Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Volvo has had it up to här with drivers. The Swedish carmaker has spent decades building a reputation based on safety (and low-key luxury), but humanity’s taste for speeding, distraction, and impaired driving remains a threat no airbag, semi-autonomous system or moose-detection system can neutralize. So this week, Volvo announced a raft of potentially controversial initiatives that will help deliver on its Vision 2020 goal—no more deaths or serious injuries in its new cars—by making its customers behave.

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

Improving driver behavior hinges on knowing how the driver is behaving, so Volvo—at an event also marking 60 years since it introduced [...]  read more

A weekend in . . . Milan, Italy

It makes for a fascinating if slightly stressy tour. A quick nip around the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana uncovers a gem of a gallery where, in the library, … social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #travel #tours from Blogger via SEO Services

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Terrore sullo scuolabus, convalidato l’arresto di Sy: “Strage con finalità terroristica”

Milano – Deve restare in carcere Ousseynou Sy, l’autista che tre giorni fa ha sequestrato un bus con 51 bambini e gli ha dato fuoco. Lo ha deciso il gip di Milano Tommaso Perna che ha convalidato l’arresto e disposto la custodia cautelare. L’atto di convalida è stato depositato stamattina: il magistrato ha disposto la custodia cautelare nel carcere di San Vittore.Cronaca
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Walmart TV deals: Save $230 on a 43-inch LG 4K Smart TV

Enjoy March Madness on a brand new TV with help from Walmart’s game time TV sale that’s happening now. You can find excellent TV deals that include a wide range of different sizes, features, brands, and prices.

Right now you can get the LG 43-inch 4K Smart TV on sale for only $269.99. That’s a $230 discount and the lowest price we’ve seen for this UHD TV. The LG 43UK6300PUE not only features smart capabilities but it also offers AI (Artificial Intelligence) ThinQ technology. This allows your TV to become a smart home hub so you can use your voice through the LG Magic Remote to control your TV and other smart home devices.

The 4K high dynamic range and quad-core processor delivers accurate colors and sharp contrasts so you’ll feel like you’re watching the big game in person. The LG TV also features an ultra-slim design, so your TV will look sleek and seamless from every angle.

This is an excellent price for a 43-inch TV with premium features so if you’re [...]  read more

Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite.

As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least.

Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau, Airbus, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others, currently flies passengers around the New York City area, where it’s headquartered, offering the region’s wealthy $800 flights to the Hamptons, among other flights at various price points. According to Business Insider, it has worked with Uber in the past to help deep-pocketed Coachella attendees fly to and from the Van Nuys Airport to Palm Springs, renting out six-seat helicopters for more than $4,000 a pop.

Its latest pilot seems to target business travelers, connecting riders to the San Francisco International [...]  read more

Apple is ready for its Hollywood closeup, but will consumers bite?

You know, the first one you see when you turn on the Apple TV set-top box, which alerts you to the … Apple sees a bigger future for the app, as a launchpad for a new … Netflix started in 1997 and now dominates streaming, followed by Amazon Prime … Google debuted a new streaming gaming service.
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How Do You Pronounce Buttigieg? The Internet Counts the Ways

The trick to pronouncing presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg’s last name is to keep your lips almost totally puckered through all three syllables. At least, that’s the only way I’m able to do it. If I can get my lips halfway between a pout and a whistle, and say it in one quick exhale, I can get it. Bood-eh-jedge, bood-eh-jedge, bood-eh-jedge.

I learned this a few days ago from watching video after YouTube video of Buttigieg saying his own name. Until then, whenever I’d read the name Buttigieg—which wasn’t that often, until very recently—I’d read over the weird spelling, make the sound “boojig” in my mind, and move on. I was sure I’d never say the name aloud, and let’s be real, who has time to learn new things anyway.

Then, starting in early March, Buttigieg started popping up everywhere. A trickle of weird and unforgettable facts began seeping into the news cycle, each one more [...]  read more

Nokia says its phones sent data to China by mistake

The company also rejected talk that other phones would send similar data. Every Nokia phone outside of China sends device data to HMD Global servers (provided by Amazon Web Services) in Singapore, the company said, and abides by local laws.

This won’t necessarily put the Finnish investigation to bed, and the claims about the nature of the data don’t paint a full picture. While they don’t directly identify a person, they could be used with corroborating info to get a clearer picture of that person’s life. Still, the issue appears to have been fixed — it’s just an unpleasant reminder that a slip-up at the factory is enough to put data at risk.

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