Tesla P100D 0-60

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

By on August 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM.

Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s about as fast as it takes you to even say “P100D.”

The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000.

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Tesla Model S Leasing Plans

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

By on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

Hundreds of thousands of people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3, which means hundreds of thousands of people are currently waiting impatiently for their next car. The two-year wait is a long time to be without new wheels, so Tesla has a new offer that should help pass the time.

For a limited time, the company will offer two-year leases on the Model S and Model X. It’s not explicitly angled at people waiting for a Model 3, but it’s a solid way for buyers who can’t wait two years to get in a Tesla for less than $600 a month.

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Hit List

Samsung Refurbished Smartphone Sales

Samsung will soon sell used flagship phones at deep discounts

By on August 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM.

Samsung will soon sell used flagship phones at deep discounts

For a leading smartphone company like Samsung, the only thing better than getting a customer to purchase a flagship smartphone is getting two different customers to purchase the same flagship smartphone.

As Samsung seeks new ways to boost earnings as the high-end smartphone market becomes a far less reliable source of growth, a new report sheds light on one of the new programs the company plans to implement. Smartphone buyers in the US and other markets continue to flock to newer installment plan options that let them make low monthly payments and trade in their phones each year for new models. Now, it appears as though Samsung is getting ready to launch a new program that will see it refurbish and sell all those used phones. More →

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Hyperloop Speed Experience

The Hyperloop VR app shows how boring the future will be

By on August 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

The Hyperloop VR app shows how boring the future will be

I’ve seen Tomorrowland, so I know that the future is supposed to be full of flying cars and jetpacks. Elon Musk’s version of the future is a little less fanciful — it only involves levitating people through a partial vacuum at hundreds of miles an hour. But if this VR app that lets you try the Hyperloop experience is accurate, Musk’s future won’t be particularly exciting.

To support its Hyperloop pod design bid, the Delft University of Technology had an ad agency make an app that explains how Hyperloop and lets users virtually try out a Hyperloop trip. It’s whatever you call the polar opposite of a wild ride.

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Game Changers

Apple Stock Price

Apple is doomed… but don’t tell the massive funds that just dumped billions into Apple shares

By on August 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Apple is doomed… but don’t tell the massive funds that just dumped billions into Apple shares

Apple is doomed! The iPhone is done! The high-end smartphone market is saturated! No one is upgrading to new handsets anymore! Tim Cook is lost and has no idea what he’s doing!

To glance over recent headlines and themes being tossed around by tech bloggers and many analysts, things are looking pretty bleak for the largest company in the world by market cap. Then, matters were made even worse when Apple caught investors off guard and posted a massive drop-off in iPhone sales during the March quarter this year. Apple’s share price plummeted and doomsday preppers crowed that the end was in sight. Then Apple beat estimates and offered impressive September-quarter guidance when it reported its fiscal third-quarter results in July, and the stock is up nearly 12% since then.

Of course, anytime Apple dips big funds seize the opportunity. More →

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Sprint and T-Mobile's Unlimited Data Plan

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

By on August 19, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Watch Sprint’s CEO try to carefully avoid saying ‘we throttle video’

Yesterday, T-Mobile launched a brand-new set of unlimited* data plans. At right about the same time, Sprint also announced a set of very similar data plans, and claimed that T-Mobile had “basically copied” Sprint’s plans.

Because this is business in the era of Trump, both CEOs then went on a mission to trash-talk each other. This resulted in Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure doing a spot on CNBC where he addressed T-Mobile’s claims. But as part of the segment, Claure also answered questions about the limits on Sprint’s data plans. What you’re about to see is some of the most creative use of technical buzzwords to basically lie that I’ve seen in a while.

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 12

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

By on August 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM.

T-Mobile kills data plans and goes all in on unlimited data

T-Mobile sent notices to the media on Wednesday letting us know that a big announcement was coming on Thursday morning, and the buildup continued all day as T-Mobile executives teased a “big secret” that would be “huge.” T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere have a tendency to make every upcoming announcement sound as though it’s going to be a game-changer, though to the company’s credit, several of its past “Un-carrier” initiatives have indeed been game-changers.

Thursday’s news comes just one day after AT&T announced a shakeup that would see it do away with service overages on its new plans. Not having to worry about overages will be a weight off of many people’s chests, though there is a downside: Instead of being changed for excess data, AT&T will now throttle subscribers to 2G speeds when they’ve hit their data limit in a billing period.

Can T-Mobile top AT&T’s big news from Wednesday? It’s time to find out. More →

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Why Hyperloop Won't Work

Why Hyperloop will never work in the United States

By on August 17, 2016 at 7:49 PM.

Why Hyperloop will never work in the United States

A few years ago, definitely-not-Iron-Man Elon Musk unveiled his concept for the future of transportation: small train cars travelling in a tube with low air pressure and levitated by magnets, which could travel at the speed of planes for a fraction of the cost. Numerous companies are working to make his idea a reality, but for the United States, it’s all going to be in vain.

This video from YouTuber Wendover Productions lays out all the reasons that conventional trains have never caught on as passenger transport in the US. It’s a combination of factors, but as the reasoning is laid out, you realize that basically everything that stops high-speed trains will also make Hyperloop dead on arrival.

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Verizon Bloatware List

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

By on August 17, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system for several reasons. It’s open source, free for smartphone and tablet makers to use, it’s packed full of great features, and so on. But all that freedom comes at a cost for end users. For example, they have to wait months or even years for Android updates that include new features and crucial security fixes. Beyond that, unless they buy unlocked smartphone models directly from the vendor, they also have to deal with all kinds of bloatware that can often cause the user experience to suffer.

Speaking of bloatware, Verizon is one of the worst offenders and now it looks like the company wants to pack even more bloatware onto your next smartphone. More →

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Delta Outage Delays

Delta finally explained how one power outage grounded an entire airline

By on August 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Delta finally explained how one power outage grounded an entire airline

Earlier this week, Delta passengers worldwide were stranded as a computer failure completely screwed up operations. The ensuing chaos provided a good look at how the robots are actually going to kill us, but also raised some good questions: how does one power outage ground an airline, and how fired is the sysadmin?

The Week spoke to Delta’s COO, Giles West, to try and understand what happened to take the entire network offline. It’s a sad story of backups that should’ve worked, knock-on effects, and one seriously expensive outage.

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iPhone Sales 2016

Sinking iPhone sales aren’t just hurting Apple

Sinking iPhone sales aren’t just hurting Apple

By on August 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

The price of Apple shares dropped like a rock earlier this year after the company reported a worse than expected decline in iPhone sales for the March quarter. On year, iPhone units sales plummeted by 10 million iPhones, which inevitably led to doomsday prepping among finicky investors. The tide turned quickly though, and Apple share have since recouped those losses and then some when June-quarter earnings were better than expected.

Of course, iPhone sales are still sinking despite how well the fiscal third quarter was aligned with investor expectations, and Apple isn’t the only company that relies on iPhone sales as its chief moneymaker. More →

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HTC 10 T-Mobile

It’s getting pretty embarrassing to not be Apple and Samsung

By on August 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

It’s getting pretty embarrassing to not be Apple and Samsung

If your company isn’t named Samsung or Apple, the smartphone market is a difficult place to be in the United States. The two companies combine to own more than half of the US smartphone market. More importantly, they pull in just about all of the industry’s profit. LG has done the best job in the recent past of competing with Apple and Samsung in the US, but no other company has managed to build market share that even reaches into the double digits. And the saddest story likely continues to be HTC, which briefly sat atop the US smartphone market at one point but has since struggled to stay afloat thanks to competition from Apple and Samsung at the top, and China-based smartphone makers at the bottom.

HTC has been struggling for years, but the company’s most embarrassing moment wouldn’t come until this week. More →

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