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Range Rover Evoque PHEV and Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV arrives in Europe

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Land Rover recently unleashed the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Both vehicles are now on sale in Europe, and both have the combined prowess of a gutsy 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and a small rear-mounted electric motor. With a combined output of around 300+ horsepower, the Evoque PHEV and Discovery Sport PHEV are the newest entrants in Land Rover’s expanding portfolio of plug-in hybrids.

Meanwhile, both PHEV versions of the Evoque and Discovery Sport are also destined to make a grand entrance in North America later this year. But instead of having a three-cylinder engine like its European counterparts, both U.S.-bound Evoque PHEV and Discovery Sport PHEV models are powered by a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger with 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

In the Evoque PHEV, adding an electric motor bumps the output to 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque while the Discovery Sport is producing 286 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Both vehicles are riding on a specific platform that was primarily designed with hybridization in mind, so Land Rover was able to shoehorn a 15 kWh battery pack beneath the rear seats.

The batteries are encased in a steel undertray to protect against off-road bumps and grinds, although the rear ground clearance suffers a bit compared to a standard Evoque or Discovery Sport.

The batteries allow the PHEV system to propel the Evoque for around 41 miles of emissions-free driving. In the Disco Sport, you have an estimated 38 miles of clean driving, and both hybrid versions can reach 84 mph using pure electric power. Admittedly, the range is not particularly brilliant, but European models are capable of achieving a combined 201.8 mpg for the Evoque PHEV and 175.5 mpg for the Disco Sport PHEV.

Also, the gasoline engine is connected to the front wheels while the electric motor is responsible for turning the rear axle. Both power sources can work independently or in tandem depending on the chosen driving mode. The Evoque PHEV and Disco Sport PHEV can still go off-roading with an effective all-wheel-drive system and nine-speed automatic gearbox, but this time you can do so with a cleaner conscience.

How about performance? Land Rover claims the Evoque P300e PHEV can rush to 60 mph in 6.1-seconds while the Discovery Sport P300e PHEV takes 6.2 seconds. The CO2 emissions are also worth mentioning since the Evoque P300e only spews 32g/km while the Disco Sport P300e is at 36g/km.

If the juice runs out, you can replenish the batteries in 30 minutes or less using a 32kW DC fast-charger. With a 7kW wall box charger, achieving an 80-percent charge only takes an hour and a half. But if you insist on using a standard electrical outlet, prepare to wait for around 7 hours to achieve a full charge. Both the Evoque PHEV and Discovery Sport PHEV are also equipped with regenerative braking to feed the batteries with electrons as you drive.

The European order books are now open for the Range Rover Evoque PHEV and Land Rover Discovery PHEV. American buyers will have to wait a bit longer as both are not expected to arrive until the end of 2020.

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Bob Iger Comments On The Apple Buying Disney Rumors In His Town Hall

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Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has publicly dispelled any rumors Apple is going to merge with the mouse-centered media giant. During a town hall with Disney employees, Iger described talk of an Apple takeover as “pure speculation” (via The Hollywood Reporter). While these rumors have been dismissed, talk of Apple acquiring Disney is nothing new. Iger himself had previously talked about a possible merger with the tech giant. In a 2021 interview with CNBC, the then retired Disney CEO speculated that Apple and Disney would have merged had Steve Jobs not died in 2011. Iger spoke about Jobs’ love of combining technology and creativity before talking about the hypothetical takeover. He said: “I’m pretty convinced we would have had that discussion. I think we would have gotten there,” (via 9to5Mac).

Iger did confirm some major Disney news during the call, though it isn’t as exciting as a merger between two of the world’s largest companies. He said that a hiring freeze put in place by his predecessor, Bob Chapek, will remain. Iger also confirmed that, as well as not being acquired, Disney had no plans to acquire any other companies during his second tenure. Disney has made a number of high-profile acquisitions over the years, with several of its most notable occurring during Iger’s first stint as CEO.

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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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