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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

Who says only sedans can have all the environment friendly fun? At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is definitely showing that hulking utility vehicles can also join the party. The 2017 Kia Niro, which was already teased November last year, is a first of many things for the car maker, but what sets this Hybrid Utility Vehicle or HUV apart is exactly that. The Niro combines the engaging driving experience and functionality of a crossover with the fuel economy of hybrid engines, packaged in a design that will make you think twice about how hybrids look.

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Titanfall sequel tipped by new McFarlane Toys figures

It's been some time since Xbox One-exclusive Titanfall took the FPS-genre by storm, with its multiplayer-only, mech-based combat. Developed by Respawn, itself made up of Call of Duty vets, the game ran its course in terms of DLC releases over the first year, and now things have gone quiet for the series. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a follow-up, and the first hints of a "Titanfall 2" may have just been leaked by figurine maker McFarlane Toys.

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Rocket League gets recreated inside Halo 5

What do you do when there's a massively popular game, but it hasn't been released for your console of choice? Usually, there are just two options. You can wait and hope that it eventually gets released, or you can pony up the cash for that other console. Since people don't usually have a few hundred bucks to blow on just one game, they generally just end up waiting. But some people like to take the third option: Just remake the game yourself.

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Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

The future of high-speed internet in the US may be in growing fiber networks, but for people in remote locations, whether it be off the grid or in third-world countries, satellite internet is still the broadest solution. Unfortunately, internet delivered from satellites is slow, and that's something no one likes. Fortunately satellite company ViaSat has a plan to improve the situation, with a partner ship with Boeing that will see the launch of a new satellite class capable of an incredible 1 Terabit per second.

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Drones can autonomously follow forest paths with new software

There are hoards of people around the world who enjoy getting outdoors and hiking through paths in the forest and mountains. Sometimes when people unfamiliar with the terrain venture out accidents happen leading to injury or lost hikers. Typically finding these lost or injured hikers involves an expensive search with lots of people and often helicopters to search from the sky.

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T-Mobile launches LG K7, Windows 10 Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL

Just as the been pre-announced last month, a new kind of Alcatel smartphone has arrived on T-Mobile's shelves. While the carrier already has the OneTouch Fierce XL in its list, that one ran Android as expected. This new version, however, runs on Windows 10 Mobile, making it the first smartphone on T-Mobile's portfolio running that particular operating system. But as if to balance the forces and keep peace during Valentine's Day, T-Mobile has also launched one of LG's most recent budget-friendly, photography-oriented Android smartphones, the LG K7.

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Huawei Y6 Pro debuts with impressive 4,000mAh battery

Coming out of nowhere today, smartphone manufacturer Huawei has just launched a new mid-range, 5-inch device under the moniker of Y6 Pro. As the international release of the Enjoy 5, which debuted in China recently, the Y6 Pro is the latest in a number of new global smartphone launches for Huawei over the past few months, including the GX8 in the US, the Honor 5X in the UK, and the Mate 8. While not a flagship device, the Y6 Pro boasts of several impressive specs, along with a generously large battery.

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NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

Mars is a desolate and lonely place that also happens to be quite beautiful. During the time, that NASA's massive Curiosity rover has been cruising the landscape of the Red Planet NASA has offered up some very cool images for us to check out. One of my favorite is the Curiosity Selfie at the top of this story. More recently, NASA has offered up a 360-degree video that Curiosity shot.

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Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Residents of Kansas City are about to get a new option in on-demand, ride sharing services. Ford has announced that it's teaming up with the Boston-based Bridj to bring its on-demand shuttle service to the city, making use of the former's Transit vans, which are often used in the commercial sector for carrying equipment. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says the service will debut in early March with 10 Ford shuttles hitting the streets.

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