The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released the official 182 new vehicle registration figures for July. Car sales were down 2.75% (26,944) compared to July 2017 (27,707). The top five selling car brands so far in 2018 are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5.Nissan. The top five car models so far in 2018 are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Nissan Qashqai, 3. Volkswagen Golf, 4. Ford Focus, and 5. Skoda Octavia. The bestselling car in Ireland in July 2018 was the Hyundai Tucson. Light Commercial registrations are currently up 12.4% (4,433) compared to July last year (3,944), while Heavy Goods Vehicle registrations were also up 23.28% (376) in comparison to July 2017 (305). The SIMI’s second Quarterly Motor Industry Review of 2018 highlights that while Ireland’s economic indicators continue to evolve in a positive manner, the depreciation in the value of sterling since the end of 2015 has made life more difficult for the Irish … [Read more...] about New Car Registrations In Ireland July 2018
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An eight-person jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case, determining that both companies were guilty in some aspects but not guilty in others. The jury found all of Samsung's accused gadgets infringed Apple's '647 "quick links" patent but that none infringed the '959 "universal search" patent or the '414 "background sync" patent. Results were mixed for the '721 "slide to unlock" patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe, and others found not to. Judge Lucy Koh, in a pretrial judgement, had already ruled that Samsung infringed the '172 "automatic word correction" patent, and the jury simply calculated damages. The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for Samsung's infringement, much less than the $2.2 billion it had requested. Apple v. Samsung 2014: The infringing devices (pictures) 13 Photos Meanwhile, the jury also determined that Apple … [Read more...] about Apple, Samsung win some, lose some in patent case
To examine the injustice and inequality that prompted some NFL players to protest during the national anthem, each week, for the remainder of the NFL season, The Root will explore the data behind racial disparities in the two cities represented in the National Football League’s premiere matchup—Monday Night Football. Tonight, the Tennesee Titans travel to Houston to take on the Texans. Just one. Whenever one cites the endless number of studies to reference data that shows the disparate number of police shootings that involve black men, the people who are willing to hopscotch over dead black bodies to defend law enforcement always point to the lone study that disproves the myth of racism and police brutality. There is only one. In 2016 celebrated Harvard economist Roland Fryer published An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force. Fryer’s reputation preceded him, prompting every news outlet in the world to report his findings which concluded … [Read more...] about Why They Kneel: Stopped, Shot and Killed in Nashville and Houston
Year in Review 2018 We made it through another weird year. Let's look back on how we got over. I was on my way home from a camping trip on an unusually cool summer day when I learned that John McCain had died. I saw that George H.W. Bush had died, at age 94, while standing in my kitchen, whacking a pomegranate with a wooden spoon to shake the seeds loose. I had to wipe my hands clean to read the news on my phone. These were quiet deaths of very old men, but the spectacle created around them—the eulogies, the media hagiography delivered on a loop during an endless news cycle—gave them the weight of living through history. Their passing was seared into the memories of ordinary people like me, who had never even met them. That’s power, I guess. In the coming years, more older politicians will die and we will again go through the same tiresome exercises that followed McCain and Bush’s deaths: it will be asked whether it is polite to remember a man’s … [Read more...] about Salting the Earth
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Nissan-Renault boss Carlos Ghosn attempted to oust Nissan’s CEO before his arrest, Elon Musk is mad online at 60 Minutes, auto shows are trying to evolve and much more on The Morning Shift for Tuesday, the 11th of December, in 2018. 1st Gear: You Win or You Die I don’t know how much you readers really care about the palace intrigue at Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi that deposed Carlos Ghosn and landed him in a Japanese jail. If clicks are any indication, not that much. But it really is one of the most bizarre and unexpected stories to happen in the car business in some time, and it got even weirder over the weekend with this Wall Street Journal scoop. To recap: Ghosn, who has spearheaded the successful but unconventional Alliance for two decades now, is out of his top post and faces serious criminal charges in Japan that he underreported his income and used company assets for … [Read more...] about Carlos Ghosn Planned to Remove Nissan’s CEO Before He Got Arrested in Japan; Weird, Right?