What’s that thing protruding out of Sonakshi Sinha’s short skirt?

first_imgEvery fashion trend that hits the Indian entertainment industry goes through a phase of transformation. We’re hoping that this latest new trend that Sonakshi Sinha is trying to sport also goes through the same process, and only betters with time.So, Sonakshi Sinha has been actively promoting her upcoming film, Ittefaq, of late. Recently, during a public appearance for the same, the Lootera actress was spotted wearing this Appapop outfit that comprised the dust-brown high-waist, short skirt and a rather unlikely crisp, white shirt.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/mohitrai To begin with, the fit and make of that skirt is just beautiful. And though we love the sleeves and the collar on that shirt, what’s weird is the torn hemline that’s peeping out of Sona’s skirt. While we really do like the idea, a neater, finely trimmed hemline would’ve uplifted the whole look, instead of making it look shabby, as it is now.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/mohitrai Sonakshi got her choice of shoes just right, though–those transparent Steve Madden sandals did wonders for the look, while letting Sonakshi Sinha flaunt her tribal foot tattoo like a boss.Basically, it’s a really good attire gone wrong because of just that one, tiny thing. Probably try cleaner lines next time, Sona?last_img read more

Datsun India opens pre-bookings for the redi-GO 1.0L AMT

first_imgDatsun India has commenced pre-launch bookings for the much-awaited Datsun redi-GO 1.0L Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) from January 10, 2018.  Customers can now pre-book their Datsun redi-GO 1.0L AMT with a payment Rs 10,000 at all Nissan and Datsun dealerships. Deliveries of these vehicles will commence from January 23, 2018.  Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We keep customers at the heart of everything we do. During the last 20 months, we have launched four variants of Datsun redi-GO to address the changing needs of our customers. With the new redi-GO AMT, we aim to provide consumers with the convenience of city drive at an accessible price and best in class ground clearance, mileage, headroom space, high seating position and attractive design.” The Datsun redi-GO1.0L AMT is powered by Intelligent Spark Automated Technology (iSAT) 1.0L three-cylinder fuel-efficient engine, paired with a five-speed automated transmission. Launched in India in June 2016, the redi-GO is a versatile car that combines the roominess (is this a word we use in product brochure?), agility and efficiency of an urban hatchback with best-in-class ground clearance (185mm) and high seating position. The redi-GO AMT will join the popular line-up that includes redi-GO 0.8L, redi-GO Sport, redi-GO 1.0L and redi-GO GOLD.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 2018 clears FCC, expected to launch soon

first_imgSamsung is gearing up to launch a range of smartphone next year — the key highlight of them will be the successors of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, aka Galaxy S9 and S9+. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer is apparently planning to launch a J series phone as well — its is the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018). The smartphone was earlier spotted on GFXBench — which revealed that the device will not be a much refershed version when compared to the original J5 Prime which was launched back in 2016.  The smartphone — J5 Prime 2018 has now cleared the US-based regulatory body FCC, hitting at the imminent launch. Samsung is also planning to announce a foldable phone, and 3 A series phones, aka Galaxy A5, A7, and A8 (2018) next year.The FCC listing — like usual — reveals some details about the upcoming smartphone. It reveals that the J5 Prime 2018 edition will be a dual-SIM smartphone and will come with a model number of SM-G571F/DS. Although there are no official words by Samsung on the J5 Prime 2018 edition, going by the reports, it seems, the smartphone may be announced in the early days of 2018.Apart from the model number, the FCC listing also reveals some minor specs details about the smartphone. It suggests that the J5 Prime 2018 will come with several connectivity options like — 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi, and GPS support. The smartphone is expected to come with a non-removable battery. The FCC listing doesn’t reveal any further details about the device.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 spotted online with slim bezels and dual selfie camerasGalaxy J5 Prime (2018) was earlier spotted on GFX Bench. The benchmark listing unveiled almost all the specs details about the smartphone. However, it is noteworthy that this hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung as of yet. Going by the benchmark listing, the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7570 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.The display, when compared to the previously announced J5 Prime will be much smaller. The J5 Prime comes with a 5-inch HD display, while the J5 Prime 2018 edition is tipped to come with a 4.8-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The smartphone is expected to come with Android 7.1 Nougat.As of now, there are no words on if the smartphone will get Android Oreo update. Well chances are J5 Prime 2018 phone will be upgraded to Oreo, the reason being, the original J5 Prime was actually launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But however, back in October this year, the smartphone started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update. This probably leaves us with little chances that like the J5 Prime, the 2018 edition may also be upgraded to the next software version — which is — Android Oreo.Meanwhile, the benchmark listing also reveals the camera details as well. It suggests that the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will come with a12-megapixel camera on the back, while on the front it will sport an 8-megapixel selfie camera.last_img read more

Sam NFL’s 1st Openly Gay Player

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.The call finally came in from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said. He stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation’s best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.When Mike Kensil, the NFL’s Vice President of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft’s final minutes to announce the Rams’ second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.When Kensil said: “The St. Louis Rams select … Michael Sam…” the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “Michael Sam!”Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sam’s reaction.Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake — and another kiss.“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, with a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt.The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam.“In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN.The NFL had no comment on Sam being drafted.The impact of Sam’s selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.“Michael Sam wouldn’t have been drafted five years ago,” said former Viking punter Chris Kluwe, who has accused Minnesota of cutting him in part because of his vocal support for gay rights.In the last year, NBA veteran Jason Collins has come out publicly as gay, and is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins said before the Nets’ playoff game against the Heat that he was watching the draft and texted Sam after he was picked.“It’s a great day for Michael and his family and for the NFL,” Collins said.Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.Now that he’s there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. But all the reaction to Sam’s news wasn’t positive from the league.Miami safety Don Jones posted a one-word tweet, “Horrible” shortly after Sam was drafted. It was later taken down. The team’s General Manager said he was aware, and was disappointed.Wade Davis, a gay former NFL player who is now the executive director of the gay rights advocacy group You Can Play, said that Sam only needs to do his job to have an impact beyond the field.“Michael Sam doesn’t have to be a vocal advocate (for gay rights),” Davis said. “His visibility is his advocacy.”(RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jeter’s Last Hit: Yanks Beat Bosox

first_imgBOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a bare-handed play.It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — sixth all-time, and the most in franchise history — along with the 1,311th RBI of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the face of baseball.Jeter bid baseball adieu with an RBI single on a chopper, a dugout full of hugs and a final wave to the fans on Sept. 28th, concluding his Hall of Fame career by helping the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5.“In an era where few heroes exist, over a 20-year span he represented the sport and himself in an absolutely magnificent way. It’s almost hard to believe,” Commissioner Bud Selig said this weekend when he stopped by Fenway for his own farewell tour. “He makes one proud.”Three days after an emotional farewell in New York, pinstripe-wearing fans filled Fenway Park for Jeter’s finale, chanting for him and the visiting Yankees and standing for each of his at-bats.After a hard line-drive out in the first inning, Jeter delivered his final hit as part of a four-run third inning, then left for a pinch hitter and headed into retirement.“I’m ready for it now,” Jeter said after the final out. “The plan was two at-bats. I was lucky I got a hit. I guess I hit the right part of the plate.”Jeter’s departure gave some import to an otherwise meaningless game between the longtime AL East rivals, who missed the playoffs together for the first time in 20 years.The last-place Red Sox — the defending World Series champions — are the first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back to worst in three consecutive seasons.Michael Pineda (5-5) earned the victory as the Yankees finished in second place, 12 games behind the division-winning Baltimore Orioles and too far back in the wild-card standings to make the weekend series count.Clay Buchholz (8-11) gave up Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run triple before in the fourth, then entered trivia history as the last pitcher to give up a hit to Jeter.After a walk and a single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Suzuki lined the ball into the Fenway triangle, the deepest part of the ballpark, where it rolled under the 420-foot sign and stopped.Fans moaned that he was not waved home for an inside-the-park homer, but with Ichiro at third it meant that Jeter would be coming to bat with another RBI opportunity.The 40-year-old shortstop, in the lineup this weekend as the designated hitter, took a strike, took a ball and then fouled one off before bouncing a high chopper to third. Garin Cecchini, 23, tried to make a one-handed play but couldn’t.All eyes turned to the Jeter, safe at first, waiting to see if that was it. And when Brian McCann came out of the dugout to replace him as a pinch runner, the Captain’s career was over — 46 years to the day after Mickey Mantle ended his on the same field. The final hit raised Jeter’s lifetime batting average to .310.Jeter pointed at the applauding Red Sox, hugged pitcher Buchholz and then stopped in front of the Yankees dugout to tip his helmet to the crowd. Buchholz waited behind the mound to give the cheers a chance to subside, and then Jeter disappeared into the dugout.The Yankees scored five more in the top of the seventh inning and Boston put five across in the bottom half, but by that time the ballpark was half-empty.The fans had gotten what they wanted.The sun-soaked day began with a 30-minute ceremony in which Jeter was serenaded with “Respect” and presented with some local baubles: Second base emblazoned with his No. 2, a pair of Yankees-themed boots and a check for $22,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.Former Red Sox players from Carl Yastrzemski to Fred Lynn came out to greet him along with captains from the other local teams: Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, the Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Troy Brown of the Patriots, followed by the entire 2014 Red Sox team.Jeter’s parents made the trip for his final series, along with thousands of New Yorkers who clogged the MassPike on their way to the game.Fans in Jeter’s No. 2 pinstripes milled unharassed inside the ballpark — a scene unimaginable a decade ago — mixing with Bostonians showing their esteem for a player who relished the rivalry as much as they do.“JETUH,” said one T-shirt in Red Sox colors and his name translated into the local dialect.And on the back: “WICKED RE2PECT.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lowly 76ers Dunk The Nets, 90-88

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel helped the Philadelphia 76ers put a stylish end to their losing streak against the Brooklyn Nets.Carter-Williams passed to Noel for a tiebreaking dunk with 3 seconds left, sending Philadelphia to a 90-88 victory over Brooklyn on Jan. 9.“A lot of credit to Michael for creating,” Noel said. “He got by his defender and I saw him driving my way. I found an open spot and he was able to find me and I finished.”It was the 76ers’ first win against the Nets since a 121-120 overtime victory on Dec. 20, 2013. The Sixers had lost four in a row against the Nets, and their last five in Brooklyn.Brook Lopez made a tying jumper for the Nets with 25 seconds to go. After Philadelphia took a timeout, Carter-Williams ran off some of the clock before driving and dishing to Noel for the winning jam.“I knew I wanted to penetrate the defense and either see if I could get a shot at the basket or a pull-up,” Carter-Williams said. “But once I saw the defense coming to help on me — and Nerlens made a great play by finding the open area — I knew he’d have a good chance of scoring.”Lopez, who led the Nets with 18 points, missed on a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.Robert Covington scored 20 points for Philadelphia, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 16. Noel finished with 12.Five of the Sixers’ six wins this season have come on the road.Mason Plumlee had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Brooklyn, which has dropped four in a row. Jarret Jack had 14 points and 10 assists, and Joe Johnson scored 13 points.The Nets played without Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett. Williams is out with a fractured rib, and the 38-year-old Garnett got the night off to rest.“We may have played the score a bit, playing not to lose instead of playing to win,” Jack said. “We may have lost that aggressive edge that we had throughout the majority of the game.”Philadelphia trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but grabbed its first lead since midway through the first quarter when Tony Wroten’s three-point play made it 88-86 with 2:41 to go.Wroten finished with 12 points.“We got down by 13 but give them credit,” Sixers coach Brett Brown. “They find a way to compete. They represent the city of Philadelphia and they represent themselves with a level of spirit and toughness most nights, and I’m proud of them for that.”The Nets opened a 68-55 lead on Bojan Bogdanovic’s basket with 2:19 left in the third quarter. They carried a 71-64 advantage into the final period.“Nobody played well in the fourth. We had 17 points,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Super Bowl 49 Highest-Rated Ever

first_imgNEW YORK — An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England’s thrilling win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history.The Nielsen company said the game’s viewership exceeded the record of 112.2 million set last year, when Seattle beat Denver.The game also set records for social media reach. A stirring comeback by New England and game-saving interception in the final minute kept viewers glued to the set.(DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Isiah Thomas Wants People to Keep Open Mind About His New Job

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open mind.“We were concerned, and we talked about it,” he said in a news conference Thursday at the WNBA team’s training camp. “At the end of the day you can only live your truth.”Thomas had an unsuccessful stint as coach and president of the New York Knicks from December 2003 to April 2008. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.“I’ve always maintained my innocence, moved on from that. Our organization has moved on from that,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of the way I lived my life.”Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan gave Thomas another chance now as the president and potential part-owner of the Liberty. Thomas and Dolan had a meeting with the players before training camp opened Sunday.“It was necessary to do that because we live in a society where the information that’s out there, some’s accurate, some’s not accurate,” Thomas said. “We felt it was necessary to meet, discuss and have an open forum. The players we have and the people in this room, they’re grown women and they can make up their own minds and come to their own conclusions.”Coach Bill Laimbeer, who played with Thomas for years in Detroit, and the Liberty players sat on couches off to the side during the 25-minute news conference. At the end, the players applauded their new president.“It was great having that sit-down the other day to clear the air. We are all professionals and are focused on what happens on the court,” said Liberty guard Essence Carson. “All the interaction I’ve had with him so far has been good.”A Hall of Fame, championship-winning point guard with the Pistons, Thomas has failed to match that success in his post-playing career. He tried college coaching after leaving the Knicks but was fired by Florida International in 2012 after going 26-65 in three seasons.Thomas spoke Thursday at a podium in a makeshift area normally used as a players lounge. Laimbeer joked earlier that more media were in attendance then in his first few years combined with the team. He and Thomas hoped that all the attention on the team would carry over to when the Liberty season starts at home on June 5.However, some fans won’t be attending games at Madison Square Garden. Yolanda Jackson, a Liberty season-ticket holder since 1999, said she canceled her subscription.“I’m not planning to attend any Liberty games,” said Jackson, who works in marketing with female athletes. “And since I’m so disappointed in the way the WNBA has handled this situation, I doubt if I’ll be attending any games this season. The WNBA should deny his application for ownership.”Thomas filed the paperwork to be a part-owner of the team last week. He needs approval from the league’s board of governors for his ownership application to go through. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie told The Associated Press last week that she hopes to have that resolved before the season starts June 5.Thomas wouldn’t talk about his ownership petition.“That’s a confidential discussion,” he said.DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer___AP Sports Writer Melissa Murphy in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Twenty-two senior EPO officials to stand trial

first_imgThe president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgos Girtzikis, and 21 other people who served as executive board members from 2005 to 2012, will stand trial for financial felonies, according to local media reports this week.Six of the accused are serving on the current board, while three are former EPO presidents.A prosecutor recommended on Tuesday that the EPO strongman and other suspects should be held accountable for financial losses incurred by the federation, amounting to around 29 million euros, which it paid out to a company as part of a deal to issue compulsory health cards to professional soccer players which was never fully implemented according to plan. Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas Declared Most Improved Player of 2018 at ATP Awards

first_imgGreek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was named Most Improved Player of 2018 at the ATP awards announced on Friday.It was the crowning achievement of 2018 for 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who has had an excellent year since he entered the ATP’s ranking in the top 100 in January and then climbed to number 15.During the year, Tsitsipas was a finalist in Barcelona and reached a masters final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (in both he was defeated by Rafael Nadal). During the year he played and won Novak Djokovic and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam (in Wimbledon). He won his first ATP final in Stockholm and became the first Greek tennis player to win a title in the ATP tour. Currently, Tsitsipas is in the semifinals of NextGen ATP Finals in Milan.It is worth mentioning that the winners of the ATP awards are selected by the players.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Forbes says Knicks Most Valuable NBA Team, Worth $4B

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are worth $4 billion, making them the most valuable NBA team for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes . That’s despite having the worst record among the league’s 30 teams.In its annual rankings, Forbes said the Knicks’ value increased 11 percent from last year because of a $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden, completed in 2013, that has produced a series of new revenue streams.The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game. They began Wednesday with a 10-43 record.Forbes says the Los Angeles Lakers remain in second place with a value of $3.7 billion, up 12 percent.Rounding out the top five are the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion).The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13 percent from last year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dialing in to ESC Minneapolis 2017

first_img September 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm “this reminds me of going “the other way.” When I was in the army we would have to go out to ranges to guard the ammunition days before we used the range. There were phone lines, but we were only given a TA-312 field phone, without any dialing mechanis Continue Reading Previous Smart connectivity solutions enable seamless and immersive AR/VR experiencesNext Designing for safety and security in a connected system “Cleaver idea but can I find a rotatory phone dial for cheap (free)…” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Log in to Reply September 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm Max The Magnificent says: September 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm Max The Magnificent says: “@Elizabeth: “…can I find a rotatory phone dial for cheap…”nnHow about a very tasty “9C dial 500 set dial” — New Old Stock — for only $15.99 (plus $6.25 shipping) http://www.oldphoneshop.com/products/9c-dial-500-set-dial.html“ Log in to Reply In my previous column, I described how I’d come to run across a capriciously cunning display device called a Lixie. Created by Connor Nishijima, this is a LED-based interpretation of a Nixie tube. I closed that column by saying:The reason I’m waffling about all of this here is that I will be attending the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), November 8-9, in Minneapolis, and I plan on bringing a Lixie to show to my chums (and anyone else who doesn’t get out of the way fast enough).I’ve now taken delivery of 12 Lixies, which will serve as the primary display mechanism for a project I’m calling a Countdown Clock. These will be grouped in pairs that will display the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining until the start of the event in question. I’m still debating with myself how to present the Lixies — either as a single row containing six pairs, or as two rows each containing three pairs.Now, suppose we wish to use the Countdown Clock to mark my 100th birthday, for example. This momentous occasion will occur on May 29, 2057 (it might be best to mark your calendar now). I certainly don’t want to be getting up early on my birthday, so let’s set the kickoff time to be exactly 10:00 a.m. This means that we will need some way to enter 57 05 29 10 00 00 to represent the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second, respectively. Once this date has been locked in, the clock will use the current day/time to determine how long there is to go, and it will then start to display the number of years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining.So, the next question is how we are going to enter the date of the target event. In fact, I’m planning on using multiple mechanisms. For ease of use, I’ll use my smartphone to control the Countdown Clock via Bluetooth. I’m thinking of a simple app that allows me to add, delete, and modify multiple events.But I also want to provide an entry mechanism that provides a little more panache and joie de vivre , as it were, and few things provide more style and chic than a retro rotary telephone controller.(Source: Max Maxfield) The controller shown above is a restored Western Electric #7 Dial for 500 series telephones (the model 500 telephone series was the standard domestic desk telephone set issued by the Bell System in North America from 1950 through the 1984 Bell System divestiture.) I acquired this little beauty from the Old Phone Shop website.If we look at the back, we see two switches. The one in the center closes when you start to dial an individual number and opens again once you’ve finished. The one on the right opens and closes to generate a series of pulses corresponding to the number being dialed.(Source: Max Maxfield) In the case of North American phones, one pulse corresponds to the number ‘1’, two pulses to the number ‘2’, and so on up to 10 pulses for ‘0’, but different countries used different schemes, so make sure to check things out if you plan on doing something like this yourself.I connected the terminals from the right switch up to a 5V supply via a 10KΩ resistor, hooked it up to an oscilloscope, and dialed the number ‘7’. The result was seven pert positive-going pulses as shown below.(Source: Max Maxfield) Each pulse has a duration of close to 100ms (60ms at 5V and 37ms at 0V). One thing that surprised me is just how regular these pulses are. Also, even though I zoomed in, I was surprised to see that there is no discernible switch bounce (I wonder how they managed that).Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis yourself? If so, I’m planning on bringing my telephone dial for “show and tell.” You’ll be amazed how good it feels in use — possibly more so if you actually used one when you were younger without thinking much about the underlying technology.I’ll also be presenting two sessions: Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain. Happily, both of these talks will be in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means anyone can attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. “@Wrcooke: “…I do miss the rotary dial…”nnMe too. Thanks for sharing your story from the army — I bet this stirs memories with some of our other members.” 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. Log in to Reply September 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm elizabethsimon says: 4 thoughts on “Dialing in to ESC Minneapolis 2017” wrcooke says: Log in to Reply last_img read more

ST updates STM32CubeMX MCU configurator with multi-panel GUI

first_imgSetting up STM32 microcontroller projects is more intuitive and efficient using STMicroelectronics’ latest release of the STM32CubeMX configuration tool. With its modern multi-panel GUI that lets users visualize and do more without changing screen view, STM32CubeMX v.5.0 makes optimizing MCU-configuration parameters easier and more comfortable.STM32CubeMX kick-starts embedded projects by helping users to select the right STM32 device from the family of over 800 variants and configure the basic hardware features appropriately, before automatically generating the MCU-initialization code.Users can take advantage of powerful device-configuration utilities, including a pinout selector with conflict solver, help with clock-tree settings, and a power-consumption calculator for accurate early-stage assessment of energy requirements and power-saving opportunities. There are also tools for configuring peripherals and middleware stacks, such as TCP/IP or USB stacks, and support for dynamic validation of parameter constraints.When configuration is complete, STM32CubeMX generates initialization code that is recognized by numerous popular development environments including IAR-EWARM, Keil MDK-ARM, AC6-SystemWorkbench for STM32, or independent GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) toolchain projects.STM32CubeMX comes as standalone software ready to run on major desktop operating systems or through the Eclipse plugin. It can be downloaded for free, together with other STM32Cube software including dedicated Hardware Abstraction Layer middleware and code samples.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Exploring the interplay between smart manufacturing and big dataNext IntervalZero and TSEP partner on real-time IEEE1588 master stack for Windows and RTX64last_img read more

SECO: latest NXP-based solutions for edge computing

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech, AMD, and Mentor: accelerating AI in EmbeddedNext Candera premiers at embedded world 2019 SECO has showcased the latest additions to its product range at embedded world. Among the main innovations, there is a strong focus on NXP-based solutions. SECO is investing much effort in the partnership with NXP with both Layerscape LX2160A Multicore Communications Processor and the i.MX 8 Family.Known for its asymmetric multi-core processing, industrial machine vision, 4K video processing and dedicated real-time cores – the I.MX 8 Family offers a broad range of standard form factors and SBCs.First and foremost, the Qseven standard is well covered by the Q7-C25 and Q7-C26 Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant modules. For the former, Q7-C26 exploits the broad scalability granted by the combination of the Qseven form factor with the i.MX 8 Applications Processors. This solution comes in three versions: i.MX 8QuadMax, i.MX 8QuadPlus and i.MX 8Quad. It features an integrated GPU that supports 2 independent displays and is equipped with 1x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, boot select signal and PCI-e x1 Gen3. The memory consists of a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200. The Q7-C26 is a great solution for biomedical and medical devices as well as for digital signage & infotainment, industrial automation and control, vending, and smart vision.The Q7-C25, instead, is a Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant module based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors designed for next-generation embedded systems. This COM mounts an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays. It is well-equipped, with 2x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, 8x GPIOs, 1x CAN BUS and, the cherry on the top, 2x I2C bus. Finally, the memory consists of a soldered-down DDR4-2400, with 32-bit interface, up to a maximum of 8GB. The fields of application are several, including digital signage & infotainment, home automation, multimedia devices, transportation, and vending.SECO has also developed a standard solution for next-generation multimedia applications in the SMARC versatile and small form factor, based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors: the SM-C12. Featuring an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays, it comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, CSI camera, QuadSPI interface, and 12x GPIOs. What’s more, it also features an I2C bus, an SM bus, boot select and power management signals. When it comes to memory, the product mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200, with 32-bit interface, up to 4GB. All things considered, the SM-C12 is suited for scenarios such as digital signage & infotainment, home automation, vending, multimedia devices, and transportation.The SBC-C43 is an SBC with NXP i.MX 8 Applications Processors in 3.5” form factor, designed to be an industrial Arm solution for IoT edge computing applications. The board features 2x graphics accelerators Vivante GC7000 / XVSX or GC7000Lite / XVSX (QuadPlus and Quad), and in terms of connectivity, not only 2x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, but also multiple USB ports. When it comes to memory, it mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4. All in all, the SBC-C43 is ideal for biomedical and medical devices, digital signage & infotainment, edge computing, industrial automation, IoT, smart vision, and vending.Speaking of the 3.5” form factor, SECO also offers the SBC-C20, an SBC with NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors. It is a new-generation device designed for cost-effective solutions in the multimedia field as well as for IIoT applications. The board mounts a Vivante GC7000Lite GPU and, in terms of connectivity, comes equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.2. It also features an M.2 WWAN slot and a microSIM slot for M.2 modem. The memory consists of a soldered-down DDR3L, up to 2GB. The SBC-C20 is appropriate for a vast array of applications, such as edge computing, e-health telecare, digital signage & infotainment, HMI, industrial automation and control, info kiosks, IIoT and portable devices.But SECO’s jewel in the crown is the SBC-C61, which is based on NXP i.MX 8M Mini Applications Processors. Most notably, SECO has early access to the very same processor – a processor that, by the way, NXP is launching this year at embedded world 2019. It is based on a Heterogeneous Multi-core Processing Architecture for edge node computing and multimedia. GPU-wise, the product mounts a GC320 2D accelerator and a GCNanoUltra 3D accelerator. Another relevant aspect is connectivity. In this regard, the board features opt fast eth, opt Wi-Fi, up to 2x RS-232 or RS-485 or CAN, and opt modems with SIM slot or eSIM. The memory is a soldered on-board LPDDR4-3000 (up to 4GB). Ultimately, the SBC-C61 is ideal for edge computing, Internet of Things applications, multimedia devices and visual computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Senior BCCI member asks pointed questions on controversial Yo-Yo test

first_imgBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has questioned the Yo-Yo test which has become a pre-requisite for selection in Team India.Recently, Mohammaed Shami was dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Ambati Rayudu, who had a dream IPL season with Chennai Super Kings, lost his place after failing the Yo-Yo test.Sanju Samson was also left out of the India A squad for the tour of England after failing the test.Chaudhry has written a letter to the Committee of Administrators (COA) asking for a proper explanation.The Print, which has a copy of the letter and it states: “At which forum was the decision taken to have a minimum score on the Yo-Yo test as a prerequisite for selection in a BCCI-selected team? Who all were present in the meeting that decided this?”Most importantly, once this decision was taken, to whom was the same communicated? Was it communicated to all first-class players in India? Was it communicated to all List A players in India? Was it communicated to all state cricket associations to communicate to their players?”WHAT IS THE YO-YO TEST?The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttles), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.advertisementBIZARRE POLICY?Former India player Sandeep Patil recently slammed the team’s policies towards the Yo-Yo tests.”Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria,” Patil told Mid-day. “…But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer.”Patil, a former selector, found it bizarre that the eventual selection now lies in the hands of the trainer.BCCI NOT HAPPYLast week, Amitabh Chaudhry, the BCCI Acting Secretary said the Indian team management needed to follow proper procedure for the Yo-Yo tests if they were deemed so critical.”I would only like to go as far as saying that if the Yo-Yo tests were such an integral part then they should have been done through a proper procedure. I think reservations are based on the fact that procedures have not been followed,” he said.TEAM INDIA ADAMANTHowever, India coach Ravi Shastri said the Yo-Yo test was here to stay and players had to pass the test to stay in contention.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well.”last_img read more

You are showing utter disregard for livelihood of players: TNCA to CoA

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) today came up with a strong riposte to the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) threat of de-recognising the Tamil Nadu Premier League and slammed the Vinod Rai-led panel for “showing utter disregard for livelihood of players”. The CoA yesterday issued an advisory in which it warned TNCA from allowing players from other states to take part in the TNPL starting July 11, stating that it violates article 28 (b) of the existing constitution. The TNCA, after its meeting today, sent a strongly-worded letter written by their joint secretary RI Palani. “We had informed the acting president and the acting secretary of the BCCI about TNPL. Why is the CoA unnecessarily interfering, only they know. TNPL is being organised for three years now,” a TNCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The rules for the Inter-State T20 leagues were passed on July 3 and TNCA’s draft for outstation players was scheduled on July 4. Many believe that if the CoA had right intentions, it would have actually given enough time to TNCA to withdraw the draft process. Instead, the committee chose to wait till the TNCA completed its draft process and then fired a salvo, threatening to disband the tournament. However, it is not known whether the CoA had kept Star Sports, who are the official broadcasters for the event in the loop. Star also holds the rights for India’s international games at home. The letter sent by Palani makes it clear that the TNCA is in no mood to bow down to the CoA’s diktat.advertisement Palani, in fact, made a valid point about how the likes of Unmukt Chand, Sheldon Jackson would be able to earn a livelihood. These are not sought-after players in the Indian Premier League. “The advisory exhibit a complete and utter disregard of the interests of players who would be deprived of an opportunity to earn a living and would perhaps lose a valuable opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, Palani wrote in his letter. The TNCA joint secretary also said that never has there been a precedence of seeking permission for a state level tournament. Having an outstation player to take part in various club leagues with the go-ahead from his home state, too, has never been an issue. “The regulations of the BCCI provide that members of BCCI are not required to seek approval for conducting tournaments within its territorial jurisdiction unless the tournament involves players from outside such jurisdiction.” “We have indicated several instances, in our earlier letters, of players representing one member for BCCI Tournaments and the same players participating in tournaments organized by other members provided that the members inter se had no objection. BCCI’s approval was never required or sought in any of those instances.” Desperate to not get caught in the crossfire between the CoA and TNCA, it will be interesting to see what the respective players and their state associations do in the coming days. PTI KHS KHS AHAHlast_img read more

Jio Institute got only letter of intent, not ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag: Prakash Javadekar

first_imgHuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday clarified that the ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag has not been bestowed on the Jio Institute.Only a letter of intent has been given subject to conditions, said Prakash Javadekar.The HRD minister made the announcement during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha; several members sought clarity on the criteria on the basis of which the prestigious title was conferred on select institutions.Congratulations to @ManipalUni, @bitspilaniindia & Jio Inst for getting status of #InstituteofEminence. #TransformingEducation #48MonthsOfTransformingIndia@PIB_India @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/XpRsm8nxIQPrakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) July 9, 2018Committee of expertsFurther, Javadekar also said a committee of experts had made the selections after a thorough scrutiny. Other institutes that were given ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag:Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, KarnatakaIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, MaharashtraIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), DelhiJio Institute (Reliance Foundation), PuneBirla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) Pilani, RajasthanManipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, KarnatakaThe Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, and Jio Institute were recommended for issuance of letter of intent, as reported by PTI.Controversy around Jio InstituteEarlier this month, even Google had zero idea about the existence of the word Jio Institute.Interestingly, out of nowhere, the non-existing institute by Reliance Foundation found a place in the list of ‘Institute of Eminence’ along with many other renowned institutes of India.Moreover, the institute came up with its business plan to take students’ fee and earn from their tuition and hostel fee.advertisementRead: Jio Institute was counted among Institutes of Eminence: Here’s why it’s amusingThe fee will be paid by roughly 1,000 students in the first year of operation of the institute. It has projected to earn Rs 100 crore according to this plan, as reported.Also, the Reliance Foundation is also planning to waive off Rs 38 crore as scholarships for meritorious students in the first year.This will increase to Rs 76 crore in the second year, as per their application to the government — reported by Indian Express.Reliance Foundation’s proposalIn its first year, Jio Institute, as per its proposal, will be offering the following seats for these courses — offering the largest number of seats in the discipline of natural sciences.Natural Sciences: 300Engineering and Computer Science: 250Humanities: 200Management and Entrepreneurship:125Law: 90Media and Journalism: 60Performing Arts: 50Sports Sciences: 80Urban Planning and Architecture: 50Estimated expenditure:Operating expenditure for the first year: Rs 154 croreSalaries and benefits meant for faculty and staff: Rs 93 croreAccording to the Reliance Foundation’s claim, it will hire teachers from the top 500 global universities.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:Soon after, Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister made the announcement of Jio Institute, Twitterati started questioning over how a proposed university can be qualified for the Institute of Eminence tag.Students of Jio Institute working on a Prototype bike which runs on a single wheel and without fuel. pic.twitter.com/GgCvg1V3trJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018A Campus beyond boundaries and a toilet to keep campus Free from open defecation. pic.twitter.com/tsHSHY1HHsJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018jio:-…ALl is well…. #JioInstitute#saveindia pic.twitter.com/oV1JWzMxwb(@Badlegaind) July 9, 2018CPI leader D Raja speaks on top performing institutionsFurthermore, when CPI leader D Raja sought to know why top performing institutions like the IIT Chennai or JNU were not included, Javadekar said a panel had carried out the scrutiny and the government had maintained an arm’s length.Another supplementary question was raised by Raja, but before Javadekar could reply, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the questions should be directed through the chair.Here’s what Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said:”The mantri (minister) need not respond just because the Raja (King) has asked,” Naidu commented.Condition of educational infrastructure:While replying to another question, Javadekar listed the steps taken to improve the condition of educational infrastructure NSE 1.12 per cent in the country.An allocation of Rs 75,000 crore over the period from April 1 this year to March 31, 2020 has been approved under the Samagra Shiksha scheme, which was 20 per cent more than the current allocationsThe annual grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 per school was approved for strengthening of libraries while the composite school grant has been raised from Rs 25,000 to one lakh from Rs 14,500 to 50,000, Javadekar saidAnnual grant for sports equipment was Rs 5,000 for primary schools, Rs 10,000 for upper primary and upto Rs 25,000 for secondary and senior secondary schools, he saidAllocation for children with special needs was also increased, including a stipend of Rs 200 per month for girls to be provided from class 1 to 12, he said, adding that the allotment for uniforms was enhanced from Rs 400 to Rs 600 per child per year.Read: Ishrita Gupta becomes new CBSE Class 12 topper in Nagpur after re-evaluation of marksadvertisementlast_img read more

Russia’s World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin joins Monaco on five-year deal

first_imgAleksandr Golovin, one of the heroes of Russia successful World Cup 2018 campaign, joined Monaco from CSKA Moscow on Friday, the club announced.French media reported Monaco paid around 30 million euros ($35 million) for the 22-year-old, who played an influential role as Russia reached the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil.The versatile midfielder contributed a goal and two assists as the home team beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain before losing to Croatia on penalties in the last eight.”He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time,” Monaco vice president and chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.AS Monaco are delighted to announce the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin from @pfc_cska on a 5-year deal until June 2023!#WelcomeToMonaco pic.twitter.com/Aoq1oAXbr0AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) July 27, 2018″He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.”Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of AS Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”In his three seasons with CSKA, Golovin played 113 matches, including 23 appearances in the Champions League and Europa League. He won the Russian league title once in 2016.Golovin was linked by British media with both Chelsea and Arsenal in the close season window but the player chose the French club to begin a new chapter in a promising career.”This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions,” Golovin said. “I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team mates and to get going.”advertisementGolovin will boost Monaco’s midfield options after they sold Joao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Atletico Madrid, respectively.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Suzuki Ertiga Sport image leaked ahead of official unveil

first_imgJapanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki has geared up to showcase its range of concept cars at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show held at Jakarta, Indonesia. However, before the actual showcase, a set of images of what seems to be the upcoming Ertiga Sport has surfaced on the internet.The concept Ertiga Sport in the image gets a brown shade of paint, large wheels with low-profile tires, and a body kit with added skirts on the side, and front and rear bumpers. The radiator grille is custom mesh from Suzuki with smoked headlamps. The vehicle looks sporty and gets a lower ground clearance than the stock model, which means there could be tweaks in the suspension as well.The tweaked Ertiga is slated to be revealed at the Auto show. However, this news should be taken with a pinch of salt because Suzuki has not mentioned anything about the mass production yet. We assume the vehicle may be there only for display purposes and may not make it to mass production at all.The new-gen Ertiga has already been launched in Indonesia. The Ertiga comes powered with a 1.5-litre petrol which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. Maruti Suzuki will be bringing the updated Ertiga to the Indian shores this year.last_img read more

Luka pulls out of confirmatory trials, out of Asian Games

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Incheon Asian Games’ 800m silver medallist Tintu Luka will not feature in this edition of the continental multi-sporting event as she has pulled out of the confirmatory trials called by the Athletics Federation of India on August 15. Luka was scheduled to appear for a confirmatory trial, along with three other athletes, in Thiruvananthapuram on August 15 if she was to be considered for the Asian Games, but now she has pulled out of it. Her mentor and sprint legend P T Usha has written to the AFI, saying that her ward will not be able to take part in the confirmatory trial as she has not recovered from her heel injury. National record holder Luka, who won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, has been suffering from a heel injury and she did not take part in the June 26-29 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati, which served as the qualifying event for the Jakarta Games. She also did not take part in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games also due to injury. “Luka has pulled out of the confirmatory trials and hence she will not take part in the Jakarta Asian Games. We have written to the AFI that she will not be able to take part because she has not recovered fully from the heel injury,” a source close to Usha told PTI from Kerala. “Luka can run with a normal running shoe but she is not being able to run wearing spikes. So, she has decided not to take part in the confirmatory trials,” the source added.advertisement Luka’s name was also not included in the list of Indian contingent submitted by the Indian Olympic Association and cleared by the Sports Ministry. The AFI said that the confirmatory trials will be held as scheduled on August 15. Athletics has the biggest number of participants with 50 out of 572 Indian athletes taking part in the Asian Games. PTI PDS PDS KHSKHSlast_img read more