Tesla Autopilot Analysis: Why Tesla Needs to Worry

No, the hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot is not blown out of proportion

By on July 15, 2016 at 11:40 AM.

No, the hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot is not blown out of proportion

As someone who has written and negatively spoken at length of  Tesla, you might think it’s a bit odd that I went out and leased one. Except, even for every weakness I saw in Tesla, there were also undeniable strengths and achievements, and I wanted to experience that. With that said, we are now seeing something I have been saying for a while come true — Tesla is moving way too fast for a car company. This isn’t an iPhone, this is a car, and I believe that some of Tesla’s current and future problems are caused by a top down lack of focus and accountability.

I’m not going to make this into something incredibly high level, but instead offer up some specific examples of where Tesla’s lack of manufacturing, engineering, and safety experience puts its drivers at risk.

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WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

Special thanks to Casper for sponsoring this week’s show! Made in the USA, it is an incredible product that starts at just $50.

You can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout.

The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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There’s now an Uber for private jet travel and it’s a game-changer

By on June 15, 2016 at 4:48 PM.

There’s now an Uber for private jet travel and it’s a game-changer

JetSmarter is a brand new private transportation startup that many are calling the Uber of private jets. It is in a sense, but this company’s model is even better. What JetSmarter does so brilliantly is combine three different services into one — free scheduled JetShuttle flights, last-minute JetDeals, and chartered flights — all accessible in a single app. More →

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iOS 10 Photos

iOS 10 walkthrough: First impressions and a whole heap of photos

By on June 13, 2016 at 5:02 PM.

iOS 10 walkthrough: First impressions and a whole heap of photos

Throughout the years, we have seen iOS transform from iPhone OS 1.0, an operating system that changed the world, with no MMS (people actually complained about this, you remember, right?), no copy and paste, no multitasking, no notification drawer, no background apps, and a list of 100 other features that were lacking. Yet it goes to show that a feature checklist isn’t what normal people care about when you have a product that is intuitive, innovative and delightful.

Here we are, now 10 whole years since iOS was first introduced to the world, and Apple has just finished previewing iOS 10. It’s available for developers to download today, so here are some first impressions and thoughts on iOS 10 — what Apple calls the biggest iOS release ever. More →

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Apple Watch Review

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

By on April 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM.

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

As most of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of the Apple Watch. Both the current iteration as well as what it means for the future of interaction and integration with technology into our lives. One of the many reasons that smartwatches have failed so far (Apple Watch not included) is that people don’t want to wear them due to the fact they are utilitarian. They aren’t objects of affection. They aren’t jewelry, a bracelet, a bangle, a mechanical watch.

The Apple Watch solves this problem with an unoffensive design, but more so because of the fact that there are thousands of different combinations when considering case material, color and bands. That doesn’t even include Apple Watch-wearers who put third-party straps on their watches. More →

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iPad Pro Hands On Photos

iPad Pro exclusive hands-on photos

By on October 23, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

iPad Pro exclusive hands-on photos

In the weeks before the iPad Pro is set to go on sale, Apple has been globetrotting, showing the bigger iPad to everyone from graphic designers to artists and musicians. Thanks to my close friend Just Blaze, we’ve obtained some photos of the device from some time he spent with it the other day.  More →

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Tesla Vs Porsche

Tesla is so, so screwed

By on September 15, 2015 at 11:48 AM.

Tesla is so, so screwed

Like with a lot of people, I have flirted with the idea of Tesla. Both as a company and as a potential car. I have built dozens of them on Tesla’s website. I have test-driven the car five times. Each time I drive one, it’s a great experience and it’s still hard to fully process how incredible of a job Tesla has done. From nothing to changing the entire car industry in just under a decade is mind-blowing.

But this theme that I have repeated at practically every chance I get when discussing Tesla keeps running through my mind and it’s an important one — when all the established car makers start going all-electric, what’s Tesla value proposition?

Their brand? Hardly anything other than the current owners of Tesla vehicles. Their technology? Those patents were released into the public domain. Their manufacturing process? You’re joking, right?

So seriously, what is Tesla’s play here as far as cars are concerned? Because I don’t see it. More →

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Apple iPhone 6s Event Live Coverage

Live coverage of Apple’s huge ‘Hey Siri’ event – iPhone 6s, Apple TV, iPad Pro and more

By , , , , , on September 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM.

Live coverage of Apple’s huge ‘Hey Siri’ event – iPhone 6s, Apple TV, iPad Pro and more

Let’s see if you can guess what today is: Jonathan is having heart palpitations, Zach is worried the site is going to come crashing down, Brad is hoping someone will buy him an iPhone 6s for his birthday (which is coming up soon, if anyone wants to surprise him), Jacob is clearing space in is entertainment center for a next-gen Apple TV, Yoni already knows everything that’ll be announced because he has great sources at Apple, and Chris is already prepping his 417th post of the day.

That’s right, it’s time for Apple’s huge”Hey Siri” event. More →

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I’m breaking up with technology today

By on September 8, 2015 at 11:28 AM.

I’m breaking up with technology today

Today is one of those days — one of those exceedingly rare days — where I want to break every single thing I own that has a battery or is plugged into the wall into thousands of pieces. My wireless phone service is screwed up on an account level, my Logitech Harmony remotes aren’t working (when they work, they’re cool, but they should hire new engineers and software developers because it’s an embarrassment to mankind), my 27-inch iMac’s tilt hinge just broke, my home’s SmartThings hub is acting up because I have like 100 devices and automated lights aren’t working, and the list goes on and on. More →

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The BGR Show: Episode 20 – This plane is going down and Hillary can’t save us

By on August 28, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

The BGR Show: Episode 20 – This plane is going down and Hillary can’t save us

Why are we talking politics? Why are we talking about planes? Why are we even recording ourselves talking? Tune in for the biggest and best BGR Show ever with a special guest who’s completely new to the show, Zachary Epstein.

Huge thanks to Casper for sponsoring our show this week! I have been sleeping on a Casper mattress for a couple of months and it’s the best mattress I’ve ever tried. Better than all of my previous foam mattresses, which each cost well over double the price of a Casper.

The best part is Casper mattresses start at $500 and you can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout.

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BGR Show episode 18: Apple, Android Tesla, Alphabet

The BGR Show: Episode 19 – Apple & Android, Tesla & Alphabet

By on August 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

The BGR Show: Episode 19 – Apple & Android, Tesla & Alphabet

We’re back! Thanks for all the emails and tweets. This week Zach & I cover what could be Apple’s most important event ever, rumored to be taking place on September 9th with a boatload of new product announcements. We also discuss Jonathan’s trip to Cape Cod and his ongoing struggle with the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus, and Zach’s complete hatred of Android. Ok fine, I made that last part up. Also someone talks about an Apple Watch!

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The world’s best toothbrush

By on August 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

The world’s best toothbrush

There are toothbrushes, and then there’s Sonicare. It is really that simple. We could spend days arguing about the difference between other electric toothbrushes that cost less, both by Philips and other brands. We could also simply pick one that’s less expensive and does a decent job like some people. But no, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargable sonic toothbrush is literally the best thing I have put in my mouth aside from the sabayon sauce at Per Se. More →

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