Archive for June, 2012

Ertiga vs Innova – which is the best for a Family

June 12th, 2012

Ertiga is based on a stretched Swift platform, which means you sit much lower than in the Innova. This makes getting in and out much easier. The front seats from the Swift are big and accommodating andfeel more comfortable than the Innova’s too.

Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the Innova has a much better middle row in terms of space. The wide rear seat can sit three passengers with ease and seats are comfortable too. There is loads of legroom and if we were to nitpick, it would be about the seat squab, which is a tad short. However, the optional ‘Captain’ seats are supremely plush and offer a level of comfort the Ertiga can’t match. The Innova also has a second, dedicated air-con compressor for the rear passengers while the Ertiga makes do with a single one for the whole cabin. Still, the Ertiga’s middle row has good legroom and the soft seats are quite comfy, but the narrower cabin means three-abreast seating is more of a squeeze.

The Innova has the bigger cabin, but the flexible seating and clever packaging of the Ertiga’s cabin mean its third row is more usable than the Innova’s. The Ertiga’s sliding middle row helps generate more room at the back, and unless you’re travelling with a quartet of six-footers, the last row, for most practical purposes, is actually the comfier of the two. The Innova’s middle seat doesn’t slide as much but with all three rows up, it has more boot space. The Ertiga shares its dashboard with the Swift, so quality is quite good and the design is more appealing than the Innova’s dash. Still, quality is not as consistent as in the Innova.

Unreal Engine 4 demoed on video

June 9th, 2012

next-gen console games

Some of the Driving Tips

June 8th, 2012

Hello Viewers,

I m Sharing here some of the driving tips which is very useful while driving the cars, especially in INDIA.

Driving Tip in rain: Wet roads are more slippery, so leave extra space between you and other cars.

Check the air pressure in your car tyres regularly to save fuel, increase safety and reduce maintenance cost.

Do’s and Don’ts of Car wash: Wash off dead bugs, bird droppings and dust as soon as possible. A weekly car wash will keep the paint finish in its best shape. In addition, if you live in an area that suffers from acid rain, rinse your vehicle off after a period of rainy weather.

Relaxing tip while you’re waiting at the red signal: Bring your shoulders closest to your ears and back to normal position slowly. This eases the tension in your shoulder muscles.

Useful Tip: To avoid noise while shifting the reverse gear, depress the clutch pedal fully & wait approx. for 3 secs before shifting the gear.

Always keep puncture repair kit handy to perform temporary repairs for small punctures on tubeless tyres. It is available at all dealerships.

Ensure adequate tyre pressure – Check your tyres regularly and adjust it to appropriate pressure. It saves fuel and increases safety! Correct tyre pressure can also improve fuel economy by up to 1%-3%

Drive relaxed by anticipating traffic situations. Avoid constant accelerating-braking sequences. Change lanes early when approaching obstacles – always use left/ right turn signals. Smoothly equalize speed differences and allow other vehicles to proceed before you – be courteous to other drivers.

Avoid distractions while driving. Driving demands your full attention and distractions can increase the risk of a crash. Distractions include adjusting the radio, talking on mobile phones or with other passengers, sending text messages, etc. which can take your attention away from the road, and increase driving risk.

Use seat belts all the time. A seat belt can significantly reduce the chance of a serious injury or death. Fasten your seat belt before you turn on the engine and insist that all your passengers use their seat belts too.

Source : Figo Car blog

LIVE! TRANSIT 2012 Venus

June 6th, 2012

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2012 Transit of Venus

June 5th, 2012

On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.

Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June’s transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won’t be repeated until the year 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.

The nearly 7-hour transit begins at 3:09 pm Pacific Daylight Time (22:09 UT) on June 5th. The timing favors observers in the mid-Pacific where the sun is high overhead during the crossing. In the USA, the transit will be at its best around sunset. That’s good, too. Creative photographers will have a field day imaging the swollen red sun “punctured” by the circular disk of Venus.

Transits of Venus first gained worldwide attention in the 18th century. In those days, the size of the solar system was one of the biggest mysteries of science. The relative spacing of planets was known, but not their absolute distances. How many miles would you have to travel to reach another world? The answer was as mysterious then as the nature of dark energy is now.

Venus was the key, according to astronomer Edmund Halley. He realized that by observing transits from widely-spaced locations on Earth it should be possible to triangulate the distance to Venus using the principles of parallax.

The idea galvanized scientists who set off on expeditions around the world to view a pair of transits in the 1760s. The great explorer James Cook himself was dispatched to observe one from Tahiti, a place as alien to 18th-century Europeans as the Moon or Mars might seem to us now. Some historians have called the international effort the “the Apollo program of the 18th century.”

This year’s transit is the second of an 8-year pair. Anticipation was high in June 2004 as Venus approached the sun. No one alive at the time had seen a Transit of Venus with their own eyes, and the hand-drawn sketches and grainy photos of previous centuries scarcely prepared them for what was about to happen. Modern solar telescopes captured unprecedented view of Venus’s atmosphere backlit by solar fire. They saw Venus transiting the sun’s ghostly corona, and gliding past magnetic filaments big enough to swallow the planet whole.

2012 should be even better as cameras and solar telescopes have improved. Moreover, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is going to be watching too. SDO will produce Hubble-quality images of this rare event.

Source : NASA