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Nissan announces senior leadership changes for North America

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Nissan Group of North America

Nissan is announcing two changes to its senior leadership team for the North American region as the company continues to execute the North America Transformation Plan, revamping its product portfolio to be among the freshest in the U.S. and accelerating efforts to deliver sustainable business performance.

Mark Swenson, currently vice president, Total Customer Satisfaction, is named vice president, Decherd Powertrain Operations, overseeing the organization’s engine production operations. Swenson will report to Steve Marsh, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management & Purchasing, North America, and be based in Decherd, Tenn. Swenson has been with Nissan since 1989, joining the company as a product engineer. He has served in various engineering and management positions in his 31 years at the company. Swenson replaces Keith Hines, who served as acting vice president at Decherd since March.

James Moss, currently vice president, Chief Customer Satisfaction Officer, Nissan Europe, is appointed vice president, Total Customer Satisfaction, North America. In this role, Moss will report to Nissan North America vice chairman Jérémie Papin and have responsibility for all product safety and customer product quality in the region. Moss began his career as a Nissan graduate engineer in 1996 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility within Nissan Manufacturing UK and Nissan Motor Ltd.   

These changes are effective August 1, 2020.

Effective July 15, Jay Cook, currently Vice President, Finance & Administration, Africa, Middle East, India Region (AMI), will rejoin the North America team as Vice President, Finance. Cook will lead the finance functional controllers and accounting teams in the US, Mexico and Canada. Cook has an extensive finance background with leadership positions in AMI, US and Canada, and will report to Papin.

“These changes will improve Nissan’s business, on the engine production side as well as for product quality and finance,” said Papin. “Mark, James and Jay are experienced Nissan employees, and with their leadership will enable Nissan’s next chapter to be successful, especially in these challenging times.”

Dirt 5 Launches October 9 for Xbox One

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Dirt 5

Mark your calendars, race fans. The team here at Codemasters are delighted to announce that Dirt 5 launches October 9 on Xbox One!

Since the reveal of Dirt 5 during May’s Inside Xbox show, it’s been amazing to see the Xbox community’s reaction to the return of the amplified, wilder side of the Dirt franchise, which takes you across the globe in an array of off-road machines, tackling extreme terrain in incredible locations. That’s all set in this bright and bold racing vibe that encourages you to let loose and enjoy everything Dirt 5 has to offer.

Of course, alongside the October 9 release for Xbox One, we’re full speed ahead with launching Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X, too. Leveraging the power of the console through incredible graphical fidelity and further optimized performance – including a 120fps mode – Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X is set to blow… your… mind.

The best part? Thanks to Xbox Smart Delivery, if you pick up Dirt 5 on October 9 for Xbox One, then make the jump to next-gen, you’ll get the Xbox Series X version of Dirt 5, free of charge.

In every month up to October, we’re focusing on a key aspect of Dirt 5 and bringing you all manner of news and insight on what you can expect from our amplified off-road racer. Throughout June, we’re breaking down Career mode – the biggest and most ambitious of its kind in the franchise.

In terms of the nuts and bolts, the headlines are: 130 unique events across five chapters, covering nine different race types. Players choose how they play with multiple progression paths, with big rewards and special events opening up along the way. Represent real-world brands with 20 sponsorships, each with their own unique liveries and objectives hit. With a focus on action, variety and choice, you’ll be challenged with mastering extreme dynamic weather, intimidating terrain, and the most powerful off-road cars. Got what it takes to own the spotlight, and ensure nobody forgets your name?

If we stopped right there, that’s a Career mode we’re really excited to be bringing you – but there’s one particularly tasty cherry to drop on this cake. Dirt 5’s Career is driven by a story and an audio-based narrative, starring none other than Troy Baker and Nolan North. These icons of gaming play the respective roles of the player’s mentor and main antagonist, setting the scene for so much of the narrative built around your Career experience.

Alex ‘AJ’ Janicek, voiced by Baker, is the undisputed star of the off-world racing world that you’re just getting started in. Bruno Durand, voiced by North, is a cold, calculated veteran of motorsports, dead-set on dominating the world of Dirt. These two characters are bound to collide – and when they do, the result creates an opportunity for the player to emerge as a new superstar of the sport.

The whole story is tracked and pushed forward by the in-game Dirt Podcast by Donut Media, hosted by the real-world car culture and automotive content heroes at Donut Media. Their audio show sets the scene and stirs the pot, with big news and interviews with AJ, Bruno and other guest stars. Make sure to check out our latest Dirt 5 video, where Baker, North, Donut Media and our Dialogue Producer Olly Johnson reveal all on the story, and the free-form recording style that brings the narrative to life.

That’s just one feature of Dirt 5 that we’re shamelessly getting hyped for you to play. Over the coming months we’ll reveal more on multiplayer, split-screen, car classes, truly extreme events, livery editor, photo mode and a brand new feature for Dirt, never before seen in the franchise.

Got all of that? Good. Now, I think I need a lie down…

Should you buy a normal or gaming mouse for 2020?

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Razer Hyperflux Gaming Mouse

Probably you have wondered if you should buy a normal or a gaming mouse? If you are looking for the experience of someone who has already tried them, and can tell you what the difference is, you are in the right place to clarify your doubts. This includes concerns such as whether a mouse is abysmal or stunning, or whether it is worth it for its price.

To begin, we’ll analyze every aspect of a gamer mouse, and we are going to tell you about our experience and the difference in respect to a normal one.

A gamer mouse has some key characteristics and advantages intended only for online video games that normally other mice do not have. They stand out above all for their aesthetics and unusual design. They are light and have a “sporty” structure. Normally they have more buttons than normal mice, this is because they can be configured as shortcuts to quickly access a key or an assigned macro.

Razer Hyperflux Gaming MouseRazer Hyperflux Gaming Mouse

To be considered a true gamer product, it is necessary to have these characteristics you’re about to see.

Shape and ergonomics: There are up to 3 basic types of mice according to the way we grab them. They are called claw, palm, and hybrid. It is fundamental that before choosing the right one, you know in advance which one adapts better to your form and style of game.

Weight: We recognize that a light gamer mouse is as good as a heavy one, but most players prefer something lighter to fly from one point of the screen to another. This unique characteristic allows you to remove or put weight on them with a small weight system inside.

The DPI: This defines the maximum sensitivity of a gamer mouse. The greater the number of dpi, the more sensitivity it has. Honestly, if you have 4000 DPI it is more than enough as long as it is adjustable. While some gaming shops might try to sell you 16000 DPI mice, they are not necessary.

Lots of buttons: As we noted before, most of these mice have more buttons than an ordinary one. Some of them have up to 20 buttons. You can set up each one to do a different action, and not only in one game, but a specific configuration for each game.

The recommended number of buttons depends a lot on which games you play frequently. For games like WOW or RPG games online, you can have 20 buttons, one for each skill or command.

On the other hand, if you’re going to play League of Legends or DOTA 2, you won’t need so many buttons. For that kind of game, we would recommend 2 or 3 buttons for your gaming mouse.

However, this is very subjective, so remember that everyone has his style of play, so take this information as a suggestion to get an idea of what you want.

Lights: There are thousands of different patterns and colors in the design for each gamer mouse. We’re talking about more than 15 million possible configurations, so you’ll have lots of choice.

Each brand usually has a predefined color, such as Razer with green, Mars gaming with red, and Logitech with blue. You can set patterns as intermittent, continuous, or half, depending on the model you buy and the quality of it.
For normal mice, they usually come in the same standard size, hence there are not many variations and you are usually unable to choose one that you immediately like. Although they tend to be cheaper, they also get damaged faster due to lower quality. The sensitivity is not very good, as they are generally for offices where the keyboard is used more instead.

In conclusion, the benefits of a gamer mouse compared to a normal one is immense. If you like to play video games and are seeking to join e-sports gaming, a gamer mouse is what you need as it is going to improve your gaming experience to a new level. For all these reasons you should buy a gaming mouse for 2020.

Segway Is Bringing An Electric Motorcycle To CES That Does 0-60 Mph In 2.9 Seconds

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Segway

Segway is cool now? Yes, Segway is cool now, and the long-time mall cop transportation brand is going to cement its new reputation at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The company has revealed plans to show off a new electric bike called the Apex in Las Vegas, and it’s going to be fast. The headline numbers indicate a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.

Segway

You may be wondering how Segway has gone from mall transportation to sport bikes in such a short time. Thank Ninebot, Segway’s Chinese owners since 2015. We’ve written about an electric Segway drift-kart, self-balancing skates, new electric scooters and there’s even more out there. We’re not sure if any of this new product can successfully transform Segway into an enthusiast’s brand, but cool products like the Apex bike sure do a lot to help.

Details are sparse, but Segway did release a video of the bike motoring around a racetrack late last year. The rider isn’t exactly giving it the full beans (or hitting the apex), but we get a chance to hear it whir and whine along. The design isn’t revolutionary, but it does look good. It’s a bit strange seeing the Segway branding on the bodywork, but this is what Segway means today.

This year at CES may be the year that we see a ton of electric motorcycles hitting the scene, too. They’ve slowly trickled out with bikes like the Lightning Strike, Curtiss Psyche, Blackstone HyperTek, Buell Fuell, Zero SR/F and most interesting of all, the Curtiss Zeus concept. We’ve already ridden the Harley-Davidson Livewire, but many of the other electric motorcycles are still waiting to be launched. We’ll try to get a better idea of when many of these electric-powered bikes will be hitting the market at CES next week.

It’s the Segway S-Pod, and it’s a rolling chair that can travel at speeds up to 24.8 mph. If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be thrown out of a chair at 24.8 mph, we think this bit of tech is the perfect adult stroller for you. Jokes aside, this is definitely one of those weird things that show up at CES that we’ll never see in the real world. It’ll go up to 43.5 miles between charges, which is pretty impressive. Segway is nearly halfway to the new Mini Cooper SE.

Hyundai To Present Human-Centered Future Mobility Vision At Ces 2020

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Hyundai To Present Human-Centered

Hyundai Motor will take the stage at CES 2020 to present its vision for mobility and cities of the future.

Hyundai To Present Human-Centered

Hyundai will unveil its first concept Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) as part of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) landscape. The use of airspace is expected to alleviate road congestion and give back quality time to city commuters.

Hyundai Motor Presents Vision for Human-Centered Future Cities through Smart Mobility Solutions at CES 2020

PAV, PBV and the Hub to be connected to enrich lives of city commuters

Hyundai’s vision continues with its Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV). This highly customizable concept with autonomous driving feature allows for limitless possibilities to turn the vehicle to be more than just a means of transportation.

These two smart mobility devices will come together at the Hub, which will be located throughout cities in the future and used as community spaces.

Hyundai Motor’s innovative smart mobility solutions, including the PAV, PBV, and the Hub, will be showcased at Hyundai’s CES press event to be held at 3 p.m. on January 6 at Mandalay Bay South Convention Center 2F Oceanside B.

Lg 2020 ‘Ultra’ Monitors Ideal For Professionals And Gamers Alike

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Lg 2020 Ultra Monitors

LG Electronics’ new generation of Ultra monitors to be unveiled at CES® 2020 is designed to dramatically improve the user experience with superior design and cutting-edge performance. A leading innovator in the premium monitor segment, LG’s 2020 UltraFine,™ UltraGear™ and UltraWide™ models have been honored as CES Innovation Award winners.

Lg 2020 Ultra Monitors

2020 LG UltraFine Ergo Display

The 2020 CES Innovation Award-winning 32-inch UltraFine “Ergo” 4K UHD monitor (model 32UN880) is an innovative ergonomic solution that delivers differentiated value. The unique LG Ergo concept brings together the three key elements of image fidelity, ergonomic design and USB-C One Cable solution for a monitor that delivers unbeatable performance,

The LG Ergo was developed for working professionals and anyone who spends a significant amount of time at a desk. The technologically and ergonomically advanced arm-type stand with its high degree of adjustability enables users to create perfectly customized workstations. The LG Ergo stand can extend outward or positioned close to the wall, moved up to eye-level or lowered to the desk. It can even swivel to face the opposite direction for convenient sharing of information with an office colleague.

This unit’s USB-C One Cable solution provides 4K imaging, fast data transfer and power for laptop charging through a single, convenient cable. The LG Ergo also replaces the conventional monitor stand-base with a desk clamp to free up more room, while the One Click mount-system makes setting up the display a quick and simple affair.

2020 LG UltraGear Gaming Monitors

LG’s new UltraGear gaming monitors (models 27GN950, 34GN850 and 38GN950) expand on the lineup’s strong reputation for blistering speed and excellent picture quality. Demonstrated earlier this year by LG’s first 1 millisecond Gray-to-Gray (GTG) IPS display, LG’s gaming monitors raise the bar for speedy performance and gorgeous visuals.

Another CES Innovation Award winner, the 27-inch UltraGear 4K UHD monitor (model 27GN950), boasts a 1ms Nano IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz, over-clockable to 160Hz. The unit also offers hardware calibration to maximize the ability of LG’s IPS technology to realize precise color reproduction.

Designed to expand gamers’ sense of immersion, UltraGear models 34GN850 and 38GN950 feature large 1ms IPS displays and a 160Hz refresh rate.2 For the ultimate gaming experience, models 27GN950 and 38GN950 are VESA DisplayHDR™ 600-certified, while the 34GN850 supports VESA DisplayHDR 400. Both monitors incorporate an upgraded stand that not only looks sleek but is also stronger and more stable.

2020 LG UltraWide Monitor

A longtime leader in widescreen monitors, LG leveraged its expertise in advanced display technologies to develop the 38-inch Curved UltraWide QHD+ monitor (model 38WN95C). Another CES Innovation Award winner, this curved 3,840 x 1,600 model features a 1ms Nano IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and is validated as NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible.

“Our 2020 monitor lineup surpasses expectations with professional-level performance, picture quality and speed,” said Jang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division. “The LG Ergo brings new value to users, ensuring comfort and well-being with its uniquely adjustable stand while the 27-inch UltraGear 4K model offers superior picture quality for the ultimate gaming experience and the 38-inch UltraWide builds on LG’s legacy of excellence in 21:9 displays.”

CES 2020 visitors will be able to experience first-hand the ultimate user convenience, remarkable picture quality and blazing speed of LG’s 2020 Ultra monitors in booth #11100 of Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. See other LG announcements at CES by following #LGCES2020 on social media.

Android 10 Begins Rollout With Xperia 1 And Xperia 5 Smartphones

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Xperia 5 Smartphone

If you’re the lucky owner of an Xperia 1 or an Xperia 5, you may have noticed that Google’s Android 10 is now available for your device.

Xperia 5 Smartphone

The upgrade is now live in several countries and will continue to roll out to more devices*. The flagship Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 smartphones are among the first to receive the new tech, but owners of other devices will also be able to update their devices soon.

Sony has started the Android 10 rollout for its phones – out of the 8 phones on the list, it’s the latest flagships that get it first. Users of the Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are reporting that they have received the notification for the update.

The software has a build number 55.1.A.0.748 and it includes the November 1 security patch (previously the phones were running the October patch). Those aside, the jump to Android 10 brings with it Dark mode and the new gesture navigation, plus a better overview of which apps are tracking your location.

Anyway, the update weighs in at 725MB and will be available for download globally. It’s still a staged rollout, though, starting in the US and Europe, so it may take a few days until you get the OTA update notification.

Note that some users are reporting issues with call and data connectivity post update, so you may want to wait for a new build to be released (you can’t roll back to Android 9). There also seems to be an issue with getting to the Recent apps screen if you’re using a custom launcher.

The six other eligible Xperias will have to wait until early next year for the OS upgrade.

Toyota To Launch New Model “Granace” in Japan

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Toyota Granace

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the launch of its new model “Granace*2,” which will go on sale at Toyota vehicle dealers nationwide on December 16. The new Granace comes in two grades: Premium grade, a three-row, six-seater priced at 6,500,000 yen*3 and G grade, a four-row, eight-seater priced at 6,200,000 yen*3.

Toyota Granace

Utilizing a semi-bonnet*4 package, the new Granace is characterized by its superb basic performance―including quietness and driving stability―and classy interior. An exterior style that exudes presence, a gorgeous cockpit, and a comfortable rear seating design further accentuate the car’s individuality.

The new Granace’s large radiator grille is embellished with metallic accents and flows seamlessly into the headlamps, which project in vertical and horizontal directions to create a powerful and bold frontal appearance. The distinctive LED daytime running lamps*5 pierce the headlamps and, together with the projective twin-lens LED headlamps that flow into the decorative chrome frame, express a sophistication well-suited to a luxury car.

Cladding panels*6 as well as moldings embellished with metallic accents flowing into the lower edge of the rear bumper suggest an extremely low center of gravity while contributing to a majestic side view.

The rear design complements the front design, and at the same time, the rear-combination taillight LED belts emphasize the car’s advanced nature. The rear-combination taillights appear to point skywards in a distinctive design and merge with the rear door garnish, expressing an impressively grand style with its high position.

The 17-inch tires are paired with aluminum wheels featuring a sculpted texture and metallic accents for enhanced luxury. The radial spoke design makes the wheels appear larger, and highlights their ability to powerfully support the car.

Despite its total length of 5,300 millimeters and total width of 1,970 millimeters, when clad with 17-inch tires the new Granace boasts a minimum turning radius of just 5.6 meters. Optimal steering angles and gear ratios enable smooth tire movement to achieve maneuverability ideal for urban driving.

The new Granace comes in a total of four exterior colors, including the arresting and classy White Pearl Crystal Shine option, and a sophisticated and luxurious Black.

The new Granace is equipped with a full range of safety equipment for safety and peace of mind: Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects) helps mitigate damage from collisions while driving in parking lots and similar environments by detecting stationary objects; when reversing in parking lots, Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake with Parking Support Brakes (rear approaching vehicle) detects vehicles approaching from left-rear and right-rear directions, and engages the brakes when it senses the possibility of a collision; and Digital Inner Mirror projects images from the rear-facing camera onto the in-mirror display at the flick of a switch.

Lexus Ls Inspiration Series Ushers In Enhanced Style, Safety And Suspension

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Lexus LS Inspiration

Lexus has celebrated its global 30th anniversary with a stunning special-edition of the latest generation of its first model line, the LS flagship sedan.

Lexus LS Inspiration

The Lexus LS Inspiration Series has been developed to embody a model line at the pinnacle of craftsmanship, technology and refinement, delivering special design highlights and ushering in safety and suspension enhancements across the range.

Leveraging the opulence of the LS Sports Luxury, the LS Inspiration Series debuts a unique 20-inch Dark Vapor alloy wheel design and Khaki Metal exterior colour for the first time on the Lexus flagship sedan.

The distinctive shade of deep green joins the alternative Sonic Quartz, Liquid Metal and Scarlet Crimson options alternatively available with this limited edition.

The expansive interior of the LS is redefined for the Inspiration Series by an exclusive combination of chestnut semi-aniline leather-accented trim and nobel brown fabric door texture, complemented by intricate walnut Lexus-insignia laser-cut ornamentation.

A unique highlight and perfect finishing touch for the LS Inspiration Series is the installation of a Kiriko pattern ornamentation panel across the passenger side of the dashboard, featuring an engraved “30th Anniversary” signature with blue illumination.

The Inspiration Series is available in LS 500h featuring the world’s first Multi Stage Hybrid System, incorporating a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and advanced electric motor, and LS 500 with the Lexus 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

Benchmark technology includes a 12.3-inch centre display, Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto™4 compatibility, satellite navigation, voice control, DAB+5, 23-speaker Mark Levinson®2 audio system and twin 11.6-inch rear entertainment screens.

PKSB uses intelligent clearance sonar and rear cross-traffic sensors to detect static objects ahead or behind the vehicle, as well as crossing vehicles when reversing as part of rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA).

When moving forward or in reverse (at under 15km/h) the system can warn the driver then apply braking force to reduce the possibility of contact with static objects ahead of the vehicle, or static objects and moving vehicles when reversing.

As part of the update, all variants further debut revised Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

The air suspension system now incorporates a redesigned independent extension and compression design and altered damping force switching to achieve flatter and smoother body motion behaviour.

For the LS 500 only, the front mounts on the rear suspension member are now liquid-filled, replacing the previous rubber mounts in order to further reduce vehicle body vibration.

The LS 500 also exclusively benefits from a smoother starting action for the petrol engine’s Stop Start system.

LG Introduces Powerful Portable Air Purifier For Enhanced Peace Of Mind

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LG Portable Air Purifier

With clean air a commodity in high demand today, LG Electronics (LG) announces the world’s first filter-type portable air purifier designed for use on-the-go. With an innovate PM1.0 Sensor, the compact and cord-free LG PuriCareTM Mini helps deliver safe, clean air in the car, a baby’s nursery or even one’s office.

With LG’s 4-Step Air Filtration System, LG PuriCare Mini can detect and remove 99 percent particulates as small as 0.3 μm.* The first step involves the PM1.0 Sensor which quickly and accurately detects the quality of the air before the Dual Inverter Motor forcibly draws in the air at 5,000rpm in the second step. In step three, the high-efficiency Total Allergen Removal filter removes particulates in the air and in the final step, the powerful Twin Tornado Dual Fan disperses the clean air far and wide. The LG PuriCare Mini is not only highly efficient, it’s also fast, cleaning 50 percent of the air inside a car in 10 minutes.**

LG PuriCare Mini can go anywhere the user goes thanks to its small size and light weight, which make it ideal for use on the go where plug-in models can’t go. Similar in size and weight as a 500 milliliter bottle of water, the wireless portable air purifier freshens the air for up to 8 hours at low speed or 2 hours at the highest setting on battery power alone. And its quiet operation – only 30dB in low setting – allows the LG PuriCare Mini to be used in an enclosed stroller without waking a peacefully sleeping baby.

PuriCare Mini utlizes a durable filter which lasts up to 2,000 hours or six months if used 12 hours a day. The free LG ThinQ app for both Android and iOS devices allows users to monitor the condition of the filter, check the battery status and control their LG PuriCare Mini via Bluetooth with a smartphone or tablet.

“Providing useful technology in a form factor that goes where our customers go – this is what LG PuriCare Mini is all about,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “There is nothing more important than the health of one’s family and LG is committed to using its engineering know-how to deliver innovative solutions.”

LG PuriCare Mini will become available in key markets of Asia, North America throughout the next several weeks into 2019.

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