Samsungs Galaxy S9 chips are ready but theres a huge question

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tippedLove Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapableGalaxy S9 could look like thisGalaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and old Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is coming, and the company’s chip-making arm is ramping up its production line for the new 2018 flagship’s processors. Compared to most other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung finds itself in a privileged position. Not only does it make its phones, it makes most of the components inside them, too. According to Samsung Electronics, the Samsung Foundry Business has begun mass production of its newest System-on-Chip (SoC) products. They’re using 10nm FinFET processes, but using the second-generation production methods. That makes a significant difference.Compared to the first-generation method, the so-called 10LPP or “10 Low Power Plus” method adds up to either 10-percent higher performance or 15-percent lower power consumption. It also improves on yields compared to that process – which is known as 10LPE or “10 Low Power Early” – that should remove early bottlenecks in production.“SoCs designed with 10LPP process technology will be used in digital devices scheduled to launch early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout the year,” Samsung says. However, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. That’s because they’re almost certain to use the new line and processes for their Samsung Exynos chips, which can be found in certain models of Galaxy smartphone. What will muddy the waters somewhat is the fact that not every Galaxy S9 is going to use the Exynos, and there could be some significant differences between the silicon in different regional variants. In the Galaxy S8, for instance, Samsung uses both its own Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Which version you get depends on which country you’re in: the US, for instance, gets the Snapdragon 835. What isn’t so obvious is that both processors are actually produced by Samsung’s own foundries.For the Galaxy S9, Samsung is expected to take the same approach. However, it’s unclear at this point whether both the Exynos 9810 – the chip Samsung is believed to have earmarked for the new S9 – and the Snapdragon 845 – Qualcomm’s expected counterpart – will each get to use the new 10LPP process. It could well be that only Samsung’s own-branded silicon is built using that, as the production lines ramp up to support it for Qualcomm’s chips. In that case, the Snapdragon 845 could be stuck using the first-generation 10LPE.What difference might that make for actually Galaxy S9 buyers? It could mean a noticeable delta in performance between the S9 on Exynos and the S9 on Snapdragon, or Samsung might opt to limit the Exynos phones in some way to maintain experience parity. That sounds crazy, artificially holding one device back when it’s not technically necessary, but it’s not unheard of. We’ll know more as Qualcomm pulls back the curtains on the next-generation Snapdragon soon. Meanwhile, the latest rumors suggest Samsung is aiming for an early-2018 release of the new Galaxy S9, and might even preview the Android smartphone at CES 2018 in January.last_img read more

Oculus Rift Core 20 tries to push VR forward

first_imgRift Core 2.0 also makes the Home a more personal space. Rift Core 2.0 will bring in more customization options to truly make your mark. But perhaps more interestingly, Oculus reveals it is working on features that will let you hang out with your friends in your home. Virtually, of course. No more messy, loud frat parties. While virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have all, or separately, been hailed as the next wave of computing, the truth is they haven’t taken off outside of a still small minority in the tech industry. One reason is the prohibitive cost of PC-powered VR equipment. The other is that few people find any use of the technologies, especially VR, outside entertainment and a few niche serious applications. Oculus, perhaps the pioneer of this VR renaissance, wants to at least change the latter with the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 release that adds both serious work and a pinch of whimsy to the VR platform. When most people, even tech savvy ones, hear of VR, they will often think of games, immersive and interactive fiction, and make-believe worlds. They aren’t wrong, of course, as those are the primary experiences enabled by the technology. They need not be the only ones, of course, since VR has almost infinite potential, limited only by software and input devices.Oculus says it has (mostly) solved the latter problem with the introduction of the Oculus Touch controller a year ago. This time, it’s going after the software side with Rift Core 2.0. Specifically, the new Dash interface that lets you use your Windows software inside the virtual world. So you can listen to Spotify, watch YouTube, or even browse on Chrome without putting your headset aside.center_img If some of these sound familiar, you might have watched Microsoft present its Windows Mixed Reality platform not too long ago. It does seem to be where VR is headed, which could finally make the technology useful to more people. If only the fixed the ergonomic and remaining input issues as well.SOURCE: Oculuslast_img read more

Samsungs Galaxy S9 ad takes iPhone potshots – but is it realistic

first_imgSamsung loves taking pot-shots at Apple, though it’s fair to say that its commercials can be more memorable for how readily they backfire than how convincing they are. In the company’s newest advert, titles “Moving On,” Samsung is unsurprisingly making the argument that it’s time to upgrade to a Galaxy S9. This is an upgrade-focused pitch, not a direct comparison of current generation phones. Certainly that’s a consideration plenty of people are going to have, as they think about replacing their existing device for something newer. The question is, therefore, does Samsung’s pitch represent the situation that most people are in? The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were launched back in September 2014, which makes them around three and a half years old now. According to research back in mid-2017 by Kantar Worldpanel, an analyst firm, those in the US tended to keep their smartphones for 22.7 months on average, or just shy of two years. Now, that was the average for 2016, and Kantar says it actually rose by almost two months over 2014. If the trend continues, it’s fair to assume that smartphone owners would keep their devices a little longer again in 2017 and 2018. All the same, even on a two year upgrade cycle, it would mean a more appropriate comparison for Samsung to make might be the iPhone 6s or even the iPhone 7 against the Galaxy S9. We’d still, certainly, expect a 2018 smartphone to run faster than one that’s two years old. However the opposite of Samsung’s demonstration would also likely be true. If Apple contrasted the Galaxy S7, for instance, with the iPhone X, nobody would be shocked if the modern iOS device outperformed the older Android handset. It just so happens – what a great surprise – that it’s an iPhone that the struggling woman that stars in the commercial is having trouble with. Specifically, an iPhone 6, which provides plenty of opportunity for Samsung to take pot-shots both at battery throttling and Apple’s notched current iPhone X. As Samsung plays it, we rely so much not only on the breadth of information we can access with our phones but the speed at which we can access it, that a sluggish device can be a real drag on your daily activities. The recent iOS battery throttling controversy – where Apple admitted it had been artificially slowing older devices in cases where the battery health had degraded to a point where more system-intensive apps could inadvertently crash the iPhone if not addressed – proved controversial, even if it did prompt the Cupertino firm to add a manual performance control switch and greater battery health information to its software.Then there are the funny moments. As one of the few smartphone makers not currently offering a device with a “notch” in the display, the appearance of some unusual haircuts late in the spot are likely to raise a few smiles. Still, you do have to question Samsung’s methodology. center_img Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy S9 ReviewDon’t buy Samsung’s 256GB Galaxy S9 – get this insteadGalaxy S9, S9+ get Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red color optionslast_img read more

ARCore smartphone compatibility list whos in and whos out

first_imgAs of this writing, there are 29 smartphones that support ARCore. More if you consider variants like “Plus” and “XL”. Most of them lean towards the latest and greatest flagships. They include:• Asus Zenfone AR• Asus Zenfone ARES• Google Nexus 5X• Google Nexus 6P• Google Pixel, Pixel XL• Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL• HMD Global Nokia 6 (2018) Also known as Nokia 6.1• HMD Global Nokia 8 Sirocco• Huawei P20, P20 Pro• Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design• LG G6• LG G7 ThinQ• LG V30, V30+, V30+ JOJO• LG V35 ThinQ• Motorola Moto G5S Plus• Motorola Moto G6 Plus• Motorola Moto Z2 Force• OnePlus 3T• OnePlus 5• Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) [Samsung models ending in 0 and 8 are not supported]• Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)• Samsung Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8+ (2018)• Samsung Galaxy Note8• Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge• Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+• Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+• Sony Xperia XZ Premium• Sony Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact• Xiaomi Mi Mix 2SThose are hardly the only phones in the market. Thanks to some digging by XDA, the latest ARCore 1.3 update will add support for the following:AdChoices广告• BQ Aquaris X2 (zangya_sprout)• Honor 10 (HWCOL)• LG Q6 (mh/mhn)• Nokia 6 (PL2)• Nokia 7 Plus (B2N)• OnePlus 5T• Sony Xperia XZ (F8331/F8332/SO-01J/SOV34)• Sony Xperia XZs (602SO/G8231/G8232/SO-03J/SOV35)• Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (H8314/SO-05K)• Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium (H8116/H8166/SO-04K)• Xiaomi Mi 8 (dipper)• Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition (ursa)• Unknown Android One devices (chef_sprout, DRG_sprout)• Unknown Huawei device (INE)• Unknown Sony device (SOV48)It’s a varied bunch that covers different tiers and generations and they are a welcome addition to the ARCore roster. Mobile AR is still in its infancy and is often seen as more of a toy than a serious technology. But as Apple showed at WWDC and Google in its recent WebXR demo, mobile AR has the potential to make augmented reality more accessible and more relevant to users of all walks of life. Provided, of course, Google actually sticks to ARCore this time. When Google replaced Project Tango with ARCore, it removed one of the biggest hurdles to adopting augmented reality on Android: dedicated (and expensive) sensors. In theory, any Android phone with a decent processor, camera, and gyro/motion sensors can do AR. In practice, however, ARCore has been so far limited to a few high-end smartphones. Good thing then, that the latest version of ARCore will be bringing even more models, including mid-range ones, to the AR party.last_img read more

Apple gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment and its a mustsee

first_imgApple’s deeply polished keynotes have always been ripe for parody, but combine that with the off-kilter comedy of Bad Lip Reading and you have a holiday gift that keeps on giving. The YouTube channel has made a name for itself dubbing musicians, politicians, movies, and more with alternative soundtracks, and now it’s the turn of Tim Cook and Craig Federighi. Larger companies have been getting in on the action, too. Back in 2014, for instance, IKEA took a leaf out of Apple’s book with its “bookbook” video, with earnest spokespeople talking in hushed tones about their shiny new catalog. On the one hand there are the keynotes themselves. After all, there’s something about a lone figure getting deeply enthusiastic about the minimalistic presentation showing on a huge screen behind them. Whether it’s Tim Cook or Steve Jobs before him, it’s catnip to comedians. At the same time, Apple’s promotional videos have also seen plenty of parodies. Maybe the best known was The Onion’s “Revolutionary Laptop With No Keyboard” all the way back in early 2009, reimagining the MacBook only with a clickwheel instead. Unsurprisingly it’s an Apple presentation – and the various products announced – which comes in for the Bad Lip Reading treatment. Maybe you forgot the time the Cupertino company announced the Lickamaforbus, or you missed the livestream of the bold new flavors of the Apple Wings. Now’s your time to catch up. We’ve seen plenty of Apple-themed comedy over the years, some clips funnier than others. Part of what makes the company so appealing to satire is just how seriously it takes its events. That level of polish is probably envied by a lot of competitors in the tech industry – not to mention successful at getting Apple plenty of attention – but it also makes for a rich seam of parody potential. Meanwhile the Apple presentations themselves have been getting in on the comedy too. A tongue-in-cheek opener for the September 2018 keynote saw Apple Park, Tim Cook, and a speedy intern feature in a film of the Cupertino firm’s own.last_img read more

AMD reveals new Ryzen Aseries mobile CPUs

first_imgStory TimelineNow you can order a MacBook Pro with AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega GPUAcer Chromebook 315 is world’s first AMD-powered Chrome OS deviceAMD Radeon VII revealed to bring gaming war to RTX 2080 While probably not as exciting as the Radeon VII going toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s RTX cards, AMD also announced a slew of new mobile processors at CES 2019. Chief among these mobile processors is the 2nd generation Ryzen lineup, which features six different CPUs in all. Those processors will be joined by a new Athlon CPU and the 7th generation A-Series processors, which are being created for Chromebooks. Let’s dive into the 2nd generation Ryzen mobile processors first. The Ryzen 3000 series, as its being called, is built using AMD’s 12nm process and promises up to 10 hours of video playback battery life (though obviously that’s something that will vary depending on the machine). Onboard Vega graphics will support 4K HDR playback and what AMD describes as “smooth PC gaming,” but of course, users will probably want a discrete graphics card for any serious gaming they’re looking. Here’s a quick rundown of all six processors in the 3000 series:• AMD Ryzen 3 3200U: 2 cores, 4 threads; 15W; 2.6GHz (base)/3.5GHz (boost); 3 GPU cores; 5MB L2+L3 Cache• AMD Ryzen 3 3300U: 4 cores, 4 threads; 15W; 2.1GHz (base)/3.5GHz (boost); 6 GPU cores; 6MB L2+L3 Cache• AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: 4 cores, 8 threads; 15W; 2.1GHz (base)/3.7GHz (boost); 8 GPU cores; 6MB L2+L3 Cache• AMD Ryzen 5 3550H: 4 cores, 8 threads; 35W; 2.1GHz (base)/3.7GHz (boost); 8 GPU cores; 6MB L2+L3 Cache• AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: 4 cores, 8 threads; 15W; 2.3GHz (base)/4.0GHz (boost); 10 GPU cores; 6MB L2+L3 Cache• AMD Ryzen 7 3750H: 4 cores, 8 threads; 35W; 2.3GHz (base)/4.0GHz (boost); 10 GPU cores; 6MB L2+l3 CacheAMD says that these processors will feature in ultrathin and gaming notebooks from a variety of partners beginning in Q1 2019. Partners who are on board and have notebooks in the works include Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, and Samsung, which is quite the list. For mainstream notebooks, AMD also has the Athlon 300U, which is a dual-core, four thread CPU using Vega graphics and clocked at 2.4GHz.Then we have the 7th generation A-series, which is comprised of two processors: the dual-core, 1.6GHz A4-9120C, and the dual-core, 1.8GHz A6-9220C. A-series CPUs aren’t exceedingly powerful, which makes them good fits for Chromebooks. In fact, these processors feature in two Chromebooks that were revealed during CES 2019 – Acer’s Chromebook 315 and the HP Chromebook 14 – with AMD saying that more Chromebooks with these CPUs will be launching throughout the year.So, it seems that Acer has a lot of hardware partners lined up to take advantage of these new mobile CPUs. We’ll see what kind of notebooks they release as we move through 2019, so stay tuned for that, and in the meantime head to our CES 2019 hub for more from the show!last_img read more

20 new Tesla Semi electric trucks joining FedEx fleet

first_imgStory TimelineThe Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservationsTesla Semi spotted silently cruising the wildTesla Semi first production cargo trip transports battery packs to California Back when Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the wraps off the Semi, he wasn’t short on promises for what the vehicle would do for the logistics industry – and the environment. The truck has around 500 miles of range, Tesla promises, and a 0-60 mph time of just five seconds. That makes it considerably faster than its typical diesel counterpart. It also promises to be safer. There’s Autopilot, as on Tesla’s consumer vehicles, for navigating multi-lane highways with driver supervision, The driver sits in the center of the vehicle, flanked by touchscreens which have direct integration with operator dispatch systems. On the charging front, Tesla is working on so-called Megachargers, which will supply what Musk described as “24/7, guaranteed low [cost] electricity.” They’ll be solar powered, too, though of course fleet operators will be able to charge the trucks themselves – and, practically speaking, it’s likely that many journeys will be made using power that has been sourced from a private depot rather than a Tesla Megacharger. AdChoices广告“FedEx has a long history of innovation and incorporating sustainability efforts throughout its global network,” Mike Ducker, FedEx Freight president and CEO, said of the twenty reservations. “Our investment in these trucks is part of our commitment to improving road safety while also reducing our environmental impact.”As you’d hope, it’s not FedEx’s first effort to reduce the emissions that its fleet produces. The company has a variety of drivetrains in operation, including electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, natural gas, and hybrids. That’s on top of regular trucks that have improved on their diesel economy too. The company claims that, since 2008, it has “saved more than 158 million gallons of gasoline” in the process. Although production and delivery of the Tesla Semi is still some way out, FedEx is actually fairly late to the party with its reservations. Arch rival UPS announced it was reserving 125 of the vehicles back in December 2017, for example, while Walmart and others inked their place in line the previous month. FedEx will add twenty Tesla Semi trucks to its fleet, with the delivery firm planning to trial the all-electric big rigs into its FedEx Freight division. The trucks, which were announced last year by the California electric car company, are expected to go into production in 2019. last_img read more

OPPO Avengers Endgame phone unboxing You cant have it

first_imgThis is the OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition (released for Avengers: Endgame). Over the past decade, we’ve unboxed and reviewed just a few special limited edition versions of gadgets like these. This device, like the rest, aim to capitalize on the hype generated by the cross-branded property – in this case, Avengers: Endgame, the film that now has the most successful global movie opening in the history of movies. Story TimelineOPPO F11 Pro hands-on: The Perfume BottleHow OPPO F11 Pro kinda sorta leaked OnePlus 7OPPO F11 Pro Review : Thunder Black, from good to great The front-facing pop-up camera (which rises up mechanically when summoned) is the same as it was in the standard edition, save the color. The left and right bits are transparent plastic, the front is black, and the back is blue.OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition Specs:• 6.5-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) display• Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display glass• Octa Core MediaTek Helio P70 12nm processor• Quad 2.1GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs• 900MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU• 6GB RAM, 128GB storage• Expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD• Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6.0• Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)• 48MP rear cam, f/1.79 aptr, 1/2.25-inch sensor, 0.8um pixels, 6P lens• 5MP secondary rear camera with a 1.12um pixel size• 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture• Fingerprint sensor, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio• Dimensions: 161.3×76.1×8.2mm• Weight: 190 grams• Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)• Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Micro USB Port• 4000mAh battery with VOOC flash charge 3.0Above you’ll see some specifications for this phone. This phone comes in ONE configuration since it’s super limited edition. The phone apparently sold out “within one hour” according to an OPPO press release… So you’ll probably not have a particularly easy time if you’re aiming to attain. OPPO suggested that they had additional phones available, but that they’d be sold in “offline sales” which start on May 4th, in India. So good luck on that! The price of this phone was INR 27,990 – that’s Indian Rupees, and converted to USD, it comes to approximately $400 – not bad! Let us know if you find one!center_img The Avengers limited edition of the OPPO F11 Pro is extremely similar to the non-Avengers edition. In fact just a few features are in any way different, starting with the box. The box is black, printed with some glossy black or straight gloss, showing the designer’s class in the process. It’s classy to print black on black, and just as classy to print a layer in gloss alone – so says I.Inside the box you’ll find a box layer which pulls up and out. This layer doubles as a holder for a “collectable” coin. They write here “Collection Certificate” to make it feel like you’ve gotten yourself into something really special.The coin is a little thicker than a quarter or a euro, and has no notches on its edges. You can see the points at which the metal was cast and split around the edges as well. This is fun sort of gesture, this coin, but it’s not a quality which you’d want to save in hopes of great value in the distant future. Inside the box is the phone itself and a special edition case. The case is probably the most worthwhile part of this whole limited edition package. Inside the case is a soft material to keep the phone safe from scratches, while the outside is a silicone of some substantial thickness. On the back of the case is a Captain America circular shield that’s risen above the surface significantly higher than the thickness of the coin we saw earlier. This Cap shield doubles as a finger holder and kickstand – the outermost red ring pulls up and out – which is pretty clever. The OPPO F11 Pro itself has a dark blue color to most of its body, with a sharp red line over its power button. The back of the phone looks quite similar to the standard Aurora Green edition – but here it’s blue. The color variance and gradient of the backside of this phone isn’t quite as extreme as it is in the Thunder Black edition (See our full OPPO F11 Pro Review in Thunder Black too!) The lack of extreme color is forgiven in the presence of the RED Avengers seal accent. The designers of this hardware had the class to make the size of the A far larger than the size of the phone, avoiding what could have been a significantly more pedestrian piece of work. Since the folks at OPPO knew you liked the Avengers logo, they also put an Avengers logo above the camera array, so you’ve got two Avengers logos on the back side of the phone. You’ll find another Avengers logo in the phone’s default wallpaper as well.last_img read more

McLaren Speedtail official 250mph hybrid HyperGT with outrageous carbon fiber

first_imgStory TimelineMcLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT is the modern reincarnation of the F1 road car 2019 McLaren Speedtail Gallery Like the P1 it’s a hybrid, pairing a gas engine and electric motors for a total of 1,035 horsepower. The engine is mounted in a bespoke McLaren Monocage made from carbon fiber, with an all-carbon fiber body, aluminum active suspension, and carbon ceramic brakes.It’s the carbon fiber – and the automaker’s skills at engineering and manipulating it – which gives the Speedtail some of its most dramatic features and finishes. At 16.9 feet it’s a long car; at the rear, McLaren’s patented active rear ailerons physically deform the flexible carbon fiber. Two sections can adjust to change the center of pressure and adjust downforce as a result – or act as an airbrake when braking – with minimal panel gaps, shutlines, or leading edges of spoilers to get in the way of airflow. Indeed, making the car super-slippery has been a key focus. The side mirrors have been dropped, in favor of slender high-definition cameras that slide out when the car is started, and beam wide-angle views to twin displays on the dashboard. In maximum-speed “Velocity” mode they retract again, cutting an already minimized area of drag. The teardrop-shaped body eschews panel gaps and cutlines, with McLaren making as many sections out of single pieces as it can. Vertical ducts beneath the LED headlamps avoid drag while pulling in air to the low-temperature radiators; much of the rest flows over the hood and into two upper front clam intakes, is ducted around the wheel arch, and then vented through the lower door vents. It means McLaren can cut the air flow around the sides of the car, and thus cut turbulence. A low-profile snorkel intake for the gas engine is flush with the roof, while two down-sloping intakes just behind the glass canopy – itself a teardrop within the car’s overall shape – also keep the hybrid well fed with air. Static aero covers for the 20-inch, 10-spoke forged alloy front wheels – finished in diamond-cut gloss black – stay in position while the wheels rotate, again minimizing turbulence and thus drag along the sides. As for the rear diffuser, that blends airflow from the top and the flat underfloor of the Speedtail, as well as from the 21-inch rear wheels, reintroducing it to the freestream in a more progressive way to further improve efficiency. Each wheel is shod in custom Pirelli P-ZERO rubber. McLaren’s carbon fiber mastery continues inside, where the automaker worked with Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille on a car-industry-first with the material. Dubbed Thin-Ply Technology Carbon Fiber (TPT) it consists of a sandwich of ultra-thin, 30 micron cabin layers laid down at a 45-degree angle. That then gets milled to create a surface that looks like flowing water. Even more dramatic is Titanium Deposition Carbon Fiber. Rather than use existing methods of tinting the material – which McLaren says can weaken it – the automaker came up with a way to add a micron-thick layer of titanium directly to the weave. That not only gives it a chrome-like shimmer, but since the titanium can be anodized into any color or pattern, can be used to heavily customize the interior. Like in a McLaren F1, the driver sits centrally in the Speedtail, flanked by two passengers set further back in the car. A custom-made carbon fiber seat is finished in “directional leather” which has been designed to allow you to slide into it more easily, but then hold you in place during more extreme maneuvering. You enter using new versions of McLaren’s distinctive dihedral doors, now power-actuated. The windshield curves up, blending into the roof and joining a glazed porthole above the driver, and the upper glazing of the doors. Rear quarter lights are glass, too, stretching back almost to the rear axle. They’re finished in electrochroamatic glass, however, and so can be turned opaque at the touch of a button: McLaren also uses the same system for a darkened strip along the top of the windshield, removing the need for physical sun visors. The controls for that – along with the doors and windows, plus to switch between the Active Dynamics drive modes, and enter Velocity mode – are mounted above the driver’s head, a bank of hand-brushed and polished milled aluminum toggles and dials. Everything else is accessed via a span of high-def displays and touchscreens spread in front of the driver. It may be a fast car, but the Speedtail isn’t a spartan one. Leather is liberal in its application, McLaren using hide on just about every interior surface. It’s even using a new, semi-aniline lightweight leather that uses air injection during manufacturing to cut weight by 30-percent while still remaining supple to the touch. McLaren applies it to the floor, too, treated to make it more tough, where it flows back to make the covers for the under-seat storage. As you’d expect, buyers will be able to choose whichever hides, colors, stitching, and finishing they prefer, along with their choice of titanium anodizing. McLaren’s MSO special operations division will be on hand for even more extreme customizations. The result, the automaker promises, will be “an unprecedented journey of vehicle personalization” for anybody lucky enough to undertake it. That leads us neatly into the bad news. McLaren says it will only be making 106 Speedtails in total, each of which will be priced at £1.75m plus tax ($2.29m). All 106 cars have been reserved, and the automaker says it expects the first deliveries to begin in early 2020. It’s the latest in the McLaren Ultimate Series, and with forebears including the P1 and Sienna, it always had a lot to live up to. As a result, the Speedtail is a catalog of superlatives. The fastest McLaren ever built, it edges ahead of the 243 mph F1 with its 250 mph top speed. 0-186 mph arrives in 12.8 seconds. In contrast, the P1 took 16.5 seconds to hit that number. The McLaren Speedtail has been officially revealed, and if you were hoping for a 250 mph hybrid with mutating carbon-fiber bodywork and a lavish leather interior, you’ll be mighty pleased with this new British beast. Dubbed the automaker’s first “Hyper-GT” it’s designed with two things in mind: going incredibly fast, without sacrificing any luxury. Turns out, when you have some very deep-pocketed customers, and some very talented engineers, you can produce a car that’s frankly astonishing. last_img read more

Tesla slashes EVs by 2000 as US incentives halve

first_imgTesla has revealed its fourth quarter 2018 results, saying that its production grew to 86,555 vehicles during the most recent quarter. The majority of production went toward the Model 3 at 61,394 vehicles, a 15-percent increase over Q3. In addition to its production increases, Tesla said that it will slash the price of its vehicles by $2,000 in the US. During its Q4 2018, Tesla produced 25,161 Model S and Model X vehicles in addition to the 61,394 Model 3 cars. During this quarter, the company delivered 90,700 vehicles, an 8-percent increase over the all-time high it had announced in Q3. Overall, Tesla delivered 245,240 vehicles in 2018. According to Tesla, its Model 3 deliveries in Q4 only applied to the mid- and high-priced variants, cash and loan transactions, and North American customers. The auto maker plans to start international deliveries in China and Europe starting next month.The numbers aside, Tesla has also decided to slash the cost of its Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles in the United States by $2,000. The move aims to “partially absorb” some of the money US customers lose with the EV tax credit reduction, which has decreased from $7,500 to $3,750 USD.AdChoices广告The EV tax reduction took place on January 1, decreasing the financial incentive to purchase an electric vehicle over a traditional gasoline car. Tax credits have aimed to reduce carbon emissions by getting more consumers to adopt emissions-free vehicles, though some critics have argued against credits as being an effective way to achieve environmental goals. Story TimelineTesla Model 3 hack puts YouTube and Ubuntu on the dashTesla Autopilot could drive from home to work soonTesla Model 3 headlights get some good safety newslast_img read more

The 2020 Porsche 911 Wet Mode is supercarclever Heres how it works

first_imgStory Timeline2020 Porsche 911 official: More power, new style, and cleaner cabinThe new 2020 Porsche 911 is all about how you feel2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is faster all round Instead, it uses tweaks to the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) systems, preconditioning them both. That means they’ll be ready should the 911 lose grip on a wet surface, and step in earlier – and more sensitively, Porsche says – than ordinarily. What’s particularly clever, though, is how the 911 spots those conditions. Rather than waiting for the first sign of lost traction, Porsche uses acoustic sensors in the front wheel housing. These can detect swirled-up spray water, including standing water even after a rain shower has ceased, but which could still present a risk of aquaplaning. 2020 Porsche 911 Gallery While you might think this would primarily be of use for the rear-wheel drive 2020 911, Wet Mode makes changes to the 911 Carrera 4S, too. It pushes more power to the front axle than usual, helping with stabilization. The electronically controlled rear differential lock also gets reduced locking ratios. Those various small tweaks all come together for a noticeable change in how the 911 feels to drive in the wet, Porsche says. More confident handling, a better ability to adapt to sudden changes in road surface – with different coefficients of friction – and a more sure-footed application of power. Indeed, the automaker also recommends it be manually activated when drivers face snow, as its benefits are just as valuable there. All in all, as a standard-fit technology, Wet Mode looks like set to add to the 911’s reputation as a sports car you can comfortably use every day. Sales of the 2020 911 kick off in the US in the summer of 2019. The 2020 911 Carrera S will start at $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will start at $120,600 (both before $1,050 destination).center_img Not for nothing did the Porsche 911 earn a reputation for being frisky on wet roads, and though all-wheel drive has helped there, the automaker has something even cleverer for the 2020 911. Porsche Wet Mode is a brand new technology on the eight-generation 911, an assistance system which helps with wet road traction without sacrificing power in the process. Just tracking that water on the road is enough for the 911 to pre-warn the PSM and PTM systems. However it also triggers a notification in the driver’s instrumentation, right next to the rev counter on the car’s new part-digital display. That recommends manually switching to Wet Mode, which can be done either through the button on the center console – redesigned significantly for this eight-generation car, so as to make it less control-heavy – or using the mode switch on the steering wheel in 911’s with the Sport Chrono Package option. AdChoices广告Wet Mode makes more fundamental changes to the 911’s handling. As well as adjusting the PSM and PTM settings, the active aerodynamics, optional Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus, and general responsiveness of the car are all adjusted. From around 56 mph, for instance, the variable rear spoiler shifts to the extended “performance” position, while the cooling air flaps open and the accelerator pedal characters gets flatter. PSM Off and Sport mode are locked out, while the torque build-up of the engine is remapped so as to be smoother. Similar changes are made to how the new eight-speed PDK transmission changes gears. last_img read more

Apples 2020 iPhone 5G screen sizes and first signs of a huge

first_imgTwo out of three of Apple’s 2020 iPhone range will support 5G, according to analyst predictions, though it may not be another few years before the Cupertino company really shakes up the high-speed smartphone space. While Apple is yet to announce its 2019 iPhone line-up, something expected to happen in a few months time, no small amount of attention is already being paid to its replacement next year. Story TimelineiPhone 5G will skip 20192020 iPhone 5G will reportedly have a big (and tiny) chip surprise insideApple hired Intel 5G lead before settling with QualcommApple’s Tim Cook bullish on services, coy on iPhone 5G That’s in part because the 2020 iPhone 5G promises to be more interesting than the 2019 iPhone. Long-standing rumors and leaks have pegged next year as the first time Apple will use 5G in its smartphones, opting to take a more patient approach than Android-powered rivals as it waits for network coverage to proliferate and the technology to mature. That 5G technology will be provided by Qualcomm, after Intel shuttered its 5G modem business for smartphones. Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-standing patent dispute, and inked a deal back in April that will see future Apple devices getting Qualcomm silicon inside. Now, we’re getting a better idea of what those devices might be. There’ll be three iPhone models in 2020, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a research note to investors shared by Antutu. Of the three, only two will get 5G it’s suggested. They’ll have 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch displays, and be the de-factor second-generation successors to this year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.A third phone, in the ilk of the iPhone XR, will have a 6.1-inch display it’s suggested. That device won’t have 5G, however. All three handsets are expected to use OLED panels, a change which Apple could implement as early as this year for the 2019 iPhone refresh. Apple 5G modems are in developmentPotentially more interesting, however, are Apple’s plans for homegrown 5G chips. Initially, the company is expected to use Qualcomm’s 5G baseband, building on the stability of its settled deal earlier this year. However it is also working on its own modem technology, which is said to begin to appear in iPhones by next year. Rather than use Qualcomm’s RF360 front-end chips, which include power amplifiers and other modules, Apple is said to be working on its own. They’re being co-developed with Broadcom, the analyst says, with Qualcomm’s versions being held in reserve should that process prove to be more tricky than expected. Come 2022 or 2023, however, things get more serious. Then, Apple is expected to launch its own 5G baseband chip, bringing development in-house much in the same way that it has designed its own A-series application processors over the past years. It’s goal there is likely much the same as it was with the CPUs: by tailoring a specific chipset to work with iOS, it will be able to better manage factors like power consumption and optimize performance in a way that is harder to do with a more generic 5G modem.last_img read more

DisplayPort 20 official 16K monitor support and multi8K

first_imgIf you thought Apple’s Pro Display XDR was exciting, get ready for DisplayPort 2.0 to usher in a whole generation of 8K screens and beyond. Freshly published by VESA, the standards association responsible for defining the connection, DisplayPort 2.0 brings with it a threefold increase in data bandwidth performance. That fatter pipe is vital for higher resolution displays, not to mention higher frame rates. It’s been a long time coming, too, in tech industry terms. The last time the DisplayPort standard had a significant update was back in early 2016, with DisplayPort 1.4a. DisplayPort 2.0 will be backward-compatible with DP 1.4a, as you’d expect, and includes its support for features like Display Stream Compression (DSC) with Forward Error Correction (FEC), and HDR metadata transport. However because of the huge increase in bandwidth, it means DP 2.0 can support 8K resolution (7680 x 4320) at 60 Hz refresh. That’s including full-color 4:4:4 resolution, and 30 bits per pixel for HDR-10 support. Bandwidth rises to up to 20 Gbps/lane, for a maximum payload of 77.37 Gbps. There’s also 128b/132b channel coding, compared to the 8b/10b of DP 1.4a. AdChoices广告What’s the maximum resolution DisplayPort 2.0 supports?8K may be the headline feature, but DisplayPort 2.0 actually goes much higher than that – if you have the right hardware. With a single display setup, you can power up to a 16K display at 60 Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC). That’s a whopping 15,360 x 8,460 resolution. If you want to do away with compression, meanwhile, a single DisplayPort 2.0 cable could drive up to a 10K (10,240 x 4,320) display, still at 60 Hz. That’s with 24 bpp :4:4:4 and no compression.How many monitors can DisplayPort 2.0 support?While an 8K display – or higher – might be appealing, for most people it’ll be multi-monitor configurations that DisplayPort 2.0 powers on their desk. The good news there is that the cable is more than ready to fill your workstation with just about as many screens as it could hold. You could have up to two 8K panels at 120 Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC), for instance, or two 4K display at 144 Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression). If you want three panels, you could drive a trio of 10K screens at 60 Hz each, or three 4K monitors at 90 Hz and without compression. Even if you still want to leave bandwidth for USB data, you can still get an impressive multi-monitor setup going on. In that situation, for instance, you could have three 4K 144 Hz displays and still get data support. What connector does DisplayPort 2.0 use?As before, there’ll be two types of plug you’re likely to encounter with DisplayPort 2.0. The native DP connector is sticking around, and compatible with existing devices. However there’ll also be the USB Type-C connector, which carries the DP audio and video signals through DisplayPort Alt Mode. The switch to DP 2.0 means you can have that plus Thunderbolt 3 for speedier data, too. A new display stream data mapping protocol for both single- and multi-stream transport will also help with setups like driving several monitors from a docking station, or daisy-chaining them together. A new Panel Replay capability, meanwhile, will cut down on power consumption by allowing the GPU to only update portions of the screen that have actually changed. VESA says that will be of particular benefit to smaller devices – like laptops – which still want to drive high-resolution monitors but without a big hit on battery life. It’ll also mean recharging a device will be done more quickly, even when simultaneously driving an external display.When are the first DisplayPort 2.0 devices on sale?The DP 2.0 standard may be out, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for the first products that actually use it. VESA says it expects hardware using DisplayPort 2.0 to arrive by late 2020.last_img read more

Insurers See Opportunities In Medicaid Expansion While States Mull Pros And Cons

first_imgInsurers See Opportunities In Medicaid Expansion While States Mull Pros And Cons Business analysts view the expansion as “several hundreds of billions of dollars” worth of opportunity for Medicaid health plans. Meanwhile, news organizations track the continuing debate in Kentucky, Florida, New Hampshire and Texas about whether to participate in the expansion.Kaiser Health News: Health Insurers See Big Opportunities In Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion For industry titans such as UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, as well as smaller, Medicaid-focused plans such as Molina, the Medicaid expansion is expected to bring significant enrollment and revenue growth. “This is several hundreds of billions of dollars of new market opportunity for these plans over the next couple of years,” says Jason Gurda, managing director of healthcare with investment bank Leerink Swann in New York (Galewitz, 3/8). The Associated Press: Bullock Takes Medicaid Expansion To Constituents[Montana] Gov. Steve Bullock is ramping up the pressure on lawmakers by taking his Medicaid expansion request, one of the legislative session’s bigger issues, straight to his constituents. Bullock has been touring the state selling his proposal, and he pitched it Thursday to the Helena Chamber of Commerce (3/7).The Associated Press: Price Tag Of Health Overhaul Adjusted DownwardFlorida economists on Thursday came out with a new price tag for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that is dramatically lower than the one cited earlier this year by Gov. Rick Scott. Economists are now projecting that it would cost Florida taxpayers about $5.2 billion over the next decade to pay for the changes (Fineout, 3/7). The Associated Press: NH Lawmakers Host Hearing On Medicaid ExpansionLow-paid health care workers who provide critical services deserve access to quality care themselves, supporters of expanding New Hampshire’s Medicaid program told House lawmakers Thursday. The state is deciding whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul law to include more poor adults in addition to the children, pregnant women and other groups who are currently covered. If it opts for expansion, the federal government would pick up the entire cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that, though some opponents question whether that promise would be kept (Ramer, 3/7).The Texas Tribune: Lawmakers Seeking ‘Texas Solution’ To Medicaid ReformMomentum is building in the Capitol to find a “Texas solution” for reforming — and possibly expanding — Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for children, the disabled and the very poor. The influential House Appropriations Committee plans to discuss options for Medicaid reform on Friday (Aaronson, 3/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Nevada To Use Federal Exchange For Next Open Enrollment

first_imgThe board of Nevada’s online insurance exchange voted Tuesday to scrap its contract with Xerox, which built the exchange that has been marked by problems. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Oregon Health Authority and Cover Oregon for records — everything from outlines and notes to emails — related to how the state spent federal money on the creation of its failed exchange.The New York Times: Health Site Under Fire, Nevada Alters PathThe board of Nevada’s problem-plagued online health insurance exchange voted Tuesday to end its contract with the vendor in charge of building it and to rely on the federal enrollment system for at least a year. The board voted unanimously to sever ties with the vendor, Xerox, which had a $72 million contract to build the Nevada exchange and has been paid $12 million to date. The exchange has been riddled with problems, including billing and enrollment errors that led to a class-action lawsuit by 200 customers who said they paid for exchange plans but still have no coverage (Goodnough, 5/20).The Wall Street Journal: Nevada Scraps Xerox For Health SiteNevada’s health-care exchange board voted Tuesday to cut ties with Xerox Corp., which helped build the state’s troubled insurance website, and instead use the federal government’s technology for the next insurance enrollment season. A spokesman for the exchange, known as Nevada Health Link, said lawyers were examining provisions in the state’s $75 million, five-year contract with Xerox to allow it to terminate it early. The state has paid Xerox around $12 million for work that had been completed to its satisfaction, said C.J. Bawden, the spokesman (Radnofsky, 5/20).Politico: Nevada Latest State To Scrap Its Obamacare ExchangeNevada has become the latest state to scrap its crippled Obamacare exchange and join the federal healthcare.gov for at least a year. The Silver State, which had seemed to start strong last October before smashing into a wall of technical problems, is the only state with a Republican governor that ran its own health insurance exchange in 2014. Gov. Brian Sandoval had argued that it was important for his state to steer its own exchange, even though he opposed Obamacare (Cheney, 5/20).The Hill: Nevada Nixes Its Health ExchangeNevada fired Xerox Tuesday from managing its state health exchange website, Nevada Health Link, after a series of problems with the site. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously to cut ties with Xerox, stating it had lost faith the company could fix a slew of problems that plagued its insurance exchange site before the November enrollment period begins (Al-Faruque, 5/20). The Associated Press: U.S. Subpoenas Oregon Insurance Website DocumentsFederal prosecutors have subpoenaed state records for a grand jury investigation of the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance website, the governor’s office said Tuesday (5/20).Reuters:  Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Oregon Health Exchange Officials In Grand Jury ProbeFederal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents from Oregon’s health exchange agency as part of a grand jury investigation into how the state used federal money to set up the now-failed health insurance exchange, state officials said on Tuesday. The Oregon Health Authority and Cover Oregon have received subpoenas from federal prosecutors asking for everything from power points, outlines and notes to emails between former state employees who left amid the controversial implosion of the state exchange (Sebens, 5/20). The Oregonian: Federal Investigators Issue Subpoena To Cover Oregon, Oregon Health AuthorityThe federal criminal investigation of Oregon’s health insurance exchange took a step into public view Tuesday when the U.S. Attorney’s office issued broad subpoenas seeking information from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. While the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s interest in the exchange debacle had been previously reported, the legal demands dated May 13 indicate things may have moved beyond a preliminary inquiry to a full-blown investigation. The investigation, led by federal prosecutors and the FBI, is seeking documents, memos, and emails between the two state entities that oversaw the botched health exchange with U.S. authorities in charge of dispensing federal money for the project (Manning, 5/20). Modern Healthcare Medical Practices Having Difficulty Dealing With Exchange PlansMedical practices around the country have been having nightmares dealing with health plans on the insurance exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association. Almost 80 percent of the 728 responding medical groups reported their practice is participating with new health insurance products sold on the ACA exchanges. More than 90 percent of these practices have already seen patients with this coverage. But, as of last month, 56 percent of responding practices said they had not seen any change in their patient population size, while 24 percent said they had seen a slight increase (Dickson, 5/20). From Connecticut –The CT Mirror: Access Health CT’s 2015 Plans: See What’s ChangingThe plans sold through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, are changing next year. Here’s an early look at the changes and new options, which are expected to go on sale Nov. 15. They will replace the plans the exchange currently sells. These templates show the standard benefit designs that each insurer selling plans on the exchange must follow in 2015. The differences from the 2014 plans are highlighted in yellow. Insurance companies will also be allowed to sell additional plans with different designs, but those aren’t available yet (Becker, 5/21). The CT Mirror: Six Ways CT’s Obamacare Exchange Insurance Will Change Next YearYes, the enrollment period for plans sold by Connecticut’s health insurance exchange ended less than two months ago. But the marketplace, Access Health CT, and health insurance companies are already working on next year’s plan offerings, which will replace the plans customers have now. There will be some significant changes. One thing that still hasn’t been determined: What the plans will cost (Becker, 5/21).And on the Medicaid expansion front –Springfield (Mo.) News Leader: Nixa Republican To Develop Medicaid Expansion PlanA Nixa Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that he will craft a plan to expand Medicaid. Rep. Lynn Morris, a pharmacist, plans to introduce an expansion plan that will be developed this summer. “I really believe there’s more people today on the Republican side that would like to look at Medicaid expansion than there was a year ago,” Morris told the News-Leader (Shorman, 5/20). Nevada To Use Federal Exchange For Next Open Enrollment This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Pfizer CEO Has Knack For Making A Profit But He Misplayed The

first_img Amid rising concern over drug-resistant superbugs, Novartis (NVS) is ending research into antibiotics and antivirals because these programs are not a “long-term strategic fit.” As a result, the company will eliminate 140 jobs from the San Francisco Bay area, where the work is based, although a Novartis spokesman noted the company will continue to research tropical diseases, such as malaria. And he added that the company’s Sandoz generic unit continues to manufacture and supply many such medicines. (Silverman, 7/12) Stat: Hugin Comes Under Fire In N.J Senate Campaign Ad For Hiking Drug Prices As the CEO of Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, Ian Read followed a years-long pricing strategy that reaped billions for his company. It was like clockwork: jack up prices every six months. The moves did not go entirely unnoticed, but Pfizer generally escaped much flak because other pharma companies did the same thing. But Read’s pricing game plan didn’t seem so shrewd when President Trump entered the picture last week. Days earlier, Pfizer was virtually alone in raising prices for dozens of drugs — many by more than 9 percent — and it prompted a raging tweet from Trump. In a brief phone call with the president that Read sought on Tuesday night to defuse the uproar, the CEO backed down and deferred the hikes. (Silverman and Sheridan, 7/13) Stat: Zogenix To Submit Anti-Seizure Drug For Approval After Trial Shows Benefit Stat: Novartis Is The Latest Big Drug Maker To Exit Antibiotic Research Stat: How Pfizer’s CEO Kept On Raising Prices — Until Trump’s Tweet center_img Zogenix has confirmed the efficacy of its experimental epilepsy drug in a second, late-stage clinical trial, paving the way for a marketing submission by the end of the year. The small biotech company, based in Emeryville, Calif., said its lead drug, ZX008, reduced by more than half the average monthly convulsive seizures compared with a placebo in children and teenagers with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe type of epilepsy. (Feuerstein, 7/12) “The guy who made a killing” — that’s how a patient advocacy group fighting high drug prices refers to former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin in a television ad set to air Friday. Hugin, who is challenging Sen. Bob Menendez (D) for his seat in New Jersey, has been criticized for price increases that occurred at Celgene under his leadership. Patients for Affordable Drugs, an advocacy group of rising prominence here, said in a statement it spent $1.5 million to air the ad for several weeks across New Jersey. (Facher, 7/12) Pfizer CEO Has Knack For Making A Profit, But He Misplayed The Optics Of Raising Prices In Current Atmosphere Like clockwork, Pfizer has been raising prices every six months, flying under the radar because most pharma companies were doing the same. But then the company caught the attention of President Donald Trump, and everything changed. In other pharmaceutical news: Novartis ditches antibiotics research; a patient advocacy group highlights a New Jersey candidate’s ties to high prices; and an experimental epilepsy drug moves forward toward approval. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Faraday Future Employees Start GoFundMe Campaign

first_img Faraday Future Cuts Salaries, Lays Off Workers in Attempt To Stay Afloat Brother, can you spare a dime to keep a dream alive? The auto industry is famously difficult to break into, but when Faraday Future first appeared on the scene with a billionaire backer there was hope that the same lightning that had struck Tesla might also put the spark of life into this new venture. Since then, times and fortunes have changed. Dramatically. So much so that the few FF employees that remain have started a crowdfunding campaign to help their laid-off comrades pay their bills while their employer looks for more investment capital to keep the company alive.More on Faraday Futures recent troubles Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News After a tumultuous first couple years, things had seemed like they were finally going well. Sure, the original dream of a billion-dollar factory outside Las Vegas was long gone, but still, earlier this year it was teasing new concepts, getting a factory in California in shape and had snagged a juicy $2 billion investment. Suddenly, though, there was a problem with that big investment and layoffs and salary cuts ensued. Apparently, even a small legal victory and the release of an inspirational video wasn’t enough to keep the band together, and founder and CEO Jia Yueting said goodbye to the final three members of his founding five group of executives last week.As Yueting casts about for $500 million in fresh funding, his employees are trying to raise a more modest $50,000. The “FF Manufacturing Family Funding” campaign on GoFundMe, started by the manager of tooling and equipment for Body-in-White production Hector Padilla, seeks cash to ease the burden on those affected most by the downward turn of events — manufacturing partners who were laid off or put on mandatory furlough.It’s having a modicum of success. As of this writing, it’s collected $16,602 after only five days of its expected two-week life. We wish them good luck in reaching their goal.Source: Green Car Reports Faraday Future Reports Problems With Evergrande Health’s Investment UPDATE: Founding Exec: Faraday Future’s “Backbone Of The Company” Departslast_img read more

NewMotion Offers Access To 100000 Public Charging Points In Europe

first_imgShell news Shell Acquires Greenlots To Accelerate EV Efforts The number of registered NewMotion cardholders increased from 100,000 in 2017 to more than 170,000 now.“More than 170,000 registered NewMotion charge card holders are already enjoying the benefits of Europe’s largest roaming charging network. This charge card includes seamless international billing and settlement with specified VAT per country, allowing a transparent and easy EV charging experience across Europe for businesses and individuals.”See the NewMotion charging point map here.NewMotion’s CEO Sytse Zuidema:“Reaching this milestone of more than 100,000 charge points in our network as we enter our 10th year in the e-mobility industry is extra special. Our aim is to continuously improve the experience for EV drivers by expanding our network throughout Europe. The bottom line should always be that e-mobility, charging infrastructure and charging services are designed for utmost efficiency by working collaboratively with partners everywhere. With those partners and EV drivers in mind, we will continue to develop new and better services in the years to come. Our V2X charger and Group Charge app are some great examples of how NewMotion works on ensuring the best possible charging experience.” Having a NewMotion card enables you to charge from more than 100,000 pointsNewMotion, acquired in 2017 by Shell, is the first in Europe to reach a milestone of 100,000 public charging points connected to the network.Part of those charging points are NewMotion network stations, while the others are available through roaming from other networks in a total of 28 countries.“NewMotion is the first in the industry to have reached more than 100,000 charge points in its roaming charging network in Europe. The company works together with over 200 roaming partners to build this extensive network of public charge points, allowing EV drivers to roam seamlessly across 28 countries in Europe.Achieving this milestone underlines NewMotion’s continued commitment to powering the e-mobility movement by providing the best possible charging experience for individuals and companies.” Shell Recharge Launches Fast Chargers At Its UK Stations – Videocenter_img Source: Electric Vehicle News Shell Begins Rollout Of Ultra-Fast Chargers In Europe Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 16, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Teslas official iPhone cases are on sale for the first time from

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla’s official Amazon storefront is discounting its iPhone X Folio Case to $25.91 shipped. Regularly $45, this is the first price drop we’ve tracked to date and a new Amazon all-time low. You can also grab the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus version for $35, which also the best we’ve seen. The standard iPhone X/8/Plus case is also on sale for $27 (Reg. $35). Tesla unveiled a handful of accessories on its Amazon storefront earlier this year with various toys, clothing, and cases. This is a great way to show-off your ownership while keeping an iPhone safe from harm. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla’s official iPhone cases are on sale for the first time from $26 appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more