Also in transpo people and companies trying to prove themselves: Tesla goes off-menu for the $35,000 Model 3, ostensibly to shore up cash and streamline production; another industry insider says, yes, self-driving car hype got ahead of reality; and Audi argues its slightly dispiriting E-tron range numbers matter little compared to its luxury features.
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So when CEO Elon Musk announced in late February that the carmaker would finally start delivering its more affordable Standard and Standard Plus Model 3 options, O’Roak at first ordered a Standard Plus, paying $3,000 extra for the electric carmaker’s semi-automated Autopilot feature.
It’s my own robotic doppelgänger, kind of like the human-piloted, monster-fighting bots of Pacific Rim , only way cheaper. Plus, because Blue is tough, researchers can push it harder than they would a pricier machine that’s more sensitive to the world around it.
WIRED also this week got a look inside Audi’s E-tron factory in Belgium , the world’s first carbon-neutral electric-vehicle plant. Also this week, we wondered about the road ahead for congestion pricing in New York City and got up close with the blood-toting drones flying over North Carolina.
During a February call with reporters, Musk said, “I really have as my top priority this year making service amazing at Tesla.” The company also backtracked last month on a plan to shut down all of its showrooms in an attempt to bring down its vehicle prices.
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Set a lower price, and make it too inexpensive and convenient to drive, and the city will raise lots of money for subways—but not relieve much congestion. Fortunately for New York, a bunch of other cities have used congestion pricing to reduce traffic and raise money for years, with mixed success.
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If there’s anything that’s clear from Apple’s event Monday, it’s that the maker of premium tech products is trying to sell people on its vision for the future of services—a seemingly effortless lifestyle filled with always-accessible media, exclusive video games, and cash-back incentives from a literal titanium credit card.
Grady High School senior Esme Bella Rice photographed the strike in front of the Georgia State Capitol building; and in San Francisco, 18-year-old Ruth Asawa School of the Arts senior Max Buenviaje-Boyd photographed the large march from the Federal Building, through downtown, to Union Square.
The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.
Musk also announced that Tesla is introducing a new version of the car called the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which will feature an upgraded interior, can hit 140 mph and run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and go 240 miles between charging stops.
Los Angeles Metro officials, searching for a way to pay for 28 ambitious transportation projects by the time it hosts the Olympics in 2028, have floated a suite of congestion pricing ideas : charging drivers per miles traveled, or turning carpool lanes to toll lanes, or levying fees on those entering busy neighborhoods during busy times.
Unfortunately, LG's TVs usually hover between $1,500 and $2,000, with the occasional dip in price during major sale events like the Super Bowl and Black Friday.
10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week Smartphone season started early this year. Samsung showed off five new Galaxy phones, including three Galaxy S10 models available for preorder right now.
The standard Galaxy S10 starts at $900 and comes with a new triple rear camera, more RAM, and a slightly larger battery.
Sony After just a couple months on the market, Sony's PlayStation Classic has fallen to a more reasonable price. Retro Fun and Frustration I didn't write a full review of the PlayStation Classic last fall, but I did spend a good amount of time with it.
Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future As much as the Silicon Valley native is disrupting transport, its core business is building and selling cars.
(At the time, my reporting appeared in the business section of a national newspaper, but as should be obvious by now I didn’t have much of a knack for business or dystopian fantasy.) If you think companies like Facebook and Google are about manipulating the public to make money without concern about the damage done to society, then the bitcoin story should be your ur-text.
Elon Musk's company just became the first automaker to lose access to the full $7,500 federal tax credit designed to spur the adoption of electric cars. Tesla sold that magic milestone car in July last year, and got another two quarters of full credit for its buyers.
Facebook wanted to make it clear that researchers shouldn't breach user data in the process of finding problems, but they should submit more nuanced types of data misuse reports whenever it was possible to document these complex interactions safely.Striking this balance is more challenging than it may initially seem, according to Alex Rice, CTO of the bug bounty development organization HackerOne. Rice consulted on Facebook's bug bounty when it launched in 2011, and says he was impressed to see it expand to accept privacy and third-party reports this year.
Starting in January, MoviePass will roll out a new pricing scheme that will allow you to pay as little as $10 or as much as $25 per month for three movie tickets, depending on where you live and how many restrictions you can cope with.If people sign up, MoviePass will finally have a business model that's within shouting distance of survival.
This phone already has Android Pie and should get bimonthly security updates.Our only real complaints were that the camera has a few quirks, it lacks a headphone jack (like many phones), and the snazzy glass-backed design makes this phone more delicate—though it comes with a case in the box.
Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)HotlittlepotatoThe price of bitcoin dropped another 10 percent Tuesday, extending a decline that has sent the virtual currency down 33 percent in the past month and 46 percent in the past year.Boom and bust cycles are par for the course for bitcoin.