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Tiffany Haddish Gets Out of Prison and Crashes a Wedding in First 'Nobody's Fool' Trailer

Ace show biz movies - 6 hours 40 min ago
The 'Girls Trip' star plays a newly released inmate who has to rebuild her life and her relationship with her family while trying to find a man who's cat-fishing her sister.
Categories: Movies

Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage

BBC Business News - 6 hours 42 min ago
Tesla chief Elon Musk says an employee carried out "extensive and damaging sabotage".
Categories: Business

Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage

BBC Business News Feed - 6 hours 42 min ago
Tesla chief Elon Musk says an employee carried out "extensive and damaging sabotage".
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BBC Business News Feed: Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage

Business Now Mag - 6 hours 42 min ago
Tesla chief Elon Musk says an employee carried out "extensive and damaging sabotage".
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Taeyeon Plays a Femme Fatale in Action-Packed 'Something New' Music Video

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 6 hours 42 min ago
The visuals features the leader of Girls' Generation throwing punches and bashing hammers at her enemies.
Categories: Music

New planning data integrated into Search Acumen proptech platform

Property Week News Feed - 7 hours 2 min ago
Proptech firm Search Acumen has upgraded its commercial real estate platform ForeSite to launch real-time planning data for property lawyers and their clients.
Categories: Property

Cannabis war 'comprehensively lost', says William Hague

BBC Health News Feed - 7 hours 7 min ago
The former Conservative leader urges his party to consider legalising recreational use of the drug.
Categories: Health

$200 billion trade threat; Markets hit; Volkswagen trouble

CNN News Feed - 7 hours 7 min ago
1. More trade threats: The White House is threatening even more tariffs on China.
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NHS 70: How have hospitals changed for children?

BBC Health News Feed - 7 hours 8 min ago
It's 70 years since the start of the NHS. How have hospitals changed for child patients since 1948?
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2018 Ford Mustang GT Interior Review: Retro-Modern Ambiance

Motortrend News Feed - 8 hours 10 min ago

The 2018 Ford Mustang recently got a refresh, and with it came some cool new features that make the iconic pony car feel more modern. As with the pre-refresh Mustang, the face-lifted model still feels retro, even with the available tech. With many consumers continuing to trade in cars for crossovers, models like the Ford Mustang need more than visceral performance to stay appealing. Luckily, Ford also gives you plenty of ways to personalize the interior ambiance and, in the case of the GT, enjoy its muscular demeanor with plenty of aural drama.

Tech-Savvy and User-Friendly

Ford’s Sync interface comes standard on the 2018 Mustang GT, and it’s easy to use even in its most basic form. For maximum user-friendliness, opt for the Sync 3 system, which gets you an 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s quick to respond and has a logical layout for all off its functions. On the base GT trim, you can add navigation for an extra charge.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all models with Sync 3, allowing you to access apps including Spotify, Google Maps, Apple Maps, iTunes, and Pandora. Ford’s Sync 3 interface is also the first to offer an onboard Waze app to navigate through traffic even easier; soon it will also gain Amazon’s Alexa, which we hope will play well with Siri and Google.

Supportive and Daily Drivable

Most sports cars have seats that prioritize holding you in place over comfort. Not so in the 2018 Mustang. The standard bucket seats hold you in place well when you’re having a great time on winding roads or the track yet remain comfortable for daily driving. There’s good lumbar adjustment so you can get the right amount of support to avoid getting sore during your commute. Although the seats look flat, there’s plenty of side and thigh support. Unlike in most vehicles, the front seats are only partially powered: The sliding and lumbar operations are electric, but the recline function is manual.

No Fake Sounds Here

With a thundering, high-revving 5.0-liter V-8, the 2018 Mustang GT doesn’t need any artificial sound enhancement or to funnel its engine note through speakers so the driver and passengers can hear it. Even with the normal exhaust, the engine growls with authority, giving the car a character befitting a pony car.

Should the standard exhaust not be enough, Ford also offers the Mustang GT with an active exhaust system with quad tailpipes. This system has multiple modes including Quiet, Sport, and Track, the latter of which opens up the exhaust flaps for a full-on sensory assault. Should you want to be respectful to your neighbors, the Mustang will happily close its exhaust flaps in Quiet mode, giving you a more serene driving experience that still hints at the power under the hood.

Light Up Your Mood All Day, Every Day

The 2018 Ford Mustang is one of a few non-luxury-branded cars with a mood lighting system. Unlike the mood lighting found in Mini models, the Mustang’s changes more than just the color of the lights on the door handles, cupholders, and foot wells. It also changes the color of the standard analog gauges, giving the interior a more cohesive and streamlined look than even some luxury vehicles that offer the feature.

Analog or Digital?

The base Mustang GT comes with a small instrument cluster display and analog gauges. These are easy to read, display all the necessary information, and offer some adjustments including the mood lighting. The instrument cluster display also shows some key info such as oil life, service intervals, and engine temperature.

On higher trims, the Mustang comes with a fully digital instrument cluster similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. There are multiple configurations to choose from, and you can customize the digital cluster’s colors separately from the mood lighting, so there’s no shortage of ways you can personalize it to your taste.

Track-Ready Seating Is Optional

Should you want something more supportive for track duty, Ford offers Recaro front seats when you opt for the Performance Package Level 2 on the GT. The seats are also available on the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium trims. On the base Mustang GT, the Recaro seats are upholstered in cloth; the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium grades come with leather. GT Premium models can also be had with two-tone red and black leather or black leather with blue contrast stitching. Unlike the standard seats, the Recaros have a fixed headrest and offer more aggressive side bolstering. There’s more aggressive thigh support, as well.

Cloth or Leather Even at Over $40,000

Leather is available starting at the GT Premium trim, which also gets you heated and ventilated front seats. If you’re opposed to the idea of cow hides covering your seats, Ford will happily sell you a Mustang GT with cloth. Don’t expect a steep discount for the cloth seats, though. If you add all the go-fast goodies, a Mustang GT with cloth upholstery will still cost over $40,000.

Don’t Cram in the Back

Coupes don’t always have the most comfortable rear seats, and the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is no different. The fastback roofline cuts into headroom, and the legroom is minimal, so the back is best for small children or as an extension of the trunk. Convertible models offer more headroom if you put the roof down, but don’t expect much improvement in space for your legs.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT First Test: Should You Pony Up for the Automatic?

Motortrend News Feed - 8 hours 10 min ago

Did you know you can get a $47,000 Ford Mustang GT with cloth seats? In fact, if you keep adding options (including a $229 illuminated Mustang badge), you can get the price of a cloth-upholstered pony car up to nearly $50,000. We weren’t testing this particular Mustang for its accessories or its orange paint, though. We were much more interested in its 10-speed automatic transmission and how it would compare to the six-speed manual we tested last winter.

In terms of acceleration, it wasn’t even close. The automatic Mustang ran from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, a full half second quicker than the manual version. In the quarter mile, it was exactly the same story. The automatic Mustang ran it in 12.1 seconds at 118.8 mph, a half second quicker (and 3.7 mph faster) than the manual car.

“It’s this much quicker than the same car with a six-speed manual because, yes, the shifts are faster (and more in number), but the tach never swings in and out of the power band,” noted road test editor Chris Walton. “Also, there’s a significant mechanical force advantage with the 10A. Ford chose the ratios for a reason.”

Braking performance was also excellent, though no different than that of the manual version. Both cars stopped from 60 mph in 104 feet. “Extremely firm pedal, almost wooden,” Walton wrote. “Very little dive and no ABS buzz, pulsation, or tire sound. Good fade resistance, however.”

In our handling test, the Mustang averaged 0.97 g on the skidpad and ran the figure eight in 23.9 seconds at 0.84 g. The former is slightly off the stick-shift’s figure, and the latter is marginally better.

“Nice, smooth power, and I’d agree with Chris that there wasn’t too much Ford-fade after a few laps. The brakes’ resistance to overheating seemed pretty good this time. In cornering, there’s the usual need to probe the throttle to dance the car out of the understeer penalty box,” wrote testing director Kim Reynolds. He did, however, take issue with the steering, saying, “The steering’s linearity leaves everything to be desired, and I couldn’t predict a steering correction to stop it.”

For some people, the quicker shifts and improved acceleration will be a benefit on the track. Especially if they can’t justify the Shelby GT350’s higher price tag. But most people who pick the automatic over the manual will probably do so because they want the Mustang GT experience without the need to shift their own gears.

In that regard, the automatic Mustang is mostly a success. It rides and handles almost identically to the manual version. Commuting to and from work on the famously congested Interstate 405 was much less of a workout than it would have been in the manual car. There was no real learning curve, and I didn’t have to spend time getting adjusted to the clutch because there wasn’t one. You also don’t have to worry about making sure someone knows how to drive your car before you toss them the keys.

The automatic also does nothing to mess with the Mustang’s sounds. The optional active exhaust sounds incredible, and as Walton pointed out, it does a great impression of a race car at wide-open throttle. Plus, with remote start, you can enjoy the sound as you approach to your car.

That said, the transmission has its issues. Presumably in pursuit of better fuel economy, “It keeps the engine out of its powerband, and that’s exactly what you don’t want in a high-revving V-8,” said associate online editor Stefan Ogbac. “It’s quick, but this isn’t an ideal transmission for this type of engine.”

Chris Walton had similar issues during the acceleration tests. “Drag mode with traction control off in S-Drive was best,” he wrote. “Otherwise, it was too clever for itself by half, short shifting, throttle pulling, etc.”

The 10-speed isn’t necessarily bad. It just doesn’t feel like a fully integrated part of the Mustang package. Knowing how enjoyable the manual version is makes the auto’s shortcomings even more frustrating.

As for the cloth seats, we say pass on those if you can stretch your budget. The fact that they’re easier to get dirty and harder to clean than leather means the novelty of owning a Performance package–equipped Mustang GT with cloth seats will probably wear off quickly. Do pick a bright color such as our tester’s Orange Fury paint job, though. If you’re going to buy a car that stands out, you might as well really stand out.

2018 Ford Mustang GT BASE PRICE $36,090 PRICE AS TESTED $46,765 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 5.0L/460-hp*/420-lb-ft* DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,860 lb (55/45%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.5 x 75.4 x 54.3 in 0-60 MPH 3.9 sec QUARTER MILE 12.1 sec @ 118.8 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 104 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.97 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.9 sec @ 0.84 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/25/19 mpg* ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.02 lb/mile * hp/torque values derived from 93-octane fuel; EPA mpg from 87-octane

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Sam Mendes Set to Direct and Write World War I Film '1917'

Ace show biz movies - 8 hours 29 min ago
The 'Skyfall' director will also produce the movie, which reportedly will start filming next April for a December 2019 release.
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Cannabis debate: I appealed to the prime minister

BBC Health News Feed - 8 hours 38 min ago
Hannah Deacon, whose son suffers from epilepsy, says she was given a pledge by Theresa May
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McCarthy & Stone boss Fenton quits after issuing profit warning

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 44 min ago
McCarthy & Stone boss Clive Fenton has revealed he is to quit, after the retirement home developer issued a profit warning following a “noticeable decline” in reservations.
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McCarthy boss Fenton quits after issuing profit warning

Property Week News Feed - 8 hours 44 min ago
McCarthy & Stone boss Clive Fenton has revealed he is to quit, after the retirement home developer issued a profit warning following a “noticeable decline” in reservations.
Categories: Property

Debenhams issues another profit warning

BBC Business News - 8 hours 54 min ago
Its third profit warning this year comes amid "exceptionally difficult times" for the UK retail sector.
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Debenhams issues another profit warning

BBC Business News Feed - 8 hours 54 min ago
Its third profit warning this year comes amid "exceptionally difficult times" for the UK retail sector.
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BBC Business News Feed: Debenhams issues another profit warning

Business Now Mag - 8 hours 54 min ago
Its third profit warning this year comes amid "exceptionally difficult times" for the UK retail sector.
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Drake's 'Nice for What' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 9 hours 6 min ago
The achievement makes the Canadian rapper surpass Michael Jackson to take second place in the list of male solo artists with the most cumulative weeks atop the chart.
Categories: Music

Countryside and Sigma to develop 5,000 PRS homes

Property Week News Feed - 9 hours 7 min ago
Countryside Properties has revealed an expansion of its strategic partnership with Sigma Capital Group that will see the two companies target the delivery of a further 5,000 private rental sector homes over the next three years.
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