Daimler Sees New Compact Cars, S-class Limo Lifting Performance
Daimler is relying on new compact cars and its S-Class limousine to bring a step change in productivity and pricing, and to fix its China business, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Friday. The maker of luxury limousines, offroaders and hatchbacks is aiming to raise the average return on sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars to 10 percent, from 6.5 percent in 2013 and 8 percent in the fourth quarter, to close the profitability gap with rivals. The launch of a rejuvenated range of models including a C-Class sedan, the CLA compact coupe, the A and B-Class compact hatchbacks, and the top-of-the line S-class limousine puts Daimler in a sweet spot to raise profitability, Zetsche said.
Apple Offering Free Recycling Of All Used Products
Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple with an environmental section on the company's website that debuted Monday. Apple had already been distributing cards at some of its stores in exchange for iPhones and iPods with some resell value.
A Bigger IPhone 6 May Be Delayed For Battery Issues
Apple's iPhone 6 could arrive in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations this year, but those clamoring for the latter may have to hold their breath a bit longer. According to Taiwan's Commercial Times, the purported phablet-sized iPhone could be delayed a year due to battery production issues. As pointed out by Cnet, battery manufacturers are having a hard time crafting a battery that would fit within the thin frame Apple wants for its 5.5-incher. According to the Commercial Times, the larger iPhone 6 would require a battery that is a maximum of 2 millimeters thick, whereas the average battery sits at 2.8 millimeters.
Andrew Garfield Debuts Buzz Cut And Clean Shave
Andrew Garfield has been busy promoting the Amazing Spider-Man 2 all over the world, During this time he has been rocking a full head of hair and a bit of scruff for most of his premieres and appearances. Yesterday, however, the actor was photographed in Northern California working a new look. Garfield has reportedly been wanting to shave his head for some time now. He told People back in 2012 that while he appreciated his stylist Petra Flannery's efforts, he still "craves pajamas and a shaved head.”
Libya Starts Voter Registration For General Elections
Officials said on Tuesday,Libya will start registering voters for general elections,in the first concrete step indicating a vote will take place later this year. In February, the Libyan parliament, the General National Congress, agreed to hold early elections, in an apparent effort to assuage Libyans frustrated at political chaos nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Emad al-Shadi al-Saih, head of elections commission told reporters,voter registration will start from Wednesday.
Leaks Hint At A Sleeker UI And A Google Now-like Service On The LG G3
Rumors about LG's G3 handset have mentioned a Quad HD display along with a completely new interface with a flat design and brighter icons, and a revamped notification drawer with circular icons. The screens show a phone UI that's leaps and bounds sleeker than what you'll find on the G2, and it's a more than a tad reminiscent of Apple's aesthetics in iOS 7. The G3 appears to offer a concierge-like personalization tool, which apparently pulls in weather and other info à la Google Now.
Top Employers For Veterans
As hiring continues to pick up, many companies are eager to capitalize on the technical and managerial skills of those with military experience. To determine the top employers for veterans, Forbes worked with compensation information site Payscale.com to develop a ranking of companies that hire the most veterans for work in which military experience is highly relevant. The employers on this list fall into three major categories: Weapons andSecurity, Aerospace, Government Agencies, and Information Technology. Within the list, companies are ranked by how many veterans they employ.
Gold Down, Hits 9-Wk Low
Gold prices ended the U.S. day session moderately lower and hit a nine-week low Tuesday. Mild short covering and bargain hunting early in the day gave way to technical selling pressure that in turn triggered sell stops to push prices still lower. June gold was last down $6.90 at $1,281.60 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $8.70 at $1,282.00. May Comex silver last traded up $0.034 at $19.38 an ounce.
Repoll In Nine Odisha Polling Stations April 25
The Election Commission Tuesday ordered repolling in nine polling stations in Odisha April 25 after allegations of rigging and other irregularities during the April 17 polling in the state. Repolling will be held in six polling stations in Cuttack district, two in Keonjhar district and one in Kendrapara district. Repolling will start at all the nine polling stations at 7 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
TV Exec Garth Ancier -- I Didn't Rape That Kid
Garth Ancier -- who produced and/or developed an endless list of TV shows like "21 Jump Street," "Married ... with Children," "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color" -- adamantly denies laying a finger on the man who claims Ancier raped him as a boy. Ancier's attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by [ Michael Egan ] against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented." As reported, Egan has sued Ancier -- as well as "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and showbiz honchos David Neuman and Gary Goddard -- claiming they sexually abused him as a 15-year-old at various Hollywood parties.