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Apple Car Rumors

What Apple’s failed HDTV plans tell us about an Apple Car

By on May 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

What Apple’s failed HDTV plans tell us about an Apple Car

For anyone who thinks that Apple releasing a car is all but a sure thing, the lessons from Apple’s now-abandoned efforts at developing an HDTV should not be ignored. The Wall Street Journal this week detailed how Apple spent nearly a decade researching and prototyping HDTV sets before opting to abandon the idea altogether. While Apple could have undoubtedly released a branded HDTV if it wanted to, it decided not to after struggling to come up with compelling features that would have differentiated its own HDTV from rival sets.

The arc of this story is not wholly surprising or even unique; Apple spent a few years and a whole lot of money researching a product before realizing it wasn’t worth pursuing. As Steve Jobs once said, ” I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

And yet, people still seem to be looking at the mythical Apple Car as all but a sure thing, all the while ignoring the fact that Apple constantly researches new technologies and products that, more often than not, never see the light of day.

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Audi Sport Racing Bike $20,000

This incredible Audi bicycle weighs under 13 pounds… and it costs $20,000

By on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

This incredible Audi bicycle weighs under 13 pounds… and it costs $20,000

Audi doesn’t just make cars — it also toys around with experimental bicycles as well. Per The Wall Street Journal, Audi has unveiled a new bicycle called the Audi Sport Racing Bike that is incredibly light and weighs only 5.8 kilograms, or around 12.75 pounds. However, this light bike also comes with a hefty price tag of nearly $20,000. More →

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Tesla Sales Texas

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:56 PM.

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

Despite Tesla’s best efforts, the Texas legislature this week opted not to pass a bill which would have allowed the electric automaker to sell cars directly to consumers. Instead, if Tesla wants to sell its highly revered vehciles in the lone star state, it looks like it’s going to have to do it through local franchise dealers, something the company has no intention of doing.

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Apple Car Rumors Electric Battery

New evidence emerges that suggests Apple is indeed building an electric car

By on May 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM.

New evidence emerges that suggests Apple is indeed building an electric car

Many reports have claimed that Apple is working on a brand new type of product: An electric car that may also include self-driving features. Obviously, the company has not confirmed anything at this point. However, a lawsuit Apple is looking to settle might actually confirm that Apple is indeed working on a car of its own. More →

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Google Self-Driving Cars Public Testing

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

By on May 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

Google on Friday surprisingly announced that its own self-driving car will soon be ready for public testing. No, you won’t be able to start using one yourself, as Google will only start small public pilot programs in the following years. But the company will use a few prototype vehicles on public roads in and around Mountain View with safety drivers aboard. More →

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Apple Car Battery

Apple settles lawsuit over poaching

By on May 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Apple settles lawsuit over poaching

This past February, Apple poached a number of high-profile battery engineers from a company called A123 Systems. What made the story so interesting is that Apple’s new hires were all Ph.D scientists involved in cutting edge and advanced battery research.

Even more intriguing was the fact that A123 Systems specialized in the development of high-performance and efficient lithium batteries for transportation-oriented initiatives. Naturally, many people viewed Apple’s hiring of A123 employees as even more proof that Apple was planning to develop and release a battery-powered car.

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Uber Driving Salary, Costs, Insurance

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

By on May 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

To make $90,000 a year, an UberX driver would have to work “27 hours a day, 365 a year.” That’s what one reporter learned after going undercover as an UberX driver to see whether the company’s income claims could be verified in real life. After 100 rides, she concluded that she would need to work 10 hours per day for six days each week, and take just one week off each year, to make about $30,000 annually before taxes.

That’s a third of what Uber claimed is the median income for UberX drivers in New York City. More →

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

During Tesla’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, Elon Musk finally disclosed when Tesla plans to begin production of the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, and what it will look like. What’s more, Musk at long last gave us a launch window (read: year) that, we can only hope, won’t be subject to change in the months ahead.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Photos

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

By on April 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM.

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

Guy Kawasaki is a name most people in the tech industry are familiar with, thanks largely to his roles with Apple and his subsequent investments in Pandora and other companies with the venture capital firm he co-founded, Garage Technology Ventures. What you might not know is that Kawasaki is also a big car fanatic, and he often gets access to things most car fans will never enjoy.

Case in point: Kawasaki recently toured Mercedes’ AMG facility where the stunning AMG GT and GT S are built. More →

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Tesla Google

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

By on April 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM.

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

With a share price that’s consistently hovering in the $200 range and an award-winning car, Tesla these days is sitting pretty. But before Tesla began selling Model S cars faster than it could make them, there were a lot of questions surrounding the company’s ability to turn a profit, let alone thrive as a viable entity.

In a bombshell revelation posted by by Bloomberg, and excerpted from the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, we learn that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was extremely close to finalizing a deal to sell the entire company to Google.

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License Plate Funny

The DMV recently declared the license plate ‘370H55V’ to be obscene – can you guess why?

By on April 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

The DMV recently declared the license plate ‘370H55V’ to be obscene – can you guess why?

If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a Lamborghini, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you have carte blanche to come up with any type of vanity license plate your heart desires.

While typical objections to license plate permutations typically focus on overtly offensive words, a Texas man named Safer Hassan recently learned the hard way that even obfuscating an alleged obscenity might leave you with a revoked plate.

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Hyundai Message to Space with Cars

Watch: This has to be the coolest way to send messages to astronauts

By on April 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Watch: This has to be the coolest way to send messages to astronauts

Hyundai has thought of a very cool way to promote its cars — by using them in a heartwarming way that also just so happened to go viral almost instantly. What did Hyundai do? The company sent a message from Earth to a special someone who happens to be orbiting the planet aboard the International Space Station for a living with help of moving cars. More →

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