The Big 12 Did Not Expand, But It Got What It Wanted (More Money)

first_imgThe end game in this Big 12 expansion charade all along has been what the end game almost always is: More money. Once the Big 12 started down the path of potential expansion, it was going to get paid either way. Either it was going to get $500 million – $1 billion by adding teams or it was going to see what the TV networks would give the Big 12 to not add them.Joel Klatt mentioned this a few weeks ago in an interview with the Oklahoman.“So far, I think they have gone back and looked at that after the television partners told them that we would not like them to expand,” said Klatt. “I think the television partners are even willing to pay a little more to keep them at 10. … I don’t think they are going to expand because I don’t think it behooves the television partners, which is the lifeline of any conference.”So now that the Big 12 has decided to not expand, the question becomes how will ESPN and FOX pay them more? Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports laid that out on Monday, and it makes a lot of sense.It would be wrapped inside the negotiation for the price of the reinstated championship game that begins in 2017. That game was once said to be worth $3 million annually to Big 12 schools. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being worth, say, $5 million.Ahh the reverse quid pro quo. You don’t do something (expand) and we’ll give you something in return (more money for your title game).Expansion doesn’t even have to enter the conversation. It’s a negotiation. In reality, it’s $50 million per year ESPN and Fox are paying instead of the $800 million to a $1 billion. That’s what they would have been on the hook for if the Big 12 expanded by four. Overpaying for the championship game actually becomes a net “savings” of $750 million to $950 million.It actually makes a ton of sense for it to play out like this.In that scenario, ESPN and Fox come out less pissed had the Big 12 exercised the Big Pro Rata.Perfect. Maybe the Big 12 brass is a bunch of geniuses after all. They didn’t stupidly add Rice and Houston and bumped the payout for each team by (potentially) $5 million? That sounds pretty good to me. Your entire conference only gets $6 million if one of its teams makes it to the CFB Playoffs.This was the sort of unwritten plan all along. Do I think the Big 12 was earnest about wanting to add a couple of teams? Sure. But do I think it always had in the back of its mind that ESPN and FOX would probably give them additional more money to not add teams and the idea of more money and no headache of diluting the conference with Cincinnati and Colorado State was appealing? Yes, I do.OU president David Boren and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby were asked about the ESPN/FOX money on Monday.“I’m not going to get into a whole lot of specifics on our negotiations,” said Bowlsby. “We have a new piece of inventory with our championship game, so we’re in the process of discussions with both FOX and ESPN on that.”Translation: Dodd was right!“There are components of the contract that we also talk about in the context of those changes, and we’re going to continue to talk about those. But I think when those things are completed, we’ll go about the process of announcing them. Until then, I’m not prepared to talk about the specifics of any of them. In fact, they’re works in progress. Anything I would say would be highly preliminary.”“I would endorse what the commissioner just said,” added Boren.So the Big 12 might have lost out on teams on Monday but it padded itself where it matters most showing that though the future of the conference is not sparkling, there’s still hope for some sort of future. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Report: Mason Rudolph, James Washington Returning for Senior Year

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. According to a report from The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson, quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington are expected to return to school for their senior years.Rudolph and Washington both requested draft information to determine where they may go if they decided to forego their senior year.Rudolph recorded 3,777 passing yards and 25 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions this season.His main target, James Washington was the recipient of the majority of those yards. He topped his sophomore campaign with 1,209 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns — and was a semifinalist  for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nations top receiver.Also expected to be back for his senior season is inside linebacker Chad Whitener, according to the report from Jenni Carlson. Vincent Taylor has not yet made a decision on his future and whether he will return for his senior year.last_img read more

The New Adventure

first_imgA lot of actors have entered the digital space in the last couple of years. Was it an organic process or a deliberate decision for you? Arjun Rampal (AR): It happened organically, but yes, I was very interested in this space. I just feel that there are a lot of stories that you can tell here that you cannot make films out of. It might be because they are lengthy or there is too much to say or you don’t have that kind of freedom. Here, in the digital world, you do have that, so it is a very exciting path to walk on. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotAs actors, we keep saying that we want to reinvent ourselves, we want to do something new, but we end up going and doing the same thing in every film. We fool ourselves that we are growing. Sometimes you feel that you are. But when you can actually push the envelope, which this platform allows you to do, it is very cool. It teaches you a lot and you can take a lot away from it. A lot of actors say they don’t see any difference between working on a film and on a long-format show. What are your thoughts? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryAR: Yes, the biggest difference is the format because the craft is the same. Your process and approach are the same. But you get more time with the character, because there is lot more material to work with. You get more time to work on it and you shoot a lot more in the web space, in the same amount of time you would take to shoot a film. It is very hectic and tiring. Your prep has to be very solid before you get to the set to shoot. You have to go there really well-prepared. What was the prep that you had to do for this role? AR: The first thing you need to do is experience what it is to fly. I did a lot of simulation where I went to classes, flew the simulator aircraft, took off, landed, turned planes around, learnt which buttons were for what, how to move the throttle, learnt about radar, altitude, the different codes that you can use and much more. And Jaaved? We don’t get much information about your character in the trailer. Jaaved Jaaferi (JJ): My character is a billionaire and he has kind of been there, done that, seen everything. He is fed up of everything around him. His family life isn’t exactly going right either, so he has nothing much to look forward to. He has all the money in the world but his relationships are not working and there is an emptiness in him that he wants to fill. He is looking for something but he doesn’t know what it is. And in that journey, there was something that happened with him when he was a child. He has only one kind of connection with a spiritual entity which is probably based on luck or something. And he keeps this connect until destiny takes him on this particular flight where there are things happening with the other characters. How the lives of the people on that plane intertwine in that moment and how he in the last few hours of his life understands so much more and achieves what he was looking for, through another person who is there with him, shows how destiny brings people together to make sure that things happen as they are supposed to. Arjun, from what we saw in the trailer, your character is suffering from a trauma which makes him a little dark, a little flawed. How did you mentally prepare for the part? AR: There is a process that you have to use when you play disturbed characters. It’s not like you can just walk on to the set and say, let’s do this. (Laughs) You think like them and that comes from discussing a lot with your director, which Vijay (Lalwani) and I did. It also came from reading about depressed people. I read a lot about what causes depression, why it happens, how it is sometimes a chemical imbalance, a void that one feels. More and more people these days are facing depression as a result of social media. You think you are with the world, you think you are around other people, but you are isolated. Within the youth, depression and suicide numbers have gone up instead of down. Why is that happening? It is happening because we are isolating ourselves. We are a social species. We need to be with other people; we need to be part of a pack. It’s not just social, it’s your family, your religion, these are all groups where you can go and interact on a human level, in a way you cannot through a mobile phone. You see all of that and you decide how much to draw from what and put inside you and go forward. The web space was considered liberating partly because of the absence of censorship. Now there is talk of censorship on the web. As an actor, what is your take? JJ: In television, censorship works by saying that you cannot show certain things in certain time slots. But who controls how and when someone watches TV? There is a regulatory process when a film is in theatres because you can check ID. But in television there is no such thing. And if it is not there, the web is surely impossible. Can you stop a kid from just opening a phone and watching something on the internet? No. That is the nature of the web. Everything is available online; there is pornography, the dark web and unlimited access. The censor should be within you. Jaaved, you are known for your talent in the comedy genre. But with the horror film Lupt last year and now this mysterious character in The Final Call, you seem to be venturing into a lot of new spaces. JJ: My first film was Meri Jung, where I played a negative character. Then I played leads in films and did many roles in films like Jawani Zindabad and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India, with stars like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. I danced too and you can say that the kind of dance we are seeing today in this industry, I was a contributor to it since my time. I did other films, like Jajantaram Mamantaram, a children’s film where I was the lead. Then went on to do characters in movies such as Salaam Namaste, Besharam, Bang Bang! In some of these films I have played negative characters too. I had also done serious roles in films like Deepa Mehta’s Fire in 1996. But now suddenly, for the past few years, you have a lot to play with. Even if you like biryani, you cannot eat it every day. So it is as an actor. You love something but you cannot do it every day. I love comedy and people in the country love comedy. The audience is dealing with so much every day, the reality, the in-your-face harshness, that they just want to come out and have a good laugh. And people are producing content accordingly.last_img read more

PNB sanctions loans worth Rs 689 cr to 1600 MSMEs via psbloansin59minutescom

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs 689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the psbloansin59minutes.com portal as part of its effort to promote such industries. Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs this fiscal (till February 14, 2019). “In November 2018, Hon’ble Prime Minister announced the launch of the 59 minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs. Under this initiative, the bank has sanctioned loans to over 1,600 accounts with total sanctioned amount of Rs 689 crore (till February end),” PNB managing director Sunil Mehta said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMSMEs through this portal can avail loans of up to Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes or less than an hour. MSMEs apply for loans using their GST registration as the portal is integrated with GST server at the back-end as well as IT, credit bureaus and banks. It is able to quickly score the applicant on individual models of lenders (currently only public sector banks). It is a strategic initiative of SIDBI led PSB consortium incubated under the Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance. Other partner banks are the SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB, Vijaya and Indian Bank. With regard to the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Mehta said since the inception of the scheme, PNB has sanctioned loan to over 17.16 lakh accounts with total amount of 21,019 crore till December 31, 2018. PNB has bagged many awards last month under the Enhanced Access and Service Excellence (EASE) reforms agenda. The bank won the Reforms Excellency Award.last_img read more

LS polls Caste equation one of key obstacles in Congress AAP alliance

first_imgNew Delhi: The caste equation seems to be one of the key obstacles in alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Political pundits believe that there are basically two major hurdles in the alliance. First, the AAP has declared its candidates for all the seven seats and the other reason is the differences on choice of seats sharing based on caste equations between the two parties.With declaration of the candidates on six seats, the AAP has limited the space for the seat division, said a senior Congress leader. Especially on the three seats, that the Congress party considers to have stronghold, the AAP has fielded such candidates who don’t suits with caste equations in the constituencies, he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCiting caste equations the Congress party claims its stronghold in South, East, North East and North West Delhi constituencies. It may be mentioned that the AAP has fielded Raghav Chadha from South Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi and Gugan Singh from North West Delhi. Out of these, Chadha, Atishi and Pandey are not looking in the mood of compromise.With both parties sharing a similar vote-bank-minorities, scheduled castes, OBC and people living in slums and resettlements colonies-the exercise has been become difficult. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile North-east Delhi has approximately 21.05 per cent Muslims, 17 per cent and 14 per cent Scheduled caste and 14 per cent backward caste voters here. Similarly, in east Delhi Parliament constituency has 15 per cent Muslim voters, 17 per cent Scheduled caste and 22 per cent backward caste votes.It is pertinet to mentioned that AAP has fielded all six candidates, while Congress and BJP did not announce candidate name’s yet.Based on Congress party’s formula on castes, in the South Delhi there are 35 per cent voters from Jats, Gujjars and Yadavs and other OBC community and only 12 per cent Punjabi Khatri and Sikh voters. This equation do not suits the candidature of Raghav Chadha from South Delhi constituency. Meanwhile, the South Delhi constituency comprises 19 per cent SCs, 10 per cent Punjabi Khatri, two per cent Sikh, nine per cent Brahmins, five per cent Vaishya five per cent Muslim, five percent of Jat, 10 per cent Yadav Gujjars and 20 per cent other backward class voters.On the other hand in East Delhi there are 17 per cent SCs, 15 per cent Muslims, six per cent Gujjars-Jats, thus the Congress party believes is in favor of any backward or Muslim candidate for the seatlast_img read more

Luke Fickell trying to create discomfort to motivate linebackers

Then-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) closes in on Michigan then-redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner (98) during a game on November 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith a defense that returns two of its three starting linebackers from a national championship team, the learning process is now over.For the most part.The Ohio State football team returns senior linebacker Joshua Perry and redshirt-sophomore Darron Lee to the starting lineup for the Buckeyes in 2015, but sophomore Raekwon McMillan is set to make his first appearance as a full-time starter at middle linebacker in the upcoming season.Perry, who led the Buckeyes in tackling during their title run, said he has seen McMillan improve in more ways than one as he transitions into a starting role.“He is different in terms of how he has matured physically. Mentally, he is a little bit different too,” Perry said. “He is making a big push and we really do need him to be a great player and a great leader because of what Curtis (Grant) did last year. His development is coming along definitely.”McMillan registered 54 tackles in his freshman campaign in Columbus, and said the support from Perry and Lee has helped with his development as a leader.“The guys beside me, Josh and Darron, they put trust in me all the time. When we are on the field, I feel like those guys trust me so anything I say, we’re all on the same page together,” McMillan said. “And (co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke Fickell) has trust in all three of us on the field.”Lee, who was just a three-star recruit coming out of high school, where he also played quarterback, said the camaraderie among the linebackers is great, even with McMillan taking on such a big role in a veteran-laden unit.“Me and Raekwon have a great relationship. I have so much respect for him and he’s got so much respect for me,” Lee said. “He was a five-star (recruit). We call him the chosen one, just to mess with him.”The trio is set to anchor a defense that returns five other starters from the championship team.Fickell said motivating a team that has already reached the pinnacle is a challenge, especially with younger players like McMillan who have known only success at OSU.“We have got to find a way that we can create some discomfort so that you can continue to grow. That’s one thing about that never-satisfied attitude,” Fickell said. “The Joshua Perrys of the world saw the struggles of Curtis Grant and they saw the struggles that we went through for a couple years. Some of those guys like Raekwon and others haven’t seen those struggles.”Motivating McMillan has been a point of emphasis for Fickell, who said he is trying to motivate the Hinesville, Ga., native in “any way possible.”McMillan, though, said the current defensive squad is even more hungry to improve now than it was last season coming off a loss in the Orange Bowl.“This year, we have worked harder to start off in spring because we have been to the top. A team coming off a loss in the first round of the playoffs probably is not feeling as good,” McMillan said. “But us, coming off a national championship win, we feel like we got to exceed what we did last year and become a better team.”For the current linebackers to continue to be successful, Fickell said there is one quality he has seen in linebacker groups from the past that he tries to instill in his current group.“When you’ve got a great unit, you’ve got great competition,” Fickell said. “You look back and evaluate the units that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of here in the past. The biggest thing about them was the competitive nature and the competitiveness of the guys behind them that pushed them and made them better.”The Buckeyes will likely continue to push each as spring practice is set to continue through April 18, which is the scheduled date for the annual Spring Game held at Ohio Stadium and the end of spring practice.McMillan’s first official start is set to come against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., when the Buckeyes open the 2015 regular season. read more

Aden Flint undergoes Middlesbrough medical

first_imgAden Flint is currently undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough after a fee was agreed with Bristol City to have him, Sky Sports confirms.The Championship side have agreed on a fee in the region of £7m with Bristol City who previously turned down a £6m bid from Brighton for the center-back in the January transfer window.Although Birmingham City were interested in signing the 28-year-old last August, they were later put off by Bristol City’s £10m valuation.Despite being a defender, Flint has established himself as a good goalscorer. He has netted 36 goals in 202 league games for the Robins, including 15 in 2014/15 when they were promoted from Sky Bet League One.IBARAKI, JAPAN - JUNE 02: FUSSBALL: WM 2002 in JAPAN und KOREA, Ibaraki, 02.06.02/Match 7, GRUPPE F/ARGENTINIEN - NIGERIA (ARG - NGA) 1:0, Gabriel BATISTUTA/ARG (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)REPORT: Batistuta might coach Middlesbrough Manuel R. Medina – May 21, 2019 The Argentinean legend could debut as a manager in the English Championship after completing his coaching diploma in Italy.Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair has also agreed to personal terms and completed a medical with Middlesbrough ahead of a proposed move, Sky Sports News understands.Flint was capped for a second and final time in October 2010 when he played the entire 90 minutes of England C’s 1–0 away win at the Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn against an Estonia U-23’s in the International Challenge Trophy.When Flint signed for Swindon Town in January 2011, he became ineligible for selection for the England C squad so was unable to make the final squad for the International Challenge Trophylast_img read more

The best robot vacuums of 2019 iRobot Roomba vs Neato vs the

first_imgA home that cleans itself has been a dream for ages. Thanks to today’s robot vacuums though, that fantasy sounds less and less far-fetched. Current robot vacuums are packed with loads of sensors, electronic eyes — even lasers — and they pack enhanced computing power to match. Their prices have ballooned, too. A few models will even set you back a staggering four figures. Spending that much is extravagant, but it does net you next-level features. Those include dustbins that empty themselves, multiple room and floor mapping, plus elegantly designed hardware.To zero in on the best robot vacuum cleaners, I spent over 120 hours torture-testing a group of 10 robot vacuums. Among them are brand-new models that have recently launched, flagship products, as well as compelling options offered across numerous online retailers. I excluded older models that likely won’t be sold for long.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.  22 • Tyler Lizenby/CNET Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 18 26 71 36 39 3:43 Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $220 at Amazon Percent soil removed Tyler Lizenby/CNET Here’s a machine that proves you don’t need to blow your budget to purchase a solid robot vacuum cleaner. Even though the Robovac 11s Max costs just $219, it cleans floors effectively. That’s especially the case when tackling hardwood floors. It managed to remove an average of 71 percent of our test sand from this type of surface. The robot didn’t do as well handling carpets, earning sand pickup averages of 21 and 27 percent on low pile and midpile, respectively. And due to this vacuum’s basic navigation system, it took well over an hour to negotiate our test room. Still, the Eufy used its runtime wisely. The vacuum covered the space well, leaving almost no spots untouched.      Electrolux iRobot Neato Amazon Robots Read our first impressions of the Roomba S9 Plus Neato Botvac D7 Connected 83 25 Smart Home Neato Botvac D4 Connected 54 92 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Electrolux Pure i9 Eufy RoboVac 11s Max 38 For half the price of the Roomba S9 Plus, the $647 Neato’s Botvac D7 Connected vacuums up messes almost as well. On average it picked up a greater amount of sand (36 percent) across low-pile carpet than the Roomba did. It narrowly beat the S9 Plus on hardwood floors, too, collecting an average of 95 percent of the sand we put down. The vacuum cleaned sand from midpile less effectively though, notching a pickup average of 47 percent. While it can’t match the Roomba’s prowess at removing pet hair or empty its own dustbin, it navigates more efficiently, yet covers more ground, thanks to built-in lidar laser mapping. You can also control the robot through the Neato app, as well as link it to Alexa and Google Assistant. The app allows you to designate areas of your home as off-limits, too. Legend: Sand from low-pile Sand from hardwood Sand from medium-pile Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… 87 37 How we test robot vacuumsOur method for evaluating robot vacuums is straightforward, yet grueling. There are two types of tests we run. The first trial is to figure out how well a robot covers the floor. We built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), just for this purpose. The IEC is an international standards body responsible for managing robot vacuum testing procedures, among other things, for vacuum manufacturers. Enlarge ImageObstacles in out test room mimic what robot vacuums run into in the real world. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Inside this room are objects designed to simulate typical obstacles a robot encounters as it cleans. These include table and chair legs, couches, etc., plus floorings of tile, hardwood, and carpet. s9-c-useEnlarge ImageHere’s a coverage photo of the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus as it moved through our test room. You can see it covered the floor well, except for one slight section in the center (left, bottom). Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET We mount LED lights to the top of each vacuum. The dimensions of the lights correspond to the measured nozzle width of each particular robot vacuum we test.  47 Neato Botvac D6 Connected Eufy Robovac 11s Max iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 71 31 Ecovacs Deebot 500center_img 21 The best if you’re loaded 45 iRobot Roomba S9 Plus iRobot Roomba S9 Plus $647 at Amazon Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice The best midrange robot vacuum 5 27 The best value 28 CNET Smart Home Want more robot vacuum options? Here’s a list of the other robot vacuums we tested besides the models listed above.iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Neato Botvac D6 ConnectedNeato Botvac D4 ConnectedElectrolux Pure i9Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950Ecovacs Deebot 600Ecovacs Deebot 500 Ecovacs Deebot 600 $1,399 at Amazon Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments 15 Photos 80 Tags 20 19 Note: Results listed are the average percent of total material removed from test surface 88 93 If someone were to give you a blank check and told you to buy a robot vacuum, this is the machine to get. The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus costs a whopping $1,399. For that staggeringly steep sticker price though, this robot delivers superb dirt removal. On hardwood flooring it picked up an average of 93 percent of our test sand, the highest amount in our test group. The Roomba struggled a bit cleaning sand from low-pile carpeting, earning a low average sand pickup of 28 percent. That said, the vacuum removed an average 71 percent of sand from our midpile carpet. Again, this is the best result that we saw on this specific test. It also cleaned up more pet hair than any vacuum in this test group, and it navigates and maps multiple rooms and floors. The robot zipped through our test room in a short average time of 25 minutes, too. You can link the S9 Plus to the Roomba app and your home Wi-Fi as well. Best of all is the Roomba S9 Plus’ CleanBase dock. It both charges the robot’s battery and empties its dustbin automatically. Now that’s convenient. Read Neato Botvac D7 Connected preview Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 71 95 The second type of test reveals exactly how much physical debris a vacuum is able to pick up off of the floor. To mimic dirt of small particle size, we use a mixture of play-sand and landscaping sand. For bigger particle soil, we use grains of uncooked black rice. Robots then run in a straight line across three types of flooring (low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and hardwood).robot-vac-testing-photos-1Enlarge ImageWe test robot vacuums on three types of floor surfaces. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We control for the specific nozzle width of each vacuum, too. We constructed an ajustable tool to soil our test floors. It lets us lay down a strip of precise area of soil to match the nozzle dimensions for every robot. The mass of soil isn’t chosen at random either. We measure a proportional amount that’s related to the flooring material, type of debris, plus each vacuum’s nozzle width.robot-vac-testing-photos-4Enlarge ImageOur custom-built tool lets us match soil area to a robot vacuum’s nozzle width. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We conduct three runs (at minimum) on each floor type. We also test with sand and rice separately. That comes to at least 18 tests per vacuum. We weigh the robot’s dustbin both before and after each run. From there we can calculate the percent of debris pickup for every run, and the average amount of soil a machine manages to remove. Additionally we run anecdotal (visual) pet hair tests for each robot, on all three floor types. robot-vac-testing-photos-8Enlarge ImageWe run robot vacuums in a straight line during the debris pickup tests. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The chart below shows the fine particle cleaning performance data for all of the robot vacuums we tested. It should give you a pretty good idea about their performance on different kinds of flooring. Our rice-based, medium-size particle test didn’t show enough differentiation between units, which says they can all handle larger particles without trouble. For pet hair removal we judged anecdotally. As robots move through the room, a camera overhead captures a long-exposure image of the entire room in low-light. That photo will then have a light trail, created by the LEDs, that shows exactly where the robot traveled (and its nozzle position) during its runtime. We can also see areas of the floor the vacuum may have missed.d7-c-useThis is the coverage pattern created by the Neato Botvac D7 Connected. Its movement through our test room was very orderly, logical, and effective. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET You can see the navigation results of all the robot vacuums in our test group in the gallery below. reading • The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest 38 See All 39 64 CNET Smart Home Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than otherslast_img read more

Infosys to outperform peers in Q2

first_imgInfosys is expected to post robust earnings results for the second straight quarter, outperforming its peers on “healthy client mining and absence of client specific issues.”Analysts expect the India’s second largest IT firm to record a sequential revenue growth of 6.2% for the July-September quarter in rupee terms, while the figures for its rivals Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and HCL Technologies are estimated to be 5.8%, 5.3% and 3.2%, respectively, Business Standard reported.Although TCS is projected to post decent numbers for the quarter, investors are likely to focus on its revenue growth from Diligenta and energy businesses, which have weighed on the India’s largest IT firm’s earnings in the past few quarters.Revenues of Wipro and HCL Technologies are likely to witness pressure from unfavourable cross currency movements in the quarter. Last week, India’s fourth largest IT firm, HCL Tech, had warned that its revenue would be hit by currency fluctuations in the July-September quarter.”During this quarter, revenues to be reported in US dollar would have an adverse impact of 80 basis points on account of sharp depreciation of multiple currencies against US dollar,” HCL Tech said in a statement to the BSE.The revenue growth for the top four domestic IT firms is estimated at come between 1.8% to 4.6% in constant currency terms, with Infosys leading the pack and HCL Tech remaining as the laggard.Further, TCS and Infosys are expected to show a 50-100 basis points improvement in margins helped by rupee depreciation and a decline in visa costs. On the other hand, salary hikes are likely to weigh on the margins of both Wipro and HCL Technologies.While TCS’s profit is expected to see a growth of 7% sequentially, Infosys is likely to record a net profit of 6.4% in the quarter. Wipro is expected to announce flat growth in net profit, while HCL Tech’s profit is forecast to dip by 3.2% sequentially on the back of client-related issue.Recently, HCL warned that its earnings would be negatively impacted by some client-related issue. It estimates $20 million revenue loss from differences with one of its major clients.Besides, a muted guidance given by global software giant Accenture for its next financial year has raised doubts over Indian IT companies posting a double-digit growth in the coming quarters. Accenture gave a much lower revenue guidance of 5-8% for the financial year ending August 2016 compared to its revenue growth of 11% recorded in the previous year.last_img read more

Panchayat poll hearing today

first_imgKolkata: The hearing in connection with the Panchayat poll process in Calcutta High Court is going to be held on Monday.Justice Subrata Talukdar had directed to stall all processes of the Panchayat election till April 16 and also directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to submit a detailed report on the measures it has taken to ensure peaceful filing of nominations.It may be mentioned that the hearing in the Division Bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee would also be held on Monday. Nilanjan Shandilya, SEC secretary, and Trinamool Congress Counsel and party MP Kalyan Banerjee made a plea before the Division Bench on Friday morning, seeking urgent hearing of their appeals in this connection.The BJP also moved a caveat before the Division Bench.The SEC had declared the dates of the Panchayat polls on March 31 and it was scheduled to take place in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5. Now, with the poll process being stalled till April 16, the entire state is now waiting for the hearing on Monday to know the decision on resumption of the poll process.last_img read more