Chandigarh: The Indian National Lok Dal on Wednesday announced its candidates on six of the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana. Barring lone sitting MP from Sirsa, Charanjit Singh Rori, the party’s list of candidates has all the new names.The INLD has fielded Rampal Valmiki from Ambala, Dharamvir Pada from Karnal, Surender Chikara from Sonepat; Suresh Kauth from Hisar; and, Mahender Singh Chauhan from Faridabad. “The remaining candidates for Gurugram, Kurukshetra, Rohtak and Bhiwani-Mahendragarh will be announced in consultation with Om Prakash Chautala,” senior party leader Abhay Chautala said at a presser in Chandigarh.The party had won two Lok Sabha seats – Hisar and Sirsa – out of all the ten contested in 2014. Rori had defeated Congress state president Ashok Tanwar by a margin of over 1.5 lakh votes in Sirsa.In Hisar, Dushyant Chautala had defeated Kuldip Bishnoi of the HJC-BJP alliance by a slender margin of 30,000 votes.The INLD is in shambles ever since its Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala engineered a split in the party and formed the Jananayak Janata Party (JJP). Post the split, INLD fared miserably in the 2018 Jind bypoll with its candidate forfeiting his security deposit.Earlier, INLD had entered into a coalition with the BSP but the two parted ways after the split. INLD leader Abhay Chautala had also tried to forge an alliance with the ruling BJP in the state, but to no avail. Bahujan samaj partyBharatiya Janata PartyBJPBSP First Published: April 17, 2019, 1:39 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
Assamassam-lok-sabha-elections-2019BJPcitizen amendment bill First Published: April 18, 2019, 8:11 AM IST | Edited by: Divya Kapoor New Delhi: Amid Rongali Bihu celebrations marking the Assamese New Year, voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections is taking place in five state constituencies today. Five candidates are contesting from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), five from the INC, four from All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), two from All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and one from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). The rest are from other smaller parties. A total of 50 candidates, including three women, 19 independents and seven others will contest from the constituencies Karimganj, Silchar, Mangaldoi, Nowgong and Autonomous district. Of the total 69,10,592 voters, 35,54,460 are male, 33,55,952 are female and 180 voters are in the third gender category. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured the first position in the state by winning seven seats and had a vote share of 36.51 per cent. The party won by an average margin of 6.89 per cent of votes. The Congress won in three seats with a total vote share of 29.61 per cent. In the third place was AIUDF that won in three seats and had a vote share of 14.83 per cent. In 2014, all the five constituencies had a polling percentage of more than 75 per cent.Earlier in 2009, the incumbent Congress had won in seven seats with a winning margin of 18.68 per cent votes, followed by the BJP that won in four. In Karimganj, which is made up of Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, Muslims consist of close to 60 per cent of the population, as per the 2011 Census. Karimganj is also the reserved seat for members of the Scheduled Caste. Here, Radheshyam Biswas of the AIUDF will face Kripanath Mallah of the BJP and Congress leader Swarup Das. Biswas had won this Bengali-dominated seat in during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Cachar district, which forms the Silchar Lok Sabha constituency, has about 60 per cent Hindu population and 37 per cent Muslims. Congress leader Sushmita Dev, the sitting member of Parliament from Silchar, is re-contesting from here against BJP leader Rajdeep Roy Bengali.The Nowgong Lok Sabha constituency has been held the BJP for the last 20 years. Rupak Sharma, who is fighting to retain the seat for the BJP, is pitted against Congress’s Pradyut Bordoloi. Mangaldoi is another constituency where the BJP won since 2004 and this year Dilip Saikia of its ally AGP is contesting the seat. Saikia is up against Congress candidate Bhubaneswar Kalita. Three-time MP and Congress leader Biren Singh Engti will aim to retain the Autonomous District seat which he won in the 2014 polls. He is fighting BJP candidate Harensingh Bey.Apart from the BJP and Congress, an important party in the fray is Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). The party, however, faced a major blow earlier this week. On April 15, Bubul Das, former MLA from the Jagiroad assembly constituency, joined the INC in protest against the AGP-BJP alliance. His move came after AGP president Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta and senior leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury joined chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s Cabinet after renewing their alliance with the BJP. Strongly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), Bubul Das stated, “The three top AGP leaders who said that ministerial berths could never be greater than the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, have diluted the party’s stand on the Bill by reverting to the BJP-led coalition and the state cabinet.” According to provisions in the Bill, illegal immigrants who are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be eligible for Indian citizenship. This, along with AGP founder Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s opposition to the CAB and ideological differences in the party, could impact the Nawgong seat negatively.The BJP aims to use this Bill to ask their voters for another term to fulfill this mandate, while its opposition parties—Congress and All India United Democratic Front —have alleged that the entire process has created fear among the minorities. The AGP, an ally of the BJP again, had opposed the Citizenship Bill from the beginning and demanded that all illegal immigrants, irrespective of their religion, be deported from the state. For decades now, the issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh has been a sensitive topic in Assam. Irrespective of the religion, the indigenous Assamese have had a strong anti-outsider sentiment for a long time. Important political players like the AGP and All Assam Students Union (AASU) have banked their politics on this agitation within the state. Before the 2016 assembly elections in Assam, the BJP had in its poll campaigns made deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants a key issue. The party faced backlash from its opponents and critics because they perceived this as the party pushing forward its Hindutva ideology. This criticism gained further momentum after the CAB was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016 by the BJP-led NDA. The AGP, although an important political party today, has not won in the state assembly since 1986. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it won none of the 14 seats in Assam. In the 2016 assembly elections, it managed a mere 14 out of 126 seats after a pre-poll alliance with the BJP. In the state of Assam, the citizenship bill also clashes with the terms of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). This is guided by the terms of the Assam Accord of 1985, under which only those who could prove they or their ancestors entered India before March 24, 1971 would be considered citizens of the country. The significance of March 24, 1971 is that it marks the event of the Bangladesh war. The Accord says those who did not come under the criteria irrespective of religion would face deportation. As the Citizenship Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, protests rose in the North eastern states, with almost all regional parties except the AGP distancing themselves from the BJP. In parts of Upper Assam, BJP’s own members were worried about the gaining votes. In February, the Bill lapsed when it was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
On the movies front, Sonam Kapoor’s The Zoya Factor will be releasing on September 20. Featuring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead opposite Sonam, The Zoya Factor is based on novelist Anuja Chauhan’s book of the same name. Follow @News18Movies for more Actor Sonam KapoorActor Sonam Kapoor marriedAnand AhujaAnand Ahuja and Sonam K Ahuja First Published: June 17, 2019, 3:09 PM IST Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja have always shared personal moments from their time together on social media to stay connected with fans. The lovely couple has always been major couple goals and certainly display their affection for each other on their social media handles time to time.Recently, the couple took some time out from their respective busy schedule, packed their bags and jetted off to Japan to have an exotic vacation and spend some quality time together. Sonam posted a series of pictures from their getaway on her Instagram handle, which is as much evidence as one needs to confirm that the duo are in the running for the most adorable pair around. Its not news that Sonam’s fashion sense has always been top notch. In the pictures, Sonam is spotted wearing a sea-green suit accompanied with printed polka dots black shirt. The actress kept her look casual and comfortable. Anand, on the other hand, can be spotted wearing an all-black ensemble in the pictures. While setting the fashion bar high, the couple also made their fans envious with their cosy pictures, as they shared ice-cream and visited places of architectural and cultural importance in Kyoto, Japan. Have a look:
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched The Office US. Because that’s exactly what The Office India is. The show is a word-for-word Hindi translation of the US version, with the exact same set & dialogues (‘That’s what she said’ becomes ‘Baby bhi yehi boli’). It’s like the scriptwriters just pressed Ctrl+H (find & replace) and changed Scranton to Faridabad, Dunder Mifflin to Wilkins Chawla, Christmas to Navratri, kabaddi to basketball, The Dundies to, wait for it… The Chaddies (cringe max). I must preface this with saying that I am a massive fan of The Office US, as it’s one of the rare shows that made me literally laugh out loud with its clever writing and nuanced characters. When I first saw the trailer for The Office India, like many other fans I groaned at the possibility of them ‘ruining’ it (I blame the ‘Funjabi’ and lazy ‘TI*S’ joke). But in the spirit of fairness, I decided to give the show a chance and watched the entire 13-episode season. I regretted it within the first 10 minutes of the first episode. The first few episodes are particularly painful to watch, because it comes across as a gross caricature of the US version. Jagdeep Chaddha is India’s Michael Scott, but an exaggerated version, with unconvincing catchphrases (‘Pammi Pammi, meri bachchon ki mummy’), over-the-top mannerisms and an absurd ‘ha-ha!’ that he ends every sentence with. There isn’t much of a plot since it’s just a collection of the most iconic Office episodes placed one after the other. You have the Dundie awards, Office Olympics, Office fire, Bag Lady etc. Even if you try to sit through the episode by mouthing the dialogues, you are rendered speechless after hearing terrible punchlines like ‘Nobody tells me what to do and I tell nobody what to do’. The show kind of grows on you from episode 8 onwards, probably because you give up any hope of it offering anything new. It is inevitable to draw comparisons with the US version, simply because this is a Hindi adaptation, nay, translation of the show, with a set of Indian actors. While Michael Scott is a lovable goofball, who has bizarre theories about life and has surprising moments of wisdom & insight, Jagdeep Chaddha comes off as incessantly grating. Your soul twists in agony as he butchers every classic Michael punchline. It isn’t all his fault, most of the humour is lost in translation. There are those rare moments when he makes you laugh out loud, but that is only when he is interacting with the other characters. Those golden Michael Scott moments where he is talking to the camera are not as effective, as Jagdeep overcompensates with an exaggerated tone and gestures. You feel like you’re a child he’s explaining a joke to, and it is anything but endearing. Gauahar KhanGopal DuttJagdeep ChaddhaMichael Scott First Published: July 3, 2019, 5:07 PM IST You could understand Michael’s loathing of the deadpan HR Manager Toby Flenderson, who was in many ways his polar opposite as a drab and dreary worker. You can’t really empathise, or even understand, Jagdeep’s hatred for the HR Manager played by Mayur Bansiwal because he seems like a perfectly normal man, whose only failing seems to be the fact that he can’t draw a rangoli properly.The show feels hollow without characters like Kelly Kapoor, Meredith & Creed. Kelly Kapoor in particular would’ve added much needed comic relief and more dimension to the Ryan/Sapan character who comes across as a hapless intern, and not the pretentious, manipulative worker he is. Jim/Amit & Pam/Pammi have such tepid chemistry that you’d rather they stayed friends, particularly in the scene where Pammi has to lean in quite a bit to fall asleep on Amit’s shoulder. Gauahar Khan misses the sharpness of Jan, and comes across as someone exhausted by Michael’s antics, but does nothing to keep him on his toes. Shining moments: Gopal Dutt who plays TP Mishra (Dwight Schrute) is a delight to watch. His character embodies all the qualities you love and hate about Dwight, without being a caricature of the complex character. I would absolutely watch an entire series centred around him. Bhadoria the office boy, a character created just for the Office India is a fine example of adapting to a new version by adding a topical, relevant character who complements the plot. The other characters I quite liked were Sarla ji/Phyllis, Kutty/Kevin and Rinchin/Oscar. I wish they gave Anjali/Angela more screen time.There was so much more potential to bringing out the Indian sensibilities/quirks in this adaptation, like the American version did when it adapted the UK one. The best way to describe this show would be an enthusiastic homage to The Office US, if it wasn’t so cringeworthy. Better Life Foundation did a much more convincing mockumentary depicting an office with a bumbling boss. Incidentally, both The Office India & BLF have been directed by Debbie Rao, but The Office fails to connect and convince the audience. Season 1 of The Office US wasn’t spectacular either, but it got better subsequently. I do hope The Office India does the same, provided they just use the broad strokes of the franchise plot and come up with a lot more original jokes & more relevant character arcs.Follow @News18Movies for more
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal talked to Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav over phone on Tuesday to discuss the strategy to be followed after the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll results on Thursday.Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh told reporters here that the two leaders held talks over phone. Singh also met Yadav in Lucknow and discussed the political situation prevailing in the country. He said Kejriwal and Yadav talked about the strategy to be followed after the announcement of the poll results.Singh added that their priority was to stop the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from forming the government.On May 17, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu had paid a “courtesy visit” to Kejriwal.The results of the just-concluded, seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be announced on May 23. aam aadmi partyakhilesh yadavarvind kejriwalBharatiya Janata Party First Published: May 21, 2019, 2:25 PM IST
Popular television actress Drashti Dhami who is renowned for her roles in TV shows Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon and Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil is currently enjoying time off from work. Recent pictures shared by the Geet actress tell us that she is having the time of her life by the beach in Formentera with her husband Niraj Khemka.Drashti, who has a massive fan following on social media, recently took to her Instagram handle to share a couple of pictures from her vacation in Spain. In one of these pictures, that the actor shared as an Insta story, Drashti is seen flaunting her vacation vibe wearing a gorgeous polka dot black bikini. The actress looks sexy as she embraces her curves and beach hair. Drashti and Niraj are one of the most adorable couple of the Television Industry. They got married on February 21, 2015 after dating for more than five years in a traditional Hindu ceremony. On the work front, Drishti Dhami was last seen in Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka alongside Shakti Arora. Dristi DhamiFormenteraMadhubala: Ek Ishq Ek JunoonNiraj Khemka First Published: July 18, 2019, 3:54 PM IST Along with looking breathtaking in that picture, Drashti also looked extremely happy in another picture shared by her. In this picture both Drashti and Niraj can be seen smiling as they spend some quality time together. The picture was captioned as “Happy beach face!!! @khemkaniraj #formentere#beachlove#tan#sun#loveintheair !!!!”
Amarinder SinghCaptain Amarinder Singhnajvot singh sidhupunjab cheif minister First Published: July 15, 2019, 8:25 PM IST “If Sidhu doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it,” Singh said, questioning how a soldier can refuse a job assigned by the General.”I thought power is an important thing for Punjab, one of our most important thing, so I gave it to Sidhu but he did not want it. I said once a decision has been taken, you can’t say I will take this and I will not take that,” the chief minister said.He wondered why Sidhu was the only person unhappy over the change when other ministers have taken charge of their new departments.”How come 12 other ministers have taken over the job?”Asked if Sidhu made any attempt at reconciliation, the chief minister said there was no need for it. Asked if he would be happy that Sidhu resigned, Singh said, “Why should I be happy, I am not happy about anybody going”.”I do not have any issues with him. If Sidhu has any issue with me, you’ll have to ask him about it,” he said.The chief minister evaded a direct reply when asked if he made a mistake by inducting Sidhu, who joined Congress ahead of the 2017 Punjab assembly election, into his cabinet.He clarified he did not oppose the Lok Sabha candidature of Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur and had instead suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected.Replying to a question on Sidhu sending his resignation to Gandhi and not him initially, Singh felt there was no harm in the minister doing so.”After all Congress president is the person who decides who should be in the cabinet including in my cabinet,” he quipped, talking informally to reporters outside Parliament after making a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Singh said he was yet to go through the contents of Sidhu’s letter to him as he was in Delhi and would do so once he returns to Chandigarh.On a question on Gandhi, the chief minister said he would certainly be meeting him. Singh said he had called on the prime minister since he had not met him during the latter’s second term until now.He said he also discussed with the prime minister the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev ji.The prime minister confirmed his participation in the mega event and assured of help to make it a success, Singh said.The legacy issue of the Rs 31,000-crore food debt also came up for discussion and the prime minister said he was seized of the matter, he said. The former cricketer resigned in the wake of his continued run-ins with the chief minister, who had changed his portfolio from Local Government to Power.Unhappy, Sidhu did not assume charge of the new department. New Delhi/Chandigarh: Hours after Navjot Singh Sidhu sent his resignation from Punjab Cabinet to the chief minister, Amarinder Singh said if the cricketer-turned politician did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it.The minister, who was given the power department last month in a reshuffle of the state cabinet, should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, Singh told reporters in Delhi. There has to be some discipline in the government if it is to function effectively, the chief minister added.Sidhu has announced his resignation as Punjab Cabinet minister, making public his June 10 resignation letter sent to then Congress president Rahul Gandhi. On Monday, a day after he went public with his decision, he sent the letter to Singh.
On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and Renee Abousamra of Brandlive discuss the top trending tech stories of the day, including the new Google Stadia game-streaming service, whether or not cellphone companies will block robocalls, Walmart’s testing of in-home delivery, EmDrive propulsion, Tech Briefs, and more.Later, Nibler welcomes Alex Johnson, fund director of Freshwater, to talk about how to use data and technology to better monitor and manage watersheds.Once again it’s time for Tech Briefs with Ken Yeung, technology editor for Flipboard, who recaps the top tech stories from this past week.Digital Trends Senior Editor Caleb Denison joins Nibler for a hands-on demonstration of the new smart light bulbs, switches, and plugs called C by GE, the first smart lighting made to integrate with Google Home.
Amazon is planning a new version of its popular Echo smart speaker, according to a report by Bloomberg. Scheduled for a possible 2020 release, the new model is said to be larger than the current version, with more internal speaker components, yet it will still retain the Echo’s distinctive cylindrical shape. The smart speaker category has become highly competitive since Amazon launched the first version of the Echo in 2015, with new entries from both high-tech companies like Apple and Google, as well as brands that hail from the traditional audio market, such as JBL and Sonos.The current Echo and Echo Plus now sit between inexpensive, yet small smart speakers like its own Echo Dot, and the Google Home Mini, and larger, more expensive models like Apple’s HomePod, the Google Home Max, and the Sonos One. It’s these larger, better-sounding smart speakers that Amazon is likely targeting with a revamped Echo, given that listening to music is among the most popular smart speaker-based activities. In fact, it’s so popular that Amazon Music was recently credited with being the fastest growing streaming music service — largely on the strength of its Echo product line, which is configured to use Amazon Music out of the box, and the free tier of Amazon Music it launched in April 2019.To make a dent in this higher-end side of the smart speaker market, Amazon is going to have to create a speaker that sounds significantly better than the current $100 Echo, while being mindful that the Sonos One, at $200, is not only an excellent speaker, it also gives users the ability to pick their preferred voice assistant. Users can choose either Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant, making the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, the only smart speaker products to do so. Apple’s $300 HomePod, while a solid performer in the audio department, represents less of a threat given that it is only compatible with Apple’s Siri, and currently only supports Apple Music. Echo products offer a variety of music services, as does Sonos. Current Echo users can supplement the low-end of their device’s audio performance by adding a $130 Echo Sub.If the new Echo speaker is a genuine heavy-hitter as far as audio quality goes, it could be a sign that Amazon is indeed going to add a higher-quality tier to its Amazon Music Unlimited service, which would compete with Tidal and Quobuz. Offering that higher tier to buyers of the new Echo speaker at no additional cost could be a very attractive offer for fans of hi-res music. The best smart speakers for 2019 First-generation Sonos One smart speaker prices drop to just $150 Sonos One and Sonos Beam get huge Amazon Prime Day discounts up to $140 Sonos is now compatible with Google Assistant, but Apple Music must wait Walmart’s got the Google Home Max for $249 just in time for Prime Day Editors’ Recommendations
There is little doubt that Bixby presents one of the most useful applications of a personal assistant on a smartphone. In addition to the usual fact hunting and information requests, Bixby promises to let you control almost anything and everything on your smartphone using only your voice. At least when it works.The initial limited rollout of Bixby Voice in the use was met with mixed reactions, many of them bordering on frustration and disappointment. More than any of the other voice-controlled assistants, Bixby was reported to trip up sometimes even on the simplest English sentences. Samsung would eventually concede that it didn’t yet have access to “big data” that would help boost Bixby’s machine learning capabilities. Big data that could be gained by exposing Bixby to more users. A classic chicken and egg problem.But when it does work as intended, Bixby definitely has a ton of potential. It will let you control almost every aspect and functionality of native apps as well as third-party apps. The latter, however, have to be enabled on a per-app basis and are not completely guaranteed to work well. These are still part of the Bixby Labs list that includes Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube, and Facebook, among others. Bixby Voice is only available in the US, at least outside of Korea, and only for Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners, at least for now. To get the full shebang, owners need only press the Bixby button to start the onboarding and update process. After that, Bixby can be summoned from the same button or via a “Hi, Bixby” voice command. Now to wait and see if users will have less reasons to want the Bixby button to do something else. It seems that Samsung has finally realized how much its losing the longer it delays Bixby’s rollout in the US. It is losing credibility, users, and a potential treasure trove of data. To help it improve Bixby, of course. Well the long wait is over and Bixby is finally available to the public starting today. Now all that remains is to see whether it will understand potentially hundreds of thousands of users better than the initial set of frustrated testers.
The information comes from Apple Insider, which says it acquired a research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record when it comes to anticipating Apple’s plans. It is expected that Apple will introduce a total of three phones next month, the two iPhone 7s models, plus the phone that is mostly being referred to as the iPhone 8 (though some are calling it the iPhone Pro).This phone is expected to feature an OLED display and possibly wireless charging, among other things, as well as a price tag that hits or exceeds the $1000 price point. However, rumors have been circling for months claiming troubles behind closed doors that could result in Apple postponing the handset’s launch. As we near September, though, sources are increasingly stating that Apple will be launching the phone on time, though you may have to wait a bit before actually get ahold of the model.Per Kuo, the iPhone 8 will launch with three color options: gold, black and silver. The analyst indicates that the wireless charging rumors are correct, though the feature will supposedly be available in all three models, not just the anniversary edition. As well, the production bottleneck should be corrected quickly with available units reaching up to 50 million by the end of the year.Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 will be joined by the smaller iPhone 7s and the larger iPhone 7s Plus. Both of these phones are said to already be in mass production, and they will be available in the three aforementioned colors. Whereas the iPhone 8 is anticipated to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, the iPhone 7s models will have an LCD display and will resemble the current iPhone 7 handsets.SOURCE: Apple InsiderThe image above is a trio of iPhone 8 concepts from Max Rudberg; find out more about them here. Production of the iPhone 8 will start in mid-September, according to a recently surfaced analyst’s research note, with the anticipated handset launching alongside the iPhone 7s next month. Though the anniversary edition of the iPhone 8 will be available at the same time as the iPhone 7s models, it is tipped that quantities of the OLED model will be very limited initially at only 2 to 4 million units.
Earlier this year, we heard that LG had plans to bring Google Assistant to its range of smart appliances. It appears that today is the day for that functionality to go live. LG revealed this morning that its roster of 87 WiFi-connected smart appliances can now talk to Google Assistant through Android, iOS, and Google Home. Story TimelineLG THINQ Smart Appliances lower power bills & add remote controlLG to unveil Smart ThinQ next-gen smart appliances at CESLG Smart Appliances head to CES 2014 with LINE chat capability You can now use Google Assistant to check on everything from your washer and dryer to vacuum and air purifier, provided that your home is outfitted with nothing but LG smart appliances. Examples include checking the time remaining on your washing machine’s wash cycle or telling your refrigerator to make ice.Of course, Google Assistant isn’t the only way to connect to your LG-branded smart appliances – it’s merely one option. Back when LG revealed that Google Assistant support was being added to its line up, it announced Amazon Alexa support as well. Essentially, if you’re already knee-deep in one of these smart home ecosystems from either Google or Amazon, LG doesn’t want you to be forced to change that by purchasing some of its smart appliances.If you aren’t a current Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa user, LG has you covered there as well. LG has been building out its own smart home platform, SmartThinQ, and in today’s announcement, it mentioned some of features that platform offers to people who aren’t already committed to another smart home platform. The SmartThinQ app allows for easy set up of any new LG smart appliance you buy, as it acts as a centralized hub for all of those machines.SmartThinQ will also adapt to your usage patterns – for instance, as you use the app, it will get better at determining when you might need new filters for your air purifier, or when your dryer isn’t performing as well due to build up in the lint trap. In any case, LG’s message here is clear: whether it’s Google Assistant, Alexa, or SmartThinQ, LG isn’t bothered by your preference, it just wants to you buy a smart fridge.
SOURCE: Casio Those aren’t the GZE-1’s only capabilities, of course. As a camera, it has a 6.9 megapixel sensor with a single focus wide-angle lens, 170.4 degress when shooting Full HD videos or 190.8 degrees for still photos. It has camera shake reduction and an interesting “temporary” slow mo feature that lets you prolong the tension of the action. You have to give Casio props for its latest camera. While most smart camera’s are almost literal black boxes following GoPro’s initial design, the GZE-1, a.k.a. the G’z EYE, looks like something straight out of a movie set. Iron Man fans might see some similarities in one of the super hero’s props, but Casio’s faithful customers might also see some resemblance to the company’s G-SHOCK sports watches. That’s no accident either, because the G’z EYE is, for all intents and purposes, the G-SHOCK EYE action camera. Like any action camera these days, the GZE is also able to talk to smart devices via its built-in WiFi connection. An Android and iOS app will let you view and share your action shots in an instant. But if you have one of Casio’s Android Wear Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD F20 or F10), you can also view them right on your wrist as well.There is no pricing yet for the Casio G’z EYE action camera, but details are promised to go live on October 27. Sales are likely to be limited to Japan while Casio tests the waters of this relatively new venture for the company. G-SHOCK line of watches are popular for their ruggedness and a design that matches those properties. The GZE-1 has both. Like a rugged G-SHOCK, the GZE-1 boasts of IP6X dust proofing and IPX8 water proofing. It can survive a drop of 4 meters, a watery depth of 50 m, and freezing temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius. Of course, that comes at the price of some girth to the sci-fi looking action camera, but at least it looks interesting.
Download: MangaName (Google Play Store), (iTunes App Store)JUMP PaintIt’s one thing to have the tools to make comics but another thing to actually know how to draw comics in the first place. There are literally hundreds of literature available on the subject matter, both in digital form as well as dead-tree editions, but you don’t have to JUMP far to get one.Manga aficionados will probably be familiar with Weekly Shonen Jump as one of the biggest manga anthology publishers in Japan and in the world. They have teamed up with MediBang to create an app to JUMP start the manga learning and creation process. With JUMP Paint, you get access to a growing number of tutorials and lessons from some of the who’s who in the manga industry, samples from popular manga titles you can practice with, and pens and screen tones you can later use for actually creating your own manga. They even have contests to discover the next manga sensation or something like that.Download: JUMP Paint (Google Play Store), (iTunes App Store)Learn How to Draw by Will SinleyThe “manga style” is not to everyone’s tastes, admittedly. Some prefer to go with an aesthetic more prevalent in comics from Marvel, DC, Image, and IDW. Fear not, because there are even more learning apps for that. One of the newest is “Learn How to Draw”. The rather plain sounding name belies the treasury of knowledge that can be found in the app. And it’s not even all done yet! The app gets new content every week, focusing on a different aspect of the comic-making process.And while there are hundreds of such apps in the marketplace, Learn How to Draw does have a bit of street cred attached. The content comes from the mind and hands of Will Sliney, whose work at Marvel includes various runs of Spider Man, the recently concluded Secret Wars arc, and more. The toolsBut before we actually get into the digital tools, we need to have a word about physical tools. Every profession has one and the digital artists are, of course, no exemption. Mobile devices have made the life of an artist both simpler and more complex at the same time. You no longer have to shuffle paper or carry along dozens of pens and brushes. You can sit down almost anywhere, anytime and start doodling. But you also have a paralyzing number of choices when it comes to apps. Anyone who has been stuck trying to decide on sketchbooks or pen brands will be familiar with the feeling.You might think that you’ll need the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or an iPad Pro to be an artist. Well, yes and no. These two definitely represent the top of the line when it comes to mobile art tools, but they’re not exactly necessary yet if you’re just starting out. There are definitely other options out there, from pressure-sensitive styluses for iOS to cheaper Galaxy Tab A tablets or older Galaxy Note models. Or you can simply use what you have right now to see if you even want to take it to the next level at all.MediBang PaintWhile Photoshop is the household name when it comes almost all kinds of digital image editing and creation, but it is by far the only one, especially when it comes to a specific kind of content creation: making comics. In that line of work, software like Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio), Paint Tool SAI, and others are often more popular, especially with their lower prices.In the mobile world, MediBang Paint is to Clip Studio Paint what apps like Procreate are to Photoshop. While it can definitely be used to do more than just comics, it is heavily slanted towards that workflow, providing tools to easily make panels, use screentones. and organize pages into a group. Ironically, MediBang Paint’s text handling is a bit lackluster. Inktober has come and gone but you don’t have to wait another year to get your creative juices flowing. Creating art, or even just learning it, is a year-round endeavor of a lifetime. And thanks to the magic of modern technology, you can immediately get started on that journey with nothing but your smartphone or tablet and your dreams. So if you’re a budding comics or manga creator or are curious whether you have what it takes to be one, get out your Android or iOS device and start right here and now with these apps, most of which you might not have even heard of before. One feature in particular, however, is of great interest. ArtFlow has an option to use a screen’s touch sensors to emulate the pressure sensitivity you’d get on something like an S Pen or an Apple Pencil. In theory, this would let you use any stylus or even your finger to achieve lines with varying width or opacity. The catch is that it’s a hit or miss, depending on your device.Download: ArtFlow from Google Play StoreWrap-upTechnology has practically removed many of the excuses we have for putting off fulfilling our dreams. Even with just a phone, you can already start learning, doodling, and practicing in your free time. The only excuse you really have left is yourself. So break out of your shell, take the plunge, and let the lines flow. Download: Learn How to Draw (Google Play Store), (iTunes App Store)Concepts (iOS only)Not all parts of a comic book involves people punching the lights out of each other, striking heroic poses, or riding off into the sunset. Props, backdrops, and all sorts of objects are just as essential to giving comics their depth and appeal. While you can definitely make those in tools like MediBang Paint, sometimes more dedicated tools get the job done better.Concepts on iOS is an illustrator’s dream come true in digital form. Unlike most apps like Procreate, Sketchbook, MediBang Paint itself, Concepts work with vector graphics, which don’t lose their definition no matter how much you resize. Concepts, however, mixes this with a more painterly approach, making it one of the best tools for creating concept pieces, hence the name. Designers also simply love the app’s color “wheel”, which reminds them of their favorite Pantone squares. Download: Concepts from iTunes App StoreArtFlow (Android only)Android has had a bit of tough luck when it comes to art software. Whereas iOS users see Procreate as the go to for digital art, there isn’t yet a single name that rises above the rest on Android. ArtFlow, however, comes pretty close. It has almost everything you can ask for: a wide variety of customizable brushes, the ability to create custom brushes, and even a screen recording capability that will let you turn your drawing session into a timelapse video. It’s definitely possible to do those things on, say, Procreate or Autodesk Sketchbook, though with some difficulty, but MediBang has one distinct advantage over them. Not only is it available on all major platforms, it also has a free cloud service that you can sync your work with so that you can pick up from where you left off on any device you have at hand.Download: MediBang Paint (Google Play Store), (iTunes App Store: Universal, iPad)MangaNameMediBang’s bent towards creating comics and manga, which is really just the Japanese word for “comics”, really shines in the ecosystem of mobile apps it has made. MediBang Paint is geared towards the complete creation of art and comic book pages, but sometimes you just need to quickly make a draft or thumbnail of an idea for later exploration. That’s where MangaName comes in.“Name” here isn’t the English version of the word but a Japanese term that roughly translates to “rough draft”. Knowing that, you can probably guess what MangaName is for. It offers super simple tools (pen, eraser, lines, boxes, etc.) that get out of your way when you need to rapidly put an idea down on paper, or, in this case, screen. MangaName does have manga-style stickers you can use and move around to save you from having to draw out heads and expressions all the time.One rather odd idiosyncrasy of the app is that the selection tool, which lets your move those stickers after you’ve added them, only works on Android. Hopefully MediBang will update the iOS app to follow suit soon.
Remember when red, or one of its many variations, was the new black? Well, it seems that Samsung does indeed remember. Though almost a year too late. Samsung has just announced that a Burgundy Red edition is coming out, not for the Galaxy Note 8 but for the Galaxy S8. Yes, the early 2017 flagship is getting a new color, just months before a new flagship is announced. What’s with red anyway? Well, for one, it’s definitely a head turner. Most of the smartphones in the market are either black, white, or gray, with some patches of blue or green in between. Even pink, thanks to the Rose Gold iPhone, has become almost common.When Apple put out its limited iPhone Red edition, some manufacturers naturally wanted the new paint job. Here’s Samsung’s take, with a name that evokes images of classy wine. AdChoices广告 The Galaxy S8 Burgundy Red joins the rainbow of color choices that already include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver, and Maple Gold. Samsung says that the new model will first come to Korea on November 28. The company, however, is still playing coy on which markets will get the new color afterward.The Burgundy Red color is definitely aimed at those who still haven’t purchased a Samsung 2017 flagship, but the question is whether the unique color will be enough to sell. The Galaxy S8 itself is the smallest and most affordable of the three Samsung champions, but it is rumored to soon have a successor as early as January.SOURCE: Google
In the past 11 months, there have actually been three V series phones launched by LG: the V30, the V30S ThinQ, and, most recently, the V35 ThinQ. Four if you count the exclusive V30+. Not bad for a smartphone maker reported to be girding its loins due to quarter after quarter of losses. LG, however, is far from done. Unsurprisingly, there is still the 2018 V series flagship coming, unsurprisingly called the LG V40, and it will also unsurprisingly bear the ThinQ AI brand. Story TimelineLG V30 hands-onLG V30+ will hit Sprint stores on October 13 with leasing dealLG V30S ThinQ goes all-in on Android AI in V30 refreshLG V35 ThinQ borrows G7 tech but dumps the notch At this point, it’s going to be hard to imagine what the LG V40 ThinQ would bring to the table. After all, the V35 ThinQ pretty much has all the latest 2018 specs and features. Without the notch, of course. Without news of any new major hardware or technology, the LG V40 ThinQ might have a hard time setting itself apart from its immediate predecessor.According to Korean news site ETnews, the differentiating factor will be the triple cameras. Following in Huawei’s footsteps and possibly preempting Samsung, the V40 ThinQ will supposedly sport a 20, 16, and 13 megapixel camera trio, one of which will have super wide-angle while another has super telephoto lens. LG has always had decent cameras but, for one reason or another, failed to stand out from the competition.LG doesn’t seem to be in a rush to launch the V40 ThinQ. In fact, it’s actually intentionally not launching early, to avoid having to face Samsung’s August launch. According to sources, LG is looking at an early October launch, later than its September schedule last year. While it does avoid Samsung, it runs the risk of being quickly overshadowed by Apple’s iPhone launch in the same month.
Story TimelineTesla boasts record production and car deliveries during Q1 2017Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referralsTesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegationsTesla Model X is safest SUV says NHTSA: Watch it get smashed upTesla driver ignored repeat Autopilot warnings before fatal crashA Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense Tesla is interested in opening a factory in China to begin building its all-electric vehicles in the country, the company revealed this week. But before fans of American manufacturing start getting worried, know that this isn’t about Tesla looking for a cheaper workforce or anything like that. Instead the car maker is looking to improve its appeal among buyers by making the vehicles more affordable for the local market. See, China imposes a 25% tariff on all imported cars, meaning a new Model S is much more expensive in the country than it would be for a Tesla customer in the US. This means the company has a hard time attracting buyers in the country and expanding its local business, and even when it does they have to eat the costs for shipping. To get around this roadblock, Tesla has announced it’s holding discussions with the municipal government in the city of Shanghai about opening a manufacturing facility there. These talks are still in the early stages, mind you, and there’s no timeline given for when a plant may be completed, but the car company says it expects to “more clearly define” its plans for China by the end of the year.The other issue Tesla faces is that of finding a partner. Chinese laws also require that new car manufacturers enter into a venture with a local company, with the foreign company — Tesla, in this case — having no more than 50% ownership. There’s no indication of who Tesla might be interested in partnering with, but we’ll likely hear more in the future as the car maker get more serious about the Chinese market.SOURCE Bloomberg
Well-heeled buyers who can afford to drop the $460,247 starting price of the Aventador S Roadster can also afford to customize the style of the car with “virtually limitless” potential using the Lamborghini Ad Personam personalization program. The Roadster is able to keep much of the very cool design of the coupe Aventador S in place along with some other cool features to set the Roadster apart. The rear of the Roadster has different lines than the coupe to give the drop top its own “aerodynamic character.” There is an engine bridge running from the back window to the rear that is covered in body color and matte black painted carbon fiber engine vent blades. Buyers can choose a transparent engine cover option to show off the sexy V12. The removable hardtop roof panels weigh less than six kg each and are molded for cabin space for passengers. The roof panels are matte black carbon fiber as standard but can be had in high gloss black or shiny visible carbon fiber along with lots of Ad Personam options. Those panels store in the front trunk of the car. Five different interior colors are offered along with a number of interior and exterior carbon fiber packages. The car in the images is designed using Ad Personam options.AdChoices广告The big Lamborghini V12 engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds with the same 217 mph top speed as the Aventador S coupe. The V12 has the same output in Roadster form at 740hp and 690 Nm of torque. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard. The car will be available to purchase in February 2018. Anyone who ever laid eyes on the early generation Dodge Viper roadster with its top installed knows that it can be hard to make roadster sports car look good. Lamborghini has rolled out a new Aventador S Roadster and the car looks fantastic with or without its top. Lambo says that the car is the only mid-rear engined V12 super sports roadster out there.
Disney says it will wrap up work on the ride at Walt Disney World ‘soon,’ after which point the Imagineers team will head over to California to finish the work at Disneyland Resort. The ride will first open at Disney World on December 5, 2019, followed by Disneyland on January 17, 2020.The ‘Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance’ attraction will ‘blue the lines between fantasy and reality,’ Disney announced on Thursday. Riders will find themselves thrust amid a ‘climatic battle’ between the Resistance and the First Order. The company tease that attraction guests will find themselves captured by a First Order Star Destroyer on their way to a secret base where General Organa and Rey are located. Some unspecified Resistance heroes will swoop in to save the guests, helping them escape the destroyer and protect the secret base. All of this, Disney says, is an effort to ‘stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren.’AdChoices广告‘Rise of the Resistance’ will join Disney’s first Galaxy’s Edge ride ‘Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run,’ which is currently available at Disneyland in California. The vast Galaxy’s Edge themed areas of the Disney parks is styled after the Star Wars universe, offering guests 14 acres of attractions to experience the sci-fi world in a very real way. Disney has announced plans to launch another major ride at its Galaxy’s Edge theme park starting later this year. The ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride will first arrive at the Disney World Resort later this year, followed by a similar launch at Disneyland in California in early 2019. Disney calls this the ‘most immersive and advanced attraction’ it has ever launched at one of its parks.