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Daimler and Volvo team on hydrogen trucks – and the stakes are high

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Volvo and Mercedes-parent Daimler have inked a deal on a new hydrogen truck joint venture, building fuel-cell powered haulage and buses for greener transportation. The 50-50 project will see Volvo Group spend around $650 million to jump in, while Daimler contributes its existing work on fuel-cells.

Fuel-cells combine hydrogen and oxygen in a complex sandwich of other chemicals, producing electricity that can be used to power a vehicle’s motor. In the process, the only byproduct is pure water, rather than the usual smog expected from traditional gas or diesel trucks.

Daimler has been working on hydrogen-powered vehicles for some years now, in part under the Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH business. That will be shifted to Daimler Trucks, along with all of the company’s other fuel-cell endeavors. The joint venture will go on to operate as an independent and autonomous entity – its name yet to be announced – distinct from both Daimler and Volvo.

“Joining forces will decrease development costs for both companies and accelerate the market introduction of fuel cell systems in products used for heavy-duty transport and demanding long-haul applications,” the two automakers said today of the collaboration. “In the context of the current economic downturn cooperation has become even more necessary in order to meet the Green Deal objectives within a feasible time-frame.”

The European Green Deal targets both sustainable transport and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050, an aggressive challenge considering the traditional appetites for petrochemicals in the transportation business. While hydrogen has seen some movement as an alternative fuel in passenger vehicles, it has generally been limited by public access to refueling facilities. In the US, for example, Toyota and Honda offer fuel-cell vehicles, but only in very limited markets where infrastructure is available.

Heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks and buses, however, represent a different possibility. For a start they can accommodate significantly larger fuel tanks, thus ensuring sufficient hydrogen for longer journeys. Since refueling a hydrogen vehicle takes roughly the same amount of time as a gasoline counterpart, topping up those tanks could be far faster than recharging the batteries of an electric truck or bus with comparable range.

Those possibilities mean Daimler and Volvo aren’t the only companies looking to hydrogen in the category. Back in March, for example, Toyota announced it was working on a heavy-duty fuel-cell truck that would have hundreds of miles of range with zero emissions. That’s intended for the Japanese market, however.

Daimler and Volvo’s target is series production of heavy-duty fuel-cell vehicles in the second half of this decade. The two firms are also leaving the option open for other hydrogen-fueled possibilities, both automotive and non-automotive. Assuming all goes to plan, the joint venture will be settled before the end of this year.

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The Secret Photos Feature That Makes Your Hidden And Recently Deleted Photos More Secure

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Much like with Notes, you can now set passwords for the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums in Photos and keep them locked and secure. This MacOS Ventura feature is enabled by default. You would be required to key in your Mac computer’s login password or use Touch ID to gain access to either of the two albums.

This is especially useful for people who regularly transfer photos into a secret space within the Photos app so that other people who may have access to the machine won’t be able to snoop and view private shots that easily. You can keep photos from being displayed in your library by following these steps:

  1. Launch the Photos app.
  2. From the sidebar, hit “Library.”
  3. Pick the photo or group of photos you’d like to conceal.
  4. Choose “Image” from the menu bar that runs along the top of the computer screen, then hit “Hide [number] Photos.”
  5. Click “Hide” to finalize.

Marked photos will then be moved into the “Hidden” photos folder, which can be accessed by going to “Library” again in the sidebar and hitting “View” from the menu bar in order to “Show Hidden Photo Album.” Since the password-lock feature is automatically turned on for the secret folder on MacOS Ventura, you may be required to enter your login password or use Touch ID (if you have it set up) to display hidden photos again.

In addition to hidden photos being password protected, other users who hop on your Mac computer will not be able to just check out or recover any newly deleted photos. Photos that were moved into the Recently Deleted album can be restored and moved back into the main Photos library within the period of time stated for each file.

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Sony Just Kicked Off A Huge ‘End Of Year’ Sale On PS4, PS5 Games

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In all, there are just over 800 items on sale across both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Not everything is games, however, as there are some expansions, add-on packs, and other forms of DLC that are also included in the savings. Filtering out the extras, it’s closer to 600 (573 or so) games and game bundles.

There is, of course, plenty of older stuff in the mix like 2013’s “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,” “Knack,” and “Murdered: Soul Suspect” (wow, remember that one?). But there are also a fair number of newer titles that are being discounted as well. If you were curious about “Gotham Knights” or you really want the X-Factor Edition of “NHL 23,” both are up for grabs at around 50% off. But if you want something that moves a little faster, there’s also the Digital Deluxe version of “Sonic Frontiers” for 30% off ($48.99).

If you want to check out the full list, you can find it over at the PlayStation Store or hop onto the online shop via your PS4 or PS5 console. Just look for “End of Year Deals,” or open the intrusive ad Sony most likely dropped in your system’s main menu.

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The Best SUVs Of 2022

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The Suburban is the largest SUV that Chevy offers, and it’s perfect for hauling large families, lots of luggage, trailers, or whatever else you want it to. The 2023 Suburban recently launched with GM’s latest Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, but other than that, not much has changed over the past few years. The thing is, it doesn’t need to, as the reason the Suburban remains a perennial bestseller despite being one of the oldest nameplates on the road is simple: space. There are very few passenger vehicles on the market that offer such a cavernous interior as the Suburban, which means buyers can usually look past the SUV’s other shortcomings.

It might be huge, for example, but the interior isn’t always up to scratch in terms of quality, especially in higher trims where prices start to creep uncomfortably close to true luxury rivals. Its base suspension is also just okay rather than great, and suffice it to say, it’s far from the most efficient SUV on the market. But, all those things matter less if you’re just looking for a big car that can haul people or cargo with ease, and for that alone, the Suburban retains its title as one of America’s best SUVs.

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