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MLB TV Review: Subscribers May Balk at Increased Blackout Restrictions - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:52
The streaming service is stellar for some fans who live outside of their team's TV market, but with Apple TV Plus and Peacock playing ball in 2022, MLB TV subscribers will encounter more blacked-out games than ever.

Dodge Hornet Compact SUV Expected to Debut in August - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:47
The Hornet will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain option.

Arm Takes Action To Regain Control At Its Renegade China Unit

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:25
Arm has moved to regain control of its renegade China unit and replace its chief executive Allen Wu, as the UK chip designer seeks to clear its path to a successful public listing. From a report: The UK chip designer will put forward two individuals to act as co-chief executives of its China joint venture and has received official sign-off to submit the paperwork, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The proposed candidates to take over as co-CEOs are Dr Liu Renchen, a government adviser and vice-dean of the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen and Vision Fund managing partner Eric Chen, who has been leading SoftBank's negotiations with Chinese officials. Arm has been trying to oust Wu for almost two years, afterâhe disregarded a 7 to 1 board vote for his removal and unilaterally took control of the company. "Discussions have been going on for a while and this is the proposed solution," said one person close to Arm China's board. "But submission is not the problem, getting authorities to sign off on it is," the person said. The person noted that previous deals to resolve the stand-off had fallen through at the last minute and cautioned: "We still have to see if Allen will be able to derail it."

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PlayStation is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:11
The company created a game preservation team, according to a new employee.

Pokemon Go Fest 2022: Shaymin, Ticketed Features and More - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:10
Pokemon Go's biggest annual event returns this June and introduces the mythical Shaymin to the game.

'Tornado of Fire' Is Latest Sight on the Sun's Tumultuous Surface - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:09
Sunspots, solar flares and now a cyclone on the surface of our local star as the solar cycle heats up.

Best Lego Kits for Car Lovers for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 13:00
Legos are the perfect quarantine activity, and these should all keep your car-obsessed loved one busy for ages.

Rivian teases off-road Sand Mode and a pet-friendly HVAC feature

Engadget - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:56

Folks who ordered a Rivian R1T truck or R1S SUV with an Ocean Coast trim may need to wait a bit longer than expected for their EV to arrive. The company told customers in an email that "the light wood in Ocean Coast is more challenging to produce." As such, Rivian is focusing on getting models with Black Mountain and Forest Edge interiors to customers sooner. It will start deliveries of EVs with the Ocean Coast trim in the fall.

"Building in few build combinations reduces complexity with our suppliers and in the plant and allows us to build a greater number of vehicles," Rivian wrote in the email, which was obtained by Elektrek. "This updated approach also means we’ll see Adventure Package vehicles rolling off the line alongside Launch Edition vehicles over the next few months." The company said it will send new delivery estimates to all preorder holders in the coming weeks.

Perhaps to offset the disappointment of another delay, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe showed off a feature that will be available to all customers as standard following a future software update. It's called Sand Mode and could come in useful for those who want to go off-road. A slow-motion clip shows the R1S handling some sandy terrain.

Sand mode — coming in a future OTA update

— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) April 26, 2022

Also on the way are a pet mode for the HVAC system and dashcam support for the Gear Guard security feature. Scaringe said those are coming soon.

Here's How You Can Save an Extra $40 During Wayfair's Way Day Sale - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:54
Apply for a Wayfair credit card to get access to extra savings and take $40 off your first qualifying order of $100 or more.

Amazon's Twitch Seeks To Revamp Creator Pay With Focus on Profit

SlashDot - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:52
Twitch, the Amazon-owned live-streaming website, is weighing potential changes to how it pays top talent, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the planning, an effort that would boost its profits but would also risk alienating some of its biggest stars. From a report: The updates under consideration would offer incentives for streamers to run more ads. The proposal would also reduce the proportion of subscription fees doled out to the site's biggest performers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Some changes to Twitch's monetization structure could be implemented as soon as this summer, the people said. Twitch staff is considering paring back the revenue cut of channel subscriptions granted to the top echelon of streamers in its so-called partnerships program to 50%, from 70%. Another option is to create multiple tiers and set criteria for how to qualify for each one, two of the people said. In exchange, Twitch may offer to release partners from exclusivity restrictions, allowing them to stream on Google's YouTube or Facebook.

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Dodge will reveal a Hornet plug-in hybrid in August

Engadget - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:44

You won't have to wait long to buy a small Dodge plug-in hybrid. As Autoblogexplains, Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis revealed in a Q&A that a PHEV edition of the upcoming Hornet compact car will be revealed this summer, likely during a "Speed Week" starting August 15th. The Stellantis badge executive didn't provide other details, but plans for the regular Hornet should provide a good idea of what to expect.

No, the Hornet isn't a revival of either AMC's compact or the circa-2006 concept. Instead, it's based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale (shown above) due to reach Americans in early 2023. The Hornet will likely share both the Tonale's 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a Naples, Italy factory. The Tonale will muster 272HP in its American version, but it's not certain if the Hornet will provide similar output. The machine may be relatively inexpensive for a plug-in given its size.

You may have to wait a while to hear more about Dodge's all-electric muscle car, however. Kuniskis said he hoped to show off the high-performance EV before the Hornet, but an unnamed factor "outside our industry" was preventing any firm commitments. Dodge previously said the "eMuscle" car would launch by 2024, and that it would phase out its gas-based Challenger and Charger cars on a similar timeline.

A Hornet PHEV might be necessary. Stellantis is ramping up its electrification efforts and expects half of its US passenger vehicles to be pure EVs by 2030, but Americans don't have affordable plug-in hybrid options at the moment — they're typically more expensive options like the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. If Stellantis can keep the Dodge Hornet's cost relatively low, it might open the door to customers who previously had to shop competing brands to get more accessible PHEVs.

Judge Denies Elon Musk's Bid to End 2018 Settlement With SEC - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:36
The judge says Musk "knowingly and willingly" agreed to oversight of his social media posts about Tesla.

Central African Republic Passes Bill to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-04-27 12:17
The nation is the second in line to make bitcoin a form of legal payment.