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Striving to reduce vehicle weight in order to increase fuel economy, Honda focused on Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and developed a new technology for the continuous welding of steel and aluminum. This technology generates a new and stable metallic bonding between steel and aluminum by moving a rotating tool on the top of the aluminum which is lapped over the steel with high pressure. As a result, the welding strength becomes equal to or beyond conventional Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding

This new technology contributes to an improvement in fuel economy by reducing body weight by 25% compared to a conventional steel sub frame. In addition, electricity consumption during the welding process is reduced by approximately 50%. It also enabled a change in the structure of the sub frame and the mounting point of suspension, which increased the rigidity of the mounting point by 20% and also contributed to the vehicle’s dynamic performance.

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it has newly developed a technology for the continuous welding of the dissimilar metals of steel and aluminum and applied it for the first time in the world to the sub frame of a mass-production vehicle, a key component of a vehicle body frame.

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Audi nanuk quattro concept

What do you get when you combine a mid-engined sports car with and off-road vehicle? This is Audi’s idea of a “crossover.”
The nanuk quattro’s styling looks like a combination of an R8 and a Dakar racer, and Audi says the nanuk quattro is just as capable off-road as a normal supercar is on it.
Power comes from a 5.0-liter turbodiesel V10, which produces 544 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That prodigious power gets the nanuk quattro to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 189.52 mph. Yet it still gets 30.16 mpg on the U.S. test cycle. Talk about the best of both worlds.

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the Samsung Galaxy Aurora smartphone concept is more likely a futuristic phablet, something like Galaxy Note IV, if you want. It’s supposed to feature a new type of battery, much stronger than Li-Ion and this one is called L-Lion, with a power of 820k mAh, that’s

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The battery has the same size of Li-Ion, but it can get very hot, so it’s surrounded by 11 extremely powerful nano fans, cooling the CPU inside and the battery. The GPU here is a PowerVR Series 5XT SGXMX20 with 12 cores and the Samsung Aurora seems to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although I expected something more futuristic. I expect technology from the future 10 or maybe 20 years to be inside this device, so a 16 core processor wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Also 128GB of storage, 5G connectivity and a 21MP camera are all specifications that come to my mind and I associated them to this model. I hope the designer likes my ideas regarding his creation, but anyway frankly speaking I prefer this design to the real Galaxy Note II, that’s so predictable. Do you like this one more?

How It Works: 3-D TV Without Glasses

One hitch in bringing 3-D motion pictures to home theaters has been the glasses—people hate them. Yet viewers have been enjoying motionless 3-D images unassisted since at least the 1960s. At that time, VariVue was printing postcards covered with a lenticular array that sent each eye a slightly different view.
hiw-teaser-3dtvThis year Toshiba demonstrated a similar kind of glasses-free 3-D display, and Nintendo released its 3DS. Instead of a lens, the 3DS uses a barrier to produce the stereoscopic effect.

Google Now, the highly efficient personal assistant from Google, which was only available for the fortunate users who own a device that runs on latest Android OS 4.1 or later, is soon to be made available to general users, hints the latest reports on search giant.

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It looks like Google Now won’t be limited to Android, iOS and Chrome alone, but will also be added to Google’s homepage. Some code from a page that’s tested by Google offers more information about this feature, reports Google Operating System, unofficial news and tips blog about Google.

Google Now, the virtual personal assistant, gets you the right information at right time. To achieve this, Google Now tracks the device’s location, the entries in the calendar, the content of emails in a Gmail account, search history and preferences — such as taste in music or which sports teams the user supports, traffic information on the routes the user usually travel, and much more.

Yahoo is all set to close its email services in China by this summer as a part of the agreement with its partner Alibaba Group, one of China’s biggest Internet companies. This service is scheduled to close on August 19, reports Huffington Post.

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Yahoo has started recommending its users in China to opt for another service provider such as Aliyun, an email service provider suggested as an alternative by the Alibaba Group. The company, since 2005 wanted to phase out of China after it handed over its website, email and other services over to Alibaba. As a part of that deal, Yahoo had acquired Alibaba’s 40 percent stake paying around $1 billion.

The investment decision made by Yahoo by acquiring the stake is proved to be a good deal, as the company made a huge profit of $7.6 billion by selling half of its stake back to Alibaba last year. Analysts believe the remaining half of the stakes is now worth even more, predicted to be about $14 billion.

Alibaba is considering going public in the coming two years which would give an opportunity for Yahoo to sell more of its holdings.

In the same line, Yahoo has announced shutting down few of its other products and services in U.S. too which is low profitable and are not used by many. This in turn, would help the company to reduce its cost and thereby allowing its engineers to work more on other profit making apps and mobile products.