U.S. U-20s thump Puerto Rico to open qualifying

first_imgThe U.S. U-20 national team began Concacaf Championship play in emphatic fashion, crushing Puerto Rico 7-1 with five different players getting on the scoresheet.Thursday’s match was the first of World Cup qualifying, beginning a gruelling run of five games in nine days.Indiana University forward Justin Rennicks and Toronto FC product Ayo Akinola each netted braces on the day, leading the way for a strong debut match despite the absence of several highly-touted players like Josh Sargent, Tyler Adams, Timothy Weah and Jonathan Amon, all of whom recently featured for the senior team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rennicks opened the scoring just five minutes in while Freiburg’s Alex Mendez doubled that lead six minutes later to truly begin the onslaught.FC Dallas’ Paxton Pomykal scored soon after, but Puerto Rico was able to pull back a goal before the halftime whistle.The second half was even more comprehensive, with Akinola finishing off a Jaylin Lindsey cross in the 49th minute to restore the three-goal advantage with his first goal of the match.Rennick’s second came in the 57th minute while Akinola completed his brace as well by heading home a cross from Ulysses Llanez.It was the Llanez who capped off the victory with the seventh and final goal.Even with the six-goal victory, the U.S. does not sit first in the group as a 13-2 victory over the Virgin Islands leaves Suriname as Group A leaders through the first round of games.Trinidad & Tobago was victorious in the third and final game of the group’s opening round, scoring twice in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win over Saint Vincent & The Grenadines in their opener.Next up for the U.S. is a match against the Virgin Islands on Saturday before taking on Trinidad & Tobago two days later to reach the midway point of the group stage.last_img read more

Jeep Compass variants to become costlier by up to 80k from Jan

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) Automaker FCA India today said it will increase prices of high end variants of its premium SUV Jeep Compass by up to Rs 80,000 from January.The company, however, would not hike price of entry level variant of the model.”Customers have appreciated the competitive price positioning of the Jeep Compass since launch. Effective January 1, 2018, prices will increase by 2-4 per cent, except for the entry level variant,” FCA India President and Managing Director Kevin Flynn said in a statement.However, the price of the entry level variant of the model will be maintained at Rs 15.16 lakh (ex-showroom), he added.Launched in July, the model comes in three trims – Sport, Longitude and Limited.Price of Longitude variant starts at Rs 17.13 lakh, while Limited variant is tagged between Rs 18.68 lakh and Rs 21.73 lakh (ex-showroom).FCA India said sales of the model have already crossed the 10,000 units milestone in just four months of launch in the country.The company has shipped 600 units, the first batch of the Ranjangaon-manufactured Jeep Compass to Japan and Australia in October. This year, the vehicle is already on sale in Japan.”We are indeed proud to cross the 10,000 sales milestone and we are confident to continue with this great momentum in the new year as well,” Flynn said. PTI MSS SBTlast_img read more

Snapchat is now using object recognition to suggest relevant filters for your snaps

first_imgSnapchat is rolling out new filters that can recognise objects or scenes in your photos with the help of object recognition to suggest relevant stickers or borders. The filters aim to give the company a bit of a push in its competition against Instagram, at least for now. Interestingly, the update comes ahead of the company’s planned revamp of the app in a bid to make it more attractive to users.The new filters began rolling out to users gradually last week, a Snap official confirmed to Mashable. Object recognition essentially tries to analyze the surrounding for a particular object, thing or scenery to provide relevant information. In the case of Snapchat’s new filters, taking a photo of say a dog will bring up filters such as “It’s a pawty!” that can be used in relevance to the picture. The filters will work on a number of categories such as pets, concerts, beaches, sports, and food, to name a few. The company has not provided a complete list of categories, so users will have to figure that out by themselves.Snapchat’s new filter not only works on photos captured via the Snapchat app, but also on images taken from Google Images, the report adds. The filters can be found in the carousel by swiping right and left. The social app has used object recognition previously as well to allow users to search for objects or events via a search bar in Snapchat Stories.Also Read: Facebook is testing Snapchat-like Streaks feature for Messenger usersadvertisementObject recognition has been used by companies like Google with Google Lens. In the case of Lens, Google uses the Pixel’s AI to scan the environment and bring up a carousel of relevant information and actions that users can perform. As AR and object recognition are becoming more and more commonplace in products, these companies will look to make the most of it including finding viable revenue models.Snapchat filed a patent back in 2015 for an advertising system that used object recognition to provide relevant filters. This hints at a possible revenue generation for the company where brands can pay to sponsor filters. For example, if you take a picture of a burger, brands like Burger King or McDonalds can try to sponsor their own burger-themed filters. Now that Snapchat is rolling this out, we wonder how long it takes before Instagram follows with its own object recognition filters.last_img read more