Tag Archives: drops

Sheriff’s deputy drops lawsuit against Masai Ujiri from NBA Finals altercation

A California law enforcement officer has dropped his lawsuit against Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri that stemmed from an altercation at the 2019 NBA Finals.

The Raptors president subsequently dropped his countersuit against Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland, which was confirmed in a statement from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the team owner.

The Raptors, MLSE and the NBA were also named in Strickland’s lawsuit.

“Masai has been completely vindicated, as we always knew he would be,” an MLSE spokesperson said in a statement. “We are disappointed that he and his family have had to endure the past 18 months of worry and uncertainty, but for their sake we are pleased the legal process has come to an end — and especially pleased that the claims made against Masai and MLSE were dismissed entirely, free of any financial settlement.

“We continue to be deeply troubled by the fact that Masai was put in this position in the first place, and believe he should never have had to defend himself. Masai is taking some time to process the ordeal, and intends to address it publicly at a later date.”

Strickland, who was seeking $ 75,000 US, had alleged he suffered physical injuries to his head, jaw, chin and teeth. Ujiri’s countersuit alleged that Strickland used excessive force against him. Ujiri also claimed that he never would have been treated with such disrespect if he wasn’t Black.

WATCH | Video shows altercation between Ujiri, sheriff’s deputy:

New video released by lawyers for Raptors president Masai Ujiri shows him being shoved by a sheriff’s deputy while trying to get onto the court to celebrate the team’s NBA championship last year. The deputy claims Ujiri was the instigator and has sued him for injuries. 2:23

The case caps a nearly two-year-long battle between their legal teams.

The incident happened on June 13, 2019, after the Raptors won Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

“I’m certainly happy it’s over for him and that he is done with it … it’s a long process that he had to go through, but he did it properly and just went through it without ever wavering,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said before the Raptors played the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday.

“I’m sure he’s glad it’s over with, as we all are.”

In the videos released, Ujiri was seen going into his pocket to bring out his credentials. However, as he tried to do that, Strickland is seen on his body-camera video shoving Ujiri twice, telling him he had no authority to be there. Ujiri then shoves Strickland back, which was all caught in the 11-second video. The Raptors president and his legal team argued there was no reason for Strickland to forcefully shove Ujiri.

“Mr. Ujiri was abundantly calm, reasonable and compliant during his encounter with Strickland, and there was absolutely no reason for Strickland to forcefully shove Mr. Ujiri twice without provocation,” Ujiri’s legal team said last October in a response to Strickland’s lawsuit. “At this stage, it would be improper to construe the facts in Strickland’s favour and find otherwise.”

The response also says Ujiri’s Fourth Amendment right was violated. Ujiri’s team says the Fourth Amendment requires officers to use force only when it is “objectively reasonable.”

Strickland’s civil suit was filed after prosecutors decided in October not to press criminal charges against Ujiri.

With both suits now dropped, neither side will gain any money as part of the mutual agreement, and each side will pay their own legal fees.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

CBC | Sports News

Argentina joins Canada at SheBelieves Cup after Japan drops out

Canada has a new opponent at next month’s SheBelieves Cup in Orlando with Argentina replacing Japan at the four-team women’s soccer tournament.

U.S. Soccer said 10th-ranked Japan withdrew “citing the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in their country.” Argentina will slot into Japan’s schedule and the order of games and kickoff times will not change.

The top-ranked U.S. and Brazil, tied for eighth with Canada in the FIFA world rankings, are the other teams participating in the sixth edition of the tournament.

Argentina, tied for 31st in the world rankings, made its third World Cup appearance in 2019 in France. The South Americans tied Japan 0-0 and Scotland 3-3 and lost 1-0 to England. The comeback against Scotland earned kudos, with the South Americans rallying from 3-0 down in the last 16 minutes.

The Canadian women are 4-0-0 against Argentina, although the two teams have not met since 2011 when Canada won 1-0 at the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

WATCH | Christine Sinclair makes history:

Canadian Christine Sinclair scores the 185th goal of her career, passing American Abby Wambach on the all-time goals list. 1:10

Canada making tournament debut

It’s Canada’s first trip to the SheBelieves Cup, which runs Feb. 18 to 24,

The four teams will play out of a bubble in Orlando. U.S. Soccer says teams and staff will be tested for COVID-19 before traveling, upon arrival and every two days thereafter.

The teams will not begin full training until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Exploria Stadium.

The top-ranked Americans have won the tournament three times (2016, 2018 and 2020).

Unlike the other three participants, Argentina did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

CBC | Soccer News

Intel Is Spreading FUD About Supposedly Huge Ryzen 4000 Performance Drops on Battery

On Friday, Intel gave a presentation to various journalists and analysts alleging a serious discrepancy between AMD CPUs performance on-battery versus the performance of the same systems off-battery. According to Intel, while AMD’s latest CPUs offer slightly better battery life than their Intel counterparts, they achieve this by reducing CPU performance when running on battery by 38-48 percent. Intel 11th Gen CPUs, according to Intel, hold their performance much more effectively and lose an average of just 8 percent. The company concluded AMD sacrifices its performance for battery life.

We do not agree with Intel’s findings on this topic based on the argument the company presented.

Intel’s slideshow backing up these claims referred to benchmarks the company had run on a range of mobile Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 systems from Lenovo, with a single system sourced from HP. According to Intel, the performance hit to the various AMD systems when on-battery effectively collapses the distinctions between the various SKUs, leaving no real difference between the various chips. Intel was not circumspect in its assertions on this point; at one point a company representative stated that he felt the information invalidated AMD’s entire product stack. While Intel acknowledged that AMD systems offered superior battery life to Intel, it argued that system performance on battery life also matters — and that Intel’s Tiger Lake performance is quite a bit higher than AMD’s equivalent, based on an average of the performance of five Ryzen systems versus five Tiger Lake systems, as shown below:

The central thesis of Intel’s presentation is that laptop reviews should not benchmark systems when connected to AC power, or, if systems must be tested in such fashion, that the wall power data should be presented alongside the data for on-battery performance. The argument presented by the company was backed up by benchmarks like WebXPRT and Sysmark, with some discussion of PCMark results as well.

Intel’s explanation for why AMD CPUs lose so much performance on battery is that the systems wait for 7-10 seconds before engaging turbo mode, while Intel systems engage turbo mode more quickly. This gap is part of Intel’s purported on-battery performance advantage. According to Intel, most consumer workloads are very short, and this places AMD at a performance disadvantage relative to its own processors. This is the point at which the story starts slipping off the rails.

Even if the graphs above fairly represent the performance of two of the AMD systems Intel tested, the settings that control the amount of time before turbo modes engage and the overall performance delta between AC and DC power are settings that the OEM controls, not AMD. The slide below from AMD lists performance on AC versus DC power as an OEM-tunable option.

AMD allows OEMs to customize performance on AC vs DC power as one of many tuneable options.

Intel did not distinguish between this behavior as something defined by Lenovo versus as something defined by AMD as part of its mobile Ryzen platform standard. It also did not explain why it chose to highlight the performance of the 4900HS on the left-hand side of the graph above, when that CPU was not part of the set of five systems that were used to average performance. It did not provide data for each individual system showing that each system boosted in the same delayed fashion, and even if it had, four of the laptops were made by the same vendor. Intel, therefore, failed to demonstrate that this is a common behavior of AMD systems.

Intel’s five comparison systems for itself came from MSI, Lenovo, Intel itself (in the form of a laptop kit), and two from HP. Intel is drawing on a much wider range of manufacturers for its own systems. I don’t know anything about the NUC laptop kit — haven’t had the opportunity to test one — but I would have preferred the fifth system be a standard commercial comparison, and the AMD systems should have been drawn from an equally diverse pool of hardware as the Intel ones were. There are four manufacturers represented for Intel, and two for AMD.

I had no plans to run a comprehensive battery of laptop tests over the weekend, but I’ve got access to a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 with a Ryzen 7 4800U, as well as last years’ Microsoft Surface with an Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 CPU in it. While this is not an 11th Gen Intel CPU, it should tell us if the benefits the company is claiming extend to previous-generation products.

Test Results

We ran a range of applications across the Surface and Lenovo laptops, on battery and on AC power. Systems tested on battery were tested in battery-saver mode in all cases.

Because Intel called out burst and short-duration workloads, specifically, we included the JetStream 2 benchmark and Neatbench, both of which run short-duration workloads, in addition to our longer-duration tests. PCMark was also included because Intel identified it as a problematic workload.

I’m afraid we’ve got to skip the graphs this time around — short on time and whatnot — but this chart will tell you what you need to know. Performance for Corona Render and Handbrake is given in minutes, so shorter times = higher performance for those.

The Ryzen 7 4800U inside the Lenovo IdeaPad 7 does not always run more slowly when the machine is on battery in battery saver mode. This system is often slightly faster on-battery than when running on AC. It’s not much — a few percent — but it’s consistent. At a guess, turboing less often actually allows the CPU to hold a slightly more consistent overall frequency, improving performance. Below are the CPU’s performance comparisons in the Blender Render 2.0.4 benchmark, using Blender 2.9.0.

Blender benchmark 2.0.4 on the Ryzen 7 4800U, AC power.

Blender Render benchmark 2.0.4 on the Ryzen 7 4800U. Battery power.

JetStream 2, PCMark, and NeatBench are the three benchmarks that ran more slowly on the Ryzen 7 4800U on battery. PCMark and NeatBench fall into the range Intel described. The Core i7-1065G67, however, loses much more performance than Ryzen in JetStream 2, and more than Ryzen does in NeatBench. The Core i7-1065G7 loses far more than 8 percent performance. In battery saver mode, the Core i7-1065G7’s sustained performance can drop to 33-50 percent of its sustained AC performance. Its two worst benchmarks, in terms of sustaining AC-level performance, were JetStream 2 and NeatBench. All of Intel’s performance claims were regarding its 11th Gen CPUs, so nothing in the Ice Lake data refutes them, but TGL’s behavior appears unique to its product family.

When Intel gave its presentation, it made a point of calling out the fact that Cinebench R20 doesn’t show the same behavior as the other benchmarks it had chosen to highlight.

The “oddly” is straight-up FUD. Cinebench R23 also doesn’t show the 30-48 percent pattern of decline Intel claims. Neither does Corona Render. Neither does Handbrake. Neither does JetStream 2. Neither does Blender 2.90. Neither does the Blender 1.0Beta2 benchmark (not shown, but I ran it).

A discussion over which benchmarks are more and less applicable to end-users is a great thing to have, but this isn’t a conversation. This is Intel implying that because Cinebench doesn’t show the same performance degradation as PCMark, Cinebench is somehow odd. But Cinebench isn’t an outlier. This kind of misrepresentation encourages customers and press not to trust Intel to convey the strengths and weaknesses of its own products against the competition. The only odd thing about the slide above is the assumption that anyone would take Intel’s word that CB20’s results were in any way unusual.

Intel’s performance claims are, at the very least, inaccurate by omission. CB20 is not an outlier. Its performance reflects the performance of multiple benchmarks in various types of computing. We verified the rough shape of the company’s results in a single test (PCMark) and found evidence to indicate that Intel’s broad conclusions are more sweeping than they ought to be given the quality of the information provided.

Ultimately, the OEM decides to what degree they’re going to target performance versus power consumption, and they often don’t go out of their way to communicate why an HP version of a system might have better or worse battery life than a nearly identical Lenovo with the same CPU. Painting this as an Intel-versus-AMD issue is a dishonest way to frame the topic, especially when AMD has been overwhelmingly represented by a single OEM in this comparison. Intel hasn’t demonstrated that every Ryzen 4000 system from every vendor has this issue, but that hasn’t stopped the company from claiming it, as you’ll see below.


Here are Intel’s conclusions:

Based on a survey of four Lenovo laptops and a single HP model conducted by AMD’s competitor, whose track record when it comes to reaching reasonable conclusions is self-evidently sterling based on the slide above.

While the idea of benchmarking on battery is interesting, the idea of switching to it as the chief mode for evaluating laptops isn’t. The 38 – 48 percent performance hit Intel claims AMD takes on battery is certainly no kind of fair performance average, and if the company’s point was to emphasize that 11th Gen delivers 92 percent of its performance on-battery while other products don’t, it might have spent more time pointing this out as an advantage over Ice Lake, and less time opining on the status of Lenovo’s AMD laptops. Far from emphasizing the limited, provisional nature of its conclusions, Intel  explicitly pushed for the widest, most damaging interpretation possible.

The reason I keep drawing attention to Intel’s failure to back up its points is that I’m astonished that the company had the temerity to present this as a serious argument. The claim that AMD’s performance on battery negates the value of its product stack on the basis of the presented information is an overreach that recalls Intel’s behavior from the early 2000s in the most unflattering of ways. If I want to know whether the company building the fastest CPU core on a per-clock, per-watt basis thinks AMD’s product stack is valid on the basis of its on-battery performance, I’ll ask Apple.

That’s not the cheap shot it might sound like. Not now that we know how ugly the Apple M1 (et al) could make things for Intel in a year or three. Semiconductors are a big boy business, and companies that aren’t willing to face harsh truths get eaten. For Intel, a few of those truths look like this:

ARM is rising. Apple is the first but almost certainly won’t be the last vendor to build an ARM core that can compete with x86, AMD isn’t a pesky mosquito to be dismissed, and nobody is waiting for Intel to tell them what the future of computing looks like right now. Chipzilla may yet have a defining role to play in AI and machine learning training, among a lot of other areas of computing, but Nvidia isn’t holding off on its own audition so Intel can try out for the part. Neither are Google, Amazon, Nuvia, Ampere, or yes — AMD.

This isn’t 2007.  It’s not even 2017. Intel is now one player among many, its CPUs, upcoming GPUs, and accelerators competing against a steadily widening arena of products from other companies. By its own admission, it does not plan to return to foundry process leadership until the 5nm node. It is not in a position to dictate how either enthusiasts or the industry view the products of its competitors, and the sooner the company realizes it’s playing catch-up and starts behaving like it, the faster it’s going to regain a leadership position. On the week that Apple unveiled the M1, the last thing I expected Intel to be doing was making bad arguments against AMD. 

Managing to turn the clock speed back up from Sunny Cove to Willow Cove was a noteworthy achievement, but it didn’t answer all the questions about Intel’s ability to compete with AMD outside of mobile, its ability to compete with ARM in mobile, or the long-term future of its foundry business and 7nm manufacturing. A company in the throes of deciding whether it will continue to manufacture its own leading-edge processors after previously defining itself on its ability to manufacture leading-edge processors isn’t in a position to opine on the categorical, top-to-bottom validity of its competitor’s product stack. Not, at least, on the basis of the “evidence” provided.

We do not consider Intel to have proved its thesis — namely, that we should regard “up to 48 percent slower” as a reasonable evaluation of AMD laptop performance or that performance testing on AC power is so unimportant as to even consider discarding it, under any circumstances whatsoever. By sourcing 80 percent of its AMD systems from Lenovo, Intel guaranteed that its Intel-versus-AMD turbo behavior comparison would effectively be an Intel-versus-Lenovo comparison, with a single HP system tossed in. This limited comparison does not support the claim that Intel’s findings negate AMD’s product stack, and it does not validate the sweeping changes Intel believes should be made to product testing.

What Intel has claimed to have demonstrated is grossly disproportional to what it has actually demonstrated, even if its claims are viewed in the most positive light possible. Continuing to engage in this type of messaging will not win over the technical press. It will not win over the industry. No company is exactly trusted to communicate its own performance vis-à-vis the competition, but Intel’s behavior during the aughts left a deep and abiding well of distrust in the enthusiast community where AMD is concerned. This is exactly the sort of PR move that inflames and deepens that sentiment. It doesn’t communicate strength; it reads as a BTX-level flail, and it burns through good faith slowly accumulated in previous years.

Now Read:

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

ExtremeTechExtreme – ExtremeTech

Taylor Swift Drops Whimsical Music Video for New Song ‘Cardigan’ — Watch!

Taylor Swift Drops Whimsical Music Video for New Song ‘Cardigan’ — Watch! | Entertainment Tonight

Let’s block ads! (Why?)


Air pollution drops as countries shut down amid spread of COVID-19

It’s a surreal sight: Webcams from across Italy show normally packed tourist destinations, streets and beaches empty, scenes that seem more aligned with a movie than real life.

In the battle against COVID-19, countries around the world are restricting gatherings, encouraging people to work from home and closing public venues. Italy is under lockdown.  

All of these actions are having quantifiable consequences, particularly in our environment, scientists believe.

The change was first noticed over Wuhan, China, the city that first reported incidents of the new coronavirus that leads to the COVID-19 disease. 

Satellite observations found that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels had dropped by 10 to 30 per cent between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25. NO2 emissions are produced by cars, trucks and power plants, among other human-related activities. While NO2 is also produced naturally, it accounts for just one per cent of total emissions.

NASA and European Space Agency pollution monitoring satellites detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over China. There is evidence that the change is at least partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus. (NASA/ESA)

“This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in early March.

While some of the reduction was linked to Chinese New Year celebrations, when many people were on holiday away from work, what surprised scientists was the fact that, after the holiday, NO2 emissions did not rise. 

Satellite images show that concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) declined around Chinese New Year in Wuhan, China, but did not rebound once the holiday was over. (NASA/ESA)

But that wasn’t the only thing that had dropped. Particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), a fine particle in the atmosphere linked to serious health issues, was also reduced.

This is particularly good news for those living in China. The country has some of the worst air pollution in the world, which is responsible for killing more than one million people annually. The United Nations estimates that globally, roughly four million people die each year because of air pollution.

Changes over northern Italy

Meanwhile, other observations by a satellite gathering information for the European Commission’s European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts showed a significant NO2 drop in northern Italy.

Because of its geographical location, Italy’s north — which includes the region of Lombardy, home to the country’s second-most populous city, Milan — is considered one of the worst cities for air pollution in Europe

The European Space Agency (ESA)  also used the Copernicus satellite to measure NO2 over Italy. It found that NO2 decreased by 10 per cent since the lockdown began in the region. 

“When you look at satellite data, if you look at the time series of nitrogen dioxide, you always see northern Italy as a kind of hotspot,” said Claus Zehner, a scientist with ESA who works with Copernicus data. “We have a lot of pollution, a lot of industry and also the location [matters].”

But under a national lockdown, with most businesses closed and people relegated to being shut in, there were far fewer vehicles on the road, meaning less NO2 being pumped into the air.

Lessons to be learned?

With the concern over the climate crisis, some are wondering if this is a teachable moment.

“This is a big question that very many people are asking themselves these days: What can we learn from this pandemic or this crisis that the world is going through now?” said Kristin Aunan, a researcher at Norway’s Center for International Climate Research.

“Will we learn from it and take measures to see how we can avoid getting back to normal for things that we would like to avoid?”

While not everyone is able to work from home, she noted, it could make organizations consider allowing those who can to do so.

“Hopefully we will at least change your habits in some important ways that could lead to a longer-term reduction in emissions,” Aunan said.

Zehner echoed that sentiment.

“You could also do some theoretical measurements or predictions — if you say we will change all our cars to electric cars where we do not get any of these kinds of emissions. And then you could even calculate what would be the impact,” he said, likening it to a test case “to check what can be done if it would change our habits.”

As to what these lowered NO2 emissions might mean in terms of CO2, Zehner said we’ll have to wait and see.

“You should also see reduction of greenhouse gases over this timeframe. But it’s very hard to get how much,” he said. “This would have to be investigated in detail. And this will be done. There will be publications on this for sure. People are working on it already.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

CBC | World News

Justin Bieber Drops New Song ‘Intentions’ Feat. Quavo With a Heartfelt Music Video

Justin Bieber Drops New Song ‘Intentions’ Feat. Quavo With a Heartfelt Music Video | Entertainment Tonight

Let’s block ads! (Why?)


‘Black Widow’ Trailer Featuring Scarlett Johansson Drops During Super Bowl 2020 — Watch!

‘Black Widow’ Trailer Featuring Scarlett Johansson Drops During Super Bowl 2020 — Watch! | Entertainment Tonight

Let’s block ads! (Why?)


BMW Drops $80 Fee to Use Apple CarPlay on Its Pricey Bimmers

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.

Score a small victory for common sense. BMW is dropping the $ 80 annual fee it charges owners to plug in and use their Apple iPhones via Apple CarPlay, a charge BMW extorts – sorry, extracts – even though Apple charges BMW no ongoing licensing fee BMW has to recoup. (In case there isn’t enough margin in cars costing $ 35,000 to $ 150,000.) BMW said this week the fee will no longer be charged.

BMW’s infotainment system is arguably the industry’s best and most flexible, if you take time to learn iDrive, if you paid the $ 80 CarPlay fee, and if you didn’t have an Android phone, since BMW doesn’t support Android Auto.

Lots of stuff is included in the base price of a BMW. Apple CarPlay Compatibility is included in the base price of a BMW. But if you wanted to actually use it, that was $ 80 annually after the first free year. Until now.

BMW first offered Apple CarPlay in 2016 and charged a one-time $ 300 fee for the right to use CarPlay. Buyers were not happy. BMW was nickel-and-diming them because, well, BMW thought they could. BMW switched from a one-time $ 300 fee to $ 80 a year after the first free year. Buyers were still not amused. The Monroney side-window sticker (photo above for a 2019 BMW X2) says “Included” but that only means CarPlay compatibility has been integrated into the car.

Apple says it doesn’t charge automakers a rights or licensing fee to use CarPlay, although BMW does go to the cost of integrating CarPlay, just as it goes to the cost of integrating an AM/FM radio, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player (some cars, come markets), and USB jacks. It is, you might say, the cost of doing business.

The freedom-from-fees decision applies to the current version of the Connected Drive infotainment system, according to 9to5Mac. For earlier versions, there may be a one-time fee to get free of fees.

The $ 80 fee that cost BMW so much pushback amounted to 0.2 percent of the price of a $ 50K Bimmer.

Here’s why BMW did what it did in 2016, then undid what it did, in our opinion:

Major automakers, BMW and Toyota / Lexus in particular, were annoyed that a tech company founded in the 1970s by dope-smoking Californians had become so powerful and so popular – popular maybe because their hardware and software was easy to use? – that customers were just as happy to have an Apple interface in the center stack.

Toyota responded by holding off from supporting CarPlay, developing instead a Toyota-proprietary alternative called Entune. It is finally including CarPlay, on some cars in 2019, on others in 2020.

BMW responded with the fee for Apple CarPlay. It omitted Android Auto entirely from its cars. In 2017, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models, Dieter May, told TechCrunch, “If you have six screens in the car, you also get gesture control, voice control with a personal assistant, etc. You need to have control over that user experience — maybe you can get away with it if you’re a ‘mass producer,’ but not in the premium segment.” Developers have said, more often privately, that Android Auto had less-robust development tools and more security issues than Apple. Also, there was some concern that Google wanted to collect user information. (Toyota has said much the same thing about concerns over Android dev tools and security.)

Apple CarPlay integration remains incomplete in all cars, not just BMW. The CarPlay display output goes only to the center stack, not to any multi-information display in the instrument panel, or to the head-up display. If the main display can be windowed when not using CarPlay, it can’t be two-thirds CarPlay and one-third automaker info. Sometimes CarPlay steps on the host-car infotainment system or vice versa. All this suggests there’s more work to do. And customers are telling automakers – if automakers run focus groups and listen – that if the automaker can’t get the two to work together, owners will be annoyed and it might cost them sales if another automaker does a better job.

It should be noted that Apple sought working relationships with BMW or Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) in building an Apple-designed autonomous car. This after Apple decided it didn’t have the skills to build cars itself. “[The] on-again, off-again talks with those companies have ended after each rebuffed Apple’s requirements to hand over control of the data and design, some of the people said,” according to The New York Times in 2018. Others said the egos involved, especially over who called the shots, made a partnership impossible.

That didn’t stop Apple reaching understandings with BMW and Mercedes to implement CarPlay. Meanwhile, automakers have been more open to working with Amazon and Google to implement Alexa and Hey Google voice input alongside the automakers’ own voice input.

Now read:

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

ExtremeTechExtreme – ExtremeTech

Kamala Harris drops out of 2020 Democratic race to be president

Sen. Kamala Harris has ended her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In an email to supporters, she said it was one of the hardest decisions of her life. 

“But I want to be clear with you,” she wrote, “I am still very much in this fight. And I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for The People. All the people.”

Her decision to exit the race comes after months of trying to regain the momentum from her January campaign launch, which drew 20,000 people in her home state of California.

Harris, 55, positioned herself as a unifying candidate who could energize the Democratic Party’s base of young, diverse progressives while also appealing to more moderate voters.

Yet after climbing into double digits in opinion polls following a strong debate performance in June, Harris slid out of the top tier in recent months and lags behind leading candidates’ fundraising hauls.

Her campaign suffered from what allies and critics viewed as an inconsistent message. Her slogan “for the people” referred to her career as a prosecutor, a record the campaign struggled to pitch to the party’s most progressive voters.

Through the summer, she focused on pocketbook issues and her “3 a.m. agenda,” a message that never seemed to resonate with voters.

By the fall, she had returned to her courtroom roots with the refrain that “justice is on the ballot,” both a cry for economic and social justice and a suggestion that she could “prosecute the case” against a “criminal” president.

There were also public complaints by former staffers that her staff was being treated poorly.

“She just hasn’t quite satisfactorily answered the ‘what makes you better than the other candidates’ question,” said a longtime aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “That’s the underlying biggest thing. She hasn’t quite sufficiently explained her rationale for herself.”

Joel Payne, an African-American strategist who worked for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, said Harris failed to find her own identity as she tried to own the space on the political spectrum between progressives such as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and moderates such as former vice-president Joe Biden.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders stand together onstage before the start of the U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Atlanta Nov. 20.  (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

I think she probably ended up alienating both camps,” he said.

Harris had qualified for the upcoming December debate, which will be held in her home state. Her departure could leave a stage of only white competitors. Two minority candidates, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and former federal housing chief Julian Castro, remain in the race but neither has qualified for the debate.

Payne said Harris exited the race at the right time before potentially embarrassing losses, which will help her preserve her political future.

He could envision several remaining candidates, including Warren, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, or even Biden choosing her as their vice-presidential nominee.

Joe Biden says he has ‘mixed emotions’ on hearing that Kamala Harris has dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. 0:21

Harris will remain California’s junior senator until her term ends, but vowed in her email Tuesday to “do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

CBC | World News

Canada drops out of CONCACAF hexagonal World Cup qualifying berth

As expected, Canada has dropped out of the top six of CONCACAF countries in the latest FIFA rankings.

The 73rd-ranked Canadians, who slipped four spots in the November numbers, will hope to gain ranking points during the next two international windows to catch No. 69 El Salvador and shorten their World Cup qualifying road. But it will be a tough task and the Canadians will need help to catch their Central American rival.

The top six teams in CONCACAF come the June rankings will move into the Hex, the most direct World Cup qualifying route out of the region. The Hex round will send three teams from CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, to Qatar in 2022.

Teams ranked seventh through 35th in the region will have to fight it out in a separate qualifying bracket with the last team standing moving on to face the fourth-placed Hex team to determine who advances to an intercontinental World Cup qualifying playoff.

The latest rankings have El Salvador (1,346 points, up 10) sixth among CONCACAF countries while Canada (1,331 points, down eight) is seventh.

No. 80 Curacao, just behind Canada among CONCACAF countries, dropped 10 points to 1,313 as it fell four places.

Canada will have to win its friendly matches and hope El Salvador loses.

WATCH | Canada fall to the U.S. in CONCACAF Nations League: 

USA opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and didn’t look back as they beat up on Canada 4-1 in CONCACAF Nations League action. 1:39

Canada moved up six spots to No. 69 — good for sixth spot in CONCACAF — in the October rankings after a historic 2-0 win over the U.S. on Oct. 15 in Toronto. But the Americans rallied for a 4-1 victory in the Nov. 15 rematch in Orlando — and then won League A Group A by defeating Cuba 4-0.

While the Canadians stumbled, El Salvador blanked the Dominican Republic 2-0 and Montserrat 1-0 — thanks to a 91st-minute goal — to win League B Group B. El Salvador won five of its six CONCACAF Nations League outings.

“We’ve got to be optimistic … We’ve left it to the gods, the football gods, to some degree,” Canada coach John Herdman said after the U.S. loss.

“We’re going to have to make our luck maybe in the March FIFA window and then in the June window. I mean that’s reality, to pick up the FIFA rankings points,” he added.

Canada can play two matches in each international window, with some geographical restrictions. It can also schedule matches outside the FIFA windows, but such games are worth half the ranking points and it will be harder to get clubs to release players.

Mexico, at No. 11, is the top-ranked CONCACAF team followed by the 22nd-ranked Americans, No. 46 Costa Rica, No. 48 Jamaica and No. 62 Honduras.

All five should be assured of their spot in the Hex, with El Salvador looking to stave off Canada and join them. With 1,377 points, Honduras is 29 points ahead of El Salvador and 46 ahead of Canada.

Belgium will end the year atop the rankings after winning all 10 of its games in 2019.

Retaining its year-end No. 1 spot, Belgium extended its lead over World Cup champion France going into a four-month break for the top national teams.

Brazil, England and Uruguay fill out the top five. World Cup runner-up Croatia is No. 6, trading places with European champion Portugal at No. 7. Spain, Argentina and Colombia complete the top 10.

Senegal is Africa’s top team at No. 20. No. 28 Japan replaces Iran as Asia’s highest ranked team.

World Cup host Qatar moved up two spots to No. 55 after winning its latest qualifying game for the 2023 Asian Cup.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

CBC | Soccer News