The Flex is available with a 3.5-litre

For 2014, the Ford Flex continues on with its unique two-box styling, which was just updated last year. With a solid set of features and availability of two 3.5L engines – normally aspirated and turbocharged – the Flex continues to be one of our top picks for a tall wagon providing a vast amount of cargo space and versatility in seating options.

The Flex is available with a 3.5-litre Ti-VCT V6 engine, or with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 with twin turbochargers and direct injection. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission.There are all kinds of car daytime running lights with good quality.

The SE, SEL and Limited use the 3.5-litre V6 but only the Limited can be optioned to the EcoBoost. The SE and SEL come in front-wheel drive, while the SEL can be optioned with all-wheel drive. The Limited is all-wheel drive only.

Features on the SE include 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch aluminum wheels, manual climate control (front and rear), Ford MyKey, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, leather-wrapped shift knob, cockpit integrated display, auto-dimming rear view mirror, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, 2nd and 3rd row map lights, solar tinted glass, privacy glass on all windows behind 1st row, manual tilt/telescopic steering, 1st and 2nd row floor mats, six speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with auxiliary input, Ford SYNC, cloth seats, 6-way driver/2-way front passenger seats, 50/50 3rd row split folding seats, reverse sensing system, automatic headlights, intermittent speed-sensitive front wipers, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system, power locks, quasi-dual exhaust with chrome tips, chrome grille, black beltline molding, body colour door handles, power mirrors, monotone roof, body colour liftgate, integrated blind spot mirrors, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, LATCH, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain, second row seat belts), TPMS, anti-theft alarm, and remote keyless entry.

SEL trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome beltline moulding, woodgrain interior trim, laminated front door glass, universal garage door opener, cargo net, heated front seats, media hub, satellite radio, SYNC with MyFord Touch, 10-way power driver’s seat, fog lights, stainless steel bright beltline on sides and liftgate, and heated side mirrors.

Limited models add 19-inch alloy wheels, rear view camera, ambient lighting, steering wheel wood inlay, driver’s seat/exterior mirrors/foot pedal position memory, 110V inverter with AC outlet, black sill plates with aluminum insert, Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert, intelligent access with push button start, 12-speaker Sony audio system, perforated leather trimmed 1st and 2nd row seats, 60/40 2nd row split-fold bench with autofold deather on passenger side, power liftgate, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, chrome door handles, satin-aluminum trim on liftgate, power folding exterior mirrors, rain sensing wipers, and all-wheel drive.

Renault's budget brand Dacia has released these two photos of the revised-for-2014 Duster SUV, just ahead of its world premiere on 9 September at the Frankfurt motor show.

The upgrades, directed at left hand-drive European markets, add "life-style" 4x4 styling tweaks to the entry-level Romanian family crossover - starting with a revised front treatment that includes a new grille with two chromed strips, a re-shaped air intake and new double-optic headlights with daytime rMost modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit.unning lights.


New roof bars with slatted supports and 16" 'dark metal' alloy rims shod with mud-and-snow tyres underscore the Duster's robust, go-anywhere persona, while new tail light clusters, a chromed tailpipe and new badging brighten the rear treatment.

The Frankfurt premiere falls just 24 hours before the South African release of its Renault Duster sibling, so we asked Renault SA what the relationship was,We installed flexible LED Strip lighting in our kitchen for under cabinet and within cabinet lighting. and when the upgrades would reach the local market.

The answer is that the Dacia Duster in these pictures is built in Romania for the EU market, while the right hand-drive Renault Duster destined for South Africa is made in Chennai, India - and already incorporates most of the detail upgrades seen here.

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MANUCLOUD Brings Solar Cell

Global demand for renewable energy sources has created a burgeoning manufacturing sector for bespoke light-emitting diodes and solar cells. Europe needs to capitalise on this transition from mass production to more personalised, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing if it is to remain a leader in this field.

The EU-funded Distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure (MANUCLOUD) project, which was completed in July 2013, sought to boost European competitiveness by establishing a functioning online marketplace that would benefit manufacturers, suppliers, and customers. The project involved industrial partners from the organic photovoltaic, organic lighting and automotive supply industries, and aimed to integrate the whole supply chain.

The project, which began in 2010, began by assessing the requirements for establishing a functioning marketplace. It then developed cloud-enabled infrastructure capable of supporting on-demand manufacturing. Cloud computing is a concept which describes the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server.

MANUCLOUD connects all interested stakeholders together, providing open access to a global network of suppliers and customers. Through logging onto a web-based platform, entrepreneurs will be able to search for potential suppliers and negotiate contracts. They will then be able to create a customer website and release their new product.

In addition, customers will be able to use the platform to customise products to suit their requirements. Through the MANUCLOUD marketplace, product configurations will be sent to suppliers, the parts manufactured and the finished product assembled and delivered to the customer. A public demonstrator is now available for testing on request.

Two innovative technologies were selected to demonstrate the MANUCLOUD concept. These were organic photovoltaic (OPV) and organic LED (OLED) technologies. Each of these is driven by specific market needs, though both markets are currently at an early stage.

The potential of these two technologies however is huge, and has barely been tapped. Numerous new applications--with a substantial share being customised solutions--are expected to hit the market in the next few years. The manufacturing cloud infrastructure established by MANUCLOUD should help ensure that manufacturers, suppliers and customers are able to fully take advantage of the opportunities presented.

The MANUCLOUD project received EUR 3,593,964 in EU funding.

Green’s the word this year as the commercial building industry begins to see a significant move toward greater transparency, higher energy efficiency standards, increased sustainability and a more responsible use of building resources, according to Lennox Commercial, which offers products to help your customers achieve their green building goals.

According to Lux Research, an independent research firm specializing in emerging technology,RGB LED Color-changing led grow light headlight accent light system for headlight halo effect. the green building sector is expected to grow by $280 billion globally by 2020. Plus, with the new LEEDv4 standards set to take effect later this year, it’s time to help your customers start greening their business.

Increased visibility
The recent release of publicly disclosed building use in New York City is likely to set up a trend for other U.S. cities, making businesses more accountable for their utility use. Building product manufacturers are catching on, too, offering increased transparency with environmental product declarations.

Net zero
While a net-zero building status once seemed impossible to obtain, it’s now becoming more common as the industry moves past LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications that no longer offer a competitive advantage for businesses. Now, commercial building developers and architects are starting to showcase Zero Net Energy designs as a means of differentiation from competitors.

Alternative energy sources
More businesses are turning to alternative energy sources in efforts to lower utility costs, meet green building standards and generate their own electricity. One increasingly popular choice is solar power, which allows them to harvest the sun’s free, clean energy to power their building’s HVAC, lighting and more—all while substantially lowering electric costs and impact to the environment. Lennox’ SunSource Commercial Energy System,The world’s most efficient and cost effective hid lights? for example, is a commercial HVAC system that integrates directly with solar power, providing up to 34 SEER and beyond.Wholesale hid kit and xenon bulbs at low price factory direct.

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Access Fixtures Announces

Access Fixtures is introducing LED turtle friendly lights to protect sea turtle hatchlings. Also known as wildlife lights, the turtle friendly LED bollard lights use 7 watt amber LEDs that are visible to humans, but not to turtles.It is also known as led dimmable driver, LED daytime running lamps. The bollard lights are ideal for waterfront areas that are visible from the beach, including private properties, condos, country clubs and marinas. Furthermore, the LEDs are energy efficient, long-lasting, and require low maintenance.

"The demand for turtle-friendly lighting has increased now that many waterfront locations are requiring it," said Access Fixtures Sales Manager, Dan Rodriguez. He continued, "The new amber LED bollard lights respond to the frequent need for environmentally-compliant turtle lights as well as the growing demand for energy efficient lighting."

When sea turtles are hatched, they instinctively move towards the moonlight reflecting off the ocean. Due to light pollution, sea turtles have been found wandering inland instead of out to sea. While turtles can see higher color temperatures used in fluorescent or incandescent light sources, they cannot see longer wavelengths like 590 nm used in amber LEDs.

The LED bollard lights are available in round or square, with the choice of standard reflector or type 5 glass. The amber LED light source is also available separately to replace lamps in existing fixtures. To withstand coastal climate conditions, the bollards have enhanced durable housings. Beyond turtle-friendly lighting, the LEDs have 80% energy savings compared to incandescent lamps and have an average life of 50,000 hours. The amber LED module can easily be switched for more typical color temperatures for use outside of turtle nesting season.

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Shipments of LED light bulbs by Taiwanese makers will increase in 2013 amid growing popularity, according to a local market research company.

Taiwan-made LED light bulb shipments are expected to increase 20 percent from the 1.34 million units recorded in 2012, to 1.60 million this year, LEDinside said in a recent research note.

The note follows an earlier report that said Taiwan's listed LED companies had combined sales of NT$10.95 billion (US$365 million) in July, up 4.24 percent from the previous month and 24.9 percent from a year earlier.

As demand in the LED backlight market slides and LED lighting applications matures, Taiwanese LED manufacturers are increasing the proportion of their lighting products, mainly through adding orders from international makers or shipping to European and U.S. distributors to make up for the shortfall in capacity utilization, the report said.

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Shipments of LED light bulbs by Taiwanese makers will increase in 2013 amid their growing popularity, according to a local market research company.

Taiwan-made LED light bulb shipments are expected to increase 20 percent from 1.34 million units in 2012 to 1.60 million this year,Rectangular shaped Led Flood Light designed to replace 150W Metal Halide. LEDinside said in a recent research note.

The note follows an earlier report that said Taiwan's listed LED companies had combined sales of NT$10.95 billion (US$365 million) in July, up 4.24 percent from the previous month and 24.9 percent from a year earlier.

As demand in the LED backlight market slides and LED for lighting applications matures, Taiwanese LED manufacturers are increasing the proportion of their lighting products, mainly through adding orders from international makers or shipping to European and U.S. distributors to make up for the shortfall in capacity utilization, the report said.

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Researchers create wallpaper

Electronics are getting smaller and smaller, but not at Princeton University. Researchers there are working on sheets of plastic that contain huge, embedded radios based on technology developed in the 1920s.

The plastic sheets are as thin as paper and flexible, which means they can be applied to walls or uneven surfaces. They can also be painted over and be energy-independent by utilizing built-in solar cells. They are capable of taking in environmental data and wireless communication.

“We originally built this for energy management in a smart building,” electrical engineering assistant professor Naveen Verma said in a release. “Temperature sensors and occupancy sensors communicate with a central management system using distributed radio arrays that are patterned on wallpaper.”

Due to complications associated with working with plastic, the researchers had to use low-quality transistors that slowed the speed at which electricity moved through the electronics. They incorporated radio technology developed in the 1920s that allows electricity to bypass the transistors, improving the speed. The 1920s era electronics are very large, especially when flattened and spread out, but that isn’t a big deal when you’re working on the scale of a wall instead of a tiny computer chip.

The researchers are now working to adapt the technology to large structures like bridges and buildings.A solar lantern uses this sunlight that is abundantly available to charge its batteries through a Solar Panel and gives light in nighttime.

“The problem is that many failures develop over large areas and you cannot detect that at an early stage,” civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Branko Gli?ic said in the release. ”In this large area of structure, which is really huge, the problem can start at virtually any point, and if you don’t have sensors at that point, you are not likely to find the problem before the damage becomes substantial.”

They expect to have a prototype next month, but will need several more years to develop it into a finalized product.

Vijit Sabnis, CEO at Solar Junction said:"Breaking a World Record is a major achievement, but improving on our most recent record using high-volume production equipment produced in conjunction with our manufacturing partner IQE, and Solar Junction's fabrication line in Sunnyvale, CA, is dramatically more significant. This result is a testament to our close partnership with IQE, Solar Junction's dilute nitride technology and our exceptional team. We continue to be the benchmark for multi-junction solar cell production efficiency to assist our customers in driving CPV costs down."

Dr. Drew Nelson, IQE Chief Executive, said: "Following our recent announcement of full qualification of our high volume 4 and 6 CPV technology, surpassing Solar Junction's previous cell efficiency record is a massive achievement."

"Improvements in CPV cell efficiencies translate to highly significant overall cost reduction in terms of installation and energy generation in utility scale solar farms. The fact that this has been achieved on production-qualified platforms is a major milestone. Furthermore, the transfer of wafer production to IQE's manufacturing tools enables the Solar Junction team to focus on further improving efficiencies on lattice-matched, multi-junction CPV solar cells using a combination of their unique dilute nitride technology, combined with pre existing IQE IP. This will facilitate seamless technology transfer into high volume manufacture of ultra efficient CPV cells as the conversion efficiency improves further."

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The Los Angeles State Historic Park

The Los Angeles State Historic Park was a whirlwind of cigarette smoke, heavy bass, fat beats, and electrifying energy on Aug. 3 and 4. Set in the heart of Chinatown, L.A. State Historic Park was home to HARD Summer Music Festival 2013, headlining artists such as Knife Party, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Empire of the Sun. With the L.A. skyline setting the city vibes, this electronic event proved that the bass will only get deeper, disco is not dead (and it is bringing funk back with it), the words hip-hop and EDM are synonymous, and that the traffic was well worth the drive.

This year, HARD Summer’s lineup was double the size of last year’s, starting at 12:30 p.m. and ending at midnight. Temperatures were in the mid 70s at daytime and the low 60s at night, allowing festival-goers in various attire reasonable comfort. Although the festival did not officially allow fur boots or candy bracelets, girls clad in booty shorts, pasties, bras, glitter, and fur boots could be spotted next to bros in tanks (or perhaps going shirtless), flip flops, and multi-colored plastic wayfarers. However, this typical rave style was minimal and many others sported the latest urban street wear, consisting of tailored shorts and pants, boots, kicks, dress shoes, flannels, dresses, gold chains, and, for some men, groovy facial hair. Thankfully, only a few could be spotted with feather headdresses and flower headbands.

The festival housed four stages that each gave off certain vibes depending on the line-up: HARD, HARDer, Summer, and Underground. The main stage, HARD Stage, was the destination of headlining artists and usually consisted of more visually stimulating props and performances because it had the largest LED screens and more stage space, allowing artists such as Duck Sauce, Empire of the Sun, and Bassnectar to further enhance the audience’s senses. HARDer Stage was what the name entailed — harder — but not hardstyle itself. This stage provided audiences bass heavy and high energy beats from artists such as RL Grime, Flying Lotus, Dillon Francis, and Flosstradamus. Summer Stage was like a getaway, where those looking for experimental, diverse, or peculiar sounds could wander off to. Even the layout entailed a journey to another part of the festival, as festival-goers would walk over a slight hill toward the city skyline to reach this stage. Artists such as Keys N’ Krates, Brodinski, Breakbot, and Justice (DJ set) performed here.A solar bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets. Lastly, the Underground Stage was the only tented stage and had an amazing sound system, allowing artists like Disclosure,It is also known as led dimmable driver, LED daytime running lamps. Breach, Oliver, and Claude Vonstroke an umbrella to reverberate their funky, deep house bass and flashing lights.

Even with Bondax and Azealia Banks cancelling their performances at HARD Summer, the talent from both emerging and established artists fulfilled the cravings of bass, hip-hop, rap, nu-disco, experimental, synth-pop, house, and electro heads alike. From live sets to DJ sets, and everything outside the box, HARD Summer proved that “EDM” is an overused blanket term for a large array of electronic styles. Keep your ears open for the following artists as they have demonstrated why they are, or will be, shaping the forefront of electronic music.

DAY 1:XXYYXX, Keys N’ Krates, RL Grime, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Dog Blood, Duck Sauce, Oliver, and Knife Party

My day started late, as I had underestimated how congested the freeway and chaotic the parking would be. I arrived at the festival grounds too late to catch the Canadian DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth’s electronic, abstract hip-hop set, but I did arrive in time for XXYYXX. Seventeen-year-old Marcel Everett set the mood of the Underground Stage with his chill, ambient beats. Marcel played his classic hits from the self-titled album XXYYXX, including “Closer,” “Set It Off,” and “Love Isn’t Made.” Marcel also infused his down-tempo beats and sounds with other works, like Rihanna’s “Cake,” to which the crowd delightfully licked the icing off.

Although I did not see two sets that I had anticipated, XXYYXX got the ball rolling, and I made my way to watch the trap trio Keys N’ Krates. As I passed HARDer Stage towards Summer, Just Blaze blasted his version of Major Lazer’s “Original Don,” followed by Bingo Player’s “When I Dip.”

Summer Stage felt like a small hip-hop show infused with an electro-house party as the live remix band, Keys N’ Krates, showcased their unique approach to electronic music. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Keys N’ Krates includes Jr. Flo on turntables, David Matisse on the synthesizer, and Adam Tune on the 808 drum machine. Layering samples with tunes of their own to create clean blends and sharp melodies, the band played originals like “Treat Me Right” and a variety of hip-hop remixes, including Jay-Z’s “I’m A Hustler Baby” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” The three instruments purred as Jr. Flo scratched to Adam’s meticulous drum beats and David pumped the crowd up from his synthesizer, saying, “Who here loves hip-hop?” The crowd bopped their lifted hands to the beat, to which David responded, “Keep those hands up. Here we go!” With build ups and drops created right on stage, Keys N’ Krates reminded the electronic scene that live, hands-on instrumentation and remixing can not only mimic computer programs but also outshine them.

From this show, I made my way to the Soundcloud famous trap/house artist RL Grime. RL Grime is a side project of Henry Steinway, who produces and DJs under the name Clockwork. RL Grime provided the trap heavy elements festival-goers could get crunk to with his originals “Trap On Acid,” “Flood,” and songs from his new EP, “High Beams.” He sampled Flosstradamus’ “Crowd Control,An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage.” Kanye West’s “Clique,” DJ Snake’s “Bird Machine,” Notorious BIG’s “Suicidal Thoughts,” and Cashmere Cat’s edit of “Do You Like…” by Miguel. Although the bass at HARDer Stage did not do his head-banging drops justice, RL Grime had the hyper crowd swaying, especially when he bumped the remix that first garnered him attention, “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi.More information about the program is available on the web site at
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