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Toyota continues with the fuel cell hard sell

Toyota continues with the fuel cell hard sellThe Fine Comfort Ride Concept, which will be making its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is yet another attempt by Toyota to convince the masses that hydrogen is the fuel of the future. The concept, which is being pitched as the premium sedan of the future, uses a combination of clever packaging (the motors are integrated into its wheels) and clever shapes (technically speaking the car is a rhombus rather than rectangular-shaped) in order to offer ample space for six adults without extending the wheelbase beyond 3.5m. Although every major mainstream car company has invested in and is studying the capabilities of fuel cells, Toyota has been selling hydrogen-powered cars for several years and demonstrating how this form of electrification not only most closely mirrors the traditional gasoline-powered car-owner experience (long driving range, fast re-fueling times), but could also be an innovative way of power delivery.



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Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trialTULSA, Okla. (AP) — The hard-won conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's unarmed black boyfriend shows the difficulty prosecutors have in convincing jurors to put someone who carries a badge and a gun behind bars, legal experts said Thursday.



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Jared Kushner 'tried and failed to get a $500m loan from Qatar before pushing Trump to take hard line against country'

Jared Kushner 'tried and failed to get a $  500m loan from Qatar before pushing Trump to take hard line against country'Jared Kushner tried and failed to secure a $ 500m loan from one of Qatar’s richest businessmen, before pushing his father-in-law to toe a hard line with the country, it has been alleged. This intersection between Mr Kushner’s real estate dealings and his father-in-law’s international issues highlights the difficulties of an administration besiged with an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest. According to The New York Times, the building has not generated enough to pay its debts in several years, forcing Kushner Companies to cover the multimillion-dollar difference.



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Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win

Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to winRep. Tim Ryan says the party’s “toxic” brand under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it difficult for Dems to connect with voters.



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Experts: Conditions behind cyberattack may be hard to mimic

Experts: Conditions behind cyberattack may be hard to mimicNEW YORK (AP) — The cyberextortion attack hitting dozens of countries spread quickly and widely thanks to an unusual confluence of factors: a known and highly dangerous security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and a software design that allowed the malware to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.



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Karl: If Trump has learned how hard his job is, that may be 100-day 'accomplishment worth celebrating'

Karl: If Trump has learned how hard his job is, that may be 100-day 'accomplishment worth celebrating'ABC News' Jonathan Karl shares some closing thoughts about Trump's statement this week that he "thought it would be easier" being president.



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For African-American families hit hard by the war on drugs, pot comes out of the shadows, but slowly

For African-American families hit hard by the war on drugs, pot comes out of the shadows, but slowlyJesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a cultivation center and boutique edibles line serving cannabis patients in Portland, OR. Jesce Horton still remembers the advice his father often imparted to him while he was growing up. Marijuana, said the 34-year-old Horton, was always a big part of those conversations.



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Schiff pressing hard to reschedule Yates testimony ‘soon’

Schiff pressing hard to reschedule Yates testimony ‘soon’“It’s time to put that hearing back on track,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Tuesday. “If we take the White House at its word, it wants Sally Yates to testify now. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the embattled chairman of the House intelligence committee, canceled the public hearing on Friday.



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Google is trying really hard to make a smart jacket you won’t totally hate

Google is trying really hard to make a smart jacket you won’t totally hate

If you're not tired of hearing the word "smart" in front of random appliances, furniture, and pieces of clothing, Google has a hot pitch for you. It's a smart jacket from Levi's and it uses Google's smart textiles platform that goes by the nickname "Project Jacquard." It's being shown off this week at SXSW, but even if you saw the jacket being worn by a fellow festival-goer, there's a really good chance you wouldn't even realize it.

Without a bunch of goofy screens or flashing LEDs, Levi's Jacquard jacket doesn't give the outward appearance of being a gadget at all, and that's kind of the point, at least in Levi's eyes. At a panel at SXSW, Google's Ivan Poupyrev suggested that the company's original vision for the smart apparel included a display of some kind. Levi's VP of global innovation Paul Dillinger shot down that idea and insisted the tech be integrated into parts of the jacket that already exist naturally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKHwQIaiaA

The result is a fabric touch interface that can't be seen, but still allows the wearer to control various functions of a synced device like a smartphone. Swiping across the sensitive area of the jacket, located near the wrist, lets you skip songs and answer callsA small USB device plugs into the jacket to provide its smart functionality and can be removed so that the garment can be laundered.

It's an interesting — and from various hands-on reports, adequately functional — implementation of touch technology, but its usefulness is obviously a big question mark. Swiping at your wrist to control your phone is essentially what you do with a smartwatch already, and given that you won't conceivably be wearing a jacket all day long, it seems like a very small niche to try to exploit.



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Google is trying really hard to make a smart jacket you won’t totally hate

Google is trying really hard to make a smart jacket you won’t totally hate

If you're not tired of hearing the word "smart" in front of random appliances, furniture, and pieces of clothing, Google has a hot pitch for you. It's a smart jacket from Levi's and it uses Google's smart textiles platform that goes by the nickname "Project Jacquard." It's being shown off this week at SXSW, but even if you saw the jacket being worn by a fellow festival-goer, there's a really good chance you wouldn't even realize it.

Without a bunch of goofy screens or flashing LEDs, Levi's Jacquard jacket doesn't give the outward appearance of being a gadget at all, and that's kind of the point, at least in Levi's eyes. At a panel at SXSW, Google's Ivan Poupyrev suggested that the company's original vision for the smart apparel included a display of some kind. Levi's VP of global innovation Paul Dillinger shot down that idea and insisted the tech be integrated into parts of the jacket that already exist naturally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKHwQIaiaA

The result is a fabric touch interface that can't be seen, but still allows the wearer to control various functions of a synced device like a smartphone. Swiping across the sensitive area of the jacket, located near the wrist, lets you skip songs and answer callsA small USB device plugs into the jacket to provide its smart functionality and can be removed so that the garment can be laundered.

It's an interesting — and from various hands-on reports, adequately functional — implementation of touch technology, but its usefulness is obviously a big question mark. Swiping at your wrist to control your phone is essentially what you do with a smartwatch already, and given that you won't conceivably be wearing a jacket all day long, it seems like a very small niche to try to exploit.



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