He vowed that he would never buy another American car after problems with two previous US-made vehicles. “I’m breaking that vow with this order, and it still makes me a little nervous,” Drake said. “I’m hoping that this car lives up to the hype and will work, be fun to drive and be as safe as it’s advertised. I’m also hoping it doesn’t break the bank, but I know from experience that cars starting at $35,000 can get to $60,000 pretty fast with fancy upgrades.” … [Read more...] about What do Tesla Model 3 buyers want from the most important electric car ever built?
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It has a good selection of ports, but what you see is what you get: there are four USB 3.0 ports (two on the front and two on the back), one gigabit Ethernet jack, a mini DisplayPort (some of last year's NUCs included Thunderbolt but this year's do not), and a mini HDMI port. We've already picked our components. We'll be testing a NUC that includes Intel's 7260 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, a 128GB Crucial M500 SSD, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM (two 4GB sticks running in dual-channel mode). This is a reasonably well-specced configuration that should take just about anything we can throw at it, but we won't be able to buy other external components (aside from some USB accessories and hard drives we already have lying around). Let's observe the terms of all EULAs and other such documents. Any Hackintosh requests will fall upon deaf ears. The NUC shouldn't be confused with smaller, ARM-based boards like the Raspberry Pi—it's several times more expensive and several times more … [Read more...] about We have a tiny, Haswell-powered PC from Intel—what should we do with it?
Its vehicles will offer owners predictive maintenance and health monitoring, useful tools for anyone running a fleet. The current model can haul about 500 cubic feet of stuff (up to two tons), the equivalent of more than 1,200 shoe boxes. Arrival will offer a variety of battery capacities based on its customers’ needs; the current model maxes out at 200 miles of range. (The company sources its cells from LG Chem and builds its own battery packs.) And while they won’t drive themselves anytime soon, they’ll be designed to accommodate the sensors and computing that autonomy demands. Those could come from Arrival, which has a small self-driving team, or from a partnership with another developer. That sort of retrofitting capability is key for a young company, Harley says, because a more innovative competitor can easily take one’s place. “You’ve gotta be future proofed.” … [Read more...] about A $100 million investment pulls an EV startup out of stealth mode
The biggest (and only real) difference between these two Echos is the fact that the Echo Plus (2nd Gen) has a built-in Zigbee smart hub, which allows it to communicate more easily with more smart home products right out of the box. This increased functionality results in a slightly higher price over the Echo (3rd Gen), but we question whether it's worth the additional money. Amazon has introduced a new Certified for Humans program which promises easier setup and use of smart home devices with its Echo products, so having a built-in smarthome hub is not the selling point it once seemd to be. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Show vs. Plus: Which should you buy in 2020?
Your phone battery isn't changing anytime soonAll mobile phones -- and most personal electronics and electric vehicles -- use lithium-ion (li-ion) rechargeable batteries. It's a tough slog to create batteries that last longer, because battery technology hasn't changed in decades. Instead, much of the recent progress in battery life has come from power-saving features built into devices and from making the software that manages charging and discharging more efficiently, so you sip power rather than guzzle it. … [Read more...] about Six truths about your phone battery life: Overheating, fast charging and overcharging