2020 Audi S6 gets its USmarket pricing still no Avant though

first_img6:29 Audi’s corporate grille keeps getting bigger, but so does the S6’s performance. We’ll let it slide. Audi We’ve known the specs of the forthcoming 2020 Audi S6 for a while now, for both European and US models, but one thing we’ve been kept in the dark on was just how much it’d cost stateside. Not anymore. Audi on Thursday announced US pricing for its hotted-up midsizer, and we’re definitely interested.So just how much can you expect to shell out for your fancy German Q-ship? For the entry-level Premium Plus trim, you’ll spend $73,900, which actually compares favorably with the E53 AMG, which is only slightly cheaper but down 15 hp and a whopping 59 pound-feet of torque. Step up to the top-level Prestige trim at $77,800, and you’re more in BMW M550i xDrive territory, where the S6 is way down on power compared with the 4.4-liter turbo V8 in the Bimmer.Unlike the Euro model, our S6 will run on gasoline and be powered by the same 2.9-liter V6 engine that produces an extremely healthy 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the Audi RS 5. It’s is a very healthy if not wildly exciting powerplant, but this car isn’t exactly meant to be a hooligan. Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of the nerd-catnip Avant wagon version coming to the US.Some of the other highlights of the 2020 S6 include a 48-volt mild hybrid system that powers (among other things) an electric compressor that seeks to eliminate or at the very least drastically reduce turbo lag, making the engine more responsive. The compressor spins at a slow-compared-with-a-turbo 70,000 rpm but has a superfast 250-millisecond response time.The S6, of course, gets Quattro all-wheel drive and Audi’s latest eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox as standard and there will be an optional S sport package, for those drivers who want to turn the wick up a bit on a back road. Audi More From Roadshow 2019 BMW 330i xDrive review: The new and improved 3 Series 2020 Audi S6 gives the sedan a dash of sport 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Share your voice 0 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans Now playing: Watch this: Tags 39 Photos Post a comment Audilast_img read more

Cockroach Labs announced managed CockroachDBasaService

first_imgThis week, Cockroach Labs announced the availability of Managed CockroachDB. CockroachDB,  a geo-distributed database, is a fully hosted and managed service, created and run by Cockroach Labs. It is an open source tool that makes deploying, scaling, and managing CockroachDB effortless. Last year, the company announced version 1.0 of CockroachDB and $27 million in Series B financing, which was led by Redpoint along with the participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark. Managed CockroachDB is also cloud agnostic and available on AWS and GCP. The goal is to allow development teams to focus on building highly scalable applications without worrying about infrastructure operations. CockroachDB’s design makes data easy by providing an industry-leading model for horizontal scalability and resilience to accommodate fast-growing businesses. It also improves the ability to move data closer to the customers depending upon their geo-location. Fun Fact: Why the name ‘Cockroach’? In a post, published by Cockroach Labs, three years back, Spencer Kimball, CEO at Cockroach Labs, said, “You’ve heard the theory that cockroaches will be the only survivors post-apocalypse? Turns out modern database systems have a lot to gain by emulating one of nature’s oldest and most successful designs. Survive, replicate, proliferate. That’s been the cockroach model for geological ages, and it’s ours too.” Features of  Managed CockroachDB Always on service: Managed CockroachDB is an always on service for critical applications as it automatically replicates data across three availability zones for single region deployments. As a globally scalable distributed SQL database, CockroachDB also supports geo-partitioned clusters at whatever scale the business demands. Cockroach Labs manages the hardware provisioning, setup and configuration for the managed clusters so that they are optimized for performance. Since CockroachDB is cloud agnostic, one can migrate from one cloud service provider to another at peak load with zero downtime. Automatic upgrades to the latest releases, and hourly incremental backups of the data makes the working more easier. The Cockroach Labs team provides, 24×7 monitoring, and enterprise grade security for all the customers. CockroachDB provides the capabilities for building ultra-resilient, high-scale and global applications. It features distributed SQL with ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) transactions. Features like, cluster visualization, priority support, native JSON support and automated scaling makes it even more unique. Read more about this announcement on the Cockroach Labs official website. Read Next SQLite adopts the rule of St. Benedict as its Code of Conduct, drops it to adopt Mozilla’s community participation guidelines, in a week MariaDB acquires Clustrix to give database customers ‘freedom from Oracle lock-in’ Why Neo4j is the most popular graph databaselast_img read more

Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOS

first_imgMicrosoft has good news for all the game developers out there. It launched a new initiative, called Microsoft Game Stack yesterday, which includes an amalgamation of different Microsoft tools and services into a single robust ecosystem to ‘empower game developers’. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a rookie indie developer or an AAA studio, this developer-focused platform will make the game development process ten times easier for you. The main goal of Game Stack is to help developers easily find different tools and services required for game development at one spot. These tools range from Azure, PlayFab, DirectX, Visual Studio, to  Xbox Live, App Center, and Havok. Cloud plays a major role in Game Stack and it makes use of Azure to fulfill this requirement. Source: Microsoft Azure is globally available in 54 regions will help scale its Project xCloud (a service that streams games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices) to provide an uninterrupted gaming experience for players worldwide. Not to forget, companies like Rare, Ubisoft and Wizards of the Coast are already hosting multiplayer game servers and storing their player data on Azure. It is also capable of analyzing game telemetry, protecting games from DDOS attacks, and training AI. Moreover, Microsoft Game Stack is device agnostic which makes it really convenient for the gamers. Another great component of Game Stack is a backend service for operating and building new games, called PlayFab. PlayFab offers game development services, real-time analytics, and LiveOps capabilities to Game Stack. PlayFab is also device agnostic. It supports iOS, Android, PC, Web, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and all the other major game engines such as Unity and Unreal. Microsoft has also released a preview for five new PlayFab services. Out of these five, one, called, PlayFab Matchmaking is open for public preview, while other four including PlayFab Party, PlayFab Insights, PlayFab PubSub, and PlayFab user-generated Content are in private preview. Game Stack also comes with Xbox Live, one of the most engaging and interactive gaming communities in the world. Xbox Live will be providing identity and community services in the Game Stack. Microsoft has also expanded the cross-platform capabilities of Xbox Live under Game Stack with a new SDK for iOS and Android devices. Mobile developers will be able to easily connect with some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet using Xbox Live. Other benefits of the Xbox Live SDK includes more focus on building games and leveraging Microsoft‘s trusted identity network to offer support for log-in, privacy, online safety and child accounts. Apart from that, there are features like gamerscore, and “hero” stats, that help keep the gamers engaged. Also, components such as Visual Studio, Mixer, DirectX, Azure App Center, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Havok are all a part of Game Stack. For more information, check out the official Microsoft Game Stack blog post. Read Next Microsoft open sources the Windows Calculator code on GitHub Microsoft open sources ‘Accessibility Insights for Web’, a chrome extension to help web developers fix their accessibility issue Microsoft researchers introduce a new climate forecasting model and a public dataset to train these modelslast_img read more

WestJet has a new BDM for Greater Toronto West Northern ON

first_imgTags: New Hires, WestJet Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 22, 2019 WestJet has a new BDM for Greater Toronto West, Northern ONcenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by CALGARY — WestJet has named Andrei Losinski to its Agency Sales team as Business Development Manager, responsible for the territory of Greater Toronto West and Northern Ontario.Not new to the industry and a familiar face to many, Losinski joins WestJet with 12 years of industry experience including stints at Manulife and RBC Travel Insurance.He will be part of a growing team of seven BDMs working with WestJet’s agency partners to promote WestJet and WestJet Vacations products while growing agent and agency earnings and maintaining relationships with WestJet’s travel trade partners.Losinski has already begun his new role and WestJet says it’s “excited to have him on the road meeting with valued agency partners.”last_img read more