NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits and accepting a season-long suspension that marks the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.Rodriguez, who has steadfastly denied using banned substances while with the New York Yankees, made the decision nearly four weeks after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz largely upheld the discipline issued last summer by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.“I think it’s a good move for him,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent said. “A-Rod had no chance legally, and the commissioner got his authority validated.”Rodriguez was among 14 players suspended last summer following MLB’s investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned substances. Given the harshest punishment, A-Rod was the only player to contest his penalty.The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance, arguing Rodriguez’s 211-game ban was unwarranted or at the very least excessive. Rodriguez also sued MLB and Selig in October, accusing them of “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” against him.Horowitz presided over 12 days of hearings last fall highlighted by Rodriguez’s decision not to testify. Horowitz concluded on Jan. 11 there was “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances over the course of three years — human growth hormone, testosterone and Insulin-like growth factor 1.Horowitz also ruled A-Rod twice tried to obstruct baseball’s investigation, but he nonetheless reduced the suspension to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason after weighing it against baseball’s “just cause” standard.Rodriguez sued MLB and the union two days later in federal court in Manhattan, claiming the arbitration process was flawed. But the Supreme Court has established narrow grounds for overturning arbitrator’s decisions, and legal experts said Rodriguez had virtually no chance of succeeding in his attempt to have Horowitz’s decision vacated. Without making any admissions, Rodriguez’s lawyers filed notices of dismissal in both cases.MLB issued a low-key statement calling the decision to end the litigation “prudent.”“We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow major league players,” the sport said. “We share that desire.”Rodriguez had angered many of his fellow players by suing his own union in an attempt to avoid a suspension. Withdrawing the lawsuits was perhaps the start of mending relationships with fellow players.“Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit,” the union said in a statement. “His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest.”Rodriguez in 2009 admitted he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, before baseball had penalties in place for PEDs. After MLB’s investigation was sparked 13 months ago by a report in Miami New Times, Rodriguez repeatedly said he had not failed any drug test and claimed evidence provided to MLB by Anthony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis of America clinic, was not trustworthy.When Horowitz issued his decision, the three-time AL MVP defiantly proclaimed, “No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with.” He announced, “I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected.”But a few hours after the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first team this year to start spring training workouts, and with the Yankees a week from opening camp, Rodriguez folded quietly. He was in Miami and made no public remarks.“The statements that were issued say everything that needs to be said. We have no further comments on this matter,” Joseph Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s nine attorneys, said in an email.Tacopina said Rodriguez no longer intended to report this month to the Yankees’ training camp in Tampa, Fla. Suspensions only cover regular-season games and the postseason, with exhibitions specifically exempted.Rodriguez will lose most of his $25 million salary — Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21-183rds, which comes to $2,868,852.46. The third baseman will be 39 when he is eligible to return in a year, and he has incentive to play during the final three seasons of his contract. The Yankees owe him $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons of the record $275 million, 10-year deal.But the 14-time All-Star has been hobbled by injuries in recent years and has not played a full season since 2007.The timing of Rodriguez’s decision was set in motion by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who on Jan. 30 told the player’s lawyers to respond by Feb. 7 to arguments from MLB and the union that the case should be dismissed.Rodriguez does have one lawsuit remaining. He sued Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York State Supreme Court in October, claiming they mishandled his medical care during the 2012 AL playoffs. Rodriguez later was diagnosed with a hip injury that required surgery and did not return to the Yankees until Aug. 5 — hours after his suspension was announced by Selig.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MANCHESTER, England — Robin van Persie ushered Manchester United into the Champions League quarterfinals — and potentially saved his manager’s job — with a hat trick in a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos that completed one of the competition’s greatest comebacks on March 19.On one of the memorable European nights at Old Trafford, Van Persie scored three times in a 27-minute span either side of halftime to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.A slew of brilliant saves by David de Gea were also key to a famous win for the English champions — and a vital one for their manager, David Moyes.Moyes’ position had come under intense scrutiny after United’s humiliating 3-0 loss to fierce rival Liverpool in the Premier League on March 16, the latest in a string of dreadful results in his first season in charge.An early exit in Europe could have stretched the patience of fans and United’s hierarchy beyond breaking point — but Moyes is left hoping this can be a watershed moment in his United career. “I don’t want to come out here and say this is the moment,” Moyes said, “but at the same time, I really hope it is.”A nerve-shredding night ended with Olympiakos captain Giannis Maniatis on his knees and in floods of tears, and Moyes saluting home fans and wearing the broadest grin.The under-fire United manager was saved by the goal-scoring qualities of Van Persie, who converted a penalty in the 25th minute, side-footed home his second goal in first-half injury time and curled in a free kick in the 52nd. And he also had words of praise for Ryan Giggs, who at the age of 40 delivered a tireless performance in midfield.Giggs lasted the full match, despite having played only 81 minutes since Jan. 7, and played a crucial role in Van Persie’s first two goals. “His all-round play was very good,” Moyes said. “He defies his age.”Van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the final minutes after hurting his leg in a challenge but Moyes said he didn’t think it was a serious injury.Olympiakos slumped to its 12th straight away defeat in England and missed out on securing a place in the last eight for the first time since 1999.The Greek champions had their chances — some of De Gea’s saves were breathtaking — but defensively they were chaotic and they became only the sixth team to squander a two-goal lead from the first leg of a Champions League match. “We were unlucky,” Olympiakos midfielder David Fuster said, “and we’re pretty upset about it.”In the other last-16 match, Borussia Dortmund advanced 5-4 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 2-1 at home to Zenit St. Petersburg. The draw for the quarterfinals is held on March 21.“We probably now will go into it as underdogs,” Moyes said. “If we play to our capabilities, which we have not done too often, then I think we will be a match for any team.”Moyes insisted on the eve of the biggest game of his reign that his position was not under threat, saying United’s vision was “long term,” the board was still supportive and stressing that he was in a six-year contract.Fans appeared to be starting to waver, although the banner reading “The Chosen One” — a nickname given to Moyes after he was hand-picked for the job by predecessor Alex Ferguson — remained hung up high in the Stretford End as Olympiakos kicked off.Initially, United was gripped by panic — misplacing passes, diving into tackles and showing no shape defensively — but the nerves were settled by Van Persie’s penalty.The Netherlands striker tumbled after being barged in the back by Jose Holebas after bringing down a cross-field pass from Giggs, and he got up to convert his penalty unerringly.Giggs was the architect of the second goal, too, floating another pass to Wayne Rooney, who crossed for Van Persie to caress his finish under goalkeeper Roberto’s dive.The aggregate score was now 2-2 and Moyes greeted the goal with repeated fist-pumps and marched back to the dressing rooms, breaking into a jog at one point.He was celebrating again within six minutes of the second half when Van Persie curled home a free kick from just outside the area, with Roberto earning the wrath of his defenders for not trusting his wall and vacating the area near where the ball crossed the line.With Olympiakos attacking relentlessly in the final 25 minutes, the final whistle was met with relief as much as joy by home fans. Languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, the Champions League remains a potential source of silverware for United this season.(Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After another dismal season, neither Tom Coughlin nor New York Giants management gave any indication whether the 69-year-old coach would be returning after missing the playoffs for a fourth straight.The final game for the Giants (6-10) was much like many others this season. New York had its chances and squandered them in a 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch aren’t expected to wait long in making a decision on not only Coughlin, but also General Manager Jerry Reese and Personnel Director Marc Ross.It could be a clean sweep. The bottom line is there will be changes. The glory days (2007 and ’11) during which Coughlin led the Giants to two Super Bowls are a distant memory“The frustration continues,” said Coughlin, who has a year left on his contract. “You’ve got your questions prepared for what direction I’m going in, I’m not going to answer anything about that. The season just ended, there will be time for that.”There have been reports that Coughlin will resign, and some point to his having his family on the sideline at the end of the game as evidence of that.However, Coughlin is a fighter so walking away seems out of character.The Giants had a great chance to win for Coughlin. They were ready to take a 13-point lead late in the third quarter when they game changed on an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown by former Giant Walter Thurmond after Eli Manning was sacked.“Everyone in this organization tried real hard not to talk about it, but we knew who we were playing this game for, and let’s finish,” Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “It feels like we let that person down.”The Eagles (7-9) didn’t wait for the end of the season to start changing things. Chip Kelly was fired Dec. 29 after Philadelphia missed the playoffs for the second straight season.Kelly was given control of personnel moves this season and he made a lot of bad ones, releasing three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, trading two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy and signing running back DeMarco Murray.Sam Bradford, who Kelly acquired from the Rams, threw two short touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, the last one with 9:19 to play to give the Eagles a 35-27 lead to get a win for interim coach Pat Shurmur.“After going through what we went through this week, it wasn’t easy on anyone,” said Bradford, who was 30 of 38 for 320 yards. “I’m so proud of the guys in that locker room and the way they rallied around Pat.”Josh Brown added his third field goal for the Giants with 4:30 to go to cut the gap to five points. New York’s defense got the ball back with 1:43 to play, but the offense turned the ball over on downs at their own 42.Rashad Jennings rushed for a season-high 170 yards and scored a touchdown for the Giants. Manning threw touchdown passes of 9 yards to Will Tye and 45 to Rueben Randle.“That is a guy that has so much command in the room, so much respect amongst his peers and us,” Jennings said of Coughlin. “We will fight for him, continue to follow him and there is no doubt in my mind that (he) is the man for the job.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
GLENDALE, AZ— Having just finished his spring training routine, top Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias was approached for an interview by an English-speaking reporter. Befuddled, the 19-year old lefty from Mexico looked around, searching for the right words in a foreign language.After a scramble in the clubhouse, the Dodgers brought Jaime Jarrin, the team’s Hall of Fame Spanish broadcaster from Ecuador, to handle the designated translator duties.“No doubt about it, it’s a bit awkward,” the usually outspoken Urias told The Associated Press. “You cannot express yourself with an American the same way you do with a Latino.”These episodes are common in major league clubhouses, and especially in spring training, where young, Spanish-speaking players from Latin America who are still adapting to the United States usually struggle with English. With that in mind, for the first time Major League Baseball instructed its 30 teams this season to hire full-time Spanish interpreters for their Latin players.For years, teams employed personal translators for their Japanese or Korean imports. But they rarely had translators on their staff for the dozens of players mainly from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico, instead relying on veteran Latino players, coaches or someone like Jarrin to help out with interviews.Not anymore.Reporting directly to the team’s public relations director or their general managers, the bilingual employee has to be available year-round for media interviews before and after games, including road trips, according to a memo sent by MLB and the players’ union to all teams before spring training. The initiative would be subsidized by the penalties teams pay when exceeding the international signing bonus limit. The amount available for each club to cover the new positions in 2016 will be $65,000.This way, nothing gets lost in translation.“It’s awesome, a welcome change,” Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. “I was blessed because I learned English quickly, but for others it’s not easy.”In his ninth season in the majors, the 30-year-old slugger from Venezuela was one of the veterans who usually helped teammates with interviews. Now he will relieved of those duties.“I was the Rockies translator!” Gonzalez joked. “And I didn’t get paid anything!”Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan applauded the new initiative.“That’s one of the biggest regrets I’ve ever had: I don’t speak Spanish. That’s not good,” Ryan said.And how tough is it for a Latino player to deal with a different language?Take, for example, Yordano Ventura, the 24-old righty who has pitched games for the Kansas City Royals in the past two World Series.As a starting pitcher in the postseason, Ventura had to sit in front of the cameras for press conferences on live broadcasts. The Dominican had an array of translators at hand, all make-do by the day, including catching coach Pedro Grifol, infielder Christian Colon and Jeremy Guthrie, a pitcher born in Roseburg, Oregon, who learned the Spanish when he served for two years as Mormon missionary in Spain.The new program forbids teams from employing coaches or trainers to fill the position.Ventura also recalled his trepidation at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City, an experience very similar to what Urias had to deal with in the Dodgers clubhouse in 2016.“There was no one around to help me until a reporter showed up,” he said. “I knew a few basic words, so it was very frustrating and complicated. You’re just trying to be able to respond well.”In contrast, players from Japan and other Asian countries usually have personal translators as part of their contracts. When Ichiro Suzuki, Masahiro Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda were part of the New York Yankees in the 2014 season, all three Japanese players had their own translators.But Latin American players, who frequently are signed as teenagers from their native countries, only have baseball academies as their resource to learn English.Jose Quintana, a starting pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, mentioned his predicament with the language barrier after he left Colombia at age 17. Navigating between classes while trying to jumpstart his career was a challenge.“Arriving here was a struggle. I didn’t know how to order meals,” the 27-year-old lefty recalled about his minor league experience. “When I wanted less food, they gave me more. I ended ordering the same thing over and over to avoid giving too many instructions.”“Having the translators is a great idea. In my case, at the beginning, we only had the lessons and it wasn’t enough,” he added. “It took me several years to get a grasp of English. Now I can submit for interviews in English by myself, sometimes I may need some help, but I keep trying to improve.”When contacted by the AP to inquire about the hiring process, many clubs responded that they were still conducting interviews and expected to have someone in the role by opening day in April. Teams such as the Yankees, the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox had recently filled their positions.Gonzalez thinks having a full-time translator should not become an excuse to not master English: “You cannot be a slacker now and rely on them forever.”For Urias, giving interviews in English is a matter of gaining confidence in his own abilities.“This is my fourth year here in the United States, and I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “Now I’m able to speak English with my teammates and I can understand everything they’re saying, but I still don’t have the courage to give interviews in English. I know what I need to answer, but I’m not ready to do so just yet.”ERIC NUNEZ, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – Panathinaikos produced an emphatic performance on Thursday and made the most of Olympiakos’s numerous turnovers to win Game 4 of the final series and force a fifth game on Sunday in Piraeus to determine the new champion of the Basket League.The Greens won 71-58, having led by up to 21 points in the second half before dropping a gear to ease into a 2-2 score in the best-of-five finals.Nick Calathes, who spent some of his morning in hospital due to the fever he had throughout the day, managed to notch up 14 points and handcuff Olympiakos captain Vassilis Spanoulis, who did not make a single two- or three-point shot.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Don’t address the 30-year-old freshman kicker from Australia as “Sir.” It makes him feel old.As for any sort of age joke, go ahead, because Colorado’s James Stefanou has heard them all — and usually it’s him cracking them.“I figure if you make the jokes, they’re not going to make them for you,” he said.The former soccer standout has quickly come of age as a kicker for the Buffaloes (3-0). Stefanou is 6 of 7 on field-goal attempts this season and has hit all 10 extra points heading into Colorado’s Pac-12 opener Saturday against No. 7 Washington at Folsom Field.A little background on the player from Melbourne: He got married in May, lives in a hotel close to campus, was a defender in soccer and loves everything about American football, except maybe all the contact. He went through a tackling drill the other day and got a little banged up.“No more of that,” he said. “If I have to in a game, I’ll be fine. I’ll just get them low.”Stefanou’s first attempt at kicking a football occurred when he was about 22 years old and hanging out with friends at a park Down Under. One of his mates held the football and the other stood about 40 yards away. Stefanou lofted the kick into the arms of his friend on his first attempt.Good!“He’s like, ‘You’re going to come down and have a kick with the guys,’” Stefanou said.That’s how he ended up at Prokick Australia , an academy developed to assist in the transition to American football by providing the fundamentals of punting and kicking. Some of the pupils include the last four Ray Guy Award winners as the nation’s best collegiate punter: Tom Hornsey of Memphis in 2013, Utah’s Tom Hackett in ’14 and ’15 and Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah in ’16.The Buffaloes were clued in about Stefanou through the program, saw some film and offered him a scholarship last spring .“I haven’t had any 30-year-olds in college before,” coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We felt really good about his talent and the coaching he was getting. We liked who he is as a person. He’s doing really well.”Still, this football thing has taken some adjustment. Namely, playing in front of so many fans. Being older, though — his birthday is April 15, 1987 — plays into his favor.“It’s helped a lot in terms of mentally being ready for this,” said Stefanou, whose longest kick this season is 40 yards. “Because it’s not anything you can replicate back home. You can train and practice as much as you want, but you can’t replicate the crowd. You can’t replicate the noise. You can’t replicate the rush.”He insisted he doesn’t miss soccer. If he craves the game, he’ll simply watch Manchester United in the Premier League.Stefanou played at a high level, representing his nation on its under-19 squad and suiting up professionally for several squads. He even went to Greece to play, but became homesick and returned to Australia.“I won’t do that again,” he cracked.That’s because he’s made himself right at home in Boulder. His wife, Laura, joined him on campus and is completing online coursework. He’s hoping to soon get her a puppy, for when he’s at road games or studying.About that, it’s been challenging hitting the books again after such a long layoff from school.“Writing papers and having deadlines,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m acclimatizing quite well.”By the way, he’s not the oldest player on the FBS level this season. That distinction belongs to Western Michigan punter Derrick Mitchell, who is three months older than Stefanou after playing minor league baseball before returning to football.As for how far his field-goal range might extend, Stefanou’s not quite sure. He did connect on a 63-yarder while with Prokick Australia.“I’d like to think I feel comfortable from 50 to 55,” he explained. “That’s what I’d like to think.”Being 30 does have some perks for Stefanou. For one, he rarely takes a backseat to any of his teammates on car rides.Well, except when Buffaloes defensive back Ryan Moeller is around.“He never lets me sit in the front seat,” Stefanou lamented. “I tell him, ‘Respect your elders. Let me sit in the front.’”PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare1919 Shares
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Security “That’s a good point — I must admit I thought this myself while writing this up — and then I forgot about it again — it may be that all SED does is to stop other people accessing/reading your data, but it doesn’t prevent Malware (or maybe it does) — l Continue Reading Previous Make With AdaNext How to run your own secure IoT cloud server for $8/year June 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm June 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm “I don’t believe that an encrypted drive will do anything to prevent malware or ransomware. When it is installed in your PC and you are logged in and running, it is effectively no longer encrypted from the view of the operating system, where the malware a LeighdePaor says: June 30, 2016 at 3:53 am June 29, 2016 at 8:05 am “Hi Max, the security of an SED is only really for 2 major situations:n1: when someone tries to take a drive out of a computer and read it’s content on another computer in order to bypass any account security on the computer or BIOSn2: when someone tries “Now I think I understand what I sound like when I talk to my wife.nnAre you talking about the SSD in my Tower Computer on my desk? If so, all I remember about it is that it’s an SSD … the “TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE-1667” just went “whoosh” right over my “Hi there — thanks so much for this feedback and link — Max “ “I just heard back from the SED experts at Virtium who spake as follows:n nHow does using an SED protect you from ransomware? SEDs do not protect from ransomware; that’s what firewalls and virus-protection software do. Self-encryption protects data at r realjjj says: “You listed your components in an article about VR so yeah i was talking about your desktop.nnThe point was that your SSD has encryption too, just not enabled by default.” Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “If i remember correctly you have an Intel SSD Pro 2500 and it supports TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE-1667.” Yoda1 says: Log in to Reply “How does using an SED protect you from ransomware? I’m under the assumption that the ransomware used it’s own AES key to encrypt the data, as it’s being written to the drive (and now double encrypted by SED). Does SED know what it’s encrypting/storing, Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: June 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm August 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Max The Magnificent says: June 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm June 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming increasingly nervous about all of the malware that’s out there. I hate the thought of some nefarious person roaming around my computer “touching” my data with their sticky metaphorical fingers.There are numerous types of malware, but one I think of as being particularly slimy and nefarious is ransomware. One type of ransomware locks your system down and then displays messages coaxing you into paying a ransom in order to have your machine unlocked. Another type encrypts all of your data files on your hard drive, forcing you to pay a ransom in order to receive the decryption key.I hate this stuff. I wish that the authorities would (a) treat this as a major issue, (b) invest whatever resources it takes to track the originators down, and (c) impose serious sanctions on the perpetrators, ranging from lifetime imprisonment to castration, or both. I tell you, if the people creating and deploying malware knew that this level of punishment was on the cards, I think we’d see a lot less of it. Of course I may be wrong, but in the spirit of scientific enquiry I say let’s try it for a few years and see what happens.In my case, all I really have on my system is the columns I’m currently writing and archives of old articles and books — along with photos of my family, friends, and hobby projects — which means I really don’t have much that would be of interest to anyone else. I daren’t even think how I would feel if I was in charge of securing and protecting military, commercial, and industrial data.All of which leads us to the concept of self-encrypting drives (SEDs) — a type of hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) that automatically and continuously encrypts the data on the drive without any user interaction.But where do you find this type of beast? Well, I recently heard from the folks at Virtium that they’ve just announced their StorFly SED SDDs boasting support for AES-256 encryption.(Source: Vitrium) “Virtium’s new SED SSDs are a perfect fit for embedded systems that require encryption in addition to our leading small-footprint, industrial-temperature, high-endurance, and low-power storage innovations,” said Scott Phillips, vice president of marketing at Virtium. “These encryption solutions support multiple SATA form factors, including 2.5″, 1.8″, Slim SATA, mSATA, M.2, and CFast. Additionally, they support all three StorFly classes – CE (MLC), XE (industrial-grade MLC) and PE (SLC). This new, broader array of SSD offerings provides OEMs and system designers with industrial security solutions not previously available without significant compromises to reliability. And while the consumer and enterprise markets may offer encrypted SSDs, they may not support the industrial temperatures, shock/vibration requirements and product longevity that Virtium’s new SEDs do.” A Virtium SED uses random AES encryption keys that are generated at product initialization (leveraging the drive controller’s integrated random number generator), which are hashed and then stored within the drive itself. These keys are subsequently used in conjunction with the integrated AES encryption engine to encrypt and store the host data on the NAND flash without burdening the host system (unlike software-based encryption solutions). The encryption keys are non-retrievable and cannot be changed without the complete loss of the data on the SSD.Virtium’s new StorFly SEDs are Trusted Computing Group Opal 2.0-compatible and support hardware and software initiated crypto-erase and block-erase features that satisfy requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-88 Revision 1 Guidelines for MediaSanitization. These features are persistent through power interruption cycles.For more information to Virtium’s new StorFly SEDs and its broad portfolio of solid state storage and memory solutions, visit www.virtium.com, call 888.847.8486, or email . CDSmith69 says: July 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm Log in to Reply 10 thoughts on “Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs)” realjjj says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Arrgggh — gnashing of teeth and rending of garb — I wish we lived in a world where security and encryption (and passwords) wasn’t necessary because people simply wouldn’t think of doing bad stuff — but maybe all of this is necessary to prepare us again Log in to Reply August 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
August 17, 2016 at 3:00 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Log in to Reply “DuanennColour me jealous” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: nThanksForAllTheFish says: “I proposed this as a PhD topic about 10yrs ago – sonification of live video as an aid to the blind. We can produce 3D sound in realtime now delivered through stereo headphones. We can also do computer vision in realtime – imagine segmenting images into August 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm “@NThanksForAllTheFishnnSounds intriguing. Did your idea go anywhere? From your comment it appears that it wasn’t accepted for your PhD” nThanksForAllTheFish says: “I read an article recently about folks who are representing a variety of physical phenomena as sound — I recall it as being really interesting at the time, but the details have been lost as my poor old noggin has been filled with more recent information Continue Reading Previous On drivingNext An Arduino-based Theremin August 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm “@Aubrey:- You take me back to the days (30 years ago) when I was working in the London Underground Research Laboratories. I had made a thermocouple amplifier for some tests with long thermocouples cables every thing went as expected on the lab bench but w Log in to Reply Log in to Reply 13 thoughts on “Sonification” Log in to Reply “@CrustynnThose rectifiers have a lot to answer for.” Rcurl says: August 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm antedeluvian says: “@RcurlnnI just love FEELING those notes, on one pipe or many. I always use Bach’s Toccata and Fugue to test out music equipment.” August 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm “MaxnnIf the answer comes back to you, please let me know. I would love to read about it.” August 17, 2016 at 2:59 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “@Aubrey: “the frequency response of the hi-fi system should go to ~25KHz because although the ear couldnu2019t hear that the sound was there, it could detect that it was missing”nAt the other end of the audio spectrum, some manufactureres of pipe orga Log in to Reply Log in to Reply MichaelM985 says: Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Hi Aubrey — as I mentioned in my column (which you referenced in yours), way back in the mists of time when I worked for International Computers Limited (ICL) in the UK — as a member of a design team creating CPUs for mainframe computers — we used jump Log in to Reply August 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm In order to alleviate the boredom when walking on the treadmill I listen to different podcasts. The other day I got to listen to a Science Friday discussion on “sonfication” which is the process whereby some observational property is transformed into a sound. Perhaps the most recent example of this is the audio presentation of the gravitational waves detected by LIGO. There is also a rather haunting sonification of solar wind data into a “sun song” that you can hear if you go to the link above.According to research, hearing is more sensitive to variations than the other senses including vision. Even non-technical people can tell when their car is not sounding “right”. By coincidence our own Max Maxfield recently wrote a blog “Introducing the Floppotron 2.0” and several of the comments to that blog detail quite how sensitive the human ear can be. Back in the day of long playing records, there was a discussion that although human hearing couldn’t hear above 20KHz at maximum, the frequency response of the hi-fi system should go to ~25KHz because although the ear couldn’t hear that the sound was there, it could detect that it was missing. But let me return to sonification.Since the ear is so sensitive, it is much easier to discern changes in the phenomenon being monitored by converting the measured data into sound. There are probably several algorithms to do this and no doubt, one approach may be better than another for a given set of circumstances. Apparently Fast Fourier Transforms loom large in this field.I must admit that I found the evolution of the word “sonification” from a noun to a verb disconcerting, but at the risk of tooting my own horn (blowing my own trumpet, depending on which version of English you learned) I must confess to have sonified data well in advance of hearing this episode of Science Friday. Those of you who read my ramblings (hi mom) will know that I design analog signal conditioners that need to be calibrated. In an attempt to help the calibration technician from having to keep a small screwdriver located in the slot of a tiny screw whilst monitoring an ammeter, I came up with a technique to calibrate 4-20mA current loops without having to look from screwdriver to meter and back. If the reading was above the target value the test system produced a tone that increased in frequency as the output deviated and conversely dropped as it approached the desired output. If the reading was below the target value, the system worked in the same way, only a couple of octaves lower. The idea was to tune for a null.The project was implemented on an early PC using C and especially since I am not musically talented, the sounds were rather harsh. I argued that it would motivate the technician to complete the calibration quickly. Co-workers hated the continuous sound and so we provided headphones, but they were not particularly resilient and kept breaking – perhaps it wasn’t normal wear and tear that contributed to their demise! I must admit that it wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. I actually published it as a design idea in EDN as “Calibration technique uses sound” in September 1, 1998, but good luck finding it.From experience and the tales related in Max’s blog it is obvious there are many instances of passive sonification that we become aware of through conditioning. However, now that I know, it seems that there are several common uses of active sonification, where a designer has made a conscious decision to transform some other signal into sound – for instance in higher end cars the proximity detectors generate sounds to indicate when you are too close to an object and if I am not mistaken they use tones to indicate side and back as well. There must be others and you must have some ideas you would like to implement. Please let me know in the comments below. antedeluvian says: August 17, 2016 at 2:58 am antedeluvian says: August 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I visited the LIGO detector in Hanford, Washington. The “sonification” of the detection was pretty cool, as was all of the data behind it.” Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I just came across this article (which include audio) taken from the Canadian science radio program called Quirks and Quarks. This article describes how one astronomer “sonified” signals from the Milky Way.nhttp://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/an-astron “No. The professor I wanted to work with at CMU said it was a neat idea but then somewhat wryly added that he didn’t like taking on PhD students that were smarter than him. I had a full time job at the time, pulling me in a different direction and ended August 18, 2016 at 12:20 am AubreyKagan says: July 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm August 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm August 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm antedeluvian says:
With regard to the recent analysis of Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Digital Research’s CP/M (see Was Microsoft built on stolen goods? by yours truly and Was DOS copied from CP/M? by Bob Zeidman), I thought I’d mention that Bob will be speaking at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held in Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016.Bob Zeidman (Source: Carrie Zeidman) In fact, Bob will be giving two presentations as follows:Protecting Your Intellectual PropertyA Crash Course in VerilogBut that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about (LOL). The reason for me waffling on here is that a bunch of us (an “Enigma of Engineers,” if you will — see also A Sillygism of Logic Designers & a Hackerty of Software Developers and A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs ) will be meeting up on Tuesday 20 September — the evening before the conference — at the Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis.Of particular interest is the fact that Bob will be one of our merry throng. Bob has informed me that he will be happy to discuss the history of Gary Kildall and Bill Gates, of DRI and Microsoft, and of CP/M and MS-DOS, and also to answer questions about his analysis of CP/M, QDOS, and MS-DOS.We’ll probably be wandering in sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. I’ll be easy to spot. Just look for a bunch of outrageously good-looking embedded systems developers with rippling six-pack abs, then keep on scanning the room until you spot the geeky-nerdy-looking guy in the Hawaiian shirt. If all else fails, just shout “Max, would you like a beer?” and you will be assured of my undivided attention (LOL). Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Book Review: The Innovators by Walter IsaacsonNext Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway market Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry
Continue Reading Previous IBASE: COM Express CPU module for factory automationNext Epson to license SEGGER’s emWin GUI tool for its S1C31D01 series MCUs Efficient and Easy-to-use wireless charging for smartphones, wearables, medical and industrial devices possible with the AURIX and XMC microcontroller families. Infineon Technologies offers flexible chip sets for high performance including software IP for smart and safe wireless charging applications. Working with a systems solution partner, Infineon provides reference designs for both inductive and resonant wireless charging solutions for on-the-go charging, whether in the car, at home or in public places.The controller works seamlessly with power devices from Infineon to provide a complete charging solution. Voltage Regulator and Power MOSFET technology enable high efficiency power conversion, while network ICs serve for reliable communication according to highest automotive standards. The current 15 W charging standards, including fast charge smartphones, and future changes through a software update are supported. an enhanced power stage architecture improves Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) performance 10-15 dB over existing solutions on the market. A newly developed supplemental Foreign Object Detection system provides enhanced detection accuracy to meet critical customer safety requirements.The Infineon XMC microcontroller provides a powerful and cost-effective platform. The scalable architecture can support everything from a fast charge smartphone, to a 20 W robot, up to a 60 W drone and beyond. Paired with power products, like MOSFETs and Driver ICs, this system can provide full power wireless charging without complicated thermal management, often achieving charging rates equivalent to wired charging.The XMC based 2.5 W low-power solution from Infineon is the industry’s lowest cost resonant wireless charger. It supports both one-to-one and multi-device charging on a single transmitter. By using a higher frequency, very small coils can be employed in a variety of form factors, with no regard to nearby metallic objects. These benefits make the technology ideal for charging wearables, headphones, smart clothing and other connected IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Texas Instruments announced the multiprotocol gigabit time-sensitive networking-enabled processor family. The new, highly integrated Sitara AM6x processor family provides industrial-grade reliability, with quad and dual Arm Cortex-A53 core variants built to meet the rapidly evolving needs of Industry 4.0 in factory automation, motor drives and grid infrastructure.By supporting gigabit throughput rates for TSN standards and other industrial protocols in a specific subsystem, Sitara AM6x processors are built for the convergence of both Ethernet and real-time data traffic on a single network. This capability is critical for real-time communication in Industry 4.0 applications and enables software-reconfigurable cyber physical systems in factories.The inclusion of an on-chip isolated dual-core microcontroller subsystem enables designers to use AM6x processors to create more dependable and functional safety-certifiable products, while reducing overall system-level complexity for applications including programmable logic controllers and multi-axis motor drives. Comprehensive support for ECC memory protection for both on-chip memory and external DDR memory and for 100,000 power-on hours at a 105˚C junction temperature operation enables AM6x processors to perform in high-reliability applications. This processor family allows developers to scale their designs to fit the needs of their system with pin-compatible processors that operate with a unified software platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Kontron: SMARC module for networked terminal devicesNext DDC: resolver-to-digital converters offer 3.3V or 5V I/O compatibility
Continue Reading Previous Seco: heterogeneous processing systems based on Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoCsNext Infineon: TRENCHSTOP IGBT7 and EC7 diode tailored for industrial drives applications Renesas Electronics announced the new “RX Functional Safety” solution for industrial applications that reduces the complexity of IEC 61508 SIL3 certification, an international standard for functional safety. Based on the RX family of microcontrollers, the new solution provides advanced functional safety for industrial equipment, including functions for chip self-diagnostics, the world’s first SIL3-certified functional safety software and reference documents for users to develop the safety part of industrial applications. The complete functional safety support for industrial applications allows users to shorten the certification acquisition process by a year or more.Featuring a dual-MCU configuration, the RX Functional Safety will support all Renesas MCUs based on the RXv2 core to enable simple safety verification and a highly efficient diagnostics software. With the SIL3-certified software, the solution eliminates the need for users to develop functional safety software dependant to Renesas MCUs and allows them to focus on development of software for their own application components.When starting on a new functional safety system, developers face a large number of difficult technological problems, including the interpretation of difficult standards, acquiring methods for constructing dual-structure MCUs, and selecting third parties for support. Users experienced in configuring functional safety systems are also challenged with development burdens such as acquiring software certification and the recertification associated with the expansion of system functions.To resolve these issues, Renesas has developed a comprehensive, software -based solution combining: RX Functional Safety – Self-Test Software Kit: Performs self-diagnostics at the individual MCU level, self-diagnostics software library, safety manual, user guide.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
ADLINK Technology announces that it is collaborating with Intel to refresh its carrier-grade network appliances CSA-7210/7400 and AI training platform ALPS-4800 with the new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The development represents ADLINK’s active involvement in delivering Intel® Select Solution for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). The refreshed products are expected to be available in Q4 of 2019.With improved Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 frequencies of up to 4.4 GHz and significantly enhanced memory support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory and increased DDR4 frequencies, Intel’s 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable processors not only provide an advanced compute core designed to excel wherever enormous performance for rapid data analysis is needed, but also enable a broad range of AI and machine learning applications with Intel Deep Learning Boost that adds new Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI). Intel Speed Select Technology, another important new feature, provides an ideal solution for dynamic service delivery based on workload needs. In addition, the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver hardware-enhanced security to enable more effective data protection, greater workload integrity and suppression of malicious exploits with reduced performance overhead.ADLINK’s CSA-7210/7400 (2U/4U) are next-generation, high performance, carrier grade Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) network security platforms built on the ADLINK Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), integrating network interfaces, switches, and overall computing capacity. The CSA-7210/7400’s flexibility and configurability enable cross-business product deployment and easy integration to other high-end network security markets, such as next-generation firewalls, telecommunications, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). Featuring high throughput capacity and I/O density, parallel computing and computing density, carrier-grade high availability, and support for standardized API management, the application-ready CSA-7210/7400 meet the stringent requirements of network security systems, and enhance solution integrators’ competitive positions by allowing them to focus their development efforts on differentiating end applications. The CSA-7210/7400 have been deployed globally by leading system integrators in a variety of high-profile use cases such as IDS/IPS network security solutions and SD-WAN enterprise network service platforms.ADLINK’s ALPS-4800 is the company’s latest AI training platform, validated with up to 8 GPU accelerators in a 4U server design. More than just a hardware server system, the ALPS-4800 is an optimized, workload-conscious acceleration system for Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL) and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications for smart factory, smart city, mobile robotics, defense, medical, and digital security and surveillance (DSS). Integrating a server node powered by dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors and PCIe expansion box with PCIe switching, the ALPS-4800 platform is highly configurable and scalable to support the combination of GPUs required to meet the needs of a variety of applications, support different workloads and demands, multiple topologies and bandwidths between GPUs and CPUs by making only simple cable routing adjustments. Moreover, InfiniBand support allows the platform to be easily scaled up to multiple GPU clusters.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Flash memoryNext Syslogic: rugged computers and HMI systems for construction machinery
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\R Colombo, Jul 18 (AFP) Sri Lanka’s sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish “simple, clear rules” today after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was punished for ball tampering. “Laws governing the offence / act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity,” Faiszer Musthapha said in a statement. “I invite the ICC to revisit the applicable laws and ensure that a set of simple, clear and certain rules and procedures are put in place.” He did not elaborate but the statement came after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were sanctioned following a tampering scandal. Chandimal refused to take the field for two hours on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies last month after he was accused of ball tampering on the previous day. Chandimal as well as Hathurusingha and Gurusinha were banned for two Tests and four one-day internationals for violating the spirit of the game by holding up the second Test against West Indies by two hours. At the start of the first Test against a touring South African team last week, Chandimal and his tourist counterpart Faf du Plessis said they wanted a list of do’s and don’ts from the ICC match referee. Although the use of saliva or sweat to shine the ball is an accepted practice, using any other substance — such as sugary residue from sweets — is prohibited. Chandimal was slapped with a 100 percent fine of his match fees and banned from the third Test against the West Indies last month after he was found guilty of tampering.advertisement Match referee Javagal Srinath said Chandimal applied saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball, in violation of the ICC Code of Conduct. The ICC last week unveiled tougher sanctions for ball tampering and sledging in a bid to improve on-field behaviour in the sport. The changes came in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March that saw Steve Smith stripped of the Australian captaincy and suspended from international and domestic cricket for a year. His teammates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were also banned. Du Plessis said tougher sanctions would make players think twice before putting something in their mouth and then using saliva to shine the ball. (AFP) ATKATK
England captain Joe Root said their victory against India in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston has given the team a lot of confidence because they were not at their best.England are currently leading the series 1-0 and will take on India in the second Test at Lords, which is beginning on Thursday.England beat India in the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs when the Indian batsmen failed to chase a final target of 198 runs. Despite not being putting up a great performance, England managed to perform as a team at crucial junctures and eked out a win.On the eve of the Lords Test, Root said it was exciting to know that they won the Test combating immense pressure from the Indian team.”It [the win at Birmingham] fills you with masses of confidence. One of the most exciting things about last week is that we weren’t at our best, certainly areas we can improve, but we found a way to win under pressure, and wrestle momentum back in our favour,” Root said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the second Test.Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’s”That’s a sign of some strong characters in our dressing room. And having had some indifferent results in the recent past, to pull off a win like that is a really good sign for us moving forward.”If we can make small improvements in certain areas, and add that to where we were good last week, we will see some improvements from last week.”advertisementEngland will look to alter some history at Lords as they have won just three of their last nine Tests at the iconic ground in London.”Every time you turn up here the surfaces can be quite different. At the start of the summer we were below par and it would be easy to look too far into that, but against South Africa there was a lot of spin and against India [in 2014] spin came into it a lot in the second innings. That might be a big factor.Also read – India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for India”We’ll have to wait to see what the surface looks like tomorrow [Thursday] morning but ultimately on the last couple of occasions, whoever has played well in the first innings has managed to contain that threat through the rest of the game. So we have to start well and try to stay on top if we can,” he said.Ollie Pope will make his debut against India in the second Test and he will receive his first cap batting at No. 4, replacing Dawid Malan from the side. Root will wait until toss to decide whether to play a second spinner [Moeen Ali] or an extra pacer [Chris Woakes].Root asserted that having the right-handed Pope in the team was not a tactic against Ravichandran Ashwin or Ishant Sharma, who have a good record against left-handed batsmen.”With the surface as it is, having looked at it today, we’re going to leave it another 24 hours and then make a decision in the morning. I’m not sure, having played quite a lot here, if it will change a huge amount.Also read – India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root”But we just want to make sure, be really clear, that going into the game we can be really confident we’ve got the best 11 players to take 20 wickets on that surface. So we’ll turn up tomorrow, see if it looks any different, and then make that decision, he added.When questioned about countering Ashwin and Ishant, he said, “They are two fine players and one of the reasons why India have been successful is they have some brilliant experienced players to call upon. The guys have thought quite clearly about how to try and get each individual out, and practise accordingly, and that’s all you can ask from your team.”We’ve prepared as much as possible and feel like we’re in a good position coming into the game. Opposition players are allowed to play well and they definitely did that at Edgbaston, so it’s just about combatting that as a team and making sure that when we get our opportunities to go big, someone takes the game by the scruff of the neck.”Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestadvertisementRoot accepted that dropped catches at Edgbaston were a concern for England against a quality side like India and the way Virat Kohli was dropped thrice in the first innings, where he scored 149 runs, was a problem.”It’s a crucial part of Test cricket, especially India being such a good side you have to take those chances.”Root said that it will be important to manage Kohli at the crease, in terms of keeping him away from strike, like they did in the second innings previously.”Virat’s a fine player and it shows when you give the best players opportunities they don’t need many more. On that last morning he batted 55 minutes and he faced 13-14 balls. It was very skilful to be able to manipulate him off the strike and starve him of facing the majority of deliveries.”And in the first innings, to create two half-chances and two clear chances was testament to how we’ve got good plans against him and found a way to potentially get him out. Nice to know we are doing the right things, but it’s about taking those chances when they come,” he added.Also read – India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for IndiaApart from Kohli, Root was the only other batsman to come away from Edgbaston with head held high.”It obviously can get better. There’s been a lot of talk about this – I look at this summer and twice I’ve managed to get past 50 and go on to make hundreds in succession. It might have been in white ball cricket but I still see that I’ve made an improvement in that area and I wanted to take that forward into this format.”The frustrating thing about last week it wasn’t poor batsmanship [sic] that got me out, it was a poor passage of play in terms of running between the wickets.(With PTI inputs)
Razer is working on a successor to the last year’s Razer phone and the launch is expected in December this year. Dubbed Razer Phone 2, the phone recently showed up on the Geekbench website giving us a sneak peek into the specs of the it. Now the phone has apparently appeared on Antutu benchmarking website.The benchmark scores of Razer Phone 2 on Antutu hint that it is going to be one incredible phone. The Razer Phone 2 has scored 283,397 which is pretty good. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 scored 235.456 on the Antutu. The Antutu or any other Benchmark score measures the speed of your device. Going by the Antutu scores, we can expect the Razer Phone 2 to be faster than even the Galaxy Note 9.The Antutu listing further reveals that the phone could come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the same octa-core processor that we see in Galaxy Note 9, Xperia XZ and Mi 8. The listing also confirms 8GB RAM and Android 8.1 Oreo OS for the Razer Phone 2.The other details that we get from the Antutu listing includes 512GB storage. Only few devices come with 512GB storage like the Porsche Edition Huawei Mate RS and Asus ROG smartphone.The benchmarking website also reveals that the phone will sport a 5.7 inch of Sharp IGZO LCD screen with 2560×1440 pixels of resolution.The Geekbench listing had also revealed that the phone will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The phone will launch on Android 8.1 Oreo and be upgraded to Android 9 Pie via an update later.Razer Phone specsadvertisementRazer so far has launched just one gaming phone- the Razer. The phone was launched in November 2017. The phone came with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 2000GB via a microSD card.One the photography front, the Razer Phone 2 packs a 12MP primary camera on the rear and an 8MP front camera for selfies. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 and is supported by a 4000mAh non removable battery.
Sardar Singh’s retirement from the international hockey didn’t come as a surprise to many as the veteran player’s performance had always been under the scanner since he was blamed for being too slow to be in the team.Amid all kind of speculation, former coach Sjoerd Marijne made him captain of the team for the Azlan Shah Cup at the beginning of the year. But a dismal performance and a fifth position finish in Malaysia pushed Marijne to drop the 32-year-old from the squad for the Commonwealth Games under the pretext of stiff competition.Sardar said it was a low point in his career where he was lacking in self-belief. But a 15-20 minutes pep-talk with Sachin Tendulkar helped the Haryana man to stage a comeback in the squad for Champions Trophy.”I want to say thank you to Sachin paaji for helping me get back my mental strength when all chips were down,” Sardar said during media interaction here. “Whenever I called him, he took my calls and never rushed during any conversation. After getting dropped from CWG squad, I asked him how to prove myself when others are doubting me, tab unhone meri 15-20 minute class lagayi (he counselled me for 15-20 minutes).”He asked me to watch my old videos and analyse my game. He told me to visualise the game in my head before going into a match. It really helped me and I managed to stage a comeback and it showed in my performance during the Champions Trophy.”advertisementAt this time when senior team coach Harendra Singh is also under pressure due to the horrendous show at the Asiad, Sardar vowed support for his former coach, who brought him in the junior then senior set up at the beginning of his career.”I think it’s not right to doubt Harendra Singh because he is one of the best. He has worked hard a lot to reach here. He has done all the FIH courses needed for a coach and proved himself with the girls’ team and with us during the Champions Trophy,” said the midfielder.However, he didn’t deny the importance of having the best of the foreign coaches by giving examples of Roelant Oltmans, Terry Walsh, who improved the standard of Indian hockey players, especially their fitness.”Of course having best names among coaches training you makes you better. In modern hockey, the fitness of a player is of paramount importance. Roelant Oltman, Terry Walsh and Barry Dancer were some great coaches we had, who won India some big trophies and also improved player’s fitness level with their modern hockey knowledge.But he added, communication with foreign coaches especially during a match has been a perennial issue.”But yeah, communicating with foreign coaches during a match used to be an issue. Especially with the introduction of quarters, where tactical change by a coach during the breaks was not always well understood due to the language barrier. Even the pre-match meetings used to go on for hours due to translation, so concentrating on that for long was another issue,” he quipped.Sardar himself has admitted that he wants to try a career in coaching as he is planning to play club hockey in Europe for next two years and start his coaching courses.
India dominated the last two sessions of the third day’s play in the second and final Test match to crush West Indies by 10 wickets and complete a series whitewash with ease on Sunday.After being bowled out cheaply in the first session and managing only a lead of 56 runs, the Indian bowlers riding on Umesh Yadav’s brilliant spell roared back to knock the West Indies over for a paltry 127 in their second essay.Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul then chased down the target of 72 in 16.1 overs to win the Test match and complete their 10th successive series win at home.Hyderabad Test, Day 3: Report | Highlights | PhotosThe series win meant that India are now the only team other than Australia to achieve the feat. Australia did it twice from 1994/95 to 2000/01 and 2004-2008/09. India’s reign started from 2012 and is yet to be broken.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/oUlwtb9ZX3BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018India’s domination at home started with a 4-0 thrashing of Australia in 2012/13 and it was followed by series wins over West Indies (2-0 in 2013/14), South Africa (3-0 in 2015/16), New Zealand (3-0 in 2016/17), England (4-0 in 2016/17), Bangladesh (1-0 in 2016/17), Australia (2-1 in 2016/17), Sri Lanka (1-0 in 2017/18), Afghanistan (1-0 in 2018) and West Indies (2-0 in 2018/19).Talking of domination, India also extended their consecutive series win record over the Windies to seven and their unbeaten run in Test matches against the same opposition to 21 — it started back in 2002.Also read – Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat KohliadvertisementThe resounding victory over Jason Holder’s side was also India’s 8th 10-wicket win in the history of red-ball cricket. The first one came in 1952 versus Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The other seven have come against Pakistan (Chennai, 1980), New Zealand (Hyderabad, 1988), England (Mohali, 2001), Zimbabwe (Harare, 2005), New Zealand (Hamilton, 2009), Bangladesh (Mirpur, 2010) and against West Indies in this match. Umesh Yadav picked up six wickets in the first innings and four in the second (AP Photo)The win was largely possible because of Umesh, who was on song over the last couple of days. After picking up career-best figures of 6/88 in the first innings, he picked up 4 for 45 in the second innings to grab his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and set up a comprehensive victory for India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.In the process, Umesh became the third Indian pacer overall to register a 10-wicket haul in Test matches in India. The other two are Javagal Srinath (13/132 vs Pakistan) and Kapil Dev 11/146 vs Pakistan).Also read – Prithvi Shaw cherishes man-of-the-series award in debut Test seriesA clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they beat the Windies by 10 wickets to clinch the series 2-0. This is their 10 consecutive victory at home @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Mr0Qv7hEWFBCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Young Prithvi Shaw also jumped on to the stats bandwagon when he hit the winning runs off Devendra Bishoo. The 18-year-old, who finished the series with 234 runs, is now the second-youngest in the history of Test cricket to hit the winning runs for his team. At the age of 18 years and 198 days, Pat Cummins is the youngest to do so, when he smashed the winning runs against South Africa in 2011 in Johannesburg.Shaw achieved the feat at 18 years and 339 days on Sunday.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was taken to hospital after he woke up complaining of a headache on Friday morning.Sarfraz did not take the field on Day 4 of the second Test against Australia after taking a blow to the helmet.Sarfraz was on 33 in Pakistan’s second innings on Thursday in Abu Dhabi when a Peter Siddle bouncer struck his helmet.The wicketkeeper brushed off the knock as he went on to make 81 off 123 balls, helping the hosts set a mammoth target of 538.Pakistan vs Australia: Day 4 Blog | ScorecardIn his absence, Asad Shafiq was given the responsibility of leading the side while Mohammad Rizwan took the wicketkeeping gloves.Read – Australia’s Usman Khawaja may miss start of India Test series with knee injuryAustralia were also dealt a major blow when it was confirmed that in-form opener Usman Khawaja suffered a meniscal tear to his left knee that is likely to require surgery.Khawaja, who has scored a match-saving 141 in the first Test, is now a doubt for the start of the home series against India, which begins in Adelaide on December 6.Khawaja injured his left knee in a training session during the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.Australia will already miss the services of Steve Smith and David Warner and Khawaja’s absence will be a massive blow.Smith and Warner are serving one-year bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March this year.The left-handed batsman was spotted limping on Friday morning when he reached the Sheikh Zayed Stadium with the Australian team.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)