Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tesla's performance Model 3 delivers 3.5 second 0-60 for $78,000

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04-tesla-model-3-first-drive-1.jpg Tesla is almost ready to start shipping Model 3s equipped with an AWD dual-motor option, so CEO Elon Musk announced specs and pricing for the new options on Twitter. The Performance trim Model 3 will sit at the top of the line, with 20-inch wheels, carbon fiber spoiler, black and white interior and specially-selected dual-motor setup available for $78,000 (adding AutoPilot costs extra). Musk said that its cost is "about" the same as BMW's M3 (a base model starts at $66,500), but it's supposedly

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

The world agreed to ban this ozone killer years ago—but it looks like someone is making more

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CFC-11 isn't leaving the atmosphere as quickly as it should.

A new study shows a shocking spike in emissions for an ozone-depleting chemical banned more than 20 years ago. The culprit who is generating this pollutant is still…
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lenovo teases a slick, all-screen smartphone that doesn’t have a notch

Lenovo has teased a new arrival that might top Apple’s iPhone X in a bid to deliver a true all-screen smartphone.

Apple’s iPhone X goes very close but for a tiny bezel and its distinctive notch, but Lenovo’s Z5 seems like it might go a step further, according to a teaser sketch (above) shared by Lenovo VP Chang Cheng on Weibo that was first noted by CNET.

The device is due in June and Cheng claimed it is the result of “four technological breakthroughs” and “18 patented technologies,” but he didn’t provide further details.

The executive previously shared a slice of the design — see right — on Weibo, with a claim that it boasts a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Indeed, the image appears to show a device without a top screen notch à la the iPhone X. Where Lenovo will put the front-facing camera, mic, sensors and other components isn’t clear right now.

A number of Android phone-makers have copied Apple’s design fairly shamelessly. That’s ironic given that Apple was widely-derided when it first unveiled the phone.

Nonetheless, the device has sold well and that’s captured the attention of Huawei, Andy Rubin’s Essential, Asus and others who have embraced the notch. The design is so common now that Google even moved the clock in Android P to make space for the notch.

Time will tell what Lenovo adds to the conversation. The company is in dire need of a hit phone — it trails the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Huawei on home soil in China — and the hype on the Z5 is certainly enough to raise hope.

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Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

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If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they’re calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past.

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Boston Dynamics Robots Can Now Run Outside, Navigate Autonomously


Boston Dynamics continues to make robots better able to track down humans during the robot apocalypse.

The post Boston Dynamics Robots Can Now Run Outside, Navigate Autonomously appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Nokia Screws Up Again, Sells Withings Back to Its Co-founder

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Another day, another company snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. This time it’s Nokia, as the company has decided to sell its health division— formerly known as Withings—which it purchased for $191 million in 2016. The sale itself seemed inevitable, and its price undisclosed, but its buyer is a huge surprise:…

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America's most populated areas lose 175,000 acres of tree cover every year

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People need trees, but they keep destroying them.

Trees are beneficial to human health and the fight against climate change. And yet, tree cover is on the decline in urban settings, where we need them the most.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lava shoots through a 500-foot-long fissure in the middle of a Hawaiian neighborhood

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A fissure nearly 500 feet long opened up in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in Hawaii Thursday evening, spewing lava into the air for around two hours.

The lava didn't engulf any homes but prompted some evacuations. The molten rock only traveled around a few yards from the large crack, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey

This volcanic behavior, while exciting, is normal for the Big Island's Kilauea volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It's been flowing continuously since the 1980s, though not always invading communities. 

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Here's what the apartments from 'Friends' might look like today

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The apartments from Friends — especially Monica's purple habitat — are among the most iconic in television history. This is partially because everyone loves to talk about how expensive they'd be in real life. (The answer? So expensive that I no longer want to think about it!)

But people also love the Friends apartments because, frankly, nostalgia is a powerful beast. No doubt aware of this, the interior design startup Modsy has reimagined Monica's, Rachel's, and Joey's apartments in their hypothetical 2018 forms.

Here's Joey's apartment, to which Modsy has assigned an "Atomic Industrial" style. Hey, if you can pull off the Hugsy-on-an-Eames-chair look, more power to you. Read more...

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SureFly's hybrid electric octocopter drone achieves first manned flight

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The hybrid two-seat helicopter SureFly from the electric truck company Workhorse made it off the ground this week.

While a few feet of hover might seem insignificant, the passenger drone startup is hailing the untethered lift-off with a pilot outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, as a huge success. For the hybrid gas- and battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle (known as VTOL), this means the copter is on its way to flying with passengers inside. Once airborne, the craft will have a 75-mile range.

"People want to have something in their garage to take out and fly," SureFly CEO Steve Burns said in a call Friday afternoon. "We're trying to make it safer than driving your car to the same destination." Read more...

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