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Honda is recalling 500,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada because the front seat belts may not latch properly. The recall affects several of the automaker’s best-selling models, including the 2017-2020 CR-V, the 2018 and 2019 Accord, the 2018-2020 Odyssey, and the 2019 Insight. The Acura RDX from the 2019 and 2020 model years is also included.

Honda claims in documents posted by US safety regulators on Wednesday that the surface coating on the buckle channel can deteriorate over time. The release button can shrink against the channel at lower temperatures, increasing friction and preventing the buckle from latching.

If the buckle fails to latch, a driver or passenger may be unrestrained in a collision, increasing the risk of injury.

Honda claims there have been no reports of injuries due to the problem.

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Dealers will replace the front seat belt buckle release buttons or assemblies if necessary. Beginning April 17, owners will be notified by letter.

Honda Motor Co.’s U.S. unit announced on Tuesday that it will shift production of its Accord sedan to Indiana in 2025, after previously assembling the model in Marysville, Ohio, for more than 40 years, as part of its transition to electric vehicle (EV) production. Marysville will be Honda’s first U.S. auto plant to convert to EV production.

Honda and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution Ltd announced in October that they would build a $4.4 billion joint-venture battery plant near Jeffersonville, Ohio, and broke ground earlier this month.

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The battery plant, expected to be completed by the end of 2024, will cover more than 2 million square feet (185,806 square meters) and have an annual production capacity of approximately 40 Gigawatt hours (GWh).

Honda announced last year that it would invest $700 million to retool three Ohio plants, including Marysville, for electric vehicle production by 2026.

According to the company, Marysville will begin preparing for EV production as early as January by consolidating its two production lines into one, allowing it to begin building the EV infrastructure.

Honda began producing cars in the United States with the Accord in November 1982, making it the first Japanese automaker to do so. Since then, the Ohio plant has produced over 12.5 million Accords.

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With 362,700 vehicles sold in 1989, the Accord was the first Japanese model to hold the title of best-selling car in the United States.

In recent years, Americans have shifted away from sedans and toward sport utility and crossover vehicles. Honda sold 154,600 Accords in the United States last year, a 24% decrease from 2021.

Honda announced that Accord production would be moved to its Indiana auto plant, which also produces the Civic Hatchback and CR-V.

According to the company, Honda’s transmission plant in Georgia will dedicate one production line to e-axle production, a key EV component, and its Anna, Ohio engine plant will shift production of some engine components to a Honda engine plant in Alabama to prepare for production of battery cases for EV models.

Honda AWV

Honda will demonstrate the latest generation of its prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) capabilities to improve construction industry and worksite efficiencies at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas, March 14-18, 2023. Construction companies interested in learning more about field testing the rugged off-road platform at their sites will be able to do so. Visit https://honda.us/HondaAWV to see a video of the Honda AWV.

“As we continue to advance the Honda AWV platform, we hope to meet with potential business partners and companies interested in field testing the vehicle at their worksite at CONEXPO,” said Jason VanBuren, systems engineering manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to supporting construction teams while also enhancing worksite efficiencies and safety. We hope to address labor shortages and improve environmental performance by leveraging Honda’s decades of experience developing reliable, safe, clean mobility technology.”

The Honda AWV is a fully programmable all-electric work vehicle that leverages the company’s emerging advanced autonomous technology to create a rugged off-road work vehicle designed to support construction-related activities and boost workforce productivity.

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The Honda AWV, with its ability to operate autonomously or manually via remote control, could provide a wide range of services to industries that require an autonomous operation or delivery solutions, particularly where workforce constraints make other solutions impractical. The company is also looking into developing attachments and tools that could make the vehicle useful in various work environments.

The second-generation Honda AWV was successfully field tested at a large-scale solar construction site in the Southwest United States. Based on field testing, Honda is now introducing the third-generation Honda AWV, which includes several improvements.

The following are key features of the third-generation Honda AWV:

To operate autonomously, the Honda AWV employs sensors, including GPS for location, radar and lidar for obstacle detection, and cameras for remote monitoring. Previous field tests have also proven that multiple Honda AWVs can transport and deliver construction materials and supplies at precise points along a predetermined route. The vehicle uses common components from Honda’s automobiles and other products, leveraging the company’s extensive portfolio of mobility technologies.

Third-Generation Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle Specifications

Honda anticipates further advancements in performance and design specifications as the prototype Honda AWV development continues.

Honda is looking for partners to participate in field testing and improve functions and services as the company seeks to commercialize AWV.

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

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TOKYO — Sony, a Japanese electronics and entertainment company, says it will focus on innovation in movies, animation, and video games rather than traditional gadgetry.

Its CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, described the company’s plan Thursday, saying Sony was assisting creative workers in delivering what he called “kando,” a moving experience.

Yoshida would not comment on claims that Tokyo-based Sony and Apollo Global Management are interested in acquiring Paramount Global.

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

Yoshida stated that the business now focuses on the creative process rather than valuing prior items such as the Walkman portable music player and Trinitron color televisions. He stated that “synergies” are no longer defined by entertainment and electronics but by intellectual property encompassing animation, music, gaming, and films.

In an online briefing, he stated, “We will continue to support people’s creativity through our technology.”

Sony is adapting to harsher circumstances, as competitors produce cheaper but competitive gadgets. According to critics, pursuing careers in film, music, and other forms of entertainment can be financially difficult.

Beginning with the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2018, Sony has invested over 1.5 trillion yen ($10 billion) in the last six years to boost its content creation.

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

In 2021, it bought Crunchyroll, which has over 13 million paid customers and distributes Japanese cartoons worldwide. Another was Yoasobi, a Japanese music duet that uses Vocaloid technology, or singing voice synthesizer software, and has gained a global following.

Sony’s real-time computer technology, which records “this moment,” as Yoshida called it, is employed in sports cameras because it can catch fast-moving subjects without distortion

According to Yoshida, it is also utilized for news coverage and editing, 3D video and computer graphics, including successful movies like “Godzilla Minus One” and games based on human athlete movements

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Sony Says Focus Is On Creativity, With Games, Movies, Music, Sensors, IP, And Not Gadgets

Sony recently recorded a quarterly profit of 189 billion yen ($1.2 billion), up from 141 billion yen the year before. The PlayStation gaming machine manufacturer’s quarterly revenue increased 14% to 3.48 trillion yen ($22 billion).

However, for the fiscal year ending March 31, Sony’s profit fell 3% to 970 billion yen ($6.2 billion) due to poor performance in its financial services sector, which will be largely split off next year.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Harvard University planned to host its commencement ceremony on Thursday, following a weeks-long pro-Palestinian encampment that closed off Harvard Yard to save individuals with university links and heightened campus tensions.

Those tensions were heightened on Wednesday when school authorities revealed that 13 Harvard students who participated in the encampment would not be permitted to graduate alongside their classmates.

Those in the encampment demanded a cease-fire in Gaza and Harvard’s divestment from firms that support the war.

Also on Thursday, Northwestern and Rutgers University presidents are scheduled to speak before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on concessions they made to pro-Palestinian protesters to cease campus rallies. The Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, was also due to attend the most recent hearings looking into how universities have responded to the protests and charges of antisemitism.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

The decision by the school’s top governing board comes after faculty members recommended on Monday that the 13 students be allowed to graduate despite their participation in the encampment.

However, Harvard’s governing board, the Harvard Corporation, stated that each 13 had been determined to have violated university standards during the camping protest.

“In coming to this determination, we note that the express provisions of the Harvard College Student Handbook state that students who are not in good standing are not eligible for degrees,” the company stated in a written statement.

The statement did not rule out the possibility of an appeals procedure, stating that the corporation knows “that the inability to graduate is consequential for students and their families” and supports the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ goal to accelerate the examination of appeal requests.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

“We care deeply about every member of our community — students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni — and we have chosen a path forward that accords with our responsibilities and reaffirms a process for our students to receive prompt and fair review,” said the statement.

Protesters packed up their things and departed a pro-Palestinian campsite at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Thursday after the school announced a decision to have police clear the area

Supporters of the students said that the decision not to allow them to earn degrees at commencement violated a May 14 agreement between interim President Alan Garber and the Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine alliance, which would have allowed them to graduate.

Protesters opposing Israel’s war with Hamas willingly demolished their tents after university administrators agreed to hear their concerns over the endowment, bringing a peaceful end to the types of demonstrations that were broken up by police on other campuses.

The group issued a statement late Wednesday, claiming that the decision jeopardizes the 13 students’ post-graduate careers.

“By rejecting a democratic faculty vote, the Corporation has proved itself to be a wholly illegitimate body, and Garber an illegitimate president, accountable to no one at the university,” claimed the organization.

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Harvard Holding Commencement After Weekslong Pro-Palestinian Encampment Protest

“Today’s actions have plunged the university even further into a crisis of legitimacy and governance, which will have major repercussions for Harvard in the coming months and years,” claimed the organization.

Supporters of the protestors planned a vigil outside Harvard Yard on Thursday to support the 13 and urge for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Protesters packed up their things and departed a pro-Palestinian campsite at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Thursday after the school announced a decision to have police clear the area. A wave of pro-Palestinian tent encampments on college campuses has resulted in over 3,000 arrests nationally.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

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NEW YORK  — Mastercard said Wednesday that it hopes to detect that your credit or debit card number has been compromised long before it falls into the hands of a cybercriminal.

Mastercard’s most recent software upgrade incorporates artificial intelligence into its fraud-prediction system, which it hopes will allow banks to replace stolen cards before criminals use them.

“Generative AI is going to allow us to figure out where you possibly got your credentials compromised, how we can identify how it happened, and how we can very quickly remedy that situation not only for you, but also for other customers who don’t know they are compromised yet,” said Johan Gerber, executive vice president of security and cyber innovation at Mastercard, in an interview.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard, based in Purchase, New York, says that with this new update, it can use other patterns or contextual information, such as geography, time, and addresses, and combine it with incomplete but compromised credit card numbers that appear in databases, allowing it to reach cardholders sooner and replace the bad card.

The patterns can now be applied in reverse, potentially employing batches of faulty cards to identify potentially hacked businesses or payment processors. According to Gerber, pattern identification goes beyond what humans can perform with database queries or other typical approaches.

Billions of stolen credit and debit card numbers are floating on the dark web, ready for purchase by any thief. Most were stolen from merchants in data breaches over the years, but a substantial number were stolen from unwary customers who used their credit or debit cards at the incorrect gas station, ATM, or online shop.

These compromised cards may go undiscovered for weeks, months, or even years. Only when the payment networks themselves dig into the dark web to look for stolen numbers, a merchant discovers a breach, or a criminal uses a card do the payment networks, and banks realize a batch of cards may be compromised.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

“We can now actually proactively reach out to the banks to make sure that we service that consumer and get them a new card in her or his hands so they can go about their lives with as little disruption as possible,” Gerber stated.

The payment networks are primarily attempting to transition away from “static” credit card or debit card numbers — card numbers and expiration dates that are used consistently across all businesses — and toward unique numbers for specific transactions. However, that transformation could take years, especially in the United States, where payment technology uptake is typically slow.

While chip cards are currently used in more than 90% of all in-person transactions worldwide, EMVCo, the technological body behind the chip in credit and debit cards, estimates that the proportion in the United States is closer to 70%.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard’s announcement comes as its main competitor, Visa Inc., looks for ways to force users to discard their 16-digit credit and debit card numbers. Visa revealed big changes to how credit and debit cards will work in the United States last week, implying that Americans will carry fewer physical cards in their wallets and that the 16-digit credit or debit card number inscribed on each card will become less relevant.

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