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Mercedes backtracks EV plans, will build gas cars well into 2030s

Mercedes backtracks EV plans, will build gas cars well into 2030s

Mercedes-Benz is backtracking on its EV plans as the luxury automaker plans to continue building gas-powered cars “well into the 2030s.” Mercedes backtracks on EV-only commitment by 2030 Mercedes announced plans to go all-electric by the end of the decade in 2021, “where market conditions allow.” The luxury automaker said all newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only from 2025 onwards. Mercedes already offers an EV in every segment with the sedan and SUV versions of the EQS and EQE models and the EQB electric SUV. However, Mercedes announced Thursday it’s backtracking on its EV commitment with plans to produce gas-powered vehicles well into the next decade. Mercedes-Benz now expects electrified vehicles (including hybrids) to represent 50% of total sales in 2030, drastically lower than the 100% commitment from 2021. After the automaker’s net profits slipped 21% in Q4, Mercedes is slowing its transition. Mercedes says it “will be able to cater to different customer needs well into the 2030s.” (Source: Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes saw fourth-quarter revenue slip in major regions, including the US (-7.4%) and …

A trainer reveals how to train like Jessica Alba to build core stability and strengthen your upper body

A trainer reveals how to train like Jessica Alba to build core stability and strengthen your upper body

Jessica Alba is no stranger to training hard, recently giving Instagram fans a sneak peek into her fully-stocked home gym by sharing one of the rigorous workouts.  But most of us (celebs aside) don’t have a gym’s worth of equipment in our house. So I set Trainer Academy expert Domenic Angelino a challenge: Design an Alba-inspired dumbbell workout for Fit&Well readers to try at home.  Like Alba’s session, his workout focuses on strengthening your shoulders and back, but it uses minimal equipment. It also includes plenty of core stability work, which Angelino says is a consistent feature of the Fantastic Four star’s training.  The Jessica Alba workout 1. Warm-up (Image credit: Getty / Vgajic) Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk. This can be done on a treadmill or outside. Immediately after the walk, run at a slow, comfortable pace for two-and-a-half minutes.  You may also want to take a look at some of the dynamic stretches in our warm-up feature to prime your muscles for the moves ahead.   2. Dumbbell Pendlay row …

VIRTUS to build 50-acre data centre campus in Bucks

VIRTUS to build 50-acre data centre campus in Bucks

Data centre owner-operator VIRTUS has announced plans for a new data centre campus to be built on a recently acquired 50-acre site in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire. The international firm – part of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres Group – is looking to meet growing demand for high-capacity AI-ready data infrastructure. Its current design comprises four data centres capable of delivering IT capacity of 75MW. With both planning permission and a National Grid contract for 120MVA now secured, work is due to begin in Q4 2024 with an aim to launch in Q2 2026. Hear the latest insights from property experts on The Business Magazine’s new podcast CEO Neil Creswell said: “The acquisition of this 50-acre campus is a significant step in VIRTUS’s strategic growth plans. “It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide advanced data centre facilities in the UK, while also expanding our operations in Europe. “We’re dedicated to being at the forefront of supporting businesses on their digital transformation journeys, while ensuring that our data centres are built to the highest sustainability standards, aligning …

These 3 major automakers may team up to save themselves, build cheap EVs

These 3 major automakers may team up to save themselves, build cheap EVs

Plan A isn’t working, so it’s time for Plan B. Three major legacy automakers are considering a creative approach to staying in the game amid fierce competition from Tesla and Chinese rivals – all in an effort to make cheap EVs, and a whole lot of them. Volkswagen, Renault, and Stellantis are weighing possibly joining together to make cheaper electric vehicles – fearing it’s their only option. The urgency is growing as European automakers are being far outdistanced by BYD and Tesla. “A business-as-usual approach is a losing option,” reports Bloomberg. Hmm, didn’t anyone get the memo sooner? Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis told Automotive News Europe that there is a “perfect recognition that in the future, the companies which are not fit to face the Chinese competition will put themselves in trouble.” Ideas on the table range from “pooling development resources to bundling businesses across European borders to better compete in the once-in-a-generation shift.” Whatever happens, it will happen soon, within months, the report said. 2024 has so far served up a series of …

Google DeepMind alumni unveil Bioptimus: Aiming to build first universal biology AI model

Google DeepMind alumni unveil Bioptimus: Aiming to build first universal biology AI model

As the French startup ecosystem continues to boom — think Mistral, Poolside, and Adaptive — today the Paris-based Bioptimus, with a mission to build the first universal AI foundation model for biology, emerged from stealth following a seed funding round of $35 million. The new open science model will connect the different scales of biology with generative AI — from molecules to cells, tissues and whole organisms. Bioptimus unites a team of Google DeepMind alumni and Owkin scientists (AI biotech startup Owkin is itself a French unicorn) who will take advantage of AWS compute and Owkin’s data generation capabilities and access to multimodal patient data sourced from leading academic hospitals worldwide. According to a press release, “this all gives the power to create computational representations that establish a strong differentiation against models trained solely on public datasets and a single data modality that are not able to capture the full diversity of biology.” Bioptimus can move faster than Google, say leaders In an interview with VentureBeat, Jean-Philippe Vert, co-founder and CEO of Bioptimus, chief R&D …

How to Build Apple Vision Pro and visionOS Apps

How to Build Apple Vision Pro and visionOS Apps

Embarking on the journey of developing apps for the Apple Vision Pro with Apple’s visionOS then we have a great video from Beyond Fireship that gives us more details on how to build apps for the platform. This exploration not only demystifies the process but also unveils the vast potential for developers in the burgeoning field of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Unlocking Development Potential for Apple Vision Pro At the outset, it’s pivotal to grasp the transformative leap the Apple Vision Pro represents in the AR and VR landscape. Unlike the initial trepidation one might feel, delving into its development ecosystem reveals an accessible and fertile ground for innovation. You’ll be pleased to know that creating applications for this platform does not necessitate owning the device, making it a less daunting endeavor than anticipated. Navigating the VR Landscape A cursory comparison between the Meta Quest 3 and the Apple Vision Pro might lead one to appreciate the nuanced differences and similarities. Experiencing VR firsthand introduces developers to the intricate dynamics of VR …

After raising 0M, Build A Rocket Boy lays off staff

After raising $110M, Build A Rocket Boy lays off staff

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  Build A Rocket Boy has laid off an undetermined number of staff, just a little more than a month after announcing it had raised $110 million. It’s an unfortunate move and will likely draw a lot of heat, as game workers are getting increasingly upset at mass layoffs in the industry. So far, 6,000 have been laid off in 2024, on top of 10,500 in 2023. At the recent Dice Awards, the subject of layoffs came up multiple times on stage. Leslie Benzies, a former producer at Rockstar North, started the company in 2018. Benzies was one of the key leaders at Rockstar on Grand Theft Auto V. Build A Rocket Boy announced in 2022 that it was making a game called Everywhere, which is an ambitious life simulator. In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said, “While we have made great progress developing our products, we are now in a …

Australia to build biggest navy since World War II amid Pacific arms race

Australia to build biggest navy since World War II amid Pacific arms race

Australia on Tuesday outlined a decade-long plan to double its fleet of major warships and boost defence spending by an additional US$7 billion, in the face of a quickening Asia-Pacific arms race. Issued on: 20/02/2024 – 08:43 2 min Under the plan, Australia will get a navy of 26 major surface combatant ships, up from 11 today. “It is the largest fleet that we will have since the end of the Second World War,” said Defence Minister Richard Marles. The announcement comes after a massive build-up of firepower by rivals China and Russia, and amid growing confrontation between nervous US-led allies and increasingly bellicose authoritarian governments. Australia will get six Hunter class frigates, 11 general-purpose frigates, three air warfare destroyers and six state-of-the-art surface warships that do not need to be crewed. At least some of the fleet will be armed with Tomahawk missiles capable of long-range strikes on targets deep inside enemy territory — a major deterrent capability. The plan would see Australia increase its defence spending to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product, …

Australia says to build biggest navy since World War II

Australia says to build biggest navy since World War II

SYDNEY: Australia on Tuesday (Feb 20) outlined a decade-long plan to double its fleet of major warships and boost defence spending by an additional US$7 billion, in the face of a quickening Asia-Pacific arms race. Under the plan, Australia will get a navy of 26 major surface combatant ships, up from 11 today. “It is the largest fleet that we will have since the end of the Second World War,” said Defence Minister Richard Marles. Australia will build six Hunter class frigates, 11 general-purpose frigates and six state-of-the-art surface warships that do not need to be crewed. At least some of the fleet will be armed with Tomahawk missiles capable of carrying out long-range stand-off strikes on targets deep inside enemy territory – a major deterrent capability. The announcement comes after a massive build-up of firepower by rivals China and Russia, and amid growing confrontation between nervous US-led allies and increasingly bellicose authoritarian governments. The plan would see Australia increase its defence spending to 2.4 per cent of gross domestic product, above the 2 per …

SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is reportedly seeking 0B to build a new AI chip venture 

SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is reportedly seeking $100B to build a new AI chip venture 

SoftBank Group’s Masayoshi Son has made no secret of his intent to double down on red-hot artificial intelligence industry. Now, he’s fundraising for his next move in that strategy. According to a report in Bloomberg, the SoftBank founder is seeking $100 billion to build a new venture that would compete with the likes of Nvidia in the area of AI chips.   Code-named Izanagi, the new venture would collaborate with Arm, the chip design company that SoftBank spun out as a public company last year. It still owns about 90% of the Arm’s stock as of this month.   Following some of the same playbook that SoftBank used when pulling together its outsized Vision Fund investment funds, the report said that it plans to tap Middle East-based institutional investors for about $70 billion of the $100 billion sum. SoftBank itself would foot the remaining $30 billion itself.  When contacted by TechCrunch for a response to the report, a SoftBank spokesperson declined to comment. Nvidia currently dominates the AI chip market with its GPU chips. But …