Simplify Photo: Get Access to All of Your Photos on the iPhone

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Simplify Media just launched Simplify Photo, a new iPhone and iPod Touch application that allows you to browse all the photos on your computers at home while on the go. Just like with Simplify Music, the appeal of Simplify Photo (iTunes link) is that you don’t have to store all of these files on your iPhone, laptop, or netbook, where storage space is often an issue. Instead, Simplify Media’s desktop application just turns your Mac or PC into a media server and you access your music and photos remotely. Simplify Photo is currently on sale in the App Store for $0.99.The app comes with a number of different ways to browse your photos, including a timeline and albums view. The most interesting view, however, is the ‘places’ view, which puts all your geotagged images on a map. In our tests, the app worked just as advertised, though it took a while for the desktop tool to index all of our photos. Related Posts frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#Photo Sharing Services#web New Desktop FeaturesOn the desktop, Simplify Media’s application now also includes a Photo Viewer, which replicates the iPhone app’s functions on your desktop, including the map view. One nice feature for Mac users is that the latest version of the desktop tool also allows you to connect iPhoto to these remote libraries and view them right from within iPhoto.Your PC as a Media ServerAs Simplify Media basically turns your computer into a media server and doesn’t store any data in the cloud, it is important to note that your computer needs to be running in order to use the iPhone app. This is probably the biggest drawback of Simplify Media’s line-up of apps. However, this is also what makes the applications possible without running into copyright issues or making the storage unaffordable for the company.If you just want access to all of your pictures without using a lot of space on your iPhone or iPod Touch and you don’t mind paying a small monthly fee but you don’t want to keep your machines running 24/7, also have a look at Phanfare’sPhoton app, which we liked a lot when we first reviewed it.Note: if you are already using Simplify Media on your desktop or laptop, make sure you update to the latest version to get access to the photo features. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 FREE Film Grains for Video Editors

first_imgKnow of any other great places to find film grain overlays? Share in the comments below. Give your videos an organic ‘film’ look with these free film grains.Adding grain to your digital video is a great way to give it an organic film look. It’s surprisingly hard to find free grain downloads, so we’ve scoured the net and created a collection of the best free grain we could find. If you know of any more free film grain resources please share in the comments below. According to their respective sites, all of the grains featured in this list are 100% clear for you own use in commercial or personal projects.1. FREE Film Grain OverlaysOur very own Shutterstock Tutorials has recently released 5 FREE film grain overlays for anybody wanting to add texture and warmth to their video. The best part about this pack being they were all captured with real film cameras using real film stock. The process of adding them to your footage is throwing them over the footage and changing the Blend Mode to overlay. Here’s a tutorial breaking down the simple process.2. Holy Grain Holy Grain has free film grain that you can use on any project without citation. Unfortunately the overlay is only about 5 seconds long. If you want to use the free Holy Grain for an extended amount of time you will need to loop it. You can also purchase 35mm film grain at 4K resolution from Holy Grain’s website.3. VegasaurLike Holy Grain, Vegasaur is a website that sells various plugins and products for filmmakers to use as assets in their productions. Thankfully for us, part of their strategy is giving away stuff for free. Download a free 35mm film grain overlay from their site.4.GrainzillaGrainzilla is a well designed filmmaking site that features a few variations of film grain outside of simply black and white. Here you can download a few tools including grain, vintage film looks, and 4K letter box frames – all free. Like the previous websites you can purchase more grain for an additional fee….are you seeing a trend here?5. 7DBlueNo tricks here, just a great 35mm film overlay for free courtesy of 7DBlue. From 7DBlue’s Vimeo video you can find links to download the grain. You can use these grains an any production for any reason commercial or personal. 7DBlue stated that they have found the best results when changing their transfer modes to soft light or overlay, but soft light usually does the best.6. VisionCOLOR Vision COLOR offers over 2GB of 35mm film grain overlays for free to anyone who wants it. The only stipulation is you have to like them on Facebook. The free pack comes with grain from both 35mm and 16mm film. The pack also includes some film burns and light leaks for your compositing pleasure.7. FilmLooksIf you are looking for cheap film grain than FilmLooks is the place to go. FilmLooks has a wide variety of plates to use, from scratched film to grunge. Instead of giving away 35mm film for free, FilmLooks is giving away 8mm film overlays instead. Pretty cool if you are wanting to get the old-timey vintage projector look. You can also find some other really cool freebies here as well.8. NatumsSurprisingly enough what looks like an ordinary Tumblr post is actually a mecca of links to some pretty awesome free resources. Natums has scanned free film grains, light leaks, digital effects, and VHS effects free to use in any project. In the post you will find direct links to Natum’s Dropbox where you can download the plates for free. While you’re there take a glance at the various filmmaking free download links as well.9. VFX FootageIn what can only be described as one of the best Vimeo channels of all time, VFX Footage is dedicated to giving away free downloads. Here you will find film grain, footage, abstract shapes, and reveals. All for this is 100% free to use, but of course donations are graciously welcomed.10. MTS Films MTS Films is the personal website of Matthew Scott. From his download page you can get free 4K 400ISO film grain. There is also a great collection of free RAW RED footage for your editing pleasure.11. After EffectsYou may or may not already know this but Adobe After Effects has a really great film grain effect called “Add Grain”. In the effect you will find presets that are designed to emulate popular film stocks. But be warned, the “Add Grain” effect in After Effects takes a toll on your computer so be prepared to wait for long rendering times if you use this effect. You can download a free trial of After Effects from Adobe’s website.All of these downloads, except for #10, are designed to be used with a blending mode in your favorite compositing software.Bonus: Authentic Film GrainIf you want to add real film grain to your project, check out Emulsion — a collection of 4K film overlays from RocketStock.last_img read more

The Cameras Behind Popular Netflix Originals: Films and Series

first_imgWant to know about the cameras behind Netflix Originals? Here are the cameras Netflix has officially approved — and the films and series using them.It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Netflix camera standards and the shows using them. Let’s take a look at the updated requirements, as well as what the latest Netflix shows are using.Netflix Camera RequirementsCameras must have a true 4K UHD sensor (equal to or greater than 3840 photosites wide). The capture requirements allow for RAW (REDCODE, ARRIRAW, etc) as well as COMPRESSED (XAVC, ProRes, or other I-Frame capable formats). Netflix also requires a minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing, and minimum data-rate of Bitrate of 240 Mbps at 23.98 fps.Cameras that don’t meet these standards must be approved by Netflix, and are allowed in certain use cases like crash cams, POV, drones, and underwater.Approved Netflix CamerasSince our last report, Netflix added a few new cameras to its approved list, including the Panasonic AU-EVA1, Canon C700 FF, Sony broadcast cameras, and additional RED cameras. Netflix also maintained the traditional (and confusing) RED camera names that have since changed to the DSMC2 BRAIN with select sensors.Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list, and other cameras are allowed by require approval. (Kodachrome was captured on Super 35.)Here is the list of approved cameras.ARRI Alexa 656K — 6560 x 3100ARRIRAW Sony F654K — 4096 x 2160F65RAWF65RAW-LITEXAVC (4K) Stranger ThingsStranger Things 3 Camera Package:RED DSMC2 Monstro 8KLeica Summilux-C LensesREDCODE RAWCheck out this great behind-the-scenes of season two’s cinematography. Panasonic VariCam LT4K — 4096 x 2160V-RAWAVC-Intra4K RED Epic (Season 4)Angenieux Optimo Lenses Canon C5004K — 4096 x 2160Canon RAW Sony Venice6K — 6048 x 4032RAWX-OCNXAVC-I ARRI Alexa LF4.5K — 4448 x 3096ARRIRAWProRes 422 HQ (or higher) RED SCARLET-W 5K (Dragon)5K — 5120 x 2700REDCODE RAW RED EPIC-W 5K S35 (Gemini)5K — 5120 x 2700REDCODE RAW Panasonic VariCam Pure4K — 4096 x 2160V-RAW Panavision Millennium DXL (Season two)Red Helium 8K (Season two)In an interview with Pro Video Coalition, cinematographer Andrij Parekh said:“Understanding that we had to shoot 4K, I tested the Alexa 65, the Sony F55, and the Varicam. The Alexa 65 was glorious — but the camera was just too big for the style of the show (a lot of handheld and moving fast). I preferred the skin tones of the Varicam to the F55, and then I discovered the dual ISO feature of the Varicam — 800 and 5000 ISO. I tested both ISOs and the 5000 was incredibly ‘clean,’ with very little video artifacts or digital noise.”The CrownThe Crown Camera Package: Sony F55Vintage Cooke Speed PanchrosTiffen Glimmer GlassWhile sharing behind-the-scenes information with the ASC Magazine, Adriano Goldman said:“When I joined, I was told that Netflix demands a 4K workflow from beginning to end, so I tested the Sony F55, the Sony F65, and the Red Dragon…the F55 was the smallest and easiest camera to work with, so it felt like the best way to go.”Lost in SpaceLost in Space Camera Package:RED Weapon 8KLeica Summilux-C PrimesIn an interview with British Cinematographer, DP Sam McCurdy shares:“I’ve been a believer in Red for some years and applaud the way they try to develop new technologies to suit new ways of filming…We tested the Helium extensively and it was quickly apparent that there was nothing else out there like this in terms of its modern look.”He went on to say:“Although we deployed two Weapons, we shot the show as a single-camera drama. We used very little handheld or Steadicam and instead went back to basics. We didn’t want the new gimmicks like fancy 360-degree shoots. I felt we needed to be intimate with the family and their drama, and we were there to photograph that.”Narcos: MexicoNarcos: Mexico Camera Package: Red DSMC2 DragonHawk V‑Lites (28, 35, 45, 55, 65, 80, 110, and 140mm lenses)Hawk Vintage ’74 anamorphic lensesDJI Inspire 1 (drone shots)While talking with Vantage Film, cinematographer Luis Sansans shared:“For season 4, we changed the look dramatically. After consulting with the producers, we decided to switch to anamorphic lenses and a 2:1 aspect ratio, which is between the 16:9 frame used previously and the full 2.40:1 of standard anamorphic.”Chilling Adventures of SabrinaChilling Adventures of Sabrina Camera Package:RED Helium 8KPanavision G Series – Ultragold Series Anamorphic RED WEAPON VV 8K (Monstro, Dragon)8K — 8192 x 4320REDCODE RAW Canon C300 MK II4K — 4096 x 2160Canon RAWXF-AVC (4K)  RED WEAPON 8K S35 (Helium)8K — 8192 x 4320REDCODE RAW Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K4.6K — 4608 x 2592CinemaDNG RAW Panavision DXL28K — 8192 x 4320REDCODE RAW RED EPIC 6K (Dragon)6K — 6144 x 3160REDCODE RAW 13 Reasons Why13 Reasons Why Camera Package:Panasonic VariCam 35 (Season one)Hawk V-LiteLeica Summilux-C Lensescenter_img Panasonic VariCam 354K — 4096 x 2160V-RAWAVC-Intra4K RED EPIC-W 8K S35 (Helium)8K — 8192 x 4320REDCODE RAW The Ballad of Buster ScruggsCinematographer Bruno Delbonnel via Alison Cohen Rosa/Netflix.Buster Scruggs Camera Package:Arri Alexa MiniArri Alexa XT StudioZeiss Master PrimeFujinon Alura Lenses 15.5-45 and 30-80ARRIRAW 3.4K Open GateIn an interview with IndieWire, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel said:“I was trying to keep things as simple as possible since it was the first time Joel and Ethan Coen were using a digital camera. I’ve never been interested in the new technologies, I always tried to keep thing very simple. Light and framing are more important than the new toys. For years I was using the same package: a set of Cooke S4 lenses, an Arricam, and Kodak 5219. For this project, the closest to this set on digital was the Alexa studio and its optical finder and a set of master primes because of the extra stop I would need on remote locations with a very limited access to big generators. The main challenge for Buster Scruggs was to find a different ‘look’ for the six short stories while keeping the visual idea of an “Illustration book.”OzarkOzark Camera Package:Panasonic VariCam 35Cooke S4Zeiss Super SpeedHawk V-Lite and V-Lite Vintage ’74 LensesWhile talking to Awards Daily, DP Ben Kutchins said:“We’re always going for the more subtle version of what anything could be. You never want to hit the audience over the head. The most cinematic, slowburn version is the most interesting version to us. We’re always looking for that thing that’s just beneath the surface that’s a little darker than what you might see at first glance. We want to make the most cinematic version, while also keeping the camera close, and therefore keeping the audience close. So that it feels like a first-person experience. To never rely on the objective viewpoint.”In another interview with Deadline, Kutchines went on to say:“But in terms of how we shot, it was different from TV in that we didn’t use zoom lenses; we were very precise about the focal lengths that we used. In general, the show is shot on a 27 or a 32mm lens. That’s sort of our bread and butter; that’s what we live on. The idea of being a little wider and a little closer to the actors is something that we’ve strived for. So I would say if there is a rule, it’s to get the camera as close to the actor as possible and make it an intimate first-person experience.“We shot the show on a Panasonic VariCam, and the reason we chose that is a combination of needing to shoot on 4K, but also the camera really performs well in low light, and that’s something that we knew we were going to be doing a lot of. Really, there’s an effort on the show to use the least amount of light possible. If I’m looking at something and I’m not quite sure if it’s right, I just turn it off. That’s sort of been my go-to on this show.”Tidying Up with Marie KondoTidying Up with Marie Kondo Camera Package:Canon C300Fujinon Cabrio Cine Zooms (six 19-90mm, three 85-300mm, one 14-35mm)In an interview with Post Perspective, DP Tom Curran shared:“I felt it wasn’t a series we could shoot on prime lenses, but we wanted the look that primes would bring. We ended up working with Fujinon Cabrio Cine Zooms and Canon cameras, which gave us a really filmic look.”As for getting enough light to shoot in small houses:“For the homes and all the movement, we used about 80 Flex lights — paper-thin LED lights that are easily dimmable and quick to install and take down. Even though we had a pretty small crew, we were able to achieve a pretty consistent look.”The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House Camera Package:ARRI ALEXA 65Prime 65 and Prime 65 S Lenses RED RAVEN 4.5K (Dragon)4.5K — 4608 x 2160REDCODE RAW Sony F554K — 4096 x 2160F55RAWX-OCNXAVC-I (4K) Sony FS7 / FS7 II4K — 4096 x 2160XAVC (4K) Arrested DevelopmentOn set of Arrested Development via Saeed Adyani/Netflix.Arrested Development Camera Package:Panasonic VariCam LT (Season 5)Fujinon Cabrio zooms (15-35mm, 19-90mm, and 85-300mm)10-bit 422 UHD (3840×2160) AVC Intra files at 23.98-fps.V-Log (with V-709 LUT on set) Panasonic AU-EVA14K — 4096 x 2160All-Intra 400Firmware 2.02 or higher required RED WEAPON 6K (Dragon)6K — 6144 x 3160REDCODE RAW Canon C7004.5 K — 4512 x 23764K — 4096 x 2160Canon RAWXF-AVC (4K)ProRes HQ (4K) Canon C700 FFRAW FF — 5952 x 3140RAW 2.35 — 5952 x 25324K — 4096 x 2160UHD — 3840 x 2160Canon RAWXF-AVC (4K)ProRes HQ (4K) Cameras Behind the Scenes of Popular Netflix OriginalsRomaAlfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo on the set via Carlos Somonte/Netflix.The 2019 Oscar winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film was captured digitally on the Alexa.Roma Camera Package:ARRI Alexa 65Prime 65ARRIRAW Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K4.6K — 4608 x 2592CinemaDNG RAW Sony HDC-43004K 4096 X 21604K Baseband Video Panasonic AJ-HDC27 Varicam (Previous Seasons)Cinematographer Patrick Stewart gave insight to the production.When hired for Arrested Development, the first request Stewart approached Hurwitz with was to add a third camera. Shooting with three cameras with multiple characters can be a logistical challenge, but Stewart felt he could get through scenes more quickly, and effectively, in order to get the actors out on time. “I call the C-camera the center camera and the A and the B are screen left and screen right,” Stewart explains. “C covers the center P.O.V., while A and B cover the scene from their left and right side P.O.V., which usually starts with overs. As we continue to shoot the scene, each camera will get tighter and tighter. If there are 3 or more actors in the scene, C will get tighter on whoever is in the center. After that, C camera might cover the scene following the dialogue with ‘swinging’ singles. If no swinging singles are appropriate then the center camera can move over and help out coverage on the right or left side.”You can read this great in-depth piece over on Indie Shooter.Black MirrorBlack Mirror Camera Packages:ARRI ALEXA (Season 1)RED Epic (Seasons 2-3)ARRI ALEXA 65 (Season 4 + Bandersnatch)RED Dragon (USS Callister, additional episodes)Sony F55 (used as second/third camera) Sony PXW-Z450UHD 3840 x 2160XAVC-I QFHD 300 mode GLOWGLOW Camera Package:RED Dragon (Season 1)RED Weapon 8K S35 (Season 2)Cooke Anamorphic /i Prime LensesIn a conversation with Indie Wire, cinematographer Christian Sprenger shares:“The look of GLOW is meant to transport the audience to a grounded realistic setting of 1980s Los Angeles and then at specific times, to the elevated fantasy world of professional wrestling. Along with a custom film LUT from LightIron LA, the slightly imprecise quality of Cooke anamorphic lenses paired with the resolution of the Red felt like the perfect way to reference the audience’s nostalgia for ’80s cinema. Because we’re using modern technology, shooting at a t2.3 on the lenses and very higher ISOs on the camera, I was able to light very naturally and atmospherically instead of traditional ‘TV lighting.’ My goal was for the base of the show to feel very understated and mature so that when we did chose to heighten the aesthetic, there would be strong a stylistic contrast. That became a very powerful storytelling device throughout the season while still grounding the overall narrative and performances.”All images via Netflix.For more gear posts like this, check out these articles:The Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original SeriesThe Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated FilmsBuilding The Ultimate, High-Versatility Cinema Camera PackageThe Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and Series (2017-2018)last_img read more

Juan Martin del Potro finding the right combination at French Open

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Osaka won the U.S. Open last September and then the Australian Open in January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess A semifinalist in Paris in 2009, del Potro missed the French Open in 2010, 2014 and 2015 with left and right wrist injuries and in 2013 because of a respiratory illness. Seeded eighth this year, del Potro will next play Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, ranked No. 72.Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev took more than four hours to beat 56th-ranked John Millman in the first match on Court Philippe Chatrier, winning 7-6 (4), 6-3, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-3.Zverev struggled in breezy and occasionally drizzly conditions. A year ago in Paris, the German needed to win three consecutive matches that went the full five sets to get to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.He was shaky in the middle of the match against Millman, who upset Roger Federer at the 2018 U.S. Open.Next up on Chatrier is Naomi Osaka, launching her bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title. The No. 1-seeded Osaka never has been past the third round in three previous appearances at Roland Garros. She carries a 14-match winning streak at majors into her match against 90th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img PBA D-League: St. Clare ousts Metropac-San Beda to enter semis Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Chile’s Nicolas Jarry in four sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — Nursing himself back to health and winning a match at the French Open: For Juan Martin del Potro, that combination is an achievement in itself.Playing Grand Slam tennis for the first time since fracturing his right knee last year, the ninth-ranked del Potro is into the second round of Roland Garros and savoring each step.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP His 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 first-round victory over Nicolas Jarry neatly summed up how del Potro turned the match around. On a chilly Tuesday morning on Court Suzanne Lenglen, against a player he’d never met before, del Potro started poorly. He was broken in his first service game when Jarry ended a 14-shot rally with a forehand volley at the net.But after losing the first set, Del Potro started to figure out his 58th-ranked opponent from Chile and took control. He saved a break point in the second set and another in the fourth before serving out the win, seemingly untroubled by his knee on the red clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, del Potro said he wants to reach the point where his knee, and other injuries that have plagued the 30-year-old Argentine’s career, are no longer lurking in the back of his mind. The injury forced him to miss this year’s Australian Open, a come-down after his run to the final of last year’s U.S. Open, which he lost to Novak Djokovic.“My main goal is still the knee, my health. And I’m looking forward to be 100% in the second part of the year,” del Potro said. “Once I get in good shape again, I can be focused on the result, you know, in different tournaments, different surface. That’s what I want to think about it, not only my knee or my wrist or whatever.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

Mayor Steve Vaus Affordable housing in Poway

first_img KUSI Newsroom Mayor Steve Vaus: Affordable housing in Poway 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Affordable housing is always a hot topic in San Diego and one city is taking action to address the issue for some of its community’s most vulnerable people.Joining KUSI to talk about these efforts is Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Updated: 7:54 AM April 5, 2019 Posted: April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Volkswagen ID R is ready for its Nürburgring lap record attempt

first_imgVolkswagen on Wednesday revealed the latest iteration of its ID R all-electric racing car, which on Thursday will begin testing towards the company’s goal of setting a new lap record at the Nürburgring. The eventual goal is to beat the existing electric-car ‘Ring record of 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds, which was set by the Nio EP9 in 2017.The Volkswagen ID R already has some pretty serious lap times under its belt, having set a new Pikes Pike International Hill Climb record and an electric-car record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With Germany’s famed Nürburgring not only the international benchmark against which all modern cars are tested, as well as being in VW’s homeland, it’s no surprise the company has its eyes set on trouncing Nio’s Green Hell lap time. As at Pikes Peak, the ID R will be driven by racing driver Romain Dumas.Enlarge ImageA new wing, new brakes and other technical changes prepare the ID R for the Green Hell. Volkswagen The ID R has been modified significantly for use at the Nürburgring, starting with new electronics for charging and discharging the twin lithium-ion battery packs on the track. Whereas at Pikes Peak the ID R was able to extract about 20 percent of the power it needed through regenerative braking, at the Nordschleife VW said it predicts that figure will only be about 10 percent.The car’s aerodynamic elements have also been redesigned, with a new front spoiler and fully enclosed underbody designed for higher speeds. The new rear wing reduces the ID R’s total height by 8.7 inches compared to prior versions. Overall, the car has 33 percent less aerodynamic drag than the Pikes Peak version, yet VW still claims total downforce is “roughly twice as much” downforce as a Formula 1 car. A drag reduction system can temporarily lower drag by 20 percent.Volkswagen I.D. REnlarge ImageThe ID R as it appeared at Pikes Peak. Volkswagen Other changes include the installation of carbon-fiber brake discs, which VW says are not only lighter than the car’s prior ceramic discs but also lighter. All told, the ID R weighs “less than” 2,425 pounds, including the driver.As when it campaigned at Pikes Peak, the ID R will have plenty of power at its disposal. Its twin electric motors produce 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, directed to the road through Bridgestone Potenza race tires. VW claims the car will accelerate to 62 mph in just 2.25 seconds, with top speed estimated at 168 mph. Even more incredible is that around the ‘Ring, VW expects an average speed of more than 112 mph. 0 Tags The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Electric Cars Performance Cars 18 Photos 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Volkswagen Volkswagenlast_img read more

Vedanta prepares legal challenge to India copper plant closure report

first_imgWomen shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarVedanta Resources is working on a legal challenge to the Tamil Nadu government’s closure of one of its copper smelters, but it will not proceed until tensions over the deaths of 13 people during protests last week have eased, two sources told Reuters.The Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of the smelter on Monday after police fired on protesters demanding its closure on environmental grounds.London-listed Vedanta, majority owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal, considers it is now left with no other option than to file a writ petition challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision in the Madras High Court or the Supreme Court in New Delhi, the two sources close to the company said.”They have not presented a single (piece of) evidence against the company,” said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be named. “Vedanta is confident that it has a strong case legally. It has not violated any law.”However, the sources said that with local tensions running high over the deaths of the protesters, the resources company was holding off for now from filing the legal challenge.A Vedanta spokesman did not respond to requests seeking comment. The company earlier said it had broken no rules, and hoped soon to reopen the plant and double its capacity to 800,000 tonnes a year at a cost of more than $700 million.The chief of Vedanta’s India copper business, P. Ramnath, told Reuters on Friday the company would legally fight any attempt to close the plant.D. Jayakumar, a senior Tamil Nadu minister, said the smelter was closed mainly in response to the demands of residents of the coastal city of Thoothukudi, and that the state government would defend itself in court.”We’ve closed the plant based on various violations raised by the pollution control board. They will of course say that they have not violated any rule,” Jayakumar, who speaks for the state government, told Reuters.”People are totally against the plant. We’re with the people only. We go by their demand and the law.”He declined to give details of the violations.D. Sekar, a senior official with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, also declined to explain the reasons, saying only that the closure was a “policy decision”.The plant, India’s second-biggest copper smelter known as Sterlite Copper, has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, as residents continued largely peaceful protests demanding it be shut for good.Residents and environmental activists have long demanded a shutdown of the copper smelter, which has annual production of more than 400,000 tonnes, citing air and water pollution. Vedanta denies the accusations of pollution.The opposition escalated last week when thousands of people marched towards a government office on the 100th day of the protest. Ten people were killed in police firing that day, while three more died in subsequent days, piling pressure on the state government as protests spread elsewhere in the state.Minister Jayakumar said his government has been opposed to the smelter since 2013, when a suspected gas leak led to its closure for more than two months. The plant was allowed to reopen after a court-appointed team of experts found no instance of emissions beyond set limits.In recent weeks, however, Tamil Nadu has cancelled a decision to allocate a plot of land to Vedanta for a doubling of the plant’s capacity and cut its electricity connection and water supply, he said.[ Source- reuters]last_img read more

UNOs arrest stuns PM HT Imam

first_imgHT Imam. File PhotoPrime minister’s adviser HT Imam has claimed that the arrest of Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) for Barguna sadar upazila Gazi Tariq Salman over distortion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s portrait has stunned prime minister Sheikh Hasina.The prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s political adviser made the claim in an interview with the BBC Bangla on Thursday night. The BBC Bangla has also come up with an article based on that interview in its online version.The BBC Bangla online quoted HT Imam as saying, “We all – all the officials at the Prime Minister’s Office – were astonished to see the arrest of the UNO. He who has filed the case [against the UNO] has done a very distasteful act.”According to HT Imam, he immediately showed the prime minister the picture of the arrest of the UNO and the prime minister became astonished by seeing the photo.HT Imam told the BBC Bangla that the prime minister has rather said the UNO has done a very good job by arranging the painting competition among the school children.“The portrait is in front of me. There has been no distortion in the portrait. The portrait rather deserves reward and this officer should be awarded,” prime minister was quoted as saying by Imam in BBC Bangla.Imam said prime minister Hasina condemned whatever is being done to the UNO centring the portrait.HT Imam held Barisal district’s deputy commissioner (DC) and assistant police super (ASP) responsible for the arrest of the UNO. “Maybe, we should take action against them,” he added.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) Barisal district religious affairs secretary and president of Barisal Lawyers’ Association Obaidullah Saju filed a Tk 5 crore deformation case last month against Tariq Salman after he printed the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, painted by a child, on an invitation card.The case was readily accepted and he was arrested.last_img read more

Winter Weather Impacting Travel To And From Houston Airports

first_img Share Houston is still covered by a blanket of ice left behind by a sudden winter storm.The dangerous driving conditions are impacting flights into and out of local airports.Bush Intercontinental and Hobby are both open, but the icy roadways are proving a difficult challenge for travelers trying to get to the airports.At IAH, bridges were treated and are being monitored. The fly-over bridge from westbound Will Clayton Boulevard to southbound John F. Kennedy Boulevard is closed due to icing.The upper ramps for Terminal A, Terminal C and Terminal E — plus rooftop parking in all terminal garages — are closed.At Hobby, the upper traffic ramp for departing passengers is closed. Both arriving and departing traffic is being routed to the lower ramp. All fly-over routes are closed.As of 6 a.m., roads around both airports were passable, but some traffic was being rerouted, according to the Houston Airport System’s website. “The Houston Airports advises all passengers to contact their carrier for more detailed flight information and confirm their flight status before coming to the airport,”’s advisory states.last_img read more