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Tiger Shroff Reveals What Draws Him to Action Films

first_img Tiger ShroffTiger Shroff action filmsTiger Shroff filmsTiger Shroff interview First Published: May 24, 2019, 10:52 AM IST Insecurity drives Tiger Shroff to constantly seek approval and appreciation, says the actor who has clocked five years in the film industry.Many in the acting field say the profession comes with a set of insecurities. Tiger, son of veteran actor Jackie Shroff, agrees. “That is true. I am so insecure. But I am driven by my insecurities to constantly seek approval and appreciation… How am I going to… ‘Is my dad going to like it (my work)?’, ‘Are my fans going to appreciate my work?’ While doing a film with Hrithik Roshan sir, (I think) ‘I hope he is impressed’… He is my hero and I look up to him and I hope that I am not letting him down or slowing him down,” Tiger told IANS. This, he said, has been a constant process for him. “I think it is natural, and there’s not much you can do to black that out,” he added.The 29-year-old actor’s martial arts skills has redefined the genre of action in Bollywood, which was predominant during the 1980s-1990s. On actors preferring non-action roles today, Tiger said, “Perhaps the (new) crop of actors have evolved and have shown an inclination towards a different sort of cinema and even the directors are being inspired in different ways in sort of taking different approaches in compared to the 80s and 90s.”I wanted to do holistic films and I am a sucker for heroes… I look up to superheroes, and films my father used to do when he used to play cop or action roles. I look up to Hrithik sir… He is a full package and all his films are so full.” He says he aspires to do something similar and make a mark globally. “Throughout the world, the biggest and iconic stars are action heroes… Similarly, through my action films, I want to express my vision and entertain audiences not just in one part of the country, but throughout the globe. That is my goal,” he added. On the constant vigilance on his private life, Tiger said, “It is a part and parcel. You cannot do anything. Everything comes for a price and it is not a big price to pay. Everybody is doing their job… I feel blessed being under the microscope.””The fact that people want to know about your personal life…that just means that you have made a mark in some way or the other,” he added.Follow @News18Movies for more. last_img read more

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Xi Jinping Putin Among World Leaders to Congratulate Modi on Thumping Victory

first_imgNew Delhi: As the BJP inches towards a victory, leaders around the world have congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on winning his second term. Chinese president Xi Jinping said he was looking forward to working with Modi to deepen bilateral ties between the two countries. Calling China and India two of the largest developing and emerging countries in the world, Xi said he attached great importance to India-China relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the convincing victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and expressed his readiness to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations. “I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister of India, you will further strengthen the centuries-old friendship between our peoples and the all-round development of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India,” he said.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also took to Twitter and congratulated Modi. “congratulations to PM @narendramodi on a strong mandate from the people of India. The government and the people of Afghanistan look forward to expanding cooperation between our two democracies in pursuit of regional cooperation, peace and prosperity for all of South Asia.”Other leaders who have congratulated Modi include Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The Narendra Modi wave has swatted away any challenge posed by the Congress or the united opposition as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to improve on its humongous 2014 tally to attain a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha once again. The BJP is currently ahead on over 280 seats, with the partners in NDA pushing the total tally to over 340 seats, leads show as results of the general elections pour in. In the last election, the NDA had 336 seats while BJP accounted for 282. 2014 electionsBharatiya Janata PartyBJPcongress First Published: May 23, 2019, 5:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Chirag Patil Breaks Bat at 83 Sets Ranveer Singh and Team Cant

first_img ’83 first look83 BTS videosBollywood filmsChirag Patil First Published: July 17, 2019, 6:54 PM IST Ranveer Singh is currently in London, filming for the Kabir Khan directorial ’83, which follows the story of India’s maiden World Cup victory over West Indies in 1983. The team is shooting, while also practicing for the sport in the nets. A video from the sets is now going viral on social media and has Ranveer Singh, Sahil Khattar among others pulling the leg of their teammate and co-star Chirag Patil.The video has Ranveer and Sahil in the frame while the sound of a broken bat hits their ears. Alarmed and excited, Sahil and Ranveer pull out Chirag from the nets and make fun of him for breaking the bat while hitting the ball. Excited, they rush towards the nets as they clap and cheer for Chirag. The duo even break into a bhangra step to celebrate the moment, as others too join in. Commenting on Chirag, Sahil says in the video, “This here is a real man of steel. Sandeep Patil’s son, Chirag has broken the bat. It was Sandip’s bat.”Having a look at the broken bat, Ranveer adds, “Wow bro.” Watch video shared by Chirag here:Looks like the sets of #83TheFilm is the place to be. pic.twitter.com/gIIHvSTkRz— Filmfare (@filmfare) July 17, 2019’83 will reunite Deepika Padukone with her husband Ranveer who will essay the role of cricketing legend Kapil Dev in the film. Deepika plays Dev’s wife, Romi Dev.This will be the duo’s fourth collaboration after last year’s release Padmaavat. On the occasion of his 34th birthday on July 6, Ranveer unveiled his first look as ‘Haryana hurricane’ Dev from ’83. The first-look photo from the film shows Ranveer sporting Dev’s signature mustache. He is dressed in a white jersey and can be seen tossing a red leather ball with a fierce look in his eyes. And, he looks a whole lot like the legendary cricketer.’83 releases in April 2020.Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Apple augmented reality headset is finally getting serious

first_imgA lot of companies think that AR and VR are the technologies of the future, and now Apple has been prompted to ramp up the development on an AR headset of its own. Though we may not see the headset for another couple of years, Apple is said to be pouring resources into its development. This is part of a larger AR initiative which was kicked off by the development and the release of Apple’s ARKit. A new report from Bloomberg – which is based on information from anonymous sources close to the matter – claims that the technology needed for Apple’s AR ambitions could be finished by 2019, with a reveal of the headset itself in 2020. Why so long? Apple seems to be okay with taking its time in development, waiting for technology to catch up with what it wants to do.While many VR and AR headsets on the market require a phone to act as a the brains of the operation, Apple wants to launch a standalone AR headset that isn’t reliant on your phone to work. According to Bloomberg’s report, it also wants that headset to be capable of streaming 3D video without being a battery hog, which certainly isn’t an easy balance to strike.Apple is said to be developing its own “system-on-a-package” chip for this AR headset, much like the one we see in the Apple Watch. The advantage of such a chip is that it’s able to integrate more components than more common system-on-a-chip configurations, while at the same time using less power. It sounds like the best of both worlds, so it’s understandable that Apple needs more time than usual to develop one for its AR headset.It also has its team – the same one that made ARKit a reality – developing a special operating system for AR, for the moment dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.” That name could change by the time this new AR ecosystem is ready for a reveal, but considering the names of Apple’s other operating systems (macOS, tvOS), it could very well stick.Bloomberg’s sources don’t shed any light on how the end user will control Apple’s AR headset, mostly because Apple itself hasn’t figured out a control method yet. Apple is said to be experimenting with a variety of different control schemes, including built-in touch pads and voice control through Siri.It certainly sounds like development on an AR headset is starting to come together over at Apple HQ, but we still have some time to wait before it’s ready for a reveal. In the meantime, we can expect Apple to further flesh out ARKit as it prepares to make a larger push into the AR/VR industry with a headset of its own. Stay tuned. Story TimelineMinecraft AR hints at what possible with Apple ARKitApple patents augmented reality (AR) smart glasses system with ‘touchscreen’last_img read more

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Galaxy S9 S9 components leak familiar batteries inside

first_imgIn less than a month, Samsung will have its 2018 Unpacked press event to kick off the MWC week. With all the leaks that have landed by now, there is almost nothing left to be surprised about. We’re still holding hope that Samsung will at least pleasantly surprise its fans. A few photos of some of the components of the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ have dropped. And among them is one of the most disappointing news about the duo: their batteries. By now, it is perhaps expected that the Galaxy S9 will be a less spectacular upgrade from the Galaxy S8 compared to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S7 before it. Internals have changed, of course, but mostly with the upgrade to the Snapdragon 845. The layout of the rear buttons will also, finally, be changed for the better. Most other aspects of the flagship, however, are expected to remain the same.It turns out, the batteries remain exactly the same as well. Based on leakster Roland Quandt’s photos, the Galaxy S9 will have a 3,000 mAh battery while the Galaxy S9+ will have a 3,500 mAh. Those, sadly, are the exact same capacities as the Galaxy S8 and S8+ last year.So while there might be no improvement in capacity, surely there will be an improvement in charging, right? If the leaks are correct, then no. Samsung will apparently still use the same Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, not even 3.0 let alone 4+. Samsung will, instead, probably talk about the battery efficiency of the latest Snapdragon and Exynos processors, offsetting the unchanged battery capacities.Quandt also gives a glimpse of the Galaxy S9+ USB-C board as well as the Galaxy S9 camera and fingerprint sensor. Again no significant changes there save for the subtle new shape of the fingerprint sensor. Story TimelineWhat Galaxy S9 needs to beat Pixel 2 XLGalaxy S9 leaks release-level imagesGalaxy S9 spec war gets serious for Applelast_img read more

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This JBL Link Bar is Googles first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

first_imgGoogle has teamed up with JBL for the first Google Assistant powered soundbar, with the JBL Link Bar effectively baking together its voice AI and an Android TV box. Launched ahead of Google I/O 2018, the new gadget is designed to plug into a TV and bring all of Google’s media streaming and voice control technologies in one fell swoop. From the outside, it looks pretty much like a standard soundbar, frankly. That is, it’s long, black, and covered in speaker mesh, and designed to be slotted underneath your flat-screen TV and look unobtrusive. However, what’s inside is difference from the usual cluster of speaker drivers. For a start, there’s control over the TV via voice, as we’ve come to expect from Android TV. You’ll be able to trigger the Link Bar by calling “Hey Google” across the room, and control switching between different sources by voice. It’ll plug into your TV with a single HDMI connection. There’s also support for music playback, including if the TV itself is turned off. Then, the Link Bar will act much like a Google Home smart speaker, it appears. Of course, if you’re watching TV or movies, the soundbar should be a noticeable upgrade from whatever speakers are built into your actual set. It’s fair to say that Android TV hasn’t exactly set the home entertainment world alight so far. Google has made multiple attempts to insert itself as the gatekeeper of streaming media, and though set-top boxes like NVIDIA Shield and the Xiaomi Mi Box have had niche success, they’ve nonetheless struggled against simpler – and more affordable – rivals like Amazon’s Fire TV. I/O 2018 is expected to see Google respond to that. This JBL Link Bar is the first of what the company claims will be “a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience,” but we’re also likely to see a new Chromecast-style adapter too. That was spotted in a mysterious FCC filing back in April. The JBL Link Bar is expected to launch in fall 2018, with pricing to be confirmed closer to that point. It’ll face whatever Sonos brings to the party later in the month, with the streaming speaker stalwart expected to reveal its own take on a home theater speaker with integrated assistant tech.last_img read more

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Sphero BOLT robot returns the focus to education

first_imgSphero’s licensed products have received the lion’s share of attention in recent years, but today, the company is making something of a return to form. Today, Sphero announced the BOLT, a round robot that immediately brings to mind images of the SPRK and the original Sphero for those who remember the company’s roots. With the BOLT, the focus is back on education, as this new little robot is all about STEAM learning. READ MORE: Sphero SPRK unboxingThe BOLT pairs with Sphero’s existing Edu app, and it’s here that the focus on STEAM Learning begins to shine. Sphero Edu supports coding through drawing on the screen or through Scratch Blocks, but for users who are a little further along in the learning process, they can also code through JavaScript.The app doesn’t leave kids entirely on their own to craft games, however, as it can also be used to download community-created activities. If honing your coding skills isn’t something you’re looking to do with the BOLT, you can also use it to play games, as the Sphero Play app gives you plenty to choose from and allows to you to drive the robot without coding commands first. AdChoices广告All in all, it sounds like a pretty cool little robot, and Sphero says that BOLT is its most advanced product to date. BOLT is available now to consumers for $149.99, though educators can also buy BOLT is 15-packs for classroom learning. Those 15-packs are available with a serious-looking charging case for $2499.99 or without for $1949.99. One of the big attractions with the BOLT is an 8×8 LED matrix on the inside of the sphere, which can be used to display graphics and data in real-time. The BOLT’s on-board sensors, which include a compass, can track speed, direction, and acceleration, and they can be used to program movement commands as well. The BOLT also features infrared sensors, which allow it to communicate with other BOLT robots.center_img Story TimelineSphero R2-D2 Review : Also the Best Star Wars Toy ever madeSphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucksSphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to lifelast_img read more

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Huawei pokes fun at new iPhones to promote Mate 20 event

first_imgApple has just pulled the covers off this year’s iPhones and, unsurprisingly, rivals and haters have lost no time pointing out the holes in Apple’s strategy this year. Surprisingly, Samsung is holding its tongue but the OEM that just dethroned Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone definitely isn’t. Just like what it did after the Galaxy Note 9’s launch, Huawei is trolling Apple with some very short ads meant to advertise the launch of the Huawei Mate 20 next month. If there’s one thing that’s obvious with the new iPhones this year is that they’re all chips off the old iPhone X block. They all look identical, differing only in size (and camera) but bear the unmistakable DNA of last year’s 10th anniversary iPhone. To some extent, it makes the task of choosing an iPhone much easier. No sibling rivalry of sorts.For Huawei, however, they’re also more or less the same as last year’s iPhone X. While Apple may say “consistency”, Huawei implies stagnation. And it is indirectly thanking Apple for keeping things so similar that Huawei has the chance to be the real star of the year. Thank you for keeping things the same. See you in London. 16.10.18 #HigherIntelligence #HUAWEIMate20 pic.twitter.com/ZhZHj9Xg3s— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) September 12, 2018center_img Of course, that’s the same tune it sang less than two months ago when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9. It called out Samsung’s lack of innovation the same way it’s calling out Apple now. The question is whether the Mate 20 will indeed be that innovative to be different and if next year’s Huawei P flagship won’t just be a small step up from the Mate 20 as well.last_img read more

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Hyundai Gurnade Veloster Concept brings race ready style to SEMA

first_imgEvery year when SEMA rolls around Hyundai spends big money to bring a slew of modified and souped up cars ad SUVs to the show. One of the rides that will be showing up this year is called the Gurnade Veloster Concept. This concept isn’t all about power like the Santa Fast SUV that will be at the show. The Gurnade Veloster Concept is more about being ready to hit the race track, not that it lacks power adders. The concept takes the aggressive style of the Veloster and turns it up with integrated fender flares to cover larger rubber, a front splitter, racing canards, three-piece forged wheels, and custom rear spoiler. The result is very attractive and should help the car with aerodynamic performance at the race track.“Gurnade has always been drawn to the uniquely aggressive lines of the production Veloster,” said Joshua Cloud, owner of Gurnade, Inc. “So when Hyundai approached us with the opportunity to develop one of their vehicles for SEMA, we didn’t hesitate to create the Gurnade Veloster Concept. It leverages all the strengths of the Veloster and takes it where we always envisioned it could go.”The list of modifications to the car is very long, the engine gets an 845 Motorsports intercooler, downpipe, and cold-air intake. It also has an 845 Motorsports ECU tune, Synapse blow-off valve, and ARK Performance cat-back exhaust. The chassis is fitted with NEO motorsports coil-overs and a 6-piston big brake kit. A strut tower bar, rear torsion bar, and tie brace are also fitted. The wheels are 19-inch Rotiform units and the car rides on competition Toyo tires. The outside of the car has custom paint, hood latches, and lots more. Inside the car has racing seats and harnesses along with updated gauges and audio.AdChoices广告SOURCE: Hyundailast_img read more

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Its time this car safety tech was standard

first_imgI think, though, that the time has come for one of the most useful – and potentially life-saving – technologies the modern auto industry has come up with to be mandated as standard-fit equipment. It’s a system that not only aids the individual driver but helps keep those around them safer too; could help avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars of accident repairs every year, if not more; and unlike Tesla’s Autopilot or similar piloted driving systems, requires a surprisingly small amount of gadgetry. I’m talking about blind spot detection, or BSD. If you’ve not tried a recent car with blind spot detection, it’s functionally pretty straightforward. Sensors in the sides of the car track traffic either side of your vehicle; if there’s something in that blind-spot, which you might not see if you glance into the side mirror normally, a light comes on to warn you. On some cars, that’s integrated into the A-pillar. On others, it shines through the side mirror glass itself. Opinions vary on how much the systems actually add to safety. Back in 2010, IIHS funded a study into BSD that concluded 395,000 crashes could be avoided each year were the system widespread. Of those incidents, 20,000 injuries and 393 fatalities could be prevented, the study estimated. The NHTSA is less ebullient, though agrees that “consensus is building that drivers may benefit from BSD systems that offer the potential to reduce crash rates, and by extension, reduce injuries and fatalities in lane change related crash scenarios.” It did its own simulations, based on a generic sensor, and estimated it could potentially prevent as many as 62,000 crashes. Of those, up to 3,000 injuries could be avoided, it estimated, and 61-95 fatalities. As a consequence, the NHTSA plans to add BSD testing to its future 5 star safety reports. Expected to begin from model year 2019 cars, there’ll be three such scenarios each vehicle runs through, dubbed POV pass-by, POV, and Secondary Other Vehicle (SOV) pass-by. Together, they’ll test the systems’ ability to detect vehicles at matching speeds alongside, vehicles about to overtake, and with overtaking vehicles on both sides. Exactly how performance in those tests will impact the current system of five star ratings remains to be seen. Currently, crash-avoidance technology – such as blind spot detection, lane-departure detection, automatic emergency braking, and other active safety features – isn’t taken into account. Come the updated tests, though, cars could well lose out on their four or five star ratings if they don’t include such technology, or if it doesn’t perform to the NHTSA’s standards. Still, there’s a gulf between encouraging adoption of BSD and making it mandatory, and I suspect it’s the latter which the NHTSA should be pushing for. There’s certainly prior form there: the fact that all cars sold in the US will need to have a reversing camera fitted as standard from 2018 is evidence of that. Previous requirements for things like safety belts and airbags may have seemed draconian to start, but were quickly acknowledged as vital to road traffic safety. I suspect blind spot detection could easily do the same. It’s a technology that, when you’ve driven for a while in a car fitted with it, stepping into a vehicle missing the system is noticeably jarring. Unlike emergency braking, or other similar last-resort safety add-ons, it’s something you make use of every day. Honestly, after several years of reviewing cars, it’s the option I’d most recommend checking when you order a new vehicle. NEXT UP: Watch Tesla’s Autopilot spot a crash before it happensReally, though, I’d prefer to see it be a non-option, because blind spot detection would be installed as standard. We’re some way off that point, yes, but the statistics and the driver feedback suggest the roads are ready – and could be safer – were it more widespread. Autonomous cars may one day allow us to ignore the traffic around us, but until that time, anything that gives us a better view of the road has to be a good thing. Story TimelineNHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance techAutomakers to NHTSA on self-driving cars: slow downDrivers, not ones and zeroes, the biggest roadblock to autonomous carsThe government wants to cripple your phone while driving Some car technology is frivolous or pure luxury; other added-extras are a matter of personal taste. If you want leather seats, or a 1,300W audio system, or autonomous parking, you probably should pay extra for it. Even some safety technology, like adaptive cruise control or active lane-keeping assistance, falls into the convenience category more than a must-have essential. last_img read more

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Bentleys future is transparent OLED and luxury carsharing

first_imgBentley may be an old brand but the luxury automaker is experimenting with cutting edge tech, exploring displays that appear like magic out of the woodwork. The British automaker discussed some of the ways it could use new technology like transparent OLED last week, when CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer spoke at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, USA. Meanwhile, like most automakers Bentley is considering the role of a car manufacturer in a future where individual ownership is predicted to dwindle. As you’d probably guess, though, Bentley’s potential fix for that is slightly different from the strategies of mass-market automakers. According to Dürheimer, the company’s approach to those with “an entirely different attitude towards vehicle ownership” and who “live in an increasingly urbanized world with all the mobility challenges and opportunities that this presents” is a new type of car sharing scheme. Think “Getaround for the 1-percent” rather than ZipCar. Billed as “a global Bentley customer network” the idea is a membership scheme for access to multiple cars, rather than ownership of a single vehicle. The “club” would allow members access to what the CEO describes as “a luxury mobility solution” in various cities around the world. The possibility is, Dürheimer highlights, only at the exploratory stage right now; it’s unclear how much it would cost, what locations it might operate in, and whether Bentley would add other concierge-style services like being able to access a private driver for an event or trip. As for what you might find inside those cars, Bentley is keen to point out that it’s not going to ditch the traditional luxury materials it has so many craftspeople working on. That means plenty of hand-finished wood, leather, and metal still, but perhaps with a geeky twist. One possibility, for instance, is overlaying a transparent OLED display across wood veneers.“These ultra-thin screens would be invisible except when in use, for example, to control the audio or HVAC systems,” Dürheimer explains. It wouldn’t be the first time OLED had made an appearance in car cabins, mind. Audi’s e-tron quattro concept took advantage of OLED’s support for irregularly-shaped panels to embed screens in sections of the door and other trim back in 2015, for instance. Last year, meanwhile, Cadillac and LG Display collaborated on curved OLED for the Escala Concept. NOW READ: 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed ReviewHowever neither automaker hid their displays in the trim as Bentley is suggesting. While pop-out screens and embedded touch-sensitive buttons aren’t unusual, a panel that’s hiding in plain sight would be more groundbreaking. That it would allow the British car maker to tick both its tech and classic craftsmanship boxes in the process is an added bonus.There’s no mention of whether Bentley plans to commercialize the OLED concept any time soon, mind, nor when it might launch the car club idea. Still, with Cadillac exploring new routes for luxury car use with its BOOK membership scheme, it arguably makes sense for Bentley to launch sooner rather than later. Story Timeline2016 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Lavish is an understatement2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First DriveNaim for Bentley unveils premium wireless speakers for the homeJust unveiled, the Bentley Continental Supersports is a 209 mph beastlast_img read more

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Skype on Web gets HD video calls recording and improved notifications

first_imgThe new features are available to users on Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.12 and higher, assuming they’re using either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Joining the new HD group and one-on-one video calling support is a call recording feature, which makes it possible for users to record their meetings and other important calls.As well, the new Skype for Web product features the software’s notification panel, which makes it easy to catch up on whatever took place while away. The notification panel includes @mentions within group conversations, message reactions from other users, and alerts when the user is quoted by someone else.With this update, Skype users on the Web now have access to the Chat Media Gallery, a feature that simplifies finding photos, links, and files that were shared in past conversations. This feature, which is already available in the desktop applications, makes it possible to find the content needed without resorting to scrolling back through old chat logs.Finally, the updated Skype for Web offering makes it easier for users to find messages within current conversations. This is achieved by typing out the key phrase or keyword in the search box and browsing through relevant conversation results. Users on Chrome and Microsoft Edge can access Skype for Web here. In addition to its desktop and mobile applications, Microsoft offers Skype on the Web, enabling users to access the service directly in their browser. In an update today, the company announced that its Skype for Web product has been updated with new features and support, including the ability to make high-definition video calls directly in Chrome and Edge. Story TimelineSkype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video callsSkype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitlesSkype background blur made possible with AIlast_img read more

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Kia teases 2019 Forte sedan with renderings ahead of Detroit debut

first_imgKia is gearing up to launch the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ahead of that official debut, Kia is teasing the all-new Forte with three renderings showing off the front/side profile, rear, and interior. The renderings look very nice. Exactly how much the actual car follows the style of these renderings remains to be seen. This is the third-gen Forte and Kia promises that it will maintain its “sporty and youthful image.” The big design change according to Kia will be a move from the cab-forward design of the previous version to a swept-back cab on the 2019.The hood has new creases for a muscular look and the Kia signature tiger nose grille is freshened. Headlights are “more dynamic” in design and layout. The rear bumper has separate signal and reverse indicators under the taillights.Kia used a horizontal strip to connect taillights to give the car width from behind. This is the same thing it did on the Sportage compact crossover. That means the two vehicles will have a familial look.Inside the interior is meant to give a feeling of openness and little clutter. There are minimal buttons placed below a large screen. The circular vents are similar to those found in the Stinger dash. SOURCE: Kialast_img read more

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Hondas Mean Mower V2 aims for 150 mph

first_imgSOURCE: Honda Honda has unveiled its latest version of the insane contraption called the Mean Mower. Mean Mower V2 is aiming for a top speed of 150mph and was built by Team Dynamics, Honda’s British Touring car Championship partner. This second iteration is a faster and meaner version of the original from 2014. While being insanely fast, the Mean Mower looks like a Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor. It can cut grass still using a pair of carbon fiber blades and a pair of electric motors to spin them. A chain runs to the rear wheels and the power is from a Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine. That engine is a monster 999cc four-cylinder unit making 190bhp and 13,000 rpm. All that power is crammed inside a mower that weighs in at only 69.1kg. That means a predicted power to weight ratio of 1000bhp/ton.Fireblade parts are used in other areas of the Mean Mower including the clutch, ECU, six-speed drivetrain, and the full-color LCD display. The gears are shifted via carbon fiber paddles on the steering wheel. Engineers are estimating 90mph in first gear.Brakes are important in a lawn mower that can hit 150mph and in this case braking uses four-piston calipers front and six in the rear. ATV wheels and racing tires handle the grip. Mean Mower will be driven by Jess Hawkins an experienced kart and car racer and stunt woman.last_img read more

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Works with Nest transition to Works with Google Assistant explained

first_imgAt I/O 2019 last week, Google announced that Nest would be its single brand not just for existing Nest products but also for its other smart home devices, like the Home smart speakers. It was meant to consolidate the branding strategy and lessen confusion but, as with any reorganization, it produces more confusion at the start. Now Google is providing details on how that transition will proceed, especially with the Works with Nest platform. It would have probably been fine if it were a simple rebranding. Part of the confusion, however, was with Google announcing that Works with Nest would become Works with Google Assistant. Which isn’t a simple change of names. It was a more or less completely different automation platform, with different rules and different integrations so Google is now setting the record straight.For one, end users who prefer to stay with their Nest account can do so but they won’t have any of the nifty new features Google is promising unless they move over to a Google account. If and when you are satisfied the Works with Nest (WWN) functionality is fully available on Works with Google Assistant (WWGA), you can seamless migrate your Nest account to a Google account. However, Google will no longer be accepting new WWN connections starting August 31.Google is positioning the move to WWGA as a huge win for the smart home market and Nest users as it makes available automation and integrations for over 3,500 partners and 30,000 devices, some of those including smartphones. On the flip side, it will also give Google Assistant the ability to trigger certain actions depending on whether you’re away or at home.AdChoices广告It won’t be a completely seamless transition, though. For example, Alexa Nest skills have to be moved to Google Assistant and that won’t happen automatically. Google is promising that it is working with partners and developers to get everything ready before it flips the switch in August.last_img read more

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MacBook Pro gets 8core CPU and keyboard update

first_imgThat could also mean up to 75-percent faster application of complex edits and filters in Photoshop, the company suggests. If you’ve got a 6-core MacBook Pro, meanwhile, Apple says you could expect 40-percent more performance from these new models. The new chips are offered in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and will support Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, meanwhile, also gets an upgrade. It can be had with speedier quad-core processors, that offer Turbo Boost of up to 4.7 GHz. Apple’s other specifications aren’t really changing, however. That means the usual Retina display – with 500 nits of brightness, True Tone automatic color tone adjustment based on the surrounding lighting conditions, and P3 wide color gamut support – and the Force Touch trackpad. SSD storage is still standard, as are Thunderbolt 3 ports alone for connectivity. 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019 refreshThe entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro will now have a 2.6 GHz Core i7 processor with 6-cores. It will support Turbo Boost of up to 4.5 GHz. Pricing will start at $2,399.Then there’ll be a 2.3 GHz Core i9, with eight cores. That will support up to 4.8 GHz Turbo Boost. Finally, there’ll be a maxed-out version of the notebook. That will have a 2.4 GHz Core i9 with eight cores, and a Turbo Boost top speed of 5.0 GHz. 13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 refreshApple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro will start out with a 2.4 GHz 8th Generation Core i5 quad-core processor. That has Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. It will start at $1,799.As an upgrade, there’ll be a new configuration of the notebook with a Core i7 quad-core. That will support up to 4.7 GHz Turbo Boost speeds. It’s worth noting that the new CPUs will only be showing up in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The non-Touch Bar version will stick with the existing dual-core chips it first offered back in 2017. Yet another keyboard updateApple also plans to tweak the keyboards on the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Now in their fourth iteration, the so-called Butterfly keys are getting another update to try to avoid the missed or repeated presses that some owners have struggled with. The change includes new materials in the keys, which Apple believes will be more reliable. Apple has added an eight-core MacBook Pro to its range, the first time the company has offered such potent processors in its notebooks. The new MacBook Pro taps Intel’s 8th and 9th Generation chips, for up to double the performance compared to an old, quad-core machine. last_img read more

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OnePlus 7 Pro gets first postlaunch update to address some issues

first_imgOnePlus seemed to have pulled out all the marketing stops when it launched the OnePlus 7 Pro last week, getting benchmarking sites to publish their reviews on day one. That set a high bar of expectation for the phone and, unfortunately, it seems to be coming up short of those expectations. The phone has been swamped with complaints, especially for its cameras. While this latest update doesn’t address the biggest ones, it at least paints the picture of a company that’s quick to roll out fixes. The list of fixes that OnePlus posted over at its forums might be a tad shorter than what OnePlus 7 Pro owners would have hoped. It mentions optimizing the Double Tap to Wake gesture and fixing Bluetooth audio delay when playing games. For those more interested in the camera-related fixes, this is their list.– Improved image quality in HDR scenarios– Improved image quality in low light– Fixed white balance issue in several scenarios– Fixed focus issue in several scenariosIt doesn’t yet mention the pain points new owners have been shouting about regarding the quality of the photos, even in well-lit environments. Some who have already received the update claim that the improvement is detectable but not as one would expect from DxOMark’s glowing review. As for the issue with the 3x telephoto zoom, OnePlus already has an answer for that which can be summarized as “it works as intended”.The update also doesn’t mention the other major bugs that OnePlus itself acknowledged to plague its phones, including ghost touches. Suffice it to say, OnePlus 7 Pro owners are rather up in arms about the quality of the phone not simply because some aspects, like camera performance, are particularly terrible. Some are more irked by how OnePlus seems to be engaging in deceptive marketing practices. Story TimelineOnePlus 7 Pro Review: A hero phone with a price to matchOnePlus 7 Pro owners are divided on camera qualityYour OnePlus 7 Pro may have a touchy issuelast_img read more

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Porsche and Audis battery supplier just invested in this ultrafast charging tech

first_imgAutomakers aren’t hanging around when it comes to speeding up charging. The 2019 Audi e-tron will support up to 150 kW chargers when it arrives in the US next year; Porsche’s Taycan sports sedan will double that to 300 kW. With its 800V architecture, Porsche says the Taycan will be able to add around 60 miles of range in just four minutes of charging. Now, Porsche and Audi’s battery supplier is putting a bet on another power technology. LG Chem has joined the rank of investors in Enevate, a startup which is developing silicon-dominant Li-ion batteries. Its system is called HD-Energy Technology, and it claims a five minute charge could take a battery to 75-percent of a charge. Give it 15 minutes, and you could be looking at a 90-percent charge. That’s 8x faster than conventional batteries, Enevate says, and more than 5x faster than the current crop of “fast charge” Li-ion packs. Just as important, the company claims four-times the energy density of conventional batteries, too. That could mean more range in a smaller overall package. Finally, there are improvements in temperature resilience, with Enevate’s batteries apparently capable of working in temperatures down to -40 degrees Centigrade. Cold weather conditions are one of the biggest challenges for EVs, with efficiency dropping markedly as the temperature does. Enevate says that its cells also recharge more rapidly under regenerative braking, topping up the power with electricity generated by slowing the car or when going down hills. It was enough to already gain the attention of several well-known investors, including Samsung Ventures, the electronics behemoth’s venture capital arm. Now, high volume battery manufacturer LG Chem is getting in on the action. Enevate isn’t saying quite how much it has raised in its most recent funding round, but it’s calling out the South Korean firm as a key participant. For a key battery player like LG Chem, dramatically improving performance across charging times, energy density, and overall flexibility in differing conditions is key to EVs taking off. Enevate certainly isn’t the only company promising big advantages, of course, but if it can deliver – at scale – on its claims then it could be another big step forward for electric vehicles. Range anxiety may be gradually ebbing as electric cars get longer lasting batteries, but the length of time it takes to recharge remains one of the big headaches compared to gas engines. Increasingly, though, fast charging technologies are promising to address that hurdle too, and getting the attention of the big EV battery suppliers in the process. last_img read more

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Tesla set new production and delivery records in Q2 2019

first_imgDuring its second quarter of 2019, Tesla said on Monday that it had made ‘significant progress’ in streamlining its global logistics and delivery operations at higher volumes. These changes bring improvements and cost efficiencies to the company’s ‘working capital position.’In Q2, Tesla produced a combined total of 14,517 Model S and Model X vehicles, as well as 87,048 Model 3 cars. The automaker revealed that it received more orders during the second quarter than deliveries, meaning it will cruise into its third quarter with a larger order backlog.Despite that, the company said as part of its announcement, ‘We believe we are well positioned to continue growing total production and deliveries in Q3.’ More than 7,400 vehicles ordered by customers were in transit by the end of Q2, according to Tesla. This will be the last time the automaker reveals how many customer vehicles are in transit at the end of the quarter, however, with Tesla explaining:Due to the order-to-VIN matching process we described in our Q1 2019 Shareholder Letter, which we extended to Model S and Model X in Q2 to improve process efficiency, this metric has become less relevant. As a result, we do not plan to disclose the customer vehicles in transit metric going forward.The figures confirm the expectations set by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in an email that surfaced last week. In it, Musk had said the company was set to hit a new quarterly vehicle delivery record. Ultimately, the company exceeded analysts’ expectations, which had set Tesla’s Q2 vehicle deliveries at an anticipated 91,000. Story TimelineBMW made a prototype Tesla Model S killerTesla hunts in-house battery breakthroughTesla’s production chief just joined EV rival Lucid Motors In an announcement on Monday, Tesla revealed record vehicle production and deliveries during its second fiscal quarter of the year. According to the automaker, it produced 87,048 vehicles during Q2 2019 and shipped around 95,200 vehicles during the same quarter. Of its quarterly deliveries, 77,500 were Model 3 and the remaining 17,650 were Model S and Model X cars.last_img read more

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HTC Wildfire E to revive forgotten brand in Russia

first_imgHTC is one of the embattled smartphone companies that just refuses to say “Uncle!”. Year after year, it puts out smartphones that fail to reach sales targets. Despite rumors that it’s winding down its mobile business or focusing on niche markets with its Exodus blockchain phone, the company keeps putting on a strong face. It might have found another way to get its phones around by partnering with local companies to produce or market HTC-branded phones like a never before heard Wildfire E in Russia. The Wildfire has been one of HTC’s oldest phone brands, launching first in 2010 and again in 2011 with the Wildfire S pictured above. Even back then, the Wildfire was marked by its low-end specs and now it seems that this so-called Wildfire E will carry on that lineage. In 2019 budget specs, of course.According to Russian media, this HTC Wildfire E will be powered by a UniSoc SC9863 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The 5.45-inch IPS screen will have an 18:9 HD+ resolution. It will all be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.Despite the presumably diminutive size and low-end specs, the Wildfire E will boast of a dual camera system with a 13 megapixel main sensor and a 2 megapixel assistant. The front will supposedly have a 5 megapixel shooter. To keep costs down, the phone will go old school with micro USB and 3.5 mm ports.AdChoices广告What’s rather interesting about the phone isn’t just the phone itself but the company that will be behind. HTC won’t be the one to do the marketing and selling of the HTC Wildfire E but will leave in the hands of Ark Devices. The Russian company has been responsible for bringing Chinese brands like ZTE’s nubia to the country with mixed success. Perhaps it could put that same magic to use in HTC’s favor.last_img read more