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Get the 75-inch Hisense H65 4K TV for $750, that’s $250 off its original price of $1,000. That’s 25% off!
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With coronavirus infections rampant in parts of the nation, backlogs are preventing people from getting timely test results, hampering efforts to contain the virus.
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Recent reports show that TikTok is making preparations to build its first Europe data center in Ireland. The project will cost $500 million. The data center ... The post TikTok to build its first European data center in Ireland appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Learning how criminals get their hands on your identity is the first step in preventing ID fraud in the first place.
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Look Around, the Apple Maps feature that provides 360-degree views of locations at ground level, is starting to expand outside the US. Unusually for Apple, it’s coming to Japan before anywhere else, and is now live in four cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto. The update was spotted by Ata Distance. Look Around is essentially Apple’s answer to Google’s Street View. You can bring it up in supported areas by tapping the binoculars icon, which initially displays the Look Around view in an expandable pop-up window. The transitions between photos are smoother than in Street View, which helps make it feel more like you’re actually exploring the area. Still, Apple has been very slow with the rollout. Look Around first came to the US as part... Continue reading…
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The Xpeng fundraise is its second in a year, and reflects growing optimism in China's electric vehicle market after a disappointing 2019.
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It's called the Kandi K27 and it's... yeah, it's something.
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According to nokiamob, HMD Global will release three new mid-to-low-end models at IFA 2020 this year. Those models are going to be the Nokia 2.4, ... The post Nokia 2.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 Coming At IFA2020 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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When people think about TikTok these days, the thought that’s on everyone’s mind is: will the US ban it? Earlier this month, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the government is ‘thinking about it.’ Last night, President Donald Trump also said the government is ‘thinking about it.’  But will they finally pull the plug? The Zuckerberg fight One person that might enjoy the demise of TikTok is Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO has left no stone unturned to take potshots at the short video app and simultaneously building rival products. [Read: Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs]… This story continues at The Next Web
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Google will face a full EU inquisition over its floated $2.1 billion purchase of fitness wearables maker Fitbit, Reuters reports. Regulators in Europe worry that Google will use its acquisition to hoover up even more personal data on users and use it to inform targeted ads. Google has denied this is the case. The news comes a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled closely before Congress on Wednesday on issues of antitrust. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. EU antitrust regulators are set to open a full-scale investigation into Google's $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The four-month long investigation will kick off following the end of the European Commission's preliminary review on Aug. 4, the people said. Regulators worry that Google might use the additional data gleaned from Fitbit devices to inform its ad products. Google earlier this month offered not to use Fitbit's health data to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns. The opening of a full-scale investigation suggests that this is not sufficient. Google announced in November 2019 that it would acquire Fitbit, but the deal has yet to be approved by regulators nine months on. The search giant has, to date, failed to make much headway in the wearables space. Though Fitbit is a comparatively small firm with 28 million active users, the firm's devices would give Google access to highly sensitive information, even aside from advertising.. Fitbit's wearables track users' heart rates, their sleeping patterns, fitness levels, and other health information that Google does not currently have broad access to. Australia's competition regulator warned in June that the acquisition could harm competition. In the UK, opposition party Labour wrote to Britain's competition regulator asking for a probe into the deal. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)Join the conversation about this story »
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Internet connection for Spectrum customers was down across the country, affecting users from Southern California to New York. The outage began at around 7:00 p.m. PST. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Internet connection for Spectrum customers was briefly down across the country and affecting users from Southern California to New York. The outage began at around 7:00 p.m. PST and was briefly back online for a few minutes before going out again. "We are aware of an outage affecting multiple service areas and thank you for your patience as we investigate," the company said on Twitter. The service tracker Downdetector reported nearly 60,000 cases outages in states like New York, California, Ohio, Florida, and South Carolina. Spectrum is a broadband company within the Charter Communications line. Charter Communications provides broadband services to over 29 million people in 41 states. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Join the conversation about this story »
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New research from NordPass has discovered nearly 10,000 exposed databases online containing 10bn entries.
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(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) A multi-institution team has used positron beams to probe the nature of radiation effects, providing new insight into how damage is produced in iron films.
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Ford is unleashing two of Boston Dynamics‘ terrifying robot dogs on its factory floors in August. The quadrupeds — known as Fluffy and Spot — will use their four-camera scanning systems to generate 3D maps of Ford‘s Van Dyke manufacturing plant in Michigan. These maps will then be used by engineers to update their original designs of the facility. “We design and build the plant. After that, over the years, changes are made that rarely get documented,” said Mark Goderis, Ford‘s digital engineering manager, in a statement. “Scanning one plant could take two weeks. With Fluffy’s help, we are able to do… This story continues at The Next Web
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Originally planned for Monday, the meeting seeks to have four of tech's most powerful CEOs answer to accusations of monopoly.
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Foldable smartphone jumps past one of the last hurdles before going on sale
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.Furloughed from work during the coronavirus lockdown, with time and money on her hands, Samantha found herself succumbing to a secret online gambling addiction.“I got quite a big bonus from work before the lockdown which was going to help pay some of my debts off, but I have gambled that away plus more trying to win it back,” she tells HuffPost UK.“I’ve lost track of how much I’ve spent on gambling during lockdown but I think it may be £8,000 to £9,000.”Samantha admits she is wracked with guilt at her gambling – and has kept it hidden from her family. “My husband has no idea and he is so careful with money and would be appalled.“I tend to gamble during the night when everyone else is asleep and as I don’t have to be at work, being awake half the night isn’t so much of a problem now as it would be if I was back at work.”Samantha isn’t alone in being lured into online gambling during the lockdown enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.With the absence of sports betting such as football and horse racing for a prolonged period, many regular gamblers turned to the more addictive online gambling products such as online slots, poker and casino.Shocking figures from regulator the Gambling Commission reveal that betting on online slot machines has increased by 25% during lockdown. This works out to around £228m lost in a month on online slot machines during lockdown compared to £183m lost in the same month last year – a staggering increase of £45m.The data from the Gambling Commission collected from gambling firms themselves also shows that the number of gambling sessions lasting more than an hour has increased by 23% year-on-year.Campaigners say the temptation for online gambling has been far greater during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, with people spending greater amounts of time at home and on their computers who perhaps turn to online gambling for the thrill and excitement – or as a way of solving financial problems if their job has been affected.The impact can be much more devastating than just financial for some who cannot see a way out of the debt they’ve fallen into.Charles and Liz Ritchie run Gambling With Lives, a campaign and pressure group which supports families who have lost loved ones as a result of gambling. Their son Jack took his own life at the age of 24 after feeling that his gambling was out of control.Charles Ritchie told HuffPost UK they are now supporting a family who were bereaved by gambling suicide during the coronavirus lockdown.“It was a young man who was working from home and at the start of May, he took out a substantial loan and gambled it away online within a very short period of time.” he said.“He gambled £16,000 in two days and only had one e-mail from the betting company asking if he was OK.“His death came within hours of finishing that gambling session.”Charles says people with a gambling problem are even more unsafe during the coronavirus pandemic as they are essentially at home a lot more, may be facing additional pressures and may feel they have no one to turn to or any escape from gambling.“Even though there has been a huge drop in sports betting, there has been an increase in online forms of gambling.“It is these people who are most at risk. Lockdown has all the characteristics to draw people into gambling more as they may have time on their hands, be bored and there are less things to do.”Samantha, who has been gambling secretly during lockdown hiding it from her family, revealed how she began gambling online about five years ago and had a big win of £10,000 when she first started.Ever since, she has been chasing another big win – but says it has never happened.She says she usually played on a site with a safe play procedure in place, but when she reached her deposit limits with them, she looked for other gambling sites.“Currently, I have three credit cards which total £30,000 and they are all up to the limit, mainly with gambling. But now you can’t use credit cards to gamble, this will get better. I’m also over my overdraft limit through gambling.”Samantha says the advertising of gambling sites, particularly on social media such as Facebook, seems to have been ramped up during lockdown. “Every other post on Facebook seemed to be about gambling sites.” she said. “I have since blocked these adverts, but whenever I was looking for a new site to try as I’ve played and closed my account on lots, it was very easy to find.”One man who knows how devastating a gambling addiction can be is Neal Stewart.Neal, 37, who lives in Burnley, Lancashire, told HuffPost UK how he was a store manager at a furniture superstore in Manchester and earning a good salary when his gambling habit became out of control.He said he had always gambled “what I could afford to lose” but he suffered a few bereavements in the family including a stillbirth and the death of his grandfather who he was close to.“I went off the rails and took £20,000 from work and used it to gamble. I narrowly escaped being locked up.”After getting help for his gambling addiction and attending weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings which he describes as “the only reason I am still alive”, Neal managed two-and-a-half years without gambling.However, he stopped going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings for six weeks – and suffered a huge relapse after being lured by online gambling.“I got a message telling me I had won 20 free spins on a betting site.” he said. “I didn’t win anything so I deposited another £10. “Within 25 minutes, I had lost £1,700 while sitting in my car outside Tesco on my phone.”Neal describes how this left him with no money to pay his mortgage, bills or to buy food. He went to three different payday loan companies to get the £700 he needed to pay his bills.“One of the payday lenders lent me £50 more than I needed. So I deposited that into my betting account to try and win back the £1,700.“I lost the £50 – and then I lost the £700 too and didn’t pay my bills.“I was just gambling on anything online that I could. Sometimes, I would go on the slots on one betting site while waiting for the roulette wheel to spin on another.” I would struggle to hand over £100 in a betting shop. But when you are online, it is just a number and is just like adding another zero.” said Neal. “It doesn’t feel like real money." Neal, who has two children, says when he was in the grip of his gambling addiction, even knowing he could lose everything wasn’t enough to stop him.“Even knowing I would lose everything didn’t stop me gambling. I knew my ex-partner would stop me seeing the children as I was not paying maintenance. My current partner said she would leave me if I carried on gambling.Through the help of Gamblers Anonymous and counselling and being on anxiety medication, Neal has now managed 250 days without gambling.“During lockdown, I joined Skype meetings and we are now doing socially distanced Gamblers Anonymous meetings at an outdoor venue.”Neal, who is now a sales team leader for a call centre, says he was furloughed during lockdown, but his company made up the difference in pay. He has gambling software blocks on his phone and his boss put gambling blocks on his work laptop.“To gamble, you need the time, the money and the opportunities. It is like a pyramid and you need all three. Lockdown and the pandemic has given this to a lot of gamblers.“I would struggle to hand over £100 in a betting shop. But when you are online, it is just a number and is just like adding another zero.” said Neal. “It doesn’t feel like real money.“I could not tell you if I have lost £100,000 or £200,000 to gambling over the years. But it will definitely run into tens of thousands.” “To gamble, you need the time, the money and the opportunities. It is like a pyramid and you need all three. Lockdown and the pandemic has given this to a lot of gamblers. While the Gambling Commission found that overall, gambling was down during lockdown due to the loss of things like football, it is the spike in online gambling on things like online slot machines and poker which is troubling gambling campaigners.They are also disturbed by research which shows that paid ad impressions for casino and gambling brands almost tripled in the UK over a month in lockdown.The study, by GoldenCasinoNews.com also found that the UK was among the top 10 countries for paid gambling ads online in April having recorded 112,818 between April 5 and May 4 – up 196% year-on-year.Matt Zarb-Cousin, director of Clean Up Gambling, a not-for-profit campaign which is pushing for a comprehensive review of the gambling regulations to make them fit for the digital age, told HuffPost UK that it is alarming as regular gamblers have migrated to more addictive gambling products such as online slots, casino and poker and consequently lost greater amounts of money.“People have been spending a lot more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.“If you combine that with people’s economic circumstances becoming more precarious and then digital advertising spend increasing, it has created a toxic environment for gamblers. Online gambling may be perceived by some people as a solution to financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis. But it is impossible to win long term playing slots." “People who were betting once or twice a week on football or horse-racing have been going to bet on online slot machines instead.“These games are engaging and immersive and addictive by design and people can lose large amounts of money in a short space of time. “My concern is that as we emerge from lockdown, more people will be addicted to gambling and people who have engaged with these types of products will have lost more than they can afford to. This will make a bad economic situation even worse.” He added: “Online gambling may be perceived by some people as a solution to financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis. But it is impossible to win long term playing slots.The Gambling Commission has opened a consultation process on changes to make online slots safer for players in the UK.The consultation period opened on July 9 and will close on September 3 with a fully industry-agreed code to be published at the end of that month.A spokesperson for the Betting and Gaming Council told HuffPost UK: “Our members are working hard to raise standards to help problem gamblers and those at risk, though we note that both the regulator and the government have made it clear that there is no evidence that problem gambling has increased.“Despite a dramatic fall in total gambling during lockdown – revenue is down by 60% –  we have introduced tough new safer gambling measures during the pandemic.“At the start of lockdown, the BGC published a 10-pledge plan setting out the standards expected of our members during the Covid-19 crisis.“We voluntarily introduced a ban on gaming product advertising for a period of six weeks and going forward a requirement that 20% of all advertising will be safer gambling messaging. “We have also introduced a whistle to whistle ban on sports advertising, cooling off periods on gaming machines, tools to set spend and deposit limits, monitoring play and spend, restricting and closing hundreds of thousands of accounts with new ID and age verification checks and massively increasing funding for research, education and treatment.“We are committed to making more voluntary changes and driving up safer gambling standards. We will work with the Gambling Commission and the government to achieve this, particularly on the forthcoming Review of the Gambling Act.”Useful websites and helplinesSamaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 UK and ROI (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill)Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393The Mix is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: [email protected] runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. Mon-Fri 10-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41Maytree is a sanctuary for the suicidal in north London in a non-medical setting. For help or to enquire about a stay, call 020 7263 7070Related... ‘Gambling Killed Our Son' – This Is the Unseen Addiction Crisis Spreading In Britain How To Recognise Your Gambling Might Be A Problem Gambling Giants Agree To Stop Showing Betting Adverts During Live Matches
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A five minute charge is enough to deliver 50% capacity here.
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This is the start of something big.
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Twitter has put out the call to its users: Help us define our deepfake policy.The social network created a new survey in multiple languages asking users what they want to see from Twitter’s new deepfake rules.Between this move and CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that it is removing all political ads from its platform, the social network seems to be trying to redefine its image as “the good one,” especially when compared to its much larger rival, Facebook.Deepfakes are videos that have been heavily and almost undetectably manipulated to make it look like the subject of the video is saying or doing something that never actually happened.Last month, Congress pressed 11 major social media companies to draft plans to deal with the proliferation of deepfake videos on their platforms.That post is still accessible today.
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Honda has announced details on the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, which it says is the most popular crossover in America.The vehicle landed in dealerships earlier this month and for 2020 there is a new powertrain for the LX trim.The 2020 CR-V LX gains a 1.5-liter turbo engine and Honda Sensing safety suite as standard.Honda notes that the MSRP for the 2020 CR-V starts at $25,050 excluding destination and handling.That makes a $600 price increase compared to last year’s model despite gaining in a new and more powerful engine and Honda Sensing as standard in the LX.All CR-V models get a new front bumper and grille and new headlight designs.
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Japanese manufacturing giant, Sony, is currently struggling in the smartphone market.A few months ago, there were reports that Sony’s smartphones are no longer for the global market.According to Sony’s latest sales figures, the company seems to be selling little or nothing.For several consecutive quarters, Sony barely sells a million devices.While the Japanese manufacturer was able to sell about one million Xperia smartphones every quarter in the previous year, it sold just 900,000 phones in the first quarter of 2019 and only 600,000 in the second quarter.Sony is probably done with the smartphone business, there is not much to discuss about it.
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Python is one of the most in-demand programming languages with top employers like Microsoft and Google.Regular coding classes can be rather dull and expensive, but an affordable online alternative is the Python Masterclass Bundle.It has everything you need to get started without costing a king’s ransom.If you’re keen to learn to code but lack experience, Python is an excellent choice.It’s a powerful and versatile language that happens to be great for first-time coders thanks to its intuitive readability.The Python Masterclass Bundle features 10 online learning kits and 58 hours of video tutorials to help you master the language.
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Southeast Asian parenting content platform TheAsianparent announced that it has closed a seven-figure series C2 funding round from new investors Mirae Asset Financial Group and Naver Corporation through the Mirae Asset-Naver New Growth Fund.The company said it will use the new funds to fuel its diversification strategy, which includes creating its own direct-to-consumer line of baby and maternity products.With the new vertical, TheAsianparent looks to bank on the growing baby products market worldwide, which is expected to reach about US$16.8 billion by 2025, driven by an increasing female working population.“Expansion into commerce is a natural progression for TheAsianparent,” said company founder and CEO Roshni Mahtani.“As a purpose-driven maternal healthtech company, access to safe and healthy products at an affordable price point is complementary to the content we provide to our 30 million-strong parenting community.”TheAsianparent also said it will allocate more resources into improving its tech infrastructure by investing in advanced machine learning and AI support and expanding its tech team.
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The Mi CC9 Pro will be first unveiled in China on November 5, i.e.Also, it will launch in international markets as Mi Note 10 starting with Spain on November 6th, the very next day of the Chinese launch, as confirmed by Xiaomi today via a tweet.The Mi Note 10 Pro is also expected to be unveiled at the same event.Xiaomi has already confirmed the specifications of Mi CC9 Pro in the form of daily promotional teasers throughout last week.The company’s first smartwatch named Mi Watch and 5th generation Mi TVs will also be launched alongside this phone tomorrow at 2 PM CST.Sadly, there’s no guarantee whether these products will be made available in global markets in the future.
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Not only did it bring high-end specifications to a new, lower price point, but it was also Xiaomi’s first affordable flagship under Redmi.Flagships from other brands weren’t getting any cheaper, and Redmi’s entry to this space shook things up, while also starting a price war.That’s a statement most people would agree with, considering that it shipped with the then industry-leading Snapdragon 855 chipset, brought an AMOLED display with no notch, a big battery with fast charging, a premium glass design, triple cameras on the back and a headphone jack!With the bar set high, Xiaomi will need to bring another killer flagship to the ruthless sub 30K segment.Back in October, during the Redmi 8 press conference in China, Xiaomi’s GM Lu Weibing went on to confirm that the Redmi K30 was already in development, and shared a few specifics about what to expect from their next flagship.The Redmi K20 series had a 6-week difference between its Chinese and Indian launch dates, and that could continue with the K30 as well.
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San Francisco-based Digital Realty has agreed an $8.3 billion takeover of Dutch co-location data centre provider Interxion, which will see it add a major European footprint to its portfolio, including facilities in central London (LON1, LON2, and LON3) that are used by a wide range of financial services organisations.Interxion’s European business includes 53 carrier- and cloud-neutral facilities in 11 countries.“The combination will create a leading pan-European data center presence, offering consistent, high-quality services with low-latency access to approximately 70 percent of the GDP in Europe,” Digital Realty said.Under the terms of the Interxion buyout — which remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approval — Interxion shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7067 Digital Realty shares per Interxion share.The transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 per ordinary share.The proposed acquisition comes as consultancy CBRE reported a record take-up of 57MW across the four largest colocation markets in Europe in Q2.
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Lindsay Ellis, a film critic and YouTube creator, is fighting a copyright claim placed on her channel by Universal Music Group that she said put one of her sponsorships in jeopardy.UMG made a copyright claim on her video "Woke Disney," in which she critiques Disney songs.The way YouTube dealt with the claim was by allowing UMG to put ads on her video and earn revenue from them, which was against the terms of her contract with her brand sponsor Audible, she said.Ellis contended that her video was "an extremely clear-cut example of fair use," a part of US law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission, often in cases like criticism.But YouTube's policy of considering a claim "valid" when its software detects the presence of copyrighted material, like a song clip, hurts creators like her, she said."YouTube claims to care about and to uphold [fair use], but functionally they do not," she said.
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The Pixel 4 has almost all the staples of a late 2019 flagship phone except for two things.It strangely missed out on the Snapdragon 855+ but even more strangely skipped adding 5G support.For a company that lives and breathes the Internet and a major proponent of pushing communication technology forward, that is an almost glaring omission.It turns out, the tech giant isn’t at all impressed at the rollout of 5G networks in the very few countries that even have it.It’s not that Google doesn’t see any value in 5G.Especially considering it is about to launch its Stadia game streaming service, it should be looking towards improving the experience for gamers.
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However, we now know the answer: The electric XC40 will have a maximum range of 40 kilometers, according to the company.the company has also promised that the new XC40 will be the second of the news.the Volvo car corporation a vengeance in the summer of 2017 in all new cars in 2019 will be fitted with an electric motor, and gained a lot of attention around the world.Two years after the promise, is now offering the Volvo all models as a plug-in hybrid, and has been involved in some of the mildhybriddieslar.this is The first electric car with a Volvologga (in addition to the small test series C30 Electric from the beginning of the 2010's are still waiting to be presented.As a comparison, the aim of the Volvo in the next year to sell 800 000 cars in total.
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