Blown leads cause for concern for SMB coach Austria

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s what coach Leo Austria is trying to figure out as he hopes that there won’t be any more letups for the Beermen once the new year rings.“I’m so very curious about this. That’s the tendency of the players usually. It’s human nature. Sometimes, you’re leading and you’re playing well in the first half and they think that it’s going to be an easy ride going to the last minute of the fourth quarter. But that’s not always going to be the case,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSan Miguel erected double-digit leads in their first two games this conference, taking a 19-point lead in its opener against Phoenix last week and this time, grabbing a 22-point advantage against Meralco on Wednesday.Both times, however, the Beermen blew those leads before holding on to win in the end. Fajardo admits having a hard time vs Bono Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Knowing how strong San Miguel is, it’s almost a given that the defending three-time Philippine Cup champion will race up the scoreboard and gain a large lead, as evidenced by its first two games this conference.Preserving that lead, however, is another story.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina And that’s the reason why Austria specifically pointed out the game against the Bolts as a “tough test” for his team, knowing how good Meralco is especially with coach Norman Black calling the shots.“If you remember their first game against Blackwater, they were down by 14 points and all of a sudden in the second half, they were able to come back. It almost happened tonight too,” he said moments after San Miguel’s 103-97 win over Meralco at Ynares Center here.“It’s a good lesson for us and it’s a good test because if you’re up against a team with a great coach in coach Norman, you cannot rest until the buzzer sounds at the end of the game.”Austria is hopeful that these tests would serve as valuable lessons for his team in the long run as they continue their quest for a fourth straight all-Filipino title.“Right now, I’m trying to maximize our potential and with our first two games, we keep on learning. We know our strengths and our weaknesses and in tonight’s game, we saw what our weaknesses are which was exploited by coach Norman. Fortunately, the players really wanted to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more


first_imgSean Hall arriving in courtGARDAI who arrested a former US air force engineer at his own home did so illegally, it was claimed in a court case yesterday.Sean Hall, a 50-year-old retired mechanic, is suing Gardai alleging they breached his constitutional rights by arresting him on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the property. Mr Hall claimed at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday that he was arrested despite legal advice given to Gardai beforehand that he was legally entitled to enter a home at which his wife had changed the locks.The arrest took place on April 15 2009 in Gweedore, Co Donegal.Mr Hall had returned to the area two days earlier after undergoing heart surgery in America.He and his wife were having marital problems at the time and they hadn’t spoken for four months whilst he was in the USA.However when he went to their house on April 13 the locks had been changed.He was advised by Gardai that day to leave the area after Mrs Maria Hall called officers.Two days later, he returned to the house and broke in through a window.His solicitor Cormac Hartnett had called and faxed Gardai and Mrs Hall’s solicitor advising them that his client was legally entitled to return to the property.At 8pm a stand-off occurred inside the house when Mr Hall barricaded himself inside a bedroom and refused to come out, Judge Petria McDonnell was told.Gardai broke down the door, arrested Mr Hall and took him to Glenties Garda Station.“They basically treated me like a criminal. They told me to open the f***ing door,” said Mr Hall.“They put me in the cop car and it was overwhelming.”He was released the next day and an ex-parte barring order was granted at the district court, an order later lifted and Mr Hall did later return to live at the house until his marriage of 20 years broke up.Cormac Hartnett, Mr Hall’s solicitor, gave evidence and told the judge that he was “incredulous” that his client had been arrested despite phoning Gardai and faxing them. He had also faxed and phoned Mrs Hall’s solicitor.Mr Hall claimed that he had recorded the incident on a mobile phone but when his personal belongings were returned one of his three phones was missing.James O’Donnell, barrister for An Garda Siochana, strenuously denied this allegation, telling Mr Hall he had signed for his possessions and had never made a complaint about it.Garda witnesses have yet to be called in the case.The hearing was adjourned and will resume at Castlebar court on October 30.MAN SUES GARDAÍ IN ‘WRONGFUL’ ARREST LAWSUIT was last modified: October 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive Interview: The Creators of Some of The Most Popular LUT Packs Ever

first_imgIf you haven’t heard of VisionColor LUTs, chances are you’ve seen them in action more than a few times in videos and films.Cover image via Mo Gaff.I’m going to get this out of the way quick: I’m a big fan of VisionColor LUTs.If you haven’t heard of them or have never used them yourself, you owe it to yourself to give them a shot. They look great on LOG footage, Rec 709 footage, photos — anything you can throw them at. I’ve used both of the VisionColor packs (Osiris and Impulz) many times throughout my career — certainly more often than any other LUT packs I’ve come across.I’d like to get this out of the way as well: this post is not sponsored by or paid for by VisionColor. I personally tracked down CEO Jonathan Ochmann so I could ask him a few questions about the creation of these LUTs and why they seem to be so versatile — that’s just how much I like them. I’ve always been very excited by how LUTs have added ease of availability to accurate film-style color curves and looks to all digital filmmakers. VisionColor LUTs are very true to the real deal, and they are created with care to achieve a very high level of accuracy across all camera platforms.Our “Escape Room” short was graded with M31 from the Osiris Pack to get the classic Teal/Orange look.While they in no way replace the true artistry and craft of being a digital colorist (as this meme about the M31 LUT would suggest), they do provide a really top-notch baseline to work with, are great to use on set with monitors, and will work drag-and-drop better than any other LUTs that I’ve used.We have composer, software engineer, photographer Jonathan Ochmann (SoundCloud/Instagram) and his team to thank for these LUTs, and he was generous enough to give us some more info about how his packs were created. Lets dive in.PremiumBeat: First off, I’d like to know some more about you in general. Are you a filmmaker yourself? What has your role with VisionColor been?Jonathan Ochmann: I worked as a musical composer and software synthesizer engineer in my early twenties and have been into art and technology for as long as I can remember. I did dabble in filmmaking briefly but never really pursued it. I do take photography as a hobby pretty seriously. My professional focus for the past couple of years has been with VisionColor where I am CEO and lead developer.Image via Mo Gaff.Probably because of my roots in music, most of our early products were born out of the idea to apply the concept of musical sampling to the visual frequency range. Or that was the high level reasoning behind our approach anyways. I’ve always felt that the sound of a synthetic emulation of an analog instrument for example is dwarfed by even a mediocre recording of the real thing. And that’s where I thought the general approach to digital color processing fell flat on its face.In music, it’s well established that if we want the sound of a Bosendorfer Grand Piano, we better record the real thing in a nice studio or go for the next best substitution, which is recorded samples of it.Image via THE SinCos Studio.On the visual end of the spectrum, we really wanted natural, organic looks but were stuck with using sliders and curves which only ever control tiny data fragments in vast interpolated datasets — which, just like on the audible end, do not suffice when attempting to emulate anything that has an organic, non-linear source, like analog film for example.So that was why I thought creative color grading could really use an upgrade and learn from the failed attempts to try and emulate complexity by using simple tools that didn’t really seem to get people anywhere. We’ve since created products that build on the idea to directly sample from organic visual sources.Image via Mo Gaff.PB: What initially got you interested in LUTs and creating them?JO: As a programmer, I’ve been familiar with lookup tables since the first time I attempted to processes complex data in real time and blew up my computer as a result (kidding). The concept is simple. You generally don’t want to run an expensive computation more than once so you save the result to memory after you first compute it. Then you can simply look it up in memory the next time you need that piece of data.This goes right back to the analogy of virtual instruments I brought up earlier. The reason that synthetically generated sounds don’t live up to their organic prototypes is simple: Computers are not yet advanced enough to create extremely complex, non-linear simulations in real time. And as artists we need that real time feedback loop more than anything.So what got me interested in “LUTs” as color grading tools is that they offer a real solution for encapsulating complex color operations in a computationally efficient data structure — both of which the artist and the engineer in me demand respectively.Image via Mo Gaff.PB: How were the Osiris and Impulz packs created?JO: When we made Osiris, color LUTs weren’t really “a thing” yet, and we felt that the color presets and tools that were publicly available at the time were all lacking something.The beauty of LUTs is that they are platform independent, not confined to a single application and can encapsulate countless operations from multiple engines, tools, color models and methods, including the sampling of colors from other media such as film that I mentioned earlier.And that was precisely the idea for Osiris. We wanted to create better presets that more closely resembled the looks of contemporary Hollywood films.So if you want to closely resemble someone else’s workflow the best way to go about it is copying. Our leading paradigm was this: steal their entire process. All of it. Shoot film. Good, expensive film. Develop and treat film. Scan film on really fancy scanner. Color Grade the digital negative. Print negative to positive print stock. Scan again.Then repeat the entire process and at each step sample a set of some 30k+ color samples in a controlled environment that represent the current “state” of the color model. (Just like meticulously recording all 88 notes of a piano at different velocities. All right enough with the audio analogies already.)In reality though, the process required loads of trial and error, which was mainly introduced by working with film. (For me, all love and nostalgia faded as soon as I actually had to physically handle it). We ended up working with some brilliant people though (shoutout to James Dilworth!) that had way more experience with taming this analog beast and made it behave exactly to my liking.All of the Osiris LUTs were based on a single color negative and a single print film emulation, with different color grades baked between them. For Impulz, we threw the custom color grades out and fully modularized the individual steps (film negative, scan, print) that we had baked into single LUTs for OSIRIS.Image via Neumann Films.PB: Do you have a favorite LUT?JO: Of our LUTs? Tetrachrome from Impulz. It’s the result of an experiment we did with a lab in Berlin, Germany and it was one of those rare things that just worked. Tetrachrome is really a Kodak Motion Picture stock intended for ECN2 processing (the chemical solution typically used for motion picture film).We removed the rem-jet layer of the film and push-processed it in C41 to increase the contrast and saturation of the original rendering and ever so slightly shift the colors along the green-magenta axis. It’s by far the most popular emulation from Impulz.I personally also really like the Koji LUTs. I don’t think anyone has come close to creating more faithful print stock emulations than those guys!PB: Although they’ve been around some time, a few years back, the concept of LUTs exploded in popularity seemingly within a couple of months. To me, it seemed that the release of the VisionColor LUTs were at the forefront of that burst in popularity. Did you expect this almost “wildfire-like” spread of LUTs?JO: That’s hard to say . . . I did see that they solved a real problem that I was facing in my own work ,and I know that solving real problems is generally a pretty good indicator for product success. You don’t have to sell people on something that just works.At the same time, it took some significant marketing and meta-marketing efforts (shoutout to Denver Riddle!) to get the word out on this fairly abstract concept of lookup tables as the new holy grail of color grading. Now, after Osiris, Impulz, and all of their distant cousins, everybody knows LUTs. Not everybody loves them, and few truly understand them, but I do believe that well-made LUTs have played a big part in raising the overall quality of the work we are now able to produce on a budget that doesn’t break the bank.PB: What do you think makes VisionColor LUTs special?JO: If anything, it must be the methodology of how we create them. I don’t think that anyone else has actually disassembled the entire film process to “lutify” (no pun intended) each step into a reusable color module.PB: I’m sure you’re well aware of the sheer popularity of the M31 LUT since the Osiris release. That LUT is used everywhere. Anyone who is more than somewhat familiar with LUTs has most likely heard of it (there are even quite a few fun memes out there about it). What do you attribute the popularity of M31 to?JO: I think that it comes down to the fact that the M31 was the first Teal and Orange LUT that gave people a shortcut to one of the most popular palettes that has been utilized by artists throughout history. The M31 is a rather heavy-handed exaggeration of a complementary color contrast around the skin tone vector, inspired by some of the most popular films at the time.The name M31 is actually (slightly) cryptographic and stands for MB (3 – 1 = 2. The second letter in the alphabet is B), the initials of the director whose films inspired the LUT. It’s also an alternative name of a Galaxy that is on an inevitable collision course with our milky way. That was intentional but obviously no one ever got that. If it was meant as a tribute or a warning I won’t tell . . .PB: One thing I’ve always noticed about your LUTs is that they seem to be friendly with all the different LOG curves out there (s-log, v-log, canon log, etc.) without much alteration. How do you go about making a LUT with this in mind?JO: We specifically create normalization profiles for all of the different cameras and profiles we support so that emulation LUTs have a common base and produce consistent results. The generic LOG and 709 normalization profiles are created by averaging the 2D gamma and saturation distribution of the most commonly requested cameras.PB: How do you go about making LUTs knowing that they’ll be used on all different kinds of footage?JO: Test everything against all these different kinds of footage. Seriously.We take a data-driven approach to pretty much anything we do, and a lot of color processing is just mathematical statistics applied to three-dimensional datasets that have predictable or known bounds. When you think about footage as confined bags of color data that may never exceed certain thresholds, a lot of the variables that exist in footage when observed from a higher level go away.PB: What are some of the coolest ways you’ve seen your LUTs in action?JO: Okay, totally unexpected answer but DJI (the drone company) once accidentally shared some of our LUTs embedded into the open source code of their firmware. I was really flattered! They removed it. We’re cool.On a more serious note, I think that where VisionColor LUTs have been used to produce the most stunning results, the LUTs themselves really only played a minor role in an overall achievement of beautiful direction, cinematography, and tasteful color grading. Having seen some of the top cinematographers and colorists in the industry use Impulz in the subtle ways it was designed for has definitely been a major highlight.PB: Any words of advice to people who are new to using LUTs or areas where you feel they’re being used incorrectly?JO: LUTs, although powerful, are just one of the many tools colorists have at their disposal. Everything should be used in moderation and nothing should be treated like a Magic Bullet (again, no pun intended). Use LUTs as presets when you need to work fast. Try to recreate your favorite LUTs from scratch to sharpen your color grading skills. Don’t use all LUTs at 100% strength 100% of the time. Sometimes don’t use LUTs at all.Don’t grade to make up for a lack of wardrobe, makeup, or proper cinematography. Don’t be the guy from the M31 meme. (If you are the guy from the M31 meme: I love you, man!). And lastly, don’t listen to my advice on creative color grading. I’m a software developer and business person. Listen to Juan Melara instead.PB: Is there anything cool in the works for VisionColor in the future or anything you want to share?JO: Absolutely. I believe that color grading software is still in its infancy and has a long way to go until it reaches a state of completion. The creative application of technologies like LUTs really helped push color sophistication and quality forward over the past couple of years. VisionColor has since been working on defining and implementing the next step in this evolution beyond 3D LUTs. I have been focusing on developing higher-level abstractions for three-dimensional data manipulation. Many of the accepted user interface components used for color grading today are either not abstract enough — take interactive visualizations of mathematical color models for example, which don’t generally correspond with how we think about color as human beings — or careless abstractions like slider controls, which have no correspondence at all with how either machines or humans think about color.LUTs have helped artists because they’re easy to apply and yet have the capacity to deeply remap color across three dimensions. They’ve also been a pain to work with because they’re essentially rasterized, static chunks of information that cannot be understood, decomposed, or manipulated once compiled. That’s not exactly the expressiveness we demand from our tools as artists, and I know that we can do better. Much better. And we’ll be seeing a new generation of tools emerge over the next couple of years that will put an end to how LUTs are currently being (ab)used creatively, and I have a feeling that VisionColor will again be at the forefront of this movement.Looking for more filmmaking interviews? Check these out.7 Things to Consider When Shooting on Retro Film StockAn Interview with Andrew Shulkind, DP of Netflix Original film The RitualInterview: Showtime Docuseries Cinematographer from The TradeThe Disaster Artist: Editing A Film About Making a FilmExclusive: Designing Wakanda and the Amazing Sets of Black Pantherlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 29, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.Fun On The Fourth: The Wilmington Fun on the Fourth begins tonight! The schedule, courtesy of the Fourth of July Committee’s website, is below:Dinner6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Rotary Club, $8 (BBQ – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Cookies, Lemonade, Water)Entertainment5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Performance by “Brandy!” (sponsored by Rotary)Events6:00 PM Horseshoes (First Round) (Participants must sign a Consent Form. Under 18 signed by a parent.)6:00 PM 3 on 3 Basketball – Age Categories: [16 & 17 (6:00 PM)]; [18 & up (6:30 PM)]; [40 & over (7:00 PM)]6:30 PM Road Race (Participants must sign a Consent Form. Under 18 must be signed by a parent.)7:30 PM Blueberry Pie Eating Contest (Participants must sign a Release of Liability Form. Under 18 signed by a parent.)At The Library: Toddler Dance Party at 10am. Needleworkers from 10am to noon. Drop-In Rock Band from 3pm to 4pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]In The Community: The Town Beach is open today. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Wednesday, July 3In “Community”last_img read more

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first_img 26 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 31 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice Correction 2/5/19 8:04 A.M.: We removed a reference to Rolls-Royce possibly moving production after receiving clarification from the brand that the report we cited was inaccurate. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Jaguar Land Rover Car Industry Luxury cars SUVs More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 81 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 71 Photos Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 68 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Car Industry Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Enlarge ImageThe work stoppage is planned to last just a week in April, but it could be an indicator of things to come. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Jaguar Land Rover, alongside the rest of the British auto industry, has been in borderline panic mode with Brexit looming, and now it’s looking like the iconic British marques will idle four factories for an additional week or more in April, according to a report published Sunday by Motor1.Jaguar Land Rover currently operates vehicle production facilities in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood and an engine assembly plant in Wolverhampton which it typically shuts down for a week in April. This year that stoppage will be extended by at least a week. Only its UK factories will be affected by the shutdown, but it’s still a significant bump in the road for the car maker.Other British automakers have resorted to drastic measures as well. Aston Martin has already enacted its No-Deal Brexit contingency plan while German-owned Bentley is reportedly considering moving production from the UK to continental Europe if things go totally pear-shaped. Lotus is newly flush with cash, courtesy of its primary investor Geely, but if we had the kind of financial history that it does, coupled with its low yearly sales, we’d be soiling ourselves at the moment.Jaguar Land Rover didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 1 49 Photos 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 10 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 Land Rover Defender hides boxy good looks under heavy camo Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Land Rover Jaguar,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 4 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 18 Photos Share your voice General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Snaps earnings show that users arent disappearing anymore

first_img Snapchat Tags Getty Images Snap, which has struggled to keep users on its Snapchat app, broke its losing streak.Snap said Tuesday that 186 million users logged in to the vanishing-messaging app daily in the fourth quarter, the same number as in the previous quarter. Snap had seen a drop in daily usage for two consecutive quarters last year after an unpopular redesign of the app.The results helped the company boost revenue and narrow its loss compared with the same period last year.Investors loved the news, pushing the company’s shares as much as 20 percent higher in after-hours trading. That isn’t to say Snap doesn’t have challenges. The company is working on a new version of the app for Android. Snap is also dealing with a string of executive departures, including Tim Stone, the chief financial officer who said last month that he was leaving after less than a year on the job. It also has to compete with larger social networks such as Facebook and its Instagram service, both of which have been investing more in ephemeral messaging, for ad dollars. “The transitions we made in both the Snapchat platform and our business last year were necessary and created many of the opportunities we have ahead of us,” said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a conference call with analysts. “But change is always difficult and this past year was no exception.”Snap has rolled out a new version of its Android app to a small percentage of its users, but didn’t say when it will be released more broadly. Spiegel also said during the conference call that the company is trying to get users between the ages of 13 to 34 to spend more time on the app by releasing more original shows on the platform. At the same time, the company is focusing on personalizing the app for users above 34 years old and expanding internationally. In the fourth quarter, the company grew its revenue by 36 percent, to $389.8 million, beating the $377.52 million expected on average by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Snap reported an adjusted loss, which excludes expenses such as employee stock compensation, of 4 cents a share compared with a loss of 13 cents in the same quarter last year. Analysts expected a loss of 7 cents a share. The company also doesn’t expect daily active users to decline in the first three months of 2019. “The fact that Snap was able to maintain its daily active user base quarter over quarter is a positive sign,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in an email. “When Snap finally rolls out its updated Android app, it could move the company back into growth territory.”First published Feb. 5, 1:23 p.m. PTUpdate, 2 p.m.: Adds quote from analyst. 3:17 p.m.: Adds remarks from conference call. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. 0 Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Army jawan opens fire at colleague inside CRPF camp in Bagnan detained

first_imgAn Assam Rifles jawan opened fire at his colleague inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan.ReutersIn a shocking incident on Thursday, May 2, an Assam Rifles jawan, Lakshmikant Barman, opened fire at his colleague, killing him and injuring others. The alleged accused, who reportedly fired 18 rounds at his fellow trooper, was on poll duty in Howrah district of West Bengal.The deceased, identified as Bholanath Das, was killed inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan. The others who were injured in the unfortunate incident were rushed to a hospital. They have been identified as Anil Rajbanshi and Rantu Mani.The accused, who was reportedly under tremendous mental stress, has been detained.The incident has reportedly happened at Bagnan’s Jyotirmoy Girls High School in Bangalpur area of Bengal. Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections.The 2019 general election in West Bengal is being held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23, and the results will be declared on the same day.last_img read more

16 HIV positive Rohingyas found one dies

first_imgA Rohingya refugee woman who arrived from Myanmar last night by boat, sits on the bank of the Naf river as border guards temporarily hold them, in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, 7 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersAround 16 Rohingya people having with HIV positive were found in Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, reports UNB.Physician Shahin Abdur Rahman Chowdhury, a resource person of Rohingya camp and also a residential medical officer of the hospital, said that they have detected 16 patients infected with HIV since 25 August.Of them, nine patients are now undergoing treatment while treatment for the rest six will begin soon.Meanwhile, one of the HIV patients died before starting the treatment, said the physician.Abdus Salam, civil surgeon of the district, said that the number of patients having HIV is increasing.He said that some 2,000 medical staffs, including 100 MBBS doctors, specialist physicians, intern physicians, medical students, are working for ensuring treatment at Rohingya camps.last_img read more

Senate Moderates Near Immigration Plan On Dreamers Wall

first_img Share APSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, walk outside the chamber during debate in the Senate on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Schumer said on the Senate floor that “the one person who seems most intent on not getting a deal is President Trump.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Senate moderates reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with President Donald Trump’s demands for billions of dollars to build his coveted border wall with Mexico, participants in those talks said.It was unclear how the compromise would be greeted by Republican and Democratic leaders or the White House, or whether it could attract the 60 votes that will be needed to move through the closely-divided Senate. So far, no other package has emerged from either side that seems able to do that, leaving the debate’s outcome in doubt.The proposal was emerging as the Senate spent a third day of debate largely as it’s spent the first two — with the chamber floor mostly empty. Other than an initial roll call allowing formal debate to begin, there have been no other votes while party leaders talk behind the scenes about scheduling votes on specific proposals.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he wants the Senate to finish considering immigration legislation this week. It is unclear whether that will happen.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the moderates’ proposal would grant a 10- to 12-year route to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, the same number Trump has suggested in his own wider-ranging proposal. Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and still have no permanent protection from deportation.Graham and Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said the plan would provide $25 billion over a decade for a wall and other border security measures, an amount Trump has requested. It would bar Dreamers from sponsoring their parents for citizenship — well short of a Trump proposal to prevent all legal immigrants from bringing parents and siblings to the U.S.The moderates’ measure does not end a lottery that distributes about 55,000 visas annually to people from diverse countries, as Trump has proposed.“The diversity lottery is kind of toxic politically because of some of the things said by the president made that really hard politics on the Democratic side,” said Graham, a reference to a vulgar description Trump used for people from African countries.The White House issued a written statement by Trump urging senators to back and his bill and “oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill” his “four pillars.” But the statement did not say Trump would veto a bill that fell short of his demands.A GOP bill tracking Trump’s proposal and backed by McConnell has been introduced and could receive a Senate vote soon.Few expect Trump’s plan to attract the 60 votes it would need to survive, but Rounds said he believed the moderates’ proposal could.If that happens, Rounds said, “We’ll allow the president to determine whether or not it moves in the direction that he wants.”Also in play is a more modest plan by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., and supported by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. It would let many Dreamers qualify for permanent residence and direct federal agencies to more effectively control the border by 2020. But it doesn’t offer a special citizenship pathway for Dreamers or make sweeping changes in legal immigration rules.In another statement, the White House said it opposes the McCain-Coons plan. It said the proposal would “increase illegal immigration, surge chain migration” — a term critics use to describe family-based immigration — and cause other problems.Democrats prefer a narrower approach that addresses “Dreamers” and border security. Schumer said that “the one person who seems most intent on not getting a deal is President Trump.” He said Trump “is trying to force his unpopular, hard-line immigration agenda down the throats of the American people.”McConnell said the president has “spelled out a fair and generous framework that will be necessary to earn his signature.”last_img read more

Laptop Tech Support Showdown Our 2019 Ratings

first_imgLenovo55451014:01877-453-668624/7Link 7. HP (65/100)Web support: number: 1-888-698-3762Key takeaways: HP’s tech support proved to be very mixed this year. We received fast, helpful answers on social media, but only got correct answers over the phone about half of the time. We also had a drawn-out remote access session with HP that didn’t result in a successful resolution.HP Tech Support 2019 Report Card Author Bio Dell78502823:13800-624-989724/7Link 10. Lenovo (55/100)Web support: number: 1-877-453-6686Key takeaways: Lenovo once again landed in the bottom half of our rankings this year. While the company offers a handy support website, its agents failed to correctly answer any of our phone questions, and they were very slow to respond to us on social media.Lenovo Tech Support 2019 Report Card Razer88583013:27855-872-52339 am – 6 pm PST, 7 days a weekLink CompanyNameOverall(100)Web Score(60)Phone Score(40)Avg Call TimePhone NumberPhone Hours (ET)WebSupport The WinnersApple has dominated the top spot in our rankings for the past few years, and that hasn’t changed for 2019. The Cupertino company’s tech support agents continue to be among the fastest and most knowledgeable in the business, delivering accurate answers to our Mac questions across live chat, social media and over the phone.AdvertisementThe other big story this year was the rise of Razer. The gaming laptop brand climbed from second to last in 2018 to second place in 2019, going from offering zero phone support last year to presenting us with knowledgeable, thorough agents this year. And despite slipping a bit on the phone front, Dell retained its usual top three ranking with a third-place finish.The LosersMSI maintained its dead-last spot, due to its frustrating (though slightly improved) web experience and nonresponsive social accounts. Lenovo dropped to second to last by failing to correctly answer any of our phone questions. Huawei debuted on our list this year because of its string of excellent laptop releases, though its tech support was just a bit too lacking to keep it out of the bottom three.Here are our full rankings, from best to worst. 1. Apple (91/100)Web support: number: 1-800-275-2273Key takeaways: Whether you’re seeking help with your MacBook on Twitter, via live chat or over the phone, Apple’s tech support agents are consistently speedy, knowledgeable and friendly. We just wish that the tech giant would offer troubleshooting support over Facebook.Apple Tech Support 2019 Report Card HP65402517:42888-698-37628 am – 12 am (M-F),9 am – 9 pm (wkd)Link 6. Acer (68/100)Web support: number: 1-866-695-2237Key takeaways: Acer stepped up its phone support in a big way this year: Its friendly agents correctly answered all of our questions without keeping us on the phone for more than 10 minutes at a time. However, the company’s social media and live chat offerings could use some serious improvement.Acer Tech Support 2019 Report Card 5. Asus (69/100)Web support: number: 1-888-678-3688Key takeaways: Asus stood out with a much-improved support website that provides access to helpful live chat agents. However, the company lost a good chunk of points because of its delivery of too many incorrect answers over the phone.Asus Tech Support 2019 Report Card Apple91 54376:40 800-275-227324/7Link Samsung73433013:00800-726-78648 am – 12 am (M-F),9 am – 11 pm (wkd)Link A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews. How We Rate and Test Tech SupportTo see how well laptop makers support their products, we went undercover, posing as everyday users, and we tried to get answers to three questions. We used both the online and telephone support systems of the top 11 laptop manufacturers.For each brand, we asked how to disable forced system updates as well as how to turn off our laptop’s webcam. Our third question was customized for each manufacturer.We initiated three phone sessions for each brand, asking one question per session. We also used each company’s web resources — including articles, forums and live chat — to find answers. We attempted to contact the companies via both Facebook and Twitter. If a company offered a mobile app for support, we also tried that.Each brand’s overall score was based on 100. Sixty of those points rated the company’s online support — web, social, apps and forums — and the other 40 points scored the brand’s phone-based support. We gave online support more weight, because it’s a more popular way to get help and is the first stop for most people. Asus6954155:11888-678-36886 am – 9 pm PST, 7 days a weekLink 8. Microsoft (64/100)Web support: number: 1-866-695-2237Key takeaways: Microsoft’s support website is more robust than ever, and its social media agents offer speedy responses. However, the company’s phone agents could use some brushing up on Microsoft’s own products.Microsoft Tech Support 2019 Report Cardcenter_img Michael Andronico, Managing Editor 3. Dell (78/100)Web support: number: 1-800-624-9897Key takeaways: While Dell’s score slipped a bit from last year, due to some inconsistent phone performance, the PC maker’s timely, thorough social media and web support kept it near the top of our rankings.Dell Tech Support 2019 Report Card Michael Andronico, Managing Editor on Tech Support ShowdownScorecard and WinnersAcerAppleAsusHuaweiHP DellLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsung Huawei63382511:00888-548-293424/7Link by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comSteph Curry’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNETThe absolute fastest U.S. Air Force planes in the skyCNETUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisement 2. Razer (88/100)Web support: number: 1-855-872-5233Key takeaways: Razer made the biggest leap of any manufacturer during this year’s showdown. After being unable to offer phone support in 2018 because of a call-center switch, the gaming brand bounced back in a big way with phone agents who offered quick, useful support, complete with follow-up emails. The company’s live chat, social media presence and smart use of Reddit for tech support also earned it big points.Razer Tech Support 2019 Report Card 11. MSI (30/100)Web Support: number: 1-888-447-6564Key takeaways: MSI continues to come in dead last in our annual tech support rankings, due to a difficult-to-parse support website and a nonresponsive Twitter account. The company’s phone support proved even worse than last year: We got only one out of three correct answers when we called.MSI Tech Support 2019 Report Card Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭 What good is a great laptop if you’ll have to spend hours on the phone troubleshooting every time you have a problem with it? Having access to quality tech support is just as important as the actual specs inside your notebook, though it’s not always easy to tell which PC makers deliver fast, efficient customer service.That’s why, for more than a decade, we’ve gone undercover as everyday shoppers to test the phone, social media and web support that’s provided by the leading laptop manufacturers. Here are tech support’s biggest winners and losers for 2019. 9. Huawei (63/100)Web support: number: 1-888-548-2934Key takeaways: Huawei has become a force in the laptop space that’s too big to ignore for this year’s showdown, and the company’s tech support offerings are decent, given how relatively new it is to computing. However, Huawei’s customer service was a bit all over the place, and we got too many wrong answers across both the web and over the phone to give the brand a solid recommendation.Huawei Tech Support 2019 Report Card Microsoft6444208:52866-695-223724/7Link Acer6830388:52866-695-223724/7Link 4. Samsung (73/100)Web support: number: 1-800-726-7864Key takeaways: Samsung’s social media accounts are the real stars of its tech support suite: They directed us to handy, easy-to-follow instructions whenever we asked questions over Facebook and Twitter. The company’s phone support was a mixed bag, however, alternating between speedy, useful service and drawn-out calls that didn’t quite solve our problems.Samsung Tech Support 2019 Report Card MSI3010209:35888-447-65648 am – 7 am (M-F)Linklast_img read more