Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: Libero SoC development software now certified to IEC 61508Next MACOM and STMicroelectronics to bring GaN on Silicon to RF applications The first member of the new and compact PicoCORE COM product family by F&S Elektronik Systeme is offered with the NXP i.MX 7ULP ARM based Applications Processor. Further pin compatible PicoCORE COMs will follow. NXP enables its heterogeneous concept with Linux running on the ARM® Cortex-A7 core and FreeRTOS running on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. The AP offers OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 3D and 2D Graphics Accelerator for media applications. There are up to 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to 32GB eMMC, as well as USB OTG, 2x I2C, SPI, 2x UART and SDIO available.The board comes with a MIPI-DSI interface for easy connection to displays. A resistive/ PCAP touch panel can be connected via I2C. Another option is an onboard WLAN/BT4.1 module (pre-certified). The PicoCORE™ standard uses two plug connectors (Hirose DF40C) with 80 pins each. This enables a compact shape and short board-to-board distance. The power supply of PicoCORE is 5V, the power consumption is about 1W.The available operating system is Linux (kernel 4.1.15, Yocto); it has already been ported by the experienced software team of F&S Elektronik Systeme. Bootloader, customized interface drivers and all tools needed for development are ready to download.Several security functions were made available by F&S‘s customized Linux OS. The F&S project guarantee accompanies the customer from the start until the successful finish of the project. Starter kits, workshops, hardware and software documentations, as well as free support by the experienced engineers pave the way to customers’ success. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be available until minimum 2028. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be introduced at Embedded World 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has urged his teammates to make a complete transformation for their next World Cup match against Sweden after they lost the campaign opener against Mexico.The 1-0 loss against the North American side has put France’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage in balance.Khedira said Germany will need to transform from a “schoolboy” team to a fighting unit if they hope to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey must now beat the Swedes, who have three points, on Saturday as any other result could potentially see them eliminated. Germany play South Korea in their last group game.”Even if we change the complete team now, if we play with the same attitude and the same intensity then we will have problems,” Khedira told reporters.”We have to be more compact in every part of our team. We have to play smarter.”The Germans, far too passive, were caught napping by the quick Mexicans, who scored a first-half winner after a fine counter-attack and whose coach Juan Carlos Osorio had outlined this exact strategy to the media a day before the game.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”We played like schoolboys,” Khedira said. “We were caught out. This is something that can be changed.”Several team discussions have taken place since but Khedira said they were not playing the blame game.”The atmosphere was tense but not bad (in those discussions),” he said. “We did not blame each other. We tried to analyse things together and what we need to improve. We did not point any fingers. We need to be 11 warriors on the pitch.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Virat Kohli-led India look to maintain their dominance in the one day internationals as they aim for their 10th consecutive bilateral series victory.India won the first of the three ODIs against England at Trent Bridge convincingly and would look to wrap up the series with another win when the two side meet at the Lord’s on Saturday.In the first match, a maiden fifer for chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (6/25) followed by Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137-run knock sealed a comfortable eight-wicket victory for India.The visitors dominated England, the No. 1 ODI side, in all departments of the game and took a crucial 1-0 lead in the series with 59 balls to spare.The stars of the match were Kuldeep and Rohit, who thrashed hosts batsmen and bowlers through out the match.The batting department seemed settled with opener Shikhar Dhawan coming in form. The Delhi batsman played 27 balls and scored 40 runs, which includes eight boundaries.Skipper Virat Kohli also showed why he is called one of the best batsmen in the format. India’s routine chasers Kohli and his in-form deputy Rohit collaborated for a 167-run stand to break the hopes of English bowers.But the middle and lower-order is yet to be tested but the way English bowlers were playing it seemed an uphill task to reach India’s middle and lower order.In the bowling department, Kuldeep continued to remain headache for English batsmen. In the shortest format also and now in 50-overs game.Kuldeep scalped six wickets for just 25 runs. He was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav but the pacer was little expensive.advertisementThe only concern for India is the pacers. Umesh, Hardik Pandya, debutant Siddharth Kaul were not effective as they leaked few runs when spinners, Kuldeep, Yuzvendra Chahal trying to put pressure on English batsmen. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to return to the playing XI.England, on the other hand, had many things to work on. Their batsmen failed to click in unison. If top-order clicks middle and lower order fails. Joe Root continued his poor shot selection in the first match also while skipper Eoin Morgan failed to utilise the start.The bowling department also seemed to be struggling as no bowlers were able to put pressure on India batsmen. Mark Wood, David Willy, experienced Liam Plunkett and Ben stokes need to click this time in order to take the series to the third match.So it’s a do-or-die game for the English players as one more loss and they are out of contention.Squads:India — Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar KumarEngland — Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood(With input from IANS)
Smriti Mandhana and England captain Heather Knight are hitting it off not just on the sidelines of the ongoing Women’s Cricket Super League in England but they are also finding ways to help each other on the field.Mandhana is the first Indian to be a part of the Women’s Cricket Super League and she announced herself quite remarkably with a 20-ball 48 in the first match of Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds.Mandhana achieved the success at the back of some pretty peculiar help from Knight.On the other hand, Knight received some on-field Hindi lessons from Mandhana and helped her bat through.What an incredible innings on KSL debut from Smriti Mandhana! 48 from just 20 balls!Some amazing shots here! #StormTroopers @mandhana_smriti @sachin_rt @BCCIWomen @Anya_shrubsole @legsidelizzy @ECB_cricket @SGanguly99 @VVSLaxman281 @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/JW2dkDzw6CWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018In a video posted by ICC, Knight and Mandhana narrated how one Hindi word that the former learnt on the field helped the Indian bat through.”It was a bit hard for me to call out in English, because we are used to calling out in Hindi, so I was telling her ‘haan’ is yes. So she was like, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll run for that!’,” Smriti told ICC.She further went on to say that it was a good experience for her to play alongside Heather for a change.”I’ve always played against her [Knight], so playing alongside her was fun.”Knight, on the other hand, spoke about how batting with different players from around the world beautifies these worldwide T20 league. Also learning new languages is fun.advertisement”It’s one of the great things about T20 [leagues]. You get to play with different people from around the world and work out how they play their cricket. Also learn new languages, I thought it was good fun.”I’m not sure I’ll be wanting to do it [learn a new language] every week,” she laughed, “but if I can learn ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in Hindi and help Smriti bat there in the middle – because she got off to a great start for us – then that’s great!” Knight expressed.Apart from picking up on some Hindi, Knight also revealed how they are all keeping a keen eye on the way Mandhana bats and perhaps read her game, understand it and learn from it too.”They get to watch how you bat internationally and vice versa. You get to have a look on how they go about things and get a closer look at their game and how you’re going to play against them and get them out.”At the back of our heads, we’re working out how we are going to bowl out Smriti in the World Cup because you’ve got the best players in the world playing here and you want to learn from them as much as you can and pick up those little tips that you can add to you game and improve you own game,” Knight said.Smriti also went on to express that it was a learning experience to be sharing dressing room with world class players.”I think it’s great fun sharing the dressing room with players who we play against throughout the year. It makes us a better player. Learning from experiences we’ll all grow together.”Mandhana and Knight put up an 80-run partnership for Western Storm, where Smriti struck five sixes her her 48-run innings.Some photos from a sizzling knock of 48 from @mandhana_smriti!!!#StormTroopers pic.twitter.com/fuuwoW64SuWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018Even after Mandhana was dismissed, Knight went on to score 97 off 62 deliveries.Western Storm eventually beat Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be in focus over the next few weeks as we approach the company’s hardware event that is likely to take place sometime in October. We have already seen some renders of both the devices as well as some live images of the Pixel 3 XL last month, which suggested that the bigger model will sport a display notch. A new set of live images of the alleged Pixel 3 XL surfaced online over the weekend which once again reveals the notch as well as the rear panel.XDA Junior Member dr.guru shared some hands-on images of the Pixel 3 XL in a white colour variant. The images show that the XL model will sport a curvy notch and a significant chin. A likely reason for the bottom bezel being thicker is to make room for the second front-facing speaker. The notch will house a smaller earpiece, a single front-facing camera and a sensor for ambient light. The regular Pixel 3 will go with a more traditional 18:9 display without a notch much like the Pixel 2 XL.On the back, we expect to see an all-glass panel rather than a glass and metal combination as seen on previous Pixel phones. You can still expect a dual tone color scheme, but the variant seen in the live image shows a very subtle difference between the white shade on the top and on the bottom. As per the person who leaked the photos, he top part will have a glossy look while the bottom will be a matte-like finish. The all-glass back suggests the upcoming Pixel phones will support wireless charging, although there’s still no confirmation on that.advertisementSince these photos are of an early engineering model, some design elements may change when the final product is showcased in October. As for the specs, past reports say that the Pixel 3 is rumoured to bring a 5.4-inch 18:9 display while the Pixel 3 XL will get a 6.2-inch display with a taller 19:9 aspect ratio. Both the phones will of course be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but there is no word yet on the memory and storage configurations we can expect. You can also expect USB Type-C support and Android P out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL design leaked from all angles in fresh renders
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 11 (PTI) India’s campaign ended at the Junior NBA World Championship with both the girls’ and boys’ teams crashing out in the first knock-out round of the Under-14 international tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World here. The Indian girls, represented by a team from Bengaluru, showed great fight before losing by 31-62 margin against China late last night. The Indian girls fought hard but failed to match the physically more superior Chinese opponents who were also more precise in shooting. The Indian girls lost all the four periods 17-4 14-13 14-6 17-8 but showed great fighting spirit in the second period to close the gap. Later in the day, the Indian boys’ team from New Delhi were thrashed 29-86 by a combined side of Africa and Middle-East. The Indian boys were no match against their tall and well-built rivals as they were outclassed 6-20 5-20 9-30 9-16 in all the four periods. However, the experience and exposure which the 20-odd Indian boys and girls got would do a world of good to raise their confidence and knowledge about the sport. The girls, in particular, shone brightly as they outperformed their compatriots by notching up a win in the Jr NBA World Championship, a first of its kind global youth basketball tournament for Under-14 boys and girls from across the world. The Indian girls eked out a fighting 40-37 win over a combined team from South America in their final pool match earlier in the week. PTI SSC PDSPDSadvertisement
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A, which is also known as desh ka — entry level but still desh ka — smartphone, is one of the best selling devices from Xiaomi so far. Even months after its launch, getting the Redmi 5A during its flash sales is extremely difficult. It goes out-of-stock in a blink of an eye. The problem, as far as consumers are concerned, is that there is no good alternative to the Redmi 5A in the other words. Or in other words, no good competitor. This I believe changes with the Infinix Smart 2.After using the Infinix Smart 2 for 10 days I can say that the phone has all that is needed to compete with the Redmi 5A. Launched recently, the Infinix Smart 2 comes with the same Rs 5,999 price tag as the Redmi 5A. It’s an online-exclusive phone and this price is for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage model.It does lack a few features, given that this is sort of an entry-level smartphone. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Not a big loss, in my opinion. It doesn’t have a bezel-less screen, or dual cameras. But then what phone with similar price has these features. Instead, the Infinix Smart 2 offers something better: good basics, decent hardware that makes the phone a decent choice.In some areas, the phone is even better than the Redmi 5A, although in some the Xiaomi phone is ahead. But overall, I have to say that the Infinix Smart 2 impressed me.Design is basicFor a phone this affordable, I didn’t expect much in design when I took the phone out of the box. And I was right to go in with low expectations. The Infinix Smart 2 isn’t a great looking phone. It is as basic as it can get. Like any other phone at this price segment, the Infinix Smart 2 is also made of plastic with a removable back cover that has a matte finish. The edges of the Smart 2 are curvy, which help in gripping the phone and you can use it with a single hand. The phone comes with thick bezels all around, which makes the handset look boring but also probably makes it look sturdy.advertisement Overall, if design matters to you in a phone, the Infinix Smart 2 may not impress you much. But then if a fabulously designed phone you want, you will have to spend more. It’s like, for now, you can’t do any worse or better than the Infinix Smart 2 at a price point of Rs 5,999.Display could have been betterJust like the design, the display of the Infinix Smart 2 is also basic. Compared to some of the other phones at this price point, the Infinix Smart 2 comes with a much bigger screen. The numbers tell a good story: The Infinix Smart 2 sports a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD display that has a resolution of 720 X 1440 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9, and an 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio. But beyond numbers, the story isn’t that rosy. The brightness level of the Smart 2 is fair enough in indoors, but take it out and in sunlight, the screen looks washed out and full of glare.Inside a room, keeping the brightness level of the Infinix Smart 2 display to around 50 per cent works well enough for me. But, under the blazing sun, you need to keep the brightness level to maximum, which in turn consumes a lot of battery. The Smart 2 comes with adaptive brightness, but it didn’t work all that great and I often — especially outdoors — manually adjusted the brightness level to keep the phone usable.The gaming performance is decent, although the Infinix Smart 2 works best when used with light games like Candy CrushWhen it comes to colours, the Infinix Smart 2 screen mostly gets it right. The phone shows vibrant colours. The viewing angles, though, are disappointing and that makes watching videos on the device a bit of hassle. You have to hold it at an exact angle. The Infinix Smart 2 comes with an inbuilt reading mode called the eye-care that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum for night-time reading. Nice!Android 8.1 OreoNow that Android 9 Pie is out, and rolling out to some phones (Google Pixels for now in India), it is fair for customers to expect newer version of Android in their phone, even in a budget phone. Unfortunately, most smartphones at this price — under Rs 6,000 — come with old software. Even the Redmi 5A is no exception. But surprisingly that isn’t the case with the Infinix Smart 2. It rocks Android 8.1 Oreo with custom user interface called XOS 3.3.0. The smartphone doesn’t come with stock Android interface and it has a number of third-party apps like PHX browser, Facebook, Flipkart, XClub preloaded on it. These pre-installed apps, however, can be deleted. The smartphone also comes with features like WhatsApp Mode, Battery Saver and Do Not Disturb etc. I would have liked stock, or at least close to stock Android. That would have given users real taste of Android Oreo but Infinix surely had other ideas.advertisementHit or miss cameraThe Infinix Smart 2 comes with a single camera setup on both front and back panel. The primary camera uses a 13-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 lens, while on the front, the Smart 2 sports an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture lens and dual LED flash. The selfie shooter is capable of capturing bokeh shots — which in my tests turned out to be better than expected.IMAGE SAMPLESOverall, I feel the cameras of the Infinix Smart 2 could have been better. It’s true you can’t expect much in this price range, and there are areas where the Infinix Smart 2 cameras deliver. But low light performance is disappointing. After using the phone for 10 days, I can say the Infinix Smart 2 is capable of capturing fairly decent pictures in good lighting. If only it could have also managed well enough with the food pictures during dinner in a dimly-lit restaurant…With the back camera, the Infinix Smart 2 clicks decent pictures in good light. There is a lot of detail in photos, and colours are pleasant. Although, don’t blow up the photos or crop them too close. Apart from the poor low light performance, I also occasionally faced issues with exposure. In strong light, the phone has a tendency to overexpose photos, which means some part of the picture end up washed out. In low light, the LED flash doesn’t help improve the picture quality much. The rear camera of the Infinix Smart 2 comes with beauty and HDR modes, but when used none of these features enhance the image quality in anyway. Surprisingly, the front camera is a better performer for the money. The selfies clicked with the Infinix Smart 2 show good colours and fair amount of details. Unlike the rear camera, the front snapper comes with a bokeh mode, meaning the Smart 2 is capable of clicking pictures that have blurred background. Such a feature is not common in budget phones, the fact that the Infinix Smart 2has it and that it works well is a pleasant surprise. The low light performance of the front camera too is poor.Android good bit about the Infinix Smart 2 is that the phone comes with face unlock feature which works quite swiftly and unlocks the device is a fraction of second. Sadly, there’s no fingerprint sensor.Performance and battery lifeThe Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The smartphone comes in two variants — the base version with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and the top-end model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.advertisementJust like the way camera works, the raw performance of the phone is also a mixed bag. For this review, I used the 2GB RAM plus 16GB storage version of the Infinix Smart 2. It didn’t disappoint me much as far as all-round performance is concerned. Remember, the speed and multitasking prowess of the Smart 2 is being compared with phones in this price range.In some areas, the phone is even better than the Redmi 5A, although in some the Xiaomi phone is ahead. But overall, the Infinix Smart 2 is impressiveWhen you pick up the phone and use it, it is fast enough. There is no discernible lag. But keep using it for a while, and phone starts to struggle a bit as the open apps accumulate. This is when you can notice some lag while switching between apps, or scrolling through Facebook or Twitter feed.The gaming performance is decent, although the Infinix Smart 2 works best when used with light games like Candy Crush (yeh, we are still playing that). Games like Asphalt 8: Airborne run too but after a while — say 15 to 20 minutes of gaming — do show some lag.For the price, I believe the Infinix Smart 2 delivers good enough performance. It’s not blazing fast. But then given that it is sold for Rs 5,999, it doesn’t have to be.The Infinix Smart 2 delivers a good battery backup. It comes with a 3050mAh battery. But hardware that is modest with its power requirement means that the Smart 2 manages to last a day when its battery is full in morning. Charging the phone, however, takes a while because there is no fast charging, not that you should expect this feature in a budget phone.Infinix Smart 2 for Rs 5,999: Should you buy it?If you are looking to buy your first smartphone and don’t want to spend more than Rs 6,000 or even Rs 7,000, I believe the Infinix Smart 2 can be a good option for you. For its price, the Infinix Smart 2 delivers more than what you expect from it. However, keeping aside all the goodness it has, I still wish Infinix could have worked a little more on the design and the performance of the Smart 2. A bit better showing on these aspects could have made the Infinix Smart 2 a perfect phone.So, should you buy the Infinix Smart 2, or go for the Redmi 5A? Considering, Xiaomi is a more popular brand than Infinix, most people would prefer getting the Redmi 5A. I too will suggest that you get the Redmi 5A, if that option is available to you. The problem with the 5A is that it is difficult to purchase it. The phone is rarely in stock. In fact, it is still sold in flash sale. So, if you can’t get the Redmi 5A do consider Smart 2. It’s more or less equally good.Infinix Smart 2 review 7.5/10Good stuffGood battery lifePocket-friendlyLatest softwareFace Unlock works wellBad stuffBoring designLags in multitaskingCameras hit or miss
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Bengaluru’s first-ever ‘Sports Festival’, which aims to inculcate sports as a culture and make it inclusive to the lifestyle of the city – Bengaluru Sports Festival (BSF) – is taking shape under the aegis of Sports Excellence Trust.This unique festival is the idea of some of the brightest brains of Bengaluru simply for their love for sports. Prakash Padukone, former Indian badminton player; Rahul Dravid, former Indian cricketer, Vidya Laxman, marathoner; Reeth Abraham, renowned athlete; Nandan Kamath, Go Sports, V Ravichandar, urbanist and Anand Adkoli, entrepreneur, have joined hands to curate this sports extravaganza.The first edition of the sports festival will be hosted at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence on December 8-9, 2018. “It is widely known and accepted fact that India is a “sports-loving nation” and not yet a “sports playing nation”. We haven’t fully reaped the demographic dividend in sports as a nation. BSF has been envisioned to inculcate sports as a culture for every Indian family and make it inclusive to our lifestyle,” said Vimal Kumar, President, Sports Excellence Trust, and former international badminton player.According to Shyamsundar Pani, Director, Bengaluru Sports Festival, there isn’t any platform where parents and their children can enjoy sports end-to-end in one single venue in India’s IT hub. “All work, No play”, has become the norm for all. BSF aims to develop, cultivate and nurture sports culture in India with the end objective of ensuring that sports become a part of our routine,” he added.The sports event in which Karnataka government is expected to participate to promote ‘Brand Bengaluru’, aims to celebrate sports culture for the city by encouraging residents to take part in several sports, interactive, health and fitness initiatives. It is open for all age groups and will witness the participation of over 20,000 sports enthusiasts. Nearly 100 international and national sports personalities and city celebrities are expected to join the festival.advertisementThe two-day carnival will host workshops emphasising the growing impact of sports in one’s life, the benefits of sports in our society and how people are coming forward to pursue sports as a career choice. Highlighting the importance of proper exercise and maintaining a good diet, the carnival will have food and nutrition workshop by fitness experts. The workshop will also aim on the peer engagement programs, where the participants will interact with people from different backgrounds and interests.
Virat Kohli has garnered praise from all corners and eulogising the Indian cricket captain is not something new. The latest to join the bandwagon is West Indies legend Brian Lara terming the Indian captain as “game’s leader at the moment.””Whatever Kohli is doing today is phenomenal. The rate of scoring, his fitness, and the importance he gives to a lot of different things. It is great to see the game has a leader at this moment,” Lara told PTI during an interaction on Saturday.In the city to participate in the fourth edition of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship, Lara refused to comment on the Kohli-Sachin Tendulkar “who is better” debate.READ – No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil GavaskarLara spoke about how and Tendulkar never bothered about comparisons.”If you talk about Sachin and me – you read a lot about it and you hear about the comparisons and it was not a significant thing (for us),” Lara said.Lara feels that nobody should sit in judgment to declare whether Viv Richards was better than Sir Garfield Sobers or Tendulkar was superior compared to Ricky Ponting as all these players brought different styles to the game.READ – Virat Kohli’s passion for Test cricket can keep the format relevant: Graeme Smith”In my era, you had (Rahul) Dravid, (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Jacques) Kallis, myself and Ricky Ponting – all of us brought something different to the table. How can any of us sit down here and say that somebody is better than Viv Richards, or Sir Garfield Sobers, or any of those great players?” he asked.advertisement”We just appreciate the career they have had and move on.”READ – India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIsDuring his playing days, Sachin Tendulkar was engaged in some fierce duel with a quality West Indies side of the 90’s but the steady decline of the Caribbean teams over the years, has disappointed his “friend”, said Lara.”I paid a surprise visit to Sachin’s house. We not only spoke about golf, but also a lot on cricket. We spoke about the great fast bowlers like Curtly Ambrose.READ – Sachin Tendulkar welcomes the weekend with ‘good friend’ Brian Lara”During the conversation, I felt, he was disappointed with the present state of affairs in West Indies cricket, whose players are more interested in franchise cricket than playing international games,” Lara recalled his discussions with Tendulkar.While he doesn’t have anything against players who are earning from cash-rich leagues, Lara appladed those Caribbean players, who are turning out for the West Indies for a far lesser salaries.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runsQuality of coaching has also affected West Indies cricket badly.”Let me explain, when Malcolm Marshall came into the scene, he was guided by Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Joel Garner. These greats would have passed on their knowledge.””Likewise, when I came into the scene, Viv, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Gus Logie were the guys from whom you could learn a lot. And, I am just wondering about coaching. Whatever they teach now is mechanical. Our bowlers are not bowling freely compared to earlier generations. May be that is a hindrance,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Batting coach Sanjay Bangar has expressed his frustration at KL Rahul’s inability to realise his potential in the longest format of the game.Bangar reacted after Rahul failed to trouble the scorers much on the second day (Thursday) of India’s only warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney.While fellow opener Prithvi Shaw has seemingly sealed his place in the playing XI for the first Test of the upcoming four-match series, Rahul is battling with Murali Vijay for the second opener’s slot.Rahul’s knack of “finding new ways to get himself out” has certainly not gone down well with the batting coach.Rahul was the only prominent batsman to miss out on a significant score in India’s 358 all out on day two of the four-day tour game. He was out for three runs while playing a loose drive on the up and was caught at mid-off within the first hour of play.As many as five different Indian batsmen, including captain Virat Kohli and Shaw, scored half-centuries in what Bangar termed as a satisfactory outing.”He is not a young player anymore and he is on his second tour here. He has played 30 Tests and he has a responsibility. We expect him to play with that responsibility and play his role for the team,” Bangar told the media in Sydney.”He (Rahul) has been looking in good shape, including today. It is just that he is finding new ways to get out. Even today, the ball was quite afar when he played it away from his body and lost his wicket. But what we are reading he is playing the ball well and he is one hit away (from form).advertisement”We know his ability and if he converts that to performances then it is important for the team.”Bangar made it clear that the opening combination, as well as the number six slot for the first Test in Adelaide beginning December 6, are still up for grabs.He said the second innings will help decide about the composition of the batting line-up, with Rahul, Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari in focus for the opening and number six spots.”I would say there are still some spots to be taken. We will keep a close eye on how the second innings goes and it gives some other batsmen a hit especially Murali Vijay and middle order batsmen, and see how they go.”There are certain spots to be taken still. We are looking at the opening slot as well as the number six slot. Those are the positions we are still looking at, we have not decided yet,” he added.Bangar said the second day’s display was satisfying, with most of the batsmen getting good knocks, though they were facing inexperienced Australian bowlers.”It was a pretty useful time in the middle. It was important that we switch to this format of the game because some of the guys are coming from T20Is.”Some Test guys, except for Cheteshwar Pujara, had a first-class game in New Zealand as well. All of them got to spend some time in the middle and get some runs,” he said.”Some went to New Zealand (as part of India A) with intention of getting accustomed to the bounce in their first game in Australia. It is different conditions in Adelaide because this is not a fast-paced pitch as you would expect there (New Zealand) or in Perth. But we are out here to make most of whatever we get.”From that perspective, Virat switching formats from T20 to four-day game, Pujara coming straight back in the groove, Ajinkya spending a lot of time. Hanuma Vihari played with a lot of confidence and clarity. Rohit came back and got a knock, spending some time in the middle. All in all pretty satisfying effort from our side.”Asked about the quality of Cricket Australia XI’s pace attack, Bangar said that the visitors did not have any complaints.”We understand that there are Shield games going on. We are pretty happy with what they put up against us. They put in a lot of effort right throughout the day and that’s what we are looking at.”Shaw’s clarity impresses Bangar Prithvi Shaw scored a quickfire half-century against Cricket Australia XI on Thursday (AP Photo)Shaw set the tone early on and hit a carefree half-century. Bangar was all praise for the youngster who has pretty much nailed his spot in the playing eleven for the first Test.advertisement”He has made a mark straightaway in whichever format he has played limited overs or first-class cricket, Irani Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy or India A. He has shown he can adapt to the conditions and to the stage as well.”He plays with a lot of clarity and the impressive thing about him is that he gets into good positions with a clarity of mind and fearlessness of youth that helps him quite a bit,” said Bangar.Also read | Khawaja will pip Kohli and Australia will beat India in Tests: Ricky PontingAlso read | Virat Kohli falls to Australian teenager who had also dismissed Joe RootAlso see:
Former India batsman VVS Laxman had no second thoughts while replying “Sourav Ganguly” when he was asked who was the best Indian captain he had worked under.Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2018, Laxman came up with the spontaneous reply, showcasing his love and respect for Ganguly, under whom he had helped the team to memorable wins.One such was India’s historic win over Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001, which Ganguly believes saved his career as captain. Notably, Indian cricket was in a state of chaos after the infamous match-fixing scandal when Steve Waugh’s Australian side visited the country.CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE SOUTHAustralia took the lead in the three-match series, crushing India by 10 wickets in Mumbai and taking their unbeaten run in the longest format to 16. There were heading towards a similarly massive win in the second Test in Kolkata before Laxman made an astounding 281 after India were made to follow on.’Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar?’Meanwhile, Laxman also said he would pick Rahul Dravid, his batting partner during the iconic partnership in the Kolkata Test, to bat for his life.Pakistan great Wasim Akram is the toughest bowler he has faced and former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan is the best roommate he ever had.When asked to choose between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Laxman was quick to say that both the India greats are legends in their own right.Laxman, who revealed that his parents had given him a five-year time period to achieve success in the sport, said he would have become a doctor – cardiovascular surgeon had he not made it as a cricketer.The 44-year-old also backed India to win the ongoing four-Test series in Australia 3-1. The series is currently leveled at 1-1 as Tim Paine’s hosts won the Perth Test by 146 runs after suffering a series-opening defeat in Adelaide.Meanwhile, Laxman labeled India and England as the favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the Old Blighty. The batting great also ruled out the chances of him mimicking his former captain’s shirtless celebrations if Virat Kohli’s men go on to win the coveted title next year.”India and England favourites. Being an Indian, I want India to win. I am not going to remove my shirt at Lord’s. That’s a challenge posed by Sourav to Virat. Happy to leave it to them. I don’t have six packs like Sourav had or at least he had the confidence of removing his shirt [at the Lord’s balcony],” Laxman said.advertisementVVS Laxman’s rapid fire at India Today Conclave South 2018 Best bowler: Wasim AkramBest captain: Sourav GangulyBatsman you would pick to bat for your life: Rahul DravidVirat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar: Both of them are legendsBest roommate: Zaheer KhanIf you were not a cricketer, what would have done: Cardiovascular surgeonBest way to relax: Be with my kidsIndia or Australia: India, 3-1.Also Read | I was taken aback with MS Dhoni’s struggles when I saw his movie: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS Laxman
Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. For Roger Federer, it’s a well-worn experience.A women’s final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship.Federer beat Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open for the sixth time – claiming his 20th major crown – and successfully defend the title he won the previous year in a career comeback of sorts.At 37, he’s still targeting records at his record-equaling 20th Australian Open: to be the first man to win seven Australian Open titles, the first man to win at least seven singles titles at two Grand Slam tournaments (he has eight Wimbledon titles), and the first man to win five major titles after turning 30.Always learning @MariaSharapova | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/xHBnksXieS#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Of course, he’s got strong competition from Novak Djokovic, who has won the last two majors and is also aiming for a seventh Australian title. Then there’s a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev. But there’s unlikely to be another run to the final for Andy Murray, who wants to start the tournament where he has reached the final five times but is unsure how much longer he can play because of the pain in his surgically repaired right hip. He’s targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.Federer, the sport’s senior statesman, was asked Sunday how he retained such a high level of health despite being about five years older than Nadal, Djokovic and Murray – the other members of the so-called Big Four. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him.advertisement”Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it’s smoother than the other guys,” said Federer, who is renowned for a style that appears almost effortless, and his stunning, single-handed backhand. “It just maybe looks that way. I work extremely hard in the matches as well – it just maybe doesn’t come across so much.”I don’t know if that’s also something that maybe is part of the equation.” Roger Federer is aiming for a record 7th Australian Open crown (AP Photo)He said he was shocked at Murray’s announcement, at 31, of his pending retirement.”It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He’s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend,” Federer said. “It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.””It’s so important to have all the support that I’ve received. I am a person who believes in long-term relationships” – @RafaelNadal @Kia_Motors #KiaTennis pic.twitter.com/gGCStWYr6H#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Federer, aiming for his 100th career title, will open against No. 99-ranked Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night, likely after Murray has taken on No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Melbourne Arena – the third of the three show courts at Melbourne Park.Istomin had a shocking second-round win over Djokovic here in 2017 on his way to the fourth round, and Federer is wary of the Uzbek veteran after also meeting him in the first round here in ’06.”I know what Denis did to Novak. I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago,” Federer said. “I’ve had some tough ones against him in the past. He can play well in fast courts.”Look, I’m playing good tennis. I’m confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me. That’s always a good thought.””They call it the Happy Slam for a reason. There’s a lot of good vibe, good buzz around the city. People of Australia love sport, nurture the sport values. They love their tennis, as well.”Well said, @DjokerNole. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/akeYZitYxO#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck after a day session on the main stadium that features Maria Sharapova, Nadal and No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber.”I think it’s a positive to be here as the defending champion. I’m just taking it as a nice, fun challenge,” the third-seeded Wozniacki said. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year. It doesn’t feel like it to me.””This is the only expectation I have: to give my best in every single match.”@AngeliqueKerber #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/AoYXBGAcy8advertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Wozniacki revealed at the season-ending WTA Championships that she’d been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, so she spent much of the off-season resting and recuperating and getting ready for 2019.After her breakthrough here last year, she didn’t get beyond the fourth round at the other majors, but says she feels like she’s hitting the ball well..@rogerfederer shares his thoughts about @andy_murray retiring.”I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point. But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite.” #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/UdzSCNqPyv#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019French Open winner Halep and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka collected their first major titles last year, and Kerber won at Wimbledon to capture her third in a sequence of eight different women’s winners in eight Slams.Serena Williams was unable to defend her title here last year because she was taking time out after having a baby, and finished the season with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the U.S. open..@CaroWozniacki on @andy_murray’s retirement announcement.”I’m sad on behalf of Andy because Andy is so fun for me to watch. I think he’s entertaining. He’s such a great athlete. He stood up for us, too. I really appreciate what he’s done for women’s tennis.” #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/jDVJ5EMMd3#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Now she’s back, seeded 16th, aiming for an eight Australian title. The 23-time major winner is in the same section as her sister Venus Williams and Halep, who all start action on Day 2.
A senior official associated with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has invited members of India’s cricket World Cup winning teams of 1983 and 2011 to the middle-eastern nation for football’s quadrennial showpiece.Admitting that cricket was a big sport in India, Nasser Al Khater, CEO, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, extended the invitation to the members of winning squads of the two cricket World Cups.”It is safe to say that this World Cup (in Qatar in 2022) is for all of us to celebrate. I think I have to say, we look forward to welcoming you there (in Qatar),” he said at an awards function in Mumbai over the weekend.”I did not realise how big cricket was in India, so I know that there are some members from the 1983 World Cup winning team, that beat the West Indies, are here (at the awards function), and there are members from the team that won the(cricket) World Cup in 2011. I extend you a special invitation to come and attend the football World Cup in Qatar,’ Khater said.He also extended a special welcome to footballers from India.The 1983 team, which won the cricket World Cup, was led by legendary all rounder Kapil Dev, while the side that emerged victorious in the 2011 edition was captained by charismatic wicket-keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Also Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni ‘take on’ each other on cricket pitch
Sunil Ambris hit his first one-day international century to help the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Ireland at Malahide on Saturday.Ambris hit 19 fours and a six in his 126-ball 148 as Ireland’s 327-5 was overhauled with 13 balls to spare. West Indies ended on 331-5 in 47.5 overs to complete its highest successful ODI run chase.The match looked in the balance when the West Indies slipped to 112-2 in the 20th over.But Ambris and Roston Chase (46) shared 128 for the third wicket to put the visitors firmly on top.Boyd Rankin took three wickets for Ireland but Jonathan Carter (43 not out) and skipper Jason Holder (36) saw the West Indies home for a second Tri-Nations series victory over the tournament hosts.Ireland’s innings had been underpinned by Andy Balbirnie, who struck 135 off 124 balls for his fourth ODI century.West Indies moved above Bangladesh, and Ireland is without a win after three matches.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption code
Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are the two premier fast bowlers in the world because of their skill level and ability to bowl in any situation, said veteran South Africa opener Hashim Amla.Both the fast bowlers were impressive during Wednesday’s game but the Indian came out trumps with his 2 for 35 in 10 overs including Amla’s wicket.”Bumrah and KG are the two best bowlers in world right now. They have pace, accuracy and can bowl at any stage of the game. Both South Africa and India are fortunate to have them,” Amla said at the mixed zone.He had been dismissed a few times by Bumrah but he denied that it plays on his mind.”Bumrah is a helluva bowler and that’s what good bowlers do but I don’t think they play on your mind as such as you need to assess the pitch and play accordingly. If you can’t then you watch the game from the change room,” the veteran batsman said.Amla admitted that South Africa didn’t expect the conditions to be this seamer friendly.”I don’t think anyone anticipated the wicket to be what it was. We expected it to be a bit more high scoring. That’s why we included an attacking option in left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi but it turned out to be more seamer friendly which we hadn’t anticipated.”Three back-to-back defeat demands introspection and that’s what they are trying to do right now.”There is no rocket science answer to this. Obviously we would now introspect for a day or two as to what went wrong. Once we have done that, we need to go back to the drawing board, reassess and try to execute that in training,” he said.advertisementHoping against hope, Amla believes that South Africa’s worst start in their World Cup history would help them turn the clock considering they have not won earlier editions despite starting well.”Very disappointing to have lost, Especially three in a row. In earlier World Cups we have played really well but never won the tournament. This could be the other way round.”Imagine that, where we start badly and then play our better cricket now. Obviously we need to win five or six games and hopefully we can do that,” Amla added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is the new coolAlso Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Watch:
Olympic and world championship silver medallist PV Sindhu made a second-round exit from the Australian Open, suffering a straight-game loss in what turned out to be a dismal day for Indian shuttlers here.Sindhu was the last to fall, following the ouster of sixth-seeded compatriots Sameer Verma, B Sai Praneeth and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.The world number five Sindhu, who is still looking for the first title of the season, could not get across Nitchaon Jindapol, ranked 29th, and lost 19-21 18-21 in a 49-minute match. This was her second loss to the Thailand player in seven meetings.Earlier, world number 12 Sameer went down 16-21 21-7 13-21 to former top 10 player Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei, while Praneeth put up a brave fought in the opening game before surrendering 23-25 9-21 to second seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a 42-minute clash.Satwiksairaj and Chirag tried hard against second seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, before losing 19-21 18-21 in a close contest.Sindhu was pegged back 1-5 in the first game but she recovered to grab a slender 11-9 advantage at the break. Jindapol, however, came back to erase the deficit and move to a 16-12 lead.Sindhu battled hard till 19-19 before Jindapol closed the opening game in her favor.The Indian revived hopes of a reversal when she led 14-11 at one stage, but Jindapol again came back strongly, ekeing out an 18-14 advantage.Sindhu narrowed the lead to 18-19 but Jindapol soon shut the door on her rival.advertisementThe Hyderabadi shuttler’s best performance this season has been a semifinal place at the India Open Super 500 tournament.Also Read | Sindhu, Sameer make impressive starts at Australian OpenAlso Read | Sudirman Cup: Kento Momota stunned as China cruise to 11th titleAlso See
Australia take on in-form Bangladesh in their World Cup 2019 tie at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.Barring their defeat to Virat Kohli’s Team India, Australia have had an impressive campaign in England, boosted by the returns of David Warner and Steve Smith. Aaron Finch’s men will be heading into Thursday’s match at Trent Bridge on the back of an 87-run win over Sri Lanka.Australia have boxed out oppositions with their batting might. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been taking opposition attacks to the cleaners and Mitchell Starc’s return to form is auguring well for the defending champions.Having sealed 8 points from 5 matches, another win would take Australia closer to the World Cup semi-finals. Notably, Australia enjoy a stunning head-to-head record against Bangladesh — 18-1 in ODI cricket.However, Australia will know they will be tested in Thursday’s match against Bangladesh in Nottingham.Bangladesh have given themselves a chance to reach the semi-finals with some consistent performances on the field. They are heading into their big tie vs Australia on the back of a comfortable 7-wicket win over West Indies.Shakib Al Hasan has been in fine form with the bat, having scored 2 hundreds in World Cup 2019. The bowling form of Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman makes them a threat to any side in the 10-team tournament.Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Nottingham18:40 IST: The match has been halted due to heavy rain in Nottingham. The covers are coming on. This rain is heavy.13:20 IST: Good news from Nottingham. The sun is shining bright early in the morning at Trent Bridge and the toss should happen on time.advertisementTrent Bridge looking ahead of #AUSvBAN!#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tqNFHRNLwCCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019A delayed start in the World Cup 2019 match between Australia and Bangladesh is unlikely as there is no rain predicted in the morning in Nottingham.However, expect a day with a lot of stop-starts as rain is forecast from 12 PM BST (4:30 PM IST), according to AccuWeather.Cloudy weather is forecasted for most of Thursday in Nottingham with a brief spell of showers expected to return at 3 PM BST (7:30 PM IST).Keep in mind, India’s match vs New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled at this venue last week. In the absence of covers for the outfield, rain delays are likely to be extended as ground staff will need time to get the ground ready after a spell of shower. Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Beating Australia difficult not impossible, says Bangladesh captain Mashrafe MortazaAlso See:
India is set to play their last league game of World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday. Speculations about the future of veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who is playing in his 4th World Cup, have been rife since the tournament started. While some had predicted that he could be playing his last tournament, according to few other experts Dhoni would continue to play in Indian colours even after the World Cup.In a report by news channel ABP News, a reporter claimed to have confronted Dhoni himself with the retirement question. Dhoni, in his inimitable style, was reported to have answered that he himself doesn’t know when he will end up retiring.”I don’t know when I will retire. But a lot of people want me to retire before tomorrow’s game,” Dhoni told ABP News.The reporter further clarified that the ‘people’ in Dhoni’s above statements are not in any way related to the Indian team or management. Instead, it was claimed by the channel that Dhoni was referring to people in the media who keep making guesses about the legend’s future.Earlier a PTI report had said that India’s last match at the World Cup could well turn out to be MS Dhoni’s swan song in India colours.”You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.advertisementHowever, India Today correspondents had confirmed these speculations as mere rumours without substance.Also, skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have long been ardent supporters of Dhoni and his teammates have also shown their support for the seniormost member of the ODI setup.Also Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan breaks Sachin Tendulkar’ World Cup record
India is a big market for PUBG and that has been evident from all the activities the PUBG team does. From mega e-sports events to special India-themed seasons, the game in its own way tries to keep Indian players happy. Recently, we got see the PUBG LITE for PC in India under the beta program for selected players and now, we have PUBG MOBILE LITE in India.What is PUBG MOBILE LITE?In simple words, it is a lighter version of the full-blown PUBG MOBILE that we have been used to for a long time. The main version on mobile utilizes resources extensively to offer console-quality gameplay experience but it struggles to run on low-end smartphones. In a country where smartphone manufacturers thrive on budget smartphone sales, it was only wise to bring a version of PUBG optimised for these low-end smartphones and tablets to reach a wider audience.PUBG MOBILE LITE has been in beta in other South-East Asian countries and it has been finally introduced in India. There are a couple of things quite exciting about PUBG MOBILE LITE:Installation details:–It can run on phones with a minimum of 2GB RAM.–The download size is only a mere 400MB, which can be easily downloaded even on 1GB per day data packs.However, there are a couple of optimisations the team has done keeping in mind the poor network conditions in rural areas as well as low-end devices. The developers say that the authentic PUBG experience is retained but in a more optimised way.advertisement–The game only hosts 10-minute Classic mode matches for now with up to 60 players. This is done in mind keeping the low-end resources on phones and weak network conditions.–The map quality is optimised along with parachute loading screen to offer a smooth experience on old or low-end phones.–The game also brings a few gameplay assists such as auxiliary aim assist, bullet trail adjustment with increased bullet speed, weapon recoil suppression and extended Time to Kill.–When a shooter shoots at you in close proximity, the game will highlight his/her location on the mini-map. Also, players will now be able to heal themselves while moving.– The Winner Pass replaces the Royale Pass and will have much faster achievement unlocks and span a month, with fantastic rewards on offer.ALSO READ | Erangel in PUBG becomes more realistic, updated graphics and new elements make it more interestingALSO READ | PUBG finally explains how it all began: New trailer video shows evolution story in Erangel mapALSO READ | PUBG LITE Beta quick review: Feels like heaven for PUBG loyalists on low-end PCs