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Mahindra Thar makes a grand comeback

The iconic Mahindra off-roader is back in a more appealing avatar. All set for its launch in October, it promises a complete makeover. We take a look at the Thar to see if it’s worth your money and attention.

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One of India’s most iconic vehicles, the Mahindra Thar has made a grand comeback in a new generation, a whole decade after it was first launched in the country. A lot has changed; in fact, almost everything has changed in the SUV. While it continues to possess all the off-road capabilities, according to Mahindra it is also more a lifestyle product now something that can be used on an everyday basis. The vehicle was unveiled on Independence Day and Mahindra has already announced that it will be launched on 2 October 2020.

Design

One look at the Thar and you like it instantly. While the overall design still points to an intimidating off-roader, there are many elements that make the SUV look modern enough. The circular headlamps are now accompanied by LED Daytime Running Lamps and the dual tone bumpers add to an aggressive front look. The profile is very SUV-like with square wheel arches on the front and circular ones on the rear. The 18-inch deep silver alloy wheels make the car look big and bold. On the rear there are LED tail lamps which have the word ‘Thar’ written on them and that looks quite cool. The SUV now comes with three roof options; a hard top, a manual convertible top and a fixed soft top.

 Interiors

Perhaps this is where you will witness the biggest change on the new Thar. It’s a much more luxurious cabin now, and yes you also get front-facing second row seats and the access to the second row isn’t bad either. The car now gets power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and central locking with remote flip key. Then there’s a tilt adjustable steering wheel and roof mounted speakers. The big change though is the addition of a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It comes with navigation and also displays your adventure statistics. That’s not all; the Thar also gets smart watch & phone connectivity with blue sense app, a redesigned instrument cluster, tyre pressure monitoring system, tyre direction monitoring system, cruise control and steering mounted audio & phone controls.

 Engine

The Thar when launched will be available in both Petrol and Diesel engine options with both manual and automatic gearboxes. The all-new mStallion TGDi 2.0 litre petrol engine produces 150 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque, which surprisingly is the same as Diesel. The 2.2 litre diesel engine is also new and produces 130 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque. These engines are offered with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, with an authentic 4×4 manual shift transfer case with a low ratio. All the variants come with the all-wheel drive as standard. The Thar also gets a first-in-class brake locking differential, ground clearance of 226 mm in unladen condition and water wading depth of 650mm.

Safety

Mahindra has tried to make the Thar a much safer car than before. It gets several first in class features like ESP with rollover mitigation, built-in roll-cage with 3-point seat belts for all passengers and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The SUV also gets dual airbags & ABS along with first-in-class hill hold & hill descent control.

 Launch

As we mentioned earlier, the new Thar will be launched on 2 October 2020 which is also celebrated as the foundation day of Mahindra and Mahindra. The prices will be announced on the same day and bookings too will begin simultaneously. Mahindra has already confirmed that there will be 2 iterations on offer, the AX for the adventure enthusiasts who love to go off-roading and LX for the lifestyle buyer who would like to use the Thar as an everyday vehicle. The prices for the SUV are expected to be kept between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 13 lakh and if that is indeed the case, it surely looks like Mahindra has another winner on its hands.

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Instagram to develop safety tool to protect users from filthy DMs

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Instagram is developing a new security feature that will shield users against sexually inappropriate photographs in their inboxes. According to The Verge, the “Nudity Protection” tool will work to weed out instances of online harassment known as “cyberflashing.”

Recent days have seen a significant rise in cyber-flashing incidents, which entail sending unwanted sexual messages to strangers, frequently women. By empowering users to automatically reject direct message requests containing objectionable content, this new functionality aims to combat this threat.

The report says Meta is going to use machine learning to support people to shield themselves from nude photos and other undesirable messages.

Alessandro Pauzzi, a Meta developer, also shared a sneak peek of the new feature on Twitter.

In a tweet, he shared the screenshot of the possible feature and wrote, “Instagram is working on nudity protection for chats. This technology covers photos that may contain nudity in chats. Instagram CAN’T access photos.”

Confirming this, a Meta spokesperson told The Verge they are working closely with experts to assure these new features maintain people’s privacy while also providing them to control over the communication they receive. The technology won’t let Meta view the actual messages or share them with third parties, the spokesperson mentioned.

When the feature is released, Meta said, users will have the option to enable or disable it at their choice. The feature is currently in the development phase.

A control system for parents of minors using the social networking site owned by Meta in India was recently developed. This function is now considered to be the next development in ensuring users’ privacy and security.

In addition to the current Hidden Words function, which was first launched in 2021, this feature will be available. Users can automatically filter problematic words, phrases, and emoticons into a protected folder using the Hidden Words function. Even DM inquiries that are presumably spammed are filtered out by this tool.

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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate 5G services on October 1

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The 5G services will be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress.

In October, the Prime Minister will open a four-day conference where top telecom providers including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea will outline their 5G plans for the nation.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, “the 5G services will launch in India at the India Mobile Congress on October 1.”

The department of telecommunications (DoT) and the cellular operators association of India jointly organise the India Mobile Congress (IMC), one of the major telecom, media, and technology events in Asia (COAI).

This news comes about a month after Reliance Industries Ltd. announced it would invest 2 lakh crore to build out its 5G services in important cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata by Diwali and throughout India by December next year.

The Reliance Jio intends to launch Jio 5G by this Diwali 2022 in a number of significant locations, including the megacities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.

Within the next two months, by Diwali, we will launch Jio 5G across multiple key cities, including the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. By December 2023, which is less than 18 months from today, we will deliver Jio 5G to every town, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country,” Ambani told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on August 29.

By March 2024, Bharti Airtel, a competitor of Reliance, intends to roll out its 5G services in 5,000 cities and towns.

“By December, we should have coverage in key metros. After that, we will expand rapidly to cover the entire country,” Gopal Vittal, the chief executive officer of the second largest telecom operator, said earlier this month.

Even though Vodafone Idea purchased spectrum in 17 circles across the nation during the auction month, it has not yet made any announcements regarding its plans for 5G services.

The government’s airwave auction saw Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd emerge as the biggest buyer, spending 88,078 crore, more than twice as much as Bharti Airtel Ltd, which came in second.

By selling 51,236MHz of spectrum at the week-long auction, Ambani’s acquisitions assisted the government in earning a record-breaking 1.5 lakh crore. Wireless operators purchased 71% of the available airwaves in the 72,098MHz band, including 5G spectrum, with the sale of spectrum in the 3.3GHz band generating the highest revenue of 80,590 crore. A total of 39,270 crore, 14,709 crore, and 10,376 crore were generated from the sale of airwaves in the 700MHz, 26GHz, and 1,800MHz bands, respectively.

“We understand that the spectrum purchased is good enough for covering the entire country. So, there’s good reason to believe that in the coming two to three years, we’ll have very good coverage of 5G in the entire country,” telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said after the auction.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is worth the money

Flip 4 is all about its design. It is compact, and the tiny foldable flip makes it unique and worth the pick.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is worth the money

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is similar, constant but worth the upgrade. After the success of Flip 3, we now have Flip 4. How is it different and what does it offer? What makes it a worthwhile pick? Let’s find out.
On the face of it, it derives from the same design language with no real difference. The form factor of this phone is the real winning element of this device. It is small, easy to carry, and does look very cute, making it without a doubt the best flip you can have.
Samsung has really worked its way right when we talk about the foldable segment. The Flip 4 gets a better camera, battery, and a new chipset.
DISPLAY AND DESIGN:
Flip 4 is all about its design. It is compact, and the tiny foldable flip makes it unique and worth the pick. It does have an oomph factor, which might not appeal to everyone. For those who like the look of it, it’s totally worth it then. It’s the design of this device that makes it stand out. It comes in four colors: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, and Blue. There’s a single USB Type-C port on the bottom, and only two buttons: a power button and a volume rocker. In comparison to the other flip phones that are available globally, the Flip 4 is worth the money and totally wins in design.
The cover screen gets bigger and better and, trust me, you can do it all on it. Now you do not really have to flip the device open to make the changes. The cover screen lets you use the camera, access widgets, and toggle quick settings. You’ll see the time, date, and battery percentage on the main cover screen. Naturally, you can customise it with your own imagery. There’s also an always-on display option, which is turned off by default. If you swipe in from the left, you’ll see notifications, and from the right, you’ll see widgets. If you swipe down from the top, you’ll get quick settings. You can access the camera via the cover screen, giving you some worthy selfies. Having a proper ultra-wide lens means that you can take great group photos as well.
The Flex mode when your device is at 90 degrees is one such mode, which is great for taking video calls and meetings. A few apps have been optimised for its usage as well, but I used it the most for meetings. It does work like a real mini tablet, which does the job.
CAMERA:
You might not be buying the Flip 4 for its camera. It does have a decent set up, but the strongest point of the device is that you get a dual 12MP sensor, and the main camera has been improved for better low-light performance. The front camera has a 10MP sensor There are two 12MP sensors (f/1.8 and f/2.2 ultra-wide), and there’s no telephoto lens.
The picture quality is average and is majorly meant to just click pictures, not to take some extraordinary shots. It’s great for group selfies via cover screen. You can shoot 720p 960fps slow motion video as well.
PERFORMACE& SOFTWARE:
The new chip set is the highlight of the device. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 includes a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and 8GB of RAM. You are getting some top-level specs and experience. I wasn’t expecting such a jump for Flip4. It is a great addition and something to appreciate Samsung for. The device worked seamlessly for me without any hiccups. You might buy the flip for the design, but you will love it for its performance as well. (This might not apply to all.)
The battery of the device is good. It could have been better. It does last you 10–12 working hours. You don’t get a charger in the box.
VERDICT:
The question always boils down to whether you want to choose this device or not. Then again, if you are looking for a stylish device that is compact and does have appeal, it fits well in your pocket and handbag, does look different, and it is convenient. You get an updated chipset which works fairly well.
Then this one could be an easy pick. But if you want a device with a good camera and are not inclined towards the flip action, then you might not want to spend Rs 89,999 on this device.

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Keeway launches K300 twins in Indian market

Both the bikes share the same heart and have an aggressive-looking front end with an attractive headlamp unit, an angular fuel tank, split-style seat design, an underbelly exhaust, and a short tail section.

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Keeway launches K300 twins in Indian market

Hungarian two-wheeler maker Keeway has recently entered the Indian market with some premium scooters and motorcycles, which include a cruiser and a bobber in the 300-cc segment. Now the brand has expanded its portfolio with two new bikes, the K300 N and K300 R. While the K300 N is a naked street motorcycle, the K300 R is a racing sports offering. Both the bikes share the same heart and have an aggressive-looking front end with an attractive headlamp unit, an angular fuel tank, split-style seat design, an underbelly exhaust, and a short tail section. But there’s also a lot that differentiates both the motorcycles.

Keeway K300 N
The K300 N runs on a 292cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled system with four valves and EFI, which delivers 27.5 hp and 25 Nm of torque managed via a six-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch to maintain speed around corners while down-shifting. Keeway says that despite being a naked, the K300 N comes loaded with features. The pared-down design shows off the bassinet frame and exposes the aesthetic tubing around the engine, while low-profile fenders cover the slick rear tyres. An inverted telescopic front fork suspension is aided by front and rear disc brakes, while the bike also gets dual-channel ABS.
The K300 N features an upright riding position, a 12.5L angular fuel tank, a higher front end and handlebar-mounted mirrors, giving the rider a commanding view of the road. The bike is 1990 mm long, 780 mm wide, and 1070 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1360 mm and comes with a ground clearance of 150 mm. The K300N gets 17-inch wheels on both the front and rear. The fuel tank capacity is 12.5 litres while the seat height is 795 mm.
It is available in three colours – Matte White, Matte Red, and Matte Black. While the Matte White is priced at Rs. 2.65 lakh, the Matter Red is Rs. 10,000 more expensive. The Matte Black has been priced at Rs. 2.85 lakh, ex-showroom.

Keeway K300 R
This K300 R gets a sleek aerodynamic design with a short windshield, compact handlebars, an aesthetic bassinet frame and drag-reducing fairings to cut through the air. Sleek lines and an aggressive riding position make it a sports bike designed to be ridden on the road, according to Keeway. The K300 R weighs 165 kg and runs on the same engine as the naked motorcycle. Here too, you get a slipper clutch to maintain speed around corners.
The bike is 2010 mm long, 750 mm wide and 1080 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1360 mm and comes with a ground clearance of 135 mm. The K300N gets 17-inch wheels at the front and rear. The fuel tank holds 12 litres, and the seat height is 780 mm.
A centre-aligned mono rear suspension provides 46mm of travel, and the plush fork with hydraulic damping offers 110mm of cushion. Minimalist fenders cover the front and rear tyres. Just like the 300N, the 300R also gets front and rear disc brakes along with dual ABS. The K300 R is also available in three colours – Glossy White, Glossy Red, and Glossy Black. At Rs. 2.99 lakh, Glossy White is the cheapest option on offer, while Glossy Black is priced at Rs. 3.20 lakh, making it the most expensive offering. Sitting between the two is Glossy Red, which has been priced at Rs. 3.10 lakh, ex-showroom. Keeway motorcycles and scooters are being sold at Benelli showrooms across the country and deliveries will begin at the end of this month. The brand is already selling the Vieste 300 and Sixties 300i retro-styled scooters in India, apart from the V302C and K-light 250V motorcycles.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

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Apple website down for some users; error 403 and 404 reported

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Apple’s website is not working for some users across the world, and some users have reported that the site is not able to fully load and even the images are not getting loaded. Some users have also reported encountering a ‘403 error’.

In the early morning of Thursday, many users used the microblogging site, Twitter, and flagged about Apple’s website malfunctioning. The reason for the problem might be due to the release of the iPhone14 series. Users who are pre-booking the phone might be the reason for the trouble. The iPhone 14 series is going to be on sale on Friday.

A Twitter user claimed, “The Apple website is going 403, and the Apple UK site is 404. This is where they announce that the iPhone 14 announcement wasn’t complete and that it actually includes USB-C and 100W fast charge/s.”

Another user named Wilfully D tweeted, “https://apple.com/ios/ios-16/features/is throwing a 404 error. It looks like Apple wants to keep the features hidden. # 404 # apple # iOS16

The iPhone 14 costs Rs. 79,900 while the iPhone 14 Plus costs Rs. 89,900. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro’s starting price is Rs. 1,29,900 while the Pro Max’s price starts at Rs. 1,39,900. The Pro series has several high-end features, including a 48 megapixel camera as well as a screen that will always stay in a low-power mode.

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The Delhi government launches a database of all e-vehicle charging points and battery swapping facilities

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The Delhi government announced on Tuesday that they have launched an open database facility for all their electric vehicle (EV) charging points and battery-swapping stations across the capital, which will allow people across the city to identify and access them more easily.

The open database is now available at https://ev.delhi.gov.in/openev/ and displays the location of approximately 2,500 charging stations in Delhi, with each new charging station added to the portal in real-time once operational.

A transport department official said, “The database can be accessed by registered entities or individuals for submission and retrieval of historical and real-time information pertaining to public charging and swapping infrastructure.”

Another official said, “For accessing dynamic data, a private API (application programming interface) key will be instantly shared when the request is submitted. A decision on authorising the request will be provided within 48 hours of submitting the request.”

Under the Delhi government’s EV policy, which was notified on 7 August, 2020, its transport department had stated plans to develop an open and publicly owned database which would offer real-time information on public charging infrastructure.

After the launch of the portal, transport minister Kailash Gahlot said, “In 2021, the Delhi government came up with an open database for bus transit in the city, which was a big success. The same is being used by Google, Uber and many more companies. With the launch of the open database for EV charging today, Delhi is making a move towards solving the biggest problem of EV users, which is range anxiety. It will enable them to now use their favourite apps to locate more than 2,500 charging points and battery swapping stations across Delhi, and this number is expected to reach 18,000 by 2025.”

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