Watch the Tesla Model 3 race around a track

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Elon Musk just unveiled the Model 3 at the Tesla headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. He also shared that more than 100,000 people put a deposit down on the mass-market electric car before they even knew what the thing looked like. Pictures and live streams have been pouring in from the event, but Tesla has also just posted official photos and videos, including the one you see above of a matte gray Model 3 on a test track.

It’s a short video, and we certainly don’t see the prototype Model 3 get up to speed. (There’s not even sound, though perhaps that’s appropriate considering it’s an electric car.) But it’s a glimpse at what’s to come from what will surely wind up being Tesla’s most popular car.

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Google is getting rid of the physical debit cards linked to its Wallet payment service

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google-wallet-card1 Google is bidding “smell ya later!” to its Wallet Card, the physical debit cards linked to Google Wallet accounts. In a blog post, the company said it plans to focus instead on the Google Wallet app, which relaunched last September with a new focus on online peer-to-peer payments. Read More

New Model 3 will extend Tesla’s reach into India, Brazil and other global markets

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FILE - In this April 1, 2015, file photo shows the Tesla Motors new showroom in Salt Lake City. State lawmakers said Wednesday, May 20, 2015 they hope to work out a compromise law this year that would allow Tesla Motors to start selling its electric cars at its $3 million showroom in Salt Lake City. Two weeks before the showroom's planned opening in March, the Utah attorney general's office ruled that it couldn't sell cars under state laws barring a manufacturer from owning more than 45 percent of any dealership. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Tesla finally unveiled its Model 3 today. The $1,500 car drew a staggering 115,000 orders — $115 million in deposits and $4 billion in potential sales — before it had even been unveiled, but another interesting point to note is that it will be Tesla’s first to be sold in India, Brazil and other international markets. Read More

Tesla Model 3 announced: release set for 2017, price starts at $35,000

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After ten years of waiting, Tesla has revealed the Model 3, the vehicle that CEO Elon Musk hopes will take the electric car to the masses.

At the unveiling of the Model 3 this evening at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car will deliver at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000 — that’s a bold claim, and an important one for Tesla to meet. Musk is “fairly confident” that deliveries will begin by the end of 2017, and “you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options.”

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Tesla says more than 115,000 preorders — buyers need to put $1,000 down — have been placed, and that number will…

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Tesla has already taken 115,000 preorders for the Model 3

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Tesla has brought in more than $115 million in preorders on the new Model 3 today, according to company CEO Elon Musk. That’s 115,000 cars worth more than $4 billion at the base price of $35,000 — but expect many of those cars to sell for considerably more than the base price.

He revealed the numbers at the end of the special event for media and current Tesla owners, though we don’t know much more about the car other than the base price, the fact that it will go at least 215 miles on a charge, and that it’ll ship at the end of next year.

Considering the fact that most of those preorders came before the car was revealed, Tesla might just have a hit on its hands, even though the car won’t begin shipping until late next year.

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Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play

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Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, has arrived on Spotify, Google Play Music, and Apple Music. It was reported yesterday that West’s still-changing album would soon appear on the services, despite the self-proclaimed greatest artist ever saying it would remain a Tidal exclusive forever, and would “never never never be on Apple.” He might be half true to his word, however — at present, The Life of Pablo has yet to turn up on iTunes.

The arrival of the whole album on competing services comes less than a week after one song from The Life of Pablo — “Famous,” featuring Rihanna — appeared on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. Users of these services can expect their listening experience to vary over time, as Tidal users…

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The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 in pictures

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The Tesla Model 3 is here — sort of. It won’t actually ship to the thousands of customers with preorders until late 2017, but we finally have our first look at it, even if Elon Musk says this is just Part 1 of the Tesla Model 3 story. Part 2 is yet to come.

Tesla says the car will go more than 215 miles on a charge and will start at $35,000, though it will be possible to run the price much higher with added options.

Now what we care about is what the Model 3 actually looks like. Here are a selection of images from Tesla, the livestream from this evening, and Verge Deputy Editor Chris Ziegler, who is braving the crowds on the ground at the Tesla event.

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Tesla sold 115k Model 3 preorders before anyone even saw the car

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DSC_0005 Elon Musk just unveiled Tesla’s Model 3, the car designed to bring Tesla to the masses.
The car will start at $35,000, compared to the Model S and X which can easily run close to $100,000.
On stage, Elon said that 115,000 people had already preordered before the car had even been unveiled. This means the electric car company just took in $115M in deposits, and four billion dollars in… Read More

Elon Musk Announces $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Electric Car

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Elon Musk has officially unveiled the Tesla Model 3 electric car at the company’s facility in Hawthorne, California. The Model 3 is being dubbed as a “mass market affordable car.” The base-model Model 3 will be able to travel 0-60MPH in less than 6 seconds, with “versions of the Model 3 that go much faster.” In terms of range, it features an EPA range of at least 215 miles per charge. All Model 3’s will come standard with autopilot hardware and autopilot safety features. The Model 3 will also fit five adults comfortably, thanks largely in part to the large, rear piece of glass on the roof area. You’ll find front and rear trunks, offering more cargo capacity than any cargo gas car with the same external dimensions. Safety is a big concern for Tesla so they’ve manufactured the Model 3 with a 5 star safety rating in every category. The Model 3 starts at $35,000 with a release date scheduled for 2017. Tesla will take your preorder now for a $1,000 down payment.

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This is Tesla’s Model 3

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IMG_0408 And there it is. After years of speculation, the Tesla Model 3 has been unveiled. We’re live in Hawthorne, CA, where the company has just shown the car for the very first time. Story actively developing; refresh for updates as we hear them. Curiously, they’ve actually said no big cameras (DSLRs, etc) are allowed at this event — though camera phones are apparently okay (hence… Read More

StubHub will use virtual reality to let you preview your seat

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Like many companies, eBay is convinced virtual reality is the next big thing. But also like a lot of companies, eBay is trying to figure out just what that means for its business.

On Thursday, the company is announcing its first small foray into the VR arena, as subsidiary StubHub offers Final Four ticket buyers the option to get an immersive, 3-D view of available seats. A similar option will also appear for those looking to purchase baseball tickets for AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

The experience will work from within the existing StubHub apps for iOS and Android. Customers will have the option of either using a smartphone or tablet and rotating it around to see different views, or popping their phone into a VR…

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Google celebrates April Fools’ with Cardboard Plastic, ‘the world’s first actual reality headset’

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With the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it’s a very serious few weeks for virtual reality. So it’s the perfect time to lighten up with Google’s latest April Fools’ Day product: an all-new VR headset that truly lives up to the medium’s promise. That’s Google Cardboard Plastic, “the world’s first actual reality headset.”

Designed with “4D integrated perspective, 360-degree spatially accurate sound, 20/20 resolution, and advanced haptics for realistic touch sensations,” Plastic is an elegant piece of hardware that claims to let you “notice what you do, see, and feel more than before” — because it’s a clear block of plastic, obviously. As Google puts it, “what’s realer than real? Probably nothing. Or maybe something! I doubt it,…

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Microsoft Denies Edge Is Getting A Native Ad Blocker

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: On top of the slew of news coming out of Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference, a story broke yesterday that Microsoft was building an ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser. While this would be a big deal, it apparently isn’t true. “We have no plans to build a native ad blocker into Microsoft Edge,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat.
Microsoft was originally referencing the extension support it is building into Edge, which would allow ad blocking to work exactly like any other desktop browser. For those hoping for an Edge browser with built-in ad blocking, well, you’re stuck with ‘niche browsers’ like Brave from Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich and Adblock Browser.

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FBI signals it has new iPhone-unlocking powers, and plans to use them: Xeni on KCRW’s ‘Press Play’

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On today’s edition of the KCRW daily news program Press Play, I speak with host Madeleine Brand about what we know, as of today, about any new capabilities the FBI may have acquired in its quest to bypass the security features on Apple iOS devices in various investigations.

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Bitcoin Could Consume As Much Electricity As Denmark By 2020

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JustAnotherOldGuy writes: The numbers are very back-of-the-envelope and assume a worst case: widespread adoption of Bitcoin and not much improvement in Bitcoin mining activity, along with long replacement cycles for older, less efficient mining rigs. But even the best case [scenario] has Bitcoin consuming a shocking amount of electricity. [As mentioned in a report from Motherboard,] “The results show that in an optimistic scenario, the increase in electricity consumption of the Bitcoin network compared to now is not shocking, from around 350 MW to around 417 MW, but still on the order of one small power station. If things play out a little less favorably, however, the Bitcoin network may draw over 14 Gigawatts of electricity by 2020, equivalent to the total power generation capacity of a small country, like Denmark for example.

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Windows 10 will bring your Android phone notifications to your PC

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Microsoft is planning to bring Android phone notifications directly to Windows 10 PCs. During a session at Build 2016 today, Microsoft detailed how missed calls, messages, and other notifications from an Android phone will appear on a Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is using the Cortana app for Android to enable this support, and Windows 10 users will even be able to reply to the Android notifications directly from a PC.

Cortana for Android will build up a user notifications store in the cloud, allowing the notifications to mirror onto a Windows 10 PC. The software maker is also planning to allow you to dismiss notifications on an Android phone from a PC. Naturally, this functionality will work for Windows 10 Mobile devices too, but Microsoft…

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Intel Launches Xeon E5 v4 Family of Processors Based On Broadwell-EP

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MojoKid writes: Intel is officially launching a brand new series of Xeon processors today, the Xeon Processor E5 v4. The Xeon Processor E5 v4 family is based on Broadwell, specifically Broadwell-EP, though they are socket compatible with the previous generation v3 series. The new Xeon E5 v4 family, however, features a number of updates and enhancements. The Broadwell-EP based Xeon E5 v4, for example, is built using Intel’s more advanced 14nm process node, and the largest chips can feature up to 22 processor cores (44 threads). The E5 v4 series still supports up to quad-channel DDR4 memory, but the maximum supported speed now tops out at 2400 MT/s, up from 2133 MT/s. Also, because of its additional cores, the E5-2600 v4 series now features up to 55MB of last-level cache. Support for 3D die-stacked LRDIMMs has been added too, along with DDR4 write CRC, and of course the higher speeds. Performance with a 2P dual-socket Xeon E5-2697 v4 system, with 36 total cores and 72 threads, rips through Cinebench in testing, unlike any desktop chip could. It’s impressive to see in action.

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Netflix’s next Spanish original series is a period piece about a phone company

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Netflix is beefing up its foreign-language original programming with a new drama being shot and produced in Spain, according to Variety. It doesn’t have a title yet, but almost every other piece of the puzzle is in place: it has a show-runner (director Carlos Sedes), an episode count, a topic (four women working together as switchboard operators in 1920s Madrid), and a premiere date: 2017. It’ll start production later this year. It isn’t Netflix’s first Spanish-language program — the Mexican comedy Club de Cuervos and the bilingual cocaine drama Narcos beat it to that distinction — but it is the company’s first original series with roots in Spain.

Netflix started operating in Spain last October, expanding into the country as part of a…

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Google is shutting off support for its Google Wallet debit card

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Google announced today it would no longer support its Wallet Card starting June 30th. The prepaid debit card, which launched back in November 2013, let you pay for things in person and online using your Wallet balance at any retailer that accepted MasterCard. It also let you withdraw money from ATMs. In an email sent to Wallet Card owners, Google says it wants “to focus on making it easier than ever to send and receive money with the Google Wallet app.”

For those with unactivated Wallet Cards, you can still activate the card and use it until the cutoff date. The Google Wallet mobile app still exists; Google repurposed it as a Venmo and Square Cash rival for peer-to-peer payments in September. However, you’ll no longer be able to add…

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