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United shares sink 12% after CEO admits airline is in a 'competitive hole'

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 12 min ago
United Airlines shares plunged 12% after CEO Oscar Munoz told investors the company has dug itself into "a little bit of a competitive hole."
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Cities try to lure Amazon, but want to keep the details secret

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 32 min ago
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RT bucks DOJ request to register as a foreign agent

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 38 min ago
The Russian television network RT is resisting the U.S. government's request that its American arm register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
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No 'Flash' in the pan: Adobe at all-time high

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 40 min ago
The late Steve Jobs wrote a blistering critique of Adobe's Flash in 2010 and argued that the media player was a clunky old tech relic. Much of what he said was right. Flash was better off for PCs than phones.
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Audi's new naming system not coming to America

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Lindsay Lohan Hits Back at Critics Over Harvey Weinstein Remarks, Says No One Cared About Her Abuse

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 1 hour 46 min ago
LiLo claims no one stood up for her when she was abused by her former fiance after she faced scrutiny for defending the disgraced movie honcho.
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BMW Says it Won’t Build a Front-Wheel-Drive M Car

Motortrend News Feed - 2 hours 5 min ago

Much like AMG lately, BMW has expanded the number of vehicles it sells with the M badge. Not only can you get full M versions of many more cars than you could in the past, there are also now M-tuned trim levels that don’t quite get the full M treatment. But while BMW will gladly sell you an X4 M40i, don’t expect to see the M badge on front-wheel-drive vehicles anytime soon.

Speaking to Autocar, Dirk Hacker, vice president of the M division, said front-wheel-drive M cars aren’t happening. “You have to be able to feel the car…through the steering and the throttle,” said Hacker. “Today, there is no solution for front-wheel drive.”

Considering that BMW built the new X1 on a front-wheel-drive platform, and the M5 is now all-wheel drive, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the German automaker threw tradition out the window completely. But at least for now, we’re safe from an M-badged 2 Series Active Tourer.

Unfortunately, Hacker didn’t say a front-wheel-drive M car will never happen. He simply said there isn’t currently a way to get the steering and throttle feel an M car needs if you send the power to the front wheels. If BMW ever solves that problem, who’s to say the M division won’t change its mind?

Source: Autocar

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Shia LaBeouf Pleads Guilty, Gets a Year of Probation for Drunk Arrest

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 2 hours 27 min ago
The 'American Honey' actor escapes jail time after reaching plea deal in a case stemming from his Georgia arrest over the summer.
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Michel Roux Jr Celebrates the Whole Beast in Les Abats

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - 2 hours 36 min ago
The celebrated British chef takes the fear out of cooking offal with a selection of French influenced recipes for homecooks.
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Meet the bears predicting stock market doom

CNN News Feed - 2 hours 43 min ago
It's a lonely time to be a bear.
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IIHS Adds Passenger-Side Small Overlap Test to Awards Criteria

Motortrend News Feed - 2 hours 55 min ago

For the upcoming model year, vehicles will have to pass an additional crash test if they want to qualify for the highest award available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new passenger-side small overlap test replicates what happens when a vehicle’s right corner crashes into an object or another vehicle at 40 mph.

IIHS has issued ratings in the small overlap test for several years now, but only on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Starting with the 2018 model year, vehicles will have to earn “Good” or “Acceptable” ratings in the passenger-side test to be considered for the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The agency has already tested 13 midsize cars, and most of them performed well in the new crash category. The cars that earned “Good” scores include the 2017 Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Lincoln MKZ, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima as well as the 2018 Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, and Toyota Camry. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta squeaked by with an “Acceptable” rating.

Two sedans earned “Marginal” ratings: the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and Chevrolet Malibu. In both vehicles, the dummy’s head slid off the airbag and hit the dashboard. In the real world, such a crash could cause head injuries, says IIHS.

Despite a few issues, these vehicles generally performed much better in the test than vehicles that were previously tested for research. Unlike a group of 2014-2016 small SUVs that IIHS evaluated, none of the new crop of vehicles showed signs of structural problems. Instead, some of the new vehicles need to work on airbag protection, IIHS claims.

For this test, IIHS will accept test data and video footage from automakers to issue a score. If a car has a “Good” driver-side small overlap rating, IIHS may rate the vehicle’s passenger-side capabilities based on data submitted by automakers rather than its own tests.

Source: IIHS

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Charlie Puth Defying Gravity in 'How Long' Music Video

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 2 hours 55 min ago
The 'Attention' hitmaker climbs the wall while dancing and singing his remorse out in a music video for his latest single.
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Judge rejects Martin Shkreli's request to release his bail

CNN News Feed - 3 hours 5 min ago
Martin Shkreli cannot have back his $5 million bail, even though he's in jail.
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How Fiorucci Staged a Comeback via Hashtag

Elles Fashion News Feed - 3 hours 8 min ago

Insta girls in angel shirts: an explanation.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Set Wedding Date?

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 3 hours 42 min ago
The 'Suits' actress and her royal boyfriend are rumored to have booked a date for their nuptials as engagement is imminent.
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Electric VW Race Car Aims for Pikes Peak Record

Motortrend News Feed - 3 hours 55 min ago

Volkswagen announced today that it’s developing an all-wheel-drive electric race car to compete at next year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The goal? Set a new hill climb record for electric cars.

But Volkswagen says it’s about more than setting a record. This project is also about working to transform Volkswagen’s image as an automaker. In the wake of the massive diesel emissions scandal, VW is investing heavily in electric technology. By 2025, it claims it will offer 23 different all-electric vehicles.

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies,” said Frank Welsch, VW’s head of development. “Our electric race car will be equipped with innovative battery and drive technology. The extreme stress test posed by Pikes Peak will give us important feedback that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies.”

Plus, the last time VW attempted the Pikes Peak hill climb, things didn’t go quite as well as it had hoped. The twin-engined Golf it entered didn’t quite make it to the end of the 12.4-mile course. “It is high time for a rematch,” said Sven Smeets, VW’s head of motorsports.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place June 24, 2018. To set a new record, Volkswagen’s electric race car will have to beat Rhys Millen’s time of 8:57.118.

Source: Volkswagen

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GM to develop its own self-driving car tech

The Car Connection News Feed - 4 hours 3 min ago
General Motors CEO Dan Ammann said Tuesday that the Detroit automaker intends to make its own self-driving car hardware rather than rely on suppliers to deliver technology that may be shared with other automakers. Ammann said at a technology conference that GM's decision to develop autonomous car technology internally is driven by a sense of...
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2019 Audi A7 First Look: Four-Door Fastback Gets Techier

Motortrend News Feed - 4 hours 5 min ago

Revealed at an event in Audi’s hometown of Ingolstadt, Germany, the 2019 A7 hatchback is packed with a full array of semi-autonomous driving tech and the same multimedia system from the recently revealed A8 full-size luxury sedan. Like its predecessor, the 2019 Audi A7 is a hatchback with a coupe-like roofline, and will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. In Europe, the A7 will feature Audi’s new naming strategy with the 55 TFSI model launching first.

Although the 2019 A7’s silhouette hasn’t changed much, plenty of styling cues distinguish the new Audi from its predecessor including full-length LED taillights, a wider trapezoidal grille, thinner LED headlights, and larger openings in the lower front fascia in the S Line variant. The 2019 A7’s overall exterior styling follows that of the larger A8, which introduced Audi’s latest design language earlier this year. Alloy wheels are available up to 21 inches in diameter while, at least in Europe, the LED headlights are available in three variants, including Audi’s Matrix LED units with laser technology.

Inside, the 2019 Audi A7 features a similar interior layout as the larger A8 sedan with two large touchscreen at the center of the dash—the upper one measuring 10.1 inches and the lower one 8.6 inches. One difference in the A7’s interior is the three-spoke steering wheel instead of the A8’s super techy-looking two-spoke wheel, and the wood trim has been replaced with metal, hinting at the A7’s more sporting intentions. Audi’s slick virtual cockpit system, which replaces traditional analog gauges with a configurable 12.3-inch multi-information display, is also available.

For improved comfort, Audi has added new multi-adjustable front seats to a 2019 A7 with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. With two separate rear-seating options, the 2019 A7 is available as a four- and five-seater.

Like its larger sibling, the A8, the fully connected 2019 Audi A7 comes with a range of semi-autonomous driving features. Audi Connect has been upgraded to include car-to-x services to send out accident warnings and hazard information to other vehicles. The adaptive cruise control system is now complemented by the adaptive driving assistant, which features steering interventions to help keep you in your lane. The A8’s Traffic Jam Pilot feature won’t be available in the A7.

Powering the 2019 Audi A7 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As in the full-size A8, the A7 features a 48-volt primary electrical system and a belt alternator starter that works in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery to create regenerative braking and enable to car to coast with the engine off at speeds between 34 to 99 mph. The car’s engine start/stop system can now activate at speeds up to 14 mph and, with the help of the front camera, the A7 will restart once it sees the vehicle in front of you moving forward.

The 2019 Audi A7 will be available with a new suspension setup that includes all-wheel steering, which reduces that car’s turning circle by 3.6 feet. Additionally, the all-wheel steering system helps improve stability and make lane changing easier at speeds of 37 mph or higher by making the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front. The A7 will be offered with a standard steel spring suspension, the sport suspension with 0.4-inch lower ride height, a suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and a self-leveling air suspension. A sport differential option improves handling by actively distributing torque between the rear wheels to supplement the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Production of the 2019 Audi A7 will be at the automaker’s Neckarsulm facility in Germany with the first production models for its home market slated to roll out of the line in February 2018 and reaching U.S. shores later in the year. In other markets, a range of gas and diesel powertrains will be offered; however, the 3.0-liter turbo V-6 will be the car’s standard engine for the U.S. market until the likely arrival of more powerful S7 and RS 7 models.

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