US lifts laptop ban in nonstop flights from Abu Dhabi

first_imgThe US may have just put its controversial travel ban into effect but it s also relaxing its restrictions for at least one lucky Middle East city. Passengers from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi will now be able to take their laptops with them in plane cabins. That is, as long as they’re flying nonstop to the US aboard long-haul airline Etihad, which is the only carrier with direct flight to the US in Abu Dhabi anyway. Announced in March, the US banned laptops inside plane cabins, citing the usual threats to national security. The ban almost extended to all international flights to the US after got whiff of plans by the Islamic State to use laptops as bombs aboard flights. So far, however, only the following cities are included in the travel ban:• Amman, Jordan• Kuwait City• Cairo• Istanbul• Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia• Casablanca, Morocco• Doha, Qatar• Dubai, UAESo why the preferential treatment for the Abu Dhabi International Airport? Conspiracy theories aside, US Homeland Security seems to have been satisfied by how Etihad has sufficiently implemented both “seen and unseen” enhanced security measures based on the US’ standards. The lifting of the travel ban isn’t the only special treatment that the airport gets. It also has a special protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening when they reach the US.This news will undoubtedly boost Etihad’s business, which comes at a critical time when many Gulf airlines are hurting economically. Fellow UAE airport Dubai isn’t as lucky in getting the laptop ban lifted, despite being one of the world’s busiest international travel hubs.SOURCE: Skift Story TimelineExpanded US laptop ban could affect flights from EuropeUS may drop in-flight laptop ban in favor of ‘enhanced’ securitylast_img read more

Some iPhone X displays have developed a bright green line

first_imgSome iPhone X owners are reporting that a bright green line has developed on their handset’s display. The line is terribly thick on some phones, though very slim on others, typically running vertically from top to bottom on either the right or left side. Restarting the phone doesn’t get rid of the green line, according to affected users, who say that Apple is replacing the devices with new units. The extent of the issue isn’t clear, though it appears about two dozen iPhone X owners are reporting the problem on various online platforms. Images show the same general problem across all of the devices, though they’re not identical. All signs seem to point toward some kind of hardware problem, though Apple hasn’t made an official statements on the matter.We’ll likely hear a statement from Apple once it finishes investigating the matter. If you’re one of the affected iPhone X owners, you should contact Apple to get a replacement device. This newly surfaced bug follows confirmation from Apple that a software issue is causing some iPhone X displays to become unresponsive for several seconds when exposed to cold air. A software update will fix that problem.Though some issues have been reported by iPhone X owners, they continue to pale in comparison to problems reported by many Pixel 2 XL owners. In that case, buyers have reported a variety of problems, some being legit bugs, others dismissed as expected or normal. Some owners have reported issues with burn-in, for example, a problem Google plans to address with software. There’s also the blue tint that appears when the phone is viewed from an angle, which users will simply have to live with.Google had responded to criticism over the display’s so-called dull colors, promising to release an update with a new color mode that would increase saturation. Some users have reported receiving Pixel 2 XL units that lacked an operating system, while others received devices that reportedly had cosmetic damage. SOURCE: RedditImage via Redditor “gabrielmata”last_img read more

What can Google Lens do 10 things for now

first_imgStory TimelineGoogle Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2Google Lens updated: Where’s the app for Android?Google Lens spreads from Android to iPhone Google Lens is still technically in “preview mode” for all Android and iOS users. Google Maps was also technically in a sort of pre-release beta mode for, what, decades? Something like that. So with Google Lens, we’re taking a peek at what it can do right this minute.To begin, hold down your home button until Google Assistant pops up, then tap the Google Lens icon. Or if you’re on an iPhone, open Google Photos, open a photo, and tap the Google Lens icon.1. Identify Dogs and CatsAs of this week, Google updated Google Lens to identify dogs and identify cats. As of right now, it can’t recognize mixed breeds as any more than a single breed – as evidenced by my photo here of my dog. She’s most definitely not a chihuahua – or she’s the biggest chihuahua in the history of the world.AdChoices广告2. Identify Business Cards and Use InfoWith Google Lens, a user could potentially identify the details on a photographed business card. With Google Lens, information sussed out of the business card can be saved to a local contact – local to your smartphone, that is. This includes Name, Phone Number, and Address.3. Identify Posters and Use InfoIf you point your phone toward a billboard with Google Lens open, you’ll get the info presented on the billboard. The same goes for flyers and other sorts of posters. This information – time, date, price, names, etcetera, can then be saved to an event in Google Calendar.4. Identify ArtworkGoogle Lens can identify artwork. Not ALL artwork, but quite a few pieces of art, to be sure. Basically, if an artwork is hanging up at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), or the London TATE museum of modern art, chances are good you’ll be able to ID what’s hanging or standing in front of you.5. Identify Book CoversYou can literally judge a book by its cover with Google Lens. The book will need to have a published cover or a legible spine, and Google Lens should do the trick. When identified, you’ll be able to get reviews and additional details about said book.6. Identify Buildings and LandmarksIf you point your camera at a rather famous fountain and/or enormous building, Google Lens should be able to give you some information about it. Your best bet here is getting the whole front of said building in your lens – or taking a photo of landmark at a distance that captures the whole subject.7. Identify PlantsNow you too can have Google Lens identify those invasive golden flowers that cover your neighbor’s front yard every spring. They’re dandelions, you goon. What on earth else would they be? Jeepers.8. Translate TextAt the moment you’ll find Google trying to translate “foreign text” to English. It works pretty good for what it’s meant to be at this point in history. What I’d hope it’d do some day is identify all text, identify the language or languages, then give the user the option to translate to any chosen language. Basically I want Google Translate in its entirety, without the current extra hassles required to get between here and there.9. Remember ThisIf you’re using Google Lens and tap “Remember this,” the app will snap a photo and confirm that it has that photo saved for you. This is somewhat like snapping a photo with any other camera – but it’s a LITTLE different. With Google Lens, these images are now… in your Google Activities. You’ll be able to see them in the Google Lens section of Google’s “My Activity.”You can also access these images by opening up your Google Assistant, then scrolling up. There they are, right where Google Lens left them. How handy?10. Show you what it’s SeenIf you’d like to see every single image you’ve captured with Google Lens thus far, there’s a link for that. It’s the Google Lens section in Google’s “My Activity.” You’ll be reminded there that only YOU can see the data presented there. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. As of today, Google Lens can identify, translate, or otherwise work with Text, Barcodes, Landmarks, Books, and Media. It can also identify popular dog breeds and cat breeds – so you can finally figure out what your mutt is. Or if you have an especially strange-looking dog, you can find out what your dog MIGHT be. Today we’re going to run down the latest list of things Google Lens can do.last_img read more

AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multiroom arrives in iOS 114

first_imgStory TimelineApple HomePod ReviewHomePod is changing how I listen to musicApple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo showdownCan Apple bring itself to save HomePod? Apple has launched AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, adding HomePod stereo pair support along with multi-room audio streaming. The new version of AirPlay 2 comes along with launch dates for HomePod in three new countries – Canada, France, and Germany – bringing the total number of places you can buy the Siri-powered smart speaker to six. It’s reasonable to say that AirPlay 2 will change the HomePod experience. There’ll be two big improvements to the connected speaker that the update brings. First, there’s support for stereo pairing. Rather than just using a single HomePod, owners with two will now be able to virtually link them together. Each speaker will handle one channel, either left or right. The result will be a wider soundstage, Apple says, with each HomePod using its spatial awareness of the room to automatically adjust its own playback so that it’s balanced with its stereo counterpart, in addition to accommodating the acoustic principles of the room itself. AdChoices广告There’ll also be a step up in bass performance, Apple promises. Setup will be a simple matter of answering yes to an automatic prompt to pair two speakers which are identified as being in the same room. Any Siri commands, meanwhile, will only be responded to by one of the pair. The other big improvement will be Multi-Room Audio. So far, HomePod has only supported a single stream per speaker. With AirPlay 2, there’ll be support for grouping multiple speakers and playing the same thing in different rooms. There’ll be support for grouping speakers through the iOS Control Center, or by asking Siri. The voice assistant will be able to handle playing music on a per-room basis, to a group of rooms, or on every supported speaker. There’ll also be AirPlay 2 multi-room controls in any iOS app. It won’t just be a boon for HomePod, mind. AirPlay 2 is on the roadmap for a number of connected speaker companies, with Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, Pioneer, and Sonos all saying they plan to add support. That will add the ability to group speakers from those companies with your existing HomePod setup, and play the same music through them all, all from Siri commands. HomePod remains on sale for $349 in the US, and is available in white and space gray. Come June 18, meanwhile, it’ll go on sale in Canada, France, and Germany. iOS 11.4 is rolling out today, and HomePod’s update will be automatically installed over the next few days or can be manually installed if you’re impatient. center_img Apple HomePod Gallerylast_img read more

Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

first_imgThere, they’ll be able to discuss what makes Tesla special, kicking off initially with Summon, the subset feature of Autopilot that allows the EVs to automatically drive – with nobody behind the wheel – from your garage to your front door to pick you up. “Over a light breakfast,” the emailed invite reads, “you’ll have the opportunity to engage with Tesla product experts, learn more about the latest product features and speak with fellow owner enthusiasts.”Initially, four dates are being offered – Saturday, April 16th; Sunday, April 17th; Saturday, April 30th; and Sunday, May 1st – and events are taking place across the US. Though Tesla hasn’t been shy about involving owners in previous events, with both the Model X and Model 3 reveals each including several hundred existing fans of the firm, the Weekend Social is shaping up to be a far broader affair. It’s unclear how many of the events Tesla has in mind to run, something that will presumably depend on how well received the first are, but it’s one of the biggest drives for engagement we’ve seen from the company to-date.It also comes at a time when there’s plenty going on in Tesla-land, and the potential for plenty of questions. The Model 3, set to be the company’s most affordable electric car, went up for pre-order at the very end of March, with hundreds of thousands of people across the world coughing up a $1,000 reservation deposit – albeit fully refundable should they later change their mind – to secure one of the cars from its late-2017 release. NOW READ: What it’s like to ride the Tesla Model 3Though answering questions will be one aspect of the meet-and-greets, it’ll also be a good opportunity for owners of older cars to see the latest models. With so few Model X on the road, and many dealerships still yet to have showroom examples of the SUV, that could encourage some of those still on the fence about upgrading to go ahead and place an order. VIA ElectrekSOURCE Tesla Motors Club Tesla ownership has always been fairly exclusive, but now the electric car company is starting up an official club of sorts, with a series of weekend gatherings. The Tesla Weekend Social is, owners were informed via email this week, a new series of events intended to bring drivers of the Model S and Model X together with product specialists from the company.last_img read more

US officials pressure TMobile Sprint parent companies to drop Huawei too

first_imgStory TimelineThis Huawei decision seems like a terrible ideaHuawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro aren’t coming to the USWhy the OnePlus 6T works with T-Mobile, Verizon while Huawei ban remains It would appear that the United States Government is putting pressure on Huawei not only inside the USA, but abroad as well. On concerns that the brand Huawei is a sort of spy for the Chinese state, the US Government effectively carpet-bombed Huawei out of North America – getting all major carriers to drop all Huawei brand products in the process. Now it would seem that the US government wants not only T-Mobile and Sprint to continue to avoid Huawei, it wants their parent companies to drop Huawei hardware as well. This is not the first time we’ve heard of the US government attempting to get Huawei banned from institutions outside the USA. Past reports suggest the USA attempted to get international groups to get rid of Huawei networking gear in and around US military bases. US officials apparently spoke with counterparts in Germany, Italy, and Japan.In a report this afternoon, a Reuters report shows US officials again targeting Huawei in business dealings. People familiar with the matter suggested that both T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp have “said they would consider curbing their use of equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies,” in order to gain favor with a U.S. national security panel so that their merger might be approved. T-Mobile is currently in negotiations to acquire Sprint in the USA in a $26 billion deal.• Deutsche Telekom AG (German) is majority owner of T-Mobile USA• SoftBank AG (Japanese) is majority owner of Sprint (USA)AdChoices广告US government officials “have been pressuring T-Mobile’s German majority owner, Deutsche Telekom AG, to stop using Huawei equipment” because Huawei might be used for cyber espionage on behalf of the Chinese state, according to sources speaking with Reuters this week. “That pressure is part of the national security review” of the acquisition deal.For their part, an official Deutsche Telekom representative suggested that they were reviewing vendor plans in the countries it operates “given the debate on the security of Chinese network gear.” A Nikkei report suggested Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp planned on replacing Huawei-made 4G network equipment in favor of Nokia and Ericsson gear.Their report suggested that the move “reflects rising security concerns over potential leaks of sensitive information, system shutdowns and other risks involved in using Chinese telecommunications equipment.” While this equipment would’ve been replaced eventually anyway, due to the move to 5G equipment, this move was done apparently due to Japanese government pressure.“It’s extremely important to avoid buying equipment that includes malicious functions like stealing or destroying information or halting information systems,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Other major carriers in Japan (NTT Docomo and KDDI) will also refrain from using any China-made equipment in their upcoming 5G network. last_img read more

Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium leaks out

first_imgMicrosoft has practically admitted defeat in the browser space. After decades of its Internet Explorer dominating the Web browser market, IE has become synonymous to malware and bloat. It tried to do a redo with Microsoft Edge but it has failed to even make a dent. Its last-ditch effort gives a nod to Google by building Edge on top of the open source Chromium browser. That version seems to have suddenly leaked online way before Microsoft can even a public preview for it. To be clear, Microsoft isn’t simply rebranding Google Chrome and calling it Microsoft Edge. Chrome itself is built upon Chromium, which other smaller browsers also take as the foundation for their software. Microsoft is taking that latter route and is bringing Edge’s features to that common base.The new Chromium-based Edge looks like a mish-mash of Edge and Chrome. Microsoft does its best to emulate the appearance of its own browser but there are minor details that clearly give it away as not the same browser. Still, Edge users won’t feel too out of place and won’t require retraining their brains.The new Edge’s edge, however, will be its compatibility with Chrome. If Chrome is installed on the same computer, some of the settings and data, like bookmarks, will automatically be carried over. Edge will also be compatible with Chrome browser extensions but those have to be explicitly enabled.AdChoices广告That said, the transition from Microsoft’s homegrown EdgeHTML to Chromium does mean a period of transition for Microsoft’s own add-ons. Some of those might not make in time for the public preview, presuming it actually happens soon.last_img read more

Plex just made it easier to find new content on your favorite

first_imgAccording to Plex, the company wanted to add server notifications ‘for eons,’ but never got around to it. The feature has been in the pipeline — or, at least, in the minds of the developers — since before the existence of push notifications, the team said on its blog. Users, too, have been waiting a long time for this feature.Starting today, Plex users can enable server alerts in the company’s iOS and Android mobile apps. When enabled, users receive notifications about things going on with their entertainment server (or someone else’s server that they have access to). Users can turn on alerts for individual servers or for all servers as showcased in the screenshots above.The biggest obvious benefit with this feature is receiving push notifications when new content is added to a server you follow and have access to. So, for example, if you’re a user on a server operated from a friend and that friend adds a new episode for a series you enjoy watching, you’ll get an alert when the episode is added.The feature is also useful for users who are running their own Plex server. According to the company, users can choose to get alerts about other things related to the server, such as when a user starts watching a video or listening to a song. The total list of sever alert options includes new items in ‘On Deck,’ new content added to the library, when video playback is started, when new devices are used, when database corruption is detected, and whenever the database is backed up. Users need a Plex Pass, the latest mobile update, and the server must be running the latest version of Plex Media Server in order to use this feature. Story TimelinePlex expands TIDAL features with Artist TV music video streamingPlex improves Apple TV music experience and refines iOS controlsPlex Android update brings PiP, video preloading and new viewing modes Entertainment server software Plex has just received an update that makes it easier to find new content added to servers, the company has announced. The update brings server alerts to the company’s mobile apps, making it easier for users to find out when new videos, images, and audio files are added to a server. The alerts arrive in the form of push notifications on mobile.last_img read more

Insurers Could Be Caught In Health Laws Smoker Glitch

first_imgAs the health overhaul’s implementation marches on, the Obama administration has limited a provision relating to the cost of smokers’ premiums and one news outlet looks at the effects on plans available to college students.The Wall Street Cheat Sheet: Watch Out Insurers, This Obamacare Glitch May Be A ChallengeObamacare regulations intended that older insurance enrollees could be charged up to three times more than younger people, while a smoker could be hit with a surcharge of up to 50 percent. At least that was how the system was supposed to work. A glitch in in the code running the federal computer systems that operate the health insurance exchanges could limit the penalties charged for most smokers, proportionally increasing the insurance costs for younger tobacco users. This error will only add to the problems bogging down the implementation of Obamacare as it will prevent the system from functioning as it was designed (Foley, 7/13).The Wall Street Journal: A Cure For Student Health Woes?Student health-insurance plans are getting better—and pricier. Just a few years ago, such plans were under fire for skimpy annual benefit limits that often topped out well below $100,000. Some plans didn’t cover prescription drugs or treatment for mental-health or substance-abuse problems. Those days are gone. Under the Affordable Care Act, the minimum annual benefits limit will jump to $500,000 for the 2013-14 school year, up from $100,000 in 2012-13 (Blumenthal, 7/13).In other health care news –Marketplace: Affordable Care Act May Free Some From Working For Health InsuranceThere are lots of predictions the Affordable Care Act will force employers to lay off employees, reduce hours, and cut seasonal positions. But a report released Monday from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that up to nearly 1 million workers may voluntarily leave their jobs because of the new health care law. For empirical evidence of this, the authors point to something dramatic that happened in Tennessee back in 2005. Finances forced state officials to kick 170,000 people off the Medicaid program, which primarily serves low-income residents (Gorenstein, 7/15).Reuters: U.S. Community Health Centers Eye Obamacare’s Newly Insured Community health centers expect to sign up millions of newly insured patients under President Barack Obama’s health reform law, but U.S. budget cuts just as they need to beef up services may make it hard to keep the newcomers. … with scant funding to improve their services and level of care, the centers are scrambling to ensure they can keep the new patients. The fear is that, over time, many of the insured patients will look for better service at private practices and hospitals, diverting a fresh source of much-needed income for the centers (Abutaleb, 7/14). Minneapolis Star Tribune: Health Insurers To Soon Refund Excess Non-Medical PremiumsChecks will be going out to more than 8,000 Minnesotans and a number of businesses in the coming weeks in a rebate program established as part of federal health care reform. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar collected in premiums on medical care, as opposed to marketing, commissions, administration and profits. Insurers that fall under the mark must return the difference to consumers and businesses in a check or premium rebate (Crosby 7/12).NBC News: Breastfeeding Venture Aims To Milk ObamacareAn Obamacare rule that entitles moms to free breast pumps and breast-feeding services from their insurers is opening new business opportunities for breastfeeding supporters—and encouraging healthier babies and mothers at the same time. The venture’s pitch to insurance companies and big firms that self-insure: Use their service to obtain electric breast pumps for new moms, and then to provide those moms with lactation consulting services that will support them in the goal of continuing to breastfeed their babies (Mangan, 7/14). Insurers Could Be Caught In Health Law’s Smoker Glitch This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

State Highlights In Mo Mercy Sues Aetna For Not Paying For Some

first_img Texas Tribune: The Q&A: Elmer Bernstam According to Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb County has metro Altanta’s third-lowest mortality rate, falling behind Gwinnett and Forsyth. But there are still some threats to healthy living that residents should look out for. Cobb County’s mortality rate is dominated by three main causes: cardiovascular issues, cancer and external causes. (Santos, 6/20) Amy Carey’s recent Facebook post chronicled how her 3-year-old son, Cason, “almost became 1 of the 40 kids that will die this year from being in a hot car.” On average, 37 kids die in sweltering cars each year, according to noheatstroke.org…In her post, Carey explained that she was cleaning in the kitchen on June 15 while her son Cason was “playing ‘Minecraft’ in his brother’s room.” Carey is a mom to four boys, between the ages of three and 10. (Ehrler, Haley and Rasheed, 6/20) Mercy, the Chesterfield-based Catholic health system, is suing insurance giant Aetna, claiming the company failed to pay the full amount for care provided to certain newborns. The lawsuit, filed by Mercy on Friday in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis, alleges that Aetna is violating its end of a payment agreement that the two have had in place since 2007. (Liss, 6/21) The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Passes Revised Buffer-Zone Law For Abortion Clinics The Baltimore Sun: New Accounts Will Help People With Disabilities Save For The Future St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mercy Accuses Aetna Of Failing To Pay Claims For Some Babies, Sues For $4.1 Million Columbus City Council on Monday unanimously passed an amended version of its ordinance to establish a buffer around Planned Parenthood sites, a move that essentially uses a law already in place against disorderly conduct but increases the penalty for violators. Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown had proposed the ordinance as a way to establish a 15-foot buffer around reproductive medical centers and to protect workers and women from aggressive anti-abortion protesters. (Sullivan, 6/20) Atlanta Journal Constitution: Live In Cobb County? This Is How You’ll Probably Die Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota Health Officials Warn About Handling Chicks, Young Poultry The Associated Press: NYC Man Charged With Running $5M Medicaid Fraud Scheme center_img The Kansas City Star: Mental Hospital Or School, Job? Fate Of Teens With Mental Illness Rests On Getting Help Early A law passed in this year’s [Maryland] General Assembly session will allow families and disabled people to set aside up to $14,000 a year — up to $100,000 total — without affecting eligibility for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other government programs. Officials say an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Marylanders may be eligible to save. (Woods, 6/20) State Highlights: In Mo., Mercy Sues Aetna For Not Paying For Some Newborns’ Care; Columbus, Ohio, OKs Abortion Buffer-Zone Law Outlets report on health news from Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, Iowa, Texas, New York and Minnesota. Headlines tell of a mental health crisis in this country: Not enough funding to help the most vulnerable people. Poorly run and sometimes dangerous state mental institutions. Troubled people committing terrible crimes. Too many people slip past programs that could help; too many end their lives by suicide. (Robertson, 6/21) The Minnesota Department of Health has issued a warning about handling baby chicks or other young poultry. Over the past several months there have been nine cases of salmonella in Minnesota linked to handling young birds. Department veterinarian Stacy Holzbauer said even birds that look clean can have enough bacteria on their down, feathers or feet to make a person sick. (Steil, 6/20) The Des Moines Register: Iowa Mom: My Son Nearly Died In A Hot Car. Don’t Let It Happen To You Authorities say a New York City man made off with $5 million in a Medicaid fraud scheme. Authorities arrested Joseph Wright Monday morning and charged him with grand larceny, health care fraud and insurance fraud. Wright is the CEO of Assistance By Improve II, Inc. (6/21) Elmer Bernstam is a professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics and McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is heading an initiative to facilitate the sharing of medical records among UT System-owned hospitals and clinics. (Conway, 6/20) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Now a Phenomenal £100 Price Cut off the Smart Speaker Made for

first_imgThe Google Home Max is pieced together bit by bit with the aim to produce a pitch perfect sound worthy of the music industry’s best. Working in sync, the smart speaker comes equipped with two custom tweeters and dual 4.5-inch woofers, meaning you’ll enjoy the clarity of both the highs and lows of every musical number. Cased in fabric that leaves room for each unique bubble of acoustics, every last touch to the Google Home Max is a music lover’s dream.Related: Amazon Prime Day Smart Home DealsSitting at 13.2 by 7.4-inches, it goes without saying a device that can produce this kind of sound isn’t exactly small. But in Google’s iconic, minimal design choices, the Google Home Max will easily assimilate into your interior and improve the overall running of your household.As well as its impressive speaker engineering, the Google Home Max ticks all the usual boxes expected of a smart speaker and its AI assistant counterpart. Ask Google just about anything and it’ll see that it’s done. Ask about the weather, turn on the playlist that kick starts your day, or control the other smart devices in your home. With hands-free voice control, simply ask and you’ll get, each request delivered in crisp audio. Best Google Home Max DealGoogle Home Max Hands-Free Smart Speaker, ChalkA great smart speaker choice for those who are after optimal sound quality, the Google Home Max comes with dual sub-woofers and dual tweeters for a real spectrum of perfect audio. Ask Google to blast a tune and sit back and listen to an amazing range.John Lewis|Save £100|Now £199View DealNow £199|Save £100|John Lewis Complete with a two-year guarantee, now is the time to make on this huge price crash. Buy the Google Home Max with a hefty £100 cut from its price tag and buy for just £199.Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor You can now buy the premium Google Home Max with a £100 price cut off its RRP.Supremely designed to output top quality audio, John Lewis is offering the Google Home Max for just £199, £100 off its original price point. Save just over a third on the jacked smart speaker and see for yourself how the gadget steps it up above the rest. Best Google Home Max DealGoogle Home Max Hands-Free Smart Speaker, ChalkA great smart speaker choice for those who are after optimal sound quality, the Google Home Max comes with dual sub-woofers and dual tweeters for a real spectrum of perfect audio. Ask Google to blast a tune and sit back and listen to an amazing range.John Lewis|Save £100|Now £199View DealNow £199|Save £100|John Lewis We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.center_img Deals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Day brings you the Amazon Echo Dot for the price

first_imgThe 3rd Gen Echo Dot has had its sound quality beefed up substantially, and you can also use Alexa to find out about things like the weather, get the headlines, set alarms or listen to music. Buy two of these and you can link them together to kick out stereo sound, a great option when they’re going this cheap.You can also use Alexa Skills (they’re like apps) to boost what the Echo Dot can do, giving you potentially thousands of extra uses.In our 4.5/5 review, homes editor David Ludlow said: “While the previous Echo Dots were cheap ways to extend smart home control all over your home, they weren’t the most attractive devices and had weedy sounds. The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) as a vast improvement on the originals, even though it costs exactly the same. ” praising its drastically improved sound. Amazon Echo Dot deals for Amazon Prime DayEcho Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – CharcoalAmazon’s 3rd Gen Echo Dot is out now for a new killer price. There’s loads of colours too, take a look!Amazon|Better than half price|Now $22View DealNow $22|Better than half price|AmazonEcho Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug – CharcoalThis super-cheap bundle gives you Amazon’s latest compact smart speaker along with an Amazon Smart Plug. Together you’ll be able to turn any appliance off and on with your voice.Amazon|64% off|$26.99View Deal$26.99|64% off|AmazonEcho Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Sandstone + Amazon Music Unlimited (6 months FREE w/auto-renew)Here’s a ridiculously affordable way to get started with a streaming package, with an 88% saving on an Echo Dot speaker and 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited.Amazon|6 Months of Music Unlimited|Now $22View DealNow $22|6 Months of Music Unlimited|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. So, there you have it. Skip a takeout, get one or two of these, join the smart speaker revolution. What’s not to love?Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Amazon Prime Day Dealscenter_img For just the price of a takeout, you can get your hands on one of Amazon’s 3rd Gen Echo Dot smart speakers, which combine a small form factor with the full capabilities of an Amazon Echo speaker. Both the Amazon Echo Dot and a bundle including an Amazon Smart Plug are better than half price. It’s Amazon’s most popular smart speaker, except it’s been updated with a fancy-looking fabric design and an improved speaker. Getting one of these usually is a bargainous $49.99, but here they’re practically giving them away, shipping an Echo Dot out to you for $21.99. If you want the bundle that includes a smart plug, it’s just $26.99. It’s a nearly obscene discount. Amazon Echo Dot deals for Amazon Prime DayEcho Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – CharcoalAmazon’s 3rd Gen Echo Dot is out now for a new killer price. There’s loads of colours too, take a look!Amazon|Better than half price|Now $22View DealNow $22|Better than half price|AmazonEcho Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug – CharcoalThis super-cheap bundle gives you Amazon’s latest compact smart speaker along with an Amazon Smart Plug. Together you’ll be able to turn any appliance off and on with your voice.Amazon|64% off|$26.99View Deal$26.99|64% off|AmazonEcho Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Sandstone + Amazon Music Unlimited (6 months FREE w/auto-renew)Here’s a ridiculously affordable way to get started with a streaming package, with an 88% saving on an Echo Dot speaker and 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited.Amazon|6 Months of Music Unlimited|Now $22View DealNow $22|6 Months of Music Unlimited|Amazon Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

China US trade war could slow world growth to lowest in three

first_img PARIS — Economic growth in China and the United States could be 0.2-0.3 per cent lower on average by 2021 and 2022 if the two countries do not row back on tit-for-tat tariffs in their dispute that has dampened the global economic outlook, the OECD said on Tuesday.U.S. President Donald Trump has raised tariffs on US$200 billion on Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent in the long-running trade row, while Beijing said it would hit back by lifting tariffs on US$60 billion in U.S. goods.The global economy would grow by only 3.2 per cent this year as growth in trade flows is nearly halved this year to only 2.1 per cent, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its biannual Economic Outlook.That would be the slowest pace of global economic growth since 2016 and was down marginally from the Paris-based policy forum’s last forecast in March for growth of 3.3 per cent.The world economy should fare slightly better next year with a growth rate of 3.4 per cent, but only if the United States and China pull back from tariff hikes announced this month.The OECD said growth in China and the United States could come in 0.2-0.3 per cent lower on average by 2021 and 2022 if the two nations did not reverse course.Related Stories:China says Trump ‘misleading’ people linking trade deal, slowing economyTrade war rebounds on the United States: KempIMF sees dangers from trade tensions, overvalued dollarWithout taking the latest round of tariff increases into account, the OECD forecast the United States would outpace other big developed economies with growth of 2.8 per cent this year, up from the 2.6 per cent the organization had projected in March.The world’s biggest economy was seen slowing to 2.3 per cent next year even if the new tariff hikes are not carried through.China, which is not an OECD country, has been seeking to stimulate its economy but growth was still seen easing from 6.2 per cent this year to 6.0 per cent in 2020, the lowest rate in 30 years for the world’s second-biggest economy.Global investors are closely watching to see how much more support Beijing will inject to shore up growth after China already loosened monetary policy, cut taxes and allowed local governments to issue special bonds to fund infrastructure projects.Japan’s export-dependent economy is suffering from the drop in trade flows with growth expected at only 0.7 per cent in 2019 and 0.6 per cent in 2020, trimmed from the OECD’s March forecasts of 0.8 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively.The eurozone is also paying a heavy price for the global trade slowdown, with its growth seen this year at 1.2 per cent before rising to 1.4 per cent year. That was slightly better than the 1.0 per cent and 1.2 per cent expected in March as Italy’s downturn proves slightly less severe than previously expectedMeanwhile, the OECD raised Britain’s growth forecast to 1.2 per cent this year from 0.8 per cent previously, as the prospect of its exit from the European Union was pushed back. UK growth is expected to fall to 1.0 per cent, marginally better than the 0.9 per cent expected in March. © Thomson Reuters 2019 China, U.S. trade war could slow world growth to lowest in three years, OECD warns Growth in trade flows could nearly halve this year Featured Stories Leigh Thomas Recommended For YouForeign exchange ratesLatam FX firms as dollar softens, stocks drop on trade jittersWall St falls as CSX results signal damage from trade tensionsFed: Sunny outlook for U.S. despite shade thrown by tradeLoonie firms as investors cheer firm domestic data 3 Comments advertisement Comment Reddit Facebook Sponsored By: Share this storyChina, U.S. trade war could slow world growth to lowest in three years, OECD warns Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More Growth in trade flows could nearly halve this year to only 2.1 per cent, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its biannual Economic Outlook.Getty Images Twitter Reuters Join the conversation → What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation May 21, 20198:10 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Email ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Sears agrees to consider revised takeover bid staving off liquidation for now

first_img Join the conversation → NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp agreed on Tuesday to consider a revised takeover bid from Chairman Edward Lampert, temporarily staving off a liquidation that would have spelled the end of the 126-year-old U.S. department store operator.Lampert’s latest attempt to rescue Sears came after his previous US$4.4 billion bid fell short, prompting the retailer to make liquidation preparations ahead of bankruptcy court hearing in New York on Tuesday.An attorney for Sears told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain that Lampert is expected to submit a revised offer for the retailer, along with a US$120 million deposit, by 4 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 9. He did not disclose details of the new offer. Sears to ask bankruptcy judge to liquidate, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, sources say Sears, facing liquidation, says it will close 80 more stores Eddie Lampert makes $4.6-billion bid to buy Sears in ‘last-ditch effort’ to keep retailer alive Drain said that Sears will consider Lampert’s offer versus a potential liquidation during a bankruptcy auction on Jan. 14.The development offers new hope that Sears could remain operational, albeit in smaller form, sparing the jobs of many of its 68,000 workers. Were Sears to liquidate its assets, it would become one of the most high-profile victims in the wave of bankruptcies that has swept the retail sector in the last few years, as the explosion in online shopping exacerbates the fierce price competition facing brick-and-mortar stores.In a stark contrast between e-commerce firms and many physical retailers, Amazon.com Inc became the world’s most valuable company for the first time this week, reaching a market capitalization of close to US$800 billion.Previous NegotiationsA main point of contention in the negotiations between Lampert and Sears previously centered on whether Lampert’s bid fully addressed the bankruptcy costs that Sears has racked up, according to sources familiar with the matter.The costs, which include bills from lawyers and financial advisers, are expected to exceed US$200 million, those sources said.Lampert’s bid proposed forgiving US$1.3 billion of debt he holds in exchange for ownership of the reconstituted Sears, a bankruptcy manoeuvre known as a credit bid.In addition, Lampert wanted a release from legal exposure related to a series of transactions he completed with the retailer before it filed for bankruptcy protection. Those made him the company’s biggest creditor, in addition to its largest shareholder.Lampert’s offer did not include putting up cash to back the credit bid. That raised concerns in the negotiations since the maneuver might not be allowed in court, the sources said, given ongoing investigations of Lampert’s pre-bankruptcy deals, which the hedge fund manager maintains were proper.Unsecured creditors have pushed for Sears to liquidate, partially because they contend they will realize a better financial recovery if it does. Those creditors, which include Sears landlords and bondholders, have also questioned Lampert’s pre-bankruptcy transactions with the retailer.Sears’ bankruptcy, which includes discount chain Kmart, followed a decade of revenue declines, hundreds of store closures, and years of deals by billionaire Lampert in an attempt to turn around the company he put together in 2005 through an US$11 billion deal.Sears dates back to the late 1880s and its mail-order catalogs. Merchandise from toys, medicine, gramophones, automobiles, kit houses and tombstones made it the Amazon of its time.The iconic retailer gradually lost its shine, however, as consumers turned to e-commerce and brick-and-mortar rivals such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp.Lampert had pledged to restore Sears to its glory days, when it owned the tallest building in the world as well as a radio station and Allstate insurance.But critics say Lampert let the stores deteriorate over the years, even as he bought the company’s stock and lent it money.The largest U.S. toy retailer, Toys ‘R’ Us, tried to emerge from its 2017 bankruptcy filing but was also forced to liquidate six months later, after creditors lost confidence in its turnaround plan.© Thomson Reuters 2019 Jessica DiNapoli and Mike Spector Twitter Reuters Share this storySears agrees to consider revised takeover bid, staving off liquidation for now Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit 0 Comments Facebookcenter_img Email More Comment Recommended For YouPanama to withdraw flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violationsIcahn launches proxy fight after stalled talks with Occidental CEOWeWork to host Wall Street analyst day in IPO push-sourcesBulging fuel stocks put spotlight on slack oil consumption: KempCanada says it is close to deal with EU on possible fix to WTO deadlock January 8, 20192:12 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing The iconic Sears could be heading into liquidation if its board rejects a bid by company chairman Eddie Lampert to keep the business running in its entirety.AP Photo/Seth Wenig Sears agrees to consider revised takeover bid, staving off liquidation for now The development offers new hope that Sears could remain operational, sparing the jobs of many of its 68,000 workers last_img read more

WatchManulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted

first_imgManulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted digital banking packages New offering will use combination of mobile and tech-driven products created to help younger customers save money Share this storyManulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted digital banking packages Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Barbara Shecter 4 Comments Comment Twitter Email June 9, 20197:00 PM EDTLast UpdatedJune 10, 201912:55 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Facebook Recommended For YouMexico and U.S. try new trade fix to win over Democrats -officialPosthaste: Earnings season kicks off, China growth slowest on record … and biggest Prime Day everMexico calls U.S. investigation its steel ‘normal’EarFun UBOOM Bluetooth Speaker Stands as a Spectacular Entry into the Wireless Audio GameTrump issues order that appears to target China’s Huawei More Reddit The pitch is that customers will be able to sign up for four products in four minutes — including an unlimited-transaction bank account, a high-interest savings account, a no-fee cash-back credit card and travel insurance.While high interest and low fees are traditionally used to compete with the big banks, Lunny said that after conducting market research Manulife opted to waive fees to reward savings.“We wanted to encourage millennials to save money. They tell us that they need help with saving money,” he said.The suite of products is a bold move for Manulife Bank, which has made modest waves in the past with such individual products as a combined mortgage and bank account, and a high-interest savings account that allows online and mobile bill payments.“Most of those products have not been copied by the big banks, so we see a great opportunity here with our existing products, but also with this new innovative digital banking package,” Lunny said.The bank expanded its retail reach in 2015 by rolling out more than 800 automated banking machines in variety stores across the country. Canada’s biggest banks have a track record of swallowing up competitors – from upstart retail banks such as ING Direct to the Canadian credit card portfolios of U.S. banks including JP Morgan and Citigroup.But another giant on the domestic financial services landscape, Manulife Financial Corp., is taking aim at the big banks’ customers with the launch of a multi-product banking package by subsidiary Manulife Bank.After more than 25 years of nipping at the edges of retail banking dominated by Canada’s Big Five banks, Manulife Bank hopes to gain share through a combination of mobile and technology-driven products and the prospect of lower fees. Manulife zeroes in on Canada’s rich as it looks to grab a bigger slice of growing wealth industry Inside the power struggle between big banks and fintechs to modernize financial services Meridian Credit Union making more inroads onto Big Banks’ home turf “If you ask who our target audience is, it is customers who are dealing with the big banks,” Rick Lunny, chief executive of Manulife Bank, told the Financial Post.He said the primary target of the new bank account, credit card and travel insurance package is the millennial crowd. And one of the features is that a $10 monthly fee will be waived for customers who manage to add $100 or more to their savings that month.While some research suggests the millennial generation is not interested in dealing with traditional financial institutions, Lunny, who worked for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commercial and Toronto-Dominion Bank earlier in his career, said Manulife’s own research shows that 80 per cent of 22- to 37-year-olds say the big banks are their primary financial institution.He said Manulife Bank aims to capture customers in this demographic by combining digital and mobile banking – the paperless experience championed by upstart fintech companies – with the backing of the large and stable insurance company.“We see it as a terrific opportunity there for us to go with our size and depth,” Lunny said, adding that the new package, developed over more than two years, will be backed by a strong marketing push.For technical and artificial intelligence expertise, Manulife has partnered with four fintech firms — two in Canada, one in New York and one in Singapore, he said.Most of those products have not been copied by the big banks, so we see a great opportunity … with this new innovative digital banking package.Rick Lunny, CEO, Manulife Bank Join the conversation →last_img read more

2018 National Drive Electric Week Was A Huge Success

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Above: NDEW’s City Captain Garrick Garcia in Kihei, HI explains his excitement about EVs with a fleet of Teslas in the background (Photo Credit: Deanna Garcia) 2017 National Drive Electric Week Breaks Records Above: Klaus Vietor talks with a student about his 2012 Tesla Model S at the Orlando, FL event (Photo Credit: Michelle Barron, UCF Sustainability Initiatives) Check Out National Drive Electric Week RECORD-BREAKING ‘NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK’ DREW OVER 180,000 ATTENDEES THIS YEAR [GALLERY]I had a fantastic time at this year’s National Drive Electric Week event in Sarasota, Florida. But, that was just one event. It turns out, according to Mary Lunetta (via Sierra Club’s Compass), “In its eighth annual celebration, National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) broke every record, with more than 180,000 people attending 321 events in three nations and all 50 states.”Check Out These Stories: Above: Electric cars at an event in Middletown, CT (Photo Credit: Andrew Kasznay)Ride-and-drives, driveway chats, and family-friendly festivals gave electric vehicle owners a chance to showcase the benefits (and value) of EVs. Gina Coplon-Newfield, the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Director, explains: “Across the country, it’s clear that people are tired of the same old gas-guzzling cars and buses — they want clean transportation, and they want it now.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: A look at the NDEW event in West Windsor, NJ (Youtube: NJRE)Check out the gallery below to catch a glimpse of National Drive Electric Week as it unfolded all across the country (and world) this year…GALLERY Above: Three of four Tesla Model 3s that showed up at the Golden, CO event; the one on the left had 26 miles on the odometer because its owners came straight from taking delivery of it at Tesla’s store in Littleton (Photo Credit: Jim Smith)Some significant milestones occurred at a bunch of NDEW events this year. For instance, “Retailer L.L. Bean announced plans to host the largest number of charging stations in Maine at its flagship store, and California Governor Brown signed multiple bills to reinforce the state’s fight against climate change and boost the state’s electric vehicle market.” Tesla A Future Trillion Dollar Company? Above: Volkswagen eGolf, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Sonata BlueDrive, Chevy Bolt, Fisker Karma, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Tesla Model S, and a Chevy Volt were all on display at the Akron, OH event (Photo Credit: Drive Electric Northeast Ohio) Above: Despite stormy weather reports, the Bellevue, WA event turned out beautifully (Photo Credit: Grace Reamer) Above: A Tesla Model X draws attention at the Birmingham, AL NDEW event (Photo Credit: Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition) Above: Volta Charging converted their headquarters into an EV-only drive-in movie theater for their NDEW San Francisco event (Photo Credit: Kristy Morgan) Above: Third annual EV car show kicked off National Drive Electric Week in Hyattsville, MD (Photo Credit: City of Hyattsville)In addition, “Vermont governor Phil Scott announced the state’s $2.4 million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant Program, funded by the Volkswagen settlement that resulted from the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.” Meanwhile, politicos from New Jersey, “shared information about the state’s new grant program that provides up to $6,000 for EV chargers at workplaces and multifamily dwellings.” Above: A Fiat 500e and Nissan Leaf parked nearby a Tesla Model X at the Fargo, ND event (Photo Credit: William Weightman)===Source: Sierra Club; Compass / Photos: National Drive Electric Week Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 4, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

What Car Tests Jaguar IPace Is It Better Than Tesla Model S

first_imgHow does the all-new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace stack up against Tesla?We’ve seen and shared many a comparos between the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. This is mostly due to Jaguar’s marketing scheme and the fact that both are labeled as crossovers. However, the I-Pace should be compared to the similarly priced Model S as well, and perhaps even the Tesla Model 3. This is especially true since it doesn’t offer the seating capacity or cargo volume of the Tesla falcon-winged crossover. What Car? calls the I-Pace an electric and an SUV, pointing out that it competes in two segments. At any rate, let’s take a look at What Car?’s take on this “bang on trend” entrant.More Jaguar I-Pace Coverage: 2019 Jaguar I-PACE: A Very Rare Extended Test Drive Compared: 2019 Audi e-tron vs Tesla Model X vs Jaguar I-Pace: Video Jaguar I-Pace Motorway Range Test: Video Yes, What Car? calls the I-Pace “bang on trend” and reminds us that being on trend is critical in today’s car market. We’ve seen time and time again that many legacy automakers’ electric cars aren’t selling like hotcakes, but what if they’d gone with an SUV instead of a quirky compact car? The huge popularity of the upcoming Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona EV may provide us an answer to that question. Still, ahead of the arrival of the Audi e-Tron, Jaguar is the only automaker aside from Tesla that has come forth with an all-electric luxury crossover.We’re happy to report that the I-Pace covered over 250 miles in WhatCar?’s extensive range test. It offers incredible torque, a coddling ride, composed handling, and precise steering. What Car? says the cabin is a major upgrade from previous Jags and the front seats are supportive and highly adjustable. The I-Pace provides tons of versatile, small-item storage and the rear outboard seats are comfortable and spacious, unless you’re taller than six feet. However, the middle seat has a harder back rest. You can’t fit as much cargo in the I-Pace as you can in the Model S, but capacity is still impressive.Check out the video for more details. Then, share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.Video Description via What Car? on YouTube:2019 Jaguar I-Pace review – a better EV than the Tesla Model S? | What Car?Being both an electric car and an SUV, the I-Pace is bang on trend, competing in two sectors of the car market that are growing fast. So, how does Jaguar’s I-Pace compare to Tesla’s Model S & Model X?JAGUAR I-PACEcenter_img 14 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar Returns In New Teaser

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 8, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News While Pininfarina has also released another teaser image of the car which, frankly, doesn’t tell us a lot, its latest press release highlights the work done through the last more than 10 months in regards to the selection of “the world’s leading specialist car retailers” to support the launch of the Battista. The result is relationships with retailers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, where the car will be offered.“We are passionate about the customer journey, the touchpoints, and the full Pininfarina experience – our retail specialists fulfill the promise for us around the world and share our passion for Pininfarina’s provenance and the potential of electrification in a luxury brand,” Michael Perschke, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, comments. “We believe our retail specialists will become evangelists of the brand as they take on the privilege of caring for Pininfarina cars and clients.”The initial plan of the manufacturer is to have a network of between 20 and 25 global retailers which will cover the 150 clients of the Battista. As the brand’s range expands, it will add further touchpoints “while still retaining exclusivity.”So far, for the North American region, Pininfarina has secured relationships with “luxury and high-performance vehicle specialists” in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver, while customers in Europe, at least initially, will have six touchpoints – Birmingham, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London, Monaco, and Stuttgart.The market launch of the Battista is scheduled for 2020 with 50 examples destined for North America, 50 for Europe, and 50 for the Middle East and Asia markets. Karma Teams With Pininfarina For Product Development Electric Pininfarina Battista Shows Its Sleek Nose In New Teaser Rivian R1S To Form Foundation For Pininfarina Electric SUV 50 examples of the electric hypercar are destined for North America.Automobili Pininfarina’s ambitions for its first-ever production electric hypercar are getting more and more serious. After revealing some amazing preliminary details about the vehicle itself, the company is proud to announce applications to buy and own the Battista can now be made online through a special site. Not only that – the automaker will have a global network of retails specialists all around the world.More Pininfarina Newslast_img read more

Tesla CEO Elon Musk A Genius With A Grand Quest Full Of

first_img Tesla CEO Elon Musk Has A Knack For Getting His Way Elon Musk Reminds Us Of Tesla’s Mission And Open Patents Above: While in Oslo supervising the European Model 3 launch, Musk ran into a Tesla fan (Twitter: Helia Albuquerque)According to a recent article in CNBC Make It, Musk admitted that, “The fundamental goodness of Tesla … so like the ‘why’ of Tesla, the relevance, what’s the point of Tesla, comes down to two things: acceleration of sustainable energy and autonomy.”“The acceleration of sustainable energy is absolutely fundamental, because this is the next potential risk for humanity,” Musk said. “So obviously, that is, by far and away, the most important thing.”Furthermore, it’s reported that, “Between 2035 and 2045, autonomous vehicles could save 585,000 lives ‘conservatively,’ according to a 2017 report released by Intel.” Musk concurs — noting that self-driving cars are poised to “save millions of lives.” ELON MUSK: THE HIGHER PURPOSE OF TESLAWith Tesla, Elon Musk set out to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy. With solar, battery storage, and electric cars, Musk is looking (deeply) at practical clean energy solutions for the planet. He’s even opened the company’s patents to expedite EV adoption by others in the auto industry.Check Out These Stories: *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Source: Electric Vehicle News Above: A look at Tesla’s Model 3 (Image: Tesla)And it’s not just the feel-good aspect of improving driver safety either. Musk adds, “if you’re on the road, you can spend time doing things that you enjoy instead of [sitting] in terrible traffic. So it’s extremely important.”Other luminaries have lauded the Tesla CEO for his relentless pursuit of the company’s mission — along with his breathtaking ambition at SpaceX. In the UK last year, Musk was honored among 50 eminent scientists, researchers and engineers and named as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has gone so far as to say that Elon Musk will “transform civilization as we know it.”And it’s not just scientists and environmentalists that feel this way. Billionaire business icons also seem to agree. Richard Branson. Mark Cuban. Larry Ellison. Ron Baron. Larry Page. Why? A fascinating Bloomberg documentary, produced a few years back, helps provide insight into why so many revere the Iron Man..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Bloomberg’s ‘Risk Takers’ documentary examines the drive, ambition, and success of Elon Musk (Youtube: Bloomberg)Perhaps Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk’s biographer, sums it up best: “He’s the possessed genius on the grandest quest anyone has ever concocted. He’s less a C.E.O. chasing riches than a general marshaling troops to secure victory. Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to … well … save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.”===Source: CNBC Make It, Bloomberg*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Renowned Artist Celebrates Tesla’s Elon Musk In Epic Illustration: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 18, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Combined EV Sales In US Europe Less Than Half Of China In

first_img Global Electromobility Share Charted – March 2019 More pure electric car sales in China in Q1 2019 as the whole of Europe and US combined.source: https://t.co/JrJPrLdAAN pic.twitter.com/cyhJhc1wkW— Matthias Schmidt (@auto_schmidt) April 18, 2019 In March 2019 Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Germany Nearly Hit 10,000 In terms of BEV, sales China is second to noneThe Chinese plug-in electric market, and all-electric in particular, gradually expanded to a level that is now totally out of reach for the U.S. and Europe, even if we combine the two. In fact, China can now overcome the entire world in terms of BEV production and sales.AID analyst Matthias Schmidt (SchmidtMatthias.de) points out that during Q1 some 227,000 all-electric vehicles were registered in China (official CAAM data), while registrations in Western Europe amounted to just 81,100 (already a big record). In the U.S., the BEV car market is estimated at 41,000 for Q1.More sales reports Data Suggests Over 15,000 Tesla Model 3 Were Sold In Europe Last Monthcenter_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Those results are reflected in the high position of Chinese models and manufacturers in plug-in cars in the global rank, with one major exception being Tesla/Tesla Model 3, which manages to fight for the first spot. While we keep our fingers crossed for Tesla as the biggest hope for the West, there would need to be more push to at least restore some healthy balance.New BEV registrations in Q1 2019:China – ≈227,000 (65.2%)Western Europe- ≈81,100 (23%)U.S. – ≈41,000 (11.8%)Total: ≈348,100last_img read more