Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

first_imgWithout the key – and without your finger – nobody is going to gain access to your notebook. What’s more, this piece of technology does not need to remain plugged in to your laptop, so you can carry it around like you would a key for your home. This is just about as secure as it gets when it comes to locking up your notebook computer – save an actual physical lock that clamps down the top with teeth.This device comes from the same folks that make physical locks for your notebook. Elder generations of MacBooks and a whole lot of Windows notebooks today feature a tiny pill-shaped hole that’s specifically placed there for Kensington locks. With the VeriMark Fingerprint Key, users will be securing their device with their own biometrics.This device works with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7, just so long as they’re working with Windows Account Login. The Kensington Fingerprint Application works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and works with Windows 10 through Windows Hello – just like your Galaxy S8 as of this month. This device is available through Kensington online for a cool $50 USD. It’ll likely be available at your local retail store for a similar price immediately if not soon. Above you’ll see a video of the Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key in action. This week, this device won the “Product Innovation of the Year” award in the North American Office Products Awards. This event announced its winners this year at the SP Richards ABC event in Orlando, Florida by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SP Richards (SPR) Company.BONUS: Look at the trackball mobile mouse in the timeline below. It’s so magnificent! So completely outmoded it’s crazy! Story TimelineKensington KeyFolio iPad keyboard case offers protection & rubber buttonsKensington unveils new easier to use ClickSafe notebook lockKensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball up for pre-orderKensington unveils KeyFolio Secure Keyboard Case & Lock for iPad 2Kensington unveils DisplayLink USB 3.0 docks for home and officeKensington Proximo: A Bluetooth tracking dongle for the perpetually paranoidApple iPad Air keyboard cases unveiled by Kensingtoncenter_img This year is the year of fingerprints for security – if it weren’t already abundantly clear, here’s another bit of proof. This is the VeriMark Fingerprint Key by Kensington. This device is just about as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets – or as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets when it’s not already embedded into a device. This fingerprint scanner is a USB dongle – and it lets the user log in to their notebook.last_img read more

Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

first_imgIt’s Alexa’s birthday, and Amazon has announced a brief promotion that will see some sizable savings on devices powered by the virtual assistant. While it might be traditional to receive gifts on a birthday, Amazon has flipped that around and is offering a variety of deals on Alexa-powered devices. The promotion ranges from the cheapest Echo Dot, though to third-party hardware like the Alexa-powered Ecobee4 thermostat, along with Fire tablets and more. However, the latest Echo (2017) and Echo Plus are not part of the promotion. Amazon’s newest models – including the Echo Plus with its Zigbee-based smart home hub functionality – are still full-price, having only just started shipping. Still, there’s some decent cuts all the same. The Amazon Tap, the Alexa-powered Bluetooth speaker, is $50 off, while if you buy three Echo Dots you’ll save $33. Since Alexa is smart enough to not only figure out who is talking from the registered users, but to recognize which Echo unit is closest and have only that one respond, that’s enough to get started on a pretty decent multi-room speaker system. Alternatively, there’s $20 off an Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle. MORE UE MEGABLAST hands-onIf you’re in the market for a tablet, Amazon is offering a $50 saving on a 10-inch Fire Tablet bundled with an Echo Dot. Over on the third-party hardware side, Ultimate Ears’ new UE BLAST and UE MEGABLAST waterproof Alexa-powered speakers are both part of the promotion. Buy one, and you’ll get the $39.99 charging dock thrown in free. Then there’s the Eufy Genie with Alexa, which is now down to $24.99 and – after that $10 saving – probably the cheapest way to get the virtual assistant. The Ecobee4 thermostat with Alexa is cut by $40, down to $209.99. That allows you to control temperature and more by voice commands. Of course, none of this is done out of the goodness of Amazon’s own heart. There’s a battle underway to provide the smarts behind the voice-controlled smart home, and both Amazon and Google are aiming to be the top dog – along with less entrenched rivals such as Microsoft’s Cortana. The more Alexa-based devices you have in your home, the more likely you are to stay committed to the assistant; you’re also probably going to end up buying more products from Amazon by voice in the long-run. If you’ve been on the fence until now, both platforms have their pros and cons. Still, for the moment at least, the price advantage is firmly in Alexa’s court. Amazon’s promotion starts immediately, and run through until 11:59 pm PT on Monday, November 6.last_img read more

WiZ smart lighting Review LED bulbs and projector

first_imgWe’ve been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs – especially when we’re talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there’s one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we’re going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor – they might just have hue beat. Story TimelinePhilips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lightingBelkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lightingLG Smart Lighting joins the Apple HomeKit party to battle HueLutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integrationIKEA smart lighting gets Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit upgradeNoon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreenIKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support WiZ on Wi-fi VS hue on ZigBeeIn 2015 we spoke with Philips about their intentions for the smart home as the tide of hue alternatives washed in. As our own Chris Davies said back then, “The company has no desire to become the hub of the smart home – something it has maintained since the start – but it does want to be the de facto choice for lighting in that home.”Our first Philips hue review came all the way back in the year 2012. Back then, the term “Smart Home” wasn’t nearly as ubiquitous as it is now. Back then, Philips had the market basically cornered – and that continued well into 2015, when we posted our Philips hue 2.0 Review, too. Here in 2017, WiZ is here to bring the battle to the places where hue’s most vulnerable: simplicity in setup and connectivity. At the same time, WiZ’s greatest strength may also be its weakness. While WiZ is simple to connect and requires no hub, it also has no local standard smart connectivity protocol – yet. The good news is – it’s on the way. WiZ suggests they’ll be connecting with Samsung’s own SmartThings sooner than later – we’ll know more on timing soon.Setup and ConnectivityPhilips hue needs a hub to connect, and that hub uses ZigBee to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. WiZ also uses Wi-Fi, but does not require its own hub to connect. Each individual WiZ product connects on its own to your home network. As you’ll see in the Functionality section below, each bulb technically needs never connect to the internet at all if its owner wishes it.Connecting the WiZ app on your smartphone to a WiZ light requires only that you have access to the bulb’s power source (usually a light switch). Once the WiZ app is on your phone, turn on Wi-Fi on your phone, then flip the light switch three times. The WiZ light will indicate that it’s in pairing mode – it’ll be the color blue – and it’ll appear on your device’s list of discovered WiZ lights.If you wish, you can connect your WiZ devices to Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and/or IFTTT for control actions. I set two bulbs and the larger lighting unit up in my living room and have the whole set connected to a Living Room set with Google Home. Now if I say OK Google, turn on the lights in the living room, the living room lights up with my standard light color scheme. center_img FunctionalityThe WiZ app allows each light to remember a set of colors and schedules – each one of these bulbs has 2MB of internal storage for remembering the color schemes you set with the system’s app. Using each light’s WiZ Click system, standard light switches can flip between two light modes. Just like the process with which each light is put into pairing mode, one click activates one mode, two clicks activates another.Each bulb remembers what colors I told it to remember with the system’s app. For example, when I flip the light switch connected to bulb one, it’ll turn on with a standard white light, but when I flip the switch two times in quick succession, the bulb shines in a lovely blue. If only every device had its own local storage so we never had to use the internet – if only! I also have the lights set up to go out at 11PM every night through the app, just in case I’m lost in a project and forget that it’s getting close to a time when I need to get to sleep. Or if I’m in my office and I’ve forgotten to turn out a light or two in the living room before I’ve gone off to bed, I don’t need to worry about wasting a massive amount of electricity.The part of this equation I like best is actually the least futuristic – the physical remote. This “WiZmote” remote has buttons that you can push, and when they’re pushed, they turn lights off or on, and switch between color modes. It’s almost as if we never left the 1990’s, and a remote for every device is still in vogue.Color and LightColor accuracy in each bulb is largely accurate with regard to the colors the app suggests you’ll get. Without comparing directly to Philips hue bulbs, you might never know the difference in color accuracy. With comparable bulbs right next to one another, WiZ and hue perform pretty much right on-par with one another in terms of both brightness and color accuracy.Wrap-upThose looking to get in to the smart lighting universe would do well to keep an eye on WiZ. Not sure about spending your own cash on a brand you’ve not yet invested in? Ask for a bulb or two for a holiday gift! Tell your extended family you’re trying to be fancier than you’ve been in the past, and you’d like to bring more color to your living space – they’ll be all about that.The lights I used for this review included two lightbulbs and a light projector. The bulbs were part of a pack of two with included remote: “Pack of 2 WiZ Colors WiFi connected smart LED A-type E26 bulbs with WiZmote.” This pack costs approximately $70 USD through Amazon online. The larger unit has a longer name – it’s called the “WiZ Quest 6.38-inch White Colors and Tunable White Wi-Fi Connected Smart LED Projector” if you get it from Home Depot. There, the device costs around $60 USD (without remote.) This light projector device is a similar price through Amazon, but Amazon is out of stock at the time this review is set to be published.last_img read more

Imgur on iOS can now upload videos with sounds

first_imgOnce upon a time, when you wanted to share a photo quickly, you didn’t go to social networks or even Dropbox. Instead, you’d hop on to a service like Imgur. But as sharing became more mobile and more varied, those services seemed to have been left by the sidelines. Not content to be a footnote in history, Imgur is now announcing the rollout of a much-needed feature: uploading videos from an iPhone or iPad. Complete with sounds even. While static images still have a place in the Interwebs thanks to memes, much more content, expressions, and laughs are better expressed through moving pictures. Especially ones that come with the appropriate audio track. Being one of the largest image posting and sharing sites, Imgur was greatly behind the times on that one.That’s changing today, at least on iOS. Now you can upload videos to the site and spread it around. The updated app now comes with some editing tools allowing you to upload and trim videos to its 30-second max length. add or remove sound, or mix with unmoving images and GIFs.Yes, you can have sounds on videos, which might not sit well with some who want to browse Imgur in peace. Fear not, because those videos will play muted by default. You’ll have to make a conscientious and deliberate effort to hear the croaking frogs.For now, the ability to upload videos, with or without sound, is only available on the iOS app, with other platforms to follow soon. You are, however, more than free to view those uploaded videos, with or without sound, on any Imgur app or site.last_img read more

Firefox Monitor wants to keep you secure with familiar technology

first_imgStory TimelineFirefox Advance experiment uses third-party AI to recommend sitesMicrosoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and FirefoxFirefox Reality VR web browser now out for Vive, Oculus, Daydream In fact, Firefox Monitor pulls its breach data directly from Have I Been Pwned, though it reassures users that their email isn’t stored when they check it. While this is useful functionality, its something that already exists through Have I Been Pwned, which is a fairly well known site among security-minded internet-goers. Firefox Monitor, essentially, is a good way to get this tool in the hands of more internet users, who may not think to check with Have I Been Pwned regularly.Firefox Monitor also allows you to go a little bit deeper when it comes to keeping track of your online identities. You can sign up for Firefox Monitor to receive a detailed report on any of your compromised accounts and receive notifications any time your email addresses appear in new data breaches.The Firefox Monitor site also offers tips on how to beef up your online security. Obviously, keeping a unique password for each account should be priority number one, but beyond that, you can do a number of things that help you out. You can, for instance, use two-factor authentication for websites that offer it, and you can also sign up for a password manager so you don’t need to commit all of your different passwords to memory.Speaking of password managers, we recently saw 1Password strike a similar deal with Have I Been Pwned. 1Password’s “Check Password” function appeared earlier this year, and it uses Have I Been Pwned to prevent subscribers from reusing passwords that have appeared in leaks and security breaches. Getting this kind of technology in front of more internet users is definitely a good thing, so head over to Firefox Monitor to check it out for yourself. Everyone should be concerned about keeping their various online identities secure, and today, Firefox made that a little bit easier. Working alongside Have I Been Pwned, today Mozilla launched Firefox Monitor. You can use this to see if your email address has been involved in any security breaches, so in that regard, Firefox Monitor mirrors the functionality of Have I Been Pwned pretty closely.last_img read more

Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

first_imgStory TimelinePixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 top new DxOMark selfie benchmarksHow Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button change time is nowVerizon Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie release arrives today This week the folks at Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This update was just over 700MB in size and included Security Patch Level: June 1, 2019. In addition to the standard device stability improvements and bug fixes, Samsung delivered significantly improved camera performance, along with the first implementation of Night Mode. With this update, users will find Night Mode in the Camera’s standard set of “modes”. This screen also shows Food (vivid food colors), Wide Selfie (panning), Panorama, Pro, Live Focus, Slow Motion, Super Slow-mo, and Hyperlapse, amongst other more standard modes. If you’ve never used a “Night Mode” before, first try it in a dark space – then try it compared to your normal camera in a more well-lit place. It’s like super-duper HDR!The last significant software update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was the May Security Patch for 2019. It’s expected that once Samsung gets their hands on the final version of Android Q, they’ll be bringing that newest version of Android to the Galaxy Note 9, as well. If you’d like to see photo examples to compare to what’s available today, grab your Galaxy Note 9 and see if you can reproduce the shots shown in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review. We’ll be taking some comparison shots ourselves, too – stick around for the full gamut!AdChoices广告To attain this update, head over to your Galaxy Note 9’s Settings. Inside Settings, go through the menu options like so: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and find System Updates – Check for Updates. If you’ve got the latest software already, check your standard camera app – you might already have the features for which you’ve been waiting all this time. Samsung also brought about several other major Software updates for similar devices, like Android Pie for the tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018). The Galaxy J7 (2017) has Pie, the Galaxy A9 Star has Pie, the just this morning the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star began to attain Android 9 Pie. It’s a Pie festival for everyone!last_img read more

Russian Bentley is literally built like a tank

first_imgThe automotive world is no stranger to crazy level builds, but a recent one in Russia might be the strangest yet. A YouTube channel called AcademeG picked up the cheapest Bentley Continental GT that could be found. Cheap and Bentley aren’t words that seem to go together, and while we have no word on just how cheap the Bentley was, we do know what was wrong with it. What made the ride so cheap was the litany of problems with the engine. Problems included needing new turbos for the twin-turbo W12 engine under its hood. Rather than drop that sort of money, the owners decided to toss the engine in favor of something else.The something else was a Japanese-market Toyota 4.3L V8 engine that can be found in the Toyota Crown Majesta, Celsior, and Soarer. The Lexus GS, LS, and SC 430 also use the same engine. The original Bentley frame and drivetrain were all ditched. This is where the project takes a turn for the crazy.The body of the Continental GT was placed onto a custom frame and tank treads and dubbed the Ultratank. The resulting vehicle runs and drives, but has issues. Issues include things like the engine not liking to operate at the low rpms that the treads prefer. The Ultratank also has issues cornering.AdChoices广告If the vehicle corners too hard, the treads will come off the rollers. Other oddities about the build include that there are no brakes. To slow down the driver has to crank the steering wheel back and forth which slows the inside tread as the vehicle starts to turn. The tracks the Bentley now rolls are heavy vehicle tracks that measure 98.4 inches long.last_img read more

Asus TUF Gaming laptops blend AMD Ryzen CPUs with Nvidia 16 Series

first_imgOnce Asus releases full specs for the new TUF Gaming range, we’ll update this table. What do you think of the new Asus TUF Gaming series? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3550HAMD Ryzen 5 3550HAMD Ryzen 7 3750H Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. SpecificationsAsus TUF Gaming FX505DT-AL086TAsus TUF Gaming FX705DT-AU042TAsus TUF Gaming FX705DU-AU035T Dimensions360.4 x 262 x 25.8-26.8 mm399.8 x 279.4 x 26.6-27.6 mm399.8 x 279.4 x 26.6-27.6 mm ConnectivityTBCTBCTBC PortsTBCTBCTBC This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. BatteryTBCTBCTBC Display15.6-inch Full HD up to 120Hz17.3-inch Full HD up to 60Hz17.3-inch Full HD up to 60Hz MemoryUp to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAMUp to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAMUp to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM Weight2.2kg2.7kg2.7kg Asus’s latest line of entry-level TUG Gaming laptops have been announced, and they’re rocking AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs and new 16 Series Nvidia dedicated graphics. With models costing from £800, the TUF Gaming line up is very much aimed at people who need a laptop that’s solid enough for basic office work but want to get in a bit of light gaming on the side. The new TUF Gaming range features three models, the 15-inch FX505DT-AL086T, which comes with a Full HD IPS display which runs at up to 120Hz and features GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, the bigger FX705DT-AU042T, featuring the same graphics and a 17.3-inch Full HD 60Hz IPS, and finally, the FX705DU-AU035T, which packs in the most powerful 16 Series GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and the same 17.3-inch Full HD panel.Related: Best gaming laptopAsus TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 pricesIndicative prices Asus has given for the new Asus TUF Gaming models are listed below – note that retailers prices may differ. These prices are what you can expect to pay for a new Asus TUF Gaming laptop in the UK:Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT-AL086T with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – £799.99Asus TUF Gaming FX705DT-AU042T with 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD – £899.99Asus TUF Gaming FX705DU-AU035T with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – £1199.99Asus TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 release datesAsus spokespeople have said that ‘early May’ is when we can expect to see these hitting shelves, but we don’t currently have clearer release dates than that. What is Asus TUF Gaming?TUF Gaming is Asus’s line of entry-level gaming machines and components that are designed with durability and affordability in mind. The range includes these new Windows 10 laptops, gaming PC cases, mice, and keyboards, as well as motherboards, like the Asus TUF Z390-PLUS Gaming budget board.  Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT-AL086TThe cheapest Asus TUF Gaming laptop in the latest refresh might just be the most bargainous of the bunch – costing £800, for your money you get a laptop with a Full HD IPS display that can run up to 120Hz. It might not feature the most powerful GPU option in this range, but if you’re playing a light, undemanding game that the Nvidia GTX 1650 can comfortably push over the 60fps mark, then that higher refresh rate might give you the edge in multiplayer situations. Neither of the bigger TUF Gaming laptops here feature 120Hz displays, so if you’re buying this mainly to play Apex Legends and Fortnite with your mates, then this is probably the best option out of the TUF Gaming line up.Asus TUF Gaming FX705DT-AU042TFeaturing a bigger 17.3-inch screen, the Asus FX705DT-AU042T is the middle option of the new TUF Gaming range. You get the same the processor (AMD Ryzen 5 3550H) graphics card (Nvidia GTX 1650), memory (32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM) and storage options here (up to 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD), with the only main difference being the bigger display. This runs at up to 60Hz, which won’t be so much of an issue when editing photos, browsing the web or playing solo games, but might not be as much of an asset in fast multiplayer games, where frame rates higher than 60fps can give you an edge. Asus TUF Gaming FX705DU-AU035TFeaturing the most powerful CPU and GPU in the TUF Gaming line-up – the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti – the FX705DU-AU035T represents the high end of the range. While the more powerful processor and graphics unit promises powerful performance, the AU035T features the same 17.3-inch display as the DT-AU042T, meaning anything pushed beyond 60fps in terms of gaming, you won’t benefit from. It promises to be a solid entry-level gaming laptop in its own right though, and while prices starting at £1199, mean it’s not quite as good a bargain on paper as the 15-inch FX505DT, that’s still far below the two-grand-and-counting you can expect to pay for most gaming laptop PCs. Asus TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 specifications We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. GraphicsNvidia GTX 1650Nvidia GTX 1650Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti StorageM.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD up to 512GB, HDD 1TB 5400rpmM.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD up to 512GB, HDD 1TB 5400rpmM.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD up to 512GB, HDD 1TB 5400rpm Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

Beef up your home audio with this cracking Netgear Orbi Smart speaker

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. These include support for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, Harmon Karmon audio and a free three month subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited. Add to this the extra boost it’ll give your home Wi-Fi network as a base station in your Netgear Orbi home setup, and it adds up to be a no brainer purchase for any budding smart home builder.Mesh networks are nifty home Wi-Fi systems that aim to completely remove signal black spots from homes. They work differently to traditional Wi-Fi extenders and uses a series of mini-base stations connected to a main router to intelligently push Wi-Fi across large areas.There are multiple different mesh network systems on the market but the Netgear Orbi is one of our favourites. As we noted in our in-depth Netgear Orbi review:“The Netgear Orbi is undoubtedly a fantastic Wi-Fi solution for large homes struggling with Wi-Fi coverage. It’s incredibly easy to set up and provides markedly faster performance than any single router at long range. It’s an expensive option, but if you simply haven’t been able to find another Wi-Fi solution that works then the Orbi is worth a try.”The Orbi speaker is one of many cracking deals to appear on Amazon in the run up to its hallowed Prime Day. Amazon Prime day is a yearly event where the retailer hosts a multitude of deals covering everything from smart home kit to TVs and games consoles. Stay tuned at Trusted Reviews for more great deals in the run up to Amazon Prime Day 2019.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. You can grab Netgear’s super smart speaker for a meagre £200 for a limited time thanks to this stellar Amazon deal.The deal is running until midnight tonight and sheds a whopping £70 off the speaker’s regular RRP. The speaker plugs into one of our favourite mesh network systems, the Netgear Orbi, and offers a variety of cutting edge features. Best NETGEAR Orbi Home Mesh Smart SpeakerNETGEAR RBS40V-100EUS Orbi Home Mesh Wi-Fi, Expansion, Smart Speaker, Amazon Alexa Built-In, WhiteWith the added assistance of Amazon’s Alexa, enjoy this feature-packed NETGEAR smart speaker. With the use of a mesh network, you can tackle through any iffy Wi-Fi areas and have music non-stop.Amazon|Save 25%|Now £275.00View DealNow £275.00|Save 25%|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Deals Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

Kevin Carmichael Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance did the hard work now

first_img Recommended For YouCorn eases 1% as USDA tempers fears over crop conditionHSEVEN Accelerate World-Class African StartupsOil down for a second day as U.S Gulf of Mexico output returnsSterling struggles on Brexit worries, weighs on euroRio Tinto hits cost blowout at Mongolia copper expansion Share this storyKevin Carmichael: Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance did the hard work, now it’s up to politicians to find consensus Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → Kevin Carmichael: Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance did the hard work, now it’s up to politicians to find consensus When the group started 14 months ago, there appeared to be a consensus around what to do about climate change. Not now Facebook Tiff Macklem, dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School, says said there would be global demand for oil for decades and that more pipeline capacity would be necessary to encourage oil companies to invest in technology and innovation that would lower emissions.National Post file photo Twitter Comment What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation The response to the Macklem committee’s recommendations will tell us whether the Canadian political system has become too polarized to accomplish anything big. There is nothing in the report that Conservatives should oppose, assuming they are sincere when they say they want to do something about climate change. That includes the carbon tax, which is the cheapest, most efficient way to offset the various costs associated with consumption of fossil fuels. To be sure, they have whipped up so much anger over the policy, there will be no going back. But that needn’t stop them from incorporating much of the rest of the expert panel’s work into their own climate proposals.Macklem and the other panelists clearly put a lot of work into thinking about how an economy built on resources could lower greenhouse emissions without destroying a lot of wealth. Macklem, a former senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, said there would be global demand for oil for decades and that more pipeline capacity would be necessary to encourage oil companies to invest in technology and innovation that would lower emissions. The committee endorsed “transition bonds,” a variation of green bonds, which oil companies and miners could issue to pay for technology that would allow them to pollute less. But the panel’s support might not be enough. Macklem said Canadians will need to get involved in the discussions that will set the international standards for sustainable finance to ensure such assets make the list of what qualifies as green funding.The other idea that should bridge the partisan divide is allowing Canadians to lower their tax bills by investing in green assets. The expert panel proposes a “super deduction” of more than 100 per cent for every dollar invested as a way to marshal private funds to the cause of reversing climate change. The promise of a tax break could offset the reluctance of more traditional investors to spend their money on products they associate with charity. “If making money is primary, and doing good is secondary, then that should resonate,” said Raj Lala, chief executive of Toronto-based Evolve Funds Group Inc., a provider of exchange traded funds with about $500 million under management.And sustainable finance should resonate across the political spectrum. It’s not a fad, it’s a chance to make money while fighting an existential threat. Surely Conservatives and Liberals can find common cause around that.•Email: | Twitter: CarmichaelKevin June 14, 20196:48 PM EDT Filed under News Economy ← Previous Next → Reddit More Sponsored By: Kevin Carmichael advertisement Email 6 Comments Featured Stories The three members of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance had already spent about 50 minutes talking about their 57-page, 15-recommendation, 34-sub-recommendation final report. Still, the moderator asked if any of them had anything else to say to the journalists on the call.“I just want to make sure people don’t see this as an environmental report,” said Barbara Zvan, chief risk and strategy officer at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. “It’s much more about the economy and about jobs.”Indeed. Bloomberg News reported on June 7 that the value of green assets under management last year was about US$31 trillion, a 34 per cent increase from 2016. That’s trillion with a “t,” in strong dollars. Converted to loonies, the figure is about $41 trillion at the current exchange rate. Real money. Joe Oliver: Canada is getting worryingly close to embracing economically destructive ‘sustainable finance’ Carbon taxers keep saying it’s a ‘conservative idea.’ Everything else says otherwise Trudeau’s ‘climate emergency’ meets his national muddle of malfunctioning carbon taxes And yet Zvan was worried that the painstaking work of four representatives of the financial elite — herself; the chair, Tiff Macklem, dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School; Andrew Chisholm, a member of Royal Bank of Canada’s board of directors; and Kim Thomassin, an executive at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec — could be dismissed as, well, an environmental report.Can you blame her? There is a real risk that the people who will be running the country in 2019 won’t even read the committee’s report. When Macklem assembled his group 14 months ago, there appeared to be a consensus around what to do about climate change. Not now. The politicians with swagger these days are the ones who diminish green finance as a fad concocted by activists, Europeans and out-of-touch billionaires. Segments of the Canadian business establishment cling to an economy that made them rich, grumping about pipelines and taxes rather than investing in clean technology and green bonds.Andrew Scheer, who will be prime minister come November, according to’s analysis of the latest polls, says he would remove the price on carbon. The expert panel endorsed the carbon tax and urged the federal government to clarify what the price will be beyond 2023 to remove uncertainty as a reason to hold back investment.Jason Kenney, the Alberta premier, accuses London-based HSBC Holdings Plc of “boycotting” the province by deciding it would no longer back oilsands development, when all it was doing was responding to the same forces that have allowed global portfolio managers to raise $41 trillion and counting. The expert panel indicated that it thinks some Canadians need to stop stomping their feet, accept where the world is headed, and take advantage of the opportunities in the shift away from carbon presents. “We can shape our future or risk the international community doing it for us,” the final report said.Closer to Zvan’s Bay Street neighbourhood, Joe Oliver, the former Conservative finance minister who now is chairman of Echelon Wealth Partners, a wealth management firm that promises its clients “unbiased investment solutions,” last month savaged the whole notion of sustainable finance as an attack on capitalism. Writing in the Financial Post, Oliver said the suggestion that companies have a fiduciary responsibility to disclose how climate change could affect profits “would undermine a fundamental underpinning of the market economy, with negative consequences for profitability capital formation, and wealth creation.”Oliver’s vitriol was inspired by the expert panel’s interim report. Macklem said that document and the new one should be read as two-volume set. The final report calls on Ottawa and the provinces to require companies to either disclose their exposure to climate change or explain why they are unaffected; the Finance Department to state clearly that executives have a fiduciary responsibility to make climate disclosures; and the federal banking regulator to issue guidance on how it expects financial institutions to protect themselves from climate-related risks.The expert panel … thinks some Canadians need to stop stomping their feet, accept where the world is headed, and take advantage of the opportunities last_img read more

PlugIn Electric Car Sales In France Exceed 32000 In 2018

Renault And PSA Gear Up To Replace Autolib Car Sharing In Paris News from France Nidec Forms Joint Venture For Electric Motors With PSA Mercedes Invests $589 Million To Build Compact Electric Car In France The market share of plug-in passenger cars in France averages 1.8% so far this year.During the first eight months of 2018, more than 32,000 new passenger cars were sold in France, which is probably some one fifth more than a year ago.YTD stats:Passenger BEVs: 17,542 registrations (up 16.4%)Passenger REx (i3 REx): 753 registrations (up 19.9%)Passenger PHEVs: 9,033 registrations (up 73.4%)Light commercial BEVs: 4,679 registrations (up 52.3%)Total: 32,007 Renault ZOE remains the top-selling plug-in model with 9,358 new registrations YTD, followed by Nissan LEAF (3,001) and BMW i3 (1,604, including 753 REx). The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is at some 2,400 so far.Plug-in car sales in France (Source: L’Avere-France)Source: L’Avere-France Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News read more

ChargePoint To Install 25 Million Charging Points By 2025

China Turns To CHAdeMO For Fast Charging: Single Unified Standard Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News ChargePoint Makes Landmark Commitment to the Future of Mobility with Pledge of 2.5 Million Places to Charge by 2025 (Graphic: Business Wire) ChargePoint network to grow nearly fifty-fold in the next seven years.During the Global Climate Action Summit, ChargePoint announced a bold commitment to expand its charging point network to 2.5 million places by 2025.Taking into consideration that currently the network connects 54,363 spots (including less than 900 DC fast chargers), the growth needs to be some 4,600% in seven years.ChargePoint offers various charging stations, but basically doesn’t own most of the charging stations added to the network, but rather manages the network, taking care of the app for search, payments, etc.Charging news By 2025, ChargePoint expects that there will be 20 million plug-in electric cars on the roads of North America and Europe. That would mean almost 10 times more than the number of public charging stations on the network by that time. Source: Electric Vehicle News “EVs and charging infrastructure are critical to efforts to fight global climate change, grow the clean energy economy, and bring innovative technology solutions to market that accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles worldwide.ChargePoint’s commitment underscores the company’s mission to enable an electric mobility future, which will include passenger cars, buses, trucks, fleets, and beyond. The transition to e-mobility on a global scale will result in an immense reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are crippling communities and threatening the health of millions around the world.”Pasquale Romano, president and CEO, ChargePoint said:“Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation. The time for transformative change is now, and broadly distributed, substantial and immediate investments in charging infrastructure are necessary to usher in the future of e-mobility. One hundred percent of what we do is focused on developing technology that enables cleaner transportation, and ChargePoint is proud to play a critical role in facilitating the transition to electric mobility, and supporting the Summit’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.” “By 2040, it is anticipated that EVs will account for more than half of new vehicles sold around the world.1 ChargePoint’s 2.5 million charging spots will support the forecasted 20 million EVs that will be on the road in North America and Europe by 2025, driving a combined 384 billion electric miles per year.2 Of the 2.5 million charging spots on ChargePoint’s network by 2025, the majority will be evenly split between Europe and North America, with smaller percentages in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).This commitment comes on the heels of years of progress tackling climate change and supporting the growing adoption of EVs globally, including:ChargePoint’s recognition by the United Nations as a “Momentum for Change” award winner at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 in 2015The growth of the ChargePoint network to more than 53,000 globally, helping drivers avoid more than 42 million gallons of gas and 134 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissionsChargePoint’s expansion into Europe in 2017A total of nearly $300 million ChargePoint has raised to support the expansion of networked EV charging globallyWithin the next five years, it is estimated that no fewer than 40 new EV models will hit the road. With a global investment in R&D, award-winning solutions, sales, marketing and policy, ChargePoint is committed to enabling the future of mobility, and creating solutions that will support the substantial increase in EVs, and ultimately, the mass adoption of electrified mobility, creating a cleaner, more sustainable future.To learn more about ChargePoint’s sustainability efforts or its participation at the Global Climate Action Summit, please visit” Tesla: “99% Of U.S. Population Is Within 150 Miles Of A Supercharger” ChargePoint Stations Deliver Juice To EVs Over 1 Million Times Per Month read more

Tesla Lands Lithium Supply Deal With Chinese Giant

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News GlobalData Forecasts Lithium Demand Will More Than Double By 2022 Ganfeng Lithium Co. finds Tesla and LG Chem among its customers.China’s top producer of lithium – Ganfeng Lithium Co. – will supply lithium-hydroxide products to Tesla/Tesla’s selected battery manufacturer, according to the latest news.The deal is for about a fifth of Ganfeng’s total production and will run from 2018 to the end of 2020 with an option for three more years.Earlier, the company signed a deal with LG Chem, to supply lithium for the period of 2019-2025.See Also Tesla Considers Chile’s Largest Lithium Producer As New Plant Partner Source: Electric Vehicle News It’s expected that by the end of this year, production of lithium carbonate equivalent could reach 75,000 tons, which would translate to the 2nd highest output ever for Gangfeng. That would also mean some 15,000 tons for Tesla (20%). Tesla is expected to need as much as 28,000 tons of lithium hydroxide annually within a year from now.All those deals with the world’s biggest EV battery players are very important for Ganfeng, which prepares for IPO in Hong Kong.“Along with Wednesday’s deal, Ganfeng has now locked in the sector’s two biggest supply pacts, Simon Moores, managing director of London-based industry consultant Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, said by phone. “These deals are dwarfing the size of the entire lithium hydroxide market from only a couple of years ago,” Moores said from a Sydney forum.” Lithium Production Will Triple In Next 4 Years Source: Bloomberg John Wisbey CEO, the Board and the entire @ILCtsxv team congratulate their partner @GanfengLithium on concluding a key three year contract to supply 20% of their production to @Tesla— InternationalLithium (@ILCtsxv) September 21, 2018 read more

Autocar India Gets Exclusive First Look At Audi etron

Audi Says No To Stocking e-tron At Dealerships: Special Order Only The Audi e-tron is making its debut all over the globe.As we await the actual launch of the Audi e-tron in the U.S., which is planned for mid-2019, we begin to see an influx of reveals and reviews from various locations. This particular installment is the e-tron’s first review in India, where charging infrastructure is nearly non-existent.Audi e-tron Content: 40 photos Audi e-tron Configurator Now Live: Build Yours Today Audi Receives 10,000-Plus Pre-Orders For e-tron Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 27, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News The reviewer discusses the fact that Audi stuck to a traditional ICE-car-like facade for its new SUV. It looks very much like any other Audi SUV, or really any SUV for that matter. He says Audi’s research proved that this is what people want. Thus far, the e-tron has racked up about 10,000 reservations, which is nothing compared to that of the nearly 500,000 for the Tesla Model 3, but still good for an electric vehicle that isn’t even available.It’s our understanding that Audi doesn’t plan to produce or deliver the e-tron in any massive quantities, at least initially. This is much like the situation with the Jaguar I-Pace. Nonetheless, the automakers are pushing the vehicles to signify that this is the direction of the future. Hopefully, no too far down the road, these and other brands will produce more compelling EVs with plans to make and sell them in quantity.Let us know what you think of Autocar India’s first look in the comment section below.Video Description via Autocar India on YouTube:Audi e-tron electric SUV | First Look Preview | Autocar IndiaThe e-tron is Audi’s first production electric vehicle and the statistics are impressive. With the equivalent of 408hp and 664Nm from its two asynchronous electric motors, it’s capable of 0-100kph in 5.5sec and also 400km of range. Nikhil Bhatia breaks it down for you.Audi e-tron read more

Gogoro heats up electric scooter battery swap war with new battery and

Source: Charge Forward Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of promise for swappable electric batteries in the light electric vehicle industry. Just yesterday, KYMCO announced a partnership with 22Motors to build electric scooters based on the Ionex swappable battery standard. Now one of KYMCO’s biggest rivals in the battery swapping EV space is firing back with their own announcement.Gogoro has secured a number of new partnerships using their own swappable EV batteries. more…The post Gogoro heats up electric scooter battery swap war with new battery and scooter partners appeared first on Electrek. read more

This RearWheelDrive Electric Bugatti Costs Only 33800

first_img Bugatti Chiron Successor Likely To Be PHEV Going by the name of Baby II, this is the smallest and most affordable Bugatti you can buy and drive. It takes after the Type 35 and serves as a follow-up to the original toy car sold between 1927 and 1936 during which roughly 500 examples were built. Naturally, Bugatti will be making the same amount of its modern-day equivalent, complete with an individually numbered plaque to reflect its exclusivity. Next-Generation Bugatti Chiron Could Go Electric Supercars Beware: New Tesla Roadster Compared To Bugatti Chiron Source: Electric Vehicle News While all of today’s Bugattis have an all-wheel-drive system necessary to efficiently put the four-digit horsepower to the road, the Baby II adopts a RWD layout. Other goodies worth mentioning include a removable lithium-ion battery pack, regenerative braking, and even a limited-slip differential. The car featured here is finished in French Racing Blue, but other hues are available upon request.The toy car exhibited at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn’t have headlights, but Bugatti promises the final specification of the product will boast “powerful headlights.” At a hefty €30,000 (about $33,800), it better have them. To justify the eye-watering asking price, the company’s “Macaron” logo is made of solid silver to mimic the Chiron.Bugatti is already accepting orders and will kick off production this fall. Perfect for kids born with a silver spoon, but adults can drive it as well.As Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, the company from Molsheim is revisiting its past to showcase the brand’s impressive heritage. After paying tribute to Jean Bugatti’s lost Type 57 SC Atlantic with the exquisite La Voiture Noire one-off, the French marque is now looking back at an entirely different machine. Interestingly, the Bugatti Baby II has its own Speed Key inherited from the Chiron hypercar and the Veyron before it. Using that will unlock a mighty 13 hp and will turn off the speed limiter. More Bugatti News While the original was suitable only for kids, the new one can fit adults since it’s as a three-quarters-size replica of the Type 35. There’s obviously no quad-turbo W16 8.0-liter engine pushing out 1,479 horsepower like in the fullsize Bugattis available today, so you’ll have to make do with an electric motor delivering 1.3 hp in “child mode.” Top speed is electronically limited to 12 mph (20 kph), but switch to “adult mode” and the power rises to 5 hp while maximum velocity increases to a still-limited 30 mph (45 kph). Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 16, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

VW plans to build new battery cell factory to support its electric

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Volkswagen has been looking for years at ways to secure battery cell supply in order to support its ambitious electric car plans and now it will finally involve having its own battery factory, according to a new report. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. post VW plans to build new battery cell factory to support its electric car ambitions appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

Three tweaks of his tactics bring Capello no closer to a midfield

first_img 13 Oct 2008 10:44 Support The Guardian Three tweaks of his tactics bring Capello no closer to a midfield solution Reply Richard Williams at Wembley Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook schnitzelwithnoodles – We’ve never had the most technically gifted players in the world and yet we’ve always been a top 10-15 side in world football.Football isn’t all about wonderful first touch its about making do with what you have, if you expect the current England team to go out and have all the skill and grace of Brazil then you are deluded and yet somehow we have always managed to competeAs for your list of world powers: Why have Turkey and Greece, Ghana and Egypt become world powers in football in the last 10 years? Because their individual skills have been allied to better physical and tactical ability.None of those countries are any better than we are for all their alledged skills Share via Email Share Facebook Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were paired together again in England’s midfield. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA 0 1 13 Oct 2008 17:29 Kazakhstan Share on Facebook Threads collapsed 2 Share on Twitter 0 1 13 Oct 2008 11:20 Fabio Capello Report Share on Facebook collapsed Facebook 0 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share Thechelseablues an opponent who is trying to achieve nothing more than a clean sheetdid you watch the game? doesn’t seem like it from your comment. Facebook 13 Oct 2008 16:33 Twitter Share Report Share on Twitter 100 Share Facebook expanded Share Shares00 Reply 3 cable1973 Share First published on Sun 12 Oct 2008 19.02 EDT Twitter 0 1 Reply Report Reply | Pick Report Share on Facebook 13 Oct 2008 17:56 oldest BlueLegend Share on Facebook SaintrlBev 50 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick I love these “disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” types: “Write about something else and stop wasting everybody’s time.” Such anger and indignation! Poor Chelseablues still hasn’t come to terms with the concept of the opinion piece, a subjective piece of journalism designed to encourage debate and discussion. He immediately feels terribly hurt and insulted and has to lash out at whoever would dare to state an opinion other than his own. Richard Williams seems to get this a lot – maybe, just maybe, he’s right sometimes? He’s certainly right about this, and it’s not just negativity. Drop Gerrard, use Barry with Lampard. Share I think we would do better to forget about our English superstars many dazzling attributes and how to get them all firing at once and concentrate on a genuine team approach and how to get England playing as a team. Sounds canny I know. Report Share on Twitter schnitzelwithnoodles Shameful.Did you watch the game Richard or were you too busy booing Ashley Cole?Absolutely rediculous that, despite a 5-1 win the players and the team are still slammed in the media.I don’t want to revert back to the old “no easy games at this level” cliche, but putting 5 past an opponent who is trying to achieve nothing more than a clean sheet is not easy.Do you ever stop and think about what you are writing? Does it get you down that, no matter what you (or the england team) do, you are never happy?Maybe the question that should be on your mind is “Why aren’t I in charge of the England football team?”The answer is simple – You don’t know anything about footballWrite about something else and stop wasting everybody’s time. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Who to play, who to play, Gerrard, Lampard, Barry, all three. Who knows?, but what a great problem to have. English fans, moronic booing, nothing new to a nation who thinks it deserves to win before games are even played. NB: YOU ARE NOT THE MASTER RACE!!!. England have a decent squad with some really good players, they should be shown more respect by their fans. Positive reinforcement is what a team really needs from their fans. Tell them they are great, and they will try so much harder to be great. Just ask anyone who visits Anfield on a regular basis. Fans have the power to make or break a team, it’s time England fans started making theirs. Lay down whatever tactics you will, when they’re out on the pitch players are going to run. That isn’t to say they don’t stick to a certain formation, that’s what pros do, they don’t run from left back to right wing and switch to goalie at half-time, like amateurs in the park, but then you won’t be getting players marching in tune down straight-cut lines either.I somehow get the impression this is the trap most football pundits fall into when they descend into a tactical discourse. You just look at the way they mark out arrows on some Football Focus-type TV show, using some snazzy digital chalkboard programme, how they write long opinionated columns like this one, picking apart games as if players are machines that have to obey a strict set of incontrovertible laws.And as they say, hindsight is a dangerous thing, it makes everything look way better or worse than you could have really helped at the moment it happened. 5-1 against Kazakhstan is to most people’s expectations, let’s just see how they do against Belarus. 0 1 Twitter Twitter 1 Share on Facebook atticusgrinch Twitter Share Share Report 0 1 Share on Facebook Facebook 0 1 newest 0 1 Report Twitter unthreaded Share on Facebook Share Reply Share Report Facebook Report Share on Twitter Why on earth do you England fans complain after winning 5-1?Scotland have a right to complain, we lost after a superb miss buy our big frontman. You guys are impossible to please, you have an embarrasement of ritches, champions league winners, league winners, players in a national squad that only the richest clubs could afford and yet you still criticise!!!!You all live in dream land and expect to play like Brazil. Your not Brazil, they are better, far more gifted players. You have a great squad, great players and could win something if you all actually supported your team. Its incredibly frustrating reading this nonsense and complaining about a 5-1 win.and to actually BOO when your team hammer the opposition because you did not play better? My god, if scotland beat anyone 5-1 there would be a national holiday.Sort yourselves out man, get in touch with reality, jesus. I hope you win something under capello. As one of the very few scots who actually support all the home nations, I think you could manage it under him with the team you have, just give the moaning a break and the press need to get a grip on reality. Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Ikki 13 Oct 2008 12:54 0 1 Report Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Reason (optional) Report Facebook England Reply Facebook 0 1 It’s nice when you come on here and learn something that you were previously unaware of. I didn’t know Fotheringay 2 had come out yet. Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 2 13 Oct 2008 9:36 Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 Share 0 1 | Pick 13 Oct 2008 15:01 0 1 cavelier5 | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Share 13 Oct 2008 14:59 13 Oct 2008 15:58 | Pick Share stevejedi World Cup 2010 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter What must Capello think of the obvious technical shortcomings of Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney ?As if replacing a player here or there will make a blind bit of difference to the funadamental shortcomings of nearly every single England (and English, and Scottish and Welsh and Irish) player.First touch ! Instant control ! A weighted pass to a colleague either to their feet or in their path ! That colleague instantly controlling the ball ! Etc ! Etc ! Etc !When the ball comes to you in international football you have less space. Instant control and excellent first touch is vital otherwise the ball bobbles around your feet/shins and the defenders get back, or the ball gets away from you and you have to chase to get it back (usually committing a foul Mr Rooney), or you need to touch it backwards and use a 3 metre turning circle before you think of going forward.This why Lampard, Rooney and Scholes are not top, top world-class.It is why Ronaldo (either one) is.Wright-Phillips, Walcott, Heskey, Lampard, Owen, even Rooney, all have such dire first-touch. Wenger must sometimes despair at Walcott’s lack of skill compared to his French and African teammates.Yes, I like to watch his speed and shooting, but there’s more to being a top-class footballer than that.Why have Turkey and Greece, Ghana and Egypt become world powers in football in the last 10 years? Because their individual skills have been allied to better physical and tactical ability.Greece won the Euro2004 because all their players had excellent individual skills. They may not have been as dynamic bombing forward into the penalty area as Gerrard or Rooney, but they could all play football in every area of the pitch.Sometimes I think the England players have been trained for some alien game called The Premiership. Part-football, part WWF wrestling.English millionaires who can only approximate the skills of Spanish, Italian, Brazilian, Argentinians, Turks, Dutch, Ghananian, Ivorians, Nigerians, Egyptians.England and the rest of the UK put the physical and tactical first, and forgot about the skills. Watch the filthy, 120mph, under-refereed Old Firm derby and you’ll understand why there are no skillful young players in Scotland. Facebook 13 Oct 2008 17:08 Facebook Reply 0 1 0 1 Report Facebook | Pick Sun 12 Oct 2008 19.02 EDT Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook comments (56)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. mo10 Email (optional) Share on Facebook Rooney has a dire first touch eh?Wake up and smell the coffee schnitzel: Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 13 Oct 2008 16:14 Reportcenter_img Share 13 Oct 2008 16:47 Report 0 1 Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reply | Pick Gareth Barry and Wayne Rooney were the ones who played badly. Barry becaused he couldn’t find Rooney out on the left, Rooney ’cause he couldn’t be found and kept dropping unconstructivly deep.Richard Williams we win 5-1 and its ‘uninteresting’ all through the world cup you were calling us ‘dire’ and worse you really are quite annoying but then thats the point eh?If you know so much why not explain why we’re susceptible to alarming counter-attacks?You,sir, are a hack. Share on Twitter | Pick Comments 56 Here we go, another one.I come to Guardian for originality and occasionally some intelligence. It seems every writer in England is doing a copy paste of each other’s work. They’re so lazy to think up something different that they forgot their comments would look as stupid as they should…when the score isn’t 5-1.As a non-English fan, I must think the coach and the players must be confused concerning what it is they actually have to do. It seems winning 5-1 is not enough anymore. 3 games, 9 points and 11-2 goal differential is not enough anymore. Lampard and Gerrad played the whole game together, and the half where Barry wasn’t covering them lead to 5 goals…yet they can’t buy some slack. Being 13 Oct 2008 16:10 0 1 No, the hacks are right this time. It’s not a sensationalist ‘turnips’ moment, but a honest appraisal on how Capello’s evolving side looked against Kazakhstan. 5-1 was a good result, but also a flattering one: goals achieved through defensive ineptness and Kazakh fatigue at the end, and none of them created by our movement and passing in midfield. Surely the point is: if we have ambitions of going a bit further at the next tournament we qualify for, we’re going to have to play better than that. And surely that’s uncontroversial, since everyone has seen vastly superior England performances to Saturday’s against much better sides. For example, against Croatia last month.Since not winning against Kazakhstan would have been a much greater shock than losing to Northern Ireland a while back, the eventually comfortable win is hardly the principal story. 13 Oct 2008 14:46 Report Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Reply 13 Oct 2008 16:30 Share on Facebook 13 Oct 2008 16:43 ‘Capello no closer to a midfield solution.’Capello could be anything but naive as ‘Spanish lady’s maid’. He’s doing his job well, and he’s more than any of us aware of the current England internationals limits and potentials, including of the Gerrard – Lampard frightening midfield-pairing incompatibility. I also think these two very good (but never the world class) players have waisted to much opportunities to demonstrate their willingess and/or their real capacities to work and perform together, to feel comfortably, assured about their places in the starting line-up.Why neither Lampard nor Gerrard can make the crucial step forward? I don’t believe this problem has anything to do with their inabilities to sacrifice any part of their fragile egos. The problem is very different, and is directly linked to the fact that both of them have had in their respective clubs – Chelsea and LFC – the world-class teammates able to take the certain responsibilies none of these two seem equipped to take. Playing alongside Makelele, Michael Obi, Essien, Ballack or Deco isn’t the same as playing with the players who expect Lampard to take the leadership role in the midfield, very often without a proper holding midfielder behind him. Gerrard looks even more clueless, partly because it’s hard to say what’s his ‘best role’ actually is.Fabio Capello, I think, can’t wait to see Hargreaves and Carrick back and fit again, and Beckham to hung his boots up, to start to build the more aggresive and versatile team, with much more pace and determination both in the midfield and attacking departments. Lampard and Gerrard will either adapt, just as they have done it in their clubs, or will be benched. The third option of both of them in the team seems less likely than ever before. Share World Cup 2010 | Pick Reply Facebook Twitter Topics 13 Oct 2008 13:52 Share on Twitter All Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Reply | Pick | Pick schnitzelwithnoodles Twitter | Pick | Pick ernhornjaw Reuse this content,View all comments > Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 13 Oct 2008 8:57 Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard survived Fabio Capello’s tactical shifts but still struggled to dominate proceedings they win 1-0, it ain’t good enough; they win 3-0, it ain’t good enough; they win 5-0, the players are still useless and deserve to be booed. When will the english public ever be happy? Do they realize that the team has won all its games and has scored 11 goals?Okay it wasn’t a spectacular performance but I think the passing was what was a bit off yesterday. Apart from that was it really that bad?? I’m so exhausted this weekend on the Lampard/Gerrard thing that I can’t stomach it anymore. For now at least.And I’d rather England plays poorly now and is at least winning. When they qualify for the World Cup, it could be a much different story. Show some faith for once in your life Richard. Geez. It could be worse, you could be in the shoes of Portugal or France Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Twitter Report maradona77 13 Oct 2008 16:56 0 1 Share Reply Share on Messenger stevejediUse the power of the force to calm down.England fans are not all like that.None of the other English players would have been booed, it wasn’t about the mistake, clandestine Ca$hley embodies everything a person should not be like. What kind of example does he set to young kids?I agree that booing is neanderthal.Joey Barton would have got the same. Twitter Share Facebook cable1973 Report Twitter Not bad Richard although I prefer your recent liner noted to Fotheringay 2.With all respect to his club, I believe that, for England, Gerrard will end up as an impact sub. Hargreaves behind Walcott is one right side solution. Seeing Wright-Phillips on the left side filled me with joy. He’ could be a good sub for J Cole or T Walcott.Play below par and win 5-1. Hardly a doom scenario? Facebook | Pick duncan23 Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook thisisanicknamelol 0 1 Since you’re here… Loading comments… Trouble loading? recommendations Facebook Share Report 25 Share on Twitter Thechelseablues Share on Facebook I can’t stand Shnitzelhead! One of the most negative people i have ever had the misfortune of reading. Yeah Rooney’s first touch is dreadful, absolutely ridiculous Twitter | Pick Report miroljub Reply Solaman 0 1 Share on Twitter 13 Oct 2008 15:08 germany 1-5 england, surely gerrard was the holding player then. when he was younger at liverpool everyone thought he was basically the new roy keane, he can play that role and give more dynamism than barry Reply Parek Twitter Share on Facebook blogposts 13 Oct 2008 17:39 Report Share on Twitter JimmyLazers 1 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Reply 0 1 Share on Facebook Report Reply Reply Twitter 13 Oct 2008 16:52 0 1 0 1 Facebook Twitter Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Yes atticusgrinchI know Rooney can do brilliant stuff, so can Gerrard, Wallcott and Lampard.I love watching the spectacular stuff just as much as you do.That’s what makes so much of their other play so frustrating.How about posting the youtube videos where the ball is played to Rooney but his heavy first touch means he losed the ball and then gets red-faced, angry (turns into the Incredible Hulk) chases as hard as he can to get the ball back, commits a foul, then rants at the ref to hide both his embarrassment, ineptness and clumsiness ?Just simply watch how Wright-Phillips, Walcott, Lampard, Heskey, Beckham and Rooney deal with the ball when it is passed to them.Then compare with nearly every other player in world football.There is a technical skills gap.This was against Kazikstan remember ! Report Reply Gerrard, Lampard – who cares? Twitter Facebook Reply Report Sportblog The games against nations only intent on putting 11 behind the ball are never easy, but England were very disjointed and you can’t expect journos and pundits to not dissect where England were (quite blatantly) going wrong.TheChelseaBlues – the 5-1 scoreline was ridiculously flattering and only a chump that knows nothing about football would say otherwise. It doesn’t mean that England are all of a sudden rubbish or that Don Fabio doesn’t know what he is doing, but more that there are many things that still need to be sorted out. Would you be happier if Richard Williams didn’t criticize the last performance at all? Quite frankly, it’d be a total dereliction of duty if he didn’t.The whole Gerrard/Lampard thing is tedious but is for me pretty easily resolved. Play Gerrard on the right. Harsh on Theo Walcott but his pace makes for a great impact sub. The other thing that stood out for me was the lack of a proper holding player – Barry is a good player but we miss the dynamism of Owen Hargreaves badly. pierrelemer Report | Pick Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment World Cup 3 Sniton Reply 0 1 | Pick Show 25 Share Bluenose00 Sportblog 13 Oct 2008 17:57 0 1 Share Reply Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share on Facebook Share Twitter evoclive Share on Facebook Facebook 13 Oct 2008 10:03 Share on Facebook Close report comment form ZzzzzDidn’t we already have this on Rob Smyth’s blog on Saturday? “It would be better for all concerned to cast aside any sense of satisfaction that might have been taken from the result and to remember instead how uninterestingly England played.”Wrong. We won 5-1. We’ve 9 points from 3 games. We’re in a good position to qualify for SA. Calm down….jeez… Order by oldest Apparently you can’t buy studs in Kazakhstan, which explains the visit of Bernd Storck’s players to a sports shop in St Albans on the eve of their match against England. On Saturday night, accepting congratulations for the way his team had played in defeat, the German coach gestured towards a couple of Kazakh journalists who had been asking bizarrely aggressive questions and claimed that they were being paid by “the president” to make trouble between him and the national federation. And they say Fabio Capello has an impossible job.All Capello has to do is find a way for Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to play together, or to conclude that there is no solution. That is the £6m-a-year problem, and at Wembley on Saturday he discovered the true extent of a dilemma that has occupied the nation since the implosion of the 2006 World Cup campaign.He knew of its existence, and he knew that all eyes would be on his attempt to succeed where his predecessors had failed. He could not claim that he had not been told but, quite understandably, he had to see for himself. And now, looking back on what was surely the least creditable 5-1 victory in England’s history, he has a pretty good idea of what everyone was on about.No one can accuse him of not trying. The absence of the injured Joe Cole meant that he was prevented from sending out the XI that had beaten Croatia four weeks earlier, thus conveniently opening the door to the returning Gerrard, and during the 90 minutes of Saturday’s match the coach tried everything he could think of to unlock the puzzle. In fact he tried three different formations, each one intended to enable England’s two most prominent midfield players to fulfil their potential at the same time – or, as he later put it, “with synchronicity”.The match started with England in a 4-1-2-3 formation, Gerrard and Lampard playing just ahead and on either side of Gareth Barry. Capello wanted to see if they could take advantage of the presence of a holding player and exploit the provision of a stable platform on which to express themselves. The answer was that they could not. Either they were too close to each other, which was most of the time, and ended up exchanging meaningless short passes, or they were too far apart, and out of touch.Gerrard’s inaccuracy mirrored his hesitancy, frequently making a present of the ball to the skilful and energetic young Kazakhs, for whom Tanat Nuserbayev, Zhambyl Kukeyev and Ruslan Baltiyev were outstanding. Only once during this period of the match, after 28 minutes, did the England pair combine to any effect, Gerrard moving infield from the right to feed Lampard with a square ball from which the Chelsea man cleared the crossbar with a 25-yard drive.After 40 minutes Capello had seen enough not just of this misfiring engine but of a three-man forward line in which Theo Walcott, Emile Heskey and Wayne Rooney were spread too far across the width of the pitch to make it easy to establish regular communication. By abandoning the lopsided 4-2-3-1 formation which had lured far more challenging opponents to destruction in Zagreb a month earlier, the head coach had devised a line-up that was symmetrical, predictable and toothless. Calling Gerrard to the touchline, Capello issued a new set of instructions. Lampard moved across to the right, Barry went to the left, stationed a little wider in order to encourage Rooney to move closer to Heskey, and Gerrard stepped back into the holding position. One of the intentions behind this shift of emphasis became clear in the five minutes remaining before the interval when the Liverpool man twice drove forward from his deep position, attempting to inject dynamism into a generally lacklustre collective effort. For a couple of moments we glimpsed the Gerrard of Anfield and Istanbul.During half-time, however, Capello took an even bigger step, this time into the past. Needing to secure the result, and recognising that the Kazakhs were starting to tire, he decided that England could do without a holding player and removed Barry, introducing Shaun Wright-Phillips to play on the left wing, with the occasional foray infield. Now, as Capello admitted, England were in 4-4-2 mode, a retrograde step highlighted when David Beckham replaced Walcott with 10 minutes left and England 3-1 ahead. Inevitably, given the visitors’ exhaustion in the later stages, Beckham was allowed the time and space in which to chip and stroke a sequence of sumptuous crosses, from one of which Rooney slid home his second goal. “The criticism of Gerrard and Lampard together is strong sometimes,” Capello said afterwards, “but they can play together with synchronicity. In the first five or six minutes I did not see the synchronicity.” He had played them in their club positions in the first half, he said, but denied that he had made the half-time change because the combination was malfunctioning. “I changed it because I brought on Wright-Phillips and changed the shape of the team. I went from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2. It was very important to get someone near [Emile] Heskey.”It would be better for all concerned to cast aside any sense of satisfaction that might have been taken from the result and to remember instead how uninterestingly England played. They were lumpy and ponderous, lacking merit in almost every area until the players from Almaty, Astana, Ordabasy, Tobol and Zhetysu inevitably began to succumb to a lack of physical conditioning.And if we are meant to assume, on the evidence of this strange match and its deceptive scoreline, that a 4-4-2 without a holding midfield player is once again an option for England, and that Lampard and Gerrard can ever become a genuine partnership, then the painful lessons of the 2006 World Cup finals will need to be learnt all over again. | Pick View more commentslast_img read more