‘Leicester expose Wenger’s Arsenal excuses as a sham and Kroenke doesn’t care!’

first_imgLeicester City’s seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title has “exposed” Arsene Wenger’s explanations for Arsenal’s failure to finish in top spot since 2004 as a “sham”, claims Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.Speaking to Stan Collymore on talkSPORT’s Call Collymore show, following Leicester’s 2-0 win at Sunderland, which sent the Foxes 10 points clear in first, Morgan compared the Foxes’ spirit unfavourably with that of the Gunners.“Leicester City have got a hunger and desire I’ve not seen in the Arsenal squad for about 10 years, since the Invincibles did their stuff and got shipped out within 18 months,” Morgan said on talkSPORT.“I’ve said for eight years now that Arsene Wenger had run his course at Arsenal.“He had a spectacular first eight, nine years [as Arsenal manager], culminating in that extraordinary invincible season.“I watch Leicester and I’m watching a team with real determination, with focus, with no big stars, with no super, fancy stadium. They’re just a regular team who are being managed to play out of their skins.“At Arsenal I see a bunch of spoilt prima donnas with Lamborghinis in the car park, who don’t have anything like the drive and hunger of this Leicester team.“But more importantly I see a manager who’s earning four or five times what [Leicester manager Claudio] Ranieri is – £8m-a-year Wenger gets – presiding over season tickets which are the highest in European football, a man who has not won the Premier League for 11 years, a man who’s constantly boasted of his European record, yet he’s never won the Champions League – he’s only reached one final and two semi-finals – and for the last six consecutive years Arsenal have gone out in the last 16.“This, by any yard stick of a way of judging a supposed big team manager, would have led to Wenger going years ago.“I simply ask Arsenal fans who still cling to the wreckage of what used to be Arsene Wenger as a world class manager, what more does he have to do in terms of under-delivery and under-performance, to warrant his dismissal?”When asked if Arsenal are more concerned with finishing in the top four and making money than winning the title, Morgan tore into the club’s majority shareholder, American Stan Kroenke.“We have a foreign billionaire, Stan Kroenke, who’s never at the games. I see more of him in Los Angeles, where he’s now got a big development to bring an NFL team to LA, I bump into him, I see him walking around LA more than I do at the Emirates.“This is a man who has zero interest in winning major trophies, is very happy for Wenger to tick along, to bank the cash, to make his money; he wouldn’t know one end of the Emirates pitch to the other.”Morgan also believes sticking with Wenger will end up costing Arsenal their place among the Champions League qualifiers, despite the Frenchman’s record of qualifying for the competition every year since 1998.“Wenger was an extraordinary manager, he’s an extraordinary man – I’ve got great respect for him personally – but at what point does his own self-respect and pride kick in and he stand aside for the good of the club?” asked Morgan.“I look at Jurgen Klopp, and the way he is slowly but surely transforming Liverpool. He’s 20 years younger, he’s got incredible dynamism, wonderful charisma, but he’s obviously a brilliant coach.“I look at Guardiola coming in to Man City and we have to assume Mourinho is going to Man United; where will Arsenal be next season with Arsene Wenger yet again? I’ll tell you where we will be: we’ll be out of the top four. It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.“Wenger now is not the man to drive Arsenal forward.“Every single excuse he’s come out with for the last 11 years of Premier League failure has now been exposed by Leicester and Ranieri, and that incredible team of players, with their team spirit and desire, as a complete and utter sham.”last_img read more

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Hurricane Katrina leaves flood of fraud cases

first_imgWASHINGTON – Hurricane Katrina has spawned a second big flood that is surging well beyond the Gulf Coast: thousands of cases and complaints alleging fraud. Seven weeks after the storm roared ashore, authorities around the country are amassing cases ranging from identity theft to scams by phony construction contractors to hotel price gouging. In Louisiana, dozens of victims have applied for benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, only to find their personal identification information has been stolen and already used. In Texas, authorities say people falsely claiming to be refugees collected hundreds of dollars in emergency aid – sometimes going back two or three times each day. And in Mississippi, authorities are on the lookout for a woman who was charging victims $50 to use her “super-duper FEMA phone” – which she said would let frustrated callers bypass busy signals on a direct hotline to the relief agency. While the number of federal cases is still relatively small, officials say the prosecutions reflect a more aggressive effort by the government to curb fraud than there was after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The federal government prosecuted 13 people accused of fraudulently seeking aid from the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund and New York City, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general. Focused on preventing more terror attacks, the department left nearly all 9-11 fraud cases to local and state prosecutors. With Katrina, the federal government created an anti-fraud task force the week after the storm hit to curb con artists and contractors trying to cheat the system. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weekcenter_img “There are some real oddball cases,” said Mississippi Assistant Attorney General Grant Hedgepeth, who heads the state’s consumer protection office. Mississippi investigators have received more than 1,000 complaints – about hotel and gas price gouging, phony insurance adjuster scams, people posing as FEMA workers to collect victims’ personal information. The Red Cross is investigating more than 500 fraud cases, said spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg. And as of Thursday, the Justice Department had charged 34 people with various fraud crimes stemming from Katrina and Hurricane Rita. An estimated 1.5 million people evacuated their homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama when Katrina hit the coast Aug. 29. Congress has approved $62 billion in disaster relief aid. The big payout, combined with the scattering of victims to nearly every state, created the potential for rampant fraud in Katrina’s aftermath, said Jeannette M. Adkins, executive director of the National Organization of Victim Assistance. Scam artists “can show up to disaster relief centers in almost every state and present themselves as victims, and have nothing to show for it,” Adkins said. “And people are handing out the money.” last_img read more

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Ernie Groscup Beef Memorial Educational Class to be held Friday

first_imgRed Bluff >> A special educational class, the Ernie Groscup Beef Memorial Class, is being held immediately after Round Robin, which is at 7 p.m. Friday, in honor of the former Tehama County resident and life-long cattleman.Ernie and his family moved in 2004 from Los Molinos to Oklahoma, where they remained active in the livestock industry.Groscup’s daughter, Tiffany Groscup-Goodman, still lives in Oklahoma, but following Ernie’s death in 2011 wanted a way to pass on his legacy and started the …last_img read more

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India unveils Pratyush, its fastest supercomputer yet

first_imgIndia’s supercomputing prowess moved up several notches Monday after it unveiled Pratyush, an array of computers that can deliver a peak power of 6.8 petaflops. One petaflop is a million billion floating point operations per second and is a reflection of the computing capacity of a system.According to a statement by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pratyush is the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world dedicated for weather and climate research, and follows machines in Japan, USA and the United Kingdom. It will also move an Indian supercomputer from the 300s to the 30s in the Top500 list, a respected international tracker of the world’s fastest supercomputers.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

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Dilshan, Upul create history at 2011 World Cup

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga starred in a record 282-run opening stand to guide Sri Lanka to a mammoth 327 for six against Zimbabwe in a group A match of the World Cup at Pallekele International Stadium in Sri Lanka on Thursday.Dilshan was elected Man of the Match.Dilshan smashed 144 before taking 4-4 to help Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 139 runs and reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.Dilshan blasted 16 fours and a six to score a 131-ball 144, while Tharanga plundered 17 fours en route to his 133, to guide the 1996 winners to a mammoth 327 for six in a group A encounter at the Pellekele stadium here.Dilshan also missed the record for the highest runs in an innings by a Sri Lankan in a World Cup by a whisker as he finished one short of Aravinda de Silva’s 145 against Kenya in 1996 World Cup.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Kings XI Punjab not willing to play in Dharamsala, says HPCA

first_imgHimachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) on Friday said Kings XI Punjab are not willing to play in Dharamsala as they have not received any positive response from the state government.HPCA public relations officer Sanjay Sharma said that after waiting for HP government’s reply for the last nine days, Kings XI Punjab wrote a letter yesterday to Rajeev Shukla and said they want their three matches to be played in Mohali now and not Dharamsala.Sharma said, “The government did not give any security assurance in 2014, as a result the matches went to Cuttack.Kings XI made Cuttack their home ground. And in 2015 they had to choose Pune as their home ground. Now when Pune has its own team, Kings XI faced problem with the ground and had opted for Nagpur as their second ground. Due to water scarcity, matches were shifted outside Maharashtra and they approached us.”They wanted Dharamsala to be their venue for the next three matches. On behalf of HPCA, we wrote a letter to the CM of Himachal on April 21, asking for his written consent.But no reply came from the government till date.”Sharma further said, “Yesterday Kings XI Punjab team owners called up Rajeev Shukla that they want their three matches to play in Mohali and not Dharamshala.”last_img read more

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Adani strikes deal on royalties payments with Queensland govt

first_img(Eds: Updating with additional inputs)By Natasha ChakuMelbourne, May 30 (PTI) Indian energy giant Adani Group said today that it has struck a deal on royalties payments with the Queensland government for its 21.7billion dollars coal mine project in Australia, a major breakthrough for the controversy-hit Carmichael venture which was stuck in limbo.According to the company statement, the deal with the statehas met Adanis expectations and requirements and the move would mean that the project was back on track to generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the regional state.”This shows a strong commitment by the State government to the project and is a benchmark decision to take this project forward,” the statement said.”I thank the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the elected members of the State for their continued support to make this happen. I also wish to thank Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for their support for the changes to the Native Title Bill,” said Gautam Adani, Adani GroupChairman.The company will consider the final investment decision at the next board meeting, it said.The project, which is the most advanced in the Galilee Basin, involves a phase one mine production of 25 million tonnes per annum, and construction of a 388-kilometre standard gauge open access common user rail line.Peak mine production in later phases will rise to 60 million tonnes per annum.To accommodate that later stage mine production, Adani will also expand the port capacity from 50 million tonnes per annum to 120 million tonnes per annum of its owned and operated bulk coal port facility at Abbot Point near Bowen in North.advertisementThe future of the so calledbiggest mine in the world and largest inAustralia was put on hold recently after the state cabinets split on theroyalties payment.Adani wanted the Queensland government to delay the start of royalty obligations on the coal mine it hopes to build in Queenslands Galilee Basin.Earlier,statePremier Annastacia Palaszczuk hadsaid the Indian mining giant would have to pay “every cent” of royalties for the proposed mine that was followed byAdanis announcement to defer its final investment plan on the project.The project has been mired in several controversies in the past. It came understrong criticismfrom environmentalists and alsofaced several legal challengesfrom time to time.Adani Group have for more than five years battled opposition from green groups who are opposed to any expansion of the port, saying it will cut into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.Australian cricket legends Ian and Greg Chappell and scores of other prominent Aussies urged Adani to abandon the project.In an open letter, dated on March 16, they cited public opposition, risks to miners health, climate change and potential impact on the fragile Great Barrier Reef as reasons for their request not to proceed with the project in the Galilee Basin.The letter warned that the project could hit the bilateral relationships, especially on the sporting and trade front.The company, however, rejected the demand as “a motivated attempt by a very small group of 76 misled people.”The Carmichael coal mine and port-cum-railhead project are said to be one of the worlds largest and has already received the green light from the federal and Queensland governments.The project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of soil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land. PTI AK MRJ AKJ MRJlast_img read more

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Pixel perfect

first_imgSony, it seems, is all about challenging the status quo. At a time when rivals are stretching their screens left, right and center; Sony is busy cramming extra pixels for a 4K display. At a time when rivals are punching extra holes to fit a dual-camera system, Sony is busy adding a three-layer stacked CMOS sensor for theoretically mind-boggling slow-motion videos. The result, the Xperia XZ Premium, may chart a different course altogether, but, at the end of the day, it’s the course that could lead Sony on to the hallowed ground. It was about time.Sony’s new Xperia XZ Premium is the world’s first 4K HDR10-ready smartphone, a technology that was until now, limited to high-end TVs. It is also the world’s first smartphone to incorporate an extra memory buffer layer in a high-resolution sensor, a technology that was until now, limited to high-end point-and-shooters.The list, however, doesn’t end there. The Xperia XZ Premium, being Sony’s top-tier flagship phone for 2017, packs in the very latest in hardware and software as well. Even though it doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or a dual-camera system like the LG G6, Sony’s new Xperia XZ Premium, has enough gimmicks and fire-power under the hood to stand toe-to-toe with them. And give them quite a run for their money while at it.Design: Smart, suave and sophisticatedTheoretically,the Xperia XZ Premium is follow-up to last year’s Xperia X Performance. Spiritually however the Xperia XZ Premium succeeds 2015’s Xperia Z5 Premium. The Xperia Z5 Premium, if you haven’t heard already, was the world’s first 4K smartphone. Not only does the Xperia XZ Premium carry forward the Xperia Z5 Premium’s pixel-perfect display legacy, also its design is a thoughtful extension of its spiritual predecessor.advertisementThe Xperia XZ Premium comes with what Sony calls loop surface design. The phone is essentially carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, but, uses healthy doses of metal and plastic as well. While the sides of the phone are plastic, the top and bottom ends are all-metal. There’s also a side-mounted home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner on-board the device. The fingerprint scanner, in the case of the Xperia XZ Premium is fast and very accurate despite its deep-seated positioning. Once you get used to it, that is.Even though it doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or a dual-camera system like the LG G6, Sony’s new Xperia XZ Premium, has enough gimmicks and fire-power under the hood to stand toe-to-toe with themOver the years, Sony — although it hasn’t changed much of its deign scheme — has gradually gone on to make OmniBalance — now called Loop Surface — really stand out and likable. The Xperia XZ Premium, it’s safe to say, doesn’t look like any other smartphone. It looks like it belongs in the boardroom rather than the shop floor, and if I were Sony, I’d say that we have hit bull’s eye.The Xperia XZ Premium is very smart and sophisticated in a very minimalistic sort of way, the kind that business-men (and women) would likely appreciate. They would appreciate it some more, once they hold it in their hands. It’s very utilitarian, the Xperia XZ Premium. It’s very thought-out too. The plastic sides really help absorb shock in case of accidental drops, while, the diamond-cut edges along the top and bottom contribute to some fancy light-bending effects. It’s a design that’s both eye-catching and yet very practical, a combination that’s hard to get in this day and age even at premium pricing.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ Premium quick review: A return to formThe Xperia XZ Premium is also IP68-certified for dust and water resistance and uses USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. The right edge houses the power button and a dedicated two-stage camera shutter button, while on the left edge lie slots for two different SIM cards and a micro-SD covered by a protective flap. The phone ships with a 3.5mm audio jack and a pair of stereo speakers.Although there’s a lot to love about the Xperia XZ Premium’s design language, it is certainly not perfect. The Xperia XZ Premium — especially the Chrome variant — is glossy and accumulates fingerprints by the millisecond. Also, the phone ships with rather chunky bezels and glossy ones at that which could play spoilsport when you’re using the phone — especially watching content — on the go.Display: Eight million pixels and countingThe Xperia XZ Premium, much like the Xperia Z5 Premium, has a 5.5-inch (IPS LCD) screen with a 3840×2160 pixel resolution which roughly translates to a mammoth 806ppi. That’s way too many pixels on a phone. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what they call 4K. That’s the kind of stuff you get on high-end TVs. But then because the Xperia XZ Premium is a smartphone, it is expected to have some limitations. It does.advertisementThe Xperia XZ Premium, much like the Xperia Z5 Premium, renders images mostly — a good 9.5 out of 10 times — in full-HD (1080p), not even in Quad-HD (2K), as a measure to save battery life. A majority of stuff that you’ll view on the Xperia XZ Premium’s 4K screen will actually be in full-HD. The reason being the phone doesn’t support 4K natively. Rather it upscales content (which isn’t 4K) to that resolution when the need arises. Actual 4K content is untouched during playback.If you were thinking that you’ll be treated with eye-popping 4K detail the very moment you power up the phone, that’s not happening. The “numbered” times it does do 4K, it does beautifully. This includes 4K content you’ve captured using your device or third-party 4K content from streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix,as well as from YouTube. But while the Xperia Z5 Premium was launched at a time when 4K was just beginning to hold its ground, the Xperia XZ Premium comes during better circumstances.Sony’s upscaling algorithm is meanwhile extended and limited to the phone’s gallery (album and video) app. The Xperia XZ Premium, much like the Xperia Z5 Premium, boosts all content that’s available in the gallery to 4K automatically. This can be best seen while viewing images.The Xperia XZ Premium is HDR 10-ready as well. Although the LG G6 was the first smartphone to support HDR10, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first (and only) smartphone to be 4K HDR10-compliant by default. Sadly, HDR 10 content — ala Netflix and Amazon Prime — is limited right now just like 4K was once upon a time.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR display, Motion Eye camera now available at Rs 59,990Moving on, the Xperia XZ Premium, may have trouble deciding whether to 4K or not to 4K most of the time, but the display on-board is quite good actually. It feels almost like an AMOLED panel, with its near over-saturated colours, high contrast ratio and pleasantly sharp viewing angles. There’s also an option to manually correct colour temperature — which works really well — in case you’re not impressed. While the standard RGB mode gives you — more or less — true to life colours, the Triluminous and super-vivid modes result in brighter, more vivid colours. X-Reality for mobile, meanwhile, helps enhance video colour output.Performance: Fast, runs cool as a cucumberThe Xperia XZ Premium is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Xperia UI and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready).advertisementAs expected, this is a fast phone. There’s not a lot really to complain about Sony’s new phone as far as all-round performance is concerned. A combination of high-end hardware and slick, bloat-free software ensures the Xperia XZ Premium smooth as butter, and has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings. Most importantly, unlike Sony’s past phones, the Xperia XZ Premium doesn’t get hot unless you’re really pushing it to the edge, recording extended 4K videos for instance. It runs mostly cool as a cucumber.The Xperia XZ Premium also boast of front-firing stereo speakers which get really loud and punchy with little or no distortion at peak volume. It’s again one area where the phone really stands out. The phone, in addition, also supports High-res audio via compatible headphones.Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit. The phone supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready), USB Type-C (v 3.1), NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity options.The Xperia XZ Premium is further backed by a 3,230mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Battery life is good. In our battery benchmark, we subjected the device to an hour of 1080p video playback, half an hour of GPU-intensive gaming, 45 minutes of basic games, phone calls (to the tune of one hour), some music streaming and YouTube video playback along with web browsing, and we were able to get almost 14 hours out of the device. Not the best, but, no slouch either.Sony’s new phone also uses intelligent charging to prevent battery decline, according to the company. It learns your charging patterns and adapts to them, resulting in up to twice the battery lifespan, it claims. The phone ships with a Quick Charger UCH-12 in the box which is claimed to charge the phone by up to 60 per cent in 45 minutes.Camera: Too fancy for its own goodSony’s Xperia XZ Premium can theoretically shoot slow-motion clips at a mind-boggling 960-frames-per-second. For your reference, the slowest slow-mos available in a commercially available phone right now can’t exceed 240 fps. Sony’s new phone can record videos 4X times slower than the slowest in the trade.Sony has been able to achieve this by using a three-layer stacked CMOS sensor — as opposed to using a conventional two-layer sensor — that allows the system to accommodate a 128MB DRAM layer of memory in between the pixel section and the circuitry. It’s actually the DRAM layer that does all the heavy-duty stuff storing all the visual information the sensor takes in until it’s ready to be used by the rest of the phone, primarily the image processor. Since the system has been designed for speed Sony calls it Motion Eye. XPreviousNextThe 960 fps slow-motion mode is activated via a dedicated toggle inside the camera app. There are two ways in which you can record a super slow-mo with the Xperia XZ Premium. You can either record a regular video interrupted by short spats of slow-mos or a full-scale slow-mo depending on the situation at hand. Since, 9 out of 10 times, your subject would be in some sort of motion (because, that’s the whole point of recording a slow-mo) you’ll have to be quick to make that decision. While the latter is quite straight-forward, the former would be a little more adventurous.You begin by pushing the super slow-mo toggle that sits next to the standard video recording toggle. Once enabled, the process begins with a standard recording. You then wait for that perfect moment you want to freeze in time and push the same toggle again. The sensor would then capture a super slow-motion 960 fps video for a period of 0.182 seconds (only because that’s all the time it takes to fill up the 128MB DRAM layer of memory) before going standard again. Pushing the toggle once again would capture one more freeze-frame. So on and so forth. The recording — when played — would then play as standard video interrupted by 6 seconds of dramatic slow-mo depending on how many you recorded.Sony’s Motion Eye camera system, on-board the Xperia XZ Premium, also supports Predictive Capture. The phone’s rear camera apparently has a knack for moving objects. As soon as you fire up the camera app and should there be some sort of motion in view the phone’s sensor is able to predict the same. The sensor then captures three random shots of the object in motion before you actually press the shutter key. The focus is on getting the best possible — blur-free — result out of the given scenario.Once you’ve taken the picture, the camera app would show you four different cases of the same photo — three taken automatically by the sensor and one taken by you — and you can then chose to keep either all of them or select the best possible outcome.The Xperia XZ Premium sports a 19-megapixel camera on the rear — f/2.0 aperture — assisted with predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, but no Optical Image Stabilisation. There is EIS for videos though. But, more importantly, for the first time in a long time, Sony has favoured larger individual pixels that should technically increase light sensitivity resulting in better low-light photos. The Xperia XZ Performance is resultantly a better camera phone than previous Sony phones.Photos clicked with the XZ Premium are (still) a mixed bag though with mostly well-to-do results in good lighting. The phone is able to hold and retain plausible dynamic range with little or no metering issues. Also, unlike most Sony flagship phones, the Xperia XZ Premium’s photos are less susceptible to digital noise even in tricky light.If you’ve ever been searching for the complete package, vis-a-vis Sony, the Xperia XZ Premium is that smartphoneLow-light is where the Xperia XZ Premium makes a strong case for itself bringing it in line with top-tier flagships of the year.The 13-megapixel front camera in the Xperia XZ Premium, meanwhile comes with autofocus, and is a boon for selfie lovers. The wide angles lens on-board ensures it can cover a larger area while still managing to retain lots of detail and mostly accurate colours even in tricky light situations.Should you buy it?The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has been launched in India at a price of Rs 59,990. You can say that it is expensive, but, come to think of it: it ought to be expensive because it has all the goodies. And, it’s safe to say that it is an excellent performer too, at the same time. Now Sony has always been in the habit of launching super-gimmicky phones that look fantastic but don’t serve any real-world purpose. No wonder it hasn’t been able to translate them into encouraging sales figures.The Xperia XZ Premium, however, looks and feels different. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what Sony’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, Sony seems to be chasing practicality. With the Xperia XZ Premium it seems to have achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.It looks great, has a great screen that can do 4K and HDR when required, metes out great performance, comes with great camera credentials and a camera that performs quite well while at it, and stereo speakers that are at par if not better than competition. It is water-resistant and crams in separate slots for two SIM cards and a micro-SD. If you’ve ever been searching for the complete package, vis-a-vis Sony, the Xperia XZ Premium is that smartphone.Xperia XZ Premium7.5/10Good stuffWorld’s only 4K HDR-ready smartphoneShoots super slow-mosGood all-round performanceGreat build qualityBad stuffGlossy, fingerprint magnetThick bezelsDoesn’t support 4K nativelylast_img read more

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Kontron: 3U CP3005-SA CPU board works in extended temperature range of -40 to +70°C

first_imgKontron is introducing CP3005-SA, a new generation of 3U CompactPCI CPU boards. The blade features 4-core or 6-core 8th-gen Intel processors or an Intel Xeon E-2176 processor. The Intel Xeon processor is specifically suitable for server applications and applications requiring error correcting code memory. Thanks to the integrated Intel UHD Graphics P630 graphics controller, the CP3005-SA CPU board ensures powerful display performance in graphics-intensive applications. Beyond these features, the latest member of the CompactPCI family presents a robust design according to VITA47 EAC3 and works even in the extended temperature range of -40 to +70°C. Based on the guaranteed product availability of at least ten years, the CP3005-SA CPU board is devised for long-term use.The new blade delivers optimized energy efficiency: 4-core or 6-core 8th-gen Intel processors achieve higher performance-per-watt values than their predecessors. Depending on the ambient temperature and CPU load, they dynamically adjust their thermal design power to avoid exceeding the maximum permissible temperature. The enhanced graphics performance of the new CP3005-SA is a unique feature. The integrated graphics controller Intel UHD Graphics P630 provides sufficient performance to support three independent graphics outputs. The Intel UHD Graphics P630 graphics card specifically supports the COM-based programming interfaces DirectX 12 for multimedia-intensive applications and the OpenGL 4.5 standard. 4K video facilitates UHD streaming and is the perfect solution for video applications like digital signage and monitoring systems.Up to 32 GigaByte SDRAM at speeds of 2666 DDR4 provide enough capacity even for applications with high storage requirements. Error Correcting Code is supported in conjunction with the Intel Xeon processor. A SATA flash memory module can be used as a memory unit for onboard and operating system data. Usually, 32 GByte are sufficient for this purpose, however, based on the new form factor M.2, 42 mm modules provide higher flash capacities of up to 1 terabyte. The flash modules can also be used as mass storage devices.Key features include multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, three Gigabit-Ethernet ports with Wake-over-LAN (WOL) option, SATA 6 Gb/s and PCI Express. Optionally, the CP3005-SA can be expanded to 8HP using expansion cards with 1 slot/4HP width: users benefit from additional I/O options and slots for 2.5-inch mass storage, for XMC modules and additional M.2 modules with 80 mm length. The CP3005-SA CPU board is designed for challenging and harsh environments and its reliability makes it extremely attractive for a variety of markets.The CP3005-SA CompacPCI board comes standard with Kontron’s APPROTECT security solution. Based on the integrated security chip from Wibu-Systems in conjunction with an appropriate software framework it ensures protection of IP rights and fends off copy and reverse engineering attempts.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: “quad” core i3 value processor on COM ExpressNext Which electronic calculators do you like?last_img read more

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