Windows 10 Redstone 4 will turn Cortana into an interactive user manual

Microsoft clearly looks to boost Cortana’s effectiveness and helpfulness with the next big Windows 10 update. Known internally as Redstone 4, this update introduces a new ‘Cortana Show Me’ feature that teaches users how to navigate key features of the operating system (OS).

Microsoft clearly looks to boost Cortana’s effectiveness and helpfulness with the next big Windows 10 update. Known internally as Redstone 4, this update introduces a new ‘Cortana Show Me’ feature that teaches users how to navigate key features of the operating system (OS).

The firm has released a test version of this feature through its Windows Insider Preview, publicly accessible by anyone who’s interested should they want to test out a less-than-stable version of the OS. Specifically, this feature can be found in the Fast Ring of Windows Insider Preview Build 17128.

This feature update follows one released just earlier this week that adds profiles to the Cortana digital assistant, allowing it to provide insights and reminders before you even ask.

Windows 10 rookies no longer

The idea behind Cortana Show Me, which is available through the Microsoft Store within this preview build specifically, is to make newly-minted Windows 10 users feel acclimated more quickly and easily. To that end, the app currently provides detailed guides on several key OS functions and tasks, while voice activation will be added ‘soon’, a blog post announcing the feature reads.

So far, here’s what Cortana can help new users with through Cortana Show Me:

Update WindowsCheck if an app is installedUninstall an appChange your desktop backgroundUse Airplane ModeChange your display brightnessAdd nearby printers or scannersChange your default programsChange your screen resolutionTurn off Windows Defender Security CenterRun a security scanChange Wi-Fi settings

These changes are particularly interesting as it appears Microsoft is hell-bent on seeing Cortana win the war of digital assistants between itself, Amazon, Apple and Google – particularly with Amazon’s Alexa soon to make it onto Windows 10 PCs this year.

Widely assumed to be known as the Spring Creators Update when it finally launches, we expect to see this major revision to Windows 10 available to all (in the most stable version of Windows 10) sometime in April.

Here’s what we hope to see in Apple’s macOS 10.14

MyQ Garage review – CNET

The $100 Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener lets you open and close your garage door from anywhere with an internet connection. It also grants you the ability to set custom alerts and monitor whether your garage door is open or closed.

The $100 Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener lets you open and close your garage door from anywhere with an internet connection. It also grants you the ability to set custom alerts and monitor whether your garage door is open or closed. Google Assistant, HomeKit and IFTTT support are all options with the MyQ, none of which are free. Understandably, subscriptions for these services rub a lot of consumers the wrong way. If you don’t mind paying the premium, the MyQ system offers the broadest smart garage compatibility available.

There’s plenty to like about the MyQ. Installation is simple. Broad compatibility means the MyQ should work on your current garage hardware. Chamberlain’s inclusive attitude also means you can coordinate the MyQ to interact with a growing number of connected home platforms.

You’ll find that interoperability to be crucial to the MyQ achieving its full potential. The basics of the MyQ all work as expected, but soon after you install it you start wondering what else it can do. What if it could learn when you’re coming and going and respond automatically? Wouldn’t a camera in the garage also make sense?

Between its comparatively low cost and its ease of use, the MyQ is recommendable in that it that delivers on its core promises with little fuss. Just be prepared to feel the itch to add more smart products once you start using it.

Installs in a flash

The world of connected garage door openers is surprisingly broad. In addition to Chamberlain’s own fixed units with built-in connectivity, it shares the same MyQ technology with sister brand Liftmaster. Sears’ Craftsman also has it own line of connected openers using a tech it calls AssureLink. You’ll also find at least half-a-dozen options on the retrofit market.

Those retrofit devices include GogoGate2, Garageio and others, with prices ranging from $89 for the MyQ to $180 or so. Although it’s one of the least expensive devices in its class, the MyQ is also one of the easier units to install, requiring no wired connection to your existing opener.

The entire MyQ kit itself is made up of of two main hardware components; a base station that attaches to the ceiling of your garage near your current opener, and a sensor unit that adheres to the garage door.

Installation should take about 15 minutes. Start by screwing a small bracket to your garage ceiling near a power outlet (wood screws as well as drywall screws and anchors are included). Slide the base station onto the bracket, plug in the power cable, then link your phone, your wireless network, and the garage opener to the base station, via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Go through the typical iOS or Android Bluetooth pairing process to link the devices and share your home Wi-Fi settings between your phone and the MyQ base station. That step puts the hub on the internet, granting you access to your garage door opener from anywhere you can get online with your phone. Via the MyQ app, you then make an account and add the device via the serial number from the base unit.

Select the make and model for your opener within the app, and then follow the prompt to hit your opener’s program button. Chamberlain says the MyQ is compatible with any photoelectric sensor-equipped opener made after 1993. The opener will then broadcast the open/close code for the hub to memorize. Lastly, attach the door sensor to your garage door via the included adhesive strips and hit the test button to pair the sensor to the MyQ hub.

None of these steps are terribly onerous. Yes, you’ll need to get up on a ladder and drill into the ceiling of your garage (unless you mount the hub some other way). There’s no need to mess with breaker switches or hard wiring the hub to anything, making it an exception in its category. It matched the photoelectric signal to my Overhead Doors Overdrive opener on the first try.

Chamberlain also deserves credit for making the Wi-Fi receiver in the hub rather strong. My iPhone registers only one bar of Wi-Fi signal strength coming from my house to my detached garage, and sometimes it doesn’t find the signal at all, but I’ve always been able to find the MyQ remotely and send signals to it in the two weeks or so that I’ve had it installed.

Smart, but it could be smarter

As easy as I found the MyQ installation, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s far easier to simply reach up and hit the old-school opener clipped to the windshield visor in my car. Replacing that routine with an app isn’t really the point of the MyQ, though.

Instead, the idea is that it will let you check the status of your door remotely, and then do something about it if you don’t like what you see. The kids left the garage door open? Your neighbor wants to borrow or return a tool when you’re not around? MyQ lets you intervene from your bedroom, the beach, or pretty much anywhere with Wi-Fi or a cellular data signal.

One usability quirk with the MyQ comes when you have multiple residents in a home. Via a custom rule I made in the app software, my MyQ unit will tell me when the door has been open for 45 minutes. My wife works at home though, so when I get an alert telling me the door is open on a workday, I’m never exactly sure where she is or what she might be doing around the house.

I’m not worried about accidentally crushing her with the door. When you tell the app to close, the MyQ base unit beeps and flashes a light for about 15 seconds before it actually starts closing. That and the standard motion sensor already installed across the threshold of my garage ensure that no one will be hurt or surprised by the MyQ.

But if my wife is for some reason counting on the garage door staying in a certain state — maybe she’s taking in groceries, or playing in the driveway with our kids — there’s no way for me to see what’s going on remotely via the MyQ app.

VIA Named Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System in Texas

TTA recognized VIA for its work in 2017 to transform the region’s public transportation system by designing and implementing programs and services that demonstrate innovation, show effective problem solving, and integrate technology.

TTA recognized VIA for its work in 2017 to transform the region’s public transportation system by designing and implementing programs and services that demonstrate innovation, show effective problem solving, and integrate technology. VIA received TTA’s Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System Award in 2016, and VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt was named its Outstanding Public Transportation General Manager in 2017.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Texas Transit Association for our work in transit innovation and, most importantly, for the work we do each day to connect our region, expand access to opportunity, and move the people of our community,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “As we celebrate 40 years of service in 2018, it’s especially meaningful and motivating to receive this affirmation.”

Key achievements in 2017 that helped secure this award include:

VIA began a total fleet conversion to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. When completed, this conversion will reduce NOx emissions by 97 percent. VIA launched a redesigned website and online trip planner to include intuitive features focused on the customer experience and responsive to multiple devices and platforms. The agency completed 1,000 bus stop improvements with new shelters installed throughout the VIA service area and now provides sheltered locations for 95 percent of boardings in the region. The VIA goMobile app debuted and offers convenient planning and ticketing tools. The free app is part of VIA’s ongoing smart transit initiatives that expands access to public transit and streamline the boarding process. VIA’s “Ride & Read” program gives customers instant access to the Bexar County BiblioTech e-library, using VIA’s free systemwide WiFi. BiblioTech is the nation’s first all-digital library, offering over 40,000 titles, research materials, and digital resources. VIA established an annual coding competition for digital transit solutions through Go Code SA, a partnership with tech industry leaders, organizations, and entrepreneurs. The 2017 Codeathon produced an Amazon Alexa skill that provides voice-activated trip planning.

The mission of the Texas Transit Association is to support the needs of Texas public transportation systems through statewide advocacy and education. TTA actively supports public transportation in the State of Texas and works with members of the state legislature in the pursuit of additional resources. The TTA’s membership is composed of Texas metropolitan, small urban and rural transit agencies, as well as private and public entities from across the United States.

About VIA Metropolitan Transit
VIA provides regional multimodal transportation options that connect our community to opportunity, support economic vitality, and enhance quality of life throughout our region. VIA, recognized by the Texas Transit Association in 2016 as the outstanding Metro Transit Authority of the year, serves 14 member cities and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County, operating seven days a week on 92 routes. Last year, VIA provided nearly 40 million rides across the region. VIA’s AAA bond rating reflects the organization’s sound management and financial practices. Visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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New Hampshire Business Review Readers Name Comcast #1 Telecommunications Provider In The Granite State

The annual “Best of Business” awards administered by New Hampshire Business Review identify, recognize and honor the top companies in the state, using anonymous surveys to assess customer satisfaction. The awards were announced at a ceremony held on Thursday, March 22 in downtown Concord.

The annual “Best of Business” awards administered by New Hampshire Business Review identify, recognize and honor the top companies in the state, using anonymous surveys to assess customer satisfaction. The awards were announced at a ceremony held on Thursday, March 22 in downtown Concord.

“Once again, we are honored that the readers of New Hampshire Business Review selected Comcast Business as the #1 Telecommunications Provider,” said Steve Walsh, vice president of Comcast Business for Comcast’s Greater Boston region, which includes New Hampshire. “We appreciate that our customers took the time to express their opinions and vote for Comcast as their telecommunications provider of choice for the seventh year in a row.”

Added Walsh, “We have a proven track record in New Hampshire fueled by the nearly 2,000 employees working in the Granite State. Plus, many business customer calls from across the Northeast are handled by New Hampshire-based employees and help ensure a positive customer experience. Every one of our employees works hard daily to be your preferred telecommunications provider and we value your confidence in us.”

Comcast Business provides customers with dedicated 24×7 support and individual attention plus the convenience of one bill. Its services are robust, reliable and scalable to meet the needs of growing organizations.

New Hampshire Business Review is the state’s only business newspaper, reaching over 50,000 subscribers every other week. It is part of McLean Communications of Manchester, a publishing company that also includes New Hampshire Magazine, ParentingNH, New Hampshire Home Magazine, and The Cabinet Press.

About Comcast Business
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, WiFi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at

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Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

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Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer review – CNET

Assuming you have an in-ground sprinkler system at your house, you have lots of options if you want to smarten up your watering schedule. If you don’t have an existing system and you rely on a basic faucet and garden hose to do your watering, your options are much more limited.

Assuming you have an in-ground sprinkler system at your house, you have lots of options if you want to smarten up your watering schedule. If you don’t have an existing system and you rely on a basic faucet and garden hose to do your watering, your options are much more limited. Enter the Orbit B-Hyve Faucet Timer.

Like other smart sprinklers, the Faucet Timer can connect to your Wi-Fi network and monitor the local weather. You can control it with an app or with Amazon’s assistant Alexa. You can set up schedules remotely, or let the Timer do the scheduling work for you based on the weather and the conditions of your yard. Unlike most other smart sprinklers, the Faucet Timer doesn’t replace the controller for your in-ground sprinkler system. Instead, you screw it onto an outdoor faucet, attach a garden hose to the other end, and add smarts to any ordinary oscillator you’ve set in the middle of your lawn.

Orbit’s Faucet Timer has its share of flaws. The app lacks customization options and smart assistance for watering vegetables. It also doesn’t let you add smarts to your own schedule — you either let it fully customize the schedule itself or you control the schedule manually. Nevertheless, it’s competent, easy-to-use, and reasonably priced at $40 for the basic Bluetooth model and $70 for the sprinkler plus a hub to connect it to Wi-Fi. It’s worth a purchase if you want to add smarts to a simple sprinkler.

¡Regresa el Hatch! El completamente nuevo Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 cautiva en el Salón Internacional del Automóvil de Nueva York 2018

No se deje engañar por sus diminutas dimensiones – el hatchback, tanto en la categoría SE como en la XSE, está destinado a causar una gigantesca impresión. Con su larga lista de características estándar que incluyen Entune 3.0 con conectividad para Apple CarPlay y Amazon Alexa; una suspensión modificada con afinación deportiva y la nueva plataforma Nueva Arquitectura Global de Toyota (Toyota New Global Architecture, TNGA); y la primera aplicación en América del Norte de Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, el Corolla Hatchback encuentra un resonante eco con los conductores que valoran autenticidad, utilidad, practicidad y estilo.

No se deje engañar por sus diminutas dimensiones – el hatchback, tanto en la categoría SE como en la XSE, está destinado a causar una gigantesca impresión. Con su larga lista de características estándar que incluyen Entune 3.0 con conectividad para Apple CarPlay y Amazon Alexa; una suspensión modificada con afinación deportiva y la nueva plataforma Nueva Arquitectura Global de Toyota (Toyota New Global Architecture, TNGA); y la primera aplicación en América del Norte de Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, el Corolla Hatchback encuentra un resonante eco con los conductores que valoran autenticidad, utilidad, practicidad y estilo.

¿Pequeño? En todo caso, un pequeño gigante.

Estilo indomable

El Corolla Hatchback tiene un atractivo extraordinario. El tema del vehículo es Robusto Shooting, y de conjunto con el objetivo de diseño Ágil, ha influenciado cada trazo de las plumas de los diseñadores, quienes han creado una forma que es simultáneamente distintiva, dinámica, muscular y sofisticada. Shooting hace referencia a los rasgos de cupé deportivo que se han implementado en todas las facetas del diseño.

Con esos conceptos en mente, el Corolla Hatchback es un cóctel meticulosamente mezclado de líneas, dobladuras y superficies emotivas. Es más bajo (en 1.0 pulg.), más ancho (en 1.2 pulg.) y más largo (en 1.5 pulg.) que su predecesor, el Corolla iM. También tiene vías más anchas de ruedas delantera y trasera, y una mayor distancia entre ejes.

Su capó queda dos pulgadas más bajo que antes, lo cual posibilita excelente visibilidad hacia adelante para los pasajeros. El nuevo estilo frontal con un extremo redondeado y rejilla inferior con forma trapezoidal es un paso adelante en la evolución de las filosofías de diseño Catamarán Prioridad Inferior y Aspecto Potente de Toyota, que en ambos casos enfatizan la mayor anchura del Corolla Hatchback.

Los faros delanteros LED, delgados, con dos haces y en forma de J están profundamente envueltos en los guardabarros delanteros y acentúan la parte frontal, tanto por su elegancia como por su iluminación precisa. La porción saliente delantera se ha recortado en 0.8 pulgadas; en la parte trasera, es 0.8 pulgadas más larga. Las líneas de carácter cinceladas en su perfil vinculan los flancos que sobresalen en ambos extremos otorgando una expresión activa y bien plantada que no es común entre vehículos de su tipo. Los tamaños de rueda oscilan de 16 a 18 pulgadas de diámetro.

Su nuevo estilo trasero articula el énfasis general del Corolla Hatchback en una presencia atlética. La relación entre el diseño frontal y el trasero está estrechamente alineada gracias a la complexión más redondeada de la parte trasera que abarca paisajes tridimensionales sencillos y condensados, pero potentes. Su portón – ahora fabricado de TSOP (super polímero olefina Toyota) y ABS (acrilonitrilo butadieno estireno) – no solo es liviano para contribuir a la eficiencia de combustible, sino que está colocado en un ángulo más pronunciado (se movió 14 grados hacia adelante) para alcanzar esa apariencia deportiva final. Las luces traseras totalmente LED tienen una lente interna difusora diseñada para resaltar la postura robusta del hatchback. Además, el estilo del parachoques trasero se hace eco del diseño Catamarán Prioridad Inferior frontal con su labio inferior delgado y difusor cromado.

La diferenciación entre el SE y el XSE es marcada. Ambas categorías reciben luces delanteras y traseras LED, difusor trasero cromado y ruedas de aleación. El XSE sube la apuesta con ruedas de 18 pulgadas, luces para niebla LED, borde cromado de la rejilla frontal y un innovador sistema de iluminación frontal adaptativa (AFS) disponible. El AFS – solo disponible en el XSE CVT – permite la distribución enfocada de la luz en un área que coincide con la velocidad y el ángulo de giro del vehículo. Las unidades LED con dos haces se mueven vertical y horizontalmente para proporcionar la emisión de luz óptima mediante el análisis del ángulo de giro, la velocidad del vehículo y el ángulo de los ejes longitudinales del vehículo para ajustar los faros.

La gama de colores para el Corolla Hatchback incluye el Azul Rival (nuevo para el 2019) y también Perlado Ventisca, Metálico Plateado, Negro Medianoche, Mica Aqua Galáctica, Escarlata y Bronce Óxido.


Distancia entre ejes

103.9 pulg. (102.4) [+1.5 pulg.]

Longitud total

172.0 pulg. (170.5) [+1.5 pulg.]

Ancho total

70.5 pulg. (69.3) [+1.2 pulg.]

Altura total

56.6 pulg. (57.5) [-1.0 pulg.]

Emotividad interna

Sencilla. Cálida. Acogedora. Sensual. Descriptores como esos inspiraron los esfuerzos de los diseñadores al visualizar la cabina del Corolla Hatchback. Un Minimalismo Sensual adoba todo el amplio espacio. Desde sus acogedores asientos deportivos, los pasajeros delanteros tienen al frente un panel de instrumentos puro que otorga una sensación de amplitud y armonía gracias a una superficie superior 0.9 pulgada más delgada y una consola central 1.7 pulgada más ancha que separa a los pasajeros.

En el centro del panel de instrumentos reside una pantalla táctil multimedia de 8 pulgadas en alta resolución estándar. La pantalla en el conjunto del centro proporciona acceso a los ajustes del vehículo, los controles del audio, la navegación, teléfono inteligente y las aplicaciones de Entune 3.0. Los controles de climatización, ubicados debajo del portal de multimedia, están diseñados en una configuración digitalizada brillante y muy visible.

Además de ser más ancha, la consola central también es más larga para dar cabida a una mayor variedad de preferencias físicas y de confort para los pasajeros. Delante de la palanca de cambios tiene una bandeja central para artículos pequeños como un teléfono inteligente o una billetera, o cuando está equipada, sirve como el área para carga de dispositivos inalámbricos Qi. En la caja de la consola central cabe perfectamente un teléfono inteligente de 5.5 pulgadas.

Se han emparejado materiales muy brillosos con elementos mate – detalles plateados con negro piano y puntadas contrastantes disponibles – para acentuar mejor el aspecto y la sensación premium. La eliminación de letras innecesarias en el conmutador, además de la unificación de la forma, el color, el grano y el brillo de todos los materiales y elementos, maximizan la continuidad y la pureza estética. También se ha prestado suma consideración a la cualidad táctil. Aquellos con ojos agudos apreciarán la minimización de los espacios entre botones e interruptores; una vez más, realzando el carácter sofisticado del Corolla Hatchback.

Los puntos de la cadera para los pasajeros delanteros están más bajos (hasta 10.82 pulgadas) y se ha modificado el acolchonamiento, para proporcionar una postura y una posición más natural del cuerpo que permitan acceso ideal al volante con multifunciones, a los pedales y a la palanca de cambios. Unos asientos optimizados de esta forma permiten a los pasajeros disfrutar a plenitud de la emocionante dinámica del Corolla Hatchback. Las soluciones para almacenamiento en la puerta delantera incluyen portavasos capaces de acomodar botellas de 24 onzas y documentos con tamaño A4. Para no quedarse atrás, los asientos traseros hacen uso de un mejor acolchonamiento para aumentar la comodidad y minimizar la fatiga. Para incluso mayor conveniencia, en las puertas traseras hay portavasos que permiten colocar botellas de 16 onzas.

La lista de comodidades estándar es tan impresionante como la estética de la cabina. La categoría SE está equipada con control climático automático de zona única, botón de cambio de cuero y cambios de botones ubicados detrás del volante. También cuenta como características estándar con freno de estacionamiento electrónico, sistema SmartKey de tres puertas, ventanillas que suben y bajan automáticamente y dos tomas USB frontales.

La categoría XSE se basa en la paleta de comodidades del SE para incluir control climático de dos zonas, asientos con cuero combinado (cuero con tejido similar a mélange), asientos delanteros con calefacción y asiento motorizado del conductor con ocho posiciones. El panel de instrumentos y las puertas del XSE reciben puntadas únicas, y detrás del volante con multifunciones se encuentra una pantalla de información múltiple (MID) TFT de 7 pulgadas que muestra información sobre el vehículo, navegación paso a paso y diversos ajustes del vehículo (incluso aquellos relacionados con alerta de salida del carril, asistencia para seguimiento del carril, sistema de precolisión con detección de peatón y monitor de punto ciego).

Aunque su funcionalidad y personalidad son electrificantes, el Corolla Hatchback proporciona un viaje tranquilo y civilizado. El zumbido del grupo propulsor y el ruido de la carretera han sido eliminados gracias a la mejora de las eficiencias del grupo propulsor, además del uso generalizado de materiales que absorben el sonido, sellantes, espumas, nervaduras resonadoras y silenciadores. Su estructura TNGA hace uso de sellos adicionales en los espacios en el panel de la carrocería para aislar la penetración del ruido y mejorar el desempeño del selle contra el aire. Las aletas estabilizadoras aerodinámicas del Corolla Hatchback que se encuentran en sus luces traseras también ayudan a combatir el zumbido del viento.

Multimedia multifacética

Dentro del Corolla Hatchback tampoco faltan capacidades de entretenimiento y conectividad. Para el SE, Entune 3.0 Audio estándar incluye pantalla táctil de 8 pulgadas; seis altavoces; compatibilidad con Apple CarPlay; Amazon Alexa; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; conexión de seguridad; Wi-Fi Connect; compatibilidad con Scout GPS Link; Siri Eyes Free; conector auxiliar para audio y puerto USB 2.0 con conectividad y control para iPod; AM/FM; capacidad de reproducción de MP3/WMA; entrenamiento y tutoriales para reconocimiento de voz; capacidad telefónica con las manos libres; reconocimiento de voz y streaming de música mediante Bluetooth; pantalla de inicio personalizada; e información sobre el clima/tráfico mediante la Entune 3.0 App Suite.

Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, que es estándar en el XSE y opcional en el SE CVT, añade radio HD e información sobre el clima/tráfico; SiriusXM con Cache Radio; servicios conectados de Entune 3.0; conexión de servicio; conexión remota. En lo alto de la gama está Entune 3.0 Audio Premium que es opcional en el XSE CVT. El sistema incluye 8 altavoces de 800 watts de JBL con Clari-Fi; reconocimiento de voz dinámico; navegación dinámica; búsqueda dinámica de puntos de interés; y conexión para asistencia con el destino.

La experiencia de audio JBL con Clari-Fi – con una orquestación tan completa y avanzada de salida de potencia, hardware, estructura y software – ha sido concebida para impresionar incluso al audiófilo más perceptivo.

Entre otros aspectos destacados del sistema de audio JBL están:

Tweeters de bocina autónomos Ubicados en el pilar A al nivel del oído para brindar óptimo rendimiento para altas frecuenciasAmplificador HID8 de próxima generación Con potencia total de 800 watts y con mejor rendimiento y eficienciaSubwoofers de 6.7 pulgadas en las puertas Respuesta de graves más potente y profundaMarca JBL premium Ubicada en el pilar A-pillar, en la moldura de la puerta, y en la unidad de la cabezaPaneles interiores sellados en las puertas Favorecen graves más nítidos y potentesAltavoces de frecuencias medias de dispersión amplia Proporcionan toda la gama de sonidos para los pasajeros traserosTecnología Clari-Fi Analiza, reconstruye y restaura las señales de audio que se perdieron en el proceso de compresión digital

Completando la conectividad del Corolla Hatchback están dos terminales USB (ubicados dentro de la consola central y del panel de instrumentos) y un puerto AUX (ubicado en el panel de instrumentos).

El Hatchback de un conductor

La unificación fluida de comodidad y controlabilidad deportiva del Corolla Hatchback comienza en su plataforma TNGA C. La estructura compacta emplea una mezcla de adhesivos, soldadura por puntos y refuerzo adicional – de arriba abajo y de lado a lado – lo cual beneficia la controlabilidad del conductor y un bajo consumo de combustible. La sensación en la carretera y la eficiencia de combustible se han refinado aún más mediante el uso extensivo de aluminio y acero de alta y ultra alta resistencia a la tensión en un chasis y una carrocería que son más livianos. De hecho, en comparación con su predecesor, la rigidez torsional se ha mejorado en un gigantesco 60 por ciento.

Sujetas a su musculatura están suspensiones delantera y trasera revisadas. La geometría de la configuración de su travesaño MacPherson frontal ha cambiado (esto es, holgura mejorada del tope de rebote; ubicación del estabilizador) e incorpora otras mejoras importantes como relación de resorte espiral y fuerza de amortiguación revisadas, y fricción reducida en las partes deslizantes. Todo esto se combina para proporcionar una sensación de dirección de alta calidad, confort del viaje y estabilidad del manejo.

En la suspensión trasera con múltiples vínculos y barra estabilizadora del Corolla Hatchback, se ha mejorado la capacidad de respuesta mediante resortes y absorbedores de impacto mejorados, y al igual que en la parte delantera, la geometría ha sido ligeramente modificada. Se han movido las ubicaciones del brazo inferior (para obtener un mejor ángulo de convergencia durante maniobras a alta velocidad) y también la colocación del absorbedor de impacto (se ha movido hacia delante para obtener mayor capacidad de carga y menor ingreso de baja frecuencia longitudinal). En general, la fricción de la suspensión delantera y trasera ha sido reducida en 40 por ciento, y su centro de gravedad se ha recortado considerablemente en 0.8 pulgadas.

El resultado final: Un Corolla Hatchback que posee una sorprendente mezcla de equilibrio, compostura y sensación que hará que su conductor anhele lanzarse por caminos sinuosos, una y otra vez.

El corazón de la identidad Divertido de conducir

La TNGA no es solo la génesis del astuto juego de piernas y equilibrio del Corolla Hatchback: un grupo propulsor completamente nuevo basado en TNGA es el corazón de la identidad Divertido de conducir del Corolla Hatchback. Su motor de cuatro cilindros en línea con inyección directa Dynamic-Force de 2.0 litros (M20A-FKS) adopta lo más reciente en eficacias tecnológicas y estructurales de Toyota para posibilitar ganancias en potencia, energía de combustible y emisiones más limpias.

Físicamente, el motor es más pequeño y liviano que su predecesor de cuatro cilindros y 1.8 litros, lo cual contribuye a bajar el centro de gravedad del Corolla Hatchback y beneficia su equilibrio general. El motor de 2.0 litros es también más silencioso, lo cual mejora las características de ruido, vibración y dureza (NVH), con adiciones como un cárter más rígido con rigidizador integrado; una culata de cilindro con resina más ligera; y una bandeja de aceite nervada.

El M20A-FKS está equipado con D-4S, la inyección de combustible más moderna de Toyota, que usa inyección directa de alta presión y PFI (inyección de combustible en puerto) de baja presión. La configuración adapta su método de inyección según las condiciones de la conducción de forma que se alcance la combustión ideal. El motor también cuenta con VVT-i (control variable de válvulas-inteligente) dual, con VVT-iE (control variable de válvulas-inteligente mediante motor eléctrico) en el lado de la admisión y con VVT-i en el escape. VVT-iE usa un motor eléctrico en vez de presión de aceite para el control variable de válvulas. Juntos, los sistemas de control variable de válvulas mejoran la generación de potencia y el millaje de combustible, al tiempo que reducen las emisiones nocivas.

Otras mejoras dignas de destacar en el motor Dynamic-Force son:

Carrera más larga Compresión de hasta 13:1 Mayor ángulo de mordida de la válvula Eficiencia mejorada del puerto de admisión con asiento de la válvula con recubrimiento proyectado por láser Principales ventajas: Relación de combustión más elevada, alto flujo de torbellino de evolución radial (tumble) y mayor volumen de flujo de aire en la admisiónPistones con superficie superior redondeada y paredes laterales inclinadas Principales ventajas: Flujo de torbellino de evolución radial consistente y combustión rápida sostenida Menos detonación y relación de compresión más elevada Reducción de la fricción entre la falda del pistón y el cilindroLubricación mejorada con tres chorros de aceite dedicados a cada cilindro Principales ventajas: Mejor MPG, rendimiento dinámico, menos detonación y menos consumo de aceiteCadena de tiempo más liviana Principales ventajas: Poco ruido en la cabina y fricción reducidaRuta de drenaje dentro del cárter para el aceite de retorno de la culata del cilindro a la bandeja de aceite Principales ventajas: Menos agitación de aceite causada por el cigüeñal, lo cual significa menos resistencia a la rotaciónVarilla de conexión fabricada con acero de alta resistencia con forma optimizada Principales ventajas: Reducción en pesoÁrbol de levas con perfil cóncavo Principales ventajas: Mayor elevación de la válvulaCamisa de agua optimizada en la culata y el bloque Principales ventajas: Mejor enfriamiento y fiabilidad


Modelo del motor


Número y disposición de los cilindros

4 cilindros en línea

Mecanismo de la válvula

DOHC con 16 válvulas, accionamiento por cadena con VVT-i dual (admisión: VVT-iE, escape: VVT-i)

Diámetro interior x carrera (mm)

80.5 x 97.6

Desplazamiento (cc)


Relación de compresión


Sistema de combustible

Inyección directa, inyección en puerto

Potencia / torque

Por definir / Por definir

Los conductores, lo mismo si solo viajan la casa al trabajo que si emprenden una audaz aventura, apreciarán las transmisiones disponibles en el Corolla Hatchback: la completamente nueva transmisión continuamente variable (CVT) con cambios dinámicos (K120), o una caja de engranajes (EG60) de seis velocidades iMT (transmisión manual inteligente). La transmisión continuamente variable (CVT) con cambios dinámicos tiene cambios Shiftmatic secuenciales simulados de 10 velocidades, un modo deportivo y cambios de botones. Cuenta con diversos elementos innovadores, incluso el primer engranaje de puesta en marcha del mundo en la CVT de un vehículo para pasajeros.

El hecho de tener un engranaje de puesta en marcha facilita una mejor eficiencia de la transmisión en las relaciones de engranaje más bajas donde por lo general la eficiencia de la correa es deficiente. El sistema de transmisión utiliza impulsión por engranaje al arrancar desde una parada completa, lo cual produce una aceleración potente al tiempo que da solución a la momentánea sensación de lentitud que previamente estaba presente durante la operación del acelerador. Con esto se alcanza un desempeño de puesta en marcha fluido y confortable. Cuando se cambia de impulsión por engranaje a impulsión por correa, el sistema de transmisión usa tecnologías de control de cambio de marchas extremadamente sensibles cultivadas a partir de la tecnología de transmisión automática.

Con su engranaje de puesta en marcha colocado, la correa ha sido ajustada para relaciones de transmisión más altas. Esta nueva configuración no solo mejora la eficiencia de la operación de la correa, sino que también permite la adopción de rangos de transmisión más amplios, con lo cual se alcanza un rango de relación de transmisión líder en su clase de 7.5 para la clase de 2.0 litros.

Otra ventaja del engranaje de puesta en marcha es una carga de entrada reducida. Esto permite reducir el tamaño de los componentes de la correa y la polea. Más aún, el ángulo de la correa se ha estrechado y los diámetros de la polea se han reducido, lo cual da como resultado velocidades de cambio que son 20 por ciento más rápidas. Se alcanza una aceleración potente y predecible, como debe ser una experiencia de conducción atrayente.

Pero el conductor más involucrado se sentirá atraído por la completamente nueva iMT de seis velocidades con control de coincidencia de velocidad al reducir marchas. En comparación con la transmisión manual existente, la nueva caja de engranajes es más liviana (15 libras menos para un peso total de 88 libras) y más corta (0.94 pulgada más corta), lo cual la convierte en una de las transmisiones más pequeñas del mundo. Su pequeño tamaño contribuye a la mayor eficiencia de combustible.

La caja de engranajes también ofrece una eficiencia de transmisión que es líder mundial, al tiempo que el uso de los controles iMT, que ajustan automáticamente las revoluciones del motor cuando se cambian velocidades, garantiza un cambio fluido―sin retrocesos desagradables―para el conductor.

Tecnología de seguridad mejorada de Toyota

Toyota continúa a la vanguardia en lo que se refiere a seguridad, y el completamente nuevo Corolla Hatchback proporciona a conductores y pasajeros tecnologías de seguridad estándar que constituyen un paso más cerca de alcanzar el objetivo final de cero muertes causadas por accidentes de tránsito.

El Corolla Hatchback viene estándar con TSS 2.0, la segunda generación de Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). Este paquete mejorado de características de seguridad añade nuevas capacidades y tecnologías de seguridad activa que brindan mayor protección.

A continuación, se ofrece un desglose de cada tecnología:

Sistema de precolisión con detección de peatón (PCS c/PD): Capacidad para detectar a un peatón o un vehículo precedente de día o de noche (la capacidad de detección nocturna es nueva), o un ciclista durante el día (nueva), y de alertar al conductor (advertencias audibles y visuales) y/o aplicar los frenos para ayudar a mitigar o evitar la colisión en ciertos casos (mediante el uso de advertencia de colisión adelante (FCW), frenos asistidos (BA) y frenado de emergencia automático (AEB)).Control de crucero con radar dinámico para toda velocidad (DRCC para toda velocidad): Solo para carreteras y autopistas. El DRCC para toda velocidad es estándar en todos los modelos de Corolla Hatchback, excepto en aquellos equipados con una transmisión manual. Los que tienen una transmisión manual están equipados con DRCC. El DRCC para toda velocidad es un control de crucero adaptativo que está diseñado para funcionar a velocidades entre 0 y 110 mph y que permite igualación de velocidad a baja velocidad, detención y aceleración/desaceleración en relación con un vehículo precedente que viaja a una menor velocidad. Para permitir una respuesta más natural se ha mejorado el control de velocidad, corte y distancia, y se ha añadido un control vinculado con el indicador de giro. Alerta de salida del carril con asistencia en la dirección (LDA c/SA): La LDA c/SA es una adición reciente y es la capacidad, bajo ciertas circunstancias, de detectar el borde de la vía, lo cual se agrega a la capacidad preexistente de detección de marcadores visibles de carril y de la posición del vehículo en el carril. Si se detecta una desviación no intencional del carril, el sistema alerta al conductor con advertencias audibles y visuales. La asistencia en la dirección proporciona ligeras correcciones momentáneas de la conducción para ayudar al conductor a prevenir que el vehículo salga inintencionadamente de su carril.Haces altos automáticos (AHB): Capacidad para activar y desactivar automáticamente los haces altos según las condiciones de la conducción y las luces del vehículo precedente.(NUEVA) Asistencia para seguimiento del carril (LTA): Solo para carreteras y autopistas y puede activarse cuando se usa DRCC – Capacidad para reconocer marcas de carril blancas o amarillas o la ruta de un vehículo precedente si las marcas de carril no están disponibles temporalmente; para identificar y rastrear activamente el centro del carril proporcionando asistencia en la dirección al conductor (sistema de asistencia activa al conductor). Alivia la presión sobre el conductor y ayuda a una conducción segura, especialmente en condiciones de congestión vehicular o viajes largos por carretera. El sistema LTA también puede activarse o desactivarse.

El Corolla Hatchback 2019 cuenta de forma estándar con siete bolsas de aire y con el sistema de seguridad Star de Toyota, que incluye control mejorado de la estabilidad del vehículo, control de la tracción, distribución electrónica de la fuerza del freno, asistencia con el frenado, sistema de frenado con antibloqueo y tecnología de parada inteligente. El monitor de punto ciego (BSM) es estándar en el XSE y está disponible en el SE. (Por favor tenga en cuenta: el BSM no incluye alerta de tráfico cruzando por detrás). El Corolla Hatchback también viene equipado de forma estándar con una cámara de reversa.

Acerca de Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) ha sido parte del tejido cultural en Estados Unidos y América del Norte desde hace 60 años, y está comprometida a adelantar una movilidad sostenible de la próxima generación a través de nuestras marcas Toyota y Lexus. Durante ese tiempo, Toyota ha creado una enorme cadena de valor mientras nuestros equipos han contribuido a un diseño, una ingeniería y un ensamblaje de categoría mundial de más de 36 millones de automóviles y camionetas en América del Norte, donde operamos 14 fábricas (10 en Estados Unidos) y empleamos directamente a más de 47,000 personas (más de 37,000 en Estados Unidos). Nuestros 1,800 concesionarios en América del Norte (casi 1,500 en Estados Unidos) vendieron más de 2.7 millones de autos y camionetas (2.4 millones en Estados Unidos) en 2017, y alrededor del 87 por ciento de todos los vehículos Toyota vendidos en los últimos 15 años siguen hoy en circulación.

Toyota se asocia con organizaciones comunitarias, cívicas, académicas y gubernamentales para resolver los retos de movilidad más apremiantes de nuestra sociedad. Compartimos recursos de la compañía y nuestros extensos conocimientos para apoyar a organizaciones sin fines de lucro, con el fin de ampliar su capacidad de ayudar a más personas a trasladarse a más lugares. Para más información sobre Toyota, visite

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Vivo is back trying to imitate Apple with the Vivo V9

The Vivo V9 has hit the Indian markets after being launched in Thailand and the Philippines just yesterday. It’s the budget version of the iPhone X with the defining notch to accommodate various sensors and its 24MP front camera.

The Vivo V9 has hit the Indian markets after being launched in Thailand and the Philippines just yesterday. It’s the budget version of the iPhone X with the defining notch to accommodate various sensors and its 24MP front camera.

Another camera that boasts of being tailored to take selfies is the Oppo F7, which is in line to be launched on Monday. It’s also similar in to the Vivo V9 in the sense that it also sports an iPhone X-type notch.

Vivo V9 price

Pre-orders for the Vivo V9 started at 3pm on Flipkart as well as Amazon and the they will officially go on sale from April 2, both online and offline.

Vivo’s new flagship device has been launched in India at the price point of Rs 22,990 and there’s only one variant in the market, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The smartphone is available in three different colors, namely, Champagne Gold, Pearl Black and Sapphire Blue.

Vivo V9 specs and features

The Vivo V9 is a dual-sim device that runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 layered on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Since the phone isn’t Stock Android, it will be pretty slow to get security and UI updates, which is unfortunate.

Its equipped with a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen with the aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio with 1.85mm bezels on top, 1.75mm on the side and 5.99mm along the bottom. That means the screen is a full 76 percent taller on top as compared to the previous generation’s FullView display.

There are already rumours of Apple coming out with the iPhone XI with a 6.5-inch screen later later this year.

Vivo V9 scre

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 chipset paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, at Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,999 for its 4GB and 6GB RAM variants respectively, offers the superior Snapdragon 636 chipset. The former runs on 8 ARM Cortex cores, whereas the latter runs on 8 of the more advanced Kryo cores that give much better performance.

Though its inbuilt storage should be plenty at 64GB, users will still have the option of expanding it upto 256GB using a microSD card in line with the phone’s hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

Vivo V9

It doesn’t lag in the optics department either with a rear dual camera setup that has a primary 16MP sensor and secondly 5MP sensor, of f/2.0 and f/2.4 apertures, respectively. It looks, more or less, like the Vivo V7 Plus in terms of its back panel with a centered fingerprint sensor and the corner camera placement.

Depending on the size size of its sensors, a 16MP primary camera may or may not perform well. Ideally, a 12MP camera strikes the balance between high resolution and sensor size, which is why most phones stick to those specs.

And, as usual, Vivo keeps its selfie game tight with a 24MP front camera coupled with f/2.0 aperture. Credit where credit is due.

To maximize usability, the camera app comes integrated with an ‘Ultra HD’ mode as well as a ‘Portrait’ lighting effect and the Bokeh effect. For selfies exclusively, Vivo has an AI-based Face Beautify app that works for images as well as video calling.

Vivo V9 camera

In terms of security, Vivo V9 features Face Access 2.0 that uses face recognition to unlock the phone and has a fingerprint sensor at the back.

The smartphone comes equipped with the usual connectivity options of 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth v4.2. Thankfully, the Vivo V9 retains the 3.5mm headphone jack so using your favorite pair of cans shouldn’t be an issue.

If there’s anything to complain about, then it’s the fact that the phone doesn’t support fast charging considering that it’s powered by a 3260mAh battery and has MicroUSB charging port. Also, the plastic body of the phone is a little underwhelming. Albeit, since the phone only weighs 150g, it’s pretty light.

Vivo V9 back panel

Wrap up

For a phone that looks an awful lot like the iPhone X but comes at a budget price point, it may not be a bad option for some. Aside from the notch, Vivo’s own FunTouch OS has many similarities to iOS and even the camera is vertically stocked.

Despite Vivo’s efforts to make the Vivo V9 look cool by partnering with Aamir Khan, the V9 is only like the iPhone X in terms of its ‘look’ but has a long way to go in terms of performance.

The coming days will tell whether or not people will notice that there are better options in the 20,000 price range that offer better specs than the Vivo V9 in every respect except for the selfie camera.

Vivo usually has lower specs at a higher price due to its offline retail structure, where the middle man will take a cut.

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Hatch is Back! All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Wows at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you – the hatchback, in either SE or XSE grades, is all about making a huge impression. With its lengthy list of standard features that includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity; a revised sport-tuned suspension and new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform; and the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Corolla Hatchback strikes a resounding chord with drivers who value authenticity, utility, practicality, and style.

Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you – the hatchback, in either SE or XSE grades, is all about making a huge impression. With its lengthy list of standard features that includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity; a revised sport-tuned suspension and new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform; and the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Corolla Hatchback strikes a resounding chord with drivers who value authenticity, utility, practicality, and style.

Hot hatch? More like Haute Hatch.

Indomitable Style

Corolla Hatchback has flair extraordinaire. With a theme of Shooting Robust, along with a design goal of Agile, influencing their every pen stroke, designers created a form that is simultaneously distinct, dynamic, muscular, and sophisticated. Shooting references the design’s sport coupe traits implemented in all facets.

With those concepts in mind, Corolla Hatchback is a meticulously mixed cocktail of emotive lines, creases, and surfaces. It’s lower (by 1.0 in.), wider (by 1.2 in.), and longer (by 1.5 in.) than its predecessor, Corolla iM. It also has wider front and rear tracks, and a longer wheelbase.

Its hood sits two inches lower than before, affording passengers excellent forward visibility. The new frontal styling with a rounded nose and trapezoidal-shaped under grille is a further evolution of Toyota’s Under PriorityCatamaran and Keen Look design philosophies, both of which emphasize Corolla Hatchback’s increased width.

Slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deep into the front fenders and accent the front in both stylishness and precise illumination. Front overhang has been cut by 0.8 inches; at the rear, it’s 0.8 inches longer. Chiseled character lines at its profile link both ends’ protruding flanks making for an active, well-planted expression that is uncommon amongst its peers. Wheel sizes range from 16-inches to 18-inches in diameter.

Its new rear style articulates Corolla Hatchback’s overarching emphasis on athletic presence. The relationship between front and rear design is closely aligned given the rear’s more rounded physique that encompasses simple, condensed, yet powerful, three-dimensional landscapes. Its hatch – now made from TSOP (Toyota Super Olefin Polymer) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) – is not only lightweight to aid fuel efficiency, it is set at a steeper angle (moved 14 degrees forward) for that ultimate sporty look. The rear all-LED taillamps feature a diffusing inner lens designed to highlight the hatchback’s stout stance. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design with its thin lower lip and chrome diffuser.

Differentiation between SE and XSE is distinct. Both grades receive LED headlamps and taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels. XSE ups the ante with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, chrome front grille surround, and an available innovative Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). AFS – available only on XSE CVT – allows for the focused distribution of light in an area that matches the vehicle’s speed and steering angle. The Bi-Beam LED units move vertically and horizontally to provide optimal light output by analyzing steering angle, vehicle speed, and the vehicle’s longitudinal axes angle to adjust lamps.

Corolla Hatchback’s color range includes the new-for-2019 color Rival Blue, as well as Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet, and Oxide Bronze.



103.9 in. (102.4) [+1.5 in.]

Overall Length

172.0 in. (170.5) [+1.5 in.]

Overall Width

70.5 in. (69.3) [+1.2 in.]

Overall Height

56.6 in. (57.5) [-1.0 in.]

Inner Emotiveness

Simple. Warm. Inviting. Sensuous. Descriptors like these inspired designers’ efforts when visualizing Corolla Hatchback’s cabin. Sensuous Minimalism marinates the entire capacious space. From their supportive sport seats, front passengers are faced with a neat instrument panel that lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its 0.9-inch thinner upper surface and 1.7-inch wider center console dividing passengers.

At the center of the instrument panel resides a standard high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. The center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, smartphone, and Entune 3.0 apps. Climate controls, located below the multimedia portal, are fashioned in a bright, highly visible digitized configuration.

In addition to being wider, the center console is also longer to accommodate a larger variety of passenger physiques and comfort preferences. It incorporates a center tray ahead of the gearshift that can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet, or if outfitted, serves as the Qi wireless device charging area. A 5.5-inch smartphone can easily fit inside the center console box.

High-gloss materials are paired with matte elements – silver accents with Piano Black and available contrasting stitching – to best accentuate a premium look and feel. The elimination of unnecessary lettering on switchgear, plus, the unification of all materials’ and elements’ shape, color, grain, and gloss, maximize continuity and aesthetic cleanliness. Tactility, too, is minded with the utmost consideration. Keen eyes will appreciate the minimized gaps between buttons and switches; again, furthering Corolla Hatchback’s sophisticated character.

Front passengers’ hip points are lower (to 10.82 inches), and cushioning has been revised, which provides a more natural body posture and position for ideal access to the multifunction steering wheel, pedals, and gearshift. Such optimized seating allows passengers to enjoy Corolla Hatchback’s thrilling dynamics all the better. Front door storage solutions include cup holders capable of accommodating 24-ounce bottles and A4-sized documents. Not to be outdone, rear seats utilize updated cushioning to improve comfort and minimize fatigue. Furthering their convenience are upper door cup holders that accommodate 16-ounce bottles.

The standard amenity list is as impressive as the cabin’s aesthetic. SE grade is equipped with single-zone automatic climate control, leather shift knob, and paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel. An electronic parking brake, three-door SmartKey system, automatic up/down windows, and two front USB outlets are standard as well.

XSE grade builds on SE’s amenity palette by including dual-zone climate control, combination leather (leather with mélange-like fabric) seating, heated front seats, and eight-way power driver’s seat. XSE’s instrument panel and doors receive unique stitching, and behind the multifunction steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings (including those pertaining to Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Blind Spot Monitor).

While electrifying in functionality and personality, Corolla Hatchback delivers a civilized, quiet ride. Powertrain drone and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus, the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, sealants, foams, resonator ribs, and silencers. Its TNGA structure utilizes additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air sealing performance. Corolla Hatchback’s Aero Stabilizing Fins located on its taillights also combat wind drone.

Multifaceted Multimedia

There’s no shortage of entertainment and connectivity capability inside Corolla Hatchback either. For SE, standard Entune 3.0 Audio includes 8-in. touchscreen; six speakers; Apple CarPlay compatibility; Amazon Alexa; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Wi-Fi Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; Siri Eyes Free; Auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; Voice Recognition training and tutorials; Hands-free phone capability; voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth; Customizable Home Screen; and Weather/Traffic info via Entune 3.0 App Suite.

Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, which is standard on XSE and optional on SE CVT, adds HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect; Remote Connect. Topping the range is Entune 3.0 Audio Premium that’s optional on XSE CVT. The system includes a JBL 8-speaker 800-watt system with Clari-Fi; Dynamic Voice Recognition; Dynamic Navigation; Dynamic POI Search; and Destination Assist Connect.

The JBL audio experience with Clari-Fi – having such a complete orchestration of advanced power output, hardware, structure, and software – is engineered to impress even the most perceptive audiophile.

Other JBL audio system highlights include:

Free Standing Horn Tweeters Located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performanceNext-Generation HID8 Amplifier 800-watts of total power, with better performance and efficiency6.7-inch Door Subwoofers More powerful deep-bass responsePremium JBL Branding Located on A-pillar, door trim, and head unitSealed Inner Door Panels Promote cleaner, more power bassWide Dispersion Midrange Speakers Provide full range sound for rear passengersClari-Fi Technology Analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost In the digital compression process

Rounding off Corolla Hatchback’s connectivity are two USB terminals (located inside the center console and instrument panel) and one AUX port (located on the instrument panel).

A Driver’s Hatchback

Corolla Hatchback’s seamless unification of comfort and sporty controllability begins at its TNGA C platform. The compact structure employs a mixture of adhesives, spot welding, and additional bracing – top to bottom, side to side – for the benefits of driver controllability and low fuel consumption. On-road feel and fuel efficiency is further refined through the extensive use of aluminum and high- and ultra-high tensile steel in the lighter-weight chassis and body. In fact, torsional rigidity is improved a massive 60 percent compared to its predecessor.

Affixed to this musculature are revised front and rear suspensions. Its front MacPherson strut setup’s geometry is changed (i.e. updated bound stopper clearance; stabilizer location) and incorporates other key augmentations like revised coil spring rate and damping force, and reduced friction in sliding parts. This all makes for a high-quality steering feel, ride comfort, and handling stability.

At the Corolla Hatchback’s rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar, responsiveness is sharpened through updated shock absorbers and springs, and like the front, geometry is slightly modified. Lower arm locations have moved (for improved toe-in angle during higher-speed maneuvering), as has shock absorber placement (moved forward for better cargo capacity and reduced longitudinal low frequency input). Overall, front and rear suspension friction has been reduced by 40 percent, and its center of gravity is cut by a substantial 0.8 inches.

The end result: A Corolla Hatchback that possesses an uncanny blend of balance, composure, and feel that’ll have its driver pining for windy roads – time and time again.

The Heart of Fun-to-Drive

TNGA isn’t just the genesis of Corolla Hatchback’s astute footwork and balance: An all-new TNGA-based powertrain is the heart of Corolla Hatchback’s Fun-To-Drive identity. Its 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS) adopts the latest in Toyota technology and structural efficacies for gains in power, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions.

Physically, the engine is smaller and lighter than its 1.8-liter four-cylinder predecessor, which helps to lower Corolla Hatchback’s center of gravity and benefits its overall balance. The 2.0-liter is also quieter for improved Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) with additions like a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener; a lighter resin cylinder head; and a ribbed oil pan.

The M20A-FKS is equipped with Toyota’s latest D-4S fuel-injection that uses high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure PFI (Port Fuel Injection). The setup adapts its injection method based on driving conditions so that ideal combustion is executed. The engine also features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses one electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. Together, the valve timing systems enhance power output and fuel mileage, and cut harmful emissions.

Other notable improvements to the Dynamic-Force engine include:

Longer stroke Compression up to 13:1 Enlarged valve nip angle Enhanced intake port efficiency with laser clad valve seat Key Benefits: Higher rate of combustion, high tumble flow, and high intake air flow volumePistons with round top surface and slanted side wall Key Benefits: Consistent tumble flow and rapid combustion maintained Less knocking and higher compression ratio Friction reduction between piston skirt and cylinderLubrication enhanced with three oil jets dedicated to each cylinder Key Benefits: Better MPG, dynamic performance, less knocking, and less oil consumptionLighter weight timing chain Key Benefits: Low cabin noise and reduced frictionDrain path within crank case to return oil from cylinder head to oil pan Key Benefits: Less oil agitation caused by the crankshaft, which means less rotation resistanceConnecting Rod made of high strength steel with optimized shape Key Benefits: Reduction in weightCamshaft with concave profile Key Benefits: Increased valve lift amountOptimized water jacket in head and block Key Benefits: Enhanced cooling and reliability


Engine Model


No. Cylinders and Arrangement

4-cylinder, inline

Valve Mechanism

16-valve DOHC, chain drive with Dual VVT-i (Intake: VVT-iE, Exhaust: VVT-i)

Bore x Stroke (mm)

80.5 x 97.6

Displacement (cc)


Compression Ratio


Fuel System

Direct Injection, Port Injection

Horsepower / Torque


Be they a commuter or canyon cruiser, drivers will appreciate Corolla Hatchback’s available transmissions: an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT (K120), or a six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox (EG60). The Dynamic-Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. It features a number of innovative elements, including the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT.

Having a launch gear facilitates improved transmission efficiency in lower gear ratios where belt efficiency is typically poor. The transmission system utilizes gear drive when starting from a full stop, resulting in powerful acceleration, while at the same time, resolving the momentary sluggish feeling that was previously present during accelerator operation. Both smooth and comfortable launch performance are realized. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.

With its launch gear in place, the belt has been tuned for higher gear ratios. This new setup not only improves the efficiency of belt operation, but it also enables the adoption of wider gear ranges, thereby realizing a class-leading gear ratio range of 7.5 for the 2.0-liter class.

Another benefit of the launch gear is a reduced input load. This enables the size of both belt and pulley components to be reduced. Furthermore, the belt angle has been narrowed and pulley diameters reduced, resulting in shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster. Powerful and predictable acceleration is realized, as is an endearing driving experience.

But the more involved driver will be engaged by the all-new six-speed iMT with downshift rev-matching control. Compared to the existing manual transmission, the new gearbox is lighter (by 15 pounds; total weight of 88 pounds) and shorter (by 0.94 inches), making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions. Its small size contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

The gearbox also offers world-leading transmission efficiency, while the use of iMT controls, which automatically adjust engine revolutions when changing gears, ensures smooth gear shifting―free of uncomfortable recoils―for the driver.

Enhanced Toyota Safety Tech

Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the all-new Corolla Hatchback provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that take one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

Corolla Hatchback comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection.

Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD): Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or nighttime (nighttime is new), or daytime bicyclist (new), and alert the driver (audible and visual warnings) and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)).Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed DRCC): For highways/freeways only. Full-Speed Range DRCC is standard on all Corolla Hatchback models, except those equipped with a manual transmission. Those having a manual transmission are equipped with DRCC. Full-Speed Range DRCC is an adaptive cruise control that is designed to function at speeds between 0 to 110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA): Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist provides small corrective steering inputs momentarily to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.Automatic High Beam (AHB): Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.(NEW) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA): For highways/freeways only and can be enabled when using DRCC – Capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily not available; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver (hands-on, driver-assist system). Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback has seven standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is standard on XSE and available on SE. (Please note: BSM does not include Rear Cross Traffic Alert.) Corolla Hatchback also comes equipped with a standard backup camera.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit

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“Why not just look outside?” That’s the most common response I hear whenever the topic of smart weather stations comes up. It’s a reasonable question at the convergence of two topics — smart home and weather prediction — with a lot of skeptics.

“Why not just look outside?” That’s the most common response I hear whenever the topic of smart weather stations comes up. It’s a reasonable question at the convergence of two topics — smart home and weather prediction — with a lot of skeptics. The answer is simple: to get the most local weather information possible. These systems keep an eye on climate conditions right where they sit. They’re also bristling with sensors that can track local rainfall, wind, air pressure, even UV levels in real time.

These devices don’t just collect that data for fun. Among other things, they can use it to generate custom forecasts tied to your exact location. Many new weather stations also work in tandem with other connected household products, too, which means you can trigger lights and thermostat settings based on the local conditions. They can command web-connected garden sprinklers and lawn irrigation systems, too. Even if you don’t see a need for hyperlocal weather info for its own sake, you might be able to make good use of it in conjunction with other devices around your home.

More senses for smarter homes

Think of a smart weather station as a set of new senses for your home. A basic system typically measures outdoor temperature, humidity and air pressure. Often it will tell you when it starts to rain, and more advanced systems have the ability to measure rainfall amounts as well.

Premium weather devices can also sample wind conditions, including speed and direction. Likewise, thanks to UV light and solar radiation sensors, some weather stations notice when the sun is shining and how brightly.

A few weather station examples

Here are three notable weather station kits with plenty of features at moderate prices. Together they represent a good range of hardware you’ll likely encounter on the market, although you’ll find plenty of companies hawking similar solutions, with prices ranging from $30 to several thousand.

Netatmo Weather Station

First up is the $149 Netatmo Weather Station. Inside the box are two units: an indoor module and an outdoor module. The indoor device keeps tabs on conditions inside your home. It records ambient temperature, humidity and air pressure as well as CO2 and noise levels.The outdoor unit lives outside and logs temperature plus humidity. The system links to your home network via Wi-Fi as well.

The outdoor module runs off of two AAA batteries which Netatmo says supplies enough power for two years. The indoor module is powered by a standard microUSB wall adapter (AC). To complete the weather station, Netatmo also sells additional modules. These include a $79 rain gauge and a $100 wind gauge.

Ambient Weather WS-1002 WIFI Observer

Another option is the $200 Ambient Weather WS-1002 WIFI Observer. This system has a traditional weather station design. A single unit, all the Observer’s sensors are packed inside an aerodynamic chassis. It logs wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity, rainfall and UV and solar radiation.

The Observer connects to your home Wi-Fi network too, so it operates wirelessly. The product draws power from a solar panel during the day and a trio of disposable AA batteries at night.

Bloomsky Sky2 and Bloomsky Storm

Startup company Bloomsky is a newcomer to the personal weather station space. Its debut system, the Sky, began shipping widely in 2016. It made waves by integrating an HD camera, the first gadget of its kind to do so. Bloomsky followed up soon after with the $300 Sky2 plus a new accessory, the $140 Storm.

The Sky2 is mainly an evolutionary upgrade with an improved setup process aided by Bluetooth. The Storm though brings wind sensors and rain measurement to Bloomsky’s solution. Both units are powered by a combination of solar panels and lithium ion rechargeable batteries. The Sky2 and Storm also communicate to both the internet and the Bloomsky mobile app through home Wi-Fi.

What smart weather can do for you
Hyperlocal forecasts

Weather apps are fine for general info. To see localized weather data and forecasts, only a personal weather station fits the bill. For example, all three of the stations above will link to Weather Underground’s network of personal weather stations. Once you register, the free service provides local forecasts based on data sampled right in your backyard.

Many weather apps pull information from just one location — say, a park near a city center or an airport. If the closest of these sites is scores of miles away, a personal weather station will be more accurate. Weather Underground also claims to pull data from over 250,000 personal weather stations. According to the company, it uses the crowdsourced info to improve the accuracy of all of its forecasts.

Personal alerts

Wild temperature swings could spell trouble for your home. A smart weather station will push alerts via mobile app when it detects extreme heat and cold. Know the minute a cold snap plunges temps below freezing. Sub-zero temperatures put pipes at risk of freezing and possibly bursting. Thus, severe cold alerts signal the right moment to shut off water to outdoor faucets for the winter.

The same applies when outdoor conditions get too hot. That will help you decide when it’s time to shelter pets or sensitive plants inside (potted ones, anyway). Your landscaping can succumb to summer temperatures, too. A properly timed alert could help your plants withstand withering midday heat with a morning spray of leaf-cooling mist.

High winds are also dangerous. Don’t let unfurled picnic-table umbrellas get blown off the backyard deck. Receive alerts for strong wind gusts so you know when to secure outdoor furniture.

Rainfall and water

A capable weather station can help you water your plants and lawn more efficiently. Use daily reports of actual rainfall totals to decide whether you can skip a day of irrigation. A smart weather system will even communicate with connected irrigation systems automatically. For instance, a connected weather station can shut off smart sprinklers like the Rachio when it detects rain.

The Netatmo, Bloomsky, and Ambient Weather stations mentioned before all have this ability. These products enjoy IFTTT (If This Then That) platform support. The integration enables the capability along with other smart home product interactions.

Automate things inside

An intelligent weather station doesn’t just have to control gadgets outside. They can command things inside your home, too. When your station detects rain you can have your lights turn on. Conversely, when the clouds part and the sun begins to shine, your weather station can dim lighting, raise the shades and so on.

The Netatmo Weather Station’s indoor module is particularly useful. Also, thanks to IFTTT, you can have your smart thermostat kick in when inside humidity or temperature triggers it. Essentially it’s a way to extend the reach of your thermostat’s sensors and increase indoor comfort.

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CenturyLink’s Vernon Irvin shares update on small business center hiring

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of our job fair and hiring efforts thus far for the small business sales center,” said Vernon Irvin, president of CenturyLink’s government, education, medium- and small-business group.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of our job fair and hiring efforts thus far for the small business sales center,” said Vernon Irvin, president of CenturyLink’s government, education, medium- and small-business group. “The community has responded positively to helping us fill these positions, with more than 500 individuals participating in our job fair last month, and nearly 70 new employees in training now.”

This new center will focus on expanding CenturyLink’s small business customer base as well as offering enhanced products and services to existing small business customers. The creation of the sales center also offers existing employees career growth opportunities. The first training class of new employees joined Irvin today at a press conference at CenturyLink’s Technology Center of Excellence.

“I’m very excited about my new role in our CenturyLink small business sales center in Monroe,” said Anna Waller, supervisor at the new sales center. “I began working at CenturyLink a little over seven years ago in customer service, and have been able to grow my career to a supervisor role for the new center. I am confident that the training and experience I’ve received here will equip me to lead the team successfully.”

“CenturyLink is committed to helping small businesses succeed by delivering cost-effective, scalable solutions that address their unique needs and challenges,” said Irvin. “This new outbound sales center will enable us to better engage with small businesses to not only educate them on our range of services, but also to share how we can be a trusted partner in helping them achieve their business goals.”

In 2017, the company launched several offerings, including: CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi and CenturyLink Business VoIP for small business customers. These cost-effective solutions are simple to implement and manage, and can help small businesses connect to the power of the digital world.

Key Facts

CenturyLink has hired nearly 70 of 150 employees to staff a new small business sales center in Monroe. The company plans to hire the remaining employees for the center by the end of the year. Interested individuals can apply for the new positions by visiting the company’s careers website at CenturyLink’s current Monroe workforce is approximately 2,150 employees.

Additional Resources

Read: Three ways small and medium businesses can improve operations in 2018

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

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