Volkswagen builds pickups like the Amarok and Saveiro for other countries, but sadly, it has no official plans to bring a pickup truck to the US. If you look at what the German automaker has been up to lately, however, it certainly seems like VW is very interested in entering the market.At last year’s New York Auto Show, VW showed off its definitely-not-for-production Atlas Tanoak concept — basically its Atlas midsize SUV, but with a pickup bed out back.This year, the automaker has brought its smaller Tarok pickup (based on the MQB platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta), which looks a lot closer to production, but, unfortunately, is also just a concept. Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, revealed some insights about how a small pickup might work in the US during a Wednesday media roundtable session I attended at the NY Auto Show.”I think we can comment with an extremely, let’s say, smart price point,” Keogh said. “I don’t want to, you know, start to give away price points, but I think you could put a vehicle like that in the marketplace in, let’s say, the mid-20s with proper engine, proper everything.”Again, VW hasn’t committed to a US truck, and Keogh cautions that the company’s investigation into the idea is “all early days,” but clearly it’s putting a lot of thought into the idea. Further, its new truck and van partnership with Ford could help facilitate its developing such models more quickly and less expensively. Still, the thought of a capable, well-equipped small pickup for not a lot of money could resonate in a US market that once bought hundreds of thousands of compact pickups.Enlarge ImageA production version of the Tarok trucklet would be sweet, especially if consumers got some of this concept’s delicious interior cues. Steven Pham/Roadshow “I do see an opportunity where these trucks have all moved into the 50s and the 60s [pricing] and beyond,” Keogh added, alluding to the escalating price of full-size pickups. “That is the price of an expensive luxury car, not a normal luxury car, and I think there is an opportunity because people do need these vehicles, and I think Volkswagen’s always made cars for people who need vehicles. You know, they have families, they need safety, they need things, so you have to hit a good price point, and I think we can.”A small VW pickup could have another party trick: fuel economy. “Depending on what drivetrain we put in there, you could also get phenomenal fuel economy out of that thing,” Keogh said. A fuel-sipping trucklet would certainly stand out amid a US pickup market loaded with full-size rigs that struggle to get combined miles per gallon ratings in the high teens. Sure, there are efficient midsize trucks in the American market like the Chevy Colorado Duramax diesel at 20 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, but that starts at $37,675. If VW could pull off an affordable compact pickup that gets mid-20s combined fuel economy, but for around 10 grand less, that might just provide enough of a business case to build one.VW may also have some small-truck competition in the pipeline, too. Ford recently confirmed that it’s planning a sub-Ranger-sized pickup, but the jury’s out on whether the mini truck will make it to America. In addition, Hyundai is planning on bringing its small Santa Cruz pickup truck to the US “as soon as possible.” May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar More From Roadshow Tags New York Auto Show 2019 Volkswagen reading • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Share your voice New York Auto Show 2019 Comments 24 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? VW Atlas Tanoak pickup is still a hard maybe Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 3 VW Tarok pickup concept is in New York to gauge your reaction 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 46 Photos • Volkswagen Car Industry Trucks Concept Cars Future Cars See All
Road accident logoFour people were killed in separate road accidents in Naogaon and Sirajganj districts on Friday morning.In Naogaon, two mango traders were killed after a truck hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw from behind in Sapahar upazila.The deceased are Abdul Salam, 27, son of a certain Majed Hossain, from Bakrail Bishnathpur village in Sapahar upazila and Hiron, 30, son of one Siddik Bepari from Borochar Samaiya village in Bhola sadar upazila.Police said Salam and Hiron were going by an auto-rickshaw to a zero-point area of the upazila to buy mangoes from wholesalers.A Chapainawabganj-bound rice-laden truck knocked the auto-rickshaw from behind as soon as they got into the vehicle in Godownpara area around 8:00am, leaving the two traders dead on the spot, the law enforcement said.Police have seized the truck but its driver managed to flee the scene, said Sapahar police station officer-in-charge Shamsul Alam Shah.“We are processing to file a suit in this connection,” he added.In Sirajganj, two people were killed and 23 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch by Dhaka-Bogra highway in Bhuiyanganti Bazar area of Raiganj upazila.The deceased are Jahir Uddin, 35, son of a certain Nazim Uddin, and Abu Bakar Siddiq, 34, son of Abbas Ali, resident of Saidpur village in Thakurgaon district.The Dhaka-bound ‘Mirpur Paribahan’ bus from Thakurgaon fell into a ditch around 10:30am after its driver lost control over the steering, leaving 25 people injured, said Hatikumrul highway police station officer-in-charge Abdul Quader Zilani.The injured were rushed to Raiganj Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared the two dead, he added.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u From 5-7 P.MSean Yoes reports live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Plus, a report on Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to drop all charges against the remaining officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
2 min read Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Curious about VoIP phone service? PhoneGnome is a low-cost way to see how VoIP fits your company before you start incurring monthly fees. The wallet-size device lets you make free internet phone calls without any change to your current phone numbers, services or handsets.Once connected to a traditional phone jack, the $119 (all prices street) black-or rather, gray-box serves pretty much the same IP/PSTN conversion function as the ATA adapters you get when you sign up with Covad, Vonage or other VoIP providers.But unlike with those services, you’ll never have to change or add phone numbers to get service–a potentially significant expense for growing businesses. There’s no disruption of aux-iliary services–911, directory assistance, answering machine, TV, security–that rely on PSTN protocols. There’s no risk of losing phone service during a power outage (which happened to me five times last year). Unlike IM-based calling from AOL Instant Messenger, GoogleTalk or Skype, there’s no software to use when making calls.You dial using the same phone you always have. PhoneGnome automatically detects and routes calls between devices compatible with session initiation protocol, or SIP, entirely over the internet. Calls to or from non-SIP devices are routed over PSTN. Setup? Just plug PhoneGnome’s phone line and Ethernet cable into your phone and broadband loops, respectively. The hardware configures itself.The bad news is that, at this stage in our long transition from PSTN to IP calling, there isn’t just one way for VoIP devices to talk to each other. While Earth-link and Free World Dialup speak SIP, PhoneGnome can’t make an all-internet connection to the non-SIP hardware of popular services like Skype and Vonage.One approach is to buy two or more PhoneGnomes to make free calls among branch offices and the homes of key employees (a two-pack is $199). The PhoneGnome website also lists compatible VoIP services offering calls to U.S. landlines for as little as 2 cents a minute.There are new ways to make internet calls coming out every day. PhoneGnome is one that asks for very little of your time or money. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 1, 2006 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
A Reddit user named “DeepFakes” had posted real-looking explicit videos of celebrities last year. He made use of deep learning techniques to insert celebrities’ faces into the adult movies. Since then the term “Deepfakes” has been used to describe deep learning techniques that help create realistic looking fake videos or images. Video tampering is usually done using generative adversarial networks. Why is everyone afraid of deepfakes? Deepfakes are problematic as they make it very hard to differentiate between the fake and real videos or images. This gives people the liberty to use deepfakes for promoting harassment and illegal activities. The most common use of deepfakes is found in revenge porn, fake celebrities videos and political abuse. For instance, people create face-swap porn videos of ex-girlfriends, classmates, politicians, celebrities, and teachers. This not only counts as cyberbullying but poses major threat overall as one can create a fake video showing world leaders declaring war on a country. Moreover, given that deepfakes seem so real, its victims often suffer through feelings of embarrassment and shame. Deepfakes also cause major reputational harm. One such example is of a 24-year-old, Noelle Martin, whose battle with deepfake pornography started six years ago. Anonymous predators stole her non-sexual images online and then doctored them into pornographic videos. Martin says she faces harassment from people till this day. Other victims of deepfakes pornography include celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump, Kate Middleton, and so forth. But, Deepfakes isn’t just limited to pornography and has made its way to many other spheres. Deepfakes can also be used as a weapon of misinformation since they can be used to maliciously hoax governments, populations and cause internal conflict. From destroying careers by creating fake evidence of them doing something inappropriate to showing soldiers killing innocent civilians, deepfakes have been wreaking havoc. In defense of deepfakes Just as any tool can be used for good and bad, deepfakes is just an effective machine learning tool that creates realistic videos. Even though deepfakes are majorly used for inappropriate activities, some have put it to good use. For instance, GANs or generative adversarial networks (which help create deepfakes) can create realistic images of skin lesions and create examples of liver lesions, which plays a major role in medical research. Other examples include filmmakers using deepfakes for making great videos with swapped in backgrounds, snapchat face swap photo filters, and face swap e-cards (eg; jib jab app) among others. Are deepfakes trick or treat? If we make pros and cons list for deepfakes, cons seem to outweigh the pros as of today. Although it has its potential good applications, it is majorly used as a tool for harassing and misinforming people. There is a long way to go till deepfakes achieves itself a good rep and right now, it is mostly fake videos, fake images, false danger warnings, and revenge porn. Trick or treat? I spy a total TRICK!
<< Previous PostNext Post >> LAS VEGAS — Police say a hunter’s trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage.No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag. But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Transportation Security Administration agents held the man at McCarran International Airport late Tuesday to confirm the validity of the Utah hunting tag.His name and where he was headed weren’t released.Airport spokeswoman Melissa Nunnery says the man ended up shipping the cougar carcass home, not on the airplane.Gordon says it’s not a crime to transport legally possessed game on an airline flight. But he says airlines can refuse to transport certain items. Share Source: The Associated Press Thursday, December 28, 2017 A cougar in your luggage? Hunting carcass found at airport Tags: LOL, WTF