Kia hopping on the 48-volt ultra-mild hybrid bandwagon

Subscribe Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding

Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including
Audi,
Ram,
Volvo and others, adding ultra-mild 48-volt
hybrid systems to their engines. The system works like other systems in that it has
a combination starter and generator connected to the engine crank via a belt. It allows the engine to be shut off earlier than simply at a stop, and provides a bit of electrical assistance to reduce how much the engine has to work on takeoff.

The system will first be implemented in Europe with the
Kia Sportage and with its
diesel engine in 2018. In 2019, the Kia Ceed small car will also be offered with the system. Kia says the system will also appear on gasoline engines in the near future. However, a representative from Kia's U.S. branch wouldn't comment either way on whether the technology will come to America.

We think it's a pretty safe bet that we'll see the technology offered in the U.S. soon. Kia makes it clear that this system is designed to be easy to implement. It says there are hardly any packaging issues, usually putting the battery under the trunk floor, and the starter/generator motor doesn't typically require reworking the engine bay much. It also should work with rear-, front-, or all-wheel-drive layouts and with manual and automatic transmissions. If it were only going to be on diesel engines, we could see how Kia might not bring it, but since it will also be featured on gas engines, we're sure it will show up on our shores soon.

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Netanyahu Has Palestinian ‘Blood On His Hands’, Says Erdogan

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan                               

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan                                                           DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday launched a bitter attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he led an “apartheid state” and had Palestinian blood on his hands.

“Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people’s lands for 60+ yrs in violation of UN resolutions,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter, after Netanyahu lashed out at his criticism of the killing by Israeli forces of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border on Monday.

“He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey,” Erdogan added.

AFP

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Boost for Tottenham as defender signs new long-term contract

Tottenham Hotspur have this afternoon confirmed that defender Davinson Sanchez has put pen to paper on a new deal with

Tottenham Hotspur have this afternoon confirmed that defender Davinson Sanchez has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club.

Dominant stopper

Sanchez, a 21-year-old Colombian international, only arrived in North London last summer from Dutch giants Ajax, for a rumoured fee of £42 million.

Despite his tender years and lack of experience at the top level, though, Sanchez has since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in the backline of Mauricio Pochettino, doing a splendid job of filling the void left by injured and out-of-favour contract rebel Toby Alderweireld.

Sanchez started in 29 of Tottenham’s 38 Premier League fixtures, as well as all 8 of their outings in the Champions League, and looks set to be a pillar in the club’s defence for years to come.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Staying put

And, as per the aforementioned announcement from Spurs this afternoon, despite having only made the move to the Premier League 9 months ago, Sanchez has already been rewarded for his showings in North London with a new long-term contract, set to keep the powerful stopper tied down until the summer of 2024:

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UEFA Prepares To Fight Infantino’s Club World Cup Plan

FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino                                 

FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino                                                                         JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

 

A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.

Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.

Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.

The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).

Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.

At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.

Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.

That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.

For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.

According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.

The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.

The European participants could make between $50 million  and $80 million each.

Already some clubs have voiced their support.

Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be  “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”

They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”

Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”

 60-day deadline 

Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.

Ceferin is not happy.

“FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football,” he said in a recent interview.

“I know that at least three of the seven clubs don’t agree with the path that FIFA wants to take.”

“They have invited only the clubs,” the Slovene said on Friday. “So they think only they count.”

Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the “great players” would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.

“FIFA itself has highlighted the international match calendar’s congestion and lack of rest periods for players most in demand,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scumadore told

“To be presented with FIFA’s ‘solution’ as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance,” Scudamore told The Times in London.

AFP

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BREAKING: Bomb Blast Kills 5 JTF, Injures 17 Others In Borno

A total of 5 civilian Joint Task Force personnel and 17 others have been killed in injured Mandariri, a community

A total of 5 civilian Joint Task Force personnel and 17 others have been killed in injured Mandariri, a community in Konduga LGA of Borno State in a a suicide bomb attack. 

According to information gathered, the NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator, Bashir Garga said ‘a male suicide bomber who hid the IED between his thighs making it hard to detect, detonated the bomb and caused the massive casualties’.

Currently, evacuation of damaged properties and lives is ongoing.

Details later.

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President Buhari Seeks More Collaboration In Anti-Graft War

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for more support from the judiciary and the legislature, in order to sustain and win

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for more support from the judiciary and the legislature, in order to sustain and win the fight against corruption.

President Buhari made the call on Tuesday at the inauguration of the ultra-modern headquarters of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He expressed government’s determination to win the fight against corruption, adding that Nigerians must see the fight as theirs.

Rocking Your Afro With Your Graduation Cap Just Got Easier With Chiziduru’s 1-Minute Tutorial

You’ve never known struggle until you try fitting your glorious fro into your graduation cap. But thankfully, this DIY video

You’ve never known struggle until you try fitting your glorious fro into your graduation cap. But thankfully, this DIY video by Chiziduru is making the process as stress-free as possible.

Watch the quick tutorial and learn a few tricks below;

 

 

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DJI Spark Specs and Price

Taking pictures with drones just got easier, DJI offers a more simple yet elegant alongside some cool features like gesture

Taking pictures with drones just got easier, DJI offers a more simple yet elegant alongside some cool features like gesture control amongst others. The DJI Spark has an impressive flying capability with a gimbal built-in to steady the camera. Suitable for taking aerial photos or videos, the drone is not for professionals or complex drone activity. You would have to go for a Mavic Pro or Mavic Air. The only hiccup here is that,  the DJI Spark is not cut out for long time flights and is pretty much on the lighter side which could easily make it a bit easier to sway by the wind.

Where to Buy DJI Spark

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | GearBest – See Offers | Amazon – See Offers

DJI Spark Key Specs and Features

  • Gesture control
  • Portable
  • USB charging port

DJI Spark

Design and Build

In reality, the DJI Spark is quite small just measuring like 143 x 143 x 55mm  in dimension. It is what you can refer to as mini-drone. As opposed to other drones from DJI, the DJI Spark is available in an array of colours ranging from Meadow Green,  Alpine White, Sunrise Yellow, Lava Red and Sky Blue. In appearance, the drone looks like a minimised version of the DJI Mavic Pro without the foldable arms.

In spite of the small size, the build is quite compact and sturdy  with two feet which is unlike the landing gear on other drones. With no visible seams on the surface the drone is one uniform piece of technology, although, the feet might be difficult to land on uneven surfaces..

Performance

Even with the size, the DJI Spark has Flight Autonomy which makes flying the drone much more easier for beginners. Equipped with forward facing sensors and camera, the drone is able to avoid obstacles in its path. However, there is no camera or sensors at the back which means you could easily run into a tree or something else from the back. You also have autonomous modes available like Dronie, Circle, Helix and Rocket mode.

Dronie takes aerial selfies, Circle automatically flies around you in a cyclical path, Helix formulates a spiralling flight upwards and Rockets makes the drone fly straight into the sky. Some other features include ActiveTrack which follows you around and tries to keep you in the same track of view while navigating through obstacles.

Controls

You can navigate the DJI Spark with your phone using the DJI Go 4 app, however, connection is limited to 100m within the reach of the smartphone. The reach of the WiFi is diminished in the presence of obstacles and the strength is not that much due to the small size. For a better experience, the remote controller is an ideal option. With a reach of up to 2km without obstruction, you have a better control over the drone.

Video and Image Capture

The DJI Spark packs a nice 12MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor which is capable taking 1080p videos at 30fps. In the area of pictures, the drone snap images of 3,968 x 2,976 resolution . On the downside, the DJI Spark can not take 4k video’s unlike the higher Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro Platinum. Having a f/2.6 lens, you are open to a 81.8 degree field of view to capture.

Pricing and Availability

The DJI Spark is available for sale on various online stores based on the location for about 180, 000 naira depending on the deal.

DJI Spark Specs

Here are a few specs of the DJI Spark:

General Features

  • Description: Mini-Quadcopter
  • Platform Support: DJI Go 4
  • Colours: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red and Sunrise Yellow
  • Processor: Intel Movidius Myriad 2
  • Memory:
  • Storage: up to 64GB MicroSD card
  • Motor Type:
  • Dimension: 143 × 143× 55mm
  • Weight: 300g

Camera

  • Resolution: 12MP
  • Video Recording: 1080p @30fos, 720p @30fps
  • EV Range:
  • Camera Angle Adjustment:
  • FPV:
  • Shooting Time Delay: 2-1/8000 s
  • Field of Vision: 8.18 degrees
  • Features:

Drone Experience

  • Sensors: 3D Sensing System, camera
  • Satellite Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
  • Flight Time: 16min
  • Maximum Altitude: 4, 000m
  • Controller: Smartphone, remote controller
  • Functions:

Power

  • Battery: 1, 480mAh Li-Po battery
  • Charging Time:

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Android P to bring Automatic color mode on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

After a number of owners complained about the dull-looking AMOLED display of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google

After a number of owners complained about the dull-looking AMOLED display of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google released a software update that lets users choose between three color presets – natural, boosted and saturated. But it seems like Google is looking to expand this functionality even further in the upcoming Android P.

The guys over at xda-developers dug out two strings hinting at a new “Automatic” color mode from the current Settings APK in Android P DP 2.

The new functionality will let the device choose the appropriate color mode depending on the content and will go from “vivid” to “accurate”. How the OS is going to do it, however, is still a mystery.

An AI-powered software or some kind of machine learning will probably be involved in the process. In any case, it's definitely going to be interesting to see how the feature will handle different scenes and environments.