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  1. If you are planning a long road trip or end up spending your entire day in a car due to traffic, the most frustrating scenario could be a phone with low battery. This applies especially to the iPhone as it often runs out of battery. Most people have a charger plugged into the car's USB port or the lighter port in order to get that juice again. What most people do not realise is that charging an iPhone in your car can cause more damage and ruin your phone's battery. © OnePlus You may have noticed your phone takes longer than usual to charge and that is because the USB port in your car provides less electricity than your phone actually requires. When plugging your phone to a port that yields less electricity, your phone will suck up electricity at a much faster rate than the port is capable of delivering. This, in turn, will freeze up your phone or barely charge the smartphone. © Belkin Charging your phone can also be detrimental to your car's battery. Even though your smartphone might not look like something that can affect your car's battery, the odds are high that your device is depleting the car's battery faster than usual. This may not be an issue for new car owners or cars with newer batteries; however, you may want to stop using the car's port right now! © Xiaomi We suggest you invest in a good power bank to avoid low battery problems as it can deliver a similar electricity output to wall chargers. If you are an iPhone user who has recently updated to iOS 11 and want to know better ways to save battery, you can have a look here So here are some tips to remember when you're stuck in traffic next time: 1. Charging your phone in your car can harm your phone. 2. Using a low electricity output port can damage your phone's battery and charging cable. 3. It can drain your car's battery faster than usual 4. Use a portable charger or wait till you get home
  2. KIEV: Five people were killed Wednesday when a car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, local police said, ruling out a terror link. The Kharkiv police department said six others were hurt, although the extent of their injuries remained unclear. But local police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo told the Ukrainska Pravda news site that two women's condition was "very serious". The police statement said the female driver of the SUV vehicle had been detained, adding that a criminal case involving driving safety violations had been launched. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, the police statement said. Photographs published on various Ukrainian news sites showed the remains of a black SUV vehicle scattered across a crosswalk where the accident occurred. Kharkiv is located less than 300 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of Ukraine's eastern war zone in which more than 10,000 have died in fighting between government soldiers and Russian-backed insurgents. The city itself was briefly the site of pro-Russian protests after Ukraine toppled its Kremlin-backed leadership in a February 2014 revolt. But the city of about 1.4 million people has avoided being dragged into the conflict and remains firmly under the Ukrainian government's control.
  3. Dutch car 'Nuna 9' was competing in against slick, single-seat aerodynamic vehicles-AFP ADELAIDE: A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" won the race for the third-straight time, crossing the finish line on Thursday after travelling at an average speed of 81.2 kilometres per hour (55.5 mph). It was competing in the Challenger class, which featured slick, single seat aerodynamic vehicles built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency. But there was also a Cruiser class, introduced to bridge the gap between high-end technology and everyday driving practicality. German team HS Bochum was the first to arrive Friday with its stylish four-seater classic coupe, featuring sustainable materials such as vegan pineapple leather seats. But another Dutch team, Eindhoven, was set to be crowned overall champion based on a system taking into account design, practicality, energy efficiency, and innovation, organisers said. Their family car, "Stella Vie", carried five people at an average speed of 69 kilometres per hour, with event director Chris Selwood saying it was a practical demonstration of what the future might look like. "These incredible solar cars have been designed with the commercial market in mind and have all the features you´d expect in a family, luxury or sporting car," he said. "Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date -- clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume. "This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When your car is parked at home it can be charging and supplying energy back to the grid." Cars in the race were mostly developed by universities or corporations, with teams hailing from around the world. They were allowed to store a small amount of energy but the majority of their power had to come from the sun and the vehicle´s kinetic forces. Team Eindhoven said its vision had been to build a family car with a balance between aerodynamic, aesthetic and practical design. "We think we succeeded very well with a car that is more efficient than its predecessors and includes some state-of-the-art technologies to not only generate energy but also supply it back to the grid," they said. "Through a smart charging and discharging system she charges the battery when the demand of energy from the grid is high and vice versa. Any surplus energy generated can easily be supplied back to the grid." Of the 12 Cruiser class cars that started, six finished. As well as the German and Dutch entrants, vehicles from Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States also crossed the finish line.
  4. Somali policemen secure the scene of an explosion near Waberi police station station in Mogadishu, Somalia June 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters 1 MOGADISHU: Two car bombs in separate parts of Somalia?s capital Mogadishu killed at least 22 people on Saturday and injured several others, police said. The first explosion - in the city?s K5 Junction area which is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants - destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire. geo_embedgallery ?We know that at least 20 civilians are dead while dozens of others are wounded,? said Abdullahi Nur, a police officer who was in the area. ?The death toll will surely rise. We are still busy transporting casualties,? he said, adding that there were bodies under the rubble. About two hours later, a second blast took place in the city?s Madina district. A Somali woman walks past the scene of an explosion near Waberi police station in Mogadishu, Somalia June 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters ?It was a car bomb. Two civilians were killed, ? Siyad Farah, a police major, told Reuters, adding that a suspect had been caught on suspicion of planting explosives. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the al Shabaab group has carried out regular attacks The al Qaeda-allied group is waging an insurgency to topple the weak UN-backed government and its African Union allies. They frequently launch gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government, though in recent years the militants have lost most territory under their control to African Union peacekeepers and government troops.
  5. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be a surprise inclusion in their squad to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday two weeks after breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam, manager Pep Guardiola has said. The 29-year-old missed City?s 1-0 win over champions Chelsea and both of Argentina?s recent World Cup qualifiers but has returned to training with the Manchester club?s first team. Guardiola said Aguero, who has scored six goals in six league games this season, was not fully fit yet but the coach added that he was happy with the striker?s progress. ?He did his first training session after what happened,? Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. ?He did it quite well. Hopefully, as soon as possible he will be back. ?Maybe (he can play against Stoke). Today, in the last training session, we are going to see. He is not 100 percent but he recovered quite well. ?We will see. We are happy he is back in training.? ?Back to training. I am ready!? Aguero said on his verified Twitter account, alongside pictures of him and his teammates in action during Thursday?s session. City will be without skipper Vincent Kompany, who is still recovering from a calf injury picked up playing for Belgium in August. ?He is much, much better but still injured,? Guardiola added. ?Hopefully, it is the last part. It depends on him when he will come back. He will notify us.? Premier League leaders City, with six wins and a draw, are looking to extend their unbeaten run, while visitors Stoke are 13th with eight points from seven games.
  6. The Waymo logo is displayed during the company's unveil of a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, US, January 8, 2017. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: Alphabet Inc?s self-driving car unit Waymo and several groups are launching a campaign aimed at convincing skeptical Americans of what they say is the value and safety of driverless cars, as Congress considers how it will regulate the technology. The company said on Monday that it was teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council, and the Federation for Blind Children in a campaign called ?Let?s Talk Self-Driving.? The campaign says that self-driving cars could help eliminate most alcohol-related crash deaths and allow the blind broader access to personal transportation. The country is wrangling with how to regulate the rapidly growing technology, with critics arguing that Congress is moving too fast and not ensuring enough safeguards. Waymo, which began as the Google self-driving car project, said the campaign will begin on Monday in Arizona, where the company is testing self-driving cars. It is set to include digital ads, outdoor billboards, fuel pump advertising and radio spots. The company declined to say how much the advertising campaign will cost. Recent surveys show a majority of Americans are unsure about self-driving cars. In March, the American Automobile Association (AAA) said it had found that three-quarters of US drivers said they would be afraid to ride in a self-driving car. In February, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urged ?Silicon Valley, Detroit, and all other auto industry hubs to step up and help educate a skeptical public about the benefits of automated technology.? Waymo chief executive John Krafcik said in a blog post: ?There?s great enthusiasm and curiosity about self-driving cars ? and there?s some confusion, too.? He added that the ?technology can help address some of the biggest safety challenges on our roads today.? US traffic deaths jumped 5.6 percent in 2016 to a decade-high of 37,461, and pedestrians killed rose 9 percent to 5,987, the highest number since 1990, statistics showed last week. On Wednesday, a US Senate panel unanimously gave the green light to a bill aimed at speeding the use of self-driving cars without human controls, a measure that also bars states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must clear a full Senate vote, but it appears on track to passage. General Motors Co, Alphabet, Ford Motor Co and others have lobbied for the landmark legislation, while auto safety groups have pledged to keep fighting for changes.
  7. You've heard of drag races, Formula One racing and NASCAR racing but have you heard about solar powered car racing, huh? Oh yeah, solar powered car racing is some next level automobile racing that isn't new, by the way, and World Solar Challenge held in Australia is a biennial affair. It's so not new that they are actually celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, covering a 3000km distance between Darwin and Adelaide in a span of a week. So cool to have Batman swing past scrutineering this morning...of course when we say Batman we mean @stc2.nikola ð¦ #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 4, 2017 at 5:33pm PDT All performance vehicles in the race come with all-electric powertrains that draw energy from solar panels fitted on to the roofs. This gives the race its essence, that is making racing a sustainable environment friendly sport. You can take the vroom out of the enthusiasts but can't take the enthusiasts out of the vroom-- automobile racing will go on for centuries to come, and while more and more vehicles are switching to all-electric or hybrid power trains that draw power from non-renewable resources like coal for electricity or petroleum for internal combustion engines, the need for self sustaining power emitors is imperative. The use of solar power here, makes sense now, doesn't it? But what is car racing if there isn't the deafening sounds of roaring engines and the smell of speed-burnt treads on tarmac? How fast can a solar power vehicle really go? Harnessing solar energy takes time, what's the point of a seven day long race that could've been completed in a few hours? In just ONE DAY, our 2017 teams from all around the world will begin their journey to #Adelaide ððð¼ #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 6, 2017 at 9:27pm PDT Well yes, this isn't the kind of race where the super fast vehicle is just a motion blur, safety regulations have ensured that no vehicle crosses the limit of 110kmph. If you look at the vehicles, they look like boxes with sloping silver roofs and a bubble top; at higher speeds than prescribed, they might just topple over. These vehicles have been designed by young students from all participating countries, not by coachbuilders at Ferrari! The solar panels on the vehicles are immediately converting solar energy to kinetic energy, so it's a no-brainer that the vehicles aren't driven at night. That is why the trip could take up to seven days, although it adds an adventure element to the race because the stopover could be in a wild unsafe environment-- boo! At the end of the day, it may not be a Formula One quality race, but the vehicle that wins the challenge, emerges as the most efficient of the competition. The technology or design used to achieve this efficiency could be further developed to be used in high performance race cars-- only a matter of time! Time to rest in Tennant Creek ðð¼ @blueskysolar77 @teamarrowracing and NITech. #BWSC17 A post shared by World Solar Challenge (@world_solar_challenge) on Oct 8, 2017 at 11:10pm PDT That is exactly why World Solar Challenge isn't the only solar powered car racing programme in the world, there are others like American Solar Challenge, Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge, South African Solar Challenge, Formula G, Suzuka and World Green Challenge, who are also working toward the same cause while making it superfun. One last thing, you don't have to be competing to take part in this seven day extravaganza, you can just be out on an adventure in your solar power vehicle as a part of the Adventure Class, or get the best of both worlds as the Cruiser Class, racing like the Challenger class and adventuring on the way.
  8. If you're a foodie who loves cars, you too may mistake this Lego Mclaren 720 S for cake. Forgive us, news about a donkey chewing on a McLaren thinking it was a massive carrot made us go a little wonky but hey, look at it, looks like a rather bumpy cake...Doesn't it? © Facebook/McLaren Nevermind, the idea was to go gaga over the 1:1 scale model of the Maclaren 720 S, it is, after all, knock - yourself - in - the - head - with - a - hammer fantastic. 2000 hours invested by a crew of six and 2,54,300 LEGO bricks put together made this block automobile almost come to life. About 13,000 out of the entire lot that hadn't been placed in to complete the model before it was moved to a special location. The LEGO 720S made quite an impression (more than the cars there, it seems) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed held at West Sussex, England, and the attendees pieced the 720S together. That's the kind of community living we dig! But McLaren isn't the only one to have an intricate 1:1 scale car model to itself. Take a look at the others! Scuderia Ferrari SF-70H Ferrari built a 3,50,000 piece model of their 2017 Formula One racer, the Scuderia Ferrari SF-70H. Apparently, the model took 750 man hours to complete, significantly lesser than the McLaren, but fascinating nonetheless. It is intricate to the point that even the sponsoring tags are in LEGO bricks! Here's a video of it that you might like Porsche 911 RSR Another 1:1 wonder, this LEGO make is cooler than the rest here, because when it was displayed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there was a half and half situation-- one side of the display was LEGO and the other was the actual vehicle itself. The entire kit, though, consists of 380,000 bricks in total, and nobody really saw the entire set come together. We do, however, have a video of the half and half, cheggit 1964 Ford Mustang Going by the alias Brick Pony, this 1:1 scale 1964 Ford Mustang is a gorgeous blue masterpiece. Made with 194,900 LEGO and DUPLO bricks (yeah, this one's not entirely LEGO), the Mustang will stun you, literally with its working head lamps (the taillights are functional too). It can also honk and make revving sounds. The Mustang can move on its wheels as it has been built over a real and functional aluminium chassis. All it needed was an engine and it would be good to go, but for now you'll just have watch it rest in its place. Here's a video Volvo XC90 Yes, LEGO has built a replica of the Volvo XC90 SUV, too, and it was so lifelike, that it almost managed to fool LEGO general manager, Peter Rochetti into believing it was his XC60. The dreamy blue 1:1 scale model was brought to life by piecing together 2,01,076 bricks and was displayed in LEGOLand, California. Take a look at it here LEGO Hot Rod This one's an actual LEGO beast, doing 32kmph on a LEGO engine that is powered by air-- what! The Hot Rod was built using over 5,00,000 bricks and is fully functional to the point that it can accommodate two persons and cruise around. Have a look
  9. Indonesian President Joko Widodo had to walk more than two kilometres to attend a military ceremony. Photo: President Joko Widodo/Facebook Indonesia's notorious traffic congestion was on display for the world Thursday after the country's president was forced to walk two kilometres through the scorching heat to attend a military parade. Graft-ridden Indonesia is home to one of Asia's most inefficient bureaucracies and gridlock plagues many of the archipelago's largest towns. The country's traffic nightmares were aptly illustrated when President Joko Widodo had to walk more than two kilometres to attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military's founding. Widodo and senior government officials were held up by gridlock as they approached the military parade in Cilegon, a port city about two-and-a-half hours drive from the capital Jakarta, the presidential palace said. After a 30-minute wait, "the president then decided from inside the car that he would walk," Widodo's guard Ili Dasili said in a statement. National police chief Tito Karnavian, who was also stuck in the jam, joined the president. Video footage shows the president walking with a phalanx of security personnel while spectators yell and chant his name. Widodo's unorthodox entrance wasn't lost on social media users, who questioned why the leader of Southeast Asia's largest economy was compelled to walk to the event. "How come the president walked for two kilometres to the military anniversary location, why didn't they give him the privilege of vacating the road or taking him in a helicopter?"
  10. The GM logo is seen at the General Motors Warren Transmission Operations Plant in Warren, Michigan October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook WASHINGTON: General Motors Co?s self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, has more than doubled the size of its test fleet of robot cars in California during the past three months, a GM spokesman said on Wednesday. As the company increases the size of its test fleet, it has also reported more run-ins between its self-driving cars and human-operated vehicles and bicycles, telling California regulators its vehicles were involved in six minor crashes in the state in September. ?All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle,? said Rebecca Mark, spokeswoman for GM Cruise. In the past three months, the Cruise unit has increased the number of vehicles registered for testing on California streets to 100 from the previous 30 to 40, GM spokesman Ray Wert said. Cruise is testing vehicles in San Francisco as part of its effort to develop software capable of navigating congested and often chaotic urban environments. Investors are watching GM?s progress closely, and the automaker?s shares have risen 17 percent during the past month as some analysts have said the company could deploy robot taxis within the next year or two. A U.S. Senate panel approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow automakers to greatly expand testing of self-driving cars. Some safety groups have objected to the proposal, saying it gives too much latitude to automakers. As Cruise, and rivals, put more self-driving vehicles on the road to gather data to train their artificial intelligence systems, they are more frequently encountering human drivers who are not programmed to obey all traffic laws. In filings to California regulators, Cruise said the six accidents in the state last month involved other cars and a bicyclist hitting its test cars. The accidents did not result in injuries or serious damage, according to the GM reports. In total, GM Cruise vehicles have been involved in 13 collisions reported to California regulators in 2017, while Alphabet Inc?s Waymo vehicles have been involved in three crashes. California state law requires that all crashes involving self-driving vehicles be reported, regardless of severity. Most of the crashes involved drivers of other vehicles striking the GM cars that were slowing for stop signs, pedestrians or other issues. In one crash, a driver of a Ford Ranger was on his cellphone when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Bolt stopped at a red light. In another instance, the driver of a Chevrolet Bolt noticed an intoxicated cyclist in San Francisco going the wrong direction toward the Bolt. The human driver stopped the Bolt and the cyclist hit the bumper and fell over. The bicyclist pulled on a sensor attached to the vehicle causing minor damage. ?While we look forward to the day when autonomous vehicles are commonplace, the streets we drive on today are not so simple, and we will continue to learn how humans drive and improve how we share the road together,? GM said in a statement on Wednesday.
  11. Sergio Aguero Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has reportedly suffered injured ribs after the Argentine forward was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam, media in Argentina reported on Friday. Argentine newspaper Diário Olé said Aguero, who was in the Netherlands to attend a concert, was riding in a taxi when the vehicle crashed into a pole. City have yet to comment on the report but his former club in Argentina, Independiente, said on Twitter: ?Strength and fast recovery. All Independiente is with you at this difficult time.? Premier League leaders City face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
  12. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's lifting of a much-criticised ban on women drivers will reduce the number of car crashes in a country with one of the world's worst traffic-related death rates, its interior minister said on Thursday. King Salman announced the historic change on Tuesday, ending a conservative tradition which limited women´s mobility and was seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression in the kingdom where Islam originated. Saudi Arabia was the only remaining country in the world to bar women from driving, a policy that will officially end in June 2018 after a ministerial committee report on measures needed for implementation. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, the interior minister who took over from his uncle in June, said security forces were ready to apply traffic laws to men and women, though he did not mention if women would be recruited as traffic police. "Women driving cars will transform traffic safety into a pedagogical practice which will reduce human and economic losses caused by accidents," he was quoted as saying on the ministry´s official Twitter feed. He did not elaborate. Around 20 Saudis die each day in traffic accidents. Poor governance has contributed to Saudi Arabia´s woeful record in road safety, analysts say, and the government is aiming to reduce the number of deaths by a quarter as part of its ambitious Vision 2030 reform programme. While Saudi women have generally praised the lifting of the driving ban, some men expressed concern it would dramatically increase the number of cars on already crowded Saudi roads. A middle- to upper-class Saudi family typically has two vehicles, one driven by the man of the house and a second car in which a full-time chauffeur transports his wife and children. The royal decree promises to change lifestyles for many of the 10 million women over the age of 20, including foreigners, who live in Saudi Arabia. It may also help restore auto sales growth in a market dented by the economic fallout from weak oil prices. But because of conservative traditions, it may actually take years rather than months for women to become a major presence on the roads in some areas. In a country where gender segregation has been enforced for decades, the decree means women will have regular contact with unrelated men, such as fellow drivers and traffic police.
  13. Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a blast/File photo KABUL: At least 12 Afghan police were killed and four wounded when a Humvee packed with explosives drove into their checkpoint in the southern province of Kandahar late on Wednesday, a government official said. Abdul Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the attack took place in Maruf district, bordering Pakistan. The attack, in one of the Taliban´s heartlands, underlines the threats faced by Afghan security forces, notably police units on the front lines of the battle against insurgents who control or contest about 40 percent of Afghanistan. The incident came on the same day that militants attacked Kabul airport while US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting the Afghan capital.
  14. A device known as the Babypod 20, made from carbon fibre, is seen next to part of a Formula One car at Williams Advanced Engineering, in Grove, Britain - Reuters GROVE: A Formula One racing team is employing technology that helps racing drivers survive high speed crashes to create a new device that keeps newborn babies safe during emergency transportation. The device, known as the Babypod 20, is made from carbon fiber - the same material used in Formula One cars? bodywork. It can withstand a 20 g-force impact and provides newborns with a secure, temperature-controlled environment for ambulance transportation. It was designed and built by Williams Advanced Engineering, an arm of the UK-based Williams F1 team, in collaboration with healthcare firm Advanced Healthcare Technology (AHT). ?This challenge of providing a lightweight, strong pod to put infants in to be moved around is absolutely the same challenge, virtually, as we?re trying to tackle in the main chassis of a Formula 1 car,? Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, told Reuters. ?We need it to be strong, light, and crash-proof.? There were 7,938 medical transfers of newborn children in the UK in the 12 months up to June 2017, according to the UK?s Neonatal Transport Group, a medical association specializing in the transporting children. Typically, providing emergency transport to newborn children requires the use of large incubators, which require a power supply and specialist vehicles. The pods are now being used by the UK?s Children?s Acute Transport Service. Eithne Polke, the service?s operational manager, said the design had ?made a big difference to our transportation processes?. Williams says it expects to make around 500 of the devices in the first year of production. F1 teams frequently put their engineering know-how to use outside the sport. Williams? rivals McLaren have applied data management and race simulation expertise to help London?s Heathrow airport improve movements on the ground and reduce the time spent by planes circling overhead. Williams previously developed a device to save money and energy by using aerodynamic technology developed through racing to keep more cold air inside open-fronted refrigerators.
  15. A Boeing 777 in KLM livery on the assembly line at the Boeing plant in Everett, Washington, in 2012. Photo: AFP A panel weighing 4.3 kilograms fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a car being driven below, news reports and the airline said Sunday. No one was injured but aviation authorities will send safety inspectors to the western city of Osaka to investigate, said national broadcaster NHK. The piece fell on the vehicle shortly after the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777 with 321 passengers on board took off from Kansai International Airport bound for Amsterdam on Saturday. The panel damaged the car's roof and broke its rear window, NHK said. The panel, 0.6 meters (two feet) long and one meter wide, is made of composite materials and fell from the base of the right wing, Kyodo News said. It is believed to have fallen at an altitude of 2,400 metres or higher. KLM said the aircraft landed safely at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Saturday afternoon. "KLM regrets this incident and has immediately launched an investigation into the causes," it said in a statement, adding that it is in close contact with Japanese aviation authorities and Boeing.
  16. Afghan security personnel (L) keeps watch next to a damaged car belonging to foreigners, after a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan August 22, 2015 Photo: Reuters . KABUL: Five civilians were wounded when a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led international mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, security officials said. Captain William Salvin, a spokesman for NATO?s Resolute Support Mission, confirmed an attack had occurred and said a team was on the scene to recover the vehicle. ?There are no Resolute Support casualties as a result of the explosion,? Salvin said in an emailed statement. Afghan security officials said a car bomb had been used in the attack on the convoy.
  17. Although the seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones' is over, we just can't get enough of the finale episode that blew our minds away. From Viserion, the undead dragon brutally crushing ‘the wall' to Jon and Dany finally fulfilling fans' wishes by taking incest to another level, this season ended on a really high note. We are sure many of you must be wondering what the actors might be doing, now that season 7 is over? ‘Preparing for season 8'? NO. Some are actually living their lives, away from all the tension of killing or getting killed on their quest to sit on the coveted throne. At least Jon Snow aka Kit Harington is definitely having the time of his life. For all those who thought this man knows nothing, he sure knows how to have fun, with his partner in crime Ser Davos (played by Liam Cunningham). © HBO Since Westeros is not a place where you can attend to your fanciful wishes of riding in racing cars, Jon Snow, the King in the North made sure that he rides one in real-life. Kit Harington along with Liam Cunningham, took some time off Winterfell and travelled to Monza, Italy, where they rode in swanky two-seater Formula 1 cars. The duo looked super excited, and in fact were all smiles as they geared up for the ride. According to The Drive, Harington said after his ride, “I was cursing at all of you for putting me in that thing!” He further added, “That's the most fun I've had. The first lap I think I was just surviving.” Check out the video here. No matter how scared the two were while riding in the racing car, we are sure the experience is definitely safer than the kind of sh*t they had to deal with in Westeros since no one is hatching a plan to kill them all. Having said that, although Jon Snow couldn't ride the dragon, at the very least, he got to ride in a beast that's fiercer in real life. © HBO
  18. At least two people were left critically injured when a car toppled over near Kot Lakhpat area of Lahore, in the wee hours of Wednesday, Geo News reported. According to sources, both the injured were reported to be in critical condition after the accident. They were quickly shifted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment. Earlier this week, in traffic accidents across the country, at least eight lives were lost. On Monday, six people were killed and five others ? including a child ? injured in a truck-van collision on the metropolis' Malir Link Road, rescue sources said. Authorities added that of the deceased, two expired after the accident, succumbing to their injuries on way to and after reaching the hospital, respectively. Two children and two women were among those who died. Other injured people are being transferred to nearby medical facilities, rescue officers added. At least two lost their lives in Mian Channu when a mini truck smashed into a motorcycle near the Toll Plaza Monday night, rescue officials explained. Two ? including a woman ? of those involved in the accident died on the spot, authorities added.
  19. The modified E-type Zero. ? Jaguar Land Rover After having committed to electrifying all of its cars from 2020 onward, Jaguar has unveiled a new all-electric automobile, inspired its sleek E-type from the 1960s. Once lauded as "the most beautiful car in the world" by Enzo Ferrari, the new E-type Zero keeps the classic Jaguar styling while introducing a bespoke electric powertrain that produces up to 220kW of power, according to The Verge. The modified E-type Zero. ? Jaguar Land Rover The modified automobile takes 5.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. The E-type Zero roadster can be driven up to 270 km (just under 170 miles) using a 40kWh battery that can be fully recharged in six to seven hours. The modified E-type Zero. ? Jaguar Land Rover The automobile is simply a retrofit of an electric car into the shell of an old school classic. Jaguar, however, isn?t being too explicit about either pricing or availability. "The company?s aim with the E-type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We?re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market,? said Tim Hannig, chief of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. The modified E-type Zero. ? Jaguar Land Rover The basic idea of modernising classic car designs with electrification and other niceties like LED headlights, as with this E-type Zero, seems like an ingenious way of appealing to a younger clientele ? which has an appreciation for the past and an eagerness to embrace the future. The modified E-type Zero. ? Jaguar Land Rover Jaguar showcased the E-type Zero at the JLR Tech Fest event in London, which was open to the public from September 8th to 10th.
  20. Amid his ouster from international cricket, Suresh Raina has been adequately handling the responsibilities as captain of the India Blue team in the ongoing Duleep Trophy. And, he was on his way from Ghaziabad to Kanpur to take part in one of the tournament's games when the left-hander witnessed a providential escape from what could have turned into a major car accident. Trying to reach Green Park stadium in Kanpur where one of the Duleep Trophy matches is scheduled to take place, Raina was near Friend's Colony in Etawah when one of the tyres of the Range Rover he was travelling in burst on 12 September. Gearing up for the match! Looking forward to #IndiaBluevsIndiaRed match tomorrow at #DuleepTrophy! pic.twitter.com/lEcM601F5K — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 12, 2017 According to DSP Rajesh Kumar Singh, the 30-year-old cricketer was driving the car when the incident occurred in the wee hours on Tuesday. The police also confirmed that if the vehicle had been travelling at high speed, the consequences could have been disastrous. @ImRaina Are u okay,Captain?? Thank u God for saving our Hero from dt accident.Anything could be happened but #JakeRakhoSaiyanMarSkeNaKoye — Priyanka Raina (@priyankaraina7) September 12, 2017 With Raina not carrying a spare tyre, he was left stranded for quite some time on the road until locals informed the police. He was later sent in another vehicle to Kanpur and no injury was reported in the case. Source: Reuters Raina has not played an ODI since October 2015 and he was once again ignored by the selectors who recently announced India's 16-member squad for the first three ODIs against the touring Australians. Raina was also kept at bay from India's limited-overs side that recently decimated Sri Lanka in their own backyard. While many believe Raina has not been as influential as he used to be in his heydays, one of the major reasons behind his ouster is in lieu to a failed 'Yo-Yo' endurance test which is considered to be one of the major parameters to assess a player's fitness. The 'Yo-Yo' endurance test is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by teams of earlier generations. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance. Some running and core! #fitme #happyme #fitness #keepgoing #stayfocusedonthegoal #altitudemaskâï¸ð¤ðª pic.twitter.com/Dx0Mzep2T9 — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 9, 2017 It has been learnt that for the current Indian team, the acceptable 'Yo-Yo' score is 19.5 and upwards. Captain Virat Kohli, easily the fittest Indian cricketer, scores around 21 in the test. However, Raina had scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 which is the forced the selectors to commit him from the Indian squad.
  21. Completing 50 years in the domain of performance vehicles called for a special announcement followed by a super special release and the nobody understands the importance of releasing with a bang more than Mercedes AMG. If you didn't already know about the Mercedes AMG Project ONE, we'll apprise you of their latest development, their flagship development-- a sleek ass two-seater hyper car with a rather efficient hybrid powertrain and "a purely electric and wheel selective front axle drive concept". What does that mean? Will the project one be a production car? When do they start production and when can we expect the first delivery? Will it release in India? We've tried to answer all your questions, just read on. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of a hyper car-- a hyper car is a much advanced and vastly superior iteration of a super, designed especially for Formula 1 race cars. This means, it is lighter, has better aerodynamics, higher speeds and improved thermodynamics and propulsion BUT, and more importantly, at a significantly better fuel economy. Much of this is managed by building a lighter chassis, for instance a carbon composite one, like in the case of the Project ONE and incorporating hybrid engines, much like the turbo 1.6 litre V6 combined with quad electric motors, cumulatively pushing out 1000hp for a top speed of 350kmph! Improved and fully electric steering wheels, like in the case of Project ONE, and also make manoeuvring the vehicle easier, and therefore, swifter. © Twitter According to a report, the Project ONE will be the "most efficient hyper car you can get". Yes, the Project ONE is definitely a production car, in fact, it is as Mercedes says, "the first commercially available vehicle with F1 hybrid powertrain and road approval". While there are teasers and design projections of the vehicle doing rounds on the internet, the beast's true magnificence will only be revealed on September 12 at the IAA, Frankfurt Motor Show. According to a report, Mercedes claims to make the first delivery in 2019, without shedding light on when they begin production. Speculation has also revealed that the makers will only produce Project ONE 275 vehicles in all. © Mercedes Whether it'll make it to India or not is yet to be ascertained. Check out some of the teaser video here and stay tuned for our next scoop on the Project ONE for more details You can also watch the IAA event live here
  22. The eight bodies were recovered from the drain soon after the incident took place, the police said. Photo: Geo News AZAD KASHMIR: Member of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Chaudhry Muhammad Ishaq and seven others drowned after a car fell into a drain near Sakakas area of Nakyal on Sunday. The car was travelling from Khoi Ratta sector to Nakyal when it met with the accident due to fast currents in the drain and a heavy downpour, the police said. The car was travelling from Khoi Ratta sector to Nakyal when it met with the accident. Photo: Geo News Local administration officials and soldiers of the Pakistan Army took part in the rescue operation to recover the eight bodies. Among the deceased are two brothers and three nephews of MLA Ishaq, the police said. Twelve people, including two women, of a family, drowned at Hawkesbay Beach in Karachi late Saturday afternoon. Tragedy strikes as 12 of family drown at Karachi's Hawkesbay beach The deceased's family members claim there were no lifeguards or police present at the site The family had come to the beach for a picnic and was staying at Hut 99, which belongs to a private company. A worker of the Edhi rescue team informed that lifeguards were also present at the site however the family members dismissed those claims. SP Keamari informed Geo News that the family was warned four times to not go too deep into the water but the family members continued to defy orders.
  23. Update your computer to the latest firmware to wipe out bugs, get it ready for new software, make it energy efficient and, generally, just look nicer and cleaner. As you all know, you have to update your smartphone and tablet firmware for that, too. Last but not the least, update your car firmware to give it more horsepower and make it more efficient, overall. What? © Tesla You read that right. Electric vehicles (EV) can be optimised through firmware updates that can tweak the overall performance of the vehicle, mostly to improve it, although, seemingly not in the case of the Ludicrous+ update for the Tesla Model S 100D that makes it the fastest EV and the second fastest car, by acceleration, in the world. © Youtube/Shahzeb The Ludicrous+ update was made available to existing Tesla Model S owners over the air (OTA) after the Faraday FF91 claimed to have taken away the crown for the fastest EV in the world through acceleration from Tesla. Musk, being Musk, didn't waste time in innovating and sending out an update to recover the crown from Faraday, fair and square. Where the Faraday stood at 0-97kmph in 2.4 seconds, the Tesla after the Ludicrous+, knocked it over clean at just 2.28 seconds! Musk did it and did it with cheek, asking owners if they were babies wanting to cling to Mommy or if they were daring enough to ride the refreshed instant-torque tide. All of that through an OTA firmware update-- now that's when you thank the heavens for nerds who studied hard at school and visionaries for having the will to make 'awesome' happen. © Tesla How are these updates reaching owners though? OTA connected-vehicle updates are mostly being pushed out through third party cloud service agents, for now. For example, Tesla is pushing out their updates through Harman, Samsung's agile infrastructure leg (yup, these are the same guys that bring Harman Kardon sound to you). Harman is a super-secure and reliable cloud update gateway company bringing firmware updates to EV's, maintaining stringent standards and protocols, ensuring that the safety of your EV isn't compromised and information is end-to-end encrypted. Another entrant into this field is Airbiquity with its OTAmatic multi-ECU OTA software and data management solution. This is expected to "significantly reduce recall expense, improve cybersecurity response time, increase product quality and operational efficiency, and deliver post-sale vehicle performance and feature enhancements"-- in short, simplifying the lives of EV makers and owners all the same. Is Tesla the only one rolling out these updates? Well, Ford seems to be sending out updates for its vehicles too, but as of today, it's limited to updating the existing infotainment system, OTA. It is a similar story for General Motors, BMW, Volvo and Mercedes Benz, pushing out in-vehicle app updates OTA. It appears that even Volkswagen is equipped to update cars to control their NOx emissions, but this isn't done OTA, the vehicles have to be brought in to the service centres for the update. Wonder if they will be sending OTA updates to remodel cars or recolour them as the possibilities are truly endless. Guess we can count on Musk for that and more?
  24. Bernie Kearney's home is seen, after a landslide carrying a boulder and her car came to the house, during torrential rains in Urris, County Donegal, Ireland, August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne URRIS: Torrential rains in northwest Ireland, described by the country's weather office as a once-in-a-century event, triggered a landslide that sent a car flying through the wall of a house earlier this week. No casualties have been reported as a result of the rains on Tuesday, which totalled up to 80 mm (3 inches). Bridges collapsed, homes flooded and authorities moved to deploy defence forces in flood-hit areas from Friday. Bernie Kearney, a medical receptionist who lives in the northern county of Donegal, was dining alone in her kitchen on Tuesday evening when a landslide hit the hill beside her house. Kearney said in a telephone interview that she heard a loud bang and "the kitchen tumbled in around me." "I'll never forget it. It was terrible. The roar of it coming down the mountain. I didn't know what it was." Kearney escaped by climbing out a window. She was not injured. In the light of day, Kearney discovered that the landslide had thrown a boulder against her car, pushing it into her kitchen. The damage was captured in Reuters pictures on Thursday that show her silver hatchback sitting high on a pile of mud and rubble, with its roof touching the eaves of her bungalow. The property has been condemned. Kearney is staying with relatives while searching for alternate accommodation and dealing with her insurers. Local authorities have been attempting to clear rubble from the property.
  25. PARIS: At least one person was killed and another injured in the French port city of Marseille after a car crashed into two bus shelters, a French police source told Reuters on Monday. The driver was arrested at the scene, the source added. "At the moment we have no information on the motives of this individual," the source said. Last week, 14 people were killed after two vehicle rampages saw drivers plough into pedestrians in Spanish cities of Barcelona and Cambrils, in a renewed wave of terrorist attacks in Europe. The Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the perpetrators had been responding to its call for action by carrying out Thursday´s rampage along Barcelona´s most famous avenue, which was thronged with holiday-makers enjoying an afternoon stroll at the peak of the tourist season. This is a developing story