Top Ten French films for Bastille Day at SBS On Demand | Movie News

With the Alliance Française French Film Festival returning to cinemas after a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19, SBS On Demand offers you some of the best of the fest with a season of classic flicks for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home – with a bottle of red and a crusty baguette, naturally.

Let The Sunshine In (2017)

It is impossible to list all that is wonderful in French cinema without a mention of the exquisite Oscar-winning talents of Juliette Binoche. In Let The Sunshine In, Binoche plays Parisian artist and middle-aged divorcée Isabelle, who takes an introspective journey to find herself after a string of questionable life choices. Binoche is at the top of her game, exploring with acute authenticity what it means to be, to love and to be loved. Her stellar performance landed her a nomination for Best Actress at the César Awards. It’s raw, sometimes melancholic, but never less than brilliant.

 

Tell No One (2006)

Actor/director Guillaume Canet’s second feature, Tell No One is adapted from Harlan Coben’s bestselling page-turner and landed four César Awards, including Best Director for Canet and Best Actor for French favourite François Cluzet (Turning Tide). The story of a woman’s disappearance and the search for a serial killer is paved with high tension and twists galore, showcasing not only Canet’s expertise with actors but his skill at pacing a story. With a cast completed by international actresses Marie-Josée Croze (The Barbarian Invasions) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Love Crime), this is a thriller not to be missed.

 

Farewell (2009)

As talented an actor as he is a director, Guillaume Canet stars in this international espionage slow-burner directed by Oscar-nominated Christian Carion (Joyeux Noël). Canet plays Pierre, an embassy worker embroiled in the machinations of an American secret service operation that aims at helping a Soviet spy defect to the West during the Cold War. Playing Soviet spy Grigoriev is another award-winning actor/director, Serbian Emir Kusturica (Arizona Dream). Whether you’re a John le Carré fan or simply enjoy a strong story with a human heart, this is a film for you.

 

See You Up There (2017)

Two WWI survivors, one of them heavily disfigured in battle, start a memorial con to get back at a post-war society that has abandoned them. Adapting Pierre Lemaître’s prestigious 2013 Prix Goncourt winner, actor/director Albert Dupontel took home the César Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay with a visually stunning cautionary tale that will steal your heart. His recreation of Paris in 1919 is stupendous and his direction of actors, including Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (BPM) and Laurent Lafitte (Little White Lies), is impeccable.

 

Delicatessen (1991)

Before he directed Alien: Resurrection and Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet turned French cinema on its head with his co-writer and co-director Marc Caro. Their first and most mischievous child, Delicatessen, landed them a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film and four César Awards, including Best First Film and Best Screenplay. As dark as dark can be, this pitch-black comedy, anchored in a world where food is the main currency, is a reinvention of the cinematic space, thanks to larger-than-life characters, unforgettable editing choices and the stunning visual sensibility for which Jeunet is rightly lauded.

 

Café De Flore (2011)

Eclectic Oscar-nominated Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) likes to surprise his audience from one film to the next, and with Café de Flore he certainly does that. With two love stories entangled in time and emotion, Vallée offers us an intriguing and mesmerising gem of storytelling that won three Genie Awards in Canada, including one for Best Actress to actress/singer Vanessa Paradis (The Girl on the Bridge). An ode to tolerance and human resilience, Café de Flore is sure to touch your heart and to captivate until its unexpected conclusion.

 

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of French glamour magazine Elle, suffered a stroke so severe that his body was paralysed. Living with locked-in syndrome, he could only communicate with the world by the blinking of his left eye. In 1997, still in the same state, he released his autobiography, which became a worldwide bestseller. In 2007, painter/director Julian Schnabel (Basquiat) adapted his astonishing story for the big screen, delivering a masterpiece which landed four Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe wins, including Best Foreign Film, and two César Awards wins, including Best Actor for arthouse actor/director Mathieu Amalric (Sink or Swim, The Bureau). A tour de force on every level.

 

Amour (2012)

The French-iest of German directors, controversial and thought-provoking Michael Haneke (Funny Games) delivers one of his most important films. Powerful taboo-breaking Amour breathes life into the unspoken subject of death. New-Wave icons Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour) and Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and a Woman) play Anne and Georges Laurent, an ageing couple faced with the consequences of sickness and dependence in their golden years. Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes and Best Foreign Film at the Oscars and the Golden Globes, this emotional journey moved the world and will no doubt move you too.

 

La Vie En Rose (2007)

It is not every year that a French actress is awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. It has only happened three times. Ever. Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night and Simone Signoret for Room At The Top. La Vie En Rose, the biopic of French singing superstar Edith Piaf, was a dream role for Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone). She also received the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award and the César Award for her performance. And for good reason. Her portrayal of the revered chanteuse is flawless. From her early life to her forced retirement due to substance abuse, from her joys and hopes to the heartbreak of her love life, Cotillard delivers every emotion to perfection.

 

Amélie (2001)

If one director was going to appear twice in our Top Ten, it had to be Jean-Pierre Jeunet, for the whimsy and wonder that is Amélie. Anchored in the joyful nostalgia of Parisian charm stolen from the 1950s, the ‘fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain’, to give the film its complete French title, follows the infectious mischief of Amélie, the radiant Audrey Tautou (Beautiful Lies). From harmless pranks to random acts of kindness, Amélie makes the world a better place, sometimes forgetting her own happiness in the process. The quirky good nature of this candy-coloured comedy turned heads and gathered five Oscar nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film, as well as four César Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Listen to Laurent Auclair’s film reviews at SBS French Radio.

 

Combines Google Chat, Rooms & Meet

Gmail has announced a major design overhaul for G Suite users with the goal of transforming the app from just an email service into a one-stop-solution for planning projects and communicating with co-workers. With the major update, Gmail now stands in direct competition with other productivity apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams.

Under its “better home for work” initiative, G Suite wants people to work on projects, chat and swap files without leaving the app. This is why Gmail is integrating video, chat, email, files, and tasks together so that you can more easily stay on top of things in your workplace, from anywhere.

All modes of communication at one place: Email, Chat, Video

Gmail has finally brought all three core pillars of communication, through which most of us begin our workday, at one place — our inbox.

Gmail has already integrated Google Meet video meetings in the inbox, on the web, Android, and iOS. Now users can communicate seamlessly via Google Chat on Gmail for web without the disruption of switching tabs. Soon, Chat will arrive on the Gmail app for Android and iOS too.

Google has also introduced more collaboration features in Chat rooms by adding shared files and tasks that can be used for longer-term projects. Besides this, with Chat you can also create rooms that include people outside your company, like clients or consultants, so that the group is not only cross-functional but also cross-organizational.

Real-time collaboration has also been added to Rooms where multiple users can open and co-edit a document without leaving Gmail.

Video chat while working on a doc inside Gmail

You can now quickly join a video call from a chat, forward a chat message to your inbox, create a task from a chat message. This will prevent switching between apps which usually interrupts workflow and focus.

Moreover, there are new tools to help you prioritize and stay focused. Users can now:

  • Pin important rooms so they’re easier to find and access
  • Set your availability to “Do Not Disturb”
  • Better protect your time with status notices like “Out of office”

Enhanced security for Meet and Chat

In the coming weeks, new security capabilities for Google Meet will be rolled out that give hosts even more control over meetings, such as who can join or collaborate within them.

Knocking controls: Once a call particpant is removed, they won’t be able to attempt to join the same meeting again by knocking, unless the host re-invites them.

Safety locks: Hosts can now decide who can chat or present in the meeting.

Rivaling productivity apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams

The latest updates clearly indicated that Gmail is heading towards rivaling productivity apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams. But whether Google can make it to the forefront by redefining the productivity suite is something yet to be seen.

Also, given how focused this redesign seems to be on enterprise users, I doubt that Google would bring the same changes for general users.

These changes are currently in beta and they will be rolled out officially for G Suite users later this year.

5 Reasons Why Tata Tiago Outsold Maruti Suzuki Swift In June 2020

These are the major reasons why Tata Tiago outsold Maruti Suzuki Swift last month in June 2020. Up until last year, Tiago was nowhere near the best-selling Maruti Swift, but thanks to a recent BS6 update and certain geopolitical changes Tata’s favorite car is amongst the heavy hitters. Tata fans are happy that Tiago is finally getting the praise it deserves.

According to a recent report, Tata Motors sold 4,069 units of Tiago last month. In response, Maruti Suzuki managed to deliver 4,013 units of Swift. Though there might not be any significant difference between the numbers, still Tata selling more cars than Maruti is quite an achievement.

To explain this shift in preference, we have analysed several factors and tried to bring them to you.

Here are the five reasons why?

Tata Tiago front design
Image: Tata Motors

1. Safest Car In Segment

Unlike a decade ago, masses now understand the importance of safety in a car. More people are prioritizing safety in a car instead of only fuel-economy. In the past few years, Tata Motors has rigorously improved safety standards, which in turn made them the safest budget car manufacturing company in the country.

With a four-star global NCAP safety rating, Tata Tiago is the safest car in its segment. Meanwhile, Maruti Swift managed to score only two stars in the global NCAP crash test.

2. Performance And Built Quality

Tata Tiago Outsells Maruti Swift
Image: Tata Motors

Tata Tiago is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that produces an output of 84 BHP and 113 Nm. In contrast, Maruti Suzuki Swift churns out about 81 BHP with a similar torque figure from a 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

As per the owners of Tiago, it is quite impressive when it comes to highway stability and handling. The suspension system of Tata Tiago comfortably deals with uneven roads. Moreover, the car’s steering is super light and actively responds to the driver’s input.

3. Affordability

As we can see Tata Tiago outperforms Maruti Swift on some crucial parameters, yet it is inexpensive than the latter. Prices for Tiago start at Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom) and go as high as Rs 6.60 lakh (ex-showroom) whereas the prices of Maruti Swift varies from Rs 5.19-8.02 lakh (ex-showroom).

Additionally, as mentioned on the official website of Tata, you can get additional benefits of Rs 30,000 under the scheme of vocal for local. Also, due to the COVID-19 and a looming financial crisis all over the country, people are looking for affordable options. Moreover, with the quality Tata is proving, Tiago seems like the best value for money option for the long run.

4. Features And Convenience

Image: Tata Motors

Considering the price range and segment, Tiago is quite affluent in features. One of the standout features that Tata provides is the Harman Kardon speakers that no other automaker provides in this segment. Additionally, the digital instrument cluster of this car looks very sporty. Also, as per the users’ experience, Tata Tiago is quite spacious from inside and driver seats are very comfortable.

5. Make In India Product

Last but not least, one of the primary reasons behind the boost in sales of Tata cars is that it’s an Indian product with the superior build quality. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and tensions at the Indian border, citizens of the country are proudly supporting domestically made products over foreign ones. This shift in consumer behavior is long-lasting and will benefit local manufacturers like Tata Motors in the overtime.

Furthermore, why not choose home made products when Tata is providing such a great deal?

Well, drop your views in the comments section below.

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Three Major Changes Coming To Tesla Cybertruck Aren’t What You Think

Some major changes are coming for the Tesla Cybertruck, but they’re not what you think. Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most unique electric vehicles of our generation. While most cars and trucks look really futuristic in their prototype version. They turn out to be a regularly designed vehicle when their production begins. Such is not the case with the Tesla Cybertruck. It was revealed 9 months ago, with an outlandish design which will definitely go into production next year in 2021.

But before that happens, the Tesla Cybertruck will have to make some very important changes. You might think that these changes involve a redesign of the truck to make it more “tame” but you’d be wrong. The changes we’re talking about today are concerned with the accessories and the addition of important parts to the Tesla Cybertruck to make it in line with the United States pedestrian safety laws.

Tailosive EV made an entire video around this subject, so let’s hear him out.

Tesla Cybertruck Major Changes Incoming

1. Side View Mirrors

The first and most obvious change to the Tesla Cybertruck will be the addition of the side view mirrors. “For legal reasons in the United States at least, you cannot deliver a car to consumers without side mirrors,” said Tailosive EV in his video. He also mentioned that Tesla wants people to make use of the blind spot cameras which the company provides. In other Tesla cars, including the Model 3, Model Y and Model S, owners can look at the back of the car and also sideways at the same time.

Furthermore, the Cybertruck also comes with a rearview camera which allows you to look at the rear of the truck. These cameras are important because the way that the Cybertruck is designed it’d make normal mirrors useless. These awesome rearview cameras can stay in the production model as there is no law against them. But the Tesla Cybertruck is required to have some sort of side view mirrors into which the driver can look into and see behind them, such is the law.

Tesla Cybertruck Changes Side View Mirrors

The YouTuber also mentioned that the Tesla Semi was also seen without side-view mirrors during its unveiling but was recently spotted with those mirrors during on-road testing. Nowadays some cars in European Union do have side-view cameras that display the traffic from behind but the output that they display is still on a screen that’s placed on the side of the steering wheel at a similar position.

Looking at the side view mirrors while exiting a highway, taking a turn, or doing anything else is muscle memory at this point for drivers around the world. Therefore these mirrors need to be installed.

2. Steering Wheel

The next major change to the Tesla Cybertruck would replace the steering wheel. The futuristic-looking steering on the Tesla Cybertruck, which is also seen on the Tesla Roadster prototype, does not comply with pedestrian safety laws. In its current form, the Tesla Cybertruck is curvy and sort of rectangular in shape. However, in the production model, it will need to have a circular shape.

Tesla Cybertruck Changes Steering Wheel

The Cybertruck has been designed with a certain theme in mind. The electric truck needs to be pointy and sharp. A rounded steering wheel will look out of place but it will need to be installed as the Youtuber mentioned. Modern flat-bottom steering wheels have become common in several sports cars and trucks. The steering wheel from a McLaren 720S looks pretty cool in my opinion despite being round.

3. Windscreen Wipers

The final change to the Tesla Cybertruck will most likely be the addition of windscreen wipers. Up until this point we haven’t seen wiper blades on the windshield of the Cybertruck electric vehicle. Obviously this is an important part and will need to be added to the truck before it can go on sale.

Tesla Cybertruck Changes Windshield Wipers

The Youtuber mentioned that Tesla does have some sort of patent for improving the wiper blades in the Cybertruck because anything ordinary on this electric vehicle will look out of place.

These are the major changes coming for the Tesla Cybertruck. It will retain its iconic design (thank god!) and will be production ready in a form not too different from its current one. What do you guys think about these changes to the Tesla Cybertruck? Let me know in the comments below.

MIFF World Cinema Pack competition terms and conditions | Movie News

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4.    The competition period starts on Thursday 16th July 6th  at 5:00pm AEDT and ends on Monday 3rd August 2020 at 9:00AM AEDT (the Promotional Period).  Entries will only be accepted during the Promotional Period.

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Linux-Based PinePhone CE With PostmarketOS Available For Pre-Order Now

Last month, PINE64, a company behind PinePhone smartphones, announced that the next Community Edition (CE) of PinePhone will feature a full-fledged postmarketOS. Following the same, PINE64 has now started taking pre-orders for its new PinePhone postmarketOS Community Edition (CE).

The most interesting thing about this new model is the introduction of the PinePhone “Convergence Package.” Yes, along with its regular community edition, you can now also pre-order another variant of PinePhone CE that comes with Convergence Package.

The standard edition of PinePhone with postmarketOS possesses almost the same specifications as the previous PinePhone Braveheart and PinePhone CE with Ubuntu Touch had, such as 2GB RAM, and 16GB flash storage.

PinePhone Community Edition With postmarketOS
PinePhone Community Edition With postmarketOS

But for the first time, PinePhone comes with a Convergence Package that brings extra features and specifications. This includes an increased RAM (3GB instead of 2GB), eMMC (32GB instead of 16GB), and a compatible USB-C dock.

You can now use a USB Type-C dock on PinePhone to charge, output digital video, and connect with external peripherals like a monitor, mouse, or keyboard. Overall, with USB-C power-in, HDMI, ethernet, and two USB ports, you can turn your Linux-based PinePhone into a desktop computer.

Obviously, you also have to pay an extra amount of about $50 for the extra features. As usual, the price of the standard edition is $149 USD and the edition with a “convergence package” costs $199 USD.

Where To Buy PinePhone?

Before I let you know how you can buy the new PinePhone postmarketOS CE, I want to remind you again that PinePhone CE is still not fully ready for a daily driver. Both PinePhone hardware and Linux-based mobile postmarketOS are under heavy development.

Hence, I would suggest you should buy it only if you’re a Linux enthusiast who wants to test, experiment, and contribute to the PinePhone project. Even though PinePhone supports core functionalities like calls, SMS, LTE, and GPS, you still cannot use it to replace your current iPhone or Android smartphone.

So, once you decide why you want to have PinePhone, head over to the PINE64 shop and order your PinePhone postmarketOS community edition. The shipment is estimated to begin in late August 2020.

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9 Best Electric Cars To Buy In 2020 Instead Of Gasoline Cars

We are living in the 21st century, and it’s an era where electric cars are ready to take over gasoline-run vehicles. In the coming years, people might witness electric cars becoming the first choice for buyers.

Considering the present situation and future aspects, many automakers have limited the production of gasoline-run cars. All automotive companies are using the best of their technology to make the best electric cars. As of now, everyone in the world understands the damage ICE cars have done to our environment.

There are many people who want to switch to electric vehicles but don’t know which one is a better fit for them. For those people, we have prepared a list of some of the best electric cars in the world that are perfect for pretty much all kinds of conditions. Whether it’s performance, electric range, ride quality, or features, these cars cover all these aspects.

Here Are The Best Electric Cars Of 2020

Electric Car Electric Range Acceleration (0-60 mph)
Tesla Model 3 322 miles (EPA) 3.2 seconds
Porsche Taycan 256 miles (WLTP) 2.8 seconds
Tesla Model S 402 miles (EPA) 2.3 seconds
Audi e-tron 204 miles (EPA) 5.5 seconds
Tesla Model Y 316 miles (EPA) 3.5 seconds
Jaguar I-Pace 234 miles (EPA) 4.5 seconds
Hyundai Kona EV 258 miles (EPA) 7.6 seconds
Nissan Leaf 226 miles (EPA) 6.8 seconds
Kia Niro EV 239 miles (EPA) 7.5 seconds
Also Read: Longest Range Electric Cars 2020

1. Tesla Model 3 (Best Electric Car)

Tesla Model 3 Performance
Image: Tesla
                                                     Tesla Model 3 
Electric Range 322 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 162 mph (260 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 3.2 seconds
Starting Price $37,990
Fast Charging Yes

Tesla Model 3 has transformed the thinking of the masses regarding electric cars. As of now, it’s the best selling electric car in the world.

The Model 3 is a complete package offering the best of performance and electric range. Additionally, Tesla also made it one of the most affordable electric cars in the US as you can get its base variant in less than $40,000.

Furthermore, Tesla’s autopilot and level 3 autonomous driving hardware are considered top-of-the-line in the EV market. In short, considering electric vehicle technology, design, user interface, and technical specifications, it’s one of the best value for money electric cars you can buy right now.

However, as per the experience of some owners, those who pay close attention to minor details might find some issues. Some owners have reported problems with the paint and its build quality.

Read Also: Tesla Model 3 Issues After One Year

2. Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan 4S best electric cars 2020
Image: Tesla
                                                    Porsche Taycan
Electric Range 256 miles (WLTP)
Top Speed 155 mph (250 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 2.8 seconds
Starting Price $105,150
Fast Charging Yes

Porsche Taycan is the first mass-produced electric car from the German automaker. It is available in three variants: Porsche Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Turbo S with 4S being the base variant.

When it comes to driving pleasure and ride quality, Porsche has not left any stone unturned. Porsche Taycan has superior build quality and comfort. Additionally, Porsche has provided a launch control system to further enhance the performance of each Taycan model.

Apart from this, Porsche Taycan is amazingly quick in charging. With its DC charger under optimal conditions, the electric sedan can achieve a range of up to 62 miles in just 5 minutes charging time.

Furthermore, Porsche has also provided optional Performance Plus Battery packs that can increase the electric range of Taycan.

Overall, it’s one of the best electric cars with a perfect blend of performance and luxury. However, it’s quite expensive and targets only a specific group of consumers.

3. Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Longest Range electric car 2020
Image: Tesla
                                                     Tesla Model S
Electric Range 402 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 163 mph (262 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 2.3 seconds
Starting Price $74,990
Fast Charging Yes

For those with range anxiety, it’s the best available option on the market right now. With an electric range of 402 miles, Tesla Model S provides the longest electric range of all cars in the world.

Additionally, the Tesla Model S Performance variant is one of the quickest cars in the world.

If electric range and performance are considered together, it’s the best of all-electric cars right now. Apart from this, it’s quite spacious when it comes to cabin space. Furthermore, it comes equipped with all the standard Tesla features.

4. Audi e-Tron

Audi e-tron best electric SUVs 2020
Image: Audi
                                                       Audi e-tron
Electric Range 204 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 124 mph (200 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 5.5 seconds
Starting Price $74,800
Fast Charging Yes

Audi has lived up to its reputation and provided excellent build and ride quality with e-Tron. In terms of handling and overall ride comfort, it’s one of the best electric SUVs in the electric vehicle industry.

Audi has provided air-suspension in the e-tron along with five driving modes, including an off-road mode. Additionally, this electric SUV has a towing capacity of 4,000 lbs.

Though it might not match Tesla in terms of electric range and acceleration, it’s quite impressive in terms of overall performance and handling.

Earlier this year, a professional driver tested Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron on track. Despite being slower in acceleration, e-tron outperformed Model X in overall lap timing. Here’s the full story.

5. Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y affordable electric SUV (1)
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                                                      Tesla Model Y
Electric Range 316 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 145 mph (233 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 3.5 seconds
Starting Price $52,990
Fast Charging Yes

Tesla Model Y is a midsize SUV with a seating capacity of up to 7 passengers. It’s the newest electric car in Tesla’s portfolio and shares the same DNA as its siblings.

However, Model Y is the only Tesla car that comes with an improved heat pump. Tesla claims this heat pump will improve the efficiency of Model Y in colder regions.

In addition to that, Model Y is equipped with all standard Tesla features such as autopilot, 15-inch touchscreen, display, expansive glass sunroof, and much more.

6. Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace All electric cars
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                                                      Jaguar I-Pace
Electric Range 234 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 124 mph (200 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 4.5 seconds
Starting Price $69,850
Fast Charging Yes

Jaguar I-Pace is one of the most stylish electric SUVs. It’s the first all-electric car from the British automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group.

This electric car has received many awards, including the 2019 World Car Of The Year Award. As per the expert reviews, I-Pace is nimble in the corners and provides a superior ride quality. Additionally, the car has a very low drag coefficient of 0.29.

Back in 2018, Forbes called it “the world’s first legitimate Tesla-fighter.” However, it lags in terms of electric range and features like level 3 autonomous driving hardware.

But then again, it excels in providing a better build-quality, design, premium interior, and overall riding experience.

7. Hyundai Kona EV

Hyundai Kona Electric cheapest cars
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                                                     Hyundai Kona EV
Electric Range 258 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 104 mph (167 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 7.6 seconds
Starting Price $37,190
Fast Charging Yes

Hyundai Kona EV has gained quite a fondness among EV enthusiasts. It’s also one of the cheapest electric SUVs of 2020. Considering its specs, the value Hyundai is providing makes Kona EV one of the best electric cars.

Kona EV also won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award.  It’s the first subcompact electric SUV with 258 miles of electric range. Furthermore, Hyundai provides features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard across all its variants.

8. Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf best selling car
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                                                        Nissan Leaf 
Electric Range 226 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 98 mph (157 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 6.8 seconds
Starting Price $31,600
Fast Charging Yes

Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, and since 2010, the automaker has sold more than 400,000 units of the electric vehicle.

It’s also quite an affordable electric car right now. The base variant of Nissan Leaf starts at $31,600 only; however, with a smaller battery pack.

Nissan’s smart connectivity feature allows the user to monitor their car on the Nissan app using their cell phone. Additionally, with Nissan’s Driver Assistance technology, driving cannot be more convenient.

9. 2020 Kia Niro EV

Kia Niro EV_ 239 Miles EPA range

                                                       Kia Niro EV
Electric Range 239 miles (EPA)
Top Speed 104 mph (167 kph)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 7.5 seconds
Starting Price $39,090
Fast Charging Yes

Kia Niro is one of the best looking electric cars in its segment. It is quite rich in features and offers driver assistance technology, an eight-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard. Additionally, Kia has provided 8 Harmon Kardon premium speakers with integrated sub-woofers in its higher variant.

Apart from this, the performance figures of Niro match its counterpart Hyundai Kona. However, Kia Niro EV is slightly off the pace in terms of electric range as compared to the Kona.

So, these were some of the best electric cars from all over the world. What do you guys think about them? Do tell us which one is your favorite, even if it’s not on the list.

Reliance Jio Announces ‘Jio Glass’ Mixed Reality Glasses

Reliance Jio, one of India’s biggest telecom networks, has announced mixed reality glasses called “Jio Glass” at its 43rd annual conference.

The mixed reality headset targets teachers and students, and aims to revolutionize classroom teaching in the country. Reliance claims the product will enable 3D virtual rooms and holographic classes in real-time through the Jio Mixed reality cloud.

The Jio Glass weighs just 75 grams and will come with a “personalized audio system.” Apart from that, it features a “high-resolution display” and comes with a cable that will connect to the user’s device. The Mixed Reality headset supports more than 25 apps; however, the number will get bigger over time. Jio claims that it can also be used for conducting virtual meetings.

At the event, Reliance President Kiran Thomas gave a demo of how Jio Glass will have virtual meetings. Thomas called Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani by saying, “Hey Jio, call Akash and Isha.” This indicates that the headset will come with real-time voice command recognition. Later on, we see a 3D avatar of Akash while Isha joins in through the standard video call and 3D interactive images of notes and documents.

Reliance Jio Glass Holographic

The company has refrained from revealing the price of Jio Glass and its availability. But we will likely hear more about it in the coming days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0b0miKViYg

Apart from Jio Glass, the Reliance event was tightly packed with several announcements such as Google-Jio’s new Android OS for budget smartphones, a “Made in India 5G” network developed from scratch, Jio TV Plus that brings all major OTT platforms under one roof and a lot more.

6.4Gbps Transfer Speed, 4X Density Over DDR4

The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has announced the specification for the next-generation of Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM) chips, aka DDR5. This marks a big achievement in the memory development field after the release of DDR4 specs back in 2014.

DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5) comes with much-needed improvements in DRAM module capacity and data transfer speeds. However, the DDR5 specifications got delayed by two years, pushing the original 2018 release schedule.

Speaking of the highlights, the new DRAM spec now supports 64Gbit maximum die density in comparison to 16bit in the case of DDR4. This means that high-density memory chips used in servers (LRDIMM) will be able to achieve 2TB capacity in a single module. On the other hand, we could have 128GB double-sided memory modules for our consumer desktops and laptops.

In terms of speed, DDR5 promises to provide peak data transfer rates of up to 6.4Gbps in comparison to 3.2Gbps on DDR4. However, the initial version of DDR5 will launch at 4.8Gbps transfer capacity, which is about 50% higher than DDR4’s peak capacity.

Going for higher speeds is a more aggressive approach from JEDEC this time, as usually every new DDR memory spec initially starts from where the previous spec maxes out.

Same way, memory manufacturers could start off by launching 16Gbit and 8Gbit density DDR5 chips that are easy to manufacture right now and should be sufficient for a wide variety of use cases. The unexplored capabilities of the DDR5 specification could be leveraged in the future when higher-density manufacturing will become feasible.

The new DDR5 modules will be able to work at a lower voltage of 1.1v in comparison to DDR4’s 1.2v. While the improvement may seem small, it makes a big difference when combined with other benefits including double the data rate and almost 4 times the die density offered by DDR5.

We can expect DDR5 memory modules to arrive by 2021 and initial adoption will be seen in the server market. Now that the DDR5 spec is out, memory manufacturers have started testing prototypes and fixing potential flaws. Some DDR5 chips based on the then-unreleased specs have been showcased in the past, including the first 16GB DDR5 module from SK Hynix in 2018.

Via AnandTech