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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 6, 2012

Welcome to the SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: Presidential Edition. The world of tech didn't come to a halt just because we needed to go out and vote, so in case you missed it, here's the big news from the day. We learned today that HTC and Verizon will be holding a press event on November 13, and it's there that we're expecting to get our first official introduction to the HTC DROID DNA. Speaking of HTC, the company gave us its earnings for October 2012 today, and they aren't looking all that great. Halo 4 officially launched today, but it isn't without its share of server problems, and physical Google Wallet cards have been confirmed on a Google support page.

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Ford falls in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey

Ford falls in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey

Ford has been marred with some pretty major issues lately, the latest being a new preliminary investigation by the NHTSA over reports of 2000 to 2003 Taurus and Mercury Sables experiencing sticking throttles. This investigation follows one initiated earlier this year into reports of sticky throttles in 2001 through 2006 Taurus and Sables. Now the company has taken another blow, falling from its high position in Consumer Reports' reliability rankings to the bottom rungs of the proverbial ladder.

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Details on the 2015 Ford Mustang surface

Details on the 2015 Ford Mustang surface

We already know that Ford is redesigning its iconic pony car, the Mustang for 2015. The new vehicle will celebrate the 50th birthday of the Mustang and is expected to debut on April 17, 2014. If that date is accurate, it would be exactly 50 years to the day since the original Mustang one on sale.

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2013 Ford F-150 V6 can tow 6,700 lbs

2013 Ford F-150 V6 can tow 6,700 lbs

Trucks are some of the best-selling vehicles on the road thanks in large part to the utility and their ability to tow lots of weight. For most people who have a boat or a travel trailer, a truck is the preferred vehicle. It used to be if you wanted to be able to tow a significant amount of weight, you needed a V8 engine under the hood.

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Ford working on natural fiber materials for automotive applications

Ford working on natural fiber materials for automotive applications

Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Weyerhaeuser to develop automotive applications for natural fiber materials. Ford is looking into the use of tree fibers called cellulose in some of the plastic composites used to produce its automobiles. Ford says that the use of cellulose in automotive applications has the potential to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and weight.

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Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Many manufacturers who are heavily into battery production, and usage are doing all they can to reduce their need for rare earth metals. China has the majority of the world supply of rare earth metals and has been increasing its grip on the materials to drive prices up. Ford has announced that its new lithium-ion batteries were designed to reduce the use of rare earth metals.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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