2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.Enlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techier
Storage tanks of an oil refinery of Essar Oil, which runs India’s second biggest private sector refinery, are pictured in Vadinar in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 4, 2016Reuters file [Representational Image]Oil prices rose to five-month highs on Monday, driven up by OPEC’s ongoing supply cuts, US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and healthy US jobs data.International benchmark Brent futures were at $70.69 per barrel at 0047 GMT on Monday, up 35 cents, or 0.5 per cent from their last close.The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 35 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $63.43 per barrel.Brent and WTI both hit their highest levels since November last year at $70.76 and $63.48 per barrel, respectively, early on Monday.”Brent prices increased more than 30 per cent year-to-date as OPEC+ continued to cut supply for 4 months in a row and optimism over U.S-China trade talks helped to buoy the demand outlook,” US bank JP Morgan said in a note released over the weekend.Traders said strong US jobs data from Friday also helped lift Asian markets early on Monday.Energy consultancy FGE said OPEC-led supply cuts meant “excess inventories are disappearing and the market looks healthy,” adding that “the market is poised for prices to rise to $75 per barrel or higher” for Brent.Oil prices have also been driven up by US sanctions against OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela.”Sanctions can cut 500,000 bpd of Venezuelan exports. Add that to a cut in Iran waivers and prices can rise substantially,” FGE said.There remain, however, some factors that could bring prices down later this year.Russia is a reluctant participant in its agreement with OPEC to withhold output, and Russian oil production may increase again if a deal with the producer club is not extended once it expires before July 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.Russian oil output reached a record high of 556 million tonnes, or 11.16 million barrels per day (bpd), last year.In the United States, crude oil production reached a record 12.2 million bpd in late March.The US crude exports have also risen, breaking through 3 million bpd for the first time earlier this year.”With the new Permian pipelines (from July), we can see a boost of 500,000 to 600,000 bpd in US exports,” FGE said.There also still remain concerns about the health of the global economy, especially should China and the United States fail to resolve their trade dispute soon.”Global (trade) demand has weakened, and existing tariffs on Chinese goods shipments to the US are providing an additional drag,” credit rating agency Moody’s said on Monday, although it added that Chinese monetary stimulus measures would likely support growth over 2019.
Popular on Variety A duo of Netflix employees had a unique idea for making the service’s shows even more stirring: They added a rumble pack option to the Netflix app as part of the company’s latest hack day. When watching shows like “Voltron,” the feature makes phones vibrate in sync with the action on the screen, similar to the way game controller rumble packs translate explosions and more into haptic feedback.However, the Project Rumble Pack hack is just that — a quick hack, put together in 24 hours as part of one of the company’s hack days. Netflix has been holding these kinds of events for its developers, and anyone else with creative ideas, for the last couple of years.Hack Day Projects aren’t developed to become part of the company’s apps, and are instead meant as a way to build community within the company. “It’s not about innovation for the product,” the company’s vice president of engineering Daniel Jacobson told Variety in 2017 during an extensive behind-the-scenes look at a previous hack day.This also means that consumers likely won’t ever get to enjoy the rumble pack in the wild. The same is true for most other projects — and some are clearly not meant for consumers to begin with. Netflix engineers often also use hack days to build improvements for the company’s own facilities. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 This year around, this included a hack that helps to kick coworkers out of conference rooms after their time is up — with an Oscar-worth orchestra playoff, no less.Netflix detailed some of the other hacks coming out of its most recent hack day on its tech blog; previous years’ efforts included space travel, eye-tracking for navigation and even mind control.