BMWs new smart glasses can put technical drawings right in front of

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Review • 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover BMW 84 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More about 2019 BMW X2 M35i Preview • 2019 BMW X2 M35i first drive: High-riding hot hatch Enlarge ImageIf this tech prevents me from having to pound a third cup of dealership coffee while I twiddle my thumbs, great. BMW It’s been a long time since Google Glass arrived and promptly departed from the world, but automakers think they have a much smarter solution for smart glasses, and BMW is the latest to show off this tech.BMW announced on Tuesday that it has developed a new set of smart glasses for its dealership technicians. The TSARAVision Smart Glasses, named after BMW’s new online case-reporting system TSARA, can be used to speed up diagnostic and repair procedures by offering up everything a tech needs without having to thumb through physical manuals or pick up a phone. The glasses, which don’t really resemble glasses in the traditional sense, have the ability to put step-by-step instructions or technical drawings right in front of a technician’s eyes. The glasses can also take screenshots, and they’re capable of zooming in on photos to get a little extra detail when necessary. In the event a problem proves too tricky, a tech can also uses the smart glasses to phone home to Germany, where engineers can get a live look at the problem to better work through it. If the tech needs to open up a new document, he or she can do so with just their voice, keeping hands free for the actual nitty-gritty work.BMW says this new tech should be at all BMW dealers by June. It’s not the first company to try something like this, though. We got to experience Porsche’s Tech Live Look smart glasses last year, which look equally silly but are built with the same goal in mind — speeding up the repair process from every angle possible. More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 3:07 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible deliver big horsepower and luxury Share your voice Auto Tech Car Industry Tags BMW 0 Porsche’s AR glasses help us fix a car in cyberspacelast_img read more

Afghans fear end of press freedoms golden age

first_imgIn this photo taken on 4 April 2019 an Afghan presenter takes part in a live broadcast at the Khurshid TV station in Kabul. Photo: AFPBeneath the gaze of the TV cameras a woman begins speaking, at first softly but with growing passion as she faces the “Butcher of Kabul” across a crowded auditorium and asks if he wants to apologise for alleged war crimes.Without missing a beat, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the ruthless former warlord blamed for rocket attacks which reduced much of the Afghan capital to rubble in the 1990s, declined to do so.The dramatic moment during a recent televised news debate highlights how far media freedom has come in Afghanistan, where — for now — traumatised civilians can stand and at least try to hold powerful men to account, live on camera.”Years ago, these kind of questions could get you killed, but now people can challenge the most dangerous people in mainstream and social media,” Mustafa Rahimi, a university student, said after watching the debate.But today, even as hundreds of media outlets proliferate across Afghanistan, consumers and journalists alike worry a potential peace deal between the Taliban and the US could sound the death knell for a golden age of press freedom.”We are concerned about a total or a partial ban on media,” Sediqullah Khaliq, the director of Hewad TV and radio in Kandahar — the birthplace of Taliban — told AFP.”There is fear that we may go back to a media blackout or having a state-controlled press.”While in power, the Taliban raged against traditional forms of mass communication and entertainment, banning television, movies and allowing only Islamist programming or propaganda to be broadcast on the only radio station, Voice of Sharia.Anyone caught watching TV faced punishment and risked having their television set smashed and then displayed from a lamppost.Almost all electronic products were outlawed as un-Islamic. For a while, trees in Kabul fluttered with the magnetic ribbon tape from destroyed cassettes.Photographs of living things were illegal, and ownership of a video player could lead to a public lashing.- A deadly trade -Afghanistan is the world’s deadliest place for journalists, who face many risks covering the conflict and who have sometimes been targeted for doing their job.Nine journalists, including AFP Kabul’s chief photographer Shah Marai, were killed in an Islamic State attack in April 2018.Media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported that 2018 was the deadliest year on record for journalists in Afghanistan, with at least 15 media workers killed while working.Despite the risks, hundreds of media organisations have blossomed since 2001, and today there are more than 100 television channels, 284 radio stations and just over 400 newspapers and magazines, according to a government report.With one of the world’s lowest literacy rates, television and radio play a huge role in Afghan culture, and Afghans have grown accustomed to outlets holding their politicians to account.Warlords, politicians, Taliban sympathisers and government officials are openly challenged in televised debates, radio programmes and on social media.”We now play live music, women call in and share their problems on the radio. But even if the Taliban allow radios, I don’t think they would like our programmes,” said Mera Hamdam, a presenter at Zama private radio in Kandahar.”There is huge concern that we will lose all our achievements,” he said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said if they return to power, the insurgents would follow an Islamic interpretation of freedom of expression.”We won’t allow propaganda, insults and humiliation to people in society and religious values. We will allow those who work for the betterment of the society,” he told AFP.A sixth round of talks between the US and the Taliban wrapped up last week in Doha, with apparently little progress being made on several key issues.The two foes have for months been trying to hammer out a deal that could see foreign forces leave Afghanistan in return for a ceasefire, talks between Kabul and the Taliban, and a guarantee the country will not be used as a safe haven for terror groups.But observers worry that in a rush to quit Afghanistan after nearly 18 gruelling years of war, America might not push for safeguards of protections many Afghans now take for granted, including media freedoms and improved rights for women and other marginalised people.”Freedom of expression as a protective value should be incorporated into any document resulting from peace talks,” NAI, a leading media support agency, said in a statement.Rahimi, the university student, said he worried about Afghanistan going back to “the dark era”.last_img read more

FICN amounting 438 lakh seized in Kolkata 1 arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 4.38 lakh and arrested a person, an officer said on Saturday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted the accused, Ishab Ali, 31, from the Sealdah area.last_img