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Dutch bank predicts Europeans will buy only electric cars by 2035

A new report released today suggests that all new cars sold in Europe will be electric as early as 2035 — which will have serious effects on the European car manufacturing industry.

Senior economists at ING released a report titled, “Breakthrough of electric vehicle threatens European car industry.” In it, they predict that barriers which currently keep consumers from investing in electric will disappear over a short period of time.

Falling battery prices, coupled with better range between charges and faster charging times overall will help contribute to buyer confidence — buying a battery-operated car will be just as attractive an option as one with an internal combustion engine.

While that seems all well and good for electric car enthusiasts, the report notes the European car manufacturers only have 3-percent market share in lithium-ion battery production. Any European factories attempting to meet demand for electric cars will be dependent on countries like China and Japan for batteries and other materials.

Electric cars have fewer parts and their manufacture is more automated, meaning there will be fewer jobs to go around. All in all, the report paints a pretty bleak picture, though it does suggest there is hope if Europe shifts from the traditional business model to one that emphasizes services over sales.

via The Guardian

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Priya Prakash Varrier’s viral video allegedly plagiarised from Malayalam film Kidu, claims director Majeed Abu

With enormous fame came its perils. Priya Prakash Varrier, who became the internet sensation after her wink video went viral, laded in multiple controversies. It is now being claimed that the video of ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ from her upcoming release Oru Adaar Love, featuring Roshan Abdul Rahoof opposite Priya, has been copied from a Malayalam film titled Kidu.

Priya Prakash Varrier in a still from Oru Adaar Love. YouTube

Priya Prakash Varrier in a still from Oru Adaar Love. YouTube

India TV reports that the director of Kidu, Majeed Abu, has a similar scene in his film featuring a class room love story. He recently left a video message where he said the sequence was lifted from his movie.

Sabu posted a video message on Facebook where he explained his version.

While the Kidu maker put forth his claims, there were a few who claimed Kidu copied it from Oru Adaar Love. However, the director in reply stated, “After watching the song from my film Kidu, many have been saying that it has been copied from Oru Adaar Love. It’s not right. Achu Vijayan is the editor of Kidu and Oru Adaar Love. My film’s shooting was completed on November 25 (2017) and in January first week, the editing was done.”

“It is only after finishing our film, Achu Vijayan started to work on Oru Adaar Love. That song was also shot after this. So, we are the ones who should accuse them (Oru Adaar Love makers) of copying it from us. We don’t have any intentions of copying from others,” he said.

“Many asked me why I didn’t take action? I don’t want that. We don’t want to make a big issue because out of this. There could be some similarities between the two films. Even our life is like that we have so many similarities with others,” Sabu further added.

Published Date: Feb 21, 2018 11:44 AM | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 11:44 AM

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SC quashes FIR against Priya Prakash Varrier; asks Telangana govt to not entertain complaints about song

The Supreme Court today, ie 21 February, heard a plea filed by Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier and issued a stay on the complaint filed against her and the makers of Oru Adaar Love. According to a tweet by Times Now, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud sent out a message to the fringe groups demanding a ban on the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi‘ from the film.

Priya Prakash Varrier in a still from Oru Adaar Love. YouTube

Priya Prakash Varrier in a still from Oru Adaar Love. YouTube

The film had landed into troubled waters after a spate of complaints and FIRs were filed against the makers and the actress for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community. The apex court also asked the state governments of Maharashtra and Telangana to not entertain any complaints against the makers regarding the contents of the song. Varrier had then sought the apex court’s intervention, stating that the complaints are an attack on Freedom of Expression and Speech.

The first complaint was filed by Muqeeth Khan and alleged that the lyrics of the song insult Prophet Muhammad when translated to English. This was followed with a letter written by the controversial fringe group Raza Academy in Mumbai. The letter, written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), demanded the imposition of a ban on the song.

Several reports also suggested that the premier organisation for Islamic laws, Darul Ifta Jamia Nizamia, issued a fatwa against the song and its lyrics.

Published Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:07 PM | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:07 PM

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One of Nest’s cameras can now double as a Google Assistant

After Google announced earlier this month that it was going to wrap Nest back into Google’s hardware operation, everyone figured we’d see a bit more overlap between the two. Sure enough, just two weeks later: the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is getting support for Google Assistant.

Nest says the app update that lets users toggle Google Assistant functionality should hit sometime today. The Nest Cam IQ already has a microphone and speaker built-in for two-way communications, so this just repurposes that existing hardware.

Once you’ve turned on the functionality, Google Assistant on the Cam IQ should work the same as it does on any Google Home device (minus a few things that would generally require a bigger speaker, like playing music, making phone calls, or listening to the news) — just say “OK Google” followed by your question.

It sounds like this functionality is only coming to the Cam IQ Indoor for now — so don’t try barking commands at the outdoor Cam or your old Dropcams just yet.
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