Hulus iOS apps will finally be unified with new design and Live

first_imgHulu Live TV Review: The promise of good things to comeHulu Live TV, of course, is the company’s relatively new live television service that offers livestreaming TV channels over the Internet rather than through a cable box or satellite dish. The service competes with the likes of old staples like Sling TV and new products like YouTube TV, aiming to draw cord-cutters back into the fold with something that is just cable-ish.Though Live TV has been available to iOS users, Hulu has revealed plans to change things by launching a new Hulu app that will bring both the new interface and the Live TV service together in a single app. “We will soon unify the two Hulu apps currently available in the Apple App Store, Hulu with Live TV and Hulu, into one great on-demand and live TV viewing experience,” the iTunes changelog reads.That information is found in the changelog for the Hulu Live TV app version 5.5.1. However, it doesn’t appear that change has happened yet, or not fully, as Hulu explains that it’ll notify users when it ‘happens for good.’ However, the Hulu Live TV app itself has been updated with some new features and tweaks like swiping from left to go back, faster and more seamless actions, and customized formatting for subtitles/CC.However, this app itself will be disappearing in the near future with the single unified app arriving any moment now. In the meantime, you can download the new Hulu Live TV app for iOS via the link below.SOURCE: iTunes If you’re an Android user, you’ve had access to Hulu’s live TV service and fancy new interface for many weeks. If you’re an iOS user, though, you’re just getting access to both of those things…at least as a single, unified app. The wait was worth it, assuming you’re a Hulu subscriber; the interface is sleek and arguably better designed, and watching live television soon won’t require the use of a separate, secondary app.last_img read more

Moto E5 rear fingerprint scanner revealed in leak

first_imgRear fingerprint buttons are nothing new. LG can perhaps be credited for having started that trend long ago with the LG G2 in 2013, followed by a host of Chinese OEMs following the same design. Last year, more phones adopted that placement because of one factor: bezel-less 18:9 screens.The Moto E5, however, doesn’t have that reason. It still has pretty thick and visible bezels but, for one reason or another, it has decided to finally remove the lone hardware button on the face of the Moto E5. Along with it goes the fingerprint scanner, which is now said to be on the back, hiding beneath the iconic “batwing” Motorola logo.Not much else is known about the Moto E5 other than this very early leak. Early, since it isn’t expected to arrive until mid-2018 even. That would coincide with the Moto E4’s launch last year. It’s also possible that the announcement would take place in April, at least based on the date on the leaked render.AdChoices广告It is, however, curious that Motorola would put its first rear fingerprint scanner on its lowest end model instead of, say, the Moto G line or even the Moto X. There is, at the moment, no hope for such a design change in the Moto Z phones, as they have to keep compatibility with the Moto Mods.VIA: MySmartPrice Fingerprint scanners are so common today that people are in an uproar when they are removed or wrongly placed. There are, after all, only two places for the sensor really: on the bottom front or the back. Three if you count the power button on the side. For years, Motorola has gone with the standard location, putting the fingerprint scanner on under the home button in the front. But based on this latest leak for the Moto E5, it seems to be revamping its design at long last.last_img read more

Canary security cameras get Alexa skill for viewing video feeds

first_imgCanary has added Amazon Alexa support for all of its customers, enabling users to view their security camera feeds on video-equipped Echo devices and Fire TVs using voice commands. This new Alexa skill supports all Canary devices; with it, device owners can say something like, “Alexa, show me Camera Name” to pull up a video feed on their preferred device. This skill is intended for viewing video feeds on screens without having to manually pull up those videos. This means the Alexa skill is suitable for the Echo Show, Amazon’s large video-enabled Echo device, the newer, rounder, and much smaller Echo Spot, as well as compatible Fire TVs. Once a Canary user enables the Alexa skill within the Alexa mobile app, they’ll need to sign in with their Canary credentials, after which point they’ll have prompts to follow for connecting their devices. After that, Alexa can be used to pull up feeds from various cameras on the network.To do this, the user says, “Alexa, show the CAMERA NAME,” replacing “Camera Name” with the actual name applied for the camera they’re interested in. So, for example, if there’s a Canary camera in the baby’s room and it is named “Baby’s Room,” just say, “Alexa, show the Baby’s Room.” Note, however, that any camera set to “private” won’t be able to stream to the device.AdChoices广告SOURCE: Canary Bloglast_img read more

Sony Xperia teaser hints at big changes at MWC 2018

first_imgLike the best teasers, Sony doesn’t give everything away in one fell swoop. Indeed, as pre-reveal campaigns go, this one is positively surreptitious. A stretching bow of sinuous waves flows down from the top of the screen, onto an outstretched hand, with nary a display, artful phone chassis corner, or anything else in sight. Still, that’s not going to stop us from speculating as to what the whole thing might mean. Arguably top of the list of possibilities is a change to the industrial design language that Sony has been sticking to for the past several generations of Xperia. That’s been singularly blocky and angular, in the face of rivals’ curves, and while Android aesthetics are a matter of taste there’s no denying that a rounded handset generally feels better in your hand than a squared-off one does. Alternatively, though, the curves could have a more specific meaning than just a design change. Sony might be joining the curved screen bandwagon, adopting a flexible display that wraps around the edge of its new Xperia phones. Another possibility is the so-called 2.5D glass that we’ve seen other manufacturers use, where the edges stand proud of the smartphone’s fascia and have an almost meniscus-like profile that smoothly tapers into the rest of the chassis.Then again, perhaps these ripples are just what they hint at: sound waves. Sony has played up the connection between its smartphones and its well-esteemed BRAVIA television display technology before now, borrowing elements from its big-screen TV panels to include on the far smaller LCDs in its Android devices. Now, it could be the turn of its sound bar speakers to donate some tech, perhaps bringing Dolby Atmos to its phones. Of course, there are more esoteric possibilities too. The waves could indicate a new type of haptic feedback, perhaps, using targeted vibrations to give the feeling of physical buttons and controls in precise locations on the touchscreen. It could even refer to some combination of all of the above, or more. We’ll know for sure come Mobile World Congress in just a week’s time, though previous rumors have led us to expect the Xperia XZ Pro to take center-stage. Sony’s big reveal will come on February 26, 2018, and we’ll have all the news for you as it’s announced. Join us. 26.02.2018 #SonyMWC pic.twitter.com/n6IQ82XRVZ— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) February 19, 2018 MWC 2018 is almost upon us, and though we’ve pretty much seen what the Galaxy S9 will look like, Sony’s Xperia efforts at the show are a lot more mysterious. The phone-maker has had mixed results with its Android devices in recent years, at least when it comes to the US. Still, a new Xperia teaser suggests it could be worth paying attention to Sony in 2018. center_img Story TimelineXperia XZ2 could still save Sony’s 2018 lineupSony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, L2 officially selfie obsessedlast_img read more

Alexa starts issuing Answer Update alerts for old queries

first_imgThe new feature was first spotted by VoiceBot and confirmed by Amazon to TechCrunch, which says the update is rolling out to Alexa now. Once a user receives that update, Alexa will verbally ask the user if they want to enable Answer Updates. Assuming the answer is yes, Alexa will then let the user know that she’ll have an update for an unanswered question when possible.“Okay,” Alexa will say, “if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, but I find out later, I’ll notify you.”Users can see whether they have access to the new feature now by saying, “Alexa, turn on Answer Update.” After enabled, users will get a notification about an updated answer on the device they use with the AI when the new response is available. The update won’t only help users get the information they want(ed), but also make it clear when Alexa gets a knowledge update, driving the point home that the AI is slowly getting smarter. Of course, by the time an updated answer is available, the user will no doubt have Googled it.SOURCE: TechCrunch Ask Alexa enough questions and you’ll eventually find one she can’t answer. The personal assistant apologizes for its lack of a proper response, and now it has started issuing alerts when it finally learns the answer. The new ability is called “Answer Update,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a new answer to an old question. The user will need to enable the feature to use it, though.last_img read more

Volvos 2019 EV will go headtohead with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

first_imgAccording to Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars USA, that shouldn’t be a problem. Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show this past week, Automotive News reports, Kerssemakers suggested that Volvo’s new platforms would be the key to a rapid development timescale. Right now, that means one of two modular structures. The current S90 sedan, XC90 SUV, and soon-to-be-released V90 Cross Country crossover are all based on Volvo’s SPA platform. That’ll also be used for the new 2018 Volvo XC60 crossover, which was announced last week. It’ll be followed by the S60 sedan and – though perhaps unlikely for the US market – a V60 wagon.In the longer-term, however, there’s a second platform. Dubbed CPA, or “Compact Modular Architecture”, it’ll be the underpinnings for the Series 40, Volvo’s new smaller sedan, wagon, and crossover line-up. They’re not expected to hit the roads until 2018, but were previewed in concept form last year.NOW READ: Up close with Volvo’s striking 40 Series ConceptsVolvo’s Kerssemakers would not be drawn on whether the all-electric car will be a version of an existing vehicle or an entirely new model. The automaker had previously confirmed that it would count EVs among its Series 40 refresh, in addition to gas, diesel, and plug-in hybrids, but warned that though the CMA platform was designed with all-electric drivetrains in mind from the outset, a car actually using that technology probably wouldn’t arrive until 2019. Then, the automaker suggested range would be around 220 miles on a full charge. That has crept up to “at least 250 miles” now, with Kerssemakers blunt about the perception of how much battery life drivers believe they require, versus what they use in reality. “Why are people reluctant to buy a full electric car?” the CEO asked, rhetorically. “It’s between the ears. It’s that they believe there’s not sufficient range.”Rather than try to convince would-be buyers otherwise, he plans to give them what they think they need. Insisting that the all-electric Volvo will be a volume car, not some niche in the line-up, he’s committed to both Bolt EV-levels of battery life and a similarly competitive price. Whatever the Volvo EV ends up being called, it’ll have a starting price between $35k and $40k, before any tax credits or subsidies. Volvo is no stranger to electrification. The company already has several T8 Plug-In Hybrid versions of its cars, such as the XC90 SUV, though their electric-only range is fairly minimal by EV standards. Volvo’s first all-electric car will be priced under $40,000 and be able to go at least 250 miles on a full charge, the company has confirmed. The pure EV isn’t expected to reach dealerships until 2019, Volvo says, lagging both Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and Tesla’s Model 3 to market. However, in automotive development times, that really doesn’t give the Swedes much leeway. Story TimelineWhy Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yetVolvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid gets power from other carsVolvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla worldThe Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crasheslast_img read more

In Delphis latest selfdriving car aggression is an option

first_imgStory TimelineDelphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast tripMobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving effortsInside Intel’s big plan to seize the wheel in self-driving cars What’s interesting is that the driving style of the autonomous car evolved over the course of the day. Delphi started out with fairly conservative settings, the prototype leaving extra space around it, slowing earlier for turns, and generally behaving more cautiously. However, as the day went on, the engineers cranked up its enthusiasm. By mid-afternoon, and the time I was strapped into the back seat of the heavily-modified Q5S, you could describe the AI as eager. Delphi’s engineer navigated us out of the parking lot manually, but once on the open road the car’s systems took over. This was no reticent chauffeur, afraid of either the gas or the brakes: it nipped from lane to lane swiftly to prepare for turns, and enthusiastically kept pace with the traffic around it.AdChoices广告That autonomous caution, you see, is all down to programming and not technical limitation. As we already saw several years ago, driverless vehicles left near-unfettered can already best human drivers on race tracks. The talents of the machine aren’t the limiting factor: it’s us, the meat inside. Most people don’t quite trust the machine, and certainly not in their first few outings in driverless vehicles. Think of the mild concern you had when you first tried adaptive cruise control, and had to retrain your brain from slamming on the brakes as the traffic ahead slowed. On a pragmatic level you know the computers are talented; on a more instinctive one, though, it’s enough to turn what should be a relaxing aid into a stressful one. Delphi envisages two ways of dealing with that. The first is fairly obvious, with a digital display in the center console effectively showing those inside the car what the various sensors have spotted. Other vehicles, parked or in motion, are translucent grey blobs; there are road markings, and traffic signals, and signage. When the car is about to make a turn, a big flashing green arrow alerts you to where it plans to go. I suspect that most people will leave it on for their first handful of journeys, but then find that they switch it over to something else: Netflix, maybe, or a web browser. In that familiarization phase, though – before they learn that the car can, indeed, be trusted – it’s a great way to keep on top of what the vehicle has seen and answer the nagging “does it know there’s a dump-truck there?” paranoia. Delphi’s other strategy is more complex. The company’s thinking now is that, for any self-driving car system to be accepted, the style in which it operates will need to be customizable. Much as the engineers changed the aggression of the prototype I rode in, users of production cars built on similar technology will be able to set their vehicle to the appropriate level to match their own comfort. It’s not the first company to think along those lines. Back in 2014, in fact, mapping company HERE – subsequently invested in by Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and most recently Intel – argued that autonomous cars needed to model human drivers if they weren’t to cause havoc on the roads. Working too much like a computer wouldn’t be reassuring, HERE argued, it would only serve to highlight just how different the AI is from the rest of us.We’re still a fair way from having a dial that runs from “pensioner” through to “boy racer” on the dashboard of our driverless vehicle. One of the big issues, Delphi told me, was the high-definition mapping its cars rely upon for details of things like curb levels and which lane markings are where. In the absence of a comprehensive commercial map to buy, its been doing its own mapping. It’s a prerequisite that severely curtails where the cars can actually go. Nonetheless that, without the Delphi wrap, you could easily mistake the exterior of the car for a regular Audi SUV is a triumph in itself. Autonomous vehicles are finally passed the “can they work?” stage and is now firmly in the “how can we make this market-acceptable?” phase. Think of a driverless vehicle today, and you’re probably imagining a big sedan or SUV topped with an array of spinning laser scanners and dotted with cameras. Delphi’s goal with this new prototype was to put the sensors into places where they’d be suitable for production. So, there are Mobileye cameras behind the windshield, but no vast LIDAR turret on the top. Side cameras are fared in, unlike on most jury-rigged prototype cars I’ve seen.The goal, Delphi explained to me, was to make this particular Audi Q5S as close to a regular car as possible. No cabin full of displays and extra controls; no bristling with oddly-shaped sensors. Just a virtual driver that can navigate you from A to B with no further instructions than the destination. center_img Intel’s autonomous car plans aren’t pie in the sky, and there are already driverless vehicles using the company’s technologies plying the public roads. Vehicle tech supplier Delphi, a mainstay in the automotive manufacturing world, brought along its latest self-driving prototype to Intel’s Autonomous Vehicle Showcase in its new San Jose, CA facility, and offered to take me for a spin. Funnily enough, what’s most special, you can’t actually see.last_img read more

Ford patent shows autonomous auto future with or without steering wheel

first_imgSOURCE: Motor1 The patent says that the system would allow for a “steering wheel for development purposes, and enables the easy provision of a steering wheel as a customer-requested option.” The cabin of the vehicle in the patent has spots where a steering wheel and pedals can be connected if desired and when no steering wheel is in use, there are trim pieces for covering up those connection points. To keep the person in the driver’s spot safe, when the steering wheel is in the car it would have its own airbag. When the wheel isn’t installed, an airbag would come out of the dash like the passenger side airbag system. Ford also notes that the steering wheel could have a physical connection to the road using a splined shaft like current cars, or it could use drive by wire.AdChoices广告The pedals would go into the floorboard of the car and connect using loaded snap system, the system might be electronic as well. Ford wrote, “An electric actuator operated by software programmed to simulate brake pedal resistance and restoring force” might be an option. Brake pedal feel often gives drivers an indication of brake issues like worn rotors or brakes that need to be bled, it’s not clear how an electronic brake feedback system would address that issue.We are just now hearing about ths patent application, but it was filed on February 5, 2016. It was published on August 10, 2017 by the patent office. As with all patent apps, there is no guarantee that this tech will ever make it into production. Many automotive enthusiasts are on the fence a bit about the autonomous future. Auto enthusiasts like to drive and some fear the autonomous autos will take that ability from us eventually. At the same time, there are certainly conditions where not having to drive is ideal, you only have to drive through the mountains of Colorado to know being able to look around is a good thing. A Ford patent application has turned up that shows the automaker’s vision of a future where you might be able to drive your car when you want, and pull the steering wheel and pedals out when you want to be driven.last_img read more

The 2019 Ram 1500 is proving production hell isnt just a Tesla

first_img 2019 Ram 1500 Gallery The 2019 Ram 1500 is giving Fiat Chrysler a painful reminder that Tesla isn’t the only automaker facing production delays, with the hotly-anticipated pickup failing to roll off the line at the rate hoped for. Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in January, the new Ram 1500 borrowed a Model S-like huge touchscreen dashboard from Tesla, among other things, but unfortunately picked up its manufacturing headaches along the way. Story Timeline2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star is a truck just for Texas2019 Ram 1500 Starts at $31,695Ram 1500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition celebrates 144th running of Kentucky Derbycenter_img Production of the truck began in mid-January, at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Sterling Heights Assembly facility. The promise has been a more efficient, more flexible, and more tech-savvy pickup, with new hybrid engine technology improving on emissions. Inside, meanwhile, a marked uptick in cabin quality and gadgetry is Ram’s answer to Ford’s best-selling F-150, which has successfully transitioned from simple workhorse into consumer consideration. Unfortunately for FCA, the reality has been less impressive. CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed Ram 1500 production hadn’t been as smooth-sailing as the automaker intended on the company’s financial results call last week, suggesting that the plant was currently “running today at 60-percent of cycle.” Marchionne described scaling up the facility as “challenging.” According to Automotive News‘ sources, now efforts are going flat-out to make up the shortfall. The goal had been to increase the current 1,000 units per day to around 1,400, it’s said. To do it, two 10 hour shifts are working every day, seven days a week, the insiders claim, with FCA planning to continue that pace through Labor Day in early September. AdChoices广告Even so, the trucks rolling off the line aren’t necessarily the models that FCA needs. The first to arrive at dealerships are those with the 5.7-liter V8 engine, but there’s no sign yet of the more interesting – and, arguably, more competitive – powertrains. The Ram 1500 will be offered in mild-hybrid form, for example, with both a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter V8 packing the technology.Each combines its gas engine with a 48 volt battery back and a belt-drive motor generator unit, using them to deliver the truck’s stop/start function. However, it also comes into play for short-term torque assistance and brake energy regeneration. Dubbed “eTorque” by RAM, it’s apparently capable of adding up to 90 lb-ft. of torque to the 3.6-liter engine, or up to 130 lb-ft. for the 5.7-liter. More ominously, Automotive News’ insiders say there are potential issues with some of the trucks already manufactured, which are preventing them from being dispatched to dealerships. More than 2,500 are said to be in limbo, waiting for a fix for what’s said to be an electrical issue. What Marchionne won’t be doing, though, is following Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and bedding down on the factory floor. “I’m not sleeping on the floor,” he joked with investors last week, “you need to be Elon’s age to do that. I’m too old for that crap.”last_img read more

Ricoh GR III Review Tiny camera huge appeal

first_imgGR enthusiasts speak of their cameras’ somewhat distinctive blend of colors, texture, and vignetting. The GR III doesn’t stray too far from that. The slightly darker corners make for a great portrait camera. I’m partial to narrower apertures, personally, but the f/2.8 is a good balance of usability while still allowing for some judicious bokeh action. There are more sample images from the GR III in the gallery linked belowRicoh GR III VerdictI find I’m almost bemused by my feelings about the GR III. The reality is that my phone’s camera can handle 80-percent of the photography I want or need to do. The rest – which is generally for work purposes – I have a Micro Four Thirds camera which gives the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and more creative possibilities. It’s tough, on paper at least, to see where the little Ricoh could fit in.And yet… the GR III carved a place in my affections nonetheless. Partly that’s down to the quality of the images it’s capable of, but it’s also its speed and its purity of purpose. I’m not pulling out my phone and getting distracted by Twitter or the latest work email. The Ricoh is all about capturing the moment while you’re still living in it. It’s not perfect. I’d love to see an EVF, and the autofocus system could still use some work. Really, though, the biggest stumbling block is the price. $899 is, on the one hand, not much given how much sensor Ricoh has fitted into so small a body. At the same time, though, it leaves the GR III a fairly tough sell when a smartphone costs about the same, probably has all the camera you really need, and plenty more features beside. So yes, the Ricoh GR III is a luxury, but that shouldn’t undermine quite what has been achieved here. If you can afford it, you’re getting something that manages to avoid too much overlap with either big, professional cameras or a smartphone. In short it may be small, sure, but its appeal is huge. Stealthily familiarRicoh didn’t risk alienating its GR fans when it designed the GR III. There’s no mistaking the camera, though even those familiar with earlier models may still be surprised at just how small this newest version is. More compact than the GR II, it proved small enough to squeeze – just – into my front jeans pocket. The goal was something wieldable for one-handed shooting, and there Ricoh succeeds. Plenty of texturing and some deftly-placed rubber makes it easy to grip, and it’s lightweight too, though that did make me cautious about dropping it as I’m not sure it would live up to too many bumps and impacts. With stealthy street photography in mind, there’s little in the way of shiny stuff to catch the eye. Even the “GR” logo on the front is subtle. Ricoh GR III Gallery Most of the time I like to shoot in aperture priority mode, using the rear control dial to nudge up and down the brightness. Ricoh’s customizable modes, however, made it easy to set up a monochrome filter setting too. I’m a sucker for a black & white shot, and while I do prefer the tweaking potential found on the Olympus PEN-F, the Ricoh’s desaturated stills are still impressive. Indeed, there’s a whole lot to like about the GR III’s images. It can be hard to see just how good they are on the compact touchscreen; it’s only when you get them onto your computer that you start to see just why Ricoh made the spec decisions it settled on. The smartphone may have replaced a dedicated camera for many, but the Ricoh GR III is here to remind us that’s not universally the case. The latest in Ricoh’s series of super-pocketable street shooters, it packs the highest resolution sensor yet – and, at $899, the highest price tag too. Detail is plentiful, and even single-handed there’s an admirable lack of blur or shake. Noise is low, too, and while colors can be muted at their default setting, it’s easy to punch them up either with the in-camera Vivid setting or during post-processing. Anything in the ISO 100-6,400 range is more than usable; even higher up, the noise and grain that starts to appear can actually be fairly pleasing. Despite the dimensions, there are plenty of physical controls. A mode dial on top – with three user-set custom preset slots – along with two dials, a jog wheel and d-pad, and ten different buttons are clustered around a 3-inch touchscreen. Sadly what you don’t get is an electronic viewfinder: there simply wasn’t space for it. The GR II’s flash is gone, too, though I missed an EVF more. AdChoices广告An SDXC card slots in the bottom – adding to the 2GB of built-in storage Ricoh gives you – alongside the battery. The latter charges via the GR III’s USB-C port; or you can pop it out and slot in a full one. Ricoh rates it at 200 shots, though I found it was heavily dependent on how much you used the display, particularly for reviewing images. Bluetooth and WiFi available, working with Ricoh’s companion smartphone app. It’s handy for quickly offloading shots for social networking use. Tiny camera, big sensorThe GR III’s is like a clown car at the circus, tiny but spilling over with people once the doors are open. In Ricoh’s case, the party trick is a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a 28mm focal length equivalent. It’s huge compared to what you’d find in your phone or, indeed, other cameras of its scale. Ricoh pairs its new sensor – 8-megapixels more than you got from a GR II, mind – with an f/2.8 lens and three-axis image stabilization. The latter is good for a four stop improvement; ISO maxes out at 102,400. Dig into the settings and you can find 35mm and 50mm crop modes, albeit with the expected dip in resolution. There’s also a two-stop optical ND filter. The touchscreen makes tapping a focal point easy, and there’s a new autofocus system. That combines phase detection for speed and contrast detection for accuracy. Paired with a swifter start-up time – under a second, Ricoh promises – the idea is that the GR III should be ready to capture before your subject even realizes. The reality is that, even with its new hybrid system, Ricoh’s AF can still be frustrating. In low-light in particular, the GR III can prove stubbornly reluctant to lock; even when it does, it can be obstinately contrary in what it decides is the most important part of the scene. More than a handful of my shots ended up nicely framed but with the natural subject out of focus. What the GR III isn’t, really, is a camera for videographers. With no 4K support, you’re limited to 1080p/60 at best.In use, capturing the scene not disrupting itEverything about the GR III says that it has no interest in being the center of attention. The monochrome color scheme is subtle; not only can you turn the AF sound off, but even snuff out the green power LED too. Some of the best, least-staged photos I captured were with the GR III tucked into the crook of my folded arms, my finger surreptitiously squeezing the shutter button. last_img read more

Pixel 4 is shaping up to be Googles most controversial phone yet

first_imgIt seems that the second half of the year will see phones with divisive features. Samsung is rumored to be removing the headphone jack and adopting an unpopular camera design for the Galaxy Note 10. The iPhone 11 is also expected to have an even more controversial camera design, adopting a square bump at the corner. Now it seems that Google will be following the trend and will be kicking up a storm. And the Pixel 4’s corner square camera bump is just one of many. It is already a bit well-known by now that rumors abound regarding the Pixel 4’s camera bump. While the exact hardware it will house is still in question, it seems that there be enough in there to warrant putting a square bump up there. We probably have Huawei to thank for that design but, to give the OEM some credit, it put it in a less awkward center position. But as if Google’s alleged decision to copy the exact same thing Apple is being criticized for weren’t enough, it may be making a few more unpopular changes. For example, while it may do away with the “bucket” notch, Google will instead be going back to old designs with a very obvious forehead. It won’t be all for naught as, according to Unbox Therapy, it will be used to house a lot more sensors than could otherwise fit in the old notch. Those sensors, the YouTuber says, could be used for rumored advanced gesture and face recognition systems. The leaked frame for the Pixel 4 showed no visible place for a traditional fingerprint sensor, leading to speculation that Google may be going all out on face recognition. Either that or it will have an in-screen sensor this year.The latter might be the case if the latest rumor is to be believed. GSMArena’s sources provided a few photos of an actual Pixel 4, at least an alleged one, with the screen actually turned on. It reveals an oval punch hole ala the Galaxy S10+ and not the wide forehead earlier speculated. If that’s the case, there might not be enough room for additional sensors.Of course, at this point it’s all just rumors but whichever way Google goes, it’s bound to disappoint some camp of Android users. All it can really do is to present new features that are convincing enough to justify what some might consider to be the ugliest designs in smartphones in recent years.last_img read more

BMW recreates the BMW Garmisch concept car from 1970

first_imgBMW has unveiled the recreation of a classic concept car from 1970 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The car is called the BMW Garmisch, and Marcello Gandini designed it for Bertone. The original car vanished after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. Marcello Gandini contributed to the research process with memories from the creation of the original car allowing the BMW team to refabricate critical details of the car, such as the exterior color, a light champagne metallic. The recreation was built by skilled craftsmen in Turin, Italy, just as the original car was in 1970. The finished vehicle looks both retro and futuristic at the same time. BMW says that from the early days of the brand, it was inspired and influenced by Italian design and coachbuilding culture. Bertone developed the original BMW Garmisch as an independent design proposal meant to show off its creativity. The idea was from Nuccio Bertone himself wanting to consolidate the relationship with BMW with a surprise show car for Geneva in 1970.One key aspect to the design of the Garmisch was a vertical and somewhat angular variation of the BMW kidney-shaped grille with square, glass-covered headlights. Inside the car has a strange vertical radio that would have been hard to use and a fold out mirror for the passenger along with what looks like a big storage bin. It looks as if it were meant to be a place for a passenger to put on makeup or fix their hair. The name of the car, Garmisch, was chosen because skiing was very popular in Italy at that time. The name was said to evoke dreams of winter sports and alpine elegance. BMW had the challenge to recreate the missing concept car from the past.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Questions Emerge As Dust Settles Surrounding Plan B Policy Change

first_imgNews outlets offer day-after coverage of the Obama administration’s reversal on the morning-after contraceptive pill. NPR: Administration’s Plan For Morning-After Pill Pleases No OneReaction was swift to the Obama administration’s announcement Monday night that it was dropping a long-running legal battle to keep age restrictions on one type of the morning-after birth control pill. But like just about everything else in this decade-long controversy, the latest decision has pleased just about no one (Rovner, 6/11).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Morning After Pill Appears Headed To Drugstore Shelves, But Which One And How Soon? Stay TunedDon’t look for the morning-after pill to move next to the condoms on drugstore shelves right away — but after a decade-plus fight, it appears it really will happen. Backed into a corner by a series of court rulings, the Obama administration has agreed to let the Plan B One-Step brand of emergency contraception sell over the counter to anyone of any age. There still are a lot of details to be worked out, including whether a federal judge agrees that the government has gone far enough or whether cheaper generics can be sold without restrictions too (6/12).Philadelphia Inquirer: Still Some Questions After White House’s Plan B ShiftDon’t rush to the drugstore quite yet if you are a female under 17, need emergency contraception, and have no prescription. … While Baruch said Tuesday it was “fantastic” that the Obama administration indicated Monday night it would tentatively comply with parts of federal Judge Edward B. Korman’s recent orders regarding access, Baruch and colleagues did not like important details in a Justice Department letter that spelled out the government’s plan (Sell, 6/12). Medpage Today: Doc Groups OK With FDA Plan B DecisionPhysician groups were generally supportive of an FDA decision to expand over-the-counter (OTC) access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) without age restrictions. Multiple medical societies on Tuesday cited “overwhelming scientific evidence” of the safety and efficacy of the contraceptive for women of all reproductive ages as the basis of their support (Pittman, 6/11). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Questions Emerge As Dust Settles Surrounding Plan B Policy Changelast_img read more

Pending Health Law Legal Action Threatens Premium Subsidies And Exchanges

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Pending Health Law Legal Action Threatens Premium Subsidies And Exchanges One of the key questions, according to The Fiscal Times, is whether the premium subsidies available to people shopping on the federal exchange are legal.  The Fiscal Times: Court Challenges To Subsidies Threaten ObamacareObamacare suffered a setback from the Supreme Court last week that may have seriously undermined the administration’s efforts to provide women with free access to FDA-approved birth control devices. The high court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that family-owned businesses could choose not to provide birth control to employees if it offended the owners’ religious beliefs. Now, a bigger and more fundamental problem may lie ahead for Obamacare. As early as this week, a D.C. appellate court could rule against the administration on the most basic question: Are the massive premium subsidies flowing to low-income people through the federal insurance exchanges legal, or should that money be cut off? (Pianin, 7/7). The Associated Press: Judge To Mull Senator’s Suit Over Health ExchangesA federal judge will hear arguments this week on whether to toss a U.S. senator’s lawsuit challenging rules that force congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin contends that senators, representatives and their employees aren’t eligible for the exchanges under the federal health care law because they work for a government that employs millions. Government attorneys have asked U.S. District Judge William Griesbach to throw the case out of court. They argue Johnson hasn’t shown how the rules hurt him or his staff (Richmond, 7/6).last_img read more

Americans Worried Over Obamacare Seek Professional Tax Help

first_img In another salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act, some Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates want to make it a crime for state and federal officials to enforce the health-care law. Under the GOP-backed bill (HB2509), federal employees would face felony charges, while state workers would be arrested for a misdemeanor offense, if they try to administer any federal regulations under the Affordable Care Act. The legislation also declares the federal health-care law “invalid” in West Virginia. (Eyre, 2/25) Fox News: H&R Block Analysis: Most Obamacare Customers Paying Back Portion Of Subsidies The Charleston Gazette: GOP-backed Bill Would Make It Criminal To Enforce ACA In W. VA. Kaiser Health News: For Many Middle-Class Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time The Boston Globe: Worries About Health Care Law Leads Tax Filers To Seek Professional Help Worries about how the Affordable Care Act may affect 2014 returns could drive more filers to spend hundreds of dollars to get professional help from accountants and preparation services, tax specialists said. The tax code changes tied to the federal health care law take effect this year. That has triggered television, radio, and newspaper ads suggesting that filers need to brace for complications and may need specialized tax help. (Fernandes, 2/26) center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. (Gorman, 2/26) Americans Worried Over Obamacare Seek Professional Tax Help News outlets also offer more details about Americans who are filing their taxes and finding out that they will have to repay the federal government a portion of the subsidies that helped them afford coverage. And Republicans in West Virginia are backing a proposal that would make it a crime to enforce Obamacare. ObamaCare customers who received health insurance subsidies last year are getting an unpleasant surprise this tax season — with many finding they have to repay hundreds of dollars. An analysis by tax-preparer H&R Block found that to date, 52 percent of those who enrolled in Affordable Care Act coverage are paying back part of their premium tax credits. (2/25) last_img read more

This Guy Can Fix Just About Any Tesla Even If Its Totaled

Source: Electric Vehicle News IF YOU TOTAL YOUR TESLA, THERE’S A GUY WHO CAN FIX ITAll automobiles are supported by an ecosystem of services, which traditionally includes dealerships, repair shops and fueling stations. One of the ways Tesla has redefined the auto industry is by vertically integrating these services. You can buy a vehicle directly from Tesla, have it serviced at a Tesla service center, and charge it at a Tesla Supercharger. On the whole, most customers seem to be happy with this arrangement, but some believe that there is an unmet need for independent repair shops, and a community of DIY Tesla repair techs has developed. Because Tesla doesn’t support their activities, there’s an underground, hacker vibe to the scene.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.A recent Motherboard documentary told the story of Rich Benoit, aka the Doctor Frankenstein of Teslas, who salvages Tesla parts and uses them to repair cars damaged in crashes, fires and floods.Another guerrilla repairman is Phil Sadow, aka Ingineer, an electrical engineer who has been rebuilding and selling salvaged Teslas for three years. A recent article in Fast Company tells us how Sadow also teaches fellow enthusiasts to develop their repair skills. The intrepid Ingineer says he’s participated in almost 400 Tesla refurbishment projects.According to Sadow, Tesla really doesn’t want cars that have been in serious accidents back on the road, and the company has taken steps to make it almost impossible to repair them. “When a car is totaled,” he says, “they deny parts, [and] they don’t in any way give service information, the service tools like all the electronics and computer stuff needed to work on the cars…except where they’re required to by law. And even then they don’t do that.”Sadow understands the reason for this policy: given the media hunger for anti-Tesla articles, any incident involving a repaired Tesla would surely be blown out of proportion by the press. “Tesla’s trying to protect their stock price and their mission by eliminating some of this,” he says. “If I buy a salvage car and fix it improperly and it kills someone or burns a house down…it’s not going to be ‘Man fixes Tesla improperly and hurts someone.’ It’s going to be ‘Tesla kills someone.’”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: A look at the Tesla Model 3 drive unit (Youtube: Ingineerix)Sadow is obviously a big fan of Tesla’s mission, but he fears that making it difficult to repair damaged vehicles is a short-sighted policy, because the lack of a market for salvaged Teslas will eventually lead to expensive insurance premiums.Normally, when a vehicle is totaled, it’s sold at an insurance auction to a shop that either repairs it and puts it back on the road, or sells it for parts. This healthy secondary market allows insurance companies to recoup a substantial part of what they have to pay to replace a “totaled” vehicle. However, because of Tesla’s policies, Sadow says, the market for salvaged vehicles is thin, so auto insurers tend to lose a lot of money on totaled Teslas. “The insurance underwriters figured it out,” he says. “‘Oh, it’s a Tesla, we’re going to eat our lunch on these.’ So they start raising premiums. A lot of insurers consider the Model S and the Model X exotics, like a Ferrari. For that reason, they’re losing their shirt on even relatively minor accidents.”In the US, only Massachusetts has a “right to repair” law, which requires auto dealerships to make parts and service manuals available to independent repair shops. According to Sadow, even in Massachusetts, Tesla has so far refused to release service information for Model 3. (Tesla told Fast Company the same thing they told Motherboard: owners are free to do whatever they want to their cars, and the company will inspect salvaged vehicles for a fee to assess what repairs are needed.).embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: A look at the Tesla Model 3 battery pack (Youtube: Ingineerix)Sadow’s EV-recycling career began in 2015 when he bought a Model S that had been through the Houston flood. He and his girlfriend took the car apart, repaired the damaged electronics, gave it a thorough cleaning and got it back on the road. Soon he partnered with a body shop owner in Minneapolis, and the two began regularly buying, repairing and reselling salvaged Teslas.Nowadays Sadow spends more time teaching others to resurrect Teslas than fixing them himself. As more Model 3s hit the roads, more damaged vehicles will be showing up at insurance auctions. “There will be people that want to know how to work on them,” he says, “and that’s basically my full-time job now – helping other people work on these cars.”Sadow has created his own answer to Tesla’s mobile app, which offers his car-fixing customers access to information such as battery voltages and diagnostic codes. Getting into Tesla’s software required gaining root access – something like jailbreaking a phone. It took Sadow about four months to figure out how to reverse-engineer Model S’s systems, but it took him only three weeks to get the same access to Model 3, as many of the new car’s systems were based on the older model. Tesla hasn’t tried to stop him, but it does employ some software counter-measures to limit what owners of damaged cars can do. When Tesla becomes aware that a particular vehicle has been in a catastrophic accident, it “blacklists” it, meaning that it will refuse to sell the owner any parts..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: A look at the Tesla Model 3 cooling system (Youtube: Ingineerix)That’s not a problem for Sadow and his fellow renegade rebuilders, because salvaged parts are plentiful and cheap. Sadow is proud of the fact that his revenant Teslas have been problem-free, and hopes that, as long as that remains the case, the company will leave him alone and let him get on with his business. “As long as it keeps them out of the news,” he says, “and as long as they don’t see one of the cars I helped repair burn down or burn down someone’s house or neighborhood, then they’re completely don’t ask, don’t tell.”===Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Fast Company; Ingineerix*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 2, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

Gas Station Fuel Dispenser Supplier Invests In Car Charging Manufacturer

Tritium Announces 475-kW Fast Charger Tritium fast chargers“Gilbarco Veeder-Root will sell all Tritium solutions, including Veefil-PK high power charging (HPC) systems, which are capable of a full charge of an EV in just five-to-ten minutes. These high power charging systems have unique and innovative liquid-cooled technology and a significantly smaller footprint than other HPCs on the market. The Tritium cooling system allows for less wear on internal parts to ensure optimal charger lifetime.”“The investment will be enable Tritium to accelerate a number of strategic activities, including operational expansion in Europe and the USA to keep pace with a fast-growing market, with global sales tipped to increase by a third in 2018 compared with the previous year.¹Other activities include expanding production capacity to meet increased demand for the company’s world-leading Veefil-PK Up To 475kW High Power Charging Systems, and new product research and development. Tritium will also look to expand into India, China and the wider Asian region in the medium turn, following its success in Europe and the USA.”David Finn, Chief Executive Officer and founder, Tritium said:“Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s interest in Tritium further validates Tritium’s capabilities and technology expertise in the EV space. This investment also sends a strong message to the industry about the future of EV charging in the retail fueling and convenience market– it’s real, it’s happening and Tritium is at the forefront globally.”Martin Gafinowitz, Senior Vice President of Fortive, stated:“Our partnership with Tritium is the logical next step in our long history of evolving the Gilbarco Veeder-Root business portfolio to address progressive customer needs. This investment provides early and judicious entry into a market with a growing need for rapid charging, which is one of the top barriers to EV purchase”. Tritium Looks To Lead Fast Charger Segment With Latest Investment Thanks to the investment, Tritium should be able to increase sales and expand its presence in new markets. Currently, Tritium’s chargers were installed in 26 countries around the world. 5 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News IONITY Selects Tritium For 100 Ultra-Fast Charging Sites Across Europe Gilbarco Veeder-Root feels the end of fuel dispensers is near.Gilbarco Veeder-Root, one of the major suppliers of fuel dispensers, decided to invest in Tritium, the Australian-based manufacturer of fast chargers.There are no details about the purchase of minority stake, but it’s understood that Gilbarco Veeder-Root will use its sales channels for Tritium products, as many customers are now considering adding ultra-fast chargers at fuel stations. It’s smart to be prepared for the upcoming market changes.See Also read more

GAC Aion S Beats Tesla Model 3 With Superior Battery Performance

first_img GAC Completes Factory With Production Capacity For 200,000 EVs Is there substance behind the claims or is it just pure marketing?Chinese manufacturer GAC NE, the new energy vehicle arm under Chinese automaker GAC Group, once again aims at Tesla. The automaker compares the upcoming Aion S all-electric model to the Tesla Model 3.In its latest press release, GAC says that several companies are looking to “dethrone Tesla from the top spot” (no surprise here). GAC NE is “one of those businesses that aims to directly compete against the automotive brand.”GAC news One of the first areas of comparison is the range of Aion S and Model 3:Tesla Model 3 Long Range is rated at 310 miles (499 km) under EPA test cycleAion S can run up to 392 miles (630 km) according to GAC, but the company didn’t provide details about the test cycleThe ClaimsGAC’s words are pretty defiant, but it needs yet to prove the real-world performance in independent tests:“While countless issues have plagued the Tesla Model 3’s production and delivery process, GAC NE, a giant Chinese automaker that is going electric, has just established a new ‘hypermiling’ record in an Aion S, its electric vehicle model to be rolled out in May 2019.By traveling 392 miles (630 km) on a single charge, GAC NE’s Aion S is beating Tesla Model 3’s highest driving mileage, 310 miles (499 km) for the Long-range version.It marks Aion S to be the top-rated EV car with the best battery performance.”The interesting part is about the latest generation of CATL batteries, but again without details:“Aion S is bringing technical advancements in the use of energy. It is not only the world’s first model that deeply integrated the high-performance three-in-one electrical drive system, but it is the first to carry the latest generation of ternary lithium-ion battery produced by CATL, the world’s largest maker of battery cells for electric vehicles.”First deliveries of Aion S are scheduled for May 2019. Tesla should by that time start deliveries of Model 3 in China, so we will be able to see how both new models progress.More details below: “GAC NE early announced that the Aion S will be available in May 2019. Production for the EV will take place in GAC NE’s brand-new manufacturing factory in Guangzhou. Equipped with an aerodynamic exterior, Aion S takes on a very sleek design and robust LED headlights.When it comes to autonomous driving features, Aion S leads the industry as the first mass-produced EV car with level 4 autonomous driving within designated area. The EV sedan provides automated parking assistance, cruise assistance and traffic congestion assistance. The level 2 autonomous driving enables drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel for short periods of time, as the car performs various maneuvers.With the global rapid development of EVs, GAC NE has been in a strong position since its birth in 2017. New technologies, new manufacturing, new products, new ecology, and new brand are driving GAC NE to a new milestone. GAC NE has made significant moves to become a leading EV brand.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 9, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img GAC Entranze Electric 7-Seater At NAIAS: Photos & Videos Source: Electric Vehicle News GAC Strives To Transcend Tesla With Its Electric Carslast_img read more

The true sporting character just hasnt got any

first_img Share on Twitter 0 1 Simon Burnton Twitter Reason (optional) newest 12 Apr 2008 19:07 Facebook 12 Apr 2008 18:39 0 1 Kinda’ like ‘Sports Personality of the Year’.Nigel Mansell anyone? Now THERE was a man with an utter character void. Share on Twitter Comments 9 Well, it’s certainly true in Formula 1. JP Montoya (the only person so far to have the nous to describe the Max story as “hilarious”) and the great stirrer JV are no longer there. Even Ralf, with his sideline in sex-toys, had a certain something. Instead we’re stick with automatons – Lewis and Kimi and DC. ‘Nuff said. | Pick Share Report 0 1 Report Close report comment form Report Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook 100 greensox Report Twitter Soccer Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Facebook 50 The true sporting character just hasn’t got any Share on Facebook Report All Shares00 Email (optional) Share Reply Greensox – it depends on what kinds of musicians you mean. Real ones practice quite a lot, quite often from the age of five. Threads collapsed I just don’t know where to start with how wrong-headed this piece is. I’m sure someone can come up with ten great sports films – many are American (because there aren’t ten great British films full stop) but my favourite is Australian, The Club.Characters? If you don’t like the Premier League, try the Darts Premier League. Reply Share on Facebook 25 First published on Fri 11 Apr 2008 21.40 EDT | Pick Share on Facebook Order by oldest Share HenryLloydMoon Grabyrdy Sportblog | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter DeeSawdeley @Simon_Burnton Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report zephirine Reply 12 Apr 2008 12:16 You aren’t a cricket fan are you? Never mind. Reply Henry – That’s awfully clever!Best I can do is to suggest that Burnt-on has flamed out already. MouthoftheMersey Share on Facebook Share on Twitter collapsed Share on Pinterest Report MouthoftheMersey Report Share on Facebook unthreaded Share on Twitter | Pick Share View more comments 12 Apr 2008 16:20 Share | Pick 12 Apr 2008 15:51 recommendations Twitter 0 1 12 Apr 2008 18:36 Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share Share on Twitter 12 Apr 2008 21:34 Contact author Share on LinkedIn Reply | Pick Facebook comment Reply Show 25 The first half of this article entertained me and the second paragraph made me laugh a lot. But I thought Simon Burnton lost the plot once he started quoting from Peter Bradshaw. What kind of person reaches the pinnacle of the sporting pyramid? It cannot all be about talent, as anyone who has seen Derby County this season will tell you. No, a tremendous amount of focus is clearly required as well. An ability to define goals and a determination to achieve them; a total commitment to the perfection of his or her art. The downside of this devotion is that it tends to make these focused folk extremely boring.Not, of course, that they would admit it. Stand any captain near a microphone after an against-the-odds victory and he can be relied upon to praise his team for “showing a lot of character”. A brief survey reveals that Justin Rose, Leicester City, Leicester Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Celtic, Rangers, the Scottish national football team, the Israeli Under-17s, the cricket teams of Sri Lanka, India and England, the Canadian women’s curling team, 1980s pop band Duran Duran and a new bridge being built across the Fox river in Illinois have all displayed “a lot of character” in the last few weeks alone. And that is a very selective list.In every case except the new bridge, this narrow definition of “character” involves reacting to the hint of adversity by growling and running around a bit. Interestingly, it applies only to sport. If it were to be witnessed in someone who had just been refused a mortgage by his bank manager, it would almost certainly result in arrest. If it were attempted by someone struggling to finish an A-level exam in mathematics, disqualification would inevitably ensue. In sport, it is all they have.It might charitably be called stubbornness, or perhaps even pride, but true character needs to be a bit more rounded. If a tennis player fights back from two sets down to win a match, he is certainly admirable but, if he then leads the crowd in a chorus of Que Sera Sera, launches into a hilarious 30-minute comedy routine, deconstructs the main policies of London’s mayoral candidates and quietens a crying child without resorting to threats of physical violence, then he can start boasting about character.The truth is that our sportsmen are pretty much character-free. They are defined by their relationship to some kind of ball rather than to other people. Eventually, through age or injury, they lose the relationship with the ball and from that point on can be rescued from irrelevance only by accepting a high-profile coaching position or a career in punditry, where they are defined by their ability to define others by their relationship to some kind of ball.The Guardian’s film critic, Peter Bradshaw, declared Control to be the best movie of 2007. The film is about Ian Curtis, the ill-starred singer of Joy Division, and, despite the monochrome cinematography and frequently unsettling subject matter, Bradshaw reported that he “pretty well levitated out of my seat with sheer happiness” during some of its more uplifting moments.Singers seem to make perfect subjects for films. A couple of years ago Walk the Line, a film about Jonny Cash, won international acclaim and an Oscar for its female lead, Reese Witherspoon. The previous year’s Academy Award for best actor went to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray. In February Marion Cotillard became the latest best actress for her turn as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose.There have been films about kings and queens, composers, painters and authors, mathematicians and, heavens, even journalists but where are the dramatisations of recent sporting life stories? Why are all sports-related films a) fictional, and b) rubbish anyway? After the quantity of recent autobiographies it cannot possibly be for a lack of source material. When can I expect You’ll Never Walk Alone – the Barry Cowan Story to take its rightful place in my local multiplex?Drama makes sport great but its absence makes sportsmen weak. Imagine someone trying to sell you a sporting biopic. Picture yourself in a darkened cinema, in the moments before the main feature begins, listening to a gravel-toned voiceover man narrate a trailer thus: “As a child, all he ever did was play football. When he grew up, all he ever did was play football. Then he stopped playing football due to a persistent knee cartilage problem but remained familiar to millions thanks to occasional appearances on Gillette Soccer Saturday.” Would it entice you back into the cinema? Would it? Well?Bradshaw, in his review of Control, describes Curtis as “a thwarted Wordsworthian romantic”. When that phrase can be used to describe Jamie Carragher, we will be getting somewhere. Russell Brand is away Facebook Twitter Bit of stating the bleeding obvious isn’t it? Sportsmen and women get to the top these days because they have been practising for 14 hours a day since they were five years old usually alone and blocking out distractions such as alcohol and the opposite sex. Musicians get to where they are by doing the opposite. Share via Email Share on Facebook HuntKillBuryFin Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Reply hope the decision to replace “brand” by “burnt-on” is just a wrong steer Fri 11 Apr 2008 21.40 EDT Report Reply Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick expanded Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Messenger 0 1 Sportblog Facebook Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 0 1 Twitter Share comments (9)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 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Talking Horses

first_img Report Share on Twitter Horse racing Close report comment form Share newest Reply Share on Facebook Support The Guardian 100 Topics Shares00 Share on Facebook The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage unthreaded Irish trainers are set to dominate this afternoon’s Juddmonte Oaks at Epsom. They are responsible for more than half of the 16-runner field, with Aidan O’Brien sending out no fewer than six runners. But the prize can go to a trainer who never takes the scattergun approach, John Oxx.Katiyra (4.05) is a significant runner in a British Classic for Oxx, who only comes for the big prizes in Britain with serious intent. He won with his first Derby runner when Sinndar scored in 2000 and his only other runner in the colts’ Classic, Alamshar, finished third three years later.Katiyra is only the trainer’s fourth Oaks runner in the past 20 years and Oxx is already on record as saying the Aga Khan’s filly has more potential than Four Sins, who finished fourth for the yard last year. There should be lots of improvement to come from Katiyra now that she steps up to a mile and a half.As is the case with many Classic prospects bred by the Aga Khan, Katiyra has stamina in abundance in her pedigree and it says much for her ability that she managed to get within half a length of Carribean Sunset over a mile at Leopardstown last month.That outing was needed badly, as Katiyra had met with a setback after winning her only race at Leopardstown last year. But Oxx reports that the filly has thrived in the weeks since, while Carribean Sunset went on to finish close up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. “Katiyra’s preparation has been fine and I have been very happy with her in the last 10 days,” said Oxx yesterday.Dermot Weld, the trainer of Carribean Sunset, felt Epsom might come too soon for Chinese White after his filly won a Listed race at Gowran Park a month ago. But she has clearly pleased her trainer, who has a strong hand with three-year-olds this season. Chinese White won her only start by six lengths last year and stayed on strongly to follow up at Gowran. The form may not amount to much but Chinese White is another likely to improve with the step up in trip. Email (optional) recommendations | Pick Report This could be Ryan Moore day. Sail will go well in the Oaks at a nice price and the quirky Papal Bull after a long lay-off has a good e w chance. Hold fire on the Derby until near the off as today’s ground and times will reveal a lot of valuable information. Good punting. Sportblog Report Reply | Pick Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content,View all comments > First published on Thu 5 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Twitter comments (3)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook Sportblog Read more … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook | Pick Show 25 Horse racing tips 50 0 1 All Threads collapsed Order by oldest 0 1 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Talking Horsescenter_img 25 Share via Email at last, a decent day’s racing. how long have we had to wait for this? do you not think that getaway is a ridiculously short price though for what he has achieved? I mean he has only really done it the once. 5/4 is way too short for a race like this. Facebook Share via Email Thu 5 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT collapsed Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 6 Jun 2008 21:21 Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Lush Lashes, five lengths winner of the Musidora Stakes from Cape Amber, is Ireland’s third strong contender. There was no arguing with the manner of her victory but I question how good they were behind Jim Bolger’s filly in the York race.Money has come for Adored, Johnny Murtagh’s pick of the O’Brien battalion. This Galileo filly may well be on the upgrade but she will have to show considerable improvement on her Naas victory over stablemate Tiffany Diamond, who had been beaten off a mark of 70 in a Killarney handicap two days previously.So far as big-race records go, André Fabre is out on his own in the Coronation Cup, in which he will be bidding for a seventh win with Getaway (3.25). Like Shirocco, his most recent Cup winner two years ago, Getaway landed Newmarket’s Jockey Club Stakes en route to Epsom.Formerly thought to be a stayer, Getaway displayed a good turn of foot to win a slowly run race at Newmarket. He had shown he would be a force in the top middle-distance races when fourth behind Dylan Thomas in last year’s Arc, in which Youmzain ran the race of his life to finish a close second.Now that Fabre knows Getaway’s strength, it will be a surprise if he cannot turn the tables on Youmzain, but he could be hard pressed by the Arc fifth, Soldier Of Fortune, who had plenty of use made of him at Longchamp.Little White Lie (2.10) suffered interference when beaten a length by Vitznau at this meeting last year. He was giving 18lb to the winner that day but is getting 8lb today, yet Vitznau is favourite while Little White Lie is on offer at 10-1. The selection ran with plenty of credit last time, his first start since moving from Ger Lyons to John Jenkins.Click here for all the day’s racecards, form, stats and results.And click here for today’s latest odds. beesknees Share on Facebook Twitter Thanks and well done Ron. I backed Little White Lie at 12’s for a little stake. Wish I had gone bigger. Twitter Share Ron Cox 6 Jun 2008 20:53 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter forester79 Horse racing Share on Twitter Comments 3 Report Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other The latest news and best bets from a big day of racing at Epsom Share on Messenger Share on Twitter millreef 6 Jun 2008 21:22 oldest Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Reply Share expanded Reason (optional) Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Pinterest View more commentslast_img read more