Tips to prep up your car for the monsoons

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

While rains bring with them much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat, it also creates annoying traffic problems and disrupts the daily life, not to mention a host of problems for car owners to deal with. Often you may catch the site of a stalled car on the road in the middle of a downpour while you thank your stars that it isn’t you in that situation.

What if we told you that there are measures you can take to avoid being caught in such a situation and avoid pulling your hair out? Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily:

Brakes

Brake

Brakes are among the most crucial parts of a car, especially during monsoons. Keep the brake calipers clean. Make sure that the brakes are neither too tight nor too loose since you will need to use it a fair number of times when driving on wet roads. You must regularly clean the brake pads, and if needed replace them. Get the brake fluid checked and refilled regularly and make sure the brake line does not let in water or air that obstructs the flow of brake fluid.

Tyres

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Check the tyre pressure and inflation regularly during the monsoon since tyres tend to lose air pressure often during the rains. Also, make sure the tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.

Wipers and washer

wiper

Wiper blades tend to wear out quite soon. Make sure you get the wipers checked and replaced if required, before the monsoon sets in. Also, ensure the wipers are functioning as they should at all speeds.Meanwhile, to keep your windshield spotless, it is advisable to use washing liquids.

Body

Body

Rainwater can corrode exposed metal areas as well as the car’s paint leading to rust on the body. A good way to ensure protection for the car is by applying a thin layer of wax polish on the body, allowing rainwater to roll off. Grease the locks and hinges of the car doors and use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas.

Headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights

Ensure that the car’s headlights and taillights are working properly. As heavy rainfall causes poor visibility, properly functioning lights can help avoid mishaps for you as well as other drivers.

Electricals

Electricals

Get all electrical connections in the car checked and make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure all the fuses are functioning as they should. You can also keep extra fuses in the car. Check the parking light and brake light since it advisable to keep them on while driving during low visibility.

Interiors

interiors

High water levels on the roads can end up flooding your car and a good way to get on top of this situation is to place an additional set of mats on the floor to soak up the water. Keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car to dry the wet floors or seats and to keep away the bad odor. When your car is parked in a dry spot, open the windows to air out the car and prevent any fungal formation.

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The buyer’s guide to the MLB trade deadline

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Baseball’s trade deadline is just around the corner, leaving front offices around the league just days to give an honest assessment of their team’s chances of making the playoffs and, for some, a championship run.

A few teams already have made their choice. The Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox, mortgaging their future for a chance to become the first back-to-back World Series winners since 2000.

Shortly after, the New York Yankees pulled off a seven-player trade with the White Sox, picking up former all-star third baseman Todd Frazier, former all-star closer David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle for prospects — three players coveted by their division rival, the Boston Red Sox.

All three teams appeared to be justified in their choice.

The White Sox were never a legitimate threat to make the playoffs this year, so it makes sense they would be sellers at the deadline, and the Yankees and Cubs are now expected to win 88 and 85 games, respectively, with decent chances of reaching the divisional series during the 2017 MLB playoffs.

The key for a true contender, though, is to get to the 90-win plateau. Since 1997, 33 teams of the 40 that eventually won the pennant were victorious in at least 90 regular season games. A large majority of recent World Series winners — 17 of the last 20 — also won 90 or more games that year. The lowest number of wins by an eventual champion was set by the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, who won 83 games en route to a parade down Market Street.

That gives us some solid benchmarks against which to rate this year’s contenders and also shows us who should be buying at the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

Los Angeles Dodgers, 111 expected wins in 2017, 29.7 percent chance of winning the World Series

The team everyone is chasing. The Dodgers are the second-best hitting team in baseball this season, creating runs at a rate that is 12 percent higher than the league average after adjusting for league and park effects (112 wRC+), with the best pitching staff in the majors (3.37 FIP — what a team’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing).

They could, however, use another left-handed arm in the bullpen. Alex Wood solidified his move from the bullpen into the starting rotation after Julio Urias was lost to injury and is 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 30.7 percent of batters faced this season, the sixth-highest among starters with at least 80 innings pitched. That leaves Luis Avilan as the only available left-handed reliever for the Dodgers. And among the teams the Dodgers could face on their way to the World Series, three, the Houston Astros, Washington Nationalsand Arizona Diamondbacks, are among the top four teams in hitting against right-handed pitchers.

Houston Astros, 106 expected wins, 17.7 percent chance of winning the World Series

The Astros have a 15 1/2 game lead in the division and are on cruise control until the playoffs.

This team can hit — it is creating runs at a rate that is 29 percent above average (129 wRC+), a level never before seen in baseball history, rivaling the power-hitting Yankees of 1927, a team led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Pitching, however, is an issue. Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. have started just 28 games between them, and Mike Fiers could come crashing down to earth any game now. His 3.75 ERA is well below his 5.18 FIP, indicating he is getting some fortunate bounces while on the mound.

If they can’t pry a starter from a team at the deadline, Houston should address its bullpen. The team’s reliever’s aren’t bad — they have allowed three fewer runs than expected this season when you account for men on base and outs recorded — but the Astros’ bullpen pales in comparison to some of the other World Series contenders, ranking them 15th in the league overall.

Washington Nationals, 97 expected wins, 9.7 percent chance of winning the World Series

Give the Nationals credit for acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, but there is still a lot of work to do if Washington wants to be taken seriously as a title contender.

Its bullpen has allowed 40.6 more runs than expected this season — only the New York Mets’ relievers have allowed more, but only barely (40.7) — largely because of its inability to strike out batters (20.9 percent, lowest in the NL) and keep the ball in the park (1.6 home runs allowed per nine innings, the highest in baseball this season).

In fact, if the Nationals don’t find a way to prevent home runs soon, they could end up allowing the most home runs per nine innings since the 1950 Los Angeles Dodgers (1.71).

Arizona Diamondbacks, 93 expected wins, 4.9 percent chance of winning the World Series

The Diamondbacks made a move to shore up their outfield, acquiring slugger J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for three prospects, but they can’t stop there — the only batters providing above-average production at the plate are first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (154 wRC+), third baseman Jake Lamb (122 wRC+) and outfielder David Peralta (117 wRC+).

And their defense took a hit when the club learned shortstop Nick Ahmed would miss six to eight weeks with a fracture in his right hand. Ahmed was worth three defensive runs saved this season thanks to his fielding prowess, while his replacement, Chris Owings, has cost the team four runs.

Getting a shortstop with some pop at the plate would help bolster the lineup. And if he could improve the team’s ability to get on base from the leadoff spot, all the better — Arizona’s leadoff hitters have a below-average on-base percentage (.320 vs. 324) this season.

Colorado Rockies, 90 expected wins, 2.1 percent chance of winning the World Series

It’s amazing that Colorado’s pitching, which plays half its games in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors, is allowing a below-average rate of home runs allowed this season. The Rockies’ quartet of rookie starters — Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, and Antonio Senzatela – have been better than expected, combining to provide 5.1 wins above replacement with Hoffman and Marquez striking out better than 20 percent of batters faced.

But the team felt it necessary to skip Freeland’s turn in the rotation and recently recalled Senzatela after he was demoted for allowing 33 runs in 44 1/3 innings, showing a need for more depth in the starting rotation.

Plus, the starting rotation only gives the team a quality start (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed) in 42 percent of its starts, a below-average rate that could come back to haunt the team in the postseason.

Boston Red Sox, 90 expected wins, 6.7 percent chance of winning the World Series

The team released Pablo Sandoval this week, just two years after signing him to a disastrous five-year, $95 million contract. Sandoval was batting .212 with a .622 OPS, production below replacement level. Sandoval, along with Devin Marrero, Josh Rutledge and four other players, combined to hit .224 with a .284 on-base percentage and .309 slugging as Boston’s third basemen, by far the lowest production at the position this season.

The Red Sox also need bullpen help in front of closer Craig Kimbrel. Blaine Boyer is allowing a .395 batting average against with a 1.111 OPS in the eighth inning and Heath Hembree has allowed three more runs than expected this season after accounting for men on base and outs left in the inning. Reliever Ben Taylor has seen half his pitches put in play classified as “hard hit,” with five hit on the sweet spot of the bat, giving him the third-highest rate of barrels on the team.

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Intel accuses Qualcomm of abusing monopoly position

There are three constants in the universe – mass, energy, and Qualcomm being engaged in legal battles. The latest complaint comes from Intel, which claims the San Diego company is charging five times more for its licenses while at the same time is offering lower prices for chips for phone manufacturers.

Intel has urged the ITC to investigate Qualcomm, as it feels it hasn’t licensed its tech under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms and is charging absurdly high rates. Qualcomm on the other side said Intel uses patents in certain LTE modems unlawfully and has demanded Apple replace the parts.

Intel’s claims come just a day after the news that four companies that provide parts for iPhones and iPads accused Qualcomm of over-excessive charging for patents. The company is also investigated by the FTC and was already slapped with a fine by the South Korean government. And let’s not forget Qualcomm already claimed that Apple artificially made its modems slower than Intel’s.

Intel claiming that a company is hoarding the chip market might have a reason, but there’s also an ironic side to it. Back in 2014, it was required to pay $1.4 billion fine over anti-competitive tactics in the EU.

[Source”timesofindia”]

Essential Phone finally starts shipping “in a few weeks”, Andy Rubin says

Although its official unveiling didn’t bring any details about when it would hit the market, the Essential Phone was internally targeted to start shipping to those who pre-ordered by the end of June. This deadline was revealed by Andy Rubin himself, the co-creator of Android and head of the new Essential smartphone venture.

That obviously hasn’t happened, though. Following a few weeks of complete silence from Essential and Rubin on the matter, today the company’s official Twitter account has published the message you can see embedded below.

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So the good news is that the wait is almost over. The bad news is that it’s not over-over – and that “a few weeks” really could mean a lot of things. We’re hoping that a more concrete deadline will be revealed soon, but until then let’s assume that if you pre-ordered an Essential Phone you will have it in your hands by the end of August at the latest.

The Essential Phone boasts a 5.71″ 1,312×2,560 near-bezelless touchscreen, and it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. It has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a titanium frame, ceramic back, and a dual rear camera setup. A 3,040 mAh battery keeps the lights on, and the device boots Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG coupe competition check

Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG coupe competition check

Another day, another AMG Mercedes and this is the 10th one in India to be precise. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good thing, after all it’s a nice combination- all the frills of the three-pointed star but with dollops of performance that come with the AMG badge. This time around, it’s the GLC43 AMG which is a unique as it’s a coupe SUV and only the third one to be sold in India. It’s a niche product but in plum premium SUV range, which puts it in competition with some very established players. Here is our take on the competition for the GLC43 AMG coupe.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
The American automaker’s big SUV has both its diesel and petrol model priced at the bracket which is 75.15 lakhs. For this kind of money, you can have a big diesel V6 or big petrol V6 depending on your choice and use. It’s filled with segment standard features and in addition, you also get the Jeep heritage and branding.

BMW X5
Technically, the BMW X5 is a segment higher but given the GLC43´s CBU nature; they end up in the same price bracket. This then, is a case of traditional SUV versus the more modern coupe SUV which oddly enough, was a style that BMW created with the X6. Both the X5 in the 30d trim as well as the 30i trim offer similar levels of equipment as the GLC43 but sans the performance and handling that one would get from a specialist tuned vehicle like the latter.

Audi Q7
In this fray, the Q7 is one of the two seven-seater SUVs coming into a similar price bracket. It has got Audi’s latest design philosophy along with a potent diesel engine as well as features like the virtual cockpit to match the likes of the GLC43 AMG. Currently it’s only available as a diesel but we expect that Audi will introduce a petrol model in India soon.

Jaguar F-Pace
This is Jaguar’s first SUV and a pretty decent attempt at that. Globally you can have it with a range of petrol and diesel engines, but in India you only get it with the latter. The variant that matches the GLC43 on price is an entry-level variant and thus you don’t get a lot of kit for that kind money. However, it’s a bit niche like the GLC43 and that, currently, should be its major selling point.

Volvo XC90
It is the largest vehicle that Volvo makes and will soon becomes a locally assembled product in India later this year. You get Volvo’s latest design, technology and of course that giant touchscreen that is a display for most functions in the car. However, the small diesel engine is quite puny when you compare it to the rivals, especially something like the GLC43 AMG

[Source”timesofindia”]

mAadhaar App Review: The New UIDAI App Is a Work in Progress

mAadhaar App Review: The New UIDAI App Is a Work in Progress

Carrying around the Aadhaar card, the biometrics-based unique identifier, recently became a lot easier when the supervisory agency UIDAI launched the mAadhaar app for Android devices. The app enables you to store all your Aadhaar details, such as name, date of birth, gender, address, etc. on your smartphone, instead of having to keep the physical card with you anymore. But the UIDAI clarified, the mAadhaar app is still in beta testing stage, and we quickly realised this to be true when we checked it out. Here we take a look at the mAadhaar app, its features, and areas where it can do with some improvements.

mAadhaar app: What is it?

For one thing, the features present in the mAadhaar app are still pretty limited. Using the app, you can download you Aadhaar details to your device, which can be used in place of the Aadhaar card itself. The downloaded details include your photo, name, date of birth, Aadhaar number, and a QR code that people can scan to get your Aadhaar information.

Beyond that, you can use the mAadhaar app for Android to see if your biometrics are locked or unlocked, and you can change this status. Of course, it was already fairly simple to lock and unlock your biometrics, via the UIDAI website, but having it available through an app on your phone should simplify things.

One more thing that you can do with the app is generate a time-based OTP (TOTP) through the app, which can be used instead of the SMS-based OTP. This is a useful feature given how unreliable SMS networks can be – if you’ve tried to authenticate anything (such as e-verifying your tax filings, perhaps) with your Aadhaar number, then you know how much of a delayed response this can lead to at times. Having a TOTP option should, hopefully, be much more reliable and faster.

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mAadhaar app is a work in progress, and has several areas of improvements for now

In fact, the mAadhaar app itself is a great example of why SMS OTP does not really work. That’s because, in order to use the app, when you enter your Aadhaar details, you’re verified via SMS OTP. Except of course, when we tried to use it, there were a huge number of issues. The SMS did not come and it took multiple attempts before we finally got it. The app tries reading the SMS automatically, except the app would freeze automatically, and we had to start over from the beginning.

This went on multiple times, with the app crashing rather than being willing to add us, until finally, with no real explanation, it worked and we were in.

mAadhaar app: Areas of improvement

Another issue with the way SMS OTP has been implemented with this app is that you can’t manually enter the OTP. You have to give the app access to your SMS inbox, and if you were thinking that you could keep the app on your tablet while getting the OTP on your phone – that’s not going to work. This also means that you can’t store your family members’ Aadhaar details using the Aadhaar app, as the number that’s linked to your Aadhaar should match with the SIM card in your phone. That’s quite likely intended as a security precaution, and thus not likely to change over time.

On the other hand, the mAadhaar app is expected to add new features over time, which would be great, because right now it’s of limited use. TOTP is one reason why we would want to have this app; unlocking biometrics quickly is another area which could be useful. But unless you’re using the Aadhaar for a lot of authentications, it’s not clear why you’d need to have these features on your phone.

5 things you should know about the mAadhaar app

Watch the video below to check out the five things you need to know about the new mAadhaar app, such as checking out the updated look of the Aadhaar card if you update some details, among others.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 is the company’s fourth smartphone launched in India this year after the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi 4. Much like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 bets big on a large display, and a massive battery.

At the Mi Max 2 launch event earlier this week, Xiaomi claimed that it has grown massively in terms of revenue in India compared to same period last year. We can safely assume that these figures more or less reflect the popularity of the low-cost Redmi series. There’s no doubt that the Chinese company has seenpositive response to its recent Redmi series launches, but at the same time there hasn’t been any buzz around the higher-end Mi series in India. In fact, the company is yet to decide whether the Mi 6 flagship will even launch here. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the first premium model that this company has launched in over a year, following the Mi Max in June 2016.

The original Mi Max stood out in the category of phones with screens larger than 6 inches, and now we have a few other choices including the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (Review), at the same price level. Apart from its huge display and big battery, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 offers decent set of specifications. The big question is whether a phone like this is right for you. Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 design

There have been some significant design changes in the Mi Max 2 compared to the original Mi Max(Review), despite the fact that their screens are the same size. The all-metal body of the Mi Max 2 is more appealing and now features rounded edges that make it easier to hold. The 2.5D glass across the front gives it a more premium look, although the metal back is somewhat slippery. The antenna bands are more discreet, blending in with the colour of the back.

The Mi Max 2 is big for any kind of pocket, and we had some trouble carrying it around. We have used many 5.5-inch phones, and it was still hard to adjust to the Mi Max 2. During our time with this device, we found that it easily attracted people’s attention just because of its sheer size. Apart from its size, weight is sometimes an issue. At 7.6mm thick, the Mi Max 2 is sleek enough and offers good grip but 211g is a lot for a phone. This is something that might (or might not) bother you.

In our experience, it was uncomfortable to use this phone while walking or trying to juggle other work. We had to be extra cautious while holding it with just one hand during our review period. Typing with just one hand is a tough task, and we advise users not to try unless they are very sure of their grip.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has backlit capacitive buttons at the front placed just below the display. There’s a front-facing camera and sensors above it, accompanied by the earpiece which also doubles up as a loudspeaker. The power and volume buttons are on the right, while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. The USB Type-C port is on the bottom between two grilles, but we noticed that only one was an actual speaker while the other was just a design element.

The phone has an Infrared emitter on the top panel, accompanied by the 3.5mm audio socket. We found that we could reach the fingerprint scanner on the back while holding the phone with just one hand, but we have to point out that people with smaller hands might have trouble with this.

In terms of construction quality, the Mi Max 2 looks solid. Fortunately, the back panel is not a fingerprint magnet, which means you won’t need to worry about wiping the phone from time to time. The Mi Max 2 has slimmer screen borders than the original Mi Max, and this means less distraction when watching videos.

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Max 2 only in black, and it looks stunning, but we can expect more colour options to be released over time. Inside the retail box, you get standard set of documentats, a SIM ejector tool, a USB Type-C cable, and a charger, apart from the phone itself. Xiaomi doesn’t ship earphones with any of its phones.

[Source”pcworld”]

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS spotted testing

What you see in the picture is the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS doing the rounds at the Nurburgring. Since the test prototype was totally unconcealed, we were able to take note of the redesigned front lower bumper section. This essentially means that the test mule could be making more horses – a fact that’s further confirmed by the new centrally placed twin exhausts.

Just like the earlier GTS models got an increment of close to 20bhp over the S variants, expect the upcoming 718 Boxster GTS to also be at the receiving end of a similar bump-up in power. It will however continue to use the same turbocharged 2.5-litre motor that does duty in the 718 Boxster S. But we believe that Porsche may limit the power to around 380bhp to prevent the 718 Boxster GTS from scavenging on its stable-mate, the entry-level Porsche 911.

Sources state that the upcoming 718 Boxster GTS will sit lower than the S, while also benefitting from functions like Porsche’s Active Suspension Management – which electronically controls the damping by continuously adjusting the damping force on each wheel (based on current road conditions and driving style). Stay tuned to CarWale as the new Porsche Boxster is slated to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show in September.

 

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Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

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No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday that any hardware device that falls out of the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future Windows 10 updates.

In the case of the four “Clover Trail” processors (part of the Cloverview platform) that have fallen into Intel’s End of Interactive Support phase, they will be ineligible for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed. Instead, they’ll simply be offered the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, plus security updates through January, 2023, the end of the original Windows 8.1 support period.

The problem, however, is that Microsoft’s language opens up the possibility that any unsupported hardware device could be excluded from future Windows 10 updates. “Recognizing that a combination of hardware, driver and firmware support is required to have a good Windows 10 experience, we updated our support lifecycle policy to align with the hardware support period for a given device,” Microsoft said in a statement. “If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update.”

Why this matters: For years, the rule of thumb was that you could run virtually any operating system on top of any Intel, AMD (or even Cyrix) hardware. Chances are that it would run, if slowly. Over time, though, things changed. As malware became more potent, running a supported Windows operating system became more important. Now, there’s Windows as a Service: If Windows 10 never really goes away, what limits PC builders is supported hardware, apparently. Now we have to worry about how long all of our PC hardware components are supported, lest we lose access to upcoming versions of Windows 10.

Is this more than sweeping Atom under the rug?

Microsoft appears to be doubling down on its belief that up-to-date hardware requires an updated operating system, and vice versa. Microsoft said last year that it would restrict the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen silicon to Windows 10. Recently, the company has blocked patches on PCs that try to run older Windows operating systems on modern hardware.

“As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” Microsoft said in January, 2016. “This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.”

Microsoft’s Clover Trail stance sets limits on what those previous generations can expect. If a processor platform falls out of support by a chip vendor, Microsoft may drop it from its OS list.

What’s unclear, though, is whether Microsoft’s new position represents a fundamental shift in policy, or a rather narrow focus on Intel’s troubled Atom processors. At one time, Atom’s “Clover Trail” architecture represented the future of Intel processors within the smartphone and tablet markets. But Intel never could quite develop the system-on-chip with logic and communications that rivals like ARM provided, and Intel essentially killed the Atom platform in 2016. Without a healthy customer base to support, Intel apparently decided to refocus its support resources away from the Clover Trail architecture.

Devices that use Intel’s Clover Trail chips “require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update,” Microsoft said in a statement. “However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel… and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.”

Specifically, the Clover Trail chips have moved into the “End of Interactive Support,” (EOIS) which is defined as “Intel Customer Support Agents no longer respond to telephone, chat, community support forums, or email inquiries for this product.” Self-help is provided by Intel’s support community, generally made up of other users.

What’s worrying about Microsoft’s statement, though, is its broadness. Conceivably, any “device”—microprocessor, hard drive, network controller, sound card, headphones, monitor, and more—that a manufacturer discontinues or fails to actively support could drop out of Windows updates. While this would certainly encourage new PC and hardware purchases, it would also infuriate millions of PC users whose otherwise-functional legacy devices fell by the wayside.

A related question is whether Microsoft will refuse to support any other Intel processors that have reached EOIS status. Intel has published an enormous list of legacy Core processors on its site, which includes dozens if not hundreds of chips that have already fallen into the EOIS bin. The most recent EOIS chip appears to be the Core i7-990X, a 32-nm Gulftown processor most recently sold during the first quarter of 2011. But chips including the Ivy Bridge (2012) architecture are already at end-of-life status, and presumably headed for EOIS status next. It’s not clear whether moving a chip to an EOIS status is decided on a chip-per-chip basis, or if there’s a fixed timeline by which chips move from officially supported to end-of-life, and then to EOIS status.

Intel representatives declined to comment on whether other chips beyond the four Clover Trail processors were affected, referring questions to Microsoft.

If there’s an upside, it’s that Microsoft said it will actively work with chip vendors to find support for older hardware. “We know issues like this exist and we actively work to identify the best support path for older hardware,” Microsoft’s statement added.

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2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare – actions hitherto

The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare flagged off in Bengaluru on 16 July. In its ninth edition now, the annual southern motorsport rally witnessed a participation of 180 rallyists. What’s new this year is that the rally will make way not only to the south but also to the west across Kolhapur before culminating in Pune, Maharashtra. The rally is divided into three categories – Endurance, Ultimate Car and Ultimate Bike; with participating teams covering over 2000 kilometres across five legs in a span of six days.

After the regulatory stickering, documentation and scrutiny, the first leg was flagged off in Bengaluru with last year’s winners Suresh Rana and Aswin Naik leading the way in their Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. The reigning champions were to face a stiff competition from Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya driving their Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in the Ultimate cars category. The duo of Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen with their Vitara Brezza locked horns with Karthik Maruthi and Sankar Anand driving the S-Cross in the endurance car category.

After Day 1, the participants covered a total distance of 463 kilometre through muddy terrains of Chitradurga. The pair of Samrat Yadav and S Nizami finished with a total time of 02:45:26. Coming a close second with a time of 02:46:35 was Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya of Team Maruti Suzuki. Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik settled for the third position. The endurance category tested participant’s capabilities in the TSD format where Subir Roy and Nirav Mehta led the rally, followed by Raghu Nandan and M Prakash.

The rally moved to the scenic Chitradurga for the Super Special Stage (SSS). Introduced last year, the SSS tests the skills on the proving grounds while bringing the action close to the city’s spectators. The first SSS in the city was spread across two kilometres. Samrat Yadav and co-driver S N Nizami bypassed all their competitors maintaining their lead on Day 2 of 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. They finished the leg in 04:55:04. While Suresh Rana and co-driver Ashwin Naik did the same in 04:58:13, grabbing the second spot, followed by Sandeep Sharma with co-driver Karan Arya in their Maruti Gypsy who managed a time of 04:59:50.

The leg three was held at the narrow and rocky terrains of Aimangala which ended in Belgavi on day 4. Suresh Rana with his co-pilot Ashwin Naik, bagged the lead covering the distance in 06:59:02. Whereas, Samrat Yadav and co-driver S N Nizami slipped to the second rank clocking a time of 07:00:15. Sandeep Sharma with co-driver Karan Arya covered the distance in 07:05:46 settling at third in the Ultimate cars category.

[Source”GSmerena”]