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Kemi Badenoch: ‘UK’s wealth isn’t from white privilege and colonialism’

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Minister told London conference that Glorious Revolution of 1688 paved way for economic certainty

It would be wrong to attribute the UK’s wealth and economic success to its colonial history or racial privilege, the business and trade minister, Kemi Badenoch, has told an audience in the City.

Addressing financial services bosses at TheCityUK’s international conference in London, the business secretary said the UK’s past exploitation and oppression of other countries and groups of people could not sufficiently explain the country’s economic trajectory.

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lasombra
2 days ago
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That's pretty delusional
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Digital wallets and the “only Apple Pay does this” mythology

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I hope what you take away from this post is that while Apple Pay is a great way to pay for things and that Apple did a great job mainstreaming digital wallets like this, what they do is not unique in the industry. DPANs are great for making it harder to track one person’s purchases across multiple merchants and they make customers less at risk in the event of a data breach of payment card info.

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The gist of the article is that all the things Apple claims are unique about Apple Pay are really not unique at all, and quite a few things Apple touts are just flat-out lies, such as merchants being unable to know what you buy or people being unable to track you when you use Apple Pay. Other digital wallets, from Google, Samsung, and others, work in the exact same way Apple Pay does, and even banks and similar companies implement their payment systems the way Apple Pay does.

It’s a case study in how Apple’s marketing and PR bloggers manage to perpetuate a myth solely because so many people just assume it must be true. Apple wouldn’t lie, right?

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lasombra
26 days ago
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Apple selling innovation in this article is quite interesting. I didn't know most of it.
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Cars will need fewer screens and more buttons to earn 5-star safety rating in Europe

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A lifestyle image of the round wheel option that’s now available on the Tesla Model S and Model X.
Removing stalks on the Tesla steering wheel in favor of touch controls has driven people mad. | Image: tesla

Car makers in Europe are being encouraged to stop using touchscreens for basic functions like turn signals and wipers in an attempt to promote safer driving. As reported by the Times, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) — an independent and well-regarded safety body for the automotive industry — is set to introduce new rules in January 2026 that require the vehicles it assesses to have physical controls to receive a full five-star safety rating.

While Euro NCAP testing is voluntary, it is widely backed by several EU governments with companies like Tesla, Volvo, VW, and BMW using their five-star scores to boast about the safety of their vehicles to potential buyers.

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lasombra
45 days ago
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The EU saving the day once again
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Happy The Matrix day to all who celebrate

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lasombra
60 days ago
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!!!
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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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lasombra
91 days ago
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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
95 days ago
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It fascinates me how UK EV enthusiasts think capitalism is not a thing.
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