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Happy The Matrix day to all who celebrate

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lasombra
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Here’s our first look at Bethesda’s Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

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A screenshot from the video game Indiana Jones and the Great Circle.
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A few years after it was first announced, we finally have a glimpse at the Indiana Jones game from Bethesda studio and Wolfenstein developer MachineGames. It’s called Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, and the gameplay reveal was shown during Microsoft’s Developer Direct event. It’s an action-adventure game that takes place in both first and third person, depending on the scenario, and it’s set between the films Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Bethesda boss Todd Howard serving as executive producer. It doesn’t have a release date, but Microsoft says it’s coming later in 2024 to Xbox and PC.

And yes, there’s a lot of whip-based action.

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That actually looks quite good!
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ORA rebrands Funky Cat to try and help boost sales

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Great Wall Motor's electric car brand, GWM Ora, has been turning heads in Asia since 2018 and has been selling its particular kind of style in Europe since 2022. A subsidiary of the global automotive behemoth Great Wall Motor (GWM) is based in Baoding, China. GWM has been looking to offer a premium, technology-rich driving experience, combined with unique design and human-centric intelligent technologies.

However, despite early rumours that GWM's Ora models would start close to £25,000, the model we reviewed back in December 2022 was actually closer to £32,000. Some say that the Ora's pricing puts it too close to the ID.3, MG4 and other cars with more range and higher specifications. The BYD Dolphin is around £2,000 cheaper, but with better performance and increased range.

The five largest car makers in the UK, sold over 570,000 cars between them in 2022. Tesla only sells EVs and it managed almost 55,000 sales. When GWM announced that they have finally passed the 1,000 units sold mark (but it took them more than a year), you can see the size/nature of the challenge. Even smaller brands like Dacia, still managed to sell 27,000 cars in 2022.

In the face of all these obstacles, GWM is trying a new approach.

As part of its ongoing strategy, GWM Ora has introduced a new naming convention for all its current and future models. The brand's first model, formerly known as the ORA Funky Cat, has been rebranded as ORA 03 and will be available in two trim levels: PURE+ and PRO+.

At the same time, the company is bringing 0% finance packages to the UK market in an attempt to boost sales. The Ora 03 Pure+ variant has 0% APR finance offer starting at £228 a month, with an initial payment of £9,125 and a final payment of £17,395. This model includes wireless phone charging, facial recognition, electric front seats, app integration and the ‘Hello ORA' intelligent voice assistant. It has a 48kWh battery, range of 193 miles (WLTP), a top speed of 99 mph and a 0-60 in under 8.3 seconds. It pulls DC current at 67kW and AC at 6.6kW – so charging times are not that fast.

The Ora 03 PRO+ variant starts at £298 a month, steps up with a larger 63kWh battery for 261 miles of WLTP range. This model comes with front seats that will heat up, cool down and massage occupants. There's also a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, and automatic parking assistance. The baseline price of £34,995 can be financed with a deposit of £7,600 over 3 years with a final payment of £17,971 – giving you an offer that's at 1.9% APR.

GWM is also introducing new colours to the Ora 03 model range. This includes metallic Moonlight White paint option with a contrasting Starry Black roof. The Ora 03, along with these new colour choices, will be showcased at ‘Everything Electric', GWM Ora's first UK event of 2024, from 28th to 30th March.

The brand believes in itself and has strong backing, which is why it is expanding its retail infrastructure to have 30 points of representation across the UK and partnering with 16 trusted retailers.

Looking ahead to 2024, GWM Ora will carry on trying to make a space for itself in the crowded EV market, with the introduction of additional Ora 03 variants – including a sport-inspired GT model and the eagerly awaited premium saloon, Ora 07. It also plans to add one new retail point of presence each month, going forward.

UK Car Sales (by unit) for 2022

The post ORA rebrands Funky Cat to try and help boost sales first appeared on WhichEV.Net.

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lasombra
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It fascinates me how UK EV enthusiasts think capitalism is not a thing.
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Consumers must be "comfortable" not owning games, Ubisoft subscription boss says

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Ubisoft has updated its subscription model, and said consumers need to be "comfortable with not owning [their] game".

Ubisoft+ will now feature two revised tiers. Ubisoft+ Premium (£14.99/$17.99 per month) will include all new releases and - in some cases - early access to games alongside premium editions, monthly rewards and more. Ubisoft+ Classics on PC, meanwhile, is a brand new curated selection of popular back-catalogue and live games (£6.99/$7.99 per month).

Director of subscription Philippe Tremblay told GamesIndustry.biz there is "tremendous opportunity for growth" for subscription models, but the mindset of consumers needs to change.

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lasombra
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No. Just say no.
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Apple Vision Pro prescription lenses will cost $149 extra

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A man wearing the Vision Pro, as seen in Apple’s demo from WWDC.
Apple’s Vision Pro headset. | Image: Apple

When the Apple Vision Pro headset goes on sale on February 2nd, anyone who needs some vision-correcting lenses will need to account for an extra charge to add optical inserts from Zeiss. Apple says that readers will cost $99, while prescription lenses are $149. Footnotes from Apple indicate that both are available only online, not in stores, a “valid prescription is required,” and not all prescriptions are supported.

For those with vision correction needs, ZEISS Optical Inserts are available with a prescription or as readers that magnetically attach to Vision Pro, allowing users to take full advantage of the display’s incredible sharpness and clarity.

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Zeiss optical inserts for Apple Vision Pro.

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lasombra
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Of course it will
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In 2024, please switch to Firefox

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This December, if there’s one tech New Year’s resolution I’d encourage you to have, it’s switching to the only remaining ethical web browser, Firefox. According to recent posts on social media, Firefox’s market share is slipping. We should not let that happen.

↫ Roy Tanck

I mean, yes, obviously, but how depressing is it that the only choice we have is between a browser made by Google, and a browser kept afloat by Google money?

Where’s the real sustainable alternative?

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