New Maruti Swift Petrol AMT in CarToq’s Review

To say that the new-gen Maruti Swift has been selling like hot cakes would be an understatement. The latest generation of Maruti’s popular B1-segmenter has not only given the competition sleepless nights but has also been very quick in becoming more popular than its predecessor. Attractive prices, modern design, frugal and sufficiently power engines, good ride quality, precise steering – there’s really a lot that the new Swift offers. Another highlight is the AMT transmission, which is being provided on both the engine variants. AMT variants account for as much as…

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Ford EcoSport (Maruti Vitara Brezza rival) gets a new variant in India

Ford launched the new EcoSport late last year. The second best-selling sub 4-meter compact SUV now gets a new variant that will attract a wider audience. Ford has launched a new manual transmission option with the Titanium+ trim with the petrol engine, which was only available with an automatic transmission till now. The diesel engine was available with the top of the line trim already. The new Titanium+ petrol manual is priced at Rs. 10.47 lakh, ex-showroom, India. The EcoSport facelift received a new three-cylinder Dragon petrol engine in India….

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Toyota Yaris sedan’s first-in-segment features highlighted in a brand new video

Toyota is preparing the Yaris C-Segment sedan for a launch in India. The car is a Honda City- and Maruti Ciaz-rival and will be Toyota’s first offering in the full-size C-Segment sedan market here. Toyota dealers are already taking pre-bookings for the car, while official bookings will open only by the end of April. Meanwhile, Toyota has released a video that shows the various class-leading features that the Yaris will come with. As the video shows, the Yaris will have a range of best-in-segment features. Some of them include the…

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Teaching union opposes new education body

The EIS union fears the GTCS replacement may not be independent of government The teaching union EIS has claimed a proposed new supervisory body for the profession may not be independent of government. The Scottish government is considering incorporating the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) into a new body with additional responsibilities. The independent GTCS itself has expressed fears this will be costly, legally complex and achieve little. The Scottish government said it will consider all responses on the issue. A consultation on legislation to reform school governance closed…

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AirAsia India Introduces New Routes. Flight Ticket Offers, Flight Dates And Other Details

AirAsia India has announced new flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar. AirAsia India will start operations on the new flights from February 24, 2018, according to the airline’s website – airasia.com. The move comes over two years after the airline had discontinued operations from Chennai. AirAsia India is offering promotional flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive Rs. 1,299 on the new flights connecting Chennai, according to its website. Bookings for the flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar are open till January 21, 2018. The fares are applicable on…

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New High-Speed Quantum Encryption Could Thwart Hackers: Study

Scientists have developed a high-speed encryption system that can protect against the common security attacks, even if the equipment has flaws that could make it vulnerable to leaks. The system is capable of distributing encryption codes at megabit-per-second rates, five to 10 times faster than existing methods and on par with current Internet speeds when running several systems in parallel. In a study, published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers demonstrate that the technique is secure from common attacks, even in the face of equipment flaws that could open up leaks….

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New law scholarship for Indians at Oxford

A new scholarship named after the late Ratanshaw Bomanjee Zaiwalla – one of the first Indians to qualify as an English solicitor in 1925 – has been set up at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development based in Somerville College, Oxford. Instituted by his son, senior London-based lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla, its first recipient is Shreya Prakash, who completed her undergraduate degree at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She is enrolled for the Bachelor of Civil Law course. Zaiwalla said: “My aim to create the scholarship is…

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Are the Amish right about new technology?

The basic stereotype about the Amish – drivers of horse-drawn buggies, wearers of huge beards – is that they’re stuck in the 18th century: if a technology wasn’t invented by then, you won’t find them using it today. (What goes clip clop, clip clop, bang bang, clip clop? An Amish drive-by shooting.) So it’s alarming to learn, as the New York Times reported recently, that smartphones, PCs and computer-controlled machinery are increasingly part of the community’s daily life. There are Amish bakeries that take credit cards. So much for your fantasy –…

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Why We Need to Discuss the Downsides of New Technology

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s new book OTHERWORLD is on sale now where books are sold. In 2003, a guy at Harvard built a website so his fellow students could ogle each other. By 2012, one billion people were using that site to stay in touch with their friends. In 2016, the Russian government turned to Facebook to influence the United States presidential election. No one, not even Mark Zuckerberg, saw that one coming. Eighty years ago, beetles were consuming Australia’s crops, so the government imported cane toads from South America, hoping they would get rid…

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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The study released Thursday is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013. Past studies also identified problems, but Strayer said the “explosion of technology” has made things worse. Automakers now include more…

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