The Renault 5 hatchback (aka the Le Car) is back as a retro-styled EV – Roadshow

Look at this little cutie!

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The Renault 5 is back, and mon dieu does it look good. Renault announced its new Renaulution turnaround plan today, in which the French brand is set to become profitable and reinvent itself as a leader in electrification, introducing a number of hybrids and seven new EVs by 2025. To get people really excited about the news Renault unveiled this 5 Prototype, which it promises will go into production.

The new 5 takes inspiration both from the first-gen R5 of the 1970s and early '80s, which was sold as the Le Car (and the Lectric Leopard EV) in the United States, and the second-gen Supercinq model that was produced from 1984 to 1996. The retro 5 Prototype is immediately recognizable as a 5 without being too kitschy, and nothing about the design seems too concept-y or far-fetched to make it to production.

The new 5 is retro without being kitschy.

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It's got a distinctive face with rectangular headlights, square LED running lights in the front bumper, and a mostly closed-off front end with minimal vents and a large lit-up "Renault." In profile the new 5 looks nearly identical to the original cars with short overhangs, a floating roof design and a raked rear end with high-mounted taillights. It's a four-door hatchback, with flush handles for the front doors and hidden units for the rear doors. The back end is pretty minimal, getting another lit-up Renault logo in the textured diffuser and a light bar connecting the taillights.

Like with many French cars, it's the details that really set this design apart. The charging port is mounted on the hood where the original car had an intake, there are a bunch of subtle "5" badges and diagonally straked surfaces, and the side mirrors have subtle French flags on them. Even the diamond-shaped Renault badge has a new look with an '80s vibe. My favorite design cue is the boxed fender flares, which are reminiscent of the epic mid-engine 5 Turbo rally car and echo that model's venting at the rear lights. 

While Renault didn't release any photos of the interior, there's a glimpse of the instrument cluster that appears to be a HUD-style glass panel sitting atop the dashboard. In addition to the typical gauges you'd expect, it says "Hello" to passersby and indicates charge status. We can also see bucket seats with square cushion quilting and interesting lit-up headrest surrounds.

The boxed fender flares are just like those on the original Turbo rally car.

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No powertrain details were released either, but it's a sure bet that the production 5 will ride on Renault-Nissan's new CMF-EV platform, which made its debut on the Nissan Ariya crossover. That platform allows for front-wheel drive with a single motor or dual-motor all-wheel drive. Back in October Renault unveiled the Mégane eVision SUV concept on the same platform, which boasted a 60-kWh battery pack and a 280-mile range on the WLTP cycle. 

There's probably no chance that the new Renault 5 will make its way to the US, but given that the original did -- and was sold as an EV to boot -- we're not giving up hope. And with the news that the Alpine performance brand is going all-electric, we're keeping our fingers crossed that there will be a performance version of the new 5 that harks back to the original Turbo model. Because hey, if Porsche can use the word Turbo on its Taycan EV, why can't Renault?

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WandaVision review: A delightful superhero soap unlike anything in MCU – CNET

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What a vision.

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It's been a while, but it's finally time to tune in to the Marvel universe again. WandaVision, hitting Disney Plus on Friday, is perfectly timed, kooky comfort viewing just when the epic escapism of big-screen Marvel movies is denied to us due to the coronavirus pandemic

The first two half-hour episodes premiere on Disney's streaming service on Jan.15, and a new episode then follows with a release date every Friday. As many viewers remain stuck indoors, it's fitting WandaVision explores what happens when Marvel heroes go home, only to find that weirdness and danger lurk behind even the most ordinary front door. 

Luckily you don't have to remember much from prior MCU films about Wanda Maximoff and her magical powers, or hot pink robot Vision, to dive straight into the show. All you need to know about the superpowered couple played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany is that they're weird, they're in love, and they're the charming heart of a surreal, suspenseful and actually pretty funny sitcom-inspired story. (No spoilers!)

After a pandemic-enforced absence disrupting 10 years of Marvel dominance at the box office, the familiar Marvel ident that opens the show is bound to provoke feelings among fans with its glimpses of Iron Man, Captain America and the other beloved Avengers. Which is ironic, because what follows is so unlike anything the MCU has ever seen before.

In the best possible way. Served up in breezy half-hour chunks, WandaVision is a surreal delight. The retro sitcom stylings see Marvel going off on a bizarre but confidently delivered tangent, bringing back familiar characters in a fresh and imaginative way.

Olsen and Bettany are a winning double act, finally given more room than any overstuffed MCU movie has previously afforded their characters. Olsen is enchanting as the powerful magic-maker who can barely function in "normal" life, while Bettany is a delight as the gangling android serving a variety of adorable faces. The pair expertly shift between wacky comedy and tantalizing emotion.

Ignoring where we last saw them on the big screen, Wanda and Viz are dropped into an unexpected new life, new home and new jobs. But they face bigger problems than staying on the right side of nosy neighbors, as the action shifts from superheroics to suburban alienation.

From the 1960s onward, Marvel comics served up as much soap opera as superpowers. Peter Parker's turbulent teens and the Fantastic Four's family friction made real-life drama an integral part of Marvel's magic. And even though the movies are filled with loud and spectacular action bursting off the big screen, the sense-swamping banging and crashing has always been underpinned by affecting relationships between characters that evolved over a decade.

The creators of WandaVision know this, and when taking the MCU to the small screen they wisely opt to carry over the bits that work on the small screen while setting aside the widescreen histrionics. There have been Marvel TV shows before, but not like this. Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter were entertaining action romps, while Netflix's suite of connected spinoffs featuring Daredevil and the Punisher were sludgy slugfests that quickly became a slog. WandaVision is something else entirely.

As subsequent episodes unfold (I watched the first three) it becomes clear this isn't just a Marvel television show: it's a Marvel show about television. Beginning as a 1950s style suburban sitcom -- complete with canned laughter, nosy neighbors and a farcical dinner with the boss -- the story and the way it's told both advance to explore the way TV imagery has changed over the years. The suburban sitcom is so ingrained in popular culture that it establishes a baseline of what is "normal," even if the concept of normality is as mythical as comic book witches and androids.

Obviously, Wanda and Vision are far from normal. She's a magical gal in a small-town locale, and he's purple. Sympathetic outsiders in a normal town have always provided a rich seam to mine, from light-hearted sitcoms like Bewitched -- the clear inspiration for this story -- up to the unsettling weirdness buried beneath neatly manicured lawns in the films and TV of David Lynch. As the show continues, Bewitched retunes into Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. There's even a dash of the encroaching dread the Coen Brothers inject into their everyday settings, complete with jarring left turns as normal people do abnormal things.

WandaVision also learns from Disney Plus' TV show and smash hit Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian. It hyper-focuses on one small corner of the franchise, telling a new story with just enough of a link to established characters to hook in fans. You don't need to remember every tiny detail of the previous films, but Easter eggs and lore are there if you really want to look closer (and we'll recap those Easter eggs each week, too).

Most importantly, WandaVision sets up a whopping great mystery of its own. There may not exactly be a Baby Yoda to set social media abuzz, unless Paul Bettany's bumbling synthezoid wins hearts with his sheer befuddled wholesomeness. The divine Kathryn Hahn will also win fans with her pitch-perfect performance, throwing herself into the role with relish.

Even without a Baby Yoda-style phenomenon, WandaVision will no doubt invite frenzied theorizing in a similar manner to shows like Westworld. It remains to be seen over the course of nine episodes whether the apparently fairly slight premise can sustain its twin engines, building suspense while holding our attention with engaging characters. But it's utterly self-assured and colorfully entertaining -- right from the moment you walk in the front door.

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback prices command a premium to get its notchy rear-end – Roadshow

It wears the coupe-inspired looks pretty well.

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For 2021, the Audi Q5 family grows with the addition of the Q5 Sportback, a notchy, coupe-like alternative to the standard luxury SUV's looks. But, if you want one, you'll pay $4,500 more for the more fashionable looks.

The company on Thursday said prices for the 2021 Q5 Sportback start at $48,895 for the entry-level Premium trim. Stepping into the Premium Plus costs $52,095 and the range-topping Prestige model rings in at $57,595. Aside from the more rakish roofline, the Q5 Sportback also receives standard 19-inch wheels, a standard S-Line exterior package for sportier looks, a panoramic sunroof and sport seats. OLED lights also make an optional debut for extra bright taillight fixtures, which will look mighty neat in the dark.

But under the hood, it's the same powertrain as the standard Q5. That is a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to all four wheels, with Quattro all-wheel drive standard. A plug-in powertrain isn't available, so if you want an electrified Q5, you need to shop the standard SUV, at least for now.

Inside the Q5 Sportback, a 10.1-inch touchscreen houses Audi's latest MIB 3 infotainment system, and drivers can opt for the 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit to turn the gauge cluster into one massive screen. Materials and appointments mirror the quality stuff already present in the Q5 and the options list lets buyers run wild with premium goods, such as a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The typical suite of driver-assist systems are on board, too, but you'll need to cough up extra for adaptive cruise control.

If the Q5 Sportback is a little too vanilla for you, the SQ5 Sportback is Audi's remedy. It mirrors the SQ5 in its performance credentials, with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine pumping out 349 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. If it's gusto you need, the SQ5 is the sporting choice, indeed. Adaptive dampers are standard, and buyers can drop in an air suspension for the performance SUV to adjust ride height and more. Price of entry is $57,195 and costs climb to $65,795 for a fully loaded SQ5 Sportback.

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Rocket Lab begins 2021 with mission dubbed Another One Leaves the Crust – CNET

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A Rocket Lab Electron rocket awaits liftoff in New Zealand.

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Rocket Lab, one of the spunkiest newcomers to the commercial space game, says it's ready for its first mission of 2021.

The startup, with facilities in the US and New Zealand, will launch one of its Electron rockets to orbit as early as Friday night, Pacific Time. The mission is the 18th for Rocket Lab and has been named Another One Leaves the Crust.   

The payload being lifted from the company's New Zealand launch pad to space is a microsatellite for OHB Group, a German company focused on aerospace, aviation and defense.

This'll be a pretty routine launch for Rocket Lab, which has managed to carve out a niche providing launch services for smaller satellites, compared with companies like SpaceX and United Launch Alliance with their bigger rockets.

The kiwi company has some interesting plans in the works though, including a goal of eventually reusing its rocket boosters by catching them in midair with the assistance of parachutes and a helicopter.

Another One Leaves the Crust has a seven-minute launch window from 11:38 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. PT on Friday, with two weeks worth of backup launch days for leaving the crust. We'll embed the launch livestream here as soon as it becomes available.

Follow CNET's 2021 Space Calendar to stay up to date with all the latest space news this year. You can even add it to your own Google Calendar.  

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Marvel Cinematic Universe postcredits scenes ranked as WandaVision hits Disney Plus – CNET

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Spider-Man: Far From Home exploded into our rankings.

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After a quiet year and a half for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's returned with WandaVision. The first two Easter egg-filled episodes hit Disney Plus on Friday, with weekly drops until March. It's highly likely we'll get a postcredits scene in the finale too, so let's take a look at the MCU's teasers, from 2008's Iron Man to 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Like the movies they're attached to, these stingers vary wildly in quality. Some add to the overall MCU tapestry, others leave you wishing you could get back the time you wasted (at least you can skip the credits if you're watching on Disney's streaming service). 

If you just want to watch all of them in order by movie air date, Marvel has helpfully threaded all of them up to Captain Marvel on Twitter (and we've included the top 5 for you to watch down below).

We've ranked the postcredits scenes based on how shocking, important or delightful they are, but keep in mind this isn't ranking the movies themselves -- we've done that elsewhere. Prepare yourself for a stroll down postcredits memory lane and be warned: massive MCU spoilers follow!

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Midcredits: Former Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shows daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) a prototype Wasp suit, hinting that Hope will carry on the legacy of her lost mom, Janet.

Postcredits: We jump to Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) with a captive Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). On the face of it, this is completely out of left field -- it's a scene from the middle of Captain America: Civil War referencing Falcon's encounter with Ant-Man.

Verdict: Poor. The scene with the Wasp costume is an obvious callback to the comic books and a setup for the movie's sequel, which is fine.

The Falcon/Cap/Bucky scene, on the other hand, makes no sense in isolation and puts the movie's stinger at the bottom of this list -- it feels like someone forgot to think of a postcredits scene and tacked this on at the end without a second thought. Also, Bucky is a postcredits regular, as you'll soon see.

Postcredits: Superspy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) approaches Cap, who's clearly a little frustrated after being asleep for nearly 70 years and waking up in the present day, with a mission to save the world.

Verdict: Lame. The scene where Cap wakes up in a fake hospital and runs out into modern-day Times Square would've been a much stronger stinger, but it was probably too important to leave until after the credits. Instead, we get an overly vague hint at a big mission from Fury.

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Iron Man 3 takes Tony out of the armor, but its postcredits scene is a bit disappointing.

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Postcredits: We find out that Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was recounting the events of the movie to the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who fell asleep right as the story began.

Verdict: A cute scene between Downey and Ruffalo, but it adds nothing to the overall plot.

Postcredits: You probably forgot about this one. Stark approaches General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) as he drowns his sorrows in a bar after unleashing a beast that leveled a chunk of Harlem and still failing to capture the Hulk.

Stark knows about Ross' "unusual problem" (a subplot that's expanded in 2011's The Consultant one-shot, from back when Marvel Studios did those) and reveals that "we're putting a team together."

Verdict: OK. This doesn't add much to the Fury scene in Iron Man (which came out a few months earlier), but the Downey cameo is cool, and it's our first direct connection between movies. Linking it to a one-shot that few people actually saw wasn't a great move though.

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The midcredits scene in Thor: The Dark World introduced us to the Collector.

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Midcredits: Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) hand over the dark-matter-creating Aether to the Collector (Benicio del Toro). The Aether is really the Reality Stone, one of the Infinity Stones that big bad Thanos is gathering.

"One down, five to go," says the bleach-blond Collector, implying he's trying to gather all the stones.

Postcredits: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Earth and reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) -- who was apparently just sitting around pining for him -- then cuts to one of the monsters summoned during the final battle running around London.

Verdict: Mixed. The scene with the Collector adds another piece of the MCU puzzle, but the reunion's a bit limp and doesn't serve Jane's character at all. It's also her last appearance in the MCU to date -- she was written out in a throwaway fashion in Thor: Ragnarok.

Midcredits: Thanos (Josh Brolin) has had enough of his lame underlings' failure and puts on the Infinity Gauntlet: "Fine, I'll do it myself."

Verdict: Seeing the MCU's big baddie and the fancy glove he'll wear when he gathers the Infinity Stones is cool, but the scene feels like a bit of an afterthought.

Midcredits: A sapling Groot (Vin Diesel) dances to the Jackson Five's I Want You Back, while an unaware Drax (Dave Bautista) cleans his knife in the background.

Postcredits: The Collector sits in his ruined lair after the destruction caused by the Power Stone (another Infinity Stone). He gets a friendly lick from Cosmo the Spacedog, much to the disgust of Howard the Duck (Seth Green).

Verdict: A decent song and cameos from obscure Marvel characters… nah. One for the hard-core only.

Midcredits: Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym are on a rooftop, helping Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he explores the Quantum Realm. The trio disintegrate, seemingly leaving Scott stranded.

Postcredits: As an emergency broadcast plays on the TV in Scott's house, his massive pet ant plays the drums.

Verdict: Pretty good. It's cool to see the wider MCU impact of Thanos' snap, but the ant/drum scene probably isn't worth sticking around for.

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We get a Stan Lee cameo in the postcredits scene of the second Guardians of the Galaxy.

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This one goes a little nuts clearing up plot threads after the credits role.

Deep breath… Kraglin (Sean Gunn) tries to master the late Yondu's telekinetic arrow, Ravager boss Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) reunites with his ex-teammates, Sovereign leader Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) announces her plan to destroy the Guardians with new creation "Adam," Groot has grown into an obnoxious teenager and the Watchers abandon their informant (Stan Lee) on the moon.

Verdict: It's a lot, but it kinda suits this movie's tone. The most important aspect is "Adam," which hints at Adam Warlock, an android who plays a massive role in the comics' Infinity Gauntlet storyline and may enter the MCU's cosmic side in the future.

Midcredits: Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) chats with Thor about the "family drama" we'd see in Thor: Ragnarok the following year, in a scene we'd see again in that movie (with a few minor differences). 

Postcredits: We revisit the disillusioned Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). He visits Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), who used magic to regain the use of his legs, and steals his energy because there are "too many sorcerers" in the world.

Verdict: Pretty good. The midcredits scene is repeated in Thor: Ragnarok, but it hints at Strange's further adventures, and the postcredits one offers a strong potential sequel villain.

Midcredits: We got our first glimpse of Thanos (here played by Damion Poitier) as one of his minions reveals humanity isn't to be taken lightly after the Avengers defeated their attempt to invade Earth. Thanos' smile hints at a bigger plan.

Postcredits: The Avengers eating together silently in a shawarma restaurant.

Verdict: A mixed hint of things. The first scene offers a look at a plot thread that'd weave its way right up to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, and the second showed us that some of these extra scenes were basically trolling audience members who stayed too long (even though it called back to a line from earlier in the movie).

Fun fact: Cap is covering his face with his hand in the shawarma scene because it was shot long after the rest of the movie and Chris Evans had grown a beard for Snowpiercer. Since Cap didn't have any facial fuzz in Avengers, Evans wore a "horrific" prosthetic piece to hide it.

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Loki shows up in the Thor postcredits scene.

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Postcredits: Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) meets Fury in the depths of the SHIELD facility, where he's shown a glowing cube that may be a source of "unlimited power." We also see that Selvig has been possessed by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), revealed to have survived his conflict with Thor and Odin.

This is our first look at the Tesseract, which plays a big role in Captain America: The First Avenger. Loki steals it in The Avengers and ultimately gives it to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War -- it actually contains the Space Stone, an Infinity Stone that basically lets you teleport and is an essential part of Thanos' plan.

Verdict: This scene isn't wildly exciting on the surface, but the Loki reveal and callback to the Cosmic Cube regularly seen in Marvel Comics are cool.

Postcredits: "Sir, we found it."

SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) drives out to a massive crater in the New Mexico desert, where we glimpse Thor's hammer Mjolnir.

Verdict: Exciting. This one is short and sweet, but seeing that hammer for the first time was wild and directly set up the next MCU movie (Thor).

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Spider-Man: Homecoming gives us a little of more of Adrian Toomes/Vulture in its postcredits scene.

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Midcredits: An imprisoned Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton) runs into Mac Gargan (Michael Mando), who's heard Toomes knows Spidey's identity. Since the wall-crawler saved Toomes' life, he keeps the secret to himself.

Postcredits: Cap appears in another educational video about the value of patience.

Verdict: Middling. The first one is definitely worth it, since it hints that Gargan holds a grudge and may set up Scorpion (a classic Spidey villain) for a future installment. The Cap one just sorta mocks us for sticking around though.

Midcredits: Bucky opts to return to cryo-sleep until Wakanda's scientists can cure his brainwashing, while Cap warns T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) that it's a risk -- Bucky's still a wanted man.

Postcredits: We return to the Queens home of Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he fiddles with the web shooter Stark gave him, revealing the classic Spider-Signal (basically a projection of his logo). 

Verdict: Essential: We get our first glimpse of Wakanda, which looks awesome, and the scene sets up Bucky finally being fixed. The Peter scene isn't quite so important, but more Spidey is always good.

That's Bucky scene No. 2.

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Bucky starts to come out of his brainwashed state in the postcredits scene for Captain America: Winter Soldier.

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Midcredits: After the fall of the Hydra-infested SHIELD, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) examines the scepter Loki used to control minds in The Avengers -- it's actually powered by the Mind Stone -- yet another Infinity Stone.

He also delivers a monologue about the "age of miracles" as he looks at the rest of the subjects he's given superpowers to with the scepter -- Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Postcredits: A recovering-from-brainwashing Bucky visits a memorial to his heroic deeds during World War 2.

Verdict: Fascinating. It's a bit talky, but seeing the Maximoffs (a pair associated with the X-Men more than the Avengers in comics) is pretty darn exciting. This scene could also gain new significance as WandaVision plays out.

It's awkward that von Strucker calls them "miracles" rather than "mutants" -- this was when Fox had the X-Men rights and the Marvel-owning Disney couldn't use those characters. That changed when Disney bought Fox in 2018, so we can expect to see mutants make their MCU debut soon-ish.  

The Bucky scene doesn't feel essential, but it's nice to confirm he's recovering his memories and it's the third time he's shown up in one of these.

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Thanos wins in Avengers: Infinity War, but the postcredits scene offers some hope.

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Postcredits: Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Fury witness a car crash caused by people disintegrating after Thanos' snap. Seeing Hill vanish, Fury manages to activate a mysterious pager before disappearing himself.

A gold star appears on the pager's screen, along with some red and blue.

Verdict: So good. This one shows the fates of a pair of beloved secondary characters and offers our first MCU hint of Captain Marvel.

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We get a hint of what happened to Grandmaster (center) in the Thor: Ragnarok postcredits scene.

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Midcredits: Thor and Loki discuss the plan to return to Earth and how "everything's gonna work out fine" just as the shadow of a massive ship eclipses their own.

Postcredits: Secondary villain Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) leaves his hidey-hole and finds himself surrounded by his former subjects, who revolted against him.

Verdict: Great. The former leads directly into Avengers: Infinity War (it's Thanos' ship) and the latter hints at a dark fate for the movie's lovable jerk.

Midcredits: Jumping from the '90s to post-Avengers: Infinity War, the heroes who've survived Thanos' snap try to figure out Fury's pager. Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) appears and asks, "Where's Fury?"

Postcredits: Back in the '90s, Goose, the Flerken-disguised-as-a-cat, coughs up the Tesseract on Fury's desk, hairball-style.

Verdict: Wonderful. The midcredits scene wasn't in Avengers: Endgame like we thought it'd be, so it got bumped up the list. (It was initially 11.) It provides a vital link between Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, in addition to showing Carol's first meeting with the rest of the heroes.

The Goose scene isn't quite as strong -- we knew she had to spit out the Tesseract eventually. However, kudos for getting echoes of Fury into both scenes without actually having him show up. He's truly an international man of mystery.

Midcredits: T'Challa tells the United Nations he's ending Wakanda's isolationist policies and sharing its wildly advanced technological resources with the world.

Postcredits: Bucky, apparently recovered from his brainwashing, emerges from a hut in one of Wakanda's more traditional villages, and Shuri (Letitia Wright) prepares to teach him about the country.

Verdict: Excellent. The UN scene hints at Wakanda's wider MCU role, while the Bucky one continues a plot thread from Captain America: Civil War without interrupting the main narrative. Also, we're up to Bucky appearance No. 4.

Postcredits: This is the one you probably walked out on during your initial viewing, since Iron Man was the first MCU movie and we didn't know postcredits scenes were going to be a thing in every single one.

In the wake of publicly revealing that he's Iron Man, Tony arrives home to find his security system subverted and Fury waiting. The SHIELD director reveals that Stark isn't the only superhero in the world and that he wants to chat about the Avenger Initiative.

"Mr. Stark, you've become part of bigger universe. You just don't know it yet."

Verdict: The original and still the best. This is pretty phenomenal because Fury essentially gives birth to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in that moment, putting us on a roller coaster that's lasted 11 years.

Bonus points for casting Jackson, who inspired Fury's look in Marvel's Ultimate line of comics in 2001.

Midcredits: After defeating Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in London, Spidey takes MJ (Zendaya) on a triumphant swing around Manhattan. Their budding relationship is interrupted by a broadcast from Daily Bugle host J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), who plays a video framing Spidey for Mysterio's murder and reveals to the world that Peter is Spidey.

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Postcredits: The Fury and Hill we've been following for this whole movie are revealed to be shapeshifting Skrulls Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Soren (Sharon Blynn), while the real Fury was relaxing in a virtual reality chamber on a Skrull ship.

Verdict: Wild. The midcredits scene reintroduces a beloved character (from Sam Raimi's '00s Spider-Man trilogy) and completely changes Peter's life, while the rest reframes much of Far From Home.

Postcredits: The initial release just had the clanking sound of Tony constructing his armor in the first Iron Man.

About two months later, Marvel Studios rereleased the movie with a nice tribute to late Marvel legend Stan Lee and a deleted scene featuring the Hulk.

Verdict: The clanking is kinda cool, but hardly worth sticking around for (especially if you need to use the bathroom). And the bits in the rerelease are nice, but not really worth rushing back to the theater for.

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Mazda’s Skyactiv-D diesel engine is officially dead in the US – Roadshow

The Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D is an extremely rare car in the US.

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It's been nearly a decade since Mazda first confirmed it would offer its Skyactiv-D diesel engine in the US, and both the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan were on deck to get this torquey power plant. But after numerous delays and poor initial sales and reception, Mazda confirms it is officially pulling the plug on its diesel plans in the US, once and for all.

"After evaluating consumer demand, Mazda will no longer offer the Skyactiv-D diesel engine in the US market," a company spokesperson told Roadshow on Thursday. Mazda will continue to offer the diesel engine in other global markets, however.

The news comes as no surprise. We've been keeping tabs on Mazda's consumer site, where, for more than a year, the 2019 CX-5 Skyactiv-D was listed as a new model and the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D could be found in the Future Vehicles section. Go to the website today, and you won't find either car.

The Skyactiv-D engine has been dead in the water for a while now, and honestly, the whole thing's been quite a saga. Mazda first confirmed it would offer a diesel-powered Mazda6 in the US in late 2012, when the then-new 2014 Mazda6 made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. News about the CX-5 came a couple years later, though it didn't go on sale until 2019. The Mazda6? It never showed up.

Honestly, we can't really blame Mazda for the diesel's demise. The 2019 CX-5 Skyactiv-D cost around $42,000 to start, making it the most expensive version of that crossover. And while it was pretty nice to drive, its fuel economy ratings of 28 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined weren't all that great. Factor in the higher cost of diesel and remember that this alternative fuel source has a bad reputation in America and it all starts to make sense. Neat as it was, the Skyactiv-D never really had a chance.

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New Pokemon Snap hits Nintendo Switch on April 30, gets fresh trailer – CNET

Budding Pokemon photographers better get ready, since New Pokemon Snap is coming to Nintendo Switch on April 30. The release date was revealed on Thursday, along with a trailer showing the game's Lental region.

The game, which was announced last summer, will include more than 200 Pokemon species from the series eight generations, and Professor Mirror will judge your photography skills as you travel through the region. There's also some kind of plot involving the Illumina phenomenon, which makes some Pokemon and vegetation glow.

It's been 21 years since the original Pokemon Snap came out on N64, and the sequel is arriving on the franchise's 25th anniversary. The Pokemon Company hinted on Wednesday that it'll be celebrating the milestone throughout 2021.

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CES 2021 showcases masks, sensors and other tech to help fight COVID-19 – CNET

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Tech companies offer air purifiers, disinfectant and more.

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This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended lives around the world over the past year, forcing changes in how we live, work and even eat. At the annual CES show this week, tech companies are discussing a variety of ways to fight back against COVID-19 through masks, disinfectants, air purifiers and touchless technology.

The companies understand that no one technology can win the battle against the virus, which is why many of them are positioned as part of the new normal that life's turning into. One such company, Plott, built a doorbell called the Ettie that can take people's temperature before they're allowed inside. Another, Alarm.com, created a Touchless Video Doorbell in an effort to cut down on transmission of bacteria and viruses that we otherwise often leave on places we touch.

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It's "another way we can stay vigilant and protect one another," Alarm.com said.

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The BioButton, by BioIntelliSense, pitched as FDA-cleared, wearable for up to 90 days and the size of a silver dollar.

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There are robots that radiate ultraviolet light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas in a corporate office, retail store or restaurant. There are sensors that stick to your body to detect flulike symptoms with near-hospital-grade accuracy. And there's a mask that has a built-in microphone so you can still take a call and be easily heard when you keep your mask on. Its name, appropriately, is MaskFone. "The MaskFone is a daily essential that protects you and anyone you cross paths with from harmful bacteria, viruses and pollution."

These new coronavirus-fighting products are just the latest way tech is becoming a key part of modern life. Over the past year, countries around the world have instituted health lockdowns, pushed workers to telecommute and asked families in different households to stay apart. As many people have followed those guidelines, they've turned to videoconferencing, social networking and messaging apps to help stay in touch. 

They've used phones powered by Apple and Google software to help warn one another when they may have been exposed to the virus. And governments have created websites to help people avoid getting sick and identify when they might be.

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You don't ring an Alarm.com doorbell. You stand on a welcome mat.

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Many tech companies see this moment as an opportunity to prove their value, despite years of privacy and political scandals that have hurt their reputations and eroded trust among their customers.

Armed with more power and cash than almost any industry in history, the tech industry says it sees a calling to help.

"Our mission is to create products that play a meaningful role in people's lives," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at one of the company's livestreamed presentations in November. For 2021, he proclaimed Apple will do even more.

It's important to keep in mind, however, that new products shown at CES are often still in their development stage. Health products in particular may not have independent studies to back up their claims. 

Still, these new products do offer a look at what's to come and what might help make life a little easier during this crisis.

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AirPop's Active+ mixes breathing sensors with air quality data.

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While the MaskFone offers practicality for working people, there are other mask technologies built around health too.

One such mask is the AirPop Active+, a smart mask that comes with a sensor that tracks your breathing and mixes it with local air quality data to identify when you need to replace your filter. AirPop, the company behind the mask, said its masks will be offered this month for $150.

Another, Amazfit, built a transparent-disinfecting mask that claims to clean its filters with built in UV lights within 10 minutes.

Perhaps the flashiest mask on the show floor came from gaming computer and accessories maker Razer. That company announced Project Hazel, a transparent mask with a built-in microphone, lights and speaker that help people to more easily see and hear you when you talk.

It has other flourishes like silicon edges to help create an airtight seal and a sterilization case. Razer didn't say when it'd become available. 

If standard filtration isn't enough for you, LG can put an air purifier on your face. The PuriCare Mask has a built-in HEPA filter, fans to move air and sensors too. It's battery operated, lasts up to eight hours and takes about two hours to charge over USB-C. 

The device also comes with a case that sanitizes the mask with UV lights in 30 minutes. So far, it's only sold in Asia and the Middle East, and LG hasn't said when the mask will hit US markets or how much it'll cost when it does.

In the air

Another way tech companies think they can help fight coronavirus is through air filtration. The Luft Duo, for example, is a battery-powered air purifier that claims to clean the air around you. It does that with a combination of disposable HEPA filters and UV light. It's about the size of a bobble head for your car dashboard.

Another, CleanAirZone, built an air filter that uses "natural biotics and enzymes derived from nature," rather than traditional filters. Whether that actually does anything meaningful is yet to be seen.

Meanwhile, Airthings built a sensor called Wave Plus, which tracks carbon dioxide levels, humidity and temperature, which could help identify how much more likely may be to transmit the virus. The Wave Plus is built for offices while the smaller Wave Mini is meant for in-home use.

All these technologies aren't enough of a defense on their own though. The Environmental Protection Agency said they can't protect you from COVID-19 on their own. It says people need to use it in addition to "other best practices recommended by CDC and others."

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LG says the UV light will automatically sanitize your drinking water.

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Robots and masks built with UV light as a disinfectant. There are refrigerators too, which use UV light to disinfect your water as it's being dispensed. 

That's the idea behind LG's line of InstaView refrigerators, which -- as their name suggests -- have a semi-transparent glass window on the door that lights up when you knock twice on the glass. And the new models being announced during CES got a couple COVID-19 upgrades

Aside from the UV light sanitizer, the fridge also has a microphone and speaker now, so you can say "open the fridge door," and it'll do just that. LG hasn't said how much they'll cost, but previous premium LG fridges have gone for up to $4,000.

Companies are offering UV light products for cars too. Automotive supplier GHSP announced a Grenlite UV system for everyday cars. It's already used in emergency service vehicles, mass transit and commercial vehicles.

"GHSP's Grenlite system seeks to provide drivers with greater peace of mind that their car is safe and germ free," GHSP said in a statement.

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Ok, maybe not exactly like a Jedi. Yet.

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Pandemic tech's already reached our face, our phones, our food and our air -- it was only a matter of time before it'd show up in our bathrooms too.

Kohler built a toilet that flushes with the wave of a hand, for example. You can live out your pandemic-fighting Jedi dreams for up to $1,000 starting in March.

The company also has a $3,100 toilet with a few extra features, including auto opening and closing, a remote control, and a fancy bidet.

We'll be on the lookout for more COVID-19 fighting tech throughout the week. So stay tuned to CNET for any more CES news

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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The Local Politics of Airbnb’s Ban on DC Rentals

On January 9—three days after supporters of President Trump started a riot at the US Capitol—Sean Evans decided it was time for action. Evans had seen a post on Nextdoor about neighbors running into hostile Trump supporters the night of the riot, leading to a verbal altercation that had left residents of his corner of Northwest DC on edge. Now, rumors flew online that the upcoming inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden would bring more protesters and more armed violence to the streets of his city. “I don’t want them in my neighborhood,” Evans thought to himself. In fact, he didn’t want insurrectionists in the city at all.

So on Nextdoor, Evans asked his neighbors to stop renting out their properties via Airbnb and VRBO. A few hours later, another neighbor devised a hashtag: #DontRentDC.

Separately, a group called ShutDownDC gathered 500 volunteers to message DC area Airbnb hosts. The group sent messages to the managers of 3,400 properties in the region—polite ones, according to ShutDownDC organizer Alex Dodd. The messages alerted the Airbnb hosts to an upcoming threat and asked them to please refrain from booking anyone in their homes in the days surrounding the inauguration.

It worked. On Wednesday, Airbnb said it would cancel and block all Washington area reservations next week. Guests who had booked reservations would be refunded; if hosts had reservations or had canceled them recently, they would be reimbursed for the lost income. Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said the company “came to this decision following dialog with Washington, DC, officials, the Metro police department, and members of Congress.” (Earlier in the week, DC’s mayor had asked people not to travel to the inauguration; many customary inaugural events will happen online.)

For Airbnb, the incident is a reminder that all its politics is local. The company, now publicly traded with a value of more than $100 billion, has made its reputation on selling visitors on neighborhood authenticity. But its business model has at times made it a lightning rod for local affairs, and left it scrambling to solve social ills. Airbnb has battled with local governments to allow short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. It has tussled with local officials over taxes and data sharing. It has reshaped the economies of tiny vacation towns. It has tried to prevent big parties in rentals, which have sometimes led to violence. More recently, it has met with the ire of neighbors who don’t want virus-stricken out-of-towners filling up their overloaded ICUs.

In DC this month, residents first tried to respond to insurrectionist violence themselves. Evans, the NextDoor organizer, believed it was easier that way. “I thought it would probably be more difficult for me to get Airbnb management to look at any email we sent them. So I thought, ‘Let’s try to do this from the ground up and contact neighbors within our vicinity.’” Most property owners he contacted were nice about it, he says. Some didn’t know about the security threats surrounding the inauguration. Others asked, Why don’t you get in touch with Airbnb about this?

On the other side of the equation, some Airbnb hosts were frustrated by the company’s inaction in the days immediately following the insurrection. They had received messages from neighbors; they wanted to help. But they also didn’t want to lose income during a recession. On Monday, Airbnb released a Capitol Safety Plan outlining additional reviews and booking requirements for guests in the DC area. Beyond that, renters were left to decide about letting out their properties themselves.

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The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now

In many ways, CES 2021 was different than any we on the Gear team have attended before. Instead of running around Las Vegas poking all the things and becoming seriously dehydrated, we sat at home and watched briefing after briefing on Zoom. But CES is still the festival of spending money. It’s designed to invoke your most primal desires—whether that’s for an exquisite gaming chair, an affordable laptop, or just a machine to squirt out single servings of delicious fro-yo. These are our favorite things exhibited at CES that you can buy right now to scratch that itch.

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Phones, Headphones, and Accessories

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  • Moft Snap-On Stand for $30: I want this. This snap-on stand holds your iPhone in portrait, landscape, or “floating” mode and has space to hold three cards. We also included it in our guide to the best accessories for the iPhone 12.
  • Moto G Play for $170: Motorola refreshed its budget phone lineup, which we liked a lot. The updates are pretty minor, but the price is still low. For a more in-depth look, check out our guide to the best cheap phones.
  • Typewise (free): This small, helpful app is the first product from a company that’s working on a 100-percent private “next word prediction engine.” The distinctive honeycomb keyboard claims to reduce typos by up to 80 percent.
  • MaskFone for $50: If you’re wearing a mask in public and taking calls, you may need a (possibly overengineered) mask with an N95 filter, a built-in microphone, and attached earbuds. Or, you know, maybe not. Check out our guide to our favorite masks if you want a few more possibilities.
  • V-Moda M-200 ANC for $500: We didn’t get a chance to try these pricey headphones in person, but V-Moda has never let us down before. We’re expecting this new model from the design-forward company to be one of the year’s best noise-canceling headphones.
  • JBL Reflect Mini NWC TWS Earbuds for $150: JBL’s latest workout buds have a reflective strip for people who like being outdoors at night or at dusk. They’re also noise-canceling and have IPX7 water-resistance rating. We didn’t get a chance to try these either, but we’ve liked other JBL buds.

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