In a nutshell: Lucid Motors on Wednesday announced plans to open 20 retail and service centers throughout North America by the end of 2021. The outposts will help interested parties learn more about the company's offerings while guiding buyers through the purchasing process and supporting owners after the sale. The retail locations, known as Lucid Studios, will primarily be located in high-traffic areas and have a relatively small footprint for a more intimate feel. As TechCrunch highlights, the automaker isn’t explicitly labeling these as sales centers as doing so could put the company in violation of regulations that some states have as it relates to manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers rather than going through a dealership. … [Read more...] about Lucid Motors to open 20 sales and service locations in North America through 2021
In an interview with Australian publication ARN, Microsoft Surface product manager Jack Cowett admits the RT name was confusing for customers. "We think that there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro," admits Cowett. "We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people." Microsoft first released its Surface RT tablet under the name "Microsoft Surface with Windows RT," but the company soon dropped the full name for Surface RT shortly afterwards. … [Read more...] about Microsoft admits Surface RT naming caused ‘some confusion’
Going with a HUD-free approach can have a profound effect on the kind of atmosphere a developer creates with a game. Everything in a Metro game revolves around the player’s vulnerability and uncertainty. In the middle of a firefight, you have to remember to reload. You have to know how much ammo you have left. You have to know if you have any spare weapons. It isn’t until you pull the trigger that the actual ammo readout comes onscreen. Before that, you have to gauge it by looking at the spaces in the gun models’ exposed clip or chambers. It’s much slower and more deliberate, as Metro is more about atmosphere than it is about killing mutants or humans. … [Read more...] about Who needs a HUD?
Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a return of the best price we've seen on Apple's AirPods and Qi wireless charging case combo, which is now down to $150 on Amazon. For reference, Apple's MSRP for this configuration is $199, though we typically see it go for $169 on Amazon. The wireless charging case, meanwhile, usually costs around $70 on its own. Either way, while we've seen this price a few times before, we haven't seen this config drop any lower. … [Read more...] about Apple’s AirPods and wireless charging case are down to their lowest Amazon price
MOSCOW: When nurse Maria Alexeyeva caught coronavirus at work, she isolated herself at home and followed the rules set down by Moscow authorities: She checked in with doctors regularly, didn't leave her apartment and downloaded a smartphone app required by the city to keep tabs on quarantined patients. The Social Monitoring app tracks users via GPS and sends them random notifications demanding a selfie to prove they're still at home. If it detects they've left home or they fail to provide a photo, they face a fine of about $56 each time. But soon the app became a nightmare for Alexeyeva. It crashed when she tried to take a photo. Weak with illness, she struggled with the software for days, sometimes on hold for hours with technical support. And when her quarantine ended, she discovered she had accumulated 11 fines totaling $620. "That's more than my monthly wage,'' Alexeyeva told The Associated Press. "This quarantine has been hard on me. And now I have to deal with this on top of … [Read more...] about Virus-tracking app angers thousands in Moscow with fines