Tata Motors shareholders reject pay proposals of 3 executives
NEW DELHI: Shares of Tata Motors on Wednesday plunged over 10 per cent, wiping out Rs 15,068 crore from its market valuation, after the company reported a 96.22 per cent decline in consolidated net profit for the December quarter.
The stock tanked 10.32 per cent to end at Rs 436.55 on BSE. During the day, it nosedived 10.64 per cent to Rs 435.
The stock was the worst performer among the 30-sensex components.
At NSE, shares of the company dived 9.45 per cent to close at Rs 436.45.
Led by the sharp dip in the stock, the company’s market valuation plummeted by Rs 15,067.81 crore to Rs 1,25,488.19 crore.
In terms of volume, 36.29 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 3 crore shares changed hands at NSE during the day.
The stock had lost 5 per cent in the previous session as well.
“TAMO reported another weak quarter with both standalone business and JLR performance coming well below our/street expectation,” Kotak Securities said in a report.
Homegrown auto major Tata Motors on Tuesday reported a 96.22 per cent decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 111.57 crore for the December quarter, dragged down by losses in domestic operations and lower profit of its British arm JLR.
It had posted net profit of Rs 2,952.67 crore in the same quarter of last fiscal, Tata Motors said in a BSE filing.
The company’s consolidated sales during the October- December quarter were down 2.2 per cent to Rs 67,864.95 crore as against Rs 69,398.07 crore in the year-ago period.
On a standalone basis, Tata Motors’ loss after tax widened to Rs 1,046 crore in the third quarter of 2016-17, from Rs 137 crore a year ago
For D-Wave, the path to quantum computers being widely accepted is similar to the history of today’s computers. The first chips came more than 30 years ago, and Microsoft’s Basic expanded the software infrastructure around PCs.
Quantum computers are a new type of computer that can be significantly faster than today’s PCs. They are still decades away from replacing PCs and going mainstream, but more advanced hardware and use models are still emerging.
“A lot of that is unfolding and will have a similar dramatic change in the computing landscape,” Vern Brownell, D-Wave’s CEO, said in an interview.
D-Wave is the only company selling a quantum computer. It sold its first system in 2011 and is now pushing the speed limits with a new quantum computer called the D-Wave 2000Q, which has 2,000 qubits.
The 2000Q is twice the size of its current 1,000-qubit D-Wave 2X, which is considered one of the most advanced computers in the world today. A price tag for the 2000Q wasn’t available.
The 2000Q is thousands of times faster than its predecessor and is leagues ahead in performance compared to today’s PCs. The specialized computer, valued at roughly $15 million, will first ship out to Temporal Defense Systems, which will use the system to tackle cybersecurity threats.
D-Wave’s quantum computers are being already used by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Google, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. D-Wave’s goal is to upgrade all those systems.
The ultimate goal is to develop a universal quantum computer that could run all computing applications, much like PCs, but researchers agree that type of quantum computer still decades away.
But like PCs, users first need to start feeling comfortable with quantum computers, and Brownell hopes D-Wave’s systems will ultimately be available to the masses via the cloud. IBM has already made its 5-qubit quantum computer available through the cloud to anyone who wants to play with it.
“To really flourish we have to make it easy to consume,” Brownell said. The cloud will provide developers with a headache-free way to play with qubits without buying the expensive hardware.
There are many types of quantum computers under development, and D-Wave’s system is based on the paradigm of quantum annealing. The computer delivers possible outcomes to a problem by deploying a magnetic field to perform qubit operations.
IBM is working on a different type of quantum computer based on the gate model, which is considered advanced but more complicated to achieve. Microsoft is trying to make a quantum computer based on a new topology and a particle that is yet to be discovered.
D-Wave and IBM were once squabbling, disputing each others’ approaches to a quantum computer. But they are now showing each other respect and have a common goal of speeding up the release of quantum computers. A long-term computer replacement is needed as today’s PCs reach their limits, and quantum computers could be the answer.
D-Wave doesn’t have a particular religious persuasion on what may be considered the right form of quantum computing, Brownell said. The annealer was a quick way to quantum computing and can be injected into today’s demanding workloads.
“We believe in all approaches. My belief in the future is there will be different types of quantum computers,” Brownell said. The company’s view is similar to using different types of chips like CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs for different workloads, with each of them having their own benefits, Brownell said.
Some applications for D-Wave’s quantum computer include machine learning, financial simulations, and coding optimization. For example, the quantum computers could be used to build classifiers for better speech recognition or labeling of images, Brownell said. Algorithms play a big role in making D-Wave’s quantum computers effective.
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It doesn’t take a genius to realize that when you hit pay dirt, you might do so again if you keep digging in the same area. That’s the tack Dell takes with its redesigned XPS 15 laptop: It’s easily summed up as a bigger, more powerful version of the super-popular XPS 13.
Bigger isn’t always better, of course, but in the case of the XPS 15, it worked out pretty well. Its body has the same aluminum top and bottom. The familiar carbon-fiber keyboard deck is there, too. Also like the XPS 13, this XPS15 features an ultra-thin “InfinityEdge” bezel around its 15.6-inch screen.
The model I reviewed is mid-range. That means a 1920×1080 resolution non-touchscreen, though a 4K Ultra HD screen with touch is available. Regardless of screen type, you get that 5.5mm-skinny bezel, and it makes for an impressive presentation—for comparison, HP’s Spectre X360 15T has a 15mm-wide bezel. But oddly, the XPS 15’s bezel didn’t wow me the same way the original XPS 13’s did, even though both bezels are basically the same size.
The narrow bezel looks great except from this angle
Like its sibling, that thin bezel results in the same awkward camera placement. Instead of residing at the top of the screen, the XPS 15’s camera sits in the lower lefthand side. That means people who do a lot of typing during video calls had mind their cuticles.
The slender bezel also means Dell had to do some gymnastics to backlight the screen properly. This isn’t something you would notice under normal circumstances, especially because it’s an IPS panel and has good off-axis viewing angles. However, when I placed the XPS 15, HP Spectre X360 15T, and Samsung’s Book 9 Pro in a dark room and cranked up the screen brightness of each, the XPS 15 showed more backlight bleed. I’d rate the Spectre X360 15T first in quality, with the Samsung Book 9 second.
The image quality on the XPS 15 is fine, but it’s worth noting that the anti-reflective screen on our test unit will, basically by definition, look duller than the glossy displays on the HP and Samsung. What you give up in eye-catching pizzazz, though, you get back in greatly reduced glare..
Ports: a note about the USB-C
For ports, you get an SD card reader, a USB 3.0 Type A port, and a Kensington lock on the left side. On the right, you’ll find a full-sized HDMI and second USB 3.0 Type A port, combination analog audio jack, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps Type C port with Thunderbolt 3 support. Nothing wrong with this selection, but I’d like to put in a good word for those of us with older hard drives that require dual Type A plugs to get enough power. On the XPS 15, such an accessory wouldn’t work without an optional adapter cable.
One other thing worth noting is that the XPS 15 can’t be charged through its USB Type C port—unlike its smaller sibling, which will charge through either the standard Dell barrel charger or the USB Type C port. That’s because the XPS 15’s power brick is rated at 130 watts (well beyond the USB Power Delivery spec today), so anyone hoping for that universal USB-C charging world won’t get it just yet.
Update: After initially testing the XPS 15 with several USB Type C power bricks, I assumed there was no support for for charging through the laptop’s USB Type C port using USB Power Delivery. It turns out I was wrong. At least about Dell wiring the port that way. The XPS 15’s USB Type C port does indeed support charging but it appears to be pretty picky about what it supports. The unit would not charge with Innergie’s PowerGear USB-C nor with a 45 watt brick for the HP Spectre X2. It also understandably failed to charge (when on) with two other lower power USB Type C bricks for a Samsung Windows convertible and Google’s Pixel C brick. The one brick that did run the XPS 15 was the new Google Pixel and its 60 watt power brick.
One thing to note: The XPS 15 charger is actually a 130 watt power brick and when under a heavy graphics load, would suck down 90 watts. That means when using a lower power brick like the Google Pixel’s, it will actually discharge even when plugged in.
Still, it’s nifty Dell also wired its XPS 15 to charger over both plugs but the success rate with Power Delivery over USB Type C really makes me thinks it’s a mess.
Keyboard and trackpad
I liked the original XPS 13’s trackpad, so I’m happy to report that the XPS 15’s appears to be made the same way—with the same piano hinge, and the same lightly rubberized coating—but taller by about an inch.
Strangely, though, Dell didn’t take advantage of the increased real estate to make the keyboard larger. One of my main complaints about the XPS 13 is its keyboard size—it’s just a skootch too small. That’s the scientific measurement for something that isn’t a deal-breaker, but enough to notice. The travel is good, and unless you move to a laptop with a larger keyboard, it won’t bug you.
Just like mom told you, it’s what’s inside that counts—and the XPS 15’s specs are mostly a win.
The CPU is a Skylake quad-core Core i7-6700HQ, which is a 45-watt chip that will run from 2.6GHz to 3.5GHz on some workloads. It and the XPS 15’s GPU are quite fast when you consider the size of the laptop, but here’s the bad news: The CPU’s soldered down, like all Skylake mobile laptop parts, and so is the machine’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU.
Here’s the better news: The XPS 15 comes with a pair of user-replaceable DDR4/2133 SO-DIMMs modules, and an M.2 slot with BIOS support for PCIe devices. That means you could easily drop in larger RAM modules or upgrade the M.2 drive to something faster or bigger.
Dell actually offers two battery options for the XPS 15. Our review unit features the smaller standard 56 watt-hour cell, but you can also get a much larger 84 watt-hour cell in some configurations. Generally, the bigger battery comes in models with the M.2 SSD, while the lower-end hard drive configurations get the smaller battery.
Our particular configuration straddles the fence, though. It uses an M.2 SSD and has the room to fit the larger battery, but it comes with the smaller battery. I wouldn’t mind giving up that battery capacity (which spills over into the hard drive caddy) if the XPS 15 had the user option to install a second hard drive or SSD in the bay. Dell, however, doesn’t include the actual ribbon cable that connects to a drive, so phooey. I suspect you could get the ribbon cable as a replacement part, but it would be a nice inclusion for upgraders.
Getting inside this laptop is super-easy. You just have to back out a few Torx screws around the perimeter and two Phillips-head screws in the center.
The vast majority of people who pay the weight and price penalty for a 15.6-inch laptop want performance—and with the Dell XPS 15, you get it.
First up is Cinebench R15, which is a benchmark based on Maxon’s 3D rendering engine. It’s a pure CPU benchmark and the XPS 15 leads the pack. I picked out a set of dual-core ultrabooks to compare it to, as well as the Samsung and HP’s dual-core 15-inch Spectre.
Most of these laptops illustrate just what you get from a dual-core CPU versus a quad-core CPU. In a heavy-duty 3D rendering test, the quad-core shows that the price you pay for that level of processing power is worth every extra dollar gone from your wallet (and additional ounce on your back).
If you’re wondering why the XPS 15 is faster than the Samsung Book 9 Pro—despite having the same chip—it’s because the XPS 15 runs its CPU at a slightly higher clock speed under load.
That CPU superiority in Cinebench also shows in our Handbrake test, where we use the free program to transcode a 30GB MKV file into an Android tablet–friendly MP4. The performance in Handbrake should give a good idea of the XPS 15’s video editing performance in general. Anyone doing video editing or 3D rendering with a laptop will probably be rolling larger laptops like these quad-cores.
Office drone performance
If you just want to know if it’s worth having that quad-core for office-drone work, both the long and short answer are No.
As you can see from our PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, which simulates everyday office tasks, this Dell is ahead of the pack—but not in any exciting way. For the most part, you’ll never feel the difference between a quad-core Core i7 and a low-power Core m in office tasks. If you really only do just office work, it makes more sense to buy a different laptop.
Besides the quad-core CPU, the other performance highlight of the XPS 15 is its GeForce GTX 960M chip. On paper, it’s very similar to the Samsung Book 9 Pro’s GeForce GTX 950M. Both have the same 128-bit memory bus, 80GBps of memory bandwidth, 640 shader cores, and a memory speed of 1,253MHz. The key difference between the two is clock speed: The Samsung’s GPU clock is set to 915MHz with a boost speed of 928MHz. The Dell’s GPU clock is rated at 1,033 with a boost speed of 1,098MHz.
That’s the reported specifications, though. Laptop makers can tune the clock speeds to match the cooling capability, or they can choose to minimize fan noise by sacrificing speed. Running a Furmark stress test on both laptops reveals that Dell likes to push performance to the wall for as long as it can. The XPS 15 actually starts a little above its top boost speed of 1,098MHz, while the Book 9 Pro starts underclocke d at 750MHz.
After five minutes of this torture test, the XPS 15 held strong with clock speeds at 1,085MHz range. After 15 minutes, it dropped down to a still very respectable 1,019MHz. As for the Samsung—I’ll get into its performance when I write that review, but for now, let’s just say its GPU clocks plummet off a cliff as time goes on. The Book 9 Pro’s fans are definitely quieter, though.
Translated into gaming performance, I’d say the XPS 15 will play a lot of games set to Reasonable. No, that’s not an official game setting, but it should be for people who don’t have high-end graphics cards. The short of it is, the XPS 15’s 960M is a decent entry-level gaming GPU.
For our battery rundown test, we play a 4K Ultra HD video file using Windows 10’s built-in media player. We set the screen brightness at 250 to 260 nits, which is good for watching a movie in office lighting. Considering its higher-wattage CPU and larger screen, the XPS 15 does reasonably well with just over five hours of run time.
This particular model is helped by its lack of a power-eating touchscreen and its modest, 1920×1080 display. Although it’s not a true 1:1 comparison, I’d bet Samsung Book 9 Pro’s briefer runtime comes from its high-resolution 4K touchscreen.
For this particular model, you can mitigate the shorter battery life with Dell’s optional battery pack, which will let you run and charge the laptop from it. In higher-end configurations with the 84 watt-hour battery, I’d expect to squeeze out at least another few hours out o.
It’s small but…
For its class, the redesigned XPS 15 is fairly compact and blisteringly fast. However, it’s not as revolutionary as the XPS 13’s overhaul. With that laptop, Dell basically crammed a 13-inch screen into a body that usually fit an 11-inch screen. Compared to the MacBook Air 13, for example, the XPS 13’s extremely small footprint was game-changing.
The XPS 15 certainly has the smallest footprint of the 15.6-inch laptops we’ve seen, but it’s not that much smaller. Here’s a shot of the XPS 15 next to its contemporaries and an XPS 13. HP’s Spectre X360 15T is almost comically wide, but that Samsung next to it is barely half an inch smaller in both directions.
The XPS 15 is very light considering what’s inside of it, though. Our scale put it at 4 pounds and 2 ounces—just half an ounce lighter than the HP Spectre X360 15T. While the glass touchscreen of the HP adds to its weight, the Dell has to keep both a discrete GeForce GTX 960M and quad-core cool. So hats off to the XPS 15. The HP does have slightly less body flex when squeezed, but neither feels hollow.
The power bricks balance out the weight issue. The Dell’s is big and heavy, bringing the total weight to 5 pounds and 7 ounces compared to the HP and its tiny brick, which total 4 pounds and 8 ounces.
Carrying the XPS 15 around in your hands is a pleasure, thanks to the rubber strips on the bottom. A lot of these metal-bodied laptops feel like they’re just one slip away from disaster, but you’d have to try to drop the XPS 15 for destruction to happen.
A war in low-cost computers could be in the making as a new $15 board computer that could challenge Raspberry Pi 3 finally ships.
On paper, the Pine 64 is as powerful as the $35 Raspberry Pi 3. It can be a PC replacement, and the most expensive model, with Wi-Fi, is priced at $29.
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The initial shipments are going to backers that poured a total of $1.7 million into a Kickstarter campaign to develop the computer. Pine64, the computer’s maker, is shipping out small batches after delays and slowly ramping up production, according to posts in the company’s forums and on its Kickstarter page.
Some backers have started receiving boards. However, many on the Kickstarter page have grumbled over delays and about receiving notices that the board was ready to ship but not receiving tracking numbers for packages.
There are three models of Pine 64 listed on the company’s Web site. The cheapest, $15 model is out-of-stock, but the $19 and $29 models, which can be pre-ordered, will ship no later than May, according to the site.
The Pine 64 is similar to Raspberry Pi 3 in many respects. It has a 64-bit ARM-based Cortex A53 CPU, MicroSD slot, ethernet and HDMI ports. But Pine 64 has better graphics, with an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor capable of rendering 4K video—the Pi 3 is capable of 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The Pine 64 has two USB ports, while the Raspberry Pi 3 has four USB ports.
The base $15 Pine 64 model has 512MB DDR3 RAM, while the $19 model has 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 5-megapixel camera port and MIPI video port. The $29 model has 2GB of RAM and also Wi-Fi, which is also a key selling point for Raspberry Pi.
Pine 64 is able to run Android and Remix OS, a version of Android for PCs.
Anticipation for the Pine 64 computer has been growing since its initial announcement in December, which received wide media coverage. Pine64 didn’t respond to requests for comment on its shipment plans.
Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.
Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin.
The new recommendations — which doctors do not have to follow — represent an effort to reverse nearly two decades of rising painkiller use, which public health officials blame for a more than four-fold increase in overdose deaths tied to the drugs. In 2014, U.S. doctors wrote nearly 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, while deaths linked to the drugs climbed to roughly 19,000 — the highest number on record.
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“We’re trying to chart a safer and more effective course for dealing with chronic pain,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC’s director, said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The risks of addiction and death are very well documented for these medications.”
More than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses, a staggering rate that Frieden said is “doctor driven.”
Under the new guidelines, doctors would prescribe painkillers only after considering non-addictive pain relievers, behavioral changes and other options. The CDC also wants doctors to prescribe the lowest effective dose possible. And doctors should only continue prescribing the drugs if patients show significant improvement.
For short-term pain, the CDC recommends limiting opioids to three days of treatment, when possible.
The guidelines do not apply to doctors who specialize in treating severe pain due to cancer and other debilitating diseases.