp going to the ground via AWD. The performance will be robust with 0-60 mph in about five seconds.Mercedes also promised DC quick charging tech that would give the ride 62 miles of driving range with a ten-minute charge. The working prototype of the car is on video below as it drives through Sicily and the little beast looks very good.While Mercedes hasn’t been specific with a launch window for the car it is believed to be moving fast to roll it out after the EQC lands next year. Daimler dropped a sizable chunk of change into the factory that will build the EVs in France. That investment was about $600 million. SOURCE: Electreklast_img read more

Medicaid Expansion Deepens GOP Intraparty Rifts

first_imgThe different positions taken by various Republican governors on the health law’s Medicaid expansion underscore the political divisions in play. The Washington Post: GOP Governors’ Endorsements Of Medicaid Expansion Deepen Rifts Within PartyRepublican fissures over the expansion of Medicaid, a critical piece of the 2010 health care law designed to provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, continue to deepen, with battles in Arizona and elsewhere showing just how bitter the divisions have become (Somashekhar, 6/2).The Associated Press: Republican Vs. Republican On Covering UninsuredIt’s Republican versus Republican in the latest round of political battles over health care. Conservative Republican legislators in major states are trying to block efforts by more pragmatic governors of their own party to accept health insurance for more low-income residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Unlike their congressional counterparts, who’ve misfired in repeated attempts to torpedo the law, state Republicans may well sink the expansion of Medicaid in populous states such as Florida and Michigan (Alonso-Zaldivar and Christie, 6/1).The Hill: GOP Governor Invites Sebelius To Meet On Medicaid ExpansionMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said Friday that he asked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to meet with state officials on a proposal to cap Medicaid benefits for able-bodied adults. Officials remain divided on whether to pursue the Medicaid expansion available under President Obama’s health care law, a topic that would inevitably figure in the conversation with Sebelius. Medicaid issues are at the center of the state’s policy agenda before the legislature adjourns for the summer in late June (Viebeck, 6/1).The Associated Press: Iowa Officials Move Ahead With Health PlanA legislative compromise has been struck on low-income health care, but now Iowa starts the complicated process of putting the plan in place. On Monday the state will kick off a series of public hearings to explain the proposed health care plan recently approved by the state House and Senate. The hearings are a step the state must go through to get federal approval (Lucey, 6/2).The Associated Press: Wisconsin: Deals Close On Tax Cut, Medicaid, VouchersVoucher schools would expand statewide, income taxes would be cut by more than $500 million and Wisconsin would reject a federal Medicaid expansion even though it would save the state money under a broad agreement being worked out between Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders. Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald were still negotiating details and talking with other Republican lawmakers to reach a compromise that can be voted on Tuesday (Bauer, 6/2). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Medicaid Expansion Deepens GOP Intraparty Riftslast_img read more

State Highlights New Rules Could Disrupt Care For Disabled Kansans

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from Oregon, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Colorado, California and Texas. The Oregonian: Providence Slammed By Court For Denying Autism Coverage, Oregon Insurance Division’s Role QuestionedIn a potentially far-reaching opinion, a federal judge in Portland has ruled that Providence Health Plan wrongfully denied insurance coverage for groundbreaking autism therapy for two Portland boys. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled that Providence’s denial of coverage violated both federal and state mental health parity laws. The statutes require health insurers to cover mental health issues no different than physical issues. At issue in the case was whether health insurers have to cover “applied behavioral analysis,” an intense therapy for autism, which afflicts one of 88 children in the United States (Manning, 8/12).Chicago Tribune: SEIU Stops Collecting Fees From Non-Member Home Health WorkersVarious chapters of the Service Employees International Union have stopped collecting fees from home care workers who are not union members, a move that exemplifies the broader implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The court’s decision only prevented SEIU from collecting fees of such workers in Illinois. But in an attempt to quench lawsuits by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, various chapters outside of Illinois have stopped collecting fees of similar workers (Cancino, 8/12). Kansas Health Institute News Service: New Federal Rules Will Disrupt Care For Disabled Kansans, State Officials SayA state official charged with overseeing Medicaid-funded services that help people with disabilities live in community-based settings rather than in nursing homes said Tuesday that coming changes in federal wage and hour rules are likely to increase costs, reduce access to care and give beneficiaries less say in deciding who will provide their care. “We have great concerns about this,” said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Kari Bruffett, testifying before a Statehouse meeting of the Robert G. Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight (Ranney, 8/12).St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Sees Biggest Drop In Medicaid Enrollment Compared To Other StatesThe state of Missouri has experienced the single largest monthly drop in Medicaid enrollment, at a time when most states are reporting increases. Missouri had an average of 808,824 individuals enrolled in its Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the end of June. That represents a decrease of 37,260 people, or 4.4 percent, compared with average enrollment a year earlier, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services (Liss, 8/13).Georgia Health News: Medicaid Increase, Uninsured Data Show Ga. Impact Federal figures show Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October – the highest percentage increase among states that have rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  The Georgia jump greatly exceeds that of the second-highest increase among non-expansion states: 9.5 percent in Montana. Expanding Medicaid involves extending enrollment in the government program to many low-income people who had not previously been eligible (Miller, 8/12). Modern Healthcare: Flood Of New Patients Worries Mental Health WorkersMany behavioral healthcare advocates and providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of the Medicaid expansion in some states. But they are worried about whether underfunded and understaffed mental health centers will be able to adequately serve the flood of new clients. Officials at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network and AspenPointe in Colorado say they have noticed an uptick in the number of Medicaid patients they’re seeing. Those organizations did not have data on exactly how many more patients they’re seeing (Dickson, 8/12).The California Health Report: Peer Respites For Mental Health Consumers Prevent HospitalizationsAs people with mental health crises overwhelm California’s hospitals, jails and homeless shelters, counties across the state are gradually embracing residential respite houses located in neighborhoods and staffed by peers — people who have been consumers of the mental health system. For people on the verge of a crisis, staying at a peer-run respite, typically for a couple of days or up to two weeks, can help them recover with support from people who have had similar experiences. That can prevent incarceration or forced hospitalization, which often damages family relationships and can cause the loss of housing or jobs, said Yana Jacobs, chief of outpatient adult services for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Graebner, 8/12). The Associated Press: Texas Abortion Law Could Send Women Across BordersCrossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn’t require leaving town. That could change if a federal judge upholds new Texas rules that would ban abortions at 18 clinics starting Sept. 1, including only one that offers the procedure in El Paso, where one of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the U.S. has come under particular scrutiny at a trial ending Wednesday in Austin (Llorca and Weber, 8/12). State Highlights: New Rules Could Disrupt Care For Disabled Kansanslast_img read more

Happy guests and happy franchisees Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks

first_img Join the conversation → Share this story‘Happy guests and happy franchisees’: Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks amid solid results Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Jose Cil, right, the incoming CEO of Restaurant Brands International with his predecessor Daniel Schwartz, who will become RBI’s executive chairman.CNW Group / Restaurant Brands International Inc. Recommended For YouCohu says restrictions on Huawei hurting customersTrump issues executive order that appears to target Huawei amid trade war with ChinaWall St Week Ahead-Halfway through 2019, tech leads on Wall StreetCanada set to postpone Huawei 5G decision to after vote, given sour ties with China -sourcesThe Latest: Trade dispute escalates between US and China Comment Facebook Twitter ‘Happy guests and happy franchisees’: Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks amid solid results RBI reports best Tim Hortons’ sales in two years. Now, new chair and CEO look to the long term Morecenter_img Email Reddit January 23, 20196:51 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company to Tim Hortons, made major changes to its leadership team on Wednesday amid a continuing push to expand its stable of fast food brands globally.The changes will see Daniel Schwartz, 38, who has held the role of CEO since the genesis of RBI — a conglomerate that controls Tims, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen — become executive chairman, while Burger King president Jose Cil takes over as chief executive.“If we get happy guests and happy franchisees, we are able to grow and grow exponentially,” Cil said in an interview Wednesday. “That’s the formula, that’s the focus.” Tim Hortons launches kids’ menu in push to return to its roots Tim Hortons grows Canadian sales amid efforts to fix rocky relationship with franchisees Tim Hortons says it has reached agreement with franchisee after seizing his four restaurants In a call to investors Wednesday, Schwartz insisted he will remain hands-on at RBI, which he has been helping to build since his early 30s.“Titles aside, I’m going to be way more active than a typical chair,” Schwartz said, assuring investors that he and his partners at 3G Capital, all major shareholders in RBI, had no plans “to sell any of our equity.”Schwartz, who helped Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital merge Tims and Burger King into RBI in 2014 after serving as CEO of Burger King, will also become co-chairman of RBI’s board along with assuming other responsibilities as a partner with 3G.“I’m not going to be the CEO of another company.”The announcement of the executive shuffle came along with the release of preliminary fourth-quarter results that signalled significant progress in the company’s efforts to turn around Tims, which has been beset by disputes with franchisees and slowing sales growth.In those preliminary results, RBI reported that Tim Hortons’ same store sales grew 1.9 per cent globally and 2.2 per cent in Canada in the fourth quarter — its best results in two years, according CIBC analysts.As further proof of its “confidence in the long-term outlook,” RBI’s board also announced it would increase its quarterly dividend to 50 cents.In a research note Wednesday, the CIBC analysts said the sales figures exceeded expectations, proving that tweaks to Tim Hortons’ menu, such as all-day breakfast, along with a new back-to-roots marketing strategy and better franchisee relations are “undoubtedly making an impact.”We do not believe these moves reflect any change in strategy.CIBC analysts “We had not specifically expected a management change,” the analysts wrote. “But the promotion of Jose Cil acknowledges an excellent performance at Burger King…. We do not believe these moves reflect any change in strategy.”Cil brings an expertise in franchise relations — a department that Tim Hortons specifically has struggled with in recent years, after a public battle with a group of discontented store owners. But Schwartz said the troubles were over, pointing to a fourth-quarter franchisee conference as one of several Tim Hortons efforts to mend relationships.“Our relations with our franchisees are as good as they’ve been,” Schwartz said.(The Great White North Franchisee Association, which says it represents angered franchisees, declined to comment on Wednesday.)The shakeup at the helm of RBI is only meant to better reflect the day-to-day realities, with Schwartz focused on strategy and Cil focused on expanding RBI’s brands globally, Schwartz said.“I’m going to be a very active — very active — board member,” he said. “Jose’s smiling as I’m saying this.” 0 Comments Jake Edmiston last_img read more

Why college basketball star Zion Williamsons sprained knee caused Nikes shares to

first_imgWhy college basketball star Zion Williamson’s sprained knee caused Nike’s shares to fall Williamson, who has been called the ‘next Lebron James,’ suffered the injury 33 seconds into the game February 21, 201910:49 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Facebook Reddit Nike faces demand for sneaker recall because logo on sole said to resemble the Arabic word for Allah Related Stories Twitter More Nike vs. Adidas: The three stripes is making gains on the swoosh — but that doesn’t tell the whole story Email Share this storyWhy college basketball star Zion Williamson’s sprained knee caused Nike’s shares to fall Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img 0 Comments Reuters Streeter Lecka/Getty Images How Kanye West and Steph Curry are hurting orders at Nike Inc Shares of Nike Inc fell nearly 2 per cent on Thursday, a day after a sneaker worn by emerging basketball star Zion Williamson split in half 33 seconds into a hotly anticipated game between Duke University and North Carolina.The freshman centre, who plays for the Duke Blue Devils, suffered a mild sprain to his right knee, according to his coach Mike Krzyzewski.Williamson did not return to play, which ended with No. 1 Duke losing 88-72 to the No. 8 ranked Tar Heels. Nike faces demand for sneaker recall because logo on sole said to resemble the Arabic word for Allah How Lululemon helped turn America into a nation of yoga pants “We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement.“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”Williamson was wearing the Nike PG 2.5 basketball shoe when he was injured, according to ESPN.Nike shares were down 1.9 per cent at US$83.40 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange, while its relatively thinly-traded shares on the Frankfurt market fell around 1 per cent. Shares in rivals Adidas and Puma edged higher.A detailed view of the ripped shoe worn by Zion Williamson. Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils warms up before their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Join the conversation → Comment Nike is Duke’s exclusive supplier of uniforms, shoes and apparel under a 12-year contract that was extended in 2015 and has had an exclusive deal with the private university since 1992, ESPN reported.Williamson, who averaged 21.6 points a game, has been tipped as the “next Lebron James” and is expected to be selected first in the NBA draft this June.Krzyzewski said it was unclear how long Williamson would be out because of the injury.The game between the interstate rivals and two of college basketball’s best teams was the marquee match so far in the season with tickets selling for thousands of dollars, according to multiple news outlets.Former President Barack Obama, director Spike Lee and star NFL running back Todd Gurley attended the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the home court of the Duke Blue Devils.© Thomson Reuters 2019 last_img read more

Kia Drops Cheapest Version Of Soul EV

2019 Kia Soul EV Spied, May Offer All-Wheel Drive Kia Soul EV lost its most affordable trim level.The Kia Soul EV becomes less competitive these days, as there are new, more capable models. Sales decreased ithe n U.S. to some 940 in the first eight months of the year (compared to 2,157 in 12-months of 2017 or 1,728 in 12-months of 2016).To date, the South Korean EV was so far offered in three trim-levels: EVe ($33,145), EV ($34,845) and EV+ ($36,845) – prices include destination charge. The entry-level EVe was recently a rare sight in California dealerships, where Kia sells the Soul EV, and CarsDirect noticed that it was quietly discontinued.“Apart from the lack of an EVe model, Kia is cutting its free subscription to UVO eco with Nav down from 3 years to just 1. Along with features like Find My Car, the service lets you request roadside assistance, conduct diagnostics and more.” Kia Cancels Gas Soul In Europe, Only Electric Version Available Kia Electrified Car Sales In Europe Increased To 10% (4% Plug-Ins) In Q1 See Also There were times where EVe were available for lease from $159 a month and $1,999 due at signing, which at 36-months translated into $215 a month effectively.Those who are looking for most affordable Soul EV are advised to to check for 2018 models, which are equipped with the same tech – 30 kWh battery for 111 miles (179 km) of range and 81.4 kW electric motor.“Despite its limited availability, the 2018 Soul EV remains eligible for some steep discounts. For example, the EV Plus features a $16,700 discount when leasing, reflecting a $9,200 lease incentive and $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.”Source: carsdirect.com Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 25, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

Tesla Model 3 Expanding US PlugIn Market Not Cannibalizing It

Tesla Model 3 Takes #4 Spot In September Passenger Car Ranking Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 33 photos Top 5 Selling Plug-In Electric Cars: U.S. September 2018 Edition U.S. Plug-In sales continue to grow with and without TeslaIn the broader automotive industry, sales for most automakers in 2018 have been flat or down for 2018 year to date. Through September, Toyota sales are down 0.4%, General Motors is down 1.2%, Honda is down 2.0%, Ford is down 2.4%, and Mercedes-Benz is down 5.8%.FCA and BMW deliveries buck the general trends by being up 6.0% and 1.7% respectively thanks to strong SUV/Light Truck sales.More About Plug-In Sales Source: Electric Vehicle News Chevy Volt Quarterly And Monthly Sales Way Up, Chevy Bolt Rising The outlook is much brighter here on electric avenue. In the plug-in market, a true undisputed market leader has emerged that goes against the grain. Tesla Model 3 deliveries shot to the top 5 of sedan sales in Q3. The luxury electric sedan is now selling at quantities comparable to mainstream vehicles.So with the lull in the general automotive market, the dominance of the Model 3, and popularity of Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks: shouldn’t non-Tesla U.S. plug-in sales be similarly down year over year?Interestingly, no.Plug-in sales from traditional automakers keep growing in the face of industry downturnSo far in 2018, battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales are up ~64.9% based on estimates by InsideEVs. The majority of this uptick can be attributed directly to Tesla. Estimated Tesla deliveries are up 224.7% YTD. Thanks entirely to the Model 3’s record shattering 78,132 deliveries through September.Other automakers have continued to increase their buyers as well, albeit at a slower pace. Even taking Tesla completely out of the picture, non-Tesla deliveries sit at an estimated 120,533 through Q3. This is up 12.5% YTD over 2017’s 107,084.So the Model 3 is reaching a significant number of new EV buyers. Tesla is not merely cannibalizing the sales of existing electric vehicle offerings.Still, a mere 5 automakers enjoy nearly 80% of the U.S. plug-in market. Tesla is the big dog with ~48.6% of the market. GM (~10.8%) and Toyota (~8.7%) currently wear the silver and bronze. BMW (~6.4%) and Honda (~5.3%) round out the top 5 of plug-in market share. Plug-ins have reached 1.8% market share so far this year and 3.1% for September.Heading into Q4 there is a lot to be excited about. Model 3 production finally hit its stride last quarter. Chevy Bolt EV inventories are finally recovering, shooting up 2,000 units in just over a month as the Detroit automaker increases production for the 2019 model year. The Chevy Volt is seeing new life with a mid-cycle refresh and the Prius Prime and Honda Clarity continue to perform quite well. 300,000 deliveries is inevitable at this point.According to Tesla, their mission is to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” They certainly seem to be succeeding in that. Not only is Tesla expanding, but the entire EV market is continuing to grow while the ICE auto market is slowing down.TESLA MODEL 3 read more

EICMA 2018 Electrek is at the Milan Motorcycle Show – and heres

first_imgSource: Charge Forward The EICMA 2018 Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy is likely the largest motorcycle show of the year. Everyone from major brands to new startups are here showing off their newest rides. The number of electric vehicles has grown every year, and this year features an entire section of the show completely reserved for EVs, including electric motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and bicycles.Electrek is on scene to cover the latest announcements and coolest new personal electric vehicles. Here are just some of the exciting new vehicles we are looking forward to covering over the next few days. more…The post EICMA 2018: Electrek is at the Milan Motorcycle Show – and here’s a sneak peak appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

The Turbowheel Dart 25 mph electric scooter is 12 kW worth of

first_imgSource: Charge Forward There are plenty of simple, lightweight scooters for casually tootin’ around town. This is not one of those scooters. The Turbowheel Dart is part electric scooter, part main battle tank. This is the kind of electric scooter that can tackle any commuting scenario and still have something left in the tank for screwing around doing donuts in parking lots on your way home. more…The post The Turbowheel Dart 25 mph electric scooter is 1.2 kW worth of fun appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more