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in Order to reduce air pollution in big cities would BMW be able to force the hybrid cars to run on pure electricity in certain areas, " says the head of development Klaus Fröhlich.Step away from the fossilbilar can provide much cleaner air in cities, but the road is long.Something that would be able to hurry on the journey, is to force the vehicles with the hybrid powertrain to run on clean electricity in areas with high air pollution.– the Car would be able to knock of the internal combustion engine automatically, " says BMW's head of development Klaus Fröhlich in an interview with the news agency Reuters during the ongoing motor show in Los Angeles.Since BMW's electric cars, like with virtually all other modern cars, are online and have built-in navigation system, it is easy to build in a feature to automatically switch to pure electric mode in certain geographic areas.Klaus Fröhlich says that BMW is currently demonstrating the technology in several of the German cities that are about to introduce dieselförbud.
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the Prices of Apple products in the united states, can increase as a result of the new China-customs duties, admitted the Trump in a tweet in september.We have looked at what the experts say about such a move.Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China – but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2018trade wars between the united states and China have escalated over a period of time now.If the China-customs duties are deposited into it can lead to a rise in prices on various Apple products.
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Grab has unveiled the first batch of startups that are enrolling in its Velocity accelerator program.Velocity is run by the company’s innovation arm, Grab Ventures, which was launched by CEO Anthony Tan in June.After receiving “close to 500 applications,” Grab has selected five tech startups from around the world for its first Velocity batch.BookMyShow (India) – The Indonesian unit of this online ticketing platform for cinemas, events, and karaoke recently hosted gigs from Guns N Roses and Charlie Puth in Jakarta.Helpling (Germany) – Part of the Rocket Internet stable, this startup allows users to book home-cleaning services on demand.Singapore is its Asia-Pacific base; regionally, it also operates in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
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London, November 20, 2018 - A team of researchers from the Plasma Physics Research Centre, Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran, have discovered a way of making paper supercapacitors for electricity storage, according to a new study published in the journal Heliyon .At one sheet thick, these new supercapacitors can bend, fold, flex, and still hold electricity.Paper supercapacitors are lighter and cheaper than other types and those developed by lead author, Dr. Leila Fekri Aval's group are more flexible than earlier paper supercapacitors, giving them a whole new range of potential uses.Today, if you need to store a large amount of energy, you will typically need to use large, heavy rechargeable batteries.The team of researchers investigated the structure of commercial supercapacitors and produced one that uses one sheet of carbon nanotube paper with different layers.They used barium titanate to separate the layers, which is more economical than any alternative compounds.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2018 -- When professional divers jump from a springboard, their hands are perpendicular to the water, with wrists pointed upward, as they continue toward their plunge at 30 mph.The rest of the body, from head to toe, is aligned to shoot through the same cavity created by the hands.Using the hands to create cavities in the water's surface is similar to the concept behind the fluid-structure studies that researchers at Utah State University are conducting using spheres.Utah State researcher Rafsan Rabbi will present his team's research at the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics 71st Annual Meeting, which will take place Nov. 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.The researchers investigated how much acceleration the plastic spheres experienced as they went through the cavity created by the first steel spheres and calculated the force reductions from that."We have found that this 'free surface preparation' phenomenon can have a huge impact in reducing the initial high-impact force any object experiences while falling into a body of water," Rabbi said.
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Apple insists that the iPad Pro is a computer — not just a tablet.In its new advertisement for the iPad Pro, Apple says the device “can be your next computer,” is “more powerful than most computers,” and flat out that it is “a computer.” Still, while enthusiasts have been ready to embrace the iPad as a computer for years, it’s yet to grow into a fully fledged one and still faces restrictions that a normal “computer” does not.Whether the iPad Pro can replace your computer is a question that reviewers have repeatedly asked, but it’s new to see Apple take this angle in its marketing materials.Previous ads about iPads, including the infamous “What’s a computer?” ad were about how tablets are different from computers and are the device of the future.Now it looks like Apple has given up trying to convince us that tablets are a completely different device.(Its provocative ad has even vanished from YouTube.)
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Cruise, the self-driving company acquired by GM in 2016, is expanding to Seattle as it seeks out more engineering talent to develop its technology.Instead, GM Cruise plans to set up offices in Seattle to attract and hire between 100 to 200 engineers by the end of 2019.“To continue growing a team that is diverse and rich in talent, we feel that it’s important to explore talent pools outside of the Bay Area, and Seattle’s vibrant tech community and proximity to our headquarters in San Francisco make it a logical choice,” CEO Kyle Vogt said in an emailed statement.GM Cruise hasn’t chosen an office location yet.The company it’s considering a number of locations in the Seattle area.The hunt for qualified people with backgrounds in software engineering, robotics and AI has heated up as companies race develop and deploy autonomous vehicles.
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UK car tech startup lightfoot, which sells a telematics system that gives real-time feedback to drivers combined with a rewards platform to further incentivize good driving, has picked up £3.2 million (~$4M) from London-based early-stage venture fund BGF.Former Dyson CEO, Martin McCourt, also contributed to the investment, and will join lightfoot’s board as a non-executive chairman.The startup has previously received grant funding from government-backed Innovate UK and later an innovate loan.But this looks to be their first tranche of VC.The idea is to offer a more reciprocal alternative to traditional ‘blackbox’ telematics systems which just record driving data and don’t give the driver an opportunity to improve their driving.Smoother driving is linked to reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and a lower risk of accidents.
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As AI assistants get smarter, consumers are trusting them to help sort through the avalanche of buying choices available.Chatbots and virtual assistants have gone through an evolution — or a revolution, says Ryan Lester, director of customer engagement technologies at LogMeIn.And companies far down the maturity model with chatbots and virtual assistants have seen some really positive results.“When companies have a chatbot, they’re seeing much higher conversion rates,” Lester says.“As high as 300 percent, and in some cases they’re much higher.And chatbots are available 24/7.”
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For all the times you wondered what it would feel like for Oprah -- an godlike insect with the power to summon anything into being -- to look you in the eye, now you can.Oprah Winfrey joins other big-name stars like John Legend, Constance Wu and Diego Luna in Crow: The Legend, a free 20-minute virtual-reality experience released Thursday on Facebook's Oculus store.The piece -- a Pixar-like journey that follows Crow he attempts to save the world and his community of cartoon animal friends from eternal winter -- is available in virtual reality on Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.VR has been one of the buzziest tech areas in the last five years, as giants such as Sony, HTC, Samsung, Google and Oculus have poured resources into the head-mounted devices that transport users into a digital world.But VR has yet to strike gold with a gotta-see-it experience that popularizes the format with the mainstream.It's earlier VR experiences, about cute bunnies and zany aliens, won Emmy awards, and Hollywood production house Roth Kirschenbaum Films has a deal with Baobab to turn its characters into films for traditional theaters too.
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In two months we've got two new fitness trackers from Withings, and the latest is called the Withings Pulse HR.Following on from its latest hybrid smartwatch - the Withings Steel HR Sport - that was announced back in September, the company has unveiled its first fitness tracker that's intended to look like a fitness tracker.This has a rectangular design with a long screen and has a similar overall style to the Fitbit Charge 3 or Huawei Band 3 Pro designs rather than the traditional watch look we're used to seeing on Withings products.A lot of features from the Withings Steel line have been carried over here though, with the tracker boasting up to 20 day battery life, according to the manufacturer.It features a heart rate sensor that measures your beats per minute during exercise sessions and at 10 minute intervals throughout the rest of the day.There's Connected GPS here, so if you want to track your location when you're running you'll be able to but you'll have to take your phone out with you.
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They say new converts are always the most devout.Take Volkswagen: after betting big on diesel—and losing—the automaker is going full-speed ahead on electrification.Earlier this year, it revealed it had committed to spending $25 billion on batteries from a number of suppliers, including Samsung and LG Chem.Now those plans may be accelerating, if all goes well at a meeting of VW's supervisory board this coming Friday.Last week, Reuters reported that there is a proposal to convert two German factories over to electric vehicle production.One of these—at Emden—would build an as-yet unnamed sub-€20,000 ($22,550) EV and another called the I.D.
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When it comes to online shopping, there's no bigger name than Amazon.The following are the best-selling, most popular items on Amazon in every major category as of Nov. 1, 2018.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured in this guide.
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Xiaomi’s expansion into Europe continues at speed after the Chinese smartphone maker announced plans to open its first retail store in London.The company is best known for developing quality Android phones at affordable prices and already it has launched devices in Spain, Italy and France.Now, that foray has touched the UK where Xiaomi launched its Mi 8 Pro device at an event yesterday and revealed that it will open a store at the Westfield mall in London on November 18.Styled on Apple’s iconic stores, the Mi store will showcase a range of products, not all of which are available in the UK.Still, Xiaomi has shown a taste of what it plans to offer in the UK by introducing a number of products alongside the Mi 8 Pro this week.Those include its budget tier Redmi 6A phone and, in its accessories range, the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness device and the £399 Mi Electric Scooter.
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Disney is dubbing its streaming service Disney+, the company announced on Thursday, adding that the service will include a Star Wars series when it launches late next year.Based on Rogue One, the prequel series will star Diego Luna, who played icy assassin Cassian Andor in the original movie released in 2016.Disney also confirmed that the service is developing a live-action Marvel series focused on Loki, a character from the Avengers.The series will star Tom Hiddleston, who will reprise the role.Swelling with its takeover of much of 21st Century Fox, Disney is fortifying itself with the ammunition to battle deep-pocketed tech companies like Netflix, Apple and Amazon.Those companies have eye-popping budgets and are pouring money into TV and film production.
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Many around the world will use Apple as a benchmark of how to successfully engage the digitally native consumer, though it’s the development of the iStore ecosystem which can be used as a model for the telcos.Speaking at Light Reading’s Software Defined Operations and the Autonomous Network event in London, Atul Purohit from Vodafone Group pointed towards the slow-burning and long-term investments made in creating the app store as the way to make money in the digital economy.This is ultimately one question which will frustrate a lot of telcos, how will the vast expenses on 5G be recaptured over the next decade?With 5G, MEC and IoT trends starting to make more concrete impacts on the real world, Purohit suggested a platform model should be built these technologies, with the telcos forming the centre of the ecosystem.This is not the blockbuster cash generator, a silver bullet to recoup lost billions, which some investors might want, but it is a sensible, sustainable business model.In fact, you can already see the benefits today.
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After the overwhelmingly negative response from Blizzard’s fan base about the announcement of the company’s Diablo Immortal mobile game, CEO Allen Adham has confirmed that there are more mobile titles in the works.Diablo Immortal was first announced at BlizzCon 2018, the publisher’s annual gaming convention, and was met with both immediate and sustained resistance from fans of the series.Despite Blizzard having already hinted quite heavily that Diablo 4 wouldn’t be shown at this year’s conference, fans still felt robbed that the announcement wasn’t pertaining to another major PC installment of the franchise and were skeptical of the potentially money-driven motives of making a mobile game.In a video Q posted to YouTube, Adham stated that Blizzard has “many of its best developers now working on new mobile titles across all its IPs” and that it has “more new products in development today [...] than it’s ever had in its history”.While specifics weren’t shared in the video, it sounds like we can expect some more mobile games in the coming years based on the worlds and lore of other Blizzard titles such as Warcraft, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm.Given Adham’s comment about the quantity of projects the team is currently working on, it’s fair to assume that at least some of them will be major PC releases and that, as the company has assured its fans, Diablo 4 will be among them.
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"My brother Rick and I, as the owners of the Armstrong Family Collection, would like to thank Heritage Auctions for working with us to present these items to the public," said Mark Armstrong, Neil Armstrong's son, at the start of the two-day sale on Thursday (Nov. 1).[Neil Armstrong's Photo Legacy: Rare Views of 1st Man on the Moon]At the opposite end from the bumper sticker — topping the sale's results at nearly half a million dollars — was a label of a different type.A metal spacecraft ID plate that landed on the moon with Armstrong and was presented to him post-flight sold for $468,500.The plaque-mounted plate, which was one of three flown on board the Apollo 11 lunar module "Eagle" during the world's first piloted moon landing on July 20, 1969, opened at $110,000.After three minutes of back and forth bids, each raising the total by $10,000, one of about 20 bidders who attended the sale (out of the more than 2,449 who participated by phone, internet or in-person over the course of the auction) won it for $380,000 (the $468,500 sale price includes a 25 percent buyer's premium added by Heritage).
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In Digital Trends’ Smart Cities series, we’ll examine how smart cities deal with everything from energy management, to disaster preparedness, to public safety, and what it all means for you.There were the established players at the Smart Mobility Summit – from Ford and GM to Nissan and Honda, and MIT to the U.S. Department of Energy — and then there were newcomers like Tactile Mobility, which was at the conference discussing ways on advancing the progress and safety of future autonomous vehicles, while helping cities become smarter in the process.Tactile, a company with offices in Israel, Germany, and the U.S., has developed software that culls data from the advanced driver assistance systems of cars (like electronic stability control) and makes precise determinations about the status of the vehicle, such as the exact grip level of its tires at any point in time.“And we can track a vehicle over time.” It’s that function that enables the company to also create something Nisenbaum called the “surface DNA” of a road, determining current road conditions, including locations of potholes and other road maintenance issues — all from data collected automatically as cars cruise around the city.“We needed to attract innovative companies and to do that we needed an environment where bureaucracy is low,” said Paola Pisano, head of the innovation department for the city of Torino in Italy.“Mobility is much more than moving people from A to B,” said Rikesh Shah, head of commercial innovation at the Transport for London, in England, emphasizing the importance of an integrated approach.
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The new iPad Pro is finally here, boasting a new edge-to-edge display, improved internal specs, and support for the new Apple Pencil.Along with modernizing the design, Apple also changed the sizes of the iPad Pro, now offering one with an 11-inch display, and one with a 12.9-inch display.But how does the new 11-inch iPad Pro compare with the previous generation 10.5-inch device?Is it really worth shelling out the extra cash for?247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm (9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 inches)250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches)
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