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Leaked reports reveal more about new BMW M5

Leaked reports reveal more about new BMW M5

Luxury carmaker BMW’s next-generation M5 car will be an all-wheel-drive with a powerful engine capable of producing roughly 600bhp, leaked reports suggested.

According to leaked reports and images, the next-generation BMW M5 will come equipped with a 4.4-litre V8 engine that will be tweaked to produce nearly 600bhp. Its xDrive all-wheel-drive setup will put it squarely against the new Mercedes-AMG E 63 S.

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German Retail Chain LIDL Plans U.S. Expansion

German Retail Chain LIDL Plans U.S. Expansion

German retail chain LIDL is planning to expand its operations in the United States. The market is highly competitive but LIDL management is confident that they will be able to grab sizable chunk of the U.S. retail market. As per a recent analysis conducted by Jefferies on 20 popular retail items, LIDL stores offered nearly 9 percent discount compared to Wal-Mart.

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BMW plans to launch all-electric version of next-gen X3 and electric Mini models

BMW plans to launch all-electric version of next-gen X3 and electric Mini models

In an announcement made on Friday, bigwig German luxury automaker BMW AG said that it plans to launch an all-electric version of its next-generation X3 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), along with an electric Mini.

The announcement by BMW implies that the automaker apparently has efforts underway to significantly expand its electric vehicle portfolio, by making new vehicles available in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market.

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Blizzard reveals first new map – ‘Eichenwalde’ – for Overwatch

Blizzard reveals first new map – ‘Eichenwalde’ – for Overwatch

In an announcement made during the course of a livestream at the Gamescom event held in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday, Blizzard said that it is releasing the first new map for the Overwatch competitive shooter since its launch.

The first new map which Blizzard has announced for Overwatch is a Medieval-themed map called ‘Eichenwalde.’ Set in the suburbs of Stuttgart, Germany, the ‘Eichenwalde’ map -- with a castle and a tiny old-world village -- is a hybrid Assault/Escort map.

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Audi to create a subsidiary devoted to self-driving car technology

Audi to create a subsidiary devoted to self-driving car technology

German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung has revealed in a recent report (via Reuters) that automaker Audi is setting up a new subsidiary which will be devoted to development of self-driving car technology.

The new Audi subsidiary will be called SDS Company.

The disclosure about the new Audi subsidiary to the German newspaper was made by Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler during an interaction with the paper this past weekend. Stadler said that Audi’s future investment will chiefly pivot around ‘emerging technology’ categories, like self-driving cars and electric vehicles.

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How Monkeys behave When They Age? Study says ‘Like Humans’

How Monkeys behave When They Age? Study says ‘Like Humans’

It is well known that humans’ social circle shrinks when they grow old, but such a feature has been noticed in old monkeys too. A new study has found that monkeys become more selective about their social circle as they age.

The study by researchers from the German Primate Center in Göttingen has suggested that the primate has many things in common with humans. The study was performed on approximately 100 Barbary macaque monkeys from a park in southern France. The participants were between 4 and 29 years old. Results of the study have been published in Current Biology.

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BMW announces energy storage system that recycles i3 battery cells for static use at home

BMW announces energy storage system that recycles i3 battery cells for static us

In a move which underscores a major push by BMW into the stationary energy storage market, the bigwig German automaker announced an energy storage system (ESS) which turns new and used i3 batteries into energy storage solutions for homes as well as small businesses.

Announcing the ESS at the Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition held recently in Montreal, BMW said that the system will recycle i3 battery cells for static use at home and small businesses.

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BMW unveils ‘Connected’ --- a new navigation-centered app

BMW unveils ‘Connected’ --- a new navigation-centered app

At the 2016 Microsoft Build developer conference on Thursday, bigwig automaker BMW unveiled a new app called 'Connected,' which has the capability to 'learn' the habits of the car owners over time, and can also predict driving directions.

According to BMW, the new 'Connected' app - which is largely centered on navigation - can be described as a Personal Mobility Companion of car owners.

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YouTube joins up with T-Mobile’s Binge On program

YouTube joins up with T-Mobile’s Binge On program

According to an announcement made by T-Mobile this week, Google's popular video-sharing service YouTube and some other popular video streaming services are coming on board the carrier's controversial data-free 'Binge On' program.

The Binge On mobile video streaming service was launched by T-Mobile last fall. The service essentially enables T-Mobile subscribers to watch Netflix, HBO and other partnering online services, without having the data consumed by those services use up their monthly cellular plan.

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Mercedes replacing robots with human workers at Sindelfingen plant

Mercedes replacing robots with human workers at Sindelfingen plant

According to a Bloomberg report, bigwig German automaker Mercedes-Benz has halted the use of robots at its Sindelfingen vehicle assembly plant, and is switching back to human workers.

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