AUTOS

  • Auto in 2014: After a topsy-turvy year, automakers eye smoother 2015 ride 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Back on its road to recovery after a prolonged downhill journey for most part of 2014, the Indian auto industry is looking ahead for a smoother ride in the new year while building upon an estimated $5-billion investments announced in the year passing-by. Even as the year was drawing...
  • Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation; now translates your speech in real time December 16, 2014

    Washington: Microsoft announced today a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service. "Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program," said Microsoft's Gurdeep Pall. "The preview program will kick off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English......
  • Gurgaon's pink autos for women a failure despite rising cases of sexual assault December 12, 2014

    Gurgaon: Unsafe public transport system is often cited as one of the reasons for women commuters being subject to sexual assault. The recent case of rape by a Uber taxi driver and the horrific December 16, 2012 gangrape of a paramedical student by six men in a moving bus in...
  • Retailer stops selling 'GTA V' following allegations that the game encourages players to murder women December 5, 2014

    Los Angeles: Target Australia is removing Grand Theft Auto V from store shelves after more than 40,000 people who say the video game encourages players to murder women for entertainment signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling it. The decision is the latest in a long line of...
  • Gurgaon: Enraged by worker's death, mob set ablaze factory; many injured November 30, 2014

    Gurgaon: Around a dozen people were on Sunday injured in a clash during which an irate mob set ablaze a number of vehicles and a factory manufacturing auto parts near Gurgaon, following the mysterious death of a worker, police said. The clash took place in Rozka Meo industrial area, some 35...
  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme pollution in Delhi November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who...
  • 'Crying everyday in your relationship? Are you dating a human or an onion?': 18 hilarious statements you'll find written on auto rickshaws in India November 9, 2014

    An auto rickshaw ride is the easiest way to travel in a busy city. After bargaining heavily and getting rejected more than thrice, you finally have to swallow your ego and settle for any auto-rickshaw driver who is willing to take you along. An auto ride in India is nothing...
  • Watch: T-Pain says it is 'weird as hell' for him to sing without auto-tune, gets it pitch perfect in this unplugged version! November 3, 2014

    T-Pain decided to sing without auto-tune as a part of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series. And now we wonder why he needed auto-tune in the first place. The rapper showed off his real vocals even though he felt it was 'weird as hell' for him to sing without using...
  • China to launch world's largest exhibition complex in 2015 October 18, 2014

    Beijing: China is building a $2.4 billion exhibition complex in Shanghai which is expected to be the world's largest upon completion next year. The National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, expected to be completed in March 2015, is set to host it's first exhibition as a trial run from...
  • New Mahindra Scorpio review: The Scorpio just received its biggest upgrade September 25, 2014

    If there was a book on the most significant cars that defined the Indian automobile industry, the Mahindra Scorpio would definitely feature in it. More than a decade after launch, it still is one of the top-selling vehicles in the highly competitive SUV segment. In some states in India, it...
  • Overdrive: Bajaj Discover 150f a frugal commuter but not premium enough September 21, 2014

    In this episode of Overdrive, we compare the new Bajaj Discover 150f with other 150cc motorcycles already in the market. ...
  • Pilot turns Malaysia Airlines flight around after defect September 14, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to turn around due to an autopilot defect, landing safely early on Sunday, said the carrier already reeling from the loss of two planes this year. Flight MH198 from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad in India departed late on Saturday, but the Boeing 737800...
  • First look: The Honda HRV, the allnew compact SUV September 13, 2014

    The HRV will be the latest addition to the list of small SUVs that are lining up for Europe. The idea behind these is simple all the ruggedness, room and reliability found in an SUV, packed into a pintsized coupelike package. The centrally placed fuel tank in the...
  • 'Grand Theft Auto V' coming to PS4 and Xbox One in November September 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Rockstar Games on Friday announced that the latest instalment of its crimethemed blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto will hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in November. Grand Theft Auto V will be packed with enhancements when it is released for play on the newgeneration consoles from rivals...
  • Delhi autos to display 'returning home' plate to avoid challan for refusal to ply September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: To avoid prosecution for refusing to ferry passengers, autorickshaw drivers in the national capital will display "returning home" plates on their vehicles after completing work hours from September 17. "Autorickshaw drivers will start displaying 'returning home' plates on their vehicles after completing working hours from September 17, the...
  • Celebrity nude photos leak: It's time to change some important settings on your smartphone September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars took the Internet by storm. Word of the images began spreading early Sunday and multiple reports suggest that the photos had been obtained by hacking into iCloud accounts. Apple says it is investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with. Cybersecurity...
  • TVS Scooty Zest review: A fun, light and agile scooter August 22, 2014

    The Scooty is a big brand name at TVS. In many ways it was synonymous with the girls' scooter as a generic name for a while. TVS does make two Scootys right now, but this scooter here is all new and TVS says it is aimed at young girls who...
  • Five Indian firms among Forbes' most innovative companies August 21, 2014

    New York: Five Indian companies, including Hindustan Unilever and Tata Consultancy Services, are among Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies that investors think are most likely to "generate big, new growth ideas". The annual 'World's Most Innovative Companies' list, released on Wednesday, has been topped by Californiabased global...
  • 'Boyfriend ke saath baith kar bhaiya kehna manaa hai': 16 funniest statements you'll find written on auto rickshaws in India August 16, 2014

    An auto rickshaw ride is the easiest way to travel in a busy city. After bargaining heavily and getting rejected by more than three autos, when you finally get an autowallah who complies, it is nothing short of an achievement. Once you're inside an auto rickshaw you'll realise how easily...
  • Tata Zest review: A highly competent car that can match the Xcent, Amaze or Dzire August 12, 2014

    The Zest has been drawn from the ground up, keeping all of Tata Motors' baggage from the past aside. Work on this car began nearly three years ago involving over 6,000 engineers and technicians spread across 11 technical centers in five countries. That might seem like a lot of manpower...
  • Thane: Techie jumps out of auto to foil abduction bid; seriously hurt August 5, 2014

    Thane: A 24yearold software professional suffered serious injuries, when she jumped to safety from a moving autorickshaw in Thane after the driver allegedly tried to abduct her, police said. The incident took place on Friday when Swapnali Lad, a TCS employee, was on her way back to her home. Around 9.15...
  • Adityapur Auto Cluster in Jharkhand to come up soon July 16, 2014

    Jharkhand's first autocluster, the Adityapur Auto Cluster (AAC), is all set to start functioning in the next couple of months, a senior official said on Wednesday. The Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA) was engaged in giving the finishing touches to the project aimed at developing industrial infrastructure facilities in the Adityapur...
  • Android app PoochO lets commuters in Delhi locate, hire autorickshaws nearest to them July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Now you can use your smartphone to hire an autorickshaw in the national Capital with a new App "PoochO", which was launched by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Delhi Intergrated MultiModel Transit System (DIMTS) has develped "PoochO", which will now allow users to locate autos, fitted with GPS, nearest to...
  • Lindsay Lohan sues 'Grand Theft Auto V' makers over Lacey Jonas character July 3, 2014

    New York: Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the Grand Theft Auto video games. The actress says the latest installment used her image and created a character based on her without her permission. Lohan's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a Manhattan court. Grand Theft Auto V game maker TakeTwo Interactive...
  • Lindsay Lohan sues makers of 'Grand Theft Auto V' video game July 3, 2014

    Reuters: Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the popular "Grand Theft Auto V" video game, saying it used her likeness without permission, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. Lohan accused New Yorkbased TakeTwo Interactive Software Inc and its label Rockstar Games of creating a lookalike character named Lacey...
  • Cars running Android Auto coming later this year, says Google June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Google, at its seventh annual developers conference, introduced Android Auto, a version of its popular Android operating system tailored to work with cars. Google said on Wednesday the first cars running Android Auto will hit showrooms later this year, after the Internet search giant signed on 40 autoindustry partners...
  • Gang of autolifters active in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad busted June 14, 2014

    With the arrest of four persons, the police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang of autolifters active in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad. The accused have been identified as Ajit, Naveen, residents of Ghaziabad, Rajkumar and Monu, both residents of Bulandshar district, all aged between 22 and 30 years. The police...
  • 10yearold Indianorigin prodigy graduates US high school June 12, 2014

    Los Angeles: A homeschooled 10yearold Indianorigin genius has surprised one and all by becoming one of the youngest ever in the US to graduate high school. Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento, California, received his high school diploma at a private ceremony at California Auto Museum on Sunday. Homeschooled since the age...
  • Domestic car sales up by 3.08 per cent, bikes 11.71 per cent in May June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Domestic passenger car sales grew by 3.08 per cent to 1,48,577 units last month as compared with 1,44,132 units in May 2013. According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales in May this year grew by 11.71 per cent to 9,84,469...