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2019 Porsche Cayenne Test Drive And Review: Longer, Faster, Spicier.

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When the first Porsche Cayenne models arrived on US shores as 2002 models, brand loyalists worried that an SUV bearing a sports car badge spelled doom for their beloved marque. Cayenne turned out to be a hit, and continued to be popular through its second generation of production (2011 – 2018). The 2019 Porsche Cayenne marks the start of a third generation. Now backed up in the lineup by Macan, a compact SUV which outsells it, Cayenne moves to a new platform with a new engine, exterior, interior and technology package. While it is still the mid-size two-row crossover SUV we’ve come to know, it is now an altogether sharper, sportier, and more capable vehicle than ever before. And that’s saying something.

My test vehicle was a base 2019 Cayenne with a base price of $65,700. It arrived with a with Biscay Blue Metallic paint ($800), a black leather interior ($3,750), a trailer hitch ($660), 19-inch Cayenne S wheels ($600), Sport Chrono Package ($1,130), Premium Package ($6,610, including Bose Surround Sound System, ambient lighting, comfort access, 14-way power seats with memory, auto-dimming interior mirror, panoramic roof system, Power Steering Plus, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System, Lane Change Assist and Seat Heating), and a $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee for an as-tested price of $80,300. Cayenne comes with Porsche’s four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty with 24/7 roadside assistance, along with a 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation limited warranty.

Cayenne’s exterior changes are subtle but significant. The headlights have been tapered, and a power dome gives more emphasis to the hood. The grille openings are more formal and linear across the front fascia, and the body sides have a crisper line above the rocker panels. Around back, the taillights are joined horizontally across the tailgate. The whole vehicle looks sportier and less bulky than before. Nineteen-inch wheels are now standard, up from 18-inches. The wheelbase remains at 113.9 inches, but overall length is up 2.4 inches to 193.6 inches, while body width is 78.0 inches, down 0.7 inches. Curb weight is also reduced, now coming in at 4,377 lbs, down from 4,488 lbs in 2018.

One of the big contributors to weight reduction was a redesign of Cayenne’s front suspension, swapping to an aluminum front axle with a separated link design in place of the double-wishbone setup of the past. The new axle design made the old steel subframe unnecessary, as an aluminum auxiliary frame supports both the axle system and the engine. The new system is said to reduce wheel vibrations and powertrain influences while optimizing steering response, precision, and straight-line driving. The rear suspension is unchanged, with a steel multi-link with steel springs.

The most striking upgrade to Cayenne is its new interior. A landscape-oriented 12.3-inch touchscreen display dominates the top of the center stack, with an intelligent array of buttons and knobs below. The new display is customizable into sections, so owners can choose to display navigation, infotainment, and vehicle settings simultaneously. Cayenne’s switchgear is particularly well-crafted, with gnurled metal surfaces on knobs and wheels, and great feedback on switches, buttons and the like. The rest of the interior offers tactile rewards as well, with high quality surfaces, materials and construction throughout. You can’t find a cheap-feeling edge or panel anywhere. Cayenne’s seats are broad and supportive, and the black leather interior on my test car was supple and rich.

Second-row passengers won’t be disappointed either, with ample leg and head room, and easy sightlines out of the windows. The big panoramic roof on my test vehicle could be unveiled to provide an open, airy feeling in the whole cabin, with a big sliding panel over the driver’s portion for great ventilation. Cargo space behind the second row is a generous 27.2 cubic feet, with a modicum of under-floor space for concealed storage next to the temporary spare and tire-changing kit. Fold down the second row, and 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space opens up. Cayenne’s interior finish is so sumptuous that you won’t want to load garden supplies within – stick to bespoke luggage and estate-sale side tables.

I’ve made a conscious effort to delay any talk of the powertrain up until now, because I know that anyone who is seriously considering a Cayenne will be distracted with the news that a new engine lurks. The base Cayenne is now turbocharged. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct gasoline injection brings 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque to the party, up from the outgoing naturally aspirated (non-turbo) 3.6-liter V6’s 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in the base 2018 model. That’s a big increase, and coupled with a 120-lb weight reduction, Cayenne is faster and more eager to romp than before. Porsche claims 0-60 mph times of 5.9 seconds (5.6 seconds with available Launch Control), and a top speed of 152 mph. The base Cayenne of 2018 took 7.3 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph. An eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is standard, along with all-wheel drive.

I took every opportunity to drive the Cayenne in varied situations during my week-long test drive. I’m an SUV enthusiast, and I’ve always liked Cayenne’s solid road feel, but the new engine takes the base model to a new level. It has bottomless reserves of power, and does a great job of motivating the Cayenne around. The suspension is a nice upgrade, too, managing Cayenne’s weight elegantly. Aggressive cornering doesn’t come with body roll. You can carve an elegant arc on a freeway onramp with ease, and when it’s time to overtake a slower-moving vehicle, a light squeeze of the throttle rockets the Cayenne forward. The luxurious interior is tailored and crisp, and made me feel important behind the wheel. What more can you ask for in a performance luxury SUV?

The landscape of mid-size luxury SUVs is crowded with great options this year. The BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus RX, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX 50, Acura MDX, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Corsair, Volvo XC90 and others offer alternate takes on the formula. If the base Cayenne is intriguing but you want more Porsche in your SUV, there’s always the Cayenne S (starting at $82,900 with 434 hp), the Cayenne E-Hybrid (starting at $79,900 with 455 hp), and the Cayenne Turbo (starting at $124,600 with 541 hp).

All in all, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne represents an excellent start to the third generation of Porsche performance SUV legacy.

Source: Forbes

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Ursula Honored In Hungary.

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Ghana’s Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been recognized at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards 2019 in Budapest, Hungary for her “exceptional commitment and participation as a valuable partner in ITU Telecom World events.”

Presenting the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 certificate of appreciation to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, ITU’s General Secretary, Houlin Zhao described the Ghanaian Communications Minister as an excellent and exceptional member of the Union.

Reacting to the recognition, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said, it’s a great privilege for her modest efforts at the international level, on cooperation in developing and implementing ICT initiatives with colleague Ministers in the last two and half years, to be recognized and rewarded by the ITU.”

She stated that, she is deeply humbled and elated, adding that, this award will encourage her to do even more, both locally and internationally to narrow the digital divide for the benefit of her country and people.

Meanwhile, the Accra Digital Centre, a Government of Ghana mini Technology Park, under the Ministry of Communications, set up to harness the digital potential of Ghana by promoting Digital entrepreneurship and innovation was announced as the 2019 winner of the International Telecommunication Union – ITU’s Global Ecosystem Best Practice Award whereas Vokacom (Innovators of Ghana Post Digital address) emerged as winner of the Best Busines model at the 2019 ITU Telecom World in Budapest, Hungary.

The award, given by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, recognizes and gives awards to hosts of Technology Innovation with best practices that enable innovators to develop ICT- centric solutions that can be globally recognized and scaled.

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Spotify Users Can Now Share Music Directly To Snapchat.

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Music streaming service Spotify has announced a new integration that enable users who have the Snapchat app to share music to the multimedia messaging app.

The move, according to Spotify, will allow users to share a song, playlist, artist profile or podcast either directly to their friends on Snapchat or Snapchat story.

“With this new way of sharing, it's quicker and easier for friends to share what they're listening to and for others to start listening,” Spotify said. “You’ll be able to combine the two seamlessly and share what you’re listening to in a Snap story.” 

Here is how Spotify users can share music with friends or post directly to a Snap story:

  • Tap the “share” menu (three dots on the right of the screen) while you’re listening to any song, album, artist, or podcast.
  • Select “Snapchat” from the dropdown list.
  • Snapchat will open a new Snap with the full album art included.
  • Edit and send whether to a few people or to your Story.

If a friend sends you a Snap with a song, playlist, artist profile, or podcast, you can start streaming by using the following steps:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the context card with song, artist, playlist, or podcast info.
  • Spotify will open and play away.

Watch the below video for more information: 

https://youtu.be/aiKLjsPOuTU
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Watch Apple Throw Cake, And Many Other Things, At The iPhone 11 Pro In Its New Ads

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Apple has released two new commercials for the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which show the phone standing up to more abuse than any one phone should ever have to.

The first ad below focuses solely on how tough the iPhone 11 Pro supposedly is against everyday objects being flung at it in a high-speed wind tunnel. First, kids toys and food items pummel it (including an entire head of green leaf lettuce), none of which seem heavy enough to damage the phone.

https://youtu.be/K0VWwY6MR0k

Things get a little more intense later in the ad, with ice cubes and hair brushes bouncing off of the iPhone 11 Pro — all, of course, without leaving a scratch. To top it off, a wedding cake comes crashing down onto the phone, then a sprinkler washes it all off. Maybe it’s just me, but in that moment I think I’d be more worried about my expensive wedding cake than the state of my iPhone.

The second ad focuses on what the phone’s three-lens camera system is capable of, with an elegant, long-haired dog as the subject in a wind chamber.

https://youtu.be/Gb2xJ-GMKmo

This ad does a good job of educating viewers about the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro’s various lenses (telephoto, standard, ultra-wide angle). But the most notable thing shown is Night mode, and the results in the ad look much more impressive than the demo that Apple showed onstage at its hardware event earlier this week.

The iPhone 11 Pro is available to preorder now and will be in stores starting on September 20th.

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Adobe Premiere Pro Will Use AI To Reframe Videos For All Of Your Social Apps.

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Adobe is hoping to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process that comes with editing videos for different social platforms with its new AI-powered Auto Reframe feature for Premiere Pro. For example, if you’ve got a video that you want to post to YouTube, the Instagram grid, and Instagram Stories, you’d currently have to manually edit that video for three different aspect ratios. Auto Reframe can automatically identify the main action happening in the video and crop and pan the frame around that footage to fit within ratios like square, vertical, or 16:9 videos. The feature, shown off today at the International Broadcasting Convention, makes use of Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence platform.

Auto Reframe is an effect that can be applied to clips on Premiere’s timeline, and users can choose between three motion presets (Slower Motion, Default, and Faster Motion) to let the algorithm to know how much movement to expect in the video. The effect will produce motion keyframes that follow the action in your content, which can also be manually adjusted for fine-tuning. It also does the convenient work of resizing text for each aspect ratio, which will save video editors a lot of time.

Adobe has been adding more features to its Creative Cloud apps with social platforms in mind. Premiere Rush CC, the free mobile version of Premiere Pro, was made specifically with YouTube creators in mind, and it features exporting options that are optimized for different social networks, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Auto Reframe will arrive on Premiere Pro later this year.

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