Archive for March, 2013

Nissan to launch electric-hybrid Pathfinder SUV this summer

Nissan to launch electric-hybrid Pathfinder SUV this summer

Nissan has announced plans to roll out a gas-electric hybrid version of its popular Pathfinder SUV this summer, a change that will bring with it a slight increase in both price and gas mileage. Neither a specific release date nor price were given, but word has it the SUV will cost about $3,000 more than the current non-hybrid Pathfinder, which has a starting price of $41,000, and goes up from there to nearly $50k.

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Volvo unveils world’s first Cyclist Detection system with automatic braking

Volvo unveils world’s first Cyclist Detection system with automatic braking

Volvo has unveiled the world's first cyclist detection system that offers fully automatic braking, causing the car to stop itself if a cyclist swerves in front of the vehicle. According to the manufacturer, Cyclist Detection is built upon its already existing detection and automatic braking technology, and will be implemented into all vehicles that use pedestrian detection.

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Hyundai shows off redesigned 2014 Equus sedan at New York International Auto Show

Hyundai shows off redesigned 2014 Equus sedan at New York International Auto Show

Hyundai has displayed its 2014 Equus luxury sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, boasting about its new "premium-sport" design and variety of luxury features. In addition to the redesign, which is as much about modern visual updates as it is about improved aerodynamics, the vehicle has some new standard features and multiple driving modes. We have a gallery of the car after the jump.

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Provision restricts US government Chinese purchases due to espionage worries

Provision restricts US government Chinese purchases due to espionage worries

Late last year, there was quite a bit of hoopla over whether the Chinese government was using devices from Chinese manufacturers such as ZTE and Huawei to spy on other nations. The manufacturers denied the claims, but it set off a firestorm of debate, and Canada moved to ban the devices. Now the US has slipped a review process into law to help safeguard against such attacks.

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Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Maps are handy items, especially when made to provide specific information that would be otherwise hard to visual or utilize, such as the specific locations of certain items, sites of phenomena, or more. Creating your own map can be tedious depending on the tool, and while businesses have been able to use Google Maps Engine, the average consumer hasn't had an easy way to create their own Google Maps-based map. This changes today, however, with the launch of Maps Engine Lite Beta.

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Man charged in 2011 Anonymous attack on Koch Industries

Man charged in 2011 Anonymous attack on Koch Industries

In the summer of 2011, it was revealed that Koch Industries was one of several big-oil-and-coal names shoveling out money to climate change skeptic Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, something that made his research seem more than a tad questionable. Shortly before this, however, were attacks on Koch Industries' website by the hacker collective Anonymous, with one Wisconsin man being indicted yesterday for helping them.

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Three arrested for trying to cut undersea Internet cable

Three arrested for trying to cut undersea Internet cable

Attacks on the submarine cables running along the ocean floors carrying massive amounts of Internet traffic aren't terribly uncommon. A series of the cables were severed for reasons unbeknownst back in 2008, for example, and again early last year, the latter of which cut off Internet service to various locations in Africa. Now three have been arrested for attempting to severe a cable feeding Internet to Alexandria.

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California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

This week, Santa Clara broke some new ground by blanketing its entire city with free public WiFi. The public WiFi network spans across 19 square miles, covering the 118,000 residents that live in the city. The free public WiFi network is part of an electric meter upgrade program provided by the city's utility provider, Silicon Valley Power. The new "smart" meters allow the company to wirelessly retrieve electricity and water usage data from homes, while also allowing its employees to connect while they're out on the field.

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