Xperia Xz3 And Xz2 Family Gets June 2019 Security Patches (52.0.a.8.83)

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family gets June 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.83)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium) today. The new firmware moves the build number from 52.0.A.8.50 to version 52.0.A.8.83, and adds the 1 June 2019 Android security patches. No other changes have been noticed. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

Fiat Chrysler Scion John Elkann Enlists Renault To Drive Family Fortunes

Fiat Chrysler scion John Elkann enlists Renault to drive family fortunes

MILAN, Italy — When John Elkann lost his ally last year with the sudden death of Sergio Marchionne, some questioned whether the softly-spoken scion of the Agnelli clan would be able to emerge from his shadow to ensure Fiat Chrysler's future. But New York-born Elkann, who became Fiat chairman in 2010, acted decisively to fill the vacuum left by the larger-than-life Marchionne and get closer to the big merger deal the legendary executive was unable to deliver. At just 28, Elkann was thrust into the role of Fiat vice chairman after the deaths of his grandfather and great-uncle "because there was really nobody else" to take the wheel. For Elkann, who got his first taste of the car industry as an intern at a factory producing headlights in Birmingham, England, the first 18 months with responsibility for the family-owned carmaker and its long heritage were "terrible." But from that low point, Elkann, 43, is now trying to merge Fiat Chrysler (FCA) with French rival Renault to form the world's third largest carmaker and tackle new challenges facing the industry. Elkann will become chairman of the merged FCA-Renault if the deal goes ahead, ensuring the Agnelli dynasty plays a central role in the next chapter of automotive history. At an event in Milan on Monday, the usually-shy Elkann looked happy and confident. His first big break came with an instrumental role in persuading Marchionne, who was running one of the businesses owned by the Agnelli family, to become chief executive in 2004 and give Fiat "a new start," Elkann said in a "Masters of Scale" podcast last year. Fiat was at the time almost on the brink of collapse. This involved a "very long night ... and many grappas" but proved to be a turning point in the fortunes of the Italian company founded by Elkann's great-great-grandfather Giovanni Agnelli, which built its first car in 1899. In 2005, Elkann backed Marchionne in negotiating the breakup of an alliance Fiat had entered into with General Motors in 2000, receiving $2 billion from GM in return for canceling a deal that could have required GM to buy the remainder of Fiat Auto. Marchionne then used GM's money to fund a turnaround at Fiat, which involved taking the Italian carmaker into a transformation alliance and then full-blown merger with U.S. automaker Chrysler as Elkann agreed to the Agnellis loosening their grip. If Elkann can deliver a deal with Renault — which will net the Agnellis about 725 million euros ($811 million) in a dividend payout — it will be partly thanks to his pick of new CEO. Michael Manley was probably was not the obvious choice, but the transition to the post-Marchionne era has been smooth with no tensions or rivalries within the family or the FCA group. The focus has been very much on the future as FCA, like its rivals, grapples with the challenges posed for the car making industry by fast-changing technology and regulation.

Nothing's impossible

Elkann, who is also Chairman and CEO of the Agnelli holding company EXOR, appears to be taking a leaf out of his great-great-grandfather's book. "We must always look to the future. Foresee the future of new inventions. Be unafraid of the new. Delete from our vocabulary the word 'impossible'," Elkann quotes the Fiat founder's mantra as being. Elkann, whose French is better than his Italian, spent seven years at a lycee in France before studying Engineering at Politecnico, the Engineering University of Turin. He has often been portrayed more as a financier who has moved key elements of Fiat away from Italy. His efforts to keep Fiat on the road, however, have not been rewarded with the popularity his grandfather, known as "L'Avvocato," enjoyed even though he has maintained the family's involvement with soccer club Juventus and chairs the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation. Elkann has transformed EXOR's portfolio during his time in the driving seat of the family empire. He diversified into insurance — winning a bitter $6.9 billion takeover battle for Bermuda reinsurer PartnerRe in 2015 — and into media assets through The Economist magazine. Elkann, an admirer of Warren Buffett, also listed Juventus on the stock exchange, turning a hobby of Elkann's grandfather into a serious business. During his watch, Fiat has also spun off Ferrari and truckmaker CHNI, in line with his philosophy that companies need to adapt to survive in the long-run. EXOR is still the top shareholder in both companies. After all these changes, Elkann is now at the top of a family empire less exposed to the cyclical and rapidly-changing auto industry yet with a potentially key role, with a stake of just below 15 percent, in a leading global carmaker. This will mean Elkann has delivered on his promise of upholding the Agnelli family's pledge to the auto industry, which still employs thousands of workers in Italy, while at the same time bringing taking FCA onto a new stage. And if he can keep to FCA's pledge not to shut plants, Elkann might yet become an Italian legend like his forebears.

Future Of The Imperial Family

Future of the Imperial family

As Japan celebrates the new Emperor's enthronement, some people are turning their attention to the future of the Imperial family.

As it stands right now, there are 18 members.
And that number is shrinking.

2019 Mazda Cx-9 Review And Buying Guide | Fun For The Whole Family

2019 Mazda CX-9 Review and Buying Guide | Fun for the whole family

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 crossover is the biggest vehicle in the Japanese automaker's lineup, and the only one to offer a third row of seating. It has only one powertrain option, but offers a wide variety of other content across various trim levels. Many folks are drawn to Mazdas for their elegant design, affordability and driving dynamics that are sharper than most, and the CX-9 has all of that to a certain degree even if it's the biggest, most family-oriented one. Still, the CX-9 may be big for a Mazda, but it's one of the smallest in its segment in terms of third-row space and cargo capacity, so it may not be for every family.

What's new with the Mazda CX-9 for 2019?

Though largely unchanged from when this generation debuted for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-9 gets a few small changes for 2019, the biggest of which is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is optional on its lowest Sport trim and standard on the Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. The transmission has been retuned for a smoother, quieter driving experience. Thicker floor mats and headliner further help to make the car quieter.

Each trim gets a little something new, too. Sport now offers an optional Sport Package, costing $1,290, with heated front seats, a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Moving up to the Touring trim, the only other change is a frameless rear-view mirror. The Grand Touring trim gets a new 7-inch info screen in the instrument panel, along with new power-folding side mirrors and a 360-degree camera system. The top-level Signature trim gets new badges, rosewood interior trim, and accent lighting in the grille and around the shifter.

Android Pie Rollout Re-starts For Xperia Xa2 Family (50.2.a.0.352)

Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)

Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the March 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below.

Ghosn's Family Appeals To Un Over Human Rights

Ghosn's family appeals to UN over human rights

A lawyer for the family of Carlos Ghosn has appealed to a UN body that the long-term detention of the ousted Nissan chairman violates his human rights.

Lawyer Francois Zimeray told reporters in Paris on Monday that his team has submitted a dossier to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Android Pie Rolls To Xperia Xa2 Family In Russia, But Is Bricking Devices [50.2.a.0.342]

Android Pie rolls to Xperia XA2 family in Russia, but is bricking devices [50.2.A.0.342]

Sony Mobile quietly started to roll out Android Pie to the Xperia XA2 range of devices recently – all of the family were updated, including the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus – moving the build number from 50.1.A.13.123 to 50.2.A.0.342. However, strangely the update only went live in one region (Russia), which is unusual as Sony normally updates a number of key regions at the beginning, before widening the release.

Xperia Xz3 And Xz2 Family Get February 2019 Security Patches (52.0.a.3.202)

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family get February 2019 security patches (52.0.A.3.202)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for its latest flagship devices including the Xperia XZ3, and Xperia XZ2 range (XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium). The update adds the February 2019 Android security patches and moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.163 to version 52.0.A.3.202. There's no sign of any other changes, but if you've updated, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Toyota Trd Pro Family Adds Sequoia, Updates Current Models

Toyota TRD Pro family adds Sequoia, updates current models

The Toyota TRD Pro family is growing for 2020 with the addition of the family-hauling seven-seater Sequoia SUV. It joins a freshly updated trio of the 4Runner, the Tacoma, and the Tundra in Toyota's Mount Rushmore of off-roading commanders. The Tundra is also now available in Double Cab or CrewMax orientations.

No Toyota gets to wear the TRD Pro badge without several equipment upgrades, but the Sequoia has a solid base to build on with its body-on-frame chassis, good ground clearance, and V8 heart. Just like every other TRD Pro model, the Sequoia gains aluminum internal bypass Fox shocks. Up front, they're 2.5 inches and have seven compression zones to two rebound zones. The rear uses two-inch piggyback monotube Fox shocks. Further upgrades include a reduced front spring rate and 18-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels.