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GM's transition to an all-electric product lineup has brought a raft of new technologies, including the development of new platforms to support a host of new GM electric vehicle models, reports gmauthority.

The GM BT1 platform is one of them, and according to GM, the GM BT1 platform is neither considered a load-bearing body platform nor a non-load-bearing body platform.

It is reported that Nichole Kraatz, chief engineer of GM's battery electric trucks, said in a recent interview that the infrastructure of Chevrolet's all-electric pickup truck Silverado EV has been confirmed as the BT1 platform, "It is neither a load-bearing body structure nor a non-load-bearing body structure. We designed a different type of architecture, the body with the floor. And the Ultium battery structure is actually a good part of that architecture, after the body leaves the body axis, the two are connected. So we defined a New vehicle class."

When asked if there was a specific term to describe the BT1 platform, Nichole Kraatz said, "Actually the term UltiBody was used on my team the other day because we haven't specified one."

It should be mentioned that the "Ulti" prefix refers to GM's Ultium brand, which includes GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium drive motor technology.

The GM BT1 architecture underpins GM's battery-powered pickup trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, GMC Hummer EV, and the upcoming all-electric Cadillac Escalade.

And GM's new BEV3 platform is used to underpin the company's all-electric crossovers and sedans, including the Cadillac Lyriq, Cadillac Celestiq, Chevrolet Blazer EV and Chevrolet Equinox EV.
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AMC Cinemas recently announced, allowing users to purchase tickets and utilities through payment gateways with Dogecoin and Shiba Inu on its ticketing application, citing a statement by CEO Adam Aron on Twitter on Wednesday (April 15). The company added support for cryptocurrencies through Bitpay integration.

Basically, users will buy tickets and popcorn similar to credit card payment, only in the last step must choose Bitpay as the payment method. From there, they can connect to their crypto wallet or borrow a wallet address to deposit funds in.

Bitpay also supports cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but AMC already allows these to be paid on PayPal.

It is not clear whether this new form of payment will really bring economic benefits to AMC, as organizations with similar practices like Tesla have had to stop selling cars using Bitcoin for payment (for reasons related to Bitcoin and also to environmental sustainability).
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Warner Bros. Discovery is working on a major overhaul of DC Entertainment's film and game production. According to foreign media Variety, they hope to maximize the value of DC entertainment IP through a more cohesive plan, which will place more bets on DC popular characters such as The Joker or Harley Quinn, but Warner Bros. executives also Hope to see more new Superman IP works, after all, the latter has not launched an independent film since "Superman: Man of Steel" in 2013.

In addition to film and television, Warner Bros. Discovery is also looking at ramping up game production for characters from DC Entertainment's popular IP.

At present, Discovery owns Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is already developing three games based on DC Universe IP: "Gotham Knight" is being developed by WB games Montréal (representative work "Batman: Arkham Origins"), will be Released October 25; Suicide Squad: Killing the Justice League is in development by Rocksteady (Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight ), scheduled for release in early 2023; and Wonder Woman (fear, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War) currently in development by Monolith Productions, currently Not officially released.

Then we look at the other studios under WBIE, but their options are actually very limited. TT Games (Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga) has been working on Lego games for over 10 years; Avalanche Software is working on The Hogwarts Saga, which is expected to be released around Christmas 2022, and if the game is successful, they may More development will be done based on this.

Warner bros Games Boston, San Diego and San Francisco focus on mobile development, while WB Games New York appears to be just a support studio for now. And of course NetherRealm Studios, who seem to be working on a new Injustice game; but it doesn't seem to fit that bill.

Reports believe that if Warner Bros really wants to tap more games based on DC Entertainment's IP, it may need to consider acquiring some studios or licensing IP to external developers.
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Switching between Android and iOS can be an extremely frustrating experience because of the difference between the two. However, there are also tools to help make things easier.

To switch to iOS from Android, users can use Apple's "Switch to iOS" utility, but on Android, it has to be done through many applications and intermediate cloud storage services, quite complex. To overcome this problem, recently Google has quietly released a dedicated tool called Switch to Android" on the App Store.

When started, the app will show a guide on the process new Android device owners need to follow. This includes backing up contacts, calendars, and photos on old devices (iPhone/iPad), and requires users to turn off iMessage before switching devices. It's basically an interactive checklist to get all your data off your iPhone and onto your new Android phone, though that doesn't include app data.

All data conversion tasks through Switch To Android will be done wirelessly, creating a connection from QR code and application of some other components such as Google account, Google Drive etc.. The most important thing is disable iMessage because without doing this, other iPhone users won't be able to send you SMS messages after switching to an Android device.

Previously, Google also released an application to help switch Android light in 2015, however, most operations have to be done manually and there are many limitations during use.

Although there are certain downsides, it is worth noting that Google has found a way to help users copy data from iCloud to Google Drive with 15GB of free storage.
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Today, five of Germany's leading economic research institutes issued a warning that if all energy supplies from Russia were cut off immediately as proposed by the European Union (EU)., German economic growth will slow from 2.9% in 2021 to 1.9% this year and to 2.2% in 2023.

“If gas supplies are cut off, the German economy will experience a sharp recession,” said Stefan Kooths, vice president of the Kiel Institute for the World.

Specifically, Mr. Kooths pointed out that the German economy could lose more than $238 billion in 2022 and 2023, or 6.5% of GDP.

Marcel Fratzscher, head of the German Institute for Economic Research, said the Russian energy embargo could have a "long-term impact" and "cause more damage to the economy than the COVID-19 pandemic.": :“This will permanently erode the competitiveness of German industry, especially in sectors such as chemicals, steel production and fertilizers ”.

Economic institutes also warn that ending Russian energy imports will increase the number of unemployed people in Germany from 2.37 million to 2.79 million next year. The inflation rate this year may also hit a record 7.3%.

However, a survey by the Allensbach Economic Institute showed that up to 30% of Germans support a ban on all Russian energy imports.

Germany is one of the major energy importers. Last year, it imported half of its gas and coal needs and a third of its oil needs from Russia. Berlin plans to diversify its oil supply to reduce dependence on Russia by the end of this year and give up this gas source in the next two years.

According to the analysis of the research institutes, even if Germany continues to import Russian oil and gas, the country's economy will still be affected by many factors including the Russia-Ukraine conflict, congestion supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic and high inflation. As a result, Germany's growth forecast for this year has been lowered from 4.8% in October 2021 to 2.7%.

The above forecasts are made by the German Institute for Economic Research, the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, the Kiel Institute for World Economy, the Halle Institute for Economic Research and RWI.

Last week, the EU agreed to ban Russian coal imports from August. Some member states called for the union to ban both oil and gas imports, but Berlin opposed the move, fearing the damage. economically too large for German businesses and consumers.
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Apple plans to bring satellite connectivity to the Apple Watch in the future, so that emergency text messages and SOS distress functions can be implemented directly on the wearer's wrist.

Bloomberg also reported today that satellite connectivity could be available as early as this year's iPhone 14 series. The satellite connection will allow the iPhone to send text messages to emergency contacts over the satellite network without having to go through the carrier.

According to the report, Apple's plan consists of two parts, allowing users to take advantage of satellite connections.

The first part, called "Send Emergency Messages via Contacts", lets users send short text messages to emergency services and contacts over satellite networks without cell phone coverage. The new agreement will appear as a grey bubble in the Messages app.

The second section will let users report crisis events, such as car crashes, boat crashes or plane crashes, to the appropriate authorities. According to a Bloomberg report last August.
“The second emergency feature is focused on letting users report a crisis. The phone will ask what kind of emergency has happened, such as whether it involves a car, boat, plane or fire.

The system can also capture more specific information, such as a person falling into the water or a ship sinking. It will ask users if they need search and rescue services, if suspicious behavior or weapons are involved, and if people have suffered trauma."
As expected, Bloomberg cautions that the feature will depend on local regulation and availability, adding that "such a design feature won't come to every country and region."
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Mercedes-Benz will launch the new EQV 300 seven-seat MPV on the 14th of this month, featuring high endurance, fast charging, and EQ-exclusive MBUX intelligent operation. It is a versatile seven-passenger vehicle for private and business use.

The EQV 300 offers two models, the EQV 300 Long with a long wheelbase (3,200mm), priced below HK$1,200,000;

And the EQV 300 Extra Long with extra long wheelbase (3,430mm), priced below HK$1,000,000.

The new car is the same as the V-Class, and the production version is produced in Vitoria, northern Spain. The on-board battery has a usable capacity of 90kWh, providing a range of 378 km (WLTP).

The EQV 300 also recuperates power into electrical energy while driving. When accelerating or braking, the kinetic energy is converted into electricity to charge the high-voltage battery. The driver can increase or decrease the recovery range by turning the left and right paddles behind the wheel.

At the lowest recovery range, the vehicle will seem to slide; at the highest speed, the driver can basically operate with one pedal. In most cases, the deceleration force during power recovery is sufficient to replace the braking system.

The new car is also equipped with DAuto recovery mode, and the automatically activated ECO Assistant can assist the driver to achieve the best energy saving effect.

The EQV 300 is also equipped with an in-vehicle water-cooled AC charger with a maximum power of 11 kW, which is convenient for AC charging at home or public charging stations. The EQV can be charged from 10% to 80% in about 45 minutes at 110 kW via a DC fast charging station.

The EQV 300 puts the electric power system (eATS) on the streamlined front, and the front pump handle is equipped with a charging socket, and the electric motor, fixed gear ratio transmission system, cooling system and power assembly are hidden in the front of the car. Its motor output is as high as 204 hp.

Its lithium battery pack is placed in the bottom of the car and juxtaposed to ensure good handling performance. At the same time, the EQV 300 has a flat floor and flexible compartment space, suitable for various purposes.

For example, when used as a family MPV, passengers can use the luxury independent seats in the middle row, and the seats in the third row can be arranged in various arrangements for convenient travel.

The updated MBUX system in response to Mercedes-EQ is another highlight. On the 10-inch high-definition screen, the EQ page provides several displays, such as graphics on charge level, energy flow and power consumption.

The screen also controls the navigation system and driving modes.

One of the strengths of the MBUX system is the intelligent voice operation activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes", which supports a variety of infotainment, such as entering a destination, making calls, selecting songs, listening to text messages, controlling air conditioning, lighting systems, and more.

In appearance, EQV 300 also implements the design language of the brand's EQ family. The EQV front ghost mask features a Black Panel design with chrome trim and 17-inch light alloy wheels on the sides.

Mercedes Benz will officially display the EQV 300 in Hong Kong on the 14th of this month, and interested readers can check out more on its official website.