Samuel Badree picked up the first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as Mumbai Indians slumped to 7/4 in 2.4 overs, chasing 143 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.The West Indian was included in the RCB playing XI by Virat Kohli, who himself returned to the team after a short injury lay-off. (RCB vs MI Blog | Scorecard)The move turned out to be a trump card as Badree picked the wickets of Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) in successive deliveries in the third over. (Also Read: Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)RCB are defending a modest 142 and Badree’s hat-trick after Stuart Binny removed Jos Buttler, was worth its weight in gold. (Also Read: Virat Kohli returns to drop Shane Watson, recall Chris Gayle)Overall, this was the 15 hat-trick in the IPL. Amit Mishra, who now plays for Delhi Daredevils, alone has three hat-tricks.Here’s how the hat-trick played out: 2.2 overs: OUT! GOOD TAKE BY CHRIS GAYLE! Floated delivery around off and lures Patel in an ambitious drive. He accepts the invitation and goes for a full blooded drive on the up. Chris Gayle at short cover is sharp as a hawk and takes a brilliant catch. Patel’s struggle comes to an end and Bangalore are off to a great start.2.3 overs: OUT! The ploy to send in the pinch hitter backfires! Full toss on off, McClenaghan goes for the slog but mistimes it towards Mandeep Singh at wide long on. He is calm over there and pouches it safely. What a start this has been for the hosts and Badree is on a roll. He is on a hat-trick and ruling the roost at the moment. The visitors need 136 from 105 balls.2.4 overs: OUT! BADREE, YOU BEAUTY! Gets to his hat-trick in style! Slips in a googly around off, spins in sharply. Sharma strides forward to defend but doesn’t pick up the googly. Plays down the wrong line and the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad to dislodge the stumps. The tourists are in all sorts of trouble now.advertisement
Melbourne, Apr 25 (PTI) Are you over 50 and showing signs of cognitive decline? Then doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep your mind sharp, research suggests.Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the BBC quoted Australian researchers as saying.Exercises such as Tai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 50 who could not manage other more challenging forms of exercise, the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said.Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brains natural decline as we enter middle age.The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections.In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.In a variety of brain tests, they found evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – had a significant effect on memory and the brains ability to plan and organise, the so-called executive functions.advertisementJoe Northey, study author and researcher from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise at Canberra, said the findings were convincing enough to enable both types of exercise to be prescribed to improve brain health in the over-50s.”Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done,” he said.He said people should be able to hold a conversation while doing moderate exercise.Dr Justin Varney, lead for adult health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said any physical activity was good for brain and body.”Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age.”Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of health benefits,” Varney said.Dr Dean Burnett, lecturer in neuroscience and psychiatry at Cardiff University, said the study gave a clearer picture of how exercise affected the brain – but there were still issues.”It could lead to increased pressure for the 50-plus age group to exercise more in order to stay mentally healthy, which is good advice but also overlooks the fact that as we age its increasingly difficult to engage in physical activity, as our bodies are simply less capable of it,” he said. PTI AKJ AKJ
MCDsNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) The BJP has put on hold the names of its councillors who were to be appointed as leaders of House in three municipal corporations, owing to the “cold war” between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel.The three BJP councillors who were considered for the posts of leaders of House in South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have been “punished” for attending a felicitation function hosted by Goel on May 16, a senior party leader said.”Shikha Rai (SDMC), Jai Prakash (NDMC) and Santosh Pal (EDMC) were considered for the posts of leaders of House but the party has put on hold their names as they attended Goels function despite being instructed to avoid it,” he said.Tiwari was also invited to the function but he chose to give it a miss, while around 40-50 councillors took part in it.With the BJPs massive victory in the MCD polls last month, the party leaders are now focusing on the next assembly elections. This has led to a competition between Goel and Tiwari for the post of chief minister, sources said.”Goel being an old-timer well embedded in Delhi politics is asserting himself as Tiwari has pulled off a stunning victory in the MCD polls barely six months after being appointed as the Delhi unit chief,” a source said.Goel said he is not engaged in a “tussle” with anyone and the function he hosted was part of a “slum movement” to promote sports among the youth.advertisement”I do not know what people are talking of but the function was held by my ministry to engage Nehru Yuva Kendra youths in our slum movement. I have no tussle with anyone,” the Youth Affairs and Sports minister said.The Delhi BJP denied claims that the three councillors names were withdrawn as a punishment for attending Goels function.”The BJP has announced Shikha Rais name as the Leader of House in SDMC and we stand by it. No names were announced for the posts of leaders of House in North and East corporations,” said Delhi BJP media in-charge Pravin Shankar Kapoor.Tiwari was not available for comments on the issue. PTI VIT GVS
Sebastian Vettel has won plenty of races in his career, some more emotional than others, but the German’s one-two victory in Monaco was of special significance for Ferrari fans starved of success in recent years.The last time the Italian team won in the Mediterranean principality was 16 years ago – in 2001 with Vettel’s compatriot Michael Schumacher leading a one-two.Schumacher, the eventual seven-times world champion, ended a similar 16-year Ferrari drought in Monaco in 1997 with a victory that followed fan favourite Gilles Villeneuve’s 1981 triumph.Villeneuve, Schumacher, Vettel. The roll call is spine-tingling but results are what really matter and a quick comparison of Schumacher’s first six races of 2001 and Vettel’s current performance will really get the heart racing at Maranello.Schumacher – who ended the season with his fourth title – won the opener in Australia that year, as did Vettel this. He then took two more wins and two second places with one retirement.Vettel is doing better, by comparison, with three wins and three second places, and makes a plausible argument when he says Ferrari could have won every race this year had everything gone to plan.What happened in Australia, far from being a one-off, has become a sequence of success that has re-arranged the Formula One landscape with champions Mercedes already presenting themselves as underdogs.The contrast between last season, when the oldest and most successful team in Formula One history failed to win a race and a frustrated Vettel was making headlines with radio rants, is marked.advertisementThe German is now 25 points clear of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, the British three-times world champion who has won twice but struggled to get performance into his car’s Pirelli tyres while the Ferrari has seemed good everywhere.”We are walking on a lovely beach of white sand after having run barefoot over sharp and jagged rocks,” wrote columnist Umberto Zapelloni in Monday’s Gazzetta dello Sport.”These first six races of the season are worth as much as the arrival of an airplane for someone shipwrecked on a deserted island.”The front page headline of the national sports daily was “Potere Rosso” (Red Power).The German’s podium celebrations in Monaco were reminiscent of the glory years of the turn of the century when Schumacher dominated the Italian team and had everyone back at base singing to his tune.Vettel was the conductor as the Ferrari mechanics and engineers sang the Italian anthem. Kimi Raikkonen, rather like Schumacher’s old team mate Rubens Barrichello, looked a lot less happy.”We got a lot of hard times last year and this year everything seems to be upside down – but the team is the same, the people are the same,” Vettel told reporters.”I guess in these small moments you just realise that it’s a special group of people.”I think you can see when the guys are singing the Italian anthem. I think it’s impossible not to get goosebumps and feel very special standing up there representing them.”
Pune, May 30 (PTI) Indias Megh Bhargav Patel, Akansha Bhan, Rhea Verma, Vaidehi Chaudari and under 16 national champion Tanisha Kashyap moved into the singles second round at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship for boys and girls here today.Gujarats Megh Bhargav Patel, ranked 516, created a ripple by ousting higher-ranked Chinese rival Tao Mu 2-6 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes to make it to the second round of boys singles.In the girls event, third seed Akanksha Bhan faced a few anxious moments in the first set and then settled down to eliminate Xiaoxi Zhao of China 7-6(4) 6-4, 200th-ranked Vaidehi Chaudhari, seeded seventh, trounced Ayu Sugiyama of Japan 6-0 6-0 and no. 8 seed Rhea Verma overcame a fighting Jiho Shin of Korea, a qualifier, before winning 6-3 7-6(5).Tanisha Kashyap continued her form from the last week to get past Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipaty 7-5 6-2 in an All- Indian tussle to make it to the round of 16.Eight Indian girls and six Indian boys will be seen in action in the round of sixteen to be played tomorrow at MSLTA school of tennis in Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi.Results: Boys singles (1st round): Akanit Pumjit (THA) bt Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli (Ind) 6-4 6-2; H O Denton(HKG) bt Prasanna Bagade (Ind)6-0 6-3; Kasidit Samrej (THA) bt Rishabh Sharda (Ind) 6-2 2-6 6-3; Megh Bhargav Patel (Ind) bt M U Tao (CHN) 2-6 6-4 6-4;Girls singles (1st round): Sakura Hosogi (JPN) bt Yubrani Banerjee (Ind) 6-1 6-1; 4-Kuan Yi Lee (TPE) bt Muskan Gupta (Ind) 6-3 6-3; Tanisha Kashyap (Ind) bt Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipaty (Ind) 7-5 6-2; Adithya Karunaratne (SRI) bt Tejasvi Kate (Ind) 6-1 6-2; 7-Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt Ayu Sugiyama (JPN) 6-0 6-0; 5-Mai Napatt Nirundorn (THA) bt Shivani Amineni (Ind) 6-3 2-6 7-6(2); Mana Kawamura (JPN) bt Shivani Manjanna (Ind) 6-3 6-1; 3-Akanksha Bhan (Ind) bt Xiaoxi Zhao (CHN) 7-6(4) 6-4; 8-Rhea Verma (Ind) bt Jiho Shin (KOR) 6-3 7-6(5). PTI SSR NRB RDSadvertisement
John McEnroe has claimed that Serena Williams, who is the best player of her gender, would be ranked 700 in the men’s circuit.The seven-time major champion, speaking as part of a tour to promote his new book ‘But Seriously’, said that while he has great respect for Serena, he would place the 23-time Grand Slam winner “like 700 in the world” on the men’s circuit.”Best female player ever – no question.””If she had to just play the circuit – the men’s circuit – that would be an entirely different story,” Sport24 quoted McEnroe as saying.McEnroe asserted that that Williams’ mental toughness would be one of the things that she would be having her way on the men’s tour.”The reality of what would happen on a given day is Serena could beat some players, I believe, because she is so incredibly strong mentally,” he said.”She could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The US Open, etc,” he added.The American became the oldest woman to win a grand slam when he won the 2015 Wimbledon title at the age of 33.The 35-year-old tennis star has 23 grand slam singles crowns and 14 doubles titles in majors.Swiss maestro Roger Federer, by comparison, has 18 singles Slams and none in doubles.It should be noted that the ATP Tour Rankings go only to the top 500. At present, Andy Murray is the current top ranked ATP Tour player while Uzbekistan’ Temur Ismailov holds down the 500th spot.advertisement
Indian athlete Dutee Chand crashed out of the women’s 100 metre event after finishing sixth in her heat at the ongoing IAAF World Championships here on Saturday.Dutee clocked 12.07 seconds in her heats which was won by Rosangela Santos with a personal best time of 11.04.Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland was second with 11.14. Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago clocked the same time as Mujinga but was adjudged third on photo finish.The top three athletes of each heat qualify for the next stage.Dutee’s performance on Saturday was a far cry from her showing at the Asain Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar earlier this month where she took the bronze in 11.52.
Power-packed innings from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday. India now lead the five-match series 1-0.Dhawan and Kohli forged an unbeaten 197-run stand for the second wicket to help India chase down 217 after Axar Patel’s career-best figures of 3/34 helped the visitors bowl the Lankans out for 216.WATCH FULL VIDEOTalking about the run chase, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that the difference between the two sides is massive and it’s going to be cakewalk for the Indians just like the three-match Test series that they won 3-0. (Shikhar Dhawan continues golden run in Sri Lanka with 11th ODI hundred)”They just finished it in 28 overs. It just shows the quality of the Sri Lankan attack. It’s been a one-sided series from Day 1 and it’s going to go that way because I don’t see any respite for Sri Lanka.”The gap between the two sides is too much. The quality of the Indian side and the quality of the Sri Lankan side is like chalk and cheese,” Ganguly told India Today. (Virat Kohli completes 4000 ODI runs in successful chases for India)The home side were 139/1 from 24.3 overs before losing 9 wickets for 77 runs. Coming out to bowl, the Lankans got Rohit Sharma out early thanks to a run-out but then failed to take a single wicket after that.Ganguly said that the Sri Lankan bowling attack is just not good enough and like the Test matches, they will find it difficult to get the Indian batsmen out.advertisement”Sri Lanka will find it very very hard to pick wickets. Even in the Test matches they were finding it difficult. Today they just rolled over Sri Lanka. The last 100 runs must have come off 50 or 60 deliveries and we’re not surprised,” he said. (Virat Kohli wants Shikhar Dhawan to stay in his ‘happy zone’ and win more matches for India)(AP Photo)The former India captain was all praise for in-form Dhawan as well, saying that he is a terrific one-day player and it’s a treat to watch him play.”He’s (Shikhar Dhawan) is a terrific one-day player. His form in one-day cricket has been terrific for the past five-six years. Whether you go to Australia, England and now in Sri Lanka. He enjoys batting in this format, he has got tremendous faith in his abilities.”He knows how to pace the innings and it was another exponent of a typical Shikhar Dhawan type of an innings. It was great to watch. The attack maybe mediocre but you still got to get runs on the board, still have to get runs to get a 100 and I think he has done exceptionally well,” Ganguly added.However, the 45-year-old rated Dhawan’s Test hundreds higher than his tons in one-day cricket.”For me his Test hundreds will be more special than his one-day hundreds because his Test performances haven’t been best for the last couple of years. In and out, dropped on overseas tour, he has found life hard when he has gone away from the sub-continent but to come back from nowhere and get those two hundreds in those three Test matches…I thought was a bit more special,” said the Prince of Kolkata..@SDhawan25 gets the Man of the Match award for his knock of 132* off 90 balls #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/Wl9grYlefq- BCCI (@BCCI) August 20, 2017Sri Lanka and India will play the second ODI at Pallekele on August 24.
England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international duty on Wednesday to focus on his club career at Everton.Here is a look at Rooney’s England career from 2003 to 2016 in numbers:119 – England appearances, the most by an outfield player and six behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s all-time record.71 – England wins in which Rooney appeared. There were 29 draws and 19 losses.53 – Goals, an England scoring record.7 – Only seven of his goals have come at international tournaments, four of them as an 18-year-old at the 2004 European Championship.1 – Only scored once at a World Cup, against Uruguay in 2014.6 – Major tournaments Rooney played at17 – Age Rooney made his international debut as a substitute in a friendly against Australia in February 2003.2 – Red cards, against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup and in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.6 – Managers Rooney played under at England: Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate.Dreams can come true and playing for @England has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved it’s been amazing – https://t.co/GfiT7oVCpx- Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 23, 2017
New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia today offered a training stint to reformed Lashkar-e- Taiba militant Majid Khan, helping the Jammu and Kashmir youth to pursue his football dream.Majid, who is considered one of the most promising football players from the valley, reportedly joined terrorist outfit LeT.However, the young goalkeeper surrendered to the authorities following his parents emotional pleas.In this regard, Bhutia, who runs the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School, wrote to the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association.”I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer. I hope #Majid accepts my offer,” Bhutia wrote on his twitter handle.The 22-year-old Majid, from Anantnag, had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba a few days ago.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had also tweeted on the development.”Very glad to know that young Kashmiri #football player Majid Khan, who joined LeT, has left the terrorist group and returned. Good sense has prevailed,” Rathore had tweeted. PTI AH CM CM
Rohit Sharma has now set his sights on the upcoming tour of South Africa after leading the Indian team to an ODI and T20I series victory against Sri Lanka, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.India are set to face South Africa away from home in a full-fledged series, consisting of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting in Cape Town from January 5.Rohit made it clear that the South Africa series has been on the minds of the Indian dressing room and they are looking for nothing less than a win overseas.”We have already been talking a lot about it (Test series in South Africa) in the team dressing room during the matches against Sri Lanka,” Rohit told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview.”Our team, with the kind of cricket we have been playing for the last few years, will be a force to reckon with. We want to go there to win and not settle for a draw. Can’t win thinking of a draw, not even of drawing the last two games after winning the first Test. We have to win everything. The last time we went to South Africa, we had an opportunity to win the series but things didn’t work out. The first Test ended in a draw and we made a mess of the second Test after being in a strong position,” said the swashbuckling opener who scored a ton each in Test, ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka, recently.advertisementThe 30-year-old from Mumbai has been in the spotlight for the past few weeks, first making an unbeaten 102 not out in the Nagpur Test against Sri Lanka and then following it up with 208 not out — his third ODI double hundred — in Mohali. Rohit did not stop there and made the T20 series also his hunting ground. Before Sri Lanka departed home, Rohit smashed a 35-ball century, the joint-fastest in T20 internationals, at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.”I try to play the ball on merit,” Rohit said before continuing in detail about his style of batting. “We don’t have the strength of a (Chris) Gayle or an ABD (AB de Villiers) so timing is important. You don’t need to hit a 120-yard six, just clearing the boundary for a six is sufficient. So, after getting a good start, or maybe crossing a half-century, I know that the bowlers can’t do much.”Test cricket is different though. There you would get bowlers who bowl at good spots and try to get you out in every session. But in ODIs, you get out more because of your own mistake. I have tried to make less mistakes and make sure I last long. When you open, you have the opportunity to play from the first ball till the 300th. Even the number two, like Shikhar Dhawan, does not get this opportunity as I play the first ball,” he said.However, Rohit did not start with batting like many would think and it is only gradually that the opener’s abilities got unearthed.”I didn’t have the so called ‘god-gifted’ talent in batting. I was selected as an off-spinner in my school team. My coach Dinesh Lad told me to focus on batting after a few months. I then batted at No 7 or 8 and scored about 40 runs in a game which impressed my coach. He gave me an opportunity to bat at a higher position and I played a 140-run knock. I used to only bat in gully cricket before that so there was no natural talent. I worked really hard on my batting,” revealed Rohit, whose 264 is the highest individual score made by any batsman in the history of ODI cricket.Rohit, now also known as the ‘Hitman’, admits that he has made a lot of mistakes early on in his career but he is happy with the way he has played in the past few years.”Right now, I am really happy with the way I have been batting for the last few years. I used to bat lower down the order earlier. I grabbed some opportunities and missed many too. I couldn’t understand the situation, the up-and-down journey. I was only about 20 and failed to understand the situation. My reading of the game situation wasn’t that good earlier, I must admit. Failures taught me a lot like how to cope with such situations and learn from the fellow players. Now my understanding of the game, the shot selection, how to play in different situations, is quite good. That is also the reason why I have been able to put my team in better situations right now.”advertisementThe ‘last few years’ Rohit talked about is his journey since 2013 Champions Trophy. The right-hander has not really looked back ever since the then ODI skipper MS Dhoni asked him to open the innings.”Dhoni’s decision to promote me as an opener in the 2013 Champions Trophy changed things for me. I used to bat in the middle order before that and we had a set opening pair in Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. My batting slot was four but Dinesh Karthik scored hundreds in practice games at the same spot so MSD was a bit confused. He came to me and asked if I would like to open. I told him yes as I had opened in two games against England in a home series before that.”You have to change your game as per the batting slot but more important is changing your frame of mind, on how to tackle the new ball and how to leave ball and avoid playing certain shots which could be your strength too. I was ready for it. I was just waiting for the opportunity. Had he told me to bat at No. 7, I would have done that too. It (Champions Trophy 2013) was such a big tournament for our country. I had missed the 2011 World Cup and didn’t want to miss this one. By God’s grace, tournament went well for me and India won it too. Things have been good since then,” Rohit recalled the event.While the ODIs have been a roller-coaster ride, Rohit’s Test career has had seen more tumultuous times. The century in Nagpur a few weeks ago was his first in four years. “I feel bad on missing so many Tests after making my Test debut and also the four-year gap between hundreds. You know, my father loves Test cricket the most. He does not take much interest in ODIs and is really happy whenever I get an opportunity to play Test cricket. That is the reason I want do well in Tests, to fulfill my father’s dream. My father sends me best wishes whenever I am due to play Test cricket. I have always loved the longer format of the game more, right from making my Ranji Trophy debut. That is the real test.”In Nagpur too, I wanted to grab the opportunity. I had not thought we will bat for so long but Virat gave me an opportunity since two days were remaining. My father sent me a voice message after I made the century. I was playing a Test after nearly 450 or 500 days so my father was really happy that I did well and got the runs.”Come Cape Town in the next few weeks and Rohit Sharma could be India’s No. 6 batsman on the much-awaited tour. The Mumbaikar has played enough to know that nothing comes easy in international cricket, that too on an away tour.advertisement”Yes, people say that I change game within a short span of time but they should also realise that sometimes while playing the same shots, I can get out. At the end of the day, I have to deliver what the team wants. Like (Cheteshwar) Pujara does the job at No. 3, he has the game for that spot, to take team out of troubled situations on a seaming track. Just like him, every slot has a role to perform. We succeed sometimes and fail as well.”Initially, my strength had become weakness too. I used to play too many shots. My understanding of the game or shot selection wasn’t much that time. I realised that it couldn’t continue, I had to change my game. I have to bat consistently for India and it is not matter of a few knocks. So you see now I take time at the crease initially and then start playing my shots.”Seeing off the new ball is important for me. I know that once I do that, the only way I could get out could be from my own mistake. Bowlers can’t get me out. I watched my dismissals and saw that I was getting out due to my own mistakes and not because of good bowling. It is a mix of everything, luck, bad shot selection. Like in Sri Lanka, just two or three overs before tea, I got out just after completing half century. I didn’t capitalise on fifties then. I should have converted them into big scores. Situation would have been different today had I done that.”Rohit believes that this time around, India has a bowling unit which is ready to deliver the goods against the Proteas.”I think we have the bowlers to take 20 wickets. We have world’s best spinners and our pacers have matured a lot since the last time we went to South Africa. Now they go to the skipper and tell him that they want this particular field setting and this is the plan to get the batsman out. It never used to happen earlier. Recently too, we succeeded in our plan and executed it to near perfection in the series against Sri Lanka.”In the just-concluded series against Sri Lanka, skipper Rohit had one man standing by his side who he believes still “brings a lot to the table” and backed MS Dhoni to continue playing limited-overs cricket for India.”We started playing cricket under the leadership of MS Dhoni. He stood by us when there was nobody. He has guided and helped so many youngsters. He knows how to take team out of difficult situations. By virtue of his experience, he reads the situations perfectly. Just recently, he took the team out of troubled waters a couple of times. First batting with Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) and then batting with me. His two innings against Australia too stood out.”In recent times, his performance has been no less than that of any other player in the team. You could see for yourself how Bumrah, Kuldeep, Chahal or any other bowler seek Dhoni’s advice. Standing behind the stumps, he (Dhoni) knows what the bowler is trying to do. Thus, he brings a lot to the table which many cannot understand. His inputs to bowlers are so important. He has won so many tournaments for India. His experience is huge. He is still in the team as a leader. He continues to guide all the boys and his inputs are valuable.”
Xiaomi’s latest Mi Note 3 smartphone has finally made a breakthrough for the company in mobile photography, scoring an impressive 90 on DxOMark and becoming the first Xiaomi phone to do so. The Chinese smartphone maker has achieved popularity for introducing some stellar budget to mid-range smartphones that offer impressive hardware and design. The one area its devices felt lacking was with regards to photograph, but things are now starting to look up with the Mi Note 3.Trusted image quality ratings website DxOMark has praised the Mi Note 3 for its fast and reliable autofocus, zoom ability and bokeh effect, giving an individual score of 94 for photo and 82 for video for an overall score of 90. This puts Xiaomi’s latest smartphone in the same position as the HTC U11 and Google Pixel and just short of the iPhone 8. The DxOMark top two spot continues to be ruled by the Pixel 2-series and the iPhone X, respectively.The website did scrap some points as it found images with noise and videos with poor detail, which could be due to the lack of optical image stabilisation. Nevertheless, a score of 90 is something Xiaomi will be proud of and it looks like we can only expect better things moving forward. The Mi Note 3 was launched in September bearing a dual rearcamera setup with one 12-megapixel sensor wide-angle lens and f/1.8aperture and one 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.6aperture. Up front you get a 16-megapixel sensor for selfies.Also Read: Xiaomi launches cheaper Mi Note 3 variant with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storageadvertisementThe Mi Note 3 is a dual-SIM supported smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. It is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB and 64GB of internal storage. Last month, Xiaomi introduced a 4GB memory variant as well keeping the same 64GB of storage.Additionally, the Mi Note 3 also highlights an AI Beautify feature, facial recognition and a 4-sided curved body, among other things. Connectivity features on board include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11c, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS and USB Type-C. The handset houses a 3500mAh battery, measures 152.6×73.95×7.6mm and weighs 163 grams. The phone has not been released in India and it is unlikely we’ll see the company’s highest rated smartphone camera in the country any time soon.
TweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. — After an eight-day break, the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show. Only one kept it up for 53 minutes.And only one survived without a serious injury.Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4.“It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.In the finals for the first time in 40 years, the Warriors gave their long-suffering fans quite a treat. They rallied from an early 14-point deficit, absorbed a finals-best 44 points from James and shut down Cleveland in the extra session.James shot 18-of-38 from the field and had eight rebounds and six assists in 46 minutes. But the four-time MVP missed a long jumper at the end of regulation, and Cleveland missed its first eight shots of overtime — and 12 straight going back to the fourth quarter.“We got to do more around him,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.Adding to the Cavs’ frustration, point guard Kyrie Irving limped to the locker room after aggravating his troublesome left knee in overtime. He did not return.With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs obviously need Irving. He missed two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of knee and foot injuries and sounded unsure of his status for Game 2 on June 7 in Oakland.“Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried,” said Irving, who buried his head in his hands at his locker and left on crutches.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Irving is able to play the remainder of the series. “I mean that,” Kerr said. “You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”There were 13 lead changes and 11 ties in a game tightly contested across the board. There was little edge in shooting (Warriors 44.3 percent, Cavaliers 41.5 percent), rebounding (Warriors 48, Cavaliers 45) or assists (Warriors 24, Cavaliers 19).The biggest difference might have been the benches. The Warriors’ reserves outscored the Cavs’ 34-9, with J.R. Smith the only Cleveland reserve to score — and he was 3-of-13 from the field.In the end, it came down to the biggest stars making plays — or not.James and Curry carried their clubs through the fourth quarter, trading scores and assists in a back-and-forth duel in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 — most wearing those blinding, golden yellow shirts. Both also had a chance to win the game in regulation.Curry, the current MVP, beat Irving off the dribble and moved in for the go-ahead layup. Instead, Irving blocked Curry from behind, Smith came up with the rebound and the Cavs called a timeout with 24.1 seconds left.James, trying to end Cleveland’s 51-year championship drought, dribbled down the clock and missed a contested jumper over Andre Iguodala just inside the left arc, and Iman Shumpert’s desperation shot nearly went in at the buzzer, sending a collective sigh through the crowd.The Cavs never came so close again. “I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. “It’s a make or miss league, and we had our chances.”James hit a game-winning 3 over Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami from almost the same spot. Iguodala wasn’t about to let it happen again.“I kind of knew that play he wanted to get into, just going left, step back, and I was right there on him,” Iguodala said.Curry drew two deep shooting fouls at the start of overtime and made all four free throws, and Harrison Barnes hit a corner 3 just in front of the Cavs bench to give Golden State a 105-98 lead with 2:02 to play that had fans screaming at full throat.Irving, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, limped to the bench trying to shake off his troublesome left leg after the play. He was replaced by Matthew Dellavedova.The Warriors went ahead 108-98 on free throws with 1:16 to play. James’ layup with 8.9 seconds left accounted for Cleveland’s only points in overtime.James, who missed three shots and had two turnovers in overtime, walked off the court in frustration as time expired.Klay Thompson, who wasn’t cleared to play until June 2 after suffering a concussion last week, scored 21 points and Iguodala added 15 points for a Warriors team that started slow but closed with a flurry.“That’s what we’ve been doing the whole year,” Thompson said, “wearing down teams.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer)
ATHENS — Defending champion Olympiacos thrashed visiting Giannena 5-1 to maintain its perfect record in the Greek league on Sept. 26.Three days before facing Arsenal in a Champions League game in London, Olympiakos had the chance to rest some starters.Defensive lapses allowed Pajtim Kasami, in the 31st minute, and Costas Fortounis, a minute later, to score the first two goals, with Alberto Botia adding a third in the 42nd with a smashing header off a corner kick.Defender Themistocles Tzimopoulos gifted Olympiakos with an own goal in the 52nd and Jimmy Durmaz made it 5-0 with a penalty kick in the 72nd. Andi Lila scored a consolation goal in the 86th.Also, Kalloni beat Panetolikos 5-1 and Xanthi drew 1-1 at newcomer Iraklis.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.Philippe Coutinho, who was making his World Cup debut, gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.“I was pushed out of the way. There is video of what happened and the referee could have seen it. But it didn’t happen,” Miranda said. “We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us. We knew this game wasn’t going to be easy.”Ramos also ignored a penalty claim late in the second half when Gabriel Jesus was wrestled to the ground by Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji.Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Swiss players ended up with three yellow cards, and 10 of the 14 fouls they committed were on Brazil forward Neymar.Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic described the incident against Miranda as an “ordinary challenge.” He also dismissed charges that Neymar had been treated harshly.“Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game,” he added.Switzerland dominated the midfield for long spells against a Brazil team that had been keen to start with a win after its disastrous exit as host in 2014.“I am proud of their determination,” Petkovic said of his team. “The first 40 minutes were tough for us, and at halftime I told the players to stay cool and press forward. They did, and it worked.”Coutinho had another chance to put Brazil in the lead but he sent the ball wide in the 67th minute.“I’m very glad to score but what was important was our effort to win and what we did as a team is what counts,” Coutinho said. “We had some great moments and positive moments. Now we need to think about the next match.”Brazil has won 17 of its 22 matches since Tite took over as coach in 2016. But they couldn’t get another one in front of a very Brazil-friendly crowd at the Rostov Arena.Switzerland’s Steven Zuber celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday, and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.Tite said he wouldn’t make excuses for the disappointing scoreline.“What happened with Miranda was clear, but it doesn’t explain the result,” Tite said. “There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder.“But of course I’m not happy with the result and of course I wanted to win tonight.”The Brazilians remain haunted by their 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals that was followed by a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.GROUP DYNAMICSBrazil will next face Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Switzerland faces Serbia in Kaliningrad on the same day. Serbia leads Group E after its 1-0 victory over Costa Rica.THEY SAID ITPetkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the FIFA rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup.Brazil’s Neymar, left, and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)“I’m not surprised with the result,” the Bosnian said. “Sometimes there is a lack of recognition (in Switzerland’s ability) and I think that’s a pity because this team really believes in itself and can achieve results.“Against a difficult and strong opponent you need to be realistic and sometimes you play passes without thinking too much but I think the team has shown great determination and true spirit.”Tite said he was happy with his team’s play until Switzerland scored.“The goal, the aggressiveness, the creative plays, it was characteristic of our team,” Tite said. “And then the opposition grew stronger and we were not advancing enough. We were not blocking enough.”—By DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressBrazil’s Philippe Coutinho, left, and Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka jump for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. 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4 – Writing optimistic code 3 – Poor resource planning Continue Reading Previous Safeguarding boot code and other critical data: how little-known data protection settings in NOR Flash can help improve system reliabilityNext Conrad: new range of data loggers and sensors from Vernier International 8 – The undisciplined use of C and C++ Jack Ganssle () writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: . scaprile says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. David Letterman had his top ten list that he ran through each night. I, too, have a top ten list, but it is a compendium of how embedded projects go wrong. I’ll tease you, gentle readers, by going through it one item per week.So, here we go. Number ten on my list of how embedded projects run into trouble is…10 – Not enough resources allocated to a projectSure, a small embedded project can be done on the cheap, and they frequently are. Stuff a PIC10 with a few pages of code into a simple controller and a single developer using free tools can whack out the hardware and software in no time.But most embedded systems are sizeable. Starve the effort of people, money, tools, management support, and failure is all but guaranteed.Let’s start with tools. It’s puzzling that a $30k oscilloscope is not hard to justify, but the same team will be unable to spend a few grand for a software tool. People are expensive. Overhead is expensive. Failure is devastatingly so.But tools are cheap.A device that yields even a 5% productivity boost is worth on the order of $5k to $10k per year.I had this discussion with an old friend this week. The company he is consulting for isn’t willing to buy a commercial IDE for an MSP430, so he’s working with poorer tools. At his $150/hr billing rate any obstacle will cost the company big bucks. But those are future dollars, dollars that they don’t have to account for, at least in the present.Then there are people. Developers are so expensive that management routinely understaffs. Capers Jones showed that the average embedded project of 1 million lines of code needs about 2500 person-months of staff time, and costs $34m in salary and overhead. But, typically, management will figure on a much smaller group which will only, ultimately, increase costs.I saw a four-person firmware team trying to get a project of 250KLOC shipped. A year went by. Then another. Promises to customers were made and changed, again and again. Eventually the two-year schedule morphed into seven elapsed years. Their customers were very upset, management nearly apoplectic, and in the end the project cost about twice the industry average. Understaffing always results in higher costs.Aggravating the problem, developers are often tasked with mundane activities better left to support staff. Ironically, the computer revolution we helped usher in has turned us into secretaries. We do our own typing, filing, drafting, researching parts costs, and all the other activities that were once handled by lower-wage workers.Then there’s management support. A crucial role of a boss is to shield the team from anything that distracts them from getting the work done. Yet too often marketing droids incessantly tap on developers’ shoulder demanding a feature change. When I was a young engineer, sales would demand some new functionality, always chanting “I can’t sell this thing without that feature.”We figured that really meant “I can’t sell.”The boss’s role is in no small part to shield the developers from random feature requests.Then there’s money. In consulting the money issues are quite stark: bid a fixed price contract and watch the customer faint. They’re figuring on $10K but the effort will be an order of magnitude more expensive. “How can we make it cheaper?” is a valid question, but the truth is, firmware is expensive. Industry figures peg the cost from the start of a project to delivery at $20 to $40 per line of code.A colleague complained that his company couldn’t afford the $15k needed to buy a commercial RTOS, so his team would write their own. I checked: the commercial version was 6000 lines of code. Multiply that by $20-$40/line and that $15k looks like a blue light special.Firmware is expensive. If a company embarks on a project they need to admit the costs will be substantial and provide the resources needed to get it done properly. Penny pinching always winds up costing more.So that’s number 10 on my list. Going forward each item gets progressively more effective at project-killing.How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten Countdown: 7 – Bad science Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 1 – Unrealistic schedules “Glad to see you back!nThis magazine had been on the low-quality easy-writing marketing ad side of things for so long, I was ready to remove it from my list.” August 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm 2 – Quality gets lip service 1 thought on “How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Ten” Log in to Reply 10 – Not enough resources allocated to a project 5 – Weak managers or team leads 9 – Jumping into coding too quickly 6 – Crummy analog/digital interfacing
Continue Reading Previous Mouser adds Micron’s memory solutions to its portfolioNext Xilinx FPGAs deployed for AI acceleration modum has developed a compact data logger for temperature-controlled shipments that features Sensirion’s STS3x high-accuracy, calibrated digital temperature sensor. As part of the monitoring solution for enabling EU GDP (Good Distribution Practice) compliance, it is capable of tracking environmental conditions for a variety of temperature-sensitive goods including pharmaceutical products.Accuracy, compliance and auditability of the measurements are guaranteed by combining Sensirion’s calibrated temperature sensors with state-of-the-art blockchain technology. Upon receipt of a package, the receiver downloads the cryptographically signed measurement data from the temperature logger and the signed metadata such as the individual Sensirion serial number for end-to-end traceability. All data is wirelessly transmitted and checked by shipment-specific “smart contracts” on the blockchain, a decentralized digital ledger used to immutably store and verify its compliance with the conditions previously agreed to by the sender and receiver, allowing them to either release the product or arrange corrective or preventative actions.Sensirion’s STS3x products come in a compact form factor of 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.9 mm3 and are suitable for many battery-operated IoT applications, thanks to the low power consumption and wide supply voltage range of 2.15-5.5 V. The sensors are suitable in particular for products that cannot compromise on accuracy and reliability. The sensors are fully calibrated, linearized and supply voltage-compensated, making a correction or calibration by the user unnecessary. As with all sensors by Sensirion, the STS3x is based on the unique CMOSens Technology, which integrates the sensing element and read-out electronics onto a single chip, enabling high production volume at an exceptional price/performance ratio.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues its rapid growth, but in the rush to capitalize on great business opportunities, many companies miss key technical opportunities to gain market share and lock in a large, highly satisfied installed base. Application areas including smart cities, smart agriculture, smart energy, smart environment, smart homes, connected cars, smart buildings, and wireless medical devices are driving forecasts of tens or hundreds of billions of devices over the next few years. Companies that make the right decisions for device operation at end of battery life can delight customers and gain a competitive advantage. Battery life is key Many IoT applications rely on small, non-rechargeable batteries, so optimizing battery life is important for several reasons. The most obvious reason is that customers prefer long operating life; device vendors who demonstrate superiority in this area will have a key competitive advantage that drives market share growth. In some cases, a long battery life may be essential to a project’s economic viability, and early failures of sensors and actuators may lead to unacceptably high replacement costs. If these costs are covered under warranty, the financial risk to the manufacturer may be extremely high.There are also environmental issues associated with batteries, and proper disposal costs both time and money. Furthermore, some devices are installed in locations that are difficult to access, so the labor costs of battery replacement are considerable. If the battery is in an implanted medical device, the cost and risk go up exponentially, to say nothing of the legal and human costs associated with failed medical devices.To understand how products consume battery power, manufacturers use various tools to perform battery drain analysis (BDA). For simple devices that consume power at a steady rate, a digital multimeter (DMM) may suffice. For complex devices, such as cell phones and IoT devices, the current waveforms are highly variable, with fast switching between operational modes in the tens or hundreds of milliamps and sleep modes measured in micro- or nano-amps. To meet this challenge, modern BDA instruments must have good measurement bandwidth and seamless ranging to avoid losing data during measurement range changes. Beyond battery drain analysis to event-based power analysis To make the appropriate design enhancements, design engineers also must know what is causing the charge consumption. This is particularly important for IoT device designers, because the IoT evolves quickly and product development cycles are very tight. Design and validation engineers must get quick insights into how and why their devices consume power, so correlating charge consumption with RF and sub-circuit events is key. Many engineers find that event-based power analysis quickly reveals what events they need to focus on to improve their device’s charge consumption behavior. For example, event-based power analysis software can automatically analyze a waveform to produce fast, graphical insights, as shown below in figure 1. Figure 1: Event-based power analysis on Keysight X8712A IoT device battery life optimization solution In this case, the user can quickly see that the events labeled MCU and DUT Tx are consuming more than 80% of the device’s power (bar chart), and that most of the charge is consumed at rates between 5 and 10 mA (CCDF chart, bottom). Such insights allow the design engineer to make intelligent architectural, hardware configuration, and firmware programming choices. The engineer can also quickly re-test the device to see the effects of the changes.Eventually, of course, the device’s battery will near the end of its charge, and what was once a steady 3.3-V battery (for example) will deliver only 3.2 V, then 3.1 V, and so on until it fails completely, often in a mode that turns out to be surprising. Instead of simply letting the device operate normally until the battery fails, you can give your product a competitive edge by carefully answering the following questions: Where is the critical point? What would customers want you do about it? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Power How does the device behave as voltage drops? May 9, 2019 at 4:11 am “The battery life of IOT devices can be extended by a large factor is proper design techniques are implemented. These include, limiting the peak current drawn from the battery, avoiding intermitent wake-ups etc. To ensure this can be done, measuring the cu 1 thought on “Using power analysis to optimize battery life in IoT devices” How does this affect charge consumption? EEEnthusiast says: Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Agilex FPGA familyNext Cervoz: DDR4 very low profile SO-DIMM Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Batsman Dawid Malan has been called up as cover for injured England paceman Tom Curran for the first Twenty20 International against India on Tuesday.Seamer Curran, who last played for England in the one-day international win over New Zealand in March, is recovering from a side strain and is expected to be fit for the rest of the series.”Dawid Malan has been added to our IT20 squad for the match at Emirates Old Trafford,” the national team said on their official Twitter account.”He will cover for Tom Curran, who is still recovering from a side strain.”Malan, 30, has played five T20 matches for England, scoring 250 runs at a strike rate of 150.60. He has scored a half-century in all but one of his T20 appearances for his nation.After the three-match T20 series, England will host India in three ODIs and five Tests.(With inputs from Reuters)
Amazon is betting big on the television advertising market as it plans to launch an ad-supported video streaming service for its Fire TV device owners. According to the people familiar with the matter, the service will be called Free Drive and it is separate from the company’s subscription-based Prime Video service.While rumours of such a service being in works surfaced last year as well, however, the company, at the time had denied all the rumours saying that it had no plans of creating a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video. But now we have detailed information about Amazon’s upcoming service.As per a report by The Information, Free Drive will not be a free version of Prime Video, but it will function as a separate entity with a content that is different from the one that is already available on Prime Video. The new service is being developed by the company’s IMDB subsidiary and it is in talks with major studios for licensing older TV shows to fill out the service’s initial library.The new service is in line with Amazon’s decision of removing ad-free viewing feature for Twitch Prime members. For reference, Twitch Prime membership will no longer include ad-free viewing as a complementary perk starting September 14.Furthermore, the reports says that the company is also increasing advertisements during the sports broadcasts to draw more revenue from TV advertising.Meanwhile, the company is in talks with major Hollywood studios, including Sony Corp’s studio division and Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures, for developing original movies for its streaming service. Although the talks are still in early stages, the company hopes to attract more users to Prime Videos by roping in major Hollywood players.advertisementALSO READ: Amazon wants you to teach Alexa to speak in Hindi and other local languagesAccording to a report by Bloomberg, Amazon will be spending more than $5 billion on video programming this year and it is currently rebooting its Los-Angeles studio. Earlier this year, the Seattle-based tech giant hired NBC executive Jennifer Salke to lead Amazon Studio, all of which indicates that the company is amping up its game against its biggest rival Netflix, which at present leads the popularity chart.