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Tesla will unveil Model 3 vehicle priced at $35,000 in March 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 8, 2015 1:37 am

Tesla has teased the availability of its upcoming Model 3, the more mainstream electric vehicle from the company, for release sometime in March 2016. Company CEO Elon Musk and real life Tony Stark said during his call with Tesla investors: "We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year".

 

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Production of the Model 3 vehicle will start in mid to late 2017, with "late 2017" being "more realistic" according to Musk. The price of the mainstream electric vehicle should be around $35,000 with around 200 miles per charge from the Model 3. The Model 3 will find a home below the Model S and Model X vehicles, with much higher ranges and high-end features.

 

Tesla Motors' Model 3 will be around 20% smaller than the Model S, with a considerable amount of faith behind the project as this will be Tesla's real shot at making electric vehicles enter the mainstream market.

Fitness wearable company Fitbit to go public in $100m IPO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 8, 2015 1:31 am

The growing activity tracking company Fitbit has today announced plans to float on the stock exchange, in a $100 million IPO.

 

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In documents submitted to the New York Stock Exchange, via TechCrunch, the company has announced it's sold through 20.8 million devices since its inception in 2007. The company has also demonstrated significant growth with over half of its lifetime sales made in the last year, with revenue for 2014 at $745.4 million, a huge leap from $271.1 million in 2013.

 

Fitbit is upfront about the challenges it faces in a competitive environment, even naming the Apple Watch in it's registration statement, but noting that they "believe we compete favorably with our competitors on the basis of these factors as a result of our leading market position and global brand, advanced and proprietary sensor technologies, software-driven online dashboard and mobile apps, our motivational and social tools, and our premium software offerings" and kicks Apple with "our singular focus on building a connected health and fitness platform, coupled with a leading market share, has led to our brand becoming synonymous with the connected health and fitness category."

 

We've previously taken a look at some of the company's products including the Flex wristband, Charge HR wristband and Aria Wi-Fi scales.

Elon Musk welcomes Apple into car business, more engineers to poach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 8, 2015 1:20 am

Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem too worried if Apple wants to make a play in the automotive market, believing his company will have even more employees to try to poach.

 

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Apple reportedly is working on Project Titan, a likely autonomous vehicle project keeping "hundreds of employees" busy, according to CEO Tim Cook. The Silicon Valley computer giant is reportedly dishing out $250,000 signing bonuses and extremely lucrative salaries, specifically looking for car battery experts.

 

If true, this means Tesla has more skilled engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from in the future:

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After console success, D4 hits PCs on June 5 for $15

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2015 12:10 am

Access Games and Microsoft Studios will release D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die for the PC on June 5, after overwhelming calls for the game to be ported. The game, originally released for the Xbox One last September, will be available for just $15.

 

 

Gamers play as a young private investigator, tasked with investigating his wife's murder - where he can travel through time to try to prevent the murder from taking place.

 

"There were a lot of people who played the PC version at PAX and said, 'Please bring D4 out on the PC," said Hidetaka Suehiro, video game director at Access Games, in a statement published by Polygon. "From the very first day, the people who played it seemed to really enjoy it. I think seeing that is what brought me to my decision. I have no choice but to make a PC version now!"

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'Vacation' movie sequel gets raunchy red-band trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 7, 2015 11:45 pm

You probably remember the classic Chevy Chase National Lampoon 'Vacation' series, and it's sequels 'European Vacation', 'Christmas Vacation' and 'Vegas Vacation'. Well the series is about to be rebooted with a new semi-sequel which reunites original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo and adds Ed Helms as grown-up son Rusty Griswold.

 

 

With the uncensored red-band trailer, Warner Bros are clearly going for a hard R-rating with the latest film, which means it won't be quite as family friendly as its predecessors. 'Vacation' hits US theaters on July 29.

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Minecraft Xbox tops 20 million copies, free DLC for third birthday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 11:35 pm

Microsoft has announced more than 20 million copies of Minecraft sold for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. It's the three-year anniversary of Minecraft: 360 Edition's public release, and Mojang wants to help gamers celebrate: by giving away free colorful skins.

 

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Gamers can download the 1st Birthday Skin Pack, 2nd Birthday Skin Pack, and 3rd Birthday Skin Pack, with the most recent edition including skins created inspired by Mojang employees. This is the first time the earlier skin packs can be downloaded and used by Xbox One gamers.

 

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Unity boss John Riccitiello applauds the PlayStation 4 over Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:55 pm

John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts and current chief of Unity Technologies, believes the Sony PlayStation 4 has "f**king nailed it" and deserves its "victory" compared to the Microsoft Xbox One.

 

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Sony took a "gamer-first" approach, while Microsoft tried to expand the Xbox One's possible user base with marketing towards a broad market.

 

"Microsoft was focused on the shot after the one they needed to make, putting the 7-ball in the corner pocket, but they missed the first shot and didn't get another shot at it," Riccitiello said during the GamesBeat Summit. "Sony focused on the shot they needed to make, which was win the hearts and minds of the gamer. The broader scope of entertainment might be a bigger idea, but not with an unfocused execution. A tight execution on the 50 million people that matter, which are the people currently lapping up consoles... Sony f**king nailed it, and they deserve the victory."

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Federal appeals court rules NSA telephone surveillance program illegal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:33 pm

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has asked Congress to find a middle ground between national security and citizens' privacy, after saying the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program went too far.

 

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The court's ruling will put added pressure on Congress to either scrap the program entirely, or make major changes. Using the Patriot Act as a front for its massive data collection, the NSA reportedly collected information on almost every call made in the United States - with data entered into a national database. It remained secret until former NSA contractor Edward Snowden unveiled the illegal phone data sweeps.

 

"In light of the asserted national security interests at stake, we deem it prudent to pause to allow an opportunity for debate in Congress that may (or may not) profoundly alter the legal landscape," said Judge Gerard E. Lynch, as he announced the decision.

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Universal Studios calls upon Nintendo to help with theme park

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:20 pm

Universal Parks & Resorts teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular characters, games and Nintendo worlds to its Universal theme parks. This is a good move by Nintendo as the Japanese electronics company can generate additional revenue by licensing out brands such as Legend of Zelda, Mario, and others for Universal theme parks in California, Florida, Japan and Singapore.

 

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Additional details about the agreement will be released by both companies in the future.

 

"Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters," according to a press release from both companies. "Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways - only at Universal theme parks."

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Want to check out the Patron distillery? Virtual reality will take you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 7, 2015 9:20 pm

Popular tequila company Patron has introduced its "Art of Patron Virtual Reality Experience," giving customers the chance to check out its Mexican distillery using VR. The tour can be viewed using an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR headset, with Patron also showing the VR demo at company events and seminars.

 

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The tequila maker recorded its agave fields and distillery using a drone equipped with seven GoPro cameras, with binaural audio recorded so clear sound accompanies the video footage. It took six months to prepare the VR experience.

 

"It's relatively easy to write brand education materials or shoot a video, but that doesn't always capture the full experience," said Lee Applbaum, global chief marketing officer at Patron Spirits, in a press statement. "What we've created, using the very latest VR technology, is an authentic, intimate and unprecedented look inside our private Hacienda doors, second only to visiting in person."

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