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BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

BMW says it won’t give up the Alphabet domain, trademark

Google's Larry Page introduced Alphabet yesterday, a holding company that will, as far as consumers go, not change much. You probably have noticed that Google didn't plant its new Alphabet website on the Alphabet.com domain, however, and that if you go to the website it doesn't have anything to do with Alphabet. That's because it is owned by BMW, as is the Alphabet trademark, and the auto maker has revealed in a statement that it has no interest in changing that.

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Next-Gen BMW 4 Series convertible to dump folding hard top to save weight

Next-Gen BMW 4 Series convertible to dump folding hard top to save weight

I always thought it was a great thing when cars went from soft fabric or vinyl tops to folding hard tops. A hard top is much better in an environment where the car and passengers are subject to temperature extremes. A hard top over your head will keep out the heat in the summer and cold in the winter much better than anything fabric. The downside is that the retracting hard tops are heavier and more expensive.

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EnLighten app from BMW shows you how long the light will stay red

EnLighten app from BMW shows you how long the light will stay red

All drivers can relate to the annoyance of a stop light that stays red way longer than you feel like it should. We naturally progress from annoyance at when the light will change to some level of being convinced that the light has stopped working correctly and we will never get to go. BMW has created an app that works in a few cities and will display on the infotainment screen in its cars.

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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Negotiations between Apple and BMW are tipped to reignite, after the German automaker reportedly wowed Tim Cook and other execs with its production talents. The Apple CEO and his colleagues paid an unpublicized visit to BMW last year, reports earlier this week suggested, with Cook attending a meeting at the car company's HQ, while other execs toured the Leipzig plant. Believed to be on the table, despite denials by BMW, are possible plans to collaborate on a car.

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BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple reported to be eying BMW i3 for its own EV plans

Apple making its own electric car is one of those news that refuses to die, much like a zombie. Although a surprising new venture for Cupertino, it falls in line with the tech world's recent obsession over the automotive industry, both in EVs and in self-driving cars. And there is strong evidence to support news of Apple's plans, as well as a steady flow of rumors, like this one that puts Apple chief exec Tim Cook in Germany to see if the BMW i3 electric car is a viable basis for its own.

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Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.

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BMW Group unveils new clean and quiet electric truck in Germany

BMW Group unveils new clean and quiet electric truck in Germany

The BMW Group has worked with the SCHERM Group to put the first 100% electric truck to work in Munich, Germany. The announcement makes BMW the first automobile maker in Europe to use a 40-ton electric truck for material transport on public roads. Interestingly, BMW didn’t build this electric truck; it comes from a Dutch manufacturer called Terberg.

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BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

For many years, the manual transmission was the transmission to get in all cars if you wanted the best fuel economy. In modern cars, the automatic transmission is the more fuel-efficient option. One place where the manual has remained a popular transmission choice is in the sports car, but even there it is going extinct. BMW has hinted that it may ditch the manual transmission in its M cars such as the M3 and M4.

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BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

The BMW i8 already looks like a car from the future, but this new version of it might be even more so. Just the other day we saw Toyota boasting about the mileage of its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and now BMW has come out with one of its own. Not a commercial model yet, though. This still unnamed research car will be the German car maker's plans for fuel cell powered automobiles. Curiously, Toyota actually plays an important role in those plans as well.

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BMW i8 with 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder, 450HP said to be in works

BMW i8 with 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder, 450HP said to be in works

BMW's i8, the incredible-looking plug-in hybrid, is believed to be getting a more powerful sibling in the near future, according to Auto Express. While we shouldn't be expecting anything with the "M" performance badge, the publication's sources say BMW's engineers are eager to show what an "i" can really do with its lightweight carbon fiber body. The main changes are said to be a bigger, more powerful engine, ditching the rear passenger seats, and a slightly more sporty design, possibly with a spoiler.

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