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Proton Suprima S

Badges often have plenty to say about a car, though the message is usually in a shorthand known only to the community of car enthusiasts, where small combinations of letters such as STI or CSL hint that a car is something special.

So a rump with “TURBO” in large chrome letters followed with “Handling by Lotus” sends a clear message intended for every road user, not just those who have brushed up on automotive abbreviations.

Proton did not mince words when decorating the Suprima S, choosing jewellery that promises punch and poise in a regular hatchback package.

Both badges are correct in the literal sense, but customers might feel shortchanged – or just a bit silly – in a car that claims sporting credibility but cannot back it up.

The Suprima S has a turbo on the side of its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that produces a lazy 103kW, or 5kW less than the outgoing Mazda3.

A continuously variable automatic is the only transmission available for now, with a six-speed manual set to arrive in 2014.

The combination pulls smoothly if not effortlessly, with plenty of noise from the motor and drone from its transmission. As with many CVT-equipped cars, throttle response is doughy and the engine works hard on inclines or when pressed into acceleration.

Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers to choose between seven pre-set ratios along the CVT’s spectrum, giving keen drivers a better opportunity to interact with the engine.

The Suprima S drinks 9.1L/100km – well more than hatchback rivals and even more than a petrol-fuelled Porsche Panamera sedan – while accelerating from rest to 100km/h in a tardy 9.9 seconds.

At $26,590 plus on-road costs, the Suprima S GXR is not a rival to hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Fiesta ST, with Proton instead pitching it as a value-packed alternative to the Mazda3 or Holden Cruze, with “exceptional dynamics” and “an incomparable driving experience” as key points of difference.

This is the brand’s first car to wear a “Handling by Lotus” badge since the highly-regarded Satria GTi was discontinued in 2002.

But the new car is a dynamic let-down, with steering that is heavy and unresponsive, particularly off-centre.

Sharp bumps kick back through the steering wheel, and vertical body control is bouncy compared with disciplined rivals such as the Ford Focus.

On the inside, the Suprima has a sweeping, stylish dash made with modern soft-touch plastics.

Silver trim around the console brightens the interior, and is a welcome point of difference over dated faux wood used in the four-door Preve.

The car has plenty of space in the rear, with enough headroom for taller-than-average passengers, and it has a a five-star safety rating that is now par for the course in small cars.

We tested the generously appointed Suprima S GXR, which features front and rear parking sensors along with satellite navigation and a reversing camera displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen.

The screen is powered by a computer running Android firmware that can be upgraded with apps in a similar fashion to smartphones. The system is capable of producing an in-car WiFi network for other devices in the car, though it must be tethered to a smartphone or wireless network. Proton says it could also work via USB dongles that tap into mobile phone networks, though that feature is not immediately available in Australian models.

We could not put the Suprima’s infotainment system to the test, as it froze with a startup screen shortly after we were given the car. Attempts to restart it were fruitless, though Proton was able to reboot the system at the end of our test drive.

Owners are likely to be well-supported by Proton’s growing dealer network, which offers a five-year 150,000 kilometre warranty and roadside assistance package as well as five years of servicing. The car will also be the subject of drive-away pricing deals that further sharpen its values.

But in some ways the computer glitch seemed a lot like the Suprima S itself; a promising item on paper but not as well executed in practice.

Nuts and Bolts

Proton Suprima S GXR

Price: $26,590 plus on-road costs

Engine: 1.6-litre turbo petrol

Transmission: CVT automatic, FWD

Power: 103kW

Torque: 205Nm

Fuel consumption: 9.1L/100km.

On sale: January 2014.

2015 Honda Fit Hatchback

Ever meet someone with a college degree in packaging? It sounds like the kind of program that’s as much BS as it is worthy of a B.S. Give us a few old shoeboxes, some packing peanuts, and a year’s worth of other car magazines, and we’ll deliver your eBay wins free of scratches and dents 60 percent of the time, every time.

But the Honda Fit has always proved that there’s a right and a wrong way to put together a package, and the Fit’s has always been right. For 2015, that right way has been revisited. The 2015 Fit gets a new platform, new engine and transmissions, and a new look. For the first time in the model’s U.S. history, it appears that aesthetics were a consideration.

It looks so much bigger but is actually 1.6 inches shorter. It keeps the same height and is 0.3 inch wider. The engorged appearance comes from a dramatically altered body-to-glass ratio. The part of the car you can’t see through is much taller, even if the car itself is not. This gives the Fit a more substantial appearance. And it is more substantial, although only slightly. Curb weights, which range from about 2600 to 2700 pounds, are up ever so slightly over the old car’s but remain at the skinny end of the class.

Honda says it’s using more high-strength steel than ever in this Fit, which means that, in spite of the small increase in curb weight, the car sees big gains in rigidity in major areas. With this, Honda expects passing grades in all NHTSA and IIHS crash tests. The latter would be a major win, as the Fit was one of 11 compact and subcompact vehicles that the insurance-company fear-mongering outfit deemed “poor” in its wicked sneakdata:text/mce-internal,-attack small-offset frontal collision test last year.

It’s Just a Small One…

It still displaces 1.5 liters, but that’s about all the new Fit’s four-cylinder shares with the old one. Now the engine is loaded with direct indata:text/mce-internal,jection and dual overhead cams (whereas before it had port injection and one lobestick), and in addition to i-VTEC’s dual-profile cams, the 1.5 packs variable timing control. VTC does exactly what you’d expect based on its name, retarding cam timing at low rpm and advancing it at high engine speeds. There are oil jets to cool the underside of the pistons and a crankshaft that’s been lightened a claimed 27 percent through a 50 percent reduction in counterweights, from eight to four. An additional 13 horsepower and 8 lb-ft of torque, for totals of 130 and 114, rdata:text/mce-internal,om%20than%20espectively, don’t sound like much for all that effort, but it is just a 1.5-liter. EPA fuel-economy estimates range from 29 mpg city and 37 highway with the manual to 33/41 with the CVT.

Like its engine, the Fit’s transmissions finally join the modern era. For manual buyers, this is a good thing, as it means a long-overdue sixth gear. For automatic buyers, it means a CVT. If you’re not sure if we think that’s a good or bad thing, you can stop now and save yourself a few grand by buying a Nissan Versa. Make sure you get the really cheap one.

…But You Can Do a Lot with a Small One

As for the Fit, its enigmatic blend of minute footprint and megalopolis indoor space is retained. Step inside—“crawl” has never been the right verb for Fit ingress—and you’ll notice a dramatic reallocation of interior volume. What’s really changed is the wheelbase, and with it, rear-seat room. Spacing the front and rear axles an extra 1.2 inches farther apart and redesigning the rear suspension with shorter trailing arms allowed Honda to move the rear seat an incredible 4.8 inches farther back from the front. That’s awfully close to the difference between long- and short-wheelbase Audi A8s and BMW 7-series, and it nets rear-seat passengers greater legroom than they enjoy in even the limolike Accord. This is no less of a miracle than the packaging breakthrough that made the first Fit such a hit.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

It may be impossible to spend a day in Chevrolet’s new C7 Corvette without someone asking what you think about the iconic sports car – magnetism is an understatement. I was approached by strangers in a grocery store parking lot, parents waiting for their children after school and enthusiasts on a canyon road after I had pulled to the side to take in the view.

All sneak up with a curious smile on their face, take a deep breath and then start spitting out questions like an overly aggressive prosecuting attorney. Is this the new Corvette? What do you think of it?

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Singing got better- Ailee (lyric)

Romanized:

Jeongsini nagasseotji neoui jasanghame
Neoui dalkomhame neoui geojitmare

Kkumi byeonhaesseotji yumyeonghan gasuboda
Joheun anaega doeryeo haetji jeongmal
Jeongmal babogatasseo jeongmal babogatasseo

Noraega neureosseo neowa heeojigo naseo
Eumage michyeo saratdeoni modeun norae gasaga

Nae yaegi gatasseo jukdorok bulleosseo
Jogeumssik jogeumssik chacha nunmuri mallagasseo

Nunapi kamkamhaetji eojjina himdeunji
Yokdo manhi haetji sokdo da beoryeotji

Ijen da kkeutnasseo nan neo hanareul irko
Deo keun huimangeul eodeun geoya
Jeongmal jeongmal jaldoen iriya jeongmal jaldoen iriya

Noraega neureosseo neowa heeojigo naseo
Eumage michyeo saratdeoni modeun norae gasaga

Nae yaegi gatasseo jukdorok bulleosseo
Jogeumssik jogeumssik chacha nunmuri mallagasseo

Eonjenga neoege yeollagi ogetji
Geuttaen namjadapge chukhahaejugil barae

Ni deokbuninikka gomapdaneun insa
Nado meotjige junbihaedulge

Noraega neureosseo neowa heeojigo naseo
Eumage michyeo saratdeoni modeun norae gasaga

Nae yaegi gatasseo jukdorok bulleosseo
Jogeumssik jogeumssik chacha nunmuri mallagasseo
Chacha nunmuri mallagasseo
Chacha geureoke neol ijeosseo

Translation Credits: pop!gasa
Romanizations by: kpoplyrics.net

English Translation:

I was out of it because of your gentleness
Because of your sweetness, because of your lies

My dream changed – instead of a famous singer
I tried to become a good wife
I was such a fool, I was such a fool

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried

I couldn’t see ahead, it was so hard
I cursed a lot and ruined my insides from drinking

It’s all over now, after I losing you
I earned a bigger hope
It’s really really so fortunate, it’s really so fortunate

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried

Some day, you will probably call me
Then I hope you will be a man and congratulate me

Because this is all thanks to you
I’ll prepare a good thank you message for you

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried
Slowly, I got over you like that

Nokia goes android

nokia x 2

Shocking!Nokia who are now becomes part of the Microsoft, will launced 3 android phones under X series. It is Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

The Nokia X and Nokia X+ both use a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and a single 3-megapixel rearfacing camera. The difference between the two is memory, with the Nokia X coming with 512 MB of RAM and the Nokia X+ equipped with 768 MB of RAM.

 

The Nokia XL is the largest of the lineup, featuring a 5inch display with the same WVGA resolution. The Nokia XL includes the same processor and memory found in the Nokia X+, but also includes a larger 2,000mAh battery, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera to go along with the 5-megapixel shooter on the rear.

The point of these phones is, of course, the software. As former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop described the phones, they will take people to “Microsoft’s cloud, not Google’s.” Instead of using Google’s Play services and APIs on top of an unspecified version of AOSP, the X range will offer a set of Nokia and Microsoft services instead. Mapping, for example, will come from Nokia HERE. Search will be provided by Bing. Microsoft apps such as Skype and Outlook.com e-mail will be preinstalled.

Nokia also will have its own store with features that include try-before-you buy and billing via your mobile carrier. It will also support some other non Google storefronts. For example, in Russia the Yandex store and services are a major player. Yandex will be installable from the Nokia store to give access to apps written for the Yandex APIs.

The X phones won’t look much like an Android too. But, for me the UI is not beautiful. These phone also includes Nokia’s Glance, to show information on the lock screen, along with a tile esque main screen and app launcher. There’s also a feature called “Fast Lane,” taken from the Asha interface, that shows recent activity and apps.

The big question mark is here. Why Nokia goes Android? Did Lumia is a failure?

History of Hangul, the korean alphabet

It’s quite long since my last article.. Today I will share to you history of Hangul that I copy paste from KBS World Radio Website. Well, let’s start it on

Hangeul is Korea’s own unique alphabet.

Creation of Hangeul

Hangeul was created in 1443 (the 25th year of King Sejong’s reign) under the leadership of King Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, and proclaimed three years later in 1446. Hangeul was originally called “Hunminjeongeum,” which means “the right sounds to enlighten the people.” Hangeul is a phonemic alphabet composed of 28 letters – 17 consonants and 11 vowels – and each syllabic block is made up of at least two letters, a beginning consonant sound and a middle vowel sound, and, when necessary, an ending consonant sound.

Official script

Official documents were still recorded in Chinese characters even after Hunminjeongeum was proclaimed. A royal decree was issued in November 1894 to mandate Korean as the official written language of Korea. Thus, Hangeul became Korea’s official script 450 years after Hunminjeongeum was created.

Modern day Hangeul

The name “Hangeul” was coined by famed scholar Ju Si-gyeong in 1913. The term began to be used widely when a periodical titled “Hangeul” was published in 1927. Meaning “the writing of the Korean country,” “grand letters,” and “the greatest script in the world,” the term Hangeul and Huminjeongeum are threaded by a common theme. In accordance with the unified Hangeul spelling system established by the Joseon Language Institute in 1933, four letters were discarded from the original set, leaving 24 letters (14 consonants and 10 vowels) of today.

Structure

One syllabic block, composed of at least two of the 24 Hangeul letters, makes up one syllable. One syllable consists of as many as three sounds – beginning, middle, and ending sounds. Beginning sound: One of 14 consonants is used. The actual number of consonants that can be used for a beginning sound exceeds 14, because some consonants are doubled to form tensed consonants. Middle sound: One of 10 vowels is used. The actual number of middle vowel exceeds 10, because some vowels are in the form of diphthongs. Ending sound: Same as the beginning sound. Some syllabic blocks do not have ending sounds.

Characteristics

Hangeul is logical and easy to learn, since a consonant is always accompanied by a vowel to form a syllable.

    • The most logical script in the world

Hangeul is recognized worldwide as the most scientific writing system. It is marked by the ingenuity and efficiency that comes from combining alphabet letters. Consonants and vowels are easily distinguished, and each syllabic block is arranged in a square shape to appear orderly. Hangeul is applauded as the most scientific script because the design of each consonant is modeled after the physical morphology of the mouth, palate, teeth and throat.

Credit: KBS World Radio