Robin Haase upsets top seed David Goffin in Swiss Open quarter-final

first_imgNetherlands’ Robin Haase upset Belgium’s David Goffin 7-5, 6-1 in the quarter-final of the men’s singles event of the Swiss Open.Although Goffin, seeded No. 1, recovered from a break down, his fight went in vain as he dropped seven straight games, from 5-5 in the first set, to lose for the first time in four matches against Haase on Friday, reports Efe.The 33-year-old Haase, seeded No. 6, fired nine aces in the match and is set to play against German Yannick Hanfmann, who got the better of Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-7 (10), 6-2, 6-2, in the semi-final.Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded no. 2 safely cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Uzbek Denis Istomin.Bautista Agut conceded his serve once and broke his rival’s serve three times out of nine opportunities, to win the match which lasted for one hour and 20 minutes.World no. 18 Bautista Agut is set to play against Italian Fabio Fognini, seeded no. 4, who had to dig deep to get past Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.last_img read more


Indian weightlifter Ajay Singh makes India proud

first_imgWeightlifting as a sport has caught a lot of attention recently. It is about an athlete’s discipline in which he/she attempts to lift maximum weight of a barbell loaded with plates of different weights. The two competition lifts in order are snatch and clean and jerk. Each athlete receives three chances to lift, the total of the highest two lifts are combined and that determines the result in a particular category. The categories can vary for male and female.More on Ajay’s winIndian athletes now take up this sport and also succeed in it. A recent example is Ajay Singh. Singh won a bronze medal in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship 2017. This championship was held at Kathmandu, Nepal.He bagged the third place in 77 kg men’s junior by lifting 143 kg in snatch and 172 kg in clean and jerk. India’ tally was coming out to be two in the championship and his victory increased the count by one and made it three.Other winnersApart from Ajay there were many more athletes that made India proud earlier in this international championship.S Nirpupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kg women youth category and Konsam Ormila Devi from Manipur had won gold medal in the 44 kg category.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more


Reconsider decision to divest Air India: TMC MP

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi today asked the government to reconsider the decision of disinvestnment of the national carrier Air India.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Trivedi said “we are proud of Air india. The problem is with its management by the government. It has the best staff. I urge the government to kindly reconsider the decision.””The non-performing assets (of banks) in the private sector too are in crores of rupees and that is also the governments money,” he said, adding that the airline has made operational profits.”I compare Air India with the AIIMS” which is a premier institution bogged down by huge number of patients, he said.Noting that Air India has stood the test of time, Trivedi said the airline has really served the country well, including at the times of evacuation of Indians from different parts of the world hit by crises. The Prime Minister of the country too travels by Air India One, he said.The airline, which is staying afloat on a little over Rs 30,000 crore bailout package extended by the previous UPA regime, reported an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015- 16 — the first time it turned operationally profitable in a decade.The Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for divestment and the final contours are being worked out by a group of ministers.Raising the issue of athlete P U Chitra, Congress leader K C Venugopal slammed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for not including her in the World Athletics Championships in London next month.advertisement”AFI is not hearing…they are not doing nothing. The Federation is not promoting this girl from Kerala,” he said demaning an inquiry on the matter.M K Raghavan (Congress) asked for setting up of a national level commission for financially backward classes of forward communities who are below the poverty line. “Till now, nothing has happened,” he said.Kamakhya Prasad Tasa (BJP) said that Assam was suffering from floods and the government should send an inter- ministerial team to assess the situation.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo (BJD) demanded that renowned shooters should be exempt from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with respect to import of equipment. He also said that shooting sport has become expensive after the implementation of GST. Raising the issue pertaining to medal winners at the recently concluded Deaflympics in Turkey, RSPs N K Premachandran said there was no one to receive them at the Delhi airport when they came back after the event. He also said gold medal winners of Paralympic are given Rs 75 lakh by the government, whereas those of Deaflympics are given only Rs 15 lakh and sought a reply from the government. M B Rajesh (CPI-M) urged the government to re-consider the decision of strategic disinvestment in state-owned BEML and said the move would be like killing the goose that gives golden eggs. BEML contributed around Rs 6,500 crore in taxes and dividends to the government in the last ten years, he noted. PTI RR RAM ARClast_img read more


Xiaomi is apparently working with Google on a new Android One phone

first_imgCome to think if it, Xiaomi and Google, have a lot in common. Both the companies have invested heavily on bringing low-cost, quality products based around the Android ecosystem to emerging markets like India. While Xiaomi has its Redmi range of phones, Google has its much-ambitious Android One initiative. A collaboration between the two was just inevitable, so it seems. Xiaomi is now apparently working with Google on a new Android One phone. The phone — codenamed the Xiaomi A1 — would likely be a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google.The Xiaomi A1 would likely be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X that the Chinese company launched only recently. But while the Mi 5X seems to be only a China-exclusive affair for now, the A1 will sell anywhere but China, chiefly because of the fact that it would run stock Android and come pre-bundled with Google services that are virtually non-existent in China. The A1 would make little sense in China, but, outside its home turf it would be something to really look forward to because of the polarising nature of Xiaomi’s home-brewed MIUI.A Xiaomi phone running stock Android is the dreamMIUI, although it offers a seamless experience across the board, is known for some heavy skinning on top of Android, something that hard-core geeks don’t really appreciate. Also, because there’s third-party skinning involved — and because Xiaomi likes to update each and every device in its portfolio more or less on similar lines — the fact that users have to wait longer for updates, doesn’t go down well with many. That besides the fact that the company is known to kill off some key Android features just so it can maintain a uniformity across its devices is a subject of much debate.advertisementXiaomi’s upcoming Android One phone would cater well with the audience not enamored of its custom MIUI. Not only would the A1 pack in the latest and greatest in Android at all times, it would be the closest thing next to what a certain Google Pixel has to offer at the end of the day: unadulterated software.    Xiaomi launched the Mi 5X — which may be considered as a mini Mi 6 — in China last month. Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain recently hinted on Twitter, that the company may launch the Mi 5X in India in September. “Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India. Coming next month,” Jain wrote on Twitter recently.But, will it come to India?Although the tweet made no specific mention of the Mi 5X, the fact that it talked about dual rear cameras suggests Xiaomi may bring the mini Mi 6 to India as early as next month. Some may say that even the Mi 6 may stand a chance, since it also comes with a dual camera system on the rear, and the fact that Xiaomi is dangerously missing out on a flagship phone in India for a long time now, make it a bigger – and safer – bet for the company in question. But, last we heard, the Mi 6 isn’t coming to India, which means unless there’s a very drastic change in plans, the dual camera phone that Manu was hinting at should be anything but the Mi 6.The new revelation — concerning the Xiaomi A1 — however may change some equations. Since the A1 is roughly based on the Mi 5X — having similar hardware — and that it has very little to do in its home turf — because, well Google — there’s a slight possibility that the A1 may be heading to India instead of the original Mi 5X. But because we don’t have a definite time-line for the release of the A1 yet, it would be better to take this piece of information with a pinch of salt and see how things pan out in the days to come.The closest thing to reality however is the Mi 5X, and for now, it seems that is the phone that would be launching in India in September.The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 dual cameras offer 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The Mi 5X should be more or less on similar lines.advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X with dual rear cameras, MIUI 9 may launch in India in Septemberlast_img read more


Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed turned down lucrative offer from bookie during Sri Lanka ODIs

first_imgIn a shocking revelation, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has disclosed that he turned down a lucrative offer from a bookmaker in Dubai during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and reported the matter to the anti-corruption and security unit officials.The incident has shaken the Pakistan team management and anti-corruption and security officials travelling with the team in the UAE, as they felt that the bans imposed on batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif for spot-fixing in Pakistan Super League might have stopped such moves.”The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game,” an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said on condition of anonymity.”ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” he added.Incidentally the man who made the verbal offer to the Pakistani captain is based in Dubai and is learnt to be known to the players.An official in the PCB said that the team management has increased vigilance of players and reset curfew timings.”On the insistence of head coach Mickey Arthur, there was a bit of relaxation for the players during the ongoing series in the UAE and they were allowed to meet friends and go out for shopping and dinners but now strict procedures and timings have been enforced again,” the official said.advertisementThe PCB had already changed the hotel of the national team in Dubai following the PSL spot-fixing scandal earlier this February which rocked Pakistan cricket.The PCB’s anti-corruption tribunal banned Sharjeel and Khalid for five years after both were found guilty of beaching anti-corruption code during the PSL and were sent back home from Dubai.last_img read more


No.1 T20I batsman and bowler up against No. 1 T20I team

first_imgIndia will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series starting Wednesday with the first match in Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.After winning the ODI series 2-1, New Delhi is all set to witness the top-ranked T20I batsman and bowler fiercely battle the top-ranked T20I team.On Tuesday, Jasprit Bumrah climbed to the number one spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings.Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings on Monday, has regained the T20 top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place.That aside, Kohli reclaimed the top ODI spot for batsman with a career-best 889 points on Monday, overtaking South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Along with that, he holds the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings with 811 points.India have so far lost all their matches against New Zealand, the fifth and last one coming at the ICC World T20 in 2016.For a team that has stormed its way to the top of world cricket with wins over Australia, England and Sri Lanka, among others, this piece of statistic certainly sticks out like a sore thumb.Despite that, with series wins over big teams like Australia, India have firmly stamped their supremacy in the limited-overs format.Having emerged winners in a keenly-contested preceding one day international series against New Zealand, India’s confidence is sky high and they would look to continue the good work in this slam-bang format.With a strong all-round and in-form team at their disposal, India will fancy their chances of improving their record against the Kiwis.advertisementThen there is Ashish Nehra, who will end his 18 years of international cricket journey, and he must be hoping for that perfect ending.Against the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner, it will take some doing.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


Mary Kom resigns as boxings national observer

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.”I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for,” Mary Kom, who claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, told PTI today.”I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me,” she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that she is still an active national camper.”But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I dont want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for.”The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.The list also includes the likes of Olympic-gold- medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar and former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar among others.Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. Akhil, on the other hand, is no longer a part of the national camp after giving up amateur boxing.He has already rejected the conflict of interest charge, saying that he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp.advertisement”I was never interested in this but accepted the position because I had been requested. I have my hands full with a lot of things. I am happy to let it go and have no complaints,” said Mary Kom.The decorated boxer is also a Rajya Sabha MP and is in contention for the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. PTI PM ATK ATKlast_img read more


Suns Eclipse Clueless Knicks, 99-90

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Isaiah Thomas thrust both arms in the air and started back down the court, his 3-pointer having just essentially clinched a victory.A lot of players are celebrating at Madison Square Garden these days, and none of them are Knicks.Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.It was the seventh straight home loss for the Knicks, who haven’t won at MSG since beating Philadelphia on Nov. 22. New York has lost four straight overall and is 5-24.“I can just see it out there on the court, that we don’t believe in ourselves to be able to go down the stretch and win basketball games,” Carmelo Anthony said.Markieff Morris added 19 points for the Suns, who won their second straight after a six-game skid. They got 57 points from their point guard trio of Bledsoe, Thomas and Goran Dragic.“That’s the strength of our team,” Thomas said. “When we’re playing at a high level that gives us the best chance of winning.”Thomas made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, giving Phoenix the lead for good and triggering an 8-0 burst. Marcus Morris made another and Alex Lin tipped in a miss for a 75-68 lead, and the Knicks were playing catch-up from there.Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks after missing a game with a sore left knee, but he was on the bench for a rest when the Suns surged into the lead in the 3:18 before he re-entered.“There’s really no excuse for that,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “That group that started the fourth quarter, we talked about if we win the fourth quarter, we win the game, and those first few minutes of the fourth quarter were probably the worst stretch of the game.”Jose Calderon added 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Amare Stoudemire while already playing without the injured Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.New York got within three points headed into the final 3 minutes, but Thomas made a free throw, Markieff Morris nailed a jumper and Thomas followed with a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 95-86 with 1:34 to go.“Carmelo for that stretch there, I don’t know what he scored, three or four straight times. You’re going, ‘OK, he’s going to be a handful in there,’ and that’s the time of the game that he likes to get going,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “But again, every time we seemed to match it with something.”Phoenix burst out to a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter before Calderon steadied the Knicks with a couple of 3-pointers. New York cut it to three after one and surged to a seven-point lead in the final minute of the second before taking a 47-44 advantage to halftime.Markieff Morris then scored 12 in the third quarter to keep Phoenix within a point headed to the final 12 minutes.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more


Panathinaikos Beats Bruges, 2-1

first_imgATHENS – Playing with 10 men after a red card, Panathinaikos still beat Bruges, 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round on July 28.The Belgian team struck first only 10 minutes in on a shot from Bolingoli Mbobbo as the Greek perennial power couldn’t get its defensive act together.Panathinaikos had a great chance at the equalizer when Marcus Berg’s penalty kick was rejected by Bruges’ goalie Sebastien Bruzzeze in the 34th minute. Soccer doesn’t count exact times in seconds for goals.But three minutes later the Swedish striker for the Greek team notched another shot at close range on a pass from Sotiris Ninis.But just before half-time defender Sergio Sanchez got the red card and was tossed from the game for shirt-pulling, putting Panathinaikos in a tough spot.Bruges came out blazing in the second half but the Greek defense played like a stonewall before a handball call on Mbombo earned a penalty shot and Nikos Karelis blasted it home for the 2-1 decider.The return leg is scheduled for August 5 in Belgium.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


To Be Perfectly Fair, Even Baseball “No-Names” Have Names

first_imgARLINGTON — The New York Yankees have acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor leaguers.New York sent right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners in the deal completed Thursday, a day before the non-waiver trade deadline.Ackley is hitting .215 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 85 games for the Mariners this season. The second overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Ackley is a .243 career hitter in 584 big league games, all with the Mariners since 2011. He has appeared at second base, first base and all three outfield spots.Ramirez and Flores were both at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will report to Triple-A Tacoma.Flores had three stints with the Yankees this season, hitting .219 in his first 12 major league games. Ramirez allowed five earned runs in three innings in three relief appearances.STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Yanks Latest Loss Audition for 2nd Fiddle on New York Baseball Scene?

first_imgBEN WALKER, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Evan Gattis hit two home runs, Collin McHugh excelled once again and the Houston Astros exceeded last season’s win total, beating the New York Yankees 6-2 Wednesday.The AL West leaders improved to 71-57, a year after going 70-92. With 34 games left on the schedule, the Astros already have achieved their best season since 2010.The Yankees have lost five of seven, a slide that’s cost them first place in the AL East.Gattis sliced an opposite-field shot to right in the second inning and launched a long drive into the left field seats in the eighth. His third homer in two days gave him 22 this year and boosted the Astros’ major league-leading total to 174.McHugh (14-7) kept up a recent run of ace pitching, both for himself and the team with the top ERA in the league. Houston has won seven of nine, not permitting more than two runs in any game.McHugh shut out the Yankees until Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the seventh. He outpitched Michael Pineda (9-8) for the second time this year and has allowed just seven runs in his last five starts.A day after a 15-1 romp that saw excitable Carlos Gomez get into a dustup with the Yankees, there weren’t any signs of ill will between the teams. Houston star Jose Altuve was hit in the shoulder by a pitch in the ninth and merely looked at reliever Nick Goody as he walked to first base.The power-packed Astros did show off their small-ball side during a four-run fifth that made it 5-0.Gomez beat out an infield hit and Luis Valbuena followed with a hit-and-run single. Jake Marisnick then bunted for a single, driving in a run as the Yankees got tangled up trying to make a play at first.Earlier, Altuve stole his AL-leading 33rd base. The Astros top the league in steals, too.Pineda came off the disabled list after missing nearly a month because of a strained right forearm. New York needs him to do well, especially after putting starter CC Sabathia on the DL this week, but Pineda was tagged for five runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1-3 innings.Gattis connected off Adam Warren in the eighth for his fifth career multihomer game and second this season.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer (broken wrist) is set to take batting practice Friday at Minnesota. He’s been out since early July and, depending on how he feels, could soon begin a minor league rehab assignment.Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira and CF Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t start. Manager Joe Girardi said they were sore after Tuesday night’s game and hoped they would be OK to start Friday night at Atlanta. … INF-OF Dustin Ackley (back strain) is ready to begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday.UP NEXTAstros: LHP Scott Kazmir (7-8, 2.39) starts a three-game series at Minnesota. He is 2-3 in six starts since being acquired from Oakland and owns the AL’s third-best ERA.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 3.61) starts at Atlanta. C Brian McCann, born and raised in Georgia, is looking forward to his first game back at Turner Field as a visitor. A seven-time All-Star with the Braves, he said former teammate Chipper Jones “taught me how to hit at this level” and ace John Smoltz showed him how to call games. McCann said he was eager to spend time with his kids and relax around the pool and grill.last_img read more


Olympiacos Routs Laboral, 82-68

first_imgOlympiacos got a critical win, beating Spanish team Laboral Kutxa, 82-68 to pick up just its fourth win in game Euroleague basketball games.Giorgos Printezis led the scoring for the Greek champion win 17 points in  game that saw the debut of forward Hakim Warrick  who played for Syracuse and six NBA teams before going international in 2013.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


NBA says Hornets, Bucks Will Play in Paris in 2020

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The NBA is going to play a regular-season game in Paris for the first time next year, with the league announcing Thursday that Charlotte and Milwaukee are headed there.The game will be on Jan. 24. Paris has played host to preseason games before, and the league hinted several times in recent months that it was considering bringing a game that counts to the city as well. And having Charlotte involved makes perfect sense, given that the Hornets feature Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum — two veterans of the French national team.“Having played in the preseason in France during my career, I witnessed first-hand the passion the French fans have for NBA basketball,” Hornets chairman Michael Jordan said. “We are excited to bring our team to Paris for this history-making event.”Jordan and his Chicago Bulls won the 1997 McDonald’s Championship in Paris.Tickets for The NBA Paris Game 2020 will go on sale later this year.The Hornets played a preseason game in Paris in 1994. The Bucks will be going to France for the first time.“Playing in one of the great cities in Europe continues our goal to extend the global brand of the Bucks,” Milwaukee co-owner Wes Edens said. “We will be proud to represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin in Paris and we thank the NBA for this exciting opportunity.”The game will mark the NBA’s 11th in France all-time, counting exhibitions.“The return of an NBA game in Paris, after a 10-year absence, is a real victory for our city,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


The well-lit path to the IoT

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology There is a lot of talk about the IoT and plenty of experimentation, but as yet nothing has arisen that will serve as the “killer app” that skyrockets in demand, driving down prices to enable a cascade of applications. But a case can be made that connected lighting might be such an app, strange as it might seem. A commonplace technology that has remained essentially unchanged for a century may be the first to jumpstart the IoT revolution.Depending on to whom you listen, the IoT is expected to comprise 20-50 billion devices by 2020. The belief is that the IoT will be everywhere, affecting virtually all aspects of modern life. But as yet IoT applications, while they have been intriguing, they have not been compelling enough to explode in the market the way pundits have predicted. There are just not enough use cases with a demonstrable economic benefit to initiate self-reinforcing market growth.Enter connected lighting.The industry is making progress on lowering the cost of connectivity, but not fast enough for the chain-reaction of rising demand and corresponding volume production pricing reductions to really take off. The tens of billions of predicted devices serve such a wide range of applications that the individual solutions fail to reach the volumes needed to build significant production cost efficiencies. What is needed is a single application that, in itself, has the potential to require billions of devices.Artificial lighting has been in use for thousands of years, with electric lighting in use since 1880. Today, every continent, every nation, and virtually every city, town, and village on Earth has some form of electrical lighting. But the power demand for traditional incandescent lighting is high, and energy costs have steadily risen, prompting industry and governments alike to seek lower-power alternatives. Compact fluorescent bulbs were the first effort, but LEDs have proven themselves the logical successor.But what Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager for IoT products at Silicon Labs, pointed out to me in an interview, however, is that the growing success of LED lighting is setting the stage for connected lighting to follow closely on its heels. The key, he noted, is that with LEDs manufacturers have already had to learn how to build electronic components into lightbulbs, and how to drive down the cost. “Once you have those,” Cooley said, “it’s easier to add more chips, and create a smart, cost-effective electronic product that also generates light.”The business model for adding IoT connectivity to lighting already has positive return on investment, Cooley added.  Continue Reading Previous ESC Boston: You should have been there!Next Thinking of using voice authentication? Think again!center_img 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.last_img read more


Rigol: versatile MSO7000 scope with 4 analog and 16 digital channels

first_imgRigol introduces four new high-end oscilloscopes with a large 10,1“ touch-color display. The MSO/DS7000 is a versatile mixed-signal high-performance oscilloscope that incorporates many of the latest Rigol own designed ChipSet ASIC technology and integrated processes. With bandwidths of 100 MHz to 500 MHz (bandwidth upgrade), sample rates up to 10 GS/s and with 4 analog and 16 digital channels, the MSO/DS7000 series ideally fits for many application areas, including research and development, universities and schools, production and quality control as well as the markets for communications, automotive, aerospace, industrial and power electronics, and many others.All models provide a large 10,1″ touch-color display for better and clear signal representation and for optimal display of additional information, such as cursor positions and their coordinates, mathematical parameters and more. For recording and processing of measuring data a memory depth of up to 500 million points is available for large amounts of data, and with a waveform capture rate of up to  600,000 wfms/sec, the user can capture, display  and evaluate fast signal sequences based on the new UltraVison II Chip Set technology for fastest analysis (decoding).Versatile Trigger-, Math- and Displaying features (enhanced FFT, Mask Test, Jitter-, and Power Analysis) are available. All Serial Bus protocol analysis (Decode/Trigger- Options), Build-in Voltmeter, Counter, totalizer, protocol analyzer and a 2 channel Arbitrary Functiongenerator completes the integration of 6 in 1 instruments. Various interfaces like USB Host, USB Device, LAN(LXI), HDMI, USB-GPIB, and USB Mouse support is offered. Rigol’s well known 3-year warranty makes it easier for the user to switch from another provider without any risk. An extensive set of accessories is available including active and passive probes, high-voltage probes and a 19-inch frame, as well as software drivers for standard packages and high-level languages and the free operating software Ultrascope.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: VM6062 server class blade computer brings secure technology to VME legacy applicationsNext RTI empowers distributed energy solutions of tomorrowlast_img read more


Socionext’ s automotive and imaging technologies on show at electronica

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz significantly increases functionality of R&S ELEKTRA EMC test softwareNext VadaTech: 3U VPX Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA board for health management Socionext will showcase their latest technologies at electronica with highlights including Domain Computing, Automotive Display Solutions, In-vehicle Graphics Computing, a Camera Reference Design Kit and Camera Image Processing, as well as the latest HMI Design & Embedded Design Software.Next Generation Automotive Architecture Domain computing introduces high performance controllers to orchestrate car applications more efficiently, leaving the complex and costly distributed architecture behind. High integrated devices such as Socionextʼs display controllers and graphics computing SoCs offer greater flexibility and efficiency in the development phase and in the field, at the same time reducing system cost.The next generation of display controllers for remote display applications in the car will be introduced. Three essential components have been integrated to produce a complete safety concept: high speed serial video links up to 12Gbps, window-based signature units and up to two timing controllers for panel connectivity. An intelligent interlocking and coordinated integration of all functions, the SC1701 family offers unparalleled flexibility and cost saving for any in-vehicle display application.Where there is a need to compute camera data and present it on a display in order to assist the driver, Socionext has a solution with its specialized SoC and software package. Surround view or rear view paired with demanding cluster applications can be realized with the SC1810 series, utilizing integrated vision and graphics processing units. OpenVX and OpenGL interfaces provide flexibility for custom applications.The ʻSC2000 Smart-Kitʼ is a new camera reference design-kit enabling rapid development of mobile cameras up to 4K@60fps. Powered by Milbeaut technology the reference kit includes recording and/or streaming through UVC and RTP and optimization for action, wearable, flying cameras, IoT and digital still cameras (DSCs). Included in the Kit is an SDK which enables easy code development together with reference camera hardware (4 stacked boards: a sensor board with IMX477, a processor board, IO and debug board) and all documentation, schematics and Gerber files.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia sign off on a high after humiliating start

first_imgSaudia Arabia opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup on a horrendous note as they suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against hosts Russia. They suffered another loss in their next match against Uruguay as the Asian side got eliminated from the tournamnet.However, the 2-1 come-from-behind win against Egypt in their last Group A encounter should work as the perfect return gift. The victory was the first for the Green Falcons at a World Cup in 24 years and lifted them up to third place in the group no mean feat considering they were the second-lowest ranked side of the tournament.That upswing was evident in Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzis own description of the tournament as the Argentine-born former Spain international described the defeat against Russia as a shock.We were taken by surprise, he told reporters on Monday.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe went on to commend his players for not letting that game define their World Cup, instead emerging to play faster-paced, more attacking football in their next two fixtures.The Saudis the majority of whom play for domestic clubs were noticeably improved in their second game against two-time world champions Uruguay. They lost 1-0, which restored some pride despite.World Cup: Egyptian football expert dies of shock after Saudi Arabia defeatSalman Al-Faraj went on to score the teams first goal of the tournament against Egypt after the Saudis were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime, before Salem Al-Dawsari slotted home the winning goal in the 95th minute.advertisementThey will be able to tell their children, grandchildren: I scored during a World Cup, added Pizzi, who took over as coach in November.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEOnce back in the kingdom, the Saudis will turn their attention to preparing for next years Asian Cup hosted by the United Arab Emirates.We will focus on the Asian Cup and I am absolutely convinced, 100 percent sure, that we will continue to improve in the next six months and that we will be able to compete at the highest level and go there to win the cup, Pizzi said.While it remains unclear how long Pizzi will stay on at the helm of the Saudi Arabian squad, who have had a high turnover of coaches, the former striker appeared to be taking a long view.We need to keep working, we need to be patient, we need to support the team. Nothing can be achieved from one day to another, everything takes time, Pizzi said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


‘Traitor’ Mohammad Kaif trolled after he praised Pakistan T20I triumph

first_imgMohammad Kaif was slammed and brutally trolled on social media after the former India cricketer praised Pakistan. India’s arch-rivals had chased down a record score in the final of a T20I tri-series against Australia in Zimbabwe on Sunday.Kaif, the hero of India’s historic Natwest Series triumph in England 16 years ago, had last played for the country in 2006. However, he has since been active with media duties and is a regular on social media with his views.Like every ardent cricket fan and supporter, Kaif kept track of the Pakistan-Australia final in Harare.Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in a record run chase to lift the tri-series trophy at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Sunday.Fakhar Zaman stars as Pakistan beat Australia to win T20I tri-seriesKaif, obviously impressed with a fine display tweeted to congratulate Pakistan.Well done to Pakistan on winning the T20 series final against Australia. Great innings from Fakhar Zaman , looks a big match player.Congratulations #PakvAusMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2018However, trolls were quick to pick up on the Indian cricketer.400 chappal maro ees pakistaan premi koArun K. Pathak 7992478173 (@Arun_Pathak_1) July 8, 2018Ye ummid nhi thi tumse jaag gya tunhara pakistani pream @MohammadKaifPriya Prakash Varrier (@Priyavarrier08) July 8, 2018@MohammadKaifDeepika Padukone FC (@deepikapadukonz) July 8, 2018Pakistan ko congrates krna jruri hai kya.isi ko pakistani prem kahte hai.Arun Prajapati (@arunp2018) July 8, 2018Desh Droohi go to Pakistan and comment on them not from here …advertisementMohammed (@ArshadSagari) July 9, 2018Mr kaif why to praise Pakistan for Windows .As I don’t watch there match for lAst so many yearsvishalbhatia1603@gmail.com (@vishalbhatia162) July 8, 2018Holy guacamole did he just congratulate Pakistan? he better pack his bagsAatif_intriago (@nazir_aatif) July 8, 2018Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D’Arcy Short’s stylish 76 from 53 balls.Pakistan were in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard.But Zaman launched a ferocious counter-attack with an innings that included 12 fours and three sixes, bringing up his half-century in 30 balls.Pakistan, who top the global rankings in Twenty20 cricket, won the game with four balls to spare to secure victory in the final of the series that also involved hosts Zimbabwe.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


Know about Saina Nehwal, India’s ace badminton player who became world’s number 1

first_imgSaina Nehwal is an Indian badminton player who has been ranked as world’s number 1 ace shuttler by Badminton World Federation. The first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics, Saina was born in Hisar on March 17, 1990.Listed here are some facts you probably didn’t know about the first Indian woman to become the world’s number 1 badminton player:The badminton player holds 23 incredible international titlesIn 2006, Saina became the under-19 national champion. She created history by winning the Asian Satellite Badminton tournament twice, thus becoming the first player to do soIn May 2006, Saina became the first Indian woman and the youngest player from Asia to win a 4-star tournament-the Philippines OpenShe won the Singapore Open super series in June 2010, the Hong Kong super series in December 2010, and the Indonesian championship in June 2012Nehwal was conferred with the Arjuna Award in the year 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna for the year 2009-2010, and the Padma Shri award in 2010Before stepping into her career in Badminton, Nehwal had interest in Karate. She holds a brown belt in KarateInitially, she was coached by S. M. Arif, who is a Dronacharya Award winner, later by Pullela Gopichand till 2014, and currently, by the former Indian Badminton champion and national coach U. Vimal KumarHer parents Harvir Singh and Usha Nehwal have also been champions of Badminton in HaryanaSaina Nehwal is the first Indian women to be ranked as number one in the Badminton World Federation in the Women’s Singles categoryShe won a bronze at the London Olympics 2014Nehwal was the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship, and the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament and the Indonesian Open in 2009Her current ranking in the sport is 9, as of February 02, 2016Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more


Hyderabad Test: India look to continue domination over West Indies

first_imgIndia take on West Indies in the second Test on Friday in Hyderabad, where the Indians will look to gain more confidence while the Windies would want to salvage some pride.The Windies were thwarted by Virat Kohli-led Indian side by a record innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot. It was the way in which the Windies were absolutely outplayed that drew a lot of criticism.As India and West Indies prepare to take on once more, captain Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only well known fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the Test.India, on the other hand, have decided not to make any changes and instead opted for the same side in the second Test as well.The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December.Also read – Virat Kohli unhappy with quality of SG balls, says Dukes most suited for Test cricketIn fact, Virat Kohli’s team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test. In 2011, India dominated West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn’t pan out well as they lost the series.It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.advertisementThe only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord’s and 145 at Melbourne.Also read – Hyderabad Test: West Indies have come up with plans for Prithvi Shaw, says Roston ChaseRahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017).His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the Australia series, which could be make or break for him.The Indian team has decided against any experiments with Mayank Agarwal failing to find a place in the XII for this game.Bowling coach Bharat Arun put up a strong argument for the out-of-form KL Rahul (14 failures in 16 knocks this year).The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6.Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.Also read – Prithvi Shaw a sharp guy but give him space to grow: Virat KohliMohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series.For West Indies, the aim will be to at least put up some fight unlike the Rajkot game where they didn’t even last 100 overs across both innings.Kieran Powell’s 83 and Roston Chase’s 53 were the only notable contributions from the Caribbean batting line-up in the first game.In the second innings, it looked as if the batsmen were in a tearing hurry to hit every ball where the need of the hour was to show patience.The West Indies’s slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level. They would love to redeem themselves, even as they face a formidable unit.Teams:India Final 12: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more