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Posts from April, 2015

Shelby GT350 Mustang limited to 137 units for 2015 model year

Apr 30

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Mustang, Ford is building just 100 examples of the latest Shelby GT350 and 37 units of the GT350R for the 2015 model year.

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Shelby GT350 Mustang limited to 137 units for 2015 model year originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jaguar F-Pace snapped inside and out

Apr 30

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Jaguar’s upcoming F-Pace crossover has been spotted up close and personal, inside and out, while undergoing pre-production testing wrapped in camouflage.

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Jaguar F-Pace snapped inside and out originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazdaspeed3 concept tipped for Frankfurt debut

Apr 30

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Rumors out of Australia are pegging a Frankfurt debut for a Mazdaspeed3 Concept, a car that will allegedly herald a nearly 300-horsepower production model.

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Mazdaspeed3 concept tipped for Frankfurt debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Land Rover gives Discovery Sport new Ingenium diesel power [w/videos]

Apr 30

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The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is now being offered (in certain markets) with the frugal new Ingenium diesel engine, available in two states of tune.

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The United States Just Might Be Iran’s Favorite New Nuclear Supplier

Apr 30

Lasrick writes: Nick Gillard from Project Alpha points out that for more than 3 decades, Iran has purchased goods for its nuclear program largely from the shadows. With the Framework Agreement, that will almost certainly change: “According to the US State Department, one of the agreement’s provisions creates a dedicated procurement channel for Iran’s nuclear program. This channel will monitor and approve, on a case-by-case basis, the supply, sale, or transfer to Iran of certain nuclear-related and dual-use materials and technology.” That is terrific news for US companies, because Iran is known to covet US-made parts required for their program, most of which are “dual-use.”


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Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Apr 30

Lucas123 writes: Disney CEO Bob Iger is one of eight co-chairs of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a leading group advocating for an increase in the H-1B visa cap. Last Friday, the partnership was a sponsor of an H-1B briefing at the U.S. Capitol for congressional staffers. The briefing was closed to the press. One of the briefing documents obtained after the meeting stated, “H-1B workers complement — instead of displace — U.S. Workers.” Last October, however, Disney laid off at least 135 IT staff (though employees say it was hundreds more), many of them longtime workers. Disney then replaced them with H-1B contractors that company said could better “focus on future innovation and new capabilities.” The fired workers believe the primary motivation behind Disney’s action was cost-cutting. “Some of these folks were literally flown in the day before to take over the exact same job I was doing,” one former employee said. Disney officials promised new job opportunities as a result of the restructuring, but the former staff interviewed by Computerworld said they knew of few co-workers who had landed one of the new jobs. Use of visa workers in a layoff is a public policy issue, particularly for Disney. Ten U.S. senators are currently seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors. Kim Berry, president of the Programmer’s Guild, said Congress should protect American workers by mandating that positions can only be filled by H-1B workers when no qualified American — at any wage — can be found to fill the position.”


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LG G4 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 Benchmarked

Apr 30

MojoKid writes: LG officially lifted the veil on its new G4 flagship Android phone this week and the buzz has been fairly strong. LG’s display prowess is well known, along with their ability to pack a ton of screen real estate into a smaller frame with very little bezel, as they did with the previous generation G3. However, what’s under the hood of the new LG G4 is probably just as interesting as the build quality and display, for some. On board the LG G4 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, the six-core little brother of the powerful and power-hungry Snapdragon 810 that’s found in HTC’s One M9. The One M9 is currently one of the fastest Android handsets out there, but its battery life suffers as a result. So with a six-core Snapdragon and a slightly tamer Adreno 418 graphics engine on board, but also with 3GB of RAM, it’s interesting to see where the G4 lands performance-wise. It’s basically somewhere between the HTC One M9 (Snapdragon 810) and the Snapdragon 805 in the Nexus 6 in CPU bound workloads, besting even the iPhone 6, but much more middle of the pack in terms of graphics and gaming.


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Fetch Robotics Unveils Warehouse Robots

Apr 30

gthuang88 writes: Warehouse automation has become a big business, with Amazon’s Kiva robots leading the way. Now a startup called Fetch Robotics is rolling out a pair of new robots that can pick boxes off of shelves, pass them to each other, and carry the goods to a shipping station. Fetch, led by Willow Garage veteran Melonee Wise, is competing with companies like Amazon’s Kiva Systems, Rethink Robotics, and Harvest Automation to develop dexterous, mobile robots for retail, distribution, and manufacturing.


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Google Announces "Password Alert" To Protect Against Phishing Attacks

Apr 30

HughPickens.com writes: Google has announced Password Alert, a free, open-source Chrome extension that protects your Google Accounts from phishing attacks. Once you’ve installed it, Password Alert will show a warning if you type your Google password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. This protects you from phishing attacks and also encourages you to use different passwords for different sites, a security best practice. Once you’ve installed and initialized Password Alert, Chrome will remember a “scrambled” version of your Google Account password. It only remembers this information for security purposes and doesn’t share it with anyone. If you type your password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page, an alert will tell you that you’re at risk of being phished so you can update your password and protect yourself.


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NASA Probe Spies Possible Polar Ice Cap On Pluto

Apr 30

astroengine writes: As NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft rapidly approaches Pluto for its historic flyby in July, the dwarf planet is gradually sliding into focus. And in the latest series of observations beamed back from the fringes of the Kuiper belt, surface features are becoming evident including the stunning revelation that Pluto may possess a polar ice cap. “As we approach the Pluto system we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto’s visible pole, starting the great scientific adventure to understand this enigmatic celestial object,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington D.C. “As we get closer, the excitement is building in our quest to unravel the mysteries of Pluto using data from New Horizons.”


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