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Will Bitcoin Crash Again in 2019? An Article

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Bitcoin was all the rave last year, with its high-profit margins and an influx of new investors. However, it is safe to say that over the span of one year, it has matured considerably. Like Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin told CNBC, Bitcoin may never have as much hype as it did in 2017 because so many people are now aware of cryptocurrency and how it works. A lot of things have changed in the cryptocurrency sector since over-the-top forecasts were made in 2017, including a $160,000 price estimation for Bitcoin. One of such changes is the introduction of Bitcoin Futures…

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IFA 2018: The power of co-innovation delivers another stunning IFA experience

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Co-innovation, artificial intelligence, voice recognition and the soaring popularity of smart connected devices have powered IFA to yet another record edition. The world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances attracted 245,000 visitors this year. IFA is more important to global brands and retailers than ever before, with almost 150,000 trade visitors attending the show; more than 50 per cent of the trade visitors came from abroad, marking a new all-time high in international attendance. The event - timed for the all-important end-of-year business ahead of Black Friday, Singles Day in China, and Christmas – suggests that the…

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LVCVA Board of Directors Votes to Move Forward with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company

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LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors today made a monumental decision that will revolutionize Southern Nevada’s transportation. The 14-member Board approved a recommendation to select Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. The innovative project has the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.  “Las Vegas has maintained…

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Lufthansa Group orders 40 state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft

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Lufthansa Group is consistently forging ahead with the modernization of its long-haul fleet. In today’s meeting, based on the recommendation of the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board approved the purchase of a total of 40 state-of-the-art aircraft for the group’s airlines. The 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. The new planes will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027. The order has a list-price investment volume of 12 billion USD. As is usual with such orders, Lufthansa Group has negotiated a significant price reduction. The parties have agreed not to disclose…

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Designing the first CUPRA, in three stages

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Straight lines or curves? A floating screen or integrated in the dashboard? The creation process of a concept car - a design exercise that shapes the guidelines for future development, raises hundreds of questions and requires hours of sketching, hundreds of renders, narrowing down ideas and fresh starts. In total, six months of work that can be summed up in three stages featuring the CUPRA Formentor in the starring role: 1 - Turning ideas into pictures: “A car you want to run your hands over”. This is the vision used by Alberto Torrecillas, exterior designer of the CUPRA Formentor, when he began…

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Fossil energy sources go, Power-to-X comes

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Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced and fossil fuels must be intelligently replaced. Power-to-X is the solution to many questions relating to the Paris Climate Agreement. Green electricity is turned into synthetic fuels, which are used in numerous industrial applications. The Paris Climate Agreement provides for a limitation of global warming of less than 2°Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Achieving this goal requires a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: In all sectors - transport, buildings and industry - fossil fuels must be replaced by renewable energies. A frequently discussed approach is to electrify all sectors as far as possible.…

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BUYING BITCOIN WITH PAYPAL: HARDER THAN IT SOUNDS – An Article

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Unlike the period in which Bitcoin first emerged, it is a lot easier to buy cryptocurrency today. The major upside of this is that users do not have to break their necks searching for a way to buy their favorite coin. There are numerous ways to go about it, including exchanges and Bitcoin ATMs, as opposed to attending crypto meetups and hanging around chatrooms in the hopes of meeting people who are willing to sell their tokens. However, most exchanges have not completely figured out how to make it easy for users to buy Bitcoin using fiat currency. In fact, this is a major…

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The day the Popemobile was spared

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 With only a few days remaining before the visit by Pope John Paul II to Barcelona and Madrid in 1982, a call came through to SEAT from the Vatican. The vehicle car used by the Pope on his official visits did not fit through the doors of the Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabéu stadiums where the Pope’s main events were being held. So a new model had to be made in a matter of days. The engineers at SEAT rose to the challenge and in record time adapted a Panda, creating a true Popemobile used by John Paul II during…

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH … Honda, Mercedes-Benz and SEAT Off-Roaders get Top Marks for Safety

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Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of three large off-roaders: the Honda CR-V, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the  SEAT Tarraco. All three cars get a maximum five-star rating against Euro NCAP’s tough 2019 requirements. The new SEAT Tarraco shares Volkswagen’s MQB platform with the Škoda Kodiaq, rated as five-stars by Euro NCAP in 2017. Against the more stringent protocols of 2019, the Tarraco’s five-star rating is even more impressive and its score of 97 percent in adult occupant protection is amongst the best achieved by a car in this category. The previous-generation Honda CR-V was tested as a diesel in 2013. In a sign of the times,…

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Audi at the Geneva International Motor Show

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 Audi is systematically and comprehensively continuing its electric car offensive. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the brand is showing four all-electric drive vehicles, the series versions of which will celebrate their premiere by the end of 2020. In addition, four new plug hybrid versions as a world premiere and the fully electric Formula E race car Audi e-tron FE05 will be displayed on the Audi stand – which consists exclusively of electrically driven cars this year. Chairman of the Audi Board of Management, Bram Schot: “We have set ourselves a clear goal – one in three new Audi vehicles…

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