Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 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.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge 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, techierlast_img read more

Oil hits November 2018 highs amid OPEC supply cuts US sanctions

first_imgStorage 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.last_img read more

Hundreds clash with police in Indian Kashmir

first_imgProtesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government`s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on 16 August, 2019. Photo: AFPHundreds of protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir clashed with police on Friday, even as New Delhi said it would begin restoring phone lines after a 12-day communications blackout.With the central government fearing protests and unrest, the Muslim-majority northern territory has been under lockdown since the first week of August, when the Indian government stripped the region of its autonomy.Police fired tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police shot dozens of rounds into the crowd. No injuries were reported.”We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us,” one protester told AFP, adding that three people were injured in Thursday clashes with police officers and reservists.Sporadic clashes were also reported in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, the main hotbed of resistance to Indian rule for decades, where phone lines and internet connections have been cut off for nearly two weeks.Major towns and cities in the restive valley remained under curfew, with government forces allowing people to move only on special passes.Government forces erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads.No big gatherings were allowed in the valley and most mosques were shut for the second consecutive Friday.”We want what is ours. We are not begging for anything but demand India should respect its promises,” a second protester told AFP.”We will not sit back until we achieve complete independence from India,” he said.The protesters marched along the lanes of Srinagar, carrying black ?ags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”.Phone lines The clashes took place as a top official said that authorities would begin restoring phone lines in Kashmir on Friday evening, including in Srinagar.Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam did not make clear whether mobile phones and internet connections would also be reinstated.He said the restoration would “(keep) in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organised terrorist actions”.Fearing an angry and potentially violent response to its move to end Kashmir’s autonomous status, India deployed 10,000 additional troops — joining the half a million already there — severely restricted movement and cut telecommunications.Kashmiri politicians — alongside university professors, business leaders and activists — are among the more than 500 people that have since been taken into custody.Celebrations for Eid, a major Muslim festival, were massively curtailed on Monday, with Srinagar’s main mosque shut. The building remained off-limits on Friday.Subrahmanyam said the government was aiming for the “earliest return to normalcy while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past”.Anger Despite the lockdown, last Friday residents said some 8,000 people took to the streets and that the military used pellet-firing shotguns.The Indian government confirmed the clashes only after several days had passed, blaming them on stone-throwing “miscreants” and saying its forces reacted with “restraint”.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.Tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have died in an uprising against Indian rule that has raged since 1989.The territory has been the spark for two wars and countless clashes between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals, most recently in February when they conducted tit-for-tat air strikes.Officials in the part of Kashmir ruled by Pakistan said Thursday that three soldiers died in Indian shelling across the Line of Control, the de facto border, with two others killed in a separate incident.The Pakistani military also said its return fire killed five Indian soldiers. But an Indian army spokesman told the Press Trust of India news agency late Thursday this was “fictitious”.In a rare step, the UN Security Council was set to discuss the situation behind closed doors later on Friday, diplomats said.last_img

Netflix Engineers Developed a Rumble Pack Feature During Latest Hack Day

first_img 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img 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.last_img read more