All-Electric Mercedes SUV

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

By on June 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM.

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.

According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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Uber Arrive By Guarantee

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

By on June 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

Although uberPOOL might be the most affordable way to reach your destination with Uber, it’s rarely the most expedient. That’s why Uber introduced the “Arrive By” feature for its carpooling service this week, which guarantees that riders will arrive at their destination by the quoted time or receive $2 off their next ride.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays Rewards

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

By on June 6, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free stuff, here’s how to get it

T-Mobile is known for doing things a little differently to other carriers, and its rewards program is much the same. T-Mobile CEO John Legere just announced that the company will give all customers a weekly gift, one share of stock, and free in-flight Wi-Fi.

Life looks pretty good on the Uncarrier train right now.

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Game Changers

Xiaomi US Launch

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

By on June 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM.

Xiaomi certainly wasn’t the first smartphone company to unashamedly copy Apple, but it likely did the most thorough job of it following the company’s launch back in 2010. At one point, the Chinese smartphone startup even had a man in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone on stage as a press conference. The tech media pointed and laughed, but Xiaomi laughed all the way to the bank — the company’s valuation climbed to as high as $46 billion in late 2015, and it has enjoyed faster growth than any other smartphone maker in recent years.

Like Samsung before it, Xiaomi dialed down its blatant copying of Apple’s iPhone line once it began to see commercial success, and its phones now barely resemble the iPhone. Now, it looks like the company is preparing to sell its smartphones in the United States for the first time. More →

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Budget Airlines Pricing

This is how budget airlines are so cheap

By on June 1, 2016 at 2:05 PM.

This is how budget airlines are so cheap

Given that all airlines are in the business of strapping people into seats and transporting them from A to B, I’ve always found it surprising that budget airlines can do the same thing for a third of the price of big carriers, and still make a profit.

How do they make it work? As Wendoverproductions explains in this video, it involves a lot of intelligent (but counter-intuitive) business moves, and only a little screwing over the average passenger.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

The worst-case scenario for Apple’s iPhone 7

The worst-case scenario for Apple’s iPhone 7

By on June 1, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

What if the iPhone 7 is boring? What if everything we’ve heard and seen so far paints a near-complete picture of everything Apple has planned for its next-generation iPhone lineup? This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7, and what if it turns out to be right on the money? Everything we wanted to know about the iPhone 7 might have just leaked, and what if it all ends up being true?

Let’s all step back for a moment and take a look at this horrific, catastrophic, disastrous worst-case scenario. More →

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Volkswagen Dieselgate

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

By on May 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

VW is having some “public relations issues,” a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions. But don’t worry, because VW’s R&D department is all over fixing those pesky emissions.

According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a “multi-billion euro” factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla’s vaunted Gigafactory. The idea, presumably, is to pivot smoothly from being a company known for its low-emissions diesel vehicles, to one known for its zero-emission EVs. Unfortunately, I suspect consumers’ memories last just a little longer than VW thinks.

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Apple India iPhone Plans

Apple won’t be allowed to sell used iPhones in India

By on May 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Apple won’t be allowed to sell used iPhones in India

Apple recently made a commitment to have a presence in India for the “next thousand years.” But the first month isn’t going well — Apple won’t be able to open retail stores straight away, and now, India has rejected its plan to sell low-cost refurbished iPhones.

During a visit to India last month, Tim Cook made it clear that breaking into the country’s phone market was going to be a crucial play for the next decade. But to do so, Apple needed some way of selling devices in a country where the average phone price is around $100.

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Facebook Ads

Facebook will now track you even if you’re not a Facebook user

Facebook will now track you even if you’re not a Facebook user

By on May 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM.

It’s official: there’s nowhere to hide.

Companies like Facebook and Google are happy to offer you their services for free, but free always has a cost on the internet. Advertising pays the bills, and these big companies separate themselves from the pack by serving up ads that are better targeted than other networks. How do they target so well? By tracking you as you make your way across the web and building a profile that helps determine which ads you’re most likely to click.

Some people don’t want to be tracked by Facebook, so they don’t register an account with the site. But thanks to some major changes rolling out now, on one will be able to hide from Facebook tracking. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors iPhone 8

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

By on May 26, 2016 at 11:05 AM.

For a long time, Apple’s secrecy was legendary. The company managed to keep secrets under wraps better than any other consumer electronics company in the world. But the explosive popularity of the iPhone changed everything. Workers at the factories where Apple’s gear is built found out how valuable these leaks can be, and almost nothing is a surprise these days when Apple finally announces something new.

In the past, these leaks have done precious little in terms of a material impact on Apple’s bottom line. This year with the iPhone 7, however, that could change. More →

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