India chasing 229 to beat England in Women’s Cricket World Cup final – live!

Anya Shrubsole celebrates after bowling Smrtri Mandhana.

25th over: India 92-2 (Punam 39, Harmanpreet 32). Sciver brought back to replace Marsh. Keeps Punam honest, a decent shout for leg before. It’s going down, and then quickly realise that and don’t review. Mel Jones on radio complimentary of Sarah Taylor’s influence in preventing any wild referrals. Four singles, including another Punam ramp. We’re at the half-way mark. England were 103-3. Don’t yell at me, I know this means nothing. I’m just sharing.

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SpaceX’s sixth successful launch in 2017 puts Elon Musk’s company on pace to beat its rivals

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Flying the biggest satellite that SpaceX has ever launched, weighing in at more than 6 metric tons, proved a routine piece of business for the company’s Falcon 9 rocket yesterday.

The Inmarsat-owned satellite, built by Boeing, was originally scheduled to fly on a larger rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that SpaceX hopes to debut later this year. Flying the big bird on a smaller rocket required some sacrifices on SpaceX’s part—the first stage booster could not be recovered for potential re-use, for example, since much of the fuel necessary would be used in flight. But the success puts the company on a path to finally hit its long-dreamed-of high-speed launch cadence.

SpaceX has been hoping to out-fly its competitors for the last several years, planning on a dozen to even 18 launches in a single calendar year. But in 2015, a mid-flight explosion grounded SpaceX’s rocket for six months, putting a kibosh on those plans, and a 2016 refueling mishap required four months of work to ensure the rocket was ready for flight.

Now, having launched six rockets before the halfway point of 2017, the company looks set to hit its goals and finally fly more rockets than its incumbent competitors, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance, and the European champion Arianespace. That’s striking, given that SpaceX’s first commercial mission was in 2012. (ULA was formed in 2006, and Arianespace in 1980.)

This year, Arianespace has been the victim of circumstance, with its major spaceport becoming a pawn in a political battle between impoverished French Guianans and the mainland French government. The protests have now been resolved, allowing the company to start launching again.

For the rest of this year, SpaceX has plenty to do. It will launch a Bulgarian television satellite, and communications birds for Intelsat, Iridium, SES, and Echostar. It is expected to launch satellites on behalf of Taiwan and South Korea. And the company plans to launch its own demonstration satellite to provide internet access. Perhaps most importantly, it will fly three missions to the International Space Station for NASA, as well as demonstrating an uncrewed flight of its new astronaut-carrying space capsule. Plus, it expects to fly the experimental Falcon Heavy.

That’s a lot of work—at least a dozen more missions—and it will require the company’s engineers and technicians to move fast and carefully, with no major mishaps. The company’s goal has long been a mission cadence of one flight every two weeks, a pace it hit this month and in March but has yet to sustain over time. The tiny signals of progress are there—during yesterday’s launch, the company began loading liquid oxygen into the rocket ten minutes later than usual, part of an effort to compress and shorten the countdown process.

The rewards of frequent launches are clear: Besides establishing the Falcon 9’s reliability, and the constant stream of data used by engineers after every launch to refine the vehicle, each launch represents revenue won by SpaceX.

While the company brushed off financial concerns after its 2016 mishap, with officials noting that it had no debt and $1 billion in cash on its books, replenishing its coffers will give SpaceX greater security and more resources to tackle big projects ahead—including its mooted satellite internet constellation and an inter-planetary transportation system for reaching Mars.


Lewis Hamilton believes he can beat Sebastian Vettel to world title

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says his original strategy during the race was to stop on lap 19

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton says he is confident he can beat Sebastian Vettel to the world title this year despite defeat at the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished second to the German in the season opener in Melbourne after losing the lead following pressure from the Ferrari driver’s superior pace.

Hamilton said: “It is going to be a close race. I truly believe we can beat them. It’s great to see Ferrari there.

“It’s good we had this close battle. I’m looking forward to the next.”

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Hamilton led from pole position but struggled for pace in the opening laps and after an early pit stop was held up by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, allowing Vettel to get ahead.

Hamilton said: “I wouldn’t say I’m happy. But all things in perspective. To see where we have come from, with massive rule changes and to come here and be battling so close for a win and missing out marginally, there are a lot of things to be proud of.

“We could have won the race but I gave it everything I could and you can’t do more. Take the strength of the weekend.”

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The race’s pivotal moment

Vettel said of his title chances: “There is a long, long way ahead. We have a lot to prove still but for now we are just happy.

“It is March now. I know people start to get excited but it is our job to work and I am much happier if we are working now and not talking.”

Hamilton said he was looking forward to a close battle with Vettel throughout the year.

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“This year we have the best drivers at the front,” said Hamilton. “Of course it would be great to have Fernando [Alonso of McLaren] up there but it doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon.

“But Sebastian has four titles and he will continue for many years to come. I am really grateful to have that fight with him. It’s great.”

Hamilton defended Mercedes’ decision to bring him in for a pit stop earlier than Vettel.

“My strategy was to stop on lap 19 and I think I stopped on lap 18. I had nothing left in my tyres.

“I was catching some back markers and the car started to slide around a lot and the gap was reducing behind me and I was like, ‘Guys I have to come in now or I’m probably going to get overtaken on track.’

“I pitted not knowing the gap between the other cars. I came out behind some other cars which I couldn’t get by. I said to the team I had to come in because the tyres were dead.”


5 Reasons Why the LG G6 Could Be the Phone to Beat in Early 2017

5 Reasons Why the LG G6 Could Be the Phone to Beat in Early 2017

LG went in a bold new direction last year with the modular design of the G5. Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly pay off. Going the exact opposite way this year, the G6 is looking to be a more conventional smartphone that can compete with Samsung and Apple at every turn.

Thanks to the fact that Samsung has moved its S8 release way back to May, LG is left with a wide open slot at Mobile World Congress (MWC). That means for the Spring, the LG G6 really has plenty of time to make a splash in the industry and convince people to upgrade their S7’s to a G6, rather than wait for the S8.

We know that a lot of the rumored features in the G6 could very well be included in phones such as the S8 and the iPhone 8, but because G6 will be out of the gate first, it will can make all sorts of claims about the technology it presents. The LG G6 will be announced at MWC 2017 on February 26.

But not only is it going to be able to compete, the LG G6 has a lot on its side this time around. Here are five reasons why the LG G6 just might be the smartphone to beat this year.

1. Samsung’s Fall

One of the biggest advantages LG has this year has to do with its closest rival: Samsung. The Note 7 and its exploding batteries was one of the biggest news stories of 2016. Samsung didn’t just lose a lot of money with its battery failure, it also has undoubtedly lost quite a bit of favor in the eyes of the public.

As much as Samsung wants the public to quickly forget the Note 7, it might not be as easy as it hopes—and LG should be able to capitalize off of that in a big way this year.

2. Display

This year is going to be all about bezel-less devices. As stated above, LG will be the first company to be able to show off its button-less, bezel-less, massive screen phone. The G6 is rumored to have a QHD 5.7-inch display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.

More than that, the G6 will have a 2:1 aspect ratio, which is a trend we may see other smartphone manufacturers follow. Overall, this beautiful new display is going to be the big feature that LG pushes.

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3. Headphone Jack

In a world that is rapidly running out of headphone jacks, the G6 could make a big marketing push with keeping the old analogue intact. Companies from Samsung to Motorola has followed Apple’s lead, to the disappointment of pretty much everyone.

It might seem like a very small thing on the surface, but it could be the final straw in convincing frustrated people to jump aboard the LG train.

4. Battery Life

LG will be pissing off plenty of people this year as it finally moves to a non-removable battery, unlike every other LG smartphone that’s come out. That’ll probably mean that the G6 will be waterproofed, to compete with the other phones in the market.

However, the good news is that LG is rumored to be including a massive 3,200 mAh battery in the back, while the Galaxy S8 is rumored to have a 3,000 mAh battery. This could give the G6 better full-day experience, which it’ll probably need to power the massive display this device is rumored to have.

5. Software

Lastly, we have to mention that LG has released a new video that teases its new UX for the G6. In addition, rumors have been pointing toward the fact that LG is going to be using its additional screen real estate to improve multitasking, though we’ll have to wait to see exactly what the company has up its sleeve.

While it’s true that we don’t know much about what Samsung will be doing, both LG and Samsung have always stumbled with its software skinning. So far, it looks like LG could be finally making a turn on this with the G6.