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Toyota’s first hydrogen automotive hasn’t even gone on sale but right here within the US, and already we’re listening to rumors a few comply with-up car. In response to the Australian web site Motoring, the Japanese auto big is planning on taking the identical gasoline cell system it utilized in its mid-vary Mirai sedan, and placing it into a better-finish Lexus LS limousine. For probably the most half, then, the brand new car will make use of the identical know-how, although Toyota will apparently should do some retro-becoming to be able to make it work inside the present Lexus LS. (In contrast to the LS, the Mirai was constructed from scratch as a hydrogen automotive.) If Motoring‘s report is right, the brand new Lexus may have a gasoline cell beneath the entrance seat, with the hydrogen tanks situated behind the rear seat. Additionally, although the LS wasn’t initially designed as a hydrogen car, it’s going to reportedly supply almost the identical vary as Toyota’s present FCEV: 239 miles, versus 300 on the Mirai. No phrase but on worth or whether or not this report is even true. And we suspect it might be some time earlier than anybody units the document straight — the hydrogen-fueled Lexus LS is rumored to launch “by 2017,” as much as two years from now.
For some time there it seemed like Kodak’s second had come and gone, however the previous few months have seen the imaging icon struggle again from the brink of irrelevance. Now the corporate’s planning to push a Kodak-branded smartphone, and fortunately it isn’t going to sue everybody within the enterprise alongside the best way this time. To be clear, Kodak will not truly make its personal units — as an alternative, it will farm out a lot of the improvement work to an English firm referred to as Bullitt (you already know, the individuals behind these uber-rugged Caterpillar telephones). Oh, and it will not look something just like the mockup you see above… we hope.
And right here you thought solely dangerous issues occur on Christmas. Whereas most corporations would keep away from saying excellent news on a day when nobody is paying consideration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk does issues a bit in another way. Musk simply teased some information on Twitter concerning the firm’s Roadster line, saying a forthcoming improve would endow the automotive with an almost four hundred-mile vary — sufficient to drive from LA to San Francisco with out having to cease for a recharge. As you possibly can think about, one can solely convey a lot in a one hundred forty-character tweet — Musk says he’ll be again tomorrow with extra particulars.
You recognize what goes rather well collectively? Christmas and video video games. This yr we have observed a little bit of a development: video games gifting away free stuff in mild of the vacation. Climate, err, whether or not it is snow masking Los Santos in GTA On-line, a six-hour trial of Madden or on-line multiplayer for Killer Intuition Basic, there isn’t any scarcity of goodies to maintain your console (perhaps you latterly unwrapped a PlayStation four or Xbox One?) busy for the subsequent few days. Let’s recap, we could? Along with the aforementioned inclement climate southern San Andreas is experiencing, for a restricted time you’ll be able to don a gingerbread masks in GTA On-line and begin deadly snowball fights along with getting a couple of unspecified presents on your stock tomorrow.
We have reviewed numerous nice merchandise this yr, and we will solely hope that our observations helped you decide the gadget that most accurately fits your wants. Nevertheless, not each gadget we take a look at goes to be a winner. We have seen our justifiable share of disappointments and mediocrity — in addition to a number of you need to utterly keep away from. Whereas we have been fortunate sufficient to not see any product this yr that could possibly be thought-about an outright catastrophe, there are nonetheless a number of whose dangerous factors have been sufficient to take their rating right down to the very backside of the pile. So, with out additional ado, listed here are our 5 lowest-scored merchandise of 2014.
Let’s face it, The Interview would have needed to be nothing in need of a masterpiece to justify all the drama round its launch. Nicely, it isn’t — however it’s not a horrible film both. The comedy concerning the assassination of Kim Jong-un prompted terrorist assault threats from hackers (and North Korea itself, in accordance with the FBI), which led to a sudden cancellation by Sony Footage and a response from President Obama. However in the long run, it is simply one other slacker bro-fest entry from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Rogen’s writing and directing associate), and James Franco. You will in all probability snigger a bit, as I did, when you’re a fan of their schtick. However if you cannot stand something by these guys, this film will not change your thoughts. On the similar time, it is clear that the story round The Interview will proceed to be one in every of probably the most fascinating media tales properly into 2015.
Merry Christmas, recreation followers: Each Xbox Stay and PlayStation Community are down this morning, apparently as a consequence of a denial-of-service assault. The infamous hacking group Lizard Squad — which already carried out earlier assaults on Microsoft and Sony — has claimed duty on Twitter for these newest outages. Whereas the group’s position in all of this stays unconfirmed, it is value noting that the group threatened final week to take down Xbox Reside and PSN, based on Enterprise Insider. And once more, Lizard Squad has already confirmed it might efficiently pull off such assaults, to not point out different malicious pranks.
Regardless of the trigger, the timing is clearly horrible: Loads of individuals certainly acquired one of many two consoles as Christmas presents in the present day, whereas many extra players would have fortunately spent the afternoon in entrance of the TV. Within the meantime, each Sony and Microsoft have acknowledged the issue, with Sony issuing a tweet and Microsoft posting a message on its help web site: “We’re working to deal with this as shortly as we probably can,” reads its standing web site. “Thanks on your endurance, Xbox members.” In an e mail, a Microsoft spokesperson declined to remark additional or say when the corporate expects to revive service. We have additionally requested Sony to remark and can replace this publish if and when it does.
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Snow is not one thing you’d often affiliate with Dubai, not when summers have a mean temperature of 104 levels F and the coldest of winters is just round fifty seven levels. However the Kleindienst Group of actual property builders are constructive they will simulate snowfall on the streets — or a minimum of on The Coronary heart of Europe (THOE) islands inside Dubai’s The World man-made archipelago. The group first introduced its plans to make it snow on the islands earlier this yr, however now it is sharing the way it plans to take action and has even made a check snowman, simply in time for Christmas. Firm CEO Josef Kleindienst advised 7 Days in Dubai that his firm plans to place snowmakers on choose THOE streets, which is made up of islands original after European places, similar to Austria, Germany, Sweden, St. Petersburg and Monaco.
So you’ve got acquired a number of days off, and also you’re in all probability trapped with household as well — this requires some critical binge-watching. Now’s the right time to compensate for all of these films and exhibits you could not find time for in the course of the yr. To assist information you thru the plethora of choices, we have compiled an inventory of one of the best stuff with a geeky bent you simply have to observe. We have prevented a number of the extra nicely-recognized decisions (however critically, Interstellar is value a shot whereas it is in theaters), and have as an alternative targeted on bringing to mild some extra obscure decisions. They are not all household-pleasant, however they’re all value your time.
We all know: Regardless of its greatest makes an attempt at proving in any other case, Fb and privateness have an oil/water fame — the newest authorized information relating to the corporate will not assist that any, both. A California decide just lately dominated that The Social Community will face a category-motion lawsuit following accusations that it peeked at customers’ personal messages with out consent to ship focused promoting. Fb tried to dismiss the claims, saying that it did not break any legal guidelines and that the alleged message scans have been protected beneath an exception within the Digital Communications Privateness Act, in accordance to Reuters. Which one particularly? That these “interceptions” are lawful in the event that they happen over the “bizarre course” of a service supplier’s enterprise. The presiding decide countered, saying that Zuckerberg and Co. failed to supply rationalization of how the scans fell underneath the web site’s odd course of enterprise.