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Is Apple crazy? An in-depth analysis of the mythical Apple Car

Is Apple crazy? An in-depth analysis of the mythical Apple Car

By on March 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

If there’s any truth to the old adage, “when there’s smoke there’s fire,” it’s becoming increasingly hard, if not downright impossible, to ignore the growing number of news reports and rumors suggesting that Apple is developing an electric car.

In the span of just about two weeks, the notion that Apple is working on an electric car went from crazy unsubstantiated rumor to a claim bolstered and corroborated by venerable publications like the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, for instance, relayed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has already approved the formation of a 1,000 strong car development team.

Adding even more specificity into the mix, Bloomberg recently reported that Apple is aiming to have production kick off by 2020. What’s more, Apple has already begun assembling an impressive team of folks with deep and broad expertise in automotive development. More →

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Best Uber Driver Ever

Finally: A happy story about an Uber driver

By on March 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Finally: A happy story about an Uber driver

It seems like every time we see headlines about Uber drivers, it’s about them allegedly ripping off customers, committing sexual assault or crashing into cop cars and then getting busted for having drugs in the glove box. But we should remember there are plenty of honest and decent Uber drivers out there who shouldn’t be tarnished by the actions of a few high-profile criminals. Business Insider brings us an example of one such Uber driver who returned a passenger’s driver’s license, credit card and other important items after she left them in the car. More →

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Best Of Geneva Motor Show

The 12 most insane new cars from the Geneva Motor Show

By on March 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM.

The 12 most insane new cars from the Geneva Motor Show

There are plenty of auto shows around the world each year, and each of the big ones has generally developed a unique reputation as far as what car fans should expect. In the case of the annual Geneva Motor Show, people expect to be blown away by exotic cars that most people will likely never even see in person, let alone own.

This year, the Geneva show did not disappoint. There are tons of sleek and sexy cars to salivate over, so narrowing the list down to a handful of particularly drool-worthy cars is an absolute necessity. More →

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Meet the one auto CEO who’s excited by the rumored Apple Car

By on March 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM.

Meet the one auto CEO who’s excited by the rumored Apple Car

With mounting evidence that Apple is at the very least exploring the possibility of developing a car, we’ve seen the expected influx of comments from auto industry veterans skeptical of Apple’s plans.  A few weeks ago, for example, former GM CEO Dan Akersson cautioned Apple that they have no idea what they’re getting into. Shortly thereafter, Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche essentially laughed off the notion that an Apple Car might pose any sort of competitive threat.

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Amazing Tesla Model S easter egg: Here’s what happens when you type ‘007’

By on February 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Amazing Tesla Model S easter egg: Here’s what happens when you type ‘007’

A recently discovered easter egg in the Tesla Model S might very well be the coolest easter egg ever discovered. Though easter eggs (code for a hidden message or inside joke embedded in software) are typically found in PC-based programs, that didn’t stop Tesla from joining in on the fun in an incredibly awesome way.

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Jony Ive Elon Musk Oscars Party

Apple’s Jony Ive and Tesla’s Elon Musk reportedly ‘inseparable’ at Oscars party

By on February 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Apple’s Jony Ive and Tesla’s Elon Musk reportedly ‘inseparable’ at Oscars party

With no shortage of reports claiming that Apple has grand plans to develop an electric car, a number of folks have naturally wondered why Apple doesn’t just buy Tesla. Tesla, after all, is largely viewed as the Apple of the auto industry and already sells what many consider to be the best car on the market. What’s more, Tesla has already paid for and owns much of the costly infrastructure associated with car production.

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Mercedes Benz CEO Apple Car

Mercedes-Benz is the latest car company to laugh at Apple’s auto ambitions

By on February 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Mercedes-Benz is the latest car company to laugh at Apple’s auto ambitions

Despite a bevy of rumors suggesting that Apple has plans to enter the car business, established automakers aren’t exactly breaking a sweat. Indeed, given the vast complexities involved in developing a full fledged car and seeing it all the way through the manufacturing and production process, one has to imagine that some of the more established brands in the car industry find the onslaught of Apple car rumors downright hilarious. More →

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Elon Musk reveals how much Apple is offering Tesla employees to jump ship

By on February 24, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Elon Musk reveals how much Apple is offering Tesla employees to jump ship

One seriously overlooked detail from last week’s big Bloomberg report on Apple’s car project was that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed just how far Apple is willing to go to bring his best workers over to Cupertino. In fact, Musk actually told Bloomberg that Apple is “offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases” for jumping ship. More →

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Toyota Apple CarPlay Support

Don’t expect new Toyotas to come with Apple CarPlay support anytime soon

By on February 23, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Don’t expect new Toyotas to come with Apple CarPlay support anytime soon

Though CarPlay was originally introduced at WWDC 2013, Apple’s iOS based infotainment system hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm. This is partially due to the fact that the auto industry tends to move at a snail’s pace relative to the tech industry.  Compounding matters is the fact that some companies aren’t exactly sold on CarPlay in the first place.

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Apple Car Launch Date

Bloomberg: The Apple Car is real, and Apple wants to launch it by 2020

By on February 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM.

Bloomberg: The Apple Car is real, and Apple wants to launch it by 2020

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… and this fire could set an entire industry ablaze. The Wall Street Journal reported it, Reuters reported it, Financial Times reported it and now Bloomberg is getting in on the action. The news organization on Thursday night issued a report stating that Apple is indeed working on building its own car and it hopes to release the vehicle by 2020.

Maybe. More →

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Apple Car Prototype Photos

High-resolution photos show the gear atop Apple’s mystery van

By on February 19, 2015 at 3:15 PM.

High-resolution photos show the gear atop Apple’s mystery van

Less than a week ago, we were unconvinced by the rumors of Apple developing its own car, but it’s impossible to ignore the mounting evidence.

We’ve already seen two videos of the Apple car prototype in action, taking the form of an unassuming minivan with some incredibly conspicuous roof-mounted machinery, and now AppleInsider has received high-resolution photos from one of its readers that managed to get up close and personal with the car. More →

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Apple Car Rumors

A closer look at the team working on Apple’s rumored car project

By on February 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

A closer look at the team working on Apple’s rumored car project

Whether or not you believe Apple has plans to enter the car business, it’s getting increasingly hard to ignore the vast number of notable auto-related hires the company has made in recent months. Indeed, we recently reported that Apple now finds itself subject to a lawsuit for poaching 5 Ph.D scientists from A123 Systems, a company specializing in advanced car battery technologies.

And just last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple recently hired Johann Jungwirth, the former CEO and President of Mercedes-Benz’s Research and Development wing. What’s more, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple now has hundreds of employees working on an electric car initiative. More →

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