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AMAZON ECHO UDPATED NOW WITH TOUCH SCREEN, VIDEO CALLING

Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google’s efforts at bringing “smarts” to the home.

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• A techno-infused opera about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has earned the financial backing of opera companies in San Francisco and Seattle, ensuring the musical meditation on the iconic entrepreneur will travel to America’s high-tech enclave.

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BTC TO SELL SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 FROM FRIDAY

BTC has been testing the Samsung Galaxy S8 device for several weeks and will be the first mobile carrier in the Bahamas to have the new device for sale on Friday.

Uber setting up artificial intelligence lab

Uber is setting up a lab in Toronto to develop artificial intelligence needed for autonomous cars to recognize objects so they can travel safely.

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Swiss solar plane completes 1st test flight

A group of Swiss adventurers say they have completed the first test flight of a new solar-powered airplane they hope will eventually reach the edge of space.

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GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive has said, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.

Uber taking to the skies with next ride hailing project

Uber is taking to the skies with its next project — “flying cars” — even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground.

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100 per cent electric vehicles added to government fleets

The Ministry of Finance has made the move towards greener transportation by leasing eight zero-emission, 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAFs, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), from Easy Car Sales, the only local provider of 100 per cent electric cars.

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Volkswagen plans to launch first all-electric car in CHINA next year

SHANGHAI – Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest automaker, plans to launch its first pure-electric car in China next year as Beijing steps up pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline.

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PLUG IN AT THE ISLAND HOUSE THIS EARTH DAY

Earth Day 2017 will be celebrated at The Island House on Saturday from 10am until 12.30pm with a series of informative talks on how to live a more environmentally conscious life in The Bahamas.

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Hybrid police car: ‘Catches bad guys, saves gas too’

The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid.

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Pope Francis, who has called for action to stop climate change, is now the owner of a Nissan Leaf electric car. The vehicle was a gift from German investor Jochen Wermuth in February.

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Bahamas Power and Light goes green with electric vehicles

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has become the latest organisation in the country to acquire electric vehicles (EVs) for their company fleet.

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AUTO SHOW GETS INTO GEAR WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES

South Korea’s largest auto show provides a look at the future of Asian premium cars and electric vehicles, as well as efforts by Asian auto and tech companies to catch up in the field of autonomous driving.

London plans vehicle emissions fee to fight air pollution

The mayor of London says drivers of the most polluting cars will have to pay a 12.50 pound ($15.55) charge to drive in the city in a bid to improve air quality.

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