Technology 

Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China ahead of schedule in sales push

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tesla Inc has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as it looks to revive its sales that have been hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions. A Tesla Model 3 car leaves a cargo vessel at a port in Shanghai, China February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer The California-based firm has already adjusted prices and added a cheaper Model 3 variant to its line-up to make its U.S.-made cars more affordable in China amid high import tariffs. The U.S. luxury electric vehicle said in a…

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Finnish startup Varjo rolls out $5,995 VR headset

The new VR-1 headset from Finnish startup Varjo. Courtesy Varjo/via REUTERS HELSINKI/LONDON (Reuters) – Atomico-backed Finnish startup Varjo on Tuesday launched its top-of-the-range virtual reality headset, aiming to take VR technology to the aerospace and automotive sectors. The most widely known VR headsets such as HTC Vive or Facebook’s Oculus have so far mostly made headlines with consumer applications, but with a $5,995 price tag Varjo is betting on industrial uses in architecture, engineering and construction. “There are millions of architects or engineers working on architectural projects … once they…

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Cash-strapped Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudis

Image caption Pakistan needs Saudi money to stave off a huge IMF bail-out – but this is not a one-way relationship For a country running out of foreign reserves, facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future, Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabia’s most powerful man – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. And it’s easy to see why: Prime Minister Imran Khan needs money, and he needs it fast. MBS, as he’s known, is coming to town promising billions – with…

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Tesla rolls out ‘sentry mode’ safety feature

FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo is seen at a groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc on Wednesday launched a safety feature called “sentry mode” for its electric cars, as it attempts to make its vehicles more attractive to buyers. The feature will be compatible with U.S. Model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles that were manufactured after August 2017, the electric carmaker said. When enabled, the “sentry mode” monitors the environment…

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Lifestyle 

Dior rolls out sashes and suits for men – on a conveyor belt

FILE PHOTO: Festive lights decorate the Dior store on New Bond Street as shoppers do Christmas shopping in central London, Britain, December 16, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls PARIS (Reuters) – Intricately structured suits came with wraparound satin sashes, and animal prints adorned jackets and clutch bags at Christian Dior’s menswear collection in Paris on Friday, worn by models gliding down a giant conveyor belt. Parent group LVMH is making a big push in menswear, including at its other brands such as Louis Vuitton, where Dior’s men’s designer Kim Jones previously made…

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Rolls Royce hits record sales driven by new Phantom

Image copyright Getty Images Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold a record number of cars last year, with sales driven by the new eighth-generation Phantom model. The BMW-owned company sold a total of 4,107 vehicles, a rise of 5% on its previous record in 2014. Roll-Royce, which exports more than 90% of its production, said sales grew in all regions. The company’s boss said he was confident about 2019 “as long as it doesn’t come to a hard Brexit”. The results come amid a difficult market for the UK car industry. Sales…

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Science 

Trump’s environmental rollback rolls on

Image copyright The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images The Trump administration has dealt a double blow to Obama-era environmental policies in an ongoing rollback that has targeted scores of rules. The Department of the Interior unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage grouse. And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would end rules limiting carbon emissions on new coal plants. The rollback continues despite the US’ own dire warnings about climate change. Interior department documents said…

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Royal tour: Tonga rolls out red carpet for Harry and Meghan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Angelika Latufuipeka (right) greets Harry and Meghan as they arrive in Tonga The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received a royal welcome on arrival in the South Pacific nation of Tonga. They were greeted by a Tongan princess when they landed as well as hundreds of children – who were given the day off school to cheer the couple’s arrival. A meeting with Tonga’s king and queen was followed by traditional dancing and singing at an evening party. Meghan opted for the colours…

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Lifestyle 

‘Rolls Royce’ of whiskies sold for record $1.1 million at auction

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – One of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, a 60-year old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, was auctioned for a record 848,750 pounds ($1.1 million) on Wednesday. The auctioneer calls for bids as a 60-year old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold for a record amount at Bonhams in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne The buyer was a private collector from Asia who bid by phone, auctioneer Bonhams said. The firm sold one of 12 other bottles with a label by the Italian artist Adami…

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Sports 

Osaka rolls Sasnovich with double bagel at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A ruthless Naomi Osaka crushed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 6-0 to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time on Saturday. The 20-year-old Indian Wells champion put on a near-flawless display as she fired four aces and 12 winners to dispatch the Belarusian in 50 blistering minutes. Osaka committed just three unforced errors as she notched up her third successive straight sets win, dropping only seven games in total during her run to the second week of the hardcourt major. The 20th seed…

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