Traditional analogue products – Sharp TH http://sharp-th.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:14:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sharp-th.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-02T222002.614-150x150.png Traditional analogue products – Sharp TH http://sharp-th.com/ 32 32 ‘Photoghasts’ Card Game Review – Fast-Paced Found Pictures for Halloween and Beyond https://sharp-th.com/photoghasts-card-game-review-fast-paced-found-pictures-for-halloween-and-beyond/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 18:19:53 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/photoghasts-card-game-review-fast-paced-found-pictures-for-halloween-and-beyond/ Even for most seasoned video gamers, board games can still be a bit of a tough sell. It is extremely common to see glassy eyes when reading instructions for a new game, leading to confusion during gameplay. Since board games do not work the same way as their digital counterparts, it is easy to play […]]]>

Even for most seasoned video gamers, board games can still be a bit of a tough sell. It is extremely common to see glassy eyes when reading instructions for a new game, leading to confusion during gameplay. Since board games do not work the same way as their digital counterparts, it is easy to play completely wrong without even knowing it. Photoshastesa new haunted picture card game created by TW Burgessis inspired by many recent board games that combine physical gameplay with a phone app to make playing a game a seamless experience.

Burgess, a huge fan of found horror movies and urban legends, initially started the project as a fusion of short ghost stories with spooky analog art. Each animated photo he created was accompanied by a brief but evocative description, leading to great success on Twitter and TikTok. After collecting his art in a book, complete with an augmented reality app that brought the photos to life, he decided to take the concept and turn it into a handheld card game.

There is a certain satisfaction that this project, which began as a digital recreation of a very physical object, in this case a photograph, is now becoming a physical deck of cards, aided by a digital application. Each card features a grainy photo of the ghost, its name, a short story, and some stats. Given its origins, it’s no surprise that all of the artwork is excellent. Dark photos with hints of ghastly ghosts lurking in the shadows are extremely my jam, and Burgess knows how to pull off this style effectively. The microfiction is also excellent, telling tales of ghosts like Lady Impatience, a woman who’s been seen tapping her wrist and asking when the train is due, and Little Girl Gloom, a ghost who haunts a playground and tugs at your toes. while you are seated. on the swing.

Photoshastes is quite notable for its artistry, but the game itself is quick and simple, lasting only a few minutes. Each player is dealt a series of Photoghast cards and Action cards to make up their hand. Once the app is activated, players pass the phone around and take turns scanning cards with the AR app. Scanning a Photoghast card animates it in one of three unique ways. Either the ghost is removed from the map, cleaning up the photo and giving you points, or the ghost remains in the map, leaving your score unchanged, or the ghost attacks you, causing you to lose points. Each card has a specific value, and the higher the number, the more likely it is to scare you.

While you can do a little risk-reward analysis with point values, it can feel a little hit or miss as to whether you succeed or not, which is where action cards come in. These can be played instead of a Photoghast card and apply modifiers to previously played cards. Options include undoing point loss due to jump scare, swapping a card with another player, doubling points, and removing another player’s card. It’s a very fast game, each round must be completed in three seconds, so determining when to risk playing a high-value Photoghast card or one of your rare action cards is key to success. It still sometimes feels like there’s a lot of chance that you’ll succeed or not, but Photoshastes is short enough that you can keep playing one more game.

If you don’t feel like playing with the app, there is also an alternate set of rules for an offline mode. This mode uses card stats, playing like a variation of the traditional card game War. When it’s your turn, turn over your top card, choose a stat, then compare to everyone’s top card. Whoever has the highest score in this stat takes all the cards for that round, and the person who collects all the cards wins. This is another fast-paced card game that moves fast and involves just enough player choice. While it lacks some of the immersion of the app-based version, there’s still some fun to be had if you want a simpler, all-analogue version.

If the style of footage found is your thing, it’s easy to recommend. Photoshastes on art alone. It’s crisp, spooky and printed on high quality card stock. As a card game, it’s compact and quick on both counts, making it a perfect thing to carry in your pocket or purse and play on the go. Even if you’re unfamiliar with card games, the app makes it easy to play and adds a dynamic element to the already strong art. If Halloween had the equivalent of a Christmas present, Photoshastes would make a perfect holiday gift.

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US CISA/NSA Releases New OT/ICS Security Guidelines, Reveals 5 Steps Threat Actors Take to Compromise Assets https://sharp-th.com/us-cisa-nsa-releases-new-ot-ics-security-guidelines-reveals-5-steps-threat-actors-take-to-compromise-assets/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:43:00 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/us-cisa-nsa-releases-new-ot-ics-security-guidelines-reveals-5-steps-threat-actors-take-to-compromise-assets/ The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Security Agency (NSA) have issued a new Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) for the protection of Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) . The CSA outlines the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by malicious actors to compromise OT/ICS assets and recommends security mitigations that […]]]>

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Security Agency (NSA) have issued a new Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) for the protection of Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) . The CSA outlines the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by malicious actors to compromise OT/ICS assets and recommends security mitigations that owners and operators should implement to defend the systems. The new advisory builds on previous NSA/CISA guidance on stopping malicious ICS activity and reducing exposure to OT, and comes as cybersecurity risks surrounding OT and ICS continue to threaten the security of critical data and systems.

Securing OT/ICS assets are a significant challenge for organizations

While OT/ICS assets operate, control, and monitor industrial processes across critical infrastructure in the United States, traditional assets are difficult to secure due to their design for maximum availability and security, a noted CISA/NSA in Alert (AA22-265A). Their use of decades-old systems also often lack recent security updates.

“New ICS assets can be configured more securely, but often have an increased attack surface due to the integration of internet or computer network connectivity to facilitate remote control and operations. The net effect of the convergence of computing and OT platforms has increased the risk of cyber exploitation of control systems,” CISA/NSA wrote.

This has led to an increase in malicious cyber activity against OT/ICS systems, with actors ranging from nation-state APT attackers to independent hackers targeting OT/ICS assets for political gain, economic benefit and potentially destructive effects. . “More recently, APT actors have also developed tools to scan, compromise and control targeted OT devices,” the advisory adds.

A report commissioned by cloud security firm Barracuda has found an increase in major attacks against industrial IoT/OT systems over the past year as security efforts to protect these systems continue to lag. The report found that 93% of 800 IT and security leaders surveyed admitted that their organization had failed in their IIoT/OT security projects, with a lack of skills and tools often blamed.

5 Steps to Compromising Critical Infrastructure Control Systems

CISA/NSA said malicious actors typically take a five-step approach to planning and executing a critical infrastructure control system compromise:

  1. Establish the desired effect and select a target: For example, cybercriminals are financially motivated and target OT/ICS assets for financial gain, while state-sponsored APT actors target critical infrastructure for political or military purposes, such as destabilizing political or economic landscapes. or the psychological or social impact on a population. The cyber actor selects the target and the desired effect – to disrupt, disable, deny, deceive or destroy – based on these objectives.
  2. Collecting information about the target system: Once the intent and the target have been established, the actor gathers information about the targeted control system. The actor may collect data from multiple sources, including open source research, insider threats, and corporate networks. In addition to OT-specific intelligence, information on computer technologies used in control systems is widely available.
  3. Develop techniques and tools to navigate and manipulate the system: Using intelligence gathered about a control system design, a cyber actor can procure similar systems to the target and configure them as mock-up versions for practice purposes. Access to a model of the target system allows an actor to determine the most effective tools and techniques. Actors can also develop custom ICS-focused malware based on their knowledge of control systems. For example, the TRITON malware was designed to target certain versions of Triconex Tricon Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) by modifying in-memory firmware to add additional programming.
    APT actors have also developed tools to find, compromise and control certain Schneider Electric, OMRON Sysmac NEX PLCs and OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) servers. With the TTPs in place, a cyber actor is ready to do almost anything a normal system operator can do and potentially much more.
  4. Initial access to the system: To take advantage of the techniques and tools they have developed and practiced, cyber actors must first have access to a targeted system. Poor security practices around remote access allow cyber actors to exploit these hotspots as vectors to covertly gain access, exfiltrate data, and initiate other activities before an operator realizes they are there is a problem. Malicious actors can use web search platforms, such as Shodan, to identify these exposed access points. This access to a seemingly closed control system can be used to exploit the network and components.
  5. Execute techniques and tools to create the desired effects: Once an actor gains initial access to a targeted OT/ICS system, they will execute techniques, tools, and malware to achieve their intended effects on the target system. To disrupt, disable, deny, deceive and/or destroy the system, the malicious actor often performs, in any order or combination, the following activities:
    • Degrade the operator’s ability to monitor the targeted system or degrade the operator’s confidence in the control system’s ability to operate, control, and monitor the targeted system.
    • Operate the targeted control system, including the ability to change system-internal analog and digital values ​​or change output control points.
    • Impairment of the system’s ability to report data, by degrading or disrupting communications with external communications circuits, remote terminal units (RTUs) or programmable logic controllers (PLCs), connected enterprise or corporate networks , HMI subnets, other remote I/O, and any connected Historian/mass data storage.
    • Denying the operator’s ability to control the targeted system, including the ability to shut down, interrupt, or corrupt the system’s operating system or supervisory control and data acquisition system software functionality (SCADA).
    • Activation of remote or local recognition on the control system.

“By leveraging specific expertise and knowledge of the network, malicious actors such as state actors can carry out these steps in a coordinated manner, sometimes simultaneously and repeatedly, as illustrated by real-world cyber activity. “, reads the notice.

ICS/OT Systems Cybersecurity Threat Mitigation

System owners and operators cannot prevent a malicious actor from targeting their systems, but assuming the system is targeted and predicting the effects a malicious actor might intend to cause, they can use and prioritize mitigation measures, the notice states. Owners/operators can apply several ICS security best practices to counter adversarial TTPs.

The first is to limit the exposure of system information, with particular emphasis on system hardware, firmware and software information in any public forum, incorporating information protection education into training Staff. The notice said: “Document answers to the following questions:

  • From where and to where does the data flow?
  • How are communication channels documented and how is data secured/encrypted?
  • How is the data used and secured when it arrives at its destination?
  • What are the security standards of the network at the destination of the data, be it a provider/regulator or an administrator/financial institution?
  • Can the data be further shared once at destination? Who has the power to share this data? »

Eliminate all other data destinations, only share data necessary to comply with applicable legal requirements, do not allow other uses of data and other system access without strict administrative policies, ensure agreements are in place with external systems/vendors as appropriate to sharing, access and use, have robust policies for data destruction and auditing policies/procedures to verify compliance and secure data once once they arrive at their destination, he added.

Owners/operators must also maintain a detailed knowledge of all installed systems, including remote access points that are working (or could be working) in the control system network. Creating a comprehensive “connectivity inventory” is an essential step in securing system access, the ASC said. Once all remote access points have been identified, here are some of the best practices suggested by CISA/NSA to improve their security posture:

  • Reduce the attack surface by proactively limiting and hardening assets exposed to the Internet.
  • Establish a firewall and a demilitarized zone (DMZ) between control systems and vendor access points and devices.
  • Strictly enforce remote access policies and procedures.
  • Use junction boxes to isolate and monitor access to systems.
  • Change all system-wide default passwords and update all products with hard-coded passwords.
  • Patch known exploited vulnerabilities whenever possible.
  • Continuously monitor remote access logs for suspicious access.

Restricting access to network and control system application tools/scripts to legitimate users is another important area covered by the advisory, along with performing independent security audits of systems and implementation of a “dynamic network environment”.

Copyright © 2022 IDG Communications, Inc.

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The best Japanese watch brands https://sharp-th.com/the-best-japanese-watch-brands/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:15:57 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/the-best-japanese-watch-brands/ Japan is always a country of contradictions. On the one hand, while it is one of the most respected watchmaking nations alongside Switzerland and Germany, this status is largely due to a trio of extremely prolific companies: Seiko, Citizen and Casio. And despite that status and a generally strong appreciation for watches, you don’t quite […]]]>

Japan is always a country of contradictions. On the one hand, while it is one of the most respected watchmaking nations alongside Switzerland and Germany, this status is largely due to a trio of extremely prolific companies: Seiko, Citizen and Casio. And despite that status and a generally strong appreciation for watches, you don’t quite find the vibrant watch startup scene you see in countries like France, Britain and the US – but there are lesser known Japanese gems.

There are really only a few Japanese watch brands you need to know about, but they are definitely worth understanding. They include these big companies as well as examples of up-and-coming independents, and together they exemplify the traits Japan is known for.

It is a country famous for its know-how, its quality, its sometimes original design, its expensive tastes and its attention to detail. That’s why Japanese-made products, from jeans to sunglasses and more, are widely known around the world as some of the best in their respective fields. What qualities might be more suitable for watchmaking? And you will indeed find these characteristics, to varying degrees, in the products of Japanese watch brands.

Ranging from industrial-scale watch powerhouses to interesting independent brands that are increasingly springing up in their shadows, the following companies paint a picture of modern Japanese watchmaking.

Seiko

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Founded in 1881, Seiko is a historic and the largest watchmaker in Japan. Although once known primarily for its affordable, mass-produced watches, today Seiko enjoys international respect and fame. This is a massive company that, through its range of brands and sub-brands, competes in every style and every price point with the watch industry itself. It is known for developing and producing all of its own technology and products, from materials and mechanical movements to solar charging and GPS technology. Under the Seiko umbrella, Grand Seiko and Credor are often marketed as independent brands, while sub-brands like Prospex, Presage, Astron, King Seiko and Seiko 5 Sports each have individual identities. Seiko is a vast universe worth exploring, no matter what type of watch shopper you are.

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Citizen

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Alongside Seiko, Citizen is the other major Japanese traditional watch manufacturer, but its structure and approach are quite different. Citizen owns Miyota, the maker of mechanical movements you’ll find on affordable watches from a wide range of third-party brands. Citizen-branded watches, however, largely focus on their battery-powered quartz with light-charging technology they call Eco-Drive. Under its umbrella are also the high-end Campanola brand and the Promaster sub-brand. As a company, the Citizen also owns a range of brands that aren’t traditionally associated with or considered Japanese, from Bulova to a number of Swiss watchmakers.

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Casio

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Casio is the third mainstay of Japanese watchmaking, but it largely occupies a different niche than the previous two. Its full name is Casio Computer Co., Ltd., and that tells you right away that it’s not in the business of traditional watches. Of course, Casio is best known for its digital watches. In addition to its affordable watches, analog or digital, Casio watches its most important sub-brand is the famous G-Shock, but you will also find Edifice, Oceanus, Baby-G and Pro-Trek branded watches. The company also manufactures calculators and musical instruments.

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East

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Because Orient belongs to one of the Seiko group companies, it is sometimes misunderstood. While other brands of the group exist under Seiko Watch Co., in corporate taxonomy, Orient is under Epson. Unlike other Seiko watch brands, Orient was acquired rather than created by Seiko. It now shares technology and resources with its parent and sister companies, but it has its own identity, history, production and even movements. It also has its own sub-brand: Orient Star, which offers a more premium product than the affordable mixers you’ll simply find under the Orient brand.

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Kurono

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Hajime Asaoka is one of Japan’s few independent high-end watchmakers, and Kurono is the internationally-focused sub-brand (noticing a trend among Japanese companies?) he created to bring more affordable watches to His fans. Kurono watches typically use Miyota automatic movements and feature the finish and Art-Deco that characterize Asaoka’s high-end pieces. Watches are usually produced in small batches that sell quickly online.

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Minase

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Minase is a young brand that is slowly gaining notoriety outside of Japan. Starting as Kyowa Co., it originally made tools and then machined watch parts for other brands. She finally branched out into making complete watches in 2005 and named the brand after her hometown. Minase of course produces many of its own pieces and uses the same famous polishing technique that Grand Seiko made famous. With a few collections, the signature Minase look is based on an intricate case emphasizing three-dimensional dial views. With prices ranging from a few to a few thousand dollars, the brand uses automatic movements sourced by ETA that it decorates in-house.

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Kuoe

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This is a brand that looks more like the micro-brands we are used to seeing in other countries. Kuoe (the e is silent) is based in Kyoto and offers a range of retro-inspired watches with pleasingly small diameters. Like many American and other brands, Kuoe uses Japanese automatic movements and emphasizes local pride. With prices in the range of a few hundred dollars, this is a brand that could be an affordable Japanese alternative to the likes of Kurono.

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Mirco

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Tokyo-based Mirco is another company in the microbrand tradition, but one that has risen significantly in price compared to Kuoe (above). Using movements sourced from Seiko and Miyota, the brand has a bold, retro-sporty character that seems to draw inspiration from the 1970s – and yet without replicating any particular model. A young brand, Mirco currently only has two collections with the Type 02 chronograph and the Type 03 diver’s watch (the Type 01 cannot be found).

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Future Funk

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It’s not the only brand bringing back the now retro-futuristic designs of digital watches from the 1970s, but it’s perhaps one of the few that’s totally dedicated to it. As the name suggests, these are retro-futuristic watches with LED and roller displays. The best part? With quartz movements, they are fairly affordable, usually $200 or less, and it’s exactly the kind of souvenir you’d want to bring home from a trip to Japan.

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Naoya Hida

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Like Hajime Asaoka but lesser known, Naoya Hida is a high-end independent watchmaker producing highly crafted timepieces in very small series. Small batches, as in about 10 watches per year. He comes from the watch industry having worked at Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and FP Journe. These are the types of watches that are stylistically conservative and extremely understated, but meant to impress when examined closely. If you want one, you’ll have to reach out and be prepared to spend upwards of $20,000.

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Here’s what we love about the MINI Aceman https://sharp-th.com/heres-what-we-love-about-the-mini-aceman/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/heres-what-we-love-about-the-mini-aceman/ MINI started producing electric automobiles not so long ago. Now the automaker has unveiled a new concept dubbed Aceman, a visual teaser of its next generation of electric vehicles. Specifically, the new MINI Aceman exemplifies the future of sustainable, connected automobiles by combining advanced technology with exhilarating simplicity and performance. The Aceman is built around […]]]>

MINI started producing electric automobiles not so long ago. Now the automaker has unveiled a new concept dubbed Aceman, a visual teaser of its next generation of electric vehicles. Specifically, the new MINI Aceman exemplifies the future of sustainable, connected automobiles by combining advanced technology with exhilarating simplicity and performance.


The Aceman is built around a stretched version of the all-new Spotlight platform, created by BMW and Chinese company Great Wall. The next-generation MINI electric sedan will use the same fundamental construction. The automaker hasn’t hinted at the battery capacity or expected operating range of the final Aceman product. However, we do know that the new MINI electric hatch, which uses the same Spotlight architecture as the concept model, will be offered in a Cooper version with 184 hp, a battery capacity of 40 kWh and a range of around 190 miles.

There will also be a 224 hp Cooper S. A 50kWh battery means it can go around 250 miles on a single charge. Aceman’s final numbers shouldn’t deviate too much from these preliminaries. MINI’s commitment to an all-electric future and its core values ​​– an engaging digital experience and a commitment to reducing the company’s environmental impact – are reflected in this concept car. According to Stefanie Wurst, head of MINI, the MINI Concept Aceman hints at an entirely new car, bridging the gap between the MINI Cooper and the MINI Countryman.

Related: Check out this mini electric restomod with a good 5-speed manual


MINI Aceman Concept marks the start of a new design language

According to Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, the design language of the MINI Concept Aceman marks the start of a new design era for MINI. Hooydonk goes on to say that the design elements of the MINI brand have always been instantly recognizable. The company is returning to them, but always improving them with cutting-edge technology. Using this technique, they are redeveloping the symbols of MINI design, with all their analogue qualities, for the digital future.

The concept’s athletic shoulder, strong rear and vertically arranged taillights all stem from its innovative design. The MINI Concept Aceman is available in a striking turquoise shade called Icy Sunglow Green. The roof is painted in a contrasting shade of British Racing Green Metallic. Likewise, the trim around the lower body is also completed with a dark green color. The vehicle’s energetic personality is enhanced by accents of blue and rosy orange.

In its spacious interior, the MINI Aceman can accommodate five people. The dimensions of the concept are 159.4 inches in length, 78.3 inches in width and 62.6 inches in height. The rugged nature of a crossover designed for city driving is underlined by details such as wide body contours, aggressively curved wheel arches, 20-inch wheels and an eye-catching roof rack.

Typical of electric vehicles, the Aceman has a closed central grille. To generate amazing lighting effects to welcome its guests, matrix LED modules are integrated in its upper part. The taillight logo and sturdy roof bar use the brand’s signature Union Jack pattern, a nod to the company’s British heritage.

Related: 8 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Mini Cooper S

The interior of the MINI Aceman is just as impressive as its exterior

As with the exterior, the interior of the MINI Concept Aceman is characterized by a minimalist aesthetic, with clean lines and precise details. The instrument panel is a single flat piece that runs the length of the cabin. For the first time, a fully spherical OLED display serves as the central instrument. Here we have a modern take on the traditional toggle switch bar, which is organized differently but has the same basic functionality. This project is very MINI in that it successfully marries cutting-edge digital technology with classic aesthetic touches.

Additionally, the interior is molded by contoured door panels, a center console that extends into the rear and attractive color combinations. Discreet shape and integrated head restraints characterize the seats of the concept. Flat knit, velor pile, waffle weave, houndstooth pattern and embroidered X and O patterns give the seating surfaces a dynamic three-dimensional look. The absence of chrome finishes continues inside and out.

As the driver approaches the car, the Mini Companion’s sensor-based animation begins to play a welcome scene with lights and music. Additionally, the UI is now updated with an all-new graphical display, along with a contemporary design and aesthetically pleasing widgets. The most recent version of the MINI operating system, which for the first time is based on an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) software stack, will serve as the basis for the display and control system of the future production car.

Sales of electric vehicles are expected to account for 50% of total MINI sales by 2027, and the company aims to launch its final model powered by a conventional internal combustion engine in 2025. In 2021, MINI sold 302,000 automobiles across the world. It is not yet known whether the MINI Aceman will be available in the United States.

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Challenge Amazon in the race to transform the $11 trillion retail grocery market https://sharp-th.com/challenge-amazon-in-the-race-to-transform-the-11-trillion-retail-grocery-market/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/challenge-amazon-in-the-race-to-transform-the-11-trillion-retail-grocery-market/ When Amazon opened its first cashier-less convenience store to the public in 2018, digital transformation has reached another corner of our previously analog lives. With its expanding chain of Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores, Amazon has once again created a new consumer experience and a new catalyst for innovation in an established market. The […]]]>

When Amazon opened its first cashier-less convenience store to the public in 2018, digital transformation has reached another corner of our previously analog lives. With its expanding chain of Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores, Amazon has once again created a new consumer experience and a new catalyst for innovation in an established market.

As has happened in other areas, Amazon reshaped, reinvigorated and shook, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists rushed in quickly, rushing to take a share of the new global market share of 11 .3 trillion. Grocery retail technology raised a record $19 billion in 2021, up 115% from the prior year, according to CB Insights.

Israeli startup Trigo is one of many new companies around the world aiming to outsmart Amazon by improving our grocery shopping experience. According to Michael Gabay, co-founder and CEO of Trigo, the top three complaints about grocery shopping are “lineups, out-of-stock items, and not knowing where the product you want is.” .

With these requirements in mind, Trigo has developed a retail operating system, combining AI, smart sensors and computer vision into a single platform running various store management applications, inventory and customers.

The first application developed by Trigo, currently deployed by major grocery chains in the UK (Tesco), Germany (REWE and Netto), the Netherlands (ALDI Nord), the United States (Wakefern Food Corp. ) and in Israel (Shufersal), transforms traditional grocery stores into frictionless supermarkets where shoppers can walk in, select their items and exit without having to queue at the checkout or scan items.

Trigo’s technology does not use facial recognition, capture biometric data, or hold direct customer identifiers. The system recognizes the movement of shoppers when they are in the store, but does not know who they are at any time. Trigo’s privacy-by-design technology complies with even the most stringent German data protection legislation.

Trigo’s second app, which currently tracks live inventory status across multiple stores in Europe and the US, provides full real-time visibility of store inventory status, improves inventory replenishment processes and provides out-of-stock alerts that reduce customer dissatisfaction and increase efficiency and sales. “It’s a level and type of real-time information that retailers simply don’t have today,” says Gabay, anticipating the future development of a third Trigo app that will tell buyers the location in the store of specific products.

The technology used by Trigo is very complex, the algorithms very sophisticated, and a large part of the 200 employees of the startup are involved in long-term R&D. “It took us a few years to be able to say ‘we support all products in the store’ and achieve 99% accuracy,” says Gabay.

In addition to its heavy investment in R&D and top-notch talent, Trigo’s go-to-market approach stands in stark contrast to Amazon’s original strategy: Trigo collaborates with rather than competes with established food retailers. It promises to modernize existing stores of all sizes in weeks and integrate its technology with the retailer’s existing apps and payment options. The collaboration is wide and deep, with Tesco and REWE contributing to the $100 million in funding Trigo has raised to date.

There is no doubt that the rapid increase in online grocery sales in recent years has accelerated the digital transformation of the industry, prompting established grocery retailers to seek solutions to improve customer satisfaction, better inventory management and innovative “omnichannel” strategies, seamlessly merging their physical and online operations.

The U.S. online grocery market accounted for 9.5% of overall grocery sales in 2021, up from 3.4% in 2019. By 2026, it is expected to account for 20% of U.S. grocery sales . 57% of online grocery shoppers say they stay loyal to the retailers they buy from in-store, providing new opportunities to build customer loyalty, experiment with store layouts, offer discounts and help shoppers discover new products.

With new sales opportunities in this new business environment come many challenges, which retailers – and the startups that sell new solutions to them – must overcome. Many consumers are reluctant to change their shopping habits and/or embrace new technologies, even with the promise of greater convenience.

Retailers responded to new opportunities and challenges by experimenting with alternative solutions. For example, Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, has tested a smart cart developed by Shopic, an Israeli startup, and plans to roll it out to around 200 of its largest branches. Meanwhile, Shufersal last week opened a new convenience store in Tel Aviv equipped with Trigo’s scan-and-go technology.

Perhaps the hardest thing for established retailers and for retail tech startups is the constant experimentation with the elephant in the room, this day 1 venture. Late last year, Amazon again revised its build-from-scratch strategy when Sainsbury’s became the first international third-party retailer to use Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ cashierless technology, the first time Amazon had retrofitted an existing store.

A few months ago, Amazon launched Store Analytics, offering CPG companies “aggregated, anonymized information about the performance of their products, promotions, and ad campaigns,” based on data it collects (courtesy Shoppers ) in Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores in the United States Will Amazon in the future offer retailers this information as a consulting service so that they can “enhance the customer experience by making it easier to put together the store for customers to find their favorite items and discover new ones, improving product selection and availability, and delivering great value through relevant promotions and advertising”?

This is the key promise of the digital transformation of the shopping experience: no more customers leave the store without buying 1 in 5 items they were considering buying. It’s the promise of a borderless shopping experience, which Gabay described here as “a customer-centric approach to retail that seamlessly connects the digital and physical worlds with the aim of offering interactive experiences unique to consumers”.

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5G connected traffic structures will facilitate safer and environmentally friendly travel https://sharp-th.com/5g-connected-traffic-structures-will-facilitate-safer-and-environmentally-friendly-travel/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:26:08 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/5g-connected-traffic-structures-will-facilitate-safer-and-environmentally-friendly-travel/ It’s very easy for customization to backfire and subtract value instead of adding it. Consider the troubling fact that we may be coming to a point in the hyper-personalization journey where the most hyper-personalized offering is no offers at all. Nobody likes to be constantly bombarded with content, personalized or not. And that’s the paradox […]]]>

It’s very easy for customization to backfire and subtract value instead of adding it.

Consider the troubling fact that we may be coming to a point in the hyper-personalization journey where the most hyper-personalized offering is no offers at all. Nobody likes to be constantly bombarded with content, personalized or not.

And that’s the paradox of hyper-personalization: if everyone does it, then, in a sense, nobody does it.

5G and associated technologies such as IoT and edge computing offer businesses the ability to make hyper-personalization even more “hyper” through higher bandwidths and faster processing of larger volumes of data. important.

This means that we are at a very interesting inflection point: where to stop? If the promise of 5G is more data, better data and faster data, and the result is getting to know our customers better to annoy them even more, albeit in a “personal” way, when, where and why let’s say us: “Wait, maybe this is going too far. »?

How do you achieve hyper-personalization in a world where everyone is doing it and where customers are increasingly jaded and worried about how companies use their data?

Let’s see what’s wrong first.

Hyper-personalization and bad data

Hyper-personalization is very easy to mess up, and when you do spoil it, it has the exact opposite of the intended effect: it attracts customers a way instead of keeping them there.

Consider an online ad for a product that appears for you on a website a few days after you have already purchased the advertised item. This is what I call “the noise”. It’s just a nuisance, and the company placing this ad – or rather the data platform they use to generate the algorithms for the ads – should already know that the person has already purchased this item and therefore is not presenting not a “repeat offer”. but an up-sell or cross-sell offer.

It seems rudimentary in 2022, but it’s still all too common, and you’re probably nodding your head right now because you’ve encountered this problem.

The noise usually comes from what is called bad data or dirty data. Whatever you want to call it, it pretty much ruins the customer experience.

Hyper-personalization and slow data

The second major problem is slow data, meaning any data that is used too slowly to be useful, which typically includes data that needs to get to the data warehouse before it can be incorporated into decisions.

Slow data is one of the main reasons why edge computing was invented: to be able to process data as close as possible to where it is ingested in order to use it before it loses its value.

Slow data produces not-so-fun customer experiences, like walking half a mile to your departure gate at the airport, only to find that the gate has been changed, and then, after walking the half-mile to at your point of arrival from, receive a text message on your phone from the airline indicating that your gate has been changed.

Again, whatever name you give it: latency, slow data, annoying— the end result is a poor customer experience.

How to Solve the Hyper-Personalization Paradox

I have no doubt that the people who invented hyper-personalization had big intentions: to make things as personal as possible so that your customers would pay attention, stay happy, and stay loyal.

And for a lot of companies, for a long time, it worked. Then came the deluge of data. And the regulations. And jaded customers. We are now at a stage where we have to rethink the way we do personalization because the old ways are no longer effective.

It’s easy and okay to blame legacy technology for all of this. But the solution goes further than simply extracting and replacing. Companies need to think holistically about all aspects of their technology stacks to find the easiest way to get as much data as possible from A to B.

The faster you process your data, the better. But it’s not all about speed. You also need to be able to provide fast contextual intelligence to your data so that each packet is informed by all the packets that came before it. In that sense, your tech stack should be a bit like a great storyteller: someone who knows what the customer needs and feels at any given moment, because they know what’s happened up until present and how it will affect customer decisions in the future.

Let’s start thinking of our customer experiences as stories and our tech stacks as storytellers or maybe a story generators. Perhaps then our personalization efforts will become truly ‘hyper-personal’, that is, relevant, instantaneous experiences that are a source of pleasure rather than annoyance.

David Flower brings over 28 years of IT industry experience to the role of CEO of Volt Active Data. Flower has a proven track record of creating significant shareholder value across multiple software industries globally through the development and execution of focused strategic plans, organizational development and product leadership. This room is exclusive to Broadband Breakfast.

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Compound Butter: The Culinary School-Approved Method to Radically Transform Your Meals https://sharp-th.com/compound-butter-the-culinary-school-approved-method-to-radically-transform-your-meals/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/compound-butter-the-culinary-school-approved-method-to-radically-transform-your-meals/ For me, the first weeks of September always mark a season of transition. Summer is fading and autumn is waiting in the wings. From my apartment window, I watch as children – kindergartners, I suspect, as they’re all almost completely overshadowed by the bulky backpacks they’re carrying – dutifully line up at the bus stop […]]]>

For me, the first weeks of September always mark a season of transition. Summer is fading and autumn is waiting in the wings. From my apartment window, I watch as children – kindergartners, I suspect, as they’re all almost completely overshadowed by the bulky backpacks they’re carrying – dutifully line up at the bus stop and , in my turn, I am obliged to turn to more learned activities. It wouldn’t be September if I didn’t buy a new planner and at least consider going back to graduate school.

This is also the season when I need this planner the most; As someone who works in food, planning for the holiday season has already begun in earnest. Between trying to hold on to the last vestiges of summer (swimming in the lake, Aperol sprays, and browsing the farmer’s market for good tomatoes) and thinking about Thanksgiving, my calendar is filling up pretty quickly.

As a result, my own cuisine also changes during this season.

When time is limited, I cook in my pantry more often, focusing on simple ingredients that deliver big flavor with minimal effort. The ultimate example of this? Compound butter.

Compound butter, as the name suggests, is simply butter cohesively combined with another ingredient. You’ve probably had it before, whether it’s its lemon-infused butter served over fish or its honey-cinnamon butter served with fluffy Parker House rolls.

“Often they are used as a finishing butter, especially when they contain fresh herbs,” Joshua Resnick, chef-instructor at the Culinary Education Institute, told Salon. “It’s a great way to elevate dishes beyond their traditional elements, because you can add something really special to them, but it’s in an easy way.”

Resnick also said compound butters are a fantastic way to lock in fresh flavors — like those from chopped herbs or lemon zest — a little longer.

“By storing them in butter, it allows those ingredients to retain their flavor longer because you’re storing them in fat.”

“By storing them in butter, it allows those ingredients to retain their flavor longer because you’re storing them in fat,” he said. “Think for a moment of duck confit. The flavors remain preserved thanks to the duck fat. The compound butter acts in the same way, extending the life of your product.”

And while many compound butters lean toward sour or herbal flavors, Resnick and Edward Kim, the chef of Asian-inspired restaurants Mott Street and Chicago’s Second Generation, are encouraging home chefs to experiment with salted compound butters, by especially miso butter.

The combination of miso – a fermented soybean paste particularly popular in traditional Japanese cuisine – and butter imbues a dish with a mixture of oily and umami flavors. Adding it to even simple objects can radically transform them.

At Mott Street, Kim serves up a dish that incorporates pan-fried oyster mushrooms (which are little umami bombs in their own right!), thyme, lemon and, of course, miso butter.

“It’s so simple, but it’s one of our most popular dishes,” Kim said. “One comment we got recently on this was that ‘it tastes so much like Thanksgiving’, probably because of the thyme blend and the flavor of the mushrooms and miso. I hadn’t thought of that when making this originally flat, but it evokes nostalgia for what you remember Stouffer’s stuffing tastes just like when you were a kid.”

Thanks to its fermented nature, miso also has a bit of a funk that can mimic aged cheese, especially when combined with fattier butters. For this reason, it’s really fun to use as an analog for cheese sauce.

Resnick remembers working at the Tokyo Record Bar in New York where they served gourmet popcorn drizzled with miso butter.

“You get the sweet, shiny corn and the cheddar-like miso,” he said. “It’s an umami bomb. Then you hit it with red pepper flakes, then you top it with a poached egg. It was just outstanding.”

Meanwhile, at Second Generation, Kim serves a lobster “mac and cheese” made with sahm-jang cream; Sahm-jang is a Korean paste made from gochujang and doenjang, a Korean fermented soybean paste that resembles miso, but is often saltier and funnier.


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“I feel like it’s really tasty,” Kim said. “It has a really good cheesy quality, but at the same time it’s lighter than your traditional mac and cheese.”

Kim encourages home cooks to stir in miso butter in places where they would traditionally add a dab of butter or a dash of cheese, such as on plain noodles or baked potatoes. Making it is simple. He recommends treating miso like salt — a little is enough — and adding a teaspoon or two of water to the butter before mixing to help emulsify.

“I’m thinking of adding anchovies to the pasta sauce,” he said. “You don’t necessarily want to taste the anchovy, but it gives a little something extra to the sauce. Miso butter is a way to get that ‘something extra’ easily when cooking at the home.”

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NOVOSENSE has launched a multi-chip product portfolio to enable the industrial and automotive market https://sharp-th.com/novosense-has-launched-a-multi-chip-product-portfolio-to-enable-the-industrial-and-automotive-market/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 10:56:51 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/novosense-has-launched-a-multi-chip-product-portfolio-to-enable-the-industrial-and-automotive-market/ SHANGHAI, September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Integrated circuit design company NOVOSENSE Microelectronics (hereafter NOVOSENSE) has announced the launch of 6 new series of qualified industrial and automotive chips, including isolated sampling, isolated driver, the gate driver, non-isolated high voltage half-bridge driver, silicon microphone conditioning chip and gauge pressure sensor, used in new energy vehicles, industry, […]]]>

SHANGHAI, September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Integrated circuit design company NOVOSENSE Microelectronics (hereafter NOVOSENSE) has announced the launch of 6 new series of qualified industrial and automotive chips, including isolated sampling, isolated driver, the gate driver, non-isolated high voltage half-bridge driver, silicon microphone conditioning chip and gauge pressure sensor, used in new energy vehicles, industry, consumer electronics, fields medical.

Automotive electronic solutions enabled by NOVOSENSE

1, driver IC:

NSi6801 Series Single Channel Isolated Driver

The NSi6801 single-channel isolated driver is optocoupler input compatible. Compared with traditional optocoupler gate driver, it has excellent performance and longer life, which can work in higher temperature environment with shorter propagation delay and less pulse width distortion . It can be used to drive power tubes such as SiC, IGBT and MOSFET.

The first generation of NSi6801 series was officially launched in early 2021, and could be applied in industrial motors, servo motors, solar inverters, energy storage and other fields. With its excellent performance exceeding the international leading level, it has received positive feedback from markets and large volume orders from customers. In order to help customers reduce system cost and increase efficiency, the second generation was launched in August 2022 which is more profitable.

NSi66x1A/NSi6601M Series Single Channel Isolated Gate Driver

NSi66x1A and NSi6601M single-channel isolated gate drivers launched in 2022 are suitable for driving SiC, IGBT and MOSFET with automotive (AEC-Q100 standard) and industrial qualification. They are both widely used in new energy vehicles, air conditioning, power supply, solar inverter.

NSi66x1A is a kind of smart driver, providing up to 10A source and sink current and can directly drive high power devices without additional buffer circuits, which is essential for conventional solutions. Additionally, the NSi66x1A is equipped with DESAT overcurrent protection, soft shutdown, and Miller clamp, supporting separate output.

The NSi6601M incorporates Miller clamping function and is in high isolated withstand voltage, which is more suitable for high frequency, high voltage and high reliability applications.

NSD1624 Series Non-Isolated High-Voltage Half-Bridge Driver

NSD1624 is a recently released series of non-isolated high voltage half-bridge drivers which could be used to drive power devices such as MOSFET/IGBT.

NOVOSENSE innovatively applies the isolation solution to the high voltage half-bridge driver circuit, allowing the high voltage output side to withstand DC voltage up to 1200V, while the SW pin can meet the requirements high DV/DT and resistance to negative pressure spikes. It could be widely applied in high frequency, high voltage and high reliability applications such as half-bridge, full-bridge and LLC high voltage power topologies.

2, isolated sampling IC:

NSi1303/NSi1305 Series Isolated Sigma-Delta Modulator

NOVOSENSE NSi1303 and NSi1305 series isolated Sigma-Delta modulator IC has very low offset voltage and temperature drift, high common-mode transient immunity up to 150 kV/us and certified 5000 Vrms isolation voltage per UL1577. These technologies are applicable to typical applications in the industrial and automotive markets for current sampling in complex high voltage systems. The NSi1303 incorporates an internal clock and is available in encoded (NSi1303Ex) and unencoded (NSi1303M/Dx) versions, while the NSi1305 outputs data to be synchronized with the falling edge of the external clock, which fully meets different customer synchronization requirements.

The NSi1303 is an isolated Sigma-Delta modulator with internal clock, which has two options: 10MHz and 20MHz. The output data stream is synchronized with the internal clock. The corresponding linear differential input signal range of the NSi1303 is ±50 mV (full scale ±64 mV) or ±250 mV (full scale ±320 mV). The ±50mV input range corresponds to 4.9K differential input impedance, and the input range of ±250 mV corresponds to 22K differential input impedance.

The NSi1305 is an isolated Sigma-Delta modulator whose output data is synchronized with the falling edge of the external clock and whose frequency varies from 5 MHz to 21 MHz. The corresponding linear differential input signal range of the NSi1305 is ±50 mV (full scale ±64 mV) or ±250 mV (full scale ±320 mV). The ±50mV input range corresponds to 4.9K differential input impedance, and the input range of ±250 mV corresponds to 22K differential input impedance.

3, signal chain and sensor:

NSC6364 I2S interface silicone microphone conditioning chip

NSC6364 is an I2S interface silicon microphone conditioning chip developed by NOVOSENSE for wearable devices, smart home appliances and the Internet of Things. Combining with specific MEMS transducer, the SNR can reach more than 63dB, and it has 3 power modes: standby, low power and performance modes, which can meet the real-time system always-on listening needs. Compared with the traditional PDM microphone with audio ADC solution, this product can greatly reduce the system cost and power consumption of the acoustic acquisition channel.

NSC6364 mainly consists of low noise input buffer, analog to digital converter, digital signal processor, interface circuit, MEMS bias voltage generation circuit , an OTP adjustment and power control module. The NSC6364 supports BIAS and Gain adjustment and can be used with common MEMS transducers on the market. These tuning circuits can tune the final MEMS microphone +/- 1 dB according to customer requirements.

NSPGS5 Series Gauge Pressure Sensor

NOVOSENSE NSPGS5 series gauge pressure sensor adopts CMOS mixed signal conditioning chip to amplify, calibrate and compensate the MEMS array output, which can convert the pressure signal from -10kpa to +10kPa to analog signal with a range customizable output (0-5V) and digital Signal I2C. In addition, the built-in MEMS differential pressure die is designed based on the highly sensitive single-crystal silicon piezoresistive effect and adopts the CSOI MEMS silicon-silicon bonded advanced micromachining process. The accuracy and stability of the MEMS array over its lifetime is better than 1% FS.

This series of products are mainly used in ventilators, oxygen generators, anesthesia instruments, pulmonary function detectors, sphygmomanometers and biosafety cabinets and other medical fields, as well as blood flow detection. gas, pressure switch and industrial control.

Building a complete matrix of analog chip products with rapid large-scale growth

According to the 2022 half-year report published by NOVOSENSE, the company achieved a turnover of 793 million RMB in the first half of 2022, a year-over-year increase of 132.96%. During the reporting period, there has been strong growth in all types of chip products, and the company is now able to offer over 1100 models for sale.

About NOVOSENSE

NOVOSENSE Microelectronics (NOVOSENSE, SSE code 688052) is an extremely rugged and reliable analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design company. Since its establishment in 2013, the company has focused on signal detection, system interconnection and power drive, providing complete semiconductor products and solutions such as sensor, signal chain, isolator, interface , power device, driver and power management, which are widely used. in the automotive, industrial, information communication and consumer electronics markets.

With the mission “Sense and Drive the Future, Build a Green, Smart and Connected World with Semiconductors”, the company is committed to providing chip-level solutions to connect the digital and real worlds.

For more information and sample application, please visit our website: www.novosns.com

For the latest company product selection guide, please visit our website: https://www.novosns.com/en/data-download

For more product information, please email sales@novosns.com

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10 reasons why the new Nissan Z is one of our favorite sports cars available now https://sharp-th.com/10-reasons-why-the-new-nissan-z-is-one-of-our-favorite-sports-cars-available-now/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/10-reasons-why-the-new-nissan-z-is-one-of-our-favorite-sports-cars-available-now/ By the end of the 60s, Europe had many impressive and established sports cars. But Japan was more focused on building affordable everyday vehicles, except for the Toyota 2000GT. Nissan got to work taking inspiration from the Jaguar E-type and talking about the first Nissan Z car. They designed it impeccably and it drove so […]]]>

By the end of the 60s, Europe had many impressive and established sports cars. But Japan was more focused on building affordable everyday vehicles, except for the Toyota 2000GT. Nissan got to work taking inspiration from the Jaguar E-type and talking about the first Nissan Z car. They designed it impeccably and it drove so well that it put Nissan on the automotive map and raised the bar for all sports cars. Today, the original Datsun 240Z ranks among the best Japanese products of all time, thanks to its reputation as a strong contender on and off the track.



More than five decades later, the Nissan Z has evolved through seven generations, with the all-new 2023 Nissan Z finally hitting dealerships. It receives performance and technology updates and will replace the outgoing and aging Nissan 370Z, which has been around since 2008. Additionally, it moves away from the affordable sports car segment of the Mazda Miata and Toyota 86 and in the more upscale territory to join the new Toyota Supra. Here’s why the new Nissan Z is one of our favorite sports cars available right now.

ten killer looks

This new car is Nissan’s best effort to build a Z car for the modern era. It draws inspiration from the design of its classic ancestors with many design cues from the original car – the subtle blend of retro flavors with the sleek, modern silhouette makes for a stunning look.

The sharp exterior of the new Z features a rectangular grille, semi-circular headlights and rounded rear pillars, which pay homage to the Datsun 240Z. Horizontal LED taillights are reminiscent of the 300ZX.

RELATED: Here’s How to Make Your 2023 Nissan Z Stand Out From the Crowd

9 Perky Twin Turbo Power

We may be in the midst of an assault on the electric powertrain, but the new Nissan Z is still a gas-powered car for enthusiasts. Under the hood is a new 3-liter twin-turbo, intercooled V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, and it’s the most powerful mill ever featured in a Nissan Z.

It doesn’t get the fire-breathing 565-hp mill on its beastly GT-R sibling, but 400 ponies make it the most powerful base engine in its class. For comparison, the base Supra only comes with a 255-hp turbocharged inline-four base engine.

8 Keep the manual

The new Nissan Z offers two transmission options, a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission. We can bet big money that enthusiasts are more fond of the manual, which is a dying breed today.

The nine-speed automatic makes launches quicker, but the stick is quieter and unsurprisingly more satisfying to drive. It comes with a well-weighted clutch and a well-spaced shift pattern with medium throws. All the power goes to the rear wheels via a standard limited-slip differential.


seven Solid dynamics

The original Nissan Z was brilliantly designed and a joy to drive. Although separated by time, the new Nissan Z retains the spirit of its ancestor and offers a solid driving experience. It feels more responsive than the outgoing 370Z, despite gaining about 50 pounds.

Plus, the mechanically limited-slip differential, advanced suspension, electric power steering and increased body stiffness allow for gracefully refined cornering. The Toyota Supra and Porsche Cayman have quicker reactions, but the Z is smoother and provides more satisfaction in longer turns.

RELATED: These Are The 10 Most Expensive Add-ons To Nissan’s Build Your Z Tool


6 Responsive technology and connectivity

Classic influences and in the skin of this car because inside it is as modern as any new sports car on the market, with technology and connectivity features to keep you up to date quickly and effortlessly. The Performance model comes with a central 9-inch touchscreen with a smaller 8-inch on the standard model.

Both feature Nissan’s latest logical infotainment system, clean menus and pleasing graphics. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot are standard.

5 Driver-focused cockpit

Behind the wheel, the driver gets a 12.3″ all-digital performance display. This is a customizable instrument cluster with three preset screens to suit different needs. In Normal mode, it gives the vibrations of ‘Analog speedometer and tachometer.Enhanced mode gives more screen real estate for navigation, maps and entertainment.Sport mode is aimed at enthusiasts with a centrally positioned tachometer surrounded by a customizable shift indicator and data points for turboboost and G-force.

The cabin retains the traditional two-seat coupe format, with an upgraded interior over the outgoing 370Z. You get leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power-adjustable seats.

4 Impressive safety and driver assistance

Nissan pairs the new Z with advanced safety and driver assistance technologies to add driver confidence to its abilities. Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist are always monitoring your surroundings and ready to respond.

Intelligent cruise control makes getting around easier, and there’s a reverse monitor and front and rear sonar sensors to help with parking. Advanced safety features come from six airbags, traction technology, zoned body construction and advanced ABS.

RELATED: This Chopped Nissan Z Roadster Render Looks Awesome

3 Competitive prices

Nissan suggests a starting MSRP of $39,990 for the standard Nissan Z sport. The performance version starts at an additional ten thousand dollars, with the top-end limited-edition Proto Spec starting at $52,990. Although it costs more than the outgoing 370Z, the new Nissan Z still undercuts most of its competition, making it a new budget performance hero.

Plus, the price is the same whether you opt for manual or auto. Nissan tried to cut costs by mixing premium and budget materials. But Nissan, there have been reports of Nissan dealers raising the price well past six figures, trying to cash in on demand. A dealer in Washington has the Proto listed at $129,991. A dealer in Washington has the Proto Spec listed at $129,991.


2 Nissan Z vs. Rivals

Still, when it comes to money, the standard New Z is cheaper than the four-cylinder Supra and beats the six-cylinder Toyota by almost $12,000. It compares to more expensive foes the Porsche Cayman, BMW M240i and Audi TTS and does pretty well in terms of torque and horsepower. Also, only the Porsche Cayman comes with the option of a manual.

But, the Nissan Z is in the middle of the pack, flanked at the other end of the sports car affordability spectrum by the Mazda Miata MX-5 and Toyota GR 86.

RELATED: The 2023 Nissan Z Gains Muscle With This Azura Bodykit

1 A future classic

Nissan has flexed its muscles to showcase its engineering prowess with the new Z, and it has the ingredients for a future classic. It comes from a line of certified classics, features an electric-era ICE engine, shifter and silhouette to match. For the first time, Nissan broke its long tradition of naming Z cars with a three-digit number indicating engine displacement followed by the letter Z. Perhaps this is to signify a new era.

Plus, the limited Z Proto Spec is already a coveted item. Nissan plans to ship only 240 units in the United States. These are bound to cost a fortune in the future and are worth investing in today.

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VAR was sold to us on a lie but don’t be the loser clinging to the sinking ship: we have to get rid of https://sharp-th.com/var-was-sold-to-us-on-a-lie-but-dont-be-the-loser-clinging-to-the-sinking-ship-we-have-to-get-rid-of/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 08:56:28 +0000 https://sharp-th.com/var-was-sold-to-us-on-a-lie-but-dont-be-the-loser-clinging-to-the-sinking-ship-we-have-to-get-rid-of/ After a terrible Premier League weekend for VAR, fans at every club must rid the game of a broken system that was sold to us on a complete lie. What was the point of introducing VAR? Well, as you will remember, that was to correct glaring errors, right? It was to make things fairer. He […]]]>

After a terrible Premier League weekend for VAR, fans at every club must rid the game of a broken system that was sold to us on a complete lie.

What was the point of introducing VAR? Well, as you will remember, that was to correct glaring errors, right? It was to make things fairer.

He failed on both counts.

When it was sold to us, it was not imagined, much less expressed, that this technology would actually make mistakes, just as referees on the pitch always have. It was not specified that he would be subject to the same hazards of human fallibility as the referee on the ground, only transposed to Stockley Park.

No, we were sold a system that would work narrowly and specifically. But, of course, he hasn’t delivered the brave new world promised and is little more than a guy in a darkened room staring at a screen with line drawing software.

The parallels with Brexit are compelling. We went from a system that was certainly imperfect but which largely worked well for many years and gave us a lot of freedom, to a system that made everything more difficult, more frustrating, more constraining and just plain worse. The lawyers believed a lot of lies. Yes, it’s VAR.

And just like Brexit, those who wanted it introduced find it difficult, if not impossible, to admit they got it wrong. Instead, they rely on “it’s not implemented properly” to excuse all failures. But the way it’s implemented is the way it always will be. Remember when people said it would get better with use. Does he have? No, this is not the case. It is not possible.

Those who say “the VAR itself is not the problem”. It’s the morons who exploit it’ clearly bought into the idea that VAR would somehow operate independently of humans – the way Brexiteers bought lies written on a bus or thought that leaving the EU would stop people coming to the UK from Pakistan – and would be Human Error free. They bought into the idea that it was high-end computer technology, not some short-sighted guy with a headache.

Unless we raise super humans who can’t make mistakes, mistakes will always be made.

You’ll notice the ragged group of pro-VAR defenders has been whittled down to two basic arguments.

First of all, it made the game MORE exciting because you can celebrate a goal twice – once when it’s scored, then once more when VAR approves it.

Second, he correctly allowed goals that would have been wrongly disallowed and scored goals that would have been wrongly allowed.

The first is delusional. VAR completely ruined every goal because as soon as the ball goes into the net and everyone starts dancing, VAR hangs like a curse on the proceedings. Time and time again, the atmosphere sinks like a lead balloon and the players start hanging around for up to five minutes, like lost children, waiting for approval from above.

This joy when the goal is given, it’s not joy, it’s relief. All the joy of scoring the goal in the first place is now lost. This terrible feeling of cynicism when a goal is scored is entirely new, a product of VAR and goes against the very spirit of football. Whenever a goal is scored, the first thing you do is stare at the screen, hoping it doesn’t turn purple. It’s a kind of torment.

When West Ham scored their equalizer against Chelsea everyone went wild in traditional style and then VAR smashed it all in, ruling out the goal for a non-existent foul. This feeling of having scored only to have it scored a few minutes later is odious. It’s worse than never having scoredeven worse when the decision is simply wrong, as was the case at Stamford Bridge.

Before VAR, the decision was immediate, so you knew if the flag wasn’t up after the ball hit the net, it was a goal. Those days are long gone.

Is giving it all worth the few times it undoes a bad decision to give or disallow a goal? Of course not. So many decisions are subjective, most of us were perfectly used to accepting fringe calls no matter what direction. Those who haven’t are responsible for VAR. Their obsession with fixing everything has unleashed the monster.

When Conor Coady scored for Everton to take the lead against Liverpool his shoulder was ‘offside’ and the goal was ruled out. However, the offside rule was introduced to prevent players from gaining an advantage by being in front of the ball; Coady didn’t get any advantage as his shoulder was slightly ahead of the ball. If he had gone an inch further, he would still have scored. He was unmarked at the back post, for God’s sake. So while this was a “correct” decision, it was an unfair decision and not the reason the rule was invented.

VAR is supposed to make things fairer, but too often does the exact opposite. She gave us nothing and yet her existence took so much away from us. It introduced more frustration and anger while taking away the joy that we are all going to experience in football.

He was sold as the all-seeing eye that would punish rule breakers. But this is not the case. You can get away with a foul that leads to a goal as long as it leads to a goal a few phases later. But you can’t ungroup one game section from another in this simplistic way. Everything in a game is linked to everything else. If a goal is scored from a goal kick that should have been a corner kick, VAR cannot intervene. This very fact leads fans to feel cheated. Why are some things corrected incorrectly and many others not? It is incomprehensible to have a system supposed to correct errors whose operating parameters prevent it from doing so most of the time.

He can’t even overturn unfair yellow cards. But of course, if it covered everything, it would break the game so badly that it would be unbearable. The current situation is therefore a halfway house.

This brings us to the farce of “clear and obvious” errors.

VAR was only supposed to kick in for outright howlers – when they believe the referee has made a clear and obvious mistake. But that’s just plain wrong. This is not the case. How can I know? Because if it takes four minutes to decide whether an error has been made, it cannot, de facto, be clear or obvious. Things that are clear and obvious are clear and damn obvious, otherwise you don’t call them clear and obvious, do you?

Second, the referees, not being cyborgs, can’t see if a shoulder is offside by an inch and if you need freeze frame technology and draw lines on a screen to determine if that thumb is offside, that cannot de facto be a clear and manifest error either. This may technically be a mistake, but if you can’t see it with the naked eye, it’s impossible to be clear or obvious. This means that VAR should not be involved. But he is.

So “clear and obvious” is clearly and obviously absolute total bullshit. The whole reason VAR is based on is deception.

It’s important to remember that football was never meant to be judged so precisely and numerically. Its rules are analog. No one can point to what VAR has done that has made football more entertaining, more fun and more exciting, but we can all point out how much it has made it less entertaining, less fun and less exciting. So why do we have to put up with it?

We must all oppose it. Boo it at every chance like the fans did in Brighton as they waited and waited to get a decision on Alexis MacAllister’s brilliant and beautiful goal and another glorious moment of football was ruined as they sent him off, after four minutes, for an offense that was anything but plain and obvious unless you stopped and looked for a reason to disallow the goal. Football shouldn’t be governed in this stupid way.

We have to make it clear that we hate VAR, whether it benefits our club in one case or not. Why should we accept a system which does not even do what it promised to do, which governs on false premises and in doing so has obviously made football worse in the same way it is outside of the single market and that it has no freedom of movement makes business and life manifestly worse?

It’s gotten so bad that the Premier League is consult the PGMOL on the implementation of VAR. They should tell them to hang it. They won’t, but they should. It spoils the Premier League product quite profoundly. The same will be true for the Scottish elite.

No one voted for Brexit to make the country worse off; nobody wanted VAR to break the joy of scoring goals. Both were sold on lies, but both things happened. Both must be put in the dustbin of history.

Everyone is wrong. It’s okay, but please don’t be the loser who clings to the sinking ship just so you don’t lose face.

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