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23 tricks to save thousands on your car

first_imgAfter a home, a car is the second-largest purchase most consumers make. But the costs don’t stop when you drive off the dealer’s lot.Owning and operating a vehicle also accounts for the second-largest household expense, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; continuing upkeep costs roughly $8,700 a year, according to AAA’s Your Driving Costs study. That breaks down to $725 a month and 58 cents, on average, for each mile driven.Want to know in advance what kind of outlay to expect? Before you purchase a new vehicle, run your options through Kelley Blue Book’s cost-of-ownership calculator. This tool will estimate the out-of-pocket costs — like fuel, state fees, maintenance, financing and insurance — and depreciation of a car for the first five years you own it, allowing you to compare vehicles beyond initial sticker price. continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A smartphone photo can spot fake rice at your grocery store

first_imgLONDON: Next time you go to the neighbourhood grocery store, take your smartphone as a photo taken from your phone can detect whether the rice you are paying for is genuine and of high-quality or not.A simple photograph taken with a mobile phone is able to detect irregularities in the labelling of rice, according to an investigation conducted by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Scintillon Institute of San Diego (USA).The scientists develop an algorithm based on deep learning — a field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) — that is able to determine whether that rice is really the one described with the images taken with the smartphone.”What we contribute compared to other detection methods is simplicity and we show the consumer that you do not need large sums of money to verify whether a certain type of rice is the one mentioned on the label,” said Jose Santiago Torrecilla, Professor and researcher from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials at the UCM.To carry out the study, the researchers used five types of rice that were ground “in order to distinguish the type of rice not only when it is in grain form but also when it is ground into flour”.With all this information, algorithms based on neural networks were designed and optimized to process the information contained in the images for classification based on the type of rice, obtaining final precision models between 93 per cent and 99 per cent.”It should be noted that rice is just one example of cereal and, therefore, this technology could be extrapolated to other types of cereals or food,” said the UCM chemist, leaving the door open for future applications in the food industry. (IANS)Also Read: Chinese smartphone Realme to enter digital payments marketAlso Watch: AATASU staged protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. 2019 in Golaghatlast_img read more

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Bryce Harper charges umpire after being ejected from dugout

first_imgPhillies outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected from the dugout Monday, apparently for arguing balls and strikes.He reacted by charging the field with manager Gabe Kapler and screaming at the home plate umpire, who had just tossed him. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAngry Bryce Harper.pic.twitter.com/ABUbexUwEY— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 23, 2019Harper appeared upset with a call in his second at-bat, according to MLB.com Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo, and continued to chirp from his place in the dugout. Bryce Harper was ejected, apparently for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. Harper bounded onto the field, livid, to scream at home-plate umpire Mark Carlson, as the Citi Field crowd went bananas.Harper was particularly mad about Pitch 4 in his second at-bat here: pic.twitter.com/FJZdqb7ENu— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 23, 2019He’s the first Phillies player to be ejected since 2015.It’s been a solid first season in Philadelphia so far for Harper, who has hit five home runs and leads the league in walks. But the often passionate 26-year-old joined a cast of MLB coaches and players unhappy with umpires this season.In spring training, umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Astros manager A.J. Hinch after just one pitch. Hinch was tossed again a couple of weeks later in the regular season.last_img read more