The 2019 BMW 330i is a brilliant return to form for the… BMW Enlarge ImageThis 330i prototype houses BMW’s next-generation adaptive cruise control tech. Steven Ewing/Roadshow BMW is working on a next-generation adaptive cruise control system that adapts the technology for use in city environments. The company detailed and demonstrated this technology at an event Tuesday, and plans to roll it out in the near future.Called Urban Traffic Light Recognition, at least internally, this next step forward for adaptive cruise control will allow a car to slow and stop at a traffic light without the driver touching the brake pedal. BMW’s engineers say this tech will be able to work at stop signs, as well, though this was not demonstrated.On a short test route around Munich, Germany, a BMW test driver set the adaptive cruise control at 30 kilometers per hour — the speed limit — and approached a traffic light. As the light changed from green to yellow, the car’s cameras picked up the signal, and displayed a traffic light image on the digital gauge cluster of the BMW 330i test car. The car then slowed for the light without the driver needing to do anything. Share your voice Tags 6:56 BMW 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now, here’s the caveat: If you are the lead car at the stoplight, the system will not automatically restart once the light turns green. You either have to move the car forward with the gas pedal, or press the “resume” button on the steering wheel. If you aren’t the lead car, the system works like any other adaptive cruise control, where it restarts after a lead car begins to pull away.BMW says this technology is only programmed to work at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) right now, and is still very much in development. When it rolls out, vehicles fitted with the latest radar systems — like the 3 Series or X7, for example — should be able to add the tech via over-the-air updates. BMW hopes to roll this tech out across several countries, though it’s unclear if this technology will be legally approved for use in the US. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car More From Roadshow 57 Photos Comments Auto Tech The 2019 BMW 330i is once again a joy to drive
PixabayA near-death experience (NDE) is one of the most perplexing conditions that have been perplexing medical experts and spiritualists for years. While many people consider NDE as proof of life after death, medical experts claim that the survival technique of the human brain to combat life-threatening conditions is causing visual hallucinations.The latest news from the corner is regarding a mysterious NDE testimonial shared by a woman named Adriana on the NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) website.In the testimonial shared, Adriana revealed that she experienced something heavenly following a life-threatening event due to complications of lupus. As per Adriana, during the NDE, she saw herself as light and floated in a universe filled with colours. Adriana also revealed that she saw a female figure whom she later identified as her aunt who was deceased a few months back.”I had left my body and began to return home. I suddenly saw myself as a light, floating in a universe full of colours and forms that opened and closed, and I entered them and went through them full of joy, of happiness, of peace—a joy which there are no words to explain–until I came to another portal, so to speak, in which there was a female figure. She was only a light, but when she spoke, she identified herself as an aunt who had died four months before,” wrote Adriana on the NDERF website.Later, her deceased aunt who appeared in the form of light informed her that she will not be able to return to the physical world if she passed through there.”She told me, “Adriana, if you pass through here, you will not be able to return.” I understood that she was giving me a choice. I was still me, Adriana. I was not my body, but I was my essence, and I began to ask myself what there was to return to?” added the NDE victim.The testimonial shared by Adriana has now gone viral on the internet, and it has made many people believe that life after death is real, and people used to continue their journey in the form of souls. Spiritualists also claim that life is just the beginning of the human journey, and the real eternal trip starts once we take our last breath.
By Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, email@example.comA Bowie man was indicted on 20 counts for defrauding the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) of $300,000 by a federal grand jury for allegedly using his business to deceive a program for disabled military veterans on April 22.Francis Engles, 63, is alleged to have used his company, Engles Security Training School, which he co-owned and operated, to overcharge the V.A.’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program for services that either were shortened, or not performed altogether. After an extensive federal investigation, Engles was arrested on April 18 then indicted four days later.A Bowie man was indicted on 20 counts for defrauding the United States Department of Veterans Affairs of $300,000, after turning in misleading information about a program for disabled veterans on April 22. (Courtesy Photo)According to the Soldier of Fortune military blog, the formal announcement was made by representatives of the law enforcement agencies who collaborated on the investigation. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia, Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Kim Lampkins of the V.A. Office of Inspector General (OIG), Mid-Atlantic Field Office made the public statement after unsealing the indictment.Engles Security became an approved vendor of the VR&E program in 2015. The VR&E program is designed to help disabled military veterans with education and employment-related services. The Temple Hill-based company specialized in security guard and related courses. The indictment claims Engles falsified documents regarding how he administered it’s course.However, the investigation found evidence that the company provided veterans far less than what Engles presented to the Veterans Administration. He allegedly submitted documents to the V.A. stating that he was providing 15 veterans with months-long courses for 40 hours per week and over 600 total hours. However, in some instances, he allegedly offered only a few hours of class per day, while claiming that the students were in class for 40 hours per week.According to the indictment, Engles frequently cancelled classes without notice or any provision to make them up. Instructors often were late and ended class early. Engles is also alleged to have ended some classes after less than a month although he represented to the V.A. that the veterans’ classes would last for several months.The elaborate scheme also included Engles allegedly creating and sending to the V.A. “Certificates of Training” stating that veterans had completed courses that they had not completed or taken. Engles allegedly submitted letters to the V.A. falsely stating that the veterans had been employed by his private security business. Engles also allegedly instructed veterans to sign attendance sheets representing that they had attended class sessions, which they didn’t attend.Engles allegedly charged the VA thousands of dollars more for veterans’ courses than he charged non-veterans who took the same or similar courses. The V.A. paid Engles Security over $300,000 for the education of 15 veterans.The FBI’s Washington Field Office and the V.A. OIG are leading the investigating the case. Trial Attorney Simon J. Cataldo of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Misler of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia are lead in prosecuting the case.There hasn’t been an announcement about when the trial will begin or what jurisdiction will hear it.
Here’s the screenshot of the Netflix phishing email posted by the FTC:In a statement, a Netflix rep said, “We take the security of our members’ accounts seriously and Netflix employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity to keep the Netflix service and our members’ accounts secure. Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information.”Netflix said customers can get more info to protect themselves against phishing scams and other malicious activity at netflix.com/security or contact its customer service department directly.Netflix isn’t unique in being targeted by internet criminals with phishing scams, nor is the account-verification ruse unusual. Scammers have sent spam masquerading as account-verification emails from Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Walmart and Google’s Gmail designed to steal personal info.The FTC advises consumers who have received any questionable email to contact the company directly (not by clicking on the link in the email, which could result in malware being installed on their devices).The FTC said consumers can report phishing scams at ftccomplaintassistant.gov or by forwarding them to the agency’s firstname.lastname@example.org address and to email@example.com, which is used by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a coalition of internet service providers, security vendors, ﬁnancial institutions, and law enforcement agencies. In addition, the FTC recommends alerting the impersonated party (for Netflix, it says you can forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org). Popular on Variety The U.S.’s Federal Trade Commission has identified a new “phishing” scam targeting Netflix customers — and issued a warning to consumers to be on guard if they’ve received an email purportedly from the streamer requesting updated payment info.In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio of a phishing email designed to steal personal information (below). The email claims the recipient’s Netflix account is “on hold” because the company is “having some trouble with your current billing information” and urges the user to click on a link to update their payment details. The phishing scam also listed an international phone number.The FTC said consumers should closely examine suspicious-seeming emails, with clues like bad grammar and spelling helping to indicate that it’s an illegal phishing scam. In the Netflix example, for instance, the scammer used the British spelling of “center” (“centre”) and the email is addressed “Hi Dear” instead of with an actual name. ×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
Fox International Channels has launched its Fox Crime channel on South African pay TV platform DStv.The thematic channel, branded locally as FOXCRIME, will have FIC’s noir drama coproThe Bridge, and franchise crime properties including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods as well as a classic crime block comprising NYPD Blue, Remington Steel,CHIPS and Streets of San Francisco.It will also include crime-themed documentaries including an African-focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa that will cover infamous cases from across the continent.“FOXCRIME’s steady subscriber growth and enduring rating’s success since its original 2006 launch in Italy, is the product of a killer mix of addictive crime programming and FOX brand sensibility,” said Alessandro Tucci, senior VP and general manager for FIC Africa.FOXCRIME now reaches 26.6 million homes worldwide. It joins FOX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on the MultiChoice-owned DStv platform, which has 1.5 million subscribers.
21st Century Fox demonstrated greater resilience of broadcast TV in the three months to June, auguring well for its post-Disney sale future, with solid growth in its television segment from US$1 billion (€0.9 billion) last year to US$1.14 billion for the last quarter, boosted by higher retransmission revenue and advertising revenue from the FIFA World Cup.Over the course of the full year, broadcast TV saw revenues dip from US$5.65 billion to US$5.16 billion, which the company said was due to cyclical factors including the a stronger sports line-up in the prior year.Overall, Fox posted strong results for the final fiscal quarter. Cable network programming revenue was up from US$4.33 billion to US$4.93 billion, while filmed entertainment was up from US$1.8 billion to US$2.3 billion. Overall revenues for the quarter amounted to US$7.94 billion, up from US$6.75 billion.Operating income before depreciation and amortization was up from US$1.45 billion to US$1.9 billion.Fox said that its deal with Disney had delivered value for shareholders with the company’s stock price rising by 75% across the year thanks to the battle for control of its entertainment assets between Disney and Comcast.Joint executive chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch said that the “outstanding shareholder value created this year through our proposed transactions recognizes the work we have done to position our businesses to succeed during a time of great change”.The pair said that the post-Disney transaction company would be well placed to continue to deliver value to investors.“As we move closer to combining our businesses with Disney and establishing new “Fox”, we are convinced that the paths we are creating for our iconic businesses will drive enduring and growing value for our shareholders,” they said.