2019 Porsche Macan S Gets A More Powerful Engine And Updated Chassis


The power output has been increased by 14 bhp while the peak torque is up by 20 Nm.

Porsche has expanded the Macan range with an even powerful Macan S which is equipped with a new 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol motor. The new V6 engine has made the new Macan S even more powerful by adding around 14 bhp and 20 Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre engine now churns out 349 bhp and 480 Nm of peak torque which has made it 0.1 seconds quicker than the previous model and propels it from 0 kmph to 100 kmph in 5.1 seconds. Moreover, the new Macan S can take a top-speed of 254 kmph.

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The 2019 Macan S now gets the advanced Porsche Traction Management four-wheel drive system

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Along with the new engine Porsche has also worked upon the chassis, mechanicals and electronics of the new Macan S.  It now gets the advanced Porsche Traction Management four-wheel drive system and the tyres at the front and rear are of different sizes in a bid to fit in with the chassis set-up. The spring forks mated onto the front axle are made of aluminium rather than steel components and the weight of the alloy wheels have also been checked to improve the steering precision. Moreover, the brakes on the Macan S are also newly designed and the pedals now weigh about 300 g lighter. The diameter of front discs has been increased by 10 mm to 360 mm, and disc thickness has grown by 2 mm to 36 mm which is further accentuated by new brake pads which are copper-free.

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The 2019 Porsche Macan S also gets an optional GT sports package

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Porsche has also made some aesthetical changes in the new Porsche Macan S and there is also an option of a GT sports package. The GT sports steering wheel is inspired from the one on the 911. The mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including the Sport Response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package. For added comfort and convenience, it is possible to optionally include a heated windscreen and an ioniser which, in conjunction with the fine particulate air filter fitted as standard, improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle. The New Porsche Macan S gets LED headlights as standards while Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) system is also available as an option.

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Indian Motorcycle Updated Ride Command Mobile App System


Indian Motorcycle has updated the all-new Ride Command infotainment system with mobile app integration.




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The new Ride Command infotainment system incorporates a mobile app

Indian Motorcycle has introduced an all-new Ride Command infotainment system which now features updated software and mobile app integration. The Ride Command system’s latest software update allows riders to easily plan routes via a desktop platform, while the new Ride Command mobile app wirelessly transfers the directions to the bike’s navigation system and provides remote accessibility to key vehicle information. Indian Motorcycle owners can update their Ride Command system by visiting a local dealership or by downloading the software update from the official website.

Riders can plan ride routes from the official website with up to 100 waypoints. The point-by-point directions can then be wirelessly transferred to the bike using the Ride Command mobile app and a Bluetooth connection to the infotainment system. Riders can view vehicle data, including fuel level, oil life, tyre pressure and battery charge remotely on their mobile device. Rides can also be tracked, and riders can also view service recommendations and log maintenance within the mobile app. The app also allows riders to share completed or planned rides with friends on Facebook.


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New Indian Chieftain and Indian Roadmaster owners receive three years of complementary map updates. The new Ride Command system also expands the features, as the 2019 Chieftain models and 2019 Roadmaster are equipped with selectable rider modes, as well as rear cylinder deactivation when riding at slower speeds. The updated mobile app integration is compatible with all Indian Motorcycle models equipped with the Ride Command infotainment system.

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BSNL Broadband Unlimited Plans Updated to Offer Up to 6 Times More High-Speed Data


After revising its Rs. 299 broadband plan to offer more speed and data, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is now again revising a slew of its unlimited broadband plans to offer more data benefits. The company has also introduced daily FUP limits on these plans, which wasn’t the case earlier, but it has increased the data offering by up to six times. The revised BSNL unlimited broadband plans include Rs. 675, Rs. 845, Rs. 999, Rs. 1,199, Rs. 1,495, Rs. 1,745 and Rs. 2,295 plans, with the most premium plan offering up to 35GB of data per day.

The revised BSNL BBG Combo ULD 675 broadband plan offers 5GB data per day at 10Mbps speeds. Therefore, the plan now offers 150GB of data benefit per month, instead of the earlier prescribed 35GB data. Apart from the daily 5GB data, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling benefits (local +STD) on any network within India.

The BSNL BBG Combo ULD 845 broadband plan now offers 10GB of data per day at 10Mbps speeds, offering 300GB of data instead of 50GB that was offered earlier. Post FUP limit speed and unlimited voice calling facility is also offered with this plan. Similarly, there’s also the BSNL BBG Combo ULD 999 and Combo ULD 1199 broadband plans that now offer 15GB of data per day and 20GB of data per day respectively, at 10Mbps speeds.

The BBG Combo ULD 1495 broadband plan used to earlier offer 140GB data per month, but now it offers 25GB data per day (750GB data in total). And the most premium BSNL BBG Combo ULD 2295 broadband plan offers 35GB of data per day at 24Mbps speeds. Earlier, it used to offer a total of 200GB data at 24Mbps speeds.

Lastly, BSNL has also revised its BSNL BBG Combo 1745 VDSL broadband plan that now offers 30GB data per day at 16Mbps speeds. Earlier, this plan used to offer 140GB of data at 16Mbps speed, and 2Mbps after the FUP limit was crossed.

Tthe unlimited voice calling benefit and the 2Mbps speed downgrade after the FUP limit is crossed is valid across all plans. These BSNL broadband plans have been revised in all circles. All of the new plans can be viewed on the BSNL website.

As mentioned, the BSNL Rs. 299 broadband plan was recently also revised to offer 1.5GB of data per day at a download speed of up to 8Mbps. This brings a total data offering of 45GB for 30 days. Upon exceeding the limit, customers will get data access at up to 1Mbps speed. The broadband plan also gives unlimited local and STD voice calls within India on BSNL network only. For other networks in the country, the plan offers unlimited voice calls between 10:30pm to 6am and on Sundays. It also comes bundled with free voice calling benefits worth Rs. 300 on networks other than BSNL.



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Hyundai Grand i10 And Xcent Updated With More Features


The Hyundai Grand i10 and the Xcent get additional features including spoilers, LED DRLs and even wireless charging across the mid and top variants.

Hyundai Motor India has silently updated the Grand i10 hatchback and Xcent subcompact sedan with more features, amidst growing competition. The additional features are available on the mid-level Hyundai Grand i10 and the top-spec Hyundai Xcent. While both the Grand i10 and the Xcent are running in the facelifted avatars, the competition coming from the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Dzire, as well as the Honda Amaze for either models, has taken a hit on the company’s popular offerings.

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The additional feature list includes exterior and interior add-ons and will make both models more lucrative choices in their respective segments. The mid-spec Hyundai Grand i10 Magna variant now comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the iBlue app. The higher-spec Grand i10 Sportz trim, on the other hand, gets LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler and rear AC vents. The infotainment system also comes as standard on the variant.

On the range-topping Hyundai Xcent SX, the model now gets a boot mounted spoiler, 7.0-inch touchscreen system with the Hyundai iBlue app and a segment first wireless charging. The latter was first introduced on the Hyundai Creta facelift earlier this year.

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Mechanically, both cars remain the same drawing power from a 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines. Both versions get a manual transmission as standard, while the petrol models get the option of an automatic as well. Prices for the Grand i10 Magna start at ₹ 5.69 lakh, while that for the Xcent SX start at ₹ 6.98 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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Twitter for iOS Gets Updated Search Tab With Sections in the US


Twitter is rolling out an update for iOS users in the US where they can see tweets they care about the most in the search tab via new “sections”.

Currently, the Twitter search tab in the iOS app offers a vertically scrolling list of trending topics.

The users can now move horizontally to view the top news and tweets.

“We added sections so it’s easier for you to see the Tweets you care about the most, starting today in the US,” the company tweeted late on Wednesday.

Twitter has also considering an edit functionality.

Its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, who is in India this week, said on November 12 that the micro-blogging platform has been considering edit button for quite some time but did not reveal any specific timeline.

“A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” Dorsey told the gathering at IIT-Delhi.

Dorsey also said Twitter is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of 2019 General Election in India.

Addressing a Town Hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category.

“The real problem is not misinformation per se as jokes can also be categorised as misinformation. But misinformation that is spread with the intent to mislead people is a real problem,” stressed the Twitter CEO.





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WhatsApp Starts Deleting Google Drive Backups Not Updated in 1 Year


WhatsApp – the world’s most popular instant messaging app – confirmed its prior announcement that, as of Monday, November 12, Android users who have not backed up their data and chats on Google Drive for over a year will lose their older backups.

Owned by tech giant Facebook, WhatsApp had reached an agreement with Google last August to store user content on the Google Drive cloud storage service without the backup affecting the user’s Google Drive storage quota. This will also allow users to easily reload their data on different or new Android smartphones.

WhatsApp had warned that starting November 12, any backups that hadn’t been updated in over a year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage. Android users can update their copy and configure its update frequency as long as they have a personal account on Google.

WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has selected 20 research teams worldwide – including experts from India and those of Indian origin – who will work towards how misinformation spreads and what additional steps the mobile messaging platform could take to curb fake news.

Shakuntala Banaji from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Anushi Agrawal and Nihal Passanha from Bengaluru-based media and arts collective “Maraa” and Ramnath Bhat from LSE have been selected for the paper titled “WhatsApp Vigilantes? WhatsApp messages and mob violence in India”.

The research examines the ways in which WhatsApp users understand and find solutions to the spate of “WhatsApp lynchings” that has killed over 30 people so far.

Written with inputs from IANS



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EICMA 2018: Honda CBR1000RR Updated For 2019


The Honda CBR1000RR gets revamped for 2019 with updated electronics and minor cosmetic updates.




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Honda has given a mild update to the 2019 CBR 1000RR.

Honda has unveiled the updated Honda CBR1000RR for 2019 at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan. Although there’s been some expectation of a complete revamp of the CBR1000RR, Honda chose to give it a ‘mild’ update for 2019. Primarily, the changes are in the electronics, with separate traction control and wheelie control for Honda’s well-known superbike. Riders can now choose to have different amounts of intervention from each, meaning wheelie control can now be dialled up low, but with more traction control, and vice versa. The instrument console gets a separate three-position ‘W’ setting, alongside Power, Engine Braking and HSTC or traction control settings.

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The ABS settings have also been tweaked, and the new CBR1000RR gets much less intervention at speeds above 120 kmph, and the electronics give 15 per cent more deceleration. The ride-by-wire throttle motor is also faster, and this translates to the throttle plates reacting more quickly to rider inputs, both on corner entry and exit. In addition to these changes, Honda has introduced new livery and colour options for the 2019 Honda CBR1000RR, for the standard version, as well as the SP version. The stock CBR1000RR Fireblade comes in black with silver and red with white, and the SP tricolour has dark blue accents.

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The 2019 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade was supposed to get a complete revamp, including a new engine with power rivalling the Ducati Panigale V4, but the bike unveiled at the EICMA 2018 show wasn’t to have those updates. For now, Honda seems to have decided to give a mild update to the Fireblade, at least for 2019. A brand new model could well be introduced later next year.

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Google Files Go App Updated With Built-In Media Player, Secure App Installs, More


Files Go, Google’s storage cleaning, file browsing, and offline sharing app for Android, has just received a major update that brings a number of important features. The latest Files Go version features a built-in media player for both audio and video, including background audio playback. Besides that, the update also includes other features such as advanced browse, secure app installs, and faster sharing. Files Go app is a lightweight app that works with all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

Google has brought an essential built-in media player to Files Go. Users will be able to listen to music and watch videos directly from the app. It is a very simple media player, with play, pause, forward, and backward controls. However, the interesting feature of the media player is that it comes with background audio playback support, meaning you can play music while using other apps, a Google Product Manager said in a post on Reddit.

Coming to the advance browse feature, Google now lets you dig into the folders on your phone. It makes it easier for you directly from the files, instead of a categorised menu. As reported earlier, Files Go is now a part of Google’s offline peer-to-peer file sharing apps, called ‘secure app installs’ in the changelog. It will now check every app that you install to see if it is Google Play-approved, even when offline. In addition to these, the new Files Go version is touted to offer up to 500Mbps of file transfer speeds. It reduces the time needed to share files between two devices, to now less than 5 seconds on average.

The Files Go was launched to help low-end smartphone users to manage space, but with the latest update, it has become a decent backup file manager app. You can download the updated Files Go app by visiting Google Play.



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Intel Announces 9th Gen Desktop Core i9-9900K With 8 Cores, New Core X-Series, and Updated Xeon Processor


Intel has taken the wraps off three new 9th Gen desktop Core CPUs for gamers and mainstream users, as well as a new range of Core X-Series CPUs and also a Xeon consumer workstation CPU for extremely demanding content creators. The highlight of the new 9th Gen lineup is the Core i9-9900K with eight cores and a top speed of 5GHz, which the company is calling “the world’s best gaming processor”. Intel also showed off motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock based on a new desktop platform controller, the Z390, to go along with the 9th Gen Core processors.

The new Core i9-9900K marks the first time that Intel is using its Core i9 brand for a mainstream desktop CPU, supplanting the usual top-spec Core i7 model. It has eight cores with Hyper-Threading, for 16 total threads. The base speed is 3.6GHz and the single-core boost speed is 5GHz. The company is calling this the first “broad-volume” 5GHz CPU. There’s also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support. The rated TDP is 95W, and Intel points out that compared to the Core i7-8700K, the new Core i9-9900K has more cores with similar frequencies running within the same thermal envelope.

Intel claims that gaming performance is improved by up to 10 percent compared to the previous generation and up to 37 percent compared to a three-year-old PC. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel’s own testing. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario. This processor ships in a new dodecahedron-shaped box which Intel thinks buyers will want to show off.

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Joining this flagship model are the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K. The Core i7 model interestingly has eight cores, compared to six with the Core i7-8700K, but this model lacks Hyper-Threading which means that the total thread count has actually declined from 12 to eight. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading. The base and boost speeds are 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz respectively, and the cache comes in at 9MB.

All three 9th Gen Core desktop CPUs are based on the existing Coffee Lake architecture and use an optimised 14nm manufacturing process that Intel calls 14nm++. All three also feature hardware mitigations for the high-profile Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect multiple generations of Intel CPUs. They have 95W TDPs and are multiplier unlocked for easy overclocking. They all support dual-channel DDR4 RAM and Intel Optane Memory. They will be backwards compatible with existing Intel Z370 motherboards as well as the new Z390 models that will be releasing.

All three are already up for pre-orders, with retail availability beginning on October 19. The Core i9-9900K will cost $488 (approximately Rs. 36,100), the Core i7-9700K is priced at $374 (approximately Rs. 27,667), and the Core i5-9600K will retail for $262 (approximately Rs. 19,381). The Z390 chipset introduces native support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with up to Gigabit speed. Motherboards will also be available for preorders globally starting today.

Intel’s new lineup of Core X-series processors consists of seven new models with between eight and 18 cores, for different kinds of users whose workloads might not always be able to take advantage of multiple threads. These processors all use the Skylake-X architecture much like the first-gen X-series. Unlike the previous series, they all support quad-channel DDR4 RAM and have the same 165W TDPs as well as support for up to 68 PCIe lanes including those arising from the chipset.

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The top-end Core i9-9980XE has 18 cores and 36 threads. The base speed is 3GHz and boost speed is 4.45GHz, and Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature pushes that to 4.5GHz on demand. In a direct reference to AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 2990WX, Intel asserted that its use of a unified memory architecture means that cache access is low-latency, uniform, and predictable, because the cache is not split across multiple core complexes.

There’s also the Core i9-9960X with 16 cores, Core i9-9940X with 14 cores, Core i9-9920X with 12 cores , Core i9-9900X with 10 cores (not to be confused with the Core i9-9900K), Core i9-9820X with 10 cores, and Core i7-9800X with 8 cores. Cache amounts scale with core counts, and all models are unlocked. Prices start at $589 (approximately Rs. 43,565) and go up to $1,979 (approximately Rs. 1,46,377).

Finally, Intel disclosed some details of its upcoming 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor which is aimed at workstation-class content creation workloads such as industrial design and cinema-quality video rendering. The single-core boost speed is 4.3GHz, and there’s a 38.5MB cache. This CPU will support up to 512GB of ECC DDR4 RAM in six channels. No further details were announced. This processor will ship in December 2018.

Disclosure: Intel sponsored the correspondent’s hotel stay for the launch event in New York City.



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Updated 2018 Tata Tigor Launch Date Announced


The updated 2018 Tata Tigor will be launched on October 10, with updated styling, new features and possibly more.




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The updated Tata Tigor is expected to come with revised styling and a host of new features

The updated 2018 Tata Tigor will be launched in India this month, on October 10, 2018. The car has been in the making for quite a few months now, and Tata has finally decided to launch it this festive season. Adding a bit of star element to the upcoming car, the company has signed in Bollywood actor, Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for the updated Tata Tigor. The car itself will be coming with a host of new features and some of them have been teased in the new video with Hrithik Roshan.

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Tata Motors earlier put out the first teaser for the car revealing the new LED taillamp of the 2018 Tigor. Now, in the latest 11-second video featuring Hrithik, we also get to see new double barrel headlamps with projector lights and integrated turn signal lights, a shark-fin antenna, and a slightly tweaked grille. Tata has also officially revealed the new, larger 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the video, which is expected to features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, the dashboard now features lesser buttons and also misses out on the piano black inserts that are offered in the outgoing model.

The car is also expected to come in a couple of new colour options, new alloy wheels and possibly even improved safety features, compared to the outgoing model. Of course, most of these premium features will come with the range-topping XZ (O) grade, however, we do expect the lower trims to get some additional features.

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Under the hood, the updated Tata Tigor will feature the same the 1.2-litre petrol that churns out 83 bhp and a 1.05-litre diesel engine that produces 69 bhp, as the current model. The car comes with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while the petrol also gets an AMT unit.

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