New Maruti Suzuki Dzire involved in high speed accident with Tata Safari Storme

first_imgIn an unfortunate event, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Dzire was involved in a high speed accident with a Tata Safari Storme on Thursday morning near Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. A DriveSpark reader shared the image, which clearly shows that the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, which is slated for its launch on May 16, has suffered a nasty blow to its driver’s side door and the headlamps.The 2017 Dzire is the new generation compact sedan from Maruti Suzuki which will launch in India on May 16. This incident, just a few days ahead of its launch, puts serious light on the safety of the upcoming Dzire.2017 Maruti Suzuki DzireHowever, one more report suggest that it was the Tata Safari Storme who was the main culprit for the accident as the big SUV tried overtaking the new Dzire at a high speed. Due to rash driving, the driver of the Safari Storme lost control and thus collided with the new Dzire, resulting in the serious accident.The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire is made of 66 per cent high tensile steel, that makes it durable to such kind of incidents. Moreover, the new Dzire also meets the Bharat NCAP crash test norms and comes with latest HEARTECT platform, which makes it lighter, stronger, more rigid and crash safer.The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with latest HEARTECT platform, which makes it lighter, stronger, more rigid and crash safer.Engine:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 bhp of maximum power and 115 Nm of maximum torque, while the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine churns out peak power of 74 bhp and peak torque of 190 Nm.advertisementTransmission:Both the engines will come mated to a AGS unit. The petrol engine will also come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.Design:The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper  and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels.Features:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others.Dimensions:The new generation Dzire will be 3995 mm in length, 1735 mm in width, 1515mm in height and 163 mm of ground clearance.Competition:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will compete against the recently launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, new Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.Price:We expect the new generation Dzire to come for a base price of Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the top end variant.(Photo Credit: DriveSpark )ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Everything you need to knowALSO READ:New Maruti Suzuki Dzire will be most fuel efficient diesel car in Indialast_img read more

Veteran journalist dies after falling into river

first_imgChennai, May 17 (PTI) Senior journalist C P Pradeep Kumar died after he fell into the Adyar river here while crossing a causeway over it, police said today. Pradeep Kumar (58) was heading the Sports desk of city based English eveninger News Today where he had joined only two months ago. In a career spaning over 30 years, he had worked with newspapers including the The New Indian Express, Times of India and The Statesman in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and New Delhi. Besides sports, he has covered other fields too, including politics. Police, quoting eyewitnesses, said Pradeep reportedly tripped and fell into the river on Monday night. The low-roof causeway has no parapet walls and it is too close to the river. Also, the area is poorly lit. Efforts of local men and police to save him turned futile as they could not locate him in the sludge amid darkness. His body was found floating yesterday and it was handed over to the family today after completion of formalities, police said. The journalists body is being taken to his home town of Kollam in Kerala, for the last rites. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and son. Pradeeps wife Smitha is a senior civil servant with the Puducherry government.PTI VGN BNlast_img read more

Students in a fix after DU law seats reduced to 1440 from 2310

first_imgTill the decision on the reduction of seats for Law courses is finalised, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University’s Law Centre to invite applications for this year’s course for 1,440 seats.The High Court is hearing a plea moved by the Law Centre against the Bar Council of India that has reduced the number of seats to 1,440 from 2,310. The move comes as a big jolt for the prospective candidates owing to the growing popularity of the course as well as the faculty.With the rising popularity of the law course and the faculty of Delhi University’s Law Centre, the move has come as a jolt to the prospective candidates and makes the entry into the premier institution difficult.PIL FILEDThe court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija, who has claimed that a large number of students, especially those who have done their graduation, would be affected if the seats were reduced.The petitioner has also said by reducing the seats, public money, which is used to provide grant to the varsity, was not being put tooptimal use.The PIL has sought a direction to strike down Rule 5 A, claiming it was arbitrary, capricious and violative of fundamental rights.Under Rule 5 A, the number of seats per college or centre is capped at 300 which would come to a total of 900 seats for DU’s three law centres. However, this limit can be relaxed under the exception clause. The court on June 5 had asked BCI why it had settled on a figure of 1,440 seats for DU’s law faculty and not 2,000. The Bar council of India listed several issues like poor infrastructure, inadequate number of teachers and other facilities as a reason for taking this step.advertisementIDEAL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIOVed Kumari, Law faculty dean of the Delhi University said the centre has been working on strengthening the infrastructure of the centre and that the recruitment of the faculty members was under process as well that would improve student-teacher ratio to 1:19, as compared to the present scenario which 1:41.As per Bar Council of India, the ideal ratio is 1:40. “The national policy is to increase access to education. The Delhi University contributes to this goal by providing affordable and quality legal education students from all across the country. “The decrease in the seats will push students to take up law course in private universities that are indeed expensive,” she told MAIL TODAY. Bar council of India regulates the provision of legal education in Indian universities.INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS EVERY YEARProfessor Vikas Kumar, who is in the admission committee for the Law centre, said, “Every year there is an increase in the number of applications we receive for the limited number of seats. The cut in the seats is a setback for the course. It is going to have a long-lasting impact on the students who seek their career in law.”Every year DU witnesses at least 10 per cent increase in application for Law courses. Last year, DU received as much as 23,000 applications.Bar council of India had also reduced seats for the Law course in Allahabad university and Benaras Hindu University.Also Read:DU Admissions 2017 begin today at du.ac.in: All you need to know DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per centlast_img read more

Stats: India most dominant Test side since December 2014

first_imgSpin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each to help India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday. (SCORECARD)Chasing a mammoth 550, Sri Lanka, reduced to nine men after skipper Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne were ruled out, failed to put up a fight before being bundled out for 245 in their second innings.India’s spin duo of Ashwin (3/65) and Jadeja (3/71) dominated with the ball on the penultimate day of the match as opener Dimuth Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella provided some resistance before falling on respective scores of 97 and 67.Here are some of the stats and records from the match:- The last time India toured Sri Lanka in August 2015, they lost in the Galle Test. Since then they have had a 75% win percentage. India have played 24 Test matches since then, winning 18, drawing five and losing just one.  – The 304-run win is India’s biggest ever by run margin outside India. Their previous best being 279-run win against England at Leeds in 1986.- Sri Lanka, on the other hand, succumbed to their biggest defeat at home by run margin. Pakistan had beaten them by 301 runs at Colombo in 1994.- India can start to make a habit of scoring 600+ totals in Tests, as they have ended up on the victorious side 14 times whenever the first innings score has gone over 600, while they have drawn equal number of times.- Since the Boxing Day Test match of 2014, India have won the most number of Tests with 18 wins in 28 games. Second on that list is Australia with 15 (out of 30), next England  with 13 (out of 33) followed by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand all with 11 wins and South Africa winning 10 test matches.advertisement- Instrumental in India’s such good run of form would be their mercurial captain Virat Kohli, who is now tied in third with Michael Vaughan on 17 wins after 27 matches as the skipper on the all time list which is led by two Australians – Steve Waugh (20 wins), followed by Ricky Ponting (19 wins).- On the opposite spectrum, Kohli is second on the list of fewest losses after 27 Tests as captain. Fellow Indian, Sunil Gavaskar, leads the list with just two losses , followed by Ray Illingworth (England), Viv Richards (West Indies), Ricky Ponting (Australia), MS Dhoni (India) and Kohli, all of whom have three losses.- As Kohli reached his 17th Test hundred, he completed the task of reaching the three-figure mark for the 10th time. He thus became the fifth fastest to reach the mark in 44 innings. Ahead of him is the are the likes of Don Bradman, Mahela Jayawardene, Steve Smith and Steve Waugh (is descending order).- Something that Kohli can be proud about is the fact he is the only male-cricketer to have an average of more than 50 in all three recognised formats of the game in International level at the moment.- Dimuth Karunaratne isn’t that fortunate, he was dismissed for 97, missing his 6th Test 100 as an opener. Only Marvan Atapattu (16), Sanath Jayasuriya (13), Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) have made more centuries as an opener in the Sri Lankan colours.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Full specs leaked, top features and price rumoured

first_imgSamsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 — in New York City on August 23. Ahead of its launch, Samsung’s next Note has leaked in its full glory courtesy serial tipster Evan Blass, who also goes by the twitter handle @evleaks. The tipster has not only managed to get a hold of what he says are official press renders, he’s also managed to get a hold of the full and final spec-sheet of the phone in question.The phone, on the basis of what Blass reveals, looks like a powerhouse and much more different compared to the Galaxy S8 Plus. This is a welcome change compared to last year when the Galaxy Note 7 looked so very like the Galaxy S7 Plus. But this time around it’s the camera that is giving the Note 8 an edge over the Galaxy S8 Plus, even though in terms of size and design there might be big similarities. But we get ahead of ourselves. Before we talk more about the Galaxy Note 8, here is a quick look at the phone’s specs and top features. Although Blass has history in his favor and also a ‘person who briefed him on the device’s final configuration’ we still suggest you take the following piece of information with a pinch of salt.Specifications:Processor: Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy S flagship phones in India, so chances are Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in the US.advertisementRAM: The Galaxy Note 8 will be the second high-end flagship from Samsung — at least in India — to come with 6 gigs of RAM. The company had only recently launched a bumped up 6 gig RAM variant of the incumbent Galaxy S8+ here to boost sales.Internal storage: The Galaxy Note 8 will come with at least 64GB of internal storage which will be expandable via a micro-SD card.Screen: Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will come with Samsung’s proprietary Infinity display. Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, it will boast of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. The Galaxy Note 8 will be only marginally bigger than the Galaxy S8+. While the Galaxy S8+ is a 6.2-inch phone, the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a 6.3-inch screen. The 6.3-inch screen of the Galaxy Note 8 will further have a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution on top a Super AMOLED panel. The phone will also have an always-on display like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.Rear camera: The Galaxy Note 8 will come with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras. This makes it the first Samsung phone to come with the dual-camera feature, similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation will be wide-angle, the second 12-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilisation will be telephoto for 2X optical zoom.Front camera: Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will sport an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and f/1.7 apertureSoftware: The Galaxy Note 8 will run Android Nougat (preferably Android 7.1.1) based Samsung Experience UI.Battery: The Galaxy Note 8 will be backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is bigger than the 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 but still smaller than the 3,500mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8+. Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will support fast and wireless charging.Special features:– Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be a long continuous sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge display and no physical buttons. It will look exactly like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ with some minor tweaks here and there to justify its Note heritage. This means the Galaxy Note 8 will be a little more boxy rather than the curvy in comparison to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Its physical dimensions are said to be 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm and it will — just like other Note phones — come with an pop-out S-Pen stylus. Samsung has been known to improve the S-Pen, adding more functions to it, in each successive iteration. The S-Pen on-board the infamous Note 7 came with a “smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity to emulate a real pen-like experience,” according to Samsung. It came with some new and improved features like the ability to magnify and translate content straight off the bat. It could also make GIFs out of videos. advertisement– The dual-camera feature seems to be the big Galaxy Note 8 feature. This is the first time we are going to see a dual-camera setup in the Samsung phone, and that too in a flagship phone. This is one area where Apple, with its iPhone 7 Plus, was winning brownie points. But with the Note 8, Samsung can at least match the iPhone 7 Plus specs by specs. The dual camera set-up in the Note 8 will also come with the similar 2X zoom feature that the iPhone 7 Plus has.   — Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will boast of a glass and metal body, and near bezel-less screens. It will likely come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as on the back.– The front, in the case of the Galaxy Note 8, will be clean and without any buttons. It will come with a front-mounted home button, only that it will be software-based. So will be the back and recent keys. The phone will also come with a dedicated Bixby button on the left just like it is in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.– Bixby, for your reference, is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Bixby, for instance, can be used to search for images. Also, it can be used to get details about nearby places.– The Galaxy Note 8 will have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner right adjacent to the dual camera module. Features like iris scanner and facial recognition for added security are also expected. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay will be also built-in.– Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.Price and availability: The Galaxy Note 8 will be available starting from September in as many as four colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. In Europe, the Galaxy Note 8 will cost 1,000 euros which roughly translates to Rs 75,408. Considering the fact that the Galaxy S8+ already sells for an upwards of Rs 60,000 the Galaxy Note 8 touching the Rs 70,000 price point won’t be surprising.Also Read: This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8last_img read more

Ben Stokes will be missed but England can win Ashes without him, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root believes the absence of vice-captain and all-rounder Ben Stokes from the start of the Ashes tour to Australia offers an opportunity for others to shine.Stokes was arrested last month after an incident on a night out in Bristol following a one-day international, and released without charge, but remains under police investigation.Key to England’s hopes of avoiding a repeat of a humiliating 5-0 whitewash on their last trip to Australia four years ago, he will not travel with the rest of the squad when they fly out on Saturday but could join up later.”We’ve just got to sit tight and wait,” Root told reporters about when or whether that will happen.”It’s obviously disappointing that Ben’s not going to be with us, but it’s a very strong squad. It gives other guys opportunities to stand up, put their stamp on test cricket and do something special.Reuters Photo”He’s a fine player but I see a squad more than capable of going over there and doing something really special.”If you don’t believe that you can come back winning there’s no point getting on the plane.”England play a first warm-up match in Perth on Nov. 4 with the first Test starting on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.As well as regaining the Ashes at home in 2015, they won both series against South Africa and West Indies during their home season this year but failed to find a reliable number three or number five batsman.Tom Westley was tried, then left out of the tour squad, while Gary Ballance and James Vince have been recalled.advertisementPaceman Steve Finn was added following the police investigation into Stokes and there are three uncapped players in the party: fast bowler Craig Overton, leg-spinner Mason Crane and deputy wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.”I look everyone in the eye and they’re all very keen to get out there and determined to win and come home successful,” Root added.last_img read more

Giannena Stuns Olympiakos, 3-1

first_imgATHENS — Olympiakos failed to clinch the Greek league title April 5 as it lost 3-1 to Giannena, delaying the leader’s celebrations for at least one more round.Olympiakos would have secured the title with a victory and is still the overwhelming title favorite with a nine-point lead over Panathinaikos with four rounds left. Olympiakos also has a game in hand.Also, third-place PAOK beat Xanthi 2-1, Ergotelis defeated Panthrakikos by the same score and Panionios beat Panetolikos 3-0.At Giannena, Brana Ilic opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, against the run of play, after an error by Luca Milivojevic.Michalis Manias made it 2-0 in the 42nd. Milivojevic pulled one back in the 69th with a 25-meter (yard) drive and Olympiakos pressed for an equalizer, but Noe Acosta rounded off the win on the break in the 74th. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ovechkin Guarantees Caps Win

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin certainly can talk the talk, from his “All series, baby” jab aimed at Henrik Lundqvist during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, to his assertion that the Washington Capitals will eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 7.And Capitals coach Barry Trotz is absolutely fine with his captain’s bravado.“His whole career, he’s said stuff,” Trotz said at the team’s practice facility on Monday, a day off for the players. “Every year, he says stuff that (is) bold — and he backs it up, usually.”After New York held off a rally to edge Washington 4-3 May 10 and force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Ovechkin said: “We’re going to come back and win this series.”Moments later, the three-time MVP and five-time NHL goal-scoring champion added: “We’re going to play our game and we’re going to come back and we’re going to play Montreal or Tampa,” a reference to the possible opponents in the conference final.Asked about Ovechkin’s statements, Trotz said: “That’s what leaders do. I think leaders say, ‘This is what we need to do. This is what we’re going to do.’ I have a lot more respect for someone who will be bold enough to say, ‘I’m the leader of the hockey team. We’re going to go there and give our best game and we’re going to win the hockey game.’”Trotz continued: “I mean, come on. What do you expect a player to say? I love that. I love that a player has got the wherewithal to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go there and we’re going to go after them and we’re going to leave it out there.’ … That’s the mindset you need to have. If you don’t have that, you might as well pack your bags.”After scoring in Washington’s 2-1 victory in Game 1, Ovechkin skated behind Lundqvist’s net and told him, “All series, baby! All series.”Ovechkin scored again in Game 2, but not since, as the Capitals have let a 3-1 series lead disappear by losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly two months.The Russian left wing, whose 53 goals led the league, only had one scoring drought all season that was longer than his current four-game rut — a six-gamer from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, more than half a year ago.His linemate, center Nicklas Backstrom, led the NHL in assists and finished sixth in points, but he has zero goals against the Rangers.This will be the ninth time in that duo’s 11 career playoff series that Game 7 was required. The Capitals have gone 3-5, including a pair of losses to Lundqvist and the Rangers in 2012 and 2013.After the May 10 loss, the Capitals insisted they were encouraged by having scored a pair of third-period goals after trailing 4-1.Ovechkin took that a step further, saying about the Rangers: “They’re afraid, because we’re big and strong and you can see how we score goals. We just put bodies in front of Lundqvist and it goes in.”Since 1985, the Capitals have managed to lose nine series in which they led 2-0 or 3-1.When the topic of the franchise’s past playoff stumbles was raised, Trotz offered a sampling of what sounded like a pregame motivational speech.“I don’t see a Stanley Cup banner here, yet. So history — you have to make your own history,” Trotz said, sprinkling in a reference to the Boston Red Sox ending their 86-year wait for a World Series title in 2004.“I was reading some stuff. Our record’s not very good as an organization. True. Absolutely true,” he said. “But we can change that. I would think, just looking at some of the numbers, the odds are in our favor right now, right?”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ACC Suspends Football Refs

first_imgCORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Atlantic Coast Conference threw some penalty flags of its own, suspending the officiating crew that worked the Miami-Duke game for two league contests after finding they committed “a series of errors” that allowed the Hurricanes to score a wild last-play touchdown and pull out a win.The ACC said the crew committed four errors on that play, the most grievous being not seeing Miami running back Mark Walton’s knee was down as he threw one of the eight laterals the Hurricanes used on their desperate kickoff return. If that was noticed, Duke would have prevailed because no time was left on the clock.Per league rule, the outcome — Miami 30, Duke 27 — cannot be overturned.“At the end of the day, we got the win,” Miami’s Corn Elder, who took the final lateral 91 yards for the winning score, said after the Hurricanes returned from Duke. “So no matter what they say, we won. That’s all that matters.”That surely wasn’t Duke’s opinion, nor was it that of the ACC.“Unfortunately, there is no mechanism that I know of in place to reverse an outcome of a game,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “I do believe that there should be. … What instant replay is in place for is to get it right. And we did not get it right.”The on-field crew members — referee Jerry Magallanes, umpire Terrence Ramsay, linesman Mike Owens, line judge Jim Slayton, back judge Robert Luklan, field judge Bill Dolbow, side judge Michael McCarthy and center judge Tracy Lynch — got two-game bans, as did the game’s replay official and communicator.In addition to not seeing that Walton was down, the ACC said the crew also missed a block in the back, erred in how they waved off an erroneous penalty call and should have penalized Miami’s Rashawn Scott for running from the sideline onto the field in celebration before the play was over.None of those three events would have ended the game, but had Walton been ruled down correctly, all that would have been moot.“I knew I was going down, so I was just trying to throw the ball back,” Walton said. “The referee made a good call.”The ACC disagreed. “The last play of the game was not handled appropriately,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said.Plenty of other plays left both sides seething, including three pass-interference calls against the Hurricanes on the final drive and Miami insisting that the Blue Devils’ touchdown run to end that possession — giving Duke a 27-24 lead with 6 seconds left — should have been negated.Officials ruled Duke’s Thomas Sirk carried the ball into the end zone; video replays were far from conclusive and Miami believed Juwon Young kept him from the goal line.“They didn’t get in,” Miami interim coach Larry Scott said.Miami was flagged 23 times — not only a school and ACC record, but the second-most in major college football history — compared to only five penalties against Duke. The 18-penalty disparity had been seen at the FBS level only one other time in the last 20 years.No team in the country has been penalized more this season than Miami, and the Hurricanes found the late pass-interference calls particularly troubling since one negated what would have been a game-sealing interception.Still, Duke felt the Hurricanes got away with one.“I certainly get what coach Scott’s saying,” Cutcliffe said. “I think they could have called more, to be honest with you. And that’s just as honest as I can be.”The Hurricanes play host to Virginia on Nov. 7 while Duke visits North Carolina. Duke (6-2, 3-1) still controls its destiny in the ACC’s Coastal Division race, and Miami (5-3, 2-2) also remains in the division-crown mix.The saga adds just another chapter to a most challenging few days for the Hurricanes.Al Golden was fired as head coach last Sunday, a day after a 58-0 loss to Clemson that was the worst defeat in Miami history.Star quarterback Brad Kaaya didn’t make the Duke trip, left home with a concussion. Cornerback Artie Burns’ mother died unexpectedly Nov. 2. Reserve defensive tackle Michael Wyche was arrested Oct. 28, accused of committing battery against his girlfriend.And Kaaya’s backup, Malik Rosier, threw for 272 yards Oct. 31 — then stayed behind for evaluation of an undisclosed medical problem before returning to Coral Gables later Nov. 1. Scott said Rosier was doing well, and that the team was hoping for more information on Kaaya’s progress on Nov. 2.“It’s been a crazy week,” said Elder, who was flagged twice for pass interference on Duke’s final drive. “It started off rough but it feels good to be able to win, and today, finally, be happy.”___TIM REYNOLDS and JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports WritersTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Canadiens Beat The Devils, 3-2

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — There are a few reasons the Montreal Canadiens have the NHL’s best record.Rookie goaltender Mike Condon’s play in place of sidelined NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price has been a big one.Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto scored in regulation and again in the shootout, Condon made 25 saves and the Canadiens rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Nov. 27 for their fourth straight win.“We never give up,” said Andrighetto, who has two goals in three games since being recalled from the AHL. “It shows we kept pushing and we all believed. We all pulled in the same direction with the bad start we had.”Andrighetto got the game winner with a snap shot off the post that beat Cory Schneider.Condon preserved the win by stopping Patrik Elias with his pad on the Devils’ fifth attempt in the shootout.“This is huge,” said Condon, now 8-2-2. “Anytime you get a win it’s huge. It’s not about one guy. We got contributions in the shootout and we stuck with it even when we were down 2-0. That’s a key part of our game.”Condon thought he had lost the game for a split second. With the shootout tied 1-all, Lee Stempniak had a chance to win the game on the Devils’ third attempt. His backhander hit the post, but Condon briefly left the crease thinking it was in and the game was over.It wasn’t, and Montreal improved to 18-4-2.Adam Henrique and Stempniak scored for the Devils in regulation. Jacob Josefson had the only New Jersey tally in the shootout. The Devils have lost four of five games.“I think if you really look at the game, Schneider made some unbelievable saves and we could have been down,” Devils coach John Hynes said.“That’s a high-end offensive team. It’s a very good team with good goaltending. We stuck with it and competed hard. We found a way to get a point. We would have liked to have had two.”Cory Schneider had two outstanding stops in overtime, including a point-blank save on Max Pacioretty on a power play in the waning seconds and a short-handed stop on Tomas Plekanec’s breakaway.Andrighetto pulled Montreal within 2-1 with 4:43 left in the second period, and then Galchenyuk tied it with 8:46 left in the third.Price is sidelined again with a lower-body injury. He just recently returned after missing eight games with the same injury.This was the opener of a home-and-home series with the teams playing in Montreal on Nov. 28.After a scoreless first period, the Devils jumped ahead 2-0 in the opening 9:06 of the second period, only to see the Canadiens rally to tie it.Galchenyuk scored by using his speed on a breakaway. Pacioretty set it up with a pass that allowed Galchenyuk to split defensemen Andy Greene and Adam Larsson and beat Schneider with a backhander for his third goal in as many games.“I’m relaxed, having fun and just trying to go out there and made plays,” said Galchenyuk, who was switched to a line with Plekanec and Pacioretty in the period. “It definitely paid off for me.”Montreal got back in the game late in the second period. Lars Eller kept a clearing pass by Devils defenseman Jon Merrill in the attacking zone and Andrighetto beat Schneider with a shot that handcuffed him.Schneider robbed Plekanec with a diving glove save with 3:32 left in the first period and stopped David Desharnais in close on a rebound a minute later. He also stopped Desharnais on a 2-on-1 break in the second period.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hornets Buzz The Nets, 104-96

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Charlotte Hornets have finally figured out the road, though Kemba Walker has long known about winning in New York.Walker scored 28 points, Al Jefferson added 18 in his second game back from right knee surgery, and the Hornets extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 21.Walker scored 12 points in the third quarter and then heated up again when the Nets cut the lead to 95-91. The Bronx native drove for a layup with about 4 1/2 minutes left and his 3-pointer with 1:46 to play essentially put it away at 102-91.“The bigger the stage obviously, right? From the time I think he’s been a young kid … from Rice (High School) to obviously UConn to here, and I just think the bigger the game, but I think he likes to come home,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.The Hornets also posted a season-best fourth straight win on the road, a winning streak they will bring to Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland on Feb. 24.Charlotte was just 6-17 away from home before this road run.“We’re just very conscious of it now, we know that we have to play better on the road and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Walker said.Nicolas Batum had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which improved to 6-1 in February and is up to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.“The only thing about the NBA, though, win or lose, that moment only can last for a short period of time because you’ve got to get ready for the next game,” Jefferson said. “It’s a great feeling as of right now, we’re playing well, especially winning games on the road, but we’ve still got a long road trip to go.”Charlotte’s Jeremy Lin scored 11 points, and Marvin Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds.Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets in their final game before a nine-game road trip. Brook Lopez had 16 points, including his first 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer. He added 10 rebounds and six assists, his most in a game in nearly six years.Jefferson came off the bench to make his first five shots and finished 9 for 13 with seven rebounds. He missed 23 games before returning for Charlotte’s 98-95 win at Milwaukee on Feb. 19.Courtney Lee started and scored five points for the Hornets in his first game after being acquired from Memphis before the trade deadline.The Hornets opened a 15-point lead in the second quarter while holding the Nets to a lengthy drought without a field goal, but Brooklyn got it down to 55-48 by halftime.Walker then made 5 of 6 shots in the third as Charlotte opened its biggest lead at 86-70 on the play before Lopez’s desperation 3-pointer.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Giannis and Kostas Antetokounmpo Connect in Milwaukee

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18,000 fans in the stands and one on the opposing bench.Monday’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks was an impromptu reunion for Greek brothers Giannis and Kostas Antetokounmpo, one of them likely to be announced later this week as a captain for the All-Star Game and the other still looking for his NBA debut. Kostas Antetokounmpo accompanied Dallas on its road trip, but his only on-court action came during warmups.They left the arena together, alongside their mother.“I wish I’d played against him,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “But those few moments that we spent before the game and during the game and after the game, they were amazing.”So it didn’t happen Monday, but an Antetokounmpo vs. Antetokounmpo matchup probably will happen eventually.A few years from now, there might be plenty of options for the family to choose from.Eldest brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo appeared in two games with New York three years ago, neither of those against Milwaukee. Kostas Antetokounmpo has yet to make his debut, but Dallas likes the way he’s progressing. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be a star for many years to come. And both Kostas and Giannis have said that Alex — a high schooler who is just 17 years old — might have the most talent of them all.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, and Dallas Mavericks’ Kostas Antetokounmpo, left, pose for a photo before an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is on a two-way contract with the Texas Legends of the G League, is getting closer to NBA minutes.“He needs to develop that consistent motor,” Carlisle said. “His brother is a great example of that. Kostas has made significant improvements, particularly over the last few weeks, and that’s one of the reasons he’s on this trip. He’s earned it.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, and Milwaukee beat Dallas 116-106.—By TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Ferrari Misses Out on a Podium Place at F1 Australian GP (Vid)

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Ferraris were touted as the fastest cars on the F1 circuit when Sebastian Vettel arrived with the intention of winning his third consecutive Australian Grand Prix title.That would have equaled the great Michael Schumacher’s mark in Melbourne. They’ll leave without a podium place and, worryingly for the Scuderia faithful, after conceding a 57-second margin to Valtteri Bottas, who led Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 finish for Mercedes on Sunday.More concerning for Ferrari was the 35-second gap to Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who overtook Vettel on the outside and finished in third place. Four-time world champion Vettel, who beat Lewis Hamilton here in the previous two years but finished second to the Mercedes driver in the season championships in 2017 and ’18, finished a distant fourth. Charles Leclerc was fifth in his first GP for Ferrari, his best result ever in F1, but the 21-year-old from Monaco had a few driver issues.“I guess we were just slow,” Vettel said. “I was struggling with the tires, but even ignoring the lap l pitted, it looks like everyone else was having way less problems than l was.”Fair to say @redbullracing and @HondaRacingF1’s first date went well ?One race, one podium in the bag thanks to @Max33Verstappen’s move ?#AusGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/2cq0TekFam— Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019At one point in the race, Vettel even asked the team crew over the radio why the cars weren’t quicker.Vettel was fastest enough in qualifying to start in third spot on the grid, but didn’t have the pace to get close to the Mercedes or Verstappen’s Red Bull. His fastest lap of 1 minute, 27.954 seconds — on the 16th — was well behind Bottas’ bonus-point winning 1:25.580 and was slower even than Lance Stroll, Danill Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, who placed ninth, 10th and 11th.Team principal Mattia Binotto had forecast issues when he said on the eve of the race that winter testing was nothing like the racing environment, and Mercedes remained the team to beat.It turned out he was right, at least for Melbourne. What the first GP has shown, definitely, is that 2019 is unlikely to be a tussle just between Mercedes and Ferrari.By: John Pye, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vladdy Jr. Hits First 2 HRs, Youngest Blue Jay To Go Deep (Vids)

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first two major league home runs Tuesday night, becoming the youngest player in Blue Jays history to touch ’em all.The touted 20-year-old homered in the first inning against Giants opener Nick Vincent, his first in 14 big league games. His drive to straightaway center was measured at 111.3 mph and traveled an estimated 438 feet.You’ll never forget where you were for this one!#LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/ZeuDRgHXi2— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 15, 2019The Toronto slugger added an even more impressive blast in the sixth off Reyes Moronta, a three-run drive estimated at 451 feet.HE DID IT AGAIN! #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/c0eZuyws8f— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 15, 2019Two-sport star Danny Ainge was the youngest Blue Jay to homer, doing so on June 2, 1979 at 20 years, 77 days old. Guerrero is younger by 18 days.The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero entered the day batting .191 with one RBI. The family already had long-ball history at Oracle Park — the elder Guerrero won the 2007 Home Run Derby at the waterfront stadium.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bill Buckner, Forever Known For October Error, Dies At 69

first_imgBill Buckner was an All-Star and batting champion, a gritty gamer who was welcome on any team.A reliable fielder, too.But a little grounder forever changed his legacy.Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through his legs during the 1986 World Series, died Monday. He was 69.“He deserved better,” former Dodgers teammate Bobby Valentine tweeted .Buckner died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia, his family said in a statement. The disease causes Alzheimer’s-like symptoms along with movement and other problems.Buckner made his major league debut as a teenager, played until he was 40 and amassed 2,715 hits in between. Yet for all he accomplished, it was his error at first base in the 1986 World Series that fans always remembered.Trying for their first crown since 1918, the Boston Red Sox led the New York Mets 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 at Shea Stadium. The Mets tied it with two outs, then Wilson hit a roller up the first base line that got past a gimpy Buckner, a misplay that let Ray Knight rush home from second base with the winning run.FILE – In this Oct. 25, 1986, file photo, Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner misplays the ball during during Game 6 of the World Series against the New York Mets. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via AP, File)The Red Sox lost 8-5 in Game 7, and their World Series drought continued until they won the championship in 2004.In the aftermath of Boston’s near-miss, Buckner became a target of fans in New England and beyond, his mistake shown over and over on highlight reels.“You can look at that Series and point fingers in a whole bunch of different directions,” Buckner said a decade ago. “We did the best we could to win there and it just didn’t happen and I didn’t feel like I deserved” so much blame.A curious thing happened over time, too: He became pals with Wilson.“I was saddened to hear about Bill’s death,” Wilson said in a statement. “We had developed a friendship that lasted well over 30 years. I felt badly for some of the things he went through. Bill was a great, great baseball player whose legacy should not be defined by one play.”But sure enough, several years ago when he made a guest appearance on the TV show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the main gag involved star Larry David tossing a ball autographed by Wilson toward Buckner, who lets it get past him and out the window.A footnote: While Buckner was long criticized for the error, many in baseball contend that even if the ball had been handled cleanly, the speedy Wilson would have beaten it anyway.At Fenway Park on Monday, video clips of Buckner’s 22-year career were shown on the scoreboard before the Red Sox hosted Cleveland. His picture was posted and there was a moment of silence, followed by applause from the crowd.“I think it was a travesty the way he was last remembered,” said 67-year-old Red Sox fan Blaine Macinnis from Wilmington, Massachusetts, in a box seat on the first base side. “It was a great injustice of how he ended it with that last play. It’s a shame. That’s how life is.”“Like when your own father dies, you don’t want to remember all the bad things,” he said.Wearing a Red Sox T-shirt, 76-year-old Jim McDonnell from Littleton agreed.“I think it’s a shame how he was treated,” he said.Buckner was released by the Red Sox in the summer of 1987 and went on to play for the Angels and Royals. He returned to Boston for his final season in 1990, playing 22 games.FILE – In this April 8, 2008, file photo, Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who was a member of the 1986 World Series team that lost to the New York Mets, throws out the ceremonial first pitch for the home Opening Day baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Boston. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)In 2008, Buckner finally accepted an invitation to throw out the first ball for the home opener at Fenway Park as the Red Sox celebrated winning another title.Buckner drew loud cheers as he walked from the Green Monster in left field to the mound, and made his ceremonial toss to former teammate Dwight Evans.Buckner said the moment was “probably about as emotional as it could get.”“I really had to forgive,” he said later that day, “not the fans of Boston per se, but I would have to say, in my heart, I had to forgive the media for what they put me and my family through. So I’ve done that. I’m over that. And I’m just happy that I just try to think of the positive. The happy things.”FILE – In this June 1, 1987, file photo Boston Red Sox’s Bill Buckner, right, hits a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69. Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday, May 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File)Cleveland manager Terry Francona was the Red Sox skipper that afternoon.“I thought it was kind of a healing moment, it seemed, for a lot of people and for him, I hope,” Francona said before Monday’s game. “You have to be up here to understand how people take things that happen. I thought that was a really cool moment.”That moment was played on the videoboard during the fifth inning, drawing cheers.In a statement, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner praised “Billy Buck,” saying he “personified toughness and grit, and his determination to play through pain defines him far more than any single play ever could.”Buckner lived in Boise, Idaho, after he finished playing. He was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ minor league affiliate in Boise in 2012-13 and owned three car dealerships and several commercial properties in Idaho.Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts called Buckner a “great ballplayer and beloved member of the Cubs family.” Cubs Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins praised Buckner for helping his charity foundation.Buckner made his big league debut with the Dodgers at 19 in 1969 and became a batting champ with the Cubs. He had a career .289 average and totaled over 100 RBIs in three seasons, twice with Boston. Buckner finished with 174 home runs and 1,208 RBIs and he was a fast outfielder, once stealing 31 bases.He is survived by his wife, Jodi, two daughters and one son.By: Ben Walker, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Roger Federer says He Plans to Play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgTOKYO — Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says “at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again.”Federer made the announcement in Tokyo during at an exhibition event for his Japanese uniform supplier.Federer will turn 39 shortly after the Olympic tournament. He had previously planned his schedule up to Wimbledon, which ends two weeks before the Tokyo Games.He will need a wild-card exemption because he has not played Davis Cup games to be eligible.Federer won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon.He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with an injury.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Is 2017 the year of the voice interface?

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, EDA, Industry, Medical Other Alexa skills include useful things, like ordering food from a variety of eateries or hailing an Uber, and random amusements, like asking magic 8-ball questions, Seinfeld trivia, and learning new facts about fruit. Collaborations between Amazon and companies like Whirlpool and GE will also strengthen Alexa’s aptitude in the smart home, by adding capabilities to control household appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, lamps, and more.Currently, Amazon seems to be in the lead in this market, but others are making huge efforts (and investments) to catch up. Mark Zuckerberg recruited Morgan Freeman to be the voice of his artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant. According to a note describing how he built it, Zuckerberg spent a year developing the application as a simple AI to help run his home “like Jarvis in Iron Man” (he named it Jarvis, too). Jarvis purportedly identifies who is talking by their voice, and also recognizes faces, so it can let authorized people in at the door while reporting to Zuckerberg.Another interesting contender is a Japanese Amazon-Echo-like-device called Gatebox, which features a holographic character named Azuma Hikari.Japan’s answer to the Amazon Echo (Source: Gatebox) On top of a simple speaker, the device utilizes a screen and a projector to bring the virtual assistant to life visually, as well as audibly. In addition to microphones, it also has cameras and motion and temperature sensors that allow it to interact with the user in a more holistic way.How does that far-field voice pickup work? How does a device listen to and understand your voice commands while playing music on the other side of the room? There are many components involved in enabling this feat, but a few of them are paramount. First is the automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine, which enables machines to convert the sounds we make to executable instructions. For the ASR engine to work properly, it needs to receive a clean voice sample. This requires noise reduction and echo cancellation, to filter out the interferences. The following are some of the most important technologies enabling far field voice pickup:Deep Learning has a huge role in this. The ability to understand natural language was established quite a few years ago, but recent refinements have brought it close to human-level capability. Using learning-based techniques like Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), both language processing and visual object recognition have equaled or surpassed human performance in many test cases. DNNs are generated using massive data sets during the training phase. After the training has been performed offline, the DNNs are used to perform their function in real-time.Adaptive Beamforming is key for a robust voice-activated user interface. It enables features like noise reduction, speaker tracking in case the user is moving while talking, and speaker separation for when several users are talking simultaneously.Beamforming using a hexagonal microphone array (Source: CEVA) This method uses multiple microphones in fixed positions relative to one another. For example, The Amazon Echo uses seven microphones in a hexagonal layout with one microphone at each vertex and one in the center. The time delay between the reception of the signal in the various microphones enables the device to identify where the voice is coming from and cancel out sounds coming from other directions.Acoustic Echo Cancellation is necessary because many of the products performing automatic speech recognition also produce sounds themselves; for example, playing music or delivering information. Even while performing these actions, the devices must be able to hear so that the user can interrupt (barge-in) and stop the music or request a different action. To continue listening, the machine must be able to cancel out the sound that it generates itself. This is called acoustic echo cancellation (AEC).Acoustic echo cancellation (Source: CEVA) To perform AEC, the device must be aware of the sound it is making, either by analyzing the output data or by listening to the generated sounds with an additional dedicated microphone. Similar technology is also applied to remove echoes bouncing back from walls and other objects around the device.A multi-microphone development platform for modeling DNNs, beamforming, and echo cancellation algorithms (Source: CEVA) Another type of echo is generated by the user commands themselves when they bounce back from objects or from the walls. Cancelling such unpredictable echoes requires yet another algorithm called dereverberation. The sound is then filtered and the machine can listen for commands from the user.Today’s voice interfaces are far from perfect On the one hand, 2017 looks like being a noteworthy year for voice interfaces considering how widespread they have already become. On the other hand, even with all the impressive advances of the past few years, there is still a long way to go.There remain many problems with current implementations of voice interfaces in mass-produced devices, but that will be the topic for a future column. In my next post, I plan to look at some of the flaws and missing features that afflict the voice interfaces of today. Be sure to tune in.Eran Belaish is Product Marketing Manager of CEVA’s audio and voice product line, cooking up exquisite solutions ranging from voice triggering and mobile voice to wireless audio and high-definition home audio. While not occupied with the fascinating world of immersive sound, Eran likes to freedive into the mesmerizing silence of the underwater world. Over the past few years, significant advances in automatic speech recognition (ASR) have led to an abundance of devices and applications that use speech as their main interface. The IEEE Spectrum magazine has declared 2017 the year of voice recognition; ZDNet reported from CES 2017 that voice is the next computer interface; and many others share similar views. So, just where are we with regard to the advancement of voice interfaces? This post will survey the current state of voice interfaces and its enabling technologies.How many of your devices get conversational with you? Voice activation is all around us. Almost every smartphone has a voice interface, with flagships like the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 including always-listening features. Most smartwatches offer voice activation, as well as other wearables, and especially hearables, like Apple’s AirPods and Samsung’s Gear IconX. In most of those devices, there is no convenient way to integrate any other interface, making voice an ideal and necessary solution. New cameras, like the GoPro Hero 5, can be operated using voice commands, which is great for selfies. Voice activated car infotainment systems have become a commodity, making it much safer to change the station while driving.The Amazon Echo ignited the conversational assistant trend, which is on fire with Google Home trying to contend and a variety of similar clones showcased at CES 2017. The Echo’s voice service, named Alexa, comes with several built-in skills. For example, you can say “Alexa, tell me a joke” (very wry delivery), “Alexa, did the Warriors win?” (of course they did), or “Alexa, who starred in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey?” (no one else seems to know). There are also a bunch of amusing Easter eggs, like the response when you say “Alexa, initiate self-destruct sequence.” (see also this video demonstrating some of Alexa’s Easter eggs).In addition to the built-in functions, new capabilities can be added to Alexa by third parties using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). This ASK enables developers to teach Alexa new skills so that she (or it?) can control and interact with more products and services. As you can see in this video, for example, one person hacked his iRobot Roomba and added a skill to control the vacuum cleaner robot. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Bridgetek: EVE graphics controllers with ASTC functionality

first_imgFurther extending its multi-award winning embedded video engine (EVE) product offering, Bridgetek has now introduced the BT815/6 series of highly advanced graphic controller ICs for next generation human machine interface development. Support for the Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) algorithm means that image quality can be significantly enhanced without needing greater bandwidth to be allocated as the compression algorithm allows for smaller compressed files. Thanks to this, these new EVE devices have the ability to enable major savings in memory space required when it comes to larger fonts and data-heavy images. Further memory management and system resource improvements are available in the form of a dedicated QSPI host port for attaching an external flash memory, to supplement the EVE controller’s on-chip memory. The dedicated port is used exclusively for accessing external memory thus extending the on-chip capacity to store additional image and audio objects such as bitmaps and fonts required in many feature rich displays. As an additional port this frees up the main system QSPI port used to control the BT815/816 devices from memory copy tasks and as such reduces the workload on the system MCU.The BT816 offers support for displays with 4-wire resistive touchscreens, while the BT815 is intended for use in conjunction with capacitive touchscreens and can deliver multi-touch operation (with up to 5 touch points accommodated). Both these ICs support the rendering of high resolution (800×600) graphics and have video playback capabilities. The built-in hardware engine can recognize touch tags (providing notification for up to 255 tags) and accurately track touch movement. It also supports customized built-in widgets and functionalities – such as ASTC decode, jpeg decode and calibration.A programmable interrupt controller allows for the EVE devices to generate interrupts corresponding to events such as detecting touch or completing playback of an audio file ensuring the optimum interaction with the host MCU, without the need to poll the device for responses.Audio capabilities that can be benefitted from are a built-in sound synthesizer, plus audio wave playback for mono 8-bit linear PCM, 4-bit ADPCM and µ-Law sound encoding (at sampling frequencies between 8kHz to 48kHz). The digital filtering that has been incorporated helps with the reduction of system design complexity when it comes to external filtering.As with previous EVE generations, the BT815/6 series enables engineers, regardless of their prior experience, to construct compelling, feature-rich and visually-striking HMIs, with graphic control, audio control and touch control interfaces all being incorporated. The innovative object-based architecture employed enables a dramatic reduction in the hardware needed for HMI implementation – eliminating both the frame buffer and large flash memory normally required, and relying instead on just the internal 1MByte graphics RAM. It also means that a less complex, lower cost MCU can be used within the HMI design, further reducing the overall bill of materials.The new BT815 and BT816 EVE devices are both supplied in 64-pin VQFN-packages. They have an extended operational temperature range covering -40 to 85°C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Lynx: safe and secure hypervisor foundation for ETAS Autosar Adaptive PlatformNext Microchip introduces MPLAB PICkit 4 programming and debugging development toollast_img read more

Addressing functional safety in automotive human machine interfaces

first_img≥ 97% Target MelBrandle says: June 13, 2019 at 5:48 am ASIL D Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods ≥ 90% Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. < 10 -7 / h(< 100 FIT) < 10 -8 / h(< 10 FIT) ≥ 90% PMHF Continue Reading Previous Advantech takes accelerated computing from the Cloud to the Edge with NVIDIANext Logic Technology: Insyde speeds BIOS development for new platforms ASIL C ≥ 60%center_img ≥ 99% ASIL B “It is always towards our own benefits to be utilizing what technology has got to offer us today. The more advanced technology systems get, the higher the standards of the platforms that we use. We need to ensure that the solutions we have put in place are LFM Figure 1: ASIL and Residual Risk. Standards Standards exist for functional safety in different application sectors. These standards provide guidelines and allow the comparison of different systems.IEC 61508, first released in 1998, is a central standard for electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related systems (E/E/PE). This standard can be seen as the parent standard from which other standards have been derived for many specific applications. These standards have been published and give guidelines on how to address functional safety within a certain application sector.ISO 26262 is an international functional safety standard specifically designed for the application sector of electric and/or electronic systems (E/E) within road vehicles. It is intended to be applied to safety-related electric and electronic systems that are installed in series-production passenger cars with a maximum gross vehicle mass up to 3,500 kg. The ISO 26262 was first published in 2011, with a second edition in 2018. This is the standard which is applicable to automotive HMI systems.“How much safety” is required for a system depends on the automotive safety integrity level (ASIL). This ASIL is determined through a hazard analysis and risk assessment and considers the severity, exposure, and controllability of a hazardous situation.ISO 26262 recommends three key metrics:1. Single point fault metric (SPFM): One fault leads directly to the violation of the safety goal. Example: A fault in the injection coil could block the engine directly and could stall the car, causing severe injuries to the driver.2. Latent fault metric (LFM): Multiple-point faults caused by a combination of independent faults whose presence is not detected by a safety mechanism nor perceived by the driver within the multiple-point fault detection interval. Example: Loss of a single low/high beam light wouldn’t cause a hazardous situation for the driver because as a safety mechanism the non-working light could be replaced by the working light. However, if both the beams are not working, then it could lead to a major accident.3. Probabilistic metric for random hardware failures (PMHF): The failures in time (FIT) are the probability of a hardware failure. FIT is the number of failures per billion hours of operation.The below table shows the ISO 26262 metrics for different classes of ASIL: 1 thought on “Addressing functional safety in automotive human machine interfaces” SPFM ≥ 80% < 10 -7 / h(< 100 FIT) Log in to Reply The automotive industry is changing rapidly, and vehicles are becoming more advanced, autonomous, and comfortable. The number of processors, sensors, memories, and other electronic components in today’s automotive applications is increasing, which will ultimately make transportation less dangerous. These automotive subsystems utilize connectivity and self-driving technology to increase driver safety, but can only achieve this if they operate reliably and predictably.Inside the automotive cabin, human machine interfaces (HMI) are advancing in concert with new capabilities and infotainment systems. Capacitive sensing buttons and touchscreens are common, for example, to play/pause a song or to select an AM/FM channel. They are also increasingly used in safety-critical functions such as engine start/stop buttons and cruise control.Beyond the automotive industry, there are many application sectors where failure is not an option because it can lead to physical injury and/or property damage. Critical systems in nuclear power plants, some types of industrial machinery, and airplanes are obvious examples. Even everyday appliances such as microwave ovens or washing machines can harm people in case of a malfunction. Systems that have the potential to harm people need mitigation measures, and the goal of any functional safety program is to minimize the risk of physical harm, property damage, and liability.This article examines the role of functional safety as it pertains to automotive HMI systems, but the concepts are applicable to a broad range of applications and industries. We place more and more of our trust in systems to perform our everyday tasks, and these systems need to earn our trust by delivering on safety and reliability. Functional safety Whenever we rely on the correct operation of a system, we need to take care of the functional safety to minimize the risk to people in case of a malfunction. Two aspects must be addressed to achieve functional safety: Prevention : A preventive measure avoids or at least reduces systematic failures during the development phase of a system. If something is specified, designed, or implemented incorrectly, the system may fail. The higher the quality, the less risk remains for a failure of the system. Detection : The second class of failures are random hardware failures. These are failures that happen during the operation of the system. These failures are observed after production and any outgoing quality checks. The source of a random hardware failure could be, for example, the environment such as temperature, pressure, vibration, radiation, pollution, or aging. The nature of such failures can be permanent or transient, which means they can either only be fixed by repair or replacement of a device or in the case of transients, they will disappear after some time like with a bit flip in a memory. Any system can break at a certain time and measures are required to detect or control such a failure and prevent the system from endangering people.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Portugal achieved their goal, feels Quaresma after Iran draw

first_imgPortugal qualified for the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2018 despite being held 1-1 by Iran in World Cup Group B on Monday after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.Portugal led the match at half time with Ricardo Quaresma putting them ahead in the 45th minute through a brilliant strike from the outside part of his right foot.Quaresma became the oldest player to score on his first World Cup start (34 years, 272 days) since Yahya Golmohammadi for Iran against Mexico in 2006 (35 years, 84 days).World Cup 2018: Gutsy Iran fight back to hold Portugal to 1-1 drawAfter the break Portugal immediately got a chance to double their lead when Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down in the Iranian box by Ezatolahi in the 51st minute.The referee initially gave Ronaldo the signal to carry on after the striker’s protests but then took the video assistant referee’s help to award Portugal the penalty.Ronaldo, who has scored four times in this edition till now, failed to convert and missed the penalty as the Iranian goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand made the right call to dive to his left to block the shot.FIFA World Cup 2018, Highlights: Spain, Portugal embarrassed by minnows, Ronaldo misses penaltyIran kept putting pressure on Portugal from there on and came close to equalising on a few occasions but failed.As soon as the officials made the signal to add 6 minutes to the second half, Iran were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres used the VAR system to rule that Portugal’s Cedric Soares had handled the ball in the box.advertisementKarim took the penalty as slotted the ball neatly into the top right corner to draw level for Iran but sadly they had no time left to launch another attack and the match ended 1-1 with Iran’s players being reduced to tears as they crashed out of the tournament.The result saw Spain and Portugal advance to the round of 16 from Group B with the former topping the table.”The important thing is to think about the (Round-of-16) match, think about the game, get to know your adversaries and then to get well prepared mentally and physically, regardless of it being Uruguay or the hosts.”These are different circumstances of course, the hosts have huge support and they’ve had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they’re all excellent but Portugal too. We have our weapons and we’re going to try to win,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos stated.Portugal will now face Group A toppers Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday while Spain will face Russia on Sunday at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.”I think we did very well. We have achieved our goal and now we have to recover over the next few days to think about the next match. Now we have to continue with this mindset of winning and wait for the next match.”We know the difficulties we’re going to have against Uruguay. They are a big team with very big players, but the most important thing now is for us to recover and to get ready for Uruguay,” goal-scorer Quaresma said after the match.last_img read more